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Four Infant Slots Open at Bilingual Montessori

on July 2, 2012 - 3:19pm

Courtesy/BMS

Infants enrolled at Bilingual Montessori School, 115 Longview Dr. in White Rock are graduating and moving up to the toddler's room, which opens up four new spaces in the school's infant building.

The 1,600-square-foot new building houses 12 cribs.

Bilingual Montessori provides preschool classes for children six weeks to six years of age, including kindergarten in a Montessori bilingual setting.

Courtesy/BMS

The school offers:

  • Year-round school;
  • Remains open during parent/teacher conferences and when teachers attend conferences;
  • Low teacher to student ratios; and
  • Children

Katie Stavert Returns Home and Applies her Education to Help Others

on July 1, 2012 - 4:11pm

Photo: Business Advisor Katie Stavert at the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center Thursday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

She went away to college to study accounting and last spring, Katie Stavert returned home and is helping business people through her work as a business advisor at the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

"Meeting people and helping them is so great," she said.

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Chamber's FAN44 Helps Local Owners Build Business One Lunch at a Time

on July 1, 2012 - 1:22pm
Bob's Bodacious BBQ co-owners Pam Hushman and Frank Goode, foreground, take a moment to chat with Sue Wilson, who serves on the Los Alamos Opera Guild and other organizations and civic committees; Seva Khalsa of Khalsa Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Stan Primak of Primak Builders during Friday's FAN44 business networking event. FAN44 is a business opportunity for Chamber members that was held for the first time Friday at Bob's Bodacious BBQ, 3801 Arkansas St., and 14 other restaurants throughout the community Friday. Photo by Carol A.
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Thank You Los Alamos For Helping the Los Alamos Daily Post Reach a Major Milestone: 100,000 Page Views Since June 1, 2012!

on June 30, 2012 - 8:43am

The Los Alamos Daily Post News Team extends a grateful thank you to the residents and business owners of Los Alamos County for their incredible support since the recent launch of our online newspaper. The Los Alamos Daily Post reached a major milestone today, for which we are very proud and appreciative to this community. Google Analytics reveals that from June 1 through noon today, page views on the Los Alamos Daily Post surpassed 100,000. With just over three months in operation, this is quite an exciting accomplishment.
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Chamber Executive Addresses Local Entrepreneurs' Group at The Hive in White Rock

on June 30, 2012 - 4:57am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation speaks to members of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network (LAEN) at The Hive on N.M. 4 in White Rock Thursday. Holsapple detailed resources and advantages available to businesses that belong to the local Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAEN President Andy Andrews, right, Julie Williams Hill of the Department of Public Utilities and Pawel Listwan of the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill are among the business people who turned out to hear
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Youth Business Grant Program Says Thanks!

on June 29, 2012 - 8:08am

LACDC News:

The Youth Business Grant Program (YBGP) of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation would like to extend a large thank you to the following companies, organizations and individuals for their support of the 2012 Youth Business Grant Program. 

We wish to thank the Laboratory Retiree Program, Plateau Property Management, Neptune and Company, Inc., Rotary Club of Los Alamos, TRK Management, Zia Credit Union, and Louisa Stavert for their generous financial support of this year’s program. 

We also want to thank and recognize the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos Monitor

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Youth Businesses Stand Ready to Serve

on June 28, 2012 - 10:07pm

LACDC News:

This was a fantastic year for the Youth Business Grant Program (YBGP) of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC.)

The Youth Business Grant Program is a summer program that encourages young people in the communities of Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Espanola and Pojoaque to open and run their own business.

The YBGP selected its 2012 recipients from a record 25 applicants.

YBGP awarded 18 grants, up to $400, to help youth ages 13 to 19 start a summer business.

There were 12 recipients from Los Alamos and six from Espanola.

The goal of the program is to

Bestsellers at Otowi Station: Week of June 17-23

on June 28, 2012 - 9:12pm
Otowi Station Bookstore News:
 
Best sellers for the week of June 17-23:
  1. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  2. The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
  3. They Say I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff
  4. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  5. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  6. Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Marc A. Meyers
  7. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  8. Fifty Shades Freed, E. L. James
  9. Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis
  10. Rand McNally Road Atlas, Rand McNally
*local or regional author

LATA Leads List of Top Revenue Companies

on June 28, 2012 - 8:55am

A Los Alamos field crew member from LATA uses a hand auger to collect environmental samples in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/LATA

By Carol A. Clark

A Los Alamos Company stood out among New Mexico’s top high-tech companies recognized last week for their achievements by New Mexico Flying 40, which annually honors the state’s fastest-growing companies.

Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), 999 Central Ave., led the list of Top 10 revenue companies for the second consecutive year.

LATA is a technical project management services company with total revenues of $237.8 million in 2011, which

Ruby K’s Remodel Includes Express Window

on June 25, 2012 - 8:14am

Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café at 1789 Central Ave. #2, is working with Los Alamos Architect Steven Shaw to remodel her restaurant. Her remodeling ideas target a more convenient process for ordering food from Ruby K’s. Families who want to picnic at Ashley Pond will soon be able to pick up their lunch through an express window at Ruby K's. Busy scientists will be able to order lunch from work and it will be ready when they drive up to the downtown restaurant. The inside will be arranged so that the line will flow and people will have more personal space.
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McDonald's Unveils New Uniforms

on June 22, 2012 - 8:17am

Standing tall and looking proud in their newly issued uniforms.at McDonald's on Trinity Drive Thursday, Day Manager Matthew Calkins sports the spiffy blue shirt and tie now worn by management level employees. Drive-Thru Crew Member Gene Pacheco models the new black shirt - now the standard uniform for crew members. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
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Jazz Night at the Blue Window on Saturday

on June 22, 2012 - 12:58am
 
The Blue Window will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio 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. Lucia in the West Indies.
 
He plays trombone, Andy Zadrozny will play upright bass, and Loren Bienvenue will play th drums. 
 
Finn has performed with St. Lucian jazz icons Luther Francois, Emerson Nurse, Allison Marquis, Richardo Francois, Barbara Cadet and Ronald "Boo' Hinkson.

Visitor Center Reconstruction Continues Following Runaway Vehicle Incident

on June 21, 2012 - 1:03pm

The White Rock Visitor Center on Rover Boulevard Wednesday shows reconstruction efforts are still in progress following a runaway vehicle collision on May 2. Massive damage occurred to the Visitor Center from the unoccupied vehicle that left the nearby gas station, gained speed across the adjacent parking lot and smashed with surprising force into the side of the brick building. This is the second such mishap in about a year. Cement shields are now in place to protect the Visitor Center from future incidents. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Trinity Capital Corporation Announces Dividend

on June 20, 2012 - 1:04pm

LANB News:

Trinity Capital Corporation (Trinity), the holding company for Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and Title Guaranty & Insurance Company, today announced a dividend on its common stock.

The dividend of $0.15 per share will be paid to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2012 and payable on July 13, 2012.

Trinity is a bank holding company with $1.5 billion in total assets and has 341 employees.

LANB is currently in its 49th year of operation, and offers financial services at its main office in Los Alamos, an office in White Rock, three offices in Santa Fe and two offices in

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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.

"View
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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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