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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.

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. 

Step foot on Main Street this Saturday

Step foot on Main Street this Saturday

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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.

ABQ BioPark presents annual River of Lights on Nov. 30

ABQ BioPark presents annual River of Lights on Nov. 30

The River of Lights, presented by the ABQ BioPark, will be returning on Saturday, November 30th.

The annual event is the largest holiday lights display in New Mexico. With millions of lights in display, live music, food, drinks and unique holiday gifts, visitors will be able to ring in the holiday season with joy.

"River of Lights has become a holiday tradition for so many families in New Mexico," said Maryann Torrez, BioPark Operations and Events Manager. "It's exciting to see families search for their favorite displays, discover new sculptures, listen to the music groups play and take in all the activities we have to offer. They love it."

The River of Lights will open at 6pm every evening beginning this Saturday through January 5th. The festival will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Tickets may be purchased online or from any BioPark cashier.

Visit www.cabq.com for more information.

Zuni Festish show and sale

Zuni Festish show and sale

Come view hundreds of unique Zuni fetish carvings November 30th at the Petroglyph National Monument Park Store.

These pieces are special Native American artwork that can be used in stockings or as gifts just in time for the holidays.

Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from all sorts of materials from the earth by the Zuni nation. These statues have traditionally served a ceremonial purpose for the people that make them and represent animals and icons important to their culture.

The collection is curated by Donald Sharp, who has been working with Zuni carvers for more than 30 years. With cultural demonstrations by Laguna Pueblo potter Michael Kanteena, who uses traditional Mimbres designs.

Free and open to the public. Your tax-free purchases help support national parks across the West. For more information, call 505-899-0205 or go to wnpa.org. 

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

The Holiday Jubilee and Open House takes place Friday, December 6th.

This is a local food celebration hosted by Delicious New Mexico along with Edible Santa Fe, and the SVEDC.

The Jubilee is a spectacular showcase of local artisan foods. Guests can sample Delicious products, enjoy local beer from Marble Brewery and spirits from Santa Fe Spirits, and get unique gifts for the holidays.

Edible Santa Fe will award the winners of the second annual Local Hero Awards.

Get a chance to Win our first Taste Buds Experience Package - Villa Myriam Coffee Club: Coffee for one year! + Roasting & Tasting Experience.

The fun will be held at the South Valley Economic Development Center, located at 318 Isleta Boulevard Southwest. It will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, and it is free to get in.