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Letter to the Editor: PEEC Has Proven Ability to Deliver

on February 15, 2013 - 8:11am
By Dave Fox, Anne Fox and Andy Fox
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors: With respect and sympathy for the needs of other applicants for new facilities, CB Fox wants to go on record as a supporter of the PEEC Nature Center.

Of all the prospective CIP candidates, the Nature Center, placed on Canyon Road, fits Los Alamos’s new Creative District, imparting to the District the non-stop thrum of life that PEEC has already abundantly demonstrated it not only can, but does in fact, deliver every week of the year, year after year.

PEEC’s vitality, transported to the Creative District, adjacent as

Local Businesswomen Join Nicholas Seet for Roundtable Talk

on February 14, 2013 - 7:17am

Courtesy/FSN

By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to start a successful business?

Six local female business owners will share their stories, advice and secrets 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21 at a roundtable discussion at Family Strengths Network. Babysitting will be provided.

Nicholas Seet, who will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UNM-LA during the spring semester, will moderate the talk.

The panel of business owners includes Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café; Lorraine Hartway, a CPA owner of a growing practice; Michelle Harkey, owner

Money IQ: Wi-Fi Security

on February 13, 2013 - 9:03am
Money IQ
By Michael Carson
 
Wi-Fi Security

Wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi) seems to be everywhere these days. Laptops, phones and tablets all take advantage of it.

Businesses often offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to their customers such as in a coffee shop, book store, bank, or hotel. Most people however, don’t realize that the person next to them could be electronically eavesdropping on everything that they are doing online. So, you may ask, why is there a higher security risk in Wi-Fi?

It’s because your device is broadcasting over the air to a wireless access point (WAP.) Any other Wi-Fi

Officials Brief Council on RDC and REDI Initiative

on February 12, 2013 - 8:05pm

REDI Program Manager Eric Vasquez, center, and RDC Executive Director Kathy Keith present an annual update on their organization including a briefing on the general mission and the REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) initiative to County Council. Los Alamos County's Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher looks on at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) is a private non-profit, 501 (c) 3, Economic Development Organization (EDO) whose primary service area is Northern New Mexico (NNM).

RDC was incorporated in

Sharing Space Proves Ideal for Two Local Businesses

on February 12, 2013 - 7:15am
Kendra Henning of RE/MAX, left, and Paula Glover of Stewart Title outside their new office space in Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Kendra Henning, owner of RE/MAX of Los Alamos, had outgrown her space in Central Park Square, but didn’t want to give up the advantages of the location.

When the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service vacated its Central Park Square location for new offices on Canyon Road, an opportunity arose, but the space was too large for her company alone.

Paula Glover, division president of Stewart Title, was also

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Column: A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization – Part II

on February 11, 2013 - 7:48am

A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization: Drawing Boundary, Yes; Generating Unlimited Rules, Not So Much – Part II

By Elena Yang

Let me try to recap and explain the third law of thermodynamics (maybe I should say regurgitate?): To drive all imperfections out of a system requires an infinite amount of work. 

Scientists can remove thermal energy from a system and lower the temperature to close to zero absolute. However, the process is nonlinear in the sense that as the temperature drops, the effort required to remove the remaining thermal energy from the system increases. 

Perch Paperie Offers February Classes

on February 11, 2013 - 6:44am
 PERCH PAPERIE News:

Perch Paperie at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, is a mecca for all kinds of crafters on the Hill. This month, the store is offering three special classes.

Advance notice of attendance is not required, but is greatly appreciated. Call the store at 672-8064 to register or for more information.

Looking for something less structured? The first and third Friday of the month is Ladies Night Out. From 6-8 p.m., crafters are invited to bring projects they are working on and a snack to share for a fun and creative evening. These events are free and open to all.

From 6-8

Generosity Marks YMCA's 2013 Red and Black Ball

on February 10, 2013 - 5:10pm

Saree Clark, left, and Lyuba Georgieva welcome the crowd to The Family YMCA's Red and Black Ball Saturday night in the Phillip Kunsberg building on 15th Street at Nectar. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with, from left, YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly, wife Janet McMillan and Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover as the Y's annual Red and Black Ball gets underway Saturday night in downtown Los Alamos.

LAMC Awarded Accreditation From Joint Commission

on February 9, 2013 - 11:55am

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes (name of organization)’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific

Friday Night 'Meetup' Draws Record Crowd

on February 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Tables had to be added at the Dixie Girl Friday night as more and more people arrived for the 'Meetup' during Happy Hour. Everyone is invited to this Chamber sponsored event held at 5 p.m. each Friday at the Dixie Girl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chamber Members Network at FAN 44

on February 9, 2013 - 7:28am

Chamber of Commerce members met at restaurants around Los Alamos Friday, Feb. 8 for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN 44 networking event. FAN 44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch at one of 16 local restaurants. Meeting at Hill Diner Friday were from left, Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Business Services; Linda Hull, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos County environmental services specialist and Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa of Kalsa Acupuncture.

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio Offers Valentine's Day Gifts

on February 9, 2013 - 6:54am

KWFA News:
Visit Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio for unique gifts for Valentine's Day or a late Groundhog's Day.
 
Several new artists have joined the gallery and the artists have brought in many new pieces just in time for Valentine's Day:
  • Hummingbird and goldfinch paintings;
  • A sumptuous floral still life by Sheridan Brown;
  • Unbelievable charcoal, graphite and scratchboard artwork by Heather Ward;
  • A beautiful photo by TK Thompson of flamenco dancers;
  • Karen Wray's original and reproductions of florals and landscapes;
  • Kathleen Veenstra's atmospheric landscapes and pottery;
  • Kathy Hjeresen's

Bandelier Grill's New Owner Shares Revitalization Plans

on February 7, 2013 - 10:06am

Brian Appell has purchased the Bandelier Grill at N.M. 4 and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Appell is the longtime owner of Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon in Jemez Springs. He said that he plans to update the menu to include the most popular items at Los Ojos and to extend the hours of operation to include daily breakfast and Sunday brunch. He plans to host a grand opening event for the public soon, which will be announced in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J.

Learn a New Method of Gardening at The Hive Thursday

on February 6, 2013 - 5:24pm

THE HIVE NEWS:

Wes Myers will present his idea for the "Urban Micro-Farm System," a modular, expandable approach to vertical gardening at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the brown-bag lunch at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Myers is a LANL retiree. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. 

The urban micro-farm system offers the potential to grow quantities of many types of vegetables, herbs and other plants inside a footprint less than one-quarter to one-half of that required for a conventional row-based garden. 

This could allow city and suburban dwellers to grow food on

LANB Icon Bill Enloe Retires

on February 6, 2013 - 10:48am

Bill Enloe

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos Daily Post has learned that effective Friday, Feb. 1, Chief Executive Officer Bill Enloe retired from Los Alamos National Bank.

Enloe is a beloved figure in Los Alamos and White Rock. His strong support of community organizations and events has touched the lives of thousands of people over the past four decades.

LANB President Steve Wells worked with Enloe for nearly three decades. He shared his sentiments about Enloe’s retirement with the Los Alamos Daily Post late Tuesday.

“I have worked with Bill for 28 years at LANB and have a great

Alicia Estrada Completes Career Agents Course

on February 6, 2013 - 8:58am

Alicia Estrada

FARMERS INSURANCE News:

Alicia Estrada, Farmers Insurance agent in Los Alamos, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers training facility in California.

The University of Farmers training facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan was officially dedicated in September 2011, while the training facility located in Agoura Hills, Calif., was dedicated in November 2006.

Farmers CEO Jeff Dailey noted that the University is national in scope, and offers training to Farmers' 15,000 agents and their staff, 500 district managers and 10,000 claims staff year round.

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LANS: Funding Available for New Mexico Businesses

on February 6, 2013 - 8:26am

LANS News:

  • Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund accepting 2013 applications

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, is accepting applications for the 2013 calendar year.

Companies selected will receive awards that can range from $10,000 to $100,000 in order to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.

VAF helps innovative companies reach the next level of success through business and technology development

Money IQ: Avoiding Overdraft Fees

on February 6, 2013 - 7:08am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoiding Overdraft Fees

Whether you have had a checking account for years or you just recently opened one, a fee that should have been discussed with you is the overdraft fee. 

This fee can also be called non-sufficient funds or bounced check fee. Your financial institution may even have a fee for both, one for the non-sufficient funds item and another for overdrawing your account.

How does one avoid overdraft fees? Don’t allow your account to become overdrawn. This is easier said than done as a person’s cash flow might be tighter in these tough economic times. 

In

Bonnie Gordon Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

on February 5, 2013 - 10:54am

Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post as lifestyles editor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Los Alamos Daily Post is growing in readership and revenues every day and is pleased to announce an important addition to its news team.

Longtime Los Alamos resident Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the online newspaper as lifestyles editor.

"Bonnie is well known and respected throughout the local artistic community," Publisher Carol A. Clark said.

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo

LACDC News:

The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

New Eatery Offers Creole, Cajun and Down Home Food

on February 4, 2013 - 10:07am

Creole Nouvelle co-owner Esther Lucchini inside her new restaurant at 1793 Deacon St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

After working in Los Alamos for LANL contractor Canberra Industries for several years, Peter Lucchini suggested to his wife Esther that the town could benefit from a different type of restaurant.

"Peter loves creole food and had a good friend who was a chef in the Louisiana/Mississippi area who was willing to move out here," Esther Lucchini said.

LANB Hosts School Bond Celebration

on February 4, 2013 - 7:40am

Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom spoke at a gathering at Los Alamos National Bank Friday afternoon celebrating the recent school bond passage and thanked everyone for their support. A portion of the $20 million bond will provide a much needed construction overhaul of the aging Aspen Elementary School building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Steve Girrens spoke of the importance of the school bond and thanked everyone for their efforts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Superintendent Gene Schmidt, right, expressed his appreciation to

Column: A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization – Part I

on February 4, 2013 - 7:17am

A Sensible Organization Is Not A Perfect Organization: Drawing Boundary, Yes; Generating Unlimited Rules, Not So Much – Part I

Column by Elena Yang

Plenty of organizations are not sensible but work very hard trying to generate perfect rules to make them look sensible.

The more rules they make, the more innovation they choke off, but the safer they feel within the comfort of all the known rules.

As usual, when dealing with complicated topics, I try to break them into two or more entries, as in today’s topic. 

One way of understanding the third law of thermodynamics: To drive all

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Make Permanent Move

on February 2, 2013 - 10:46am
Sarah Winton of LAVNS near the sign facing the elevator at the company's temporary office in the LATA Building on Central Avenue. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Staff report
 
Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Inc., moved Jan. 24-25 from temporary quarters on the second floor of the Los Alamos Technical Associates Building on Central Avenue to their permanent location at the former Boy Scout Cabin on Canyon Road.
 
Telephones and computer systems were up and running quickly at the new location in order for the organization to continue serving their large clientele.
 
The

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