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  • Hall Talks Politics

    Rep. Jim Hall was a guest lecturer at UNM-LA’s American Politics class Monday night. during which he  gave two lectures.  The presentations for both lectures are on Jim Hall’s website, jimhallnm43.com.

  • Making the Rounds

    N.M. Legislative candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and Congressman Ben Ray Luján talk with Lewis Muir, while campaigning door-to-door in the Western area Saturday.

  • Update 09-18-12

    FAN Club

    A FAN Club will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the community training room.

  • Today in History for September 18th
  • Raw Video: Bird Steals Camera, Flies Over Water

    A seagull captured the sunset in San Francisco after snatching a tourist's camera. The seagull flew over the water with the camera and was filming all the while, but eventually dropped the camera on a walkway.

  • Man jailed on $100K bond in Gov. Martinez threats case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Valencia County man facing five misdemeanor charges for allegedly harassing Gov. Susana Martinez remains behind bars in the Santa Fe County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond despite facing only misdemeanor charges.

    The attorney for 61-year-old James Sanchez acknowledges his client left multiple messages with the Governor's Office of Constituent Services in Santa Fe using profanity and insulting language and accusing the governor of ignoring his complaints. Attorney Thomas Esquibel said his client has been on a "crusade" to protect his family from cows crossing a residential subdivision road.

    The state claims that he has threatened Martinez's life and the lives of some of her staff in the process.

    In several audio recordings of Sanchez's messages released to reporters on Friday by Esquibel, Sanchez can be heard cursing in English and Spanish, claiming that Martinez had "breached" her obligations to take care of Sanchez's children.

  • Today in History for September 17th
  • Today in History for September 16th
  • Funding sources help define Statehouse candidates

    The First General Report for the District 43 House seat shows some marked differences between the supporters of incumbent Rep. Jim Hall (R) and challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard (D).

    Hall, who was appointed to the seat in June, 2011 after the death of Rep. Jeannette Wallace, has raised $59,605.03. More than half of Hall’s campaign fund–$36,085.15–is a loan from Hall and his wife Janet.

    Hall has received considerable support from the Republican party, including $2,500 from the Republican Party of Santa Fe County and $500 each from the Friends of Paul Bandy election committee and the Committee to Elect James Strickler. The Friends of Yvette Herrell campaign committee also has contributed $250 and the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women Political Action Committee also donated $100.

    Hall also has support from the gaming industry. Sunray Gaming of New Mexico LLC has contributed $1,000 and Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino gave $500.

    Other significant contributors include New Mexico Dental Political Action Committee ($1,500), a lobbying group named Car of New Mexico ($1,000) and Enterprise Holdings, Inc, a political action committee of Enterprise Rent-a-Car gave $550.

  • Council campaign donations subdued

    First General Reports for the 2012 campaign reveal that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle (R) and Kristin Henderson (D) are by far the biggest fundraisers in the race to fill three council seats.

    But a closer look at both primary and general election reports reveal interesting patterns in terms of where the money is coming from.

    The question of how much spending influences elections — as opposed to other factors such as grassroots campaigning — may never be resolved. But money does have the ability to influence the outcome of elections.

    So far, Chiravalle has raised a total of $3,935 since the campaign season began, with $500 of that being a contribution to his own campaign.

    Chiravalle also has raised more out-of-county money than any other candidates, with $1,885 coming from Los Alamos county residents and $1,550 coming from outside donors, mostly from New Jersey. Joseph Rinaldi of Carteret, N.J., contributed $1,300.

    When asked about these large outside contributions, Chiravalle replied, “I have received donations for my re-election campaign from my supporters, family and friends. Joseph Rinaldi is my uncle.”