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Visit Comfort Keepers Open House 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday

on May 6, 2013 - 4:52pm


The community is invited to stop by the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, 109 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos, 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 for an Open House, Food and Networking event, and Ribbon Cutting hosted by Comfort Keepers.

Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services, which enable independent living at home.

Comfort Keepers is providing food, live music and interesting services - this event is free and open to the public so stop by on the way home from work.

Find Out About Retail in Los Alamos 7 p.m. Today!

on May 6, 2013 - 2:37pm
Ken Nebel of Village Arts. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos retailers invite the public to find out more about retail in Los Alamos and the people behind the brick and mortar businesses in town.
Ken Nebel of Village Arts is hosting a discussion panel 7-8 p.m., today, May 6, to speak about both the satisfying and sapping parts of owning and operating a retail business in Los Alamos.
The panel will be meeting upstairs in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms, and anyone interested in retail in Los Alamos is welcome to attend.

Yang: You See Banana, I See Potassium ... Part I

on May 6, 2013 - 2:15pm
You See Banana, I See Potassium: Whose reality is more real? Part I

Banana is my least favorite fruit – I prefer juicy ones – but I eat it for the potassium kick, especially important during ski season. 

Of course, I don’t “see” potassium, but that’s what the yellow stick signifies to me. In truth, I much prefer Michael Pullen’s notion of eating “food,” - from his In Defense Of Food: An eater’s manifesto not “protein,” “omega-3,” or “potassium” for that matter. 

But I use this comparison to make a point about how our respective “realities” do not always nor necessarily

Support Barranca School and Teachers on Bobcat Pizza Day!

on May 6, 2013 - 10:38am

PTO News:

Barranca Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a Bobcat Pizza Day Wednesday, May 15 through Papa Murphy's Pizza.

On that day only, Papa Murphy's will donate $1 for each pizza ordered to the Barranca Elementary PTO.

The PTO uses these and other fundraising events to support the teachers and the school.

The PTO gives each teacher a stipend at the beginning of every school year, which allows them to purchase extra supplies for their classooms without having to spend their own money on those supplies.

The PTO also helps to pay for teacher training, field trips,

First Outdoor Farmers Market of Season Opened Thursday

on May 3, 2013 - 10:20am
Shoppers peruse Thursday's first outdoor Farmers Market of the spring season. The market is held each Thursday morning throughout the season in the skate park parking lot at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, third from right, and Councilor Pete Sheehey, second from right, talk to shoppers at Thurday's Farmers Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Making Downtown Los Alamos An Amazing Destination

on May 3, 2013 - 9:28am


Do you want to know the key ingredients to making Downtown Los Alamos an amazing destination? Do you want to know how to stay open after 6 p.m.? Then join the Los Alamos Business Assistance Services for a two-part webinar series presented by Roger Brooks:

  • Tuesday, May 7 @ 8:30–10 a.m. "Critical Mass is Not Just a Religious Experience”
  • Thursday, May 9 @ 8:30–9:30 a.m.“Are You Open After 6 p.m.?”

Both webinars will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 109 Central Park Square. Register at or by calling Melanie at 661-4807.


The Jemez Agency Announces Local Partnership

on May 3, 2013 - 8:09am

  • Allen McQuiston and Sue Hofmann Combine Insurance Experience

Allen McQuiston, owner of The Jemez Agency, announces a new partnership with Sue Hofmann LTCP, Agent. 

The Jemez Agency is an independent insurance and financial services agency representing multiple top-producing national insurance companies. Since 1964, The Jemez Agency has been advising and providing insurance products to individuals, families and businesses throughout New Mexico from offices located in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. 

Sue Hofmann retired from State Farm Insurance one year ago after eight years


Money IQ: Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

on May 3, 2013 - 8:04am
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

Trust Department—what’s in a name? The word “trust” is a noun, an adjective and a verb.

Common understandings of the word “trust” are: (1) as a noun: the “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence;” and (2) as a verb: “to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something.” trust. (n.d.) Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: April 24, 2013).

In the legal world, the most common usage of

MainStreet Shopping Survey Ends Friday

on May 2, 2013 - 9:42am


­Los Alamos MainStreet is conducting an online shopping and dining survey to collect information to help local merchants and dining establishments to better understand the preferences, wants and needs of local shoppers.

There's still time for all local residents to help the effort by taking the survey at The survey, which ends Friday, May 3, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and survey responses are anonymous.

Hive Hosts Brown Bag Lunch

on May 1, 2013 - 8:30am

HIVE News:

The Hive will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30 a.m. (latecomers welecome) Thursday at the Hive in White Rock.

The public is invited to attend and network with others interested in economic development in Los Alamos.


Los Alamos Farmers Market Opens May 2

on May 1, 2013 - 8:06am

Los Alamos Coop Market Adopts Trail

on April 29, 2013 - 10:58am

The Los Alamos Coop Market adopted a section of the Pueblo Canyon Trail including the bridge. From left, Tim Morrison, Shawn West, Matt Dreier, Cody Ulibarri, Whitney Dreier, Brit Foster and Cooper Holder install the trail adoption sign. Courtesy photo

Employees of the Los Alamos Coop Market spent Clean Up Los Alamos Day removing a massive amount of trash and debris from their newly adopted section of the Pueblo Canyon Trail. From left, Cody Ulibarri, Brit Foster, Matt Dreier, Shawn West, Whitney Dreier, Tim Morrison and Cooper Holder. Open Space Specialist Craig Martin said, "Great job,

Yang: Am I Sorry For My Mistake? Well … Kind Of, Sort Of, Maybe; Let’s Discuss

on April 29, 2013 - 10:52am

Am I Sorry For My Mistake? Well … kind of, sort of, maybe; let’s discuss.
Column by ELENA YANG

Some people really hate to own up their mistakes, and some mistakes seem to be more difficult for people to admit. 

There are many factors for such reluctance or avoidance. Here are a few obvious ones: A person’s position of power and reputation, the amount of time lapsed from initial decision to the revelation, the difficulty of isolating causality (i.e. Did my words cause all the trouble?), or the magnitude of sheer embarrassment … etc. 

For instance, managers are never wrong, neither are

Ruby K’s Bagel Café to host ‘Seven Strategies to Sell More in Los Alamos’

on April 29, 2013 - 7:48am
Marketing expert Steve Roller will lead a discussion on improving sales Tuesday. Courtesy photo

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 Steve Roller will lead a Ruby K’s Community Hour discussion about specific strategies Los Alamos businesses can use to sell more, and how Los Alamos can sell itself as a community.

Steve Roller is a web copywriter, travel writer and an expert on what motivates people to buy. His website is

“In the summer of 1986, after my freshman year at UW-Madison, I had the wonderfully crazy job of selling

Quality New Mexico Examiner Applications Due May 10

on April 28, 2013 - 7:39am

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QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 Board of Examiners through May 10.

Examiners are volunteers who, working in teams, review applications submitted to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program, administered by Quality New Mexico.

The awards program recognizes New Mexico business, government, education, health care and nonprofit organizations for their commitment, progress, or achievement in performance excellence.

Quality New Mexico Accepting Award Applications

on April 26, 2013 - 6:59am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2013 NM Performance Excellence Awards. The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence

  • Roadrunner Recognition, progress toward performance excellence

  • Zia Award for Performance Excellence, best-in-class results

Organizations wishing to participate in the awards program must send in an intent to apply form by May 10. The form is available at The application is due July 12.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled after the Malcolm

Money IQ: The 5 C’s of Mortgage Banking

on April 24, 2013 - 11:02am
Money IQ

The 5 C’s of Mortgage Banking

The five most important items when evaluating a mortgage loan application are described below: Characteristics, Capacity, Cash to Close, Character (credit) and Collateral.

Explaining the 5C’s in an understandable method is the most important tool to ensure a great customer experience.  


In mortgage lending characteristics are described as follows. It is the intent on every loan application to be able to describe the following.

1. What type of product is the customer applying for and knowing all of the

Youth Business Grants Available for Young Entrepreneurs

on April 24, 2013 - 9:28am


Los Alamos Business Assistance Services and the local community are sponsoring grants to young entrepreneurs.

Each applicant is required to write a mini-business plan, which is due May 16. Download the application at

A committee of business advisors and business community leaders interview, select and mentor the candidates throughout the summer.


Physical Therapy Plus Celebrates 25 Years

on April 23, 2013 - 10:20am

From left, Office Manager Michelle Pinkerton and Physical Therapy Plus owner Annette Weyrauch at their Los Alamos location. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Annette Weyrauch, MSPT, is celebrating 25 years of providing physical therapy services in Los Alamos.

Weyrauch owns Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. with locations in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Pojoaque. She began her business working as the only physical therapist and has grown to employ seven physical therapists among her three offices.

Her Los Alamos office is open Tuesday through Friday and


Perch Paperie to Hold Scrapbooking Day Event

on April 23, 2013 - 7:45am


In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, May 4, Perch Paperie is now taking reservations for its National Scrapbook Day Event.

This Ladies’ Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Participants are not required to stay the entire time, but with the full agenda planned, just might want to stay!

Tickets are $30 and registration for the event includes snacks, lunch, drinks, giveaways, registration gift and techniques.

The Perch Paperie will be teaming up with Tonya Collins from Tonya's Paperazzi to put on this fun all day event.

Pajarito Greenhouse Opens 9 a.m. Sharp Wednesday!

on April 22, 2013 - 2:58pm

Dave Fox of Pajarito Greenhouse. Photo by TK Thompson/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock will open for the season at 9 a.m. sharp Wednesday, April 24.

There will be 234 combinations of plant species and colors packed into the greenhouse's 3,600 square feet of display area.

"The Santa Fe Greenhouses closed over the winter so we are going to carry as many items as we possibly can to help take up the slack," owner Dave Fox said. "We're going to carry all of the popular vegetables including peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce,

Yang: Some Week!

on April 22, 2013 - 8:44am
Some Week!

This has been a “horrible, terrible, no good, very bad” week for the country … again. 

Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting last December, it’s been on my mind … mental health. Most of us have willingly and accidentally played frustrated psychoanalysts at one point or another. 

Even the casual phrases, “she’s a nut case,” or “he’s deranged,” however jokingly uttered, indicate that we judge others’ mental health status at times.

Hive Holds Linux 'Install Fest'

on April 21, 2013 - 8:58am

HIVE News:

A Linux “Install Fest” workshop is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock, just east of Metzgers.

Geoff Chesshire, Roy Nielsen, John Battles and Kerri Thurston will advise, guide and assist with this hands-on workshop. Plan to bring a computer (no Apples, please) and a USB flash drive of at least 8GB (16GB preferred) to install Linux on. 

If you prefer, you can use an external hard drive instead of a flash drive. Another USB flash drive of at least 4GB as installation medium would be helpful. Otherwise you will need a DVD reader. 

A 6 to 12 foot Ethernet cable

Los Alamos Business People Attend FAN 44

on April 20, 2013 - 7:47am
Chamber of Commerce members attend Fan 44 lunch meetings twice a month at restaurants throughout Los Alamos and White Rock as a way to meet and network with other members. One FAN 44 group met at de Colores Restaurant Friday. From left, Seva Khalsa, (Khalsa Acupuncture) Galey Bland, (Rodan and Fields) and de Colores owner Joan Duran. Tom Wyant (Enchanted Trek) had just stepped away from the table. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

RANM: Housing Market Continues To Improve

on April 18, 2013 - 1:33pm

RANM News:

2013 First Quarter sales and median prices reported to the REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) show an increase over 2011 and 2012 first quarter reports.

In the first quarter of 2013 there were 3,306 sales reported. This tops the 2012 number of 3,018.

Nineteen reporting counties showed an increase in sales numbers this year over last. In March 2013, there were 1,272 New Mexico sales reported - a 3.7 percent increase over the number of March 2012 sales.

First quarter 2013 median prices also show an increase over the last two years.