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From Cuba to the majors: Yasiel Puig's harrowing story

April 20, 2014

Sangre de Cristo Mountains, looking north into Colorado (LOC)
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Collier, John,, 1913-1992,, photographer.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains, looking north into Colorado

1943 Spring

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Colo. and N.M.)
United States–New Mexico

Format: Landscape photographs

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Collection Lot 12002-42 (DLC) 93845501

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From Cuba to the majors: Yasiel Puig's harrowing story
“I think it's a whole new cast of characters,” Daniel said Friday. … Sports agent Gus Dominguez was sentenced to five years in federal prison after he was convicted in 2007 of smuggling five Cuban baseball players through Mexico into the United States.
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New Mexico youth basketball team banned from competition for featuring a girl
Bates reportedly participated in New Mexico Select's 2013 Turkey Jam without incident last year. While Amateur Athletic Union rules also prevent girls from playing with boys, this fourth-grade tournament does not fall under the AAU umbrella. Naturally …
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Sale of tickets for US Cricket National Championship starts
Tickets are $ 10 per day for adults and just $ 5 per child, for a great family day at the new World Sports Park. Ticket options include single day tickets $ 10 ($ 5 for ages 12 and under) and Event Pass $ 32 ($ 15 for ages 12 and under) In addition to the …
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WT Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Eastern New Mexico

April 14, 2014

Indoor Mall in Santa Fe, New Mexico Downtown Plaza
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Image by kevincole
The Old Town Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico is surrounded with small shops selling everything from Native American (which they refer to Native Indian) apparel to very expensive art. This indoor three story mall is typical for that evening shopping after fine dining at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the area.
Taken with Canon 1D Mk III and Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift on a GT5531S carbon fiber tripod.

WT Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Eastern New Mexico
CANYON, Texas – The No. 6 West Texas A&M baseball team split a twin bill Saturday afternoon at Wilder Park. The Greyhounds won the opener 7-5, while WT won the nightcap 10-8. With the split, the Buffs improved to 30-10 on the year and 18-8 in Lone …
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped in New Mexico
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said …
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New Mexico's Kirk, Tennessee's Stokes declare for NBA Draft
Two big men who at best will be grabbed in the second round of the NBA Draft have decided to forgo their senior seasons to enter the NBA Draft. New Mexico's Alex Kirk and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes both declared for the draft on Friday. Kirk is going …
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Latest Albuquerque News

April 8, 2014

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Canon EOS 6D 1/100 sec at f/4.0, ISO800

City opens .1 M Montaño Transit Center
Albuquerque's North Valley area commuters now have a new center to access mass transit options. The $ 7.1 million Montaño Transit Center is officially opening today, which will serve as an ABQ RIDE stop, as well as a new boarding station for New Mexico …
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Man faces charges for relationship with ABQ girl
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- A Florida man is now charged with child solicitation for his relationship with a 14-year-old Albuquerque girl, missing since Monday. The two are still the focus of a nationwide Amber Alert. After finding out more about the suspect, …
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Flag protest video stirs debate
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – While demonstrators clashed with riot police during Sunday's protests, there was another confrontation many people missed. A viral video (warning: graphic language) published by Inhabitants of Burque shows a battle over a US …
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8 Kentucky vs. 2 Wisconsin preview

April 2, 2014

8 Kentucky vs. 2 Wisconsin preview
The CBS Sports Network analysts share their favorite moments and stories from this year's tournament. 8 Kentucky vs. …. Get a behind-the-scenes look as San Diego State defeats New Mexico State in overtime to advance to the round of 32. March Madness …
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Dortch Tosses No-Hitter in Doubleheader Sweep of New Mexico
RENO, Nev. – Junior pitcher Megan Dortch threw her first collegiate no-hitter during Friday's Mountain West doubleheader sweep of visiting New Mexico. The Wolf Pack took game one 13-5 in five innings and secured an 8-0 win in game two in six innings.
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United States – Mexico Preview: Green called up by Klinsmann for friendly clash
Both Luis Fernando Tena and Victor Manuel Vucetich came and went in a short space of time, with current boss Miguel Herrera being appointed on an interim basis for the intercontinental play-off with New Zealand. Herrera was an immediate success as …
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Latest New Mexico Sports

March 27, 2014

NCAA Apologizes to New Mexico State
New Mexico State Athletic Director McKinley Boston said Monday that the N.C.A.A. had apologized for making his team fly home immediately after its second-round tournament loss in Spokane, Wash. □ Aaron Thomas matched a career-high with 26 points as …
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Latest New Mexico Business

March 20, 2014

Could New Mexico's renewable energy standards help secure the Tesla
… portfolio standards they must meet for electricity generation. New Mexico's, however is much stronger than those in Arizona and Texas, and it encourages more renewables sooner than Nevada's. For more, click on the Albuquerque Business First link below.
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Number of young farmers rising in New Mexico
"I'm proud of the increased numbers of young and beginning farmers and ranchers in the state, which assures us that agriculture will continue to be a major economic driver in New Mexico for years to come," Witte said. The 2012 agriculture census shows …
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State job losses continue
This time we're tied with Kentucky; Mississippi does better than New Mexico. How is it that we are surrounded by job growth but NO ONE wants to move their business here? Are we actually sending people out of state? Or do we not court new business at all?
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NM solar companies invited to meet German firms
LAS CRUCES >> New Mexico solar companies are invited to meet eight visiting German solar companies on April 3 and April 4 at the University of New Mexico Science Park Rotunda Room at 801 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. … sessions or who wish to …
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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico

March 14, 2014

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Sports Program – Team Roping – 10 May 2008 – Las Cruces – New Mexico – FMWRC
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PHOTO CAPTION: Spc. Jake Lowery of Fort Richardson, Alaska, competes May 10 in a Troy Shelley Affiliate team roping at Denny Calhoun Arena in Las Cruces, N.M., as part of the Army’s new Wounded Warrior Sports Program designed to give active-duty Soldiers with life-altering injuries an opportunity to compete in sporting events.

Cowboy-Soldier Launches Army’s Wounded Warrior Sports Program

Photos and story by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs (cleared for public release)

LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Purple Heart recipient Spc. Jake Lowery officially launched the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Sports Program with an inspirational team-roping performance at Denny Calhoun Arena on May 10–11.

Lowery, 26, of Fort Richardson, Alaska, lost his right eye and sustained massive head injuries when he was hit by an improvised explosive device that killed a fellow Soldier in Fallujah, Iraq, on Feb. 11, 2007.

Less than a year later, Lowery, a lifelong cowboy, was back aboard a horse and roping steers despite suffering from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"This pretty much keeps me going—it’s the only thing that does," he said. "Without it, I’d just be hanging out in my room somewhere."

The Wounded Warrior Sports Program was designed to give active-duty Soldiers with life-altering injuries an opportunity to compete in sporting events by paying for their athletic attire, registration fees, transportation, lodging and per diem.

Lowery travelled from Alaska to El Paso, Texas, and connected with family for a ride home to Silver City, N.M., where he, stepfather John Escobedo and grandfather Pete Escobedo loaded a trailer with horses and drove to Las Cruces for a weekend of roping.

All three competed in the Troy Shelley Affiliate event.

"This is one of the best things the Armed Forces could have done because it’s just therapy for these guys who feel like ‘I lost this. I lost that,’" said Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Pete Escobedo, 83, who served 27 years in the Army. "If you really want to do something with yourself…Jacob is a prime example. He’s really trying.

"We’re thankful for the Army for doing everything it can for him."

Lowery teamed with different partners to successfully rope two of six steers in the first round of competition on Saturday. After roping two more in the second round and another in the third, he was sitting in third place entering the final short round. But when prize money came into play, his steer got away.

"It looked good to me," Lowery said of his final toss. "I’m not sure how he got out of it. I guess it happens that way sometimes, especially in this sport. Maybe I roped him a little too low. If not, I don’t know."

Despite struggling with limited depth perception, Lowery is encouraged that his roping skills will continue to improve. He already bounced back to win an all-around crown in Alaska and teamed with his stepfather to capture the team-roping title at the Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association’s 2007 World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas.

"I’m not back to where I was, by any means," Lowery said. "I just keep practicing and hope it eventually comes back."
Lowery’s first run of 8.43 seconds was one of the fastest of the morning among 450 cowboys in Las Cruces. He posted another quality time of 8.69.

"Yeah, it was good, but it could have been better," he said of the full day of roping. "It was awesome just to come down and get out of the cold weather for awhile. I really enjoyed it."

Pete has faith that Jake eventually will overcome TBI and PTSD. Putting him on a horse is the best therapy he knows.

"I have been roping with Jacob since he was knee high to a grasshopper," granddad said. "I just don’t have words to explain the love that we have for Jacob and how much we enjoy ourselves doing what we do. He’s worked very hard. I’m sorry that he had to be injured the way that he was, but we’re doing the best that we can.

"He has taken his injury and forgotten it, to a degree, while he is doing what he loves the most. If you go to our house, this is all you’ll find: horses and cattle. If we’re not roping today, we’re roping tomorrow."

On this weekend, they were roping both days—three generations of cowboys taking turns roping steers in 100-degree desert heat.

"Jake has done remarkably well in coping with his injury," Pete said. "Instead of saying: ‘Well, I’m injured,’ he says: ‘I’m going to do what I can. The Good Lord handed me this hand, so I’m going to do with what he dealt me the best that I can.’"

John, too, is proud of how Jake has dealt with adversity, but he’s also experienced the aftereffects firsthand.

"Sometimes he gets those debilitating headaches and they just knock him smooth out," John said. "And then he just doesn’t feel like doing anything. And if he does feel like it, his head is hurting so bad that he’s not able to.

"There’s a lot of stuff in your head after you go to war and get blown up that you just can’t throw away. Me, I don’t have a clue because I’ve never been, but I can just imagine. A good friend of mine was a Navy SEAL in Vietnam and he got blown up big-time, and the guy’s got the best attitude of anybody I ever met.

"Jake wasn’t hit for ten minutes and he was on the phone asking: ‘What can I do?’" John said. "We got him cycled through (the recovery process) and once he started getting right, he called me up and said: ‘It’s not the events in your life that matter; it’s what you do with those events. If you want to lie around and be a crybaby, be a crybaby. If you want to jump up and do something…’"
That call made John proud.

"I told him before he left: ‘When you sign (enlistment papers with the Army), I can’t come and get you.’ And he said: ‘I ain’t worried.’ He’s never regretted his decision to go, not at all. He’s never got on the ‘Poor me, I wish I hadn’t’ and stuff like that. We hand him a lot and don’t give him the opportunity to lie around and have his own personal pity party. It’s like: ‘Hey, get up, let’s go do something.’"
Then another curious moment comes along.

"At to the world finals last year, he was sitting up at the top of the coliseum by himself," John recalled. "He just couldn’t stand the confinement of having people all around him. It’s just the little things, like he’ll forget to shut the gate (after riding the horse through)."

The affects also can be seen in Jake’s prolonged moments of silence.

"If we can ever get him to where he’ll just start talking again and intermingling with people and not being paranoid, I think life will be good," John said. "When he’s on horseback or working out, he’s a normal guy. But we’ll be sitting at the house watching TV or something and it ain’t the same guy. We drove six- or seven-hundred miles to the world finals—14 hours of drive time—and he probably said three words.

"But you stick him on a horse or in the gym, where his comfort zone is, and he’s fine."

At age 83, Pete derives inspiration from his injured grandson.
"His motivation is the love for this sport, and that keeps him wanting to get better instead of finding excuses as to why he can’t do something," he said. "He’s finding ways and reasons to do whatever he can. We really don’t worry too much about him, especially when we see how he’s progressing and conducting himself with his injury. He’s just not letting it get him down."

Jake believes that sets him apart from some of his fellow injured troops, whom he says "don’t seem to want to do anything." He couldn’t wait to get active again.

"Some of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation people told me about it when I was at the Warrior Transition Unit," Lowery said of the Wounded Warrior Sports Program. "About two days later, I sent in the paperwork. I sent them about four or five events they could pick from."

"This was the perfect venue for this particular guy," said Army sports specialist Mark Dunivan, who expects more applicants to follow. "I have been contacted by an amputee who wants to run in the USA Triathlon Physically Challenged National Championships in New York in July. I think it’s just a matter of getting the word out a little bit more."

Instructions for the application process to participate in the Wounded Warrior Sports Program are available at www.ArmyMWR.com. For more details, contact Dunivan at mark.dunivan@us.army.mil or 719-526-3908 or Peggy Hutchinson at peggy.hutchinson@us.army.mil or 703-681-7211.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Program, visit the U.S. Army online at: www.armymwr.com

Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
Hilltopper brings home gold: Sarah Lott looked to return swimming glory to northern New Mexico – and the Los Alamos sophomore delivered. Lott brought home the gold this past weekend, winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.07 seconds.
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Lobo Soccer Releases Spring Schedule
New Mexico will open their spring schedule versus Phoenix FC of the United Soccer League (USL) at 6 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Mar. 15 at the Grande Sports World Complex in Casa Grande, Ariz. It will be one of the Lobos' two exhibitions in Arizona against …
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Man: Chicken laced with rodent poison kills dog

March 8, 2014

Man: Chicken laced with rodent poison kills dog
A New Mexican man says his dog was killed by poison left near Ashbaugh Park. Bill Roth told the Santa Fe New Mexican he was walking his dog near the park when he found a chicken breast laying on the ground. It turns out the breast was laced with rodent …
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No. 25 New Mexico beats Nevada 72-58
Cameron Bairstow helped New Mexico overcome the sluggish start that coach Craig Neal had feared. Bairstow scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half as the 25th-ranked Lobos rallied from an early 14-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 72 …
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Man to spend night at hospital after oil rig fire
A fire at an oil rig in northwest New Mexico left two men hurt Tuesday. Related. Lobos 'cupgate' ends in yearlong ban · Family reunites with dog Yoshi after 3 years · Missing Texas woman found along Carlsbad highway · State will work hard to land Tesla …
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Arizona legislation would allow business owners to refuse service to gays

March 2, 2014

Arizona legislation would allow business owners to refuse service to gays
They frequently cited the case of a New Mexico photographer who was sued after refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple and said Arizona needs a law to protect people in the state from heavy-handed actions by courts and law enforcement. The …
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Carlos Slim faces the biggest challenge yet to his dominance in telecoms, and
In December the boss of América Móvil, the country's biggest telecoms firm, watched his new investment, León, march to victory in Mexico's national league, defeating América, owned by Emilio Azcárraga, a broadcasting mogul. Mr Slim was lucky to see the …
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Zoo feeding upsets young patron

February 24, 2014

Zoo feeding upsets young patron
… WARN VISITORS WHEN CARCASSES ARE BEING FED TO THE ANIMALS. It was feeding time Saturday at the Zoo in Albuquerque's Bio-Park when a woman and her 10-year-old son walked up to the Birds of Prey exhibit and saw something upsetting.
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Sexual assault in Albuquerque arroyo sparks manhunt
"We feel that he was targeted because he appeared to be vulnerable to this perpetrator," Albuquerque police officer Tasia Martinez said. Now, the hunt is on to find the suspect right away. Police said the suspect snatched the victim's cellphone and …
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Commercial development group expands Rio Rancho reach
Lynne Andersen, president of NAIOP-NM, said significant legislative changes over the past two years have made it easier to get projects and tenant improvements done in the city located northwest of Albuquerque. “Projects are more fast-tracked without a …
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