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  • Icy wonderland

    Freezing temperatures overnight left an icy spectacle in its wake this morning at East Road Park.

  • Gas line project aims to ensure dependability

    When all phases are complete, a $1.5 million high-pressure loop natural gas line will connect the east station to North and Barranca Mesas and will increase reliability of service for customers in those neighborhoods.

    The Department of Public Utilities is currently spending $622,000 on the first phase of the project, which is an 8,300-foot gas line from North Mesa to Barranca Mesa.

    Although there haven’t been any problems with the existing gas line, the project was launched in an effort to ensure reliability.

  • Seen at the Scene: Training for Disaster

    Debbi Maez and Terry Dubois recently did training exercises with  Maez’s Black Labrador Coalby. Maez and Coalby, recently certified, are now able to be deployed to massive urban disasters around the world.

  • Council to discuss Smart House tonight

    During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting at 7 p.m. today at the community building, council will decide if it will exempt the county’s site plan/special use permit approval process for the Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Demonstration House.
    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Los Alamos National Laboratory and NEDO are teaming up to develop “Smart Grid technology” in Los Alamos.  “Smart Grids” are new-generation electrical power networks that efficiently control and balance the supply and demand of power through digital information that integrates small and large-scale renewable energy sources.
    The Los Alamos Smart Grid project includes:

  • Government bombardment pushes back Libyan rebels

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan government forces on Tuesday unleashed a withering bombardment of the rebels outside a key oil town, pushing them back despite NATO reports that nearly a third of Moammar Gadhafi's heavy weapons have been destroyed.

    The rebels managed to take part of the oil town of Brega the day before, aided by an international air campaign, but the rocket and artillery salvos unleashed on the rebels indicates the government's offensive capabilities remain very much intact.

  • Obama calls Boehner to White House to talk budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it was still confident Republicans and Democrats could reach an agreement to fund the government through the end of the year and avoid a shutdown, while admitting frustration at the pace of negotiations.

    "We believe a deal is possible," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

    Carney spoke as President Barack Obama huddled with congressional leaders at the White House for talks aimed at reaching an agreement ahead of a Friday deadline to keep the government operating.

  • Ouattara forces seize Ivory Coast president's home--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Forces trying to install Ivory Coast's democratically elected leader seized the presidential home Tuesday and a senior diplomat said fighters were trying to coax the entrenched strongman out of a bunker.

    The diplomat also said that Laurent Gbagbo's closest adviser and longtime friend had abandoned him, leaving the bunker to seek refuge inside the French ambassador's home. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

  • Japan sets new radiation safety level for seafood

    TOKYO (AP) — Fishermen who lost their homes and boats in Japan's tsunami now fear radioactive water gushing into the Pacific Ocean from a crippled nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods.

    The contaminated water raised concerns about the safety of seafood in the country that gave the world sushi, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

    Authorities insisted the radioactive water would dissipate and posed no immediate threat to sea creatures or people who might eat them. Most experts agreed.

  • Dog gets hugs from owner after tsunami rescue--see video

    TOKYO (AP) — A dog rescued from drifting ocean debris immediately jumped to her owner and wagged her tail at their reunion more than three weeks after Japan's tsunami.

    Toshio Suzuki described Monday's reunion at the animal shelter he heads in the tsunami-wrecked Miyagi region of northern Japan. The owner of the 2-year-old mixed breed named Ban saw Friday's rescue on television.

    The woman was not identified for privacy reasons. Suzuki said she has an adult daughter and that the family suffered tsunami damage but was not specific.

    Public broadcaster NHK aired images of the reunion with the woman hugging Ban and the dog warmly wagging her tail.

  • Final battle rages in Ivory Coast--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters Monday on the arsenal of this country's entrenched ruler, as columns of foot soldiers finally pierced the city limit and surrounded the strongman's home.

    The fighters aiming to topple strongman Laurent Gbagbo had succeeded in taking nearly the entire countryside in just three days last week, but they faltered once they reached the country's largest city, where the presidential palace and residence are located.