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  • Council names community services head

    During a Monday's special session, council voted 6-0 (with Vice Chair Ron Selvage absent) to confirm Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan as community services director.

    "I'm really excited about it. I'm thrilled to be asked, and I very much appreciate the confidence that people are placing in me to do this job," Kalogeros-Chattan said.

    Kalogeros-Chattan was the last member of senior management serving in an acting capacity. Her confirmation, along with the appointment of Rebecca Ehler as county attorney the same day, means the senior management team is fully staffed for the first time in two years.

    Kalogeros-Chattan has grown through the challenges of the past year.

  • Heinrich, Wilson win primaries

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson won their parties’ nomination for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, jumping immediately from quiet primaries into what promises to be a tough, expensive and closely watched national race.
    Heinrich defeated state Auditor Hector Balderas. Heinrich had 59 percent with most of the expected Democratic vote counted, while Wilson easily defeated Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards for the GOP nomination with 70 percent.
    With Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman retiring after 30 years, New Mexico is expected to become a national battleground as Republicans seek to regain one of New Mexico’s two Senate seats and control of the Senate.

  • Primary vote lacks drama

    A little more than 3,000 Los Alamos County residents cast their votes in Tuesday’s primary.

    The county council race lacked little drama as the three Democrats and three Repubicans will be on the November ballot.

    But there was still a vote.

    As far as the Democratic ledger, Kristin Henderson had 1,077 votes, followed by Pete Sheehey (1,013) and Ken Johnson (924).

    On the Republican side, Marc Clay pulled down 1,061 votes, followed by Vince Chiravalle (1,059) and Roger Waterman (927).

    County clerk candidates Sharon Stover and Nathan Hjelm ran unopposed and they picked up 1,358 and 1,110 respectively.

  • Martinez wins in tight race against Montoya

    Tuesday was a good day for 12-year-incumbent state Senator Richard Martinez, who led his campaign to victory against opponent Rio Arriba County Commissioner Alfredo Montoya.

    It was the first time in 12 years that Martinez faced a primary opponent.

    Martinez received 52 percent of the vote in the district, while Montoya received 48 percent – the difference being 1, 254 votes, according to unofficial election data.

    And in Los Alamos County, the race was much tighter with Martinez receiving just 49 more votes that Montoya.

    Montoya didn’t even take his home precinct by the anticipated landslide. He won Alcalde 284 to 153, according to printed tallies at the polling place.

  • Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury dies
  • Espinoza, Montoya win PRC primaries

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza and Bernalillo County Assessor Karen Montoya won the Democratic primaries Tuesday for seats on one of the state's most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued commissions.

    Espinoza won the Democratic primary for the northern New Mexico District 3 seat on the Public Regulation Commission while Montoya won the District 1 seat.

  • Today in History for June 6th
  • US Forest Chief Surveys Massive NM Wildfire

    The head of the U.S. Forest Service surveyed the burn scar being left behind by what has developed into the largest wildfire in the nation. Tom Tidwell took an aerial tour of the blaze, which has scorched more than 400 square miles in N.M.

  • State Senate: Martinez defeats Montoya

    44 of 44 precincts - 100 percent

    Richard Martinez (i) 3,270 - 60 percent

    Alfredo Montoya 2,205 - 40 percent

  • Walker survives recall election in Wisconsin--Video Extra

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.

    The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.