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  • 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.

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 10-14-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 13, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • 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
  • Bullies, lawyers take stage

    SANTA FE – From early indications it will be Republican bullies vs. Democratic lawyers at the polls on election day, Nov.  6.
    For those of you who aren’t up for such excitement, absentee voting, which already has begun, or early voting, which begins October 20, may be the answer.
    We’ve already seen news that a poll watcher class for Republicans was held in Albuquerque in late September to teach volunteers methods of challenging potential voters.
    Democratic leaders charge that some of the methods discussed are not legal. The state party has sent an email throughout its system warning that Tea Party bullies will be at the polls intimidating voters.
    The Democratic Party asks that everyone receiving the email donate $25 to $100 or more for lawyers on the ground to fight efforts to steal elections from under our noses.
    How exciting. You don’t want to miss it. Will it be a David vs. Goliath fight? The bullies appear to be mere volunteers. They will be up against highly trained paid professionals.
    Okay, I’ve spent 160 words trying to get you excited about voting. Now, please humor me by reading the next 500 words about the serious choices on the back side of the ballot.

  • Dollars don’t sway local races

    The Second General Campaign Finance Report released this week shows Kristin Henderson-D leading the race for campaign contributions, with $5,525 in her coffers. Latecomer Michael Redondo-D is bringing up the rear with $0.

    Redondo, who replaced Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ballot Aug. 29, said that his zero balance is one of his campaign platforms.

    “One of the big issues is, I think there’s already too much money in politics. And I think at this local level it’s possible to actually win an election without having to rely on contributions — particularly here in Los Alamos where people really take the responsibility of being an educated voter,” Redondo said.

    “That’s one of the things I wanted to show, that it can be done. That was one of the big reasons I decided to eschew donations."

    Redondo’s strategy for running a campaign without money is simple: meet as many people as he can in person and talk to them about his platform. He also encourages those who agree with him to tell others about his campaign, or even set up a meeting so others can learn more about him.

    Rather than paying for a website, Redondo is posting his political positions on a Facebook page, Michael Redondo for County Council.

  • LAMS Field Officially Opens

    It doesn’t have a name yet, but that didn’t stop Los Alamos Middle School from having a small dedication ceremony for its new football field Thursday, just before the Hawks played their game against the McCurdy Bobcats.

    According to LAMS Football coach Darren Jones, the field’s been open since fall sports began, and that now would be a great time for the ceremony.

    “Since this was going to be our last game here for the season, we decided now would be a good time,” Jones said.

    According to Jones, the turf features the same type of artificial turf that’s on Sullivan Field, and ever since his kids have been using it, he can see a marked difference between the artificial turf and the natural grass field they’ve had since the early 60s.

    “It’s really awesome,” he said. “We’ve had a soccer tournament here earlier and we’ve got a lot of good feedback about the new field.

    “The best part about it is that there are no bumps,” Jones said. “It’s a nice, level playing field, easy to run and maneuver on.”

    LAMS’ Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez characterized the field as a real accomplishment for the middle school.

  • Business/economic development candidate forum set for this evening

    The future make-up of the Los Alamos County Council will have an impact on economic development and the overall business climate in Los Alamos.

    All six of the candidates vying for three seats on the Los Alamos County Council have been invited to attend a forum set for 6 p.m. today at UNM-LA.

    The event is being co-produced by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor. The candidates will respond to questions surrounding improving the business climate and other issues related to economic development in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    The forum will take place in the Building 5 Lecture Hall (room 505) on the UNM-LA campus. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will get underway at 6 p.m.

    Republicans and Democrats have each fielded three candidates. On the Democratic side: Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo are in the running; while Republican candidates include Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    While there have been a number of forums this campaign season, this is the only one that will focus on critical issues surrounding how best to foster growth and economic diversification in Los Alamos.

  • Update 10-14-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Letter deadline

    The deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new Creative District advisory committee will have until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The criterion has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.” 

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdsay for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    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.

  • Okhay Owingeh joins Regional Coalition

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has announced that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition. In joining the Coalition, Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the board.

    “We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. We look forward to participating and supporting this most worthwhile effort,” said Ohkay Owingeh Governor Ron Lovato.

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is now comprised of eight communities surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

    The organization’s focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development, site employment and adequate funding for LANL.