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  • CenturyLink, union fail to reach labor agreement

    DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact.

    The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. CWA spokesman Al Kogler said in a statement that negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job during the extension.

    Kogler has said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union had authorized a strike in the event that a new deal couldn't be reached with the Monroe, La.-based telecommunications company.

    CenturyLink workers in Montana, who are negotiating a separate contract, also agreed to the extension

  • Today in History for October 7th
  • High winds cancel opening launch at Balloon Fiesta

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mass launch of balloons at the kickoff of an annual hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico has been cancelled because of high winds.

    Hundreds of hot-air balloons were expected to rise into the sky early Saturday morning at the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the launch was delayed from 5:45 a.m. and then cancelled at 7 a.m. Groans and sighs could be heard from the launch field as a public address announcer passed on the news.

    Winds were at about 30 mph at 1,000 feet and well above safety limits.

    The nine-day event drew slightly more than 700,000 spectators last year

  • Cone Zone 10-06-12

    NMDOT mill and overlay on N.M. 502 continues
    N.M. 502 (Main Hill) to Los Alamos will be closed from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the NMDOT completes milling and paving operations.
    If necessary, work will continue between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Work is occurring from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to De Colores and the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the town site.
    Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct. 14. Motorists should use N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route.
    Contact: Kenny Gallegos, NMDOT District 5 Area Maintenance supervisor at 505-660-7866.

    Public Works projects:
    Eastern Area 2 concrete, P\paving and utility project — Phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.
    Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
    Canyon Road is paved between Manhattan Loop east to the middle of the Myrtle Green. Paving from the middle of Myrtle Green and 9th Street will occur this week.
    Minor delays should be expected. All through traffic on the above streets are advised to seek alternate routes.

  • Update 10-06-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event through Oct. 14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Scottish dance

    The Scottish Country Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Education comes to forefront

    The House District 43 candidates — Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard have some definitive thoughts when it comes to education.

    During his career, Hall has spent eight years on the school board and Garcia Richard has been a teacher in Pojoaque school system for more than 10 years.

    The two will take part in the first of two debates Thursday in a forum sponsored by the League of Women’s Voters of White Rock. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. The second is scheduled for Santa Fe the following week.

    Both Hall and Garcia Richard agree there is a crisis in education.

    “We are at the bottom of too many good lists and at the top of too many bad ones.   There is no single answer, but we can make progress if everyone — parents, teachers, administrators, board members, legislators, and students — focuses on student achievement,” Hall said. “I believe student achievement comes from well trained, highly motivated teachers maximizing their time with students with strong support from parents and administrators.”

    Garcia Richard reiterated that education is one of her top priorities.

  • Poll challenger training by county GOP draws criticism as recipe for voter suppression

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Democratic-leaning political group on Thursday criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.

    ProgressNow New Mexico released secretly recorded video of the training done last week by Sandoval County GOP vice chairwoman Patricia Morlen, a tea party activist.

    "This is a how-to-guide to voter suppression and many of their instructions are in blatant contradiction to state law," said Pat Davis, executive director of the political group. "People trained by the GOP to 'protect' our elections will wreak havoc on our elections and so frustrate voters that many will simply give up and go home."

    Those attending the session were given written material and told voters can be required to show a physical form of identification if that's requested by two polling place officials from different political parties. Trainees also were told that provisional ballots will be required for the nearly 178,000 registered voters who received mailings from elections officials that could lead to them being purged after the 2014 election.

    The training information is incorrect or misleading, however.

  • Today in History for October 6th
  • Calif. Driver: Thought Gas Prices Were 'a Joke'
  • FBI: Friendly Fire Likely in Border Shootings