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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/

Chamber's FAN44 Pairs Local Business Owners

on July 27, 2012 - 3:54pm

Enjoying lunch and conversation at the Co-op today, from left, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, David Griggs of the Friends of the Library, Edwin Theodore of the Co-op Deli and Cory Ulibarri of the Co-op front end, and Michelle Tange of The Education Plan during today's FAN44 business networking event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Because not every business person who belongs to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce can get to a Business Breakfast or evening FAN Club event, the Chamber has launched a new networking opportunity: FAN44.
Today, 15

Ruby K’s Launches Renovation Project to Enhance Seating Comfort, Expedite Service

on July 27, 2012 - 10:07am

From left, interior designer Misha Peterson, Ruby K's new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, owner Ruby Alexander and architect Steven G. Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

In August, Ruby K’s Bagel Café will begin renovations designed to enhance daily operations at the popular eatery.

Los Alamos architect Steven G. Shaw and interior designer Misha Peterson are working together to make it easier for customers and staff to move around in the restaurant.

“We’ll also start serving cupcakes, other bakery item and grab and go sandwiches and salads,” owner Ruby

Craig Martin Experience Plays The Blue Window Aug. 4

on July 27, 2012 - 9:32am


Members of The Craig Martin Experience. Photo by Minesh Bacrania Photography

The Blue Window Bistro is celebrating its second year of business under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster with a Jazz Night featuring The Craig Martin Experience Saturday, Aug. 4. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.

The Craig Martin Experience, led by Craig Martin, includes Quinn Marksteiner on alto saxophone, Mandy Markensteiner on trumpet, Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboards, Rob Heineman on bass, John Frary on drums and Craig Martin on tenor

LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/


Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Coalition Requests Support for LANL Funding From DOE and New Mexico's Congressional Delegation

on July 26, 2012 - 10:34am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition), along with representatives from Gov. Susana Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the importance of funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.

The group met with members of the New Mexico delegation and U.S.

Learn about the History & Launch of the Los Alamos Daily Post

on July 26, 2012 - 10:28am

Carol A. Clark, publisher. Photo by Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network presents Carol A. Clark, publisher speaking at 6:30 p.m. today, July 26 at The Hive in White Rock (Next to Metzgers.)

Clark will talk about the history and launch of her online newspaper, the Los Alamos Daily Post.

She will demonstrate the online newspaper features and take questions from the audience about the quick success of this new information resource for the community. The public is welcome.


Sign Swap Underway at Hilltop House Hotel

on July 26, 2012 - 10:04am

The new sign for the Hilltop House Hotel arrived Wednesday but the rainstorm halted progress on its installation until today. The hotel's Best Western sign has been covered beneath a tarp since the hotel rebranded itself as the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center last month. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

The Best Western sign comes down to make way for the new Hilltop House Hotel sign today. Photo by Leland S. Lehman 

Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Photo by Leland S. Lehman





on July 25, 2012 - 4:18pm

The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market this Sunday, July 29. 

The location will be an outdoor space held at the Hive at 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public who attend. 

The Hive is also close by the parking and shuttle stop for the Bandelier National Monument. 

We will be featuring several local artists. Michael Martinez who creates Native Jewelry, Jennifer Moss who makes handmade ethnic jewelry, Gadiel Ramirez who specializes in homemade chili and corn decorations along with produce. 


LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described