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Today's News

  • Obama wants tax hikes to pay for his jobs bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already rejected, and he accused them of political motives if they still refuse to go along.

    "The only thing that's stopping it is politics," Obama declared.

    The president's proposal drew criticism from House Speaker John Boehner, who'd previously responded in cautious but somewhat receptive tones to the $447 billion jobs plan made up of tax cuts and new spending that Obama first proposed in an address to Congress last Thursday.

  • Los Alamos MainStreet program gains national accreditation

    Los Alamos is among 11 local New Mexico MainStreet projects over the past year that have earned recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

    Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, whose department houses the New Mexico MainStreet program, noted the MainStreet projects around the state.

  • Valles Caldera area open, fire restrictions lifted

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve are lifting fire restrictions, but surrounding areas on the Santa Fe National Forest remain off limits due to post-fire dangers.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says safety is the top concern. She says entering the burn area of the Las Conchas fire poses serious risks that include falling trees, rolling rocks and flash flooding threats.

    Officials say violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, or both.

    At the preserve, officials say recent rainfall has improved conditions and public access to the burned area will be approved by preserve staff on a case by case basis.

  • NM police make prostitution busts at State Fair--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they've made some prostitution-related busts at the New Mexico State Fair.

    KRQE-TV reports that five prostitutes and three pimps were arrested Saturday night near the state fairgrounds.

    Two vehicles used to transport the prostitutes also were seized along with firearms that were in the possession of the pimps.

    State Police has 31 officers on patrol at the fair and it's a safe scene within the fairgrounds.

    Undercover officers also are patrolling the fair in an effort to keep the danger out of the park.

    On Sunday, police are taking extra precaution with unattended bags and suspicious vehicles because of the 9/11 anniversary.

  • SpongeBob in hot water from study of 4-year-olds

    CHICAGO (AP) — The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

    The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch "SpongeBob," or the slower-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" or assigned to draw pictures. Immediately after these nine-minute assignments, the kids took mental function tests; those who had watched "SpongeBob" did measurably worse than the others.

  • Health officials urge people to get flu vaccine

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health is urging New Mexicans to start making appointments with medical providers to get a flu vaccination.

    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says children should be vaccinated against the flu each year.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those older than six months get flu vaccine.

    The department said flu vaccinations are particularly important for children under age five, pregnant woman, adults 65 and older, Native Americans and people with some medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and lung or heart disease.

  • NMSU upsets Minnesota, 28-21

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Mexico State hasn’t enjoyed very many victories like this one at Minnesota.
    The celebration for the Aggies was tempered by a scary situation on the other team’s sideline.
    New Mexico State’s 28-21 win took a sobering turn on Saturday when Gophers coach Jerry Kill had a seizure with 20 seconds left in the game and was taken away by ambulance.
    Kill was stabilized, and Minnesota’s team physician said the coach’s condition was not life-threatening.
    New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker gathered his team to pray for Kill during the break, which lasted about 15 minutes. Then his defense forced quarterback MarQueis Gray into his third straight incompletion to end the game.

  • Hilltopper boys win, girls are second at La Cueva Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team placed five runners in the top 10 individually to earn a solid victory in the La Cueva Invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos held off three Class 5A schools to take the win in the boys race Saturday. Paced by senior Alexander Romero, the Hilltoppers finished with 25 points, just slightly more than half total of runner-up Volcano Vista.
    Only five girls teams and four boys teams took part in the La Cueva Invitational, a departure from last week’s race, the University of New Mexico Invitational, which is one of the biggest meets in the state.

  • Sports Schedule, Sept. 12-17

    Monday

    Football: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

     

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: La Cueva at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, varsity, JV, 6:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

     

    Wednesday

    Cross country: LAMS Invite, boys and girls, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: St. Michael's at Los Alamos, C team 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

     

    Thursday

    Football: Bernalillo at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

  • ’Toppers pick up OT win vs. Chargers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team bounced back from a disappointing loss in the semifinal round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational to knock off its arch-rival in the third-place game Saturday.
    Los Alamos was topped in the tournament Friday afternoon, 3-1, by eventual champion Las Cruces. Saturday, however, Los Alamos scored late in the first overtime period against the host Academy Chargers to pick up a 2-1 victory.
    The Chargers and the Hilltoppers have met three consecutive years in the Class 4A championship game, with the Chargers winning all three games.