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There’s no doubt Maurillio (Mario) Perez, Luciano Perez, Brian Oertel and the rest of the Professional Coating Corporation team are proud of their strong work ethic. “We were brought up in the construction industry to do the job right the first time,” says Oertel. 

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New Mexico claimed the top spot last year among U.S. states when comparing property crime rates, according to data from the FBI, with 47 percent of those offenses taking place in Albuquerque. Fortunately for metro area homeowners, Action Security Iron provides some of the most secure, well-d…

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Fall provides a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including orange-red persimmons. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in October and are available through December. If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimm…

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Has rising market volatility made you more cautious? Or are you concerned about this fall’s midterm elections and the possibility of more policy changes ahead? Selling stocks in reaction to election uncertainty has been the wrong move in the past – making it important to keep election politi…

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Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the …

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Kids’ school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it’s important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child’s education during the day while they ca…

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If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it's the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home's HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you're in the market for …

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As colder weather approaches, you may decide to store some of your summer clothes. However, when warmer temperatures roll around again, you might not find those shorts and tank tops exactly as you left them. Certain insects that feed on fabrics and textiles can leave your carefully stored cl…

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When I design landscapes, I think in two different ways. The right brain concentrates on the aesthetic aspects of the design, while the left brain, being more practical and logical, focuses on problem solving. 

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Appearances are deceiving. That’ll be your first reaction upon entering the Sandia Marble showroom in Albuquerque’s warehouse district, an area surrounded by industrial buildings with few distinguishing traits. But once inside it’s clear you’ve walked into a bathroom and kitchen remodeling d…

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It’s September, and soon the days will get shorter and evenings will become cooler. It’s also the time of the year when many homeowners across the Albuquerque metro area will make the switch from air conditioning to heating, and locally owned and operated Rick’s Plumbing & Heating can he…

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For many pet owners and their pets, money is no object. But expenses like food, grooming, routine vet care, toys and kenneling can add up quickly, making it difficult for budget conscious pet owners to afford their shaggy partners.

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Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, needs and expectations.

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As the temperatures get colder, families start packing up their shorts and sundresses and pulling last year’s warmer garments from boxes. And inevitably, many of last fall’s clothes no longer fit or are too worn.

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There’s a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn’t involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it’s an opportunity to unplug …

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Jerk cooking dates back to the Carib-Arawak Indians who inhabited Jamaica in the 17th century. After capturing an animal and thoroughly cleaning it, the carcass was “jerked,” and the resulting holes were stuffed with a variety of spices. Hot peppers and herbs were plentiful on the island and…

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Our bodies crave exercise at all ages, whether that means daily walks, fitness classes or a night of dancing. Although physical fitness may look different at age 65 than it did at 20, being active on a regular basis is still important to maintaining health and well-being.

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Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due to…

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Chalk up some outdoor playtime with your kids with one of the simplest of art supplies, a bucket of chalk. Step out on a sidewalk or driveway, and discover all the possibilities of the impermanent canvas — not only for artwork in cheery colors, but for games of hopscotch that attract friends…

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently held a Gun Safety Matters Challenge to explore new ways of securing firearms and reducing the number of veteran suicides. Of the 20 veterans who die each day by suicide, over 60 percent use a firearm. The goal of securing firearms is to build in a …

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When you hand car keys to your teenager for the first time, your heart races as you think of what could happen. The fact is that car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the U.S., so it’s important to communicate the gravity of this newfound responsibility.

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The Adirondack style started with a chair in 1903. Many wealthy folks from the East Coast wanted a cool place to live for the summer, so they started building homes in the Adirondack mountain area. Thomas Lee was vacationing in the Adirondack town of Westport, N.Y., and he wanted comfortable…

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There aren’t many roads in the gently rolling hills of the Kiowa National Grassland, in northeastern New Mexico. One of them, N.M. Highway 39, leads to Mills. This community has a couple of houses, a post office, and a dirt road heading west, which is where one of the most surprising geograp…

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Homeowners across the country enjoy entertaining guests and relaxing on decks, taking in the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.

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Life can get hectic. While it's easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it's important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.

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It’s been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world’s healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day. 

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It was the middle of July, typically the hottest month in Albuquerque. People across the metro area were sweltering in their homes, even with air conditioners turned on. Retired Rio Rancho secretary Judith Brunk and her husband, John, however, were cool and comfortable in their home thanks t…

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Albuquerque is no stranger to sunlight. With about 240 days of sunshine encompassing the area each year, homeowners and businesses are served well by having window treatments that can guard against the sun’s harsh light. Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho can shield your home with style, offering a…

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Don’t be fooled by their marketing campaign, centered around the concept of a 1950s-style eatery. In a city with an affection for retro motels, diners and automobiles, it’s no surprise that local architecture, design and construction firm Jeebs & Zuzu feels right at home.  

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As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a 5K or full marathon.

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My grandson Robby and I were driving along one of the most beautiful routes in New Mexico: State Road 117, south from Grants. Undulating bluffs and La Ventana Arch make for an enchanted landscape on the eastern side. To the west, the impenetrable and threatening lava flows of El Malpais, the…

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Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon, including thousands of children across the Albuquerque metro area. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.

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When you think about financial freedom, what comes to mind? Perhaps you’d like to travel, spend more time with the grandchildren or explore what really interests you.

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Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat. When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they e…

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By asking a few simple questions, you may be better able to identify the right auto repair shop to properly care for one of your most valuable assets, your car.

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It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend we…

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Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you've certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it's time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something even…

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Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.

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Scott and Steve Forster, the brothers behind the highly regarded synthetic turf company Southwest Greens, love bringing the benefits of artificial turf to homes and businesses in the region. “There is not a downside to going artificial,” says Scott. 

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For more than four decades, Sunshine Plumbing & Heating has been keeping New Mexicans warm in the winter, cool in the summer and free of plumbing problems all year long, while offering the latest products, expert installation and award-

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Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes. Maybe you’ve been in your current dwelling for many years and want to remodel, or perhaps you’re looking for a new place to call home sweet home. Carlisle Builders has the experience to help with either option. 

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Here’s good news about tasty treats: Adolescents at high risk for obesity significantly reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) by substituting peanuts and peanut butter for unhealthy snacks, according to a new USDA-funded study.

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On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are…

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The hope is my readers come away with the understanding that this column is my attempt to make gardening more enjoyable for the average homeowner. Navigating through the horticultural world can be intimidating, so having an expert simplify it is a good thing.