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Today's News

  • Retail sales post July gain, consumer prices rise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A busy month for car dealerships lifted retail sales for the first time in three months while more expensive food and gas boosted consumer prices by the most in nearly a year.

    Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, buoyed by auto and gasoline station purchases. Most retailers reported declines for the month. Excluding autos, sales climbed 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • Obama signs $600M border security bill into law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

    Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office Friday alongside Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It also provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.

  • Kuchar doesn't waste time taking lead at PGA

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Matt Kuchar didn't waste any time taking the lead at the PGA Championship.

    Kuchar made a birdie on his first hole after the first round resumed Friday morning, and finished at 5-under 67. That's one stroke ahead of Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari. Ernie Els is still on the course at 4 under, and former Masters champions Angel Cabrera and Zach Johnson are part of a group at 3 under.

  • AZ fugitive's accomplice faces drug violations

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say the accomplice to an Arizona fugitive was acting as a drug mule for a white supremacy group weeks before she helped him escape from prison.

    But Casslyn Mae Welch wasn't charged with narcotics violations until she was tied to the escape of three inmates from the Arizona state prison near Kingman.

    Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter says investigators were performing random checks of vehicles in the prison's parking lot in June when they discovered what was believed to be marijuana and heroin in Welch's vehicle.

  • 3-percent cuts loom over government agencies

    SANTA FE (AP) — Government agencies and programs in New Mexico will face 3-percent cuts starting next month under a plan approved Thursday to close a shortfall in the state’s $5.3 billion budget.

    Public schools will largely escape the reductions because of a new influx of federal economic stimulus money.

    However, education officials warn that large cutbacks loom next year unless lawmakers and the next governor find a way to replace the federal money when it’s no longer available.

  • Pastor wants to pump some positives into his hometown

    Making the Española Valley a better place to live in is something that Associate Pastor Raul Archuleta is trying to accomplish through his ministry at New Creations and Christ Ministry Church.

    A native of Española, Archuleta said he got called to the ministry a number of years ago and sees a need in the Valley “for something positive, something different.”

  • Obama signs $600M border security bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

    Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office alongside Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

    The measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

    It also provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.

  • Sprinting off the starting line

    The Los Alamos Recreation Division ran into a roadblock in planning this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.

    The construction around Diamond Drive forced organizers to put the brakes on the bicycle leg of the triathlon because of safety reasons. This year only, the triathlon has been transformed into an Aquathlon — a run, swim, run event.

    Racers will compete in a 7K run, a 400-meter swim and a 5K run. The swimming portion will be held at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center while the running will take place along Canyon Road.

  • Changes at the Y rile some members

    A decision in the making for several years caught a few members off guard when they realized the hot tub and sauna at the Y are being removed.

    It’s got them steamed.

    “We feel that there hasn’t been sufficient communication with the many Y members who regularly use the hot tub and steam room facilities about the plan to remove them,” said member Lynn Wysocki-Smith during a meeting with Y board and staff Wednesday.

  • Nation needs to make noise about nuke security

    Sad to say, Russia has it right when it comes to outlining the failed security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The President of the United States has been adequately warned — as have all of Congress ­— about this serious threat against America, yet they remain mute and do nothing.

    And that is Republican, Democrat and Independents.

    This issue is not about politics.

    It is the protection of these United States of America that we love.