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  • Parts of Los Alamos left in the dark

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities was notified this morning at 6 a.m. that customers on the south side of Trinity from 20th Street to the end of DP Road have partial power.  Electric linemen are currently working to restore full power to the failed phase of the three phase electric backbone serving this area.  

     It is more than likely that this failed phase is part of the power outage that occurred last night at 10 p.m., but because the area affected is primarily businesses, it was not reported until this morning.  

  • Parents rally to save school

    Parents went into panic mode May 14 when Ponderosa Montessori School announced its doors would close two weeks later, displacing 60 children.

    With summer looming, parents scrambled to find alternatives. They quickly discovered that organizations in the community were only able to absorb nine children – leaving 51children with no place to go during the day.

    Repeated attempts by the Monitor to speak with school officials about the situation were declined.

  • Jobless data shows some signs of modest improvement, new claims show layoffs not abating

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tally of laid-off workers continuing to claim jobless benefits fell by the largest amount in almost a year, suggesting that more unemployed workers may be finding work.

    At the same time, new claims for unemployment insurance dipped slightly for the third straight week.

    The Labor Department says the total unemployment benefit rolls fell by 255,000 to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 million. It was the lowest total since December 2008. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a much smaller drop.

  • US arrests 2,000 in Mexican drug trafficking probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,000 people in a 22-month investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States.

    The probe, called Project Deliverance, focused on the transportation of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana along the Southwest border.

    Over 400 of the 2,000 arrests were made Wednesday. Attorney General Eric Holder has scheduled a news conference on the operation Thursday.

  • New jobless claims dip for third straight week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for jobless benefits fell for the third straight week but remain elevated, suggesting the labor market is still sluggish.

    Initial claims fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 456,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's nearly the same level as in January.

  • BP to start burning captured Gulf oil at sea

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC plans to boost its ability to directly capture oil leaking from a well in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

    Kent Wells, BP's senior vice president of exploration and production, said Thursday that a semi-submersible drilling rig should be set up early next week to capture and burn about 420,000 gallons of oil daily.

    Once on board, the oil and gas collected from the well will be sent down a boom and burned at sea. Wells says testing will begin this weekend.

  • Feds bust heroin ring in Espanola

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a multi-agency enforcement team has arrested 34 people in the Espanola area of northern New Mexico in a drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says the effort included the Drug Enforcement Administration, state police and police departments in Santa Fe and Espanola.

  • Day of enchantment of Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Monitor and Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a statewide initiative called “Day of Enchantment.”

    Day of Enchantment is a promotional campaign by the New Mexico Department of Tourism (NMDOT), to highlight New Mexico’s many interesting places, attractions, landscapes, events and activities.

  • Siren re-test Wednesday

    Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will once again conduct siren testing at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road.  

    “The test we conducted on May 26 provided some valuable data and feedback,” said Los Alamos County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor. “As a result, we need to adjust volume and alter one of the alert patterns.”

  • ‘A vibrant community of learners’

    Looking back at Paula Dean’s career as principal of Barranca Elementary School, there is a long list of accomplishments achieved and milestones reached.

    Dean has been the principal at Barranca since January 2006, where she has worked to ensure student safety, develop a strong collaborative culture among staff and foster openness with the Barranca community.