Today's News

  • Unemployment stats reveal mixed bag on hiring front

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people seeking benefits dipped by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 for the week that ended March 26. That's the second decline in three weeks.

    Applications near 375,000 or below are consistent with a sustained increase in hiring. Applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

    The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose to 394,250. Still, that figure has dropped by 35,500, or 8 percent, in the past eight weeks.

  • Low levels of radiation found in West Coast milk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan. But the officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash. The California Department of Public Health said on its website that a similar result was found March 28 in San Luis Obispo County.

  • LA Firefighter calls it quits

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    Gore was charged with indecent exposure in Bernalillo County in November. A judge in January sentenced him to six months of probation.

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker confirmed Gore's resignation today saying, "Brandon resigned for personal reasons."

    Read the full story in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 110 mph winds damage homes in Mississippi--see video

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winds that reached estimated speeds of 110 miles per hour in central Mississippi damaged more than 40 homes as severe storms dumped large hail and heavy rain flooded roads, officials said Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a report of a tornado and several suspected twisters in Florida, but there was no damage or injuries.

    Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said officials went to Simpson County to determine if it was a tornado that hit the area. Three homes there were destroyed and 40 others were damaged, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

  • UN: High radiation outside Japan's exclusion zone

    VIENNA (AP) — Recent radiation readings outside the exclusion zone around Japan's nuclear disaster show radiation substantially higher than levels at which the U.N. nuclear agency would recommend evacuations, agency officials said Wednesday.

    The comments could add to the debate over how far people need to stay away from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, which was crippled in the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Elena Buglova, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the reading was 2 megabecquerels per square meter at the village of Iitate, adding that "as a ratio it was about two times higher" than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations.

  • Hunting lottery ends April 6

    Valles Caldera National Preserve - is an extraordinary national treasure with hunts that have been described as opportunities of a lifetime.  
    The lottery system offers everyone a fair and affordable chance at this unforgettable experience:
    •75 Bull and 151 Antlerless Permits
    •Independent Lottery system
    •No Trophy fees
    •Guides Are Optional
    For information, contact the Valles Caldera Trust at 1 866-382-5537 or


  • 2011 Governor’s Outstanding Women Recipients

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos residents Dr. Christine Anderson-Cook and Bernadette Lauritzen, Assests In Action coordinator, were among those honored for their exceptional contributions to the state of New Mexico.
     Nominations from all over the state produced more than 75 highly qualified and distinguished women for the accolade. Seven judges spent three weeks selecting the top 21 from the nominations.
    The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women announced the recipients of the 26th Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women Friday.
    Started in 1986, this prestigious award recognizes women for their community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families and leadership in their careers.

  • Business Watch: SBA Announces Grant to NM Small Business Development Centers

    ALBUQUERQUE – Small businesses in New Mexico will soon have greater access to critical resources to help them start or grow their businesses and create jobs, thanks to a $325,000 grant to SBA’s New Mexico Small Business Development Center.
    The funding was provided under a key provision of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 signed by the President last September, which provided $50 million in grants to SBA’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) across the country to support job creation and retention within the small business community by providing in-depth business counseling and advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

  • Eye on the prize

    A raven checks out lunch options outside Smiths Monday.

  • Money Watch: Financial education summit seeks to build wealth

    Too many New Mexicans are novices when it comes to handling their money, making them easy pickings for predatory lending companies, expensive check-cashing services and other scams that can easily be avoided.
    The fifth annual Summit on Financial Education is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 15 at the Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. The free conference aims to increase the financial knowledge of New Mexicans so that they can make sound decisions about their money and avoid fraud and questionable investments.