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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Posole

on December 5, 2019 - 6:41am

Posole. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

It is snowing in Los Alamos today. Snow plows are buzzing back and forth, winter coats are making their grand entrance, and grocery store carts are being filled with comfort food ingredients. When I enter, Smith’s is a glitter with holiday décor enticing me with the latest “you can’t live without it” gadget to stuff into stockings but I make a beeline for the frozen section and a two pound package of Bueno posole.

Posole is an ancient pre-Hispanic food (known at that time as pozolli) that originated in the Aztec Empire.

LAPS: Transgender 101, 201 Presentations Canceled

on December 2, 2019 - 10:14am

LAPS News:

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico’s Transgender 101 presentation set for today, Monday, Dec. 2 and the Transgender 201 presentation set for Tuesday, Dec. 3 have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Presentations will be rescheduled in the spring with information released to the public once dates are set.

LAPS apologizes for any inconvenience.

Direct questions to Kristine Coblentz at 505.663.2263 or

Life After 50: Thankful For Seniors, Community, Staff

on November 29, 2019 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
This week, I want to tell you how thankful we are for our seniors, our community partners and members.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization staffs both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers. Our employees love our seniors and we become quite attached to them.
Quite often, we’re small communities of families. There are many people making sure folks are taken care of every day.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Warner Waving At Motorists

on November 28, 2019 - 9:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Larry Warner, 87, spotted Tuesday morning on his ‘geriatric jog’ as he likes to refer to his daily two mile walk on North Mesa. A reader contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post about Warner and expressed gratitude for the fact that he smiles and waves at every car that passes by him during his walks. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/

Local Veteran Thankful For Service Dog ... ‘Archi Has Changed My Life’

on November 27, 2019 - 9:33am
From left, ADW Dog Trainer Dion Silva with Gilda (service dog in training), ADW Veterans Liaison/Warrior Canine Connection Coordinator Chloe Davis-Masters and Vietnam era veteran David Apple with his service dog Archi during an interview Friday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The special bond that has developed between a Vietnam era veteran and a dog named Archimedes, Archi for short, has by all accounts been remarkable.

“I had some ghosts in my head for 47 years and last summer

Navajo Social Work Student To Integrate Native Ideology And Western Therapy

on November 24, 2019 - 12:33pm
Danielle Benally
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Danielle Benally, a Navajo woman and Master of Social Work student at New Mexico Highlands, is determined to become a therapist who integrates Native American ideology with Western therapy methods.
Benally drives one and a half hours each way in the evenings from her home in Aneth, Utah to night classes at the Highlands Farmington Center while her husband, Larrin, cares for their children, Tysin, 6, and Sariah, 4.
“As I’ve progressed through school, my Navajo heritage has definitely been a motivator,” Benally said.

Ribbon Officially Cut On CrossFit LA Renovations!

on November 24, 2019 - 10:54am

Surrounded by coaches, trainers, athletes, County Councilor Randall Ryti and his wife Wendy Swan, back row center, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, middle row second from right, CrossFit Los Alamos owners Suzanne and John Wilcox officially cut the ribbon Saturday at the grand opening of their newly renovated 5,000 square foot gym at 278 A DP Road. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Recent upgrades have increased training space and include an entire fleet of top of the line Rogue Echo Air bikes as well as new Concept 2 Ski Ergs.

Scenes From Liddie Martinez Fuller Lodge Booksigning

on November 24, 2019 - 6:41am
Local author Liddie Martinez welcomes the crowd to the booksigning event of her new cookbook The Red Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexico Recipes Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Martinez explains how cooking with her grandmother inspired her love of traditional northern New Mexico recipies. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Author Liddie Martinez chats with guests and signs copies of her new cookbook Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Celebrating the success of her new cookbook, from left, author Liddie Martinez, Pajarito Press

Pollo Real Certifies Organic Heritage Turkeys At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on November 21, 2019 - 7:21am

Transgender 101 & 201 Presentations For Community

on November 18, 2019 - 3:19pm

LAPS News:

Co-Director Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico will offer his presentation, Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training, for the community, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

LAPS staff, parents, youth and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

The LAHS Speech Theater is next door to the Auxiliary Gym.

For those who have already attended this initial orientation and are interested in adding to their knowledge, Lawyer will offer Transgender 201, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.

How The Hen House Turns: More Horse Sense

on November 18, 2019 - 6:58am
Formerly of Los Alamos
We are learning more and more about how closely we are knit into the living web of life on earth. The latest wake-up call comes from the “Notes From Earth” in Discover Magazine’s article “Wildlife” by Nancy Averett.
New information is pouring into social media from amateur photographers with motion-activated cameras.
In Colorado Springs Sue Dickerson captured views of a skunk at 4 a.m. using a rock as a tool to break the ice in the frozen water dish she had set out.

LAPS Celebrates Rock Your Mocs Day

on November 17, 2019 - 8:12am

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy, left, introduces Julie Dare Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration at Los Alamos High School. Dare was recently hired as the Native American Liaison for Los Alamos Public School District. Photo by James R. Mountain/

Los Alamos High School students Rock Their Mocs Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration. Photo by James R. Mountain/


Valley Daily Post

Students, parents, administrators, school board members and teachers gathered Thursday in Los Alamos to celebrate and recognize

Yoga & Mimosas At Pajarito Mountain 11 A.M. Today!

on November 16, 2019 - 9:09am

Yoga & Mimosas at 11:30 a.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain News:

Pajarito is hosting Yoga & Mimosas at 11:30 a.m. today on the Mountain at the lodge.

The cost of $18 includes a 1-hour yoga class, doughnuts, fruit and mimosas.

The event is open to the community to attend and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and get stretched out for ski season.

Home Country: Flat Story

on November 16, 2019 - 7:54am
Home Country
“Did you read the paper from the city today?” Steve asked. The rest of us shook our heads no. Most everything pertaining to us occurs on the pages of the Valley Weekly Miracle or is deliberately excluded for the same reason.
“I’ve been following that flat story, you know,” Steve said, nodding yes to Mavis for a coffee refill. “Haven’t heard how that went yet.”
“Flat story?” Doc asked.
“Yeah. You know them guys who think the earth is flat and went to Antarctica to prove it?”
“You’re kidding.”
“No. Really.

Los Alamos Farmers Market Fuller Lodge Dec. 12 & 19

on November 15, 2019 - 6:37am

Home Country: Life Is Good

on November 12, 2019 - 6:57am
Home Country
The first cold nights sent Billy indoors. Aunt Ada always had room on the couch for Billy. It was different now, of course, since Desdemona passed away. She was good, for a cat. Now there was just Billy and the other cat, Boots, to share the couch.
Billy was no dummy. In the past three years or so, since he became the official town dog, he not only knew his duties, but his options as well.

Rock Your Mocs Week Underway In Los Alamos

on November 11, 2019 - 9:50pm

Students gather for a Rock Your Mocs pose during an event at UNM-LA. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Rock Your Mocs Week runs through Saturday in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world.

Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo founded Rock Your Mocs in 2011 as a Native American and Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually and during National Native American Heritage Month in November in the U.S.

Beginning in 2013, Rock Your Mocs has been organized and produced by Native American event producer Melissa Sanchez (Acoma/Laguna Pueblos) of Emergence Prod

Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Honoring Our Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 7:09am
The NJROTC color guard from Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LARSO
Gathered to honor the memory of their friend, local veteran James Griffin, from left, Mark Hinrichs, Pat Archer, Ron Christman and Bob Hiromoto at his memorial service the BESC. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director

Recently the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) hosted a memorial service for former member and local veteran James Griffin.

Griffin passed away in September without family and the centers felt the need to highlight his life and service to country, at the Betty Ehart

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Celebrating 90!

on November 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When ... .’ Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
That club entitles them to a special

Life After 50 ... Digital Cookbook

on October 22, 2019 - 8:37pm
Executive Director
Next week, I’m going to try something new and I want to give the community a chance to help their local senior centers. My plan is to create a digital cookbook.
Sweets for the Sweet”, will be the title of volume number one. I am soliciting recipes, and in an ideal situation, a sweet story about how it has played a role in your life. We will sell copies of Sweets for the Sweet” for just $2.
I know I have many recipes in word documents. I find them helpful because I NEVER lose them.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Local Senior Center Programs

on October 18, 2019 - 7:32am
Executive Director
This week, I am very excited to yet again talk about the many programs of the local senior centers, open to the public.
Tuesday Oct. 22, out student intern, Fernando Trujillo, will make a presentation on his work with criminal justice reform. His presentation is 11-11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. His talk will focus on the importance of relationships and giving people second chances.

How The Hen House Turns: Horse Sense

on October 17, 2019 - 4:03pm
Formerly of Los Alamos
As a child I was afraid of horses. Now they intrigue me.
I’m fascinated by their eagerness for company, and I’m amazed at how they have put up with us humans for so long--pulling our chariots, then our milk wagons and plows, trusting us to sit on their backs, carrying us long distances, patnering with us in waging war, running races at their best speed…
Ancient remains suggest that they disappeared from the North American continent for thousands of years. Why? In my reading about their history, I haven’t yet found an explanation.

Fuselier: Rough And Tumble Play

on October 17, 2019 - 1:54pm

Los Alamos

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the emotional system that influences our lighter side. It’s fun but, if we’re not careful, can also cause us some trouble.

Many mammals demonstrate behaviors known as rough and tumble (RAT) play. The behaviors and the stimuli that evoke the behaviors are so similar that it’s clear that we and other species share the same innate neural networks that control them. For clarity, I’ll refer to the neural network from which RAT play originates as the RAT Play emotional system.

Young rats will respond in apparent joy

Home Country: Squash

on October 15, 2019 - 4:55pm
Home Country
Squash. Just listen to that word one more time. Squash … one of the English language’s most painful words, along with maim and trauma and rend and okra and Liberace. Why would anyone want to eat something that sounds as though someone sat on it?
The bottom-line truth is, cooks all over the place love a challenge, and they have tried valiantly to turn squash into an edible dish. To do this, they take one tenth of a portion of squash, boil as much of the squashiness as they can out of it, then immerse it in nine-tenths something that tastes good and hope no

Home Country: A Special Buck

on October 14, 2019 - 12:38pm
Home Country
When Bob Garcia removed that old mossyhorn mount from its place over the fireplace, we were a bit confused.
That huge buck had been his pride and joy for more than 30 years. But Bob put it back in his office, behind the kitchen. The spot of honor over the fireplace now belongs to a young forked-horn buck, the one he took last year on the other side of the hayfield. It’s the kind of buck you expect to get for your first buck, and not really the kind you honor like that after a lifetime spent hunting in the autumn woods.
When he was asked, Bob just