Today's News

  • Obama to lay out new jobs plan in Sept. speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to jolt the economy, President Barack Obama will propose new ideas to create jobs and help the struggling poor and middle class in a major speech after Labor Day. And then he will try to seize political advantage by spending the fall pressuring Congress to act on his plan.

  • Tornado-stricken Joplin goes back to school--video extra

    JOPLIN, MO. (AP) — The trophy case by the front entrance is nearly empty. Classroom walls are largely bare, and unopened boxes of textbooks, computer monitors and other equipment remain scattered throughout the building.

    Signs of unfinished business remain at what is now Joplin High's upper-level campus — a converted big-box retail store at the city's mall, well outside the worst-hit areas from a late May tornado that killed 160 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including the city's only public high school.

  • Core wholesale inflation up most in 6 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies paid higher prices for tobacco, pickup trucks and pharmaceuticals in July, driving underlying wholesale inflation up by the most in six months.

    This measure of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is known as the core Producer Price Index. It rose 0.4 percent in July, the biggest increase since January.

    The overall PPI, which measures price changes in goods before they reach the consumer, rose 0.2 percent last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That follows a 0.4 percent drop in June, the first decline in 17 months.

    Gas prices fell for the second straight month. Food costs rose 0.6 percent, the biggest rise since February.

  • Obama to give major jobs speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a jolt for the economy, President Barack Obama will lay out new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class in a major speech in early September, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

    The president's plan is likely to contain tax cuts, jobs-boosting infrastructure ideas and steps that would specifically help the long-term unemployed. The official emphasized that all of Obama's proposals would be fresh ones, not a rehash of plans he has pitched for many weeks and still supports, including his "infrastructure bank" idea to finance construction jobs.

  • 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

    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.

    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.