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State Auditor Report On Out-of-State Spending

on June 18, 2017 - 7:51am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller has released a report on state and local governmental food contracting. The report was released at a panel discussion hosted by the South Valley Economic Development Center and co-presented by Three Sisters Kitchen, a culinary incubator.

The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) finds that the food industry has a high proportion of out-of-state contracting compared to other industries.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Los Alamos Co-Op Market

on June 17, 2017 - 9:30am

On The Job In Los Alamos: Esteban Summers is welcoming and helpful to customers at the Los Alamos Co-Op Market and Deli at 95 Entrado Dr. You don't have to be a member to shop in the store or dine in the deli. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Heinrich Statement On Federal Interest Rate Hike

on June 17, 2017 - 9:09am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve announced its decision to raise interest rates:
 
“I am deeply concerned that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the third time in six months. Job and wage growth have yet to return to many parts of the country. Today’s decision will make workers struggle to realize income gains.”
 
The Federal Reserve has raised its key interest rate by a quarter-point - 1 percent

ProjectY Cowork Celebrates First Year Anniversary!

on June 17, 2017 - 8:18am

projectY cowork Director Lauren McDaniel, right, gives a group from Leadership Los Alamos a recent tour of the coworking space. Courtesy photo

projectY cowork Director Lauren McDaniel speaks about the Los Alamos coworking space during the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this year, highlighting how the private, non-profit space got started as part of a community collaboration between the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, Los Alamos County, LANL Feynman Center for Innovation and Community Partnerships Office, and Central Park Square’s Philip Kunsberg.

LAMS/LAHS Students Explore STEM Careers At UNM-Los Alamos

on June 16, 2017 - 3:45pm
The class poses at the ‘Solar Tree’ with Ryn Herrman, standing, center, and Kelly Stewart, sitting, second from left, at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA
 
UNM-LA News:
 
A group of students from the AVID program at Los Alamos Middle School were challenged to discover STEM career options during one week of engaging, activity-based learning related to the Early College High School program, funded by Los Alamos Public Schools and hosted at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA).
 
Participants were introduced to a variety of careers to help them in making choices

Star Paving At Work On Camino Uva

on June 16, 2017 - 10:48am

Workers with Star Pavng remove a driveway apron Wednesday at a residence on Camino Uva. Courtesy photo

Art Reception At Rose Chocolatier 5 p.m. Today!

on June 16, 2017 - 10:40am
Transitions. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:
 
Rose Chocolatier is hosting a reception Friday night for Ann Greene of Los Alamos.
 
On display will be her intricate beadweavings. The show opens at 5 p.m. and Ann will be on hand to talk about her works. Please stop in and see this incredible show and meet the artist.
 
Ann moved to Los Alamos from Indianapolis in 1984 because she had fallen in love with this place. She says, “It felt like coming home.” ‘Transitions’, her beadwork on a Bell Lap Harp, is her tribute to Los Alamos.
 
She explained that “The Pajarito Plateau has had numerous

McQuiston: What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

on June 15, 2017 - 7:39am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I have been getting quite a few calls lately about car insurance rates on the rise. Why are rates going up, even if I am not having accidents?

To start with , you need to understand the function of insurance is to accept the risk from many people to pay for the losses of the few. Personal auto insurance protects car owners from having to personally pay for all the damages they are responsible for, resulting from an auto accident.

Consider this recent claim for one of my clients.  We began insuring him and his family about 2 years ago.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Morning Glory Cafe

on June 15, 2017 - 7:19am

On The Job In Los Alamos: Malachi Liberda and Julie Watts serve up great food to their many regular diners at Morning Glory Cafe at the 1377 Diamond Dr. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

World Futures: The List Of 18

on June 15, 2017 - 6:32am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 19 columns, each item in the List of 18 has been presented with, hopefully, enough background to better define each item and hint at the challenges in each area. Before moving on, a summary of the list is useful for contemplating the interaction between each item in affecting the future of earth and humanity. 

In scanning the list, keep in mind Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and that the lowest or basic level includes air, water, food, clothing, shelter and reproduction.

Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche Supercar To Cross The Block At Russo And Steele Monterey Auction

on June 14, 2017 - 8:41am

 

This Porsche 911 GT3 RS once owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld is going up auction. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Courtesy/Russo and Steele

AUCTION News:

SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Ex Jerry Seinfeld Porsche 911 GT3 RS is up for bid Aug. 17-19 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction in Monterey. Calif.

In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, commonly now known as the 997.1 GT3. In addition to a new 415 PS (305 kW) 3.6 litre flat-six engine, the vehicle featured "zero lift"

Rotarians Visit Tibbar Plasma Technologies

on June 14, 2017 - 7:50am

Twenty-five Los Alamos Rotarians pay a visit Tuesday afternoon to Tibbar Plasma Technologies at 274 DP Road as part of a vocational tour. Owner Rick Nebel gave a presentation to the group about the company and its revolutionary new plasma-based technology for high voltage direct current (HVDC) converters. The presentation was followed by a tour of the company's lab. Photo by Laura Loy

Rotarians visit Tibbar Plasma Technologies Tuesday as part of a vocational tour. Courtesy/Laura Loy

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Classic Air Medical

on June 14, 2017 - 6:28am
On The Job In Los Alamos: Flight Nurse Erin Warren, Flight Medic Dan Bergman and Pilot Kody Henderson of Classic Air Medical in front of their red helicopter parked behind Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Geoff Rodgers

CB FOX Polo Shirts And Caps Carry County Brand Logo

on June 13, 2017 - 3:52pm

We just spotted employee Ryan Guenther holding up polo shirts and caps with the new Los Alamos County brand logo on them now available for purchase at CB FOX on Central Avenue! Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

New President, Project Manager Bruce Covert Takes Helm For Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC At WIPP

on June 13, 2017 - 2:28pm

Bruce Covert

WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP), the AECOM-led management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), has a new president and project manager this week. Bruce Covert has replaced Phil Breidenbach who, for the past two years, has led NWP efforts to safely recover the facility and resume WIPP transuranic waste emplacement operations.

“I want to thank Phil for his hard work and leadership.

Chamber Business After Hours Aspen Ridge June 28

on June 13, 2017 - 2:26pm

IRS: 2017 Interest Rates Same For Third Quarter

on June 13, 2017 - 2:14pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2017. The rates will be:

  • 4 percent for overpayments (3 percent in the case of a corporation);
  • 1.5 percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
  • 4 percent for underpayments; and
  • 6 percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith's In White Rock

on June 13, 2017 - 12:51pm

On the Job in Los Alamos At Smith’s In White Rock: Kimberly Waldschmidt and David Garcia work to keep the shelves stocked on a busy Sunday afternoon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Daily Post Transfer To Dedicated Server Is Completed!

on June 13, 2017 - 12:09pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post website transfer to a dedicated server has just completed. We thank all of our readers in Los Alamos, across the United States and around the world for their patience and understanding while our site was offline during this two-day process. It is a true privilege for us to bring you the news ... from, about and related to this very special community! (Note: We will add the stories, published on our Facebook page over the last two days, to our upgraded website to keep our historical archive intact before we begin adding new stories.) Courtesy photo

USDA Seeks Applications To Help Socially Disadvantaged Ag Producers And Rural Business Owners

on June 11, 2017 - 6:27am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.
 
“These grants help ensure that rural business owners have what they need to succeed in today’s competitive, global economy,” Glendenning said. “According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ more than half of all U.S. workers. Their success is vital to the nation’s economy.”
 
USDA is awarding up to $3 million in grants

Doghouse PHD Offers Top Service To Furry Customers

on June 10, 2017 - 3:47pm

Los Alamos Doghouse PHD owners Ruth Scott, left, and Amanda Robertson. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

If pet owners choose to board their animals at Ruth Scott’s and Amanda Robertson’s Los Alamos Doghouse PHD (Pet Hotel and Daycare), 127 EastGate Dr., they can rest assured their dog or cat will stay in a lap of luxury.

 

The business is in operation but will have a grand opening celebration June 17-18. The celebration will feature a ribbon cutting, cake, champagne, barbecue and pet photography with a July 4 theme.

Chamberfest Festivities Downtown Los Alamos Today!

on June 10, 2017 - 7:35am

Rubber ducky fishing at Chamberfest 2013. Courtesy/LACC

CHAMBER News:

The community is invited to come downtown 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to enjoy music, dance, shop, dig in a giant sand pile, look at 4x4 vehicles, and explore other family-friendly entertainment.

Chamberfest is expected to draw more than 2,000 residents to the downtown area. Businesses and nonprofits utilize this opportunity to provide giveaways and games for attendees as well as sell merchandise and distribute information.

Chamberfest is the annual Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce event featuring Chamber Members.

Former Los Alamos Resident New Executive Chef At Sandia Golf Club In Albuquerque

on June 9, 2017 - 5:06pm

Darren McHale. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos resident Darren McHale has accepted a job offer to be the executive chef at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

McHale brings 20 years of experience in fine dining to his new career.

Los Alamos Kwik Lube Marks 30 Years In Business!

on June 9, 2017 - 9:09am

Fidel Naranjo, owner of Kwik Lube Service Center marked 30 years in business last month. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Joe Atencio, left, has worked for Fidel Naranjo for almost 29 years. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Fidel Naranjo was only 21 years old when he opened his Kwik Lube Service Center. A 1983 graduate of Los Alamos High School, he studied Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University for a while but returned to Los Alamos where he paid his first and last month’s rent and started his own business.

Los Alamos National Bank Retires Old Debt

on June 8, 2017 - 10:30am
Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos National Bank has climbed out of a tangle of debt and other challenges dating back to March of 2009 when it took TARP.

LANB President and CEO John Gulas

LANB President and Chief Executive Officer John Gulas explained during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post that his management team has taken steps to tackle the bank's challenges over the last three years since he has taken over the helm.

“We were able to wipe out our TARP debt completely

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