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Today's News

  • GRT dispute threatens Indian Market

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A dispute over taxes may keep more than 200 artists from opening their booths in downtown Santa Fe for this weekend's Indian Market unless organizers can fix things with the state and the city of Santa Fe.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the problem apparently stems from a long-running issue over collection of gross-receipts taxes from vendors who flock to Santa Fe each August for the world's largest exhibition and sale of American Indian arts and crafts.

  • 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).

  • Child abuse charges filed in Baby Grey case

    The case of 11-day old Grey Vigil is not over.

    The Los Alamos County District Attorney filed charges against the mother and grandparents of “Baby Grey” Tuesday afternoon. In a letter filed in the First Judicial District Court by deputy district attorney Judith Reed, Katrina Vigil, the mother, was charged with one count of child abuse – negligently cause or permit (No death or great bodily harm).

    Grandparents Holly J. Vigil and Robert Vigil also were charged with the same count. The charge is considered a third-degree felony.

  • Be There 08-16-11

    Wednesday
    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    Wildflower Walk with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Chick Keller. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to drive to Burnt Mesa. Free.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge

    The August Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday
    Annual Butterfly Count for Los Alamos. Meet at

  • Class of ‘56 reunion

    The Los Alamos High School class of 1956 is having their 55 year reunion Aug. 26-27.
    Friday activities will be at the Shriners building on Trinity Drive.
    There will be a dinner Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House, during which class pictures and other activities will be held.
    Reservations are required. Those who graduated but did not receive an invitation should call David M. Brown at 505-412-3117.
    The class of 1956 first attended LAHS as seventh graders because there was no middle school at the time, which means the class attended LAHS for six years.

    From a press release

  • Join in the 19th Annual Butterfly Count

    The 19th Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    From there, the group will carpool or caravan to sites around the county. Steve Cary, New Mexico’s butterfly expert, will join the group to help with spotting and identification.
    A $5 fee per person will go to PEEC and to the North American Butterfly Association’s continent-wide butterfly census.
    The fire affected the usual counting areas, but warm weather and rains should coax butterflies out of other places.
    As more flowers bloom around the county, butterflies are becoming more visible. For those wanting to join up later, the group will count at Camp May in the middle of the day.

  • Welcome to a new school year

    Happy school year! I love that saying from the new little Mini-Wheat character on the Kellogg’s commercial.
    The first day of school is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, so I hope you fared well.
    The first day of school is sort of like jogging, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. I assume that is because it marks the end of summer and I like it when everyone is home.
    Don’t get me wrong, I won’t miss the rising temperatures, both on the thermometer and in the bodies of kids that have had too much time together.
    It will be nice to get up and walk through the living room without it looking like a war zone, with sleeping bodies strewn throughout.

  • Police Beat 08-16-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Aug. 5

    12:37 p.m. – Marcos Romero, 31, of Chimayo was arrested on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction for unknown charges.
    Aug. 6

    4:15 p.m. – Christian Perea, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of Los Alamos, were arrested at 2896 Walnut St., and charged with battery upon a peace officer.

    7:30 p.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with criminal damage to property on Paige Loop. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.
    Aug. 8

  • Can social media impact epidemics?

    Connecting social media and epidemiological research, a new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Tulane University will attempt to predict the future, i.e. people’s social behavior during an epidemic, using Twitter, the social media messaging site. If successful, the results will improve the computer models used to plan and respond to disease outbreaks. Understanding human behavior can help save people’s lives and the government millions of dollars in vaccine costs and epidemic response planning.

  • Correction 08-16-11

    The article, “Event supports Alzheimer’s research,” which appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 14 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, listed Vickie Griffis’ title at Aspen Ridge as, “director of families for five years.” It should have said Griffis has been a volunteer facilitating the Alzheimer’s support groups in Los Alamos for five years. Her title at Aspen Ridge is activities director, which she held for two years.