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  • Trinity Site project: Bent but not broken

    The Trinity Site project ended the year with a flourish, but it was a rocky fall season.

    The most recent Monitor online poll results on the top local story of the year found the developments surrounding Trinity Site solidly in second place.

    It has been in prominent public view as both a troubling unresolved issue.  And as a centerpiece of county enterprise.

  • Poll ranks Granich trial top story of 2009

    Recently, a poll was posted on the Monitor Web site, asking readers which story they thought was the number one story of the year.

  • Committee polishes sculpture series

    A citizen advisory committee pushed ahead this week on a master plan for adorning the landscape with life-size historical figures.

    The main issue seemed to be how many famous, representative or otherwise intriguing characters there have been in the relatively short history of modern Los Alamos and what to do with them, mostly in the downtown historical district.

    Who would be where?

  • NM unemployment holds steady in November

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's jobless rate remained steady at 7.8 percent in November, the same as the previous month but much higher than the 4.6 percent rate in November 2008.

    The national unemployment rate in November decreased to 10 percent.

    The state's labor department, the Department of Workforce Solutions, says the state lost 25,400 jobs over the past year.

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Snow on the way for this afternoon and tonight

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the Los Alamos area Wednesday morning:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST THURSDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

  • A personal journey to Copenhagen and back

    Editor’s Note: One of the biggest international stories of the year was the United Nation’s Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, which brought the year to a close on a mixed note. Marielle Remillard, a 2005 graduate of Los Alamos High School and now a graduate student at Johns Hopins University in Baltimore served as the Monitor’s special correspondent in Copenhagen, sharing her thoughts and opinions from the experience. Remillard was one of a group of 26 students competitively chosen to participate in a program called SustainUS Agents of Change.

  • A look back at notable cases of 2009

    Making no excuses for shooting his wife in the heart last year, Jack Markham pled guilty in May and was convicted of second-degree murder in First District Court.

    Assistant District Attorney Karen Snell told the judge that Markham had threatened suicide and his wife moved out two weeks before her murder because she and her friends felt she was threatened by him.

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    For this week's police blotter, click here.

  • Jemez Mountains salamander triggers environmentalist lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over a salamander found only in a small area of northern New Mexico.

    The Jemez Mountains salamander is already classified as endangered by state wildlife managers. However, environmentalists contend the lungless animal needs protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Show me the money: Top 2009 NM stories share common thread

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of what made news in New Mexico in 2009 came down to money.

    There was a pay-for-play investigation that cost Gov. Bill Richardson a federal cabinet post. A former secretary of state faces charges over federal funds for voter education. A longtime state Senate leader was sentenced in a kickback scheme. Former housing authority officials were accused of misusing bond proceeds.

    And the once-glowing revenue picture in New Mexico deteriorated into a scramble to find enough money to keep the state in the black.