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Bugs Bugging You?
What Can you Do? What’s New?
According to “Articlesbase.com”, since the development of agriculture many millennia ago, people have been searching for ways to keep various pests from destroying crops. Not only has pest removal been important for agriculture, there has also always been a desire to keep our houses free of annoying or potentially disease carrying pests. For the better part of human history, pest control has typically been plagued by trial and error. Often at least in recent history making use of dangerous or damaging chemicals whose unwanted side effects weren't fully understood until it was far too late.
Because of the nature of pests who take up residence among other harmless animals and plants, there is a delicate balancing act involved in removing the unwanted insects without harming the beneficial or harmless insects that live in proximity. Despite the rocky nature of the pest control industry's recent past, there have been numerous beneficial developments in the past few decades in safer and more selective pest control products
Tessa Grasswitz, Ph.D., is a scientist and an educator from New Mexico State University’s Extension Plant Science Agricultural Science Center located in Los Lunas, NM. She is the Urban/Small Farms Integrated Pest Management Specialist, and Assistant Professor. Her current research and extension interests are focused on the biological and integrated control of insect and mite pests of concern to the small-scale growers and urban residents of New Mexico. Projects include those on pests associated with fruit and vegetable crops as well as pests of ornamental plants and the urban environment (including, for example, IPM in schools and facilities). Conservation and enhancement of naturally-occurring biological control agents and other beneficial insects (e.g. pollinators) are of particular interest
Whether you manage a building or live in a house, Dr. Grasswitz has interesting information for you. Plan now to reserve your place at the Wednesday, April 16th meeting of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s monthly meeting starting at 7 am at Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant in Albuquerque to hear this important information. Members pay $30.00, non-members $35.00, and first time facility managers ARE ALWAYS FREE. Email email@example.com (preferred) or call 505-975-6753 before April 17th to be included.
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Fourth Annual Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser
Friday, July 25, 2014
at Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course
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Back to School in February:
More Education = More Money
Members and guest of the Facility Manager Association
of New Mexico got schooled in February on the Continuing
Education Unit (CEU) by Cynthia Molnar and David
Licht who are both involved with program coordination at Central
New Mexico Community College. A nationally recognized system
of recording and recognizing participation in noncredit professional
educational programs, CNM and the Workforce Training
Center take great pride in listening to their constituents and
providing the targeted CEU training that is needed for students to
succeed in their careers.
“Licensing bodies like the New Mexico Regulation and
Licensing Department or the Construction Industries Division
require members to obtain CEUs to maintain their license,” David
said. “Requiring CEUs encourages professionals to expand their
knowledge, and stay up-to-date on new developments.”
The State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division
(CID) requires continuing education for renewals of journeyman
certificates of competence in every three year period. A minimum
of sixteen hours of approved continuing education course
work is required, including eight hours which are specific to code
change/update and eight hours that may be of other industryrelated
approved course work.
New Mexico issues contracting licenses in approximately 100
different classifications. These classifications can be found in the
New Mexico Administrative Code, Title 14, Chapter 6.
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Sheet metal (JSM)
Pipefitter (JPF) HVAC
Fire protection (MS-12J or MS 14J)
Water and Wastewater
To support these trades CNM and WTC
offer these CEU Classes:
• Basic Motor Control Refresher Chilled Water Systems
• EL 1-J Journeyman Lineman Electrical Safety
• Grounding and Bonding LEED for Contractors
Mechanical Code Update
• Module 2: General PV and Installation National
Electrical Code Update
• NEC Code for Photovoltaic Installers NFPA 70E
• OSHA 10 Construction (10 CEUs for electricians)
Plumbing Code Update
• Refrigeration Applications System Design for HVAC Systems
• Water and/or Wastewater Operations (32 Training Credits)
Cynthia explained that the instructors and faculty are
part-time, casual “pool” instructors who are industry experts
from private industry and who know at “street level” what is
necessary to be successful. She went on to explain that CNM
and the Workforce Training Center can help folks prepare for
exams such as the Journeyman Examination and Preparation& Review; the Boiler Operations & Components Exam Prep& Review; the Electrician Exam Prep & Review; the Gasfitter Exam
Prep & Review; the HVAC Exam Prep & Review; the Mechanical
Code Exam Prep & Review; and the Plumbing Code Exam Prep
“Why train your employees?” she asked in closing. “You can
actually save money, improve productivity, increase moral, and
improve safety.” She went on to explain that some of safety
course offered include:
• OSHA 10, 20, & 30 Construction/General Industry
• CPR/First Aid
• Hazwhoper 8, 24 & 40
• Globally Harmonized Systems (GHS)
For more information contact:
David Licht, Project Coordinator (505) 224-4000 ext.52485,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia Molnar, Business Account
Representative (505) 224-5228, email@example.com
April 14 Executive Director’s Column
Are you a facility manager who is proud of the accomplishments that you have made in your facility? Would you like to share your information with the world?
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Please connect with any of the Board of Directors members of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico so that we can spotlight YOU at an upcoming meeting. Have you made progress with LEED? Are your energy initiatives note-worthy? Do you have a unique program that streamlines processes in your maintenance planning? Step up and step out. Get the recognition YOU deserve and mentor others on the way.
Speaking of recognition, I need a few more dedicated Golf Gang members to help me make the calls to round up the possible suspects who will be players, hole sponsors, and door prize donators for the upcoming Friday, July 25th 2013’s FMANM Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser at the beautiful Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course.
Take it from me, your participation in this group will put you on the map in this organization and help you achieve your goals of mastering the data base upon which this organization rests. You will help us raise money to donate to our scholarships at the University of New Mexico, and at Central New Mexico Community College, to support young engineers, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians, all the folks who support us as supplier members and as facility operations and maintenance professionals.
Email me today and I will give you the details.
PNM Copper Theft Legislation Update
March 10, 2014
During the 30-day legislative session that just concluded in Santa Fe, we saw good progress in our efforts to address copper theft, a crime that has hurt many of our customers. Governor Susana Martinez signed a new law that criminalizes metal theft. Additionally, $200,000 has been appropriated for enforcement of the Recycled Metals Act as part of the state government budget. Customers who contacted their legislators to share their first-hand experience with copper theft on their church, business or service organization made a big difference.
SB 21, Disruption of Communications and Utilities, sponsored by Sen. Steve Neville, makes it a criminal act with penalties to create a public safety hazard or disrupt communications and utility services by theft or intentional damage to customer or utility‐owned equipment.
The law, which had support from the metal recycling industry, law enforcement and the business community, makes copper theft a misdemeanor for the first and second offenses, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, and a fourth degree felony for the third and any subsequent offense, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. The statue is one of the first to recognize copper theft as a safety hazard to innocent people, including children, who could come into contact with energized equipment left exposed by thieves, as well as to our employees who work on energized equipment. The law takes effect on May 21.
In 2012, PNM supported an amendment to the Sale of Recycled Metals Act that created a recycled metals reporting data base, but at the time no money was appropriated for enforcement activities. This year, bills sponsored by Rep. Patti Lundstrom in the House and Sen. Steve Neville in the Senate provided a $200,000 appropriation to the N.M. Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) that will fund that department’s investigation and prosecution of those who deal in stolen metal plus training and support for other law enforcement entities.
At PNM, we will continue to work with law enforcement, legislators, the recycling industry, other utilities - and you - to stop copper theft. As a reminder, through our partnership with Crime Stoppers, a $500 reward will be paid to anyone whose tip leads to the arrest and conviction of a copper thief. Please share that information with friends, family and co-workers.
To ask a question or provide input, contact Manuel Quintana, PNM account manager, at (505) 241-4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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