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  • See final campaign finance reports before election--Updated

    Candidate campaign finance reports were due to be filed Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office. With Election Day coming up Tuesday, this will be the last report politicians file before voters go to the polls.

    Click on the candidate's name to see the latest campaign finance report which shows donors and expenditures...

    Kristin Henderson (D)

    Peter Sheehey (D)

    Steven Girrens (R)

    Marc Clay (R)

    Vincent Chiravalle (R)

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D)

    Jim Hall (R)

  • 10 things to know for Friday

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

    1. WHAT THE U.S. JOB MARKET REPORT WILL LIKELY SOLIDIFY

    That companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

    2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES

    Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.

    3. NEW YORK'S 'FORGOTTEN' ISLAND BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY

    Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.

    4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY, IT'S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION

  • Today in History for November 2nd
  • PACs pour money into legislative races

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political groups free from campaign finance restrictions are pouring millions of dollars into New Mexico's legislative races that will determine whether Democrats hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate.

    A PAC with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday reported spending $1.4 million on House and Senate races last month, with $4 of every $5 going for advertising and mailings.

    That was matched by a Democratic-leaning group called Patriot Majority New Mexico, which spent $1.3 million during October. More than three-fourths of that went for mailings and ads.

  • Lab set to tear down protective buildings at TA-21

    Demolition of the metal buildings used to shield the public from potentially hazardous materials during the excavation and cleanup of a decades-old waste disposal site at the historic Technical Area 21 situated along DP Road is now underway.

    Some prep activities are beginning this week and the work should be completed by the end of March 2013, lab officials said.  The project brings the laboratory closer to transferring the six-acre tract of land to Los Alamos County at some point in the future.

    The metal structures, which look like a modern interpretation of the Quonset hut, were erected in 2010 to protect workers and the public from exposure to hazardous and radiological contamination while excavating and packaging contaminated debris and soil from Material Disposal Area B.

    “Removal of the structures marks the completion of a highly successful environmental cleanup project at Material Disposal Area B,” said Ed Worth, federal project manager with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “We look forward to the day we officially turn the property over for the benefit of our community.”

  • Ex-Penn St. President Charged in Sandusky Case
  • Breaking ground on the covered arena

    A groundbreaking was conducted earlier this week for the new covered arena at North Mesa Stables.

  • Update 11-01-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Business grants

    Learn about various grant opportunities available and if they are a fit for your business from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Small Business Center, 190 Central Park Square. Call Heather Campbell at 661-4803 for more information.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Fire captain gains recognition

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes introduced Capt. Joseph Candelaria to council Tuesday by highlighting one of his most significant accomplishments.

    “I get to come forward tonight with really good news,” Hughes said. “We get to celebrate some of the success we’ve had through building a great partnership with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The partnership has been built through a Fire Science program that is really a great step for our future here in the Los Alamos Fire Department.”

    Council recognized Candelaria with a Leadership Coin for his efforts to create an associate’s degree in fire science at UNM-LA. Candelaria is now UNM-LA’s Fire Science program manager as well as a captain paramedic with LAFD.

    Candelaria began working on development of the program based on the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education curriculum two years ago. During his presentation, Candelaria downplayed his own role in establishing the program.

    “The Los Alamos County Fire Department is proud to be regarded as one of the highest trained and equipped fire departments in the country,” Candelaria said.

  • Updated spending reports due on political races

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters will get an updated look at the cost of New Mexico's legislative races as political committees and candidates face a deadline for fundraising disclosures.

    The last complete pre-election report of campaign spending and contributions must be filed Thursday by candidates for the Legislature and other offices as well as political committees.

    Legislative races are among the most hotly contested in the general election as Republicans and GOP Gov. Susana Martinez try to chip away at Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate.

    Spending on legislative campaigns has soared this year as outside political groups have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for mailings and advertising to try to influence voters in some House and Senate races.