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SFCC Governing Board Selects Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D., As Interim President

on October 4, 2017 - 9:46am
Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Governing Board announces that it has selected Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D., as the Interim President of the college. 
The SFCC Governing Board launched a search for the position after President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement Aug. 4. Grissom’s retirement is effective Oct. 31.
Gov. Board President Linda Siegle said, “We are thrilled to offer the position to Dr. Cervantes.

Sidewalk Renovations Underway At Museum Parke

on October 3, 2017 - 5:19pm

Work crews are removing and replacing the sidewalks around Museum Parke at Central Avenue and 15th Street. Owner Roger Waterman told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the sidewalks have sunk a bit over the last 20 years so he is replacing them as well as performing other corrective actions to the property. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Removal work began Saturday afternoon on the

Technical Support Contract Awarded At DOE-EM Sites

on October 3, 2017 - 8:09am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va.
Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC is an Alaskan Native Corporation 8(a) Small Business.
The contract will have a maximum value of up to $8 million over five years. Work performed under this contract will be performed for EMCBC and the EM Office of Acquisition and Project Management.

U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

UWNNM Traveling Thermometer Spotted Today At Smith's Marketplace

on October 2, 2017 - 5:05pm
This year the United Way of Northern New Mexico Thermometer is touring the town and today thanks its partners at Smith's Marketplace for being a part of the tour. Keep an eye out for the thermometer at other local businesses during the coming weeks. Anyone interested in investing in United Way may do so at www.unitedwaynnm.or or by calling 505.662.0800. Courtesy photo

BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Papa Murphy's

on September 30, 2017 - 6:55am

On the job in Los Alamos at Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza at 3801 Arkansas Ave., are Jayme Cayton, left, and Maya McMillan. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

FedConnect Releases Interested Parties List For LANL M&O Contract

on September 30, 2017 - 6:10am

FedConnect News:


A list of “interested parties” has been posted by National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) for the four-month transition and a five-year base management and operation contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The list, which was released on the FedConnect website Sept. 26, is as follows:

  • General Dynamics
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Hampton Thomas Associates
  • SGT, Inc.
  • Internal Computer Services
  • efkairia, LLC
  • TerranearPMW, LLC
  • Cabrera Services
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  • Logan Research
  • KBRwyle
  • MAG Aerospace
  • TechSource, Inc.

Jazz Show At The Tub In Central Park Square Saturday

on September 29, 2017 - 10:06am

Cottonwood On The Greens Begins Winter Hours Oct. 2

on September 29, 2017 - 9:54am
Cottonwood on the Greens at 4244 Diamond Dr., is switching to winter hours Monday. Courtesy photo
Cottonwood on the Greens News:
Cottonwood on the Greens at 4244 Diamond Dr., will switch to its winter hours of operation beginning Monday, Oct. 2.
Winter Hours:
  • Monday through Friday open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and
  • Sunday open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for brunch and dinner.

See the Cottonwood on the Greens menu and book banquets and special events at or call 505.662.0404.

Cheryl Sowder Set To Retire ... New Owners Take Over The Finishing Touch Nov. 1

on September 28, 2017 - 12:01pm
Cheryl Sowder is set to retire and the new owners are taking over Nov. 1. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Cheryl Sowder is retiring after 38 years of owning The Finishing Touch at 174 Central Park Square. Her husband, Joe Brophy, retired two years ago and now Sowder has sold her business and will essentially retire Oct. 31.

Julio Gaytan and Marcelo Ruano heard Sowder was looking for a successor and contacted her expressing their interest in the business.

State Auditor Tim Keller’s Report On New Mexico’s 'Swiss Cheese' Tax Code Featured In Bloomberg BNA

on September 28, 2017 - 6:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
OSA News:
SANTA FE  The national news outlet Bloomberg BNA featured an article about State Auditor Tim Keller’s report shining a light on New Mexico’s “Swiss Cheese” tax code.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks that the state gave with little reporting to determine return on investment.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds For Economic Development Projects In New Mexico

on September 27, 2017 - 7:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 25, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. 
The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities connections in the area.

NNSA Collaborates With South African Firm On Groundbreaking Conversion To Low-Enriched Uranium-Based Molybdenum-99 Production

on September 27, 2017 - 7:23am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP) completed conversion of their critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) in August.
“South Africa and NTP Radioisotopes have demonstrated outstanding global leadership in completing this lengthy and technically challenging Mo-99 conversion project,” said David Huizenga, the NNSA’s acting deputy administrator

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing To Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract At SPA, WSMR

on September 26, 2017 - 6:56am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
“New Mexico offers a number of strategic advantages for Boeing’s spaceplane contract, and I’m confident that a partnership with Spaceport America and White Sands Missile Range will lead to the successful completion of this program.

Tourism Work Group Meets Wednesday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:58am


The Tourism Work Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Building 1 conference room at the Pajarito Cliff Sites. 

The meeting is open to the public. 


I. Call to Order
II. Review of Public Meeting/Survey results
III. Review of Strategic Directions
IV. Next Steps
V. Public Comment
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: Oct. 17, 2017 at noon, location: TBD
VII. Adjourn Meeting

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.


O’Reilly Auto Parts Store Taking Shape

on September 25, 2017 - 6:58am

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store is taking shape Sunday on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

More Scenes From Metzger's 70th Anniversary

on September 24, 2017 - 7:43am

Metzger's Do It Best Owner Greg Metzger mingles with the crowd during his business' 70th anniversary. Photo by Nancy Partridge 

Metzger's General Manager David Jolly cuts into the store's anniversary cake. The cake was made by Cakes by Julia in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Partridge

Metzger's employee Marc Barbeau grills hot dogs during Metzger's Do It Best Hardware 70th anniversary Saturday. Photo by Nancy Partridge

Metzger's 70th anniversary celebration was attended by patrons young and old. Photo by Nancy Partridge

Metzger's Celebrates 70th Anniversary

on September 24, 2017 - 7:39am

Employees of the Metzger's Do It Best Hardware celebrate the store's 70th anniversary Saturday at the Los Alamos store. From left, Sue Smith, Noah and Marc Barbeau and Clayton Purvis serve up hotdogs to hungry patrons. Besides lunch, the event featured a number of vendor booths, drawings, cake and a performance by the Los Alamos High School marching band. The store also kicked off its rewards program, Best Rewards, which provides a number of benefits. For instance, for every $300 spent, customers will receive a gift card.

Heinrich Welcomes $1 Million Federal Investment In Innovate ABQ Bioscience Incubator

on September 23, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator.
Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," Heinrich said.

Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit

on September 22, 2017 - 10:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivering the welcoming address. Courtesy/LANL CPO

From left, Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers, with RDC Board members Kristin Henderson and Javier Sanchez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

Officials gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit. “Navigating Our Economic Future” was the theme for this year's event.

The REDI Strategic Plan was completed nearly 10 years ago in 2008. This year, the summit featured successes and shared information on

Small Business Saturday Commercial In Production

on September 21, 2017 - 4:53pm

Kate O'Donnell of the Reel Deal Movie Theater, left, and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8 film today at Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square to promote Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo

Filming is underway for a commerical to promote Small Business Saturday. Courtesy Photo



Production is underway on a local commercial promoting the businesses participating in Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos.

UWNNM Thermometer Is Touring The Town!

on September 21, 2017 - 4:36pm

This year the United Way of Northern New Mexico Thermometer is touring the town! It is presently at Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. Keep an eye out for it at other local businesses during the coming weeks. Anyone interested in investing in United Way may do so at or by calling 505.662.0800. Courtesy/UWNNM

Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium Fund Grants Awarded Totaling $60,000

on September 21, 2017 - 11:49am


SANTA FE – The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation, and Los Alamos National Security, awarded five economic development grants to nonprofit organizations serving various communities in northern NM.

The LANL MSC grant funding supports economic development industry cluster projects serving Sandoval, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, and/or Mora counties, as well as the Eight Northern Pueblos.