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  • Exit poll shows economy still the top concern

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through, with 4 in 10 saying the nation's economy is getting better.

    There was wide agreement that the economy still has far to go — three-fourths of voters said it was poor or not so good, according to preliminary results of exit polls. Only a fourth thought they were better off financially than four years ago when President Barack Obama was elected.

    The survey of voters as they left polling places showed 6 in 10 ranked the economy the top issue. The majority who don't yet see economic improvement were roughly divided over whether things were getting even worse or just stuck in place.

    Joseph Neat, a stay-at-home father in Hagerstown, Md., said he voted for Republican Mitt Romney because Obama has had enough time to deal with the economic troubles affecting families, especially gasoline prices that he called "insane."

  • Update 11-06-12

    No trash pickup

    In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 12. If Monday is your normal pickup day please put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 14 for collection.

    Election results

    LAMonitor.com will be live and access will be free throughout the evening with the latest in election results for all the local, state and national races. The Los Alamos Monitor news team will then produce a complete election wrap up for Wednesday’s edition that will be a Total Market Circulation to most households in the county.

    Business grants

    Learn about various grant opportunities available and if they are a fit for your business from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Small Business Center, 190 Central Park Square. Call Heather Campbell at 661-4803 for more information.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Voters head to polls

    Around 8:30 this morning, this was the scene at Kelly Hall in Trinity on the Hill Espiscopal Church, one of three voting centers for Los Alamos County. Polls close at 7 p.m. Look for results on LAMonitor.com.

  • LANL overhead changes trouble subcontractors

    The bagel and coffee breakfast hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for Los Alamos National Laboratory officials and their subcontractors went down pretty easy, but subcontractors who were present had a hard time swallowing the bad news they received from a LANL presentation.

    LANL’s group leader for the Chief Financial Division, Aaron Menefee, started the presentation off with data that showed LANL has lost $400 million in funding to support contracting work since 2011, a number that is projected to grow larger as the government looks to trim expenses in a number of areas overall.

    Then Menefee, along with Doug McCrary, head of acquisition services management at LANL, told the subcontractors exactly what the dismal parade of figures could mean to their livelihoods,  as well as the future of their businesses.

    Menefee and McCrary said because of the losses, LANL will be trying a new “cost model” that will ask subcontractors to share more of the cost burden.

    “We just want to make sure we’re charging everyone a fair and equitable amount,” Menefee said during his talk. “When we go back and talk to our customers, we want to make sure we can tell them that everyone is paying their fair share of these overhead costs.

  • LAMonitor.com opens access for election coverage

    LAMonitor.com will be live and access will be free throughout the evening with the latest in election results for all the local, state and national races. The Los Alamos Monitor news team will then produce a complete election wrap up for Wednesday’s edition that will be a Total Market Circulation to most households in the county.

  • Raw: Jersey Shore Town Casts Votes in Winnebago

    Voters in one New Jersey shore community cast ballots in a mobile polling station dubbed the "vote-a-bago" just one week after Superstorm Sandy devastated the towns and cities along the state's coastline.

  • Raw: NH Residents Cast First Election Day Votes
  • Control of NM statehouse up for grabs

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A costly fight for control of the Legislature comes to an end Tuesday as voters decide whether Republicans will gain a majority in the House for the first time in nearly 60 years and top Democratic Senate leaders can survive efforts by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez to oust them.

    The first-term governor, who wasn't up for re-election this year, used her political popularity and fundraising muscle to aid Republican candidates across the state and potentially transform legislative elections into a referendum on her policies, including a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

    Victories for governor-backed candidates could give Martinez more GOP support in the Legislature and possible clout in pressuring Democrats in the House and Senate to agree to her legislative agenda.

    GOP and Democratic-leaning political action committees have dumped more than $3 million into the general election campaign, an unprecedented amount for legislative races in New Mexico.

  • Today in History for November 6th
  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Tuesday:


    In dash to the finish, Obama and Romney make their appeals to an ever-smaller universe of undecided voters. The most accurate election forecasting model from the University of Colorado still shows a landslide victory for Mitt Romney.


    With all the early and absentee voting, Election Day just isn't what it used to be.


    The AP's Dennis Waszak Jr. tells the harrowing story of how he, his wife and their three children lived through the superstorm. The Obama administration's response to aid victims has raised the ire of survivors as a new storm approaches the area.