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Zia Realty Group Buys Los Alamos Properties

on February 28, 2013 - 12:31pm

Three local real estate companies have become one as Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski, center, purchases Los Alamos Properties effective Friday, March 1, from owner David Horpedahl, right. Chrobocinski purchased the real estate division of REA Jan. 1 from owner Pearl White, left. In combining the three companies, Zia Realty Group now has 19 agents serving Los Alamos and White Rock. Read the full story in Friday's Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Lippiatt Joins LACDC as Meeting and Visitor Bureau Manager

on February 28, 2013 - 12:30pm

New Meeting and Visitor Bureau Manager Mike Lippiatt in the Los Alamos Visitors Center this morning. Photo by Katy Korkos


Los Alamos Daily Post
Longtime Los Alamos resident Mike Lippiatt has been hired as the new manager of the Meeting and Visitor Bureau for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. 
Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce has been managing both vistor centers in Los Alamos and White Rock for several years and will now turn over day to day operations to Lippiatt.
"I've known Mike for several years and his

Free Seminar on 'The Art of Branding a Community' March 7

on February 28, 2013 - 6:44am


The Art of Branding a Community­

FREE Group webinar. “Branding” is the keyword of the decade, but what does it really mean?

Most people don’t understand what a brand really is or how to actually build one. This presentation demystifies and explains the process of branding for cities, downtowns and marketing professionals.

Through case histories, video clips, dozens of photos and humorous stories, attendees will learn what it takes to create a successful brand, how to make it obvious, and how that translates to cash.

Los Alamos Business Assistance Services, a program of Los

Money IQ: Too Good to be True (Continued)

on February 27, 2013 - 12:16pm
Money IQ

Too Good to be True (Continued)

Last week we discussed how criminals are always looking for unsuspecting victims to help them steal and launder funds.

“Money mules” are individuals who are usually tricked into helping transfer stolen funds from one country to another.

The fraudster uses social websites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to locate their victims. Below is another example of “Too good to be true.” 

Mr. Right – You receive a notification on Facebook that someone is asking to be your friend.

Public Updated on A-19a Project at White Rock Meeting

on February 27, 2013 - 9:50am

Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, Community and Economic Development Department Housing Manager Paul Andrus, center, and Associate Planner Dan Osborn field questions at Monday's public meeting on the A-19a project in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Consultant Will Gleason reviews final conceptual designs for residential and commercial development of A-19a Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff report

Los Alamos County's Economic and Community Development Department hosted a public workshop Monday evening to present the updated

Community Invited to Co-op's 2nd Anniversary Party Saturday

on February 27, 2013 - 7:47am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary Saturday, March 2 and the community is invited to the big event.

The "Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town," 95 Entrada Dr., is throwing a party with cake, music, youth activities, chair massages and much more!

Most events are scheduled 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food sampling, deep member discounts and gift bags for people who buy a new, renewed, or upgraded membership Saturday.

Co-op members will save 10 percent on regular priced items all day.

The Los Alamos Co-op is now a drop-off point for glass


New Mexico’s 13 National Parks = Visitors, Money, Jobs

on February 26, 2013 - 3:51pm

New Mexico national parks. Courtesy/NPS


NPS News:

DENVER – A new National Park Service report shows that nearly 1.5 million national park visitors in New Mexico in 2011 spent $102 million and supported 1,538jobs in the state.

Nationwide, visitors to the 398 units of the National Park System had a combined $30 billion economic benefit that supported 252,000 jobs.

“The national parks of New Mexico are exceptional and varied places – from the ancient mystery of Chaco Canyon to the wondrous geology of Carlsbad Caverns.

The attraction of these 13 natural and cultural crown jewels as

LANS, LANL Fostering Economic Development in Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2013 - 3:10pm

Ribbon cutting and grand opening of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery in Cuyamungue. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Native American Venture Acceleration Fund provides boost to six regional businesses

Six Native American businesses received grants through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

Funding comes from LANS, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the New

Startup Workshop at the Hive Thursday

on February 26, 2013 - 6:04am

HIVE News:

Thinking of starting a business? Want to learn about what will be presented at Startup Weekend Santa Fe? 

Eric Renz-Whitmore, executive director of New Mexico Technology Council, will lead a session Thursday, Feb. 28 at The Hive during this week’s brown-bag lunch. 

The brown-bag will start at 11:30 a.m. and Renz-Whitmore will start his session at noon. As always, there is no charge. 

The Hive invites community members to participate with like-minded entrepreneurs (no need to be an entrepreneur – yet.)

The "Lean Canvas" is Ash Maurya's adaptation of the "Business Model

Column: Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations... Part 1

on February 25, 2013 - 7:18am

Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations – From Personal Development to Organizational Development Part I

Column by ELENA YANG

I have been working on four books for the past few weeks; two are about personal development and the other two are about organizations (see listing below.)

The overlapping messages are generally about living with passion, learning to release creative energy, staying disciplined and having fun.

On a recent skiing trip, they began to meld together for me. So, this entry is both personal and organizational.

  • "The Art of Possibility" by Rosamund Stone Zander

Subway Moving to More Visible Location

on February 23, 2013 - 11:11am
The SUBWAY® restaurant hidden from street view at 1350 Central Ave. will move across the street to the more visible 1370-A Central Ave. in April. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After nearly seven years tucked behind the Bradbury Science Museum, local SUBWAY® owner Larry Singh is moving his restaurant from 1350 Central Ave., across the street to 1370-A Central Ave., in the former Don Taylor Photography location.

Singh told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that he is excited about the move because it will provide his restaurant with


Real Estate & Neighborhood History: Western Area

on February 22, 2013 - 12:17pm

Western Area in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Google Earth


Real Estate & Neighborhood History

Western Area

 Any discussion of the real estate and the history of our neighborhoods in Los Alamos must begin with the first neighborhood developed in our mountain community – “the Western Area.”

The Western Area derived its name from the location in which it resides. At the time it was being developed, it was thought that Los Alamos would remain on only one mesa.

Therefore it was believed that a distinction between East and West would be all that is necessary.

Ruby K’s Celebrates Eighth Birthday and Extends Hours

on February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
Employees of Ruby K's Bagel Café show off their bagel costumes. Courtesy photo

By Mandy Marksteiner

Ruby K’s Bagel Café is about to reach a milestone and achieve a goal. The restaurant is approaching its eighth anniversary and will extend their hours.

Ruby K’s will have its "Eighth Birthday Party Celebration" Feb 22 and 23. The restaurant will serve samples of its new menu items and smoothies. 

The celebration also will include prize drawings, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon animals and cupcake decorating.

Ruby K’s will stay open until 7 p.m. beginning March 1.

“We couldn’t

Knapp's Wraps Mobile Eatery For Sale

on February 21, 2013 - 7:42am

Knapps Wraps owner Gary Knapp prepares a couple of breakfast burritos at his mobile restaurant in White Rock Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Knapps Wrapps has been in business since 2006. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Knapp's Wraps mobile eatery has been a familiar sight at 128 N.M. 4 in White Rock but that's about to change. 

Owners Gary and Cindy Knapp plan to leave the state and have put the business up for sale.

"It was appraised at $200,000 but we are asking $150,000," Gary Knapp told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Money IQ: Too Good to be True

on February 20, 2013 - 11:23am
Money IQ

Too Good to be True

We’ve all heard the phrase, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Well, unfortunately, this phrase applies largely to many incentive deals, job offers, and even relationships that we may find on the Internet today.

Criminals are always looking for new ways to steal someone else's money and they're looking for unsuspecting victims, like you, to help them. Job websites and social media websites (like Facebook and Twitter) are the new tool of choice to find money mules.

The term “money mules” is defined as individuals that are

Meteorite Over Russia May Reap Benefit for Impoverished Residents

on February 20, 2013 - 11:20am

The spectacular meteorite that exploded in a fireball over Russia's Ural Mountains and sent shock waves through the city of Chelyabinsk Friday may have been a blessing in disguise for its impoverished residents. When the meteorite exploded, it showered the city with thousands of tiny black stones that may be worth more than their weight in gold. See more at

January Home Sales Off and Running

on February 20, 2013 - 10:23am

RANM News:

There were 970 home sales reported to the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico (RANM) for January 2013.

This is more than 19 percent more sales than January 2012 and nearly 24 percent more than the number of sales reported in January 2011.

Only four counties reported a drop in the number of sales for January 2013 compared to January 2012.

“What a great way to start 2013,” RANM President Cathy Colvin said. “Inventories are still low in many markets, but the pent-up demand for homes is creating activity in markets around the state.”

According to RANM CEO M.

Buyer Surfaces for Hilltop House Hotel as Auction Looms

on February 19, 2013 - 10:06am

Hilltop House Hotel
Los Alamos Daily Post
A buyer has surfaced for the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr., which has been in foreclosure since last fall.
The hotel failed to make its $26,000 monthly mortgage payments, spurring Los Alamos National Bank to file foreclosure proceedings against the hotel in October.

Los Alamos businessman Roger Waterman and his family are the largest investors among a group of 17 who put money into purchasing the hotel for $4.8 million in 2005. An additional $600,000 also was raised.

Waterman told the Los Alamos Daily Post this


From Special Forces Chaplain to Los Alamos State Farm Agent ... Abe Dispennette Shares His Story

on February 19, 2013 - 9:00am

As a Special Forces chaplain, Los Alamos State Farm agent Abe Dispennette, third from left, leads a team of doctors, nurses and staff in prayer in a hospital in Afghanistan before a large group of U.S. casualties arrive. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Before moving to Los Alamos in June, new State Farm Agent Abe Dispennette served as a U.S. Army chaplain with the 101st in service to Afghanistan and 1-77 Heavy Infantry to Iraq, serving in the Special Forces between the two.

Abe Dispennette

"I was one of the last boots in the sand in Iraq and then a month later

Than Povi Fine Art Gallery Opens for Business

on February 18, 2013 - 9:11am

Elmer and Deborah Torres cut the ribbon on their new gallery and gift shop Saturday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Elmer Torres assists customers visiting the Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elmer and Deborah Torres of Pueblo de San Ildefonso cut the ribbon on their Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop Saturday morning .

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening event at the new gallery at 6 Banana Lane off U.S.

Catalyst Conditioning Offers EVHS Benefit Bootcamp

on February 18, 2013 - 8:20am
Minka the small cat needs your help.
EVHS News:
A graduate of the Espanola Valley Humane Society (Class of 2011) Minka wants to help her alma mater.
In conjunction with Catalyst Conditioning, you, too can help out the shelter and get fit at the same time.
Sean Leffler is offering a one hour, all levels, bootcamp Saturday Feb. 23 and all he asks is that participants bring something from the list to help out the shelter.
And if you can shop local, Cyndi Wells at Pet Pangea in Central Park Square also has a copy of the list, so pop over there during your lunch hour and grab

Letter to the Editor: PEEC Has Proven Ability to Deliver

on February 15, 2013 - 8:11am
By Dave Fox, Anne Fox and Andy Fox
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors: With respect and sympathy for the needs of other applicants for new facilities, CB Fox wants to go on record as a supporter of the PEEC Nature Center.

Of all the prospective CIP candidates, the Nature Center, placed on Canyon Road, fits Los Alamos’s new Creative District, imparting to the District the non-stop thrum of life that PEEC has already abundantly demonstrated it not only can, but does in fact, deliver every week of the year, year after year.

PEEC’s vitality, transported to the Creative District, adjacent as

Local Businesswomen Join Nicholas Seet for Roundtable Talk

on February 14, 2013 - 7:17am


By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to start a successful business?

Six local female business owners will share their stories, advice and secrets 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21 at a roundtable discussion at Family Strengths Network. Babysitting will be provided.

Nicholas Seet, who will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UNM-LA during the spring semester, will moderate the talk.

The panel of business owners includes Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café; Lorraine Hartway, a CPA owner of a growing practice; Michelle Harkey, owner

Money IQ: Wi-Fi Security

on February 13, 2013 - 9:03am
Money IQ
By Michael Carson
Wi-Fi Security

Wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi) seems to be everywhere these days. Laptops, phones and tablets all take advantage of it.

Businesses often offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to their customers such as in a coffee shop, book store, bank, or hotel. Most people however, don’t realize that the person next to them could be electronically eavesdropping on everything that they are doing online. So, you may ask, why is there a higher security risk in Wi-Fi?

It’s because your device is broadcasting over the air to a wireless access point (WAP.) Any other Wi-Fi