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Money IQ: Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

on October 3, 2012 - 6:43am
Money IQ
By Missy Galle

Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

Whether you spend the day shopping, take a road trip, or travel around the world, you expect to have access to your money when you need it.

In this week’s edition of Money IQ, I will provide you with a few tips that will ensure that you can easily access your funds at any time.

If you are planning to withdraw cash at ATMs while on travel, you will need to know your PIN.

It’s a good idea to verify the PIN a couple of weeks before you depart, so your bank can have a new PIN or a PIN reminder sent to you if you don’t know

Karen Wray Fine Art Opens at 15th and Central

on October 2, 2012 - 9:17am
Jean Uher and Karen Wray of Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery hang one of Wray's Oils in the new gallery space at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
The new Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery has a dedicated space for Wray's easel in the studio area for conducting workshops. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery officially opened today in its new location in the southwest corner of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
 
 
 
 

LANB Adds Los Alamos Trust Officer

on October 1, 2012 - 6:38am

LANB News:

Dara L. McKinney has been promoted to Trust Officer at Los Alamos National Bank, and will work out of the Los Alamos office where she will be focusing on trust and probate administration, estate settlements and agency services. 

Prior to joining LANB in January 2009 as In-House Counsel in the Legal Department, McKinney was in private practice for 13 years with a focus on estate planning, probate and trust work. 

She spent her first years with Moore & Golden, P.A., and then practiced with P. Reid Griffith, P.A.

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Register for Ruby K's Halloweekend Yum Run

on October 1, 2012 - 6:11am

RUBY K'S News:

The eighth annual Ruby K’s Yum Run is Oct. 27 starting at 8 a.m. with a 5K run/walk and a 10K trail run/walk and at 9:30 a.m. with a 1K fun walk/run.

The event begins and ends at Ruby K’s Bagel Café at 20th Street and Central Avenue and all profits benefit LA Cares.  

This year’s run/walk is included in local MainStreet Halloweekend activities. Los Alamos Rotary Club, a supporter of LA Cares, is partnering to assist with the event. 

Entry fees are $15 per person for the 1K (or $35 per family); $30/person for the 5K AND 10K (or $90/family). 

Entry forms are available

'Flowers by Gillian' Opens at KRSN

on September 29, 2012 - 12:49pm

KRSN AM 1490 Station Co-owner Gillian Sutton designed all of the floral arrangements for the tables at the United Way Youth Team's "Taste the Sky" fundraiser at Los Alamos County Airport earlier this month.

Sutton was a local florist for more than 15 years before buying the radio station in 2005.

She recently placed a large floral cooler in the KRSN studio at Diamond Drive and Arkansas Street and launched "Flowers by Gillian."

Sutton now creates custom floral designs to order and delivers locally.

Contact Sutton at 663-0012, 663-1490 or flowersbygillian.net. Photo by Carol A.

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Pajarito Mountain Snow, Ullr Fest, Beer Co-op Debut

on September 28, 2012 - 7:44am

By Greg Kendall

Pajarito Mountain Snowmaking to be Limited

Snowmaking will be limited at Pajarito Mountain this season as last year’s water collection proved lack-luster with disappointing snowfall totals and low water density in the snowpack, said Pajarito Mountain's Clay Paris. 

The new water retention snowmaking pond at the top of the ski hill has been repaired, however, the pond remains at a low water storage level due to the lack of a good spring runoff, Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said. Long told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the snowmaking pond is “good to go” for

Science Education Solutions Awarded $2.6 Million Grant

on September 27, 2012 - 10:01am
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Wednesday that Science Education Solutions of Los Alamos will receive a $2.6 million award from the National Science Foundation. 
 
Science Education Solutions, owned by Michelle Hall of Los Alamos, is active in a wide range of programs to help learners of all ages discover and understand the world through science, will use the funding to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with high school students.
 
“Educating students in the STEM fields is vital to a stronger

JetBlue President to Speak at Quality New Mexico Learning Summit

on September 27, 2012 - 8:51am

QUALITY NEW MEXICO News:

The public is invited to attend the 19 annual Quality New Mexico Learning Summit April 22-23 at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Albuquerque.

David Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Barger founded JetBlue in August 1998 as president and chief operating officer and was named chief executive officer in May 2007. He assumed the additional role of president in June 2009.

JetBlue began operations in February 2000 from its base at New York’s John F.

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Workers Calculate Cement Bill

on September 27, 2012 - 7:27am

These workers were taking measurements Monday along 15th Street near Deacon to determine how much they will charge for laying cement on this apron and sidewalk during the summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Money IQ: Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

on September 26, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ
By Corrie Hanavan

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

As technology becomes more advanced, so does the importance of protecting your personal information. With the downturn in the economy, identity theft and fraudulent activity has increased significantly. 

There are many ways that scammers try to obtain the information necessary to either steal your identity or your account information.

One technique is by phishing, pronounced “fishing,” through emails. This column will help you learn ways to identify phishing scams and what to do if you are subjected to a scam.

Phishing is

Local Store Celebrates National Co-op Month

on September 26, 2012 - 9:43am

CO-OP News:

October is National Co-op Month and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market is marking the occasion by holding a Member Drive, Member Appreciation Day and partnering with local cooperative businesses.

The Co-op is encouraging the public to “Keep It Co-op.”

The Co-op is a member-owned business at which the public is always welcome to shop.

Hundreds of community members raised $1.1 million to fund construction of the Co-op store at 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

Membership dues provide additional capital needed for the Co-op to maintain and upgrade its facilities.

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Coca Cola CEO to Speak Thursday at Hive

on September 26, 2012 - 7:30am

LAEN News:

CEO John Rice of Coca Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, a New Mexico company founded 93 years ago, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The public is invited to attend Rice's presentation to the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network (LAEN) in which he will speak on the process of building and exiting a company with the help and hindrance of outside investors: financing from venture capital and other sources, investment deal making: the management rewards and complications that follow in maturing a company with outside investors; and exit

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County's Economic Vitality Administrator Clarifies Downtown Redevelopment Incentives

on September 25, 2012 - 4:19pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

After reading last week's Los Alamos Daily Post story, "County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer,"  Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangea asked:

"So, what are these millions in redevelopment incentives?  Who are they available to?" 

The Los Alamos Daily Post put the questions to Greg Fisher and what follows is his reply.

Businesses that are expanding and adding new jobs and capital investment. They could be new businesses or existing businesses.

Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Contest Winner Announced

on September 25, 2012 - 7:42am

Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster is awarded a Los Alamos Daily Post cap and T-shirt for coming closest to guessing the date and time in which the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Page would hit 800 likes, which occured at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 22. Greg Kendall of the Los Alamos Daily Post awarded Foster his prizes at Fuller Lodge Monday. The Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper launched March 12 and future contests are in the works as additional milestones are approached. Photo by Karen Kendall

Council Approves Trinity Lease Transfer to Kroger!

on September 24, 2012 - 9:05pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5 to 2 to approve the lease transfer of the Trinity Site Development project from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. NADG pulled out of the project earlier this month citing disappointment in lease activities and opted to transfer the development lease to Kroger, pending Council approval. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Michael Wismer voted against the motion. The lease transfer to Kroger will set the project back by as much as six months with the expected store opening moved to early 2014. Photo by Carol A.

Steven Lynne: Kroger Lease Could be Executed Tomorrow

on September 24, 2012 - 8:52pm

Los Alamos Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne explains that NADG has been disatisfied with the results of their leasing activities and has opted to transfer its lease to Kroger. What that entails is that Kroger will will assume responsibility from NADG and will assume the deposit assignment. Kroger will reimburse NADG that deposit ... Lynne also said as a clarification that the deposit during the feqasibility period isrefundaqble to Kroger. Most significantly is restarting the lease date, he said. The effective lease date, if approved tonight by Council, would be tomorrow, Sept.

Council Questions Kroger Representatives

on September 24, 2012 - 8:20pm

Members of the Los Alamos County Council question Kroger representatives Steve Sorensen and Don Burnett about Kroger's intentions, should the Trinity Site development lease be transferred from NADG to Kroger.   Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Public Shares Opinion on Trinity Lease Transfer

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04pm

Kenneth Lee is among several residents to speak before council during the public comment portion of this evening's meeting making suggestions to Kroger representatives that would show their good faith for the development of Trinity Site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kroger Reps Brief Council on Plans for Trinity Site

on September 24, 2012 - 7:41pm

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne and Kroger representatives Don Burnett abd Steve Sorensen address County Council this evening about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. "We're ready to go ... I've got Kroger approval to do the due diligence ... our objective is to open the store as soon as possible and with what has happened that would probably be the first half of 2014," Sorensen said.

Military Control of U.S. Nuclear Security if Bill Passes

on September 24, 2012 - 11:30am

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the April 2011 Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.  Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry under CCA 3.0 Unported license.

Staff Report

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, has submitted legislation that would station American troops at the Defense Department's atomic weapons facilities and at nuclear installations controlled by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA. 

Column: Managers Are Not Leaders

on September 24, 2012 - 7:28am

Coulumn by Elena Yang

I contend that by first denying managers can be leaders, we may actually begin to explore some links between these two roles.

There must be thousands of research articles on leadership alone, and only slightly fewer on comparing leaders and managers. 

Leadership was one of my least favorite topics when I was taking courses for my PhD. It’s interesting to talk about, but mind-boggling to read through.

To me, leadership is one of those moving targets whose full nature you can never really pin down. As for equating managers with leaders?

White Rock's Esquire Barber Shop Celebrates 49 Years

on September 21, 2012 - 5:42am

Lloyd Hunt gets a trim from barber Julian Ortiz at the Esquire Barber Shop in White Rock Thursday. Ortiz celebrated his 49th year barbering this month. He was the first barber in White Rock and has been cutting hair for 32 years in the village. His shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., is the yellow building directly east of Bandelier Grill. Walk around to the east side of the building to find his door and a great view of the new White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
 
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would

Money IQ: Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

on September 19, 2012 - 6:15am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez
 
Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

The old adage of “Buyer Beware” is becoming “Seller Beware” in more and more transactions especially those involving the Internet.

Cashier’s check fraud is increasing and crooks are being more creative when it comes to stealing your money.

Simply put, cashier’s check fraud is when someone gives you or sends you a “very official” looking cashier’s check and you in turn give them the item you are selling.

You then deposit the cashier’s check and at a later date, the cashier’s check is returned to your bank and your

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