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Today's News

  • Helping a billion bovines

    You and I have our challenges and some real worries, too. There are bills to pay and doctors to visit, to say nothing of mulling over those strange sounds coming from the rear of the car.
    But I confess, I thought the life of a cow was rather placid. Eating and sleeping, I would have guessed, pretty much summed up the existence of the more than one billion bovines that share the planet with us.
    But as I’ve recently learned, both beef cattle and dairy cows often have trouble just catching their breath.

  • Oil drops as international reserves are tapped

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil plunged nearly 5 percent Thursday after the International Energy Agency said it will release 60 million barrels of oil from its reserves to make up for a loss of Libyan exports in global oil markets.

    The IEA, which includes the U.S., will release 2 million barrels per day over the next 30 days. Half of that will come from U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which currently holds 727 million barrels in underground caverns along the Gulf Coast.

  • Top Republican Cantor exits budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that Democratic demands for tax increases have brought budget negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden to an impasse and that he's pulling out of the talks.

    The Virginia Republican said in a statement that the Republican-dominated House simply won't support tax increases and that he won't be participating in a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Cantor said that it's time for President Barack Obama to weigh in directly on the budget because Democrats insist on pairing at least some tax increases with the spending cuts.

  • Unemployment applications jump by most in a month--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose by the most in a month, signaling growing weakness in the job market.

    Applications rose by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the second increase in three weeks and the 11th straight week that applications have been above 400,000.

    The four-week average for unemployment benefit applications, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 426,250 last week.

  • Feds snare Whitey Bulger after 16 year manhunt--video extra

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles 16 years after his run from the law sparked an international manhunt and served as a major embarrassment to the FBI as their onetime informant eluded authorities.

    The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.

  • Storms damage barns, chapel at Churchill Downs--video extra

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A few barns partially collapsed and horses ran loose for a time Wednesday at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville.

    Officials have no immediate reports of serious injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. A mayor's spokesman said a couple people may have been trapped in their cars in high water on the east side of the city.

  • Community announcements 06-22-11

    Class of ‘91 reunion
    The Los Alamos High School class of 1991 will have 20-year reunion events during June 24-26. For more information, visit http://www.classcreator.com/Los-Alamos-NM-1991, or contact Julie Gable at 602-320-8855.

    Volunteer at Sombrillo
    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with Bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Please call the Activities Director at 662-4300 for details. We’ll help you get started.

    Volunteers needed

  • Be There 06-22-11

    Today
    The public is invited to a Frijoles Canyon Night Walk at 9 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. The cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517 to reserve a spot.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speaks Series presents Paul Berkowitz, author of “The Case of the Indian Trader,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Friday

  • Roman's efforts help him earn promotion

    One Los Alamos High School student earned his wings recently. Local Boy Scout Miguel Roman achieved the rank of Eagle in a special ceremony that took place last weekend.
    The Troop 122 Scout completed his Eagle Project earlier in the year and after many hours of work, he received the final reward.
    When the dog park in White Rock needed improvements and  general cleanup, Roman and his fellow scouts stepped in to assist.
    “We needed to dig up about a foot of dirt, pour in and spread out Santa Fe brown gravel in the dug up area,” said Roman. “Also, a small olive tree and bush, which are attaching to a fence, were to be dug up and we pulled weeds, as well.”

  • Minute to Win It

    Assets In Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board teamed up with the Youth Activity Center recently for Minute to Win it. Assets In Action will host another Minute To Win It from 7-8 p.m. July 20 in the LAHS Auxiliary Gym. Admission is $2. All ages are invited and players will be selected from the crowd to compete for prizes. For more information or to sponsor a prize, call 661-4846.