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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don't have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.

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If you want experienced carpet cleaning done in an environmentally friendly way, look no further than Clean Carpet Care and Elite Carpet Cleaning. Owners Joseph and Lisa DiBruno are local leaders in this industry, having served thousands of new and repeat residential and commercial customers…

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Rhiannon Lujan couldn’t be happier with the work that Aguamatic Landscape did in her front and back yards. The locally operated and family owned full-service landscaping company installed multiple projects for the Rio Rancho homeowner, including a beautiful stream with a waterfall, an outdoo…

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Albuquerque certainly has had its share of sunshine this year, and in this stretch of warm weather Lucas Satterfield of BAC Enterprises wants people to remember a critical element of their house.

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Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn't have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom es…

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By the 1960s, many American Indian tribes nearly lost their culture because of 19th- and early 20th-century U.S. government statutes. American Indians could be removed from their land, resettled on reservations and even have their children sent to special boarding schools to be taught a new …

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It’s possible to get seriously spoiled and save money on your birthday. On your next shopping trip, start asking for birthday freebies to make the day even more special when it arrives.  Many stores offer free treats, meals, gifts and discounts — plus a bunch of extra Happy Birthdays!    

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You can’t always plan on receiving an inheritance, but what should you do if it does happen? Above all, don’t rush to act, especially at the height of emotions. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

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Short of finding a way to strike it rich, saving money by seeking out spending reductions can still feel like a big win. Eliminating certain items from your grocery cart by using replacement items can earn you an increase on your bottom line.  

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Risk is a normal part of investing — in fact, some risk serves a valuable purpose. If you didn’t accept some risk while investing, there wouldn’t be the potential to achieve higher returns. But it’s also important to ensure the amount of risk is appropriate based upon what you’re trying to a…

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An auction catalog offered a “rare Kakiemon enameled porcelain plate” from the 18th century, but there was no further explanation of the age, history or design. What is the meaning of Kakiemon? 

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Since opening for business in 1999, Sandia Sunrooms & Windows has built a reputation on being the premier sunroom contractor in central New Mexico, says owner Jack Petry. That same reputation applies to the window and door side of the business. And it isn’t just sunrooms, doors and windo…

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The sundial is an early tool used to tell time. It is said that the earliest sundials were made in 1500 B.C., and variations were made in following centuries by the Greeks, Chinese and Romans. But the portable sundial carried on trips during the 18th century was needed only until railroads —…

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Going to the grocery store hungry and cruising the store aisles while your stomach is growling could mean overbuying and bad news for your grocery budget. Here are a few more tricks that will help you cash in on savings when you are grocery shopping.

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The Department of Veteran’s affairs had a very productive year in 2017. VA Secretary David Shulkin wrapped up the year in a message that highlights all they were able to accomplish.

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COLA — or cost of living adjustment — helps ensure inflation does not erode the purchasing power of your Social Security benefit. The amount of COLA, which is typically announced in November, is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical …

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Mike Dooley, owner of Dooley Landscape Designs LLC, has been a landscape designer for 35 years. He began his career as a landscape designer and contractor in San Antonio, Texas in 1981. While in San Antonio, he also started his first landscape nursery. After a few years, he sold that nursery…