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Today's News

  • Another look at medical marijuana

    Marijuana could be a cure for drug addiction.  That’s right: a cure.  Maybe.
    This was one fascinating revelation from a recent presentation on the opioid epidemic.  
    In fairness to the speaker, the statement about marijuana was a minor point in a generally grim presentation about the growing problem of addiction to and death from prescription opioid drugs. The emphasis on marijuana is mine.
    The speaker was Scott Goold, an economist who recently trained as a Community Addiction Recovery Specialist with Project Echo, a University of New Mexico medical education program.  Project Echo provides specialty training and expertise to health care professionals throughout the state via distance learning.
    The news about prescription pain medication keeps getting worse.  According to Goold, the problem is, in part, that opioid medications are really effective at relieving pain.  Someone recovering from an injury might want help with pain for several weeks.  But it takes only about two weeks for physical dependence to occur.  People with injuries can become addicted to these drugs while doing what seems perfectly reasonable.   

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Atrisco Heritage 63, Belen 43

    Bernalillo 79, Los Lunas 76

    Bosque School 56, Pecos 42

    Capital 53, Manzano 46

    Carlsbad 58, Goddard 51

    Cleveland 50, Onate 40

    Cliff 76, Cobre 37

    Deming 84, Hot Springs 20

    EP El Dorado, Texas 66, Mayfield 51

    Fabens, Texas 68, Centennial High School 62

    Floyd 55, Elida 46

    Hope Christian 63, West Mesa 43

    La Cueva 64, Volcano Vista 62

    Las Cruces 74, EP Chapin, Texas 62

    Lubbock Monterey, Texas 70, Lovington 49

    NMMI 64, Gateway Christian 38

    Rio Grande 64, Santa Fe 51

    Rio Rancho 72, Espanola Valley 71

    Sandia 79, Albuquerque Academy 41

    Sandia Prep 62, Del Norte 59

    Santa Teresa 52, Clint Mountain View, Texas 26

    St. Pius 60, Gallup 56

    Valencia 51, Socorro 50

    Valley 46, Cibola 33

     

    Girls basketball

    Albuquerque High 47, Capital 35

    Carlsbad 47, Goddard 31

    Centennial High School 67, Fabens, Texas 43

    Cleveland 50, Onate 46

    Clovis 50, Amarillo Palo Duro, Texas 46, OT

    Corona 70, Cloudcroft 46

    Coronado 54, Monte del Sol 45

    Espanola Valley 71, Taos 60

  • Toppers manage only 27 points

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played exceptional defense Tuesday night. However, there was no offense to go along with it.
    The Hilltoppers allowed just 29 points on the road against the Moriarty Pintos and yet that wasn’t good enough to pick up their first win of the season. They lost to the Pintos 29-27.
    Despite the defensive effort, the team’s offensive woes continue.
    This is the second time this season the Hilltoppers were held to under 30 points in a game. It marks the ninth time in the past two-plus years the Hilltoppers have managed 30 points or fewer.
    It was also the lowest-scoring game Los Alamos (0-4) has been involved in since a 21-18 home loss to Pojoaque Valley in 2010.
    Moriarty (3-1), meanwhile, earned its first victory of the season against a Class 4A opponent.
    Los Alamos’ road doesn’t get any easier, with a Thursday night date against St. Michael’s and a Dec. 11 contest at Belen before it travels to the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Dec. 13.

  • Ski Report 12-05-12

    Angel Fire
    No base report. Scheduled to open Dec. 14.

    Enchanted Forest
    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Pajarito
    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Sandia Peak
    No report. Scheduled to open Dec. 15.

    Sipapu
    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Ski Apache
    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 14.

    Ski Santa Fe
    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos
    12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Thursday.

    Valles Caldera
    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

  • LA opens year at Rio Rancho

    There is something in the air inside the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling room. Literally and figuratively.
    For the first time in the lives of many on Los Alamos’ roster, the Hilltoppers are going into the season as the reigning District 2-4A champions. That’s got everyone hungry for more.
    At least, those wrestlers who aren’t sick to their stomachs.
    There have been a couple of bugs floating around the team during the preseason, one that struck during Thanksgiving week and one currently going around now that has caused some wrestlers to miss out on practice this week.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos has high hopes for the 2012-13 season.
    Los Alamos opens its regular season Friday at the two-day Southwestern Duals, hosted by Rio Rancho. Teams from across the state, as well as Colorado, Texas and as far away as Nebraska are expected to compete.
    The Hilltoppers will be tested against some top-shelf competition, but they feel ready to get their season started.
    “Some guys are in very good shape for the beginning of the year,” said Hilltopper veteran Diego Madrid. “But everyone can use more cardio...everyone’s pushing themselves.”

  • Raw: Hundreds Dead After Philippines Typhoon

    Stunned parents searching for missing children examined a row of mud-stained bodies while survivors dried their soaked belongings on roadsides Wednesday, a day after a powerful typhoon ripped through the southern Philippines.

  • Police Video Shows Man Found in Trunk

    Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police released surveillance video of an alleged kidnapping victim, found in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop.

  • Today in History for December 5th
  • Raw: Boehner Lights Christmas Tree at Capitol

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lit the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Tuesday afternoon. The 65-foot Engelmann Spruce is from Colo. and decorated with 10,000 lights and thousands of ornaments made by the people of that state.

  • Highlights of White House, GOP budget plans

    The Obama administration and House Republicans have unveiled their opening offers in talks to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Details are scant but the White House estimates its plan would carve $4.4 trillion from the deficit over the coming decade, including previously enacted cuts ($1 trillion) and savings from reduced costs for overseas military operations ($800 billion), as well as interest payments on the national debt ($600 billion).

    House Republicans say their plan would cut deficits by $2.2 trillion over 10 years, but they don't claim previous cuts, war savings or interest costs toward that total. Both plans would block automatic spending cuts set to hit the economy in January and renew Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the month.

    The two plans both draw upon ideas from 2011 talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, including a secret plan by top Obama aide Rob Nabors that was made public by author and Washington Post writer Bob Woodward.

    Here are the highlights of all three approaches:

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