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.

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Tunnels For Drug Smuggling

A tunnel was found running from Nogalas, AZ into Mexico for the purpose of smuggling drugs. The tunnel was 70 foot long, 3 feet wide and 2 feet high.

I was a little confused by this statement.

“This latest tunnel discovery shows that our ongoing collaborate enforcement efforts to combat drug and contraband smuggling along the Southwest border are having a significant impact,” Kevin Kelly, assistant special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations, said in a news release.

Tuesday’s tunnel is the first discovered in Arizona since the fiscal year started on Oct. 1, said Mario Escalante, a spokesman for the Border Patrol in Tucson. Through August of the last fiscal year, 12 tunnels were found, compared with seven in the entire previous year, he said.

It appears the enforcement actions are having an impact, they are driving the smugglers underground literally.

Southwest Flight 812: Plane's Roof Comes Off

If azcentral.com is playing a April Fools joke, it’s a bad one.

Southwest Flight 812 left Sky Harbor Airport around 3:25 p.m. and landed safely at Yuma Marine Corps. Air Station at 4:07 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Passenger Brenda Reese said the top of the Boeing 737 ripped open, leaving a gaping hole between 5 to 6 feet long.

Southwest is my preferred airplane and I will be very interested to hear the results of the investigation.

Southwest Flight 812 PhotoUpdate: An article from the Yuma Sun includes a good photo showing the hole. The article indicates that the Southwest plane landed at Yuma International airport. Perhaps the Marine Corps. Air Station and Air Port are one in the same.

Southwest is canceling flights to inspect planes, according to the Southwest website.

Southwest expects to cancel approximately 300 flights today to accommodate the inspections. Customers may experience sporadic delays of up to two hours on some flights today. Customers should check the status of their particular flight or rebook their trip on southwest.com before heading to the airport.

The 118 passengers on board Flight 812 have received a full refund along with an apology and two complimentary roundtrip passes on Southwest for future flights.

More on the cancelations from Azcentral.com.

Update 04/03/2011: A scary report from Reuters. An airline I actually like will be the airline I will avoid if they can’t keep their aircraft from falling apart.

National safety inspectors have found evidence of “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a government official said on Sunday.

“Was the aircraft well maintained and should it have been maintained better? That is exactly why we are here, to look at why this problem occurred,” National Transportation Safety Board Member Robert Sumwalt said at a press conference broadcast from Yuma, Arizona, via Internet streaming.

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.

AOL Closes New Mexico Offices

This shouldn’t have really been a surprise after AOL said they are going to a free service model.

AOL announced Wednesday it will lay off 1,300 employees by closing call centers in New Mexico and Arizona as part of a previously announced restructuring plan. AOL, the Time Warner Inc. online unit formerly known as America Online, also plans to sell its call center in Ogden, Utah. The cuts include 900 layoffs at the Albuquerque call center and 400 jobs at the center in Tucson, Ariz., AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said. The Arizona and New Mexico call centers each have operated for 10 years.

Chamisa Hills Golf Course Finds Botulism Killing Ducks

Botulism is being blamed for the death of birds and other wildlife at the Chamisa Hills Golf Course in Rio Rancho.Rio Rancho spokesman Peter Wells says dead birds submitted for testing showed botulism as the cause of death. The birds lived near a pond on the course. Residents are urged not to touch or move any hurt or dead birds from the area to prevent the disease from spreading. Factors that can cause botulism are warm water temperatures, high nutrient content in the pond, anaerobic conditions and rain fall that stirs up the bottom of the pond.

This is suspicious because the same golf course was found to be killing ducks using a poison earlier this year.

More Computer Problems For The Lab

LANLs is in trouble again. A guy bought a salvaged computer from them that hadn’t been completely erased, unfortunately for them he works at a TV station.

KOB-TV of Albuquerque reported Thursday night that one of its photographers bought an Apple computer several weeks ago. “In the computer … we found documents labeled classified,” KOB reported.A Los Alamos spokesman said there is “little to no chance” classified information is on the computer and the station “misserved the public” and “jumped to erroneous conclusions.”Lab spokesman Jim Fallin said Friday that the computer “never, never would have used or produced classified information, nor was the computer ever in a classified area.”