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Today's News

  • Unemployment rate dips as many give up looking for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring picked up only slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, a dubious sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.

    The Labor Department says employers added 117,000 jobs last month. That's an improvement from the past two months.

    The unemployment rate fell partly because some unemployed workers stopped looking for work. That means they are no longer counted as unemployed.

    The mild gain may ease investors' concerns after the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 500 points over concerns that the U.S. may be entering another recession.

  • Dominguez hired as new boys hoops coach

    Los Alamos High School announced Thursday afternoon that it had hired Fil Dominguez as its new boys basketball head coach.
    Dominguez, who was an assistant with the LAHS program last year, has previously been a head coach at McCurdy High School in Santa Cruz. He has also been an assistant at the prep level and has coached at the middle school level.

    See more information in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Pinguos bring Latin rock to Ashley Pond

    Argentinean rock sound waves will float around Ashley Pond Friday night, as Los Pinguos descend on Los Alamos as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    The dance party band started out in Buenos Aires in 1999. When they started becoming popular in their homeland, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif. in 2001 with “nothing but their dreams,” looking for international success.
    They’ve since played all the major clubs and festivals in L.A. and most of the U.S., Europe and Asia. The “Penguins” play a mixture of Latin rhythms performed with Spanish acoustic guitars, a Cuban guitar-like instrument called a tres, a Peruvian cajon (box drum), bass and harmonizing vocals.

  • Cielo begins high res 3-D weapon simulations

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it has begun production runs focusing on high resolution 3-D weapon simulations on NNSA’s largest supercomputer platform, Cielo.
    The simulations will be used to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing. Users from NNSA’s laboratories – Los Alamos (LANL), Lawrence Livermore and Sandia laboratories – are using Cielo for NNSA’s Capability Computing Campaign 2 (CCC2).

  • Decision Time

    Board of Public Utilities members pore over revisions to the Los Alamos County Charter proposed by the Charter Review Committee. The board opposes new provisions that would weaken the autonomy of the BPU and allow the council to fire the utility manager. In a special session Tuesday evening, members reached a consensus about these and other revisions affecting their work. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the CRC before Aug. 15, when the committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes.

  • Bandelier open to visitors

    Bandelier National Monument is open for business.
    That was the pronouncement from Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott Wednesday.
    “Bandelier National Monument is open for business and visitors are rediscovering mesa-top areas of the park. The Monument has relaxed most fire restrictions and visitors may also enjoy campfires at Juniper Campground,” Lott said.
    In addition to the Tsankawi District, visitors may hike along the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail to view the Frijoles Canyon cultural sites, and along Burnt Mesa Trail to see the rapid greening-up of an area affected by the Las Conchas Fire.

  • Update 08-04-11

    Workshop

    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Bandelier walk

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a free Tsankawi evening walk at 6:30 p.m. today Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    T-board meeting

    The Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today. Agenda items include reviews of the MIG modeling for the Trinity Drive project and a discussion about Atomic City Transit Electrification.

  • Rock slide temporarily closes West Jemez Rd.

    A thunderstorm rolling through the area caused a brief flash flood  Wednesday afternoon on West Jemez (N.M. 501) at Water Canyon.
    The fast moving water carried debris including mud and rocks onto the roadway road, causing authorities to close it for a couple of hours in both directions near the 501 intersection and create a detour.
    The roadway is the back gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and also heads to and from the Jemez Mountains.
    “It was a minor mud and rock slide,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. “We set up a detour while the lab cleared away the debris.”

  • Council approves sewage rate increase

    The second major item on Tuesday night’s council agenda was a request from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for a 10 percent increase in the sewage service rate schedule.

    Utility Manager John Arrowsmith explained that rate increases were necessary to repay the loan on the new sewage treatment plant and for maintenance on the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure.

    Arrowsmith anticipated objections to the above average rates Los Alamos residents pay, explaining that the terrain requires high-cost infrastructure, including 27 pump stations. He cited a request to extend the system to DP Road as an example.

  • Daring Helicopter Rescue During Wildfire

    Dangling from a rope attached to a hovering helicopter, an emergency medical technician was lowered to the ground in jagged terrain to rescue a Hot Shot firefighter injured while battling the Las Conchas Fire last month.

    Bree Myers, 24, with the National Park Service, is assigned to a helitack crew normally stationed on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    She and her helitack crew came to Los Alamos last month to help battle the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. They were managing a dip site when the accident occurred.

    The firefighter Myers rescued was injured while working with other firefighters to prepare lines for a burnout.