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YANG: Opposites Attract? Or, We Prefer To Hang Out With Like-Minded? Handling Differences/Conflicts – Part II

on April 15, 2013 - 8:46am
Opposites Attract? Or, We Prefer To Hang Out With Like-Minded? Handling Differences/Conflicts – part II
Column by ELENA YANG

Just as differences do not automatically lead to conflicts, they don’t inevitably cause mistakes either. 

However, pushing ideas into feasible plans and on to development involves risks; that’s where potential mistakes occur. 

If most people already feel uncomfortable with voicing different opinions, proposals, or ideas, the discomfort increases with the higher risks that come with realizing such ideas or plans.

Consider this colossal mistake: “In 2011, H.P.’s

Column: Six Factors Affecting Auto Insurance Premiums

on April 13, 2013 - 10:16am
Six Factors Affecting Auto Insurance Premiums

There are a number of key factors most insurance companies use to calculate how much you’ll end up paying for your auto insurance.

What’s important to remember is that you can control many of these factors.

Your location, age and driving habits all play a major role, as do the types of vehicles you drive and your record of accidents.

In many cases, the choices you make about the coverage you want determine the cost of your premium.

Below is a more detailed look at six key factors that affect your auto insurance

GAO Report Finds ATM Fees on the Rise

on April 13, 2013 - 8:25am

  • Large banks shown to have higher and more prevalent fees; Surcharges at non-bank ATMs higher and more frequent
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American consumers have paid higher automated teller machine (ATM) fees over the past five years according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation released Friday.
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the GAO investigation.
The lawmakers requested the report to assess increased ATM use by Americans in recent years.

2013: Equal Pay Remains Unequal

on April 9, 2013 - 10:05am

Staff report

Today is Equal Pay Day - a day held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year.

Census statistics released in September, 2010 show that women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009.

An alternative to the wage gap, which is measuring the ratio between women’s and men’s median weekly earnings for full-time workers was 80.2 percent in 2009, which is flat since the historical high of 81.0 percent in 2005.

Median earnings for most women

Empty Nesters and Friends Club Meets Tonight

on April 8, 2013 - 9:19am

Column: From Differences To Mistakes – Part I

on April 8, 2013 - 6:42am
Opposites Attract? Or, Hang Out With Like-Minded?
From Differences To Mistakes – Part I
Column by ELENA YANG

So, which is true? I am inclined to go with the like-mindedness.

Even when opposites attract, the opposites are usually manifested in the area of temperament, rather than how people think and what they value.  

We seek out those whose opinions are similar to ours; we read or listen to news outlets that closely reflect what we believe (if not exclusively, certainly most of the time), and our friends are by and large similar to us. 

Depending on your perspective, Margaret

Time For Sign Change

on April 8, 2013 - 5:47am

A worker changes a sign at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

June English Beautifies Los Alamos

on April 6, 2013 - 10:31am
June English of Professional Skin Care Choices shows her line of  Physician's Care Alliance skin care products. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices has been providing skin care services in Los Alamos for nine years.

She serves a loyal clientele Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from her office at 127 East Gate Drive, Suite 212-D.

English is a trained medical aesthetician and worked for several Phoenix plastic surgeons before moving to Los Alamos.

“I help women stay beautiful,”


Lazarus Wellness Center Officially Opens its Doors

on April 6, 2013 - 6:38am
As friends cheer her on, owner Dr. Kim Lazarus cuts the ribbon, officially opening Lazarus Wellness Center Thursday. The Center is in the Small Business Development Center in Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Guests try out equipment at Lazarus Wellness Center during Thursday's Open House. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Dr. Kim Lazarus cut the ribbon Thursday, officially opening the Lazarus Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center is in the Los Alamos Small Business Center, Suite 213, in Central Park Square.

Lazarus offers a number of


Los Alamos Daily Post Launches Weekend Open House Map Section!

on April 5, 2013 - 11:16am

LADP News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post is now featuring a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this new weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes.

Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on your smart phone or ipad!

Click on the Real Estate Section red button near the top of this page to view the new "Open House Map and List" or click here.


Real Estate & Neighborhood History: 'The Townsite' - Eastern Area

on April 5, 2013 - 10:42am
Real Estate & Neighborhood History

“The Townsite” - Eastern Area

Last month’s Column focused on the first suburb in Los Alamos - The Western Area.

But before The Western Area was built, Los Alamos residents lived in “The Townsites” at Site Y.

In the beginning of Los Alamos history the townsite was a temporary Army post run by the Army Corps of Engineers.

As a temporary site hastily constructed with the urgency of war most of the original “homes” lacked not only comfort but durability.

The initial contract to construct the top-secret post fell to M. M.

Pet Pangaea Chosen Rotary's Local and Districtwide Small Business of the Year!

on April 4, 2013 - 7:04am
Members of the Sonny Brown Business Award (SBBA) Committee, from left, Chairman Mike Lippiatt, Donnie Torres and Richard Matteson and Rotary Club President Linda Hull, right, present a $250 check to Pet Pangaea owner Cindi Wells at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday. The local pet store is the winner of this year's SBBA award. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Every other year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Club honors one local non-Rotarian business that exemplifies the high ethical standards of Rotary.

This year, the Club’s SBBA Committee, chaired

Public Invited to Open House at Lazarus Wellness Center

on April 4, 2013 - 7:03am


The community is invited to join Kim Lazarus at the Grand Opening and Open House of her Lazarus Wellness Center in her new expanded office suite #213 at 190 Central Park Square.

The event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and there's plenty of room so bring a friend. 

The Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony during the event and there will be giveaways and refreshments will be served.

Also, Lazarus will demonstrate several new services she offers her clients.



De Colores Restaurant Going Strong After 34 Years

on April 4, 2013 - 6:35am
A crowd enjoys lunch Wednesday at De Colores at the Gate, 2470
East Road. The popular eatery celebrates 34 years this month serving the Los Alamos community. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staff report
Founded in 1978 by Joan and Mel Duran, and operating at the current location for 10 years, De Colores is the longest running restaurant in Los Alamos.
The restaurant was packed during the lunch hour Wednesday and is a popular dining spot for those who live and work in Los Alamos.
Joan Duran told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she is concerned about rumors that continue to

Los Alamos, Sandia National Labs Recognize New Mexico Small Businesses for Innovation

on April 3, 2013 - 4:02pm

LANL News:

Ten New Mexico small businesses participating in projects using the technical expertise and assistance of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories will be recognized at the 12th annual Innovation Celebration Thursday, April 4, at Technology Venture Corporation’s Deal Stream Summit being held at the Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo.

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program was created in 2000 by the New Mexico State Legislature to bring national laboratory technology and expertise to small businesses in New Mexico and promote economic development

Money IQ: Email Etiquette

on April 3, 2013 - 3:06pm
Money IQ

Email Etiquette

Nothing can take you from hero to zero like breaking the unwritten rules of email communication.

So if you interested in moving forward in your career take heed.

This is not a complete list, and the items listed are based on my education and personal experience.

1. 60-70% of all communication is non-verbal. So when a subject is of great importance and miscommunication is not an option, schedule a face to face meeting or, at the very least, make a phone call—Do not email

2. Never write an email in anger or utilize ALL CAPS (denoting anger.) Remember,

Creole Nouvelle Now Open for Breakfast

on April 3, 2013 - 10:45am

Crowds are flocking to the Creole Novelle Restaurant at 1793 Deacon St. for lunch and now breakfast! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

For the past two months, Creole Novelle has been drawing crowds to 1793 Deacon St. for lunch Monday through Friday.

Owner Esther Lucchini serves up creole and cajun specialties like seafood gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee as well as oyster po' boy and prime rib po' boy sandwiches, cajun pasta and a popular bread pudding.

On a recent visit to the Creole Nouvelle, every table was occupied and a line for takeout stretched out

Free Business Development Breakfast & Workshop Thursday for Military Veterans

on April 3, 2013 - 8:44am


Military veterans who want to start their own business or expand an existing operation are invited to attend a free Business Development Breakfast and Workshop in Los Alamos from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 4.

The event is at UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr., in the Lecture Hall - Room 230.

The workshop is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center (VBOC), the U.S.


Tonya Collins Does More Than Sell Lipstick

on April 3, 2013 - 8:31am

Tonya Collins


Los Alamos resident Tonya Collins celebrated International Women’s Day, March 8, by giving free Mary Kay facials in her home and donating a portion of her sales to Esperanza House.

The first International Women’s Day (a movement to empower women and girls no matter where they live) was celebrated in 1911.

All across the country, Mary Kay consultants celebrated the day by volunteering their time and donating to a charity that helps women.

“Many consultants chose to give to the Mary Kay Foundation,” Collins said.


Your Money: Your Portfolio Has To Match Your Financial Plan

on April 2, 2013 - 10:15am
Your Money: Your Portfolio Has To Match Your Financial Plan

Several years ago, when I was teaching people how to trade growth stocks, I was teaching a seminar in Dallas. Or Denver. Or San Diego. I really don’t remember, but one attendee stands out, even to this day.

He was a friendly enough guy, sitting in the first or second row. I liked to walk around and introduce myself to attendees before the seminar got under way, so I found myself talking to this gentleman and his friend. Turned out he was a postal worker, and he had a question for me.

He asked whether the

Real Estate Round Table: Navigating Obstacles in the Home Buying Process

on April 2, 2013 - 7:46am
Real Estate Round Table: Navigating Obstacles in the Home Buying Process

The road to buying a home can be both exciting and stressful. While buyers and sellers are generally motivated to make the deal go smoothly, challenges can arise. 

It's wise to be prepared and find professionals who you can trust. Your Realtor and mortgage loan officer will be your greatest allies throughout this process.

Loan Obstacles - The tight financial climate has led to many changes in the mortgage.

There are a number of things you can do to be prepared:

  • Get your finances in order and

YANG: Intelligence Has Many Sides - It’s Easier to Acquire Hard Technologies Than to Grasp Soft Emotions

on April 1, 2013 - 6:39am
Intelligence Has Many Sides: It’s Easier to Acquire Hard Technologies Than to Grasp Soft Emotions
Column by ELENA YANG

Everyone has experienced the distance between what we see ourselves and how others see us. 

Not everyone notices such experience or acknowledges it. In order for such an experience to occur, one has to have a keen sense of self-awareness, and you can’t possibly grasp that distance if you lack the ability to gauge how others see you. 

However, by itself, the concern for how others see you does not arise from self-awareness; rather, it’s often a sign for being

Community Packs Zia Realty Group Open House

on March 29, 2013 - 2:09pm

Zia Realty Group brokers and family members, including JJ Chrobolinski holding giant scissors, cut the ribbon Thursday to celebrate the 'fastest growing realty company in Los Alamos.' Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski, center, founded Zia Realty Group in 2012 and has since purchased REA Realty Company and Los Alamos Properties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

More than 300 community members, business leaders and County officials, including County Administrator Harry Burgess, filled the Zia Realty Group office building at 1416 Trinity Dr.

Community Invited to Celebrate with Zia Realty Group Today!

on March 28, 2013 - 10:14am


The community is invited to attend an open house and ribbon cutting celebration at Zia Realty Group, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 1.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. today with food, drinks and entertainment.

Zia Realty Group has recently purchased REA and Los Alamos Properties and now has a combined workforce of more than 20 professionals selling homes and buildings throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Owner James Chrobocinski and the entire Zia Realty Group team will be at Thursday's open house to enjoy the festivities and meet the public.