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  • Five things to know about the election

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking his second term, and with a sizeable campaign fund, he’s favored for an easy re-election. But Republican Allen Weh is putting up some of his personal fortune to launch an aggressive challenge. Udall is a popular former attorney general and congressman. Weh, a longtime Albuquerque businessman, is a former state Republican Party chairman and a retired Marine colonel who came in second behind Gov. Susana Martinez in the governor’s primary four years ago.
    State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general. Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Balderas and Riedel are seeking the post being vacated by Gary King, who is attempting to unseat Martinez. Riedel is a former prosecutor and judge from Las Cruces.

  • Dem King lags in Gov race

    SANTA FE (AP) — After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico’s race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.
    The two-term attorney general trailed Martinez by 9 percentage points in a recent poll and lags far behind in fundraising. But King is undaunted.
    “We weathered a million dollars’ worth of negative ads, and we’re still within striking range in the polls,” King said in an interview.
    Martinez and the Republican Governors Association unloaded on King with a barrage of TV ads within days after he won the Democratic nomination in June.
    Now the general election is rapidly approaching, with absentee voting to start in a little over a month on Oct. 7.
    Martinez leads the race with 50 percent of likely voters backing her, according to a poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal. King was favored by 41 percent and 9 percent were undecided in the mid-August survey.
    Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, whose firm conducted the poll, said King faces a difficult task.

  • Ice bucket craze continues

    Nicholas Parra-Vasquez accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 26 after the Pace Race at the Trailhead of the Jim Billen Trail by the Aquatic Center. He was assisted by Ted Williams who poured the bucket of ice water. Parra-Vasquez said he would donate $20 to the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and challenged his friends to do the same. 

  • Update 09-02-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Military gear

    On Friday, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of life-long learning. Email pictures to AssetsInAction@att.net.

    Open house

    Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.


    Friday will be the last show of the season. The concert will be at Ashley Pond with Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble. 

  • LA man fined in dog attack at stable

    Toby Kain, the man whose dogs attacked and injured a North Mesa Stable owner’s cat at the North Mesa Stables recently, was recently sentenced in Los Alamos Municipal Court.
    Kain, a Los Alamos resident who isn’t a stable owner, was walking his dogs at the stables earlier this year when one of his dogs attacked a Cheryl Rosenberger’s cat.
    Rosenberger owns a stable at North Mesa Stables and sometimes brings her cat, “Pumpkin,” to her stable where it stays off and on to catch mice. Pumpkin sustained an eye injury and was also severely bruised in the attack.
    Kain was fined $250 with $200 suspended for 90 days. He also must pay $60 in court costs as well bringing the total he owes to $110. Kain also owes Rosenberger for the costs she incurred because of the attack.
    Though the North Mesa Stables is known as a sight and voice-controlled zone for pets, pet owners must fully demonstrate that their pets can be fully controlled in that matter. Kain was unable to prove that in municipal court or in the civil case Rosenberger brought against Kain.

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  • Golf course building to open next month

    After a nine-month delay, Los Alamos residents will have access to their new golf course community building in mid-September. The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department performed its final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy on Thursday.
    The project contractor, Gerald Martin Ltd., was originally scheduled to complete the $5,390,000 project by the end of December 2013. The county granted an extension into January after September’s thousand year storm caused delays.
    But the company continued to drag its feet on finishing the project. Among other things, the building the pro shop currently resides in was supposed to be demolished and additional parking lot installed on that site. The county also has a long “punch list” — items in need of correction — as well as several items not constructed according to plans and specs that must be redone.
    “All of this, of course, was supposed to be completed long ago, and with no disruption to the golf operations. Needless to say, that didn’t come to fruition,” Project Manager Anthony Strain said, noting that it became increasingly difficult to get the company to move forward.
    On July 3, the county took steps to terminate the contract based on non-performance and performance quality issues.

  • Cone Zone 08-31-14

    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip seal operations continue on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. All the chips have been applied and the final sealant will be applied in mid to late September. The reason for the delay before sealing is to allow the chips to settle; any remaining loose chips will be swept up before the sealant is applied. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street.
     Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.
    Starting on Tuesday, the sidewalk on the north side of Central between the Post Office driveway to just west of Bathtub Row will be closed to allow for the installation of a storm drain pipe; pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central.