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  • Pope demands greater ethics in economic policy

    MADRID (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that he says is behind Europe's current economic crisis as he arrived in hard-hit Spain on Thursday, and said morals and ethics must play a greater role in formulating economic policy in the future.

    Benedict made the comments as he traveled to Madrid for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, a weeklong Catholic festival that is taking place against a backdrop of the European debt crisis and social unrest among the young that exploded recently in the riots in Britain.

  • Offers pour in for NM man who thwarted abduction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People across the country are offering to help the family of the New Mexico man who rescued a 6-year-old girl who was snatched off the street and thrown into a van.

    Police and reporters have received calls from people requesting an address to send gift cards, money and even donations for a college savings fund for the two children of Antonio Diaz Chacon, who jumped in his truck and chased the van Monday. He rescued the girl after the van crashed and her abductor ran away.

    Diaz Chacon, 24, had no idea his quick reaction would result in such an outpouring of appreciation and an online flood of high-fives for his heroic actions.

  • Open detonation

    LANL’s David Funk makes a presentation concerning the lab’s Permit Modification Request for Open Detonation Units during a public meeting Tuesday night in Fuller Lodge.

  • State Briefs 08-17-11

    New Mexico retains low Kids Count ranking

    ALBUQUERQUE — Only four states rank lower than New Mexico in this year’s Kids Count ranking of child well-being.
    For the second year in a row, New Mexico is No. 46 in the report released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks states based on ten indicators of child welfare, including child poverty rates, infant mortality and teen births.
    This year’s report also includes new data reflecting the effects of the recession on children.
    Since 2007, the report says, 17,000 New Mexico children have been affected by foreclosure, and the unemployment rate for parents has almost tripled. This effectively erases the economic gains made since the late 1990s.

  • Transit agency changes afternoon routes

    The Atomic City Transit Afternoon Express Routes that pick-up students at each of the Elementary Schools and the Middle School each weekday after school have been adjusted for the coming school year. Visit www.AtomicCityTransit.com to view an updated schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, call 661-RIDE (7433) or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • Update 08-17-11

    FEED meeting

     Forum for Environmental Education and Dialogue (FEED) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pojoaque Valley School Administration Building.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Ashley Pond.

    Pool maintenance

  • Decision by EPA may cause DPU rates to rise

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that PNM must install select catalytic reduction technology (SCR) on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years.

    The decision, if it stands, is estimated to increase electricity rates for Los Alamos residents by approximately 11 percent.

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) owns approximately seven percent of the generating plant’s Unit 4, which provides 36 megawatts of generating capacity – nearly half of the county’s energy requirements.

  • Intersection earns its stripes

    Workers stripe the road at the corner of Rover and Meadow in White Rock.

  • Tornado-stricken Joplin goes back to school--video extra

    JOPLIN, MO. (AP) — The trophy case by the front entrance is nearly empty. Classroom walls are largely bare, and unopened boxes of textbooks, computer monitors and other equipment remain scattered throughout the building.

    Signs of unfinished business remain at what is now Joplin High's upper-level campus — a converted big-box retail store at the city's mall, well outside the worst-hit areas from a late May tornado that killed 160 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including the city's only public high school.

  • Vigils charged with child abuse

    Nearly a year after the death of a Los Alamos newborn, the District Attorney’s Office is charging the infant’s mother and grandparents with child abuse.

    The DA announced Tuesday afternoon that “Baby Grey Vigil,” who lived just 11 days after being born at his grandparents Los Alamos home last September, was the victim of child abuse regardless of the fact that his autopsy showed he had a rare medical condition that ultimately caused his death, according to prosecutors.

    In documents filed in the First Judicial District Court by Deputy District Attorney Judith Reed, the infant’s mother Katrina Vigil has been charged with one count of child abuse – negligently causing or permitting (no death or great bodily harm).