Intel Will Upgrade Rio Rancho Plant

Intel Corp. said on Monday it will spend $1 billion to $1.5 billion to retool a factory in New Mexico, which will start to make chips with cutting-edge 45-nanometer-wide transistors in the second half of 2008.

The factory to be renovated in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is known as Fab 11X and will be the fourth Intel plant to use 45-nanometer technology, which includes new materials that boost chip efficiency by cutting leakage of electrical current.

My employment is secure.

Here’s a little bit more information about the IRB that was used to fund this upgrade. Looks like there’s some money left in the pot.

Santa Fe Police Blows Up CD Players

Via Boing Boing, the Santa Fe find three CD players. Blows two up. Keeps the third. Why didn’t they blow up all three or keep all three? I hope the SWAT team stormed the church with machine guns out.

Three CD players hidden under a cathedral’s pews blared sexually explicit language in the middle of an Ash Wednesday Mass, leading a bomb squad to detonate two of the devices. Authorities determined the music players were not dangerous and kept the third one to check it for clues, said police Capt. Gary Johnson. The CD players, duct-taped to the bottoms of the pews, were set to turn on in the middle of noon Mass on Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The recordings, made on store-bought blank discs, featured people using foul language and “pornographic messages,” Johnson said. He would not elaborate because of the ongoing investigation. Church staff members took the CD players to the basement and called police, who sent the bomb squad, Johnson said. The bomb squad blew up two players outside and kept the third one to test for fingerprints or DNA and trace its components, he said.

Talking Urinal Cakes Stolen

I would have never imagined creating this sentence. Turtle Mountain Brewery company has had it’s anti-drunk driving talking urinal cakes stolen. If you do a search for “talking Urinal Cakes” you will learn how the Rio Rancho based Turtle Mountain is the first to get them in New Mexico.

I saw the report on channel 4, I will update with a link once they decide to put it up.

Update 2/20/07 10:22PM] Here’s a AP article.

At the Turtle Mountain, the urinal cakes have proved so intriguing that three have been swiped already. “I’m mystified why someone would stick their hand into one of our urinals,” Ortiz said. “But I’m sure we’ll see them on eBay. Hopefully, the seller will advertise it as, `Stolen from Turtle Mountain.'”

Crap In The Attic

When I was house hunting one of the things on my list was a house with a accessible attic. This house does not disappoint. In fact the previous owners laid plywood through a large amount of it for storage. They also left a lot of trash up there.

I have found:

  • Empty cardboard boxes.
  • Kids “artwork”. Like kindergarden level stuff.
  • A jockstrap
  • Empty Old Milwaukee beer cans.
  • Spilled rat poison.
  • More cardboard boxes.
  • Little pieces of miscellaneous paper.
  • Wire hangers.

So Much For The No Rigs Ordinance

The Rio Rancho City Council overturned a recently enacted Ordinance that banned tractor trailers from parking in residential areas.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, about a dozen truck drivers attended a City Council meeting to speak out against an ordinance that had been approved the week before. It prohibited tractor-trailers from parking on residential lots in Rio Rancho.

Many of the drivers argued that before purchasing houses in Rio Rancho, they had checked with the city to make sure they could park their rigs at their homes. Others said they had surveyed their neighbors, and found that many were surprised by the city’s decision to enact such an ordinance.

Personally I’m not sure what to make of it. I’ve seen the rigs parked around Rio Rancho and they do take a lot of room and don’t look that great. They shouldn’t be around for very long, since the truckers make their money by being on the road, not parking the truck.