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Today's News

  • Already unraveling

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled recently that a certain state employee is entitled to sue the state in district court instead of being restricted to workers’ compensation.

    A friend of mine e-mailed:  “Seems like it unravels the whole (workers’ comp) reform.”

    No, it doesn’t.

    For those who may be alarmed, some explanation:

    First, this case is not that big a deal, except to the parties directly involved.

  • Report details union’s proposed contract

    Sticking points to a contract between local firefighters and the county include pay, benefits and remaining competitive with other fire departments, according to a fact-finders report provided to the Monitor.

    Failed attempts to agree on the terms of a new contract are propelling the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 closer to filing suit against Los Alamos County.

    According to the report, the parties bargained to reach a contract to succeed the collective bargaining agreement that expired March 31, 2009.

  • Denish pledges to support lab, small business

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has interacted with the local community and Los Alamos National Laboratory during the last eight years she has been in office at the Roundhouse. At a fundraiser in her honor at Central Avenue Grill Wednesday evening, the Democrat explained that her familiarity with the town and laboratory gives her an advantage over her Republican opponent Susana Martinez of Las Cruces.

  • Mysteries of time topic of speech by Nobel prize winner

    Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail will deliver the 40th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    The lecture, “The Mysteries and Miracles of Time,” is free and open to the public.

    Zewail, who holds the Linus Pauling Chair (endowed) as a professor of physics and chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, earned the Nobel Prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtoscience: studying phenomena that occur on the scale of a femtosecond, or a millionth of a billionth of a second.

  • Rate increase to boost reliability

    Everyone in Los Alamos can attest to the mixed behavior of the county’s electricity.

    Perhaps no one knows this situation more than the residents on North Mesa and Barranca Mesa — where outages are routine.

    “Those particular overhead lines are over 40 years old and the conductor is undersized (and) prone to outages during wind storms,” Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith said.

    Correcting the situation comes with a price.

  • A little gypsy, a little rock ‘n’ roll

       This is a big weekend for music fans in Los Alamos. At Ashley Pond on Friday night we have the high-energy, theatrical and eclectic European folk music of the Fishtank Ensemble. Starting around 11 a.m. Saturday, right after the County Fair and Rodeo Parade, we’ll have some rock ‘n roll with Taos favorite, the Jimmy Stadler Band.

  • Department store eyed for Trinity

    Kroger is again interested in putting an expanded grocery store that would include retail items such as clothing, electronics, toys and jewelry at the new Trinity site.

    “The concept has been approved,” said Allen Branch, one of the principals of Branch Realty of Santa Fe. “They want to anchor the center.”

  • Obama signs $26 billion emergency spending bill to bail out states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.

    Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

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  • Stocks retreat as Fed grows more cautious

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks and interest rates tumbled Wednesday as investors worldwide grew increasingly concerned about the health of the U.S. economy based on actions by the Federal Reserve.

    U.S. investors followed the lead of overseas stock markets, which fell sharply. Japan's Nikkei stock average was hit especially hard by the rising value of the yen, which will hurt the exporting sector. The dollar is at a 15-year low against the yen.

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 200 points. Broader indexes fell about 2 percent.