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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Alamogordo campus of New Mexico State University presents the Business Taxes Workshop from 10 a.m.-noon today at 2400 N. Scenic Dr. in Alamogordo. Participants will receive an overview of gross receipts reporting and tax rates. The class will cover the basics of exemptions and deductions, tax forms, non-taxable transaction certificates (NTTCs), and electronic filings. The workshop will also provide an overview of federal and state income-tax requirements as they relate to small-business owners. Topics include unemployment tax; 1040 estimated payments; and the 1040 Schedule C. Admission is free.

To register or for additional information, call 575-439-3660 or email

Jennifer Crawford, CRM

The Northern New Mexico chapter of ARMA International meets at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the New Mexico State Treasurer’s Office in Santa Fe, 2055 S. Pacheco St., Suite 100. The featured presentation is Best Practices in Defensible Disposition, by Jennifer Crawford, CRM, of Iron Mountain. Crawford will speak about the critical steps organizations need to take to protect their companies from the consequences of inadvertent destruction of records in the event of litigation. Admission is free to ARMA members and $5 for others. For additional information or advance registration, visit


Luis Gomez

Luis Gomez has joined Sauce Pizza & Wine as kitchen manager for the company’s new Winrock location in Albuquerque. Gomez has extensive experience in the restaurant industry and previously was the kitchen manager for Applebee’s and the assistant general manager for Golden Corral. He is a certified butcher and chef.

Rikki-Lee Chavez

Rikki-Lee Chavez has joined the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy as an associate. Chavez previously had a private practice in northern New Mexico. She will primarily focus her practice in the areas of government affairs and environmental and natural resources law, regulatory administrative law, and litigation. Chavez has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish and a law degree, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the New Mexico State Bar, Young Lawyers Division; New Mexico Mining Association; Association of Commerce and Industry; New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; and the Hispanic Bar of New Mexico.

Mack MacReady has joined Consolidated Solar Technologies as the commercial projects manager for the company’s new commercial team. MacReady previously was the regional operations and sales manager for Suntech Energy Solutions. He also previously held management positions at Honeywell, JCI, Siemens, the Trane Co. and as an energy adviser at the University of Texas at Austin.

Peak Hospitality’s Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center has hired two new staff members for its executive team. They are:

Adrienne Kerr, rooms division manager. Kerr previously was the assistant general manager at the Hyatt House in San Ramon, Calif.; and the front desk manager at Hotel Nikko. She has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University.

Clarissa Baca, director of catering. Baca previously worked as the director of catering at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in education, both from UNM.


Four engineers from Sandia National Laboratories have been elected Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Election to Fellow recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, according to the organization. Sandia engineers elected to Fellow are:

Cliff Ho

Cliff Ho, who has led innovations in solar energy, water treatment and nuclear waster management. Ho recently led a team that developed the world’s first high-temperature falling particle receiver system for concentrating solar power. His work helped to improve concentrating solar power performance and capabilities while lowering the cost of the large-scale source of clean energy.

Alexander Brown, who has conducted safety assessments for the Mars Science Laboratory rover. Brown researches and assesses fire and its impact on systems in the Engineering Science Center. His improvements in code and model development, simulation analysis and experimental testing has allowed him to make significant contributions to the understanding of fire and basic energy technologies.

Hy Tran, who has developed and maintained precise measurement standards for nuclear weapons components. Tran provides technical leadership for all dimensional, force and mass measurement science (metrology) with the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration. He has improved the accuracy of high fidelity measurements and standards needed for high-reliability nuclear weapons components through innovative statistical modeling.

Kevin Dowding

Kevin Dowding, who has developed advanced standards for computational modeling in nuclear weapon design. Dowding has made significant technical and leadership contributions to national security by developing computational modeling for nuclear weapon design. He has served as the technical lead to integrate computational modeling for the design and qualification of Sandia’s B61 life extension program.