Wednesday, February 21, 2007

warning to consumers!

Federal Reserve Alerts Home Owners to Questionable Solicitations The Federal Reserve has distributed the following notice. “The Federal Reserve received complaints from recipients of direct mail solicitations that suggest there is a ‘Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program’ that entitles certain homeowners to cash grants or equity disbursements. Some of these solicitations may be read to indicate that the Federal Reserve endorses or supports the offers they contain. These solicitations appear to be a deceptive effort to encourage consumers to apply for a mortgage loan secured by the consumer’s home. The Federal Reserve cautions the public about loan solicitations or other offers from lenders or mortgage brokers that offer consumers cash grants or equity disbursements as part of a ‘CRA Program.’ No such federal programs exist and these programs are not required by the CRA, which encourages depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, in ways that are consistent with safe and sound banking operations.” For more info, click here. To communicate with the Federal Reserve about this, contact: or call the CRA assistance line at: 202/872-7584.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


The West's best cities by the slopesWhy rush to the runs? These four ski-area gateways provide a delightful excuse to stop--and avoid the crowdsBy Dan LeethSpecial to the TribunePublished February 11, 2007

ALBUQUERQUEAn Old Town--and its spicy flavorsIn a land better known for salsa than snow, Albuquerque provides a spicy transition from chili powder to chilly powder.Where to stay:Check out Old Town, the historic center of the city. Footloose romantics will enjoy the Hotel Albuquerque (800-237-2133; with its walk-to-everything location.Families can book rooms at the nearby Best Western Rio Grande Inn (800-959-4726; Those in a quest for style should try the Hyatt Regency downtown (505-842-1234;, 2 miles from Old Town.Where to feast on regional fareRed or green? The official New Mexico state question refers to the flavor of chili smothering the local fare, and either can pack a mouth-warming wallop.In Old Town, try La Hacienda (505-243-3131) across from the Plaza. A few miles to the north stands Sadie's Cocinita (505-345-5339), an Albuquerque institution famous for its zesty fare. Icy margaritas help extinguish the fire.What to doOld Town offers adobe architecture, funky shops and the 1793-vintage San Felipe de Neri Church, oldest building in Albuquerque.Nearby, visitors can catch culture at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, get a buzz at the American International Rattlesnake Museum or take a radiant walk-through of the National Atomic Museum. The town also offers the Turquoise Museum, International Balloon Museum, Wheels Transportation Museum, Unser Racing Museum, and University of New Mexico Geology and Meteorite Museums.The Albuquerque Biological Park holds the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Rio Grande Zoo. Finally, skiers visiting the Nob Hill District can get their kicks on a nostalgic stretch of Route 66.Don't miss"The Sandia Peak Tram," says Megan Mayo of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. "On a clear day you can see 11,000 square miles of New Mexico, which is pretty incredible."In the neighborhoodPetroglyph National Monument west of town features Indian rock carvings, and to the north are the remains of ancient native dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Their distant descendants now occupy 19 pueblos around Albuquerque. Hot springs and waterfalls garnish the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque. Santa Fe lies an hour's drive to the north, and Taos stands another hour beyond.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Mayor Martin Chavez just passed an ordinance "no cell phone talking in your car without hands free device"....I'm all for this! Too many close calls when someone has one hand on the phone and one hand on the wheel, or sometimes not on the wheel!
I wish I was in the cell phone accessory business today!


Posted: 2/8/2007 9:56:00 AM Albuquerque buffed, fitness magazine says Source: AP ALBUQUERQUE -- Albuquerque had been listed as the fittest city in the United States in this month's issue of Men's Fitness magazine. That's up from the city's 13th-place showing last year. Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez said the city has a lot of options to keep people fit -- everything from gyms to hiking and biking. The magazine's nonscientific survey lists Seattle as the No. 2 fittest city, followed by Colorado Springs and Minneapolis. The magazine labels Las Vegas, Nevada, as the fattest city, followed by San Antonio, Texas; Miami; and Mesa, Arizona.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


International Science Fair Comes to Albuquerque Judges and volunteers needed The University of New Mexico is a major sponsor for “Creating a New Element,” the theme of the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Albuquerque May 13-19. Events will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center and Expo New Mexico. The weeklong event is the world’s largest pre-college annual science celebration. This event brings approximately 1,500 high school student finalists from more than 47 countries, regions and territories to compete for more than $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and three grand prizes of $50,000 college scholarships. Student competitors or finalists compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and prizes during the fair. Major universities, government agencies, military branches and businesses come to recruit from the best pool of pre-college brains in the world. The event requires 1,200 judges and 600 or more volunteers to assist with the events. Judges must have a BA/BS and a minimum of six years of experience in one of the 17 categories; they must be available to judge on May 15 and 16. Volunteers are needed for a range of duties – from ushering at event, leading school children on tours, to helping finalists set up displays. Judges and volunteers can sign up on the event Web site: www.intelisef2007.orgUNM has rallied key personnel to assist with providing needed judges and volunteers. Included in the pool of volunteers will be “communication facilitators” to represent the 19 languages students will speak at the Intel ISEF. “Building a culture that appreciates and supports student research is our goal,” said Russ Fisher-Ives, one of the event’s co-chairs. “When the adults in the community actively encourage the kinds of activities that support students interested in learning about the world around them, we can remain competitive in the global market.”A local Host Committee, composed primarily of volunteers, will produce the event. Science Service, an organization in Washington, D.C., founded the science and engineering fair in 1950; Intel was given the title sponsorship in 1996. The event is held in a different city each year; Indianapolis was the site of the fair in 2006. The Intel ISEF 2007 will provide an economic impact of $8 - $10 million in revenue and utilize 16,000 room nights over the course of the week. While Intel provides the title sponsorship, the host committee cannot receive Intel funding directly to produce the event.For more information visit Posted by scarr at February 6, 2007 03:15 PM

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