This week's contest simultaneously melted our hearts and brains. It's hard to decide a winner when every dang picture is the cutest thing on planet earth.
Here's a few of our favorites:
But since there can only be one winner, we all agreed Instagram user amandastclaire's picture turned our hearts into applesauce!
Congratulations, amandastclaire! We have $10 alibi bucks for you and a surprise waiting for you at our office! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem your prizes!
Stay tuned for next week's photo contest guidelines!
The new Ghostbusters movie has an all female cast!
Drinking soda may cause early menses.
This woman had 13 pounds of pot hidden in her car and had no idea. I’ve only ever found a kind of scratched cd labeled “DAD’S MIX” in my car :(
A thoughtful piece on Tent City.
In Florida they have zombie cats!
Here is a disco version of "Suicide Is Painless" .
Some tips on surviving catastrophe.
and it's Sarah McLachlan's birthday today!
All it takes is a few racist comments to get 'em running for the hills.
A drunk Australian passenger caused a “hijack” alert. Probably shouldn't have what he's having.
President Obama and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warn North Korea if they follow through with nuclear threats, they could face some hefty sanctions.
Apparently a Connecticut high school student was stabbed for turning down a prom date proposal.
For New Mexico residents: If you wanna get your driveways re-paved, this guy probably wouldn't work out.
Police are investigating the discovery of a decomposing body on the desert mesa northwest of Rio Rancho.
Steve Casaus, the stepfather of Omaree Varela (a child who was beaten to death in December, allegedly by his mother), has been “segregated” from other inmates because of the “high-profile” case.
Governor Susana Martinez' chief of staff used government credit cards for personal purchases, but he insists that since he reimbursed the state, he wasn't trying rob tax payers.
A woman underwent plastic surgery to look better in her selfies. Let's use internet jargon for this one: SMH.
Did Flight MH370 disintigrate in midair?
A smoldering body was found in San Diego.
A Decatur woman with Alzheimer’s was living with her husband’s dead body for a month.
In Greeley, stoners can’t get haircuts at Hugo’s Barber Shop. LSD is probably okay, though.
Hipsters like obscure bands, then stop liking them when they achieve commercial success.
Mercury, the cat with no arms, amuses humans by walking upright.
Drug users are reportedly being extorted by people posing as DEA agents. Drug users who are approached by these fake agents should, um, contact the DEA immediately.
An Albuquerque man is in custody after police learned he had been holding his wife hostage in their home for the past four days. The wife escaped and called police from a neighbor’s house when the man went to get cigarettes. The man then hid from police in his mother’s house. Drugs may have been involved.
Tesla’s new battery factory might be in New Mexico. Deja vu.
Happy birthday, Chuck Norris.
Try this chicken and waffles grilled cheese sandwich.
Did you get the rent money?
Kanye West does not like to be teased.
Here’s Pulp Fiction in :60.
A time traveller on the internet.
It’s plague season in NM.
You could be an extra in La Vida Robot.
The Weather Channel has dubbed NM 2013’s Most Extreme Weather State.
Happy birthday, Wilford Brimley.
I walk through our tall flower garden in the back yard. I close my eyes and feel and smell the flowers. They are as tall as corn, and of many different varieties. I turn around and walk back through them toward the house. I hear robins singing. I feel a tugging in my left vest pocket. I find a robin squirming in there. A yellow cat has also jumped up into the crook of my left arm. I walk to the back screen door to show G.
Ex-Mayor Marty is on his way to D.C. He'll be joining a lobbying firm that represents clean air activists, education boosters, Wal-Mart, Verizon and shady car title loans.
The ancient church at Alameda kicks off a centennial celebration with a bunch of funerals.
A proposed New Mexico law written to reject Federal law (something something guns, something something states' rights) has been rejected. Duh.
Legalized gay marriage in Washington state meant that Gomer Pyle could get married.
The Boy Scouts of America are thinking about maybe not being so mean to gay kids.
And an Arkansas town pretty much just declared martial law.
Police have arrested three people in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil over the weekend.
A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship.
Head to room 308 at the capitol building in Santa Fe on a new gun control bill.
More sleep might equal a better memory. This makes my Monday morning just a bit better.
This handy dandy website lets you zoom in to your neighborhood and see how much rain was reported in the last 24 hours.
An Albuquerque police detective was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI on Saturday morning, but he said it was texting that made him drive badly, not the drinking.
New information has come out the a grand jury voted to indict the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1999.
A giant visual list of 101 cats snuggling with stuffed animals.
Watch last night’s presidential debate sober.
There was a giant rectangular UFO in Texas.
Billy Idol is playing a birthday party.
New York’s highest court declares that lap dances are not art.
The Manson Family may be linked to 12 additional unsolved homicides.
Here’s a brain-like scalp.
Florida cops shot a naked lady.
Enjoy these old-timey photo manipulations.
The sad little dotted zebra has no herd.
Pretending to love cats on the internet.
Billy Graham left some final advice about voting.
A woman was raised by monkeys then sold into prostitution.
Ralph Davis has been found.
UNM researchers have help for your burned tongue.
Happy birthday Weird Al Yankovic.
Thanks for the many assists from Constance Moss, E.J. Maliskas, Tom Nayder and Robert Masterson.
Newly completed path saves time for Balloon Fiesta bikers.
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped in September to its lowest since 2009.
Sad husky embarks on two-mile solo trek to visit owner in hospital.
One of New Mexico’s most wanted fugitives captured in Mexico.
California sees 17 cent rise in gas prices overnight.
50 years after its debut, Beatles fans come together to sing record breaking rendition of Love Me Do.
Apparently “true giants” only have four toes.
Colonel Meow wishes you a happy Friday!
The previously Baptist-run Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe may be purchased by an organization whose leader is hailed by some as the "Second Coming Christ."
'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dies after jumping from a bridge in San Pedro.
GOP participate in a night of debauchery in Israel.
Video from space shows the final descent of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity.
There are appears to be some hope among the public in this year's Lobo football program.
Enthusiastic instructor teaches us how to properly eat a watermelon.
Facebook stock hits an all-time low.
How to make everything ok.
If you're on probation and feel like breaking into a home, you might want to first take care of that pesky GPS tracking bracelet.
Firefighters gain the upper hand in the Bosque.
Taliban attacks a hotel in Kabul.
Gas might go back down to $3 per gallon.
The Sandusky jury deliberates without hearing accusations from his foster son.
The highest temperatures on record in the U.S.
Dirty dozen list shows fruits and veggies with the most pesticides.
Police officers in Santa Fe who lie or participate in sexual misconduct can be fired immediately under a new policy.
What has come true from Blade Runner?
Find out where the rich keep their private islands.
Denham Fouts inspired his lovers and benefactors with cool disinterest.
Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world.
Cat shreds despite earthquake.
Science. It's a girl thing. Like sexiness and makeup.
The British Monarchy is hiring.
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.