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In the kitchen
Since it's summer, I thought about dining al fresco in the backyard, and selected fried chicken, potato salad, and fruit crisp for my paleo picnic.

Eat your way to health, the way your ancestors did

For most of humanity's two-million-year or so existence, we were hunter-gatherers, whose main diet consisted of protein, tree fruits, roots and nuts -- the original Paleo diet. Only since the …
Drying and canning are two ways to preserve the rare bounty of apricots this year.

Year of the apricot

Apricots, which probably originated in China, have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. In "Gardens of New Spain," a comprehensive study of the movement …
ShutterstockCanned peaches help preserve the taste of summer in jars for months.

Pickle fruit to preserve taste of summer

Stone fruits are coming into season in Northern New Mexico -- and the spring rains should deliver abundant summer crops of apricots, peaches, nectarines and …
Home & Garden

Herb of the Month

Valerian, Fragrant Valerian Spanish: Valeriana Family: Valerianaceae Genus & Species Valeriana acutiloba, Valeriana arizonica, Valeriana edulis Valerian is one of the best-known medicinal herbs, …
Courtesy Leonardo Weiss Wikimedia CommonsPocket gophers along with voles and prairie dogs are among the little creatures that bring big headaches to Northern New Mexico gardeners.

Natural alternatives can deter garden pests, rodents

As I write this, all across Taos, hollyhocks are stretching their bloom stocks skyward, Russian sage is in full force while thistles line the roadsides and grow in opportune open …
Courtesy photoThe cost of a restucco job typically ranges from $4.50 to $6 per square foot, but there are all kinds of variables. Among them is the condition of the old material, the ease of access and erection of scaffolding.

What's your stucco situation?

The skin of a house - the roof and the stucco on the walls - holds early …
Health & fitness
I have a mouth-watering, easy way to get a ton of nutrition from this summer harvest and help you grow younger: make green smoothies.
Growing Younger

Drink your greens for youthfulness

Summertime and the livin' is easy. We don't have to worry about slipping and sliding on the ice and can enjoy getting caught in a rain shower. Just raise your face to the sky, stick out your tongue, …
Courtesy photoX-ray of Jamie Ash's broken ankle. She was an experienced hiker who was injured in the backcountry north of Taos.

Tips for surviving an injury in the high country

Jamie Ash was high up on the Deer Creek Trail in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness on a recent Mayday. She had hiked alone from the trailhead at the Columbine Campground …

Learn to heal with traditional methods

Taos school offers summer courses taught by native healers of different cultures, backgounds
Great outdoors
Passersby relax in the shade Sunday (July 1) at the Taos Historic Museum’s Fechin Gardens.

Gardens, parks, meadows and riverside: great picnic spots in Taos

July is National Picnic Month and a great time to get out in Taos for some outdoor dining.
Bullsnakes, also known as gopher snakes, will feed on deer mice, birds and their eggs and nestlings, frogs and lizards. They are 'constrictors,' which means that they squeeze their food until they die.

Bullsnakes are friends, not foes

Bullsnakes (Pituophis catenifer sayi) are large, heavy-bodied, nonvenomous snakes found throughout North America from southern Canada into Mexico. Bullsnakes are probably the most …
Gary Zientara/Mount Sangre ObservatoryNGC 6604, GUM 84 and GUM 85 - located about 6,000 light years away in the constellation Serpens Cauda. Image taken between 10:20 p.m. July 3 and 1:20 a.m. July 4, 2019 MDT at Mount Sangre Observatory near Angel Fire. It consists of 42 stacked images totaling 2 hours, 23 minutes in blue, visual, red, infrared, hydrogen alpha and oxygen III light.

Galaxy watch

The image shown here is of two emission nebulae in the constellation Serpens Cauda (The Serpent's Tail). The larger one, which …
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