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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

Chamber Breakfast Facilitates Communication Between LANL and Local Small Businesses

on February 1, 2013 - 11:34am
Local small business representatives met Thursday at UNM-LA with LANL staff to discuss relationships between the laboratory and the local business community. The event was sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Fifty local small business owners and managers met with the new head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Office, Chris Fresquez, and staff from the LANL Community Programs Office Thursday during a Business Breakfast at UNM-LA.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was a

Enterprise Holdings Lands Local Contract

on February 1, 2013 - 11:14am

By Carol A. Clark

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands announces its new location in Los Alamos County.

Its new office will open Feb. 4 at the Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road.

A grand opening event in which the community will be invited is scheduled to be announced in the near future.

"We are excited to be opening in the County of Los Alamos. We see this as a wonderful opportunity and look forward to becoming involved in the community both in business and in the community itself," Area Manager Mark Arambula said.

Paradox Plays Jazz Tonight

on February 1, 2013 - 10:10am

CHC News:

The jazz trio Paradox, with Carl Greef, Jim Ziomek, Jim Gattiker, will be playing at the Coffee House Cafe (723 Central, thecoffeebooth.com, 662-CAFE) 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 1.

The Paradox Trio of piano, guitar, and saxophone, performs acoustic jazz standards and classic tunes.

 

'Seeker' Donated to New Mexico State Police

on February 1, 2013 - 8:58am

The Seeker - a special mission surveillance aircraft. Courtesy/CSI Aviation

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – CSI Aviation, Inc., a New Mexico-based aviation support and logistics company, is giving New Mexico State Police a special mission surveillance aircraft, that is excess to the company’s needs – a SB7L-360A Seeker.

“On behalf of CSI Aviation, we congratulate the New Mexico State Police on their outstanding response to our RFP, which was sent to several law enforcement agencies in New Mexico.” said Allen Weh, Chief Executive Officer of CSI Aviation, Inc.

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

on February 1, 2013 - 8:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses
WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.
 
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
 
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by veterans,

Blue Sky Pilates Moves to New Location

on February 1, 2013 - 8:22am

Mary Lutes working out. Courtesy photo

Blue Sky Pilates Moves to New Location

  • Larger space means more classes

By Mandy Marksteiner

Blue Sky Pilates has moved to the suite where Karen Wray Fine Art was previously located at 2012 Trinity Dr., Suite B-2.

More classes and a more flexible schedule

The larger space makes it possible for owner Mary Lutes to fit more clients into her schedule, offer more mat classes during the week, and have a smooth transition between private sessions and classes because she no longer has to move heavy equipment.

Blue Sky Pilates offers mat classes for people

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Money IQ: SBA 504 Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 7:58am
Money IQ
By AL HERNANDEZ

SBA 504 Loans

The U.S. Government offers a number of business assistance programs through various entities, the most well-known of which is the Small Business Administration (SBA.)

The SBA offers direct, indirect, sponsored and guaranteed loan programs largely through existing lending institutions in your community and throughout the country.

This column is going to focus on just one of the many SBA products, the SBA 504 Loan program. 

For small businesses that are currently paying rent, outgrowing their current space or even needing to downsize, the SBA’s 504

Entrepreneur Nicholas Seet Speaks at Hive Thursday

on January 30, 2013 - 6:05am
Nicolas Seet. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

HIVE News

Nicholas Seet will give a presentation tilled "From Engineer to Entrepreneur" Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock. 

The brown-bag will start at 11:30 a.m. and Seet’s presentation will begin at noon. The lunch and presentation are free of charge and open to the public.

Seet is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Auditude® , a venture-backed online video advertising platform that was acquired by Adobe® in November 2011.

In 2005, he won the Rice University Business Plan Competition for his business concept.

Blue Window Bistro Hosts FAN 44 Lunch

on January 29, 2013 - 8:18am

Business people met at restaurants all over Los Alamos Friday, Jan. 25, for the Chamer of Commerce FAN 44 networking event including the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave. From left, Philo Shelton of Los Alamos County, Suzette Fox of MainStreet, David Sutton of KRSN, Blue Window owner Melissa Paternoster and Bonnie Gordon of the Los Alamos Daily Post. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce's 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.

Column: Some Reflections on Conflicts

on January 28, 2013 - 10:48am
Some Reflections on Conflicts
 
Column by Elena Yang

There are functions of conflicts that aren’t necessarily destructive. This notion really jarred me when I was reading for my PhD courses. 

And I am still not sure that I am terribly fond of this notion. I accept that differences can serve us beneficially: diversity of thinking, logic, styles, and ideas.   

And I can imagine that certain conflicts may bring about positive changes, as the case in the “parallel process” discussed in the last two column's entries clearly demonstrated. 

What disturbs me about conflict is that there are

UNM-LA Offers New Class in Entrepreneurship

on January 28, 2013 - 9:05am

Nicholas Seet will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship during the spring semester at UNM-LA. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Got a great idea but need a little help getting started? Looking for all the hidden pitfalls and business secrets? 

UNM-LA is offering a class where students can learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a successful business.

“Everybody has an idea,” said

Meet LANL's Chris Fresquez at Thursday's Business Breakfast

on January 28, 2013 - 8:38am

CHAMBER News:

Members and prospective members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are invited to the Business Breakfast Roundtable: LANL and Small Biz event, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, 4000 University Dr.

The purpose of the gathering is to introduce Chris Fresquez of LANL's Small Business Office to the business community.

There will be a roundtable/discussion format, so that business people can provide input as well as hear from Fresquez about his plans for the Lab's Small Business Office.

The presentation starts at 8 a.m., but business people are

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a

Patrons Pack Final Night At Canyon Bar

on January 24, 2013 - 10:40am

Patrons packed into Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Wednesday night, Jan. 23 for its last night in business. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com

AnnMarie and Michael Cutler. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

It was a bittersweet moment for owners Michael and AnnMarie Cutler as the doors closed forever Wednesday night on the Canyon Bar in Central Park Square.

The Cutlers have owned the popular establishment at 163 Central Ave., for 16 years, but recently received a purchase offer for their packaged liquor license from Giant Gas Stations.

Cutler explained that Giant

Money IQ: 2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

on January 23, 2013 - 12:19pm
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

Although Congress temporarily avoided the “fiscal cliff”, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Act”), enacted Jan. 2, 2013, made some permanent changes with respect to the lifetime estate and gift tax exemptions that may affect your estate plan.

This column outlines two key changes and also discusses how the annual gift tax exemption may be used as an estate planning tool.

Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions: 

Legislators permanently approved the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption (also

Column: Part II - Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics

on January 21, 2013 - 9:26am

Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics: How Men’s Covert Conflicts Got Expressed in Overt Conflicts Between Women – Part II, Intervention and Outcomes

By Elena Yang

The principle of parallel process can be applied to intervention. A small group of representatives chosen from the larger system can grapple with pertinent issues, unpack the layering of conflicts, understand their emotions and the sources, and imperatively, reflect back their lessons to the larger system.  

In this case of “Fixing the Women,” Smith and his colleagues created a “microcosm group” to identify issues, learn to

Rick Nebel Discusses DC Transformer Project Jan. 24

on January 21, 2013 - 9:25am
THE HIVE News:
 
The Hive, 134 N.M. 4, is hosting it's weekly brown-bag lunch gathering starting at about 11:30 a.m. V, Jan. 24.
 
At noon Thursday, Rick Nebel will provide a presentation on his development of a DC transformer.
 
Introduction:
 

About 100 years ago, there was a dispute between Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla about whether the United States would run on alternating current (AC) power or direct current (DC) power.

 

Tesla ended up winning that battle solely on the basis that it is easy to move the voltages and currents up and down with AC power using transformers.

 

Perch Paperie Officially Opens for Business!

on January 20, 2013 - 9:34am

Owner Gloria Brehm cut the red ribbon on her new new business, Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock Saturday as Felicia and Pam Naugle, left, and Adam Brehm, Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and George Brehm holding son Luke grasp the ribbon. The event was packed with family fun including a bouncy house, face painting and balloon animals and included snacks and a raffle. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd filled the Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., Saturday during the store's grand opening hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol

Warmer Weather Floods Local Car Wash

on January 20, 2013 - 8:29am

The recent Los Alamos 'heat wave' brought out a flood of drivers Saturday to the car wash on Knecht Street to spray away the grime built up on their vehicles during frigid temperatures earlier in the month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets

on January 19, 2013 - 9:52am
'The Three Amigos' by Los Alamos Artist Melissa Bartlett. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets 
By Mandy Marksteiner
 
Do you ever wonder what makes a painting interesting enough to buy? There’s always something about the piece that is especially attractive, whether it is the way the images are balanced or the way the color of the sky contrasts with the color of the rocks.
 
How do they do that?
 
Starting next week, Melissa Bartlett answers that question during her class at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

Grand Opening for New Business is Saturday

on January 18, 2013 - 8:09am

Staff Report

Gloria Smith Brehm has opened a new business in White Rock called The Perch Paperie.

She is hosting a Grand Opening of her arts and crafts supply store at 13 Sherwood Blvd., from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 .

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be free face painting and balloon animals.

Throughout the day there also will be free food, make-n-takes, a bouncy house and lots of free raffle items.

The community is invited to participate in the festivities and show support for

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