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  • NM unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the March unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

    A report released Thursday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows the state's unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March.

    The Farmington metropolitan area had the state's highest unemployment rate, at 9.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent in February.

    Overall job growth remains stunted. The recovery is progressing slowly because no particular sector of the economy is leading the way in creating more jobs.

  • NM ex-governor Johnson enters presidential race

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing.

    Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won't be outworked when it comes to retail politics.

    "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire," he said. "So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire."

  • Council going proactive on maintenance

    Editor’s Note: This is the final story in a three-part series covering the county budget.

    When it comes to maintaining the county’s facilities, the Los Alamos County Council decided it is high time to get proactive. Council unanimously approved creation of a new maintenance plan, during budget hearings held Saturday and Monday.
    “From my perspective, in the past, our maintenance has been primarily reactive, when something breaks, we fix it, Council Vice Chair Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Flower Art

    A bed of tulips decorate a building’s exterior.

  • Groups seek to intervene in N.M. emissions case

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Several groups filed motions with the New Mexico Court of Appeals on Wednesday to intervene in an electric utility’s appeal of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
    Public Service Company of New Mexico is appealing the approval of the regulations last fall by the state Environmental Improvement Board.
    The regulations encompass the state’s plan for participating in a regional cap and trade program, as well as a statewide cap of greenhouse gas emissions that was initially proposed by the environmental group New Energy Economy.
    New Energy Economy is among the groups seeking to intervene in the case.

  • Update 04-21-11

    Eco Station closed
    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed on Easter Sunday.

    Dem Party meeting
    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host its monthly meeting from 7-
    8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room 3.

    GOP meeting
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
     
    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station Administration Building.

  • Doe shot on gun range

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish seek information to solve a case in which a pregnant doe deer was killed April 16, near the Los Alamos Sportsmen Club.  
    The department offers rewards for information that leads to the arrest or charges against wildlife law violators. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $350 reward.
    Call 1-800-432-4263 with information about this wildlife crime or any other.

  • Court rejects Mattel's Bratz doll copyright claim

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal court jury Thursday rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright infringement claims involving MGA Entertainment's popular, billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls.

    The jury found that Mattel does not own the idea for Bratz or any of the sketches that led to the doll and awarded Mattel no damages.

    The complex, 28-page verdict was being read after the panel completed nearly two weeks of deliberations and a rancorous three-month trial.

  • Clinton: Gadhafi may be using cluster bombs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi's government may be targeting Libyan civilians with cluster bombs, cautiously endorsing claims by rebels and human rights groups that the Libyan strongman's troops are using the indiscriminate weapon on the western city of Misrata.

    Attacks by Gadhafi's forces have been deplorable, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. Despite outlining more examples of what she termed Gadhafi's "inhumanity," Clinton refused to signal any new course for the United States to help anti-government forces in their war to end four decades of dictatorship.

  • Pipe bomb, two propane tanks found in Colorado mall

    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Investigators want to question a person of interest about a pipe bomb and two propane tanks that failed to detonate at a Colorado mall that were found after a security guard extinguished a fire.

    Investigators on Thursday released a third photo of the person. In two photos, he is seen entering a stairwell and carrying a white plastic bag. The latest shows him on an escalator inside the Southwest Plaza Mall.

    Firefighters found the devices after the fire that prompted the evacuation of the mall around noon Wednesday. No one was injured and the devices didn't explode.