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Treat your home to a fall refresh! Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho’s owners Dale Sapp and Jared Muñoz invite you to explore the beautiful and affordable window furnishings in their no-pressure boutique showroom. Dale shares, “There’s a product for every customer, a product for every budget. We f…

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The same risk factors that contribute to making heart disease the leading cause of death worldwide also impact the rising global prevalence of brain disease, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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At some point, many parents will likely find themselves encouraging their children to “be kind” or “be friendly.” While they lead with the best of intentions, nearly all parents will worry about whether their child is kind to others when adults are not around.

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“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” — Ivy Baker Priest

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Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles have a longstanding reputation for rowdiness, but when a 1997 game between the team and the San Francisco 49ers saw around 60 fistfights in the stands, with someone even shooting a flare gun, the response from both worried families and local law enforcement pr…

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If you’re a veteran, are you in a veterans service organization? The largest organization is the American Legion. Across the country are more than 12,000 posts and approximately 2 million members. The Legion is to be thanked for the GI Bill of Rights, which has helped many veterans get a col…

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You have to go camping in New Mexico! We live in a state with astounding natural beauty. Going to buy equipment? Just remember that the camping store brochures are not a catalog of what you need, but a catalog of what they want to sell you.

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On Sept. 5, 1972, at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, a group of Palestinian terrorists, known as Black September, storms the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage. In an ensuing shootout at the Munich airport, the nine Israeli h…

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It’s time to enjoy the Annual Harvest Craft Fair & Plant Sale at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, September 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll through autumn- and holiday-themed booths to purchase gifts for yourself or to share with others. Catch a gourd painting or …

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Dear Sam:  I’m getting a new kitten from my neighbor. His name is Striper, and he’s 10 weeks old. But I’m worried that he won’t know how to use the litter box. Once he moves in, how can I train him to use the litter box? — Kaley

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Come celebrate ten lively years of Instituto Cervantes’ quest to bring the best Latino cinema available to the community of Albuquerque. Enjoy 20 films, online or in person, September 13-14, 17, and 23-25. Films will be shown at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Guild Cinema, and th…

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505 Southwestern® celebrates “25 Years of Flavor” this year and is hosting a public event, featuring celebrity chef and Food Network star Aaron May, and the world’s largest portable green chile roaster which will be roasting fresh Hatch Valley chiles for attendees. Tickets start at $25. The …

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The New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival is in new digs this year, at the Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW. The event, on September 24-25, features cooking and growing demos, live art competition, music and a vendors market with all things prickly: food, drinks, bath and body produc…

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I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive ingredients that can be used in lots of recipes. I’m especially happy when I find unexpected uses for a common ingredient. I was wandering the frozen foods aisle and did a double take on a can of frozen lemonade. The wheels began to turn. I keep froz…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A strong social whirl brings a new round of good times to fun-loving Rams and Ewes.

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It’s all-too-common for those embarking on a regular exercise routine to skip a planned workout for one reason or another. Here are some of the most common excuses that people make not to exercise, along with some solutions to overcome these challenges:

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For taking to a party: Melt vanilla chips in the microwave, adding by handfuls and heating for about 15 seconds at a time. After 15 seconds, stir and repeat until chips have melted. Then dip small clusters of green grapes into the melted vanilla chips.

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Is “Indiana Jones 5” Harrison Ford’s last film? Five-time-Oscar-winning composer John Williams let it drop, as he announced that he’d be retiring after this film, that he believed Ford would be retiring as well. After five Indiana Jones films and a career spanning over 57 films, Ford’s earne…

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No matter how cramped and cluttered your living space may be, you can almost always find a spot or two for extra storage. It’s often just a matter of getting creative and utilizing a few clever solutions. Consider these simple ideas to create some extra space in oft-used rooms:  

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Before we know it, that yearly event will be here — when we have to decide what to do about our Medicare plans between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 for coverage that will begin Jan. 1.

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If you already recycle, you’re playing a critical role in reducing waste in your area. But to truly make sure valuable materials — like cartons, plastic and other materials that can be reused in other products — are kept out of landfills, it is important to prevent wishcycling.

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As technology advances at a rapid rate, many of the traditional ways of doing things may be unknown to kids born in the 21st century. Why not take a break from our high-speed, techie lifestyle and experience with kids and grandkids some of the old-fashioned ways of playing and working?

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Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, you can ensure you’re getting the most for your money with a little extra planning.

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“Disobedience” (R) — Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a photographer in New York, travels to London after the sudden passing of her father, the Rav Krushka. Arriving back at the Orthodox Jewish community that she has been estranged from for so long, Ronit reunites with two of her old friends, Dovid (Al…

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With higher gas prices and rising inflation putting pressure on finances, drivers are looking for ways to save on the cost of car ownership. On average, it costs between $15,000- $24,000 to own a car over a five-year period, including fuel, maintenance, insurance, repairs, financing and state fees.

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Fra Andreas Garcia was an 18th-century Mexican Franciscan friar and folk artist who worked in what is now New Mexico. He carved and painted wooden figures of saints, called bulto, that were about 12 to 18 inches high. The figures were used as devotional images as well as artistic objects.

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Thinking of a home design or remodeling project shouldn’t scare you. If it does, you might want to consider Jeebs and Zuzu. “We heard a lot of horror stories about contractors taking advantage of people — particularly older women,” shares co-owner Ubaldo Muñoz Jr. And that’s why Muñoz founde…

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Mario LoPrinzi, owner of Axiom Home Services, helps homeowners discover the best Trane HVAC system for their homes, providing all the estimates himself. “With Axiom, you’re dealing with the owner, not a salesman,” he assures.

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Heading off to college can be an exciting, yet stressful time. You’ll be moving away from the friends and family you’ve known your whole life and will be living with roommates and making completely new groups of friends.

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It may not be widely known that women face unique risk factors for stroke throughout their lifetime. Things like pregnancy, preeclampsia and chronic stress can increase the risk for high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke.

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The name “coconut” comes from 16th-century Portuguese sailors. It is believed that the three holes on the fruit resembled a face, so it was honored with the word “coco,” meaning “grin” or “grinning face.” The “nut” part was added later.

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If you’re a family caregiver, or if you’re a veteran receiving family care services, heads up: The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending the annual reassessments for those in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

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The Los Luceros Historic Site is a 148-acre rancho on the Rio Grande north of Española. There is a massive hacienda, historic chapel and various other out-buildings, including an old jail. The acreage is split between the bosque growing along the Rio Grande, and orchards and fields still irr…

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On Aug 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman signs the United Nations Charter, and the United States becomes the first nation to complete the ratification process and join the new international organization. Although hopes were high at the time that the United Nations would serve as an arbiter …

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Dear Sam:  Yesterday, our beloved corgi mix, Shemp, was laid to rest. I feel so guilty. He passed from heatstroke after being out in the backyard for just one hour. I never realized that just the heat outdoors could be deadly to dogs. I always was conscientious about dangerous situations; I …

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The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new set of postage stamps last month at the 30th Annual Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque. Each of the five new stamps in the set features a musician, dressed in the traditional outfit of mariachi performers, playing one of five iconic mariachi instrument…

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Sometimes, knowing how jewelry is made can facilitate the care and give a longer life to those treasures. On August 13 at 2 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library (453 Hwy. 165, Placitas), Pam Troutman will speak on some jewelry basics, construction, cleaning, and care for jewelry, and will …

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Come to the Con, August 26-28! Bubonicon, which began the same year as Apollo 11’s moon landing and Woodstock, focuses primarily on the literature of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The convention received its name in 1971 from Robert Vardeman, a UNM alumnus and former Sandia National L…

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National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13. Join the Downtown Growers’ Market as they celebrate the role farmers play in supporting healthy communities and local food systems by hosting farm tours Sunday, August 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Los Jardines de Moktezuma and Chispas Farm loca…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A misunderstanding tests the temperament of the sometimes headstrong Aries. Take time for a pleasant diversion.

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Let’s talk chimichurri. Its garlicky and tangy with a spicy little kick, filled with lovely fresh herbs. Light and summery, verdant and ridiculously flavorful.  An essential element of Argentinean cuisine, a bowl of chimichurri can be found on every dinner table!

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In the late 1700’s, landscape design was in its very early stages. It started with large estates adding plants to existing groups of trees and natural groups of shrubs. Eventually that “natural” style was replaced by more structured gardens of hedges neatly trimmed and border plants along th…

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Is Brad Pitt breaking it to us gently that he plans to retire soon? Pitt told GQ Magazine, “I consider myself on my last leg.” At 58, he’s won an Oscar, appeared in 60 films and produced 43 films. The $83 million “Bullet Train,” in which he stars with Sandra Bullock, drops Aug. 5. He was a p…

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If you like taking baths, invest in a second rubber bathmat to drape over the side of the tub. The edge will be nonslip, so you can hold on for support, and your hands will not slide.