Money IQ: The U.S. Economy 2013-So Far So Good

Money IQ

The U.S. Economy 2013-So Far So Good

The U.S. economy has been fairly resilient so far in 2013, despite facing many challenges. The fiscal cliff, the combination of tax increases and government spending cuts that began at the start of the year were largely averted.

The debt limit was increased, avoiding a contentious debate with potential negative ramifications for the economy. Finally the $85 billion in spending cuts that were agreed upon in 2011 as part of the debt ceiling reductions started in March of this year and are beginning to be felt across the economy.

The global

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Azazo Recycling Opens for Business


This week marks the Grand Opening of Azazo Recycling, LLC at 3540 Orange St. # LV1, behind Los Alamos High School.

Azazo Recycling, LLC takes all electronic equipment including microwaves and small appliances. Electrical cords, brass, copper and other recycle items are accepted.

The company’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Cash prizes ranging from $5 to $100 will be given away during the company’s opening days.

Stop by and meet the folks behind Azazo Recycling, LLC and don’t forget to bring recyclable materials.

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New Mexico’s Mike Sather Appointed to Malcolm Baldrige Judges’ Panel

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Dr. Mike Sather, Director of the VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center in Albuquerque, was appointed for a three year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Judges’ Panel for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 

The appointment was effective March of 2013. The Panel of twelve judges meet three times during the award cycle to discuss the Award process, select Award applications to receive site visits and, ultimately, recommend Award recipients to the Secretary of Commerce.

Dr. Sather recently served on

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LACDC Taps Three New Board Members


The LACDC board of directors has appointed Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emma Canlas and Tom Netuschil to 3-year terms.

The board also approved the reappointment of Jim Hall, Denise Lane and Johnnie Martinez.

The LACDC board of directors is comprised of 15 individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic progress in Los Alamos and the region. The new appointees are expected to bring valuable insight to the board based on their unique professional backgrounds and community involvement.

Garcia Richard

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Yang: From Branding To Identity

From Branding To Identity

I appreciate people taking the time to give me feedback. The branding piece last week evoked some strong feelings. 

I cannot claim that a large number of readers resonated with my piece; I can only say that the people who responded to me by and large shared my expressed sentiment. One of the suggestions that struck me – and I have heard this view repeatedly since we moved here in 2002 – is that this town takes forever to make decisions.

Based on my brief sojourn at the Lab, as well as the steady stream of stories I have been hearing for more than a decade, it is not

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Los Alamos National Bank Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank Celebrates its 50 Year Anniversary

  • LANB was opened in 1963 by group of local investors.

WHAT: Celebration to include sweepstakes, gifts and refreshments at all offices.

Members of the community are invited to help LANB celebrate 50 years of creating a better way.  Los Alamos National Bank was established in June 1963 by a group of local investors who saw the need for a convenient, full-service community bank. Now one of the largest and strongest banks in the state, LANB has more than 360 employees and offices in Los Alamos, White Rock, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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Sandoval County Small Business Development Center Receives Excellence and Innovation Center Award

Melanie Martinez and Ted Trujillo with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award. Photo by Delores Trujillo
UNM-Los Alamos

The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center (SCSBDC) has received the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award from the United States Small Business Administration (USSBA.)

The formal announcement was made by John C. Woolsey, district director of the USSBA, New Mexico District office located in Albuquerque. The award was presented

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Column: BRAIN Main Resource in Los Alamos

Column by Liviu Popa-Simil
Los Alamos

I agree with all the facts presented in the column: ‘How Los Alamos and Little New Mexico Can Help Feed the World’ by William Sellers (June 1, 2013

  • Earth population by March 2012 > 7 billion;
  • Food a security issue;
  • Fresh water abundance started to be a main concern and a problem too – desalinization technology may help – but not too much; and
  • DOE funded SMRs.

But here we are of divergent opinions:

  • DOE’s nuclear funding is more shy than ever; and
  • SMR is just a trick to go around a misinformed public opinion, because all the technologies

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‘Run the Caldera’ Cancellation Impacts 450-plus Participants

VCNP News:

The Thompson Ridge Fire has forced the cancellation of the annual Run the Caldera Marathon event.

Mike Lippiatt from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce said that more than 450 participants had registered up to the time the event was cancelled earlier this week.

Lippiatt addressed the short and longterm impact the cancellation of Run the Caldera may have on the local economy.

“It is impossible to quantify the loss of revenue due to the event being cancelled but the impact to our local businesses is quite significant,” Lippiatt said in a news release. “The long-term

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ChamberFest Weekend Kicks Off Friday!


Friday, June 8 kicks off ChamberFest weekend, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations.

With food, live music, a car show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day. ChamberFest runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in downtown Los Alamos on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets and down Main Street to the roundabout. Chamber members invite the public to visit their booth and learn more about their businesses.

More than 55 businesses and organizations

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