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Around the Area

  • KOAT-TV and DirectTV continue negotiations

    ALBUQUERQUE –  KOAT-TV Channel 7 today announced that KOAT-TV may no longer be carried on DirecTV satellite systems effective Jan. 1, if the parties are unable to conclude retransmission consent negotiations currently underway.

  • New environment Web site unveiled

    The Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund unveiled Nov. 30 a new Web site, www.cvnmef.org/pledge, which tracks the responses of New Mexico state legislators to pledge to protect New Mexico’s environment.
    It was sent out to 70 state representatives, representatives-elect and 42 state senators, asking them to agree to not weaken any existing environmental protections in the state.

  • Low temperatures, moisture levels featured in November

    The first week of November was unseasonably warm, with daily averages around 50 degrees in Los Alamos.
    But a strong cold front from the west on Nov. 9 caused temperatures to plummet into winter.
    Temperatures slowly climbed to the norm around Nov. 20, but quickly dropped again for Thanksgiving.
    Overall, Los Alamos was a degree colder than normal and White Rock was two degrees colder. A few dustings of snow were all the precipitation to be seen in Los Alamos during November.

  • Tom Nagawiecki named to NMRC board

    Tom Nagawiecki, environmental services specialist for Los Alamos County, has been elected to the Board of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.
    Nagawiecki coordinates public education and outreach for the County’s Environmental Services comprehensive waste and recycling programs that are provided to residents and the business community.
    Nagawiecki said, “I am very excited and honored to be on the NMRC Board. I look forward to being a part of such a strong and influential organization, and helping increase its strength and impact in the next two years.”

  • Structure of LA government to be discussed at Thursday forum

    A public forum hosted by the Charter Review Committee and moderated by the League of Women Voters about the “structure of government” portion of the charter is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    Participants are welcome to come early at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments and conversation before the forum begins.

  • Santa Fe County Sheriff steps down amid embezzlement probe

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police said Wednesday they've spent four months investigating an allegation of embezzlement by former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano.

    State police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia said investigators learned Solano had been selling county property on eBay. Garcia said the amount of the property has not been tallied.

    Solano has resigned, saying he turned himself in to state police for selling discarded protective body vests and other old equipment from the sheriff's department online.

  • Pajarito Cliffs Site earns a ‘Best of 2010’ award

    Southwest Contractor, a construction industry magazine, recently announced that Los Alamos County has won its “Best of 2010 Awards” for New Mexico in the Civil/Public Works category for its Pajarito Cliffs Site facility.
    The  application was submitted by Hensel Phelps, Inc. HP was the contractor for the project, which is the home of county and Los Alamos Public School District facilities, including the warehouse, parks, purchasing, risk management, shop, traffic, transit, fleet, utilities, pavement and facilities operations.

  • Snazzy new tools enhance students’ learning experience

    Teachers from around northern New Mexico have worked to make their classrooms technologically advanced and they shared their efforts on Nov. 6  at UNM-LA. 
    It was a follow-up session to  the 21st Century Classroom workshop that was held July 19-22 at UNM-LA.

  • Park Service to open Old Santa Fe Trail Building to the public

    SANTA FE – The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public open house and building tour on Nov. 30 in the Great Room of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building, located at 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.
    A tour of the building and its grounds will begin at 4:30 p.m.  and the open house will be from 5:15-     7 p.m.
    This open house is meant to provide information about and invite public review and comment on the draft Cultural Landscape Report for the Old Santa Fe Trail property.

  • Monitor staff earns first place awards for breaking news coverage

    ALBUQUERQUE—(AP) The New Mexico Press Association and New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors announced the winners of the 2010 Better Newspapers Contest at their annual meeting Saturday.

    Carol A. Clark and Jennifer Garcia of the Los Alamos Monitor won first place awards for their breaking news coverage of the Quemazon Montessori School fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal and Clovis News-Journal won the overall General Excellence awards for daily newspaper divisions.