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  • CDD seeks public input to crackdown on eyesores

    The Community Development Department (CDD) wants feedback from residents and commercial property owners about ways the county code can be made clearer regarding compliance and enforcement of yard and property maintenance and safety issues on private and commercial property.
    Two public meetings will be held and the information will help the county draft a nuisance ordinance.
    The first meeting was Thursday at Fuller Lodge and a second meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at White Rock Town Hall.

  • Census: 1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty.
    The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in office.
    The poverty rate climbed from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008.

  • Police: Hopkins gunman shot himself and relative

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A gunman who wounded a doctor at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore and then holed up inside a room has shot and killed himself and a relative during a standoff with authorities, police said Thursday.
    Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press that the suspect and his relative died in a hospital room.
    The standoff lasted more than 2 hours.

  • New unemployment claims fall slightly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week to its lowest level in two months, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 450,000, the third decline in four weeks. Many economists had expected an increase.

  • Smith’s: Union wants proprietary information

    Smith’s Food & Drug Stores will likely not provide some of the financial information demanded by its union, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.
    United Food and Commercial Workers is asking for several bits of information from the company, including earnings, salaries of some employees and future development plans among other bits of information.
    The union also charges Smith’s with bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices.
    The two local Smith’s stores, in Los Alamos and White Rock, are represented by UFCW Local 1564.

  • Score one for area’s youth

    Well-known youth advocates battled on behalf of local teenagers at Tuesday’s county council meeting.
    “I’ve been working for the welfare of Los Alamos young folk for almost 40 years, including 18 years in elected office,” said Vice Chair Morrie Pongratz of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

  • United Way kicks off campaign

    “Live United” is the slogan for this year’s United Way of Northern New Mexico giving campaign, which kicked off Monday at Central Avenue Grill.
    “Give, advocate, volunteer,” was the mantra of the evening event attended by community members and campaign volunteers from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The laboratory’s 2011 employee giving campaign also kicked off Monday.
    “We opened the campaign today at the laboratory and we already have 30 pledges,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of LANL’s Community Programs Office.

  • Tea party pulls off major victories in primaries

    (Associated Press) — It’s tea time in America.
    Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, antiestablishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others.

  • Hispanic lawmakers bolster immigration reform push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic lawmakers are trying to bolster Democrats' efforts on immigration reform going into the fall elections with a three-part strategy that starts with a meeting at the White House.

    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Nydia Velasquez of New York will meet with Obama Thursday on immigration.

  • Tropical storm Karl hits Yucatan

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A strong Tropical Storm Karl made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, hitting a sparsely populated stretch of Caribbean coast, while two Category 4 hurricanes roared further out in the Atlantic.

    Karl made landfall about 30 miles (50 kilometers) up the coast from the Quintana Roo state capital of Chetumal, with winds of about 63 to 65 mph (100 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.