Today's News

  • University president to leave early

    University of New Mexico President Robert G. Frank will leave office Dec. 31, several months before the expiration of his contract on May 31, 2017.  
    UNM’s Board of Regents and Frank worked out an agreement that allows Frank to remain on campus in a faculty position, while the Regents move forward with its search for a new president.
    The announcement of the decision was welcomed at the UNM-Los Alamos campus.
    “I’m pleased that the regents and Dr. Frank were able to come to an agreement which will allow the university to move forward,” UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney said.
    Regents President Robert Doughty said they were glad to reach an agreement quickly.
    “The Board of Regents has determined it is in the best interest of UNM to bring a quick resolution to this matter that is both fair and doesn’t impede our ability to move forward as an institution and conduct a successful presidential search,” Doughty said.
    UNM’s Board of Regents announced the agreement Tuesday.
    The board and Frank agreed that Frank would begin a paid leave of absence immediately in preparation of his new job, director of UNM Center for Innovation in Health and Education that will begin on June 1 at an annual salary of $190,000. The position will be tenured.

  • DOE ‘unsettled’ over Trump request

    A request from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to the Department of Energy for the names of all federal and national laboratory employees working on climate policy has many who study climate change at the nation’s national laboratories unsettled, according to a DOE spokesman.
    The department will not provide individual names to the transition team, but will give all other publicly available information and will continue to stand behind its employees, said DOE Spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.
    The form included questions about the department’s employees who were or are working on climate policy.
    “The Department of Energy received significant feedback from our workforce throughout the department, including the national labs, following the release of the transition team’s questions. Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled,” Burnham-Snyder said.
    “Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of DOE and the important work our department does to benefit the American people,” Burnham-Snyder said. “ We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department.”

  • New Mexico completes inspection of federal nuke repository

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico regulatory officials have completed their inspection of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository as the troubled facility looks to reopen.

    State Environment Secretary Butch Tongate says the onsite review covered issues that date back to a 2014 fire involving one of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's mining trucks and a separate radiation leak that forced the repository's closure.

    Tongate acknowledged the facility is a critical asset to the nation's security and the state's economy but that regulators needs to ensure corrective actions have been taken and violations have been addressed.

    Tongate says once the inspectors compile their observations, the state will formally notify repository managers and the U.S. Energy Department of their findings. He did not offer any details of what inspectors noted during last week's visit underground.


  • Prep boys basketball: ’Toppers go 1-2 in Belen

    Last weekend’s Hub City Tournament in Belen provided a real glimpse of an improved Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    After dropping a 40-29 decision against Centennial in the first round, the Hilltoppers closed out the tournament with a three-point loss to Class 6A’s Valley and a 63-52 win against El Paso High (Texas).
    Valley was ranked No. 10 in the ProView Networks Class 6A rankings going into the weekend and defeated Centennial a week prior. A one-possession loss to the Vikings can be tailored as a positive for a Los Alamos team that only won 10 games last season.
    Closing out the Belen-hosted tournament with a win was key as Los Alamos improved to 4-2 on the season after the win.
    Timely Trujillo return: Los Alamos’ expected starting point guard made his season debut during the tournament’s opening round after missing the first three games due to a thumb injury. Antonio Trujillo adds needed depth for the Hilltoppers, who are approaching a tough three-week stretch where they’ll face Belen (the Hub City Tournament champion) twice and host St. Pius and Eldorado and will partake in the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell.

  • LA girls hoops go winless in tourney

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team concluded the Joe Armijo Basketball Tournament in Albuquerque with two tough Class 6A Las Cruces-based opponents.
    After dropping the tournament opener to Cibola on Thursday, the Hilltoppers fell to Mayfield 54-20 in the consolation bracket on Friday. In the seventh place game on Saturday, Los Alamos dropped a 67-48 decision to Oñate.
    Friday’s game featured Mayfield senior Jayce Gorzeman, who’s verbally committed to play for the University of Portland. Gorzeman and company never allowed the Hilltoppers get in the game and gave Los Alamos its fourth consecutive loss.
    The Hilltoppers were more successful offensively on Saturday, scoring a season-high 48 points against the Knights. Los Alamos trailed 18-10 after the first quarter before outscoring Oñate 14-13 in the second quarter, cutting the Knights lead to 31-24 at halftime. Oñate then outscored Los Alamos 36-24 in the second half.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-7 after the last-place finish with a game against Hope Christian pending.   

  • 'Toppers fall to Centennial in tourney first round

    The Los Alamos boy basketball team fell 40-29 against Centennial on Thursday in the first round of the Hub City Tournament in Belen.

    It was the Hilltoppers first loss of the season and the 29 points scored was a season low.   

    Los Alamos kept it close throughout the first half and trailed only by six at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks then used their guards to open up and 10 point lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Hilltoppers attempted to capitalize on their height advantage but couldn't convert shots near the basket.

    Junior point guard Antonio Trujillo, who was expected to be the Hilltoppers starting point guard to start the season, made his appearance of the 2016-17 campaign, after sitting out the first three games with a thumb injury.

    Los Alamos played Valley on Friday in the consolation bracket and finished the Hub City Tournament on Saturday. For a recap of the Hilltoppers performance in the tournament, check the Los Alamos Monitor's Wednesday edition.

  • Logan injured, LA girls basketball falls to Cibola

    A lopsided loss in the opening round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational might be the least of the Los Alamos girls basketball team's concerns.

    Ashley Logan, the Hilltoppers leading scorer, suffered a game-ending injury during the third quarter of Los Alamos' 62-34 loss to Cibola on Thursday.

    Logan appeared to injure her left knee, after falling to the floor following a shot attempt. The severity of Logan's injury is unknown, according to Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta.

    "She went back home with her parents," Archuleta said of Logan's injury. "We won't know the full extent of the injury until the doctors tell us."

    Archuleta said Logan's absence energized his team in a second half that saw Los Alamos score 24 points. The 24 second-half points were the most the Hilltoppers have scored in a half this season.  

    "Ironically, momentum kind of shifter after Ashley Logan went out," Archuleta said. "We played with them in the second half, but unfortunately we were already too far behind. I was proud of how they played in the second half."

    The Hilltoppers second half rejuvenation wasn't enough to overcome a 34-10 halftime deficit. The 62 points that Cibola scored were a season high in points allowed for Los Alamos.

  • Lujan Grisham announces bid for governor

    Lujan Grisham announces bid for governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is running for governor of New Mexico in 2018.

    The Democrat from Albuquerque on Tuesday became the first contender to enter the race. Second-term GOP Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run again in 2018 because of term limits.

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced last week that will not run for governor after consulting with his family, colleagues and constituents.

    In an email message, Lujan Grisham described a long list of social and economic problems afflicting New Mexico and emphasized her political qualifications as a two-term congresswoman and former head of New Mexico's Department of Health.

    No Republicans have entered the race for governor so far. State Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is giving serious consideration to becoming a candidate.

  • Today in history Dec. 13
  • Bradbury Science Museum opens Gadgets Gift Store

    There is now a gift shop in Los Alamos for visitors and locals looking for the perfect gift to remind them of their time at Bradbury Science Museum.
    Called “Gadgets,” the newly opened shop located in the Bradbury Science Museum on Central Avenue. Set up and organized by the Bradbury Science Museum Association, the shop had a ribbon cutting Thursday, making it officially open for the holiday season.
    Books, hats, mugs, phone chargers, tumblers, thumb drives and t-shirts festooned with the museum’s logo are now available at the kiosk.
    The store hopes to expand its inventory to include magnets, postcards, note cards, calendars, and more. The items in the store were chosen based on surveys asking visitors and Los Alamos National Laboratory employees what they might like to buy.
    “This is going to help visitors who come to the Bradbury to extend their visit once they leave,” Museum Director Linda Deck said Thursday. “The can extend their visit here, they can learn more through books and the occasional games we might have and kits. We look forward to great success to the BSMA in running the store so it can earn revenue and do even more things for education.”