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New Mexico Unemployment Rate 4.7% In December

on January 20, 2019 - 9:31am
Courtesy/NMDWS
 
NMDWS News:
 
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) report showing New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December 2018, up from 4.6 percent in November and down from 6.0 percent a year ago.
 
The national unemployment rate in December was 3.9 percent, up from 3.7 percent in November and down from 4.1 percent in December 2017.
 
Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 20,400 jobs, or 2.4 percent, between December 2017 and December 2018. Most of the aggregate gains came from the private sector, which was up 19,000

On The Job In Los Alamos: Uber Driver Leora McMullan

on January 19, 2019 - 11:05am

On the job Friday afternoon is local Uber driver Leora McMullan in White Rock. Call McMullan to schedule a ride at 505.350.3660 or tap a button to get a ride by downloading the Uber app here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Shutdown Hurting Workers Outside Government

on January 19, 2019 - 9:12am

Peter Brill, president of Sarcon, looks at blueprints for the Spectra Hangars Thursday at his office. His plan to begin the construction in early January was halted by the government shutdown. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican

 

By STEVE TERRELL
sterrell@sfnewmexican.com

Federal employees and contractors aren’t the only ones suffering because of the government's nearly monthlong partial shutdown.

A local construction company with an $8.4 million contract to build two new hangars for private aviation companies at the Santa Fe Airport is unable to begin work on the project because it needs

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Parking Lot Ice

on January 18, 2019 - 8:46am

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon is Eric Duran the maintenance man for Shannon Corporation clearing away a buildup of ice from the parking lot outside the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB Announces Assistance For Furloughed Workers

on January 17, 2019 - 10:53am

Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) wants to help furloughed customers during the federal government shutdown. Although the impact on individuals should be temporary, borrowers affected by the shutdown may face difficulties making payments on debts such as mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans or credit cards.

 In an effort to assist their communities, LANB will provide options for individuals directly impacted by the government shutdown, including a 60-day payment forbearance on all

Scenes From Chamber Grand Re-Opening Underway

on January 16, 2019 - 5:55pm

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Executive Director Patrick Sullivan addresses those gathered at the Grand Re-Opening celebration of the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices, including the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet and Creative District underway until 7 p.m. today at 190 Central Park Square, inside the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office. The event is open to the business community. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann cuts the ribbon moments ago at new chamber offices at

McQuiston: Don’t Be Fooled By Latest Phishing Scams

on January 16, 2019 - 5:54pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


If you’re like me, you get more junk emails than you do legitimate ones and more phone calls from numbers you don’t recognize than from people you actually know.

If that’s the case, it should come as no surprise that nearly 55 percent of all emails are scam and over 10 billion phone calls made in 2017 were a scam. A phishing scam is an attempt to fraudulently obtain someone’s personal information by pretending to be someone else in order to steal their money, identity, or gain access to their computer.

Vishing scams are phishing scams done over the phone.

Business Community Invited To LACDC's Grand Re-Opening Party Today!

on January 16, 2019 - 12:42pm

Clarice Rodriguez, left, and Connie Proulx prepare for the Grand Re-Opening celebration of the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices, including the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet and Creative District. The business community is invited to attend the event  4-7 p.m. today at 190 Central Park Square, inside the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office. Courtesy photo

Staff is putting the finishing touches on the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices in preparation for its Grand Re-opening celebration 4-7 p.m.

Making Quilting Cool Again At Los Alamos Makers

on January 16, 2019 - 9:06am

LANL physicist Quinn Marksteiner tackling one of the most underrated pieces of engineering - the sewing machine. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Quilts can make cool custom decorations, not just blankets. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Los Alamos Makers News:

New quilting instructor Jill Ryan at Los Alamos Makers is teaching a free introductory class 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

At Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St., it is always exciting to see the lines between art and science blur.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

Finance New Mexico: Workshop Helps New Businesses Understand Tax Law

on January 15, 2019 - 5:17am
 
By SANDY NELSON
Finance New Mexico
 
New employers can find it confusing to navigate New Mexico’s system for computing, reporting and paying business taxes. But the state Tax and Revenue Department expects them to figure it out and comply.
 
To simplify the process, the TRD offers free workshops, including one in Albuquerque Jan. 28 that promises to give new employers an overview of state tax laws, walk them through basic legal requirements for workers’ compensation insurance and workplace safety and show them how to add up what they owe on the sales of products or services.
 

Hot Rocks Cafe Hosts Special Lunch For University Of Nebraska Hockey Team In Town For Tournament

on January 14, 2019 - 7:00am

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke hosted a lunch Saturday for the University of Nebraska Hockey Team in town to play in the Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Nice Los Alamos hospitality shown by Burke and Hot Rocks. The restaurant is at 4200 West Jemez Road across the street from LANL. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

In appreciation for his kind hospitality, the University of Nebraska Hockey Team presented Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke with a jersey signed by team members. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke holds up the signed

Century Bank Ready To Assist Federal Employees Furloughed By Government Shutdown

on January 14, 2019 - 6:59am

CENTURY BANK News:

SANTA FE—Century Bank wants to help! As a local, community bank, Century is ready to assist individuals and families affected by the government shutdown.

Because everyone’s financial situation and need is different, so are the solutions.

Contact a local Century Bank representative, by phone or in person at one of our branches, to discuss your particular needs and the options available to you. Century Bank has locations in Santa Fe, Espanola, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.
 
About Century Bank

Established in 1887, Century Bank remains a locally owned community

American Statistical Association Endorses Post-Election Audits Principles

on January 14, 2019 - 6:39am
ASA News:
 
The American Statistical Association Board of Directors announces its endorsement of Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Tabulation Audits.
 
The December 2018 document--which updates a 2008 document with the latest statistical research and best practices--"is meant to provide guidance to relevant legislative bodies, state and local election administrators and vendors..." because a "healthy democracy requires widespread trust in elections... [and] people need to be sure that the official election outcomes match the will of the voters."
 
Imagine someone counted

LANB Supports United Way Of Northern New Mexico Through Annual Employee Giving Campaign

on January 13, 2019 - 6:50am
LANB News:
 
Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) announced Thursday it will donate $14,050.08 to the United Way of Northern New Mexico.
 
The funds were collected during the bank’s annual Employee Giving Campaign, which took place last fall.
 
The Employee Giving Campaign is held across the bank’s three markets in Los Alamos, Santa F and Albuquerque. Employees can elect to support the United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of Northern New Mexico or the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
 
The campaign includes a variety of fundraising activities, including selling Casual Day stickers,

UNM-LA Collaborates With Innovation Academy

on January 12, 2019 - 8:18am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is partnering with The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy to offer “Create. Sell. Bank” this spring at UNM-LA.

This online course will address issues related to designing and establishing online businesses. Students will be exposed to a variety of innovation processes to help assist them as they consider a product/business concept.

The class will cover intellectual property basics, marketing processes, and how to create customer profiles, email lists, product landing pages and marketing automation.

McQuiston: The Cold Hard Facts About Ice Dams

on January 12, 2019 - 7:48am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


The winter months are here and the potential for claims resulting from ice dams are on the rise. While most of the damage caused by a winter storm is immediate, ice dams losses usually don’t occur until several days after.

Just what is an ice dam? As the heat from inside your house rises and melts the snow on your roof, the water will flow down the slope until it reaches a portion of your roof where the temperature is freezing. The water will refreeze and a ridge of ice will form.

Water collects behind the ice dam until it finds openings in your roof where it

Mountain First Graders Show Entrepreneurial Spirit

on January 11, 2019 - 8:55am
Mountain teacher Scott Johnson's students with bags they sold to raise money for Heifer International and Self Help Inc., and hold up a check they presented to Self Help Executive Director Maura Taylor. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
They may only be first-graders but Mountain Elementary School teacher Scott Johnson’s students are already entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
 
In an email to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Johnson explained that last year his class founded a business to earn profits to donate to charities.

First Tearless & Sweet Onions Available In Santa Fe

on January 10, 2019 - 9:17am
SUNIONS News:
 
PARMA, Idaho No more crying in the kitchen – save your tears for when you need them! Sunions, America’s first tearless and sweet onions are now being shipped to stores nationwide and in Canada. For an up-to-date list of where to purchase Sunions, visit http://www.iheartsunions.com/sunions-search.
 
But how are they tearless? Sunions were cultivated through a natural cross-breeding program over the course of more than two decades. The breeder hand-picked onion bulbs that were consistently less pungent to develop less variability in flavor.

New Cooking School Aims To Educate Kids About Healthy Food In Fun Way At Little Sprout’s Kitchen

on January 9, 2019 - 8:58am
Little Sprout’s Kitchen owner Kelly Parker at home in her kitchen in White Rock. The eight members of Parker’s Spice Girls cooking club made the dishes pictured here. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
When White Rock resident Kelly Parker retired after a long career as a graphic designer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she began searching for ways to fill her time.
 
She volunteered in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She traveled to Portugal and worked on a farm. And now, she’s starting a new venture right in her own home: Little Sprouts Kitchen.
 
Via Little

Griffin & Associates And HK Advertising Create New Entity: Sunny505

on January 8, 2019 - 2:37pm
Joanie Griffin
 
SUNNY505 News:
 
Two of the state’s largest marketing communications firms have formed a strategic alliance and created a new entity.
 
Albuquerque-based Griffin & Associates and Santa Fe-based HK Advertising are collaborating on projects as Sunny505 effective today.
 
“We have spent two decades competing against one another,” Dave Hayduk, CEO of HK Advertising said. “What we realized is we are stronger together, especially when it comes to competing against out-of-state firms.”
 
The two companies spent 2018 pitching new business and working together to see how
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Secret City Kitchen Now Open Fridays!

on January 8, 2019 - 7:42am

Secret City Kitchen owner Jeremy Varela and his assistant Sanaa Ahmed at the popular eatery monday morning inside the student center in Building 2 on the UNM-Los Alamos campus. They announced that beginning this week, the restaurant is now open Fridays. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Secret City Kitchen also serves Tapas @ The Tub 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 163 Central Park Square and offers catering for small get togethers, business meetings and large events. To learn more, click here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Finance New Mexico: Predictive Analytics Isn’t Just For The Big Guys

on January 7, 2019 - 8:00pm

Courtesy/FNM
 
By SANDY NELSON
Finance New Mexico

Predicting consumer behavior can be an obsession for businesses, no matter what their size. Big corporations dedicate entire departments to divining what people will want next so they can be first to offer it, and they invest massive amounts of money into predictive analytics—the mining of massive sets of data for patterns and trends in hopes of giving businesses a competitive edge by helping them predict the future.

Smaller businesses typically don’t have the means or need to invest in the sophisticated types of data crunching that their

Sunflower Bank ABC Program Supporting Education Kicks Off It's 18th Year With New Benefits

on January 7, 2019 - 5:48pm
SBFN News:
 
DENVER, Colo. Sunflower Bank’s annual signature ABC Program has raised more than $1.2 million since 2001 for local schools and students in its Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 communities.
 
The ABC Program runs Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019 and supports approximately 300 schools across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. Recipients use the ABC Program funds for much needed educational supplies, equipment and books.
 
“We believe in solving problems and making possibilities a reality for our customers and our communities,” Sunflower Bank Chairman

Zia Credit Union Offers Assistance To Members Impacted By Government Shutdown

on January 7, 2019 - 1:13pm

Zia CU News:

Zia Credit Union has activated their member assistance programs for members impacted by the government shutdown.

While most Zia CU members in the local area are not impacted by the shutdown, there are some members who work for departments that are affected such as the National Parks and Forest Service.

Zia CU is prepared to help members who are not receiving their normal payroll during the government shutdown with the following assistance programs:

  • Sixty-day loan payment due date extensions;
  • Waiver of early withdrawal penalties on withdrawals up to $10,000 from a Certificate

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