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Today's News

  • 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?

  • A lesson in punching the shark

    On Thursday, school staff headed back to work to get ready for some 3,405 students that will follow in their footsteps this week.

    The staff was entertained by Nathan Eklund, a lead educational consultant for the Search Institute, home of the 40 Developmental Assets.

    The wisdom Eklund imparted was a nugget of knowledge that should be gleaned by everyone in the community. The visual was to punch the shark.

  • Students represent LAHS

    Jin Park, Taylor Engleman and Nadine Sanchez attended the New Mexico HOBY Site of the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.  Park, Engleman and Sanchez joined 48 other young leaders representing as many high schools from throughout New Mexico. The three students represented Los Alamos High School.

    HOBY Leadership Seminars bring together a select group of high school sophomores from public and private high schools to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education and the professions to discuss present and future issues.  

  • Walp’s comments self-serving bleats

    In response to the letter from Glenn Walp in the Aug. 13 Monitor: Please stop, Mr. Walp.

    You cloak yourself in the role of a righteous American but the noise I hear is the self-serving bleating of someone eager for the spotlight to promote his new book.

    You previously besmirched thousands of true Americans with your extreme claims of thievery among the LANL workforce. Now you suggest that our terrorist adversaries will obtain the nuclear material to harm the United States from LANL.

  • Richardson not usual lame duck

    Legacy. Hank Thoreau wrote that most of us “lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Another writer, William Faulkner, I believe, said that some of us are driven to leave a mark on history.  A “scratch on anonymity,” is how he phrased it, I think.

  • 21st Century Classroom

    It’s a new school year and students are excited and enthusiastic as always!  Well, okay, maybe not.

  • 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.