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  • Heinrich, Wilson near $6M in Senate fundraising

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich each entered the final stretch of New Mexico’s Senate race with about $1 million in campaign cash, and a new poll shows Heinrich leading the contest.

    According to the latest finance reports, Wilson has raised about $6.2 million since starting her campaign and Heinrich has collected nearly $5.9 million in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

    The Democratic and Republican candidates reported cash-on-hand of slightly more than $1 million at the end of last month. Independent American Party candidate Jon Barrie had a balance of about $1,100 in his campaign account, debts of about $13,600 and has raised about $9,500 so far.

    Heinrich is serving his second term representing the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District. Wilson held the congressional seat for five terms before running unsuccessfully in 2008 for the GOP Senate nomination.

    A poll published Monday by the Albuquerque Journal found 48 percent of likely voters backing Heinrich and 39 percent supporting Wilson. Nine percent of voters were undecided and 4 percent favored Barrie. Bob Anderson of Albuquerque is a write-in candidate.

  • LAMC Hosts 'Teddy Bear Clinic'

    Probably the highlight of the kindergartners’ field trip to the Los Alamos Medical Center was watching hospital staffers Juanita Boyer, Claudette Medina, Julie Richey and Dr. Lorie Whitley whip up a batch of instant ice cream using liquid nitrogen and milk.

    Or, it could have been hearing their own pulse beats through an ultrasound scanner gently applied to their wrists by hospital nurse James Chrobocinksi. Or perhaps maybe it was when Nose Ear and Throat Dr. Jesse Knight squirted a mucous-like hand sanitizer onto the children’s hands through the “nostrils” of a rubber container shaped like a nose.

    Whatever happened at the LAMC’s first ever “Teddy Bear Clinic,” all seemed to have a learning experience seeing how a hospital works, which was one of the main points of the event.

    According to LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, about 350 kindergartners from throughout the Los Alamos School District dropped by the hospital Friday to tour the facility.

  • 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.