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Today's News

  • Debt talks grind on, clock ticks toward default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are at a frustrating standstill, leading a top Republican to launch a long-shot proposal to give Obama sweeping new powers to muscle through an increase in the government's debt limit without the approval of a bitterly divided Congress.

    Lawmakers return to the White House Wednesday for their third negotiating session with the president in as many days. Obama has said the daily meetings will continue until a deal is reached.

  • Betty Ford remembered at bipartisan memorial

    PALM DESERT, California (AP) — She was more than just a first lady, admirers said of Betty Ford. She was a role model for every presidential wife who followed her into the White House, not to mention a tireless advocate for women's rights and other causes that improved the lives of millions.

    Ford, who died Friday at age 93, was memorialized Tuesday by some 800 friends and family members, including no fewer than four current and former first ladies and one ex-president.

    On Wednesday she was to leave her adopted Southern California home for the last time, headed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where her husband, President Gerald R. Ford, who died in 2006, is buried.

  • Divorce & Dismemberment: Man's penis cut off, put through garbage disposal--video extra

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman was in custody Tuesday after authorities said she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal.

    Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said that Catherine Kieu Becker drugged a meal and served it to the victim, whose name was not released, shortly before the attack Monday night.

    Nightengale said the 51-year-old man felt sick, went to lie down and lost consciousness. The 48-year-old Becker then tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope, removed his clothes and attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife as he awoke, Nightengale said.

  • Valles Caldera to reopen staging area Wednesday

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve have decided to reopen the staging area at the northern New Mexico property.

    The area has been off-limits since June 26, when the Las Conchas fire started in the mountains nearby. The fire forced staff and visitors to evacuate, and the area remained closed to the public during firefighting operations.

    Officials say the staging area will open Wednesday.

    Visitors will be able to see the aftermath of the fire from the staging area. Other areas along New Mexico highway 4 will remain closed due to high fire danger.

    Hiking, fishing and other tours at Valles Caldera also will not be offered until forest restrictions and closures are lifted.

  • Community announcements 07-12-11

    Basketball skills camp
    Coach Justin Black will run a basketball skills camp for grades three through eight, July 18-21. The event will be at Chamisa Elementary with a high school option available. The camp will run in the afternoons and varies depending upon age.
    The cost is $45 and the money raised will benefit the Chamisa and Aspen Elementary school Physical Education programs. For more information email Black at j.black@laschools.net or call 505-716-1149.

  • Keller to speak on climate change issues

    What’s up with all that global warming stuff? Temperatures haven’t gone up noticeably since around 2003 or 2004, so perhaps the scare is over and people can get on with other problems?  
    Charles “Chick” Keller will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, addressing these issues. New evidence continues to emerge showing that the Earth is indeed warming and that it’s us. 
    Keller’s talk will take a look at what we know and what still needs to be learned.
    The bottom line is that all the important general issues are now understood, but there remain many secondary issues that we are still exploring. 

  • LA riders to compete in Kentucky

    Four members of the Los Alamos Pony Club will represent the U.S. Pony Club Southwest Region at the USPC National Championships in Lexington, Ky. in mid-July. The site of the competition will be the Kentucky Horse Park, where the 2010 World Equestrian Games were held.
    Megan Reader, 18, daughter of Lisa and Garth Reader, will compete in the multi-sport event of tetrathlon, with scores combined from competition in running, shooting, swimming and jumping a complex course of fences on her horse, Redford.
    Reader, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was on the USPC International tetrathlon team in 2010.

  • Be There 07-12-11

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  • Seen at the Scene: Helitack crews

    Helitack crews set up their base camp at the Los Alamos County Airport shortly after the Las Conchas Fire began to grow out of control.

  • Gov. calls in help for BAER

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Monday that a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team from Boise, Idaho, has arrived in Santa Fe to help organize and coordinate procedures, and facilitate the communication efforts for Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work being done on the land affected by the Las Conchas Fire.
    The seven-person NIMO team members have a vast amount of experience dealing with complex fire management issues.
    BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, silviculturists, range conservationists, archeologists, and other resource specialists.