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A major facilities spending plan that the Albuquerque City Council killed last year has been reborn — in part thanks to an adviser who helped defeat the previous version.

Council President Isaac Benton voted last December against the Brook Bassan/Klarissa Peña legislation to borrow $110 million for various building and infrastructure improvements. But he has now joined Bassan and Dan Lewis in presenting a similar proposal which the council will vote on next week.

The trio want the city to issue $100 million in new bonds to complete or invest in 16 projects across Albuquerque.

The largest portion – $20 million – would fund affordable housing. Large shares would also go towards the long-awaited North Domingo Baca pool, expanding Paseo del Norte and Unser, and creating a new West Side public safety facility. Each of these efforts would bring in $15 million.

The 2021 Bassan/Peña proposal died Dec. 6 when it failed to win the support of a supermajority of the council. Their plan was to sell the bonds without gaining voter approval, a method that requires the agreement of seven councillors. The legislation failed on a 5-4 vote.

Benton had voted with the opposition. He said the schedule bothered him because there were several “lame duck” advisers making the decision. Four of the nine advisers in office at the time of the vote would be replaced less than a month later.

Benton also argued that the city should focus on operating costs rather than building projects, particularly investing more money in ongoing rental assistance vouchers.

But now that the council has passed an operating budget that will significantly increase spending on rental vouchers next year, Benton said he’s more comfortable with big infrastructure investments.

“I’ve had the support (from the board) for the vouchers, which makes me more receptive to this deal,” Benton said.

Bassan – who said she “never intended to let (this idea) go” – said she was confident this version would succeed because the council’s budget committee has already voted on it. unanimously in favor and because the sponsors of the legislation took into account feedback from other advisers on which projects they wanted to include.

“I think working with the other councilors is really important to be able to see the changes (around the city). I think taxpayers want to see projects for their money, said Bassan, who noted that the $15 million allocated for the North Domingo Baca pool should be enough to eventually get the facility built based on estimates. existing.

The city would repay the bonds with gross receipts taxes—the tax imposed on the sale of most goods and services. It will take 20 years and the city will need $5.7 million a year to start and $12.95 million a year towards the end, according to the city’s chief financial officer. It wouldn’t raise taxes because the city has existing borrowing capacity after paying off some old bonds last year.

At one point, Mayor Tim Keller had proposed using some of this bonding capacity to fund a new multi-purpose football stadium where New Mexico United would play. But city voters overwhelmingly rejected the $50 million stadium bond in last November’s election.

Shortly thereafter, Bassan and Peña presented their proposal to use bonding capacity for a $110 million infrastructure package.

Some of the projects on their 2021 slate — like Affordable Housing and the North Domingo Baca Pool — are included in the new release. But the latest legislation also reflects the contributions of the four councilors who took office on January 1.

Lewis, for example, said he wanted to prioritize the Paseo del Norte and Unser project in his district over the Cibola Loop multigenerational center, which would have received money as part of the year’s proposal. last. The West Side councilman said the city already has $10 million available for roadwork and a potential injection of $15 million would complete the necessary funding.

He said the widening of the road would serve a “massive part of our city that desperately needs more infrastructure” and that he would pursue funding for the multi-generational center from other sources next year.

Councilman Louie Sanchez, who also took office on Jan. 1, was able to get some projects he wanted funded on the new bond list. He requested $1 million for trail development and planning on the Poole property — a newly acquired open-space property in his district — and $1.5 million to upgrade the city’s Shooting Range Park.

“It’s so outdated; it will really help the police and also help the public,” Sanchez said of the park.

The District of Sanchez would also receive $3 million for West Mesa Aquatic Center updates and $500,000 for Ouray Boulevard improvements.

Under Historic Agreements with the State, Picuris and Pojoaque Pueblos to Administer Independent Cannabis Tax Programs | Environment

An agreement signed last month between the New Mexico Department of Taxes and Revenue and Picuris Pueblo formally recognized the tribe’s authority to administer its own cannabis-related tax program. The state also signed a tax treaty with Pojoaque Pueblo.

“Pueblo businesses are not subject to state cannabis excise tax in Pueblo Indian Country and will not be required to file a return with the Department regarding state cannabis excise tax. for sales of a cannabis product that occur in the Pueblo,” according to the May 6 agreement. “The Pueblo will be solely responsible for the enforcement, administration, collection, remittance, and audit of Pueblo cannabis excise tax from Pueblo businesses.”

The agreement states that the tribe must determine what constitutes a “pueblo business.”

Until July 1, 2025, the cannabis tax rate in the rest of the state will be 12%, after which it will gradually increase to 18% by July 1, 2030.

“New Mexico has a long history of working with tribes to effectively administer taxes while recognizing tribal sovereignty and the limits of state authority over tribal lands, the Tax and Tax Secretary said. Earned, Stephanie Schardin Clarke, in a press release. “This administration is committed to strengthening relationships with tribal governments.”

The two northern New Mexico pueblos have already entered into cooperative cannabis agreements with the state’s Department of Regulation and Licensing. The pacts are intended to ensure tribes can benefit from the state’s new cannabis industry, which began retail sales on April 1.

“With cannabis still illegal under federal law, intergovernmental agreements prevent federal law enforcement action on tribal lands where communities want to participate in the adult use market in New Mexico,” according to a March press release from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.

“The economic opportunities offered by the recreational and medical cannabis industries are truly game-changing, and sovereign tribal nations stand to benefit alongside the state,” Governor Lujan Grisham said. “With these agreements, Pueblo de Pojoaque and Pueblo de Picuris will benefit from this exciting new industry, which is expected to bring in $300 million in sales annually and create 11,000 jobs in New Mexico.”

According to Lujan Grisham’s office, intergovernmental agreements “enable tribal communities to participate in the cannabis industry in ways that support community health and public safety while maximizing cross-jurisdictional market opportunities.”

Picuris Governor Craig Quanchello said the agreements demonstrate cooperation and respect between the state and the tribe.

“I am pleased that the intergovernmental agreement respects the sovereignty of the Pueblo,” Quanchello said in the March statement. “This creates a significant opportunity for the Pueblo to engage in well-regulated and coordinated legal cannabis markets for the benefit and protection of our community, including a framework for continued collaboration with the state to protect our common interests. “

Last week, the state released tax revenue figures for cannabis sales in April, the first month of legal adult-use retail sales in state history.

Cannabis retail stores catering to adults paid $2,422,678 in cannabis excise tax in April, as well as $1,635,243 in tax on gross receipts. In addition to cannabis products, gross receipts tax payments include taxes due on non-cannabis products and services.

“The adult-use cannabis industry in New Mexico is clearly off to a good start,” said Schardin Clarke. “These receipts show that the industry is already diversifying our economy and our tax base.”

Excise duty returns were filed by 114 retailers, according to the state. A total of 158 taxpayers are registered for cannabis excise tax accounts, but not all of these businesses are operational yet.

Strong canyon winds will affect central New Mexico Wednesday night

Grant’s Wednesday Night Forecast

A canyon wind will bring very strong wind gusts to the Rio Grande Valley Wednesday evening. Isolated storms will be possible from the Rio Grande Valley to eastern New Mexico on Thursday.

Strong to severe storms will continue to be possible in southeastern New Mexico through tonight. Meanwhile, a cold front will push west late tonight through gaps in the central mountain range, bringing wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph to the central Rio Grande Valley, including Albuquerque. These easterly winds will also bring a large increase in surface moisture to the state of Arizona by Thursday morning.

A weak upper-level disturbance will cross New Mexico on Thursday afternoon. This will provide lift over the area of ​​surface moisture and produce showers and thunderstorms. Isolated storms will begin over the Rio Grande Valley and move eastward in the evening. The storms will become more dispersed as they move into eastern New Mexico. A few storms could become strong again on Thursday.

On Friday, westerly winds will begin to return to the western half of New Mexico pushing moisture eastward by Friday afternoon. However, there is still a chance for a few isolated showers and storms in eastern New Mexico on Friday afternoon.

Westerly winds prevail this weekend, however, bringing dry air across the state along with warmer weather. Temperatures will continue to climb next week with persistent dry weather and at times windy conditions.

4th Stimulus Check 2022 – Deadlines for summer bonus payments giving Americans up to $1,200

LUCKY Americans can get extra money in summer payment programs, but some have fast approaching deadlines.

For example, under Ithaca’s Guaranteed Income Program in New York, payments worth $450 are expected to be made to 110 residents for a total of 12 months.

The payments are intended for caregivers, including parents, and payments are expected to start rolling out in June via prepaid debit cards, as reported by The Ithaca Voice.

Meanwhile, eligible Chicago, Illinois residents can apply for $50 and $100 worth of transit and gas card funds each month.

The deadline to apply for these benefits is June 1 for monthly payments.

Finally, any Indiana taxpayer who filed their 2020 taxes by January 3, 2022 is eligible for a payment of at least $125, with eligible married couples receiving up to $250. Paper check refunds are expected to be issued in July or August.

Read our stimulus check live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    The program, known as the Hometown Heroes Housing Program, will launch on June 1.

    The news came from Florida Governor DeSantis on May 23.

    The program will make it easier for essential workers, including police, firefighters and nurses, to buy homes in their communities.

  • First-time buyer credit

    The Biden administration is hoping to bring relief to first-time home buyers, although nothing has happened yet.

    The pending plan is known as the First-Time Homebuyer Act of 2021.

    The bill would give first-time home buyers up to $15,000 in refundable federal tax credits.

  • What Americans Used for Stimulus Checks, Part Two

    The next round of stimulus worth $600 was a little different.

    According to Forbes, most Americans have chosen to save for retirement or to deal with their debts.

    Only 20% planned to use their second round for essential expenses, such as food and housing.

  • What Americans used for stimulus checks

    The pandemic has caused financial pain and uncertainty for millions of American families.

    According to Forbes, Americans used or planned to use 75% of their first stimulus payment to cover household expenses.

    The first stimulus payment was worth $1,200.

  • The deadline has arrived to claim Colorado’s refund

    Colorado taxpayers have the rest of the day to claim their refunds.

    Checks will be sent to those who file their state taxes by May 31.

    The program, endorsed by Governor Jared Polis, is known as Colorado Cashback.

    The governor said 3.1 million residents would be eligible.

    Individuals will receive $400, while couples will receive $800.

  • Study finds Americans struggling financially

    According to CNBC, if an event like the pandemic “were to happen today, many people would still be struggling financially.”

    The Bipartisan Policy Center, the Funding Our Future group, and Morning Consult conducted a new survey, which yielded these results.

    Considering that these government-issued direct transfers have all but disappeared, the survey found that 42% of American workers are very or somewhat financially insecure.

  • Deadline for $500 transit passes is June 1

    Chicago commuters may qualify for $500 transit passes.

    The cards, approved by Mayor Lightfoot, will be distributed on June 3, July 3, August 3 and September 3, 2022.

    To be included in the monthly lottery, residents must submit their information by tomorrow, June 1.

    There are three ways to apply.

    By the end of the summer, more than 100,000 Chicago residents will have benefited from the program.

  • The Chicago Moves program, continued

    To receive a $150 gas card, Chicago residents must demonstrate they need it.

    To qualify, residents must live in Chicago full-time, be 18 or older, and have a household income at or below 140% of the area’s median income.

    The cards will be distributed each month from May to September.

    The lottery will take place the second week of each month.

    To be considered for each month’s lottery, applications must be submitted by the first day of that month.

    The next deadline is tomorrow, June 1st.

  • What is the Chicago Moves program?

    Chicago Moves is a financial assistance program that helps Chicago residents with transportation costs.

    In 2022, Chicago Moves will issue up to 50,000 $150 prepaid gas cards and 100,000 $50 prepaid transit cards.

    Travel cards can be used to purchase travel tickets at Ventra vending machines at CTA stations.

    Gas cards can be applied at any gas station within Chicago city limits.

    The cards will be distributed each month from May to September.

  • Possible tax refund in Virginia

    Later this year, Virginia residents will likely get tax abatements, as local outlet WAVY-10 reports.

    The General Assembly plans to offer a refund to eligible Virginians.

    The exact amount has yet to be announced, but delegate Roxann Robinson said the state has received a lot of funding over the past year.

    “We want to have the biggest tax refund in Virginia history, Governor Glenn Youngkin said.

    “All of these tax cuts are designed to help Virginians who need it most, to lower our cost of living, to allow Virginia to compete with the states around us that are lowering their tax burden while we are sitting here and having lunch.”

  • Newark, NJ providing payments, continued

    Newark Mayor Ras J Baraka said, “At a time when our city still faces the challenges of COVID-19 and its economic impact, the biggest and most important institution we should invest in is family.

    “This will give our residents a much-needed boost and enable them to participate in the economy, regain their economic independence and strength, and move forward towards prosperity.

    “This type of intervention can support our economy and our future.”

  • Newark, NJ providing additional payments

    An expansion of Newark’s Guaranteed Income pilot program means 400 residents will receive payments totaling $12,000 over two years.

    Half of the participants in the program will receive $250 every two weeks.

    Other recipients will pocket two installments of $3,000 each year.

Are unaffiliated voters a way back to better government?

The bill that would have given a primary ballot to opt-out state voters (DTS) was introduced at the start of the 2022 regular session. House Speaker Brian Egolf explained that voters already have that right using same-day registration. So, I’m curious why parties will accept votes from same-day registrants, but not from DTS voters? And why don’t they tap into the 23% of unaffiliated voters who pay taxes in New Mexico and help pay for the primaries they can’t vote for? The answer may explain why electoral reform is so difficult.

I stripped myself of my primary election rights when I changed my affiliation to state denial. In general elections, I have often voted for executive candidates of one party and legislative candidates of the other party. I couldn’t do that at the elementary level, so I did the DTS as a kind of protest; my mother recited this adage about cutting off your nose. As politics turned into partisan power, I was happy to maintain my unaffiliated status. Today, if you say what you are, you will be scolded by half the room, whatever part you claim.

The 24% of voters who are DTS would be a great base for a great party, but how do you build a party out of people who refused to join a party? Yet they should be able to vote in the primaries and we should give them a ballot with candidates from each party. A nonpartisan primary ballot for nonpartisan voters. I become giddy at the prospect. Some candidates would surely moderate their platforms to appeal to the new source of voters; conservatives who find Trumpism appalling and liberals who find “defunding the police” a chant too far. Some of these more moderate candidates would make it to the general election.

If you don’t listen to political parties, you will know that America is truly an in-between landscape. But both parties tolerate extreme views at the same time they denigrate their own members who have even a tinge of moderation, independence or bipartisanship. A party has censured members who have taken principled positions and pledged allegiance to an ex-president who is meddling in elections for revenge. Good excuses to drop your party affiliation.

Bernie Sanders is a major Democratic Party leader and he’s not even a Democrat. So what difference does a voter’s affiliation make? Parties fight for power in government, but they should not be able to manipulate elections to gain that power. They do it in many ways now. If more voters become unaffiliated, the primaries will be decided by fewer voters and that would be a serious risk to democracy. Unaffiliated could lead us back to better government.

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Forest Service Planned Fires Caused Massive New Mexico Wildfire

What is happening

Two fires in New Mexico have merged to become the largest in state history. We now know that both started with controlled burns.

why is it important

More than 300,000 acres have burned and continue to burn, affecting tens of thousands of residents.

On January 29, US Forest Service crews completed a pile burning in the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 17 miles west of the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Somewhere in this pile of scorched debris and woody debris, the embers would continue to burn slowly for the next nine weeks.

Then, on April 9, a fire was rekindled from the stake.

These embers had lain dormant from the depths of winter until they awoke in early April. They would continue to grow into the Calf Canyon Fire, which would later merge with another wildfire related to a prescribed burn. The combined Calf Canyon and Hermit’s Peak fire complex has since grown to more than 314,000 acres to become the wildfire with the largest footprint currently burning in the United States and the largest in the history of New -Mexico.

As of Friday, the Forest Service, part of the federal Department of Agriculture, has now accepted responsibility for the two fires which have merged into the massive inferno continuing to burn a corridor through mountain forests, small villages and more of 40 miles.

“Forest Service fire investigators have determined that the Calf Canyon Fire in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) was caused by January heap burn residue that is lay dormant below the surface for three winter snow events before re-emerging in April,” the agency said in a statement. statement released on Friday.

Planned burns — sometimes called controlled or prescribed burns — have been a key part of forest management in the United States for years. The basic idea is to reduce the amount of fuel in the forest so that when a fire inevitably spreads it is easier to contain and less likely to lead to a devastating crown fire. Crown fires can occur when an abundant fuel load on or near the ground fuels a fire that burns into the canopy, causing widespread destruction of the forest and everything in its path.

“In 99.84% of cases, prescribed fires go as planned”, Forest Service Chief Ronald Moore in a statement on May 20.

Under normal conditions, it might be reasonable to assume that a layer of snow already on the ground in January and subsequent snowstorms would be sufficient to extinguish any existing hot spots in the burnt pile. But this year, climate change and natural weather variations have combined to create unusually dry and warm early season conditions in the southwestern United States. Weeks of unusually strong winds exacerbated the situation. At some point in early May, the National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning — signifying wind, heat and drought creating ideal conditions for a wildfire to ignite and spread — for northern New Mexico. in 25 of the previous 30 days.

The fire forced tens of thousands of New Hometown Mexicans for several weeks, hundreds of houses and other structures have been destroyed, livestock has been lost. Fortunately, there were no human casualties.

A large plume of smoke rising from the mountains on the horizon

Smoke from the fire, as seen from Taos, New Mexico, May 15.

Eric Mack/CNET

Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed the announcement that the Forest Service took responsibility, but did not mince words.

“The pain and suffering of New Mexicans caused by the actions of the U.S. Forest Service — an agency that is supposed to be a steward of our lands — is unfathomable,” she said in a statement Friday. “This is a first step toward full federal accountability.”

After the Calf Canyon Fire reappeared for the first time from that winter burn on April 9, it burned an acre and a half before fire crews could build a containment line around the blaze.

Ten days later, the fire came to life again with the help of high winds and extreme fire conditions. It escaped containment lines on April 19, then increased significantly when gusty winds fueled the fire on April 22.

During the first week of May, the Calf Canyon Fire grew to merge with the Hermit’s Peak Fire, which itself was caused by a prescribed burn also put in place by the US Forest Service.

On April 6, the agency began burning several miles north of where the Calf Canyon pile burn was still secretly smoldering.

“Although forecast weather conditions were within prescribed fire parameters, unexpectedly erratic winds in the late afternoon caused several localized fires that spread outside the project boundaries,” said the Forest Service Summary of the Incident. “It was declared a forest fire at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2022.”

Lujan Grisham started calling for a temporary halt to prescribed burns in the state after the fires coalesced, and the Forest Service eventually agreed.

“I am entering a pause in prescribed burn operations on National Forest System lands while we conduct a 90-day review of protocols, decision support tools and practices,” said Moore, the Head of Forest Service.

On Friday, Lujan Grisham urged the federal government to re-evaluate its fire management practices to account for climate change that contributed to a historic mega-drought in the Southwest.

“New Mexico and the West must take every precaution to prevent fires of this magnitude from occurring, especially as rainfall continues to decline and temperatures rise.”

The combined blaze is now 48 per cent under control, with more than 3,000 firefighters working to increase that figure while preparing for a forecast that portends more heat, wind and critical fire weather.

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New Mexico joins 15 other states in adopting clean car rules

New Mexico joins the club of 15 states that have adopted Clean Car rules. These rules are based on California’s emissions and fuel economy standards – the State Environmental Improvement Board. Meanwhile, the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board all voted to adopt cleanliness standards. Following “a robust stakeholder engagement process over the past year”.

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Clean car standards relate to Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards. Here, the ZEV concerns car manufacturers that sell a large number of plug-in vehicles. And the LEV aims to reduce emissions of pollutants and other greenhouse gases. These rules will be effective from 2026 for on-road models.

The brand new Mexico Clean Cars Clean Air coalition includes more than 35 nonprofits, local agencies, businesses and unions. These were taken care of in the rulemaking process. Dr. Virginia Necochea of ​​the New Mexico Environmental Law Center said, “We applaud the administrations of Governor Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller for taking this important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from at least 26% by 2025, in line with the Paris Agreement. “,


Additionally, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Ken Hughes said, “Over 900 New Mexicans have submitted comments in support of these standards. The American Lung Association found that electrification would save New Mexicans $3 billion and save 273 lives.

Additionally, Aaron Kressig of Western Resource Advocates said, “We look forward to working with the state to build on this momentum and advance the Advanced Clean Trucks and Advanced Clean Cars II standards. Transportation is the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, harming New Mexico’s air and environment. Transport-related pollutants are linked to many adverse health effects, including decreased lung function, inflammation of the airways, worsening of asthma, increased risk of cancer, damage to the immune system and neurological, reproductive, developmental and other health issues.

“Clean cars make sense for New Mexico, says Tammy Fiebelkorn of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. “Clean cars will save us money, save gas, protect our health and preserve our climate. The more we prioritize clean transportation, the greater the benefits. We look forward to working with the Lujan Grisham administration on further cleaning policies for our cars and trucks.

In early 2019, Governor Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico would join the US Climate Alliance. It is a bipartisan coalition of 23 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce by at least 26% below 2005 levels by 2025 – a target consistent with the Paris Agreement.

Bonus $2,000 stimulus check offered in direct payments from $2.2 billion pot

MILLIONS of Pennsylvania residents could get closer to $2,000 direct payments thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf.

In February, Pennsylvania’s governor proposed a $1.7 billion plan to help the state recover from the pandemic through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).


Governor Tom Wolf has offered direct stimulus payments of up to $2,000

Part of his proposal includes direct payments of up to $2,000 to eligible Pennsylvania residents.

The funds would come from the state’s $2.2 billion surplus from unspent coronavirus relief funds.

Mr. Wolf said the plan would use $500 million of that excess for the one-time payment.

“While Pennsylvanians are still battered and trying to recover from the pandemic, we cannot sit on billions of dollars in federal aid that could cure Pennsylvania,” Wolf said in a statement.

Four key payment deadlines next week, from $800 in tax rebates to $150 in gas cards
Direct payments up to $800 available

“It is wrong to withhold this money to help people. It is high time to act, he added.

Lawmakers must act quickly because if the funds are not used by December 31, 2024, they will be returned to the federal government.

Although the bill did not pass, Governor Wolf won the support of Rep. Patty Kim in Harrisburg, acknowledging that with inflation raging, Americans might need more help.

The governor said increased household incomes will help workers and families still battling the pandemic.

If the bill passes, households earning $80,000 or less would be eligible for checks.

Pennsylvanians could spend the stimulus checks on whatever is needed.

Additionally, Governor Wolf proposed that $225 million be allocated to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

While an additional $325 million would be added to the state’s healthcare system, with an additional $450 million given to conservation and preservation efforts.

State gives summer stimulus

Eight states have passed some kind of stimulus or tax refund offering financial relief to millions of struggling households.

Residents of New Mexico have started receiving tax refunds.

Single filers receive $250, while married couples filing jointly and single filers receive $500.

More than 550,000 New Mexicans will receive checks, according to the governor’s office.

Taxpayers who include direct deposit information on their tax returns will receive the funds almost immediately.

Another 200,000 paper checks will be sent in the days and weeks to come.

Taxpayers have until May 31, 2023 to still file and receive a refund.

Massachusetts will give thousands of workers $500 bonus checks in the coming weeks under Massachusetts’ Essential Employee Premium Pay program.

The program will be distributed in several batches with the first round distributed in March.

Eligibility for the second round of checks is determined by your 2021 earnings, regardless of your industry.

Your employment income must be at least $13,500 and have filed a tax return.

This is equivalent to working 20 hours a week for 50 weeks at the state’s 2021 minimum wage of $13.50.

Income must be 300% below the federal poverty level.

Payments are expected to be issued in June.

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Areas with fastest growing home prices in Metro Farmington

(STACKER) – It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of uncertainty across a myriad of industries, and no other market has felt its impact quite like real estate.

The pandemic has become a driving force behind the continued housing boom, with strong demand for vacation homes and a limited supply of homes prompting buyers and investors to drive up prices for affordable properties, sending prices skyrocketing houses. The ability to work remotely played a role in driving demand for vacation homes in mid-2020 as affluent Americans chose to ride out the pandemic with more amenities and space outside of dense urban areas.

Stacker compiled a list of towns with the fastest growing home prices in Farmington using data from Zillow. Cities are ranked by 1-year price change in April 2022. The charts in this story were created automatically using Matplotlib. The typical value of a home in the United States has increased over the past year by +20.9% to $334,141.

#9. Blanco, New Mexico

– Price variation over 1 year: +$2,485 (+1.6%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$38,537 (+32.1%)
– Typical home value: $158,679 (9th most expensive metro city)

#8. Bloomfield, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$26,244 (+17.4%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$66,335 (+59.8%)
– Typical home value: $177,324 (7th most expensive metro city)

#seven. Water flow, NM

– Price variation over 1 year: +$28,494 (+16.6%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$68,308 (+51.7%)
– Typical home value: $200,513 (6th most expensive metro city)

#6. Kirtland, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$31,565 (+21.9%)
– Price variation over 5 years: +$72,519 (+70.1%)
– Typical home value: $175,969 (8th most expensive metro city)

#5. Farmington, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$34,386 (+20.0%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$68,481 (+49.7%)
– Typical home value: $206,248 (fourth most expensive metro city)

#4. Fruitland, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$40,044 (+23.9%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$79,154 (+61.8%)
– Typical home value: $207,270 (3rd most expensive metro city)

#3. Aztec, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$41,284 (+25.4%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$72,508 (+55.3%)
– Typical home value: $203,559 (5th most expensive metro city)

#2. Flora Vista, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$44,222 (+25.0%)
– Price variation over 5 years: +$94,825 (+75.3%)
– Typical home value: $220,778 (2nd most expensive metro city)

#1. La Plata, New Mexico

– Price change over 1 year: +$56,401 (+30.8%)
– Price change over 5 years: +$99,759 (+71.3%)
– Typical home value: $239,653 (#1 in most expensive metro city)

Housekeepers struggle as US hotels drop daily room cleaning | Business

HONOLULU — After guests left a corner room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort on Waikiki Beach, housekeeper Luz Espejo picked up enough trash, some strewn under beds, to fill seven large trash bags.

She removed the sheets from the beds, wiped the dust that had accumulated on the furniture and cleaned the layers of dirt on the toilet and the bathtub. She even got down on all fours to pick up confetti on the carpet that a powerful vacuum couldn’t swallow.

Like many other hotels across the United States, the Hilton Hawaiian Village has done away with daily housekeeping, making what was already one of the toughest jobs in the hospitality industry even more exhausting.

Industry insiders say the move away from daily cleaning, which has gained traction during the pandemic, is driven by customer preferences. But others say it has more to do with profit and has allowed hotels to cut the number of housekeepers at a time when many of the mostly immigrant women who do these jobs are still reeling from the shock of the job loss during coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.

Many cleaners still employed say their hours have been reduced and they are being asked to do a lot more work during this time.

“It’s a big change for us,” said Espejo, a 60-year-old from the Philippines who cleaned rooms at the world’s largest Hilton for 18 years, minus about a year when she was laid off during the pandemic. . “We are so busy at work now. We can’t finish cleaning our rooms.

Before the pandemic, 670 housekeepers worked in the Espejo resort. More than two years later, 150 of them have not been rehired or are on standby, spending every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. waiting for a phone call telling them there is work for them. .

“This is about more money in the pockets of landlords by putting a bigger workload on frontline workers and eliminating jobs,” said D. Taylor, president of Unite Here, a union representing workers. hotel workers.

While some hotels began experimenting with less frequent cleaning in the name of sustainability, this became much more prevalent at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when to promote social distancing and other safety protocols, many hotels switched to offering room cleaning only if requested by a guest, and sometimes only after staying a certain number of days.

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, a trade group whose members include hotel brands, owners and management companies, said it was guest requests that guided the decisions about housekeeper services in the event of a pandemic.

“A lot of guests, to this day, don’t want people entering their room during their stay,” he said. “Forcing something on a guest they don’t want is the antithesis of what it means to work in the hospitality industry.”

The pandemic has changed the norm for most hotel guests who want daily cleaning, he said, adding it’s not yet clear whether this will result in a permanent change.

Housekeeping policies vary by hotel type, Rogers said, with luxury hotels tending to provide daily housekeeping unless guests opt out.

Ben McLeod, of Bend, Oregon, and his family skipped housekeeping during a four-night stay at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii in March.

“My wife and I never really understood why there would be daily housekeeping…when there isn’t at home and it’s wasteful,” he said.

He said he expects his children to tidy up after them.

“I’m type A, so I get out of bed and make my bed, so I don’t need someone else to make my bed,” he said.

Unionized hotel workers are trying to spread the message that denying daily room cleaning hurts housekeepers and threatens jobs.

Martha Bonilla, who spent 10 years working at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey, said she wants guests to request daily cleaning, noting it makes her job less difficult. Even though New Jersey hotels are required by law to offer daily housekeeping, some guests still refuse to do so.

“When I come home from work now, the only thing I want to do is go to bed,” said Bonilla, from the Dominican Republic and single mother of a 6-year-old daughter. “I am physically exhausted”

It’s not just partying guests like those who threw confetti in Hawaii that leave behind filthy rooms, housekeepers say. Even with typical use, rooms that have not been cleaned for days become much more difficult to restore to the sparkling, immaculate rooms that guests expect upon check-in.

Elvia Angulo, a housekeeper at the Oakland Marriott City Center for 17 years, is her family’s primary breadwinner.

During the first year of the pandemic, she worked one or two days a month. She regained her 40 hours a week, but with the rooms no longer cleaned daily, the number of people working per shift was cut in half, from 25 to 12.

“Thank god I have seniority here so I have my five days again and my salary is the same,” said Angulo, 54, from Mexico. “But the work is really more difficult now. If you don’t clean a room for five days, you have five days of bathroom scum. It’s scum on scum.

Many domestic helpers still do not get enough hours to qualify for benefits.

Sonia Guevara, who worked at a Seattle Hilton for seven years, really enjoyed the perks of her job. But since she returned to work after being laid off for 18 months, she is not entitled to health insurance.

“At first I thought I would find a new job, but I feel like waiting,” she said. “I want to see if my hours change at the hotel.”

She said there are few other job options with hours conducive to having two kids in school.

Now politicians are addressing the issue, including Hawaii State Rep. Sonny Ganaden, who represents Kalihi, a Honolulu neighborhood where many hotel employees live.

“Almost every time I talk to people on their doorstep, I meet someone who works in a hotel and then we talk about how overworked they are and what’s going on and the working conditions,” he said. -he declares. “You have a lot of first- and second-generation immigrants who are sort of left dry by these non-daily room cleaning requirements.”

Ganaden is among lawmakers who introduced a resolution asking Hawaii hotels to “immediately rehire or recall employees who have been terminated or furloughed” due to the pandemic.

If that’s not enough, Ganaden said he would be open to stronger action as other places have done.

The Washington, D.C. City Council passed emergency legislation in April requiring hotels in the district to service rooms daily unless guests opt out.

Amal Hligue, an immigrant from Morocco, hopes the rules mean more hours at the Washington Hilton where she has worked for 22 years. She needs it so that her husband can benefit from health insurance.

“I hope he has this month because I worked last month,” she said.

At 57, she does not want to find a new job. “I’m not young, you know,” she said. “I have to stay.”

Snow reported in Phoenix.

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Governor Lujan Grisham announces a major

Los Lunas, New Mexico, May 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that a capital investment group has pledged to create more than 950 jobs and invest more than $2 billion dollars in the construction of an aluminum can foil rolling mill and recycling center in Valencia County, New Mexico.

The group has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 1,300-acre parcel in Los Lunas, with construction expected to begin in late 2023 and manufacturing in 2026. The facility would be powered by 100% renewable energy from PNM and would have the capacity to manufacture up to 1.3 billion pounds of aluminum per year, with plans to ensure 85% recycled content once the plant is fully operational.

“The partnerships we’ve built to create and grow a renewable energy economy in New Mexico are attractive to businesses looking for friendly places to grow,” Governor Lujan Grisham said. “Aluminum produced with a low carbon footprint is in demand as customers continue to push for sustainability, and this innovative new project in Valencia County positions New Mexico to benefit from this industry.”

Louisville-based Manna Capital Partners, a private investment firm whose founding partners are Ulysses L. “Junior” Bridgeman and Kevin R. Attkisson, will lead the project and build and operate the plant. Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of infinitely recyclable beverage packaging, will enter into a long-term supply agreement and also intends to take a minority stake.

Manna chose New Mexico in part because of its competitive business climate, proximity to a transportation network that includes rail service, the growth of can manufacturing facilities in the southwestern United States, and Governor Lujan Grisham’s commitment to sustainable energy. The governor specifically targeted sustainable manufacturing for additional public investment to diversify New Mexico’s economy and create better-paying jobs.

The state of New Mexico is pledging $5 million from its Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job creation fund to support the project with assistance paid when the manufacturer meets economic development criteria, to be determined in a project participation agreement.

The jobs will bring in an average of $68,000 per year and the project is expected to have an economic impact of $3.4 billion over 10 years.

“This state investment will not only bring new, better-paying jobs to New Mexicans, but it will expand our manufacturing footprint with sustainable and responsible products that will see growing demand, said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. The ministry and our partners worked together for months to bring this project here. We competed against 10 other sites and now these jobs are coming to New Mexico. True collaborative efforts like this translate into great successes for our state.”

The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) received the company’s initial application and subsequently played a critical role in the site selection process and provided key assistance to investors.

“Since last August, when AREA was contacted by Manna Capital Partners and introduced to its project, AREA’s Director of Business Development, Grant Taylor, has worked as a focal point to collect data, connect with partners and return every stone that helped the company make its decision to locate in the region,” said Danielle Casey, President and CEO of AREA. “The Manna team has demonstrated that they will be a tremendous corporate citizen in the state and an employer of choice in the region. From Governor Lujan Grisham to Mayor Griego to many economic development partners, we are grateful for everyone’s investment and continued stewardship to ensure the success of this project.

Global demand for aluminum cans is expected to experience strong growth over the next decade. From wine to hard seltzer water and flavored water to energy drinks, canned beverages are growing and are preferred by consumers. The facility plans to be one of the greenest, most efficient, and highest quality aluminum sheet suppliers in the United States.

“There is a growing demand for recycled aluminum packaging from beverage manufacturers driven by a desire for sustainability. New Mexico has given us the opportunity to respond with what we anticipate will be the newest state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in North America. This project will have a positive impact on people’s lives and is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Junior Bridgeman, Managing Partner of Manna Capital Partners.

The Village of Los Lunas also assists the manufacturer in issuing industrial tax bonds and will act as tax agent. The project can also qualify for a refund of a percentage of the GRT it spends on construction, under a 2021 law signed by Governor Lujan Grisham that allows only part of the revenue tax construction-related gross be reimbursed to companies for large, large job-creating projects.

“Manna Capital Partners’ planned investment in the Village of Los Lunas is a tremendous win for our community as we continue to work every day to retain and attract businesses and employees. It sends a strong message that our community is growing, thriving and an attractive place for businesses to locate and succeed,” said Los Lunas Mayor Charles Griego. “This is a great day for the Village of Los Lunas, Valencia County, Metro du Greater Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico. The jobs and investments will reverberate for years and generations to come. The Department of Economic Development and AREA played an important role in the smoothness of the overall process and deserve special thanks for their continued support.

The aid is pending formal review and approvals from the governing bodies of Valencia County and the Village of Los Lunas.

The New Mexico Public Service Company works closely with Manna throughout the process to ensure renewable energy goals are met. The manufacturing process will require more than 500,000 megawatts of electricity per year.

“PNM is proud of the work we’ve done to bring our electricity generation ever closer to 100% carbon-free generation. Working with the Governor and his administration, New Mexico’s clean energy transition efforts are noticed by companies that value environmentally sustainable energy. Our combined efforts provide economic opportunities and new jobs for new Mexicans,” said PNM CEO and Chairman of the Board, Pat Vincent-Collawn. .

About Manna Capital Partners: Manna Capital Partners is a private investment firm founded by Junior Bridgeman and Kevin Attkisson. The company and its subsidiaries focus on investment and acquisition opportunities across multiple sectors in the United States and internationally, including sustainability investments and impact-oriented opportunities for businesses and minority and women’s communities. For more information, contact Manna Capital Partners at [email protected] or 502.805.1329.

The mission of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development (EDD) is to improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunity and providing a place where businesses can thrive.

EDD’s programs contribute directly to this mission by providing funds to train our workforce, providing infrastructure that supports business growth, and helping every community create a thriving economy. Since January 1, 2019, EDD has supported more than 13,000 new jobs and trained 8,323 New Mexicans for better pay. EDD has used LEDA to invest in 53 companies, supporting over 7,500 new jobs at an average salary of $70,000, $531 million in annual payroll, $5.2 billion in new capital investments and economic impact over ten years of more than 30 billion dollars. Thirty-nine communities in 22 counties have benefited from EDD programs.


Updates on the current financial situation as federal stimulus checks dry up: States declare several measures as inflation peaks

While most of the COVID-19 relief stimulus checks provided by the federal government to individuals have been disbursed through 2020 and 2021. But they will continue to affect our finances in 2022.

The Economic Impact Payment, or Third Stimulus Check, under the US Bailout Act of 2021 provided multiple support to US citizens as the pandemic continued to rage for the second year.

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Along with the third stimulus check were the changes to unemployment insurance, the suspension of federal student loans, and the enhanced child tax credit that went from $2,000 a year to between $3,000 and $3,600 maximum depending on the age of the child, were all part of the relief measures announced by the federal government last year. Other than the loan break, none of the other measures are in effect in 2022.

Cryptocurrency market crash contributed to crisis

More than a decade ago, the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, burst onto the horizon, and despite this month’s crash, $1,000 invested was still worth more than $350 million at the time. currently, compared to $625 million. The crash came at a particularly difficult time as the US economy continued to rattle high inflation.

While the direct crash was attributed to the crash of the stablecoin Terra, as it lost its peg to the USD. But the ultimate causes were more complex and numerous. This included rising interest rates and inflation that destabilized financial markets overall and as tech stocks became more volatile.

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are down to half of what they were in fall 2021.

With the federal government shifting spending from stimulus checks to infrastructure, most states have picked up the slack and come up with their own stimulus proposals in 2022.

Most states have yet to embark on their legislative measures and are only focusing on the proposal states. Given the deep chasm that currently exists between Democrats and Republicans, getting any piece of legislation through is sure to be a Herculean task.

But some states have already gone ahead and signed the bill allowing stimulus checks to their residents. Each state has developed packages that vary in amount and who will be covered.

Many states have already passed laws to give residents stimulus checks

California was the first to start with stimulus checks. He gave two stimulus checks, Golden State Stimulus I and II for a total expenditure of more than $9 billion. This was revealed by a press announcement from Governor Gavin Newsom.

The governor’s office also revealed that the administration would send $400 to each vehicle owner with an $800 limit to offset rising gas prices.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has just approved and signed into law a stimulus check for state residents as a tax refund. While individual taxpayers would receive a one-time stimulus check worth $250, married couples filing jointly would receive double that amount, while heads of households would receive $375.

Governor David Ige of Hawaii originally offered a $100 check refund to all taxpayers and their dependents. But months later, the Hawaiian legislature passed a bill that grants a $300 stimulus check to taxpayers earning less than $100,000 while those earning above would receive $100.

This bill will only need the support of the Governor, who has expressed support for the bill in the past.

Idaho residents will receive a tax refund and direct deposits, which is expected to be the larger of 12% of tax returns for 2020 or $75.

Illinois ruling Democratic members have proposed a statewide stimulus check that is expected to be received by September. This stimulus payment is expected to be $100 for individuals while each dependent would receive $50. Each household is also eligible for a stimulus payment of $300 in property tax.

The proposal will also cover the issue of freezing further tax increases and to that end, taxes on gas and groceries could be frozen for 6 months while school supplies could see a tax freeze for a brief period of 10 days in August.

Maine Governor Janet Mills has planned to send a one-time $850 stimulus check to residents earning less than $100,000. This was revealed in a press release from the governor’s office, which further stated that this money was being paid from the state’s $682 million surplus budget.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has suggested a $500 stimulus check for low-income people. Residents must have filed their recent tax return using a tax ID number and not their social security number. This is part of an effort by the New Jersey administration to accommodate undocumented immigrants.

More than 100,000 New Jersey residents will be eligible for state aid, figures released by the state Treasury Department showed.

Single filers in the state of New Mexico will receive a stimulus check worth $250 if their annual incomes fall below $75,000. For joint filers, the corresponding figure is $150,000 and they will receive a stimulus payment of $500.

The state will also provide other relief, including a $1,000 credit for full-time hospital nurses and a $175 refundable child tax credit.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has offered a property tax rebate of between $425 and $970 for low- and middle-income households in the state. This was revealed in a recent press release about tax breaks for New York residents.

The state has also bolstered its plans to provide tax breaks to business owners and will also reduce gasoline taxes.

The Virginia Legislature has proposed a one-time payment of $300 to all Virginia taxpayers.

The Legislature is also working on two separate bills that seek to suspend the state’s gasoline tax for one year and suspend or eliminate the state’s grocery tax altogether.

Many economists have argued that putting money directly into people’s pockets played a big role in the sudden rise in the inflation rate. With more than $20 billion in additional funds flowing through the economy, inflation was 7.5% higher in January 2022 than a year ago.

While the stimulus check and stimulus bills were necessary for a state to prevent an economic downfall, the flow of more money into people’s hands to spend on the same services and goods has caused prices to rise. to stop the request.

People on the move 5.25.22| Housing Finance Magazine

People on the move 5.25.22|  Housing Finance Magazine

Jimmy Silverwood becomes president of Affirmed Housing

Affirmed Housing announced that Jimmy Silverwood will become chairman of the leading affordable housing corporation on June 1.

Jimmy Silverwood

Rising from the position of Executive Vice-President, he succeeds James Silverwood, who retains his role as CEO. The transition supports the company’s continued growth plans and its commitment to providing housing and care to vulnerable populations in California.

As President, Jimmy Silverwood will draw on more than a decade of real estate and construction expertise to implement the company’s strategic vision and ensure smooth day-to-day operations. His efforts will focus on the impact, growth and culture of Affirmed Housing, and he will oversee all aspects of the business, including development and acquisition, asset management, finance and construction. Since joining the leadership team, Affirmed Housing has seen a 60% increase in overall home production in California, as well as a 150% increase in total financing secured for projects.

Since 1992, Affirmed Housing has funded more than $2.5 billion in affordable and supportive housing development, with 5,500 units developed or under development in 70 communities. The company has offices in San Diego and San Jose.

Rocky Mountain Communities Appoints Vice President of Resident Services

Juanita Rodriguez was named vice president of resident services for Rocky Mountain Communities, a Colorado-based nonprofit that owns and manages affordable housing across the state.

Juanita Rodriguez
Juanita Rodriguez

Rodriguez is responsible for establishing a vision for resident services that includes building community partnerships aligned with creating resilient, equitable, and vibrant places where people feel encouraged and excited to participate in the life of their community.

She brings over 20 years of experience in government, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Rodriguez worked at Rocky Mountain SER (Service Employment & Redevelopment) as a project manager, development manager, and corporate risk manager. She has also worked at TGS Management, ADP and for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

WNC Forms Preservation Equity Fund Advisors

WNC, a leading affordable housing development and investment company, has launched a new affiliate, Preservation Equity Fund Advisors (PEF Advisors), a registered investment advisory firm committed to acquiring and preserving existing affordable housing in high-cost markets. Anne Caruana was named President and Chief Investment Officer of PEF Advisors.

Anne Caruana
Anne Caruana

She has over 19 years of direct experience in the multifamily investment industry, including nearly eight years specializing in the underwriting and acquisition of affordable rental housing.

Caruana will lead PEF Advisors after serving more than three years as senior vice president of preservation equity funds at WNC, where she oversaw the acquisition and asset management teams. Previously, she worked for a private real estate investment firm, where she specialized in acquiring affordable rental apartments that generate economic returns, most recently as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. Caruana also spent nine years at a publicly traded, multi-family REIT, where she held various research and investment roles, including senior director of market research, senior investment analyst and investment manager.

Lamont has a new role at TNDC

Katie Lamont was named COO of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC) in San Francisco.

She comes into the role after 10 years as director and then senior director of housing development at the nonprofit. Prior to joining TNDC, Lamont worked at Eden Housing and the Los Angeles Community Design Center, now Abode Communities.

More than 6,100 people are housed in TNDC’s 44 buildings across the city.

PNC appoints community development officer

Yolanda “Yoly” Davila was named director of PNC Bank’s Southwest Territory for Community Development Banking, encompassing the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Yolande Davila
Yolande Davila

Davila, who has eight years of experience with PNC and BBVA USA, most recently served as Senior Vice President and Community Development Market Manager for Texas, where she led a team responsible for managing Community performance. Reinvestment Act (CRA), volunteerism, community giving, and community lending and investment efforts throughout the state. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the regional implementation of PNC’s recently announced $88 billion community benefits plan.

She succeeds Reymundo “Rey” Ocanaswho became the bank’s Director of Community Development Banking.

Avanath Expands Leadership Team and Appoints Youngest Partner

Wesley WilsonChief Financial Officer, was promoted to Avanath Capital Management, making him the youngest partner in the firm’s history.

Wesley Wilson
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Wesley Wilson

Based in the company’s office in Irvine, Calif., Wilson is responsible for managing the company’s new open-end fund with more than $536 million in equity commitments, serving as the company’s sole investment vehicle. company in the future. Along with his duties as a partner, Wilson will continue to oversee accounting, asset management, finance and investor relations as the firm’s chief financial officer.

Patricia Gaudin was also promoted from Senior Vice President of Human Resources to Executive Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for creating Avanath’s strategic roadmap for all human capital initiatives.

Additionally, Avanath has promoted Scott Gordy from director of applications to vice president of applications. Chery Smith was promoted from Director of Taxes to Vice President of Taxes. Jesse Grasser was elevated from Vice President of Accounting to Senior Vice President of Accounting.

Risha Williams was hired to serve as Senior Vice President of Property Management East, leading property operations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Mid-West regions. Williams brings 23 years of experience working in property management and government grant programs.

M&T Realty Capital appoints SVP

Michel Jean-Pierre was named senior vice president of M&T Realty Capital Corp. Based in the New York office, he joins the Capital Markets team and will be responsible for MBS investor relations, loan pricing, trading and key capital markets initiatives to support originations across the Platform.

Jean-Pierre has more than 10 years of experience in multifamily financing. He joins M&T RCC from Capital One, where he spent the past five years as a senior executive within the agency’s capital markets team focused on pricing and trading multi-family securities. Previously, he was a Freddie Mac Multifamily Producer in the Northeast Regional Office, overseeing originations and the underwriting process for multiple lender relationships, generating $2 billion in annual volume.

Cassin & Cassin announces promotions

Cassia Schaeffer
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Cassia Schaeffer

Cassin & Cassin, a law firm specializing in real estate, real estate financing and private clients, has appointed Cassia Schaeffer and William McConnell partners, and Christopher Cosolito was promoted to lawyer.

William McConnell
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William McConnell

As a member of the company’s agency lending and affordable housing practices, Schaeffer will continue to represent institutional lenders in financing multifamily properties through the Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) program and the Freddie program. Mac Seller-Servicer, including working on a variety of affordable housing transactions, manufactured housing transactions, and multi-state portfolios with various lenders in the government-sponsored business lending space. In addition, she represents and advises clients in connection with bridging loans and assignments of mortgages.

Christopher Cosolito
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Christopher Cosolito

McConnell will continue to represent institutional lenders in entering into commercial real estate loans for securitization or other secondary market sales. As a key advisor in the area of ​​commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and bridge lending practices, he advises clients, including lenders, managers and borrowers, with respect to loan facilities secured commercial property, mortgage-backed securities and commercial real estate. home loan. Additionally, he has represented and advised clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including mortgage origination, financing, leasing, partnerships, loan modifications, restructurings and foreclosures.

Cosolito, a member of the firm’s CMBS and bridge lending practices, will continue to represent institutional lenders in entering into commercial real estate loans for securitization or other secondary market sales.

Manatt expands tax credit capabilities

Samir Patel joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a multi-disciplinary integrated law and professional services firm in Chicago.

Samir Patel
Samir Patel

Patel’s practice is focused on tax credit syndication in new markets. Her job is to guide clients through Opportunity Zone investments as well as low income housing and historic rehabilitation tax credit issues.

Prior to joining Manatt, Sameer was a partner at an international law firm, where he focused his practice on tax incentive financing.

Kitchen & Associates appoints chief executive

Matthew Bartner was appointed Managing Director of Kitchen & Associates (K&A), a leading multidisciplinary design firm. Bartner, who previously served as principal and chief operating officer, takes over Stephen L. Schochwho will remain director of the company.

Matthew Bartner
Matthew Bartner

As Managing Director, Bartner, AIA, is responsible for maintaining the company’s position as a leader in integrated design services in key markets and verticals. He and the management team will be particularly focused on growth in the affordable and student housing sectors, where K&A has a significant presence, as well as increasing the company’s presence in other key markets.

DCHFA Appoints Vice President, Controller

Rosemarie Warren joined the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) ​​as vice president of accounting and controller. In this role, she is responsible for all accounting operations and establishing and maintaining controls over disbursements and receipts.

Warren has over 10 years of experience as a bank controller. Previously, she served as Vice President and Comptroller of Congressional Bank and Colombo Bank, and was a former partner at Goodman & Co.

Utah State’s football game at Boise State will be nationally televised on CBS on Black Friday

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LOGAN, Utah- For the second consecutive season, Utah State’s football game against Boise State will be nationally televised on CBS as Mountain West announced part of its national television schedule on Wednesday.

The Utah State MW and Boise State regular season finale will be televised on CBS Friday, November 25 at 10 a.m. The game will mark the second straight season the two teams have faced off on CBS mid-morning.

Defending MW champion Utah State opens the season with three straight non-conference games as it hosts Connecticut on Saturday, August 27, plays 2021 national runner-up Alabama on Saturday, September 3, and hosts Weber State the Saturday. , September 10.

After using its first bye of the season, Utah State begins conference play at home as it hosts UNLV on Saturday, September 24. Following its championship opener, USU will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a road game at BYU on Thursday, September 29.

Utah State then returns to MW play as it hosts the Air Force on Saturday, October 8, in its only home game of the month. Back-to-back road games are in store for USU the next two weekends as it plays at Colorado State and Wyoming on Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, October 22. USU will then have its second bye of the season to wrap up the month.

As the calendar turns to November, Utah State will host New Mexico on Saturday, November 5 and play Hawai’i on Saturday, November 12. USU next hosts San Jose State in its home final on Saturday, November 19. , before wrapping up the regular season at Boise State on Friday, November 25.

The Mountain West Championship match is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 at the home ground of the top-ranked club of the two division champions.

The 2022 Mountain West Football Membership includes the Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and State of Fresno, Hawai’i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the Western Division. .

For more information on Aggie football tickets, fans can contact USU Athletics Ticket office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular business hours. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at USU Ticket office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

Fans can follow the Aggie Football Program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram at instagram.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.

New Mexico United adapt to change of venue and plan new stadium

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — On Tuesday night, New Mexico United will play their first-ever league game at UNM Football Stadium. Playing in the much smaller UNM stadium will be a different experience for fans, where some might find themselves standing.

New Mexico United was supposed to play this game on Saturday night. It was postponed because the opposing team – Phoenix Rising – had COVID-19 issues. With the isotopes back in town, the United States had to move across the street.

“The first thing that happens is we all feel a real sense of disappointment. There were 13,000 people coming on Saturday and it would be one of the busiest games in the league this year, the one of the fiercest rivalries,” said Peter Trevisani, owner of New Mexico United.

He says they expect around 5,500 fans to come to Tuesday night’s game. They even sell standing room only tickets to accommodate more people.

Even though they’ve played open cup and preseason games at UNM in the past, this is the first time they’ve had to move a regular season game to this venue and Trevisani says it’s asking a lot. of logistics. “Obviously, financially, it’s a disaster. But it is okay. We have a 100 year plan. We know there are going to be failures. We had 2020 – we played every game in a row. We didn’t sell a single ticket,” says Trevisani.

He says the venue change is a great example of the team needing to have their own home. “In November there was a vote that didn’t say no to a stadium, it just said no to this city-run stadium funding mechanism. We heard what people said, we’ve been working really hard on it – I think in a month or two we’re going to make some interesting announcements,” Trevisani said. “I think what we’re seeing, and tonight is a great example of that, is the growth of our city. We need more facilities. That’s a good thing. And we’re going to run it privately and I won’t stop until we do. So that’s a life mission at this point.

They are offering disappointed fans exchange and credit options for Saturday’s rescheduled game. The team says UNM was instrumental in getting this football stadium ready and staffed within 72 hours, and they feel lucky to have been able to make it work.

Trevisani says they will be offering the usual publicity merchandise, but warned queues could be long due to stadium resources. “Let’s understand that the UNM put this in place on short notice. They will do everything they can. But dealership lines can be very long. You can’t get the perfect seat. So, if you want to have a seat, come early. And be patient, understand that this is the best we can do on short notice,” says Trevisani.

New Mexico County relaxes oil and gas drilling rules despite new evidence of health hazards

A mapping project published today by non-profit environmental groups EarthWorks and FracTracker shows that more than 12.3 million people live within half a mile of an oil and gas facility in the United States, including 144,377 in New Mexico. And earlier this month, a mostly rural county just south of Albuquerque passed an ordinance that could increase that number even further.

In early May, the Valencia County Board of Commissioners passed a zoning “overlay” that would allow anyone in the county to apply to mine natural resources on property not located along the Rio Grande Greenbelt (which divides the county in half) and not in an incorporated area. They would also not lose the zoning classification of the property’s original county. Proposals would still have to meet county and state guidelines for resource development, but the layering would significantly reduce the administrative steps and public hearings required by the county for zoning changes.

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The change could help landowners tap into all kinds of resources, says County Commissioner Joseph Bizzell, who sponsored the bill. “It could be gravel, it could be hydrogen,” he says. He also has his own business idea: “I’m trying to get brackish water. Bizzell says water deposits in the western county could be mined, desalinated and sold for both clean water and the resulting salt. Currently, that would require an industrial rezoning, he says, and if the brine runs out, he would have to reapply to have the land for agricultural or residential use.

But layering has uses beyond rocks or salt water.

Harvey Yates Jr. of Albuquerque, a county to the north, told the commission, “I think there’s a good chance we could develop a new industry that would mean a better economy for Valencia County.

And maybe a better economy for Yates, too.

The former leader of the state’s Republican Party runs Jalapeño Corporation, an Albuquerque-based oil and gas drilling and exploration company. He is also part of New Mexico’s best-known and wealthiest oil family. It was a Yates who drilled the first successful oil well in New Mexico in 1907. And in 2016 the family sold Yates Petroleum to EOG Resources for $2.5 billion. While the family’s businesses no longer primarily revolve around owning oil and gas wells, research at the New Mexico Division of Petroleum Conservation shows that other companies still own nearly 320 wells with “Yates” in the name.

Valencia County Attorney David Pato said the zoning overlay allows landowners to quickly revert to previous uses “whether or not there are natural resources in the area.”

Bizzell, who sponsored the zoning overlay, invited Yates to the commission meeting that evening, and Yates was blunt when asked during the meeting if there were any fossil fuel deposits in the county of Valencia.

“Are there resources in Valencia County?” I think so, he said. The US Geological Survey also thinks it’s possible. A 1995 study notes that the Albuquerque Basin “has the potential for large quantities of hydrocarbons, probably gas” – although none have been found at this point due to scattered and “poor” underground data. .

Yates liked that the layering would allow people to continue doing what they were doing on the surface while the drilling and mining took place underground. “In Fort Worth,” he said, “there are 2,000 wells under the city.” He also noted wells under Hobbs and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Valencia County is not exactly Fort Worth or the middle of the Permian Basin. For one, there are only about 76,000 people and no oil or gas wells. County Attorney David Pato says the overlay allows landowners to quickly revert to previous uses “whether or not there are natural resources in the area.”

This could be significant for Yates, as companies he controls — including Jalapeño Corporation, Petro Yates and Yates Exploration — own hundreds of plots scattered across the eastern part of the county, many in ghost developments that were part of the years Massive 60s and 70s Horizon Land Corporation Scam. Yates did not respond to interview requests for this story.

But Yates’ ties to Valencia County run deeper than the land his companies own. His Jalapeño Corporation donated $1,500 to the Bizzell County Commissioner’s 2020 election campaign, according to records from the office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. That’s about three-quarters of all the money Bizzell has raised for the race. Asked about campaign donations, he changed the subject, saying, “You know, again, I’m looking at brackish water.”

“It could be something the people of the county would not support and would be appalled to happen.”

~ Kathy McCord, Valencia County resident

Bizzell worked with County Attorney Pato on the zoning project: “I gave him the idea of ​​what I wanted, and he wrote it down.” And Bizzell says he shared the proposed zoning overlay with Yates to get his input ahead of the commissioners’ meeting. When asked if Yates had suggested any changes, Bizzell replied, “I don’t know if he made anything or not.”

“When constituents have concerns, they take them to their commissioners, who are then raised and considered by the council,” says Pato. It’s unclear if Yates is considered a voter because he lives in another county. Asked about the kinds of concerns raised while writing the proposal, Pato replied, “I don’t remember.

The committee heard other concerns at the meeting. Duana Draszkiewicz, who lives in the county, came to ask the commission to ban fireworks during this dry season. She stayed when she saw the zoning overlay on the commission’s agenda. After Yates spoke, she told the commission it was “just going to get oil and gas. I dare you to tell me I’m wrong.

She says that after the meeting, “I had [county workers] outside the door that gave me a thumbs up because they can’t talk.

Kathy McCord, who also came out to talk about fireworks and also lives in the county, stood up to say, “This might be something the people of the county wouldn’t support and would be appalled to happen.”

They both pleaded with the commissioners to have a wider public audience – which ultimately they probably will. The zoning change was only publicly announced once prior to the meeting, and it probably should have been posted twice. Pato said once was enough for this type of change, but recommended the commissioners rescind the rule, reissue it, and hold another public hearing. Bizzell is in favor of the redesign. “That way everyone has public comments,” he says.

Many oil and gas facilities give off toxic gases, and studies show that living near these emitters leads to increased rates of cancer and other illnesses.

The public has new data to consider.

According to the oil and gas threat map released today by EarthWorks and FracTracker, none of the more than 144,000 New Mexicans who already live within half a mile of an oil and gas facility are in the county. of Valencia. By comparison, it is difficult to find areas in huge portions of the Permian and San Juan fossil fuel basins that are not within half a mile of a facility.

Many of these facilities leak toxic gases, and studies show that living near these emitters leads to increased rates of cancer and other illnesses. State and federal agencies have known this for years, but so far they have been unable to stop the pollution. A case in point: One year after the start of a new reporting program administered by the New Mexico Division of Petroleum Conservation, 262 operators failed to file quarterly reports accounting for natural gas losses due to evacuation and flaring.

“It can be very overwhelming if you can’t afford to pick up and move,” says Kayley Shoup, a community organizer with Citizens Caring for the Future. She lives in Carlsbad in the middle of the Permian Basin.

Overwhelming and unhealthy. According to map data, approximately 80 percent of the residents of San Juan County in the San Juan Basin live within half a mile of an oil or gas facility. Joseph Hernandez with the NAVA Education Project in Shiprock, New Mexico lives there and points out that about 60% of the county is in the Navajo Nation, so the majority of people affected by heavy air pollution due leaks from oil and gas facilities are people of color.

“For generations, we have been affected on many levels [by] fossil fuel industry,” he says.

“I can’t stress enough how important this is for future generations.”

Rancher and environmental gadfly Don Schreiber lives on a cattle ranch with 122 producing gas wells at the eastern end of the San Juan Basin. For years, he has pushed state and federal agencies to tighten rules governing fossil fuel companies, and he has harsh words for Valencia County commissioners and the people who live there.

“County planning and zoning commissions have a huge responsibility,” he says. “They are the last line of defense” when state and federal institutions are unable or unwilling to regulate an industry, be it oil, gas or brackish water. He emphasizes that a well is never just a well. You need big drilling equipment. You need trucks or pipelines to transport the resulting liquids. Roads are needed for trucks and to access wells and pipelines. All this leads to further industrial development.

He says companies are coming to new communities to start drilling and promising a golden goose. But companies tend to get the gold.

“The other things that come out of the goose,” he says, “everyone ends up with that.”

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Amazon and Universal series ‘Primo’ to be filmed in ABQ

May 23—Shea Serrano has made a name for herself as a journalist and as an author.

His latest TV series project, “Primo,” is currently filming in and around Albuquerque through July.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the single-camera series, inspired by the life of Serrano who grew up in San Antonio, Texas, follows a teenager balancing college aspirations, societal expectations and a hectic, grounded family life. by his single mother and five uncles. .

“We are thrilled that our partners at Universal Television and Amazon Studios are bringing this television series to New Mexico, and we welcome Shea Serrano, cast and crew, said Amber Dodson, director of the New Mexico Film Office. “Our beautiful state can double for hundreds of places, including Texas. Plus, we offer a thorough and skilled workforce, movie-friendly businesses, and a competitive tax incentive. We hope that’s the first of many seasons made right here in New Mexico.”

Series regulars include Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Christina Vidal, Johnny Rey Diaz, Henri Esteve, Martin Martinez, Jonathan Medina, Carlos Santos, Nigel Siwabessy, Stakiah Lynn Washington, and New Mexico native Efraín Villa.

Villa should play the role of Mondo. He’s also been on NM-based projects like “Shrapnel,” which recently wrapped in New Mexico, starring Cam Gigandet and Jason Patric.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ approximately 300 New Mexico crew members.

Serrano serves as creator and executive producer of the series, alongside executive producers Michael Schur via Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment and Morgan Sackett.

Peter Murrieta and Lisa Muse Bryant are also executive producers.

The series, which will stream on Amazon Freevee, is produced by Amazon Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Schwazze Stock: An Unexpected Opportunity for Savvy Cannabis Investors (OTCQX: SHWZ)

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This article assesses Schwazze (OTCQX:SHWZ), aka Medicine Man Technologies, in light of the Q1 2022 quarterly report released on May 16. Company outlook update needed in light of sharp share price decline from the report. In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at the quarterly report and see what it means for the business going forward.

The company

Schwazze is a relatively new company engaged in the growth, manufacturing, distribution and sale of cannabis. Although it first went public in 2016, it is much newer in its current form. At the end of 2019, it began to receive a series of large capital injections and a management change led by Dye Capital. In early 2020, it refocused all of its activities on Colorado. In early 2022, it added operations in New Mexico, where recreational cannabis was legalized on April 1, 2022. It currently has no plans to expand beyond those two states. For more details, see my Seeking Alpha article on Schwazze from April here.

price action

I first brought Seeking Alpha readers’ attention to Schwazze in April 2022, when the stock price was $1.88. The price is now $1.42, down 24%. The cause of the decline was a quarterly report that showed a surprisingly large loss compared to analysts’ estimates. This is a good example of the ready, shoot, aim attitude of a market that reacts to headlines first and foremost. Looking at the details of the report, it is clear that the market’s reaction was completely unwarranted and that the stock price decline is an unexpected gift for astute investors.

The quarterly report

Schwazze announced a sizable loss of $26.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, a loss of 0.38 per share against analysts’ expectations for a profit of 0.03. The startling nature of this loss can be seen in this chart of the companies’ financial statements from when they refocused activity in early 2021.

($ million) Dec 2020 March 2021 June 2021 Sep 2021 Dec 2021 March 2022
Revenue 7.9 19.3 30.7 31.8 26.5 31.8
Revenue cost 7.3 12.1 15.8 16.8 14.4 20.8
Gross profit 0.6 7.3 14.9 15.1 12.1 10.9
Operating result -8.8 -1.5 4.4 3.8 3.6 -4.8
Earn more. Operations. -8.5 -3.6 4.4 1.0 12.8 -26.8

CFO Nancy Huber’s detailed questions and answers on the loss of revenue call transcript are very informative. First, $13.4 million was due to a liability derived from their convertible debt. This is a non-cash charge based on the market value of this debt. This causes a negative P&L effect when the stock price goes up and a positive effect when the stock goes down. It has nothing to do with the underlying performance.

There was also an expense of $6.3 million for increased inventory. This was primarily in preparation for the start of recreational activities in New Mexico. Since New Mexico only opened on April 1, none of the $6.3 million was matched by sales. Undoubtedly, a good chunk of that inventory has already left stores, based on early sales reports from NM. Additionally, a portion of this inventory was related to the Colorado acquisitions that were completed during the quarter.

Other costs included non-cash items of $2.5 million for depreciation and amortization and $1 million for stock-based compensation. There were cash costs of $2.8 million for acquisitions and $7.3 million for interest.

In summary, there was a significant impact of a number of one-time cash and non-cash costs lumped together in a quarter. The $26.8 million loss included $16.9 million of non-cash accounting costs, $9.1 million of acquisition costs that will generate growing revenue streams in the future, and fees higher interest of $7.3 million which will be used to generate future income. Such is the nature of emerging growth companies in a new industry.

It was a tough quarter for many cannabis companies. Year-on-year comparisons were difficult due to stimulus-fueled 2021 sales, and the entire industry appeared to be in a lull where growth investments were just beginning to translate into revenue. Additionally, the Boulder Fire has disrupted business in one of the major cannabis-consuming areas of the Schwazze Territory. As a result, there were slight decreases in customer visits and basket size. Industry-wide wholesale pricing pressures reduced wholesale revenues by $2.2 million.

Schwazze’s underlying business is stronger than ever. Revenue increased 20% sequentially and 64% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $7.9 million and gross margin net of purchase accounting increased from 48.7% to 54.1%. More importantly, the company’s projected annual run rate for Q4 2022 is still $220-230 million, unchanged from Q4 2021.

A story

Hiking in the Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands Business and Weather Course (photo by the author)

Is the water used to create single malt Scotch a sacred ingredient? A few years ago my daughter and I embarked on the 96 mile trek known as the West Highland Way. It was a week of breathtaking beauty, albeit difficult weather, in the incomparable Scottish Highlands from Milngavie to Fort William. The first day we noticed the Glengoyne distillery just off the trail and felt compelled to investigate. Glengoyne has been making single malt whiskey since 1833 and looked like what you might expect – the old distillery building on the left, the tasting house on the right and between them the stream which provided the water for whiskey making . Across the road were several large modern industrial type buildings with the Glengoyne logo that looked very out of place. It turns out that Glengoyne was now owned by Ian MacLeod Distillers, a much bigger and big-buying entity. They had taken over the sleepy, old-fashioned Glengoyne and ramped up production and sales several times over in a new facility. They no longer even used the water from the original stream, as it was no longer sufficient for production needs. MacLeod has done this many times, growing a group of small independent distillers into a large, successful company with over 30 brands.

Schwazze engaged in a similar strategy. They enter existing markets, acquire businesses to which they can apply their expertise in production, distribution and marketing, and transform themselves into parts of the business producing to their highest potential. It’s a proven strategy that has driven the growth of many admired companies – Diageo, VF Corporation, Coca Cola and Proctor and Gamble to name a few. It’s also a contrast to much of the cannabis industry, where there’s a rush to expand as quickly as possible in as many states as possible. One sign that Schwazze is succeeding is that in Colorado they outperform the rest of the state by more than 10%.

There are risks with Schwazze, as with any high-growth company in an emerging industry. The sector has fallen in concert with other high-growth sectors this year, with most cannabis stocks falling 50% or more. It is unclear if or when strong growth will return to investors’ favor, and at what cost. Companies are left to fundamentals to support prices. In this regard, Schwazze should do well due to its profitable operating history, but only if, as expected, it returns to profitability in the coming quarters as expected.

Stock price and recommendation

Schwazze price table

Shwazze Price Chart (Yahoo finance)

Since the May 16 quarterly report, Schwazze’s stock price is down 24% from $1.77 to $1.42. In my opinion, this is a gift for investors, and I reiterate my BUY recommendation on the company. The quarterly loss was mainly due to the “fatness” of the financial results of small emerging growth companies and masks the continuous and uninterrupted development of the company. In accordance with best investment practice, positions in the business should be built up in increments, adding a third or a quarter of a full position at regular intervals. This way, investors can avoid irrational enthusiasm and take a measured approach with a stock that is currently experiencing price weakness. Based on positive past performance that is expected to pick up as soon as next quarter, Schwazze is ready to reward the savvy investor.

NM Wine Festival is back for Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Wine Festival returns this month to Las Cruces and Albuquerque over Memorial Day weekend with a variety of wineries participating.

New Mexico’s Las Cruces Festival is held annually in late spring at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, west of the city. Hundreds of people come to taste red, white and sparkling wines made by winemakers from across the state.

Food trucks, craft vendors and musicians also took to the grounds to provide a weekend of fun in the sun. This year, the festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. May 28-30 at the Fairgrounds at 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., off Interstate 10.

The musical lineup for the three-day event includes:

  • 28 May: Sangre Gitana and Radio Altivo
  • May 29: Frank Zona and Urban Edge
  • May 30: Chris Baker and Proud Pete

Here are some tips to consider before heading to the fairgrounds.

Where can I buy a ticket?

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at nmwine.com/nm-winefestival-lascruces-2022. General admission tickets for people 21 and older are $30 online or $35 at the door. New Mexico Wine will donate $5 from every ticket sold to help rebuild communities charred by wildfires this year. Military discount tickets are $25 and designated driver tickets are $10. Children 15 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

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One ticket is good for admission to one day of the festival. Valid IDs are required to enter the festival. Vertical identifiers will not be accepted.

General and military discount tickets also come with a commemorative glass of wine for tasting. The glass will also give you a $5 discount on the purchase of a bottle of wine.

What IDs will be accepted?

Vertical ID cards issued in New Mexico or other states will be accepted. Department of Defense ID cards and passports will be accepted. Expired driver’s licenses will only be accepted if you also bring the state-issued or paper ID. New Mexico vertical IDs will not be accepted under any circumstances.

What else should I take with me to the wine party?

The wine festival takes place in late May as the weather in southern New Mexico historically warms. Umbrellas, hats and sunscreen are good things to bring. A factory sealed water bottle is also permitted on the course. Blankets, carts and strollers are also useful, especially if you are bringing children.

Will pets be allowed inside?

Pets will not be permitted inside the fairgrounds gates unless they are service animals specified by federal or state law. All service animals will need to be registered at the gate.

What is bottle control?

Participants who purchase bottles of wine but do not wish to take them with them can leave them at the bottle control until it is time to leave. A tag with a person’s name and phone number will be attached to the bottle and a matching tag will be given to the person. People will have 24 hours to claim unclaimed bottles after the festival ends.

Will I be searched before entering?

All participants will be searched before being allowed to enter the festival. This includes any bags you bring. Prohibited items that are handed over to security will not be returned.

What is not allowed at the festival?

Prohibited items include:

  • Weapons or harmful objects of any kind, including pocket knives and corkscrews
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Outside alcohol
  • Food or drinks outside
  • Open bottles
  • Fireworks or explosives of any kind
  • Chillers
  • Unauthorized sales or solicitation materials, including promotional stickers, flyers and products

Others read:

Leah Romero is the Trending Reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

With climate change fueling wildfires, changes needed to avoid worse scenarios

Climate change is contributing to the large wildfires experienced in western states like New Mexico, and scientists say humans need to make changes to prevent fire hazards.

New Mexico’s largest wildfire in recorded history topped 300,000 acres this week and it’s not the only large fire burning as the state experiences hot, dry conditions and very low humidity.

A study published this month in the journal Ecology Letters found that wildfire risk will increase in states like New Mexico. By the end of the century, the study indicates that “high levels of fire danger, which were historically confined to pockets in California and the intermountain western United States, are expected to spread to the entire western United States”.

William Anderegg, an associate professor at the University of Utah, is one of the co-authors who led the study.

As he studies climate stress and risk, Anderegg said it’s a bit surprising, and also depressing, how much fire risk increases under high climate change scenarios. But, he said, there is also good news in these models. In scenarios where society acts aggressively to address climate change, “we can avoid a huge amount of fire hazard.”

“It really tells us that the future of fire season is, in large part, in our hands,” he said.

Matthew Hurteau, a professor at the University of New Mexico who was not involved in the study, said climate change is one of the contributing factors to the wildfires the state is currently experiencing.

“The severity of the fires is the consequence of our decisions as humans over the past 100+ years,” Hurteau said.

He said those decisions include excluding fire from the landscape as well as burning fossil fuels.

“Humans are responsible for the situation we find ourselves in and we need to work together to reduce risk,” he said.

Forest fires can have cumulative effects. Anderegg said that in addition to the potential for loss of life and property, fires can have economic and health impacts.

“Things like the air quality impacts of all that fire smoke are having huge effects on our health, both locally and downwind, which these days are large swathes of the country.” , did he declare.

Carbon offset programs may not take climate change into account

The study in Ecology Letters modeled climate stress, including forest fires and insect-related tree mortality.

Study co-author Oriana Chegwidden, a scientist who works for the non-profit organization CarbonPlan, said one of the reasons for the modeling was to determine the impact of climate stress on planning programs. carbon offset. Carbon offsets allow companies to purchase projects intended to offset the emissions they produce. This practice has come under scrutiny in recent years.

While forests can sequester carbon, they release it when burned.

The authors write that their study highlights the need to answer various questions about the carbon offset market. Without answers to these questions, offset programs may not make as much of a difference as they are supposed to.

Anderegg said most forest carbon offset protocols assume that risks such as drought, fire and pathogens are equal and uniform across the country. He said that wasn’t true.

He said the protocols were not based on rigorous science and he would like things like their study to be used to inform those protocols.

During an interview, Chegwidden pulled graphs from the study that show projected possible increases in things like climate stress and fires based on region. She pointed to the fire projections, which show increased risks in all regions of the country. However, the greatest risks are in California and the Southwest.

Projections for the southeastern United States do not show such a marked increase in fire risk, but they do show that fire risk in the southeast in the future could be similar to what it is currently experiencing. California, she said.

What is the correlation between climate change and wildfires?

New Mexico state climatologist David Dubois said persistent drought, hot temperatures and increased risk of wildfires are “the fingerprint of climate change.”

He said models show the fire season moving earlier in the year in New Mexico, as seen this year. The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire began in early April, about a month before the start of fire season.

Dubois said “the atmosphere is really thirsty right now,” which means more water is going to evaporate. High temperatures combined with extremely low humidity – some recent measurements have shown levels as low as one percent – mean the state is drying out.

“The extra heat we put into the atmosphere causes changes,” Hurteau said.

Hurteau also said some of these changes are happening at a faster rate than expected.

He said the scientific community and forest managers need to work together to quickly determine what actions can be taken, such as what tools researchers can provide to improve predictions and improve the ability to safely implement prescribed burns.

Hurteau said winter humidity helps forests be less flammable until the monsoons arrive, but there have been two consecutive dry winters.

“These forests are a little drier than they have been in the past,” he said. “Basically, with less moisture in the system, a lot more vegetation is available to burn because it’s not holding all that water.”

Climate change, coupled with past management decisions such as excluding fires from landscapes, is contributing to increased wildfire risk, he said.

The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire burns ponderosa pine forests. Hurteau said that before management practices ruled out fire from these forests, they would burn regularly.

Preparing for the next fire

Hurteau said people need to think about ecosystems and “how we live in them”. He said when people build houses they should think about the materials they use and how they can make the houses less flammable. From a forest management perspective, he said people need to think about how the land can be managed after the fire is over to reduce the risk of future fires.

“There’s no quick fix to this problem,” Hurteau said. “It’s going to take a lot of effort in a lot of different areas. This is how we live and use these landscapes. This is how we manage the landscape. It’s a number of factors and it’s really going to take all of us contributing to these solutions to reduce the chances of this sort of thing happening in the future.

Antonio Maestas, culture and equity manager for New Mexico Conservation Constituencies, traveled to communities affected by the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire in part to help the grandfather of his girlfriend to clear brush and dead trees from his property as the fire approached and partly to volunteer in the community, such as serving hot meals.

As someone who was affected by the Dog Head Fire in 2016 and had to leave their home for two weeks because of it, Maestas sympathizes with what the residents of Mora, San Miguel, Colfax and Taos counties are going through. who had to evacuate.

“There are a lot of people in the community who are not going to evacuate. And the reason they are not going to evacuate is to protect their land to protect their homes,” he said.

Maestas explained that the fire is impacting traditional communities, including land grant communities. He said some of these families have been there for generations and feel a deeply personal commitment to protecting their lands and homes. Maestas also comes from a land-grant community and, he said, traditional land management practices such as clearing forests and grazing to remove dense undergrowth can help.

When the Dog Head Fire burned in his community, Maestas said places where the traditional community had implemented these practices did not burn as badly.

“It will be much easier to stop the fire if there isn’t a ton of overgrowth,” he said.

As the fires continue to char the landscapes of New Mexico and other parts of the western United States, American senses Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from New Mexico, and Alex Padilla, a Democrat from California, introduced the National Forest Fire Risk Reduction Program Act on Thursday. which is intended to help prepare for the next fire. If adopted, it will lead to additional investment in research and development. It will also set up warning and forecasting systems, develop observation and detection technologies and standardize data collection efforts.

“Federal science agencies have a critical role to play in improving how the nation understands, anticipates, and responds to wildfires, but many of these agencies currently have no defined authority or mandate to do so,” Luján said. in a press release. “This legislation fills that gap and improves the entire federal approach to wildfires. The wildfires currently raging in northern New Mexico are the largest in our state’s history – burning nearly 300,000 acres. It is critical that Congress invest in our understanding and response to this devastating type of natural disaster so that we can increase fire resilience and protect New Mexicans from these increasingly catastrophic wildfires.

Anderegg said forest management policies must change.

“It’s becoming really clear that we need to plan forest management for a future with climate change,” Anderegg said. “And we have to think of all the places where we can be proactive in managing climate dependency and not reactive and just respond to each fire season.”

New Mexico advocates overhaul plan targeting education deficits | New Mexico News

By CEDAR ATTANASIO, Associated Press / Reporting for America

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — New Mexico’s governor has outlined a long-awaited plan that would set academic proficiency goals as the state struggles to resolve a lawsuit filed by frustrated parents who won a decision to justice claiming that the state was not providing an education for the vast majority of its students.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposal released earlier this month seeks to satisfy this 2018 court ruling and ongoing litigation to ensure adequate resources to equip students as they pursue careers or college education. .

New Mexico is one of a long list of states where parents have turned to the legal system to address frustrations with the state’s budget process and the quality of classroom education.

The public and advocacy groups have until June 17 to comment. The plan is expected to prompt immediate reforms by the state’s Department of Public Education, as well as budget discussions and priorities in the Legislative Assembly next year. However, critics say it lacks specifics, including detailed funding plans and timelines.

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Education advocates and Native American tribal leaders presented their own plan in 2019. Called the “Tribal Remedy Framework, it cites sections of the lawsuit, makes specific recommendations, and suggests a specific amount of funding to implement them. .

“While I am hopeful and happy (the Department of Public Education) has released its report and is beginning to move forward on its response, I am still puzzled as to why they have not yet publicly adopted the Tribal Remedy Framework,” Rep. Derrick said. Slow, by Sandia Pueblo. He called the proposed draft “we know what’s best for Indigenous children,” and compared it to the collaborative plan submitted by tribes and advocates.

Education advocates expected the governor’s proposal to be shared in December, before the January legislative session, but that did not happen and the state budget was passed in February.

The governor’s plan could also be used to determine whether a state court continues to oversee spending and initiatives to improve public education.

The court found that the state’s investments in education, as well as students’ academic performance, proved that “the vast majority of at-risk children in New Mexico finish each school year without basic literacy and in mathematics necessary to pursue post-secondary education or a career.”

For the groups targeted by the lawsuit, which make up about 70% of children in the state, proficiency in reading and math at many levels was significantly worse than that of other students, with about 4% to 15% being proficient, a found the court.

Lujan Grisham’s draft plan would set academic performance targets that include a 50% increase in test scores over 2019 figures for children covered by the lawsuit – including Native Americans, English learners and college students disabled. But the Education Department admits it cannot currently measure the increases.

The administration has changed proficiency tests twice since the court’s 2018 ruling, limiting the state’s ability to argue in court that improvements have taken place.

The state also failed to comprehensively test students for two consecutive years during the pandemic. It is deploying a new battery of tests this year.

“When the New Mexico assessment data is finalized and compiled later this summer, the (Department of Public Education) will reset this baseline and the goals set out in the draft action plan will be attached to these data,” said Department of Public Education spokeswoman Carolyn Graham. statement. “It is also important to note that the draft plan is, indeed, a draft, and we expect to receive valuable feedback.”

The draft plan does not offer any funding suggestions. It highlights recent increases in education spending approved by the Governor, including recent large increases in teacher salaries and overall increases in education funding. Education now accounts for about 45% of the overall $8.5 billion budget. Unlike most other states, New Mexico funds schools through the state budget rather than relying on property tax revenues.

The administration is also touting adjustments to support specific groups named in the lawsuit, including an overhaul of social studies standards that expands the focus on Native American history and identity. These changes have been welcomed by education advocates, even those who continue to mount the lawsuit.

Representatives of the plaintiffs in the current lawsuit welcome the draft plan and the opportunity to respond to it. But they are not satisfied with the level of detail provided by the State.

“It’s clear that the critical pieces we’ve been asking for statewide are still missing: concrete goals, action steps, estimated funding levels, timelines, responsible parties, and needs. into esteemed staff,” Melissa Candelaria, director of education in New Mexico. Center on Law and Poverty, said in a statement. “Community input is essential but would be much more constructive on a fully fleshed out level.”

The Department of Education said last year, for example, that the project would include 90-day benchmarks for short-term performance goals. None of this was included in the draft released this month.

“The governor’s plans are fraught with platitudes and few results,” said State House Minority Leader Jim Townsend, R-Artesia. He suggested delays in producing a plan were to benefit Lujan Grisham’s re-election campaign.

Education is expected to be a central issue in the gubernatorial race this year.

Lujan Grisham’s spokeswoman, Maddy Hayden, said the draft is intended to provide a long-term guide and more specific details will be added after the public comment period.

The education reforms were developed “in collaboration across many agencies and there is a shared understanding and responsibility on the part of agencies to do this essential work,” Hayden said.

Lujan Grisham’s office declined to comment on future legal plans, such as seeking to dismiss the lawsuit again, as she unsuccessfully tried to do in 2020.

Earlier this year, the Legislative Assembly and the governor approved $500,000 in legal expenses related to the case. That’s on top of the roughly $6 million already spent by Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, and her Republican predecessor fighting the lawsuit since 2014.

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Better weather helps crews working on New Mexico fires | app

Improved weather on Saturday helped firefighters battle several large wildfires in New Mexico, including the nation’s largest active blaze.

A cold front that blew through on Friday lowered temperatures, raised humidity levels and provided cloud cover over the largest fire, which is burning in northern New Mexico, said fire behavior analyst Dennis Burns. . Cloud cover “shades combustibles so the fire has to work harder and has a hard time burning that material.”

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How New Mexico Is About to Become an Abortion Access Haven

Dr. Franz Theard in his office at the New Mexico Women’s Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa.Adrian Morrow/The Globe and Mail

In his nearly 50 years of performing abortions, Dr. Franz Theard has endured persistent bullying. Anti-abortion activists blocked his clinic, picketed his house and stormed into his waiting room, hurling abuse at patients through a megaphone. Her children were even bullied at school.

But Dr. Theard is not discouraged. A 73-year-old man, bearded and bespectacled, he says his long-held political principles will not allow him to back down.

“I’m on the left of Che Guevara”, he says laughing as he sits in his office at the Women’s Reproductive Clinic in New Mexico. “I am a lay humanist. I believe in one rule: treat people the way you would like to be treated.

Moreover, Dr. Theard has long provided his services in a place where they are particularly difficult to access. He spent most of his career in El Paso, Texas, even as a series of state laws made it increasingly difficult to keep a clinic open. Ultimately, he decamped one mile across the border to a suburban office park in New Mexico, where there are no restrictions on abortion.

Since last year, when Texas effectively banned the procedure after six weeks, demand for Dr. Theard’s help has skyrocketed. “In April 2021, we performed 180 abortions. Last month we did 280, he says. “People come from Houston, Dallas, they take eight hours to get here.”

This experience is a glimpse into the likely future of abortion in large swaths of the United States. A leaked draft Supreme Court decision shows that five conservative justices are considering overturning Roe v. Wade. If that happens, more than 20 states are set to enact abortion bans, and the cross-border work of providers like Dr. Theard will become increasingly vital.

It also highlights the pivotal role that New Mexico would play in preserving access.

A desert state of 2.1 million people, it is often overlooked as a beacon of reproductive rights, overshadowed by the metropolises of the northeast or the west coast. But New Mexico has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, even though it borders four states – Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Utah – that have banned the procedure or plan to do so. This week, Oklahoma lawmakers passed the nation’s toughest law yet, banning all abortions from the moment of conception.

Anticipating the Supreme Court’s decision, the New Mexico legislature and governor last year proactively repealed the 1960s abortion ban, which would have come back into effect had Roe been overturned. The new state law allows abortion without restriction.

Micaela Lara Cadena, a state legislator who sponsored abortion legislation last year, says many of his colleagues doubted that a largely rural and often culturally conservative state would accept unfettered access to abortion. The key to proving otherwise, she says, was to bring the message to people like her: a Catholic and Hispanic mother of two.

She was turned away from mass, when men approached her to tell her she was not a true Catholic. But most people supported her efforts, she said. When she told her priest that she planned to sponsor the bill, he simply told her to vote according to her conscience.

New Mexico State Representative Micaela Lara Cadena in Las Cruces on May 20.Adrian Morrow/The Globe and Mail

“New Mexicans may have their own moral and religious beliefs and preferences regarding abortion, and still trust someone to make those private decisions for themselves. Pregnancy is sacred,” says Ms. Lara Cardena, 38 , as she watches her eldest daughter practice for the high school track team in Las Cruces, a city of 100,000 people flanked by bare, rugged mountains.

Hispanic and Indigenous community organizations played a central role in mobilizing voters are flooding town halls with Zoom and urging hesitant state lawmakers to support the bill.

When Ceci Pinon, a 42-year-old social worker, spoke out in favor of the law as a member of Strong Families New Mexico, a social policy advocacy group, she was able to address its importance from her personal experience. . Ms. Pinon became pregnant with her first child at age 14.

With her conservative parents, farm workers, abortion was not an option. She was also expelled from her school, which told her she was “setting a bad example” to other girls in her class, she says.

“I didn’t have the possibility of having an abortion at that time. I was a child taking care of a child,” recalls Ms. Pinon. “My daughter is now 27 years old. She has options. She makes her decisions. »

Nicole Martin, a New Mexico-based organizer with Indigenous Women Rising, says requests for help from her group’s abortion fund increased after the Texas law was passed. There were so many requests that the fund ran out last month, Ms. Martin says. He started accepting new requests for help last week.

Some states are proposing laws that would target these funds in an effort to prevent people from crossing state lines to get abortions. But Mrs. Martin, 30, swears her group will go nowhere.

“We are prepared to take on the legal risk and the financial risk to ensure that Indigenous peoples receive safe and equitable health care,” she says.

A similar level of determination drives Dr. Theard. A Haitian-American who arrived in the United States in 1964, he has performed abortions since 1973, the year of Roe v. Wade.

In a sign of sheer demand for his services, he says he’s even had people who denounce him in public come to him privately asking for help. “I performed abortions on the daughters of senators. They always come and say ‘I’m against it, but it’s a special case,’” he said.

Currently, it only offers medical abortion. He stopped performing surgical abortions after his longtime business partner died of COVID-19 in 2020, and he had to take on the additional duties of administering the clinic. But he hopes to find a younger doctor to join him and provide surgical services again. And he says he’s ready to expand his clinic to handle any post-Roe influx from out of state.

“We are here, we will help you. We encourage people to come,” he says. “I want to be known as a sanctuary.”

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US Forest Service suspends prescribed burns, announces review after New Mexico wildfire

Citing extreme wildfire conditions, the U.S. Forest Service is suspending prescribed burns while it conducts a review of its practices, the agency chief announced Friday.

The move comes a month after a prescribed burn – which is used to reduce wildfire risk – spread across its border in New Mexico and became the largest wildfire currently ongoing in the United States. United States.

The Forest Service will conduct a 90-day review of protocols, decision support tools and practices ahead of scheduled operations this fall, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore said in a statement.

“Our main objective in engaging prescribed fires and wildfires is to keep the communities involved safe,” Moore said.

“The communities we serve and our employees deserve the best tools and science to support them as we continue to navigate towards reducing the risk of severe wildfires in the future,” he said.

The announcement of a pause came as much of the South West was under “red flag,” or wildfire risk, warnings due to hot, dry conditions.

The Hermits Peak Fire began April 6 and occurred after “unexpectedly erratic winds” ignited several localized fires outside of prescribed burn boundaries, the Forest Service said.

The Calf Canyon Fire started to the west of this fire on April 19 and its cause is listed as under investigation. The two fires then merged and burned more than 303,000 acres.

The fire was 40% contained on Friday. More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze. At least 277 structures, including 166 homes, were destroyed in the blaze, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said.

Moore previously announced a review specifically about the Hermits Peak Fire.

He said wildfires are becoming more extreme due to climate change and drought, and he called prescribed burns an essential tool to reduce the risk of wildfires. “99.84% of prescribed fires proceed as planned,” Moore said in Friday’s statement.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said she supports the pause, but also said well-managed prescribed burns are important tools.

“It is essential that federal agencies update and modernize these practices in response to climate change, because what were once considered extreme conditions are now much more common – the situation now unfolding in New Mexico demonstrates without any doubt the serious consequences of negligence. to do it,” she said in a statement.

Schneider Electric calls for rethinking investment priorities to break supply Vs. Demand deadlock and accelerate climate action at WEF in Davos

  • Schneider Electric presents a new framework for future-proof buildings developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to accelerate the investments needed to create a greener urban built environment

  • New modeling reveals a necessary two- to three-fold increase in the rate at which Europe’s building stock is modernized to meet Paris Agreement commitments

  • Company announces the creation of 2,500 green jobs worldwide to help accelerate climate action across all facets of the economy

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 20, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, calls for an urgent overhaul of investment priorities and greater collective action to drive global efforts on climate change at the upcoming WEF in Davos.

Scenarios from Schneider’s Sustainability Research Institute show that stimulating a demand-led transition is the only scenario in which emissions will fall fast enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The Research Institute will launch the Towards Net Zero Buildings: A Practical Path e-book in Davos, examining how to break the current impasse between supply and demand. Key findings include:

  • Only 1 to 1.5% of the building stock in Europe is renovated each year. Renovation levels must reach 3% per year to meet Paris commitments

  • Funding remains the biggest barrier to investing in sustainable buildings1 but investing in decarbonization technologies, digital and city ecosystem services maximizes value creation for all stakeholders

  • Energy efficiency technology offers significant opportunities to reduce energy consumption ranging from 10-60%, depending on geographies and quality of existing assets

  • Digital energy efficiency solutions deliver 20-30% carbon reduction across the building stock, delivering highly competitive returns on investment and cost savings for consumers well within 8 years in mean

The eBook provides a practical roadmap for governments and industries to balance the costs of energy transition with the added burden on communities, especially in today’s unpredictable climate. It also introduces a new Future-Proof Buildings Framework for Buildings developed in collaboration with the WEF that presents a model and toolkit to accelerate investments to decarbonize cities. Importantly, the framework emphasizes the need to create value for all. Through the adoption of existing technologies that reduce carbon and provide a net benefit to consumers, while creating value for the economy and communities.

Schneider Electric has embarked on its own sustainability journey, leading the way as an impact company for 20 years, and believes that accelerating action in a context of high and volatile energy prices requires change. of strategy. In addition to investments to increase renewable energy capacity, it is now essential to create demand for clean energy through a consumer-driven transition.

In line with this approach, Schneider Electric also announces the creation of 2,500 green jobs worldwide to help accelerate climate action in all facets of the economy. The jobs, primarily field service roles, will involve helping Schneider customers digitize and decarbonize facilities, modernize assets promoting a sustainable and circular economy approach, and provide advice on sustainable development.

“Investment in renewable energy must continue apace, but every energy transition in history has been driven by market demand. Shifting to a consumer-centric, demand-driven investment approach will not only lead to large-scale decarbonization, but will also achieve more encouraging results than current modeling suggests, – declared Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric. “Consumers are driving change. That means demand is driving change. The priority must be to disrupt demand with new technologies and bring benefits to the user.”

Schneider Electric representatives at DAVOS 2022

In his role as co-chair of the Forum’s Net Zero Carbon Cities initiative, Jean-Pascal Tricoire will call for a shift in investment priorities. This requires moving from cost-centric investment criteria to value criteria, extending the current focus on infrastructure to investments that fuel demand, and shifting from over-indexing hardware to solutions. durable software-based. He will also discuss the need for greater collaboration to move faster to a low-carbon economy.

Luc Remont, Executive Vice President of International Operations at Schneider Electric, will discuss the importance of digital technologies to enable the energy transition in emerging markets and major new partnerships in India, East Asia and South America to empower the workforce and train more people in energy management.

Barbara Frei, Executive Vice President of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric, will discuss the implications of a shift to an increasingly supply-driven economy and how the transformation of a supply chain model linear supply in a circular model is essential for a sustainable future. She will discuss the challenges companies face in moving from resource-intensive production and consumption to efficient, low-carbon processes, as well as the role of technologies, collaboration platforms and interoperability in the resolution of these challenges. She will also discuss the need for manufacturers to refocus their digital transformation journeys towards workforce engagement to attract talent and create safer work environments. She will share her insights on how augmented automation can empower the workforce and improve productivity.

Peter Weckesser, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Schneider Electric, will provide insights into the transformative role of data and artificial intelligence in advancing business strategies that simultaneously address the biggest challenges facing industries: resilience and decarbonization. He will also discuss the opportunities and values ​​that can be captured today through digital ecosystem collaboration and the deployment of innovative technologies at scale – and across the enterprise.

See below for details of public sessions with Schneider Electric spokespersons:

Topic: The augmented crafting experience
Speaker: Barbara Frei, Vice President of Industrial Automation
Date: Monday May 23
Weather: 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CET

Topic: Unleashing Digital Innovation for Net Zero
Speaker: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO
Date: tuesday 24 may
Weather: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CET

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Taos Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Failure to Pay Taxes Withheld From Employee Paychecks | USAO-NM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Diane Mariani, 66, of Taos, New Mexico, pleaded guilty May 18 in federal court to willful failure to collect or pay taxes. Mariani will remain on bail pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement and other court documents, until 2015, Mariani was co-owner, operator, and treasurer of Taos RPM LLC, and as of 2015, Mariani was co-owner, operator, and treasurer of Mountain Resort Management, Inc. , in Taos, New Mexico. Mountain Resort Management did business as Snakedance Condominiums, Bumps Market and Hondo Restaurant. Mariani was responsible for paying employees of Snakedance Condominiums and Mountain Resort Management and admitted in her plea that she knew she had a duty to withhold federal income taxes, Social Security taxes and taxes. health insurance – collectively referred to as “trust fund taxes” – from employee paychecks. She also knew that she had a duty to file those taxes on a quarterly basis and to file those taxes on a regular basis.

From the first quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2018, Mariani withheld at least $203,137 in taxes from the employee trust funds she paid. Mariani admitted that she deliberately failed to pay those taxes to the IRS.

Mariani faces up to five years in prison.

IRS Criminal Investigation investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy Peña is prosecuting the case.

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New Mexico warehouse in short supply

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – For many families in New Mexico, the pandemic and now inflation are making it difficult to put food on their tables. Now a local food bank, which they rely on, is struggling to stock its shelves with food.

New Mexico Warehouse has been feeding the needy in the community for four decades, but the past few years have been difficult. First, they were hit hard as many struggled to make ends meet during the height of the pandemic.

Jill Beets, Storehouse’s marketing representative, says the organization is facing a new challenge, inflation. “I have worked with Storehouse for seven years and have never seen our shelves as low as they are. Which is a scary prospect, Beets said.

With prices rising, fewer people are able to donate, which means less food to give to those who need it most. “It’s very disturbing to think that the amount of food we’re going to be able to give away is going to be potentially less,” Beets said.

It’s not just people who give less. Storehouse partner stores also have fewer items to offer. They have seen an increase in the number of families needing help, and with summer here the children will be spending more time at home. “As the summer months approach, many local families who would be considered working poor rely on us during the summer, while they don’t the rest of the year. Because their children are fed through meal programs,” Beets said.

It’s up to Storehouse to send out one of their biggest cries for help. “We really hope that local businesses, service clubs and even individuals will consider donating food to the warehouse and other pantries,” Beets said.

While waiting for donations to start flowing again, they continue to find ways to make sure families in New Mexico are fed. ‘Hot Rods for Hunger Car Show’ is happening May 22 at Alberton’s at 2801 Eubank Blvd NE. Every dollar raised at the event will provide five meals for Storehouse New Mexico’s food pantry.

Archdiocese of New Mexico to settle sex abuse claims for $121.5 million

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico says it has reached a $121.5 million settlement agreement to resolve a bankruptcy case stemming from clergy sex abuse claims, one of the largest settlements of this type involving the Catholic Church in the United States.

Proposed settlement would be used to compensate sexual abuse survivors, Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a press release tuesday.

The settlement affects about 375 plaintiffs, Dan Fasy, an attorney representing 111 of the victims, said Wednesday.

The deal was among the largest settlements made by a U.S. Catholic diocese or archdiocese after decades of sexual abuse claims. The settlement also comes a month after the Diocese of Camden, NJ, said it had agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims made by hundreds of people who accused clergy of having them. sexually abused.

In New Mexico, about 74 priests have been described as ‘credibly accused’ of child sexual abuse, while priests have been assigned to parishes and schools by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, according to The Associated Press.

The Archbishop of Santa Fe, John C. Wester, said in 2018 that the diocese would file for bankruptcy protection to settle child sexual abuse claims. The archdiocese is one of approximately 30 dioceses and Catholic orders in the United States to file for bankruptcy, according to BishopAccountability.orgthat tracks cases of abuse against the church.

The settlement, which must be approved by victims of abuse, will be funded by the archdiocese, parishes in the archdiocese, other Catholic entities and archdiocesan insurers, according to the archdiocese. Established in the 1850s after the Mexican-American War, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe comprises 93 parish seats and 226 active missions.

“The Church takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that survivors of sexual abuse are justly compensated for the suffering they have endured, Bishop Wester said in the statement. “We hope this settlement is the next step in the healing process for those who have been injured.”

The archdiocese said the settlement money would be used exclusively to compensate the victims and would not be used to cover the archdiocese’s legal fees or other expenses related to the bankruptcy case.

“I am happy to see that there is a certain feeling of closure for the survivors,” said Mr. Fasy, the lawyer for many victims, during a telephone interview on Wednesday. “There is no amount of money that can take away the pain and trauma the survivors have endured, but I’m glad they now have the opportunity to start asking themselves if the settlement makes sense.”

As part of the settlement agreement, the archdiocese also pledged to create an information archive to document the abuse and said it would hold prayer services and meetings with survivors.

The archdiocese is contributing $75 million to the settlement, with the rest of the settlement money coming from contributions from five different insurers, Fasy said.

The archdiocese said it hopes the settlement will “help bring healing to survivors of sexual abuse and the wider community”.

In the statement, Archbishop Wester said it was his “sincere hope that all parties will see the wisdom of the settlement and help bring the bankruptcy case to a close for the sake of sexual abuse survivors, the good of the Church and Catholics. throughout the archdiocese.

Governor Lujan Grisham’s latest political imposition


Governor Lujan Grisham has recently continued her attempt to simultaneously keep the oil and gas revenue spigot while embracing enough policies from the radical environmental agenda to appease her political and fundraising base.

His latest plan, known as the Clean Car Rule, has been adopted by his hand-picked Environmental Improvement Board (EIB). Governor-appointed councils are much more willing to do as they are told than unruly and sometimes uncooperative (albeit overwhelmingly Democratic) legislative bodies with their own political calculations and aspirations.

Incredibly, New Mexico’s new Clean Car Rule undermines democracy and self-government (as well as our economy) by placing New Mexico’s auto regulations under the control of another state, California. The current rules are California’s and if California changes them, New Mexico will have to follow them or reverse course and opt out.

New Mexico’s new auto standards will require approximately 7% of new cars sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2025. In the latest available report (Q3 2021), zero-emission vehicles accounted for only 2.29% new vehicle sales in New Mexico. . So, to comply with the new rule, sales of zero-emission vehicles will need to slightly more than triple from the third quarter of 2021 to 2025.

But the real kick is that by bowing to California’s political whims, New Mexico could soon be forced to adopt even more aggressive “clean car” standards. California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order that, if passed, would end the sale of gasoline-powered cars in California by 2035. Final passage of the rule could come in California as early as this month. of August.

If California adopts this rule, 35% of new cars, SUVs and small pickups sold in California (and therefore New Mexico) must be zero-emissions starting with 2026 models. This number will increase each year, reaching 51% of all new car sales in 2028, 68% in 2030 and 100% in 2035.

New Mexico’s ‘just’ tripling of electric vehicle (EV) sales in two years means dealerships will subsidize EVs by raising gasoline vehicle prices or look to the state to further subsidize sales of “chosen” vehicles. This could make gas-powered vehicles purchased in New Mexico more expensive, which would drive purchases from out-of-state auto dealerships. This would result in lost jobs and tax revenue in New Mexico. This situation will worsen if California (and New Mexico) adopts the even more aggressive rules envisaged.

Current tax credits and grants include a federal tax credit of $7,500 and various credits for upgrading electrical grid connectivity, which further aid in the deployment of electric vehicles. Of course, these credits and subsidies are paid for by increasing costs to ratepayers and utility rate payers.

The deployment of electric vehicle charging stations will be another expense associated with this plan. A recent report revealed that New Mexico has only 401 public charging stations statewide. And these must be maintained. A recent report from EV-friendly San Francisco found that 27% of charging stations in the bay were not functional.

This all comes at a time when New Mexico’s largest utility (PNM) is keeping its coal-fired power plant open just to keep the lights on and says it won’t have half the solar replacement power. /battery required to keep the lights on through the summer of 2023.

There are so many issues and costs with a drastic shift to electric vehicles that at the very least the elected New Mexico legislature should have had a say, but instead we have a governor in a battle tight reelection that wants to make big promises to environmental groups and their backers, no matter how much they disrupt or harm New Mexicans and their livelihoods.

The fact is that the real costs of these unrealistic and damaging policies will be borne after this election. Unfortunately, this is all intentional.

Paul Gessing is president of the Rio Grande Foundation of New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting the prosperity of New Mexico based on the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and responsibility. individual.

Q&A: Damian R. Lara, Bernalillo County Assessor, Democratic Candidate

NAME: Damien R.Lara




RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Bernalillo County Assistant Assessor; Affiliate of the Vice President of Assessors for the New Mexico Association of Counties; state-certified appraiser; Director, Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque; Senior Staff Counsel, Income Stabilization Tax Policy Committee, New Mexico Legislative Assembly; real estate and property code attorney.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Brown University; double major: Political Science & Philosophy 2001; Juris Doctorate, University of New Mexico School of Law 2007

AGE: 44


1. What would you do to ensure that all properties are valued appropriately and fairly?

All values ​​must be fair and equitable. I will implement and train staff on appropriate policies and procedures, and ensure they have the tools and state-of-the-art environmentally friendly technologies to conduct fair and equitable assessments. And I will pay quality salaries for quality reviews.

2. What makes you different from your opponent?

I know the office; the impact of unfair assessments on families, but also how families can benefit from fair assessments. I managed all the departments of this office. I am the only candidate with experience in the following areas: economic development, budgets, adoption of laws and administrative procedures. My experience and vision for a sustainable economy, safer streets, and stronger schools sets me apart.

Personal history

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to any state or federal tax liens?


2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?


3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.


New Mexico wildfire is now the largest in state history

A monster fire that has been raging in northern New Mexico for more than a month has blacked out enough land to earn a spot in the state record books.

Along with being the largest wildfire currently burning in the United States, the fire moving across the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is now the largest in the arid state’s recorded history. It covers over 465 square miles, an area nearly a quarter the size of Delaware.

More than 260 homes burned and more evacuations were prompted over the weekend as the blaze moved through dry – and in some cases dead – stands of pine and fir trees. Huge columns of smoke could be seen miles away, and fire officials and weather forecasters continue to call it an unprecedented situation.

“We’re trying to think of a bigger box, a bigger picture,” Nickie Johnny, a California incident commander who helps with the fire, said of efforts to find locations at miles of flames where crews can cut lines of fire and mount a defense. .

After:The black fire burning north of Mimbres continues to grow in the Gila National Forest

Fires were also burning elsewhere in New Mexico and Colorado as much of the West marked an unusually hot, dry and windy spring. Forecasts for the rest of the season do not bode well, with drought and warmer weather brought on by climate change increasing the danger of wildfires.

Colorado Springs enacted a fire ban after a series of blazes spread rapidly due to hot, dry conditions, including a fatal one caused by smoking. Under a ban taking effect Monday, smoking and grilling will be banned in parks in Colorado’s second-largest city and people who grill at home will be allowed to use only gas or liquid fuel, no charcoal or wood.

Burning bans and fire restrictions have also been put in place in cities and counties across New Mexico in recent weeks, with officials warning that any new fire starts will further strain firefighting resources. .

After:The cost of fighting New Mexico wildfires reaches $65 million

More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the 5-week-old blaze that threatened the small town of Las Vegas in New Mexico for some time before being stopped just outside of town last week. Yet many other small villages remained under threat as of Monday, including the resort communities of Black Lake and Angel Fire.

Nationwide, about 2,030 square miles have burned so far this year — the most so far since 2018, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.

The 3 lessons of COVID-19 learned in New Mexico

Two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic upended life as we all knew it. People all over the world have been suddenly hit with isolation, frustration and fear. In 2020, we all hoped that stay-at-home orders, the widespread use of masks, and the desperate call for vaccine development would be the solutions needed to stop the overwhelming spread of infection. Little did we know that two long years later, the virus would claim the lives of over a million people in the United States alone, debilitating many more. While lifted mask mandates and conversations about steps toward normalcy have sparked a sense of optimism, the transition to endemicity requires thought.

So what have we learned during this unprecedented time?

First, the pandemic has taught us that we need to take a holistic approach to maintaining the three pillars of global health security: prevent, detect and respond. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took a proactive approach by declaring a statewide emergency the same day the state confirmed its first round of COVID-19 cases. She closed schools and non-essential businesses days later. However, despite the rapid launch of a large-scale testing program, it became extremely difficult to accurately detect the spread of COVID-19 in our state, as demand for testing greatly exceeded supply. Ensuring the rapid production of reliable diagnostics was crucial, but many underserved communities did not have access to these tests.

COVID-19 cases have been heavily concentrated in ZIP codes with larger Native American populations and in areas where considerable socioeconomic disadvantage exists. Thus, it is imperative that we communicate the need to prioritize meaningful interventions among disenfranchised communities.

Second, public health policies seemed to trigger public outcry and political controversy. Therefore, the pandemic has underscored the idea that public health must take precedence over politics. As cases increased, we saw that party orientation continued to perpetuate deep disagreement over the threat of the virus and the precautionary measures needed to mitigate the spread of the disease. Finally, COVID-19 has reinvigorated the notion that hope and resilience lie in vaccination. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that more than 3 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and that 66.5% of all eligible New Mexicans have received two doses of the vaccine. The state must combat vaccine hesitancy by promoting science education, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about scientific issues that arise in the public domain. Hopefully, this would also allow more people to accept some science-driven response efforts.

It is important to remember that when we encounter individuals who display an inability to recognize misinformation, we have a duty not to criticize, but to teach. A duty to strengthen scientific consensus because empirical evidence conceals an infinite amount of knowledge.

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Illinois is set to become a bigger movie hub with tax credit expansion on July 1

The television and film industry has been very good for Illinois.

How hundreds of millions of dollars worth of movies and TV shows like Wolf Entertainment’s long-running Chicago franchise (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med”) pump into the local economy each year, as well than the thousands of jobs that these productions generate.

And not just in Chicago. Last year, Amazon Prime’s sci-fi series “Papergirls,” about time-traveling 12-year-olds, was filmed in Wheeling and Hoffman Estates. The HBO series ‘Somebody Somewhere’, starring Bridget Everett as a woman coping with the loss of her sister, filmed in the Lockport/Lemont/Naperville areas. And director David Fincher (“Mank,” “The Social Network,” “Fight Club,” “Se7en”) filmed scenes for his upcoming Netflix thriller “The Killer” in St. Charles.

The economic impact will likely increase after the expansion of the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit takes effect on July 1, according to Peter Hawley, director of the Illinois Film Office.

Established in 2008, the program provides a 30% tax credit for all eligible Illinois expenses, including resident cast, crew, and vendor costs. The expansion of the program will extend the number of eligible “above the line” positions to nine, which include director, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer composer and others.

Additionally, the expansion covers two non-resident actors for projects of $25 million or less and four actors for projects of $25 million or more, making a maximum of 14 positions available for the tax credit. .


“That means we suddenly became more competitive with other states like (New) Jersey and New Mexico,” according to Hawley, who says the film industry “begged us to extend the tax credit.” .

The expansion of credit is accompanied by the establishment of a manpower training program for those interested in cinema. That in turn will “expand the native Illinois crew base,” Hawley said, adding “a rising tide lifts all boats. More work is more work.”

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, TV shows, movies and commercials generated more than $360 million in the state and more than 7,000 jobs in 2020, according to the Illinois website. Movie Office.

A small film shot outside Rockford over 17 days spent $850,000 locally, Hawley said. The production hired 15 local crew members and actors and 200 extras and “all of those dollars stayed in the community,” he said.

Beneficiaries include restaurants and hotels, local merchants, transportation services, municipalities and individual property owners.

“People have to eat, drive and stay somewhere, said Hawley, who is particularly optimistic about the training program which he says will help people, especially those from underrepresented communities, get well-paying jobs. in the film industry.

Chicago and the surrounding area have long been a hub of cinema beginning in the early 20th century, with the establishment of the pioneering Essanay Studios, which produced silent images and counted Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and Wallace Beery among its stars.

Chicago’s film industry declined beginning in the 1920s when Hollywood became the movie capital of the world. A rebound began during the 1980s, with “The Blues Brothers”, “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Risky Business” and TV shows including “Crime Story”.

Fast forward to 2011 and the opening of Cinespace Chicago film studios on the 60 acres that once housed Ryerson Steel. The largest independent studio outside of California, Cinespace has been home to the Wolf’s Chicago franchise – which has called the city home for more than a decade – ‘The Chi’, ‘South Side’ and ‘Empire’, among others series.

According to Hawley, developers from all over the country have inquired about establishing studios here. One problem is finding the 80 to 100 acres that many studio developers seek, Hawley said.

The developers’ biggest competitor is Amazon, which has taken over warehouses and converted them into “Last Mile” fulfillment centers, Hawley said.

These owners are “expecting Jeff Bezos dollars as opposed to Walt Disney dollars,” he laughed.

Titan Development Closing Fund III at $ 122 million

Titan Development (“Titan”), one of the South West’s leading real estate development and private equity firms, today announced the closing of Titan Development Real Estate Fund III (“TDREF III” or “Fund III “) to 122 million in commitments and sponsor of the general partner.

With the closing TDREF III Titan Development has raised a total of $ 329 million since the inception of the series of funds in 2017 and has developed projects whose combined cost close to a billion dollars. Investors TDREF III are mainly family offices and wealthy individuals, with over 80% of former Titan investors participating in TDREF III alongside new investors. The discretionary Fund’s investment objective is focused on multi-family and industrial projects in secondary markets and tertiary growth that have experienced rapid growth in recent years. The Fund may also invest in opportunistic real estate sectors such as hotels and self-storage in other markets.

“We are delighted that Fund III has won the support of investors who share our vision to develop and deliver high quality solutions for businesses and tenants,” said Ben Spencer, fund and partner manager at Titan Development. “This is a great proof of confidence we ended Fund III in about three months of fundraising. While interest in the Southwest region continues to grow, we look forward to deploying these investments to build projects that will bring value to our investors and meet the needs of the communities we serve.

“The speed at which we broke Fund III demonstrates that our investment thesis is very attractive to investors,” said Kevin Reid, a partner at Titan Development. “It also confirms our numerous projects Identification strategy of our pipeline before the start of the fundraising, and development of a diverse portfolio of industry-specific properties and custom and class A multi-family, won the confidence of our investors, and we greatly appreciate their support.

Kurt Browning, partner at Titan Development, said: “The Fund III will offer many industrial and residential investment opportunities due to the continuing trend of technology companies and manufacturing to move to the Sunbelt and the growing demand for multi-family dwellings. The Fund will enable us to continue to build on our success in the markets of Texas, New Mexico, Florida and Arizona, as well as develop more on our new markets of Colorado and southern California .

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Briefcase: the insurer appoints an underwriting manager and announces promotions

Marie Eszenyi

Marie Eszenyi, NSAID, was hired as Underwriting Manager by New Mexico Mutual.

Eszenyi will manage the daily workflow of the underwriting department, monitoring productivity and ensuring compliance with controls and procedures governing the underwriting process. She will also manage the department’s staff, helping to solve complex problems and assisting with the department’s recruiting and training efforts.

Prior to joining New Mexico Mutual, Eszenyi served as an underwriting analyst at BerkleyNet, a workers’ compensation insurance provider based in Manassas, Virginia. She also has professional experience in education, training and coaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, philosophy, and a master’s degree in communications and advocacy from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The insurer also announced two promotions:

Adrian Gallegos

Adrian J. Gallegos has been promoted to Business Analytics Supervisor. As a supervisor, Gallegos will be responsible for providing data analytics solutions to meet the business needs of the company, as well as supervising, coaching and training a team of reporting analysts. He will serve as the main liaison between his department, managers and end users who require business analysis services. He has extensive experience in the field of business analysis, which he acquired at New Mexico Mutual. He joined the company as an analyst and worked his way up to senior business analyst in eight years. Prior to joining New Mexico Mutual, he was a personnel auditor at Burt & Company CPAs in Albuquerque. Gallegos holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in accounting from the University of New Mexico.

Diane Padille

Diana Padilla, CIC, CISR, has been promoted to Head of Underwriting. In his new role, Padilla will oversee, train and mentor New Mexico Mutual associate underwriters while continuing to provide underwriting services to some of the company’s associate agents. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing improvements to the company’s underwriting processes. Padilla has 28 years of experience in the insurance industry, most of which with New Mexico Mutual. She joined the company as an underwriting intern and worked her way up to supervisor. She holds two professional titles, that of Chartered Insurance Advisor and that of Chartered Insurance Services Representative.

New Mexico Mutual is the largest workers’ compensation insurer in the state of New Mexico.

Celebrate New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

In southeastern New Mexico, in the Guadalupe Mountains, there is a journey below the surface that will make you feel like you are in another world. those early explorers would have lived, it’s just phenomenal,” said Carlsbad Caverns National Park guide Aubrey Brown. Brown talks about the Carlsbad Caverns. You can hike, but we did this trek to the cave from the lobby via a visitor center elevator that took us down over 750 feet or 75 floors in about 60 seconds! We met in the great hall. “The Great Hall is the largest cave chamber in the United States, so for most people it’s the largest cave chamber they’ve ever been to,” Brown said. It’s quite amazing if you take a look around. She said what is unique about this cave is that it was formed by sulfuric acid. From the stalactites hanging from above to the stalagmites below, you could say it’s been around for quite some time. the development of this cave is between four and 6 million years old, so the cave itself existed long before the entrance opened,” Brown said. She said this cave had been known to Native Americans for thousands of years, but a 16-year-old cowboy named Jim White would be the first prominent American explorer to enter it in the late 1800s. found the cave because he thought he saw smoke on the horizon and he followed it and turned out to be bats, hundreds of thousands of bats, which he described like boiling out of this whale from a cave,” Brown said. “He came back a few days later with a lantern all by himself, made a homemade ladder out of fencing wire and desert sticks, and descended into complete darkness. At the time she became a a national monument, it became a national park around 1930. Today we can all enjoy the cave which could easily expand. See the video below. “We are still exploring Carlsbad Cavern, we are about 42 miles away of walkways, last I heard,” Brown said. The park also sees about half a million visitors in a normal year. We’ve spoken to visitors from far and wide.

In southeastern New Mexico, in the Guadalupe Mountains, there is a journey below the surface that will make you feel like you are in another world.

“When you go on this journey, putting yourself in a similar mindset to what some of those early explorers would have experienced, it’s just phenomenal,” said Carlsbad Caverns National Park guide Aubrey Brown.

Brown talks about the Carlsbad Caverns. You can hike, but we did this trek to the cave from the lobby via a visitor center elevator that took us down over 750 feet or 75 floors in about 60 seconds! We met in the great hall.

“The Great Hall is the largest single cave chamber in the United States, so for most people it’s the largest cave chamber you can visit,” Brown said.

It’s pretty amazing if you just take a look around. She said what is unique about this cave is that it was formed by sulfuric acid. From the stalactites hanging from above to the stalagmites below, you could say it’s been around for quite some time.

“The limestone we’re in dates from around 260 to 265 million years ago, around the time of Pangea,” Brown said.

“But the development of this cave is between four and 6 million years old, so the cave itself existed long before the entrance opened,” Brown said.

She said this cave had been known to Native Americans for thousands of years, but a 16-year-old cowboy named Jim White would be the first prominent American explorer to enter it in the late 1800s.

“He found the cave because he thought he saw smoke on the horizon and he followed it and turned out to be bats, hundreds of thousands of bats, which he described as boiling out of this cave whale,” Brown said. “He came back a few days later with a lantern all by himself, made a homemade ladder out of fencing wire and desert sticks, and descended in total darkness.”

Fast forward to 1925 when it became a national monument, it became a national park in 1930. Today we can all enjoy the cave which could easily expand. See the video below.

“We’re still exploring Carlsbad Cavern, we’re just around, I think, 42 ​​miles of passageways, last I heard,” Brown said.

The park also sees around half a million visitors in a normal year. We spoke to visitors from afar.

US Report Shows Horror of Indian Boarding Schools for Indigenous Children | UNITED STATES

Tribute to the children who died more than a century ago in a boarding school in Albuquerque (New Mexico).Susan Montoya Bryan (AP)

They were torn from their parents’ arms, changed their names and cut their hair, forbidden to speak their own language or practice their customs, and severely punished for any act of disobedience. Many did not survive, their bodies buried next to the schools they were forced to attend.

The U.S. government has released the first volume of an investigation into the degrading treatment of Native American children in federally-run Indian boarding schools over a century and a half. So far, the investigation has established that more than 500 children have died in 19 of these schools. “This number is expected to increase” as the investigation progresses, says the report, which estimates the number will climb into the “thousands or tens of thousands” as the horror of what happened in these schools will be revealed.

The investigation was launched after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. A similar survey was launched in the United States, and the first results were published on May 11 by the United States Department of the Interior, which is responsible for the protection of federally owned lands and the management of programs relating to indigenous communities.

Apache children arriving at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.
Apache children arriving at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.

Research shows that between 1819 and 1969, the federal system of boarding schools for Native American children included 408 federal schools in 37 states or what were then considered territories, including 21 schools in Alaska and seven in Hawaii. The survey has identified marked and unmarked burial sites in 53 schools and indicates that more are likely to emerge.

The report was presented by current Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first serving Native American woman whose own grandparents were separated from their parents at the age of eight by authorities. “The consequences of federal policies on Indian boarding schools – including the intergenerational trauma caused by family separation and cultural eradication inflicted on generations of children as young as four years old – are heartbreaking and undeniable, he said. she said at a press conference.

Haaland believes that the results of this investigation should be used to give voice to the victims and their descendants in order to heal the scars inflicted on the indigenous populations.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland at an event last February in Jackson, Mississippi.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland at an event last February in Jackson, Mississippi.Rogelio V. Solis (AP)

The 106-page report describes how the attempted cultural assimilation of Indian children was part of a larger goal to deprive Native American tribes and Alaska Natives and Hawaiians of their land. “I believe this historical context is important to understanding the intent and scope of the federal Indian residential school system, and why it has persisted for 150 years,” Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland wrote in the letter. accompanying the report.

The document goes on to compile historical evidence that supports this conclusion while highlighting the hundreds of treaties signed under duress in the second half of the 19th century that served to relieve Native Americans of their territories. Some have offered education in return, but the report notes that there is ample evidence that many children were forcibly separated from their parents without the consent of the family and, in fact, some parents paid with their lives for their resistance.

One of the appendices includes maps showing the location of boarding schools, with black dots covering the entire map of the United States, although they are particularly dense in what is now Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

Map showing the location of schools for Native American children in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), taken from the report.
Map showing the location of schools for Native American children in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), taken from the report.

In many schools, children were involved in animal husbandry, agriculture and poultry farming, milking, fertilization, tree felling, brick making, cooking and sewing. It was considered part of their education, but the report says they left school with little that could help them contribute to the country’s economy as adults. Under cover of a so-called education, the students were, in effect, used as child labour.

The report documents how a policy of deliberate uprooting was carried out, with the federal government often collaborating with religious organizations and institutions to run the boarding schools. Not only were the children separated from their parents and relatives, but the schools insisted on mixing students from different tribes, which meant that they necessarily had to use English to communicate.

Indian Affairs Commissioner William A. Jones stressed in 1902 that there was a need for perseverance regarding the initiative and compared Native Indian children to caged birds. He said the first generation wants to fly out of the cage because it retains its instincts, but after several generations the bird would rather live in the cage than fly away. The same goes for the Indian child, he added, according to the report. “The first savage Redskin placed in the school resents the loss of freedom and yearns to return to his savage wooden home.” But, over time, these children develop “new rules of conduct, different aspirations and a greater desire to be in contact with the dominant race”.

Children picking potatoes at an Indian residential school.
Children picking potatoes at an Indian residential school.

The inquiry has drawn up a catalog of the mistreatment and abuse suffered by children, beyond separation from their families and forced confinement. “The federal Indian boarding school system deployed systematic weaponization and identity-altering methodologies in an effort to assimilate Native American children,” the report said.

“Boarding school rules were often enforced through punishment, including corporal punishment such as solitary confinement; flogging; withhold food; whip; slaps; and handcuffs. The report adds that older children were sometimes forced to punish younger ones. Those who attempted to escape from the schools were severely punished.

A history teacher looks at a photo of a 19th century Native American boarding school in Santa Fe.
A history teacher looks at a photo of a 19th century Native American boarding school in Santa Fe.Susan Montoya Bryan (AP)

The investigation has already discovered 53 burial places on the grounds of these boarding schools and in 19 of these centers more than 500 child deaths have been recorded. The report does not go into a direct analysis of the cause of death, but notes that the whole system of assimilation and uprooting was “traumatic and violent”.

Although the death toll is in the hundreds, the Department of the Interior anticipates that the ongoing investigation “will reveal that the approximate number of Indian children who have died in Federal Indian Residential Schools is in the thousands or tens of thousands.” , many of which are unidentified. and buried in mass graves. “The death of Indian children while in the care of the federal government or federally supported institutions has led to the breakdown of Indian families and the erosion of Indian tribes,” the report concludes.

Stimulus: Cash worth up to $850 going out in these 10 states

Americans have been struggling since the pandemic began and have benefited from federal stimulus checks to offset financial burdens.

Today, as inflation further increases financial strains in the United States, many states and cities are choosing to help their residents.

States have opted to help residents in the face of the 8.5% inflation rate as the cost of groceries and gas soars.

Here are the states offering stimulus payments and rebate checks

Colorado provides tax rebates of $400 to individuals and $800 to joint filers.

You must be a full-time resident of the state and have filed your 2021 tax returns by May 31, 2022.

Delaware will send up to $600 to 600,000 residents.

Single filers will see $300 and married couples will see $600.

You must have filed a 2020 state income tax return.

Stimulus: Thousands could see $5,500 in direct payments in one state

Georgia sends payments based on filing status for those who filed 2021 and 2022 tax returns.

Single filers will receive $250, head of household filers will receive $375 and joint filers will receive $500.

Idaho residents will see $75 or 12% of their 2020 state taxes, whichever is greater.

They must be residents and have filed returns for 2020 and 2021.

Indiana is sending payments worth $125 due to a law that requires residents to set aside excess reserve funds.

Illinois residents can see up to $400 in stimulus payments.

Those earning less than $200,000 single and $400,000 married will qualify.

The payouts are worth $50 and $100 respectively.

Families with dependents will receive $100 for each additional dependent, up to $400.

Maine has decided to send 850,000 residents stimulus checks worth $850.

This is to help offset inflation and residents could see payments by June.

New Jersey sends up to $500 to middle-class families with one dependent who have paid at least $1 in taxes.

New Mexico passed two bills, one sending stimulus payments of $250 to $500 depending on the status of the filing.

The second bill will send child tax credits from $25 to $75 depending on income.

Finally, the federal government is discussing a gas stimulus proposal.

It’s called the Gas Rebate Act of 2022 and would give Americans up to $100 for areas where gas is over $4 a gallon.

Jacksonville State added to 2023 South Carolina football schedule


Gamecocks replaces Liberty on November 4, 2023

The University of South Carolina football team will host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Saturday, November 4, 2023, it was announced today. Jacksonville State will replace the Liberty Flames on South Carolina’s 2023 schedule.

The competition will be the first ever played on the grill between the two schools who share the nickname “Gamecocks”. Currently a member of the ASUN conference, Jacksonville State will transition all sports to Conference USA in the summer of 2023. With the new conference headquarters, JSU will make the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). It will end a run in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) that began in 1995 and saw the Gamecocks win nine conference championships and advance to the playoffs 10 times, including a second-place national finish in 2015.

Jacksonville State will join Liberty, New Mexico State, and Sam Houston as new members of C-USA in 2023. Due to its new conference affiliation, Jacksonville State needed to add games outside FBS conference to its 2023 schedule, while Liberty, which currently competes as an independent, needed to release some games from its 2023 slate to accommodate its new conference schedule.

South Carolina will open the 2023 season with a neutral site game, taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels in Charlotte on Saturday, September 2. The Gamecocks also have Furman (September 9) and Clemson (November 25) on their non-conference schedule. in 2023. The SEC rotation sees Carolina travel to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs, in addition to its regular six-game slate against SEC East Division opponents and a home game with Texas A&M, their permanent rival in the West.

Conference dates and game times will be announced at a later date.

USFL Week 5 odds: How to bet, lines, pick

The best game of week 5 of the inaugural United States Soccer League season is a cross-divisional matchup between teams with 3-1 records.

The New Orleans Breakers and the New Jersey Generals kick off at 3 p.m. ET Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama (game will air on FOX and is available to stream in the FOX Sports app).

Here’s everything you need to know about the league odds for Week 5 – from point spreads, moneylines, total over/under and expert’s pick via FOX bet.

For more USFL OddsCheck title chances for all eight teams for the inaugural season.

FOX Bet chief commercial officer Jacob Blangsted-Barnor said the Breakers-Generals showdown will feature contrasting styles.

“This week, the top two teams in yards per game are going against each other; however, they did it in very different ways,” Blangsted-Barnor said. “The Breakers are one of the few teams that moves the ball well through the air while the Generals’ backfield committee gives them a consistent rushing offense.”

Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter — 95 for 156 passes (60.9%) for 1,071 yards and five touchdowns — leads the USFL in passing yardage by a considerable margin.

USFL ‘Inside the Drive’: Enter the Breakers’ winning touchdown run against Houston

USFL 'Inside the Drive': Enter the Breakers' winning touchdown run against Houston

You’ve never had such access before! Step into the final game-winning touchdown for the New Orleans Breakers as they defeated the Houston Gamblers in Week 4. Hear from QB Kyle Sloter and Head Coach Larry Fedora as you drive through exclusive cameras throughout the stadium and a micro player and coaches.

New Orleans’ Jordan Ellis leads the USFL in rushing yards with 347. But the Generals have rushers who rank 4-5-6 in rushing yards — quarterback De’Andre Johnson (230 yards), rusher ball Darius Victor (213) and RB Trey Williams (203). Victor leads the USFL in rushing touchdowns with four.

The game could come down to the Breakers having an edge on defense.

“The difference in this game might be on the defensive end,” Blangsted-Barnor explained. “While the Breakers have the second-best running defense, the Generals have the second-worst passing defense, so they might have some issues against New Orleans.”

TO TAKE: Breakers (-3 at FOX Bet) wins by more than 3 points


Michigan Panthers (1-3) against Tampa Bay Bandits (2-2), 8 p.m. ET Friday, US

Point spread: bandits -2.5 (Bandits favored to win by more than 2.5 points, otherwise Panthers cover)
Money line: No line available
Over/under total score: No line available

Michigan Panthers




Tampa Bay Bandits




New Orleans thugs (3-1) against New Jersey Generals (3-1), 3 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX

Point spread: Circuit breakers -3 (Breakers are favored to win by more than 3 points, otherwise Generals cover)
Money line: No line available
Over/under total score: 36.5 points scored by both teams combined

New Orleans thugs




New Jersey Generals

New Jersey



Birmingham Stallions (4-0) against Philadelphia Stars (2-2), 12 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC

Point spread: Stallions -6 (Stallions favored to win by more than 6 points, otherwise Stars cover)
Money line: Stallions -278 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $13.60 in total); Stars +210 underdogs up for grabs (bet $10 to win $31 in total)
Over/under total score: 35.5 points scored by both teams combined

Birmingham Stallions





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Pittsburgh Maulers (0-4) against Houston players (1-3), 4 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX

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Top 10 USFL Week 4 Games I USFL Highlights

Top 10 USFL Week 4 Games I USFL Highlights

Check out the top ten USFL plays from Week 4, including Reggie Corbin of the Michigan Panthers, Jordan Ta’amu of the Tampa Bay Bandits, and appearances by the New Jersey Generals and Case Cookus of the Philadelphia Stars.

With the addition of licenses in New York State in April, fans will be able to place legal wagers on USFL games in 27 states and Washington, DC:

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With legal betting in these 27 states and the District of Columbia, no startup professional sports league has ever had legal betting available in more states than the USFL.

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Taxation, Metaverse and Sustainability at the Center of INTA Annual Meeting – Plus Speeches by Tang and Vidal

“Trademark filings in the United States jumped 27.5% in 2021, and there is now a backlog of 544,000 unexamined classes. The expectation of first action amounts to approximately 7.8 months and the expectation of sale to 12.8 months. “Please know that we are doing what we can to resolve this issue,” said [USPTO Director Kathi Vidal].”

Understanding tax issues is increasingly important for trademark practitioners, and a new report from the International Trademark Association (INTA) covering the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom aims to help them do so. reach.

The “Report on Trademark Taxation and Complementary Rights in Europe” was unveiled at the 144and INTA Annual Meeting Live+, held in Washington, DC and online from April 30 to May 3. There were over 6,700 registrants from 130 countries.

Tax Considerations for Trademark Practitioners

The report guides readers through key tax considerations in the brand cycle (creation/acquisition, operation and transfer) and also explains key tax-related terms.

In the section on exploitation and commercialization, the report explains three popular models – the owner’s own use model, the license model and the master model – and discusses tax implications, location considerations and methods of distribution. ‘Evaluation.

With brands increasingly at the center of business value, tax regulators are paying more attention to the location and management of intellectual property rights, explained Jeff Marowits, president of client services. at Keystone Strategy and a member of INTA’s Research Advisory Board, Global Transactions and Tax Subcommittee. : “Tax regimes seek to assess where companies generate profits and take a share of profits in a global economy.”

Right now, however, he said trademark and tax professionals aren’t talking to each other enough. This means that companies owning intellectual property are missing opportunities to inform the tax authorities about the company, with potentially damaging consequences: “Your tax position affects your brand and could affect you there.”

The report focused on Europe due to the variety of tax regimes, Marowits said. It is part of a two-year education plan that will include reports from other regions and webinars on topics such as transfer pricing.

As the report states: “The tax environment is constantly changing. For this reason, it is important to identify key emerging trends and expected legislative changes in advance, to be prepared. Specific upcoming changes discussed are the OECD Digital Taxation Project and the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.

In his presentation at the opening ceremonies, INTA 2022 President Zeeger Vink of MF Brands Group emphasized the need to properly recognize brand assets in accounting rules. On April 30, INTA’s Board of Directors passed a resolution stating that “Accounting standards should not require a blanket exclusion of trademarks and complementary intellectual property that are developed from recognition as assets on corporate balance sheets. A Presidential Task Force on Intellectual Property Reporting for Trademarks will further examine this topic.

Intellectual Property Growth Drivers

In his speech at the opening ceremonies, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Daren Tang, said that innovation and creativity have led to increased use of WIPO systems. Record venture capital investment has decoupled the link between GDP and R&D, he added, with companies turning to digital technologies: these account for 6% of patents and “digital” is among the first five words in trademark searches.

Tang said there have been “many more growth drivers for intellectual property since 2010”, with increased filings in countries like Brazil, India, Indonesia and Mexico: “More and more more people see intellectual property as relevant, and more and more countries see intellectual property as important for growth.

In response, WIPO is setting up a Strategy House as part of its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. Mr. Tang said he would take a “more customer-centric approach” and help “change the narrative around IP”. In addition, as part of the Organization’s efforts to promote inclusion and diversity, WIPO Deputy Director General Lisa Jorgenson has been named the first Champion of Intellectual Property and Gender Equality. of the Organization, responsible for encouraging the involvement of women in intellectual property.

Vidal on tackling trademark backlog

USPTO Director Kathi Vidal addressed the May 3 meeting. She said brand protection is more important than ever and added, “We [the Biden Administration] believe in strong intellectual property rights – I want to make that very clear.

Trademark filings in the United States jumped 27.5% in 2021, and there is now a backlog of 544,000 unexamined classes. The expectation of first action amounts to approximately 7.8 months and the expectation of sale to 12.8 months. “Please know that we are doing what we can to resolve this issue,” Vidal said. She said the offices have hired 32 trademark examiners to support the 335 they currently have and are rolling out new technology.

It is also expanding its resources dedicated to combating bad actors, she said: “We are strengthening the protection of our registry, and combating sophisticated and evolving criminal schemes remains a top USPTO priority.”

As part of its efforts to promote inclusivity, the USPTO launched the Council for Inclusive Innovation initiative, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, with Vidal as vice chair.

Metaverse, NFT and durability

The educational program of the Annual Meeting was organized around seven axes: Building a better society through brands; additional rights, regulatory issues and trademark restrictions; law enforcement and anti-counterfeiting; Innovation and the Future of Intellectual Property; professional development; The business of brands; and regional updates.

This year, the focus was on issues related to metaverse, blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), with many sessions on these topics being held. Speakers discussed ongoing NFT and trademark cases such as Nike vs. StockX and Hermès versus Mason Rothschild.

Sustainability topics were also popular, with sessions on implementing a green IP strategy and eliminating counterfeit products in a sustainable way.

As part of its initiative to create a culture of sustainability, INTA has encouraged registrants to offset their carbon footprint. He also offered the opportunity to donate to Ukraine Refugee Relief and hosted a reception for the INTA Foundation, which works to expand educational and professional development opportunities in intellectual property for diverse underrepresented populations.

Next year’s INTA Annual Meeting will be held in Singapore May 16-20, with both in-person and virtual options.

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First American Financial acquires Mother Lode for $300 million

Read next: First American Financial Completes Acquisition and Expands Product Line

First American previously telegraphed its quest to buy Mother Lode and said the deal would close this month during an earnings call. During the earnings call, DeGiorgio was asked if the acquisition would mean the company would incur additional debt.

“So in March we had $813 million in cash from the holding company,” he replied. “So the acquisition of Mother Lode is $300 million. Obviously we can fund that without incurring any additional debt. And we repurchased about $100 million of stock in April. So really, on a pro basis forma, we’re at about $400 million. It’s a very comfortable place. I mean, one thing that we feel good about is that we got the debt deal done last year, where we raised $650 million at a rate of 2.9% and it turned out to be a good deal in hindsight.So effectively what we did was we pre-borrowed for the “Mother Lode okay. So we’re just going to fund with cash on hand.

On the earnings call, he acknowledged a slight decline in buy revenue: “So organically, excluding acquisitions, we’re looking at our buy revenue, it’s going to be slightly down – 2%, 3%, whatever. thing like that – based on what we’re seeing today,” he said. “Obviously we have this situation where orders follow, but we get a big advantage in the average price per case. organically, I think we’re a little less stable. I think once you add in acquisitions, we’ll have high single-digit buy revenue.”

First American describes itself as “a leading provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions.” First American also provides data products to the title industry and other third parties; assessment products and services; mortgage service; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $9.2 billion in 2021, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents in the United States and abroad. This year, the company was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine for the seventh consecutive year.

Regional ready: New Mexico State will tackle a busy field in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – After winning the WAC Women’s Golf Championship, the NM State Women’s Golf Team heads north to Albuquerque to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships. The only team to represent New Mexico State, the Aggies have an edge over the competition after playing the UNM Championship Course earlier this season.

• NM State will make its seventh NCAA regional appearance in the past eight seasons after winning the WAC Tournament.
• The Albuquerque Regional is loaded with top teams from across the country. No. 2 Oregon, No. 11 Florida, No. 13 Texas and No. 23 Arizona all remain in the national top 25.
• Every member competing for the Aggies has played on the UNM Championship Course in the past calendar year.
Valentina Origel will kick off competition for the Aggies at 8:55 a.m. Monday morning. Origel will be followed by Meiji Tungprapunvong, Arantza Armas Stenner, Alison Gastelumand Amelia McKee.
• On Monday, the Aggies will be paired with Sam Houston and Northern Arizona. At the WAC Women’s Golf Championship, the Aggies beat Sam Houston by three strokes.
• The Aggies will start the opening day of the regionals on the tenth hole. Louisville, North Texas and Oklahoma will also tee off at 8:55 a.m. on the first hole.

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Wildfire threatens ‘cultural genocide’ in New Mexico villages

By Andrew Hay

TAOS, NM (Reuters) – Miguel Gandert isn’t sure if his family’s 19th-century log home was burned down by a New Mexico wildfire, but he fears the blaze could destroy an Indo- much older than the United States.

The wildfire is the largest currently in the United States and threatens a chain of villages in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where Gandert can trace the roots of European and Mexican settlers as well as Native Americans.

The blaze burned countless homes in the Mora Valley, and strong winds on Sunday threatened mudbrick ranch houses, churches, chapels and watermills dating back to the early 19th century.

“It’s almost a form of cultural genocide that’s going on and fire is the enemy,” said Gandert, a retired University of New Mexico professor who spent childhood summers fishing and helping out on the family farm in the village of Mora.

Some resident families have been in New Mexico since the late 17th century and more than half of Mora County, which has a population of 4,500, remained to defend homes, police said.

Working-class families in the communities of Holman and Cleveland used their own bulldozers and machines to scrape firebreaks alongside firefighters, said Mora-born Gabriel Melendez.

They are driven by “querencia,” or love of place, grounded in a religious sensibility for the land they pray for in Catholic churches and chapels known as “moradas,” Melendez said.

“You lose an inheritance, you lose the value of those homes,” said Melendez, a 69-year-old retired American studies professor whose nephew remained in Holman. “People will rebuild, and they will work to mend the fabric of this torn culture, but it’s a big challenge.”

Those who evacuated feel devastated, said Patricia Marie Perea, whose loved ones left San Miguel County for Albuquerque.

“Three hundred years of ancestry is there in my family,” said Perea, assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico. “All of this makes it difficult, if not impossible, to leave.”

(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Leslie Adler)

State tourism officials visit Roswell

“The goal of our tour is really to dive deep into some of the programs that will be offered in the coming fiscal year, either an expansion, or a change, or an added benefit that relates specifically to business, industry, attractions , interested parties,” Antoinette Vigil, Deputy Secretary for Tourism, told the crowd.

Guest speakers discussed grants related to beautification, rural infrastructure, event support and maintenance, and marketing, among other resources.

Some of these programs are already used by the city of Roswell, a city heavily dependent on foreign visitors.

“For the City of Roswell, we have such an iconic brand, it’s something that our downtown businesses rely on us to help bring visitors to their business, to our local restaurants,” said Junita Jennings, Director of Public Affairs for the City of Roswell.

Jennings, who manages the city’s marketing efforts, said in 2022 the city had received a total of $157,096.50 and for the coming year it had so far requested $143,655. . Much of that money is for city marketing, like the $9,000 the state received from the Google Ads Department to promote the city’s annual UFO festival.

The city also received funding for the Department’s Marketing and Advertising Program, which is used for print, billboard and digital advertisements marketing the city. Themes go beyond the UFOs and extraterrestrials that Roswell is known for and also include the city’s outdoor riches, including its museums and outdoor riches, as well as activities such as hiking, bird watching and fishing. ‘astronomy.

“It’s about making memories and having this adventure of exploration,” Jennings said.

Beyond marketing, the city also hopes to apply for a $50,000 grant from the Department to make improvements to its visitor center, located downtown. The city has already set aside $300,000 and hired an engineer for the project.

Improvements to the center are expected to include expanded parking and digital kiosks where visitors can inquire and make lists of local attractions they want to visit.

With pandemic restrictions now relaxed, Jennings said she thought people were eager to travel again.

“After being locked up these two years, it’s about getting out there, and you know, being able to explore all that we have to offer,” Jennings said.

Imprint-Government – Albuquerque Journal

Mesa del Sol Tax Increment Development District #1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Notice of Adoption of

Notice is hereby given of the title and general summary of the subject matter contained in a resolution, duly passed and approved by the Board of Directors of Mesa del Sol Tax Increment Development District No. 1 on April 28, 2022, relating to the the authorization and issuance of the District’s Short Term Tax Bond, Series 2022 (the “Bond”). Full copies of the resolution are available for public viewing during normal and regular business hours from the District Clerk, c/o Lawrence Rael, City of Albuquerque, 1 Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.
The title of the Resolution is:


A general summary of the subject matter contained in the resolution is presented in its title. This notice constitutes compliance with § 6-14-6 NMSA 1978.

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Sheryl Arvizu, wife of NMSU chancellor, charged with battery on household member

LAS CRUCES — The wife of the chancellor of New Mexico State University was arrested on Thursday for domestic violence.

Sheryl Arvizu, 58, is charged with battery on a member of the household, a misdemeanor.

Arvizu is married to Dan Arvizu, 71, who became chancellor of NMSU in 2018.

Jail records report that Sheryl Arvizu was arrested Thursday at a home in Las Alturas. Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart confirmed that deputies responded to a “family disturbance call.” Further details of the incident likely won’t be available until the court system reopens on Monday.

Sheryl Arvizu was taken to the Doña Ana County Detention Center at 10:25 p.m. Thursday and later released on her own recognizance.

NMSU spokesperson Justin Bannister released a statement to the Sun-News Friday night: “Dan Arvizu and his family are currently going through deeply personal issues. He asks the community to grant his family privacy during this time.”

Dan and Sheryl Arvizu have been married since 2017, according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal.

by Dan Arvizu curriculum vitae on the NMSU Chancellor’s Search website, it says: “Married to former Sheryl K. Tatman. We are the proud parents of our blended family of eight adult children and eight grandchildren.”

This is a developing story.

Lucas Peerman can be reached at [email protected] or @LittleGuyInATie on Twitter.

Areas with the most expensive homes near Albuquerque

(STACKER) – Buying a home is one of the most important investments there is. More than a place to live, home ownership is an asset whose value can increase considerably. Given the current state of the real estate market, housing affordability plays a key role for buyers. As of May 4, 2022, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 5.73%. Due to the general rise in mortgage rates, house prices have increased significantly. According to the National Association of Realtors, the national median home price is $375,300, up from just over $356,000 this time last year.

Although home prices have been inflating across the United States, there are definitely some areas that are priced higher than others. Location, size, age and condition are all factors that contribute to home value. Whether you choose to put your home buying plans on hold in the hope that the market will cool down or you are looking to buy as soon as possible, it is good to find out about the market in different cities.

Stacker compiled a list of cities with the most expensive homes in Albuquerque using data from Zillow. Cities are ranked by the Zillow Home Values ​​Index for all homes as of March 2022. Cities with at least three years of historical data were included. The graphs in this story were created automatically using Matplotlib.

#24. Estancia, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $137,610
– Price variation over 1 year: +8.4%
– Price variation over 5 years: +43.4%

#23. Moriarty, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $151,128
– Price variation over 1 year: +14.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +42.8%

#22. Belen, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $168,266
– Price change over 1 year: +26.0%
– Price variation over 5 years: +66.9%

#21. Jarales, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $193,665
– Price change over 1 year: +23.0%
– Price variation over 5 years: +61.9%

#20. Cuba, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $227,564
– Price variation over 1 year: +24.8%
– Price variation over 5 years: +36.7%

#19. Pena Blanca, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $234,829
– Price variation over 1 year: +12.6%
– Price change over 5 years: +51.0%

#18. South Valley, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $239,512
– Price variation over 1 year: +20.8%
– Price variation over 5 years: +69.6%

#17. Los Lunas, New Mexico

– Typical value of a house: $241,628
– Price variation over 1 year: +23.2%
– Price variation over 5 years: +65.6%

#16. Lake Cochiti, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $257,288
– Price variation over 1 year: +31.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +70.6%

#15. Carnuel, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $279,679
– Price variation over 1 year: +17.2%
– Price variation over 5 years: +62.9%

#14. Jemez Springs, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $281,731
– Price variation over 1 year: +22.0%
– Price variation over 5 years: +61.6%

#13. Peralta, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $295,143
– Price variation over 1 year: +24.4%
– Price variation over 5 years: +66.7%

#12. Albuquerque, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $296,671
– Price variation over 1 year: +19.4%
– Price variation over 5 years: +57.2%

#11. Rio Rancho, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $305,987
– Price variation over 1 year: +23.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +68.6%

#ten. Bernalillo, New Mexico

– Typical value of a house: $316,446
– Price variation over 1 year: +26.9%
– Price variation over 5 years: +63.7%

#9. Bosque Farms, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $335,910
– Price variation over 1 year: +21.3%
– Price change over 5 years: +59.0%

#8. Algodones, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $342,886
– Price variation over 1 year: +22.8%
– Price variation over 5 years: +56.5%

#7. North Valley, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $357,250
– Price variation over 1 year: +19.4%
– Price variation over 5 years: +57.8%

#6. Tijeras, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $383,327
– Price variation over 1 year: +15.5%
– Price variation over 5 years: +59.8%

#5. Cedar Crest, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $413,992
– Price variation over 1 year: +17.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +57.3%

#4. Sandia Park, New Mexico

– Typical value of a house: $446,630
– Price variation over 1 year: +15.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +55.4%

#3. Placitas, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $595,169
– Price variation over 1 year: +15.0%
– Price change over 5 years: +56.0%

#2. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

– Typical value of a house: $604,513
– Price variation over 1 year: +18.6%
– Price variation over 5 years: +46.1%

#1. Corrales, New Mexico

– Typical home value: $627,993
– Price variation over 1 year: +20.4%
– Price variation over 5 years: +59.8%

State certifies New Mexico State University graduate student union

LAS CRUCES — Workers graduating from New Mexico State University have obtained union certification through the state labor board.

A call from NMSU is unlikely, which means graduate student union leaders will soon schedule meetings with university administration to formally discuss the concerns. Your priorities? Tuition discounts, more health care options, and higher pay for the more than 900 graduate students who also work at the university.

Matt Varakian, a fourth-year astronomy graduate student involved in the union effort, urges administrators to take “quick action” to make a difference for graduate students. He hopes there can be changes before the start of the next school year in August 2022. He describes the changes demanded by the union as “long overdue”.

The average NMSU graduate student worker earns $12,123 a year after paying tuition and fees, according to a union press release.

“Our number one (priority) is to get tuition coveragehopefully fall 2022,” Varakian said. “We’ve been pushing that specifically in the last two months.”

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Other goals of the union include discussing the structure of graduate schools, ensuring proof of employment transparency, and establishing proper procedures for students who may encounter poor working conditions.

Matt Varakian, a fourth-year astronomy graduate student involved in the union effort, addressed the group of graduate students who came carrying signs to the New State University Board of Regents meeting. -Mexico on Monday, March 14, 2022. He asked them to continue advocating for their union efforts and the remission of tuition fees.

Varakian added: “It’s important to note that these issues have been talked about ever since – I’ve been here for about four years, they’ve been talked about all that time.”

The union certification comes about a year after graduate workers initially union cards submittedrepresenting the majority of graduate student workers, in May 2021.

NMSU will not appeal

The NMSU could appeal the state labor board’s decision to grant a union, but on Thursday NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu pledged to support the union.

“I had a very positive and productive meeting with several of our graduate assistants yesterday morning,” Arvizu wrote in a note posted to Twitter. “The State Public Employees Labor Relations Board voted to certify their union earlier this week and I have informed them that NMSU will not be appealing this decision. I look forward to continuing this dialogue with our graduate assistants as we work to address the concerns they have raised.

Varakian was cautiously optimistic about the certification and confirmation that NMSU will not appeal the certification.

He described the process of union negotiations as “complex”.

“It will take work to figure out how NMSU can provide these things that we are asking for,” he said.

Challenges for international students

In previous presentations and discussions, union leaders of graduate workers at NMSU explained that international graduate students are a particularly vulnerable group.

International students often have to rely more on health care and university resources than graduate students from the United States.

Maxwell Abbey, a Ghanaian student working on his masters in public health, said living with the financial resources provided by the university was “a struggle”.

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Abbey said he earned around $1,800 a month during the eight-month school year. Her monthly tuition comes down to about $1,000, leaving her $800 to cover room and board for the month.

“You’re always thinking about where your next meal is coming from,” he said.

Abbey said tuition discounts and affordable healthcare are the two key elements to keeping herself and other international graduates afloat. He said both would be a “relief”.

Another international graduate student, who asked to remain anonymous, said he would not recommend NMSU to other international students at this time and would instead recommend a school that offers a tuition discount.

“If they make it difficult, we can’t speak for the school,” the student assistant said. But, the student said, he would recommend NMSU if the administration made the changes requested by the union.

Both international students said they were excited to be part of a union that could bargain with NMSU.

“We never sat down to imagine a day like this, where people are going to come together and use their voice, build that collective voice to bring about that change,” Abbey said. “To see this happen now is like a dream come true. I don’t have the right words to express it, but it gives me so much joy to know that we have come together and are fighting.”

Report for America staff member Miranda Cyr can be reached at [email protected] or @mirandacyr on Twitter. Show your support for the Report for America program at https://bit.ly/LCSNRFA.

Adult Cannabis Sales in New Mexico Eclipse $22.1 Million in First Month; The medical hits $17.3 million

New Mexico state regulators are calling the first month of adult-use cannabis commercial sales a success, after licensed retailers recorded more than $22.1 million.

That figure is in addition to $17.3 million in medical cannabis sales, bringing the combined total to nearly $39.5 million, according to the state’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD).

CCD officials hailed the first-month benchmark as an indication of a strong market and supply that has made the new industry a boon to New Mexico’s economy.

“New Mexicans showed up April 1 ready to support local businesses selling high-quality New Mexico products,” said CCD Director Kristen Thomson. “And they always come. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated people working in the industry, the supply has easily met consumer and patient demand. New Mexicans have reason to be proud of the launch of this new industry, which is already adding value to the state’s diverse economy.

The most populous city in the state with over 560,000 residents, Albuquerque saw the highest numbers with $8 million in adult-use cannabis sales and nearly $6.9 million in cannabis sales medical, or about 38% of the state’s overall sales figures for April.

Meanwhile, Las Cruces, with about 110,000 residents, saw nearly $2.1 million in adult usage and $1.6 million in medical sales for the month. Santa Fe (population 87,500) had over $1.8 million in adult usage and $1.6 million in medical sales.

In addition, communities near the Texas border also saw strong sales figures, Hobbs ($1.3 million for adults and $422,000 for medical) and Sunland Park ($1.2 million for adults and $225,000 for medical care) rounding out the top five cities by sales, according to CCD.

Overall, cannabis for adults accounted for 56.1% of sales in April.

Retail trade was boosted by five Fridays and five Saturdays for the month, as well as spikes associated with the state’s April 1 launch, which included about $2.7 million in combined sales, and the holiday from April 20, when dispensaries recorded $2.2 million in combined sales.

Duke Rodriguez, president and CEO of Ultra Health, New Mexico’s largest cannabis company with 38 dispensaries serving both medical and adult customers in the state, highlighted these factors and more.

“Keep in mind we were making $20 million a month in medical bills in 2021,” he said. Cannabis time. “So we are seeing a deterioration in medical care. Now, if it migrates to adulthood, we can’t tell yet. But the reality is that we are seeing a deterioration in medical sales compared to last year, and adult sales did not meet our target.

Rodriguez said New Mexico’s retail target should, in part, be based on comparisons with Montana, which launched its adult retail program on Jan. 1, 2022. During that month inaugural, licensed retailers in Montana sold more than $14.1 million in adult-use cannabis and $10.1 million in medical cannabis (nearly $24.3 million combined), according to the Department of Revenue of State.

Montana’s population of 1.07 million is about 51% of New Mexico’s population of 2.1 million, but its overall first-month sales were 61.5% of New Mexico’s. Mexico.

Besides being close to their adult launch dates, Montana and New Mexico are similar in some ways, Rodriguez said.

“Montana is the fourth largest landmass. [New Mexico is the] fifth largest landmass, he said. “We are both very rural populations. But New Mexico has a huge advantage over Montana: #1, we’re twice their population. #2, we border the nation’s second most populous state, Texas.

While Rodriguez acknowledged that not all months are the same, he said fears have been raised based on those comparisons. While Montana recorded $25.4 million in combined adult and medical sales in April, he said he thinks New Mexico’s numbers should have been double that.

Although only a few days were recorded in the May sales books, Rodriguez said Ultra Health’s retail operations had seen very little change from April, other than the absence of the launch of the April 1 and the 4/20 push.

Overall, New Mexico retailers averaged $1.3 million a day in adult and medical sales throughout April.

The first tax payments on adult-use cannabis sales are due May 25, and data on state revenue from those sales will be available after that date, according to CCD.

Going forward, the division will publish sales figures on a monthly basis.

Village of Taos Ski Valley Updates Fire Evacuation Plan | public safety

Taos Ski Valley village councilors reviewed the fire evacuation plan and community preparedness at their regular meeting on April 26, learned that the village’s tax revenue had exceeded expectations over the course of the current fiscal year and heard disturbing news regarding the health of newly elected Mayor Neal King.

Kathy Bennett, President and Founder of the Firewise Community Board of Directors, presented councilors with an updated emergency checklist to be distributed to Ski Valley residents and property owners.

“In the event of a forest fire, an evacuation will be ordered,” reads the evacuation plan, which must also be distributed to all residents and traders in the ski valley. “The Village Fire Department will sound several sirens to warn you of an evacuation.”

Bennett told Taos News she is concerned that everyone living and working in the Ski Valley will receive the updated plan and checklist, which will be available on the homepage of the village’s website ( vtsv.org). The preliminary emergency plan is currently on site.

“I think they send it with the utility bills, but we also have to send it to those who are not hooked up to water and sewer or don’t get utility bills, including those of Amizette and Kachina,” she said. .

The council also considered a draft ordinance that would institute sewer and water connection fees of an unspecified amount, an expense that was previously covered by the old development impact fee system, according to village attorney Susan Baker.

The new Development Impact Fee schedule which was adopted by the council earlier this year “only pays for the increased capacity of water and sewage works”, not the actual cost of connections, said explained Baker. “Previously, our connection fees and our system development fees were combined. It’s just for the tax cost of the connection.”

Councilors will vote on the ordinance at a later date.

Village administrator John Avila briefed councilors on the situation with the municipal sewage treatment plant, which is working poorly despite multimillion-dollar upgrades made several years ago.

“We’re doing a lot of testing on how to deal with some of the issues with particular membranes and so on,” Avila said. “The temporary plant is being used to perform these tests, and we will get more information when it becomes available to the general public.”

In mid-February, Ski Valley resident Michael Fitzpatrick filed a complaint with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas about a Jan. 25 request under the Inspection Act. public records he submitted to the village requesting documents related to the sewage plant. Fitzpatrick said the village failed to respond to the request according to state law.

“This denial is troubling because an election was fast approaching and voters were not provided with details about the largest project in the village’s history,” Fitzpatrick alleged in his complaint. “Cost overruns, faulty sewage treatment plant performance occurred at the direction and control of three of the applicants.

Fitzpatrick added that he “suspects an intentional cover-up was orchestrated by known and unknown parties.”

Village clerk Ann Wooldridge told Taos News that the village and Fitzpatrick have found a temporary solution to deal with the complaint, which she says is on hold at this time.

“We responded to his request verbally and via emails. But we did not send an official letter,” Wooldridge said. “In the meantime, around the time of his complaint, the documents were provided to him.”

Pro-tem councilor and mayor Tom Wittman said he and newly elected councilors Henry Caldwell and Brent Knox will soon visit the sewage plant to get a better idea of ​​what is needed to keep it running smoothly.

As Pro-tem mayor, Wittman led the April 26 meeting because newly elected mayor Neal King is experiencing recurring health issues.

“Tom has helped me a lot here,” King told the board. “As you all know the blockage in my throat has returned so I’m about to start another radiation patch – oh joy. I’ll keep the council and everyone updated on what’s going on. “

“We’re all behind you, as you know,” Wittman replied.

King told Taos News: “Obviously this is not how I was hoping to start my tenure,” but expressed optimism about his treatment.

Finance director Nancy Grabowski said the village’s tenant tax collections for the year have so far greatly exceeded the $450,000 in revenue projected in the village budget, but councilor Chris Stagg rejected a resolution that proposed a portion of the now projected $600,000 in revenue transferred to the village general fund.

“I just don’t think it’s appropriate right now,” Stagg said. We will be collecting nearly $2 million in gross receipts tax this year. The tenants tax fund has raised more money but the village doesn’t necessarily need that money in the general fund, it would be better to spend it on rooming or fund transportation or do other things things the village needs. I oppose this resolution.”

Caldwell cast the only affirmative vote and the resolution failed.

4 Surveys: Albuquerque home buyers grapple with soaring prices and low inventory

After renting for years, she saw the market nearly dry up as landlords decided to sell rather than stay in the rental market.

The Santa Fe Association of Realtors said the median home price in the first quarter of 2022 was $622,000. This mind-boggling number came alongside record high inventory. In Albuquerque, GAAR said $315,000 was the median price for single-detached homes over the same period. Much more affordable, but still an increase of around $100,000 in just two years.

“It’s like the stars don’t align perfectly. It seems like an almost impossible task for ordinary people who have regular jobs,” Hadzic told KOB.

As she considered moving four children, two dogs and a partner to another rental, she felt the pressure: “Super anxiety-provoking. With four children at school, having to move them, uproot them – or think about – having to moving them, sending them to another school district if necessary, moving all of our stuff in. The thought of having to unsettle them made me feel unsettled.

Every last dollar seemed to go towards rent and utilities. The raises Hadzic got at work couldn’t keep up and saving for a down payment seemed like a distant dream.

Musician Nacha Mendez, a Santa Fe staple since the ’70s, can relate.

“I worked two or three jobs just to live here,” she said. “People who have been here all their lives, maybe, who were born and raised here are kind of kicked out.”

Mendez has worked in radio, played music concerts, sold sculptures and lived in perhaps 75 different rentals since she first moved to the artsy city. Finding a great house to rent was easy. Not anymore.

Mendez and Hadzic both turned to Homewise, a company that works in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to make housing affordable by subsidizing buyers.

“A lot of times when we’re looking at how to approach affordable housing, we subsidize buildings – which is important because we need affordable rents – but the real wealth creation goes to the owners of those buildings, right?” said Johanna Gilligan of Homewise.

The company’s model includes down payment assistance, its own real estate development and mortgage fulfillment for borrowers, funneling some of the profits back into grants and other programs. By allowing everyday new Mexicans to own property, it creates community wealth.

“It’s such a painful rental market. The floor is so high that it’s really hard to find almost anything under $1,000 (per month) at this point,” Gilligan said of the market. from Santa Fe.

As home prices climb, she said what was once a hallmark Santa Fe problem has become a hallmark of parts of Albuquerque and other New Mexico markets. House prices in these communities have begun to exceed the income of the people living there.

“I think we have to be aggressive about getting out of the way, getting out of our own way, out of building more housing,” she said, noting that it’s not just hammering nails that takes time. , but that it has become harder for builders to get approval to build homes in neighborhoods that need price relief.

Nacha Mendez learned of her loan pre-approval last year during a call from her real estate broker.

“(She said) ‘Now you can go to town and start looking for a house,'” Mendez recalled. “And I have to tell you, it was kind of a nightmare.”

After being outbid or outranked by a cash offer for house after house, she decided to keep renting, saving and waiting for a cooldown.

“It’s probably going to break at some point. It has to,” she said.

Matilda Hadzic finally found a house under construction. After waiting month after month, she moved in two days before Christmas. She said she didn’t realize the energy she had put into finding a place to live.

“I don’t think so until I get here,” she said, taking a deep breath and then exhaling. “That’s when I felt this relief. It was like a physical release.”

Los Alamos County Library, NMSU Presents Virtual Program May 12 on Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico – Los Alamos Reporter

Registration is required for a May 12 virtual class by NMSU Food Systems Specialist Sally Cassady on “Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico.” Photo courtesy of LAC


Los Alamos County Library staff will present ‘Vegetable Gardening in New Mexico’, a virtual program with New Mexico State University (NMSU) food systems specialist Sally Cassady. This program is free to the public and will be streamed live from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12 via Zoom.

Attendees can expect to receive expert advice on how to make their vegetable gardens successful in New Mexico’s unique climate.

Cassady holds a master’s degree in public health with a focus on health behavior and health promotion.

“I started with the nutrition side of health education, but due to many factors, I quickly discovered that I wanted to work more on reconnecting people with their food sources. I want to give people the ways to grow their own food, Cassady said.

She started her own vegetable gardening journey in 2012 during an internship at the Tucson Village Farm in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to New Mexico in 2017 and has been growing vegetables (personally and professionally) ever since. She has completed Master Gardener programs in Arizona and New Mexico and is a lifelong learner who works closely with NMSU gardening specialists.

Cassady has been working with beginning gardeners and experienced gardeners who are new to New Mexico since 2018. She says many who fall into these categories experience similar challenges with soil, water, and intense sun and wind. This program will cover three tips that address these challenges and will include valuable resources from NMSU to enable participants to continue their learning journey after completing the program.

This program is free to the public and will be broadcast live via Zoom. Registration is required to attend. Please see the calendar of events at LosAlamosLibrary.org for more information. Do you have questions or need help registering? Dial (505) 662-8257. This program is made possible by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries and New Mexico State University.

Gerhard Struber has again linked up with Watford’s work as the Red Bulls’ rising board

Reset the clock because we have a Gerhard Struber rumor about the return of a familiar suitor.

As Watford plan to return to the Championship, the club are looking for an experienced person to replace short-term employee Roy Hodgson. Athleticism reports that the Hornets are at the research stage. The list includes, but is not limited to, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Martinez, Russell Martin and, of course, Struber. There have been “high level conversations” about paying “compensation fees” in order to acquire someone (anyone) currently under contract.

The Hertfordshire club were first connected with Struber in the summer of 2020 after Barnsley’s escape from relegation. The Austrian is “eager to return to European football”, while his “representatives have remained in contact with the Watford hierarchy”. The ideal candidate will “work with young players and develop them”, which is certainly a big point on his resume.

While the New York Red Bulls team he currently manages is doing well right now, Struber has been shaking the tree for a few months at this point. His fiery pre-season press conference dates back just over two months, since crushed by a strong position on the board. Would he be able to refuse Watford and return to the Premier League?

Struber raising the stakes and abandoning a promising MLS season would be painful for Red Bulls fans, but an increasingly common scenario in the fast-paced world of global football in which the club now participates. It’s one that New York fans have indeed already gotten a taste of when Jesse Marsch skipped midway through the 2018 Shield-winning campaign for the assistant role at RB Leipzig. .

But the structures built in New York by Struber and recently deceased sports chief Kevin Thelwell are better designed to withstand management upheavals than the one that sank into mediocrity after Marsch’s exit four years ago. The current Red Bulls squad is a young and flexible unit built with the club’s distinct tactical identity in mind rather than the more hybrid assemblage of MLS veterans and reserve stars that almost immediately fell apart under Chris Armas in the 2019 campaign after slowing its pace at the end of 2018. The club also has a deeper backroom staff with diverse management experience in North America and overseas, with manager of the reserve, Gary Lewis, who left his administrative functions at liverpool and Seattle Sounders while highly regarded former New Mexico United head coach Troy Lesesne is currently one of Struber’s first-team assistants.

Nonetheless, fans are hoping Struber will stick around as his team grows. Sitting second in the Eastern Conference, he hopes to secure the Red Bulls their first home win of 2022 this Saturday against Portland before looking to become the first MLS team to win their first five away games of the week. next to DC.

How will the P&C insurance economy withstand the impacts of climate change?

In 2021, more than four in 10 Americans lived in a county affected by climate-related extreme weather, and 80% lived in places that experienced a multi-day heat wave.

The cost of these disasters has increased dramatically and so far in 2022 there is little relief on the horizon.

Historically, extreme weather events are less frequent in the first quarter of most calendar years, but Aon Benfield estimates The first quarter of 2022 was the sixth consecutive year with more than $10 billion in insured losses. Their first estimates for the first quarter of 2022 suggest that severe weather events globally have resulted in $32 billion in overall economic losses, of which $14 billion is covered by public and private insurers.

An estimated $6 billion of global economic losses in the first quarter of 2022 stem from weather events in the United States, primarily severe convective storms and tornadoes in March.

Damage from convective storms has become almost as costly as hurricanes, with average annual losses in the United States amounting to nearly $17 billion, with hail losses contributing up to 50-80%, according to RMS. severe convective losses in a given year. Warm temperatures and unusual changes in the jet stream lead to more extreme weather events like the devastating tornadoes of December 10 and 11, 2021, which crossed six states and included a single tornado with the longest path on record of approximately 250 miles.

According to AccuWeather, March, April and May tend to see the most powerful storms and large tornadoes, such as the EF4 tornado that hit Des Moines, IA on March 5-6. From March 21-23, a large tornado outbreak hit the southern region of the United States, with strong tornadoes near College Station, Austin and Houston, TX, metropolitan areas, and another supercell hitting the New York metropolitan area. -Orleans.

“Tornado Alley”, the region from the Southern Plains to the Northern Plains encompassing central Texas, much of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, parts of eastern Colorado and New Mexico and parts of Iowa, has historically seen…

Strong winds continue to fuel New Mexico wildfires

Mr. Schwope also urged residents to be on alert for further evacuation announcements, and on Sunday afternoon residents of two areas in Mora County were told to leave immediately. Mr Johnson said around 6,000 people from 32 communities near the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire, some in rural mountain areas, had already been ordered to leave.

Monica Aragon left her home in Ledoux, a small community northeast of Santa Fe, on April 22 and returned only once. She and her two children live with her parents in Chimayo, about 60 miles from her home.

On Friday, she said, she received a call from a volunteer firefighter describing the situation. He said he didn’t want her to panic, but that the fire had reached the road in front of his house. Firefighters were “getting it away from your house, she recalled.

Due to the continuing danger, county officials were unable to provide a full account of the number of destroyed or damaged structures. But San Miguel County Executive Joy Ansley said before the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire spread Friday, it had destroyed 200 structures.

Roger Montoya, a New Mexico state representative whose district includes three counties currently affected by fires, spent time last week with a team delivering food and other supplies to residents who weren’t not gone yet. Some were without power, he said.

“There is a reluctance among individuals to leave their homes,” he said.

Samuel Coca, general manager of a bar at the Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM, said he had three vehicles full of personal effects in case he and his family needed to leave.

As the blaze intensified on Friday, alongside the number of people leaving their homes, his bar began offering free buffet dinners to firefighters and evacuees. Many people left the house with the clothes they were wearing and not much else, he added.

CRS Data adds eight new MLS clients and associations — RISMedia

SCR dataa property tax data provider in the United States, expanded its national reach with eight new MLS customers and associations, including several regional business alliances and coalitions. This expansion has been accompanied by investments in innovative growth with four major product enhancements and five new internal positions.

Some of the new clients include: Louisiana Commercial Database, Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin, Pueblo Association of REALTORS, New Mexico MLS,

Colorado Real Estate Network (CREN), Gulf Coast CMLS and Indiana Regional MLS.

“The growth we’ve experienced over the past year is a reflection of our customer-focused philosophy that drives every aspect of our business,” said Sara Cooper, MLS Market Director. “Our teams thrive in an environment that inspires individualized solutions for smart real estate data. We care about personalization and are committed to creating unparalleled search capabilities – that’s what we love to do.

As the customer base grew, CRS Data intensified talent acquisition to improve the product and support services. According to the company, these new internal positions will continue to develop solutions that help MLSs and associations.

“The talent we retain and attract to our business provides unparalleled expertise to ensure we constantly update our platform with intuitive elements and intelligent data that enrich the lives of real estate agents in the United States and Canada, Cooper said. “We work every day to improve the usability of the MLS Tax Suite, from small nuances to major feature launches, including bilingual reports, school zone data and maps, ADA compliance, and intuitive comparison features and sturdy.”

To learn more, visit MLS Tax Suite.

Andrew Callaghan expands his journalistic activities

Some say journalism is a dying industry; local newspapers often have only a fraction of the necessary staff and broadcast journalists are suddenly largely multi-hyphenated. Mainstream channels like CNN and FOX do not necessarily appeal to younger audiences and show hyperpolarized portrayals of current events. The answer to these questions, according to Andrew Callaghan of Channel 5 Action Newsis an independent civilian journalism.

“The best way to consume media is (through) first-hand clips, Callaghan said. “You saw that in 2020 the George Floyd video was more powerful than any newscaster could have been. (He) reached more people… Just make sure you don’t consume, you know, propaganda and misinformation; just try to be aware.

Callaghan was just in Ukraine in early April covering humanitarian efforts in the city of Lviv, but spent most of his time reporting on road trips across the United States. Known for his coverage of many fringe subcultures across America on his YouTube channel”All throttle without pause“, he recently founded Channel 5 Action News and takes on more pressing and serious issues to expand its coverage.

“I’m not going to say anything about my old job. It was important and it was empathetic and voyeuristic, but at the same time…I’ve done it before,” Callaghan said.

Callaghan credits Loyola University’s journalism program for teaching him how to write news stories and use the AP style. Yet he pushes back against certain aspects of what journalism school teaches and the traditional standards of a journalist.

“The idea that a journalist is objective… that’s never possible. I think a journalist should acknowledge their biases and be honest about it that way, you know, like, ‘Oh, I’m hearing from somebody fucking Trump; I get this from someone who is a Joe Biden supporter,” Callaghan said.

While well-meaning, Callaghan said many journalism classes are out of touch with how younger generations consume media, primarily through social media.

“I don’t know anybody, what, who sits down at 10 p.m. for an hour of cable news, pundits…I consume most of the posts on Instagram. Like, if some newsworthy shit happens, I’ll see like a friend posted on their story. This is how we consume things,” Callaghan said.

Callaghan also differs from mainstream progressive media standards, with its coverage of many right-wing movements in America, including the recent trucker-led “People’s Convoy.” He said that even though the progressive media say they don’t want to give them a platform, he understands that they are such a large voting bloc and therefore it is important to cover them.

“So with the right, anti-vax, you know, ‘People’s Convoy’ style stuff, I allow them exposure… I think I’m doing a service, mostly because (with) me I have the I seem to have privileges others don’t. So I can blend in with some of these groups and get the content I need and distribute it across all platforms,” ​​Callaghan said.

However, during the question-and-answer session hosted by the University of New Mexico on April 20, Callaghan said he was trying to stay away from far-right activity because it is not as prevalent than it was during election cycles, and he doesn’t want to make it look bigger than it is by following it to the last strands of the movement.

He said he had no plans to return to Ukraine, feeling like he told the story there as best he could.

“I’m not going to go back because I kind of told the story as far as I felt it was good for me. I am not a war reporter. You know, I’m a human journalist, but I can go into a war zone and talk to people,” Callaghan said.

While Callaghan has said he’s open to returning overseas if there’s a reason to, he’s invested in covering the many different parts of America.

“Not a single strand of DNA has the word American on it. (America) a complete abstraction. That’s why it’s important to travel because you can go to 100 countries in one. I think of America in terms of what that they call micro-regions instead of states,” Callaghan said.

Convinced that independent journalism is the future, he encouraged UNM students to take up journalism if they felt like it.

“The coolest thing about journalism is that it’s kind of like a free ticket, anytime you want to dive deep, because everybody appreciates the coverage,” Callaghan said during the session. questions answers.

Madeline Pukite is a reporter for the Daily Lobo. They can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @maddogpukite

San Juan County industrial park gets boost with federal grant

FARMINGTON — The county’s hopes to open the San Juan County Industrial Park received a boost April 28 with a $1.6 million infrastructure grant from the U.S. Bailout Coal Communities Pledge .

County Executive Mike Stark said that grant, 30% in county matching funds and an earlier state grant to connect the park to a local natural gas line, totaled more than $4.1 million. investment dollars to improve the facility for potential tenants.

Planned infrastructure improvements are intended to stimulate future growth of the industrial park.

Upon completion, Stark predicted the facility would be “potentially the first industrial space here in the Four Corners”.

Cash received from the state and federal government

The $1.6 million in federal money for infrastructure will be matched by $699,760 in local money.

The $4.1 million investment plan is complemented by a $1.82 million rural infrastructure grant the county received in March for the construction of a gas pipeline extension aimed at attracting new businesses in the La Plata industrial park, owned by the county.

The New Mexico Department of Economic Development announced March 29 that San Juan County had received the state grant to extend an 11-mile natural gas pipeline along the NM 170 freeway to the industrial park, a project that will also open access to natural gas to residents along this highway.

From mine headquarters to industrial park

The 190-acre parcel was acquired by San Juan County as a future industrial park from the Bureau of Land Management and international mining company BHP Billiton in 2007.

The area was used for 10 years by local company PESCO, an oil and gas equipment manufacturer, until 2019.

Another tenant was ready to occupy the park in early 2020, “and then COVID hit, and they rightfully backed off,” Stark said.

After lease negotiations ended, the facility sat vacant, and the county decided to look into the shortcomings noted by past users of the site and seek money to improve the park.

Located 18 miles north of Farmington on Highway 170, BHP’s former La Plata mine headquarters is just a little off the beaten path. The 1985 facility includes a 42,000 square foot building, as well as smaller buildings. There is a 19,200 square foot store and it has two overhead cranes 50 feet above the work area, according to a white paper for the county grant application.

Stark said these cranes are a big advantage in attracting certain types of manufacturing.

Mike Stark

There is also storage space, locker rooms and support areas on the lower level, and 8,200 square feet of adjoining office space, according to the white paper.

Stark said the office space needs updating, and that’s part of the plans for the grant money. Other upgrades include broadband access and structural improvements. These include water and fire suppression system upgrades, lighting and security upgrades, mechanical upgrades, HVAC system upgrades and system improvements roof.

The improvements partly represent the county acting on concerns or complaints from those who used the facility despite key flaws, Stark said. The lack of access to natural gas meant high propane heating bills, and the lack of broadband also made the site less attractive.

The San Juan Industrial Park is benefiting from a $4.1 million plan to renovate its facilities and provide future tenants with access to natural gas and broadband service.

Grant part of the federal effort for coal communities

The grant is part of the Economic Development Administration’s $300 million US bailout and coal communities pledge.

“President Biden’s U.S. bailout provides direct assistance to American communities as they work to build a better America following the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo said in a statement. a press release on April 28.

“This EDA investment will support San Juan County in its efforts to diversify its economy and create new, well-paying jobs for the community.”

The EDA press release noted that the project was facilitated by regional planning efforts “led by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments. The EDA is funding the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

The statement said the project is part of the federal government’s multi-agency efforts to help communities hard hit by job cuts in the coal industry.

“The Economic Development Administration is committed to helping communities across the country implement strategies to alleviate economic hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, said the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project is part of EDA’s Coal Community Engagement and will support the transition of the local economy from the coal industry to new fields, attracting additional businesses to San Juan County and supporting a stronger and more resilient regional economy.”

Contact John R. Moses at 505-564-4624, or by email at [email protected]

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NM’s tax landscape has changed this year – make sure you know what you’re entitled to

With record tax revenue in the state of New Mexico, there’s more to know about tax changes and rebates for New Mexicans. Bills passed in the regular and special session affect taxes in 2021, 2022 and beyond. The following is a roundup of new state laws and programs, but it is not tax advice; see a tax resource for more information.

For 2021

Tax rebates

• Single, refundable refunds will be $500 for married couples filing jointly with incomes below $150,000 and $250 for single filers with incomes below $75,000. Rebates will be sent automatically to eligible taxpayers who have filed a 2021 Personal Income Tax (IRP) return. No application is required.

• A refundable income tax refund for all taxpayers of $500 for single filers and $1,000 for joint filers. The rebate will be split into two equal installments, one in June 2022 and one in August 2022. The rebates will be sent automatically to taxpayers who have filed a 2021 PIT return. No application is required.

If you owe state taxes, refunds can be used to offset any liabilities on the 2021 tax year return before issuing a refund to you.

Low-income New Mexicans who are not required to file may also be eligible for refundable tax credits and rebates such as the Low-Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate. Refundable credits and rebates may result in a refund to filers, even though they are not subject to tax. Low-income filers who are not subject to tax can still file without penalty. Applications will be available on the YES-NM website at www.yes.state.nm.us beginning at 8 a.m. May 2.

Relief payments

• New Mexicans who do not file taxes will be able to apply for relief payments starting at 8 a.m. on May 2. Relief payments will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and will be disbursed no later than July 31. the deadline to request a relief payment is 5 p.m. on May 31, but requests may be closed before May 31 if available funds are exhausted.

To apply for a relief payment from the Department of Social Services, go to the YES-NM website at www.yes.state.nm.us beginning May 2. The application will be available in English and Spanish.

Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC)

• Under House Bill 291, the WFTC represents 20% of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). It is based on family size and income. For taxpayers between the ages of 18 and 25 with or without children, this change was made permanent in HB 291.

Low Income Comprehensive Income Tax Refund (LICTR)

• This is also part of House Bill 291 and is now available to taxpayers with up to $36,000 of adjusted gross income. According to the Department of Taxes and Revenue, if you have already filed, including the LICTR, no further action is necessary. If you did not claim this rebate, you can file an amended return.

For 2022 and beyond

Credit for nurses

• A taxpayer who is not dependent on another person and who worked full time as a nurse in a hospital located in New Mexico can claim a tax credit on the tax payable by the taxpayer. The amount of the tax credit granted for the 2022 tax year is $1,000.

Child income tax credit

• For taxation years beginning on January 1, 2023 and before January 1, 2032, a taxpayer who is a resident and who is not dependent on another individual may claim a credit on the tax payable from taxpayer for each eligible child of the taxpayer. . The credit ranges from $25 to $175 per child, depending on income.

Exemption from military retirement indemnities

• There is now an income tax exemption for armed forces retirees, starting at $10,000 of military retirement income in 2022 and gradually increasing to $30,000 of retirement income over the years of retirement. taxation 2024 to 2026.

Exemption from social security income

• Beginning with the 2022 tax year, New Mexico will exempt Social Security retirement income from taxation for individual retirees who earn less than $100,000 per year. The income threshold is $75,000 for married people filing separately and $150,000 for heads of families, surviving spouses and married people filing jointly.

Gross Receipts Tax

• Similar to a sales tax, but applied to most goods and services, the Gross Receipts and Countervailing Tax Rate Schedules from the Department of Taxation and Revenue show a reduction of 0.125 percentage points in July 2022 and at new in 2023.

Did you know?

• Anyone who turns 100 is exempt from personal income tax in New Mexico if that person is not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer? For information, a spouse is not a dependent. (See Bulletin B300.3)

Source: New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue www.tax.newmexico.gov/

Lindsay’s Grand Slam isn’t enough to push Aggies past the Lancers on Senior Night


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Despite a big boost from a Hannah Lindsay grand slam in the fifth, NM State (10-32, 5-14) was unable to earn the win as the visiting Lancers (27-24, 9-10) won by a score from 9-6 Friday night.

California Baptist sprinted out of the blocks with a three-run first inning that saw Laurali Patane enter the game after just three batters at home plate. A single off the left field line from CBU’s Sydney Soto was the hit that did the most damage as she netted a pair of runs to start the game.

After a single down the middle from NM State’s first batter Hailey Tanorithe Aggies struggled to find success as Lancer starter Alyssa Argomaniz put aside the next nine batters to keep NM State off the scoreboard for the first three innings.

However, after a big first inning, California’s Baptist offense was also limited by the arm of Patane who allowed only two combined hits in the second and third innings. That streak was capped off by the elimination of number eight hitter Molly Kolander to close out the top half of the third inning.

Both teams scored a single point in the fourth but took opposing approaches to do so. CBU played a small ball to move Mackenzie San Pedro around the bases and eventually through home plate. Meanwhile, the NM State race went down in one fell swoop as Jillian Taylor smashed his fifth race of the season to give the Aggies their first race of the day, leaving the home team in trail position by three runs.

After Patane got through a clean top half in round five, NM State opened up their half with a pair of walks. Pinch runner Savannah Bejerano then forced the problem by stealing second and causing a throwing error that allowed Riley Carley to go third.

Senior Melika Ofoiawho made him 18and start of the season, then earned the Aggies the third walk of the fifth inning to load the bases. Beating from ninth place, Hannah Lindsay entered the batter’s box with ill intentions as she hammered a ball off the center field wall to give the Aggies a one-run lead in one quick motion.

However, Aggie’s advantage was short-lived as California Baptist posted a five on the scoreboard in the sixth inning to regain the lead. The Lancer defense then held NM State scoreless in the bottom half to enter the seventh inning with a 9-5 lead.

Entrance Jordan King would eventually get into the circle and fabricate a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to keep the Aggies within four runs with an opportunity on the left. A slow-rolling single from Tanori to the right side of the infield would give the Aggies a one-out base runner. Jillian Taylor then picked up her second RBI of the day as she knocked a ball off the center field wall to bring Tanori home from her spot at first base – bringing the Aggies one run closer to the Lancers. Unfortunately, that would be NM State’s only run in the bottom of the seventh, giving CBU the 9-6 victory in Game 1 of the series.


The Aggies and Lancers return to NM State Softball Complex tomorrow night as the two WAC programs compete in a doubleheader with the series on the line. Game 1’s first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 4 p.m. after the end of the first match. Aggie fans can watch both matches at WACsports.com/watch.

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The South Plains Food Bank received 10,240 pounds of apples from United

United Supermarkets donated 10,240 pounds of apples to the South Plains Food Bank on Thursday as part of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program. This donation was part of a larger donation of more than 50,000 pounds of apples across Texas and New Mexico.

In the first 11 years of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program, United Family stores donated more than 500,000 pounds of apples and fed more than 167,000 families. Now in the twelfth year, the company continues to add to that total.

“We are very proud to continue the Take a Bite Out of Hunger tradition of donating to food banks in our communities, said Joseph Bunting, Chief Commercial Officer of United Family. “Now in our twelfth year of this program, we understand how much these donations mean to food banks and the families they serve.”

This donation marks a continued commitment by United Supermarkets and Market Street as original partners in the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program, sponsored by Washington’s FirstFruits Marketing. FirstFruits created the program to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States.

“The impact of The United Family goes far beyond what the public sees,” said Dina Jefferies, CEO of South Plains Food Bank. “Every day you can find ‘U-Crew’ members volunteering in our warehouse or in our orchard – they have been partners of the U Can Share food drive since its inception. We feel very lucky to have a partner of their caliber by our side.

Governor of Nuevo Leon establishes collaborative commitment between Houston and Mexico

The Nuevo Leon state government visited the partnership this week with the aim of strengthening relations between the two regions, focusing on the development of their energy, logistics, life sciences and technology ecosystems. This visit follows last month’s successful economic development trip to Mexico, led by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston First Corp. and the Partnership.

Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garciaeconomics secretary Maestro Ivan Rivas Rodriguezand General Manager of the Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo León Dr. Marco Antonio Gonzalez Valdez all attended a luncheon where they discussed infrastructure proposals and the state’s thriving economy.

International Bridges Master Plan

Gonzalez presented Nuevo Leon’s plan to modernize the Port of Colombia, referring to the project as a priority for Governor Garcia’s administration. The Port of Columbia is the only international bridge directly connecting Texas to Nuevo Leon and ranks #3 in total customs federal tax collection between the United States and Mexico. Gonzales discussed plans to maximize port activity, noting advanced talks to reactivate a railroad to the border town. He also said that establishing a cargo airport and promoting the strategic relocation of export factories are key goals for the administration.

The flourishing “economy”

Economy Secretary Maestro Iván Rivas Rodríguez discussed the economy of Nuevo Leon, led by the capital Monterrey, which accounts for 92% of the state’s population. Rodriguez pointed to Nuevo Leon’s business and labor competition, noting that it generates 7.8% of Mexico’s GDP while the state represents only 4.6% of the country’s population.

Rodriguez shared other economic factors, focusing on the state’s foreign direct investment (FDI) records. According to the secretary, with $921 million in FDI in the fourth quarter of 2021, the state of Nuevo Leon ranked No. 1 in the country, accounting for 24% of Mexico’s total FDI.

Rodriguez also highlighted the recovery of the state from the pandemic and the business sectors. “Not only are we recovering…we’re doing a lot better,” Rodriguez said. “We are ready for businesses and people to come and make a soft landing in Nuevo Leon.”

Memorandum of Understanding

Senior Vice President and Director of Economic Development Susan Davenport, Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garcia and Nuevo Leon Economic Secretary signed a memorandum of understanding. The MOU represents an agreement for future collaboration between Houston and Nuevo Leon.

Remarks from the Governor of Nuevo Leon

Governor Garcia discussed the importance of the Port of Columbia project, with a focus on tax revenue. “Imagine what we can accomplish with our people…[and] with a good port.

The Mexican governor also highlighted the economic development gains of Texas and Houston. “Texas did a great job winning California. [companies]… the [growth of] the new Silicon Valley in Austin and energy issues in Houston.

Honoring Governor Garcia’s visit to Houston and anticipating multi-industry collaborations, Mayor Turner proclaimed April 26 Nuevo Leon Day.

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Bernalillo County releases cybersecurity policy upgrade after hack

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About four months after a ransomware attack forced a partial shutdown and halted many of its operations, Bernalillo County adopted a new cybersecurity policy.

Chief Information Officer Robert Benavidez said the new 11-page policy includes some elements that might have helped had they been in place before the January 5 attack, including one requiring a multi-factor authentication process. to access certain accounts. Even with a password, someone attempting to log in will need another code received through a separate device or application, such as a phone.

Benavidez said the county was already moving toward such a requirement before the attack but has yet to implement it. The accounts “certainly were one of the mechanisms (attackers) exploited” in the incident earlier this year, Benavidez said, although he said he was unable to provide more information. details.

“A year ago I would have said it was a good idea,” Benavidez said.

“Today it is a necessity.”

The new county policy – ​​which replaces the existing internet use and email policies – also notes that “Bernalillo County systems are monitored by a 24×7 Security Operations Center, which, according to Benavidez, is a new development. All computers in the network are equipped with sensors that will alert the SOC of suspicious activity to initiate the necessary intervention, he said.

The Bernalillo County Commission unanimously approved the new policy Tuesday night.

January’s ransomware attack had a dramatic impact on county operations. The county closed its downtown headquarters for several days, temporarily locked down the Metropolitan Detention Center and was unable to process legal documents such as marriage licenses and real estate transactions.

But the county was able to recover without paying a ransom to the attackers, Benavidez said.

The county had insurance to cover up to $2 million in costs associated with such incidents. Its deductible is $250,000, and Bernalillo County shares the cost with the statewide New Mexico Counties Organization.

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State lawmakers are starting to track how federal relief funds have been spent


On Wednesday, state lawmakers on the Legislative Finance Committee received an update from Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Debbie Romero on how those dollars were spent.

“We have approximately $5.5 million that we were going to withdraw from agencies, but we still have the ability to obligate those funds, so our intention for DFA and the State of New Mexico is to ensure that no penny is returned to the federal government. government of this Cares Act money,” Romero said.

As for the state’s emergency rental assistance program, Romero said he’s already sent the majority of those funds to help keep people from being evicted.

“The first pot of money was $172 million, that’s what was budgeted and we spent, there’s only about $34 million left of the PARE 1 money. That means we have actually doing a really good job of making sure the money gets to those who need it the most, Romero said.

Romero said the state is now working to launch an online dashboard to easily track where federal American Rescue Plan Act COVID relief funds have been spent.

“Our biggest challenge is knowing what’s happening in the state of New Mexico and keeping track of everything. And so we are in the process – I would say in a few weeks, four weeks, of rolling out this ARPA dashboard,” Romero said.

Sioux City woman sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to distribute more than 42 pounds of methamphetamine | USAO-NDIA

A Sioux City woman who distributed over 42 pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced on April 19, 2022 to 7 years in federal prison. Heather Sorgdrager, 41, of Sioux City, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty on October 18, 2021 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

During a plea hearing, Sorgdrager admitted to conspiring to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in and around Sioux City. Sorgdrager admitted to possessing methamphetamine in New Mexico that she intended to bring to Sioux City. In April 2021, New Mexico law enforcement found Sorgdrager and another individual with over 42 pounds of methamphetamine.

Sorgdrager was sentenced in Sioux City by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand to 84 months in prison. She must also serve a 3-year probation sentence after the prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Sorgdrager is being held in the custody of the United States Marshal until she can be transported to federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by the Sioux City, Iowa-based Tri-State Drug Task Force, which consists of members of the Drug Enforcement Administration law enforcement personnel; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; homeland security investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Counter Narcotics; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations; and the Woodbury County District Attorney’s Office.

Information on the court file at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The file number is 21-CR-4031.

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What Social Media Advertising Tells Us About Inflation

Earnings reports from social media companies are coming out this week, including those from Twitter and Facebook, and ad accounts from much of their business.

But when Snap Inc. reported earnings last week, the company flagged issues that could hurt ad demand. The problems are familiar – supply chain problems and inflation.

Most people who work in advertising will tell you that ad spend is a good measure of where companies are headed for the economy. Deloitte Digital’s Mark Singer said that while brands are worried about a possible recession, marketing is on the chopping block.

“Marketing is the first to go, and it’s the leading indicator when the economy comes back because it’s the first to come back. We don’t recommend our customers do this, Singer said.

It’s actually time to continue to invest in marketing, he said, or even invest more in building brand loyalty. And digital is where they should be investing their ad dollars, especially during a pandemic that has kept people online more than ever.

“We’re seeing influencers making leaps and bounds,” Singer said.

According to Tina Moffett, principal analyst at Forrester, social media is seeing the strongest growth of advertising in general. It’s not just because it’s where consumers’ eyes are, it also gives brands the best value for money. Campaign effectiveness is easy to measure and ads can be targeted to consumers in specific geographic markets.

Moffett said it’s really helpful if your product is readily available in New York, but it would take too long to get to New Mexico.

“Because they weren’t going to spend media money in an area to promote a product where they didn’t have it,” she said.

As for inflation? According to Wharton marketing professor Barbara Kahn, it’s about your, “trying to get the consumer to understand that we’re in this together,” she said. “We try to do the right thing. We are a partner with you. We try to create value.

Because in a time when a lot of how people buy comes down to price, explaining why it hopefully increases loyalty and a more honest relationship with a customer.

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Californians don’t make much for billions of dollars – Lake County Record-Bee


The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is not afraid of its mission.

Named for the chief architect of California’s Proposition 13 property tax limit, the organization fiercely defends Jarvis’s landmark 1978 measure against those – public employee unions, in individual – who are calling for its repeal.

So far, Jarvis and his allied groups have prevailed for more than four decades, most recently pushing back against a 2020 ballot measure that would have removed some of Proposition 13’s limits on commercial ownership.

But HJTA, as it calls itself, is also working on a broader front, opposing most non-property tax increases and criticizing what it sees as a waste of taxpayers’ money. This latest effort includes an annual report on “waste, fraud and abuse” – essentially a summary of reports from news outlets and independent watchdogs such as the state auditor.

This year’s version, titled “Follow the Money 2021,” contains dozens of examples of how public funds have been wasted, misappropriated, or otherwise diverted, as well as situations, according to HJTA, that show politicians benefiting. of special treatment.

One could quibble with some of the examples, but overall they indicate that taxpayers often don’t get the value for their money as they should.

So, one wonders, how does California compare to other states in this regard?

Coincidentally, as HJTA was preparing its report, an organization called Wallet Hub offered an answer.

In March, Wallet Hub, a consumer finance website, released a study on what it calls “return on investment,” merging tax burdens with service quality to develop an index that compares states on the efficiency with which they spend public funds.

Factors included in the service side of the equation include schools, roads, hospitals, crime, water quality, and poverty. Minnesota is rated as having the best services.

Unfortunately – but perhaps unsurprisingly – California does not fare well in its “return on investment” score. In fact, it’s fourth worst overall, just ahead of Hawaii, New Mexico and North Dakota. New Hampshire scores the highest, followed by Florida and South Dakota.

In services, California ranks 34th, but its tax burden, one of the highest in the country, lowers its overall “return on investment” score. Incidentally, rival Texas has the seventh highest yield.

The HJTA report and Wallet Hub comparison highlight an irritating aspect of governance in California – politicians’ eagerness to create new projects and services and their reluctance to assess whether their favorite programs are delivering the promised results and to step in when they do. they are not up to par.

One of the cases cited by HJTA, a high-tech budget tool called FI$cal, is a prime example of the syndrome. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on FI$cal over the past decade and a half and it still doesn’t work. The state auditor has released 18 reports criticizing the project’s management and performance, but governors and lawmakers continue to throw money down the drain.

Many other examples are evident, some particular projects such as FI$cal and some broader issues such as homelessness. It’s very close to the top of voters’ concerns as measured in the polls and California taxpayers have spent billions of dollars on it. However, the problem seems to be getting more and more acute as politicians and supposed experts debate what might work.

Politicians think their career depends on offering new services and facilities and promising marvelous results, while oversight and management lack political sex appeal. Ultimately, however, voters will become embittered if they conclude that they are not getting their money’s worth, as the HJTA report and the Wallet Hub study suggest.

N3B job boot camps thrive in Los Alamos to support environmental cleanup

Students at N3B boot camps receive on-the-job training in addition to classroom instruction. Courtesy picture

Mark Russell was one of three N3B employees honored with the Teamwork Award from the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) – a consortium of companies that carry out work on behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE) – in June 2020.

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A total of 22 students in the Radiation Monitoring Technician (RCT) Boot Camp doubles last year’s enrollment, marking the continued success of a partnership between N3B Los Alamos and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos (UNM-LA). The Workforce Development Program supports N3B’s role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Cleanup (DOE) mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The boot camp programs were launched in early 2019 with a dual purpose of providing additional local employment opportunities and meeting the need for trained employees at N3B, which works on sanitation and disposal radioactive and hazardous waste inherited around LANL.

All 22 students are guaranteed full-time positions with N3B at the end of boot camp, unlike more traditional programs where students start looking for jobs after the programs end. Boot camp students enrolled in February and will complete the 16-17 week program in mid-May.

N3B Central Training Officer Mark Russell, who was hired to design and implement training programs in May 2018, said the Radiation Monitoring Technician (RCT) Boot Camp was offered this year to fill current vacancies. N3B also offers a Nuclear Processing Operator (NPO) boot camp when needed.

“Boot camps are the way to go because they target specific needs, Russell said. “They are the most efficient way to deliver a compressed program to meet the needs of the workforce in the fastest and most consolidated way.”

Boot camp students receive 10 college credits, paid for by N3B, after completing approximately 12-16 weeks of classroom instruction at the UNM-LA campus, as well as field training at various N3B cleanup sites . They also receive remuneration during the program and agree to work for N3B for one year.

Additionally, they receive on-the-job training in Technical Area 54, where N3B manages and prepares for shipment LANL’s legacy radioactive and hazardous waste. A login bonus for staying with N3B for at least two years is a new option.

Russell said N3B’s competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits often provide upward mobility for anyone who completes training camps. He said some enrollees were college-aged, while others had experience in the job market but wanted to change fields or improve their skills.

He said boot camp certifications and N3B experience translate to jobs in other parts of the country, so the need for new recruits continues to fuel boot camps.

The current class serves local communities with four students from Los Alamos; three from Española, Santa Fe and White Rock; and one each from Anthony, Chimayo, Cordova, El Rito, Las Cruces, Ohkay Owingeh, Peñasco and Rio Rancho. An out-of-state student is from Longview, Washington.


The application window for the next round of training camp opportunities will open in the coming weeks. The posting will be on the N3B website under careers, followed by N3B jobs.

Radiation Control Technicians (RCTs) monitor work environments for radioactive materials, control radioactive materials appropriately, manage emergency response, and perform procedures as needed. Nuclear processing operators (NPOs) participate in critical environmental cleanup by handling, packaging, processing, and documenting radioactive waste.

N3B’s Workforce Development Program also offers applied science associates in nuclear operations technology and has attracted boot camp graduates seeking degrees. This program was launched in May 2021 in partnership with Northern New Mexico College.

About N3B

N3B is a HII Nuclear led company with BWX Technologies, with critical contractors Longenecker & Associates and Tech2 Solutions. N3B is implementing the 10-year, $1.4 billion Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup contract for the local DOE Environmental Management Office in Los Alamos.

Grant Funding Available for New Mexico Organic Operations


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Educational grant opportunities are now available to New Mexico organic growers through the New Mexico Organic Agriculture Conference (NMOFC), the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) said in A press release. This opportunity replaces the traditional conference, which is no longer offered. Instead, organic producers can apply to receive scholarships. These funds will be distributed to support educational opportunities and advance organic production knowledge and education through attendance at conferences or workshops.

“I think it’s really important for New Mexico organic farmers to continue to network and explore new and exciting ideas in organic production,” said NMOFC committee member Sage Faulkner. “The committee is dedicated to ensuring the continued success of the organic community, and these grants will hopefully provide meaningful opportunities for organic growers in our industry.

Up to 18 scholarships will be awarded to separate applicants, up to $1,500 per applicant. Prizes will be awarded to applicants no more than once a year. However, more than one candidate may come from the same organic farm. Scholarship funds only apply to organic educational programs in the continental United States. Funding can be used for both in-person and virtual events. NMOFC committee members and their families are not eligible for funding.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship to fund an organic educational program, please email [email protected] to request an application. Applications are reviewed monthly by the NMOFC committee and will be accepted and considered until all funds are allocated and distributed.

The NMDA also has a number of organic program resources available to growers in the state. NMDA personnel are dedicated to the continuing biological education, support and promotion of all new and continuing biological operations in New Mexico. To schedule a consultation or learn more about biological operations within the state, visit the biological program page at www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Find NMDA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NMDeptAg, on YouTube at NMDeptAg and on LinkedIn at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

NM Fiber Network, LLC to Build Statewide Fiber Network in New Mexico

“The state’s high-speed fiber optic network is critical to providing midstream and broadband access to all areas of New Mexico,” said John Badal, spokesperson for the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium and CEO of Sacred. Wind Communications, Inc.

Eleven New Mexico telephone companies and Internet service providers announced today that they have joined to form the NM Fiber Network, LLC. The new company announced the launch of a multi-year, multi-million dollar network across New Mexico to build capacity, improve internet access and reliability, and prepare New Mexicans for the future. The company’s formation comes at a crucial time for the state of New Mexico, as federal and state agencies prepare to distribute billions of dollars in broadband subsidies under the Broadband Equity Program. , Access, and Deployment (BEAD), established by the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act.

This effort was spearheaded by the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium, which the Governor’s office has tasked with developing a statewide broadband roadmap. The result was a group of rural incumbent local exchange carriers that came together to create the new fiber network. It will provide a new foundation for bridging the digital divide in New Mexico.

“The NM fiber network and current proprietary member fiber systems span thousands of miles across New Mexico and are well positioned to enable the expansion and extension of the mid-mile infrastructure of the New Mexico to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas,” said Josh Beug, general manager, Tularosa Basin Telephone Cooperative.

“The state’s high-speed fiber optic network is critical to providing midstream and broadband access to all areas of New Mexico,” said John Badal, spokesperson for the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium and CEO of Sacred. Wind Communications, Inc.

New Mexico Fiber Network will partner with INDATEL, a NATIONAL NETWORK dedicated to providing the best cost-effective transportation connectivity via fiber optic routes in rural and metropolitan areas. INDATEL can provide reliable bandwidth solutions in rural and underserved markets. INDATEL is connected to more than 30 other statewide networks and more than 700 independent rural telephone providers.

“We are thrilled that NM Fiber Network is establishing a statewide network in New Mexico and will work with us,” said Mel Wagner Jr., CEO of INDATEL Services. “We are pleased to work with NM Fiber Network and help them monetize and expand their network. Additionally, due to their state network, INDATEL is a critical partner for rural ILECs as the footprint of ‘INDATEL spans much of the United States.’

“By joining together, we will be able to leverage our combined and complementary strengths to reach statewide and promote broadband deployment, said Glenn Lovelace, CEO of Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative and President of NM Fiber Network. “We will work with Connect NM Council, State Education Network, Tribal Fiber Networks, New Mexico Exchange Carrier Group and related departments within the state – i.e. Department of Public Information and Technology, the State Broadband Office and the Department of Transportation – create an effective action plan.

About NM Fiber Network, LLC

The founding companies of NM Fiber Network, LLC are Baca Valley Telephone Company, Inc., Dell Telephone Cooperative, Inc., ENMR Telephone Cooperative, La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative, Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. , Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Sacred Wind Communications, Inc., Tularosa Communications, Inc., Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and Western New Mexico Telephone Company, Inc. NM Fiber Network will focus on providing fiber optic broadband backbone capabilities to landlords and other telecommunications providers and direct business customers such as hospitals, schools and government agencies. To visit http://www.nmfibernetwork.com to learn more about NM Fiber Network.

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US wildfires: emergency declared in New Mexico

SANTA FE, New Mexico –

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed emergency declarations as 20 wildfires continued to burn Sunday in nearly half of the 33 drought-stricken counties.

A wildfire in northern New Mexico that started April 6 merged with a more recent blaze on Saturday to form the second-largest blaze in the state at more than 171 square miles, prompting widespread evacuations in counties of Mora and San Miguel.

Another wind-driven wildfire in northern New Mexico that began April 17 has charred at least 197 square kilometers of ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass north of Ocate, an uninhabited community. incorporated as Mora County.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, some residents forced to evacuate due to a wildfire near Flagstaff were allowed to return home on Sunday morning.

Winds and temperatures in New Mexico eased on Saturday but remained strong enough to fan the fires. Dozens of evacuation orders remained in place.

Fire officials expected wildfires in the north to slow on Sunday as cloud cover and smoke shifted, allowing forests to retain more moisture. But they added that interior parts of the fires could show moderate to extreme behavior, which could threaten structures in those areas.

More than 200 structures have so far been charred by the wildfires and another 900 remain at risk, Lujan Grisham said.

Fire management officials said the exact damage toll was unclear as it is still too dangerous for crews to enter and look at all the homes that have been lost.

“We don’t know the extent of the structural loss. We don’t even know the areas where most of the houses survived the fire, where the houses weren’t damaged or anything like that” , said the chief of the operations sections, Jayson Coil.

Some 1,000 firefighters were battling wildfires across New Mexico, which has already secured about US$3 million in grants to help fight the blazes.

Lujan Grisham said she asked the White House for more federal resources and called for a statewide ban on fireworks.

“We need more federal agencies for firefighting, fire mitigation, public safety support on the ground in New Mexico,” she said. “It’s going to be a tough summer. This is why we prohibit fires. And that’s why on Monday, I’ll be asking every local government to think about ways to ban the sale of fireworks.

Wildfires have become a year-round threat in the West given changing conditions that include earlier snowmelt and later rains in the fall, scientists said. The problems have been exacerbated by decades of fire suppression and poor management, as well as a 20-plus-year mega-drought that studies have linked to human-induced climate change.

In Arizona, two large wildfires continued to burn Sunday 16 kilometers south of Prescott and 22 kilometers northeast of Flagstaff.

Coconino County officials lifted the evacuation order Sunday morning for residents living in neighborhoods along Highway 89 after fire management officials determined that the wildfire in the area of Flagstaff no longer posed a threat.

The fire near Flagstaff was 83 square miles on Saturday night. It has forced the evacuation of 766 homes and burned down 30 homes and two dozen other structures since it began a week ago, according to county officials.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared the fire a state of emergency Friday for Coconino County to release recovery assistance to affected communities.

The wildfire near Prescott started last Monday and was 12.4 square kilometers in size and 15% contained Sunday morning as helicopters and air tankers dropped water and retardant to slow the fire’s growth .

The cause of the wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona remains under investigation.

New Mexico politicians work to keep local VA clinics open | New Mexico News


By PHIL SCHERER, Las Vegas Optics

LAS VEGAS, NM (AP) — More than a month after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recommended the closure of four VA clinics in New Mexico, including the one in Las Vegas, Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, as well as Rep. Teresa Léger Fernandez, were in town to speak to local veterans as they fight to keep them open.

On March 14, the VA announced recommendations, after years of analysis, that would lead to the closure of community outreach clinics in Las Vegas, Española, Raton and Gallup, forcing veterans in those areas to seek treatment elsewhere. , in particular at the Raymond. G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, nearly a two-hour drive from the current clinic in Las Vegas. In total, 174 local clinics in all 50 states have been recommended to close.

Although the process of actually implementing these recommendations, and potentially closing local clinics, is long, potentially taking years, lawmakers waste no time getting in front of veterans and letting them tell their stories. in the hope that personal accounts will influence the VA.

“Don’t feel like you have to convince me that it needs to stay open,” Heinrich said Tuesday as he addressed a roomful of veterans at the Las Vegas VFW Post 1547. “What I need of you is to arm myself with the stories of what it’s like to live in a community and need help where you are, and why it’s unreasonable to have to drive all the way to Albuquerque .

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More than 50 veterans attended at least one of the two meetings with the senators this week. Las Vegas optics reported. Many of them shared stories and detailed how losing access to their local clinic would affect them. Among those most present at Heinrich’s event was Bob Phillips, who spoke at length about the challenges he would face.

Phillips, who suffers from a variety of back and knee issues, said regularly traveling the long distance to Albuquerque wouldn’t do anything to improve his current situation.

“Driving in Albuquerque is not comfortable,” Phillips said. “And the older you get, the harder it gets.”

He also said he believes, based on that decision as well as many of his personal experiences, that veterans like him are not considered a health care priority.

“The feeling I have is, why are veterans at the bottom of the healthcare system?” Phillips said. “I served my country, I paid my taxes and I have to fight like hell to get health care.”

The VA made its recommendations earlier this year based on the decline that local VA clinics in rural New Mexico have experienced over the past five years. That includes a 55% drop in the number of unique patients at the Las Vegas clinic, with a larger drop expected over the next decade, according to the VA’s recommendation.

However, Heinrich believes the statistics used in the report do not reflect current reality, as many of the figures used are from 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Luján, during his meeting with veterans at Highland University of New Mexico, said Wednesday that across New Mexico, 32 of the state’s 33 counties are facing health worker shortages, making it more difficult for individuals, especially veterans, to access the care they need. .

“It doesn’t seem to me that we should close access to care even more,” Luján said.

Heinrich, Luján, and Leger Fernandez wrote a letter to VA Secretary Denis McDonough last week, inviting him to visit New Mexico and meet with veterans himself to better understand the importance of these clinics for people living in rural areas.

In the letter, state officials ask the VA to reconsider its recommendations because of the impact the decision would have on rural veterans’ access to health care, due to displacement and increased wait times of all New Mexico veterans forced into a centralized location. .

Officials also said the decision did not take into account the increased shortage of healthcare workers caused by the pandemic and how the lack of broadband access, especially in rural areas, would prevent telemedicine from taking off. be as realistic as it could be elsewhere.

All VA recommendations must be approved by an AIR commission, appointed by President Joe Biden. The president is responsible for appointing people to the commission, all of whom must be approved by the Senate. Recommendations must also be approved by the President and Congress.

Heinrich stressed that they are only at the beginning of a process of several years and that nothing has been officially decided. But he told veterans he met that he would continue to fight to keep the clinic open for as long as it takes.

Luján detailed the process that will take place. By January 31, 2023, the commission must rule on the recommendations. The recommendations will then go to the president, then to Congress, which will have the final say. Even if approved by Congress, it would take several years for everything to be finalized, according to Luján.

“Nothing happens today, tomorrow or next week, but we want to make sure we keep going,” Luján said.

Phillips said keeping the clinic alive is important to him, to himself, but especially to those who come after him – veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom do not yet seek frequent care from the clinic. VA, but probably will be in the years to come.

“None of us here want to see this up close because he has to be there for the next generation of veterans coming in,” Phillips said. “I believe that anyone who gives their life to serve and protect this country deserves, and has earned the right, to be cared for.”

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Imprint – Non-Governmental – Albuquerque Journal


NOPE. D-202-CV-2018-00821




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will sell and convey to the highest cash bidder all right, title and interest of the above named defendants in and to the real property described below situated in said county and state :
A portion of the lands in the Town of Atrisco Grant, Projected Section 35, Township 10 North, NMPM Row 2 East, Bernalillo County, New Mexico identified as Parcels 125-B-2-A-1 and 125 -B- 2-A-2 as shown on Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Map No. 43 being more particularly described as follows,

Commencing at the southeast corner of the parcel here described being a point on the west line of Foothill Drive, whence the southwest corner of Parcel B, Flat Valuation Object of Leo Baca Lands, as filed at county clerk’s office of Bernalillo County New Mexico on March 1, 1956 in Volume B3, Folio 35 Bears S. 75 Deg. 35′ W., a distance of 91.67 feet of run N. 75 Deg. 54′ 35″ W., at a distance of 97.87 feet from the southwest corner; Thence N. 16 Deg. 19′ 37” E., a distance of 125.85 feet to the northwest corner; Thence S. 83 Deg. 15′ 08” E., a distance of 133.11 feet to the northeast corner, being a point on the westerly line of Foothill Drive, thence S. 29 Deg. 23′ 33″ W., along the west line of Foothill Drive, 148.01 feet from the southeast corner and starting point containing 0.3500 acres more or less.

Less and except a certain parcel of land located in the Town of Atrisco Grant, Projected Section 35, Township 10 North, NMPM Row 2 East, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, identified as Parcel 125-B-2-A-2 as shown on Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Property Map No. 43, being more particularly described as follows:

COMMENCING at the southwest corner of the parcel here described, being a point on the westerly line of Foothill Drive, whence the southwest corner of Parcel B, Leo Baca Land Flat Assessment Object, as as filed in the County Clerk’s Office of Bernalillo County, New Mexico on March 1, 1956, bear S 85 deg. 56′ 15” E, a distance of 157.81 feet, running thence N 75 deg. 54′ 35” W, a distance of 97.87 feet to the southwest corner; then N 16 deg. 52′ East,

The address of the real estate property is 3924 Foothill Dr. Sw, Alburquerque, NM 87105. Applicant does not represent or warrant that the street address provided is the street address of the property described; if the civic address does not match the legal description, then the property sold herein is the property more particularly described above, and not the property located at the civic address; any prospective buyer at the sale is advised that he must verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be effected pursuant to judgment rendered on December 9, 2021 in the above titled and numbered case, which was an action for foreclosure of a mortgage held by the above plaintiff and in which the plaintiff was found to have a lien against the aforementioned real estate in the amount of $118,310.57 plus interest from September 15, 2021 to the date of the sale at the rate of 3.50% per annum, the costs of sale, including the fees of the Special Master, publication fees and applicant fees spent on taxes, insurance, and maintaining the property in good condition. The applicant has the right to bid at this sale and to submit his offer verbally or in writing. The plaintiff may enforce all or part of his judgment against the purchase price in lieu of cash.

At the date and time specified above, the Special Master may reschedule the sale to such later date and time as the Special Master may specify.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this sale may be subject to filing for bankruptcy, refund, reinstatement or any other condition which would result in the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, such sale shall be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and mortgagee giving such notice shall not be liable. to the buyer for any damages.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real estate and improvements covered herein shall be sold subject to all reservations of patents, easements, all registered and unregistered liens not entered herein, and all registered and unentered special appraisals. registered and any taxes that may be due. The plaintiff and his attorneys disclaim all liability for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the assessment of the property by the county assessor as real or personal property, the attachment of any mobile home or prefabricated on the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or prefabricated home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any, and zoning violations regarding the property, if any .

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the purchaser upon such sale shall become the owner of the real estate described above, subject to redemption rights.
Dated: December 13, 2021.

/s/ Margaret Lake
Marguerite Lake
special master
Professional Legal Services, LLC
201 Eubank Blvd. NE, Suite A1
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123

Newspaper: December 18, 25, 2021; January 1 and 8, 2022

Albuquerque high school attracts attention from Washington leaders

US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and US Representative Melanie Stansbury visited Atrisco Heritage High School in the South Valley. They learned about the community school model and the comprehensive services offered to students and families. “It’s one of the best examples of a community school that invests in the whole family, the whole child and the whole student,” Stansbury said. After visiting the school’s community health clinic and a culinary arts class, Cardona and Stansbury joined in a conversation with students, parents and educators about their experience at Atrisco Heritage High School. “Some of us try to break the stereotype passed down from generation to generation,” said one student. “They help us with tutoring or anything other than mental or physical, emotional health education. It’s really special to have this support guide. the families had many suggestions, such as a greater focus on New Mexico’s native history and better access to mental health resources. great example of what we want to see across the country, Cardona said. “We had a great conversation about how we at the Department of Education could support students and families here. I plan to follow up on this when I return to DC.

US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and US Representative Melanie Stansbury visited Atrisco Heritage High School in the South Valley.

They discovered the community school model and the complementary services offered to students and families.

“It’s one of the best examples of a community school that invests in the whole family, the whole child and the whole student,” Stansbury said.

After visiting the school’s community health clinic and a culinary arts class, Cardona and Stansbury joined in a conversation with students, parents and educators about their experience at Atrisco Heritage High School.

“Some of us try to break the stereotype passed down from generation to generation,” said one student. “They help us with tutoring or anything other than mental or physical, emotional health education. It’s really special to have this support guide.

Cardona asked, “What would you like to see in schools across the country, not just here, not just in New Mexico, what can I do differently to improve our schools?”

Students and their families had many suggestions, such as a greater focus on New Mexico’s native history and better access to mental health resources.

The visit left the Education Secretary inspired and, in his own words, “with homework to do”.

“This school is a really good example of what we want to see across the country,” Cardona said. “We had a great conversation about how we at the Department of Education could support students and families here. I plan to follow up on this when I return to DC.

EU leans towards renewables as Russian oil ban talks bog down – 24/7 Wall St.

We’ve woke up to rain all week here in Northern California, which after three months of abnormally dry winter weather is welcome, especially as we watch the wildfire season begin to rage in Arizona and New Mexico.

So far this year, 19,774 fires have burned 832,844 acres in the United States, 30% more than the 10-year average of fires and acres burned to date, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Here in the West, as we celebrate the 52nd Earth Day on Friday, it’s shaping up to be another big fire year. In Europe, however, the story this weekend is the upcoming ban on Russian oil and gas. In particular, how weak it looks.

With the European Union still expected to issue a ban as early as next week, last-minute compromises behind the scenes in Brussels are sparking speculation it will be full of holes as more countries join in. Germany and Hungary to voice their opposition to a rigid ban on Russian energy and look for loopholes.

Instead, the EU is doubling down on commitments to increase the use of renewables, planning to more than double by 2030. While that’s all very well, and in eight years a collapse of unity in striking Russia in its most vital economic interests will send a terrible signal to Vladimir Poutine as he hammers into Mariupol and impedes Europe’s transition for many Earth Days to come.

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Zeus: climate change becomes Hollywood

. . . . Despite the success of the recent film Don’t look up, The apocalyptic nature of many climate change films over the years has prevented screenwriters from incorporating the renewable energy transition into more scripts and streaming shows, according to a new report. David Callaway suggests that the focus should be on the drama of finding solutions to global warming, particularly around the people, technologies and money that go into it. He even tries out some new show ideas himself. . . .

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EU Notebook: Germany increases its commitment to renewable energy in the overhaul of the electricity industry

. . . . No European country is more exposed to the energy effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine than Germany, which draws 40% of its energy from Vladimir Poutine. New efforts this week from the government of Olaf Scholz to increase renewable energy capacity to 80% by 2030 target large increases in wind and solar energy use, writes Alisha Houlihan from Dublin. But little has been said about nuclear power, which Germany has been trying to phase out in recent years. The new scheme will draw praise from Brussels, but is likely to be challenged in the short term by supply chain issues that have dramatically increased the prices of renewable technologies. . . .

Read the full EU notebook

Thursday Subscriber Preview: Tesla Solar Supply Issues Dampen Renewable Energy Forecast

. . . . On the one hand, an executive of a large solar company predicts solar will generate half of the world’s electricity by 2050. On the other hand, Tesla’s solar installations have dropped nearly 50% due to supply chain issues. Which give? Will the road to solar supremacy be easier?

. . . . Without a doubt, producing alcohol is bad for the environment. You have to heat the grain mash to produce the alcohol, whether it’s for scotch or gin, which produces emissions. Ditto for brandy and other liquor store favorites. Today, a vodka producer says he can make hooch guilt-free. Learn more here. . . .

. . . . You’ve heard the jokes about ridiculously long CVS receipts. But that’s no laughing matter, because of the environmental and health risks they pose, says Green America. But there have been some healthy changes at the point of sale. Learn more here. . . .

. . . . If a tree burns in a forest and no one lights the fire, does anyone take responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions? This is more than a thought experiment, as countries count their emissions under the Paris Agreement. Learn more here. . . .

Editor’s Choice: Arizona Wildfires; Oregon’s Not-So-Secret Coal Secret

Arizona tunnel fire draws closer to Flagstaff

Out of control wildfires have destroyed homes and hundreds more are at risk near Flagstaff, Arizona. The tunnel fire in Coconino County, northern Arizona, which started on Sunday, had burned more than 20,000 acres by Wednesday afternoon. The state’s wildfire season began early this year and is expected to be worse than previous years, according to state fire officials. Half a million acres burned in Arizona in 2021 and more than 900,000 acres in 2020. National fire officials say the Southwest is the site of numerous wildfires fueled by high winds in areas such than Prescott, Arizona and even Las Vegas.

Does “green” Oregon have a dirty coal secret?

The state of Oregon has invested $5.3 billion in fossil fuel companies, according to environmental groups who want the state to divest. An Associated Press report says that although Oregon is generally considered a green state, in part because it was among the first to commit to ending the use of coal power, it has invested $1 billion in the coal industry alone. Citing Divest Oregon, the AP report says “the amount Oregon has invested in oil, gas and coal companies – whose products are a leading cause of global warming – is likely well over 5 This is because the numbers Divest Oregon obtained from the Treasury through a public records request do not include private equity investments, which are not subject to disclosure. The AP also noted that other states are monitoring their fossil fuel investments: New York’s State Common Retirement Fund will limit investments in 21 shale oil and gas companies that have not demonstrated that “they were ready for the transition to a low-carbon economy. And a new law in Maryland requires ‘a trustee of the state’s retirement and pension system to review the ri potential systemic risks of the impact of climate change on system assets”.

Words to live. . . .

“If we save Tuvalu, we save the world.”hilda Eh, educator, politician and former President of the Marshall Islands.

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Bannon Associates pleads guilty in ‘Build the Wall’ fraud case

  • Two defendants in the “We Build the Wall” fraud case pleaded guilty on Thursday.
  • The two admitted to conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering, as well as lying on a tax return.
  • Donations from supporters were diverted to a nonprofit linked to Steve Bannon, the longtime Trump adviser who was pardoned in the case.

Two of the defendants in the “Build The Wall” fraud cases involving Steve Bannon pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.

Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, misrepresentation on a tax return and wire fraud in the filing of a tax return .

Bannon – Trump’s longtime adviser – also faced charges in the case; Trump pardoned Bannon in the final hours of his presidency in 2020.

Prosecutors alleged that some of the money sent to We Build the Wall — a group that raises money to pay for a wall on the Mexican border — was diverted to nonprofits linked to Bannon.

Kolfage and Badolato agreed to plead guilty after agreeing to a plea deal with the US government in March.

In court in New York on Thursday, the couple admitted to telling the public that 100% of the donated funds would go towards building a wall on the US southern border.

Kolfage, the chairman of We Build the Wall, also claimed he would not derive any income from the venture. He admitted to planning to keep much of the donated money for himself and other We Build the Wall associates.

Prosecutors said the Kolfage paid himself $200,000 a month using donations during the program and also used supporters’ money for luxuries like jewelry, an SUV and payments for a boat.

Kolfage also admitted to underreporting these donations on his tax returns to avoid paying taxes.

Both apologized for their actions and admitted they knew what they were doing was wrong at the time.

The company raised $25 million in donations, according to the indictment, and was able to build part of a wall in southern New Mexico.

Bannon still faces charges unrelated to his defying Congress by refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

CyberReady New Mexico Group plots its future


With rapidly changing technology and ever-increasing threats, stakeholders from information technology, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies in the State of New Mexico are working together to meet the challenges of cybersecurity. Representatives gathered at New Mexico Tech on April 6 for CyberReady New Mexico’s one-day task force meeting to begin charting a course to help the state better prepare for future threats.

Lorie M. Liebrock, Ph.D., director of the New Mexico Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and the New Mexico Tech Cybersecurity Education Center, said her goal in hosting this first meeting was to help get a broad range of stakeholders – K-12 schools, higher education, and various levels of government, including municipalities, workforce development organizations, and service programs — all on the same page “so we can help each other in case of cyberattacks across our state.”

The task force, which met in person at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro and virtually over Zoom, listened to presentations on the state of cybersecurity in schools and institutions. statewide higher education, on the importance of having a statewide plan from the State Department of Economic Development and the New Mexico Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on how which it was specifically created to support planning and coordination efforts.

The task force aims to not only improve the state of cyber readiness of New Mexico businesses, educational institutions, and government entities, but also to extend readiness to individual citizens by sharing best practices, also known as “cyber hygiene”.

“A key goal is to make New Mexico a cybersecurity leader in economic development, education, research and innovation while improving the state’s cybersecurity posture,” Liebrock said. The April 6 meeting succeeded in charting the beginnings of a roadmap towards that goal, she said.

Speakers at the day-long meeting called for investments in technology infrastructure, building state capacity by partnering with the National Guard, and creating pathways for students to train to get certifications and gain skills so they can put their skills and knowledge to work immediately, help organizations by conducting audits of their cybersecurity readiness and verifications to ensure their assets are secure.

Bill Halverson, senior technology advisor at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, said the task force needed to focus on more than assessments and training.

“Move from information sharing to mutual cyber defense,” he said. “Cybersecurity is a team sport.”

Despite significant hurdles, the task force aims to create a culture of cyber-preparedness throughout New Mexico by building infrastructure, forming partnerships, taking advantage of funding opportunities, and spreading awareness and education.

“That’s exactly the kind of collaboration we want to foster,” Liebrock said. “Our long-term vision is economic development and workforce capacity.

Zoned Properties closes over $50 million in commercial real estate transactions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Zoned Properties®, Inc. (the “Company” or “Zoned Properties”) (OTCQB: ZDPY), a leading real estate development company providing advisory and brokerage services for emerging and highly regulated industries, including the legalized cannabis, today announced plans to expand its brokerage services across the United States to all major and upcoming cannabis markets.

Based in the Southwest, Zoned Properties has created a symbiotic relationship with East Coast real estate powerhouse RIPCO Real Estate (“RIPCO”). As the leading independent retail brokerage in the New York metro area, RIPCO’s services include leasing, investment sales, property management, and debt and structured finance. RIPCO recently announced its growth in the cannabis industry with rental transactions for cannabis companies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This ideal partnership will allow both companies to help customers grow their cannabis business from coast to coast as the future of legalized cannabis unfolds.

Most recently, the Zoned Properties team worked with clients in New York and New Jersey to secure real estate for the Cannabis License Lottery.

“New Jersey and New York are poised to have a significant impact on the industry as two of the largest East Coast markets to legalize. We are excited to offer our industry-leading real estate expertise to new and established cannabis operators looking to capitalize in these states, said Berekk Blackwell, COO of Zoned Properties.

Zoned Properties took the next step for the business in 2021, with the launch of its in-house brokerage division. The company has successfully completed multi-million dollar transactions for commercial property tenants and landlords invested in cannabis-compliant real estate projects.

Since the creation of its licensed brokerage in June 2021, the Zoned Properties team has:

Closed over $50 million in real estate transactions for brokerage clients and engaged with clients to list over 300,000 square feet of commercial real estate for cannabis dispensaries, cultivation, processing and warehouses .

Successfully identified over 100 cannabis zoned properties nationwide and helped clients close cannabis-related real estate transactions in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio and New Jersey.

“Our integrative real estate approach and services help clients mitigate risk in the complex cannabis landscape. Nearly 40,000 local governing bodies control the location of regulated cannabis projects. Having a team that understands the nuances of community zoning and permitting regulations is critical to a successful real estate transaction in this industry,” explained Patrick Moroney, Director of Real Estate at Zoned Properties.

Zoned Properties’ unique positioning and expertise offers more than just commercial real estate tools with its brokerage team to leverage for its clients. This comprehensive suite of integrated growth services to support its real estate development and investment model includes advisory services, brokerage services, franchise services and PropTech data services. Each of these services interpenetrates within the model to generate project value associated with complex real estate projects. With national experience and a team of experts dedicated to the emerging cannabis industry, Zoned Properties meets the specific needs of a modern market in highly regulated industries.

To learn more about Zoned Properties and its extensive commercial real estate services, visit www.zonedproperties.com.

About Zoned Properties, Inc. (OTCQB: ZDPY):

Zoned Properties is a leading real estate development company for emerging and highly regulated industries, including regulated cannabis. The company is redefining the approach to commercial real estate investing with its integrated growth services.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Zoned Properties has developed a full range of integrated growth services to support its real estate development and investment model; Advisory Services, Brokerage Services, Franchise Services, and PropTech Data Services each intersect within the model to generate project value associated with complex real estate projects. With national experience and a team of experts dedicated to the emerging cannabis industry, Zoned Properties meets the specific needs of a modern market in highly regulated industries.

Zoned Properties is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, US Green Building Council and Forbes Real Estate Council. Zoned Properties does not grow, harvest, sell or distribute cannabis or any substance regulated by United States law, such as the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, as amended (the “CSA”). Zoned Properties is headquartered at 8360 E. Raintree Drive Suite #230, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. For more information, call 877-360-8839 or visit www.ZonedProperties.com.

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Out-of-state law firms make big contributions and get big cases

Over the past two months, several of the nation’s top law firms have poured money into the campaign coffers of Brian Colón, New Mexico state auditor and leading Democratic contender for attorney general.

Since 2018, when he was elected state auditor, Colón has received more than $165,000 from out-of-state litigation firms. Of those donations, $124,000 came from just seven companies — or employees and family members affiliated with those companies.

The donations reflect a now common practice: large law firms, usually from out of state, make large donations to campaigns for attorneys general. In New Mexico, many of these same companies were then offered lucrative contracts to represent the state in litigation and class action lawsuits.

“It happens a lot in different states,” said James Copland, director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank that published several reports on States’ use of outside litigators. “And that, at least, creates a colorful impression of a paying type of arrangement.”

The practice dates back to the 1990s when many states, including New Mexico, were involved in class action lawsuits against tobacco companies. Since then, states have relied heavily on outside companies to sue companies for a number of public wrongs, like the opiate crisis and climate change.

In an emailed statement, Colón defended the state’s litigation model and said he plans to continue the practice of using outside law firms for consumer protection cases, while defending his gifts from these cabinets.

“The procurement process requires full disclosure of all donations, and I have always supported a transparent and open process,” he said. “If a conflict of interest arises, it will be handled in accordance with the ethical standards associated with my license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.”

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Current attorney general Hector Balderas and other former AGs have championed the practice as a cost-effective way for the state to crack down on big business that has harmed citizens. Outside law firms that work in emergencies typically absorb the substantial upfront costs of suing large entities and only get paid if they get a settlement. Balderas argued that using these companies allows the state to bring lawsuits on behalf of New Mexican consumers that his office would otherwise lack resources for.

In an email response for an interview, Balderas cited the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, which gave significant power to multinational corporations. “Yet,” he wrote, “we have built a nationally recognized fraud recovery unit that has successfully prosecuted the world’s largest and most powerful corporations that violate unfair practices law and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for New Mexico.”

Over the past several decades, New Mexico has prosecuted many such cases, and often the outside companies hired for these cases have made large donations to the campaigns of the AGs who hired them.

Balderas’ two predecessors – Gary King and Patricia Madrid – were also known to have received significant campaign contributions from attorneys and law firms across the United States. Records from the New Mexico Secretary of State show King and Balderas both received about 10% of their career gifts — from law firms or state attorneys — about $520,000 and $300,000 , respectively. Complete files are not available online for Patricia Madrid.

Since companies often make donations through their employees and families, it is difficult to track all contributions. The largest donation discovered by Searchlight New Mexico was more than $79,000 in career contributions from New York-based Labaton Sucharow to former Attorney General King, who later hired the company. Labaton Sucharow has also donated to Balderas’ campaign, and Balderas has used the company in several instances in recent years, according to a review of contracts from the attorney general’s office.

The same law firm is also a major contributor to Colón’s current campaign for AG. His opponents, however, were left behind.

Raúl Torrez, the other Democratic candidate, has not received significant corporate donations from out-of-state plaintiffs. He accepted at least $32,200, all from New Mexico-based litigation firms — none of which currently have contracts in the state.

Torrez did not promise to change the state’s litigation strategy, but his campaign manager said Torrez tries to avoid conflicts of interest when accepting donations and that if elected , he would focus on growing the GA office by handling fewer cases.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Gay, the Republican candidate for attorney general, is himself a plaintiff’s attorney. The only legal contribution he received for his campaign came from his own company.

Critics from all sides

This practice has drawn criticism from both conservatives and liberals.

The Manhattan Institute, along with other conservative civil law reform groups, generally views this practice as a threat to free market principles. The Liberals have different problems.

NM Attorney General Hector Balderas speaks about the investigation and audit in Torrance County.  Balderas is flanked by New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson and State Auditor Brian Colon on Thursday May.  02, 2019.d

Daymon Ely, a Democratic state representative from Corrales and a malpractice attorney, said he was concerned about the number of cases going to powerful law firms in places like New York, Chicago and Denver. . Beyond conflict of interest issues, he said the heavy reliance on outside attorneys has eroded legal expertise within the AG’s office and that, unlike state attorneys, outside firms have an incentive to settle a case quickly in order to get paid, often to the detriment of New Mexico consumers.

To illustrate, he cited the recent settlement with Vivint Solar, a Utah-based company accused of fraud and racketeering.

In 2018, Balderas filed a lawsuit against Vivint, accusing the company of deceptive marketing that harmed thousands of New Mexican homeowners. Although the case ended in a $1.95 million settlement, no consumers in New Mexico received financial restitution.

And in the end, Balderas agreed to seal all case documents, preventing state attorneys from seeking restitution for dozens of Vivint clients.

Most of the money from that settlement went to the attorney general’s office for legal fees, while nearly 40% went to the outside law firm hired for the case. That company was Philadelphia-based Barrack, Rodos and Bacine, which donated $5,000 to Balderas’ campaign about six months before it was hired for the case.

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“I firmly believe on principle that the AG office is the consumer’s advocate,” said Ely, who sought to draw attention to the practice. “If someone comes along and starts scamming thousands of New Mexico consumers — and that was the allegation in the case — they shouldn’t all have to go out and hire their own private attorneys.”

In recent years, other states have sought to reign in the powers of attorneys general, treasurers and comptrollers who can contract outside law firms in fee cap that these firms may receive for their work, outlining bidding processes for contractors, or creating processes for legislative oversight of attorney contracts.

Under Balderas, reliance on outside law firms went beyond consumer fraud cases. The AG’s office hired them for cases that would generally be considered essential functions of the office. The most important of these is Texas v. New Mexico, an interstate water dispute in the United States Supreme Court with up to $1 billion at stake for the state. For that case, Balderas hired Robles, Rael and Anaya, an Albuquerque firm that donated at least $36,000 to Balderas’ campaigns for state auditor and attorney general, according to precedent. projector survey.

Marcus Rael, the named partner, is not a water attorney, nor did he have any Supreme Court experience prior to this case. He is, however, a friend of both Balderas and Colón since their days at UNM law school. Rael and Balderas’ relationship sparked several ethics complaints last year, which were later dismissed. The group implicated in these complaints, New Energy Economy, filed a new complaint in early Aprilalleging that Balderas failed to provide public records of contracts with outside law firms.

Lindsay Fendt covers environmental issues in New Mexico for New Mexico Projectora nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to investigative journalism in New Mexico.

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Biden continued his outreach to his allies on Tuesday morning via a secure video conference from the White House as Russia declared on Tuesday that the “next phase” of the war in Ukraine was underway, launching a major assault on key areas of ballast.

The Post’s Amy B Wang reports that Biden’s call included 11 other world leaders: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Leaders reiterated their commitment to continue to provide security, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine during this difficult time,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force. One after the meeting ends. “The leaders affirmed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine and condemned the humanitarian suffering caused by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion.”

PSAKI said on Monday that the Biden administration was planning additional sanctions against Russia, a topic leaders discussed on Tuesday, according to the White House.

You can read Amy’s full story here in The Post’s Ukraine war live update file.

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Cooks Peak Fire burns near Mora-Colfax County line


Multiple fire units are working to contain a fire that started Sunday afternoon near the Mora County-Colfax County border. A New Mexico State Forests spokesperson confirms that the first calls about the Cooks Peak Fire came in at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. The fire is located north of Ocate and is believed to be in the area near Whites Peak Rd. It is estimated at 300 acres and is 0% contained. The Mora County Sheriff’s Office has issued a precautionary evacuation order for Canada Bonita, Blatman Ranch and one other residence. There is no immediate threat to these homes at this time. The blaze was seen as far south as the Hermits Peak Fire, which continues to burn outside of Las Vegas. The Hermits Peak Response Team sent resources to help fight the fire near Ocate. Action 7 News will provide updated information live and online, as details become available.

Multiple fire units are working to contain a fire that started Sunday afternoon near the Mora County-Colfax County border.

A New Mexico State Forestry spokesperson confirms that the first calls to the Cooks Peak Fire came in at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. The fire is located north of Ocate and is believed to be in the area near Whites Peak Rd.

It is estimated at 300 acres and is 0% contained.

The Mora County Sheriff’s Office has issued a precautionary evacuation order for Canada Bonita, Blatman Ranch and one other residence. There is no immediate threat to these homes at this time.

The fire was seen as far south as the Hermits Peak Fire, which continues to burn outside of Las Vegas. The Hermits Peak Response Team sent resources to help fight the fire near Ocate.

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First Afro-Latinx festival held in New Mexico

An Albuquerque organization provides a new opportunity to learn about different cultures. On Sunday, AfroMundo hosted the second event of its Afro Latinx festival. The week-long series of bilingual events is the first celebration of its kind in New Mexico. “It makes sense to people when they hear ‘American.’ We can be any color, any race, but people use Bolivian or Colombian as if it’s a race, and Also, Afro-Latinos have been invisible,” said Loida Martiza Pérez, founder of AfroMundo. According to the Pew Research Center, a quarter of all Latinos in the United States identify as Afro-Latino. Yet, people like Pérez always feel left out in discussions of race and ethnicity.”We’ve been here,” she says. “Up until the founding of New Mexico and before, and we’ve been to every nation in the Americas before any of those nations became.” That’s why his organization, AfroMundo, hopes to change the narrative. The collective group is made up of members from all cultural backgrounds. “There are had so much anti-Asian violence, and so to be included in something like this is just welcoming reading all kinds of people is so essential right now. I think for people from all walks of life,” AfroMundo member Barbara Tran said. From concerts to literary readings, topics range from different voices inside and outside the New Mexico. Belinda Deneen Wallace, a participant in the event, said she was more than ready to learn. “I think the stigma just comes with the value, or lack thereof, that people have.” she said. “So the lack of knowledge, the lack of familiarity, leads to this kind of stigma, and quite frankly, to misinformation.” The group hopes to organize a similar event next year, with the mission to educate others and change future generations.” This is important to all Latinos. Having this community and the more we talk about it, the dialogue will expand to our children, our grandchildren and hopefully have a multi-generational impact, Pérez said. The events will run until Saturday, April 23, the most of them are located at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. All are open to the public and most are free. To check their schedule, visit the AfroMundo website here.

An Albuquerque organization provides a new opportunity to learn about different cultures.

On Sunday, AfroMundo hosted the second event of its Afro Latinx Festival.

The week-long series of bilingual events is the first celebration of its kind in New Mexico.

“It makes sense to people when they hear ‘American’. We can be any color [or] any race, but people use Bolivian or Colombian as a race, and [it’s not]. Also, Afro-Latinos have been invisible,” said Loida Martiza Pérez, founder of AfroMundo.

According to the Pew Research Center, a quarter of all Latinos in the United States identify as Afro-Latino.

Yet people like Pérez still feel left out in discussions of race and ethnicity.

“We’ve been here,” she said. “At the founding of New Mexico and before, and we’ve been in all the nations of the Americas before any of these nations became.”

That’s why his organization, AfroMundo, hopes to change the narrative.

The collective group is made up of members from all cultural backgrounds.

“There’s been so much anti-Asian violence, and so being included in something like this is just welcoming all kinds of people is so essential right now. I think for people from all walks of life,” Barbara Tran, a member of AfroMundo, said.

From concerts to literary readings, topics range from different voices inside and outside the New Mexico community.

Dr. Belinda Deneen Wallace, a participant in the event, said she was more than ready to learn.

“I think the stigma just comes from the value, or lack thereof, that people have,” she said. “So the lack of knowledge, the lack of familiarity, leads to that kind of stigma, and quite frankly, misinformation.”

The group hopes to hold a similar event next year, with a mission to educate others and change future generations.

“It’s important for all Latinos. Having this community and the more we talk about it, the dialogue will expand to our children, our grandchildren and hopefully have a multi-generational impact,” Pérez said.

The events will run through Saturday, April 23, with most of them located at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

All are open to the public and most are free.

To consult their schedule, go to the AfroMundo website here.

County commissioners vote against solar permits

William Heck, a representative from Cenergy Power, said he believed community solar projects could benefit the economy and residents of the area. He is seen April 5 during a meeting of the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission at the Chaves County Administrative Center. (Photo by Lisa Dunlap)

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A California-based company that had applied for two more permits for potential community solar projects has had its applications denied.

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday morning at the group meeting at the Chaves County Administrative Center against the two special use permit applications requested by landowners and Cenergy Power, or BAP Power Corp., based in Carlsbad, Calif.

In doing so, the commissioners were consistent with an earlier decision by the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission. Its members decided by a 5-0 vote on April 5 to reject permit applications after hearing from about seven area neighbors that they did not want 5-megawatt solar projects planned near their residences.

The reasons given by the commissioners, or “findings of fact”, included that a solar project is “not compatible with the surrounding residential area” and that neighbors had objected to it.

One of the projects had been planned for undeveloped farmland sometimes used for grazing at 3831 Cedarvale Road, which is owned by the Eastman Trust involving a brother and sister who do not live in the area. The other proposed site was to be on undeveloped farmland owned by a trust involving Leonard and Joanne Blach, who have their home nearby in the 1900 block of White Mill Road.

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William Heck, a Cenergy representative, had requested a 90-day postponement of Thursday’s public hearing to provide additional information and conduct more studies to address neighbors’ concerns, but commissioners voted 3-1 against that. T. Calder Ezzell Jr. cast the dissenting vote that would have allowed the hold.

In public comments at meetings and in letters to commissioners, neighbors said solar installations would be an “eye-sore”, could disrupt wildlife habitats, could hamper neighbors’ ability to sell their home or property to the future and could cause storm runoff. or other negative impacts on the nearby Spring River.

Commissioners Dara Dana and Will Cavin also said they have received calls from residents saying they oppose the plans.

“Cenergy Power has built a number of these in multiple locations,” Heck said, “and we believe we can create housing that is both supportive of Chaves County’s economy and acceptable to residents, given the weather. to do that.

Heck said fencing and vegetation pads could be added. The company could also carry out wildlife and soil studies to ensure the construction does not adversely affect the Spring River, he said, and the company would be willing to meet with residents at to discuss project plans and address concerns.

Earlier this year, Cenergy successfully secured a permit for a possible solar project. The company and landowners Ben and Valarie Thomas had their special use permit approved by the Roswell-Chaves County Offshore Zoning Commission on March 15. This permit would allow for a potential solar project on an area near the Roswell Relief Route not too far from US 285 and US 70 cloverleaf north of the city limits.

The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission and a third-party administrator are expected to make decisions soon on which companies will be awarded community solar projects. The New Mexico Community Solar Law enacted in April 2021 makes projects possible in the state, and the PRC has worked over the past year to develop the regulations and rules governing the projects. Through 2024, the state will only allow 200 megawatts from community solar, or about 40 projects statewide since individual projects are capped at 5 megawatts. Only 45 megawatts, or about nine projects, will be licensed in that part of the state served by Southwestern Public Service Co, which operates as Xcel Energy.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing an alternative source of electricity to fossil fuels, community solar projects aim to allow local residents to benefit from solar energy production by subscribing to the projects. Subscribers will receive discounts or rebates on their electricity bills based on the number of shares in the project they purchase.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or to [email protected]

Supporting New Mexico startups is good for everyone

John Rice

Editor’s Note: Throughout 2022, New Mexico Angels members, investors, and start-up owners will write about economic development and start-up opportunities in the state. Angels bring together individual investors to pool their resources, providing seed and start-up capital to start-up businesses.

An African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” expresses the common-sense notion that a whole community of people should help educate and nurture their children, giving them the lessons of life both good examples and bad apples, and stepping up with support and guidance when a child is troubled or failing so that each child can grow into a responsible and good person.

Similarly, “it takes a kind of village” to nurture, support and help grow start-ups, the children of our economy.

The New Mexico Angels reopened after the first year of COVID and redefined themselves as other members of an ecosystem village made up of: ABQid and Ingenuity and many other parts of CNM; UNM’s Anderson School of Business and the Rainforest; the incubator community exemplified by WESST and the Santa Fe Business Incubator; Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories; New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association; the growing number of coworking spaces, city and state economic development resources, job training incentive program, and many more economic villagers.

Before COVID, we were multiple parties and looked like a village of silos. In our emerging post-COVID economy, we are still many parties, but we are now coming closer and closer to being part of a dynamic, collaborative network of resources available to help create and grow start-up businesses.

There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot to do. We hope that our broader corporate culture and state community adheres to the startup mantra: “Yes, we can!”

The Albuquerque Journal regularly highlights and profiles local start-ups. We New Mexicans would do well to be proud of these fledgling businesses. In the same way that sports teams excel most when they have a connected and passionate fan base, our emerging entrepreneurs can soar higher because our public support, high expectations and acclaim provide stronger winds under their wings.

Recently, the New Mexico Department of Economic Development announced eight recipients of $25,000 science and technology grants. This is one of many initiatives across our state to support start-up and growing businesses. The grant funds high-growth businesses that provide a unique product or service, have a clear and compelling business proposition, demonstrate a scalable product and business model, with the potential to create jobs in New Mexico, as well as raise private investments. The objective is that they provide the State with an economic benefit greater than the amount of the award.

Congratulations to Alicia Keyes, our state’s Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development; Alex Greenberg, director of the Office of Science and Technology; and the rest of the NM EDD team for supporting the potential for positive economic impact of these businesses in New Mexico. Thanks also to the Technology Research Collaborative Board, comprised of business development and economics professionals, who reviewed 70 submissions to make recommendations. Their work advances companies such as T-Neuro Pharma, Allerpops and Orch Tech.

Among the recipients is a New Mexico Angels portfolio company – Nob Hill Therapeutics, Inc. NHT is commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico, which manufactures an inhaled dry powder drug delivery device to create effective inhalation therapies for respiratory tract infections and other life-threatening lung diseases. The COVID pandemic has shed light on what lung disease can do to people, and lower respiratory tract infections are the fifth leading cause of death globally. This company is a great example of working with UNM’s Rainforest, benefiting other New Mexico economic development programs and applying for the state’s angel tax credit. The New Mexico Angels are confident that NHT’s technology will advance nationally to help save lives, while building a strong business with economic benefits for Albuquerque and the state.

Being a citizen of our Economic Ecosystem Village is much more than investments. It’s about providing mentorship, leadership, and guidance to New Mexico’s start-up and high-growth community. So many of the successful companies in the Land of Enchantment were once fledgling startups. Think about who you would be today without the support of individuals and entities in your “village” who have been slow to move you forward on your journey.

I am optimistic for New Mexico. I’m proud to see so many businesses start up and begin to thrive here. I hope you will join our mission to make New Mexico the leader in creating and growing successful startups as a member of this growing village, a startup support group Very important. If you can’t play, practice; if you can’t train, congratulations!

Earthship hits the market for $3.5 million

While iconic throughout New Mexico, Landships don’t go on sale often. Less than 10 of these green homes are currently on the national market.

The Earthship was first designed in the early 1970s in the Land of Enchantment by architect Michael Reynolds. His concept took off, and these residences now dot northern New Mexico and other arid parts of the country.

Highlighted by a passive solar design, these distinctive homes are focused on environmental preservation and sustainable architecture. Often built with recycled materials, they use less electricity and are designed for desert climates.

Now is your chance to board one of these sublime ships that recently landed on the Santa Fe market for $3,475,000.

Constructed of adobe and stucco in 1981, this luxury land vessel is known as the Desert Flower. In the native Tewa language, it is Ahkon Povi.

According to the listing, the design was inspired by Chaco Canyon National Historical Park and Pueblo Bonito, a cultural site within the park. According to the park’s website, the park is home to “massive buildings of the Ancestral Puebloan people [which] still bear witness to organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest.”


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Set on 11 acres, this Earthship measures 7,913 square feet and has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Glass ceilings and walls provide a connection to the outdoors while collecting heat to warm interior spaces.

The flagstone floor has radiant heat and there are eight kiva-style fireplaces.

The curvy house makes good use of raw wood beams throughout. A stunning highlight is a bathroom with rocky outcroppings in the shower and tub.

For relaxation, there is a cedar sauna and steam room. The outdoor swimming pool is ideal for sunny days.

The property is part of a homeowners association with approximately $495 annual dues.

Minka Ingersoll of Realty One of Santa Fe has the listing.

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New Mexico Passes Stricter Pollution Rules for Oil and Gas | New Mexico News


SANTA FE, NM (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved more rules aimed at tackling pollution from the oil and natural gas industry amid national debate over domestic production and concerns about the instability in the global energy market.

On Thursday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration praised the rules, calling them among the strictest in the country.

“This is a major step forward in meeting our targets for reducing emissions and improving air quality. New Mexicans can be proud of the fact that we are leading the nation by putting in place rules that protect our families and their environment, said re-election candidate Lujan Grisham.

The Democrat has pushed for more regulations throughout her first term and the rules approved this week by the state’s Environmental Improvement Council mark the second part of her pollution control plan accused of exacerbate climate change.

State oil and gas regulators passed separate rules earlier this year to limit venting and flaring at oil production sites to reduce methane pollution.

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This latest effort, led by the state Department of Environment, focuses on oilfield equipment that emits smog-causing pollution, specifically volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides.

It includes minimum requirements for oil and natural gas producers to calculate their emissions and have them certified by engineers and to find and repair leaks on a regular basis. The rule would apply to compressors, turbines, heaters and other pneumatic devices used at production sites.

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, which represents producers, expects the new rules to reduce emissions. But industry officials said oil and gas production in New Mexico is only responsible for a small amount of the state’s ozone pollution.

Ozone pollutants can also be found in wildfire smoke and vehicle emissions. The US Environmental Protection Agency is considering classifying some of the nation’s largest cities as “severely” violators of ozone pollution.

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New Mexico education standards teach lessons of ethnic and social identity to kindergarteners

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New Mexico’s sweeping new changes to the state’s social studies standards, which would introduce racial and social identity lessons to children as young as age 5, have some Republicans in the state to cry foul.

Finalized standards by the New Mexico Department of Public Education in late February, say kindergarteners will need to learn about “identity groups” and will be able to “identify some of their group identities” . They will also learn to “describe how they are similar and different from people who share their identity and from people who don’t”.


In the third year, public school children will be introduced to the subject of “building community equity”. In fifth grade, they will be able to “explain how the treatment of groups of people in the past and present has an impact on who they are”. Seventh-grade students will study “the impact of unequal power relations on the development of group identities and culture”.

Pre-K students listen to their teacher read a story at Dawes Elementary in Chicago on January 11.
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In eighth grade, students will be able to “assess how social policies and economic forces provide systemic privileges or inequalities in access to social, political and economic opportunities for identity groups in education, government, health care, industry and law enforcement”.

High school students will be expected to “examine experiences, activism, and legislation impacting LGBTQIA+ communities,” as well as “analyze the complex relationship between dominant cultures and minority groups throughout world history, including, but not limited to, constructs of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, differing abilities, nationality, social class, religion, reactions and long-term effects of oppression.”

The standards will take effect in the fall of 2023. After hearing public feedback from hundreds of parents, teachers, and community members, the state Department of Education removed “references to sexuality, of communism, police brutality and gun violence following concerns raised by the public,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s spokesperson, Maddy Hayden told the Associated Press.

State House Minority Whip Rod Montoya called on school districts to “reject” the new standards.

“As local school officials, you are morally obligated to reject these standards and continue to serve your community as the autonomous school official for which you were elected,” Montoya wrote in a letter shared by Republican officials on Tuesday.

State Representative Greg Nibert, a Republican, criticized the new standards in a statement to Fox News Digital, saying they teach racism.

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate to teach and perpetuate hatred based on race (or any other basis) in our schools,” Nibert said. “If we are ever to heal our wounds and truly become a united nation, we must oppose instructions that would reduce any race or elevate one race above another. We are all created by humans to the image of our creator.”

Republican State Rep. Rebecca Dow, who is running for governor, called the new standards “divisive.”

“New Mexico is a state of friendship and united cultures,” she tweeted Thursday. “The last thing our children need after two years of social isolation is to learn that they are oppressors or oppressed because of their gender or race which they did not choose. “

But not all state lawmakers agree.

Democratic State Representative Roger Montoya, who shares the same last name but is not related to the State House Minority Whip, told Fox News Digital that he believed his colleague’s comments ” further divided” the new Mexicans.


“New Mexico has a rich, layered history,” he said. “It is essential that our students have the opportunity to understand the complexity and harsh realities of our collective past. It is so vital that students use critical thinking so that we do not repeat these actions.”

“I believe this call divides us further,” he continued. “One of the hardest things I’ve seen in the legislative process is the division between our parties, and I believe it’s a corner issue that doesn’t help us get the job done anymore. deep in building a better New Mexico.”

Fox News’ Matt Leach contributed to this report.

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Most and least tax-friendly states for businesses – 24/7 Wall St.


The U.S. federal tax code is arguably more demoralizing than it should be, in part because of the millions of dollars tax filing service providers spend lobbying against the simpler procedures used in other developed nations. (Here are the counties where families should budget the most for taxes in each state.)

But at least the federal tax code is uniform across the country. State and local taxes vary widely from place to place, which means Americans who move or work across state lines must adapt to changes in state and local tax codes.

One way to measure a state’s tax “friendliness” is to look at personal and corporate income taxes, as well as average state and local sales taxes. They are the main taxes paid by most Americans and the main sources of public revenue to help fund public services and infrastructure, from Medicare and Medicaid to road and park maintenance to teacher salaries, police and firefighters.

To determine the most and least tax-friendly states for businesses, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the Tax Foundation’s State Enterprise Tax Climate Index 2022. States were ranked by their State Business Tax Climate Index score, a composite of five factors measuring personal income tax, sales tax, corporate income tax, property tax and unemployment insurance tax. (Here are the states with the highest and lowest property taxes.)

According to the most recent data from the Tax Foundation, seven states levy no personal income tax: Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Alaska and South Dakota. Four states have no personal income tax or corporate tax: Texas, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Additionally, South Dakota and Wyoming are the only two states in the country that have no income tax, no corporate income tax, and no gross receipts tax, a tax on the sales of a business without deducting the cost of the business. While Ohio, Texas, and Washington have no corporate income tax, they do have a gross receipts tax. Meanwhile, Delaware and Virginia have a gross receipts tax in addition to corporate income tax.

Weighing personal and corporate tax burdens can lead to a general determination of a state’s tax friendliness, which means lower taxes. In some states, lower taxes also mean fewer social services, higher deficits, and/or reliance on taxpayer-funded federal grants from other states.

Here are the most and least tax-friendly states
Click here to see our detailed methodology

BET Investments Inaugurates Huge Buckeye I-10 Logistics

BET Investments has launched its first phase of Buckeye I-10 Logistics, which is one of the largest industrial developments in Buckeye’s history.

The 145-acre project, titled Buckeye I-10 Logistics, is the largest industrial complex being developed along Buckeye’s I-10 frontage freeway, just west of Verrado Way. The industrial park will be built with over 2.2 million square feet of industrial space. The 641,000 square foot Phase I building has already begun and is expected to be completed before the end of 2022. From 3rd quarter of this year, BET Investments will construct its Phase II building of approximately 1,150,000 square feet which will be located adjacent to the I-10 freeway. Phase III will be 450,000 square feet and will be adjacent to Van Buren.

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“Beginning construction on the largest industrial campus in Buckeye’s history is a statement of confidence in Buckeye’s future,” said Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn. “As the fastest growing city in the nation, Buckeye is at the forefront of meeting the infrastructure and transportation needs of its residents.”

“That’s why BET Investments has invested heavily in Buckeye over the past 15 years,” said Scott Moore, executive vice president of the Arizona division at BET Investments. “Our industrial complex will support the expansion of Buckeye and the West Valley by creating new jobs at an important location for the North American supply chain. The product can be transported to consumers in Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico, Denver and Utah, all within a day’s drive.”

“Buckeye I-10 Logistics will deliver three Class A logistics buildings to one of the best locations in the Southwest Valley submarket,” said Andy Markham, vice president of Cushman and Wakefield, who along with the Vice President Mike Haenel, represents Buckeye I-10 Logistics and will serve as the project’s leasing brokers.

Markham continued, “With record net absorption in 2021 of approximately 27 million square feet, nearly doubling the amount recoded in 2020, Phoenix’s industrial sector continues to remain extremely robust. These buildings meet the requirements of current tenants.

The project architect for Buckeye I-10 Logistics is Butler Design Group and the general contractor is Layton Construction. Engineering services are provided by Hilgart Wilson Engineering and BET Investments will act as the project’s property manager.

BET Investments owns, manages, develops and leases warehouses, apartments and shopping centers across the United States. The company’s portfolio includes over 8 million square feet of retail space and 4,000 apartments. For more information write to Scott Moore at [email protected] or call him at (480) 682-8425.

Recruitment Underway for El Paso Area High School Football Players


Canutillo running back LJ Martin and Parkland offensive lineman Tyrone McDuffie have been on the radar of Division I football programs for several months and have several offers.

But in recent weeks, Franklin linebacker/quarterback Shay Smith, Austin running back/linebacker Jayden Wilson and Parkland wide receiver Demarion Crest have begun to attract interest from Division I schools. .

New Mexico offered Wilson, Texas Tech and New Mexico State offered Crest, and UTEP and Texas Tech offered Smith.

“It feels good to have that first offer,” Wilson said. “New Mexico started enrolling me and made this first offer. I really like the program and the direction of the program is moving in a positive direction. I made an unofficial visit to the school and it was great. They treated me very well.”

Former Burges linebacker Alec Marenco is on the UNM roster and former Americas star Aaron Dumas shone for the Lobos last year before moving to Washington.

El Paso Parkland's DJ Crest leaps towards the end zone during a run against Canyon Randall on December 17, 2020 during the Class 5A District 2 playoff round at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

Demarion Crest Weekend Deals

Crest picked up its Texas Tech and NMSU offers over the weekend.

“I learned a lot from the recruiting process. I just have to keep working to improve myself and keep improving in every way,” Crest said. “It was great to get both offers. Texas Tech has great staff, and New Mexico State staff work hard and do great things.”

Parkland coach Eric Frontz added: “Demarion is a great prospect and he’s improving all the time. He’s really worked hard to get to this point.”

Crest, McDuffie, Wilson and Martin will be seniors next season and Smith will be junior. All five were on playoff teams last season. Martin helped Canutillo reach the third round of the playoffs and Smith helped Franklin win a 1-6A District Championship.

Martin has attracted interest from the Air Force, SMU, Kansas, Texas Tech, New Mexico, Kansas State, Baylor and UT-San Antonio. McDuffie has attracted interest from Fresno State, UTEP, UTSA, Colorado and New Mexico.

After: The Montwood volleyball player will stay home and play at UTEP

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at 915-546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.

Holocaust survivor shares her life story with students

Holocaust survivor Andy Holten, 84, shares with students at Bosque School how he survived the genocide, which claimed the lives of an estimated six million Jews. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)
Andy Holten gestures as he describes his Holocaust memories. He was the only survivor of his immediate family, staying alive hiding with a friendly family for the last two years of World War II. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Students at the Bosque School came face to face with living history on Monday — namely one of New Mexico’s last Holocaust survivors — who came to teach them about the different facets of humanity.

Around 40 juniors gathered in the school’s visual and performing arts room to hear the story of Andy Holten, a docent for the New Mexico Holocaust Museum who, between 1943 and 1944, lost the vast majority of his family to the genocide which claimed the lives of approximately six million Jews.

“I’m incredibly happy to have had this opportunity, because we will be one of the last generations to be able to talk to real Holocaust survivors,” said junior Tenzin Wong. “I think it’s incredibly powerful.”

Bosque School is a private college preparatory school for middle and high school students located along the Bosque in Albuquerque. Attendees at Monday’s presentation were mostly students enrolled in humanities courses, which teacher Norah Doss said combines English and history.

Holten, 84, mixed textbook history of the start of the Holocaust with stories of his experience as a “hidden child, after his biological parents made the excruciating, but ultimately life-saving decision, to ask a Christian family to take him in.

“They made the very difficult decision, I’m still impressed that they made that decision,” Holten told a captivated audience. “But that’s what allowed me to be here, to talk about it.”

Holten, then a five-year-old Jewish child, went “into hiding” with Johannes and Petronella Meijer in the town of Haarlem, not far from where he was born in Holland, where he hid under an assumed name for the last two years of World War II.

In January 1944, his parents and maternal grandparents boarded a train with nearly 1,000 others – including 122 children – bound for the Auschwitz concentration camp.

His mother and grandparents were immediately sent to the gas chamber, while his father was forced to work in a nearby camp for around four months before falling ill from the working conditions and being executed in august.

Holten survived the war, finishing high school under the wing of the Meijers, whom he emotionally said were “chosen to keep him,” before immigrating to the United States in 1956, where he earned a degree in Physics from the City College of New York.

He enlisted in the US Air Force, rising to the rank of captain and helping design the fuel system protection for the A-10 “Warthog” Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, before moving to Albuquerque and become a substitute teacher in Rio Rancho for about 22 years. years.

Recently, Holten, who is among 23 to 33 Holocaust survivors in the state, shared his story and that of his family with hundreds of local students in the past few weeks alone, according to the program director of the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, Carson Morris.

That experience, Holten said, can be difficult at times. For the most part, however, these are corrective measures.

‘Talking about it helped me,’ he told the Journal, while holding a copy of Nicole Krauss’ ‘Love Story’ – a novel that one student described as involving a survivor of the Holocaust turned American immigrant grappling with his past and his people. .

But telling her story also serves much broader purposes, Holten said, referring to a 2020 study by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany that found that 63% of millennials and Gen Z respondents were unaware of the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust.

Above all, Holten said her story is one that teaches young students to practice tolerance and about the many different aspects of humanity.

“I’ve been through the worst that people can do to each other – they wiped out my whole family,” Holten said. “But I also experienced the best that people can do. The Meijers welcomed me… they were ready to try their luck.

Holten’s message seems to have had an effect on his students.

“It’s so important that we understand our history,” junior Soren Olsen said. “Even in the future, we really need to learn more about the Holocaust and extend that understanding to our society…and I think it was really enlightening to talk to someone who actually had to go through that. .”

U.S. Finance Updates: Gas Stimulus Check, Medicare, Tax Deadline…


Sstay tuned to our live blog Sunday, April 10, 2022, to stay up to date with the latest US financial news. We’ll provide the latest and greatest updates on rising gas prices and the controls being sought to cushion that blow, as well as news on health insurance and tax deadlines.

Tough financial times loom as gasoline prices soar across the United States, and rising inflation is beginning to have an effect on the cost of daily necessities for millions of Americans. Although the federal and state governments are partly responsible due to the impact of the prolonged coronavirus measures, they are currently implementing certain measures to try to cushion this blow, by introducing programs that try to offset the spiraling costs across the country.

In our live blog on the latest US financial news and advice this Sunday, April 10, we’ll have updates on all of these stories and more.

Claiming benefits at full retirement age is rewarding

The average retirement benefit is $1,657 per month, but there are instances where some people receive $3,345 per month, the highest benefit.

The key to qualifying for such assistance is to reach the age of 66 years and 4 months for people born in 1956. Then you can collect 100% of the benefit calculated from your lifetime earnings.

Learn more about how to know the exact amount you will receive at retirement

Due to the Russian invasion of its territory, Ukraine’s GDP is expected to fall by 45.1% this year

The destruction of the production capacity of its companies and therefore the reduction of its exports, following the Russian invasion of its territory, has caused the Ukrainian economy to record a sharp drop this year.

The latest World Bank report predicts that Ukraine’s gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by 45.1%.

Russia’s GDP output in 2022 is also expected to fall by 1.2%, due to financial sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

Russia responds to economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies

The Russian government announced on Sunday that it had increased its reserve fund by 273.4 billion rubles ($3.4 billion) to ensure economic stability in the face of foreign sanctions.

The main source of the increase, 271.6 billion rubles, was additional oil and gas revenues received in the first quarter of 2022, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The reserve fund of Russia was created to finance unforeseen expenses and important measures not covered by the federal budget.

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Is Bitcoin mining legal in the United States?

Over the past few years, the United States has developed a patchwork of cryptocurrency regulations, with state and federal lawmakers taking turns to address specific aspects of the industry. Several agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), are vying for control of parts of the booming cryptocurrency market.

Although these financial watchdogs have issued guidelines, warnings and rules, their efforts have so far been largely uncoordinated.

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Learn more about management of cryptocurrencies in the American Union.

What if you can’t pay on time?

If you think you won’t be able to pay this year, it may be time to seek professional advice so you don’t find yourself in financial difficulty.

At this stage of the year, there are recurring doubts such as, What if I can’t pay my taxes? What if I don’t have enough money to pay all my taxes?

As everyone’s tax situation is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all strategy, you should seek professional advice.

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Learn more about how to pay my taxes on time

Social Security Disability Benefits

Every day, due to health problems, hundreds of people are unable to work, limiting their ability to earn a living. However, they are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

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Learn more about how to access this benefit

Gas prices are starting to drop

There is finally some good news when it comes to gasoline prices in the United States, as they are starting to drop across the country.

There have been declines of eight cents on average in the United States, which is explained by the government’s plans to release more oil.

State receives $500 rebate checks

Although federal stimulus checks are a thing of the past, states can still distribute checks if they wish and that is what is happening in New Mexico.

There, lawmakers passed a bill that will send $500 checks in two installments over the next few months, with the first likely scheduled for May and June.

You can learn more here about $500 refund checks in New Mexico.

Know your health insurance rights

A Local coverage determination (LCD) may initially prevent you from claiming a particular item or service on Medicare, but keep in mind that it may be possible to appeal such a decision.

You can appeal if you need the item or service that is not covered by the LCD and if you are eligible for Medicare Part A benefits (hospital insurance), if you are enrolled in Medicare Part B (insurance medical), or both.

You can learn more here about filing an appeal against a Medicare LCD.

Next steps after student loan payment suspension

As another pause in student loan payments has been approved, US politicians are now considering the next steps for the country’s student loan problem.

Senator Patty Murray has now called on the government to cancel some of the debt for all borrowers, fix the broken student loan system and extend the payment break until 2023 to achieve this.

What happens to unclaimed IRS refunds?

If you don’t collect your tax, the money will go to the Treasury Department. Unclaimed money will be applied against any amounts still owed to the IRS or a state tax agency. It could also be used to offset unpaid child support or overdue federal debts, such as student loans.

People in the United States must file their 2021 tax returns by April 18 to avoid possible consequences.

Learn more about tax due dates and what happens to unclaimed refunds here.

Final Gas Stimulus Check

Gasoline prices are at an all-time high, pointing to bleak times for ordinary Americans who continue to see higher prices at the pumps.

Some sections of Congress are pushing for the Gas Rebate Act of 2022 that would give Americans $100 in an effort to combat soaring gas prices, targeted at people earning $75,000 or less.

Learn more about the gas stimulus check here.

Tax Deadline 2022

April 18 is the last day to file your tax returns in the vast majority of states. However, if you are not on time, you can request a tax extension before this date.

File an automatic U.S. Personal Income Tax Return (PDF) Filing Deadline Extension (Form 4868) on or before your return’s usual due date. If you do not correctly estimate your tax, you will be deemed not to have filed a valid request for an extension and you may be charged a late filing penalty.

Learn more about the Tax deadline 2022 here.

New Mexico Water Outlook for Summer and Fall: On the Edge | Local News


Another year, another growing season that will need summer monsoon rains to avoid water shortages.

After a promising snowy start in late December, weather turned drier as expected under La Niña, with regional snowpack and precipitation falling to levels below a year ago and the 30-year median, according to a recently released federal report on March conditions.

Lower temperatures this year have been a double-edged sword, causing more powder snowfall with less water content. But the sometimes frigid conditions have also prevented the snowpack from melting too soon — as it has in recent years — so the runoff flows when New Mexico farmers need it for their spring planting.

Water managers say March offers the first accurate forecast of upcoming runoff because that’s when the greatest snowfall occurs.

The snow cover this year would be sufficient if there were not the tanks being low, because the state owes Texas a large amount of water. There’s also this problem, experts say: climate change is increasing temperatures and increasing evaporation.

Spring runoff should be enough to get irrigators through July, but after that they’ll need heavy summer rains to boost water supplies for the rest of the growing season, Jason said. Casuga, interim CEO and chief engineer of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy. District.

“I expect it to be tough in the warm months,” Casuga said. “Without end-of-season storage, if we don’t get rain in the monsoon season, it will be very difficult in the second half of the irrigation season.”

It’s a similar situation to 2021, also in the throes of La Niña, a weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean that pushes precipitation north and causes drier-than-normal conditions in southwestern states.

Almost all of New Mexico is plunged into drought conditions ranging from severe to exceptional, with Santa Fe County struggling with extreme drought. While much better than a year ago when half the state was mired in exceptional drought, this is a marked downturn from January’s more favorable picture after the steep drops in snow.

Last year, much-needed summer rainstorms arrived, replenishing water supplies enough for most farmers to irrigate well into the fall, in stark contrast to 2020, when almost no rain fell. during the summer, leading to severe water shortages in September.

‘Difficult situation’ Data shows snowpack in the upper Rio Grande basin is 90% of ‘long-term normal’ and down 18% from a year ago, technician Jaz Ammon said. hydrology to the US Natural Resource Conservation Service, which helped compile the report. This basin is the closest study area to Santa Fe, with data collected at weather stations in Taos, Ski Santa Fe and other locations in the region, Ammon said.

Rainfall in the basin between October and April was 79% of long-term normal, down from 90% last year, Ammon said.

The long-term, or normal, median covers the period from 1991 to the present, he said.

State Engineer Mike Hamman said the agency recently moved the start time by a decade, removing the wettest period of the 1980s, which created a drier scale that made the years of drought less arid.

“The bar is lower, Hamman said.

A recent study published in the journal Natural climate change says the West is experiencing the driest 22-year period since AD ​​800, plunging the region, which includes New Mexico, into a mega-drought.

Human-caused climate change is worsening the severity of the drought and extending its duration, researchers say, estimating it could drag on to the 30-year mark before finally passing.

Previous mega-droughts predated the Industrial Revolution, when heat-trapping greenhouse gases began to be released en masse into the atmosphere, showing that the West can experience severe natural droughts independent of climate change, have said the study authors.

However, cumulative greenhouse gas emissions over the past two centuries have clearly worsened the current drought in the West, they said.

Climate change has increased average temperatures by about 2 degrees since the 1990s and reduced rainfall, leading to what scientists call aridification.

It intensified evaporation and dried out the soil, causing it to absorb water like a sponge. This in turn reduced the amount of runoff entering the Rio Grande and flowing downstream to farmers and Elephant Butte Reservoir, the main hub of Texas water passage to pay debt and meet the obligations of a multi-state water sharing pact.

Meanwhile, consecutive La Niña patterns further deplete water sources.

Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, director of the Interstate Stream Commission, said the overall picture the federal report paints is bleak — unless the region gets a good monsoon.

“It points to a tough situation ahead,” Schmidt-Petersen said. “I see a year as difficult as last year with less stored water available.”

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Water storage will be drastically reduced this year as the renovation of the El Vado dam will begin by summer.

The work will remove the main reservoir to conserve “native” or natural water from the Rio Grande, as opposed to Colorado River water that flows through the dams and tunnels of the San Juan-Chama federal system into the Rio Big.

For now, the loss of the reservoir means there is no place to store native water for irrigation, leaving the Conservation District no buffer to supply farmers in the latter part of the season. , said Casuga. The absence of emergency water during a dry season can be problematic, he added.

State officials want to store additional native water in Lake Abiquiú but must overcome some obstacles. The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the Abiquiú Dam, must approve it, and all Rio Grande Compact commissioners must approve it.

Texas has opposed storage expansion in New Mexico until it pays off its water debt to the Lone Star State of about 127,000 acre-feet, or 41 billion gallons. One acre-foot is enough to submerge a football field in one foot of water.

Hamman, the state engineer, said he wrote a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking to store 20,000 acre-feet, or 6.5 billion gallons, in Abiquiú to meet the water needs of the pueblos. He is confident that the body will agree.

Additionally, the state wants to store 45,000 acre-feet, or 14.6 billion gallons, at the reservoir to help cover irritation needs.

Hamman thinks he can break the stalemate with Texas.

“We will continue to discuss with the State of Texas to see if there are other scenarios that could benefit the entire basin,” he said.

Meanwhile, the irrigation district has staggered water deliveries to various areas since March, so growers are getting supplies early rather than late, as they did last year, Casuga said, adding that a quick distribution is important as they face another tough season.

“We wanted to make sure we were more above that and were more efficient than we were last year,” Casuga said.

Ammon said the only way to really solve drought-induced problems is to have two or three consecutive above-average wet years.

Robust snowpacks and rainfall would be needed for all those years, he said.

“Either isn’t enough to cut it,” Ammon said.

What to do with wastewater from a closed nuclear power plant? | News

A million gallons of radioactive water sits inside an old nuclear power plant along Cape Cod Bay, and it must go.

But where is the thorny question, and will the State intervene according to the company’s dismantling of the factory?

Holtec International, which is seeking approval for an underground used nuclear fuel storage site in New Mexico, plans to treat the water and release it into the bay, sparking fierce resistance from residents locals, shellfish harvesters and politicians. Holtec is also considering evaporating the contaminated water or trucking it to a facility in another state.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, closed in 2019 after nearly half a century providing power to the region. U.S. Representative William Keating, a Democrat whose district includes Cape Town, wrote to Holtec along with other senior Massachusetts lawmakers in January to oppose the release of water in Cape Cod Bay. It has asked the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review its regulations.

Keating said in late March that Holtec’s handling of radioactive water could set a precedent because the US dismantling industry is in its infancy. Most US nuclear power plants were built between 1970 and 1990.

“If they’re listening, sensitive and working with those communities, that’s important,” he said. “That’s the message for future dismantling sites.”

Holtec has acquired closed nuclear power plants across the country as part of its decommissioning business, including the former Oyster Creek Power Plant in New Jersey and the Indian Point Energy Center in New York. He takes possession of the Palisades nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan, which is closing this year.

Pilgrim was a boiling water reactor. Water was constantly circulating through the reactor vessel and nuclear fuel, converting it to steam to spin the turbine. The water was cooled and recirculated, picking up radioactive contamination.

Cape Cod is a tourist mecca. Having radioactive water in the bay, even at low levels, is not good for marketing, said Democratic State Rep. Josh Cutler, who represents a district there. Cutler is working to pass legislation prohibiting the dumping of radioactive materials into coastal or inland waters.

Holtec said Pilgrim had already been discharging water into the bay for 50 years while the plant was in operation and environmental studies, conducted by the plant operators and now Holtec, have shown little or no environmental impact. . Radiological environmental reports are submitted annually to the NRC.

“We work to provide scientific data, educate the public about the reality of radiation in everyday life, and work to have experts explain real science versus the emotional fear of the unknown,” spokesperson Patrick wrote. O’Brien in an email in March.

Holtec could treat the water and discharge it in batches over several years, probably the least expensive option. Or, it could evaporate the water in place, as it says it has done with about 680,000 gallons over the past two years.

Water evaporation would be more difficult to do now because the spent nuclear fuel is stored and could not be used as a heat source. Holtec would have to use a different – ​​probably more expensive – method that would release gas.

Or, Holtec could truck the water to an out-of-state facility, where it could be mixed with clay and buried or placed in an evaporation pond, or released into local waterways.

That’s what Keating wants.

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Generating Station, another boiling water reactor, was shut down in Vernon, Vermont, in 2014. It sends wastewater to disposal specialists in Texas and other states. Entergy operated and sold both Vermont Yankee and Pilgrim. NorthStar, a separate dismantling competitor, is dismantling Vermont Yankee.

Nuclear power plants sometimes have to remove water with low levels of radioactivity when they operate, so a process to release it in batches into local waterways was developed in the early days of the nuclear industry.

In recent years, at Pilgrim, the two largest releases occurred in 2011, with 29 releases totaling approximately 325,000 gallons, and in 2013, with 21 releases totaling approximately 310,000 gallons.

The water from these discharges was well below federal limits for the amount of radionuclides in millirems a person would be exposed to in a year if they ate local seafood or swam in nearby waters, according to the NRC.

NRC Northeast spokesman Neil Sheehan said the boundaries are set very conservatively and are meant to protect the public and the environment. He said it was important to consider the role of dilution – once discharges mix with large amounts of water, any radioactivity is usually not detectable.

In Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth Bays, there are 50 oyster farms — the largest concentration in the state, worth $5.1 million last year, according to the Massachusetts Seafood Collaborative. The collaboration said the water spill would devastate industry and the local economy with it.

Harwich resident and longtime Pilgrim watchdog Diane Turco wonders if the water is heavily contaminated, particularly from the pool that covered spent fuel stored for cooling and shielded workers from radiation.

“Isn’t it a crazy idea on Holtec’s part to use our bay as a dumping ground? No way,” she said.

Others were unaware that Pilgrim Water had spilled into the bay in previous years and they don’t want it to happen again.

“We can’t change that, but we can change what happens in the future,” said Cutler, the state legislator. “It’s the first time it’s been taken out of service, so comparing that to the past is a convenient excuse. “Well, we’ve done that in the past,” sounds like my kid.

Cape Town cities are trying to ban the dispersal of radioactive materials in their waters. Tribal chiefs, fishermen, lobsters and real estate agents have also publicly declared their opposition.

Sheehan, the NRC spokesperson, said the water is not different or distinct from water released during plant operations. Holtec would have to handle it the same way, filtering it, putting it in a tank, analyzing the radioisotopes and calculating the environmental impacts if it were released in batches, he added.

Holtec would not need separate approval from the NRC to discharge the water into the bay. However, Holtec would need permission from the US Environmental Protection Agency if the water contained pollutants regulated by the Clean Water Act, such as dissolved metals.

If the water contained only NRC-regulated radioactive materials, Holtec would not need to apply to the EPA for a permit amendment, according to the EPA’s New England Water Division. Holtec never gave the EPA a water pollution characterization associated with the decommissioning, the division manager said.

Mary Lampert, of Duxbury, is part of a panel set up by the state to examine the issues surrounding the dismantling of the Pilgrim. She thinks the state could use its existing laws and regulations to stop the spill and plans to lobby the Massachusetts attorney general to file a preliminary injunction to do so.

The attorney general’s office said it was monitoring the issue and would take any violations of the Clean Water Act seriously.

Holtec said this week it was testing the water for possible pollutants, but lab results won’t be available for some time.

The company expects to decide what to do with the water later this year. Release, evaporation and some limited transport will likely all be part of the solution, Holtec added.

Carol Miller on the Congressional Military-Industrial Media Complex

For ten years now, New Mexico public health advocate Carol Miller has been reading the Pentagon’s daily list of major military contracts.

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And it changed his life.

“A friend of mine challenged me and said – just for a few days read the Pentagon daily digest and get a view of what they’re doing,” Miller said. Corporate crime reporter in an interview last month. “And I’ve been doing this now for ten years.”

“This daily update contains all the big contracts that the Pentagon distributes. Coming from a healthcare background where we were always on the hunt for money, being suddenly saturated with corrupt contracts coming out of the Pentagon, this was a real eye-opener. That’s what has kept me going for ten years now.

“It has become clear that Pentagon contracts are set up in such a way that they will never pass an audit. The Pentagon has the power to do what they call IDIQ contracts – meaning indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity. These are large sums of money that the Pentagon is handing out and saying – get us something with this money, we would like to do this or that.

“It became obvious with the Osprey. This was the plane they wanted to fly for low-flying in our neighborhood in New Mexico. This is the tilt-rotor aircraft. It was something out of 1950 comics. It lifts like a helicopter, then the rotors tilt and it flies like an airplane. Many soldiers died on this plane, including four last week. It’s dangerous. This starts fires.

“What’s that plane going to do flying over my head?” Watching it changed my life. And then I looked at all the contracts with Boeing and others to create this aircraft. There have never been any consequences for the company in the event of failure of projects. In the Reagan days, there was the $600 hammer and an attempt to say that the Pentagon contracts were out of control. But he was never under control and there was no intention of controlling him.

“I’ve had conversations with more optimistic people who advocate for legislation and insist that the Pentagon pass an audit. But if the contracting process itself isn’t changed, it never will be. The entrepreneur will say – yes, they gave us the money, but you didn’t tell us the delivery date. And you didn’t tell us how much you needed or wanted. IDIQ is a loophole big enough to get a carrier through. planes.”

There were once Pentagon watchdogs in Congress — people like Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. Who are the current William Proxmires?

“I’m not sure there are any that focus specifically on Pentagon spending. There are two organizations outside of government – ​​the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). And there’s a community campaign – Divest from the War Machine – to demand divestment from the military and they’re doing some of that monitoring work.

What happened to the Defense Information Center?

“They were incorporated into POGO several years ago. But they didn’t really succeed. They had funding from Ben & Jerry’s. They helped people in Vermont who were trying to block the F-35 base in Burlington. But it is quite amazing to realize the number of jobs related to the military and the number of companies whose work is focused on defence.

“I used to think of the Oshkosh company as a company that made cute overalls that you would buy your kids. In fact, they are actually one of the largest manufacturers of MRAPs – mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. These are the vehicles that were so faulty when they were used in Iraq.

“The company that makes the Ball canning jars – more of their business is military-based. Unicor is the branch of the federal prison industry. And they get big contracts and they have prisoners making clothes for the military The army is integrated in this country.

“I describe my path as – from health to hell and back again. I have worked closely with my congressional delegation to New Mexico for years on issues related to public health.

“They were upset with me and other members of the community when we tried to push back against militarization. Over the last ten years, the United States has bought this cold war that’s going on right now. It shows very clearly in the spending they’ve been doing. Congress has given the Pentagon more money than they asked for. There’s a real push for what the Pentagon calls a quasi-peer war. This quasi-peer war they are looking for would be either with Russia or China or both.Even if, as seen with the situation in Russia, they are not even close to a peer in this regarding equipment and training.

“Even members of Congress who I think had the public interest in mind, when they joined the military, they broke away.”

Who are you talking about in New Mexico?

“I’m talking about Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. They both retired from the Senate. I always thought I had a good personal relationship with Jeff Bingaman. But it ended in a public event when me and others saw him in a lunch line. And we asked him why he let the Air Force take over all the airspace in New Mexico. And that was the end. It was the end of a decades-long relationship. Once we lifted the Achilles heel and that was it.

What about Tom Udall?

“Tom was always disappointing. I ran against him for Congress in 1998. We had a good relationship for a while. My community also has the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which has been converted into a 24/7 manufacturing plant for new nuclear bombs. When Tom made it his goal, it was the end of all personal or professional relationship with him. They would praise health care and the problems with our education system in New Mexico. But they really worked for the military-industrial complex.

Are there other liberals in New Mexico who were good at certain things but not at the military-industrial complex?

“All. Our current Senator Ben Ray Lujan is very bad on the nuclear issue – he prioritizes that and the military. He pays lip service and very little funding to our community. These are personal relationships. We are a small state, this is now – if one of these people sees me coming, they run the other way.

And Senator Martin Heinrich?

“Martin Heinrich is terrible. His campaign story was that he came to New Mexico for the environment. But in reality, he came to New Mexico to work at Sandia Labs. He is the biggest proponent of what are called directed energy weapons, which are laser weapons to incinerate people and buildings – turning them to ashes. This is the project he was working on at Sandia when he was elected to the House of Representatives. He launched the Directed Energy Caucus in the House to ensure that these weapons, which are likely illegal under international law, would be accepted. In the Senate, he did the same thing. He launched a Directed Energy Caucus. He was Lockheed’s and now Honeywell’s person in the Senate.

Who in Congress is most critical of the Pentagon’s exorbitant spending?

“Beyond one sentence each year, I don’t know of one. Senator Bernie Sanders has certainly been a leader. But here is the reality. When we give two-thirds of our money to the military, people end up believing that they have to defend the businesses that create jobs in their region. We have Senator Sanders in a big stalemate with the peace community in Vermont. I traveled to Vermont and met with the peace community there about the F-35 base in Burlington, Vermont. The F-35 has been extremely controversial in Vermont.

Senator Sanders supported the F-35?

“He said he backed him reluctantly, but he defended him. Senator Leahy insisted that it was very important to bring the F-35 to Burlington, Vermont.

“The lifeblood of our economy is the economy of death. It was heartbreaking.

“I spent time on the USA Spending website. It’s great. It has all the contracts and allowances and who gets them. I learned that the congressional district with the least federal spending is actually Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I hope to be able to contact her while I am here in DC”

“There are states where the whole quality of the people of the state has been sacrificed to the military. And then Democrats, progressives or not, are all on board with that. And Republicans certainly agree with that.

“Who runs these companies?

“Many of them are former soldiers. Our generals know that as soon as they leave the Pentagon, if they play their cards right, they can get very well paid positions in some of these defense companies.

[For the complete q/a format Interview with Carol Miller, see 36 Corporate Crime Reporter 13(12), February 28, 2022, print edition only.]

How gas prices changed in Santa Fe last week


(STACKER) – The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline this week is down seven cents. The drop follows President Biden’s announcement on March 31 that the country’s strategic petroleum reserve would release 1 million barrels of oil a day for six months.

Stacker compiled gas price statistics in the Santa Fe, NM metro area using AAA data. Gasoline prices are current as of April 7. State gasoline tax data is from World Population Review. Three states — Connecticut, Georgia and Maryland — have temporarily suspended gasoline taxes to cover costs for consumers while prices rise.

The International Energy Agency, made up of 31 member countries from around the world, including the United States, confirmed on April 7 that it would release 120 million barrels of its emergency oil reserves. Half of that will come from US stocks. Following the announcement, Brent futures, the global benchmark for crude oil, fell more than 5%.

Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, the IEA estimates that Russia could face oil export cuts of around 3 million barrels a day from April due to sanctions and buyer aversion. So far, the European Union has been reluctant to impose sanctions on Russia’s energy sector due to its dependence on the country’s oil and natural gas. In 2021, Europe imported around 45% of its natural gas and 34% of its crude oil from Russia.

Pressure for tougher sanctions is mounting in the face of Russia’s possible war crimes in Ukraine. On April 5, the EU proposed to ban Russian coal as part of a new round of sanctions, plunging into the energy sector.

Santa Fe in numbers
– Current price: $4.04
— New Mexico average: $4.10
— Gas tax in New Mexico: $0.19 per gallon (#45 highest among all states)
– Weekly variation: -0.07$ (-1.7%)
– Change of year: +$1.19 (+41.7%)
– Historically high gas prices: $4.17 (3/29/22)

Subways with the most expensive gas
#1. San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA: $5.98
#2. Napa, CA: $5.92
#3. Ventura, CA: $5.92

Subways with the cheapest gasoline
#1. Lawton, Oklahoma: $3.48
#2. Joplin, Missouri: $3.51
#3. Amarillo, TX: $3.52

States with the highest gasoline tax per gallon
#1. Pennsylvania: $0.59
#2. California: $0.53
#3. Washington: $0.52

States with the lowest gasoline tax per gallon
#1. Alaska: $0.0895
#2. Hawaii: $0.16
#3. Virginia: $0.162

Five New Mexico prospects have ‘job interviews’ | Local News

New Mexico terror trial in limbo years after compound raid | New Mexico News

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press

SANTA FE, NM (AP) — A second defendant invokes the right to a speedy trial in the 2018 raid on a squalid family compound in northern New Mexico that uncovered the remains of a 3-year-old boy and drove on charges of kidnapping, firearms and terrorism, defense attorneys confirmed Thursday.

Subhanah Wahhaj, one of five defendants jailed since the raid, denies the charges against her and told federal prosecutors and a U.S. District Court judge in Albuquerque this week of her right to a trial within a reasonable time after his arrest.

“We filed the Notice of Speedy Trial because it’s been (almost) four years, and based on the evidence in the case, we no longer believe our client belongs in jail,” said Ryan Villa, a court-appointed lawyer for Wahhaj. .

Wahhaj was arrested in August 2018 along with her husband and three other adults from an extended family during a law enforcement raid on a ramshackle remote desert encampment surrounded by used tire berms with an adjacent firing range . Authorities were looking for a sick 3-year-old child who had been reported missing by his mother in Georgia.

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Sheriff’s deputies and state agents first found 11 starving children and a small arsenal of ammunition and firearms. After days of searching, they found the 3-year-old’s decomposed remains in an underground tunnel.

Trial preparations have been largely put on hold as the court deals with the mental health issues of four defendants. A new court filing indicates that three defendants have been found mentally fit to stand trial – Subhanah Wahhaj, her sister Hujrah Wahhaj and Haitian national Jany Leveille.

An evaluation and possible treatment are pending for Lucas Morton, Subhanah’s husband.

Subhanah, the mother of four children detained in the 2018 raid, was pregnant when arrested and gave birth to a child while incarcerated.

Authorities said the child who died, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, suffered from untreated disabilities as father Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his partner Leveille performed daily prayer rituals on him – even as he wept and foamed at the blocked. Authorities also said Léveillé believed the drugs suppressed the group’s Muslim beliefs.

Medical examiners determined that the child had died several months before his body was recovered.

A grand jury indictment alleges that Leveille and his partner instructed people in the compound to prepare to engage in jihad and die as martyrs, and that another relative was asked to bring money and guns.

The five defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and provide material support to each other as potential terrorists by crossing state lines with firearms and training in the compound of New Mexico.

The defendants denied all charges. Defense attorneys said their clients would not be charged with terrorism if they were not Muslim.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj also protested trial delays.

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The Pecos River deserves an “outstanding” designation

Of all the incredible landscapes in New Mexico, the Pecos Valley in San Miguel County is one of the most notable places to hang out. Each year, the watershed attracts hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and visitors to hike, fish, hunt, bird watch, camp, bike and more.

Not only does this access to nature translate into dynamic, long-term community and public health gains, but it also benefits the region’s economy. According to data from the NM Department of Game and Fish, 158,402 people fished the Pecos River and its tributaries between 2020 and 2021. In 2020, these visitors, along with hikers, campers and birdwatchers, spent more than $87 million dollars in San Miguel County.

For all these reasons, the State Department of Economic Development’s Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) joins dozens of Pecos community members, tribes, outdoor enthusiasts, local governments, of acequia associations, farmers, ranchers and water conservation groups to urge the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to protect 14 miles of the Pecos River and 165 miles of its tributaries in the watershed as Outstanding Waters – officially called National Outstanding Resource Waters or ONRWs – under the Clean Water Act. The WQCC hearing begins Tuesday, April 12.

This water quality designation will ensure healthy outdoor access, as well as traditional community uses of water, and protect waterways from degradation, waste disposal, overuse and the impacts of climate change.

Crucially, this initiative has the potential to spur other efforts to protect New Mexico’s waterways. It complements and reinforces Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s pledge to conserve at least 30% of the state’s land and water by 2030. In June, the ORD is pursuing a separate ONRW designation for three additional waterways – parts of the Rio Grande, the Rio Hondo and the sources of the Jemez – because of their exceptional recreational importance. If successful, this DSB-led petition would protect approximately 120 miles of northern New Mexico rivers in perpetuity for outdoor recreation, cultural uses and wildlife.

The designation of exceptional waters is a tool available to other communities to also protect their watersheds. Communities surrounding the upper Pecos watershed depend on clean water to support outdoor recreation, agriculture, and the local economy. The Pecos ONRW Petition is an extremely important tool to protect the waters of Pecos and New Mexico.

How much money will New Mexicans get in tax refunds?


SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) — Anywhere between $500 and $1,500 will hit most New Mexicans’ bank accounts over the next five months. The state government’s ‘free money’ comes after New Mexico lawmakers passed two separate economic aid packages this year amid record oil revenues and rising costs of living, including including high gasoline prices.

So how much money could you see in your own account? In an effort to help you figure it out, KRQE News 13 breaks down the various stimulus packages that state lawmakers have allowed to come out in 2022.

Some of the money comes from a bill passed by lawmakers in a regular legislative session in February 2022. Lawmakers also passed a second package on April 5, 2022, after meeting in Santa Fe to a one-day special legislative session.

While Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has yet to sign the latest legislation passed on April 5, she is expected to approve the measure. We’ll start with the money from House Bill 2 of the special session.

Two-part tax refunds: $500 to $1,000 split into two installments

House Bill 2 of the special session provides for payments of $500 or $1,000 for new Mexicans which will be divided into two parts. The amount you receive will depend on your tax status.

Heads of families, surviving spouses and married individuals who file joint returns will receive a total of $1,000. Single filers and married people filing taxes separately will receive a total of $500.

Again, these payments will be split into two parts. The first payment is supposed to arrive “as soon as possible”. The legislation officially describes its delivery as “no later than June 30, 2022.”

Joint filers will receive $500 for the first payment. Single filers will receive $250 for the first payment.

The second payment of the two-part rebate will occur during the month of August. As with the first payment, the amount you get depends on the status of the deposit. Joint filers will receive $500 and individual filers will receive $250.

Does everyone get discounts in HB2?

For the most part, yes. State lawmakers declined to include income limits in House Bill 2, which means the state will provide cash payments to people regardless of income.

Can people who don’t file their taxes get a refund?

If you don’t make enough money to file your taxes, you can still get money from the state. House Bill 2 provides for a so-called “relief payment” to fill in the gaps. There is also an application process and a limited amount of money the government will send.

Relief payments for non-filers are on a first-come, first-served basis. And they will only last until a $20 million fund runs out. Applicants will be required to provide a social security number or individual state tax identification number as proof of identification.

The relief payment will be the same amount as the two-part refund. $1,000 will go to households of married couples or singles with one or more dependents. For single households with no dependents, the payment is $500.

Only people who do not qualify for the standard two-part refund will qualify for the so-called “relief payment” for non-filers. And you must be at least 18 for part of 2021 to qualify. Dependents are not eligible for payment.

To get a relief allowance, if you qualify, you will need to file an application with the Department of Social Services. The department plans to announce the application process in the coming weeks, according to Jodi McGinnis Porter, director of communications for the Department of Human Services.

House Bill 2 says if people apply by May 31, 2022, they can expect payment no later than the end of July.

What if I have tax debts? Will I still receive payment?

If you owe the state, you may not see the funds arrive in your bank account. Instead, the payments will likely be intercepted by the Department of Taxes and Revenue to be used to pay off your debt.

So the funds will always help your accounts in the end. But you’ll have less personal control over exactly how the funds are used. If there are repayment funds left after the state pays off your debt, you will be refunded the extra.

It should be noted that a similar refund interception happened to some people who received state tax refund checks in 2021. At the time, about 2.7% of the 2021 tax relief was intended for debt repayment, according to the LFC.

Will rebates affect the tax bracket I’m in?

No. The two-part rebates will not be counted in adjusted federal or state gross income, according to a tax report from LFC. This will therefore not affect your tax bracket.

For the same reason, the tax refund also won’t affect eligibility for income-based support programs at the federal or state level, according to the LFC. But the discounts could impact your eligibility for privately funded support, depending on how those private support providers determine who is eligible.

You mentioned another refund legislator passed in regular session? Is it still on the way?

Yes! Earlier this year, lawmakers approved House Bill 163, which includes rebates. These discounts also have income limits, so fewer people will receive them.

The bill gives single or married people who file separately a $250 tax refund if they earn less than $75,000 a year. Married people and certain other New Mexicans qualify for a $500 rebate if they earn less than $150,000 a year.

These rebates are expected to be distributed in July 2022, according to the state. The $250 or $500 discounts from HB 163 will be in addition to the $500 or $1,000 discounts given as part of HB 2 during the special session.

I also heard about a new child tax credit in New Mexico, what is it?

Bill 163 in the 2022 regular state session also approved a child tax credit. This credit is on a sliding scale from $25 to $175 per child. The amount you receive depends on your adjusted gross income. If you earn less than $25,000 per year, you would be entitled to $175 per child. If you earn between $75,000 and $100,000, you are entitled to $100 per child.

The child tax credit begins January 1, 2023. To obtain the credit, New Mexico residents will need to apply with the Department of Taxes and Revenue. If approved, you will not receive a check per child, but rather the credit will be applied to what you pay in taxes.

Are there other older tax credit or refund programs?

In addition to the credits and rebates enacted this year, the state continues to operate certain rebate programs enacted in previous years. For example, in 2019, state legislators created a tax deduction for dependents. That deduction is about $28 million a year, according to the LFC.

In addition to state programs, there are also federal credits. For example, the Department of Social Services notes that some people may still be able to receive a 2021 child tax credit — but you must file your taxes by April 18, 2022 to receive the credit.

Reviews | Lead paint and child poisoning

For the editor:

Regarding “Two Industries Stymie Justice for Lead Paint’s Young Victims” (front page, March 30):

In 1786 Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend about lead: “You will observe with concern how long useful Truth may be known and exist before it is generally received and put into practice.

Thanks to The New York Times for raising awareness about lead paint poisoning and the historic challenges of holding the insurance and real estate industries accountable.

Childhood lead poisoning is one of the few causes of social and learning problems that we know how to solve. But if no action is taken, the current rate of lead poisoning in children means that millions of children will be unnecessarily poisoned in the decades to come.

The human costs of this disease are devastating, including education and criminal justice costs and the long-term economic costs to society of lost productivity and opportunity for today’s at-risk children – tomorrow’s future.

It’s time to hold the industry accountable. And it’s time for the government to allocate sufficient funds to end a preventable disease that affects our most vulnerable citizens: our children.

Anita Weinberg
The author is a clinical professor of law and social justice at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

For the editor:

How has my family’s exposure to lead paint affected our lives? Did it lead to me being kicked out of elementary school and struggling all my life with ADD? While my wife and I had the lead pipes replaced before moving into our home 55 years ago, we both removed most of the lead paint from its interior when our two sons were babies . What effect did this have on the four of us?

What can I do about this? The obvious answer is to pressure elected officials to pass legislation that prevents insurance companies from shielding themselves from liability in lead poisoning cases and prohibits building owners and brokers real estate to sell and rent properties that have not been found to be lead free.

John Casson

For the editor:

Thank you for bringing attention to the continuing disaster of lead poisoning. If black children’s lives really mattered, and of course they do, we as a society would be spending money to reduce lead-based paint in all homes built before 1978.

We know this is the source of most poisonings, yet we allow housing to be rented and re-rented to family after family, poisoning child after child. It would be far cheaper (and far more humane) to reduce lead than to pay the medical, educational and other costs of poisoning.

Private and public landlords and insurance companies are at fault, but the solution does not come from them but from public action. A civilized society does not allow its children to be poisoned.

Florence Wagman Roisman
The author is a professor at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University.

For the editor:

Regarding “In a scathing speech, Zelensky chastises the UN for its inaction” (front page, April 6):

Russian soldiers are committing atrocities in real time, documented by eyewitnesses, satellites, videos and photos for everyone to see. Whether or not Vladimir Putin and his military commanders gave specific orders to kill civilians, they bear responsibility under the Geneva Convention.

Will the UN continue to debate toothless resolutions vetoed by Russia? Will the EU and NATO continue to denounce war crimes while supplying only “defensive” weapons to Ukraine and letting Mr. Putin’s threats set the limits of their response? Will European countries continue to express their disgust for Russia’s atrocities while funding its war with their fuel purchases?

It is a rare moment of clarification for the West, with an unambiguous distinction between democracy and autocracy, sovereignty and subjugation, humanity and genocide. Will Europe and America rise to the challenge of their time and defend their oft-stated values, or will values ​​give way to a cynical realpolitik? The world is watching.

For the editor:

Regarding “A change in Russia as many now rally to Putin’s side” (front page, April 2):

Your report on increasing support for the war in Ukraine and approval of Vladimir Putin among the Russian population is based on data from a Levada poll. Interpreting the data, I recalled something chess champion Garry Kasparov said in a 2010 lecture at Colgate University about Mr. Putin’s resurgence in popularity: Imagine being a Russian citizen, receiving a telephone call from an anonymous source during a period of heightened turbulence. and repression, and being asked what you think of your oppressor. How would you answer?

Polls are pretty unreliable in more open societies, so what do you expect from an authoritarian society? Don’t believe everything you read.

Anthony D. Pellegrini
Bloomington, Minn.

For the editor:

Regarding “New Mexico offers tuition-free college for residents” (news article, April 1):

Why it’s the City College of New York again! My grandmother told me never to throw away old clothes – they would come back in style, she was sure.

Philip L. Bereano
The author is professor emeritus of technology and public policy at the University of Washington.

Aggies fall behind in Rio Grande rematch

The basics
game twenty six
Goal: New Mexico 7, New Mexico State 4
Recordings: NM State (11-15, 3-9 WAC); New Mexico (13-16)
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico (Presley Askew Field)

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The NM State baseball team looked to bounce back and even the Rio Grande’s rivalry with New Mexico before falling Tuesday night, 7-4. The Aggies still have a chance to split the season series with their state rivals when they travel to Albuquerque on May 10-17.

The Aggies came up on the board with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead early in the ball game. Cal Villareal got the score with a single to shortstop, scoring Gunner Antillon of third base.

In the third inning, the Lobos hit for three runs on a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly.

Both teams would remain in a holding pattern, maintaining a 3-1 score until the eighth inning. The Aggie bullpen was stellar on Tuesday night as Frank Dickson IV, Cade Swensonand Brendon Rodriguez combined to keep the Lobos under control for 4.0 innings. The first Lobo in the eighth inning homered to make it 4-1 before Hayden John installed in.

In the bottom half of the inning, the first three batters of the inning reached the Aggies on a pair of singles and a hit per pitch. Edwin Martinez-Pagani bounced into a fielder’s pick before moving to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. Both Logan Gallina and Ryan Grabosch scored on the play, bringing NM State within one. Brandon Dieter tackled the tying run on a sacrificial fly to right field, easily scoring Martinez-Pagani from third.

Seeking to keep Lobo’s formation at bay and give the home side a fighting chance, Alex Bustamante returned to work on the ninth. Bustamante retired the lone batter he faced in the eighth to pull the Aggies out of a jam. The Lobos found their groove and recorded a ninth three-pointer – All coming on a punt double to right field.

Grabosch singled in the ninth inning and advanced to second on a passed ball, but Aggie’s catcher’s efforts failed and the home team blocked him at second base.

Quick shots

  • Logan Gallina and Ryan Grabosch combined for five hits in the middle of the Aggie lineup with Grabosch recording a trio of hits.
  • NM State and New Mexico each had 11 hits in the baseball game.
  • Frank Dickson IV, Cade Swensonand Brendon Rodriguez combined for 4.0 scoreless relief innings.
  • Gunner Antillon went 1-4 with a run scored on his return to the Aggie lineup. Antillon had not played since March 18 at Dixie State due to injury.
  • Tied after eight innings, the Aggies saw their record fall to 0-2.

On the bridge

NM State will be back in action at Presley Askew Field this weekend against Sacramento State. In a WAC West clash, the Aggies will be looking to gain ground, starting Friday night at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will include the first pitches at noon.

For complete coverage of NM State baseball throughout the 2022 Aggies campaign, visit NMStateSports.com – the official home of Aggie athletics – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Baseball), Twitter (@NMStateBaseball) and Instagram (@NMStateBaseball).
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Feds help UNM expand startup reach to tribes

(Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal

A new federal grant of $800,000 will help Rainforest Innovations at the University of New Mexico reach out to aspiring Native American entrepreneurs across the state.

The grant, announced last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, will allow Rainforest Innovations to begin bridging the gap between existing startup support programs and tribal communities, said Lisa Kuuttila, director of the economic development at UNM and CEO of Rainforest Innovations, which manages the university’s technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs.

UNM and many other agencies, organizations, and institutions already provide statewide training and assistance through online and in-person programs. Some groups focus specifically on helping Native American entrepreneurs build successful businesses, such as New Mexico Community Capital.

But more needs to be done to make tribes aware of available aid and connect them directly to resources, Kuuttila said.

“We want to reach Native American communities in new ways to identify people who have already started businesses or want and don’t know where to go for help,” Kuuttila told the Journal. “There are many resources all over the state, but in rural areas many may not be aware of them, so we want to bring more of these aspiring entrepreneurs into the existing ecosystem.”

To do this, UNM will hire community “liaison officers” to work directly with the tribes.

“They will work remotely and travel across the state to work directly with people in the pueblos and the Navajo Nation, Kuuttila said. “…They will be doing on-site visits and meetings, some by Zoom and some in person. We expect that each community or region will have different needs, so we will tailor programming specifically to where we work.

UNM will add $200,000 in matching funds to the EDA grant, which was awarded under the U.S. bailout to help local communities recover from the pandemic, the department’s assistant secretary said. Trade for Economic Development, Alejandra Castillo.

“This EDA investment will support UNM Rainforest as it expands its training, mentorship and strategy development programs to create new opportunities for tribal entrepreneurs and build a diverse and robust regional economy,” Castillo said in a statement. a prepared statement.

Growing Forward: Day 1 of Adult Sales


As expected, many cannabis dispensaries in New Mexico lined up and one company kicked off the first day of recreational cannabis sales at midnight. New Mexico customers made more than $5 million in cannabis sales, medical or recreational, during the first weekend of legal adult-use sales, according to state regulators.

Growing Forward, the collaborative cannabis podcast between NM Policy Report and New Mexico PBS was on the ground on opening day to talk to dispensary operators and new customers about what legalization means to them.

To mark the occasion, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham visited Everest Apothecary in Albuquerque. Lujan Grisham greeted the dozens of people online and then spoke to reporters about the historic day.

“That’s what the New Mexicans said they wanted,” Lujan Grisham told reporters. “They said they wanted it long before I raced.”

The dispensaries that opened their doors to adult cannabis users were largely legacy cannabis producers who had been licensed by the state’s medical cannabis program for nearly a decade or more. But a newly licensed business, Carver Family Farm, was able to grow enough cannabis to open on April 1.

Andrew Brown, co-owner and cultivation manager of Carver Family Farm, told Growing Forward that his business is doing well under the state’s requirement that micro-enterprises like his have no more than 200 plants. mature. But, Brown said, a provision in the law made it impossible to wholesale products like Carver Family Farm from other, larger companies.

“We’re understaffed, so we’re not too worried about the number of plants, Brown said. “It’s just a kind of offensive in a capitalist society that we can’t buy in bulk.”

Some cannabis producers in New Mexico have expressed concern about the possibility of medical cannabis shortages due to increased sales for recreational purposes. And many dispensary operators who spoke to Growing Forward said the wholesale cannabis market in New Mexico is essentially non-existent, as many growers are holding onto their supply until it’s clearer what the market will be. real demand.

Robert Jackson, executive director of Seven Point Farms, a cannabis company that opened its first dispensary in Albuquerque on April 1, said the first day of adult-use sales was “wild” but that his company said the was preparing.

“We’re lucky to be an established grower and we’ve really focused on cultivation, so we’re pretty confident that we can weather a big storm of shortages if that happens,” Jackson said.

But, Jackson said, his phone had been “ringing nonstop” from potential cannabis retailers looking for something to sell.

“There are a lot of people putting a lot of money into opening these stores and they don’t have product,” Jackson said.

New Mexico Deputy Superintendent of Regulation and Licensing Victor Reyes told Growing Forward that the first day of sales was a success.

What we’re seeing is New Mexicans coming out to support New Mexico businesses, and there’s a lot of excitement there,” Reyes said. “We are truly grateful for the partnership we have had with members of the industry, with companies both in preparation and in deployment today.”

Revenue from the state’s cannabis excise tax is expected to generate approximately $50 million in revenue for the state.

Listen to the full episode of Growing Forward below.

Vibrant Capital Partners, Marsh lease in Brickell

1200 Brickell Avenue office building in Miami with Volkan Kurtas and Rehan Virani of Vibrant Capital Partners (CBRE, Vibrant Capital Partners)

Vibrant Capital Partners I 1200 Brickell Avenue | Miami

Vibrant Capital Partners has opened an office in Miami’s Brickell financial district, marking the continued expansion of out-of-state financial firms into South Florida.

Vibrant Capital, an alternative credit investment manager, has leased 3,000 square feet on the eighth floor of the 1200 Brickell Avenue building, with plans to expand to the penthouse in 2023, according to a press release from the tenant’s broker.

This is Vibrant’s first office outside of its New York headquarters, according to its website. Vibrant is led by Founder and Managing Partner Volkan Kurtas, and CEO and Managing Partner Rehan Virani.

Arden Karson of Karson & Co. and Carol Ellis-Cutler of CBRE represented Vibrant Capital in the leases.

The 235,432 square foot, 20 story building is an office condominium. Arnhem Group LLC purchased the eighth-floor space for $1.3 million in July 2021, property records show.

MDR 1200 Brickell LLC, run by entrepreneur Manuel Moratiel Llarena and other members of the Moratiel family, bought the penthouse space for $8.6 million in 2015, records show. The Moratiels also run the Madrid-based MDR Inversiones.

South Florida has seen an influx of financial firms expanding here or relocating altogether, with many opting for offices in Brickell.

In December, New York-based Apollo Capital leased 24,000 square feet at 701 Brickell.

Marsh I 830 Brickell | Miami

Marsh, the insurance arm of the New York-based Marsh & McLennan Companies, will consolidate its South Florida offices into the 830 Brickell skyscraper currently under construction.

Marsh has leased about 25,000 square feet in the tower being developed by Vladislav Doronin’s OKO Group and Cain International, according to the owners’ broker. The tenant will consolidate its South Florida offices into the new space.

Brian Gale and Andrew Trench of Cushman & Wakefield represented OKO and Cain. Tony Jones, also of Cushman, represented Marsh.

The 55-story, 640,000-square-foot 830 Brickell is scheduled for completion this year.

The building sold quickly. Dublin-based aircraft owner and lessor AerCap has leased the 50th floor for its first US headquarters; Microsoft leased about 50,000 square feet; and private equity and growth capital firm Thomas Bravo will occupy approximately 36,500 square feet.

Canadian asset and wealth management giant CI Financial leased about 20,000 square feet at 830 Brickell for its US headquarters in September, and opted to double its square footage in the building in February.

Although Marsh already has a presence in South Florida, over the past year and a half the region has been a magnet for out-of-state financial business expansions and relocations. The number of SEC-registered investment advisers in Downtown grew more than 35% in the two-year period ending in the second quarter of 2021, according to the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

FedEx Ground I Miami 27 Business Park | Mixed

FedEx Ground will occupy an entire building in the two buildings of Duke Realty, spec Miami 27 Business Park in Medley.

FedEx Ground leased the 501,224 square foot Building I at 10300 Northwest 121st Way, marking South Florida’s largest contract for Duke, according to a press release from the developer.

Dave Loudenslager of Duke, along with Erin Byers and Steven Wasserman of Colliers International, represented the owner in the deal.

Indianapolis, Indiana-based Duke, a logistics real estate investor and publicly traded real estate investment trust, began construction of the Miami 27 Business Park in May on nearly 35 acres. Duke bought the property in 2018 for $35.7 million.

The 221,984 square foot Building II at 10310 Northwest 121st Way is also fully leased, according to the release.

FedExGround will open in Building I in 2023, the company told the South Florida Business Journal.

BayWa re Solar Systems I Pompano Industrial Center

BayWa re Solar Systems, a solar energy products distributor and logistics company, has opened its first South Florida warehouse, distribution center and administrative center in Pompano Beach.

BayWa has leased the entire 25,300 square foot Pompano Industrial Center building at 2151 Blount Road, according to the broker’s press release. BayWa moved in on March 1.

Matt McAllister and Chris Metzger of Cushman & Wakefield represented Denver-based owner Black Creek Group. Skylar Stein and Wayne Ramoski, also of Cushman, represented the tenant.

BayWa, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, distributes solar and energy parts and systems in the United States. It is a subsidiary of Munich-based German retail and agribusiness conglomerate BayWa AG.

The Pompano Industrial Center was built in 1986 on 1.7 acres, according to property records. Black Creek, through an affiliate, paid $2.4 million for the building in 2016.

Ares Management affiliates purchased Black Creek Group in July 2021, according to Black Creek’s website. The company also invests in multifamily, office and retail real estate, according to its website.

The facility has approximately 5,489 square feet of office space, six platform-height doors, a front door, an 18-foot-high ceiling, 30-by-34-foot column spacing and early suppression, a system rapid-response fire safety, according to release.

Florida I Pompano business center accessories

Accessories of Florida has leased 30,155 square feet of space in Building O at 2530 Northwest 19th Street in the Pompano Business Center.

Lessee is a General Motors authorized distributor and installer of automotive accessories for markets such as South Florida; Troy and Kentwood, Michigan; Bolingbrook, Ill.; and Des Moines, Iowa, according to a press release from broker Accessories of Florida.

Michael Feuerman and Daniel Silver of Berger Commercial Realty/Corfac International, and Matt Sultenfus of Groupe Avocat represented the tenant. Cushman & Wakefield represented the building’s owner, Chicago-based First Industrial Realty Trust.

Sprouts Farmers Market I Homestead Pavilion

On Friday, Sprouts Farmers Market opened a 20,000 square foot store at the Homestead Pavilion.

The grocer, known for its health-conscious choices, is located at 2631 Northeast 10th Court, according to a press release from Sprouts.

Wharton Realty Group, based in Eatontown, New Jersey, bought the Homestead Pavilion in January for $82 million.

The four-party joint venture of CREC Capital, Highline Real Estate Capital, MMG Equity Partners and Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds sold the 298,000 square foot plaza. The joint venture had paid $62.2 million for the property in 2019.

Ocean Bank I The Waverly at Las Olas | Fort Lauderdale

Ocean Bank has leased nearly 5,500 square feet of retail space at The Waverly at Las Olas condominium in Fort Lauderdale.

Ocean Bank will open by the end of this year at 110 North Federal Highway, according to a press release from the attorneys who represented the owner in the deal.

The commercial space is owned by Waverly 1 and 2 LLC, managed by accountant Elliot Kessler, according to company records.

Eric Spritz and Daniel Solomon of Katz & Associates represented the site owner. CBRE’s Paco Diaz represented Ocean Bank.

From New Mexico to Ukraine, the Red Cross responds to emergencies

Did you know that the American Red Cross provides services in New Mexico? That’s right. The American Red Cross provides various services across the state, such as emergency disaster response, emergency assistance, and disaster preparedness education.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 calls, including single family home and apartment fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions and other disasters. natural and human. In the last fiscal year alone, the Red Cross responded to more than 218 emergency calls, assisted 312 families and installed 428 smoke alarms in New Mexico.

The Red Cross received its first charter from Congress in 1900 and a second in 1905. The most recent version of the charter was adopted in May 2007 and reaffirms traditional purposes, including giving relief and serving as a means of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and to provide relief and disaster mitigation measures nationally and internationally. Since then, the American Red Cross has provided service in wars, disasters, and other emergencies.

Today, the American Red Cross operates in all 50 US states and territories and has more than 300,000 volunteers who are supported by more than 30,000 employees.

Often the organization is called upon to provide emergency services in foreign countries. As fighting intensifies in Ukraine, the global network of the Red Cross is helping families affected by the conflict. For its part, the American Red Cross has deployed international crisis responders to Poland, Moldova, Hungary and Romania to provide humanitarian assistance in support of the International Red Cross operation assisting families who have fled their homes. These highly trained crisis responders support relief efforts on the ground alongside local teams, including the Polish Red Cross and the Moldovan Red Cross.

People often ask how they can contribute to the American Red Cross. As you can appreciate, with last year’s wildfires, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, Red Cross volunteers and staff have been very busy.

Many Red Cross volunteers and staff have been sent to disaster areas in the United States, missing the opportunity to spend the holidays at home with their families. However, you can also help.

The American Red Cross blood supply remains vulnerable. People are encouraged to plan a blood or platelet donation to ensure patients receive the care they need. You can donate blood by making an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

We are grateful to the hundreds of thousands of people who rolled up their sleeves to help alleviate the immediate blood crisis at the start of 2022. In the days and weeks ahead, it is critically important that the Red Cross maintains a supply of readily available blood for hospitalized patients.

Tax-deductible monetary contributions are also needed to help defray the costs of these disaster responses. In 2020, more than 24,000 people were helped every day, 900,000 meals were served and snacks were provided with our partners and 207,200 accommodation and overnight hotels were also provided with the partners. The American Red Cross is a 503(c) organization. You can contribute funds by logging in to redcross.org.

Finally, if circumstances permit, you may consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer to serve your community more personally. The first step to becoming a Red Cross volunteer is to apply for a redcross.org/volunteer and begin the volunteer process. You will need to create a profile, which takes less than five minutes, and submit your volunteer application through the system. You will also need to submit to a background check.