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April 24, 2012

Ruidoso Free Press

Bank Challenge cleans up Ruidoso

Photo courtesy of Sandi Aguilar

Keep Ruidoso Beautiful held its annual Bank Challenge Clean Up on Saturday, April 21. More than 95 volunteers, including Ruidoso Mayor Alborn, Ruidoso Downs Mayor Williams, Village Manager Debi Lee and Police Chief Magill, gathered to pick up trash throughout Ruidoso. More than 250 bags of trash were collected by City Bank, Southwest Securities, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo and First National. Rotary and the Boys & Girls Club also volunteered. City Bank won the challenge collecting over 70 bags. CONFeReNCe from pg. 1 windmill that is used to pump water into water tanks for livestock to drink from with a combination of solar panels that track the sun’s movements and the implementation of a more modern wind turbine. Spencer said that a slow cattle business since 1996 was the motivating factor behind the company. “We’ve had a lot of experience working on windmills and wells,” he said. “We use those components all the time in our business.” Most of the solar and wind turbine generators that he has installed have mostly been in residential and rural areas, where most cattle and other livestock roam, though he mentioned that his company would soon get into installing the system in commercial businesses.

Renewable energy workforce and education funds available

The “clean” or “green” economy is an important element of New Mexico’s emerging economy and will provide opportunity for workers at all levels of the

income and skills distributions. According to John Hemphill of the One-Stop Career Center in Lincoln County, “Renewable energy job training resources have been allocated to our region through the New Mexico State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP). These funds will allow for area residents to obtain training in all four sectors of the renewable energy industry in New Mexico.” The courses will be offered at little or no cost to workforce development trainees. Employment opportunities in the New Mexico renewable energy field are divided into four sectors; biofuel, green building/energy efficiency, solar and wind industries. The goal of the SESP through the NM Department of Workforce Solutions is to train and employ at least 1,600 workers by the end of 2013. “We are very pleased to have the ability to offer the Lincoln County workforce an opportunity to step up and into renewable energy careers in New Mexico,” Hemphill said.

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April 24, 2012  

The April 24, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Coun...

April 24, 2012  

The April 24, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Coun...

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