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New Business Plan, New Funding Help Baldrige Program Move Forward

on April 16, 2012 - 7:37am

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), managed for 25 years by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the private sector, has announced that it is transitioning to a new business model that will move the program from federal government funding to a self-sustaining operation. NIST will continue its leadership role in managing the program, but it will be funded through a combination of new fees together with expanded support from the private sector.

The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the private 501(c) 3

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Pajarito Greenhouse is known for strong plants

on April 15, 2012 - 6:40pm

By Bonnie Gordon

Even when April days remain blustery, Los Alamos residents can be sure spring is just around the corner when Pajarito Greenhouse is once again open for business.

This year, the greenhouse will open Wednesday, April 25.

Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX Department Store, but it’s located at the home of Anne and Dave Fox at 238 Rio Bravo in the Pajarito Acres section of White Rock.

For 17 years, the greenhouse has provided the community with well-rooted, hardy plants in pots, ready to go in the ground, plus gardening supplies.

There was a small greenhouse

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More ‘HATS ON’ Show Creative District Support!

on April 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Katy Korkos and Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce encourage you to support adoption of the Los Alamos Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at www.creativenm.org. You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to lacreative.nm@gmail.com, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

Business Workshops to Gain that Edge

on April 13, 2012 - 3:01pm

HR Basics for Small Business Owners
4/17/12 Thursday 1-3:30 p.m.
Small Business Center Fee: $25
When you hire that first employee, it takes your business to a whole different level. Hiring, training, managing, and firing employees can keep you up at night wondering if you are putting yourself and your business at risk. This workshop can help you figure out what you need to know and when you should ask for help. Come prepared with your own questions—there will be lots of time for answers!
The workshop will include:
•Keeping personnel records that meet compliance requirements
•Setting up and

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KRSN Radio to lunch with Donny Osmond and Bob Uecker in Las Vegas

on April 12, 2012 - 11:35am

From top left to bottom right, David Sutton with News 13 cameraman during the Las Conchas Fire, Donny Osmond, Nancy Coombs and Gillian Sutton in the KRSN studios, Bob Uecker. Courtesy

Los Alamos radio station KRSN AM 1490 is a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters' Crystal Radio Awards for the station's coverage of the Las Conchas Fire.  Crystal Radio Award finalists are chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms.

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of April 3-9

on April 11, 2012 - 7:43pm
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of April 3-9
 
  1. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  2. Oh, the Places You'll Go! Dr. Seuss
  3. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai
  4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  5. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  6. Property, Valerie Martin
  7. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  8. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  9. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  10. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Laura Schlessinger
*local or regional author
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Patent Attorney to Speak at The Hive

on April 10, 2012 - 8:07am

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Attorney Rod D. Baker will give a presentation regarding intellectual property and the ongoing major changes in U.S. patent law to the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network at 6 p.m., April 26 at The Hive.

Baker was born and raised in Los Alamos and still considers himself a “Hilltopper.”

He has 24 years experience in the law and for the last 20 years, his practice has been limited to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and related matters. 

Baker’s experience includes the successful prosecution of hundreds of patent applications in a variety of technological

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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

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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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