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Governor Identifies Tourism For Increased Investment

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am

New Mexico Hospitality Association News:
  • The proposed budget released by Governor Susana Martinez requests increased spending for one of New Mexico’s strongest industries

Gov. Susana Martinez released her administration’s budget proposal, which calls for a $3.5 million increase for the New Mexico Tourism Department to be used for a significant marketing push in the San Francisco area.

“Governor Martinez continues to demonstrate her commitment to growing New Mexico’s economy through her prioritization of the Tourism Department’s marketing budget.

DNCU Helps Over 20 Northern New Mexico Families With Their Groceries During Holidays

on January 7, 2018 - 6:38am
DNCU News:
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, finished the 2017 year by launching the Twelve Days of Giving, a yearly employee driven initiative that helps families with their groceries during the holidays.
For this community initiative, selected DNCU staff are tasked with a simple mission: drive to a local grocery market, pick a random family, and pay up to $100 of their groceries. In all, over 20 families were helped and over $2,100 was donated.
“The Twelve Days of Giving shines a light on the culture that lives

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store Opens For Business

on January 5, 2018 - 12:37pm

Staff from left, Neil Martinez, Patrick Berkebile, Store Manager Alfred Lovato, District Manager John Mello Jr., Marcus Barela, Alexis Lovato and Lori Rigg are on the job this morning at the newly opened O’Reilly Auto Parts Store at 2373 Trinity Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store opened for business Tuesday at 2373 Trinity Dr., and is planning a big community-wide grand opening with details to be announced soon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A look inside the new O’Reilly Auto Parts Store now open for business at 2373 Trinity Dr.

Job Creators Day At The Legislature Jan. 18

on January 5, 2018 - 6:54am
Join the New Mexico Economic Development Department at Job Creators Day at the Legislature 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18,.
Attendees will meet in the State Capitol Annex Building.
Business owners/employees, economic developers and legislators come together to celebrate successful job creation in New Mexico. Secretary Geisel, legislators and business leaders speak 2-3 p.m. in the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda
The mission of the New Mexico Economic Development Department is to enhance and leverage a competitive environment to create jobs, develop the tax base

Communication 5: Unauthorized Access To Information

on January 5, 2018 - 6:39am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

As stated in the last column, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence.

Computer networking technologies - intranet, extranet, and internet - have advanced to the point where information can be stored, transmitted, and available to people accessing and conducting their business anytime and from anywhere.

Don Taylor Moves To Central Park Square!

on January 3, 2018 - 1:40pm

Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography in his new studio Tuesday morning in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Don Taylor’s Photography is now open for business at 181 Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Owner Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography opened the doors of his new studio Tuesday morning at 181 Central Park Square.

“It’s exciting to start the new year in this new location next to Fuller Lodge where I spend a lot of time taking photographs,” Taylor said during an

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

Workers Install Windows At Duane Smith Auditorium

on January 2, 2018 - 4:19pm

Workers from Southwest Glass and Glazing of Albuquerque install windows this afternoon at Duane Smith Auditorium at 1300 Diamond Dr. The crew said having weather with no wind or precipitation makes their job easier. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Glazer Mike Salazar works this afternoon on the foyer at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Mick Rich Contractors Project Manager Tim Sanchez watches installation of new glass this afternoon at Duane Smith Auditorium. Sanchez says the project should be finished by the end of this month.

Communication 4: When Does Security Override Privacy?

on January 1, 2018 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

In today’s age communication has gone from postcards and letters to posts on a virtual wall and letters on a keyboard. Texting and email have become primary forms of communication among Americans and are the two most common forms of non-personal communication. According to a 2014 survey done by Gallup News, 73 percent of Americans say they send or receive texts on a daily basis.

This 73 percent was then broken down into two categories, those who send or receive texts “a lot” on a daily basis and those who only send or receive

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pet Pangaea

on January 1, 2018 - 9:05am

On the job is Susan Williams holding Camille, a 10-week-old Cavalier King Charles/poodle mix, Friday at Pet Pangaea. Williams said she has worked at the store since August 2016. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

New Mexico MainStreet Receives Funding From USDA To Support Rural Economic Development

on December 31, 2017 - 8:23am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
SANTA FE  Thursday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced that New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS), a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund in-depth rural economic development services in the communities of Belen, Las Vegas, Raton and Tucumcari. The four rural municipalities are participants in the Great Blocks on MainStreet initiative.
"This type of innovative public infrastructure program directly

On The Job In Los Alamos: At The Chamber

on December 31, 2017 - 8:01am

On the job is Administrator Annie Kuiper at her desk Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Kuiper said she has worked at the Chamber of Commerce for almost three years at 15th and Central Aveneue in Central Park Square. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Coleman Continues To Invest In Purgatory Resort

on December 30, 2017 - 6:04am
DMR News:
DURANGO, Colo. Officials at Mountain Capital Partners, ownership group of Purgatory Resort, announced that they have purchased seven parcels of land that are immediately adjacent to Purgatory’s base area. 
The land was purchased from affiliates of Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), which is owned by Ambassador Chuck Cobb and his partners. The parcels purchased, totaling approximately 14 acres, include future phases of Purgatory Lodge, Peregrine Point, land between Lower Hades and Pandemonium ski trails, as well as other mixed-use projects. 
“We’re excited to complete the

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

on December 30, 2017 - 5:58am
New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kyle Hill At UPEX

on December 30, 2017 - 5:49am

On the job is Kyle Hill Friday afternoon assisting a customer at UPEX on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Hill said he has worked at UPEX continuously for almost two years and on-and-off for three and a half years. UPEX at 108 Central Park Square is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and local business service needs of local residents and businesses. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

On The Job In Los Alamos: Frank Sandoval At Metzger’s

on December 29, 2017 - 5:55pm

On the job at Metzger’s Do it Best Hardware is Manager Frank Sandoval restocking shelves today at the store at 15th and Central Avenue. Sandoval said he has worked at Metzger’s for 20 years. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Tourism Strategic Plan Unveiled To Council

on December 28, 2017 - 8:34am
Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, left, and Becky Zimmerman of Design Workshop discuss the strategic tourism plan during the Dec. 19 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours offers her thoughts on the strategic tourism plan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Just how does Los Alamos make itself a tourist destination?

Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

on December 27, 2017 - 9:16am
Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
NMWC News:
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr.

BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

on December 27, 2017 - 8:51am
BLM News:
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
For more details about the sale

Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

on December 23, 2017 - 10:25am


TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members

Communication 3: Possibility Of Miscommunication

on December 22, 2017 - 6:38am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

In the last column we explored the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical translation. One of the major disadvantages is that a mechanical translator does not account for the connotation of words, but rather the denotation.

This leaves a lot of room for error. As stated in the last article, it makes it difficult for mechanical translators to keep up with the perpetually evolving nature of languages.

Along with this, not accounting for the connotation of words can lead to misinterpretation and thus ineffective

LAPS Custodians To Retain Jobs Despite Outside Contract

on December 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya speaks about the custodial service contract between SSC and Los Alamos Public Schools at the Nov. 11 School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A contract for a Tennessee-based company to provide night-time custodial services for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School will not result in the loss of jobs for Los Alamos Public Schools employees, according to Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya.

Montoya said she has met with custodial staff three times

DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

on December 21, 2017 - 8:40am

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is it

McQuiston: Don’t Let Grinches Steal Your Christmas

on December 21, 2017 - 5:32am
The Jemez Agency
By the time you read this column, you may be done with your Christmas shopping, but the message can be used all year round.
Online shopping makes it easy to find a great selection of gifts and can be a big time-saver. Unfortunately, thieves are waiting to take advantage of you.
Here are some tips to protect yourself while shopping online:
  • Install the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus protection, and firewall security on your computer or phone.
  • Use secure websites and logoff when finished. Look for an “s” in the website URLs. “

LACDC Selects Ryn Herrmann As New Director Of Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce

on December 20, 2017 - 12:09pm

New Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced today the hiring of Ryn Herrmann as the director of Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce effective in January.

“We conducted an extensive nationwide search that resulted in over 30 applicants for the position” LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan said. “Our finalist pool was very strong, but, ultimately we felt Ryn was the top choice. Her knowledge of the organization, the community, and her strong communication skills made a great choice.