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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

Hilltop House Hotel Manager Resigns

on November 4, 2012 - 11:54am
Hilltop House Hotel Manager Denise Smith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By Carol A. Clark

The longtime manager of the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center has resigned.

Denise Smith ran the 79-room hotel at 400 Trinity Dr. for the last seven years.

On Friday, she discussed with the Los Alamos Daily Post her experiences in Los Alamos and her decision to leave.

"I don't want anyone to think it's the hotel - the hotel is fine - I miss my family and I miss my home," Smith said.

Home is New Orleans.


Contractors Hear New LANL Cost Model Details

on November 4, 2012 - 11:50am

LANL Budget Officer K. Aaron Menefee explains the new LANL budgeting formula to LANL contractors attending a Nov. 1 Chamber Business Breakfast at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Los Alamos National Laboratory has adopted a new cost model for Fiscal Year 2013 and LANL contractors have expressed concern about the consequences the new model may have on their businesses.

The Los Chamber of Commerce organized a special Chamber Breakfast for LANL officials and contractors Nov. 1 at UNM-LA.

LANL Budget Officer K.

Public Packs Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Friday Night

on November 3, 2012 - 9:55am

A line of hungry diners formed outside the Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill in Mari-Mac Shopping Center at 5 p.m. Friday, after the new restaurant opened to the public and quickly reached capacity. The line of people continued forming for nearly three hours as diners inside finished their meals and were quickly replaced by new diners - keeping the dining room full throughout the evening. The trendy eatery is now open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Diners packed the restaurant and spilled into the outdoor dining area Friday evening at the highly

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Opening Next Week!

on November 1, 2012 - 3:19pm

Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill dream team from left, owners Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler, sous chef David Tripp, executive chef Curtis Miller and owners Dorota and Pawel Listwan. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The excitement was palpable Wednesday night as invited guests filed in to get a sneak peek of the newest restaurant in Los Alamos.

The Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill held the private affair to put its staff through the paces of preparing and serving meals in anticipation of next week's opening to the public.

Owners Patrick

Farmer's Market at the Coop Begins Today

on November 1, 2012 - 10:00am


LANB Sports Halloween Spirit

on October 31, 2012 - 10:26pm
Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock is transformed into a giant PAC-MAN game today for Halloween. Photo by TK Thompson/

Ron "PAC MAN" Blue prepares to wait on a banking customer today at LANB in White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/
Bank Teller Charmaine Nahonai waits on Janet Hall this afternoon at LANB in White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/

Photo by TK Thompson/
Photo by TK Thompson/

Del Norte Hosting Health & Fitness Seminar

on October 31, 2012 - 10:20pm

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union is hosting the Health & Financial Fitness Seminar: A Focus on Women.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Where: University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (4000 University Dr., Building 5)

Cost: This seminar is our gift to the women in our community

Registration: Contact Valerie Martinez (505) 455-5302 or Limited space available - please RSVP

Agenda Topics:

  • Take Control of Your Credit Report - Karyne Archuleta, Business Consultant, KLA Enterprizes
  • Everything You Want to Know about Menopause but are Afraid to Ask - Linda Taylor,

Zia Credit Union Selects President/CEO

on October 31, 2012 - 4:35pm

New CEO David Woodruff. Courtesy/ZCU


Zia Credit Union’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that they have selected David Woodruff as the credit union’s new President/Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, Nov. 5.

“David is going to be an excellent leader for Zia Credit Union,” said Ben Garcia, Chairman of the Board. “His extensive knowledge of the industry and his proven track record of success in leadership and lending operations will help the credit union to continue to prosper and serve our members.”

Woodruff holds a BA in International Relations from


Money IQ: How Closely Should You Monitor Your Credit?

on October 31, 2012 - 11:48am
Money IQ
By Sarah Hosford

How Closely Should You Monitor Your Credit?

Your credit report provides a financial overview to current and future creditors and is reviewed when lending decisions are made for credit cards, car loans, mortgages, etc.

Lenders take into account your credit score, past delinquencies, bankruptcies, court judgments, tax liens and any other accounts that may have gone to a collection agency.

All of these things factor into calculating your personal credit score and history.

The three most commonly used credit bureaus are; TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.