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Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

on April 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel demonstrates

Wiemann: Be An Environmentally Friendly Investor

on April 22, 2017 - 5:59am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

“Recycle” proven strategies. Over the past few decades, we have discovered ways of bringing new life to objects we would have previously thrown away.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Build Sandcastles

on April 21, 2017 - 5:37am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Lately I feel like I am running out of time. I have always felt there just wasn’t enough time on a day-to-day basis, but now I feel like I am running out of time in the BIG picture. As I look at the list of things I want to accomplish in my life and I compare it to the number of years I may (or may not) have left, I realize that I kinda gotta get it together pretty quickly. This has been weighing on me quite heavily. I don’t have that sense of impending doom that I usually experience before my birthday, but it is close.

When one comes to a crossroad such as

Welcome To The Woods

on April 21, 2017 - 5:08am

 

WICCAN News:

Ever wondered what real witches do on the night of the full moon? Or what the Pentagram really means? Or what a Wiccan ritual is like -- or wanted to see one? Join the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods for three fun and informative evenings where they will explore these questions and much more.

The group meets the second Wednesday of May, June and July to share information and skills about the modern practice of witchcraft. They gather at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St.

Los Alamos Ranks #8 Best Place To Live In America

on April 21, 2017 - 5:07am
NICHE News:
 
Niche just released its new 2017 Best Places to Live rankings. Out of more than 15,000 towns and neighborhoods in the US, Los Alamos is the #8 best place to live in America.
 
These new rankings explore 228 cities and over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Data used in this ranking was pulled directly from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS and CDC, as well as millions of reviews from residents.
 
Here's a first look at the 2017 Best Places to Live in New

National Grant To New Mexico’s Homewise Will Provide $10,500 In Down Payment Assistance To 300 Residents

on April 20, 2017 - 8:03am
NMH News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s Homewise, Inc. has received a multi-million dollar grant to provide $10,500 mortgage down payment assistance to 300 low- to moderate-income homeowners throughout Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance, Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Taos counties.
                            
Homewise received the Project Reinvest: Homeownership grant through a competitive, nationwide process and will begin administering the grants this month.
 
Project Reinvest: Homeownership grantees were selected from eligible Community

How The Hen House Turns—Bird Minds

on April 15, 2017 - 6:00am
Lucy and Bobbi at a stock tank. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns—Bird Minds
By Cary Neeper


While watching our turkey, Little Bear, march across the backyard, it wasn’t difficult to believe that birds descended from dinosaurs. Little Bear (Turkey2) looked like a miniature T-Rex with her long neck stretching forward from a round body balanced over two long legs.

When I stretched out a hand filled with cracked corn, and she would rush over to snatch up the treat. Her gustatory preferences always surprised me. Why did she find dried corn kernels so delicious?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Pick It Up

on April 14, 2017 - 7:31am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Easter is my favorite holiday for several reasons: When the kids are little, Easter lasts all day. As long as you have the energy to hide the eggs, the kiddos will have energy to find them. It is more about the engagement than the gifts.

Christmas is busy, demanding, overwhelming, expensive, and then in blur of gift wrap it is over by 10 a.m., and the kids are once again waiting to be entertained … at least that was my experience any way.

Cooking for Easter is way easier than cooking for any other holiday.

Tuff Riders Bike And Outdoor Gear Swap June 10

on April 11, 2017 - 9:36am

Bikes and gear went quickly in the first few hours of last year’s swap. Courtesy photo

TUFF RIDERS News:

The 6th Annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap, a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Tuff Riders, is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10 at 170 Central Park Square, three doors down from Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op.

This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed or garage. Those looking for gear to help enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price.

Helicopter Parenting: Male And Female College Students React Differently To Misguided Parenting

on April 8, 2017 - 6:31am
SMU News:
 
DALLAS (SMU)  Male and female college students react differently to misguided parenting, according to a new study that looks at the impact of helicopter parenting and fostering independence.
 
Measuring both helicopter parenting as well as autonomy support — fostering independence — was important for the researchers to study, said family dynamics expert Chrystyna Kouros, an assistant professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, (SMU) and an author on the study.
 
“Just because mom and dad aren’t helicopter parents, doesn’t necessarily mean they are

McQuiston: Man’s Best Friend Or A Liability?

on April 6, 2017 - 5:10pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I am an animal lover, but dogs are my personal favorite. They are great company and it’s in their nature to seek your approval and love. Dogs are said to be “man’s best friend”, but have you ever thought about how your insurance could be affected by the type of dog you decide to own?

An insurer has the right to non-renew or even refuse to write your homeowner’s policy based on the breed of dog you own. There are specific breeds of dogs that have a negative connotation due to their aggressive reputation.

‘Stress Busters’ For The Sandwich Generation

on April 6, 2017 - 5:08pm

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network, a nonprofit health education group, Stress Awareness Month is designed to promote awareness about ways to reduce stress in our lives. And if you’re a member of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may well have plenty of stress to deal with — especially financial stress. And that’s why you may want to look at this month as an opportunity to explore ways of “de-stressing” yourself.

To understand the scope

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Do Your Own Research

on April 6, 2017 - 5:04pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

It has been a few months since I have written about healthy eating choices, so I thought I would revisit the topic. It’s a tricky subject. What is touted as healthy one month turns out to be bad for you the next month. Eating choices that work well and result in better health for one person don’t necessarily work well or lead to better health for someone else.

There are a few recommendations that are undisputed and so those are things I almost always stick to: drink more water and consume less sugar.

Local Women Earn Master Food Preserver Certificates

on April 5, 2017 - 10:06am

Students from Los Alamos Master Food Preservers received their Master Food Preserver certificate Tuesday morning at the NMSU Extension Office. From left, Charlotte Lehman, Claire Swinhoe, Teacher Helen Idzorek, Ronaele Freestone and Bette Christensen. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Jam's, jelly's, green beans, salsas ― preserved goods galore! Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com 

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com 

Griggs: Chihuahua Part 3 - Wooly Mammoths & The Train ‘El Chepe’

on April 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut). Photo by David H. Griggs/ladailypost.com
 
The Museum of the Mammoth (El Museo del Mamut)
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

On arriving in Chihuahua, I discovered with great joy that the city hosted “El Museo de Mamut” – the Museum of the Mammoth. I did not realize that mammoths had lived as far south as Mexico.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with those big wooly mammoths, the iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Age.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Let It Be

on March 31, 2017 - 4:07pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I meditate daily. Usually twice.

I began practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I was 16 years old. My older sister took me to hear the message of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and I was hooked. Prior to this event I had not given a thought to inner peace, and quite frankly I was not all that enamored with the benefits of TM. But the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was guru to the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I thought that was very cool.

At the end of my coursework a former DJ from Hawaii conferred my specially chosen mantra, and I was on my own.

Wiemann: Teach Your Children Well … About Finances And Investing

on March 31, 2017 - 6:51am

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Save for a goal. In our highly commercialized culture, it’s almost inevitable that your children will eventually become somewhat acquisitive. Obviously, it’s important to teach them that they can’t have everything – and they certainly can’t have everything right now. So, once they are old enough to receive an allowance or to earn money in some fashion, encourage them to set a goal for something they want, such as a toy or video game, and to put money aside every week for that goal.

Local Fashionista Takes Style By Storm

on March 30, 2017 - 4:15pm
Editor in Chief of Coulture Magazine Alexandra Hehlen on a recent visit to Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordonl/ladailypost.com
 
Coulture Magazine Editor in Chief Alexandra Hehlen with Deputy Editor in Chief Remington Remmel. Photo by Alexis Fairbanks

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos native Alexandra Hehlen, editor in chief of Coulture Magazine, is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in business administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Coulture is a glossy magazine, featuring  fashion and culture in a fresh, youthful package.

“I wanted to do something with an

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

Smart Design With Suzette: Countertops – Granite vs. Quartz

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50pm

Courtesy/Suzette Fox

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. Research says that for most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose one of these two surfaces. If you, too, have whittled it down to granite or quartz, here’s a quick way to learn all about their pros and cons.

Granite
Pro: It has longevity. Granite has had staying power. It is time-tested and has universal appeal.

How The Hen House Turns: The Mind Of Chickens

on March 20, 2017 - 6:50am
Cary Neeper. Courtesy photo
 
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
As our girls were growing up in our ¾ acres above Walnut Canyon, we came to know many chickens.  The first hen, Peeky, hatched an only child, Peeper. He became a sensitive gentle person, a lovely gamecock whose caring behavior echoed his upbringing.
 
He also was a patient playmate for our youngest daughter. She carried him, 3-inch spurs and all, in her arms and dressed him up for the pet parade with no struggle. His quiet acceptance spoke volumes about trust between species.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

on March 17, 2017 - 7:43am

A St. Patrick's Day religious procession in March of 2010 in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, where Saint Patrick is said to be buried. Photo by Ardfern

COMMUNITY News:

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held March 17, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland. Courtesy image

Saint Patrick's Day was made an

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
By MARYBETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
 
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

NNMHGG Supports Life-Skills Classes At YMCA

on March 12, 2017 - 7:14am
Española YMCA Teen Center honored as Non-profit of the Year. Courtesy photo
 

Courtesy photo
 
YMCA News:
 
ESPANOLA  A group of youth, looking like EMTs, hands on the motor, hover around a motorcycle. They are in the Automotive Class at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Nearby, others move through Tae Kwon Do forms on the Center’s outdoor basketball court.
 
Con Alma’s Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group (NNMHGG) has awarded a $13,000 grant this year to the Española YMCA Teen Center in support of healthy activities for youth, mentoring support and connecting youth to health

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