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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pet Pangaea

on July 22, 2017 - 7:45am

On the job at Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square are Valerie Fassbender, left, and Allison Collins. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

CeCe’s Gardens Closes Doors After 32 Years July 31

on July 21, 2017 - 5:19pm
CeCe’s Gardens is permanently closing its doors Monday, July 31 ... everthing is on sale. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

After 32 years of providing floral arrangements, gifts and plants to Los Alamos, CeCe’s Gardens at 127 Longview Dr. in White Rock is closing its doors for good. The business’ final day will be Monday, July 31, which is actually the same date it first opened.

Everything at the store is on sale at 55 percent off.

Public Weighs In On County Branding Effort

on July 21, 2017 - 5:03pm

James Glover of The Idea Group makes a presentation on the Los Alamos County's branding campaign during a public meeting Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Glover encouraged participants to join the effort to make Los Alamos a great place to live, work, stay and play by taking part in the Discovery Action Team. The team will be task to do a number of things such as encouraging local entities to particpate in the brand. He noted that Metzger's Do It best has already jumped in by selling a number of products that advertise Los Alamos and its logo.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tours LAMC

on July 21, 2017 - 9:59am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace, center, greet U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the entrance to the hospital and guide her on a tour of the facility. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside guides U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on a tour of the hospital Saturday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside continues his tour for U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham July 15 at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com

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McQuiston: Lightning Strike Prevention

on July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The summer storm season is upon us and with storms come one of the most fearful and unpredictable forces of nature: lightning. A single bolt of lightning can carry more than 100 million volts of electricity and create a significant amount of damage to your home and personal property.
 
More than $825 million in lighting damage claims was paid out in 2016 to more than 100,000 policyholders nationwide. There was a total of 109,049 lightning claims in 2016 and each claim averaged $7,571.90 in damages paid.
 
The top three states for reported lighting

Top Colleges Listed For Medical Assisting Programs

on July 20, 2017 - 9:54am
RWM News:
 
FOSTER CITY, Calif.  Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus has been named the No. 2 best school for medical assisting, according to the data-driven rankings by RWM.org, a resource hub for students.
 
Medical assistants work various roles within the healthcare industry which majorly includes greeting the patients, arranging the appointment, noting the vital signs, sending the samples to labs, recording medical data and even in some cases in medical billing.
 
To help students narrow down their choice of schools for Medical assistance, RWM.org has released its list of 

Lujan Grisham Urges Colleagues To Shift Priorities To Job Creation, Working Families, Child Nutrition

on July 20, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a member of the House Budget Committee, helped to kick off today’s hearing on the Republican budget plan. She delivered the following remarks:
 
“What you've heard from all of my colleagues is while our job is to figure out a balanced approach to a federal budget that is meaningful and makes the most sense for all Americans, what we have again is a budget that is imbalanced and, frankly, inappropriate.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith's Pharmacy

on July 20, 2017 - 7:19am

On the job in Los Alamos at Smith's Marketplace Pharmacy are Jean Marr, left, and Teresita Roybal. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

July Co+op Board Meeting Rescheduled To Aug. 2

on July 19, 2017 - 6:12pm

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Maket monthly board meeting for July is rescheduled to Aug. 2.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Project Y in Central Park Square.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 2: Be Alert To Account Takeover Tactics

on July 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Here’s one example of a fake webpage. Courtesy/IRS

IRS News:

PHOENIX The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

Account takeovers occur when a thief manages to steal or guess the username and password of a tax professional, enabling access of their computers or their other online accounts. With these credentials, thieves can, for example, access a tax professional’s IRS e-Services account to steal their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN

Metzger's Installing Brand New Paint Mixer Friday

on July 19, 2017 - 7:03am

BUSINESS News:

Metzger's Los Alamos is excited to announce the arrival of its brand new paint mixer this Friday, July 21.

Unfortunately that means they will be unable to mix paint Friday as they set it up.

Metzger's apologizes for the inconvenience but said this machine will greatly improve their service.

Lujan Grisham Secures Tech Transfer, Diversity Provisions In Military Legislation

on July 18, 2017 - 4:14pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham/Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully included two provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, one that encourages more tech transfer to create jobs and one that promotes more diversity within the Air Force civilian workforce.
 
Both provisions are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
 
The defense policy bill passed today. The Senate is considering its version of the legislation.
 
“The national laboratories and military bases

Professionals Offer Heroes Home Advantage Program

on July 18, 2017 - 1:15pm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

There are a lot of unsung heroes in Los Alamos. However, by participating in Heroes Home Advantage, ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano and Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester are hoping to shine the spotlight on individuals who make significant contributions to the community.

ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano

Rochester’s and Marciano’s involvement in Heroes Home Advantage just started.

Ethics In Business Awards Calling For Nominations

on July 18, 2017 - 1:14pm
BUSINESS News:
 
The Nominating and Screening Committee of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards is accepting nominations for 2018's honorees.
 
The Ethics in Business Awards program honors New Mexico for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals demonstrating the highest level of ethical business practices, particularly amid crises and challenges. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 14, 2017.
 
To nominate, visit www.ethicsinbusinessnm.com and click “Nominate” at the top of the homepage. Nominees will then be invited to apply.

Chamber Breakfast July 19

on July 18, 2017 - 8:26am
CHAMBER News:
 
Don't miss this Chamber Breakfast - It's all about you! 
 
We'll be talking about your Chamber Member benefits and what your dues are actually getting you. There are many benefits available to you that you may not be using. We will talk about the work we do in the background to make your job running your businesses and non-profits easier. And, we will talk about the ongoing Sign Code project (yes, we are still working on it for you).
 
Come and get a tasty free breakfast, some networking time, and learn about resources you have available to you, courtesy of our sponsor

Letter To The Editor: LA MainStreet Shouts Out Big THANK YOU To Community For ScienceFest Success

on July 18, 2017 - 7:36am

By Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet would like to shout out a big THANK YOU for the wonderful support that the community, volunteers, partners and sponsors offered throughout this year's ScienceFest. It takes a village to make ScienceFest a success!

Staff is collecting data on attendance numbers from programming and percentage of sales increase from last year at this time. That data as well as photos will be shared shortly.

Save the date for next year: July 11-15. ScienceFest will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County’s

SmartAsset: Los Alamos Ranks 9th Among Best Places In New Mexico For Your 401(k)

on July 18, 2017 - 6:34am
SMARTASSET News:
 
There’s more to retirement planning than socking away a chunk of each paycheck every month.
 
For those who have access to retirement saving funds like a 401(k), this savings vehicle can be a great way to prepare for the future. Though, did you know location can have an impact on your 401(k) plan? The folks at SmartAsset wanted to uncover where 401(k) plans were performing best and jumped into the data to uncover them.
 
According to the data Los Alamos was one of the top places in New Mexico for 401(k)s. For more information on how the top locations in New Mexico

Governor: Facebook To Double Investment In New Mexico Data Center, Bringing Total To Half A Billion

on July 18, 2017 - 6:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced this morning that Facebook will double its investment in the high-tech data center the company is building in Los Lunas, bringing the project’s total to nearly half a billion dollars.

Facebook will build a second building of 460,000 square feet, in addition to the more than 510,000 square-foot facility already underway at the site.

“This is exciting news for New Mexico,” Martinez said.

Attorney General Balderas Sues Six Generic Drug-Makers For Putting Profits Over New Mexico Patients

on July 18, 2017 - 5:58am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that New Mexico has joined with four other states in filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.
 
“I will continue to hold big out-of-state corporations accountable when then they rip off New Mexico consumers, and when companies put profits over patients, they will

Meow Wolf Maxes Crowdfunding Equity Campaign In Record Time

on July 17, 2017 - 5:17pm

MEOW WOLF News:

Santa Fe - As news broke on Saturday morning that renowned Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf had launched a WeFunder investment crowdfunding campaign to offer shares to the general public, word began to spread on media outlets from Vancouver to Houston and from New York and Washington D.C to San Diego. By just after noon Monday, investors had snapped up the opportunity in record time—the fastest known regulation equity investment crowdfund since SEC regulations allowing them were enacted as part of the JOBS Act in 2015.

"Meow Wolf has shattered the regulation investment

New Mexico Department Of Information Technology Launches New Mexico Business Portal

on July 16, 2017 - 8:34am
DoIT News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT), along with state agency partners, recently launched the New Mexico Business Portal (NMBP).
 
The new portal serves as a one-stop online resource for New Mexico businesses to streamline their transactions with the state.
  
“Establishing this new online portal is part of Governor Martinez’s efforts to make New Mexico more competitive and business friendly,” DoIT Cabinet Secretary Darryl Ackley said.

Los Alamos Home Prices And Condo Sales Rise

on July 15, 2017 - 4:49am
 
LAAR News:
 
The median price of Single Family Home sales saw an increase or $319,000 in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 compared to $300,000 in the same quarter last year.
 
Single Family home sales dipped from 78 in the 2nd Quarter of 2016 to 58 this Quarter. Single Family home sales volumes noted the drop showing $24.8M in 2016 compared to $19.0M for the 2 nd Quarter of 2017. Condo and Townhome sales increased in the 2 nd Quarter of 2017 to 28 units sold compared to 20 units sold in the same Quarter of 2016.
 
During this same period, the median price of Condos/Townhomes dropped from

Meow Wolf Crowdfunding Campaign Opens Today

on July 15, 2017 - 4:38am
The general public can invest starting at 10 a.m. today in Meow Wolf on WeFunder. Courtesy photo
 
MEOW WOLF News:
 
SANTA FE  Since renowned Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf opened its first permanent installation, The House of Eternal Return, in March of 2016 with support from Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, more than half a million visitors have poured through the doors and showered praise on the uniquely immersive new form of storytelling, art and themed entertainment.
 
The House of Eternal Return recently won a prestigious THEA Award, a Certificate of Excellence from

ScienceFest Curiosity Challenge Goes Live!

on July 14, 2017 - 10:57am

ScienceFest News:

This year ScienceFest attendees will have the chance to compete with one and other in an exciting and interactive scavenger hunt.

Participants can accumulate points by completing challenges and experiencing all of the entertainment ScienceFest has to offer. The person or team with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a brand new Yeti cooler!

Joining the challenge is easy.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am

BECHTEL News:

What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

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