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  • Crucial election awaits voters

    Voters in Los Alamos County have some interesting decisions to make.

    That’s putting it lightly.

    Not only will they cast their votes for president, there is a key U.S. Senate race between Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich.

    That race has been earmarked as one of the key races in the country and it could tilt Senate control either way.

    Democratic House incumbent Ben Ray Luján, who is ahead in most polls, is facing off against Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd.

    Despite all the craziness surrounding the national scene, the local election has had its fair share of fireworks.

    That can especially be said for the State House District 43 race between incumbent Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    The race may be pivotal to which party takes control of the State House.

    Political groups free from campaign finance restrictions are pouring millions of dollars into New Mexico’s legislative races that will determine who gains control in the House and Senate.

    They have been especially prevalent in the contentious House 43 bid, as there have been numerous attack ads flooding the airwaves and mailboxes by outside parties who back both candidates. Both Hall and Garcia Richard have condemned those tactics.

  • Today in History for November 3rd
  • Pastor charged in bizarre sex slaying of fiancee's daughter

    BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — As police frantically worked to figure out how his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter had vanished, a Michigan pastor who had turned to God to shed his violent past went to his flock with a request: pray for her.

    But all along, authorities say, he knew the sordid truth about where the young mother was.

    The pastor, ex-convict John D. White, later confessed to killing Rebekah Gay to fulfill a fantasy of necrophilia, police said Friday. White drank four or five beers before going to the woman's mobile home and repeatedly striking her head with a mallet and strangling her with a zip tie, according to court documents.

    Police said White stripped her dead body but does not remember if he carried out his sexual fantasy. After dumping the body early Wednesday, he returned to Gay's home and dressed her 3-year-old son in his Halloween costume, then later dropped him off with the boy's father.

  • NYC Dep. Mayor: Marathon Became 'Divisive' Day

    As thousands still shivered from Sandy, the New York City Marathon was canceled Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.

  • Main Hill Road reopens in both directions after crash

    The Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) has reopened in both directions after being closed in both directions after a one-vehicle rollover accident just past Anderson Lookout.

    LAPD's Scott Mills said the Hill reopened at about 2:20 p.m.

    The accident involved a gold Toyota Forerunner, driven by a female.

    LAFD and LAPD were first on the scene. LAPD treated the woman but there were no serious injuries. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene to take control of the investigation.

    The woman was asked to take a breathalyzer test and asked to peform a sobriety test. She was then taken away from the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department for more tests. The woman was later arrested but the charges were not known as the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department investigators refused to say what the charges were.

    A witness said the woman was driving aggressively and swerving over the line trying to get around other cars. The car flipped on its side when it banked off the guard rail.

    Mills said it was "a one-vehicle, one-occupant crash," Mills said. "It was not a complete rollover but the vehicle rolled over on its side. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department has taken over the investigation."

    Stay tuned to lamonitor.com.

  • NMED approves WIPP modification

    The New Mexico Environment Department took final administrative action on a Class 2 permit modification request to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Hazardous Waste Facility Permit by approving the modification with changes Thursday.
     The Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC formerly Washington TRU Solutions LLC (the permittees) submitted the PMR to the NMED Hazardous Waste Bureau July 5 seeking to add the shielded container as a shipping package, add descriptions of how the volume of remote-handled transuranic mixed waste which is disposed of in shielded containers will be tracked and related changes to waste handling descriptions.
    NMED did what officials termed was an extensive review of the comments submitted during the 60 day public comment period, which began July 12, and ended Sept.10 and ultimately determined the majority of concerns expressed in these comments are outside of NMED’s regulatory authority.
     The waste that is emplaced at WIPP contains both radioactive and hazardous components and is therefore referred to as mixed waste. As a result, mixed wastes are regulated by both the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Atomic Energy Act. NMED has regulatory authority over the chemical components of the waste at WIPP through RCRA.

  • Bandelier announces fee-free Veterans Day weekend

    Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument has announced that Bandelier, along with all of America’s 397 other National Park Service areas, will offer everyone free admission during the Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-11.
     Lott added, “This is a beautiful time to visit Bandelier.
    The autumn days are cool and peaceful and, the light is beautiful. We hope people will take advantage of these fee-free days to come and enjoy the park.”
    To access the Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier, visitors need to go to the town of White Rock and catch the shuttle bus, which is also free. The first bus leaves White Rock at 9 a.m. every day and the last one returns from Bandelier at 4:30 p.m.  After 4 p.m., visitors may drive their own vehicles into the canyon, which is open until dusk.
    This year the shuttle service will continue through Nov. 17; after that visitors may drive into the canyon throughout the day. Shuttles are scheduled to begin again in March. 

  • Update 11-02-12

    Library board

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

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday 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. Wednesday at the Small Business Center, 190 Central Park Square. Call Heather Campbell at 661-4803 for more information.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

    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.

  • PACs pour money into legislative races

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House District 43 race between Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard is not the only race where PACs have made their mark.
    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.
    Reform New Mexico Now, which was formed by the governor’s supporters, reported raising $1.6 million last month and is targeting about two dozen legislative races. Its top donor was a national GOP group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which contributed $715,000. Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, gave $200,000. Adelson and his wife are leading donors to political groups backing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Two oil and natural gas companies, Occidental Petroleum and Devon Energy Production, each gave $100,000.

  • 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)