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Poll: New Mexico Business Leaders Concerned About Ethical Behavior Of Elected Officials

on February 12, 2016 - 7:40am
CFED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A poll of New Mexico business leaders  recently found widespread concern with the history of unethical behavior from New Mexico's elected officials, the impact that big campaign donors have on state government and how contracts are awarded in the state.
 
They believe that the campaign finance system needs significant reform and voiced support for proposals that increase transparency of lobbying, disclosure of contributions and spending in elections.

Wiemann's 'Investing For Women' Seminar Delivers Straight Answers; Boosts Confidence

on February 11, 2016 - 4:55pm

Shelly Wiemann

 

By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos

Shelly Wiemann, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, hosted a seminar for female investors Feb. 4 at Cottonwood on the Green in Los Alamos.

“I’m interacting with a lot of female investors; women who are in charge of their own financial destiny,” Wiemann said. “We have the only female-run financial services office in Los Alamos. We want to encourage every woman in town to know that there is a resource for you.”

More than 40 women attended the seminar.

‘Good to Great’ Author Keynotes 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit

on February 11, 2016 - 9:36am

Bill Wadt stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom Tuesday to discuss the importance of the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit set for April 12-13 at Isleta Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Collins, student and teacher of leadership and what “makes great companies tick,” will keynote Quality New Mexico’s Learning Summit “Excellence by Choice” April 12-13 at Isleta Resort. 

Collins has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Yang: Of Mice & Cheese, And Little People: Resistance, Action And Change

on February 11, 2016 - 9:34am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos
 
Many years ago, when I was working in a diversity office, my manager excitedly asked me if I had read this wonderful little book “Who Moved My Cheese?
 
I was, and still am in general, very dubious about these popular trendy “how-to” books that pop up on the mass market. They can offer a few gems and some wisdom, but like motivational speeches, readers and listeners may feel “good” about certain messages ... for a little while. But passage of time would dilute the enthusiasm, unless there is follow-up with actions. 
 
Nevertheless, I felt obligated to read

LAEN Event: How To Create Successful High Tech Companies With The Lean Startup Method

on February 10, 2016 - 3:59pm

LAEN News:

The Los Alamos Entrepreneur Network welcomes Benson Garner, co-founder of the Innovation Principle who is well-known for his contributions to the Lean Startup business model.

He will be in Los Alamos today to discuss what it takes to identify great technologies, products and services and to find the right business models to support, scale and sustain them. Come learn about innovation processes and practices being utilized by high tech entrepreneurs to identify customers and market opportunity to quickly grow and scale their businesses. 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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Balderas Urges U.S. Senate To Pass HANGUP Act

on February 10, 2016 - 1:10pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
NMAG News:
 
SANTA FE  Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to pass the ‘‘Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone Calls Act of 2015’’ or ‘‘HANGUP” Act. 
 
In the letter, Attorney General Balderas and 24 state attorneys general, called on the committee to pass the Act, which repeals a recent amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to allow debt-collection robocalls to consumers’ cell phones.
 
“While New Mexicans need to repay loan obligations that they have incurred, they should

Chamber Business Breakfast: 'Getting New Mexico On Level Playing Field'

on February 8, 2016 - 8:53am
Steve McKee

CHAMBER News:

President and CEO Steve McKee of McKee Wallwork & Company is the speaker at this month's Chamber Business Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in room 230, building 2 at UNM-LA.

The topic will be One of Our 50 is Missing: Procurement, Real ID and GRT. Getting New Mexico on a level playing field. The Chamber Breakfast will held in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos.

McKee is a leading brand strategist with nearly three decades of experience. He authored the books When Growth Stalls and Power Branding, as well as a long-running

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Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes & Properties

on February 7, 2016 - 8:45am

Today's Featured Home

21 Redondo Vista
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

$299,900

 
 
 
 

New Mexican Named to U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Community Advisory Council (CAC)

on February 6, 2016 - 7:19am
Meeting of Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Community Advisory Council - Nov. 20, 2015. From the left in the back row: Mr. Miller, Mr. Fogle, Mr. Poyo, Mr. Barragan, Mr. Rubinger, Mr. Vazquez, Mr. Mangan, Mr. Dujakovich, Mr. Dulchin, Mr. Shank, Ms. Smith, Ms. Taoka, Ms. Blackwell, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Tingerthal, Governor Tarullo, Chair Yellen, Governor Brainard. Courtesy photo
 
CAC News:
 
The newly-appointed Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank recently met with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

NCRTD Receives Unmodified Opinion With No Findings In Its FY2015 Audit Report

on February 5, 2016 - 12:51pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received an Unmodified Opinion with no findings and no carryovers as reported in its Fiscal Year 2015 Independent Auditor’s Report.

The findings, which have been verified by the New Mexico State Auditor’s office, were presented today at the NCRTD monthly Board meeting by Farley Vener, president of Hinkle and Landers, P.C., which conducted the audit.

The report issued an Unmodified Opinion with no new findings and no carryovers, marking the second consecutive year that the District audit received such designation.

Customer Service Class With Laura Loy Feb. 23

on February 5, 2016 - 11:53am
UNMLA News:
 
In today’s competitive climate, you can’t afford to lose business due to poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service at a one-day class that is being offered through UNM-Los Alamos Community Education.
 
Providing Excellent Customer Service will be taught by Laura Loy, local businesswoman and UNM-LA instructor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Loy says, “Customer service is a phrase we use regularly, but how often do we think about what actually goes into providing excellent customer service?

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on February 5, 2016 - 10:06am
REAL ESTATE News:
 
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the 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

New LANL Security Contractor And New Lessons Learned Arrive On The Hill

on February 4, 2016 - 1:39pm

Centerra Group CEO Paul Donahue interviewed at Homewood Suites in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Paul Donahue, CEO of Centerra Group, the new protective force security contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, paid a visit to the laboratory recently from company headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was waiting in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in Pojoaque, looking positive about the day.

“Today is our first major internal exercise,” he said, brightening with the prospect.

Local Entrepreneurship Student Celebrates Five Months In Business In Downtown Los Alamos

on February 4, 2016 - 8:09am
Atomic City Quilts owner Shelly Kuropatwinski in her shop at 247 Central Ave., Suite C. Courtesy photo
 
By Mandy Marksteiner
 
Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of Atomic City Quilts, has been a business owner for five months. Her life as an entrepreneur began a year ago, when she took Nik Seet’s Intro to Entrepreneurship course at UNM-LA.
 
For the past several years, she has been dreaming of opening a quilt shop in Los Alamos; however, she never went for it because she had a job, a husband, four active kids, and felt like she needed to provide a reliable income for the family.
 
“When I started the

Nambé Falls Casino Grand Opening Saturday

on February 4, 2016 - 7:48am

BUSINESS News:

Nambé Falls Casino will hold its grand opening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will open the event with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a full day of family-friendly entertainment, complimentary food, giveaways, music and more. 

“We are so excited to celebrate the opening of this beautiful and unique property with our local customers,” General Manager Pamela S. Gallegos said. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and received wonderful feedback during our first two weeks of business.

Lujan Grisham On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

on February 3, 2016 - 9:06am
By U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, or aunts shouldn’t have to wait any longer for equal pay.
 
Wage discrimination based on gender has been a priority of mine in Congress since the moment I took office, because we have a responsibility to ensure economic security for millions of women in this country. But I am frustrated that we still haven't done enough to make sure women in this country have equal pay for equal work.
 
Today marks the seventh year anniversary of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an incredible step forward that empowered women to fight

Los Alamos Chamber Legislative Positions For 2016

on February 2, 2016 - 11:44am
CHAMBER News:
 
Economic Development 
 
Support
  • HB34 (Rep. Adkins) Post-Thanksgiving Gross Receipts Deduction (Small BusinessSaturday)
  • HB63 (Rep. Dennis Roche) No indemnity/medical benefits under workman's compensation if worker's injury or death resulted from alcohol/drug use at the time.
  • HB139 (Rep. Garcia Richard) Changing the criteria to allow LEDA for Retail Projects
  • HB194 (Rep. Cathrynn Brown) "Employer Responsibility" legislation for worker's compensation
  • HB195 (Rep.

LACDC Begins Business Visitation Survey

on February 2, 2016 - 11:33am

LACDC News:

Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation will soon begin a comprehensive Business Visitation Survey to gather information from local businesses.

This project is an important tool for LACDC to collect hard data along with anecdotal data from business owners about the local business climate.

In 2004, LACDC performed an extensive Business Visitation Survey in Los Alamos County as part of a Business Retention and Expansion effort.

Del Norte Investment Services Social Security Seminar Feb. 10

on February 2, 2016 - 7:24am
DNIS News:
 
Join us for a no-cost, no-obligation Social Security Seminar Wednesday, Feb. 10, led by Del Norte Investment Services financial advisor Scott Covey and a special guest speaker.
 
Regardless of when you plan to retire, Social Security will be an important part of the road ahead. Learn how to optimize your social security benefits as well as how to navigate new changes just put into place. Find out more about the best route for a successful retirement.
 
Social Security planning explores:
  • The rules for starting Social Security benefits
  • How spouses can best coordinate their benefits
  • Routes

IRS Alerts New Mexico Workers To Major Tax Benefit

on February 2, 2016 - 7:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX Millions of taxpayers who earned $53,267 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2016, making awareness critical. Local officials and community organizations nationwide are holding events on EITC Awareness Day highlighting this key benefit.
 
“One-third of the population eligible for EITC changes each year as their personal circumstances change,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We want workers who may qualify for EITC for the first time to have all the information they need to get the EITC and get it right.

Four Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Grants

on February 2, 2016 - 6:47am
Melissa Blueflower-Sanchez and Robert Sanchez, owners of R and M Construction, LLC, of Santa Clara Pueblo. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Four Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and operated businesses received a total of $60,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation. The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.
 
“These investments create jobs for pueblo-owned businesses and help strengthen the

Los Alamos Co+op Announces Annual Survey

on February 2, 2016 - 6:44am
CO+OP News:
 
The community is invited to complete the Los Alamos Co+operative Market's 2016 annual survey. This questionnaire, which takes approximately 30 minutes to fill out, is an opportunity to give feedback (both good and bad) to enable the Co+op to better serve its members.  

Submit the survey by Feb. 29 to receive a discount coupon that can be used anytime during the month of March. The coupon is good for savings on a single shopping trip: 10 percent off for members who spend less than $150, 15 percent off for members who spend more than $150, and 5 percent off for non-members.

Yang: Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

on January 31, 2016 - 9:57pm
By ELANA YANG
Los Alamos

Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

Introverts aren’t automatically shy; shy people aren’t always introverts. And there are shy extroverts, truly.   

My columns on introversion-extraversion seemed to have struck a nerve with many readers, particularly the introverts. Not a surprise, since by definition, introverts generally wouldn’t be compelled to speak up themselves.

However, from various comments and conversations, I feel the need to clarify and distinguish between introversion and shyness.

Lawmakers Introduce Gender Pay Equity Act

on January 30, 2016 - 10:43am

STATE News:
  • Median income for full-time working women in the U.S. is 79 percent of median income for men. U.S. Census Bureau

SANTA FE – Today, Rep. Nate Gentry introduced the Gender Pay Equity Act, legislation to provide a tax credit to business owners who can demonstrate 100 percent gender pay equity. 

The bill, HB 282, was co-signed by Speaker Don Tripp as well as Representatives Alonzo Baldonado, Sharon Chahchischillage, Kelly Fajardo, Sarah Maestas Barnes, Terry McMillan, Andy Nuñez, Paul Pacheco, and John Zimmerman. It is also supported by Sen. Mimi Stewart. 

“Equal work should

Record Amount Of Counterfeit Hoverboards Seized

on January 30, 2016 - 7:24am
CBP displayed this hoverboard with exposed counterfeit battery during a Jan. 27 press conference in Chicago. Courtesy photo
 
USCBP News:
 
CHICAGO  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Chicago Field Office have seized more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with an estimated MSRP of more thn $6 million. 
 
The self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as “hoverboards” contain batteries that are deemed unauthorized and therefore counterfeit as well as fake trademark logos.
 
“This is a fine example of our officers and import specialists ensuring that only

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