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For more than 20 years, local homeowners have had their dreams transformed into reality through hard work and quality products provided by Liz and Juan Hernandez. Through their leadership, the owners of Eternal Stone Custom Kitchens and Baths — located right off Second Street in the South Va…

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For more than three decades, Dreamstyle Remodeling has been a leader in the Western U.S. in exceptional home renovations, from shower conversions and replacement windows to roofing, stucco and kitchens. And if you’d like them to add a hot tub or fireplace insert, they’ve got the resources to…

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As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than parent…

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Along with henna, old-fashioned hair dye ingredients included the blood of black cows and crushed tadpoles in warm oil.

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“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.” — Mark Twain

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A data breach occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs when thieves attempted to divert medical payment funds at the Financial Services Center away from community health care providers that take care of veterans outside the VA. The minute the techies noticed the breach, they took it of…

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In most places, even country roads seem to go somewhere. They connect town to town and farms to markets. Not necessarily so in New Mexico. We have lots of roads which wander through the countryside for no real reason — except the joy of backcountry travel.

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On Nov. 7, 1957, The Gaither Report called for by President Dwight Eisenhower to review the nation’s defense readiness urges a vigorous $30 billion campaign to build fallout shelters. It suggested that American citizens were completely unprotected from nuclear attack.

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Q: My two cats, “Sandy” and “Frankie,” are indoor cats who never go out and never even try to escape. I last took them to the vet about three years ago. A friend said I’m supposed to take them every year and get their rabies shot, but I don’t see the point. If they never get out, how could t…

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Ready to jump into podcasting, but aren’t sure where to start? A team of experienced local podcasters is launching the Barelas Podcasters Guild to help. The Guild will offer monthly workshops for podcast basics and advanced topics. Their goal is to help people share their own stories from th…

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On November 19-22, the Friends of Folk Art, in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be o…

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After a lifetime of meeting with clients to look at their landscape problems, some client reactions are predictable. If you go out in the yard and see a plant that is not doing well, chances are you adjust the water and probably assume that your significant other messed it up. Usually neithe…

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As we’ve all been spending more time at home, 2020 has seen the rise of family activities like board games. But you may not know that some of those games are published here locally. Rio Grande Games, based in Placitas, publishes many games recognizable to board gamers, including Dominion and…

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In the spirit of drive-in movies and church services, how about a drive-through holiday light show? Beginning on November 20 and continuing through January 3, Lights of Enchantment  is a Community First program guaranteed to be a visual extravaganza with more than 350 displays and over a mil…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Deciding to work out that pesky problem should be paying off right about now.

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Pomegranates are known as a superfood with tons of wonderful health benefits, including fighting cancer and heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. They’re also loaded with B vitamins, potassium and folic acid.

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Bradley Cooper has found his leading lady to play his wife in the Leonard Bernstein biography film “Maestro,” and she is British actress Carey Mulligan. Cooper, who also co-wrote the screenplay, reveals: “I was struck by Carey ever since I saw her on stage years ago and haven’t missed a perf…

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If your vacuum has a paper filter, spray it with your favorite perfume or essential oil. It will blow into the air as you vacuum, leaving behind a pleasant scent.

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Since it looks like this horrible coronavirus isn’t going away soon, we might as well take a few steps to make our lives more comfortable over the winter. Here are some ideas:

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“As the home continues to serve as our sanctuary during the COVID pandemic, it’s critical to consider how lighting can keep a family thriving during this fall and winter season,” says Michael McCullough, director of PR at Progress Lighting.

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Remember who ran for president and vice president against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984? Answer: Walter Mondale with Geraldine Ferraro. How quickly we forget those who ran the high-profile race but didn’t make it.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard financially. From furloughs to job loss and from strict budgets to depleted savings, people are making adjustments. It’s important to stay focused on your financial well-being and take simple steps so you can recover and thrive.

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From the top echelons of professional sports to the youth leagues playing at your local parks, we move heaven and earth for football. It’s part of the American fabric of life. We celebrate the victories as our own, and commiserate together in defeat. This struggle, determination and drama ha…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans in many ways, including making families from coast to coast cancel or postpone their vacation plans. However, a new survey reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults are planning to get out and take a trip again soon and a road trip is th…

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Emile Galle is a famous artist, a leader of the Art Nouveau movement in France in the mid-1800s. He started his art while working at his father’s furniture and pottery factory. By 1877, he managed the factory and started making clear glass. He soon developed a style of his own making vases o…

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Has your home’s stucco seen better days? Give your stucco the expert care it deserves. Whether you’re looking to re-stucco or repair certain damaged areas, residential or commercial, new construction or remodel, let Professional Coatings Corporation bring your project to life!

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To say that COVID-19 has thrown our entire world out of whack is putting it lightly. The illness has changed our world in so many ways, from how well we clean our homes to how we get dinner from our favorite restaurants and even how we interact with each other.

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Jeff Smith and Corey Wright, owners of Over the Top Garage Doors, are your go-to garage door installation answer. Whether it’s installing a new garage door, repairing an existing door or providing regular maintenance, Jeff and Corey are standing by for you.

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Your home should be a haven for the people you love and the items you value, but unfortunately homeownership doesn’t always work out like that. That is especially true in New Mexico, which has once again claimed the top spot among U.S. states when comparing property crime rates, according to…

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Whether due to illness, altered work schedules, home-schooling or social distancing, COVID-19 has impacted us all personally. Stress levels are high, and the resulting anxiety makes it much harder to get a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, sleeping pills are the dominant treatment strategy f…

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Financial literacy is an important component of STEAM learning and a building block of a comfortable future. Unfortunately, many schools have limited programs. But there’s good news — not only can parents impart money-smarts at home, they can make it so fun kids won’t even realize they’re learning!

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When the first Spanish explorers arrived at the Yucatan peninsula, they naturally asked what the area was called. The response, “Yucatan,” was a Yucatec Maya word meaning “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

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It is 8 a.m. in the Datil Well Campground. On this early September morning, the campground is almost empty. I’ve just finished a delicious breakfast of two fried eggs, sausage and potatoes. A pinyon jay is perched in a tree a short distance away. He is waiting for me to leave the table. To m…

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On Oct. 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln observes a balloon demonstration near Washington, D.C. Both Confederate and Union armies experimented with using balloons to gather military intelligence, but they proved to be dangerous and impractical.

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Want a chance to live out a piece of history... and maybe even rewrite it? Check out the immersive historical escape rooms at Escape in Time, located at 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite #21. You and your team will have one hour to solve the puzzles to complete the adventure, which usually invo…

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Looking for handmade, one-of-a-kind items for gift giving? Members of the Artists of Mariposa would like to offer their unique services to help make your friends and family smile this holiday season. Pastel paintings, pet portraits, jewelry, games and more. Contact the artists now to guarant…

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The 11th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival takes place virtually on October 17. Presented by the New Mexico Dulcimer Association, the festival includes webcam mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops throughout the day and a pre-recorded evening concert featuring three national champions p…

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We’re all missing the balloons! But you can get your hot air fix virtually. Balloon Fiesta Live is the live-streamed program that broadcasts each session during Balloon Fiesta week. The Siesta Edition will feature expert commentary by long-time announcers/balloonists Glen Moyer and Art Lloyd…

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Fragrant plants in the landscape are a real bonus. I find that fragrant plants fall into two groups. The best ones are plants that produce fragrance that’s noticeable just walking past from a distance. Other plants have fragrance only if you brush against the foliage, and some plants will re…

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Every year, my small vegetable garden produces far more tomatoes than I can possibly use. As the season wanes, an abundance of green tomatoes forlornly hang on the vine looking for enough sun to turn them into red jewels. I’ve begun searching for unique ways to use green tomatoes as a vegeta…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There’s time to indulge in the fun things in life — like maybe taking a special someone out for a great evening.

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What could bring rival, cutthroat studios such as Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Disney, BBC Studios, Lionsgate and MGM together? Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Disney and co-founder of Dreamworks, and Meg Whitman, formerly on the board of Proctor & Gamble, Dropbox and the CEO o…

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Enhancing your backyard? Experts say that the sights and sounds of water features make them one of the most impactful additions to consider.