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Local News

  • 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.

  • Council approves MOU

    Los Alamos County is moving ahead in an agreement with a Japanese firm to test alternative energy systems.

  • Foul actions hurt fowl

    A number of residents as well as members of the local Duck Buddies group report witnessing an alarming up tick in duck abuse by children frequenting Ashley Pond.

    “Folks need to understand these ducks are protected by local ordinances and state and federal laws — abusing these ducks is just as bad as abusing a dog or a cat or a horse,” Duck Buddy member Pat Max said.

    A local woman contacted the Monitor to describe a disturbing experience she encountered during a recent visit to the pond.

  • Breaking News Another fire burns in the Jemez

    Fire officials report that a second fire is burning in the Jemez, close to last week’s Rio Fire.

    State police say they are closing SR 126 between mile posts 10 and 15.

    Check back for new developments.

     

  • Quick fix for BP oil disaster could come from LANL

    Thousands of suggestions are pouring into the U.S. government about how to plug the disastrous BP oil leak that’s been spewing an estimated 1 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico daily since April 20. Local engineers and a principal developer from Chicago are confident they have the solution to halt that leak within a day or so and are attempting to get the decision makers’ attention.