Today's News

  • New jobless benefit claims dip as lethargic recovery continues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week as the slowly recovering economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new jobless benefit claims dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, nearly matching analysts' estimates. It's the fourth drop in five weeks.

    The four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell by nearly 7,000 to 447,250, the lowest total since the week of Sept. 13, 2008, just before Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis intensified.

  • UPDATE: Baseball, softball teams win district openers

    Both the Los Alamos baseball and softball teams were big winners at home Wednesday in their District 2AAAA debuts.

    The Hilltopper softball team routed the Taos Tigers 18-2 in just three innings Wednesday at Overlook Park, while the Hilltopper baseball team grabbed a 13-6 victory over the Tigers at Bomber Field.

    Los Alamos pitchers Stephanie Abney and Austin Aslin earned the victories in the games Wednesday.

    For more information, read today's Monitor.

  • Domestic manufacturing improves, construction remains soft

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March at its strongest pace in 5 1/2 years, leading the rebound from the recession on growth in exports and inventory rebuilding. Another drop in construction spending in February, however, underscored weakness in real estate.

    Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits slipped last week as the economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

  • When does existence begin?

    Everyone has his or her very earliest memories. Author Augusten Burroughs purports to remember lying in his crib, a helpless and anxious infant. But for most of us, life seems to have begun when we were toddlers.

    Before age 2 or 3, I remember nothing. I could have been asleep.

    I could have been dead. My mother disagrees, but I know that “I” was not there.

    I didn’t exist until one very bright moment when I was sitting in the very back of my mom’s Ford Mustang.

  • Something’s Cooking at the Spitfire Grill

    By Effy Krayneck

    There have been rumors circling within our town that a stranger is working at our local Spitfire Grill. Many people have said that she appeared out of nowhere and others swear that they have seen her before. There is one thing that most of us can agree on: she doesn’t belong here.

  • 04-01-10 Update

    Sierra Club meeting

      The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 7 in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library. Robert Tohe will give a presentation on “Threats of Uranium Mining to Mount Taylor Traditional Cultural Properties.”

    LAFRW meeting

      The Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. April 8 at the home of Margaret Harrach, 730 Camino Encantado. County Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover will be the speaker.

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    When  many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties.

    However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States.

    People who abuse alcohol can be:

    • College students who binge drink at local bars;

    • Pregnant women who drink and put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome;

    • Professionals who drink after a long day of work; and

    • Senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

  • Hadassah to support hospital and honor a Living Treasure

    The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah is helping to bring improved medical care to Israel, while at the same time honoring Los Alamos Living Treasure Jacob “Jay” Wechsler.

    Wechsler will be honored at the First Annual Israel Independence Day Celebration Dinner held at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at De Colores Restaurant.

    The event is open to the public. Tickets are $36 per person.

    Contact Carmen Rodriguez at 505-992-1416 for more information.

  • Scientists seek to deal with buckyballs

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory toxicologist and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have documented potential cellular damage from “fullerenes”— soccer-ball-shaped, cage-like molecules composed of 60 carbon atoms. The team also noted that this particular type of damage might hold hope for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or even cancer.

  • Breathing new life into Los Alamos High School

    It’s becoming clear that Los Alamos High School is showing its age. Things are looking worn out and run down. Plus, with conditions such as freezing hallways and inefficient use of space, resuscitating a building built in the 1950s and 1960s appears to be necessary.

    Los Alamos Public Schools asked the community to pass a $40 million bond in January 2009 to breathe new life into several LAPS buildings, including the high school. The bond was passed and work is progressing on plans for the high school.