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Freewheeling Discussion on Science of Cities with Zappo's Tony Hsieh and SFI's Geoffrey West

on July 29, 2014 - 9:09am

Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh. Courtesy photo


In 2011, Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas, Nev.'s downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else.

His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into a thriving, vibrant and connected urban core.

Meet Frances Deters of Pancha Patch Farms

on July 28, 2014 - 12:20pm

Frances Deters of Pancha Patch Farms. Courtesy photo

Frances Deter of Pancha Patch Farms on the eastern side of Socorro near the Rio Grande River has a booth displaying her meats and poultry products each Thursday at the local farmers market.

Manager Cindy Talamantes of the Los Alamos Farmers Market recently interviewed Deter:

What is your business?

I am the owner of Pancha Patch Farms where I produce quality heritage pastured raised pork and pastured eggs.

When did you get started in your field of work?

 I started by buying a farm and trying different animals to see what I liked and

Yang: Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included

on July 28, 2014 - 8:43am
Organizations Rely On EVERYONE ... Managers Included
Los Alamos

Do you feel a larger purpose for, and transcendent meaning in, your work?  Do you manage to focus on your work at least 20 percent of the time during the day? Do you get recharged by inspiration every so often, as opposed to surviving on caffeine? Do you regard your manager to be supportive and caring? Do you experience trust at work? These are the key questions to gauge how happy/unhappy people in the workforce feel about their work (click here).

Positive answers would mean a happier workforce, which in turn

LAMC Hosts Special Reception For Dr. Patrick Dawson

on July 26, 2014 - 2:31pm
LAMC OB/GYN physicians Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout and Dr. Patrick Dawson pose with the statue of mother and child unveiled during Thursday's special reception. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center welcomed Dr. Patrick Dawson to the staff of Northern New Mexico Women’s Health Center (NNMWHC) during a reception Thursday at the Hospital.

Dawson joined the staff in June. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Study Shows Film Industry Tax Incentives Reap Big Pay-Off For New Mexico’s Economy

on July 26, 2014 - 9:15am


The New Mexico Film Office reports that a recent state-commissioned study shows that film production spending in New Mexico has created nearly 15,900 well-paying jobs and generated more than $1 billion in economic impact, thus resulting in a positive outcome of film production tax credits.

In 2011 Senate Majority Whip, Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo successfully sponsored Senate Bill 44 (SB44), as part of a ‘cap and study’ compromise to avoid the administration’s proposed cuts to the film incentive program and allowed for the continuation of tax credit rates to the film industry.

Check Out 18 Open Houses This Weekend!

on July 25, 2014 - 1:52pm


This weekend is a great time to tour 18 of the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Registration For 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Program Ends July 31

on July 25, 2014 - 1:49pm

LLA News:

Registration for the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos program is ending soon. Applications are being accepted through July 31. Any person having an interest in the objectives of Leadership Los Alamos, and who lives or works in Los Alamos County is eligible to participate.

Leadership Los Alamos is a unique opportunity for citizens of northern New Mexico who are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitable and governmental organizations in the region.
Class participants will develop their skills to shape the future of the region.

According to Los Alamos County

Meet LAVA’s Newest Mentor Mike Ham

on July 25, 2014 - 9:28am
Entrepreneur Michael Ham shows an app he developed running on an IPhone. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


There are many personality traits that successful entrepreneurs share. Mike Ham, a Los Alamos entrepreneur who has created three startups in three years, has a talent for coming up with viable business ideas and implementing them. 

Ham’s first business is called Synthetic Cognition. The company explores applications of computer vision technology.

Ham’s second startup is called SportXast.


More Power For New Mexico

on July 25, 2014 - 9:06am
CEO, Positive Energy Solar

New Mexico’s solar industry is ready to provide the state with clean power and jobs, while reducing the industrial pollution that is exacerbating droughts, causing health impacts and threatening the local economy. Now, our state’s abundant solar potential is becoming all the more important as the Obama Administration issues new public health protections limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

On July 29, hundreds of people will flock to Denver to attend a Western regional hearing on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, our nation’s first

Smith’s Marketplace is the “Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats”

on July 25, 2014 - 8:28am
Los Alamos County Council Candidate

I have been reading the letters to the editor and comments regarding the Smith’s Marketplace with great interest and appreciate both the concerns that have been raised and the excitement generated by the new store.

Like so many, I have spent a good part of the last decade working with the County, the Schools, the community and more than one developer to help bring this project here.

Yang: Spend On A Dress Or A Dresser?

on July 21, 2014 - 10:50am
Spend On A Dress Or A Dresser? -- A story of near-sighted and far-sighted

One man’s ego and antics are finally catching up with him and causing his own company to struggle and decline in a “complicated” industry.  Another man’s strong will and principles are keeping his company afloat in a declining yet highly competitive industry. 

It took more than a decade for the board of directors to take note of Dov Charney’s  (founder and former CEO of American Apparel) misbehavior and mismanagement.

Meet Buddy’s Beans Teenage CEO Jonmichael Weaver of Los Alamos High School

on July 20, 2014 - 9:42am


Los Alamos High School senior Jonmichael Weaver would like to start your day off right, as another recipient of LACDC’s Summer Youth Business Grant Program. Weaver is the owner and chief bean counter of Buddy’s Beans, a new local coffee roaster with a heart of gold and the integrity to back it up.

“All my beans are from a couple of Christian missions around the globe,” Weaver said. “The beans are grown in small quantities by farmers who care.”

Weaver has always loved food and drink and decided to apply for the Summer Youth Business Grant Program to set up shop and


Scenes of VIP Event & Opening of Smith's Marketplace

on July 20, 2014 - 7:11am

Tuesday was a proud and exciting day for Kroger President Jay Cummins as the crowd of invited guests gathered inside Smith's Marketplace for a first look at the new store ahead of Wednesday's grand opening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers thanked those involved over the last 10 years in the development of Smith's Marketplace. He pointed out that it is a rare private sector project without participation from the Lab or County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

CB FOX co-owner Dave Fox told the crowd he believes competition is


Access Central Avenue Businesses Through Back Doors on Deacon Street

on July 20, 2014 - 7:10am

The Central Avenue Improvement Project continues in front of the Manhattan Restaurant, CB FOX Department Store, Mattress Store and FOX Kidz. All of these establishments are open for business during regular hours and may be accessed through their backdoors facing Deacon Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Smith’s Marketplace Will Be The 'Wal-Mart Effect' On Main Street

on July 19, 2014 - 9:59am
By LISA SHIN, Optometrist
Los Alamos Family Eyecare, P.C.

Many thanks for the recent editorials urging all to support our local businesses. Indeed, Smith's Marketplace offers a beautiful place for “one-stop” shopping. Enjoy coffee and a bagel in the morning, a made to order dinner in the evening with a delicious selection of chocolate, ice-cream and cake for dessert. Afterwards, shop from an impressive selection of gourmet and organic foods, clothes, toys, pet supplies, electronics, and household goods. Keep people from driving to Santa Fe?

LAMC Honors Women’s Health Staff

on July 19, 2014 - 8:27am

LAMC News:

More Births Close to Home Bring Joy and Comfort to Los Alamos 

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has a lot to celebrate with their women’s health staff and plans to do so during a renaming celebration 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 24.

Previously recognized as the LAMC “OB Unit,” the new name is “The Women’s Health and Childbirth Center.”

 “The new name is more descriptive and clearly identifies the scope of the services we offer,” said Denise Martinez RN, director of the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center.

While many hospitals are reporting declining birth rates, LAMC has been

Next HD3 Event Nov. 5-6 in Roswell

on July 19, 2014 - 7:32am

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HD3 News:

The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator ( – will partner with the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), Roswell Chaves County Economic Development Corporation and Delicious New Mexico to host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” Nov. 5-6 in Roswell. 

This two-day HD3 signature event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food


Positive Energy Solar Named ‘Best of Santa Fe’ Solar Installer Fifth Year in a Row

on July 19, 2014 - 7:10am


Positive Energy Solar was recognized Thursday as the top solar installer by the Santa Fe Reporter “Best of Santa Fe” readers’ poll for the fifth year in a row.

Awardees will be honored at the Best of Santa Fe Block Party 5 p.m. to midnight today, July 19, in Santa Fe’s Railyard.

“Five years running! We are thrilled to be named as Santa Fe’s top choice again,” Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler said.


Letter to the Editor: Competition Key Element of Healthy Business Environment

on July 17, 2014 - 12:59pm
By NANCY PARTRIDGE, Chamber Manager
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

I would like to thank Don Krier and Kelly Gallagher for their July 14 Letter to the Editor, “Don’t Let Los Alamos Become a One Mall Town.” 

It is true the new Smith’s Marketplace will introduce competition into the Los Alamos retail market. Competition is a key element of a healthy business environment. The ultimate winner in business competition is the consumer.

Los Alamos has a variety of small, local businesses that have brick-and-mortar locations along the walkable downtown area.

Signs of the Old Smith's Store Removed Overnight

on July 17, 2014 - 9:35am

Two men worked from lift buckets using welding torches to remove the large Smith's sign around 10 p.m. Wednesday from  the old store at 535 Central Ave., following the grand opening of the new Smith's Marketplace across the street earlier in the day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The large letter 'M' is detached from the building and lowered to the ground. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Workers carry away each letter. Smith's officials said Tuesday that there are no definte plans yet for the old store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB Wins 1st Place for Nine Consecutive Years in 'Best of Santa Fe' Award

on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently received recognition as Santa Fe’s preferred bank by the Santa Fe Reporter, during their 2014 “Best of Santa Fe” contest. This is the 9th consecutive year that LANB has been recognized by the local community for their exemplary service.

Los Alamos National Bank operates six full-service locations throughout northern New Mexico and supports a team of 360 employees. The bank sponsors more than 100 community events each year, and encourages LANB employees to engage locally.


Shoppers Descend On Smith's Marketplace Opening Day

on July 16, 2014 - 3:36pm
Smith's Marketplace sent in the clowns for Opening Day, much to the delight of local youngsters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Managers and staff rushed to keep up with the hundreds of shoppers thronging Smith's Marketplace this morning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Free samples were available all over the store. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Shoppers line up to check out. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Three generations of shoppers gather in the flower section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors to the new

Del Norte Credit Union Proclaimed 'Best of Santa Fe'

on July 16, 2014 - 3:31pm


  • The Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers Choose DNCU for Fourth Consecutive Year

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to be recognized as the 2nd Place winner for Best Bank/Credit Union in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2014 reader poll. This marks the fourth consecutive year that DNCU has been selected by Reporter readers for exemplary financial products and services.

“It is wonderful that the Santa Fe community has distinguished DNCU in this way,” says DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti.


New Phone Number For Pharmacy in Smith's Marketplace

on July 16, 2014 - 12:56pm

New Smith's Marketplace Pharmacy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The pharmacy in the new Smith’s Marketplace store has a new phone number, and the old phone numbers are not forwarding correctly.

The new phone number is 505.661.2770.

Smith's Marketplace Is Open For Business!

on July 16, 2014 - 9:06am

The doors to Smith's Marketplace are now open to the public following the 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony today. Local dignitaries such as Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, and Los Alamos County Chair Geoff Rodgers, second from left, attended a special pre-opening event Tuesday evening inside the new store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/