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Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018
Aug. 26 Business Briefs
Job informational sessions planned
LAS CRUCES – Stampede Meat Inc. will open a plant in late October at a former Tyson Food processing facility in Sunland Park.
And the city and Doña Ana County are hosting a series of informational sessions throughout the county to promote awareness about the job opportunities.
The company, one of the largest meat processes in the country, plans to hire 385 personnel. In addition, there are plans to expand operations to employ nearly 1,300 workers within five to seven years, according to a city of Sunland Park news release.
“Our goal in holding these town hall meetings at Community Resource Centers throughout the county is to make New Mexico residents aware of these jobs and to encourage them to apply,” said Sunland Park City Manager Julia Brown.
The meetings will take place at the following dates and locations:
- – Aug. 28 at Del Cerro Community Center, 180 La Fe Ave., Vado-Del Cerro
- – Aug. 29 at Delores Wright Community Center, 400 East Lisa Drive, Chaparral
- – Aug. 30 at the Anthony Community Center, 625 Acosta Road, Anthony, N.M.
Las Cruces restaurants nominated for state awards
ALBUQUERQUE – Several Las Cruces restaurants and personnel are nominated for awards in the 2018 Hospitality Industry Awards and Annual Meeting in Albuquerque.
The hospitality awards ceremony celebrates restaurants and their employees across the state.
Nominees from the Las Cruces area include:
- – Restaurateur of the Year: Juan Morales of Santa Fe Grill & Catering Co.
- – Chef of the Year: Artor of Pecan Grill & Brewery; Felipe Chavez of The Sunset Grill; Luis Lopez of Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino; Luke Roberts of Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla
- – Manager of the Year: Chris Nava of Uno Chicago Grill; Manny Perez of Andele Restaurant; Thomas Perez of St. Clair Winery & Bistro Las Cruces
- – Restaurant Neighbor of the Year: Russell Hernandez of Experience Mesilla
- – Winery of the Year: Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria; Rio Grande Vineyard & Winery; and St. Clair Winery
- – Distillery of the Year: Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery
The awards and annual meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 to noon Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Gubernatorial candidates Steve Pearce, Republican, and Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democrat, are expected to address attendees at the event.
Business sponsors sought for charity golf tourney
SANTA TERESA – Business sponsorships are being sought for the 19th annual Santa Teresa Charity Golf Tournament, which benefits students in the Gadsden Independent School District.
The tournament is set for 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood Drive, El Paso.
All of the proceeds benefit honors programs in Sunland Park, Desert View and Riverside Elementary Schools; uniform donation programs; and scholarships for high school graduates pursuing a secondary education.
To choose a sponsorship level or reserve a spot in the tournament, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y88goz4t
The Santa Teresa Charity Golf Tournament is organized by the Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation, a tax-deductible, non-profit organization that promotes student success in Sunland Park and Santa Teresa.
NM department revamps career website
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced on Thursday, Aug. 21 it has revamped its Career Solutions website.
Career Solutions is a tool for anyone who is exploring job options, as well as young people and students preparing for the world of work.
The website provides a comprehensive set of interactive tools to assist users in accessing a wide variety of information, such as job demand by individual industry; average salaries for specific job categories; and education levels required to pursue certain careers, according to a state news release.
Additionally it features an interactive tool to help young people to determine how much they need to earn in order to pay for basic necessities, as well as recreational, entertainment and leisure activities. Since the site debuted in 2016, it has been a popular and heavily used tool for educators, students, and individuals throughout New Mexico and beyond.
Visit the site at www.NMCareerSolutions.com .
Improvements to the site include a new look, optimized functionality and enhanced customization options. Many of the changes were driven by feedback from individuals, students and educators.
For users with an existing Career Solutions account, information is already stored in the updated site, and users can log in utilizing their existing user name and password.
63rd NM water conference slated
LAS CRUCES – The 63rd New Mexico WRRI Annual New Mexico Water Conference will take place in Las Cruces on Oct. 17-18.
This year’s theme is “At the Tipping Point: Water Scarcity, Science and Policy.”
A highlight of each year’s annual water conference is a poster session where participants can learn about current water research taking place around the state and region. The poster session, scheduled for Thursday morning, October 18, offers an opportunity for networking with state and regional water experts.
WRRI expects about 250 people to attend at this year’s conference.
WRRI seeks abstract submissions for posters on any water research or management topic. Students, researchers, and practitioners to submit poster abstracts via the online submission process. Abstracts may be submitted through Sept. 21. Notification of poster acceptance will be announced by Sept. 26, 2018.
For info, visit https://nmwaterconference.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/2018/posters/guidelines/
Registration underway for ISPCS luncheon
LAS CRUCES – Registration is underway to attend a community luncheon at the yearly International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, set for early October in Las Cruces.
The 2018 Community Partnership Luncheon is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces.
The featured speaker is George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company.
The registration fee is $25 a person. Registration covers the cost of admission to the museum and lunch. The event takes place just prior to the ISPCS conference, registration for which is separate.
Register online for the luncheon at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=n5xrzagab&oeidk=a07efk4jh143a60d111
For more info, contact Joylynn Watkins at the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at 575-646-6414 and [email protected] .
NM unemployment rate drops slightly
SANTA FE – State workforce officials announced Friday, Aug. 17 that the July 2018 unemployment rate had dropped slightly compared to the previous year.
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in July 2018, down from 4.9 percent in June and 6.1 percent a year ago, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
The national unemployment rate in July was 3.9 percent — down from 4 percent in June and 4.3 percent in July 2017. Total non-agricultural payroll employment grew by 17,900 jobs — or 2.2 percent — between July 2017 and July 2018.
Attorney general: Beware scam hail repairs
ALBUQUERQUE – State Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert on Tuesday, Aug. 21, cautioning consumers who are seeking to repair hail damage.
Balderas warned residents about so-called “storm chasers” who show up on street corners or at front doors, trying to get consumers to pay for hail damage repair and scamming them out of their money.
“Occasional hail storms and hail damage to cars are part of living life here in New Mexico,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Unfortunately, these scammers are taking advantage of New Mexicans in need. I hope that consumers will protect themselves against financial injury as they try to repair hail damage. Using a scammer rather than a real repair person or shop can cause more damage than the hail did.”
The Attorney General advised that door-to-door sales people asking to repair hail damage on residences should never be allowed to climb onto the roof, as doing so increases the homeowner’s liability.
Such door-to-door sales people have been known to file claims for injuries for falls that did not even really occur, according to Balderas. Further, no consumer should sign anything from these door-to-door roof scammers, as all too often the document signed allows the scammer to bill the consumer’s insurance and/or allows the scammer to charge high dollars for repairs, even if the work is shoddy or only partially done.
The Attorney General recommends checking with a homeowner insurance agent for recommendations of who is trustworthy to assess hail damage. At a minimum, consumers who consider paying an unknown person for roof repair after hail damage should double-check with the Construction Industries Division to make sure the person or business is licensed and has no pending complaints. If the work is done by a licensed professional, the consumer can enlist the help of CID to help if the work is substandard or left incomplete.
State law does not cover minimum requirements for those who promise dent repair on automobiles. However, most city ordinances do. Therefore, consumers should always check to see the dent repair business’s business license before agreeing to the contract, and double check to make sure that the license, if posted, is genuine.
Mobile car repair units typically move around quickly from location to location — rarely staying for more than a week or two in one location. They post signs on street corners offering good, cheap work, but sometimes disappear before completing it.
When selecting businesses to do repair work, consumers should look to local, legitimate businesses who have a good reputation. Sometimes, cheap repairs mean more trouble down the road — that’s because many of these mobile repair places don’t offer legitimate warranties and could actually harm your car, meaning more loss of value for you, according to an AG’s office news release. Know that many of these legitimate businesses may have some back log and it may take a little while to get an appointment to get your car fixed. But the patience will pay off with an enforceable warranty and quality service.
The attorney general’s office employs advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products and broken promises. Those who think they may have been scammed can file a complaint at the Attorney General’s website at www.nmag.gov or call 505-717-3500 in Albuquerque; 505-490-4060 in Santa Fe; or toll-free statewide 1-844-255-9210.
AAA study finds vehicle ownership less expensive
LAS CRUCES – A new AAA analysis shows “ride-hailing” services are less cost-effective than vehicle ownership for city dwellers.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average driver in an urban area — the only setting in which using these services are a practical full-time transportation option — drives 10,841 miles per year. While urban drivers travel fewer miles than those living in smaller towns or rural areas, relying on ride-hailing services as a primary mode of transportation would cost $20,118 annually. This equates to more than twice the cost of owning a personal vehicle, even when factoring in the expense of fuel, insurance, parking and the vehicle itself, according to AAA.
“Whether you own a vehicle or not, ride-hailing services are a convenient transportation option,” said John Nielsen, AAA managing director, Automotive Engineering and Repair, said in a news release. “However, with the average American city-dweller driving nearly 11,000 miles per year, a personal vehicle is still the more cost-effective choice.”
For the study, AAA analyzed the costs of ride-hailing services (including the use of an occasional rental car) in 20 major urban areas. Based on the average number of miles traveled by city-dwellers, annual ride-hailing costs are as follows:
- – Austin: $19,821
- – Dallas: $16,944
- – Denver: $20,434
- – Los Angeles: $17,951
- – New York City: $21,279
- – Phoenix: $17,436
- – San Diego: $17,316
- – Washington, D.C.: $21,093
According to data from AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study, the average annual cost to own and operate a new vehicle — the costliest form of vehicle ownership — is $7,321 for 10,841 miles of travel annually.
Understanding that parking costs can be a major ownership expense for those living in urban areas, AAA also analyzed the costs of flat-rate parking per year, which ranges from $706 (Phoenix) to $8,088 (New York), with an average cost of $2,728.
For drivers with access to free parking, relying on ride-hailing services is nearly three times more expensive than vehicle ownership in these cities, the study found.
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