Zero Waste Team: Family Food Waste Prevention Pledge

From The County Zero Waste Team:

It’s that time again, time to take a look at what we might do to improve our lives in the New Year.

Often, we make resolutions to improve our health, save money for things we want, make time for our families or work to heal the planet.

How about accomplishing all those goals with one money and time saving resolution, that improves health and the environment?

It’s probably not one you’ve thought much about, but it is powerful: Waste Less Food.

In the U.S., households waste an average of $1,500 per year on food they don’t eat. That’s like throwing $125 out your car window every

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Grant: Let’s Get Aligned For The New Year!

Los Alamos

“A lot of the conflict you have in your life exist simply because you’re not living in alignment; you are not being true to yourself.” –Steve Maraboli

Let’s Get Aligned for the New Year!

Ask people about New Year’s resolutions and they roll their eyes. It’s understandable as it’s estimated that roughly 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only 8 percent succeed.

Resolutions are largely ineffective because people pick them from a place of should and no one likes to be should upon. “Should” is associated with external places of validation and

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NCRTD Fleet Technician Recognized For Excellence

NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, left, recognizes Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple  for his above and beyond assistance to a bicyclist struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos. Courtesy/NCRTD


North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple was recognized by the District Board at its January meeting for going above and beyond by providing assistance to a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos last month.

Dalrymple had just completed his work at the NCRTD Taos facility and was on his way home to Española when he witnessed

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Santa Fe National Forest Issues Seasonal Closure Order For Forest Roads That Cross Abiquiu Land Grant

SFNF issues closure order for Forest Road 418 and segments of FR 31 and FR 27. File photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 418 and the segments of Forest Roads (FR) 31 and 27 that cross the Abiquiu Land Grant on the Española Ranger District. 

The closure order, which is in effect through March 31, 2021, unless it is rescinded earlier, is intended to protect SFNF and Abiquiu Land Grant resources, including roads, soils and vegetation, that could be damaged by use during the wet winter season.

Specific areas affected

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Many NCRTD Routes Operating Regular Route Schedules

Many Blue Bus routes begin operating on regular route schedules. File photo


Many North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Blue Bus routes have begun to operate on their regular route schedules.

Seating remains limited to provide social distance and adhere to groups of five or less. Visit the routes section at for the latest on all routes.

Face coverings are required to ride the Blue Bus and must remain on for the duration of one’s trip. The NCRTD continues to take aggressive measures to clean and disinfect passenger vehicles daily.

The District’s top priority

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Fr. Glenn: Motivations

By Father Glenn Jones

Well, another year has begun … this one beginning a little bit … ummm … “differently” than most. What’s that old curse … “May you live in interesting times?” As we get older, we start to appreciate the “uninteresting” and predictable times a heck of a lot more. Well … different each to his own—we all have our motivations.

Speaking of motivations, I was watching a series on the TV the other night in which a powerful politician was requesting assistance of a very socially-minded minister in accomplishing a certain goal. Because that task would have necessarily taken the minister

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Posts From The Road: Cadillac Ranch Near Amarillo

Wide View: A wide view of the 10 Cadillacs buried nose first at Cadillac Ranch as other visitors approach the cars. The cold, gray, skies were not conducive to taking wide views but was ideal for looking closer at the vibrant colors of the Cadillacs. Photo by Gary Warren/

Getting Close: A closer view of the 10 cars at Cadillac Ranch reveal the various graffiti art and messages painted by visitors. If you choose to visit and paint, take a photo because it will be repainted within hours. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

If you have

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New Mexico Harvest Supports Local Food Networks

New Mexico Harvest has started providing home delivery to Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy/NMH

New Mexico Harvest News:

Do we have a broken food system? Some would argue it has been broken for years.

If COVID taught us anything, it’s how much we rely on necessities like fresh food, medicines, and even toilet paper. Prices for foods like garlic have skyrocketed 30 percent as the majority of garlic consumed in the US is produced in China. Meat producer, Tyson Foods, nearly went bankrupt because their processing plants were temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.

People all around the country

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NWS: Winter Storm Expected Saturday And Sunday

NWS News:

A winter storm is expected to impact northern and eastern New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday.

The weekend weather forecast for Los Alamos:

  • Saturday – A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Saturday Night – A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Sunday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. North wind around 5 mph becoming

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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chicos With Pork

Video demonstrating how to prepare chicos with pork. Video by Liddie Martinez

Española Valley

To me, making a pot of homegrown chicos is the ultimate way to honor the history of our northern New Mexican lives. Growing up in a small house in the Española Valley, we had a nice sized yard that was large enough for a small flower and vegetable garden and a flock of chickens, but no land for major planting. Growing corn was not an option when the family moved to Española from the family farm in El Rito in 1950.

My favorite stories that my grandmother told were of old times on the big ranch in

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Pajarito Mountain Opens Cafe At Lodge Thursday Jan. 7

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Thursday with exclusively outdoor seating. Courtesy/Pajarito


  • Pajarito is awaiting a visit from Mother Nature to provide needed snowfall to open the Ski Area!

Pajarito Mountain will be opening its cafe for regular hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 7.

Henceforth, the cafe will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating, guests can enjoy a variety of treats from Pajarito Cafe’s revamped menu. 

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe features an outdoor deck with stunning views of the surrounding

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Home Country: Windy Wilson

Home Country
By Slim Randles

“Well,” Steve said, polishing off the last of his coffee, “what should we discuss this fine morning?”

“I’m awful glad you asked, ol’ pard,” came the cheerful voice of Windy Wilson, emerging through the swinging doors that came from the kitchen of the Mule Barn truck stop.

“Yessir. Awful glad.” Steve and the other members of the world dilemma think tank looked in amazement as this old camp cook and cowboy came over with the coffee pot and topped off their coffee mugs. Windy had found a dish towel and wrapped it around his waist, too.

“Windy?” Doc. said “Mighty fine-looking

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Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review Part 2

Translucent: The beautiful hoodoos shine as if they are translucent at Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Shown is the formation ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the foreground surrounded by oranges, pinks and white hoodoos. The large rock formations tower above the nearby pine trees. Photo by Gary Warren/

Dead Horse Point: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding red rock canyon lands. This view from dead Horse Point looking toward the east reveals canyons and geological formations within the park and the

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Fr. Glenn: The Dawn Shall Break

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

It’s kind of pleasant going to the grocery store first thing on New Year’s day.  Rather than having to hoof it from the hinterlands … well, lookie there—a space right up front. Hardly a creature a’stirring … except a few grumpy, bleary-eyed stockers, and some not-quite-yet-cheery checkers. Hmmm … I wonder if kept up late by fireworks, too. Hmmmm … maybe not that. 

Ahh … the new year! … full of promise and expectation! And … heading back out to my trusty mechanical steed, I see at a distance … an angry twenty-something lad in the parking lot with a baseball bat, apparently

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An Open Book: Espero Que Si

Los Alamos

My father and I enrolled in English language lessons in Uruguay before coming to America and my younger siblings absorbed the new language at school like the proverbial sponge. It was my mother, at home all alone, gratefully relying on the abundant Spanish TV programming available in New York City, who lagged behind the rest of us. The few words she picked up over the first years here were learned by trying to converse with our next-door neighbors, a Greek family including another mother similarly stuck at home, presumably without even the benefit of local Greek

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Gaia’s Pantry Open For Business At Unitarian Church

Felix Fellenz dropping off donations recently at Gaia’s Pantry on Sage. Photo by Emily Schultz-Fellenz

Los Alamos Daily Post

The idea behind the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos’ Gaia’s Pantry is simple; take what food items are needed and leave food that can be donated.

The pantry, named after the Greek goddess of nature, opened for business this week in the church parking lot, 1738 North Sage St., but the idea percolated in the minds of the congregation for some time.

Unitarian Church member Kokheong McNaughton said she was introduced to curbside

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Home Country: Cowboy Scars

Home Country

Steve was just sitting there on the tailgate of his pickup, looking out at the world and thinking he’s doing all right. The two little kids walking down the sidewalk saw their favorite cowboy sitting there and grinned.

“Hi Steve!”

“Oh hey there, Bobby … Sylvia … how you kids doing these days?”

“Had a good Thanksgiving. Yep. Getting ready for Christmas. Bobby was telling me just a while ago that he wants to train horses, like you, when he grows up.”

“I told you not to say anything, Syl, but there you go again. Now Steve will think all I want is horse training lessons.”

“Horse training

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