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Business/Economy

  • LATA has new CEO

    Los Alamos Technical Associates announced Monday that William ‘Bill’ Vantine has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the company.
    In his career, Vantine has led strategic risk initiatives for several high profile program in the defense and space industries, according to LATA.
    LATA, which has an office on Central Avenue in Los Alamos, is headquartered in Albuquerque. It offers, defense, nuclear and commercial services and has seven offices around the country. LATA was founded in New Mexico in 1976.
    “We are pleased to have Bill join our remarkable management team,” said company founder and Chairman of LATA’s Board of Directors, Phil Reinig. “We are confident that the vision, energy and leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career are a perfect fit for this dynamic company. As our president and CEO, he brings us fresh perspectives for growth, diversification, and project excellence as we enter the next phase of LATA’s emergence as an industry leader and provider of choice for engineering, safety, environmental, logistics, project management and security services.”

  • Subway to reopen Wednesday

    Except for a wall, one could see the old Subway store in Los Alamos from the new Subway store, but for the store owner and patrons, it seems like a long way away.
    It’s been more than two years since the original Subway in Los Alamos closed down from its previous location next door to the Bradbury Science Museum.
    Its new location, right on Central Avenue very near the corner of 15th Street, is much bigger and completely renovated.
    Whether the changes were worth the effort for owner Larry Singh and Subway customers will be found out soon enough. The store is scheduled to open its doors officially at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
    On Monday morning, Singh was putting some of the final touches for his store, which has about a dozen tables and a shorter but more efficient service counter.
    Singh said one of the biggest issues with the first store was its struggle to handle the lunch rush. The store, with only a handful of tables — much of which could only seat two people — couldn’t accommodate diners nor was it laid out so that carry-out patrons could make it through the line easily before having to squeeze through the crowded back area before getting back to the exit.

  • LA's unemployment figures are still the lowest in N.M.

    Los Alamos County still has the lowest rate of unemployment of any county in the state, that according to the April 2015 numbers from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
    Los Alamos has an unemployment rate of just 3.4 percent, which is considerably below that of the statewide seasonally-adjusted average of 6.2 percent and is far and away the best number of any similarly-sized counties.
    According to Workforce Solutions, of the 8,213 residents that make up the county’s labor force, only 282 of those were without employment in April.
    The only county that was close to Los Alamos’ unemployment rate in April was Curry County, which had 4.1 percent unemployment, although Curry County — which is on the extreme east side of the state and includes the city of Clovis — has a workforce which is nearly three times that of Los Alamos.
    April’s unemployment rate in the county was down slightly from March, which Los Alamos had a rate of 3.7 percent. However, Workforce Solutions noted that, in its revised March numbers, the Los Alamos labor force dropped by 53 persons.
    The figure for Los Alamos for April 2015 was also down slightly from April 2014. Los Alamos’ rate a year earlier was 3.6 percent.

  • 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.