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Pajarito Mountain Cafe Opens Wednesday!

PAJARITO News:

Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Wednesday, May 5 with a special Cinco De Mayo Kickoff and an all new menu.

The special Cinco de Mayo grand opening will feature 50 percent off select New Mexican selections of the menu. 

The cafe hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays for in person dining exclusively on the spectacular Pajarito deck that overlooks the Sangre de Cristos or for takeout.

Guests must order online using the mountain’s food ordering system, available at www.pajarito.ski/eat beginning May 5. After ordering, the system will alert guests when the food is ready.


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‘Growing Together’ Series Continues With Marisa Thomson

Marisa Thomson continues ‘Growing Together’ series  7 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Marisa Thomson, NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Speaks on Native Plants for Exciting New Mexico Gardens, 7 p.m. Thursday May 6.   

Register HERE.

Gardening in New Mexico can be tough. You can make it easier by incorporating native plant species that thrive in our conditions. Thomson will present on how to select, care for, and integrate native plants into your garden and landscape.   

Thompson is responsible for active Cooperative Extension and research programs supporting


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Posts From The Road: Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Colorful Formations: Colorful formations featuring shades of red, yellow, and orange are seen on these formations at Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado. Various tints of these colors as well as grays, blacks and white rocks and soil are seen within the park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Overview: While driving to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park, one may think he is in the wrong area until arriving at the eroded landscape featuring formations and colors that are out of this world. The area is typical of eastern Colorado with rolling hills, grasslands, farming and ranching.


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Edible Magazine Selects Pig+Fig Owner For Hero Award

Courtesy/Edible Magazine

Edible Magazine News:

Edible Magazine has announced that owner Laura Crucet of Pig+Fig at 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock is a recipient of the 2021 Local Hero Award.

We recognize this group of amazing individuals and organizations for their work to create healthy, sustainable food systems. An edible Local Hero is an exceptional individual or organization working to create innovative, vibrant, and resilient local food systems in New Mexico.

In an effort to showcase these individuals, organizations, and businesses for their work to build a stronger local economy


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Fr. Glenn: Choosing Allegiance

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Look … it’s (yet) another celebrity running for public office. “I like his/her movies, so I’m going to vote for him/her!” Of course, we don’t know whether the person would be a good or bad public servant, but hopefully the voter could muster up some sort of objective analysis of qualifications other than an unrelated-to-public-service accomplishment like starring in movies or playing in a band.

And yet, a closer look is always wise. After all, one might not expect Brian May of the band Queen, or the punk rocker Dexter Holland, to be intellectual giants at first glance, yet they


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NMDOT: May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to remind all motorists to Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month during May.

While on the roads, motorists may encounter motorcyclist behaviors that seem out of sync with standard vehicle use. NHTSA designed this campaign to help motorists understand standard motorcycle driving behaviors and learn how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways.

The campaign brings drivers up to speed on common


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Life After 50: Lessons Learned Over The Years

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director

Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization

I turned 53 this year and find myself in an interesting position to want to use life as an education tool.

My father died shortly before he turned 53. This also is the fifth anniversary of my mother’s death. This year juxtaposed between the numbers 5 and 53, I wondered what they could teach others through their lives.

Would you like to know the meanest thing I’ve ever done? I told my father, “If you don’t stop smoking, you’ll never live to see your grandchildren.”

He never did meet them. It sounds much harsher


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NMDOT Seeks Public Input On Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has developed a statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and welcomes public feedback.

In 2019, 6,205 pedestrians were killed, including 83 in New Mexico. It was the most pedestrian deaths in 30 years, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association and represents 17 percent of all traffic fatalities.  

In addition, across the country 193,866 individuals were treated in emergency departments for injuries resulting from being struck by a vehicle, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is the equivalent


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Home Country: Looking For Glory

HOME COUNTRY
By SLIM RANDLES

Like a doctor removing something important, Herb Collins gently peeled the wrapper back from the root ball and tenderly placed the baby tree in the hole.

Then he stood and walked around it to see which way he should align it. Actually, looks pretty good just the way it is.

So he took his bucket of mixed sand and compost and began sprinkling it down onto the roots and then packing it in gently with his fist.

Every few minutes he’d stop and read the directions again. When he ordered the tree, the nurseryman had written back “Are you sure?” Well, that made ol’ Herb laugh. Yes, he


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State Police To Launch DWI Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico May 2021

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Note: Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink


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Father Theophan: Easter And Pascha

Father Theophan blesses Pascha baskets. Courtesy/Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

I’m taking a break from pottery for a while. This week is Holy Week for most Orthodox Christians. Easter was celebrated by the western churches a few weeks ago, but we “easterners” are still waiting.

First delegated to the Patriarch of Alexadria to compute, the date of Pascha (and Easter) is: the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. It is still computed the same way, both in the East and West.

So why is it sometimes the same, and other times


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Farmers Market Opens Outdoor Season Thursday, May 6

Proper distancing between booths, food pre-bagged for pickup, masks and gloves for all food handling, and other measures have been put in place to follow proper COVID-19 precautions. Courtesy/Lauren McDaniel

Farmers Market News:

The Los Alamos Farmers Market will open its summer market season 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Ashley Pond Park near the Judicial Center and Central Avenue and run Thursdays through October.

In addition to the weekly Thursday markets, Saturday markets will begin in June and run 8 a.m. to noon through September.

The May 6 market will feature seasonal produce


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Flagging Operation On Barranca Road Begins Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Crews will be working on Barranca Road, near Camino Encantado beginning at 9 a.m. and ending by 3 p.m. Tuesday.

A flagging operation will be in place. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic are urged to slow down and obey all traffic control devices within this work zone.

Crews will be eradicating a crosswalk to consolidate with an existing crosswalk near the bus stop to the east.

This work was planned in coordination with the Atomic City Transit Division, as a safety measure with the existing bus stop.

Direct questions related to this project to Anthony Lucero at 505.695.3671 or LACPW@lacnm.us


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‘Growing Together’ Series Continues With Clayton Brascoupé Of TNAFA Speaking On Seed Saving

Clayton Brascoupé

COMMUNITY News:

Clayton Brascoupé of Traditional Native American Farmer’s Association speaks on seed saving.   

WHEN: 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 29. 

Register HERE.

This presentation is the second in “Growing Together,” a gardening and seed saving series, running April to May, organized by Los Alamos History Museum, Los Alamos Public Library System and PEEC.   

Brascoupé, Mohawk / Anishnabeg, is a life-long gardener/farmer, and began working on family subsistence garden and commercial farms at age 13. He is a founding member of and Program Director of the Traditional


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Four Things To Focus On While Spring Cleaning This Year

Zero Waste Tip: Minimalism does not have to mean owning only 50 items, it means that everything you own brings meaning to your life. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Spring has sprung once again, which means it is time for spring cleaning. This is a great time to start doing small things in your home to become zero waste, which means not creating waste in our homes.

When cleaning out your homes, garages, sheds or yards, keep in mind the following to start and keep your home zero waste:

Minimalism:

Living intentionally is the ultimate goal of minimalism. Every item you own, whether it is clothes, kitchenware,


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Luján On USDA Extending Free School Lunches To 2022

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. SENATE News:

NAMBE — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture extending free school lunches for students through the 2021-2022 school year, including during summer months:

“Healthy meals help students thrive and find success in the classroom, and free school lunches have been a lifeline for New Mexico students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s welcome news that Biden-Harris administration is supporting our students and families


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Posts From The Road: Brazos Bend State Park In Texas

White Ibis: A white ibis wades through the shallow waters in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, Texas. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Great Blue Heron: A great blue heron holds a worm with its beak which was captured in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

American Alligator: An American alligator snoozes in the sunshine on the shore of a lake at Brazos Bend State Park. There is a large population of alligators that call the park home. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Brazos Bend


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National Work Zone Awareness Week Takes Place April 26-30

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held each spring to raise awareness as roadway work gets into full swing.

The goal is to remind everyone to pay attention as they approach and drive through work zones so both motorists and roadway workers remain safe.

“We are all responsible for work zone safety,” Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval said. “It is critical for motorists to responsibly navigate through work zones. Everyone should arrive home safely, including the men and women working to improve our roadways.”

Drivers are urged to take note of reduced speed


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