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  • Toyota: Car production disrupted until Nov or Dec

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December — imperiling its spot as the world's top-selling automaker.

    President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the world.

    "To all the customers who made the decision to buy a vehicle made by us, I sincerely apologize for the enormous delay in delivery," Toyoda said at a news conference in Tokyo.

  • Texans plan to rebuild wildfire-devastated homes

    POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) — Their homes have been reduced to a gray heap of ashes, and acres of trees turned into blackened sticks. Yet many who live in a lakeside community ravaged by a massive Texas wildfire — whether in a million-dollar mansion, a quaint lake house or a simple fishing cabin — say they hope to rebuild and get back to watching the wildlife and whiling away the hours with loved ones.

  • Obama's deficit plan runs into economic reality

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.

    Audiences in California and Nevada understood why it's important to get a handle on the deficit over the long term. Yet they made clear that the economic recovery hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.

    As Obama shifts into re-election mode, he will need to show that he hasn't lost his focus on jobs even as the conversation in Washington swings to paying down what the nation owes.

  • NM unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the March unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

    A report released Thursday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows the state's unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March.

    The Farmington metropolitan area had the state's highest unemployment rate, at 9.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent in February.

    Overall job growth remains stunted. The recovery is progressing slowly because no particular sector of the economy is leading the way in creating more jobs.

  • NM ex-governor Johnson enters presidential race

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing.

    Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won't be outworked when it comes to retail politics.

    "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire," he said. "So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire."

  • Council going proactive on maintenance

    Editor’s Note: This is the final story in a three-part series covering the county budget.

    When it comes to maintaining the county’s facilities, the Los Alamos County Council decided it is high time to get proactive. Council unanimously approved creation of a new maintenance plan, during budget hearings held Saturday and Monday.
    “From my perspective, in the past, our maintenance has been primarily reactive, when something breaks, we fix it, Council Vice Chair Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Flower Art

    A bed of tulips decorate a building’s exterior.

  • Groups seek to intervene in N.M. emissions case

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Several groups filed motions with the New Mexico Court of Appeals on Wednesday to intervene in an electric utility’s appeal of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
    Public Service Company of New Mexico is appealing the approval of the regulations last fall by the state Environmental Improvement Board.
    The regulations encompass the state’s plan for participating in a regional cap and trade program, as well as a statewide cap of greenhouse gas emissions that was initially proposed by the environmental group New Energy Economy.
    New Energy Economy is among the groups seeking to intervene in the case.

  • Update 04-21-11

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

    Dem Party meeting
    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host its monthly meeting from 7-
    8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room 3.

    GOP meeting
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station Administration Building.

  • Doe shot on gun range

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish seek information to solve a case in which a pregnant doe deer was killed April 16, near the Los Alamos Sportsmen Club.  
    The department offers rewards for information that leads to the arrest or charges against wildlife law violators. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $350 reward.
    Call 1-800-432-4263 with information about this wildlife crime or any other.