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Chamber's FAN44 Members Gather at Blue Window

on September 18, 2012 - 12:46pm

Gathering at Friday's FAN44 networking event at the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave., from left, Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours By Buffalo Tours, Kim Lazarus of B-Fit Chiropractic, Sandra West of Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Michelle Tange of The Education Plan and Connie Proulx of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce's FAN44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch. Sixteen restaurants are involved and nearly 80 Chamber members.

Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.

Los Alamos Co-op to Host Health & Wellness Fair Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 5:28am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its second Health and Wellness Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Co-op, 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

The Health and Wellness Fair includes massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, mental balance coaches, Krav Maga & Z-Health instructors, local artists and other wellness vendors.

The public will have access to samples, consultations, and demonstrations, all provided free. 

As part of the Co-op’s on-going community outreach program, the Health and

LAEN: Make Your Idea Reality

on September 14, 2012 - 8:23am

LAEN News:

Make your idea reality. Let’s talk. That is the message of The Hive and the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) at their Fuller Lodge booth during the "Next Big Idea" event this Saturday.


“This is a great opportunity for people with ideas to explore commercial potential,” said Dave Jones, Steward of The Hive.

LAEN and The Hive have partnered to provide people with ideas (high tech, low tech, or no tech) a free initial evaluation of an idea’s business and technical viability.

If the idea looks promising and the person with the idea wants to move forward, LAEN


Workers Install Roof Over New Smith's Gas Station

on September 14, 2012 - 7:18am

Construction on the new Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street moves forward despite recent rain storms. A large roof now spans the area formerly occupied by a Shamrock Gas Station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



LANB Hosts United Way 2013 Campaign Kick Off

on September 13, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells presents a $50,000 donation from the bank to United Way, accepted by United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega during Wednesday's 2013 campaign kick off event hosted by LANB. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Katy Korkos, left, of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents a $8,200 donation to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega from money raised at the Chamber's annual charity golf tournament. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Director Liddie Martinez of Community and Government Relations for SOC, right, presents a

Money IQ: Why Do I Need a New Appraisal?

on September 12, 2012 - 12:16pm

Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

Why Do I Need a New Appraisal? 

It’s easy to feel like refinancing is a hassle and the benefit of a lower interest rate and monthly payment might be negated by the closing costs incurred.

Admittedly, refinancing doesn’t always make sense but with historically low mortgage rates it’s certainly worth a look.

This week’s Money IQ examines one of the closing costs you are likely to incur in refinancing – the $500 or more for a new appraisal.

So you have finally decided to take the refinance plunge and see how much you can save.

You knew there would be closing

BREAKING NEWS: NADG Pulling Out of Trinity

on September 12, 2012 - 9:23am

Update 9/12/12 - 2:44 p.m. - Comment from Grubb and Ellis added

A NADG concept drawning of the exterior of a Smith's Marketplace. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

In a surprising announcement this morning, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle reported to KRSN AM 1490 morning show host Nancy Coombs that North American Development Group (NADG) has requested that the Trinity Site development project be legally transferred to the property development arm of Kroger. 

If the transfer is approved, NADG would no longer be the developer of Trinity Site, instead Smith's, a division of

Creating a Marketing Plan that Builds Community

on September 11, 2012 - 6:31am

SBDC News:

Many businesses and organizations struggle with creating a marketing plan.

Join Founder and CEO Rubina Cohen of Firefly Innovation Group to learn how to create and implement the various parts of a marketing plan that not only grows and sustains your business or organization, but one that gives back and builds community.

Utilizing a brand new and easy method of marketing planning called the Firefly Method, which focuses on the needs of the business and the needs of the community, participants learn how to market and grow their business or organization for long term

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Opening This Fall!

on September 9, 2012 - 4:24pm

Restaurateur Patrick Mockler-Wood stands in the center of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Thursday, which is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The highly anticipated opening date of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is drawing near. Partner Patrick Mockler-Wood invited the Los Alamos Daily Post on Thursday to tour progress at the new eatery at 614 Trinity Dr.

"We are opening later this fall and are very excited to have the community finally get to come in and enjoy this restaurant," Mockler Wood said.

The Jemez Mountains are the inspiration for


Smith's Gas Station Takes Shape on Trinity Drive

on September 9, 2012 - 2:11pm
Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive near 15th Street is moving forward with the installation of new pump islands last week. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Bestsellers at Otowi Station: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

on September 6, 2012 - 6:50am
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:
  1. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, Hubert Dreyfus
  2. Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Mark Cross*
  3. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  4. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  5. Survival Under Atomic Attack, U.S. Government
  6. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  7. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  9. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  10. Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, Margaret Coel

*Local or regional author.


The End of an Era: 'The Black Hole' is Closing

on September 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Despite operating a junk yard, Ed Grothus almost always dressed in a white shirt with an elaborate inlaid kachina bolo. Often his enthusiasm overrode the caution to don work clothes and he ruined countless shirts and pairs of pants. He wore the bolo everywhere for years. Courtesy photo


Barbara Grothus, president of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close.

The business, established in 1953, has operated at 4015 Arkansas Ave. in Los Alamos since the 1970s.


Ishwari Sollohub Opens Los Alamos Office

on September 3, 2012 - 8:36am
Staff report
Santa Fe counselor and psychotherapist Ishwari Sollohub, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), announces the Sept. 7 opening of her Los Alamos office at 127 Eastgate Dr., Suite 206.
Sollohub currently has openings for new clients, with office hours on Fridays, by appointment.
She works with adults and couples facing issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, addictive behavior and relationship issues.
Sollohub states on her website, “If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life challenges or stuck with emotional or mental pain, counseling can

Former LANL Director Drops By Local Bookstore

on August 31, 2012 - 9:44am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Robert Kuckuck stopped in to peruse the books and gifts available in the Otowi Station Bookstore Thursday. Consensus among employees: "What a nice man." Kuckuck is pictured here in his office preparing for a business meeting. Courtesy photo


Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore: Aug. 19-25

on August 29, 2012 - 11:30pm

  1. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  2. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin
  3. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  4. New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer, Delorme
  5. Survival Under Atomic Attack, US Government
  6. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  7. Wise Hombre Quizzes for Westerners, Lannon Mintz
  8. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
  9. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  10. Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks

Chamber Members Tour Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service's New Home on Canyon Road

on August 29, 2012 - 8:06pm

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce held its August FAN Club this evening at the new home of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. Chamber members and prospective members turned out to tour the former Scout Lodge, 2202 Canyon Road, which the LAVNS purchased earlier this month to house its administrative offices with plans to construct a hospice facility on the property. Photo by Karen Kendall/

CPA Debbie Reiss, left, Kiwanian and developer Rick Reiss and Kristy Ortega of the United Way and the Kiwanis president toured the new facility. Photo by Karen Kendall/


Wednesday FAN Club at Former Scout Lodge

on August 28, 2012 - 11:13am



The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce August FAN Club is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

This is a great opportunity to see the site where the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses organization will be building Los Alamos' first-ever hospice, and tour one of the more historic buildings in Los Alamos at the same time, in the former Scout Lodge, 2202 Canyon Road.

The driveway is just to the east of the Jewish Center and will be well marked for the occasion.

FAN Clubs are a great way to enjoy some light refreshments and network with fellow chamber members.

Peak of Growing Season Underway for Farmers Market

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Produce from Salvador Corona’s family farm in Española can be found each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

A wide variety of produce, dairy products, meats and more are available for purchase each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

SBDC Offers Bookkeeping, Tax and Marketing Workshops

on August 26, 2012 - 8:52am

SBDC News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is providing the following workshops:

Basic Bookkeeping
08/28/12 Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
08/30/12 Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Small Business Center Fee: $50.
The Basic Bookkeeping Workshop will be a two-part series for small business owners and managers looking for a basic course in bookkeeping essentials. It will meet over a two day period, with three hour sessions per day.


White Rock's Artist & Artisans Market Set for Sunday

on August 25, 2012 - 2:21pm

The Los Alamos Creative District will host its second outdoor Artist & Artisans Market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 in the outdoor space at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Stop by to help support the efforts of local artists Jennifer Moss, Therese Lynston, Debra Steinman and several others. 

This is a start-up market and there is room for more artists and artisans. Call Melanie at 505-661-4807, for more information.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District.


Ruby K's Hosts FAN44 Networking Event

on August 24, 2012 - 2:42pm

From left, Executive Director Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society, Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill of the Department of Public Utilities and board member Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation enjoy lunch and conversation at Ruby K's today as part of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN44 business networking event. For more information or to sign up for FAN44, contact Katy Korkos at 661-4816 or Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Hannemann Music Celebrates Five Years in Business

on August 24, 2012 - 7:01am


Richard Hannemann. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

This September, Hannemann Music celebrates its 5th anniversary, carrying on the long tradition of home-based music stores in Los Alamos.

Owner Richard Hannemann is a professional musician who plays the guitar, mandolin and clarinet.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1969 and gained his core musical knowledge through the Los Alamos Public Schools music program.

“I have a great deal of respect for the music program," Hannemann said.

Column: Home Equity Line of Credit Can Ease Financial Impact of College

on August 22, 2012 - 11:43am
Money IQ
By Sarah Hosford

The costs associated with life can be overwhelming, and with young adults packing up and heading off to college all over the country, this feeling is known by many. 

One way to help reduce the financial impact of college is to obtain a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC.) 

A HELOC is offered by banks; savings and loans, brokerage firms, credit unions, and other mortgage lenders, and allows the homeowner to tap into the equity in his or her home. 

The equity in your home is the difference between its value and what you owe on it. 

A HELOC is a revolving credit


TechSource President to Speak at The Hive Thursday

on August 22, 2012 - 10:36am

TechSource President V. Brian D’Andrea will present a talk titled, "The Business System: Much More Than the Product" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

D’Andrea's talk, sponsored by the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network is open to the public.

About V. Brian D’Andrea:

In 2001, V. Brian D’Andrea was appointed Chief Operating Officer at TechSource, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 250 in downtown Los Alamos.

He is responsible for the daily operations and marketing activities for the company as well as overseeing client relations. 

D’Andrea brought decades of