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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

100+ Women Who Care Donate $5K To UNM-LA CIC

on August 19, 2017 - 2:56pm

During the 100+ Women Who Care in Los Alamos quarterly meeting Thursday evening on the patio at Smith's Marketplace, Barbara Yarnell discusses UNM-LA's Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) The CIC provides students with hands-on work experience in a field of their interest at a business in Los Alamos. The CIC was one of three programs voted on by the women who ultimately chose to donate the $5,000 raised at Thursday's event to the CIC. Learn more here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, 100+ Women Who Care member Mary Beth Maassen with organization co-founders Carol A.

Reminder: Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits Thursday At UNM-LA

on August 19, 2017 - 10:55am

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation is sponsoring the workshop, Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

Learn how to harness the power of Facebook and Instagram to highlight what your non-profit is doing. Presenter Jennifer Bennett will offer tips on how to reach more of your audience, what to look for when creating content, how to schedule content within a busy office, and more. 

Bennett will provide tips and insights on the Facebook algorithms so that your fans see your posts more frequently.

UNM-LA Community Internship Collaboration Launches New Semester This Month

on August 18, 2017 - 6:43pm
UNM-LA and LAHS students posed for a group photo at their graduation last spring. Laura Loy and Ken Holmes were the academic advisors for the program last year. Back row from left, Laura Loy, Alyssa Chacon, Hannah Whittaker, Guendalyn Brennan, Bendt Dahl, Ethan Rickards, James Ro, Ryan Guenther and Ken Holmes. Front row from left, Carina Echave, Kurt Benner, Hiamh Short, Lauren Johnson and Amber Cline. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) will begin its third year of connecting UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos High School (LAHS)

Secretary Geisel Announces $167,500 In LEADS Grants To New Mexico Communities

on August 18, 2017 - 7:36am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced $167,500 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 18 communities across the state.
 
The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy.
 
"Community development is a crucial aspect of economic growth," Geisel said. "These LEADS grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Beware Of Data Breaches And Business Identity Theft

on August 18, 2017 - 7:07am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have made significant progress in the past two years against tax-related identity theft aimed at individuals but warned business identity theft is on the upswing.
 
Some of the increase in business and partnership return identity theft is fueled by cybercriminals’ increasing focus on breaching tax professionals’ systems and stealing client data. The Security Summit has launched a 10-week awareness campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait,” which encourages tax professionals to step up their security measures.
 
“The IRS,

County: Tourism Strategic Plan Meeting Sept. 6

on August 16, 2017 - 2:27pm

​COUNTY News: 

 

Los Alamos County is hosting a public meeting regarding the Tourism Strategic Plan. The meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center on the upper level of Building 2. 

The presentation will begin at 6:10 p.m. with the community's input provided via keypad polling devices, which will offer instant results. An online survey will be provided following the meeting for those who are unable to attend. 

The community's insight is being sought to deepen the understanding of community values regarding tourism. The meeting will: 

  • ​Educate the public about

Limited Spots Available For Free ABQid-led Lean Startup Bootcamp Oct. 3

on August 16, 2017 - 6:43am
projecty cowork News:
 
Open Office Hours with New Mexico Economic Development Department's Ryan Eustice are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
 
The Northern New Mexico community can meet one-on-one with Ryan Eustice, Community Business & Rural Development Team Region 2 representative for the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department during these open office hours.
 
Eustice is available to meet with individuals 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at projectY cowork.

Governor Announces Flagship Food Group Expanding, Creating Nearly 200 New Jobs

on August 15, 2017 - 6:59am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Yesterday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Flagship Food Group will invest nearly $3 million to expand its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the Albuquerque area, creating 194 new manufacturing and distribution jobs and supporting over 100 construction jobs.
 
Flagship Foods originally expanded to New Mexico in 2014, citing the state’s enriched tax environment and improved business friendliness.
 
“Since day one, we’ve been fighting hard to make New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states through reforms like

Heinrich Hosts Tribal Broadband Listening Session

on August 14, 2017 - 10:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with tribal representatives to discuss broadband connectivity in Indian Country. August 9, 2017. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with members of two Pueblo library consortiums representing the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, San Felipe, and Santo Domingo to discuss legislation he plans to introduce to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country.
 
“Access to high-speed internet is

Mountain Bike Director Hired For Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain And Other MCP Resorts!

on August 14, 2017 - 9:16am
Hogan Koesis
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Officials with Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) has announced the appointment of Hogan Koesis as its new Mountain Bike Director for its collection of resorts, including Purgatory Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Hesperus Ski Area. 
 
The new position was created at MCP to spearhead its efforts to improve the mountain bike offerings at its various resorts, to help build mountain bike parks, and to catapult Purgatory back into the spotlight of mountain bike championship events and world class riding.

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