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Chile Roasting Under Way

New Mexico’s chile harvest has begun as grocery stores around the state are starting to roll out and fire up their roasters for green chile sales.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report said that last week the New Mexico chile harvest was 11 percent complete.

Retailers and canneries this year are subject to a new law that prevents falsely advertising that chile is New Mexico-grown if it’s from elsewhere.

Katie Goetz, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, says inspectors have already found some violators and will be on the lookout as the season continues.

$500K for N.M. Work Sharing

The U.S. Department of Labor announced nearly $100 million in grants for states, including $572,119 for New Mexico, on Monday to implement or improve existing short-term compensation for “work sharing,” programs as an alternative to layoffs.

Work sharing helps employers avoid laying off trained workforces during economic downturns by reducing the hours of work for an entire group of affected workers, the department said in a news release. Workers affected by reduced hours can have their wages compensated with a portion of their weekly unemployment compensation payments.

One-third of the allotted money will be used to implement or improve a short-time compensation program, and two-thirds to promote and enroll employers.

Empty Coal Train Cars Derail

GALLUP – Authorities say 30 train cars derailed near Prewitt on Friday afternoon, but no injuries and spillage were reported.

The Gallup Independent reports that the eastbound coal train derailed on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe line.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Joe Faust all the train cars were empty.

The cause of the derailment and track condition are under investigation.

— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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