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How The Hen House Turns: Animal Bonding

on July 17, 2018 - 9:33am
Even the squirrels will stop and stare, posing nicely, if I talk sweet nothings to them. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
We have never owned a horse, but I would love to have had one, plus several to keep it company--now that I've read about them and their remarkable history with humans. What an incredible tolerance they have had for us. Why did they adapt to our demands over so many thousands of years? What in their nature allowed that, given their preference for living wild in small bands?
It makes me wonder how long we have domesticated chickens.

Scenes From Farmers Market July 12

on July 17, 2018 - 8:40am

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Mendez Produce from El Guque, NM. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scene from the July 12 Farmers Market in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Home Country: Yard Salin'

on July 16, 2018 - 11:40am
Home Country
The hassled, red-faced man cruising the neighborhood Saturday morning in the pickup truck is good ol’ Bert, of course. It’s a warm Saturday, which means only one thing in our part of the country – yard sales. That’s why the charming lady riding next to him, his wife, Maizie, was wearing a big grin.
“There’s one Bert,” she said. “On the right. Pull over and park.”
It took Maizie almost 20 minutes to work her way up the driveway. There were three boxes of paperback books to go through first, then a shelf full of various knobs.
“I’ll ask them what

Why Zero Waste?

on July 14, 2018 - 7:25am

Members of the Zero Waste Subcommittee meeting recently at the Los Alamos County Eco Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

ZWLA News:

Did you know that Los Alamos has a Zero Waste Subcommittee (ZWLA)? This group started as a subcommittee of the Environmental Sustainability Board and now welcomes participation from others who want to contribute to the Zero Waste aspect of environmental sustainability.

There are representatives from the Los Alamos High School Eco Club, Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should email

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Save Money On Bathroom Remodels

on July 13, 2018 - 7:30am

A before and after shot of a renovated bathroom. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

As some of you may know, besides having my design business, I have become a Realtor. I am working with Paula Glover on her team at Re/Max First of Los Alamos. I feel it’s a perfect compliment to design – to help buyers imagine what a home could be to reflect their needs and desires – to help see the potential.

With that being said, many buyers are shocked at the condition of some of our homes here. However, homebuyers and homeowners should stay open-minded about remodeling.

Tobacco Use Among New Mexico High School Students At All-Time Low

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rates of cigarette smoking by New Mexico high school students are lower than ever before - dropping by more than 50 percent over the last decade.

According to data from the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), youth cigarette smoking has dropped from 24.2 percent in 2007 to nearly one in 10 (10.6 percent) New Mexico high school students in 2017.

Usage rates for other tobacco products including cigars, chew/spit tobacco, and hookah (a large water pipe used to smoke tobacco) have also fallen to historic

Home Country: Mrs. Forrest

on July 10, 2018 - 3:58am
Home Country
Mrs. Forrest has always been a compulsive feeder. Before she retired, she was cooking for the Mule Barn truck stop’s customers, and is singularly responsible for about three flabby tons of avoirdupois on this nation’s truck drivers, and may have been marginally responsible, third-hand, for a cardiac event or two.
But now she’s retired, and a widow, and her kids all have kids and are scattered like a covey of quail. Local bachelors of a certain age know if they should just happen to be chatting with Mrs.

New Mom On The Block: Car Activities For Youngsters

on July 7, 2018 - 4:28pm

The author’s neice, Avery Jones, gets ready for a car trip. Courtesy photo

Katharine Coggeshall
Los Alamos

The idea of taking a car trip with your kids can feel like the perfect remedy for isolated mountain life. That is, until you hear the dreaded words, “He looked out my window!”, “She touched me!”, or “I didn’t need to go when we left but now I have to emergency potty!”

Car travel with kids can be a serious test of patience. But with a bit of planning you can smooth out some of the common bumps in the road. Car activities will keep your kids occupied throughout the long journey.

Izraelevitz: The Honor And Blessing Of Becoming An American Citizen

on July 5, 2018 - 7:28am
Los Alamos County Council Chair

When the Publisher of this newspaper asked if I would write a column celebrating the Fourth of July, I couldn’t help but look back to the previous July 4th at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center, where I was invited to speak at a new citizenship ceremony. I shared with them my feelings about the honor and blessing of becoming an American citizen as an adult. I hope you will enjoy an abbreviated version of my talk.

July 4, 2017

Thank you very much for your invitation to speak here today.

Liddie’s Traditional NM Dishes: Green Adovada

on July 5, 2018 - 7:23am
Green Adovada by Liddie Martinez. Courtesy photo
Española Valley

Carne Adovada plays an essential part in northern New Mexican cuisine, a braised red chile pork dish that we all crave, especially close to the holiday season. But, have you ever heard of green adovada? I’m sure it likely existed somewhere out there in the last century or so, but I’ve never encountered a recipe for it nor have I seen it on a restaurant menu.

Back in the day, before families had freezers in their homes, Norteños dried a variety of fruits and vegetables on screens to preserve and store

What's Up At Farmers Market This Week

on July 4, 2018 - 11:55am
Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
What’s up at the Farmer's Market open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday?
Beef, Yak, Bison, Lamb, Honey, Apple Cider, early apples, cherries, apricots, mulberries, tomatoes, potatoes, chard, kale, lettuce, eggs, cut flowers, vinegars, Goat Milk Soaps, Beans dried and fresh green beans, purple and Yellow, Squash, Onions, Garlic, dried chile, ristras, sage decorations, Kettle corn, Sharpening Service, weavings, native plants, quiche, pies, tarts, cookies, cinnamon breads, burritos, tacos by Mr.

Home Country: It Was Hot...

on July 4, 2018 - 7:42am
Home Country
“Hot? Did you say hot?”
“Sure did, Windy, have a seat and join us,” Doc said. We were huddled up in the coolth of the air conditioner blast in that certain part of the dining room at the Mule Barn truck stop. Yes. It was hot.
“Ain’t like Death Valley, howsomever,” Windy said. “Now boys, that there’s HOT!”
“You been to Death Valley, Windy?”
“Shore did, Steve. Wellsir, it was a long time back, ‘bout the time of when I ferget who was president. One of them guys who ain’t president any more.

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday

on June 29, 2018 - 9:29am

Velarde Apples stand open for business Thursday at the Los Alamos Farmer's Market. The market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25 in the parking lot at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. 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. The Los Alamos Farmer’s Market is a Los Alamos MainStreet program and is part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Courtesy photo

ADC Builders Kitchen & Bath Design Expands Showroom On DP Road

on June 28, 2018 - 8:39am

Alec Caspersen, left, and James Auchampaugh in the expanded showroom at ADC Builders on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Alec Caspersen, left, and James Auchampaugh use 20/20 design software to design, render and price kitchen cabinet layouts at ADC Builders on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

ADC Builders Kitchen & Bath Design has expanded its cabinet, counter top and flooring showroom at 212 DP Road.

The business has been located at 212 DP Road for more than four years.

Public Transportation Key To Boosting Health For Aging New Mexicans

on June 24, 2018 - 10:12am
By Stan Cooper
AARP Volunteer
NM Transit Association Board Member 
Most of us take for granted that we can wake up each day, get in our car, drive to work, drive home, drive to the grocery store or to a movie, and get wherever we want to go. But for some of us, the time will come when we can no longer drive a car and we must give up the keys.
The loss of a vehicle can often lead to cases of isolation, which causes a decrease in physical activity, and mental engagement.

Scenes From Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy Appreciation Picnic At Urban Park Saturday Afternoon

on June 24, 2018 - 8:30am

Celebrating 15 years in business, Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy owners, instructors and students and family members gathered for a family picnic Saturday afternoon in Urban Park. Banken Mountain Martial Arts Academy at 172 Central Park Square hosts classes for some 200 adults and 75 youth along with a Little Ninja class for 5 year olds. ‘We live in such a wonderful community and appreciate all the people that have come through our Academy,’ said Evelyn Banken of her husband’s business. ‘Bankens Academy wanted to let all of them know how much we appreciate all of our students.

Kristin Allen Opens Yoga Studio In Los Alamos

on June 21, 2018 - 10:31am
Owner Kristin Allen of Tribe Yoga and Wellness Studio. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
When Kristin Allen arrived in Los Alamos 10 months ago with her family, she looked for a niche for herself. A place in the community where she felt she belonged and maybe a space others would be comfortable in, too.
As a result, Allen opened Tribe Yoga and Wellness Studio at 1247 Central Ave., Suite F226. The studio is on the second floor of the building across from the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

An Open Book: June 21st Will Always Be My Father’s Day

on June 21, 2018 - 10:17am
Los Alamos

Dear Open Book Readers:

It’s been quite a while since I’ve sat down to write a column. For a variety of reasons, I have not had the frame of mind to share some thoughts with you. They are sometimes quite private, and the last few months have been just the opposite of private. However, June 21st is always a special day for me, as you will read below, and given the date and current news about immigration and families being separated, I recalled the column I wrote back in 2015 that I felt was appropriate to share.

Los Alamos Farmer’s Market Underway!

on June 21, 2018 - 9:48am

It's a beautiful morning at the Los Alamos Farmer's Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The outdoor Farmer's Market runs 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday through October nd is loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables, fajitas and much more. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmer's Market underway until 12:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmer's Market underway until 12:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmer's Market underway until 12:30 p.m.

Smart Design By Suzette: Common Renovating Mistakes

on June 15, 2018 - 4:17pm

When looking at renovations, focus on the most used spaces such as the kitchen. Courtesy image

Rememeber to consider a room’s lighting when doing a home improvement project. Courtesy image

Don’t ignore a home’s style. Keep removation projects within the style. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Taking a sledgehammer to your outdated kitchen may sound like fun, but realistically, renovating your home is a process that requires a lot of time and care.

Deciding to gut the bathroom and add a master walk-in closet is a great idea until you realize you need to do a plumbing update

How The Hen House Turns: The Value Of Sweet Talk

on June 15, 2018 - 11:16am
California Fox on town trail. Courtesy photo
Local Squirrel. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
Today I saw a beautiful young fox. He was crossing the path that runs across the steep wooded hill above our local creek. The water was quiet since we have had little rain lately. The creek can be quite noisy after a rain. It drains the steep meadows that reach out to Skyline Blvd, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean four miles up hill.
The fox saw me and froze for a moment. So did I. When I reached for my camera, he started across the trail, then stopped and looked

New Mom On The Block: Los Alamos Offers Venues For Children’s Birthday Parties

on June 15, 2018 - 8:07am

Katharine Coggeshall
Los Alamos

Your child’s birthday is the single most important day of the year to them. And although they may imagine a pop-up amusement park in your backyard with a personal stage for Taylor Swift to perform, your wallet may be wondering what other party options are available in Los Alamos.

With my son’s eighth birthday looming, the pressure is on to discover the best local party venues for kids. The balance between cost and childhood expectations is at the forefront of my mind, but I have managed to identify a number of candidate venues.

Los Alamos Birthday Party

The Family YMCA: June Is Men’s Health Month

on June 14, 2018 - 3:22pm


YMCA News:

June is Men’s Health Month and The Family YMCA would like to spread awareness around issues that affect the health and wellbeing of boys and men by encouraging everyone to war blue on Friday, June 15.

According to the Men’s Health Network, men are dying at higher rates than women from 9 of the top 10 causes of death.  They are also the victims of over 92 percent of workplace deaths.  On average men today die almost five years earlier than women-compare that to a one-year difference in the 1920’s.

Home Country: Summer Heat

on June 12, 2018 - 8:47am
Home Country
Our day is filled with heat at this time of year. It commands our attention and makes our work harder. As we toil, we daydream not about love or success, but things as mundane as shade and a cool drink.
But though the oppressive heat weighs on our brains and taxes our bodies, it is the price we pay for being allowed to spend time outdoors … and it has its one singular consolation: our summer evenings.
When the sun goes down in summer, it’s romantic enough to hug a cactus.