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New Social Security Rules

, a free seminar by Kate Stalter and Lorraine Ell, financial planners and investment advisers with Better Money Decisions LLC, will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE. Congress changed Social Security rules for baby boomers; learn how the new rules will affect you and your retirement plans. Admission is free; advance registration is required. To register, call Erika at 844-507-0961 ext. 700 or email

Social Security Made SIMPLE, a free seminar by Certified Financial Planner and national financial expert Lee Munson, will be from noon-1 p.m. on Friday at the Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE. Learn how the new Social Security laws affect your benefits. Learn basics, advanced strategies and how to avoid mistakes – all in plain English. For registration or additional information, visit, call 505-884-3445 or email


John Howard, CPA, P.C. and Baca and Co. P.C., are merging, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The combined firm will be called Baca & Howard P.C., and will offer a full range of accounting services, tax consultation, tax return preparation, audit, review and compilation, business valuation and forensic accounting services, including litigation support. The new firm will be located at 2155 Louisiana NE, Suite 7000, in the City Place Building. For additional information, call 505-200-3800; or visit .


Connie Chavez has been promoted by Barrett Foundation Inc. to executive director. Chavez joined the foundation in 2013 and previously held the positions of associate director of programs, associate director of operations, rapid rehousing case manager and housing manager. She also previously worked for the Sawmill Community Land Trust Project as its executive director. Chavez is a board member for both the National Community Land Trust Network and La Familia – Namaste, as well as a committee member of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and vice chair of the Bernalillo County Planning Commission.

Payday HCM has promoted three staff members. They are:

Esther Vialpando, client services coordinator supervisor in the implementation department. Vialpando has worked for Payday HCM for more than 20 years.

Brendan Purtell, operations manager. Purtell previously was assistant operations manager. He also previously worked at Fidelity.

Liz Mink, CPP, director of operations. Mink has worked for the company for 20 years and previously was a customer service representative. She is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).


Ceela McElveny, ELS, CAE, has joined Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. as vice president of operations. McElveny has 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, and nonprofit management. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Brett Valentine has joined Ag New Mexico as a senior vice president/branch manager in the lending cooperative’s Clovis office. Valentine has 18 years’ experience in the banking industry and 16 years’ of farm credit experience with Farm Credit of New Mexico. He was most recently employed at Rabo AgriFinance. Valentine, who also runs a small cow-calf operation with his two teenage sons, Koby and Dylan, has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from New Mexico State University.


Carol Adkins, a chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a Distinguished Alumna by the University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering . The award is the school’s highest recognition for outstanding lifetime achievement, including both professional accomplishments and outstanding community service. Adkins has made extensive technical contributions in her career, including her work on supercritical carbon-dioxide cleaning of wafers, for which she received a DOE commercialization award. She also, as deputy campus executive, helped author the Memorandum of Understanding between UNM and Sandia National Laboratories. Adkins has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UNM and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Four Lovelace Health System nurses were honored during the 2015 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards . They are:

Windra M. Stringham, a critical-care clinical educator at the Lovelace Medical Center, who received the Excellence in Critical Care Award .

Meisha Hunt, a charge nurse at the Lovelace Medical Center, who received the Excellence in Emergency Nursing Award .

Laura A. Hollingsworth, a staff nurse at the Lovelace Women’s Hospital, who received the Nightingale Award (outstanding practice of a new nurse).

Joanne M. Rubi, a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, who received the Touch a Life Award, the only award based on nominations from patients, families or individuals other than nurses. The winners at the 9th annual New Mexico Arizona Book Awards are:

  • Best Overall Book – “Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History” by Lee Marmom and Tom Corbett and published by UNM Press.
  • Best New Mexico Book – “Hoe, Heaven & Hell” by Nasario Garcia and published by UNM Press.
  • Best Arizona Book – “Wild in Arizona” by Paul Gill and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and published by Analemma Press.
  • Father Thomas J. Stelle Award for Best History – “Coronado’s Well-Equipped Army” by John Hutchins and published by Westholme Publishing.
  • Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction – “Red Gold” by Robert Kidera and published by Suspense Publishing.
  • Anthology (individual or collection) – “Gringo Lesson” by Bill Whaley, Nighthawk Press.
  • Anthropology/Archaeology – ” Living the Ancient Southwest” by David Grant Noble, SAR Press.
  • Arts Book (includes art, music or photography) – “Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History” by Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett, UNM Press.
  • Arts Book (includes art, music or photography) – “The Memory of Stone” by Erv Schroeder, UNM Press.
  • Biography (Arizona Subject) (includes memoirs and autobiographies) – ” Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Michael Ward, Rio Nuevo Publisher.
  • Biography (New Mexico Subject) (includes memoirs and autobiographies) – ” Hoe, Heaven & Hell” by Nasario Garcia, UNM Press.
  • Biography – Other (includes memoirs and autobiographies) – ” Goin’ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah,” by Max Evans as told to Robert Nott, UNM Press.
  • Business Book (includes career) – ” Microfarming for Profit” by Dave DeWitt, Torrey House Press.
  • Children’s Activity Book (workbook/craft book/coloring book) – ” Meet Me at the Balloon Museum” by Jill Lane, Enchantment Lane Publications.
  • Children’s Picture Book – ” Ol’ Jimmy Dollar” by Slim Randles, Rio Grande Books.
  • Children’s Picture and Activity Books Bilingual (English and Spanish) – ” Grandma Lale’s Tamales: A Christmas Story” by Nasario Garcia, Rio Grande Books.
  • Cookbook – ” 20 Herbs for Your Wedding” by Avia Lukacs and Therese Francis, Crossquarter Publishing Group.
  • Crafts/Hobby/How-to-Book – ” Wild in Arizona: Photographing Wildflowers” by Paul Gill and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Analemma Press.
  • Fiction – Adventure or Drama – ” Reign of Evil’ by Weston Ochse, St. Martin’s Press.
  • Fiction – Historical Fiction – ” Forced Journey” by Rosemary Zibart, Artemesia Publishing.
  • Fiction – Mystery/Suspense “Red Gold” by Robert Kidera, Suspense Publishing.
  • Fiction – Other – ” The King and Queen of Comezon” by Denise Chavez, University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Fiction – Romance – ” Timing is Everything” by Sabra Brown Steinsiek, Artemesia Publishing.
  • Fiction – Science Fiction & Fantasy – ” A Matter of Possession” by L. Phillips Carlson, Snowsnake Press.
  • Fiction – eBooks – ” Red Gold” by Robert Kidera, Suspense Publishing.
  • Fiction – eBooks – ” Timing is Everything” by Sabra Brown Steinsiek, Artemesia Publishing.
  • First Book Arizona (first book published by author)“The Pancake Tree” by Jacky Turchick and Laurie Melrood, Word Studio.
  • First Book New Mexico (first book published by author) – ” The Ojai Valley School ” by Lynn Taylor, Arcadia Publishing.
  • Gardening Book – ” Step by Step: Beautiful Bisbee Plants” by Colleen Crowlie and Cado Daily, Create Space.
  • Gay/Lesbian (GLBT) Book – ” Editing Life ” by Sandy Dugger, Sapphire Books Publishing.
  • Health Book (includes wellness, nutrition, beauty) – ” The Daily Practice of Compassion” by Dora Wang with Shannon Carter, UNM Press.
  • History Book – “Arizona Subject”Sedona Verde Valley Art by Lili DeBarbieri, History Press.
  • History Book – New Mexico Subject – ” Coronado’s Well Equipped Army” by John Hutchins, Westholme Publishing.
  • History Book – Other – ” Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton, Terra Nova Books.
  • Juvenile Book (grade school to junior high school) – ” Blue Birds” by Caroline Starr Rose, G P Putnams.
  • Multi-Cultural Subject (Hispanic, Native American, etc.) – ” Nativities of the Southwest” by Susan Topp Weber, Gibbs Smith.
  • Nature/Environment Book – ” Enduring Acequias” by Juan Estevan Arellano, UNM Press.
  • Nature/Environment Book – ” Land of Enchantment Wildflowers” by Willa Finley and LaShara Nieland, Texas Tech University Press.
  • New Age Book – ” Spirit Wisdom for Daily Living” by Clint Bridges, Love Level Publishing.
  • Nonfiction – Other – ” An Alien Harvest” by Linda Moulton Howe, LMH Productions.
  • Parenting/Family Issues Book – ” Turning Points Volume Two” by Shirley Patterson and Susan Cho, Nuevo Books.
  • Pets/Animals – ” More Pet Friends” by Terrie Sayre and Travelin’ Jack, Rio Grande Books.
  • Pets/Animals – ” My Horse, My Self” by Susan Erlandson Washburn, Casa de Snapdragon.
  • Philosophy – ” Camino” by Sarah Kotchian.
  • Poetry Book Arizona (individual or collection) – ” Doll God” by Luanne Castle, Aldrich Press.
  • Poetry Book New Mexico (individual or collection) – ” Pelvis with Distance” by Jessica Jacobs, White Pine Press.
  • Political Book (includes social/current events) – ” Riding Behind the Padre” by Richard Collins, Wheatmark.
  • Reference Book – ” A River Runs Though Us” by Richard Melzer and John Taylor, Rio Grande Books.
  • Religious Book – ” The Jewish Legacy in New Mexico History” by Richard Melzer, Rio Grande Books.
  • Science (including mathematics) – ” What Makes a Rainbow?” by Ross Van Dusen, Rio Grande Books .
  • Self-help Book (includes spirituality/inspirational) – ” The OPA! Way” by Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, Ben Bella Books.
  • Spanish Language Book – ” A Glimpse of the Chihuahua Desert” by Patricia Mihok, Mogollon Publications.
  • Sports/Recreation – ” The Ultimate Hot Air Balloon Bucket List” by Barbe Awalt, Rio Grande Books.
  • Travel Book (includes guides) – ” The Basic New Mexico Bucket List” by Barbara Awalt, Rio Grande Books.
  • Travel Book (includes guides) – ” Wild in Arizona: Photographing Wildflowers” by Paul Gill and Colleen Miniuk, Sperry Analemma Press.
  • Young Adult Book (high school) – ” Forbidden” by Kimberley Griffiths Little, Hapercollins.
  • Young Readers Book (to grade 3) – ” The Peace and Love Train” by Tyler Rose Kincaid and Kiley Sage, Kincaid Walkinshaw Press.
  • Young Readers Book (to grade 3) – ” The Talking Lizard” by Nasario Garcia, Rio Grande Books.
  • Best Cover Design (<6×9) – ” The Basic New Mexico Bucket List” by Paul Rhetts, Rio Grande Books.
  • Best Cover Design (6×9) – ” Coronado’s Well Equipped Army” by TG Design, Westholme Publishing.
  • Best Cover Design Trade (larger than 6×9) – ” Grandma Lae’s Tamales: A Christmas Story” by Dolores Aragon, Rio Grande Books.
  • Best Cover Design Non-Trade (larger than 6×9) – ” The Adventures of BernCo Bernie” by Marisol Baird, Rio Grande Books & Bernalillo County.

New patents

(Awarded Dec. 3)

AMO Development, Santa Ana, Calif., has been assigned a patent ( 9,198,573 ) developed by two co-inventors for “angular multiplexed optical coherence tomography systems and methods.” The co-inventors are Thomas D. Raymond, Edgewood, and Devon E. Reid, Albuquerque. (Filed March 6, 2014)

The University of Florida Research Foundation, Gainesville, Fla., has been assigned a patent ( 9,199,746 ) developed by three co-inventors for “attitude control system for small satellites.” The co-inventors are Vivek Nagabhushan, Phoenix, Norman G. Fitz-Coy, Gainesville, Fla., and Frederick Aaron Leve, Albuquerque. (Filed May 19, 2010)

Sandia, Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,203,134 ) developed by six co-inventors for a “tuning method for microresonators and microresonators made thereby.” The co-inventors are Michael David Henry, Albuquerque, Roy H. Olsson, Albuquerque, Karl Douglas Greth, Albuquerque, Travis Ryan Young, Albuquerque, Janet Nguyen, Albuquerque, and James E. Stevens, Albuquerque. (Filed Feb. 28, 2013)

Sandia, Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,202,657 ) developed by two co-inventors for a “fully integrated and encapsulated micro-fabricated vacuum diode and method of manufacturing same.” The co-inventors are Paul J. Resnick, Albuquerque, and Eric Langlois, Albuquerque. (Filed July 24, 2014)

Los Alamos National Security, Los Alamos, has been assigned a patent ( 9,199,217 ) developed by three co-inventors for “material fabrication using acoustic radiation forces.” The co-inventors are Naveen N. Sinha, Los Alamos, Dipen N. Sinha, Los Alamos, and Gregory Russ Goddard, Keizer, Ore. Filed March 14, 2011)

Level 3 Communications, Broomfield, Colo., has been assigned a patent ( 9,203,636 ) developed by nine co-inventors for “distributing requests across multiple content delivery networks based on subscriber policy.” The co-inventors are Paul E. Stolorz, Los Altos, Calif., John K. Salmon, Chappaqua, N.Y., Michael S. Warren, Los Alamos, Jeffrey G. Koller, Oxnard, Calif., Aric Hagberg, Santa Fe, Maksim Yevmenkin, Los Altos, Calif., Mark Brady, San Rafael, Calif., David Pfitzner, College Park, Australia, and Ted Middleton, Moorpark, Calif. (Filed Oct. 31, 2007)

Sandia, Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,201,069 ) developed by five co-inventors for “microfluidic devices and methods including porous polymer monoliths.” The co-inventors are Anson V. Hatch, Tracy, Calif., Gregory J. Sommer, Livermore, Calif., Anup K. Singh, Danville, Calif., Ying-Chih Wang, Pleasanton, Calif., and Vinay Abhyankar, Keller, Texas. (Filed Feb. 25, 2014)

Federal contracts (Announced Dec. 3)

Wildflower International Ltd., Santa Fe, won a $10,066.55 federal contract from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, for Dell mini towers.

Frank’s Supply Co. Inc., Albuquerque, won a $3,919.17 federal contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs for the maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment. The place of performance will be in Gamerco, N.M.