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  • Latest Trump yard sign theft in Roswell caught on video

    ROSWELL (AP) — Roswell Republicans say hundreds of yard signs in support of Donald Trump have been stolen or vandalized in recent weeks, and the latest incident was caught on camera.

    The head of the Republican Party of Chaves County, Jason Perry, says surveillance video shows a woman getting out of a vehicle and struggling to dismantle a large Trump-Pence sign in front of a home early Tuesday before taking off with the sign.

    The Roswell Daily Record reports that the surveillance video has been turned over to police.

    Perry says about 85 percent of the Trump signs placed in Roswell have been destroyed, costing the state and local parties thousands of dollars.

    Chaves County Democratic Party chair Michael Trujillo says he thinks kids are playing around and that three Democrat signs were either stolen or vandalized in recent weeks.

  • Today in history Oct. 20
  • Garcia Richard, Stover respond to voters

    Contenders for New Mexico House District 43, Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican challenger Sharon Stover, answered voters’ questions at the Oct. 6 League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) candidate forum.
    The first question was whether the candidates would support a 20-week abortion ban.
    “I feel that it is a woman’s choice, between her God and her doctor,” Stover responded. “In terms of a 20-week abortion ban, I think after a certain point, we all value the sanctity of life, and that is something that I would consider. I would like to look at what the entire bill says, but I do believe life is precious and we need to save it.”
    “I have never supported any restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s access to her health care,” Garcia Richard said. “I believe those decisions should be between the woman and her doctor. I don’t think the state has any business interfering in that decision.”

  • Homeowners share energy-efficiency tips

    Los Alamos residents had a show-and-tell experience on energy efficiency and water-wise gardening Saturday at the county’s first Energy Efficiency Home Tour.
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson proposed the idea to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). PEEC is contracted to do energy and water conservation education for the department. Five homeowners opened their homes to the 81 people who attended the event.
    The tour included examples of how to retrofit a home for energy efficiency or build an energy-wise home from the ground up. All had some common features, such as energy efficient appliances and lighting and energy efficient windows, but other features varied widely.
    The most visually impressive home on the tour was the contemporary, glass-walled home of Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon, which they built after the Cerro Grande fire.
    Both this home and the home of Tom and Rebecca Shankland incorporate passive solar orientation into the design. The homes are oriented 10 degrees and seven degrees east of south, respectively, to allow for optimal heating in the morning and shade in the evening. Both homes incorporate overhangs to shade the windows in the summer and mechanisms for increasing airflow through the house.

  • Today in history Oct. 19
  • Prescribed burn in Jemez Mountains today causes visible smoke in LA area

    A prescribed burn north of NM 4, near mile marker 30 in the Jemez Mountains is causing  smoke to be seen in the Los Alamos region today.

    The burn will continue for three to eight nonconsecutive days. Smoke may be visible from Los Alamos at various times during the burn, and brief disruptions to traffic may occur in the area. The fire is being conducted by the National Park Service to thin out a build up of fuels in the area. The National Park Service expects that the burn will decrease the chances of larger wildfires breaking out in the Banco Bonito District, according to a press release.

    Motorists are urged to use caution in the area and those looking for information on health impacts from the smoke can call 1-888-878-8992.

  • Santa Fe Botanical Gardens opens Ojos y Manos

    On Oct. 22, the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens opens Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands. Chief Operating Officer Clayton Bass calls the Phase 2 section of the garden “a singular destination.”
    “There is nothing like this in Santa Fe,” Bass said. “Santa Fe has many, many cultural treasures, but this is certainly unlike anything we have.”
    The new garden has many standout features.
    For one thing, the staff believes it is the largest garden planted exclusively with native plants, unadulterated with other flora suited to this climate zone.
    Landscape architect Gary Smith, who designed Phase 2, overlaid the design to incorporate as much of the original landscape as possible. Bass points to junipers, piñon trees and other plants that were left undisturbed.
    Bass pointed to the flora surrounding one of the side paths and said, “So much of this island – it was all here. We’ve added just a few things. We are working very gently with the land because there’s such an abundance of beauty here already.
    The original plants are augmented by new plantings, such as several species of native New Mexican oak, which were nearly driven to extinction by early settlers.

  • Ecuador: We have 'temporarily restricted' Assange's internet

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

    The foreign ministry said that while it stands by its 2012 decision to grant Assange asylum based on legitimate concerns he faces political persecution, it respects other nations' sovereignty and doesn't interfere or support any candidate in foreign elections.

    "The decision to make this information public is the exclusive responsibility of the WikiLeaks organization," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    The recognition of the action comes less than 24 hours after WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had cut off Assange's access to the internet on Saturday after the publication of Clinton's speeches to Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.

  • GOP VP hopeful Mike Pence has Albuquerque rally on Thursday

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Albuquerque on Thursday night.

    According to the campaign website of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Pence's rally will be held at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa.

    Organizers say doors for the event will open at 4 p.m. and tickets are available online on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The Indiana governor previously held campaign events in Albuquerque and Roswell in August to rally support for Trump.

    Trump hasn't been back to New Mexico since a May rally in Albuquerque.

    That event drew a large crowd and also sparked a late-night protest that led to multiple arrests.

  • Today in history Oct. 18