ALBUQUERQUE ÊThe New Mexico Lottery raised $41.3 million for college scholarships in fiscal year 2012, delivering its second-highest profits ever.
Since launching in 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised nearly $529 million for education. More than 75,300 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
"We can all take pride that we have made our children's education a top priority," Marcus Rael Jr., chairman of the lottery's board of directors, said in a prepared statement.
Net revenues of $41.3 million for the year were 30.88 percent of gross revenues. By law, the lottery is required to return at least 30 percent of monthly gross revenues to the state's Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund.
Net sales for the year were approximately $133.79 million, down $1.75 million from the previous fiscal year.
Mercy Cardiology welcomes
Dr. Alex Fraley
DURANGO Mercy Cardiology Associates recently welcomed interventional cardiologist Dr. Alex Fraley.
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"We're excited to have Dr. Fraley as a part of our very talented cardiology team and welcome his expertise in full-spectrum cardiac and vascular medicine," Kirk Dignum, CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center, said in a prepared statement. "His skills will greatly benefit the people we serve in the Four Corners region."
Fraley attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his cardiovascular research and fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He then spent a year at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and a year as an inaugural cardiology fellow in a program sponsored by the Vascular Interventional Advances physicians group.
Fraley relocated from the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and skiing and is looking forward to experiencing other outdoor sports in the region.
Mercy Cardiology Associates, operated by Centura Health Physician Group, is located in the Mercy Medical Plaza in Durango at 1010 Three Springs Blvd., Suite 130. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 970-247-1120.
Resource Smart Business Program seeks participants
DURANGO The Resource Smart Business Program, a free, voluntary certification program that helps local businesses throughout La Plata County operate more efficiently, seeks businesses interested in improving energy consumption, worksite wellness and overall sustainability in the workplace.
Participating businesses will be guided through a six-step certification process to identify potential areas for improvement, and will be provided with recommendations and education for business owners and employees.
Businesses that complete the certification process and implement resource efficiency measures become "Resource Smart Certified" and receive recognition and promotion for their efforts, including a $1,000 rebate, positive media exposure, promotional materials, and more.
"Working with the RSBP pilot program has enabled us to make smart business decisions for the co-op that not only affect the bottom line, but also our employees, customers and the environment," said Joshua Jackson, manager of Durango Natural Foods, in a prepared statement
"So far the program has enabled us to convert our refrigeration lighting from T-12 to LED, saving 7,688 kilowatt-hours and $769 annually. We expect to see a return on this investment in just 24 months."
The RSBP is a collaboration between Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, Healthy Lifestyle La Plata, Local First, La Plata Electric Association and SWConnect.
Funding is provided by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant awarded to La Plata County in 2011. As a result, local businesses are able to participate for free. A total of 30 businesses are expected to participate and become "Resource Smart Certified" by the end of 2013.
Participants include Pine River Valley Bank in Bayfield, KSUT Four Corners Public Radio in Ignacio, Durango Natural Foods, Pediatric Associates of Durango, Durango Coffee Co., Brown's Sport Shoe, Animas Museum, For the Birds, Gloss, Linda's Local Food Cafe, Backcountry Experience and the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum.
For more information or to apply for RSBP certification, please visit the website at www.resourcesmartbusiness.com or contact Amanda Saunders with 4CORE at 970-259-1916.
FARMINGTON Everett Leyba, general manager of the Olive Garden in Farmington, has been presented with Darden Restaurants' top honor the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company's retired chairman and CEO.
The award is presented annually to top general managers throughout North America. Leyba joins a group of only 39 general managers selected from more than 750 Olive Garden restaurants in North America,.
"Everett is a passionate leader who values everyone as family and friends. He is a great role model for his team," John Caron, president of Olive Garden, said in a prepared statement. "As a result, he ensures the Farmington restaurant is committed to 100 percent guest delight and to making meaningful connections with guests and others in the local community."
The Farmington Olive Garden is located at 5150 E. Main St.
Insurance company expands
to New Mexico
FARMINGTON Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange has announced the recent expansion of its customized property and casualty insurance coverage to owners of well-built, high-value homes in New Mexico.
The coverage is aimed at wildfire risk and other customers.
"Natural disasters pose a unique set of challenges to homeowners as they seek to return to their everyday lives, and it's in circumstances like these that families often take a closer look at how their insurance responds," Ross Buchmueller, president and CEO of PURE, said in a prepared statement. "PURE offers the coverages and services that will be imperative for many New Mexico homeowners in the coming weeks."
PURE offers coverage for additional living expenses, guaranteed replacement cost, wildfire mitigation protection, loss prevention allowance and agent expertise.
PURE is a policyholder-owned company aimed at high net-worth families. For more information, visit pureinsurance.com.