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Today's News

  • ‘Toppers volleyball eases past Bloomfield in opener

    Saturday’s season opener provided season-long answers for Diana Stokes and the Los Alamos volleyball team.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) claimed a straight-set 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 win against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    Among the questions Los Alamos had going into the season was finding players to step into key roles. Stokes was able to get a glimpse of who can provide the Hilltoppers with big plays.
    “It’s always nervous in the first game because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Stokes said. “This was an OK hitting team (Bloomfield). We need to work on our blocking for when we do face powerful hitting teams. But I thought it was good for us to see what we need to work on.”
    Sophomore middle hitter Elodie Thelliez led the Hilltoppers with eight kills and three total blocks. Senior outside hitters Ellie Hayward and Jessica Moore contributed offensively with six kills apiece.
    Los Alamos senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett provided a strong defensive performance with five total blocks, including four solo.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a team-high 13 digs, while sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led the Hilltoppers with 12 assists.
    Senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 10 digs and 10 assists for Los Alamos.

  • Anti-wrinkle vibrator forces plane evacuation in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say an anti-wrinkle vibrator forced a Southwest Flight to evacuate in Albuquerque.

    KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports Albuquerque Aviation Police say passengers were ordered off the plane on Monday after a "Bar 24K Golden Anti-Aging Skin Roller" was discovered in the seat back of a passenger's seat.

    Authorities say the flight crew moved the items to the galley and Albuquerque Aviation Police conducted a full sweep of the plane.

    No other suspicious items were found. No arrests were made.

    The item was reportedly left in the Albuquerque International Sunport Lost and Found.

  • LAHS girl's soccer falls at St. Pius

    The Los Alamos girl's soccer team fell to St. Pius 4-1 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A state championship game. The Hilltoppers are now 3-2 on the season. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's state championship rematch will be in Friday's Monitor print edition. 

  • LAHS boys soccer edges St. Pius

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team won a key Class 5A match-up 1-0 against St. Pius on Tuesday at Griffith Gym. The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.

    The Monitor's Friday edition will include a full recap of Los Alamos' thrilling win.

  • Prep volleyball: St. Pius tops Los Alamos in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team lost for the first time this season Tuesday against St. Pius at Griffith Gym. The Sartans won in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-16. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's macth will be in the Monitor's Friday edition.  

  • Today in history Aug. 30
  • US Agriculture Department says it has closed offices in five states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious.

    USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said in a statement that the department had received "several anonymous messages" late Monday that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. He said six offices were closed Tuesday morning until further notice.

    Herrick said the department is working with the FBI and federal and local law enforcement to determine whether the threats are credible.

    In an email to employees, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is closing the offices "due to the serious nature of these threats." He did not characterize the threats or say how they were received, but asked employees to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

  • Latina Style ranks LANL as one of the best places to work

    Latina Style magazine Monday named the Los Alamos National Laboratory as one of the 50 best places for Latinas to work.

    The magazine based its rankings on companies that have actively provided career opportunities for Latinas, especially when first starting out in the workplace.

    LANL was ranked 43 on the list. Over 800 companies were reviewed. Marriott International was ranked No.1.

    Latina Style congratulated LANL for making major gains since the last survey, for having Latinos on its board of directors, and for having recruitment programs that specifically targeted Latinas for careers at the lab.

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan said the lab’s commitment to Latinas is strong and will continue to grow.

    “This recognition from Latina Style magazine speaks to our commitment to making the Laboratory an employer of choice for Latinas and other women who are considering careers at scientific and technical institutions,” McMillan said. “We are striving to attract a workforce that more closely resembles the nation as a whole. We are honored to receive recognition indicating that we are moving in the right direction, though we will not be fully satisfied until we meet all of our diversity goals."

  • Today in history Aug. 29
  • New Mexico economic development secretary moves on

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela is leaving his Cabinet post to take a job with a nonprofit group that promotes business expansion along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the departure Monday in a news release and credited Barela with helping New Mexico diversify its economy and reduce reliance on federal government.

    Barela has been named CEO of Borderplex Alliance. He was appointed as secretary at the outset of the Martinez administration nearly six years ago. He served in government previously an assistant attorney general and an aide to former U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen.

    The Economic Development Department this year has announced a string of business expansions tied to training and infrastructure subsidies, though employment in New Mexico lags behind most of the country.