Month: October 2020

Mullen Fire expands to 96,757 acres, 29 homes lost | Local News

LARAMIE – The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that 29 homes and 31 other structures or outbuildings have been lost to the Mullen Fire, which has grown to nearly 100,000 acres.

It was first significant damage assessment for structures conducted by firefighting personnel since the blaze erupted Sept. 17 in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest about 40 west of Laramie and just southwest of Centennial.

The sheriff’s office contacted all 38 property owners after the damage assessment was made in lower Keystone, Lake Creek and Foxborough.

“On behalf of everyone working this fire, our thoughts go out to those who lost homes and property,” stated a sheriff’s office press release.

The statement added that if there is further damage to property, additional assessment and notifications will be made. Additionally, the sheriff’s office has received a lot of questions about when owners will be allowed to go see their property.

“Currently, it’s still too dangerous …,” the release stated. “When it’s safe to do so, we will work on setting up a limited re-entry.”

As of the latest update Wednesday morning on the U.S. Forest Service’s Incident Information website,, the Mullen Fire had increased to 96,757 total acres and remained at 0% containment.

The total amount of firefighting ground personnel is at 887, directed by a Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Blue Team. The crews are also aided by large fleet of firefighting aircraft. More firefighting personnel and resources continue to arrive after being released from other fires in the western part of the country.

The fire was pushed Wednesday by strong north/northwest winds, increasing overall intensity and most of the new growth to the south and southeast toward the Wyoming-Colorado border, prompting more evacuations and road closures.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed Highway 230 from the Colorado

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Over 600 businesses in San Antonio are named ‘Alamo.’ How many can you name?

On Aug. 9, 2007, Ed Jewett and Roland Gonzales certified their new small business with the Texas Secretary of State.

a person is walking down the street in front of a building: Businesses across the state assume the Alamo connotation such as the Alamo Cafe.

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Businesses across the state assume the Alamo connotation such as the Alamo Cafe.

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Asked 13 years later to recall why the lifelong friends chose that name, Jewett chuckled, “Gosh I don’t know.”

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Jewett, born and raised in San Antonio, said he hoped people would hear “Alamo” and think the brand-new company had been around a long time. The business has since expanded from a single handyman to a regional service provider that performs complete home overhauls.

The friends were one of many budding entrepreneurs to adopt the landmark’s name. Area business listings turn up over 600 companies with Alamo in their title — and that doesn’t include those with Alamo Heights or Ranch.

The enterprises range from Alamo Botanicals to Alamo Xtreme AC & Heating, with just about every other industry in between.

“There’s all kinds of businesses with Alamo in it,” Jewett said. “People get us confused.”

Some customer confusion is understandable: Alamo Handyman competes with Alamo City Handymen.

Although Jewett launched his business back when advertising in the yellow pages still mattered, he did not pick “Alamo” to place near the top of the alphabetical order. Other companies, which stack a few A’s at the beginning of their name, might have a different origin story.

Asked if Alamo Handyman might prove as durable as the 18th century mission, Jewett laughed.

“I don’t think I’ll be around that long. Maybe the company will.”

Here are the more than 600 companies in San Antonio that use the name “Alamo”:

A Alamo Bail Bonds

A Alamo

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Santa Cruz County lost almost 1,000 homes to the CZU fires. Its housing crisis is now worse than ever

BOULDER CREEK, Santa Cruz County – At the top of a cul-de-sac lined with burned homes, Antonia Bradford stood before what was once her cathedral-like house, surrounded by singed redwood trees. Little was recognizable in the rubble but a charred car, a chicken coop, a butterfly-shaped chair and a bathtub.

When the CZU Lightning Complex fires ripped through the Santa Cruz Mountains six weeks ago, Bradford, her husband and five children were suddenly homeless — along with thousands of others. Her family stayed in a hotel, then with friends as they scoured for rentals, watching listings disappear and prices rise.

“It’s pretty wild, it’s pretty bad,” Bradford said. “Housing has been a huge issue in Santa Cruz County for quite some time now. Right now it’s a supply-and-demand situation and people raising prices so high it’s pushing people off the mountain.”

When lightning sparked the CZU fires in mid-August, around 60,000 people – 1 in 5 Santa Cruz County residents – evacuated. The blaze destroyed 925 homes and three multifamily residences. The fire affected some of the most affordable housing in the county, adding pressure on an already costly and competitive market amid a statewide housing crisis. With the Glass Fire raging in Wine Country, a similar dynamic might play out in the North Bay, where thousands of homes are threatened.

The sudden need for housing was worsened by the pandemic limiting shelter capacity. Complicating it further was that the county had never dealt with a fire on this scale.

Meanwhile, a government-run program booking evacuees free hotel rooms got off to a bumpy start, officials and residents said. In one case, a couple with health issues slept in a friend’s abandoned trailer before they learned about the program. In another, a nurse only got a room when she no

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SECAF Announces Finalists for 2020 Government Contractor Awards

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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 1, 2020–

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s (SECAF) 12 th Annual Government Contractor Awards. Recognizing more than a decade of excellence, SECAF’s flagship event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.


Award winners will be selected from a group of finalists in seven categories. The GovernmentContractor of the Year recognizes companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence in financial performance. The Award of Excellence highlights an organization that represents excellence within their respective community, the government contracting industry, and towards employees. The Government Project of the Year is given to a company that has delivered an exemplary program with significant value to the federal government. Finally, Mentor-Protégé Program of the Year awards companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence through its efforts as a prime contractor. As such, 2020’s finalists are as follows:

Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue)

DTS & Associates, LLC
Excel Technologies LLC
Powell Strategies
Rainmakers Strategic Solutions LLC
ShorePoint, Inc.

Government Contractor of the Year ($7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue)

ADS Federal, Inc
De Lune Corp
G2 Ops, Inc.
Kreative Technologies, LLC

Government Contractor of the Year ($15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue)

Arena Technologies
Core One Solutions LLC
DecisionPoint Corporation
Fenix Group, Inc
Obera LLC
The Building People

Government Contractor of the Year ($27.5 to $50 Million in Revenue)

Alpha Omega Integration, LLC
Edgewater Federal Solutions, Inc.
Highlight Technologies
Prescient Edge
RIVA Solutions Inc.

Award of Excellence (Under $50 Million in Revenue)

Human Resources Technologies, Inc.
M2 Strategy, Inc.
Phoenix Operations

How to solve your kitchen storage dilemmas

THE STORAGE ISSUE that comes up the most in Irish kitchens? “It’s the cluttered worktop,” says kitchen designer Marie Browne. “If you did a spot check on practically any kitchen, you’re going to find a cluttered worktop.”

Our kitchens work so hard – they’re cooking, eating, entertaining and living space all wrapped into one – that it’s very easy for those little bits and bobs to build up over time. And clutter has a significant impact on our use of the kitchen, says Marie. “People don’t realise how much it affects the way they cook.”

But here’s the good news: Improving the design of your kitchen can help you minimise mess, without adding any extra space.  

We asked Marie, a designer with Cash & Carry Kitchens, to share her professional design tips for solving the clutter conundrum – and the rest of our most frequent kitchen storage dilemmas too.  

1. First, do a stock take

The first step on the road to storage heaven, says Marie, is to know exactly what you have. “I think the first thing is to educate yourself on what you’re storing,” she says. “Some people reading this might never have emptied all their presses. Go into the kitchen, set two hours aside, take everything out of your presses. They probably need cleaning anyway!”

Chances are, there will be some things you just don’t need – and once you can see it, you can deal with it. “Throw out all your expired food, your repeat containers, your tupperware without lids… just get rid of it. You’re not going to use it.”

Then, think about what you actually want to store. Be ruthless. “Know what actually has to go back in,” says Marie. “It can be chaotic when you’ve been somewhere for years. Things just build up.”

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