Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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).