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Today's News

  • Drought forces Texas, Okla. ranchers to cut herds

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas cattle rancher Charles Kothman is down to six calves and their mothers after selling off 80 animals in recent months.

    The drought that has baked pastures and dried ponds has ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma — the nation's top two beef producers — culling their herds. Some have sold off all their cattle, but Kothman is hanging on and hoping for rain.

  • Stocks continue to slide one day after big sell-off

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for the eighth straight day Wednesday as worries about the economy deepen. The S&P 500 index was headed for its longest losing streak since the peak of the financial crisis in October 2008.

    Investors are growing increasingly concerned about the economy. Shortly after the market opened, the Institute of Supply Management said its index measuring the service sector of the U.S. economy grew at the weakest pace in 17 months in July. Economists had expected a slight increase.

  • Las Conchas wildfire creates significant road hazards

    The Las Conchas fire has created significant safety hazards for anyone entering the burned area, including threats from flash flooding, landslides, road washouts, falling trees, and rolling rocks.

    Forest Service officials say they are placing a high priority on assessing these hazards and risks that would potentially affect the public using Forest System Roads that access private land within the burned fire area.

    At this time, officials indicate that safety hazards along some routes are so extreme that access will not be possible in the immediate future.

  • Senate roll vote on debt ceiling legislation

    The 74-26 roll call Tuesday by which the Senate passed emergency legislation to avoid a first-ever government default.

    A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.

    Voting yes were 45 Democrats, 28 Republicans and 1 independent.

    Voting no were 6 Democrats, 19 Republicans and 1 independent.

    Democrats Yes

  • State may repeal greenhouse gas rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state board appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Monday to consider repealing greenhouse gas regulations opposed by her administration, utilities and oil and gas companies.
    The Environmental Improvement Board scheduled a series of public hearings beginning Nov. 8 on the rules, which were put in place under former Gov. Bill Richardson.
    Martinez calls the carbon controlling rules a “cap and tax” and included them on a list of Richardson-era environmental regulations that she has targeted as hampering business growth in the state.

  • Police Beat 08-02-11

    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.
    July 21

    2:55 p.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of criminal sexual penetration by force and coercion. The matter is under investigation.

    11:20 p.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on N.M. 4 and referred to the juvenile probation officer.
    July 22
    3:46 a.m. – Aaron Atencio, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on Alamos Road and charged with concealing his identity.

  • Rio Grande water restored to ABQ customers

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s water utility has resumed delivery of Rio Grande water to metro area customers.
    That’s after tests showed the utility’s treatment plant was successful at removing ash from flooded fire areas upstream.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority had temporarily switched to using groundwater due to concern over the amount of ash in the river water.
    Thunderstorms over the area burned by the Las Conchas wildfire have sent debris flows and ash into the Rio Grande.
    The Water Utility Authority concluded after a Thursday test run that its water treatment plant was having no difficulty removing the small amount of ash now in the river.

  • Motorcyclist in critical condition

    Robert Sinclair of Santa Fe County remains in critical condition in a Santa Fe Hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle Thursday afternoon in front of Pojoaque High School.
    Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning that he remained hospitalized. McLaughlin said their office received a call at 4:24 p.m. Thursday and he reported Sinclair was traveling east on NM 502 and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto County Road 101 East.
    “For reasons unknown, he lost control of his bike and the bike went down and he was ejected from the seat,” McLaughlin said. “He sustained some pretty extensive head injuries. He was transported to St. Vincent’s (in Santa Fe) and admitted to the ICU.”

  • Forty Years of Service

    Los Alamos National Bank hosted a surprise reception for its CEO Bill Enloe Monday to  celebrate his 40th anniversary with LANB.

  • Obama signs debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.
    Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
    Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House against Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate. The resulting compromise paired an essential increase in the government’s borrowing cap with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.