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Real Estate Round Table: Navigating Obstacles in the Home Buying Process

on April 2, 2013 - 7:46am
Real Estate Round Table: Navigating Obstacles in the Home Buying Process

The road to buying a home can be both exciting and stressful. While buyers and sellers are generally motivated to make the deal go smoothly, challenges can arise. 

It's wise to be prepared and find professionals who you can trust. Your Realtor and mortgage loan officer will be your greatest allies throughout this process.

Loan Obstacles - The tight financial climate has led to many changes in the mortgage.

There are a number of things you can do to be prepared:

  • Get your finances in order and

YANG: Intelligence Has Many Sides - It’s Easier to Acquire Hard Technologies Than to Grasp Soft Emotions

on April 1, 2013 - 6:39am
Intelligence Has Many Sides: It’s Easier to Acquire Hard Technologies Than to Grasp Soft Emotions
Column by ELENA YANG

Everyone has experienced the distance between what we see ourselves and how others see us. 

Not everyone notices such experience or acknowledges it. In order for such an experience to occur, one has to have a keen sense of self-awareness, and you can’t possibly grasp that distance if you lack the ability to gauge how others see you. 

However, by itself, the concern for how others see you does not arise from self-awareness; rather, it’s often a sign for being

Community Packs Zia Realty Group Open House

on March 29, 2013 - 2:09pm

Zia Realty Group brokers and family members, including JJ Chrobolinski holding giant scissors, cut the ribbon Thursday to celebrate the 'fastest growing realty company in Los Alamos.' Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski, center, founded Zia Realty Group in 2012 and has since purchased REA Realty Company and Los Alamos Properties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

More than 300 community members, business leaders and County officials, including County Administrator Harry Burgess, filled the Zia Realty Group office building at 1416 Trinity Dr.

Community Invited to Celebrate with Zia Realty Group Today!

on March 28, 2013 - 10:14am


The community is invited to attend an open house and ribbon cutting celebration at Zia Realty Group, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 1.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. today with food, drinks and entertainment.

Zia Realty Group has recently purchased REA and Los Alamos Properties and now has a combined workforce of more than 20 professionals selling homes and buildings throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Owner James Chrobocinski and the entire Zia Realty Group team will be at Thursday's open house to enjoy the festivities and meet the public.


New Mexico Consortium Reports 20 New Jobs Created at Biological Research Facility

on March 28, 2013 - 8:03am


NMC News:

  • New research facility at Entrada Park to supply jobs, research opportunities and economic advantage to Los Alamos County


The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) reported that it has created 20 new jobs since it received a major economic development grant from Los Alamos County in March of 2012.


The NMC, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) jointly recruited Dr. Richard Sayre and his team to Los Alamos in 2011. Los Alamos County contributed $2.6 million to the effort through the New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA).


The grant supports the

Money IQ: What is Mobile Banking?

on March 27, 2013 - 2:19pm
Money IQ

What is Mobile Banking? 

Mobile Banking is just what it sounds like, banking from a mobile device. Mobile banking allows customers to access their accounts anywhere, anytime, by texting their bank or credit union or by using their smart phone web browser. 

Most mobile banking products allow customers to check account balances, verify transaction history, set up and receive automatic alerts and transfer funds within a user’s accounts. For added convenience customers can typically locate branch offices and ATMs. 

Some banks or credit unions provide mobile banking by

Learn About Linux At The Hive

on March 27, 2013 - 9:34am
HIVE News:
Do you wish you had more options besides Mac OS and Windows? 
Have you ever considered using Linux operating system? 
What are the pros and cons of Linux? How easy is it to install, maintain and use?
Geoff Chesshire will answer these and many other questions at the brown-bag lunch Thursday at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. The brown-bag lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the talk begins at noon.
Chesshire has a great deal of experience with a wide variety of Linux distributions and versions, and will demonstrate some of the more popular options.

Yang: There Was (and hopefully is) Intelligence Out There In Management Land

on March 25, 2013 - 6:56am
There Was (and hopefully is) Intelligence Out There In Management Land
Column by ELENA YANG

After that bit of “rant” on “double bagging” last week, I really want to offer you a “good” story. 

I am sure there are quite a few out there, but since I haven’t heard from anyone, I dug up an old story to share in this space.

The story is short and succinct. Way back in the late 40s, a manager employed “emotional intelligence” principle (a good topic for next week) and helped launch a group of brilliant scientists that invented the transistor at what was then Bell Labs.

Of course, mine is 20/20

Salary Negotiation Workshop Builds Skills

on March 25, 2013 - 6:32am
Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach leads a group of participants attending a recent '$tart $mart' salary negotiation workshop at UNM-LA. Photo by Ivette Jimenez
Staff report
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and UNM-LA Student Government hosted a "$tart $mart" salary negotiation workshop March 1 at UNM-LA. 
"I learned a great deal about the importance of being able to negotiate wages," workshop participant Edith Danielson said. "The smart start is a great conference not only for people just getting out to the

Mesa Del Norte Apartments Get A Facelift

on March 24, 2013 - 8:53am
Mesa Del Norte affordable housing apartments on North Mesa are undergoing a much needed facelift. Photo by Greg Kendall/

LANB and FHLB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have announced that they have awarded a $252,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to YES Housing, Inc. to assist with the rehabilitation of a dated apartment community on North Mesa in Los Alamos.

The grant funds are part of a $6.2 million project that will revitalize the property into a new and vibrant affordable housing community.

Mesa Del

New Mexico Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

on March 22, 2013 - 10:51am

RANM News:

Home sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) for February 2013 continue the upward trend begun in January.

In February, 1,026 sales were reported. This is an increase of more than 21 percent sales than reported during February 2011 (845) and 5 percent more than the February 2012 number of 977.

February’s median price of $165,000 is up 3.4 percent from February 2012 and equal to the median reported in February 2011. Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half for less.

“Home prices are rising, the number of homes for sale

Stephanie Chavez Joins Styles N' Smiles Salon

on March 22, 2013 - 10:11am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Cosmetologist Stephanie Chavez welcomes her clients to her new location at Styles N’ Smiles Salon.

Formerly with Hair Experts, Chavez recently joined the staff of Styles N’ Smiles, located next door to the Department of Motor Vehicles at 991 Central Ave. The salon has been open at this location for a year.

A Los Alamos native, Chavez has been a licensed cosmetologist for 26 years. She is a full-service cosmetologist and does facials and all kinds of hair services, but her true love is doing nails. 

She likes to work with clients on an on-going


Independent Shaklee Distributor Joni Holub Cuts Ribbon on New Business

on March 22, 2013 - 7:03am

Joni Holub, independent Shaklee distributor, hosted the Chamber’s monthly FAN (Food and Networking) Club meeting Wednesday and cut the ribbon for her new business, as friends and supporters looked on. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC



Money IQ: The Fiscal Cliff

on March 20, 2013 - 12:47pm
Money IQ
The Fiscal Cliff

The so called fiscal cliff is a series of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to come on line at the start of 2013 that were temporarily averted given a last second deal between the Republican led House of Representatives and the Democratic led Senate.

The compromise, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, is not the grand solution to address our nation’s surging debt issues that many had hoped for.

Rather, it is more of a temporary band aid that resolves the revenue tax elements of the fiscal cliff, but delayed

LANB Wins Bid For Hilltop House Hotel!

on March 20, 2013 - 12:09pm

Update (3/20/2012 5:00 P.M.)  Video of final bid and watching crowd added.

The Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr. now belongs to LANB. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

At a public auction a few minutes ago, Los Alamos National Bank entered a cash bid of $2.9 million for the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr., which has been in foreclosure since last fall.

The special master handling the outdoor auction in front of the Justice Center in downtown Los Alamos announced that he had received the cash bid from the bank and asked if there were any other bidders.

Seeing none, he announced that the bank


Wine, Cheese & Chocolate April 6 at Los Alamos Co-op!

on March 20, 2013 - 10:07am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class Saturday, April 6 in the Co-op’s Café.

There will be two 75-minute classes: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations.

Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate.

Learn what to look

LACDC Hires New Executive Director

on March 19, 2013 - 1:36pm

New LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall


The Board of Directors of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced today the hiring of Scott Randall as the Executive Director of LACDC effective April 1.

Randall will succeed Kevin Holsapple who announced last November that he would be stepping down from the Executive Director position effective in April.

“We were very pleased with the candidate pool,” said Board member Bill Wadt who led the search team. “We received 15 applications in response to what was a local and national search.


Letter to the Editor: Why Los Alamos Needs a Full Indust-Tech Incubator

on March 19, 2013 - 7:00am
By Bill Sellers
VP, Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network

On its way to the Governor's office for a signature is freshman Carl Trujillo's bill #401a, which stipulates an incentive for the State Investment Council to deliberately seek out and invest in [NM-based] companies arising from the technology transfer efforts of our national labs.

I might note Trujillo is from Santa Fe County, where there is an already existing incubator, and an effective support network for start-up incubation.
They are focused, not diluting their efforts trying to be jacks-of-all trades, like other commerce

Local Hotel Event Center Project Canceled

on March 18, 2013 - 2:49pm


Los Alamos County has canceled the hotel event center project for now.

PLACE, a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities had been working with the Los Alamos community on a catalytic vision to anchor their new Creative District.

The community's vision was for PLACE to develop a live/work community for creatives (artists, inventors, technologists, scientists and artisan/makers.)

Also included would be a boutique hotel event center, creative commercial and retail space, a restaurant bar with nightlife and new homes for people of all incomes.

Unfortunately, a series of

Los Alamos Chamber Member Benefits Revealed

on March 18, 2013 - 2:20pm


Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos Business Assistance Services is offering a free seminar titled, "Los Alamos Chamber Member Benefits Seminar" 12:30–1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Small Business Center Conference Room, 190 Central Park Square. 

The seminar is free, but pre-registration is requested at or by calling Melanie at 661-4807. 

Chamber membership has so many benefits that it's impossible to get familiar with all of them in a brief orientation.

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will be providing a great


Business Owners Express Ideas at Branding Meeting ... Video Included

on March 17, 2013 - 10:17am

Community Brand Supervisor Adam Winstead of North Star Destination Strategies asks for input from local business owners gathered Tuesday at the Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill owners, staff and others turned out for Tuesday's Branding Meeting at the Community Building. From left, owners Dorota Listwan and Pawel Listwan, head bartender and outdoor enthusiast Justin Ramsey, Valles Caldera Special Events Coordinator Emily Blumenthal and owner Patrick Mockler-Wood discuss branding issues with North Star Destination Strategies representatives.

Businesses Exhibit Services at Marketing and Promotions Fair

on March 15, 2013 - 11:59am

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Promotions Fair/FAN (Food and Networking) Club get-together drew vendors and community members to the Reel Deal Theater Wednesday evening. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

Money IQ: Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

on March 13, 2013 - 12:29pm
Money IQ

Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

Banks large and small are looking to increase their lending activities as the economy continues to show signs of improvement. 

At the beginning of the economic downturn a lot of financial institutions slowed or halted lending, especially for commercial real estate related loans. 

Since this time, many banks have changed their lending appetite and are now more diversified in their product offerings. 

Commercial real estate, development loans and other real estate secured loans, once a common staple of community

Encouraging Innovation Topic of Hive Brown-Bag

on March 13, 2013 - 7:06am


Does our present system discourage innovators? Is the patent system broken?

What are the impediments to moving from an invention idea to a readiness level that would interest investment? 

In what environment would innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, manufacturers, and investors all find reward from their efforts?

How can New Mexico become the hotbed of invention that it should be?

The brown-bag lunch on Thursday, March 14 at The Hive will address these and other related questions.