External Link: Past airline mergers indicate Phoenix-area will sorely miss US Airways' headquarters

Past airline mergers indicate Phoenix-area will sorely miss US Airways’ headquarters From azcentral.com

US Airways executives decided nearly a year ago that if they merged, the Tempe headquarters would move to Fort Worth, Texas, and the airline would be called American.

But they’ve promised to maintain a big presence in metro Phoenix and keep the Sky Harbor International Airport hub. And they’ve hinted at new routes that could include Phoenix-London.

The promises might have been lifted straight from news releases that United and Continental airlines issued in 2010 when they merged and moved Continental’s headquarters from Houston to Chicago. Or from the release that Delta and Northwest issued in 2008 when they announced their merger and their plans to move Northwest’s headquarters from Minneapolis to Atlanta.

Intel Expands Again In Arizona

From the azcentral article “Intel to build $300 million research facility in Chandler

Construction already is under way on the 285,000-square-foot research facility at Intel’s Chandler campus, northwest of Rural Road and Chandler Boulevard.

The construction project will employ nearly 1,000 workers and is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013, Intel officials said.

Intel Vice President and Director of Assembly and Test Technology Development Babak Sabi said the new facility would be used for “package development.”

“Package” refers to the housing around a microchip used to connect the chip to a computer board, Sabi said.

PNM Moving Massive Transformer Through Rio Rancho

The local electric utility in Rio Rancho, NM is scheduled to move a gigantic electrical transformer through the city.

The transformer will be hauled by a massive, specialized truck that has 174 wheels on 24 axles and is the length of a football field, or about 300 feet. It is expected to take 8 to 10 hours for the truck to move the transformer about 12 miles from railroad tracks in Bernalillo, through Bernalillo and Rio Rancho, to the switching station currently under construction northwest of Rio Rancho.

It’s supposed to travel from the railroad in Bernallio, up 550 to 528, then from 528 to Northern Avenue to where the pavement ends. This isn’t far from my house.

It was originally schedule for Sunday however PNM doesn’t have all the road permits so it will sit on the truck until it’s moved. Hopefully I can find out when it’s been rescheduled to move so I can get some video of the event.

Update: from PNM

All permits have been secured. The transformer will be moved through Bernalillo and Rio Rancho beginning shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The move is expected to take 2-3 hours, given the minimal traffic at that time.

I was up for the move but it was too dark to record video with the gear I have.

Update 2: The Associated Press had a few articles on this event. Every single news paper in the country had the same article as the local news and TV stations. I did find a little original reporting.

Helicopter Shooter Arrested

The guy who allegedly shot down the helicopter on the west side of Albuquerque has been arrested.

Authorities said they arrested Jason Kerns, 29, Monday night in the driveway of his home in the 9900 block of Columbus Circle in northwest Albuquerque — not far from where the crash happened Aug. 6.

As part of an arrest warrant released Tuesday, Kerns was said to be one of the first on the scene the night the chopper went down. Court documents indicate that Kerns came under suspicion almost from the get-go.

He stated hearing a gunshot and seeing the chopper fall, but police officials stated his story was misleading.

In a written statement, Kerns describes the chopper as disturbing his dog and said he was getting annoyed because it was there so long and flying so low.

Sheriff’s records released Tuesday showed that Jason Kerns told investigators it would be no problem for him to “make that shot.” He faces charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon an officer, criminal damage to property and tampering with evidence in the Aug. 6 shooting.