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Today's News

  • 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.

     

  • Jobless data shows some signs of modest improvement, new claims show layoffs not abating

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tally of laid-off workers continuing to claim jobless benefits fell by the largest amount in almost a year, suggesting that more unemployed workers may be finding work.

    At the same time, new claims for unemployment insurance dipped slightly for the third straight week.

    The Labor Department says the total unemployment benefit rolls fell by 255,000 to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 million. It was the lowest total since December 2008. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a much smaller drop.

  • US arrests 2,000 in Mexican drug trafficking probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,000 people in a 22-month investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States.

    The probe, called Project Deliverance, focused on the transportation of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana along the Southwest border.

    Over 400 of the 2,000 arrests were made Wednesday. Attorney General Eric Holder has scheduled a news conference on the operation Thursday.

  • New jobless claims dip for third straight week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for jobless benefits fell for the third straight week but remain elevated, suggesting the labor market is still sluggish.

    Initial claims fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 456,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's nearly the same level as in January.