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  • Healthcare access: Are some more entitled?

    Healthcare policy is an endless debate in the United States, and in New Mexico the debate has its own special complications.
    Thoughts about how theories and ethics bump up against pragmatic realities come to mind in the wake of two recent public discussions I attended.
    Is there such a thing as “deserving” healthcare, and do some people deserve more than others? Should some people be more entitled to access healthcare, or better quality healthcare, than others? (“Entitled” is a loaded word. I used it deliberately to provoke your thoughts.)
    Should those who can afford to pay for it have a greater right than those who don’t? Should smokers, or fat people, or drug addicts have less access, or be forced to pay more than others? Should young people be at the front of the line and old people forced to the back? These questions arise starkly when we consider extremely limited resources such as organs for transplant, but they permeate the entire healthcare system.
    To develop the system we really want, we have to know what our values are. This message emerged from a presentation titled “Balancing Universal Healthcare with Medical Rationing,” by David Teutsch, a rabbi and ethicist, speaking recently to a New Mexico audience.

  • Isotopes split series against Reno

    The vast majority of the excitement in Monday night’s ballgame in Reno occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning.
    The Reno Aces got six of their 10 total hits in that inning, including three doubles, as they topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0.
    With its win, Reno (58-52) forced a split of its four-game series with Albuquerque (52-58), which had won 10 of its previous 13 contests. Albuquerque won the first and third games of the series and was looking for its third straight series win since the All-Star break — the Isotopes also won a short series over Las Vegas, the team it trails in the division standings, just prior to the break.
    Isotopes starting pitcher Barry Enright (0-1) was chased in that fifth inning after giving up nine hits and the six runs, all of them earned. Enright, who has appeared in 31 Major League games during his career, had just joined the Isotopes earlier Monday to fill the spot of Roger Bernadina, who was placed on the disabled list.
    His counterpart, Charles Brewer, had an excellent outing for the Aces. Brewer went eight innings and allowed just three hits.
    Albuquerque is trying to work itself back into contention in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division but trails Las Vegas by 9-1/2 games.

  • Sports Briefs 07-29-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Football practice starts Monday

    Fall 2014 Los Alamos High School football practice officially begins Monday.
    Practice will start at 8 a.m. Monday at the field adjacent to Griffith Gymnasium.
    Practice is open to any students entering grades 9-12.
    Those interested in participating in the 2014 football season must have their physical examinations and necessary paperwork completed before they will be allowed to practice.
    Information on what is needed from players prior to the start of the season can find it at topperfootball.com or on the LAHS athletic website, laschools.net.

    LAYSL rec registration is open

  • Foursome shoots a 52 at BBBS tourney

    The foursome of Ian Maes, Mike Maes, KayLinda Crawford and Chris Ortega were the big winners at Saturday’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Drive for Matches Tournament.
    The tournament, a fundraiser for BBBS of Northern New Mexico, was a best ball scramble format. In all, 97 golfers participated in the third annual event.
    Maes/Maes/Crawford/Ortega shot a combined 20-under par 52, the top gross score of the day. That group edged out two other teams. John Stam, Pearl Cha, Gary Rich and Bethany Rich were two shots behind, as was the team of Art Brown, Myron Koop, Jeff Brown and Larry Goen.
    Stam/Cha/Rich/Rich won a tiebreaking chip-off for second place.
    Other top-finishing teams included Randy Vaughn/Tanner Vaughn/Don Branch/James Merhege, which finished with the low net score of 53, as well as the team of Steve Sanderson/Brianna Sanderson/Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt, which had a combined net score of 54.

  • Prime, Ballard earn LA's singles titles

    Tony Ballard and Warapha Prime topped the singles charts at last weekend’s Los Alamos Tennis Club’s championship tournament.
    The two-day tournament attracted about 30 players, mostly from Los Alamos County. The tournament was played at Urban Park.
    Ballard earned the LATC men’s championship with a straight-set victory in the finals over Bill Robertson. The two men slugged it out through a tight first set, but Ballard prevailed 7-6.
    In the second set, Ballard earned a 6-3 decision to take the title.
    In the women’s championship, Prime, who won the tournament in 2012, topped Lauren Fugate in Sunday’s final, also in straight sets. Prime earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
    There were seven different draws this weekend.
    Prime won a second title along with doubles partner Joel Williams. Prime/Williams tripped up Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in the mixed B doubles final, 6-4, 6-2.
    Kelley/Kelley won the draw in 2013.
    Also earning a top finish in the men’s over 50 bracket was Jeff Whicker. Whicker came back from a set down against Sergey Kurennoy, with Kurennoy taking the first set 6-2, but Whicker rebounding to win the second set 6-2.
    In the tiebreaker, Whicker held off his opponent, 10-6.

  • Flash flood watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday

     

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

    * THROUGH THIS EVENING

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  • Flood advisory until 4:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 430 PM MDT

  • LA schools make the grade

    Editor's Note: See the individual schools' report cards attached with this story.