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Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Offers Unique Shopping Opportunities

on November 16, 2012 - 7:38am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The new venue for this year's fair is the Crossroads Bible Church, Hwy 502, East Entry to Los Alamos, between Hilltop House Hotel and the Airport, south side of road.

Community members are invited to seize this opportunity to do all of their holiday shopping at this event, plus benefit an organization that brings to town numerous events throughout the year, such as Brown Bag Concerts, Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow and Coffeehouse.

The Los Alamos Arts Council has

Four U.S. Organizations Receive 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award

on November 16, 2012 - 6:10am


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank Thursday named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

The winners in this, the 25th anniversary year of the award, represent four different sectors, one repeat recipient and a health network recognized for the same honor earned previously by its flagship hospital.

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients—listed with their category—are:

Community Packs Dixie Girl During First Happy Hour

on November 15, 2012 - 9:00pm

A crowd fills the bar and dining areas at Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos Thursday as the eatery hosted its first Happy Hour since receiving its liquor license earlier in the day. So many people turned out for Happy Hour that there was a short wait to be seated. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Dixie Girl Restaurant received its liquor license Thursday and the evening was filled with diners and people sampling the alcoholic beverages in the bar area. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Dixie Girl Gets Liquor License - Launches Happy Hour

on November 15, 2012 - 1:26pm

Head Bartender Hunter Bruce and Dixie Girl Co-owner Caitlin Smith celebrate the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos receiving its liquor license today. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Dixie Girl Restaurant Co-owner Caitlin Smith told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that the Dixie Girl has obtained its liquor license today.

Smith said that tonight will be the restaurant's first "Happy Hour" and will run from 5 to 7 p.m. with a full bar, $5 well drinks and $ 6 premium drinks including specialty martinis and manhattans.

Beers won't be available for a few days as the


Ribbon Cut on United Church Resale Shop

on November 15, 2012 - 1:07pm

Corine Christman cuts the ribbon Wednesday on the new Resale Shop location for United Church. From left, Jeanne Butler, Christman, Adda Moldt and Nina Thayer, all of whom volunteer their time at the Resale Shop, which is open to the public Wednesday mornings. More than 20 missions are supported by the shop's proceeds. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Crowds gather Wednesday morning at the United Church on Rose Street for the first day of operation of its new Resale Shop. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC


Money IQ: Security: Two-Factor Authentication

on November 14, 2012 - 4:32pm
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Security: Two-Factor Authentication

The risk of having an online account breached is increasing every day as cybercriminals continue to evolve and refine their methods.

Simply having a user ID and password as an authentication method is no longer enough to truly protect your account.

You need a form of two-factor authentication. What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication requires more information than something you know, such as a password.

It adds the additional criteria of something you must have.

Officials Request Funding For The Hive

on November 13, 2012 - 9:30pm

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network President Andy Andrews, at podium, and The Hive Steward David Jones present a Citizens' Petition requesting that Council grant $36,000 to The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, and further requesting that Council direct County staff to develop an expanded grant application for the Hive's continued operations. There is not a mechanism in place at the current time for Council to fund a private company in this manner.

Lodgers' Tax Board Meeting Place Changed

on November 12, 2012 - 8:58pm

NOTE: The location of the Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board meeting place scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 has changed. 

It will be held at the conference room in the County Administrator’s Offices at 133 Central Park Square.

The Hive to Address Council Tuesday

on November 12, 2012 - 6:31pm


We would like to invite the community to join us at the County Council meeting beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Community Building.

The Council has been presented with a petition for an immediate $36,000 grant to sustain operations of The Hive through February of next year and to request that the Council direct County staff to work with The Hive in developing an expanded grant application.

This short paper addresses the most efficient and direct way that the County can promote REAL and SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in Los Alamos County.

The Hive is an INDEPENDENT

Column: Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

on November 12, 2012 - 7:23am
Column by Elena Yang
Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

Diversity or multiculturalism is not a goal; it’s a process. 

A process of working with differences; a process that has always existed although without a name until recently; a process that will continue to exist for the next millennium. 

Race and gender were some of the first-noted categories, but now more and more groups have been added to the list. 

Like research on leadership, research on diversity and multiculturalism has been abundant, and abundantly described in books, journal articles,

State's Former Chief Medical Officer Now Practicing in Los Alamos

on November 11, 2012 - 7:30am

Dr. Grant Gerner, Dr. Erin Bouquin, center, and Dr. Barbara Medlin of Los Alamos Urgent Care. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Within a matter of days, Dr. Erin J. Bouquin went from being forced to resign as Chief Medical Officer at the New Mexico Department of Health to an exciting new position on the medical team at Los Alamos Urgent Care.

"Working at the state was an incredible experience and I wouldn't change a minute of it ... I knew going into it that it wouldn't be a long experience but I never imagined it would be that short," Bouquin said.

The Hive Seeks to Help Businesses Thrive

on November 11, 2012 - 6:55am

From left, Jung Hong, Jonathan Shroyer, David Jones and Andy Andrews discuss a business idea and brainstorm how to make it profitable during the Brown Bag lunch at The Hive Thursday. The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock, is dedicated to helping business owners make it through the pitfalls of starting a new company. Representatives from The Hive intend to address the County Council Tuesday, Nov. 13 to request grant funding to enable the organization to continue supporting local entrepreneurs. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

Betsy Bailey Coaches Workshop Participants

on November 10, 2012 - 9:35am

Betsy Bailey, left, certified Dale Carnegie trainer in presentations conducted a workshop at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4, Thursday night on how to increase listening levels and motivate others to action. Bailey kept the conversation lively during her workshop and had participants Kenneth Lee and Dave Thomson laughing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Betsy Bailey has had two careers in her professional life: basketball player/coach and Dale Carnegie trainer. In basketball, she played on the U.S. National Team and professionally in Europe for 10 years.

Shop Local Campaign Launches Nov. 24

on November 10, 2012 - 6:22am


Denise Terrazas Buys Title Guaranty & Insurance Co.

on November 9, 2012 - 10:22am

Los Alamos National Bank CEO/Chairman Bill Enloe assists Denise Terrazas who prepares to cut the ribbon commemorating her new ownership of Title Guaranty Thursday. LANB President Steve Wells joins a group of employees and guests at right who turned out for the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Thursday's Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for Title Guaranty, LLC drew top officials from Los Alamos National Bank. From left, Senior Vice President Jill Cook, President Steve Wells, Chief Technology Officer Paul Cook and CEO/Chairman Bill Enloe. Photo by Carol A.

Karen Wray Fine Art Grand Opening is Nov. 16

on November 9, 2012 - 6:55am

Watercolor artist Secundino Sandoval looks through paintings at his Los Alamos home. Courtesy photo

By Karen Wray

Karen Wray Fine Art is delighted to announce that we have moved to a wonderful new location in Los Alamos, and would like to invite the community to our Grand Opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Our new address is 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125, at the southwest corner, ground floor, of the Community Bank Building. 

Photo: Karen Wray and Tinkerbell

This is also our gallery’s Holiday Art Show, so we’ll have ornaments, cards, prints, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and paintings

Breaking News: Hilltop House Hotel Goes Into Foreclosure

on November 8, 2012 - 3:44pm

Hilltop House Hotel. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

The financially troubled Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., has gone into foreclosure.

Court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post indicate that Los Alamos National Bank filed for foreclose proceedings on its mortgage with the hotel Oct. 19.

Defendents named in the case include the Hilltop House LLC, Hilltop House Hotel Inc., Ronald Selvage, Hilltop House Spa LLC and Kim Selvage.

Attorney James Jurgens filed the civil complaint in Los Alamos District Court for "debt and money due, for


Fake Online Banking Security Alert Advisory

on November 8, 2012 - 2:14pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank DID NOT send out a "security alert" email that arrived in people's In Boxes this morning.

LANB Chief Technology Officer Paul Cook said the email is fake and has a fake address.

"We never send out an email asking customers for their email and password – we would never do that," Cook said.

Cook advises anyone receiving the email to simply ignore it and delete it.

The bogus email sent to local addresses this morning is as follows:

Online Banking Security Alert

Dear Customer,

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification

Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting at Title Guaranty Today

on November 8, 2012 - 10:23am


The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Denise Terrazas and her business Title Guaranty, LLC, with a Ribbon Cutting at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 8.

Also, Terrazas will host an Open House 4-6:30 p.m. today with refreshments catered by the Blue Window and drinks catered by the Hilltop House.

Stop by the Los Alamos National Bank branch at 1200 Trinity Dr. to congratulate her and enjoy the hospitality.


Money IQ: Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

on November 7, 2012 - 2:22pm
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

During the holiday season, it is not uncommon to spend more on a daily basis than usual.

If you are planning on using your debit card to pay for purchases, it is a good idea to be familiar with your financial institutions daily debit card purchase transaction limit.

You have probably witnessed (or have experienced it yourself), a shopper’s debit card being declined at the check-out stand.

The shopper insists that they have money in their checking account but the cashier is unable

The CoffeeHouse Cafe' Spices Up Menu

on November 6, 2012 - 8:35am

The Coffee Booth and the CoffeeHouse Cafe', 723 Central Ave. in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Courtesy photo

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Coffee Booth and the CoffeeHouse Cafe' are known for three things; “Exceptional People, Outstanding Coffee and Tremendous Conversation.”

So, if election night will have you up until the wee hours of the morning, stop on by for a freshly brewed cup and a scone.

Owner, Brian Booth knows his crew is ready to stimulate your mouth and your mind as staff members fuse passion and craftsmanship, in starting your day off just right.

“We have some good reliable

Letter to the Editor: Otowi Station, This Town Will Miss You!

on November 6, 2012 - 8:06am
By Colleen Olinger
Former Owner of Otowi Station Bookstore

Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop closed its doors a few days ago having served Los Alamos/White Rock residents and visitors for almost 20 years.

Before that, its parent store, Ojo de Dios Bookstore, served our community many more years.

Bart and I purchased Ojo de Dios in 1990 from Harold Burnett and expanded it to our brand new Otowi Station site in 1993.

We owned Otowi until late 2005, when Peggy Durbin and Michele Vochosky took over - encountering a very rough business climate.

The store is enveloped in

Free Workshop: 'How to Captivate an Audience in Two Minutes'

on November 6, 2012 - 8:04am

LAEN News:

The Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network will host a free workshop on "How to Captivate an Audience in Two Minutes" at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.



Betsy Bailey, certified Dale Carnegie trainer in presentations, will present the workshop on how to increase listening levels and motivate others to action.


Baily's presentation is made available by the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network (LAEN) and is open to the public on a first come basis. And it's free.


In a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal with 200 large


Fuller Lodge Art Center Offers 'Tax Free' Shopping Day

on November 5, 2012 - 9:47pm


  • Celebrate our Freedom to Vote

Come by the Art Center after you vote for a Tax Free Shopping Day

To help you take a break from thinking about the government (after you vote), the Art Center

is offering a "tax free" shopping day. We'll even serve sparkling cider! On Tuesday Nov. 6,

we will cover the tax on any purchases you make here. Say "I voted!" and we'll even offer

you a sticker:


Column: A Positive Portrayal - Level-5 Leadership

on November 5, 2012 - 8:44am
A Positive Portrayal: Level-5 Leadership
Column By Elena Yang

Is it precisely because one does not regard oneself as a leader, or even a potential leader, that one has the real possibility to become a leader?  

If true, this is the paradox of true leadership. I am not going back to discuss leaders or managers, but instead discuss the powers which a manager applies to build and sustain an organization. Besides, I owe you some positive examples, don’t I?

The funny thing is that pinpointing the specific achievements of really effective leaders, the achievements that make a lasting impression