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Dear Readers Prime Time Monthly News Family Caregivers Guide Mature Living Choices New Mexico Where Advertising Doesn’t Cost, IT PAYS! Publisher Maria Elena Alvarez Luk Advertising Manager, Emeritus Sydney Dickinson Sales Executives Phil Jimenez Sherri Wells Deigo Pompa Liz Ulibarri Managing Editor Barbara Armijo Design & Production Chayne Avery Robert VanderVoord Editorial Assistance Betty Hawley Contributors Dr. George Dixon, Dr. Mary Johnson, Nicolas Wilbur, Marc Simmons,

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his month we have a lot of great reading in store for you. In these pages you will read about what the Global Green Movement, no longer a fly-by-night fad but rather a grounded grass-roots movement that is taking hold around the world, one person at a time and I am proud to say Albuquerque and New Mexico are involved. Spend less, own less, use what you need. Small shifts in shopping and waste are just as important as big ones. I reckon it to the time of my grandmother when she would use bath water for the garden. Everyone can do their part. While the world is moving along, we have something to be proud of on a global scale. The new UNM Cancer Center has opened for service to thousands of patients. Albuquerque is lucky to be served by the world’s best doctors and experts in the cancer field. Dr. Cheryl Willman deserves a group hug for bringing together the team that made this facility a reality for New Mexico. All New Mexicans with Colonial and Pueblo roots thank her for her sensitivity to our cultures in the design of this new scientific and medical center. More good news is that New Mexico was the third largest state after Texas and California to have athletes represented at the National Senior Olympic games in Palo Ato, Calif., and we brought home lots of gold, silver and bronze. So congratulate your friends and applaud those involved in keeping themselves active and healthy. The Kennedy Family U. S. Senator Ted Kennedy has passed away, just a few months after my mother. She of course went much more quietly in life and in death. She like many Americans and New Mexicans, loved the Kennedy family. They


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln were a testament to values familiar in New Mexico – family and Catholicism. While they lived in world of privilege and prosperity they suffered the same things that all families suffer – success, death, illness, addictions, and failures. And like all strong families, they stuck together in the face of it all. My greatest hope is that the silver lining in the passing of Sen. Kennedy is that calm, intelligent and responsible people will prevail in making the adjustments that need to be made in healthcare. And most importantly that the mass hysteria of uninformed radical fringe elements – what an editor friend of mine called the “Great Unwashed” – will stay on the fringes and that intelligent and reasonable minds will prevail. As a nation we have gone through similar social changes before successfully and we will do so again. The good news is that Congress is back to the job they were elected to do. From my perspective they have been on vacation for too long.

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Healing Cancer the Native Way


By Barbara Armijo ealing is goal number one of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. And it’s safe to say the goal has been met -- starting with a well-trained and

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professional staff down to the healing gardens, waterfalls and comforting environment that will serve more than 100,000 cancer patients in the future. The Center’s designers were guided in their planning by the healing powers of the Native American people, said the Center’s Chief Operating Officer Don Whitehead. “This Center is a treasure,” Whitehead said. “World-class treatment in a world-class facility is exactly what New Mexicans truly deserve.” After nearly a decade of planning and construction, the Center opened Aug. 31 the first phase of its new state of the art UNM Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility on Aug. 31. The Center provides fully integrated comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment UNM Cancer Center is one of only 63 centers in the nation designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This new $90 million, 206,000 sq. ft. facility will provide comprehensive cancer care unequaled in the Southwest, ushering in a new era of hope for all New Mexicans facing cancer, Whitehead said. The design of the new building was heavily influenced by New Mexico’s diverse cultures. Because a strong connection to the Earth is central to Native American beliefs, wood, stone and other natural elements are visible throughout the facility. New Mexican plants believed to have healing properties inspired the color schemes, and a roof-to-ground light chimney floods each floor with sunlight. The beautiful chemotherapy infusion suite on the top floor, operated by UNM Hospital, offers patients a stunning view of the Sandia Mountains during their treatment, which can be done indoors or out in the fresh air of the rooftop garden. “Our new state-of-the-art facility is a welcoming and gracious healing space where the whole patient, not just their cancer, can be attended to,”

said Dr. Cheryl Willman, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “We’re incredibly anxious to provide this world-class facility to all New Mexicans, and we are thrilled to be opening our doors.” The Center serves as the hub in UNM’s Statewide Cancer Care Network, with links to outreach clinics and programs in Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Farmington. Until the opening of this new facility, more than 600 physicians, nurses and staff worked in increasingly tight quarters to keep up with a rapidly growing patient population. Last year, the UNM Cancer Center served more than 7,600 patients in over 90,000 patient visits, which represents half the adults and virtually all children diagnosed with cancer in the state. The new Center will provide ample space to serve more than 200,000 patients every year. This facility provides fully integrated cancer diagnosis and treatment services in a hopeful healing

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environment, including cancer diagnosis and imaging facilities, a SiemensPETNET cyclotron and radioisotope production facility, three ambulatory surgery suites, a diagnostic clinical laboratory, four vaults for radiation oncology and radiosurgery programs, and more than 40 exam rooms per floor. The Center has been focused on caring for the whole patient, and that theme is seen in the facility’s healing gardens, private alcoves, a reflective pool and a meditation. Patient and Family Services Programs and an Integrative Cancer Medicine Center provide full patient supportive care services. The formal dedication of the new facility is planned for June 11-12, 2010 and will feature some of New Mexico’s most famous musicians, artists, and poets who will participate in a weekend of “Healing Through Arts and Medicine.” The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, and one of only 63 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the nation. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and more than 120 research scientists hailing from such prestigious institutions as M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.

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NM Has 3rd Largest Group of Athletes At National Senior Olympics


Prime Time Staff ew Mexico Senior Olympics’ athletes competed in August at the 2009 Summer National Senior Games in Palo Alto, Calif., at Stanford University. Following


Preliminary breakdown by city shows that Albuquerque athletes brought home 11 gold, nine silver and 15 bronze medals, Las Cruces had six gold, two silver and one bronze, Santa Fe won one gold, two silver and four

Senior Olympians from New Mexico cheer during a ceremony in Palo Alto, Calif.

Colleen Burns, center, won gold in the 5K road race.

California and Texas with 398 athletes attending, New Mexico was the third most represented state. New Mexico athletes took home 85 Medals - with a total of 24 Gold Medals, 24 Silver Medals, and 37 Bronze.

bronze and Roswell had a silver and a bronze medal winner. Beyond the medal count, athletes had fun as they were able explore California’s Bay area, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones.

New Mexico athletes even had a chance to attend a State reception where they danced the night away, shared game experiences with one another and showed off medals and ribbons that had been earned in the first week of the Games. There were 25 sports in which seniors were able to compete. Athletes earned the opportunity to compete at Nationals by qualifying at the Annual Summer Games in their respective sports. The New Mexico athletes were honored Aug. 26 at the New Mexico

Conference on Aging Conference, where they were recognized by the Aging Network and introduced by state Cabinet Secretary Cindy Padilla for their involvement in the Games and for their commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Senior Olympics Summer Games are funded in part by a grant made available from the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services for health promotion activities.

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Senior Appreciation at State Fair


Prime Time Staff he Golden Age Celebration at this year’s New Mexico State Fair is Sept. 21. The Fair runs Sept. 11-27 this year. Senior appreciation day will include informational booths, special entertainment and events, as well as an admissions discount for seniors on this day. For more information visit the State Fair Web site at http://www. Visit our Prime Time event table during the Golden Age Celebration. We will have plenty of magazines to browse. We would also love to hear your comments on how we are doing.

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Horsemen enjoy not only the rodeo events, but the horse barn and arena

The Fine Arts exhibits are among the most popular at the New Mexico State Fair each year. Artists compete for ribbons in several categories.

Here is a Schedule of This Year’s State Fair Special Days: Friday, September 11th                             Opening Ceremony

Thursday, September 17th                         Law Enforcement Day

Wednesday, September 23rd                               Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Day

Saturday, September 12th Parade Day

Friday, September 18th Science & Technology Day Native American Day [Red Ribbon Relay] Jr. Livestock Day

Thursday, September 24th Military & Veterans                                                                  Appreciation Day

Sunday, September 13th                           Hispanic Heritage Day [Grand Opening Villa Hispana] Monday, September 14th                           Pathway to Colleges & Careers Day

Monday, September 21st                                     Seniors’ Appreciation Day                                                                 (Golden Age Celebration AARP)

Tuesday, September 15th                          Firefighters Day Smokey Bear Day

Tuesday, September 22nd Hospitality/Tourism Day                                                                  International Day   

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A Retreat for People Living With Alzheimers


here are more than 38,000 cases of Alzheimer’s disease in New Mexico, and this number is expected to increase 59 percent by 2025. Over 10 million baby boomers are projected to develop Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime. To serve this need a new facility is in the making. The Retreat at Corrales Overlook was designed to emphasize

the impact an environment can have on the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s. “We are so pleased that we were able to partner with a local credit union in creating a desperately needed care facility in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area,” said Dr. Lena Smith, Ph.D., president of Retreat Healthcare. “This facility will not only

help over 60 persons living with Alzheimer’s disease, but will create over 75 jobs for our local community.” Dr. Smith and Robert Metz, owners of the facility, have assembled a team of health professionals to include physicians, nurses, caregivers, psychiatrists, and Ph.D. – trained educators to create an Alzheimer’s care center that provides high levels of staffing, unique environmental designs, and care programs that have been tested in major universities around the country. The Retreat is scheduled to open January, 2010, but reservations for rooms have already begun. Families provide over 85 percent of the care for thousands of patients living with Alzheimer’s disease in New Mexico. The Retreat will soon be there to assist those families in providing additional quality care based on best practices in healthcare, said Smith. Interested families can reach The Retreat at 891-1234. It will provide specialized dementia care by creating

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unique environments, staffing patterns, and care programs to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of dementia residents. Smith and Metz, have both owned and operated successful health care programs and are native New Mexicans. Smith has owned and operated other Alzheimer’s care facilities, and is a part-time instructor for the University of New Mexico and Webster University. Metz has a background in healthcare hospice and home health with a special interest in dementia. The facility will have a combination of shared, two-bed rooms and private rooms of various sizes. The focus will be on spacious living, dining, and activity areas. Extensive outdoor grounds will be developed for the benefit of the residents and their families. The Retreat project will benefit from over $30,000 of incentives in a fee elimination provision provided to the Small Business Administration through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Greek Festival


his year’s Greek Festival, Oct. 2-4, is not only a three-day celebration of heritage, but also a community-wide event that has grown each year. Since 1975, Albuquerque has supported the St. George Greek Orthodox Community through their patronage of the annual Greek Festival. This year, the community of St. George is proud to give back to Albu-

querque by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from all liquor sales at Greek Festival 2009 to the Nicholas C. Nellos Memorial Fund held within the Albuquerque Community Foundation benefiting at-risk children. The organizers are hoping that through a community effort, more children in Albuquerque will be helped and supported through its efforts.

Readers Needed


he Albuquerque Reads program needs 400 volunteer tutors. Three schools, Bel-Air Elementary, Atrisco Elementary and Wherry Elementary have a combined kindergarten enrollment of just over 280 students. Recruiting volunteers for full coverage is the program’s greatest challenge. Please help us meet this need by volunteering! We see better results every year, thanks to the commitment from our volunteer tutors. This is how it works: Albuquerque Reads volunteer tutors work one-onone with the same 2 students throughout the school year. One three-hour training session is required in September for new tutors. Tutoring runs from the first week of October through the last week of April. Volunteers can commit to a regular time slot one time

per week, or work in teams of up to four people to lessen the time commitment. Success in education is dependent on learning to read. Studies have shown that if a student is not reading at grade level by the 3rd grade, they will most likely drop out before high school. Understanding this, the Chamber partnered with the Albuquerque Public Schools in 2003 to help create a solution to this problem — we created Albuquerque Reads. Please call: 843-READ (7323) or email: for more information. To enroll or register online go to:, by mail: P.O. Box 25100, Albuq., NM 87125.


Is Your Health and Quality of Life Booming or is it ZOOMING? Remember, when Fast Food only happened during Lent, a couple got married first and had kids second, and when GUNSMOKE was streaming through your radio? If you said yes, then you are a Boomer. Every decade, adults over the age of 30 lose an average of 10% strength, 2% cardiovascular fitness, and gain 10 pounds of weight. This is an alarming statistic, especially if you are a Boomer. These effects can leave you hesitating to play with your grand kids because of fear of injury or leave you spending more time at a doctors office then with your loved one, your health may be in jeopardy. Your Health may be Booming. If this sounds like you or you don’t want to be in this situation, then you want to be a ZOOMER. ZOOMER = Physically Active and Healthy Boomer Be involved in Albuquerque’s 1st Zoomer’s for Boomers Boot-Camp. Zoomer’s for Boomers Boot-Camp is a specifically designed program for Zoomer’s to get and keep their physical independence from the world. Offering a private atmosphere where you can save time and add year’s to your life, Zoomer’s for Boomer’s Boot-Camp will guide you there. Look and Feel Just as Good as When a Chevy Coupe Cost $600 To celebrate the launch of Zoomer’s for Boomers Boot-Camp we are offering a Free Balance and Stability Test for the month of September and to be involved in our celebration of Active Aging Week. Join us between September 21st and 25th as we celebrate Active Aging Week. There will be Free Active Activities such as a poker walk, Nintendo Wii ZOOMER Olympics, and much more. Go to for a calendar of Free events. To sign up for Your FREE Balance Test and to be involved in Active Aging Week. Call Upward Motion Personal Training at 505.268.1231 and say “I want to be a Zoomer.”



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Getting It Online Is Just A Click Away People of All Ages Use the World Wide Web to Date, Meet Friends or Form Relationships


By Barb Armijo elievers are flocking to the Internet for a chance to find their Or perhaps they’re looking for their perfectmatch. com. Some believe there are Internet dating is a big business. So it’s no wonder that the dating services want to promise as much as possible to their clients. Recent data from Piper Jaffray investment research said that Americans spent $1.2 billion on online matching sites in 2008, and the company predicted that would rise to $1.7 billion by 2013. The numbers are increasing almost as quickly as Internet use in general. A study by Burst! Media found that two-thirds of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 use the Internet daily. And the fastest growing segment of the population subscribing to online dating is the 50-plus set, according to a study by Lehman Brothers Equity Research. There are some reasons for this increase. One is that the stigma of placing an online personal ad is fading as the successes are increasing. Almost everyone can say they know someone who met their mate online. According to AARP, adult children are even directing their widowed or

divorced parents to online dating sites. That’s one certain sign of acceptance. Here are some interesting facts about adult online dating: The average online romance seeker belongs to three sites. Online daters spend an average of $239 a year for dating site subscriptions. Mature adults who are online say they aren’t “game players” and they know what a sincere profile sounds like without much trouble. Adults have little patience for the same old lines. They want to meet someone whose interests are similar to their own and that’s how they choose

No matter your age, you can find love online. And a survey says you wouldn’t be alone.

their best matches for dates. The same words of advice given to those going to singles bars should be heeded when venturing into the world of online dating. Sometimes people lie. Take your time when exploring an

online relationship and don’t leap too far until you really know someone. If the numbers are correct, however, it seems that the newest, latest and greatest singles bar in the world is right at your fingertips.


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Love Second Time Around A True Modern Love Story


By Mary A. Johnson, Ph.D. ike many stories, this one begins on a sad note. My husband of over 50 years was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, and after a courageous battle, died early in 2006. After Paul’s death, I went back to my private counseling practice, and I spent time grieving. After about a year, I began to date. I learned to have fun again! I dated a number of men, but often found my Ph.D. intimidated them. After about two years, I began to wish for a permanent life companion. Someone suggested eHarmony. I struggled with the thought of online dating. It was not something people my age did, I thought, but I decided to try it. I put in the geographical parameters of Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, thinking those would be reasonable travel distances. I wrote in my profile, “I have a Ph.D. – if that’s intimidating to you, we’re not a match!” I read profiles sent to me by eHarmony, but none sounded particularly interesting, so I closed them.

Last November, a match appeared from Oregon. He was not in my geographic selection, but I liked his picture – he looked kind and gentle. A few days later, he initiated contact with me, with a few questions. He was not intimidated by my Ph.D., but on the contrary, admired my determination needed to acquire it. We emailed several months, then he asked for my phone number. From November to March, we exchanged over 600 emails and talked on the phone for hours. I did a thorough online background check to verify his information, and found everything checked out. In March of this year, he flew down to meet me. We had a wonderful week together, and it was obvious we were falling in love. We will be married in October in Albuquerque, and I will move to Oregon. I feel fortunate to have found

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two wonderful men in my lifetime. We can’t control what life brings us, but we can move forward with optimism and make the best of the life we have. Together we have five children and ten grandchildren, with a new grandchild due (from my daughter) in January. I will have a new husband, a new life, a new grandchild! A happy ending!

Survey Says?


Prime Time Staff early half of all Americans – 49 percent – say they know at least one person who has dated someone they met online – and the majority of that group actually know more than one person who has dated someone they met online – that’s according to a survey by People Media, Inc. The pervasiveness of online dating cuts across demographic lines, even reaching the oldest Internet users – with nearly one-third of Americans age 65 and over saying they know someone who has dated a person they met online. Thirty-eight percent of retirees know someone. These are the principal findings of a new nationwide survey conducted July 20-22 by People Media, Inc. the No. 1 provider of targeted online dating communities. The survey marks a significant increase in online dating over the past few years: in 2006, 26 percent of Americans said they knew someone who had gone on a date with a person they met through a dating site, according to a Pew Internet & American Life survey. “People are comfortable today having an online profile of some kind, and with the practice of getting to know someone in writing first,” said Josh Meyers, People Media, Inc. CEO. “In fact, it’s a pretty powerful experience. Members have told us they’ve been more transparent and authentic online than they ever were in a bar or at a gathering offline. Plus, traditional dating takes time and money, and most of us are short on both. Online

communities offer a wider selection of potential partners than anyone could find in their own neighborhoods or workplaces.” Among the survey’s major findings: Respondents in the Midwest and the South were slightly more likely than their counterparts in the Northeast and the West to know someone. Those in the Midwest were twice as likely as those in the Northeast to know at least 4 people who have dated someone they met online (10 percent versus 5 percent). Respondents with higher incomes and more education were most likely to know people who have dated someone they met online. More than half (51 percent) of those at the highest income level ($75k+) know someone, compared with 46 percent of those who earn under $25k, and 48 percent of those in both the $25k-$50k and $50k-$75k groups. More than half (53 percent) of respondents with college degrees or post-grad degrees know someone, while just 35 percent of those with high school education or less agreed. Singles are more likely than their married counterparts to know someone who has dated someone they met online (55 percent and 45 percent, respectively). White respondents were more likely than non-white respondents to know someone (51 percent versus 40 percent). For a full copy of the survey results and a graphic presentation of top-line data, email

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Eco-Doctor Turned Entreprenuer With ZENN Electric Car


By Nicholas Wilbur r. Paul Watson’s self-described “cubby-hole” seems oddly out of place. The poster hanging inside is not a famous painting, it’s not a drawing by either of his two Kazakhstan-adopted children, and it’s not the typical wisdom-spewing motivational art that so often adorns the inner walls of businesses. But in a sense, the simple photograph, taken from space, of planet Earth, reveals more about Watson’s role in his local and global community than any other office decoration could. In March, Watson did what few people venture to do during an economic recession: he started a small business selling ZENN (“Zero Emission, No Noise”) electric cars.
 As a research assistant professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, Watson teaches behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology -- how a species adapts to solve ecological problems threatening its survival. “It gets to a point where you see the planet dying, and people have to start taking real action, making real lifestyle changes,” he said. “I felt like I had to try.” ZENN seemed a perfect way to take action. “Somehow this car -- affordable, readily available, North-

Americanmade, good looking (it doesn’t look like some kind of little space bubble) – I thought this could really go somewhere,” he said. Two factors turned this doctor of biology into a car salesman and first-time business owner. One is this country’s dependence on foreign oil -- an unsustainable, environmentally destructive and economically volatile addiction. “People are coming back in body bags because we have to defend it,” he said. Secondly, the environmental effects of global warming are not based on some general fear about the Earth heating up or oceans rising, he said. Increased poverty, massive scale displacement of people and the redistribution of farmable land are just a few, less-publicized effects of global warming. “Acting on global warming is not just about saving some esoteric spe-

Dr. Paul Wilson in his office.

cies of plants and animals. To me it’s a humanitarian emergency.” As people postpone significant lifestyle changes and wait “for the next best thing” to make such an adjustment easier, the planet continues to suffer, he said. In both the academic and lifestyle senses, Watson practices what he preaches. He drives a ZENN. It’s a 100-percent electrical car that requires no gas, no tune-ups and no oil changes. With a 40-mile range before ever needing to recharge, Watson boasts that the ZENN is the perfect car for city driving. “We just really have to get with it, and this is a really substantive thing a person or family can do. You don’t need to get rid of your highway car,

but it’s ridiculous to be driving it around town.” Calculating the average voltage used in charging the batteries, which plugs into any 110-volt household outlet, emissions equal about 77 percent of an internal combustion engine. It gets the gas equivalent of 240 to 280 miles per gallon. Built with an aluminum crash cage and equipped with air-conditioning and a quality sound system, the ZENN comes with incentives, reimbursements and rebates totaling as much as $6,000 off the sticker price. “This is the kind of car that could be a revolution in people’s driving habits,” he said. “That revolution entails not driving high horse-power cars around our cities all the time.” Despite its visually petite size, the 30-cubic feet interior feels as roomy as any small sedan. With its low elevation, it rides a little bumpier than a Cadillac, but nothing like most compact cars or light trucks. Driving one through town attracts the same attention as would a vintage sports car, and ownership is itself proof of one’s active involvement in reducing man’s carbon imprint. But with all the pros, it might come as a surprise that Watson takes a melancholy tone when talking about business. “I get tons of feedback,


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tons of encouragement. … When I drive around town I get the thumbs up from Hispanic guys in big trucks and middle-aged women in minivans. But,” he said with a hint of frustration, “nobody buys the car.” Sales haven’t been as great as he’d hoped. Actually, he said, “It’s going horribly.” Not including the one he bought for his family, Watson has sold just three models. He refers to his clients as three “very happy customers,” but the lack of greater interest, despite media coverage and more than a thousand dollars in advertising, has been obviously disheartening. “I haven’t even had a professor from the university come over and look -- these are the people who should get it.” The car’s price tag is not much more than $10,000. In our “entertainment-based society,” he says, Americans are almost encouraged to ignore their role in a community -- particularly in the global community. For example, he cited the general disinterest in the two wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyond the obvious economic reasons for slow sales, part of the popularity problem in electric cars is political. Because ZENNs fit the low-speed vehicle category, owners are prohibited from driving above 25 miles per hour. If Watson and the other green-pushers get their way in the state legis-

lature, 35 mph won’t be a problem. The ZENN can be reprogrammed for higher speeds. The state legislature ran out of time to address the 35 mph bill last session, but Watson is hopeful that

a whole might open its eyes. “It’s feasible at 25 mph,” Watson said -- and he and his three “very happy customers” are living proof of that. “At 35, a lot more people will fall


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September 2009

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By Fernando Martinez on’t be afraid to make your homes more energy efficient using solar and even geothermal energy sources. That’s the message the state is sending New Mexicans by giving them tax credits for installing these renewable energy sources in their homes or businesses. Many New Mexicans who are installing these new sources of energy in 2009 will have tax credits to look forward to when they file their taxes next year. The New Mexico Solar Tax Credit will pay up to 10 percent (maximum $9,000) of the purchase and installation cost for a solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal system. This is in addition to the federal government’s unlimited 30 percent federal tax credit for installing solar PV, solar thermal, wind, and geothermal systems. And solar energy systems are exempt from state gross receipts taxes. There are two additional financial incentives provided through the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) for grid-tied renewable energy systems: Net Metering and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).


Net Metering allows renewable electricity (wind or solar) to spin your electric utility meter backwards. The utility meter can spin forward when you are using more electricity than you are generating and backwards when you are generating more than you are using. If a renewable energy system is sized properly, it can approach “net zero” annual electricity usage. All investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives in New Mexico are required to offer Net Metering. In a REC program, participants get paid for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated from their renewable energy systems. For the one REC program established to date in New Mexico, PV system owners interconnected with PNM get paid whether the energy is used by the home/business or pushed back onto the grid, receiving $0.13 per kWh for systems smaller than 10 kW and $0.15 for systems larger than 10 kW. Exciting developments are on the horizon that will eliminate the big upfront cost for individuals to purchase and install solar or renewable energy systems, a significant obstacle for the average consumer. In 2009, two bills passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Richardson enabled property-based financing: HB 572 and SB 647. This legislation will help individuals finance solar energy systems through a special assessment that would be paid back along with property taxes.


Santa Fe County has adopted these bills and is determining financing. It doesn’t make sense to put solar panels on a home that is an energy hog. Investing in improved insulation and weatherization, energy efficient appliances, and compact fluorescent lights are good steps toward reducing energy use, and these steps provide a good return on investment. Once your home is energy efficient, then it makes sense to add a renewable energy system. Geothermal energy is another renewable resource that is gaining momentum. These systems work especially well with radiant floor heating, and can heat domestic hot water. While it’s best to plan a geothermal system for new construction, it can be retrofitted into an existing home. Ideally, one should offset the electrical increase from Geothermal with PV. New Mexico’s Sustainable Building Tax Credit provides incentives to en-

courage construction of residential and commercial buildings that are energy efficient and sustainable. Construction is evaluated with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system or the Build Green NM rating system. Tax credits are available that vary based on building type, occupied square footage, and the allowance in dollars per square foot for the rating achieved. Your source for advice and technical support on renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, green building, clean fuels and efficient transportation is the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division. For more information, contacts, and web links, visit www. Fernando Martinez is Division Director of the Energy Conservation and Management Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.


September 2009

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September 2009


Solar Fiesta! Ways To Use the Sun


Prime Time Staff he 2009 Solar Fiesta!, New Mexico’s premier educational fair for energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable living takes place Sept. 26-27 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Albuquerque’s Highland High School. The event offers a wide array of classes for adults, activities for children, and exhibits of products and services that can save money on energy, generate renewable energy, and conserve natural resources. The theme for this year’s event, “Power Shift: It’s Our Planet, It’s Your Choice,” suggest the many ways our relationship to energy is changing. This is the 10th annual Solar

latest products for renewable energy, energy conservation and green building, and allow attendees to find qualified installers and ask questions of professionals in the solar and renewable industries. Admission to the exhibit grounds is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students with ID, and free for NMSEA members, children under 12, teachers and PNM employees. Workshop costs are $10 for a single workshop, $30 for an all-day pass, and $50 for a weekend pass, with discounts for NMSEA members. Public transportation, carpooling, or bicycling to the event is encouraged. Highland High School is located at

The 2009 Solar Fiesta will feature booths and information from some of the state’s renewable energy experts, as well as from businesses that are committed to natural resources.

Fiesta!, produced by the nonprofit New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). Both days begin with free workshops at 9:30 AM offering easy and inexpensive ways to save money by saving energy. Paid workshops will cover solar electricity, solar heating and cooling, federal and state solar tax credits, green building, water conservation, alternative fuels, and more. For kids, there will be solar car races, a scavenger hunt, exhibits of science projects by local students, and solaroven-baked cookies. For energy and related business professionals, technical workshops will also be offered. The Fiesta’s exhibits showcase the

4700 Coal Ave. SE, two blocks south of Central Avenue’s bus routes and west of San Mateo Boulevard. Sponsors of the 2009 Solar Fiesta! include PNM, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department/Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD), and UniRac. ECMD, as the New Mexico State Energy Office, is using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to eliminate barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy and to increase demand for services that will create jobs throughout the state.

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lbuquerque’s Downtown Action Team proudly walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to believing in a “green” city. The nonprofit, private organization formed out of an idea that revitalizing Albuquerque’s Downtown could improve the entire city and help the city’s core thrive despite plenty of economic challenges. “Just by its nature, revitalization should be ecologically better for a city,” said the DAT’s Executive Director Brian Morris. “This is the city’s heart, it’s core, and when we put back into it Downtown Action Team Executive Director that makes Brian Morris the entire city stronger, better and, yes, greener.” By improving the existing streets,

porate energy efficiencies such as fluorescent lighting – most of the windows are open and bright and provide most of the light in their offices. Buildings nearby are being renovated with efficient plumbing and heating. These buildings, some 40 years old, will be home to new businesses and people who want to purchase the lofts. Downtown is fast becoming a place where people not only work, but live and play. Plans continue to keep making the cultural aspects of Downtown nice destinations for visitors. During Martin Chavez’s first stint as mayor, the DAT became one of the organizations that closely aligned itself with Chavez’s initiatives to make the city cleaner, greener and better. “We are advocates for Downtown business, residents and the people who come in from all over the city to work here,” Morris said. “The investment the city has made to Downtown is something we believe in, support and promote.” DAT puts goodwill ambassadors on the streets – you might see them wearing brightly colored vests and carry-

improving the energy efficiency of buildings, revamping the infrastructure that is already in place, Downtown can become the example for the rest of the city when it comes to cleaning and greening up Albuquerque. The DAT’s own offices at First and Gold have been retrofitted to incor-

ing brooms and other supplies. They provide the little Tender Loving Care needed in Downtown, and they aren’t afraid to give directions, recommend a restaurant or help a visitor find the nearest ATM. In addition to providing some manpower on the streets, the DAT

Fruits and vegetables from local vendors are plentiful at the Downtown Growers Market at 8th and Central in the “heart of the city,” says Market Manager Christophor Goblet.

organizes and sponsors promotional events and fosters “public and private cooperation for growth and investment” in Downtown development, said Morris. DAT receives its Downtown Action Team budget from Growers Market Manager Christopher Goblet membership dues and from property and business owners in Downtown through the Business Improvement District. A BID provides for an assessment on property for downtown improvements and services, including Clean and Safe Teams, marketing/public relations, business recruitment and retention, neighborhood relations, government relations and more. BID services enhance, and do not replace, basic City services. In short, the DAT’s mission is to help make Downtown Albuquerque the best mid-sized Downtown in America, Morris said. “We have a lot to do, but we think what we’ve done so far is right on tar-

get for Albuquerque,” he said. “As for the green initiatives, nothing makes us prouder than the Downtown Grower’s Market.” In its 14th year, the Market at eighth and Central is a bustling little getaway on Saturday morning. Not only will visitors find plenty of locally grown, organic, fruits and vegetables, but also crafts by local artists, jewelry, food and beverage vendors and even local entertainment to enjoy while sitting in a shady spot in the grass. This is a place for families and the Grower’s Market manager, Christopher Goblet, deputy director of the DAT, is very proud of what it has become over the years. He has helped develop special events at the Grower’s Market, including the recent gathering of three restaurants that offered free tastings of food they made with items purchased at the Market. “The goal here is to always give our visitors and our vendors something special,” Goblet said. “We have an excellent location in the heart of the city and we supplement that by bringing in local musicians and having special events that everyone can get behind.” The Grower’s Market is open from June until October. Check its Web site at for more information.



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WAYS to go


September 2009

Prime Time Staff here are hundreds of ways to Go Green, but if you just want a quick jump start, we found


3. Save on Gas Every gallon of gasoline you burn produces 19 pounds of carbon dioxide, so it pays to conserve (in more ways than one). Your car will work more efficiently if you obey the speed limit and avoid rapid, unnecessary acceleration. Keep your tires properly inflated and get regular tune-ups. Forget warming up under most conditions.


4. Shop a Farmer Shop at your local farmer’s market. This will help support farmers in your area, so they won’t be forced to sell off their land for development, and it will decrease your food miles, meaning less fuel will be used to provide your daily meals. Your food will be delicious and better for you.


5. Water Smarts Drink water from the tap, instead of buying single-use bottled water, which requires much more energy to produce, store and transport. Barely 20% of those plastic bottles end up getting recycled, and most are made out of petroleum. Use filters if you are concerned about your local water supply.

these five smart tips from The Daily Green, an online source. To get even more ideas visit the site at http://www.


1. Bag It When you go out shopping, bring your own reusable bags. This preserves resources by cutting down on the huge number of paper and plastic bags that are discarded after a single trip. Tomorrow: Combine your routine shopping trips with other errands, which will save you time and fuel.


2. Save on Electricity There are many ways to trim those electric bills. Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot, line dry your linens, and use a toaster oven for small heating needs instead of a bigger electric stove. Open windows to let the light in, turn off unneeded lights and appliances, and unplug unused electronics to counter the ‘energy vampire’ effect.


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September 2009


Prime Getaways: Blackstone Lodge


By Barb Armijo y neighbors have been going to Truth or Consequences for years now, and each time they return from a weekend there they tell me about how relaxing and romantic their trip was.

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Fireplaces Introduced by Euro Settlers


By Marc Simmons mall things can help us to define our regional New Mexican culture and way of life. One of those is the Indian fireplace, sculpted of adobe and often placed in the corner of a room. Actually, it is not of Indian origin but derives from Spanish models introduced at the beginning of the colonial era. The Pueblo people adopted them eagerly and created new forms so that adobe fireplaces became distinctly “Indianized.” The current practice of calling this feature a kiva fireplace dates back only to the 1960s. That term, it seems, was coined by the real estate industry to convey a romantic image. The proper Spanish word for a fireplace, in New Mexico at least, is fogón. At Zuni Pueblo in the 1880s, journalist Sylvester Baxter saw “a large room with three or four fireplaces, each of a different pattern, one designed for roasting meat, another for baking bread and another for boiling. These fireplaces have a quaint medi-

A traditional Kiva fireplace

eval look,” he wrote. Another early visitor who was much taken with the fogón was the U.S. Attorney for the New Mexico Territory, William W.H. Davis. He described it

as built in one corner of the room and having a small opening in the shape of a horseshoe. “The use of andirons is unknown,” he noted,” the wood being placed on end against the back of the fireplace.” In the small fire chamber there was no room for the heavy andirons commonly seen in the wide fireplaces of English America. But as an aid to cooking, the New Mexicans used an iron trivet with 8-inch legs, called a tinamaste. This served as a support for clay bean pots or the metal tortilla griddle (comal) and allowed coals to be raked underneath. In a ruined 200-year-old house at Lemitar, I once saw a tinamaste still in place, inside the collapsing fireplace. Today you’ll have a hard time finding one of these implements in an antique shop or flea market. Most of them disappeared into the metal scrap drives during World War II. For the fogón to draw properly and not smoke, the adobe chimney needs to rise at least two feet above the level

of the flat roof. In the old days, the Pueblo Indians would break out the bottoms of a half dozen of their large clay water pots. These they stacked, one on top of the other, to create a makeshift chimney. There are a number of 19th century photos of Zuni and other pueblos in which these strange pottery chimneys are clearly visible. The Indians then had no idea that the jars they so readily mutilated would one day have brought a fortune on the collector’s market. No two adobe fireplaces are alike. The flexible nature of the material allows builders to model and improvise to their heart’s content. The New Mexican homeowner today who is privileged to have an old-style fogón considers himself richly blessed.

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Blackstone ..... of The Jetsons, I Love Lucy, Twilight Zone, Golden Girls, As the World Turns and The Roy Rogers Show. Not only are they fun and comfortable, but there are private natural hot springs in every room. We spent the day and night in the Twilight Zone. But this room wasn’t scary. It was great. The waterfall poured warm mineral water out into our shower built for two. The room came with wine glasses, a mini refrigerator and a beautiful private patio, and the bed was decorated in wild, animal print linens. Refurbished in April of 2008 the rooms have flat screen TVs, high end appliances, and bathrooms that are roomy enough to be considered private little spas. Adobe tubs hold a hot tub sized amount of 110-degree mineral bath water and they feature mini rock waterfall spouts and separate hand-held spigots. There also are standing showers in each room. Each room also has a front patio facing the communal courtyard with a sprawling, finely-tended garden. The heart and soul of Blackstone is the ultra-cozy and private Wet Room. It’s a private mineral spring, sauna and shower that can be rented by guests and visitors alike by the hour. In the sauna, mineral water pours from its own waterfall so that you can sit underneath and let the warm water pound your neck and shoulders for an invigorating massage. It really is the highlight of the room. When we were done with our private soak in the wet room, we opened a bottle of wine and sat out on the patio, feeling our worries melting away. The starry night we spent sitting out on the patio was the icing on the

cake for our romantic evening at the Blackstone. To complete your weekend or overnight getaway in T or C, here are a couple of other recommendations: Eat at Cafe Bella Luca, which has been described as the finest food in Sierra County and Beyond. They are open for lunch and dinner (closed on Tuesday), and walking distance from Blackstone. Its menu includes the pasta and lasagna and some scrumptious surprises such as clams and muscles, grilled pizza, Ribeye sandwiches and vegetarian options. Calamari is one of the most popular appetizers (served on a bed of greens with pepperocini vinaigrette). Sunday Brunch menu is served from 10 am to 3 pm. Choose from specialties like New Mexico Breakfast Pizza, Steak and Eggs, Smoked Salmon & Bagels or Eggs Benedict. Places to visit while there include Ralph Edwards Park, named after the man who hosted the Truth or Consequences show on radio and in its early years on TV. And the Geronimo Springs Museum (211 Main Street; 505-894-6600; has a room devoted to Edwards, who attended the Truth or Consequences Fiesta 50 years in a row. You can take the waters in rustic bathhouses like the Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs (300 Austin Street; 505-8942228;, or at the upscale Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa (501 McAdoo Street; 505-894-6976;, an iconic hotel built in 1929 and handsomely modernized by Serge and Guy Raoul, owners of Raoul’s restaurant in Manhattan.



September 2009

Thyroid Key to Complete Wellness


By Donna Olmstead slow thyroid means trouble for the entire body. The butterflyshaped gland at the base of the throat acts a throttle or a pilot light. If the thyroid doesn’t work well then neither does the heart, the lungs, the liver or pancreas. New Mexicans may have three times the national rate of hypothyroidism. Some local health care providers are seeing increasing numbers of patients at younger ages with slow thyroid function. In 2003, a New Mexico Medicare report estimated about 15 percent of a sample of 719 people had hypothyroidism. According to a February 2002 “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,” nearly five percent of Americans suffer from thyroid disease, and more than four percent have an underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism. The report suggested that one out of every three thyroid patients is not receiving adequate treatment. “Thyroid hormones affect all cellular functions,” says Dr. Sunil Pai of Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Health & Lifestyle Center on Wyoming, near Paseo del Norte. When patients come to Dr. Pai, an Integrative Medicine specialist and family physician, with a cluster of common chronic middle-aged complaints, he says he usually screens for thyroid function.

“I would screen for hypothyroidism if it hasn’t been done. Especially in my practice,” he says. “About 80 percent of the people I see have hypothyroidism.” Across town, Paul Jenks, a doctor of Oriental Medicine at Shendao Family Wellness Center, says the number of people he sees with hypothyroidism is remarkably high. It does seem to be increasing – So much so that he is even seeing the symptoms in younger and younger clients. Many of the people who come to Jenks have already been diagnosed with a slow thyroid. Dr. Pai believes environmental conditions contribute to the increased number of hypothyroid cases. He has seen a husband and a wife both develop hypothyroidism several years after moving to New Mexico. Couples are related through their environmental exposure, not genetics. He sees more people with low thyroid function in northern New Mexico than he did during his residency through UNM in southern New Mexico. “We know radiation damages the thyroid gland,” he says. Naturally occurring

compounds as well as pollutants, xenobiotics or substances foreign to a biological system and other toxins can work their way into the water and food supply, damaging the thyroid gland, he explains. Autoimmune disease, known as Hashimoto’s Thy-

roiditis, and other biological problems can damage the thyroid. Genetics also play a role. The ultimate cause of a slow thyroid is not enough thyroid hormone, Pai says. A sluggish thyroid gland can cause troubles like insomnia, stubborn weight gain, depression, unhealthy lipid levels and/or erratic blood glucose levels. Unless you have a doctor that looks at all of you and not just your individual symptoms, you could end up with a medicine cabinet full of prescription drugs to lower your lipids, balance your blood sugar and treat your depression, insomnia and fatigue. A blood test can determine the circulating levels of thyroid stimulating


hormone or TSH. A higher number indicates that the thyroid is producing fewer thyroid hormones than it needs. The American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists set a normal range of 0.3 to 3.0 in 2002. Some physicians are still reluctant to treat for hypothyroid unless the TSH numbers are much higher, Pai says. However, if his patients have symptoms he treats in that range, he says. After carefully evaluating a patient he may recommend a synthetic thyroid drug or a prescription animal-source thyroid drug, he says. Taking either drug in the recommended dose with 8 ounces of water when you first wake up at least 45 minutes before eating food, taking vitamins or drinking other beverages is essential for its best effect, Pai says. An iodine-rich diet with more sea vegetables like kelp can also help treat this condition. He may recommend particular supplements, based on individual needs to help support the thyroid gland and improve production and metabolism of thyroid hormones including selenium and ashwaganda. At Sanjevani he carries a cost-effective group of multi-nutrient products with focused clinical applications that avoid nutrient redundancy. The good news for many patients is once the thyroid gland functions as it should with help from prescribed drugs and recommended supplements their symptoms go away and their bodies can regain health. People who adopt healthy lifestyle practices may be able to decrease or even quit using thyroid stimulating hormones after the rest of the body comes into balance, he says. “We’ve seen their thyroid function go back to normal,” he says. “They feel better.”


September 2009



It’s Your Prostate


By, Satyan K. Shah, M.D. eptember is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and if you are a man over age 40, chances are you’ve at least started to think about your prostate. That small, walnut-sized sexual gland in your pelvis can be a significant problem as you head into your 50s and beyond. In fact, some type of prostate disease (either cancer or non-cancerous enlargement) is likely to affect at least two-thirds of men in their lifetime. Many famous politicians, athletes, and members of society have dealt with prostate cancer including General Colin Powell, Senators John Kerry and Bob Dole, golfer Arnold Palmer, and mayor Ruldoph Giuliani. Prostate cancer affects 1 out of every 6 American men, and Benign Prostatic Hyper-


plasia (BPH or “enlarged prostate”) is even more common. Screening is the key. Clearly, the most important thing you can do to take care of your prostate is see your doctor every year for a checkup. It’s now recommended that men over age 40 get an annual prostate exam plus a simple blood test to screen for prostate cancer. Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) testing is a large part of the reason death rates from prostate cancer have fallen dramatically over the last 10 years. It’s also the reason that, in 2009, most prostate cancers are caught early and have an excellent chance of being cured with treatment. The good news is that you can take steps to maintain good prostate health. And since September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, now is the time

Hillerman Tribute Sept 22

he second Annual Kate Besser Memorial Lecture is a tribute to author Tony Hillerman. The event is Sept. 22 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe at 7 PM. Santa Fe Community College has teamed up with the New York City-based Symphony Space, the award-winning performing arts program responsible for the nationally broadcast public radio program “Selected Shorts,” a series of storytelling performance read by stars of the stage and screen. Melding the art of performance and storytelling, actors Wesley “Wes” Studi (“Dances With Wolves,” “Last of the Mohicans” and a series of PBS movies based on Hillerman novels) and Kate Burton (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Alice in Wonderland” and numerous Broadway stage productions) will perform selections from famed Hillerman works.

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September 2009

Taste the Flavor of Los Equipales


hen is a bank not a bank? And—when are chairs not furniture at all? Answer: When a bank has been converted into a restaurant named for its chairs. This month’s restaurant is one of my personal favorites for Mexican seafood and other dishes—it’s the Los Equipales Restaurant. “Los Equipales” are chairs originally created in the State of Jalisco by Mexican artisans and are the preferred outdoor chairs used in some parts of Mexico. (They’re not very comfortable, but booths are also available— and it’s easy to forget about that part of your anatomy when indulging yourself in their remarkable food, which draws from cuisines from coastal and central Mexico. It’s not only the chairs that are unusual about this restaurant. When you drive into the immaculate courtyard surrounded by red brick walls through the iron gates, enter the spacious reception area, and are met by welcoming faces wreathed in smiles, you begin to anticipate a superb adventure in eating. In 2005, the Martinez family opened the restaurant off the beaten track in a building that had formerly been a bank. Their mission was to bring authentic Mexican to the Nob Hill area.

They change the menu periodically, so a trip to their restaurant always offers something new and exciting, and they have specials. The lunch menu is more limited than the dinner menu, but there are still lots of good choices available. Prices range from about $11 to $15 for

Los Equipales Restaurant 4500 Silver SE 505-265-1300 lunch entrees. Our lunch began with a complimentary basket of warm rolls. (In the evening, they usually bring out a plate of raw veggies—carrots, celery, and Daikon radish—with a dipping sauce.) I ordered the Camarones [shrimp] al Tequila for $15, which was served with a scoop of poblano rice in the center of the plate with the shrimp, partially bathed in the mild tequila sauce, which were carefully ranked around the outside of the circle. The shrimp were good, but I felt that the mild flavor of the shrimp was not enhanced by the sauce. The poblano rice—rice tinged a little green with green chunks of poblano chile—was pleasant. Next time I go, I’m going to

have to order the Tilapia Los Equipales—I’ve eaten it before, and it’s the best tilapia I’ve ever eaten. The fish is coated in an egg batter, sautéed, and covered with a mild sauce of tomatoes, capers, and lime butter. They also make an extraordinary mole sauce that they serve with chicken. Jill ordered the Ensalada de Ceviche De Camaron ($10): shrimp marinated in lime juice with tomatoes, cilantro that added just the right tang, and a hint of jalapeño, served over half an avocado and a thick bed of lettuce with a vinegar and oil dressing. The salad made for a cool lunch on a hot day, an excellent choice for anyone mindful of calories. We decided to forego dessert because we were both stuffed, but I know that their flan is good, and their Brownie y Helado (a chocolate brownie served with homemade vanilla ice cream) is amazing. The Los Equipales restaurant serves beer and a nice selection of wines. Their iced tea is very good, and their service is excellent. You can make reservations by phone or online. If you choose to do it


online, click on the rectangle with the words “Online Reservations” that appears on every screen of their website, You can also find their menus online, but no prices are given. For some restaurants, that would scare me—but not here: their prices are very reasonable and highly competitive. There’s plenty of parking. They’re not open on Mondays, but their hours for the rest of the week are: Tuesday-Thursday: 11 AM-8 PM Friday-Saturday: 11 AM to 9 PM Sunday: noon-7 PM Los Equipales is a lovely place to go for lunch or dinner. The ambience is lovely and relaxing, from the fountain that greets you as you drive in the parking lot, to the wide-open reception area that has been tastefully decorated with plants and tiles, to the colorful china. It’s a delightful place to have either lunch or dinner. Susan Cooper has been scoping out Albuquerque restaurants with her friend, Jill Root, for the past 16 years.

PBS Show Explores Diverse Dimensions of Moral Decisions What: “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” on PBS, KNME Channel 5 When: Sept. 15 Information: Also released on DVD by PBS Video


Prime Time Staff n the Public Broadcasting Sytsem show “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do,” Harvard Professor Michael Sandel challenges our perception of morality through his compelling lecture series that he has held at Harvard University. As a result, the show has taken on a controversial topic, debating the one-of-a-kind take on good, evil, and our perception toward humanity and moral reasoning. The show airs Sept. 15 on KNMEChannel 5. The show also will be re-

leased on DVD by PBS Video simultaneously with the public television broadcast and the debut of Professor Sandel’s book by the same title. More than 14,000 students have taken Justice, one of Harvard’s most popular courses. And now, in collaboration with WGBH Boston, Harvard is opening Professor Sandel’s classroom to the world. Professor Michael Sandel’s course aims to help viewers become more critically-minded thinkers about the moral decisions we all face in our everyday lives. Sandel presents students with ethical dilemmas on modern-day issues such as affirmative action and same-sex marriage then conducts lively, engaging, and remarkably intimate debates that challenge students’ moral reasoning.


September 2009

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Calories Count, Diet Plans Fail


ust think about it. Two-thirds of the earth’s population doesn’t have enough to eat to sustain proper growth and work. Then there remain the ever increasing obesity problems of the “First World”. Diet plans come and go, washing up on the beach and withdrawing as regularly as the lunar cycles. All seem to work for a few weeks and then as interest is lost, the pounds are found and laid back in abdominal storage until the next trial. During the past year several large and long studies have concluded that the only lasting “plan” is no plan at all except to take into your body fewer calories each day of a well balanced mixture of foodstuffs. In clearer words, calories count. Your previous plans may have been high or low percent of carbohydrates, fat or protein. These have been offered in all combinations and work well for several weeks. I think any of them are a great way to start losing weight while you are thinking and arranging how to gradually switch to your new life-long intake of simply less food. There are continuing studies about high fiber and also glycemic effects which are a long way from conclusions. There seem to be no foods

which will “melt away” the effects of fat or other foods. Men seem to universally agree with the Lion who said “Do you think I snarled, clawed and fought my way to the top of the food chain so I could eat the youngest and most tender vegetables? Vegetables are what food eats!”. There are exciting studies being done with small dabs of appetite regulating hormones which we produce and which may control what attracts us and even which are absorbed best. A veritable symphonic combination of digestion. All will be unveiled in the future. Until more body secrets are discovered, a low calorie, well-balanced diet is the most reliable weight loss route. It needs to be accompanied by 90-180 minutes per week of moderate (brisk walk) activity. Thirty minutes per day, in three segments of 10 minutes is fine; the more the better. “Exercise a la Carte” by GLDixon MD will help you along the way with both inake and activity. (505)344-1234




September 2009

Bingo With a Cause


agle 98 Bingo is now open at 6211 Fourth Street NW in Guadalupe Shopping Center by Smiths in the former Blockbuster Video building. The new Bingo Hall is a chance to win money and support various nonprofit groups and agencies in the community. The main benefactor of the bingo proceeds goes to Tixs for Kids, a nonprofit that offers children going through tough times the chance to attend sports, theater, movies and other events. Eagle 98 radio station (98.1 FM)

opened the Bingo to give other nonprofits a chance to earn money for their causes and to also give bingo players the chance to win money. Organizations involved are Tixs for Kids, Music New Mexico style, New Mexico Music Hall of Fame, Eric Sanchez Memorial Fund and The Rio Grande Civitans. For the next several weeks, players will get $3 off a Bingo pack if they donate school supplies to be distributed to area schools. For more information, call 269-8463. Rhonda Dimperio, RN Tom Dimperio, PhD Specializing in the Psychology of Aging

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aul Daniels, like many people, can recall having recurring back pain for the past two decades. Over the years he has tried several forms of pain relief, from anti-inflammatory drugs to therapy and even chiropractic. Like most people who have suffered from back pain, the discomfort would eventually go away in a certain period of time. In September 2005, Paul was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which only exacerbated his existing situation. The disease forced Paul to depend on a wheelchair to get around, for the past year. “It just became too difficult for me to walk,” says Paul. Not only was Paul unable to walk, but he was unable to do many of the everyday tasks that most of us take for granted. Showering, dressing, driving and getting into bed, all required assistance from his wife Jo. The couple even had to modify their home in order to accommodate Paul’s unique needs. Last summer, Paul began having severe low back pain that just wouldn’t subside. “The pain continued to get progressively worse,” said Paul. “I was having spasms continually and was unable to function on a daily basis.” Paul had tried icing and anti-inflammatory medication, but nothing was able to eliminate the pain. Meanwhile, Paul, the owner of a telecommunications company, was no longer working due to the severity of his low back pain. “I knew I needed to do something,” said Paul.

“But I really wanted to avoid surgery.” Having experienced earlier relief from receiving chiropractic care in the past, Paul sought the advice of Dr. Michael Rozenblum, of Gonstead Family Chiropractic. Dr. Rozenblum suggested that Paul consider trying Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression with The New Mexico Back Institute, as a possible means to some relief. “I let Paul know that results for spinal decompression varied and that I certainly could offer no guarantee” said Dr. Rozenblum. “Nevertheless, the fact was that patients with similar conditions and history had done very well with this treatment.” Paul began treatment in mid-October. Paul and Jo recalled the difficulty of his first couple of treatments at The New Mexico Back Institute. Paul remembered moments of pain so intense that he saw stars. “It took all of us, including doctors and technicians, to get Paul on and off the table,” said Jo. After only two weeks of spinal decompression, Paul began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. He was able to step off of the machine without any help at all. “It was amazing,” said Jo. Paul describes the experience with Spinal Decompression and The New Mexico Back Institute as truly life changing. “I don’t have to use the wheelchair anymore,” Paul exclaims. “I have not had to use it for the last month and a half.”

“Paul is remarkably, measurably, significantly better!” says Jo. “He went from not being able to stand on his own for even five seconds or take a single step without assistance, to being able to get dressed, drive and walk on his own.” “Spinal Decompression allows

your own body the chance to heal itself and break the cycle of pain,” says Paul. “It is an absolute blessing for people with back pain.” “He is a whole new man,” says Jo. “This treatment has been nothing short of a miracle – it has been the answer to our prayers.”

What You Must Know About Lower Back Pain By Luis Mike Alvidrez Upward Motion Personal Training he statistics are well known. 85 percent of people will experience lower back pain during their lifetime. Lower back pain is second only to the common cold for visits to the doctor. The general public and media perpetuate outdated or inaccurate information regarding lower back pain. Here are some things you must know to help with lower back pain: Acute episodes of back pain respond better to ice than heat: If you ever experience lower back pain it is always better to put ice over the general area as opposed to heat. Applying heat increases metabolic activity to the area


which will further increase the inflammatory process. When you apply ice to the area you decrease the inflammation and numb the pain. Positive findings on an MRI often have less to do with your pain than you think: Everyone likes to have a label or closure to their pain. An MRI does not always show why you may experience low back pain. Stretching your hamstrings when you have sciatica can make the symptoms worse: When you experience sciatica pain you may feel like your hamstrings are about to snap because they are so tight, so you feel like stretching them. The truth is that sciatica pain may be causing your ham-

strings to feel tight in the first place. Your body adapts to exercise, so doing the same “back” exercises for months or years has diminishing returns: Your body adapts to any repetitive motion or activity within about 6 to 8 weeks. Change your exercise routine after 6 to 8 weeks to keep seeing improvement in your strength routine. Lower back pain may be caused by your feet or neck: Everything in your body is interconnected and works as a perfectly synchronized chain, most of the time. When one part of that chain is dysfunctional, it has an effect on your entire body. Think about the last time you stubbed your toe. How did you walk after that? You may have

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had a limp or walked around funny for a little bit. That funny walk could cause pain to your lower back because it cannot function normally. Lower back pain generally affects everyone at some point in their lives. The best medicine for lower back pain is prevention. Remember,” An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” A good strength and stability program is a great way to keep lower back pain at bay. Luis Mike Alvidrez is a personal trainer and owner of Upward Motion Personal Training. He can be reached at 268-1231 for more information.

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Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcome Coffee First Tuesday of every month, 10AM Sandia Presbyterian Church Newcomers Club coffees are to welcome new residents, retirees, the recently divorced and bereaved. Light refreshments are provided. To reserve a space, call Alexis Powers at 505-797-0904. Meditation for Beginners Mondays, 7-8:30 PM Check calendar for details at www. $7/class The Albuquerque Association of Educational Retirees Second Tuesday of every month from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the UNM Continuing Education Building. 1634 University Blvd. NE. All educational retirees are welcome to join the lun-

cheon. To RSVP call Alice at 299-1875, or Molly at 792-9295. Weekly Wellness Workshop Tuesdays 5:30-6PM Health Quest Chiropractic 3824 Masthead NE Dr. Allen Miner discusses ways people can maximize their level of health, naturally. Free. Call to reserve seats. 343-6120

dancers welcome, including beginners. Mini-lesson is followed by an open dancing session to a mix of nuevo and traditional music. 250-0789 WestSide Singles, singles 55 and older, meets on the fourth Thursday of every month for dinner/meeting at 5:30 at Golden Corral Buffet on 528 and Corrales Rd. For information and other planned events, call Joy at 8929450.

Duke City Singles Square Dance Club Fridays 6:30-8PM Beginners lessons 8-10PM Club dancing Singles and couples welcome. Casual dress is okay. Call Gerry at 839-4962 Friendship Force of New Mexico Luncheon meeting on second Saturday of each month. Please call for place and time. 281-3212

Crazy Eights Square Dance Club Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM Dance Lessons 8-9:30PM Club Dancing New classes forming March 10th. Singles and couples are welcome. Casual dress is okay. For more information, call Bill: 881-0137. Argentine Tango Dancing and Lessons

Bereavement Support Group Thursdays, 4-5:30PM Vista Care It is best to attend all sessions because each session builds upon the previous sessions. Seating is limited. To RSVP or for more information, call Sandy Skaar: 449-3148.

Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque Support Group Westside: Second Saturday of the month Eastside: Third Saturday of the month. 10AM (Both meetings) Call Steve for more information: 897-0840.

Lloyd Shaw Dance Center Thursdays, 8PM, Cost: $5 Singles, couples, all ages and all level

Crazy Eights Square Dance Club Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:00PM Beginner Dance Lessons New classes starting October 6 and 13. Singles, couples, and families welcome. Casual dress OK. No partner is needed. First two lessons are free. Albuquerque Square Dance Center 4915 Hawkins NE. Call Bill at 881-0137 for more information or Email at

The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space hosts “Black & White,” featuring an array of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, glass and found objects. Where: 7400 Montgomery Blvd. in the Mossman Center in Albuquerque. Gala opening reception for the show will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 5 PM to 8 PM at the gallery, complete with food, drink, and entertainment. Information on this and other activities at The Wooden Cow Gallery, call 999-1280 or visit their Web site at

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Classifieds HEALTH AND SENIOR CARE Reiki & Polarity Relaxing / Healing $5-20. Call 892-0291 Do you need a Caregiver? If you are looking for a professional Caregiver who is mature and reliable, call me. 505-341-0464 (line break) *6+ Years of Agency Experience * Reasonable Rates * Wonderful References Care for you or your loved one. In home care or care facility. 25+ yrs experience and stellar references. Please call 505-344-4801. STAIRS getting harder to climb? Practical solution: Acorn Superglide 120 Chair Lift for straight stair case. 2 yrs old. Excellent condition. Ride sitting or standing. $1500 (505) 250-1555 FOR SALE/FOR RENT 2002 Saturn SL1 sedan 4D 28,000 miles. $4,800 917-513-4119 Mobil Home. Like new, move in ready,owner finance for retired couple. 720-0896

Mobil Home. Rental allowance for retired handyman couple. 720-0896 Medical Equipment. Adjustable electric bed with trapeze and side rails. Shower seat, wheelchairs (2), walker. Incontinence Problems. Mother in Law passed, Protection Plus Adult Briefs/Heavy Absorbency for Men and Women. L (45-58) 12 per bag, $15.00, 96/Case $99.00. Large quantity discounts available. M (32-44) 12 per bag $12.00, 96/Case for $90 Can deliver 505-250-9047 Miscellaneous Services Student/Professional Cleaner Carmen’s cleaning, honest, detail oriented, flexible rate depending upon task - $10 to $15. References available. 505-514-8900 Play Piano & Have Fun Do you want to play popular songs, The Blues, Rock N Roll or Sacred Music? There is an easy way to do it! Call Diana Ristenpart at 292-3566. Half Hour lessons are $20.00. Home or Office Cleaning Housekeeper for home or office. Thorough work. I do very thorough work. Martha 559-9065 Help for Hire House sitting, pet care, light house work. Call DJ 400-3037 Help for Long Term Insurance Have you been declined for Long Term Care insurance? Now you have options. For information call in Santa Fe 505-986-8011 or email

ANYWHERE HANDYMAN: Very Good. Cheaper than dirt. Homes, mobile homes, R.V.’s 505-304-3591

(1916-1924) in Albuquerque. Looking for authentic, well-used Craftsman Bench with clamp. 239-0444

Yard Cleaning Yard Cleaning. Removals of dry trees, shrubs, weeds. Joe 293-3527.

Wanted: Retiree, living on a veterans pension, looking for a quiet, safe 1 bedroom apartment or “granny apartment”. Prefer Far North valley, Rio Rancho, or one of Albuquerque’s bedroom communities. I need to get out of the war zone. Please contact Phil at 232-0794 or goldpnr@yahoo. com, principals only please.

Clint’s Handyman Landscaping, yard work, heavy lifting, hauling, inside and outside work. References available. (505) 331-5787 or Handyman Handyman, Swamp cooler, winterized, electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Affordable door and window replacement, bath and kitchen remodels. Free estimates. Call 463-4744. Handyman: Carpenter - Cabinet Maker - small jobs welcome. Free estimates. In business since 1969. Call Mike 884-4138.

Murphy’s Earthworks Landscaping Professional rose pruning, fruit trees, pyracantha, junipers, cleanups and more. Quality work with a woman’s touch. 15% senior discount (65+!) Murphy’s Earthworks 761-9629. Handyman Services: Cooler repair and Disconnect, Yard work, weeding, raking, pruning, branch removal, and Fall Clean up. Call 385-6417. Male and Female AKZ Yorkie Terrier Puppies Need a good new home. Female now. FOR REVERSE MORTGAGE “Fastest in the West!!” 1-800-457-0409 Notary Public on the Go “Meet with me, or I will go to you.” Call Liz at (505) 450-8579 Identity theft targeting seniors is on a dramatic rise. Learn how you can place a wall of protection around a lifetime of work & dedication. Call Valorie at 505-362-8546 or WANTED Wanted Vintage woodworking bench for downtown Historic District honoring Aldo Leopold’s Tenure B O A O A S T N T H E H E A P R A U C E G N A R O W E D E S A D A M R O I C A T H E B I E R S R A


I Buy Tools I buy good used hand tools, machinery, antique tools. KEN’S TOOLS 332-4892. WWII Memorabilia WWII military items, including guns, knives, bayonets, jackets and other memorabilia. Contact Bert at 505-254-1438.

Hair Cuts at Home Need a great haircut? I do house calls. Licensed, 28 years experience. Call Rose at 856-1844 for appointment.


Got Mozart? Collector seeks Classical LP Records. Fair price paid for small lots or large collections. Will pick up in ABQ, SF, Taos etc. 505-350-0821.









Retired Couple buying OLD BOOKS AND LIBRARIES, Old paintings & art, Old Cowboy & Indian Items, Old Archery Bows and Arrows. Call Jack 681-0597 or 797-2769. Wanted Baseball, football, basketball, hockey sports cards and other autographed memorabilia/figurines/sports - related items. Will pay cash. Tom 480-1869. Wanted: Old Postcards Collector looking to buy old postcards dating from early 1900’s-1950’s. Call Rich at 440-8540. Life Time Male Companion Wanted. Prefer over age 70. No family a plus. Share my home, patio and yard with your nicely furnished bedroom. $175 monthly towards utilities. Perfer quiet, pleasant, independent, elderly gentleman who is financially secure (race not important). NS, ND, NDU. I enjoy nature, art, good music, good books, and a humble, quiet lifestyle. I am a senior female retired artist, some what reclusive. Let’s share our lonely lives so that we can enjoy the rest and best of our lives. 265-1990 National Hispanic Cultural Center Offers Volunteer Opportunities to the Public Albuquerque The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) anounces its Fall Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 9 am - noon or from 6 pm to 9 pm. This is a great opportunity for members of the community to join a vibrant and exciting cultural institution celebrating Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national and international levels.

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September 2009 Sept. 12

Casa Esperanza Car Auction 9:30 AM, 8401 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 To support Casa Esperanza, New Mexico’s home away from home providing a caring community to support and serve families facing cancer. UNM Center For Life, “Healing with Mandalas” Workshop Yogita Wengatz, PhD offers this six-hour workshop on Healing with Mandalas, 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Registration is $125 per person (includes materials). To register, contact the Center for Life at 925-4573 or CenterForLife

Sept. 20

Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends.Violist Willy Sucre will be joined by violinists Krzysztof Zimowski and Justin Pollak and cellist James Holland. 3 PM at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 2 PM. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or online at Prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.



We Specialize in assisting families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. Serving the Albuquerque Metro Area

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Downsizing, Packing, Moving Coordination. Organizing, Unpacking, Sorting, Owner Disposal of Unwanted Items, Sale of Home.

October 2, 3, 4

GRECIAN ESTIVAL F Astounding food, dancers and live music! Friday and Saturday 11am–10pm Sunday Noon–5pm

I-25 to Lead Avenue exit, 2 blocks west to 308 High Street SE · $4 admission

Free Park & Ride at Lomas & University (SW corner) Parking provided by Park-n-Shuttle


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