Today's News

  • 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).

  • Decision Time

    Board of Public Utilities members pore over revisions to the Los Alamos County Charter proposed by the Charter Review Committee. The board opposes new provisions that would weaken the autonomy of the BPU and allow the council to fire the utility manager. In a special session Tuesday evening, members reached a consensus about these and other revisions affecting their work. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the CRC before Aug. 15, when the committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes.

  • Bandelier open to visitors

    Bandelier National Monument is open for business.
    That was the pronouncement from Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott Wednesday.
    “Bandelier National Monument is open for business and visitors are rediscovering mesa-top areas of the park. The Monument has relaxed most fire restrictions and visitors may also enjoy campfires at Juniper Campground,” Lott said.
    In addition to the Tsankawi District, visitors may hike along the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail to view the Frijoles Canyon cultural sites, and along Burnt Mesa Trail to see the rapid greening-up of an area affected by the Las Conchas Fire.

  • Update 08-04-11


    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Bandelier walk

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a free Tsankawi evening walk at 6:30 p.m. today Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    T-board meeting

    The Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today. Agenda items include reviews of the MIG modeling for the Trinity Drive project and a discussion about Atomic City Transit Electrification.

  • Rock slide temporarily closes West Jemez Rd.

    A thunderstorm rolling through the area caused a brief flash flood  Wednesday afternoon on West Jemez (N.M. 501) at Water Canyon.
    The fast moving water carried debris including mud and rocks onto the roadway road, causing authorities to close it for a couple of hours in both directions near the 501 intersection and create a detour.
    The roadway is the back gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and also heads to and from the Jemez Mountains.
    “It was a minor mud and rock slide,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. “We set up a detour while the lab cleared away the debris.”