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  • Unexpected drop in jobless rate sparks optimism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising drop in the November unemployment rate and in job losses cheered investors Friday and raised hopes for a sustained economic recovery.

    The rate unexpectedly fell to 10 percent last month, from 10.2 percent in October, as employers cut the fewest number of jobs since the recession began. The better-than-expected figures provided a rare dose of good news for a labor market that's lost 7.2 million jobs in two years.

  • County bills mailed, taxes now due

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2009 were mailed to property owners in November.

    The first half installment was due Nov. 10, and becomes delinquent after Dec. 10.  

    Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.  

    The 311 Customer Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 901 Trinity Drive. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544.

  • Bus shelters to get art etchings

    The wheels of change keep turning for Los Alamos County and the Arts in Public Places Board has been a part of the many changes around the county so far. They also continue to make strides to beautify the town.

    In addition to purchasing pottery for the City of Santa Fe, as a gift for its 400th anniversary, the APP Board has been busy with various other local projects.

  • Winter driving tips

    During the winter months, the county would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take, in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

    Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.  Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

    • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail;

    • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout;

  • 12-4 Update

    Get a copy of Bun Ryan’s book

      Bun Ryan will sign copies of his book, “My Cat-Skills,” from 1- 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Daniel’s Café. The restaurant will serve up Bun Ryan’s Own Irish Stew and free ice cream scoops for children. In the book, Ryan’s cat, Big-A-Boy, is a large orange cat that relates to him an adult slice of life about family, friends and surroundings. Proceeds from the book sales will go to Felines & Friends for cat and dog rescue and placement.

  • Full-scale demolition begins at TA-21

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday began demolishing a Cold War-era complex of buildings in Technical Area 21, that once housed plutonium production and historic, nonweapons research.

    “We’re seeing something this morning that has not happened since the late 1940s,” LANL Deputy Director Ike Richardson said. “The Los Alamos skyline is starting to change.”

  • President nominates Cook to fill NNSA post

    President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Donald L. Cook as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • NM revenues continue to slip, tax hikes loom on the horizon

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) " New Mexico's revenue outlook continues to weaken, aggravating the state's budget problems.

    The Legislative Finance Committee received a new financial forecast Thursday that says revenues will be $53 million lower next year than previously expected.

    There's a potential budget gap of $600 million to $700 million next year.

  • Get state and federal solar energy tax credits

    As this year draws to a close, those who want to take advantage of federal and state tax credits for the installation of a solar energy system on their 2009 tax returns need to act soon.

  • Doctor office visits increased slightly

    Influenza-Like Illness

    Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness increased slightly from 4.9 percent last week to 5.4 percent this week. The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 26 clinics throughout the state.

    Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state.  H1N1 influenza is still the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time. All positive flu tests are presumed to be novel H1N1 influenza.