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Around the Area

  • 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.

  • Complex sets new standard

    The Silver Garden Apartments in Albuquerque may look like any other apartment complex but a certain a quality that makes it stand out from the crowd.
    It is the first Platinum LEED affordable housing development in New Mexico.
     LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design  is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, according to the Silver Garden Apartments Web site.

  • Gov. Richards suspends executive branch hiring

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson recently announced he is suspending all Executive Branch hiring for the remainder of the year.
    Gov. Richardson is suspending all hiring during the transition.
    He will leave office Dec. 31 and the administration of Gov.-elect Susana Martinez will take over in the New Year.

  • Elk numbers flourish in one area and remain unchanged in another

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge — long known for its birds — is seeing more elk; however, the numbers at the Valles Caldera National Preserve appear to be unchanged.
    “Fifteen years ago they were very uncommon, and now they’re very common,” said John Vradenburg, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist at the wildlife refuge south of Socorro.
    Estimates of the Bosque del Apache’s elk population now range from 30 up to 100, he said.

  • Honor veterans Thursday at Legion

    This year’s Veterans Day community celebration will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.
    All veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend.  
    The local theme is “Veterans Equal Freedom.” Veterans Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the 23.2 million living veterans that have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime.  

  • UNM-LA receives $3,000

    The Environmental, Technology and Energy Business Association (ETEBA) presented a $3,000 check to the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus during the Director’s Council meeting       Oct. 19 at UNM-LA.
    The money will be awarded by UNM-LA in the form of scholarships for students pursuing careers in technology.
    The president of ETEBA’s Southwest Chapter Paul Terp presented the check to UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and to the Associate Director of Student Services Pat Boyer.

  • Sandia labs researchers awarded federal grants

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has awarded grants totaling $2.6 million to four Sandia National Laboratories researchers for computational research.

    Their proposals would help create an exascale computer — one that would be 1,000 times faster than the fastest now available.

    Sandia says faster technology would be useful in computation-intensive areas such as basic research, engineering, earth science, biology, materials science, energy issues and national security.

  • New Mexico Cancer Conference Nov. 9-10

    The New Mexico Department of Health is partnering with the New Mexico Cancer Council and American Cancer Society to hold the annual New Mexico Cancer Conference and provider meeting on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd, NE in Albuquerque.
    The statewide conference brings together providers and other key stakeholders working on cancer control issues in New Mexico.
    More than 200 participants will attend, including clinicians, public health personnel, educators, trainers, support groups and survivors.

  • Computer problems disrupt statewide voter system

    Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said this afternoon that she has been unable to access the statewide voter system and that the error message she recieves indicates that the Secretary of State's Office failed to pay the licensing fee.

    "This is one of the major ways that we can prevent voter fraud," Nichols said. "I've tried to access the system and it says we don't have licensing fees to enter and I've received e-mails from other clerks in the state who have said they can't gain access either."

  • Raging winds spur power outages

    High winds with speeds reported at 35 to 40 m.p.h. Monday evening and early Tuesday morning caused scattered outages that affected several customers of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. Outages lasted anywhere from one hour to almost five and a half hours.  
    Electric linemen with the DPU received their first call at 5 p.m. Monday after wind broke a large tree branch and blew it into a customer’s electrical service connection.  The branch tore the service connection from the home rendering the structure without power.