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  • Man uses mentoring as way of giving back

    When Chris McLaughlin was 5 years old, he underwent surgery to address partial hearing loss from an ear infection and resultant scar-tissue tumors.
    When he was 9, he lost most of his hearing after another surgery. Chris had been a “cool” kid with lots of friends and involved in sports, but when he showed up at school wearing hearing aids that in the technology-of-the-day resembled large music headphones, he felt different and was treated differently. Sports weren’t fun wearing a large headset with a speaker box, and he couldn’t hear without it. At first kids thought he was a rebel for wearing “music headphones” in school. Chris quickly adopted that persona. And then he began isolating himself.
    When Chris was 11, his father passed away. His mother mourned alone in her room and shortly afterward turned her attention to dating. Chris coped with his father’s loss alone. And still dealing with being different, he took to keeping a book in his hand at school, or went to the library so that he didn’t have to socialize.

  • Crawlix, nittles and quimps, oh my...

    One of my favorite scenes in “Doc Hollywood” is when Dr. Benjamin Stone (Michael J. Fox) gets frustrated and used the f-word. The deputy says, “Watch your language, Doc! You’re in the buckle of the Bible belt here. Try saying fudge or something.”
    Stone replies, “Fiddlesticks too strong?”
    Now, what does define a word as being “too strong” of a curse? If you stub your toe in Mississippi and scream “Fudge!” would anyone within earshot not know what you’re really saying?
    If you say one thing and mean another, you really just outsourcing the vulgarity. Like yelling “Sugar!” when you’re late for work and as you are getting into your car, you see that you have a flat tire.
    People use “sugar” as a term of endearment to their sweetheart. So how do you really know what your honey is saying to you when he calls you that?
    Holy fudge! Can you believe that sugar? What a dagnabbit snickerdoodle!
    Let’s face it, profanity is engrained in our culture. That’s a really sugary thought when you think about it.
    Euphemisms aside, one of the worst offenders of potty-mouth syndrome is the movie industry. Even films geared towards children contain “a little vulgarity.”

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  • Fishing Report 07-11-14

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  • LA team in 9-10 finals

    The Los Alamos green 9-10 All-Star baseball team picked up a crushing victory Thursday night to advance to the District 1 championship.

    Los Alamos, the No. 1 seed, blasted second-seeded Santa Fe Metro 20-1 Thursday in Española.
    The other Los Alamos entry into the district tournament didn’t fare as well, however. Los Alamos’ gold team was knocked out of the tournament by Española’s red team — Española also has two entries into the District 1 bracket.
    For the Los Alamos greens, they will play Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of tonight’s elimination round contest between Española red and Metro.
    Saturday’s game will be played at the Lucero Center in Española.
    Los Alamos can clinch the district title and a berth at next week’s state tournament with a win either Saturday or Sunday.
     

  • Today in history July 11
  • Accion's Presto Loans offer quick, affordable credit to small businesses

    Small businesses in need of a quick, modest-sized loan often have little choice but to turn to high-cost, yet easy to access, alternative credit products. But New Mexico business borrowers have a new option.
    Accion had long been looking for ways to speed up the process of making microloans to borrowers who don’t qualify for loans from traditional lenders and need a relatively small amount of money to take advantage of a time-sensitive business opportunity. Accion also wanted to help businesses respond quickly when faced with an urgent need.
    Almost a year ago, the nonprofit lender began piloting quick-turnaround “Presto Loans” of $8,000 or less with interested applicants. The pilot project was a success — with 285 loans totaling $939,000 — and Accion has recently cemented its offering of Presto Loans, moving toward a one-hour turnaround time from loan application to funding by the end of the year.
    The Presto Loan works by using technological advances to streamline loan processing, according to Metta Smith, director of lending and client relations at Accion’s Albuquerque office.

  • A perfect storm at our southern border

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the President Barack Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious conservatives share blame.
    Encouraged by the rumors they hear of Uncle Sam’s leniency and largesse, an exodus of many tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America, joined by pregnant women and mothers bearing small children, is leaving that troubled region behind. They are pouring into our country not just unchecked, but indeed aided and abetted by the very same federal authorities — handing out bus tickets, no less! — who once sought to turn them back.
    Rather than avoiding Border Patrol agents, these illegal crossers are actually seeking them out. Who wouldn’t? Welcome to Obama’s version of a kinder and gentler — and lawless — America.
    What is the proximate cause of this upsurge? The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian puts it best: the administration’s “various de facto amnesties for illegal aliens and its permissive enforcement practices.”

  • Flooding at Bandelier

    Tuesday’s rains caused damage at Bandelier National Monument as Frijoles Creek rose enough to take out all the little plank bridges on the way to Alcove House and the two on the way to the falls. The park is open but there was a warning on its Facebook page. “Visitors are welcome to take the trails, but just be cautious if there is rain so that you don’t get stranded on the wrong side of a flooding creek. If you do, just hang around until the water subsides to safe levels again.”

  • Flashing Lights

    It seems some people in Los Alamos do not know what a flashing red light means. The new traffic signal between Mari Mac shopping center and the Smith’s Marketplace began flashing red Wednesday evening, yet many cars are not stopping. The signal went online to prepare motorists for next Monday or Tuesday, when the light will begin cycling red/yellow/green.