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Kristy Ortega Tapped to Lead Local United Way

on July 19, 2012 - 9:15pm

Photo: Kristy Ortega

By Carol A. Clark

Her new role as executive director of United Way feels like coming home for Kristy Ortega. The 30-year-old began working in the heart of the community at 18.

She spent seven years with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation where she interacted with local businesses, nonprofits and Los Alamos County personnel.

In 2007, Ortega joined the Hilltop House Hotel as marketing and sales director where she coordinated public events.

Ortega left her community oriented career path four years ago to take a job as an operations specialist at Los

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore July 8-14

on July 18, 2012 - 9:56pm

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore for the week of July 8-14, 2012:
  1. Beowulf: a New Verse Translation, Seamus Heaney
  2. Othello, William Shakespeare
  3. Hiroshima, John Hersey
  4. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  5. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
  6. Brain Rules for Baby, John Medina
  7. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  8. Dinosaurs Before Dark, Mary Pope Osborne
  9. American Prometheus, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
  10. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman

Corporate Jet Registered to Chevron has Landed at Los Alamos County Airport

on July 18, 2012 - 7:04pm

This 2008 Gulfstream 550 with a Rolls-Royce engine landed today at Los Alamos County Airport and according to its N-number is registered to Chevron USA Corporation in San Ramon, Calif. It's unclear what business the occupants are conducting in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Workers Check Roof of El Parasol

on July 18, 2012 - 4:27pm

Workers prepare a tall ladder, which they used to climb onto the roof of El Parasol Tuesday afternoon. Everything appeared to be in order and they climbed back down after a few minutes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



University, Industry Experts Recommend Steps to “Invigorate” U.S. Manufacturing

on July 18, 2012 - 9:13am


A new report by a national committee of U.S. industry and university leaders details 16 recommendations “aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the nation’s innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base.”


The report was prepared by the 18-member steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) that was launched by President Obama in June 2011 and co-chaired by Susan Hockfield, now president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Andrew Liveris, president, chairman and

Master Woodworker Pat Soran Breaks Down Segmented Woodturning

on July 17, 2012 - 6:33am

Master Woodworker Pat Soran talks about his craft. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

By Mandy Marksteiner

Pat Soran’s segmented woodturnings are a fascinating combination of smooth natural lines and intricate geometrical patterns. Mother nature doesn’t make wood that looks like that–it needs to be engineered.

Soran is a retired nuclear engineer who first became interested in woodworking many years ago when he needed a relaxing hobby to help him unwind from his stressful job.

After retirement he brought his woodworking to a more artistic level by completing a two-year woodworking course

Every Business Tycoon Starts Somewhere...

on July 14, 2012 - 8:55pm

Ashley Donny and Dante Cote sell snow cones near the corner of Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive Saturday afternoon. The young entrepreneurs will be selling their flavorful snow cones – grape, orange, cherry and lemon-lime – again next Saturday. Courtesy photo