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  • Toppers lose in shootout to Hawks

    For the past two games, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has played uneven ball.
    While it was somewhat understandable Saturday against Santa Fe, which was completely overmatched by Los Alamos, it wasn’t Tuesday afternoon against the Volcano Vista Hawks.
    The Hilltoppers started off the contest well, scoring about 25 minutes in to take a 1-0 lead, but the Hilltoppers couldn’t keep their intensity up. The Hawks controlled play for most of the second half and tied the score at the 48-minute mark.
    The Hawks would go on to win in a shootout, 2-1.
    “It was kind of sluggish,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We had some breakaways. We had some good chances to get goals. Our seniors need to step it up. We had some good things, but some of it looked like the Santa Fe game.”
    Tuesday’s loss snapped Los Alamos’ seven-game win streak.
    Los Alamos (10-2) got some offense going in the overtime periods, setting itself up with a few good looks.
    In the shootout phase, Los Alamos couldn’t convert on its first two chances — one was blocked by Hawk goalkeeper Jovana Canales and the other sailed over the crossbar, while Volcano Vista converted on two of its first three chances to go up 2-0.

  • Today in History for October 3rd
  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

    1. HOW THE U.S. IS FIGHTING TERRORISM IN NORTH AFRICA

    Special ops forces are at U.S. embassies throughout the region, officials reveal, but the strategy was too new to avert the killing of the ambassador in Libya.

    2. U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS MEXICAN POLICE 'AMBUSHED' EMBASSY CAR

    Two CIA officers were wounded in what may have been a targeted assassination attempt orchestrated by a drug cartel.

    3. 'GO FIGURE,' MICHELLE SAYS AS DEBATE FALLS ON THE OBAMAS' ANNIVERSARY

    The president will share the stage with Romney, rather than the first lady, at 9 p.m. Wednesday. But at least she'll be close by in the audience.

    4. WHO THE REAL TARGETS BECAME IN POST-9/11 INTEL EFFORT

  • Man rescued from burning car--Updated

    A man was pulled from a burning vehicle on N.M. 4 near the White Rock split just before the Silver Ford Edge he was driving became engulfed in flames Tuesday afternoon.

    How he was rescued was a story in itself.

    According to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, the man was identified as B.R. Sanders, 84, of Los Alamos. Maj. Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said Sanders apparently dozed off while driving and ran off the road. The weeds underneath the car caught on fire and as a result, the vehicle caught fire as well. Johnson added drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the cause of the crash.

    Steve Yanicak and Don Carlson, who work for the Department of Energy NMED Oversight Bureau, were driving a government vehicle heading westbound on N.M. 4 after collecting storm water samples.

    They noticed a white car about 70 yards off the road with orange flames coming out of it.

    They pulled over and were instrumental along with three other people in pulling a man from the burning vehicle.

    “We noticed there were people in the white car and one of them was trying to yank somebody out of the silver car,” Yanicak said. “Obviously, the car was on fire. We abruptly stopped. It happened so fast.”
    Carlson was in the passenger seat of the government vehicle.

  • NMCF to relinquish database activities

    After eight years of providing public education and outreach related to environmental monitoring information from the Los Alamos National Laboratory site, New Mexico Community Foundation) has been asked by the Department of Energy to relinquish its responsibility as outreach coordinator and database manager of the Intellus NM Project.

    DOE notified NMCF on Sept. 18 that, due to financial constraints and uncertainties in DOE Environmental Management’s budget, NMCF would no longer be funded to provide training, education and outreach to the public on behalf of Intellus NM.

    Additionally, LANL and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are currently negotiating the closure of the 2007 Settlement Agreement and Stipulated Final Order, also known as the Chromium Settlement, which required LANL to turn their environmental data over to an independent manager. The closure of this agreement allows LANL to manage their data without oversight or involvement from a third-party. 

  • Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz

    BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent was shot to death Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

    The agent, Nicolas Ivie, 30, and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, Ariz., about 100 miles from Tucson, when shooting broke out shortly before 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said. The second agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, and was airlifted to a hospital.

    Authorities have not identified the agents, nor did they say whether any weapons were seized at the site of the shooting.

    The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who died in a shootout with bandits near the border in December 2010. The Border Patrol station in Naco, where the two agents shot Tuesday were stationed, was recently named after Terry.

  • 5 Things to Watch for in 1st Presidential Debate
  • Can science unravel civics?

    “Complex” comes from the Latin “complecti” meaning to weave or entwine. In a broad sense, complexity occurs in systems that comprise a wide array of related parts and their individual dynamics. 

    Examples of complex systems are the global economy, a brain, a computer, the electric grid, a city, and an ecosystem, whether working in nature or in human societies. A growing and far-reaching science seeks to find consistent patterns, if they exist, that occur in complex systems evolved by nature and by civilization. 

    These are days when all news runs to elections. Elections, as in far-off Greece or this fall in the U.S., have ties to the study of complexity. A pencil sketch of affairs is a good start.  

  • It's all about checks and balances

    “Checks and balances” is the phrase that describes the web of interactions among the branches of a government that provides for limiting governmental excess by the separation of powers into legislative, executive, and judicial sectors.  For example in the first instance, the federal government, the legislature passes laws but those laws can only be enforced by the executive and interpreted by the judicial, the legislature can remove judges or presidents and controls their budgets but is itself greatly constrained by being bifurcated.  And so on.  In the extreme these checks and balances can and do produce gridlock so moderation is necessary.

  • Bears roll past Cowboys

        ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lance Briggs plucked the ball out of the air and started rumbling down the field. As the Chicago linebacker approached the end zone, he fully extended his left arm over his head with the ball in his hand.

    Briggs and the rest of those 30-something Bears defenders showed Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys how much they can still play.

    Charles Tillman, another of the five defensive starters in their 30s, also returned an interception for a touchdown in the Bears’ 34-18 victory Monday night.