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Around the Area

  • A test of an emergency siren to be conducted Wednesday on DP Road

    At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will conduct a monthly test of the siren located at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road. The test is expected to take approximately 10 seconds and the public in the immediate vicinity will hear a brief “bells/chimes” pattern, which is the test alert. The siren is in place to alert the public to take some precautionary protective actions. Monthly tests will occur at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month from this test until the project concludes next year.

  • CIP hearings to begin Wednesday

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the first of seven public hearings on Phase 1 applications beginning at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers. Applications on the agenda include:
    • Ashley Pond Improvements - Proposal to study potential Improvements to ADA accessibility, pond bulkhead, pathway around pond, water quality and circulation, signage, lighting, concert venue, landscape buffers, riparian planting and other features.

  • EPA official praises the state’s emission plan

    ALBUQUERQUE,  (AP) — A regional official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday commended Gov. Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Environment Department for trying to establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade program.
    Dallas-based EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz sent a letter to the governor, praising the state for pushing forward to reduce emissions by 15 percent within 10 years, despite other parties questioning the necessity of curbing the pollution being blamed for climate change.

  • UNM students, staff create bird list project

    ALBUQUERQUE – Phred Benham’s ears easily picked out the “cheep” of a ladder-backed woodpecker from the din of a late afternoon on the University of New Mexico campus.
    The 25-year-old University of New Mexico graduate student set off across a little campus road toward University House, where many of the university’s presidents have lived over the years.
    Raising his binoculars, Benham spotted the woodpecker as she tap-tap-tapped her way around the trunk of a crab apple in the front yard of the house.

  • A write-in candidate for governor will be allowed in general election

    SANTA FE (AP) — Kenneth A. Gomez of Bloomfield, a write-in candidate for governor, will be allowed in New Mexico’s general election even though he doesn’t have a running mate, the secretary of state’s office said Monday.
    The ruling will give New Mexicans another option — possibly for protest votes — in what’s shaping up as a close race between Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez.
    In 1990, two write-in tickets for governor received nearly 1,000 votes.

  • Diamond Drive construction stops for season

    Commuters get a much-needed reprieve from Diamond Drive roadwork as the project winds down for the season. 

    “The first part of Phase 4 is essentially complete,” said Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. “Phase 5, which is the utilities portion, ran pretty much concurrently with Phase 4 and as of this week is substantially complete as well. We’ve got one more stretch of the project to complete from where we are now to the Omega Bridge starting next spring.”

  • Update: Remains identified as missing NM pair

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family finally has a small bit of closure with confirmation that skeletal remains found at El Malpais National Monument were their loved ones, but mystery lingers over how they died on a day hike among the rugged lava beds where five other people have gone missing in recent years.

  • Opera goes mobile in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) – Punctuated by the hiss of air brakes, a city bus jostles to a stop. The stage is set. The curtains are already open.
    A woman stands halfway down the bus aisle, her hands grasping the neck of a cello is not your average Santa Fe Trails rider. A belt around her waist is secured to one of the vertical bus railings; as she gently plucks the strings of her instrument, with the bus swaying unsteadily, her pizzicato sound doesn’t stop.

  • Missing woman found alive in Montana

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. – The New Mexico State Police have received word from authorities in Montana confirming that missing woman Robin Parrot has been found OK.

    New Mexico police will work with authorities in Montana to see how she ended up there and if criminal activity is involved.

    Parrot, 35, of Sapello, N.M. went missing in the Sapello area on or around Sept. 17.

  • Chimps fate still up for debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A decision to move 186 chimpanzees from a southern New Mexico facility to Texas is pitting government officials and scientists against a coalition of elected officials and animal rights advocates, including New Mexico's governor and famed primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.