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The team at Sunshine Plumbing & Heating knows that the months of July and August will be pushing air conditioning systems to their limits. That’s why they are urging homeowners across the Albuquerque metro area to make sure that their cooling systems are in excellent working order before…

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Nearly 70% of Americans who sleep with a bed partner report that their partner snores while sleeping, according to a 2021 survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Many don’t realize that a snore can be more than just a noisy nuisance. Snoring can be an indicator of obstructiv…

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Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.

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“Tradition is what you resort to when you don’t have the time or the money to do it right.” — Kurt Herbert Alder

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The word hundred is derived from the word “hundrath,” which actually means 120 and not 100.

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If you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, to the extent that you know you need a different career, the Department of Veterans Affairs might be able to help. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program is in place and accepting applications for education and training from veterans who …

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On the morning of July 18, 1878, Susan McSween stood across the road from her home as the Lincoln County War approached its climax. The Dolan/Murphy gang had her husband, Alex McSween, surrounded in their house. Ten men were inside including Billy the Kid and the rest of McSween’s self-named…

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Q: What is with the constant setting off of loud fireworks almost every night for the past year? My two dogs are so stressed out that they are sleeping with me at night.  — Larry H.

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On July 4, 1884, in a ceremony held in Paris, the completed Statue of Liberty is formally presented to the U.S. ambassador as a commemoration of the friendship between France and the United States. The statue was then disassembled and shipped to New York City, where it would be reconstructed…

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Y’all come on out to the Wildlife West Nature Park (87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood) for a Cowboy Chuckwagon BBQ followed by live western swing music. Saturdays, July 17, August 7 and 28, and September 4. Hayrides at 6 p.m., raptor free-flight presentation by world-renowned falconer at 6 p.m., …

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Fourteen months after planning to open for business — but delayed due to COVID-19 — the Westside’s newest indoor playground, Jungle Jam, is finally filled with kids. Jungle Jam is family owned and operated by husband and wife team J.D. and Rania Lopez and features a three-story play structur…

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Through July, submit your original bird photograph for display in the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, in Rio Rancho. Submissions will be voted on by library patrons for best in show, and you’ll have a chance to win prizes, including Sibley Birds West book (first place), Ma…

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It’s time to pick the berries! Blackberries will be ready for U-Pick at Heidi’s Raspberry Farm in July, followed by raspberries until October. U-Pick is a special time of year when you can pick your own berries, right on the farm, with sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains in the background…

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Shapes are a part of most good landscape designs. In the past, although we don’t often think about it, our style in the garden was much more formal than it is in today’s design world. The “formal” garden shapes of the past were boxes, rectangles and circles and most of the landscape beds of …

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Do you love potatoes but think they’re fattening? Potatoes are good for you and have one of the highest nutritional values in the produce department. At just 25 cents per serving, a medium potato (5.3 ounces), eaten with its skin on, has just 110 calories. Potatoes provide nearly half your d…

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Whether rediscovering the joy of riding a bike or taking a ride for the first time, cycling saw a boom during the pandemic, and many believe this trend is here to stay.

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“Gandhi” Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley was last seen in the rom-com “Locked Down,” with Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mindy Kaling, in January via HBO Max. Now he has completed director Terrence Malick’s film “The Way of the Wind,” with “Bridge of Spies” Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, and …

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You feel ready to face up to a major change, although it might involve some risks.

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Whether you’re putting down roots or putting your home on the market, kitchen upgrades make a huge impact. Not only do they have daily “good feeling” appeal for current homeowners, they can offer a great return on investment when it’s time to sell.

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Add a cinnamon stick or softener sheet to your vacuum bag when you change it. As you clean, you will distribute the good smell throughout your home.

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Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. According to environmental experts, it also affects marine species, accelerates climate change and adversely impacts human health, particularly in low-income communities near plastic production sites, which face greater exposure to toxins and waste a…

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If there is any mantra we need to repeat this summer it’s this one: drink more liquids.

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Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health care costs, the need for a long-term care solution becomes more of a “when” than an “if” situation, according to financial experts, who warn that Americans are largely waiting too long to prepare.

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Sometimes little ones get overwhelmed when confronted with a big job — like picking up a messy room. It may seem easy enough to adults, but to them, well, where do they begin? It’s easier when the tasks are broken up into chunks, and that’s what this activity is all about. Get a job done, bu…

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”Queen Bees” (PG-13) — If it took you 20 years to finally get over the anxiety of high school cliques, “Queen Bees” shows that it all comes back again later in life. Ellen Burstyn plays Helen, a silver single moving into a senior living community. There she encounters all the same personalit…

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Collagen is the glue that holds your body together. Whether it’s your hair, your skin or your nails, collagen provides the structure your body needs to keep everything intact. That’s one of many reasons it’s been trending so much in recent years. Your body makes it by combining amino acids f…

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“Unique” is a word that is often misused by collectors. It means one of a kind. There can never be a unique mass-produced chair but there can be a rare one. More than 20 years ago, the Kovels’ newspaper column featured a table with a top that was made to look like an American flag. A similar…

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For more than 30 years, local homeowners have confirmed their go-to HVAC choice is Affordable Service. Through the Howland family’s leadership over the years, the company has been serving Albuquerque and Rio Rancho faithfully with quality heating and cooling. Founded in 1986 by Bill and Laur…

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It’s that time of the year across the Albuquerque metro area — getting together with friends and family, scheduling vacations to far-away places, and making sure your roof is maintained and ready to go for monsoon season. Local experts CAS Enterprises can help with that last item, especially…

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Carpet Source owner, Don Lovato, has been working in the flooring industry for nearly three decades. Early in his career, while overseeing a traditional showroom, Don began to observe that it took the average customer approximately 4.7 separate trips to the store before making their final se…

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If there is a silver lining to the challenges the past year created for families, it may be the growth, availability and affordability of virtual care for medical and mental health needs. The ability to see a doctor from home, with little notice, offers a level of flexibility in accessing he…

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What do budgeting monthly expenses, being a sports fan and following a recipe have in common? All these activities employ math. Unfortunately, it is common for students to struggle with math classes because they don’t see how the subject will matter in their everyday lives.

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Are you a fan of hot peppers? One you might want to avoid is the Dragon’s Breath chili pepper, which could kill you by causing a type of anaphylactic shock, burning and even closing your airway. But Mike Smith, its inventor, never intended it to be eaten: It was actually developed for use as…

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“There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?” — Kin Hubbard

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A recent Department of Veterans Affairs press release about a study of homelessness among veterans said it found “issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless.” Those types of financial strain, it said, are debt, unemployment, lower income and financi…

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You don’t need a monster truck to drive the gravel roads of the Gila. However, here are three tips to make your journey more enjoyable. Take plenty of gas, food and water. Buy a map. Finally, if you don’t like the looks of the road in front of you, turn around.

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On June 5, 1922, George W. Carmack, the first person to discover gold along the Klondike River, dies in British Columbia. In 1896, near the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike River, Carmack stumbled across a deposit of gold so rich that thumb-sized pieces of gold lay scattered along the cr…

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Q: My next-door neighbor warned me that there is a coyote in the area and not to let my cat outside. I’ve read that coyotes are very shy and won’t bother dogs, and they aren’t fast enough to catch a cat. Should I just ignore the warning?  — Pet Dad

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AMP Concerts is excited to present their “Emerging from the Pandemic” concert series at Casa Flamenca. Last fall, Casa Flamenca completely overhauled their property at 401 Rio Grande Blvd. NW to allow for outdoor performances. These shows will help introduce the new space to the community an…

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Take home the memories and tastes of Albuquerque Little Theatre with a commemorative cookbook. These wonderful cookbooks feature many recipes collected from ALT’s volunteers, staff and board members. You’ll enjoy seeing shots from past ALT shows as well as learning some trivia about the thea…

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The Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs is sponsoring a Garden Tour in the North Albuquerque Acres and Sandia Heights areas of Albuquerque. It will be held rain or shine on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes five estate-sized private gardens and an Artistic Flower Design Show. A…

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Native American and Spanish weavers’ expertise required the skill and dexterity to create intricate patterns as well the knowledge of where to find plants that yielded desired colors. Las Arañas weaver Myra Chang Thompson and Rio Grande Return Conservation Director Cameron Weber describe nat…

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Landscaping is hard work, and if you have someone do it for you it is expensive. Let me save you a lot of work and/or money.

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If you’re bored with the same vegetable and tuber routine, it’s time to try something new — like Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes. Like many tubers, sunchokes look a little strange. But when it comes to food, looks can often be deceiving. The sunchoke is the tasty, knobby, root …