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  • Briefs 08-31-12

    Fewer weeks of jobless benefits to be offered

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fewer weeks of unemployment benefits will soon be available to jobless New Mexicans and the Department of Workforce Solutions says it’s because of a change in federal law.
    A maximum of 54 weeks of unemployment compensation will be offered with claims effective Sept. 2. That’s down from 60 weeks currently.
    The department says New Mexicans eligible for 60 weeks of benefits before Sept. 2 can continue to receive payments for up to that amount of time during a phase-out period.
    The state pays for regular unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, and it’s up to the federal government to go beyond that. A federal law enacted earlier this year changed provisions that trigger extended benefits in a state.
    New Mexico’s unemployment payments range from $74 to $397 a week.

    Groups work to sign up new voters

    SANTA FE  (AP) — A coalition of nonprofits are banding together to get more New Mexicans registered to vote.

  • County posts Sunshine Page

    Los Alamos County has added a new “Sunshine” webpage to its county website.
    The Sunshine webpage addition is another step toward the county’s goal to build citizen trust by being open and transparent.
    The webpage makes more government documents available online and offers a more direct way to navigate to key documents that are already offered on the website.
    The new feature can be accessed by clicking on the sun icon on the home page, losalamosnm.us.
     Read the Los Alamos Monitor Wednesday for more information.

    From a press release

  • Update 08-31-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    Library board

    Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • DPU holds strategic planning workshop

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) division managers stepped up their strategic planning process with a two-day workshop in mid-August.

    The planning session was an extension of DPU’s efforts to maximize performance throughout the department.

    “This rises from when Ralph Phelps was on the board,” DPU Manager John Arrowsmith said. “He felt we should adopt some type of nationally recognized system for process improvement or measuring performance.”

    The department decided to adopt the Baldrige criteria for Performance Excellence, a program designed to educate organizations in performance excellence management. The Baldrige Program is administered through Quality New Mexico.

    The DPU’s efforts to utilize the Baldrige system were recognized by Quality New Mexico in 2008, when the department received a Roadrunner Recognition award. The award is given to organizations that “demonstrate substantive progress in building sound and systematic processes and improving organizational outcomes.”

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