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McQuiston: Protect Yourself While Shopping Online

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

These unprecedented times have left many of us with only one way to shop: online.

Many online businesses have benefited from consumers “sheltering in place” with an influx of buyers shopping via apps and the internet. The situation has surely forced those that have never ordered online to do so … and those may be the most at-risk users.

According to a TechRepublic website article dated April 7, the COVID-19 Commerce Insight tracker’s data showed “pure-play e-commerce revenue up 37 percent in the past seven days, compared to the same time last year, and orders


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New Mexico Sikh Community Rallies Around Indian Palace Restaurant Vandalized Monday With Hate Speech

SIKH News:

SANTA FE — A press conference will be held tonight at the India Palace Restaurant in Santa Fe to show support from the community for the owners of the restaurant after the restaurant was vandalized and defaced with hate speech two nights ago. 

“This hate crime is sickening and appalling,” Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said. “We need to stand up as a community and denounce this despicable act. We will find whoever did it and punish them to the full extent of the law. The Singhs are a long-standing Sikh family that has used its own resources to feed homeless Santa Feans through the goodness of their


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Wiemann: Thank You Los Alamos!

By Shelly A. Wiemann, CFP®
Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC
Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services

On March 5, 2020 I took a big step in my career, and a big risk on Los Alamos. I opened an independent Wealth Advisory Practice in Los Alamos, with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. as my new Broker/Dealer. 

In previous years, I had established my career in Los Alamos as the financial advisor at Edward Jones. Little did I know, life as we all knew it would change the following week. Businesses closed, “social distancing” was a new way of life, students at LAPS and even employees


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Los Alamos Commerce And Development Corporation Supports Consideration Of Stoplight Model For Upcoming School Year

LACDC News:

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation shares its support for consideration of the Stoplight Model for the upcoming school year.

LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan today sent the following letter reflecting that support to Cabinet Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart of the New Mexico Public Education Department:

June 23, 2020

Dr. Ryan Stewart Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Public Education Department

Dear Dr. Stewart,

As the director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), a private not-for-profit economic development firm in Los Alamos, NM,


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Community Partnership Solidifies $12,500 Grant For Local Organization

COMMUNITY News:

…Del Norte Credit Union shares its journey to improve more lives in New Mexico while supporting Ponderosa Montessori, Inc.

Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has helped secure a 5:1 matching grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas on behalf of Ponderosa Montessori, Inc.

Del Norte Credit Union, a member of FHLB Dallas, selected Ponderosa as a recipient of a $2,500 donation in April as part of Giving Tuesday Now, a worldwide giving event for non-profit organizations for COVID-19 relief.

During the same time frame, FHLB


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U.S. Sen. Heinrich, Commissioner Garcia Richard, Business And Regulatory Leaders Host Virtual Panel On Future Of Wind Energy In New Mexico 

New Mexico State Land Office News:

…New Mexico leaders to discuss the state’s emergence in wind power and its potential as a national leader 

SANTA FE – Wednesday, June 24, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard and several business and industry leaders will participate in a virtual panel on the emergence of wind energy in New Mexico.

Sponsored by the New Mexico State Land Office in partnership with Powering New Mexico, the panel will be discussing New Mexico’s rapidly increased development of wind and its potential to be a national


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New Mexico Small Businesses To Share In 171,000 Cloth Face Coverings For Employees And Customers

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is partnering with various business organizations to give 171,000 cloth face coverings to small businesses around the state for free distribution to workers and customers who don’t have their own.

The masks, manufactured by the apparel company Hanes, were donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with distribution coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with the Association of Commerce and Industry and local chambers of commerce.

The department received 171,000 cloth


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Los Alamos MainStreet Receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

The view looking east on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Los Alamos MainStreet has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. 

Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s 860 Nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have dedicated themselves to strengthening


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New Mexico 2020 Special Session: Senate Bill 3 For Small, Locally-Owned Business Relief Passes State House

From New Mexico House Democrats:

SANTA FE – Today, hard hit New Mexico small businesses seeking relief during the COVID-19 pandemic could soon receive $500 million in low-risk loans thanks to the recently passed Small Business Recovery Act.

Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), Senator John Sapian (D-Corrales), Rep. Marian Matthews (D-Albuquerque), and Representative Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), delivers $400 million to small businesses and $100 million to local, municipal governments from the state’s $5 billion Severance Tax Permanent Fund in low-interest,


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Update On Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Community Support

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
President, Los Alamos Region
Enterprise Bank & Trust

The last few months have been a challenge for all of us here in Los Alamos. Our lives have been upended in so many ways, including access to basic services that are easy to take for granted, including banking.

We appreciate your patience as we have adjusted to these temporary changes in the way we do business. During this time, Enterprise has been able to work with so many Los Alamos businesses, including some that are new to us, to help them through the business crisis brought on by the pandemic.

Throughout northern New Mexico,


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