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  • Udall wins reelection bid

     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has won a second term in a victory over Republican Allen Weh.

    A popular former attorney general and congressman, Udall had a sizeable campaign fund and was favored by pollsters early as one of a handful of Senate members who had a 99 percent chance of retaining his seat.

    Weh, a retired Marine colonel and a longtime Albuquerque businessman, put up some of his personal fortune to launch an aggressive challenge and narrowed Udall's lead in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

    The campaign was peppered with negative television ads, including one in which Udall claimed his opponent would back tax cuts for the wealthy. Weh criticized Udall for his support of President Barack Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system and inaction to address the growing national debt.

  • Morning after: Obama, GOP in new dynamic

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America awoke Wednesday to sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republican leaders in Congress new muscle to check him.

    The president scheduled an afternoon news conference to offer his take on an Election Day thumping of Democrats that gave Republicans control of the Senate, strengthened the GOP hold on the House and put a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors.

    One of Obama's first post-election calls was to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, positioned to become the new Senate majority leader and confront the president over his signature health care law and on other issues. The two didn't connect, but Obama left a message for the senator.

    The election results alter the political dynamic on immigration reform, budget matters, presidential nominations and much more. With lawmakers planning to return to Washington next week for a post-election session, Obama invited congressional leaders to a meeting Friday.

  • Los Alamos church hosts immigration talk

    The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host a talk, “Spotlight on Artesia: How We Respond to Asylum Seekers,” on the conditions in Central America that are driving unprecedented numbers of immigrant refugees to the U.S. border and our faith-based response to people seeking asylum in the United States.
    Justin Remer-Thamert, director of the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigration Justice (NMFCIJ), will lead with the discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall, 3600 Canyon Road.
    The talk will include stories from a recent trip to the Artesia family detention center by members of the NMFCIJ.
    More than 500 women and children are currently being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Artesia Family Residential Center in Artesia.
    These immigrants are primarily from Central American countries including Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, having fled from violence in their countries and invariably endured many traumatic experiences before reaching the U.S. border.
    Although the talk will be given at the church, NMFCIJ is interfaith and all faiths are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
    For more information, contact Justin Remer-Thamert at nmfc4ij@gmail.com.

  • Crash spurs criticism about space tourism

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth’s atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don’t know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.
    And another question looms: How far will the accident push back the day when paying customers can routinely rocket dozens of miles into the sky for a fleeting feeling of weightlessness and a breathtaking view?
    National Transportation Safety Board investigators worked Monday at the main wreckage area where Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo fell to the ground in the Mojave Desert, but also collected tiny debris 35 miles away. The accident killed the co-pilot and badly injured the pilot who parachuted out of the ship Friday.
    Acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said cockpit video and data showed that the co-pilot unlocked SpaceShipTwo’s unique “feathering” system earlier than planned. The system works somewhat like the wing flaps that airplanes use to slow for landing — except that SpaceShipTwo’s twin tails rotate up at a far more extreme angle, to a position that creates strong resistance and slows the descent.

  • Road closure in White Rock

    Community Economic Development would like to let the public know that there will be a road closure on Sherwood Boulevard between Longview Drive and State Route 4 from Monday through Friday the installation and tie in of a new water line at the middle drive along Sherwood to serve the new White Rock Library.
    Access to the shopping center will be maintained through the end drive closest to Longview as well as closest to N.M. 4 (by Bandelier Grill). The tie-in will occur at the middle drive.
    A Traffic Control Plan has been approved by the county and traffic will be diverted up Bonnie View to Longview and then up Sherwood to access the neighborhoods.

  • Mitten drive through Nov. 24

    The Child Development class at Los Alamos High School is hosting a snack and mitten drive now through Nov. 24.
    Donations will be given to needy students throughout the community. Drop locations include Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Middle and High School and both senior center locations.
    Those businesses willing to collect may also request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

  • Update 11-04-14

    Little Theater

    Auditions for “Mr. Roberts.” 6-9 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s Green Room, 1670 Nectar St. Scripts are available for check out at the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk. For more information, call 670-9448.

    Lecture

    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts The Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim Hammond to speak about the 400-year-old history of wine making in New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Sierra Club

    Jeri Sullivan presents: The
    Energy-Water Nexus. 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNM-LA, bldg. 200, room 203. Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. Sullivan will discuss issues surrounding water use in New Mexico, development of brackish water resources, and the recycling of oil-and-gas produced water as a substitute for fresh water use in exploration and production.

    Performances

    • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of LA Community Winds conductor Ted Vives. 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. No charge for admission, donations accepted.
    • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, lalt.org and at the door.

  • Volunteers come to the rescue

    Volunteers from various organizations that make up New Mexico’s Search and Rescue Council paid a visit to Los Alamos’ Crossroads Bible Church Saturday, but fortunately, not for the reason you might think.
    They were there to put the official stamp on their search and rescue techniques, which meant becoming officially certified by New Mexico Search and Rescue.
    According to officials, 36 applicants showed up, and all of them were taking the New Mexico Search and Rescue certification course for the first time.
    N.M. SAR coordinators checked if the volunteers have completed their online training course that was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They also checked their compass skills and if they have their required personal emergency pack. They also took a written test based on the N.M. SAR’s 66-page training manual.
    Most of the volunteers that showed up have been involved with search and rescue but have not had an opportunity to become certified. Certification sessions are held all over the state, at least two times a year. Some of the volunteers came from as far away as Ruidoso and Moriarity.

  • Bandelier trail section closed due to erosion

    Bandelier National Monument has announced that the trail section connecting the Frijoles Canyon Trail to the Frijoles Rim Trail at Upper Crossing has had to be closed due to severe erosion damage caused by effects of the Las Conchas Fire.
    Water running down the badly burned, steep canyon wall has cut a number of deep, unstable arroyos across the trail. During this year’s rainy season they rapidly eroded to the point that the trail is no longer passable even by experienced hikers.
    For backcountry travelers, this means that it is no longer possible to plan a route from Ponderosa Campground across to the Frijoles Rim Trail or Upper Alamo Canyon, and the Frijoles Rim Trail can no longer be done as a loop. It is uncertain whether it will be possible to rebuild the trail, and there is presently no estimate on how long this closure will be necessary.
    Other trails in the monument have also been affected by erosion following the fire, but only one other has had to be closed. The Falls Trail from just below Upper Falls down to the Rio Grande River has been closed since a large section was completely washed away. The first big flashflood following the fire, in August of 2011, left only a sheer cliff where that trail had been. This damage has increased with each succeeding high water flow.

  • Voters flock to polls

    Voters in Los Alamos County made a beeline to the three voting centers as polls opened at 7 a.m. today. “I think there are many issues that the voters are excited about this year,” county clerk Sharon Stover said. Polls close at 7 p.m. Get the latest election returns on LAMonitor.com and look for full coverage in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.