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Business/Economy

  • Soccer field will be closed

    The Community Soccer Field in Los Alamos will be closed starting next week for renovations.
    The field, which is located next to the Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street and across from the new beer co-op at Central Park Square, will be undergoing both irrigation upgrades and turf repair.
    The Community Field was a popular gathering spot when businesses such as the bowling alley and the nearby diner were located in Central Park Square, but those were closed in 2001 to put up office space.
    Work at Community Field will start June 8 and is expected to continue through Aug. 7, according to the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space division.
    The county said the “Tot Lot” will still be accessible to the public from Peach Street.
    For more information, call 662-8159.

  • Have a Brew!

    After three years in the making, the Bathtub Brewery Co-op officially opened its doors Friday with a ribbon cutting and special guest speakers, along with Brewery Co-op Board of Directors President Micheline Devaurs, Vice President Cynthia Hayes, and Los Alamos MainStreet’s Suzette Fox.

  • Beer co-op will pop open May 29

    Bathtub Row Brewing, the new brewing cooperative, will open its doors May 29 at Central Park Square.
    The co-op, which is reportedly only the fourth such endeavor in the country, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon May 29.
    Along with the ribbon-cutting, the grand opening will include music, food and the release of several new beers.
    The festivities are scheduled to continue through May 30 starting at 3 p.m. Co-op members said that the public is invited to attend next weekend’s events.
    According to a press release from the co-op, members will “aim to educate the public about the art and science of brewing,” as well as run a business-friendly and environmentally-friendly establishment.

  • Bechtel honors local business

    Sigma Science Inc. (SSI) was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit at the Bechtel Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition awards.
    The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel‘s work in nuclear power, environmental clean-up, defense, and nuclear security and operations projects during 2014.
    According to Bechtel, SSI received this award for consistently providing LANL “exemplary service and unique capabilities” in nuclear safety bases development and implementation, nuclear criticality safety analysis, engineering, operations, project management and environmental management.
    “Our vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers are integral team members on our projects and they do amazing, innovative work in extremely difficult places,” said Craig Albert, president of the Nuclear, Security & Environmental business unit. “These award recipients not only met our high standards for quality and performance but also went above and beyond for mission delivery. Sigma Science Inc. is known for providing innovative practical solutions to complex technical issues.”

  • LA Co-Op to host new market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market announced last week it will host a farmer’s market Saturdays starting this coming Saturday.
    The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will go from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday. Co-op officials said the market will present an opportunity for local residents to purchase local food directly from the Agricultural Producer’s Cooperative of New Mexico.
    The producer’s cooperative runs independently of the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.
    According to the co-op, the Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz Montessori Farm School, Monte Vista, Tesuque Pueblo and Shepherd’s Lamb, to the Los Alamos Co-op’s lawn each Saturday.
    The Agricultural Producer’s Cooperative of New Mexico is working with the Los Alamos Co-op Market to make items from those farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

  • 'Avengers' film opens at Reel Deal tonight

    The summer is approaching, but for local fans of the superhero genre of movies, the summer starts today.
    The Reel Deal Theater will have a special screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at 7 p.m.
    The second installment of “The Avengers” series, which officially opens across the country Friday, is believed by some movie industry insiders to be potentially one of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
    For Reel Deal owner Jim O’Donnell, that wouldn’t bother him a bit.
    “This is going to be up there with ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Hobbit,’” O’Donnell said. “It’s all hands on deck this weekend. I’ll even be working concessions.”
    The Reel Deal is four-screen theater, but for Friday’s and Saturday’s crowds, two of those screens will be showing “Ultron.”
    For “Avengers” fan Breanna Perea, who said she enjoyed the first movie, the chance to see it in Los Alamos tonight was a big plus for her.
    “All the real fans are going to be there (tonight), as opposed to a midnight showing,” Perea said. “It’ll be a lot quieter. There won’t be a lot of talking.”

  • Next 'Independence Day' starts shooting on May 4

    Today, New Mexico Film Office announced that principal photography is scheduled to begin next month for the sequel to “Independence Day.”
    “Independence Day,” which was released in 1996, was among the highest-grossing films of the 1990s.
    Director Roland Emmerich, who helmed the original film, is set to return for the sequel.
    “I’m beyond excited to bring the sequel to ‘Independence Day’ to New Mexico,” said Emmerich in a press release announcing the return. “With their state of the art Albuquerque Studios, the robust tax incentive program, the proximity to Los Angeles and last but not least its talented cast and crew make New Mexico a great fit for my movie.”
    The new installment will bring back original actors from the first film, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner.
    It will star Liam Hemsworth (“Hunger Games”) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac”).
    The sequel is scheduled to be released by Twentieth Century Fox in June 2016.

  • Business opportunity available for youth

    Los Alamos youth have a new opportunity in their future, one very similar to the ABC television show “Shark Tank.”
    Area youth will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a group of potential funders, with the benefit of a little support along the way.
    Isaac Schilling of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Feynman Center for Innovation will host a series of opportunities beginning next week for teenagers interested in entrepreneurship.
    “Teen Startup Challenge is a series of events that will teach teens how to quickly and effectively share their ideas with the goal of being granted funding to start a business or to expand a current venture,” said Schilling.
    The first event will be held at Time Out Pizza in Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday with free pizza and drinks provided to interested teens.
    The events will expose teens to exciting career opportunities in business and the possibility of transforming their own great ideas into viable businesses.
    “Any teenager with a business idea should definitely attend our events,” said Schilling. “Even if you do not have a business idea, we will help you come up with one.”

  • Tourism secretary visits LA Chamber

    As preparations for the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park ramp up, county officials and business owners alike are looking for ways Los Alamos can maximize tourism opportunities.
    New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham spoke to one of the avenues — the New Mexico True campaign — at the Los Alamos Chamber breakfast Thursday.
    “New Mexico True has not only developed a strong, magnetic brand for the state, but given opportunity for communities to leverage the power of the brand,” Latham said.
    The New Mexico True campaign has shifted the advertising focus from images highlighting the beauty of the state, with an emphasis on sightseeing, to images that show people out in those environments, placing the emphasis on “sight-doing,” or “adventure steeped in culture.”
    “New Mexico True is defined as the unique experiences you can have in New Mexico that you can have nowhere else in the world,” Latham said. “We define it as “adventure that feeds the soul.”
    Latham sees “unlimited potential” for working with Los Alamos under the New Mexico True umbrella.

  • LA MainStreet earns top accreditation

    Los Alamos MainStreet was one of seven MainStreet communities in the state designated as National Main Street Accredited Communities for meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards.
    The announcement was made Friday by the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
    “These high-performing New Mexico MainStreet communities are very much deserving of national accreditation for all their work in revitalizing our historic areas of commerce,” said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela in a statement announcing the accreditation. “New Mexico MainStreet communities continue to make New Mexico an exceptional place to live and work.”
    The organizations’ performances are evaluated on an annual basis by New Mexico MainStreet, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.
    Evaluation criteria, according to the state’s development department, determines the communities that are building “comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts” and are “fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.”