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Today's News

  • Unemployment numbers spike after one-week lull

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, one week after claims had fallen to the lowest level in nearly three years.

    The big drop a week earlier had occurred largely because bad weather in many parts of the country had kept people from applying for benefits.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that 410,000 people sought unemployment assistance last week, a jump of 25,000 from the previous week. The rise was much larger than economists had expected.

  • Tea party out to defeat 3 longtime GOP senators

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What does a longtime Republican senator with a national reputation for working well with Democrats do in the face of a potentially career-ending tea party challenge?

    If you're Richard Lugar of Indiana, you tell them to "get real."

    If you're Olympia Snowe of Maine, you fight off the "Snowe Removal" effort by making key alliances with tea party activists and highlighting your record of fiscal conservatism.

    And if you're Orrin Hatch of Utah, you woo them.

  • Wisconsin Senate to vote on anti-union bill

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights over the loud objections of thousands of teachers, students and prison guards who packed the Capitol for two days of protests.

    The nation's most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

  • Police: NM appeals judge arrested on DWI charges

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Appeals Court Judge Robert Eugene Robles has been arrested on aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving charges, police said.

    Robles, 60, was pulled over around 1 a.m. Wednesday on an Albuquerque street, according to police spokesman Robert Gibbs.

    He told The Associated Press late Wednesday night that Robles was held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center and released on his own recognizance after 10-12 hours.

  • NM MVD suspends license services for systems upgrade

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Anyone planning to get a new driver's license or identification card on Monday will have to wait.

    The state Taxation and Revenue Department says a mandatory systems upgrade will prevent you from doing so.

    The suspension of services applies to new and renewed regular and commercial driver's licenses. Motor Vehicle Division offices will be open statewide Monday for other services, such as vehicle registrations and road tests.

  • Be There 02-16-11

    Thursday
    Family Strengths Network is sponsoring an International Potluck from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and registration is not required. Share the food you enjoy most. Bring a dish to share, or just enjoy what others have to offer. Seniors welcome. For more information contact FSN at 662-4515 or visit www.lafsn.org.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Alpha and Omega,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Be a part of the 2011 Senior Appreciation Night. Individuals and

  • Community announcements 02-16-11

    D’Souza to speak
    at United Church

     Dinesh D’Souza, author of “What’s So Great About Christianity” will be in Los Alamos March 19 and 20 at the United Church of Los Alamos.
    A forum will be from 10 a.m.-
    2 p.m. March 19 and includes lunch. Registration is $30. D’Souza will also speak after the 9:30 a.m. service on March 20, which is free and open to the public.
    Copies of D’Souza’s book will be available at both events.

  • Take a geological tour in Abiquiu

    Those who have wanted to go on a National Geographic or Smithsonian exploration, but balked at the almost $4,000 cost are in luck. It’s not a discount on these adventures being offered, but rather the same level of experience in their own backyards for a much lower cost.
    Local geologist Kirt Kempter, who leads group trips for both National Geographic and Smithsonian exploration, is leading a trip for Pajarito Environmental Education Center to Georgia O’Keeffe country on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family.   

  • Update 02-16-11

    Iwo Jima talk
    Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle for Iwo Jima in this 66th anniversary year of the battle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library Upstairs Meeting Room.

    T-Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works conference room, which is located on 2101 Trinity Drive.

    DPU Board meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    Public meetings

  • One-vehicle rollover snarls traffic

    The Santa Fe County Sheriffís Office said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a one-vehicle rollover crash that snarled traffic on NM 502 Tuesday afternoon.
    Corporal Bill Ritch said Wednesday morning that Dolores Montano, 61, of Los Alamos, was driving east on NM 502 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median and hit the guard rail. The vehicle flipped over the guard rail into a ditch at mile post 9, near the Totavi 66 gas station.