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  • Candidates talk local business

    It was likely the last forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor and the candidates fielded questions tightly focused on economic development and business cultivation in the county.

    Participating were Democrats Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo and Republicans Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    The following questions were asked of the candidates and the Los Alamos Monitor will post video highlights of the forum on LAMonitor.com.

  • PAC money hits state race

    Candidates for the New Mexico House District 43 seat are facing a new challenge this year: attacks generated by Political Action Committees that operate outside the candidate’s campaign.

    PACs are sending out mailers with information the candidates’ say distorts their positions. The PACs are also conducting “push polls” that use negative or misleading questions about a candidate under the guise of seeking an opinion.

    “This is really the first time, I think, we’ve had to contend with this kind of atmosphere, this is not the way it was when I ran in 2010 at all,” candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard–D said.

    The District 43 race is one of the most competitive races this year and one that could determine whether the House remains under Democratic control.

    At least 10 PAC attacks have been issued on both sides of the campaign. Since PACs operate independently, neither Garcia Richard nor her opponent Jim Hall–R have a way to track the extent of what’s really been generated by these groups.

    “You just don’t know, because they send them to targeted groups, and sometimes the candidates become aware of them and sometimes they don’t,” Hall said.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    AP's Kimberly Dozier says the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the deadly attack that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.


    But test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph — a 30 mph increase.


    While it's been more than 3½ years since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., one consequence of such a remarkable record is the difficulty in imposing new safety rules on the industry.


  • Puppies Help Boy Lost in Woods

    Kyle Camp, 10, went missing for 15 hours in the woods near his home in Northwestern Alabama. He stayed warm by cuddling with four puppies who were with him.

  • Today in History for October 19th
  • Raw: Dust Storm Shuts Down Interstate in Okla.

    A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

  • Power restored in North Mesa

     Power has been restored in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos, according to the Department of Utilities.

    Earlier, there were reports of outages on North Mesa and the Alamo areas.

    The initial report came in around 1:45 p.m. that power was out on North Mesa in the San Ildefonso and Alamo areas as crews backfed power to the area. At 3:30 p.m., a report from DPU said that power was restored in those areas. But 15 minutes later, it was reported power was still out in San Ildefonso area of North Mesa.

    DPU said an underground fault caused portion of North Mesa to lose power.


  • Backups expected for evening commute

    The eastbound curb lane of Trinity Drive in the vicinity of the Mountain Village apartments (east of 35th Street) is closed to allow Century Link to perform emergency line repairs. This closure will impact the evening traffic commute and motorists are urged to either use the Truck Route or be prepared for delays on Trinity Drive.
    Due to the nature of the emergency, crews may also need to work on Diamond Drive north of the Diamond/Trinity intersection during the evening commute. Motorists are advised to expect congestion on both Diamond and Trinity.


  • New Documents Detail History of Boy Scout Abuse

    The Boy Scouts of America have released nearly a decade of confidential files never before made public. The Scouts kept track of suspected pedophiles they banned from their ranks, but kept the list secret until now.

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