Algernon D'Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News Published 5:29 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 MESILLA - The Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance presented its annual report to an audience of business and civic leaders at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla Thursday night. The nonprofit tasked with attracting local economic development and employment to the county celebrated $34.7 million in new capital investment and $14.5 million in new payroll in the county during the 2017-18 fiscal year, tallying 530 direct and 205 indirect jobs. The report states the rate of new jobs increased by 105 percent over the previous fiscal year and reported a major spike during the current fiscal year thanks to large new investment in the region. MVEDA president and CEO Davin Lopez provided an account of the organization's efforts to recruit companies and provide assistance to large and small businesses. Lopez said the organization had exceeded its targets for new jobs and … [Read more...] about MVEDA presents annual report, update on New Mexico Stampede Meat facility
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A Snowy Near-Miss for MSP - The Limits of Weather Models Yesterday, a Twitter follower asked if we're too dependent on models vs. experience and brainpower. Probably, yes. At the end of the day you choose the model(s) you believe are on the right track. Historical perspective and context still provide value no computer can (yet). All these models are online now; everyone is an armchair meteorologist and "inches of snow" get thrown around days before a storm; earlier than we should be attempting that level of specificity. Heaviest snow bands set up southwest of MSP; leave extra time if you're driving to Mankato or Willmar this After a gray but dry Sunday rain showers arrive Monday; maybe starting as a light mix. We dry out and cool off the latter half of next week - the atmosphere probably chilly enough for some light snow next Saturday. It looks like a nippy start to April. Where oh where is spring this year? St. Paul to Mankato: 0 to 10". Talk about a sharp gradient, although … [Read more...] about 8″ Reported at Sanborn, Minnesota
Last Updated Apr 10, 2008 7:14 PM EDT A just-released annual report from the American Wind Energy Association shows that Texas remains the nation's top generator in both total and new wind energy, with total installed capacity and newly added generation of 4,446 megawatts and 1,618 megawatts, respectively, as of the beginning of the year. California remained the nation's second-leading generator of total installed capacity, with a cumulative 2,439 megawatts of power in 2007. Wind power is one of the world's fastest growing energy sources on a percentage basis. U.S. wind power capacity has grown by an average of 29 percent per annum for the last five years (2003 - 2007), according to AWEA. Four of the nation's five largest wind projects operate in Texas. The four other states topping the list for newly added capacity in 2007 were Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and Minnesota - adding between 405 and 776 megawatts. In new listings provided by the AWEA, FPL Energy operates the nation's … [Read more...] about Wind Energy Report Suggests Huge Untapped Midwest Market
None of the state medical marijuana laws adopted thus far in the U.S. can be considered ideal from a patient’s standpoint, and because of their patchwork nature, those laws do not function equitably and are often poorly designed, according to a new report by Americans for Safe Access. The advocacy group’s new 2018 annual report, “Marijuana Access in the United States, A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” evaluates every state with any medical marijuana laws on a 500-point scale. Of the 46 states and three U.S. territories with some form of a medical marijuana program — covering about 95 percent of the country’s population — none received an “A” rating. There is reason for patients and advocates to have optimism in seven states awarded a “B+” in 2017: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Oregon. That’s a 133 percent improvement compared to 2016, according to ASA. But … [Read more...] about Patient-focused report graded medical marijuana programs. No states received an A.
Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy on Tuesday called for state pension funds to pull investments in gun and ammunition companies, and he criticized rival primary rival state Sen. Daniel Biss for not raising the idea first.Standing outside the James R. Thompson Center near where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was gunned down three weeks ago, Kennedy said state government employees including lawmakers undermine efforts to “stem the flow” of weapons because their retirement money is invested in index funds that include firearm company holdings.“Just like a budget is a reflection of an organization's values, so too is an investment portfolio a reflection of an organization's morality,” Kennedy said. “Our government should not be using one hand to stem the flow of illegal guns into our communities and at the same time using the other hand to subsidize the gun businesses by investing in them.”The Kenilworth developer and son of Robert F. Kennedy, … [Read more...] about Kennedy wants Illinois to pull pension investments from gun companies