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Verde Juice Now At Los Alamos Co+op

on November 16, 2017 - 7:52am
VJ News:

Verde Juice is now available at the Los Alamos Co+op Market.

Verde Juice is made with 100 percent organic ingredients. As a social enterprise based in Santa Fe, Verde buys locally grown produce with abandon because they don't believe in empty calories and focus on packing the maximum amount of nutrition into everything they do.
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Council Proclaims Nov. 25 Small Business Saturday

on November 16, 2017 - 7:29am

Councilor James Chrobocinski presents a proclamation to LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan during Tuesday's Council meeting, recognizing Nov. 25 as Small Business Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation to recognize Saturday, Nov. 25, as being Small Business Saturday. Councilor James Chrobocinski presented to proclamation to Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan during the meeting.


The proclamation read: 


WHEREAS: Small, locally-owned businesses in

Purgatory Ski Resort Set To Open Saturday

on November 15, 2017 - 6:29am

James and Tonia Coleman opening day 2016 at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

DURANGO, Colo. – With more snow in the forecast this week, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience Saturday, Nov. 18 at Purgatory Resort. Ski and mountain bike on the same day, at the same resort. 

Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 18 with Lifts 1 and 2 operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to the trails Westfork and El Diablo, PLUS Lift 4 will provide lift-served mountain biking, weather permitting.

Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

On The Job In Los Alamos: Housing Partnership Board

on November 14, 2017 - 7:22am

On the job in Los Alamos Monday night during a meeting in the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building, from left, Los Alamos Housing Partnership Executive Director Steve Brugger, LAHP Board Member Lesley Harelson who is vice president and Banking Center manager at NMB&T, Board Secretary Craig Wehner who owns Los Alamos Landscaping, Board President Karl Hjelvik who is an internal auditor manager with Zia Credit Union, Board Treasurer Carol A.

Trinity Capital Corporation Successfully Completes Rights Offering

on November 13, 2017 - 4:42pm


Trinity Capital Corporation (the “Company”) (OTCQX: TRIN), parent company of Los Alamos National Bank (the “Bank”), today announced the successful completion of its previously announced combined rights offering to shareholders and supplemental community offering (collectively, the “Rights Offering”), in which the Company issued an aggregate of 2,105,263 shares of voting common stock (the total number of shares offered) at $4.75 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $10.0 million. 

Shares purchased in the Rights Offering are being issued in book entry form.

Business After Hours: Bennett's Fine Jewelry Thursday

on November 13, 2017 - 10:37am

Community Celebrates Finishing Touch Grand Opening

on November 13, 2017 - 6:23am

After 38 years owning and operating The Finishing Touch, Cheryl Sowder cuts the ribbon and celebrates new owners Marcelo Ruano, left, and Julio Gaytan during the store's grand opening event Saturday in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Cheryl Sowder cuts the ribbon and celebrates new owners Julio Gaytan and Marcelo Ruano during the store's grand opening event Saturday in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

To honor Cheryl Sowder, middle right, the new owners of Finishing Touch Marcelo Ruano, far left and Julio Gaytan, far right, presented her with a plaque and bouquet of flowers.

Leadership Los Alamos Welcomes Class Of 2018

on November 13, 2017 - 6:09am
Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017-18. Photo by Martha Katko
LLA News:
Question: What do you get when you mix together people from non-profits, Starbucks, LANL, UNM-LA, LA County, Bandelier, Zia and Del Norte Credit Unions, Project Y, the Family Y, TechSource, Zhennovate and the Methodist Church? Answer: This year’s emerging leaders in the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) program.
Twenty-five individuals began their LLA journey in September with a workshop facilitated by Phil Bryson from On The Edge Productions.

LTAB Shares Good News With County Council

on November 11, 2017 - 7:37am

Ryn Herrmann, chairman of the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board, reports good news to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular Tuesday night meeting. A few accomplishments highlighted in her board update include: the Lodger's Tax Advisory Board is completely full, lodgers' tax revenue and social media/website goals have been exceeded and social media trending is up.  Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAMC Celebrates Longtime Staff Members

on November 10, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside honors the hospital's longest serving staff member, Dianne Vandiver, RN, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the hospital during a ‘Significant Anniversaryappreciation dinner Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC staff members celebrating 5 to 45 years of service gather for a group photo early Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Jacqui Carroll/LAMC
LAMC staff at Tuesday's appreciation event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Zia Realty Group

on November 10, 2017 - 7:55am

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday is Associate Broker Amy Woods at Zia Realty Group. Her office is on the second floor of the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building at 15th and Central Avenue. Woods has worked at Zia Realty Group for three years providing professional assistance with the sale and purchase of residential properties. She can be reached at 505.662.8899 or 505.412.0351. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On The Job In Los Alamos: Leadership Los Alamos Board Strategizes At Monthly Meeting

on November 9, 2017 - 2:58pm

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board during a monthly meeting this morning in the conferance room at TechSource inside the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building. From left, Board Chairman Brian D’Andrea, Jorge Maldonado, Debbie Hawes, Board Treasurer Debbie Reiss, Craig Martin, Chair-Elect Martha Katko, associate Graig Newell, Devon Durrer, Monica Hernandez-Lara, Libby Carlsten, Board Secretary Kate Thwaits, associate Kirsten Bell, Debbie Huling and Cheryl Sowder. Board members not pictured, Gabe Baca, Debby Bailey-Holgerson, Carol A. Clark (taking photo), Wendy

Sparky's Restaurant Owner Pays Visit To Hometown

on November 9, 2017 - 2:29pm

From left, Rose Maestas, her nieces Irene Fernandez and Cheryl Hernandez, her nephew Mike Luna, and daughter Judy McGurn gather together Monday at Viola's on Trinity Drive. It was a homecoming of sorts for Maestas as she, along with her husband, owned and operated a local restaurant, Sparky's, for 30 years in that location before it was sold and became Viola's. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post 

​Viola's Restaurant has been through several reincarnations in Los Alamos.

What’s Happening At New Mexico Museum Of Art While Closed: Lobby Renovation, Signage And Sustainability

on November 9, 2017 - 10:04am
Courtesy photo
NMMA News:
SANTA FE  With an eye toward the future, the ongoing renovation at the New Mexico Museum of Art is addressing sustainability issues to protect and preserve future exhibitions.
Closed since mid-September for an extensive upgrade, the Museum reopens at 10:00AM on November 25th, launching its Centennial year celebration.

Grants Enhance NM Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:31am
RMEF News:
MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $107,605 in grant funding toward 19 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico.
The grants benefit 4,670 acres across Bernalillo, Catron, Curry, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel and Torrance Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit and another that benefits northeast Arizona.
“Water is at a high premium across New Mexico’s arid landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Nearly a third of our projects this year focus on

LA Tan & More Welcomes Sharday Vincé Of Divine Tranquility Massage

on November 9, 2017 - 7:19am
Sharday Vincé of Divine Tranquility operates her buiness inside LA Tan & More on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Sharday Vincé moved to Los Alamos in August, she wasn’t sure what path to follow. Fate intervened when she met Roberta Rievra of LA Tan & More.Vincé realized she wanted to continue pursuing her passion for massage therapy. She recently opened Divine Tranquility Massage inside LA Tan & More on Central Avenue near the DMV.

“The opportunity fell into my lap and I didn’t want to run


Annual Affordable Art Show At Fuller Lodge Art Center Opens Nov. 24

on November 9, 2017 - 7:05am
Scene from a past Affordable Art Show at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Courtesy photo

FLAC News:

The seasons are changing and the folks over at the Fuller Lodge Art Center are gearing up for their Annual Affordable Art Show. Sneak peeks at the variety of artwork and gifts being prepped for display point to magic in the making. The fall colors have peaked, blankets and sweaters beckon, and calendars start to fill up. It’s the busy season, and the Art Center hopes you’ll make a visit to the Lodge as part of all the excitement.

This year, FLAC will have 130 artists on display.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed Veterans Day

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Monday, Nov. 13.
If you plan to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend, know before you go. Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF. 
Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire

AG Balderas Files Supreme Court Brief To Require Out-of-State & Online Retailers To Pay State & Local Taxes

on November 8, 2017 - 7:23am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers.
With the decline of brick and mortar shopping and the rise of online shopping, out-of-state retailers – including online retailers – have used the physical presence rule set forth in Bellas Hess, and later reaffirmed in the U.S.

Chamber Business Breakfast At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 7, 2017 - 4:29pm


The Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Building 2, Room 230 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

The speaker is Mandy Marksteiner, a local Direct Response Copywriter who will discuss a wide variety of marketing topics. She is an AWAI trained direct response copywriter who offers emails, sales letters, ebooks, blog posts and articles, case studies and white papers. 


Mandy Marksteiner

Marksteiner opened her copywriting business in 2008 and has a broad range of experience writing for several markets, including financial, health, fine art,

Los Alamos National Bank Consent Order Lifted

on November 7, 2017 - 1:11pm

TCC Board Chairman Jim Goodwin

LANB News:

Trinity Capital Corporation (“TCC”), the parent company of Los Alamos-based Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB” or the “Bank”), today announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) has terminated the consent order that the Bank has been operating under since Dec. 17, 2013. The effective date of the termination was Nov. 3, 2017.

TCC and LANB Bank President/CEO John S. Gulas

The consent order focused on areas of credit administration, credit underwriting, internal controls, compliance and management supervision.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Viola’s Restaurant

on November 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Erika Marquez today at Viola’s Restaurant at 1360 Trinity Dr. She has worked at the restaurant for 14 years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Aid For New Mexicans Affected By Questa Mine Closure

on November 7, 2017 - 10:35am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.
The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. 
Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported the mine workers’ application for TAA.