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  • Stock markets slide on jitters over European, domestic financial woes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial companies have dragged stocks lower after the rescue of a Spanish bank raised investors' anxiety about Europe's economy. Uncertainty about the U.S. government's financial overhaul plan also pulled banks down.

    Investors can't shake their concerns that there could be more bank rescues in Europe if a wave of bad debt cascades through financial markets. They're also worried about limits that could be placed on U.S. banks in a final version of the financial overhaul bill.

  • 05-23-10 Update

    Opera discussion

      The Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Santa Fe Opera will host a discussion about Russian opera at 2 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. The talk, which Dr. Bill Derbyshire, professor emeritus at Rutgers University will present, is free to the community.   

    Piano recital

  • Alfalfa sprouts recalled after 22 sickened

    WASHINGTON — Salmonella found in raw alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened 22 people in 10 states, including one infant in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product.

    Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., announced the recall Friday. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which also announced the recall Friday, Caldwell’s product was sold in 18 states in the West, Midwest and South.

  • Low primary turnout expected

    SANTA FE — Nearly 924,000 New Mexicans are eligible to vote in the June primary election, but a veteran pollster expects relatively low voter turnout.

    About 565,700 Democrats and 358,000 Republicans are registered to cast ballots for the primary. That’s up about 4 percent from 2006, when New Mexico last held a gubernatorial primary and it’s a 3 percent increase from the 2008 presidential primary election.

  • One wheel wonder

    Skateboarders riding handrails down staircases and doing highflying acrobatics are commonplace around Los Alamos. A unicyclist doing the same, however, is a rather unique sight.

    If you frequent the park on North Mesa, you may catch a glimpse of world champion unicyclist Max Schulze and his friends practicing on their unicycles and doing tricks you may have thought only bicyclists could do.

  • Public provides ideas

    Community members gathered in the Community Building Wednesday to present ideas about projects they hope to see Los Alamos County build.

    Community Development Director Rick Bohn facilitated the meeting.

    Judge Alan Kirk was among the people presenting ideas that may be submitted for Capital Improvement Projects.

  • News Alert: Roofing fumes drive dozens of LANL employees to seek medical evaluations

    Word that a collapsed roof and bromine fumes shut down the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday was apparently false.

    "There's been some roofing being done on the CMR Building and air monitoring inside CMR revealed volatile organism compounds from roofing adhesive had entered the building," LANL spokesman Jeff Berger said. "So LANL managers in charge ordered a controlled evacuation and made available medical evaluations for anyone who wanted to go to the Occupational Medicine Facility."

  • 05-21-10 Update

    Correction

      The band that will perform at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond will be Eddy and the Nomads, not the Tinsley Ellis Band as incorrectly stated in Thursday’s Monitor. The Monitor regrets the error.

    Camouflage class

  • New Mexico, Intel propose water rights agreement

    ALBUQUERQUE — Computer chip manufacturer Intel Corp. and the Interstate Stream Commission have reached an agreement that would improve the company’s competitive position while ensuring that New Mexico keeps enough water in the Rio Grande for downstream users and endangered species.

    The agreement was presented Wednesday during the commission’s regular meeting in Albuquerque. Commissioners decided to postpone action on the agreement until their June 16 meeting.

  • Court won’t review mining permit

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal appeals court has refused to review a ruling upholding a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision that will allow a company to leach uranium at an aquifer that supplies drinking water for 15,000 Navajos in northwestern New Mexico.

    Eric Jantz, an attorney for the Santa Fe-based Environmental Law Center, which represents mining opponents, said Wednesday the center is looking at whether there are other legal options.

    “This is a sad day for justice,” he said.