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NMSU Extension staff spread research-based knowledge statewide

LAS CRUCES – Among Fabián García’s notable accomplishments is a connection to the people of New Mexico. From the development of modern irrigation agriculture to the testing of many varieties of fruits and vegetables, its influence extends to every corner of the state.

Jon Boren believes García’s legacy lives on through the work of New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

“He recognized the value of bringing his research knowledge to New Mexico communities,” said Boren, associate dean and director of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service. “He went out into the communities. Today, our extension specialists do the same by bringing research-based information to communities. He understood their needs and brought them his research-based knowledge.

Through Cooperative Extension Service alternative education programs in each of the state’s 33 counties, NMSU faculty research reaches approximately one-third of New Mexico’s 2 million people. With more than 250 faculty and staff, nearly 11,000 volunteers, and 54 offices statewide, the Cooperative Extension Service strives to bring a wide range of research-based information and expertise directly to residents of New Mexico.

Boren cited García’s early pecan variety trials, which helped shape New Mexico’s culture and economy, as a model for extension research.

“From an extension perspective, it demonstrated to New Mexico growers that a crop that was not native to New Mexico could be grown well,” Boren said. “Extension specialists have a variety of trials throughout the state that extend some of the early work initiated by Fabián. Most importantly, our extension specialists use some of the same processes Fabián used to test, develop and introduce new crops to New Mexico.

García brought new crops to New Mexico and used traditional breeding methods to improve them, said Rolston St. Hilaire, head of the Extension Plant Sciences and Plant and Environmental Sciences departments.

“Today, our breeders use traditional breeding methods to improve crops such as peppers,” St. Hilaire said. “For example, our specialists have developed pepper plants that could be harvested mechanically.

Professors and extension staff often conduct research trials at the Fabián García Science Center, a 45-acre research station in Las Cruces. St. Hilaire said extension specialists are currently exploring ways to expand the use of new and unusual vegetables in New Mexico.

Ongoing chili pepper research at the center uses traditional methods to select chili peppers for multiple traits, such as mechanical harvestability and disease resistance, and incorporates testing to assess harvesting via robots. .

Current pecan research includes trials to study the soil microbiome around pecan trees that grow in place at the center. Grape research involves growing wine grapes suitable for the New Mexico climate and determining the best way to turn the grapes into wine using the center’s fermentation lab.

A version of this story first appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of ACES magazine. To read the issue, visit nmsu.link/aces-magazine.

“Eye on Research” is provided by New Mexico State University. This week’s article was written by Tiffany Acosta of Marketing and Communications. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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Eddy County ends fiscal year 2022 with $8 million in tax revenue


Soaring crude oil prices helped Eddy County end fiscal 2022 on a high note as revenue from oil and gas tax collection exceeded budget expectations, according to department data. Eddy County Finance.

Eddy County Chief Financial Officer Roberta Smith said the county collected $8.8 million in tax revenue from oil and gas activities in June, the last month of fiscal 2022.

Fiscal years in Eddy County begin July 1 and end June 30.

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The June tax collections were based on oil and gas activity in Eddy County in March, with operations in the Permian Basin producing 18.2 million barrels of oil, Smith said.

The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) sweet crude oil ranged from $99 a barrel to $115 a barrel in March, according to information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

WTI was the most actively traded energy commodity in the world, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

June oil and gas production collections were the highest for the year.

Eddy County began fiscal year 2022 with $3.5 million in oil and gas tax collections in July 2021. July collections were based on business activity in the county’s oilfields in April 2021, when the average WTI was around $62 per barrel, according to EIA data.

WTI prices rose nearly $40 from April 2021 to April 2022, the EIA noted.

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Eddy County was projecting $25 million in oil and gas tax recovery at the start of fiscal year 2022. Smith said Eddy County’s actual revenue was $43 million higher than expected. .

She said production at the oilfields located in Eddy County averaged 65 million barrels of oil for fiscal year 2022 with an average WTI price of $75. Smith said the Eddy County budget was developed on the assumption that 13 million barrels of oil would be produced per month with a price of $47 a barrel in that fiscal year.

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Smith said the county raised $3.9 million in GRT in June.

“Overall, for the fiscal year, we raised over $16 million against a budget of $22.2 million, she said.

Smith said Eddy County raised $39 million in GRT as of the end of fiscal 2022.

“It was a 110% increase from what we raised last year,” she said.

The county raised $16.8 million in GRT in fiscal year 2021, according to county finance data.

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The New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue has defined GRT as money received through various business activities.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.

Three new agents join Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage recently announced the hiring of three new agents: Jo Anne Britt, Stephanie Ellis and David Kitzman.

Britt, originally licensed in 1996, is an accomplished professional with many years of real estate experience including new builds, moves and foreclosures. She joined the office of Autumn Hall.

Before embarking on a career in real estate, Britt served in the US Air Force for 18 years. In addition to her experiences moving many times, from Alaska and New Mexico to southern Illinois and Hawaii, she credits her time in the armed forces with giving her a deep understanding of the issues that concern military buyers and sellers.

Britt excelled due to her attention to detail, superior work ethic and affinity for working with people.

A North Carolina native who grew up in Lumberton, Britt relocated to the Leland area in 2003.

In her spare time, Britt enjoys reading, enjoys her rescue of “fur babies, and travels to visit her three adult children and three grandchildren, who live in Orlando, Florida; Huntersville, North Carolina; and Knoxville, Tenn.

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Ellis also works in the Autumn Hall office.

A longtime resident of eastern North Carolina, Ellis grew up in the Jacksonville area. and has lived in Rocky Point for several years.

Ellis has a background in sales, finance and auto service. Because of her love for helping people and building lasting relationships, she chose to make the transition into real estate.

In her spare time, Ellis enjoys photography and goes to the beach.

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Kitzman lived 15 years in Peru and is fluent in Spanish, making him a great asset to the company.

He works at the Carolina Beach office.

A father of 6, Kitzman loves to surf and go to the beach.

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Chief Justice to Highlight New Mexico Deportation Prevention Efforts at White House Summit – Los Alamos Reporter


Supreme Court Chief Justice C. Shannon Bacon will speak next week at a White House event on eviction prevention initiatives in cities and states. The Chief Justice will highlight a court-based program being phased in across New Mexico.

The White House Summit on Deportation Prevention Reform will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. MT.

“The Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program provides assistance to tenants and landlords, reducing the risk of financially vulnerable New Mexicans losing their homes, Chief Justice Bacon said. “At the start of an eviction case, the program works with people to apply for emergency rental assistance. Those who applied with assistance from the program had an almost 80% success rate in receiving some form of housing assistance, and that was before the program was fully implemented in all 33 counties of the New Mexico.

Program staff – called navigators – contact tenants and landlords soon after an eviction case is filed. They help people complete applications for federally funded and state available assistance for rent, utilities and moving. The program provides information about upcoming hearings in eviction proceedings and the availability of trained settlement facilitators to enable landlords and tenants to resolve their disputes over unpaid rent, possibly without eviction. Eviction cases are temporarily suspended when the parties agree to negotiate a settlement with a facilitator.

Tenants, landlords and other parties in 2,400 eviction cases were contacted 4,100 times through the program – by phone, email and text – in its first five months, although it did not not yet worked in all areas of New Mexico.

The court-based program was developed in collaboration with courts, state agencies, landowners, housing advocates, legal service providers and local governments. This is part of New Mexico’s efforts to use federal funding from the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program to ease financial hardship during the lingering pandemic and help people avoid homelessness.

According to the Department of Finance and Administration, New Mexico’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has awarded $148 million and helped more than 44,000 households.

The state-administered ERAP provides funding to New Mexico Legal Aid to help with housing stability and eviction prevention, including helping people retain housing vouchers, reducing liability a person for past and future housing expenses and negotiating more time for people to move out after an eviction.

The Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program was also launched with funding from the state allocation of Federal Emergency Housing Assistance. The Courts Administration Office oversees the program and services are provided through a contractor.

Under a Supreme Court order, the eviction prevention and diversion program was phased in from February in two counties and then expanded to additional counties each month. The program began operating statewide in July, when it went into effect in McKinley, San Juan, Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Supreme Court stayed evictions for tenants who provided a judge with sufficient evidence of their inability to pay rent during the pandemic. The moratorium on eviction orders was lifted in counties when the Eviction and Diversion Prevention Program began operating there.

Dispatch New Mexico: Making Movies for Profit and Pleasure | Opinion

The governor’s office recently bragged about record film industry spending in the state, and while a good chunk of that spending is on the Rio Grande Corridor, where Netflix and other filmmakers have set up shop , small towns and villages benefit as well.

According to state figures, the film, television and digital production industry pumped $855.4 million in “direct spend” into New Mexico’s economy in fiscal year 2021-22, an impressive jump from $626.5 million in fiscal 2020-21, and eclipsing the $292 million spent in 2019-20. Additionally, outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor, spending reached $50 million in FY22, compared to $6.5 million in the prior year.

Credit some very generous state tax credits that make show business good business in this land of enchantment. Tax incentives include up to 35% production tax credits and an additional 5% tax credit for filming at least 60 miles outside of Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

New Mexico-based cinema is booming these days, but that’s nothing new for the state. About 100 years ago, Las Vegas, NM was “the Hollywood” of the silent film industry.

That’s right, “original” Las Vegas was where dozens of silent films were made, often featuring Tom Mix, who made Las Vegas his home and made a cowboy flick and western after western – until “talkies” took over the industry in Southern California.

Las Vegas now claims more than 100 films made in whole or in part in this northeastern New Mexico city. Many of these are silent films made in the early 1900s, but there have been many more contemporary films made there in and around the city. The parade of 1960s cult classic “Easy Rider, the Mexican-American border scene in “No Country for Old Men,” and Vegas locals’ best-known movie, the Cold War classic “Red Dawn,” have all several scenes of Las Vegas and surroundings in them.

And these are just a few of them. Las Vegas is surrounded by vast prairies and rugged mountains, while the city itself contains an Old Town filled with adobe houses and a New Town boasting Victorian-style architecture. There are good backdrops for most types of movies you want to make.

I lived in Las Vegas for almost a dozen years and always loved the movies, but not for the money it made. In fact, it sometimes harmed local businesses. I remember when an “Astronaut Farmer” shoot shut down the busiest part of Douglas Avenue in New Town; amid the excitement of seeing a star like Billy Bob Thornton hanging around, a businessman loudly complained that since customers couldn’t drive or cross the ‘shelf’ to enter his store, he was losing money business. Soon after, the city put in place restrictions and obligations that film production companies had to follow, including compensating stores for business losses.

City leaders had seen so many films set in and around the city that they weren’t starstruck at all; instead, they passed an ordinance that essentially made production companies pay to shut down everyday life in Vegas.

And filmmakers keep coming to Las Vegas.

These days, however, the biggest benefits go to the Albuquerque area, where Netflix and NBC Universal have built multimillion-dollar studios and production facilities.

It seems to me that there aren’t many downsides to a growing film industry, especially when compared to other major industries in New Mexico: oil and gas harm the environment and bring us closer to a climate catastrophe. Wind and solar are better, but converting to these energy sources is expensive and produces fewer jobs and less tax revenue for the state. Agriculture and animal husbandry, as an industry, have always been limited by the lack of water. And while the technology has many advantages, it’s also used in weapons development, and there has to be a downside to that, somewhere.

Meanwhile, the government, one of New Mexico’s largest employers, tends to create a culture of entitlement.

But cinema is mainly fun and profitable. In addition to tax breaks, filmmakers contribute to state coffers, create private sector jobs, and stimulate the economy through a “multiplier effect” that distributes corporate wealth to other businesses.

New Mexico has a unique and creative side. Adding cinema to other art forms we already produce and support seems like a natural progression. Calm on set, and… action!

thomas mcdonald is the founder of the New Mexico Community News Exchange, which distributes this column statewide. He also owns and operates The Communicator in Santa Rosa. He can be reached at [email protected]

City of Santa Fe sues Country Club over water use |

City sues country club

The City of Santa Fe filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe Country Club and Golf Association alleging breach of contract by the latter. The lawsuit seeks both damages for the breaches as well as a declaratory judgment allowing the city to terminate its contract with the country club. As explained in a city press release yesterday, a 60-year-old agreement between the city and the club provides free treated effluent to the club – more than 5 billion gallons of free treated effluent so far – in exchange for which the public benefits from access to the club and reduced green fees. The city alleges the country club between 2018 and 2021 exceeded its 700,000-per-day limit on 143 different days for a total of more than 22 million gallons. Additionally, city officials say the country club refuses to discuss any contract revisions that would include payment or a fixed term, despite attempts by the city to do so. “The city does not wish to terminate the Santa Fe County club’s access to water,” the press release read. “The City is seeking a new contractual arrangement that is fair and reasonable…the contract no longer represents a fair deal for City ratepayers, and it conflicts with current municipal code. »

SF school board picks Abeyta for vacant seat

Last night, members of the Santa Fe Public Schools Board unanimously selected former District 3 Councilman Roman “Tiger” Abeyta to fill the vacant SFPS District 4 seat. Abeyta narrowly lost his seat on the city council in a surprise upset by current councilor Lee Garcia in last year’s municipal elections. At a special meeting last night, board members heard from five candidates for the seat, which has been vacant since Rudy Garcia resigned last month. In Abeyta’s public interview with the board (around an hour and a half), Abeyta described himself as “an advocate for young people and families”, especially young people from the Southside, where Abeyta has said he grew up in poverty, graduated from Capital High School and became a teenage father. He began working for Santa Fe County in the animal control division, eventually becoming the county executive at the end of his government career. He is currently the Professional Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte.

Recent internet outage causes incalculable losses

A week ago today, many residents in Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties lost internet service for most of the day after a dump truck cut the lines. How many? Who knows. Comcast, the parent company of Xfinity, does not publish the number of customers affected by the outages, spokeswoman Julianne Phares told SFR. But she says the incident impacted all Xfinity customers in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, as many people testify. “In the middle of a work week, in the middle of a work day, the cost to my productivity was immense and across Santa Fe it was incalculable,” said GreenMoney.com Founder and Publisher Cliff Feigenbaum. . He estimates Wednesday’s outage cost him thousands of dollars in potential advertising revenue as well as media attention during GreenMoney’s 30th anniversary year. The outage also underscored the need for more Internet service options and backup systems. “It really pulls back the curtain on the vulnerability of our society,” said Brian Williams, director of emergency management for the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Emergency Management. The city uses CenturyLink and has not been impacted. ; the state uses multiple vendors and is otherwise protected against outages. Nonetheless, Department of Information Technology spokeswoman Renee Narvaiz said the department “is concerned about any outages and even the potential for outages. A brief outage can become an emergency. Consider a doctor who doesn’t cannot safely access a patient’s record or a person unable to make a phone call for emergency services.

COVID-19 in numbers

Reported July 26

New cases: 963; 587,656 total cases

Deaths: 11; Santa Fe County has recorded 328 total deaths; there were 8,207 total deaths statewide. Statewide hospitalizations: 194. Patients on ventilators: Seven

Rates per case: According to the state health department’s latest geographic trends report, released yesterday, for the seven-day period July 18-24, Roosevelt County had the highest daily case rate per 100,000 population. : 67.5, followed by Cibola County at 67.2 and McKinley County at 61.1; Santa Fe County’s case rate was 46.6, an increase from 44.3 last week. The state recorded 6,642 total new cases in the past seven days, comparable to last week.

Community levels: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest update for COVID-19 “community levels,” updated every Thursday, shows that more than twice as many counties in New Mexico now have red or “levels.” high” compared to last week. The CDC framework combines case rates with two hospital metrics and shows, for the seven-day period July 14-20, 17 New Mexico counties — 10 more than last week — now have “red” levels or high. Santa Fe County remains “yellow” or average. Only four counties now have “green” or low levels, down from nine last week. CDC recommendations include indoor masking for people living in high community counties. The Community Levels page comes with recommendations at the bottom of the page. The CDC also provides a quarantine and isolation calculator.

Resources: Registration of vaccines; Booster registration Free at home rapid antigen tests; Report a positive COVID-19 test result to the health department; Covid-19 treatment info: oral treatments Paxlovid (12 years and +) and Molnupiravir (18 years and +); and monoclonal antibody treatments. Toolkit for immunocompromised people. People seeking treatment who do not have a medical provider can call the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Vaccines for children: Parents of children 6 months to 5 years old can now schedule vaccinations at VaccineNM.org.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.


The League of Women Voters of New Mexico and the New Mexico Humanities Council are offering a program today, in person at Santa Fe Prep or via Zoom, on New Mexico Women: Heritage and Innovation. Historians will “explore the roles played by women from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds in the development of New Mexico and their contributions to our state’s unique multicultural environment.” Speakers include: Assistant State Historian Nicolasa Chavez; Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired surgeon, poet and expert on women’s suffrage; Robin Farwell Gavin, curator emeritus of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts and author of Converging Streams: Southwestern Hispanic and Native American Art; Frances Levine, former director of the New Mexico Museum of History; and Lisa Nordstrum, Santa Fe Prep history professor and educator/curriculum developer for the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs and School of Advanced Research. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

All safety money can buy

If $30 million sounds like a good price for a fortress, you’re in luck. The Wall Street Journal features a 312-acre ranch “built with survival in mind” just outside of Taos. Namely: reinforced concrete; its own water supply; one year’s worth of propane; a solar energy system; several backup generators; a herd of yaks. The property’s realtors say it’s the most expensive listing in New Mexico. Owner Howard Mintz, 72, a retired real estate developer and earthquake building expert, says he spent two decades building it, but tells the WSJ he’s not a “psycho” survivalist: ” I’m not building an underground bunker with bunk beds and eating cans of beans and oatmeal for the rest of my life,” he said. On the other hand: “If hell breaks unleash, you can come here and you’ll be fine.” As for the yak, which Mintz describes as “smarter than cows, far less dangerous than buffalo,” they’re also for sale with the property, which includes a guest house, where Mintz lived as the main house – 4,000 square feet of it – is still only 85% complete after many years of delays, some work-related (he apparently laid off more 80 people.) As for Mintz, he plans to leave New Mexico, having “grew up to be there”. living off the ocean and fishing.

And the winners are…

Earlier this month, Travel & Leisure announced its “Best in the World” awards, with Santa Fe ranking third among the best cities in the United States. T&L followed up this week by asking Kim Peone, executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, to share her picks for “the best” local arts and dishes. We congratulate T&L to turn to a local for recommendations. We’re doing the same this week in a massive way with the 2022 edition of SFR’s Best of Santa Fe, on the streets and online today, with hundreds of recommendations from locals. You’ll find arts and food, as well as business, shopping, kids, pets, cannabis – the list goes on (books, bands, hiking trails). You’ll find this year’s winner for best public servant (Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for the third year in a row); best bar (kudos Tumbleroot!); best Instagram feed, even. Come celebrate the winners with us from 5-9 p.m. this Friday, July 29 at the Railyard, for a free party featuring food stalls, a beer garden, games, giveaways, and this year’s free Santa Fe Salutes tribute concert. year at the Beatles from 7 p.m. You can also pre-order this year’s BOSF t-shirt, featuring original artwork by Emma Bagley.

To assault

The National Weather Service forecast a 40% chance of rain today and tonight, mostly after noon and before midnight, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Today will otherwise be mostly sunny, with highs near 85 degrees and 5-15 mph northeast winds changing to southwest in the afternoon. Last night’s thunderstorm brought heavy rain and severe flooding in Tesuque– we could look like heavy rain again in the area starting tomorrow.

Thanks for reading! The Word’s reading list was already out of control even before yesterday’s announcement of The long list of the Booker Prize 2022.

New Mexico expands gun safety efforts

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Gun safety advocates in New Mexico say police, prosecutors and even judges are still learning how to exploit a 2020 red flag law that can be used to seize guns. people’s firearms that pose a danger to others or themselves.

Shiela Lewis provides training to police, prosecutors and school administrators on how to ask a judge for a red flag order to temporarily seize firearms for a period of one year that can be extended. She told a panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday that an incomplete understanding of the current law limits its use as a precaution against gun violence.

Only nine petitions have been filed to have the guns removed since New Mexico’s Red Flag law went into effect in May 2020.

“Our (red flag) laws are new, we don’t have interpretations, they’re not comfortable using them,” said Lewis, whose training is underwritten by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. . “When I’ve spoken to agents, they always have a story to tell me about why they wanted to use it but didn’t think they could use it.”

President Joe Biden signed gun safety legislation in June that helps states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take guns from people deemed dangerous.

State health officials say they may be able to tap into that funding as New Mexico creates a gun violence prevention unit in the Department of Health.

The Department of Health plans to begin applying for grants aimed at preventing gun violence from August.

New Mexico traced 479 gun deaths in 2020 in a state of about 2.1 million people. This puts New Mexico in the top 10 states for gun deaths per capita.

Democratic State Representative Dayan Hochman-Vigil on Tuesday introduced a bill that would establish a permanent office of gun violence prevention in state law. She said the bureau would collect reliable gun violence data that is desperately needed to determine whether state gun laws are working or whether new approaches are needed.

The bill would be considered during the next regular legislative session of the Legislative Assembly in January 2023.

The Democratic-led Legislature and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham passed red flag legislation in response to the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 people at a Walmart there. two years in a racially motivated attack.

Some rural sheriffs were openly hostile to the legislation and threatened to avoid its enforcement.

FBI works with partners to improve reporting of missing Indigenous people in New Mexico, Navajo Nation


FBI News:

The FBI, in an effort to address the missing and murdered Native people crisis, releases a list of more than 170 Native Americans it has verified missing throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.

This effort is being made public to help locate these individuals, increase transparency, and encourage relatives of missing Indigenous people who are not on this list to contact local law enforcement and file a report.

A link to the list can be found at FBI.GOV/MMIP.

“Every missing person is important. For a long time, the issue of missing Native Americans has been in the news and a lot of people are wondering if anyone is paying attention to it,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the FBI’s division of Albuquerque: “I am here to assure you that the FBI has been attentive and, together with our partners, we are taking an important step towards justice for these victims, their families and their communities.”

The release of the list is the result of nearly six months of work combining and validating different databases of missing Indigenous people in New Mexico.

“We will address the case of every missing and murdered Native person with urgency, transparency and coordination,” said Alexander MM Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, and the development and implementation of this list marks a promising step forward in investigating and resolving these cases.”

“It is important that we work together to find a solution for the missing persons and their families,” said Marcelino ToersBijns, unit chief of the missing and murderers unit at the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Bureau of Health Services. justice. “This single-source dataset is a significant information-sharing enhancement that shows how the BIA and federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are working together to deal with this horrible crisis.”

The FBI has validated the status of missing Native persons as listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a computerized criminal justice information system available to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement. , and other criminal justice agencies.

Many missing Indigenous person files were incomplete or out of date because the file was not updated once additional details became available or once the person was located.

The FBI reviewed hundreds of records and arrived at over 170 cases of Native Americans in New Mexico who were verified missing. The list includes all missing Indigenous people in New Mexico, but it also includes the Navajo Nation, which crosses New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The FBI plans to update the names monthly.

Partners involved in the project include the United States Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Justice Services, Missing and Murdered Native Women and Relatives Task Force (MMIWR) , New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, New Mexico. Department of Indian Affairs, Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office, and City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion.

As part of this effort, the FBI received information and support from the Navajo Nation, Native American Pueblos, and local law enforcement.

“The FBI’s resources and manpower devoted to producing this validated list of missing Native persons across New Mexico are critical to defining the true reach of the MMIWR in the state,” said the Secretary of State. New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs, Lynn Trujillo, MMIWR Task Force Chair. “The data shared today will guide the state’s response to this unfolding crisis. The task force will continue to strengthen partnerships at all levels of government, including local organizations that are on the ground and provide direct support to families and communities.

“This is just one important step in many, and this multi-agency effort is critical to bringing justice and victim services to communities that have historically been underserved,” said the Attorney General of New -Mexico, Hector Balderas.

“The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is the first agency in the United States to modify its National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person form to allow news agencies to identify people indigenous peoples and their respective tribes, pueblos or nations,” said New Jason R. Bowie, secretary of Mexico’s Ministry of Public Security. “We intend to find answers and bring justice to these women and families in our community. For generations, a disproportionate number of missing or murdered Indigenous women and loved ones have gone unreported. We resolve to address and prevent further tragedies in our state; everyone deserves to feel safe in their neighborhood.

“We appreciate the FBI’s work in verifying and refining the list of missing Indigenous people. Our MMIWR unit, created in December 2021, will use the advanced investigative techniques that have already helped solve two cases to follow up on leads generated from this list,” said Bernalillo County Prosecutor Raúl Torrez. “We encourage relatives of missing Indigenous people who are not on this list to contact local law enforcement. Our office is ready to work with you.

If someone’s relative is included in the names, the FBI actively checks numerous law enforcement databases and other sources nationwide to identify leads that will be quickly forwarded to the agency. appropriate.

If a missing Indigenous family member is not on this list, next of kin are asked to contact their local or tribal law enforcement agency and ask them to submit a missing person report to the INCC . For further assistance with their claim, family members or local law enforcement may contact the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office or the FBI.

This project adds to the FBI’s ongoing efforts to bring attention to the unsolved Indigenous homicides and missing persons cases it investigates.

Saratoga is the healthiest county in the state, according to US News & World Report – The Daily Gazette

BALLSTON SPA – Saratoga County is the healthiest county in New York State and one of the healthiest counties in the nation, according to US News & World Report.

Saratoga County finished 60th — which was in the top 2% — in US News & World Report’s 2022 Healthiest Communities ranking, released last week.

The ranking, analyzing 500 communities, used 89 metrics in 10 health and health-related categories to rate nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and their equivalents — think boroughs or other municipal entities — according to US News & World Report. The study focused on population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.

Saratoga County scored 79 out of 100 overall, surpassing the state’s median score of 57 and the US median score of 47, according to a Saratoga County news release on the study.

“The 2022 Healthiest Communities Report establishing Saratoga County as the healthiest county in New York State highlights what we in local government, our economic development partners and business leaders locals have known for a long time – Saratoga County is a great place to live, work and raise a family, said Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Moreau City Supervisor Theodore T. Kusnierz, Jr. in a press release on the report. “We have established the conditions for a robust economy and a healthy quality of life throughout Saratoga County through thoughtful planning, conservative budgeting practices, and limiting the red tape that leads to overregulation. The proof is in our results – a safe and welcoming community for all in a county that also has the lowest property and sales taxes in New York State.

Saratoga County scored 80 in education, 78 in public safety, 77 in economics and population health, 76 in infrastructure, 72 in food and nutrition, 71 in equity, 67 in environment, 64 in housing, and 53 in community vitality. .

The second-highest ranked New York community was Nassau County at 98th. Los Alamos County, New Mexico finished first overall.

To collect and analyze the data behind the rankings, US News collaborated with the University of Missouri’s Center for Applied Research and Systems Extension (CARES). The data was collected from well-recognized and validated sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to US News & World Report.

Data from Saratoga County supported its strong ranking. In education, Saratoga County’s high school graduation rate is 90.8 percent, compared to 89.3 percent nationally, according to the county. Meanwhile, 53.6% of Saratoga County residents have a graduate degree, compared to 30.6% nationally.

In public safety, Saratoga County’s per capita spending on health and emergency services of $441 is higher than the national median at $358. The county’s violent crime rate is half the national average at 102.6 per 100,000 compared to 204.5 per 100,000 nationally.

Economically, the county’s poverty rate of 5.9 percent is below the national average of 13.6 percent, while Saratoga County’s median household income is $84,971 compared to $58,759 in the county. nationwide, by county. The county’s business growth rate is 8.2% compared to the national rate of 7.7%.

“Saratoga County continues to grow through our global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. The combined efforts of county leaders, partner organizations and continued development investment allow us to support existing industry and encourage continued investment; while attracting targeted and complementary businesses,” said Dennis Brobston, president of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, in the press release.

Saratoga’s recognition in the U.S. News & World Report rankings follows U.S. Census Bureau data from last year showing that Saratoga County is the Capital Region’s biggest population gainer, growing by 7.24%. Saratoga County’s population gain came at a time when nearly two-thirds of counties in the state experienced population declines.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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‘Dog Days With A Purpose’… Canine Crew students gain valuable experience training service dogs


Northern New Mexico Students disabled of New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Services and On-the-Job Training Program were members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) Canine Team this summer. Courtesy/NMDVR


TAOS – Ten youths with disabilities from northern New Mexico were members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) “dog crew” this summer.

For six weeks, participants trained assistance dogs in Taos and worked at Assistance Dogs of the West headquarters in Santa Fe. health and supervision of dog playgroups. They also recorded the weight of more than 20 dogs involved and kept their enclosures clean.

As these students were part of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) Pre-Employment Transition Services and In-Service Training program, they also spent time practicing job skills such as punctuality, teamwork, communication and self-defense, while learning more about their options for continuing education and employment. Each participant completed a career interest survey, created or updated their resumes, and earned their CPR certification over the summer.

Six students attend the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD). Four others are from the Taos region.

“This program provides instant motivation and engagement for students and involves many of the foundational skills necessary for a successful transition (to life after school): perseverance, frustration tolerance, problem solving, goal splitting important in smaller steps, clear communication, patience,” says Denise Dumesnil, Canine Leadership Crew, RMYC of New Mexico. “Working with dogs naturally provides the opportunity to learn and practice these skills, with immediate feedback. of the dog – who is non-judgmental and for many students is easier to connect than his peers.”

Dumesnil adds that being part of the canine crew is real work, so students had to complete an application and all the necessary paperwork that comes with employment, such as tax forms and direct deposit authorizations. They were paid for their work.

The participants were between 15 and 28 years old. 28-year-old Marco Kiesling from Taos has been offered to continue in a part-time position with Assistance Dogs of the West. Another enrolled at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The others are going back to high school this fall.

Dumesnil notes that in addition to their other challenges, the Canine Crew had to overcome the language barrier: those at Taos do not know American Sign Language, and most NMSD students had not previously worked in a predominantly auditory environment. “They were a fantastic team and I’m so proud of how they connected,” she said.

NMDVR contracts with RMYC to provide pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities in northern New Mexico. To participate in this or any NMDVR program, New Mexico residents with disabilities (of any age) must visit dvr.state.nm.us and make an appointment at one of the agency’s points of sale two dozen offices.

Northern New Mexico student scene during the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) ‘Canine Crew’ this summer. Courtesy/NMDVR

Northern New Mexico student scene during the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ (RMYC) ‘Canine Crew’ this summer. Courtesy/NMDVR

About NMDVR:

The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) assists eligible persons with documented disabilities to find suitable employment. To do this, NMDVR partners with companies and agencies looking for opportunities to enhance and diversify their workforce. Vocational rehabilitation is a voluntary program that supports people who want to work. With a long history of success and a proven methodology for making the best adjustments, NMDVR is committed to helping participants thrive in their communities.

Works by local artists exhibited at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center | Webster Kirkwood Times

Photographer Diana Linsley captured this 1932 Studebaker in Painted Desert National Park in Arizona.

Summer Art Exhibition

Kirkwood Center for the Performing Arts

Now until October 15

Gallery open to the public one hour before performances


Works by three local artists are now on display as part of the summer art exhibit at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.

Mark Braun, a member of the Kirkwood Arts Commission, who is also a photographer, is part of a team responsible for finding works of art to adorn the walls of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. The Summer Art Show provided an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their works at the performing arts center.

“We asked artists in the community to submit work for consideration, Braun said. “We tried to look for works that go well together, as well as the quality and size of the work.”

The opening of the exhibition, which was held on July 13, allowed participants to meet the artists: Brian Kirchoff, Marilynn Bradley and Diana Linsley. Works by these artists will be on display through October 15 at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 201 E. Monroe Ave. in Kirkwood.


Brian Kirchoff is an abstract artist whose “Raw” series is currently on display at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 201 E. Monroe Ave.

Brian Kirchoff

Central West End abstract artist Brian Kirchoff has launched his series titled “Raw”. He said his work in this series was inspired by the idea of ​​seeing beauty outside of the ordinary.

“I wanted to start doing something different,” said Kirchoff, who started working on “Raw” in the summer of 2021.

“I did the same kind of work and thought it was time to do something a little more abstract,” he continued. “Abstract doesn’t necessarily fall into the ‘pretty’ category. I wanted to start offering something a little rougher. Some people will look at it and wonder what’s going on and some people are fascinated by it, which is really typical art.


This “Chain of Rocks” watercolor is by Webster Groves artist Marilynne Bradley.

Marilyn Bradley

In addition to Kirchoff’s work, watercolors by Webster Groves resident Marilynne Bradley are also on display as part of the Summer Art Show.

Bradley has produced many paintings of city life and landmarks over the years. His geometric series includes the painting “Chain of Rocks”, which is a watercolor perspective of the Chain of Rocks bridge. According to Bradley, painting requires a great deal of change and experimentation in both content and technique.

“Each painting is an effort to explore the subject from a different point of view,” she said. “It allows for a personal statement for each piece of art.”

Diana Linsley

Next to Bradley’s watercolors on the top floor of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center are Diana Linsley’s photographs.

Linsley, a longtime Kirkwood resident who now lives in Crestwood, was a photographer for the Webster-Kirkwood Times for more than 15 years. All the photos in his “Route 66” series were taken during a road trip on Route 66, one of the first highways in the United States.

Linsley’s journey took her across the country. The series features photographs from several states, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas. She said she decided to print her photos for the series on metal so the colors would appear more vibrant.

At some point during her trip, she left the camera’s memory card at a hotel in California.

“I was nervous because I had quite a few photos on this card,” Linsley said. “I called the hotel several times and they said they found it and mailed it back to me.”

Linsley specializes in real estate photography as well as landscape and outdoor photography. Throughout his long career as a photographer at the Webster-Kirkwood Times, Linsley won 20 awards for his work.

More art to come

The Kirkwood Arts Commission plans to hold three to four art exhibitions a year, according to Braun. He said each show will have an opening reception so people can meet the artists. If any of the art objects were for sale, all proceeds would go directly to the artist.

Kaelin Triggs is a journalism student at Webster University and an intern at the Webster-Kirkwood Times.

New Mexico Lobos looking to be this year’s Mountain Division surprise | Sports

July 23—Editor’s Note: This is the first in a 12-part series featuring Mountain West football teams based on their predicted finishing order in the pre-season media poll.

LAS VEGAS — Construction has been slow for Danny Gonzales entering his third season in New Mexico.

The Lobos — who were chosen to finish last in the six-team Mountain Division in the preseason media poll — have won just three Mountain West games in the past two seasons.

Two of the wins came at the expense of Wyoming.

The Cowboys make the trip to Albuquerque on Oct. 8 after losing the 2020 game 17-16 in Las Vegas and last year’s Homecoming game 14-3 in Laramie.

“I don’t know if we have their number,” Gonzales said Wednesday during MW media day at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. “Coach (Craig) Bohl does a great job and we share a lot of the same philosophies about playing harder longer, being tougher and all those things.

“So these matchups come into that kind of football. The last two years, 17-16 and 14-3, have been great defensive football games.”

New Mexico expects to be strong on the defensive end of the ball in 2022 with Rocky Long entering his third season as Gonzales’ coordinator after winning three MW championships as San State head coach. Diego.

The Lobos return seven starters on defense after ranking 44th in total yards allowed in 2021. That was despite little help from an offense that finished dead last among the 130 FBS teams in scoring (12 .2 points per game) and in yards (234.2).

“Utah State was picked last and they won the conference championship, safety Jerrick Reed said of low outside expectations for New Mexico as the Aggies players conducted their interview session through the piece wearing championship rings. “Just ask us the same question in November and we’ll have your answer.”

Reed led the team with 89 tackles and seven breakups and teammate Tavian Combs added 81 tackles and four breakups last season in Long’s unique 3-3-5 scheme. Gonzales thinks the Lobos have the best linebacking group in MW with all three starters.

The key to the season will be finding an effective and successful quarterback and improving along the offensive line.

Four quarterback candidates, led by returner Isaiah Chavez and Kansas transfer Miles Kendrick, will face off throughout fall camp and likely beyond.

Chavez passed 17 of 24 for 161 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in limited action last season. The second in redshirt is 2-0 in starts against UW.

Kendrick has Big 12 experience having completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 853 with nine touchdowns and six interceptions with the Jayhawks.

“I don’t think it’s likely to end until Week 2 because it all depends on what you can do in the game,” Reed said of the QB competition. “Anybody can go practice and remember their games and know what defense is all about and execute it. It’s live action, Saturday night what are you going to do when the lights will be lit?”

The Lobos will need to be ready for the bright lights of September. After starting out with FCS Maine, Mountain Division preseason favorite Boise State heads to Albuquerque for a Friday night game Sept. 9.

New Mexico also plays a buyout game Sept. 24 at LSU and draws West Division favorites Fresno State and San Diego State in conference crossover games.

“Being picked last is fine. We’ll see what happens in November,” Gonzales said. “I didn’t have as much confidence last year because I knew you had to have enough talent. You don’t have to have the most but you have to have enough. Last year, we didn’t have enough attacking talent up front. I think everything will be fine this year.”

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A Venezuelan family finds their dog Simba in El Paso

In the lobby of El Paso International Airport, a desperate journey and painful separation culminated in a reunion full of hugs and licks.

A family seeking political asylum in the United States on Wednesday found the dog they had brought on their four-month trip from Venezuela, largely on foot. The family and the dog were separated from each other in El Paso.

Simba, a small black and brown mongrel with big ears and a face vaguely reminiscent of a dachshund, has been part of the family since he was born in February.

In a moving scene, little Simba, his tail wagging, ran to meet his humans, who hugged him with smiles and tears.

“(We feel) joy,” said Yurimar, 35. “He is part of the family, he is my youngest child. It is he, with our children, who has given us the strength to come this far.

El Paso Matters only identifies migrants by first name as many are fleeing violence and fearing for their safety.

A member of the family”

Yurimar and her husband, Johnny, 38, left Venezuela on March 10 with Simba and their three children to seek political asylum in the United States. As former government employees, they faced political persecution, including being barred from purchasing food at subsidized prices through government-monopolized local supply and production committees. The committee has been criticized for corruption and for its use as a tool of political control.

Yurimar’s 10-year-old son plays with Simba in Costa Rica in April. (Courtesy of Yurimar)

With little money for travel and food, the family walked most of the 2,300 miles from Venezuela to southern Mexico. Simba, still a young pup when they left, rolled around in a backpack as they slowly traveled through Colombia and Central America.

In Tapachula, a Mexican town near the border with Guatemala, Johnny was earning money working at a migrant shelter. With his salary and the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Tapachula, they were able to complete the final leg of their four-month journey to the United States border.

“We had enough money to buy (bus) tickets,” Yurimar said. “We went the whole way without eating. We adults didn’t eat so there would be food for the kids and Simba.

When the family crossed the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juárez to El Paso on July 12, they surrendered to the first Border Patrol agent they saw. Initially, they were met with threats against Simba, Yurimar said.

Simba is being held by Yurimar’s son while in Border Patrol custody on July 12. Officers turned the dog over to El Paso City Animal Services, where he was vaccinated before going to his foster home. (Courtesy of Bridge Pups Rescue)

“We thought we would never see (Simba) again because the (Border Patrol) treated us badly when they saw the dog,” Yurimar said. “The (officer) said he was going to throw the dog in the river. He told us to get rid of him otherwise we couldn’t get into the vehicle. Then another vehicle arrived, and that’s when they told my son to get in his truck with the dog, and the rest of us drove off with the first one.

Once at the processing plant, the family again faced the threat of losing Simba. Neither the processing facility nor the family’s temporary shelter would be sent to authorized animals. Fortunately, one of the duty officers “was moved” by the children’s emotions and decided to help, Yurimar said.

A “strange request”

Ruby Montana is a lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso and an animal lover. With her brother, she founded Bridge Pup Rescuea group dedicated almost exclusively to finding homes for street dogs who often travel alone from Juárez to international bridges and across the border into El Paso.

On July 12, Montana received a message from a Border Patrol agent that began, “We have a strange request…we had a family group of 5 who turned themselves into Border Patrol custody this afternoon. midday. The dog is a 5 month old male. The officer asked Montana to help find a foster family to care for the dog while the family was allowed entry into the United States.

Simba’s family runs to meet him as he enters the airport. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Although dogs as pets are allowed to enter the United States with families, they must be rabies-vaccinated and in good health, per US Customs and Border Protection guidelines.

Border Patrol officials, in an emailed statement to El Paso Matters, said “it is rare to encounter migrants attempting to enter the United States while traveling with a pet.” In the El Paso area, pets are generally in the care of the United States Department of Agriculture or local authorities in El Paso County or New Mexico.

Because Simba’s vaccination records had been stolen and Border Patrol facilities do not allow animals, officers turned Simba over to the city’s El Paso Animal Services. Montana was able to connect with Kathy Patterson, an experienced dog rescuer and foster family in Chaparral, New Mexico, through social media that night.

The next day, Patterson picked up Simba from Animal Services.

“It was originally going to be two or three days, but I was perfectly happy to keep it a little longer,” Patterson said. “He’s such a sweet little dog.”

Montana stayed in touch with Yurimar, sending photos and updates from Simba.

Kathy Patterson whispers goodbye to Simba on Wednesday. Patterson took in Simba while his family was processed and allowed to enter the United States. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

“It was obvious that it was a huge relief for her to know that Simba was okay,” Montana said. “And she sent some voice messages to Simba and seeing his reaction to hearing his voice was really, really special.”

On Tuesday, Montana found out the family was ready to be released. But the nonprofit that paid for their plane ticket to New York didn’t pay the extra pet fees for Simba. She also discovered that Yurimar, Johnny and their three children “had absolutely nothing but the clothes they wore”.

Montana again asked its social media followers for help, and donations poured in to buy basic clothing and supplies, and to buy a ticket for Simba to travel with his family.

Ruby Montana, left, and Kathy Patterson arrive with Simba at the El Paso airport on Wednesday. Patterson encouraged Simba while Montana, founder of Bridge Pups Rescue, raised money for his airfare and family needs. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)


On Wednesday evening, Montana and Patterson parked at the airport and unloaded four backpacks, three suitcases and a small dog.

As they entered the airport lobby, the three children and Yurimar spotted Simba from across the hall from the ticket office. They ran towards him with outstretched arms, Johnny following close behind. Simba jumped out of Patterson’s hold and ran to meet them.

They collided in a joyful confusion of caresses, licks, hugs and tears.

“To see that moment, just to see the emotion, to see Simba’s tail wag so fast, to see them cry – hands down, it was one of the most fulfilling moments of my entire life,” Montana said. “These kind of moments, they don’t come every day.”

Yurimar kisses Simba at the El Paso airport on Wednesday after being apart for about a week. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Simba’s 12-year-old human sister said she can’t wait to play with him and cuddle him back to sleep after the arduous journey from Venezuela.

“Now I want to be in a stable place with my family,” she said.

With Simba tucked away safely in a pet carrier, the family marched under a large American flag and into the start of something new.

“He’s my youngest baby,” Yurimar said. “Thank you all, thank you for bringing my family together. We needed him.

David Knight Goes to Moscow’ has a modern appeal

“Cyberwars: David Knight Goes to Moscow” by Avraham Shama

For David Knight, 34, life is about to get complex and adventurous.

Avraham Shama

He is the protagonist of Avraham Shama’s first novel “Cyberwars: David Knight Goes to Moscow”.

It’s 1999 and Knight is a new economics professor at the University of New Mexico. He came to UNM after failing to earn tenured status at New York University, as he had assumed. The failure and his divorce leave him emotionally broken. His move to Albuquerque is a fresh start. However, he quickly enters worlds he had never imagined.

As he moves into his campus office, he receives a call from a woman from an unidentified federal government agency. She was impressed by a paper he had presented at the Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Russian economy. She invites him to Washington, D.C. and soon Knight agrees to work under contract as a “consultant”, unofficially as a spy, for the Central Intelligence Agency.

At the request of the CIA, he travels to Moscow to report on the health of Russia’s private sector economy under Vladimir Putin’s aggressive new regime. Putin wants his country to boost its economy and play a stronger geopolitical role, including investing in cyber weapons targeting the United States.

The novel, with adequate moments of intrigue and tension, also looks inside Knight’s personal life.

He is dating Toni Chavez, herself a newly appointed political science professor at UNM. Hispanic, Toni hails from a small town in northern New Mexico. She received a public education. His background contrasts with Knight, an East Coast Anglo who attended private schools.

Although their relationship warms from the start, Knight is reluctant to go public with their romance. Also, he doesn’t know what to tell Toni about his work for the CIA. So he keeps her in the dark. He is barely able to recognize his spying to himself.

During his first visit to Moscow, Knight falls under the spell of Alexa, his Russian translator, government economist, femme fatale and possible spy. Feeling guilty, he certainly won’t tell Toni about his affair with Alexa.

Knight looks to nature to guide him through some of these conflicts. On a hike, he stops to ask a group of wild marigolds if he’s doing the right thing as a “spy.” Worries tell him it’s fine as long as he doesn’t intend to do harm. He denies any such intention. In fact, Knight feels a growing sense of patriotism while working for the CIA.

He informs the worries that he also questions his intentions with Toni.

Worries tell him he’s doing the right thing, advising him, “To doubt everything is normal. Doubt comes before clarity.

Shama, the author, said Knight’s communion with nature can be seen as a reflection of the protagonist’s inner thoughts.

Albuquerque resident Shama said he decided to write this book as a work of fiction “because it gives me certain freedoms. I can present a lot of information without attributing it to any person or organization. … I have the freedom to explore facts and hypotheses as to Russia’s motivation regarding the invasion of the United States via cyberspace.

David Knight’s character, Shama said, is based on himself and people he has read. Shama was born in Iraq, raised in Israel, and has lived in the United States since 1970. He is Emeritus Professor of International Business at UNM.

Other aspects of Knight’s life are worth noting, he said. Knight grew up the privileged son of a doctor father and a mother who graduated from Smith College. “His mother raised him like her roses in the garden,” Shama said.

And Knight was an unmarried child. “Single kids are different,” the author said. “They stay to themselves. They are hypersensitive.

The novel ends with several moral uncertainties. Will Knight continue to work sub rosa for the CIA? Will he be able to deflect two men who tailed him and now want to recruit him to spy on Russia? And what is the future of Knight and Toni?

The unanswered questions will have readers wondering if a sequel is in sight.

Shama is not committing to a sequel. But if he did write one, he says, “it would probably be called ‘Cyberwars: David Knight Goes to Beijing.’ ”

Shama links the novel to reality. He predicts that once the current war between Russia and Ukraine is over, the United States will enter into a strained relationship with China over Taiwan.

Letter to the Editor – July 24


Concerned about the money spent on the shooting range project

This letter refers to your September 29 newspaper article about City Manager Justin Howalt showing the progress of the Clovis Ranges at Ned Houk Park.

Its scheduled opening date of the $3.7 million shooting complex was supposed to take place around next month and definitely before the end of 2021. This shooting center was announced and built to be a “state of the art” complex. Technology” for eastern New Mexico and surrounding areas. He was promoted as an advantage for youth shooting teams in this region.

Moving on to last week, the facility is vacant, overgrown with weeds and covered in trash. The city of Clovis and the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game have shown no activity to open the facility to the public, for which it was designed and built more than a year ago.

Myself, as a Curry County taxpayer for over 50 years, I am very concerned about the money spent and what the future holds for this $3.7 million facility.

My question is how and when will the city move forward with this project. Taxpayers need to know. Additionally, the young people it was designed for were promised a place where their shooting teams could train and shoot competitively. At present, it is unclear when and if this will ever happen.

Bill Myer


Two dead after flash flooding in New Mexico wildfire zone

TAOS, NM, July 22 (Reuters) – Two women have died and a man is missing near Las Vegas, New Mexico, after a flash flood swept through a scorched area left behind by the largest wildfire on record in the state, officials said Friday.

The three people were connected to Camp Blue Haven, a Christian outdoor activity center for children located about 10 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Cabo Lucero Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Nix said. .

The deaths were the first linked to the Hermit’s Peak Calf Canyon fire. Forest floors baked by the intense fire no longer absorb water, and the mountainsides have turned to ash and debris flows during recent storms.

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The women’s bodies were found Thursday along the banks of Tecolote Creek, which runs through Camp Blue Haven, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Police located an overturned vehicle in the creek with no one inside, the statement said.

“We are looking for a third person,” Nix said. “They are all camp-related.”

News channel KOB4 broadcast video on Thursday of a torrent of black, ash-choked water flowing through the center of Camp Blue Haven. The camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The wildfire and subsequent flooding devastated a 45-mile strip of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains northeast of Santa Fe, where an area the size of Los Angeles burned.

More than 430 homes have been destroyed, roads swept away and farmland covered in debris flows since the blaze began in April when two federal prescribed fires spiraled out of control.

On Friday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham asked President Joe Biden to extend coverage to 100% of federal costs for protection works and debris removal to cover flooding.

“The ongoing damage is the result of U.S. Forest Service prescribed burns,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

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🌱 On Patrol Series includes County Sheriff’s Office + Play Plus

Good morning, good morning! It’s me, Helen Eckhard, your host from the Albuquerque Daily. Here’s all the local news you need to know right now.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Very hot with clouds and sun. High: 96 Low: 71.

Here are the top three stories in Albuquerque today:

  1. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will be featured in a new “Live PD” spin-off series. The series called “On Patrol” will be supposed to be more transparent. The series will also follow departments in Nevada, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana and New Jersey. The town and county were featured on “Cops” but it gave the area bad publicity. (KRQE News 13)
  2. The city of Albuquerque is relaunching its before and after school programming called “Play Plus”. Registration begins July 25 and has a $10 fee. There will be a weekly cost of $15 for one child and $25 for three or more children enrolled in the program. (KRQE News 13)
  3. United Way provided funding to health and social service agencies in Bernalillo County. The funds are part of a $2 million grant program. The money is intended to help families in New Mexico increase family stability, education, food, medicine and home acquisition. Click for a full list of recipients. (Rio Rancho Observer)

Today in Albuquerque:

  • Downtown Farmers Market At Robinson Park (8:00 a.m.)
  • Mac and Cheese Party – Albuquerque At the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (1:00 p.m.)
  • Nob Hill Summerfest SE At 3523 Central Ave. NE (5:00 p.m.)

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Tesla has its own lane on the Texas-Mexico border

Tesla was able to convince Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state to create a special lane that makes it easier for its suppliers in the country to cross to and from the United States. The state of Nuevo Leon borders Texas where Tesla moved its headquarters and now relies on several Mexican suppliers to operate.

Ivan Rivas, Nuevo Leon’s economy minister, said Tesla is currently working with six state suppliers, including APG Mexico, EnFlex Corp., Faurecia and even Germany’s ZF. And now that the automaker has established its base in Texas, it’s only natural that the number of businesses it relies on across the border will grow over time.

Wait times to cross the border from Texas to Nuevo Leon can reach 25 minutes during peak hours and with the use of the new dedicated lane, Tesla suppliers get through in less than 10 minutes. The lane is marked with the Tesla script just above, and it’s really unusual to see something like that at a border crossing.

The two states only share a 9-mile border with a single crossing point. It is Nuevo Leon’s only direct border with the United States.

Bloomberg quotes Ivan Rivas saying

It was a simple incitement. What we want is a much faster and more efficient passage. And maybe there will be a path for other companies in the future, like for Tesla.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has raised the possibility of opening a factory somewhere in Mexico. As noted in the Electrek report that made this public, the location had yet to be decided and there was a chance it could also be built in Canada. However, if Tesla were to choose Mexico, Nuevo Leon, which the government is already in contact with, might be a desirable location.

New Mexico gubernatorial candidates share their economic plans

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — We are learning more about where the two gubernatorial candidates stand on our state’s economy and rising inflation.

Republican candidate Mark Ronchetti held a press conference on Thursday afternoon, announcing his economic stimulus and inflation-fighting plan which includes 8 steps.

Tax cuts for low- and middle-income New Mexicans, an annual oil and gas rebate for every New Mexican, a small business bailout, business attraction to New Mexico, increasing oil and gas production, investing in infrastructure, limiting government spending, and strengthening our state workforce.

“The state of New Mexico and especially our government has never been bigger and richer than it is today. It is 40% bigger than it was when this governor took over” , said Rocnhetti. “What I would ask New Mexicans is, is your life better because of this? And for far too many New Mexicans, the answer is no, it’s not.

KOB 4 contacted Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign and requested an interview about her plans.

A spokesperson sent out a statement touting his accomplishments.

According to the campaign, New Mexico is now among the top ten states for job growth. The campaign also highlighted up to $15,000 in taxpayer rebates, reduced income and gross receipts taxes, and reduced child care costs.

According to the spokesperson, Ronchetti, “…does not know the issues facing New Mexicans and therefore cannot and will not provide cost-effective solutions that help New Mexicans on a daily basis.”

We expect to hear a lot more about both campaigns as we get closer to the election and prices continue to rise.

Report says sales tax holidays will cost states $1 billion in revenue in 2022


Twenty states will forgo more than $1 billion in revenue this year to enact a variety of sales tax exemptions that ultimately provide poorly targeted benefits and undermine funding for public services, according to a new Institute brief. on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). The updated ITEP tax holiday research brief, Tax Holidays: An Ineffective Alternative to Real Sales Tax Reform, highlights the flaws of this misguided policy approach.

Lawmakers are increasingly turning to sales tax exemptions of unprecedented scope and duration. For example, Florida added five tax-free holidays, ranging from tools for home improvement projects to Energy Star appliances, that will cost the state about $630 million this year. In 2022, sales tax exemptions are also available for hunting season in Mississippi, small businesses in New Mexico, and National Guard members and their families in Nevada.

“In a year of record revenue surpluses, state legislators had the opportunity to enact meaningful reforms for their residents. Instead, they doubled down on their flashy but ineffective vacations that do little to improve state tax systems or families’ financial security, said Marco Guzman, State Policy Analyst at ITEP.

Sales tax exemptions come with issues such as:

  • Poorly targeted approaches. Wealthier taxpayers may receive the same benefit and have more flexibility to change the timing of their purchases to take advantage of these tax breaks. Additionally, sales tax holidays are not limited to state residents or local businesses, as online retailers from other states are included.
  • Reduction in state and local government revenues. The cost of sales tax exemptions nearly doubles in 2022, from an estimated $550 million just a year ago. Revenue lost through sales tax exemptions will ultimately have to be compensated elsewhere, either through budget cuts or increases in other taxes.
  • Retailer Operation. Retailers can raise their prices or water down their sales promotions during a tax break. A study of retailer behavior during a Florida sales tax holiday found that retailers recouped up to 20% of the price drop consumers thought they would receive from the Florida sales tax holiday. State.

Combined with the recent trend of states approving gas tax holidays, lawmakers continue to use these policy measures as a substitute for more meaningful and permanent reform while weakening states’ ability to invest in critical priorities such as infrastructure and education.

Analysts: Crime in NM jumped as arrests plummeted

In June, Albuquerque police investigate a homicide behind a convenience store on West Central Avenue. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — The certainty of justice in New Mexico has slipped over a recent seven-year stretch as arrests have declined and violent crime has increased, analysts for the US Legislative Assembly warned Wednesday. ‘State.

The number of violent crimes, for example, increased by about 32% from 2014 to 2020 while arrests for violent crimes fell by 32%, according to a study shared with lawmakers.

Analysts working for the Legislative Finance Committee – a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers – have also suggested the “speed of justice” may be slowing. The average time it takes to complete a criminal case increased in fiscal year 2021, they said, compared to the previous two years.

The researchers presented their findings at a meeting with lawmakers in Silver City and urged lawmakers to avoid blaming any particular agency or component of the criminal justice system, given the uncertainty about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and data reporting delays. .

But they characterized the drop in arrests and slowing criminal proceedings as a dual challenge New Mexico faces as it battles some of the highest violent crime rates in the nation.

Leading lawmakers have welcomed the analysis by acknowledging that pouring more money into the system is not necessarily the answer.

“We need to have an honest conversation in order to resolve the issue,” said Sen. George Muñoz, Democrat of Gallup and chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, during Wednesday’s hearing.

He urged the law enforcement and criminal justice representatives present at the meeting to make direct assessments of how they can better collaborate and strengthen the weak points in the system.

Lawmakers also heard reasons for optimism. Legislative analysts said New Mexico’s violent crime rate has fallen since 2019 and property crimes have fallen since 2017, though both remain above the national average.

Jason Bowie, New Mexico’s public safety secretary, said police retirement has slowed “a bit” and numbers have increased enough that his agency’s police force can reach pre-war levels. pandemic by the end of the year.

He asked lawmakers to keep officers in mind when passing laws and be careful not to make it difficult for them.

Increasing the number of police officers in New Mexico has been a long-standing goal of lawmakers, mayors and other elected officials, Democrats and Republicans alike. A visible police presence and more officers are key parts of the state’s strategy to deter crime by bolstering “certainty of justice,” as legislative analysts put it.

But in the 10-year period ending in June 2021, the number of certified officers employed by cities, counties and the state only increased by 1.8%, according to LFC research.

“Every agency needs more officers, more deputies,” Damon Martinez, chief political adviser for the city of Albuquerque and former U.S. district attorney for New Mexico, told lawmakers.

Lawmakers have authorized an influx of new public safety spending this year.

This year’s state budget includes approximately $43 million in ongoing funding to cover 15.9 percent pay increases for state police, increased oversight of defendants awaiting trial, the increasing judges’ salaries and other public safety efforts.

Another one-time funding of $177 million was approved to improve the behavioral health services network, recruit and retain officers, and expand violence prevention programs.

“We believe we are currently in a better position to recruit from out of state, Bowie told lawmakers.

State Representative Meredith Dixon, D-Albuquerque, said she was thrilled to see the city of Albuquerque start a new department with civilians to help respond to mental health calls. Other changes – including laws to crack down on “hash shops” that handle stolen vehicles – will need time to demonstrate their effectiveness.

“Nothing happens overnight,” Dixon said.

New Affordable Housing for Creatives Celebrates Grand Opening in Santa Fe, New Mexico | Your money

SANTA FE, New Mexico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2022–

Century Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Santa Fe, New Mexico residents recently celebrated the grand opening of an affordable housing development designed specifically for those involved in creative professions.

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The community of Santa Fe, New Mexico celebrated the grand opening of Siler Yard, an affordable rental development. New Mexico Inter-Faith Housing received a $650,000 AHP grant from Century Bank and FHLB Dallas to help fund the project. (Photo: BusinessWire)

Known as Siler Yard, the 65-unit rental development at 1218 Siler Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an affordable rental development for creatives who earn less than 60% of the area’s median income (AMI ).

The development will provide housing, economic support resources and a sense of community for local artists, dancers, artisans, actors and food artists.

“The development of Siler Yard has taken a decade, and we are thrilled to officially open to our residents and the community,” said Daniel Werwath, executive director of New Mexico Inter-Faith Housing. “The development will provide high quality housing for individuals at rates well below the local average for monthly rent.”

The more than $17.4 million project was made possible in part by a $650,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant awarded to New Mexico Inter-Faith Housing of Century Bank and FHLB Dallas.

“Midtown Santa Fe is a vibrant and important part of our community, and we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with FHLB Dallas to help grow Siler Yard, said Jeff Szabat, senior vice president of CenturyBank.

Siler Yard will offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom units to residents at rates starting at $427 per month. There will be nearly 600 solar panels installed allowing the community to generate all of its own electricity. As a result, residents will not be charged for utilities in their monthly rent.

“We are honored to be part of this innovative development with Century Bank,” said Greg Hettrick, senior vice president and director of community investment at FHLB Dallas. “As housing costs rise across the country, we’re proud to help provide affordable housing options for Santa Fe area residents.”

For more information on the AHP, visit fhlb.com/ahp.

About Century Bank

Century Bank has served the Great State of New Mexico since 1887. In August of that year, with the goal of developing the Santa Fe community through mortgage lending, Mutual Building and Loan Association was founded with 500 $. In 1982 Mutual Building and Loan Association changed its name to Century Federal Savings and Loan Association. Since then, other changes have led to Century Bank’s current status as a full-service, state-chartered, locally-owned community bank.

About Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 11 district banks in the FHLBank system established by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $62.6 billion as of March 31, 2022, is a cooperative owned by its members that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to approximately 800 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas . For more information visit our website at fhlb.com.

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Australian teams flew to the Spaceport America Cup

  • The Intercollegiate Rocket Competition has drawn international rocket teams to New Mexico since 2017.
  • New Mexico State University wins local Chile Cup award for first time.
  • The University of Sydney won three awards, including overall champion.

LAS CRUCES ‒ After a three-week delay due to technical problems last month, the winners of the Spaceport America Cup rocket contest were announced last weekend during a live awards ceremony.

New Mexico’s Spaceport America, which has hosted the annual competition since 2017, said more than 1,300 entrants participated, mostly college students and their mentors, from 95 institutions in 16 countries. The competition begins and ends with presentations at the Las Cruces Convention Center, while launches take place over a few days at the Spaceport Vertical Launch Facility in Sierra County.

When competitors gathered for the closing ceremonies in Las Cruces on June 25, they learned that most of the winners would not be announced that evening, due to problems collecting flight data from all launches. rockets. The judges, volunteers who reside across the United States, ultimately took three weeks to process the data and score the teams accurately.

A total of 14 prizes were awarded in addition to three cash prizes from Space Dynamics Laboratory research payloads piloted by teams from the University of Queensland, the University of West Virginia and the University of Sidney.

Once the winners were announced, it was clear that 2022 – the first Spaceport America Cup competition to take place in person since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – was a big year for Australian teams.

The competition’s overall prize, the Cup itself, went to the University of Sydney, whose team launched a rocket named Bluewren to 30,000 feet with a research payload designed to help collect space debris.

Sydney also won first place in SDL’s payload competition and achieved the highest score for 30,000ft flights by “off-the-shelf” commercial rockets, while three other Australian teams also took home prizes. : The University of Queensland took third place in the payload competition, while the Charles Hoult Prize for Modeling and Simulation was won by the University of Melbourne, with the Monash University team as runners-up .

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The Chilean Cup, a prize for teams based in New Mexico or Texas, was first won by New Mexico State University’s Atomic Aggies, who prevailed over teams from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and University of Texas at El Paso.

Winners of the Spaceport America Cup 2022


  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Brigham Young University (finalist)

Nancy Squires Team Spirit Award

  • Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (finalist)

Charles Hoult Award for Modeling and Simulation

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia (finalist)

Dr. Gil Moore Award for Innovation

  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (finalist)
  • Cornell University (finalist)
  • University of Leeds, UK (finalist)

Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence

  • University of Akron
  • University of Waterloo, Canada (finalist)

James Barrowman Award for Flight Dynamics

  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University (finalist)

10,000 foot COTS (commercial standard)

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Citadel, South Carolina (finalist)

10,000 foot SRAD (student researched and designed), solid fuel

  • Kent State University
  • Iowa State University of Science and Technology (finalist)

10,000ft SRAD Hybrid/Liquid Fuel

  • Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
  • Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland (finalist)

30,000 foot COTS

  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (finalist)

30,000ft Solid Fuel SRAD

  • West Virginia University
  • Oregon State University (finalist)

30,000 ft SRAD Hybrid/Liquid Fuel

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland (finalist)

Spaceport America Chile Cup

Spaceport America Cup (overall winner)

  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Case Western Reserve University (finalist)

The competition was founded in 2006 by the non-profit organization Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), which continues to run the event in partnership with the spaceport. Sponsors include aerospace companies that meet and recruit talent at the competition, including title sponsor Sierra Space, anchor spaceport tenant Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, among others.

In a statement, Spaceport Director Scott McLaughlin said, “We’ve seen many thrusters return to Spaceport America once they graduate and join the aerospace workforce.”

The competition was canceled in 2020 due to pandemic conditions and was held as a virtual event last summer.

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, [email protected] Where @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

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State senator’s annual job fair expands list of employers and jobs

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Staffing shortages are pushing a state legislator’s annual job fair into new territory this year, with more jobs up for grabs than ever before.

The job fair roster has over a hundred New Mexico employers with over 6,400 jobs ready to fill. This is a record for Senator Michael Padilla’s annual job fair.

“This is the most jobs we’ve recruited in the last 10 years at a single job fair,” Padilla said.

That’s 2,000 more positions than last year’s job fair – when around 3,000 people showed up.

It’s still hard to say why the number of jobs available exceeds the number of people available to fill them, but Padilla has some ideas.

“I don’t know if it’s because people don’t want to go back to work. I think a lot of that may be because the economy is accelerating and changing at a faster rate than the workforce is ready to, Padilla said.

This year’s job fair will include familiar employers, but also many new ones. From APS to UPS, from Creamland Dairy to State Farm Insurance.

Padilla says there will be something for everyone.

“I can’t imagine if you go there with all the skills you might have, I think you’ll find something everywhere, from beginners to senior professionals,” he said.

Senator Padilla’s job fair begins Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harrison Middle School in southwest Albuquerque. 115 employers are expected with more than 6,400 jobs available.

Joe Manchin says he wants Congress to pass climate programs after rejecting passing climate programs


Less than a week after frustrating a Democratic effort to tackle the climate emergency, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he wants Congress to approve new programs to tackle the climate emergency.

Asked about his reaction to President Joe Biden weighing the declaration of a national climate emergency, the conservative Democrat replied, “Let’s see what Congress does. Congress needs to act.”

The Washington Post first reported that Biden was deciding whether or not to undertake the maneuver, intended to pave the way for a series of executive actions to address climate change. It’s unclear how aggressively the White House will act, but some climate activists are urging them to ban crude oil exports and restrict drilling in federal waters.

manchin later rejected criticism from fellow Democrats that he had chained his party over the past year in negotiations to secure their agenda. But private frustrations are beginning to spill out into the open because of his deviant public stances.

“It’s not fair to string people together for a year and not come to a conclusion,” Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s not a proper way to negotiate.”

Henry offered on Friday that Manchin should be stripped of his chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after the breakdown of the latest round of talks. That belief doesn’t seem to be prevalent among Senate Democrats so far.

It comes after Manchin privately told Democratic leaders last week that he would only support the passage of two new health care programs, making it clear he was opposed to tax increases and climate initiatives despite the public and private expression of its support for these measures over the months.

“Joe Manchin is really Lucy, he keeps moving the ball every time the rest of the team runs to hit him, Michigan rep Andy Levin said. told Bloomberg. He was referring to the famous Lucy and the football gag in which Peanuts character Lucy van Pelt knocks the ball away from Charlie Brown at the last second.

All 50 Senate Democrats must back the economic package to bypass GOP opposition in the budget reconciliation process.

The conservative Democrat has kept the door open to negotiate a bigger climate and tax reform bill until early September, insisting he has not walked away from the table. Manchin says he wants to review the health of the economy with another inflation report due Aug. 10.

But Democrats are facing a time crunch with the August recess of Congress kicking off in weeks and little time to avoid premium hikes from an expiring Obamacare financial relief package. Millions of Americans would receive notices of steep increases to their monthly insurance bills just before November’s midterms if Democrats don’t step in soon.

Biden has urged Congress to quickly approve a skinny bill that only includes measures to empower the federal government to negotiate certain prescription drug prices as well as expanding Affordable Care Act subsidies. But some Democrats are still calling for a climate deal with unpredictable resistance.

“While I strongly support further executive action by President Biden, we know a flood of Republican lawsuits will follow,” Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Monday. “Legislation continues to be the best option here.”

Las Cruces is not immune to rental scams

A few years ago, the Las Cruces Police Department reported that three local families were victims of rental fraud. In one case, a family moving to Las Cruces from California was scammed out of $1,000 while trying to rent a home listed on Craigslist. In another report, an NMSU student was defrauded of $500.00 by someone claiming to own a property.

This is not breaking news. The Attorney General’s Office and the LCPD have asked landlords and renters to be especially diligent when negotiating deals to rent or lease a home. The warnings apply to both landlords and renters, as both are susceptible to being scammed. Here are some examples of how scams are perpetrated.

In Taos, a landlord became suspicious when he received a $5,000 check from a Craigslist rental seeker who was only required to make a $1,500 deposit. The potential tenant then emailed the landlord saying his ‘sponsor’ had discovered the overpayment ‘situation’ and asked the landlord to wire the $3,500 difference to a furniture company who took care of the move for the tenant. As you may have guessed, the potential tenant’s check was forged. The owner was lucky to have discovered the scheme before sending the attacker $3,500 of his hard-earned salary.

A few years ago, the Las Cruces Police Department reported that three local families were victims of rental fraud.

In another case, an Albuquerque man nearly fell victim to rental fraud when he responded to a Craigslist ad for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the Northeast Heights area. The notice was said to have been placed by a landlord whose ad read: ‘JUST MOVED TO WEST AFRICA, WE ARE LOOKING TO LET THIS HOUSE TO A RELIABLE AND TRUSTED TENANT.’ The potential tenant was asked to send a $1,000 deposit to the landlord. After unsuccessful attempts to locate the property in question, the wise tenant decided to end negotiations with the fictitious owner. It was the same scam used to steal the California couple’s $1,000.

Such situations constitute many of the common types of scams that have been perpetrated against landlords and renters for decades. In recent years, however, cases of landlords defrauding their own tenants have also come to the attention of authorities. In these cases, landlords defraud their tenants by agreeing to rent their homes to them knowing that their property is foreclosed and it will only be a matter of time until the tenant is evicted. The landlord pockets the rents but does not send the money to the lender.

How can landlords and renters protect themselves from rental scammers? The first step in preventing rental fraud is to look for red flags.

Does the offer sound too good to be true? If so, it probably is. Does the owner require cash payment only or payment by bank transfer? Such situations are becoming increasingly common and are among the most common rental scams. Is the candidate tenant requesting the reimbursement of an overpayment? This is one of the most popular scams out there and should be avoided at all costs. Is it impossible to meet the owner or his representative because they are abroad? If so, your money will soon go where the low life lies. Do you feel uneasy about the people involved or the situation itself? If so, run!

The next preventative step is to get as much information about the owner as possible. It would not be unusual to ask if the property is in foreclosure. Seizure deposits are displayed under the owners’ names on www.nmcourts.com. Similarly, it would not be excluded to ask the lessor for references from former tenants. Potential tenants can also verify ownership through public records. In Doña Ana County, determining ownership of a property is as easy as logging on to http://assessor.donaanacounty.org/assessor/web/ and looking up the address of the property. It is also advisable to speak with the neighbors about the history of the property.

In addition to being on the lookout for red flags, landlords and tenants should also be on the lookout for green flags.

Does the owner ID match county property records? Good! Do the tenant’s ID card and social security card match the information on the application? Good! If the owner is not present, is the owner’s representative a real estate agent or property manager doing business from a nearby physical location? Good! Does the real estate agent or manager have a written agreement to represent the ownerr? Good! Is the real estate agent licensed by the New Mexico Real Estate Commission? Good! Does the owner or manager have access to utility bills? Good! Will you be allowed to review the rental or lease agreement before handing over any money? Good! Do you feel positive about the situation? Good!

It is important to note that anyone engaged in the management of a rental property must be licensed by the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. An exception is made for a landlord who rents out his own property. Owners may also appoint another unauthorized person to represent their property, provided this is done using a valid power of attorney. Any other unauthorized activity is considered illegal and a crime under New Mexico law.

Since rental scams are perpetrated almost exclusively using vacant or non-existent properties, it is important to note how easy it is for a thief to commandeer a home. According to a July 12 Las Cruces Association of Realtors report, a total of 89, or 32%, of the 278 homes, townhouses and condominiums listed for sale that day were designated as vacant. All are prime candidates for use in a rental scam.

Whether you own or rent, ensuring you do your due diligence before entering into a real estate rental transaction can save you more than embarrassment. For renters, it can save money on rent and deposit, moving costs, utility costs, and most importantly, it can save you from identity theft. How? You will be less likely to provide an application containing your social security number, address, driver’s license number, credit card numbers, and other personal information to people who intend to use it to malicious purposes.

Landlords can save lost rent, the prospect of finding an unsuspecting, unauthorized tenant living in the property, and property damage themselves.

If you believe you have been the victim of rental fraud, contact the Las Cruces Police Department or the New Mexico Attorney General immediately. They will be happy to write up a report and help you track down the culprits.

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Gary Sandler is a full-time realtor and owner of Gary Sandler Inc., real estate agents in Las Cruces. He loves answering questions and can be reached at 575-642-2292 or [email protected]

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4 dead when sheriff’s office helicopter crashes in New Mexico after helping fight wildfire

Three Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office employees and one county fire department employee were killed near Las Vegas, New Mexico, the sheriff’s office said on social media.
They have been identified as Deputy Larry Koren, 55, Lt. Fred Beers, 51, and Deputy Michael Levison, 30, all of the sheriff’s office, and rescue specialist Matthew King, 44, of Bernalillo County Fire Rescue, has BCSO Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III announced Monday.
The helicopter and its crew had left Albuquerque to help with the East Mesa fire and were assisting ground crews with aerial logistics and bucket drops over the blaze, BCSO Captain Nick Huffmyer said. at a press conference Monday.

After the helicopter refueled and returned to Albuquerque, all communication with the crew was lost near Las Vegas, officials said.

The crash site was discovered shortly thereafter. It is still unclear why the plane crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and New Mexico State Police are investigating the cause, according to Huffmyer.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to the deaths of first responders on Sunday, expressing her deepest sympathy to their families on behalf of the people of New Mexico.

“They were dedicated public servants doing what first responders do day in and day out: working tirelessly for their fellow New Mexicans,” the governor said on Twitter.

Grisham on Monday ordered the flags to be flown at half-mast until sunset July 22 to commemorate the lives of slain first responders.

The sheriff offered his condolences to the families of the victims at Monday’s press conference, which involved a minute’s silence for fallen first responders.

“All of these people were dedicated,” the sheriff said. “We understood that they loved what they were doing to the point that I find some comfort in knowing that they lost their lives doing what they loved.”

Koren, who had worked for the department for 23 years, leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Beers was a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and is survived by his wife, son, father and sister.

Levison, who began his career with the sheriff’s office more than four years ago, is survived by his girlfriend, parents and two brothers, including a deputy in the same department.

King, who had more than 11 years of service, is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Friends and family mourn ‘powerful’ and ‘fearless’ Brett Rosenau

As the sun set in downtown Albuquerque, a light breeze cooled the streets, causing some people to put their hands around the candles they had just lit for Brett Rosenau on Friday.

Friends, family, community members and justice advocates shared a sentiment: Brett should be alive and enjoying another summer night breeze in Albuquerque.

Officers walk past the vigil for 15-year-old Brett Rosenau at Fourth Street and Tijeras, one block from the police station. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)

Rosenau, 15, died in a July 7 house fire during a SWAT incident involving the Albuquerque Police Department, which fired three types of projectiles into the home in the city’s International District. Police were trying to arrest Qiaunt Kelley, who at the time was wanted for a parole violation.

During the SWAT raid, police fired tear gas canisters, pepper spray and flash bangs which are currently being investigated for starting the fire, filling the house with smoke and killing Roseneau. The Office of the Medical Investigator says preliminary reports show he died from smoke inhalation.

Kelley faces no charges related to Rosenau’s death and it remains unclear why the teenager was home on July 7. Last week, Kelley was charged with the murder of a local photographer in June.

If the police started the fire that killed Brett, a tragic family history ensues. His father, whose teenager is named, was killed by a BCSO MP in 2006.

While all of those details were on the minds and in the conversations of people crammed into Tijeras and Fourth Street, the candlelight vigil for Brett Rosenau was a place to share collective grief. A person holding a sign with the words “Jail Killer Cops” in bold black ink was honked in support from passing cars, only lowered the sign to wipe away tears. “We shouldn’t have to be here,” she said.

People want the Albuquerque Police Department held accountable for the death of 15-year-old Brett Rosenau. An investigation has been opened into whether ordnance used by SWAT started the fire at the house where Rosenau died of smoke inhalation. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)

But the people were there – Brett’s friend, relatives he hadn’t seen in weeks, and people he had never met.

Crystal Carmichael grew up with Brett’s mother and had known the teenager since he was a baby.

“I used to take care of him when he was little. His nickname is Bouba. We called him Bubba all the time, she said.

Carmichael shone when talking about Brett’s humorous approach to life and mentioned his nickname because he came up when he was young, and later became the guy who gives everyone a nickname.

“He was always a very small child and when he was really small he was very stocky. And so it was just that it was just one of those names that’s stuck since he was a baby,” she said. “It was Bubba.”

Crystal Carmichael receives flowers from a young family on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)

His charismatic personality was fueled by his energy, which was often unleashed by any sport he might participate in, Carmichael said.

“Non-stop sportsman, every weekend, he plays football. My kids, he and his brother were running together. So we would see him every weekend at cross country or at his football practice and it was always sports related,” she said.

His small size did not hinder his position on the field or in a race. “He was very powerful. He was very fearless. He was very strong and brave. He was afraid of nothing. He was very outgoing and fun to be around,” Carmichael said.

She said the COVID pandemic halted many of her athletic activities and even how often she would see Brett. He invested some of his energy in repairing bicycles, collecting used parts to make bicycles for himself and his friends.

When the moon peaked over the Sandia Mountains, many took their grief home, leaving their candles in honor of Brett a block from the Albuquerque police station.

Candles at the vigil for Brett Rosenau on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)

People leaving a mariachi event inside Civic Plaza stopped by to learn more about Brett and leave their condolences.

The impression Brett makes on the town would match his personality.

“He spent his whole life trying to be bigger than him and proving his strength and who he was,” Carmichael said. “He had to make sure everyone knew who he was. And so he made sure to make a scene.

Sue Joiner, senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, speaks at the Friday July 15 fireside. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)
Candles are lit during a vigil for Brett Rosenau, 15, who was killed in a house fire in early July. His family and friends remember him for his athleticism and humor. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)
Family, friends, anti-police brutality advocates and many more gather Friday, July 15 for a candlelight vigil honoring Brett Rosenau in Albuquerque. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)
People are calling for the Albuquerque Police Department to be held accountable after a SWAT standoff that began Wednesday, July 6, and ended in a house fire and the death of 15-year-old Brett Rosenau. An investigation is underway to find out if the ammunition that the police fired at the house started the fire. (Photo by Bright Quashie for Source NM)

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Public schools in Las Cruces begin in July for the first time. A look at the Balanced Calendar.


LAS CRUCES – It’s mid-July and school is starting. Not summer school, but the regular school year.

Las Cruces Public Schools is moving this year to what it calls a balanced schedule, which means shorter summer vacation but longer fall and spring vacation.

Not everyone is a fan. Those opposed to the change cite poor communication from the district, having only a few months to prepare for an early start date rather than an entire year, and not being able to participate in a duty-free weekend before school starts.

Still, some are taking the changes in stride.

Kids choose a free backpack full of school supplies during the Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway at DACC East Mesa on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Parents and children at a Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway held Saturday at Doña Ana Community College’s East Mesa campus were eagerly awaiting the start of classes.

Kelsey Misquez, who has two children attending Camino Real Middle School and three at Sonoma Elementary School, said she’s generally supportive of the change, but it’s stressing the family this year as they have less time during the summer to save money.

“We weren’t prepared when the change happened, but I really like it,” Misquez said. “I think it’s going to help them (the kids) deal with their burnout and we can have more family time with the breaks,”

Parent Nicole Saenz said she thinks extended breaks throughout the year will be less stressful for children.

“I love it,” she said.

FYI, Western Sky Community Care and other volunteers are giving away free backpacks full of school supplies to children during the Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway at DACC East Mesa on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

The balanced calendar

In previous years, the first day of school was in August. This is the first time the LCPS will have traditional training in July.

This year, the first day of in-person instruction for kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades is Wednesday, July 20, and the first day of in-person instruction for all other grades is Thursday, July 21. Students in these other classes have remote activities scheduled for July 20.

The district builds 10 extra days into the school year for enriched learning, which would have happened whether the school board voted for the balanced schedule or a more traditional schedule.

Enriched learning days are specific days designated for different types of learning. This could be a field trip, a guest speaker, a hands-on project, a college visit, or some other type of non-traditional teaching. The 10 enriched learning days are August 17, September 14, October 11, November 16, December 7, January 18, February 8, March 8, April 18 and May 3.

A two-week fall break is from September 26 to October 7. Thanksgiving holiday week is November 21-25. Students have a winter break of almost three weeks from December 19 to January 5. A two-week spring break is March 13-24.

The last day of the school year for all classes is June 2.

Pupils will benefit from 184 days of teaching this school year compared to 174 days in previous years. For teachers, they will have to be in school 190 days this year compared to 183 days in previous years. The more days worked, the more teachers will receive a raise, in addition to a state-mandated 7% raise, which raised the minimum levels to $50,000, $60,000 and $70,000 for public school teachers.

Long lines form around the DACC East Mesa campus as families await entry to the Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Why the balanced year?

Enriched learning, sometimes called extended learning, will provide the district with approximately $13 million in additional state funding next year, or $550 per student enrolled.

Kelly Jameson, director of communications for LCPS, said the balanced schedule was the school board’s “response to the problem of student and staff burnout” in light of the addition of 10 extra learning days.

In early March, SPC held information sessions for employees and community members about potential schedule changes. On March 15, the board voted unanimously to adopt the balanced schedule over the more traditional schedule

Board member Pamela Cort spoke about burnout when she spoke at the mid-March board meeting.

“The other thing is – with the traditional schedule, adding 10 days – I’m concerned about burnout, she said. “I’m concerned about these extended periods, where we stretch our teachers and our students. If we’re looking at shortening the summer and then giving it back with two weeks of fall break and two weeks of spring break, I’m d okay. I just see it as more rejuvenating for everyone involved.”

Kids choose a free backpack full of school supplies during the Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway at DACC East Mesa on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

On holiday?

Because the school board adopted a 2022-23 calendar just months before the end of the 2021-22 school year, many complained that the shortened summer would affect vacations already scheduled.

According to the LCPS, there will be flexibility for teachers and students who cannot attend during the first two weeks.

In April, the district conducted a survey and found that 80 to 85 teachers will be unavailable at the start of the 2022-23 school year. However, the district also reported that 100 to 175 teaching staff missed each of the first four days of the 2021-22 school year.

Last year, the district struggled with a shortage of substitute teachers. This year, the district reports that more than 600 substitute teachers are expected to be available at the start of the school year.

Families line up at various booths during the Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway at DACC East Mesa on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Unfavorable responses

Isabel Hernandez has four children at LCPS and felt the district wasn’t as forthcoming as it needed to be about schedule changes.

“A lot of parents were caught off guard because they didn’t even know it was voted on,” Isabel said.

Isabel argued that the district was more focused on receiving funding than raising children saying, “they viewed our children as dollar signs”.

Mercedes Hernandez, Isabel’s senior and future senior at Centennial High School, said the changes will affect her ability to take dual-credit courses at Doña Ana Community College. While Mercedes’ dual credit program may be affected, Jameson said that’s not true for all students.

Mercedes is also a member of the school softball team and said that between summer practices and the new schedule, she hasn’t really had a break and feels even more exhausted.

“I feel really taken aback and it’s really frustrating,” Mercedes said. “I don’t feel like they took the students’ opinions and how it would affect us.”

Melissa White, a counselor at Fairacres Elementary, said she feels the district isn’t giving staff enough time to prepare for the start of a new school year. She also wonders how the students will be able to manage the change with only a few months of preparation.

“As a staff member and a parent, I’m super disappointed with the new schedule,” she said.

Tax free weekend

Las Cruces students will not be able to participate in this year’s New Mexico Duty Free Weekend, August 5-7, until the school year begins.

Isabel Hernandez said the duty-free weekend – during which school supplies and most clothes are not taxed – is essential for her family. She said weekends are when her children get items for the new school year because it saves money.

White said she doesn’t plan to wait until the tax-free weekend because she doesn’t want her daughter to miss out on the right materials come back to school.

“It’s going to be helpful for parents across the state, but not here,” White said.

What about Gadsden and Hatch?

Neither the Gadsden Independent School District nor the Hatch Valley Public Schools—the other public school districts in Doña Ana County—institute enriched learning.

Both districts have a traditional calendar. GISD students begin the school year on August 1 and the last day of school is May 25. At Hatch, students begin July 29 and end May 25.

Annya Loya is a generalist journalist and can be reached at [email protected] or @annyaloya on Twitter.

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These are the 10 healthiest communities in the United States: 2022 report

Living in a big city may offer better job opportunities or more weekend activities, but it may not be the healthiest choice you can make.

That’s according to a recent report by US News & World Report, which ranked America’s 500 healthiest counties in categories including population health, education, economic strength and public safety. Midwestern counties topped the list, taking five of the top 10 spots.

Neither the Northeast Coast nor the West Coast appear in the top 10: the top bicoastal qualifier, New Jersey’s Morris County, ranked No. 16.

Here are the top 10 from the report:

  1. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
  2. Church in Falls, Virginia
  3. Douglas County, Colorado
  4. Morgan County, Utah
  5. Carver County, Minnesota
  6. Sioux County, Iowa
  7. Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
  8. Hamilton County, Indiana
  9. Broomfield County, Colorado
  10. Delaware County, Ohio

Los Alamos County, located northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, took the top spot for the third year in a row, earning a perfect score of 100 in the “housing” category, which assessed data on the affordability, capacity and quality of housing. The county also scored a 94 in infrastructure and population health, which indicates, among other characteristics, strong access to care for physical and mental health.

US News & World Report also noted in 2020 that Los Alamos County excels in accessibility to healthy foods. The small county may weigh more than its weight: it has a population of just 18,976, according to the 2020 census.

Falls Church, a town just west of Arlington, Va. — and less than 10 miles from downtown Washington DC — nabbed second place, earning perfect scores in both the health of the population and education. The city’s public school system was ranked the best school district in Virginia in 2020 and 2021, according to Niche, an organization that provides in-depth reviews of every school and university in the United States.

In third place, Douglas County in Colorado, located just south of Denver, scored a perfect score in the economic health category, which considered data on employment, income and opportunity. The county’s unemployment rate in May was just 2.3%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Colorado’s other top 10, Broomfield County, also scored highly in economic health, as well as population health and infrastructure.

Notably, the first three counties on the list all directly border counties with larger cities and populations — Santa Fe, Washington DC, and Denver, respectively — but none of the top three are home to those cities themselves.

The ranking assessed nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents in the United States, comparing 10 different categories associated with community health: population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.

More than a dozen population health and wellness experts took part in an online survey to decide the weight of each category, ranking its importance in relation to community health. The overall score for each county was calculated by averaging the scores from the 10 categories.

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Civil asset forfeiture reform poised to help property owners large and small

Doug Quattrochi

A bill recommended by the Senate as “must pass” would reform Massachusetts civil property forfeiture laws. This much-needed reform has been called for by property advocates for years, but we’ve gained ground by showing how property rights matter most to those who have the fewest. Consider the law as it stands today, applied not to an owner of real estate (we’ll get to that), but to a tenant who owns little more than his car.

Our tenant lends his car to his cousin so he can do his shopping. Unbeknownst to our tenant and without their permission, the cousin takes the car to run some errands, including a stop to sell fentanyl. But he gets caught and arrested. If the arresting officer believes that taking our renter’s car is necessary to stop future illegal drug sales, they may take the car without compensation to our renter.

Note that our tenant does not have to be arrested or charged. This is why it is called civil (as opposed to criminal) forfeiture. They don’t need to be charged with any crime! Their cousin used their car, so their car is part of a criminal enterprise and is confiscated.

Problem with the highlights of the Motel case

For our hypothetical renter, the loss of his car will set off a chain reaction of disasters, possibly leading to unemployment and eviction. Incredibly, if they choose to protest the forfeiture, they have the burden of proof to overturn it. “Innocent until proven guilty” is a criminal law concept and therefore does not apply to civil forfeiture of property. If they don’t know how to prove their case, or if the lawyer they would hire costs more than the car, that car is pretty much lost.

To make matters worse, the arresting officer can benefit from this confiscation. Imagine that our tenant had an expensive car. (Haven’t we seen this before!) Sold at auction, this car could get the police department a lot of overtime. Such a sale is legal, and very attractive! Or if the agent wishes, he can drive the beautiful car for themselvesas a New Mexico City attorney advised his officers to do.

In 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature produced a report detailing how civil asset forfeiture affects Commonwealth residents. The commission discovered that we had seized more than $20 million in assets from 2017 to 2019. Assets seized include a lot of cash, over 600 cars, and many other small issues, including watches, phones, shoes, GPS systems, jewelry, and more. Half of all seized assets total less than $5,000. The smallest amount of money taken was $6.20.

Either the mafia lost all bitcoin, or civil forfeiture of assets must have a disproportionate impact on low-income Massachusetts residents, especially renters. Owners of all sizes should be entitled to due process. And landlords want tenants who are wealthy, stable and able to pay rent.

Nowhere is civil forfeiture of property more economically detrimental than when applied to real estate. For example, in 2011 the owner of the Caswell motel in Tewksbury had successfully let over 196,000 rooms, but 19 of those rentals ended in drug seizures. 99.99% of all rentals were within the law, but in combination with local law enforcement, federal authorities attempted to seize the entire motel with no compensation to the owner.

With the help of the Institute for Justice, this owner managed to defend himself. Most are not so skillfully helped. At least one other of our members has been threatened with confiscation and forced to sell at a loss.

S.2944 would solve the most glaring problems

The wording of Senate Bill 2944 would make four necessary improvements.

First, the burden of proof would shift from all owners to the police. This would greatly increase the possibility of recovering seized property, especially where the owner has lower incomes. District attorneys have to make the effort.

Second, the standard by which assets are seized would change from “probable cause” (the lowest standard) to a “preponderance of the evidence”. This would greatly reduce the likelihood of the assets being seized in the first place.

Third, all owners would have the right to a lawyer. In other words, the state will pay for an attorney to help the tenant in my previous example recover their assets. This will help in multiple ways, especially in cases like Timbs v. Indianain which a seized Land Rover resulted in exactly the downward spiral I described above.

Fourth, the broken incentive would be fixed. Now, instead of a seizing officer using the car or property themselves, proceeds from the sale of confiscated property must pass through state supervision. But this bill does not defund the police. Money from confiscated assets remains available for police budgets, only under state and public oversight.

Overall, this reform would be the biggest expansion of property rights in Massachusetts in a very long time. And this happens not because owners want it to, but because property rights are universal, and most important where they are least valued.

Confiscation of civilian property dates back to the British Navigation Acts of the 1600s. It is high time for Massachusetts to declare its independence.

Doug Quattrochi is executive director of MassLandlords Inc.

Brandon Mason pushes New Mexico hoops into national spotlight

Brandon Mason pushes New Mexico hoops into national spotlight

LAS CRUCES — The first time Justin Hawkins met Brandon Mason, the 6-7 transfer from the University of Utah wanted to embarrass Mason, a former pro player and standout in New Mexico State at the time , who had just won the 2006 NBA D-League Championship with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

“Somebody told me he was a pro and I was trying to kill him,” Hawkins said. “It was my birthday that day and he ended up renting a limo and ended up going out that night and having an amazing time. From that point on he was like a big brother to me. “

Even as competitors, it’s hard to hold a grudge against Mason for long. Who else could be loved by New Mexico State and University of New Mexico basketball fans than the Chicago native who calls New Mexico home?

“I’m really proud of him,” Hawkins said. “It’s an incredible job he’s done for New Mexico to try to bring some recognition to basketball in this area. If anyone can do it, it’s B-Mase. is a man of the people.”

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Mason is the man who got the million dollar winner to take it all New Mexico Basketball Tournamentwhere he also established the state’s only basketball prep school, Albuquerque Basketball Club.

But it certainly didn’t happen overnight.

Brandon Mason

After his playing career, Mason was on the coaching staff for the University of New Mexico, twice, and New Mexico State, even following Marvin Menzies to UNLV for a stint.

Mason was still a college assistant when he created a UNM alumni game in 2015. But the former Aggie didn’t stop there. He hosted a Rio Grande Rivalry alumni game in 2016, which Hawkins played.

Eventually, Mason organized The Enchantment, a team of UNM alumni who played in last year’s TBT, losing to an Oklahoma State team in Wichita, Kansas. Mason went on to create The Panamaniacs, a team of NM State alumni with Hawkins and others, who will play The Enchantment in the first round of the Albuquerque Regional on Monday on ESPNU.

Tickets are on sale at GoLobos.com.

“Once we were able to join and were admitted (last year’s TBT) I was trying to fund this team’s trip and we did an alumni game with 4,000 fans and support online and gambling, I said imagine if you would do a regional there,” Mason said.

This week’s Albuquerque region includes alumni teams from Boise State and Colorado State, as well as New Mexico’s two Division I programs.

“It gives the West and South West teams a region for TBT and I connected the dots with UNM and they knocked it out of the park with presentations and different things and it worked” , Mason said.

Much like everyone involved with New Mexico’s two TBT teams, Mason has a day job, which also revolves around basketball.

Its ABC program features 26 AAU teams (boys and girls) and the prep school competes in The Grind Session, against the top preppers nationwide.

“I had mentors where I grew up in Chicago at the YMCA and different places where they made sure we played non-stop,” Mason said. “We had different avenues in Chicago that I couldn’t see. I myself have three boys in this community that I want to be successful in basketball and in life and I wanted to be that person to get more attention and basketball awareness.

Michael Nanez, a former Aggie player and head coach of the Organ Mountain Boys, quit his job with the Knights, following Mason to Albuquerque, where his son, Evan, is in seventh grade at prep school.

“We’re trying to help kids in New Mexico,” Nanez said. “We know there are players here and now good schools are offering those kids. I’ve known Brandon since he was 17. His connections and the faith the coaches have in him and he has an eye for talent so when he reaches out to other coaches about a kid, they listen.”

New Mexico isn’t a traditional home for basketball talent, but ABC builds itself exclusively with players from the state.

“We’re playing at the highest level and we’re playing with kids from New Mexico,” Mason said. “I could easily pick up 10 kids from somewhere else and try to compete at a higher level and do more. I’m really not about the shoe business and national attention for myself. I want the New Mexico kids have opportunities they haven’t had.”

While Mason is instrumental in shaking things up in the background, don’t try to ask him to pick a winner for Monday’s game, even though he had success against the Lobos as a player.

“I remember guarding Ruben Douglas, who was the leading scorer in the country and Lou Henson telling me I stopped him and he was 27,” Mason said. “We had some good battles and I won more games than I lost against UNM.”

So where can you find Mason on Monday during the game?

“I’m going to stand by the bench of the winning team,” Mason said.

Mexican art of mariachi takes center stage on US stamps

There are few corners of the globe where the echoes of mariachi music have yet to reach, filling street corners with the sounds of the trumpets and guitars that form the backbone of the traditional Mexican genre.

Now all that party fever is wrapped up in a tiny US postage stamp.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the release of a new set of stamps honoring the mariachi on Friday. The day one ceremony took place in New Mexico’s largest city as musicians and fans from around the world gathered for a weekend of concerts hosted by Albuquerque’s 30th Mariachi Spectacular.

The five graphic stamps were created by artist Rafael López, who lives and works in both Mexico and San Diego. Each features an individual performer dressed in traditional clothing with their instrument. While the outfits are ornate, the backgrounds are simple and bright, inspired by the palette of another Mexican craft – papel picado, the elaborate paper cutout banners that are often put up for parties and other events. .

This image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows a special series of mariachi stamps designed by artist Rafael Lopez. A first day of broadcast ceremony was held Friday, July 15, 2022, at Albuquerque’s 30th Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque, NM (US Postal Service via AP)

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While mystery surrounds the origins of mariachi, López said there’s no doubt the beats and rhythms that evolved over centuries in tiny Mexican villages are now known around the world. There’s something special about the celebratory nature of mariachi, and Latinos are proud to be able to share that with other cultures, López said.

And having it recognized on stamps now is a bonus, said Robert Palacios, executive director of the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, which is held each November in the border town.

Palacios, 32, plays the guitarrón and credits music with keeping him out of trouble when he was in middle school.

“It just changed things for me,” he said. “That’s what I wanted to do and now, 20 years later, I’m the director of the mariachi conference and I’m just working to keep it alive. So it’s come full circle for me, being a student and now able to share this passion.

The mariachi high can be magical, Lopez said, leaving people in a festive mood and turning strangers into quick friends. But he can’t explain if it’s the beat, the outfits, the vocals, or all of it combined.

“It’s a universal thing that the mariachi has and it’s hard to explain,” he said during an interview from his studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“We all need a little time to relax and feel happy once in a while and this music does that,” he added. “So I think it’s something that makes us Latinos very proud to see something that started in this area of ​​Mexico and all of a sudden becomes part of the culture of the southwest, it’s also part of the U.S. In no time, it’s universal, it’s international.

López grew up in Mexico City surrounded by mariachi music. He plays guitar, violin and six-string guitarrón which provides the bassline for a mariachi ensemble.

He knows where each band member needs to place their hands to create that special tone. And this is reflected in the images on the postage stamps.

The images were also inspired by movie posters from the golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s and by travel posters issued by the US government in the late 1930s and early 1940s. .

“I wanted to have that quality of nostalgia,” said López, who also created the Latin Music Legend Series Merengue stamp and illustrated a children’s book by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “I didn’t want it to look modern, but rather something we would remember as kids.”

For the next generation, Palacios said he hopes this new wave of attention will spark more inspiration.

“It’s a big step for our culture, a beautiful step,” he said.

Briefcase: consulting firm appoints new leader

Eileen Everett

Eileen Everett has been hired at Prospera Partners as Chief Transformation Officer.

Everett will consult and facilitate business development and systems change in his new role. She has worked in the social sector for more than 15 years. Her most recent position was as executive director of environmental education in New Mexico. There, she supported a multi-year transformation of the organization focusing on creating the first statewide community-generated framework to deliver systems-level change to create equitable everyday access to full air and environmental learning for all children. During his six years with EENM, Everett also tripled the operating budget, quadrupled staff capacity, and created a variety of new programs, including the first-of-its-kind scholarship program that connects interests such as environmental justice, conservation, outdoor recreation, and outdoor learning and education in many forms.

Prospera Partners is a consulting firm that designs local economy networks and social enterprise development plans for businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

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UNM and the State of New Mexico look with interest to the resumption of realignment

Here we go again.

The carousel of conference realignment in college athletics is now spinning as fast as ever.

Depending on your perspective, the latest splash of news of USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten Conference was either extremely unpredictable (really, which saw the two Los Angeles-based schools choose to join the league-based East Coast/Midwest?) or was it painfully obvious as college football seemed to be headed for two or four mega conferences for quite some time. (The Big 12 lost marquee members from Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC a year ago.)

Meanwhile, other schools and conferences across the country — including the University of New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State Aggies — find themselves in an uncomfortable waiting game to see what flawed conferences like the Big 12 and Pac-12 are doing before the next level of programs. decide what is really best for them.

“If you said you knew something was going to happen, I think that would be a joke,” NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia said. “You can be ecstatic where you are and happy where you’re going, but you better keep your head on a swivel too.”

The Aggies are in their final year as an independent football player and a member of the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports before joining Conference USA, including soccer, for 2023-24.

UNM athletic director Eddie Nuñez echoed the sentiment that the landscape is ever-changing and needs constant attention. He’s in his fifth year and started after the 2016 realignment blitz that even included the Lobos sending a memo reported by the Journal asking for a Big 12 invite.

As the Lobos remain more committed than ever to the Mountain West Conference, Nuñez said there’s constant pressure to make the athletic department as strong as possible no matter what happens down the road — Mountain West or not.

“Our ongoing goal is to be the best comprehensive athletics program in Mountain West and to provide a world-class experience for our student-athletes,” Nuñez said in a statement sent to the Journal. “We are proud members of the MWC, the most powerful Five Eyes conference. We are no different than many other institutions during this time of uncertainty in college athletics in that we are always looking for ways to better position our institution and raise the profile of our programs.

Nuñez noted that the department in recent years has proven strong in several areas: fundraising, academics, championships in various sports, and an ongoing effort to improve community engagement.

While a return to national relevance for men’s basketball and an improved on-field football team would help in a number of ways – especially in a time when football television money is the gas that fuels the entire college athletics industry – Nuñez and UNM achieve significant ease football upgrades are the most important factor in putting its athletic department in a position to be more attractive to a conference that might be looking to add a new member.

“With our continued commitment to improving our facilities, with the addition of the New Mexico Mutual Champions Training Center, we are making incredible progress, but we still have more improvements to make to the facilities that are needed, said Nuñez said.

Earlier this month, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson told Denver-based KOA-AM radio that, as he and everyone else waits for what might be next for the remaining members of the Pac -12 and the Big 12, he is happy with the league position. is right now.

“I think we’re in a position where we’ve solidified – some of our institutions had the opportunity to leave a year ago and join the American (Athletic Conference) and chose to stay,” said Thompson. “And I think it was a smart move. We had our best year ever – four 10-win football teams; we had four teams in men’s basketball (NCAA tournament). … There could be some Big 12 schools, there might be Pac-12 schools that might be interested in the Mountain West Conference.

Eastern New Mexico University, Snugglecubs Cookies Collaborate to Create ENMU Victory Spicy Date with Pecan Cookie

ENMU Victory Cookies

July 14, 2022

PORTALES, NM – July 12, 2022 – Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico-based Snugglecubs Cookies announced today the creation of ENMU Victory, a spicy date with a walnut cookie of pecan. The ENMU Victory is now available online at enmu.edu/Cookie.

The ENMU Victory cookie was chosen by a group of ENMU stakeholders who sampled over a dozen different cookie varieties to select the official ENMU brand cookie. Revenue generated from sales of the ENMU Victory cookie will support scholarships for students at Eastern New Mexico University.

“Eastern New Mexico University welcomes this partnership with Snugglecubs Cookies as part of our support for student success,” said ENMU President Patrice Caldwell. “A specialty cookie and a scholarship contribution — the perfect dessert combination. »

The name “ENMU Victory” was chosen from more than 30 names that were submitted during the naming contest organized by ENMU last spring. ENMU Alumnus Marissa Hyde suggested the name “ENMU Victory” in the naming contest and will win a prize from ENMU, including a box of ENMU Victory Cookies.

The cookie label features ENMU’s adorable mascots, Vic and Tory, cheering the Greyhounds to Victory. ENMU alumnus and current Creative Services Coordinator Bryan Hahn created the label design.

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News Release: Santa Fe City Council Approves Ordinance Limiting Driver’s License Suspensions Due to Debt

Advisers urge state lawmakers to find a statewide solution

Santa Fe The Santa Fe City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Wednesday to limit the widespread practice of suspending driver’s licenses when residents cannot afford to immediately pay a fine or fee.

Currently, thousands of New Mexicans cannot drive legally simply because they are trapped in a cycle of debt and their access to safe and legal transportation is limited. In a recent three-year period, New Mexico suspended the driver’s licenses of more than 215,000 New Mexicans because the person could not afford to pay their court debt or missed an appointment. you in court.

The new ordinance not eliminate suspensions and revocations based on dangerous driving (DUI, accumulated points, etc.) or relating to overdue child support. Nor will it limit the court’s discretion to impose penalties in criminal and traffic cases.

“This will help many hard-working families get back on the road and back to work,” Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth said. “This will boost Santa Fe’s overall economy and improve the quality of life for many Santafe residents and those in surrounding communities.”

Council members stressed that legislative reform is still needed at the state level to better address this issue. Over the past five years, 22 states — including Texas, Colorado and Arizona — have passed reforms to limit license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees.

“It’s imperative for New Mexico’s future that state lawmakers add New Mexico to this list when the legislature resumes next year,” Councilman Jamie Cassutt said. “Nobody benefits from the fact that we prevent parents from working and children from going to school and daycare.”

Statewide, 65% of voters oppose debt-based license suspensions — and in Santa Fe, 83% of voters oppose the practice. Majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans oppose debt-based license suspensions, as do men and women in every region of our state.

“When New Mexico revokes a license from a working father or mother, it condemns them to a life without the ability to support their family,” Councilwoman Renee Villarreal said. “Create alternatives to Debt-based driver’s license suspensions are an easy change to ensure people aren’t forced to choose between supporting their families or going into debt.

“Debt-based suspensions make it harder for new Mexicans to get to work, take care of their families and pay their debts,” said Monique Ault, New Mexico State Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. “It is encouraging to see elected officials working together to improve our economy by keeping New Mexican workers on the road and working.

The Starlight Theater shines a new light in Silver City

(Photo courtesy of Bruce Bloy)
Cast members of “The Girl Who Was Asked To Turn Blue” rehearse Saturday afternoon at the Starlight Theater.

The Silver City Starlight Community Theater has been operational for two months and production continues to grow every day. The theater is located at 1815 Gold St. and had its grand opening on May 14 with a Black and White Ball featuring food, entertainment and music. Starlight found its home in what was built to be a church, but after the COVID-19 pandemic the building was sold and turned into a theater for all to enjoy.
“I thought, ‘What am I going to do with the church?’ And all of a sudden I kind of thought, “Well, one thing we need here is a theater,” said Starlight’s artistic director Joe Navan. “So I decided to open a theater, and the rest is history.”
What started as a real estate venture between Navan and his business partner, Bob Grunstein, has grown into a fully functional facility that can accommodate 100 customers, has a full kitchen, voice training rooms, a green room and a make-up room – and now hosts shows every six to eight weeks, keeping in mind ongoing COVID issues. Renovations to the building took a total of seven months, according to Navan.
“So far everything is going according to plan – we have great people, and they’re running it and things are on time and on schedule,” Grunstein said. “The productions we’ve done so far have been really successful. The community just loves us. Parents love us for their kids’ theater part – they said their kids have changed drastically. They’re much more outgoing since they’ve been with us, and they’ve just opened up.
Navan has helped the young participants become more and more involved in acting, and he encourages anyone interested to at least give it a try. You could be the next big thing in town.
“I met Joe at a job fair in high school before Starlight even came along, and I told him I wanted a place to do theater because we didn’t really have one,” said actor Montelius Valenzuela. “He told me he was working on Starlight, and if I wanted to know more about acting, go ahead and stop. I went to Starlight, and they were still doing church there- down – it was the dressing room we were going in that was Joe’s office. I remember I walked in and he made me do some monologues.
Valenzuela, who received the organization’s first-ever Starlight Theater Award, said he had no idea Starlight would become what it is today. Since he’s been there from the start, he compared the theater to a boxing gym to perform.
According to Grunstein and Navan, Starlight’s success can largely be attributed to an outpouring of support from the community. Grunstein said she recently received a donation of vintage beauty salon equipment for an upcoming show, which was greatly appreciated.
Starlight is awaiting federal approval to officially become a non-profit organization and, according to Grunstein, they are considering the official name of The Starlight Academy. They plan to hold singing, dancing, art lessons and more for children and adults in the future.
“It takes a village to run any of these things, Navan said. “We are completely non-profit, so we are supported by the community. The community helps us, the community comes to support the shows. We do as much fundraising as we can – we don’t charge any young people to attend any of our programs, so it’s a free program for kids.
Navan pointed out that there are also no membership fees, allowing aspiring actors to perform in Starlight productions for free. Their goal is for the theater to be open and in use 365 days a year.
Starlight has been working on an upcoming show produced entirely by kids ages 7-18 called “The Girl Who Was Asked To Turn Blue.” A preview of the show took place on Sunday, which Valenzuela said went very well.
“We probably involved 15 or 16 kids,” he said. “We started with about four, but they keep coming. One thing that I keep realizing with these kids is that a lot of them have never done theater. They remind me of me when I was younger – you have summer on your plate and you’re like, ‘Okay, what am I going to do now?’ Having something to do that is creative and artistic is great for kids and parents, they’ll tell you.
Age turned out to be just a number at Starlight, with 10 years of pro-grade lighting and sound equipment for “The Girl Who Was Asked to Turn Blue”.
To support the Starlight Theatre, speak to Navan onsite or contact him through his Facebook page, Silver City Starlight Theatre.

Jordan Archunde can be reached at [email protected] press.com.

Return of Oñate pageantry ignites debate over colonial memory in New Mexico

Despite years of pushback and protests, the portrayal of genocidal Spanish conquistador and war criminal Juan de Oñate returned to Fiesta del Valle de Española this weekend with a re-enactment that attempted to downplay his crimes and polish his legacy.

At the Bond House Museum in downtown Española on Saturday, Ray Griego, the man chosen to portray Oñate for the 51st annual event, took part in a 15-minute re-enactment titled “Juan de Oñate Responds to Accusations.”

He was joined by Roberto Valdez, Chairman of the Fiesta Corporation Speakers Committee.

In character and costume, Valdez began the presentation by saying that Oñate was “cleared” of 18 of the 30 criminal charges brought against him by his own government and that the remaining charges were “difficult to prove”.

In historical fact, Oñate was exiled in 1614 by the Spanish government and found guilty of cruelty and excessive force, according to Spanish newspapers and testimonies, and a tradition of oral histories maintained by the people of Acoma Pueblo.

The historical consensus states that Oñate’s siege on Acoma killed about 800 people in retaliation for Pueblo’s earlier murder of about a dozen Oñate men, who forcefully demanded supplies and raped a woman. After murdering hundreds of people, Oñate’s forces then cut off a foot from every man over the age of 25 and enslaved much of the Pueblo.

Ray Griego (left), the man chosen to play Oñate for the 51st Fiesta del Valle de Española, took part in a 15-minute re-enactment titled ‘Juan de Oñate Responds to Accusations’. He was joined by Roberto Valdez (right), chairman of the Fiesta Corporation Speakers Committee. (Photo by Austin Fisher/Source NM)

“We cannot deny these fundamental historical facts, said Matthew Martinez, former lieutenant governor of Ohkay Owingeh and professor of Pueblo Indian studies at Northern New Mexico College.

Saturday’s historical presentations included no women, no Pueblo historians, or any of the many local scholars critical of the pageantry.

“You have this conversation right in the center of the Tewa homeland with no one from those communities at the table to participate,” Martinez said. “And so it’s a very insular conversation, and it’s really based on half-truths and half-perspectives.”

There are local scholars who have dedicated their entire lives to understanding this part of history, he said, who are excluded from these conversations.

“It seems that the people chosen to speak were following much the same theoretical practices of really idolizing a particular figurehead that his own people ostracized and exiled,” Martinez said.

He said New Mexicans owe it to their ancestors, native and Hispanic, to recognize true history and struggles.

“Parties should be more than just dressing up in colonial attire, but serving as community events that recognize both the historic atrocities and the resilience that make us who we are as Valley people,” Martinez said.

Another speaker on Saturday, former state historian Robert Torrez, said that when people make up their minds about European settlement, they should be informed by “at least what sources are available – not by articles from contemporary diaries, many of which seem image-based and emotionally based”. loaded sources.

Torrez also slammed the anonymous protester who to cut the foot of the statue of Oñate in Alcalde in January 1998 because, according to him, it is unfair to judge the actions of people from the 16th and 17th centuries using the morals and ethics of a person living in the 21st century.

“Tact assumes, of course, that our contemporary morals and ethics are higher and more honorable than those of our ancestors,” he said. “You just have to watch the news today and see what this society is letting go of, at the risk of being political, with unborn children – that sort of thing.”

social studies

Part of Martinez’s work over the past year has been supporting the revision of New Mexico social science standards taught in K-12 schools. They haven’t been updated for more than 10 years, he said.

He was part of the original steering committee that provided feedback, which included educators, academics and community members. These recommendations are now adopted by the State Department of Public Education. Schools have one year to implement the new standards and adapt them to their local districts in the materials they choose, Martinez said.

This is an opportunity to supplement the curriculum using challenging perspectives, including women’s history, indigenous history and Latin American history, he said.

“It’s really a flat narrative, and teachers are really struggling, especially New Mexico history teachers, to get authentic voices and materials produced by people in those communities who can tell their own story. “, Martinez said.

Decades of protest

The pageantry of these annual events — not just in Spanish but in cities across New Mexico — and the historical perspective they promote have prompted scholars, community activists, and Norteños to rethink what it means to celebrate genocide and the conquest.

The events have again sparked outcry from activists and community members in 2017 because they glorify Oñate’s expedition to Tewa lands in northern New Mexico and the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

Calls for change prompted the city of Española to remove Oñate’s performance from the 50th annual event in 2019 following public pressure from Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists.

But the speakers at the festival three years ago refuse historic Spanish atrocities against local Pueblo peoples.

Mayor John Ramon Vigil, then a member of the city council, distanced the festivities from one of the speakers, Al Borrego, who denied the 1599 Oñate massacre against the Acoma Pueblo. Borrego was not present at Saturday’s conference.

Since then, Fiestas is no longer run by the city government of Española. It has been moved under a private company, effectively insulating it from calls to make it less offensive and more inclusive, said Luis Peña, who started a petition to remove the statue depicting Oñate in Alcalde.

Monuments and extremists

Oñate’s return to the event is particularly troubling for Peña as it follows deep social unrest in 2020: the George Floyd protests, criticism of police brutality and the destruction or removal of more than 160 monuments to the Confederacy – including the removal of Spanish colonial statues in Alcade, Santa Feand Albuquerque after Steven Baca Jr. shot a protester.

An empty space remains in the middle of the “La Jornada” sculpture where the statue of genocidal conquistador Juan de Oñate once stood in Albuquerque. Local activists say the recent acquittal of homicide defendant Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin bears eerie similarities to a shooting that occurred outside the statue here last summer. (Photo by Shelby Kleinhans/Source NM)

People from different communities repeatedly asked to get rid of Oñate, Peña said.

“They’re going to do it anyway,” Peña said. “They’re not willing to accept information or consider how offensive it is.”

There have been community-wide dialogues initiated by leadership, which weren’t perfect, Peña said, although at least it was an attempt.

“But it ended up being something where Oñate seemed to embody the entire culture of this fringe group of extremists,” Peña said. “These guys don’t think they’re part of the wider community. They think they are isolated from the dynamics of the world around them. They think they’re special, that they don’t have to look at the things they do and change anything.

Destroying monuments isn’t about erasing history, Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh) said, but about questioning men who owned slaves and were proven to have blood on their hands.

“Based on what we learn from the past, how do we come together as members of the community?” He asked. “I think Española are really struggling with that. But it’s wrapped up in a larger fabric of what’s happening in the United States and around the world regarding the removal of statues.

Holidays as we know them today are made-up traditions, he said.

“They’re really about perpetuating whiteness and performativity,” he said. “The natives, the Spaniards and all those who participate become props. It’s about putting people as props, as a performance. It’s not based on any historical reality.

New Mexico State Historian Robert Martinez said New Mexico is a microcosm of what is happening nationally when it comes to statutes and monuments. Some oppose the destruction of monuments while others say they remind them of a very difficult and painful past, he said.

“It’s the conflict that we deal with with each other and within ourselves,” he said. He said it is important to look at history honestly, with open eyes and hearts, and to be sensitive to the impact of historical events on others today.

“The people of Pueblo are our current New Mexican compatriots,” he said. “What they think of the statues matters, not just what we think. Their opinion matters too. »

The Jim Crow Legacy

Amado Guzman’s family moved from Albuquerque to Española when he was 13, and he lived in Santa Cruz. He sees the decision to bring Oñate back to the Spanish Fiestas as ‘a step backwards’.

He highlighted the origins of Fiestas: The first Española event was organized in 1933 – during the Jim Crow era – although it did not become an annual event until 1969.

Guzmán, a historian and doctoral student at the University of Arizona, said we need to understand Jim Crow both as a set of racial segregation laws and as an ideology in mass popular culture.

“The fact that the Colonial Oñate or De Vargas or Spanish parades date from that period is pretty clear evidence to me that it was part of that national Jim Crow culture,” he said.

While we think of the Jim Crow era as primarily anti-Black — which it is — Guzmán said it was also anti-Mexican, anti-Native, and anti-Asian.

For Peña, defending Oñate seems offbeat.

“We just proclaimed June 16 and Indigenous Peoples Day as federal holidays,” he said, “and here is this historic figure who embodies all things anti-black and anti-Indigenous.”

The Oñate family, Peña pointed out, became wealthy in Zacatecas from native and African slave labor—wealth they later used to fund the expedition to what would become New Mexico.

Why would we celebrate that? He asked.

“We can do better,” he said.

ABQ Starbucks files petition to unionize

Jacob Sherwood, a Starbucks barista in Rio Grande and Interstate 40, is part of an organizing group that filed a petition on Monday that could lead to possible unionization of the cafe’s 31 employees. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Jacob Sherwood has been a barista at Starbucks on Rio Grande and on Interstate 40 since October, and he says it’s constantly busy.

Most of the time, he says, the cafe is understaffed and employees feel overworked.

Sherwood and five of his co-workers began the process to make his store the first Starbucks in New Mexico to unionize — an effort to provide employees with better pay and stronger health care benefits.

The organizing group filed a petition on Monday with the help of the Western United States Regional Joint Labor Commission.

Workers United deputy director Evelyn Zepeda confirmed the petition had been filed, although the case has not yet been scheduled for the National Labor Relations Board.

“I think it’s just about trying to help our store and help our partners achieve the life or outcome they want from their work,” said Sherwood, 21.

A Starbucks spokesperson said the company will follow the NLRB process.

“We are listening and learning from these store partners as we always do across the country,” a Starbucks spokesperson told the Journal. “From the beginning, we have been clear in our belief that we are better together as partners, with no union between us, and that belief has not changed.”

The local Starbucks joins more than 300 Starbucks stores across the country that have unionized or are in the process of unionizing, according to Starbucks Workers United.

A union spokesperson said more than 4,000 Starbucks employees in 35 states have now joined Starbucks Workers United and more than 4,700 workers are organizing their store.

Unionization at Starbucks locations began last December when a store in Buffalo, New York, successfully voted to unionize.

At the heart of a potential unionization for the local Starbucks, Sherwood said, is a desire for expanded benefits and job security. However, a detailed list of requests has not yet been established.

Sherwood said the local Starbucks, which is open from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, is one of the busiest in the state with customers lining up nearly every hour of the day. He said it is common practice for two employees to leave their shifts to be replaced by one, which creates pressure on workers there.

“I can tell you that we all feel like we’re understaffed,” he said. “It’s really tough and difficult to manage that kind of volume of people.”

Sherwood said colleagues have noticed staffing levels at the Rio Grande location are similar to other Starbucks, despite having higher traffic than most other locations in the city.

The local organizing group recently sent a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz saying workers are facing cutbacks, lack of job security, understaffed shifts and unlivable wages at the same time as “annual profits reach billions of dollars”.

Starting pay is $12 an hour at Starbucks near Old Town, and workers have access to health and dental benefits, paid time off and free drinks, Sherwood said.

Starbucks said in May it planned to move all US employees to $15 an hour starting Aug. 1, but Sherwood said the increase was not enough given the rising cost of living. over the past few months.

“We just want to be able to at least make a decent living and get by without worrying about ‘Can I buy food this week? It’s rent week, will I be able to afford gas and all these other things? things I need?” he said.

Workers will vote on whether to unionize in a few months, Sherwood said. Unionization occurs if at least 70% of the store’s 31 employees vote in favor, he added.

As workers wait to vote on unionization, Sherwood said other workers at union sites told him to expect visits from senior Starbucks officials.

“It’s going to be a propaganda war between the Starbucks corporation and us trying to… let our co-workers know what the union can do for us,” he said.

Susan Kay Robinson | Obituary

Susan Kay Robinson, 74, died Friday, June 24, 2022, in El Paso, Texas, from complications from a fall that resulted in brain injury. Her husband, daughter and sister were by her side.

Susan was born in Breckenridge, Texas on June 1, 1948 to Ted Robinson and Alma (Spain) Robinson. Susan’s family moved to Roswell in the early 1960s after living in Mississippi, Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Susan attended Roswell High School and was in the first class to graduate from Goddard High School in 1966. She then lived in Illinois, Connecticut and Texas before returning to New Mexico. She lived in Santa Fe for many years and worked in real estate and property management.

Susan married Joe Koljat on June 24, 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

After returning to Roswell in 1992, she worked in the medical field for a few years before working as a licensed adjuster until her retirement in 2020. Susan was active in politics and a member of Chaves County Republican Women. She volunteered and was honored as a Chaves County Casa volunteer in 1999.

Susan loved her family and extended family. Her greatest accomplishments were her son Erik and her daughter Erica, of whom she was so proud. Her grandchildren Madison, Evan and Jocelyn were her greatest joy. Susan was like a second mother to her niece Tedi and like another grandmother to her great niece Kyra and great nephews Kaylyn (aka Bubba) and Jordan who affectionately called her Suesue. She adored her stepchildren Brian and Julia. She had endeared herself to another generation with Kyra’s sons Alan and Arlo, also loving their Suesue very much. Susan’s unexpected death came just after a week’s beach vacation with some of her favorite people: Shari, Tedi, Kyra, Alan and Arlo. She really enjoyed the trip, which in addition to having fun in the sand and waves also included a visit to an aquarium, a marine wildlife rescue and an encounter with an elephant.

Susan enjoyed visiting family and friends so much, she could always be counted on for a good laugh, sound advice and often a home-cooked gourmet meal, which was always a major production. As well as being a fantastic cook, Susan also enjoyed gardening and creative craft projects. She was an avid reader who enjoyed researching various topics of interest. She was the best sister in the world and an amazing daughter who lovingly cared for her mother for many years. She was always there for you when you needed her. And of course, she saved stray animals as well as lost souls. Susan had a sharp wit, a delicious laugh, the biggest heart, a beautiful smile and lots of love to give. Her memory will continue to be a blessing to all who knew her.

Susan is predeceased by her father Ted Robinson; stepfather Jim Koljat; mother-in-law Gerri Koljat; son-in-law Brian Koljat; brother-in-law Mark Hamilton; and dear friends Jeanie Whitwam and Nancy Esquivel.

Those who mourn her are her husband Joe Koljat of the family home; his mother Alma Robinson and sister Shari Hamilton, all of Roswell. son Erik Heftye (Michelle) and granddaughter Madison and grandson Evan from Country Club, Missouri; his daughter Erica Jaramillo (Jonathan) of Gig Harbor, Washington; niece Tedi Brackeen (Mark) of Roswell; great-niece Kyra Cash (Cody) and great-grandnephews Alan and Arlo of Roswell; great nephew Kaylyn Gross (Sara) of Norfolk, Virginia; great-nephew Jordan Hamilton of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law Julia Koljat (Dave Stevens) of Mooresville, Indiana and granddaughter Jocelyn Shartzer also of Mooresville, Indiana. Dear family friend Linda Monk, of Roswell, New Mexico; his aunt Ruth Russell of Belen, New Mexico; and her wonderful cousins, Sam Robinson, Bettie McCarter, Bob Whitmire, Tammie Samson, Gina Bassett, Ruthie Fox, Rochelle Johnson, Damian McSherry and Grover McSherry, their spouses and children. She also leaves her adoptive Border Patrol family Armin and Cecy Loza with her daughters Ana, Sofia, Andrea and Cecy of Detroit, Michigan. Her four-legged family members Nilla, Smiley, Poochie Poochie and Doodles Kitty have been spoiled and will miss her terribly.

The family would like to give special thanks to the EMTs, Roswell Fire Department personnel, ENMMC emergency personnel, and airlift team for caring for and transporting Susan to El Paso. Thank you also to everyone at the Providence-Sierra Hospitals campus in El Paso, TX for their outstanding treatment, care, and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Chaves County CASA program of Roswell or a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are being made by La Paz Perches Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas.

No service will be held. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Sophomore sensation Salome grabs the lead

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — At the start of the second round of the New Mexico-West Texas Women’s Amateur Championship, University of New Mexico sophomore Annie Saecheung asked Rylee Salomé what year of school she was in. was.

Salome innocently replied, “Sophomore”.

Rylee Salome hits a shot off the fairway during Saturday’s second round of the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship. Salome shot a 2-under 70 and leads the tournament entering Sunday’s final round.
Mike Sandoval/For the Journal

Saecheung assumed that Salome meant second in college because Salome wore a New Mexico State golf shirt.

Well, Salome, a 15-year-old high school sophomore who is homeschooled, could have easily been mistaken for a college golfer because of the way she played at Santa Ana Golf Club on Saturday. Salome shot a 2-under bogey-free 70 to climb to the top of the standings and take a three-shot lead in Sunday’s final round, an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start in Santa Ana. Salomé was the only one to beat the par on Saturday.

“I felt really confident today,” said Salome, who also shot a no-bogey 2 under to win the Class 4A state golf title for Belen High in Santa Ana in May. “I just felt like I was putting really well.”

Salome, who entered the second round three shots behind leaders Sophia Zamarripa and KayLinda Crawford, birdied the 497-yard, par-5 No. 3 hole on the Tamaya course and her 11th hole, which was the 377-yard, par-4 No 2 holes on the Cheena course.

“I think Rylee played really well today, said Saecheung, who shot 3 more times just like she did in the first round at Twin Warriors Golf Course. “She had a real solid ride. I, on the other hand, had a few mishaps here and there, but I kept my cool. I had no birdies today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. »

Crawford, the 2021 Sun Country Senior Women’s Amateur Player of the Year and 2020 NM-WT Amateur Champion, shot 4 times and is three shots behind Salome. Zamarripa, a former Sandia High standout and UNM sophomore, shot 5 times and is tied with roommate Saecheung, four shots behind Salome.

Crawford’s round included four outings that caused her regret, but she was thrilled to be in contention and expressed her excitement for competing in the event.

“(This tournament is) awesome,” said Crawford, who played college golf at Texas Tech from 1984-1988. It is truly an honor to play with young and great players.

Salome appears to be on her way to becoming an NCAA Division I golfer. Her father, Pat, said he hopes his daughter has options for where to play in college.

Pat, who is caddying for Rylee in the tournament, is an NMSU alumnus who earned undergraduate degrees in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in economics at UNM rival Las Cruces University. He said he retired in 2015 after 28 years as Socorro town manager so he could spend more time with his family and watch his daughter compete.

“I felt like if I kept working when I didn’t really need to, I would miss watching her,” Pat Salome said. “It was the right time for me to retire considering my daughter’s age. If I were to miss his game, it would be my fault.

Rylee said she wore the NMSU gear on Saturday because it was something she chose as pro-shop credit after winning the Sun Country Women’s Spring Stroke Play on March 27 at NMSU Golf Course.

She got a taste of college-style competition on Saturday with her group, which included Zamarripa, Saecheung and Crawford.

“They are all very high level players,” said Salomé, who finished fourth at last year’s NM-WT Amateur. “They were all really good. It was almost like a college tournament. It helped me for the road ahead.

Five Things to Know: Mexico

With six points from two games, the USA have already clinched their ticket to Australia and New Zealand and are guaranteed to be no worse than second in Group A. The Americans are guaranteed to top Group A with a win or draw against Mexico. Haiti and Jamaica are both on three points and will face off on Monday to determine which of the two Caribbean nations will automatically grab the World Cup berth. Due to a superior goal differential, a win or draw against Jamaica would send Haiti to their first-ever Women’s World Cup, while Jamaica need a win to secure a top-two spot. of the group.

Mexico’s World Cup hopes are now on hold in the Intercontinental Qualifiers, where 10 teams will battle for the final three spots in the expanded 32-team field for Australia/New Zealand 2023. However, reaching the Intercontinental Qualifiers will not be a small matter because Mexico must beat the United States – which they have only done once in 41 all-time encounters between the regional rivals – and must also overtake Jamaica or Haiti on goal differential to move up to third in the group standings.


Mexico’s roster for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship is made up of 15 players who play their club football domestically in Liga MX Femenil, including six four-time overall champions UANL Tigers and four of the reigning champions of Apertura Chivas. Forward Alicia Cervantes, who plays for Chivas, has led the league in scoring each of the past two seasons, but only had one shot in 68 minutes of action at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship.

Two players – goalkeeper Emily Alvarado, who plays for her soccer club in France for Stade de Reims, and midfielder Stephany Mayor, who plays for Tigres, have played every minute for Mexico so far in this tournament.

Of the eight players playing at their club soccer outside of Mexico, five compete in the United States with two college players (UCLA’s Maricarmen Reyes and Arizona State’s Alexia Delgado) and three NWSL players. Maria Sanchez, who is from Idaho and played collegiately for Idaho and Santa Clara, plays for the Houston Dash. Defender Jimena Lopez played collegiately at Texas A&M and is a club teammate at OL Reign with Americans Alana Cook, Sofia Huerta, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe. Forward Diana Ordonez, who played on the United States Women’s Youth National Teams, played college football at the University of Virginia and is a teammate with United States goaltender Casey Murphy with the North Carolina Courage.


Guardians (3):
1-Emily Alvarado (Stade de Reims, FRA), 12-Itzel Gonzalez (Club America), 21-Melany Villeda (Pumas UNAM)

Defenders (5): 2-Kenti Robles (Real Madrid CF, ESP), 3-Greta Espinoza (Tigres UANL), 4-Rebeca Bernal (CF Monterrey), 5-Jimena Lopez (OL Reign, USA), 13-Bianca Sierra (Tigres UANL)

Midfielders (10): 6-Alexia Delgado (Arizona State, USA), 8-Carolina Jaramillo (Chivas), 10-Stephany Mayor (Tigres UANL), 14-Casandra Montero (Chivas), 15-Cristina Ferral (Tigres UANL), 16-Nancy Antonio ( Tigres UANL), 17-Jaqueline Ovalle (Tigres UANL), 18-Joseline Montoya (Chivas), 20-Diana Garcia (CF Monterrey), 23-Maricarmen Reyes (UCLA, USA)

Forwards (5): 7-Myra Delgadillo (SC Braga, POR), 9-Katty Martinez (Club America), 11-Maria Sanchez (Houston Dash, USA), 19-Alicia Cervantes (Chivas), 22-Diana Ordonez (North Carolina Courage, United States)


Monday’s game in Monterrey will be 42n/a all-time meeting between the United States and Mexico, which will tie Mexico with Sweden for the fourth most frequent opponent in United States history, behind only Canada (62 games), PR China (58) and Norway (50). The United States leads the series with Mexico, 39-1-1, and has won the last 15 meetings between the teams by an overall margin of 64-4.

The United States and Mexico most recently faced off in the Send-Off Series in July 2021, ahead of the USWNT’s departure for the Tokyo Olympics. The teams played twice in East Hartford, Connecticut, resulting in a pair of 4-0 wins for the United States on July 1 and 5.

This will be the first meeting between the United States and Mexico in a competitive game since their clash on February 7, 2020 in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers. USA won 4-0 behind goals from Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis (x2) and Christen Press to clinch their place at the Tokyo Olympics.

Mexico are the most frequent opponents USA have faced in World Cup and Olympic qualifying, with the teams having met 13 times in Concacaf qualifying. The United States have won 12 of those 13 encounters with Mexico’s only victory in qualifying – and the only victory ever against the United States – in the last match between the Mexico teams, a 2-1 victory for the United States. local team in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Qualifying in Cancun. Mexico’s only other result against the United States came in an October 2007 friendly in Albuquerque, New Mexico, drawing 1-1.


Despite disappointing results in its first two games in the Concacaf Women’s Championship, women’s football has made significant progress in Mexico in recent years. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol officially launched the Liga MX Femenil in 2017 and the league has seen phenomenal growth and success both on the pitch and in the stands, drawing impressive crowds.

When originally created, the Liga MX Femenil was limited to only allowing players born in Mexico, although in 2018 a rule change allowed teams to register up to six Mexican-American players and , at present, teams are now allowed to register up to four foreigners. born players. Several Americans play in the league, including former US Youth International and UCLA star Mia Fishel (UNAL Tigers) and former Cal-State Fullerton player and Orlando Pride forward Christina Burkenroad ( CF Monterrey), who is Mexican-American.

Why Hollywood hasn’t launched a boycott yet – The Hollywood Reporter

The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade places Hollywood between a rock and a hard place. While some entertainment industry executives may have tried in years past to stay out of the political fray, industry executives have been challenged to weigh in on issues that talent has begun to consider. as deal breakers when evaluating whether to work on projects with certain partners. Major studios now understand that they risk ostracizing talent – ​​and viewers – by remaining silent.

Most major Hollywood companies, including Disney, Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery, condemned the decision and informed employees that they would cover travel expenses to venture out of state for abortions. The Writers Guild of America has considered itself the only industry group to call for a boycott of filming in states that ban abortion, urging employers to “consider each state’s laws when choosing locations for production”.

The glaring lack of widespread calls for a shooting boycott in some states that have passed and will pass abortion restrictions stands in stark contrast to when many Hollywoods threatened to pull Georgia’s investments after the passage of legislation in 2019 banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat. The difference this time around, industry insiders say, is the lingering question of whether shutting down filming in nearly half the country is even possible, especially in states that are collectively doling out billions per year in tax breaks for productions.

Hollywood’s response to Georgia’s abortion ban, now that it’s about to go into effect, could serve as a litmus test for how the industry reacts to laws widely passed in multiple states. which angered the majority of talent. The studios did not say whether they would follow through on threats to boycott filming in the state. It seems unlikely.

“It’s been relatively quiet,” says Alexxiss Jackson, a decade-old Georgia transplant who works as a cinematographer. “Me and my first AD were talking about the concern of a boycott because there was so much talk about it, but I haven’t heard anything specific about it.”

After Georgia passed an abortion ban in 2019, Hollywood collectively rallied to protest the legislation. Netflix said it would pull projects from the state if the law goes into effect. Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, AMC, Sony, CBS and Viacom followed with identical threats. Some have succeeded: Kristen Wiig has pulled production from the Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star go to Vista del Mar of Georgia, as are the executive producers of Amazon Studios The power. Bob Iger, former chief executive of Disney, said in response to the legislation that “many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to consider their wishes in this regard”. A massive boycott of filming in Georgia is looming.

But JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele took a different route. They went ahead with filming their respective projects in Georgia and chose to donate to organizations working to overturn the state’s so-called heartbeat bill. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams also urged studios and producers not to boycott filming in the high-production state. While a boycott might send a message to lawmakers in a state that sees billions of dollars in Hollywood spending each year, the thrust of their reasoning was that it would hurt the people on the ground working in the industry the most. film industry – the majority of which opposed the legislation. . In Georgia, nearly 100,000 people work in the film industry.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the rationale seems to have resonated with decision makers in the entertainment industry.

“I feel like we were left out of the conversation when people called for a boycott; there was a disconnect, says Melissa Simpson, executive director of Film Impact Georgia. “This time people know it would hurt human beings who are already suffering.”

But beyond the impact of a boycott on labor, studios’ reluctance to pull Georgia productions may come down to tax breaks in some cases.

Since the widespread adoption of state incentive programs to attract Hollywood dollars, productions have steadily fled California to regions offering more tax breaks. Credits attracted breaking Bad and You better call Saul in New Mexico, The Walking Dead and Avengers: Endgame in Georgia and jurassic world and Now you see me to Louisiana. These states have become film hubs with the production infrastructure that goes with it.

Thirty-six states offer some form of tax relief to the film industry. Two of them – Georgia and Louisiana – are major players in Hollywood and are likely to or have already passed laws restricting access to abortion. In the last two fiscal years ending in 2021, they gave Hollywood $2.11 billion in tax breaks, even taking into account the pandemic-forced shutdowns.

Of the 22 states that have banned, mostly banned, or will likely ban abortion, 15 offer Hollywood tax credits for juice production. To the film industry, they give away nearly half a billion dollars in free money every year. (With the exception of Georgia, which has no annual cap on its incentive program.)

A physical production manager at a major studio, who declined to be named for this story, recounts The Hollywood Reporter that studios are unlikely to forgo such massive tax breaks, which can make or break a production.

Jonathan Kuntz, a film historian at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, notes that the entertainment industry has always been reluctant to take political action, especially when money is at stake. While the majority of Hollywood leans towards progressiveness, viewers are not confined to one side of the aisle. After all, curators also watch movies.

“If you talk about Supreme Court decisions and laws in state legislatures, there are thousands of them all the time,” Kuntz says. “Once you boycott one, some people may see it as a slippery slope. It’s delicate. It’s very difficult for a large company to negotiate that.

Instead of a mass boycott, decisions to withdraw investment from states with abortion restrictions can come from select studios and individuals.

“I have a feeling we’re going to start to see some companies say they won’t produce in some states,” says Ivy Kagan Bierman, president of Loeb & Loeb’s entertainment labor practice, which handles negotiations with guilds and unions for film, television and digital businesses. . “When you talk about mobilization, I anticipate that some key people in productions, such as directors, producers and talent, will take the positions that they don’t want to occupy in projects that are produced in certain states.”

Questions also persist about what a mass boycott of the shootings in more than half the country would look like and if it is even feasible. Jackson, who opposes calls to stop shooting in any state that enacts abortion bans, observes, “How do you do this when it’s such gargantuan scope?”

Local Climate Action – The New York Times

Somini: Brad, you went to Taft, California, an oil town in a state that’s trying to shut down drilling. What surprised you the most?

Brad: In oil towns like Taft, it is truly striking how deeply intertwined daily life is with local fossil fuel industries. It’s not just about all the jobs in the oil and gas sector. Millions of dollars in property tax revenues fund parks and hospitals. These are corporate donations that fund baseball fields and high school programs. It is the employees of the oil and gas industry who mentor students and volunteer at community events. If we think about what a clean energy transition will look like, none of this will be easy to replace.

Somini: There have been company towns for a long time. Pittsburgh lived on steel. No more. It is now a thriving city supported by several industries and a few top-notch universities.

Brad: Kern County, where Taft is located, is exploring a bunch of ideas, like aerospace and manufacturing and even new energy technologies like carbon capture. But the transition will take years. And they face major economic shocks in the meantime.

Somini: Maggie, you found some really interesting counterexamples where people rallied around local climate action. Tell us about Morris, Minn.

maggie: What happened in Morris was a really interesting collaboration involving a number of parties, as opposed to policies adopted by the city government alone. The local college campus, University of Minnesota Morris, and researchers affiliated with the university have done creative renewable energy projects, like mounting solar panels on poles high enough for cows to graze underneath and the manufacture of fertilizer using wind energy instead of oil.

Some of the projects on campus served as a proof of concept for city officials and made them more comfortable adopting the same strategies, so now Morris has solar panels on various city buildings. This makes home solar panels more attractive to residents.

It’s a politically divided community, with lots of conservative farmers as well as lots of liberal students, but they’re largely united on a plan to produce renewable energy locally, drastically reduce energy use and eliminate waste. landfills.

Somini: This kind of political unity has been elusive in Washington. What type of local climate policy is the most realistic in the United States? Is there a common thread?

maggie: It really varies a lot from place to place. The policies that will have the greatest impact in a farming town like Morris — making fertilizer with fewer emissions, for example — are not the same policies that will be effective in a big city like Phoenix, which needs to focus more on the transportation. Likewise, sweeping government-mandated changes that are politically feasible in a state like Colorado, with a united Democratic government, are not politically feasible everywhere. And the level of public investment that’s possible in a wealthy place like Fairfax County, Virginia, isn’t necessarily possible in a small town in Ohio. What local officials told me is that local policies need to be tailored to communities.

In some ways, it’s an opportunity. You can achieve emission reductions in individual cities that would not be possible if you tried them through a single policy. But it is also a serious limitation. Cities and states can help significantly, but they cannot solve the climate crisis alone without federal action. It is not possible. They don’t have the money or the regulatory authority.

Somini: What about at the state level? In New Mexico, for example, the governor has provided cash to coal communities affected by plant closures. Did it work?

Brad: Unfortunately, there aren’t yet a ton of examples of coal-dependent communities that have successfully reinvented themselves. There’s Tonawanda, NY. But it’s a coal-dependent city in a wealthy state that doesn’t rely that much on fossil fuels for its economy. The picture will look very different in places like Wyoming, Montana, or North Dakota.

Somini: Here’s what I find baffling: In a state as wealthy as California, couldn’t a handful of tech titans fund schools and parks in cities that want to get away from oil and gas?

Brad: The numbers are quite large. In 2020, Kern County earned $197 million in property taxes from oil and gas, about a quarter of the county’s property tax revenue. This does not take into account income taxes and sales taxes on economic activity associated with fossil fuels. And it’s only a year. So it’s a very big hole to fill. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, talks about a bill to help local communities across the country affected by fossil fuel facility shutdowns that would initially come with a $20 billion investment — and even that might not be enough.

You can read Brad’s article this week on Taft. And here is Maggie’s recent article on national and local climate efforts.

Activists in Britain stick their hands to the frames of important paintings. A group of protesters, who want authorities to stop allowing new fossil fuel projects, recently stuck to Van Gogh masterpieces and a 16th-century copy of Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper’ da Vinci. They say it doesn’t matter if their actions are popular, only if they are noticed.

Thanks for reading. We will be back on Tuesday.

Manuela Andreoni, Claire O’Neill and Douglas Alteen contributed to Climate Forward.

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FBI Creates New Initiative to Help New Mexico Businesses Prevent Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks can happen to anyone. “The threat is there. He attacked individuals. He went after businesses. It attacks private industry, said Raul Bujanda, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque field office. The state of New Mexico is no exception to these attacks. “Since 2021, we have recorded losses of $2.7 million for the various industries in the state,” Bujanda said. These losses are why the FBI is launching a new initiative to build relationships with businesses and organizations in New Mexico before a cyberattack happens. “If we have a plan in place because we’ve built relationships, we can work this out with you. We can literally be at your doorstep to get business done in hours rather than weeks,” Bujanda said. New Mexico businesses are already beginning to build relationships with the FBI. “Working with hospitals, working within their network system, working with different chambers like the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They’re pretty big, you know; they represent a lot of small businesses,” Bujanda said. A key part of forming these relationships early is allowing the FBI to provide intelligence to the companies they work with. “So we can already provide you with information to say that we” I’ve seen these trends across the country, maybe not so much here in New Mexico, but you might want to start strengthening your system and do this kind of stuff to kind of bolster your critical infrastructure,” Bujanda said. “At the end of the day, it’s about building relationships so we can avert a threat before it happens,” Bujanda said. If you are the victim of a cyberattack, you are encouraged to call 1-800-call-FBI so you can get help before things get out of hand.

Cyberattacks can happen to anyone.

“The threat is there. He attacked individuals. He went after businesses. It attacks private industry,” said Raul Bujanda, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque field office.

The state of New Mexico is no exception to these attacks.

“Since 2021, we have recorded losses of $2.7 million for the various industries in the state,” Bujanda said.

These losses are why the FBI is launching a new initiative to build relationships with businesses and organizations in New Mexico before a cyberattack happens.

“If we have a plan in place because we’ve built relationships, we can work this out with you. We can literally be at your doorstep to get business done in hours rather than weeks,” Bujanda said.

New Mexico businesses are already beginning to build relationships with the FBI.

“Working with hospitals, working within their network system, working with different chambers like the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They’re pretty big, you know; they represent a lot of small businesses,” Bujanda said.

A key part of forming these relationships early allows the FBI to provide intelligence to the companies it works with.

“So we’ll already be able to provide you with information to say we’ve seen these trends across the country, maybe not so much here in New Mexico, but you might want to start strengthening your system and do that kind of stuff to strengthen your critical infrastructure,” Bujanda said.

An initiative to protect businesses in the Land of Enchantment.

“At the end of the day, it’s about building relationships so we can avert a threat before it happens,” Bujanda said.

If you are the victim of a cyberattack, you are asked to call 1-800-call-FBI, that way you can get help before things get out of control.

Yesway continues its momentum with more new C-Stores Allsup

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FORT WORTH, Texas— Convenience retailer Yesway has expanded its portfolio to a total of 406 stores with the opening of its final three new-to-industry, relocated Allsup-branded stores in Breckenridge, Canyon and Robert Lee, Texas.

  • Yesway is No. 21 in CSP Ranking 2022 Top 202 US convenience store chains by total number of company-owned outlets.

These locations represent the latest of the new large format stores that Yesway has developed and brought to market.

The stores each contain 5,630 square feet of merchandising space and feature 24 fueling stations, with high-speed diesel fueling lanes also available at the Breckenridge and Canyon locations.

All new convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and customers will find Allsup burritos, a full line of Yesway and Allsup house brand snacks; Allsup bread, milk and eggs; a beer cellar; a new trucker and automobile section; and amenities including Western Union service, availability of ATMs, and Coin Cloud digital currency machines offering over 30 digital currencies.

“Our loyal Texas customers have told us how excited we are that our new large-format stores have arrived in their communities,” said Tom Trkla, President and CEO of Yesway and others. CSP 2020 Power 20. “The speed at which our team has worked to bring these new stores to market is truly inspiring.”

These store openings follow previously announced openings of new Allsup stores in Mineral Wells, TX and Alamogordo and Artesia, NM, as well as numerous new Allsup store opening celebrations in Azle, Bangs, Decatur, Friona, Hereford, Tuscola and Wall, Texas this year.

Yesway acquired the Allsup’s chain in 2019.

In 2020, the company announced that it had raised an additional $235 million in equity capital, including $135 million that it would invest in targeted real estate projects.

Owned by BW Gas & Convenience Holdings and an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners, a real estate investment and private equity firm based in Beverly, Massachusetts, Yesway is a multi-brand platform that acquires, transforms and enhances portfolios of convenience stores. leveraging expertise in real estate and technology and implementing data-driven decision making. Its portfolio includes more than 400 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Nebraska under the Yesway and Allsup convenience brands.

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New Mexico man sentenced to 14 years in prison for sex trafficking

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Two local men were convicted on July 2 for their roles in a sex trafficking ring, following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Albuquerque Police Department, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and Deliver Fund, a non-governmental anti-trafficking organization human beings, participated in the survey.

Adonis Baker, 37, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and Inkosi Grandberry, 40, received a 10-year sentence, followed by five years of supervised release.

“HSI is focused on working with our law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and prosecute those who traffic and victimize young women, said Frank B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge of HSI El Paso. “HSI Special Agents will continue to ensure that transnational criminal organizations that profit from victims bound in sexual servitude are brought to justice.”

Baker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and admitted to using narcotics and physical force to induce victims into prostitution. Baker and his co-conspirators advertised the victims online and used cellphones to arrange clients for the women. Victims were not allowed to keep money paid to them for sex and had to work when told. The conspirators used motel rooms to house the victims.

Grandberry pleaded guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion and incitement. In his plea, Grandberry admitted that on June 3, 2015, he aided and abetted Baker in persuading a victim, identified in court records as Jane Doe 1, to travel from Phoenix to Albuquerque for prostitution.

A third defendant, Leotha Williams, 61, of Memphis, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion and incitement. In his plea, Williams admitted that he and Baker approached a victim, identified as Jane Doe 2, at a bus stop in Albuquerque between June 2016 and September 2016. Williams and Baker asked the victim to get into a vehicle with them. They then traveled to Colorado Springs where Williams claimed the victim was in prostitution. On July 16, 2020, Williams was sentenced to five years in prison, after which he will be subject to five years of supervised release.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, particularly criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which commerce, travel and international finance. HSI’s workforce of more than 10,400 employees includes more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities across the United States and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative police presence overseas and one of the largest international law enforcement footprints in the United States.

Renewable Energy Update – June 2022 #5 | Allen Matkins

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PBS – June 24

The California Air Resources Board opened a hearing last Thursday on a plan for the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Board staff believe this would reduce economy-wide demand for oil and l use of fossil natural gas in buildings by 91% by 2045. would therefore require 30 times more electric vehicles on the road compared to today, 6 times more electrical appliances in homes, 4 times more wind and solar production and 60 times more hydrogen. Some environmental groups, academics and people living in heavily polluted neighborhoods said the plan did not do enough to reduce the production or use of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, some business, industry and labor groups have said the transition could raise prices and hurt workers.


Ball Knowledge of Microgrids – June 27

Two separate proposals were introduced last week before California regulators opened the door to financial incentives that would encourage microgrid owners to step in and help when the power grid is down. Fuel cell company Bloom Energy has proposed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a specific plan to provide credits to those who use their microgrids, fuel cells and other distributed energy resources to strengthen the grid. Meanwhile, CPUC Energy Division staff released a white paper calling for the creation of a “unified, universally accessible dynamic economic signal” that would boost the use of microgrids and DERs in flexible demand practices.

Ball reNews – June 28

Wind and solar accounted for a 10.2% share of electricity generation in 2021, the first time these technologies provided more than 10% of global electricity, while also exceeding the contribution of nuclear energy, according to BP. In its 2021 World Energy Statistical Review, BP found that solar and wind capacity continued to grow rapidly in 2021, increasing by 226 GW, close to the record increase of 236 GW seen in 2020.

Ball Solar Industry Magazine – June 27

In a comprehensive new literature review, researchers from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an efficient circular economy for solar PV and battery technologies. These strategies include reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing them for new applications, and extending product life.


Ball Associated Press – June 27

New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands signed nearly a dozen leases on Monday that will pave the way for a major renewable energy developer to erect wind turbines on 230 square miles of trust land. Authorities consider Pattern Energy’s planned development in Lincoln, Torrance and San Miguel counties to be the largest wind energy project in the Western Hemisphere. The new leases will be part of SunZia’s larger project, which will eventually have 3,000 MW of capacity to power homes in more populated western markets.

Ball Renewable Energy World – June 24

San Diego Gas and Electric announced that four microgrids equipped with energy storage will be added to the San Diego area to help the state meet high energy demand, especially during hot summer days. and during evening peak hours after the solar power has dissipated. The utility received approval June 23 from the CPUC to build the projects, which will add a total of approximately 39 MW/180 MWh of storage capacity to the company’s four substations.

Ball Energy Storage News – June 23

The California community’s aggregator of choice Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has signed PPAs with Google under which SVCE will serve load from Google’s offices in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to meet demand with uninterrupted power. carbon for at least 92% of the hours per year. Energy storage is a critical part of the deal and the mix of resources involved, said Don Bray, director of energy services and community relations for SVCE.

Biden administration pushes more ocean drilling amid record oil and gas profits

“No more drilling on federal land,” former vice president, Delaware senator and presidential candidate Joe Biden said in March 2020. Debating his then-competitor Bernie Sanders on CNN, Biden urged: “More drilling, including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue drilling, period.

On July 1, President Joe Biden’s administration introduced a new draft plan to open oil and gas drilling leases in federal waters off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico. Released the Friday before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the plan represents a direct reversal of not only Biden’s campaign promises, but also his early policies as president. On his first day in office, Biden declared a moratorium on such leases, barring the Interior Department from issuing new permits on federal lands. (The moratorium did nothing to stop drilling under existing permits — which many large fossil companies had preemptively stockpiled.) In April, the administration announced it would resume selling new permits, and according to the draft plan released Friday, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska coast would be among the approved sites.

The April announcement showed “a first-ever increase” in the royalty rate for new competitive leases on public lands – from 12.5% ​​to 18.75% – intended to soften the blow of the resumption of drilling in l ‘packing it with extra revenue for the federal government and, theoretically, forcing fossil fuel companies to pay more. In a study released in June, the progressive nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen recommended that all drilling on federal lands be subject to the highest rate after decades of no increase in royalties. The previous June, the group released another report showing that Biden had, by then, already exceeded the average monthly number of drilling permits on public lands issued under former President Donald Trump.

The rate hike put in place by the Biden administration is not permanent and does not apply to areas affected by the draft plan. As the recent Public Citizen study notes, federal waters beyond a depth of 200 meters were already subject to an 18.75% royalty rate. The rate increase only applies to onshore drilling, Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz told The Intercept, allowing offshore drilling that does not meet the 200 threshold. meters to remain exempt. According to Schwartz, new leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska would be subject to royalties of between zero and 11%.

In addition to not being permanent, the increase in royalties is also not retroactive. Like the lifted moratorium, this would not affect permits issued before the policy was implemented. Public Citizen’s study showed that high gasoline prices this year have generated record profits for the oil and gas industry – which have only been inflated by decades of low royalty rates. Twenty major onshore drilling companies – including Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil – would have paid more than $1 billion in royalties last year, the study found, had they not been subjected to outdated rates and artificially low.

“In a year of record oil profits and inflation, the oil and gas industry is taking advantage of unprecedented tax breaks, subsidies and exemptions, said Alan Zibel, research director at Public Citizen, in a statement to The Intercept. “At the very least, these companies should pay a fair price for the resources they extract from public lands and be required to cover the cost of cleaning up the environment at no additional cost to taxpayers.”

Cleanups and fee increases, however, only provide a partial solution. The current rate increase could be reversed as easily as it was implemented, and even if made permanent, any drilling on federal lands runs counter to efforts to curb climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Nothing would be as effective in stopping the production of fossil fuels – and its emissions – as a total ban.

Instead, Biden proposed a gas tax exemption to make pump prices cheaper for consumers. Under White House terms, Congress could suspend the federal gas tax for three months “to give Americans a little more breathing room.”

Below-market rates for drilling on federal lands have diverted nearly $6 billion from U.S. taxpayers to oil and gas companies over the past decade.

Certainly, high gasoline prices hit the poor and working class the hardest. But there’s no guarantee that suspending the federal gasoline tax would reduce the cost of gasoline for consumers, especially if oil and gas companies have a say in the matter. A recent study of state-level gasoline tax exemptions found that the savings were “primarily” passed on to consumers in the form of lower gasoline prices, but that these price reductions often did not last for the duration of the tax suspension. And the current federal drilling tax structure offers little incentive for oil and gas companies to pass on those savings. Below-market rates for drilling on federal lands have diverted nearly $6 billion from U.S. taxpayers to oil and gas companies over the past decade.

In the UK, by contrast, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced in May that it would impose a 25% tax on the profits of oil and gas companies to ease pressure from rising living costs in the UK. country. “The oil and gas sector is making extraordinary profits,” said Rishi Sunak, the recently deceased Chancellor of the Exchequer, announcing the new measures. “I support the argument of taxing these profits fairly.” (The tax, he promised, would not last beyond 2025.)

“As gas prices soar at the pump, these oil and gas drillers aren’t just squeezing drivers, they’re also gouging taxpayers,” Public Citizen’s Zibel said. “With the industry set to post the highest profits on record this year, now is the perfect time for Congress and the Biden administration to shed longstanding giveaways to the oil and gas industry.”

From hurricanes to heat waves, the impacts of the climate crisis have worsened with the seasons. In response, an increase in fossil fuel royalties is not drastic. Even Republican Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., introduced a bill last year to adjust rates based on the economy. (It was sent to committee but never voted on; Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., was the bill’s only other co-sponsor.)

When asked if the Department of the Interior would make the rate increase for drilling on federal lands permanent, Schwartz pointed The Intercept to the department’s existing public statements and a November report outlining the reform and the regulatory direction of the department. The White House had no comment.

Sauk is looking for two actors for the premiere of “Desert Song”

The Sauk, the Hillsdale County Community Theater, is looking for two actors for its upcoming world premiere of “Desert Song.” Auditions will take place this weekend.

“Desert Song” is about a struggling young musician who seeks the reclusive muse for one of the most famous love songs ever written, an early ’70s track called “The Ballad of Eliza.” It’s a song he’s loved all his life. This muse, a woman now in her sixties, has long retired from public view, and lives as a simple maid. Set in the sparse lodgings of Ghost Ranch, a secluded northern New Mexico retreat, the play explores the elusive and magical nature of inspiration. This piece was the subject of a workshop during The Sauk’s 2021 in-development pieces. This piece contains strong language and a moment of self-harm including blood.

Those wishing to audition should prepare a dramatic 1-2 minute monologue from a play. This monologue must be memorized. This production will have a non-traditional rehearsal period which will include Fridays and Saturdays. Please bring a complete and detailed list of conflicts with you. There are roles for 1 male (20 years old) and 1 female (60 years old). Trinity Bird will direct this production. Michele Harmon is a stage manager.

Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Auditions will be held at the Sauk Theater, 240 E. Chicago in Jonesville. More information can be found at www.thesauk.org. Performance dates are September 8-11. Tickets are now available at www.thesauk.org.

“Desert Song” is sponsored by Playford Real Estate. The 2022 season is sponsored by Joyous Journey Photography. The media sponsor for 2022 is WCSR Radio Hillsdale 92.1 FM and The Dale 99.5.

Sports Desk: NM United looking to respond at home on Wednesday

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexico United is back in town and preparing to play in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday and Friday. Both games kick off at 7pm inside Isotopes Park, and after a 1-1 draw with Monterey Bay on the road and a home loss before that to Birmingham, a win is huge for both fans. and this team.

“There is no mystery in that, if you want to succeed you have to win at home, and so whether we lose away or at home we are looking to react positively. The guys are ready to react and push ourselves to the top of the Western Conference. We have a few games going on right now, and we see this as an opportunity, and the opportunity is just for us to come in and take care of business, said NM United head coach Zach Prince.

NM United currently sits 7th in the USL Championship standings, holding a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 5 draws.

UNM Football made the July 4 commitment, as El Paso’s Jayden Wilson made the announcement on social media Monday. Wilson is part of the class of 2023, so he will have one more season in high school football, but last year Wilson put up excellent numbers on offense and defense.

A running back and linebacker at Austin High School in El Paso, Wilson scored over 1,400 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Wilson racked up 116 tackles at linebacker. Currently standing at 6’2 and weighing 215 pounds, UNM plans to use Wilson as a linebacker. He’s excited about the opportunity and feels the Lobos are a good choice.

“UNM was the first school to give me an opportunity. They watched my film, and they saw talent. The other schools obviously don’t see what UNM saw, so I’m so grateful for the opportunity they’re giving me, so I decided to commit to them,” Jayden Wilson said.

UNM Men’s Basketball is feeling optimistic this offseason, as new players have already begun to integrate well during summer practices, and they also have a strong core of returning players for next season. KJ Jenkins is one of those returning guys who has high hopes for this upcoming season.

Jenkins sees a lot of talent in the big players who have arrived and he feels he is helping new players by playing a strong leadership role. “I see the talent that these new guys have, and as for me, when I was a freshman, I didn’t really have much as a player or a leader, not letting myself cut corners and everything. So I want to be that guy so I don’t let them miss reps or go out of bounds in any of the workouts and stuff like that. So I really take that responsibility,” KJ Jenkins said.

Jenkins led UNM by 3 points last season, finishing with 60. He built a reputation as a tough guy on the court last year. Jenkins is proud of that and hopes these new Lobos will take a page from his book and play hard and tough. “That’s the biggest thing, it’s just everybody get out there and ring their rag everyday and just show what you can do, man. That’s the biggest thing you can do at this level you have to be tough and if you want to win the Mountain West tournament as we can see the big teams Boise and you know San Diego States are really physical so we know what we have to do to get to that level,” Jenkins said.

Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic Hopes to ‘Help Everyone We Can’ by Relocating to Las Cruces | Local News

LAS CRUCES — Shannon Brewer has lived in Mississippi all her life, but when she realized the U.S. Supreme Court was about to upend her life’s work, she didn’t hesitate to swap areas his state’s lush wetlands against a jagged mountain range.

At 50, Brewer worked nearly half her life at what became Mississippi’s last abortion clinic — whose lawsuit against a statewide ban at 15 weeks pregnant prompted the monumental ruling by the United States Supreme Court last week stamping out Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Now his clinic is permanently closing, along with those in Texas and many other states.

As executive director of Jackson Women’s Health, Brewer says she saw the writing on the wall after the high court heard arguments in her clinic’s case. In December, she began looking for other places where she could provide abortion care.

Although a stark contrast politically, geographically, and culturally to Mississippi, New Mexico was the obvious choice. Without hesitation, she made plans to uproot her life in the Land of Enchantment.

“I’m not even puzzled about that,” Brewer said with a dismissive shrug, clicking on her laptop in what will soon be the Las Cruces Women’s Health Clinic. “I raised my kids, they all grew up, and that’s what I did, and that’s what I want to keep doing.”

Brewer’s team chose Las Cruces because of its proximity to Texas and its lack of abortion care. They found an old dentist’s practice in town this spring and hope to open their new clinic next month.

Brewer speaks easily and often, but his mind is never far from his work. In conversation, her gaze often shifts to an alert on her computer screen or a ringing phone. Sometimes she stops speaking mid-sentence to take a note on one of the many post-it notes nearby.

However, her gaze and hands stabilized, as she explained that the saddest part of relocating is that many women in places like Mississippi or Texas won’t be able to travel to New Mexico for an abortion. .

“But I can still help women,” she added. “So the decision actually, it wasn’t hard to make.”

More than half of the country’s states have already or are likely to ban abortion after the High Court ruling, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Immediately after, many poor people in anti-abortion states like Texas cannot safely access procedures or medication. Those who can travel across the country and flood the few clinics in states where abortion is still legal.

The trend is not new, as the number of clinics has been declining across the country for years. After the Texas abortion ban went into effect at about six weeks pregnant in September, Brewer said existing clinics in places like New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana and hers in Mississippi were flooded with Texas patients.

Prior to September, she said the Jackson clinic was open three days a week and staff often had downtime. Since then, the clinic has been open five days a week and bustling every day.

“It’s a state that has made all the states around them occupied,” she said. “So you multiply that by half of the United States and what do you get? You get disaster.

The shelter

New Mexico — fast becoming an abortion safe haven in Texas and much of the South — is also a poor and largely rural state that often fails to provide adequate reproductive health care to its own residents, including abortions and things like cancer screening.

The state has only three surgical abortion clinics, all in Albuquerque, the most populous city in the northern half of the state. Doña Ana County, home to Las Cruces in the south, has two reproductive health clinics, but they only provide abortion drugs for teenage pregnancies. A clinic advertises on its website that it is only one mile from El Paso.

New Mexico abortion rights advocates have encouraged new providers to come in to help the state deal with the surge in patients. But they urged them not only to perform abortions, largely for out-of-state patients, but also to help New Mexicans with all reproductive health care.

“We hope that any vendor coming to New Mexico will do so with the true long-term needs of the community in mind, said Charlene Bencomo, executive director of Bold Futures, a women’s rights advocacy group and of the peoples of New Mexico. of color.

Brewer said she wants her new clinic to provide services New Mexico needs beyond abortion. She discussed contraception, health checkups, and possibly meetings or instructional classes in the clinic’s basement focused on empowering women.

Brewer already has a condo in Las Cruces, which she at least initially plans to share with two Jackson clinic staff members who are also moving. Describing herself as a workaholic, she said she plans to spend most of her waking life at the clinic. So it doesn’t bother her that black residents like her make up less than 3% of the population in what will become her new state.

Although she will keep a place in Mississippi so she can see her family often, her priorities are to keep fighting for the abortion rights of her daughters and granddaughters.

“As long as they have access to it, they’re able to make a full decision on what they want to do if they need to,” Brewer said.

A new house

On Monday, mementos of the old dentist’s office were visible in racks and x-ray cabinets, but almost every wall of what will be New Mexico’s new abortion clinic was painted in varying shades of color alive and full of hope. Unhung paintings and an eclectic mix of furniture lined the hallways.

Humming a songless tune, Brewer walked through the office, pointing to rooms that would be designated for counseling, abortive drug prescriptions, ultrasounds, lab tests and recovery, as well as a surgery room for abortions. procedural as well as other reproductive health services such as pap smears.

Brewer said she knew the building was right because flash flood ditches, or arroyos, surround both sides of the office and act as physical barriers. She also appreciated that the parking lot and entrance are behind the building, not right next to the street where protesters are likely to congregate.

For 21 years at the Mississippi clinic, she said protesters were always parked, holding up religious signs and shouting at people walking from the parking lot to the building. Brewer expects anti-abortion advocates to soon be outside his building in Las Cruces as well, even though the city and state broadly support abortion rights.

“You have antis that were in these 20 states that are about to shut down – what are they going to do?” she says. “That’s all they know, and that’s all they did.

This week, Brewer was overseeing phone connections and security camera installations and estimating prices and insurance plans. A few doctors who plan to work on rotation at the new clinic are already licensed in New Mexico, and she said a few more who work at the Jackson clinic are awaiting licensure from the New Mexico Medical Board. .

Brewer returned to Mississippi last week to run her existing clinic in its final days. Mississippi’s abortion trigger ban will go into effect 10 days after the state’s attorney general signs the ruling, which was released Monday.

After ironing out the final details, like suggesting alternatives to patients who regularly visited for birth control, Brewer would pack up and move to New Mexico.

“It’s going to be weird,” she admitted, twirling her hair between her purple fingernails. “The whole time I was doing this thing in New Mexico, I didn’t really think about it personally as far as Jackson’s clinic was concerned. Because I focused on the sequel, the sequel, the sequel.

“My plans are just to stay open so I can help everyone we can.”

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NMSU men’s basketball learns new style of play as summer practices begin

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State won’t play a basketball game for four months, but don’t tell freshman head coach Greg Heiar. His intensity during the Aggies’ summer workouts is in mid-season form.

And with a staff of almost entirely new players and coaches, NMSU can’t afford to slack off, even for a day.

The Aggies began summer practices on June 24, just after their almost entirely new roster of nine players arrived on campus. Only two non-redshirt members of last year’s NMSU team remained at Las Cruces after former head coach Chris Jans left for Mississippi State following the 2021-22 season, and only one has received significant minutes for most of the season. So Heiar, there’s no time to waste building team chemistry and instilling a new style of play at Las Cruces.

“Players are created in the summer, during the off-season. We work a lot on development, skill development, player development, concepts…” Heiar said, adding that he was generally happy with the progress the team made in the first training sessions. “Summer is when you learn how to do it, and they’re learning how to do it right now.”

NMSU basketball players listen to their head coach Greg Heiar during Aggies basketball practice Friday, July 1, 2022.

Heiar has only brought two players who transferred to NMSU from NWFSC – Deshawndre Washington and Issa Muhammad – so he understands the program will face increasing challenges as new games, coaching styles and program values ​​are introduced into a team of more than 75% new players.

Marchelus “Chi Chi” Avery and Mike Peake, Marchelus “Chi Chi” Avery and Mike Peake, are learning a radically different style of play than they experienced last year under Jans. Instead of relying on a calling card of half-court attack, physical defense and the ability to hit the low post, this year’s NMSU team prides itself on “dunks, layups, the throwing line frank and of course, (3-pointers) in a new offense at accelerated tempo.

His four post players – Peake, Shakiru Odunewu, Muhammad and Bol Kuir – are already going through the play-making drills Heiar promised to put his big men through during his introductory press conference in March. But there’s a learning curve for almost every player aside from Muhammad and Washington, who played for Heiar at the junior college level.

“(We have to) create team chemistry, because there are a lot of guys from different programs who really come from different things. Some of the terms (used) are terms that people don’t know. We have to come together and wanting to help each other,” Peake said. “It’s like that with every new team that comes together. You just have to find your rhythm, find your style of play and under Greg Heiar I think we can do that.

Coaching roster and staff not yet finalized

But even once the current roster of 12 stock market players comes together as Heiar expects, they will still have to accommodate the addition of LSU transfer guard Xavier Pinson and potentially another rookie Heiar would like to add before the season begins. .

Pinson is the only member of this year’s team, according to Heiar, who has not yet arrived on campus. Heiar would also like to sign another position player “who can get double digits (points) in a late NCAA tournament game, if we can. I’m not saying we can, but I’m going to recruit to try to do that.

NMSU basketball players perform drills during Aggies basketball practice Friday, July 1, 2022.

Heiar added that the departure of redshirt freshman Kiran Oliver doesn’t change his off-season recruitment strategy and that he won’t be looking for a replacement goalkeeper in the transfer portal.

He confirmed that the current roster of scholarship players on campus consists of: Chi Chi Avery; Issa Muhammad; Kyle Feit; DaJuan Gordon; Doctor Bradley; Shahar Lazar; Mike Peake; Deuce-Benjamin; Jaden Alexander; Shakiru Odunevu; Bowl Kuir; Deshawndre Washington and soon Xavier Pinson. Three additional team members will pay their share this season.

After: New Mexico State Men’s Basketball Recruiting Tracker

Heiar will eventually consider redshirting players after October.

NMSU’s coaching staff is not yet finalized either. Heiar is still looking to add an assistant coach, which is the only vacancy left on his team.

Remaining summer schedule

After the week of July 4, the Aggies will have 10 practices from July 15-28 before heading out for a Bahamas pre-season basketball tour.

Goalkeeper Matt Cardone stellar in last game with SAFC

As the final whistle sounded on Matt Cardone’s career, his San Antonio FC teammates embraced him for a group hug in the center of the penalty area.

He had played with some of them for years, like midfielder Victor “PC” Giro, who jumped on Cardone’s back. Others he’d only known for a few weeks, but apparently everyone wanted to hang out with the SAFC’s oldest player on his last night.

After grabbing a microphone to thank fans for their support and watching a video presentation of best wishes from current and former teammates, Cardone posed photo after photo, until teammates Jordan Farr and Jasser Khmiri snuck in and l douse coolers with icy water.

In the final game before the 29-year-old Cardone left professional football to enroll in law school at SMU, San Antonio FC provided him with one last clean sheet to add to his record total, replacing him at the 76th minute of a 2-0 win over Charleston Battery on Saturday at Toyota Field.

“It makes me feel so special,” Cardone said. “I will never forget that night and all the love the guys, the fans and everyone in this organization and in the city showed me.”

Charleston Battery takes on San Antonio FC in a USL Championship football game Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Toyota Field in San Antonio. San Antonio won 2-0. (Darren Abate/USL Championship)

Darren Abate, FRE / Darren Abate/USL Championship

About 45 minutes after the game ended, Cardone was still signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, who often identified with the San Antonio native and the only remnant of the club’s inaugural season in 2016.

After the crowd dispersed, about an hour and a half into the match, Cardone walked onto the field one last time with a handful of team personnel, posing for one last photo. The group around him wore all new SAFC “Fear the beard” warm-up t-shirts, with a silhouette of Cardone’s signature hair on the front and “Thank you, Matt!” scrawled on the back.

“Getting the send off that he did was so, so special,” forward Justin Dhillon said. “I’m so grateful to have been able to share this area with him.”

Cardone called his last stint in goal “one of the easiest 15-minute streaks I’ve played in my career” as San Antonio (13-3-1, 40 points) edged Charleston throughout Saturday’s game, holding the Battery (2-12-3, 9 points) without a shot on target.

Santiago Patino scored the opening goal in the 29th minute, collecting a rebound on the second rebound and sending it into the top of the net from around 10 yards out.

Ignacio Bailone added an insurance goal in the 66th minute, scoring a close-range header just six minutes after entering the game as a substitute.

The second goal put fans on alert for Cardone to come on for his first minutes of the season, although Marcina said Cardone would submarine on Saturday ‘regardless of the score’.

A cheer came from the crowd as the video board showed Cardone jogging from the warm-up area towards the SAFC bench. When the substitution came in the 76th minute, Marcina gave Cardone a hug as the fans gave him a standing ovation.

“A special moment – one of the moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life, just because of the human being he is,” Marcina said. “You can’t ask for a better person to represent this club and represent this city, so I was just thanking him in those few moments I had with him before I walked in.”

PC met Cardone in midfield to hand him the captain’s armband.

Earlier this week, Cardone highlighted a game against New Mexico United on July 21 as one of the highlights of his career, recalling how PC stopped to give Cardone the captain’s armband before walking off the pitch in due to injury.

A silent player for most of his career, Cardone said he considers being trusted to lead as one of the biggest signs of his personal growth, and to have it happening again on Saturday was another “really special”.

“It will always be a big part of me. I will never forget it and I will always look back with fondness on my time here, whether it was a difficult time or a successful one, Cardone said. “It really shaped who I am as a person, and it’s going to help me succeed in the next chapter.”

As he prepares for the move to law school, Cardone said he will finally trim the massive beard he considers part of his identity with SAFC.

He ends his career as the club’s all-time leader in appearances (109), minutes (9,556), clean sheets (26) and saves (327).

Cardone played with MacArthur High, Trinity University and the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League before joining SAFC for its inaugural season in 2016.

He remained with the club for all seven seasons. No other player has adapted in more than four.

“It was an amazing adventure,” Cardone said. “I’m so happy that it worked out for me to stay in my hometown, move up the ranks and be with this club for so long. It’s been special.

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Economic Development Department releases latest county-level economic summaries – Los Alamos Reporter

Taxable gross receipts matched Tax changes in the third quarter. Courtesy of EDD


New Mexico Department of Economic Development (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today that the agency’s latest set of quarterly economic reports show that 30 of 33 counties are seeing gains in corresponding gross taxable receipts (MTGR) during the year with Sandoval up 44%, Santa Fe up 32%, Doña Ana up 22%, San Juan up 21% and Bernalillo up 17 %.

The latest quarterly economic summaries summarize consumer spending information for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 — January, February, and March 2022 — for the entire state of New Mexico as well as each of the 33 counties. EDD also aggregates and analyzes the most recent data from other government sources.

The EDD initiative provides economic data available at the county level, giving local decision-makers regular access to economic indicators for their own community. June 2022 quarterly economic summaries for all 33 counties are now available on the EDD website.

“New Mexico continues to experience widespread economic expansion,” Secretary Keyes said. “Governor. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s focus on better-paying jobs is making a difference. This EDD initiative provides communities with more detailed data so they can track their own progress and have the information they need to diversify. and build a stronger local economy.

Some of the highlights from the latest reports include:

  • Oil and gas-related sectors saw the strongest year-on-year growth in MTGR by industry, a 92% increase, followed by arts and entertainment (77%) and manufacturing (42%). Bernalillo County saw a particularly large 128% increase in arts and entertainment spending.
  • Valencia County’s construction industry reported the highest amount of MTGR the county has ever seen.
  • Taos County reported its highest amount of MTGR on record.
  • Eddy and Lea counties accounted for nearly 24% of the state’s total MTGR for the third quarter of FY22, an increase from 15% in the prior quarter.
  • 30 counties saw a year-over-year increase in MTGR.
  • All but one of the counties recorded an increase in MTGR in the third quarter of FY22 compared to data from two years ago.
  • Larger counties saw strong year-over-year MTGR gains with Sandoval up 44%, Santa Fe up 32%, Doña Ana up 22%, San Juan up 21% and Bernalillo up 17%.

Economic summaries follow data from NM’s Department of Taxation and Revenue; the NM Department of Workforce Solutions; the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics; and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis with additional calculations by EDD economists.

‘Smoke on the Water’ set for Monday

CLOVIS – The annual Fourth of July celebration and “Smoke on the Water” fireworks show is scheduled for Monday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis.

Some streets around the park were closed ahead of Monday’s events.

The city’s public works department closed Main Street from 21 to Purdue. This section of street will reopen on Tuesday. During this time, no traffic will be permitted, according to a press release from the city manager‘s office.

Closed Monday only will be 21st Street from Mitchell to Main and Mitchell from 21st to Purdue.

Drivers are urged to follow all detours and seek alternate routes.

The event includes vendors and food trucks set up in the park.

A concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. on the main stage of the event with CJ Kinney.

At 5 p.m., Clovis Aerial Arts will perform a choreographed show from the main stage.

Allen Valdez takes the stage at 6 p.m. with a concert.

The Kazoo Krew will perform the National Anthem at 7 p.m. with a presentation of the colors of the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard.

At 7:20 p.m. there will be a concert on the main stage with Rock Salt.

At 9 p.m., the fireworks display, Smoke on the Water, is due to begin.

The event is funded by contributions from the Presbyterian Plains Regional Medical Center, area McDonald’s restaurants, the town of Clovis, EPCOR and Rooney Moon Broadcasting, according to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.

City Manager Justin Howalt said the city spent $15,000 from tenant tax revenue to advertise the event.

Trump lawyers in New Mexico face new scrutiny | New Mexico News

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — Renewed efforts are underway to investigate and possibly sanction two lawyers who helped Donald Trump’s campaign challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election in New Mexico in the weeks leading up to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol.

A group including former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to step in and ensure a public view investigation into the two lawyers who represented the Trump campaign for d possible breaches of standards of professional conduct.

The complaint cites possible conduct violations by New Mexico attorney Mark J. Caruso and another attorney, Michael Smith, who lists a Texas address and license under Washington law.

The state’s chief disciplinary attorney and chairman of the Disciplinary Board previously determined in confidential proceedings that there was no violation of the rules against frivolous litigation by Caruso and Smith.

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Caruso said by email that he was confident the Supreme Court would support the previous findings, describing the charges as “political claims by NM Democratic lawyers.”

New lawsuit against attorneys highlights recent testimony at Congressional hearings on Jan. 6, including role of Santa Fe-based attorney John Eastman as chief architect of post-election plans of 2020 to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject the Electoral College results. The California State Bar is investigating whether Eastman violated that state’s law and ethics rules for attorneys.

Current President Joe Biden won the 2020 vote in New Mexico by about 11 percentage points, or nearly 100,000 ballots. But the Trump campaign still filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque that sought to invalidate mail-in ballots cast at the ballot box and stop certification of presidential voters in New Mexico.

New Mexico is among seven states where bogus voters submitted bogus electoral college certificates that declared Trump the true winner of the 2020 election. The new complaint says Caruso and Smith may have encouraged the bogus voters.

“The relief sought by Mr. Caruso and Mr. Smith was tantamount to asking the federal court to void the election in New Mexico, despite a landslide victory by President Biden, the lawsuit filed by Chavez and five other New Mexico attorneys says. Mexico. “Given the seriousness of an attorney’s potential involvement in a conspiracy to nullify the 2020 election, the (New Mexico) Supreme Court, bar association, and electorate all need any decision, either to enforce discipline, either to exculpate Mr. Caruso and Mr. Smith, to demonstrate deliberation and thoroughness, in a non-confidential and public manner. »

The New Mexico Disciplinary Board’s office wrote in March that “the actions of Caruso and Smith may warrant public hearings in another forum, but not because of their actions within the bounds of rules of professional conduct.”

Last year, a New York appeals court suspended the attorney license of Rudy Giuliani, the trusted man for pushing Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. The court said the attempt of Giuliani to discredit the election was so blatant that it posed “an immediate threat” to the public.

The Texas Bar Association is seeking to punish state Attorney General Ken Paxton for citing professional misconduct in his failed efforts to nullify the 2020 presidential election based on false allegations of fraud.

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🌱 Héctor Herrera joins Houston Dynamo FC + 4th of July Weekend Ideas

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Here are the top five stories in Houston today:

1. Hector Herreraa mexican soccer star, is Houston Dynamo FC’s New Designated Player and go to make his debut for the MLS club on July 9 for the game against state rivals FC Dallas. He signed a pre-contract with Dynamo on March 2 before completing the 2021-22 La Liga season with Atlético de Madrid. (Fox 26)

2. If you are looking for the best place for watch the fireworks this 4th of july, there are events throughout the region, from The Woodlands to Galveston. This year’s events include City of Houston’s Shell Liberty over Texas, Independence Day Parade and Festival Celebration!, 4th Deer Park Festival, and more. (KHU 11)

3. Houston leaders team up with a local pastor to launch a poster campaign to fight growing crime throughout the Sunny neighborhood in southeast Houston. The campaign is called “Crime Can’t Hide in Sunnyside”. (Click2Houston)

4. Derrick Johnson Jr., 22, is facing charges after he allegedly left a 4-month-old baby with a stranger in a bar northwest of Houston. He is charged with abandoning/endangering a child with intent to return as well as two counts of aggravated assault of a family member and assault of a family member with a prior conviction. . (ABC 13)

5. Harris County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $16 million contract with IBM at provide technology services for ACCESS Harris County, a Harris County public health initiative, at their June 28 meeting. (Community Impact News)

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  • Northside Art Market + Houston Farmers Market. (10h)
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From my notebook:

  • Trustees ahas proven a balanced budgett June 28 for fiscal year 2022-23 at Montgomery ISD, a total of $85.09 million in general fund expenses and $85.14 million in general fund revenue, according to district records. According to a June 28 statement, all returning employees will also receive a $1,000 retention allowance some positions receiving an additional $500. (Community Impact News)
  • Some roads in Houston’s East End are closed after several cars overturned at 2 a.m. Friday on Clinton near Hirsch, according to the Houston Fire Department. The derailment is under investigation. (ABC 13)
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All NM employers must now provide paid sick leave

Lucila Lozoya is an educator and mother of three children. When there was a COVID surge at her workplace, her boss didn’t have the best response, she said, which caused more positive cases.

“During this time, our employer never granted us federally paid sick leave, which makes it even more difficult to make decisions about our health and what my family should eat,” she said. . “Eventually I decided not to return to work because of the multiple cases there.”

She needed time to get surgery to treat her cancer.

“Never in my life have I been through such difficult and extreme financial situations,” Lozoya said. “We lost almost everything.

The experience taught Lozoya that paid sick leave is a human right.

“I am very proud to be among the essential workers who have been at the forefront of this pandemic and that we continue to organize to improve our working conditions, Lozoya said.

She is also a community leader with The center of Igualdad and Derechos.

She said Burqueño families have been fighting for paid sick leave since 2015. The pandemic has affected many low-income working families like hers, Lozoya said, especially when it comes to health and stability. financial.

Lozoya was speaking at a virtual press conference celebrating New Mexico’s statewide sick leave law that applies to all private employers, called the Healthy Workplaces Actwhich came into effect on Friday.

She was joined by other workers, organizers and state lawmakers, including Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) who took the bill to the Legislature in 2021 before Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham don’t sign it.

The new law requires all employers to provide workers with up to 64 hours of paid sick leave per year, accrued based on the number of hours worked.

Lucila Lozoya (center, right) speaks during a virtual press conference Thursday celebrating New Mexico’s statewide paid sick leave law. (Courtesy picture)

The movement that brought paid sick leave to New Mexico was worker-led, said Lan Sena, policy director at the Center for Civic Policy and former Albuquerque city councilman.

“We are happy that this has finally come to fruition and that everyone – all workers in New Mexico, regardless of the industry they work in – will be covered,” Lozoya said.

People looking for work don’t always have protections like paid sick leave, “especially since COVID is still roaming,” Sena said. Almost all residents of the United States were in areas of high or substantial transmission of covid this week, according to CDC data.

Is New Mexico ready to enforce the law?

It remains to be seen how many bosses will follow the law and how many of those who don’t will be the subject of lawsuits filed either with the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions or in civil courts across the country. ‘State.

As of June 22, the department’s Labor Relations Division had nine full-time labor law investigators, including seven based in Albuquerque and two in Las Cruces, a DWS spokesperson said.

It also has three administrative assistants, a paid and hourly supervising investigator, a business operations specialist and an ombudsman who deal with allegations of labor law violations.

That’s two fewer full-time investigators than in October 2021, when the department said it had 11 investigators.

The department asked lawmakers for $893,444 to pay for five new investigator positions, but only received $735,000, department spokeswoman Stacy Johnston said. The money will help pay for more than five employment law investigators, a staff attorney, a paralegal, an administrative assistant, a technical support analyst and a systems analyst.

NM Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque) said the department is “very organized.”

“I think they’re ready – and even if they’re not, we’re moving forward,” Stewart said. Most New Mexico state agencies are struggling during the pandemic, she added.

She pointed to the product department attach which tells workers what their rights are and which employers must now display in the workplace.

“We definitely increased their budget specifically for that,” Stewart said. “We will continue to review this and adjust the budget upwards for this department, if more is needed. They don’t hesitate to tell us when they need more workers.

As of Thursday, the department had not filled or advertised the new positions funded by the Legislative Assembly. The positions will be advertised from Friday, the start of the new fiscal year, the spokesperson said.

Essential workers are more likely to catch and die from COVID

The pandemic’s racist effects won’t all be resolved with paid sick leave, Sena said, but it’s a step in the right direction.

To research shows that paid sick leave reduces the number of workers who come to work sick.

Low-income black and brown Americans lost more work than others during COVID surges, according to a new analysis of census data between August 2020 and June 2022 by Julia Raifman, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Public Health , and Aaron Sojourner , labor economist at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Analysis, published Tuesday, found that families earning less than $50,000 in 2019 were 12 times more likely to report missing seven days of work due to COVID-19 than those earning at least $200,000.

Hispanics and blacks were more than twice as likely to report missing work due to COVID symptoms as white or Asian Americans, the analysis found. This is consistent with other data showing that Blacks, Hispanics and Indigenous people are more likely contract coronavirus and die from COVID, the analysts wrote.

They also found that low-income people had a higher risk of being exposed to the coronavirus even when taking vaccination status into account.

The disproportionate loss of work was consistent with high exposure to the virus through work, household and community crowding.

Other studies have shown that when COVID disrupts a worker’s income and schedule, they not only suffer from short- and long term effects of the disease on health, but also did not enough food eat, especially when there is no paid sick leave available to them.

A lack of food and shelter can affect people’s entire lives and make it even more difficult for low-income communities to lift themselves out of poverty, according to the analysis, and this inequality ripples through the rest of the economy.

“Low-income workers are a lot less likely to have paid sick leave, which would offer material support to their families in times of loss of income, even if they are the ones who need it most,” the analysts wrote, which increases the risk of bad health and poverty.

The researchers recommended the direct and systematic delivery of vaccines to low-income neighborhoods and workplaces as a way to achieve more equitable vaccination and boost rates. They conclude that we need to expand our definition of who is “at high risk” for serious illness from coronavirus infection to include black, Hispanic, Native Americans and low-income Americans.

Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) agreed that policymakers should consider the idea.

“As far as policy goes, I know it’s a lot harder to have that conversation in terms of broadening definitions, but I certainly think it’s worth considering those options in the future, not necessarily only for COVID, but for other public health issues,” Rubio said.

Stewart said the state House of Representatives also attempted to pass paid family and medical leave statewide, which would have provided paid leave for workers to care for children, the elderly or other family members. The sick leave law allows workers to help a family member get treatment for an illness, but not just to care for them.

They failed to get the bill passed and instead passed a Memorial create a working group to determine how the policy could be carried out, she said.

“Hopefully by January we’ll have a good idea of ​​how this might work,” Stewart said.

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Tourism at Bandelier National Monument Creates $24.8 Million in Economic Benefits and Supports 254 Jobs in the Local Economy – Los Alamos Reporter

A ladder on the Pueblo Loop in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo courtesy NPS


A new report from the National Park Service (NPS) shows that 270,716 visitors to Bandelier in 2021 spent $18,963,000 in communities near the park. These expenditures supported 254 jobs in the region and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $24,794,000.

“National parks are a vital part of our nation’s economy, especially for park gateway communities where millions of visitors each year find a place to sleep and eat, hire outfitters and guides, and use “other local services that help drive a vibrant tourism and outdoor recreation industry, Superintendent Suddath said. “At Bandelier, we are thrilled to share the history of this place and the experiences that ‘he offers. We also promote the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all it has to offer.

The peer-reviewed analysis of visitor spending was conducted by economists from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion in direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 322,600 jobs nationwide; 269,900 of these jobs are in these hub communities. The cumulative benefit to the US economy was $42.5 billion.

As for the economy of visitor spending, the accommodation sector had the highest direct effects, with $7 billion in economic output nationwide. The restaurant sector had the second largest effect, with $4.2 billion in economic output nationwide.

The report’s authors also produce an interactive tool that allows users to explore visitor spending, employment, labor income, value added and production effects by sector for national, state and local economies. Users can also view trend data year by year. The interactive tool and report are available on the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm

To learn more about New Mexico’s national parks and how the National Park Service works with New Mexico communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to National Parks of New Mexico.

Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. At Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and park store (operated by the Western National Parks Association) are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cafe, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park entry fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bike/person. All entry passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes and Bandelier Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. For more information on pass types and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Taxes: New Mexico residents to get $250 and $500 tax refunds in July – What you need to know


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New Mexico residents — who have already gotten several tax breaks this year — will soon get another round of tax refunds as the state prepares to send payments totaling $250 or $500 to households that have filed taxes in 2021.

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Payments could come as early as next week, KRQE reported. This will be the third round of discounts sent to New Mexicans.

Residents who filed their 2021 state taxes as individuals will receive a July rebate if they earned less than $75,000 in adjusted gross income in 2021. Single filers who meet this requirement will receive a payment $250 from the state.

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Married couples who jointly filed their New Mexico state taxes for 2021 will receive a July rebate if they earned less than $150,000 in AGI in 2021. For those who meet this threshold, the rebate will be $500.

You can verify your 2021 AGI by looking at federal tax documents such as Form 1040, Form 1040-SR, and Form 1040NR. The AGI must be on the first page, in box 11.

Rebates are expected to begin processing in the first full week of July, KRQE noted, citing comments from New Mexico Department of Tax and Revenue spokesman Charlie Moore. Since Monday, July 4 is a federal holiday, the first refunds could be processed as early as Tuesday, July 5.

It will likely take a full month for all refunds to reach all eligible taxpayers, Moore said. The state will automatically pay July rebates by direct deposit or paper check. Checks will be sent to those who do not have direct deposit banking information on file with the state.

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The state expects to send about 710,000 remittances, with the split between single filers and joint filers estimated to be about 50-50. Government officials said some checks could be less than $250 or $500 if taxpayers incorrectly calculated their income tax payments and still owed money, or if they filed late and incurred interest. had been assessed. In addition, you may not receive reimbursement if you were declared a dependent on another person’s declaration.

Direct deposits could also be delayed if a taxpayer used a preparation service and received an advance from the preparer on their refunds. In these cases, the refunds are first paid into an account opened as part of the advance process and must be transmitted by the preparation service to the taxpayer.

New Mexicans have gotten plenty of tax breaks so far in 2022 beyond refunds. As previously reported by GOBankingRates, New Mexico became the latest state to exempt Social Security income from taxes when Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed sweeping tax legislation on March 9. married couples file jointly.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who has previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has earned him awards from the North Carolina Press Association, Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story “Saint Christopher” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest short story competition. Two of her short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. Her first novel, Voodoo Hideaway, is published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

NM PREP Academy at NMSU offers STEM training, research assistance

NMSU Press Release by Tiffany Acosta

This summer, returning to an in-person NM PREP Academy gave middle and high school students the opportunity to explore the fields of engineering and introductory engineering concepts through real-life projects at the University of State of New Mexico. The program also provided NMSU College of Engineering faculty with a chance to obtain broader-impact research grant assistance.

“The College of Engineering’s STEM studio is a unique living laboratory that serves as a testing ground for innovative and creative educational strategies aimed at bridging the gap between teaching and learning,” said Patricia Sullivan, Associate Dean for outreach and recruitment. “Expanding STEM participation requires more than the curriculum. Our experience has shown that effective engagement requires intentional strategies that expose students to relevant and relevant applications of math and science through methods innovative and traditional engineering and technology This early exposure also fosters career-focused outcomes, with current data showing that 18% of first-year engineering students have actively participated in one of our STEM outreach programs before to enter NMSU.

This summer, NM PREP Academy students worked with professors of engineering, Associate Professor Catie Brewer of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Assistant Professor Ehsan Dehghan-Niri of Civil Engineering, Professor Delia Julieta Valles-Rosales of industrial engineering and associate professor Wei Tang of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which receives grants from the National Science Foundation.

“Every NSF grant has the potential to not only advance knowledge, but also benefit society, what we call broader impacts. Much like the kaleidoscopic nature of science, the larger impacts come in many forms. Regardless of the method, however, broader impacts ensure that all NSF-funded science is working to improve our world,” according to the NSF website.

“Faculty is focused on developing innovative and engaging STEM-based activities that ensure content knowledge and relevance to enhance the learning experience,” Sullivan said.

The NM PREP Academy also hosted a visiting scholar from Iowa State University, who traveled to Las Cruces to learn more about NMSU’s STEM outreach program and how it connects with faculty to meet impact criteria. wider. ISU Leadership and Graduation Program Manager J. Eliseo De León said he was pleased with the knowledge he gained from the College of Engineering Outreach and Recruitment Office during his visit. .

“The NM PREP Academy provides its students with an education from research professionals that they might not otherwise receive until college age,” said De León. “By participating in the NM PREP Academy, young people have the opportunity to learn about paper recycling, what 3D printing entails, from the production of the raw material to the production of a final part, what it takes to design and program using CAD, and a number of other real-life skills workshops. I hope to leverage the lessons, insights, and tools that the NM PREP Academy uses to serve the residents of New Mexico and share them with the youth of Iowa.

Additionally, NM PREP Academy students are evaluated for their learning outcomes by NMSU’s Southwest Outreach Academic Research Center Evaluation and Policy Center, with outcomes contributing to research by the Faculty of Engineering and Office of Outreach and recruitment.

Since 2016, the Office of Outreach and Recruitment has hosted NM PREP Middle School Academy and NM PREP High School Academy. This summer, the program returned to the Las Cruces campus as a suburban event and added a program near the San Ildefonso Pueblo in northern New Mexico, as well as a virtual option.

To learn more about STEM engineering programs, visit https://engrnm.nmsu.edu/stem-connection.

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14 Hot Tiny-Home Startups Are Trying to Tackle the Housing Crisis

  • High prices and low inventory continue to squeeze Americans looking to buy and rent homes.
  • Tiny home makers believe they offer affordable, durable, and even money-making options.
  • We’ve compiled 14 tiny homes and accessory living unit (ADU) startups that are shaking up the industry.

In today’s housing market, the list of reasons to buy a tiny home is long.

Whether you’re a Millennial or Gen Z buyer facing record prices, a current homeowner looking to live on less, or a city dweller whose lifestyle has changed during the pandemic, tiny homes can be full of promise. .

Tiny homes can vary in price and aesthetics, but generally stay under 600 square feet. Last year, the median size of a new single-family home in America was 2,273 square feet, according to the Census Bureau.

In 2020, more than 56% of Americans who responded to a recent IPX103 survey from Fidelity National Financial said they would consider living in a small home. As builders scramble to meet this demand, the market for tiny homes could reach $5.8 billion by 2026, according to iProperty Management, a research site.

But it’s not just individual tastes that are driving demand. Tiny homes are also central to efforts to combat climate change and affordable housing. Their often modular approach can help reduce construction costs and, therefore, make housing less expensive. From all-electric homes to optimizing backyards in Los Angeles, the future of housing may seem smaller.

They can also be money makers. Small and quaint Airbnbs are popular with savvy Instagram travelers. In states like California, homeowners hire companies to install prefabricated structures in their backyards. In one model, a startup collects rent from tenants of secondary suites, or ADUs, and pays a portion to the landlord.

We’ve compiled a list of the hottest tiny home companies out there, all of which are shaking up the industry in different ways. Here they are, listed in alphabetical order.

2022 Best Cheap Home Insurance in New Mexico

New Mexico Home Insurance Overview

Here are some things that all New Mexico homeowners should be aware of when shopping for coverage:

The average New Mexico home costs around $248,670

The average home price in New Mexico is around $248,670, according to The Ascent’s research on average home prices by state. The national average is $293,349. These below-average prices may contribute to New Mexico’s below-average home insurance rates.

But those with larger, more expensive homes can expect to pay more. The same goes for homeowners living in areas prone to natural disasters.

Homeowners living near the Texas border typically pay more

The five most expensive cities in New Mexico for home insurance (listed in the table below) are all located near the Texas border. Homeowners who live in this area may want to take a little extra time to compare home insurance quotes to make sure they’re getting the best deal possible.

What are the most common home insurance claims in New Mexico?

Here are some of the most common home insurance claims filed in New Mexico:

Forest fire damage

New Mexico has seen some of the largest wildfires in its history in recent years. These storms can be extremely costly as they can destroy entire towns, leaving little or nothing behind. Those who live in areas prone to wildfires generally pay more for home insurance.

There are some things homeowners can do to reduce their risk of filing a wildfire claim, such as cutting brush around the house. But sometimes there is nothing a homeowner can do to stop this kind of damage. That’s why it’s essential that owners review their policy’s coverage limits. It should provide enough protection to pay for a full rebuild, if needed.

Flood damage

Monsoon season can trigger flooding or even flash flooding in New Mexico, especially in low-lying areas. This can damage or destroy personal property and weaken the foundations of homes. This is partly why flooding is among the costliest home insurance claims.

Many people don’t know this, but flooding is actually not covered by a typical home insurance policy. Homeowners interested in coverage should purchase a separate flood insurance policy if they do not want to pay for flood damage out of pocket. Lenders may require homeowners with mortgages to carry flood insurance if they live in a flood-prone area.

earthquake damage

New Mexico also experiences many earthquakes each year. Although most of them are small, a large earthquake can cause buildings to collapse, especially if they are older and do not meet modern building codes. They can also damage water and gas lines, which can lead to additional problems.

Most homeowners interested in earthquake protection should purchase an earthquake endorsement for their policy. This may include a separate earthquake deductible that is higher than the typical home insurance deductible. Homeowners must meet this deductible in the event of an earthquake before their insurance company pays anything for the damage.

Home Insurance Coverage Options and Discounts in New Mexico

New Mexico homeowners can save by taking advantage of the following home insurance discounts:

Bundling can save homeowners nearly $450 a year

Bundling home and auto insurance is the best way to save on home insurance with almost any company. In New Mexico, this will save homeowners about $442 per year on average.

Full payment offers surprising savings

Simply paying a home insurance premium all at once rather than in monthly installments can help homeowners save $130 a year. It may not be possible for everyone, but it’s the smartest game for those who can afford it. Homeowners who want to take advantage of this discount in the future should start saving now for their next home insurance premium so they’re ready to pay it in full.

Installing sprinklers can reduce the average home insurance premium by around $200

New Mexico homeowners looking to reduce their risk of fire-related damage should consider installing a sprinkler system. There is an upfront cost associated with this, but it brings major long-term benefits. Homeowners won’t have to worry as much about fire damage and they’ll save about $195 a year on their home insurance.

7 Cheapest Cities in New Mexico for Home Insurance

The following seven cities have the cheapest average New Mexico home insurance rates:

Malaysia misses out on space economy | Daily Express Online

What a journey the past two years have been. Malaysia, the once roaring Asian tiger, has apparently lost its bite. The impact of the pandemic and political uncertainties pushed our economy into negative territory in 2020, registering a contraction of 5.6%.

Disheartened experts were certain there would be further contractions in the years to come. We began to lose faith in our now famous “Malaysia Boleh” spirit, and wallowed in self-pity, blaming everyone else for our predicament.

Much to our relief, however, our GDP growth rebounded to 3.1% in 2021. This is no small feat, as we battled the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19 and their long tails.

This economic boost gave us hope, not much, but just enough radius. We need more than that if we are to continue to compete successfully to attract the elusive flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) regionally.

In fact, we need a new economic engine to complement the ones we have now. We need what professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne call a “Blue Ocean Strategy”.

Of course, this approach was all the rage when Malaysia’s sixth prime minister made it one of his pillars of economic recovery. With him, however, that model fell out of favor with policymakers when his term as prime minister ended in somewhat murky circumstances in 2018.

For the uninitiated, the Blue Ocean Strategy refers to a market for a product where there is little or no competition. This strategy revolves around finding an activity in which very few companies operate and where there is no pressure on prices.

What about the new space economy? Could this be the blue ocean we are looking for? We’ve been hearing a lot about the new space economy lately, especially with catchy headlines that include celebrities taking day trips to space. But this is not limited to space tourism for the wealthy!

While there are probably many ways to describe the current state of the space industry, it can be very helpful to compare it to what it was before. The original space economy was dominated by governments such as the United States and the USSR with large budgets to fund expensive research. It was centralized, national and very bureaucratic.

The new space economy is global, entrepreneurial and accessible. It is increasingly diverse and expanding, with private players in a variety of sub-sectors. The landscape has now changed, with 75% of industry spending coming from private companies.

For a long time, companies in this industry were selling satellite or technology, and ordinary people naturally couldn’t relate to their needs. So some providers started not talking about satellites; they started talking about data.

Yet the client could not intuitively understand this either. Today, more and more industry vendors are realizing that it’s not about data either; rather, it’s about meeting customers where they are and offering answers.

This trend has seen participants from new companies, new emerging countries and non-governmental investments which propelled the growth of the industry with a compound annual growth rate of 5.6% between 2018 and 2021.

This global space economy was valued at around US$447 billion in 2020, or 55% more than a decade ago, according to The Space Report 2021, Quarter 2. This is truly astronomical growth and made possible because the new spatial economy is finally connecting to the larger economy. .

This improved customer-centric mentality caught the attention of investors and the industry became more investable. Investors are finally hooking investment terms such as “real organic growth”, “economies of scale” and “pathways to profitability” to the space economy.

Increased capital means more players are bringing more technology to market. All of this translates into lower costs, lower barriers to entry, faster time-to-market, and more customer-centric offerings.

Companies now launch and recover spacecraft and shuttles, provide ground and mission control, perform Earth observations and conduct space science. The list is longer when we include spaceport operations.

Spaceport, you say? In Malaysia no less? Could this be the Holy Grail that can bring back the hunger and sharpen the fangs of this fallen Asian tiger?

Make me happy: the opportunity to take advantage of the new global space economy – from various sectors such as satellite services, satellite manufacturing, the launch industry, ground equipment and the associated non-satellite industry – is within our reach.

Local universities such as Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and University Sains Malaysia, to name a few, have earth and space related institutes to provide local content , and they are not the only ones.

The LIMA 2019 exhibition in Langkawi saw a group of local and international space players show their support for a government-backed space industry initiative, if designed strategically. They include leading Chinese players, the European Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency and their suppliers.

Located on the equator, Malaysia offers the perfect launchpad for horizontal air-dropped satellite launch services that cost only a fraction of the cost of the traditional variety of vertical rockets.

And an island like Langkawi would probably be as good a site as any for a fully functional spaceport, an iconic site for launching and receiving commercial and experimental sub-orbital spacecraft.

As a proof of concept, Puerto Rico, over 17,000 km away, has a fully functional and successful spaceport on the equator. As Langkawi and Puerto Rico are equidistant around the Earth’s circumference, suborbital flights from Puerto Rico can land safely in Langkawi and vice versa.

Opponents will point to the spaceport in New Mexico, USA, and say that even a US state collaboration with Branson’s Virgin Galactic failed to fly as planned.

My retort: ​​New Mexico’s spaceport was intended solely for space tourism, where people pay $250,000 (RM1.1 million) to $500,000 to observe our planet at 25,000 km altitude, suspended in weightlessness for a few minutes. Space tourism is just a small service in the new space economy.


The Malaysian model can offer more than that: ground services and mission control center services, suborbital flights for scientific studies, Earth observation, air launch services and space science.

For good measure, we can even have a Cosmotarium, where we can build an educational museum and simulate space travel for the landlocked. The key to the success and profitability of this business will also lie in satellite telephony and the data collection and distribution services that underpin these services.

Of course, many feasibility studies still need to be carried out to evaluate this new business model. In a Red Ocean Strategy, an organization must choose between creating more value for customers and lower price. In contrast, those pursuing a Blue Ocean Strategy attempt to achieve both: differentiation and low cost, opening up new market space.

Leading the countries of ASEAN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in a new industry where competition is almost non-existent should give our steps a bounce and a swagger in our march forward. The new space economy — a promising frontier for Malaysia to pioneer in this region. Are our leaders up to the task to lead us there?

Zakie is Executive Chairman of Kiarafics Sdn Bhd, a strategy consulting group. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia Pahang. This appeared in Edge.

– The opinions expressed here are those of the writer Zakie and do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Express.

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NMSU honors NM EDGE graduates with celebration


LAS CRUCES — Public servants who have completed New Mexico’s certified public programs were recognized at a June 16 graduation ceremony in Albuquerque. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service administers the nationally accredited program, NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector. NM EDGE also announced its new Program Director Christy Green.

As this was the first in-person graduation since 2019, NM EDGE recognized both recent graduates and graduates who completed the program within the past two years and attended virtual ceremonies.

“During the pandemic and beyond, these people have shown the dedication to succeed no matter the circumstances,” said Jeanine Eden, NM EDGE program coordinator. “They showed resilience and determination. They have embraced change and used it to enhance their professionalism, and in doing so, we know that no matter the challenge, these good people will emerge with more to offer the public they so willingly serve.

Certified Public Officer graduates included Diamond Contreras, Executive Assistant, City of Belen; Clay Corn, New Mexico Counties, Loss Prevention Department, Chaves County; Cassandra Green, Director of Human Resources, Otero County; Rhonda Hatch, office manager for the Assessor’s Office, Eddy County; Phyllis Keene, Tax Researcher, Sandoval County; Aissa Lara, Human Resources Specialist, Eddy County; Sumana Maiti-Ghosh, GIS and Asset Control Technician, City of Belen; Isabelle Martinez, Los Alamos County; Sherrill McDougle, Human Resources Specialist, Eddy County; Michael Milam, Valencia County Clerk; Juan Morales, Delinquent Tax Specialist, Torrance County; Mandi Park, County Clerk, Roosevelt County; and Alma Ruiz, Senior Office Manager, City of Las Cruces Utilities Department.

Certified public supervisor graduates included Matt Clark, director of emergency services, Otero County; and Hatch. Stan Ross, Architectural Access Specialist, New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability, has been recognized as a Certified Public Manager Graduate.

Certified Public Ethics Lawyer graduates included Clark, Hatch, Ross and Shannon Reynolds, County Commissioner, Doña Ana County. Certified County Commissioners graduates included Reynolds and Clay Kiesling, Union County.

Stephanie Eldridge, Assistant in the Office of Elections, Chaves County, was honored as a Certified County Clerk; and Hatch has been recognized as a licensed public assessment agent.

Daniela H. Johnson, Harding County Chief Financial Officer, was honored as a Certified Public Finance Professional; and Roosevelt County Deputy Director Liliana Rivera has been recognized as a Certified Public Procurement Professional.

To learn more about the NM EDGE program, visit https://nmedge.nmsu.edu or @NMEDGE on Facebook.

Tiffany Acosta writes for New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications and can be reached at 575-646-3929, or by email at [email protected]

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This summer, students worked face-to-face with engineering faculty members to reinforce their concept of engineering topics. Students are assessed for learning outcomes with results contributing to research by the Faculty of Engineering and Office of Outreach and Recruitment.

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🌱 Rael Named to Best Job in Town + Native American Housing Fair

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  1. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has chosen Lawrence Rael as the city’s permanent chief administrative officer. Rael has been in a temporary position since Sarita Nair left her position in April. The announcement was made on Friday and the city council will now have to vote to approve Rael’s nomination. (Albuquerque Journal)
  2. The Albuquerque Native American Housing and Home Fair will take place on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30. The event will take place at the APS Berna Facio Professional Development Complex starting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The event will have many organizations on hand to answer questions and accept applications. (Albuquerque Public Schools)
  3. Repeat offender Jennifer Christensen will not remain behind bars until her trial on June 28. Christensen is known to have repeatedly stolen cars and fled from the Albuquerque Police Department. His most recent incident involved a stolen car near Downs on June 9. She will attend an inpatient drug treatment program instead of staying in jail. (KRQE News 13)

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New Mexico among top 25 states for abortions vs. live births

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade’s 1973 brought the abortion access debate to the fore. But how many abortions are performed in New Mexico? The numbers aren’t exact, but KRQE News 13 dug into the data to find out.

New Mexico Access

New Mexico is generally considered a state with relatively easy access to abortion. Many ruling politicians in the state lean towards the Democrats. And Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for re-election this fall, has previously moved to support legal abortion.

“In anticipation of this precise moment, we have taken action, Grisham said in a press release on Friday. “We’ve eliminated New Mexico’s outdated abortion-inducing ban, safeguarding the right of every woman in this state to make critical decisions about her own health and to decide for herself – and for her family. – when to have children.”

In 2021, the governor signed legislation repealing New Mexico’s abortion ban. This prohibition had been on the books for more than 50 years. The law removed part of the state law allowing institutions and individuals to refuse to perform abortions, leaving New Mexico without any statewide restrictions on abortions.

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Given state laws, many New Mexicans have access to abortion. Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that at least 3,942 people had an abortion in New Mexico in 2019, the latest data available. Nearly a quarter of them were from out-of-state residents.

The CDC numbers only count legally induced abortions performed by licensed clinicians. They include surgical abortions as well as medical abortions.

This means that in New Mexico, for every 1,000 live births, there are approximately 172 abortions, according to CDC data. This places us in the top 25 states for the highest rate of abortions to live births. But states like New York far exceed us, where about 355 abortions are performed for every 1,000 live births.

But the data is not perfect. Not only is it a few years out of date, but it also does not include abortions performed in California and a few other states.

Moreover, the figures do not reflect whether or not everything residents have access to it. Even here in New Mexico, residents who live farther from abortion centers might be considered to have less access.

A 2021 study published on the American Medical Association’s JAMA Network shows that increasing the distance traveled to abortion centers is associated with significant reductions in the rate of abortions.

The study uses data from 2015 to show that in more rural New Mexico counties the abortion rate is lower than in Bernalillo or Santa Fe County. The study also estimates that when New Mexicans live within 30 miles of an abortion center, the rate at which they obtain abortions is about 10% lower than when they live within 5 miles.

EnerGeo Alliance joins US energy industry

Houston, Texas, USA, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ahead of the President’s trip to the Middle East next month, the EnerGeo Alliance today joined 28 energy associations in urging President Biden and his cabinet to visit major U.S. energy facilities — from generation to distribution to refining and innovation hubs — as geopolitical volatility and energy costs continue to rise. In a letter to President Biden and top administration officials, the organizations — which represent more than 11 million skilled American workers keeping the lights on and the fuels flowing — urged the administration to recognize national energy resources as a strategic asset to the national and economic security of the United States and highlighted America’s vast reserves of natural gas and oil that can help meet the growing demand for reliable power.

“Before boarding Air Force One for the Middle East, we hope you’ll consider taking another look at made-in-America energy,” the letter reads. “We would be honored to show you how our industry is involved in every step of the energy process, from fuel pumps to infrastructure delivering critical products to production areas across our vast country.

In the letter, the signatories invite President Biden to visit energy-producing regions across the country, including the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, the Permian in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bakken in North Dakota that support million well-paying American jobs, working to reduce our environmental footprint, drive economic growth, and fund conservation in nearly every US county.

“Your trip to Saudi Arabia next month is important on many of these fronts, including boosting global energy supplies. Yet American energy solutions are beneath our feet, and we urge you to reconsider the immense potential of American resources. in oil and natural gas – which are the envy of the world – for the benefit of American families, the American economy and our national security,” the letter concludes.

Signatories to the letter include:
• American Petroleum Institute
• Alaska Oil and Gas Association
• American Exploration and Production Board
• US fuel and petrochemical manufacturers
• Oil Pipeline Association
• Colonial Pipeline Company
• Colorado Oil and Gas Association
• Consumer Alliance for Energy
• EnerGeo Alliance
• Workforce and Energy Technology Council
• Independent Petroleum Association of America
• Independent Oil and Gas Association of Kansas
• Oil and Gas Association of Kentucky
• Louisiana Mid-Mainland Oil and Gas Association
• Marcellus Shale Coalition
• New Mexico Business Coalition
• New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
• North Dakota Petroleum Board
• Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance
• Wyoming Petroleum Association
• Permian Basin Petroleum Association
• Association of Independent Producers and Royalty Holders of Texas
• Texas Oil and Gas Association
• Utah Petroleum Association
• American Oil and Gas Association
• Western Energy Alliance
• Western States Petroleum Association

Click HERE to see the letter.

Earlier this week, World Oil published an op-ed by EnerGeo Chairman Nikki Martin calling on President Biden and the administration to immediately release the months-long backlog of geoscience permits in the Gulf of Mexico that “hampers the development and the production of good offshore assets”. and can help increase and ensure stable production to reduce energy costs.


About the EnerGeo Alliance
Founded in 1971, the EnerGeo Alliance is a global trade association for the energy geoscience industry, the intersection where earth science and energy meet. The EnerGeo Alliance and its member companies span more than 50 countries and together unite to lead the way in the discovery, development and safe delivery of primary energy sources, alternative energies and low-carbon energy solutions that meet the growing needs of our world. .


Jan. 6 probe expands with new subpoenas focused on fake voters

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The Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack gathered pace on Wednesday as federal agents issued subpoenas to people in at least two states, in what appeared to be a growing probe. wide on how political activists supporting President Donald Trump tried to use disabled voters to thwart Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

FBI officials confirmed to the Washington Post that agents conducted court-authorized law enforcement activities Wednesday morning at two locations — one at the address of Brad Carver, a Georgia lawyer who allegedly signed a document claiming to be a Trump voter, and another at Thomas’ home in Virginia. Lane, who worked on Trump campaign efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. FBI officials have not identified the people associated with these addresses, but public records list each of the locations as the men’s home addresses.

On June 21, the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol presented a plan backed by President Trump to void the 2020 election. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

The precise nature of the information sought by the Justice Department was not immediately clear; however, Arizona and Georgia officials testified on Tuesday before a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on attempts by Trump and his inner circle of advisers to try to reverse Biden’s constituency victories in those states.

Trump campaign documents show advisers knew fake voter plan was baseless

Officials have previously said the Justice Department and FBI are looking into the issue of fake voters, which Trump and others hope could be vetted by state lawmakers in a last-ditch attempt to keep Trump on the sidelines. White House. So far, however, those investigative efforts seemed to mostly involve talking to people in Republican circles who knew about the scheme and opposed it; subpoenas issued Wednesday suggest the Justice Department is now set to interview at least some of those who have agreed to continue the effort.

FBI agents delivered a subpoena to Lane Wednesday morning at his home in Virginia, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. After leaving the Trump campaign, Lane worked for the Republican National Committee’s electoral efforts in Virginia, the person said. Public records list an address for Lane in South Arlington, and an FBI spokeswoman confirmed that agents conducted “court-authorized law enforcement activity” at that address this morning.

Phone messages left with Lane were not immediately returned. Carver, the Georgia lawyer, also did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The Justice Department’s new investigative steps come amid a series of high-profile congressional hearings examining not only the riot on Capitol Hill, but also Trump’s efforts to undo Biden’s election victory through fake voters, lobbying from the Department of Justice and false claims from massive voter fraud.

Before, during, after: the attack of January 6

Previously, the Department of Justice issued subpoenas and solicited interviews with some of the the 15 people across the country who were expected to be Trump voters if he won their states — but were replaced on Electoral College voting day, multiple people told The Washington Post. Some of those Republicans told the Post they didn’t participate because Biden won the popular vote in their state and they didn’t think gatherings were appropriate; others said they declined to participate because they were sick or had scheduling conflicts.

Among those who declined to participate were Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Lawrence Tabas, an election rights expert who defended Trump in 2016 against a recount campaign by Green Party candidate Jill Stein; former Congressman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump’s presidential campaign; and Georgian real estate investor John Isakson, son of the late Republican Senator Johnny Isakson.

These subpoenas sought all documents since October 1, 2020, related to the Electoral College vote, as well as all election-related communications with a dozen people in Trump’s inner circle, including Rudy Giuliani, Bernard Kerik, Boris Epshteyn , Jenna Ellis and John Eastman. A potential Trump voter in Georgia, Patrick Gartland, had been appointed to the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration and believed the position meant serving as a voter would have created a conflict of interest for him. However, two FBI agents recently came to his house with a subpoena and asked if he had contact with any Trump advisers at the time of the November elections. “They wanted to know if I spoke to Giuliani,” Gartland said.

Fake Trump voters in Georgia told to hide their plans in ‘secrecy’, emails say

The Capitol Hill hearings have increased public pressure on the Justice Department to take more aggressive and overt steps to investigate Trump and those close to him for their roles in the run-up to Jan. 6.

But senior Justice Department officials also complained to the panel that prosecutors needed access to transcripts of more than 1,000 private committee interviews, and said not having those transcripts jeopardized the ongoing trial. of five members of the extremist group Proud Boys accused of seditious conspiracy. for their role in the riot. The federal judge in charge of this case on Wednesday ordered a further postponement of the trial, from August 8 to December.

More than 820 people have already been charged by the Justice Department for their role in the January 6 attack, making it the largest investigation in the department’s history. Hundreds of other people are wanted. But Democrats and some lawyers have argued that the Justice Department should speed up investigations of high-level organizers and political operatives, given the severity of the threat to democratic institutions.

Earlier this year, prosecutors significantly expanded their investigation by issuing subpoenas to those who participated in preparations for the rally that preceded the riot.

This is a developing story.

Alice Crites, Jacqueline Alemany and Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

Majority of voters back New Mexico law protecting access to abortion

A survey commissioned by NM Policy Report found that a majority of voters support abortion rights, including an abortion-rights-protecting law recently passed by the state legislature, and are also on the verge of endorsing the draw in the permanent fund of massive state land subsidies for the financing of education.

Abortion rights could be front and center in midterm elections as US Supreme Court looks set to oust landmark Roe vs. Wade decision this summer.

When asked in the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling whether abortion should still be legal; legal with certain limitations; illegal except in case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother; or always illegal, a majority said it should be legal (with 30% saying always, 25% saying legal with limitations). Only 13% said it should always be illegal and 29% said it should be illegal except for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Asked about the new state law that would allow abortion to remain legal in New Mexico regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, 53% said they support the newly enacted law and 36% said they were against it.

Women are more likely to support abortion rights, with 62% supporting the New Mexico law and 29% reporting opposition. Among men, 43% support the law and 44% oppose it.

On the question of whether abortion should be legal, 36% of women said always and 26% said with some restrictions, while 21% said it should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life and 13% said it was illegal in any case. case. Among men, only 23% said it should always be legal, and 23% said it should be legal with restrictions, while 37% said it should be illegal except for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother and 14% said it should always be illegal.

Hispanics or Latinos were also more likely to support New Mexico’s law keeping abortion legal, with 62% supporting and 27% opposing. Among white voters, 46% supported and 44% opposed, while among other ethnicities, 59% supported and 26% opposed.

Permanent Land Grant Fund

The proposed constitutional amendment to operate the permanent land grant fund received the support of more than 60% of voters. When asked if they supported the proposal to allocate an additional 1.25% of the Permanent Land Grant Fund to early childhood education and public school funding, 61% said they would support, while 26% said they would oppose it.

Many New Mexico Democrats have pushed for such an amendment for years, but it has always been bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee (and in one case in the State House when held by Republicans). ).

Voters will decide whether to approve the amendment and two others (one regarding the authorization of funds for residential services and infrastructure and another regarding the election of judges) this fall.

The poll of 642 New Mexico voters was conducted June 13-14. Public Policy Polling called landlines and texted those who didn’t have one. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9% for the main questions, while the sub-populations will have larger margins of error.

CO-based commercial space company to land in New Mexico

Sierra Space and Spaceport America have signed an agreement to make the spaceport a landing site for the Colorado-based company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft. (Courtesy of Spaceport America)

Colorado-based Sierra Space plans to land some of its Dream Chaser flights in New Mexico, after the company announced on Tuesday that it had signed a deal with Spaceport America.

Located in southern New Mexico and known for anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America is one of the newest runways worldwide where the Dream Chaser can land efficiently, Sierra Space said in a press release. The Spaceport America runway is 200 feet wide and 12,000 feet long.

“Spaceport America is extremely proud to combine our efforts with Sierra Space,” Spaceport America Executive Director Scott McLaughlin said in the statement. “As a potential landing site for the Dream Chaser spaceplane, we will continue to open up affordable access to space for everyone in the United States and around the world. We are excited to expand the partnership and relationship. working with Sierra Space.

The Dream Chaser is a multi-mission “space utility vehicle” designed to transport crew and cargo to low Earth orbit.

Currently, Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser has a contract with NASA beginning in 2023 for cargo supply and return missions to deliver up to 12,000 pounds of cargo at a time to the International Space Station. Sierra Space said its Dream Chaser spacecraft is the only commercial spacecraft capable of flipping low-gravity earth on compatible commercial tracks.

“Sierra Space is building the future of space – from transportation to commercial space destinations and all emerging applications – to develop a vibrant, growing and accessible commercial space economy,” Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice said in a statement. a statement. “With this vision in mind, we are creating space technology hubs within the commercial space ecosystem and adding Spaceport America as a potential landing site for Dream Chaser to continue to open up affordable access to space for all.”

Sierra Space recently launched an astronaut training program led by a former NASA astronaut to lead a crewed version of Dream Chaser, according to the SpaceNews outlet. In February, the company also signed agreements with Kanematsu Corp. and Oita Prefecture to study future airport landings in Japan for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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PRC says it followed its own guidelines in rejecting merger

June 20—Saying it’s not a “flank” to others, the state’s Public Regulatory Commission argues in a court filing that it was required to act independently during the examining a merger of New Mexico’s largest electric utility with other major power companies.

A PRC brief submitted by legal staff last week to the New Mexico Supreme Court says the commissioners made the right decision in denying Public Service Company of New Mexico’s application to merge with Avangrid of Connecticut and its parent company, Iberdrola of Spain. The unanimous decision of the five commissioners in December went against the recommendations of the attorney general’s office and many environmental groups.

The proposal to merge with the two large companies and be virtually taken over by them has implications for the state’s ability to convert to electricity powered by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. . PNM says merging with big business would give it access to money, equipment and innovation.

PNM and its potential partners appealed the PRC’s rejection to the state Supreme Court, and the commissioners’ final comments came in a roughly 70-page document and request for oral argument. The document said there was “substantial evidence before the Commission of the potential downsides of the proposed merger”.

A joint statement Friday from representatives of PNM and Avangrid said “the PRC understated the benefits of the merger and overstated the alleged risks, resulting in an incorrect application of the merger standard.”

The state Supreme Court does not have a deadline to schedule oral arguments or rule on the matter. PNM, Avangrid and Iberdrola benefit from a new commission taking over in January and potentially obtaining a new examination of their file.

The current five-member elected commission will be replaced in 2023 with a three-person governor-appointed commission after state voters accepted the change two years ago.

In continued counterpoint to legal filings, the commission’s brief is a response to claims filed by PNM, Avangrid and Iberdrola. The commission stands by the companies’ argument that the PRC “poorly balanced the pros and cons of the proposed merger … leads to a dead end.” Protecting the public in such transactions is one of its main functions, says the PRC.

“The proposed merger was not designed to benefit PNM’s customers,” the document said. Instead, the business mix would give Avangrid and Iberdrola a “beachhead” in the southwest from which to pursue other projects, according to the PRC.

Further, the primary beneficiaries of a merger would be PNM’s shareholders, the brief states, not customers.

The companies, however, argue that the PRC ignored the fact that nearly all environmental organizations supported the merger.

The commission says that claim was also a dead end. “This argument is mind-boggling and implies that the Commission is a stooge, his memoir reads.

Representatives from PNM and Avangrid said the merger won the green light from organizations and other state and federal entities, such as the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “Each of these agencies concluded that the merger met all regulatory standards and should be approved,” they said.

One organization that disagreed with the companies was Santa Fe’s New Energy Economy. A recent brief filed by that organization, led by Mariel Nanasi, said the companies’ arguments were “out of touch with reality.”

The commission’s brief recalls some sticking points found in the merger proposal. One was the performance record of Avangrid’s subsidiaries in the northeastern United States, which the commission and others have described as poor. Another was the committee’s concern over a Spanish investigation into some current and former Iberdrola executives. Yet another was the role played by Albuquerque attorney Marcus Rael, a friend and colleague of Attorney General Hector Balderas who does contract legal work for Balderas’ office.

Various details indicate that Avangrid and Iberdrola are using “business methods that should raise concerns for the Commission,” the brief states, quoting a line from PRC hearing examiner Ashley Schannauer’s recommendations at the end of the essay. ‘last year. Schannauer generally released a report criticizing the proposed merger.

Balderas said in a brief statement on Friday that the PRC “violated the rule of law” by ignoring the proposed agreement reached by 23 organizations. He also noted that the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board had ruled that there was no conflict of interest involving Rael. Schannauer ordered Rael to stop working for Iberdrola, and he did.

Balderas also said he was “very concerned that the PRC is misleading the Court by misrepresenting the timing” of its interactions with merger candidates.

Iberdrola hired Rael early last year to broker the merger proposal. Balderas signed the agreement with the candidates in the spring. The commission says “the plausible inference … is that the AG was improperly influenced by Mr. Rael, who represented the AG and Bernalillo County at the time he was hired by Iberdrola.”

The commission adds: “The AG ridiculously stated that a benefit of the merger was the lessons Avangrid learned from the experience of dealing with severe storms in the North East, although any lessons that ‘Avangrid may have learned resulted from his own incompetent preparations for the storms.

The commission also points out that Scott Hempling, an expert witness used by Balderas in the merger case, criticized the merger proposal in the spring of 2021.

Balderas spokeswoman Jerri Mares wrote in an email Friday that Rael was hired by Iberdrola before Balderas opposed the initial merger request. “It was only after securing significant concessions through negotiations that significantly altered the transaction that the AG joined” the agreement in April, Mares wrote.

The three power companies said the benefits of a merger outweigh the risks. They agreed to give customers rate credits totaling $67 million over three years and create at least 150 jobs in the state if they were allowed to merge.

They also said they would allocate $25 million to economic development efforts in the state, allocate $12.5 million to indigenous communities in the northwest of the state, and offer $15 million to community programs. efficiency and weather protection for low-income people.

Representatives for PNM and Avangrid said in a statement on Friday, “Had the benefits and risks been properly considered and applied, the transaction would have been approved.”

They said the investigation in Spain into Iberdrola executives contained “simple allegations”. The PRC’s use of this situation against merger candidates, they said, “is contrary to New Mexico law and principles of fairness and does not provide grounds for assuming that PNM will not continue to provide quality service if the merger is approved”.

New ad targets government’s discretionary fund

A new ad takes aim at a familiar target – the governor’s spending from a discretionary fund earmarked for social and diplomatic events. (Source: Get Families Back to Work announcement)

SANTA FE — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s spending on a discretionary fund for social and diplomatic events continues to fuel attack ads targeting her re-election bid, including a new ad that draws on excerpts from television news.

The new 30-second piece – which will air starting Wednesday – was launched by a group affiliated with the Republican Governors Association.

Lujan Grisham “continues to waste our tax dollars on his personal interests,” the ad reads, intercut with excerpts from TV reports about his discretionary fund spending.

The fund has been a source of controversy not only for Lujan Grisham, but also for his predecessors.

Republican Susana Martinez, for example, used the fund in 2015 to throw an end-of-year party that prompted a police intervention.

Just last month, Lujan Grisham’s campaign refunded the discretionary fund after it was originally used to cover about $1,837 in expenses related to a Democratic Governors Association party at the Governor’s Residence. . A spokeswoman for the governor said the campaign repaid the state “almost immediately,” though it’s unclear why the state fund was used in the first place.

The controversy makes its appearance in the new ad.

Last year, state auditors also reviewed the governor’s use of the fund and found Lujan Grisham’s $17,546 spending on food, alcohol, cooking equipment and Christmas decorations did not violate not state law. But the report from State Auditor Brian Colón’s office also said lawmakers should clarify how the fund can be spent.

The Republican Governors Association has been active in New Mexico this year, with its political action committee reporting expenses of about $179,000.

The new announcement is attributed to Get Families Back to Work, a separate group affiliated with the RGA.

Lujan Grisham also went on the attack. The first big television splash of his campaign from the general election campaign questioned Republican Mark Ronchetti’s experience, describing him as a “television weatherman” who is not ready to fight crime.

Ronchetti, for his part, characterized his career as a strength – proof that he is not an entrenched politician.

Karen Bedonie, a libertarian, is also campaigning for governor. She won the party’s nomination on June 7 with 87% of the vote, beating a write-in candidate.

ASCEND : The cost of building just about anything is rising due to inflation and supply chain disruptions.

New report from Legislative Finance Committee analysts warns New Mexico policymakers to expect budget shortfalls in capital projects and prepare to spend more to complete work that cannot be completed for their original cost.

The report also suggests a series of longer-term changes — such as establishing a central office of infrastructure — to improve the management of New Mexico’s capital projects.

States tackle child care shortages after federal efforts halt

In New Mexico, educators won pay raises. In Iowa, 16-year-olds can now supervise 15 children. In Montana, caregivers can monitor more toddlers at a time.

With sweeping federal child care legislation stalled in Congress, dozens of states have stepped in to address a growing crisis as many families have found services both unaffordable and scarce.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the situation “a classic example of a market failure”.

State legislatures, often using federal stimulus funds, passed more than 200 child care bills in 2021, and another 100 bills passed in the first half of 2022 — a rate of legislation twice the average for recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Yet while there is consensus that child care needs to be fixed, there is little agreement on the solution. In a sort of laboratory of competing ideas, states try out different models, largely based on their domestic politics. Democratic-majority states have been more likely to supplement stimulus dollars — which will expire by 2024 — with state revenue. Those with Republican governments have often tried to relax regulations regarding class size and licensing.

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened the visibility of long-standing childcare challenges as parents struggle to work during lockdowns and quarantines. About 10% of child care programs nationwide closed between 2019 and 2021, according to advocacy group Child Care Aware.

“Parents wait in parking lots all night trying to get a spot,” said Elliot Haspel, an early childhood education expert at the Robins Foundation, a philanthropy in Richmond, Virginia. “It’s really dystopian.”

And while college-educated mothers who drifted away from the workforce during the pandemic have mostly returned, that’s not necessarily true for less-educated mothers, who typically find it harder to afford childcare. their children. Fewer of them have returned to the labor market, which has contributed to labor shortages in some industries.

In the United States, most families receive little government support for care before children enter kindergarten. Two-thirds of mothers of children under 6 and 94% of fathers in this age group work for pay, according to federal data. Yet child care is unaffordable for more than 60% of families who need it, according to the Treasury Departmentand half of all Americans live in places where child care is scarce.

Low-income families who qualify for state or federal assistance often struggle to get it.

Victoria Welch, 31, a single mother of two, earns $18 an hour working night shifts for Swissport, a cargo handling service at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Her brother, who lives with his family, is home with his daughters in the evenings, but goes to his own work during the day. That’s when Mrs. Welch, tired of working all night, drives 7-year-old Mia to school and then takes care of her one-year-old child, Ava. Ms. Welch sleeps in 45 minute increments when the baby is napping.

“I do my best to find the energy to play with her as much as possible,” she said.

She tried to enroll in a subsidized child care program, but her application got bogged down in bureaucracy.

The New Jersey General Assembly is considering the bills it would create 1,000 new spaces in infant and toddler programs and centralize the state’s child care system, which is currently regulated by a number of departments and agencies.

President Biden’s Build Back Better Act would have created a nationwide right to child care, capping costs at 7% of most families’ income. But the bill fizzled out, largely due to opposition from Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia, who worried about the cost of the legislation and certain provisions, such as credits. child tax, which he said would discourage parents from working.

Two other Senate Democrats, Patty Murray and Tim Kaine, announced a less ambitious proposal this month that would include child care funding enacted as part of the budget reconciliation process, avoiding a Republican filibuster. But the main objectives of budget negotiations are now inflation, climate change and health care, which raises the question of whether we can expect child care relief from the federal government.

“We were very devastated” by the failure of Build Back Better, said Cody Summerville, executive director of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Even so, he said, he found reasons for hope locally.

Last year, Texas increased payments to providers who serve low-income infants and toddlers, the most expensive group to care for and the one plagued by shortages in Texas and nationally.

The state has also required child care programs that accept state grants to participate in a quality rating and improvement system called the Texas Rising Star, which rates centers.

While there’s little bipartisan cooperation in Washington on child custody legislation, that’s not the case in Texas, Summerville noted.

“There’s a strong understanding on both sides of the aisle that child care underpins our entire economy,” he said, because parents who don’t have access to child care cannot fill vacancies. “This is a state that really wants to make sure families work.”

In Colorado, where Democrats control state government, some Republican state lawmakers were enthusiastic about the “family, friend, neighbor” element of a recent $100 million investment. child care package, funded with federal support. The provision will allow grandparents and other caregivers – an important source of care – to enroll in early childhood education training and then get money to upgrade their home for safety and education.

“In a world where it’s hard for a family to survive on one source of income, child care is a critical need,” said Republican Senator Jerry Sonnenberg. “Child care issues are non-partisan.

Strongly conservative states have also begun to act, often by reducing regulations.

Montana has raised the maximum allowed ratio of children to adults. The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Kenneth Bogner, a Republican, said he did so at the request of suppliers in his rural district who are struggling to keep up with demand.

Children’s advocacy organizations opposed the measure, saying it would compromise safety and quality. Xanna Burg, director of Kids Count Montana, said the state should instead subsidize higher wages for child care workers, who won last year. about $11 per hour on average in Montana, and are attracted to retail jobs.

Thanks to federal stimulus funds, Montana has capped child care costs for low-income families at $10 a month. But federal support will disappear by the end of 2024, and Senator Bogner predicted that state lawmakers were more likely to ease regulations than they were to provide more funds.

He argued that stimulus funds had artificially heated the childcare market – although affordability and supply issues predated the pandemic. He acknowledged that many workers in his district cannot afford market-rate child care and said families must “make serious choices about whether or not they want have children”.

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, signed a bill Thursday, on the Democratic opposition, which increases the number of children a single adult is allowed to supervise in a child care centre. There can now be seven 2-year-olds per adult instead of six — exceeding national recommendations — and 10 three-year-old children instead of eight. The measure also allows 16-year-olds to take care of up to 15 children over the age of 5 without adult supervision.

Liberal states have tended to take a different, sometimes much more expensive route. This fall, voters in New Mexico will consider an amendment to the state constitution that would earmark a percentage of the state’s oil and gas revenue for early childhood education, which would provide $127 million a year. .

The amendment could allow New Mexico to continue an exceptionally generous program: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has made child care free until the summer of 2023 for many families earning less than 400% of the federal poverty line, or about $111,000 for a family of four.

The measure could also fund long-term wage increases for childcare workers.

Ivydel Natachu, 52, is an early childhood educator in Albuquerque who says she would benefit. She has 17 years of experience, was earning $10.50 an hour until 2020. She raised her own children with the help of odd jobs and food stamps.

With temporary federal stimulus funds supporting New Mexico child care, she now earns $15 an hour; if the constitutional amendment passes, it could raise his salary to $18 an hour.

Ms Natachu said that during the pandemic she had seen colleagues resign after just a few weeks of work, attracted by easier and better paying jobs in other fields. She said that given their expertise in child development, child care workers should be paid like public school teachers.

“We are fighting for our professional salaries,” she said.

DC measures would compromise innovators and NM

Susana Martinez

America’s inherent spirit of innovation sets us apart as an engine of unprecedented progress. This spirit is driven by America’s culture of encouraged risk-taking, praise for hard work, and forward-looking optimism. Nowhere is this innovative advantage greater than in America’s cutting-edge technology industry, which embraces the American spirit of dreaming big, creating an entrepreneurial environment that helps US-based companies thrive.

Indeed, America’s tech industry has boosted the economies of every US state and benefited its entire population, as the vast majority have relied on technology on a daily basis.

When Congress considers measures that would undermine innovation — such as S.2992 Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota’s “American Innovation and Choice Online Act” — every American from New Mexico to Washington, DC should be concerned. If so, the anti-innovation legislation now under consideration would arbitrarily and negatively cripple the U.S. tech industry and hurt New Mexico families, farmers, and small businesses.

American innovation is vital to our economy. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the digital economy has accounted for nearly 7% of US GDP in recent years and generated more than 5.1 million US jobs. At the same time, more than 80% of small businesses benefit from at least one major digital platform to provide information and reach old and new customers.

In New Mexico, the technology sector represents nearly 8% of our total workforce. We’re also proud to lead the nation in Latino representation in tech jobs, with Hispanics making up 31% of all tech employees in the state.

During my tenure as governor, my administration worked tirelessly to make New Mexico’s economy more competitive for jobs and new investment. Due to our policies, we have received investments from national and global companies such as Netflix, Facebook and SafeLite, all of which have moved major operations to New Mexico. At the same time, leading local companies such as RS21, Skorpios, Descartes Labs and others have grown and prospered.

It is imperative that we do not pursue legislation if it will harm America’s technological advantage, affect our companies’ ability to compete with foreign competitors, or negatively impact New Mexican workers.

As Congress considers anti-innovation legislation, it must recognize that America’s technological innovators are a vital part of America’s economic health, national security, and individual freedoms.

Technology has improved the lives of many people and helped create a more connected and open world, a world where the basic rights of free speech thrive despite threats from nefarious foreign governments seeking to bring us down.

As policymakers consider the rules and laws that govern innovators, they must encourage big dreams — not big hurdles — by protecting American values ​​of openness, accessibility, and free speech. They are essential contributors to America’s global competitive advantage.

Clawback of wildlife law passed by the House could be blocked in the Senate


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, legislation that would provide $1.4 billion a year to states and tribes for threatened and endangered wildlife programs.

The 231-190 vote included yeses from 215 Democrats and 16 Republicans.

The action, the proposal’s most advanced since it was introduced by a Blue Ribbon Panel in 2016, has been praised by dozens of conservation and environmental groups.

Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, called RAWA “the most important wildlife conservation legislation in half a century”.

Bipartisan support in the House says there is “consensus across the political spectrum that we can and must prevent extinctions from our backyards to backyards,” O’Mara said.

Proponents of the bill cite its prescription of proactive on-the-ground projects to implement state wildlife action plans and projections it would create more than 30,000 jobs and spur $93 billion in total economic activity.

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RAWA’s fate now rests with the Senate, which in April kicked him out of the committee. The bill has 36 bipartisan sponsors and cosponsors in the Senate, including the Sens sponsors. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri).

However, questions remain over the dollars.

The House version would fund RAWA with general tax revenue from the Treasury.

But a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office reported on April 27 by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee found that RAWA would increase the federal deficit by $14.1 billion from 2022 to 2032.

Tom Cors, director of North American policy and government relations at The Nature Conservancy, said it’s likely RAWA will need a “pay for” to be approved by the Senate.

One might be handy, though.

More than a dozen conservation organizations and land trusts, including The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and The Conservation Fund, along with the IRS and the Department of Justice, are calling on Congress to pass the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (S. 2256 /HR 4164).

The bill would end fraudulent and syndicated conservation easements.

According to IRS data, bad actors claimed $36 billion in unwarranted charitable deductions from 2010 to 2018, including $9.2 billion for 296 transactions in 2018 alone.

This contrasts with the 2,000 to 2,500 conservation donations made each year for genuinely charitable purposes, resulting in about $1 billion in claimed deductions each year, according to the Land Trust Alliance.

Passing the Easement Integrity Bill would protect the tax-paying public while ensuring the land conservation incentive remains available to landowners acting with genuine charitable intent, the Alliance said in a statement. .

The bill would prohibit charitable deductions where a profit is made in a short time from the donation of a conservation easement.

Eliminating fraudulent tax breaks could provide the Treasury with the $14.1 billion that RAWA is expected to cost over the next decade.

Cors said working to pass both RAWA and the Easements Integrity Bill made sense.

“By pairing these laws, we could have the necessary funding for wildlife programs and solve a significant and persistent problem with conservation easements,” Cors said.

Efforts to advance both bills will intensify over the summer, Cors said.

In its RAWA vote, Badger’s state House delegation was split along party lines. All Democrats (Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan) voted in favor of the bill while all Republicans (Representatives Scott Fitzgerald, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil and Tom Tiffany) supported it. opposites.

Depopulated deer farm

The Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection released information on Friday about the May 18 depopulation at a Langlade County deer farm infected with the chronic wasting disease.

The action was reported on May 27 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The cull removed 47 deer from Van Ooyen Whitetails in Antigo. The fatal neurological disease was detected at the captive facility last August and the herd was under quarantine.

Payment of compensation to Van Ooyen will be made from federal funds, according to the DATCP. The amount was not disclosed. Federal compensation is based on 95% of appraised value and must not exceed $3,000 per animal.

The farm is prohibited from keeping deer or other cervids for five years and during that time must maintain fencing and submit to inspections.

According to DATCP records, nineteen other CWD-positive deer farms remain open in Wisconsin.

New program to help keep arroyos clear

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Albuquerque North Floodway can go from zero to four feet of water in about 90 seconds.

“This channel is capable of moving a lot of water very quickly and that’s why it’s so dangerous,” said Jerry Lovato, AMAFCA’s executive engineer. “It doesn’t have to be raining on your head for water to flow through this channel.”

The canal drains approximately 100 square miles of the city. It can climb up to ten feet.

“There will be water in this channel and we want people to be safe, Lovato said.

The Ditch and Water Safety Task Force launched a new effort this summer to keep ditches clear, following the deadliest summer in recent city history in 2021. A total of four people have washed away in the canal, three of them in one day.

“We are committed to trying to reduce these numbers or eliminate these numbers as best we can,” said Willie West, AMAFCA’s property manager.

They identified hotspots in the system where people tend to camp. When the National Weather Service issues a storm warning, a group will go to hot spots to check if anyone is there. If so, the group will encourage them to leave as soon as possible.

The task force created the “Ditches are Deadly” program in the 1990s to help keep children off the arroyos, but now they’re focusing on a different population.

“Over the past five years, the people we’ve unfortunately lost in the ditches were between 21 and 33 years old,” West said.

There have been discussions in the past about adding sensors and an alarm system to notify people when water is coming, but that’s just an idea at this point.

“Unfortunately, this is an extremely tech-driven, challenging project,” West said. “I hope one day that will happen because it will make our system much safer if we can alert people that water is coming.”

Leaders say the amount of trash in arroyos and canals right now is also a big concern. Glass, needles or stones and other waste can cause a major hazard.

New Mexico All State baseball team released

New Mexico All State baseball team released

The New Mexico Baseball Coaches Association released its All State team this week and a handful of players from the area were on the roster.

The Class 5A Player of the Year was Carlsbad’s Nolan Perry. Here is a full list:

Class 5A

Coach of the Year: Chris Eaton, Sandia


first team

  • Nolan Perry, Carlsbad; Maddux Edmonson, Organ Mountain; Nico Barela, Sandia; Greyson Long, La Cueva.

second team

  • Jordan Martinez, Sandia; Zach Raichel, Farmington; Mack Mabrey, Carlsbad; Jace Dominic, Cleveland.

Honorable mention

  • Allan Carrion, Deming; Colton Graham, Hobbs; Zak McPeters, Hobbs; Santiago Garcia, centenarian.
Centennial's Santiago Garcia was an honorable mention pitcher and first-team receiver.


first team

  • Santiago Garcia, centenarian

second team

Honorable mention

  • Tyler McCann, Organ Mountain

Inner fields

first team

  • Akili Carris, La Cueva; Steven Milam, centenarian; Mathew Dinae, La Cueva; Adriel Figueroa-Brito, Sandia

second team

  • Keagan Scott, Farmington; Steve Solorzano, Las Cruces; Bernie Socarras-Puig, Hobbs; Kaden Peace, Piedra Vista

Honorable mention

  • Maddux Edmonson, Organ Mountain; DJ Sandoval, Cleveland; Riley Hall, organ mountain; Colton Graham, Hobbs


first team

  • Aiden Griego, Sandia; Juan Portillo, Sandia; Hunter Martin, Farmington

second team

  • Brandon Ganaway, Carlsbad; Josh Wulfert, Piedra Vista; Elijah Castaneda, Rio Rancho

Honorable Mention

  • Eduardo Cardenas, Rio Grande; Tristan Thomas, Carlsbad; Santiago Garcia, Centenary; Ivan Cogles, Mountain Organ; Leon Cereceres, Rio Grande


first team

second team

Honorable mention

  • Matthew Hall, organ mountain

Designated hitter

first team

second team

Honorable Mention

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New Mexico joins states to expand Medicaid coverage after birth

June 17 – Medicaid-insured mothers with newborns in New Mexico will receive an additional 10 months of coverage after birth, the federal and state governments announced Thursday.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told a Biden administration press conference that New Mexico has joined 13 states in expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers to 12 months. The duration was previously two months after birth.

Lujan Grisham said it was “an incredible honor” for New Mexico to be involved. Coverage has already started. Lujan Grisham said the government had a “moral obligation” to invest in poor, rural and minority families, many of whom do not have good access to healthcare.

Native American, Black and Hispanic mothers are at a higher risk of suffering health problems after birth, the governor said at the press conference.

Vice President Kamala Harris said the United States is “facing a maternal mortality crisis.” Harris said the United States compares poorly in this respect to other developed countries.

“This is just the beginning. We will fight until every state expands Medicaid coverage,” she said. Information in a federal government press release estimated that 5,000 New Mexico residents would benefit from the change.

Jodi McGinnis Porter, spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Social Services, wrote in an email that the United States is the only industrialized country with a rising maternal mortality rate. She said it was increasing

26 percent between 2000 and 2014. McGinnis Porter said nationally, Black and Native American women are 3.3 and

2.5 times more likely, respectively, to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.

Babies are covered by a separate state provision that already insures them for 12 months from the month they are born, McGinnis Porter said.

New Mexico as a whole suffers from a much higher maternal mortality rate of 21.5 per 100,000 than the national average of 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. And the state said in a press release this spring that New Mexico ranks first in the nation for babies born with Medicaid coverage, at 72%.

Additionally, pregnancy-related deaths in New Mexico are 4.6 times higher for women covered by Medicaid than for those with private insurance, the Department of Human Services said. Nearly a third of maternal deaths occur within the first year after a birth, the department added.

Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, called the decision a “game changer” for many mothers in New Mexico.

“It provides guaranteed essential services to mothers during a crucial time” in their lives, Wallin said in an interview. “Maternal mortality is a major problem across the country.”

Wallin said many mothers continue to recover physically beyond two months after birth. Additionally, she says, postpartum depression and anxiety are under-recognized issues that affect 1 in 4 mothers. These emotional crises can impact child development as well as the health of the mother, she said. Mental health services are included in the coverage, she said.

Medicaid is a government insurance program generally for low-income people that is paid for by state and federal governments. The state’s 2022-23 budget includes $14.4 million for service expansion.

In addition to New Mexico, Minnesota and Maine, 11 other states and Washington, DC have agreed to provide the additional coverage.

White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice agreed with Harris that maternal health is in crisis. “And we really put our money where our mouth is, Rice said. She said the postpartum deaths of many mothers can be prevented with strong health care.

“And because they’re preventable, we’re obligated to prevent them,” she said.

New Mexico reaches $32 million settlement for 2015 mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — New Mexico and the US government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states.

Similar environmental crashes will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with dwindling water supplies amid drought and climate change, the governor said Thursday.

“Every drop is precious,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said at a news conference. “If we don’t have that water, we don’t grow our own food.”

The spill released 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of wastewater from the inactive Gold King mine in southwestern Colorado, sending a bright yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals to the southern New Mexico, through the Navajo Nation, and into Utah through the San Juan and Animas rivers.

Water supply utilities were forced to scramble and close inlet valves while farmers stopped drawing from rivers as contaminants moved downstream.

The New Mexico settlement is just the latest reached in the past year. Colorado and the Navajo Nation also signed multimillion-dollar agreements to settle claims and determine responsibility for continued cleanup at the Superfund site that was created in the aftermath of the spill.

Under the New Mexico agreement, the federal government will make cash payments for response costs, environmental restoration and efforts to alleviate negative perceptions about rivers in the region following of the spill. The money will also go towards water quality monitoring and cleaning activities.

Lujan Grisham called the settlement a turning point for communities in the area.

“As the San Juan and Animas Rivers have healed from the spill, it’s time for communities like Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec to do the same,” she said in a statement, saying the money was deserved at the time. light of the federal government’s role in the disaster.

The state also received $11 million in damages from the mining companies, and the case against the federal contractors involved is ongoing.

On August 5, 2015, Environmental Protection Agency contractors attempting cleanup work resulted in the release of toxic sewage. The plume eventually reached Lake Powell in Utah.

Although the rivers are now safe for irrigation and other uses, state and local authorities have said the stigma associated with the event has had lasting effects on the region’s economy.

The Navajo Nation finalized a $31 million settlement with the federal government this week. The tribe said the plume traveled about 200 miles (322 kilometers) up the San Juan River, which it considers sacred.

Senior Navajo officials visited the mine site and shared photos and videos of sewage rushing downstream on social media.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the tribe is committed to holding accountable anyone who caused or contributed to the spill. He added that he was grateful that the federal government recognized the devastation he caused.

While New Mexico and the Navajo Nation have filed separate lawsuits, the cases have been consolidated and state officials said Thursday that remediation and restoration work would be coordinated.

State officials said a restoration plan will be developed with public input.

Christie’s Zackary Wright and former Sotheby’s director Charlie Smith join Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions

Zackary Wright

Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

I know the future is ripe for continued growth and success across Europe and beyond. I am delighted to be back in the fold of Sotheby’s.

-Charlie Smith

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, June 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, the world’s leading luxury real estate auction house, today announced two key hires as part of the continued international expansion of the business: Zackary Wright, Executive Director of Christie’s International Real Estate and former Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s International Realty, and Charlie Smith, Owner of London Real Estate Advisors (LREA) and former Managing Director of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Having recently announced its name change to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions following its joint acquisition by auction house Sotheby’s, the world’s leading destination for fine art and luxury goods, and Anywhere Real Estate Inc (NYSE : HOUS), the largest full-service residential real estate service in the United States, Wright and Smith are returning to the Sotheby’s family of brands.

“Our clients live global lifestyles and many, if not most, own multiple homes around the world. As we continue to grow our international auctions, Zack and Charlie will lead this growth using their veteran experiences in the industry,” said Chad Roffers, president. “I have known both of them personally for years and have always been impressed with their global reach, their proficiency in real estate transactions with high-end clients and their knowledge of luxury properties and markets around the world.”

Zackary Wright
With seasoned experience in the global luxury real estate market and over 25 years in the industry, Wright will serve as Executive Vice President, Private Client Group, Asia Pacific, leading corporate development strategy. and managing relationships with the firm’s wealthy clientele.

Having seen first-hand the increase in the number of Chinese buyers over the past decade, the company began its initial expansion into the Asia-Pacific market with a series of real estate showcase events at real estate showcases. in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dubai, and Singapore as part of biannual collection sales in partnership with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

“The US real estate market continues to be a preferred destination for Chinese capital, with Chinese investors also becoming particularly active in Australia, the UK, Europe and Canada, among others. This influx, coupled with the global adoption of our auction app, has made a focus on outreach to Asia-Pacific consumers an obvious next step,” added Roffers.

Wright’s career began as a real estate agent and brokerage manager in a high-end luxury market in California more than 30 years ago before joining Sotheby’s International Realty as Senior Vice President, Managing the Network growing in the western region and expanding into Mexico and Latin America. Since 2010, as Executive Director of Christie’s International Real Estate, Wright has developed strategic partnerships and organized events for top clients across the Christie’s network, including the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, and real estate exhibitions at bi-annual Christie’s auctions in Hong Kong, the company’s expansion into new markets across Asia, the Pacific and Western territories.

“Following the company’s recent rebranding to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, I am delighted to once again join the Sotheby’s family,” said Wright. “Having started my career in the high-end luxury market in California over 30 years ago and since then specializing in the luxury sector in Asia-Pacific, I look forward to further strengthening the brand’s presence and… further introduce the Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions platform in key destination markets across the region.

Charlie Smith
After serving as a strategic advisor to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions for the past five years, Smith will lead the firm’s growing international presence as Executive Vice President, EMEA. The company has been very successful in Europe, with over 230 million euros and over 40 sales spanning the UK, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Dubai and Morocco, among others.

Smith brings over 25 years of luxury real estate experience as a commercial director and is a veteran in all areas of residential and mixed-use real estate, including significant experience in strategic planning and development. Business.

Smith founded his own London-based property consultancy, LREA, and previously for seven years was Managing Director of Sotheby’s International Realty in the UK, a member of numerous Sotheby’s Steering Committees and a member of the Board of administration of London and Prime of Countrywide, following his engineering of the sale of Sotheby’s International Realty of Realogy to Countrywide.

Previously a Fine Art Underwriter at Hiscox, he has been involved throughout his career in the high net worth area and has a keen understanding of private client culture. Smith is listed in Debrett’s People of Today and, with extensive print and TV credits, has a savvy and experienced working relationship with the media.

“I have witnessed the remarkable success Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions has achieved as an EMEA strategic advisor over the past five years, and having established such a strong foundation, I know the future is ripe for growth and success. throughout Europe and beyond. I am delighted to be back in the Sotheby’s fold,” said Smith.

For more information about positions with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions or its platform or to apply, please call 212.202.2940.

About Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions
Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions is the world’s largest luxury real estate auction marketplace, with a state-of-the-art digital marketing, property preview and auction platform. The company connects unique home sellers with some of the most knowledgeable real estate connoisseurs on the planet. Sellers benefit from unparalleled reach, speed and certainty. Buyers receive curated opportunities. Agents earn their commission in 30 days. In November 2021, the company was acquired by Sotheby’s, the world’s leading destination for fine art and luxury goods, and Anywhere Real Estate Inc (NYSE: HOUS), the world’s largest full-service residential real estate services company. United States, holding a joint 80% interest. Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions continues to operate independently, partnering with estate agents affiliated with many industry-leading brokerages to run luxury auctions for clients. Since its inception in 2008, Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken world records for the most expensive homes ever sold at auction, and held auctions in 46 U.S. states and 32 countries. The company has one of the most comprehensive and intelligent databases of affluent real estate buyers and sellers in the industry, and it has pledged to build over 300 homes through its Key For Key.® donation program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which ensures that for every property the company sells, a new home is funded for a family in need. For more information, visit CASothebys.com.

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New Mexico is the most dangerous state for pedestrians

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has once again rated New Mexico as the deadliest state for pedestrians. In 2021, our state’s pedestrian fatality rate was 4.77 per 100,000. A total of 103 people were killed while walking, the highest number ever in our state. Albuquerque also hit a record 49 pedestrian fatalities Rosa Kozub is the chief of NMDOT’s Office of Multimodal Planning and Programs, she said in August of last year the department created a plan to action for pedestrian safety. The plan has 40 actions the department will take to create a safer environment for pedestrians. “One of the big things we are currently working on is developing training for our project development engineers at MDOT. Who are the people who design the pavements and work with consultants who design the pavements for our projects? And therefore working on training to help them understand or deepen their knowledge on how to better accommodate pedestrians in the design of the project, Kozub said. The plan will be implemented for the next 5 years and Kozub hopes that “It will help New Mexico off the list as number 1.” I think hopefully the department will work on that plan, as well as drivers becoming more aware of their impact and the responsibility of drive their vehicle together. Hopefully that can get us off the list,” Kozub said. According to the GHSA, pedestrian crashes everywhere are on the rise in 2021, there were more than 7,400 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number in four decades.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has once again rated New Mexico as the deadliest state for pedestrians.

In 2021, the pedestrian fatality rate in our state was 4.77 per 100,000.

A total of 103 people were killed while marching, the highest number ever recorded in our state.

Albuquerque also hit a record 49 pedestrian fatalities

Rosa Kozub is the head of NMDOT’s Office of Multimodal Planning and Programs, she said in August last year the department created a pedestrian safety action plan.

The plan has 40 actions the department will take to create a safer environment for pedestrians.

“One of the big things we are currently working on is developing training for our project development engineers at MDOT. Who are the people who design the pavements and work with consultants who design the pavements for our projects? And so working on training to help them understand or deepen their knowledge on how to better accommodate pedestrians in the design of the project,” Kozub said.

The plan will be implemented for the next 5 years and Kozub hopes it will help New Mexico off the list as number 1.

“I think hopefully the department will work on this, as well as drivers becoming more aware of their impact and the responsibility of driving their vehicle together. Hopefully that can get us off the list. “, said Kozub.

Pedestrian crashes everywhere are on the rise in 2021, there were more than 7,400 pedestrian fatalities, the highest number in four decades, according to the GHSA.

Well-rested United take on Oakland Roots on the road

Late-game exploits have been business as usual for Oakland Roots SC this season.

Oakland, which hosts New Mexico United at Laney College on Wednesday night, has been at its best with the clock ticking down. Roots SC have scored 12 of their 24 goals this season in the last 15 minutes of regular or stoppage time.

Late strikes helped Roots SC rebuild a seven-game unbeaten streak that puts them just one point behind Phoenix Rising for the final USL Championship playoff spot.

New Mexico coach Zach Prince is well aware of Oakland’s propensity to find the net late. Roots SC (4-4-8) scored in second-half stoppage time on March 30 at Isotopes Park to earn a 2-2 draw and leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Prince and his players.

United, who are riding their own four-game winning streak, are hoping to avoid any late disappointment in Wednesday’s rematch. The key, Prince said, is to get started quickly.

“Oakland are a good team and they scored a lot of goals late in the game,” he said. “But for us, the mood doesn’t change whether it’s the first minute or the 90th minute. If we want to be in a good position at the end of the game, we have to focus on the first 15 minutes and build from there.

The final minutes of games weren’t always pleasant for New Mexico (6-2-4), which allowed four second-half goals this season and scored just one. This includes United’s last outing on June 4, when hosts Orange County scored in the 91st minute to halve a 2-0 deficit and then had a penalty opportunity.

Goalkeeper Alex Tambakis made a diving save to preserve a road win for United.

“It’s good to have Alex there,” said midfielder Sergio Rivas. “When the game is on the line you know he can make a great save. It gives us confidence. »

In recent weeks, United have also boosted confidence on the attacking side. After going nearly four full matches without a goal, NMU’s attack have scored 13 goals in their last four outings.

“I think it’s a matter of having a lot of new players,” Rivas said. “Getting to know everyone’s trends takes a bit of time before everyone starts clicking. This is where we are now.

Wednesday’s game will be United’s first in 11 days, and Prince stressed the importance of not letting the momentum slip away during the break.

Midfielder Harry Swartz agreed.

“I think it’s good for the body to have a break,” Swartz said, “but we’re also happy with the winning streak, and we’re not happy. We’ve been working hard to keep improving. and the coaches have done a good job of challenging us and reminding us that we haven’t achieved anything yet.

INJURY UPDATES: Several key players are closing in on returning for New Mexico. Defender Austin Yearwood, who has missed the last four games, took full part in practice on Monday. Midfielder Josh Suggs and striker Amando Moreno participated on a limited basis.

Suggs has only played two games this season with a lower-body injury, while Moreno is recovering from ACL surgery in the offseason.

COMING HOME: After Wednesday’s game, United will play three of their next four home games. NMU has only played Albuquerque once since a May 7 tie with the San Diego Loyal, which was their last appearance at Isotopes Park. NMU and Colorado Springs have played four home games apiece this season, the fewest among Western Conference clubs.

Gasoline prices hit new highs

The price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has jumped past $5 a gallon, according to AAA.

Gasoline prices hit a record high, reaching a national average of $5.01 per gallon.

With the summer driving season at hand, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has jumped and is 15 cents higher than a week ago, 58 cents higher than a month ago and $1.94 more than a year ago. As of June 13, the national average was $5.01 – an all-time high not seen since AAA has started collecting price data In 2000.

“Based on the demand we’re seeing, it appears the high prices haven’t really deterred drivers,” said AAA spokesman Andrew Gross. “If prices stay at $5 or above, we could see people start to change their daily driving habits or their lifestyle, but that hasn’t happened yet,” Gross added.

The cost of a barrel of oil is over $120, nearly double the price last August, as rising demand for oil outpaces tight global supply and pressure from sanctions and boycotts on Russian oil, which began after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Shock of war in Ukraine ripples through global economy

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Oil production in the United States is on the rise as demand increases with the summer driving season.

The shock to the global economy created by the war-triggered price spike in Ukraine contributed to inflation in Europe and the United States despite a steady increase in oil production from wells in the United States

Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand remains robust as the summer driving season gathers pace, AAA noted.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total inland inventory fell by 800,000 barrels to 218.2 million barrels.

Crude prices rose despite the EIA’s report that total domestic inventories rose 2.1 million barrels to 416.8 million barrels last week.

However, the current storage level is still about 12% lower than a year ago, contributing to higher crude prices. Crude prices could rise further this week if the next EIA report shows lower inventories.

AAA Gas Price Chart 6-13-22

People are always pushing the demand up

Meanwhile, gasoline demand has increased from 8.98 million barrels per day to 9.2 million barrels per day as drivers continue to fill up for the summer driving season, typically a time when the demand for gasoline increases.

The dynamic between falling supply and rising demand contributes to the rise in prices at the pump. Coupled with rising crude oil prices, this means the price of gas is likely to remain high for the foreseeable future.

The biggest price increases last week were in West Virginia, where the price of a gallon of gasoline rose 28 cents. Prices also rose in Montana by 27 cents, Colorado by 25 cents, Kansas by 23 cents and Virginia by 23 cents. The price per gallon rose 22 cents in Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Ohio and rose 21 cents in New Mexico and New Mexico.

The most expensive gasoline is found in California where the average price reached $6.43 per gallon and in Nevada where the price is $5.65 per gallon.

New production studio revives the feel of old Western movies


The first film produced at the studio, “Murder At Yellowstone City,” will be released in theaters and on demand on June 24.

With the new wave of “Westerns”, there are enough productions to warrant another localization option. More and more filmmakers are watching Montana largely because of the Montana Economic Industry Advancement Act.

—Richard Gray

PARADISE VALLEY, MONTANA, USA, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Were you a fan of Yellowstone for its breathtaking scenes and backgrounds? Step into the real deal Yellowstone Film Ranch, a new production studio located in the heart of Paradise Valley, Montana, with sets along the beautiful mountain for a dramatic western, attracting all types of film, television and commercial production due of new Montana tax incentives. The first film produced at the studio, “Murder At Yellowstone City,” will be released in theaters and on demand on June 24.

Richard Gray, Carter Boehm, Colin Davis are the founders of the company which also pushed through the Montana Economic Industry Advancement Act, or MEDIA Act, providing huge tax breaks to productions that hire local Montanese to work on films.

Gray says, “A lot of Montana movie and TV storylines were filmed in Canada, Utah, or New Mexico. With the new wave of “Westerns”, there were enough productions to justify another localization option. Today, more and more filmmakers are looking to Montana as a place to bring their productions, largely because of the Montana Economic Industry Advancement Act, or MEDIA Act, signed into law last year. .

The new bill has helped generate nearly $48 million in the state, according to a recent study by the Montana Department of Commerce. The ranch was completed in June 2020, with a wave of westerns filming there in 2021, including the first western “Murder at Emigrant Gulch” by Gray and “The Old Way” by Nicholas Cage.

Located behind the Chico Hot Springs Resort near Livingston, Yellowstone is an exciting project for partners Colin Davis, Richard Gray and Carter Boehm because of their love of filmmaking which got them thinking – why isn’t there more movies shot in Montana? The three partners helped rally support for the passage of the MEDIA Act to not only attract Hollywood to Montana, but also to generate money in the local economy. On top of that, Montana has no sales tax.

They designed a “movie-friendly” town, with the Chico Hot Springs Resort just steps from the set. The west backlot is inspired by a late 1800s gold rush town that uses five fully functional interior/exterior sets with support buildings and facades to create the look of 28 unique structures located on the middle of hills with a backdrop of glacial peaks. Additional sets include a native camp, a farm, and several cabins.

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The Yellowstone Film Ranch story began with Richard Gray looking for a location to shoot an upcoming project, “Broken Ghost”. With an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” featuring the quaint western town of Livingston, Montana, Gray headed to Montana.

Following the passage of the MEDIA Act, Boehm and Gray decided that if they built a Western town set, it could also become a studio for future productions. Davis suggested building the town right in Chico’s backyard, which made a lot of sense for the productions with the location and accommodations! The ranch was completed in June 2020. Yellowstone Film Ranch’s mission is to be the point of contact for Montana’s burgeoning film industry. Combine full production services, western city, location services and maximize Montana tax credit value.

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Why should we talk about free tuition (review)

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham triumphs signed Senate Bill 140 earlier this spring. Also known as the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act, SB 140 removes tuition fees as a barrier for New Mexican students attending public institutions of higher learning in the state. Essentially, any New Mexican student attending a tribal or state public institution can have their tuition waived if they meet minimum credit hour and grade point average requirements. Although, to varying degrees, other states like California, North Carolina and Texas have made headlines for considering and enacting tuition waivers for certain groups of students, the New Mexico law provides students with an unparalleled pathway compared to those in other states.

While it may be tempting to view the new landscape of public higher education in New Mexico as a singular case of alignment between political will and adequate resources, we believe these developments resonate with continued attention to the cancellation of student debt and should spur a larger, national, forward-looking conversation about free access to higher education. To endorse specific areas of interest in this conversation, we draw on our ongoing lines of research to examine some compelling reasons why other states should seek similar outcomes in tuition-free higher education.

Consider knowledge

First, the prohibitive cost of tuition and existing income-contingent loan systems combine to commit what might be called structural contributory injustice when these policies or other structures undermine an individual’s ability to participate in and shape the production of knowledge in a given learning community.

Think of it this way: every day, individuals use a body of knowledge and understandings learned from others to navigate the world. While everyone navigates the world with the knowledge they have learned from those around them, privileged listeners often reject or ignore knowledge gleaned from those with experiences on the fringes of a society, furthering the place their own biased knowledge sets. In such cases, the marginalized speaker experiences what the philosopher Kristie Dotson Calls Contributory Injusticeor a violation of the speaker’s ability to participate in creating and sharing knowledge resources with others.

But the case identified by Dotson exists not only at the individual level, but also as a structural problem. In this case, prohibitive tuition fees and income-contingent loans similarly undermine the ability of marginalized students to participate in (and share their knowledge resources with) campus learning communities. This injustice occurs in ways that compound existing oppression across multiple dimensions of identity, but for now we will highlight one of the most obvious and egregious forms: the harm to students and black families. In the short term, these barriers place a significant financial burden on Black students through indebtedness, limiting who tends to access post-secondary education and how they participate. A 2018 report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce notes that “black and Latino students are only about half as likely as whites to earn a bachelor’s degree.” And those who register accept predatory debt that persists and shapes economic decisions throughout adulthood.

In the long term, the impact of these policies on student diversity leads to an impact on faculty diversity. Since 2018, three out of four full-time faculty nationwide were white, which contributes to systems and interactions of epistemic exclusion within the academy, or persistent devaluation and dismissal of color faculty research. If higher education is a valued knowledge-creating institution for a more accurate understanding of our common world and the creation of knowledge resources to function better within it, our nation should address these troubling patterns. For these reasons, tuition-free higher education initiatives should be discussed as a potential remedy for persistent, structural and knowledge-based gaps.

Consider democracy

In addition to the knowledge-based considerations above, news of New Mexico’s law allowing tuition-free public higher education should also call attention to the democratic reasons for similar bills in other countries. states. We offer three invitations to productive deliberation.

First, we encourage a public conversation about the notion that access to higher education is a meaningful resource for navigating an increasingly complex civic environment. To be clear, we are not claiming that access to higher education is a necessary prerequisite for civic participation or that the quality of a person’s civic participation is determined by their level of education. Instead, we want to note that higher education is often seen as providing useful resources for how citizens present themselves for their civic work together. To the extent that this is true, even if only slightly or marginally, prohibitive tuition fees represent an obstacle to a public form of civic preparation in our democracy.

Second, we believe that the national conversation about prohibitive tuition fees should consider what is sometimes called the “expressive” value of these policies. That is, what does a particular tuition policy say about the people it affects? What values ​​or priorities are communicated to the population? Who, according to the priorities of our State, is worthy of being educated by our public resources? If the answer to that last question could plausibly be “those who can afford it, states might have reason to reconsider their views and commitments to their citizens. Arguably, our democracy should communicate the worth and worth of these people within it, regardless of their financial resources. In A declaration on SB 140, Lujan Grisham captures the essence of it, noting that “signing this legislation sends a clear message to New Mexicans that we believe in them and the contributions they will make to their families and the future of our great state”.

Third, we note that pursuing higher education without tuition fees is a matter of democracy as there is an increasingly clear mandate from citizens. Recent survey shows that about two-thirds of American adults favor tuition-free higher education. Opposition to tuition-free higher education tends to be concentrated primarily (but not exclusively) among those who are relatively well off financially. The wishes of a relatively small and privileged group should not continue to limit access to higher education for a growing segment of their civic peers. As one of us argued in a section of a recently published book, Ethics in higher education (Harvard University Press, 2021), faced with the choice to advance free public higher education, the democratic will of the people, including those most affected, should guide action.

Looking forward

Clarifying the moral issues of these political structures – considering the impacts on our democratic and shared knowledge production systems as well as the real and significant consequences for individuals – serves to highlight the need for widespread access to post-secondary education. . The policy options available to us are not perfect and will not fully achieve the degrees of access that justice might require. While we have many reasons to be excited that the SB 140 is widely available to New Mexico residents, it is only funded for one year and additional funding would be required for a true system. tuition-free higher education. Yet to date, as many sociologists and economists have argued, the approaches of free public college and student debt cancellation appear to be the available policy options that best advance the moral goals outlined here. -above. As members of institutions of higher education, we each have a role to play – amid the hard work of many other community organizers and political actors – to advocate for access and pursue opportunities to create campuses that are truly open to all.

Senators reach bipartisan agreement on gun safety

WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators announced Sunday that they had reached a bipartisan agreement on a narrow set of gun safety measures with enough support to cross the equally divided chamber, an important step toward ending a stalemate. of Congress for several years on the issue.

The deal, put forward by 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats and endorsed by President Biden and top Democrats, includes enhanced background checks to give authorities time to check the mental and juvenile health records of any potential gun buyers. firearms under 21 and a provision that would, for the first time, extend to dating partners a ban on domestic abusers having firearms.

It would also provide funds for states to enact so-called red flag laws that allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people deemed dangerous, as well as money for mental health resources and to bolster security services. and mental health in schools.

The plan has yet to be finalized and still faces a perilous path in Congress, given the deep partisan divide over gun measures and the political stakes of the issue. It falls far short of the sprawling reforms that Mr. Biden, gun control activists and a majority of Democrats have long championed, such as an assault weapons ban and universal background checks. And it’s nowhere near as sweeping as a gun package passed almost along party lines in the House last week that would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons to people under 21, would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and enact a federal red flag law, among other measures.

But it represents notable progress to begin bridging the deep divide between the two political parties on how to address gun violence, which has led to a series of failed legislative efforts on Capitol Hill, where the Republican opposition has thwarted the action for years.

Democrats hailed the plan, which would also strengthen federal laws to end gun trafficking and ensure all commercial sellers conduct background checks, as an opportunity to pass gun safety legislation. largest fire in decades.

“Today we are announcing a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence in our country, said the 20 senators, led by Democrat Christopher S. Murphy. of Connecticut, and John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said in a joint statement. “Families are scared, and it’s our duty to come together and do something that will help restore their sense of safety in their communities.”

Support from 10 Republicans suggested the plan could climb a hurdle that no other proposal currently under discussion has been able to do: attract the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster and survive to see an affirmative vote or negative in the Senate. floor.

Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and minority leader who has played a central role in the fight against gun safety measures in recent years, welcomed what he called “progress” in the discussions , although he did not commit to whether he would ultimately support the package.

“The principles they announced today show the value of dialogue and cooperation,” Mr. McConnell said. “I continue to hope that their discussions will result in a bipartisan product that will make meaningful progress on key issues such as mental health and school safety, uphold the Second Amendment, gain broad support in the Senate, and make a difference for our country.”

Aides warned that until the legislation is finalized, it is uncertain whether each of the components can garner the 60 votes needed to move forward. Senators were still negotiating on crucial details, including the additional time law enforcement would have to review the mental and juvenile health records of potential gun buyers under the age of 21.

The plan includes a provision to address the so-called “boyfriend loophole”, which would ban people from owning firearms if they had been convicted of domestic violence against a romantic partner or they had been the subject of a domestic violence restraining order. Currently, only domestic abusers who are married, live with, or have a child with a victim are prohibited from having a gun.

Republicans in March balked at including a provision to address the boyfriend loophole in a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – a law aimed at preventing domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment – ​​​forcing Democrats to drop it in order to pass this legislation.

Mr Biden urged Congress to pass a gun safety measure quickly, saying there was “no excuse to delay”.

“With every passing day, more children are being killed in this country,” he said. “The sooner it gets to my office, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives.”

The rare moment of bipartisan agreement came just under three weeks after an elementary school shooting massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, and about a month after a racist shooting in Buffalo who killed 10 black people in a supermarket. The back-to-back mass shootings have pushed the issue of gun violence to the forefront in Washington, where years of efforts to enact gun restrictions in the wake of such assaults have failed amid Republican opposition.

“There’s a different mood in the American public right now,” Mr. Murphy said. “There is real panic among families and children that this country is spiraling out of control. This request gave us an opportunity.

Mr Murphy said he hoped many more Republicans would end up backing a bill and that it would help ‘break this impasse and show the country what is possible’.

But in an indication of the political risks Republicans see in passing even modest gun safety measures, none of the 10 who endorsed Sunday’s deal have faced voters this year. The group included four Republican senators leaving Congress at the end of the year – Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania – and five who do not are not ready for re-election for another four years: Mr. Cornyn, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who also signed on to the deal, will face voters in 2024.

“I worked closely with my colleagues to find an agreement to protect our communities from violence while protecting the right of law-abiding Texans to bear arms,” ​​Cornyn said. said in a statement on Twitter.

Democrats who signed Sunday’s statement included Mr. Murphy as well as Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Coons of Delaware, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Joe Manchin III. of West Virginia and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They were joined by Angus King, the Maine Independent. Mr. Blumenthal and Mr. Kelly are up for re-election in November.

The deal was announced on the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people in what was then the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, pledged to bring the deal to a vote once the legislation is completed, calling it “a good first step in ending the continued inaction in the face of the epidemic of armed violence in our country”. ”

“We need to act quickly to move this legislation forward because if one life can be saved, it’s worth it,” Schumer said in a statement.

Gun safety activists said they see the measures as significant progress that they hope will usher in a new era of bipartisanship on the issue.

“To have such an important group come together to do this shows that we are in a historic moment,” said T. Christian Heyne, vice president of policy at Brady: United Against Gun Violence.

“All of these things individually are significant,” Mr. Heyne added. “When you look at them together, it seems quite meaningful.”

John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said if the announced framework is signed into law, “it will be the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in 26 long and deadly years.”

As pressure mounted for Congress to act in recent days, a dozen senators — including veterans of failed attempts to strike similar deals — huddled on Zoom, on the phone, and in Capitol basement offices. Hill to reach an agreement before the Senate leaves for a suspension scheduled for July 4.

Party leaders have signaled their support for the talks, although Mr Schumer has warned he will not let them drag on over the summer before forcing votes on gun control. Mr. Murphy called on Mr. Schumer to make room for talks by delaying scheduling votes on more sweeping gun control legislation passed by the House that Republicans have opposed, and he warned repeatedly that the main priorities of his party should be abandoned to guarantee the necessary. GOP supports any compromise.

For some families of people lost in Uvalde, the Senate agreement would not go far enough. Leonard Sandoval, whose 10-year-old grandson Xavier Lopez died last month at Robb Elementary School, said what he really wants is a ban on semi-automatic weapons like those used in almost every major mass shooting of the last decade.

“These weapons are for the soldiers, not for someone to use against us,” Mr Sandoval said. “They have to ban them first. These are the weapons they used in many of these shootings. People don’t need to have access to it. They are for wars.

Others whose loved ones perished due to gun violence said they were focused on keeping the fragile coalition in the Senate that forged the compromise, especially keeping Republicans on board.

“They will be under tremendous pressure,” said Garnell Whitfield Jr., whose mother, Ruth Whitfield, was shot and killed in Buffalo. “The goal is to make sure they stay strong going forward.”

The report was provided by Luke Broadwater from washington, Edgar Sandoval of San Antonio, and Ashley Southall and Ali Watkins from New York.

Editorial: As Expected NM Windfall Grows, Lawmakers Have Opportunity to Make Lasting Improvements

Six months before the next legislative session is not too soon for New Mexico lawmakers to commit to adjusting their spending habits.

There will be a great temptation to include more recurring expenses in an operating budget which has just increased by 14% compared to that of the previous year. That’s because many of the perverse forces that led to a revenue bonanza — and a record $8.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July — continue to swell state coffers.

Revenue projections for the current budget year are now more than $440 million higher than the December forecast due to a combination of factors. One is a continued increase in oil production. It won’t last forever, so lawmakers can’t act as if oil is always there to support unsustainable spending.

A larger-than-expected increase in wages and employment levels across the state also boosted personal income tax revenue. While this is good news, it’s also a pandemic stress rebound, not a bankable trend. Meanwhile, tax revenue collected on gross receipts is $248 million higher than forecast four months ago. Of course, the rising cost of goods and services fueled by inflation is a big reason for this.

New Mexico’s revenue superhaul — which includes more than $26 billion in federal pandemic relief funds — could allow for even more spending infusions in the coming year if current trends continue. maintain.

“It feels like we’re in a position where we really have the opportunity to make significant investments right now,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe. an opportunity that in the 18 years I’ve been here I’ve never seen before.”

Wirth isn’t wrong – if he means investing in real infrastructure. It’s time for New Mexico lawmakers to turn a strong fiscal position into a series of one-time investments in roads, bridges, highways, broadband access – and especially water – that can grow the world. economy enough to reduce our dependence on oil and gas revenues.

think big

Let’s start with water. The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, which manages irrigation for the Cochiti Dam in Bosque del Apache, warned farmers last week that the agency could run out of water in two or three weeks unless the region does not receive rain.

In addition to limited water, aging infrastructure has put Corrales farmers in a bad spot.

Last year, district crews found a sinkhole above the Corrales siphon. A 1,200-foot-long pipe, built under FDR administration, runs under the Rio Grande and uses gravity to move water inland west of the river. Crews then found a hole in the siphon but were unable to adequately drain the water to fix it. Instead, they brought two diesel-powered pumps to bring water into the main Corrales canal. But, for various reasons, they cannot let the pumps run indefinitely, which puts crops and orchards at risk. A long-term solution likely requires state funding. But it’s just one spot on a river that’s already so low that irrigation may not be possible if the rains don’t increase flows.

Government spending cannot fix a drought, but it can ensure that every drop of water is distributed as efficiently as possible.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will channel a total of $3.7 billion to the state over the next five years for infrastructure, airport, broadband and infrastructure projects. water. The federal goal is to provide safe drinking water to all Americans and eliminate lead service lines and pipes. This should help New Mexico ensure that every New Mexico finally has access to safe drinking water, especially in the Navajo Nation. But can the $355 million for water infrastructure also solve a supply problem?

Why not take a page from gubernatorial candidate Greg Zanetti’s campaign book? He calls New Mexico “the Saudi Arabia of brackish water” in reference to its billions of acre-feet of groundwater that is saltier than fresh water.

Water desalination plants powered by small modular nuclear reactors would provide high- and low-tech jobs, but also reduce pressure on oversized rivers and reservoirs, thereby ensuring more water in the system for the wildlife habitat, compact downstream bonds and agriculture. If El Paso and San Antonio, Texas can do desalination, why can’t we?

Until the drought is over, we pick winners and losers based on how we distribute water. So far, the big losers have been the small farmers, which also makes anyone who appreciates locally sourced food a loser.

In the same vein

There are many other examples where one-time spending can set the stage for long-term success. If we really want to diversify the economy, we need ubiquitous broadband. How many businesses have stopped locating here due to lack of connectivity? Federal infrastructure money will help, yes, and whatever it pays frees up NM’s “windfall” for thoughtful, targeted investments.

While we support competitive salaries for teachers, we must also recognize the importance of our children’s learning environment. Our children shouldn’t have to sweat in classrooms over 90 degrees, especially if we extend the school year into the summer months.

Legislative finance committee director David Abbey has previously said lawmakers should consider setting aside much of the new money in endowments for college scholarships or other purposes. It is essential to ensure that the Lottery and Opportunity scholarships are promises kept, especially because the jobs needed to truly grow the economy require higher education.

There are plenty of debates to be had, but the undeniable truth is that our state has a unique opportunity to invest in itself and its harsh landscape in a way that lasts for decades, if not generations.

Legislators, think big.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned because it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than that of the editors.

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NM count in 2020 census most accurate in nation


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SANTA FE — When it comes to the once-a-decade census, New Mexico has long struggled with low turnout rates.

But the state had the most accurate count in the country for the 2020 census, according to a state-by-state survey recently released by the US Census Bureau that found Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi had the lowest undercounts. higher in percentage.

Senior state officials said this week that New Mexico’s successful count would ensure the state receives all of the federal funding to which it is entitled.

“New Mexico was at very high risk of overall undercount, said Robert Rhatigan, official state demographer and head of the geospatial and demographic studies program at the University of New Mexico. “This new data from the Census Bureau is further confirmation that this has not happened. Our collective efforts have had a positive impact on our state.

With federal funding on the line, New Mexico spent $10.9 million in the lead up to the 2020 census on a statewide media campaign and other census readiness efforts. This included a state-level census commission created by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham that worked with immigrant rights groups and tribal representatives to increase voter turnout.

State officials have previously said an undercount of just 1% could have meant the loss of $780 million over the next decade.

“The pandemic has necessitated significant changes in how we reach and encourage New Mexico residents to respond to the census,” said Secretary of Finance and Administration Debbie Romero.

The 2020 census finally revealed that New Mexico had a population of 2.075 million, an increase of 2.8% from the previous decade. This rate of population growth was lower than the rates of most states neighboring New Mexico, including Texas, Colorado, and Arizona.

The once-a-decade census count was also used late last year in the redrawing, or redrawing of New Mexico’s political borders, to reflect changing demographics.

In 2010, New Mexico had the second-lowest voter turnout in the nation because the state’s rural nature, large immigrant population, and infrastructure issues — including bumpy roads and phone connections limited – have long made it difficult to get an accurate count.

New Mexico currently receives about $8 billion a year in federal dollars from 16 programs, including money for Medicaid, food stamps, early childhood education and road repairs.

That puts New Mexico third on the list of states most reliant on federal funding as a percentage of total state revenue, according to a recent Tax Foundation study that did not include relief funding. in the event of a pandemic received by the States.

HSI investigation results in 10-year sentence for NM man for drug trafficking, gun violations

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A Los Lunas man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 40+ grams of fentanyl and possession of a firearm in pursuit of a felony drug trafficking , May 31.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office.

Esteban Renteria III pleaded guilty to these charges on July 26.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on December 31, 2020, an NMSP officer observed Renteria driving 102 miles per hour on Interstate 40 in Cibola County and initiated a traffic stop.

Upon learning that Renteria had two active arrest warrants, the officer arrested Renteria and performed an inventory of items in Renteria’s vehicle. During inventory, the officer found a backpack containing $12,012 in cash and a loaded handgun. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found 184 grams of fentanyl.

In his plea agreement, Renteria admitted that he intended to sell the fentanyl, that the money was obtained by selling drugs, and that he owned the gun to protect his drug business.

Upon his release from prison, Renteria will be subject to five years of probation.

Assistant United States Attorney Mark Pfizenmayer prosecuted the case.

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PGA punishes players gone to LIV; local golfers react

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson threw tee shots in the Saudi-funded golf league on Thursday, and it wasn’t long before the PGA Tour declared its players who participated were no longer welcome , even though they had already resigned.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has held a tough line on his promise that players can choose one tour or the other, but not both.

Those who had resigned from the PGA Tour – Graeme McDowell said he did so 30 minutes before he left – were no longer eligible on any PGA Tour circuit. Those who remained members, like Mickelson, were suspended.

“These players made their choice or their own financial reasons, Monahan said in a note to his members. “But they can’t demand the same benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as PGA Tour members.”

Ian Poulter has said he will appeal the decision. McDowell said he wanted to “keep the moral high” by stepping down to try to keep litigation to a minimum. He thinks suspensions are a healthy way to do business.

Mickelson had nothing to say except that he wouldn’t talk about the PGA Tour in his first tournament in four months, only to confirm that he’ll be playing all eight LIV events, five of which will be in the United States. United.

When told that people were interested in his situation, Mickelson replied, “I’m very flattered that so many people are interested.”

Glen Millican, the University of New Mexico men’s coach, is among many interested in Albuquerque.

“This new golf league has certainly shaken things up,” Millican said by phone from Arizona, where he’s monitoring a youth event. “Everyone is talking about golf now – even the casual fan.”

On Thursday, several golfers at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course were talking about the actions of the PGA Tour toward LIV players.

“I thought it was tough,” Rio Rancho resident Gilbert Espinosa said of the suspensions. “I think it was an overreaction. The PGA Tour has never been challenged before. Now there is someone who gave the opportunity to play, and I have no problem with that. I know that “There are political issues with the Saudis, but I don’t know if you want to drag politics into sports. I still think they should try to keep them separate.

It remains to be determined whether these players will be welcome. For now, Monahan clarified that the suspensions include the Presidents Cup – the international team (countries outside of Europe) is determined by world ranking.

Monahan said players who have resigned will have their names removed from the PGA Tour standings – FedEx Cup and Presidents Cup – after this week. He said the tour will ensure that those who have not quit will not affect rankings on various tour rosters.

The USGA has already declared that eligible players can still participate in the US Open next week. The PGA Tour does not organize major tournaments.

PGA champion Justin Thomas and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy welcomed the decision to halt the tour this week at the Canadian Open.

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“I think anyone who’s shocked clearly didn’t listen to the message that Jay and everyone else put out,” Thomas said. “They took that risk whether they thought it was a risk or not.”

Ten players have resigned from the PGA Tour, a list that includes Johnson and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson, a lifetime member with 45 PGA Tour titles, is among those who didn’t.

“I think of them a little less for performing in LIV events,” Albuquerque resident Tyson Holder said as he made his way to the No. 1 tee at ADO. “If I was a PGA Tour golfer, I would be looking for money. Should they be considered a little less? Maybe because of the politics involved, yes. And, for the notoriety of the PGA Tour, yes.

Holder said he was very interested to see who would win at the LIV event this week and planned to watch.

LIV Golf, run by Greg Norman and funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, reacted to the tour’s decision calling it vindictive and divisive.

“It’s troubling that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity keeping golfers from playing,” LIV Golf said. “It is certainly not the last word on this subject. The era of free agency begins as we are proud to have a full group of players joining us in London and beyond.

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The problem is that players are competing without a conflicting PGA Tour event exit.

“I think these guys are independent contractors,” Espinosa said. “I know they’re on the PGA Tour but they’re not under contract. They have guys who play other tours. Unless they put them on a contract where they pay them weekly or annually. , like baseball or the NFL, I have no problem with them leaving and playing another round.

Millican said the game of golf is moving in the right direction, with rising prize money serving as a potential motivation to improve the game. The attention golf has received on rival league issues isn’t bad no more.

“I think this is the first time there’s been real competition between two tours,” Millican said. “It will be interesting to see what happens. It’s a new concept in our sport.

Derek Gutierrez, general manager/director of PGA golf at Santa Ana Golf Club, Inc., declined to comment, as did Sun Country Golf House executive director Cory Armstrong. Gutierrez is director of the PGA of America National Board of Directors for District 12.

The Journal’s Steve Virgen contributed to this report.

NMs Gila returns to the forefront for National Rivers Month / Public News Service

June is National Rivers Month, and New Mexicans who want the Gila and San Francisco rivers protected watched U.S. Senate talks this week on the MH “Dutch” Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act.

Small business owners, tribes, landowners and others have been working on the proposal for nearly a decade, said Martyn Pearson, who runs the Hike and Bike store in Silver City, at the entrance to the Gila Wilderness .

“You want to talk about healthy rivers, you want to talk about protecting one of the last free-flowing rivers, that’s fine,” he said. “It’s really good that it’s happening right now – because from so many different angles this river needs help.”

First introduced in 2020, the legislation would secure segments of the Gila River located primarily in the Gila Wilderness – the first US federally protected wilderness area – by designating nearly 450 miles as Wild and Scenic.

Pearson said saving the state’s rivers is a critical way to mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as protect the Aldo Leopold Wilderness for future generations.

“Someone thought it would be important for someone to go there and see it, exactly as it is, unchanged – the Gila runs through it,” he said. “And it deserves the same protection, because it could help keep the river enjoyable for people long after we’re gone.”

President Joe Biden will visit New Mexico later this week following several record wildfires. Pearson, a kayaker, said he would find the state in a tough spot right now.

“It’s so dry that when it snows, the snowmelt goes straight into the ground – very little makes it into the rivers,” he said. “And so for the last three springs when we’ve been there, we’ve been sitting, we’re waiting, ‘Oh, I wonder when that little window is going to open and we can get out on the Gila,’ and he doesn’t come ever. And that has a pretty big impact on fishing.

A 2020 report said water-related activities contribute at least $427 million to the state’s annual economy.

Support for this report was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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U.S. Representative Karen Bass speaks to the media at a polling place in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

The spending in the Los Angeles mayor’s race to replace term-limited mayor Eric Garcetti has been astronomical by any measure.

Real estate developer Rick Caruso, a billionaire and former Republican who changed his registration to a Democrat earlier this year, has spent at least $40 million on his bid, according to the latest tallies released by the City of Los Ethics Commission. Angeles – with much of that money coming from loans to his campaign.

Former frontrunner Karen Bass, a six-term Democratic congresswoman who was selected as a potential running mate for President Biden, had spent less than $3.3 million in comparison at the time of this report. June 1 last.

Despite this massive financial imbalance, polls still show a close race between the two that is almost certain to head for a runoff after all ballots are counted in Tuesday’s primary.

Bass entered this final straight adopting the position of a cheerful warrior. Dressed in a red suit after greeting voters at church on Sunday morning, she spent the day on one last tour of Los Angeles – from the south-central to the city’s west side – in a red double-decker bus, dancing on Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. as she waved to drivers and people on the sidewalk from the open-air upper deck.

At one point, she spoke the words to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” alongside labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who had joined the tour during a stopover in Boyle Heights.

Alongside Bass, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a close friend and ally who has known Bass since the 1970s, danced to the music. In aviators and black skinny jeans, he was on his feet (getting into the groove) so often while the bus was in motion that he nearly got timed by a traffic light and then a tree branch. And at one point, he ducked off a power line as the bus headed from South LA to Eastside.

“Mr. Mayor, please remain seated,” an aide implored.

Rallying the canvassers she encountered at numerous stops, Bass urged them not to be intimidated by Caruso’s spending.

“I don’t care how much money you spend, people power wins!” she said in a megaphone

Villaraigosa sought to amplify that message throughout the day with a simple refrain: “LA is not for sale.”

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Students participating in the annual Clovis Dairy Consortium

A number of students interested in the dairy industry call Clovis home for a few weeks while attending New Mexico State University’s annual Dairy Consortium.

According to NMSU Dairy Extension Specialist Robert Hagevoort, while classes are held at the Curry County Fair Pavilion, students stay at area motels and eat at Clovis restaurants. The program began on May 16 and lasts six weeks.

“Students come here from all over the country,” Hagevoort said. “They come here to learn all about the dairy industry.

Hagevoort said this summer’s session is attended by 50 students.

The consortium has existed for 14 summers, with the exception of summer 2020. Each session is attended by fifty to sixty students.

Hagevoort estimates that over the past 14 years, a total of 600 students from 57 universities have come to Clovis for the event.

Hagevoort says the students represent many majors, including dairy science, animal science, agricultural business, and other majors.

“The dairymen’s children are here too,” Hagevoort said. “From feeding the cows to treating the cows, they come to understand everything about the dairy industry.”

Consortium students visit 20-30 dairies in eastern New Mexico and western Texas during their stay.

The purpose of such trips, according to Hagevoort, is to learn that there are different ways of doing things.

US calls on Mexico to investigate whether parts factory Stellantis abused labor rights

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – The United States has asked Mexico to investigate alleged worker rights abuses at an auto parts plant owned by French-Italian automaker Stellantis, the fourth complaint of this type under a revised trade deal, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The United States‘ request to Mexico to examine possible abuses at Teksid Hierro de Mexico in the northern border state of Coahuila falls under the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Teksid, which employs nearly 1,500 people and manufactures cast iron castings for heavy vehicles, has been embroiled in a union dispute since 2014. Workers say the company has blocked them from being represented by the group of their choice, the miners’ union, and that it fired workers who supported the group.

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) said in its request that it is concerned that workers have been denied the right to collective bargaining because of an “invalid” contract with the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM). , one of the strongest unions in Mexico, which had been registered with state authorities.

The bureau asked Mexico to investigate whether any efforts had been made, including threats and inducements, to encourage support for the CTM or to deter support for the Miners’ Union.

Labor disputes in Mexico have long been characterized by bullying tactics by powerful unions more comfortable with employers and governments than with workers. Under the USMCA, the trade pact that replaced NAFTA, factories that violate workers’ rights could lose their duty-free status.

Businesses have been watching how the stricter labor rules will play out.

Stellantis (STLA.MI), the world’s fourth-largest automaker formed from the merger of automaker Peugeot PSA and Fiat Chrysler, did not respond to a request for comment. He has previously said he respects collective bargaining rights.

The United Auto Workers union, which represents American workers at Stellantis, as well as the AFL-CIO labor federation and the miners’ union, reported the potential violations, the USTR office said.

Teksid, CTM and the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration should be included in the review, he added.

CTM did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The leader of the union in Coahuila, Tereso Medina, recently told the Mexican newspaper El Economista that the union would respect the USMCA and that the dispute should be resolved by a workers’ vote. Mexico’s federal labor center said in May that the miners’ union held the only valid contract.

Mexico’s economy ministry said it would decide within 10 days whether to accept the US request.

US officials had previously opened labor investigations involving US automaker General Motors, US plant Tridonex and Japan’s Panasonic. Read more

U.S. Representative Bill Pasrell and several fellow Democratic lawmakers welcomed the new complaint and urged Stellantis to cooperate with U.S. and Mexican officials so workers can have “democratic representation.”

Stellantis operates seven other factories in Mexico, where it produced more than 400,000 vehicles last year.

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Thousands set to receive stimulus checks worth $500, others see payments as property tax refunds

Stimulus checks have become a necessity for many, and some states are giving up to $500, while others are providing property tax refunds.

As inflation continues to rise, Americans need financial help more than ever.

The cost of gas, food, utilities and other daily necessities have increased significantly compared to before the pandemic began.

As people continue to struggle, the feds have made it clear that a fourth stimulus check is highly unlikely after sending out 3 through 2020 and 2021.

Where people feel it most, states step in and help residents.

Some states are giving stimulus checks worth $500 to $850 per resident

In the state of Massachusetts, residents who qualify are in line to receive a check for $500.

The checks go to around 300,000 essential workers who have low incomes, according to Marca.

Payments come from the Baker administration.

They will be sent out in batches, with the most recent out today, Monday, June 6, 2022.

This is happening as part of the state of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program.

Governor Baker passed the legislation in December 2021 and it will be paid from the $4 billion in US bailout funding.

There are eligibility requirements to get this type of stimulus check from the state.

People wishing to claim the money must have lived in the state of Massachusetts by June 15, 2021.

Additionally, the person could have been a part-time resident between June 1, 2021 and June 15, 2021, according to the Boston Herald.

They must have earned at least $13,500 with an income below 300% of the federal poverty level.

The maximum income a single person can have to qualify is $36,640.

That number adds up to $52,260 for a family of two.

A three-person household cannot exceed $65,880 and a four-person household cannot exceed $79,500.

The first round went to 480,000, who will not be eligible for this round as they have already received one.

Massachusetts isn’t the only state to offer financial assistance to residents

Other states and stimulus checks are also being sent to residents.

Both Maine and New Mexico will send stimulus checks to residents during the month of June, according to The Ascent.

Maine residents will see payments totaling $850 if they have filed their 2021 tax returns.

Residents cannot have an income greater than $100,000 if single or $200,000 if married and filing jointly.

Dependents will not be eligible to receive a stimulus payment.

New Mexico sends $250 to single filers and $500 to joint filers.

A second payment of the same amount will be sent in August.

This means that the total amount for New Mexicans will be $500 or $1,000.

Other Americans could see stimulus payments in the form of property tax relief or financial relief for homeowners

The Homeowners Assistance Fund can send money to residents to help with the cost of owning a home during a financial crisis.

$10 billion was set aside and given to over 40 states to create HAF programs and distribute the money.

The money can be used for mortgages, home insurance and utilities.

In New York State, homeowners can expect to receive a property tax refund check from the homeowner sooner than expected.

The checks were supposed to be sent out before the school tax deadline, but residents are seeing them in June, according to the Times Union.

This comes just before the primary elections for the Assembly scheduled for June 28, 2022.

Legislatures, like Rep. Thomas Suozzi, say that decision is New York State Governor Kathy Hochul bribing residents ahead of the race.

Suozzi runs against Governor Hochul with New York City Public Attorney Jumaane Williams.

These property tax rebate checks were introduced in April and are part of a $2.2 billion budget.

The amount owners see depends on where their property is located and whether the owner receives the Enhanced STAR or the Basic STAR.

Those still waiting for their late tax refunds could finally see their $1,400 federal stimulus check

As Americans scramble to find ways to get financial help, there are still just under 10 million tax returns to process.

That means millions of Americans are still waiting for their tax refunds.

Some people have this $1,400 stimulus check that they claimed as a refund in these refunds.

Fortunately, the IRS is legally required to add interest to any refund that is 45 days or more overdue.

That may not be much of an incentive when it comes to taxpayers who just want to get their refund, even if they see a few hundred extra dollars.

What to watch in the primaries in 7 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Primary elections in seven states on Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in the two major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump.

With control of Congress at stake, a slew of Republican House incumbents are facing challenges from the political right, and some rivals are embracing Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud during his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden.

No sitting governor or senator appears to be in imminent danger. In Iowa, several Democrats are vying for the chance to face seven-term Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, with the campaign highlighting the rift between the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic Party.

Former Trump cabinet member Ryan Zinke is seeking a GOP nomination in a newly created House district in Montana.

What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota:


California is a Democratic stronghold where the party holds all statewide offices and its voters outnumber registered Republicans by nearly 2 to 1. Governor Gavin Newsom and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla face to little-known competitors.

But Republicans retain pockets of strength in some U.S. House districts that are expected to be among the most competitive races in the nation.

In a heavily Democratic district in the state’s Central Valley agricultural belt, Republican U.S. Representative David Valadao is seeing a rollback for his vote to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol uprising. Republican Chris Mathys has made Valadao’s vote a centerpiece of his campaign to oust him.

In a Democratic-leaning neighborhood north of Los Angeles, several Democrats are hoping to take on Republican Rep. Mike Garcia, who is expected to run through November with one of the Democrats as the top two in the race. Garcia rejected Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden and opposed Trump’s impeachment after the Capitol uprising.

The packed race for mayor of Los Angeles is shaping up to be a fight between Rick Caruso, a Republican-turned-Democrat pro-business billionaire who sits on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and U.S. Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who was on Biden’s shortlist for vice president. If no candidate gets 50%, the top two qualify for a second round in November.

In another closely watched election, voters in San Francisco are considering recalling District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a progressive Democrat who critics say has failed to prosecute repeat offenders, amid widespread frustration against crime and homelessness.


Republicans have gained an edge in the state over the past decade, and the Democratic Senate primary provides insight into the minority party’s battle for relevance.

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken is leading a contest with former US Representative Abby Finkenauer in a bid to take on Grassley, 88, who has been endorsed by Trump.

Finkenauer is a 33-year-old former state representative who argues that her youth and more recent experience in Iowa make her better suited to challenge a Republican first elected to the Senate in 1980. She has made boundaries of mandate a centerpiece of his campaign.

Franken, 64, is promoting a progressive agenda, including adding a public insurance option to the Affordable Care Act. He hails from conservative western Iowa and argues he could be more competitive against Grassley by sneaking into the senator’s margins in heavily Republican areas.

To the left of Finkenauer and Franken is running physician Glenn Hurst, a small town councilman in western Iowa and chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party for its rural caucus.

Meanwhile, three Republicans are vying for a chance to run against Iowa’s only Democratic congresswoman, Rep. Cindy Axne.


Republican U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo faces his most challengers after a congressional ethics watchdog raised questions about his campaign spending.

A 2021 report from the Congressional Ethics Office found “substantial reason to believe” that Palazzo, a military veteran who sits on the Appropriations and Homeland Security committees, abused his office by spending campaign funds. , doing favors for his brother and enlisting personnel for politics and personal errands. His spokeswoman at the time, Colleen Kennedy, said the investigation was based on politically motivated “false allegations”.

His six opponents include a sheriff, Mike Ezell, and a state senator, Brice Wiggins. If no candidate obtains a majority of votes, a second round will take place on June 28.

The other two Republican congressmen from Mississippi, Trent Kelly and Michael Guest, face leading opponents who support Trump’s bogus claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.


It’s the first time since 1993 that the state will have two seats in the House, after one was added to accommodate Montana’s growing population.

Zinke, Trump’s former Interior Department secretary, is technically in an open race for the new seat. But the former Navy SEAL is widely seen as the de facto incumbent, as he twice won elections for the state’s other House seat before stepping down in 2017 to join the Trump administration.

His opponents point to Zinke’s troubled tenure at the agency, which has been marred by multiple ethics investigations. An investigation determined that Zinke lied to an agency ethics officer about his ongoing involvement in a commercial real estate transaction in his hometown. He faced a smear campaign over his military service from his party’s far-right and questions about his residency following revelations that his wife declared a home in California as her primary residence.

His opponents in the GOP primary include former state senator Al “Doc” Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon and hardline conservative who has tried to portray Zinke as a “liberal insider.”

Three Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination: public health attorney Cora Neumann, Olympic rower and lawyer Monica Tranel and former state Rep. Tom Winter.

In the state’s other district, first-term Rep. Matt Rosendale, who has Trump’s endorsement, will seek to fend off three main Republican challengers.


A dozen House constituencies are on the ballot.

Trump said in 2021 he would back a challenger to longtime Republican Rep. Chris Smith, but that never happened. The lack of endorsement didn’t stop conservative talk show host Mike Crispi, one of Smith’s Republican challengers, from claiming Trump’s mantle.

In northern New Jersey, former state Senate minority leader Tom Kean Jr. has a fundraising advantage and establishment support over five rivals. Kean, the son of former Republican Gov. Tom Kean Sr., is hoping for a rematch with Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, who won a close contest two years ago.

On the Democratic side, US Senator Bob Menendez’s son, Rob, is running for a seat vacated by incumbent Democratic Representative Albio Sires. Menendez, a commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, blocked party support by entering the race.


Five Republican candidates are competing to face Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The incumbent is privileged to keep her job in a state where Democrats control all state offices and dominate the Legislative Assembly.

Former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti and State Representative Rebecca Dow are leading GOP candidates in a contest over concerns about US border security, urban crime, inflation and education of race and ethnicity in a heavily Latino and Native American state.

Democratic voters are deciding on a candidate for the state’s top law enforcement official to succeed Attorney General Hector Balderas. Albuquerque-based District Attorney Raúl Torrez is competing with State Auditor Brian Colón in a fierce campaign with few ideological divisions.


A trio of Republican incumbents face primary challengers running on their political right.

Gov. Kristi Noem, who is seen as a potential White House prospect, is favored to win the GOP nomination. A rival, state legislator Steve Haugaard, argued that Noem was spending more time trying to build a national political profile than focusing on his work at home. She mostly ignored him.

US Senator John Thune faced Trump’s wrath after he dismissed the former president’s claims of voter fraud. However, no well-known challengers have emerged in Thune’s re-election bid. One of his opponents, Mark Mowry, was among the crowds who demonstrated near the Capitol on January 6.

In the House, Republican state legislator Taffy Howard is trying to unseat GOP Rep. Dusty Johnson in the state’s only district. Johnson touts his Conservative voting record while maintaining an ability to work across party lines, but Howard has tried to cast him as a foot soldier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Associated Press writers Tom Beaumont in Des Moines, Iowa; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi; Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Michael Catalini in Trenton, NJ; Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, SD, contributed to this report.

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New Exhibit Shows Navajo Nation Suffering and Resilience | New Mexico News

By ROBERT NOTT, Santa Fe New Mexican

FORT SUMNER, NM (AP) – They named the area near this location Bosque Redondo, after a grove of cottonwood trees near the river.

The Navajos who were imprisoned there called it “Hwéeldi”. Some say it translates to “place of suffering.

It might as well have been called hell.

It was near here, in the land of Billy the Kid, that the U.S. government attempted to strip members of the Navajo Nation and Mescalero Apache Tribe of their language, culture, and spiritual beliefs in the years 1860.

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The government had already expelled them from their native lands in New Mexico and Arizona, forcing them to take the Long March, as it was now known – a desperate journey on foot of hundreds of miles during which disease and death have become daily companions. And it wasn’t just a trip; there have been a number of long marches that have taken place over the years from different sites, including Fort Defiance in Arizona and Fort Wingate near Gallup.

Once people arrived here, they found a barren, sandy desert landscape unsuitable for agriculture and lacking in fresh water. They became prisoners, then survivors, struggling first to live, then to return home.

In the end, they succeeded, said Morgen Young, a historian who helped leaders of the Bosque Redondo Memorial/Fort Sumner Historic Site create the exhibit Bosque Redondo: A Place of Suffering…A Place of Survival.

Ultimately, the Apaches fled the fortress reservation one winter night in 1865, and the Navajos negotiated a release and treaty in 1868 that helped them become an influential nation, she said. .

“It’s a place of resilience,” Young told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “People were forced here, they survived, they came home.”

And this attitude is reflected in the exhibition, which attracted more than 500 people on May 28, the day of the official opening. The exhibit, which draws on historical documents and oral histories, takes the visitor on a journey from the 1860s to the present day by telling the stories of people who eventually found their way back home and reclaimed their habits.

It’s not an easy story to tell – or to take in. Photographs, text panels and audio presentations of the oral memories of those who survived the ordeal paint a picture of a government bent on wiping out an indigenous population it saw as a threat.

There are stories of soldiers who shot pregnant women who couldn’t keep up; elders and babies drowning in river crossings; girls aged 12 and 13, fighting starvation, selling their bodies to soldiers for a piece of cornmeal.

It’s an exhibit that can easily bring tears to tears, said Santa Fean Diana Clanin, who said it was a “tough decision” to visit the exhibit. As a guide for the New Mexico History Museum, she knows the history of the site.

“I didn’t know if I could handle it,” she said, adding that the exhibit showed the reality of “man’s inhumanity to man.”

But, she added, “It’s worth every mile (that I’ve driven).”

Wendy Raper, a Navajo from Clovis, said she knew the history of the Long March and the Fort Sumner prison camp all too well.

“That’s where I come from,” she said. “That’s what made me who I am.”

The 6,500 square foot exhibit required decades of preparation and began largely because of a handwritten letter left at the site by young visitors to Diné in June 1990. At that time, the historic site focused on providing information about the fort and famous outlaw who was shot in these parts – Billy the Kid.

The letter – on display at the museum – said the youngsters found the site “discriminating and not telling the real story behind what really happened to our ancestors in 1864-1868”. He then asked museum officials to “show and tell the true story of the Navajos and the United States military.”

Change did not happen overnight, or even in another 15 years. The Bosque Redondo Memorial, as it is now called, opened in 2005, but was just an installation with a few informational storyboards. But talks slowly began around the idea of ​​developing a permanent exhibit – which would include input from Navajo and Mescalero Apache members.

Aaron Roth, the memorial’s historic sites manager, said those behind the creation of the exhibit first met with members of the tribal community in August 2016 to determine how best to present a difficult story that needed to be told.

Five years later, in the fall of 2021, memorial leaders staged what Roth called a “soft opening” of the current exhibit.

Among other features, the exhibit includes period and contemporary cultural artifacts, an 1868 treaty touchscreen between the Navajo and the U.S. government that you can read or hear, and a response room where visitors can record their reactions to the exhibition.

Many of those written responses, said Roth and others involved with the memorial, reflect personal stories, including survivors or children of Holocaust survivors. Several people interviewed on the site on Saturday said it immediately conjured up images of Nazi Germany’s persecution and genocide of Jews.

In that sense, one could say that the Bosque Redondo memorial is the closest thing to a Holocaust museum that Native Americans have.

But Roth, like others interviewed for this story, said he doesn’t believe the majority of the general public knows the story behind the site or the Long Walk.

“For a very long time, even at (Fort Sumner) itself, history wasn’t even taught in schools,” he said. “People who grew up here in the 60s and 70s said to me, ‘It happened in our own backyard, and we didn’t even know it happened.’ ”

Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, and one of the Native American representatives who helped shape the exhibit, echoed that thought.

“It seems the majority of Americans have no idea this even happened,” he said. “When there is this obliviousness, it leads to an indifferent attitude. Once someone understands what happened, their logic and their emotions will help them understand that it was wrong.

He said so many people see the story of the imprisonment of Long Walk and Bosque Redondo as a story of “resilience” that speaks to the fact that “we have come a long way in sacrificing part of our culture. , at the sacrifice of human lives. ”

For Veronica Beck-Ruiz, 17, a member of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, the exhibit touches deep and raw personal emotions. Her great-great-grandmother endured Long Walk and Bosque Redondo.

Beck-Ruiz – who left a number of personal messages on post-it notes and on the exhibit’s many whiteboards expressing how she felt – summed up her feelings in one succinct sentence as she prepared to leave the memorial.

“It shouldn’t have happened, but it did,” she said. “And that made our people stronger.”

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Here’s where to vote in the New Mexico primary elections. What’s on the ballot.

FARMINGTON — New Mexicans will vote in the June 7 primary election to narrow the field of candidates seeking nomination for their political parties in state, county and federal offices.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 33 polling centers in San Juan County. Voters can vote at any of the centers.

Several statewide offices are on the ballot, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state auditor.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is the Democratic candidate and is seeking a second term.

Jay Block, Rebecca Dow, Gregory Zanetti, Ethel Maharg and Mark Ronchetti are in the running for the Republican candidate for governor.

For the Libertarian Party, the nomination is between Karen Bedonie and Ginger Grider, who is a written candidate.

Incumbent and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernández and Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson are on the ballot for the 3rd congressional district race.

The opposing state representatives are Republicans Rodney Montoya for District 1, P. Mark Duncan for District 2 and T. Ryan Lane for District 3, and Democrat Derrick J. Lente for District 65.

Democratic incumbent Anthony Allison faces fellow Democrat Christina J. Aspaas for the state representative seat in District 4. No Republican candidate has run for the position.

The other representative seats in the state that have no Republican candidates but two Democratic candidates running are incumbents Doreen Wonda Johnson and Kevin M. Mitchell for District 5 and incumbent Harry Garcia and write-in nominee Marvin Anthony Trujillo for District 69.

Early voting ended on June 4.

As of June 3, 2,779 Republicans, 1,057 Democrats and 12 Libertarians had voted in the county, either by mail or in person during the early voting period, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Statewide, the number of mail-in ballots and in-person ballots was 50,681 for the Democratic Party, 38,614 for the Republican Party, and 360 for the Libertarian Party.

What is a primary? What to know about the open and closed congressional primaries

Various campaign signs for the 2022 election are located at East Main Street and East 20th Street in Farmington.

San Juan County seats on ballots

County Commissioner District 1: GloJean B. Todacheene, Democrat; Stanley Wauneka Sr., Democrat; Albert J. Paul, Democrat

County Commissioner District 2: Zac “Zachariah” J. George, Democrat; Gary M. McDaniel, Republican; Ervin Chavez, Republican

County Assessor: Jimmy Voita, Republican; Henry C. Silentman, Democrat

County Sheriff: R. Shane Ferrari, Republican

Commissioner of Public Education District 5: Sharon Clahchischilliage, Republican

Magistrate Judge Division 1: Russell L. Bradford, Republican; Dagmar Kamilah Keams, Republican; Songtree L. Pickaxe, Democrat

Magistrate Judge Division 2: Rena Scott, Republican; Stanley R. King, Democrat

Magistrate Judge Division 3: Mark Steven Hawkinson, Republican

Magistrate Judge Division 4: Trudy M. Chase, Democrat

Magistrate Judge Division 5: Erich F. Cole, Republican

Magistrate Judge Division 6: Stacey D. Biel, Republican

Inheritance judge: Gary Risley, Republican

Drivers on East 20th Street in Farmington are reminded to vote.  The 2022 primary election in New Mexico will take place on June 7.

Where to Vote in San Juan County


  • Aztec Masonic Lodge
  • Cedar Hill Fire Station
  • San Juan County Fire Operations Center


flowery field

  • Bloomfield Town Hall
  • Bloomfield Cultural Center


  • Farmington City Hall
  • Farmington Civic Center
  • Farmington Museum at Gateway Park
  • Farmington Public Library
  • McGee Park
  • Piñon Hills Community Church
  • Piñon Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Sycamore Park Community Center

Flora Vista


  • Brooks-Isham Center for the Performing Arts
  • Kirtland Youth Association

La Plata

  • La Plata Community Center


  • Consolidated Central School District Business Office
  • Phil L. Thomas Center for the Performing Arts

Peripheral areas

  • Beclabito Chapter Facilities
  • Crystal Chapter Facilities
  • Gadii’ahi Chapter Facilities
  • Facilities of the Huerfano Chapter
  • Lake Valley School
  • Nageezi Chapter Facilities
  • Naschitti Chapter Facilities
  • Nenanhezad Chapter Facilities
  • Newcomb Fire Station
  • Sheep Springs Chapter Facilities
  • Tiis Tsoh Sikaad (Burnham) Chapter Facilities
  • Facilities of the Tsé Alnaozt’i’í Chapter (Sanostee)
  • Two Gray Hills Chapter facilities

After:Candidates file paperwork for this year’s primary elections in San Juan County

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for the Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at [email protected].

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Health care to measure up: A look at the Presbyterian Hospital expansion project

If you walk this 11-story tower from top to bottom, you will have traveled seven miles.

But this tower, for now, is still a construction area. The smell of a construction area is apparent. And this tower has more than 300 workers on site, representing dozens of subcontractors working on it to complete it by the end of this year.

This tower is that of the Presbyterian’s Downtown Hospital at 1100 Central SE. In May, the general contractor for the massive project – Jaynes Corp. – and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Architects led a tour that included media, business representatives and others to show off the work that was done. The tour was organized by NAIOP New Mexico, a commercial real estate development organization.

“Basically, it was always planned that this would be about a three-year project from start to finish,” said Sam Burns, chief superintendent at Jaynes who oversees the project.

Indeed, the tower — which measures more than 300,000 square feet — is expected to be completed within three years, Jaynes Corp representatives said. The contractor began work on the project in 2019. Upon completion, the hospital’s total space now stands at over one million square feet and the project costs approximately $260 million to build. the hospital. The expansion, which also includes a now-completed three-story parking garage, results in a nearly 30% increase in space, Burns said. This is one of Jaynes’ biggest projects to date.

The expansion of Presbyterian’s Downtown Hospital was underway before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to address an aging health care population, but has come at a time when more hospital beds are needed to coping with the increase in coronavirus cases requiring hospital stays.

Massive reach

Early builds included over 100 stops across various types of services for the infrastructure side of the project, including the Presbyterian Main Sewer which had to be replaced with a temporary lift station.

“It took us about a year to get everything ready for us to start foundation work on the project,” Burns said.

The 144 rooms — each room spans about 250 square feet — range between floors three through eight. The tower also includes two sub-floor levels, some of which will include space for a large “magnification” laboratory, where pathology samples taken from patients are studied under a microscope. The upper floors, for now, are left as shell space for future expansion.

And the tower includes a medical kitchen for hospital employees, as well as a garden. On the roof of the tower is the “penthouse”, which refers to the mechanical systems that will keep the tower moving. These systems include air handling units that supply air to the floors of the tower.

“We have just completed a lot of the carbon steel piping that goes into the coil for water supply and return, said Chris Burks, project manager at Yearout Mechanical – one of many under – contractors working on the project.

Changes to the project, however, took place when the pandemic became a reality for entrepreneurs. These changes include floors seven and eight being used specifically as isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients and others with illnesses that need to be contained. PPE bins are located almost at the entrance to each patient room in the tower.

Patient experience

Wall sconces litter the hallways of the tower instead of overhead lighting, allowing patients to feel more comfortable not being blinded by lights when moved around in bed.

“If you’ve ever had surgery in a hospital or had to stay in a hospital, you’ll be given a questionnaire — basically a satisfaction question that goes into the funding the hospital actually receives,” said Wes Townsend, a trainee architect. with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini who worked on the project. “The patient experience is very important because the hospital can receive more funding if it is higher.”

Efficiency measures

The tower has energy saving attributes. That includes a cogeneration unit that can save the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly a million or more, in annual utility costs, Burns said.

“It’s basically a generator that runs 24/7,” Burns said. “And, for the most part, it runs on natural gas. … It’s the first one we’ve done. We are preparing to install it. We are waiting for a final permit and then we can install it. But that’s one of the things that (Presbyterians) are trying to do to help with utility bills and some of the renewable energy that they can actually produce. .”

The layout of the hospital has been designed to allow nurses and doctors to take fewer steps. Nurses’ stations on each patient floor are centered in the middle, along with equipment and medication spaces, among others. It was designed as a “racetrack,” Burns said.

“(They) try to reduce the number of steps they have to take on the shift because if the nurses burn out, it could impact your patient down the line,” Townsend said.

Presbyterian spokeswoman Melanie Mozes said the tower is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023.

Storms disappear from eastern New Mexico late Friday evening

Grant’s Friday Night Forecast

Severe storms developed in the eastern half of New Mexico Friday afternoon. These thunderstorms will move east through the evening before dissipating early this evening.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed along and to the east of the central mountain range Friday afternoon. A few of these storms have turned violent, with large hail and damaging winds being the biggest threats. These storms will continue to push eastward through tonight, eventually clearing out of eastern New Mexico around 10 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the eastern half of the state until 10 p.m.

Drier air will move into New Mexico this weekend with westerly winds. Winds will be relatively light compared to recent times, but some windy conditions will be possible in the afternoon. The westerly wind and dry air will also bring much warmer temperatures early next week, with high temperatures above average for early July.

A series of backdoor cold fronts will regularly reintroduce low level moisture to the central and eastern portions of the state Monday through midweek. Canyon winds will likely be Wednesday and Thursday as cold fronts push west, bringing with them increased humidity. Very similar to this week, this increase in lower level humidity will help bring the chance of rain back to central and eastern portions of New Mexico. Drier air looks set to return next Friday, and with that some of the warmest weather we’ve seen so far this year.