Intel Acquires A Factory In Isreal

Hard to see this recent announcement in context of Intel’s other announcements. The Jerusalem Post “Intel to hire 800 Micron workers set to lose their jobs

Intel Corp. on Sunday announced an agreement with Idaho-based Micron to take possession of a Kiryat Gat manufacturing facility it had leased to the company, which had been set to close within two years. It plans to hire the roughly 800 employees working there on a full time basis.

Anthony Bourdain In New Mexico

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Anthony Bourdain will be airing an episode of Part’s Unknown in New Mexico on Sunday September 29th at 7pm Mountian Time.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” takes a close look at the mash-up of cultures that comprise this uniquely American state. Tony and crew sample New Mexico’s food — a combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo and even chuck-wagon influences. New Mexico is also a land of drugs, guns, monster vehicles, and possibly extraterrestrials. It may also be the perfect place to investigate the underside of the Western cowboy ideal.

Relive the Levi Chavez Murder Case On NBC's Dateline

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IF you want to relive the Levi Chavez murder trial or, like me ignored it when it was going on you can watch NBC’s Dateline program ‘The Officer’s Wife‘.

A police officer’s wife is found shot to death in bed. Authorities wonder if the 26-year-old took her own life or if someone else is to blame. Josh Mankiewicz reports.

What did I learn from this show? Tera Chavez’s family didn’t believe Tera could commit suicide. Levi’s family didn’t believe Levi could commit murder. You can’t believe people emotionally tied to the situation.

Also Levi Chavez is a dirtbag. I’m not convinced either way that he murdered his wife.

Another Trip To The Ojito Wilderness

I made my third (what is becoming an annual) trip to the Ojito Wilderness in April of 2013. What I like about the Ojito is how close it is to Albuquerque and how short the actual hikes are to some amazing landscapes.

Campsite by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Campsite by gregjsmith, on Flickr

This time we took a hike up to the Bernalitto Mesa immedialty west of the hoodos. It was about a 500 foot climb to the top.

Large chucks of the mesa have broken off by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Large chucks of the mesa have broken off by gregjsmith, on Flickr
View of the campsite from the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr
View of the campsite from the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Cabezon as seen from the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Cabezon as seen from the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Looking east from the top of the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Looking east from the top of the mesa by gregjsmith, on Flickr

Intel Announces Layoffs And A Plant Closure

Yesterday Intel announced that it’s closing the Massachusetts fab 17 affecting 700 employees, according to the Boston post “Intel will close Mass. plant, cut 700 jobs“. Today Intel announced that it’s “redeploying” 400 people at it’s Rio Rancho Fab11x plant according to the Albuquerque Journal “Intel cutting 400 positions from Rio Rancho plant“.

“Due to a shifting market, we are making some difficult business decisions. Specifically, in New Mexico, we have notified employees of a phased process of redeploying up to 400 positions,” company spokeswoman Natasha Martell Jackson said in an email.

The company said it is offering Rio Rancho employees jobs at other Intel locations, buyouts and severance packages to achieve the workforce reduction. Once it becomes clearer how many are willing to take the various offers, the company said it will be able to offer more detail on the reduction.

In March of 2009 Intel had layoffs and I wrote “Planning For Loosing My Job And Extended Unemployment” when the Rio Rancho site laid off 200 people.

I survived that layoff and wrote “Intel’s New Mexico Site Layoffs, One Week Later“. I don’t know if I will survive this one.

A few more articles from The Albquerque Journal “Intel plant in Rio Rancho cutting 400 jobs” and “City reacts to Intel’s job cut announcement“.