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  • Lady Toppers win Academy Tournament -- updated

    It had been awhile since the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer last won the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. At least 15 years.

    But with an impressive run in the 2012 tournament, the Hilltoppers grabbed the championship, dominating two very strong small schools in the semifinal and final round to win.

    In the semifinals, Los Alamos crushed Sandia Prep 7-0, then, in Saturday morning’s championship contest, Los Alamos scored two quick goals to start the second half, taking a 3-1 decision and the tournament title.

    It’s not every year the Hilltoppers (6-1) even move on in the championship round of the Academy tournament, but they felt they had something cooking Thursday after knocking off the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Las Cruces, to move on to Friday’s semifinal.

    The onus for this weekend’s big run by the Hilltoppers was a big defeat at the hands of St. Pius X last weekend in Los Alamos.

    “I don’t want to say it was a good loss to St. Pius, that’s never a good loss, but we woke up and put up a better effort,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We made a few changes and it showed in this tournament. We showed we can play with anybody in the state.”

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  • First of six protesters to face judge Tuesday

    The first of six protesters arrested at the Los Alamos National Laboratory last month at the corner of West Jemez Road and Diamond Drive will be in court at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    According to a press release, Catherine Euler, one of the six defendants, will represent herself when she faces municipal judge Alan Kirk.

    The other five co-defendants, who will be represented by counsel, have a pre-trial date of Oct. 17, but no trial date has been set yet.

    Euler and her five co-defendants are facing three charges under the Municipal Code: obstructing movement, refusing to obey an officer and trespass on Los Alamos National Lab property.

  • Municipal League confab sparks ideas

    Four representatives from Los Alamos County who attended the 55th annual New Mexico Municipal League Conference recently in Las Cruces are mulling over their experiences. 

    Councilor David Izraelevitz, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Public Works Director Philo Shelton represented the county at the two-day event, participating in discussions with their peers and attending lectures on how to improve local government.

    “I think there is value in interacting with other municipalities,” Izraelevitz said. “I finally understood what are some municipal functions versus county functions, and the challenges that other municipalities have. Some are similar and some are very different. 

  • Smart Grid project set to power up

    A $52 million state-of-the-art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday at 1925-D Trinity Drive.

    The New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Los Alamos County through the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling

    • A photovoltaic array,

    • A battery storage system,

    • A smart house.

  • Soccer team falls in two overtimes

    Another second half comeback attempt against a strong opponent by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team didn’t turn out as well in the Albuquerque Academy tournament as it did in the Hilltoppers’ home tournament Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers netted two goals in the second half to tie their game up with the Sandia Prep Sundevils Thursday afternoon at Academy, but the Sundevils, one of the top small schools in the state, scored the game winner in sudden death to take a 4-3 victory.

    Sandia Prep’s Preston Hauser tallied a pair of goals against Los Alamos (5-2) and John Twohig stopped eight shots as the Sundevils advanced to today’s semifinal round of the tournament.

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