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  • Plane in NM lake believed to have flown from Ariz.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane that plunged into a northern New Mexico lake, leaving scattered debris and bundles of cocaine, appears to have departed from Arizona.

    FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford of Fort Worth, Texas, says authorities were able to isolate what they believe was the aircraft on radar and trace it back to Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

    Lunsford says no flight plan was filed, and authorities do not know who was on board and whether there were passengers as well as a pilot. He says debris that floated up identified the plane as a twin-engine Cessna 310.

  • 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, D.C. 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,” said 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.”

  • Update 04-24-11

    Eco Station closed
    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed today for Easter.

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

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

    Public meeting
    Public meeting No. 2 for Parcel A19A is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Motorcycle, car enthusiasts enjoy the ride

    Los Alamos is so scenically beautiful that it’s just a great place to take a drive, President Mike Luna of Atomic City Corvettes said during a recent interview.

    The road leading up to Los Alamos has everything one could wish for — mountains, valleys, meadows, high desert plains, cliffs, volcanoes, hills and sweeping curves. And its views continue to flourish once one enters the county line.

    “Weekends for me are devoted to getting out with a couple of others from the club and driving the area and enjoying the views,” Luna said.

    He was born in Los Alamos 61 years ago and moved with his wife Judi to White Rock two years ago.

  • County inaugurates hydroelectric turbine

    ABIQUIU — Cheers arose from the crowd as U. S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., pressed the button to officially turn on the massive, cobalt blue turbine at Los Alamos County’s new hydroelectric low-flow turbine facility Thursday.

    The facility is built at an Army Corps of Engineers-owned dam in Abiquiu and is the first major water powered project funded by the American Recovery Act, in the United States.

    “There’s huge potential here and New Mexico is really utilizing that potential,” said Udall. “This is what we should be investing in … clean energy jobs. This kind of thing means jobs in America and New Mexico.”

  • Tornado cleanup starts quickly in St. Louis area--video extra


    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Debris from splintered homes covered the ground in neighborhoods around St. Louis, while topped trees and overturned cars littered lawns and driveways. From the air, one home looked like a dollhouse that had had its roof lifted off. Looking down, the dining room table and other contents could be seen, damp in lingering rain.

    Amid such damage, officials appeared awed that a tornado that roared through the area Friday night, striking the airport and several nearby suburbs, hadn't seriously injured anyone.

    "It almost feels like a little bit of divine intervention when you look at the devastation," said Gov. Jay Nixon, who flew over the area to survey the damage.

  • Syria death toll hits 120 over 2 days, group says

    BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll from two days of violence in Syria reached 120 Saturday as security forces fired on tens of thousands of mourners who shouted for the regime's downfall during funeral processions, a human rights group said.

    The mounting death toll prompted two Syrian lawmakers to resign in disgust over the killings. More than 300 people have been killed since the uprising against autocratic President Bashar Assad began more than five weeks ago.

    The lawmakers, Nasser Hariri and Khalil Rifai, are from the southern region of Daraa that unleashed the protest movement in mid-March after teenagers were arrested there for scrawling anti-regime graffiti on a wall.

  • US default could be doomsday option for economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don't want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered.

    The government now borrows about 42 cents of every dollar it spends. Imagine that one day soon, the borrowing slams up against the current debt limit ceiling of $14.3 trillion and Congress fails to raise it. The damage would ripple across the entire economy, eventually affecting nearly every American, and rocking global markets in the process.

  • 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.”