• Local orthodontist brings a piece of Hawaii to LA

    As the hot, dry summer begins to take its hold on Los Alamos, a new icy treat will be available to help residents survive the heat.
    Local orthodontist Dr. Devan Vest and his partner Dan Richards recently launched their new business venture Northshore Shave Ice Co. to provide the community with a unique summer treat.
    They began the season last week at the White Rock Kite Festival with plans to keep regular hours at Vest’s practice this summer.
    The concept for the business came many years earlier as the two were attending a small college and rooming together on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Both Vest and Richards fondly recount visiting the local shave ice vendor, to seek relief from a hot, salty day at the beach.
    “We would often spend the day at Waimea Bay and, when sufficiently salt crusted and sun baked, we would head over to Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa for shave ice,” Richards said. It was at this shop that the two hatched the idea of owning their own shave ice business someday.

  • Yahoo takes big leap with $1.1B deal for Tumblr

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet icon that had fallen behind the times.

    The deal announced Monday represents Mayer's boldest move yet since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo's latest comeback attempt. It marks Yahoo's most expensive acquisition since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock.

    Yahoo is paying all cash for Tumblr, dipping into some of its remaining stash from a $7.6 billion windfall reaped last year from selling about half of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba Holdings Group. Taking over Tumblr will devour about one-fifth of the $5.4 billion in cash that Yahoo had in its accounts at the end of March.

    While hailing Tumblr as fount of creativity that attracts 300 million visitors per month, Yahoo pledged "not to screw it up." David Karp, a high school dropout who started Tumblr six years ago, will remain in control of the service in an effort to retain the same "irreverence, wit and commitment to empower creators," Yahoo said.

  • US gas prices up 11 cents over past 2 weeks

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks.

    The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of $3.84 a gallon, and premium is $3.98.

    Diesel held steady at $3.93 gallon.

    Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Tucson, Ariz., has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.18. Minneapolis has the highest at $4.27.

    In California, the lowest average price was $3.94 in Fresno. The highest was in San Francisco at $4.07. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $4.03, up 18 cents.

  • Los Alamos salutes Holsapple

    A large crowd attended a “good luck” party for Kevin Holsapple on Thursday, to celebrate his retirement as executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Holsapple held the position for 15 years.

    “It’s been fun to do,” Holsapple said. “We have an excellent staff and I’ve worked with a lot of great people over the years.”

    Holsapple has already started enjoying more free time by traveling to Peru with his wife, Kris Raber, and backpacking at Valle Vidal with his sons.

    “I haven’t been able to make time to do that forever,” Holsapple said.

    Holsapple is also looking forward to freelancing and expanding his horizons.

    “I am looking forward to not being so bound by the local geography,” Holsapple said.

    Holsapple plans to stay involved locally, especially with projects he has been involved with.

    “If the community shows an interest in making projects like the creative district happen, I’ll be there helping.”

  • Spotlight: Teen entrepreneurs get boost

    Summer is close at hand and students looking for something to do should start with some planning now.
    The Youth Business Grant or YBG is gearing up to receive applications from students between the ages of 13 and 19.

    Los Alamos Business Assistance Services would like to work with local and regional youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and build relationships to help them start their own businesses.

    The program celebrated its 27th year in 2012 with a record number of 25 applications.

    “We were able to award 18 grants to young entrepreneurs. It was amazing to watch these young entrepreneurs grow and learn what it takes to start and run a business,” Katie Stavert, a local business advisor who oversees the program said. “Everyone learned valuable lessons about business and themselves. I really enjoyed watching them transform into business owners.”

    The YBG welcomes individuals and businesses to contribute small donations to fund the program. A volunteer committee holds interviews with students to determine funding, but more donations would mean additional success for youth.

  • Comfort Keepers cuts ribbon on LA office

    Leslie Van Pelt, owner of Comfort Keepers, announced the opening of her new business in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Tuesday. The business is part of a franchise that provides non-medical in-home care for seniors and other adults recovering from illness or injury. “Our primary intention is to keep seniors at home so they can live independently,” Van Pelt said.

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  • Smith's/Kroger requests final 30-day extension

    County officials have announced that Smith’s/Kroger requested the final 30-day extension of its due diligence period for the Trinity Site as the company waits for approval of critical permits.

    Smith’s requested the first extension in order to obtain a road access permit that would allow for three entrances to the site.

    “We’re working on the access permit with the state, and that’s going pretty well,” Public Works Director Philo Shelton said.

    According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation control manual, the proposed intersections are too close together. Smith’s has requested a variance, which must be approved for the design to move forward.

    In order to evaluate the variance, NMDOT requested more information on the length of the turn lanes and the traffic study conducted at the site. The information will help NMDOT determine whether the lanes are long enough to prevent queuing. Smith’s has provided those documents.

    The final piece of information NMDOT needs to complete its review is a plan for coordinating traffic signals along Trinity Drive. Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the county is expecting the traffic signal timing plan from a consultant by the end of this week.

  • Zadrozny demonstrates Sound Yoga at Mullein Leaf Massage

    According to Alfred Tomatis, the famous French neurologist, the first sense organs to develop in a human embryo are the ears and the first sensation a baby in-utero experiences is its body resonating with the vibrations of the mother’s voice.

    Andy Zadrozny has developed a technique that can reawaken your physical connection to sound. He teaches people to harness the primal sense of sound for relaxation, revitalization, developing extraordinary awareness, and for healing. At 7 p.m. on May 21, Zadrozny will give a demonstration of his “New Sound Yoga” session and let participants experience the Resonant Body Treatment Table.

    The technique itself is documented in Hindu texts to be thousands of years old, dating to the origins of yoga. Zadrozny discovered the technique independently as a child and has practiced and taught it for years as a way of developing perfect-pitch recognition to musicians, and as a yogic practice for deep listening and meditation.

    The technique involves focusing and directing sound vibration to any chosen part of the body. Zadrozny claims it is a powerful way to teach your body to relax.

  • U-Haul store hits snag

    Plans to put a moving supply store in back of the Pueblo Complex hit a snag recently when a resident objected to the business at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

    Planning and Zoning board members approved U-Haul’s application 8-0 during a March 27 meeting. However, because an objection was raised during the meeting, the county council has to consider the validity of the resident’s objection. That hearing is due to take place sometime in June.

    “Planning and Zoning approved the application, subject to appeal,” said Community Development Planner Gary Likeness. “We did receive an appeal, and it will be considered by council.”

    The owner of the business, Victoria Work, signed a lease with the owners of the property, the Los Alamos School District last year. She said she is disappointed with the news, and very disappointed with the business climate in Los Alamos in general. She finally thought she had a break when the LAPS came forward and told her they had space available in one of their properties.