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Around the Area

  • 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.

  • NM property firms makes policy on medical marijuana

    ALBUQUERQUE, (AP) — A major property management firm has notified its New Mexico tenants that they must sign an agreement not to use or grow medical marijuana at home. But Dallas-based Monarch Properties Inc. later reversed the rules for apartments that don’t fall under federal regulations.
    The company told tenants in August that although New Mexico is one of 14 states where medical marijuana is legal, marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

  • Caldera National Preserve Hatches Restoration Plan

     

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (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.

  • Gov. Sarah Palin throws support to GOP candidate Susana Martinez

    ALBUQUERQUE – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited New Mexico Sunday to endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez during a packed rally at the Uptown Marriott Hotel.

    Martinez is in a virtual dead heat with GOP opponent Allen Weh, according to a poll released today.

    Many at this morning's event expressed confidence that Palin’s appearance would put Martinez over the top in the June 1 primary election to face unopposed Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in November’s general election.