Where Is The Village At Rio Rancho?

The Village at Rio Rancho goes here someday
The Village at Rio Rancho goes here someday

According to a Albuquerque Business First Article “Unser corridor bursting with retail, office activity” the Village at Rio Rancho was support to start “This Summer”. Since the article was written in May 2012 that would make it last summer. Currently all we have is a lot of cleared desert that will turn into atmospheric dust come this spring. The City of Rio Rancho only mentions this special tax deal from 2009.

Meanwhile down the road in Albuquerque “Construction starts on new Westside ABQ plaza“.

Her Majesty's Credit Union Is A Scam

From the Denver Post Colorado man accused of running phony credit union in Virgin Islands

Federal regulators say a Colorado man for years ran a bogus credit union through the Virgin Islands and bilked more than $532,000 from unsuspecting customers.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the Securities and Exchange Commission says Stanley McDuffie — who the SEC and Colorado law enforcement say is also known as Stanley Roberson, Stanley Battle and Stanley Robertson-Baffle — did this by offering unrealistic returns on certificates of deposit he advertised on the Internet.
The SEC says the purported credit union, known as Her Majesty’s Credit Union, was no such thing at all and that it was little more than a funnel for McDuffie to siphon funds from a tiny office in Denver and later in Watkins.

Rio Rancho Police Save A Coyote

Coyote seen on the way to work

Photo is not of the actual coyote

A great story from the Rio Rancho Observer “Officers rescue entangled coyote for resident“.

The coyote was thrashing against the fence, and the wire was cutting into its leg. Marshall said officers are authorized to shoot animals if they need to, but she didn’t want to do the paperwork for discharging a firearm or decide whether the coyote lived or died.
“I just figured I had to try something,” she said.
Valdez found a metal pole; he and Marshall climbed over a low cinderblock fence and up an icy stone retaining wall to the coyote.
“They didn’t even bat an eyelash,” LoGuercio said.
Valdez used the pole to keep the coyote’s head down so it couldn’t bite as Marshall worked the wire free from its leg.
“I was surprised,” Marshall said. “It didn’t growl at us, nothing.”
Before long, the coyote was free and ran onto the mesa like it wasn’t injured, she said.

Didn’t want to do the paperwork? Right.

HP In Alpharetta Costs Rio Rancho Jobs

HP Facility in Rio Rancho, NM

In 2009 HP took the jobs from Colorado Springs to open a customer support center in Rio Rancho. HP is taking 200 of those jobs and moving them to Alpharetta, Georgia. From the Rio Rancho Observer “HP cutting 25% of local workforce“.

Hewlett-Packard is moving almost a quarter of its Rio Rancho positions to Georgia.
HP spokesman Michael Thacker said the corporation is moving about 200 local jobs in the Customer Solution Center to Alpharetta, Ga. The announcement was made Monday.
Rio Rancho employees may or may not move with their jobs, he said. HP will decide who moves and keeps their jobs, but Thacker said specifics weren’t available yet.
Mayor Tom Swisstack said the positions would be moved by Oct. 31.
“That’s a hard hit, a hard transition for the city,” he said. “Their average jobs paid about $50,000 a year.”

HP will have to pay the city as part of a clawback provision.

HP must pay a penalty each year it fails to meet its employment requirement from now until the end of the 15-year agreement. The size of the penalty is determined by multiplying the average shortfall throughout the year by the annual value of the incentives.
For example, if HP maintains its current level of 860 full-time equivalent employees this year, it will owe the city $53,715.08 next January.

HP will have to pay Rio Rancho roughly the cost of a yearly salary for one employee. I’m sure that will be covered by one of HP’s layoffs.

What’s bad for Rio Rancho is good for Alpharetta. At no time has HP actually created any new jobs.

Filmed In New Mexico: The Lost Room

ThelostroomI saw the Lost Room expecting it to be some cheesy SciFi channel B movie. Instead I found the mini series has a good story, good acting and I couldn’t stop watching until I found out what happened at the end. From Wikipedia:

The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items from that room which possess unusual powers. The show’s protagonist, Joe Miller, is searching for these objects to rescue his daughter, Anna, who has disappeared inside the Room. Once a typical room at a 1960s motel along U.S. Route 66, the Lost Room has existed outside of normal time and space since 1961, when what is only referred to as “the Event” took place.

It was completely filmed in New Mexico. In one scene that was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, NV a Albuquerque city bus drives by.

Lost Dutchman Mine Searcher Remains Found In Superstitions Mountains

Superstitions

People die looking for the Lost Dutchman gold mine in the Superstitions Mountains, including Jesse Capen from Denver. He apparently fell to his death on his first day of searching. From the Denver Post “Denver man’s search for Lost Dutchman mine likely ended in fall“:

At the end of November 2012, a day pack containing Jesse’s GPS equipment, his mother’s camera and his identification was found at the bottom of a 180-foot cliff on the same mountain. Searchers spotted a boot in steeper terrain above the day pack.

“All of a sudden — out of the blue — they found him,” David Capen said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department sent a helicopter to the side of the cliff, and deputies rapelled down to a skeleton, which was retrieved in a wire basket.

Lesser Prairie Chicken

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From the Denver Post “5 governors speak out on lesser prairie chicken“.

The governors of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas released a statement Thursday saying that conservation efforts by their states, along with commitments from industry leaders and landowners, to address risks to the bird should support a decision not to list the species as threatened.