Enterprise Financial Services Corp Announces Completion Of Merger With First Choice Bankcorp

Enterprise Bank & Trust News:

ST. LOUIS, MO. — Enterprise Financial Services Corp (Nasdaq: EFSC) (the
“Company,” “EFSC,” or “Enterprise”), the holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust (“EB&T”), announced today the completion of its merger with First Choice Bancorp (“FCBP”),
with Enterprise as the surviving institution, effective as of 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 21, 2021. The merger of EB&T and FCBP’s wholly owned subsidiary, First Choice Bank (“First Choice”), will be effective shortly thereafter. The merger adds approximately $2.4 billion in assets, $2.0 billion

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Daily Postcard: Rufous Hummingbird In White Rock

Daily Postcard: Adult male Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday afternoon in White Rock. Rufous Hummingbirds have the hummingbird gift for fast, darting flight and pinpoint maneuverability. They are pugnacious birds that tirelessly chase away other hummingbirds, even in places they’re only visiting on migration. Like other hummers, they sip nectar and eat insects, taking them from spider webs or catching them in midair. Source: Cornell University. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday afternoon in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Rufous Hummingbird spotted Friday

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FBI: Artesia Couple Charged In Connection To Bank Robbery

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Roman Andrew Poulsen, 39, and Lori Crapo, 40, both of Artesia, appeared in federal court July 16 on charges for their respective roles in a July 15 bank robbery.

Poulsen faces a charge of bank robbery while Crapo is accused of being an accessory after the fact. The defendants will remain in custody pending a detention hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Poulsen allegedly entered a Washington Federal Bank July 15 in Artesia with his face concealed by a mask, dark glasses and a hood. Poulsen allegedly handed a demand note to a teller, then fled the bank after the teller

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Cone Zone: Week Of July 26, 2021


The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, email, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Public Works Projects: 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

Detour is active on NM502 which allows the contractor to work on the north side of the

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Canyon Rim Walking Trail Closed For Repairs


GME Emulsion, LLC will begin trail rehabilitation on Canyon Rim Walking Trail from Knecht Street to the trail termini at the parking lot under construction with the underpass.

The first section of trail repair is between Knecht Street and DP Road and the second section is from DP Road to the trail termini. These sections of the trail will be closed during the repairs, which include mill and overlay, crack sealing and fog seal.

No street closures will occur during the construction.

Work commences Tuesday, July 27 and scheduled for two weeks. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through

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Young Author Robert Cantu Donates Socks To Youth Shelter

Pojoaque High School senior and published author Robert Cantu recently donated socks to Youth Shelters and Family Services in Santa Fe. The socks were purchased from proceeds of his children’s book, ‘Tommy and the Sock Monster’, which was published in May. His book can be purchased at and through Amazon. Courtesy photo

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Aquatic Center Closed For Remodeling Aug. 7 – Sept. 12


The Aquatic Center will be closed beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 and is expected to remain closed through Sunday, Sept. 12, and re-opening Monday Sep. 13.

During that time, crews will be working on the front desk area, entry way, new flooring, and replacement of the main pool sand filtration tanks and fire sprinkler heads.

There will be no building access during the closure nor other swimming pool site locations offered.

Passes will be extended for 3 months.

Front counter operations will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite 200 at the Municipal Building for recreation programs, locker and pass

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Obituary: Daniel Von Helm Obituary: Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

DANIEL VON HELM Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

September 1, 1970 Santa Fe, New Mexico – July 2, 2021 Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Von was given the gift of life and now at 50 years old he has given it back. This is hard. He passed away quietly at home with his wife and doggies at his side due to cardiac arrest resulting from diabetes. 

Von grew up in Los Alamos and moved with his family to San Diego when he was a young teenager. He was animal loving, fix-anything, talk-your-ear-off for 10 hours straight (if you’d let him), incredibly all-around amazing man in every way.

He took great pride in owning every automotive

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White Rock Community Garden Now A Monarch Waystation

Monarch feasts on a butterfly bush the White Rock Community Garden. Courtesy/WRCG

Common milkweed among golden coreopsis at the White Rock Community Garden. Courtesy/WRCG


In 1992, Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor, of the University of Kansas, founded Monarch Watch, which strives to provide the public with information about the biology of Monarch butterflies, their spectacular annual migration from Canada to Mexico, and how to use Monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools.

Currently, the organization engages in research on Monarch migration biology,

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 273 New Cases, Totaling 208,243 With 2 New Deaths And 196,373 Recovered


SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Thursday announced 273 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 71 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Curry

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U.S. Sen. Luján Leads Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Infrastructure Of National Laboratories

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 14 of his colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to address the needs of Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in ongoing infrastructure efforts.

The network of 17 National Laboratories across the United States advance critical missions for the Department and additional investments in restoring and modernizing National Lab infrastructure will support scientific and economic competitiveness while creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

Joining Sen. Luján in the letter

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Rotary Past President & Secretary Receive Appreciation Gifts

At the July 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Immediate Past President Laura Gonzales, right,  surprised her Board Secretary Lesley Harelson with a thank you gift for her dedicated service during Gonzales’s 2020-2021 presidential year. Courtesy/Rotary

Rotary Club of Los Alamos Vice President Linda Hull, left, presents Immediate Past President Laura Gonzales with a Paul Harris Fellow pin during the July 20 Rotary meeting. This is Gonzales’s ninth Paul Harris Fellow award, each one acknowledging her generous financial giving to The Rotary Foundation. Courtesy/Rotary 

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Obituary: Abbe June Neal Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

ABBE JUNE NEAL Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

Abbe June Neal of Los Alamos, New Mexico passed away unexpectedly at her home July 14 at the age of 64.

Abbe was born in Boone, North Carolina August 20, 1956 to Shirley Hartley and Grady Lionell Lewis. She attended classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked as a Librarian until dedicating herself to raising her two children.

She had a vibrant and fun personality and had a passion for traveling, reading, and creating art. She was very loved and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. The family would like to

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