http://www.lamonitor.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Dem King lags in Gov race http://www.lamonitor.com/content/dem-king-lags-gov-race <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nm_state_flag_9.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> SANTA FE (AP) &mdash; After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico&rsquo;s race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.<br /> The two-term attorney general trailed Martinez by 9 percentage points in a recent poll and lags far behind in fundraising. But King is undaunted.<br /> &ldquo;We weathered a million dollars&rsquo; worth of negative ads, and we&rsquo;re still within striking range in the polls,&rdquo; King said in an interview.<br /> Martinez and the Republican Governors Association unloaded on King with a barrage of TV ads within days after he won the Democratic nomination in June.<br /> Now the general election is rapidly approaching, with absentee voting to start in a little over a month on Oct. 7.<br /> Martinez leads the race with 50 percent of likely voters backing her, according to a poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal. King was favored by 41 percent and 9 percent were undecided in the mid-August survey.<br /> Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, whose firm conducted the poll, said King faces a difficult task.<br /> Five things to know about the election http://www.lamonitor.com/content/five-things-know-about-election <p> ALBUQUERQUE (AP) &mdash; New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:<br /> U.S. SENATE<br /> Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking his second term, and with a sizeable campaign fund, he&rsquo;s favored for an easy re-election. But Republican Allen Weh is putting up some of his personal fortune to launch an aggressive challenge. Udall is a popular former attorney general and congressman. Weh, a longtime Albuquerque businessman, is a former state Republican Party chairman and a retired Marine colonel who came in second behind Gov. Susana Martinez in the governor&rsquo;s primary four years ago.<br /> ATTORNEY GENERAL<br /> State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general. Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Balderas and Riedel are seeking the post being vacated by Gary King, who is attempting to unseat Martinez. Riedel is a former prosecutor and judge from Las Cruces.<br /> LA man sentenced in dog attack at stable http://www.lamonitor.com/content/la-man-sentenced-dog-attack-stable <p> Toby Kain, the man whose dogs attacked and injured a North Mesa Stable owner&rsquo;s cat at the North Mesa Stables recently, was recently sentenced in Los Alamos Municipal Court.<br /> Kain, a Los Alamos resident who isn&rsquo;t a stable owner, was walking his dogs at the stables earlier this year when one of his dogs attacked a Cheryl Rosenberger&rsquo;s cat.<br /> Rosenberger owns a stable at North Mesa Stables and sometimes brings her cat, &ldquo;Pumpkin,&rdquo; to her stable where it stays off and on to catch mice. Pumpkin sustained an eye injury and was also severely bruised in the attack.<br /> Kain was fined $250 with $200 suspended for 90 days. He also must pay $60 in court costs as well bringing the total he owes to $110. Kain also owes Rosenberger for the costs she incurred because of the attack.<br /> Though the North Mesa Stables is known as a sight and voice-controlled zone for pets, pet owners must fully demonstrate that their pets can be fully controlled in that matter. Kain was unable to prove that in municipal court or in the civil case Rosenberger brought against Kain.<br /> Food Co-op Market achieves Certified Wildlife Habitat status http://www.lamonitor.com/content/food-co-op-market-achieves-certified-wildlife-habitat-status <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc01535.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Los Alamos Co-op Market recently became one of many businesses in town that has achieved Certified Wildlife Habitat status from the National Wildlife Federation. Bird and bee friendly flowers were planted outside the building and the porch is lined with hummingbird feeders.</p> School board applicant deadline set for Friday http://www.lamonitor.com/content/school-board-applicant-deadline-set-friday <p> Residents of School Board Position 3 have until the close of the business day on Friday to submit an application for the open position.<br /> Applicants are also asked to submit a notarized Declaration of Candidacy (can be picked up at the School District Office or at the County Clerk&rsquo;s Office), a one page resume, and a 300-500 word narrative that explains the applicant&rsquo;s intent and philosophy of education. Application packets will be considered public documents.<br /> To fill this position, the applicant must be a registered voter and resident living within School Board Boundary No. 3 and willing to serve the remainder David Foster&rsquo;s term that ends in March 2015. School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie stated applicant packets must be submitted to Gayla Romero (secretary to the school board) at the District Office at 2075 Trinity by Friday.<br /> Residents of School Board Position 3 are invited to submit questions to Bjarke-McKenzie at j.bjarke-mckenzie@laschools.net by Sept. 9. Selected questions will be asked to prospective school board applicants Thursday, Sept. 11 at a special school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the school board room at 2075 Trinity. The community is invited to this special school board meeting.<br /> On The Docket 09-02-14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/docket-09-02-14 <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gavel_36.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:<br /> Aug. 21<br /> <br /> Darren P. Schnedler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.</p> <p> Tanner R. Hurshman was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.<br /> Aug. 22</p> <p> Michael J. Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.</p> <p> Kim M. Baldwin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $131 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.</p> <p> Cuauhtemoc Aviles-Ramos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.<br /> Aug. 25</p> Update 09-02-14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/update-09-02-14 <p> Viewing party</p> <p> &ldquo;Manhattan&rdquo; TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.</p> <p> Military gear</p> <p> On Friday, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of life-long learning. Email pictures to AssetsInAction@att.net.</p> <p> Open house</p> <p> Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.</p> <p> Concert</p> <p> Friday will be the last show of the season. The concert will be at Ashley Pond with Colorado&rsquo;s Whitewater Ramble.&nbsp;</p> Secure Computing for the 'Everyman' http://www.lamonitor.com/content/secure-computing-everyman <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/qkardwr.jpg" alt="This small device developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses the truly random spin of light particles as defined by laws of quantum mechanics to generate a random number for use in a cryptographic key that can be used to securely transmit information between two parties. " title="This small device developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses the truly random spin of light particles as defined by laws of quantum mechanics to generate a random number for use in a cryptographic key that can be used to securely transmit information between two parties. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation&rsquo;s premier national-security science laboratory.<br /> &ldquo;Quantum systems represent the best hope for truly secure data encryption because they store or transmit information in ways that are unbreakable by conventional cryptographic methods,&rdquo; said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. &ldquo;This licensing agreement with Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc. is historic in that it takes our groundbreaking technical work that was developed over two decades into commercial encryption applications.&rdquo;<br /> By harnessing the quantum properties of light for generating random numbers, and creating cryptographic keys with lightning speed, the technology enables a completely new commercial platform for real-time encryption at high data rates.<br /> &nbsp;For the first time, ordinary citizens and companies will be able to use cryptographic systems that have only been the subject of experiments in the world&rsquo;s most advanced physics and computing laboratories for real-world applications.<br />