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NNSA Tops $290 Million in Small Business Contract Obligations in FY 2012

on December 18, 2012 - 7:17am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of its commitment to working with small business partners, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it provided more than $290 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2012.

Nearly 80 percent of new federal award actions went to small businesses. NNSA’s Management & Operating (M&O) contractors provided an additional $1.65 billion to small businesses in FY 2012, equal to 49 percent of all money subcontracted by the M&Os.

“Small businesses are the heart of the American

Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

What’s in a Number?

on December 17, 2012 - 7:41am



By Ken Voytek: 12-12-12, the Mayan calendar, your lucky number, or your birth number. We obsess about data. Well, maybe only I do. Maybe I should take up numerology.

The most recent BLS reports compiling data on manufacturing provides an interesting picture. Uncertainty seems to the word of the day given the broader economic and policy environment.

If you read the headlines as my colleague Mark Schmit does, you come away with one picture.

Small Business Owners Question Economic Vitality Administrator

on December 15, 2012 - 6:56am

Staff Report

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to help,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

Los Alamos County hosted a question and answer session for small businesses last week. Business owners were provided an opportunity to ask questions of Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher.

During the discussion, Central Park Square owner Phillip Kunsberg addressed questions about the proposed teen center displacing businesses.

"No tenant will be displaced by the Teen Center.

Trinity Site Plan Reveals Four Retail Pads; Two Eateries

on December 14, 2012 - 1:55pm
Kroger's Trinity Site Conceptual Site Plan dated Dec. 10, 2012. Courtesy rendering
By Greg Kendall

 County officials share activities that indicate the long-awaited Trinity Site Revitalization Project is in fact underway.

"Smith's is very proactive in moving this project forward," said Director Anne Laurant of the County's Capital Projects & Facilities Department. "They are scheduling preliminary meetings for January for site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and will be submitting for building permits."

County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher told the Los

Letter to the Editor: To Catch A Thief

on December 14, 2012 - 7:22am
By Nancy Coombs, Marketing Director
Fuller Lodge Art Center

On behalf of the staff at Fuller Lodge Art Center I'd like to extend a heart-felt "thank you" to our volunteer Deborah Stone-Richard and to the Los Alamos Police Department for their efforts in chasing and apprehending a shoplifter on Nov. 28.

Although our staff was suspicious that the woman was pocketing items as she walked around the gallery/gift shop, there was no direct evidence of theft inside the shop.

Deborah's shift ended just as the woman left the Art Center, and she chose to follow her.

County Survey Results Now Available - LA Daily Post Leads Online News Sources

on December 13, 2012 - 10:22am


Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results are now available for the public to review on the News page of the County’s website at

In addition, copies for public review are available at the 311 Customer Care Center located at 150 Central Park Square or at the reference desk of either public library.

The firm under contract to conduct the County’s survey was CRC & Associates, LLC. They randomly selected approximately 400 County residents to participate in a 20-minute phone survey or street interview.

The survey included a variety of questions

Money IQ: Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

on December 12, 2012 - 11:04am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte
Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

As an attorney who has practiced primarily in the areas of trusts and estates for the past 20 years, I frequently hear people say that they are simply not wealthy enough to have a trust.

There is a very common misconception that somehow the use of trusts in estate planning is only for the wealthy. The intended purpose of this short article is to dispel this misconception.

As each one of us has a unique personality, each one of us has a unique set of circumstances which will dictate the form of our estate plan.

Contrary to

Letter to the Editor: Local Businesses Show Generosity

on December 12, 2012 - 8:02am
By Diana Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA

Local businesses field requests all year for support of worthy causes. My experience is that our local businesses are often more generous than the corporate giants.

I hope our community remembers this and buys gifts and certificates locally not just at Christmas, but all year. The Y’s latest event was a half marathon and 5K race and many businesses came though yet again, but so many more give in other events to other charities.

Thank you to our business community.

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Dixie Girl Brunch Draws Steady Crowd

on December 10, 2012 - 9:07am

Dixie Girl servers Victor Medina, left, and Fernando Rodriguez near the Bloody Mary Bar set up as part of the restauraunt's new Sunday Brunch Menu, which launched Dec. 9 . Owner Denise Lane reported a "steady flow' of diners throughout the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. event at the Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Massage Therapist Strives for Deeper Connection

on December 10, 2012 - 7:33am

Owner Michelle Harkey of Mullein Leaf Massage. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

“I enjoy being able to help people,” said Michelle Harkey, who opened Mullein Leaf Massage, 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A-5, a year and a half ago when she moved to Los Alamos. “I want to connect with people and make a difference on a level that not everyone is willing to make: a deeper level that is physical, intellectual and emotional.”

Letting go of chronic tension

People with chronic tension may wonder why they always have pain in the same place.


The Coffee House Embraces Artistic Trend

on December 6, 2012 - 10:51am


The Coffee House in Los Alamos is joining a national trend by inviting local artists to showcase and sell their work at the restaurant in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

"We are delighted to have local work at the Coffee House," owner Brian Booth said. "We have had a potter and a photographer here already and have a jewelry and a knitter this week."


Jeweler Patty Kokesh and knitter Maire O'Neill will be at the Coffee House from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Kokesh began working with leather craft at the age of 10 and expanded into other creative works such as silk ribbon

Holiday Open House at Fuller Lodge Art Center Saturday

on December 6, 2012 - 8:25am

FLAC News:

The community is invited to the Fuller Lodge Art Center Affordable Arts 2012 Holiday Open House this weekend.

On Saturday, we'll open at 10 a.m. and stay open through the Light Parade in the evening.

We will be serving hot cider and cookies all day.

If you love to bake, consider dropping off some of your home made cookies at the Art Center this week, so we can share them with the shoppers on Saturday!

'Tis the season to go shopping! At many stores you can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift.

Money IQ: Thinking Ahead for 2013

on December 5, 2012 - 11:01am
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

Thinking Ahead for 2013

Hard to believe, but 2012 is almost behind us and 2013 is just around the corner.

The time between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to assess the financial positives and negatives of the past year and to plan for improvements in the New Year.

Before we head into 2013, there’s still time to make last minute adjustments for 2012. With taxes potentially rising for the next year, it is a good time to consider a few tax saving ideas:

  • Capital Gains rates are scheduled to rise.

County to Host Small Business Assistance Q & A

on December 5, 2012 - 8:44am


Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division will host a question and answer session for area businesses from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 12 in the Nambe Room of historic Fuller Lodge (2nd floor.)

Business owners and representatives are encouraged to bring their questions and comments regarding issues facing the small business sector. In turn, the County will present its small business assistance programs, services and funding.

“Small businesses form the backbone of any vibrant community and we realize the unique challenges faced by small business in Los Alamos and want to

Local Businesses Light Up The Holidays

on December 5, 2012 - 8:42am

A Los Alamos landmark and annual tradition, Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr., lights up Tuesday night's sky with its tall rooftop Christmas tree created out of white bulbs and capped off with a shining star. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Lights decorate the trees and posts in front of Ruby K's Bagel Cafe, 1789 Central Ave., and line the windows adorned with Christmas scenes Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


'The Velocity Project' Selects Seven Companies for Pilot Program

on December 4, 2012 - 8:57am

SANTA FEThe Velocity Project, an entrepreneurial accelerator recently launched by the City of Santa, is announcing its selection of seven companies to participate in the pilot project.

The Velocity Project is an eight-week business accelerator that will begin in January 2013 and provides companies with a unique opportunity to rapidly expand and grow their business.

The companies selected to participate will learn from successful entrepreneurs and experts in key areas that are critical to success in the 21st century.

The Velocity Project sponsors include the City of Santa Fe, Los

Local Company Offers Taxi Service to Curb Holiday Drinking & Driving

on December 3, 2012 - 11:21am

NMWT News:

In time for the holidays, Los Alamos based New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, is now offering after hours (after 7 p.m.) taxi service from the Los Alamos/White Rock area to a number of locations, to help prevent drinking and driving.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours’ taxi service is also available for pick up and delivery to the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and other Taos, Albuquerque, and surrounding area destinations.

“There is currently no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and

Column: I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

on December 3, 2012 - 10:12am
Column by Elena Yang
I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

In the previous post on diversity/multiculturalism, I focused mostly on the differences between groups, such as males and females, or white and African Americans. 

Equally important, if not more so, are our conversations across the differences within a group. 

For instance, many of us have more “issues” with our family members than with someone of different racial background or religious background.  

Similarly, within a racial group, there can be painful dealings with members’ differences. 

Just look at

Los Alamos Daily Post Thanks Community for Immense Support

on December 2, 2012 - 10:19am

Los Alamos Daily Post news team  from left, Photographer Sal Zapien, Columnist/Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Columnist/Reporter/Webmaster Greg Kendall, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Columnist Bonnie J. Gordon and Bookkeeper Karen Kendall. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team toasts the community for its tremendous support in helping the online newspaper grow to surpass 200,000 pageviews in November alone.

Publisher Carol A. Clark expressed gratitude to the community during a celebration Thursday night at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

"This community

New Mobile Vet Business Opens in Los Alamos!

on December 1, 2012 - 3:04pm

Dr. Shayna Whitaker and Pam Trujillo conduct a wellness examination on their first client, Tyrone Nigel Clark 4, inside their mobile veterinary clinic Tuesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Shayna Whitaker and Pam Trujillo with 4-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Tyrone Nigel Clark in front of his White Rock home Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

A new business rolled down the streets of Los Alamos and White Rock this week with a mission not only to care for local pets too terrified to ride in cars but also to help their owners


Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners

on November 30, 2012 - 9:07am


It’s been said that the one of the most prestigious qualifications a professional can have is to say that he or she was part of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

To say you served as a Baldrige examiner and were part of building American competitiveness gives you a sense of pride—and probably even patriotism.

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2013 Award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until Jan.

LANL Cosponsors Northern New Mexico Resource Fair

on November 30, 2012 - 7:34am

LANL News:


Doing Business With LANL


Business owners who want to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory or other government agencies are encouraged to attend the Northern New Mexico Resource Fair.


When: 8-11 a.m., Dec. 5.

Where: Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center, north of Española.


At the resource fair, attendees can:


• get up-to-date information on how to register their business with various state government agencies;

• learn how to become more successful in bidding for contracts from LANL and other government agencies;

• learn how to certify their

Angie Charlton Hangs Up Her Scissors After 50 Years

on November 29, 2012 - 5:02pm

Angie Charlton is retiring after 50 years. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

Much like any individual with a natural talent, Angie Charlton exercised her skills as an entrepreneur at an early age.

Charlton recalled when she was in fourth grade she saw a green-and-white two-wheel bicycle in a local store.

Wanting that bike badly, Charlton said she asked her father to get it for her but her dad said no.

If she wanted that bike, she would have to get a job and earn the money to pay for it.

“He put me to the challenge,” she said.

Charlton rose to the challenge by