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V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016

The Daily Word in Altruistic Whales, Seinfeld and Old-Fashioned Bookshops

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 9 2016 11:09 AM ]
The Daily Word

Hillary Clinton is sued after the parents of two American Benghazi victims claim that her private e-mail servers contributed to their children's deaths.

Do humpback whales practice altruism? The whales repeatedly save other species from from becoming an orca's next meal in the wild. Scientists speculate the reason behind this risky and seemingly heroic behavior.

Good luck keeping up with all the Seinfeld references in this book review. And if you think you caught them all, you should probably get the book.

Researchers in Ontario study peat moss samples and determine that the carbon-rich bogs are threatened by climate change, are more susceptible to starting forest fires and have the potential to raise the global concentration of carbon dioxide.

Don't count on using your phone as entertainment in London bookstores. Many are creating old-fashioned and tranquil atmospheres with no Wi-Fi, where shop-goers can peacefully unplug and browse.

Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday morning after a baby dies shortly after birth. The infant's mother was infected with the virus while in Latin America during her pregnancy, where the fetus also contracted the virus.

This Olympian gets first place in my book. Positivity for the win.

V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016
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Event Horizon

Water Under the Bridge

Saturday, Jul 9: Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself

By Joshua Lee [ Fri Jul 8 2016 10:00 AM ]
Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
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The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 5 2016 11:05 AM ]
The Daily Word

Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.

After a five-year journey, NASA's Juno spacecraft arrived safely at Jupiter. The successful mission yielded a very happy team of engineers.

A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?

Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.

Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.

Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.

A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.

V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016

News

The Daily Word in Hillary Clinton, Brock Turner and World Oceans Day

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 8 2016 12:10 PM ]
The Daily Word

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential nomination!

Happy World Oceans Day!

These are the two Swedish Stanford students who caught Brock Turner in the middle of attempting to rape an unconscious woman.

A father penned a response to the letter from Brock Turner's father.

Facebook is censoring a meme calling Brock Turner what he is.

A local man set fire to his apartment to escape the noise of his neighbors having sex.

American Apparel is launching #MakeAmericaGayAgain for Pride.

Raul Torrez won the Democratic nomination for Bernalillo County District Attorney.

Republicans feel "fear and loathing" for Trump.

Mishandled sexual assault cases are at epidemic proportions in NY schools.

The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 7 2016 10:52 AM ]
The Daily Word

Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.

A petition to remove Stanford sex offender's arguably biased judge has received over 100,000 signatures. Meanwhile the victim's powerful 12-page letter continues to go viral.

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

It's electric! And it can jump.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.

Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.

Speaking of cute animals... You decide.

V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016

The Daily Word in Climate, Opioids and Hover Bikes

By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Apr 30 2016 2:28 PM ]
The Daily Word

Now that you've got a break between semesters, you finally have some time to build yourself a hover bike like this guy.

A favorite food truck is moving indoors.

The rate of opioid overdoses is called a state of emergency by county commissioners.

The handling of police shootings are put in the spotlight for Santa Fe's DA race.

Our state climatologist talks about the climate trends in our state.

We are 6th most quickly warming state. Not that our Governor or Legislature cares.

The DOJ released the findings from its investigations of UNM's handling of sexual assualt cases.

V.25 No.16 | 4/21/2016
Gila
Illo by Brie Macquarrie

Environment

The Last Wild River

Gila River diversion project seeks to secure water for New Mexico at any cost

By Maggie Grimason
Diverting the Gila River seems a desperate attempt to stake a claim on the river's waters before Arizona beats us to it.
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Illo by Brie Macquarrie

Environment

Keep It Wet & Sludgy

By Joshua Lee
Albuquerque’s water supply is not only limited, but also at risk of contamination.
Wolftown
Illo by Tamara Sutton

Environment

Species Wars: Return of the Wolf

Or not

By Renee Chavez
With friends like the N.M. Game and Fish Department, the ecosystem doesn’t need enemies.
PNM
Illo by Brie Macquarrie

Environment

Coal Habits Die Hard

Ratepayers should be nuclear over PNM proposal

By Renee Chavez
Rather than following popular accounting schemes and sticking with current technology, PNM should become a leader for the industry as a whole, blazing new trails in solar and wind power.
V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
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Event Horizon

Water Shoes Not Required

Sunday, Apr 17: Down in the Bosque Opening Reception and Talk

By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Apr 15 2016 10:00 AM ]
Artist Alan Paine Radebaugh discusses his work.
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Dealing with Ants in Your House

A guide to pesticide free ant control

By Richard "The Bugman" Fagerlund [ Thu Apr 7 2016 4:48 PM ]

I have been getting a lot of calls about ants coming into homes. We will discuss some treatment methods that don’t involve spraying pesticides. There are several things you can do to prevent ants from entering your home. The first step is exclusion. Go around the outside of your home and inspect it very carefully from an ant's point of view. Ants can sense cool air and aromatic odors emanating from your home and will try to gain access. Check around the house at ground level and look for cracks in the foundation, voids around pipes, areas under stucco, peepholes in bricks and similar areas that ants can use to gain entrance. All these areas need to be sealed, caulked, screened or otherwise altered to prevent ants from using them to get into your home. Check around your windows and doors to make sure they close tightly. If the doors aren't tight, you may have to install door sweeps on them. Check your bushes, shrubs and trees to make sure you don't have any branches touching the roof. Don't stack firewood, bricks or anything else next to your house or ants and other insects may find it a good place to nest. If you have bushes or shrubs next to your house, periodically inspect them for aphids, scales and similar bugs as ants are attracted to the honeydew they produce. The ants will get on the plants and eventually find their way into your home. Don't put flagstone or flat boards on the ground too close to your home or some species of ants will nest under them. On the other hand, mound-making ants will generally stay outside. They rarely leave their complicated and efficient homelike in the mound to enter homes. If you don't want the ants making mounds in your yard, you can flood the nests with club soda or with white vinegar or food-grade DE. If you use the DE, mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. You can also use 1 gallon of orange juice diluted with 2 gallons of water and a dash of soap. If you prefer, you can also spread dry instant grits on the mound. The ants will eat it and not be able to digest it and die.

You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking soda, Comet Cleanser, cedar oil, medicated baby powder, Tide, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves. If you have ants going into your hummingbird feeder, you can put duct tape, sticky side out, on the wire holding the feeder, to deter them.

The best way to control them when they get in your home is with baits. Different species have different food preferences. Some species will take a wide variety of baits, while others are more particular. Here is a recipe for effective, homemade ant baits that use borax. It attracts ants looking for either moisture or food. You will need: 3 c. water, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. borax or 2 tsp. food-grade DE, 6 small screw-top jars with lids, such as jelly jars covered with masking tape, which will enable the ants to climb up the side. Mix the sugar, water and borax (or food-grade DE) in a bowl. Loosely half-fill the jars with cotton balls or pieces of sponge or wadded paper towels. Pour up to ½ cup of the sugary mixture over the cotton balls, saturating them. Make several small holes in the lid. Screw the lids on the jars tightly.

If you smoke, always wear plastic gloves when making ant baits or they will sense the tobacco smoke on the baits and not go to it. Ants do not like cigarette or cigar smoke.

A very good commercial bait is Terro Bait, which is made from boric acid and is sold in some stores. Many common household ants will love it. Just place the bait stations where you see the ants foraging.
With any bait you use, homemade or commercial, always put them in areas where children and pets can’t disturb them.

If you have large carpenter ants, you can use Advanced Carpenter Ant Bait, which is available online. Again, no pesticides need to be sprayed inside or outside. If you have any ants that aren’t taking the bait for some reason, you can contact me and I will help you identify them and recommend a treatment. You can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com or by phone at 505-385-2820. There is also a lot of non-toxic pest information on my website at www.askthebugman.com.

V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016

News

The Daily Word in Transparency, Private Prisons and Chemical Spills

By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Mar 19 2016 5:31 PM ]
The Daily Word

Read about the state senator responsible for the lottery scholarship.

A south valley couple shares their experiences with living in a neighborhood that bares a disproportionate burden of industrial pollution.

A private prison for noncitizens has likely been providing inmates inadequate medical care.

New Mexico is home to the country's largest methane cloud, but new rules may help alleviate it.

Looks like the New Mexico Legislature is refusing to provide the Attorney General records for criminal investigation of a retired state senator.

But that's not the only questionable thing going on with our local and state officials.

The New Mexico Environmental Department disagrees with KUNM's continuing coverage of a plume toxic dry cleaning chemicals in the ground water in some downtown neighborhoods.

V.25 No.10 | 03/10/2016

News

The Daily Word in Pork, Fire and Hitting People with Cars

By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Mar 12 2016 8:24 PM ]
The Daily Word

New Mexico leads the country in pedestrian fatalities.

Ryan Boetel and Elaine Baumgartel discuss the most recent report from police reform monitor James Ginger.

Governor Suzana Martinez cracked down on spending with almost two-thrids of the cuts comming from Democrat sponsored projects.

Large numbers of dead and dry trees east of Albuquerque pose a fire hazard.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg feels that after changes to the deadlines outlined in the Case Management Order they are still difficult to meet.

V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
The Daily Word

News

The Daily Word in the toxic cost of consumerism

By Renee Chavez [ Tue Feb 9 2016 4:08 PM ]

Just had to get that upgrade? There is a lake in China filled with the toxic, radioactive sludge that is the byproduct of your new smartphone.

"Santa's elves" work for a pittance mass fabricating your useless holiday trinkets.

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