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  • LA scores 2 goals in 2nd half to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is on a hot streak and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers found out the hard way Tuesday.
    Los Alamos got off to a slow start in its big Class 4A contest with the Chargers Tuesday in Albuquerque, but got things cranked up by the end of the first half. That momentum carried into the second half as Los Alamos scored two unanswered goals to win 2-0.
    Hilltopper superstar forward Amy Neal tallied both goals, one off a corner kick and the other on a penalty kick conversion as her team picked up a big win over the defending Class 4A champs.
    “The first half we played sluggish,” said Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek. “We came out of the first half pretty good, but we talked to the girls at halftime and told them we needed to be more physical. We dominated the second half.”
    Los Alamos, off its win last weekend in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, where it topped three high-quality opponents including the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Las Cruces, was battling through fatigue early in the contest — the Hilltoppers were playing their fourth game in five days — but kept the potent Charger offense off the scoreboard throughout.

  • Toppers fall to Chargers at home

    Despite starting the season in a somewhat up-and-down fashion, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers were far more up than down Tuesday against Los Alamos.
    The Chargers, one of the top teams in Class 4A, dominated the bulk of the first half against the homestanding Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers got back into the game with a late first half-goal, but the Chargers would score midway through the second half to put the game away.
    Los Alamos struggled to contain Academy’s main scoring threat, Andrew Stone, who had several breakaway chances throughout and garnered a lot of Los Alamos’ back third attention as Academy picked up a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Even though Los Alamos struggled throughout much of the first half and gave up an early goal to Stone, it tied the game and seemed to grab some momentum just before the break.
    William Steinkamp picked up a rebound off a scorching, close-range shot from Cooper Christensen to knock it past Charger goalkeeper Joseph Pauza, knotting the score at 1-1.
    But with only about a minute remaining in the first half, Academy was awarded a direct kick just outside the penalty box to the right of the goal.

  • Panel approves petition for sick Los Alamos workers

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A federal advisory panel has approved a petition that would pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos workers to get compensation and health care.

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health approved the petition Tuesday granting what is called "Special Exposure Cohort" status to all LANL workers who developed radiation-related cancers while working at the lab between January 1976 and December 1995.

    A previous petition covering workers from March 1943 to December 1975 was approved in May of 2007.

    If approved by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Congress, workers who qualify will receive a lump sum payment of $150,000 and health care coverage to treat their illnesses.

  • NM revising equipment required for rafts, kayaks

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state agency proposes to change the boating equipment required for canoes, kayaks, rafts and paddleboards in New Mexico.

    The State Parks Division proposes regulation changes to drop a requirement that those boaters have a bailing bucket, bilge pump and a length of rope.

    Regulations will continue to require people using canoes, kayaks and rafts to wear life jackets but the boats won't need to carry a Coast Guard approved flotation device that could be thrown to someone in the water.

    Life jackets will be required for someone on a paddleboard, which are becoming increasingly popular. They're similar to a surf board but powered by people with paddles.

    Another change will require a whistle or other sound producing device on canoes, kayaks and other paddle craft.

  • Today in History for September 19th
  • LA soccer teams split with Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious on the road against one of its main rivals Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper girls (7-1) defeated Albuquerque Academy (6-3) Tuesday afternoon, 2-0.

    Unfortunately, the Los Alamos boys soccer team didn't fare as well hosting the Chargers. The Chargers (5-4) picked up a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field over Los Alamos (5-4-1).

    Check out Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Raw Video: Newborn Panda at Washington Zoo
  • Southwest needs power lines to become solar hub

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pick any stretch of road slicing through the American Southwest. The sun beats down on the asphalt like nowhere else and heat waves distort the landscape.

    It's here, in these open expanses, that experts say is a massive untapped source of energy that could meet the nation's growing needs. But only if developers can get it out of the desert.

    Even as renewable power projects get a boost from the federal government, a lack of transmission lines prevent states such as New Mexico — where the sun shines more than 300 days a year — from converting the obvious potential into real watts that can charge smartphones and run air conditioners thousands of miles away.

    Aside from Phoenix, the nation's sixth largest city, and Las Vegas, which glows around the clock, the region's rural stretches — the ideal places for acres of solar panels — have few energy demands. And sending solar power from there to population centers isn't as simple as loading coal into boxcars and shipping it cross country.

  • Truck accident paints forest yellow and white -- Updated

    The forest was awash in white and yellow paint.

    A white 1998 International flatbed truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49, when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest Tuesday morning.

    The vehicle driven by Francisco Maes, 51, of Willard, unleashed its colorful cargo on the way down the embankment. Maes suffered injuries that were reported to be serious and was flown by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe.  

    A nurse said Wednesday morning Maes was admitted to the hospital. No other information on his condition was available.

    The helicopter landed at the intersection of N.M. 4 and West Jemez Road to meet the ambulance that transported Maes from the accident site.

    The paint that was spilled will require mitigation and cleanup.  The road was closed until approximately 3:45 p.m., and it will need to be closed again in the next few days when larger equipment arrives to clean up the paint and extract the truck from the forest.

  • LA Geological Society meets today

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is titled, “LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use.”
    LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object.
    These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Conklin received his master’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Tech and has vast experience in managing large LIDAR projects.
    The September field trip will be to Shark’s tooth ridge some miles off of N.M. 550 on a dirt road located between San Ysidro and Cuba.
    For this trip, they will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field. Fossil shark’s teeth and septarian nodules may be found with the potential for visiting an ammonite locality as well.
    Plan on bringing collecting gear, plastic baggies, a camera, sunscreen, a hat, water, lunch and snacks.
    Contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more details and to confirm attendance.