K7BUC http://k7buc.org/ Wed, 25 May 2022 16:50:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://k7buc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png K7BUC http://k7buc.org/ 32 32 Zacks: Analysts expect New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB) to post quarterly sales of $355.07 million http://k7buc.org/zacks-analysts-expect-new-york-community-bancorp-inc-nysenycb-to-post-quarterly-sales-of-355-07-million/ Wed, 25 May 2022 07:35:10 +0000 http://k7buc.org/zacks-analysts-expect-new-york-community-bancorp-inc-nysenycb-to-post-quarterly-sales-of-355-07-million/

Analysts expect New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB – Get Rating) to report $355.07 million in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Five analysts provided earnings estimates for New York Community Bancorp, with the highest sales estimate at $361.54 million and the lowest estimate at $345.20 million. New York Community Bancorp reported sales of $347.00 million in the same quarter last year, indicating a positive year-over-year growth rate of 2.3%. The company is due to announce its next earnings report on Monday, January 1.

On average, analysts expect New York Community Bancorp to report annual sales of $1.43 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $1.41 billion to $1.46 billion. For next year, analysts expect the company to post sales of $1.44 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover New York Community Bancorp.

New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB – Get Rating) last released quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 27. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.32 for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01. The company posted revenue of $346.00 million for the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $347.81 million. New York Community Bancorp had a net margin of 34.51% and a return on equity of 9.80%. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased by 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period of the previous year, the company achieved EPS of $0.29.

A number of stock analysts have weighed in on NYCB shares recently. StockNews.com began covering New York Community Bancorp shares in a report on Thursday, March 31. They issued a “holding” rating on the stock. TheStreet downgraded shares of New York Community Bancorp from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a Thursday, May 5 report. B. Riley cut his price target on New York Community Bancorp stock from $19.00 to $16.00 in a Tuesday, April 12 report. Finally, Stephens downgraded shares of New York Community Bancorp from a “weighted” rating to an “underweight” rating and reduced his price target for the stock from $12.00 to $9.00 in a report for Tuesday 3 May. One analyst rated the stock with a sell rating and three gave the company a hold rating. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $12.62.

Institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the stock. FMR LLC increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 40.1% during the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 31,397 shares of the financial services provider valued at $363,000 after purchasing an additional 8,981 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 37.2% during the third quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 57,099 shares of the financial services provider valued at $735,000 after purchasing an additional 15,475 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 47.6% during the third quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 100,799 shares of the financial services provider valued at $1,297,000 after purchasing an additional 32,526 shares during the period. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 25.4% during the third quarter. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV now owns 123,555 shares of the financial services provider valued at $1,590,000 after purchasing an additional 25,050 shares during the period. Finally, CI Investments Inc. increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 9.0% during the third quarter. CI Investments Inc. now owns 19,810 shares of the financial services provider valued at $255,000 after purchasing an additional 1,634 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 61.01% of the company’s shares.

NYCB opened at $9.70 on Wednesday. The company’s fifty-day moving average price is $10.06 and its two-hundred-day moving average price is $11.35. The company has a debt ratio of 2.39, a current ratio of 1.30 and a quick ratio of 1.30. The company has a market capitalization of $4.53 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 8.02, a P/E/G ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 0.96. New York Community Bancorp has a 1-year minimum of $8.73 and a 1-year maximum of $14.33.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 19. Investors of record on Monday, May 9 received a dividend of $0.17. This represents a dividend of $0.68 on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.01%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 6. New York Community Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.20%.

About New York Community Bancorp (Get a rating)

New York Community Bancorp, Inc operates as a banking holding company for New York Community Bank which provides banking products and services in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and Arizona. The Company accepts various deposit products, such as interest-bearing checks and money market accounts, savings accounts, non-interest-bearing accounts and individual retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.

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Rain and snow slow fires in New Mexico, but hot, dry weather looms http://k7buc.org/rain-and-snow-slow-fires-in-new-mexico-but-hot-dry-weather-looms/ Wed, 25 May 2022 03:11:18 +0000 http://k7buc.org/rain-and-snow-slow-fires-in-new-mexico-but-hot-dry-weather-looms/

SANTA FE, New Mexico — North America’s largest wildfire slowed to a near standstill in northern New Mexico on Tuesday amid light rain and some snow in the mountains as nearly 3,000 firefighters rushed to anticipate a worsening fire forecast in the coming days.

Memorial Day weekend historically marks the start of the first wildfire season in many parts of the Southwest. But wildfires have already scorched an area larger than the state of Delaware this year in extremely dry conditions created by persistent drought and climate change.

In Arizona, a new fire briefly forced evacuations Tuesday near Flagstaff. Authorities investigating the cause said they were looking for a person of interest near where it started half a mile (0.8 kilometres) from Lowell Observatory.

New Mexico firefighters said they hope to continue clearing flammable vegetation and deploying planes to extinguish smoldering forests on Wednesday before windier, hotter and drier conditions return this weekend.

On Friday, “fire weather is starting to enter the critical phase where we’re likely to see more fire growth and movement,” Forest Service fire behavior analyst Stewart Turner said during a Tuesday evening briefing.

The blaze that started about seven weeks ago in the Rocky Mountain foothills east of Santa Fe was 41% surrounded by clearings and barriers that can prevent a fire from spreading further.

The blaze consumed more than 486 square miles (1,260 square kilometers) of woods, grassland and brush, with evacuations in place for weeks. Its perimeter extends 634 miles (1,020 kilometers), more than the distance between New York and Detroit.

It is one of six large active fires in the state that have burned over 536 square miles (1,388 square kilometers).

So far this year, wildfires have burned across about 2,650 square miles (6,860 square kilometers) of the United States. That’s about double the average burn for this time of year, according to a national wildfire suppression coordination center.

Jayson Coil, one of the operations managers in New Mexico, said what “will keep me awake at night” are the hidden hot spots where extremely dry roots and dead logs smoldering under the ground can ignite quickly.

“You can have one of these (logs) that’s stuck in a snowdrift, but the wood is going to keep the heat in there,” he said Tuesday night.

“Once one side burns, it will be like a cigar. It may take several days depending on what is around it, but the fire will crawl around, stay in there, and then it will come out the other side,” did he declare. mentioned.

A wildfire on the outskirts of Los Alamos National Laboratory was 85% contained on Tuesday. Nearby, the Bandelier National Monument is set to reopen some areas to visitors on Friday.

In southwestern New Mexico, a fire was burning in parts of the Gila National Forest and outlying areas.

Stricter restrictions on campfires and smoking will go into effect Wednesday or Thursday in Arizona’s six national forests due to the heightened threat of fire, Forest Service officials said Tuesday.

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Hillicon Valley — Government lacks ransomware data http://k7buc.org/hillicon-valley-government-lacks-ransomware-data/ Tue, 24 May 2022 23:22:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/hillicon-valley-government-lacks-ransomware-data/

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) released a report Tuesday that shows the federal government lacks comprehensive data on cryptocurrency-related ransomware attacks.

Separately, a group of activists staged a protest at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit on Tuesday to draw attention to the company’s work with immigration agencies and law enforcement agencies.

This is Hillicon Valley, detailing everything you need to know about tech and cyber news, from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Tip Rebecca Klar of The Hill, Chris Mills Rodrigo and Ines Kagubare. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Subscribe here.

Gaps discovered in ransomware data

A new report Senate Homeland Security Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) found that the federal government did not have sufficient data on the use of cryptocurrency in ransom payments.

The report, released on Tuesday, stems from a year-long investigation in the rise of ransomware attacks and how cryptocurrencies facilitate cybercrimes.

“My report shows that the federal government lacks the information necessary to deter and prevent these attacks, and to hold foreign adversaries and cybercriminals accountable for perpetrating them,” Peters said in a statement.

The report also found that current government reporting on ransomware and cryptocurrency attacks is “fragmented across multiple federal agencies” and that a lack of reliable data limits the tools needed to protect the nation from cyber threats.

Learn more here.

Amazon’s cloud wing scrutinized

A group of activists staged a protest at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit on Tuesday to draw attention to the company’s work with immigration agencies and law enforcement agencies.

The collection of about a dozen protesters from MediaJustice, the Muslim Counterpublics Lab and For Us Not Amazon gathered outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, during the event’s opening remarks.

The organizations hope to draw attention to how they say technologies provided by AWS, Amazon’s cloud service provider and one of the company’s main sources of revenue, are being used to monitor and target communities of color.

“These summits are just part of the public relations strategy to sanitize Amazon’s role as an enabler of state violence,” said Myaisha Hayes, director of campaign strategies at Media Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on equity in technology and media.

“While attendees will spend three days learning all about the power and capabilities of AWS, I doubt they’ll hear about the people who have been displaced, arrested, and even deported because of Amazon’s technology,” said she told The Hill.

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GEN Z IS ON BOARD

The majority of Gen Z voters said they support moves to curb the power of tech giants, according to a new poll from progressive firm Data for Progress.

The poll found that a majority of voters, Democrats and Republicans, between 18 and 25, supported efforts to regulate the market power of tech giants. The findings were released by the Tech Oversight Project, a group that advocates for antitrust reform.

For example, the survey found that 61% of Gen Z voters said they support America’s Online Innovation and Choice Act after receiving a brief description of the bill, according to a copy of the results of the survey. survey shared with The Hill.

Learn more about the survey results.

Russia accuses the West of cyber-escalation

Vassily Nebenzia, a Russian representative to the United Nations (UN), accused Western democracies of being one-sided and of influencing the public to think negatively about his country, calling it a “Russophobic information campaign”, according to Business Intern.

Nebenzia, who spoke at a UN Security Council briefing on Monday, said the West was trying to silence Russia’s “alternative visions” and build “a cyber totalitarianism” against its country.

“States that call themselves a ‘community of democracies’ are actually building cyber totalitarianism,” Nebenzia said.

Nebenzia also denounced Ukraine for allowing a cyber army of volunteers to fight Russian disinformation online as well as targeting Russian and Belarusian facilities.

Learn more here.

SPACEX EXEC DEFENDS MUSK

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told employees that she personally believes the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Elon Musk were false, according to a company-wide email released by CNBC.

“Personally, I believe the allegations are false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations,” Shotwell wrote, according to CNBC.

“Anyone who knows Elon like me knows he would never drive or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior,” she said.

According to a report by Insider on Thursday, Musk was accused of exposing himself to one of his SpaceX employees during a massage and asking him for sex.

Read more.

TECH STOCKS SUFFER

Major tech stocks are battered in 2022, with the NASDAQ 100 tech sector index down 33.0% year-to-date.

The NASDAQ is not an outlier. The Dow Jones US Technology Index is down 29.6% and the S&P 500 Information Technology sector is down 25.7% over the same period.

While the Dow Jones index as a whole was down 14% for the year as of noon Tuesday, Big Tech stocks were down even further.

Take a look at the hardest hit.

BITS & COINS

A chewable editorial: If publishers are successful, libraries’ digital options will suffer major cuts

Lighter click: The BBC is finally telling the truth

Notable Web Links:

How ‘Zuck Bucks’ saved the 2020 election – and fueled the big lie (Protocol/Issie Lapowksy)

Google Maps employees say they can’t afford back to the office (The New York Times / Nico Grant)

Snap warning is sent shock through digital advertising as investors flee social media stocks (CNBC/Lauren Feiner)

People are get tired of the “TikTok musical formula” (NBC News/Morgan Sung)

One last thing: expanded drone delivery

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery operations to reach up to 4 million homes at 34 locations in six states.

The company announced tuesday that it will be able to deliver 1 million parcels by drone during the year.

The service will be implemented in Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Utah and Virginia and will cost customers $3.99 per packing slip. Each delivery can weigh up to 10 pounds.

Customers will be able to order items for drone deliveries between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. These deliveries can be made in as little as 30 minutes, according to the company.

Learn more here.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Technology and Cybersecurity pages for the latest news and coverage. Well see you tomorrow.

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How to stay safe during tornado season http://k7buc.org/how-to-stay-safe-during-tornado-season/ Mon, 23 May 2022 15:59:33 +0000 http://k7buc.org/how-to-stay-safe-during-tornado-season/

Friday afternoon. On May 20, Gaylord Michigan saw a tornado touch down in Gaylord during a thunderstorm killing 2 people and injuring 44 with a path of destruction. Gaylord has no tornado sirens, although residents receive alerts through their cell phones. In a situation like this, knowing the signs of impending severe weather and what to do could save your life.

Mid-Michigan Now Chief Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey told us that Michigan tornadoes most often occur from April through July. Tornadoes can strike with little warning, and while meteorologists are now better able to predict the signs of a tornado, sometimes that’s not enough. Knowing what to look for can add even a few extra minutes, giving anyone in danger the chance to seek safety.

How strong was the Gaylord tornado?

The tornado that ripped through the town of Gaylord was an F3 with peak winds reaching 150 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado traveled 16.6 miles and stayed on the ground for 20 minutes with a maximum width reaching 200 meters.

According to Mlive, the last F3 Michigan experienced was on March 15, 2012. The town of Dexter suffered $12 million worth of damage with a tornado with winds of 145 mph that crossed just over 7 miles from town. It was the first time Michigan had seen such a force of a storm since 1982.

How do you know that a tornado is possible?

Since storms can go from light to severe in seconds, knowing what to look for is essential.

  • A dark, often greenish sky.
  • Shelf clouds
  • Cloudy walls or approaching debris cloud.
  • Large hail often in the absence of rain.
  • Before a tornado hits, the wind can drop and the air can become very calm.
  • A loud roar similar to a freight train can be heard.
  • A cloud of debris approaching, although a funnel is not visible.

Taking the time to prepare for a weather emergency can also be a big plus when it comes to what happens after the storm. Bajjey strongly advises to always have items prepared when you need to take cover.

“First and most important is to have a first aid kit. Also a flashlight and extra batteries and a way to charge your phone so you can stay connected. It’s not a bad idea to also invest in a weather radio.”

Bajjey says a “watch” is essentially the “recipe for making it all happen.” It’s like baking a cake. When a “warning” is given, it means the cake is “done” and ready… and it’s time to take cover immediately. Following these weather directions and alerts can save your life in severe weather.

WATCH: Costliest weather and climate disasters in decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive weather disasters per billion since 1980 based on the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list begins with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damage in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Read on to find out the 50 Costliest US Weather Disasters of Decades

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NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC. DECLARES A QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND ON ITS PREFERRED SHARES | News http://k7buc.org/new-york-community-bancorp-inc-declares-a-quarterly-cash-dividend-on-its-preferred-shares-news/ Mon, 23 May 2022 13:43:57 +0000 http://k7buc.org/new-york-community-bancorp-inc-declares-a-quarterly-cash-dividend-on-its-preferred-shares-news/

HICKSVILLENY , May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) (the “Company”) has announced the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend on its fixed rate non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock floating rate, series A (NYSE: NYCB PA) at the rate of $15.94 per preferred share, which is equivalent to $0.3984 for each depository share. Each Depositary Share represents a 1/40th interest in a Series A Preferred Share.

The dividend will be payable on June 17, 2022 to shareholders registered in June 7, 2022.

About New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

Situated at Hicksville, NYNew York Community Bancorp, Inc. is a leading provider of multifamily loans on rent-regulated non-luxury apartment buildings in New York City, and the parent company of New York Community Bank. To March 31, 2022the Company declared assets of $61.0 billionloans from $46.8 billion, deposits of $38.0 billionand equity of $60.9 billion.

Reflecting our growth through a series of acquisitions, the company operates 237 branches across eight local divisions, each with a history of service and strength: Queens County Savings Bank, Roslyn Savings Bank, Richmond County Savings Bank, Roosevelt Savings Bank and Atlantic Bank in New York; Garden State Community Bank in New Jersey; Ohio Savings Bank at Ohio; and AmTrust Bank at Florida and Arizona.

Investor/media contact: Salvatore J. DiMartino

(516) 683-4286

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Offices including that of Secretary of State disputed in Alabama | United States government and politics http://k7buc.org/offices-including-that-of-secretary-of-state-disputed-in-alabama-united-states-government-and-politics/ Sun, 22 May 2022 12:54:12 +0000 http://k7buc.org/offices-including-that-of-secretary-of-state-disputed-in-alabama-united-states-government-and-politics/

By JAY REEVES – Associated Press

Campaigns for the United States Senate and governor have garnered the most attention ahead of Tuesday’s primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With multiple candidates in some races, some nominations may not be decided until the second round of elections scheduled for June 21.

Here are some of the top races to watch:

Four Republicans and one Democrat are on the primary ballot to succeed GOP incumbent John Merrill as Alabama’s top election official, secretary of state.

Ed Packard, who worked in the secretary of state’s elections division for nearly 25 years, is seeking the Republican nomination in an area that includes Jim Zeigler, who has been barred from running again as auditor of the state due to term limits; State Representative Wes Allen of Troy, who served nearly a decade as a probate judge in Pike County; and Christian Horn, a GOP activist and Madison County business owner.

None of the four candidates raised major complaints about election problems in Alabama, which is controlled by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2020. But all spoke of the steps needed to strengthen election security, a question popularized among conservatives by Trump’s fake. claims the 2020 election was stolen by President Joe Biden.

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Merrill could no longer run for office after serving two terms. The eventual Republican nominee will face Democrat Pamela J. Laffitte of Mobile in November.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall faces only one primary challenger as he seeks a second four-year term as the state’s top law enforcement official.

First appointed to the position in 2017, Marshall is opposed by Harry Bartlett Still III, a lawyer for Daphne.

Marshall, who previously served as a district attorney in Marshall County, regularly opposes initiatives launched by Democratic President Joe Biden, including vaccination requirements for COVID-19 and federal policies along the border with the Mexico, and he testified against the appointment of current Judge Ketanji Brown. Jackson before the United States Supreme Court.

He still argues that corruption is endemic in state government and that the agency that oversees police standards and training in the state needs to be revamped to increase public confidence in law enforcement. . He also supports replacing the heavily amended Alabama Constitution, adopted in 1901 to ensure white supremacy.

The winner will face Democratic candidate Wendell Major, police chief for the town of Tarrant in the Birmingham area, in November.

Candidates for Alabama’s state auditor job typically stress the importance of tracking state assets, but three Republicans seeking the job this year added another talking point to the era of misrepresentation of a stolen presidential vote – election security.

Stan Cooke, a pastor from Kimberly; Rusty Glover, a former Semmes history professor who served in the state Senate; and State Representative Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals all emphasize the auditor’s role in county registration board selection when seeking the position.

Almost directly echoing former President Donald Trump’s false claims, Cooke’s campaign website says the state needs to get ahead of the Democrats before they “try to steal our election like they did in Pennsylvania. , in Arizona and even in our neighbor to the east, Georgia”.

The incumbent, Jim Zeigler, failed to seek re-election after serving two terms and is running for Secretary of State.

Winning the Republican nomination is equivalent to an election since no Democrat is qualified to run for office.

A Republican nominee for Alabama Supreme Court is trying to woo voters with a mix that includes his devotion to God and former President Donald Trump. The other focuses on his experience in the courtroom – and his weapon.

Greg Cook, a Birmingham Underground barrister, and Debra Jones, a circuit judge who hears cases in Calhoun and Cleburne, are seeking the Republican nomination for the Place 5 Supreme Court seat held by Justice Mike Bolin, who is taking his retirement.

Cook presents himself as a “Trump-tough” Republican who was a Trump delegate and represented conservative interests in Florida’s 2000 presidential recount contest between Al Gore and President George W. Bush. Along with his partisan and legal credentials, Cook’s campaign resume showcases his longtime church membership and leadership.

Jones released an ad at the end of the campaign touting her support for Trump, her short stature – “She’s 5 feet of concrete” – and a case in which she sentenced a convicted child molester to over 1,000 years. from prison. The spot shows her firing a handgun and saying the only reason she didn’t put the person “under jail” was because “liberals” wouldn’t let her.

All nine members of the court are Republicans, and the winner of the Place 5 race will be a heavy favorite over Democrat Anita L. Kelly, a Montgomery judge in the general election.

Voters will decide to let the state go into debt for $85 million in bonds to beautify Alabama’s state parks and historic sites.

A statewide constitutional amendment on the ballot would provide $80 million in funding for state park projects, including the addition and improvement of campsites, the addition of wireless service, upgrading electric and water service, replacing playgrounds, building swimming pools, and repairing parts of Gulf State Park damaged by Hurricane Sally.

The remaining $5 million would go to the Alabama Historical Commission for the acquisition, renovation, and maintenance of the state’s historic parks. The agency would not be allowed to use money from Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. The park is funded by a levy originally intended for needy Confederate veterans.

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Better weather conditions help crews work New Mexico fires http://k7buc.org/better-weather-conditions-help-crews-work-new-mexico-fires/ Sat, 21 May 2022 18:45:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/better-weather-conditions-help-crews-work-new-mexico-fires/

Improved weather on Saturday helped firefighters battle several large wildfires in New Mexico, including the nation’s largest active blaze.

A cold front that blew through on Friday lowered temperatures, raised humidity levels and provided cloud cover over the largest fire, which is burning in northern New Mexico, said fire behavior analyst Dennis Burns. . Cloud cover “shades combustibles so the fire has to work harder and has a hard time burning that material.”

“It actually gave us decent conditions to fight this fire today and probably for the next few days,” Burns said.

More than 2,700 firefighters and other personnel have been assigned to the 6-week-old blaze, which as of Saturday was contained to around 40% of its perimeter. The blaze is among five major active fires in the state and among 16 nationally, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

At 482 square miles (1,250 square kilometers), New Mexico’s largest fire is so large that it has been divided into three separately managed areas by three of the nation’s 17 largest Type I response teams.

Previously, high winds had caused the blaze to spread tens of thousands of acres in a single day, but Incident Commander Carl Schwope said Friday evening that moderating weather “is going to give us a good five days here that we can really make a lot of progress.”

Winds challenged firefighters battling the blaze on Friday, sending embers that ignited localized fires outside containment lines, but crews aided by aircraft were able to stop the fire from growing outside its perimeter in most areas.

Some of the crews directly fighting the blaze were working among logs on steep slopes, said operations section chief Jayson Coil.

“And that’s going to take time,” Coil said. “”Work is slow. It’s tedious. It is difficult. But they are progressing. »

Meanwhile, other crews deployed water hoses and pumps to protect structures and bulldozer and vegetation chewer operators continued to clear containment lines along and in front of the fire.” . Secondary containment lines farther from the fire were also unobstructed in case flames passed through the primary lines.

Some of the branch lines were being cleared in areas where owners said previous fires had been put out, Burns said. “I hope they will never be used.”

Some of the crews directly fighting the blaze were working logs on steep slopes, said operations section chief Jayson Coil.

“And that’s going to take time,” Coil said. “”Work is slow. It’s tedious. It is difficult. But they are progressing. »

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Davenport reported from Flagstaff, Arizona. AP reporter Scott Sonner contributed from Reno, Nevada.

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Vail begins search for new city manager http://k7buc.org/vail-begins-search-for-new-city-manager/ Sat, 21 May 2022 04:07:07 +0000 http://k7buc.org/vail-begins-search-for-new-city-manager/

Former Vail City Manager Scott Robson was the executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy in Denver before coming to Vail.
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The city of Vail has launched a search for a new chief executive.

The city has hired Columbia Ltd., a Colorado Springs-based executive search firm. At a recent Vail City Council meeting, Columbia CEO Andrew Gorgey noted that Vail has only had six city managers since 1966. Two city managers – Greg Clifton and Scott Robson – have come and gone since 2017. Clifton resigned in 2019 and is currently the City Manager of Flagstaff, Arizona. Robson took over from Clifton in 2019 and stepped down this year to serve as city manager in Telluride. Still, Gorgey said, Vail is a “first opportunity” for candidates.

Stan Zemler, who held the position from 2003 to 2017, is currently acting director.



The process of finding a new person will go quite quickly. The May 31 job posting will be uploaded to the city and Columbia ltd websites, and the recruitment period will run until July 11.

The first reviews and searches will take place from July 11 to August 2, followed by candidate recommendations to the city. The finalists will be brought to town on August 11 and 12 for in-person interviews. A candidate’s hiring is listed “as soon as possible” following these interviews and thorough review.



When Robson announced his resignation in March, Mayor Kim Langmaid said the city would launch an “untraditional” search for a new manager. This search should target applicants in a variety of disciplines and industries, she said.

Board members also agreed to a starting salary between $200,000 and $235,000 per year. The job also comes with a city-provided home in West Vail.

Langmaid said the pay range is in line with similar communities.

“With the complexity of our community, I think we need to up our (pay) game a little bit,” said Council Member Jen Mason.

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Distant golfers share their generosity with a welcoming community | News Sun http://k7buc.org/distant-golfers-share-their-generosity-with-a-welcoming-community-news-sun/ Sat, 21 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/distant-golfers-share-their-generosity-with-a-welcoming-community-news-sun/

KENDALLVILLE – It never hurts to be nice.

Because the city of Kendallville and Great Indiana Golf, based at the Cobblestone Golf Course, rolled out the welcome mat in 2007, a group of golfers from all over the United States and around the world return each year to play the Kendallville Open.

While here, they eat at local restaurants, stay in local accommodations, and shop locally. They also make financial contributions to a community where they do not live.

On Friday morning, the group of 36 players gathered under cloudy skies in Cobblestone for their 15th annual tournament, hosted by Pete Levine of San Diego, one of the original four founders. Fellow founder Brendan Yoshimoto donated $2,000 to East Noble High School athletic director Nick David for uniforms, cart fees, bags, golf balls and other gear for the Knight Golf Program.

Kendallville City Council member and avid golfer Jim Dazey had the honor of hitting the ceremonial first tee shot before the foursomes took off in their golf carts. Dazey welcomed the guests and gave a humorous speech, written by the tournament founders.

Levine said the tournament was on hiatus during the pandemic, but this year’s return has drawn players from Chicago, California, Arizona, Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Ohio and other parts of the Midwest. The player who has traveled the farthest is from Bermuda.

The 2022 Kendallville Open took place in Cobblestone on Friday and will move to the Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola on Saturday. Cobblestone hosts the tournament annually on Fridays, and the tournament rotates between Great Indiana’s other golf courses on Saturdays.

In a Zoom interview in April, the four founders, Levine, Yoshimoto, Mike Robinson and Michael Cahill chose Kendallville to play golf. Levine was the last to join the group.

“I didn’t know the Midwest,” Yoshimoto said. “A friend googled golf packages in Indiana and Great Indiana Golf.”

Cahill knew Great Indiana Golf. His aunt, Brenda Rummell, is a golfer and lives in Kendallville.

Others couldn’t believe how affordable golf is in Kendallville. Rummell vouched for the quality of the courses and the prices.

“The city has always welcomed us, Kathy Dues at the golf course, the Best Western and Applebee’s,” Levine said.

The Kendallville Open, or TKO, has evolved to expand the field of players, none of whom are from Kendallville, and added a tournament flag, championship cup, Bixler Blazer and dinner of champions at Applebee’s. The restaurant has a framed photograph of the band in its dining room.

Gamers grew to love the Kendallville community and decided in 2012 it was time to give something back. The founders contacted Mayor Suzanne Handshoe and made a donation to her Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Donations for the next two years went to the East Noble Golf Program.

Then cancer struck, both for Handshoe and one of the founders. The tournament turned its generosity to Northeast Indiana Cancer Services. To date, donations from TKO Cares have totaled nearly $7,000.

Dazey said the value of the Kendallville Open to the community is immeasurable,

“I love having them in Kendallville,” he said of the players. “They are fun and love to have fun. Stay and play packages do wonderful things.

In fact, Great Indiana Golf boosts the local economy by more than half a million dollars a year. Coordinator Kathy Dues said this year 3,000 golfers will generate $700,000 in business.

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Jerome’s Mining Camp Was Once “The Baddest Town in the West” http://k7buc.org/jeromes-mining-camp-was-once-the-baddest-town-in-the-west/ Fri, 20 May 2022 23:13:00 +0000 http://k7buc.org/jeromes-mining-camp-was-once-the-baddest-town-in-the-west/

JEROME, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) – The historic mining town of Jerome in Yavapai County is perched on the side of Cleopatra Hill, where some of the richest copper ores were mined from the earth. The ancient inhabitants were familiar with the rich colored copper-bearing minerals of the region. The Hohokam lived and farmed in the area. Conquistadors in search of cities of gold noticed rich copper ore when they explored the area in 1585. But their quest was for gold, not copper, and they moved on.

Atop Mingus Mountain and in the switchbacks of town, or approaching Verde Valley and climbing the SR89A, the historic mining town of Jerome offers a glimpse into the past. Either approach offers an easy day trip from Phoenix, but perhaps an extended stay in historic Jerome is worth the time to explore one of Arizona’s unique destinations. .

The first mining claims at this location were filed in 1876, seven years later in 1883 the newly formed United Verde Copper Company owned the operations and named the growing camp Jerome after one of the financiers, Eugene Jerome of New York.

Jerome, circa 1927, was backed by rich copper mines.(Grand Hotel Jerome)

In a short period of 5 years in the late 1800s, 4 devastating fires tore through major sections of the city. The mountainside town needed a fire department and to get one, it had to be incorporated. In 1899 Jerome officially became a town with established building codes and an organized fire department. Jerome was one of the first towns to adopt building codes designed to minimize the risk of fire.

Once a thriving mining camp between the late 1880s and early 1950s, Jerome survived the mass exodus of citizens after the local mine closed in the 1950s. A few hardy people remained in the “ghost town abandoned, and over the following decades the town transformed into the tourist destination it is today. There was a time when the city had a reputation for being an unruly place. It even held the title of “wickedest city in the West” in 1903 when the New York Sun declared it as such. They had good reason to do so, there was a big red-light district, full of saloons and even an opium den. They also had an opera house and as many as fourteen Chinese restaurants in operation!

The nation’s attention turned to Jerome in July 1917 when the striking miners received a strong arm from the mine owners. At the time, armed vigilantes, organized by the owners of the Phelps Dodge mine, rounded up 67 striking miners, loaded them into cattle cars and shipped the men out of state to Needles, California, leaving without any provision. A similar roundup was carried out in Bisbee where more than 1,000 strikers were taken and left stranded in the desert in Mexico. No one has ever been convicted in connection with the evictions, but a presidential commission investigated the actions and in its final report described the eviction as “completely illegal and without legal authority, either at the level of the state or federal government”.

Yet Jerome continued to prosper as he grew with the demand for copper. It reached its peak in the 1920s with a population peaking at around 15,000. The beginning of the end of the good times began when the depression hit in the early 1930s, slowing down mining. By then the place was starting to slide down, both literally and figuratively.

Geological fault activity, exasperated by blast vibrations from mining activity, slid dozens of buildings down the slope as the land below gave way. The problem only got worse over time.

There was a brief surge in demand for copper during World War II, but when the war ended demand slowed, leaving the mine to close in 1953. Jerome’s population dwindled to around 50 to 100 people, they called the city a dead city. In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and arts community with a population of approximately 450.

Today Jerome is home to artists, artisans, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, antique shops, bars, wine tasting rooms, museums and gift shops. The architecture preserves the buildings of the early 19th century and offers many opportunities to explore unusual corners and meeting places!

Entering the city on SR89A from the top of Mingus Mountain, the first significant building that stands out is the Jerome Grand Hotel. It sits at the top of the city, giving guests some of the best views around! Jerome State Historic Park (link) sits below the slopes of town, housed in the owner’s former home, the Douglas Mansion. The historical story of Jérôme is fully told in this establishment.

As you wander the streets of the city, you’ll find unique interests at every turn, but remember to wear comfortable shoes as most of your time wandering will be spent up or down!

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