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Chamber Members Tour Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service's New Home on Canyon Road

on August 29, 2012 - 8:06pm

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce held its August FAN Club this evening at the new home of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. Chamber members and prospective members turned out to tour the former Scout Lodge, 2202 Canyon Road, which the LAVNS purchased earlier this month to house its administrative offices with plans to construct a hospice facility on the property. Photo by Karen Kendall/

CPA Debbie Reiss, left, Kiwanian and developer Rick Reiss and Kristy Ortega of the United Way and the Kiwanis president toured the new facility. Photo by Karen Kendall/


Wednesday FAN Club at Former Scout Lodge

on August 28, 2012 - 11:13am



The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce August FAN Club is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

This is a great opportunity to see the site where the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses organization will be building Los Alamos' first-ever hospice, and tour one of the more historic buildings in Los Alamos at the same time, in the former Scout Lodge, 2202 Canyon Road.

The driveway is just to the east of the Jewish Center and will be well marked for the occasion.

FAN Clubs are a great way to enjoy some light refreshments and network with fellow chamber members.

Peak of Growing Season Underway for Farmers Market

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Produce from Salvador Corona’s family farm in Española can be found each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

A wide variety of produce, dairy products, meats and more are available for purchase each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

SBDC Offers Bookkeeping, Tax and Marketing Workshops

on August 26, 2012 - 8:52am

SBDC News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is providing the following workshops:

Basic Bookkeeping
08/28/12 Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
08/30/12 Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Small Business Center Fee: $50.
The Basic Bookkeeping Workshop will be a two-part series for small business owners and managers looking for a basic course in bookkeeping essentials. It will meet over a two day period, with three hour sessions per day.


White Rock's Artist & Artisans Market Set for Sunday

on August 25, 2012 - 2:21pm

The Los Alamos Creative District will host its second outdoor Artist & Artisans Market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 in the outdoor space at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Stop by to help support the efforts of local artists Jennifer Moss, Therese Lynston, Debra Steinman and several others. 

This is a start-up market and there is room for more artists and artisans. Call Melanie at 505-661-4807, for more information.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District.


Ruby K's Hosts FAN44 Networking Event

on August 24, 2012 - 2:42pm

From left, Executive Director Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society, Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill of the Department of Public Utilities and board member Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation enjoy lunch and conversation at Ruby K's today as part of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN44 business networking event. For more information or to sign up for FAN44, contact Katy Korkos at 661-4816 or Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Hannemann Music Celebrates Five Years in Business

on August 24, 2012 - 7:01am


Richard Hannemann. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

This September, Hannemann Music celebrates its 5th anniversary, carrying on the long tradition of home-based music stores in Los Alamos.

Owner Richard Hannemann is a professional musician who plays the guitar, mandolin and clarinet.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1969 and gained his core musical knowledge through the Los Alamos Public Schools music program.

“I have a great deal of respect for the music program," Hannemann said.

Column: Home Equity Line of Credit Can Ease Financial Impact of College

on August 22, 2012 - 11:43am
Money IQ
By Sarah Hosford

The costs associated with life can be overwhelming, and with young adults packing up and heading off to college all over the country, this feeling is known by many. 

One way to help reduce the financial impact of college is to obtain a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC.) 

A HELOC is offered by banks; savings and loans, brokerage firms, credit unions, and other mortgage lenders, and allows the homeowner to tap into the equity in his or her home. 

The equity in your home is the difference between its value and what you owe on it. 

A HELOC is a revolving credit


TechSource President to Speak at The Hive Thursday

on August 22, 2012 - 10:36am

TechSource President V. Brian D’Andrea will present a talk titled, "The Business System: Much More Than the Product" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

D’Andrea's talk, sponsored by the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network is open to the public.

About V. Brian D’Andrea:

In 2001, V. Brian D’Andrea was appointed Chief Operating Officer at TechSource, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 250 in downtown Los Alamos.

He is responsible for the daily operations and marketing activities for the company as well as overseeing client relations. 

D’Andrea brought decades of


PLACE Makes Two Offers on Properties in Los Alamos

on August 21, 2012 - 3:51pm

The WAV project in Ventura, California.  Courtesy Photo.

Staff report

PLACE has made two separate offers on sites in downtown Los Alamos. Both site owners are considering the offers. 

PLACE is a nonprofit development organization that builds creative urban villages for cities.  PLACE plans to build an Urban Village project for Los Alamos. 

PLACE expects to enter into a single-source supplier of services agreement with the County once a site has been acquired.

For more information about PLACE, click HERE.

LANB Wellness Program Reaps Healthy Dividends

on August 21, 2012 - 7:09am

President Steve Wells of Los Alamos National Bank discusses the positive impact that a wellness program implemented at LANB has had on employees and productivity. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Following a 12-week health and fitness program implemented at Los Alamos National Bank and Title Guarantee, participating employees lost a whopping 460 pounds collectively and added an astounding 179 years to their life expectancy.

"The whole concept is that a healthier employee is a happier employee and is a more productive employee," LANB President Steve Wells said.


Baldrige Program Celebrates 25 Years of Performance Excellence

on August 21, 2012 - 7:08am

Commerce Secretary Malcolm "Mac" Baldrige and President Ronald Reagan return to the White House after horseback riding in June 1981. Shortly after Baldrige was killed in a rodeo accident, President Reagan honored his friend and colleague on Aug. 20, 1987, by signing the bill that established the Baldrige National Quality Award. Courtesy/The Baldrige Family


Not many 25-year-olds can boast that in their short lifetime they have helped thousands of organizations develop and maintain world-class operations, innovative management, efficient procedures, involved workforces and


Northern New Mexico's First-Ever Regional Encyclopedia

on August 21, 2012 - 7:04am

Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Courtesy

A book signing for the Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, written by Mark H. Cross is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Otowi Station in Los Alamos.

Cross also will be interviewed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on KRSN 1490 AM.

The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is a catalog of the people, places, arts, cultures and colloquialisms unique to the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

The publication contains:

  • 1,000+ alphabetical entries, fully indexed
  • 180 illustrations -- photographs, maps and charts

Local Tech Support Company Issues Scam Warning!

on August 21, 2012 - 7:02am

ECS / Piñon PC Support News: 

By Heather Burke

Recently I have been hearing from several of our clients of a determined effort by phone-based help-desk vendors pushing services in addition to the ones requested by the caller.   

My clients are certain that they are calling the actual companies of AOL, Dell, McAfee, etc. 

But it turns out that they are actually calling one of many rogue companies that then push for additional services by demonstrating false errors on your pc. 

Scenario: You search on Google for the tech-support phone number for AOL, Dell, etc.


No Dog Should Be Alone During Golden Years

on August 21, 2012 - 7:01am

Nanny, 9, is an orphan living at the shelter. Photo by Don Taylor

Staff report

Nanny is a 9-year-old hound mix looking for someone with whom to share her golden years. 
She is brown and white with black-rimmed eyes brimming with sad wisdom.

Nanny resides at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter where she exhibits polite indoor manners.

She enjoys rawhide chews and belly rubs, children and friendly dogs and cats.

Most of all Nanny seems to crave someone who will take her home and give her a family again.

Call Mary at 920-8203 for more information.

Longtime Los Alamos photographer Don Taylor

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore: Aug. 12-18

on August 20, 2012 - 11:21pm
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of Aug. 12-18:
  1. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  2. Mason, a New Mexico Hero, Caroline Mason*
  3. The Greater Journey, David McCullough
  4. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, Simon Winchester
  5. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  6. Darwin's Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution, Iain McCalman
  7. The Manhattan Project, Dan Elish
  8. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  9. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  10. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
*local or regional author

Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board Agenda for Aug. 21

on August 19, 2012 - 10:05pm

Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Agenda
1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Chamber Conference Room
109 Central Park Square  

I.       ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS                                                                         

A.      Call to Order/Introductions
B.      Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy
C.      Approval of Today’s Agenda
D.      Public Comment
E.       Boards & Commissions Luncheon:  Sept. 20

II.      PRESENTATION/Q&A: County’s Economic Vitality Update 
           Speaker:  Greg Fisher, Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator


Smith's Annual Chile Roasting Operation is Underway

on August 18, 2012 - 9:48am

Smith's Food and Drug Center employee Avi spent Friday running the two chile roasters outside the Central Avenue store. Smith's annual roasting operation kicked off Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Avi loads the roaster with fresh green chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Avi bags roasted chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Galey Bland Launches New Skincare Business

on August 18, 2012 - 9:29am

Galey Bland, center, is an independent consultant for a line of dermatology-based skincare products called Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She cut the ribbon for her new business recently at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Bland at Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

Steve Wells Details Elements of Business Success

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Andy Andrews, left, president of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network, introduces LANB President Steve Wells who gave a presentation to community members and entrepreneurs gathered at The Hive Thursday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells isn't an entrepreneur but he knows quite a few. In fact, thousands of people with business ideas have sat across the desk from Wells over the last 35 years.

"I've seen some of those ideas turn people into millionaires and I've seen people go broke," Wells told the audience


New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, states

White Rock's Art Market Seeks Exhibitors

on August 17, 2012 - 1:04pm


The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy's Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan's Market.

Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

on August 17, 2012 - 7:09am
UPDATE - Domino has been adopted!
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
Don Taylor of Don Taylor's Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter's adoptable animals.
Taylor's recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino and describes him as fun and energetic

Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

on August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm
Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance

Boomerang Thrift Boutique Celebrates First Decade

on August 15, 2012 - 10:48am

Boomerang Thrift Boutique, 814 South Riverside Dr. in Espanola carries gently used clothing for every member of the family including Fido. Shoes and cowboy boots, furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, books, cd's and dvd's, home decor items, kitchen items, toys and more are available in the store. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

When you pull into the driveway, you’ll notice adobe walls have been cheerfully painted with flamingoes and flowering vines.

The flower garden has been cared for and decorated with colorful pinwheels.