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Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Contest Winner Announced

on September 25, 2012 - 7:42am

Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster is awarded a Los Alamos Daily Post cap and T-shirt for coming closest to guessing the date and time in which the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Page would hit 800 likes, which occured at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 22. Greg Kendall of the Los Alamos Daily Post awarded Foster his prizes at Fuller Lodge Monday. The Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper launched March 12 and future contests are in the works as additional milestones are approached. Photo by Karen Kendall

Council Approves Trinity Lease Transfer to Kroger!

on September 24, 2012 - 9:05pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5 to 2 to approve the lease transfer of the Trinity Site Development project from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. NADG pulled out of the project earlier this month citing disappointment in lease activities and opted to transfer the development lease to Kroger, pending Council approval. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Michael Wismer voted against the motion. The lease transfer to Kroger will set the project back by as much as six months with the expected store opening moved to early 2014. Photo by Carol A.

Steven Lynne: Kroger Lease Could be Executed Tomorrow

on September 24, 2012 - 8:52pm

Los Alamos Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne explains that NADG has been disatisfied with the results of their leasing activities and has opted to transfer its lease to Kroger. What that entails is that Kroger will will assume responsibility from NADG and will assume the deposit assignment. Kroger will reimburse NADG that deposit ... Lynne also said as a clarification that the deposit during the feqasibility period isrefundaqble to Kroger. Most significantly is restarting the lease date, he said. The effective lease date, if approved tonight by Council, would be tomorrow, Sept.

Council Questions Kroger Representatives

on September 24, 2012 - 8:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council question Kroger representatives Steve Sorensen and Don Burnett about Kroger's intentions, should the Trinity Site development lease be transferred from NADG to Kroger.   Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Public Shares Opinion on Trinity Lease Transfer

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04pm

Kenneth Lee is among several residents to speak before council during the public comment portion of this evening's meeting making suggestions to Kroger representatives that would show their good faith for the development of Trinity Site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kroger Reps Brief Council on Plans for Trinity Site

on September 24, 2012 - 7:41pm

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne and Kroger representatives Don Burnett abd Steve Sorensen address County Council this evening about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. "We're ready to go ... I've got Kroger approval to do the due diligence ... our objective is to open the store as soon as possible and with what has happened that would probably be the first half of 2014," Sorensen said.

Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

Column: Managers Are Not Leaders

on September 24, 2012 - 7:28am

Coulumn by Elena Yang

I contend that by first denying managers can be leaders, we may actually begin to explore some links between these two roles.

There must be thousands of research articles on leadership alone, and only slightly fewer on comparing leaders and managers. 

Leadership was one of my least favorite topics when I was taking courses for my PhD. It’s interesting to talk about, but mind-boggling to read through.

To me, leadership is one of those moving targets whose full nature you can never really pin down. As for equating managers with leaders?

White Rock's Esquire Barber Shop Celebrates 49 Years

on September 21, 2012 - 5:42am

Lloyd Hunt gets a trim from barber Julian Ortiz at the Esquire Barber Shop in White Rock Thursday. Ortiz celebrated his 49th year barbering this month. He was the first barber in White Rock and has been cutting hair for 32 years in the village. His shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., is the yellow building directly east of Bandelier Grill. Walk around to the east side of the building to find his door and a great view of the new White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
 
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would

Money IQ: Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

on September 19, 2012 - 6:15am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez
 
Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

The old adage of “Buyer Beware” is becoming “Seller Beware” in more and more transactions especially those involving the Internet.

Cashier’s check fraud is increasing and crooks are being more creative when it comes to stealing your money.

Simply put, cashier’s check fraud is when someone gives you or sends you a “very official” looking cashier’s check and you in turn give them the item you are selling.

You then deposit the cashier’s check and at a later date, the cashier’s check is returned to your bank and your

Chamber's FAN44 Members Gather at Blue Window

on September 18, 2012 - 12:46pm

Gathering at Friday's FAN44 networking event at the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave., from left, Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours By Buffalo Tours, Kim Lazarus of B-Fit Chiropractic, Sandra West of Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Michelle Tange of The Education Plan and Connie Proulx of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce's FAN44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch. Sixteen restaurants are involved and nearly 80 Chamber members.
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Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.

Los Alamos Co-op to Host Health & Wellness Fair Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 5:28am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its second Health and Wellness Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Co-op, 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

The Health and Wellness Fair includes massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, mental balance coaches, Krav Maga & Z-Health instructors, local artists and other wellness vendors.

The public will have access to samples, consultations, and demonstrations, all provided free. 

As part of the Co-op’s on-going community outreach program, the Health and

LAEN: Make Your Idea Reality

on September 14, 2012 - 8:23am

LAEN News:

Make your idea reality. Let’s talk. That is the message of The Hive and the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) at their Fuller Lodge booth during the "Next Big Idea" event this Saturday.

DAVE JONES

“This is a great opportunity for people with ideas to explore commercial potential,” said Dave Jones, Steward of The Hive.

LAEN and The Hive have partnered to provide people with ideas (high tech, low tech, or no tech) a free initial evaluation of an idea’s business and technical viability.

If the idea looks promising and the person with the idea wants to move forward, LAEN

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Workers Install Roof Over New Smith's Gas Station

on September 14, 2012 - 7:18am

Construction on the new Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street moves forward despite recent rain storms. A large roof now spans the area formerly occupied by a Shamrock Gas Station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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LANB Hosts United Way 2013 Campaign Kick Off

on September 13, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells presents a $50,000 donation from the bank to United Way, accepted by United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega during Wednesday's 2013 campaign kick off event hosted by LANB. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Katy Korkos, left, of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents a $8,200 donation to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega from money raised at the Chamber's annual charity golf tournament. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Director Liddie Martinez of Community and Government Relations for SOC, right, presents a

Money IQ: Why Do I Need a New Appraisal?

on September 12, 2012 - 12:16pm

Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

Why Do I Need a New Appraisal? 

It’s easy to feel like refinancing is a hassle and the benefit of a lower interest rate and monthly payment might be negated by the closing costs incurred.

Admittedly, refinancing doesn’t always make sense but with historically low mortgage rates it’s certainly worth a look.

This week’s Money IQ examines one of the closing costs you are likely to incur in refinancing – the $500 or more for a new appraisal.

So you have finally decided to take the refinance plunge and see how much you can save.

You knew there would be closing

BREAKING NEWS: NADG Pulling Out of Trinity

on September 12, 2012 - 9:23am

Update 9/12/12 - 2:44 p.m. - Comment from Grubb and Ellis added

A NADG concept drawning of the exterior of a Smith's Marketplace. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

In a surprising announcement this morning, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle reported to KRSN AM 1490 morning show host Nancy Coombs that North American Development Group (NADG) has requested that the Trinity Site development project be legally transferred to the property development arm of Kroger. 

If the transfer is approved, NADG would no longer be the developer of Trinity Site, instead Smith's, a division of

Creating a Marketing Plan that Builds Community

on September 11, 2012 - 6:31am

SBDC News:

Many businesses and organizations struggle with creating a marketing plan.

Join Founder and CEO Rubina Cohen of Firefly Innovation Group to learn how to create and implement the various parts of a marketing plan that not only grows and sustains your business or organization, but one that gives back and builds community.

Utilizing a brand new and easy method of marketing planning called the Firefly Method, which focuses on the needs of the business and the needs of the community, participants learn how to market and grow their business or organization for long term

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Opening This Fall!

on September 9, 2012 - 4:24pm

Restaurateur Patrick Mockler-Wood stands in the center of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Thursday, which is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The highly anticipated opening date of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is drawing near. Partner Patrick Mockler-Wood invited the Los Alamos Daily Post on Thursday to tour progress at the new eatery at 614 Trinity Dr.

"We are opening later this fall and are very excited to have the community finally get to come in and enjoy this restaurant," Mockler Wood said.

The Jemez Mountains are the inspiration for

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Smith's Gas Station Takes Shape on Trinity Drive

on September 9, 2012 - 2:11pm
Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive near 15th Street is moving forward with the installation of new pump islands last week. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com
 

Bestsellers at Otowi Station: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

on September 6, 2012 - 6:50am
 
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:
 
  1. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, Hubert Dreyfus
  2. Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Mark Cross*
  3. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  4. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  5. Survival Under Atomic Attack, U.S. Government
  6. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  7. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  9. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  10. Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, Margaret Coel

*Local or regional author.

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The End of an Era: 'The Black Hole' is Closing

on September 5, 2012 - 10:44am

Despite operating a junk yard, Ed Grothus almost always dressed in a white shirt with an elaborate inlaid kachina bolo. Often his enthusiasm overrode the caution to don work clothes and he ruined countless shirts and pairs of pants. He wore the bolo everywhere for years. Courtesy photo

BLACK HOLE News:

Barbara Grothus, president of Los Alamos Sales Company, a unique salvage store affectionately dubbed “The Black Hole,” has announced that the business will close.

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

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