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Chamber Business Breakfast to Focus on Broadband Thursday

on April 7, 2012 - 9:25pm

Chamber News:

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday at UNM-Los Alamos.

The breakfast meeting will focus on the plan to bring community-wide broadband to Los Alamos.

Broadband planners John Jones and Estevan Gonzales will visit with business owners at the event to both show them the plan and also to get input on business needs for the new infrastructure.

The breakfast is free to all businesspeople, Chamber members and prospective Chamber members.

Agenda:

  • 8-9 a.m. presentation and Q & A session
  • 9-10 a.m. focus groups - small group discussion

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Last Week's Top Book Picks @ Otowi Station

on April 5, 2012 - 9:06am
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of March 27-April 2:
  1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  2. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  4. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  7. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  8. Property, Valerie Martin
  9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  10. Mockingjay, Suzanne CollinsTop Book Picks

‘Dixie Girl’ Restaurant Opening Downtown

on April 1, 2012 - 12:07pm

Denise Lane to open Dixie Girl in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

In a few weeks time the space occupied by Central Avenue Grill, which closed Saturday night, will be transformed into a cool, urban edgy styled eatery called the Dixie Girl.

Local business leader Denise Lane began formulating the idea for her new restaurant three years ago and today assumes ownership of the property at 1801 Central Ave. Her goal is to open the Dixie Girl for lunch on Memorial Day, May 28.

She is required to wait 100 days before she can implement her liquor license so she’ll

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End of an Era: Central Avenue Grill Closes Down

on March 31, 2012 - 9:32pm

Min Park, center, speaks with community members who turned out this evening at Central Avenue Grill for one last event before the restaurant, which is in bancruptcy, closes for good. Park and his wife Monica thanked people for their support over the years. Donations from tonight's event went to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Monica Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau, left, and Michelle Donahue of CB FOX Kidz. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Michael Wismer.

Sierra Club Pajarito Group Hosts Regina Wheeler Talk

on March 31, 2012 - 6:41pm

Courtesy Photo

Chief Executive Officer Regina Wheeler of Positive Energy Solar Electric Systems and Solar Advisor Karlis Viceps of Positive Energy will discuss economic, design and installation considerations for solar photovoltaic systems at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.  

The Sierra Club Pajarito Group is hosting the talk.

Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and has 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and optimizing operations.

A seasoned

Central Avenue Grill Owners to Host Farewell Event Saturday Night

on March 30, 2012 - 7:22pm

Central Avenue Grill owners Min and Monica Park are hosting a community appreciation party from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday to thank Los Alamos for its support as they prepare to shut down the restaurant at 1789 Central Ave.

One free drink and appetizers will be provided - a $5 donation is encouraged - all proceeds are to go to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

 

 

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Cruiser's Custom Embroidery Opens in White Rock

on March 30, 2012 - 6:43pm

Business News:

Owner Mike Luna of Cruiser's Custom Embroidery. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos may be in the midst of a business upsurge ... it seems that a new venture is popping up nearly every week, and now Los Alamos has a brand new custom embroidery business to add to the mix.

Mike Luna, longtime resident and former owner of Home Run Pizza of Los Alamos, has opened doors to Cruiser's Custom Embroidery.

Cruiser's specializes in commercial embroidery, including caps, shirt, and jackets on a grand scale and is fully capable of handling very large orders.

"I have worked with Los Alamos

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Gas Pumps Removed at Shamrock Gas Station

on March 24, 2012 - 12:20am

Gas pumps have been removed from the islands at Shamrock on Trinity. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for a Smith’s fuel center to be built at the existing Shamrock gas station site at 1239 Trinity Dr.

Smith’s will lease the property at the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street from Polk JT Properties.

Smith’s new fuel center will be adjacent to the Smith’s Marketplace store in Trinity Place.

The new fuel center will allow Smith’s reward cardholders to purchase discounted gas.

Photo by Carol A.

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of March 13-20, 2012

on March 22, 2012 - 10:22pm

  1. The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, Philip Taubman
  2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  3. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  5. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  6. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  7. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  8. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  9. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  10. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
*local or regional author
 

Postdocs Invited to Deal Stream Summit

on March 22, 2012 - 8:56am

General session facilities at the Hyatt Resort. Courtesy Photo

The first New Mexico Postdoc Industry & Entrepreneurship Exploration Day event is set for 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

New Mexico Postdoc Industry & Entrepreneurship Exploration Day aims to help New Mexico postdocs from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico explore opportunities outside of academia or the national laboratory setting.

At this pilot event, New Mexico postdocs are invited to learn about industry and

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Ideas Flourished at the Chamber's Annual Marketing and Promotions Fair

on March 22, 2012 - 7:25am

Executive Director Jean Gindreau, left and Kate O'Donnell of PAC 8. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit flowed through the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’ s annual Marketing and Promotions Fair held inside the Coffee House Café at 723 Central Ave. Wednesday.

Theone-stop shop provided a venue for all Chamber members to find out more about how to promote their business and non-profit organizations.

Hot topics at the event included details of exactly how much it will cost to carry out their marketing plan, what resources are available through the

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Calling All Entrepreneuers and Other Interested Parties

on March 22, 2012 - 6:47am

The Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network (LAEN) is meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Hive in White Rock.

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will give a presentation to LAEN explaining membership benefits.

Members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The Hive is at 134 N.M. 4 next to Metzgers.

For information, contact David Jones, The Hive Steward and Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network Member at 695-2017 or visit www.hive505.com

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New Restaurant to Replace Central Avenue Grill

on March 21, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Daily Post has just learned that longtime local business leader Denise Lane is taking over the location of Central Avenue Grill.

"I will be opening a new restaurant in this location this summer," Lane said.

The fate of Central Avenue Grill has been in question for several months since owners Min Sung Park and Sohyank (Monica) Park declared bankruptcy last August in U.S. Federal Court in Albuquerque.

The Park's have been operating Central Avenue Grill, 1789 Central Ave., as well as their Osaka Grill and Seafood restaurant in Santa Fe

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Window Washers Put a Shine on LANB

on March 17, 2012 - 11:33am

Even banks need spring housecleaning … Los Alamos National Bank has its windows washed twice annually – March and September. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Building a Downtown Creative Community Moves Closer to Fruition

on March 15, 2012 - 10:35pm

LACDC News:

Following is a trip report from last week's visit by PLACE representatives:

Welcome to PLACE, and to our first communication about Los Alamos. We will use this communication tool to keep you up-to-date on our efforts to build a new Creative Community in downtown Los Alamos.

We just returned from a very successful site visit. We were there to determine if the necessary ingredients were in place for us to build a successful new multi-use, sustainable community within the downtown, and more specifically, the downtown Creative District.

Here is a very brief overview of our

Brownell's Closeout Sale Draws Mixed Feelings

on March 14, 2012 - 11:01am

Brownell's Hallmark Owner Steve Brownell, center, shares with customers the website that shows where he is moving to in Kansas once he closes the store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Brownell's Hallmark store's final days are marked with a store sale. 

With Steve Brownell's looming retirement, customers were pleased for the opportunity to purchase items marked down as much as 75 percent but expressed sadness to see a local treasure closing down. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hallmark Manager Peggy Rustin rings up sales Tuesday and tells customers that the store will

Two Forums Packed with Information and Resources for LANL Employees Eligible for Voluntary Separation Set for Thursday

on March 12, 2012 - 5:03pm

UNM-LA SBDC News:

The UNM- Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is hosting two community forums this week to provide LANL employees eligible for voluntary separation with information about opportunities and resources available to them. 

Both forums take place on Thursday, March 15:

  • The first forum will is noon–1 p.m., in conference room #202A at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.
  • The second forum is 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock.

The forums will include representatives from organizations with resources available to help scientists and

Sunday Business Spotlight: Farm Bureau Financial Services Opening Local Satellite Office

on March 11, 2012 - 4:46pm

By Mandy Marksteiner

Al Aglialoro confers with Paula Glover, President of Stewart Central Title. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

Al Aglialoro, an insurance and investment agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services, is opening a new office in the Stewart Central Title building located between Ruby K’s and El Parasol

Aglialoro is immediately looking forward to helping the Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who may or may not accept the "voluntary separation program," and help make important decisions about their separation package and their 401Ks, so that they can feel as confident as possible

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Violation Forces Central Avenue Grill to Temporarily Suspend Alcohol Sales

on March 11, 2012 - 2:44pm

By Carol A. Clark

Central Avenue Grill Owner Monica Park in front of her Central Avenue restaurant Friday. Courtesy Photo

An alcohol compliance sweep by agents from the Special Investigations Division (SID) of the Department of Public Safety resulted in two local violations.

Servers at Central Avenue Grill in downtown Los Alamos and Phillips 66 in White Rock sold to underage operatives on the evening of Jan. 4.

“Katrina Butler at Central Avenue Grill and Casey Christiansen at Phillips 66 were cited for selling alcohol to minors.

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network Elects Officers

on March 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

Newly elected board of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network from left Vice President Richard Sayres, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers at the Hive in White Rock Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The first election of officers for the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network (LAEN) concluded this evening with the following results:

  • President - Andy Andrews
  • Vice President - Richard Sayre
  • Secretary - Bill Sellers

LAEN adopted its by-laws Feb. 23 and appointed a nomination committee including David Jones and Jung Hong to facilitate the election of officers.

LAEN members

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Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. Sentenced for Foreign Bribery and Kickback Schemes

on February 25, 2012 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—Albert “Jack” Stanley, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by participating in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a separate kickback scheme, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced.

U.S. District Judge Keith P.

Blue Window Hosts Wine Tasting March 4

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Blue Window Bistro features wine-tasting March 4

The Blue Window Bistro will offer a Wine Tasting featuring the wines of Italy, from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.

Certified Sommelier Ben Niedleman and guest connoisseur Tom Hill will provide information and suggestions on tasting.

Tickets are $30 per person and include 10 one-ounce tastes and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required, call 662-6305.

The Blue Window Bistro has a loyal clientele and 28 years of service.

Melissa Paternoster has been the owner since June of 2010. She is a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High

Donated Milling Machine is the Hive’s Newest Asset

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

This mill was donated to the Hive and is available for use. Courtesy Photo

 

By Mandy Marksteiner

Last week Chris Luchini donated a Sherline 5400 Milling Machine with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to the Hive.

Over the weekend Richard Browning, Jung Pyo Hong and Sam Park have been working to restore the machine, which was probably made in the mid to late 80’s, so that members of the Hive can use it to create prototypes and models.

The machine has four axes; X, Y, and Z and a rotary table that you can clamp work to and rotate under computer control.

Rep. Jim Hall's Morning at the Hive

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties visited the Los Alamos Daily Post operation inside the Hive in White Rock Thursday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rep. Jim Hall, left, learns about a hydroponic grape plant growing project underway in the wet lab at the Hive from Jung Hong. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Richard Browning discusses technology innovations with Rep. Jim Hall during his Thursday morning visit to the Hive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

What Otowi Station Bookstore Shoppers are Reading

on February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

 

The Otowi Station Bookstore Best Sellers List for the week of Feb. 14-20:
 
     1. Mal and Chad: Food Fight!, Stephan McCranie
     2. People Code, Taylor Hartman
     3. Awakening, Kate Chopin
     4. Balzac and the Little Chinese, Sijie Dai
     5. Making of the Atomic Bomb,  Richard Rhodes
     6. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
     7. Single Shard, Linda Sue Park
     8. Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima
     9. Inside Box 1663, Eleanor Jette
    10. Los Alamos & the Development of the Atomic Bomb, Robert Seidel

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