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  • First-time jobless claims decline slightly last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits slipped last week, the latest sign the employment picture is slowly brightening.

    The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 462,000. That's close to Wall Street analysts' estimates of 460,000, according to Thomson Reuters, and the second straight drop.

    Still, the four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, rose to 475,500, reflecting a sharp increase in claims last month.

  • NEWS ALERT Phelps chairs cleanup endgame for CAB

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  • New law limits insurance administrative costs

    SANTA FE — New state laws will stop discrimination against women in the pricing of medical insurance and limit how much health insurance companies spend on administrative costs.

    Gov. Bill Richardson signed the measures into law on Tuesday, saying they will improve the state’s health care system.

    “Currently, insurers in New Mexican can charge women up to 20 percent more than men for individual and small group health insurance plans. This is unacceptable,” Richardson said.

  • Law OKs guns in eateries

    SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law.

    Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July.

    However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into an eatery by posting a sign that prohibits firearms or if the restaurant’s owner or manager tells a patron that firearms aren’t allowed.

  • 03-11-10 Update

    Dinner at WR Baptist

      Young Life of Los Alamos is hosting a dinner from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the White Rock Baptist Church. The dress is semi-formal to formal. Los Alamos National Bank is sponsoring the event. For more information, call  662-2667.

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  • Phelps seeks diverse membership

    Los Alamos County Councilor Ralph Phelps added another point of influence to his regional activities when he became chair of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board (NNMCAB) in October 2009.

    Previously vice chair of the advisory group, Phelps succeeded J.D. Campbell, a civil engineer from Taos who remains on the board through April.

  • A not-so safe haven

    Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and his staff are working on improvements for the fountain at Ashley Pond.

    The fountain provides a safe haven for area ducks and geese that rely upon the fountain to maintain a circle of water in the middle of the pond where they can safely escape predators such as coyotes. Below normal temperatures across New Mexico led to ice freezing at the fountain, putting the ducks in danger and with a need for a new shelter on a temporary basis.

  • News Alert: Atomic City Transit launches new route

    Atomic City Transit adds an additional route Monday.

    The new Eastern Area / Main Hill Route (Route 2) will service Downtown, Eastern Area, East Gate Area and White Rock.

    The route travels from the Transit Center through Downtown on Trinity Drive and heads east on NM502, making stops throughout Downtown, along East Drive, near the new Airport Basin Site and near East Gate Park.

  • WINTER WEATHER UPDATE: Storm Warning remains in effect through early Thursday

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory Wednesday morning:

    A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

  • 03-10-10 Update

    Farmer’s Market

      The Los Alamos Farmer’s Market will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday in Fuller Lodge. The MainStreet and Juvenile Justice Advisory Board event will have a variety of items available including; eggs, jams, buffalo meat, pasta, cheeses, oyster mushrooms, organic fruits and more.

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    Spring fashion show

      Uli’s Cottaintails will present a spring fashion show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mari Mac Center Mall, located at 800 Trinity Drive. RSVP to 662-4558.