Bomb Threat At The Intel Arizona Site

From azcentral.com, “Chandler police: Bomb threat made at Chandler Intel campus

Authorities are investigating a call received on Monday morning of a bomb threat at a building that is under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler.

The building was evacuated after the call was received at about 5:30 a.m. and that police and authorities at Intel are in the process of searching the building, Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.

Tyler said authorities searching near the building “haven’t found anything” and that Intel has “been doing a lot of the search on their own.”

Update: Chandler police: No bomb found on Chandler Intel campus:

Authorities found no explosives after a bomb threat on Monday morning at a building under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo Campus in Chandler.

The building was evacuated after a call was received at about 5:30 a.m. Police and authorities at Intel finished searching the building using bomb-sniffing canine units at about 2:30 p.m., Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.

Tyler said authorities searching near the building did not find anything and that Intel had done a lot of the search on their own.

Construction workers working on the building were sent home around 10 a.m.

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Obama Visted Intel In Chandler, Az

U.S. President Obama Speaks at Intel's Fab 42

President Barack Obama to Arizona speaking at Intel’s Fab 42, a state of that art chip manufacturing plant under construction in Chandler, AZ on January 25, 2012. from Intel Photos on Flickr

AZCentral.com has three articles about President Obama visit to the Intel site in Chandler on Thursday.

Obama or Intel haven’t made any friends with the construction workers according to the article “Obama’s visit tests readiness at Intel“.

One necessary requirement for hosting the president was shutting down construction for a day on the Fab 42 site, which didn’t sit well with all of the project’s roughly 3,000 active workers.

Some complained that they would not be paid for the unscheduled day off.

Jones said the one-day hiatus would be handled the same as if a thunderstorm had rolled into town Wednesday. A make-up day will be scheduled, and crews will be paid to work that day, instead, Jones said.

Apparently the 6000 people that came to see Obama’s speech had to stand for hours and many got sick doing so according to the article “Thousands wait for hours to see Obama“.

He would not be the only one on whom the day took a toll. Some left in wheelchairs, some walked out on their own, but clearly even a perfect January day can be a bit overwhelming after standing in the sun for hours on end.

There was the expected political nonsense from people who didn’t vote for Obama in the article “Leaders: Obama had no role in Intel project“.

Weninger said he sees the president’s visit as a political move by Obama to take credit for the Intel project. “I respect the president and am happy he is coming to Chandler and highlighting Intel and our great business community,” he posted on his political Facebook page. “I’m just saying it’s not true if he insinuates that his policies led to this expansion. It didn’t. When you couple his press release with the visit a day after the State of the Union, it’s hard to come to a different conclusion.”

Two New Mexican's Lost, 1 Killed Between Chandler And Albuquerque

I first read the article on December 6th from azcentral.com “New Mexico couple missing after leaving Chandler” where Dana and Elizabeth Davis went missing driving from Chandler, AZ to Albuquerque, NM along US60. It’s something that caught my attention because I have driven that path many times.

On December 9th the news was not good as azcentral.com com followed up “New Mexico man recounts mountain ordeal that took life of wife“. On their way back they took a side trip to a “wildlife refuge near Socorro, N.M” which I assume is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and in the process got lost and ended up on a forest road in a snow storm and got stuck. They were trapped for 5 days and eventually decided to walk out but Elizabeth didn’t survive the walk out.

Intel's Chandler Plant Has An Explosion

Reuters “Blast at Intel microchip plant injures 7

The blast of undetermined origin occurred shortly after 2 p.m. local time at one of two large Intel campuses in Chandler, Arizona, just southeast of the state capital, said Chandler Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Miller

AZCentral “Intel workers hurt as substance ignites at Chandler plant

Seven Intel employees were injured Tuesday afternoon when a substance ignited in a chemical-storage room at the company’s Ocotillo campus, Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark said.

“It was not an explosion as much as an ignition of something; we do not know what,” Clark said.

Phoenix Business Journal “Intel plant explosion in Chandler injures 7

Chandler Fire Department spokesman Brad Miller said the department responded to a call shortly after 2 p.m. about an explosion in a support room for the Fab 22 facility at 4500 S. Dobson Road in Chandler.

Miller said one victim was transported immediately to Maricopa Medical Center with severe burns. Three others were transported to Chandler Regional Hospital with less severe injuries. Three others were treated and released on site. None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening.

Several hundred workers from Fab 22 and neighboring Fab 32 were evacuated after the explosion, but as of 3:30 p.m., firefighters had safely cleared the building. The Chandler Fire Department now is assessing if there is any continued risk in the cleanup process.

Production has stopped at Fabs 22 and 32, but continues at the nearby Fab 12.

Chandler Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dies

From my home town of Chandler, Az. This story will probably make headlines due to the assumed irony. However it does not appear his death had anything to do with a heart attack.

River, who stood 6-foot-8 and weighed about 575 pounds, gained a measure of fame in the past year as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a west Chandler restaurant that specializes in thick hamburgers and fries. He died on Tuesday at the age of 29.

The cause of death is currently unknown, but friends are speculating that it was the result of his contracting pneumonia after a bout with the flu.

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

A dumb 18 year old kid in Arizona thought it was a good idea to outrun the cops in a motorcycle.

A man who police said led them on a chase at speeds of over 100 mph on his motorcycle last week said “it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Police had their lights on, and an officer reported seeing Gerardi look back as the officer was getting out of his vehicle. Then the light turned green, and Gerardi took off.

“I thought about it for a second and thought, ‘I’m probably going to be arrested anyway,’ ” Gerardi said. “It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . I thought I could get away.”

Hopefully this kid learned his lesson.

Gerardi, a freshman at Gilbert Chandler Community College and a sales associate at a motorcycle shop, had a status hearing on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to a single count of endangerment, a Class 6 felony, and a single count of criminal speeding. He is scheduled to be sentenced this month and is expected to receive one year of probation and see his license revoked for one year.

Globalfoundries Recruiting In Albuquerque

Globalfoundries, Formally AMD, is recruiting in cities that have Intel factories for their Fab 8 factory in New York. Including Albuquerque. Brightsideodthenews.com has an article on the hiring.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES was launched in 2009 with a simple but ambitious goal – to become the world’s first truly global semiconductor foundry.

Since then, we have achieved this goal by investing in manufacturing operations spanning three continents.

We are charting a bold new course to completely reshape the landscape of the foundry industry through a collaborative approach to both technology development and customer engagement.

To support our growing global operations, we are currently recruiting experienced semiconductor industry professionals to fill new positionsat the company’s corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley and at the company’s new Fab 8 facility currently under construction near Saratoga Springs, NY.

Do you have what it takes to join our team? Are you ready to help rewrite the rules of the semiconductor industry?

Apply now and join us at one of our selected tour stops across the U.S.

We will be hosting “Opportunity Summit” events in the following cities:

Manassas, VA September 7-8

Austin, TX September 15-16

Dallas, TX September 16-17

Albuquerque, NM September 27-28

Chandler, AZ September 29-30

Boise, ID October 5-6

Salt Lake City, UT October 7-8

Milpitas, CA October 14

Portland, OR October 19-20

Burlington, VT October 21-22

Boston, MA October 25-26

Portland, ME October 27-28

Milpitas, CA November 11