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APA: Majority Of Adults Stressed By Mass Shootings

on August 17, 2019 - 7:54am
APA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events, according to a new survey on stress and mass shootings by the American Psychological Association. 
“It’s clear that mass shootings are taking a toll on our mental health, and we should be particularly concerned that they are affecting the way many of us are living our daily lives,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer.

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on August 14, 2019 - 12:17pm
Plenty of honey at the Farmers Market. Courtesy/LAFM
Freshly popped kettle corn. Courtesy/LAFM
LAFM News:
This week at market there will be lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and more.
Selections include peaches, apples, berries, plum, apricots, nectarines, berries, lamb, pork, beef, yak, eggs, honey, honey sticks, salad mix, heads of lettuce, greens, radish, green onions, garlic, onions, green, purple and yellow beans, fillet green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, squashes, cucumbers, shishitos, green chile carrots, chard, beets, garlic scapes, cabbage, quiche, apricot tarts,

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Day Out

on August 14, 2019 - 8:02am
Executive Director
As we head back to school this week for the kiddos, maybe you have an adult who could use some friends, fun and fellowship, too!
Do you have to come to work on the hill, leaving a spouse or parent at home alone? Have they been surrounded by youth all summer and this week or next and things are about to get lonely? Perhaps they could use some fun, a hot breakfast or lunch prepared by a chef and something to hold their attention.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) runs two centers, one in Los Alamos and one in White

How The Hen House Turns: Willy The Amazing Dog

on August 14, 2019 - 7:30am
Willy the amazing dog. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
Willy is a poodle mix, a dog rescued and now owned by a friend here at the Sequoias Portola Valley (in Cailfornia), a full nursing retirement community just west of Stanford.
We know nothing about his former life as a stray in the Bay Area, but somehow he came to love both human beings and other dogs. He has no obvious mental wounds to scratch, but during his walks he can be very stubborn about preferring pavement to rough ground.

2019 Los Alamos County Fair Results Announced

on August 13, 2019 - 8:07pm

Adult Grand Champion in Horticulture: Potatoes grown by Claire Swinhoe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos County Extention Office News:

The Los Alamos County Extention Office has announced the winners of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at the Los Alamos County Fair.

The items entered in the Fair were on display Friday and Saturday at Mesa Public Library.

The winners are:


  • Youth Grand Champion: Jen Morales (Caramel Shortbread Cookies)
  • Youth Reserve Grand Champion: Eliza Lamborn (Peanut Oatmeal Cookies)
  • Adult Grand Champion: Chris Jordan (Ginger Snaps

Scenes From Lowrider Museum Opening In Española

on August 13, 2019 - 8:08am

A new Lowrider Museum opened Aug. 5 in Española and included a hard hat tour at 714 Calle Don Diego St. Photo by John McHale/

Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, right, addresses the large crowd including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham seated in the front row. Photo by John McHale/

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham compliments the City of Española for recognizing the cultural Lowrider tradition and making it a permanent museum. She added that she herself is sort of a lowrider. Photo by John McHale/

Even the spectators are part of the show inside the museum.

Scenes From White Rock Senior Center Car Show

on August 11, 2019 - 8:49am

This red 1939 Buick owned by Ken Uher was the winning car Saturday at the White Rock Senior Center Car Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors to the Car Show applaud the winning car. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out a Tesla. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Two older beauties of the road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
It's a Studebaker! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Cars of distinction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Community Shows Off Skills At 2019 County Fair

on August 11, 2019 - 7:52am
The County Fair takes place over two days during the Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Weekend at Mesa Public Library. Prize-winning flowers and preserves are on display here. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Grand Champion photo. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out the 4-H displays. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
First place quilt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Extra special spuds! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fabric arts on display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wood and fiber. Photo by Bonnie J.

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Contingencies And Awareness

on August 9, 2019 - 7:06am
By Stephen F. Ledoux
Los Alamos member
The International Behaviorology Institute

In the last column, we considered the three terms in our basic formula for beginning to examine any particular behavior and its independent variables. Here we consider consequences and awareness.

Consequences divide into various types that we detail later. Our concern just now is their status as either “reinforcing” or “punishing” consequences, because this characteristic pertains to the central role of consequences.

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

on August 8, 2019 - 8:30am

Los Alamos

An essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.

Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).

It is commonplace today to see

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Magnificent Jack Clifford

on August 6, 2019 - 8:59am
Volunteer extraordinaire Jack Clifford with Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization
My volunteer for the month is the White Rock Senior Center’s Jack Clifford.
Jack has been an active volunteer at the White Rock Senior Center for more than 22 years, logging 8,350 hours as of February 2018. That number grows on a weekly basis.
I found out about Jack when he was nominated for an award for another group I work with called, Champions of Youth Ambitions

An Open Book: Summer Job

on August 5, 2019 - 7:36am

Los Alamos

My Mom finagled my first real job the summer of 1976, joining her at a factory that made Navy lifeboats and where she worked for several years. My first day I was placed at a table in the corner of the factory floor. My task was to put together and shrink-wrap little fishing kits consisting of a few fish hooks, some fishing line, bait made of nasty-looking leathery strips, an instruction booklet, etc. Mowing lawns paid a lot less but at least it was outdoors, and I could get a sun tan.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Green Chile Stew

on August 1, 2019 - 9:18am
Green chile stew. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

Some of you may be asking why it took me so long to get to this dish; maybe it should have been where this column began but, like any good marriage, it takes time to get to the real deal.

You don’t break out the diamond on the first date. Green chile stew is the diamond recipe for every northern New Mexican cook; there are a million variations, all as beloved, rare and flawless as the next one but singular in its existence.

Los Alamos Farmers Market Now Thursday & Saturday

on July 31, 2019 - 7:28am
Baked goods by Shure Bakery, Brian Nelson. Courtesy/LAFM
More baked goods by Shure Bakery, Brian Nelson. Courtesy/LAFM
Los Alamos Farmers Market is now running Thursdays (7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Mesa Public Library parking lot) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Los Alamos Justice Center parking lot).
Items available this week include:
Tomatoes- Potatoes- Onions- Garlic- Salad Greens- Herbs- Chard- Salad Mixes Peas- Green Beans- Purple and Yellow beans- Garlic scapes Cherries- Peaches-Plums- Apples- Apricots- Berries- Raspberries Radishes-

Governor Establishes Fitness And Wellness Initiative For More Than 17,000 State Employees

on July 27, 2019 - 11:36am
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday signed an executive order providing for the establishment of fitness and wellness programs for state employees, a means of incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices and a genuine work-life balance for the more than 17,000 New Mexico government workers.
The governor directed the State Personnel Office to develop fitness and wellness guidance for state employees, including a policy template for agencies and departments to implement.

Lichthardt: Children And Diet – Dealing With The Selective And Stubborn Eater

on July 27, 2019 - 11:30am
Courtesy photo
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico
Picky eaters can be a parent’s worst nightmare. My mom still tells stories of when my brother was young. He LIVED on cow’s milk from the time he was weaned, until about 3 years old. I am talking no solid food whatsoever. I cannot even imagine all the concern that caused my parents.
The pediatrician reassured them that everything was okay, to hold out until my brother pulled through his nutritional “rut.” My parents undoubtedly wanted their son to be healthy, but there is no way to rationalize with a

Home Country: Epithets

on July 27, 2019 - 8:33am
Home Country
“Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” said Dud, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank.
“Epithet time again, Dudley?” Doc said.
“Epithets and heat time, Doc. When that heat comes along, the only thing that can really change an attitude is a properly tuned epithet. It’s man’s emotional release valve, but of course you know that, being a doctor and all.”
Dud doctored his coffee and took a sip.

Los Alamos Farmer’s Market Runs Trial Saturday Markets Through September

on July 26, 2019 - 4:52pm

Fresh vegetables at the Los Alamos Farmers Market, which has added trial Saturday markets to complement the traditional Thursday markets ... and if well attended, there may be discussion of a permanent schedule to reflect the second market day. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Super fresh greens at the Farmers Market. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Los Alamos MainStreet News:



The Los Alamos Farmer’s Market is introducing a trial Saturday market in the Justice Center Parking Lot through this September, complementing the traditional Thursday markets that take

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... CEO Carolyn Moore Of Nurses With Heart

on July 23, 2019 - 9:34am
CEO Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart. Courtesy photo
Executive Director
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is happy to connect with another community partner, for an educational event.
Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart asked us to work together to host a Parkinson & Movement Disorder organizational meeting July 29. The meeting is a chance to collect some feedback and provide direction for future gatherings.
The meeting is 2-3 p.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Karen St. Clair will facilitate the inaugural event. St.

Home Country: 60 Years Of Farming

on July 22, 2019 - 8:03am
Home Country
When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc.
Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer. Ol’ Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks.
When he’d been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict.
“Not bad at all for someone your age, Harley,” Doc said, grinning. “But you look tired. Take some time off and go fishing or take Gladys to the beach.”
“Can’t right now, Doc,” Harley

Test For Farmers Market On Saturday Begins Today

on July 20, 2019 - 7:20am
LAFM News:
Los Alamos Farmers Market is conducting a three month trial Saturday market starting today.
The market is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
On sale are fresh eggs, produce, herbs, fruits,honey, honey sticks, lamb, baked goods, burritos and more.

Senior Center Hosts De-cluttering Session Friday

on July 18, 2019 - 8:42am
Kendra Henning

Betty Ehart Senior Center News:

Santa Fe Realtor, Kendra Henning will present a session on de-cluttering, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

All community adults are welcome to learn how to de-clutter, downsize or prepare for a move to a smaller home. A recent presentation at the White Rock Senior Center used the fun, interactive opportunity to ask questions, and share decluttering and downsizing challenges.

Henning says while most are not considering a move, many adults already express a desire to declutter and simplify now, in order to avoid

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Incredible Ken Hendricks

on July 16, 2019 - 7:12am


Executive Director
This week, I will highlight another community partner. This time, I have selected Home Instead. When picking any type of provider, obviously you must pick the best for you, your family and your situation. My opinions today are based on a number of years of working with Home Instead, on community committees, as a recipient of services, as a viewer from afar, and now as a senior serving agency.
Caution, personal opinions just ahead! The reason Home Instead is successful, in our community is as simple as two words, Ken Hendricks.

Home Country: Ladder To Success

on July 15, 2019 - 6:53am
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.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs Blur The Line

on July 13, 2019 - 6:48am
Willy the dog. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
“The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior” by veterinarian Bruce Fogle (New York, Howell Book House, 1990), given all the recent studies on animal behavior, I’m amazed at the insights this author made THIRTY years ago.
In his Introduction, he claims that we “draw a clear line” between ourselves and other animals, including cats, but “…we blur the line with dogs.”
Recent studies now challenge that clear line between humans and all other animals, but that will have to wait for another Hen House