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From The Desk Of Heidi Aragon…

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, […]

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The News Line

On August 8, 2014, Mr. Gary Sloman retired as Executive Director of New Mexico 811. We wish him the best in his retirement and Happy Fishing! The Board of Directors is finishing up the interview process and plan to have a new Executive Director hired by December 2014. On September 9, 2014, the NMRCGA’s DRETS […]

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Executive Director Gary Sloman Steps Down Leaving Legacy of Commitment and Cooperation

By Dana Brantley  Staff Writer A person who did the right things for the right reasons with understanding, compassion and care to help his fellow New Mexicans  that is how Gary Sloman wants to be remembered after nearly 13 years at the helm of New Mexico 811. He officially retired as executive director on August […]

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Regulations: Who needs regulations? Who pays for regulations? and Who enforces regulations?

by John Jacobi Today is September 2, 2014. I just sent off an email relating to pipeline regulations. What are regulations? One definition is an official rule or law that says how something should be done. The email I sent related to the jurisdiction of a federal agency (the Pipeline and Hazardous materials Safety Administration […]

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Challenges: How We Can Help

By Michael Downes Staff Writer Identifying and marking facilities is no easy task, but the locators across New Mexico are up to the challenge. Working throughout the state, the locators protect underground facilities from damage, and most importantly, protect the customers and contractors from injuries that can arise from a utility strike. Whether the locator […]

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Damage Prevention Point of View

by Ardis Marrs Steele Nobody wants damages to occur, but the solution to the problem depends on our point of view. What is obvious is that no one person can solve the problem by himself. Somehow, we must find better ways to work together that builds on our point of view. A story is told […]

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Pay Now or Pay Later: 5 Steps Facility Locating Services Can Take For Greater Damage Prevention

By Allen Powell, CEO and President of S&N Communications Did you know Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” was actually fire-fighting advice? Fires were a constant threat to Philadelphians and Franklin was involved in policies to help restore citizens who suffered economic loss due to fire damage. […]

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Measure Twice and Mark Once

By Bob Nighswonger The golden rule of a professional carpenter is to “measure twice and cut once.” Since the goal of the underground line locator is to correctly mark the line on the first attempt, then one of the golden rules of locating is to “measure twice and mark once” to avoid a costly, often […]

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Beyond the Meter

By Glenn Fox The 811 call before your dig system serves the public as a means of damage prevention and the protection of public utilities. When utility operators are notified of construction that is about to occur, they, or their contract locator, are required to mark (with paint, pin flags, stakes, etc.) the approximate location […]

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Me & Dillard

School?!… It was just a plain and simple discouraging revelation to me in the summer of ’55.  I don’t exactly remember who broke the news to me about having to start school in September, but I remember it took a lot of the wind out of my sails for the rest of the summer. I […]

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