Smith’s Annual Chile Roasting Operation is Underway

Smith’s Food and Drug Center employee Avi spent Friday running the two chile roasters outside the Central Avenue store. Smith’s annual roasting operation kicked off Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Avi loads the roaster with fresh green chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Avi bags roasted chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/

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Galey Bland Launches New Skincare Business

Galey Bland, center, is an independent consultant for a line of dermatology-based skincare products called Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She cut the ribbon for her new business recently at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Bland at Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

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Steve Wells Details Elements of Business Success

Andy Andrews, left, president of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network, introduces LANB President Steve Wells who gave a presentation to community members and entrepreneurs gathered at The Hive Thursday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells isn’t an entrepreneur but he knows quite a few. In fact, thousands of people with business ideas have sat across the desk from Wells over the last 35 years.

“I’ve seen some of those ideas turn people into millionaires and I’ve seen people go broke,”

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New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire,

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White Rock’s Art Market Seeks Exhibitors


The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy’s Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan’s Market. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce as a way to provide local and regional

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Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

UPDATE – Domino has been adopted!
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter’s adoptable animals.
Taylor’s recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino

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Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance requirements.

Most will

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Boomerang Thrift Boutique Celebrates First Decade

Boomerang Thrift Boutique, 814 South Riverside Dr. in Espanola carries gently used clothing for every member of the family including Fido. Shoes and cowboy boots, furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, books, cd’s and dvd’s, home decor items, kitchen items, toys and more are available in the store. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

When you pull into the driveway, you’ll notice adobe walls have been cheerfully painted with flamingoes and flowering vines.

The flower garden has been cared for and decorated with colorful pinwheels. A table is set up in the shade

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Meet Ruby K’s New Operations Manager: Melissa Schmidt

Ruby Alexander, center, of Ruby K’s at 20th Street and Central Avenue with her new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, left, and architect Steve Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

Melissa Schmidt, newly hired operations manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, plans to use her communication skills to lead the staff through changes at the restaurant.

“This is a big time at Ruby K’s,” said Schmidt, who was also a shift supervisor at Starbucks, where she has worked for the past six years. “Ruby (Alexander) has a lot of great ideas. It’s an exciting place to work and for

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Steve Wells to Speak Thursday at The Hive on Financial Challenges of Entrepreneurship

LAEN News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a conversation with Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank.

Steve W. Wells
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Los Alamos National Bank

LAEN is privileged to host Wells on the evening of Aug.16 at The Hive,134 N.M. 4 in White Rock … please note that seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Wells has served as president of Los Alamos National Bank since 1994.

He began his banking career 34 years ago and has been with LANB since 1985 and serves on the bank’s board

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