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Home Country: It Just Happened

on June 24, 2019 - 9:44am
Home Country
It just happened, you know? One of those serendipitous coincidences that occur when planets line up or you foolishly store oily rags together. It just … happened.
Ardis Richardson was looking through the Soup ‘R Market for an egg beater for her mom. Not the electric kind. The turn-the-handle kind. She picked one up and tried it out, causing the friendly little metallic whir that good egg beaters make.
What was serendipitous, however, was Anita Campbell not six feet away in the next row thumping pumpkins.

How The Hen House Turns: Shared Emotion

on June 24, 2019 - 9:41am
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Formerly of Los Alamos
In his Great Course on animals, Donald Moore gives us this definition of animal: “a multicellular organism that eats other animals.”
Of course that includes us humans. His first session begins by noting shared characteristics in animals, then different methods of reproduction, then various ways animals have devised in order to raise their offspring safely.
Most go to great lengths--like fish who use their own mouths to protect their young. Others retain the fetus until it is quite alert.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... It Takes A Village

on June 23, 2019 - 6:33am
Executive Director
According to, , the saying, “It takes a village,” is a portion of an old African proverb. They also say that may be up for debate, too. Many times it does take a village to get things accomplished and I am thankful for my village.
This week, I wanted to focus on one of our many project partners at the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization. The community partner I have selected is Los Alamos County. Now, I realize that thanking a funder publicly may come across as being grossly obsequious, according to Come on,

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on June 20, 2019 - 7:38am
Featured vendor Pat Montoya of Pat Montoya Apples. Courtesy/LAFM
LAFM News:
What's at the Farmers Market today:
Cherries are in!
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Radishes, Onions, Fresh Garlic, Daikon radishes, Arugula, Salad Mixes, Spinach, Heads of Romaine Lettuce, Bok Choi, Chard-Kale, Salsa, Apple Cider, Composted worm castings, Compost, Apples, Asparagus, Dried Beans, Chile, Chicos, Shell Peas, Fresh Herbs, Carrots, Spinach, Jams- Jellies, Vinegars, Broths, Radishes, Chicken, Turkey, Tortillas, Pork, Eggs, Lamb, Beef, Yak-Bison, Vegan body products, Lavender body products, Goat milk

More Scenes From Farmers Market Thursday

on June 16, 2019 - 7:22am

Fresh vegetables were in big supply at the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot at Mesa Public Library. Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday and is a Los Alamos MainStreet program, which is part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Native posole. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Pinto beans. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Soaps and lotions. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Peas and onions. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Today

on June 13, 2019 - 4:45pm

Zia Waste Owner Tiffany Pegoda attends the Farmers Market this morning in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Rosie Zomara, left, and Helen Zomara sell their wares this morning at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Billy Turney of Santa Fe serenades the crowd at the Farmers Market. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Ricardo Sanchez of RZ Bees hosts a booth at the Farmers Market. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Fatima Quezada mans the booth for her mother Estella Alcantar this morning at the Farmers

PEEC: Meet Cowboys And Horses 6:30 P.M. Today

on June 12, 2019 - 7:19am
Learn about cowboys and their horses at 6:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The Summer Family Evening at 6:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center features a talk about cowboys and horses of Northern New Mexico.
Gene McCracken will be at this event with two horses and discuss what role horses play in a cowboy’s life. This is a great opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close and ask an expert any questions about horses.
Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring this event and all of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings in 2019, at

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on June 12, 2019 - 6:49am
Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
What’s at the Farmers Market this week:
Tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, onions, fresh garlic, daikon radishes, arugula, salad mixes, spinach, heads of romaine lettuce, bok choi, chard, kale, salsa, apple cider, composted worm castings, compost apples, asparagus, dried beans, chile, chicos, shell peas, fresh herbs, jams, jellies, vinegars, chicken, turkey, tortillas, pork, eggs, lamb, beef, yak, vegan body products, Lavender body products, goat milk soaps, sharpening service, kettle corn, Mr.

Lauritzen: ‘Life After 50’ In Los Alamos And White Rock

on June 10, 2019 - 1:59pm

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.662.8920. Courtesy/BESC photo

The White Rock Senior Center at 133 Longview Dr. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.672.2034. Courtesy/WRSC


Executive Director

There are two great events for those 50 and over taking place in the near future and we hope that you will spread

Councilors Host Booth At Farmers Market June 13

on June 5, 2019 - 4:35pm


Two Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the local Farmers Market 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 13.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by and chat with them about current issues, projects or other topics.

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on June 4, 2019 - 7:55am
RZ's local honey. Courtesy/LAFM
High Country Sharpening of Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAFM
Snout bump. Courtesy/LAFM
Farmers Market News:
This week at the Thursday Farmers Market:
Tomatoes- Cucumbers- Radishes- Onions- Fresh Garlic- Daikon radishes-Arugula- Salad Mixes- Spinach- Heads of Romain Lettuce -Bok Choi- Chard-Kale-Salsa-Apple Cider- Composted worm castings- Compost Apples- Asparagus- Dried Beans- Chile- Chicos- Shell Peas- Fresh Herbs- Jams- Jellies- Vinegars- Tortillas- Pork- Eggs- Lamb- Beef- Yak- Vegan body products-Lavender body products- Goat milk soaps-

Home Country: Ladder To Success

on June 4, 2019 - 7:17am
Home Country
You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.
Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience.
They hadn’t gotten through old business when Windy stood, smiled, and spoke.

What Is Wish-Cycling And Why it’s Always A Bad Idea

on May 28, 2019 - 6:30am
We have all been there. You’re standing in front of the recycle bin with something in hand – a beverage cap, a greasy pizza box, the tinfoil lid from a sour cream container or a crinkly cellophane wrapper. You don’t completely know whether or not you can recycle it. You want to do your part for the environment by recycling more, so you throw it in the recycle bin and assume the recycling facilities will sort it out. No harm, no foul – right? Wrong!
“Wish- Cycling” is a term recycler’s use when referring to this kind of well-intended, but ultimately harmful behavior.

Quinn Fontaine: I’m All About Los Alamos Pride!

on May 28, 2019 - 5:59am
Los Alamos

Friends of Los Alamos Pride is excited to bring Santa Fe performance artist Quinn Fontaine back for the second annual Los Alamos Pride.
Fontaine brings his one-man show for the week’s kick off event 7 p.m. Monday, June 10 after the 5:30 p.m. International Potluck at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1726 Sage Loop. He’s also the emcee for the Festival 4-7 p.m., Friday in Central Park Square.

His show uses honesty and humor to talk about Fontaine’s life as a trans man, but also goes deep in revealing his personal journey as a sexual abuse survivor and thriver

Home Country: Town Dog

on May 25, 2019 - 5:00am
Home Country
Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.
The high school wood shop boys built Billy a dog house next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.
Billy was making the rounds this morning.

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

on May 21, 2019 - 5:26pm
Relying heavily on Social Security as your main source of income in retirement can make budgeting difficult - especially when it comes for housing, which may be the largest category in your spending.
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved into the data to find out where. In its fifth 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

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

Home Country: The Duke Of Earl

on May 16, 2019 - 6:15am
Home Country
It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.
As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette was sliding broccoli and corn flakes over the glass-window dinger machine, and we were just chatting about … I think it was bears this time. You know…
“I read,” said Annette, “that a bear can run 45 miles an hour, faster than a race horse.”
To which I added,

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys, Tame And Wild

on May 15, 2019 - 7:53am
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos
Twice, during our 46 years in Los Alamos, we adopted a turkey chick. Luckily, they were female. (Books on identifying baby chicks don’t even try to provide instructions for sexing turkeys.)
One turkey imprinted on us, and we enjoyed her as a beloved pet. The second was not imprinted, being raised by a loving hen. She tolerated me in the Hen House yard but let me know with raised tail and feathers that I was not welcome.
Turkeys here in California are wild, but they are used to seeing us pass by as we

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on May 15, 2019 - 7:09am

Scenes From 15th Annual Japanese Cultural Festival

on May 15, 2019 - 6:33am
Santa Fe Japanese Intercultural Network President Casey Janes at the 15th annual Japanese Cultural Festival May 11 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event included food and wares, entertainment and kid’s activities. Coordinated by Janes, the theme for this year was Japanese Folktales and the cultural values passed down through the ages in both oral and written traditions. Photo by Tammy Jimines
Japanese Cultural Festival Family. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Green. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon White. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Red. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Home Country: Salt Everywhere

on May 10, 2019 - 8:05am
Home Country
It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.
So we went over to Doc’s house to look at his mare in the back yard. She had, he said, a quarter crack in a front hoof.
So there we were, in a half circle around the little mare, staring at that slight crack as though focusing would bring a

What's At This Weeks Farmers Market

on May 9, 2019 - 7:31am
Good Morning Goat Milk Soap. Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
See what's at this Thursday's Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Los Alamos Library parking lot:
Honey, honey sticks, kettle corn, Mr. Tortas Tacos aand Burritos. The Sharpening Guy- apple cider, dried apples, eggs, pork, yak, beef, Lavender Products, Goat Milk Soaps- Jams- Worms Casing- Worms for composting, Plants- Cookies- Dried Beans, Chicos, Black Beans, Tomatoes- Cucumbers- Salsa- Baked Goods by Shure Bakery, Native plants- Greens- Root Crops- Salad Mixes-Baskets- aprons- Market bags and more.
Who's at

Councilors Host Booth At Farmers Market Thursday

on May 6, 2019 - 9:27am

County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m., Thursday to chat with community members at the Farmers Market. File photo


Two Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the local Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by and chat with thethe councilors about current issues, projects or other topics.

the Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in the Los Alamos Library Parking lot.

Los Alamos Farmers Market is a Los Alamos MainStreet program and part of

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kent Pegg At LA Fitness

on May 3, 2019 - 7:57am

On the job in Los Alamos is owner Kent Pegg Wednesday afternoon at Los Alamos Fitness, 771 Central Ave. in the Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Pegg has owned and operated LA Fitness since 2003 and explains that his goal is to help others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. To learn more, click here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/