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Garrison: 2018 Thanksgiving Thankful List

on November 22, 2018 - 7:12am
St. George, Utah

Each November I compose a “Thanksgiving Thankful List” for the preceding year. My wife Deb and I enjoy our life in red rock southern Utah and have many things for which we are thankful.

I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

My 2018 Thanksgiving Thankful List:

  • I’m glad condiments now come in squeezable plastic bottles. Those of us of a certain age remember when ketchup came in a tall skinny round bottle with a small opening.

Home Country: Windy’s Tuxedo

on November 17, 2018 - 6:48am
Home Country
Ever since ol’ Windy began a career in radio, which is unusual for an old hunting guide, cowboy and camp cook, he’s been spending more time thinking about things to say. His radio segment, called Windy’s Words of Wisdom, has given him new purpose.
Down at the sale barn the other day, he meandered around until he had several of the guys semi-cornered. You see, the only thing in life Windy Wilson can’t live without is an audience.
“Now Doc,” Windy said, “you watch teevee, right?”
“Of course.”
“So do I, and that’s why I’ve decided to spread out

How The Hen House Turns: The Love Of Pigs

on November 16, 2018 - 7:23am
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Formerly of Los Alamos
There seems to be an outbeak of pig stories lately at least on my reading list. Sy Montgomery’s story of her “Good Good Pig” (New York, Balantine Books, 2006) is a very fun read, while providing wonderfilled evidence that convinces us that pigs are real people.
And here in our small California town “pickles the Pig” has gone viral on Instagram and Facebook and now has 65,000 worldwide fame.
Both pigs were treated with respect as the aware beings they were, and the authors let them be themselves, while teaching them

Smart Design With Suzette: Eight Ideas To Brighten A Home In Winter

on November 15, 2018 - 7:05am

Install glass doors to let natural light into the house. Courtesy image

Add twinkle lights inside your home. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn’t used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while sipping on hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) under a throw blanket? But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you’re living in a cave.

Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier with more natural light indoors.

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Home Country: Isn't That Pretty?

on November 13, 2018 - 12:35pm
Home Country
I think there must be autumnal reasons for Halloween being hued in orange and black. It’s a fun time, a magic evening if you’re a kid, and if you’re a grandpa-type guy, like me, who gets to hand out the goodies.
But the colors of this sweet evening celebration are orange and black, and so is October. In another week or so, our deciduous trees will stand like skeletons against the gray skies of winter, but now we have the orange and black of fall.
It happens right about sunset each day.

November Is Native American Heritage Month

on November 7, 2018 - 8:45am

November is Native American Heritage Month. Here students rock their mocs as part of Rock Your Mocs week, which happens Nov. 12-16. The Betty Ehart Senior Center has a display of native pictures in puzzles from Florence Riebe. The puzzles will be displayed throughout the month. The local Youth Activity Centers celebrate Native students and staff with a display highlighting local pueblos. The displays will be expanded throughout November. Courtesy photo

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Smart Design With Suzette: Simple Steps To Prep For Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2018 - 5:27pm

Pamper guests with special touches such as fresh flowers, bottled water and chapstick. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Now that it’s November the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.

I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials, people with kids, Gen X-ers, and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter.

On The Job With Veronica Krupnick At CASA

on October 28, 2018 - 7:49am

Veronica Krupnick stands in a room full of toys for kids in the foster care system at the offices of CASA First in Santa Fe. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

Veronica Krupnick is a recent college graduate who has joined the CASA First team as a Foster Youth Advocate.

CASA First is one of the many youth advocacy programs that receives funding from United Way of Northern New Mexico.

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Thanks Community For 1st Walk/Run For Diabetes Participation

on October 26, 2018 - 2:31am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offering blood sugar checks at the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Participants lining up at the start of the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Ian Alexander getting ahead of the pack to win the fastest time among the males. Photo by Andrea Villareal


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico ( MANNM) would like to extend its gratitude to the participants and the community for coming out to support the 1st Run/ Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6 at Rover Park in WHite Rock.

MANNM plans for the event to be held annually

How The Hen House Turns: Owls Of Los Alamos

on October 21, 2018 - 7:03am
Formerly of Los Alamos
Every morning here in California, I hear the owls over Sausal Pond hooting back and forth, and I try to remember what owls we heard behind our house in Los alamos. The house sat beside the canyon near the Golf Course. My husband Don experienced their silent presence one evening while walking into the hills above town. He sensed, not heard, the bird pass by him in the dusk.
Owls are amazing with their ear tuffs and round faces ringed with feathers to trap sound.

MorningStar Casts New Light On Senior Living

on October 19, 2018 - 9:01am

Los Alamos Farmers Market Offerings Today!

on October 18, 2018 - 5:00am
Pat Montoya will offer 10 varities of apples, cider, dried apple chips, tortillas, jams, vinegars, and chiles today at the Los Alamos Farmers Market, open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. For more information about, contact Cindy at Courtesy photo
Attaboy Porky! Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
The weather has turned cold but the chile roasters are still burning! Come by and pick up on the last of the green chiles, tomatoes and other fall foods 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Farmers Market .

Workshop At UNM-LA: Developing Healthy Manhood

on October 16, 2018 - 11:24am

UNM-LA News:

As part of the grant received by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), in collaboration with TEWA Women United, invites the community to a workshop that explores how men and boys can cultivate respectful masculinity and define their position on opposing sexual violence against women and girls.

The workshop, titled “Healthy Manhood: Men and Boys’ Role in Building Beloved Community,” is 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 in Building 2, Room 230 on the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Dr. Refreshments will be served.

The presenter,

Home Country: Clean Your Boots

on October 16, 2018 - 8:08am
Home Country
Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera, in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade.
Apparently, singing La Donna Mobile might be more effective than “You don’t know whatlonesome is ‘til you start herding co-o-o-ows” … especially if she doesn’t speak European.
I thought I’d jot down a few opera-watching truths for ol’ T.C. just to help him out.
1. Take off your hat. You can keep jujubes in it if you want.

October Version Of Prism Now Online

on October 5, 2018 - 4:50pm

Click the above image to view the October Issue of Prism. Prism can be viewed online all month by clicking the Prism button on the sidebar to the right of the news feed.


Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

on October 4, 2018 - 4:53am

Green chile chicken enchilada casserole. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Espanola Valley

After a week’s travel to vertical eastern cities, I am dying for sunshine, vistas and green chile chicken enchiladas.

I long for our high desert and our unique food. This casserole is the ultimate in comfort food.

 Waiting at the luggage carousel I am taking virtual inventory of my pantry, my refrigerator, my deep freeze, visualizing all the ingredients I will need and lamenting another wait for the park and shuttle.

I speed to the I-25 exit, breeze by Sandias, sideline Santa Fe and

Scenes From Farmers Market Thursday

on October 1, 2018 - 7:12am

Scene from Thursday's Farmers Market. The Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through the end of October in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. For more information about the Los Alamos Farmers Market, contact Cindy at Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Fall Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 11:16am

Dolores and Josephine Toya of Jemez Pueblo. Courtesy/NPS


Visitors are invited to spend a beautiful, autumn day in Frijoles Canyon at the Annual Fall Fiesta, 11.a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Bandelier Visitor Center.

Each weekend through the summer, Pueblo cultural demonstrators showcase their work at the park. For the Fall Fiesta, all these artists are invited to come on the one day, sell their crafts, and talk with visitors. Handmade items that are expected to be available include pottery, jewelry, drums, and carvings.

A Pueblo dance group is scheduled to present

Liddie Martinez With Dahlia From Her Valley Farm

on September 25, 2018 - 3:42pm

Market President Liddie Martinez of Los Alamos National Bank in her office today with a large bloom from one of more than 50 dahlia bushes on her farm in the valley. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

LAMC Supports Family Y Healthy Communities Mission

on September 21, 2018 - 8:40am

The Family YMCA 2018 Board of Directors includes front row from left, Past President Christina Sierk, John Whiteside, President Lou Santoro and Treasurer Chris Ortega. Back row from left, Elizabeth Bezzerides, Cheryl Sowder, Laura Crucet and Allison Majure. Not shown, Debbie Huling, Shay Kendricks, Matt Schmidt, Eric Vasquez and Janelle Vigil-Maestas. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/YMCA


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Family YMCA mission is to build individual, family and community strength by

Los Alamos Farmers Market Has Long History

on September 20, 2018 - 5:06pm
Los Alamos Farmers Market Manager Cindy Talamantes invites everyone to stop by the Information Booth to say hi, learn more about the market and maybe buy one of the colorful shopping baskets available at the booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
It's fall at the Los Alamos Farmers Market! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s been a tough year for northern New Mexico farmers, but you wouldn’t know it from the bounty available at the Los Alamos Farmers Market, or the warm welcome vendors extend to

Smart Design By Suzette: Design Like A French Girl

on September 20, 2018 - 6:36am

Do something the French have mastered: enjoy your home. Courtesy image

Follow the French citeria when renovating: form follows function. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

How do the French do it - that effortless style that oozes sophistication? Even the term for that mysterious, not-quite-definable fabulousness is French: je ne sais quoi.

I recently read How The French Live. It identified a few key guiding principles that I live by and thought that this topic would make a good article. The author is from Provence, Southern France but now lives in San Francisco.

Co+Op Hosts Holistic Health Fair Sept. 29

on September 18, 2018 - 9:35am

Home Country: Should Have Been Diamond Cutters

on September 18, 2018 - 7:13am
Home Country
Slim Randles
You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings.
If I hit it right there, he said to himself, it should cleave.
"What do you think, Arthur? If I hit it right there...?"
Arthur looked up from his end of the woodpile and wagged his tail. The old guy's talking to me again. Sure is cold out here. When are we going back in the cabin? Isn't it almost time for supper?

How The Hen House Turns: Mental Activity In Animals

on September 17, 2018 - 12:44pm
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Formerly of Los Alamos
An Ethogram is a chart that lists the kind of mental activity observed in animals: Tool using? Reflection? Problem solving? Flexible decision-making? Thinking? In his Great Course, “Zoology: Understanding the Animal World,” Donald E. Moore III explores some interesting suggestions.
Do animals use tools? That is no longer in question for some, especially the untrained crows that choose appropriate visible tools to reach other tools of more appropriate size that allows them to reach visible treats deep in a plastic box.