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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

 MAINSTREET News:

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 talacook@windstream.net 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
 
By SUZETTE FOX
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 www.laymca.org 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
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
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
By SLIM RANDLES
 
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

Home Country: Romance

on February 22, 2018 - 10:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Dewey picked up Emily’s yellow dress at the cleaners and drove it back to her here in the valley. They had managed to get most of the wine stains out. But what Dewey hadn’t managed to get out that fateful evening at the Italian restaurant was his vow of eternal love for Emily and a suggestion that they become mister and missus Decker.
 
Oh well, he might give it another try tonight. But this darn clumsiness of his always seemed to get in the way.
 
Emily looked lovely when he picked her up that evening. They held hands and walked around in town, staying

National Hispanic Cultural Center Premieres Documentary On Acclaimed Folklorist Nasario García

on February 20, 2018 - 6:15am
Acclaimed folklorist and author Nasario García will be at the premiere of the documentary ‘Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco’ Thursday in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

NHCC News:

SANTA FE ― The documentary, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco, a film about landscape and memory, will have its National Hispanic Cultural Center premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th St SW in Albuquerque.

The film is presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Smart Design With Suzette: A Design Trend That’s Ruining Your Sleep Quality

on February 16, 2018 - 10:28am
Surveys have found that people with blue-painted bedrooms get the most sleep. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, just as important as eating right and exercising.

Your bedroom should be a healthy environment for getting rest. You might think that just having comfortable bedding is enough, but there are other factors in bedroom design that influence how well you’re able to sleep at night.

One design trend that’s incredibly popular, but a big problem for sleep, is light and bright bedrooms.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go For Your Gold

on February 15, 2018 - 8:47am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Meeting day-to-day expectations can be challenging. The sense of accomplishment in doing what needs to be done to successfully manage home and work and family is demanding enough for most of us. And then, there are the Olympians.

Many of us are enthralled by the Olympics. We watch the athletes twirl, skate, glide, and spin as they reach for Olympic gold. I come from a large family—meaning a family of very large people—and we consider the act of walking without falling to be an accomplishment. We are not coordinated.

Investment Seminar―'Retirement: Making Your Money Last' - Considerations For Retiring Employees

on February 14, 2018 - 7:09pm
Shelly Wiemann
 
EDWARD JONES News:
 
The Los Alamos National Security contract renewal is quickly approaching and you may be considering when you should retire, and if you are financially ready to retire.
 
To assist long-term employees nearing retirement, Shelly Wiemann, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, is holding a retirement planning seminar in a small-group setting. / She is offering the seminar, "Retirement: Making your Money Last", several times over the next few months on "A" and "B" Fridays.
 
First session is at 3 p.m. Friday, March 2. Additional sessions are April 13,

National Shift Toward Sustainability Drives Latest New Mexico True Story Featuring Taos Earthships

on February 12, 2018 - 6:49am
Taos is home to the Greater World Community, the world’s only subdivision of earthships open to visitors for tours and overnight stays. Courtesy/New Mexico True
 
New Mexico True News:
 
SANTA FE Earthships are best described as otherworldly, ethereal ... and while they may be stationary, they are powered through the elements by which they are surrounded.
 
These eco-friendly dwellings, made of discarded items such as automobile tires, bottles, beer cans and metal, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vacation.

Home Country: Clumsy Life

on February 12, 2018 - 6:33am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Dewey reached up to straighten his tie and stuck a finger up a nostril by mistake. Here he was, on the most momentous evening of his life and he couldn’t do one little thing right. Tie a tie. Every 9-year-old boy getting ready for church could do it, but not Dewey.
 
He cussed his awkwardness and inability to do anything short of causing a disaster. How many guys are there who could actually put a black baldy cow in a treetop? Just him. No … Dewey, our pharaoh of fertilizer because he could shovel it into a pickup without killing himself, was uniquely

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Find Another Way To Suck

on February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

The other day I ran into my sister Laurie at Smith’s. As we are chatting I notice the clip display of flexible drinking straws. I reach over, grab a bag of straws, and drop them in my cart.

“No, no! We can’t use plastic straws,” my sister chided me. “It’s bad for marine life and birds and the environment. Over 500 million straws are thrown away every day.”

Sometimes my sister makes stuff up to get me do what she wants. Sometimes I make stuff up to get her to do what I want. We both know this. But this time, I knew she was right.

YMCA: Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again

on February 9, 2018 - 8:20am
New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up. Courtesy photo
 
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, The Family YMCA urges everyone in Los Alamos to get a blood pressure screening.
 
Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.
 
High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Generate A Little Goodness

on January 25, 2018 - 6:32am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I am so disappointed I will not be able to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
 
Their wedding date is Saturday, May 19, and that is the only weekend this entire year where I have an unbreakable commitment. So, sadly, I can’t be there.
 
Of course, my absence does not matter to the bride and groom, since I am not on the invitation list.

Register For Intro To Fencing For Beginners Feb. 1

on January 23, 2018 - 9:43am

Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

The Family YMCA will open registration for the Intro to Fencing for beginners class Thursday, Feb 1.

Class begins Tuesday, March 6 and runs for three months. Class size is limited to 10 each year. Cost for the three-month program is $120/$90 for Y Members
 
The beginning class for students (Ages 10+) with no previous fencing experience meets each Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Y gym. The class will focus on basic footwork and blade skills, in both foil and epee, leading into actual fencing bouts. The season will finish May 29 with a tournament.

Holistic Health Fair At Family Strengths Network Friday

on January 23, 2018 - 9:35am

About Three In Ten US Veterans Use Tobacco Products

on January 23, 2018 - 6:13am

CIC News:

About three in 10 U.S. military veterans used some form of tobacco product during 2010–2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Tobacco product use was higher among veterans than among non-veterans for males and females across all age groups, except males ages 50 years and older.

CDC used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to assess the different tobacco products currently used (in the past 30 days) by U.S. veterans and non-veterans.

Home Country: Winter Hoax Revisited

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
 
“Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.”
 
“Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
 
“This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?”
 

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 20, 2018 - 5:38am
A well-organized closet. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year again. Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Why is that? Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Home Country: A Great Hoax

on January 20, 2018 - 5:27am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It’s just that … well, Doc is one of those guys who can’t stand to see anyone bored. He claims it’s bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.
 
When it happened, we in the inner circle of the World Dilemma Think Tank down at the Mule Barn truck stop thought back on what Doc had said a year ago when the temperature dropped, along with everyone’s spirits.
 
“In weather like this,”

Mountaineers: A Month In South Africa: Climbing, Cuisine, Culture, More Climbing And Critters Jan. 23

on January 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Sarah Gustafson of Los Alamos climbing at Waterfall Boven in South Africa. Courtesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
MOUNTAINEER News:
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers monthly program features a talk by Los Alamos residents Sarah and John Gustafson describing their trip to South Africa in August 2017, including climbing at Waterfall Boven, consorting with penguins, cruising for lions, contemplating South African culture, and consuming exquisite cuisine.

The meeting is Tuesday. Jan. 23 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

Winter Farmers Market At Fuller Lodge Thursday

on January 10, 2018 - 7:46am

The community is invited to visit the first Farmers Market of the 2018 season 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 11 at Fuller Lodge. EBT & DUFB are accepted. Courtesy photo

Home Country: The Price Of Art

on January 8, 2018 - 10:24am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
A new year. A new start. Who said I can’t finish this book?
 
Dud Campbell walked the frozen sidewalk and blew steamy breath out through his parka hood. All I need, really, are a few ideas.
 
Dud’s been working on his novel, “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” for several years now, and it has taken on different blends of seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in our little valley.
 
For example, the bizarre romantic connection between Dewey and Emily led to a rewrite of the part where the book flashed back many years to when the

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