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  • NM jobless numbers crept up again in March

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's jobless rate hit 8.8 percent in March, rising from the 8.7 percent rate in February and the 6.3 percent rate of March 2009.

    State labor officials say New Mexico's unemployment rate is higher than it's been in more than 22 years, but falls below the national average.

    The national unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent last month.

    New Mexico lost 17,000 jobs between March 2009 and March 2010.

  • Obama turns up the heat for health care overhaul

    "Now, despite all the progress and improvements we've made, Republicans in Congress insist that the only acceptable course on health care is to start over. But you know what? The insurance companies aren't starting over," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday.

    "I just met with some of them on Thursday, and they couldn't give me a straight answer as to why they keep arbitrarily and massively raising premiums — by as much as 60 percent in states like Illinois. If we do not act, they will continue to do this."

  • NMED: LANL PCBs no threat to Rio Grande drinking water

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has concluded pollution in the Rio Grande coming from Los Alamos National Laboratory remains below standards for drinking water.

    The department says concentrations fell below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standard for PCBs in drinking water and are not a threat to Albuquerque's drinking water supply.

    The results released this week come from a 2009 study on water quality in the river near Santa Fe's Buckman diversion project and during storm flows in Albuquerque.

  • Police Beat: 15-year-old nabbed behind the wheel of stolen car

    Check out this week's Police Beat here.

  • News Advisory: State resource team identifies town's potential

    With just the right tweaking – Los Alamos is poised to become a vibrant, thriving Mecca for science and innovation.

    This is the conclusion of a team of state experts who spent three days in town last week dissecting it from top to bottom.

    Read the full story in today's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 04-21-10 Update

    Learn about snowkiting

      David Cole, 47, of Albuquerque will share information about the new sport of snowkiting at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the main room of Fuller Lodge, with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m. today, followed by a discussion of trips past and future. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

    Poetry Potluck Open Mike

     Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series will hold a Poetry Potluck Open Mike Event featuring Matt Donovan at 7 p.m. Thursday.

  • Senators want to expand compensation

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from western states wants to expand federal compensation for people who became ill from working in uranium mines, living near debris left from mining or living near atomic tests from the 1940s into the ‘60s.

    The measure, introduced Monday, would broaden who’s eligible for compensation, expand the downwind exposure area to include seven states and fund a study of health impacts on families of uranium workers and people living near uranium development.

  • Final contracts awarded

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Tuesday that it has awarded its final two demolition contracts under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The two winning bidders will each demolish a portion of the remaining unused buildings at the Lab’s historic Technical Area 21.

  • Plenty of potential

    With just the right tweaking Los Alamos is poised to become a vibrant, thriving mecca for science and innovation. This is the conclusion of a team of state experts who spent three days in town last week dissecting it from top to bottom.

    The Arts and Cultural District Resource Team told business and community leaders that during conversations with people all over town it heard the “disconnect” and understands the recent history behind the real or perceived lack of stronger collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory, UNM-LA and the downtown community.

  • Responding to a call for help

    Global warming is not really up for debate, at least in most scientific circles. It’s here and it is real, according to Chick Keller, executive director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Keller showed slide after slide of charts and graphs that revealed an increase in temperatures around the world to a Leadership Los Alamos session Friday.

    Therefore, the question isn’t so much whether climate change exists but rather, how a society responds to it, Keller said.