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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

Home Country: Elbows

on October 5, 2019 - 7:24am
Home Country
Well sir, I ast ol’ Slim if mebbe I could contribulate to his Home Country columns if I ever had something important to renounce. And he said he wanted to go hunting, anyway, so why not now.
So howdy. This here’s Windy Wilson, you know. I’m the guy on the Home Country with Slim Randles radio show what edumacates folks to stuff they ain’t heard the straight of before.
I timed ‘er just right the other day. Strolled on into the Mule Barn when I knew Doc and the guys would be there.

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday

on October 4, 2019 - 9:06am

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

An Open Book: Day Of Remembrance

on October 3, 2019 - 8:57am
Los Alamos

The anniversary of my father’s passing, or Yahrzeit in Yiddish, is a date that I have to track carefully on the Jewish calendar. On this modified lunar calendar, the observance of June 6, 2009 changes a few days forward or backward each year, and I have to look it up regularly.

But for my mother’s Yahrzeit, there is no tracking required.

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on October 2, 2019 - 1:36pm
Heirloom tomatoes. Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
This week at Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library parking lot:
Shishitos, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Radishes, Onions, Garlic, Vinegars, Jams, Dried Tomatoes, Beans Chicos, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Squashes, Green Beans, jacama, Cherry tomatoes, Corn Berries, Apples, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Grapes, Apple cider, Dried Apple, Snow cones, Honey, Honey Sticks, Goat milk soap, Gluten free baked goods, quiches, cookies, scones, chala breads, Kettle corn, Tacos and burritos, egg plant, salad greens, eggs,

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Baked Goods With Members

on October 1, 2019 - 9:51am

Baked goods from Pig & Fig Cafe. Courtesy image
Executive Director
When I arrived at the local seniors centers, I began a one-hour monthly stint, at each center. I call it, Baked Goods with Bernadette, which finally gave me the ability to bake once a month, and spend time with our members.
I recall wanting to be a member about 12 years ago when I attended meetings at the White Rock Center, and saw they had people that also loved to bake.
We discuss any topic, compliment or complaint and suggestions for programming they would like to see.

Home Country: Dinkahuahua

on September 28, 2019 - 9:09am
Home Country
“Labradoodles? Some lady in the city has Labradoodles,” Doc said, putting down the paper.
“Hope it isn’t catching,” Dud said.
We knew without being told what a Labradoodle was, of course. It meant that a good retriever got too close to one of those tippy-toe prancing fluffs and now there are puppies that need good homes. We’d been broken in to this world by cockapoos and peekapoos, so a genuine Labradoodle wasn’t that much of a stretch.
At least it gave us something to talk about over coffee.
“You know,” Doc said, “if you were to cross Lassie

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Salute To Volunteers

on September 26, 2019 - 8:04am
LARSO volunteers Marcella Lockhart, Romayne Betts and Jan Barber. Courtesy/LARSO
Members of more than 70 volunteers at a September gathering at the Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
This week, the senior center once again salutes volunteers. This time, the spotlight shines on all LARSO volunteers, with a special salute for one.
About two weeks ago, we held our annual training for the volunteers who make the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center hum! Did you know there are about 70 overall?
If people did

On The Job In Los Alamos: At L.A. Tan On Central

on September 23, 2019 - 9:12am

On the job in Los Alamos is Massage Therapist Heather Woodward providing a massage for client Linda Hull Thursday at L.A. Tan, which is a beauty and wellness salon at 975 Central Ave., specializing in nails, pedicures, massage, tanning, Reiki, Tarot and more. The community is encouraged to visit L.A. Tan and the other small businesses in that shopping strip where the DMV is despite road construction as access to the parking lot is not impeded. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Float Los Alamos

on September 21, 2019 - 12:03pm

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday is owner and float operator Linda Casias of Float Los Alamos at 927 Central Ave. Float Los Alamos provides floatation therapy. which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom saltwater solution. The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve rest, relaxation and restoration of normal function and behavior.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Fall Prevention

on September 19, 2019 - 9:13am
Executive Director
Sept. 23 starts National Fall Prevention Week. While we’re not talking about falling in love, we are about to embark on a Senior Singles project, for those over 50.
Would you like to join us for Fun, Fellowship and Friendship, then you must be on our contact list to get the details. You can email the coordinator at Our first event starts on this afternoon.
Now, let’s get back to fall prevention.

Learn To Write Your Own Obituary Thursday

on September 18, 2019 - 8:33am

‘ALIGNMENT’ Premieres At BESC Wednesday

on September 17, 2019 - 11:48am

Local Playwright Robert Benjamin

Theater News:

Los Alamos Living Treasure Robert Benjamin is at it again with his plays for the people.

The Sept. 18 performance is 12:45 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Center, followed by an Oct. 3 performance at 12:45 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center.

“ALIGNMENT” is a new 10-minute comedy about “aging” by Benjamin and performed by Pat Beck and Kelly Dolejsi. When her old car needs repairs, the mechanic offers her options to align the car’s front-end, but are these repairs affordable and is it worth the effort? Who is the mysterious mechanic, anyway?


Dave Trujillo Presents First Show At Karen Wray Gallery

on September 17, 2019 - 10:39am

Image of work by Donato Spitzer and David Trujillo. The community is invited to the opening reception of their show, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Karen Wray Gallery, 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2 Courtesy/KRG


Los Alamos
For the past 10 years, David Trujillo has been one of the most popular and best-selling artists at the Karen Wray Gallery. This fall, he will co-present his first exhibition, “I should Have Known by Now,” with artist Donato Spitzer.
David Trujillo with one of his scrap-metal sculptures. Courtesy/KRG

Like many talented Los Alamos

Learn Swimming With Mountain Club

on September 16, 2019 - 8:16am

Mountain Club News:

If you are thinking about taking a dip in the pool, Mountain Club is right here for you.

Swimming is perfect for both physical and mental health, including weight loss, stress-relief, and reducing the risk of heart disease. It helps you feel healthier and happier, inside and outside.

Health benefits of swimming:

Not only swimming is a life-saving water skill, but also regular exercise is crucial for staying in shape.

  • Muscles: swimming is a full body workout that engages muscles from your head to toes.

Nurses With Heart: Parkinson’s And Movement Disorders Action Group Meets At BESC Wednesday

on September 14, 2019 - 8:16am

Nurses With Heart News:

The new Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group will meet 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The 28-member group welcomes the community to attend this meeting to learn about resources and more.

The new group was established this past summer and coordinated by Nurses With Heart CEO Carolyn Moore.

“The newly formed Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group got off to an enthusiastic start,” Moore said. “Attendees asked questions and shared experiences.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Highlighting Some Partners

on September 9, 2019 - 4:44pm
Executive Director

This week, we look to highlight the work of some of our community partners.

Saturday, you can help Mesa To Mesa, an organization that offers free, minor home repairs for low-income individuals and families. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a sale of 300 plants and tree saplings from perennials, herbs, pond plants, iris, cactus and indoor plants, to ornamental grasses and shrubs.

The funds raised will assist projects like ramp construction, window repair and the purchase of heaters, before the season begins to change.

The hearty

The Y Celebrates Diverse Cultures Sept. 18

on September 4, 2019 - 9:23am

Scene from a previous Española YMCA Teen Center’s Welcoming Week event set this year for 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Courtesy/YMCA

Scene from a previous Española YMCA Teen Center’s Welcoming Week event set this year for 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Courtesy/YMCA

Scene from a previous Española YMCA Teen Center’s Welcoming Week event set this year for 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Everyone is invited to enjoy free performances and samples of food from various cultures at The Española YMCA Teen Center’s Welcoming Week event 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.

Home Country: Delbert McLain

on August 29, 2019 - 7:36am
Home Country
Delbert McLain dropped in at the Mule Barn yesterday for a quick cup. He was wearing his usual suit and tie, despite the heat.
Usually Delbert does his coffee drinking and socializing out at the country club where the business guys go. We’ve been there, and the chairs don’t fit as well.
For the past 10 years now, Delbert has run the local Chamber of Commerce. The capital letters are on purpose, because that’s how important it is to Delbert. We all have to admit he was a good choice.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Exciting Things Lie Ahead

on August 27, 2019 - 8:31am
Executive Director
Many exciting things lie ahead at your local senior center. The Betty Ehart Senior Center will turn into a mini mall 1-4 p.m., Tuesday,
A variety of businesses will be on hand to discuss projects, programs and products available in and around our community.
Many program partners and a few new faces will be on hand to answer questions about available resources for families.

Enter The Vortex: Taos Vortex Music Festival Review

on August 25, 2019 - 10:04am
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Los Alamos

Taos Vortex, Meow Wolf’s interactive music festival, returned for its second year Aug. 16-18.

Glitter, tails, costumes, and whatever else people felt like wearing (or not wearing) made for a diverse and colorful crowd.

The vibe was chill, people were happy, and the

On The Job In Los Alamos: Gayle Ice At Market

on August 22, 2019 - 6:30am

ICE’S Organic Farm in Alcalde co-owner Gayle Ice serves customers at a recent Los Alamos Farmers Market. Together with her husband Ronald, the couple offers mainly vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, jams and jellies and cookies. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by John McHale

Co-owner Gayle Ice of ICE’S Organic Farm. Photo by John McHale

Griggs: Crossing The Atlantic

on August 21, 2019 - 8:09am
The Winged Bull of Sargon in the Assyrian collection at the British Museum. Photo by David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
Greetings from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
What a trip! All three big Cunarders were in Southampton at the same time: Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
This is a voyage I have wanted to make since I was a child.

Interfaith Los Alamos Supports New Refugee Students

on August 21, 2019 - 7:13am
A teenage student from a refugee family with his new backpack containing a complete set of school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
A young refugee student holds his new supplies. Courtesy/ILA
Refugee students recently arrived in Albuquerque gather with their school supplies. Courtesy/ILA
Interfaith Los Alamos News:
This summer has been a very busy time for school-age kids of refugee families recently arrived in Albuquerque.
They have to get prepared to enroll in a completely strange (to them) school, while at the same time learn English, how to get around Albuquerque without getting