• Food co-op to celebrate third birthday Saturday

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market will celebrate its three-year anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 95 Entrada Dr. Coined the “Tree Year” Anniversary, the Co-op will be donating trees to help offset carbon created by Co-op operations.
    Additionally, the market will be supporting local environment’s needs by sponsoring a seed ball making activity led by the Family YMCA. As always, there will be food samples and a 10 percent discount day for members.
    To celebrate, the Co-op invites the community to participate in several family-friendly activities.
    Schedule of events:
    9:30 a.m.: Chair massages by Greg Barthell
    10 a.m. to noon: Live performance by the String Theory String Quartet
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dairy goats and dairy products from Camino de Paz school and farm will be onsite to teach the community about the upcoming season.
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center will be teaching wool spinning.
    Noon to 1 p.m.: Birthday cake — and one gluten-free cake.
    Noon to 2 p.m.: Face painting by Son-shine Art for kids.

  • LANB unveils new fraud protection services

    ACH Alert, a comprehensive provider of ACH and wire risk management services, has partnered with New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Bank to introduce industry-leading fraud protection services for LANB’s customers with PRO-TECH.
    “ACH Alert has a proven track record for delivering outstanding state-of-the-art technology solutions that can provide another layer of fraudulent transaction safeguards to our customers,” said Steve Wells, president of LANB.
     “In addition to helping us improve service to our customers, PRO-TECH captures revenue opportunities that we’d otherwise miss out on.”
    ACH Alert’s industry-leading technology allows account holders to make the decision to pay or decline incoming electronic debits, preventing fraud and theft. Customers receive an alert when an electronic debit hits their account, enabling them to detect fraudulent entries immediately and return them instantly.
    All of this is done without a financial institution’s intervention, a time-saving benefit for businesses both large and small.
    “Fraudsters are continually finding ways to circumvent traditional security methods, leaving financial institutions and their account holders at risk,” said Debbie Peace, CEO of ACH Alert.

  • White Rock eatery to cater to health-conscious customers

    The Rosebud Café is set to open in White Rock sometime in mid-February. Owner Lana Crochet has been renovating the 2000 sq. ft. space next to Del Norte Credit Union for several months now, with the hopes of opening her doors by Valentine’s Day. As soon as all of the county inspections are completed, she is poised to begin the final equipment installations and put the finishing touches on the interior.
    Crochet has lived in various places, including Germany and Canada, with her scientist husband. She says she gained inspiration for her café from some of her favorite haunts in Montreal. There were several little cafés around her neighborhood that offered healthy foods and encouraged children. As a young mother, she enjoyed spending time with adults, while her child happily took advantage of the play area.
    She and her family have lived in Los Alamos for 3.5 years. Now a busy mother of 4, she recognized a need for something similar in White Rock. Crochet admits to being ambitious, but she also felt that the Rosebud Café would provide a balance for her and many other parents in the community.

  • American Legion diner under new management

    There is a new sign outside the building of the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Drive. The Fabulous ’50s Diner has become Cat’s Post 90 Café.
    Owner and General Manager Charlie Bracken took over the business a few months ago after The Fabulous ’50s Diner’s then-owner Peter Olivas passed away in November.
    The eatery re-opened under its new name Jan. 2.
    The 1950s theme was more the Olivas’ style, Bracken said. “I wanted to change the décor to create something that represents me,” he said.
    The philosophy is still the same as before, “Good affordable food year round.”
    “If you want to bring family, have a good meal and not spend so much money, this is the right place,” Bracken said.
    The menu is basically the same, although slightly revised.
    The salad bar remains and there is still Blue Bell Ice Cream available. The food is cooked to order.
    The restaurant still participates in functions hosted by the American Legion Post 90, such as benefit dinners and fundraisers.

  • MainStreet offers matching grants to LA businesses

    Los Alamos MainStreet is offering matching grants to downtown business or organizations that plan to improve their curb appeal. A second grant is offered to help with event advertising or business promotions. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to take advantage of these grants.
     Curb Appeal Grants of up to $500 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible projects will address curb appeal improvements such as signage, landscaping, or façade improvements. The application materials include a curb appeal self-assessment, a resource listing, and a guide to container planting in Los Alamos County developed by the local New Mexico State University extension office.
     Small Promotions Grants of up to $1,000 are available for advertising and marketing costs that promote downtown events or business promotions. All applications should be turned in prior to production so the Los Alamos MainStreet logo can be used in your marketing. Find application instructions and forms online at lamainstreet.com/grants. Contact Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director, for more information: 661-4844, suzette@losalamos.org.

  • Local doctor receives Vein Center accreditation

    Dr. Kristen L Biggs, MD of Los Alamos, recently received word that her Vein Center in Santa Fe has received the distinction of becoming an accredited vein center by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). She is the first vein center in the state to receive the accreditation, and one of three in the nation.
    The IAC provides several medical accreditations, with the vein center accreditation being the newest to be offered.
    The IAC describes its accreditations as “a ‘seal of approval’ that patients can count on” and requires a thorough examination of the facility, the doctors, employees and the quality of care. For more information on the IAC accreditation process, visit intersocietal.org/vein/main/patients.htm.
    As soon as the accreditation was offered last October, Biggs began preparing her submission. She describes a lengthy and time-consuming process, where she had to detail everything from her office policies and procedures to equipment lists, and medical procedures. The mountains of paperwork are then submitted to the IAC where a panel of experts reviews the material. Her facility was scrutinized for quality, medical compliance and safety, and additional accreditations were required in order to complete the process. Her vascular testing center is also accredited by the IAC.

  • Taking care of 'family'

    Tucked away on the edge of town, Sombrillo Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Lodge, collectively referred to as Los Alamos Retirement Community, are two local treasures that provide vital services to the elderly, special needs and disabled residents in Los Alamos. The facilities are essentially their own community, with the sole purpose of providing residents the best quality of life and care possible, regardless of their situation.
    During a recent interview with the Los Alamos Monitor, their staff gathered to explain their dedication to the future of the facility and the passion they have for the work they do there. Executive Director Robert McDonald shared that with all of the new changes in healthcare, they have had to become more creative in how they utilize their resources, including their employees.
    Many of their staff is certified in multiple areas and cross-trained to provide more efficiency. Unlike most retirement communities, LPNs and RNs are available not just during the daytime, but around the clock. The nurses all boast years of experience, with a few that have been with the facility since its inception, nearly 30 years ago.

  • Beer co-op gets closer to reality

    Los Alamos is getting closer to making its mark on the New Mexico brewery scene with a unique venture orchestrated by a group of local beer enthusiasts and small brewers.
    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op is edging closer to becoming a reality, as their Board of Directors begin the final push for a Fall 2014 opening. Although they have already raised $40K through memberships and fund raising efforts, they must raise significantly more to meet their target opening date.
    The concept of a beer co-op is rather progressive, with only a couple currently existing in the U.S. In fact, the Los Alamos Beer Co-op will be one of a handful in the nation, and the very first in New Mexico. Not to be confused with a bar or pub, a beer co-op operates a brewery and tap room, where they offer craft beer brewed on premises by a professional brewer. They offer memberships and investment opportunities. Memberships offer the potential for partronage rebates, and equity investments the possibility of a return through dividends. All potential returns are based on the annual performance of the co-op.

  • Clubhouse inspection

     Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and County Administrator Harry Burgess admire the deck space of the new golf clubhouse.

  • Job growth in U.S. sluggish for December

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing figure ended 2013 on a weak note and raises questions about whether the job market can sustain its recent gains.

    Economists cautioned that cold weather likely played a role in the sharp slowdown in hiring. Job gains had averaged 214,000 in the previous four months.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent, its lowest level since October 2008. But the drop occurred mostly because many Americans stopped looking for jobs. Once people without jobs stop looking for one, the government no longer counts them as unemployed.

    The proportion of people either working or looking for work fell to 62.8 percent, matching a nearly 36-year low. Last month's expiration of extended unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans could accelerate that trend if many of them stop looking for work. They had been required to look for work in order to receive benefits.

    The stock market fell in early trading. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 46 points to 16,398 . And the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.88 percent from 2.97 late Thursday.