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Today's News

  • Ski season best in years for NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy mountain snowfall over the winter translated into a bountiful season for New Mexico ski areas. The ski industry reported a 23 percent increase in skier days during the just-completed season compared with the year before.

    The state's ski areas also reported the most skier visits since the 2000-01 season. Ski New Mexico executive director George Brooks says the industry was hoping to hit 1 million skiers, but the final number came up just short of that — 964,793.

    Brooks says the national economy helped New Mexico.

  • UPDATE: Kirk resigns from boys basketball program

    Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball head coach Alan Kirk has turned in his resignation, Los Alamos High School's athletic department announced Monday.

    Kirk, who has taken the team to the Class AAAA quarterfinal round of the playoffs each of the past four seasons, has been the head coach of the boys program since 2003.

    More information will be in today's Monitor.

  • Obama to Deficit Commission: Hold recommendations until after November election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday Washington must urgently confront unpleasant truths about deficits, while the Federal Reserve chairman said failure to mop up red-ink spending would "ultimately do great damage" to the country.

    Obama refused to rule out measures that would fight "exploding deficits." This signaled that politically toxic tax increases were options that could be under consideration by members of a panel he tasked with reducing federal deficits that threaten to erode Americans' standard of living.

  • News Alert: Bandelier to burn 43 acres today

    A prescribed burn will take place today at Bandelier National Monument.

    The burn will cover 43 acres of the paired watershed located on the mesa top south of the Bandelier headquarters.

    This will be a single day burn but some smoke may be visible for an additional day or so.

     

  • Golf: Toppers take 4th in season finale

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams finished in fourth place at Monday’s Farmington Invitational.

    The tournament was held at the San Juan Country Club.

    The Hilltopper boys finished with 379 total strokes at the tournament, doing so without No. 1 player Thomas Herrera who withdrew from the competition with a back injury.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls shot a 450 Monday.

    Winning the girls tournament was Kirtland Central, which posted a team total of 393. On the boys side, Farmington won the team competition with 352 strokes.

  • ’Topper earns $25,000 scholarship

    Scott Carlsten, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, can worry a little less about playing for his college education. Carlsten is the recipient of the $25,000 Distinguished Award of the EnergySolutions Foundation scholarship. This is in addition to the initial $2,000 scholarship he received from the Foundation earlier this year.

  • Health and fitness: Unsightly cellulite reduced by exercise

    Cellulite. If you have it you hate it and if you don’t have it you fear it.

    Despite the fact that cellulite is just plain ordinary fat, its distinctive appearance draws attention and causes frustration for those who have it.

    Cellulite gets its unique appearance from the pattern of the connective tissue that separates the fat cells into the areas that hold them. While genetics play an important part in the presence or absence of cellulite, sex is generally the major determining factor.

  • 04-27-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Several thefts from the yards of homes in Los Alamos and White Rock and the threat of bodily harm lodged during an extortion attempt against a local woman top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Eat at the Hill today

      The Hill Diner will donate 10 percent of its sales from 5-8 p.m. today to high school Senior Appreciation Night.

    Free cancer seminar

  • Oil interests biggest donor to candidate

    SANTA FE — The oil and natural gas industry provided half of the campaign contributions that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez raised during the past six months.

    An analysis of state campaign finance reports by The Associated Press found that Martinez collected about $215,000 from oil and gas donors from October through early April. That’s half of the $428,065 she raised during the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

  • N.M. Blue Cross hikes premiums

    SANTA FE — State Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks is criticizing a rate increase agreement signed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the state Insurance Division less than an hour before a hearing called to give critics a chance to talk about the plan.

    “Instead of a public process, we got a back-room deal,” Marks said at Monday’s hearing.