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  • Why 'fix' Ashley Pond

    Recently, I have received questions from members of the public regarding an upcoming project to make improvements at Ashley Pond Park.
    This is a project that has been in the county’s capital improvement program for more than two years, however, with so many projects going on inside the county, it’s easy to understand that some residents may not have heard about all of the various aspects of the project, or why it is so desperately needed. I’d like to try and explain the project and elaborate a bit on how we got to where we are today.
    If you’ve been to Ashley Pond lately, you’ve probably noticed the serious issues with water quality that have emerged. The pond is in the early stages of eutrophication, which stated simply means that the pond is dying due to lack of oxygen.
    There were likely many contributing factors, including overabundant fish population, inadequate recirculation of water, and pollutants conveyed by the collection of storm water runoff. Regardless of the cause, the only way to fix the problem at this point is to drain, dredge and rebuild the pond.

  • Giants go up 2-0 in World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long ball one night, a Giant dose of small ball the next.
    Two wins in two games and suddenly San Francisco doesn’t need to dig itself out of a postseason hole for a change.
    Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt that stayed fair to eke out the go-ahead run in a 2-0 win Thursday night for a 2-0 edge in the World Series.
    Gregor Blanco’s single trickled to a stop inches fair on the infield dirt, setting up Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring double-play grounder in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and that was plenty for these masters of the October comeback.
    “It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall,” Bumgarner said. “But you can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing.”
    Game 3 will be Saturday night in Detroit and for once, the Giants aren’t playing from behind. They overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati in the best-of-five division series and escaped a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the NLCS.

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the fifth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the KIXX 2000 U13 girls team lost a tough contest to the Alameda Animals, 1-0.
    KIXX 2000, playing short-handed because of illness and injury, controlled possession most of the way.
    Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio played well in emergency goalkeeping duties, while Emily Hammond, Victoria Salazar, Hanna Littleton, Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio provided the offensive pressure.
    In boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 2-1over the Titans NM 00 improving their record to 4-0 in their age bracket.
    Andres Runde scored both Lasers’ goals.
    The defense was anchored by the solid play of Devin Cantua, while Kauru Shimada and Caleb Cannon had outstanding games in the midfield.
    The U12 Celtics edged the Titans NM 01 Black 2-1. Celtics goals were provided by Sam Crooks and Jacob Castille.
    Donovan Atencio had an outstanding day on defense for the Celtics.

  • 'Toppers nip St. Mike’s, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team closed out its regular season with Senior Night and, in doing so, shut out the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    The Hilltoppers had numerous attack chances Thursday night at Sullivan Field, but couldn’t connect on those chances.
    Midway through the second half, however, Hilltopper senior Amy Neal picked up a goal, assisted by another senior, Leslie Guarello, to give Los Alamos a 1-0 victory.
    The game wasn’t particularly close, as the Hilltoppers finished with 18 shots on goal to the Horsemen’s 2. The Hilltoppers dominated ball possession throughout, but struggled to finish.
    “We had a bunch of close calls, a bunch of corner kicks,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to work on it and get that under control.”
    Los Alamos scheduled St. Michael’s as a tune-up contest to help it get ready for the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos, which plays in one of the least competitive big-school districts in the state, wanted to make sure it got in a couple of tough games prior to the end of the 2012 regular season.
    This year, it scheduled both Piedra Vista, which it defeated 2-0 Saturday in Farmington, and the Horsemen, a solid Class A-3A program.

  • Topper Notes 10-26-12

    Football team takes on Española Valley tonight

  • Government spending props up Q3 economic growth rate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by an uptick in consumer spending and a burst of government spending.

    The Commerce Department says growth improved from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter.

    The pickup in growth may help President Barack Obama's message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year's 1.8 percent growth, a point GOP nominee Mitt Romney will emphasize.

    The report is the last snapshot of economic growth before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

    Growth was held back by the first drop in exports in more than three years and flat business investment in equipment and software.

  • Today in History for October 26th
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Friday:

    1. MONEY POURING INTO RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE — $2 BILLION WORTH

    The eye-popping figure puts this election on track to be the costliest ever.

    2. THE WORLD WAITS TO SEE IF CEASE-FIRE HOLDS

    U.N. chief urges all influential countries to pressure both sides to stop the violence in Syria's civil war.

    3. WHY THE U.S. DIDN'T INTERVENE DURING THE LIBYA CONSULATE ATTACK

    Panetta says military leaders lacked adequate intelligence to risk American forces in a chaotic situation.

    4. HARD-LINERS TAKING HOLD IN ISRAEL

    Netanyahu strikes a deal with his right-wing foreign minister to create a hawkish superparty.

  • Cost overruns halt security project at TA-55 -- updated

    For the past seven years, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration have been working on a $213 million project to enhance the security at Technical Area 55.

    It was supposed to be completed in June.

    But there was one big problem.

    The multi-million dollar system does not work.

    And according to NNSA’s notification to Congress, it could cost between $21 million and $25 million to remedy the situation.

    The project was specifically designed to upgrade physical security systems, protection strategies and security requirements in the lab's Technical Area-55, which houses the Plutonium Facility (PF-4).

    LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark said this morning the laboratory discovered and reported to the NNSA a construction defect from the 2010 timeframe, and a pair of separate technical issues, resulting in a completion delay for the TA-55 Plutonium Facility security perimeter upgrade project.”

    Roark said the delay does not impact the site’s nuclear materials security and the length of the delay has not yet been determined.

  • AP Writer: Science Behind 'Frankenstorm'