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New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a

Patrons Pack Final Night At Canyon Bar

on January 24, 2013 - 10:40am

Patrons packed into Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Wednesday night, Jan. 23 for its last night in business. Photo by Sal Zapien/

AnnMarie and Michael Cutler. Photo by Sal Zapien/

By Carol A. Clark

It was a bittersweet moment for owners Michael and AnnMarie Cutler as the doors closed forever Wednesday night on the Canyon Bar in Central Park Square.

The Cutlers have owned the popular establishment at 163 Central Ave., for 16 years, but recently received a purchase offer for their packaged liquor license from Giant Gas Stations.

Cutler explained that Giant

Money IQ: 2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

on January 23, 2013 - 12:19pm
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

2013 Estate Tax and Annual Gift Tax Exemption Limits

Although Congress temporarily avoided the “fiscal cliff”, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Act”), enacted Jan. 2, 2013, made some permanent changes with respect to the lifetime estate and gift tax exemptions that may affect your estate plan.

This column outlines two key changes and also discusses how the annual gift tax exemption may be used as an estate planning tool.

Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions: 

Legislators permanently approved the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption (also

Column: Part II - Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics

on January 21, 2013 - 9:26am

Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics: How Men’s Covert Conflicts Got Expressed in Overt Conflicts Between Women – Part II, Intervention and Outcomes

By Elena Yang

The principle of parallel process can be applied to intervention. A small group of representatives chosen from the larger system can grapple with pertinent issues, unpack the layering of conflicts, understand their emotions and the sources, and imperatively, reflect back their lessons to the larger system.  

In this case of “Fixing the Women,” Smith and his colleagues created a “microcosm group” to identify issues, learn to

Rick Nebel Discusses DC Transformer Project Jan. 24

on January 21, 2013 - 9:25am
The Hive, 134 N.M. 4, is hosting it's weekly brown-bag lunch gathering starting at about 11:30 a.m. V, Jan. 24.
At noon Thursday, Rick Nebel will provide a presentation on his development of a DC transformer.

About 100 years ago, there was a dispute between Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla about whether the United States would run on alternating current (AC) power or direct current (DC) power.


Tesla ended up winning that battle solely on the basis that it is easy to move the voltages and currents up and down with AC power using transformers.


Perch Paperie Officially Opens for Business!

on January 20, 2013 - 9:34am

Owner Gloria Brehm cut the red ribbon on her new new business, Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock Saturday as Felicia and Pam Naugle, left, and Adam Brehm, Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and George Brehm holding son Luke grasp the ribbon. The event was packed with family fun including a bouncy house, face painting and balloon animals and included snacks and a raffle. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd filled the Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., Saturday during the store's grand opening hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol

Warmer Weather Floods Local Car Wash

on January 20, 2013 - 8:29am

The recent Los Alamos 'heat wave' brought out a flood of drivers Saturday to the car wash on Knecht Street to spray away the grime built up on their vehicles during frigid temperatures earlier in the month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets

on January 19, 2013 - 9:52am
'The Three Amigos' by Los Alamos Artist Melissa Bartlett. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets 
By Mandy Marksteiner
Do you ever wonder what makes a painting interesting enough to buy? There’s always something about the piece that is especially attractive, whether it is the way the images are balanced or the way the color of the sky contrasts with the color of the rocks.
How do they do that?
Starting next week, Melissa Bartlett answers that question during her class at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

Grand Opening for New Business is Saturday

on January 18, 2013 - 8:09am

Staff Report

Gloria Smith Brehm has opened a new business in White Rock called The Perch Paperie.

She is hosting a Grand Opening of her arts and crafts supply store at 13 Sherwood Blvd., from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 .

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be free face painting and balloon animals.

Throughout the day there also will be free food, make-n-takes, a bouncy house and lots of free raffle items.

The community is invited to participate in the festivities and show support for


Tune Up Your Business in 2013

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am
The Small Business Development Center affiliation between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) ended in December.
Going forward, LACDC services are being offered under the identity of the “Los Alamos Business Assistance Services.”
No-cost, confidential business advising and assistance as well as affordable business workshops will continue to be offered in synergy with other LACDC programs including the Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet programs.
LACDC has assisted hundreds of

Money IQ: What’s In Store For 2013

on January 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

What’s In Store For 2013

As we start the New Year there are many forces in play that can have an influence on the stock markets, not only in the United States but around the world

All eyes continue to be on Washington as the Fiscal Cliff issues continue to dominate the airwaves.

Taxes and tax rates have been established, however, the debt issues will remain in the headlines as Washington gears up for another round of budget talks and budget battles in February.

Everyone is hoping for a permanent solution that makes the government’s finances sustainable.

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am


Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

Two Opportunities to Sample Skin Care Products

on January 16, 2013 - 6:39am

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields became best friends during their dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. Courtesy photo

By Mandy Marksteiner

If looking younger is one of your 2013 resolutions, Galey Bland invites you to “New You for the New Year.”  This skin care clinic will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 at the Chamber of Commerce.

Bland, the first Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists consultant to serve New Mexico, will demonstrate how to use the ANTI-AGE regimen, which has been clinically proven to give people younger looking skin.

“I have seen more


Wednesday's FAN Club Coincides With Library's Metal Menagerie Opening Reception

on January 15, 2013 - 10:43pm

Scrap metal fish by David Trujillo. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce has a "really fun" FAN (Food and Networking) Club planned for Wednesday evening Jan. 16: it will be held in conjunction with the opening reception for the Metal Menagerie show in Mesa Public Library's upstairs gallery.

The hosts are the Friends of the Library ... the caterer is Peggy Pendergast ... the artists are David Trujillo and Richard Swenson who are represented by Karen Wray Gallery ... if you don't know at least some of these people, you need to get out more!

  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.,

Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 2,000 LIKES!

on January 15, 2013 - 8:09am

Contest Winner Brenda Kelley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LADP News:

At 6:25 a.m., Monday Jan. 14 – after just 10 months in operation – the Los Alamos Daily Post achieved another major milestone: 2,000 "Likes" on its Facebook page.

Congratulations to "Guess the Time" contest winner Brenda Kelley who guessed the Post would hit 2,000 Likes at 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 14, coming closest and winning a T shirt.

Kelley works at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Column: 'Fix the Women!'

on January 14, 2013 - 8:05am

Parallel Process of Intergroup Dynamics: How Men’s Covert Conflicts Got Expressed in Overt Conflicts Between Women – Part I, The Case
Column by Elena Yang

The columns for today and for next week will be lengthy, and they need to be read in tandem. 

“Parallel process” is a complicated concept, like just all issues concerning group processes. 

I apologize in advance for the occasional jargon and the convoluted depiction – part of the nature of group processes. As always, I welcome your feedback. 

Now for today’s entry.

“Fix the women,” a request/demand by the director of the Buildings

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network Announces Upcoming Opportunities

on January 14, 2013 - 8:04am

LAEN News:

Specifically for women entrepreneurs ... New Mexico Angels Women’s Entrepreneurial Education Workshop Series
"Time to Grow! How to Prep for Angel Funding" presented by NMA and WESST – Santa Fe

You’ve established your company and validated your ideas, now it’s time to grow! You need funding, a management team and the right business model to meet your goals. During this workshop you’ll learn from our industry experts about how to ensure your company stands out in the marketplace and how to define your strategic advantages. With that comes having the right business model.


Michelle Hall Garners Top Geophysical Education Award

on January 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos with Michael McFadden, President of the American Geophysical Union at an awards ceremony last month in San Francisco at which Hall was honored. Courtesy photo


By Carol A. Clark

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award during a special honors ceremony Dec. 5 in San Francisco.

Hall is a geophysicist and science educator who is married to Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director of Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hall was recognized and honored by the AGU for her

Money IQ: ‘Save Yourself' and 'Define Your Own Future’…

on January 9, 2013 - 11:20am
Money IQ
By Tammy M. Thorn

"Save Yourself" and "Define Your Own Future"…

"The Mayan’s were wrong on the end of the world, it was just the end of their calendar" and "Congress and the President have additional issues to address regarding the government’s fiscal stability and looming debt ceiling issue."

Since uncertainty is a fact, some things are certain, "Define your Own Future" ... contribute to an Individual Retirement Account.

Most of us save for retirement as a participant in our Employer’s Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP), such as a 401(k) Plan or 403(b) Plan.

In addition to that

Los Alamos Daily Post Nears 2,000 FB Likes

on January 9, 2013 - 11:17am

Staff Report

Becky Hardy of Los Alamos won the Los Alamos Daily Post "1,000 Likes" Facebook contest last fall.

Hardy, shown here with her new T-shirt, successfully guessed that the Los Alamos Daily Post would hit "1,000 Likes" on its Facebook page at 2 p.m., Oct. 11, which was the day and time of her marriage in 1980.

A new contest is now underway with just 29 Facebook "Likes" to go to reach 2,000.

Guesses as to when the Los Alamos Daily Post will reach that milestone can be entered at




'Hive505' Created to Harness Los Alamos Brainpower

on January 9, 2013 - 8:22am

Hive505 News:

What was Thomas Edison’s most useful invention? It wasn’t the light bulb. It wasn’t the gramophone or even the motion picture. 

Los Alamos businessman Keith Barras suggests that the most useful invention was the laboratory itself. Edison’s workspace (complete with physics, chemistry and metallurgy labs, a machine shop, library and ample space to conduct experiments) made it possible to come up with innovative ideas, and also develop them into marketable products.

In the spirit of Edison, a small group has been developing a new business model for harnessing the creative and


Chairworks and Dunn Quilting Sale/Store Closing Jan. 15-19

on January 9, 2013 - 7:56am

Courtesy/Dunn Quilting

Staff Report

Chairworks and Dunn Quilting, 3801-A Arkansas Ave., will hold an inventory/closing sale Jan. 15-19 with everything in the store marked down 40 percent.

The store is closed from now until Jan. 15 when it will be opened 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 19, after which it will close for good.

Dunn Quilting owner Nicole Dunn has moved her longarm quilting business to her home studio where she will continue to finish quilt tops, and make one-of-a-kind custom quilts for the community, as well as create and design her own art quilts.

Chairworks owner Pat

Business Assistance Services Stands Ready to Serve You in 2013!

on January 7, 2013 - 12:49pm


  • ­Are you looking to improve or expand your business in 2013? Or maybe you are looking into a new business op­portunity or would like to start a new business?

Los Alamos Commerce & Develop­ment Corporation (LACDC) is now offering business advising and work­shops under the identity of “Los Ala­mos Business Assistance Services.”

The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services program provides services to help businesses start, grow, and succeed.

Business advisement is pro­vided on a no-cost, confidential basis.

LANB's Bill Enloe Receives Top Community Asset Award

on January 7, 2013 - 9:39am

Bill Enloe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report

CEO/Chairman of the Board Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank was honored with the Spirit of the West Award at a special event Saturday night, Jan. 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Spirit of the West Award is the highest award presented annually to a member of the community for their positive impact and contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Los Alamos.

Community Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen hosts the annual Community Asset Awards ceremony. 

This year, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

Column: New Year Reflections

on January 7, 2013 - 7:59am
New Year Reflections
Column by Elena Yang

Happy New Year! 2013 will be awesome … because I intend to make it so, for myself; besides, is there any other way?!

A few years ago, I encountered a young and energetic woman in a “Photoshop” workshop who said, “Every year I take on a new hobby or activity. 

So this year I decided to learn how to shoot [with camera] and make great pictures.” It resonated with me. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose undertaking, just something that isn’t in one’s usual repertoire. 

Through a fabulous new friendship made early last year, I have begun to read a