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Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Four Current Trends Impacting Insurance

on March 10, 2017 - 8:29am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Car insurance. Does it seem like it’s a bigger drain on your wallet than before? It very well could be. Just look at these four trends that may be contributing to higher costs:

More new cars with more advanced features: Today’s drivers have a healthy appetite for new cars, and most of the vehicles are laden with technology. That makes them expensive to repair or replace after an accident.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Slow Down Dinner!

on March 10, 2017 - 7:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Early in your career dinner-time is pretty much the same as happy hour—you look forward to leaving work, relaxing with friends and family, and then enjoying a sociable meal.

After you start having children, dinner-time, formally known as happy hour becomes unhappy hour. For decades now I have called it arsenic hour but I am no longer sure if this is an original thought or if I have plagiarized it from someone—it has just been so long.

If you have babies, dinner preparation time coincides perfectly with the ideal hours for colic.

National Puppy Day March 23

on March 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
WELLNESS News:
 
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more.

2017’s Property Taxes By State―WalletHub Study

on March 5, 2017 - 10:11am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Each year, the average American household spends $2,149 on real-estate property taxes plus another $402 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.
 
With such high costs, it’s no surprise that about $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. 

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Property Taxes by State report, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Shamless

on March 2, 2017 - 10:33am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I have been married nearly 25 years. When you are in a relationship for that long, over time you learn and accept there are some fundamental differences in expectations.

In order to keep the peace long-term, many times your only option is to agree to disagree. I think it is important to pick and choose your battles carefully – choose wisely when to stand your ground, when to give some space, or when to let go entirely.

Letting go can be hard because it may mean giving up something that feels important or means a lot to you, or maybe it just appears to be

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Arrange Flowers Like A Pro

on February 27, 2017 - 9:18am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
I am a lover of flowers; ever since I was a little girl, I would bring in cut lilacs from our property and arrange them throughout the house.
 
As I grew, wherever I moved, I made sure to have flowers planted that I could cut and bring in.
 
I always loved how cheery they made a room feel. I would have to say my favorite flowers are lilacs, gardenias, white roses, peonies and lily of the valley.
 
Lily of the Valley flower arrangement. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
 
When working with fresh flowers, something wonderful happens.

Lecture Explores Pictorial Traditions Of Kiowa People

on February 24, 2017 - 7:33am
Untitled (Deer, man and stream). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Ca. 1897. Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55172.; Untitled (Boy and porcupine in tree). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55173. Courtesy photo
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is presenting a lecture exploring pictorial traditions of the Kiowa during the period of radical change in the plains Indian life and culture.
 
The lecture is 10 a.m. to noon, March 11 at the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.
 

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

How The Hen House Turns: Anthropomorphism Or Not?

on February 22, 2017 - 7:49am
BY CARY NEEPER
Former Los Alamos Resident
 
There's a very fine line to be drawn between anthropomorphizing animals and discovering who they really are.
 
I've been delighted by animal stories all my life—like Lassie Come Home, even Charlotte's Web. I also have been fascinated by anecdotal tales of dolphins rescuing drowning humans and dogs saving lives with their acute sense of smell.
 
Lately, these past 15 or 20 years, I have been relieved to read that ethologists, students of animal behavior, now recognize and are studying animals' checkered experiences of emotion and

McQuiston: Replacement Cost Value Versus Market Value ... What’s the Difference?

on February 19, 2017 - 7:44am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Many homeowners often wonder why the limit on their homeowner’s insurance policy is more than the market value of their home. In some cases, there can be a drastic difference between what you recently paid for your home versus how much insurance coverage you have. It’s just a way for the insurance company to get more premium, right?

Not quite! Keep in mind that market value and replacement cost value are two completely different things.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Hang In There

on February 18, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So many people are sick right now. Los Alamos has been hit hard by the flu, which showed up a little late this year, and a very nasty virus is circulating, keeping people in bed for days. It is down-right hazardous to leave the house.

I had that virus a few weeks ago and it knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. Someone asked me how I felt and I said, “I feel like I have been hit by a bus.” And then I thought, “Oh wait, being hit by a bus is nothing like this!”

Several years ago when I was living near Hermosillo, Mexico, I was hit by a bus.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Listen

on February 9, 2017 - 7:39am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

This Week: Listen

I hear my husband come through the front door.

“Hey ya!” I hear him shout cheerfully. “How ya’ been? Did you have a good day?” I can hear the smile in his voice.

I do not respond. This is because I know he is talking to our dogs. He is far more effusive when talking to our dogs than when talking to me. I have come to expect this, and accept this. I am guessing that when he enters the house, if I were to eagerly rush up to him while wiggling my butt with unbridled enthusiasm, he would probably speak to me with a little more exuberance.

How The Hen House Turns: More About Horses

on February 4, 2017 - 4:53am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
I've never known a horse well. That's why I was intrigued by Margit H. Zeitler-Feicht's book Horse Behavior Explained.
 
She goes into great detail about all their physical and emotional needs and how they can be served, as noted in an October article here. Parelli.com's "Natural Horsemanship," summarized so generously for me by my dear friend Christen Howell, takes a different approach. It adds a sensitive personality dimension to approaching and training horses.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise

on February 3, 2017 - 7:43am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

You know it was bound to happen. I have written about eating less sugar (a daily struggle), drinking more water (easier than eating less sugar), and getting more restful sleep (dream away), but now we have to talk about exercise. Of course, talking about exercise is the easy part.

Actually doing exercise is the hard part.

I have boxes of DVDs showcasing various belly-busting, butt-firming and thigh-slimming workouts. I found them again just this last weekend. I have not watched them in years, maybe decades, and some of the DVDs have never even been opened.

An Open Book: Ex Libris, Part I

on February 3, 2017 - 7:26am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Books are my touchstones. Opening a book I have already read takes me back in time; unread books sitting on my shelf beckon me to enter their world sometime soon. But this book world is not the story inside. A Kindle or a tablet may contain the same story as a tattered hardcover, but is it the physicality of the book that summons; touching the book again is what brings me back.

I have many stories about books that I would like to share with you.

Home Country: Mrs. Doc

on January 29, 2017 - 8:02am
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The problem was Mrs. Doc, you see. Oh, don’t misunderstand. She’s a perfectly wonderful lady and we all think the world of her, and as far as we know she has yet to burn down a house or start a war or anything.
 
The problem is, we don’t know her first name.
 
If you just come out and flat ask her, she’ll smile and say, “Well, don’t you think Mrs. Doc is a nice name? I’ve had it for a long time now.” But I guess there’s something deep inside us that hates a vacuum … a vacuum of knowledge, that is.

Co+op Board Appoints Tim Morrison Permanent GM

on January 28, 2017 - 10:58pm

Co+op General Manager Tim Morrison. Tim Morrison

Co+op News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market Board of Directors has offered the position of permanent general manager to Tim Morrison and he has accepted

Morrison was named interim GM June 1, 2016 and has been working on improving customer service, staff morale and sales during the past seven months. At the board meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, the Board voted unanimously to offer the permanent GM position to Morrison.

Morrison, who served as the store manager of La Montañita's Gallup location in 2008 and as LACM's front end manager from

Galaxy Nails And Spa Aims To Pamper Customers

on January 26, 2017 - 4:17pm
Employees at Galaxy Nails and Spa pamper customers. Photo by Maire O’Neill
 
John Hiep Dinh and Helen Huyen Nguyen, owners of Galaxy Nails and Spa at 751 Trinity Dr., have owned the spa for almost a year. Photo by Maire O’Neill

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

Almost a year ago, Galaxy Nails and Spa opened for business in Los Alamos offering manicures, pedicures and massages. Now, John Hiep Dinh and Helen Huyen Nguyen, owners and operators of the salon, have added facials to their list   of services.

Natives of South Vietnam, they moved to Los Alamos from Carlsbad along with their

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Share Your Story

on January 26, 2017 - 4:14pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I recently attended one of the Los Alamos County Brand Action Plan presentations.

Los Alamos - Where Discoveries Are Made was a great presentation and I think holds a lot of promise for moving our community forward. One of the participants mentioned the difficult stigma the community of Los Alamos has with some people. I certainly understood this because once upon a time I was one of those “some people.”

I met my now-husband, then a geologist with LANL, 26 years ago at the Midsummer Music Festival in Telluride.

The Finishing Touch Updates Walls With PPG Pittsburg Paint's Color Of The Year

on January 25, 2017 - 11:57am

Kaylen Pocaterra is painting PPG Pittsburg Paint's Color of the Year on the walls Tuesday at The Finishing Touch, 174 Central Park Square. The Violet Verbena color is a gray-purple hue that idealizes the popular bohemian, 'gypset' lifestyle. This nuanced update on a classic shade adds depth, luxury and pampering to every space, making it the perfect backdrop for consumers looking to blend the masculine, the feminine, the mystic and the modern. Photo by Cheryl Sowder

LALT Hosts 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion Following 2 p.m. Performance Of ‘Dog Sees God’ Today

on January 22, 2017 - 10:08am

The cast of 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead', perform at 2 p.m. today and will participate in panel discussion at 3:45 p.m. following today's performance. Photo by Larry Gibbons

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. today, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow today's 2 p.m.

Smart Design With Suzette: Insights From Kitchen & Bath Show 2017

on January 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Thompson Traders copper sinks. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Design trends, professional growth, product launches, networking, industry speakers, innovation, inspiration, learning opportunities, kitchens and baths…that’s what I experienced last week in Orlando at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Builders Show and Design and Construction week.

Held at the Orange County Convention Center, I went everywhere – from the West Hall to the South Hall (and back and forth more than I want to remember) to the Outdoor

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Sleep Better

on January 19, 2017 - 9:07am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I can think of very few things that are more rewarding than a deep, undisturbed, restful night’s sleep. The kind of profound slumber where you lay your head on the pillow, fall instantly to sleep and wake up eight hours later filled with energy and ready for the day.

There is nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, looking at the alarm clock every 10 minutes, counting down the amount of sleep you are NOT getting and wondering how you are going to make it through the day.

Research, as well as our own life experience, tells us that inadequate sleep

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