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Sirphey Hosts 2-Day Labor Day Weekend BBQ Event

on September 1, 2017 - 4:28pm

COMMUNITY News:

Sirphey at 1793 Deacon St. in Los Alamos is hosting a 2-Day Labor Day Weekend BBQ event so those still in town will have somewhere to celebrate. In addition to classic North Carolina and Southwestern Barbecue, Sirphey will be offering various kinds of barbecue from around the world.

Chamber Business Breakfast At UNM-LA Sept. 13

on September 1, 2017 - 6:41am

CHAMBER News:
  • Talk Targets 2018 Healthcare Benefit Plans

 Business owners and human resource managers will find the Wednesday, Sept 13 Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast particularly informative. Anne Sperling, President and CEO of Vanguard Resources, will be discussing the healthcare benefit options for 2018.

The Chamber Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership.

Sperling’s presentation will include correctly setting up and implementing benefit plans, issues with the State of New Mexico’s premiums for

LANB Announces Harvey Relief Efforts

on August 31, 2017 - 3:45pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is announcing its efforts to launch an initiative to partner with the American Red Cross and the Food Depot to gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For this initiative to be successful, LANB is requesting our communities’ help. LANB will be accepting monetary donations along with non-perishable food items and other items requested by the Food Depot.

Monetary donations can be accepted at any LANB branch location or can be sent online at www.redcross.org/lanb. Donations for the Food Depot can be dropped off at any LANB branch

Thanks For Supporting Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy's Efforts To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

on August 30, 2017 - 2:12pm

Many are taking part in assisting Bankens Mountain Martial Arts Academy in Los Alamos in its efforts to help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey as they load trucks with a plethora of supplies donated by local individuals and organizations in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

New Mexico MainStreet Partners Receive Town Program Funding From National Endowment For Arts

on August 30, 2017 - 7:20am
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE  Aug. 23, New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS), a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, announced that more than $300,000 has been awarded to MainStreet partners to support the arts in New Mexico.
 
The City of Albuquerque, the City of Gallup and Creative Startups partnering with Zuni Pueblo have received funding to support their work as centers of arts and innovation and build on their cultural assets to activate their downtown economies.
 
"This funding will support place making and arts programming in New Mexico Arts & Cultural Districts and

Chamber Take Out Talk On SunPower By Positive Energy Solar Sept. 8

on August 29, 2017 - 10:56am
Karen Paramanandam
 
CHAMBER News:
 
Join Karen Paramanandam and Emma Starrett from SunPower by Positive Energy Solar to learn more about how you can take control of your electric cost by going solar at the Chamber Take out Talk noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 8 in the Chamber Conference room.
 
Bring your lunch to eat while you learn. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the cost of solar, working with local permitting or your HOA, available incentives and how this technology works in Los Alamos County. Seating is limited to the first 15 attendees so please register

Governor: 2,000+ Jobs Created Through JTIP

on August 28, 2017 - 4:12pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
  • Nearly 10,000 Jobs Created Through JTIP Since 2011
 
Albuquerque -- Gov. Susana Martinez joined local business leaders to announce that JTIP created more than 2,000 jobs in 2017.
 
This brings the total amount of JTIP jobs created over the last seven years to nearly 10,000. The program also saw its second-highest average rural wage at more than $21 an hour.
 
"When we work to grow and diversify our economy in New Mexico it means more jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Martinez said.

Pig + Fig Café Hosts Fundraiser For Self Help, Inc.

on August 28, 2017 - 2:40pm

Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Crucet, left, and Self Help Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

 

By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos

The Pig + Fig Café will present a fundraising dinner to benefit Self Help, Inc. at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Each of the six courses will feature farm to table dishes paired with an  array of Rhone varietal wines from Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Crucet’s private collection.

Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased on their Eventbrite Page by clicking here.

Crucet will donate 100 percent of the profits from the dinner to Self Help.

Privacy And The Internet

on August 28, 2017 - 8:32am

HSNW News:

In the Internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.

In fact, Internet users in the United States have fewer privacy protections than those in other countries. In April, Congress voted to allow Internet service providers to collect and sell their customers’ browsing data.

Study: 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets

on August 28, 2017 - 7:04am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With home sales recently falling to their lowest level this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets.

To determine the most attractive real-estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth.

 
 
Best Real-Estate Markets
 
Worst Real-Estate Markets
 
1
Frisco, TX
 
291
New Haven, CT
 
2
McKinney, TX
 
292
Montgomery, AL
 
3
Allen, TX
 
293
Waterbury, CT
 
4
Cary, NC
 
294
Detroit, MI
 
5

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Supercuts Hair Salon

on August 27, 2017 - 8:55am

On the job in Los Alamos for just her third day Saturday is stylist Sarafina Aguino at Supercuts Hair Salon at 751 Trinity Dr. in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. The salon is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. For more details, click here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dave Fox To Present NM 126 Paving Petition Tuesday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:47am

An unpaved stretch of N.M. 126, which runs from La Cueva to Cuba. Courtesy photo

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

CB FOX owner Dave Fox explains that his involvement in the local tourism industry began with a t-shirt. He said in 1959, then Laboratory Director Norris Bradbury scribbled a picture of an atomic bomb on a napkin at Sparky’s restaurant. That image was put on a t-shirt that the department store sold to tourists.

 

Fast forward to 2014. Fox said road work on Central Avenue was finally completed and a re-opening celebration was held.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Store Takes Shape On Trinity

on August 26, 2017 - 11:27am
An O'Reilly Auto Parts store is under contruction at the site of the former Chevron Station at 2373 Trinity Dr., that has now been demolished. Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that the permit to construct the store was submitted June 12. The evaluated cost of construction is $850,000. Once completed, the store will cover a gross area of 7,350 square feet, he said, adding that Berry Construction is performing the work. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
The scene Thursday at the construction site of new O'Reilly Auto

Council Gets Update On Efforts To Enhance Tourism

on August 26, 2017 - 7:59am

Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson updates Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson updates the Los Alamos County Council on the Tourism Strategic Plan project during the council's work session Tuesday night.

Matteson reported that a public meeting to gather community input for the plan is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the UNM-LA Student Center, in Building 2 on the upper level of the campus. There also will be an online survey for those unable to attend the meeting.

Additionally, she said a website has

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On Out-of-State Contracting By State And Local Governments

on August 25, 2017 - 11:04am

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

Identifies more than $2 billion in public funds that left state in two-year period

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller released Thursday the Report on State and Local Government Contracting.

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government procurements in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 totaling more than $6 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. Of that, more than $2 billion went to out-of-state companies.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At High Mesa Dental Arts

on August 25, 2017 - 10:25am

On the job at High Mesa Dental Arts in White Rock are Dr. David Gartz and Frankie Gavin. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

AFP-New Mexico Launches Campaign To Stop Job-Killing Sick Leave Ballot Proposal

on August 24, 2017 - 8:17am

AFP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) is launching a campaign to educate citizens about a job-killing ballot measure, related to mandatory paid sick leave, that will be decided on Oct. 3.
 
The so-called Healthy Workforce Ordinance was drafted without public input and, if passed, would forcefully inject burdensome government bureaucracy into the day-to-day decisions small business owners face, putting thousands of jobs in jeopardy.
 
AFP-NM is acting quickly to make Albuquerque activists and concerned citizens aware of the risks associated with

Ryan Baca Receives NMSBDC Student Star Award

on August 23, 2017 - 3:26pm
Ryan Baca
 
SBDC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Ryan Baca from Chimayo will receive the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) Student STAR AWARD for his commitment, dedication and participation in the Espanola SBDC Media Mentorship for the past five years.
 
Baca participated in local, state, national and international business events under the SBDC Student Media Mentorship with his mentor SBDC Director Julianna Martinez-Barbee where he was actively involved in hands-on experiential learning.
 
The awards ceremony and community recognition is 4-p.m. Aug.

Anderson School Of Management Announces Fall Career & Professional Development Courses

on August 23, 2017 - 8:36am
UNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Each semester, the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management’s Executive & Professional Education Center offers courses designed to help business professionals advance their careers through the Career & Professional Development Programs.
 
These courses help to sharpen skills, advance success, and promote the continuation of learning. 
 
For the Fall 2017 semester, UNM Anderson School of Management will be offering Career & Professional Development Programs in the following areas: SHRM Exam Prep (beginning August 31), Intro to Government Contracts

Governor Announces $1.5 Million Investment In Armonica Technologies, Inc.

on August 23, 2017 - 7:59am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a $1.5 million investment in Armonica Technologies, Inc. Armonica is the second New Mexico startup to receive Catalyst Fund investment, which leverages private investment for early stage startups - anchoring them in New Mexico.
 
"This is an example of a homegrown startup that is going to stay right here in New Mexico and help grow our high-tech sector," Martinez said. "Because of the Catalyst Fund and investments just like this one we will continue to grow and diversify our economy.

NWTF Supports Tooke As New Forest Service Chief

on August 23, 2017 - 7:41am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation strongly supports Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement of Tony Tooke as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service.
 
“Tony is a phenomenal choice for chief of the Forest Service,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “As someone who has dedicated a career to working for our public lands, he understands the importance of the Forest Service and truly values its partners and the role of active forest management.”
 
Took has worked for the Forest Service since age 18, and is currently the regional forester for the Southern Region.

Kirtland AFB: Air Force Awards Two Contracts For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Weapon System

on August 22, 2017 - 9:12am

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

USAF News:

KIRTLAND AFB – The Air Force announced today the award of two Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction contracts for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program.

Contracts were awarded to:

  • Boeing Company, Huntsville, Ala;, and
  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Redondo Beach, Calif.

The GBSD is the weapon system replacement for the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM.

“We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad,” Secretary of the Air Force

Time For Pie ...

on August 22, 2017 - 8:52am

Pie Town ... a little slice of heaven in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Pie Town. This tiny community tucked in southwestern New Mexico has a name that will pique your curiosity and make your mouth water at the same time.

Today, the New Mexico Tourism Department released the latest New Mexico True Story, “Pie Town,” a tribute to the state’s smallest town with the biggest sweet tooth. The release comes right before the community’s largest annual event, the Pie Festival.

“We pulled up and there was a little sign on the door: ‘Used to be pie in Pie Town … ain’t no more,” said

Keller Releases Audit Of State Purchasing Practices

on August 22, 2017 - 6:37am

State Auditor Tim Keller
  • Comprehensive study includes nearly $1 billion in procurement through loopholes in the competitive bidding process

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller has released a multiagency audit of State Agency procurement practices from July 2013 through July 2016.

The report reveals that in fiscal year 2016, more than $1 billion worth of state spending did not go through the competitive procurement process designed to safeguard public funds from patronage, fraud and corruption.

Journey Continues: Returning To College Classroom

on August 20, 2017 - 5:31am
Ufemia Bernal Rios returned to UNM-LA to further her education, where she participated in the Community Internship Collaboration. Through that experience she was offered a job. She continues to take classes while working in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNMLA

UNM-LA News:

Many adults have had to put aside or to put off their pursuit of a college degree because other duties have called upon them: taking care of family, raising children, moving to a new area or needing to work full-time.

But recent research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that many are now finding

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