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  • Obama signs $600M border security bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday 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 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.

  • Sprinting off the starting line

    The Los Alamos Recreation Division ran into a roadblock in planning this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.

    The construction around Diamond Drive forced organizers to put the brakes on the bicycle leg of the triathlon because of safety reasons. This year only, the triathlon has been transformed into an Aquathlon — a run, swim, run event.

    Racers will compete in a 7K run, a 400-meter swim and a 5K run. The swimming portion will be held at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center while the running will take place along Canyon Road.

  • Changes at the Y rile some members

    A decision in the making for several years caught a few members off guard when they realized the hot tub and sauna at the Y are being removed.

    It’s got them steamed.

    “We feel that there hasn’t been sufficient communication with the many Y members who regularly use the hot tub and steam room facilities about the plan to remove them,” said member Lynn Wysocki-Smith during a meeting with Y board and staff Wednesday.

  • 8 arrested in nuke protest at Lab

    An anti-nuclear protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday led to the arrest of six men and two women.

    A national youth-led network working for nuclear abolition called “Think Outside the Bomb” began their five-hour event with a vigil at Ashley Pond.

    The group of about 120 then filed onto the far-right traffic lane of Trinity Drive marching west toward LANL. As traffic bogged down, police arrived in patrol cars and provided an escort of sorts in front, behind and next to the marchers.

  • Harry Potter Power/Levitation, mind-reading, invisibility, flying cars. ‘Harry Potter’ series is based on reality, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist says

    Editor’s note: In many cases, what once was science fiction has now become science fact. Science flashes by, known by only a select few. Art chases science, or, sometimes, predicts it. Sometimes, they are the same.

    The Monitor asked Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dean Peterson what in the Harry Potter series is close to fact. Here are his responses.

    Monitor: What features in “Harry Potter” are not that far-fetched scientifically?

  • County Council works on smoothing out CIP process

    Should something you want be placed beside something you need?

    Los Alamos County employees posed this question in regards to the capital improvement project (CIP) process. County councilors wondered the same thing.

    During the regular council meeting Tuesday, councilors recommended that Rick Bohn, Community Development director, look into including two parallel processes for CIP.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

    Jog includes environmental lessons

    During my jog around Los Alamos this morning I was able to retrieve seven squashed aluminum cans and three pieces of a aluminum foil that had been discarded by the roadside.

    This is similar to my experience every morning.

    This very valuable concentrated metal/mineral resource will of course be passed on to the town’s largest waste aluminum collector/charity donator.

  • Initial claims for jobless benefits continue to rise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New applications for unemployment insurance rose last week to their highest level in almost six months, a sign that employers are still cutting their staffs.

    The Labor Department says first-time claims for jobless benefits edged up by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 484,000. Analysts had expected a drop. That's the highest total since the week of Feb. 20.

  • Mortgage rates hit all-time low as foreclosure numbers spike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates sank to the lowest level in decades this week, pushed down by the weak economy and the Federal Reserve's move to help lift the recovery by purchasing government debt.

    Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for 30-year fixed loans this week was 4.44 percent, down from 4.49 percent last week. That's the lowest since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.

    The average rate on the 15-year fixed loan dropped to 3.92 percent, down from 3.95 percent last week and the lowest on record.

  • New Mexicans invited to voice opinions on higher education

    State Master Plan for Higher Education Town Hall meetings are being held across the state and the public is invited to attend.