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Valley Daily Post Newspaper Launches Today

on March 26, 2015 - 1:03pm

Valley Daily Post publishers Carol A. Clark, center, and Eric Vasquez, second from right, met earlier this year at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in Los Alamos with members of Española’s ‘It Takes A Valley’ community group to discuss the new newspaper. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

New Mexico’s newest newspaper officially began operations today in Española.

The Valley Daily Post, Inc. is an online publication co-owned by Eric Vasquez, the former REDI Program manager for the Regional Development Corporation and Carol A. Clark, owner and publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post. 

Vasquez is

Two LANL Organizations Receive Performance Excellence Recognition From Quality New Mexico

on March 26, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.

“These organizations are striving for world-class excellence and providing the best service to their customers,” said Quality New Mexico Executive Director Julia Gabaldon. “We are very proud of them and I encourage organizations in every sector to follow their lead.”

Why Don’t Teams Work As Teams?

on March 24, 2015 - 11:33am

Elaine Law will discuss Agile methodology and successful collaboration techniques March 26. Courtesy photo


Last year the US economy lost more than $50 billion because teams didn't know how to collaborate effectively. In fact, TeamGant reports that 57 percent of projects fail as the result of breakdowns in communication.

“That is a huge opportunity cost!,” said Michael Adams, president elect of the local “Otowi Bridge” chapter of the nonprofit Project Management Institute (PMI).

Chapter President Laura Gonzales said, “we could learn a lot about success in business by

Yang: We Must Continuously Improve ... Or, Must We?

on March 23, 2015 - 10:22am
Los Alamos

We Must Continuously Improve _________ ... or, must we?

How can we not want to improve ourselves all the time? How can organizations not expect continuous improvement on productivity? How can we not demand perfect safety and security? Indeed, how can anyone with a functioning brain reject “improvement?”

Well…it all depends on the types of improvement. If it’s about improving a mind, it likely concerns the breadth of topics or proficiency in a certain field; if it’s about “improving” (i.e.

Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on March 22, 2015 - 10:02am
One of Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes
129 Piedra Loop $499,000 
Listed by Ina Acomb and Karen Hawkins
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Getting The Wrinkles Out: June English Celebrates 10 Years In Business

on March 21, 2015 - 11:35am
June English in the office of Professional Skin Care Choices. English is celebrating 10 years in business. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The new spring makeup products from Jane Iredale are in stock at Professional Skin Care Choices. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices has been providing skin care services in Los Alamos for 10 years.

“It’s been challenging, but I’ve learned a lot over 10 years,” English said.

Trained as a medical aesthetician, English was confident of her


Bill To Significantly Boost New Mexico Businesses Passes Senate Floor

on March 20, 2015 - 9:57am

Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla

SANTA FE – Senate Bill 69 (SB 69), also known as the Resident Business Set-Aside Act, has passed the Senate floor. SB 69 is designed to build the local economy and create more jobs for New Mexicans by proposing that 33 percent of certain state contracts go to resident businesses.

Bill sponsor, Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, said he is delighted about the support the bill has received in the Legislature and from the public.

“This week, the Senate passed a bill that is important to our state.

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on March 20, 2015 - 9:40am


This is a great weekend to tour 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 home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house 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 this page to

Los Alamos County's Allison Majure Lands Top Communications Post At NMED

on March 19, 2015 - 2:43pm

Allison Majure, the new communications director for the New Mexico Environment Department, paid a visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in downtown Los Alamos last week following her final day of work at the County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMED News:

SANTA FE New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn announced today the appointment of Allison Scott Majure of Los Alamos to the post of Communications Director.  


Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's Bill To Protect Local Small Businesses Heads To Governor's Office

on March 19, 2015 - 9:25am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Senate unanimously passed (37-0) Wednesday Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's House Bill 130, the state procurement code legislation that increases transparency within the contract bidding process to protect local small businesses. 

HB 130 recently passed unanimously on the House floor and is now headed to the Governor's desk where she will have 20 days to sign or veto the legislation.

"HB 130 is a critical step  in protecting our small businesses throughout the state contract bidding process and one more tool to help

Jeffery Mitchell: New Mexico Economy Catching Up

on March 19, 2015 - 9:13am

Jeffery Mitchell from the UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research presents an update on national and state economic indicators to attendees at this morning's Chamber Breakfast at UNM-LA. Mitchell explained that New Mexico has lagged behind the national recovery but indicators since mid 2014 show the New Mexico economy starting to catch up. Job growth is up but wages nationwide are stagnant, he said. Courtesy photo

Scene from this morning's Chamber Breakfast at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Local business and community members gather this morning at UNM-LA for the monthly Chamber of Commerce

DOE: Eleven Tribal Communities Receiving $6 Million To Accelerate Implementation Of Renewable Energy

on March 19, 2015 - 8:13am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S.

Last Chance To Register For Bookkeeping Workshop

on March 19, 2015 - 7:48am


IRS Has Options For Those Who Owe

on March 18, 2015 - 9:13pm

IRS News:

PHOENIXThe Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay their taxes electronically, and for those who can’t pay on time, quick and easy solutions are available.

This is the 10th and final in a series of 10 daily IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as the April 15 deadline approaches.

Taxpayers who owe taxes can now choose among several quick and easy e-pay options, including the newest and easiest, IRS Direct Pay (


Scenes From Today's Air Medical Base Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Los Alamos Medical Center

on March 18, 2015 - 1:51pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Nancy Partridge gives the countdown for Classic Air Medical's Director of Operations Kory Hale, left of center, and Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron, right of center, to cut the ribbon on the new Air Medical Base this afternoon behind the hospital. The remodeled Air Medical Base will house Classic Air Medical's $3.8 million helicopter that has been parked at Los Alamos County Airport since the company began local operations in January. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Classic Air Medical's Director of Operations Kory Hale, left,

IRS Interest Rates Same For Second Quarter 2015

on March 18, 2015 - 7:43am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1. 

The rates are:

  • 3 percent for overpayments or 2 percent in the case of a corporation;
  • 0.5percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
  • 3 percent for underpayments; and
  • 5 percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.

UPTE Invites Community To De-Privatization Public Forum

on March 17, 2015 - 10:35am

UPTE News:

UPTE invites the community to attend a De-Privatization Public Forum 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Comfort Inn, 2255 Trinity Dr, in Los Alamos.

LANL’s contract will soon be put out for bid and we must get involved to help decide who our next employer should be. Do you want the Labs ran by a for profit group? Or De-Privatized and put back in the hands of a university.


What are your concerns?

Benefits? Pension? Scientific integrity and progress? Health and Safety?  

We want to know!

Presentations and Q/A with Jeff Colvin, Scientist at Lawrence Livermore

Community Invited To Classic Air Medical Ribbon Cutting For New Air Medical Base At LAMC Wednesday

on March 17, 2015 - 8:38am

CAM News:

Classic Air Medical (CAM), a Woods Cross, Utah based air medical helicopter company with more than 26 years of experience, is proud to announce the ribbon cutting for its new air medical base in Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the celebration that will take place at the Los Alamos Medical Center beginning at noon with the ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday. Bob’s Bodacious BBQ will be catering the event.

The opening of the new air ambulance base in Los Alamos means patients living in Northern New Mexico will have access to rapid, reliable and safe emergency care.

Del Norte Credit Union Purchases Land To Build New White Rock Branch

on March 17, 2015 - 7:50am

DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), the healthiest credit union in New Mexico as ranked by in 2014, has purchased land to build a new branch in White Rock.

DNCU’s longstanding history with White Rock members dates back to the mid ‘70s. Investing in a new branch, rather than continuing to lease space for the branch, strengthens DNCU’s commitment to White Rock members. The new White Rock branch will be located on the vacant SE corner of Rover Blvd. and NM4, directly across the road from where a leased branch currently resides.

DNCU will announce

Former Los Alamos Councilor Pilots Medical Helicopter

on March 16, 2015 - 6:16pm
Base Manager Matias Quintania, left, and pilot Geoff Rodgers in front of the Bell 407GX today at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Base Manager Matias Quintania, left, and pilot Geoff Rodgers today at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers has been hired to pilot the new emergency medical helicopter stationed in town by Classic Air Medical.

Rodgers completed his service on County Council Dec. 31 and started his new job Thursday.

Yang: 'Time' Is Real & Measurable...

on March 16, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

“Time” Is Real & Measurable…yet time is also very subjective

Most of the time, the idea of “time” resides in our perception. “You have too much time on your hands,” or, “I don’t have enough time to…” Every minute or hour is exactly the same quantity as the one before and the one after. Yet, try to tell that to a harassed father or a Fortune 500 VP (who could be a mom with two toddlers). 

Of course, everyone knows that stress, anxiety, and sense of time (or the lack of it) are intimately related.

House Passes Legislation To Allow Sick-Day Transfers

on March 16, 2015 - 10:21am

Rep. Conrad James


  • State Workers Would Be Able To Donate Sick Leave To Colleagues In Medical Emergencies

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Saturday that would allow state workers to donate sick and annual leave to their colleagues in a medical emergency.

HB403, sponsored by Rep. Conrad James, passed by a unanimous 65-0 vote

“This legislation takes extra measures to protect our state workers,” James said. “I am proud that the House took these steps to help state employees in their hour of need.”

All sick-leave donations must remain within a

New Mexico Legislature Recognizes Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper As 2014 Small Business Success

on March 15, 2015 - 1:00pm

Legislators recognize the Los Alamos Daily Post and other small businesses from across the state during a ceremony Monday morning at the State Capital. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

At center, Sen. Richard Martinez congratulates Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark Monday morning in the House Chambers. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


SANTA FE—The Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper and other small businesses from across the state were recognized last Sunday at a reception at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe and Monday during a special ceremony and

Karl Thomas Helps Los Alamos Residents 'Age In Place'

on March 15, 2015 - 11:58am

Confidence Builders New Mexico owner Karl Thomas with his wife Angie and their son Cody. 8. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

After 21 years in the construction industry, Karl Thomas felt a calling to focus his efforts and experience toward helping people continue living at home despite physical or mental challenges.

He specializes in home modifications that allow people to remain in their homes as they age, termed “Aging in Place”.

“Statistics show 80-90 percent of people don't want to move to a nursing home or in with their kids,” Thomas said.


Chamber Breakfast Panel To Discuss Local Economic Outlook Thursday

on March 15, 2015 - 10:42am

Business panelists from left, Patrick Sullivan, Eric Vasquez and Jeffrey Mitchell, will discuss the local economic outlook at Thursday's Chamber Breakfast. Courtesy/LACC


Wondering if this is the right time to take out a loan to expand your business? Is there going to be sufficient consumer spending to justify hiring additional employees?

A panel discussion on Los Alamos’ Economic Outlook may help provide the answer to these questions and many others that are on the minds of local businesses, financial institutions, elected officials and nonprofit organizers.

The Los Alamos