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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Dogs And Neighbors

on January 10, 2020 - 8:52am

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Have you ever heard, or said, “Is there no end to the bothersome behaviors of others?” Since examples abound, we will let a short list stand for them all. For instance, does your mate fail to treat the toothpaste tube the way you prefer?

Los Alamos Farmers Winter Market Dates

on January 7, 2020 - 10:33am

Raul Rodriguez farms in El Quique. Courtesy/LAFM

Montoya's Family farm in Velarde. Courtesy/LAFM

Home Country: See You Next Year

on January 7, 2020 - 6:11am
Home Country
“The highlight of the week before New Year’s,” said Steve, semi solemnly, “is to be able to tell your pals ‘See you next year’.
“Really?” said Dud. “That’s it? How about now that we’re hip deep … almost … in the new year? What do you do now that is encouraging?”
“Well,” Steve said, sipping his coffee and sending a jealous eye to Doc’s sweet roll, “one of my New Year’s resolutions is to figure out what to look forward to the first week of January.

Life After 50: ... Life

on January 4, 2020 - 4:47pm
Executive Director
My husband’s girlfriend passed away just before Christmas. It was a sad day for the whole family, for the whole neighborhood really. I’ll explain that more in just a bit, but my goal here is to demonstrate it is the little things that matter in life. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or 98.
We’ve lost a lot of people this holiday season. I can’t write about everyone I know, but this time of reflection is impactful. It was magnified in a different way when I viewed it across the generations.

Afterparty: An Interactive Book Talk At ProjectY Jan. 18

on January 4, 2020 - 10:41am
The Styx Chyx present an interactive book talk with Peter Callan, author of the Amazon best-selling book "Prepare to Die! And Other Stuff Nobody Told You", 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at projectY cowork Los Alamos, 150 Central Park Square.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Register online to confirm your attendance:
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
What to expect:
  • The basics of end-of-life planning, demystified;
  • Information regarding your options about the stuff nobody told

Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Creating Something Different This Year

on January 2, 2020 - 8:42am
Los Alamos

Each year this day rolls around. Some people are still recovering from the excesses of their New Year celebration, but some of you are awake and contemplating the Big Decision: should I make New Year’s Resolutions?

Past experience, if you’re like most of us, says that a new set of yearly expectations only leads to a new set of “failures” sometime in January.

I really don’t enjoy repeated failure. That’s why I changed how I do this resolution thing.

Instead of a great big push to totally change life at the beginning of the year, I opt for small

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chile Pasado

on January 1, 2020 - 7:31am

Chile Pasado. Photo by Liddie Martinez


Espanola Valley

This week I have been applying lotion to my very dry skin and longing for the humid beaches of Hawaii. Our cold and dry New Mexico winters are very hard on our skin but living in the high desert does have its advantages.

Before refrigeration, the indigenous tribes of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley took advantage of the hot, dry climate to preserve food by drying what they had gathered or hunted.

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – A Fun Fictitious Cause

on January 1, 2020 - 6:25am

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

As described in a previous column, being able to spot fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill that prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. Here we consider another type of explanatory fiction.

Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

on December 31, 2019 - 8:53am
Executive Director
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still

Posts From The Road: 2019 Year In Review

on December 29, 2019 - 6:57am
Straight Ahead: A view of a beautiful thunderstorm brewing ahead of us a we approach International Falls, Minn. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/
Curves: We enjoy traveling the back roads especially the two lane back roads that take you through small towns across the country. These roads lead to the most beautiful and scenic locations anywhere but many of these roads were not constructed for a fast travel. Seen is a very curvy road we traveled in Door County, Wisc. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/

Roller Coaster: Two lane roads were often constructed to the lay

An Open Book: Ex Libris, The Gate To The Garden

on December 26, 2019 - 7:28am
Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it.

A garden gate is normally in one of three positions. A gate that is locked and secure guards what is behind it, and one may assume that we should not enter. A gate that is wide open is inviting, but because there is no transition and no effort is needed to enter, we may not notice our passage.

How The Hen House Turns: Birds In A Mixed Flock

on December 24, 2019 - 6:41am
Bobbi the Chinese goose, left, being mothered by Lucy the Embden goose. Photo by Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
One of our most poignant memories of Los Alamos is the vision of Lucy Goose sitting outside the Hen House yard, watching two chicken chicks play over and around their adoptive mother, Turkey 2.
We called her “Little Bear” because she survived a bear attack on the bomb proof nest boxes Don built.
It was the spring of 2014 when Turkey’s vigil ended.

The January 2020 Edition Of Prism Is Now Online

on December 20, 2019 - 5:48am

Click here or on the image below to read Prism. It may take a few monents to load.

Scenes From 2019 Luminaria Walk At Stables Sunday

on December 16, 2019 - 1:52pm

The Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk Sunday evening featured to the delight of young and old, a quiet walk through of the stables open house, campfires (‘luminarias]), and plenty of s’mores and opportunities to interact with horses, goats, sheep, cows and other stable animals. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables Luminaria Walk. Photo by John McHale/

Scene Sunday evening from the Annual North Mesa Stables

On The Job In Los Alamos: LARSO Advisory Council

on December 16, 2019 - 12:09pm

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) Advisory Council meeting this morning at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. The LARSO Advisory Council has met monthly for more than 25 years. The LARSO mission is to provide service, fellowship, instruction and advocacy for retirees and senior citizens. Learn more here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

New Study Shows Los Alamos County Residents Most Generous Givers In New Mexico

on December 9, 2019 - 8:21am


The holiday season is synonymous with spending money - but for more than just buying gifts.

According to Nonprofits Source, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised for charity on Giving Tuesday alone, which is just a fraction of the billions of dollars Americans donate each year.

In a recent study, financial technology company SmartAsset dug into IRS data to find the places where residents were giving the most. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in a given county who make charitable donations.


Home Country: Vermiculturist

on December 8, 2019 - 11:36am
Home Country
Dewey Decker showed his new business cards to the other guys at the Mule Barn Truck Stop’s philosophy counter, and each member of the world dilemma think tank got to keep one.
Steve, our owlish-appearing cowboy, scratched his head as he studied the card.
“Okay, Dewey, I’ll bite … what’s a verm-a- ….?
“Vermiculturist, Steve,” Dewey said, proudly. “It means I raise worms.”
Dewey, the beloved accident-prone member of the think tank, began his new career with just a shovel and his pickup, spreading manure in people’s yards.
Now, thanks in

Spencer: Why Would You Be Interested In Joining A Gun Club, Anyway?

on December 7, 2019 - 7:25am
Public Relations Chair
Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club

Los Alamos, New Mexico, is home to one of the best gun clubs in the state, the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, a 501.c4 nonprofit. If you are ambitious, you can drive up to the Whittington Center but that is hours away.

Here at home you can find two full archery ranges, a rifle range with sheltered benchrests and targets ranging out to 300 yards, trap, skeet, and both indoor and outdoor pistol ranges.

The club also has a clubhouse used for meetings and training sessions.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Posole

on December 5, 2019 - 6:41am

Posole. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

It is snowing in Los Alamos today. Snow plows are buzzing back and forth, winter coats are making their grand entrance, and grocery store carts are being filled with comfort food ingredients. When I enter, Smith’s is a glitter with holiday décor enticing me with the latest “you can’t live without it” gadget to stuff into stockings but I make a beeline for the frozen section and a two pound package of Bueno posole.

Posole is an ancient pre-Hispanic food (known at that time as pozolli) that originated in the Aztec Empire.

LAPS: Transgender 101, 201 Presentations Canceled

on December 2, 2019 - 10:14am

LAPS News:

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico’s Transgender 101 presentation set for today, Monday, Dec. 2 and the Transgender 201 presentation set for Tuesday, Dec. 3 have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Presentations will be rescheduled in the spring with information released to the public once dates are set.

LAPS apologizes for any inconvenience.

Direct questions to Kristine Coblentz at 505.663.2263 or

Life After 50: Thankful For Seniors, Community, Staff

on November 29, 2019 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
This week, I want to tell you how thankful we are for our seniors, our community partners and members.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization staffs both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers. Our employees love our seniors and we become quite attached to them.
Quite often, we’re small communities of families. There are many people making sure folks are taken care of every day.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Warner Waving At Motorists

on November 28, 2019 - 9:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Larry Warner, 87, spotted Tuesday morning on his ‘geriatric jog’ as he likes to refer to his daily two mile walk on North Mesa. A reader contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post about Warner and expressed gratitude for the fact that he smiles and waves at every car that passes by him during his walks. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/

Local Veteran Thankful For Service Dog ... ‘Archi Has Changed My Life’

on November 27, 2019 - 9:33am
From left, ADW Dog Trainer Dion Silva with Gilda (service dog in training), ADW Veterans Liaison/Warrior Canine Connection Coordinator Chloe Davis-Masters and Vietnam era veteran David Apple with his service dog Archi during an interview Friday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The special bond that has developed between a Vietnam era veteran and a dog named Archimedes, Archi for short, has by all accounts been remarkable.

“I had some ghosts in my head for 47 years and last summer

Navajo Social Work Student To Integrate Native Ideology And Western Therapy

on November 24, 2019 - 12:33pm
Danielle Benally
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Danielle Benally, a Navajo woman and Master of Social Work student at New Mexico Highlands, is determined to become a therapist who integrates Native American ideology with Western therapy methods.
Benally drives one and a half hours each way in the evenings from her home in Aneth, Utah to night classes at the Highlands Farmington Center while her husband, Larrin, cares for their children, Tysin, 6, and Sariah, 4.
“As I’ve progressed through school, my Navajo heritage has definitely been a motivator,” Benally said.

Ribbon Officially Cut On CrossFit LA Renovations!

on November 24, 2019 - 10:54am

Surrounded by coaches, trainers, athletes, County Councilor Randall Ryti and his wife Wendy Swan, back row center, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, middle row second from right, CrossFit Los Alamos owners Suzanne and John Wilcox officially cut the ribbon Saturday at the grand opening of their newly renovated 5,000 square foot gym at 278 A DP Road. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Recent upgrades have increased training space and include an entire fleet of top of the line Rogue Echo Air bikes as well as new Concept 2 Ski Ergs.