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Exhibitors Sought for Next Big Idea Event

on June 20, 2012 - 9:30am

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LANL Helps Medicine, Cosmetics and Crop Irrigation Businesses Gain Traction

on June 19, 2012 - 9:04am

LANL News:

Three small companies in the diverse fields of medicine, cosmetics and crop irrigation are the latest recipients of Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Integrative Enzymatics, Vapour Organic Beauty and HydroBio will receive startup funding from the Laboratory to help them gain traction in their respective markets.

"The VAF program fills a unique need by providing capital that reduces a company’s risk," said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader.

Artist Michelle Stump Reconnects with the Creative

on June 19, 2012 - 8:54am

"Skyward dreaming." Photo by Michelle Stump

By Mandy Marksteiner

Early in the morning Michelle Stump set out on the north side of the Pueblo Canyon RIm Trail, which starts next to the dog park near the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

She had her camera and new wide-angle lens with her and was surprised at how easy and accessible the side trail to Graduation Point was from the Canyon Rim.

Once she had hiked into the upper part of the canyon, before her was a tremendous drop and the view was just magic.

The glow of the early morning sun was pink and hazy over the distant mountains.

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FAN Club is Wednesday at Betty Ehart Senior Center

on June 19, 2012 - 8:44am

This month's FAN (Food and Networking) Club meets from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Chamber members are invited to attend and learn more about this organization and its goals and projects and network with fellow Chamber members.

The Betty Ehart Senior Center, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Alzheimer's Association are hosting the June FAN Club to introduce people to the local Memory Walk organization.

The event is sponsored by Los Alamos Retirement Community.

Food is provided by the chef of Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Eco-Tourism Bonanza: Make LA America’s Zip-line Capital

on June 18, 2012 - 12:31pm

Multiple zip-line example. Courtesy photo

By William T. Sellers

As a recent Los Alamos resident returning to New Mexico after 17 years, the lab was a major business client of mine during the 1980s and 1990s.

Compared with those days, Los Alamos has come a long way.

Yet, from attending the latest capital improvement projects meeting I must confess: the end result was a bit of a disappointment.

I have long heard from local business and community interests, going back to my early days and then today, on the need for local investments that “create their own synergies.”

From my perspective,

Local Woman Vacations Hard...

on June 18, 2012 - 8:12am

While vacationing in Hawaii 11 days ago, Heather Burke of Los Alamos smashed the top of her head into the Kailua Beach Park Bridge causing the skin around her eyes to blacken and resemble the face of a racoon. "I had stepped out of our kayak and let my daughter continue paddling as I walked along side when I collided with the bridge ... we vacation hard," Burke said laughing. She and her husband Brady Burke own Enterprise Computing Systems, LLC and Piñon PC Support.

Best Western Hilltop House Hotel Rebrands as Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center

on June 18, 2012 - 7:32am

A temporary banner replaces the "Best Western" sign at the hotel at 400 Trinity Drive at Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Best Western Hilltop House Hotel is changing its name to the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center.  

"We feel that this change better describes the full extent of what our property can do," said owner Ron Selvage in a news release.

This new direction also supports the owners’ desire to have complete freedom to independently manage the investments and dedicate more investment in the hotel rather than to an out-of-town corporation, he

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Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop Offered Wednesday at The Hive

on June 18, 2012 - 12:06am

Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop is set for 1-4 p.m., Wednesday June 20 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

This workshop will offer artists, art businesses, and art organizations training on essential business skills.

Participants will learn how to create a successful business concept, address customer first impressions, navigate the “7 P’s” for successful marketing, address a variety of selling scenarios, connect with customers, and techniques for effective business management. 

The speaker will be Bette Bradbury, WESST.

To register, call 505-661-4803 or

Artist M.J. Oref Celebrates the Physical and the Metaphysical and will Exhibit her Work during Cross-Country Adventure

on June 17, 2012 - 11:53am

Artist M.J. Oref in her studio Friday as she prepares for a cross-country trip to exhibit her jewelry line. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

On June 26, artist M.J. Oref will walk out the door of her Espanola home, jump in her blue Prius and take her show on the road.

Oref plans to spend a month introducing her jewelry to potential customers in a dozen states at private shows hosted by friends and family.

“We’ll eat and drink and have a good time,” Oref said. "If someone buys something, great. If not, we’ll still have fun.”

Even during the Depression, women

Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

on June 16, 2012 - 2:02pm

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today's Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Downtown Flower Shop is Closing its Doors

on June 13, 2012 - 6:20pm

By Carol A. Clark

The Flower Shop at 1743 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos is closing its doors for good July 31.

A primary factor is the stiff competition from national online flower vendors.

"That is a major reason for our declining profits," owner Jessica Hofer said. "The online vendors ship flowers in boxes to customers, severely undercutting our prices, yet we have to belong to at least one national florist chain for which membership is extremely expensive." 

Hofer said that she hopes someone will open another flower shop in town.

"I will feel really sad if Los Alamos is left

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What's in it for You? Attend LAEN's Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Find Out

on June 13, 2012 - 8:27am

LAEN News:

LAEN membership elected its first board last March. From left, Vice President Richard Sayre, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Are you an Entrepreneur in Los Alamos who is interested in networking with other local entrepreneurs?

Are you interested in educational opportunities?

LAEN provides a forum for local entrepreneurs to network, socialize and learn.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend

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Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

"We want to expand the trail system to include beginner

KRSN Owners Named 2012 Broadcasters of the Year

on June 10, 2012 - 11:06am

David Sutton, co-owner of KRSN holds the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year trophy he and wife Gillian Sutton, won Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Albuquerque. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

KRSN Owners David and Gillian Sutton won the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year award Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

"Only in America can a florist and an auto mechanic buy a radio station and run with it," David Sutton said of the

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Annual ChamberFest Packs Downtown Los Alamos

on June 10, 2012 - 11:04am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with his wife Janet McMillan strolled throughout the downtown area taking in the sights as Eddie and the Nomads performed during ChamberFest Saturday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Eddie and the Nomads play their brand of Rock and Roll at ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Barbara Casados dances with "Jack the Dog" (Brittany Valdez) to the music of Eddie and the Nomads during ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Los Alamos ChamberFest includes the annual Classic Cars and Corvettes car show. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Ken Uher of White

‘Dixie Girl’ Restaurant Targets June 19 Opening

on June 9, 2012 - 7:58am

Chef Greg Hoch, owner Denise Lane, and General Manager Susanne Meredith pose for a group photo during the Greg Abate and Peter Amahl Trio concert. The three were greeting residents and handing out menus. They hope to open the Dixie Girl June 19. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The nearly completed main bar will provide 24 feet of seating for the Dixie Girl. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The main dining room waits to be filled with chairs and tables. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Chef Greg Hoch and Sous Chef Leví Guarello in their kitchen. Photo by Salvador Zapien
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I = IR + SE Innovation Results from Intelligent Risk Taking and a Supportive Environment

on June 9, 2012 - 6:13am

Column by Dr. Harry Hertz 

Like many people in many companies and organizations, I have been thinking a lot about innovation lately.

In my case, the effort has been a prelude to thinking about upcoming revisions to the Baldrige Program’s 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence.

I consulted works by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gergersen, as well as numerous articles and blogs.

And my conclusion was that innovation (I) is the result of intelligent risk taking (IR) and a supportive environment (SE): I =IR + SE.

In this column, I will explore each

Bestsellers at Otowi Station May 27-June 2

on June 7, 2012 - 10:56pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News:

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore for the week of May 27-June 2, 2012
  1. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  2. They Say, I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff
  3. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  4. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  5. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  6. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James
  9. Fifty Shades Darker, E. L. James
  10. How to Build Spaceships, Doug Stillinger
*local or regional author
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Bike Swap at Los Alamos Co-op Sunday

on June 7, 2012 - 10:47pm

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its inaugural Bike Swap from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday June 10.

Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club is sponsoring the event.

The Bike Swap is an opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used (and new) bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Bike Swap includes:

  • FREE Bike Safety Checks;
  • Bike Related Raffles;
  • Grilled Food for Purchase;
  • Youth Activities (tyke bike course); and
  • Acceptable payment: cash, check, or credit/debit.

Fashioned after the Santa Fe Ski Swap, the

PLACE President Rolls Out Community's Wish List

on June 7, 2012 - 10:45am

During a public meeting Wednesday at UNM-LA, Board President Chris Velasco of PLACE (Projects Linking Art Community & Environment), discusses the components that Los Alamos residents and community leaders said in previous meetings that they want to see in a catalytic project developed for downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien

 President Chris Velasco explains that PLACE is a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities. To learn more, visit http://welcometoplace.com/ Photo by Salvador Zapien 

President Chris Velasco of PLACE said that local feedback placed "Housing" in the 12
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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

on June 5, 2012 - 7:23am
BLUE WINDOW News:
 
Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
 
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
 
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
 
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation of St.
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PLACE to Report Back to Community

on June 4, 2012 - 7:43pm

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives

Demolition on Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Begins

on June 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

Demolition got underway Friday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said this morning that he and his partners, Catherine Mockler, Pawel Listwan and and Dorota Listwan are shooting for a September opening of the new restaurant under construction at the corner of Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will be open late, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will feature 30 world class beers on tap, mouthwatering appetizers and burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian dishes.
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Hear the Poetry of Mother Earth's Stretch Marks Thursday

on June 3, 2012 - 10:37pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE & RUBY K's News:

T. Jackson King, archaeologist, science fiction author, and poet, will read from “Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

Tickets to the event are $10, which includes the book and refreshments, and will be available at the door the night of the event. Otowi Station Bookstore and Ruby K’s are sponsoring the event.

In a recent interview, King discussed his poetry about the natural world. “I began writing poetry in college in Japan partly as a reaction to the Vietnam War,” he said.

ChamberFest Set for Saturday, June 9

on June 2, 2012 - 10:49pm

LOS ALAMOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE News:

The second weekend in June features ChamberFest, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. 

With food, live music, a car show, fashion show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day.

ChamberFest will be held in downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets, down MainStreet to the Round-about.

Chamber members invite the public to visit with their booth and learn more about

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