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  • Increasingly menacing Hurricane Harvey aims at Texas coast

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled Friday from the path of an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Harvey as it took aim at a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coast that includes oil refineries, chemical plants and dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that the monster system would be "a very major disaster," and the forecasts drew fearful comparisons to Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest ever to strike the U.S.

    "We know that we've got millions of people who are going to feel the impact of this storm," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist for the National Hurricane Center. "We really pray that people are listening to their emergency managers and get out of harm's way."

    Fueled by warm Gulf of Mexico waters, Harvey grew rapidly, accelerating from a Category 1 early in the morning to a Category 4 by evening. Its transformation from an unnamed storm to a life-threatening behemoth took only 56 hours, an incredibly fast intensification.

    Landfall was predicted for late Friday or early Saturday near Rockport, a fishing-and-tourist town about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

  • US: North Korea missile launch fails

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three North Korea short range ballistic missiles failed on Saturday, a temporary blow to Pyongyang's rapid nuclear and missile expansion, U.S. military officials said.

    The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that two of the North's missiles failed in flight after an unspecified distance, and another appeared to have blown up immediately. It added that the missile posed no threat to the U.S. territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.

    Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that that the projectiles fired from the North's eastern coast flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles), though it did not mention any failures. The JCS said South Korea and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details.

    The South's presidential office held a national security council meeting to discuss the missiles, which are the first known launches since July, when the North successfully flight tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that analysts say could reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.

  • Atomic City Update: Plenty of activities available for local sports fans this weekend

    Around the country this weekend, millions upon millions of people will tune in to watch what has become the most highly anticipated and hyped boxing event in years – Floyd Mayweather v. Conor McGregor.

    It is a fight more than two years in the making.

    Most believed it was never going to be anything more than a fantasy, the type of ‘what if?’ scenario sports fans would ponder for years to come.

    Saturday night, however, it becomes a reality. And if it goes the way many experts are predicting, it could be over in the blink of an eye.

    McGregor, a mixed martial arts superstar, has no previous boxing experience.

    He will be facing Mayweather, who is 49-0 in his boxing career. To say it looks to be a mismatch on paper would be an understatement.

    In fact, many are saying that a McGregor win would be among the biggest upsets in sports history, right up there with the New York Jets victory in Super Bowl III, and the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey game.

    However, UFC president Dana White, who is acting as McGregor’s promoter, is quick to dismiss that idea.

  • Boy's soccer dominates again

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team continued their dominant start to the season Friday morning at Sullivan Field, defeating Aztec High School 4-0.

    It was the first game of the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament, which Los Alamos has won the past two years.

    The game’s outcome was never in doubt, as LAHS dominated from start to finish, making it appear that the field was slanted toward the net they were attacking, never allowing Aztec to put together a scoring opportunity.

    “I think we are playing really well,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “We’re finally coming together as a team, we’re doing the right things for each other and making the right decisions. I’m very happy with how things are going.”

    Blue said his team knew that Aztec would play more of a defensive style, and the Hilltoppers took full advantage.

    The shots came early and often for LAHS, as the forwards got to the net seemingly at will.

    “We created so many opportunities, and that’s what’s exciting,” Blue said. “The play of our midfielders is really creating a ton of opportunities.”

  • Football ready to begin season

    Tonight, some of the questions revolving around the Los Alamos High School varsity football team will be answered.

    It has been an offseason of transition for the team, which lost two of its biggest weapons, Nick Quartieri and Kevin Maresca, to graduation. This year’s team will have to make up for the more than 1,000 all-purpose yards that Maresca provided last season, and replace Quartieri at quarterback and on defense, where he led the team with 101 tackles.

    That quest begins tonight on the road against Pojoaque Valley at 7 p.m.

    The team enters this season with 12 juniors and 11 seniors after losing 11 seniors after last season.

    The two biggest offensive weapons returning from last year’s team are senior Ryan McNiel and junior Dylan Irish. Last year, McNiel ran for 261 yards and two touchdowns, while Irish ran for 371 yards and two touchdowns.

    It appears that Irish will be given the first opportunity to take over for Quartieri at quarterback. Irish has never played quarterback before, and has spent this offseason learning the position.

    He will be tasked with taking over the Hilltoppers’ triple-option offense, where his experience as a fullback should come in handy.

  • Boy’s soccer dominates road opener

    In their first road game of the season, the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team dominated Bosque High School 6-0.

    The team dominated the game from start to finish, only allowing Bosque to put two shots on goal throughout the 80-minute contest as LAHS retained possession for much of the night.

    The game was highlighted by the offensive performances of LAHS forwards Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp, who scored two goals apiece. Not only did the pair light up the scoreboard, but they cause constant havoc for the Bosque defense, recording a combined 15 shots.

    For Steinkamp, the beginning to this season seems to be an extension of his performance last year, when he led the Hilltoppers with 19 goals as a sophomore. He has three goals in two games so far this year, including two on penalty shots. One of those came in the game against Bosque.

    Before the season, LAHS head coach Ron Blue said it would be more of a challenge for Steinkamp to find open space this season, with teams keying on him during games, and making him a priority. Steinkamp has proved to be up to the challenge and appears to be on a similar scoring pace to last year.

  • Girl’s soccer earns hard-fought road win

    The Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team squeaked out a nail-biting victory in their first road game of the season, defeating Bosque High School 3-2.

    For the second game in a row, junior Alix Hailey proved to be an offensive star for the Hilltoppers, scoring a goal and putting six shots on goal.

    In her first game of the season, Hailey recorded a hat trick. Finding those scoring areas proved to be more of a challenge for LAHS in this matchup, as the team was able to take 29 shots on goal, but only converted on three of those opportunities.

    In the first game against Santa Fe High School, the team took 30 shots and put 10 of them in the back of the net.

    The other offensive star for the Hilltoppers was sophomore Alyssa Parker.

    Playing in her first game of the season, Parker scored two goals on just three shots.

    Her play proved to be the difference for the Hilltoppers, who were struggling to find offensive weapons throughout the game.

    The offensive outburst comes as something of a surprise, as Parker scored just three goals in 22 games last season and had just 10 shots on goal.

    In two games this year, nine players have scored goals for the Hilltoppers, with Hailey’s four leading the way.

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  • New Mexico commission supports wolf recovery proposal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to support a federal proposal to recover an endangered wolf species that once roamed parts of New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.

    The vote came Thursday after commissioners received an update from the state Game and Fish Department on the recovery planning process for the Mexican gray wolf.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to have a completed recovery plan by the end of November.

    The plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for how to restore the species was adopted in 1982. The lack of a plan has spurred numerous legal challenges as well as skirmishes over states' rights under the federal Endangered Species Act.

    Environmentalists say the proposal doesn't go far enough to boost the population or address concerns about genetic diversity.

  • Special day set to celebrate Russ Gordon

    Los Alamos County have invited residents to join the County Council and Community Services Department in honoring longtime concert producer Russ Gordon for “Russ Gordon Day” Sept. 8.

    Gordon is being recognized for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The county has contracted with Gordon annually to help produce the free Summer Concert Series. Gordon is retiring and moving out of state and the Sept. 8 concert will be his final concert.

    The County Council will present a special proclamation to Russ Gordon at a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Council Chambers honoring Gordon with his own special day on Sept. 8. Residents are invited to attend the meeting.

    Starting Monday, fans can download a thank-you card on the county’s website at losalamosnm.us in advance, or, pick up and fill out a thank-you card at the concert Sept. 8 by visiting the CSD table. They will be collecting and displaying the cards to present to Gordon at intermission. Community members are especially encouraged to share their memories of their favorite bands or other concert memories on the cards for Gordon to enjoy reading after the concert.