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Home Country: Town Dog

on May 25, 2019 - 5:00am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.
 
The high school wood shop boys built Billy a dog house next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.
 
Billy was making the rounds this morning.

Study Finds Los Alamos County Among Best In New Mexico For Living On Social Security

on May 21, 2019 - 5:26pm
SMART ASSET News:
 
Relying heavily on Social Security as your main source of income in retirement can make budgeting difficult - especially when it comes for housing, which may be the largest category in your spending.
 
There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved into the data to find out where. In its fifth annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Los Alamos County

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

Home Country: The Duke Of Earl

on May 16, 2019 - 6:15am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.
 
As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette was sliding broccoli and corn flakes over the glass-window dinger machine, and we were just chatting about … I think it was bears this time. You know…
 
“I read,” said Annette, “that a bear can run 45 miles an hour, faster than a race horse.”
 
To which I added,

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys, Tame And Wild

on May 15, 2019 - 7:53am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo

 

By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Twice, during our 46 years in Los Alamos, we adopted a turkey chick. Luckily, they were female. (Books on identifying baby chicks don’t even try to provide instructions for sexing turkeys.)
 
One turkey imprinted on us, and we enjoyed her as a beloved pet. The second was not imprinted, being raised by a loving hen. She tolerated me in the Hen House yard but let me know with raised tail and feathers that I was not welcome.
 
Turkeys here in California are wild, but they are used to seeing us pass by as we

This Week At Los Alamos Farmers Market

on May 15, 2019 - 7:09am

Scenes From 15th Annual Japanese Cultural Festival

on May 15, 2019 - 6:33am
Santa Fe Japanese Intercultural Network President Casey Janes at the 15th annual Japanese Cultural Festival May 11 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event included food and wares, entertainment and kid’s activities. Coordinated by Janes, the theme for this year was Japanese Folktales and the cultural values passed down through the ages in both oral and written traditions. Photo by Tammy Jimines
 
Japanese Cultural Festival Family. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Green. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon White. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Dragon Red. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Home Country: Salt Everywhere

on May 10, 2019 - 8:05am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.
 
So we went over to Doc’s house to look at his mare in the back yard. She had, he said, a quarter crack in a front hoof.
 
So there we were, in a half circle around the little mare, staring at that slight crack as though focusing would bring a

What's At This Weeks Farmers Market

on May 9, 2019 - 7:31am
Good Morning Goat Milk Soap. Courtesy photo
 
LAFM News:
 
See what's at this Thursday's Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Los Alamos Library parking lot:
 
Honey, honey sticks, kettle corn, Mr. Tortas Tacos aand Burritos. The Sharpening Guy- apple cider, dried apples, eggs, pork, yak, beef, Lavender Products, Goat Milk Soaps- Jams- Worms Casing- Worms for composting, Plants- Cookies- Dried Beans, Chicos, Black Beans, Tomatoes- Cucumbers- Salsa- Baked Goods by Shure Bakery, Native plants- Greens- Root Crops- Salad Mixes-Baskets- aprons- Market bags and more.
 
Who's at

Councilors Host Booth At Farmers Market Thursday

on May 6, 2019 - 9:27am

County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m., Thursday to chat with community members at the Farmers Market. File photo

COUNTY News:

Two Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the local Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue.

Market-goers are welcome to stop by and chat with thethe councilors about current issues, projects or other topics.

the Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in the Los Alamos Library Parking lot.

Los Alamos Farmers Market is a Los Alamos MainStreet program and part of

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kent Pegg At LA Fitness

on May 3, 2019 - 7:57am

On the job in Los Alamos is owner Kent Pegg Wednesday afternoon at Los Alamos Fitness, 771 Central Ave. in the Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Pegg has owned and operated LA Fitness since 2003 and explains that his goal is to help others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. To learn more, click here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

Los Alamos Farmers Market Returns Thursday!

on April 30, 2019 - 5:46am
The Farmers Market returns Thursday to downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
Farmers Market News:
 
Once again, the Los Alamos Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday in the Los Alamos Library Parking lot.
 
Opening day is Thursday May 2.
 
Los Alamos Farmer's Market is a Los Alamos MainStreet program and is part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC).
 

Upcoming this season:

  • The Kids Corner - Arts & Crafts
  • L.A. Cares collects
  • Music
  • County Councilors
  • KIng or Queen of the Chess Board!
  • Market Bag given away!
  • Market Contest!
  • Ice Cream Social!

 

LAPS: Transgender 101 Presentation For Community

on April 23, 2019 - 2:42pm

Co-Director Adrien Lawyer

LAPS News:

Co-Director Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico will offer his presentation, Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training, for the community 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Los Alamos Public Schools staff, parents, youth and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

“Did you know that transgender folks are twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population?” Lawyer said. “We are also twice as likely to experience unemployment.

Andrews: Integrity – Part Two

on April 20, 2019 - 7:53am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part One of this series, we ended with a question of when life begins. It can be argued that the answer affects moral and ethical principles of not just the individual, but the collective organization called society.

Buried in this perspective is another ill-defined term – a society. Is it private or public, is it a large or small group, or is it some interwoven amalgamation of an integral entity? For this part, let us view it as a governmental entity recognizing that all citizens in the entity are part of the government.

The population

How The Hen House Turns: Dog Psychology

on April 13, 2019 - 8:31pm
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
All the doges we adopted were more or less normal. They liked people--made eye-contact from their shelter domain and got along reasonably well with other dogs in our various neighborhoods.
 
Here in California we’ve been dog-sitting for our neighbor down the hall, while they attend a family reunion in England.

Sirphey’s First Holi Festival: A Communal Celebration Of Colors At Fuller Lodge 11 A.M. Sunday

on April 10, 2019 - 3:43pm
 
Sirphey owner Prashant Jain during a color fight at last year's Holi festival. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Sirphey is hosting its first annual Holi festival, at 11 a.m. Sunday April14 at Fuller Lodge. The community is invited and urged to wear white so that the colors really stand out!
 
Holi is the most colorful festival on earth, wherein communities come together for food, music, and of course, a color fight.

High School Ethics Essay Contest Deadline April 30

on March 31, 2019 - 8:04am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, announced its annual high school ethics essay contest.  
 
Open to high school juniors and seniors across the state, in public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students, the contest topic asks students, “What does being ethical mean to you?”
 
In the three years NMEW has been in existence, the organization has produced reports and materials based on research regarding the Financial Disclosure Act (requiring elected and appointed officials to report

Chamisa Elementary Hosts Multicultural Fair April 3

on March 25, 2019 - 11:32am

How The Hen House Turns: Crows And Squirrels

on March 16, 2019 - 10:23am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
In Ponderosa country like Los Alamos it is probably wise to stay home during the day. Otherwise, the crows will move in and eat up all the expensive cracked corn you have bought for your chickens.
 
I’m afraid that the crows have taken over in Los Alamos. In our early years there, we enjoyed the visit of many ravens. They came to the tall tree stump behind our back deck, where they picked up our leftover meat scraps.
 
Then one day I realized why we didn’t see ravens very often.

Home Country: Anchorage To Nome

on March 11, 2019 - 9:24am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
This coming Saturday, I’ll probably be right here in New Mexico. Well, most of me will. But my heart and my wishes and part of my soul will be many miles from here, up in Anchorage, Alaska.
 
Anchorage. First Saturday in March. Dog trucks with freight sleds lashed to the top of the dog boxes.
 
For 46 years now, this has meant only one thing to me: the start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race. A thousand miles. Anchorage to Nome. There will be screaming dogs, lunging into their harnesses at the start line.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 7

on March 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite a cold snap over the weekend in Eastern New Mexico, ice conditions at several lakes have deteriorated and they have been closed to ice fishing.
 
Eagle Nest Lake has been closed to fishing as the ice is breaking up. Call 575.377.1594 for an update on conditons.
 
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have been closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Call 575.445.5607 for conditions.
 
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are both closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Lentil Soup

on March 7, 2019 - 7:59am
Lentil soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley
 
When the chill of winter hurts my bones and snow makes its appearance, I find myself seeking comfort in a bowl of lentil soup. The unusual volume of snow this year has brought this soup to mind more in the last few weeks than all the past five winters combined.
 
Lentil soup is my favorite; it reminds me of my Grandma. Anytime I am missing my Grandma, I put on my apron and make a pot of lentil soup. It was one of her favorite dishes and one she and I often made together.

Tigers Eye Healing Aids Personal Transformations

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

Victoria LeDuc
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Feeling stuck in a rut, stressed, anxious and desiring a change? Tigers Eye Healing owner Victoria LeDus said she can help at her alternative healing business in White Rock.

LeDuc, a Los Alamos native, is certified in Reiki as well as in meditation. She is pursuing certification to become a Law of Attraction coach through the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. She will be a certified Law of Attraction coach by the end of the year.
 
She has been a Reiki Master for almost two years.

An Open Book: Ex Libris, Part II, Kill The Kindle

on February 28, 2019 - 10:42am

By DAVID IZRAELEVTIZ
Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that I love, or not, and is dedicated to Leadership Los Alamos, Class of 2019, the best class ever!

Some avid readers consider the Kindle one of humanity’s great inventions, and my wife is among them. She can’t restrain her excitement when, with a click or two, whatever book she wants to read flies to her Kindle like magic. The Amazon book she was recommended by a friend, poof, it flies to her Kindle.

Home Country: Sometimes Love Can Be Little

on February 22, 2019 - 6:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES 
 
Steve was walking down the sidewalk the other day to get from the barber shop to where he’d parked his pickup. It was a nice kind of day. Chilly, of course, but not bolt-freezing cold.
 
His mind was on what he had to do that day. In addition to the usual ranch chores, he had to catch up the horses and give their hooves a mid-winter trim.
 
There are only a couple of horses shod at the moment, in case one is needed, and the others will get iron on them before the spring gather.
 
“Mister?”
 
Steve stopped and turned to see a girl about seven or

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