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How The Hen House Turns: Animal Emotion

on April 16, 2018 - 10:01am
Red Gwen on the bench. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
Had I ever seen an obvious emotion like joy in the Hen House gang? I asked the question as I was reading Marc Bakoff’s book The Emotional Lives of Animals (California, New World Library, 2007). Had I seen sorrow? Fear? In the dogs, yes.
Our dogs—Skates, Poncho, DeeDee and Scooter—displayed what I could call obvious emotion at times. Several incidents stand out as too obvious to write off as “anthropomorphizing:” their tail-wagging joy at the suggestion of a walk in the canyon or a ride in the car.

Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market Thursday

on April 11, 2018 - 8:01am

The Los Alamos Winter Farmer's Market is 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy image




The Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market is 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday at Fuller Lodge.


The Los Alamos Farmers’ Market was started in 1970 and is a great place to buy local foods and other goods and to support local growers and producers. For more information contact Cindy at or 505.929.6579.


Los Alamos MainStreet is part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Encourage The Young

on April 5, 2018 - 9:01am

Los Alamos

In 1995, the two-night benefit concert featuring Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Lisa Germano and the indie band L7, left Pearl Jam frustrated with the high service fees Ticketmaster charged, They took the battle to court.

However this particular concert was not-for-profit, and able to bypass Ticketmaster. Instead fans entered a postcard lottery for tickets to the show. There were more than 175,000 entries for the 6,000 seats.

Home Country: Highlights Of Work

on April 4, 2018 - 8:19am
Home Country
Down at the sale barn Saturday, the think tank had coagulated there with coffees to go to celebrate spring. Doc and Dud had their dogs with them, while Bert and Dewey and Steve went stag.
Dud tried to start a conversation, but the loudspeaker soon drove them outside, where they arrayed themselves on dropped tailgates and waited to hear what Dud had in mind.
“I thought about it a lot,” Dud said, “and I wondered what the favorite part of my job was, and wondered if you fellas ever gave that any thought, too.”
They nodded.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Easter Eggs

on March 30, 2018 - 9:52am

Los Alamos

From my personal experience, I much prefer the Easter holiday rituals to the Christmas traditions. Christmas comes with high expectations, expense and stress. Easter is about relaxing and enjoying family.

The thrill of Christmas is over in a blur of gift wrap. The Easter egg hunt can last all day long. As long as there is someone to hide the eggs, there will be children eager to find them.

There is a lot of time, money and energy spent on the planning and preparing of the traditional Christmas Dinner. Easter Brunch is easy-breezy.

Smart Design With Suzette: Stylish Breakfast Nooks

on March 30, 2018 - 8:02am
Beautiful breakfast nook. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I am obsessed with breakfast nooks. There’s something so inviting about them. You can turn an open space near the kitchen into a cozy spot to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea with a friend and create a special place for casual meals that brings the family together at mealtime. Whether you have room for a banquette that seats a dozen or just a comfortable spot for two, you can create a charming nook.

Here are a few tips and some beautiful photos for your inspiration.

Match your table to the shape of your space

TopNotch Pilates Expands With New Location And Equipment

on March 29, 2018 - 5:01pm
Bill and Lynn Godwin on the reformer. TopNotch Pilates specializes in duet sessions as well as private one-on-one sessions. Courtesy photo
Scott Backhaus demonstrating the beginning of a hanging pull-up on the Cadillac Trapeze Table. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

TopNotch Pilates has a new home at 166 East Gate Dr. in Los Alamos. The new space is three times the size of the old in order to accommodate new equipment and growing clientele, owner and teacher Sabrina Svard said.

Svard has a loyal following of clients.

“Pilates breaks

A Mountaineer’s Story: One Year Climbing The World’s Most Beautiful Mountains

on March 24, 2018 - 8:33am

Local adventurer Ron Morgan spent 2017 climbing mountains across the country and world. He started in June in Washington and Peru and ended in December climbing two mountains in Mexico. Courtesy/Ron Morgan

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers are hosting a talk from local adventurer Ron Morgan, who spent much of 2017 climbing mountains around the world.

The talk is at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, following the Mountaineers’ 7 p.m. meeting to discuss upcoming outings.

In 2017, Morgan set out with his climbing partners to climb mountains

New Mom On The Block: Summer Care Options In Los Alamos

on March 23, 2018 - 7:33am

Los Alamos

Not to be confused with the New Kids on the Block—I have significantly fewer groupies—I am the new mom on the block.

Moving from San Diego last summer, I joined the ranks of the Los Alamos parenting community. There’s a pretty steep learning curve when it comes to being a mom “on the Hill,” so I thought I would share my knowledge and fill the void of local parenting literature as I learn (through successes and failures) along the way.

My current local parenting question: What summer care options are available in Los Alamos?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Take A Vowel

on March 22, 2018 - 4:48pm

Los Alamos

Two really great things happened last week:

  1. I scored 546 in Scrabble. It is the most I have ever, ever scored. In my opening move I spelled “zippers” with the help of a blank, and on every turn after that I scored more than 28 points. While it was happening and immediately afterward it felt magical. Shortly thereafter I realized I had achieved my personal pinnacle of the Scrabble challenge, and then felt a little down-hearted. Which is why it was fantastic that a second great thing happened.
  2. I was selected to serve as the Executive Director for the United Way

Home Country: One More Cup

on March 22, 2018 - 7:50am
Home Country
There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think. Well, scratch, anyway. Most of that thinking will start after about the third cup of coffee.
But it’s a quiet time. A private time. When the world is dark, and there isn’t yet a hint of pink over the eastern mountains, it’s very good. We can relax. No one is expecting anything from us right now.

Study Finds Los Alamos Among Best Places To Retire In New Mexico

on March 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
A new study from SmartAsset ranked the 10 best places to retire in New Mexico. The study considers taxes (both income and sales), the number of doctors’ offices and opportunity for recreation and social life. According to the study, Los Alamos ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
Check out the table below for more information on the places that ranked in New Mexico:
Doctors' Offices per 1,000 People
Recreation Centers per 1,000 People
Retirement Centers per 1,000 people
% of Seniors
Best Place to Retire Index
Taos, NM

Have Fun With Your Dog And Learn A Thing Or Two

on March 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

Happy dog. Courtesy photo


Registration for the Spring session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) runs March 19-30.

Enjoy an agility demonstration and sign your dog up for classes at the same time. A free Agility demonstration is scheduled at the In-Person Registration 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the LADOC building, next to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 246 East Rpad in Los Alamos.

Online registration begins March 20. Registration is first-come first-serve. Classes often fill quickly so timely registration is advised.


Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting Event At BeeHive Homes In White Rock Thursday

on March 18, 2018 - 7:40am

Cutting the ribbon Thursday at BeeHive Homes on Longview Drive in White Rock, from left, owner Nate Manning, a local resident, owner Michael Manning and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann. Photo by Natalie Glass

BeeHive Homes owners Nate Manning, left, and Michael Manning with Administrator Jayne Figueroa Thursday morning at the Grand Opening of the company's new White Rock facility. The company provides assisted living for seniors in a home-like atmosphere. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/


One of the 15 rooms at the BeeHive Homes facility in White Rock.

How The Hen House Turns: Changing Life

on March 15, 2018 - 7:04am
Formerly of Los Alamos
Do most kids want a pet of their own? Something aside from the family cat or dog? Not something or someone who is just part of the family.
There’s a subtle distinction to be made here. Usually, walking or feeding the dog or cat often falls on this child or that (when Mom and Dad are too busy) “It’s not “my” dog, Mom” (unless I own it, buy it myself, choose it myself, and house it in my room).
I learned that lesson years ago, and I expect it still holds. Or have things changed during the last few decades? Dogs seemed to have changed.

UNM-LA Invites Public To Screening Of PBS Point Of View Film On Diversity In The U.S. Monday

on March 14, 2018 - 6:14pm

UNM-LA News: 

  • UNM-LA Begins Documentary Film Festival on Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “All the Difference” at noon Monday, March 19.

In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm. Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films

“All the Difference”

Luján Notes Los Alamos County Again Named Healthiest County In New Mexico According To New Rankings

on March 14, 2018 - 12:25pm

View of Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

This is the eighth consecutive year that Los Alamos County has been cited as New Mexico’s healthiest county. The full list of rankings is available at

“Los Alamos

Buzz At BeeHive Homes: Ribbon Cutting March 15

on March 12, 2018 - 7:07am
BeeHive Homes at 110 Longview Dr., in White Rock adds finishing touches as they prepare for their ribbon cutting celebration 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15. Just prior to the start of the weekend, a sign stated only eight reservations remain available. Courtesy photo

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Living Simply Is A Muddy Process

on March 9, 2018 - 10:59am

Los Alamos

We had all gathered at a women’s writing weekend near Albuquerque. As we took turns introducing ourselves, one woman in particular made an impression on me.

She introduced herself as an attorney from New York. She and her husband had finally made enough money that they could “afford to live simply” and had recently moved to New Mexico to do just that. They were building an adobe home in Georgia O’Keeffe country. She kinda looked like Georgia O’Keeffe.

During the morning break I found the Georgia look-a-like (GLL). I asked where she was building her new home

Farmers Market Opens For Business Today

on March 8, 2018 - 7:33am
Produce for sale at the Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

Treats for sale at the Farmers Market. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market is 8 a.m. to noon today at Fuller Lodge.

The Los Alamos Farmers’ Market was started in 1970 and is a great place to buy local foods and other goods and to support local growers and producers. For more information contact Cindy at or 505.929.6579.

Los Alamos MainStreet is part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development

Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market March 8, April 12

on March 6, 2018 - 11:47am
Apple goods from Montoya's farm. Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
Just a one more winter market after this week's market, which is 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday March 8 then April 12. Both are at the Fuller Lodge.
This month at market:
  • New vendor- Goat Cheese, Feta, Cheve, Goat Milk, Keifer
  • Montoya's - Apples, dried apples, Cider, Snowcones, Roasted Green Chile,
  • Jams & Jellies, Tortillas.
  • Rodriguez Farm- Chico's Chile, Pinto Beans, Bean mixes.
  • Ranch de Iris- Chile pods, Winter squash, Organic seeds, Starts
  • Eremita Campos- Jams, Jellies, syrups, weavings and beets.
  • Shure Bakery- Quiches, Rolls,

Smart Design With Suzette: Spring Cleaning

on March 2, 2018 - 10:42am
Clean gutters. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
Spring is right around the corner. From the interior of your home to the exterior, getting your home ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy it. Many new homeowners don’t know where to begin. Here are some guidelines to get started.
Start On Your Exterior
The outside of your home has taken wear and tear from the winter. Walk around your home and examine caulking around windows and doors, as well as open windows and doors and look at weather stripping. Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather

The Family YMCA's Summer Y Camp & 2018-2019 After-School Programs Registration Drive Begins Monday

on March 2, 2018 - 8:01am

YMCA News:

Registration for The Family YMCA’s Summer Y Camp and 2018-2019 After School programs begins at 8 a.m. Monday, March 5 at the Y at 1450 Iris St.

During the registration drive, March 5 through May 4, each program’s $25 registration fee is waived. Also, the Y is hosting an Early Bird Y Camp special, March 5-31, where $100 will be taken off the “All Summer” registration option.

Financial assistance applications are available for both programs and can be accessed at or at the Y’s front desk.

Full fee registration begins May 5. For more information contact the Y at

Just One Thing To Do This Week: I Will Not Sweeten Up

on March 1, 2018 - 11:39am
Los Alamos
I am still struggling with sugar. It has been nearly 18 months since I initiated a healthy eating lifestyle plan that promised it would eliminate sugar from my diet in only 30 days.
But, that has not proven to be true. This clean and healthy lifestyle promise was made to me in the pages of a New York Times bestseller. If I follow the plan exactly, I am certain sugar would not be an issue for me.
Unfortunately I can only successfully follow the plan if I live like a hermit. The plan is not forgiving in real daily life situations.

Home Country: Burned Toast

on February 25, 2018 - 6:57am
Home Country
The guys were outside at the sale barn, sipping coffee in Styrofoam cups and waiting for someone to say something.
Inside, the pitch of the auctioneer was heralding the glories of an old spavined milk cow, and fevered cattlemen were waving cards with numbers on them.
It was quieter outside. Finally, it was Herb who spoke. “You guys ever burn the toast and then scrape it?”
Toast, huh? Why not?
“Used to do that a lot before the toasters got modern on us,” Doc said. “Hardly ever burn any more.”
There was a period of coffee sipping and dog