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New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

on August 17, 2012 - 1:20pm

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, states

White Rock's Art Market Seeks Exhibitors

on August 17, 2012 - 1:04pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy's Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan's Market.

Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

on August 17, 2012 - 7:09am
UPDATE - Domino has been adopted!
 
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
 
FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:
 
Don Taylor of Don Taylor's Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter's adoptable animals.
 
Taylor's recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
 
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
 
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino and describes him as fun and energetic

Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

on August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm
Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance

Boomerang Thrift Boutique Celebrates First Decade

on August 15, 2012 - 10:48am

Boomerang Thrift Boutique, 814 South Riverside Dr. in Espanola carries gently used clothing for every member of the family including Fido. Shoes and cowboy boots, furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, books, cd's and dvd's, home decor items, kitchen items, toys and more are available in the store. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

When you pull into the driveway, you’ll notice adobe walls have been cheerfully painted with flamingoes and flowering vines.

The flower garden has been cared for and decorated with colorful pinwheels.

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Meet Ruby K’s New Operations Manager: Melissa Schmidt

on August 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Ruby Alexander, center, of Ruby K's at 20th Street and Central Avenue with her new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, left, and architect Steve Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

By Mandy Marksteiner

Melissa Schmidt, newly hired operations manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, plans to use her communication skills to lead the staff through changes at the restaurant.

“This is a big time at Ruby K’s,” said Schmidt, who was also a shift supervisor at Starbucks, where she has worked for the past six years. “Ruby (Alexander) has a lot of great ideas.

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Steve Wells to Speak Thursday at The Hive on Financial Challenges of Entrepreneurship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:34am

LAEN News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a conversation with Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank.

Steve W. Wells
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Los Alamos National Bank

LAEN is privileged to host Wells on the evening of Aug.16 at The Hive,134 N.M. 4 in White Rock ... please note that seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Wells has served as president of Los Alamos National Bank since 1994.

He began his banking career 34 years ago and has been with LANB since 1985 and serves on the bank's

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Dance Arts Los Alamos Hosts Dancer’s Resale and Open House; Announces Fall Classes

on August 14, 2012 - 7:30am

Photo by Paulo T. Photography

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will kick off its 2012-2013 year with the Dancer’s Resale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Studios at 111 Longview Dr. in White Rock. 

An Open House will be held noon to 4 p.m. for families new to DALA, or anyone who has questions about classes or needs assistance with the registration process.

DALA has expanded its class offerings again this year and is offering more than 45 classes at its three studios located in both Los Alamos and White Rock. 

DALA is pleased to add Melissa Briggs to the faculty

Heather Wilson Meets with Local Business Community

on August 13, 2012 - 10:21am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson shares a lighter moment with Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and members of the Los Alamos business community during a luncheon Saturday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover speaks with U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during a lunch meeting with local business people at the Dixie Girl Saturday.

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore July 29 to Aug. 4

on August 12, 2012 - 8:23pm

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of July 29 to Aug. 4:
  1. Curious George Visits the Library, H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
  2. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary
  3. Frindle, Andrew Clements
  4. No More Monsters for Me! Peggy Parish
  5. Hi! Fly Guy, Tedd Arnold
  6. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog, Normal Birdwell
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  9. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  10. More Spaghetti, I Say! Rita Golden Gelman
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El Rigobertos Opening Soon in Central Park Square

on August 10, 2012 - 1:55pm

El Rigobertos Restaurant is opening in the next few weeks in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Hut in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Workers renovating the interior space in Central Park Square to make way for El Rigobertos Mexican Food Restaurant said Thursday that owner Gladys Loya of El Rigobertos Mexican Food, 810 N Paseo De Onate in Espanola, intends to open her Los Alamos restaurant sometime in September. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Canyon Bar in Central Park Square Celebrates 15 Years

on August 10, 2012 - 1:16pm

Canyon Bar in Central Park Square is celebrating 15 years in business this week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Paleontologist Ralph Chapman Virtualizes Dinosaurs

on August 10, 2012 - 7:27am

Entrepreneurs John Battles, left, and Chuck Mansfield join audience members gathered Thursday evening at The Hive in White Rock to listen to Paleontologist Ralph Chapman present a talk about virtualizing dinosaurs. Chapman is an owner/partner of New Mexico Virtualization, a Los Alamos-based company that specializes in the 3-D scanning of objects, especially for museums and educational institutions. The company’s latest project was for Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and included the scanning of the whole skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sometimes referred to as SUE.

Mi Casita Restaurant Closing Down Friday

on August 9, 2012 - 10:40pm

Owner Oscar Duran told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that he will close down his restaurant, Mi Casita, in the VFW building on Trinity Drive at 2 p.m. Friday after serving the final lunch. "We gave it a good run but our business dried up in the spring after the Lab began laying off its contractors ... they were our main business," he said. Duran opened Mi Casita 2.5 years ago and said that initially his customers packed the restaurant and spilled over into another room in the building.
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LANB Launches Weekly Financial Column: Money IQ

on August 8, 2012 - 2:15pm
 
What’s your Money IQ?
By Steve Wells

Welcome to Money IQ. Over the last 49 years in working with many customers, Los Alamos National Bank has run across just about every financial situation or decision you can imagine and some you can’t.

We were very excited when the Los Alamos Daily Post asked if we could add to their financial channel, a weekly column on financial matters that would be useful to their readers, we jumped at the chance.

How smart are you when it comes to money?

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Katy Korkos Gets Pierced

on August 8, 2012 - 9:31am

Throwing caution to the wind, Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce surprised one of her business members Monday as she entered their business and asked to be pierced. Korkos hadn't had her ears pierced as a child but after receiving a pair of MJ Oref designed earrings Monday, made the decision to get it done. She headed straight to Bennett's Fine Jewelry, 107 Central Park Square. Within minutes, Korkos walked out sporting pierced studs, which she will keep in her ears for six weeks to allow the new piercings to heal over.
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Council Honors KRSN Owners for State Achievement

on August 7, 2012 - 9:03pm

Owners David and Gillian Sutton accept a proclamation issued by Los Alamos County Council to honor KRSN 1490AM for its recent award as "2012 New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year." Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).

 

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Thursday Talk Features Dinosaur Expert Ralph Chapman at The Hive in White Rock

on August 6, 2012 - 3:18pm

Photo: Paleontologist Ralph Chapman at a recent event at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAEN News:

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by paleontologist Ralph Chapman titled, Virtualizing Dinosaurs: Problems, Strategies and Solutions, (from dinosaur bones to images and models.

The talk is hosted Jointly by LAEN  (Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network) and The Hive (community hacker space.)

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
  • Where: The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock (just east of the Metzger’s gas station.)

Chapman is an owner/partner

CB FOX Opens Temporary Mattress Store Downtown

on August 6, 2012 - 2:53pm

Dave Fox of CB FOX welcomes customers into his new mattress store Saturday. The store has opened temporarily in the space recently vacated by the flower shop adjacent to the CB FOX Department store on Central Avenue. The mattress store is designed to accommodate customers who have trouble using the stairs in the department store as well as allow more space for the large variety of mattress available at CB FOX. The mattresses will remain on display until the space is leased. Photo by Katy Korkos
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Facebook Reportedly Has Millions of Fake Accounts

on August 4, 2012 - 9:10am

BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones says suspected fake profiles have prompted some marketers to become wary of Facebook adverts. Courtesy/NT

News Technology:

Facebook has said it believes there are now more than 83 million illegitimate accounts on the social network.

In company filings published this week, it said 8.7 percent of its 955 million active accounts broke its rules.

Duplicate profiles - belonging to already registered users - made up 4.8 percent of its membership figure.

User-misclassified accounts amounted to 2.4 percent - including personal profiles for businesses or pets

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Tony Chan Brings Home Senior Olympic Gold

on August 3, 2012 - 7:44am

Tony Chan of the Los Alamos Rotary Club with the Gold and Silver medals he won at the Senior Olympics in Las Cruces during two gruling days of table tennis competitions. Chan won the gold in mens doubles and the silver in mens singles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dave Jones, steward of The Hive presented a talk to the Los Alamos Rotary Club gathered Tuesday at the Dixie Girl about the unique facility he operates in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe CEO John R.

Shamrock Gas Station Reduced to Pile of Rubble

on August 2, 2012 - 1:05pm

The former Shamrock Gas Station on Trinity Drive near Knecht Street is being demolished to make way for a modern Smith's Gas Station. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com
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Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet Presents Talk at Statewide Conference in Clayton

on August 2, 2012 - 11:53am

Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox addresses a gathering of New Mexico MainStreet members at a statewide conference this morning in Clayton. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Hilltop House Hotel Facing Financial Troubles

on August 1, 2012 - 12:32pm

Los Alamos Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., is in financial trouble and it appears that the investors were the last to know.

The group of 17 men and women gathered in person and by telephone for a noon meeting at the hotel Monday to discuss what, if anything, can be done to save the hotel from sinking into bankruptcy or being sold off for pennies on the dollar.

"I am very shocked and disappointed to find the finances of the hotel to be in this dismal state," investor Steve Stoddard told the Los

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