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  • New jobless claims continue to creep downward

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.

    Employers are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims dropped last week by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. That's slightly above analysts' estimates, according to Thomson Reuters. The previous week's total was revised up to 448,000.

  • News Alert: Business owners beware!

    Be aware that local businesses are receiving fictitious orders by telephone.

    Scammers place a large order with a local company, which they say a "courier" will be by to pick up.

    They ask the business to invoice them on a credit card for more than the amount of the order and give the excess amount to the courier.

    The Chamber of Commerce is alerting local businesses to this scam and suggests the best thing to do when receiving a large order over the telephone is to ask for a telephone number to call back.

  • 05-13-10 Update

    FAN Club

      Chamber of Commerce will host its FAN Club at 6 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Chamber will bring the picnic food, a tent will be set up and participants can do a little networking before the concert starts. The Chamber will have a booth at every concert all summer long — so businesses can reserve a spot to be a showcased chamber member. Just contact Katy Korkos to reserve a spot (661-4816, katyk@losalamos.org.

    Social Dance

  • Mesitas prescribed burn starts today

    Fire managers, including 10 firefighters from the City of Santa Fe Fire Department’s Youth Conservation Corps, started ignitions on the Mesitas Prescribed Burn on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Wednesday.

    On Thursday, fire managers are pre-burning woody material on the ground adjacent to control lines (blacklining), in preparation for aerial ignitions. Aerial ignitions are scheduled to begin later this week. The Mesitas Prescribed Burn was scheduled to begin this Tuesday, however, was postponed due to unfavorable conditions.

  • Challenger outpaces Gary King

    SANTA FE  — Republican attorney general candidate Matthew Chandler raised more campaign money during the past month than Democratic incumbent Gary King, according to the latest state fundraising reports.

    The reports showed that Chandler collected $41,838 in contributions, and King raised $14,140. Both candidates are unopposed in the June 1 primary.

  • Residents warned about scam

    New Mexicans are being warned about a criminal enterprise that is using their residential addresses to create false documents and obtain drivers’ licenses for foreign nationals.

    The perpetrators are selecting random names and addresses of New Mexico residents from the phone book and using that information to file the “Official Mail Forwarding Change of Address Order Form” with the United States Postal Service.

  • Arrowsmith marks 20 years

    General Manager John Edward Arrowsmith of the Department of Public Utilities is celebrating two decades working for Los Alamos County.

    Arrowsmith was promoted to the department’s top spot after Robert Monday retired in 2008. He is responsible for electric, gas, water and wastewater operations, including electric generation and distribution, water production and distribution, gas distribution and wastewater collections and treatment in Los Alamos County.

    Council Chair Mike Wismer was on the county council when it appointed Arrowsmith.

  • Breaking News: Sandia National Laboratories taps new director

  • Economic Vitality Director reception on tap for this afternoon

    The public is invited to meet the county’s new Economic Vitality Director Scott Frederick during an open house from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. According to the county's Web site, light refreshments will be served.