Today's News

  • Unemployment apps dip again as more give up looking for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to the lowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is improving.

    A seasonally adjusted 351,000 people sought unemployment aid, down from 353,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. That matches the four-year low reached three weeks ago.

    The improving numbers show that steadily fewer people are being laid off.

    One major reason the unemployment rate has fallen is that many people have given up looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching for a job.

  • Democrats, GOP agree to House redistricting plan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans have agreed to a court-ordered plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    That should clear the way for the districts to be used in this year's elections.

    Lawyers for groups of Democratic and GOP voters, the Legislature, Gov. Susana Martinez and other GOP elected officials told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday they aren't appealing a redistricting map ordered by retired District Judge James Hall.

    Hall issued a new plan to comply with a Supreme Court directive to change a map he approved last month.

    The next step is for the justices to lift an order that put House elections on hold pending the outcome of redistricting.

  • Davy Jones, 1945-2012

    Actor and musician Davy Jones died Wednesday of a heart attack in Florida. Best known as a teen idol from the band and TV show The Monkees in the 1960's, Jones also appeared on various British and American TV shows throughout the years.

  • Be There 02-29-12

    Go for the (Leprechaun) Gold at Piñon Elementary St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run will be at 9 a.m. March 17. The event will include kid-friendly 5k and one-mile runs. Early registration ends today. The cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults. All participants get a T-shirt and finishing prize. Los Alamos National Bank and High Mesa Dental Arts sponsor the event.

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center presents a talk and book signing at 7 p.m., by Katherine Ware, Exhibits and Photography curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art and author of “Earth Now.” The event will be at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


  • WR resident ‘walks the line’

    One local resident is MADD and she’d like the community to help with her problem.
    White Rock resident Deb Minyard teaches at Pojoaque Valley High School and now she has to “Walk to Line.” Minyard is hoping local friends and neighbors will help her raise funds to support their senior appreciation night with a 3K and 5K walk on Saturday.
    “As a teacher, I am trying to raise awareness about the Walk Like MADD event and I am encouraging students in all of my classes to participate,” she said.
    Minyard is currently the band director and oversees freshman and juniors as an AVID teacher.

  • Take a trip on the ‘Friend Ship’ at TOTH

    Those who have never been to a dinner theatre will get the chance from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The dinner will be buffet-style, complete with wine and dessert, and will form an integral part with the play. Silent and live auctions will also be offered.
    According to the play’s authors, Jeff and Kandice Favorite, “The script is a parody of “The Love Boat.”  We started with a few lines that we found online and we greatly expanded it and made it local and personal.  It has been great fun to write and rehearse.  People are so funny.  We can’t wait to perform this for real.”

  • Free Film Series brings viewers 'Water'

     Losing your husband and becoming a widow at an early age is a tragedy no one wants to consider.
    Imagine, however, that you are an eight-year-old in India and that you are widowed, without even remembering that you were married.
    In the Hindu faith, a wife is half her husband and when he dies, she is half a corpse, therefore she lives as though half-dead.  
    “Water” has the motive to open your eyes to the injustice these women suffer and it pulls you in through its rich character development.
    This remarkable film will carry you out of your comforts and into the home of these widows and the ashram they jointly inhabit from youth into old age.  

  • Nature Center design clarification

    This is the final design for the proposed Nature Center. In “Nature Center at $4.7M could be a ‘jewel,’” published Feb. 25, it was incorrectly stated that the “Preferred Design” was a Fibonacci design. That and the corresponding photo were earlier design concepts posted on the county website. It was also incorrectly reported that 2,100 letters were received in support of the phase 1 project. Project Manager Steven Huebner said that 25 letters were received during the phase 1 process. See the attachment below.

  • Redistricting fight may be winding down

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A legal fight may be winding down over political districts for the state House of Representatives in this year’s election.
    Acting at the request of lawyers for groups of Republican and Democratic voters, a panel of three federal judges agreed Tuesday to make no immediate decisions on a pending redistricting lawsuit.
    Retired state District Judge James Hall on Monday ordered a new redistricting plan to comply with a state Supreme Court directive. Lawyers say it’s unlikely there will be any appeals of that map, which should clear the way for the districts to be used in this election.

  • On The Docket 02-29-12

    Feb. 21

    Dustin Taylor pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to speeding leading to an accident. The court found him guilty and fined him $46.

    Terrance McCabe pleaded no contest to careless driving leading to an accident. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty and McCabe was fined $46.

    Amanda Marksteiner pleaded guilty to speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. She was ordered to pay $96.

    Jeff Wetteland pleaded no contest to having a loud unreasonable unidentified animal. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41.

    Charles Williams pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court to running a stop sign. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41 fine.