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Unemployment Figures Released

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New Mexico was 6.5 percent in October 2014, down from 6.6 percent in September and down from 6.8 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, down from September’s rate of 5.9 percent and downfrom 7.2 percent in October 2013. The rate of over-the-year job growth for nonfarm payroll employment, comparing October 2014 with October 2013, was 1.1 percent, representing a gain of 9,100 jobs. Net job gains have been steadily increasing since June 2014 after eight months of year-over-year losses. Gains in nine industries more than offset losses in four others. Education and health services continued to add considerably more new jobs than other industries, with an increase of 4,900 jobs,or 3.9 percent, over the year. The last four months of employment gains in this industry have exceeded 4,000 and have been the highest since April 2009. Financial activities continued to show positive signs, with an increase of 2,000 jobs, or 5.9 percent, over the year. This month, mining posted its highest rate of growth of 2014, with employment up 1,700 jobs, or 6.4 percent. Miscellaneous other services improved on last month’s return to positive growth, adding 1,500 jobs, or 5.4 percent, over the year. Retail trade’s growth was somewhat muted in October compared with higher gains earlier in the year, adding 1,000 jobs, or 1.1 percent, over the year. Information, up 700; transportation, warehousing, and utilities, up 500; leisure and hospitality, up 400 jobs; and wholesale trade, up 100 jobs, each contributed smaller increases.


Roswell Police Says Alert Citizen Acted Quickly

The Roswell Police Department reports that an alert citizen noticed a man breaking into vehicles in a motel parking lot Wednesday evening and notified officers. Roswell Police and Chaves County Deputies caught up with the suspect a few blocks away. An RPD Spokesman says Vicente Salcido Jr. (pictured) was arrested and charged with a series of crimes. 

NM State Sports Weekly Returns

Football, golf, basketball, volleyball and swimming and diving it is a busy time for Aggie Sports. Get the latest by going to the You Tube player on the left hand side at the page. 

What Is Happening At ENMU-Roswell?

Development Director Donna Oracion says registration is taking place for the Spring Semester and the Fall Semester is winding down as graduation is set for Dec. 11. To find out more go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page. 

Idaho Shipments Arrive Safely At Waste Control Specialists

Early this week, three shipments of contact-handled transuranic waste were transported from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to Waste Control Specialists (WCS) located near Andrews, TX. The waste, which originated at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, was sent to INL for additional treatment more than a year ago. The waste meets the both the WIPP and WCS waste acceptance criteria and does not contain the nitrate salts thought to be associated with the February radiological event at WIPP. With the support of the State of Texas and WCS, the Department was able to move this waste and meet the milestones necessary to maintain compliance with the Idaho Settlement Agreement.

Significant Activities Resume This Week At WIPP

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility. Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary. This is the first ground control activity to be performed since the two incidents that occurred in February. Bolting locations will be prioritized based on geotechnical engineering evaluations and recommendations. The waste hoist has returned to limited service, while work continues towards making it fully operational. The hoist is currently being used to transport equipment in and out of the underground facility. Early this week the hoist was designated available for use as an “emergency egress” to evacuate the underground facility if necessary. Providing emergency egress has allowed for a significant increase in the number of workers that can be in the underground facility at one time. Based on the availability of the waste hoist for emergency egress, the number of employees who can be in the underground facility has increased from 24 to 74.

Kathy Ledesma And Raenelle Capshaw Talk About Adopting U.S. Kids

A new public service campaign is urging prospective parents to consider adopting siblings. AdoptUSKids says there are more than 100,000 children waiting for adoption. To find out more, go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page. 

Artesia Elks Lodge Holding Toy Drive

The Artesia Elks Lodge will be collecting toys for Covenant Childrens Hospital in Lubbock. It will take place this Saturday and there will be steak, a DJ and dance. It is part of the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive. Rick Callaway explains more in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page. (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Callaway Toy Drive Facebook page) 

WWII Munitions Train Explosion Commemorated With Historic Marker

The seventieth anniversary of a World War II freight train explosion that leveled the eastern New Mexico town of Tolar will be commemorated with a roadside historic marker, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District Two and the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, Department of Cultural Affairs announced today The Official Scenic Historic Marker will be dedicated at 2 p.m., November 21, at mile marker 344 on U.S. 60. Representatives of the community, NMDOT District Two, HPD and the Cultural Properties Review Committee will attend the dedication and ribbon cutting. Retired railroader Randy Dunson initiated the marker to commemorate the November 30, 1944,explosion. An expert on the incident, he has written articles about the explosion, which resulted when the train caught fire and the bombs it carried exploded. The blast collapsed roofs and buildings, sent large sections of freight cars flying through the air and into buildings, and took the life of one resident.

From Energy Drinks To Holiday Tips, Jackie Kakos Covers It All

She is a Health Educator with the UNM College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque and she says people need to be aware of poisons that come from energy drinks and certain holiday decorations. To find out more, go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page. 

Carlsbad Solid Waste Announces Holiday Hours

The City of Carlsbad offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. The Solid Waste Department will work the following schedule.Thursday, November 27, SandPoint Landfill will be closed and there will be no refuse collection.Friday, November 28, all residential containers and commercial pickups that are normally scheduled for Thursday, will be serviced. The Sandpoint Landfill will be open on a normal schedule of 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.Saturday, November 29,all residential containers and commercial pickups that are normally scheduled for Friday or Saturday, will be serviced. The Sandpoint Landfill will be open on a normal schedule of 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.The Convenience Station located at 302 E. Plaza will be closed Thursday. The convenience station will be open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and closed Sunday.

600-Acre New Mexico Forestry/Mescalero Apache Tribe Watershed Restoration Project Underway

Work on a 600-acre watershed restoration treatment project on Mescalero Apache Tribal land using state severance tax funding has begun, according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division.The goal of the project is to reduce tree density and lower the threat of catastrophic wildfire, while promoting forest health in three critical watershed areas on tribal land.Funding for the Mescalero Apache Tribe Watershed Restoration Project was approved by Governor Martinez during the 2014 legislative session as a part of $6.2 million in severance tax dollars to be used to treat approximately 7,700 acres of 14 high priority watershed areas on public lands, as identified in the New Mexico Forest Action Plan.The Mescalero Apache Tribe Watershed Restoration Project will target three watersheds listed as high priority by New Mexico State Forestry, as part of a statewide assessment that looked at watershed areas that are considered at-risk. The project, which is planned to be completed within two years, will utilize mechanical equipment to reduce overly dense fuel stands. Smaller diameter trees will be cut and scattered through the area as a natural way to prevent erosion. This treatment supports water quality objectives, promotes the growth of native vegetation and creates a forest ecosystem that is more resilient to fire.