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Since the doors opened with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling, raising the bar for the standard of customer care has been of the utmost importance. Giving the Albuquerque community the kind of service not seen in quite some time has always been incredibly important to the owners and…

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Granite Passion’s dynamic family team of Sharon, Nicole, Dustin and Fernando is still at it — offering unique stone options and amazing craftsmanship for your home. Their happy customers continue to enjoy the best prices and selection for quality imported granite across New Mexico, all while…

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

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Fashion designer Michael Kors’ first project was a redesign of his own mother’s wedding dress, at her second marriage. He was 5 years old at the time.

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For first-time parents or even families with multiple children, the decision to place your little bundle of joy in someone else’s care be a difficult one. However, the benefits of day care can be significant, especially for children who start a program as infants.

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Are you taking advantage of all your veterans’ benefits? The Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched a program to bring awareness of the benefits that elderly veterans might be missing. Per the VA’s notice, only 189,800 wartime veterans and 139,800 surviving spouses are using all th…

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When Chad VanCamp, 42, began feeling intense pain in his tailbone whenever he sat down, life changed. Suddenly, his favorite hobbies became unbearable and he began dreading everyday activities that most people wouldn’t think twice about — car rides, airplane trips and even going out to dinner.

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The extreme heat of summer is a memory. The State Fair has come and gone. Migrating water fowl fill the ponds along the river at Tingley Beach. Now it is autumn and, in many ways, it is the best time of the entire year!

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Q: My two cats, Mitsy and Bitsy, got along well for nearly five years. Bitsy is 11 years old, about six years older than Mitsy. In the past couple of months, they squall and squabble with each other every time they’re in the same room. What is going on, and how do I stop it? — Cara C.

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On Oct. 2, 1948, the first American road race since World War II takes place in Watkins Glen in New York. The New York Central railroad agreed to suspend train service so the drivers could safely cross the tracks.

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Help Albuquerque become the kindest city by sharing acts of kindness with the Spark Kindness App. Presented by the Jennifer Riordan Foundation, the app’s focus is to allow for easy sharing of acts of kindness and bring them together for the world to see. It can be an act of kindness that you…

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Come eat your fill! The Albuquerque Taco & Margarita Festival is taking place at The Civic Plaza (1 Civic Plaza NW) on Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come celebrate with live music, good food and good company. Organizers are working to bring as many taco vendors together from…

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The Albuquerque Folk Festival celebrates its 23rd year at the Bosque School (4500 Bosque School Rd. NW), on Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with over 100 non-stop events at multiple outdoor venues. Along with entertainment on three performance stages (including the Stillhouse Junkie…

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Mom and Dad have a surprise for Scooter and Danny — a balloon ride for them and their three best friends. Their adventure is a little scary to start, but in the end it’s a whole lot of fun! Join the group of friends as they climb into the gondola for the first time, and take an incredible fl…

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Landscape designs are a balance between expense, maintenance and the overall look. Most of my designs are what I call “Southwest Perennial Gardens.” They are relatively low cost by eliminating unneeded masonry projects, low water use, and low maintenance by eliminating large grass areas. Wha…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll soon have a chance to take a big step up from where you are to where you want to be.

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When I was a kid, it was a special occasion for me to get a TV dinner, reserved for those rare times when my folks went out and I had a babysitter. Do you remember the ones in the aluminum pans with the individual compartments for each food? When I was 8 years old it was so exciting. A whole…

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Fresh versus frozen in the seafood aisle: Unless you’re at the docks, most seafood in the grocer’s fresh fish case is thawed from frozen. Always ask. It’s much cheaper to buy frozen and thaw it yourself.

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Ashton Kutcher, who starred for eight seasons in “That ‘70s Show” and 84 episodes of “Two and a Half Men,” will now take on Reese Witherspoon in Netflix’s “Your Place or Mine?” From the screenwriter of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” two best friends, on opposite coasts, s…

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Have you ever listened to a podcast? A podcast is a digital audio or video file that you can access from the internet. They’re often in a series that you can tune into one at a time, almost like radio on demand. They’re usually associated with a website where you can find out what’s availabl…

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So, you’ve created the backyard of your dreams and love everything about it — except that seeing your surroundings can sometimes be a challenge once the sun’s gone down. As the days grow shorter and we head into fall, it’s one of the best times of year to enhance your backyard life at night.

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Weekends are made for families, and fall is all about the changing color palette of the great outdoors. Put them together, and you have the potential for awesome adventures in your neighborhood and beyond. When you get home, keep the memory alive with these two hands-on activities using foun…

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The pandemic has changed our lives in numerous ways. As a result of all the upheaval, many people are reassessing their priorities and thinking about early retirement. According to Pew Research, 28 million baby boomers retired in 2020 and a recent study found 39% plan to retire by 65, while …

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“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” (TV-PG) — As the trend of TV reboots continues, we now have this updated version of the early ‘90s sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.” This time around the teenaged physician is a girl who’s balancing hospital rounds with time off surfing with friends in her home state of H…

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At least five famous mid-century modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was …

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For more than two decades, the HVAC industry professionals at First Rate Plumbing, Heating and Cooling have been helping homeowners across Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas stay cool in the spring and summer and warm in the fall and winter, as well as providing much-needed suppor…

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Clients experience immediate fat loss, pain and inflammation relief and smoother, firmer skin with Skinny Secrets’ phototherapies, but owner Stacy Whisonant believes these light therapies provide more than a quick fix. “When we feel better about our body and ourselves, we’re healthier mental…

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Many New Mexicans transformed their spaces during the last several months to increase safety and convenience, regulate natural light and complement their unique décor — and they did it with window furnishings. “During COVID, there were a large number of people who realized that their home wa…

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¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music & Culture — the Southwest’s biggest world music and culture party — enters its 17th year of bringing some of the most eclectic world-class acts from across the planet. Planned performances by artists from Algeria, Ethiopia, M…

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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is excited to present the exhibition “The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons,” opening on Wednesday, September 29. This exhibit is included with general admission into the museum. For more than 80 years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringin…

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Come find your bliss! The nation’s largest festival dedicated to chocolate, coffee and gourmet foods returns to EXPO NM on September 25-26. Founded in 2009, the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest brings together purveyors of incredible chocolates, coffees, candies, teas, gourmet foods, an…

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The transition to campus life can often feel abrupt. Beyond adjusting to the rigors of a college curriculum, students must quickly develop the self-management skills needed to thrive on their own. One such skill that should be prioritized is staying on track with prescribed medications.

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More than 34 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 90-95 percent of those diagnosed have Type 2 diabetes. With many Americans having deferred medical care since the start of the pandemic, delayed or overdue diabetes diagn…

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The oleander is the official flower of the city of Hiroshima. It was the first to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a list of three presumptive conditions related to particulate matter exposure. Specifically, it will now cover asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis, but only if you served in a covered area and had one of those conditions within 10 years of leaving th…

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“I’m telling you, things are getting out of hand. Or maybe I’m discovering that things were never in my hands.” — Gordon Atkinson

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In the haste to break free from your pandemic routine, you may find your new schedule overwhelming and hectic. And with that, comes the inconvenience of misplacing commonly used items. According to a survey conducted by Bluetooth tracking company Pixie, Americans spend an average of 2.5 days…

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The “Land of Enchantment” brings to mind distant mountain ranges washed in purples and pinks, and rows upon rows of mountain peaks disappearing into a sunlit sky. And there is a sense of mystery in those pastel shapes on the horizon. Let’s visit one up close.

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Q: I use dog treats to train my 18-month-old puppy, “Jif.” At the dog park, an owner said that using treats is bad and that Jif will eventually get fat. That’s hard to believe, as he is really energetic. He only responds when he knows there is a treat after each command. What do you say? — Lee

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On Sept. 4, 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins his seventh gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Munich in the 400-meter medley relay. Spitz’s record would stand until Michael Phelps took home eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Water catchment systems are as old as time. Ancient cultures spent thousands of man-hours and untold amounts of money to accomplish these engineering wonders. “Modern” systems simply store water from the roof in rain barrels. These newer systems are very trendy and, in my opinion, are offere…

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Look at this dessert! It’s a Pavlova, named after legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after touring Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. It’s a texture lover’s dream, with meringue that’s crispy outside and marshmallow-soft inside, blanketed with lightly sweetened whipped cream and t…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The typically tidy Ram or Ewe might want to butt out until things are settled on the home front.