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  • Initial claims for jobless benefits continue to escalate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose again last week, evidence that layoffs are continuing and jobs remain scarce.

    The rise is the fourth in the past five weeks. Most economists hoped that claims would resume a downward trend that was evident in the fall and early winter.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for unemployment insurance rose by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 480,000. Wall Street economists had expected a drop to 460,000, according to Thomson Reuters.

  • 02-04-10 Update

    “Big Night” screening

      Mesa Public Library free film series will screen “Big Night,” at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting rooms.

    ‘Topper Review this weekend

      ’Topper Review will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Enjoy some miniature golf

  • Lujn advocates Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

    Washington, D.C. ­— Rep. Ben Ray Luján voted to pass the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009, which will improve the security of cyberspace by supporting research on innovative, transformative technologies and ensuring federal investments in cybersecurity are more focused and effective.

  • Gov. wants vote

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson remains optimistic about chances in the Legislature for a proposal to allow domestic partnerships.

    The Democratic governor said Wednesday he doesn’t want the bill to become bottled up in a state Senate committee this session and has been meeting with senators to try to arrange for a vote by the full Senate.

  • Lab trains African scientists

    Scientists from Ghana are visiting Los Alamos National Laboratory this week, participating in the lab’s international threat reduction program.

    Under a fellowship with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Eric Akortia and Nyarku Mawutorli are looking at how the local program works.

    Combining public safety and national security, LANL’s Off-Site Recovery Program retrieves surplus radioactive sources used for non-military purposes, packages the sources for shipment and arranges long-term storage across the country and around the world.

  • LANB poised to be top lender

    Los Alamos National Bank is poised to become the biggest in-state mortgage lender in New Mexico following the seizure last week of Charter Bank in Santa Fe by the Office of Thrift Supervision.

  • Voters Split: LAPS referendum passes, thumbs down on UNM-LA 2 mil levy

  • Groundhog was right, more winter weather on the way

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory Wednesday morning:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BELOW 7500 FEET... WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES LIKELY ABOVE 7500 FEET.

  • Los Alamos to Park Service: Tell our story
  • 02-03-10 Update

    Copenhagen conference

      Ken Hughes will present “The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference,” during the Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.