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  • Jobless rate falls as more people give up looking for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention.

    The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching.

    The government also said 41,000 fewer jobs were created in July and June than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year, below 2011's average of 153,000.

    Dow Jones industrial futures, which had been up before the report, fell soon after it was released.

  • Today in History for September 7th
  • Reiss named to LA County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council met in a special session Thursday night to select a replacement for Ron Selvage, who resigned just more than a month ago due to personal reasons.

    The council decided on Rick Reiss, a Republican, who has lived in Los Alamos 20 years. He has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Airport Board and various ad-hoc committees, including one for county attorney selection and one for a county bond issue to support the Trinity Site redevelopment.

    Reiss has also served with the Kiwanis, Los Alamos Community Foundation and Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and was co-chair for the United Way with his wife.

    Seven candidates sent in letters of interest before the Aug. 28 deadline and were interviewed by council. The candidates were Edward Birnbaum (D), John Bliss (R), Stephen Boerigter (I), Andrea Cunningham (D), Phillip Kunsberg (declined to state party affiliation), Ralph Phelps (R) and Reiss.

    The session began with each candidate giving three-minute statements about their background and reasons for running. 

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  • 09-06-12 Off the Hill

    Art exhibits

     

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be Sept. 14-Oct. 7. They are both featured events in Taos’ “Grand Fall Arts,” a series of art-related events in September and October. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.

     

    Benefits

     

  • 09-06-12 Best sellers

    1. “All Thing Shining ...” Hubert Dreyfus

    2. “Encyclopedia of Santa Fe ...” Mark Cross*

    3. “109 East Palace,” Jennet Conant

    4. “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio

    5. “Survival Under Atomic Attack,” U.S. Government

    6. “Seraphina,” Rachel Hartman

  • 09-06-12 Billboard's top 10

    1. We Are Never Getting Back ..., Taylor Swift

    2. Whistle, Flo Rida

    3. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    4. One More Night, Maroon 5

    5. Some Nights, fun.

    6. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Take a hike with PEEC

    Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” Sept. 16.  The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4.  

    The hike will first go about one-and-a-half miles to the rim of Frijoles Canyon, through moderate burn damage and one badly flood-damaged site. Participants who wish to continue will hike down into the canyon to Upper Crossing and then bushwhack up-canyon about a mile farther. 

    Keller chose this hiking route to show both the devastation of the fire and subsequent flooding in upper Frijoles Canyon, habitat loss that has occurred and the amount of recovery that has taken place. Total hiking time will be about five hours, with around 500-feet of elevation gain on the way out.