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  • BP agrees to $20B fund to compensate victims of oil disaster in gulf

    WASHINGTON (AP) — BP will set aside $20 billion to pay the victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, senior administration officials said Wednesday, a move made under pressure by the White House as the company copes with causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

  • Continued progress made on wildfires

    Tecolote Fire: 720 acres, 20 percent contained, 415 personnel committed to the fire. Minimal growth was observed Tuesday due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. Firefighters were able to take advantage of conditions to prepare and strengthen fireline in anticipation of Red Flag conditions for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The weather forecast is calling for higher winds and warmer temperatures. Strategies and resources are in place for changing weather conditions.

  • Lane closure slated for Saturday

    Installation of a pedestrian bridge on the Canyon Rim Trail south of the Los Alamos Airport is scheduled for Saturday. A 100-foot crane will lift the pre-fabricated bridge and set it on four concrete piers that were formed last week.

    The use of the large crane will require traffic control on East Road, also known as N.M. Highway 502.

  • Chamber pushes initiatives

     The Chamber of Commerce brought in NationJob.com CEO Ralph Hejlik Tuesday to meet with local corporations and individual business members regarding employee recruitment initiatives.

    “This is an opportunity and it’s important for our larger corporations to show leadership in this initiative,” Chamber Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. “If this is successful, all of our smaller businesses and nonprofits will get to take advantage of these resources.”

  • Day of Enchantment

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

    The local contest period will be open throughout the summer and winners will be announced in September.

    The Monitor will select a local photo from the Day of Enchantment Web site to feature in each Wednesday edition of the newspaper. The photo at left is of the annual fireworks at Overlook Park in White Rock. Enter local photos at www.dayofenchantment.com.

  • AP-GfK poll shows gains for health care overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The patient is alive and kicking. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds public support for President Barack Obama's new health care law has risen to its highest point.

    The nation remains divided, with 45 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed to the president's signature domestic accomplishment.

  • New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.

    Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed a report that consumer prices remain essentially flat.

  • LAPS finds a new home on Trinity

    It’s been almost a month since the Los Alamos Public School administrative offices moved from 751 Trinity to 2075 Trinity. And while the administrative offices had been at their previous location since 1947, the new address is already starting to feel familiar.

    “It has begun to feel like home,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt said. “The car can find its way here.”

  • A new year, a familiar face

    Although new school years often bring in new faces to administrative teams and staff, a familiar face will greet Chamisa Elementary School students as their principal at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

    Debbie Smith has taught at Chamisa Elementary for 17 years. Most recently, she has taught sixth-grade but has also taught third through fifth grades.

    “I feel like (Chamisa) has been a home for me,” she said. “I’ve been involved in watching it change and grow.”

  • Lakers edge Celtics in Game 7, win 16th title

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant sprinted after the ball, which Lamar Odom joyously flung downcourt to burn the remaining seconds in Game 7 of the NBA finals. With the celebration starting behind him, Bryant chased it down and then held it aloft to his teammates.

    The Los Angeles Lakers' 16th championship was secure following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bryant's legs may have been dead, but he didn't stop running until the buzzer.