In the kitchen

Enjoy chives, young spring garlic

While Northern New Mexico is not yet safe from random freezes and rogue snows, the warmer temperatures and shifting light make us long for some early greens to …
Lucy HerrmanDolmades make a scrumptious meal served with a glass of vino and a salad.

Memories and Mothers

By Lucy Herrman Mother's Day is just around the corner, and for me that means memories of my Greek mother's cooking. To say that she was a great cook is an understatement. Although we lived in a …
ShutterstockRiesling is one of the few white wines that can age gracefully for years, if not decades. It is a chameleon, ranging from bone dry to intensely sweet.

Riesling: Food-friendly and downright tasty

You may have noticed that riesling crops up quite frequently in this column. There are a number of reasons for this. One, riesling is incredibly food-friendly, with enough body and acidity to stand …
Home & Garden
Photo by ZooFariVerdolaga, also known as purslane and pigweed, is a spring plant that's nutritious in salads, soups and sauteed


English: Purslane, pigweed, moss roseSpanish: VerdolagaFamily: PortulacaceaeGenus & species: Portulaca oleraceaePurslane, known in Spanish as verdolaga, is a low-growing perennial succulent with …
Nan FischerLisa Stern's raised bed with hardware cloth on the bottom.

Tips for dealing with pocket gophers

Every March, I eagerly await the crocuses in my front garden. One year, the yellow and white varieties came up but not the purple ones. There is only one grouping by …
Jan Martenson/courtesy photoA bumble bee feasts on sweet nectar deep inside a Palmer penstemon flower and inadvertently gathers pollen on its body, which will be spread to the next visited flower for pollination.

Learn about the bzzzzz from a New Mexico melittologist

What is a melittologist? It is a person who studies melittology (from Greek word melitta, meaning "bee" and -logy, meaning "study of"), a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of bees. …
Health & fitness

Dog bite story: Part II

In Taos County, more than 100 reports of dogs biting humans or other dogs are made each year. The sheriff's office staff said that about 20 of those incidents happen on public lands.
Jim O'DonnellEfforts to restore the Vigil y Romo ditch through the Río Fernando Park paid off with a healthy water flow down the acequia in spring, 2019, for the first time in half a century.

Earth Day at Río Fernando Park: health for the earth and ourselves

Spring calls us to wake up to the rhythms of nature and our own bodies. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 in the United States. Since that time, the …
Heather Lynn Sparrow Photography Ellen Wood

Bye-bye, Sweetie!

'Sugar and spice and everything nice." When we were children some of us took to heart that rhyme about what little girls are made of and we gobbled candy and other sweet things. Not so that we'd …
Great outdoors
Carl Colonius, of the Enchanted Circle Trails Association, rides along the Horsethief Mesa Loop with his dog, Otis, on Monday (April 22) in Arroyo Hondo. "Every corner you come around looks like a postcard," Colonius said. "It's very satisfying to have that fluidity and to feel like you’re in rhythm with the environment, with the terrain."

Get your spring mountain biking on in Taos

Mountain biking is a unique combination of communing with nature and experiencing the adrenaline rush of riding down a rocky mountain trail as quickly and skillfully as …
Gary Zientara/Mount Sangre ObservatoryThis image was taken at Mount Sangre Observatory near Angel Fire from 9 p.m. to 10:38 p.m. MDT on April 21, 2019. It consists of a stack of 15 three-minute exposures through blue, visual and red filters.

Exploring distant galaxies in the Milky Way

The large reddish blob you see in the center of this image is M86 (the 86th object in Charles Messier's famous list of deep space objects). It is one of the largest in the Virgo Super Cluster of …
Gary Zientara/Mount Sangre ObservatoryImage of our sun taken through a Meade Coronado Solar Max III 70mm telescope using a Meade LPI-G Color Lunar Planetary Imager video camera set at the primary focus of the telescope's blocking filter. Image taken at 3 p.m. MDT on April 21, 2019.

Architecture of the sun

This image of our sun was taken with the new solar telescope at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails camp Elliott Barker near Angel Fire, New Mexico. The grainy orange peel-like texture of the …
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