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Today's Opinions

  • Horses prone to heatstroke

    Our cats and dogs aren’t the only animals that need special attention during the unbearable summer temperatures. Horses and other large animals get hot, too.
    Though they may not express it in the same way as our domestic pets, heatstroke is still common among large animals, and prevention is the best cure.
    “The important things to consider during summer heat for animals are similar as for humans,” said Dr. Leslie Easterwood, assistant clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “It is best to provide clean, fresh water at a rate higher than they would be losing due to sweat.”
    The progression from dehydration to heat exhaustion and ultimately heat stroke can occur rapidly.
    Providing your large animals with access to plenty of water and shade is the most important way to keep their body temperatures under control. Just as with humans and other animals, the higher the temperature or activity level, the more water is required to cool the body.

  • Be aware of work at Aspen School

    We would like to update the community on the progress of the Aspen Elementary School project.

  • Smith’s helps hungry kids, families

    Recently, The Food Depot had the pleasure of participating in the grand opening of Smith’s Marketplace. During the transition from their former location, Smith’s donated fresh produce and other food to The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s food bank.

  • Visting Nurses appreciate the support

    As President of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, I would like to thank the Los Alamos community for its continued support.

    As noted in our recent advertisement in The Los Alamos Monitor, LAVNS is experiencing great changes!
     Our Executive Director of 43 years, Sarah Rochester, has stepped down and is now devoting her energies to the building of The Sanctuary at Canyon’s Edge, the first stand-alone hospice house in New Mexico located north of Albuquerque.
    Sarah Rochester has shown amazing dedication, leadership, and vision in founding and growing LAVNS as the only non-profit home care and hospice organization in Los Alamos.
    I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for several years and LAVNS is grateful for her continued work as the Consultant to the Hospice House.
    We look forward to celebrating Sarah’s work and the groundbreaking for The Sanctuary at Canyon’s Edge in the near future.
    Thank you to Los Alamos for your continued support of LAVNS under the guidance of our new Executive Director, Georgina Williams, and our new Clinical Director, Debbie Storms.
    We are fully staffed with a close-knit team of dedicated professionals and offer the same great services you have grown to expect.
    For more information on our team, contact LAVNS at 662-2525.

  • Better shopping through math

    Your new store is very imposing, but there is a problem for many of us who have limited time or energy. This concerns the vast distances that must be covered to complete even a modest shopping list.

  • Smith's crew does outstanding job

    Initially I was vehemently against this new “big box store,” its location, and what it was going to do to “my” businesses.

  • Artists can get a chance to hone business skills

    Etsy, the leading online craft marketplace, established its Craft Entrepreneurship Program last year to make it easier for artists, craftspeople and other microentrepreneurs — especially those in underserved communities — to sell their products and services directly to consumers.
    That program is coming to New Mexico in September, thanks to a partnership with WESST, a private nonprofit economic development organization that provides business training, consulting and loans to small businesses in New Mexico.
    The Craft Entrepreneurship Program is a five-week series of classes in which artistically talented, low-income adults learn the basics of business so they can set up online venues that enable them to reach new markets.
    Classes will be taught by successful online craft sellers who coach and support participants through every aspect of setting up their online shops alongside WESST trainers who work with small businesses every day.
    Using Etsy as a learning lab, teachers share best practices on topics that impact new sellers most — including time management, branding, pricing, shipping and photography — to help them earn supplemental income through their craft business.
    To minimize startup costs, students will be able to list 20 items for sale on Etsy.com at no cost.

  • Reporting agencies are always watching

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the Big Three credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, which monitor your financial history and issue credit reports and credit scores to potential lenders.
    But did you know that there are dozens of other specialty consumer reporting agencies that track your history for activities that may not appear on your regular credit reports – things like bounced checks, late utility payments, insurance claims and prescription orders?
    Most people never hear about these companies until they’re suddenly turned down for an apartment, checking account, insurance policy or even a job or promotion. But you need to know that potential landlords, banks, insurance companies and employers are very likely ordering specialty reports to help them assess the risk of doing business with you.
    That’s fine if you’ve got a squeaky-clean track record. But what if their files contain mistakes; or worse, what if someone has hijacked your identity and is poisoning your record with their own bad behavior?