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Monks bring monastery coffee to Albuquerque

January 2nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by under Latest Posts

The monks behind Abbey Roast are bringing their Abbey Roast label of coffee to Albuquerque tomorrow.

The Benedictine brothers have learned the coffee-roasting trade as a means to help support their Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery near Silver City.

From 9:30 a.m.-noon on Friday they’ll be offering free samples of their French Press coffee at the Shamrock Foods retail location at 1221 Renaissance Blvd. NE.


Holiday pushes back trash, recycling collections

December 31st, 2013 at 6:09 am by under Latest Posts

The city of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Department is taking New Year’s Day off, and that delays regular collections by a day for the rest of the week.

The department released this information on its plans:

  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Wednesdays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Thursdays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Friday, January 3, 2014.
  • Residential customers who are regularly serviced on Fridays should place their trash and recyclables at the curb on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

All three convenience centers, Montessa Park, Don Reservoir and Eagle Rock will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 and will reopen in full operation from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center is located at 6301 Eagle Rock Rd. NE
  • Don Reservoir Convenience Center is located at 114th St. and Central SW
  • Montessa Park Convenience Center is located at 3512 Los Picaros Rd. SW

The main administrative office at 4600 Edith NE and the Cerro Colorado Landfill will also be closed for the holiday and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2014.

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit www.cabq.gov/solidwaste.


Tasmanian devils set for first public appearance

December 28th, 2013 at 1:08 pm by under Latest Posts

Four Tasmanian devils will be making their debut soon after a week of settling in at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo.

The devils–two males, two females–arrived in Albuquerque from Australia last week.

They were taken to the zoo to get acquainted with their surroundings and each other and will be on public display starting Monday.

The BioPark is one of two zoos in the U.S. that houses the animals.

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Photo courtesy ABQ BioPark/Arthur Chapman/Flickr.

 


Kwanzaa celebrations begin

December 26th, 2013 at 9:07 pm by under Latest Posts

Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a celebration of African American cultures and traditions.

Kwanzaa is from a Swahili phrase which means “first fruits of the harvest.”

The week long celebration ends Jan. 1.

The nonreligious holiday was first observed in 1966.

There are local events being held. On Friday a Kwanzaa celebration will be held in Albuquerque from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in northwest Albuquerque.

It is a community event.


Laser scientist receives presidential award

December 26th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by under Latest Posts

Dr. Greg Pitz from the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Pitz heads a six-member team of scientists working on lasers that could protect aircraft.krqe-mug-dr-greg-pitz-bd

A statement released in conjunction with the award said this about Pitz’s work:

Dr. Pitz is leading diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) research at AFRL New Mexico, heading a six-member team of scientists and engineers in the ongoing development and improvement of the world’s first open-cycle flowing diode pumped alkali laser. DPALs have the potential to enable affordable, lightweight, small form-factor lasers effective for use to protect aircraft. Dr. Pitz was selected for the award for his contributions to atomic spectroscopy of alkali atoms, the development of hybrid lasers, and modeling of innovative new designs; for his leadership in demonstrating laser operation in realistic environments for national defense; and for his active outreach and mentoring of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students both in the Department of Defense and in the Albuquerque community.