Thanks A Million Los Alamos!

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team, Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge, community members and visitors gathered Tuesday to celebrate the newspaper’s achievement of more than 1 million page views per month. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper has surpassed 1 million page views per month.

The 7-day-a-week online publication has been delivering Los Alamos news at lightning speed since 2012 and its readership has grown throughout New Mexico, across the nation and around the world.

“We projected reaching 1 million page views per month by the end of summer and are delighted that we did so last Friday,” Publisher Carol A. Clark said. “To express our appreciation to the community for its tremendous support, the news team is hosting a ‘Thanks A Million Los Alamos’ party next month at which the Craig Martin Experience is set to perform. We’ll announce the details soon.”

In another milestone, the Los Alamos Daily Post began publishing a weekly print addition five weeks ago. Interest in the print edition from local businesses and community organizations in terms of advertising has been tremendous. In fact so much so that the Los Alamos Daily Post is now in a position to mail a print addition free of charge each week to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock.

“This allows us the opportunity to thank our readers for their loyalty and at the same time maximize exposure of products and services for our advertisers,” Clark said.

The Los Alamos Daily Post began operations Feb. 7, 2012 at a residence in White Rock with assistance from webmaster Greg Kendall and his wife Karen and others. The paper moved within a few weeks into shared space at The Hive on N.M. 4 and several months later into an office in the Small Business Development Center in Los Alamos. With its continued growth in readership and revenue, in June 2014 the paper moved its headquarters into a large space at 1247 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

Since its launch, the paper’s mission has been to report on the activities of local neighborhoods, businesses, schools, faith based organizations, the County and Laboratory. To ensure that the newspaper is providing balanced coverage of each of these facets of the community, last December the Los Alamos Daily Post assembled a Citizen Advisory Board (CAB). Having access to high-quality expertise such as this is enhancing the paper’s ongoing success.

Los Alamos Daily Post CAB members include:

  • Bill Enloe – Finance/Economic Development
  • Jim Hall – Technology/Government
  • Marvel Harrison – Wellness/Mental Health
  • Fr. Glenn Jones – Faith Based Community
  • Jack Killeen – Public Safety/Security
  • Katy Korkos – Culture/Art
  • Susan O’Leary – Marketing/Advertising
  • Kurt Steinhaus – Science/Education
  • Alan Kirk – Sports

During the last couple of years, requests have come in to open a similar model newspaper in other communities. In July 2014, the Los Alamos Daily Post launched its first subsidiary, The Jemez Daily Post. Ryszard Wasilewski publishes the online paper seven days a week covering the communities in the Jemez Mountains and surrounding areas. In May, Clark and partner Eric Vasquez launched the 7-day-a-week online Valley Daily Post in Espanola. They began a weekly print edition of the Valley Daily Post four weeks ago.

The Los Alamos Daily Post has garnered a number of recognitions and awards during the last three years:

  • 2012 – Los Alamos County conducted an independent survey to determine where residents get their news. The results identified the Los Alamos Daily Post as the community’s number one online news source;
  • 2013 Small Business of the Year;
  • 2014 Small Business of the Year and recognized on the floor of the New Mexico Legislature;
  • 2015 Los Alamos County Council Recognition;
  • 2015 Rotary Club of Los Alamos Small Business of the Year; and
  • 2015 – the Family YMCA just completed a survey of where its members get their news and found that 76.47 percent get their news from the Los Alamos Daily Post.

With Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon, Social Media Editor Chris Clark, writers Rodger Snodgrass, Kirsten Laskey and KayLinda Crawford, photographers Sal Zapien and Leland Lehman, many columnists and contributors and assistance from an ever expanding army of community volunteers, the Los Alamos Daily Post now has readers in 129 countries.

The Los Alamos Daily Post is gearing up to mail out its weekly print edition across the County at no charge and copies are available for readers to pick up free at the following locations:  

  • Los Alamos Co+op;
  • Los Alamos Visitor Center;
  • Smith’s Marketplace;
  • Smith’s White Rock;
  • White Rock Visitor Center;
  • White Rock Branch Library;
  • Mesa Public Library;
  • CB FOX;
  • Los Alamos Medical Center;
  • UNM-LA; and
  • Los Alamos Daily Post Headquarters.

“The entire news team strives for excellence every day,” Clark said. “And we could not do what we do without our contributors and advertisers from across the community.” 

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