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Today's News

  • Topes Notes 08-05-11

    Rainiers score 6 runs in third to thump Isotopes

  • Fishing report 08-05-11

    Anglers!

    Got a fish tale to tell, or some photographic evidence to back it up?

    Then let the Los Alamos Monitor know! Submit your fish stories and photos to lasports@lamonitor.com.

    Then check out lamonitor.com and see if you made the trophy board!

  • Bridgewater is tops this week

    Haley Bridgewater just nipped and Katie Bridgewater as the top predictors in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was held Tuesday in the trails along the White Rock perimeter. In all, 41 runners and walkers took part.
    Haley Bridgewater was off by just one second from her predicted finish time on the 1-mile course Tuesday, while Katie Bridgewater was just two seconds off.
    The top predictors on the 3-mile course included Eric Burnside (14 seconds), Todd Haines (18 seconds) and Nathan Romero (23 seconds).
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Gabe Katko. Kim Katko was the fastest female finisher.
    On the 3-mile course, Michael Jablin was the fastest finisher. Laura McClellan was the top female finisher.

  • LAGC set to host women's state championship tourney

    The 70th annual New Mexico State Women’s Golf Championship will be hosted this year by Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The state women’s championship is a match-play event pitting some of the top amateur players in the state. The event starts with a qualification round Monday, then three days of match play starting Tuesday.
    Monday’s qualifying round tees off at 8:30 a.m. The qualifying round will feature players with handicap ratings between zero and 14.9.
    A dozen players are expected to compete in qualifying, including top northern New Mexico prep player Chanet Fiorina and defending champion Marissa Bautista.

  • NASA launches spacecraft on 5-year trip to Jupiter--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed away Friday on a five-year journey to Jupiter, the solar system's most massive and ancient planet.

    Hundreds of scientists and their families and friends watched from just a few miles away, cheering and yelling, "Go Juno!" as the NASA spacecraft soared into a clear midday sky atop an unmanned rocket.

    "It's fantastic!" said Fran Bagenal, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is part of the project. "Just great to see the thing lift off."

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn't happen.

  • NM chile crops weather tough growing conditions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The familiar roasters are popping up, spinning their Hatch green chile and luring in customers with the unrivaled smell of charred skins.

    At Los Chile Bros., in business for 25 years, owner Johnny Duran is happy to be out selling chile at his usual Big Lots rental spot on Cerrillos Road after a spring and summer of unfavorable crop conditions.

    Although New Mexico is known for all things chile, this year's drought and extreme heat have withered almost a quarter of Duran's crop.

  • Stocks waver as optimism about job report fades

    Stocks are moving between small gains and losses Friday, giving up an early rally after the government reported that hiring picked up in July.

    European leaders are calling emergency meetings and seeking to reassure markets that a large nation such as Italy or Spain won't become the latest country in the region to need a financial backstop.

  • Powerful typhoon bears down on China's east coast

    BEIJING (AP) — China warned residents and alerted emergency relief centers Friday to prepare for a powerful typhoon forecast to hit the country's heavily populated eastern coast.

    Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit late Saturday or early Sunday close to Shanghai, a commercial hub with a population of 23 million. Residents were warned to take precautions to prevent injuries and losses, the website of the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

    More than 9,000 fishing vessels were called back to ports in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces while officials in charge of disaster relief centers in the region were told to get ready to disperse their materials, said the official Xinhua News Agency.

  • Unemployment rate dips, economy adds 117K jobs

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

    Employers added 117,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. That's better than the past two months, which were also revised higher.

    The mild improvement 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.

    Still, the economy needs twice as many net jobs per month to rapidly reduce unemployment. The rate has topped 9 percent in every month except two since the recession officially ended in June 2009.