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  • Nobel winner takes ‘time’ for Oppenheimer memorial

    It’s all around us.

    Songwriters write about it. Movies twist it, torque it and terrify us with it.

    It passes by too fast. It goes too slow.

    In the end, it runs out on us all.

    And as pervasive as it is, says a reknowned scientist who has spent much of his life studying it, we do not get it.

    “I claim we still don’t understand what time is,” said Ahmed H. Zewail, Nobel laureate.

    Zewail spoke Monday at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee 40th Memorial Lecture.

    His topic?

  • LOS ALAMOS UPDATE!Lightning strike downs power line leaving about 3,500 homes in the dark Sunday evening

    Heavy thunderstorms that raked the Los Alamos area Sunday afternoon and evening sent linemen with the Department of Utilities scrambling to restore power to some of the county's most populous neighborhoods.

  • Gates announces plans to exit Obama administration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to leave his job next year.

    A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates has been open about his desire to return to civilian life in his home state of Washington.

  • WEATHER ALERT!Flash Flood Watch for the area through Monday evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following wether advisory Monday:

  • Watchdog group files suit to halt CMRR building

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group has filed suit to halt a multibillion-dollar plutonium factory proposed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Los Alamos Study Group claims the Chemical and Metallurgy Research Replacement building is meant only to increase the production capacity for the cores of nuclear weapons, known as pits.

  • Breaking News Taos Pueblo Wins 2010 Fair & Rodeo Parade!

    The unique float created by the Taos Pueblo earned first place in this morning's annual Fair & Rodeo Parade down Central Avenue.

    Read full details of today's activities in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Retail sales post July gain, consumer prices rise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A busy month for car dealerships lifted retail sales for the first time in three months while more expensive food and gas boosted consumer prices by the most in nearly a year.

    Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, buoyed by auto and gasoline station purchases. Most retailers reported declines for the month. Excluding autos, sales climbed 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • Obama signs $600M border security bill into law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

    Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office Friday alongside Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It also provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.

  • AZ fugitive's accomplice faces drug violations

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say the accomplice to an Arizona fugitive was acting as a drug mule for a white supremacy group weeks before she helped him escape from prison.

    But Casslyn Mae Welch wasn't charged with narcotics violations until she was tied to the escape of three inmates from the Arizona state prison near Kingman.

    Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter says investigators were performing random checks of vehicles in the prison's parking lot in June when they discovered what was believed to be marijuana and heroin in Welch's vehicle.

  • 3-percent cuts loom over government agencies

    SANTA FE (AP) — Government agencies and programs in New Mexico will face 3-percent cuts starting next month under a plan approved Thursday to close a shortfall in the state’s $5.3 billion budget.

    Public schools will largely escape the reductions because of a new influx of federal economic stimulus money.

    However, education officials warn that large cutbacks loom next year unless lawmakers and the next governor find a way to replace the federal money when it’s no longer available.