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You can make a good fly trap with some plastic water bottles, apple cider vinegar and some sugar. Cut the tops off the bottles and invert the top into the lower section forming a funnel and tape them together. Put about 2 inches of apple cider vinegar in the bottle with quarter teaspoon of s…

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Let’s talk about the weather. I’ll forego the usual “is it hot enough for you?” which I could never figure out the right answer to. I mean, if I was something like a basted turkey leg roasting on a grill or some chicken wings baking in the oven, I could give a suitable answer. Otherwise, I’m…

American leaders have a rare opportunity to break through partisanship and support a common sense measure that will help our state, our country, and our relationships with our neighbors to the north and south. That measure is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the recently ne…

I was driving my mouse around on the information superhighway last weekend and saw that Saturday, June 29 was the 80th anniversary of the real life superhighway, the interstate highway system. At least that’s when President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act into law in 1956.

I think it’s time to talk about the 800 pound gorilla that sits in your local electrical co-op’s board room. It’s called Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Tri-State is a co-op of the 43 co-ops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Tri-State’s task, is to provide affordable, re…

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I noticed that the cover story for Newsweek magazine last week was about the ding-a-lings who believe the earth is flat, in that it’s not a globe. They apparently concede that it’s round, however, but why not say it’s flat and square? Or a flat parallelogram? For that matter, why not a cube?…

I watched an old Shirley Temple movie the other day. It was called Miss Annie Rooney, about a teenage girl who falls for a rich boy, whose parents don't approve of her. But things worked out and there was dancing and a happy ending. Not an overall memorable film, but the one thing that struc…

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Marx Brothers movie A Night At The Opera and, surprisingly, one little joke struck a chord with me. In the scene, Groucho tries to read a contract to his brother Chico and holds the paper farther and farther away from his face. “I could read this if I…

Are we turning the corner on winter? Are we on the verge of another glorious New Mexico spring? Will it be snowing cottonwood blossoms already? These questions and more were put to the groundhog in Pennsylvania last Saturday, and guess what? It’s a groundhog.

I’ve been staving off a bad cold so far this winter, but I fear the odds are against me. We’re right in the middle of the so-called cold and flu season...but if you watch commercials on TV, the cold and flu season seems to be every season, except for the allergy season.

I came into the room where the boys were playing to find the three-year-old sitting on the floor balling. Beside him his three older brothers were playing peacefully with their cars completely undisturbed by their brother’s problem. It was not because their mother and I were not trying to te…

Things have quieted quite a bit down in town this week. School is out until after the new year, and Tech students have all but vanished until the middle of next month. I’m driving around town and find myself thinking this is a pretty darn decent little community. The holidays do that to me, …

The New Year is coming, and we need to reduce, and hopefully, eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in society. The best way to manage pests is to exclude them from your home. When they do show up, in most circumstances you can control them without using toxic pesticides.

It’s December and life is good. Christmas is a-comin’, the proverbial geese are getting fat, the winter solstice is just around the corner and before you know it spring will be here. Well, sure, there’s that winter thing to shiver through first, I suppose, but at least we’ve got a good stack…

I recently attended a Socorro Co-op rate increase meeting in Tierra Grande. After Joseph Herrera gave his presentation, I asked why Socorro Co-op hadn't followed Kit Carson co-ops lead and buyout our contract with Tri-State generation and transmission. Also I asked why Socorro Electric Co-op…

Now is the season for mastication. That’s what the next, let’s see, six weeks or more means to me. Not that I relish making a pig out of myself and overeating, but there are many more opportunities to munch on iced cookies and fudge and chile relleno balls and empanadas than any other time o…

Welcome to my “once I’m home I’m not going out” season. That cold snap this week felt more like a cold slap, and although we’re not in the clutches of old person winter yet, my bones tell me it’s time to start working on that pick-up load of firewood I bought from Felipe Avalos a couple months ago.

I just learned Tony Joe White passed away last week. Tony Joe wasn’t the most popular singer ever, but he did have that one huge hit in the late sixties; the kind of song you’d never hear on the Top 10 these days. He sings of a girl who lived back in the Louisiana swamps who “made the alliga…

Here it is November already, the indecisive month. It’s when we use the car’s heater in the morning and turn on the AC in the afternoon. All of which portends the coming of old man winter, which raises the question: Why is winter an old man? Why not something like an impertinent child? Oh, r…

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