Local News

  • Day of Enchantment photo contest draws more than 10,000 entries

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico tourism officials say interest in their eight-week photo contest has been spectacular.

    People have submitted 10,000 entries in the Day of Enchantment photo contest and nearly 120,000 votes have been cast on a website the Tourism Department developed for the competition. The site has had about a half-million views over the past few weeks, and the contest just passed its mid point.

  • Home construction tanks, building permits plummet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction plunged last month to the lowest level since December and building permits also fell, the latest signs that the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery.

    Builders are scaling back now that government incentives have expired.

    The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction of new homes and apartments fell 10 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000. April's figure was revised downward to 659,000.

  • Sandia labs expects to continue growth

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories will grow by about 200 employees this year and expects more growth next year.

    Laboratory managers said Tuesday that a growing budget for Sandia's primary mission, nuclear weapons, is being accompanied by continued growth in other areas, such as computer security.

    Departing Sandia president Tom Hunter and his successor, Paul Hommert, spoke during a news conference before a community meeting in Albuquerque.

  • BP agrees to $20B fund to compensate victims of oil disaster in gulf

    WASHINGTON (AP) — BP will set aside $20 billion to pay the victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, senior administration officials said Wednesday, a move made under pressure by the White House as the company copes with causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

  • Continued progress made on wildfires

    Tecolote Fire: 720 acres, 20 percent contained, 415 personnel committed to the fire. Minimal growth was observed Tuesday due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. Firefighters were able to take advantage of conditions to prepare and strengthen fireline in anticipation of Red Flag conditions for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The weather forecast is calling for higher winds and warmer temperatures. Strategies and resources are in place for changing weather conditions.

  • Lane closure slated for Saturday

    Installation of a pedestrian bridge on the Canyon Rim Trail south of the Los Alamos Airport is scheduled for Saturday. A 100-foot crane will lift the pre-fabricated bridge and set it on four concrete piers that were formed last week.

    The use of the large crane will require traffic control on East Road, also known as N.M. Highway 502.

  • Chamber pushes initiatives

     The Chamber of Commerce brought in NationJob.com CEO Ralph Hejlik Tuesday to meet with local corporations and individual business members regarding employee recruitment initiatives.

    “This is an opportunity and it’s important for our larger corporations to show leadership in this initiative,” Chamber Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. “If this is successful, all of our smaller businesses and nonprofits will get to take advantage of these resources.”

  • Day of Enchantment

    The Los Alamos Monitor and Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a statewide initiative called “Day of Enchantment.”

    The local contest period will be open throughout the summer and winners will be announced in September.

    The Monitor will select a local photo from the Day of Enchantment Web site to feature in each Wednesday edition of the newspaper. The photo at left is of the annual fireworks at Overlook Park in White Rock. Enter local photos at www.dayofenchantment.com.

  • AP-GfK poll shows gains for health care overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The patient is alive and kicking. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds public support for President Barack Obama's new health care law has risen to its highest point.

    The nation remains divided, with 45 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed to the president's signature domestic accomplishment.

  • New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.

    Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed a report that consumer prices remain essentially flat.