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Today's News

  • Opposition to arrest mugs on front page

      I’d like to add my voice to those in opposition to the Monitor’s publishing of police arrests — along with photos of those arrested — on the front page of the paper. My opposition is not to printing the information. That’s an entirely different discussion. My opposition is to printing the information with photos on the front page.

  • Gearing up for Phase 4

    Phase 3 of the Diamond Drive reconstruction project is winding down and Tuesday evening county officials focused their attention on the fourth and final phase – likely to be the most disruptive of all.

    “There won’t be an individual who travels these roads who won’t be touched by this project – This is going to be a real challenge,” County Administrator Tony Mortillaro advised county council members.

    Diamond Drive is the only north/south arterial road that connects the town’s different mesa tops.

  • Mug shots elicit range of responses

    Newspapers have a quirky kind of give and take with their readers. Typically it’s a predominantly giving relationship — that is until the newspaper does something readers don’t particularly agree with, and then the newspaper takes it… on the chin.

    Such was the case recently when the Monitor made the decision to start publishing mug shots in its weekly Police Beat, that’s become a standard feature on the Tuesday front page over the past several months. Mug shots are, after all, as accessible as the arrest reports that go along with them.

  • Start-up bug infects gathering

    TESUQUE – Peter Fiske confessed that he began showing “disturbing signs of an entrepreneurial spirit” as a geology student at Stanford University, when he cashed in on the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake – for a good cause.

    He and his classmates auctioned off orphaned furniture from damaged buildings in the Bay Area and used the funds they raised to endow a geology program into the future.

  • 2009: A year of crimes against women, children

    ALBUQUERQUE — Women and children were the victims of high-profile cases statewide in 2009, a tragic year that saw 11 sets of human remains discovered on a desert mesa and a young mother accused of suffocating her 3-year-old son and burying him beneath a playground.

    The year began with the discovery in February of human remains buried on a 92-acre subdivision plot, which police dubbed the nation’s largest crime scene.

  • WIPP sells tons of excavated salt to Texas

    ALBUQUEREQUE — Hundreds of tons of salt excavated from the Department of Energy’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are destined for cattle feed in Texas.

    The DOE’s Carlsbad field office has reached an agreement with Magnum Minerals LLC of Hereford, Texas, which will buy up to 300,000 tons of salt from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, known as WIPP.

  • Wildlife corridor a great gift in any season

    Colorado Gov. Ritter and New Mexico Gov. Richardson delivered an early holiday present this year – the new wildlife corridor initiative between southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. In the beginning of December, these two governors agreed to work together to identify and protect key wildlife travel and migration corridors across their shared border. The agreement sets out a plan to use the best scientific geospatial mapping systems available to help conserve several key habitats and migration areas.

  • Environmentalists: Endangered species need protection

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of environmentalists pledged Monday to file petitions and lawsuits over the next 36 days to persuade the Obama administration to make protection of endangered plants and animals a priority.

    Listings under the Endangered Species Act have reached an all-time low, while the number of plants and animals that need protection is growing, said Nicole Rosmarino, the wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians.

  • Richardson difficult to predict in 2009

    SANTA FE — It is fun at this time of year to make predictions for the coming year in New Mexico politics. Then a year later comes the accountability, the time to tally how well I have done.

    This year’s evaluation of my 2009 predictions is not pretty. I usually have quite a bit to crow about. But a year ago today was during that brief period when we thought Gov. Bill Richardson was headed for the big time.

  • Employment figures begin to turn around

    SANTA FE – New Mexico stopped the bleeding in its unemployment rate in November, according to the latest data from the state Economic Research and Analysis Bureau.

    But the agency stopped short of an optimistic forecast.

    According to the report released Wednesday, New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November 2009, unchanged from October’s revised rate, but up from 4.6 percent a year ago.

    The national unemployment rate decreased to 10 percent.