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LAVNS: Unavoidable Tough Topic

on July 16, 2017 - 5:14pm
Unavoidable Tough Topic
By LAVNS

No one likes to talk about our own or a loved one’s death. However, as much as we may wish to avoid the conversation, the event is unavoidable.

Planning things ahead of time will grant some peace of mind and lessen the family’s burden of making so many difficult decisions at the time of death.

  • For instance, my husband and I recently talked with our adult daughter to make sure she knew what we both wanted at the time of our deaths, including the location of everything she will need.

Ancestral Pueblo People Living At Bandelier

on July 16, 2017 - 8:46am

The Ancestral Pueblo people lived in homes built of carved blocks of volcanic tuff. Photo by Sally King

BANDELIER News:

Life in Bandelier ... the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in Bandelier from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE. They built homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in mesatop fields. Corn, beans, and squash were central to their diet, supplemented by native plants and meat from deer, rabbit, and squirrel.

Domesticated turkeys were used for both their feathers and meat while dogs assisted in hunting and provided companionship.

By 1550, the Ancestral Pueblo

How The Hen House Turns: Don’t Mess With Parrots

on July 14, 2017 - 7:58am
Miranda sitting with toy bird. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns—Don’t Mess With Parrots
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week I was asked to care for three parrots, while their adoptive ”parents” traveled to Paris.
 
The job seemed simple enough—rotate the three food and water dishes to the outside of each bird’s cage, clean them and add ¼ cup of water to one, kibbles to a second, and chopped vegetables to the third.
 
I prepared the chopped vegetables on arrival and stored them in the refrigerator. Okay. So far so good.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Value Of Interior Design – Why Hire A Designer?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:53am
Working with an interior designer. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Lately I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value of interior design. Defining one’s personal value is more than what service we offer, of course, but it’s good to communicate a lifetime’s wealth of knowledge in order to help others.

One of the most common myths about working with an interior designer is that it will cost too much. While it is true that some designers command high fees, many charge rates that are quite reasonable and affordable.

McQuiston: What Is Additional Living Expense Coverage?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:44am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Not many people sit and think about what they would do if a devastating tornado or fire completely demolished their home and left them “homeless.” When the unthinkable happens, Additional Living Expense, an often overlooked coverage that is typically part of a homeowners policy, may prove to be a financial and emotional lifesaver.

Homeowners insurance is an intangible asset that can be difficult to understand – until you really need it! Yet it provides peace of mind should a catastrophe occur.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Carry Someone To Shore

on July 13, 2017 - 6:20am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Did you read this inspiring story? It has been all over the news and social media:

On Saturday in Panama City, Florida, a group of swimmers were pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current. Rescue attempts had been made by various individuals, all of whom became stranded in the riptide themselves.

Jessica Simmons and her husband Derek were taking a walk when flashing emergency lights alerted them to a group of a dozen stranded swimmers shouting for help. Jessica and husband, both strong swimmers, rallied and organized the crowd into a human chain.

Smart Design With Suzette: Welcome To My (Smart) House

on July 7, 2017 - 8:30am

Perfect Bake Pro. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If there one thing that’s hotter than ever right now, it’s a Smart home. Once a year I write about the hottest technology in a wired home, but this list is quite interesting – especially if you like to cook, bake, clean, or like to live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of the best smart home devices of 2017.

COOKING

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology $200


When it comes to smoking ribs or other meats in the backyard, you’ve typically got two choices, charcoal or gas, and neither is perfect.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Move A Little

on July 6, 2017 - 6:29pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My daughter was five years old and my son was three.

They were playing on the floor, happily rolling their Hot Wheels across the tile. “Uh-oh,” my son said suddenly. “My car broke. It had a nervous breakdown!”

My heart sank into my stomach and I realized I had screwed up my kids for life.

It was easy to understand why he was confused. When my children were young both the car and their mother broke down on a regular basis. As they got older the cars became more reliable. I, however, continued to have challenging episodes.
My mental health and well-being

Scenes From July 4 Children's Parade In White Rock

on July 5, 2017 - 8:25am
For the 38th year, White Rockers gathered for the annual Fourth of July Children's Parade and Celebration sponsored by the White Rock LDS Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scene from the annual 4th of July Children's Parade and Celebration sponsored by the White Rock LDS Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scene from the annual 4th of July Children's Parade and Celebration sponsored by the White Rock LDS. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scene from the annual 4th of July Children's Parade and Celebration sponsored by the White Rock LDS.

Home Country: Standing As An American Citizen

on July 3, 2017 - 6:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others.
 
He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.
 
Let’s see … he thought … I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey’s and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She’s got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain’t easy.
 
He headed in that direction when he came across two friends of his arguing over politics.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Tells His Story: Part 1

on July 2, 2017 - 8:09am

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos shares his experiences prior to and during the war. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

MSgt. Paul Elkins. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos.

Last month marked 67 years since the beginning of the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, in which almost 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise Gratitude

on July 1, 2017 - 8:28am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

A few months ago I received an email from the UNM Mindful Center offering a day course entitled: Letting Go: A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat. It was to be led by Michelle DuVal, a remarkable and gifted meditation teacher.

I have a few issues (SURPRISE)—some of which are decades old—that continue to drag on my soul and dampen my spirit. These are issues that I think I have let go, and I think they are gone for good, and then one day… poof… they re-appear seemingly from nowhere and I am once again struggling to let go and move forward.

I envisioned Michelle

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 1, 2017 - 6:52am
Fourth of July picnic. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Red, White and Blue Refreshments
Think of cold beverages as

Los Alamos Farmers Market Hums With Activity

on June 30, 2017 - 7:58am

Patrick Montoya of Velarde mixes up an apple cider slushee for some youngsters at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Montoya Family Orchards was selling fresh fruits, james and jellies along with apple cider. They also produce fruit wines. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com 

 

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Thanks to a bounty of fruit ripening in the orchards of the nearby Espanola Valley, the Los Alamos Farmers Market hummed with activity Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmer's Market

on June 29, 2017 - 8:27pm

Picnicking near the Farmer's Market Thursday was this group from the Ark Child Development Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Gene Tauer of Intergalactic Bread Company selling his bread at today's Farmer's Market. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matt Romero with his helpers Tyler Martin, left, and Layla Romero at today's Farmer's Market. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Selling pork and eggs from Pancha Patch Farms are Titia Dons Barham, left, and Frances Deters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Nick Gibbons, left, and Paul Martinez selling cherries and

Y Reaches 79 Percent Of Fundraising Goal

on June 27, 2017 - 9:07am

Y News:

A divorced father living in Los Alamos travels 750 miles one way on a Friday then drives back Sunday, once a month to visit his children.

His ex-wife attends college and is taking an intensive summer course, which allowed the kids to stay with dad this summer. It is the only time he gets to see his children for more than a weekend. Due to unanticipated medical expenses, finances are tight and he can’t take a month off work. His kids were awarded YMCA Annual Campaign scholarships to Y Camp.

The award of assistance from Annual Campaign donations, he said, “is really a wonderful and

Scenes From Tonight's Summer Concert

on June 23, 2017 - 10:23pm

A large crowd turns out for this evening's summer concert at Ashley Pond Park where the Craig Martin Experience performed. Photo by Karen Kendall

The Craig Martin Experience performs before a large crowd this evening at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Don’t Let Your Investments Go On A ‘Vacation’

on June 23, 2017 - 7:40am

Provided by SHELLY WEIMANN
Edward Jones Investments

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways.

Smart Design With Suzette: Everything Old Is New Again

on June 23, 2017 - 7:39am
Wallpaper is back! Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color texture and material choices. As the saying goes “everything old is new again” rings true, especially in décor. The 1980’s and 1990’s are back again — this time with a 21st-century spin.

Floral wallpaper
The patterns may have changed, but it’s safe to say that wallpaper is experiencing a major renaissance in design.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tell Your Story

on June 23, 2017 - 7:21am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Okay, okay, okay. I will tell you about my date with Kenny Loggins. It was a long time ago. He was recently divorced from his first wife and not yet had his naked wedding to his therapist.

These were my pre-Los Alamos days and I had not yet met my now husband. Kenny and I were just two foot-loose (ha-ha) and fun-loving singles enjoying a few days in Sedona, Ariz.

We spent the weekend at a beautiful resort nestled in the red rocks, we browsed interesting shops, enjoyed amazing food, and the highlight was a spectacular outdoor benefit concert where Kenny

McQuiston: What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

on June 15, 2017 - 7:39am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I have been getting quite a few calls lately about car insurance rates on the rise. Why are rates going up, even if I am not having accidents?

To start with , you need to understand the function of insurance is to accept the risk from many people to pay for the losses of the few. Personal auto insurance protects car owners from having to personally pay for all the damages they are responsible for, resulting from an auto accident.

Consider this recent claim for one of my clients.  We began insuring him and his family about 2 years ago.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Choose Thoughtfully

on June 15, 2017 - 6:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My mother prepared three meals a day. It was almost always bacon and eggs in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, and a meat and potatoes dinner complete with an iceberg lettuce salad, and homemade baking soda biscuits. She made this every night. Then the family sat around the table and ate.

Breakfast cereal was seldom seen in her house until long after I graduated from high school. The same with soda. She never had soda in the house unless it was there as a special treat or a guest brought it.

Smart Design With Suzette: Backyard Theater

on June 15, 2017 - 6:41am
Outdoor home theater. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Although around 350 still exist across the United States, the drive-in survives on a smaller scale thanks to a growing number of people who have taken the concept to the backyard.

Can it be done without spending a fortune? Not only is it possible, it is an amazing amount of fun as long as you follow some common sense rules.

Don’t be That Neighbor…
Depending on where you live, the concept of a backyard home theater may be a non-starter due to noise restrictions, safety regulations, or because you live in an apartment and it is

How The Hen House Turns: What Do Heron’s Taste?

on June 14, 2017 - 7:18am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week, during our morning walk, we saw something that kept us fascinated for 20 minutes.
 
Instead of circling the campus, we had turned down toward the Windy Hill Open Space Reserve parking lot. There, near the fence bordering a huge meadow of
wild grass, we saw a heron.
 
He (or she) stood at least 4 feet tall, its long beak clamped tightly on a ball of brown fur. A quick dip of the bird’s head, and the gopher slipped down into his neck. What we were seeing was real, not a Nature program on TV.
 
The gopher ball was

Smart Design With Suzette - Outdoor Living

on June 9, 2017 - 7:44am
Outdoor kitchen. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s my favorite time of year to be outdoors – it’s not too hot, the evenings are cool and lets face it, our sunsets are the very best in the United States. Why not create a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space? It will greatly increase the appeal and value of your home while providing an oasis for friends and family to enjoy.

Purpose. How are you going to use your outdoor space? You most likely will need an entertainment area, cooking area and dining area.

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