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  • Democrat Stephanie Richard bests Pete Sheehey in contest to take on Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace for State House Dist. 43 seat

    With all votes counted in Los Alamos County, unofficial results for the District 43 race between Pete Sheehey and Stephanie Richard was too close to call based on county tallies only.

    The Associated Press called it for Richard just after 10 p.m. last night.

    Read Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for an election wrap-up.

     

  • Colon, Sanchez set to spar for lieutenant governor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez are the survivors of crowded primary contests for New Mexico lieutenant governor.

    Both won Tuesday's primary elections in each party. Colon will be paired on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish in the November general election, while Sanchez will run on the GOP side with Susana Martinez.

  • Voter turnout in NM primary at 28%, up from 2006

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Unofficial returns in New Mexico's primary election indicate that about 28 percent of eligible Republican and Democratic voters cast ballots.

    More than 257,000 total votes were cast in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial returns on the secretary of state's web site.

    That's almost 62,000 more votes than in the 2006 gubernatorial primary, when 22 percent of eligible Republicans and Democrats participated. Both major party candidates for governor ran unopposed in that primary election.

  • Update: Lyons, Becenti-Aguilar, Hall win PRC primaries

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Three seats on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission were up for grabs Tuesday in New Mexico's primary, and none of the races featured an incumbent.

  • Goodbye primary, hello general

    Well known for her drive to build consensus in committees, at town halls and other venues, Democrat Debbie Gill garnered more votes than any candidate on either side of the aisle in her bid for a seat on Los Alamos County Council.

  • Stubborn fire continues to grow in Fenton Lake area, some evacuations underway

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Forest Service officials say 10 people were evacuated from the community of Seven Springs because of a wildfire burning in the Jemez (HAY'-mehs) Mountains northwest of Albuquerque.

    Evacuations also were ordered for campers in the Fenton Lake area.

    The fire has grown to an estimated 1,370 acres.

    It is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Forest officials say as many as 83 structures are threatened.

  • Q1 Productivity gains lower than first reported

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Productivity grew at a slower rate in the first three months of the year than previously thought, a sign that businesses may be reaching the limits on how much they can squeeze out of leaner staffs.

    The Labor Department says productivity advanced at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the January-March period. That is the slowest pace in a year and lower than the 3.6 percent rate the government initially reported last month.

    Labor costs declined at a 1.3 percent annual rate, slower than the 1.6 percent drop initially estimated.

  • Two NM women set to be featured on historic markers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will unveil historic markers honoring Pojoaque Pueblo matriarch Feliciana Viarrial and the first black osteopath, Dr. Meta Christy, as part of the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative.

    Christy's marker, outside the courthouse and museum in Las Vegas, will be unveiled Friday.

    She was the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's first black graduate in 1921. She moved to Las Vegas, where she ran a clinic in her home. The American Osteopathic Association recognizes her as the first black osteopath in the U.S.

  • Productivity growth slows to 2.8 percent gain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Productivity grew at a slower rate in the first three months of the year than previously thought, a sign that businesses may be reaching the limits on how much they can squeeze out of leaner staffs.

    The Labor Department says productivity advanced at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the January-March period. That is the slowest pace in a year and lower than the 3.6 percent rate the government initially reported last month.

  • Anger over Obama's meeting with Ariz. governor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's planned meeting Thursday with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faces a protest from opponents of Arizona's new immigration law.

    Opponents say the law, which Brewer signed, is discriminatory and say Obama isn't doing enough on immigration reform.