• Totavi having Customer Appreciation Day

    The Totavi Phillips 66 Station is holding a Customer Appreciation Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
    The station will have giveaways, a prize wheel and other events for customers that day.

    It will run from 2:30-7 p.m.

  • Local MainStreet program gets awarded by N.M. for its efforts

    Los Alamos MainStreet announced last week it was the recipient of the Spirit of Preservation Award from the New Mexico MainStreet Program.
    According to New Mexico MainStreet, the award was for Los Alamos’ performance in its advocacy of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which was established in 2014.
    Earlier this month, representatives of New Mexico MainStreet met in Artesia to celebrate 30 years of the group’s economic, development and revitalization efforts in New Mexico.
    The New Mexico MainStreet’s anniversary awards ceremony recognized the “outstanding achievements and exceptional leadership among the state’s local MainStreet organizations and partners,” according to the group.
    “Los Alamos MainStreet provided support in the advocacy efforts of the Los Alamos Historical Society for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park by mobilizing our citizens via email, mail and phone to contact our legislators to support its creation,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet executive director of the local MainStreet’s efforts.

  • Stocks slump; Dow ends down 588 after early 1,000-pt. slide

    U.S. stocks slid again Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average briefly plunging more than 1,000 points in a sell-off that sent a shiver of fear from Wall Street to Main Street.

    Stocks regained some of that ground as the day wore on, but the Dow finished with a loss of 588 points, the eighth-worst single-day point decline and the second straight fall of more than 500.

    The slump — part of a global wave of selling touched off by signs of a slowdown in China — triggered worries among Wall Street professionals and among ordinary Americans who have been saving for retirement or a down payment on a house.

    With the lease on her car up, health insurance worker Deirdre Ralph of Wayne, New Jersey, had planned to get a less pricey vehicle and invest the savings. Now she's having doubts.

    "That money, I wanted to take and put it toward my retirement," said Ralph, 61. "Should I? Or should I just have a great old time?"

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index also fell sharply shortly after the opening bell, entering "correction" territory — Wall Street jargon for a drop of 10 percent or more from a recent peak. The last market correction was nearly four years ago.

  • Descartes Labs is now off and running

    The story of startup tech company Descartes Labs reads like something from the heyday of Silicon Valley.
    A group of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists strike out on their own. They leap bureaucratic hurdles to acquire licensing for technology developed at the lab and manage to secure venture capital.
    In record time, they are ready to launch a product with the potential to impact Wall Street, major industries and world governments.
    “The fact that a group of scientists from Los Alamos could start their own company and within seven months of opening have a first product to start to sell to industry is an unusual thing,” said co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Steven Brumby.
    The company — which launched December 2014 — is named after philosopher René Descartes, renowned for saying, “I think, therefore I am.”
    “We’re an artificial intelligence company that’s building systems that can look at the world from space and map out all sorts of interesting stuff, starting with all the world’s agriculture,” Brumby said.
    Brumby was at LANL 16-1/2 years, where he led the team that developed some of the licensed technology Descartes is utilizing.

  • Bank lawsuit alleges mismanagement

    A lawsuit filed by Los Alamos National Bank, and its parent company, Trinity Capital Corporation, in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico is alleging that two former LANB officers financially mismanaged the bank’s loan department to such an extent that it triggered an investigation by the federal government.
    Though those officers have left the bank, at least one of them, William Enloe, who was the bank’s chief executive officer at the time the mismanagement was uncovered, has filed a countersuit in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico alleging that he was not to blame and that he should be indemnified for travel, legal and other expenses incurred by him through TCC and LANB when he was subpoenaed by the federal government in 2013.
    The other person named in the bank’s suit is Jill Cook, who was the bank’s senior vice president and chief credit officer for the Los Alamos bank at the time as well. According to court records, Cook is alleging that LANB wrongfully terminated her, as well as engaged in gender discrimination.
    Cook is also demanding that TCC and LANB indemnify her for legal representation incurred during the federal investigation as well as related costs.

  • Children's Clinic earns certification

    The Children’s Clinic in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships.
    Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition, that according to a press release announcing the recognition.
    The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians.
    “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Children’s Clinic has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
    To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Children’s Clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

  • Investment office will reopen on Wednesday

    The Shelly A. Wiemann office of Edward Jones Investments will have a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday.
    The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at its location, 555 Oppenheimer Drive, suite 206.
    Prior to the ribbon-cutting, there will be an open house at the office, starting at 3 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
    Wiemann recently assumed responsibility for the Los Alamos office of the investment firm.
    “I am excited to take over the Edward Jones office in Los Alamos,” Wiemann said in a release announcing the event. “I know the people of this community have come to rely upon our firm to provide them with sound investment advice that is geared toward individual investors. I will strive to continue our tradition of excellence here.”
    Prior to joining Edward Jones, Wiemann was an associate financial advisor with an insurance company.
    According to her bio, Wiemann has many years of personnel management and data analysis experience, which was a natural progression of her education at the University of Minnesota.
    Wiemann earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial psychology in 2004.

  • First Anniversary

    Smith’s Marketplace had plenty to do, and to eat, to celebrate its first anniversary Thursday. There were bouncy houses for the kids and food and drinks for store patrons. The store opened with much fanfare in 2014.

  • Cuisine is the real thing

    When Joe and Ratchanida (Nam) Lovato opened Thailand Thai Cuisine a week ago Thursday, they were caught off-guard by the response.
    “The first two or three days they just kept coming. It was rough. We didn’t expect that,” Nam said. “But it’s good, because people are excited, because they love Thai food, and we always hear, ‘Oh, your food is so good.’ It’s all about positive comments. We’re really happy with it.”
    That rush of business has made for some slow service, since Nam was the sole chef until just this week. She is currently training another cook in how to make the complex Thai dishes.
    Thai cuisine is very labor intensive.
    Nam and Joe have spent several nights working until 2 a.m., preparing fresh vegetables and other ingredients for the next day. But every dish is made to order.
    The delicate blend of spices that goes into each dish does not come from a premade sauce or mix, but is prepared one dish at a time by Nam herself.
    According to Joe, who manages the front of the house and the accounting, they have averaged 100 tickets a day, with two to three people per ticket. That means that petite, 24-year-old Nam has been cooking approximately 225 meals a day.

  • Hilltop House under new ownership

    If all goes as planned, Los Alamos will have another lodging option before the end of the year.
    The new owners of Hilltop House have plans to renovate the property and reopen it.
    The hotel was purchased by Atomic City Investments, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Partners. The partnership also owns Sipapu Ski Resort, Purgatory Ski Resort in Durango, Colo., and is working on purchasing Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona.
    “We believe this investment in that city will bring a strong synergy, particularly with our linking of Durango, Snowbowl and Sipapu,” said Kuzi Mutsiwegota, one of TCP’s partners.
    “We just feel that we’re going to have a seasonal pass product that will allow people to come visit Los Alamos more, and having some lodging was pretty important to us.”
    Mutsiwegota acknowledge that the hotel is in need of significant work.
    “We need to work through some of the code requirements and assess some of those realities as far as getting it open.” Mutsiwegota said. “But we anticipate that it will be operating at some point before ski season.”