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Artist M.J. Oref Celebrates the Physical and the Metaphysical and will Exhibit her Work during Cross-Country Adventure

on June 17, 2012 - 11:53am

Artist M.J. Oref in her studio Friday as she prepares for a cross-country trip to exhibit her jewelry line. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

On June 26, artist M.J. Oref will walk out the door of her Espanola home, jump in her blue Prius and take her show on the road.

Oref plans to spend a month introducing her jewelry to potential customers in a dozen states at private shows hosted by friends and family.

“We’ll eat and drink and have a good time,” Oref said. "If someone buys something, great. If not, we’ll still have fun.”

Even during the Depression, women

Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

on June 16, 2012 - 2:02pm

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today's Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Downtown Flower Shop is Closing its Doors

on June 13, 2012 - 6:20pm

By Carol A. Clark

The Flower Shop at 1743 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos is closing its doors for good July 31.

A primary factor is the stiff competition from national online flower vendors.

"That is a major reason for our declining profits," owner Jessica Hofer said. "The online vendors ship flowers in boxes to customers, severely undercutting our prices, yet we have to belong to at least one national florist chain for which membership is extremely expensive." 

Hofer said that she hopes someone will open another flower shop in town.

"I will feel really sad if Los Alamos is left

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What's in it for You? Attend LAEN's Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Find Out

on June 13, 2012 - 8:27am

LAEN News:

LAEN membership elected its first board last March. From left, Vice President Richard Sayre, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Are you an Entrepreneur in Los Alamos who is interested in networking with other local entrepreneurs?

Are you interested in educational opportunities?

LAEN provides a forum for local entrepreneurs to network, socialize and learn.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend

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Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

"We want to expand the trail system to include beginner

KRSN Owners Named 2012 Broadcasters of the Year

on June 10, 2012 - 11:06am

David Sutton, co-owner of KRSN holds the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year trophy he and wife Gillian Sutton, won Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Albuquerque. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

KRSN Owners David and Gillian Sutton won the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year award Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

"Only in America can a florist and an auto mechanic buy a radio station and run with it," David Sutton said of the

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Annual ChamberFest Packs Downtown Los Alamos

on June 10, 2012 - 11:04am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with his wife Janet McMillan strolled throughout the downtown area taking in the sights as Eddie and the Nomads performed during ChamberFest Saturday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Eddie and the Nomads play their brand of Rock and Roll at ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Barbara Casados dances with "Jack the Dog" (Brittany Valdez) to the music of Eddie and the Nomads during ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Los Alamos ChamberFest includes the annual Classic Cars and Corvettes car show. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Ken Uher of White

‘Dixie Girl’ Restaurant Targets June 19 Opening

on June 9, 2012 - 7:58am

Chef Greg Hoch, owner Denise Lane, and General Manager Susanne Meredith pose for a group photo during the Greg Abate and Peter Amahl Trio concert. The three were greeting residents and handing out menus. They hope to open the Dixie Girl June 19. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The nearly completed main bar will provide 24 feet of seating for the Dixie Girl. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The main dining room waits to be filled with chairs and tables. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Chef Greg Hoch and Sous Chef Leví Guarello in their kitchen. Photo by Salvador Zapien
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I = IR + SE Innovation Results from Intelligent Risk Taking and a Supportive Environment

on June 9, 2012 - 6:13am

Column by Dr. Harry Hertz 

Like many people in many companies and organizations, I have been thinking a lot about innovation lately.

In my case, the effort has been a prelude to thinking about upcoming revisions to the Baldrige Program’s 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence.

I consulted works by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gergersen, as well as numerous articles and blogs.

And my conclusion was that innovation (I) is the result of intelligent risk taking (IR) and a supportive environment (SE): I =IR + SE.

In this column, I will explore each

Bestsellers at Otowi Station May 27-June 2

on June 7, 2012 - 10:56pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News:

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore for the week of May 27-June 2, 2012
  1. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  2. They Say, I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff
  3. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  4. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  5. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  6. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James
  9. Fifty Shades Darker, E. L. James
  10. How to Build Spaceships, Doug Stillinger
*local or regional author
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Bike Swap at Los Alamos Co-op Sunday

on June 7, 2012 - 10:47pm

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its inaugural Bike Swap from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday June 10.

Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club is sponsoring the event.

The Bike Swap is an opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used (and new) bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Bike Swap includes:

  • FREE Bike Safety Checks;
  • Bike Related Raffles;
  • Grilled Food for Purchase;
  • Youth Activities (tyke bike course); and
  • Acceptable payment: cash, check, or credit/debit.

Fashioned after the Santa Fe Ski Swap, the

PLACE President Rolls Out Community's Wish List

on June 7, 2012 - 10:45am

During a public meeting Wednesday at UNM-LA, Board President Chris Velasco of PLACE (Projects Linking Art Community & Environment), discusses the components that Los Alamos residents and community leaders said in previous meetings that they want to see in a catalytic project developed for downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien

 President Chris Velasco explains that PLACE is a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities. To learn more, visit http://welcometoplace.com/ Photo by Salvador Zapien 

President Chris Velasco of PLACE said that local feedback placed "Housing" in the 12
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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

on June 5, 2012 - 7:23am
BLUE WINDOW News:
 
Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
 
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
 
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
 
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation of St.
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PLACE to Report Back to Community

on June 4, 2012 - 7:43pm

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives

Demolition on Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Begins

on June 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

Demolition got underway Friday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said this morning that he and his partners, Catherine Mockler, Pawel Listwan and and Dorota Listwan are shooting for a September opening of the new restaurant under construction at the corner of Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will be open late, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will feature 30 world class beers on tap, mouthwatering appetizers and burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian dishes.
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Hear the Poetry of Mother Earth's Stretch Marks Thursday

on June 3, 2012 - 10:37pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE & RUBY K's News:

T. Jackson King, archaeologist, science fiction author, and poet, will read from “Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

Tickets to the event are $10, which includes the book and refreshments, and will be available at the door the night of the event. Otowi Station Bookstore and Ruby K’s are sponsoring the event.

In a recent interview, King discussed his poetry about the natural world. “I began writing poetry in college in Japan partly as a reaction to the Vietnam War,” he said.

ChamberFest Set for Saturday, June 9

on June 2, 2012 - 10:49pm

LOS ALAMOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE News:

The second weekend in June features ChamberFest, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. 

With food, live music, a car show, fashion show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day.

ChamberFest will be held in downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets, down MainStreet to the Round-about.

Chamber members invite the public to visit with their booth and learn more about

New Feature - Craigslist in Marketplace

on June 1, 2012 - 10:46am

Trying to sell a piece of furniture you no longer use? Trying to find your daughter a good used mountain bike?

The Los Alamos Daily Post now provides a link to Craigslist (and Freecycle - more below).

Craigslist is the leader in FREE online classifieds. We at the Los Alamos Daily Post have had much luck selling our used items on Craiglist in the past.

Our Craigslist link will take you to items that specify their location as "Los Alamos." Items for sale in Los Alamos will be displayed.

When you post a classified item to Craigslist, be sure to enter "Los Alamos" in the location field.

Quality New Mexico Accepting Applications for 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards

on May 29, 2012 - 9:52pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence
  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence
  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by June 15. It can be obtained at  www.qualitynewmexico.org. 

Applications are due on July 20. 

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled

Branding Expert Shares Secrets with Local Entrepreneurs

on May 29, 2012 - 9:05am

Branding, marketing and media expert Jim Glover of The Idea Group speaks to entrepreneurs gathered at The Hive in White Rock Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs fail for many reasons," Jim Glover said. "One of the leading causes is lack of attention to marketing."

Glover is a founding partner of The Idea Group of Santa Fe, LLC, one of the top strategic marketing and media companies in New Mexico.

Over the last 10 years, he has worked with many New Mexico clients to develop strategic plans and branding initiatives.

He recently

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Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of May 13-19, 2012

on May 24, 2012 - 9:51am
OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News
 
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of May 13-19, 2012
  1. Baby Peekaboo! Dawn Sirett
  2. Steps of Courage, Bettina Hoerlin
  3. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  4. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  5. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  6. Shaping Destiny, Destiny Allison*
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James
  8. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  9. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  10. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
*local or regional author
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Quality New Mexico Accepting Examiner Applications

on May 23, 2012 - 9:13pm

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the Board of Examiners through May 31.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

The program is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, using the same Baldrige Criteria for

Rumors of Smith's Demise Seem Greatly Exaggerated...

on May 23, 2012 - 3:05pm

Corporate officials state that Smith's Food & Drug in White Rock will remain open for business despite rumors to the contrary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Rumors that Smith's in White Rock is closing down have escalated considerably over the last two weeks among customers and employees alike.

The panic seemed to reach a fever pitch Thursday with some customers vowing to circulate petitions asking everyone living in White Rock to boycott the Los Alamos store in protest.

Smith's Public Affairs Vice President Marsha Gilford set the record straight on Tuesday –

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Bilingual Montessori Students Given 'Undeniable Advantage'

on May 23, 2012 - 10:09am

Courtesy/Montessori

By Kirsten Laskey

The Bilingual Montessori School is on a roll. Since opening its doors in 2008, enrollment has escalated, the location has changed and expanded and Owner Odalys González Fernández has earned a Success Client Award from the Small Business Development Center in 2008

Just what are the secrets behind the school’s success?

“We are known for having a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and nurturing environment," Fernández said. "What we give parents foremost is peace of mind. We work with parent's needs, wants, fears and desires. We operate very professionally.

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