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  • San Ildefonso Pueblo goes back to its future

    Not more than a dozen miles from a high-profile lab so cutting edge that PhDs come and go like New York taxi drivers and high tech is old hat, the soil is worked hard — by hand — just like it was worked more than 400 years ago.

    Knees bend and backs hurt.

    Ancient farm implements wrestle with the dirt so that in a month or so, corn can be harvested, plucked from their rows by the same hands that planted them.

    At Pueblo de San Ildefonso, it’s the old days, all over again.

  • Baghdad bloodbath: Suicide bomber targets army recruits, 61 dead

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home.

  • Power outage pummels LA

    A lightning strike Sunday left about 3,500 homes without power for nearly 4.5 hours in Los Alamos.

     John Arrowsmith, Department of Public Utilities manager, said North Mesa, Barranca Mesa, sections of the North Community and Quemazon were affected by the power outage, which started between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Other areas did not experience a loss of power, including the Los Alamos Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.

    The outage was sparked when lightning struck an overhead line at the Pueblo Canyon crossing near Walnut Park.

  • Play portrays life at the lab

    After spending 30 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory in what he called a “good” career, Robert Benjamin is blazing a new trail, this time as a playwright.

    Benjamin’s latest work, “Broken Hammer,” is being produced by Umbrella Hat Productions, a nonprofit organization based in New York City.

    A staged reading will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Armory for the Arts on Old Pecos Trail next to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum in Santa Fe.

  • 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.