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  • 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.

  • BAER update 7-29

    The Las Conchas fire is now 98% contained, but some suppression work remains. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area continues. Chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress. The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation Team continues treatments in the Las Conchas fire area within the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Bandelier National Monument.

  • House GOP sets vote on revamped debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a vote on a newly modified plan to stave off an unprecedented government default next week even though the legislation faces a White House veto threat and unanimous opposition among Senate Democrats.

    As the House prepared to vote Thursday, investor worries that a dysfunctional Congress might remain gridlocked sent stocks plunging. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 200 points Wednesday, on top of a 92-point drop the day before.

  • Special ops chief warns of al-Qaida 2.0

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top commander of U.S. special operations forces said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is bloodied and "nearing its end," but he warned the next generation of militants could keep special operations fighting for a decade to come.

    Navy SEAL Adm. Eric T. Olson described the killing of bin Laden by a special operations raid on May 2 as a near-killing blow for what he called "al-Qaida 1.0," as created by bin Laden and led from his hideout in Pakistan.

    Olson said the group had already lost steam because of the revolts of the Arab Spring, which proved the Muslim world did not need al-Qaida to bring down governments, from Tunisia to Egypt.

  • Flash flood watch for Jemez Mountains

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITHIN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT. RAINFALL RATES OF ONE HALF TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS. THE SLOW STORM MOTION WILL INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING.