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The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico • A6

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A-6 Tuesday, January 11, 2022 THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN Business editor: Teya Vitu, Design and headlines: Brian Barker, SA TA I A Tax Help Santa Fe moves to outlet mall The low-cost tax preparation service Tax Help Santa Fe will be back starting Jan. 27 but in a new location. Owner Peter Doniger has moved Tax Help to the former space of at Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe, 8380 Cerril- los Road. Tax help will have six tax preparers instead of four, with the two additional preparers funded with a $16,000 city grant. Those who wish to use the ser- vice are required to make an appoint- ment at taxhelpsantafe.com.

Doniger expects an increase in clients with changes in some tax measures bene- fiting low-income people. The qualifying age for the Working Families Tax Credit (New equivalent to the Earned Income Tax Credit) was lowered from 25 years old to 18. will bring in a bunch of peo- Doniger said. Also, the maximum income to qualify for the low-income tax rebate was increased from $22,000 to $36,000, he said. Tax Help Santa Fe will see clients from 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The fees for standard tax returns range from free for people with income less than $1,000 to $92 for income above $50,000. Doniger noted Social Security payments count as income in this regard. Tax Help Santa Fe says it assisted 6,400 people last year.

U-Haul: New Mexico a hot moving destination If it seemed like more U-Haul trucks were on New Mexico roads last year, the Phoenix-based moving company confirmed New Mexico ranked No. 10 among states in the increase of the number of moves into the state using U-Haul equipment. The highest New Mexico had previ- ously ranked was No. 14 in 2015. Arrivals in New Mexico soared from No.

39 in 2020, U-Haul reported. The growth reflects the real estate sector observation that the coronavirus pandemic has made New Mexico popular for people looking to escape big cities in other states to live and work remotely here or retire here. New Mexico saw a 15 percent increase in in-migration in 2021 and an 11 percent increase in departures with U-Haul equipment. Overall, though, about as many people leave New Mexico as come here with U-Haul. Arriving U-Haul customers accounted for 50.5 percent of one-way U-Haul traffic in 2021.

Texas, Florida, Tennessee swapped the first three places from 2020-21 with largest in-bound increases. South Caro- lina climbed to fourth, and Arizona was fifth both years. Bank of America gives to N.M. nonprofits Bank of America New Mexico has awarded $1.7 million to 44 nonprofits across the state that help advance racial equality and economic opportunity. This includes $302,500 to 13 nonprof- its in Santa Fe.

Bank of local gifts are focused on the effects of homelessness, supportive housing, food insecurity and access to health care. The Santa Fe entities receiving funding are the New Mexico Foundation, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, Growing Up New Mexico (the former United Way of Santa Fe), The Food Depot, La Familia Medical Center, National Dance Institute, The Nature Conservancy, St. Elizabeth Shelter, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Homewise Museum of New Mex- ico Foundation, the Georgia Museum and the Santa Fe Opera. Sell-off leaves Nasdaq on edge of correction For much of the pandemic, shares of tech companies have shown impressive immunity to economic worries, soaring to new heights as Silicon Valley giants reported record earnings.

That resil- ience appears to have waned. On Monday, technology stocks, which have led the recent market downturn, fell as much as 2.5 percent on the Nasdaq. That fall has left that index, which is seen as a proxy for the tech sector, down more than 9 percent from a high in November and within 1 percent of entering a correc- tion, which is defined on Wall Street as a drop of more than 10 percent. A market correction is a key technical and psycho- logical measure for Wall Street. Many tech company shares, including ones that appeared to be early pandemic winners, have fallen far more.

Shares of Zoom Video Communications, the virtu- al-meeting software company, hit a new 52-week low of $166 on Monday and are now down more than 70 percent from their high of $588 in late 2020. A large part of the tech stock drop, and the recent reversal of the market in general, appears to be tied to the possi- bility that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner than expected. Staff and wire reports BUSINESS IN BRIEF By Teya Vitu A drivers crest the St. Fran- cis Drive overpass heading south over St. Drive, a looming structure has grown larger since construction started nearly a year ago.

The hulk at the southern dead end of Galisteo Road will be the new forensic laboratory for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. where DPS will handle and analyze evidence for more than 300 New Mexico law enforcement agen- cies in the four fields of firearms, latent prints and controlled substances. The move, expected in about a year, will be a quantum leap for the department. The forensic lab now operates out of a 43-year-old, space that is woefully too small, laboratory Director Katharina Babcock said. been here over 20 said Babcock, whose specialty is firearms.

always looked forward to this but never thought it would Construction on the $24.3 million building started in February and should be completed by the end of the year. It took years to assemble the funding, but the time had come for the forensics lab to move somewhere better than its 1979 quarters. started planning this more than five years ago; it could be almost 10 said Anna Silva, director of the Facilities Management Division at the New Mexico Department of General Services, which is responsible for the buildings. any old build- ing, there comes a time where more costly to maintain the building than build a new, state-of-the-art The new two-story, 35-foot-tall forensic lab will be the largest state building constructed in New Mexico since the annex to the New Mexico State Home in 2017 and the foot scientific laboratory in Albuquer- que in 2010, Silva said. The facility will be among the most energy-efficient state buildings, with an expected 60 percent decrease in water use, Silva said.

The new lab is being built specif- ically to the needs of the forensic team, which has 28 forensic scientists and four staff members. The much larger space will allow Babcock to increase the staff to 40 scientists and eight staff members. we have right now is a lab that is very Babcock said. are operating in very close quarters. What this does is provide space and provide opportunity to retain forensic scientists and recruit scientists.

Where we are lacking is infrastructure to house scien- tists and The lab will have a centralized evidence storage area with easy access for latent prints, firearms and controlled chemistry, and each discipline will have a designated area and office space. Each field also will have its own rooms to test evidence with alternative light sources, unlike the current setup, in which people must take turns doing ALS testing, Babcock said. will be very nice not having to share space for she said. The new lab will have a large pro- cessing bay, an improvement over the current setup. will allow us to process a lot of large Babcock said.

now, we have to move things around. new gives us an opportu- nity to work in a clean environment without moving things The Santa Fe forensic lab processed 21,817 pieces of evidence in 2021. DPS has two other forensic labs, in Las Cruces and Hobbs, but they only work with controlled substances. The new lab will also have an onsite shooting range and shooting water tank. There will be separate entrances for staff and law enforcement, and the new lab will have three private rooms instead of the current one room to receive evidence from law enforcement officers, which leads to officers some- times having to wait, Babcock said.

DPS will move nearly all the existing forensics equipment to the new lab. can house more equipment there and scientists to do the Babcock said. goal is to protect the integrity of the Albuquerque architecture firm Dekker Perich Sabatini collaborated with Detroit-based Crime Lab Design to design the facility. Crime Lab Design has designed more than 110 forensic labs across the country and world. building will stand toe to toe with any forensic science building in the said Ken Mohr, principal at Crime Lab Design.

Creature comforts will also be built into the lab: abundant daylight, elements of nature and adjustable air conditioning. the science world, we are about 50 years said Jinhee Lee, crime lab designer at Crime Lab Design. have more women in the science world. Labs have always had the temperature at 65 degrees. We are making it adjust- able temperature.

We want to have a flexible work Noise and vibration also will be mitigated. want scientists to have an ability in a secure facility to said architect David Mishler, project manager at Dekker Perich Sabatini. are treating it as if it is a home for Lee said. Bigger and better New state Department of Public Safety forensics lab rises in Santa Fe COURTESY IMAGE A rendering of the new forensics lab under construction at the south end of Galisteo Street for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. No Name Cinema brings eclectic screenings to Santa Fe By Teya Vitu A new movie house is in town, showing films from across the ages that most people have probably not heard of, especially in the realms of local experimental, avant-garde and repertory films.

Proprietor Justin Rhody describes it as microcinema and calls his No Name Cinema, located in a ware- house at 2013 Pinon in the nook where Cerrillos Road and St. Drive meet. type of programming trying to do is lesser-known works from the past and current in the underground structure, films outside the traditional Hollywood said Rhody, whose day job is projectionist at CCA Cinema. He has done three screenings since October while still outfitting No Name Cinema to be more a cinema than warehouse. The first event as a full- fledged microcinema is at 7 p.m.

Sat- urday with a 2K digital restoration of Betty 1983 cult classic Variety, originally filmed in 16 mm. All No Name Cinema events, on random Saturday nights, have multiple offerings. Variety is paired with an epi- sode Gordon directed of the 1990 TV show Monsters and also a 1950s 8 mm film Weeki Wachee Mermaids. No Name Cinema has refurbished 8 mm, Super 8 mm and 16 mm projectors from the 1970s along with a 4K UHD digital projector, a professional 135-inch screen and a stereo surround-sound system of three cabinets housing 15-inch speakers, Rhody said. Admission is free; donations are accepted.

Occupancy is 40, and Rhody said his first screening in October was standing-room only. was just flyers, word of mouth and he said. know these No Name Cinema is also putting on Chess and Jazz Night from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, setting up 10 chess boards. partner Abby Smith and I wanted it to Rhody said.

were playing chess during the pan- demic, and we love For more information, visit noname- cinema.org. LUIS NEW MEXICAN The new New Mexico Department of Public Safety forensic lab is under construction Wednesday on Galisteo Street. The facility should be completed by the end of the year. COURTESY PHOTO Forensic scientist Raman Sankhu-Kirmer uses an alternative light source on clothing..

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