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Today's News

  • May retail sales point to shaky underpinnings in economic recovery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A big drop in May retail sales has raised new concerns about the durability of the economic recovery.

    Retail sales plunged 1.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the largest decline in eight months.

    Americans slashed spending on everything from cars to clothing to building materials. Auto sales fell 1.7 percent. Excluding autos, sales fell 1.1 percent.

  • POWER OUTAGE MAY RESULT IN SPOTTY NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DELAYS

    Depending on the area in which you live, the newspaper may be a bit later than usual. Publisher Keven Todd said that the newsroom was able to make up for some of the lost time, but there are some processes in putting out a paper where you just can't shave any time.

    "We regret any inconvenience to our readers, and we're making every effort to get the newspaper out as promptly as possible," Todd said. "It's unusual to have a power outage last as long as this one did."

  • Local police detective under investigation

    Longtime Los Alamos Police Det. Shari Mills is the prime suspect in two ongoing investigations into the burglary and theft of property from the home of her former husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.

    Officers took photographs and dusted for prints at Lt. Mills' home at 1415 41st St., Thursday evening.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy called in New Mexico State Police to investigate the case after Det. Mills became a suspect.

  • Three possible new fires ignited

    Firefighters are responding to three possible new wildfires on the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The estimated 5-acre, Red Fern wildfire is located five miles east of the Rio Las Vacas Campground, off of F.R. 264 on the Cuba Ranger District. The fire is threatening one cabin and smoke is visible from Highway 126 and surrounding areas. The cause of the Red Fern wildfire is under investigation.

  • Board to seek bonds

    It may have come with a lower interest rate but the unforeseen variables of a Build America Bond pushed the Los Alamos Public School board members to approve pursuing tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction project at Los Alamos High School.

    Duane Brown, a bond attorney with the Modral Firm in Albuquerque, and Kevin Powers of RBC Capital Investment in Albuquerque, spoke to the board during its regular meeting Tuesday night at Mountain Elementary School.

  • Parts of Los Alamos left in the dark

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities was notified this morning at 6 a.m. that customers on the south side of Trinity from 20th Street to the end of DP Road have partial power.  Electric linemen are currently working to restore full power to the failed phase of the three phase electric backbone serving this area.  

     It is more than likely that this failed phase is part of the power outage that occurred last night at 10 p.m., but because the area affected is primarily businesses, it was not reported until this morning.  

  • Parents rally to save school

    Parents went into panic mode May 14 when Ponderosa Montessori School announced its doors would close two weeks later, displacing 60 children.

    With summer looming, parents scrambled to find alternatives. They quickly discovered that organizations in the community were only able to absorb nine children – leaving 51children with no place to go during the day.

    Repeated attempts by the Monitor to speak with school officials about the situation were declined.

  • Cerro Grande fire: 1992 to 2010

    When Fire Chief Douglass MacDonald came to Los Alamos in December 1992 what he noticed first was the dangerous wilderness/urban interface that surrounded the Hill.  Having come from a wildlands fire background, he decided to work to mitigate the imminent danger posed by the overcrowded forest.

    In 1994, Los Alamos held an Interagency Fire Symposium. In 1995, the U.S. Forest Service attempted a controlled burn around Western Area, but the community wasn’t ready.  People complained about the smoke and cutting down trees.

  • Suffering from Triskaidekatwinkia

    Twelve trillion bottles of beer on the wall, 12 trillion bottles of beer. You take one down and toss it around and before you know it, you’ll see 13 trillion bottles up there!  No, no, no, I shouldn’t use beer in this analogy.  The last thing I would ever want to do is bad mouth beer.  

  • Dip into some cool literary fun

    Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”

    Read more about the extensive list of programs and events in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.