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Udall Votes To Confirm Lighthizer, Citing His Commitment To Protect NM Companies That Depend On NAFTA Trade

on May 20, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration.
 
Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump’s reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals that already have damaged the U.S.-Mexico trade

Smith’s Motto: ‘Making Hope For Kids’ Through May 27

on May 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
“Making Hope for Kids,” to benefit UNM Children's Hospital is the motto of the local Smith’s Food and Drugstores through May 27.
 
Smith’s‘Making Hope For Kids’ logo. Courtesy photo
 
The goal is to bring hope to children in New Mexico and Smith’s hopes to locally do that by raising $12,000. Last year the Los Alamos and White Rock stores raised just over $8,000.
 
“It is easy to donate at the cash registers and donation boxes are located at the wine bar, customer service and the pharmacy,” said Smith's Associate and

Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash At Brewpub Saturday

on May 19, 2017 - 4:51pm

RE/MAX Of Los Alamos Among Top In Sales

on May 18, 2017 - 4:11pm

BUSINESS News:

RE/MAX of Los Alamos, a locally owned and operated RE/MAX franchise, ranks among the top 50 large brokerages in per-agent productivity, based on home sales data from 1,705 qualifying firms participating in the prestigious 2017 REAL Trends 500 report.

When the 1,705 participating U.S. brokerages that closed at least 500 transaction sides are measured by transaction sides per agent, RE/MAX of Los Alamos ranked 20 out of 50, with an average of 34.6 sales per agent. RE/MAX of Los Alamos is the only brokerage in New Mexico to make the top 50.

“RE/MAX agents sell more real estate

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LANL: Six Northern New Mexico Businesses Awarded Funds To Boost Growth

on May 18, 2017 - 10:16am

LANL News:

The Venture Acceleration Fund awarded a round of funding to six diverse northern New Mexico businesses. The VAF is a collaborative investment administered by the Regional Development Corporation.

“The Laboratory wants to support the region’s small businesses as much as possible, and the VAF plays a critical role in helping companies on a growth trajectory expand and contribute to the broader economy,” said David Pesiri, director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is responsible for the Lab’s technology transfer initiatives.

Saturday Wine Tastings Draw Crowds To Kokoman

on May 18, 2017 - 9:39am

Wine Sales Associate Karen Easton of Los Alamos with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor owner Keith Obermeyer during a May 6 wine tasting at the store at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque. The wine tastings are 3:30-6 p.m. every Saturday, free of charge and open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Patrons sample wines at recent Saturday tasting at Kokoman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE — On weekends Karen Easton of Los Alamos can be found living her passion at Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor at 34 Cities of Gold in Pojoaque.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Daniel’s Cafe ...

on May 17, 2017 - 9:18am

On the job in Los Alamos: Ready to serve great sandwiches and delicious gelato at Daniel’s Cafe and Mary’s Gelato at 800 Trinity Dr., from left, Kole Kotter, Savannah Manzanares and Kayden Rivera. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaliypost.com

SBDC: 'Understanding Your Financials' Workshop Today

on May 17, 2017 - 8:47am
 
SBDC News:
 
The Small Business Development Center at UNM-LA will be hosting an "Understanding Your Financials" workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, May 17 at projectY cowork Los Alamos in Central Park Square.
 
The workshop, with Los Alamos National Bank's Guy Gaffney, will cover the basics of income statements, balance sheet mechanics, cash flow and calculating business break-even points. 
 
There is a $20 registration fee. To register, visit http://www.nmsbdc.org/ los-alamos.aspx
 
Direct questions to Anne Lantrip at 505.661.4691 or lantrip@unm.edu

projectY cowork Hosts Open Office Hours With State Economic Development Department Representative

on May 17, 2017 - 8:04am
 
projectY cowork News:
 
projectY cowork is launching the first Office Hours in a series that will allow the Northern New Mexico community to meet one-on-one with Ryan Eustice, Community Business & Rural Development Team Region 2 representative for the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department.
 
Eustice will be available to meet with individuals 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: In Appreciation Of The Post

on May 17, 2017 - 8:02am
By ROB BARAN
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to take a break from the lively debate to thank the editor of the Los Alamos Daily Post for posting all of these varied opinions in their unabridged, passionate entirety!

This is the first town I have ever seen where the Press is open and accessible, and so heavily relied on. I am glad to see such a healthy, vibrant, and civic forum.

You've been putting these opinion pieces up at your own cost, but it has been an invaluable service. Regardless of how the vote turns out, thank you for making ALL (pro and con) of our voices heard!

 

Shareholder Resolution Urges Kroger To Appoint Independent Chairman Of The Board

on May 17, 2017 - 7:31am
MELTWATER News:
 
At the Kroger Company’s Annual General Meeting of shareholders June 22, Lisa Lindsley, Capital Markets Advisor for SumOfUs, an international corporate watchdog, will present a shareholder resolution calling for the separation of the role of CEO and Chair of the Board, to create an independent Board Chair. Kroger CEOs have held the role of Board Chair for several decades.
 
 
“We believe that independent board leadership would be a constructive move for

On The Job In Los Alamos: At El Parasol

on May 16, 2017 - 4:41pm
On the job in Los Alamos: Bernardo Torres is a familiar face at El Parasol at 1903 Central Ave., where he has worked since 2006. Photo by Maire O'Neill@ladailypost.com

Study: Los Alamos County Ranks Among Best Places In New Mexico To Borrow Money

on May 15, 2017 - 7:15pm
SMARTASSET News:
 
Buying a home, going to college, and starting a new business are a few reasons why Americans take out loans.
 
We all know this, but did you know that there are places where it’s better to borrow money and easier to manage debt than others? These places generally offer a great cost of living relative to income and provide stronger legal protections for borrowers.
 
In its new study, SmartAsset dove into the numbers to uncover the best places to borrow money, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
 
For a look at how Los Alamos County

Nonprofit Training Session May 25, RSVP Now

on May 15, 2017 - 6:52pm
LACF News:
 
Los Alamos Community Foundation is excited to be teaming up with Leadership Los Alamos and United Way of Northern New Mexico to host the first “Volunteer Fair at Chamberfest” Saturday, June 10.

The format for this year’s “Volunteer Fair at Chamberfest” will be different than past volunteer fairs. The LACF Chamberfest booth will feature table space for nonprofits to display information about volunteer opportunities. You don’t have to staff the booth! You simply provide the materials using easy-to-use templates available at the May 25 nonprofit training session:

Preparing Your

Chamber Breakfast At UNM-LA May 17

on May 15, 2017 - 3:15pm
CHAMBER News:
 
The May 17 Chamber Breakfast in Building 2 room 230 at UNM-LA will be a discussion of what is taking place in the Los Alamos housing market.
 
The latest data compiled by the realtors will give you an accurate look at what is taking place. Presenter Teddie Sue Mooday is an Associate Broker with RE/MAX of Los Alamos and a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.
 
This Chamber Breakfast will provide valuable information for bankers, mortgage brokers, employers looking to house employees, home improvement retailers and wholesalers, contractors in all fields, as well as people

New Mexico Bank & Trust Recognized As A 2017 Forbes Best Bank In America

on May 15, 2017 - 11:42am
NMBT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF), has been named a “Forbes Best Bank 2017”.
 
In its annual review of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts, Forbes ranked Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 44 th among a nationwide group of 100 leading banking organizations with assets ranging from under $8 billion to over $2.5 trillion.
 
“We are proud to be named among the best banks in America for 2017,” said Greg Leyendecker, President and CEO of New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Dion’s Pizza CEO Delivers Keynote Address At Leadership Los Alamos Class Of 2017 Graduation

on May 14, 2017 - 12:18pm
Keynote Speaker Mark Herman, CEO of Dion's Pizza inspires the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 at their graduation Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge. Photo by Martha Katko
 
Don Casperson, left, receives the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award from LLA Chair Elect Brian D'Andrea. Photo by Martha Katko
 
Representatives of major Leadership Los Alamos sponsors from left, Director Brian Brogan of Los Alamos County Community Services Department, LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and Fire Chief Troy Hughes with LLA Board Chairman Terry Priestley are ready to congratulate each of the

NNSA Awards NNSS Site Management & Operating Contract To Mission Support And Test Services, LLC

on May 13, 2017 - 5:22pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, Nev.
 
MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).
 
NNSA conducted a full and open competition for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract.

Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners

on May 13, 2017 - 3:33pm
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2017-18.
 
The 10 winners each will receive $1,000 toward their higher education for the 2017-18 school year.
 
“Our DNCU Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in New Mexico, in line with our mission of Improving Lives,” DNCU President and CEO Chuck Valenti said. “We are very pleased this year to offer 10 scholarships to deserving students in Northern New Mexico.”
 
DNCU increased

Pajarito Greenhouse Has Huge Selection Of Flowers And Plants For Mother's Day

on May 13, 2017 - 6:48am
Beautiful blooms at Pajarito Greenhouse. The Greenhouse has the most selection for the season right now, just in time for Mother's Day. The Greenhouse is at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 505.695.4640. Visit online at www.cbfox.com/pajaritogreenhouse. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Certified Arborist Laural Hardin advises Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox on the proper care of his trees. This one certainly looks happy! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Chamber Take Out Talk Noon Today

on May 12, 2017 - 8:06am

CHAMBER News:

The monthly Take Out Talk is noon to 1 p.m. today in the Chamber Conference Room at 109 Central Park Square.

The featured speaker is Cynthia Goldblatt who will talk about "​Dementia Friendly Business Practices".

The community is invited to this free talk.

World Futures: Data / Information / Knowledge

on May 12, 2017 - 7:15am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

For a 30 day period, every day at precisely 10 a.m. (or 10:00 or 1000 hrs.) Greenwich Mean Time, you record the temperature on the same thermometer at precisely the same location in both degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. You now have 30 data points.

On a piece of graph paper you label the bottom, horizontal axis from zero to 31. On the left side at the zero point you create a vertical Celsius scale and on the right side (at the 31 point) you create a Fahrenheit scale precisely synchronized to the Celsius scale. Then you plot the data.

Letter To The Editor: Shopping At Smith's

on May 11, 2017 - 7:41am
By JAMES H. GRIFFIN
Los Alamos
 
When shopping in the frozen foods section at Smith's I'm sure everyone has noticed much of the LED lighting within the cases is turned off.
 
The overhead lighting reflects off the case and makes it difficult to read the labels. My own solution is simple. I just open the door. Works for me but I'd rather have the lights on.
 
Since LED lighting is advertised as lasting for tens of thousands of hours and since it's also very economical to operate, I asked one of Eric's (former store director) floor managers last year why some of the frozen food case

IRS: Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked By Small Business Owners

on May 10, 2017 - 9:55am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small business owners who work from a home office that there are two options for claiming the Home Office Deduction. The Home Office Deduction is often overlooked by small business owners.
 
As part of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), the IRS is highlighting a series of tips and resources available for small business owners.
 
Regular Method
 
The first option for calculating the Home Office Deduction is the Regular Method.

Meow Wolf Fires Up First Food Truck: Trinity Kitchen

on May 10, 2017 - 7:07am

Eliot Chavanne helms Trinity Kitchen at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe with assistant Connor Black. Courtesy photo

MEOW WOLF News:

SANTA FE - Colorful and cross-disciplinary arts collective Meow Wolf announces its first voyage into the savory world of the Santa Fe culinary scene: Trinity Kitchen, a new food truck serving authentic Cajun cuisine and other southern favorites based in the parking lot outside the Art Complex and House of Eternal Return on Rufina Street.

Soft open is Monday, May 22 with Grand Opening on Friday, May 26 when Meow Wolf launches Summer In The Multiverse featuring a variety

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