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  • Voter turnout drops to 62 percent in NM election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates.

    About 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race, according to unofficial returns. That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election, when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

    "I think this election did not reach the level of excitement and enthusiasm as four years ago on either side," Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff said Thursday.

    New Mexico was a highly competitive state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests as the Democratic and Republican nominees sought to nail down the state's electoral votes. The campaigns invested heavily in get-out-the-vote efforts to make sure their supporters went to the polls.

  • LA outlasts Los Lunas in 4A quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE — The onus was on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team’s defense to slow down the top scorer in Class 4A.
    And, aside for a breakaway early in the second half, the Hilltoppers were up to the task.

    Los Alamos limited the touches of Los Lunas striker Alejandro Garcia for much of Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers struck twice, once in the first half and once in the second half, to earn a 2-1 victory over Los Lunas’ Tigers and advance to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Los Alamos’ semifinal contest was scheduled for this afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex against second-seeded Chaparral.

    It was a rough game, however, with neither team being able to connect passes on their offensive ends.

    Prior to the win, the Hilltoppers had been on a layoff since Oct. 23. Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker said the time off had an effect on the team.

    “We didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” he said. “I’m grateful the team was able to pull this off and have another day at state.”

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):

    1. WHY OBAMA IS IN A BIND

    He has to stand his ground against the GOP, and risk falling off the "fiscal cliff," or reach a compromise — and risk angering liberal Democrats. He'll make his case to the public at 1:05 p.m.

    2. WHAT'S IN STORE FOR SANDY VICTIMS

    A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day goes into effect in New York after the nor'easter.

    3. TEHRAN FACING "COMPLETE SANCTIONS REGIME"

    AP's Bradley Klapper says lawmakers are working on a new set of Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.

    4. ASSAD CALLS CIVIL WAR CLAIM DUBIOUS

  • Farmington bookstore adjusts to digital economy

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A local bookstore is teaming up with a major wholesaler to sell books online.

    Andrea Kristina's Bookstore & Kafé, at 218 W. Main St. in downtown Farmington, is selling books through a website backed by wholesaler Baker & Taylor.

    The bookstore and restaurant receives revenue from any books bought through Andrea Kristina's website at andreakristinasbookstorekafe.com.

    The books are shipped from Reno, Nev., and delivered to the customer's door in about three days.

    "I make the same profit whether they buy here or online," said Claudia Anderson, bookseller at Andrea Kristina's.

    The site also sells e-books along with movies on DVD and music — items not sold in the brick-and-mortar store.

    "It increases my inventory reach by a factor of not hundreds, but thousands," Anderson said.

  • Today in History for November 9th
  • Class 4A roundup: Academy, St. Pius boys fall in quarterfinal round

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the most stunning Class 4A state tournament results in recent memory, the eighth-seeded Capital Jaguars boys soccer team pulled off a gargantuan upset Thursday.

    The Jaguars knocked off the top-seeded Albuquerque Academy Chargers 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Jaguars scored twice in the opening half and picked up an insurance goal in the second half to advance to today's 4A semifinals.

    Neither Academy nor St. Pius X, two of the most powerful teams in the state, escaped the quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Soccer Complex. St. Pius, the No. 5 seed, fell to No. 4 seed and defending state champion Farmington.

    The Scorpions (11-6) battled back from a 1-0 second half deficit to tie the score and send the contest into overtime. Jeremy Klepac and Naeem Begay netted goals for the Scorpions in the victory to topple St. Pius (12-8-2).

    For Capital's Jaguars (17-4), who finished as the runners-up to Los Alamos in the District 2 race this season, Diego Pichardo, Luis Rios-Olivas and Jesus Garcia both earned goals in their upset.

    Capital, which was scheduled to face Farmington this afternoon, split its two contests with Los Alamos this season.

  • Raw: Fla. Students Design Shoes to Walk on Water

    Students from Florida International University walked on water Thursday, while wearing special shoes they designed and built. The students had to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake in order to get an "A" on the assignment.

  • LAHS soccer teams advance to Class 4A state semifinals

    The Los Alamos High School girls soccer team advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 1-0 win against Piedra Vista this afternoon at the APS Soccer Complex.

    Later in the afternoon, the Hilltoppers boys team defeated Los Lunas 2-1 to advance. Nick Thoma and Rohun Iyer had goals for LA.

    Amy Neal had the lone goal for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 18-3 on the season.

    Los Alamos girls will take on Aztec at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinals. Los Alamos boys will take on Chapparal at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

  • Off the Hill 11-8-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up Nov. 30-Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.
    Art openings

    “Chairs Gone Wild!” will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs. This is a charity event with a portion of all sales benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The exhibit will run through Friday. For more information, call 575-829-3617.
    Exhibits

    The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens. Through Nov. 25, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. For more information, call 476-5200.

    Fundraisers

  • Learn about skunks at PEEC

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.