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Scenes From QNM Summit With Speaker Jim Collins

on April 27, 2016 - 2:22pm

Many Los Alamos residents joined some 2,000 people at the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit to hear internationally renowned leadership speaker Jim Collins April 12 at Isleta Resort. From left, UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus who is a new member of the QNM Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank is a major sponsor of the QNM Summit. LANB officials from left, Rod Pittman, Jillian Bartley, Cathe McClard, Anne Kain and CEO John Gulas.

DOE/NNSA Awards $13.1 Million Design-Build Contract To Gardner Zemke For Electrical Substation At LANL

on April 27, 2016 - 9:25am

Elements of a substation: A-Primary power lines' side. B-Secondary power lines' side. 1-Primary power lines. 2-Ground wire. 3-Overhead lines. 4-Transformer for measurement of electric voltage. 5-Disconnect switch. 6-Circuit breaker. 7-Current transformer. 8-Lightning arrester. 9-Main transformer. 10-Control building. 11-Security fence. 12-Secondary power lines. Source:


Under an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the U.S.

Pajarito Greenhouse Plant Shipment Delayed

on April 27, 2016 - 7:41am

Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox with a flower basket. Courtesy photo


Pajarito Greenhouse will be open today at 9 a.m., however the large shipment of plants they expect will not arrive until noon.

The staff suggests shoppers come around 1 p.m. to find the plant best selection.


Polka Dot Powerhouse Opens Newest Chapter

on April 27, 2016 - 7:29am
PDP News:
SANTA FE  Polka Dot Powerhouse has announced its newest chapter location in Santa Fe.
The chapter’s inaugural launch meeting will occur Thursday, June 2. Positive women interested in business connection can attend their first meeting at no cost. Additional meetings occur monthly and participants are encouraged to register in advance. Registration is open and available here.
Polka Dot Powerhouse is an expansive, rapidly-growing, closely connected family of extraordinary professional women from around the globe.

SFCC Hosts Free Jobseekers Workshop May 4

on April 26, 2016 - 10:54am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will host a free jobseekers workshop sponsored by BACK TO WORK 50+ to assist community members in navigating the State Personnel Office (SPO) online application process for state employment opportunities.
The workshop will be presented from​ 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Room 216 at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
Join state recruitment manager H.C. Hawkins of the SPO Career Services Bureau to learn the ins-and-outs of completing the online job application for State of New Mexico employment.

McQuiston: Driving And Texting ... Who Does It More?

on April 26, 2016 - 9:19am
The Jemez Agency

Now is a great time to talk to your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Most anti-texting-while-driving campaigns focus their message on teenagers, and presumably should. Teens have the least driving experience and it seems like they are on their phone 24/7.

According to a 2011 Pew Internet study, 18 to 24-year-olds averaged more than 100 text messages per day. This is four times the average for 35 to 44-year-olds, and 10 times the average for 55 to 64-year-olds.

Not surprising information – we know teens text more frequently than their elders.

Pajarito Greenhouse Opens For Season Wednesday

on April 24, 2016 - 8:16am
The tomatoes are getting tall at Pajarito Greenhouse. From left, James Liberty, Dave Fox and Tim Morrison show off some prime specimens at Pajarito Greenhouse. Many plants are already in stock and more are arriving daily, Fox said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos, spring can be iffy, but we know it’s just around the corner when Pajarito Greenhouse is once again open for business.

This year, the greenhouse will open at 9 a.m. sharp Wednesday, April 27.

Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX Department Store, but

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on April 22, 2016 - 12:25pm
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

Yang: Almost Final Words On Half-Truths

on April 22, 2016 - 8:13am
Los Alamos

As much as I love studying organizations, there are times I just want to throw my hands up and say, “Why bother?” Especially when everything about organizational life seems complicated, without easy answers, or often, with no answers. We like nothing better than a linear, neat, straight road to lead us through the day. So it is with issues like “change!’ 

On the one hand, we extol those who embrace change and disdain those who “resist” change; on the other hand, we don’t ever know exactly how to go about engaging change effectively.

'New Mexico True' Brand To Boost Select Businesses

on April 21, 2016 - 7:23am
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department announced an initiative that will allow select New Mexico businesses to leverage the hugely popular New Mexico True brand to build their product’s recognition and amplify their existing marketing message.
The New Mexico True Certified program brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican, while providing opportunity for a business of any size to integrate the New Mexico True Certified mark on their packaging, fulfillment and marketing materials.
The free program is open

Simon On Intel's Plan To Lay Off 12,000 Workers

on April 20, 2016 - 10:07am
Dave Simon
RIO RANCHO - Intel announced Tuesday that it will lay off 12,000 members of its global workforce, which at the end of last year was about 107,300 people.

Intel said most of the employees affected by the layoffs will be notified in the next 60 days, while some of the cuts may happen through mid-2017.

Intel is the largest computer chipmaker in the world but has failed to replicate that success across mobile devices that have now replaced traditional desktops and laptops.

Dave Simon, candidate for State Senate Dist.

Tourism Panel Provides Summer Season Success Tips At Chamber Business Breakfast At UNM-LA

on April 20, 2016 - 9:37am

Tourism panelists from left, Small Business Marketing Consultant Mandy Marksteiner, County Economic Development Marketer Kelly Stewart and Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Director Cynthia Delgado share insights with the business community during this morning's Chamber Business Breakfast at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Why Is My Home's Insurance Value More Than The Market Value?

on April 19, 2016 - 3:05pm
The Jemez Agency
Why is my home's insurance value more than the market value?
I was recently asked by a friend to explain why his homeowner insurance coverage amount differed so much from the tax value and market value in his area. I’m betting there are many of you out there asking the same question!
We all know that many states have seen large swings in market property values. While they peaked in 2006, some market values have since sunk to levels far below the actual replacement cost of the home.

The Tub Hosts Huge First Anniversary Celebration

on April 19, 2016 - 8:23am


The Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend with a huge party with live music, special beer releases and much more.

The two-day celebration is noon to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 163 Central Park Square.


  • Saison with Brettanomyces and Barrel Aged Fitz's Cherry Quad on Rye.


  • Friday 6-9 p.m. - Cali Shaw;
  • Saturday 4:30-6 p.m. - Ghost Like This; and
  • Saturday 6:30-9 p.m. - Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer.


  • Raffles, grilled sandwiches from the Los Alamos Co+op Market, commemorative growlers and an all-around

Abe Dispennette: Invest Locally

on April 19, 2016 - 7:32am
Los Alamos
When I ask my clients what they see as their biggest threat to retirement the normal nervous answer is not having enough money. This answer is usually followed with a detailed explanation on how they plan to sacrifice and save more into their 401s to mitigate the threat. While this certainly is an issue we all need to closely monitor it does happen to ignore a hidden threat flying under most people’s radar – taxes! 
I have found that many people think their tax burden will be nearly zero in retirement and they plan to live on 25-50 percent of their

Chamber Business Breakfast Features Tourism Marketing Wednesday At UNM-Los Alamos

on April 18, 2016 - 8:27pm


What are effective techniques for attracting tourists? How can you make your products and services stand out? A panel of experts will discuss how Los Alamos Businesses can prepare for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season during the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Wednesday, April 20 at UNM-Los Alamos.

The panel includes the Director of Marketing for the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau Cynthia Delgado; Kelly Stewart, who directs the Economic Development Marketing for Los Alamos County; and Small Business Marketing Consultant Mandy Marksteiner.

Delgado and Stewart serve

Spring Vendor Blender Saturday

on April 18, 2016 - 9:25am

Yang: Separating Wheat From The Chaff

on April 17, 2016 - 9:19am
Los Alamos

Why do managers keep relying on “half-truths” or “nonsense” in their decision-making process? In Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense, Pfeffer and Sutton give at least three reasons:

1. using data changes power dynamics;

2. people often don’t want to hear the truth; and

3. the marketplace for business ideas is messy and inefficient.

Facts and evidence are equalizers; anyone can gather them and present them to back up their assertions.

Scenes From Thursday's Business After Hours

on April 15, 2016 - 1:33pm

Trish Gallegos, left, and LeAnne Parsons at Thursday's Business After Hours event on the second floor of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building in downtown Los Alamos. The Chamber's Business After Hours event was co-hosted by Farber & Associates and the Walk Your Talk Coach at Legacy Now Lived. Attendees brought socks and purses filled with feminine products. Parsons donated the socks in the name of The Sock It To Em’ Campaign and Legacy Now Lived and the purses to the precious homeless in our local community and beyond. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

From left, Trish Gallegos, Teddie Sue Mooday,

Fuller Lodge Art Center Foots Tax Today

on April 15, 2016 - 11:16am


TAX News:

Today is tax day across the nation and in an effort to ease the pain, Fuller Lodge Art Center is hosting "Happy Tax Day!"

The Art Center is paying the taxes on all merchandise purchased today at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

Tax Free Day lasts until close of business at 4 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

County Invites Vendors To Participate In Los Alamos Summer Concert Series

on April 15, 2016 - 10:52am


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is offering several vending opportunities for community organizations, vendors and businesses at several community events.

Potential vendors are invited to attend a vender meeting 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the classroom at the Aquatic Center to review information for the 2016 Summer Concert Series including vendor locations for the series. Vendors may submit applications at the front desk following the meeting.

The Special Event Vendor Permit Application and the Vendor License Application, which both must be submitted to vend in

Boutique Air Terminates Contract With County

on April 15, 2016 - 9:35am

Boutique Air. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger announced today that he received a letter Thursday evening from Shawn Simpson, CEO of Boutique Air, terminating Boutique’s contract with the County to provide air service from Los Alamos to Albuquerque.

Boutique and the County entered into a contract last November to provide three flights a day between the Los Alamos airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ).

The letter came after conversations between Simpson and Ploeger about low passenger counts for the commercial airlines service and the need

Study Shows Los Alamos County Offers Big ‘Bang For Buck’ On Property Taxes

on April 14, 2016 - 9:05am

SmartAsset News:

SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, recently released its second annual study on property taxes.

Los Alamos County ranked number 4 among New Mexico places getting the most ‘Bang for their Buck’ on property taxes, making their second consecutive appearance in the study's top 5.

In addition to property taxes, the study analyzed the quality of local schools and the local crime rates to see where people were seeing the most value.

To view the full study results, methodology, and interactive map, click here.

Udall Introduces Bill To Simplify Tax Filing

on April 13, 2016 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to introduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016 to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of taxpayers in New Mexico and across the country.
This year, taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing and filing their returns, and will pay $200 for tax preparation services — a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund.
The legislation introduced today would direct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to develop a free,

Bring Socks & Purses To Business After Hours Thursday

on April 13, 2016 - 11:04am


Chamber members are encouraged to bring a pair of new socks or a purse filled with feminine products to Business After Hours Thursday, April 14, to donate to a charity drive for the homeless.

Business After Hours is co-hosted by Farber & Associates and the Walk Your Talk Coach at Legacy Now Lived on the second floor of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th Street and Central Ave.

Walk Your Talk Coach LeAnne Parsons will be donating the socks in the name of The Sock It To Em’ Campaign and Legacy Now Lived and the purses to the precious homeless in our local community