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  • Mysteries of time topic of speech by Nobel prize winner

    Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail will deliver the 40th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    The lecture, “The Mysteries and Miracles of Time,” is free and open to the public.

    Zewail, who holds the Linus Pauling Chair (endowed) as a professor of physics and chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, earned the Nobel Prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtoscience: studying phenomena that occur on the scale of a femtosecond, or a millionth of a billionth of a second.

  • Rate increase to boost reliability

    Everyone in Los Alamos can attest to the mixed behavior of the county’s electricity.

    Perhaps no one knows this situation more than the residents on North Mesa and Barranca Mesa — where outages are routine.

    “Those particular overhead lines are over 40 years old and the conductor is undersized (and) prone to outages during wind storms,” Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith said.

    Correcting the situation comes with a price.

  • Department store eyed for Trinity

    Kroger is again interested in putting an expanded grocery store that would include retail items such as clothing, electronics, toys and jewelry at the new Trinity site.

    “The concept has been approved,” said Allen Branch, one of the principals of Branch Realty of Santa Fe. “They want to anchor the center.”

  • Obama signs $26 billion emergency spending bill to bail out states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.

    Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

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  • Stocks retreat as Fed grows more cautious

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks and interest rates tumbled Wednesday as investors worldwide grew increasingly concerned about the health of the U.S. economy based on actions by the Federal Reserve.

    U.S. investors followed the lead of overseas stock markets, which fell sharply. Japan's Nikkei stock average was hit especially hard by the rising value of the yen, which will hurt the exporting sector. The dollar is at a 15-year low against the yen.

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 200 points. Broader indexes fell about 2 percent.

  • Northern border fortified in search for AZ escapee

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Border agents stopped vehicles leaving the U.S. and police beefed up their patrols in the small towns near Glacier National Park as authorities focused their search for an escaped convict and his suspected accomplice on both sides of the Montana-Canada border.

    Despite the tightened security, there are many backroads and other ways for Arizona escapee John McCluskey and his suspected accomplice, Casslyn Welch, to slip across the border and into Canada, Glacier County Undersheriff Jeff Fauque said.

  • Seen at the Scene

    The eight members of the Fire Recruit Academy’s 21st graduating class held at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road Friday included Michael Cayton of Los Alamos, Jarrod Elpin of Albuquerque, Eric Gonzales of Pojoaque, Dylan Mahoney of Santa Fe, Severo Moreno of Albuquerque, William Nackers of Los Alamos, Thomas Roelfs of Los Alamos and Brandon Torrey of Rio Rancho.

  • Firefighters threaten to sue county

    A battle brewing between Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Fire Department’s union for nearly two years is about to spill into the courtroom.

  • Get roped into the county fair

    There is a calmness and quiet at Brewer Arena on North Mesa. The stands are empty and there is no activity at the arena. This weekend, however, it will be an entirely different scene.

    Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo will have the stands packed and the arena bustling.

    The annual event will get rolling with check-in for fair exhibits from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.