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Today's News

  • Pet Talk: Understanding and overcoming pet's fears

    While many of us would like to believe our little puppy is fearless, the truth is that there are many things a pet will experience that may frighten it at first as it attempts to understand more.
    “Pets can be fearful of all types of things,” Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences said. “Thunderstorms, fireworks, cars and even children can be sources of fear for a pet.”
    Pets become scared because they, like all animals, have evolved to recognize threats. Animal’s fear physiology is similar to that of humans with the heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature rising when frightened.
    Dogs, bred as pack animals, need to be with their owners when afraid. Cats, being more solitary, hide when scared and may be less destructive.
    The critical socialization period — 8 to 12 weeks of age — is an important factor in shaping the behavior of both puppies and kittens. During this time, the pet should have its first vaccinations and then exposed to all sources of stimuli including people, things and sounds.
    Crate training is also imperative from the first day the pet comes home. This gives the pet a place to feel safe when you leave the house.

  • With breast cancer, a loss can be a gain

    Even after the loss of her mother to ovarian cancer, and her aunt to breast cancer, Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to have a double mastectomy, because of a hereditary cancer gene, is still a brave one. And yet the decision that comes with it, regarding reconstructive surgery, is just as difficult for some. So why not turn a loss into a gain.
    I’m one of those lucky gals, as some would say, who, when needing a new bra, heads over to the children’s department at the mall and chooses one with monkeys, or kittens, or bright pink dots for $5. I did venture into Victoria’s secret one day, on a whim, and marvel at all the voluptuous cups, lace and cavernous cleavages and it was mind-boggling. It was then that I thought, as someone at a high risk of breast cancer, that if I had to say goodbye, I would treat myself to a nice pair of double C’s.
    Many of my friends have done the same after cancer, opted for a little push to nature’s own efforts. And some, I’m sure to the chagrin of their husbands, have decided to downsize. I can’t imagine that myself, but I’m told on very high authority that they can be a heck of a burden.

  • New Mexico's challenge is to catch up

    Two and a half years is hardly sufficient time for any governor to transform a state with a history of consistently coming in at the bottom of national ratings that measure the well-being of its people.
    Lord knows New Mexico has such a history.
    Just last week in a book published by the respected Brookings Institution, we learned that New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, ranks eighth in the nation where suburban poverty is concerned.
    Think about it. New Mexicans, young and not-so-young, small town and rural, routinely abandon their homes in parts of the state where poverty and unemployment are chronic and head to the big city with hopes of bettering their lot.
    Only the big city, a metropolitan area estimated by the Census Bureau to consist of more than 900,000 people, is in the grips of its own suburban poverty.
    Among the ironies here is that Albuquerque is basically little more than a collection of connected suburbs, “subs” in search of “urban.”
    Simply put: The economic condition of this enchanted land is dire straits and in need of help from the top.

  • Beaver Attack Claims Fisherman's Life

    A booming beaver population has led to string of attacks on people in Belarus, with a 60-year-old fisherman believed to be the first victim to die.

  • Learning the Ropes (and the Nets)

    Several young athletes took part in a free volleyball clinic Friday at Auxiliary Gym. The clinic was part of the Review-Preview event hosted by Los Alamos High School’s volleyball program. 

  • Pacers win 99-92 to tie series with Heat

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The open looks Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh took advantage of to help the Heat win Game 3 disappeared in Game 4, and so has Miami's lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals.
    Miami's Erik Spoelstra won the coaching battle with the Pacers' Frank Vogel in Game 3, using mobile post players Haslem and Bosh primarily as jump shooters to keep them away from the bigger, brawnier Roy Hibbert and David West.
    Vogel countered Tuesday night with a simple adjustment: putting Hibbert and West in better position to step out and contest shots without sacrificing rebounding. And it worked, eliminating Miami's normally excellent floor spacing and making the Heat's offense appear unsettled.
    Hibbert finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 99-92 victory that tied the series at two games apiece and helped the Pacers regain a little swagger heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night in Miami.
    In Game 3, Haslem and Bosh combined to make 14 of 19 shots and score 32 points, mostly on jumpers. This time, they were 4 for 11 and combined for 13 points.

  • Isotopes win again on road

    The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs to win going away in the series opener at Memphis.
    The Isotopes scored two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, all of them coming with two outs to top the Redbirds 7-2 in Memphis Tuesday night.
    Tuesday’s win was the fourth victory in five road games for Albuquerque, which will return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game set starting Saturday.
    The Redbirds (26-24) scored twice in the third to go up 2-0 early, but the Isotopes (27-25) tied the score in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, the Isotopes strung together three straight hits, including a triple by Rusty Ryal and a double by Jeremy Moore to go up 4-2.
    In the eighth, Moore, the Isotopes’ left fielder, again came through with a base hit to drive in two runs. Moore finished the game going 3-for-5.
    Geison Aguasviva (2-2) was credited with the win, going 1-2/3 innings in relief of starter Matt Palmer. Memphis reliever Nick Additon (3-2) was tagged with the loss.

  • Sports Briefs 05-29-13

    Romero, Cruz-Murphy win at Bower Run

    Ted Romero and Dee Cruz-Murphy were the top finishers in the Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run.
    The Bower Run, which served as a fundraiser for local Alzheimer’s disease charities, was May 11 in Los Alamos.
    Romero was the top male finisher at the race, coming in at 19 minutes, 10 seconds, while Cruz-Murphy finished in a time of 27:54.

    Firecracker 5K registration is open at YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Firecracker Fun Run.
    The run is set for 8 a.m. July 4. The race begins at the YMCA’s facility at 1450 Iris Street.
    Top male and female runners will win prizes. All entrants are eligible for door prizes.
    Price for participation is $25, $15 for YMCA members and $10 for entrants age 13 and under.
    More information is available at the YMCA’s website, laymca.org.

    Lobos face Sun Devils in NCAA regional

  • NNMSMGA results from Riverside Golf Course

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament May 7. The tournament was at the Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland.

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 79.
    First low net: Buzz Burke, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 69.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Lambert, Gallup, 79.
    Second low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 81.
    First low net: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 65.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Herman Gallegos, Pecos, 82.
    Second low gross: Rich Wright, Los Alamos, 84.
    First low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 64.
    Second low net: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, 64.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Larry Crawford, Durango, Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 86.

    Closest to the pin

    No. 12: Greg Hanson, Los Alamos
    No. 17: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos

  • Police: NM driver drove drunk while having sex

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 25-year-old Luis Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque.

    Police say Briones' female passenger was found naked outside the SUV after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head.

    Authorities allege Briones tried to drive away after the crash and leave his passenger behind, but a witness grabbed his keys from the ignition. He also allegedly tried to hide from responding officers behind a cactus.

    Briones is charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving and evading police.

    No attorney was listed for him.