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Today's News

  • Weekly unemployment aid applications decline to 395K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months.

    Applications for unemployment aid dropped by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 395,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications had been above 400,000 for the previous17 weeks.

    The four-week average, a less-volatile figure, fell to 405,000, its sixth straight decline. That suggests applications are decreasing over time.

    Applications fell in February to 375,000, a level that reflects healthy job growth. They soared to an eight-month high of 478,000 in late April, and have declined slowly since then.

  • Stocks resume sell-off; Dow finishes down 519--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Back to reality and back down, Wall Street focused on the bleak landscape ahead for the economy Wednesday and wiped out its big gains from a day earlier — and then some.

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 519 points and has now lost more than 2,000 in less than three weeks. Swings of several hundred points in just minutes, accelerated by computerized trading, have become commonplace.

    This time, the selling was intensified by worries about in Europe. American bank stocks took hits because investors fretted that debt problems overseas might reach the United States.

  • Be There 08-10-11

    Today
    Dr. Lena Smith will give a presentation on “Emergeing trends in research and care for Alzheimer’s Disease” at 4 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos High School Football Gridiron Booster Club will have a Frito pie fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Zia Credit Union.

  • LAPS retirees breakfast slated for Aug. 15

    A new school year is about to begin. With signs and labels all over town and special sections in the Los Alamos Monitor, the whole town is thinking about the start of a new school year.
    Not surprisingly, so are all those who have worked for and retired from the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    On Aug. 15, all retirees are invited to the Annual Retirees Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Hilltop House. Invitations have been sent online and through the mail. RSVPs are due by Aug. 12. Contact Eileen Trujillo at 662-6533, etrueheo@gmail.com, or Karyl Ann Armbruster, 661-6605 or kaskaycayman@gmail.com.

  • YCC crews make a difference

    Ah, summer vacation, the time for lounging in the air-conditioned living room, sipping iced tea and playing computer games.
    But this scene isn’t what summer is like for 22 young men and women on The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps crew. Their days are filled with wilting heat, unquenchable thirst, dirt, heavy tools and plenty of sweat.
    Since June 1, the YCC has worked through hot, dry and smoky days to make needed improvements to the Los Alamos Trail Network. The physical and mental nature of the work has surprised some.
    “Building a trail is much harder than I expected, but it is also much more enjoyable than I thought it would be,” first-year crew member Maria Musgrave said.

  • State Briefs 08-10-11

    Jury finds man guilty in Texas teen’s death

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces has returned a guilty verdict against a man who kidnapped and killed a Texas teenager in 2005. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 32-year-old Larry Lujan faces the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole.
    Prosecutors said Lujan kidnapped 16-year-old Dana Joseph Grauke Jr., in San Antonio, Texas, and took him to Anthony, N.M., where Grauke was nearly beheaded with a meat cleaver and dumped in a south county irrigation canal.
    The jury heard closing statements Tuesday morning and deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning the guilty verdict.

  • Watchdog group sues EPA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over access to documents related to groundwater monitoring wells at a landfill on federal property in New Mexico.
    Citizen Action’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses the EPA of violating the Freedom of Information Act by keeping secret some documents and work papers that are believed to address whether the wells at Sandia National Laboratories’ mixed waste landfill were effectively managed.
    Dave McCoy, the group’s executive director, said the lawsuit covers documents sought as part of a series of record requests that date back to 2007.

  • Correction 08-10-11

    In Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly listed that a Board of Public Utilities Meeting was scheduled this evening. The BPU meeting is next Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square
     

  • Power outages in WR, LA

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a possible animal contact and a faulty fuse caused two power outages Sunday and Monday in the same White Rock neighborhood.
    The first outage occurred on Sunday night from 9:25 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. when an overhead fuse was discovered blown, a condition typically caused by an animal contact. The second power outage, on Monday from 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m., was caused at the same overhead location.
    Electric linemen on the scene determined that the replacement fuse was flawed.  Approximately 200 customers were affected on Rover, Kendall Dr., Koleen Ct, Kimberley Lane, Jeffrey St., Kris Court, Paul Place, Todd Loop, and Glennview St.

  • Two LANL meetings scheduled

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold two public meetings in the next six days.
    At 5:30 tonight at Fuller Lodge, LANL will host an informational meeting, regarding the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility. This meeting was originally scheduled for June 27 but was postponed because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    LANL will submit a request to the New  Mexico Environment Department to operate a transuranic waste container storage facility at Technical Area 63. The facility would replace current storage facilities at TA-54. The meeting will describe the planned facility and the permit modification system.