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  • Guest list, seating plan released for royal wedding

    LONDON (AP) — The full list of confirmed guests and the seating plan for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released by the British monarchy Saturday.

    Many of the 1,900 invitees had already been mentioned in the media weeks ago, including soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, musician Elton John and director Guy Ritchie. But others, like soul singer Joss Stone and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson — a close friend of William's father Prince Charles — were new.

    St. James's Palace also confirmed for the first time that Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will be attending, despite British concerns about the treatment of activists there.

  • DPU customers may receive automated phone survey

     Beginning Monday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas.  The calls will be launched from the Washington DC area and will have a (202) area code.  Survey duration is approximately ten minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues.

    “Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient.  But like other forms of energy it is important to respect its potential dangers,” stated Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.  “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety.  I hope that our customers will take the time to answer the survey questions so that we may determine how to improve our public awareness program.”

  • GM likely to retake No. 1 sales spot from Toyota

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is almost certain to claim the title of world's biggest automaker this year, retaking the top spot from Toyota, which has been hurt by production problems since the Japanese earthquake and still can't escape the shadow of major safety recalls.

    The No. 1 title, a morale booster for the winner's employees and managers, would cap GM's remarkable comeback from bankruptcy.

    GM's sales are up, mainly in China and the U.S, the world's top two markets. Its cars are better than in the past, especially small ones.

    But even though GM came within 30,000 sales of Toyota last year and began strong in 2011, any sales victory this year has more to do with Toyota's problems.

  • Dozens killed in bloodiest day of Syria uprising

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired bullets and tear gas Friday at tens of thousands of protesters across the country, killing at least 75 people in the bloodiest day of the monthlong uprising and signaling that the authoritarian regime was prepared to turn more ruthless to put down the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

    Among the dead were a 70-year-old man and two boys ages 7 and 10, Amnesty International said. In the southern town of Izraa, a man ran carrying the body of a young boy, whose hair was matted with blood from a gaping wound on his head, as another child wept and shouted, "My brother!" Footage of the scene was posted on the protest movement's main Facebook pace.

  • Good Friday: Pope does Q and A on suffering

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has taken a new step in engaging with the public, fielding questions on Italian TV during a Good Friday broadcast and telling a 7-year-old Japanese girl her suffering wasn't in vain and a Muslim woman in the Ivory Coast that peace must prevail.

    Benedict was responding to questions submitted over the last few weeks by the general public via state-run RAI television's website, part of the Vatican's new push to engage with the world online and through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

  • Update 04-22-11

    Eco Station closed
    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed on Easter Sunday.

    Easter egg hunt
    An Easter egg hunt will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    Parks meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 9 a.m.
    April 30 at the playground located near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena.

    Public meeting
    The public meeting No. 2 for Parcel A19A is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.
     
    ‘Annie” the musical
    The Los Alamos High School Olions present, “Annie the Musical,” at  7 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door.

  • GOP to solicit candidates for Wallace's seat

    The local Republican Party has an opportunity as well as a dilemma.

    Former Congressman Bill Redmond explained to the Los Alamos Monitor that the only chance the Los Alamos Republicans have for representation is through Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s seat. Wallace passed away earlier this month.

    Redmond said that prior to 1990, Los Alamos Republicans had a state representative and state senator. Following the 1990 census, Democrats took the senate district and broke it into two parts, he said. A portion of Los Alamos went to the Navajo reservation district in the west and a portion went to the Santa Fe district.  

  • Candidates vie for state Dem Party chair

    A crowd of Democrats filled Mesa Public Library meeting room 3 Thursday night to hear featured speakers Leticia Montoya and Javier Gonzales. They are running for chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, along with attorney Sam Bregman who was absent.

    One of the three candidates will be elected state party chair at the party’s Executive Committee Meeting April 29 in Albuquerque. Some 400 state Democrats will cast their votes during the meeting.

    Gonzales and Montoya spoke about the party’s disturbing results in the last election and how the Democrats should mount a strong comeback in 2012.

  • DPU turbine starts up at Abiquiu

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall officially started up a new, low flow turbine generator
    installed at the Abiquiu hydroelectric facility which is owned and operated by Los Alamos County.
    With the help of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery
    Act) grant, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities installed the 3-megawatt turbine that will increase
    the facility’s renewable energy generation capacity by 22 percent, allowing the facility to operate when flow levels from the dam are below or above the capacity of the two existing turbines.
    “By increasing renewable energy output at existing hydropower facilities, we can create clean energy

  • School budget cuts stir emotions

    Teachers, librarians, parents and other Los Alamos Public Schools employees packed the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Thursday night to talk about the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

    The meeting began with a presentation by LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, in which he outlined how New Mexico schools are funded, talked about the $8 million that LAPS gets from the Department of Energy, lease revenue funds, bond funds and referendum. He also gave a funding summary and went over the operational funding for 2010-2011.