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  • 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.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. NYC'S SUBWAYS GET BACK ON TRACK

    Limited subway service will resume Thursday morning, but not in lower Manhattan where the power remains out, officials say.

    2. WHAT HAPPENED TO NEW JERSEY'S BARRIER ISLANDS

    Superstorm Sandy turned the cherished area into a hazardous wasteland of badly eroded shore, ruined beachfront homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities.

    3. WHERE NOT TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING

    The White House canceled its Halloween tradition because of Sandy and donated the goodies to the organizations that would have participated.

    4. THE US ROLE IN SHAPING THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION

  • Raw: Ky. Chemical Train Derailment Evacuations

    Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze. Some people forced from their homes faced a night in shelters.