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  • Pet Talk: Cataracts could affect your pet’s vision

    If you’ve noticed your pet’s eye lenses becoming cloudy or opaque, your pet could be developing cataracts.
    Though cataracts can decrease vision, or even cause complete blindness, not every companion animal that develops cataracts requires surgery. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how cataracts can affect pets.
    “A cataract is an opacity of the lens,” Vallone said. “A clear lens is necessary for good vision; thus, any opacification can cause decreased vision. However, not all cataracts are the same. Some cases of cataracts are so severe they can cause blindness and inflammation in the eye, which may cause significant discomfort. Some cases are small enough they don’t interfere with vision at all and should be monitored.”
    All companion animals can develop cataracts, but Vallone said cataracts are common in dogs. Several breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cataracts, though not every dog within these breeds are affected.

  • Some administrative savings work better than others

    If I were planning to run for the Legislature, my list of priorities would look a little different from those you usually see. Instead of reciting the usual passionate platitudes about education and economic development, I would talk about saving taxpayer money while improving the performance of government agencies by means of methodical administrative reforms.
    Don’t worry, I’m not running, but I have been repeatedly frustrated that I’ve never seen a single campaign promise along these lines. Every now and then when a candidate has knocked on my door, literature in hand, I’ve invited the candidate in and talked about this. It doesn’t do any good. Administrative reform is tedious and unglamorous, is poorly understood by the public, and most of the time it doesn’t produce any bragging rights.
    It should especially be a focus of attention for governors and candidates for governor. Just now, with the state’s desperate need to save money, the governor is trying some things that may or may not produce results.
    Gov. Susana Martinez announced a few weeks ago that she was considering consolidating departments, but the idea disappeared down a black hole pretty quickly. That is probably because of the pummeling her staff must have taken from irate constituents the minute this thought was expressed.

  • New Mexico liberals’ tax hypocrisy

    BY D. DOUWD MUSKA
    Rio Grande Foundation

  • LA Adult Softball registration opens

    The Los Alamos Adult Softball League is now open for registration.  
    Important dates coming up are:
    • April 15: Los Alamos Softball Work Party at Overlook Fields
    • April 29-30: USSSA Softball Tournament at Overlook Fields
    • May 6: Los Alamos Softball Pre-Season Tournament at Overlook Fields
    Email losalamossoftball@yahoo.com for more information.

  • On the Docket 3-12-17

    Feb. 13
    Maria Cano-Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an open container inside her vehicle. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 14
    Shibli A. Fazal  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having destructive or injurious material in the roadway. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant also sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    William Roybal was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to pay. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Christopher Rivera pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to improper turning. Defendant fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Rachel Meyer pled no contest in  the Los Alamos Municipal Court to careless driving that caused an accident. Sentencing deferred until April 14. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Sean Stanfield  was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 3-12-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 15
    7:45 a.m. — Police officers recovered a laptop computer at Morning Glory Bakery.

    3:20 p.m — Los Alamos police reported a burglary  in Los Alamos. Police are actively investigating.

    Feb. 17
    11:50 a.m. — Police reported a laptop stolen at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church.

    8:49 p.m. — Police arrested a minor for being in possession of drugs on East Road.

    Feb. 18
    1:28 p.m. — Byron Keith Henderson,  49, of Los Alamos was arrested at the intersection of North Street and San Ildefonso Road on two counts of not having a license and drug possession.

    9:37 p.m. — Police investigated an act of vandalism at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center where the windshield of a car was found shattered.

    Feb. 19

  • House approves ethics commission proposal

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • Senator starts process for overriding gov’s veto

    A Republican legislator on Friday began his attempt to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of a bill that would enable teachers to use more sick days without being penalized in their performance evaluation.
    Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, moved to have the vetoed bill returned to the Senate so he could seek an override early next week.
    Martinez is also a Republican, but Brandt said he would continue pursuing the override unless they can reach a compromise in which teachers are not penalized. He said he had initiated conversations with Martinez’s Public Education Department in hopes of starting such a discussion.
    “I don’t take any joy in overriding a veto,” Brandt said.
    Martinez’s spokesman, Michael Lonergan, referenced the governor’s veto message when asked about the possibility of a compromise with Brandt.
    In part, Martinez said: “I would welcome a bill that considers reasonable changes to attendance measures as part of an effective, comprehensive teacher evaluation system. However, the Legislature continually refused to engage despite the Public Education Department’s repeated good-faith attempts to meet teachers and teachers’ unions halfway.”

  • Locals have passion for saving local wild birds

    BY WREN PROPP
    Special to the Monitor

  • Annual school art exhibit wows community

    The Los Alamos Public Schools opened its third annual, district-wide art exhibit at the Mesa Public Mesa Library Thursday, filling the library’s third floor with the sounds, colors and creativity of Los Alamos’ school students. Sculptures, paintings, drawings and even works of computer animation were on display as residents went from exhibit space to exhibit space, trying to take it all in.
    “It’s a fabulous display. This is about the importance of educating the whole child and celebrating achievements in all fields,” School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim said. “My face hurts from smiling so much. I’m so delighted by each piece. This just reinforces to me the importance of a fine arts education.”
    The district’s art teachers choose this time to have the exhibition since March is Youth Art month and March is also Arts in the Schools Month.  The library is open on the weekend for residents who haven’t seen it yet. The exhibit features works from all five elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.
    Besides being an opportunity to show the creative side of the school district’s students, the exhibition also serves as reminder to the community of how important the arts are to education and to the students themselves.