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  • Senate approves jobless benefits bill

    WASHINGTON ­— U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate.

      The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all states and up to 20 weeks in hard-hit states with unemployment levels at or above 8.5 percent.

    New Mexico’s unemployment rate as of September was 7.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent a year ago.  

  • Snapshots of two New Mexico soldiers

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    Army Spc. Joseph L. Gallegos

    When he was a boy, Joseph Gallegos once found a hawk with a broken wing, nursed it back to health and let it go.

    When he was working for the U.S. Forest Service in 2007, Gallegos came across a burning truck, saw a man inside and pulled him to safety. Gallegos — the lifesaver — took jobs as a firefighter, an ambulance driver and a policeman.

    He served four years in the active Army. Later, he joined the New Mexico National Guard.

  • Los Alamos company garners coveted safety award

    Los Alamos Technical Associates recently achieved a significant safety milestone at one of its clean-up sites.  

    LATA’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site remediation project in Ohio on Nov. 11 marked 1,000 consecutive days without a lost work day incident.  

    The employees of LATA/Parallax Portsmouth, LLC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental remediation contractor at the site, have surpassed more than 1.3 million safe work hours.  

  • County Administrator announces restructuring

    County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro announced Wednesday that he had named Regina Wheeler to a newly titled position, assistant to the county administrator.

    Among several organizational changes that came out of a period of review and consultation with staff and county councilors, Mortillaro also added the role of administrative services director to the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne.  

  • County officials share their holiday wishes

    Senior Historian James W. Bakereeat Plimoth Plantation states that the reason there are so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition.

    The day doesn’t originate in any one event, Baker said. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas like commemorating the pilgrims.

    In Los Alamos, one annual tradition is county and school officials express Thanksgiving wishes to the community.

  • School officials extend Thanksgiving thoughts

    As is the tradition each year, Los Alamos Public School officials take time out to express their Thanksgiving wishes.

    Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt shared his wishes to the community for this holiday.

  • For the love of the pageant

    Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

    Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

  • An adventure awaits

    Adventure awaits those who step up to the opportunity. Although sometimes a little nudge is needed to take that step. Therefore, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing an adventure to you.

    Starting in January, as part of the Boy Scout of America 100th anniversary, the Adventure Base 100, a 10,000-square foot mobile campus, will be making it’s a way across the U.S.

  • A shopping opportunity for children

    Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid friendly can be somewhat of a challenge; luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offers a solution.

    The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

    The young shoppers can choose from numerous items that have all been donated from the church and community.

  • Surfing the shores of time

    Most of the Internet is lost in time.

    It’s an amazing information system, most would agree, but for all practical purposes it exists mostly in the present and has a shrouded past.

    This simple paradox as it applies to the Internet has been troubling Herbert Van de Sompel for quite awhile.

    He’s a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, team leader of research and prototyping in the lab’s Research Library