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Smart Design With Suzette: Remodeling A Living Room – Lighting, Flooring and Architectural Details

on May 26, 2017 - 4:59am
Stunning lighting. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the third part of the series of remodeling a living room. We‘ve discussed getting started, considering your lifestyle, determining your needs, identifying your style, budgets, floor plans and layout. Now we will dive into lighting, flooring and architectural details. Look closely at the photos I’ve chosen and pay attention to these characteristics - lighting, flooring, fireplace and architectural details - in each of them.

Living Room Lighting Tips
Homeowners often forget about the importance of proper lighting.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tea Up

on May 26, 2017 - 4:51am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So this was a pleasant surprise.
I had been in a not-great mood. I am in Phoenix, and with the exception that I get to spend precious time with my kids and grandkids, I am not too crazy about Phoenix. It is hot, and brown, and crowded, and the traffic is always a hassle.

There are over 4 million people living in the Valley of the Sun and today I was one of them, waiting for my ice tea at a drive-thru Starbucks in 104 degree heat.

When I pull up to pay for my order, the remarkably cheerful and smiling young man at the window tells me the person four cars ahead

Izraelevitz: Jubilation!

on May 25, 2017 - 8:03am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
 
My wife worked with special needs children for many years, some with language difficulties, so she learned rudimentary sign language and she would teach me on occasion a few signs. However, the only sign that stuck with me is “I have to go potty”, which I think if you are going to learn a single phrase in a foreign language, is a pretty important phrase to know. I reciprocated by teaching her a little Spanish, and although she doesn’t speak it, I have a suspicion that she understood my phone conversations with my parents more than she let on.
 
Being

Ute Indian Museum Grand Opening June 10

on May 23, 2017 - 10:51am

The Ute Indian Museum grand opening celebration is June 10. Courtesy/historycolorado.org

UTE INDIAN MUSEUM News:

With approximately 200 artifacts, the exhibits will feature artifacts that have never been on display including a velvet dress belonging to Chipeta and a painted hide.

Objects that highlight contemporary Ute life including a beaded cell phone case, an oil rig drill bit, and a Bear Dance shawl will also be displayed. Many beloved artifacts will return to the museum, especially belongings of Ute leaders Chief Ignacio, Chief Buckskin Charley, Chief Ouray and Chipeta.

“We are

National Senior Health & Fitness Day May 31

on May 23, 2017 - 7:04am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 31,  “With Movement… There’s Improvement!”

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is all about showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. Why not try out a dance, music, and physical fitness class at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center, or the Aquatic Center?

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Remodeling A Living Room – Budget And Floor Plan

on May 20, 2017 - 9:42am
Before and after living room remodel. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the second part of remodeling a living room. Last week we discussed getting started with researching, considering your lifestyle, consulting the pros, determining your needs and identifying your style. Now we move on to budgets, floor plans and layout.

Budget

So, just how much is that living room renovation going to cost?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Weed It Out

on May 19, 2017 - 5:51am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I was delighted after several weeks of unpredictable weather to be out in the garden again, but, I was a little “less-than-delighted” with the state of my garden. Weeds were everywhere and I spent the better part of the day pulling them out by their roots, or trying anyway.

I enjoy the day-to-day maintenance of a beautiful bloom-filled garden, but I have several week-ends of work ahead of me before I can enjoy that phase of the experience.

Another problem I have to get a grip on - I am not a great gardener.

Saturday Wine Tastings Draw Crowds To Kokoman

on May 18, 2017 - 9:39am

Wine Sales Associate Karen Easton of Los Alamos with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor owner Keith Obermeyer during a May 6 wine tasting at the store at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque. The wine tastings are 3:30-6 p.m. every Saturday, free of charge and open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Patrons sample wines at recent Saturday tasting at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE — On weekends Karen Easton of Los Alamos can be found living her passion at Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque.

How The Hen House Turns ... Animal Altruism?

on May 17, 2017 - 8:01am
These sisters lived for 14 years and took care of each other every day of their lives. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
A former Professor of Anthropology, now at Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, wrote a chapter in the book Caring Economics: Conversations On Altruism And Compassion. “Altruism Reconsidered”, Professor Joan Silk called it.
 
She chaired a discussion in the book that compared human gratitude and our “…ability to grasp long-term implications of one’s actions” with that of animals.

'I Get By With A Little HEP From My Friends': Lives Changed By High School Equivalency Program

on May 12, 2017 - 5:59am
NNMC students Aida Saucedo and Marina Lopez. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
Marina Lopez has a hectic schedule. After working a graveyard shift as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos, she barely gets a few hours rest before rushing off to a full day of classes.
 
What the 26-year-old student lacks in sleep, she makes up for in drive and enthusiasm. Her life didn’t always look like this. She had been out of school for 10 years. After realizing that being a high school student was just not for her, she decided to drop out and enter the real world.
 

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Designing A Living Room – Getting Started

on May 12, 2017 - 5:21am
Beautifully designed living room. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Believe it or not, there is a lot that goes into designing a living room. Since I haven’t written much about it, I thought it would be the perfect time to start the conversation. This column will be written in several sections in the coming weeks. I will discuss getting started, a budget, floor planning, architectural details, storage and organization, décor and design, and hiring professionals.

Get Started
Renovating your living room: It’s exciting, but it can be a bit overwhelming, too. Where should you start?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Establish A Little Discipline

on May 11, 2017 - 3:51pm
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My husband and I have three dogs. I have written about our dogs before. They are all boys, about 70 pounds each, and they think they are human beings. I don’t know where they got that idea. Actually, I do. From me. My bad.

Right now I refer to them as our dogs. When they are funny and sweet and obedient they are my dogs, and when they are wreaking havoc they are his dogs. As in, “your dogs got out” or “your dogs tracked mud all over the house” or “your dogs left you a gift on the carpet.” They are usually his dogs.

Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico For Living On Social Security

on May 7, 2017 - 6:13am
SMARTASSET News:
 
Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income.
 
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved in the numbers to find out where. In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Embrace Your Pass

on May 5, 2017 - 10:12am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It has occurred to me that I am still hanging on to some frustration and resentment that I need to let go.

Recently when I am meditating-- as various thoughts come and go--I realize there is one concern that pops in and out of my mind on a regular basis. Research studies have documented that persistently feeling resentful affects both our physical and mental health. I thought it was allergies that have been bothering me, but my ah-ha moment tells me it is really Christy Brinkley.

A few months ago 63-year-old Christy Brinkley graced (once again) the cover of

Series Kick Off: May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

on May 1, 2017 - 9:28am
The White Rock rock ... May is Mental Health Awareness Month and today marks the kick off of a series that will run throughout the month as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative. Photo by ​​Stephanie Koch, LMHC/Mesa Vista Wellness

FBI: 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am

Recipients of the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Awards were honored in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual

PEEC: Explore A Different Way Of Living

on April 28, 2017 - 10:09am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing a discussion course to Los Alamos developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. 
 
A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World is a six-week discussion course that explores ways to live more deliberately and sustainably. This course meets at the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 4-June 8. This free course is open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
 
In our fast-paced, complex world, more and more people are wondering how to slow down, be

Defined Dimensions, LLC Opens In Los Alamos

on April 27, 2017 - 12:46pm
Owner Chase Gibson of Defined Dimensions, LLC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

If you have ever thought of expanding or renovating your Los Alamos home, a new business in town is ready to help you. Defined Dimensions, LLC, addresses a unique yet essential “niche” in the northern New Mexico building/remodeling community. Owner Chase Gibson provides timely and effective support for building and remodeling projects.

Bandelier Trading Company Continues Tradition

on April 24, 2017 - 8:44am
Co-owner Dominic Mayo of Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

When Dominic Mayo and his wife, Emily, took over Bandelier Trading Company in the heart of Bandelier National Monument, they were following in the footsteps of two of Emily’s uncles who operated the business for 20 out of the last 30 years.

Mayo said as a family, they have always had a passion for quality Native American products.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

on April 24, 2017 - 7:07am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without.

Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow April 28-29

on April 23, 2017 - 8:07am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Southern Slam, from Jemez Pueblo, has been announced as an invited drum group at the 34th annual Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people.
 
The Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through traditional Native American dance, music, arts, crafts, and cuisine.
 
The powwow is

Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

on April 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel demonstrates

Wiemann: Be An Environmentally Friendly Investor

on April 22, 2017 - 5:59am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

“Recycle” proven strategies. Over the past few decades, we have discovered ways of bringing new life to objects we would have previously thrown away.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Build Sandcastles

on April 21, 2017 - 5:37am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Lately I feel like I am running out of time. I have always felt there just wasn’t enough time on a day-to-day basis, but now I feel like I am running out of time in the BIG picture. As I look at the list of things I want to accomplish in my life and I compare it to the number of years I may (or may not) have left, I realize that I kinda gotta get it together pretty quickly. This has been weighing on me quite heavily. I don’t have that sense of impending doom that I usually experience before my birthday, but it is close.

When one comes to a crossroad such as

Welcome To The Woods

on April 21, 2017 - 5:08am

 

WICCAN News:

Ever wondered what real witches do on the night of the full moon? Or what the Pentagram really means? Or what a Wiccan ritual is like -- or wanted to see one? Join the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods for three fun and informative evenings where they will explore these questions and much more.

The group meets the second Wednesday of May, June and July to share information and skills about the modern practice of witchcraft. They gather at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St.

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