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  • Consumers spend and earn more, layoffs slow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At the same time, demand for long-lasting manufactured goods fell off.

  • SKorea reports 2 civilian deaths in NKorea clash

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Rescuers found the burned bodies Wednesday of two islanders killed in a North Korean artillery attack — the first civilian deaths from a skirmish that marked a dramatic escalation of tensions between the rival Koreas.

  • Colder, drier air en route for turkey day

    The National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement Wednesday morning:

    MUCH COLDER AIR SPREADING FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST LATER TODAY INTO THANKSGIVING... WIND ADVISORY FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY...

  • Just over half of NM voters turned out in election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Slightly more than half of eligible New Mexico voters turned out and participated in this month's general election, according to official results announced Tuesday.

    A total of 607,700 New Mexicans cast ballots in the Nov. 2 election, representing 52.7 percent of those registered to vote.

    That's slightly better than 2006, the last gubernatorial election year, when the turnout rate was 52.2 percent, and about 568,600 voters participated. Turnout was 53 percent in the 2002 election.

  • Martinez picks NM budget official for review team

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected a former state budget director to lead a team in reviewing the state Department of Finance and Administration.

    Martinez announced Tuesday that John Gasparich will serve as the team's chairman. He was deputy department secretary during part of former Gov. Gary Johnson's administration and budget director for former Govs. Garrey Carruthers and Toney Anaya.

  • Don’t get burned when trying to buy firewood

    Cooler temperatures and the smell of wood burning in stoves across New Mexico is a sure sign that fall is here and winter is right around the corner.
    “This time of year the temperature drops fast once the sun goes down, which means tens of thousands of New Mexicans will turn to their  woodstoves to help heat their homes,” said Noreen Jaramillo, New Mexico Department of Agriculture public information officer.
    “But residents need to be careful who they buy their wood from. If they aren’t, they could lose money.”  

  • Update 11-23-10

    Toys for Tots

    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.

    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the county attorney’s conference room to discuss limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation.

  • WR Civic Center is big winner in CIP rankings

    The Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee had a tough decision to make.
    With 16 capital improvement project (CIP) proposals vying for funding to undertake first-round studies, the committee set about the task of ranking the projects.
    The White Rock Civic Center emerged from the process in the number one spot.
    The committee ranked the different applications Thursday at council chambers.
    The final rankings for the remainder of the CIP proposals were:
    • A cover to the Los Alamos Ice Rink, two

  • JUDGE HALTS MUNI VOTE

    SANTA FE — The hotly contested issue regarding the legality of a citizen vote on the question of whether to reconstruct the municipal building on its original site at Ashley Pond has been decided – at least in the short term – there will be no election.

    District Court Judge Barbara Vigil ruled Monday to grant plaintiffs Christine and George Chandler’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the special election on the grounds that it is illegal.

  • TSA chief: Resisting scanners just means delays

    ATLANTA (AP) — Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.