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Today's News

  • PEEC helps rock collectors identify their 'treasures'

    Is your child’s rock collection taking over? Do you wonder what all those rocks actually are? Kids in third through fifth grade and their parents are welcome to bring their rocks to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5 p.m. Sunday for a rock identification workshop.
    With guidance from local geologists, kids will learn to identify the more familiar rocks in their collections and figure out some of the unusual ones. They will also have the opportunity to organize their collections into a box and make labels and a key. Parents are welcome to help.

  • Arts, crafts and history will be served up at El Vado Day event

    Piñon Ridge Crafters have joined with state parks volunteers to put on an event, the El Vado Day and Crafts Fair scheduled for Aug. 27 on the shore of El Vado Lake, a 17-mile drive west of Tierra Amarilla on Hwy. 112.
    The Crafts Fair will run all day, featuring local handmade art ranging from paintings and jewelry to furniture making. The day’s program begins at 9 a.m. with the Butterfly Dancers from the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
    The day is filled with programs highlighting everything from the history of the area’s sheepherding and weaving tradition, to the events leading to the establishment of the original village and its demise some years later.

  • Kids Get Creative

    Every summer Fuller Lodge Art Center has a solution to the perennial childhood complaint, “There’s nothing to do!” For six weeks, budding artists fill the classrooms and studio spaces at the Art Center to undertake explorations in all media led by a select group of teaching artists. This year over 200 children from 130 different families attended one or more weeks of Art Camp, and next week the Art Center will share the fruits of their artistic endeavors with the public in the “Summer Art Camp Showcase.” The week-long showcase culminates with a cookies and Kool-Aid open house from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 27.

  • Israel says attackers who came from Egypt kill 7--video extra

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol, officials said. It was one of the boldest attacks on the Jewish state in years, killing seven Israelis and stoking concerns about Palestinian militants exploiting instability in Egypt.

  • Disability system leaves troops in 'vast unknown'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lanier has entered what he calls the "vast unknown." A combat veteran and father to four daughters, he can't remain in the military because of a serious back injury earned in Iraq.

    But he can't yet accept a civilian job because he doesn't know when the military will discharge him. He has no clue how much the government will pay him in disability compensation related to his injury, so he can't make a future budget. He just waits.

  • 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.

  • Unemployment numbers remain staggering

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000 last week. Still, the four-week average, a more reliable gauge of the job market, fell to the lowest level since mid-April.

    The report suggests that the economy is creating jobs but not nearly enough to lower the high unemployment rate.

    Weekly applications rose 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 408,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the highest level in four weeks. Applications have been above 400,000 for 18 of the past 19 weeks.

    The four-week average dropped for the seventh straight week to 402,500.

  • 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.