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  • Challenger out-raises Hall

    Stephanie Garcia Richard is definitely winning the battle for campaign contributions. Garcia Richard has raised a total of $82,856 since the start of the campaign, while Hall’s total is $70,975.

    Of that, $36,085.15 of Hall’s total is a loan that he and his wife Janet, made to his campaign.

    A significant amount of the $11,370 Hall raised in the last two months came from the Republican Party: $2.300, from the Thomas C. Taylor Election Committee; $1,200 from Santa Fe Federated Republican Women; $1,000 from Committee to Elect Nate Gentry; and $100 from the Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee.

    Hall continues to show strong backing from the business community with $1,000 from Yates Petroleum Corporation; $500 from New Mexico Home Builders Political Action Fund; $300 contributed by Enterprise Products Operating, LLC; and $250 each from Admiral Beverage Corporation, Independent Community Bankers Association and Presbyterian Health Plan.

    Hall has spent $11,373.03 on his campaign so far.

    Garcia Richard raised $17,965 this reporting period. Nearly a third of that came from small campaign contributions, with the bulk of her funding coming from union support.

  • DPU analyzes infrastructure needs

    Los Alamos County's infrastructure is aging. In fact, it is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.

    That’s the assessment from the Department of Public Utilities.

    "Our system is typical in rural America. A large part of our infrastructure has aged, and at least on paper, it's operating toward the end of its useful life," said Rafael De La Torre, deputy utility manager for electric distribution at DPU.

    "The overhead system has a useful life of 50 to 75 years and a large majority of our system was built when Los Alamos came into existence, back in the 50s. So if you do the math, our system is operating toward the end of its useful life.

    "The underground system, similarly, a lot of that was installed during the 1970s, and has a useful life of 30 to 40 years. So again we're operating under those parameters right now."

  • Today in History for October 16th
  • Amphibious ATV Coming to a Dealership Near You

    The Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is being billed as the first high-speed, mass-produced amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It's scheduled to go on sale for around $40,000.

  • 3 women arrested in death of Chimayo man

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women were booked on first-degree murder and aggravated burglary charges in the fatal beating and stabbing of a man at his home in Chimayo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 64-year-old Rudy Montoya was found beaten and stabbed in his home Friday.

    The Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department arrested the victim's niece, 34-year-old Rhiannon J. Montoya of Espanola, and two other women, 18-year-old Sheanee Martinez of Chimayo and 22-year-old Angel P. Baldonado of San Juan Pueblo.

    Investigators say Montoya engineered the crime, though she wasn't present when her friends killed Rudy Montoya.

    Police say Martinez stabbed the victim more than 40 times.

    Baldonado is accused of striking Rudy Montoya with a baseball bat.

    Authorities say Baldonado suffered burns while burning the victim's car to destroy evidence.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

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

    1. CLINTON ON CONSULATE SECURITY: 'I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY'

    The Secretary of State pushed back against Republican criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of the attack in Libya.

    2. WHAT THE CANDIDATES NEED TO DO IN DEBATE TWO

  • Today in History for October 15th
  • Official: Skydiver breaks speed of sound

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officials say that Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound.

    At a news conference, Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation, says Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during his jump Sunday over the New Mexico desert.

    That amounts to Mach 1.24, which is faster than the speed of sound. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.

    Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends.

  • Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump--Video extras updated

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever — a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

    Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first man to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth.

  • Today in History for October 14th