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Painting Underway At New Mexico Bank & Trust

on February 21, 2017 - 2:59pm

As part of the renovations underway at New Mexico Bank & Trust Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue, painters today are brightening up the large pillars, railings and fences aronud the exterior. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Local Officials Lunch With State Tourism Commission

on February 19, 2017 - 12:27pm

Members of the New Mexico Tourism Commission and the Tourism Department lunching Thursday at the Blue Window Bistro with Secretary Rebecca Latham, County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, County Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers, Los Alamos MaintStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox and LACDC Marketing Director Ryn Herrmann, before the quarterly New Mexico Tourism Commission meeting at Historic Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Distributed Manufacturing - Volume/Density/Mass

on February 19, 2017 - 9:38am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the not so distant past of world history, humans were primarily concerned with survival. Their time was spent engaged in activities at the lowest levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy, primarily focused on food and shelter. As the human population grew, the fabrication of other things such as tools, weapons, fabricated shelters, things of comfort, and even concocted food stuffs grew with the organization of civilization. Then the industrial revolution occurred and manufacturing bloomed.

In the revolution, depending on the product produced,

McQuiston: Replacement Cost Value Versus Market Value ... What’s the Difference?

on February 19, 2017 - 7:44am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Many homeowners often wonder why the limit on their homeowner’s insurance policy is more than the market value of their home. In some cases, there can be a drastic difference between what you recently paid for your home versus how much insurance coverage you have. It’s just a way for the insurance company to get more premium, right?

Not quite! Keep in mind that market value and replacement cost value are two completely different things.

NMED Strengthens Food Safety Rules

on February 19, 2017 - 6:56am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has strengthened food safety rules for restaurants and food establishments – with the first set of rules now in effect.
 
The stronger rules incorporate more state-of-the-art food preparation technologies and increase clarity for workers and customers with more comprehensive guidance.
 
“It is absolutely imperative that we have strong food safety rules to help prevent New Mexicans from getting sick,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said.
 
Improved food safety is associated with preventable death and

Heinrich Vies For New Mexico To Be Future Host Of Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

on February 17, 2017 - 11:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has released a letter vying for New Mexico to host the Outdoor Retailer trade show, which generates more than $45 million in annual economic impact. 

Over the last 20 years, the trade show, hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) representing more than 1,200 outdoor businesses nationally, has been held in Salt Lake City. 
 
However, OIA just announced that it will no longer hold its twice-yearly trade show in Utah citing concerns that elected officials in the state, "from

Meet Los Alamos County's New Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers

on February 17, 2017 - 10:55am

Joan Ahlers is the new Economic Development Administrator for Los Alamos County. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Joan Ahlers landed her dream job. On Dec. 5, she started as the Economic Development Administrator for Los Alamos County.

 

Ahlers oversees the Economic Development Division, which addresses numerous issues including real estate and County property negotiations, housing and rehabilitation of existing housing issues, the new branding initiative, tourism and attractions and contracts with the local Chamber of Commerce

Boy Scouts Great Southwest Council Elects President

on February 17, 2017 - 6:51am
Ross Crown
 
SCOUTING News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Ross Crown, a partner at the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is the new president of the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Crown, who received his law degree from the University of Michigan, will serve a two-year term as leader of the third largest council in the continental United States. It is the only council to encompass portions of four states.
 
The Great Southwest Council serves nearly 7,300 youth and more than 4,500 adult members in northern New Mexico, southwest Colorado and a substantial

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos Selected To Attend ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

on February 17, 2017 - 6:40am
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 

An experimental plasma-based HVDC electrical transformer in development at Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc., in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

 

BUSINESS News:
 
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos is one of a select group of energy innovators selected to attend the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit (http://www.arpae-summit.com/).
 
The summit is Feb.

Pig +Fig Cafe Becomes White Rock Institution

on February 16, 2017 - 3:52pm
Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton puts the finishing touches on one of the courses at a recent Wine Dinner at Pig + Fig Cafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

When award-winning chef Laura Crucet Hamilton opened Pig + Fig Café a year ago this month, fine dining returned to White Rock.

In one short year, Hamilton and her staff have made Pig + Fig a home away from home for many White Rock residents, but unless you’re a gourmet cook, the food is probably a lot better than you could whip up for breakfast or lunch.

“We are so grateful for how loyal

House Committee Shuts Window On Solar

on February 16, 2017 - 3:50pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE House Republicans voted Thursday against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry Committee along a partisan 5-5 vote.
 
HB 193 would have made permanent and expanded New Mexico’s investment in solar energy, creating jobs and diversifying the state’s economy at a time when its over reliance on oil and gas has left us in a deep financial crisis.

House Passes Data Breach Notification Act

on February 16, 2017 - 9:10am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo).

House Bill 15 would require service providers to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal identifying information (PII) of consumers within their custody. It also would require providers to notify consumers whose PII may have been compromised by a security breach.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mountain Air Cleaners Services Individuals And Commercial Clients

on February 16, 2017 - 7:37am

Customer service representative Jennifer Casados has been working with Mountain Air on and off for 10 years. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Carlos Arras assists a customer at Mountain Air Cleaners. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you look at the modest Mountain Air Cleaners storefront at 464 Central Ave., you would never guess how extensive and varied their enterprise really is.

Husband and wife team Dick Beaudoin and Dina Quintana are the owners of the 20-year old business, which operates in both Los Alamos and Espanola and

Governor Cuddles Los Alamos Baby Caleb McNiff

on February 15, 2017 - 9:57pm

One of Los Alamos’s newest arrivals, Caleb McNiff, meets Gov. Susana Martinez while his parents, Aaron and Heather McNiff, receive the Star Client Award for Northern New Mexico Stump Grinders. The award was made recently by the Small Business Development Center at UNM-Los Alamos. Brothers Ryan and Aaron McNiff are the owners of the company recognized on the floor of the Legislature. Courtesy photo

PMI’s Otowi Bridge Chapter Hosts Project Management Professional Training At UNM-LA March 15-June 21

on February 15, 2017 - 9:41pm

PMI News:

Nationally, one in six large projects costs 200 percent more than planned. Los Alamos’ Otowi Bridge Chapter of the Project Management Institute can help!

According to a 2014 article by teagantt, projects budgeted for more than $1 million are 50 percent more likely to fail than projects budgeted below $350,000. This is why 90 percent of global senior executives say good project management is a necessary ingredient in producing success, and gaining a competitive advantage.

According to a 2010 study, failed projects account for 8.9 percent of GDP.

Tourism Commission Meeting Underway At Fuller Lodge

on February 15, 2017 - 2:40pm

Legislators Unveil Plan To Reboot State Tax Code

on February 15, 2017 - 7:54am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SNATA Fe – Today a bipartisan group of legislators introduced their bill to reform New Mexico’s sales tax structure. Their plan, House Bill 412, also called the New Mexico Tax Reform Act, aims to simplify the state’s Gross Receipt Tax (GRT) on sales and services and make it more competitive with surrounding states.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval), Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Luna) and Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Taos).

New Mexico is one of only two states that uses a GRT, and it is often rated as one of the worst consumption taxes in the country.

Khalsa Acupuncture Office Closes In Los Alamos

on February 15, 2017 - 7:23am

Dr. Khalsa explains a wellness concept to visitors to his booth during the 2016 Health Fair in September at Griffth Gymnasium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Well this is certainly not the email we had hoped to send out...

As it turns out, Dr. Khalsa's pneumonia was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. After several weeks of his health and strength continuing to decline he has now been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that is attacking his kidneys, and the treatment for it is kidney dialysis!

Don Villa's Restaurant To Reopen In White Rock!

on February 14, 2017 - 2:02pm

The talk around town that Don Villa's Restaurant in White Rock has closed for good turns out to be false. Owner Geronimo Villa just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he intends to reopen his eatery at 11 Sherwood Blvd., next month. Villa explained that he temporarily closed his restaurant while he took care of a health issue but expects to be back on his feet very soon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Burritos are a popular menu item at Don Villa's Restaurant in White Rock, which is set to reopen in March. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DNCU Donates $5,000 To ShelterNow! Project

on February 14, 2017 - 6:25am
Del Norte Credit Union staff present $5,000 to the ShelterNow! group. Holding the big check is DNCU VP of Marketing Kim Currie, left, and Executive Director Melynn Schuyler of ¡YouthWorks!, right. Courtesy/DNCU

DNCU News: 

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce a contribution of $5,000 to ¡YouthWorks! for its ShelterNow! project to house homeless young people.

DNCU was inspired to meet a challenge grant provided by the Kind World Foundation to the project.

“We are excited to be able to contribute to this vital

Fall In Love With Shopping Locally This Valentine’s Day

on February 11, 2017 - 9:53am
Décor, candles, chocolate and more available at CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Purses, soaps, dolls, fabric, yarns and much more available at Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many people are just beginning to think about how to celebrate this special day.

If you are still looking for ideas, consider shopping and celebrating locally.

Los Alamos Daily Post Turns 5!

on February 9, 2017 - 10:25pm
The Los Alamos Daily Post news team, seated from left, Bonnie Gordon, Kirsten Laskey, Hope Jaramillo, and standing, Chris Clark and Carol A. Clark. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher/Editor Carol A. Clark and her team are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the newspaper, and its recent designation as the Official Newspaper of Record for Los Alamos County.

“The Post turned 5 years old Feb. 7 and I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the people of this community,” Clark said.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers Needed

on February 9, 2017 - 9:23pm
Annie Rasquin is executive director of the First District Court CASA program, which serves Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Carolyn Stewart has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in the Los Alamos are for nine years, a volunteer position that makes a huge difference in their lives and is extremely rewarding for her.
 
Stewart is one of 45 CASAs in the First Judicial District, which encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arribe and Santa Fe Counties.

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Product Distribution

on February 9, 2017 - 9:05pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

As an example consider bottled water. Not the fancy kind loaded with non-water molecules or perhaps carbon dioxide (CO2). Just plain water - H2O. At a local grocery price level “ordinary” bottled water can be purchased for $3 to $4 for 24 pints or half-liters (16 oz. or 500 cc. bottles). This equates to $699 to $932 per thousand gallons.

The local price for tap water, which is very drinkable, is about $4.20 per thousand gallons plus a fixed fee of $7.93 per month no matter how many gallons are consumed for a maximum cost of $12.13 per

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