Skip directly to content


LAPS Celebrates Rock Your Mocs Day

on November 17, 2019 - 8:12am

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy, left, introduces Julie Dare Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration at Los Alamos High School. Dare was recently hired as the Native American Liaison for Los Alamos Public School District. Photo by James R. Mountain/

Los Alamos High School students Rock Their Mocs Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration. Photo by James R. Mountain/


Valley Daily Post

Students, parents, administrators, school board members and teachers gathered Thursday in Los Alamos to celebrate and recognize

Yoga & Mimosas At Pajarito Mountain 11 A.M. Today!

on November 16, 2019 - 9:09am

Yoga & Mimosas at 11:30 a.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain News:

Pajarito is hosting Yoga & Mimosas at 11:30 a.m. today on the Mountain at the lodge.

The cost of $18 includes a 1-hour yoga class, doughnuts, fruit and mimosas.

The event is open to the community to attend and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and get stretched out for ski season.

Home Country: Flat Story

on November 16, 2019 - 7:54am
Home Country
“Did you read the paper from the city today?” Steve asked. The rest of us shook our heads no. Most everything pertaining to us occurs on the pages of the Valley Weekly Miracle or is deliberately excluded for the same reason.
“I’ve been following that flat story, you know,” Steve said, nodding yes to Mavis for a coffee refill. “Haven’t heard how that went yet.”
“Flat story?” Doc asked.
“Yeah. You know them guys who think the earth is flat and went to Antarctica to prove it?”
“You’re kidding.”
“No. Really.

Los Alamos Farmers Market Fuller Lodge Dec. 12 & 19

on November 15, 2019 - 6:37am

Home Country: Life Is Good

on November 12, 2019 - 6:57am
Home Country
The first cold nights sent Billy indoors. Aunt Ada always had room on the couch for Billy. It was different now, of course, since Desdemona passed away. She was good, for a cat. Now there was just Billy and the other cat, Boots, to share the couch.
Billy was no dummy. In the past three years or so, since he became the official town dog, he not only knew his duties, but his options as well.

Rock Your Mocs Week Underway In Los Alamos

on November 11, 2019 - 9:50pm

Students gather for a Rock Your Mocs pose during an event at UNM-LA. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Rock Your Mocs Week runs through Saturday in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world.

Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo founded Rock Your Mocs in 2011 as a Native American and Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually and during National Native American Heritage Month in November in the U.S.

Beginning in 2013, Rock Your Mocs has been organized and produced by Native American event producer Melissa Sanchez (Acoma/Laguna Pueblos) of Emergence Prod

Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Honoring Our Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 7:09am
The NJROTC color guard from Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LARSO
Gathered to honor the memory of their friend, local veteran James Griffin, from left, Mark Hinrichs, Pat Archer, Ron Christman and Bob Hiromoto at his memorial service the BESC. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director

Recently the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) hosted a memorial service for former member and local veteran James Griffin.

Griffin passed away in September without family and the centers felt the need to highlight his life and service to country, at the Betty Ehart

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Celebrating 90!

on November 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When ... .’ Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
That club entitles them to a special

Life After 50 ... Digital Cookbook

on October 22, 2019 - 8:37pm
Executive Director
Next week, I’m going to try something new and I want to give the community a chance to help their local senior centers. My plan is to create a digital cookbook.
Sweets for the Sweet”, will be the title of volume number one. I am soliciting recipes, and in an ideal situation, a sweet story about how it has played a role in your life. We will sell copies of Sweets for the Sweet” for just $2.
I know I have many recipes in word documents. I find them helpful because I NEVER lose them.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Local Senior Center Programs

on October 18, 2019 - 7:32am
Executive Director
This week, I am very excited to yet again talk about the many programs of the local senior centers, open to the public.
Tuesday Oct. 22, out student intern, Fernando Trujillo, will make a presentation on his work with criminal justice reform. His presentation is 11-11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. His talk will focus on the importance of relationships and giving people second chances.

How The Hen House Turns: Horse Sense

on October 17, 2019 - 4:03pm
Formerly of Los Alamos
As a child I was afraid of horses. Now they intrigue me.
I’m fascinated by their eagerness for company, and I’m amazed at how they have put up with us humans for so long--pulling our chariots, then our milk wagons and plows, trusting us to sit on their backs, carrying us long distances, patnering with us in waging war, running races at their best speed…
Ancient remains suggest that they disappeared from the North American continent for thousands of years. Why? In my reading about their history, I haven’t yet found an explanation.

Fuselier: Rough And Tumble Play

on October 17, 2019 - 1:54pm

Los Alamos

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the emotional system that influences our lighter side. It’s fun but, if we’re not careful, can also cause us some trouble.

Many mammals demonstrate behaviors known as rough and tumble (RAT) play. The behaviors and the stimuli that evoke the behaviors are so similar that it’s clear that we and other species share the same innate neural networks that control them. For clarity, I’ll refer to the neural network from which RAT play originates as the RAT Play emotional system.

Young rats will respond in apparent joy

Home Country: Squash

on October 15, 2019 - 4:55pm
Home Country
Squash. Just listen to that word one more time. Squash … one of the English language’s most painful words, along with maim and trauma and rend and okra and Liberace. Why would anyone want to eat something that sounds as though someone sat on it?
The bottom-line truth is, cooks all over the place love a challenge, and they have tried valiantly to turn squash into an edible dish. To do this, they take one tenth of a portion of squash, boil as much of the squashiness as they can out of it, then immerse it in nine-tenths something that tastes good and hope no

Home Country: A Special Buck

on October 14, 2019 - 12:38pm
Home Country
When Bob Garcia removed that old mossyhorn mount from its place over the fireplace, we were a bit confused.
That huge buck had been his pride and joy for more than 30 years. But Bob put it back in his office, behind the kitchen. The spot of honor over the fireplace now belongs to a young forked-horn buck, the one he took last year on the other side of the hayfield. It’s the kind of buck you expect to get for your first buck, and not really the kind you honor like that after a lifetime spent hunting in the autumn woods.
When he was asked, Bob just

Home Country: Elbows

on October 5, 2019 - 7:24am
Home Country
Well sir, I ast ol’ Slim if mebbe I could contribulate to his Home Country columns if I ever had something important to renounce. And he said he wanted to go hunting, anyway, so why not now.
So howdy. This here’s Windy Wilson, you know. I’m the guy on the Home Country with Slim Randles radio show what edumacates folks to stuff they ain’t heard the straight of before.
I timed ‘er just right the other day. Strolled on into the Mule Barn when I knew Doc and the guys would be there.

Scenes From Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday

on October 4, 2019 - 9:06am

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

Scene from the Los Alamos Farmers Market Thursday in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs 

An Open Book: Day Of Remembrance

on October 3, 2019 - 8:57am
Los Alamos

The anniversary of my father’s passing, or Yahrzeit in Yiddish, is a date that I have to track carefully on the Jewish calendar. On this modified lunar calendar, the observance of June 6, 2009 changes a few days forward or backward each year, and I have to look it up regularly.

But for my mother’s Yahrzeit, there is no tracking required.

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on October 2, 2019 - 1:36pm
Heirloom tomatoes. Courtesy photo
LAFM News:
This week at Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library parking lot:
Shishitos, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Radishes, Onions, Garlic, Vinegars, Jams, Dried Tomatoes, Beans Chicos, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Squashes, Green Beans, jacama, Cherry tomatoes, Corn Berries, Apples, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Grapes, Apple cider, Dried Apple, Snow cones, Honey, Honey Sticks, Goat milk soap, Gluten free baked goods, quiches, cookies, scones, chala breads, Kettle corn, Tacos and burritos, egg plant, salad greens, eggs,

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Baked Goods With Members

on October 1, 2019 - 9:51am

Baked goods from Pig & Fig Cafe. Courtesy image
Executive Director
When I arrived at the local seniors centers, I began a one-hour monthly stint, at each center. I call it, Baked Goods with Bernadette, which finally gave me the ability to bake once a month, and spend time with our members.
I recall wanting to be a member about 12 years ago when I attended meetings at the White Rock Center, and saw they had people that also loved to bake.
We discuss any topic, compliment or complaint and suggestions for programming they would like to see.

Home Country: Dinkahuahua

on September 28, 2019 - 9:09am
Home Country
“Labradoodles? Some lady in the city has Labradoodles,” Doc said, putting down the paper.
“Hope it isn’t catching,” Dud said.
We knew without being told what a Labradoodle was, of course. It meant that a good retriever got too close to one of those tippy-toe prancing fluffs and now there are puppies that need good homes. We’d been broken in to this world by cockapoos and peekapoos, so a genuine Labradoodle wasn’t that much of a stretch.
At least it gave us something to talk about over coffee.
“You know,” Doc said, “if you were to cross Lassie

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Salute To Volunteers

on September 26, 2019 - 8:04am
LARSO volunteers Marcella Lockhart, Romayne Betts and Jan Barber. Courtesy/LARSO
Members of more than 70 volunteers at a September gathering at the Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
This week, the senior center once again salutes volunteers. This time, the spotlight shines on all LARSO volunteers, with a special salute for one.
About two weeks ago, we held our annual training for the volunteers who make the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center hum! Did you know there are about 70 overall?
If people did

On The Job In Los Alamos: At L.A. Tan On Central

on September 23, 2019 - 9:12am

On the job in Los Alamos is Massage Therapist Heather Woodward providing a massage for client Linda Hull Thursday at L.A. Tan, which is a beauty and wellness salon at 975 Central Ave., specializing in nails, pedicures, massage, tanning, Reiki, Tarot and more. The community is encouraged to visit L.A. Tan and the other small businesses in that shopping strip where the DMV is despite road construction as access to the parking lot is not impeded. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Float Los Alamos

on September 21, 2019 - 12:03pm

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday is owner and float operator Linda Casias of Float Los Alamos at 927 Central Ave. Float Los Alamos provides floatation therapy. which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom saltwater solution. The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve rest, relaxation and restoration of normal function and behavior.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Fall Prevention

on September 19, 2019 - 9:13am
Executive Director
Sept. 23 starts National Fall Prevention Week. While we’re not talking about falling in love, we are about to embark on a Senior Singles project, for those over 50.
Would you like to join us for Fun, Fellowship and Friendship, then you must be on our contact list to get the details. You can email the coordinator at Our first event starts on this afternoon.
Now, let’s get back to fall prevention.

Learn To Write Your Own Obituary Thursday

on September 18, 2019 - 8:33am