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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

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on July 10, 2019 - 6:10pm

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

Since the causes of behavior are cast in terms of “contingencies,” the time has come to make some sense of the term “contingency.”

This term stands in generically for the range of “causes” of behavior the way other terms cannot, such as “stars” in astrology, or “selves” in psychology.

In a contingency, as an if-then relationship, if one variable happens, then the other variable happens. Each contingent relationship involves a dependency between variables.

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on July 10, 2019 - 9:20am
LAFM News:
What’s at Thursday's Farmers Market:
Apricots- Plums- Peaches- Cherries-Apples Pork-Lamb-Beef-Yak Lavender Body Products- Vegan Body Products- Goat Milk Soaps Apple Cider- Snow Cones- Dried Apple -Apple wood Squash- Onions- Garlic- Beets- Turnips- Radishes- Peas- Green Beans Squash Blossoms- Beans- Bolitos Beans- Black Beans- Quiche- Tea Breads- Cookies- Cake- Scones- Tarts- Buns Burritos- Tacos- Sharpening Service- Kettle corn Worm castings, Compost- Plants- Weavings-Eggs- Honey, Honey sticks- salad Mixes- Romain Lettuce- Tomatoes-

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Piñon Flan

on July 5, 2019 - 6:34pm

Piñon Flan. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

There must be at least a small Roman gene in my genetic makeup because, like the Romans, I am crazy about chickens! Chickens were domesticated by the ancient Romans and kept for laying eggs. And, as any cook with a flock of chickens will tell you, you get very inventive on uses for the little gems that tend to be highly prolific and in short form will take over your kitchen. I love their versatility and the fact that they are low in calories and high in protein.

Award Winning Builder RayLee Homes Announces Ground Breaking Of Mirador In White Rock

on July 3, 2019 - 9:48am

Front elevation of the Tuscan model home planned for Mirador in White Rock. Courtesy/RayLee Homes

RayLee Homes News:

RayLee Homes is excited to announce the ground breaking of Mirador in White Rock, one of the most in demand housing markets in New Mexico due to the influx of new jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, along with the high percent of retirees choosing to stay and live in the area.

Mirador in White Rock will provide 161 residential lots to be built on over the next three to four years.

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Examples And Styles

on July 3, 2019 - 9:40am

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

While some available books follow a reference–laced reporting of research results, these columns rely on a conceptual treatment of topics. This treatment includes numerous everyday examples, directly emphasizing meaningful understanding and appreciation of the fundamental principles, practices, and implications of the science that studies behavior.

As we reach and cover more complex, advanced topics, we will also employ our findings to explore and explain some of the conceptually intricate and intriguing

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
Courtesy photo
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