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  • LAHS volleyball team tops defending state champion Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos High School volleyball team dropped the first game against defending Class AAA state champion Pojoaque but came roaring back to win a four-set thriller Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The scores were 14-25, 25-19, 25-12 and 27-25.

    The win was especially satisfying for the Hilltoppers because they had only won once in the previous 10 meetings against the Elkettes, who dropped their second straight match after having a 37-match win streak snapped by St. Pius X last week.

    The Lady Toppers were coming off a rough tournament at Moriarty where they were without their starting setter Savanah Romero, who sustained a minor back injury.

    Romero was back in the lineup, but Los Alamos got off to a slow start as Pojoaque clicked on all cylinders, jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first set.

    “I think we were all a little nervous,” Los Alamos coach Garry Maskaly said. “But it really came down to serving.”

    And the Hilltoppers finally got into a rhythm in the latter part of the first set. And the momentum shifted in the second game as they found their stride. The Toppers lost the first set 25-14, but in the second game, they started to take some bigger swings on offense. And with their serving prowess, they were able to keep Pojoaque from running its offense.

  • East Road lane closure set for Thursday

    The eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday.  Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road, will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

    A flagging operation will permit traffic to travel east and west intermittently in the westbound single lane.  Department officials state that every attempt will be made to conclude repairs the same day by 3:30  p.m., prior to the evening rush hour. 

     Motorists should expect traffic delays Thursday morning.  Drivers are asked to exercise caution when approaching the work zone and be prepared to stop.     

  • Two nuclear power hearings set for Wednesday

    Two Senate committees are holding hearings tWednesday morning on nuclear power issues. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is hosting a hearing at 9:30 a.m. on committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman’s (D-N.M.) nuclear waste management bill, which is based on the recommendations of the president’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Brent Scowcroft, co-chairman of the commission, is one of the five experts testifying. The hearing will take place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building room SD-366 and will be streamed live on the committee’s website.

  • Otowi Station Book Store recovers from cyber attack

    The folks at Otowi Station Book Store are OK now, but you should have seen them yesterday. That was the day international hacker group “Anonymous” decided to take out millions of web sites hosted by GoDaddy.com to make a statement. One of those web sites belonged to Otowi Station.

    “One of the main problems for us was email,” store owner Peggy Durbin said. “We do a tremendous amount of business by email. Also, our website is where we post the bestsellers.”

    Durbin added Anonymous probably could have found a better way to make their statement.

    “I understand their logic behind it and they were perfectly valid,” she said. “However, inconveniencing millions of folks and causing them to lose business and preventing them from doing business is a pretty cheap shot.”

    Durbin said she’s not sure if she’s going to implement tighter security or move her site off of GoDaddy.com altogether.

    On GoDaddy’s site today, GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner issued a statement about the blackout, but did not attribute it to hacking or Anonymous.

  • Lujan announces $1.2 million grant for LANL to improve energy efficiency of vehicles


    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is receiving a $1.2 million grant through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program.  The program is investing in three new projects that focus on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles.  The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project, while the private sector will invest $300,000.

  • LA soccer teams face tough tests

    It is among the toughest tournaments during the regular season for both boys and girls soccer and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will be taking part.

    The Hilltopper boys and girls will travel to the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this weekend and find themselves amidst stiff competition.

    The Academy Invitational gets going Thursday and continues through Saturday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos’ boys will take on a tough small-school program to open the tournament, Sandia Prep, while Los Alamos’ girls have a test awaiting them when they meet up with Las Cruces.

  • Police Beat 09/11/12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

     

    Aug. 31

     

    1:34 p.m. --–– A 43-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of theft, which occurred in the 600 block of 43rd Street. The value of the theft was between $2,500 and less than $20,000. Police are still investigating.

     

  • Health Department reports first West Nile death

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County has died from West Nile Virus infection. 

    This is the first fatality due to West Nile Virus in New Mexico in 2012. The man had meningitis and encephalitis, the more severe clinical form of the disease and had been hospitalized since Aug. 23. The Department of Health originally reported this case Aug. 29.

    “We have seen West Nile Virus cases in many different areas of New Mexico in the last month. We all need to do our best to prevent mosquito bites, especially people older than 50, who are at most at risk for developing serious complications from the disease,” said Cabinet Secretary of Health Catherine Torres, M.D.

    New human cases by county:

  • Americans remember 9/11

    Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks Tuesday in familiar but subdued ceremonies that put grieving families ahead of politicians and suggested it’s time to move on after a decade of remembrance.

    As in past years, thousands gathered at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

    But many felt that last year’s 10th anniversary was an emotional turning point for public mourning of the attacks. For the first time, elected officials weren’t speaking at the ceremony, which often allowed them a solemn turn in the spotlight, but raised questions about the public and private Sept. 11. Fewer families attended the ceremonies this year, and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether.

  • NNSA seeks extension

    The National Nuclear Security Administration wants more time when it comes to the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Back in July, the NNSA asked for a 45-day extension to address the concerns of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in relation to the Documented Safety Analysis for the Plutonium Facility known as PF-4.

    The Board requested a report and briefing addressing their concerns.

    Last week, the NNSA sent another letter to the DNFSB, requesting an additional 60 days “for further development and management review of the responses.”

    The letter also stated, “On a separate but related matter, Dr. Cook's January 30, 2012, letter to you committed NNSA to provide a revised project execution plan (PEP) for seismically-related upgrades to PF-4 in August 2012. However, due to the need to complete the final report for the current scope of non-linear static seismic analyses in September 2012 to support updating the PEP, NNSA will now send the revised PEP within 90 days following completion of this final report.”

    In DNFSB’s July 18 letter, the board said an ongoing government analysis of the facility’s ability to withstand earthquakes may be flawed.