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Valley Gardening: With our compliments

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
I am so thankful for a day like today--Friday! The moisture is so appreciated--unless you live in San Luis or Ft. Garland because they got between 8 and 18 inches of snow--YIKES. If the weather forecasters are on their game we should get more moisture next week.
I know that all of you did NOT pay attention to
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Movin' On with Nellie: Trump-y needs Dr. Phil for Whitehouse call

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
This week I learned that Trump-y has some serious behavioral health (aka mental health) issues. These behaviors are manifested with his 3 a.m. tweets that are riddled with lies, fake news, and threats to build a wall. I believe the country would be better served by appropriating for weekly (maybe even hourly) sessions with Dr. Phil McGraw than for paying
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After the Fact; Proper planning prevents work

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
"People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything." Dr.Thomas Sowell is a retired professor of economics at Stanford University and undoubtedly knows whereof he speaks. Faculty at any college or university are required to attend a meeting every other day, at minimum. High school and elementary school staff average one meeting a week, sometimes lumped into a
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Still Waters: More weird emails

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
Julianne Kaufman was so kind to reach out to me today. "We've been out of touch for a while," she emailed. Out of touch? We're so "out of touch," Julianne, I don't even know who you are. It turns out my good friend Julianne was offering me a stock tip, 10 cents a share that will turn around at $1.30
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Being Beautiful: What ever happened to Baby Jane?

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
Imagine with me if you can saving up your spare coins for a long time, heading off to an anniversary or birthday dinner at The Brown Derby, one of old Hollywood's most celebrated restaurants. All of a sudden flash bulbs start going off, waiters stand at attention, and in walks Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, or better still, both of them.
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Letter to the editor: What must be done

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
We stand at the crossroads yet again, with the federal debt ceiling of 20 trillion or 20 thousand billion dollars having now been reached (as of March 15th). What this means is that congress due to a law it passed earlier, can no longer borrow beyond this point. With cash reserves of around 200 billion at the national level they
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Native Writes: Why then and why now?

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
It was a sunny afternoon when I sat watching little dust particles drifting through the air. They do that when sunbeams yield the spotlight.
I began thinking about my collegiate days. I met several longtime friends back then and we share similar convictions.
Adams State was still a college and the mascot was an Indian. Someone blew the back end
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Amarah's Corner: Pediatrician addresses marijuana effects

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
Hey kids like me, this week Dr. Svetlana Bresnitz, pediatrician, answered some important questions about marijuana and e-cigs. Dr. Bresnitz was my and my baby sister, Ava's, first doctor in Alamosa. She is awesome! I love Dr. Bresnitz and I highly recommend her for children! She was born in Slovakia and has lived in Alamosa for 21+ years. I asked
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Geiger's Culture Counter: The case for utopian entertainment

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
If I had to choose of favorite genre of fiction, I'd probably pick dystopian. It's not the most uplifting media to consume, but the thought of how bad life could be refreshes my perspective of my current circumstances.
For the unfamiliar, the genre describes a near-perfect society, yet one or two things are slightly…off. In Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" it's
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Food for thought

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Some of us have never been desperately hungry. Not even during the Great Depression was I ever hungry. Bored perhaps because, during my childhood in New England, we had too many Wheaties for breakfast and too much salt cod on toast for supper.
Real hunger is what is happening to people in Somalia during another famine. Almost but not quite
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Valley Gardening: Where there's a Willie Wade, there's a way

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
Life is good in the neighborhood! Is not this weather so wonderful? And so warm? Maybe too warm?
Unless you are positive that your grass is dry, please don't start watering yet. It seems dry, because it has been so warm, but I believe you can wait at least 2-3 weeks before watering is necessary. We all need
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After the Fact: School supplies

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
Expectations for graduating from high school today seem significantly different than when I was a student, or maybe they just go about it in a different way. Over four years, we were required to amass a minimum of 24 "credits" with one hour every day allowed for frivolity, otherwise known as "study hall" or choir, art or home economics or
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Letter to the editor: Celebrating Spring

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Where is global warming when we need it? I do look forward to the first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom.
The first day of spring is actually a perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our personal habits - to clean house, to jog outdoors, and to replace animal foods with healthy,
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Letter to the editor: Radio coverage brought games home

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
We'd like to take this means to thank Radio Station KSPK and the many advertising sponsors for bringing the state basketball games to the Valley.
Many of us were unable to attend in person; therefore, we were so very glad to be able to know what was going on with all the Valley teams via the great coverage of
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Still Waters: Emerald Isle heritage

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Thanks to some expert research on the part of my maternal uncle, I now can claim Irish ancestry on both sides. We were never sure about my maternal grandmother's heritage since she was basically left on a doorstep as a baby. After doing some genealogical digging, my uncle discovered who the father and mother were, and
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Being Beautiful: Spreading sparkles from china cabinets to petting zoos

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
I was just a little boy with his mama, and we had driven up Dykes Chapel Road to Miss Jessy Jean's house, Perry County's own petting zoo because she had at least one of every living thing created by God and known to man. I saw the peacocks in her yard and was smitten by the vivid colors of blue,
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Native Writes: Thissa and thatta

Posted: Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017
My old editor, F.G. "Doc" Kirby called columns like this "thissa and thatta." They are observations from passing along the road we call life.
While other parts of the nation are experiencing terrible weather, we seem to be doing pretty well in our Valley.
I wrote a story recently about the litigation between Texas and New Mexico over water in
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Amarah's Corner: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Part 2

Posted: Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017
This week my special friend, Corliss Taylor-Dunn, M.A., LMFT, shares information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how PTSD appears in the lives of kids like me from the abuse and neglect of our drug addict parents. Among other things, kids like me feel intense fear and helplessness, which can lead to serious long-term struggles with depression, and anxiety; see
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Alamosa Flowers: First blooms of the season

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
Hurray for purple Crocus (Crocus). It's the first plant to bloom in our garden this year and is displaying four lovely blossoms. I spied the blossoms poking their heads out above the mulch in our protected, south facing garden. It made me feel happy all over. Often, lavender Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera) or tiny yellow and purple Iris (Iris reticulata)
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Geiger's Culture Counter: ‘Samurai Jack’ is back, bleak, and beautiful

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
This weekend I went back in time to the early 2000s. I was in my basement surrounded by my LEGOs, "Star Wars" action figures and had no care in the world. How and why did this happen? Because "Samurai Jack" was back on the air.
Created by Genndy Tartakovsky--Known for "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Star Wars: Clone Wars"--in 2001, the
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Letter to the editor: #RESIST&FIX

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
I have been thinking... for months and maybe years. I have wanted to DO SOMETHING to reduce, lessen, and change the dynamic in America. We could debate and pontificate ad nauseam about the reasons and who is to blame.
One of our blessings of living in a democracy is that "We the People" have the power to change and make
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Bear Dance

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
While cranes are making it clear that the seasons are changing, another kind of rebirth is happening, but not so readily seen by most of us. Bears are emerging from their dens after their hibernation, usually in March.
Close your eyes and listen. You may hear a bear growling, thunder rumbling in the distance, or someone drumming on a hollow
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