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  • High tech interns learn sustainability

    On Thursday morning, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) student interns gathered at the San Ildefonso Visitor Center, where they met Tribal Council member and Farm Mentor Timothy Martinez.

    The visit to San Ildefonso is one of several field trips for the LANL Student Sustainability Challenge, which is exploring issues like food security with this year’s  theme of “Sustainability is National Security.”

  • Runway rehab winding down

    Those heroic helicopter pilots have flown their magnificent machines with the dangling buckets across Los Alamos skies for what is hoped to be the last time.

    Now that the Las Conchas Fire is 95 percent contained, the two enormous orange C-130 slurry bombers and several smaller firefighting helicopters based at the Los Alamos County Airport are off to fight the next blaze.

    “Helicopters have a specific role in wildland fire fighting,” said Fire Chief Doug Tucker. “Their ability to shuttle water and their pinpoint precision was invaluable to our crews on the ski hill and other areas during the recent fire.”

  • 'Extreme Makeover' comes to NM

    Do you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home?  If so, the producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition want to hear from you.
    Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to New Mexico!
    “We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Supervising Casting Producer Adam Drucker.  
    The show is looking for deserving families in the Santa Fe and Los Alamos area.

  • Dems, GOP still at loggerheads as clock ticks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House members came to the Capitol on Saturday to even the score with the Senate, preparing to reject Democratic legislation to avert an unprecedented U.S. financial default after senators turned down the House's plan. Three days before the debt-limit deadline, lawmakers and President Barack Obama remained at loggerheads on the debt crisis.

    The House convened for its unusual Saturday session at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • NM jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE — A state agency reports that New Mexico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly, reaching 6.8 percent in June.

    The Department of Workforce Solutions said Thursday there was a one-tenth of a percentage point decline in the jobless rate since May.

    The unemployment rate exceeded 8 percent a year ago and it peaked at 8.7 percent in January and February before starting to drop.

    The agency said June was the first time in 32 months that New Mexico experienced job growth compared to the previous year. Jobs were up three-tenths of a percentage point comparing last month with June 2010. That represents an increase of 2,400 jobs.

  • Santa Fe National Forest to ease fire restrictions

    The Santa Fe National Forest is lifting fire restrictions for portions of the forest effective Saturday. “The recent arrival of monsoonal rains and other changes in weather patterns have brought a welcome relief from extreme conditions,” said Forest Supervisor,  Maria T. Garcia.

  • Update 07-28-11

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. today in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Authors speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Nuclear talk

  • Council Not Yet Sold on Creative District

    In July of 2009, the State of New Mexico acknowledged a startup Arts and Cultural District (ACD) in downtown Los Alamos, which the Los Alamos County Council approved. Keeping the ACD designation for the Los Alamos Creative District depends on the county adopting a plan to guide its development.

  • Fire 99 percent contained

    New Mexico’s largest wildfire is almost out.
    Officials declared the Las Conchas Fire that started June 26 and threatened Los Alamos and the national laboratory to be 99 percent contained.
    The blaze charred more than 244 square miles and destroyed 63 homes in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The spread of the fire was stopped days ago, and crews have been focused on mopping up hot spots and patrolling the perimeter. The fire has been divided into four branches and crews from the ranger districts, Bandelier National Monument, and Valles Caldera National Preserve are tending to the mopup duty.
    The long road to recovery began a few weeks ago and it will continue for a while.

  • Firefighter tribute

    This scarecrow tribute to honor the firefighters who saved the town during the Las Conchas Fire stands proudly in front of the demo garden on Central Avenue near Oppenheimer.