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  • Today In History, July 21
  • For the love of animals

    The newest veterinarian at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic is taking the care of animals to a higher level.
    Erin Smith is no stranger to the field of veterinary medicine. The Los Alamos native spent time in South Africa in 2011-12 caring for large wild animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros.
    Her interest in wild animals helped her strive to care for the sick animals in South Africa. “I would love to go back, I still have many contacts,” she said.
    A 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Smith was on the swim team, with a passion for the sport until an injury forced her to stop competing.
    “I’ve had a love for all kinds of animals and was never very squeamish,” she said. Growing up, her home was filled with “critters of all shapes and sizes.”
    Smith started at the clinic about a month ago, after graduating from Colorado State University in May as a doctor of veterinary medicine. She also has a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico.

  • Dems opening new HQ

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host a reception 5 p.m. Friday at its new headquarters.
    The Democrats’ headquarters is located at 170 Central Park Square. Everyone is invited.
    Following the reception, there will be a campaign kickoff party at Fuller Lodge. 

  • Texas gov. may be eyeing another run

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.
    Perry, 64, hasn’t said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he’s clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake.
    Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he’s committed to the grassroots politicking that Iowa’s Republican faithful expect and that many felt he didn’t prioritize when he ran two years ago.
    Whether Iowa voters give Perry a second chance remains to be seen. But GOP volunteer Joni Scotter believes Perry — a relatively late entry into the 2012 race — could make a comeback in the state whose caucus kicks off the presidential primary season.

  • Update 07-20-14

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for Tuesday night in White Rock, has been canceled.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet Thursday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    Nature Playtimes

    Nature Playtimes, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. The next scheduled playtime is from 10-11 a.m. Monday. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. No advance registration required. Playtimes are free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org.

    At the Pond

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series will feature Marcus Cavlante. It is set for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Farmers Market

    County officials announced there would be no councilors’ booth at Thursday’s Farmers Market.

  • State Briefs 07-20-14

    Woman accused of embezzling from Albuquerque church

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.
    KOAT-TV reports that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.
    According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.
    White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.
    Pastor Scott Tafoya says the embezzlement came to light after the bank called about a check bouncing. The check was made out to a day care center attended by one of White’s children.
    Police say the amount of stolen funds will likely rise as the investigation continues.

    Martinez visits immigrants at camp

  • Flood advisory in area until 6:15 p.m.

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued an arroyo and small stream flood advisory for Los Alamos County, as well as for east central Sandoval County.
    The warning is active until 6:15 p.m.
    At approximately 3:15 p.m., the NWS’ Doppler radar indicated heavy rains were coming from a stationary storm near Bandelier National Monument.
    Potentially impacted areas include Bandelier, Frijoles Canyon, Cochiti Canyon and Peralta Canyon. Other possibly impacted sites were N.M. 4 from N.M. 501 to the Las Conchas Campground and the Dome wilderness.

    According to the alert, strong flows and high water levels are expected in arroyos, small streams and over low water crossings.

  • Today in history July 19
  • Medical chopper crashes, 3 dead

    edical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.
    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.
    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.
    Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.
    “It crashed and burned,” said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. “No survivors .... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail.”
    Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn’t know what it was.
    “When he got up he could see the flames,” Bidegain said.
    Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed.
    Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the CareFirst crew was well-known at the hospital.

  • Court: gay marriage is OK in Oklahoma

    DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
    The decision from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a ruling that struck down Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban. But the Denver-based court immediately put its decision on hold pending an appeal, meaning same-sex couple won’t be allowed to marry in Oklahoma for now.
    The 2-1 ruling comes after the same three-judge panel ruled in June that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution. It was the first time an appellate court determined that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act meant states couldn’t deny gays the ability to wed. That ruling also is on hold, and Utah’s attorney general has said he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s ban was filed against the Tulsa County clerk, whose attorneys were still considering their options Friday afternoon. But they noted the panel’s dissenting judge argued that changing the definition of marriage should belong to Oklahoma residents, not a federal court.