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  • Open N.M. primaries to get better government

    In a primary election in the not-too-distant future, a handful of voters will come tottering into the polls on walkers and canes and decide which candidates everyone will vote on in the general election.
    OK, I’m exaggerating a little.
    Only one in five voters — those declaring themselves either a Democrat or Republican — marked a ballot in the June primary, and yet more New Mexicans consider themselves independents. “Declined to state,” or DTS, in bureaucratese. Nationally, independents now make up 45 percent of the electorate.
    Studies show that young Americans increasingly describe themselves as political independents, and recently an Albuquerque Journal poll showed the same trends in New Mexico. For 18 to 24-year-olds, 38 percent are independents, compared with 36 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republicans. The older the voter, the more likely they are to occupy a party camp.
    Our younger generation is disgusted by the deadlocks in Congress (aren’t we all) and they don’t want to be hemmed in by the narrow ideologies of either major party.
    Who can blame them?

  • HGH use is rising among teens

    NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.
    In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.
    Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, depicted the numbers as alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and near-total lack of any drug testing for high school athletes.
    "It's what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target — kids who want a quick fix and don't care about health risk," Tygart said in an interview. "It's a very easy sell, unfortunately."
    Nine percent of teen girls reported trying synthetic HGH and 12 percent of boys.

  • Isotopes shut out in short game

    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ four-game winning streak was snapped in a rain-shortened contest Tuesday.
    Fresno’s Grizzlies came up with the lone run of Tuesday’s contest in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the game was washed out in the top of the sixth after it had become official, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 victory at Isotopes Park.
    Prior to the short contest, Albuquerque had won four of five contests — all four wins coming in a row — to start the second half of its season.
    Albuquerque (48-56) is trying to make up some ground on the Las Vegas 51s, who lead the Pacific Southern division by a wide margin.
    But Tuesday, the Isotopes managed to pick up just four hits in five trips to the plate. Fresno’s Jason Berkin (8-6) kept Albuquerque off-balance, striking out seven Isotopes batters in five innings to pick up the win.
    The only run of the game was given up by Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-5), who actually struck out five batters himself and allowed six hits. The game-winner was a double by Fresno’s Chris Dominguez that drove home Brandon Hicks.
    Albuquerque center fielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Ryan Goodman.

  • Lobos picked to finish 5th in 6-team Mountain division

    There was some good news and some bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos coming out of Mountain West Media Day Tuesday.
    The good news: the Lobos have a pair of the conference’s top players in LaMar Bratton and Carlos Wiggins.
    But the bad news is that Wiggins and Bratton don’t appear to be enough to make up for the team’s downsides in the MW race this year.
    The Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mountain Division of the conference — the MW is split into two six-team divisions, the other being the West Division. In all, the Lobos earned 56 points, the third-lowest total among the 12 conference teams.
    In the Mountain Division, only Air Force, one of the three teams UNM defeated in 2013, was rated lower, with 53 points.
    UNM is coming off a rough season. It finished 3-9, with those three wins coming against Air Force’s Falcons, UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico State University.
    This will also be the third year for the program under head coach Bob Davie.
    Since Davie took over in 2012, the Lobos have gone 7-18, which, while hardly an impressive haul, is considerably better than the 3 wins in 3 years posted by predecessor Mike Locksley, who was fired midway through 2011.
    UNM will open its 2014 season Aug. 30 against UTEP.

  • Medin is top finisher at Pace Race

    Zach Medin was the top predictor in Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners running club. Pace Races are scheduled throughout the Daylight Savings Time hours at various spots across Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on North Mesa.
    Medin finished his race 33 seconds off his predicted finish time, which topped Paul Elkins by 8 seconds and Jackie Marr by 27 seconds. No one else among the 40 runners and walkers taking part finished with a prediction error of less than 1 minute.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course were Ted Romero, who completed the course in 19 minutes, 10 seconds, and Roxana Candia, who came in with a time of 23:22.
    On the 1-mile course, Tad Hughes finished in 7:31 and Heather Hughes finished in 11:41.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Rocket Park in White Rock. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.
     

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  • LA woman struck by vehicle dies

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has confirmed that a long-time employee, Emily Mares-Lang, succumbed to the injuries she incurred when she was struck by a vehicle July 16.
    Mares-Lang died at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where she was taken after the incident.
    Mares-Lang was walking across Main Street when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Steve Fode, 25, of Los Alamos. Mares-Lang was 71.
    Georgina Williams, the nurse service's executive director, said it is a sad day for the LAVNS family.
    “All of us here at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service will miss her deeply,” she said. Mares-Lang was described by a LAVNS employees as a dedicated employee who worked in the LAVNS’ records department for eight years.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said his office is waiting for the Los Alamos Police Department’s report on the accident, adding that the report’s findings will determine what they ultimately charge Fode with.
    Though Fode was charged with careless driving at the scene of the accident, the DA’s office formally withdrew the charges over double jeopardy issues due to the severity of Mares-Lang’s condition.

  • Be There 07-22-14

    Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood, the organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Pet Rocks. 6:30-8 p.m. Make your very own pet rock “siblings” – you get to keep one, and the other one goes in the Hilltop Garden at PEEC. Fun for the whole family. Drop in anytime. No advance registration required. $5 for non-member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. This week’s entertainment is Marcus Cavlante. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through Saturday.