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Around the Area

  • 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.

  • Bodybuilding competition drew top competitors

    Los Alamos Fitness Center sponsored the fourth annual OCB Southern Rockies Natural bodybuilding competition.

    The competition was Sept. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    View a photo slideshow of the event currently in the Multimedia section of lamonitor.com.

     

      

      

          

      

       

  • NM snags millions for energy projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new federal report shows millions of federal stimulus dollars are being spent on energy projects in New Mexico.

    The report released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows nearly 100 projects and tax credits totaling nearly $670 million in New Mexico, from environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory to new investments in smart grid and other renewable energy technology.

  • NM sheriff's wife fights off would-be mugger

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A mugger who tried to steal a purse from the wife of a New Mexico sheriff came up empty when she fought him off.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano says his wife, Antoinette Solano, had just left a gas station Wednesday evening when a white minivan pulled up behind her. The van began tailgating her, so she pulled over to let the driver pass.

  • Plan aims to restore Northern NM preserve 


    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE (AP) — Visitors line the highway, most peering through binoculars, as they strain to get a better look at dozens of brown specks in the distance.
    The specks — members of Valles Caldera National Preserve’s infamous elk herd — are munching in green pastures that stretch for miles. They are surrounded by mountain peaks blanketed with ponderosa pine, spruce and fir trees.