Today's News

  • Badlands Burgers wins cheeseburger challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE— Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the winner of the inaugural Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. Badlands Burgers, of Grants beat out 19 other contestants in the cook-off challenge, which was staged this afternoon on the State Fairgrounds.

    “It is my pleasure to award Badlands Burgers with the prestigious title of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said to a significant crowd of onlookers during the award presentation immediately following the cook-off.

  • 2016 Olympics should be a fun time for all

    SANTA FE — Expect the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be the most fun ever. Brazilians know how to party. Even if Brazil doesn’t deliver on all the promises it made to win the bid, Rio will show everyone a good time, including television viewers.

    I say this after two weeks of travel in Brazil. I realize that doesn’t make me an expert on the subject but it did provide an opportunity to get a taste of the Brazilian way of life.

  • 12-1-09 Police beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Nov. 18

    3:50 p.m. – Blaine McFerrin, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at Los Alamos High School and charged with the unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on a school campus for possessing brass knuckles.

    12:48 a.m. – A 38-year-old Los Alamos man reported cleaning supplies taken from his Tuff shed in White Rock. The estimated loss is $300.

    Nov. 19

  • 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.