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From The Desk Of James Stanovcak…

    Many of you either know me as a long time New Mexico Gas Company employee or as the President of the New Mexico Regional Common Ground Alliance. As you can see, my new role in this industry is Executive Director of NM811. As the Executive Director of NM811, I am facing many challenges. […]

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Positive Response Improves Communication

In this magazine three years ago, we announced to the public how “Positive Response Just Got Better in New Mexico”.  And at that time, it absolutely did. When that began, New Mexico moved into the real world of positive response, not only posting when a locate request was cleared by a facility owner, but also […]

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James Stanovcak: New Mexico 811 Executive Director

Following a 34 year career at New Mexico Gas, James recently accepted the role of Executive Director at New Mexico 811. He said, “Working for a company for 34 years gives you the opportunity to work many jobs, but the one that perhaps defines me today was working in damage prevention.  Protecting underground utilities is […]

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Meet PRC Commissioner Karen Montoya

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Karen Montoya represents the state’s most densely populated area, District 1, which includes most of Albuquerque. Before joining the PRC, Commissioner Montoya served two terms as Bernalillo County Assessor and holds the distinction of being the first woman elected to that office. There, she handled complex property matters related to […]

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Let’s All Slow Down

By John Jacobi In the February 2015 issue of the Florida Bar Journal, the President of the Florida Bar, Gregory W. Coleman Esq., penned a short article titled “Let’s All Slow Down” (Volume 89, No. 2, page 4).  The first three paragraphs struck a chord: “Is it me or is the world we live in […]

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Working together to prevent damages

by Roger Cox Why is it with the most technologically advanced locating equipment in the history of locating underground utilities, damages still occur due to a mismarked line or pipe?  Excavation equipment is now manufactured with safety in mind.  The great push toward soft digging or properly exposing underground facilities is certainly a step in […]

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What The Future Holds For Utility Construction

By Allen Powell,  President and CEO of S&N Communications To say that now is a good time to be in the utility construction business for the communications field is to say that Peyton Manning is good at throwing a football—it’s obvious and an understatement. Demand is never ending. As an example, companies like S&N Communications will […]

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BONDS What, Why and How

  By Virginia Reames Commercial Lines Manager The Policy Center, Inc. in Jackson, MS You’re all set to bid on that upcoming city project.  You got the bid packet, the all-important RFQ that outlines exactly what the project is to be, and how and when. Then you notice they say that a Bid Bond is […]

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What Makes a Great Line Locator?

By Bob Nighswonger If we stop and take a look at the characteristics of great line locating technicians, we can identify a few common traits.  Anyone performing line locating should be able to operate their line finding equipment by the book.  This is considered Locating Basics 101. A person off of the street can be […]

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From The Desk Of Heidi Aragon…

Welcome to the Annual Pipeline Edition of NM811 Magazine. In New Mexico, we understand the importance of pipelines to our economy and our livelihoods. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of petroleum products traverse our beautiful state each day with only a few signs here and there to alert an observant passerby: pipeline markers dot the […]

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