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This pup has its eye on the prize while paddling in the Haynes Park pool during the Pooch Plunge. Dogs are allowed to take over the pool while their human companions have to stand and watch. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Cool canines: Doggy paddle master class closes pool season

It was a soggy, doggy day at Haynes Pool in Rio Rancho last Saturday as people and pets lined up for the annual Pooch Plunge organized by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

Mike Faris shows the car from “Breaking Bad” in which character Mike Ehrmantraut was fatally shot by Walter White. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Go-to car guy for TV, movie industry

The “blood” splatter remains on the passenger seat of the dark navy-blue 1992 Buick Century, lasting evidence of a partnership turned sour.

Feline fatties are not living full lives

If left to fend for themselves in the wild, our cats would survive on prey, displaying their prowess with buff physiques.

Rescue organizations explain how groups work

Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to local animal rescue organizations.

State Fair cooking contests begin

Competitive culinary folks, be advised: This year’s New Mexico State Fair will feature a few new food competitions: gingerbread house making, cake decorating for young people and a New Mexico favorite: a green chile stew competition.

Torinos’ @ Home chef Maxime Bouneou prepares a salade Niçoise with grilled tuna and fresh, organic heirloom tomatoes. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Heirloom tomatoes star in salad

Fresh, local heirloom tomatoes star in salade Niçoise, a classic dish from the South of France