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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Take A Vowel

on March 22, 2018 - 4:48pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
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
By SLIM RANDLES
 
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
SMART ASSET News:
 
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:
 
Rank
City
Tax
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
1
Taos, NM
17.9%
6.5
3.3
0.2
21.6%
31.95
2
Placitas,

Have Fun With Your Dog And Learn A Thing Or Two

on March 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

Happy dog. Courtesy photo

LADOC News:

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.

Course

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/ladailypost.com

 

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
By CARY NEEPER
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 www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“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

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
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

 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

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