Scenes From Annual 4th Of July Memorial Flag Carry Parade

Scene this morning from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carry on Grand Canyon Drive in honor of all those past and present who have paid for our freedom. Thank You! Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of the flag raising this morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of spectators honoring the flag this morning  during the annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carry on Grand Canyon Drive. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of a spectator saluting the flag this morning at the annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carr. Photo by VaLynn


Home Country: We’re All In The Same Boat This 4th Of July

Home Country

“Ain’t the same, is it?” asked Windy. He sipped some more coffee.

“Know what you mean,” Doc said. “Doesn’t seem right, somehow.”

“Guess we got to, howsomever.”

“Afraid so.” Doc sipped some coffee, too. “But you know, there isn’t a Fourth of July parade that’s worth your life.”

To be honest, the elder folks in our community prolonged the Fourth of July plans until the last minute. I think it’s a sign of our great trust in science, scientists, and our doctors that made us wait so long before shelving the parade this year.

But if you look at it from another angle, it actually brings


TOTH: Garage Sales Benefit Juarez Homebuilding Mission

Scene of children helping the House of Hope team members from Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church build a home in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico.Courtesy/TOTH

Scene from the House of Hope team members from Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church building a home in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/TOTH


Work From Home. Stimulus Package. Paycheck Protection Program. Our vocabulary in the United States has been expanded to include these pandemic-related changes, but the people in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico have no such options or protections.

Many live in


RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route In Service July 4 Weekend


The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route into the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will be in service Friday, July 3 and throughout the July 4 weekend.

The route is operating on a reservation-only system. Face coverings are required to ride, and seating is limited to four passengers due to social distancing measures and the state order restricting groups to five or less.

For more information or to make a reservation, call toll-free 1.866.206.0754, Ext. 2. 

Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place in the SFNF, which include a ban on campfires. Fireworks


Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Fideos

Fideos. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Española Valley

All world travelers have seen pasta dishes representing the cultures of the world with recipes varying from Italian Spaghetti to German Spätzle to Chinese Chow Mein.

It is an inexpensive comfort food that is accessible to all pocketbooks. Pasta dishes have become somewhat universal although the origins of pasta can be traced back to 500 B.C. pre-Ancient Rome and the Etruscan civilization.

Shared widely by the Etruscan’s, everybody wants to lay claim to its invention including Marco Polo enthusiasts who claim he brought


CYFD Updates Nondiscrimination Policy For All Youth

CYFD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) announced a new directive to help better support LGBTQIA+ youth in care.

The nondiscrimination policy is the most inclusive and robust the Department has followed to date.

“We know LGBTQIA+ youth are underrepresented in the child welfare system, and unfortunately are still shunned by family members at an alarming rate just because of sexual orientation or other factors,” Secretary Brian Blalock said. “As an agency, we want to send the clear message that we support all of our youth. We are here with open arms.”


County/LAHP Home Renewal Program Cycle 5 Opens July 1


Los Alamos County’s Community Development Department and the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) have announced that Cycle 5 of the Home Renewal Program opens July 1.

Residents who income qualify and require financial assistance to make repairs or improvements to their homes are encouraged to apply for this subsidized loan program. Homeowners are not required to make payments unless the home is sold or vacated.

Examples of projects that may qualify for funding from the Home Renewal Program include window and door replacement, unsafe deck and porch repair or replacement,


Posts From The Road: Fredericksburg, Texas

Advertising: Pickups are big everywhere but they are the vehicle of choice for many Texans. Wineries often use old and vintage trucks to advertise their business and attract the eyes of passing motorists such as this pickup in front of the Texas Heritage Winery and Tasting Room in Fredericksburg, Texas. Photo by Gary Warren/

The Vereins Kirche: The original Vereins Kirche was constructed by German settlers after arriving in 1846 in Fredericksburg, Texas. The octagon shaped structure is of German decent and the first public building constructed by the settlers. The facility