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Today's News

  • See final campaign finance reports before election--Updated

    Candidate campaign finance reports were due to be filed Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office. With Election Day coming up Tuesday, this will be the last report politicians file before voters go to the polls.

    Click on the candidate's name to see the latest campaign finance report which shows donors and expenditures...

    Kristin Henderson (D)

    Peter Sheehey (D)

    Steven Girrens (R)

    Marc Clay (R)

    Vincent Chiravalle (R)

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D)

    Jim Hall (R)

  • Unemployment rate ticks back up to 7.9 percent in October

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September because some workers who had given up re-entered the search for jobs.

    The Labor Department's last look at hiring before Tuesday's election sketched a picture of a job market that is searching for any momentum after nearly stalling in the spring.

    Since July, the economy has created an average of 173,000 jobs a month, up from 67,000 a month from April through June.

    Still, President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt. The rate ticked up because more people without jobs started looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Friday (times in EDT):

    1. WHAT THE U.S. JOB MARKET REPORT WILL LIKELY SOLIDIFY

    That companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

    2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES

    Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.

    3. NEW YORK'S 'FORGOTTEN' ISLAND BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY

    Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.

    4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY, IT'S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION

  • Today in History for November 2nd
  • PACs pour money into legislative races

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political groups free from campaign finance restrictions are pouring millions of dollars into New Mexico's legislative races that will determine whether Democrats hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate.

    A PAC with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday reported spending $1.4 million on House and Senate races last month, with $4 of every $5 going for advertising and mailings.

    That was matched by a Democratic-leaning group called Patriot Majority New Mexico, which spent $1.3 million during October. More than three-fourths of that went for mailings and ads.

  • Lab set to tear down protective buildings at TA-21

    Demolition of the metal buildings used to shield the public from potentially hazardous materials during the excavation and cleanup of a decades-old waste disposal site at the historic Technical Area 21 situated along DP Road is now underway.

    Some prep activities are beginning this week and the work should be completed by the end of March 2013, lab officials said.  The project brings the laboratory closer to transferring the six-acre tract of land to Los Alamos County at some point in the future.

    The metal structures, which look like a modern interpretation of the Quonset hut, were erected in 2010 to protect workers and the public from exposure to hazardous and radiological contamination while excavating and packaging contaminated debris and soil from Material Disposal Area B.

    “Removal of the structures marks the completion of a highly successful environmental cleanup project at Material Disposal Area B,” said Ed Worth, federal project manager with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “We look forward to the day we officially turn the property over for the benefit of our community.”

  • Ex-Penn St. President Charged in Sandusky Case
  • Be There 11-02-12

    Today
    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) kicks off. Are you game to write 50,000 words in 30 days, a novel in a month? It can be done. Find out more at the kick-off party in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    “Valles Caldera: The Movie, Part 1: The Science.” PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show a brand new documentary about the Valles Caldera. The film starts at 6 p.m. and is $10 for adults and $5 for kids at the door, with proceeds benefiting PEEC.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series continues at 6:30 p.m. with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

    The November meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The program will be open to the public.
    Friday
    Come to PEEC and get building. On the first Friday of every month, join other kids (and their parents) who like building forts, then play and hang out in the new place created. Parents must stay and supervise their children. From 3:30-5 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
    Saturday

  • Needlework enthusiasts flock to Buffalo Thunder

    Santa Fe Enchantment, the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, will bring more than 600 needlework enthusiasts from across the country to Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque through Friday.
    Participants will attend classes in all facets of needle arts.
    While registration for the seminar is now closed, the public is invited to visit Buffalo Thunder to view a display of needlework done by masters and award winners in various embroidery techniques.
    The national tapestry “America the Beautiful” will also be shown. EGA stitchers from around the country contributed designs representative of their area.
    During the seminar, the Needlework Boutique will offer a wide variety of threads, patterns, notions, accessories and gadgets for sale. Books about all phases of needlework will be available at the bookstore.
    The EGA seminar provides an opportunity to see the finest in needle arts and shop for hard-to-find stitching accessories.
    For more information, contact Marilyn Foster, 672-9404.

  • Xi Nu turns 25

    The ladies of the Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi look good for 25, that is 25 years of craft fairs.
    Their silver anniversary takes place Saturday, with their 25th annual craft fair at Crossroads Bible Church, located near the Los Alamos Airport.
    The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event will have shoppers glowing in the warmth of shopping locally and helping small-based businesses as the holiday season approaches.
    This year, the ladies, under the direction of Cathy Shisler, have more than 50 booths lined up.
    Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase with the help of Kenny’s North Carolina Barbecue, along with coffee, fresh baked goods and a few healthy items thrown in, compliments of the sorority members.
    Perhaps the best value of the day is the $1 raffle ticket or six tickets for $5 that gives shoppers (even those not present) the chance to win one of more than 50 items contributed by vendors.
    Of course the most prized item of the day is a handmade quilt, by Xi Nu member Alice Garcia that has been in the works for a year and a half. The hand made quilt is in celebration of their silver anniversary and reflects silver nods throughout the slightly-larger-than-king-sized artistic snowman endeavor.