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Free Money Opportunities at SBDC Fair

on October 30, 2012 - 8:13am

SBDC News:

Ever wonder if there is FREE MONEY available in Los Alamos? Well you are in luck, there is! Come to the Free Money Fair at 2 p.m., Nov. 7 and learn about the opportunities available and whether they are a fit for your business.

There will be multiple presenters at the fair discussing the MainStreet Curb Appeal Grant, MainStreet Small Promotions Grant, Tourism Cooperative Advertising, Los Alamos County Small LEDA Project Grants, Los Alamos County Façade Improvement Grants, Lodgers Tax Advisory Board Small Promotions Grant and Pop-Up Retail Opportunities.

The fair will start


Column: Management of Power - The Slytherins Have Won

on October 29, 2012 - 6:27am

Column By Elena Yang

Management of Power: the Slytherins have won

In the last entry, I noted that those who craved extreme power seemed to be one dimensional in their evilness and their use of power was inevitably unidirectional. 

This doesn’t happen very often in real life – thank goodness – and probably even less likely in organizations, one hopes. 

However, in modern organizations, most managers with a lot of power rather resemble those described for the Slytherin House members in Harry Potter books; by that I mean most managers, especially at the top levels, make their way

Chamber Biz Breakfast: LANL Cost Model Changes

on October 27, 2012 - 11:18am


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a business breakfast event from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the UNM-LA Building 2 Lecture Hall.

The topic is Los Alamos National Laboratory's recently implemented cost-model changes and the potential impact on its subcontractors.


Aaron Menefee, LANL’s Budget Officer, and Doug McCrary, the head of LANL’s Acquisition Services Management Division, will deliver presentations about these changes, which occurred Oct. 1, and answer questions from the audience.


A light breakfast will be available.

Unusual Artists Work at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

on October 27, 2012 - 10:00am

Art connoisseurs will encounter the most unusual artists at work at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in the southwest, ground-level corner of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ribbon Cut on Financial Business on Oppenheimer Dr.

on October 26, 2012 - 6:48am


Edward Jones Financial Advisor John Williams, Branch Office Administrator Samantha Forrest, Chamber Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos and LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple cut the ribbon at 555 Oppenheimer Dr., Suite 206 Thursday evening. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon cutting ceremony. Williams hosted an open house with refreshments and door prizes. Photo by Karen Kendall  

Welcome John Williams to Business Community This Afternoon

on October 25, 2012 - 9:34am


The Chamber of Commerce is conducting a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at the Edward Jones office, 555 Oppenheimer to welcome John Williams to the business community.

Williams also is hosting an Open House all afternoon today to meet local residents.

Refreshments will be served.


Money IQ: Transfer of Assets After Death

on October 24, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ:
By Dan Monte

Transfer of Assets After Death

Tom and Sarah were both 84 and had been married for 62 years. They had five children, only one of whom lived nearby.

Tom and Sarah owned their home, cars, bank accounts and investment accounts as joint tenants.

All of their retirement assets and life insurance policies named each other as the primary beneficiary.

Several years ago, they hired an attorney who prepared last wills and testament for each of them.

Simply, each will directed the transfer of all assets to the surviving spouse and then to the kids in equal shares.

Sarah died

Council Unanimously Approves Liquor License for Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue

on October 23, 2012 - 7:28pm

Dixie Girl owner Denise Lane's expression says it all - Los Alamos County Council gave unanimous approval this evening to the transfer of location for an on premise consumption liquor license submitted by Bliss on Tap, Inc. d/b/a Trinity Beverage Company. Lane's son, Jake Smith, sits next to his mother. Council candidate Pete Sheehey and resident Rose Stephens are seated in the audience behind Lane and Smith at tonight's Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Marcia Kaplan to Speak on Crowdfunding

on October 23, 2012 - 10:17am

LAEN News:

Marcia Kaplan will present Crowdfunding starting at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 25 to the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network at The Hive, 134 N.M., 4 in White Rock. The public is welcome.

Crowdfunding is an innovative new method of raising funds for one time creative projects, non-profits, social causes, and businesses.

Currently most campaigns are donation-based. If you or your organization wants to raise money for your project, cause, or business, you should attend this presentation to learn more about the crowdfunding opportunity.

Also, in April, as part of the JOBS Act


Kristin Henderson to Address Charter Amendments Thursday at The Hive

on October 23, 2012 - 6:13am
LAEN News:
Kristin Henderson, candidate for County Council will speak to members of the Los Alamos Entreprenuers Network (LAEN) on the proposed County Charter amendments.
Henderson will speak during LAEN's weekly brown-bag networking lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.
There will be time for Q&A following Henderson's talk and the public is invited to attend.

Column: Following The Hogwarts’ Path On Power - Part III

on October 22, 2012 - 8:46am

Column by Elena Yang
Following the Hogwarts’ Path On Power
Part III
Now, about followers.

When leaders are absent, there are those amongst the followers who would and could step in and become leaders. 

When the trio, Harry, Hermonie and Ron, returned to Hogwarts to find the final Horcrux, they found Longbottom and Ginny Weasley had lead the students in various rebellious acts against the Dark Lord’s cadre of teachers and rules. 

When Harry had to pretend to be dead in Hagrid’s arms, it was Longbottom who came charging at Voldemort.

Chief Bids Farewell to 'Irreplaceable' Assistant

on October 20, 2012 - 11:45am

Chief Wayne Torpy said goodbye to his assistant Sandra Salazar during her retirement party Friday at Fuller Lodge. "Sandra is irreplaceable ... I have never had an assistant like Sandra before in my career and I don't expect to again ... she had tremendous technical skills but so do many people ... Sandra went beyond that ... in so many little things that she did, for example, she always let me know when someone was having a bad day or going through a rough time and needed my encouragement," Torpy said. Salazar joined the Los Alamos Police Department in April 2009 as Torpy’s assistant.

Season's Final White Rock Art Market is Sunday

on October 20, 2012 - 10:09am


Join local artists and artisans for this season's final outdoor Art Market in White Rock, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 

The artists will be selling their jewelry, pottery, food items and much more. 

For more information, contact 672-3183.


M-Test Demonstration at Khalsa Acupuncture Oct. 23

on October 20, 2012 - 9:58am

Column: Link Between Back Pain and Spinal Posture

on October 18, 2012 - 8:00am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Several painful back conditions – stenosis, disc bulge or herniation, spondylolisthesis and sciatica – are due to improper spinal alignment.

Proper Spinal Alignment

Consisting of 33 bones called vertebrae the spine preforms a delicate balancing act. The top eight vertebrae create the cervical spine, the next 12, the thoracic spine, and the lower 5, the lumbar spine.

At the base of the spine are the sacrum and coccyx, which are segments of fused vertebrae. 

The spine has three main curves.

'The Black Hole' Closing Forever Nov. 3

on October 17, 2012 - 2:17pm

Courtesy photo


Barbara Grothus, President of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close to the public on Nov. 3.

The business, established in 1953, has operated at 4015 Arkansas Ave., in Los Alamos since the 1970’s.

The family has an agreement with Alex Williams of Pasadena, Calif., to remove the remaining contents of the buildings starting on Nov. 5.

The business will remain open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 3.

“Alex worked with my father for years,

Money IQ: How Comfortable is Your Nest Egg?

on October 17, 2012 - 10:59am
Money IQ
By John Brunett and Tony Ornealas

How Comfortable is Your Nest Egg?

Accumulating a nest egg for retirement should be a priority for every working person regardless of age.

Whether you have 10 or 40 years to go before retirement, consistently contributing to a retirement savings plan can be the ticket to financial freedom for individuals entering the “2nd” act of life.

Ask yourself what asset would make the biggest difference in your retirement years.

Some answers may be your home, 401k plans or other savings plans.

These are all good answers, but if you are reading this

Del Norte Credit Union Giving Away LA Co-op Memberships

on October 17, 2012 - 9:51am

By Karen Kendall
Board Member/Past President Los Alamos Cooperative Market

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of the Co-operatives. Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members.

Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents they have an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits.

The Co-operative Movement brings together over one billion people around the world and greatly benefits the communities they support. Co-ops come in all shapes and sizes but the philosophy is always the same.

"Through their

Column: The Hogwarts School of Management – Part II

on October 15, 2012 - 8:11am

Column by Elena Yang

I continue on the course of Hogwarts’ teaching on power. I highly recommend that you read the passages substituting fictitious names with real names in your work environment. To what extent do the descriptions parallel your experience?

Part II

III. Then, there is the purely bully power.

Bully power is embodied in Draco Malfoy and his cronies. Of course, one could argue that Voldemort was a bully too; after all, a bully strikes fear in the victim. 

However, Voldemort was extremely skillful and intelligent in applying his skills to manipulate, to strike, to conquer. 

Ruby K's Cupcake Decorating Fest Helps Nonprofit

on October 14, 2012 - 11:53am
Children concentrated intensely on their decorating technique at Ruby K's first Cupcake Decorating Fest Saturday. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
RUBY K's News:
Ruby K's first Cupcake Decorating Fest drew a crowd Saturday as parents and children gathered around a table outside the restaurant at 20th and Central Avenue to decorate cupcakes with vibrant frosting and an entire tableful of colorful candies.

The event raised $105 for Family Strengths Network (FSN). Ruby K's hopes to raise even more money for FSN during its Scary Cupcake Decorating Contest during Halloweekend Oct. 27.

FSN is a

Beer Pairing at Los Alamos Co-op

on October 13, 2012 - 11:18am

Community members turn out for Thursday's Beer Dinner at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr. Courtesy/LACM

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market began bringing local brewers to Los Alamos with their first Beer Dinner in October of last year.

The Co-op’s third Beer Dinner was held last Thursday and featured Second Street Brewery. The food focused on local and organic ingredients, which are all available at the Co-op.


The menu was designed and prepared by the Second Street Brewmaster, Rod Tweet, and the Second Street head chef, Jason Gleichman.


Today's Ruby K's Cupcake Event Benefits FSN

on October 13, 2012 - 9:40am

Gloria Marksteiner. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

RUBY K's News:

Today from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Ruby K's Bagel Café, 1789 Central Ave., Suite 2 is hosting a cupcake decorating fest to celebrate their new line of cupcakes.

Children will receive a free cupcake to decorate with colorful frosting, sprinkles and other sweet decorations.

The event is free, but Ruby K’s will collect donations to benefit Family Strengths Network in Los Alamos.

Family Strengths Network is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through their

Otowi Station Bookstore Closing Oct. 19

on October 12, 2012 - 12:41pm

Otowi Station Bookstore and Museum Shop is closing its doors Oct. 19. Courtesy photo


Because of the continuing downturn in the national and local economy and because of the state of bookselling in general, the owners of Otowi Station Bookstore, 1350 Central Ave., have decided to close the doors on their business for good at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The 3,000-square-foot store has been a fixture in Los Alamos since February 1993 and specialized in scientific and technical books, the history of the Manhattan Project and atomic history.

Co-owner Michele Vochosky said


Azazo Technologies Opens in Los Alamos

on October 11, 2012 - 7:09am

Brian Kelley with daughter Athena officially opened his new business, Azazo Technologies, Wednesday morning at 1907 Central Ave., Ste. 207 on the second floor of the Miles Building. The company specializes in computer technology services including software and hardware installations, Internet, security, data backup, data transfer, networking services, upgrades, applications, OS troubleshooting, virus and spyware removal, hardware removal and disposal, website support and much more. For more information, call 672-5105. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Money IQ: Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

on October 10, 2012 - 11:00am
Money IQ
By Kristopher Alvarado

Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

There is a common question asked of almost every mortgage lender, whether it be a purchase or a refinance.

That question is: “why do I need Title Insurance?” To answer that question you first need to understand what title insurance is.

Title insurance is an insurance policy or contract issued by a title company to protect the owner as well as the lender against a loss that may arise by reason of a defect in the ownership interest in real property.

In addition, the title insurance company agrees to defend you or the lender in court