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Today's News

  • Unemployment applications jump by most in a month--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose by the most in a month, signaling growing weakness in the job market.

    Applications rose by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the second increase in three weeks and the 11th straight week that applications have been above 400,000.

    The four-week average for unemployment benefit applications, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 426,250 last week.

  • Feds snare Whitey Bulger after 16 year manhunt--video extra

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles 16 years after his run from the law sparked an international manhunt and served as a major embarrassment to the FBI as their onetime informant eluded authorities.

    The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.

  • Storms damage barns, chapel at Churchill Downs--video extra

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A few barns partially collapsed and horses ran loose for a time Wednesday at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville.

    Officials have no immediate reports of serious injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. A mayor's spokesman said a couple people may have been trapped in their cars in high water on the east side of the city.

  • Community announcements 06-22-11

    Class of ‘91 reunion
    The Los Alamos High School class of 1991 will have 20-year reunion events during June 24-26. For more information, visit http://www.classcreator.com/Los-Alamos-NM-1991, or contact Julie Gable at 602-320-8855.

    Volunteer at Sombrillo
    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with Bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Please call the Activities Director at 662-4300 for details. We’ll help you get started.

    Volunteers needed

  • Be There 06-22-11

    Today
    The public is invited to a Frijoles Canyon Night Walk at 9 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. The cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517 to reserve a spot.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speaks Series presents Paul Berkowitz, author of “The Case of the Indian Trader,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Friday

  • Roman's efforts help him earn promotion

    One Los Alamos High School student earned his wings recently. Local Boy Scout Miguel Roman achieved the rank of Eagle in a special ceremony that took place last weekend.
    The Troop 122 Scout completed his Eagle Project earlier in the year and after many hours of work, he received the final reward.
    When the dog park in White Rock needed improvements and  general cleanup, Roman and his fellow scouts stepped in to assist.
    “We needed to dig up about a foot of dirt, pour in and spread out Santa Fe brown gravel in the dug up area,” said Roman. “Also, a small olive tree and bush, which are attaching to a fence, were to be dug up and we pulled weeds, as well.”

  • Minute to Win It

    Assets In Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board teamed up with the Youth Activity Center recently for Minute to Win it. Assets In Action will host another Minute To Win It from 7-8 p.m. July 20 in the LAHS Auxiliary Gym. Admission is $2. All ages are invited and players will be selected from the crowd to compete for prizes. For more information or to sponsor a prize, call 661-4846.

     

  • Maniatis named NM Film Office director

     New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary-designate Jon Barela announced that Nick Maniatis has been named director of the New Mexico Film Office.
    Maniatis previously served as the executive director of the New Mexico Independent Power Producers. He has worked on many films in New Mexico and was an appointed board member of the New Mexico Film and Media Advisory Board from 2002-09. He also was a board member of the Digital Film Institute from 2003-10.
    “Nick has deep knowledge of the film landscape in New Mexico and with his leadership, we’re looking forward to the film industry continuing to be an important part of the state’s economy,” said Secretary-designate Barela.

  • BLM announces wild horse and burro gather

    The Bureau of Land Management announced its tentative summer schedule for gathering wild horses and burros from overpopulated herds on Western public rangelands.
    The gathers are needed to bring herd sizes into balance with other rangeland resources and uses, as required by Federal law and approved land-use plans.
    “With the new gather season starting in July, we must carry out these gathers in a fully transparent manner,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey.
    “That includes taking full ownership of what we do and by sharing both the positive and negative news with our various publics, whatever criticism may come our way.”  

  • Roof Damage

    About half of the roof of the 400 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School was blown off by Sunday night’s high winds.