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Meet Ruby K’s New Operations Manager: Melissa Schmidt

on August 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Ruby Alexander, center, of Ruby K's at 20th Street and Central Avenue with her new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, left, and architect Steve Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

Melissa Schmidt, newly hired operations manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, plans to use her communication skills to lead the staff through changes at the restaurant.

“This is a big time at Ruby K’s,” said Schmidt, who was also a shift supervisor at Starbucks, where she has worked for the past six years. “Ruby (Alexander) has a lot of great ideas.


Steve Wells to Speak Thursday at The Hive on Financial Challenges of Entrepreneurship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:34am

LAEN News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a conversation with Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank.

Steve W. Wells
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Los Alamos National Bank

LAEN is privileged to host Wells on the evening of Aug.16 at The Hive,134 N.M. 4 in White Rock ... please note that seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Wells has served as president of Los Alamos National Bank since 1994.

He began his banking career 34 years ago and has been with LANB since 1985 and serves on the bank's


Dance Arts Los Alamos Hosts Dancer’s Resale and Open House; Announces Fall Classes

on August 14, 2012 - 7:30am

Photo by Paulo T. Photography

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will kick off its 2012-2013 year with the Dancer’s Resale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Studios at 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. 

An Open House will be held noon to 4 p.m. for families new to DALA, or anyone who has questions about classes or needs assistance with the registration process.

DALA has expanded its class offerings again this year and is offering more than 45 classes at its three studios located in both Los Alamos and White Rock. 

DALA is pleased to add Melissa Briggs to the faculty

Heather Wilson Meets with Local Business Community

on August 13, 2012 - 10:21am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson shares a lighter moment with Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and members of the Los Alamos business community during a luncheon Saturday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover speaks with U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during a lunch meeting with local business people at the Dixie Girl Saturday.

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore July 29 to Aug. 4

on August 12, 2012 - 8:23pm

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of July 29 to Aug. 4:
  1. Curious George Visits the Library, H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
  2. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary
  3. Frindle, Andrew Clements
  4. No More Monsters for Me! Peggy Parish
  5. Hi! Fly Guy, Tedd Arnold
  6. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog, Normal Birdwell
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  9. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  10. More Spaghetti, I Say! Rita Golden Gelman

El Rigobertos Opening Soon in Central Park Square

on August 10, 2012 - 1:55pm

El Rigobertos Restaurant is opening in the next few weeks in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Hut in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Workers renovating the interior space in Central Park Square to make way for El Rigobertos Mexican Food Restaurant said Thursday that owner Gladys Loya of El Rigobertos Mexican Food, 810 N Paseo De Onate in Espanola, intends to open her Los Alamos restaurant sometime in September. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Celebrates 15 Years

on August 10, 2012 - 1:16pm

Canyon Bar in Central Park Square is celebrating 15 years in business this week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Paleontologist Ralph Chapman Virtualizes Dinosaurs

on August 10, 2012 - 7:27am

Entrepreneurs John Battles, left, and Chuck Mansfield join audience members gathered Thursday evening at The Hive in White Rock to listen to Paleontologist Ralph Chapman present a talk about virtualizing dinosaurs. Chapman is an owner/partner of New Mexico Virtualization, a Los Alamos-based company that specializes in the 3-D scanning of objects, especially for museums and educational institutions. The company’s latest project was for Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and included the scanning of the whole skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sometimes referred to as SUE.

Mi Casita Restaurant Closing Down Friday

on August 9, 2012 - 10:40pm

Owner Oscar Duran told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that he will close down his restaurant, Mi Casita, in the VFW building on Trinity Drive at 2 p.m. Friday after serving the final lunch. "We gave it a good run but our business dried up in the spring after the Lab began laying off its contractors ... they were our main business," he said. Duran opened Mi Casita 2.5 years ago and said that initially his customers packed the restaurant and spilled over into another room in the building.

LANB Launches Weekly Financial Column: Money IQ

on August 8, 2012 - 2:15pm
What’s your Money IQ?
By Steve Wells

Welcome to Money IQ. Over the last 49 years in working with many customers, Los Alamos National Bank has run across just about every financial situation or decision you can imagine and some you can’t.

We were very excited when the Los Alamos Daily Post asked if we could add to their financial channel, a weekly column on financial matters that would be useful to their readers, we jumped at the chance.

How smart are you when it comes to money?


Katy Korkos Gets Pierced

on August 8, 2012 - 9:31am

Throwing caution to the wind, Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce surprised one of her business members Monday as she entered their business and asked to be pierced. Korkos hadn't had her ears pierced as a child but after receiving a pair of MJ Oref designed earrings Monday, made the decision to get it done. She headed straight to Bennett's Fine Jewelry, 107 Central Park Square. Within minutes, Korkos walked out sporting pierced studs, which she will keep in her ears for six weeks to allow the new piercings to heal over.

Council Honors KRSN Owners for State Achievement

on August 7, 2012 - 9:03pm

Owners David and Gillian Sutton accept a proclamation issued by Los Alamos County Council to honor KRSN 1490AM for its recent award as "2012 New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).


PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Thursday Talk Features Dinosaur Expert Ralph Chapman at The Hive in White Rock

on August 6, 2012 - 3:18pm

Photo: Paleontologist Ralph Chapman at a recent event at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAEN News:

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by paleontologist Ralph Chapman titled, Virtualizing Dinosaurs: Problems, Strategies and Solutions, (from dinosaur bones to images and models.

The talk is hosted Jointly by LAEN  (Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network) and The Hive (community hacker space.)

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
  • Where: The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock (just east of the Metzger’s gas station.)

Chapman is an owner/partner

CB FOX Opens Temporary Mattress Store Downtown

on August 6, 2012 - 2:53pm

Dave Fox of CB FOX welcomes customers into his new mattress store Saturday. The store has opened temporarily in the space recently vacated by the flower shop adjacent to the CB FOX Department store on Central Avenue. The mattress store is designed to accommodate customers who have trouble using the stairs in the department store as well as allow more space for the large variety of mattress available at CB FOX. The mattresses will remain on display until the space is leased. Photo by Katy Korkos

Facebook Reportedly Has Millions of Fake Accounts

on August 4, 2012 - 9:10am

BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones says suspected fake profiles have prompted some marketers to become wary of Facebook adverts. Courtesy/NT

News Technology:

Facebook has said it believes there are now more than 83 million illegitimate accounts on the social network.

In company filings published this week, it said 8.7 percent of its 955 million active accounts broke its rules.

Duplicate profiles - belonging to already registered users - made up 4.8 percent of its membership figure.

User-misclassified accounts amounted to 2.4 percent - including personal profiles for businesses or pets


Tony Chan Brings Home Senior Olympic Gold

on August 3, 2012 - 7:44am

Tony Chan of the Los Alamos Rotary Club with the Gold and Silver medals he won at the Senior Olympics in Las Cruces during two gruling days of table tennis competitions. Chan won the gold in mens doubles and the silver in mens singles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dave Jones, steward of The Hive presented a talk to the Los Alamos Rotary Club gathered Tuesday at the Dixie Girl about the unique facility he operates in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe CEO John R.

Shamrock Gas Station Reduced to Pile of Rubble

on August 2, 2012 - 1:05pm

The former Shamrock Gas Station on Trinity Drive near Knecht Street is being demolished to make way for a modern Smith's Gas Station. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet Presents Talk at Statewide Conference in Clayton

on August 2, 2012 - 11:53am

Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox addresses a gathering of New Mexico MainStreet members at a statewide conference this morning in Clayton. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Hilltop House Hotel Facing Financial Troubles

on August 1, 2012 - 12:32pm

Los Alamos Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

By Carol A. Clark

The Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., is in financial trouble and it appears that the investors were the last to know.

The group of 17 men and women gathered in person and by telephone for a noon meeting at the hotel Monday to discuss what, if anything, can be done to save the hotel from sinking into bankruptcy or being sold off for pennies on the dollar.

"I am very shocked and disappointed to find the finances of the hotel to be in this dismal state," investor Steve Stoddard told the Los


Goodbye Shamrock

on July 31, 2012 - 2:34pm

The demolition of the Shamrock Gas Station on Trinity Drive is in full swing today. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Demolition of the Shamrock Gas Station on the southwest corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street is moving full speed ahead in preparation for the construction of a Smith's branded gas station.

Smith’s will lease the property from Polk JT Properties. The Los Alamos County Council has approved a lease agreement with North American Development Group (NADG), paving the way for the development of Trinity Place.

Smith’s new fuel center will be adjacent to the Smith’s


Artisan's Market in White Rock will be Weekly Event

on July 31, 2012 - 7:44am

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy's Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan's Market held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of The Hive on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce as a way to provide local and regional artists an opportunity to showcase their wares at what will now be a weekly market each Sunday. To participate in the Artisan's Market, artists can contact Melanie Pena at 505-661-4807. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artists selling their wares at Sunday's Artisan's Market include Kathy

A Shift in Small Business Lending Choices?

on July 30, 2012 - 8:54am
By Doug Devereaux
NIST Industrial Specialist

A recent Pepperdine University study indicates that small business owners are once again viewing bank loans, not business credit cards, as their first option for obtaining financing.

Based on a survey with responses from 6,000 business owners, 68 percent of those seeking financing in the next six months reported that they will pursue bank loans.

In that same study, business credit cards were the choice of 40 percent of respondents, and 36 percent of businesses reporting also said they planned to seek financing from a credit union or


Hill Diner Burglarized Overnight!

on July 29, 2012 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos Police detectives at Hill Diner, 1315 Trinity Dr., this morning investigating an overnight burglary. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

The restaurant is open for business now but when employees arrived to work this morning at the Hill Diner, they discovered in short order that something was wrong. A window had been pushed in and the cash register was "trashed."

"We don't keep any cash in the restaurant," owner Denise Lane said.

Lane explained that this is the fourth time the Hill Diner at  1315 Trinity Dr.,  has been burglarized since it opened 26 years ago.

She had a state of

LANB Exterior Renovation Completed in Time for Concert

on July 29, 2012 - 9:44am

The exterior entrance area of Los Alamos National Bank was renovated last week and completed in time for Friday's Summer Concert, sponsored by the bank and held in its parking lot. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Concert goers begin to fill the parking lot at Los Alamos National Bank for Friday's Summer Concert, sponsored by LANB. LANB treated the community to music and distributed lighted wind wheel toys to the kids and provided them with several bouncy houses to play on during the concert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/