Local Woman Vacations Hard…

While vacationing in Hawaii 11 days ago, Heather Burke of Los Alamos smashed the top of her head into the Kailua Beach Park Bridge causing the skin around her eyes to blacken and resemble the face of a racoon. “I had stepped out of our kayak and let my daughter continue paddling as I walked along side when I collided with the bridge … we vacation hard,” Burke said laughing. She and her husband Brady Burke own Enterprise Computing Systems, LLC and Piñon PC Support. Her husband remained behind in Los Alamos due to work commitments and expressed shock when he saw his wife’s face


Best Western Hilltop House Hotel Rebrands as Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center

A temporary banner replaces the “Best Western” sign at the hotel at 400 Trinity Drive at Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Best Western Hilltop House Hotel is changing its name to the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center.  

“We feel that this change better describes the full extent of what our property can do,” said owner Ron Selvage in a news release.

This new direction also supports the owners’ desire to have complete freedom to independently manage the investments and dedicate more investment in the hotel rather than


Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop Offered Wednesday at The Hive

Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop is set for 1-4 p.m., Wednesday June 20 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

This workshop will offer artists, art businesses, and art organizations training on essential business skills.

Participants will learn how to create a successful business concept, address customer first impressions, navigate the “7 P’s” for successful marketing, address a variety of selling scenarios, connect with customers, and techniques for effective business management. 

The speaker will be Bette Bradbury, WESST.

To register, call 505-661-4803


Artist M.J. Oref Celebrates the Physical and the Metaphysical and will Exhibit her Work during Cross-Country Adventure

Artist M.J. Oref in her studio Friday as she prepares for a cross-country trip to exhibit her jewelry line. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

On June 26, artist M.J. Oref will walk out the door of her Espanola home, jump in her blue Prius and take her show on the road.

Oref plans to spend a month introducing her jewelry to potential customers in a dozen states at private shows hosted by friends and family.

“We’ll eat and drink and have a good time,” Oref said. “If someone buys something, great. If not, we’ll still have fun.”

Even during the Depression, women always found


Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today’s Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple


Downtown Flower Shop is Closing its Doors

By Carol A. Clark

The Flower Shop at 1743 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos is closing its doors for good July 31.

A primary factor is the stiff competition from national online flower vendors.

“That is a major reason for our declining profits,” owner Jessica Hofer said. “The online vendors ship flowers in boxes to customers, severely undercutting our prices, yet we have to belong to at least one national florist chain for which membership is extremely expensive.” 

Hofer said that she hopes someone will open another flower shop in town.

“I will


What’s in it for You? Attend LAEN’s Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Find Out

LAEN News:

LAEN membership elected its first board last March. From left, Vice President Richard Sayre, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Are you an Entrepreneur in Los Alamos who is interested in networking with other local entrepreneurs?

Are you interested in educational opportunities?

LAEN provides a forum for local entrepreneurs to network, socialize and learn.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend


Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

“We want to expand the trail system to include beginner


KRSN Owners Named 2012 Broadcasters of the Year

David Sutton, co-owner of KRSN holds the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year trophy he and wife Gillian Sutton, won Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Albuquerque. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

KRSN Owners David and Gillian Sutton won the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year award Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

“Only in America can a florist and an auto mechanic buy a radio station and run with it,” David Sutton said


Annual ChamberFest Packs Downtown Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with his wife Janet McMillan strolled throughout the downtown area taking in the sights as Eddie and the Nomads performed during ChamberFest Saturday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Eddie and the Nomads play their brand of Rock and Roll at ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Barbara Casados dances with “Jack the Dog” (Brittany Valdez) to the music of Eddie and the Nomads during ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Los Alamos ChamberFest includes the annual Classic Cars and Corvettes car show. Photo by Salvador Zapien