Today's News

  • Lieutenant governors not known for clout

    Here’s a little quiz: Name the five lieutenant governors before Diane Denish.

    If you can recall Walter Bradley, Casey Luna, Jack Stahl, Mike Runnels and Roberto Mondragon, you get a gold star.

    If you drew a blank, welcome to the club. The fact that none of them went on to higher office and some disappeared from the political radar tells you something about the office.

  • Two ways to think cool

    Dogs pant with their tongues hanging out, young men sweat by the bucket and aging geologists just fall over on our faces in the shade on a hot summer’s day. But is there a way we could choose to cool the whole planet in a few decades if we really need to?

  • PAC 8 to host a night of elegance Friday at Fuller Lodge

    Sip on some Argentinean wine or sample a selection of cheeses and breads while admiring a wide range of items – from harp lessons to fine artwork – that will be up for auction. Meanwhile, harpist Sheila Schiferl will entertain the crowd with her live music.

    This evening of elegance is PAC 8’s Holiday Wine and Cheese event and silent auction fundraiser. The party will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Mixing art with science

    A Renaissance man or woman is a person who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences; a highly cultivated individual who is skilled and well-versed in many fields of knowledge, work, etc., as in the arts and sciences.

    Two poets, B.A. Wingate and Mary Cisper, who will be featured in the upcoming Author Speaks series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda, exemplify the definition of a Renaissance person.

  • Take a stroll through local art galleries Friday

    Great works of local art can be viewed at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Mesa Public Library and other venues. But if you have wondered just where these pieces are created, the pondering is over. A group of local artists are opening their studios and galleries to the public during the “Christmas Present” Arts Stroll.

  • Winter storm headed to N.M., will bring colder temps, snow

    A strong storm system will impact New Mexico continuing into tonight and early Monday. The storm system will bring much colder air and significant accumulations of snowfall favoring the northern mountains, then shifting eastward into the northeast highlands and plains tonight.


  • “Alice” is beyond wonderful

    An exquisite dancer, draped in dramatic lighting, surrounded by magnificent music opens Susan Baker-Dillingham’s extraordinary production of “Alice.”

    Friday’s opening night performance by her New Mexico Dance Theater School and Performance Company at Duane Smith Auditorium moved beyond wonderful into a magical world of spectacular sites and sounds.

    The ballet brims with Baker-Dillingham’s creative genius.

  • New venture capital firm takes root

     While economists are looking for green shoots signaling a robust recovery, Los Alamos can now point to a new cottonwood seedling.

    Cottonwood Capital Partners, LLC, with offices in Los Alamos and El Paso, Texas, announced this week that it had reached its first closing of Cottonwood Technology Fund.

    It will be the first new venture capital fund rooted in New Mexico in several years and the first ever to establish its headquarters in Los Alamos, according to the company announcement.

  • "Let Me In" alert

    On Oct. 27, the Monitor printed a photograph about a casting call for the movie “Let Me In.” In the information included with the picture, an incorrect Web site address was listed for people who were unable to participate in the casting call. That information was then picked up and passed along to other points of distribution, amplifying an error in the Web address.  The correct address is www.egcasting.com, for Elizabeth Gable Productions. (The incorrect address that was printed was www.cgcasting.com.)

  • Wallace advocates spending cuts

    If the state’s budget is going to get balanced, Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-N.M., says spending has got to be cut.

    “The fact is the only way to balance the budget is to cut spending. We’ve tried it all, we even sent the governor a 7 percent cut to major agencies, letting him determine the criteria and he got angry at that and vetoed it,” Wallace said. “Now he’s doing furloughs and that’s not good.”