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Join The Cash Mob For Central Avenue Ribbon Cutting Block Party

on October 1, 2014 - 1:03pm

Chamber News:

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting block party Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the road construction on Central Avenue between 15th & 20th Streets.

“We would like to invite the public to be part of a ‘cash mob’ to show support of the downtown businesses by filling the stores and doing some Saturday shopping as soon as the ribbon is cut,” said Nancy Partridge, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager.

Immediately following the ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., the cash mob is invited to charge through the cut

New Missile Defense Work Coming To New Mexico

on October 1, 2014 - 5:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that IEC-SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in Albuquerque.

The contracts are part of a $149 million contract awarded to Raytheon by Rafael for the Iron Dome Weapon short-range rocket defense system. 

"New Mexico plays a pivotal role in our national security and defense," Heinrich said. "This work is a good start and reflects our state's unique capabilities.

New Subway Opening 'Any Day Now'

on September 30, 2014 - 2:55pm

Subway owner Larry Singh, holding sign from roof, told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that he is not sure of the exact date but is opening his new restatuant near 15th Street and Central Avenue 'any day now.' The interior has tables, chairs and booths as well as large food posters on the walls. The kitchen equipment, counter and drink machine also are installed. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Final Day To Rename Los Alamos Apartments For Chance To Win $250 In Chamber Bucks

on September 29, 2014 - 12:26pm

Staff Report

The contest underway to rename Los Cerros Apartments at 3000 Trinity Dr. and 40 apartment units in the Gold Street subdivision ends at 5 p.m. today.

Topper Ridge, Pajarito Pines, Normandy, Plateau Pines, Mesa Ridge, Canyon Oak and Canyon Crest, The Manhattan Projects, The Cottonwoods and Vista del Sol are just a few of the many names suggested to date.

The winner of each complex will receive $250 in chamber bucks and the honorable mention winners will receive $50 in chamber bucks.

Email name suggestions for Los Cerros Apartments and the Gold Street units to

Yang: 'Only If I Must Lead...'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:58am
Los Alamos

Having read “level-5 leadership” (read here), then observed and heard stories about some leaders/managers, I occasionally wonder if those who are tapped for (or in some cases, conscripted into) leadership roles are more methodical, reflective, and deliberate in their managerial/leadership style, compared to those who aspired to manager/leader roles. 

Since learning the concept of “reluctant” leadership (read here, here and here), I do agree that reluctant leaders seem to take the time … to listen, to ponder, to consider nuances, to take a longer and a wider view,

Abe Dispennette's State Farm Agency Now Offers Mortgage Loans

on September 27, 2014 - 2:41pm

Abe Dispennette


I am proud to announce that my State Farm agency now offers Mortgages.

Before my service in the Army I was a mortgage broker in Florida for a number of years. When I entered back into the financial arena with State Farm one of my goals was to offer mortgages again.  As many of you know the lending industry has changed dramatically, so much so it took a couple of years for me to get all of the proper state and federal requirements in order that I may legally sell this product.

Currently we only offer Conventional loans up to 95 percent loan to value and


Beer Co-op Celebrates And Dedicates Its New Home

on September 27, 2014 - 12:25pm
The Los Alamos Beer Co-op held a celebration and building dedication Friday at their new home in Central Park Square. The former Canyon Bar & Grill is being remodeled to house the Beer Co-op's new taproom. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Higher Ground plays Friday evening for the Beer Co-op celebration crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Partiers raise a glass at Friday's Beer Co-op event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Rose Chocolatier Grand Opening Draws Crowd

on September 27, 2014 - 12:13pm
A crowd eager to taste delectable samples turned out for Friday's grand opening of Rose Chocolatier at 991 Central Ave. Owner Marguerite McClay, left, opened the chocolate shop last summer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artist Louisa Gilani, left, chats with Los Alamos author Inez Ross. Gilani's work is being displayed on the walls of Rose Chocolatier. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Local Graphic Designer Inspired By World Travel

on September 27, 2014 - 7:42am

Brenda Fleming


As a student, Brenda Fleming was in Paris, studying the cuneiform writings from ancient Mesopotamia. Later she visited the Louvre and was delighted to see a huge exhibit on Mesopotamia.

Later, she went for a stroll and saw a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church, and L’ Orangerie Museum, where Monet’s lily pad paintings fill the entire wall, floor to ceiling, of the gallery.

At the time, Fleming was studying foreign languages at New Mexico State University.


Extract Your Own DNA Oct. 4

on September 27, 2014 - 7:29am

Girls show off their DNA necklaces at the Biodidact booth during this year's ScienceFest. Courtesy photo


After the success of the “Extract Your Own DNA” event during this year's Los Alamos ScienceFest, Biodidact is offering kids, their parents, teachers and curious adults, another opportunity to have fun extracting their own DNA.

There will be two sessions: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Diamond Mix in the very back of the Pueblo Complex (1900 Diamond Dr.), for another chance to learn about DNA and how to extract one's own.

Fifty more DNA necklaces are

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on September 26, 2014 - 5:57pm


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

Meet Nicole Dunn Participating In 2014 Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour

on September 26, 2014 - 8:29am

Art work by Los Alamos artist Nicole Dunn. Courtesy photo

Art work by Los Alamos artist Nicole Dunn. Courtesy photo

ART News:

This year's Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour is Oct. 11-12 and the Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring a "Get to Know Your Artist" series leading up to the annual event.

Each of the 16 artists participating in the tour will be showcased prior to the beginning of the tour to allow our readers an opportunity to learn about them and their work.

Meet Los Alamos artist Nicole Dunn:

I became interested in Fiber and cloth from an early age.

Four Corners Health Care Provides Free Home Services to EEOIC/RECA Beneficiaries

on September 25, 2014 - 9:38am
Four Corners Home Health Care home visit kit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four Corners Health Care opened its doors in Los Alamos this summer. Four Corners provides home health services at no cost to Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP), beneficiaries.

The company was founded by a uranium mining family in Price, Utah who had learned to cope with the effects of exposure that came years later.

Rose Chocolatier Grand Opening and Open House Offers Sweet Treats Friday

on September 25, 2014 - 9:34am


Rose Chocolatier, creator of hand crafted chocolates, will host a Grand Opening and Open House 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

Free chocolate and coffee samples will be available for tasting throughout the day. Rose Chocolatier is serving coffee and tea that can be sipped while eating chocolates at one of the small tables along a wall displaying local artwork. 

Enjoy a quiet conversation, watch the chocolate making in the kitchen or just relax. LANet, Los Alamos Network Fiber Optic Internet, is providing free Wi-Fi access for Rose Chocolatier customers.

Rose Chocolatier


Los Alamos Association of Realtors Donates To LA Cares

on September 24, 2014 - 7:01pm

Standing with a large amount of food donations at Los Alamos National Bank Tuesday afternoon, from left, incoming NE Dist. Vice President for Realtors Association of New Mexico Paul Romero, Los Alamos Association of Realtors (LAAOR) Director Ardy Hafer, LAAOR President Elect Cindy Hollabaugh, 2014 LAAOR President Anna Caspersen, LAAOR Administrative Executive Paco Arguello and LAAOR Secretary Pearl White. The food donated by LAAOR members will be transported to LA Cares to be distributed to the less fortunate living within Los Alamos County. Photo by Steve Anaya/CEO RANM

Chamber Of Commerce Host Central Avenue Ribbon Cutting Block Party Oct. 4

on September 24, 2014 - 5:40pm


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting block party 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 to celebrate the completion of the road construction on Central Avenue between 15th & 20th Streets.

“We not only want to note the completion of Phase 1 of the road and curb improvements,” Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge said. “But we want to remind the public of the many unique products, services and resources that are in the stores in our downtown district.”

The 90-minute block party will kick off at 10 a.m. with sidewalk sales, free samples, booths, and face painting.

Yang: How Many Data Points, How Strong The Evidence, To Win You Over?

on September 22, 2014 - 12:55pm
How Many Data Points, How Strong The Evidence, To Win You Over?
Los Alamos

It’s one thing for managers, or anyone, to insist on evidence, it’s another thing how they use this evidence.

You must have noticed that evidence in the face of skepticism only goes so far? How many of us, when being pointed out that we are wrong, even in the face of strong evidence, would immediately acknowledge our mistakes in front of others? And change our minds and behavior forever after? 

I am not referring to innocent little mistakes that we easily discharge with a light, “Sorry, sorry, my

Dog’s Delight Mobile Grooming Opens In Los Alamos

on September 22, 2014 - 11:22am

Courtesy photo


Kathy Young recently moved to Los Alamos and launched Dog’s Delight Mobile Grooming.

She came from a small town in California where she operated a similar mobile grooming business for many years. This summer, after her youngest daughter left to attend college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, she picked up her grooming business and moved to Los Alamos to be near family, which includes her 2-year-old granddaughter.

"Since my business is mobile, I'm able to help dogs that are nervous about leaving home, have problems riding in cars, or just need


Sponsors And Participants Sought For Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Golf Tournament

on September 22, 2014 - 9:49am


It's time to sign up to sponsor and participate in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament!

The annual Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Friday, Oct. 10 on the local links of the Los Alamos Golf Course. A portion of the proceeds benefits the United Way of Northern New Mexico.

The tournament is a four-person scramble using 25 percent of team handicap and will feature prize holes, contest holes, door prizes and a silent auction. Mulligans will be available for a small fee.

Los Alamos Real Estate Changes Hands In Multi-Million Dollar Deal

on September 21, 2014 - 3:33pm
From left, Construction and Maintenance Manager Mike McNiel, Office Manager Jeanne Bridge, Site Manager for Los Cerros and Gold Street apartments Julie Smith, CAP Investors General Partner Bruce Norman and Property Manager Mike Lippiatt. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

In a multi-million dollar transaction executed Sept. 12, CAP Investors took ownership of the Los Cerros Apartment Complex and 40 apartment units in the Gold Street subdivision.

Each of the properties included in this transaction were previously owned by longtime Los Alamos

Entrepreneurship Enables Michelle Harkey To Create Better Life For Herself And Clients

on September 20, 2014 - 9:46am

Entrepreneur Michelle Harkey in her Los Alamos office with LAVA founder Nik Seet. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


One of the goals of LACDC’s Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) is to celebrate entrepreneurship, because entrepreneurs are taking a risk to do something cool.

Michelle Harkey of Los Alamos is an entrepreneur willing to walk away from a safe and stable existance to build a life that she dreamed for herself; a life that she creates every day. Before starting her own business she was an accountant. She was paid well, and had a consistent career.

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