Goodbye, Emily Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced actress who played Emily Hartley on the “Bob Newhart Show” and was pecked to death in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” died Saturday at her Los Angeles home.

She was 70.

Did you know: Pleshette was producers’ original choice for Catwoman on the 1966 “Batman” TV show, according to the Internet Movie Database. When negotiations broke down, Julie Newmar got the nod.

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Frank Dalton shares his most memorable cold-weather experience:

“I remember a blizzard when I was about 5 (that) covered our ranch in northern New Mexico. When it broke I could walk over a five-wire barbed-wire fence. Dad spent days on horseback looking for cattle. Tractors were the only way to get around for nearly two weeks. Then Dad was gone every day for a month helping area ranchers gather and sort cattle that had drifted during the storm, some as many as 25 miles.”

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Raymond Atchley on Sunday alcohol sales:

“Those folks who have serious drinking problems have not been, nor will they be, slowed down by one-day-a-week no-sale mandates. … If there is an economic benefit for local businesses to having ‘drink’ sales on Sunday, to include the benefit of eliminating ‘bootleg’ sales, then I’ll support such a change.”

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If Rudy Kumar is elected mayor, he says he will rarely support meeting in executive session.

“Politicians are public servants, so we need to have a transparent government. That’s what democracy is all about,” he wrote in an e-mail.

See what else he has to say about public access to government information on Editor David Stevens’ Web log,

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This week’s Web poll asks about a proposal that would create domestic partnerships for gay and straight couples in New Mexico.

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