Today's News

  • Local rugby coach named to Hall of Fame


    Local rugby coach Demetrio Cardiel was named to the Albuquerque Aardvarks rugby club Hall of Fame in a ceremony last week.

    Cardiel, who is currently coaching Los Alamos’ U19 club, helped the Aardvarks acquire their home field of Phil Chacon Park in Albuquerque in 1993, the field they still call home. He was also a star player for the Aardvarks, leading them to the national finals in 2009 and the national round of 16 in 2010.

    The Aardvarks have been active in Albuquerque-area rugby since their inception in 1973.

    Cardiel, who continued to be active with the Aardvarks even after moving to Los Alamos in 2000, was one of five Aardvark players inducted in the team’s fourth annual ceremony.

  • LA baseball team finishes sixth at St. Pius X tournament


    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team went 1-2 and finished sixth in the St. Pius X Invitational last weekend.

    Los Alamos bounced back from an opening round loss to El Paso (Texas) by blasting the Bernalillo Spartans in their consolation round contest Friday.

    The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 6-0 lead, thanks to a five-run rally in the top of the second inning. 

    They would score four runs in the top of the sixth to shut the door on the Spartans, taking a 10-1 victory.

  • Girls basketball update: Los Lunas knocks LA out of playoffs

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltoppers cut the Los Lunas Tigers' lead down to 7 with 1:44 remaining Tuesday afternoon but could not whittle the lead down any further.

    Los Lunas topped the Hilltoppers 57-44, knocking the Hilltoppers out of the 4A tournament.

    Erin Kirk hit a tough driving shot in the paint to cut the Los Lunas lead down to 48-41 and the Hilltoppers had chances to cut the lead down beneath 7, but couldn't convert several open shots.

    Read Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • US Officials: North Korea poses serious threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An unpredictable North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, stands as a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations, the director of National Intelligence warned Tuesday in a sober assessment of worldwide threats.

    Testifying before a Senate panel, James R. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community's overview of global threats posed by terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the months-long civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations.

    The outlook on North Korea comes as the communist regime announced that it was "completely scrapping" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and has maintained peace on the peninsula for more than half a century. The Obama administration on Monday slapped new sanctions against North Korea's primary exchange bank and several senior government officials as it expressed concern about the North's "bellicose rhetoric."

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  • New Mexico no longer an afterthought in MWC

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Mountain West, which ended up with the country's top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament Tuesday in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.

    "We're a lot more confident since we're regular-season champions," said junior forward Tony Snell, who is among the team's scoring leaders with 12.1 points per game. "We feel really confident that we can be tournament champions again and make it far in the NCAA."

    Although an NCAA bid is virtually guaranteed for the No. 15 Lobos, they are not overlooking the importance of the conference tournament.

  • Sheryl Sandberg: On a mission to elevate women

    Sheryl Sandberg is not backing down.

    The Facebook chief operating officer's book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" goes on sale Monday amid criticism that she's too successful and rich to lead a movement. But Sandberg says her focus remains on spurring action and progress among women.

    "The conversation, the debate is all good, because where we were before was stagnation — and stagnation is bad," she said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And sometimes it takes real heated debate to wake people up and find a solution."

    With "Lean In," Sandberg aims to arm women with the tools and guidance they need to keep moving forward in the workforce. The book's release is coupled with the launch of Sandberg's LeanIn.org, a nonprofit that will receive all of the book's proceeds.

    The book isn't just for women. It calls on men to lend support, both at home and in the office.

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  • NM Senate confirms Ward as Health Secretary

    The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.

    “I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.” 

    Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January.  During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”

  • YMCA Express hosts grand opening event

    The Los Alamos YMCA conducted an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the noon hour Monday for its new "Y Express" facility located at 140 Central Park Square.

    The 3,600-square-foot location is a"scaled-down version of our Y--offering space primarily for functional training and group exercise," according to YMCA officials. "The Y Express offers a new kind of workout, along with more of your favorite classes like Zumba and Power-up."

    The impetus for the expansion project came from overcrowding in some classes and programs at the Y's main facility nearby on Iris Street.

    "We have overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up--in fact we turn away folks in some classes. We have classes in less-than-ideal conditions due to lack of space. We are challenged to offer more classes, again due to lack of space. Last winter, we experienced crowded weight room conditions, particularly at lunch time and after work," CEO Linda Daly said in a letter to members regarding the expansion.