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2018 Los Alamos Chamber Business Awards Voting Now Open

on April 24, 2018 - 1:32pm


Nominations for 2018 Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Awards closed April 21. The top five nominated businesses in each category have now moved on to the voting phase. To vote for your favorite Los Alamos Chamber businesses, visit

Voting is open to the public. Only Chamber members in good standing were eligible for nomination.

The awards are:

  • Retail Business of the Year Award
  • Family-Friendly Business of the Year Award
  • Best New Business of the Year Award
  • Woman Owned Business of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit of the

Lloyd Rodriguez Retires From Smith’s After 28 Years

on April 24, 2018 - 9:00am

Lloyd Rodriguez is retiring from Smith’s Marketplace Sunday after 28 years with the company. Rodriguez began working for Smith’s in White Rock in 1990, moved to Los Alamos and then to Taos as store director before returning to Los Alamos where he serves as dairy manager. While Rodriguez says he will really miss his customers, his colleagues say they will miss his calm demeanor, his warm personality and his incredible work ethic. His retirement plans include spending more time fishing and woodworking. He and his wife Pamela hope to visit their son Jared who is serving in the U.S.

USDA Seeks Applications For Investments To Encourage Use Of Bioenergy

on April 24, 2018 - 5:38am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is accepting applications to encourage the use of renewable biomass as an alternative for fossil fuels to operate eligible biorefineries.
Funding is being made available under the Repowering Assistance Program. To be eligible, biorefineries must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008. This program provides financial incentives to install new systems that use or produce new energy from renewable biomass.
Applications are due July 19, 2018. For more

Heinrich Announces $12 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque’s Applied Technology Associates

on April 23, 2018 - 6:14pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will award a $11.9 million contract to Albuquerque-based Applied Technology Associates (ATA) for a ground-based, multi-aperture space imaging system.

“Applied Technology Associates is a great example of a homegrown small business that is creating good-paying jobs and positioning our state as a national leader in emerging high-tech fields,” Sen. Heinrich said.

United Way Of Northern New Mexico Names Plateau Properties Its 2018 Philanthropist Of The Year

on April 23, 2018 - 11:57am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen presents Plateau Properties General Manager Mike Lippiatt with the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year Award during a recent board meeting. Plateau Properties was honored this year for its selfless donation of time and money to make a world of difference in this community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Utah Ski Resort Joins Mountain Capital Partners Family Of Ski Resorts Including Pajarito

on April 22, 2018 - 7:25am
Nordic Valley Ski Resort. Courtesy/Nordic Valley Ski Resort
SKI News:
DURANGO, Colo.  James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, which manages Pajarito Mountain, recently announced that he is entering into an operating agreement with Skyline Mountain Base, LLC to manage and operate Nordic Valley Ski Resort.
“We’re excited to add Nordic Valley to our family of ski resorts and begin working with the resort staff,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners.

Luján Introduces Workforce Development Bills To Spur Employment Opportunities

on April 21, 2018 - 12:25pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at boosting employment in the technology sector and New Mexico’s National Laboratories.
Luján’s first bill, the TechSmart Workforce Development Act, will help increase opportunities and innovate pathways to prepare more workers for employment opportunities in the technology sector. The bill establishes the TechSMART Workforce Development Program to provide competitive grants for technology-based job training and education programs.