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Today's News

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.

    Applications rose by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 during the week ended March 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed. Applications usually rise in weeks following holiday-shortened weeks.

  • Back to the bargaining table for Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.

    The balance is particularly delicate for senators up for re-election next year. Some, mostly Democrats, bucked their parties in a pair of votes Wednesday that sank a slashing budget proposal passed by the House and killed a less onerous Senate alternative.

  • Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least two dozen protesters spent the night just outside the Wisconsin state Assembly chamber in anticipation of a late Thursday morning vote on explosive union rights legislation that passed the Senate after Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

  • Governor vows to keep up immigrant license fight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vows to keep applying political pressure to the Democratic-controlled Legislature to end New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • Boys basketball: Updated state scores

    Boys basketball

     

    Quarterfinals

     

    Class 5A

    Clovis 79, Valley 46

     

    Class 4A

    Piedra Vista 63, Roswell 52

     

    Class 3A

    Sandia Prep 52, Portales 41

     

    Class 2A

    Mesilla Valley Christian 66, Bosque School 65, 2OT

     

    Class B

    Reserve 64, Valley Christian 45

    Wagon Mound 75, Elida 57

  • Tax time help available

    Nobody likes being nagged, but I’m going to risk reader displeasure by reminding everyone that there are hefty financial consequences if you owe income taxes and do not file a return on time – or at least request a filing extension.
    Ordinarily, the federal income tax deadline is April 15; but this year the IRS has granted a reprieve until April 18. Nevertheless, here’s why procrastinating is a bad idea:

  • Loans for legacy; equity for growth

    Anyone looking for a business investor must examine their personal goals before looking for funding – different reasons for starting a business mean different ways of finding money.
    Venture capitalists classify entrepreneurial businesses into two groups: growth businesses and lifestyle, or legacy, businesses. Only growth businesses will be attractive to venture-capital firms.

  • Be There 03-09-11

    Today
    Bingo to benefit Right to Life will be at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Food will be available for a donation.

    The Barranca Book Fair is open to the community March 9 and 10 and March 14-16. The event is hosted by the Barranca Mesa PTO and items for sale will include books for pre-schoolers to 6th graders, and gift items. Visitors must stop at the office for a visitor’s pass. Hours of the book fair are8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 14-15; and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16.

  • Holland is a winner

    Marion Holland of Los Alamos is presented with a $100 gift card from Smith’s by Los Alamos Monitor circulation director Mike Lippiatt, publisher Keven Todd and editor John Severance.

  • Take the time to lend a hand

    When was the last time you did something kind for someone else?
    This week we look at asset number 26, the asset of caring. This asset is achieved when young people place a high value on helping others.  
    Back in the day, I worked at a radio station in Idaho. One holiday season some young people called the station and asked if I would call a certain phone number and tell them to look on the porch. Presumably, there was a surprise waiting for the person on the other end of the phone line.