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How The Hen House Turns: Odd Pets In Los Alamos

on November 16, 2016 - 8:16am
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Formerly of Los Alamos
The history of animals in Los Alamos has been—what's the right word?—interesting.
In the early days, it was said that Alice Westerfelt had a house goat. It was well-trained as to elimination, but untrainable in regard to eating everything that tried to grow (or lay neglected) in the garden. Like laundry on the clothes line.
Some people had pet pigs, I suspect, when the miniature Vietnamese potbellied pigs were popular. Now they're called Teacup Pigs or micro-mini pigs or Juliana pigs or pocket pigs.

Homeowners Insurance And Home-Based Businesses

on November 12, 2016 - 9:16am
The Jemez Agency

I was talking to a homeowners client the other day when the conversation turned to his new business. Seems he had started a computer repair business out of his home. The alarm bells in my head started to go off. I knew before I asked the question that he did not have insurance for his new business. And I also knew why he didn’t have insurance before I asked that question.  

Most home-based business owners  assume their homeowners insurance will provide the necessary protection in the event of a loss. But for the most part, they are wrong.

Y Secretary Started Poppy Movement

on November 11, 2016 - 6:10pm

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YMCA News:

Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, honors military veterans, but the date also coincides with Armistice Day that marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.

The YMCA has a long history of supporting the military and military families, but it also has an important link to Armistice Day.

After a battle in 1916, American pilot James McConnell, flying over Verdun, France, reported the landscape as murdered nature. “Every sign of humanity has been swept away.

Yang: A Pictorial Memory Journey

on November 4, 2016 - 8:31am
Gladiolus by Elena Yang. Photo by Elena Yang
Story, Art and Photography by
Los Alamos

In this penultimate post…at least till spring of 2017, I want to share with you some of my photographic memories of this part of the world.

Photo by Elena Yang

I am not a morning person by nature, and so whenever I catch spectacular sunrises, they’re all the more special to me.
The dramatic sky in the southwest desert is almost a weekly event, sometimes daily. I must have accumulated hundreds of shots in my files.

Photo by Elena Yang

And the clouds. The Clouds!

McQuiston: Mold Is A Four Letter Word In Insurance

on November 3, 2016 - 6:35pm

The Jemez Agency

I was talking with a home owner the other day when the topic of mold came up.
Mold strikes fear into the hearts of those who’ve heard horror stories about toxic mold, expensive mold remediation, and denied home owners insurance claims. Yet mold can be found anywhere, including in most homes. It’s usually harmless. Mold needs warmth and moisture to thrive.

Problems can arise for home owners when the presence of persistent moisture goes undetected or unresolved, leading to widespread mold growth.

How The Hen House Turns: Walking Sadie Sue On The San Andreas Fault

on October 31, 2016 - 8:18am
Sadie Sue takes a walk with her owner. Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos

My friend Sadie Sue lives in our retirement center, built (apparently with blind faith) between two forks of the infamous San Andreas Fault in California. In the nearby Open Space Reserve, a hiking trail parallels the fault, which is a lovely ravine filled with huge, unsuspecting liveoak trees, a large duck pond, and colorful poison oak.

Sadie Sue is a Cuban Havanese dog. Her white wavy hair lies neatly all over a trim ten-pound body.

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Trending In Baths

on October 31, 2016 - 8:13am
Bathroom with a barrier free shower with a linear drain. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos
In renovating my master bathroom, I’ve been looking into the latest trends and weighing the old with the new. One thing is for sure, linear drains are hot - here is why.

Previously, shower floors were fairly predictable – a round drain, centered, underfoot and highly visible. That’s changed over the past few years as sleek linear drains have quickly caught the attention of designers and homeowners thanks to their modern, streamlined appearance and installation flexibility.


Izraelevitz: What Dinosaurs Taught Me About Parenting

on October 27, 2016 - 10:23am

Los Alamos
My wife and I were in Albuquerque one early Sunday morning, and she suggested we eat at the The Grove on Central Avenue, a very nice place featuring fresh ingredients, novel variations on breakfast items, and the location of a gruesome poisoning in the final season of Breaking Bad.
There were no poisonings while we were there, but as we lounged in the patio, I noticed a young family at a neighboring table featuring a toddler who had brought a toy dinosaur, and had accommodated his friend in the adjacent chair.
That scene brought back memories to

Celebrate With Co-op Market Saturday And Sunday

on October 26, 2016 - 10:26am

Co+op Board, back row from left, Laila Badran, Natalie Melaschenko, General Manager Tim Morrison, Cecile Hemez and Megan Green. Front row from left, Steve Snapp, Karen Kendall, Whitney Spivey, David Fellenz and Tracy McFarland. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

Happy Co-op Month! Everyone is invited to join the team at the Los Alamos Co+op Market Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 for Member Appreciation Days.

Members save 10 percent off regularly priced items. You do not have to be a member to shop at the Co+op or to celebrate with everyone this weekend.

SAR Colloquium By Dr. David Romo Nov. 2

on October 25, 2016 - 2:58pm
David Romo
SAR News:
SANTA FE  The School for Advanced Research marks the beginning of a new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2 with a colloquium.
SAR’s Mellon Fellow David Romo will discuss Mexican Nazis and Global Pachucos: Propaganda, Intelligence and the Production of Border Invasion Anxiety.
Dr. Romo will explore the impact of German, Japanese, British, American and Mexican propaganda and intelligence activities along the US–Mexico border before and during World War II.
During this period, cross-border drug smuggling

Free Pizza At Teen Discussion Group Oct. 25

on October 24, 2016 - 8:55am
Los Alamos

So what does someone do if they need help related to an unhealthy relationship and don’t know where to turn?

JudyGail’s Place is one local resource that meets the needs of women, men, youth and issues in the gay and transgender communities. Learn more about their efforts at

“We answer questions anonymously from anyone, any age and at anytime,” JudyGail’s Place Executive Director Amber Grady-Fuller said. “We get questions from FB private messages, email, in person, even friends asking questions for their friends.”


Public Meets Alpacas At Rancho De Los Sueños

on October 24, 2016 - 7:46am
Owners Barbara and Lawrence Roybal with some of Barbara's creations for sale at the ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Rancho de Los Sueños, a family owned working ranch in Pojoaque, held an open house this weekend. The ranch is on the property that has been owned by the Roybal family since 1938. Owners Barbara and Lawrence Roybal raise a fiber herd of Huacaya alpacas, maintain the family apple orchard, and raise lavender and honey bees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Mary McIntyre of Los Alamos visits Rancho de Los Sueños Sunday and examines alpaca weavings.

CCA Presents Farms, Films, Food

on October 21, 2016 - 6:44am

CCA News:

SANTA FE – The CCA, Farmers Market Institute and Street Food Institute celebrate the harvest with Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration.

The third edition of the community-oriented program “Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration” arrives Nov. 2 for food demos, community presentations, free films, gallery tours and low-cost meals provided by local vendors. The event is produced by the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, the Street Food Institute and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

The November event includes food demonstrations; meals prepared by local chefs including the

Look For European Touch In Work Of Bettina Hehlen

on October 13, 2016 - 5:08pm
Photography and jewelry by Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo

Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo

Art News:

The confluence of shape and color is the common theme for Bettina Hehlen in her photography and jewelry and continually inspires her to develop new ideas.

As a photographer she likes to bring images alive through designing beautiful art cards. Additionally, her exquisite jewelry creations are one-of-a-kind, always with a touch of glamour.

Hehlen will show her work at Fuller Lodge Art Center, Stop #1 on the Los Alamos Studio Art Tour.

Visit Fiber Artist Valentina Divine’s Studio Oct. 15-16

on October 13, 2016 - 5:04pm
Valentina Devine with some recently created hats in her studio. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Valentina Devine with her hand-dyed yarn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

“I have always knitted!” fiber artist Valentina Devine said. Devine was born in Russia and grew up in Germany, “I can remember knitting all sorts of things from doll clothes to small garments,” she said.

Devine came to Los Alamos 26 years ago from the Washington, D.C. area, where she became a life-time member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas

on October 13, 2016 - 4:45pm
Tiny graveyard. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Halloween’s just around the corner. If you like to decorate for Halloween, it’s not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Here are a few of my favorites…

Tiny Ghost Town
I saw this last year in a magazine and it turned out terrific. Matte black spray paint or dark gray craft paint will turn craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders to your scene.

Billowing Ghosts
The two ghosts pictured are about 25

How The Hen House Turns—Horse Mysteries

on October 11, 2016 - 3:27pm
How the Hen House Turns—Horse Mysteries
By Cary Neeper
Horses have always puzzled me. As a child, for no good reason, I was afraid of the horse who grazed in the fields on the other side of the hill across the stream.
During our 46 years in Los Alamos, I was cautious when taking the children, then grandchildren, to visit the friendly horses on North Mesa. I was delighted when our Indianapolis granddaughters had a chance to care for a horse during their camp experiences. The mystery deepened recently when I watched the Olympic display of intricate footwork-- Dressage.
How could

Apple Canning Class Tuesday

on October 6, 2016 - 2:23pm

Living Well Los Alamos: School Lunch Week Oct. 10-14

on October 5, 2016 - 7:18am
Living Well Los Alamos
Every October schools across the country participate in National School Lunch Week celebrations, reminding students, parents and communities that a healthy school lunch helps students learn, grow and achieve.
In recent years, NSLW also has been an opportunity for schools to promote the exciting, healthy changes that have come about as the result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, such as school gardens, salad bars and farm-to-table partnerships.
Today, 99 percent of schools report successfully meeting the new meal

Y Launches Champions Of Values Movement

on October 1, 2016 - 10:44am

YMCA News:

This Fall, several staff members at The Family YMCA are wearing a badge declaring them the “Champion of” one of the Y’s four core values. Those staff members were chosen by other staff because they were observed representing that Core Value observed in interactions with other staff, Y members and guests.

They wear the Champion Badge for about a week, then choose another staff member whom they feel has exemplified that core value. Everyone is encouraged to ask about that badge and talk about what that value means to them.

YMCA Chamisa After School Site Director Andrea Lynch,

Canine Companions For Independence Is In Town!

on September 27, 2016 - 8:55pm

Kiro is a yellow lab who will be with Jacinta Lestone of Proton Pawsitive Dog Training for the next 20 months. Courtesy photo

Kiro the yellow lab relaxes with a friend. Courtesy photo


Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) has come to Los Alamos! Kiro (pronounced Cairo), a yellow lab, will be with Jacinta Lestone of Proton Pawsitive Dog Training for the next 20 months. He will learn his basic commands and how to behave appropriately in public, including in businesses such as the grocery store or restaurants.

White Cane Awareness Week Oct. 15-22

on September 26, 2016 - 8:08am
Los Alamos

What does a white cane mean to the ordinary citizen of Los Alamos? Mostly the answer is, “I don’t know.”

A white cane is a device used by a class of handicapped citizens in order to move about in a sighted world. Not all blind people are totally blind. Many have limited vision such as those who have glaucoma, pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The cane signifies that the person is blind though some persons out of vanity refuse to be identified by using a cane.

The most common cane is a six to seven foot long wand that one uses to sweep in front of themselves to

Scenes From Saturday's Piecemakers Quilt Market

on September 25, 2016 - 8:41am
Members of the Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild sell raffle tickets for the beautiful quilt made by the Guild this year. The quilt is a traditional log cabin pattern with modern colors. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Many kinds of needlecraft were available for sale at the Market. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A beautiful quilt offered for sale at Saturday's Quilt Market. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors browse a display of quilted wall hangings. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Jewish themed linens. Photo by Bonnie J.

Check Out The Library For Health Help

on September 23, 2016 - 6:01pm


Los Alamos is a place that values education and values good health. Those two aspects of life come together at the Library, where the resources to learn about good health are right here on the shelf.

The Library has more than 3,000 items that relate to your health, whether they be magazines like Consumer Reports Health, research databases like Salem Health, online magazines such as Men’s Health, encyclopedias such as the Women’s Health Encyclopedia and Magill’s Medical Guide, videos such as The Alchemy of Qi Gong or Yogawoman, and books on every health topic under the sun.

An Open Book: The Law Of Common Sense

on September 23, 2016 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos

I don’t know if this is a common occurrence, but the relatively leisurely birth of our first son, led Terry and I to take an accordingly leisurely reaction when labor pains started for our second one. Although we lived a 40-minute drive from the hospital, the contractions were mild and irregular, so we went about our business with the confidence of experienced parents. However, Jacob suddenly decided that he had had enough in a cramped space, and off we were, flying down U.S. Route 3 in the middle of the night toward Boston Beth Israel Hospital.