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Food on the Hill: Country Chicken Tart

on August 19, 2014 - 6:19am
This Week's Recipe: Country Chicken Tart
Photo by Sue York/
1 pkg of puff pastry (frozen)
16 oz. of good chicken stock
3 ½ cups of cooked chicken, cut into chunks (I use the rotisserie chicken for this dish)
4 tablespoons of butter, melted
4 tablespoons of flour
2 teaspoons of dried thyme
one can of whole potatoes, cut into chunks
¾ cup of pearl onions, cut in half
¾ cup of sliced mushrooms (I used morel, but any will work)
½ cup frozen peas
salt and pepper
1 egg, mixed well
Defrost the puff pastry according to the

Column: I Love the Co+op Because …

on August 13, 2014 - 8:37pm

Los Alamos Co+op Market Board of Directors welcome newest member Megan Green. From left, Cecile Hemez, Karen Kendall, Consuelo Montoya, Merry McIntyre, Megan Green, David Fellenz, Tracy McFarland and Ed Santiago. Not pictured Kathy Gursky. Photo by Steve Watts

I Love the Co+op Because …

Co+op board treasurer
Your Los Alamos Co+op Market Board has been having a busy and fun summer attending Gordon’s concerts to meet folks and talk about the Co+op.
We’ve been asking people at the concerts to write on our white board and finish the sentence “I love our Co+op

Food on the Hill: Croissants and Sausage Gravy

on August 12, 2014 - 6:40am
This week's recipe: Croissants and Sausage Gravy
Photo by Sue York/
6 croissants, cut horizontally (you can also use biscuits for this)
2 lbs of Jimmy Dean Sausage (I use one regular and one hot) cooked, drained and crumbled
3 tablespoons of melted butter
3 tablespoons of flour
1 ½ tablespoons of fresh sage, chopped fine
1 ½ cups of milk
¾ cup of heave cream
Salt and Pepper
In a large skillet,cook and drain the sausage. Cool enough to handle and crumble it.
Photo by Sue York/
In a large skillet,

Yang: Here We Go Again … From Time & Motion Studies To Surveillance

on August 11, 2014 - 6:49am
Los Alamos

When Frederick Taylor did his “scientific method” studies of time and motion in the late 19th century, he intended to bring about higher productivity and economic efficiency. 

An unexpected outcome of these studies was giving workers interval breaks and better pay as incentives. Taylor himself cared less about the workers’ welfare than about how to streamline production.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on August 7, 2014 - 7:55am
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening "Into the Storm," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." "Lucy," and "Guardians of the Galaxy" (great film!) will hold for another week. "Sex Tape" and "The Purge: Anarchy" will end this Thursday.

This summer movie season has been a tough one to choose the right films for our town and, let’s face it, most of the films this season were not that good. Yes there were a few notable ones, but not many. Nationally, box office receipts were down 25-45 percent - as were we. Granted I passed on some I shouldn’t have.

How the Hen House Turns: Imprinting and Dominance

on August 7, 2014 - 7:15am
How the Hen House Turns: Imprinting and Dominance
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Los Alamos

If you raise young birds with motherly attention from an early age, they are likely to imprint on you and seek you out for comfort and guidance for the rest of their lives.

People working with Sandhill cranes lead them through the air in small aircraft to get them to migrate normally. After raising Americia, the Rhode Island red, and Gwendolyn, the Americauna, in the house (as I described in last week’s story), I soon realized they would always regard me as their mother hen.

Red was


Johnson: On The Central American Refugee Crisis

on August 6, 2014 - 9:57am
Los Alamos
(Currently doing an internship in Mongolia)

An increasing flow of migrants from Central America, seeking a reprieve from violence in their home countries, has become an increasingly divisive political issue in the US.

At least 57,000 children alone have been detained after crossing the border since last fall (source). Americans from across the political spectrum have called for various measures to address the crisis. Aug.

A Measure of Worth?

on August 6, 2014 - 9:41am
Pajarito Lactation  

True confession. I fed my babies formula - at least for a little while.

There. It's out in the open. And guess what? I feel no shame. 

It's World Breastfeeding Week and the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, Los Alamos Chapter, is highlighting community support for breastfeeding. However, sometimes highlighting an issue can trigger strong emotions.  

World Breastfeeding Week, including the Ban the Bags campaign, is meant to protect and promote breastfeeding as a healthy choice for mom and baby.

Food on the Hill: Boston Cooler

on August 5, 2014 - 8:43am
This week's recipe: Boston Cooler
Photo by Sue York/

I grew up in southeast Michigan and we would have these during the summer. They are very easy to make, but they are very good! I believe that they need to be made with ONLY Vernor's soda. Luckily, Smith's carries this. It has a special taste.

Ingredients (for one drink):

12 oz of Vernor's ginger ale

3/4 of a pint of vanilla ice cream


In a blender, miix together until smooth.

Photo by Sue York/


You can also make these like a root beer float if you don't have a blender.
Boston Cooler

Yang: If It Ain’t Broke…

on August 4, 2014 - 12:28pm

If It Ain’t Broke…

Los Alamos

If it ain't broke … and Market Basket was not broken by any stretch of imagination. Market Basket is a 71-chain grocery store primarily serving the New England region.

In fact, the company is doing better than fine; it’s a billion-dollar enterprise with good profit margin. So, what did the board of directors try to fix? They removed the CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas (affectionately referred to as “ATD” by the employees), in an ouster maneuvered primarily by his archrival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

Breastfeeding Support in Los Alamos

on August 4, 2014 - 8:43am
Los Alamos

For a relatively small town in New Mexico, Los Alamos has a surprising array of available breastfeeding support: a mother-to-mother support group, a private practice international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), an RN/IBCLC working out of two doctor's offices, a certified lactation counselor (CLC), a government supported program for women with small children, a faith based breastfeeding organization, and the local hospital maternity ward.

La Leche League (LLL) of Los Alamos has been providing mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'And So It Goes'

on August 4, 2014 - 8:17am
Los Alamos

“And So It Goes” is another enjoyable Rob Reiner comedy in the genre of “As Good As It Gets” (1997, also written by Mark Andrus). It’s a mix of sweet with a lot of sour.

Michael Douglas is perfectly convincing as Oren Little, an irascible realtor widower who is disappointed with life and unable to exhibit the least bit of compassion for his fellow human beings (or, for that matter, for a Rottweiler).

Movie poster for 'And So It Goes.' Coutesy/Rotten Tomatoes

Diane Keaton plays his next door neighbor Leah, a lounge singer who is also widowed.

Why See a Nurse Practitioner?

on July 30, 2014 - 9:14am

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are caring and competent primary health care providers.

A graduate degree and licensure are required for entry-level practice. We are registered nurses prepared with advanced education and clinical courses designed to teach specialized content and clinical competencies relevant to primary care.

Essentially, NPs are licensed, independent providers with a blend of medical and nursing preparation. This blend uniquely prepares NPs to provide the patient-centered care that is central to meeting the primary care needs of our patients.

Herbal Wisdom: Botanicals for Pregnancy

on July 30, 2014 - 9:01am
Los Alamos

Pregnancy is a joyous and exciting time in a woman’s life.

During pregnancy, women may experience a variety of conditions and discomforts that can be effectively treated with botanical remedies. Safety is usually the number-one concern of women when it comes to choosing any remedy, whether an over-the-counter medicine for heartburn or an herbal cough remedy during a cold. 

There are many botanical remedies that are both safe and effective during pregnancy, and which can bring significant relief for a number of conditions and issues.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 30, 2014 - 8:20am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Guardians of the Galaxy, Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, and The Purge: Anarchy. Lucy, will hold for another week. Planes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Begin Again will end this Thursday

Movie Poster for 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Guardians of the Galaxy: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy.

How the Hen House Turns: Raising Chicks In House

on July 30, 2014 - 8:12am
How the Hen House Turns: Raising Chicks In House
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Los Alamos

One spring, several years ago, my daughter and her husband, my granddaughter, and their niece, were coming to visit. I wanted them to experience new chicks, so I chose two at the feed store in time for their arrival.

The Hen House was ready for two more chickens, but it was too early for anyone to be setting. We had a fine time socializing the chicks. As usual,  the dogs assumed that they were supposed to guard them, as if they were new puppies in the pack.


This Week's Recipe: Coconut Pork in Crockpot (Two Ways)

on July 29, 2014 - 11:27am
This Week's Recipe: Coconut Pork in Crockpot (Two Ways)
Photo by Sue York/
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds of boneless pork shoulder roast, sliced into about ¾ inch slabs, fat removed as much as possible
¼ cup fish sauce
2 cans of coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup of regular milk
1 cup of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced into small rings
Rice noodles or rice, cooked
Thai Red Curry Paste, to taste (if you want the second option for taste)
Save a little green onion and cilantro for garnish
In a medium fry pan,

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Lucy'

on July 28, 2014 - 9:56am
Los Alamos

“Lucy,” by writer/director Luc Besson, is a contemporary era (rather than futuristic) Sci-Fi flick, immersed in the dark underworld of international drug running.

If you are sensitive to scenes involving blood, torture, execution by gun, or weirdly morphing ooze, don’t bother with this one. The film is rated “R” for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality. I thought this was a very smart film. I liked it.

First off, the concept of the film is intriguing: what would happen if a human suddenly were able to increase the percentage of her brain to

Yang: Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included

on July 28, 2014 - 8:43am
Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included
Los Alamos

Do you feel a larger purpose for, and transcendent meaning in, your work?  Do you manage to focus on your work at least 20 percent of the time during the day? Do you get recharged by inspiration every so often, as opposed to surviving on caffeine? Do you regard your manager to be supportive and caring? Do you experience trust at work? These are the key questions to gauge how happy/unhappy people in the workforce feel about their work (click here).

Positive answers would mean a happier workforce, which in turn

Classical Music World: Answering Classical Concert Questions

on July 27, 2014 - 9:42am

LACA Artistic Director



A few of weeks ago I tried to define and then slap down three reasons why people don’t come to classical music concerts. My message was that you don’t have to know anything about classical music to enjoy it, you don’t have to dress up and you don’t have to clean out your bank account to attend.


Some of you may take my advice and come to one of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s offerings. And, if you have never been to a classical concert, you may find yourself feeling like you are in a foreign land where the music is great but you don’t

Reflections On Hope And End-Of-Life Care

on July 25, 2014 - 10:25am
Medical Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator

Hospice is actually about life and helping dying persons to live as fully as they wish until their last moment of life rather than curing the patient’s disease.

There are ways to ease pain and make life better for people who are dying and for their loved ones who are caring for them. It is called Palliative Care.


How the Hen House Turns: Time to Go Sleeping

on July 25, 2014 - 9:15am
How the Hen House Turns:
Time to Go Sleeping
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.
Los Alamos

In winter, at night, a flashlight beam is enough to guide the little ducks to the warm Hen House. Lucy goose doesn’t object when they dash through the door and between her legs—probably because she raised them. Lucy gives the chicken some trouble in summer, but Gwendolyn has learned to avoid Lucy, and the hen hops up onto the roost when the goose is being bossy.

Lucy and Bobbi, the geese, also follow the beam of light into the Hen House for the night.

More Power For New Mexico

on July 25, 2014 - 9:06am
CEO, Positive Energy Solar

New Mexico’s solar industry is ready to provide the state with clean power and jobs, while reducing the industrial pollution that is exacerbating droughts, causing health impacts and threatening the local economy. Now, our state’s abundant solar potential is becoming all the more important as the Obama Administration issues new public health protections limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

On July 29, hundreds of people will flock to Denver to attend a Western regional hearing on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, our nation’s first

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Jersey Boys’

on July 24, 2014 - 8:06am
Los Alamos

“Jersey Boys” is Clint Eastwood’s effort to put the hugely successful Broadway musical of the same name on the big screen.

It is the story of Frankie Valli and the original N.J., through their trying to survive in the big time. The music of the Four Seasons plays throughout the film, making it more than worth the price of admission.

The story is told by each of the four band members, cutting away at times to talk straight to the camera.

Movie poster for 'Jersey Boys.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Tommy DeVito’s (Vincent Piazza) version of the story comes

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 23, 2014 - 11:04am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson. Begin Again, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will run for another week. Jersey Boys will end this Thursday so don’t miss it.

Next week on Aug. 1, we will definitely open Guardians of the Galaxy, and the following week Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is certain. The film I’ve been working hard to open on Aug. 8 is The Hundred Foot Journey which is perfect for this town. Disney is saying we don’t make the cut again for opening weekend but we can get it by Aug.