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  • LA drops rematch, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was hoping to follow up on its road victory against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers with another one.
    But that didn’t materialize for the Hilltoppers Tuesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos allowed a pair of goals in the first half of the contest at Academy. It earned a goal in the second half, but it wouldn’t find the equalizer as the Chargers prevailed 2-1.
    The two teams met Saturday in the third-place contest of Academy’s home tournament. The Hilltoppers prevailed in that contest 4-3 and had high hopes they would be able to make it two straight over their longtime rivals.
    Hilltopper Catie McDonald, who is by far and away the team’s leading scorer, tallied her 13th goal of the season in Tuesday’s second half, that coming off an assist from Rachel Thoma.
    For the contest, Academy had 8 shots on-goal, with eighth grade goalkeeper Anna Lemke stopping 6 of those chances.
    With the loss, the Hilltoppers slip to 4-5 on the year, while Academy improved to 4-4-1.
    Los Alamos won’t have much time to recover from Tuesday’s loss, however. Its next contest is at home Thursday afternoon against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.

  • LA boys, girls sweep ATC Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both won crushing victories at last weekend’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 6 of the 10 top-10 spots in Saturday’s race in Santa Fe to finish with 23 team points, only about a quarter of the total of next-nearest finisher, Shiprock.
    The Hilltopper boys were nearly as good Saturday, finishing with 30 points to Pecos’ 110 points. For the second time in as many races this season, Greg Ahlers and John Rees were a solid 1-2 punch for Los Alamos, taking Nos. 3 and 4 in the individual competition.
    ATC’s meet wasn’t the most competitive meet Los Alamos will have this season. Pojoaque Valley was the most consistently competitive team taking part in the meet, which was comprised mostly of teams in the immediate surrounding area of Santa Fe.
    On the girls side, Maddy Foley, who had a huge showing a week earlier at the University of New Mexico Invitational, won for the first time in her career at ATC. Foley, a junior, finished in 18 minutes, 33 seconds, a 28-second victory over the next-best finisher, teammate Sophia Galvez. At UNM, Foley finished fourth overall and first among competitors in Class 5A.

  • Chargers score in 2nd half to sink LA

    It was a good first half Tuesday night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team against one of its biggest rivals.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain it in the second half.
    Los Alamos met its old foe, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The two teams battled to a draw after the first half, but the Chargers would end up tallying the only goal of game in the second half to win it 1-0.
    If it were just the one goal that was the difference in the second half, that might have been an OK loss — Academy is one of the premier programs in the state — but the Hilltoppers weren’t satisfied with their second half performance in any way, shape or form.
    Los Alamos got virtually nothing going on its offensive third in the final 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers didn’t get a single shot off in the second half, or even get particularly close to getting a shot off.
    That second half spoiled what was a good start to the game.
    “Energy-wise it was a tale of two halves,” said Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz. “The first half was good. We were able to take away (the Chargers’) game. The second half they just settled in and did what they wanted to do. They were first to the ball and they dominated us in the second half.”

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  • Roundabout crash injures one

    One person was injured Monday morning in an accident at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. According to police, the accident was caused by a driver entering the roundabout in a silver Honda SUV. According to police, the driver apparently failed to yield to a driver in a black subcompact sedan, which was already in the intersection. That driver was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center complaining of neck pain.

  • CFGG rolls out new website

    John C. Hopkins, Chair of Citizens for Good Government and former Chair of the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee, today announced that CFGG had launched a website to provide citizens with important information about the two Los Alamos County Charter questions that are on this year’s general election ballot.
    Question 1 on the ballot relates to the structure of county government — it clarifies the role and authorities of the Council Chair; it also proposes to change the title of the County Administrator to County Manager to be consistent with all other counties in the New Mexico.
    Question 2 addresses Article V of the Charter. The proposed Article V amendments address ambiguous and poorly structured language; introduce mechanisms for improving communication between the utility department and the rest of county government, resolving disputes between the Board of Public Utilities and the Council, and better align the county-owned utility business with elected officials and citizens.
    These ballot questions are the last in a series of ballot measures that the voters will be asked to consider. The voters approved earlier Charter amendments in 2010 and 2012.

  • Senate rivals survive TV reality show

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show “Rival Survival.”
    New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together.
    “Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington,” the two said in a joint statement.
     “We decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”
    Discovery says the show was filmed on the island of Eru in the Marshall Islands while Congress was on its August break.
    Discovery describes the island “as an utterly unforgiving deserted destination where the reefs alone are fraught with dangers that include venomous stonefish, lionfish and scorpion fish.”
    The senators were each allowed to pick three survival items from what Discovery called a modest list, then were left to find food, water and shelter.

  • LANL conducts experiment in Nevada

     Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully fired the latest in a series of experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
    
“Leda is an integrated experiment that provides important surrogate hydrodynamic materials data in support of the Laboratory’s stewardship of the U. S. nuclear deterrent,” said Bob Webster, Associate Director for Weapons Physics.
    
The experiment, conducted on Aug. 12, 2014, consisted of a plutonium surrogate material and high explosives to implode a “weapon-relevant geometry,” according to Webster.
    
Hydrodynamic experiments such as Leda involve non-nuclear surrogate materials that mimic many of the properties of nuclear materials. Hydrodynamics refers to the physics involved when solids, under extreme conditions, begin to mix and flow like liquids. Other hydrodynamic experiments conducted at NNSS use small amounts of nuclear material, and are called “sub-critical” because they do not contain enough material to cause a nuclear explosion.

  • New exhibit to open at Bradbury

    The Bradbury Science Museum unveils a new interactive exhibit at 4 p.m., Wednesday featuring the rich history and current research into archaeology, wildlife biology, local climate and sustainability efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “Our role is to support the mission of the laboratory while being good stewards of the environment,” said Jen Payne, a team leader in the laboratory’s Environmental Stewardship Services Group and exhibit curator. “The National Historic Preservation Act requires us to share our knowledge of cultural resources with the public. This new exhibit helps us to do public outreach and provide virtual access to some of the unique archaeological sites situated on laboratory property.”
    The exhibit is titled “Environmental Research and Monitoring.” Opening remarks start at 5 p.m., and a talk on the laboratory’s annual Environmental Report is scheduled for 6 p.m. During the evening, two of the Bradbury’s Scientist Ambassadors will be “Scientists in the Spotlight,” with engaging face-to-face materials prompting conversations about fresh water and sea ice. Attendees also can play the “Thirst for Power” game that explores the nexus of energy, water and climate.

  • Dem governor candidate loses yet another campaign manager

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.
    Breitbach said in an interview he “no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign.”
    He acknowledged that King’s campaign faced difficulty because it’s struggled to raise money. King reported cash-on-hand of not quite $158,000 at the start of the month while Martinez had $3.8 million in her re-election account.
    With Martinez outspending King 4-to-1 since July, Breitbach said “those aren’t very good odds.”
    “It takes resources to run a good campaign,” Breitbach said.