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  • Dam construction underway at LA Reservoir

    After 12 years of delays, it may seem as though government bureaucracy and Mother Nature have been at war with the Los Alamos Dam and Reservoir. But construction is finally underway and if Deputy Utilities Manager Tim Glasco has anything to say about it, the dam will be completed by the end of the year. 

    The reservoir has been closed since the Cerro Grande fire impacted it in 2000. The Department of Energy transferred the water system to Los Alamos County shortly after the fire. Since the transfer placed the dam under state jurisdiction, the State Engineer Office was required to conduct a detailed analysis of capacity and stability. That analysis called for a redesign of the dam, which was not approved until 2009.

  • Obama wins Fla., topping Romney in final tally

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.

    No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

    The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

    There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday's results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.

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  • LA boys outlast Los Lunas in quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE — The onus was on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team’s defense to slow down the top scorer in Class 4A.
        And, aside for a breakaway early in the second half, the Hilltoppers were up to the task.
    Los Alamos limited the touches of Los Lunas striker Alejandro Garcia for much of Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers struck twice, once in the first half and once in the second half, to earn a 2-1 victory over Los Lunas’ Tigers.
    Los Alamos’ semifinal contest was scheduled for this afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex against second-seeded Chaparral.
    It was a rough game, however, with neither team being able to connect passes on their offensive ends.
    Prior to the win, the Hilltoppers had been on a layoff since Oct. 23. Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker said the time off had an effect on the team.
    “We didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” he said. “I’m grateful the team was able to pull this off and have another day at state.”

  • Toppers earn shutout to advance

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a question to be answered how well the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team would play following a long layoff.
    And while the Hilltoppers earned a 1-0 victory, they were hoping to see a better overall contest than they did Thursday.
    Los Alamos picked up the win over the Piedra Vista Panthers in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state championship tournament and advanced to this morning’s 4A semifinal round, its 13th consecutive trip to the semifinals.
    But Los Alamos managed just one goal on the day Thursday, that coming in the 27th minute by Amy Neal with an outstanding individual effort.
    Neal corralled a long ball from the defensive third and drove into the penalty box. She made a small juke to the left and split a pair of fullbacks.
    Neal’s shot from point-blank range went right through a stabbing attempt by Piedra Vista’s Sara Engert.
    Los Alamos had several more chances throughout the contest to give itself breathing room over Piedra Vista but struggled to get its shots on target.
    The lowered output was due to a combination of factors, including the layoff, but the Hilltoppers also had to deal with the physicality of the Panthers.

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  • Teens busted for explosive stunt

    Three Los Alamos teens were recently arrested for terrorizing a Los Alamos neighborhood for an hour on the evening of Oct. 8. 

    According to eyewitnesses at the scene of two attacks, the teens were tossing homemade chemical bombs at them out their car window. 

    Though they didn’t know where they might strike, police were already aware something might be happening. Earlier in the evening, a staffer at Smith’s grocery store called the police and reported what the teens had bought, suspecting that they might be use the ingredients to make chemical bombs.

    According to police, the teens created bottle bombs using “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner and pellets of aluminum foil, mixed together inside a plastic bottle. Apparently, when the tin foil and toilet cleaner are combined, it creates a violent chemical explosion due to the hydrochloric acid in the cleaner reacting with the aluminum.

    The three young men tossed their homemade bombs into at least two yards during their spree.

    In one incident, a witness said the teens tossed the bomb near his kids as they were returning from a neighbor’s house, the bomb went off just five feet away from the victims, according to the police report.