V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Trap Neuter Return spurs debate
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Jun 20 2012 10:00 AM ]
Every month, a volunteer force traps feral felines, fixes them and then puts them back where they came from. This method is practiced nationwide and is meant to replace the standard municipal strategy: trap and kill.
TNR proponents I spoke with for my news article “Claws Out” argue that returning fixed cats to their colonies decreases feral populations. The feline resumes its position in the neighborhood without birthing more kittens. If it were simply killed, another unfixed cat would take its place.
But I also spoke with a former city shelter veterinarian, who said TNR is unethical and inhumane. She argues without disease testing, the volunteers are just dooming the cats to long, slow deaths on the street.
There are no easy answers, but here’s what you can do:
Residents can help slow the rise of feral colonies by having their pets fixed, says Jayne Sage of New Mexico Animal Friends. She also recommends that if you start feeding feral cats, you should have them spayed or neutered. "Don't wait until there's kittens."
If you meet low-income requirements, take your animal to the shelter for free or low-cost sterilization.
Animal Humane New Mexico also offers low-income spay and neuter services.
V.21 No.24 |
The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 14 2012 11:10 AM ]
Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.
Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.
APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.
"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.
When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?
Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.
State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.
Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.
After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.
We're going to spy on Africa more.
Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.
Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.
Burger King's bacon sundae.
Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Program for street cats stirs controversy
By Marisa Demarco
The city’s facing a problem: What to do with an immeasurable number of feral felines? Trap, neuter and return (TNR) efforts are the latest answer, but a veterinarian is calling the process unethical and inhumane.
V.21 No.22 |
The Daily Word in tears, serpents and lucid dreams
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 31 2012 8:08 AM ]
Speculation on what killed Johnny Tapia
New Mexico's five corporate legislators
Meth-like bath salts may be to blame for attack of the Miami face-eater.
NYC looks to ban large sodas and sugary drinks.
"Sesame Street" composer reacts to news that his songs may have been used to torture people at Gitmo.
Buy salt made from human tears.
Serpent-handling pastor dies from a rattlesnake bite.
Porn star is suspected of murder and mailing body parts to the Conservative Party of Canada.
The rise of lucid dreaming
What it means to be gay in Iran
Supercars that go 200 mph
American nuns prepare a response to Vatican charges that they're radical feminists.
Your state in sandwich form
Nicolas Cage performs John Cage. Kinda.
V.21 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard
African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.
Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.
Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.
Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?
KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.
George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.
Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.
Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.
There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.
The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.
Egypt is voting for president for the first time.
Can the human race tell aliens from gods?
MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.
V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012
The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 10 2012 11:57 AM ]
Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.
President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.
There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.
Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.
Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.
With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.
Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.
A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.
Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.
What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.
Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.
Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.
South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.
This dog is ready to play.
Double-face white shark coffee table.
Hack your triggers.
Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.
V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
The Daily Word in Kutcher, Munch and Love
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 3 2012 10:41 AM ]
Ex. Gov. Gary Johnson likely to get the Libertarian nod for prez.
Santa Fe carnival gave out live rabbits and turtles as prizes.
College student says DEA forgot him in a holding cell for days.
Credit is America’s welfare plan, says professor.
In a move that can only devalue the old-fashioned paper tome, publishers are planning to put ads on book covers.
Ashton Kutcher’s brownface Popchips ad pulled.
Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive painting in the world.
Lost parakeet tells police where he lives.
Most of us are outliers.
Who riots best? Sports fans or protesters?
How superstitions and rituals help you win.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
Courtesy of Debbie Coburn
Help for horses
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed May 2 2012 9:00 AM ]
By now you’ve read the New York Times article on the ills of the horse-racing industry nationwide. The report spotlights New Mexico has having some of the worst rates of illegal drugging and injuries to steeds and jockeys alike. In this week’s news section, Christie Chisholm spotlights animal rights activists, who, in the aftermath of the exposé, are trying to help.
Courtesy of Debbie Coburn
The aftermath of the NY Times horse-racing exposé
By Christie Chisholm
V.21 No.16 |
The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Apr 19 2012 9:45 AM ]
New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.
Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.
Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.
Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.
DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.
Romney says something weird about cookies.
Sex robots are our future.
Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.
"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.
Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
The Daily Word in awesome Canada, Opposite Day and the sinking ghost ship
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Apr 6 2012 11:43 AM ]
Thousands pilgrimage to Chimayó today.
Las Vegas, N.M., fights fracking and bans oil and gas drilling.
Why Canada should be cheered for ditching the penny.
Menacing Easter bunnies.
Kid sells his kidney for an iPhone.
Marine Corps pilot says he played tag with a UFO in the ’70s.
Guy gets naked for Opposite Day.
Jesus appears in duct tape in Albuquerque.
Coast Guard sinks a ghost ship with a cannon.
Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson says making Gov. Susana Martinez the veep pick would be Sarah Palin, Part Deux.
Smallest town in the States sells for only $900,000.
Why Catholics really eat fish on Fridays.
Pit bull takes a bullet for his owner.
Chevy Chase is an asshole.
V.21 No.13 |
The Daily Word in Earl Scruggs, Starbucks bugs and a billion stars
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 29 2012 10:28 AM ]
Trayvon Martin's parents say video of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting show Zimmerman wasn't seriously injured.
Congressman tries to wear a hoodie on the House floor, gets escorted out.
CEO's saw pay raises last year.
KOB busts Housing Authority director getting her nails done on Fridays while driving the agency's car. She got a raise, too.
Jerome Block Jr. is on probation and out of jail.
Starbucks uses crushed bugs in Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos.
Video of horses so weak they can't stand in Los Lunas auction house. Commenters say people bring them in that way because they can't take care of them.
If the Supreme Court throws out health reform, will Obama be re-elected?
A picture of a billion stars.
The pope and the Castros did not find common ground.
V.21 No.12 |
The Daily Word in Angry Birds, hacktivists and arty nip slips
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 22 2012 10:37 AM ]
21 states—not N.M.— have stand-your-ground laws. In Florida, that law prevents the man who killed a teen from being arrested.
Islamic extremist shot in the head by French police after a gunfight.
President Obama stops in Lea County to talk about how he digs oil companies.
Survey says Americans think politicians are talking about religion too much.
Our own Rep. Steve Pearce pushes a national bill that would require drug testing for everyone receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits.
Three supermarket chains say no to pink slime.
Hacktivists steal more data than criminals.
Chase results in APD-involved shooting on Laguna land.
Romney's campaign is like an Etch A Sketch.
NASA helps Angry Birds developers understand space physics.
A regularly updated database of all the nipples on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Being bilingual makes you smarter.
Pianist covers all of Mastodon's metal concept album Leviathan.
Freestyle dough acrobatics at the World Pizza Games.
Why are there loud booms every night in Clintonville?
Doctor Who's next companion.
Never mind a dog. Get yourself a fox.
V.21 No.6 |
The Daily Word in heavy baby, Icelandic incest and yoga
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 9 2012 10:31 AM ]
Belen police chief: "It always raises a red flag for us when we see a sex offender trying to get into the girls bathroom."
Some APD officers make more than the mayor.
Have you seen this missing girl?
JFK mistress speaks out in book form.
15.5 pound baby born in China.
Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.
R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI
Can porn be copyrighted?
A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.
Maps of stereotypes.
Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.
V.21 No.5 |
The Daily Word in the Old Main, supergiant and Anonymous
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 2 2012 11:01 AM ]
U.S. to ease its combat mission in Afghanistan.
Burqueños prison gang exhibits civic pride.
Foreigners stick their foreign fingers in our chile market.
Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Chicano activist, mounted an armed raid to make a citizen's arrest of New Mexico's district attorney in the '60s. He's speaking at the Statehouse today.
Tour the Old Main, home of the lethal 1980 prison riot.
To protect his riches, this wealthy man adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as his daughter.
Anonymous hacks emails and accuses Ron Paul of being linked to a neo-Nazi group.
Washington the state passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
Komen yanked its funding from Planned Parenthood, so supporters around the country donated enough in a single day to make up the difference.
Baratunde Thurston on how to be Black.
Remember when we sold guns to cartels so we could track them? And then it didn't work out so well?
This cheerleader can dead lift 250.
Meet supergiant—not the band, the amphipod.
Marchers in Egypt protest military mishandling of a soccer riot that killed 74.
The most common regrets of folks at the end of their lives.
Rest in peace:
Sonic Youth collaborator and artist Mike Kelley
"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius
Poet Wislawa Szymborska
Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee
The man who played Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," Ian Abercrombie
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