Today's News

  • Cone Zone 11-4-15

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive:
    Northbound and southbound lanes are open and businesses are accessible from Sherwood.
    Roadway construction continues on the eastside of Sherwood. Expect flagging operations as RMCI completes sidewalks and the installation of the irrigation system.
    Traffic Control management will be on going. Large equipment and truck will be continuous throughout the project.”    
    The schedule may change due to weather or other delays.

  • RE/MAX birthday celebration
  • Gallery hopping in Chimayó a worthy venture

    The Santuario de Chimayó − known as “the Lourdes of the United States” for the reported healing power of its Holy Dirt − draws visitors from all over the world.
    But many who visit the chapel miss the other treasures this historic village has to offer: art traditions passed down for generations, charming New Mexico style B&B’s and the first restaurant to spurn other labels and boldly call its cuisine “New Mexican.”
     “Chimayó’s a beautiful valley, it’s full of wonderful people, it’s got great art, it has a fabulous restaurant, lots of culture, lots of tradition,” said John Abrums, owner of Chimayó Trading & Mercantile.
    The mercantile specializes in American Indian art rather that the Spanish Colonial art found in most of Chimayós galleries. Abrums strives for “the best pieces at the lowest prices,” with a remarkable selection of Pueblo pottery, Navajo weavings and jewelry and rare finds such as paintings by the late Helen Hardin.
    Chimayó retains some of ambiance from the time it was an isolated Spanish Colonial village. Many inhabitants still live in family homes and carry on centuries old traditions.

  • Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet Mockumentaries due Friday The 13th
  • Governor: No special session on REAL ID in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office says she won't call a special legislative session to fix the state's noncompliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

    Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan says the governor has already tried five times to repeal a New Mexico law that gives driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status. However, Lonergan says Senate Democrats have blocked those bipartisan attempts.

    Lonergan says Martinez wants an up and down vote on her proposal that will put the state in compliance with the REAL ID law.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver's licenses.

    The decision means New Mexico driver's licenses and IDs won't be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft next year.

  • Trick or Treat on Main Street
  • County to look at major changes

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider a resolution Tuesday evening to adopt a reorganization of two key county departments: Community & Economic Development and Public Works.
    The changes were announced by County Manager Harry Burgess, in conjunction with the publication of the agenda for Tuesday’s regular council meeting (7 p.m. in Council Chambers). Burgess commented on the proposed re-organization and highlighted his reasons for the change in a memo to county employees and statement to local residents.
    “Given the recent resignation of our Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent, I felt it was an appropriate time to reflect upon our current structure and consider whether or not changes are warranted,” Burgess said. “Any recommended changes are not a reflection upon the past director, however the county organizational structure should be periodically considered and altered as new challenges and projects require. I had the opportunity to review our organization in light of the goals adopted by the council to move Los Alamos toward its 20-year vision, which was an important consideration ahead of beginning the recruitment for a replacement director for CEDD.”

  • Review of Manhattan: Tough to know what Nazis knew

    Editor’s note: The Monitor is publishing discussion via the Los Alamos Historical Society about the TV series and how it relates to historical fact. The show is on WGN America at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Episode 3
    What did the Nazis know?
    Information about espionage is difficult to find and can be unreliable, so it is difficult to find a definitive answer.
    Sources indicate that the Nazis did not know much about the Allied atomic bomb effort. Eight Nazi agents did try to sabotage generating power plants that supplied power to labs in Oak Ridge, Tenn., but were caught.
    It seems to be that Germany tried to establish a large network of spies in the United States, but failed to do so as many spies were quickly discovered. None of these spies were apparently able to penetrate the Manhattan Project, if they even knew it existed. It seems while Manhattan Project secrecy was not well kept from the Soviet Union, Manhattan Project officials did succeed in keeping the Nazis from important information.
    What did we know
    about the Nazis?

  • Audit: Most New Mexico districts adding to testing time

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are praising New Mexico for helping reduce the time students use to take standardized tests.

    But New Mexico Public Education Department says more than 60 percent of school districts unnecessarily are duplicating assessments in at least one area on districts' tests.

    Officials say that's hurting state efforts to reduce the testing time statewide.

    The "New Mexico Assessment Inventory" released Friday showed that state-mandated testing time had declined between 2010 and 2015 by around 2.5 hours for across all grades. And state officials expect to see further reduction in testing time by 90 minutes next year.

    New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says districts duplicating work should look to those such as Aztec and Las Cruces where testing times have been reduced.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus released the following statement Friday about the PARCC test results:

    PARCC test results for elementary and middle schools in New Mexico were released today.  PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

  • New Mexico denied REAL ID deadline extension

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards.

    The decision means New Mexico driver's licenses will no longer be accepted at federal facilities like Kirtland Air Force Base starting Jan. 10. And eventually, state IDs won't be allowed to board commercial flights.

    The letter from the Department of Homeland Security, obtained by The Associated Press, was sent last week to the state Department of Taxation officials about the decision.

    REAL ID Act requirements require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings.

    New Mexico state law allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegal to obtain driver's licenses.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has tried to get the state law repealed.