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Hawk-Eyed Volunteers Gearing Up for 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Hawk-Eyed Volunteers Gearing Up for 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

 

Starting December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure- the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). 

In over 35 locations in New Mexico, families and students, birders and scientists, all with binoculars in hand, go out on an annual mission to count birds. This often takes place before dawn in the freezing cold.

Each year, the Audubon CBC calls over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations. It uses volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never count by themselves.

“From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the CBC does it for love of birds and with the knowledge that their efforts are contributing to science and bird conservation,” said Robert Templeton, of Dixon who will be in the bird count for the 15th year in a row.

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HealthCare.gov onto third delay

HealthCare.gov onto third delay

The Obama administration had announced that small business will have to wait a year until they are able to enroll for health insurance through HealthCare.gov.

With online enrollment initially set to begin on October 1st, this announcement comes as the most disappointing for small businesses.

As the third delay for the Small Business Health Options Program, resources to help small businesses will now have to wait another year to get better deals for health insurance. However, small business are still able to file paper applications for coverage because the delay only applies to online enrollment.

"Many of them already are served using agents and brokers, so the particular mechanism we've outlined today is in many cases very familiar to the small business community, and is something that will work for them," said CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

Exhibit of the Historical Buddha's Relics Visits Santa Fe

Exhibit of the Historical Buddha's Relics Visits Santa Fe

On Thursday, December 6th through 8th, a public exhibition of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni will be on display in Santa Fe at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center.

The sacred relics to be on display come from great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China.

The collection of artifacts has been offered by the great Dalai Lama.

Visitors may also participate in a blessing ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.

Relics will be displayed inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

This is non sectarian event and is intended for all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience these historical relics.

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday

 

 

The New Mexico unemployment office will continue to be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving..

Labor officials say the state's unemployment insurance operations center will be closed so employees can have some time off. The say that the online system and automated toll-free phone options will still be available.

Individuals can apply for unemployment insurance, certify for their weekly claim and check their claim status by logging in on the website Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Operations Center will open again for normal hours on Monday, December 2, and individuals can contact a Customer Service Agent in the NMDWS UI Operations Center at 1-877-664-6984 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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Valles Caldera to sell Christmas trees and permits

Valles Caldera to sell Christmas trees and permits

 

Beginning today, through December 24th, visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve can either cut their own Christmas tree or buy a precut tree.

The permits are being sold at the Valle Grande Staging Area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and they cost $10.

The cutting area is about 12 miles from the staging area, and officials recommend high clearance vehicles.A map is available for guests when they buy a permit..

Officials say all proceeds from the sale of trees and cutting permits will support the preserve.

Valles Caldera is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes, and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds.

For more information about the preserve, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera

 

Santa Fe Animal Shelter gets new clinic

Santa Fe Animal Shelter gets new clinic

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NM Job Corps now accepting applications

NM Job Corps now accepting applications

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program in New Mexico is now accepting applications through the next several months.

Eligible candidates are young individuals, ages 16 to 24, seeking free education and training, jump start a career, earn a high school diploma, and find and sustain a good job.

“Job Corps offers our nation’s youth the opportunity to learn and expand their skills and begin rewarding careers,” said Grace Kilbane, the national director for the Office of Job Corps. “We urge eligible youth to enroll and prepare for today’s competitive employment environment.”

The program provides students with more than 100 different career field choices and has 125 centers nationwide.

The Job Corps centers in New Mexico are Albuquerque Job Corps Center at 505-222-4243 or http://albuquerque.jobcorps.gov and Roswell Job Corps Center at 575-347-5414 or http://roswell.jobcorps.gov.