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After four decades in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, family-owned and operated Sunshine Plumbing & Heating Inc. has perfected their approach to business. “We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated — with fairness and honesty,” explains owner Joseph …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

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Many parents know that keeping kids’ rooms — and their stuff — sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living on…

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While most people might know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

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Summer is a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you get into shape. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape and maximize your workouts this season:

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Clayton, in the far northeast corner of New Mexico and about 10 miles from the Texas border, is most famous for two things: the dinosaur trackway at Clayton Lake and the somewhat “botched” hanging of train robber Black Jack Ketchum. But the Hotel Eklund, a striking three-story stone structur…

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and …

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In today’s world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.

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It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear a…

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It was 1896, and New Mexico seemed like the land of opportunity to Frank Boyer.  Boyer, an African American living with his family in Pelham, Georgia, was looking for a better future than what he saw around him: humiliating, restrictive Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan.  

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I love to cook, but when it’s 100 degrees outside my desire to turn on the stove melts away like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. One good thing about summers in Texas, the heat seems to bring out my creativity. I’ve devised several ways to continue to enjoy my favorite meals without using my oven.

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Many vehicle owners know it’s important to regularly have their motor oil changed. But did you know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in the owner’s manual could damage the engine? 

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From dogs and cats filling up social media feeds — some even with their own profiles — to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions, animals have become a major part of the digital landscape. 

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During the early 1900s, most chickens were raised on family farms for their eggs, which were sold as a source of income. Chickens were considered as a special occasion or holiday meal.

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Miguel Atencio, a reader of this column, wrote to me via email asking if I had any suggestions for day trips for him and his 11-year-old son. I thought that was a great question, as parents of school-age children begin to make plans for summer vacation. Below are six ideas for day trips with kids.

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In keeping with tradition this time of year, parents across America are getting ready to celebrate the graduation achievements of their children, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

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While filing your taxes can be tedious, many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But it's important to remember that if you're receiving money back from Uncle Sam, it's because you had too much withheld and overpaid your taxes last year — it's not really extra money. So b…

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Living and dining are essential actions that occur in every residence. But having rooms named after and devoted, respectively, to each has become passé nowadays for many homeowners. Instead of maintaining formal rooms that conform to traditional expectations but which end up being seldom use…

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Kitchens may get a lot of love, but homeowners are lavishing more attention on bathrooms lately. That’s the major takeaway from a new poll that sheds new light on the latest preferences in bathroom redos.

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Driving south toward Truth or Consequences, you’ll notice a large range of dark and distant mountains off to the west. This is the Black Range, known for its silver deposits and a few ghost towns that serviced the mines and miners. Their inhabitants once numbered in the thousands.

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If you’ve run out of ways to prepare starches like corn, potatoes or rice to serve as side dishes, you might want to try turnips. We have Charles “Turnip” Townshend to thank for elevating turnips to the dinner table. England was formally introduced to turnips when Townshend, a British politi…

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While it’s been popular in the past to bring the outdoors inside using trees and floral arrangements, a recent trend for many wedding venues is to create a homey space outdoors. Indeed, guests don’t need to rough it just because you’ve chosen to host your ceremony or reception outside.

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Albuquerque-based and veteran-owned 2 Vet’s Construction started as a collaboration between two Army veterans who grew up together and share an interest in helping people in central New Mexico achieve their building project dreams. “We knew we could provide a service that is missed in the ar…

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Natural light seems to bring out the beauty, and indeed color, of everything it touches. When it fills our homes, it brings with it a sense of freshness, vitality and can make us feel healthier.

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Albert Einstein once said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” These words could not be more appropriate in our current world of competing streams of information. As we gather information, who can we trust? The answer is to ask those who have personal …

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The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason might be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zo…

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Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right her…

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Spring is a time to reevaluate your daily routine and reduce any unnecessary clutter from your life. It is also a time to make positive changes for a happy and healthier lifestyle.

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Today's chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that's high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respec…

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A bathroom renovation is a highly desired home improvement, but many homeowners put off making updates due to the perceived cost. Fortunately, you don’t need a complete remodel to get the bathroom of your dreams — nor do you need to break the bank.

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Whether you've been together for years or you're in the first blush of romance, nothing says you're thinking about your sweetheart like flowers on Valentine's Day. With so many options for gift-giving, it's easy to lose sight of the classics. Don't forget to show your Valentine how you feel …

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Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. L…

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The Zuhl Museum, at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, is a gem waiting for the state, and indeed America, to discover it. Why?  Well, it contains the largest — and finest — collection of petrified wood in the United States, “and probably the world,” adds the museum’s director, Tiffa…

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As we begin a new year, it's important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we'd like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs will …

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There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to driving, and the list only grows once you’ve got your own set of wheels. Whether you’re facing a purchasing dilemma over which make and model is best for you, or simply wonder how much is too much to top off the gas, being a responsible d…

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Looking for a cure for the winter blues? Start making plans for the summer. Having something fun to look forward to — such as days off and family trips — can make those dreary days seem more bearable. One thing you'll want to add to your summer planning list is finding a great summer camp or…

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Winter’s officially here. As the weeks drag on, you’re bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats, so it’s the perfect time to refresh your style.

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"From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific" ... because it's time for winter vacations! No matter their destination, Americans are more than twice as likely to drive as fly this year (76 percent vs. 24 percent), according to a recent survey.

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It’s sometimes the unique collectible at a show or sale that is a “must have” for an unsuspecting collector. Folk-art collectors often see “one-offs” that are too expensive, too large or too outrageous to fit into the house. Recently, James D. Julia Auctioneers had a “Late 19th-century Ameri…

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It was midafternoon and time to grab a quick, brisk walk with granddog Cali around our city lake. Approaching the concession stand by the boat dock, I was about to make an abrupt move to avoid the area knowing Cali would go bananas and pull me by her leash in a tug of war in her pursuit of p…

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When you look at your home’s interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there’s no better time than the new year to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of color.

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New Mexico is full of mysteries: some big and some small. This one is big. It concerns a large rock in a ravine on the north side of Hidden Mountain, west of Los Lunas. It contains several lines of what might be Paleo-

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Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maxim…

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With cold weather already here, the winter season has officially started early for many Americans. As the weeks drag on, you're bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats. It's the perfect time to refresh your style.

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Americans have a lot to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to one report, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.