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  • DOT to sell surplus equipment at auction

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation plans to sell surplus equipment ranging from bulldozers and snowplows to cars, mini-vans and four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles.

    An auction is scheduled Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department's District 5 office, which is on the south side of Santa Fe.

    The agency says more than 1,000 items will be sold, including dump trucks, pickup trucks, road graders, trailers, mowers as well as office furniture and electronics.

    The equipment can be viewed at the District 5 office on Sept. 27-28. A partial listing of the equipment also is available on the auctioneer's web site (http://bit.ly/RS8cKZ ).

    Money from the auction will go into a state fund that pays for the department's operations.

  • Today in History for September 17th
  • Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Race Results and Photos

    The second annual Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon drew 900 runners Sunday from across North America.

    The USATF-certified race started at 8 a.m. in downtown Santa Fe and ended in the Rio Grande Valley at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.  The race gave athletes the opportunity to test their fitness and endurance at high altitude.

    The Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon course was fast and scenic, dropping over 1,300 feet after a gradual climb for the first two miles. The top male runner Meshack Kirwaran 4:51 minute mile and the top female runners including Atalelech Asfawand and Alvina Begay were at 5:34 and 5:37 per mile.

    Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills started the race. Steve “King of the Mountain” Gachupin, double U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Nike N7 Ambassador Alvina Begay and World Record Steeplechaser Peter Koech attended and participated in the weekend events. The Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indians from Copper Canyon, Mexico, were in for the race as well. The Rarámuri are famed for their running-based culture, as recently portrayed in the best-selling book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 9-16-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • State Roundup: Saturday Prep FB scores

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Albuquerque Academy 29, Bernalillo 26

    Cleveland 19, Onate 18

    Dora 64, Vaughn 0

    Las Cruces 48, Cibola 8

    Manzano 26, Clovis 20

    McCurdy 45, Santa Fe Indian 0

    Menaul 34, Floyd 8

    Pojoaque 34, Espanola Valley 20

    Silver 28, Hope Christian 12

    St. Michael's 40, Lovington 0

    St. Pius 41, Los Alamos 0

  • 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.”

  • Bond question goes to voters

    The Los Alamos School Board worked long into the night last week shaping up a bond resolution. The resolution will ask Los Alamos residents permission to bond up to $20 million in construction funds for various renovations and maintenance to shore up Los Alamos Public Schools aging infrastructure.

    According to Superintendent Gene Schmidt and the Los Alamos School Board, it wasn’t if they were sending a ballot to residents, but when. The board thought the bond question was so vital to LAPS’ future that they wanted to time its arrival at residents’ homes when it would have the most impact. That meant timing it for when the college students would be home, and when families would be home from their winter vacations and resuming regular mail service.

    No one wanted to see the ballots disappear in the piles of vacation mail or worse, get confused with the other elections happening around the same time. One of the board’s biggest fears that if they chose to have voters come in and vote, not enough people would come out to support the bond initiative.

  • Hilltoppers lose at St. Pius X 41-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was roughed up on the road by an old district rival Saturday.
    The St. Pius X Sartans took advantage of some key Hilltopper miscues Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    A late first half fumble set up a 4-yard touchdown run by TJ Sanchez, then another lost Hilltopper fumble on their first possession of the third quarter led to another short Sanchez touchdown run.
    Sanchez, St. Pius’ tailback, finished with four touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Sartans cruised to a 41-0 victory. St. Pius scored 20 points following Los Alamos turnovers.
    The Hilltoppers (1-2) and Sartans (2-1) were former District 2-4A rivals.
    Saturday was the first time the two teams had played, however, since the Sartans moved out of district following the 2006 season.
    This was the second straight time Los Alamos has been shut out on the road this season.
    It was blanked at Farmington eight days earlier, 28-0.
    Los Alamos will host its homecoming match-up Friday.
    The homecoming game against Kirtland Central is set for 7 p.m.
    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for its help in compiling this report.