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New Laundromat Opened Today Inside Film Festival!

on March 6, 2017 - 6:18pm
Brad and Abbie Burk show off their brand new machines at The Laundry Room inside Film Festival. The new laundromat opened for business today at 3801 Arkansas Ave. # D.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The new laundromat offers six brand new, standard sized coin-operated washers and dryers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Laundry Room welcomed its first customers today inside Film Festival. So why add a Laundromat to the local coffee bar and video rental business?

“We wanted to provide something the town needed,” owner

2017’s Property Taxes By State―WalletHub Study

on March 5, 2017 - 10:11am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Each year, the average American household spends $2,149 on real-estate property taxes plus another $402 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.
 
With such high costs, it’s no surprise that about $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. 

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Property Taxes by State report, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of

Udall Statement Opposing Effort To Roll Back Fair Pay And Workplace Protections

on March 5, 2017 - 8:56am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement against repealing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order through a little-used procedure made possible by the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
 
The Senate began debating the measure after a procedural motion was agreed to by a slim majority, 51-46. A final vote on the Republican-backed effort to overturn the worker protections implemented by the Obama administration is expected early next week.

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Medicine

on March 5, 2017 - 8:54am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
  • DNA Manipulation, Invasive/Non-invasive Techniques, Distribution, and How Far Do We Go?

Medicine is a broad category applicable to humans and animals inhabiting Earth. In most cases it deals with sustaining life as we know it and has an inherent hierarchy that has humans at the top. Accordingly, this list item is primarily concerned with medicine for humanity, noting that animals have a major role in the human existence.

First is discovery. Chance favors the prepared mind is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur, who discovered pasteurization.

USDA Workshop On How To Apply For Small Rural Businesses Development Grant Funding

on March 5, 2017 - 8:46am

Eric Vigil/Courtesy photo

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil has announced that the agency is holding a workshop to provide information on how to apply for Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) funding. Los Alamos is considered a rural community.

In making the announcement Vigil said, “Because of the state’s slow economic growth this is a good opportunity for any eligible entity that helps provide development opportunities for small rural business to apply for this program and get the needed financial support to help their community grow

New Mexico House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

on March 4, 2017 - 7:26am

House Speaker Brian Egolf

STATE News:

  • Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $9.25 an Hour Passes Along Mostly Party Lines

SANTA FE – House Bill 442 passed the House Friday night along mostly party lines in a 37-30 vote. HB 442, sponsored by Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Miguel P. Garcia (D-Albuquerque), would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a sensible increase over the current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour.

The increase will put more than $3,000 a year in additional earnings

Transportation Board Learns About 20th Street Construction Project During Thursday's Meeting

on March 3, 2017 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos Transportation Board learns about the construction project for 20th Street during Thursday's regular meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

In an effort to increase economic development, the Los Alamos County Public Works Department is improving a section of 20th Street.

 

Senior Engineer Bryan Aragon, County Engineer Eric Martinez and Public Works Director Philo Shelton discussed the project during the County Transportation Board meeting Thursday night at the Municipal Building.

 

The focused section is 600 feet of

Bill To Level Playing Field For Minority-Owned Businesses Passes House Unanimously

on March 3, 2017 - 9:33am
Rep. Antonio Maestas
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― Rep. Antonio Maestas' (D-Albuquerque) HB198, the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Opportunity Act, a bill that will bolster minority-owned small businesses by promoting opportunities, passed unanimously Tuesday through the House.
 
"In a minority/majority state, if our minority- and women-owned businesses don't grow, our state will not grow,” Maestas said. "This will encourage all state agencies to utilize HUB businesses in contracting and sub-contracting, keeping our tax dollars in New Mexico."
 
The Historically

Automotive Professionals Changes Owners

on March 2, 2017 - 4:19pm
Jordan Durose, the new owner of Automotive Professionals. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years back, Jordan Durose threw his possessions in the car and started west. When his car broke down in Santa Fe, it was the beginning of a new life.

Durose found a job as a mechanic at Metzger’s Automotive, met his future husband Sean Williams and settled down in Los Alamos. When Metzger’s closed its automotive shop, Durose went to work at Metzger’s Hardware while he looked around for an opportunity to start his own automotive business.

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Athlete Of The Week: Cade Gasway

on March 2, 2017 - 4:14pm

Althlete of the Week, basketball player Cade Gasway. Photo by John Mchale/ladailypost.com

HILLTOPPER News:

What do you hope to get out of playing basketball in high school?

​Gain experience working as a team and mkae some great memories playing with teammates.

​What is your favorite subject in school?.

Science (in general). Taking Forensic Science right now.

Where do you hope to attend college and what do you want to study?

​Looking at Adam's State in Alamosa, Colo. Study computer

Coach question-what makes this athlete stand out?

​Well, for one thing...he's 6'8"?! Last week

Jolley II: Treat Your Employees As You Want Them To Treat Your Customers

on March 2, 2017 - 4:08pm
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos

What do I mean by this column title? The answer may be simple in concept, however, a lot of practice to carry out.

For example, if you are the manager or owner of a fast food restaurant where you depend on a quantity of anonymous customers purchasing food for money as a transaction, and your employee average turnover is two weeks no matter how you are perceived as a boss, then it makes sense to exchange labor for paycheck as a transaction.

However, the fast food industry is about the only industry nowadays for which that transactional management may still

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Joins Facebook To Release New Life Saving Tools

on March 2, 2017 - 10:25am
MHA-NYC News:
 
NEW YORK, N.Y.  At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we are proud of our ongoing relationship with Facebook and our long collaboration to provide innovative suicide prevention resources and support to their digital community.
 
Today’s announcement of Facebook’s latest efforts to expand their tools to help individuals in crisis and their loved ones is the next step in this dedicated work, and the Lifeline, and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), which administers the Lifeline, are excited to embark on this step with them.

Minimum Wage Bill Clears Judiciary Committee

on February 27, 2017 - 10:59pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Democrats’ bill to improve the lives of working families by raising the state minimum wage cleared the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 442 proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a $1.75 increase over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The increase will put an extra $3,000 annually into the pockets of New Mexicans working full-time without burdening small businesses or rural municipalities.

“This an example of really good communication between all groups involved.

Study: Los Alamos County Tops List Of Most Paycheck Friendly Places In New Mexico

on February 26, 2017 - 6:34am
SmartAsset News:
 
Who doesn’t love payday? The influx of cash makes people ecstatic. SmartAsset, a financial technology company, set out to find the most paycheck friendly places in New Mexico, and Los Alamos County tops the list:
 
Rank
County
Semi-Monthly Paycheck
Purchasing Power
Unemployment Rate
Income Growth
Paycheck Friendliness Index
1
Los Alamos
$1,618
3.22x
4.8%
1.1%
63.94
2
De Baca
$1,618
1.27x
5.2%
6.4%
51.63
3
Lea
$1,618
1.85x
9.7%
5.2%
50.67
4
Eddy
$1,618
1.70x
6.7%
2.9%
49.80
5
Catron
$1,618
1.31x
7.0%
5.3%
48.72
6
Curry
$1,618
1.38x
5.5%
1.9%
46.99
7
Sandoval 
$1,618
1.80x
7.1%
0.1%
46.96
8
Santa Fe
$1,618
1.59x
5.5%
0.0%
46.67
9

FBI: Man Wearing Walmart Vest And Rag On His Head Robs Albuquerque Bank

on February 25, 2017 - 7:12am

FBI News:

A man wearing a blue Walmart vest and a rag on his head robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The suspect was described as a black man in his mid-20s, approximately 5'10” tall, with a slender to medium build. He wore a blue Walmart vest over a white T-shirt, a black rag on his head, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Witnesses said the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at approximately 1:08 p.m. at 3500 Candelaria Blvd. NE. He presented a demand note to a teller and made verbal threats.

ABQid Announces New Executive Director T.J. Cook

on February 24, 2017 - 7:56am
New ABQid Executive Director T.J. Cook
 
ABQid News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  ABQid has announced that T.J. Cook became the new executive director of ABQid, Inc., Feb. 13.
 
Cook, a lifelong New Mexican, was most recently chief executive officer of CauseLabs, where he had a 10-year career. CauseLabs is an award-winning firm that works with clients to accelerate growth with digital strategies.
 
While working both nationally and internationally for CauseLabs, Cook also has been active locally as a TEDx speaker and founding organizer of 1 Million Cups, a weekly entrepreneurial gathering.
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Yang: Fact, Truth, Reality ... Which One Is Debatable?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:38am
​By ELENA YANG
Former Los Alamos Resident
  • Author’s note: In one of my last columns of 2016, I mentioned that the Los Alamos Daily Post graciously invited me to submit my writing whenever the mood seizes me. So, I am back, more or less, less on a weekly basis, more as an irregular presence.
 
A child asks mom, “what is that man doing?” Mom says, “He’s entertaining.” Child, “No, what is he doing?” Mom, “He’s performing.” Child gasped, “But what is he doing?” Mom tries again, “He’s making people smile.” Child continues, “But what is he doing?” Mom finally adopts the conventional definition,

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

Sirphey Offers Eclectic Take-Out Menu

on February 23, 2017 - 4:54pm
The bright green logo and lettering at Sirphey were designed by owner Prashant Jain. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Prashant Jain is the owner and creator of Sirphey, a new concept in the world of food service. Courtesy photo

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

If you search for the word “Sirphey” online, the only references that will appear are for Prashant Jain’s Sirphey on Deacon Street facing Trinity in Los Alamos.

He has created “something entirely new in the world of cuisine, aiming to meet and surpass industry standards in every way by changing the way a restaurant

Ahoy, Los Alamos! Annual Rotary Crab Fest Is Saturday

on February 23, 2017 - 12:44pm
This aquamarine pendant, valued at $1,060, was donated to the Crab Fest fundraiser auction by Bennett's Fine Jewelry. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By LINDA HULL
Los Alamos Rotary Club

Ahoy, Los Alamos! It’s time for the 8th Annual Crab Fest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos! You are all cordially invited: Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Trinity Drive and DP Road.

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

Bill To Support NM Businesses Passes House

on February 22, 2017 - 7:35am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Last night the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) and Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) to help New Mexico’s resident businesses contract with state agencies.
 
House Bill 25, or the Resident Business Set-Aside Act, would require state contracting agencies to set-aside thirty-three percent of their contracts for New Mexico’s resident businesses.

Los Alamos Police Offer Reward For Bealls Break-In

on February 21, 2017 - 5:21pm

Bealls Manager Valerie De Mello shows damage to the front window from a break-in early Monday morning at the store. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Burglar shatters glass early Monday morning to gain access inside Bealls in Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigative Unit is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a break-in early Monday morning at Bealls Department Store in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Bealls Manager

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

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