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  • Isotopes sweep the Redbirds in four-game home series

    The Albuquerque Isotopes scored three early runs to down the Memphis Redbirds 4-3 to close out their series at Isotopes Park.
    The top three hitters in Albuquerque’s batting order, Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. combined for half the team’s hit total and three of the four runs Monday. With Monday’s win, Albuquerque takes the home series sweep over Memphis. It was the fifth win in a row for the Isotopes (39-32).
    The five-game win streak is the longest of the season for Albuquerque, which has won six of its last seven contests. Albuquerque has now moved into second place in the PCL American Southern standings and is just a half-game back of division-leading Round Rock.
    Albuquerque scored twice in the first inning and pushed another run across in the second to go up 3-0 early. Memphis (35-37) came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but wouldn’t score again until the seventh.
    In the first inning, the Isotopes scored their two runs on two singles, three walks, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and a wild pitch.

  • NM disability payments spike by nearly 66 percent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people in New Mexico receiving disability payments through the Social Security system has exceeded even the increasing national trend.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a review of data from the Social Security Administration showed that the number of former workers in New Mexico getting Social Security Disability Insurance grew by nearly 66 percent from 2002 to 2011.

    During the same period, the growth nationally was nearly 55 percent.

    According to the latest numbers, 60,803 New Mexicans were getting SSDI disabled worker benefits as of December 2011. Nationally, that figure was 8,575,544.

    The national increase is variously attributed to demographics, economic factors, and the expansion of eligibility criteria in the 1980s, and there appears to be no clear consensus about the reason for the upswing.

  • Today in History June 18
  • Hitchhiking cat 'Mata Hairi' headed home to Oregon

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A well-traveled cat named "Mata Hairi" will soon be reunited with her owner after spending nearly 10 months traveling thousands of miles with a hitchhiker who rescued her from the rain.

    The feline adventure started in Portland, Ore., when the cat's owner, Ron Buss, let her out of the house on Sept. 1. The cat, white with patches of dark gray, usually left for no more than a couple of hours at a time, but this time she didn't return.

    When Michael King, who has been homeless since 2003, spotted Mata Hairi, she was crouched under a table at a cafe, trying to stay out of the pouring rain.

    "I see cats all the time," King said. "I don't pick up cats. I don't want a cat, especially a full-grown one.

    And he definitely didn't want to haul around the needed food and bowls that would add 20 pounds to his pack.

  • LA's top cop ready to call it a career

    Wayne Torpy, Los Alamos’ police chief for the past eight years, announced his impending retirement Monday afternoon. Torpy who suffered a stroke several months ago and then later underwent open heart surgery, cited the after effects of his medical ordeal as the motivation behind his decision to retire.

    During his time at the helm of the LAPD, Torpy oversaw the construction of the Los Alamos Justice Center, gained accreditation for the department, and restructured the ranks to flatten the management structure.

    That streamlined management structure may have some unintended consquences given the recent abrupt departure of a top commander. County officials have denied requests from the Los Alamos Monitor under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act to reveal the reasons for the commander's separation from the department. The state attorney general's office is currently reviewing the matter to determine the legality of those denials.

    Torpy characterized his decision to retire as “the hardest decision I made in my life.”

  • Raw: India Floods Wash Away Apartment Building

    Authorities in India say monsoon flooding has washed away an apartment building in the northern part of the country. The severe flooding has left at least 23 people dead, and 50 people missing.

  • Police: NM woman unmasks robber, finds grandson

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a New Mexico woman who confronted a masked intruder in her home stumbled upon a shocking discovery when she ripped off his disguise — the robber was her grandson.

    KRQE-TV reports that 22-year-old Thomas Clark is facing robbery charges after police say he stole his grandmother's purse during a bizarre robbery at an Albuquerque home.

    According to police, the woman confronted the Clark, dressed in black with a purple bandana over his face, last week when he broke into her home.

    Police say the woman yanked off the mask but Clark pushed her and fled with her purse.

    He was arrested later at his parents' home.

    Police say he confessed and said he did it for casino money.

    It was unclear if he had an attorney.

  • Today in History for June 17th
  • Thompson Ridge remains 80% contained, weather cooperates

    The Thompson Ridge wildfire that's charred nearly 24,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos during the past two weeks is now 80 percent contained with little growth in new fire activity, according to a Monday morning update.

    For the third consecutive day fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday. Minimal fire activity is expected today as crews continue rehab, mop up and patrol of the perimeter.

    The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will be joined on the line by members of the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team who will assume management of the fire at 6:00 am Tuesday.

    The fire will continue to smolder through the interior where unburned fuels remain. Interior fire potential will increase Wednesday and Thursday with increasing temperatures and drying southwest winds.

    Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions.

    All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.

  • Today in History for June 16th