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Around the Area

  • 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.

  • 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.