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Money IQ: What’s In Store For 2013

on January 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

What’s In Store For 2013

As we start the New Year there are many forces in play that can have an influence on the stock markets, not only in the United States but around the world

All eyes continue to be on Washington as the Fiscal Cliff issues continue to dominate the airwaves.

Taxes and tax rates have been established, however, the debt issues will remain in the headlines as Washington gears up for another round of budget talks and budget battles in February.

Everyone is hoping for a permanent solution that makes the government’s finances sustainable.

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am


Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

Two Opportunities to Sample Skin Care Products

on January 16, 2013 - 6:39am

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields became best friends during their dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. Courtesy photo

By Mandy Marksteiner

If looking younger is one of your 2013 resolutions, Galey Bland invites you to “New You for the New Year.”  This skin care clinic will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 at the Chamber of Commerce.

Bland, the first Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists consultant to serve New Mexico, will demonstrate how to use the ANTI-AGE regimen, which has been clinically proven to give people younger looking skin.

“I have seen more


Wednesday's FAN Club Coincides With Library's Metal Menagerie Opening Reception

on January 15, 2013 - 10:43pm

Scrap metal fish by David Trujillo. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce has a "really fun" FAN (Food and Networking) Club planned for Wednesday evening Jan. 16: it will be held in conjunction with the opening reception for the Metal Menagerie show in Mesa Public Library's upstairs gallery.

The hosts are the Friends of the Library ... the caterer is Peggy Pendergast ... the artists are David Trujillo and Richard Swenson who are represented by Karen Wray Gallery ... if you don't know at least some of these people, you need to get out more!

  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.,

Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 2,000 LIKES!

on January 15, 2013 - 8:09am

Contest Winner Brenda Kelley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LADP News:

At 6:25 a.m., Monday Jan. 14 – after just 10 months in operation – the Los Alamos Daily Post achieved another major milestone: 2,000 "Likes" on its Facebook page.

Congratulations to "Guess the Time" contest winner Brenda Kelley who guessed the Post would hit 2,000 Likes at 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 14, coming closest and winning a T shirt.

Kelley works at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Column: 'Fix the Women!'

on January 14, 2013 - 8:05am

Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics: How Men’s Covert Conflicts Got Expressed in Overt Conflicts Between Women – Part I, The Case
Column by Elena Yang

The columns for today and for next week will be lengthy, and they need to be read in tandem. 

“Parallel process” is a complicated concept, like just all issues concerning group processes. 

I apologize in advance for the occasional jargon and the convoluted depiction – part of the nature of group processes. As always, I welcome your feedback. 

Now for today’s entry.

“Fix the women,” a request/demand by the director of the Buildings

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network Announces Upcoming Opportunities

on January 14, 2013 - 8:04am

LAEN News:

Specifically for women entrepreneurs ... New Mexico Angels Women’s Entrepreneurial Education Workshop Series
"Time to Grow! How to Prep for Angel Funding" presented by NMA and WESST – Santa Fe

You’ve established your company and validated your ideas, now it’s time to grow! You need funding, a management team and the right business model to meet your goals. During this workshop you’ll learn from our industry experts about how to ensure your company stands out in the marketplace and how to define your strategic advantages. With that comes having the right business model.


Michelle Hall Garners Top Geophysical Education Award

on January 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos with Michael McFadden, President of the American Geophysical Union at an awards ceremony last month in San Francisco at which Hall was honored. Courtesy photo


By Carol A. Clark

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award during a special honors ceremony Dec. 5 in San Francisco.

Hall is a geophysicist and science educator who is married to Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director of Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hall was recognized and honored by the AGU for her

Money IQ: ‘Save Yourself' and 'Define Your Own Future’…

on January 9, 2013 - 11:20am
Money IQ
By Tammy M. Thorn

"Save Yourself" and "Define Your Own Future"…

"The Mayan’s were wrong on the end of the world, it was just the end of their calendar" and "Congress and the President have additional issues to address regarding the government’s fiscal stability and looming debt ceiling issue."

Since uncertainty is a fact, some things are certain, "Define your Own Future" ... contribute to an Individual Retirement Account.

Most of us save for retirement as a participant in our Employer’s Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP), such as a 401(k) Plan or 403(b) Plan.

In addition to that

Los Alamos Daily Post Nears 2,000 FB Likes

on January 9, 2013 - 11:17am

Staff Report

Becky Hardy of Los Alamos won the Los Alamos Daily Post "1,000 Likes" Facebook contest last fall.

Hardy, shown here with her new T-shirt, successfully guessed that the Los Alamos Daily Post would hit "1,000 Likes" on its Facebook page at 2 p.m., Oct. 11, which was the day and time of her marriage in 1980.

A new contest is now underway with just 29 Facebook "Likes" to go to reach 2,000.

Guesses as to when the Los Alamos Daily Post will reach that milestone can be entered at




'Hive505' Created to Harness Los Alamos Brainpower

on January 9, 2013 - 8:22am

Hive505 News:

What was Thomas Edison’s most useful invention? It wasn’t the light bulb. It wasn’t the gramophone or even the motion picture. 

Los Alamos businessman Keith Barras suggests that the most useful invention was the laboratory itself. Edison’s workspace (complete with physics, chemistry and metallurgy labs, a machine shop, library and ample space to conduct experiments) made it possible to come up with innovative ideas, and also develop them into marketable products.

In the spirit of Edison, a small group has been developing a new business model for harnessing the creative and


Chairworks and Dunn Quilting Sale/Store Closing Jan. 15-19

on January 9, 2013 - 7:56am

Courtesy/Dunn Quilting

Staff Report

Chairworks and Dunn Quilting, 3801-A Arkansas Ave., will hold an inventory/closing sale Jan. 15-19 with everything in the store marked down 40 percent.

The store is closed from now until Jan. 15 when it will be opened 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 19, after which it will close for good.

Dunn Quilting owner Nicole Dunn has moved her longarm quilting business to her home studio where she will continue to finish quilt tops, and make one-of-a-kind custom quilts for the community, as well as create and design her own art quilts.

Chairworks owner Pat

Business Assistance Services Stands Ready to Serve You in 2013!

on January 7, 2013 - 12:49pm


  • ­Are you looking to improve or expand your business in 2013? Or maybe you are looking into a new business op­portunity or would like to start a new business?

Los Alamos Commerce & Develop­ment Corporation (LACDC) is now offering business advising and work­shops under the identity of “Los Ala­mos Business Assistance Services.”

The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services program provides services to help businesses start, grow, and succeed.

Business advisement is pro­vided on a no-cost, confidential basis.

LANB's Bill Enloe Receives Top Community Asset Award

on January 7, 2013 - 9:39am

Bill Enloe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report

CEO/Chairman of the Board Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank was honored with the Spirit of the West Award at a special event Saturday night, Jan. 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Spirit of the West Award is the highest award presented annually to a member of the community for their positive impact and contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Los Alamos.

Community Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen hosts the annual Community Asset Awards ceremony. 

This year, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

Column: New Year Reflections

on January 7, 2013 - 7:59am
New Year Reflections
Column by Elena Yang

Happy New Year! 2013 will be awesome … because I intend to make it so, for myself; besides, is there any other way?!

A few years ago, I encountered a young and energetic woman in a “Photoshop” workshop who said, “Every year I take on a new hobby or activity. 

So this year I decided to learn how to shoot [with camera] and make great pictures.” It resonated with me. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose undertaking, just something that isn’t in one’s usual repertoire. 

Through a fabulous new friendship made early last year, I have begun to read a

Mesa Elite Fitness Brings CrossFit to Los Alamos

on January 6, 2013 - 11:23am

Fitness experts John and Suzanne Wilcox own Mesa Elite Fitness and CrossFit Los Alamos in Central Park Square and are opening an auxiliary fitness facility on DP Road later this month to accommodate their growing roster of clients. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Suzanne Wilcox is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

John and Suzanne Wilcox are in the true sense a Los Alamos power couple. She is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor and he is a group fitness coordinator and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Opening Day

on January 4, 2013 - 1:33pm

Looking down from the Mother chair. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

See more photos on the Pajarito Mountain Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Atomic City Transit is now providing a Ski Hill Route as of today.  Click HERE for more information.



Ribbon Cut at Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency

on January 4, 2013 - 11:31am

The community's newest insurance agent, Abe Dispennette, cuts the ribbon on Abe Dispennette State Farm Insurance Agency, 1362 Trinity Drive Suite B, during a ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Dispennette is joined from left, by his staff and area manager James Medina, the Chamber's Katy Korkos, wife Kirsta Dispennette, Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski, his wife LAMC ICU Nurse Jacqueline Chrobocinski and their son JJ, Rotarians Chuck Tallman and Paul Frederickson and Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess. See Sunday's Los Alamos Daily Post for the

Winter Art Classes Begin Jan. 20

on January 4, 2013 - 7:50am


Registration is underway for the 2013 Winter Art Classes at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio.

Community members are invited to join in the fun by participating in one of the classes, all of which will be held at the Gallery's new location, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125.

"Creative Color and Dynamic Design," is a new evening class taught by award-winning local artist Melissa Bartlett.

Bartlett will teach participants how color theory and design are essential elements of painting. Class starts Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. and runs six weeks.

The Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and

LAMC Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

on January 3, 2013 - 6:40am

Feliciaño A. Jiron

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

LAMC CEO Feliciaño A. Jiron was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

The LAMC Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more

Money IQ: Home Computer Security

on January 2, 2013 - 11:25am
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Home Computer Security

Businesses have been taking computer security seriously for a long time; home users have not been. The reasons are generally two-fold: cost and expertise.

A typical home user may have the anti-virus program that came with the computer but then not realize that this was a subscription service that ended the first year and has had no real protection since.

The good news is that there are free alternatives out there for the home user that don’t require a technical expert to install and configure.

Nine Simple Principles for a Happier Life

on January 1, 2013 - 5:56am
Ron Helman
Nine Simple Principles for a Happier Life

By Ron Helman

Take care of yourself first:
Instead of focusing on others and trying to control or change other people, pay attention to yourself first. This is a distraction or avoidance mechanism to avoid working on what is necessary in order to create a real shift.
Stay present to what is in the NOW:
So much of our anxiety lives in the future.
Let go of the outcome and find joy NOW:
We can only do our very best so stop worrying about the future. You really have no idea what’s next.
Change your mind:
If your mind defaults

Lunchtime Meetings Benefit Local Eateries

on December 29, 2012 - 3:03pm

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce chats with County Administrator Harry Burgess, left, and Councilor David Izraelevitz Friday in the aisle of the Pyramid Restaurant in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Korkos was celebrating a birthday at a nearby table and Burgess and Izraelevitz were leaving the restaurant following a lunch meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

White Rock Visitor Center Shatters Attendance Record

on December 27, 2012 - 12:16pm

The White Rock Tourist Information Center opened to the public Sept. 28, 2012. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

Since opening on N.M. 4 in early fall, the White Rock Tourist Information Center Complex has been packed with visitors daily, shattering previous attendance records for the White Rock facility as well as the Los Alamos Visitor Center at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

A monthly report compiled by the Meeting and Visitor Bureau shows 2,398 people visited the White Rock Tourist Information Center from its official opening Sept. 28 through the Sept. 30 month end.

LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

on December 26, 2012 - 1:52pm

LANB President Steve Wells


LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

By Carol A. Clark


Los Alamos National Bank officials signed an agreement Nov. 30 with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, (OCC), resulting in changes to credit underwriting and administration.

LANB President Steve Wells explained during an interview this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post that this is a regulatory matter having no effect on bank customers.


"We are well capitalized, we have strong liquidity and this agreement should have no impact on our customers," Wells said.