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  • Pet Talk: How to prepare for a furry friend’s death

    For many of us, the connection we share with companion animals extends beyond just friendly company, our pets are considered a part of the family.
    The truly unique love between an owner and their pet is something one has to experience to understand. Although a pet may be a very loved and important family member, it is important to be sensitive and aware of your pet’s needs as they age.
    Sometimes owners are faced with difficult decisions when their pet reaches an age or health condition that no longer allows them to enjoy daily activities. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM), explains that euthanization is never an easy choice, but in some cases, it may be the best option for your pet.
    “One of my professors in veterinary school told us that she tells clients to pick the pet’s three favorite things,” Griffin said. “When two out of three of those things are gone, it’s time to let them go. Many pets will continue to eat and drink even when they are in pain. Keeping a daily record of good vs. bad days sometimes helps you see the quality of life they are living.
    Some of the emotional struggles owners face when dealing with their pet’s death may be guilt and loneliness.

  • Letter to the editor 6-28-15

    Who in the world is Bernie Sanders?

    Some think of Bernie Sanders as an old curmudgeon with young ideas. He is actually a presidential candidate who promotes ideas like diverting money from war to repairing infrastructure, fair trade rather than free trade, tough action on drug prices, a real minimum wage, help with the cost of education, Medicare for all, paid sick leave and other labor benefits that could help American workers catch up with what their Western European counterparts already enjoy.
    This all sounds like an interesting platform, but whether Bernie can hold his message together during a tough presidential campaign remains to be seen.

    Richard Foster
    Los Alamos

  • Are we a Christian nation?

    It depends upon the definition. Would we be a Christian nation defined by a legislative fiat? No! That is expressly forbidden by our Constitution in the first amendment to it. Lawmakers shall make no law with respect to religion.
    There are 13 countries that do have an official state religion where the church is an integral part of their government. We have no national religion. In fact, one of the reasons the pioneering people who came to America was to escape such a mandated system of beliefs, faith and practices.
    Freedom of religion is a basic right of all citizens under our Constitution with the Bill of Rights. Some protestant colonies, early on, assessed taxes upon their citizens to support their churches, a practice that ceased with adoption of the constitution.
    We are free to believe what we wish without government interference.
    It was the practice of religious faith in Christianity that carried our national forefathers to achieve the basic values and moral courage to write and propose the basic form of government that we have.
    Though those of our countrymen who are not Christian still benefit from those basic tenants that give us the core of our national ethos.

  • They Love A Rainy Night

    It was a stormy night Friday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of music fans who went to check out WhiteWater Ramble at Ashley Pond. The band played Friday as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

  • LA nets $78K in PILT funds

    Los Alamos County will get nearly $80,000 out of the state’s share of PILT payments, New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement Friday.
    PILT, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, provides federal money to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable lands within the county’s or city’s boundaries. Those lands include Bureau of Land Management, national park, national forest and military base land.
    According to the federal government, annual PILT payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction.
    In 2008, Congress voted to automatically fund PILT for five years. Another bill was passed in 2012 extending payments for an additional year.
    The state has received its share of money from the program every year since 2008, however.
    “Rural communities across New Mexico use PILT funds to provide better schools, maintain roads and bridges, and support thousands of local jobs,” Heinrich said. “I am pleased that we were successful in securing funding for this year’s payments and I will continue to push for full, permanent PILT funding so our counties have the economic security they need to succeed.”

  • Residents want input into plan

    At the June 16 discussion at the Los Alamos County Council work session concerning an update to the Comprehensive Plan, several citizens urged council to require public involvement in the early planning stages.

  • Attrep will be 4th judge in Wood case

    Earlier this month, two judges selected to preside over the case of a Los Alamos man arrested on two counts of homicide by vehicle were recused.
    Robin Wood, 36, is accused of driving a car while impaired and causing a deadly accident. The accident occurred on N.M. 30 in late November of last year.
    The crash took the life of Elizabeth Quintana, who was driving to her job in the early morning hours at the bakery of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, according to deputies with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.
    Also injured in the crash was Wood’s passenger, a 40-year-old woman, Mary C. Gaelgens. Wood was driving to a residence in Española when the crash occurred.
    In May, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself from the case, explaining that she could not show impartiality to Wood after she became familiar with his ongoing struggles with drug addiction through past court cases.

  • Isotopes rally late, but fall short

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (32-43) mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the final four innings, but the Salt Lake Bees (30-45) held on for a 9-5 victory in the series opener Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The Isotopes were behind early after the Bees scored four runs in the first, but it wasn’t all on 'Topes starter Jair Jurrjens. Two of Salt Lake’s four first-inning hits could have been outs but were lost in the treacherous late afternoon sun. The Bees added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before Albuquerque could get on the board. Cristhian Adames blasted a solo home run in the sixth to score the first Isotopes run, and he added an RBI single in the seventh. Roger Bernadina pulled Albuquerque closer with a three-run bomb in the eighth, but Salt Lake responded with a run in the eighth to put a nail in the 'Topes comeback hopes.

    Adames turned in a stellar 3-for-5 performance with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBI. It is his 20th multi-hit performance, which ties for second-most on the Isotopes.

    Bernadina also tripled in the seventh and scored on Adames’ RBI single.

  • U.S. reaches World Cup semis

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The United States defeated China 1-0 on Carli Lloyd’s goal in the 51st minute Friday.
    The win sends the second-ranked Americans to a semifinal on Tuesday in Montreal against top-ranked Germany.
    Germany beat France on penalty kicks after a 1-all tie in the quarters.

    Turf troubles

  • Sports Briefs 6-28-15

    Firecracker 5K
    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on July 4.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the aquatic center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.