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  • Suds, faith found at California laundromat 


    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.
    Every month, Mitchell would trek to a local laundromat and take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps those who are homeless, or financially struggling by washing their dirty clothes for free.
    Amid the comforting routine of fluffing and folding, volunteers befriend their patrons and often find ways to help that go beyond free soap and quarters.
    Mitchell, for example, now has a job and place to live after the Laundry Love volunteers pooled their money to help her family rent a starter apartment. They have also watched her daughter Jessica grow from a newborn to a curly-haired toddler.
    “You’re not just checking a box to give a donation. You’re spending the whole evening with these people and getting your hands dirty and it’s intimate — you’re doing people’s laundry,” said LuzAnna Figueroa, who volunteers at the group’s Huntington Beach chapter and has grown close to Mitchell and her daughter.

  • Signs that your pet needs to see a vet

    Though our pets may pet may dread the veterinarian, there are many instances when a trip to the local animal hospital or clinic is essential to their health. Since Fido can’t express to you in words when he isn’t feeling himself, there are many symptoms you can look out for to help determine if it’s time for a vet visit.   
    “It is most important to remember that everything should be taken within the context of the other signs,” said Dr. Jean Rubanick, veterinary resident instructor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “Basically, if there are multiple signs, then taking a pet to the vet is indicated.”
    Some common signs of irregularity may include extreme lethargy, increased respiratory rate, profuse vomiting or diarrhea, anorexia, or increased drinking and urinating. While these are most widely recognized as indicators for veterinary attention, some symptoms may be more unique and less recognizable.
    “Abnormal circling (not to be confused with the occasional circling of an excited dog), head pressing, seizures, inability to rise, weakness, respiratory distress, changes in the gum color, and bubbles coming from the nose are some other sign to look out for,” Rubanick said.

  • Benefit of the doubt

    Like many people, I seem all too willing to criticize people I’ve never met simply because they do something that irritates me. It’s hard not to want to lash out when you interpret someone’s behavior solely from internal feelings rather than considering unknown external factors that may be in play.
    Social psychology theory refers to this tendency as the “fundamental attribution error.”
    For example, when I see someone pushing a baby carriage down the side of the street instead of using the sidewalk, my first inclination is to ask them if they chewed paint chips as a hobby when they were young. I find myself getting mad that someone would risk the safety of a child like that.
    But maybe the parent knows something I don’t know. Maybe the kid is the spawn of Satan and they’re just trying to save us from an apocalypse.
    Of course, some days I think we could really use an apocalypse or two. It would definitely ease congestion on the roads in the morning.

  • State Briefs 8-29-14

    $350K buyout for ABQ ex-school chief OK’d

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state district judge has approved a $350,000 buyout for former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks who resigned earlier this month.
    The judge ruled Friday that the settlement was in the best interest of the public and New Mexico’s largest school district.
    Brooks resigned after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.
    The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

    AG: Santa Fe within rights to decriminalize pot

  • Workshops slated for September

    The New Mexico Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) has two workshops on Wednesday Sept.17 at the Small Business Development Center at UNM Los Alamos.
    In the first workshop, starting at 8:30 a.m., Elaine Palin, Procurement Advisor, will discuss the steps for small businesses interested in pursuing government contracting. The workshop, Government Contracting Basics for Small Business, will focus on getting started in the government market place, government certification programs and essential marketing to the government. This is a free workshop.
    The second workshop, at 1:30 p.m., provides detailed instructions for registering with the System for Award Management (SAM). Getting started with government contracting requires registration in this new system that replaced the former Central Contractor Registry (CCR). IBoth workshops will be held at UNM Los Alamos, Los Alamos SBDC, 4000 University Drive, Building 2 Room 214, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    To register and for detailed course descriptions, go to nmptap.org/training-events/ptap-trainings/santa-fe-events/ or contact Elaine.palin@sfcc.edu or by phone at 428-1850.
     

  • High school open house
  • Fencing class to return Tuesday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will resume its fencing class starting Tuesday.

    The class will be only for fencers with previous experience. It will consist of 30 minutes of combined drills, followed by 30 minutes of bouting or individual instruction. There won’t be a class for beginning fencers until February or March.
    For more information, call instructor Tom Hill at 672-1058.

  • LA earns blowout win over Moriarty

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team did a number on the Moriarty Pintos Thursday night. A big number.
    The Hilltoppers scored 11 times in the first half en route to their first win of the 2014 season. Catie McDonald and Sienna Ahlers each scored four goals as the Hilltopper blasted the Pintos 11-0 in Moriarty.
    The two teams have met several times in the recent past, usually early in the season and usually with similar results.
    Los Alamos (1-2) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring its first goal inside of three minutes. Moriarty (1-1) for its part, never got a shot off Thursday.
    While breaking into the win column for the first time as part of his new gig was nice for Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera, he more importantly wanted to see his team play a complete contest, which it did.
    “It’s easy to lower your level of play because the competition is not that good,” Herrera said. “We wanted to continue a high level of play. We were very consistent. We still have a lot to work on for what we want to accomplish this year.”
    Along with her four goals, giving her 8 total for the season, McDonald, who will likely finish among the most prolific scorers in the state, also earned two assists.

  • Aggies open their season with 28-10 win

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie football team began the 2014 season with a solid win, defeating the Cal-Poly Mustangs, 28-10, in its home opener Thursday night in front of 13,772 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.
    The Aggies gained 315 total yards in the contest.
    Freshman Larry Rose III led the way for NMSU, finishing with 150 yards on the ground on 30 carries in his Aggie debut. Rose III scored twice, once on the ground and another on a touchdown catch in the second half to seal the victory.
    It was a solid start for the Aggie offense Thursday. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers went 18-for-27 for 118 yards, two touchdown throws and one interception.  As good as the offense was, perhaps more dominating was the young NMSU defense, especially in the second half. 
    The Aggies shutout the Mustangs in the third and fourth quarters and allowed only 27 yards after halftime. The Mustangs rolled up 236 yards rushing in the first half, but were limited to 23 in the second half.
    NMSU freshman linebacker Derek Ibekwe led the defense with a total of 14 tackles and half a sack in the game.
    Fellow linebacker Rodney Butler also had double-digits tackles and also had a sack.
    NMSU (1-0) won just two contests in all of 2013. 

  • 'Toppers blank Rockets Friday, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team not only picked up its first win of the year Friday morning, but also advanced to the second round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    Early in the first half, the Hilltoppers scored what would be the lone goal of the contest against the Goddard Rockets. The Rockets had some chances in the second half, but the Hilltoppers made that advantage stand up, winning 1-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (1-1) will now advance to the semifinal round, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The only score of the game came just seven minutes into the contest on a nice run down the middle by Eric Burnside.
    Burnside beat out the collapsing defense to a ground ball, which he picked up at the top of the penalty box, and went to the right post to beat Miguel Robles.
    Robels, a solid goalkeeper with a big leg — he took several of the Rockets’ free kicks during the contest — had no chance at Burnside’s shot.
    For the game, the Hilltoppers got off 11 shots, although three of those came in quick succession with just about four minutes remaining.