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  • Pet talk: Protecting horses from West Nile

    The West Nile Virus cases in humans and horses have been on the rise in 2012, and, according to the CDC, human cases are at their highest levels since West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.
    Dr. Tracy Norman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) Large Animal Clinic, suggests protecting horses by vaccinating against the disease and taking measures to prevent mosquito bites.
    The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes from avian hosts to humans and horses. Both humans and horses are considered “dead-end” hosts of West Nile Virus, which means it is not contagious from horse to horse or horse to human.
    If bitten by an infectious mosquito, the virus can multiply in the blood system, cross the blood brain barrier, and infect the brain. There, it can cause inflammation of the brain, interfering with central nervous system functions.
    Most horses infected with the virus do not exhibit signs of the disease. For those that do, however, symptoms are similar to other neurologic diseases and can include impairment of basic motor skills (including loss of coordination or asymmetrical weakness, a change in behavior, or drowsiness.

  • Time to 'turn it up'

    I always find it amusing when my students are surprised to discover that I know the name of the singer or group of their current favorite songs.  Older people aren’t supposed to even know that modern music exists.
     Of course, they’re not always all that far off the mark about what my generation does or does not know.  Sure, most people know who Lady Gag Gag is (hard to miss her in her jewel studded underwear at baseball games), but it’s probably safe to say that most people over 50 wouldn’t recognize names like Avenged Sevenfold, Maroon 5, Drake, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, or Foster the People.
    Actually, there’s a lot of good music out there, but you don’t generally hear it on the radio.  As teenagers plug themselves into their iPods and bob their heads to solid walls of sound (all bow to “Benny and the Jets!)”, many of their songs are not mainstream.  Despite what Billboard or MTV award ceremonies would lead you to believe, some groups out there do know how to make music.

  • Front Runners

    Los Alamos’ Orion Staples (left) and Nick Hill head to the finish line of the 2011 Albuquerque Academy Invitational. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will take part in a scrimmage with La Cueva Saturday morning in Albuquerque.

  • Candia is a dual winner Friday

    Roxana Candia predicted her finish time down the second Tuesday.
    Candia was the big winner at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race this week. The Pace Race is a weekly event where competitors guess at their finish times for the race’s 1- or 3-mile courses.
    Candia was not only perfect with her prediction of 23 minutes, 30 seconds, she was also the top female finisher on the 3-mile course. Ted Romero, who was the top male finisher on the 3-mile course, had the second best prediction of the evening, being eight seconds off. Matt Fair was off by nine seconds, while Steve Shook was 12 seconds off and Katie Gattiker was 26 seconds off.
    On the 1-mile course, Sue Kinkead was the fastest finisher (10:28), while Bob Weservelt had a finish time of 11:29. On the 3-mile course, Romero finished in 19:47.
    The next Pace Race will be 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start near the San Ildefonso playground on Barranca Mesa.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • Fishing Report 08-24-12

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    Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

    Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, tricos, zebra midges, small spinners salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 25 cfs. The water was slightly stained from recent rains. From now to Aug. 30, anglers may experience restricted access to Cimarron Canyon State Park between the Perryville Fishing Access and the eastern boundary of the park. Crews filming “The Lone Ranger” will be shooting a scene on U.S.64 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs.

    Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

  • State Notes 08-24-12

    Lobo men’s basketball reveals 2012-13 schedule

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico men’s head basketball coach Steve Alford has announced the 2012-13 schedule earlier this week and it includes 20 contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.

  • Shooter Dead, People Hurt Outside Empire State
  • LANL Foundation awards scholarships to returning students

    Students who had suspended their educational careers are back on track thanks to the award of 12 scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a two-year degree regionally or certification leading to a career. The grants are made possible by employees at LANL, Los Alamos National Security, LLC., contractors and friends in the community.

    This is the third round of returning scholarships from the LANL Foundation, which awards an additional $400,000 in scholarships annually to recent high school graduates through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

    The latest winners are:

    ·      Matthew Glass of Santa Fe, a therapeutic adventure coordinator, who seeks an associate degree from Santa Fe Community College in teacher education and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education .

    ·      Adrienne Mahrenholz of El Prado, who has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management, and now is studying at UNM-Taos for an associate degree in nursing and plans to earn a master’s to become a nursing administrator.

  • Today in History for August 24th
  • Armstrong banned for life; titles vacated -- VIDEO extra

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

    USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish Tour titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

    The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world's most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from the UCI and USADA, which contends the cycling body is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code to strip Armstrong of one of the most incredible achievements in sports.

    Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career, calling USADA's investigation a "witch hunt" without a shred of physical evidence.

    He is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.