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Making the ‘moist’ of 2023

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I don’t often watch TikTok videos, but, when I do, they involve giant jars of mayonnaise. In a bold bid to crown "moist" the 2023 Merriam-Webster Word of the Year, the Kraft company made a grand gesture by delivering an 8-foot-tall jar of mayonnaise to the eponymous dictionary’s headquarters. While “moist” is often...

Improving energy, agriculture coordination N.M. Senators introduce interagency legislation

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.,  and John Hoeven, R-N.D., members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, introduced the Department of Energy and United States Department of Agriculture Interagency Research Act Nov. 14. This act will require interagency collaboration on activities including environmental science, electric grid modernization, and rural technology development. Overall, this bipartisan legislation will develop partnerships that maximize limited federal research dollars to improve the ability to address key agricultural research needs.

The DOE and USDA Interagency Research Act also leverages the DOE National Lab system to...

Why ‘grateful’ is spelled that way

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As we turn our calendars to November, I always wonder why there isn’t any good Thanksgiving music out there. Halloween has a handful of hits. Obviously, Christmas and Hanukkah have their own genre of “holiday” music. Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any good songs?

These songs would be great. I’d be grateful to have a song connected with Thanksgiving in addition to Adam Sandler’s lonely “Turkey Song.” Wait a second — is it “grateful” or “greatful?” Let’s get to the bottom of this cornucopia of spelling confusion.

I’m going to cut to the chase and let you know that “grateful” (with one “l”) is the correct spelling. The misspelling “greatful” is not...

Wellness includes more than money

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Holistic approaches to a secure retirement

When envisioning retirement, many conjure images of tropical beaches, serene landscapes, and the well-deserved relaxation that a lifetime of hard work grants. Yet, underlying these dreams is a cornerstone most focus on: financial security. And while a robust savings account is undeniably essential, a truly fulfilling retirement is like a well-rounded mosaic, with each piece playing a crucial role.

In this tapestry of retirement, money is just one piece. Mental well-being, physical health, and vibrant social connections are equally, if not more, paramount.

Let’s start with mental well-being. The transition from decades of structured work...

Cleaning up Hillside Cemetery

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Research comes from the French language meaning to express intensive force to search.

That is a good description of my last few months finding out what I could about the Hillside cemetery, aka, the “Chinese” cemetery, on Gallup’s north side, at the end of Fifth Street and Victoria Avenue.

I had heard about this cemetery for years but hadn’t seen it until the end of 2020, when, as all of us were, I was cooped up at home and needed to get out of the house for some air. My husband and I took our four-wheeler out to the northside desert and were driving along an old dirt road when we came upon the cemetery.

It was obvious that it was a cemetery by the headstones that were and...

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