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Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on September 19, 2014 - 10:23am


This weekend is a great time 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 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 this

United Way Hosts Giving Campaign Launch

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

The United Way of Northern New Mexico launched its annual Giving Campaign Wednesday at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank's Cathe McClard, left, presents United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega with a $50,000 donation from he bank during Wednesday's event. LANB provides office space at no charge to the United Way to enable the organization to help the community and has been its largest contributor for many years. McClard also serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SOC Director Jack Killeen and

Rose Chocolatier Hosts Grand Opening Sept. 26

on September 17, 2014 - 10:16am

Chocolates from Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy photo


Rose Chocolatier at 991 Central Ave., is hosting its grand opening Friday, Sept, 26, to coincide with the Fuller Lodge Art Center Late Night Opening of its new art show.

Rose Chocolatier will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept, 26 and serve free coffee and various bark samples throughout the day.

Work by artist Louisa Gilani is being displayed on the wall at Rose Chocolatier, which will open late each month when the Art Center has its late show so community members can have an evening of art and chocolate.

For more information, visit

Yang: Hourly Employees’ Plight ... Further Complicated By High Tech

on September 17, 2014 - 8:08am
Hourly Employees’ Plight…Further Complicated By High Tech
Los Alamos

First, an update: A few columns back, I wrote about the Market Basket case (here) in which the CEO was forced out by the board of directors, agitated by a cranky cousin. Thereafter, the employees had gone on strike to demand the reinstatement of their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Mr. Arthur T. recently bought out the company, at $1.5 billion price tag, and was back on his old job. The buyout brought a huge sigh of relief from the employees, and now they are rebuilding the enterprise. I wish them luck. 

Now on to

State Farm Gives $4,000 To Support Youth

on September 16, 2014 - 3:29pm

The Española YMCA Teen Center receiving a $4,000 regional State Farm Good Neighbor grant Sept. 3. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

  • Grant Supports Programs at Española Teen Center

The Española YMCA Teen Center received a $4,000 regional State Farm Good Neighbor grant Sept. 3 during a presentation at local State Farm agent Lou Santoro’s office.

Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval and Y Executive Director Linda Daly accepted the grant that will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Espanola Teen Center.

“The timing is perfect,” Daly said.

Fall Plants At Farmers Market Thursday

on September 16, 2014 - 6:38am


LAFM News:

As the weather starts to cool down and crops and plants start to slow down, vendors at the Los Alamos Farmers Market will begin closing up shop for the season. This week is the final of the season for Joel Daeschel of Cedar Grove Nursery and the last chance to buy his plants this year.

The market opens 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Thursday through the end of October in the Los Alamos Library parking lot.

Other products available at the market include: Pork / Honey/ Salad Greens/ Spinach/ Squashes/ Melons/ Pears/ Apples/ Peaches/ Cheeses/Cider Snow Cones/ Roasted

Community Invited To United Way Community Campaign Kickoff At Ashley Pond Pavilion Wednesday

on September 15, 2014 - 11:08am

COFC News:

The community is invited to a special Business After Hours event 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Ashley Pond Pavilion as the United Way of Northern New Mexico kicks off this year’s Community Campaign.

Los Alamos National Bank, Blue Window Bistro and Craig Martin Experience have all joined in to to help celebrate this event. Pajarito Brewpub also will be there.

LAVA Advises Local Business Owner How To Create Sales Funnel

on September 15, 2014 - 9:46am

Kelley Baer, owner of Pajarito Lactation. Courtesy photo

LAVA News:

As part of the website launch for LACDC’s Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (, LAVA founder Nicholas Seet and Mandy Marksteiner (marketing consultant) met with local entrepreneurs to find out what obstacles they face, and offer support and ideas on how to bring their businesses to the next level.

Last week Seet and Marksteiner met with Kelley Baer, owner of Pajarito Lactation, to discuss how to overcome a problem that many solo professionals face: being in a feast or famine cycle.


Visit Raul Rodriguez Of S&J Farm At Thursday's Market

on September 15, 2014 - 7:33am

Raul Rodriguez of S&J Farm in El Guique



I recently visited Raul Rodriguez at his S&J Farm in El Guique just north of Espanola. After crossing the Chama River, his farm is about four miles to the turn off into the valley where El Guique sits among the trees that line the river basin.

S&J Farm is nestled in a community filled with small backyard gardens and farms. Cornfields are everywhere you look, along with all the rock formations that line this side of the river.

Raul and his wife live in a house that sits at the edge of the local irrigation ditch, just a

Manhattan Project Restaurant Closing in on Liquor License

on September 12, 2014 - 1:02pm

Victor Medina of the Mahattan Project Restaurant Thursday, which was the final day required to display the public notice of intent to obtain a liquor license for the downtown eatery at 1789 Central Ave. Medina told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one stepped forward to oppose the request so it's on to the next steps in the process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Business Incubation Rolls Out LABi Tech Army©

on September 12, 2014 - 10:15am

LABi founders from left, Robert Nolen - vice president of science, engineering & technology, Ralph Chapman - vice president of operations and Andy Andrews - president. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Business Incubation (LABi) is using Los Alamos ScienceFest as a platform to introduce the LABi Tech Army© to the Los Alamos community.

The LABi Tech Army© is a growing group of local and national scientists, engineers, technologists and other individuals who will serve to help mentor entrepreneurs and help them create successful businesses.


LACDC's LAVA 2014 Elevator Pitch Winners Announced at LANL Feynman Awards

on September 12, 2014 - 8:31am

Participants mingle at LAVA’s Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

LeAnne Parsons, left, won a $500 'Audience Choice' award and Prisca Tiasse won a $500 'First-timer' award. Courtesy photo

From left, Mandy Marksteiner won the $500 'Most Amusing' award and LeeAnne Parsons won the $500 'Audience Award' pose with LAVA Founder Nik SeetsCourtesy photo


Duncan McBranch announced the winners of the Los Alamos Venture Accelerator’s Elevator Pitch Contest at the 2014 LANL Feynman Awards held Thursday afternoon at historic Fuller Lodge.

The winners


Local Fest Showcases Area Products and Services

on September 11, 2014 - 7:02am
Raffle tickets for local items on sale at Local Fest. Courtesy/Los Alamos Co+op Market
Espanola Valley Fiber Arts booth at Local Fest. Courtesy/Los Alamos Co+op Market

CO+OP News:

Last weekend, the Los Alamos Co+op Market celebrated Local Fest, promoting local vendors including Camino de Paz and showcased local health practitioners at the Health and Wellness Fair.

Local Fest, well attended over the busy weekend, displayed the Co+op’s commitment to the local community and reiterated the Co+op’s updated definition of local: items grown or produced within 300 miles of the Co+op or in New

Dynofit CEO Demonstrates Biofeedback Through Video Gaming

on September 10, 2014 - 5:15pm
Rohan Loveland of Dynofit Inc. shows how the video game he designed can be used as a biofeedback devise to teach muscles to flex or relax. Electrodes are placed on the muscle and the person uses a flex or relax motion to play the game. Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet gets hooked up to play the game with her thumb. Loveland still wears the electrodes he used to play the game with his eyebrows. The event, Biofeedback: Game Your Brain. was held at Diamond Mix Workspace Monday and was part of Science Fest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Three entrepreneurs Will Win Portion of $1,500 at LAVA’s Elevator Pitch Contest Sept. 11

on September 10, 2014 - 9:02am

Image Courtesy/LAVA


Three entrepreneurs who deliver the best 60-second speech at the Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday morning will share in $1,500 in total prize money. 

SIVI Corporation and Los Alamos National Laboratory's Feynman Center for Innovation (FCI) and Community Programs Office (CPO) are sponsoring the event and providing the prize money. The contest is hosted by LACDC’s Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) and part of Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The Elevator Pitch Contest is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yang: Sometimes It Seems Easier To Donate ($ or goods) Than To Be Gracious

on September 9, 2014 - 3:32pm
Sometimes It Seems Easier To Donate ($ or goods) Than To Be Gracious
Los Alamos

When I first ran across this article, “The Lesson of Grace in Teaching, I was moved by the story behind the title, but didn’t think it had direct bearing on business or management. 

Then, I remembered my own principle: Everything is connected in system perspective. Indeed, “grace” is useful in teaching, and there are many principles in the teaching profession from which management can learn. 

After Francis Edward Su’s award speech for teaching mathematics, he received so many requests for the

Entreprenurial Teen Grand Challenge Participants Wow Judges

on September 9, 2014 - 12:13pm
The Quality Mobile Small Engine Repair Team from Espanola took First Place in the Entreprenurial Teen Grand Challenge and received $400 to build their business. The event was held Monday at UNM-Los Alamos as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest 2014. Judges were impressed by the achievable goals outlined in their proposal. Seven teams from around northern New Mexico competed in the Challenge, presenting their business plan to a panel of six judges. Team members, from left, Alejandro Atencio, Joshua Lopez and lead mechanic Xena Martinez. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Second place

Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise Course in Crowd-Financing Begins Sept. 19

on September 9, 2014 - 10:56am


Local entrepreneurs are invited to take a course on launching a startup and getting it funded at the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (in the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office).

Nicholas Seet, the founder of the Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA), will teach Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise noon to 4 p.m., each Friday beginning Sept. 19.

The class will be hands-on, project-based and cover entrepreneurship theory and best practices, building a team, identifying resources, and raising funds.

Seet is an expert at financing startups: His


Los Alamos Students Compete in Small Business Grand Championship Tonight

on September 8, 2014 - 3:16pm


Today, Los Alamos High School student Jonmichael Weaver and home school student Savannah Martinez will compete in a small business grand championship, as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest activities.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Business Grant program originally supported the entrepreneurs with business grants to begin their businesses back in May.


Semi-annual Paper Shredding Event At RE/MAX of Los Alamos Saturday

on September 8, 2014 - 12:27pm

Michelle Harkey Presents Talk At Los Alamos Rotary

on September 8, 2014 - 10:41am

Los Alamos Rotarian and occasional Sergeant at Arms, Michelle Harkey, presented her classification talk at Tuesday's Rotary meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Harkey owns Mullein Leaf Massage at 3500 Trinity, Suite A-5 where she offers Integrative Massage and Bioelectric Therapy and other modalities. Visit, for more information. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ribbon Officially Cut on Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic

on September 8, 2014 - 10:08am

At a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic owners Dr.James Ziomek and Dr. Richard Honsinger cut a ribbon that is wrapped around LAMCC’s newest physicians Dr. John Wisneski, Dr. Monica Snowden,  Dr. Elisa Lange and Dr. Stanley Garrett during an open house Friday, Sept. 5 at the clinic. Dr. Garrett joined LAMCC in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. Lange joined the clinic in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr.

Los Alamos Subway Interior Work Continues

on September 7, 2014 - 9:49am

The contents of the Los Alamos Subway near 15th and Central was moved outside Saturday to make room for the finishing touches and a good floor scrubbing as the new eatery prepares to open to the public later this month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Everything inside Subway was moved outside while the floor was cleaned Saturday and finishing touches are completed. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Adamina Wellness Opens In Los Alamos

on September 5, 2014 - 11:00am

Angela Love Storkan


Adamina Wellness was originally opened in Raton more than two years ago. Owner Angela Love Storkan recently returned to Los Alamos and is now working as an independent contractor out of her father's practice, Storkan Chiropractic at 2610 Trinity Dr., Suite 22. 

Storkan received her Associates Degree in Holistic Health from Trinidad State Junior College. During her time there, she had the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques she now incorporates into her practice.


DALA Free Dance Week Sept. 8-13

on September 5, 2014 - 7:38am
Young DALA dancers. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos is offering a Free Dance Week Sept. 8-13. Dancers aged 3 through adult who are new to DALA are invited to take any class of the appropriate level at no charge during this promotional week.

“Whether dancing for fun, aspiring to a professional career, or supporting a healthier lifestyle,” DALA School Director Jonathan Guise said. “Dance Arts Los Alamos offers an engaging and supportive environment to explore an amazing form of expression. I invite you to join us and see the new Dance Arts Los Alamos.