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Much colder air begins to move into New Mexico on Wednesday

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Grant’s Tuesday Night Forecast

A week of more active weather returns to New Mexico, with colder temperatures and a chance of light rain and snow.

A weak upper level disturbance will move east across southern New Mexico overnight bringing very light rain and snow. Most of this moisture will remain west of the central mountain range. Drier conditions return across the state on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a strong backdoor cold front will push south into New Mexico this evening, leaving much cooler temperatures on Wednesday, especially in eastern New Mexico. Temperatures will continue to cool across the state through Thursday. The backdoor cold front will bring a chance of light snowfall to northeastern New Mexico.

Another higher level disturbance moves through New Mexico from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. This weak storm system will bring chances of light rain and mountain snow Wednesday evening and night, but will change to light snow and flurries in low-lying areas by early Thursday morning, including for the Albuquerque subway. No travel issues are expected, but a band of slightly heavier rain and snow could be possible in south central parts of the state and that could lead to slippery roads by Thursday morning. The moisture from this storm system will end by Thursday evening.

Another upper level disturbance will move through the region Friday evening into Saturday morning. This one will bring in another round of cooler air. As the low moves south through western New Mexico Saturday morning, it could bring light rain to many locations, but also light snow to low-lying locations up to the Mexican border. . Again, some slippery roads will be possible.

A rapid ridge of high pressure returns to the state on Sunday, but this active weather pattern will likely return next week.

Locomotive welcomes defender Nick Hinds to 2022 crew

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced on Tuesday morning that the club has signed defenseman Nick Hinds for the 2022 USL Championship season, pending league and state approval.

“Nick Hinds is a player I’ve worked with in Seattle before,” El Paso Locomotive head coach and technical director John Hutchinson said. “He is a technical footballer who can cover any position on the left side. He has ability in wide areas, which is what we were looking for. We are delighted to have Nick on our list.

Hinds played in the 2021 USL Championship season with Austin Bold FC while on loan from MLS Club Nashville SC. At Austin, the Jamaican defender was a left stalwart for the Bold, making 25 appearances while registering one goal and one assist.

Prior to his move to Austin Bold FC, Hinds played at the Seattle Sounders FC Academy, before playing collegiate with the University of Akron Zips in Ohio. Hinds enjoyed tremendous success with the Zips, reaching back-to-back conference championships while recording 11 goals in 44 appearances.

Following his college career, Hinds joined the Sounders, where he played for Tacoma Defiance, making 68 total appearances while recording one goal.

El Paso Locomotive FC’s roster as it currently stands for the 2022 USL Championship season is below, listed alphabetically by position:

GOALKEEPERS (1): Philipp Beigl

DEFENDERS (6): Matt Bahner, Eder Borelli, Andrew Fox, Nick Hinds, Martín Payares, Yuma

MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Calvillo, Chapa Herrera, Diego Luna, Dylan Mares, Richie Ryan, Emmanuel Sonupé, Sebástian Velásquez

FORWARDS (3): Aaron Gomez, Luis Solignac, Ricardo Zacarias

Club officials remind fans that El Paso Locomotive FC enters its fourth USL Championship season against Sacramento Republic on the road on March 12 and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

The Locos return to Southwest University Park a week later, March 19, for their 2022 season opener against New Mexico United.

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The Last 100 Years, January 18, 2022 | The last 100 years

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From Santa Fe’s New Mexican:

January 18, 1922: The “Welcome” sign on the road from the penitentiary will be useless.

Today, the prison commission has publicly stated that the convicts on parole do not take up residence here. They said parole applicants will now have to show them that they do not expect to establish permanent residence under penitentiary walls – except, of course, for those who lived in Santa Fe before to be ‘sent’.

January 18, 1947: The state Department of Public Welfare recommended to the 18th New Mexico Legislature that the tobacco tax be increased by 2 to 3 cents on a pack of cigarettes. The original tobacco tax proposal in 1943 sparked one of the biggest legislative fights in New Mexico in recent years.

January 18, 1972: SANTA FE, NM (UPI) – Governor Bruce King today asked the New Mexico Legislature to approve a 1972-73 state appropriation totaling $290.4 million, putting a heavy emphasis on l focus on economic development and law enforcement.

January 18, 1997: Gov. Gary Johnson on Friday offered to partially fund the construction of new prisons with nearly $53 million in upfront tax bonds, which is revenue often used by the Legislature to pay for so-called barrel projects. pig of individual legislators.

5 Most Dangerous Places in New York State

When you think of dangerous places, or cities more specifically, you imagine a place like New York.

But maybe you should start by thinking about other places, when it comes to cities with high crime and violent crime rates.

Deciding to choose a location that has a low crime rate is nothing new, as many people make this a determining factor in deciding where to live for an extended period of time.

Here in New York State, there are plenty of places to choose from, but some cities have a more dangerous crime rate than others.

Based on recent FBI crime data, compiled by 24/7 Wall St., the five most dangerous cities in the state do not include New York. It’s shocking to think that the largest city in the country wouldn’t make it into a top five list like this, but it actually isn’t.

The classification criteria were based on data on violent crimes and property crimes; as well as the population, poverty rate, and median household income for the respective city in the state.

What are the five most dangerous places in New York State? Here are the top five, and number one may be a little surprising.

5 Most Dangerous Cities in New York State

The most dangerous places in New York State based on recent crime data.

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The most affordable cities to live in New York State.

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The most affordable cities to live in New York State.

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Just saying the names of these cities immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state won the title of richest place and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.

NMSU researchers explore food insecurity amid COVID-19

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LAS CRUCES — It’s been two years since the coronavirus pandemic swept through and changed millions of lives across the country. For many people, one of the most impactful effects is the lack of reliable daily access to food. A group of researchers from New Mexico State University have teamed up to collect important data and uncover the factors that led to food insecurity amid COVID-19, while developing recovery strategies on a large scale for business in the future.

NMSU faculty members Donovan Fuqua, Barry Brewer, Victor Pimentel and Faruk Arslan from the College of Business bring together expertise in logistics, management, supply chains and transportation. The group started this project about a year ago, after seeing the multitude of challenges posed by COVID-19, especially access to food. The work is part of the new Center for Supply Chain Entrepreneurship led by Brewer and Carlo Mora.

“When COVID started happening, we started asking ourselves, ‘What were some of the effects and characteristics that led to some of the food insecurity?’ Everybody’s realized sometimes that they go to the grocery aisle and things are missing. Different things that we used to just pick up off the shelves and they’re just not there” , said Fuqua, assistant professor of information systems.

In order to uncover some of these causes, the group first researched different Borderland companies to partner with and collect data from.

“We asked a major national food producer for access to all of their data, and they were extremely helpful,” Fuqua said. “They gave us all of their data from the Midwest, so about 12 different states. We obtained their wholesale data from fulfillment and distribution centers to wholesale sites to understand the flow of food goods and services entering the communities.

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Fuqua said he and his colleagues had done a lot of deep learning analysis of the data to try to figure out what kind of characteristics triggered the spike in food shortages. This includes looking at month-to-month unemployment rates, population demographics, ethnicities, ages and more. They also differentiated the types and costs of foods such as staple foods, snacks, and shelf-stable items. Other data collected came from the US Census Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, which helped the team map specific information and differences between counties.

The research group began analyzing data from 2019 before the pandemic hit, then continued with 2020, which was divided into three phases: the initial lockdowns when COVID was first detected in the United States, the subsequent easing of COVID restrictions and the reintroduction of restrictions during the second surge.

“The big thing we found was the effect of rising unemployment on fluctuating food demand,” Fuqua explained. “Different types of occupations prevalent in the region, whether agriculture, manufacturing or government, have also had an impact on the turbulent food supply. The average age of the population was another key factor in the extent of food insecurity during COVID.

By bringing this research together, the group was able to quantify the effect of unemployment as a significant driver of food insecurity across the country. Another finding motivating future research is the increase in unemployment claims at the end of 2020.

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An interesting find related to where most food items were stored.

“We didn’t expect to see so much shift between rural and urban areas, and more items were added to urban shelves as opposed to rural shelves during food insecurities, which was also an eye-opener,” said Fuqua.

The researchers found that companies were struggling to keep up with demand during COVID-19 and were losing money in some areas. The group has started exploring large-scale recovery solutions to try to identify a decision model that companies can follow and use to prepare for future food disruptions.

“We are looking at some solutions for emergency contracts and some decision models for opening new areas or closing insecure items during COVID,” Fuqua said. “Even though what we’re looking at right now is COVID, in the future, if global warming becomes more of a factor, we may be able to model future food insecurity based on what happened during the pandemic.”

As part of the outreach mission to NMSU, Fuqua said it was important for the team, especially at the College of Business, to work with local businesses and adopt solutions with the latest academic research.

“We see our work with food producers as part of that,” Fuqua added. “One of the biggest breakthroughs in the United States right now is the El Paso/Juarez corridor for transportation. Transportation logistics is an area that also offers research opportunities for other disciplines like engineering.

Fuqua said the main goal of this project is to see student success and help direct NMSU graduates into their career fields, whether it’s transportation, logistics or management. of the supply chain.

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“We have already placed NMSU graduates through our collaborations,” he said. “As part of our job, we introduced them, but of course they did the work to get the job. We were able to open internships for students but in other areas.

The group has already submitted its first research paper to the Journal of Business Logistics and plans to prepare two follow-up papers in the spring and summer.

Fuqua added that the group is also conducting another major research project in predictive analytics using big data in partnership with manufacturing plants in Mexico.

Eye on Research is provided by New Mexico State University. This week’s article was written by Tatiana Favela of Marketing and Communications. It can be attached to [email protected].

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Covid News: Cases in New York continue to decline

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Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, warned on Sunday that the spike in Omicron coronavirus cases had yet to peak nationwide, saying the next few weeks would be very difficult in many parts of the country. country as hospitalizations and deaths increased.

In a CNN “State of the Union” interview, Dr. Murthy noted the “good news” of plateaus and declines in known cases in the Northeast, particularly New York and New Jersey.

But “the challenge is that the whole country is not moving at the same pace,” he said, adding “we shouldn’t expect a national peak in the next few days.”

“The next few weeks will be difficult,” he said.

The highly contagious variant of Omicron has fueled an explosive spike in known cases, with an average of more than 800,000 new cases per day reported on Saturday, according to a New York Times database.

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, also expressed concern that the next few weeks could overwhelm hospitals and staff. ‘Right now we’re about 150,000 people in hospital with Covid,’ he said on ‘Fox News Sunday’. “It’s more than we’ve ever had. I expect these numbers to increase significantly.

In Kansas City, Mo., Omicron has overwhelmed hospitals since the holiday season, city mayor Quentin Lucas said in a interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.

“We’ve seen incredible challenges in our healthcare network, even recruiting employees who work in our EMS, fire and public safety departments,” Lucas said. “It’s a significant concern.”

In addition, Omicron highlighted the long-standing lack of adequate testing supplies, with consumers now exhausting pharmacies of expensive rapid tests – a two-test box ranging from $14 to $24 – and creating long lines of waiting at test sites.

The federal government has promised to distribute a billion rapid home coronavirus tests to Americans, limiting each household to requesting four free tests. And new federal rules require private insurers to cover up to eight home tests per member per month.

But with test orders and reimbursement processes hampered by delays, Americans likely won’t have tests in hand for weeks, which may be too late in some places with high demand as infections rise. spread.

“We ordered too few test kits, so our testing capacity continued to lag behind each wave,” Tom Bossert, President Trump’s homeland security adviser, told ABC’s This Week. “. “It’s too little and too late, but remarkable for the next wave.”

While many people infected with Omicron have shown no or mild symptoms, others – especially those who have not been vaccinated and those with chronic illnesses – have suffered from more serious illnesses that were already overwhelming hospitals in some states late last year.

Dr Murthy disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling last week that rejected President Biden’s vaccine or testing mandate for large employers that would have applied to more than 80 million workers.

“Well, the news of the workplace requirement being blocked was very disappointing,” Dr Murthy said. “It was a setback for public health. Because these requirements are ultimately useful not only to protect the community as a whole; but to make our workplaces safer for workers as well as customers.

Nearly 63% of the US population is fully vaccinated, but only 38% of them have received a booster shot, which some say should be the new definition of fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t changed the definition of full vaccination, but recently said it considers three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines “up-to-date,” as well as Johnson & Johnson shots. with a second dose, preferably Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

Last week, the CDC finally acknowledged that cloth masks don’t offer as much protection as a surgical mask or respirator, something some experts have urged the agency to recommend to the general public. The advent of Omicron with its highly transmissible rate has prompted public health officials to promote higher protective masks, such as the KN95 and N95 masks which offer over 90% protection.

Confusing and inconsistent messaging from the CDC and other agencies has made it harder for Americans to understand the state of the virus and how to respond, Dr. Jha said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think the White House needs to pull together its messaging discipline, needs to make sure people are talking about the same page,” Dr Jha said. While the science has changed, the message “has not kept pace”, he added.

“Please, please get vaccinated,” Dr. Murthy said on ABC, noting that vaccines still provide good protection against serious illnesses. “It is not yet too late.”

Governors turn to budgets to hedge against climate change

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With their state budgets overflowing with money, Democratic and Republican governors want to spend some of the windfall on projects to slow climate change and guard against its consequences, floods and forest fires to polluted air.

Democratic governors such as Gavin Newsom of California and Jay Inslee of Washington have been clear on their plans to increase spending on climate-related projects, including expanding access to electric vehicles and creating more storage for clean energies such as solar energy. Newsom listed climate change as one of five “existential threats” facing the nation’s most populous state when he presented his proposed state budget last week.

In Republican-led states, governors want to protect communities from natural disasters and drought, even though many won’t link that spending to global warming.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey launched $1 billion for water infrastructure last week as drought rages across the western United States, cutting water supplies to cities and farms. Idaho Governor Brad Little, who has acknowledged the role of climate change in worsening wildfires, has offered $150 million for five years of firefighting costs, plus more for new ones. firefighters. In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster called on lawmakers to spend $300 million in federal funds to, among other things, protect the state’s coastline from flooding, erosion and storm damage.

“I can think of no more meritorious use of taxpayer funds than to protect these pristine properties for future generations of South Carolina,” he said as he presented his state budget proposal, which also includes $17 million for use in the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The governors’ proposals are only the first step in budget negotiations, and they will need to work with state lawmakers on the final details. Many governors will release their plans in the coming weeks, with some already telegraphing their priorities. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, used her state of the state address to call for $500 million in spending on offshore wind projects.

This year’s talks about how to spend taxpayers’ money come not only as many states run massive budget surpluses, but also as the negative effects of changing weather patterns become harder to ignore. . As drought continued across much of the West, an unusual wildfire in December ripped through a Colorado neighborhood near Boulder. Deadly off-season tornadoes ripped through Kentucky and several hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast. Late summer temperatures reached sweltering, record highs in the Pacific Northwest.

“The climate crisis is not an abstraction. This is something that I and every governor in the United States, almost every week, have to deal with,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, said last week.

Meanwhile, Democratic President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives is stalled in Congress, leaving the prospect of more federal money to fight climate change uncertain. States, mostly run by Democrats, have taken a bigger role in pushing climate policies during former Republican President Donald Trump’s tenure.

Most states are awash with cash as tax revenues beat expectations due to strong consumer spending and rising prices, which together boosted sales tax revenues. On top of that, states are receiving billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid and bracing for a big boost in federal infrastructure funding after Congress passed a $1 trillion public works bill in November. Beyond increased climate spending, states are looking to windfalls to increase reserves, cut taxes, increase funding for education, and increase affordable housing.

California is home to the most ambitious climate spending, with Newsom calling for $22 billion for various projects spread over the next five years. Most of that money would go to transportation projects like electrifying school buses and expanding vehicle charging stations in underprivileged communities. He also proposed an additional $2 billion for clean energy development and storage.

California companies that fight climate change and develop green technologies could be eligible for tax credits. Through programs to build more housing in downtown corridors and make communities more walkable, Newsom has integrated efforts to address climate change throughout its budget proposal.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and legislative leaders pledged increased wildfire-related investments, such as adding fire response equipment and training firefighters, after the blaze of Boulder County Forest last month. The Democratic governor has asked for about $75 million for such efforts, and the Democratic-led legislature has signaled it wants more.

Polis also wants to spend $425 million on electrifying bus and truck fleets, aerial and ground monitoring of oil and gas emissions, and more.

“From extreme flooding to mega-fires to seemingly endless ozone scares, the long-term health of our state is at stake. … We must do everything in our power to ensure that this n It’s not the new normal,” said Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has asked the state legislature to fund the creation of an “office of climate change,” with a staff of 15 and an initial budget of 2.5. millions of dollars.

This would implement pollution standards for vehicles and push the state’s economy to a point where as much carbon is taken out of the atmosphere as it is emitted. His administration offered limited details about the proposal.

Even as they prioritize climate initiatives, many governors balance those plans with the need to support their state’s current economy as it shifts away from reliance on fossil fuels. In New Mexico, oil and natural gas production reached an all-time high under the administration of Lujan Grisham. At least a quarter of the state’s general fund budget can be allocated to revenue from the petroleum and natural gas industries – guaranteeing public education, health care and other services.

In some states, legislators drive climate spending. Democrats who control the Maryland legislature are pushing a climate change measure that would cut methane emissions, modernize the power grid and invest in green technologies.

The package, subject to negotiations, would accelerate the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The current plan is to reduce emissions by 40% below 2006 levels by 2030. The Democrats’ new plans are to take that emissions reduction to 60%.

They also want to set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, meaning at least as much carbon is removed from the atmosphere as is emitted. Money for climate programs could come from the state’s $4.6 billion budget surplus and federal infrastructure funding.

Maryland Democrats have enough members to override any veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, though he has previously backed efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

State Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Democrat, said advancing climate policy has political merits, especially in the state that is home to the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. All of Maryland’s state legislators are up for re-election this year, as are about two-thirds of US governors.

“I think lawmakers want to be able to show up on something, and people should be accountable,” Pinsky said. “Are they supporting the environment and that kind of bold action or not?”

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Associated Press writers Jim Anderson in Denver; Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix; Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Wash.; Michelle Liu in Columbia, South Carolina; Keith Ridler in Boise, Idaho; and Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland, contributed to this report.

New Mexico lawmakers will decide on spending, voter access and more

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SANTA FE — Critical decisions on government spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico lawmakers for their next 30-day legislative session that begins Tuesday.

The New Mexico state government has a general fund surplus of billions of dollars thanks to US government pandemic relief funds and a spike in oil production and natural gas prices.

The state is simultaneously grappling with shortages of teachers, police officers and nurses, as well as a spike in urban violence and concerns about the fragile status of American democracy and the environment.

Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democratic-led Legislature promise to increase spending, cut tax rates and improve public health and safety. Elections in the fall and a new wave of coronavirus infections loom over deliberations.

State House Majority Speaker Brian Egolf is sworn in on the opening day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Santa Fe, NM New Mexico's top House Democrats have chosen to dissolve a legislative committee that deals with Hispanic land grants, traditional irrigation districts known as acequias, and other local government and cultural affairs.  The recent decision announced by House Speaker Brian Egolf has drawn criticism from Hispanic lawmakers, including two members of the New Mexico congressional delegation.

New expenses

The governor’s and legislative leaders’ proposals would increase the state’s general fund annual spending from about $1 billion to nearly $8.5 billion. The 14% spending increase aims to bolster public school budgets and health care access as the federal government cuts pandemic-related subsidies to Medicaid, the program that provides free health care to the needy .

Public spending on education would increase by more than $420 million through new investments in child welfare. The budget would fund more in-home counseling services for couples becoming parents. Public schools would be required to extend classroom learning time.

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Salary increases of at least 7% are on offer in public education and most state governments, with higher minimum salaries for teachers and steep salary and retention increases for state police officers. .

The afternoon sun shines on the New Mexico State Capitol building in Santa Fe on Dec. 10, 2021. The state Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 to consider decisions criticism of spending, voting access, public education and crime.  Justice.

The budget proposals would increase scholarship funds for public college education in the state, making tuition free for high school students who graduate with a 2.5 GPA and head to college less than two years after graduating.

Additional scholarships are for teacher career preparation and repayment of previous student loans for active teachers. Together, the student aid initiatives cost nearly $100 million for the coming fiscal year.

Legislative minority Republicans want the state to move toward a voucher-type system for education spending that ties public funding to students to spend in the school of their choice. They also emphasize efforts to stem violent crime, limit vaccination mandates and get public workers back to work in person.

New Mexico lawmakers, including Democratic state Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup, in the foreground, proposed a $1 billion increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year, at a conference release in Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. The proposed 14% increase is intended to strengthen access to health care, improve public education, and provide new investments in wellness children and public safety.  A separate proposal from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham shares many spending priorities.

Taxation

The governor and legislature are proposing a modest reduction in the gross receipts tax on retail sales and business transactions, the state government‘s main source of revenue. Current rates range from approximately 5% to 9% among varying local tax options.

Republicans in the legislative minority are renewing their efforts to end state taxation of Social Security benefits. Democrats might favor the idea of ​​a bill that also increases tobacco taxes.

Amid the difficulties of the pandemic, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth of Santa Fe said he hopes lawmakers will consider a new one-time tax refund for essential workers and low-income families. .

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, speaks with tribal members before a roundtable among pueblo governors at the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque on April 6, 2021. New Mexico's plan to respond meeting the needs of underserved Indigenous students hasn't been shared with tribal leaders or the public despite promises to do so last year.  Native American leaders and education advocates say a draft plan, intended to respond to a 2018 court ruling, is being held up for approval by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Right to vote

Democratic lawmakers plan to push to expand voting access in New Mexico, just as Republican-led states are implementing greater restrictions. In Congress, major Democrat elections and voting rights legislation have stalled.

New Mexico’s Democratic Secretary of State is seeking legislation to make Election Day a holiday to encourage voting and create a permanent list of absentee voters so qualified residents can automatically receive absentee ballots before each election, among other electoral changes.

Currently, voters in New Mexico must request absentee ballot applications before each election to vote by mail or drop-in ballots.

The state’s Republican Party said the changes would invite fraud and confusion and put new pressure on county clerks.

Wirth, the Senate Majority Leader, said “voting and access to voting are under attack.”

“I certainly support national efforts. But boy, until that happens, I think it’s critical at the state level that we make voting access as easy as possible.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks during a press conference in Santa Fe, July 29, 2021. Grisham wants teacher salaries to be the highest among neighboring states.  Tapping into a glut of oil and gas tax revenue, the state is proposing to raise educators' salaries by 7% to 20%, depending on their role and level of experience, at a cost of about $275 million.

public safety

A long list of legislative proposals targets violence and urban crime, stoked by outrage over a record year for Albuquerque homicides in 2021.

The governor’s budget recommendations include creating a $100 million fund to help recruit, hire and retain law enforcement officers and personnel across the state. Various enhanced penalties for gun crimes are under consideration.

A separate proposal would deny bail to more people charged with murder or serious gun or sex crimes, overhauling the state’s cashless bail system.

Lujan Grisham said the onus would be on defendants, rather than prosecutors, to prove they would not pose a danger to the community if released before trial.

Public defenders have said bail is not linked to rising violent crime rates and that incarcerating more people before trial or sentencing will ruin lives and harm communities.

Health, climate

On environmental protection, Lujan Grisham has proposed a new state “climate change office,” with a staff of 15 and an initial budget of $2.5 million, to implement climate change standards. pollution for cars and working toward a net-zero emissions state economy in the coming decades. . New Mexico is the second largest oil producer in the United States, behind Texas.

The Legislature will debate a low-carbon fuel standard to help reduce pollution and financial incentives to introduce large-scale hydrogen production in New Mexico, using natural gas to produce fuel. ‘hydrogen.

Subsidies for the production of hydrogen from natural gas are opposed by environmental groups who say it would prolong dependence on fossil fuels thanks to a process that produces carbon dioxide warning the climate that it can be difficult, if not impossible, to capture and store entirely underground.

In health care, key lawmakers want to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage to guarantee enrollment for up to a year after birth, instead of 60 days.

On economic development, Lujan Grisham is asking for money to found a training academy for the film industry to be run by a consortium of existing state colleges and universities and to spend heavily on tourism advertising.

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Adelina ‘Nina’ Otero-Warren put both of her assets to championing causes

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Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren was a New Mexico educator and advocate for women’s suffrage. His likeness is now featured on a series of quarters published by the United States Mint. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

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Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren of New Mexico has put her twin best on display when it comes to championing causes like women’s suffrage and better education, so it’s fitting that her image will soon appear on a quarter issued by the U.S. Mint.

Otero-Warren’s likeness will be among those appearing on the back of a series of quarterly titles featuring prominent women in United States history. Released by 2025, the series will include depictions of up to 20 women.

Otero-Warren (1881-1965) was the first Hispanic woman to run for a seat in Congress and was among the first five women selected to be represented at quarterback.

New Mexico writer and researcher Sylvia Ramos Cruz said Otero-Warren deserves this recognition.

“All her life she has worked for communities – in the political field, but also in the social field,” she said.

Ramos Cruz says the five women selected for the American Women’s Quarters Series so far are great.

Besides Otero-Warren, these include Maya Angelou (1928-2014), writer, poet, performer, teacher, and civil rights activist; Sally Ride (1951-2012), astronaut, physicist and first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010), social worker, community developer and first elected female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; and Anna May Wong (1905-1961), an actress considered Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star.

“They are very representative of the diversity of this country and have contributed not only to the lives of women, but also to the general public,” said Ramos Cruz.

Single pictures

La Monnaie has already started shipping quarters bearing the image of Angelou. Pieces with images of Ride, Mankiller, Otero-Warren and Wong will be released later. Each performance on the quarters will be unique to the woman featured.

On the obverse, or front, however, each of the quarters in the women’s series will display the portrait of George Washington made 90 years ago by Laura Gardin Fraser. Fraser’s creation had previously been used on a 1999 five-dollar gold coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of Washington’s death.

The Otero-Warren neighborhood depicts Otero-Warren with flowers of New Mexico’s state flower, the yucca, and the Spanish words “voto para la mujer”, which translates to women’s vote.

“Many, many women pushed for suffrage in New Mexico,” Ramos Cruz said. “(Otero-Warren) shouldn’t get all the credit. But she was needed to recruit Hispanic women (for the suffrage campaign) and she certainly helped push Republican votes to ‘yes’ for suffrage in 1920.”

Ramos Cruz, 75, is a surgeon born in Puerto Rico, educated in New York and moved to New Mexico in 1990. Since retiring from his medical practice several years ago, she focused on writing poetry and women’s history, and advocating for women’s rights. She said Otero-Warren deserved to be commemorated in the Women’s Quarters series for her work in the suffrage movement.

But she notes that was only part of Otero-Warren’s life.

“She was a feminist, suffragist, educator, writer, politician, businesswoman, farmer, leader and champion of Hispanic cultural heritage,” Ramos Cruz said.

An active life

Otero-Warren was born in 1881 on her family hacienda near Los Lunas. She was part of two prominent Hispanic families. His mother’s family, the Lunas, had settled in New Mexico in the late 16th century. His father’s family, the Oteros, came to New Mexico from Spain in the late 1700s. They were related to Miguel Antonio Otero II, territorial governor of New Mexico from 1897 to 1906.

Otero-Warren was educated at a Catholic boarding school in St. Louis from 1892 to 1894. Returning to New Mexico, she married a U.S. Army officer in 1908, but divorced two years later. Due to the stigma attached to divorce at the time, she called herself a widow.

Her upbringing in St. Louis had instilled in her a social conscience and a belief that women could be community leaders. In 1917, she became one of New Mexico’s first female public servants when she took the post of Superintendent of Schools in Santa Fe, a position she held until the late 1920s. In this role , she is committed to improving the education of Hispanics, Indians, and all students in rural areas.

The Otero-Warren district. (Courtesy of the United States Mint)

“She managed the schools very well,” said Ramos Cruz. “She recognized that in order for Spanish-speaking children to enter the mainstream, they needed to know English, as well as other subjects. But she also pushed for the preservation of history, culture and traditions. traditions of the Hispanic West.

Otero-Warren’s writings of his young life on the family hacienda were published in a 1936 book titled “Old Spain in Our Southwest”.

In 1922, she ran for the United States House on the Republican ticket, but lost to the Democratic nominee. She got 45.6% of the vote.

Otero-Warren became director of the Civilian Conservation Corps of New Mexico in 1930 and later worked with CCC and the Works Progress Administration on adult education.

During the last years of her life, she was in the real estate business in Santa Fe.

Nancy Kenney of Santa Fe, Otero-Warren’s great-niece, recalls the weekly gatherings at the Santa Fe family home when Kenney was a child. She said there would be a dozen adults there, family members, including Otero-Warren, and others from the community, including a priest and about five children, including Kenney.

“We would all come in and sit at the feet of the great aunts,” Kenney said of herself and the other kids. “We admired him (Otero-Warren) in so many ways. She held court. She was a good listener and had a loving face, but she was not a big hugger. She was a go-getter. She was trying to make a difference in the world.

Otero-Warren died in Santa Fe at the age of 83. And, now, in tribute to a full life, she will be the first Hispanic-American woman to be depicted on the US motto.

The front of the American Women’s Series Wards features an image of George Washington created by Laura Gardin Fraser. (Courtesy of the United States Mint)

New Mexico mother charged with throwing baby into dumpster placed under strict house arrest

Alexis Avila, the 18-year-old New Mexico woman accused of throwing her newborn son in a dumpster and driving away last week, has been placed under house arrest and ordered to wear a GPS monitor awaiting his day in court, Court Records Show.

She faces attempted murder and child abuse charges in connection with the incident, according to city police. She reportedly wrapped the baby in a blood-soaked towel and two trash bags, then dumped him in 36-degree weather with his umbilical cord still attached.

Hobbs Police said she told them she didn’t know she was pregnant and “freaked out”.

Alexis Avila, 18, reportedly abandoned her newborn baby in a dumpster.
(Hobbs Font)

NEW MEXICO TEEN MOM THROWS NEWBORN IN DUMPPER IN SHOCKING VIDEO

Avila walked out on $10,000 bail. Her bail conditions, imposed on Wednesday, require her to stay home except for a few waivers, such as going to work, school or doctor’s appointments.

During her hearing on Wednesday, Judge William Shoobridge warned her of the consequences if she breached the terms.

“If you go somewhere, I’ll be notified and you’ll go straight to jail,” he said, according to Lubbock, Texas-based KCBD.

More than five hours later, cameras show a group of people fishing through the dumpster and pulling the baby out.

More than five hours later, cameras show a group of people fishing through the dumpster and pulling the baby out.
(Joe Imbriale/Rig Outfitters)

New Mexico woman defends daughter accused of throwing baby in dumpster

Avila’s attorneys with the Public Defender’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Joe Imbriale, whose surveillance cameras behind his Rig Outfitters store recorded the abandonment and subsequent rescue, said he disagreed with the decision to release her, but said the judge in charge of the case “had done its job”.

“The judge followed the laws on the books,” he told Fox News Digital on Friday.

Surveillance video shows a woman, later identified as Avila, stopping, throwing a bag in the dumpster and driving away.

It also shows three Good Samaritans diving into the dumpster, Michael Green, Hector Jasso and April Nuttall, arriving nearly six hours later. They heard him moaning inside the trash can, fished him out, wrapped him in a warm jacket and called 911.

WARNING: VIDEO GRAPHIC

“Their quick collective response to this emergency, including the notification of 911, was absolutely critical in saving this baby’s life,” Acting City Police Chief August Fons said earlier this week.

Avila had claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant until last week.

The child’s father is believed to be a teenager from Hobbs, whose identity police have not released as he is under 18.

The state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families says donations for the baby boy of gift cards, toys, clothing or other items can be sent to 907 West Calle Sur in Hobbs, Utah. New Mexico.

“We are always looking for homes for the children and young people who are in foster care and we are just so grateful for the outpouring of the community to want to help in any way,” said Emily Martin , head of the NMCYFD’s protective services division, to Fox News Digital. Tuesday.

More information about becoming a foster parent can be found on the agency’s website or by calling 1-800-432-2075, she said.

Inquiries about donations to other children in state care can be made by email. NMCYFD does not accept cash or used items.

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All 50 states have “safe haven” laws that allow newborns to be dropped off without criminal penalties in designated locations. These include fire and police departments – and in many states, also hospitals.

“If you’re struggling with a newborn and you can’t care for that baby, the best response is to find someone who can help you at a designated shelter,” Fons said Monday.

Avila’s baby was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he was listed in stable condition.

The teenage mother has pleaded not guilty, although police say she confessed to detectives when questioned.

Illinois 1 of 7 states to see residents move faster in 2021

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Illinois fled at a record rate in 2021. The state lost 122,460 netizens due to moves to other states.

Illinois’ population fell by a record 113,776 from July 2020 to July 2021, according to US Census Bureau estimates.

Estimates also show that the sole driver of Illinois’ population decline was residents leaving for other states. The 122,460 residents who left was a record.

This is the eighth consecutive year of population decline in Illinois, according to Census Bureau estimates. West Virginia is the only state whose population has been in decline for longer, suffering just its ninth consecutive year.

Illinois continues to see a natural increase in population as births exceed deaths, but by an increasingly narrow margin. It is also gaining residents from abroad. But so many people are leaving Illinois for other states that the state’s total population is declining.

Census Bureau estimates showed there were 2,778 more births than deaths in Illinois, 5,766 net migrants gained from overseas, but 122,460 net residents lost to other states.

Loss of residents to other states increased 7% in Illinois from 2020 estimates. Illinois is one of seven states to experience spikes in emigration rates in 2021 compared to 2020 .

Of the states that previously lost residents to other states, North Dakota saw the largest spike, with emigration rates increasing by 130%. New York (+68%), California (+52%), Massachusetts (+41%), Minnesota (+36%) and Louisiana (+20%) also saw significant increases in emigration.

Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Kansas, Alaska, Mississippi, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio all continued to lose residents to inland emigration in 2021 , but at a slower pace than in 2020.

Meanwhile, most states that previously received migration from other states saw a sharp increase in inward immigration. Neighboring Indiana has seen the largest increase in migration rates among these states, with migration rates increasing nearly 10 times from the level seen in 2020.

New Hampshire, Arkansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Montana and Utah all saw their migration rates increase by 100% or more between July 2020 and July 2021. Migration rates in Arizona, Nevada , Colorado and Oregon remained positive but slightly below their 2020 levels.

There were also a good number of states that saw their migration trends reverse from 2020 to 2021.

Vermont, Connecticut, South Dakota, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin all lost residents to emigration in 2020 but gained residents through internal migration in 2021. New Mexico and Washington had previously gained residents through internal emigration in 2020 but lost residents through migration in 2021.

While the “natural increase” of population – the difference between births and deaths – has historically declined, internal migration has become an even more important factor in state population growth.

The primary reasons Illinois chose to leave the state were for improved housing and employment opportunities, both of which were compounded by poor public policy in Illinois. Nearly half of Illinoisans have thought about moving, and they say taxes are their main reason. Population decline is also contributing to the decline in the state’s economic prospects.

It remains unclear to what extent these factors contributed to Illinois leaving the state starting in 2020-21, rather than other factors such as pandemic-related job losses, school closures and government mandates. Nonetheless, census data confirms that Illinois’ population decline, driven by emigration, has reached record levels and is more of a problem than ever, as Illinois is one of the few states accelerating emigration, whatever the cause.

New Mexico vs. Colorado State – Game Preview – January 15, 2022

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The New Mexico Lobos (14-4, 5-0 MWC) will look to extend a six-game winning streak when they visit the Colorado State Rams (11-3, 2-2 MWC) on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The game is at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Karly Murphy notched a team-high 13 points in Colorado State’s final game against the Air Force on Thursday, but that wasn’t enough in a 77-52 loss.

New Mexico cruised to an 85-76 win over Wyoming in the team’s last outing on Thursday, led by Shaiquel McGruder’s team-high 26 points.

Colorado State Team Stats

Colorado State is averaging 67.2 points per game, 1.1 shy of the 68.3 New Mexico allows per game. The Rams are 5-0 this season with over 68 points.

This season, the Rams have hit a higher shooting percentage than their opponents, shooting 41% from the field while limiting the competition to 36.8%. When Colorado State is shooting better than its season average, the Rams are 6-0 this year.

New Mexico team stats

The Lobos are scoring 78 points per game, 17.5 more than Colorado State’s 60.5. When New Mexico hits the 60-point mark, it’s 12-1 on the year.

In the 2021-22 campaign, the Lobos are averaging 17 assists and 15.3 turnovers per game. When New Mexico has a better assist-to-rotation ratio than its season mark of 1.11, the Lobos are 7-1.

Colorado State players to watch

McKenna Hofschild’s 15.3 points and 5.1 assists per game are Colorado State’s two highest stats. Upe Atosu is also contributing 13.4 points for the Rams, and Murphy is averaging 12.4 points and nine rebounds per game.

Averaging 1.8 three-pointers, Kendyll Kinzer is Colorado State’s most prolific three-point shooter while knocking down 32 percent of her shots from downtown.

Player stats reflect 12 of 12 games this season.

New Mexico players to watch

McGruder is New Mexico’s leading scorer with 16.0 points per game and leading rebounder with 7.3 rebounds per game. Jaedyn De La Cerda is averaging 13.2 points for the Lobos, while Duff is averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

LaTascya Duff has proven to be New Mexico’s best shooter from beyond the arc. She leads the team by three per game, knocking down 2.9 treys per contest (making 51% of her attempts).

Player stats reflect 15 out of 15 games this season.

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US Attorney Cole Finegan Visits Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes | USAO-CO

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DURANGO — The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado this week reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereign Indian Nations in southwestern Colorado. United States Attorney Cole Finegan met with Southern Ute and Mountain Ute leaders and law enforcement during a three-day visit to the area.

“Visiting our tribal partners in person was especially important to me,” U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan said. “Our relationship with the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes is part of an important trust between our governments. I fully intend to honor our responsibilities and apply the rule of law to all equally. I extend my thanks to Southern Ute President Melvin Baker and Ute Mountain Ute President Manuel Heart and their colleagues and staff for the opportunity to discuss issues important to your respective tribes.

US Attorney Finegan and senior officials met with members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Council in Ignacio, as well as with members of the Mountain Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Council in Towaoc. The three-day visit began Jan. 11, 2022, and ended Jan. 13, 2022. Topics of conversation included prosecuting domestic violence cases, countering narcotics on reservations, and efforts to reduce recidivism.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado prosecutes certain offenses committed on reservations, primarily through its office in Durango, Colorado. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Graves, Josh Player, and United States Special Assistant Counsel Lisa Franceware are primarily responsible for litigating these cases.

Each fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado participates in the Four Corners Conference, which focuses on issues facing Indian nations that own land in the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The conference brings together hundreds of people interested and committed to serving the cause of justice in the region.

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‘Local preference’ may be a barrier to selling Santa Fe city-owned land | Local News

City councilors revive a proposal to create a ‘local preference’ clause in the bidding process for developers interested in purchasing 288 acres of city-owned land near NM 599 and Ridgetop Road . But the former property management agent fears such a move could backfire without further refinement.

Terry Lease, asset development manager for the City of Santa Fe, said Councilmen Renee Villarreal and Michael Garcia have held meetings with the city’s legal team to discuss a better local preference resolution for the Las Estrellas estate, sometimes known as Las Estrellas in Santa Fe. Estates.






The measure, if passed, would give a local builder or developer an advantage in the bidding process.

“Basically it’s ready to sell as soon as we pass this resolution,” Lease said.

Last month, city council debated a resolution introduced by former councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler that would have given local preference to the potential buyer of Las Estrellas. The measure was rejected after councilors raised concerns about the definition of “local”.

Garcia said a new resolution would include a stipulation that applicants must obtain a state resident business certificate in order to qualify for local preference. A business that does not qualify for local preference could still apply.

David Gurule, who was the managing agent of Santa Fe Estates Inc., for 22 years, said that while he agreed with the concept of a local preference approach, he was concerned that the desire of the selling the property as a whole almost ensures that large domestic developers could come up with a competitive offer.

Gurule said he prefers the city to sell the property in lots or phases, so local developers, bankers, builders, title companies and real estate agents can circulate revenue throughout the community.

“What the city should do is not try to sell it all at once,” Gurule said. “It limits the ability of a local group or local developer to even have a chance. The only ones that reach the top or could meet those financial criteria would be like a KB Home or a [PulteGroup] or another national company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The property is valued at $5.6 million, Lease said.

Gurule said it could be nearly two decades before the property is fully developed, which he added could potentially cost a buyer millions more. It’s a no-start, he says, for potential small bidders.

Gurule said that while a major developer would likely contract with local companies to complete the project, much of the profits would be sent elsewhere.

Miles D. Conway, executive director of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, said a local business coalition could capture a lot more revenue for the local market.

“Pulte will be happy to hire local contractors to build this project, but a company like this, based in Atlanta or Utah, is accountable to its shareholders,” he said. “They’re a big business, so they have to export a lot of our wealth to make this all make sense to them.”

Conway said local entities in the city’s homebuilding industry considered forming a group to purchase the land. But the city’s decision to put the property on the market in one lot shelved the idea.

The buyer of the property will have to comply with the Las Estrellas Master Plan, which was approved in 1995 and amended in 2005. The plan calls for the construction of 753 residential units on 290 acres, 200 acres of open space and 14 acres of shops. space.

Gurule said around 240 homes in the Las Estrellas development have already been built since the master plan was last amended in 2005. Prior to that, around 380 units had been built.

Conway said it could cost up to $50 million to comply with the master plan.

Garcia, who plans to introduce the local language of preference with Villareal, said while he would be willing to parcel out the development, it would likely require a city council decision to cut the property into smaller plots for sale.

“I understand where some of our local builders and potential local buyers are coming from,” he said. “It would be a more affordable opportunity if it was parceled out, but at the moment that’s not the current proposition for the property.”

Santa Fe Estates was established in 1930 by John Dempsey, who would later become Governor of New Mexico. In the deal with the city, Santa Fe Estates worked to clear title and develop the land for sale, including installing utilities and building roads.

The idea behind the agreement was to increase property tax proceeds and help spur development. Proceeds from land sales were then split 50-50 between the city and Santa Fe Estates, after taking into account sales and development costs.

Since 1930, the city has received about $4.5 million in share of real estate sales.

These rights were then assigned to Santa Fe Estates Inc.

After the property market collapsed in the 2008 recession, development stagnated. The city and Santa Fe Estates terminated the agreement in 2019 and a year later the city regained sole possession with the intention of putting the 288 acres on the market.

City councilors have named Santa Fe Estates a key cog in helping solve the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Conway said while most recently built homes in Las Estrellas cost around $700,000, the development has a 20% affordable housing clause and is zoned for some multi-family housing.

He said any new market-rate housing would ease pressure on the market for renting and buying homes.

Previous plans to increase the supply of affordable housing in the area have been met with opposition. A proposed development on 122 acres east of NM 599 and adjacent to the Casa Solana neighborhood nearly a decade ago would have included over 750 homes and commercial space. But residents spoke out against it, arguing that the city had not solved traffic problems.

In January 2021, the city put the property up for competition but decided to redo the process. Lease said the decision had to do with how to promote a local preference.

The lease said that once a resolution is approved, another tender will be issued, after which the selection will be forwarded to the city council for approval.

Garcia said he expects a local preference resolution to be heard at the January 26 council meeting.

Child Tax Credits Could Leave Parents With Heavy Tax Responsibility, Smaller Refund

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – January 17 marks the start of tax season, however, some parents may not get the expected refund and may in fact owe the IRS for the overpayment of tax credits for children distributed.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 75% of Americans on average get a refund each year, but people might have a nasty surprise this year because the expanded child tax credit can significantly reduce the amount of the refund for children. parents or keep them with. a liability of nearly $ 2,000 per child

Brian Mirau, founder and chairman of Mirau Capital Management and investment advisor in New Mexico and Texas, explains that the child tax credits distributed each month to parents were not extra “free” money given by the government, but rather a “monthly” advance payment of a loan that parents can claim at the end of the year.

“The tax credit was a one-year provision that increased the tax credit from $ 2,000 to a range of $ 3,000 to $ 3,600 depending on the age of the child for each child in households at. low income. The expansion also converted the credit of an amount you get with your income tax refund into a series of monthly payments that you receive throughout the year, so you don’t have to wait to get that money. He just spread that tax credit over the year instead of getting it as a lump sum at the end of the year.

Brian Mirau – Founder | President Mirau Capital Management

Mirau likened it to saving money. Rather than saving all year round and getting your money back all at once, you save a little bit each month and spend it as you go.

The expansion of the child tax credit was part of the American Rescue Plan Act which was enacted in March of last year to counter the financial fallout from Covid-19. In addition to expanding the child tax credit, it included a $ 600 bonus for children under six.

According to the IRS, some 59 million parents were automatically enrolled in the program and began receiving monthly payments in July. The registration criteria were based on 2019 or 2020 tax data.

However, since some parents may have changed their reporting status, dependent status, or income increase from 2020 to 2021, some parents may actually have to reimburse the IRS up to $ 1,800 per child. .

“If they [the IRS] you’ve overpaid, that’s something you want to be aware of. If you get this tax credit and have been overpaid, then yes, they will be surprised to have to pay it back.

Brian Mirau – Founder | President Mirau Capital Management

If you are still eligible for the child tax credit, parents may see a substantial decrease in the refund they typically receive because they have already received half of the child tax credit as monthly payments over the course of the year. second half of 2020.

Mirau also explains that filing early is beneficial for a number of reasons, including a faster return on your refund and more time to properly complete your taxes,

“You want to spend as much time as possible and do it as early as possible because it gives you time to sit down and think about your tax situation when you’re not in the heat of the moment. When you often wait until the last minute, we make decisions or miscalculate that can affect our taxes. If we make a mistake, it can put us in a situation where we need to make amendments. This always creates additional costs.

Brian Mirau – Founder | President Mirau Capital Management

Depositing early can also protect you against identity theft, and the fastest way to get your money, according to Mirau, is to sign up for direct deposit.

There are ways to maximize your reimbursement and avoid audits.

  • Keep good records
  • Deduct all you can
  • Report income correctly – including the Covid-19 relief payment and child tax credit payments
  • Plan early
  • Evaluate expenses
  • Make a budget

When planning for dividend tax, make sure you are as efficient as possible.

“One thing you do when paying your taxes is make sure your tax bill is as close to zero as possible. This is one thing that you should check every year because as they change the tax brackets you may need to adjust your withholding tax. You don’t want to adjust it to where you withhold too much and you get a big tax refund because people think when you get a big tax refund it’s free money but in reality it’s just your money returned to you that the government has had all year and they pay no interest on it.

Mirau says tax planning is a year-round event and you don’t wait until the last minute to do it. And starting the tax planning process now, for next year, is the best plan of attack. Pay attention to all of your deductions so that you can make an informed decision about whether to use the standard deduction or a detailed schedule.

“Just be a good planner. All we know is an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Make sure you keep good records because if you ever get audited you want to make sure you can back whatever you do on your taxes. Just like being a good businessman, you want to make sure you are a good flight attendant for your taxes. “

early deposit can also protect you against identity theft.

Mirau also recommends hiring a tax professional to help you through the year-long process, someone who can make sure you take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internal Revenue Code.

“We live in the most beautiful place in the world. We don’t mind paying our taxes for our freedoms because we have a lot of freedoms here. We also want to be fiscally efficient. We don’t want to pay unnecessary taxes. Once you spend that tax money, it’s gone forever.

Brian Mirau – Founder | President Mirau Capital Management

This year’s tax filing season is set to begin Jan. 17e and the deadline this year is April 18e.

To contact Mirau Capital Management or for more tax advice, click here.

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Bernalillo County ransomware attack poses additional challenges for real estate agents and securities firms

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Almost a week after a ransomware attack on Bernalillo County, most buildings in the county are still closed. This includes the division of property tax which is crucial for buying and selling homes.

Little is known about the ransomware attack that shut down Bernalillo County last week. “I think everyone was just in shock that someone might have hacked into the system,” said Bridget Gilbert, president of Greater Albuquerque Area Realtors.

However, those in the real estate world immediately knew this meant trouble. Gilbert says the shutdown partly means realtors can’t tell buyers what their monthly payments or property taxes would be.

“Well, we didn’t have access to those calculators on the Bernalillo County side,” Gilbert said. It also means that the county property tax division cannot register deeds of ownership of homes.

“Buyers had to come into their homes and usually they don’t enter their homes until their deeds are recorded. Much like when you buy a car, you don’t leave the parking lot until you have a bill of sale, ”said Gilbert.

With hundreds of high-stakes transactions at stake, Gilbert says lenders and securities companies have found a solution. “So far, as long as this gap insurance is in place, our lenders are comfortable allowing us to move forward,” said Kimberly Kissane of Premier Choice Mortgage.

Kissane says most title companies now accept Gap insurance due to the unplanned shutdown that allows people to enter and leave their homes without the deed being recorded. “We probably have around 10 to 15 right now that we plan to close this month in Bernalillo County that were really relying on this Gap insurance,” said Stephanee Casares of Premier Choice Mortgage.

Gap insurance will act as a safety net for as long as the securities companies allow. However, if the securities companies change their mind, the deals could fail.

Gilbert says there are a small number of cases where out-of-state lenders do not accept Gap insurance. In these cases, realtors try to postpone closing dates until the county is back up and running.

New lines, new odds in New Mexico

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ANALYSIS – While Republicans can draw new lines in Congress in some of the larger states, including Texas, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, Democrats are trying to reduce that edge in the small states where they are. cartographers.

New Mexico is one of seven states where Democrats control the redistribution process. But in their efforts to win another seat and sweep the congressional delegation out of the state, Democrats may have endangered their own incumbents.

Republicans need a net gain of just five seats nationwide to regain a majority in the House, and the GOP benefits from the national political environment and President Joe’s plummeting job approval ratings Biden. Democrats must therefore eliminate all seats, wherever they can.

1st district (Melanie Stansbury, D)

In the 2000s, Republicans called on Heather A. Wilson, cycle after cycle, to lock down the competitive 1st District. But over the past decade, the Albuquerque-based seat has turned Democrat, becoming a stepping stone for current Senator Martin Heinrich, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Home Secretary Deb Haaland.

This round of redistribution, the Democrats have chosen to take the Democratic voters of western Bernalillo County and place them in the 2nd arrondissement in order to make this seat more competitive. It makes life more difficult for Democratic 1st District incumbent Melanie Stansbury, who will run for reelection in a seat Joe Biden would have won by 14 points instead of his current seat which he won by 23 points. It’s probably still out of reach for Republicans, even in a GOP wave, but the MP cannot take her race for granted. Initial assessment: Strong democratic.

Tax Help Santa Fe Moves to Shopping Mall | Business

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The low-cost Tax Help Santa Fe tax preparation service will be back on January 27, but in a new location.

Owner Peter Doniger has moved Tax Help into the former Chico’s space at Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe, 8380 Cerrillos Road.

Tax assistance will have six tax preparers instead of four, with the two additional preparers funded by a municipal grant of $ 16,000. Those who wish to use the service should make an appointment at taxhelpsantafe.com.

Doniger expects an increase in the number of customers with improvements to certain tax measures in favor of low-income people. The age of eligibility for the state’s Active Family Tax Credit (New Mexico’s equivalent of the Earned Income Tax Credit) has been lowered from 25 to 18.

“It will bring in a bunch of people,” Doniger said.

In addition, the maximum income to qualify for the low income tax refund has been increased from $ 22,000 to $ 36,000, he said.

Tax Help Santa Fe will see clients from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The fees for standard tax returns range from free for people with income below $ 1,000 to $ 92 for income over $ 50,000. Doniger noted that Social Security payments do not count as income in this regard.

Tax Help Santa Fe said it helped 6,400 people last year.

Robert Durst, real estate mogul convicted of murder, dies

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LOS ANGELES – Robert Durst, the wealthy New York real estate heir and failed fugitive, suspected for decades of the disappearance and death of those around him before being convicted last year of the murder of his best friend , is dead. He was 78 years old.

Durst died of natural causes in a hospital outside California prison where he was serving a life sentence on Monday, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Durst had been held in a hospital in Stockton due to a litany of ailments.

Durst was convicted in September of shooting Susan Berman at point blank range in his Los Angeles home in 2000. He was sentenced on October 14 to life in prison without parole.

Durst had long been suspected of killing his wife, Kathie, who disappeared in New York City in 1982 and was declared legally dead decades later.

But it was only after Los Angeles prosecutors proved he silenced Berman to prevent him from telling police she helped cover up Kathie’s murder that Durst was indicted by a New York grand jury in November for second degree murder in the death of his wife.

Westchester County prosecutors, who had attempted to have Durst transferred there to face the charge, said they plan to reveal new details about the case in the coming days.

“After 40 years of seeking justice for her death, I know how upsetting this must be for the family of Kathleen Durst,” District Attorney Miriam Rocah said in a statement. “We were hoping to allow them to see Mr. Durst finally face charges for the murder of Kathleen, because we know all families keep asking for closure, justice and accountability.”

Los Angeles prosecutors told jurors that Durst also committed a murder in Texas after shooting a man who discovered his identity while in hiding in Galveston in 2001. Durst was acquitted of the murder in that case in 2003, after testifying that he shot the man while they fought for a gun.

Assistant District Attorney John Lewin said Los Angeles jurors told him after the verdict they believed Durst killed his wife and murdered Morris Black in Texas.

Much of Durst’s loss was due to his pride.

After defeating the indictment in Texas, in a bid to rehabilitate his image, he contacted filmmakers who had portrayed his life – not favorably – in the 2010 big-screen feature film, “All Good Things,” with Ryan Gosling as Durst. He offered to sit down for a series of long interviews about his life.

It was a decision he told jurors he deeply regretted.

Durst, who later said he used methamphetamine during interviews, made several damning statements, including a startling confession during an unsupervised moment on HBO’s six-part documentary series “The Jinx: The Life. and Deaths of Robert Durst “.

The show brought its name to a new generation and sparked renewed scrutiny and mistrust from authorities.

The day before the final episode aired, Durst was arrested in the murder of Berman while hiding under a pseudonym in a New Orleans hotel, where he was caught with a gun, over 40 $ 000 in cash and a head-to-shoulder latex mask for an alleged Get Away.

The climax of the finale came with him mumbling in a bathroom while still wearing a hot mic saying, “You’re taken! What did I do? Killed them all, of course.

The quotes were later found to have been manipulated for dramatic effect, but the production – made against the advice of Durst’s lawyers and friends – unearthed new evidence, including an envelope that connected it to the scene of Berman’s murder. as well as the incriminating statements he made.

Police had received a note directing them to Berman’s home with only the word “BODY” written in all capital letters.

In interviews given between 2010 and 2015, Durst told the creators of “The Jinx” that he didn’t write the note, but whoever did killed her.

“You write a note to the police that only the killer could have written,” Durst said.

His defense attorneys admitted as the trial approached that Durst wrote the note, and prosecutors said it amounted to a confession.

Extracts from “The Jinx” and “All Good Things” had lead roles at the trial.

Just like Durst himself. He took the risk of testifying again for what turned out to be about three weeks of testimony. It didn’t work like it did in Texas.

During a devastating cross-examination by Prosecutor Lewin, Durst admitted that he had lied under oath in the past and that he would do it again to avoid trouble.

“‘Did you kill Susan Berman? “Is strictly speculative,” Durst said from the stand. “I didn’t kill Susan Berman. But if I had, I would be lying about it.

The jury quickly returned a guilty verdict.

It seemed for a long time that he would avoid all condemnation.

Durst fled in late 2000 after New York authorities reopened an investigation into his wife’s disappearance, renting a modest apartment in Galveston and disguising herself as a silent woman.

In 2001, body parts of a neighbor, Black, began washing in Galveston Bay.

Arrested in the murder, Durst skipped bail. He was caught stealing a sandwich six weeks later in Bethlehem, Pa., Where he had attended college. Police found $ 37,000 in cash and two handguns in his car.

He later joked that he was “the worst fugitive the world has ever encountered”.

He would testify that Black had pointed a gun at him and that he died when the gun exploded during a fight.

He explained in detail to jurors how he bought tools and swallowed a bottle of Jack Daniels before dismembering Black’s body and throwing it into the sea. While he was cleared of the murder, he pleaded guilty to ” violating his bond and falsifying evidence for the dismemberment. He served three years in prison.

Durst had bladder cancer and his health deteriorated during the Berman trial. He was escorted to court in a wheelchair in prison gear every day because his lawyers said he was unable to change into a suit. But the judge refused further delays after a 14-month hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic.

Upon his conviction, Durst entered the courtroom with a wide-eyed blank stare. Lawyer Dick DeGuerin said he was “very, very sick” – the worst he has watched in the 20 years he has spent representing him.

Towards the end of the hearing, after those close to Berman told the judge that his death had turned their lives upside down, Durst coughed loudly and seemed to have difficulty breathing. His chest heaved and he lowered his mask under his mouth to suck in air.

He was hospitalized two days later with COVID-19 and DeGuerin said he was on a ventilator. But Durst apparently recovered and was transferred to a state prison where ID photos showed no sign of a fan.

Son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst, Robert Durst was born April 12, 1943 and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He would later say that at 7 years old, he witnessed the death of his mother in a fall in their house.

He received a degree in economics in 1965 from Lehigh University, where he played lacrosse. He entered a doctoral program at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he met Berman, but dropped out and returned to New York in 1969.

He became a developer in the family business, but his father abandoned him to make his younger brother and rival, Douglas, the head of the Durst Organization in 1992.

Durst severed ties with his family and made a deal with a family trust. He was estimated to have a fortune of around $ 100 million.

Douglas Durst testified at trial that he feared his brother wanted to kill him.

“Bob has lived a sad, painful and tragic life,” he said in a statement Monday. “We hope his death will end those he has hurt.”

In 1971, Robert Durst met Kathie McCormack and the two tied the knot on his 30th birthday in 1973.

In January 1982, his wife was a final year medical school student when she disappeared. She had shown up unexpectedly at a friends dinner in Newtown, Connecticut, then left after a call from her husband to return to their home in South Salem, New York.

Robert Durst told police he last saw her when he put her on a train to stay at their Manhattan apartment because she was having classes the next day.

Prosecutors said Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas gangster, pretended to be Kathie Durst to call Albert Einstein College of Medicine the next morning to tell her she was ill and did not would not be on his rotation at the hospital. The call provided an alibi for Robert Durst as it gave the impression that his wife had traveled safely to Manhattan after seeing her.

He divorced eight years later, demanding the abandonment of the spouse, and in 2017, at the request of her family, she was declared legally deceased.

Kathie McCormack Durst’s family said they plan to provide an update on January 31 – the 40th anniversary of her disappearance – on an investigation into other people who helped cover up her murder, the lawyer said Robert Abrams.

Robert Durst is survived by his second wife Debrah Charatan, whom he married in 2000. He did not have children.

Under California law, a conviction is overturned if an accused dies while the case is on appeal, said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School.

Lawyer Chip Lewis said Durst appealed.

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Associated Press writer Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed.

UNM COVID-19 recall needs deadline approaching

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Eligible University of New Mexico students, staff, and faculty must receive and download documentation that indicates they received a COVID-19 vaccine booster by January 17, the day before the start of the spring semester 2022. in person.

Individuals are currently considered eligible by the University if they have received the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine by June 15, 2021 or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by October 15, 2021 because as long as it takes between vaccination doses. People vaccinated after these dates have up to four weeks to upload proof after the January 17 deadline.

As of Sunday January 9, 18.4% of students, 45.6% of staff and 48.8% of teachers had confirmed receive a reminder.

“The key step now for everyone is to get a vaccine booster as soon as possible,” UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair wrote. Daily Lobo by email. “People who are vaccinated are less likely to contract COVID, and when they do, they usually don’t get very sick. “

According to a to study According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all three licensed COVID-19 vaccines have been effective in reducing the severity of symptoms in cases of rupture and preventing hospitalization.

Blair said there are currently no plans to return to a virtual learning environment for the spring semester.

“We have regular consultations with our in-house experts to assess current conditions and adjust them if necessary,” Blair wrote. “At present, we are continuing our current education plan. “

James Holloway, rector and vice president of academic affairs at UNM, said the university is potentially looking for ways to improve the quality of masks worn by students, staff and faculty on campus by moving away cloth and worm masks “medical masks”.

“The most important things are the vaccinations and the boosters,” Holloway said. “The second most important tool is good masking. “

The UNM follows the state’s mask mandate that masks are required for everyone inside, regardless of their immunization status.

The announcement of the recall requirement came shortly after the state of New Mexico issued an emergency notice public health order requiring recall for the vast majority of workers in high risk environments, including healthcare workers and workers in long-term care facilities. This has come with the rise of the new omicron COVID-19 variant.

“The recent emergence of the omicron variant further underscores the importance of the vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” CDC said Dr. Rochelle Walensky in Health Order. “Early data from South Africa suggests increased transmissibility of the omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently reviewing the efficacy of the vaccine linked to this variant.”

Holloway said the university is targeting a fully immunized student, staff and faculty population.

“My goal is 100%. We really want to get everyone vaccinated… I know we won’t get to 100%, but my real hope is that we can get to that level of 95% or better, ”Holloway said.

John Scott is the editor of the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @ JScott050901


Disturbance, dismay, dissent: Americans grapple with Omicron

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CHICAGO – With infection rates rising, the Omicron variant has ushered in a disorienting new phase of the pandemic, leaving Americans frustrated and dismayed that the basics they thought they understood about the coronavirus are evolving more faster than ever.

There were reasons for increased concern and reasons for consolation: Omicron is more transmissible than previous variants, but it appears to cause milder symptoms in many people. Hospitalizations have reached new highs in some states, but ‘occasional patients’ – people who test positive for Covid-19 after being admitted for another reason – account for almost half of their cases in some hospitals.

Public health officials, in response to the new variant, cut the recommended isolation period for people with positive tests in half to five days instead of 10 days, while also suggesting people replace their masks of tissue with medical grade masks when possible.

“Omicron quickly turned into something just different,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, senior Chicago health official.

Amid evolving federal public health guidance and the new separate variant, President Biden’s former transition team called on the president to adopt a brand new national pandemic strategy focused on the ‘new normal’ to live with the virus indefinitely, not to wipe it out.

And Americans, faced with these new facts, warnings and cautions, have reacted with a mixture of confusion, vigilance and indifference. Left mostly to navigate on their own, they face a range of uncertain risks – taking a bus? visit friends? eat inside? – hour by hour.

Many people wonder if they should keep their kids home from school or cancel vacations and out-of-town dinners. They are scrambling for home antigen testing or appointments for sophisticated PCR testing and ditching the cloth masks in favor of KN95 and N95. In some cities, they have resumed wearing masks even outdoors and ordering grocery deliveries or stocking up to avoid travel for days to come.

Others have ignored the increase in cases, focusing on the encouraging fact that some people infected with the Omicron variant suffer little more than a cough and runny nose – if they are showing symptoms.

While some places have maintained limits like restrictions on indoor dining for the unvaccinated, there is little appetite for wide closings. A restaurateur in Austin, TX said customers were on the go, keen to gather in groups.

“It’s obvious people are done with this,” said Daniel Brooks, 45, owner of two restaurants in Austin.

For the most part, American life hasn’t locked itself into the latest wave – businesses remain open and schools are largely in-person session – but this variation has brought significant disruption to daily life and threatens to bring even more.

Police, paramedics and firefighters have been kept away from the virus, affecting response times in some cities. Across the country, millions of Americans have been sick at home in recent days, sparking debates over school testing and safety measures and alarming officials who told the public in candid terms last week that ‘they were in dire need of hospital and health care beds. workers.

“I suspect that almost everyone in the state has just had Covid, has it today, or knows someone who has,” said Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana. “There has never been more disease in our condition.”

Omicron first appeared in southern Africa in late November, and by Christmas it was the dominant variant in the United States, Britain, and parts of mainland Europe, including Denmark and Portugal, which have some of the rates. highest immunization rates in the world.

The record number of cases fueled by Omicron has produced their own form of chaos around the world, sidelining millions of infected workers, causing shortages of testing kits and forcing many governments to reimpose social restrictions. Spain, Greece and Italy have ordered their citizens to resume wearing masks outdoors; the Netherlands withdrew into a complete lockdown.

The variant is now hitting almost every corner of the world. India, bracing for a tidal wave of infections with only half of its population vaccinated, has set up makeshift Covid rooms in convention halls. In Argentina recently, the test positivity rate reached a staggering 30%.

But with signs that the Omicron wave in South Africa is receding, without causing another wave of deaths, many countries have shifted to a strategy of living with the virus, choosing to keep businesses and schools open rather than risk the economic ravages of more blockages.

Health officials in the United States, two years weary of repeating similar appeals to the public, have tried to point out that the Omicron variant is unlike any other phase of the pandemic.

Daily case reports have roughly quintupled over the past month as Omicron has taken hold. About 650,000 new cases are identified every day, more than double the peak of last winter – a number that is certainly an undercount, as it doesn’t include many results from home antigen tests.

So far, hospitalizations have increased at a much slower rate than cases. But the number of coronavirus patients continues to grow rapidly, reaching around 134,000 nationwide, from around 67,000 a month ago. In many cities, doctors say, a smaller proportion of Covid patients are landing in intensive care units or requiring mechanical ventilation, but the large number of patients is sounding the alarm bells.

Deaths, which is a lagging indicator, have yet to increase as significantly. About 1,500 deaths from Covid-19 are announced every day in the United States. It could take weeks, officials said, before it is known whether the Omicron variant will cause another big wave of deaths in the United States, where more than 830,000 people have died from the coronavirus.

Andrew Noymer, professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said the Omicron variant was “legitimately complicated” for many Americans to understand because it clearly differs from previous variants.

“Omicron is softer than Delta, but it is more transmissible,” he said. “It changes two things at the same time.”

Changing advice on isolation and quarantines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also left Americans with questions about the severity of the variant. Many employers, acting on the advice of public health officials, have encouraged sick workers to return to work after just five days, even without testing showing they are negative for the virus.

“The confusion is compounded,” said Dr. Gill Wright, director of health for the city of Nashville. “People say it’s supposed to get really bad, but can we get back to work faster?” “

In rural Michigan, people with symptoms of coronavirus have arrived at hospitals in recent weeks repeating conventional wisdom that once you’ve had Covid, you’re unlikely to contract it again soon.

“A lot of them are saying, ‘This can’t be Covid, I had it a few months ago,'” said Dr Mark Hamed, an emergency room doctor in Sandusky, Michigan. “There you go, they tested positive.”

About 62% of Americans are fully immunized, a number that has barely budged in recent weeks. Even fully vaccinated and stimulated individuals have been infected with the Omicron variant, although health officials say their infections appear to be less severe than in unvaccinated people.

Across the country, a record number of public sector workers have been laid off due to an increase in coronavirus infections, leaving officials scrambling to reassure residents that if they call 911 someone will show up. – if a little later than normal.

In Dallas, 204 of the city’s estimated 2,100 fire and rescue workers were in quarantine Thursday due to positive Covid-19 tests – the most since the start of the pandemic, according to Jason Evans, a spokesperson for the department. He said about a quarter of the department’s total positive tests since March 2020 came from the past two weeks.

Los Angeles city officials said in a press conference Thursday that nearly 300 firefighters were on leave due to the virus, the most the department has seen at any one time. Jeff Cretan, spokesperson for Mayor London Breed of San Francisco, said 140 firefighters and 188 city police workers have tested positive or are absent due to quarantine protocols; as well as 110 workers from the city’s transit agency.

Schools and colleges faced the uncertainty of whether to teach in person or virtually, sometimes while balancing the competing arguments of parents, teachers and students.

In Chicago last week, the powerful teachers’ union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot clashed over safety and coronavirus testing in a dispute that closed schools for days in the nation’s third largest school district.

At Rhodes College, a small liberal arts school in Memphis, officials announced during the holidays that the start of in-person classes was being delayed by two weeks – a bummer for students exasperated by online classes and eager for the type of college experience they had hoped for.

“Every semester it feels like we’re almost back to normal, and then it’s revoked all over again,” said John Howell, a major student in political economy and philosophy entering his final semester. “It feels like every routine is going to be broken and you should expect that.”

Bishop James Dixon, senior pastor of the Community of Faith Church in Houston, said he and his fellow church leaders struggled to find the right balance as Omicron spilled over.

“No one has a precise answer,” he said. “It’s trial and error. It’s hectic. And we’re supposed to be people of faith and make a decision and take a direction. “

Mr Dixon said the virus scared many worshipers as they now know so many who have contracted it.

“Things are better than they were,” he said, “but at the same time they are worse than they were because the numbers are skyrocketing.”

Shashank Bengali contributed to reports from London, Jill cowan from Los Angeles, J. David Goodman from Houston, Rick rojas from Nashville and Mitch smith from Chicago.


Amber Wallin replaces James Jimenez as head of New Mexico Voices for Children

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Amber Wallin replaced James Jimenez as executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a nonprofit children’s rights advocacy and research organization.

NMVC announced the change this week. Jimenez retired earlier this year, but will continue to serve as the executive director of the New Mexico Pediatric Society, a role he acquired when the two organizations formed an alliance in 2017. He will also lead the NMVC Action Fund.

Wallin, who began working for the NMVC on tax policy issues about ten years ago, said she intended to continue the work which is the organization’s core mission – advocating for ‘a policy that creates opportunities for children and families.

The daughter of a single mother, Wallin said she was passionate about state policies that impact New Mexico families, such as early childhood education.

She said that finding a good quality preschool education can be costly for families, which she knows firsthand as a mother of two young children.

She said early childhood workers are so important because 95 percent of brain development occurs in the first five years of a child’s life.

Wallin said recent state investments in early childhood education are positive signs and she hopes similar policies continue in the future. She also said she believed New Mexico should continue to help families pay for child care.

At the same time, she said that while early childhood care is “really expensive for families”, early childhood educators are “not paid enough for the work they do” and that some daycares “barely manage”.

“New Mexico needs very strong government support to help… especially to make sure parents can afford to go to work and know their children are in really safe and nurturing environments,” a- she declared.

As a child growing up in New Mexico, Wallin’s family benefited from policies that benefited low-income families, she said. The daughter of a single mother, Wallin cited the Free and Discounted Meals Program as a program that helped her family afford a nutritious school meal because her mother was struggling financially despite her work in the school system. public education.

“We should be providing economic support to single mothers,” Wallin said.

Wallin calls herself a “tax” and “data defiant” and is particularly interested in how taxes can impact families. Some of the work the NMVC has done since that it is particularly proud of has been the state’s changes to the Working Family Tax Credit.

“This is the policy that Voices first proposed in 2007 and which pushed for significant increases,” she said.

Since 2019, the tax credit has increased from 10% to 25%, which means “hundreds of millions more going to families,” Wallin said.

Wallin also gave expert testimony in the Yazzie / Martinez lawsuit that challenged the way the state educates Latino and Native American children in the state. She said the outcome of this trial “has led to significant progress” and that she is “really proud to have been able to support data and research efforts on why we need to improve our children.”

Prior to working for NMVC, Wallin worked for state and federal agencies in various capacities. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from New Mexico State University and worked in the budget department for the city of Las Cruces.

“My heart is at the intersection of policy, research and advocacy to make progress for children and families,” she said.

One of the issues that NMVC will focus on in the next legislative session is “to ensure the injection of federal funding and oil and gas revenues from the boom that we are witnessing, that this injection of money will ensure that all families will be part of the economic robustness recovery, ”she said.

She said she hoped to see further investments in early childhood education and would like to see more relief to help families with mixed legal status, especially as many undocumented migrants are workers. frontline in the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said she would also like Medicaid programs to be fully funded and the infant mortality crisis, driven by systemic racism, to be addressed by lawmakers.

NMVC board chairman Kenneth Martinez said the board is happy to promote Wallin to this position.

“Amber not only has the experience, skills and leadership talent that this role requires, but she also brings passion, determination and heart to our work on behalf of the children and families of New Mexico. She and James have worked closely together to prepare for this transition, and we have no doubt that the organization is in very good hands, ”he said in a press release.

Wallin said she believes New Mexico is “at a truly unique time and time” and that she has high hopes for the future.

“Before the pandemic, we saw the development of policies that put children and families first. When I was at Voices, I had never seen such a commitment from politicians to truly family-centric and people-centered family policies. Then the pandemic struck, ”she said.

Despite the various setbacks the pandemic has created in the education and economic stability of many families across the state, Wallin said she “hopes New Mexico has a really bright future.”

“The pandemic has revealed many structural challenges, especially for communities of color and women. We face a real opportunity to build a better future for this space by ensuring that families can be part of a fair and robust recovery and invest in infrastructure that includes child care and health programs, centering children and families so that they can truly thrive in this state in the future, “she said.


Toys from Northern New Mexico are a hit, organizers say | Local news


Organizers of a holiday toy drive for underprivileged children in northern New Mexico say the effort was a resounding success.

“We ended up having Christmas for about 1,400 kids,” said Jyl DeHaven, a commercial real estate broker at EXIT Realty Advantage NM, who has been managing the toy drive for two years. “It’s such a much needed Christmas piece here.”

The campaign attracted approximately $ 36,000 in cash and gifts.

Northern New Mexico Toy Drive accepts toys and gift cards at area donation drop-off points, including Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Española. The gifts are then distributed to the children through a network of partner organizations.

This year, these organizations include Casa Familia; the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families; Jemez Pueblo; Las Cumbres; Presbyterian medical services; Resident Services Portfolio; Social Services of Santo Domingo; the indigenous center of Santa Fe; and Villa Thérèse Catholic Clinic.

Rollin Tylerr Jones, an inspector with the Santa Fe Fire Department, started the toy drive about 13 years ago. Jones was named one of New Mexicans 10 Who made a difference in 2019.

After the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, he and other first responders sought other people to host the event. EXIT Realty, along with experiential entertainment company Meow Wolf and others, took over in 2020.

“If the kids felt like I was having a good Christmas, I would be happy,” Jones said.


Muhammed-Lankford tasked with overseeing NM State running backs

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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Ghaali Muhammed-Lankford returns to the ranks of FBS.

For the first time since serving as an offensive graduate assistant at Missouri prior to the 2016 season, Muhammed-Lankford is back at the FBS level after the NM State football head coach. Jerry kill named St. Joseph, Missouri as the Aggies running back coach for the 2022 season and beyond.

Immediately prior to joining Kill’s squad, Muhammed-Lankford spent three seasons at Normal, Ill., Where he served as the Illinois State receivers coach. For the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he was the offensive coordinator of the Redbirds.

Muhammed-Lankford’s first season in Normal, Ill. Coincided with one of the best seasons for the Redbirds in program history. Illinois State went 10-5 in 2015, advancing to the FCS quarterfinals where they lost 9-3 to eventual FCS champion Dakota State. North.

Another stop in the ranks of the FCS, this one in the southeastern state of Missouri at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, preceded Muhammed-Lankford’s tenure in the state of Illinois. From 2016 to 2019, he was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Redhawks. With Muhammed-Lankford on the team, Southwest Missouri State enjoyed the program’s best season in 2018. That year, the Redhawks took a record nine wins while advancing to the second round of the playoffs. of the FCS.

As a running backs coach, Muhammad-Lankford mentored Marquis Terry, who won several All-America accolades in 2018. Terry was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing yards (1,229), rushing touchdowns (14) and rushing yards per game (94.5). He ran over 100 yards six times with an OVC and school record of 311 in Southern Illinois (September 15, 2018).

A stoppage at an SEC institution laid the foundation for Muhammed-Lankford’s success as an FCS level. For two seasons (2014 and 2015), he joined then-receiver coach Pat Washington’s squad in Missouri as an offensive graduate assistant. Scouting out opponents, planning the game and helping with recruiting are just a few of his roles with the Tigers.

Muhammad-Lankford played four years (2009-2012) in Wyoming. He was the frontman of the Cowboys before sustaining an injury at the end of the 2011 season. A year later, Muhammad-Lankford led Wyoming with 106 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries as a linebacker in his senior season. Muhammed-Lankford’s coaching journey began at his alma mater where he served as a graduate assistant and assisted the Cowboys running backs in 2013.

Graduating in 2013 from Wyoming with a degree in communications, Muhammed-Lankford and his wife, Taryn, are the parents of one son, Eliyaas.

For full coverage of NM State football as the Aggies continue to prepare for the first year under the guidance of Coach Kill and his team, visit NMStateSports.com – the official website for Aggie Track and Field. – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Football), Twitter (@NMStateFootball) and Instagram (@NMStateFootball).

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Pattern Energy Completes Wind Project in New Mexico | Local news

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ALBUQUERQUE – A California renewable energy company says work has been completed on four wind farms in New Mexico with a total capacity of over one gigawatt.

Pattern Energy officials announced Thursday that the Western Spirit Wind project has started commercial operations. The company had touted it as the largest single-phase renewable energy construction in the United States.

Wind farms span three counties in central New Mexico. Although electricity use varies by state and house size, company officials said Western Spirit’s generation capacity can provide enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 365,000 homes. .

Power purchase agreements are already in place to serve several California utilities, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city of San Jose. Some of the electricity will also serve customers in New Mexico.

Western Spirit is expected to provide nearly $ 3 million per year in new property tax revenue for the counties of Guadalupe, Lincoln and Torrance and the two school districts that encompass the region over the next 25 years. Pattern Energy is also forecasting $ 6 billion worth of wind power and related infrastructure projects in New Mexico over the next decade, which will generate more tax revenue.

Pattern CEO Mike Garland said in a statement that the Western Spirit project generated more than 1,100 construction jobs during the 15 months of construction. More than 50 workers will operate and maintain wind facilities in the future.

“Western Spirit Wind is a revolutionary mega-project that demonstrates that large-scale renewable energy can be developed and built in the United States,” Garland said. “These projects create significant employment opportunities and local economic investments.

The transmission line that connects the Western Spirit wind farms took significantly longer to construct than the installation of the wind turbines. It took about 11 years before all federal, state and local permits were in place, and officials said streamlining the transportation approval process will be key to accelerating the development of renewables in remote areas like eastern and central New Mexico as more and more utilities face zero-carbon mandates.

In New Mexico, investor-owned utilities are set to be carbon-free by 2045.


New Mexico’s Community Solar Act receives public comment – pv magazine usa

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New Mexico’s community solar power law is expected to be finalized in April.

New Mexico’s community solar power law was signed into law in April 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and is expected to be passed in April of this year. A public session was held yesterday, and as the Commission extended the deadline for written response for comments until January 21, 2022, the Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) is still collecting formal comments and information.

While most of the comments were submitted to the commission in writing, two people appeared in person yesterday. One of the people who spoke in favor of the law was Ona Porter. She is the CEO of Prosperity Works, an Albuquerque-based non-profit organization that has worked with community groups to raise awareness of existing energy efficiency programs. She said most of the families her group works with have annual incomes of $ 25,000 or less and can’t take tax cuts or wait to be reimbursed for personal expenses. She suggested that a fund be developed so that people can subscribe to community solar power for free. Additionally, Porter suggested that training low-income residents would allow them to enter the renewable energy workforce.

The PRC is the state agency that oversees this rulemaking process to establish the procedures and requirements for the start-up of community solar projects. These rules are expected to be completed by April 1, 2022. Currently, the PRC is collecting feedback and best practices from developers, utilities, community organizations and other technical experts in the field to develop these rules. rules.

New Mexico has historically ranked among one of the poorest states in the country, with its economy based on the service sector, mining, and oil production. A recent study from the University of New Mexico found that community solar power can provide a major economic stimulus in New Mexico at a time when it is desperately needed. The study found that community solar power:

  • Generate $ 517 million in economic spinoffs
  • Create 3,760 quality jobs in various sectors over the next 5 years
  • Generate over $ 2.9 million in tax revenue per year for the state funded by private companies without tax increases or state investment

The study also concluded that each county in New Mexico would benefit from $ 15 million in economic output and 117 new jobs over a 20-year period.

“Developing the rules of the Community Solar Act is important work that will make a difference for the people of New Mexico, and those involved should be proud of their efforts,” said Commissioner Joseph Maestas, whose office has led the rule making process within the agency’s Community Solar Action. Team. The framework developed by the Commission stipulates that 30% of the electricity produced from each community solar installation should be reserved for low-income customers and low-income service organizations.

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New Mexico Lawmakers and Governor Seek $ 1 Billion Spending Increase | New Mexico News

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By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press

SANTA FE, NM (AP) – The governor of New Mexico and leading state lawmakers on Thursday proposed a $ 1 billion increase in general fund spending for the next fiscal year – an increase of about 14% aimed at bolstering access to health care, improve public education and new investments in child welfare and public safety.

The Democratic-led legislature’s main budget drafting committee outlined its spending priorities ahead of a 30-day legislative session beginning Jan. 18, which focuses primarily on spending and taxation.

“New Mexico has an opportunity for generational change with the amount of money we have,” said Democratic Senator George Muñoz of Gallup.

The Legislative Assembly’s spending plan shares top priorities with a separate budget proposal from Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham including a 7% pay hike for public education workers, as well as additional support from taxpayers for pensions and medical care.

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Public employees in most state government agencies would receive similar two-step pay increases, starting in April, as part of the legislature’s plan.

Lujan Grisham promoted his spending proposals to fight hunger, recruit teachers, hire and retain state police officers and establish a new state “climate change office” with 15 staff who would help. reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“These are investments that take us beyond the status quo, beyond decades of unnecessary austerity,” said Lujan Grisham, alluding to his Republican predecessor.

Lujan Grisham also requested $ 50 million in spending to create a training academy for the film and media industries to be run by a consortium of existing state colleges and universities.

General fund spending under the legislative proposal would increase to $ 8.46 billion, while the governor’s budget provides for nearly $ 8.45 billion. This is an increase from $ 7.46 billion for the current fiscal year which ends in June 2022.

As part of the Legislative Assembly’s budget plan, spending on public education alone would increase by more than 12%, or at least $ 410 million.

The state would provide an additional $ 243 million to support Medicaid health care for the needy as the federal government ends pandemic-related grants to the insurance program for people living in poverty or on the verge of s ‘to hire. Medicaid enrollments have increased across New Mexico amid the economic disruption of the pandemic.

Public schools would be required to extend classroom learning time in the face of resistance from many teachers and parents, as part of the legislature’s budget plan. At the same time, schools would benefit from new flexibility to design their own mix of extended class hours and additional calendar days.

The Legislative Assembly’s Budget and Accountability Office has assembled extensive research showing that extending the school calendar or daily class time without changing teachers can lead to lasting academic progress among students.

New Mexico’s education system consistently ranks last in the United States amid high rates of child poverty.

Lawmakers are seeking to resolve a court ruling that the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for poor and minority students and people with disabilities.

The state’s budget plan allocates $ 180 million to address educational gaps identified in the litigation, shifting more spending to schools with high concentrations of “at risk” students.

The increase in state revenues is primarily related to the petroleum and natural gas industry and increased oil production in the Permian Basin which straddles southwestern New Mexico and western New Mexico. Texas.

Monthly revenues from natural resource development on state-owned land set a new record for December, adding $ 141 million to a permanent fund that uses returns on investment to cover expenses for public schools, hospitals and universities.

The budget proposals leave room for a possible reduction in current tax rates on gross receipts, which add a burden on top of sales and business-to-business transactions. The tax currently varies from around 5% to over 9% depending on local taxation.

Lawmakers have indicated that a tax cut proposal is likely, without further details.

Both budget plans provided for funds equivalent to at least 30% of annual spending obligations – hedge against any economic crisis, including a possible collapse in global oil prices and local oil production.

Democratic State Representative Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup, chair of the Legislative Assembly’s budget drafting committee, said now is the right time to cautiously increase spending.

“At this point, we think it’s fair, and it’s because we have a 30% reserve,” she said. “It’s just the way we ride.”

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New Mexico’s strategic plan is a big step forward

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The New Mexico Department of Economic Development (EDD) has contracted with SRI International to develop a 20-year State Strategic Plan (SSP) for New Mexico. The SSP was based on the inspiring vision: “Building a diverse and robust economy that engages local talent, cultivates innovation and delivers prosperity to all New Mexicans.” “

This plan of nearly 400 pages is available online. I have read it several times, participated in the EDD presentation at meetings hosted by the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the University of New Mexico, and given a talk highlighting how a technical organization made up of Sandia retirees Labs could help EDD implement it.

The following is my assessment of the SSP; its positive characteristics far outweigh any concerns.

• The SSP is a necessary and timely first step in improving New Mexico’s stagnant economy. ESD should be funded to lead the implementation of the SSP, as the bulk of the work is yet to come. EDD must have an exceptional workforce whose skills include a technology expert with a deep understanding of the technologies that drive economic growth.

• EDD is transparent and accepts suggestions for improvement.

• EDD’s desire to tackle the state’s stagnant economy, income inequalities, poverty, innovation, entrepreneurship, regulations, the selection of industrial sectors. better adapted ”and to improve the link between education and economic growth is commendable.

• Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s publication of an executive order to identify onerous and redundant state, county and city regulations is a huge step forward.

• The elephant in the EDD room is how to change the culture dependent on the government of New Mexico into one that promotes private sector economic growth. The UNM president cites his partnerships with Sandia Labs, LANL and AFRL, all government-owned entities, when discussing UNM-industry partnerships.

• The parameters that measure the economic growth of the state have not been identified. I prefer the outcome metric: median household income measured against that of the United States.

• Public research universities, in part because of their dependence on federal research and development (R&D) funds, have moved from local economic growth, which is measurable, to knowledge creation, which is difficult to measure. They are difficult to reform and refocus on industry-relevant interdisciplinary training and user processes rather than outcome measures. Universities select external reviews of their work and report only favorable ones. Arizona State University president cut departments and reorganized around public results to make ASU more responsive to Arizona’s needs. The EED should be prepared to force the restructuring of New Mexico’s public college and university system.

• The inputs to economic growth are labor, capital and technology. The SSP processed the first two but not the third. EDD assumes that the federal entities of New Mexico are a reservoir of technology that is economically relevant, useful, and accessible to state industry. Federal spending on R&D is focused on defense and represents 22% of the US total; Government R&D is rapidly approaching economic irrelevance.

• EDD’s dependence on cooperation and partnership between local entities to build the state economy is overstated. Harmony is overrated and cheerleaders are unnecessary; criticism is important for progress.

• ESD seems to advocate equal support from all entrepreneurs. A study finds that a dramatically increasing number of startups with university bachelor’s degrees are failing to contribute to economic growth. Another study indicates that increased funding for national laboratories has a neutral or negative impact on the quantity adjusted for the quality of entrepreneurship. ESD should focus on entrepreneurial endeavors with the potential to become gazelles and unicorns and should be aware of relevant research for the implementation of SSP.


Hydrogen hub plan divides stakeholders in New Mexico

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(TNS) – A proposal to increase hydrogen production in New Mexico in hopes of uniting environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry behind a supposedly cleaner energy source divides them further in the fight against climate change.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration is expected to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would offer tax incentives to develop infrastructure and the supply chain for what it describes as a hydrogen economy to low carbon emission.

The Democratic governor and her allies tout the proposed hydrogen concentrator bill as reducing the state’s economic dependence on the fossil fuel industry while helping New Mexico create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases that warm the climate.


But a fossil fuel would remain in the mix.

The plan calls for separating hydrogen from natural gas while capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground, producing what’s called “blue hydrogen.” It would have a wide range of uses, from powering power plants to transporting fuel to heating homes.

The natural gas component has drawn strong opposition from environmental groups and distrust from some Democratic state lawmakers who believe blue hydrogen benefits industry more than the climate.

Critics refer to a recent peer-reviewed study that found blue hydrogen has a 20% larger carbon footprint than burning natural gas or coal for heat.

“Pursuing blue hydrogen is not a climate solution at all,” said Tom Solomon, retired electrical engineer and coordinator of 350 New Mexico, a climate advocacy group.

It’s different from green hydrogen, which is separated from water by electrolysis using renewable energy to power the process, Solomon said.

Green hydrogen, which consumes huge amounts of water, could be used at some point for, for example, transatlantic flights and trucking across the country when recharging electric batteries would be difficult, he said. he declares.

Right now, the most urgent priority is to reduce fossil fuel emissions as quickly as possible to avert a climate catastrophe, and hydrogen is diverting attention from that lawsuit, Solomon added.

Yet the governor vigorously defends his administration’s current blue hydrogen plan.

“Hydrogen for an energy state is more jobs, and we want that in all settings,” Lujan Grisham said in a podcast earlier this year. “The second vision we have here is that hydrogen in the energy environment gives us a clean energy platform, continues to meet our renewable energy and decarbonization goals.”

THE INDUSTRY WOULD BE ADVANTAGEOUS

The bill coincides with the recently passed federal infrastructure package, which spends $ 8 billion to build four hydrogen hubs across the country, preferably in the oil-rich states.

New Mexico is just behind Texas in fossil fuel production, which makes it eligible for federal money.

Maddy Hayden, the governor’s spokesperson, wrote in an email that producers would be rewarded with more generous tax breaks for the manufacture of low-carbon hydrogen.

The tax incentives would encourage companies to build the infrastructure necessary to produce and deliver hydrogen as well as to install refueling stations.

A spokesperson for an oil and gas trade group said the industry supports state and federal efforts to produce hydrogen.

“The industry is committed to working with all policy makers to expand the commercial applications of our oil and gas resources, including hydrogen produced from natural gas,” wrote Robert McEntyre, spokesperson for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, in an email. “Because of our energy leadership and our vast oil and natural gas resources, these are the kinds of ideas New Mexico should tap into.”

However, the policies must be “technologically neutral”, which means that they do not prescribe a particular method such as the use of renewable energies, added McEntyre.

The proposed legislation will allow New Mexico to capitalize on a global trend, helping industries that lack an alternative energy source to decarbonize, the state Department of Environment spokesperson said. , Matt Maez.

“The hydrogen economy is growing around the world and right here in New Mexico,” Maez wrote in an email. “The production, distribution and use of low carbon hydrogen will accelerate our progress in tackling climate change – otherwise we would not be suing this legislation. “

The Lujan Grisham administration has imposed tighter regulations and increased enforcement in sectors that emit the most greenhouse gases, including oil and gas, Maez wrote, adding that this will reduce emissions. of carbon during the construction of the hydrogen hub.

Solomon, the climate advocate, said it was no surprise the industry was supporting the bill, which would subsidize operators through tax breaks while maintaining the flow of natural gas to make gas. ‘blue hydrogen.

Those in the fossil fuel industry fear a drop in demand for their products, so they have started promoting hydrogen as an alternative, Solomon said, calling it a bogus green solution.

“The purpose of it [hydrogen] is to provide a way to sell more natural gas and delay the transition to clean energy, ”he said.

NO PERFECT COLOR

The manufacture of hydrogen is at the heart of the discontent of environmentalists.

About 98% of the hydrogen is now “gray”. It is derived from the breakdown of methane into hydrogen and carbon monoxide by intense heat, pressure and steam. But unlike the blue version, which comes from the same method, the pollutants are released into the atmosphere.

Blue hydrogen is significantly cleaner than gray. However, it has a significant carbon footprint throughout its supply chain due to the leakage of methane during drilling, processing and delivery, as well as the natural gas required for the raw material and to fuel much of equipment, according to a study published in Energy Science & Engineering.

It is also unclear to what extent current technology captures carbon emissions when manufacturing blue hydrogen, Solomon said. Another concern is that when hydrogen is burned, it produces nitrogen oxide, an element in the formation of toxic ground-level ozone.

Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director of the Western Environmental Law Center, told lawmakers in November that blue hydrogen – or any expansion of oil and gas infrastructure – would hamper the state’s efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 .

“There are no zero emissions from fossil hydrogen gas,” he told the Interim Legislative Economic Development and Policy Committee. “It’s just a reality.”

The state must focus on reducing demand for fossil fuels, not stimulating it by chasing federal money for hydrogen projects that offer no long-term benefits to New Mexicans, Schlenker said. Goodrich.

After his presentation, several lawmakers expressed concerns about how quickly the push to make New Mexico a hydrogen hub was unfolding and the fact that blue hydrogen would require hydraulic fracturing.

Senator Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, worried about the severity of the impact of fracking on frontline communities, including neighborhoods and minority tribes.

Hamblen, who is president and chief executive officer of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, said blue hydrogen and what it does as an extractive industry is cause for concern.

“I just appreciate and applaud the governor for trying to get more money in New Mexico because we’re consistently low on the list of things,” she said. However, she added: “I think based on the conversation we had in the committee, some might be concerned that this is not the best way to try to get these resources to the state.”

Solomon said Hamblen was among 17 Democratic lawmakers he gave a slide show on blue hydrogen to, so they would be better informed when they approach the bill. He saw no point in asking Republicans to see him because they will support a bill that benefits the industry, he said.

Dan Klein, managing partner of Libertad Power in Santa Fe, said blue and green hydrogen have their flaws and tradeoffs.

Klein said his company, which works with utilities to generate and sell electricity in the West, is venturing more into hydrogen as an energy source.

Green hydrogen requires twice as much water to make as blue hydrogen, he said. But with blue hydrogen, questions arise as to the cleanliness of its production.

It’s important to rely on data to determine the best hydrogen rather than depending on color coding, Klein said.

“You want to mitigate the effects of climate change,” he said. “What gets you there faster, what gets you there cheaper?” And if you look at blue hydrogen … are the problems now identified in it so glaring and irreparable that you are removing the technology altogether? “

Solomon said that rather than worrying about how to capture carbon emissions from blue hydrogen during production, don’t worry at all – and leave the natural gas in the ground.

As for green hydrogen, the state should instead focus on developing solar and wind power, given the large amount of water it would demand in an arid region, he said.

“New Mexico, with its ongoing drought and water issues, is probably not the right place to produce green hydrogen,” Solomon said. “States with better freshwater supplies would make more sense to do this.”

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President Biden appoints two key leadership positions at HUD and SBA – RISMedia


President Joe Biden has appointed the following to serve in key regional leadership positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • Jason Pu, Regional Administrator HUD, Region 9
  • Edward “Ted” James, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 6

According to the White House, these regional appointments “will be essential to the president’s efforts to rebuild the communities most affected by the pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.”

Jason Pu is a member of the city council and two-time mayor of the city of San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California. He is also chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments transportation committee and chairman of the California League of Cities API Caucus. Pu has been a leader in the city and region in managing multiple crises, tackling COVID-19, addressing regional housing and homelessness issues, repairing city infrastructure, and boosting economic development efforts. local.

His efforts resulted in a complete vaccination rate of over 90% among eligible people in the city, the launch of the city’s first and only affordable housing project, an improvement in the state index of the city from 48 to 82, the construction of new playgrounds and parks, state and federal resources in the region to carry out major logistics, transportation and housing projects, and the construction of several major economic development projects which will include hundreds of new housing units and over 250,000 square feet of new commercial space for new jobs and businesses.

Previously, Pu was a business lawyer specializing in finance, real estate, and businesses in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Region 9 serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Louisiana State Representative Edward “Ted” James’s passion for leadership is driven by a deep desire to make an impact on the lives of others while transforming his community. In November 2011, James was elected representative for the state of Louisiana. He is currently Chairman of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and Chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Outside of the legislature, James is a lawyer and director of the Baton Rouge office of the Urban League of Louisiana. Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Source: White House


New Virginia GOP Governor Won’t ‘Reverse’ Legal Possession Of Marijuana, But Says Sales Doubts

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While the legislature has hesitated to pass cannabis reform, advocates hope O’Rourke’s attention to the issue will give him political momentum.

By James Pollard, The Texas Tribune

At a crowded rally in downtown Austin, Beto O’Rourke ticked off his usual list of campaign pledges: to stabilize the power grid, overturn the new state-unlicensed porterage law, and expand the access to health care.

But the El Paso Democrat received the loudest cheers of the night when he promised to legalize marijuana in Texas, whereupon he said “most of us, regardless of party, are actually agree “.

“I have been warned that this may or may not be a popular thing to say in Austin, Texas,” O’Rourke told the crowd gathered at Republic Square Park in December. “But when I’m governor, we’re going to legalize marijuana.”

Support is nothing new for the candidate for governor. O’Rourke has championed legalization efforts throughout his political career, since serving on El Paso City Council. He has also nodded at politics throughout his failed campaigns for the US Senate and for President.

But at the start of his gubernatorial candidacy, O’Rourke, who declined to be interviewed for this story, repeatedly mentioned the legalization of marijuana during the campaign trail across Texas. Advocates hope the increased attention will boost legalization efforts in a state with some of the toughest penalties and highest arrest rates for possession of marijuana.

O’Rourke’s advocacy around the issue dates back at least to his time on El Paso City Council in 2009, when he pushed for a resolution calling on Congress to have “an honest and open national debate on the issue. end of ban ”on marijuana.

Despite the unanimous passage of city council, then-mayor John Cook vetoed the non-binding measure. Cook got help from then-US Representative Silvestre Reyes, who warned council members the city could lose federal funds if they continued their efforts.

O’Rourke then challenged and defeated Reyes in the 2012 Democratic primary for his seat in Congress. During that run, Reyes posted an ad attacking O’Rourke’s position on the legalization of marijuana.

“Legalizing drugs is not the solution. Even our kids get it, ”said one narrator in a video campaign ad that showed children shaking their heads. “Say no to drugs. Say NO to Beto.

Although O’Rourke did not campaign on politics throughout this race, defenders at the time pointed to his victory as a sign of changing attitudes around the legalization of marijuana.

O’Rourke’s perspective is influenced by his hometown of El Paso, which he writes extensively about in his 2011 book “Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the US and Mexico,” co- written with City Council member Susie Byrd. .

For 15 years prior to 2008, there was an average of 236 murders per year in Ciudad Juárez, El Paso’s sister city, O’Rourke wrote. That number rose to 316 in 2007 before skyrocketing to 1,623 in 2008. There was a “pernicious influence,” O’Rourke wrote: the “multibillion-dollar hemispheric vice between supply and demand. Where “North America uses illegal drugs” and “Mexico supplies them.”

The book correlates government crackdown on illicit trade with the number of murders. By regulating, controlling, and taxing the marijuana market, O’Rourke and Byrd postulate that the United States could save lives. The authors call for restricting sales to adults, providing licenses to help regulate, limiting smoking in non-public spaces, and banning advertisers from appealing to children.

Once in Congress, O’Rourke continued his efforts to overturn federal marijuana regulations, to no avail.

In 2017, he introduced a bill to repeal a rule that prevented federal funds from going to states that do not enforce a law revoking or suspending driver’s licenses if convicted of drug offenses. He supported several failed attempts to protect states that had legalized drugs from federal incursions. O’Rourke has sought to force courts to seal cases of non-violent offenses involving marijuana. He co-sponsored a bill that would allow students convicted of possession of marijuana to maintain their eligibility for federal aid. He has also supported various measures to increase research and expand the availability of medical cannabis, especially for veterans.

None of these bills became law.

If O’Rourke becomes governor, his plan to legalize marijuana would face another set of hurdles in the form of the Texas Legislature, especially Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who heads the State Senate. .

After the House in April 2019 gave preliminary approval to a bill that would have reduced criminal penalties for Texans possessing small amounts of marijuana, Patrick declared the measure dead in the Senate.

There has been some momentum for more progressive marijuana policies within Patrick’s party over the past few sessions. In 2019, State Representative Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, and State Senator Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, introduced bills that would relax laws restricting access to medical cannabis. These two reforms were not adopted. But Gov. Greg Abbott signed a watered-down extension of Texas’ medical marijuana program in May to include people with cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Patrick has not commented on this story. In a previous statement to the Texas Tribune, a spokesperson for Patrick said the lieutenant governor was “strongly opposed to weakening the laws against marijuana. [and] remains suspicious of the various proposals for medicinal use that could become a vector for expanding access to this drug.

Abbott did not respond to questions about his position on the legalization of marijuana.

Advocates of legalization are hopeful that O’Rourke’s candidacy can shake up the views of heads of state on easing restrictions on marijuana.

“I hope that with Beto O’Rourke likely being the Democratic candidate, we can push the other candidates in the race to talk more about this issue, come to the table and discuss how these policies are having negative impacts on our state, ”said Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.

There is broad support for the legalization of marijuana across the state. According to a June 2021 University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll, 60% of voters in Texas say at least a small amount of marijuana should be legal. That figure includes 73% of Democrats, 74% of Independents and 43% of Republicans.

Mike Siegel, co-founder of Ground Game Texas, a nonprofit focused on supporting progressive policies regarding “workers, wages and weeds,” said the issue is an opportunity for O’Rourke to ” reach out to independent or non-aligned voters.

“[Marijuana policy] is a major opportunity for [O’Rourke] to reach the middle of the road, independent or non-aligned voters and even some Republican voters, ”Siegel said. “A high-profile governor’s race like the one that’s coming up, where it could be Beto O’Rourke versus Greg Abbott, this is the best opportunity to push these issues out of the populist corner.”

But Joshua Blank, research director for the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin, said the legalization of marijuana in and of itself is not a “terribly important issue” for voters. Its political importance depends on issues related to politics, he said, whether it be the economy, the criminal justice system or health care.

Supporters of legalization tie the issue to racial justice. In his 2011 book, O’Rourke linked the drug ban in the early 20th century to the racist fears of Mexican immigrants. Lawyers today point to racial disparities in the application of existing laws. Black Texans are 2.6 times more likely than White Texans to be arrested for possession of marijuana, according to an April 2020 ACLU report. In 2018, Texas recorded the total number of arrests for possession. highest marijuana plant in the country, according to the report, which found the state ranked 41st for the greatest racial disparities in those arrests.

State Representative Joe Moody D-El Paso, who served as political director of O’Rourke’s campaign in 2018, said the tide was turning around policies relating to the fight against cannabis. For example, House Speaker Dade Phelan R-Beaumont co-wrote the 2019 bill that would have reduced the penalties for possession before Patrick killed him.

“A Governor O’Rourke would certainly reverse this trend much faster because of his stance on these issues. But at the end of the day, to get something on the governor’s desk, you have to get it through the Senate, ”Moody said. “Our goal must be to change hearts and minds in the Senate. “

Moody would know something about the changes in opinion. Now one of the biggest supporters of reduced sentences for marijuana charges in the legislature, he has said he disagrees with O’Rourke’s position on marijuana there. is ten years old. The overhaul of US drug policy was not going to “flip the switch on violence,” he said of his feelings at the time. But he said he has since been “much more comfortable” with the idea that legalization is “a major piece of the puzzle”.

O’Rourke was “ahead” of legalizing marijuana, Moody said, a quality he added the public should look to their leaders for.

For Moody, El Paso, which became the first American city to ban the use of marijuana in 1915, is the perfect place to bring the charge.

“If you want to right the wrong, if you think it’s a plague on our system, and it started here, then let’s let it end here. Let’s lead the way to end it, ”Moody said. “It is certainly something that weighs heavily on my mind and shoulders when working on this policy, and I imagine the same is true for [O’Rourke]. “

This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune.

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New Mexico landlords tried to evict nearly 200 households with pending rent assistance applications


In early 2021, medical clinics in Albuquerque were so overwhelmed by the pandemic that Deidra Alldredge was unable to make a doctor’s appointment to renew an insulin prescription. Her diabetes got worse. She felt dizzy and nauseous, and could hardly see or think correctly. Unable to report for her job as a customer service agent by phone for a bank, the 54-year-old was fired in February.

Without income, she fell behind on the rent. When April 1 rolled around, she didn’t have the $ 695 for her one-bedroom apartment in northeast Albuquerque. A few days later, she found a notice stuck to her door: if she didn’t pay her rent within three days, her landlord would evict her.

“My life was getting out of hand and I didn’t know how to stop it,” Alldredge said.

This story originally appeared on Searchlight New Mexico and is republished with permission.

She asked for help, researched online and calling friends and devotees, and decided to apply for the state’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. It was part of a $ 25 billion national initiative, including $ 200 million allocated to New Mexico, to help tenants pay their rent and prevent them from being evicted. Applications opened on April 5 and Alldredge submitted theirs the next day.

But less than two weeks after his request, his owner still tried to evict him.

According to a Searchlight New Mexico analysis of rental assistance data and court records, landlords sought to evict at least 191 tenants while they were in the process of seeking assistance between April and November of this year.

In each case, the filing of the eviction request took place after the tenant applied for rental assistance but before the funds were released. And in all of these cases, court records show that the only reason the landlord filed for the eviction was non-payment of rent. The data shows that the state ultimately sent the money to the owner or tenant.

“It’s so frustrating to think how easily this was preventable,” said Serge Martinez, a University of New Mexico law professor specializing in housing. “In a case where [someone] asked for money, it’s on its way, we know the state has it, and we’re just waiting for a decision – and then file a complaint. … I just swore in frustration when I thought about it.

Searchlight spoke to more than a dozen tenants whose landlords attempted to evict them while their applications for rent assistance were on hold. Some tenants were grateful for the financial assistance, even late, as it resolved the unpaid debt. Others were frustrated that it had taken so long to get the funds.

Alldredge’s owner, Casa del Verde Apartments, found it easy enough to get her out of her apartment. At first, they tried to evict him for non-payment. In the end, they simply chose not to renew her lease – which will expire in late May, court records show.

The apartment manager, who filed the complaint for the owner, declined to comment and referred Searchlight to The Neiders Company, a real estate investment firm that lists Casa del Verde as a property on its website. The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Alldredge said she moved on June 7. On June 8, the state sent the owner $ 2,030, according to records.

For over a month, she bounced back and forth between extended stay hotels until she found a place to live in the heart of the Albuquerque International District. She said she was surrounded by crime and drugs.

“I can’t rent anything else,” she said. “The damage he caused me is still ongoing. This record will be there forever.

Hiccups happen

Most of the 191 tenants identified by Searchlight were never, like Alldredge, evicted by court order; Instead, 131 of the cases were dismissed, with judgments against the tenant rendered in 53. In most of these cases, tenants were not forcibly evicted, even though they received a court order. to move. State and federal protections enacted during the pandemic limit the ability of courts and law enforcement to physically evict tenants for non-payment of rent.

Yet the mere presence of an eviction record can make it difficult for tenants to find housing in the future, according to housing advocates and lawyers – and there is currently no way to erase or seal the eviction cases in New Mexico.

Most tenants have performed well with the state rent assistance program, which is overseen by the Ministry of Finance and Administration. According to Donnie Quintana, the program director, this has enabled more than 20,500 households to repay their rent and avoid eviction.

“While DFA does not have the authority to stop deportations in New Mexico, we continue to work with deportation legal experts to help as many New Mexicans as possible with deportations,” Quintana said by e -mail.

DFA’s program covers all of New Mexico, with the exception of Dona Ana County and areas of Bernalillo County outside of Albuquerque, both of which have their own rental assistance programs. Searchlight’s analysis only includes DFA data.

Nationally, there is little research comparing rental assistance allowances to eviction data, experts told Searchlight. Data on evictions are difficult to obtain, organize and analyze. COVID-19 rental aid money is distributed to more than 400 different state, tribal, territorial and local programs, without centralized tracking of individual rewards.

“Establish this link between the owners who actually receive [rental assistance] and what happens in terms of evictions in those buildings afterwards – it hasn’t been done yet, ”said Peter Hepburn, a researcher at the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, who studies evictions at nationwide since 2018.

Between April 1 and October 31, New Mexico issued about 12,200 rent assistance payments in addition to rewards for utilities and other expenses, according to the data. By the end of November, he had distributed nearly $ 72 million. Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties sent an additional $ 7.6 million.

Hepburn said the performance positively reflects the effectiveness of the New Mexico program. “If a very small fraction of homeowners are simultaneously pursuing eviction cases, maybe that is a good sign,” he said.

Maria Griego, director of the economic equity team at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, agreed. “They are working hard to get this money out, and it is coming out,” she said. “But we need more safeguards in place to ensure that not only are rent paid, but tenants are protected and that those hiccups don’t result in an eviction on their record that shouldn’t be there.”

This setback happened to Julissa Bustillos, 31, who lives with her 10-year-old son in apartments in Marbella, northwest Albuquerque. Bustillos works as an office assistant and pre-K program supervisor at a daycare center, and her workplace is frequently closed due to COVID-19 exposures. This cut her monthly income by almost half, she said.

When Bustillos applied for rental assistance in mid-July, she said she informed her landlord. On August 23, the owner went to court to try to evict him.

The funds – just over $ 3,500 – were sent seven days later, on August 30, and the case was dismissed.

“I don’t have a criminal history or anything. I was just nervous about the short and stressed out, ”she said. “I did all I could, and he dropped off anyway.”

An office assistant who answered the phone in Marbella referred Searchlight to a regional manager who did not answer.

Bustillos was lucky. Even when landlords receive past due rent, they don’t have to abandon a case, lawyers told Searchlight.

“The landlord has no obligation to stop the eviction even if you pay the rent,” Martinez said.

Two New Mexico state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the 2022 session that would change that dynamic. According to the proposal, if the tenant pays their rent within three weeks of the judge’s order, the case would be closed. A bill including this provision was presented during the last ordinary legislative session. He died in commission.

Are you a tenant and having trouble paying your rent?

You can apply for rental aid here. People who have previously applied without success can apply again, advocates say.

During the pandemic, many people lost secure housing. If you are homeless, call or text these numbers for help. They will put you in touch with a hotline managed by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness:

In Albuquerque:

Call 505-768-HELP

In the rest of the state:

Call 505-772-0547

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What will happen to Jeffrey Epstein’s $ 27.5 million ranch in New Mexico?

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SANTA FE, New Mexico (KRQE) – What will become of the infamous Zorro Ranch near Santa Fe now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead? Earlier this year, an investigation by Nexstar’s KRQE uncovered a strange roadblock.

For years this place has been shrouded in secrecy. the the billionaire behind the sprawling ranch is gone. Only Jeffrey Epstein and his accusers know the grim details of what happened there, near Stanley, New Mexico.

Records show Epstein and Zorro’s trust bought the ranch from the Gary King family, then built a 33,339 square foot mansion on the site in the 90s. Since 1993, the Epstein Trust had leases with the state for cattle grazing on public land near his mansion.

“To your knowledge, what was this land used for? Gabrielle Burkhart of KRQE asked New Mexico State Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard.

“We can only speculate and I have to tell you, Gabrielle, that my staff… you know this has been a difficult subject for us to bring up,” said Garcia Richard. “Thinking about what the state land could have been used for was, you know, difficult. “

Garcia Richard took office in 2019. That year, she canceled a decades-long lease the state had made with Epstein for nearly 1,300 acres of pasture. “We want to encourage a family of pastoralists to use it, we want to encourage access to leisure activities in the region,” Garcia Richard explained. “We even talked about some type of memorial site just to recognize what young girls and women went through in this area and on state lands.”

Almost 7,600 acres of private property surround state lands.

“It’s a pretty big ranch,” said Gus Martinez, Santa Fe County Appraiser. “It’s a secluded property. The only way to get there is really through the ranch, so you can’t really enter this property because the gates are closed.

KRQE has requested records in Santa Fe County to verify how much land Epstein’s Estate still owns. Martinez was surprised to find documents showing that parts of the Zorro ranch had indeed changed owners, according to a mysterious deed filed in 2020.

The Santa Fe County Assessor’s Office located a deed filed with Santa Fe County in October 2020, transferring the Zorro Ranch from Epstein’s company, Cypress Inc., to Love and Bliss, a church for purpose. nonprofit for $ 200.

The address indicated for Church of love and bliss is a tiny house in Redington Beach, Florida.

KRQE contacted a representative of Epstein’s estate and asked if the estate was aware of the Love and Bliss Deed filed in New Mexico. “These are the same people who filed a fraudulent warranty deed in Florida,” said Daniel Weiner, Epstein estate attorney. “It cost the estate money and the court time to get it thrown out,” he added.

It turns out Love and Bliss filed a false Florida deed for Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, obscuring the estate’s ability to sell Florida property.

Since KRQE’s initial report, the Epstein estate has taken legal action against Love and Bliss. Documents obtained by KRQE show that in November, a default judgment was filed in Santa Fe County, ordering the quashing of the false deed filed by Love and Bliss. The documents noted that the deed should be struck from the county property records.

Today, the nearly 8,000-acre ranch property is listed for $ 27.5 million, which includes several residences, a fire station, stables, as well as a private airstrip and hangar.

When and if the ranch sells, the Estate Epstein says the funds from the sale will go to the regular administration of the estate, including paying claimants, creditors and taxes if necessary.

An attorney for Epstein’s estate has so far said there have been several expressions of interest from potential buyers.


Donating antibodies to MDC will help the community

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As New Mexico braces for a new wave of COVID cases, healthcare facilities across our state are overloaded to a breaking point. At the University of New Mexico Hospital, where I see patients, our intensive care unit was over 130% capacity (the week ending December 19) and other hospitals in Albuquerque are facing similar challenges. Another spike will only exacerbate this situation, and we must tap into all of our available resources to protect our communities.

Any comprehensive strategy must take into account the unique risk of exposure and infection with COVID-19 in our state’s prisons and prisons.

Prisons and prisons have been the sites of the biggest epidemics of the pandemic. These epidemics rarely remain behind bars as correctional officers and incarcerated people return to their families and communities. This is especially true for infections that occur in prisons, where the average length of stay for people in prison is a few days to a few weeks. For example, researchers estimated that individuals passing through a large prison – the Cook County Jail – accounted for nearly 16% of all documented COVID cases in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.

New Mexico incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States as a whole, and infection control strategies such as mass quarantines will not be enough to prevent a further increase in cases. At the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, we’ve already seen cases increase throughout the pandemic. It is in the best interests of those behind bars, correctional officers and their communities to provide easy access to proven treatments for COVID. One option is monoclonal antibodies.

Monoclonal antibodies are conditioned and ready to provide rapid defense against COVID. They should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis of symptomatic illness as well as to people who have been in close contact with a COVID patient. When used in this way, research has shown that they can prevent serious illness and hospitalization.

People in prison often suffer from chronic illnesses which we know are associated with poor outcomes from COVID. Yet to date, most US counties, including Bernalillo County, have not provided easy access to monoclonal antibodies in prison. Officials should change that and create a program that allows mass treatment of those eligible for the MDC. This can prevent the spread of COVID in the MDC, which in turn will have a positive impact on the entire Albuquerque community, including avoiding stress on the overburdened healthcare system and saving money for them. health care.

To do so, officials in Bernalillo County and the MDC will need to act quickly. Staff, providers and nurses should be informed and trained on the deployment of this treatment and work to identify all eligible people – including staff – who wish to receive the antibodies. This treatment strategy must go hand in hand with continued prevention efforts to provide COVID vaccines and boosters.

With high rates of COVID already present at the MDC, the prison could see a wider spread and act as a source of infection when people are released into their families and communities this winter. If these incarcerated people, staff and their families become seriously ill with COVID, they will arrive at already affected hospitals in Albuquerque. Bernalillo County can and should prevent this scenario by immediately making monoclonal antibodies available to the MDC.


Visionary architect turns unexpected places into destination hotels


Before being transformed into a hip boutique hotel in Austin, the Carpenter Hotel was a nondescript meeting room for a carpenters union. Unless you’re a carpenter, you’ve probably never noticed the one-story brick building surrounded by a pecan plantation, even though it’s a few blocks from Barton Springs. But architect Jen Turner saw potential in the structure and its surroundings, especially the trees. “You can’t even begin to put that kind of charm into a site,” she says. And that’s how she embarked on her first hotel project.

“To be honest, I never thought I would do hotels, but here I am,” says Turner, who co-founded The Mighty Union hotel group with her husband, Jack Barron. Their mission is simple: to revive older and disused buildings.

Since 2014, their plans have included renovating Suttle Lodge in the Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon, and reinventing this 1948 Carpenters Union building as the Carpenter Hotel. Turner, BArch ’98, leads construction and project management, and shares design and creative direction with Barron, who also handles business development. Associate Donald Kenney completes the triangle overseeing operations. Their next project is to transform the oldest chop suey restaurant in Chinatown Honolulu into a 23-room boutique hotel. It is set to open next summer.

From a young age, Turner’s mother pushed her towards historic preservation. Real estate development was also in his blood. Born in Houston, she grew up moving – first Conroe, then Katy, then Sugar Land (“every little town that has become encompassed by Houston,” she says) – because of her father’s job. He was vice president of Gerald Hines, the senior planner who transformed the Houston skyline and developed the industrial city of Sugar Land.

The eldest of seven siblings, Turner loved art and took classes at the Glassell School of Art in downtown Houston while in high school. She began to envision a career in architecture with an emphasis on historical preservation. “I thought architecture was more akin to art and was just one of those art sciences,” she says. “And I knew well enough that historical curators were also generally architects.”

Almost at the top of her class, she considered other colleges (Texas Christian University offered her a scholarship) before making the last-minute decision to apply to the University of Texas at Austin. She was planning on majoring in business and earning a master’s degree in architecture, but after finding business classes a little boring, she applied to the School of Architecture and enrolled there. As soon as she started taking design classes, she gave up on historic preservation to focus on design. and ideation. It would be years later that his interest in historic buildings would return.

To complete his degree, Turner interned at Tod Williams’ husband-and-wife architecture firm Billie Tsien in New York City. A small business at the time, Turner was able to integrate easily into his community, according to Williams. “During her internship, we began to realize that she was just a great spirit – upbeat, curious, ready to put her shoulder to the test for whatever task we put in her,” says -he. “She was exceptional.”

After graduation, she returned to town and job vacancies started pouring in. She sought advice from her former bosses, who offered her a job on the spot, and impressed them with her ambition, openness and ease of dealing with clients. .

“She is a strong woman. She will always say what she thinks. She’s just very, very open, ”Tsien says. “She also has a quirky and wacky side, which I think comes across in a very interesting way.”

During his 11 years with the firm, Turner worked at the Cranbrook Natatorium, the Johns Hopkins University Creative Arts Center, and the Museum of American Folk Art. But by 2009, she was ready to go on her own, focusing on designing exhibits for the Museum of the City of New York and designing furniture, which she continues to do for The Mighty Union.

In 2013, Turner had met Barron. Also an architect, he was a partner of the Ace Hotel group and worked on their boutique hotels in Portland, Palm Springs and New York (he is still co-owner of the Portland hotel). Both from Texas, the couple decided to move to Austin.

“We both wanted to be warm again,” says Turner, “and be somewhere we could live inside and outside all the time.”

A year later, an investment group bought the building from the carpenters union. “We loved the building from the first glance,” says Turner. “It was so familiar.” Investors were considering turning it into offices or some other use until The Mighty Union came up with the idea of ​​turning it into a hotel and restaurant.

While Turner says she leans modern in her designs, she takes inspiration from a building’s surroundings. So, she made sure to keep the pecans around the property and added Texan elements, including terra cotta brick walls from San Antonio’s D’Hanis Brick and Tile Company.

Echoing Tsien’s description of Turner, Barron describes his wife and partner as the only true professional in the Mighty Union group.

“She brings a level of rigor and insight that we desperately need,” he says.

As a working couple, he adds that the greatest joy has been bringing their 7-year-old son, Dash. Barron describes him as a “bohemian Eloise at the Plaza. “

“We used to joke that he visited more abandoned buildings before he was 5 years old than most people do in their lifetime,” he says. “It took us a while to get him to understand that he was not allowed in all restaurant kitchens, only ours.

In the nearly 25 years that Turner was an architect, she accepted projects come and go, but the pandemic has made her job particularly difficult. The hospitality industry has been hit hard, and in the case of The Mighty Union, they saw $ 1 million on the Carpenter Hotel’s books written off when SXSW announced it wouldn’t happen in 2020. In July To pay off the debt, says Turner, the Carpenter acquired a new ownership entity. In the spring of 2021, The Mighty Union’s management contract was bought out.

“It was bittersweet,” says Turner, “but like a lot of things in life, things always change. It also helps in hindsight crystallize things, like how we want to structure things. in a way, it’s a gift to learn these things before the next project.

The pandemic also caused The Mighty Union’s San Antonio project to shut down (it can still happen, Turner says). But there was one bright spot for the group: They had their best year at Suttle Lodge in 2020, which Turner attributes to its location outside of an urban center as people felt safer traveling on driving and staying in cabins rather than cramming into downtown hotels.

Pretending not to be an expert, Turner believes it is still too early to see how much the hospitality industry will change or how long the impact of COVID will last. What she does know is that the industry is struggling to adapt to its new reality. “People are really struggling to offer the service that could have been done before and at the same prices,” she says.

This year, Turner and Barron moved the family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they spent much of 2020. They hope to buy a 12-acre property with five buildings in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. But even this project has its hurdles including major renovations and the sale being blocked in bankruptcy court.

“We really hope that it can move forward, because we love the project,” she said. “Otherwise, there will be something else. It’s always like that, right?

CREDITS: Clair Cottrell, Alex Lau (2), The Mighty Union, Chase Daniel



49ers announce Levi’s® and United Airlines as first partners in Mexico and UK

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The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that the team’s current partners, Levi’s® and United Airlines, are the first brands to take advantage of the NFL’s new International Home Marketing Areas (IHMA) program and extend their sponsorship rights to 49ers in Mexico and UK. The NFL’s IHMA initiative, which viewed the 49ers as one of six teams to have secured rights in multiple markets, is a first opportunity for new and existing partner companies to activate their partnerships around their 49ers membership in the -beyond the team’s national market in Northern California.

“Obtaining rights in Mexico and the UK presents an abundance of new opportunities not only for our marketing and community initiatives, but also for our business partners,” said Brent Schoeb, chief revenue officer of 49ers. “Being aligned with Levi’s and United as valuable partners, we look forward to working with them to activate our partnerships in these exciting ways that can serve as models for what we can do with other global brands and local ones. in Mexico and UK markets. “

International opportunities for 49ers partners will include digital and physical activations in Mexico and the UK starting January 1, 2022. Partnerships will be available for community and youth outreach initiatives, content series, outreach efforts. fan engagement and much more that will be detailed in the coming month ahead of the 2022 NFL season. In the face of the pandemic, the 49ers corporate partnership team is heading into the IHMA market after reaching a record level of partnership revenue in 2021. After developing innovative and customizable partnership activation plans for partners new and existing during this time, the 49ers achieved their highest partnership renewal rate in the past 10 years.

Ranking in the top quartile of the most popular NFL teams in both markets, the 49ers established themselves as one of the most promising NFL franchises at the start of the IHMA rights program. In the UK, the 49ers are familiar with the market’s avid sports fan base thanks to their minority stake in English Premier League team Leeds United. The 49ers also employ one of the NFL’s most comprehensive Spanish digital content strategies, proving their ability to develop successful marketing initiatives for Spanish-speaking fans. In addition, the organization uses help from two leading sports industry agencies, Elevate Sports Ventures and Wasserman, to support field activations in the UK and Mexico, respectively.

With a global fan base of nearly 10 million followers, first-hand experience in the UK and Mexico, and the support of two world-renowned sports advisory agencies, the 49ers are one of the organizations of the most promising NFL by 2022 and the global effort to develop the game of American football. The franchise welcomes additional partners who wish to capitalize on the IHMA program and the marketing strategies of the 49ers in the UK and Mexico.


Space tech startup examines Unalaska for potential satellite launch site

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In 2020, SpinLaunch identified Ugadaga Bay as a possible location to build a large centrifuge to launch satellites into low earth orbit. The project would likely require the construction of a road on the Ugadaga Trail, a popular hiking trail and a historic Unangax̂ commercial trail. (Maggie Nelson / KUCB)

A tech startup that visited Unalaska in 2020 as a potential satellite launch site says it is finalizing its choice of location. And while communication between the company and the city began to fade earlier this year, the startup says Unalaska is still in the running.

SpinLaunch has identified Ugadaga Bay as a possible location to build a large centrifuge to launch satellites into low earth orbit. The project would likely require the construction of a road on the Ugadaga Trail, a popular hiking trail and a historic Unangax̂ commercial trail.

While the land in Ugadaga Bay is owned by Ounalashka Corp., the island’s indigenous village society, visitors must cross public land to access it.

The Los Angeles-based startup aims to launch satellites using kinetic energy, as opposed to a traditional rocket launch system that relies heavily on fuel.

“SpinLaunch is in the final stages of reviewing a large number of launch sites,” SpinLaunch spokesperson Diane Murphy told KUCB. They will not comment until that decision is made.

A 2020 city emails mockup shows an approximate location for the proposed SpinLaunch satellite launch site. (City of Unalaska)

The privately held Ounalashka Corp. owns much of the land that would be used, and city officials were reluctant to discuss the matter. The KUCB therefore requested files from the city to have a window on the situation.

Notes from the city’s planning department suggest the 20-acre site would be along the Ugadaga Bay Trail, one of the community’s most popular hiking trails and a historic trade route between villages of Iliuliuk and Biorka.

Representatives of the space technology company visited Unalaska in September 2020 and gave a presentation to city officials on their community collaboration projects.

Soon after, emails between city officials discussing the potential risks and benefits of having SpinLaunch in Unalaska.

In correspondence between city officials, Unalaska’s director of utilities Dan Winters called SpinLaunch “a good project for Unalaska.”

“This is a good opportunity to bring more money into its economy through new technology,” Winters wrote in a September 2020 email.

Tom Cohenour, Director of Public Works for Unalaska, praised SpinLaunch’s potential to help diversify the local economy.

But Ports Manager Peggy McLaughlin has raised concerns about the long-term economic benefits for Unalaska.

” It’s ringing [like] Unalaska can provide SpinLaunch with the perfect location, but SpinLaunch [has] little or nothing in the long run to give back, ”McLaughlin replied.

McLaughlin told KUCB this week she asked about long-term opportunities for Unalaska, such as job opportunities, housing development and an influx of students into the school. She says SpinLaunch was unable to provide satisfactory answers and left the September 2020 meeting with more questions than answers.

After this meeting last year, the city’s associate urban planner, Thomas Roufos, stressed the importance for SpinLaunch of developing a public awareness plan and having a clear objective on “how they are going to reinvest in the community”.

Roufos also stressed the importance for Ounalashka Corp. to manage the loss of the Ugadaga track.

The Ounalashka Corp. owns the land in Ugadaga Bay and has been discreet about any development project. Company chief executive Chris Salts did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

A rough sketch of the proposed 20-acre site shows the approximate location of the launch site and a road leading to the bay from the pass at the top of Overland Drive.

SpinLaunch launched its first successful test flight in October from a base in New Mexico. According to the company’s website, the New Mexico accelerator is over 160 feet. And the next site they build could be three times the size.

According to a memo from the Planning Department, the proposed site would cover about 20 acres, with an additional five to 10 acres for road and access.

Emails from 2020 suggest the road would be open to the public – which would make the beach accessible to people with reduced mobility – but it would be blocked during launches. The company estimates it would make around 10 launches per day, which could last around two hours each. If this were correct, it would make the road essentially closed to the public.

The emails also show discussions around the sonic booms the centrifuge would create with each launch. But the company says the blasts would not affect residents of the city of Unalaska because the site is too far from the center of the community and faces the opposite direction.

City officials discussed the benefits of SpinLaunch as being the ability to create jobs and generate significant tax revenue for the city, which has been a major concern of late.

In recent months, city officials have emphasized the importance of diversifying Unalaska’s economy. The city estimates it could lose more than $ 2 million in tax revenue due to the closure of the red king crab fishery and has taken steps to diversify the local economy.

An illustration from the SpinLaunch website depicts an accelerator and a launch site. (SpinLaunch)

In 2018, SpinLaunch considered developing a base in Hawaii, but public opposition prompted company representatives to travel to Hawaii to hold a public meeting. A YouTube video shows angry residents disrupted the April 14 meeting on several occasions and SpinLaunch ultimately abandoned plans for the project.

The company would have to apply for a commercial space license from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the application process would require an environmental review.

An FAA spokesperson said the agency “has not received any applications for a commercial space license that would support launches from Unalaska.”

An email sent by SpinLaunch in January 2021 stated that they were “still very interested in Unalaska”.

But the emails show that correspondence between SpinLaunch and city officials ceased this summer, and the city’s planning director said he had not been in contact with the company since then.

Company representatives said last month that they were in the process of choosing a location for their next launch site and would notify the community of any further updates.

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Mexico’s central bank will have digital currency by 2024 – government


MEXICO CITY, December 30 (Reuters)Mexico’s central bank will have its own digital currency by 2024, the Mexican government has announced on social media, although the development has not been confirmed by the monetary authority, known locally as Banxico.

“Banxico reports that it will have its own digital currency in circulation by 2024,” the Mexican government wrote on its official Twitter account on Wednesday.

The post said the central bank “considers these new technologies and the latest payment infrastructure to be very important as valuable options for advancing financial inclusion in the country.”

But a senior central bank source, who requested anonymity, told Reuters on Thursday that the government’s announcement was “unofficial.”

Mexico’s center-back is legally independent of the government.

Neither Banxico nor the Mexican government immediately responded to requests for comment.

In a report published on December 17, Banxico said: “It is working on the study and development of a platform aimed at the implementation of a digital currency”, but he did not give any details on the calendar.

“The project has among its objectives the opening of accounts for the registration of a digital currency for banked and unbanked people, thus contributing to financial inclusion”, adds the report.

Several central banks around the world are studying the launch of digital currencies, fearing that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin could weaken government control over monetary policy.

(Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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New Mexico Department of Higher Education Reflects on Achievements in 2021

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NMHED News:

Highlights include increasing scholarships, support for teachers, growing workforce and more

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Higher Education (NMHED) recognizes the many accomplishments made in 2021 to advance student success and higher education statewide and looks forward to continued progress in 2022 Towards the Advancement of Free Colleges, Student Support and Workforce Development in New Mexico.

This year has been a hallmark of higher education in New Mexico, with students enjoying expanded access to free college with the Opportunity Scholarship and the reinstatement of the Lottery Scholarship to 100 percent, and a record level of financial support provided to teachers, “NMHED said Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez. “I am grateful to Governor Lujan Grisham and our partners in higher education, community and state for working together to improve higher education in New Mexico and look forward to doing even more. for New Mexicans in the coming year. “

“As we look back to 2021, the New Mexico Department of Higher Education has focused on accessing and creating supports for student learning as New Mexicans pursue university education. or professional, ”said NMHED Deputy Secretary Patricia Trujillo. “The agency is dedicated to supporting the infrastructure of higher education so that higher education institutions in New Mexico have access to the resources necessary to make our colleges and universities welcoming and prosperous learning environments. We strive to prepare students and their families to make the most of their higher education experience so that they can graduate with confidence, build careers that provide a living income for the family, and galvanize students. communities across the state.

Extend Free College

Tens of thousands of New Mexicans pursued higher education and vocational training thanks to an investment of $ 18 million in the Scholarshi Opportunityp, which was expanded to include returning and part-time students pursuing vocational certificates up to four-year degrees. the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship was also reinstated to cover the full tuition fees of recent high school graduates for the first time since 2016 and was expanded to include students graduating from state-approved home schools. The agency is calling for full funding of free college programs in 2022, which would benefit up to 35,000 students.

Support teachers and the workforce

A record number of teachers have benefited from the Teacher loan repayment program, which provides up to $ 6,000 a year for delinquent student debt and interest for New Mexico teachers working in high-need subjects and schools. Nearly 600 teachers were recognized in 2021, and the agency is requesting $ 5 million in the coming year to meet the needs of teachers statewide. Over 2,000 teachers have received support from the Affordable Teacher Preparation Scholarship and Grow Your Own Teachers programs and $ 5 million are requested in 2023.

The Higher Education Department has partnered with the Workforce Solutions Department to create New Mexico loan, a free resource that connects New Mexicans with employment opportunities and professional education paths that lead to family careers in high-demand industries right here at home. Seven new accelerated vocational training programs were created under Ready NM in partnership with employers in high-need areas such as smart manufacturing, information technologies, hotels and fiber optic installation. More than 150 New Mexicans have registered for these trainings and nearly 115,000 New Mexicans have visited ready.nm.gov to explore training programs and employment opportunities.

The department has joined forces with the Hunt School of Dentistry at Texas Tech University in El Paso tackle the dentist shortage and access to dental education in New Mexico by allowing New Mexico students to earn dental degrees at lower tuition rates in the state.

Investing in student success

New Mexico students were able to save time and money for further education this year after the department announced that credit for all general education courses students completed at state public colleges and universities would be accepted to any other public institution when a student transfers. More university students have also become eligible for SNAP Dietary Benefits and public aid via the TANF Education Works Program.

The agency has adopted a consumer protection law requiring private colleges to disclose graduate cost, debt and income information to prospective students, and waived all transcript fees for 146 students affected by Vista College’s unexpected closure.

Broaden college and career preparation

On the university preparation front, the EQUIPMENT program was revived in New Mexico and launched in seven partner districts to deliver college and career preparation activities and academic preparation to rural, low-income, and historically underserved students across the state. More than 18,000 New Mexico high school students have had the opportunity to earn free college credit through the Double Credit program during the 2020-2021 school year.

The agency has also partnered with the New Mexico College Access Foundation, New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation, College Connect New Mexico, and the Public Education Department to provide virtual and in-person services. university fairs and financial aid workshops to students and parents and celebrate current students statewide College and career signing day.

Helping adult learners succeed

The New Mexico Department of Higher Education has served more than 5,000 adult learners in partner adult education programs statewide and has provided vouchers and test materials for nearly 600 Neo -Mexicans seeking their high school equivalency diploma (HSE). More than 300 students have received an HSE diploma and more than 400 students have enrolled in higher education or a vocational training program.

Financing and higher education policy

The ministry convened a task force earlier this year to review and finalize adjustments to the higher education funding formula, commonly referred to as education and general education (I&G) funding, and the adult education funding formula.

The Department also recommended $ 214.3 million for higher education institutions and state-wide infrastructure, and launched a new and improved program software system for higher education capital projects.


Information on the earthquake: mag of light. 3.4 earthquake

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Light magnitude earthquake 3.4 to 6 km deep

Dec 29 20:35 UTC: First to report: USGS after 7 minutes.

Update Wed 29 Dec 2021, 20:42

Small magnitude 3.4 earthquake strikes 37 miles southeast of Carlsbad, Texas, United States in early afternoon

3.4 earthquake December 29 14:28 (GMT -6)

3.4 earthquake December 29 14:28 (GMT -6)

A very shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported in the early afternoon near Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, United States.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 2:28 p.m. local time at a very shallow depth of 3.5 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deep ones because they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the coming hours or minutes, as seismologists review the data and refine their calculations, or when other agencies release their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) which also listed the magnitude 3.4 earthquake.
Cities near the epicenter where the quake could have been felt as very weak tremors include Malaga (150 residents) located 20 miles from the epicenter and Loving (1,400 residents) 25 miles away. In Carlsbad (population 29,000, 60 km), Jal (population 2,200, 40 km), Pecos (9,500 inhabitants, 45 km) and Kermit (6,400 inhabitants, 46 km), the earthquake was probably not felt.

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Date and hour : 29 December 2021 20:28:43 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 2:28 p.m. (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 3.4
Depth: 5.6 km

Latitude / longitude of epicenter: 31.9911 ° N / 103.8564 ° W↗ (Reeves, Texas, United States)
Antipode: 31.991 ° S / 76.144 ° E↗

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33 km (20 mi) southeast of Malaga (New Mexico) (pop: 147) -> See nearby earthquakes!
59 km (37 mi) southeast of Carlsbad (New Mexico) (pop: 29,000) -> See nearby earthquakes!
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74 km (46 mi) west of Kermit (County Winkler) (pop: 6,430) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
82 km (51 mi) southwest of Eunice (New Mexico) (pop: 3 140) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
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Weather at the epicenter at the time of the earthquake:
Some clouds 17.6 ° C (64 F), humidity: 23%, wind: 10 m / s (19 kts) from WSW

Main data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)

Estimated energy released: 7.9 x 109 joules (2.21 megawatt hours, equivalent to 1.9 tonnes of TNT) Find out more

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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag. Depth Site Source
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How Some States Distribute New $ 1,000 Stimulus Checks

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How Some States Distribute New $ 1,000 Stimulus Checks


SOME states are giving out new $ 1,000 stimulus checks to jumpstart the economy and help citizens.

Stimulus checks have been a financial lifeline for many during the Covid-19 pandemic and now the helping hand is back.

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Citizens can pocket financial support check in seven states

In at least seven states, you and your family may be eligible for a new stimulus check.

This round of stimulus checks is not a fourth federal stimulus check, but rather a stimulus check sent out by state governments that have passed legislation.

Here are the states that offer stimulus checks, as first reported by Fortune.

California

If you live in California, you could get a $ 1,100 stimulus check under the Golden State Stimulus II plan.

You may qualify if you had adjusted gross income in California of up to $ 75,000 in 2020, you filed your taxes for 2020, you lived in California for at least half of 2020, no one else is claiming you as a dependent and if you are a California resident on the date your stimulus check is paid.

Florida

If you live in Florida you could get a stimulus check of up to $ 1,000 and first responders including police, firefighters, paramedics, paramedics, and others are eligible.

This unique stimulus check aims to recognize their selfless sacrifice during the pandemic.

Teachers and principals will also be eligible to receive a one-time payment of $ 1,000 for disaster relief.

Georgia

If you live in Georgia, teachers and principals are eligible to receive a one-time stimulus check for $ 1,000.

This unique stimulus check aims to recognize their selfless sacrifice during the pandemic.

Maine

If you live in Maine, you could get a stimulus check of up to $ 285 if you were a resident of Maine all last year and filed your Maine 2020 taxes by October 31, 2021.

In addition, your 2020 federal adjusted gross income must be less than $ 150,000 if you are married or an eligible widow or widower, $ 112,500 if you are filing as head of household, or 75,000 $ if you are single or married.

In 2020, no one can also have claimed you as a dependent.

Maryland

In Maryland, you could be one of 400,000 Marylanders who will receive a stimulus check of up to $ 300 for individuals and up to $ 500 for families.

For this you must be a resident of Maryland and have filed an Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The income thresholds are $ 50,954 (56,844 married filing jointly) with three or more eligible children, $ 47,440 ($ 53,330 married filing jointly) with two eligible children, 41,756 ($ 47,646 married filing jointly) with one eligible child and $ 15,820 ($ 21,710 married filing jointly) with no eligible child.

Michigan

For Michigan, you can get a stimulus check of up to $ 285 if you are a licensed child care provider, including a licensed child care center, family home and group home, tribal day care, or program. Head Start and Great Start Preparation (GSRP) programs that also offer tuition-based childcare services.

You can provide on-call service on the date of your request, or your service is closed due to the public emergency related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is a non-competitive grant for child care providers to help stabilize operations and support the health and safety of children and staff. You can apply at www.michigan.gov/childcare.

New Mexico

If you live in New Mexico, you could get a stimulus check of up to $ 750 if you weren’t eligible for federal pandemic stimulus payments, you didn’t receive an economic relief payment from the State of New Mexico in July 2021 and you must be a new Resident of Mexico.

You must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license number, an individual tax ID number, or a Social Security number.

Tennessee

In Tennessee, full-time teachers qualify for a $ 1,000 risk premium Check.

Part-time teachers are eligible for a risk premium of up to $ 500.

Surprise New Year’s stimulus checks will also be sent out next week, but some Americans are being warned to take urgent action to secure payment of $ 1,000.

States across the country are helping their residents this holiday season with the last bonus payments of the year.

The last stimulus checks of the year valued at $ 1,400 arrive THIS WEEK


2021 Top Stories # 4: Drought Continues

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See our full countdown of 2021’s best stories, so far, here.

In the grip of decades of drought, New Mexico’s water managers have faced tough choices this year, including ending the irrigation season earlier.

The year’s water problems began in the winter, when below-average snowpack, warm temperatures and dry soil conditions limited spring runoff.

On top of that, New Mexico owed Texas water as part of the Rio Grande Compact of previous years.

In May, the Interstate Stream Commission requested federal financial assistance from the US Department of the Interior for short-term and long-term drought relief.

At one point, New Mexico’s largest reservoir, Elephant Butte, fell and water managers feared they would see conditions not seen since the 1950s. Monsoon rains helped prevent worst-case scenarios. As of December 16, Elephant Butte was at 7.8% of capacity, which was actually an increase from 5.7% a year earlier.

Related: As water levels drop at Elephant Butte, Reclamation braces for conditions not seen since the 1950s

Most of the state was in the throes of an exceptional drought in early summer, but a decent monsoon season brought some relief. Since December 16, the United States Drought Monitor showed no exceptional drought in the state, but much of northern New Mexico still experiences extreme drought and the entire state experiences some level of drought or abnormally dry conditions.

Drought conditions in New Mexico have worsened since October, when the water year began. At the start of the hydrologic year, nearly 11 percent of New Mexico did not experience drought or abnormally dry conditions.

Related: Monsoon moisture relieves drought, but New Mexico could experience a dry winter

The monsoon humidity gave ranchers some optimism, and people like Jimbo Williams, who had sold his herd, began to recover due to the increase in vegetation. But the breeders remain cautious.

On the Colorado River, reservoirs like Lake Powell and Lake Mead record historic lows. The Western Area Power Administration is concerned that the Glen Canyon Dam, which creates Lake Powell, may not be able to generate electricity if the water drops too far. Upper Basin states, including New Mexico, have released water from reservoirs to help raise Lake Powell levels. For New Mexico, this means that the water stored in Lake Navajo was released into the San Juan River.

Without a decent spring runoff next year, dire water conditions could lead to more difficult decisions in 2022.

In the face of climate change, driven largely by anthropogenic emissions, the southwestern United States is likely to experience aridification, meaning drought conditions will become more common.


New Mexicans call for change for DWI repeat offenders

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – With authorities recording more than a dozen DWI arrests in the Albuquerque area since Christmas Eve, there are more calls for New Mexico to crack down on repeat offenders.

Albuquerque TV station KOB-TV reports that many cases over the past year have involved primary offenses, but officers have seen familiar faces. A woman marked her fifth DWI offense in May after being arrested for driving 103 mph (166 km / h) on Interstate 40. A man marked his seventh DWI arrest in March when he collided with a concrete pillar.

In another case, a 42-year-old woman has been arrested for the seventh time, four of them in the past two years. One of the charges against her was ultimately dismissed because the officer failed to appear in court.

Lindsey Valdez, regional director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said the cases where there appear to be no consequences are those that send a message.


“I think it shows overall that some people really don’t feel any fear in the consequences if there are no consequences for driving under the influence,” she said.

How often does this happen?

“They are isolated, but they are not isolated enough,” said Ahmad Assed, a criminal defense lawyer. And the problem of people falling through the cracks is not new, he said.

“We’ve been talking about this topic for decades and frankly we still find ourselves almost in the same position,” Assed said.

As for the penalty in the event of conviction, a first offense of DWI could result in a minimum of two days behind bars. An eighth offense would be 10 years. However, Assed said that doesn’t mean people spend all that time in jail, as mandatory sentences can be served through an ankle bracelet program or house arrest.

This has led to calls for change from those who have lost loved ones.

“It has an effect on anyone. Growing up without a father is difficult,” said Jackie Copeline, whose father was killed by a repeat drunk driver when she was seven years old.

Copeline recently started a petition calling for stricter enforcement and treatment of DWI.

New Mexico has one of the highest death rates in the United States from binge drinking. State data shows that up to November, nearly a quarter of road deaths in the state were alcohol-related.


How politics got so polarized


When people feel that their “mega-identity” is being challenged, they are very upset. More and more, the politics of Washington – and also the politics of Albany, Madison and Tallahassee – have been reduced to “us” against “them”, this most basic (and most dangerous) human dynamic. As Mason says, “We have more real estate to protect because our identities are intertwined. “

Mason is inspired by the work of Henri Tajfel, a psychologist of Polish origin who taught at Oxford in the sixties. (Tajfel, a Jew, was attending the Sorbonne when World War II broke out; he fought in the French army, spent five years as a German prisoner of war, and returned home to learn that most of his family had been killed.) In a series of now famous experiments, Tajfel divided the participants into meaningless groups. In one case, participants were told that they had been sorted according to whether they had overestimated or underestimated the number of dots on a screen; in another, they were told their group assignments had been entirely random. They immediately began to favor members of their own group. When Tajfel asked them to allocate money to the other participants, they systematically gave less to those in the other group. This happened even when they were told that if they distributed the money equally, everyone would get more. Given the choice between maximizing the benefits for both groups and depriving both groups, but ‘them’ more, participants chose the latter option. “It is the victory that seems more important,” noted Tajfel.

Trump, it seems safe to say, has never read Tajfel’s work. But he seems to have intuitively grasped it. During the 2016 campaign, Mason notes, he frequently changed his stance on policy issues. The only thing he never hesitated about was the importance of winning. “We’re going to win at all levels,” he told a crowd in Albany. “We’re going to win so much that you might even be sick of winning. “

In January 2018, Facebook announced that it was changing the algorithm it uses to determine which posts users see in their News Feed. On the surface, the change was designed to promote “meaningful interactions between people”. After the 2016 campaign, the company had come under heavy criticism for helping to spread disinformation, largely from fake Russian-backed accounts. The new algorithm was supposed to encourage “exchange of views” by stimulating content that elicited emotional reactions.

The new system, according to most accounts, turned out to be even worse than the old one. As might have been expected, the posts that elicited the most reactions were the most politically provocative. The new algorithm thus produced a sort of vicious, even furious, circle: the more indignation a post inspired, the more it was promoted, etc.

To what extent has the rise of social media contributed to the spread of hyperpartisanship? Not bad, argues Chris Bail, professor of sociology and public policy at Duke University and author of “Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing” (Princeton). The use of social media, writes Bail, “pushes people further away.”

“Frankly, I’m more of an outdoor horse guy.”
Caricature by Lonnie Millsap

The standard explanation for this is the so-called echo chamber effect. On Facebook, people are “friends” of like-minded people, whether their true friends or celebrities and other public figures whom they admire. Trump supporters tend to hear from other Trump supporters and Trump’s enemies from other Trump enemies. A study by Facebook researchers showed that only about a quarter of the news content Democrats post on the platform is viewed by Republicans, and vice versa. A study on the use of Twitter found similar trends. Meanwhile, a myriad of studies, many of which date back to before the internet was ever dreamed of, have shown that when people chat with others who agree with them, their views become more extreme. . Sociologists have dubbed this effect “group polarization,” and many fear the web has turned into a vast palooza of group polarization.

“It seems obvious that the internet serves, for many, a breeding ground for extremism, precisely because like-minded people connect more easily and frequently with each other, and often without hearing opposing opinions,” Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard Law School, writes in “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media”.

Bail, who runs Duke’s Polarization Lab, disagrees with the standard narrative, at least in part. Social media, he admits, encourages political extremists to become more extreme; the more outrageous the content they publish, the more likes and new subscribers they attract and the more status they acquire. For this group, writes Bail, “social media allows a kind of micro-celebrity.”

But most Facebook and Twitter users are more centrist. They aren’t particularly interested in the latest partisan feud. For these users, “posting about politics online just carries more risk than it’s worth,” says Bail. By taking time away from online political discussions, moderates allow extremists to dominate, which Bail says fosters a “deep form of distortion.” Extrapolating the arguments they encounter, social media users on both sides conclude that the other’s are more extreme than they actually are. This phenomenon is known as false polarization. “Social media sent a false bias into hyperdrive,” observes Bail.

My grandfather, a refugee from Nazi Germany, was all too aware of the risks of thinking us against them. And yet, upon his arrival in New York, halfway through FDR’s second term, he became a passionate supporter. He often invoked Philipp Scheidemann, who served as Chancellor of Germany at the end of World War I, and then, in 1919, resigned in protest against the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The hand that signed the treaty, Scheidemann said, should wither. Around election day my grandfather liked to say that any hand that pulled the lever of a Republican would have to suffer the same fate.

My mother inherited the policy from my grandfather and passed it on to me. For several years under the administration of George W. Bush, I drove with a bumper sticker that said “Republicans for Voldemort”. I found the bumper sticker to be fun. Eventually, however, I had to take it off, as too many people in town took it as a sign of support for the GOP.

Several recent books on polarization argue that if we as a nation are to overcome the problem, we must start with ourselves. “The first step is for citizens to recognize their own disabilities,” writes Taylor Dotson, professor of social science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, in “The Divide: How Fanatical Certainty Is Destroying Democracy” (MIT). In “The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization” (Columbia), Peter T. Coleman, professor of psychology and education at Columbia, advises: “Think and reflect critically on your own thinking. “

“We have to work on ourselves,” insists Robert B. Talisse, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt, in “Sustaining Democracy: What We Dowe to the Other Side” (Oxford). “We need to find ways to deal with the polarization of beliefs in ourselves and in our covenants. “

The problem with the partisan self-care approach, at least as this partisan sees it, is twofold. First, those who have done the most to polarize America seem the least inclined to recognize their own “deficiencies”. Try imagining Donald Trump sitting in Mar-a-Lago, munching on a Big Mac and critically reflecting on his “own thinking.”

Second, just because each side sees the other as a “serious threat” does not mean that they are equally threatening. The January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, ongoing attempts to discredit the 2020 election, new state laws that will make it harder for millions of people to vote, especially in communities of color, just one party is responsible for it. In November, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, a watchdog group, added the United States to its list of “declining democracies.” Although the group’s report does not explicitly accuse Republicans, it does come close: “A historic turning point came in 2020-2021 when former President Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election results in the United States. United States. Unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and related disinformation undermined fundamental confidence in the electoral process. “

As the Time columnist Ezra Klein points out that the big triage in American politics has led to a great asymmetry. “Our political system is built around geographic units, which favor all sparse rural areas over dense urban areas,” he writes in “Why We Are Polarized” (Avid Reader). This effect is most evident in the United States Senate, where every voter in Wyoming enjoys, for all intents and purposes, seventy times the weight of their California counterpart, and it is also clear in the Electoral College. (It’s more subtle but, according to political scientists, still significant in the House of Representatives.)


State Senator Campos hospitalized in Santa Fe for emergency surgery | Local news

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State Senator Pete Campos, a Democrat from Las Vegas, NM, who sits on powerful finance committees, was admitted to a Santa Fe hospital on Sunday for emergency surgery.

Chris Nordstrum, spokesperson for the Senate Democrats, said Campos went to the Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center for surgery due to an undisclosed condition that was unrelated to COVID-19.

Nordstrum said Campos wanted to let people know about his situation. The senator could undergo surgery as early as Monday and expects a quick recovery, he added.

He said Campos plans to participate fully in the next regular 30-day legislative session which is expected to start in mid-January.

In a press release on Sunday, Campos, who is almost 60, said his “passion has always been about public service. I look forward to continuing this work for the people of New Mexico in the near future and for years to come, with even greater appreciation for the myriad of challenges facing so many of our families in the state today. . “

A native of New Mexico, Campos served as an educator for nearly three decades, including as a counselor and superintendent. He was also president of Luna Community College for seven years. As a legislator, he has often expressed support for increased funding for public education, including for early childhood education programs.

Campos served in the Legislative Assembly for 30 years and was last re-elected in November 2020, winning around 65% of the vote against 35% of Republican challenger Melissa Fryzel.

Campos, who is married and has one son, is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Acting Legislative Finance Committee.


Senator reflects on a year in the service of NM

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When I was sworn in in January, I was struck by the absence of friends and families who, but for the pandemic, would have stood by every senator. The emptiness of the Senate Chamber highlighted the challenges of the year ahead. Although I was left on my own as I took the oath, I am still by New Mexico’s side and proud of what we have accomplished during this difficult year.

To deal with the effects of the pandemic on our lives, my colleagues and I have passed landmark legislation that addresses New Mexico’s specific needs and combats the consequences of COVID, both economically and in terms of public health.

In March, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which puts money in their pockets, kids go back to school, and parents go back to work. Building on my work in the House, this law provided over $ 360 billion in emergency funding to state, local and tribal governments to keep frontline workers at work.

One of my first accomplishments in the Senate was to authorize $ 17 billion in the United States Innovation and Competition Act for our national laboratories. These investments will allow our laboratories in Sandia and Los Alamos to continue their research and develop critical projects such as semiconductors, carbon capture technologies and quantum computing. Once adopted and enacted, this funding will allow New Mexico to continue its innovative leadership.

To further strengthen New Mexico’s economy, my colleagues and I helped send the infrastructure investment and jobs law to President Biden’s office. This bipartisan legislation included my REGROW Act, which employs skilled energy workers to clean up tens of thousands of orphaned oil and gas wells across the country, creating around 13,500 well-paying jobs.

This law contains my RIDE Act, which will make our roads safer by helping to end drunk and impaired driving. In addition, I fought to provide billions for the Indian Health Service (IHS) water and wastewater infrastructure, a long overdue investment. As chair of the Communications, Media and Broadband Subcommittee, I have also advocated for expanded broadband access, especially in rural communities, by making internet access more accessible. affordable for nearly 800,000 New Mexicans, with about $ 750 million earmarked for our state to support broadband development.

Throughout the year, I have used my positions on the committee to advocate for the welfare of all New Mexicans. I introduced the bipartisan Native American Voting Rights Act to protect the sacred right to vote of tribal nations and voters living on tribal lands. In various committee hearings, I have challenged the power of Big Tech by toasting CEOs with harmful algorithms that prioritize profit margins at the expense of our health and democracy. My Committee assignments allow me to serve the hardworking families of New Mexico.

While I enjoy making policy in Washington, connecting with my constituents remains the culmination of my work. While COVID has made it difficult for voters to visit in person, traveling to 28 counties over the past year and hearing the needs of families firsthand makes it all the more rewarding to share the results of this Democratic Congress. From meeting with local officials in southern New Mexico to constructive dialogues with tribal and pueblo leaders to the opening of a new Voter Services office in Las Vegas, I cherish the opportunities to hear from you. and highlight how I work in Washington to uplift the communities of our state. . As this year draws to a close and the pandemic rages on, I remain committed to bringing New Mexico values ​​to the policies we make, to championing our state’s priorities, and to securing economic opportunity for you and your family.


Surprise Christmas stimulus checks sent to multiple states

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SURPRISE Christmas stimulus checks valued at $ 1,000 were mailed to eligible Americans across the country.

The extra money was given to some people who live in 14 states.

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Various other states run their own personal assistance programsCredit: Getty Images

The stimulus check bundle began releasing on November 29, and final payments were issued on December 17.

The cash bonus comes after three payments were mailed as part of Joe Biden’s US bailout.

Various other states run their own programs to help the people who live there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive.

ARIZONA

In Arizona, unemployed residents can take advantage of the state’s back-to-work program.

Those who return to work part time are entitled to $ 1,000. Those who go back to work full time could get $ 2,000.

CALIFORNIA

California implemented the Golden State Stimulus for residents who were required to file their 2020 income tax return by October 15.

About half of the nine million residents have received their checks by October 31, and the remaining checks are being mailed.

A salary of $ 30,000 to $ 75,000 per year allows California residents to receive $ 600 and $ 1,100 for those with children under the age of 18.

Read our live blog on Stimulus Controls for the latest updates on relief from Covid-19 …

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the $ 1,000 back-to-work program in stimulus checks, starting May 30, 2021, which will run until December 31, 2021.

Requirements are more involved in other states with details of when residents filed for unemployment and how long they were unemployed.

Read our live blog stimulus checks for the latest updates on relief from Covid-19 …

Residents must also have secured employment to be eligible for the stimulus payment.

FLORIDA

In Florida, teachers and principals will receive $ 1,000 in stimulus cash for their commitment to educate during the pandemic.

GEORGIA

In Georgia, teachers and principals will receive $ 1,000 in stimulus cash for their commitment to educate during the pandemic.

IDAHO

Those who live in Idaho might be eligible for a one-time income tax refund.

More than half a million residents received cash – the average check was $ 248.

MARYLAND

Maryland residents received their statewide stimulus check in August, only if the person deposited their earned income tax credit.

Individuals received $ 300 while those with children received $ 500.

MICHIGAN

In Michigan, teachers are entitled to $ 500 in risk premiums.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

A check for $ 1,086 is offered to families of three with no income.

NEW MEXICO

For those who were not eligible for New Mexico relief benefits in August, applications were opened on October 12 to provide another round of economic relief.

The previous payment that low-income households received in August was $ 750.

OHIO

Ohio students can get support in the form of a grant worth $ 46 million.

OKLAHOMA

A total of $ 13 million has been allocated in federal funding to pay student teachers in Oklahoma.

TENNESSEE

In Tennessee, authorities passed a law earlier in 2021 to pay a premium of $ 1,000 for full-time public school employees and $ 500 for part-time public school employees.

The relief is intended to help people who suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic and to help them get back on their feet.

VERMONT

Meanwhile, although Vermont does not issue a direct payment, the state is offering to cover moving costs up to $ 7,500 for people moving to the state. The caveat is that the person has to relocate due to unemployment in the hotel and construction industries.

Elsewhere in the United States, Georgian officials sent out in March 2021 to teachers and other education staff.

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New Mexico to distribute new COVID-19 pills cleared by FDA

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Two new COVID treatments have been approved by the FDA and may soon be available to New Mexicans. They are both new COVID treatment pills. One from Pfizer and one from a company called Merck. Dr Denise A. Gonzales of Presbyterian Healthcare said: “It is very exciting that we now have something that people can take home. “These are two things that help prevent hospitalizations and deaths,” says Dr. Laura Parajon. KOAT first broke news of the Merck pill ‘Molnupiravir’ to you in September, and that was when it was in a clinical trial in Santa Fe. Dr. Linda Gorgos led the trial. She says: “This drug actually stops the virus so that the virus cannot replicate or copy itself. It is really meant to target people most at risk of contracting COVID in a family setting.” Local doctors say that the pill is not a substitute for vaccination. “This pill is going to be something we can add and maybe help, but it won’t stop the spread,” said Dr Vesta Sandoval. Our state’s health department is also working to distribute the Pfizer pill to areas of our state that need it most. Dr Laura Parajon said the state was focusing on bringing the drug to areas where monoclonal antibodies are not available. “We are trying to balance this with the distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Rural areas that have less access are our priority, as well as other areas that have difficulty accessing such as prisons and prisons.”

Two new COVID treatments have been approved by the FDA and may soon be available to New Mexicans. They are both new COVID treatment pills. One from Pfizer and one from a company called Merck.

Dr Denise A. Gonzales of Presbyterian Healthcare said: “It is very exciting that we now have something that people can take home. “

“These are two things that help prevent hospitalizations and deaths,” says Dr. Laura Parajon.

KOAT first broke news of the Merck pill ‘Molnupiravir’ to you in September, and that’s when it was in a clinical trial in Santa Fe.

Dr Linda Gorgos led the trial. She says, “This drug actually stops the virus so that the virus cannot replicate or copy itself. It is really meant to target people most at risk of contracting COVID in a family setting.”

Local doctors say the pill is no substitute for vaccination.

“This pill is going to be something we can add and maybe help, but it won’t stop the spread,” said Dr Vesta Sandoval.

Our state’s health department is also working to distribute the Pfizer pill to areas of our state that need it most. Dr Laura Parajon said the state was focusing on bringing the drug to areas where monoclonal antibodies are not available.

“We are trying to balance this with the distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Rural areas that have less access are our priority, as well as other areas that have difficulty accessing such as prisons and prisons.”


US braces for extreme weather for Christmas

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Two people died in a submerged car in California, parts of the Pacific Northwest faced the rare prospect of snow on Christmas Day and high winds were forecast in New Mexico as winter storms swept west the United States.

In parts of Seattle and Portland, locals were bracing for an unlikely White Christmas, according to the National Weather Service. Strong winds could damage power lines in New Mexico. Rain in the Phoenix area could make the roads slippery and dangerous for drivers.

But that’s a different story for parts of the central and southern United States, where forecasters say residents will have to “be content with spring temperatures” thanks to an unusual heat wave for the holidays.

The extreme weather conditions hitting the west coast are brought on by an atmospheric river, a plume of humidity born in the sky of the Pacific Ocean.

Residents of western Washington in southern California are facing flash flood warnings, with snow and precipitation expected from Christmas Eve to Christmas Eve.

Flooding in California on Thursday proved fatal after two people died when their vehicle was submerged in a flooded underpass in Millbrae, south of San Francisco. Firefighters were able to rescue two people who had climbed on top of a car, but could not reach the fully submerged vehicle, the detective said. Javier Acosta of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, evacuation orders have been posted Thursday in Orange County, California, due to possible mudslides and debris flows in three canyons where a wildfire broke out last December, county officials said. Orders arrived while the The Orange County Fire Authority reported a mudslide on Thursday evening. No injuries were reported in the incident.

In the Sierra Nevada mountain region, around 150 households received an evacuation warning after the discovery of cracks in the granite at the Twain Harte lake dam. Sgt. Nicco Sandelin of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said there did not appear to be any immediate danger, however.

The evacuation warning came as the Sierras expected to see up to 5 to 8 feet of snow during the holidays, with the possibility of snow accumulation up to 10 feet high at higher elevations , according to the national weather service. He warned against traveling through the mountains, as snowfall should create dangerous driving conditions.

Workers clear a mudslide from a double lot in Oakland, California. Further rains are expected over the bank holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.Jane Tyska / MediaNews Group via Getty Images

“Travel will be dangerous, if not at times impractical, in the hardest hit places with massive snowdrifts and whiteout conditions,” the weather service said in a statement.

But while parts of the western United States face winter weather issues, residents of parts of the central and southern United States are expected to experience record warm temperatures.

“In Christmas parlance, that means Snow Miser has control of the West while Heat Miser has full control of the weather in Southtown without compromising on the snow in Southtown this Christmas,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. festive forecast.

“Unlike the West, those who dream of a white Christmas in much of the southern and mid-eastern United States have to be content with springtime temperatures this Christmas,” he said.

According to the Weather Service, Christmas Eve daytime highs in the mid-Mississippi Valley of West Texas are expected to reach the 1970s and 1980s, “with some places not only breaking daily records, but potentially defying records of December “overall.

A tree blocks the lanes of Highway 13 near Redwood Road in Oakland, California. Aric Crabb / MediaNews Group via Getty Images

Christmas Eve nighttime temperature anomalies are expected to bring “record hot daily minimum temperatures” from the Ohio Valley to the southern plains. Or in other words, “temperatures so mild that Santa Claus may want to wear a lighter red coat when he goes from house to house,” the National Weather Service joked.

By Christmas Day, the “spring air mass” with warmer temperatures is expected to reach the south-central and mid-Atlantic with highs in the 60s and 70s, bringing more record heat, “Including from the Tennessee and Ohio valleys to ‘Heart of Texas’,” the Weather Service said.

Daniel arkin and The Associated Press contributed.



Inside George and Amal Clooney’s Global Real Estate Portfolio


2014

It’s been a great year for the Clooney. The couple got engaged and then married, spending their honeymoon “camping in the unfurnished rooms” of their recently purchased property on the English island of the Sonning Eye on the River Thames, Amal said. Vogue in 2018. The couple reportedly paid around $ 13 million for the gorgeous home, which features an entrance hall with “towering ceilings” and “crisp Georgian moldings,” according to the report. Vogue characteristic; a resplendent living room of family photos; a pool house bar; and a screening room with 16 seats. There is also a glass-covered garden room with citrus fruits, where Amal was photographed for the Vogue cover shoot. The activist explained that the glass-fronted pool house also serves as a “party area” and working space for George and Amal, who have upstairs offices, likely a welcome respite from the main house, where twins often rule space.

2016

George and Amal returned their attention to the United States with the purchase of a luxury condo in late 2016, putting up $ 14.7 million for a single storey unit in a high-rise building in the midtown Manhattan. The tower was designed by Foster & Partners and consists of 94 units, each with walls of windows, high ceilings and polished concrete floors. Facilities include a lap pool, library, gym, culinary market and a restaurant on the ground floor by Michelin chef Joël Robuchon. The location is ideal for the two Clooney, but especially for Amal, given its proximity to the United Nations and Columbia Law School, where she was teaching at the time. Not much is known about the details of the condo, given the couple’s propensity for privacy, but Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford have reportedly purchased a unit just one floor above theirs. The couple probably still own this house.

2021

The Clooney started the year with reports of yet another huge real estate purchase: a $ 8.3 million Provencal winery in Brignoles, France known as Domaine du Canadel. The 18th century estate is located just a dozen kilometers from Chateau Miraval, the sprawling estate owned by George’s good pal, Brad Pitt, and spans 425 acres, with extensive gardens, a lake, an olive grove, a 72 foot lot with shaded swimming pool, tennis courts, and a 25 acre vineyard. The total number of bedrooms and bathrooms is not readily available on public listings, but given that the main house measures approximately 10,000 square feet spread over three floors, there is likely no shortage of space for the guests of the house. In July, it emerged that the sale had been made, with the mayor of Brignoles officially welcoming the couple to the city via Twitter. “Welcome to Brignoles! It’s now official, George and Amal Clooney are residents of our beautiful community ”, Didier Brémond tweeted. “I had the pleasure of meeting them, at their invitation, at the Domaine du Canadel, where they will soon be packing their bags.



Sprawling 1,200-acre ranch in North Carolina sells for $ 7.19 million


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A 1,200-acre ranch in North Carolina, larger than New York’s Central Park, sold for $ 7.19 million in record-breaking state ranch deal on Wednesday, Mansion Global has learned. .

Longhorn Creek Ranch’s seven-figure sale price is a record for the North Carolina Regional MLS, which covers real estate transactions for most of the southern half of Tar Heel state. It is also the best-known sale of an adjoining ranch in the state, according to Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty, which represented both sides of the deal.

While the property emphasizes its exterior offerings, it doesn’t slack off on its interior facilities.

Inspired by the architecture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a 3,000-square-foot home with four wood-burning fireplaces, Saltillo tiles, two decks, and an observation area that overlooks the indoor arena sits atop the ranch’s main barn, designed by Stan Gralla, founder of GH2 Architects.

Equipped with 10 stalls, a large saddlery, veterinary laboratory facilities and an office, the main barn, as well as the house upstairs, incorporate a number of architectural elements, including carved beams. hand and old doors of a European church.

Scattered around the ranch, which was operated as an equine training

and a breeding facility, and a cattle ranching operation, are several guest lodges as well as additional amenities such as paddocks, outdoor arenas, paddocks and storage areas.

“Longhorn Creek is truly one of the nicest ranches in the Carolinas. It is a joy to

seeing an inherited property like this change hands from one family to another which

continue the rich tradition of stewardship of the land, ”said Nick Phillips of Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty in a statement.

Mr. Phillips represented the ranch buyers, organic meat producer Wilders.

Founded by Reid and Jaclyn Smith, Wilders is an agricultural company that supplies locally grown, ethically sourced and sustainably produced meat products. They plan to move to the ranch this month with their organic livestock and ranching operation, including pasture-raised chickens, Berkshire pigs, and certified Angus and Wagyu cattle.

“The growth of our farm over the past two years has only deepened our family’s appreciation for farming and farming,” Ms. Smith said in a statement. “We have found a tremendous opportunity to relaunch the Sampson County Ranch to establish Wilders operations.”

Lisa Sledzik and Joy Donat, also of Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty, represented the seller of the ranch, which Mansion Global could not identify.

This article originally appeared on Global Manor.


New Mexico Attorney General Settles Google Children’s Privacy Cases – Privacy

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On December 13, the New Mexico attorney general announced a deal with Google to resolve children’s privacy claims, including in the burgeoning EdTech space. The federal lawsuits Balderas v. Tiny Lab Productions, et al. and Balderas v. Google LLC, respectively, alleged COPPA and privacy violations related to the collection of information about children on game developer Tiny Lab’s apps and Google’s G Suite for Education products. There are many features of this regulation which merit further discussion as potential future trends or new provisions.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Federal Pandemic Assistance Spending Bill | Ap

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed a nearly $ 500 spending bill that leverages federal pandemic relief funds to expand high-speed Internet access, strengthen roads, modernize parks and parks. State, expand nurse education programs and help teachers pay off student debt in times of educator shortages.

Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, approved all spending proposed in the bill, but vetoed the requirement that local governments contribute to related affordable housing projects. The governor said the demand was unreasonable given the economic distress.

A bill signing ceremony in Belen marked a truce in a months-long standoff between the governor and a handful of state senators over which branch of government can allocate $ 1.7 billion in federal pandemic aid .

Lujan Grisham initially claimed sole authority over the aid approved in March by President Joe Biden and Congress. Lawmakers including Republican Senator Greg Baca de Belen and unaffiliated Senator Jacob Candelaria from Albuquerque (then Democrat) challenged the governor in the Supreme Court and successfully defended the legislature’s oversight of federal relief funds.

Baca highlighted a provision in the bill that sets aside $ 50 million for the eventual construction of an acute care hospital in Valencia County, which encompasses rapidly growing communities outside of Albuquerque.

The bill signed on Tuesday provides $ 133 million for broadband Internet infrastructure. Spending can be spent on alternatives to underground fiber optic cables such as satellite networks.

It allocated $ 142 million for road and highway infrastructure projects, $ 25 million for housing assistance, $ 20 million for modernizing the state’s national park system, $ 15 million for nurse training programs; and $ 15 million in advertisements aimed at attracting tourists to the state.

The state will spend an additional $ 10 million to pick up trash, $ 7 million for outdoor recreation programs and $ 5 million for food banks.

The state has already used $ 600 million in federal pandemic assistance to replenish the state’s UI trust fund, avoiding increases in payroll taxes for local businesses.

Lujan Grisham had previously authorized spending on raffle prizes for those vaccinated and additional wages for farm workers who harvest and transform the state’s famous Chilean culture.

Of the state’s initial allocation of $ 1.7 billion in federal aid, lawmakers invested more than half a billion dollars in the general state fund to allow more time for spending decisions in the years to come.

Leading lawmakers emphasize the need for workforce training and education programs to expand and diversify a state economy closely tied to oil production, tourism, and federal military and research facilities.


CTO Realty Growth Announces Acquisition of Mixed Use Property in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Sale of Single Tenant Property in Falls Church, Virginia


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., December 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – CTO Realty Growth, Inc. (NYSE: CTO) (the “Company” or “CTO”) today announced the acquisition of a mixed-use property totaling approximately 137,000 square feet in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (the “Property”) for $ 16.3 million, or $ 118 per square foot. The Company also announced the sale of a single tenant building located in Falls Church, Virginia, leased to 24 Hour Fitness.

“Our acquisition in Santa Fe is a unique situation where we are able to opportunistically acquire an extremely well located property with immediate upward repositioning in a dynamic market with attractive growth prospects,” said John P. Albright, President and CEO of CTO Growth Real Estate. “Santa Fe has several distinct economic and lifestyle demand drivers that have resulted in disproportionate growth for the market in recent years. The property has a 9,000 square foot vacancy with stunning city and mountain views which may present a residential repositioning opportunity and a 12,500 square foot corner vacancy which represents a tremendous dining opportunity. We are optimistic about the strength of the market and our repositioning plan for the property may generate disproportionate risk-adjusted returns for our investors once the asset stabilizes.

The 1.5 acre property is made up of two buildings with dedicated underground parking covering almost an entire city block, just north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, and right in front of the 5-star Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi®. The property is 66% occupied, close to Santa Fe’s artistic, cultural and culinary destinations, and is anchored by Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, The Bull Ring, Regus, Avalon Trust Company and Raymond James. The property will be the new home of The Santa Fe New Mexican, a popular news and media company known as the oldest newspaper company in the west. The Company will hold fee rights and leasehold rights in the property through two long-term land leases that partially underpin each building.

The Company hired Colliers as the new property manager and NAI SunVista as the Company’s rental representative, both of which have a strong presence in Santa Fe. The Company purchased the Property using available cash and availability. under the Company’s unsecured revolving credit facility.

The Falls Church, Va. Property leased to 24 Hour Fitness was sold on December 16, 2021 for $ 21.5 million, representing an in-place cap rate of 6.5%. The proceeds of the sale should be part of the exchanges of the same nature under section 1031.

About CTO Realty Growth, Inc.

CTO Realty Growth, Inc. is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and operates a portfolio of high quality commercial properties located primarily in high growth markets in the United States. The CTO also owns an approximate 16% interest in Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PINE), a publicly traded net leasehold REIT.

We encourage you to review our most recent investor presentation, which is available on our website at www.ctoreit.com.

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Although forward-looking statements are made on the basis of management’s current expectations and reasonable beliefs regarding future developments and their potential effect on the Company, a number of factors could cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially. those set forth in forward-looking statements. These factors may include, but are not limited to: the Company’s ability to continue to qualify as a REIT; the Company’s exposure to changes in US federal and state income tax laws, including changes in REIT requirements; generally unfavorable economic and real estate conditions; the geographic spread, severity and ultimate duration of pandemics such as the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, measures that can be taken by government authorities to contain or address the impact of these pandemics, and the potential negative impacts of these pandemics on the global economy and the Company’s financial condition and results of operations; the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent or their obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; the loss or failure, or decline of PINE’s business or assets; the completion of 1,031 exchange transactions; the availability of investment properties that meet the Company’s investment objectives and criteria; uncertainties associated with obtaining required government permits and meeting other closing conditions for planned acquisitions and sales; and the uncertainties and risk factors discussed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and other risks and uncertainties discussed from time to time in documents filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

There can be no assurance that future developments will be in line with management’s expectations or that the effects of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company makes no commitment to update the information contained in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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New Head of New Mexico Child Welfare Department Pledges to “Listen and Learn” in the Face of Challenges

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When former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil retired from the bench in June, she wasn’t sure what the next step was, but one thing was certain: She wanted to move on from the presidency of the affairs of vulnerable communities to their active defense.

In October, just four months later, she signed on as secretary of the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (CYFD).

“I knew I was ready to return to the public service,” says Vigil of his decision to lead the agency of 1,700 employees, which has had a difficult year. “Some things cannot wait.”

Vigil replaced former cabinet secretary Brian Blalock, who resigned his post in August amid controversy, including oversee the ministry’s use of Signal encrypted messaging app and enter a IT system contract without a call for tenders (a CYFD move reversed in October).

Two former employees filed a whistleblower complaint over the summer, alleging that they had suffered reprisals for raising concerns.

The department is also continued for his handling of a case that returned four children to allegedly abusive parents.

Earlier this year, The CYFD received a set of recommendations of the State Legislative Finance Committee to improve the way it reports child abuse data and address the high turnover of staff in the department.

Transparency, collaboration and accountability

From the blue sofa in his office, located in downtown Santa Fe, Vigil emerges as a soft, understated voice in the face of his department’s many challenges. She said her leadership philosophy is based on three principles: transparency, collaboration and accountability.

“My goal is to make sure that if a family is in contact with CYFD, they are better off,” says Vigil.

Child protection advocates and lawyers in New Mexico hope Vigil will rise to the challenge. Colleagues and observers describe her as a caring listener who has worked diligently on behalf of the children of the state.

Ezra Spitzer, executive director of the New Mexico Children’s Advocacy Networks, believes Vigil was a good fit for the job given her experience and respectful position in the community.

He adds, however, that she and the ministry will be most successful if they engage in community engagement.

“It’s a very difficult job, and one person cannot change all the things that need to change,” says Spitzer. “She is going to need a team of very qualified and talented people around her and a partnership from the community.”

Like any cabinet secretary, Vigil says she will ensure her goals for the department match those of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.

State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, former social worker and deputy chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, wonders how Vigil will navigate the often slow cogs of bureaucracy.

State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

“She saw the problems; she knows what she would like to do, ”said Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat representing Albuquerque. “How do you translate that by moving the bureaucratic machinery in a way that actually produces the results you want?” “

Vigil, who has spent much of her career working on children’s issues, says she knows the work takes “stamina and tenacity.”

Born and raised in New Mexico, Vigil’s family moved to Santa Fe when she was in her third grade. She received an undergraduate degree in accounting from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces before attending law school at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

Although Vigil says she has always been passionate about serving vulnerable communities, it wasn’t until she started working in a company in Las Cruces in 1988 that she discovered her vocation for children’s issues. . Vigil was tasked with representing a mother who sought custody of her two sons after a despised ex-husband accused her of abusing the children.

“Here is a mother who got dragged into a system because of an angry ex-spouse,” Vigil recalls. “It really changed the way I viewed the child welfare system in New Mexico. I became very interested in trying to make things better for children and people like her.

After opening her own law firm in Santa Fe, she served on New Mexico’s first judicial district court for 12 years and presided over juvenile court. During her stay, she played a key role in establishing the Juvenile Justice Commissions in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos. Councils bring together local leaders develop programs for young people at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

In 2012, Vigil was elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court, where she served for nine years.

Despite her qualifications and experience in family law and child protection, Vigil says she continues to learn from the inside out how the ministry works, especially when it comes to its internal challenges.

Trust through communication

In May, two CYFD employees have been fired in what they claim is an act of retaliation for raising concerns about the department. Later in July, at least half a dozen former employees said they were reprimanded or fired for expressing concerns about the department’s IT system upgrade, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Vigil says she hopes to build trust through regular communication with staff.

“I’ve spent the past six weeks attending meetings and listening to people who know a lot more about the work of the department than I do,” says Vigil. “Over time, I will become more informed about internal operations, but at least for the future, I will spend a lot of time listening and learning.”

Vigil has already started working on some key issues. One of the priorities, she said, is to address the settlement reached in the case of Kevin S. v. Jacobsen, a lawsuit alleging that CYFD traumatized a young person in their care.

Under the regulations, the State agreed to adopt several new practices to ensure the well-being of children in the system, but the implementation plan has been slow, says Bette Fleishman, a lawyer at Pegasus Legal Services for Children, one of the firms monitoring its progress.

“We know it’s going to take years, and the best people should be working on it and putting in the resources to make it happen,” Fleishman said, adding that she was optimistic about their goals under Vigil, which has already met the teams. implementation. .

In order to carry out the implementation plan, Vigil says she hopes to build a strong workforce at CYFD and calls on the legislature for an increase in the department’s core budget to fund positions in the service divisions. protection and behavioral health.

“A priority for me is to ensure that we have adequate staff throughout New Mexico for this job,” said Vigil. “I see huge challenges for the department, but that doesn’t take away from the unwavering commitment and dedication that I have seen in the thousands of employees who do this job day in and day out. “







New Mexico United back to the Lab, for now

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Fans cheer on New Mexico United in a game on September 9, 2019. The NMU has said it has imposed a 75% (9,250) fan capacity limit on itself for much of the 2021 season (Roberto E. Rosales / Journal)

Back to the lab for the short term, back to the drawing board for a permanent focus.

Such is the current outlook for New Mexico United following Albuquerque voters last month’s rejection of a bond issue to fund a downtown stadium for the USL Championship football franchise.

United owner and CEO Peter Trevisani said the club still intend to build a football-specific stadium in the Albuquerque area and have no plans to relocate. “We are not going anywhere,” he said.

For now, however, NMU is working to expand its stadium-sharing agreement to Isotopes Park – aka the Lab.

United’s three-year sublease to play home games at the city-owned baseball park expired after the 2021 season. The Albuquerque Triple-A Isotopes are the primary tenant of this facility, and Trevisani has said discussions with Isotopes Chairman Ken Young regarding the extension of the sublet are ongoing.

“Ken and (Isotopes CEO John Traub) have been great partners and we’ve had great discussions,” Trevisani said in a recent interview. “We are confident that we will have a place to play next year and beyond.”

Trevisani’s confidence is evidenced by the fact that United recently started selling season tickets for the 2022 season. NMU communications director David Carl said early sales have been strong.

Negotiating a return to Isotopes Park was always going to be part of the club’s program for next season. A new stadium would not have been ready even if the recent bond issue had passed.

Yet Isotopes Park cannot serve as a permanent home for New Mexico United. The USL Championship has set 2026 – the year the World Cup arrives in the United States – as a goal to have all of its clubs as primary tenants in specific football stadiums.

Will McClaran, director of strategic communications for the USL Championship, said the league expects to reach its 2026 goal. Louisville, Colorado Springs and Phoenix have opened new stadiums in the past two seasons and Oklahoma City voters recently approved a civic project that includes a new site for that city’s USLC franchise (which will be on hiatus in 2022, as the stadium it used in 2021 will be under renovation and unavailable).

McClaran said the league is working with United to explore alternatives to the stadiums.

“Every market and every project is different, but the goal (of the USL Championship) remains the same – to be one of the top 10 championships in the world – and our clubs must be the primary tenant of a specific football stadium to be there. achieve, ”McClaran said in an email to the Journal. “… As a league we are on the right track to achieve this and are confident that New Mexico United, with one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in the country, will also achieve their goal of a stadium. specific to football. “

New Mexico United’s Kalen Ryden, left, shows his love for the crowd as he celebrates with Juan Pablo Guzman after a goal against Charleston on July 12 at Isotopes Park. (Mike Sandoval for the Journal)

New Mexico United ranked second behind Louisville in home attendance last season, with an reported average of 7,727 fans per game despite the lack of season ticket sales and pandemic restrictions. United have said they have imposed a 75% capacity limit (9,250 fans) for much of the 2021 campaign.

McClaran refrained from saying that clubs that are not set up as primary tenants in football-specific stadiums by 2026 will have to relocate, but he has made USLC’s expectations clear.

“If this cannot be achieved, clubs must make tough decisions that are in their best interests to have long term success,” said McClaran, “and this may include evaluating relocation options.”

Trevisani believes the planning and construction of the stadium is a three to five year project and said he is considering many options. Offshoring is not one of them.

Trevisani mentioned several venues for a potential stadium project, including the West Side of Albuquerque and the Mesa del Sol area, where United have changing rooms and training facilities. Trevisani said local casinos have also expressed interest in a potential partnership, but said those talks are preliminary. He declined to name the casinos.

Key considerations for any stadium site include available parking, which was one of the objections raised by residents of the inner city corridor opposed to the recent bond issue. United have not ruled out a stadium in the city center, Trevisani said, but the club are not pursuing any of the four venues recommended by a recent feasibility study.

“Ideally, we want a place where there’s a lot of parking and where we can have mostly weekend games,” Trevisani said. “A lot of people can’t come to midweek games, so we would like to build a place where we don’t have conflicts with weekend concerts or other events.”

Trevisani said United hope to build a stadium that can accommodate 10 to 12,000 fans. USL Championship standards require a minimum of 5,000 seats.

When it comes to funding, Trevisani is still considering some level of public-private partnership, but nothing quite like the $ 50 million bond project that voters rejected. The proposal would have funded a similar facility at Isotopes Park, a city-owned stadium leased to Isotopes since 2003.

Ahead of the November election, United’s property group pledged $ 10 million for additional construction costs and pledged to pay $ 22.5 million in rent and concessions on a 25-year lease if the bond project was approved. Trevisani said United’s ownership group remains willing to invest heavily, but said a specific dollar amount has not been determined.

“The city had a plan that mimicked Isotopes Park and we supported it,” Trevisani said. “Voters didn’t think a city-owned stadium made sense and we respect their decision. But we also pledged to spend $ 32.5 million on a stadium we wouldn’t have owned. I think it’s a huge commitment, and we’re always willing to do a lot to move forward.

Trevisani also encouraged the arrival of a professional women’s soccer team in Albuquerque, but “with the logistics of Isotopes Park this is not possible at the moment,” he said.

“Once we have a stadium plan in place, it becomes possible, so we don’t give up. If we had quit the first time we heard no, we would never have started New Mexico United. We are determined and will continue to learn as we go.


Trump sues New York attorney general, seeking to end civil investigation

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NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday, seeking to end his civilian investigation into his business practices.

In the lawsuit, filed two weeks after James asked Trump to sit for a deposition on Jan. 7, Trump alleges the investigation violated his constitutional rights in a “thinly veiled effort to publicly slander Trump and his associates.”

“Her mission is guided only by political animosity and the desire to harass, intimidate and retaliate against a private citizen whom she considers a political opponent,” the former president’s lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.

Trump, a Republican, is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting James, a Democrat, from investigating him and a declaratory judgment declaring that she violated his rights.

Messages requesting comment were left at James’ office and Trump’s attorneys. News of the lawsuit filed in Albany federal court was first reported by The New York Times.

James has spent more than two years investigating whether Trump’s firm, the Trump Organization, misled banks or tax officials about the value of assets – by inflating them for favorable loan terms or by blowing them up. minimizing to achieve tax savings.

James investigators last year interviewed one of Trump’s sons, Eric Trump, an executive with the Trump Organization, as part of the investigation. His office went to court to enforce a subpoena against young Trump, and a judge forced him to testify after his lawyers abruptly quashed a previously scheduled deposition.

James’ request for Donald Trump’s testimony, first reported on December 9, was the first step in a process that will now likely lead to a subpoena and a judge to order him to cooperate if he refuses .

It is rare for law enforcement to issue a civil subpoena for the testimony of a person who is also the subject of a related criminal investigation. In part, this is because the person under criminal investigation could simply invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Trump’s lawyers are unlikely to allow his impeachment unless they are sure his testimony cannot be used against him in a criminal case.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is conducting a parallel criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings. Although the civil investigation is separate, James’ office was involved in both. Earlier this year, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. gained access to the longtime real estate mogul’s tax records after a years-long fight that twice went to the Supreme Court. the United States.

Vance, who is stepping down at the end of the year, recently called a new grand jury to hear evidence as he questions whether he should seek more indictments in the inquest, which has resulted in tax evasion charges in July against the Trump organization and its longtime CFO. Allen Weisselberg.

Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty to the charges alleging that he and the company evaded taxes on lucrative employee benefits paid to executives.

Both investigations are at least in part linked to allegations made in news reports and by former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen that Trump had a habit of distorting asset values.

James’ office has issued subpoenas to local governments in connection with the civil investigation into the files concerning Trump’s property north of Manhattan, Seven Springs, and a tax benefit Trump received for placing land in a conservation trust. Vance subsequently issued subpoenas requesting many of the same files.

James’ office also looked at similar issues with a Trump office building in New York City, a hotel in Chicago, and a golf course near Los Angeles. His office has also won a series of court rulings forcing Trump’s company and a law firm it hired to hand over treasure troves of documents.

James had announced her candidacy for governor of New York in late October, but earlier this month she suspended that campaign and cited ongoing investigations in her decision to be re-elected as attorney general of the State.

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NM State ends the game out of conference by hosting UT Permian Basin

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Game Thirteen
State NM (10-2) vs. Permian Basin UT (8-3)
Monday December 20 | 19h00 | Pan American Center | Las Cruces, New Mexico
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THE OPENING BOARD
• In hopes of ending the non-conference game with a six-game winning streak, the NM State men’s basketball team occupy the Pan Am Center court for the second time in 72 hours when the Aggies host UT Permian Basin Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
• The inaugural meeting between Aggies and Falcons will be broadcast on ESPN + and the ESPN app.
• The play-by-play combo and analysis of Adam Young and former NM State player Joe Garza is set to narrate the action on the ESPN + stream. On the air, the legendary man of radio play-by-play Jack nixon will set up a shop next to the court to call the action.
• Nixon’s play-by-play and analysis can be heard on 99.5 Zia Country FM in Las Cruces, NM, and nationwide on The Varsity Network app.
• Affiliate stations of the Aggie Sports network can be tuned into Artesia, NM (990 AM), Carlsbad, NM (1240 AM), Gallup, NM (94.9 FM), Alamogordo, NM (103.7 FM) and El Paso , Texas (1380 a.m.). All of these stations will also broadcast Nixon’s commentary on Monday night’s tilt.
• Fans who purchase a ticket to the Monday night showdown before and on game day will receive a free general admission ticket to the NM State WAC home game against Chicago State on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

QUICK BREAK POINTS
• For the third time under the direction of the head coach Chris Jans and for the seventh time in program history, NM State won 10 of its first 12 games to start the season.
• NM State had already made 10-2 starts under Jans in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
• Seven NM State teams – most recent in 2018-19 – started 10-2 in their first 12 games. Only five other teams presented a better record in their first 12 games.
• NM State is 5-0 in December. Eight NM State teams went undefeated through December, most recently the 2016-17 edition of the Aggies.
• NM State have won each of their last six real road games dating back to 2020-21. It’s the second-longest active winning streak in real road games in the country, behind Gonzaga and West Virginia (seven straight road wins).
• NM State is one of 33 NCAA Division I teams that haven’t lost a real road game this season (among those that have played one).
• In Chris Janshe tenure as head coach, NM State is 36-12 (0.750) in real road games.
• NM State’s five-game winning streak is the 19th longest active streak in the country and the third longest among all WAC clubs.
• NM State’s 10 wins so far in 2021-22 are the eighth for any team nationwide and the most of any WAC team.
• NM State’s collective field goal percentage of 0.476 ranks 50th in the nation and second among all WAC teams.
• The NM Condition has recently seen its accuracy drop from the three point range. In the last four games, the Aggies have shot 18 of 84 (0.214) from long distance.
• Junior Redshirt goalie Jabari Rice just won a season record 22 points in NM State’s victory at Washington State (Dec. 15). When Rice scores 20 or more points in a game, NM State is 9-1.
• Senior Redshirt striker Johnny mccant does a bit of everything, but is among the best in the country when it comes to close shots. The Las Cruces, NM product ranks third among all NCAA Division I players in two-point field goal percentage (79.4%, 27 of 34). Another notable name in the top ten in this statistical category is Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren (sixth, 0.786).
• High score guard Teddy allen leads NM State in scoring at a rate of 17.5 points per game and also ranks 19th nationally in free throw percentage (0.907). The Phoenix, Ariz. Product is also in the top 25 nationally for field goal attempts (17th, 174).
• NM State has three wins against teams that are currently in the top 55 of the last edition of the NET rankings. The Aggies have beaten Davidson (52), UC Irvine (53) and Washington State (48) so far this season.
• With Jans in the lead, the Aggies were 6-6 (0.500) against opponents Power Five. That mark includes a 6-4 (0.600) performance against enemies of the Power Five in regular season tilts. NM State has won victories over Illinois, Miami, Mississippi State and Washington State (three times) under Jans’s leadership since 2017-18.
• New Mexico State Head Coach Chris Jans returned to the bench on Friday December 3 for the Aggies game at UTEP. The team’s fifth-year bench boss had previously missed his last two games due to COVID-19 protocols.
• In the Nov. 30 loss to New Mexico, the Aggies gave the opposition 100 or more points for the first time in the Chris Jans the era of coaching. Before Tuesday, the last time NM State let an enemy cross the century mark was in 2017 when they claimed a 107-101 WAC victory at UTRGV on February 18. As of 2010, only three NM State opponents (Nevada, New Mexico and UTRGV) have amassed 100 or more points in a game.
• Now in his fifth season in an NM State Uniform, Johnny mccant climbed into the program’s top ten for blocked shots. McCants, a Las Cruces, NM product, has 96 releases to his name as a college student, which are ninth all-time by Aggie. He hopes to become the eighth player in program history to record 100 or more blocked shots in his career.

LAST RELEASE | State of New Mexico 93, Northern New Mexico 60 | Saturday, December 18, 2021
• Northern New Mexico scored the game’s first points on a three-point shot in under a minute, but NM State then took control with a 24-0 streak for a 93- win. 60 over the Eagles on Saturday night. inside the Pan American Center.
• Three of the regular entries of Aggies – Johnny mccant, Nate pryor and Jabari Rice – didn’t adjust (rest), leaving the rest of the Aggies to take center stage as NM State looked to improve their bench play.
• Teddy allen, however, started and came close to a triple-double in his 27 minutes of action. The Phoenix, Ariz. Goalie finished with a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
• Allen’s effort was one of five double-digit outs for various Aggies on the roster. First-year student Marchelus avery impressed on his first start as an NM State player, scoring 17 points on a 7 of 12 effort on the field. Avery also added eight rebounds and was one of three NM State players to have amassed eight or more boards.
• No Aggie has taken off for more rebounds than Mario McKinney Jr. The goalie racked up a career-high 12 rebounds and game in 28 minutes of action.
• Yuat alok also used his larger size to score at will throughout the game. The 6’11 forward finished with 16 points on a 6 of 8 effort from the field and was one of two players on the Aggies bench to finish with double-digit points.
• With Allen, Avery and McKinney in charge, NM State enjoyed a 51-32 (+19) lead over the Eagles. The Aggies’ 51 rebounds were a season high and the most in a game for the team since 2018.
• Clayton-henri also got his first extended action of the season in Saturday’s win, playing 23 minutes and finishing with three points, four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Henry missed the team’s first nine games of the season to recover from a foot injury he sustained during summer practice.
• Virshon cotton made his first appearance on the field for the Aggies since Nov. 21, 2021 and scored 11 points, a season-high, in a 4-of-10 shooting night. Cotton also distributed three assists in the victory.
• NM State’s 33-point margin of victory was its biggest of the season and its most lopsided victory since losing Benedictine Mesa by a 91-57 score on December 1, 2020.
• NM State forced 21 turnovers in the victory, marking the first time an opponent has thrown the ball 20 or more times in a game since December 29, 2019 (also in northern New Mexico).

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• In his first season as the Falcons’ head coach, Kyle Tolin is 8-3 in hand as he leads his program at the Pan Am Center in hopes of scoring a big shot.
• North Dakota state transfer Jordan Horn will make his second appearance inside the Pan Am Center on Monday night, this time in a Falcons uniform. The goalie leads the team in scoring at a clip of 18.5 points per game.
• Besides Horn, Miles Daniels (15.0 ppg) and DaJuan Jones (14.2 ppg) are two other key scorers for the Falcons. Jones has made a name for himself as one of the top distributors in NCAA Division II, distributing assists at the rate of 8.7 per game.
• UT Permian Basin’s offense is scoring 82.2 points per game and its three losses this season have resulted in a combined eight points.
• Monday night’s contest will go into the books as an exhibition match for UT Permian Basin.

TO BE CONTINUED
• Before the schedule moves to 2022, NM State is embarking on another trip to the Pacific Northwest to kick off the action for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Aggies begin their 18-game WAC tournament roster on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 p.m. when they face Seattle U inside the Redhawk Center.

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Mexican drug cartels target California ghost marijuana industry


Joel Merrifield, Councilor for Round Valley Indian Tribes
It’s not Mexico, but it’s happening here. This worries our seniors, 80 and over, who do not feel safe here.

Merrifield, who is recovering and working with youth at the Round Valley Indian Health Center, said he believes marijuana should only be used for medical purposes, such as to relieve pain from cancer. He said he smoked marijuana years ago and it was his gateway to other drugs.

“It’s abused” on the reserve, he said as he stood outside the center, seeing a marijuana grow op across the street. “I have expressed it many times in (tribal council) meetings.”

The city councilor said he was also concerned about the shootings and disappearances.

“It’s not Mexico, but it’s happening here,” he said. “It is alarming our seniors, 80 and over, who do not feel safe here.”

In the United States, customers who buy marijuana over the internet are unlikely to realize the work and sex trafficking that they could support financially, police said.

“Some of the marijuana moved across the country has arisen from slave labor,” said Sena, who also heads the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. “Often people brought into work are abused” on illegal marijuana farms. .

In Mendocino County, someone dropped off a scared 16-year-old girl from Mexico who didn’t know where she was and didn’t speak English at an illegal cannabis farm in Covelo a few months ago. The sheriff is concerned that she was brought in to have sex with the workers, but her deputies found her first.

Other farm workers, including young men used for sex and trafficking in labor, were not rescued in time. Some were forced to live in poverty without plumbing. Others have died and many are missing, the sheriff said.

“We have families who will never be able to find out what happened to their children,” Kendall said. “I’m not going to take it.”

Point Arena Lighthouse in western Mendocino County overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Point Arena Lighthouse in western Mendocino County overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Harming national forest lands, wildlife

Armed illegal cultivators are also settling on federal lands in national forests.

Investigators have discovered that “intrusions are growing” in 72 national forests in 21 states, which include all of California’s 18 national forests, said Mourad Gabriel, regional wildlife ecologist for the US Forest Service based in the Emerald Triangle. .

On average, more than 2 million cannabis plants were eradicated on federal lands from 2007 to 2019 – of which more than a million were cultivated in California, Gabriel said.

He is concerned about the unknown impact of dangerous chemicals, including those used to kill rodents which are banned in the United States and have been used at some cultivation sites, most notably in the Mendocino National Forest.

“They are definitely being smuggled from Mexico,” he said.

Nyxo, a rescue dog, suffered an excruciating death in 2014 after being poisoned in northern California.  Its owner, scientist Mourad Gabriel, accuses illegal marijuana growers of trying to stop his research.
Nyxo, a rescue dog, suffered an excruciating death in 2014 after being poisoned in northern California. Its owner, scientist Mourad Gabriel, accuses illegal marijuana growers of trying to stop his research.
Courtesy of Mourad Gabriel

Gabriel is concerned about the contamination of contaminated soils and waterways that feed the Round Valley Indian Reserve in Covelo.

“They are certainly in danger if contamination is to occur,” he said.

The scientist said that in 2014, someone poisoned his beloved rescue dog Nyxo, who suffered an excruciating death. Gabriel thinks it was a scary tactic to stop his research.

Gabriel has helped link illegal crops to the poisoning or slaughter of spotted owls, fishermen, bears, deer and hawks.

Producers of illegal sites sometimes cut down trees and also leave piles of garbage and human waste near streams in forests.

“These are toxic waste sites,” said California Congressman Jim Wood, a Democrat whose district includes the Emerald Triangle.

“They damage water and wildlife, and that’s on a pretty big scale.”

In fiscal 2019, more than 353,000 marijuana plants were eradicated from national forests in California and across the country, and authorities confiscated $ 948 million worth of marijuana, the US spokesperson said. Forest Service, Jamie Hinrichs.

In recent years, authorities have discovered large shoots in the national forests of California, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Burns and Deaths from Illegal Cannabis

Burns and explosions are another threat with illegal cannabis.

A 56-year-old man illegally manufacturing a form of pure THC in September caused an explosion in Mendocino County that killed him and burned his two grandchildren.

Firefighters and three air ambulances rushed to the overnight trailer park in the county seat town of Ukiah.

“I found three burns people running around trying to find water,” screaming and crying, said Justin Buckingham, UKiah Valley Fire Authority battalion commander.

Justin Buckingham, Battalion Commander, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority.
Justin Buckingham, Battalion Commander, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority.

Investigators say the man made oil from butane honey, a golden liquid extracted from the stems, seeds and leaves of cannabis using the same highly flammable gas found in lighters in the grill.

The finished product, syrupy like honey, may contain almost pure THC. A kilogram of wax, formed when the extract solidifies, has a market value of up to $ 39,000, Sena said.

Addicts can heat, vaporize and inhale the wax, a trend called “dabbing,” which has sent patients to the emergency room with symptoms similar to pneumonia, case studies show, including one published in the National in July. Library of Medicine.

Doctors warn that long-term health effects are not known.

Most of these labs are illegal, police said. There are several steps to obtaining a permit, including having a ventilation system, avoiding heat sources and recycling waste.

The Ukiah explosion, which blew up the windows, caused 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the arms and legs of a 12-year-old boy, said Lt. Andy Phillips, of the Ukiah Police Department .

An 8-year-old girl suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns.

The grandfather died a few days later.

There have been several similar explosions in recent years, but none have been fatal, the lieutenant said.

What can be done?

Law veterans, including Sena and the Mendocino County Sheriff, are now in favor of allowing marijuana at the federal level as a means of crippling the illegal market.

The results of a new Gallup poll released in November show that 68% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana at the federal level, a record.

However, repeated attempts by US lawmakers to legalize it have failed. In November, Republican Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, allowing states to regulate drugs in the same way as alcohol.

In California, lawmakers in September announced $ 1.5 million to target the largest illegal producers in Mendocino, Trinity and Humboldt counties. Emerald counties had previously received $ 1.5 million to help clean up toxic waste left at illegal growing sites, Wood said.

Kendall said federal prosecutions of criminal drug rings in his area were rare and he needed more help from officers.

San Francisco DEA officials declined to comment, but the FBI released a statement saying its officials are collaborating with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office “on ongoing investigations and sharing intelligence on criminal threats.”

Sena agreed Mendocino County needs more resources, but said undercover work is difficult as producers in the area recognize cars and faces that are new to the remote area.

He also said that the focus was more on the immediate threat of fentanyl, the No. 1 killer in the United States.

“Until that gets to the point where people can actually make the connection between the violence we see on the streets of America and the illicit flow of marijuana, we won’t be able to get the funding, the staff, the good guys. resources.”

Reporter Beth Warren: [email protected]; 502-582-7164; Twitter @BethWarrenCJ.

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New Mexico residents mobilize after Salvation Army pickup truck theft

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TThe Salvation Army in New Mexico is somewhat experiencing its own Christmas miracle.

Residents of New Mexico came to their aid after the theft of a Salvation Army truck full of toys.

‘The Grinch won’t get this victory,’ Salvation Army Lt. Christopher Rockwell said the Associated press the Saturday.

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A 2011 Toyota Sienna was Fly Tuesday night in Farmington, New Mexico, with over $ 6,000 in donated toys stored inside. Rockwell alleges that a pickpocket likely stole the vehicle keys while a Salvation Army employee was in a store.

Since the theft, local Salvation Army organizers have come out to replace donations, asking residents to replace what was stolen. Respondents donated “lots of toys, lots of clothes” as well as hygiene products and money to cover lost costs.

The audience’s response revealed “the compassion and heart people have for one another here,” Rockwell said. “It is a huge blessing beyond comprehension.”

The police were able identify the suspect behind Saturday’s robbery as Anthony Crespin, 37, and said an arrest warrant had been issued for Crespin.

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Sunday morning, no arrest had been made and the van had not been located.

The Salvation Army faces pressure across the United States as it struggles to fill volunteer time slots and donations. This struggle appears to correlate with the Christian nonprofit group’s decision to publish a guidebook on racism. The guide was later took of after filing complaints.


Stimulus payments available in every state this year

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STIMULUS Payments are available in all US states this year, and here’s a guide on how you can get free money ranging from $ 300 to $ 2,000.

In recent weeks, local governments have stepped up to help their residents financially, as some families try to recover from the economic disaster caused by the Covid pandemic.

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A list of each US state and how they financially support their residentsCredit: Getty

As 2021 draws to a close, some US states are offering a fourth stimulus check, while other states have alternative options.

Alabama

In Alabama, the likelihood that residents will receive another stimulus check is low.

The state government has launched the Altogether campaign, but that does not provide much relief to residents or businesses from Covid-19.

Alaska

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is keen to shift the extra revenue the state earned in November from increased oil production into the pockets of residents, saying “it’s very much in our ability to help residents manage their bills with an additional PFD of $ 1,236 ”.

PFD stands for Permanent Fund Dividend and the state government is pushing for this to help families.

ARIZONA

In Arizona, unemployed residents can take advantage of the state’s Back To Work program.

If you applied for unemployment benefits by May 15, 2021, were eligible for unemployment benefits for the benefit week from May 9 to 15, 2021, and found a job, you may be eligible for the program. back to work from Arizona.

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Those who return to work part time are entitled to $ 1,000.

Those who go back to work full time could get $ 2,000.

Arkansas

Arkansas’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) initiative provides support for low-income families to purchase food.

California

As part of the Golden State Stimulus II program, it is estimated that a total of nine million Californians will receive checks by the end of the year.

We explain the exact dates you will receive your check if you have not yet received one.

Under California’s initiative, a resident earning less than $ 75,000 per year who filed their 2020 taxes by October 15 is eligible for the payment.

Colorado

Colorado’s website offers its residents cash assistance, child care assistance, employment assistance, energy assistance, and food assistance.

Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the $ 1,000 back-to-work program in stimulus checks, starting May 30, 2021, which will run until December 31, 2021.

Requirements are more involved in other states with details of when residents filed for unemployment and how long they were unemployed.

Residents must also have secured employment to be eligible for the stimulus payment.

Delaware

Unfortunately for Delaware residents, they don’t receive stimulus checks in December.

Florida

Florida could send stimulus payments in December to K-12 first responders. If eligible, these individuals can receive a one-time payment of $ 1,000.

Governor Ron DeSantis said the program aims to help approximately 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals.

Georgia

Georgia was offering full-time teachers and administrators $ 1,000 and part-time teachers $ 500 in relief funds for their work during the pandemic.

Hawaii

Hawaiian lawmakers were fighting over $ 2,200 for educators; however, the bill was opposed by Governor David Ige.

Idaho

In Idaho, taxpayers received a one-time tax refund of $ 50.

Illinois

Illinois residents will not receive support from their state.

Indiana

On June 19, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb terminated state unemployment benefits.

Iowa

Iowa officials have never disclosed a plan for a state stimulus check to be paid to residents.

Kansas

There is no information that Kansas will offer any further stimulus checks.

Kentucky

Like many states, there are no plans for a fourth stimulus check for residents of Kentucky.

Louisiana

Louisiana has invested its funds in rebuilding communities destroyed by Hurricane Ida.

However, those affected by the storm may be eligible for a one-time household payment of $ 500 from the government, as well as temporary housing assistance.

Maine

Residents of the state of Maine began receiving stimulus payments on November 15.

One-time payments of $ 285 will go to over half a million residents.

Those eligible are single tax filers who earn less than $ 75,000 per year and couples who earn $ 150,000 or less.

The state will continue to send them until the end of the year.

Maryland

Maryland residents are eligible for stimulus payments under the state’s RELIEF Act.

Qualifying families receive checks for $ 500, while individuals can receive payments of $ 300.

According to the comptroller’s office, a total of 422,531 residents of Maryland were eligible to receive state payments – 98% of them having received payments in February.

A spokesperson for the Maryland comptroller told The Sun that 7,811 of the payments sent had been returned by November 30.

Those affected should update their email address and can contact the Maryland Taxpayer Services Division at 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937).

Payments are only available to those who have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their 2019 tax returns.

Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has no plans for another stimulus payment.

Michigan

Michigan sent its teachers $ 500 in risk premiums.

Minnesota

For Minnesota residents, don’t expect one last stimulus check before the end of the year.

Mississippi

The conversation among Mississippi officials is how to spend the $ 1.8 billion US bailout.

Missouri

Little financial support has been directed to residents of Missouri compared to other states.

Montana

In Montana, state officials decided early on not to provide more stimulus checks; instead, they are using funding from the coronavirus for local infrastructure projects, including 86 water and sewage projects statewide.

Nebraska

No fourth stimulus check is underway for the Nebraskans.

Nevada

The state of Nevada is doing very well in terms of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic; therefore, no federal funds will be directed to residents.

New Hampshire

An American family of three with no income in New Hampshire can receive a grant of $ 1,086 per month.

Visit the New Hampshire State website for more information.

New Jersey

A fourth stimulus check is not expected in New Jersey.

New Mexico

Stimulus check payments ended in November for New Mexico residents.

New York

Like their neighbors across the Hudson, New Yorkers are not expected to receive a fourth stimulus payment.

North Carolina

There is currently no new information in North Carolina regarding stimulus payments and other forms of financial assistance.

North Dakota

In August, the US Department of Education gave North Dakota the green light to use US bailout funds to support K-12 schools and students, with $ 101 million. dollars allocated to the State in this area.

Ohio

There are no plans for a fourth stimulus check in Ohio.

Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, a one-time payment of $ 1,200 was offered to those who lost their unemployment benefits and returned to work.

Oregon

Since August, there has been no update on Covid-19 related relief funds for Oregon residents.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has not offered residents new stimulus payments.

Rhode Island

No fourth stimulus check is underway for the Rhode Islanders.

Caroline from the south

Most of the $ 8.8 billion allocated to South Carolina under the US bailout will go to education.

South Dakota

South Dakota was the only state that opted out of receiving the federally funded $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit.

Tennessee

In Tennessee there has been a new round of payments, but only for certain workers.

A bill was passed by the Tennessee state legislature to give teachers a risk bonus to show appreciation to educators during the pandemic.

Full-time teachers are eligible to receive $ 1,000 and part-time teachers will receive $ 500.

These checks are expected to be received before the end of 2021.

Texas

Some teachers living in certain cities in Texas are eligible for relief payments.

Fort Worth and Arlington will increase district employee wages by four percent.

Mansfile will increase pay by two percent and Denton employees will receive a bonus of $ 500 and a two percent raise.

Utah

There are no further stimulus checks scheduled for Utah residents.

Vermont

The new Vermont worker relocation grants will reimburse up to $ 7,500 to those who moved to the state after July 1.

This money will also be available to those moving to the state as remote workers from February 2022.

Virginia

There are no statewide plans for a new stimulus check in Virginia.

Washington

Like several states, Washington residents will end 2021 without a fourth stimulus.

West Virginia

In West Virginia, thousands of stimulus checks have not been claimed.

The state government pushed people to verify their eligibility and it is still possible to do so.

Elsewhere, the state government is focused on helping residents in need through emergency housing vouchers.

Wisconsin

No further financial assistance is underway for Wisconsin residents after the state implemented the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program earlier in 2021.

Wyoming

The likelihood of another raise check is not high in Wyoming.

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State House Book for Residents of New Mexico | My opinion

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This summer and fall, we have spent many hours chatting with families in our communities, learning about the challenges families face, and discussing what lawmakers like us could do to help them.

The holiday season highlights a time of special need for many of these hardworking families and communities in northern New Mexico. From lack of access to clean water and broadband, to the inability to put food on their family’s table or stay warm with a roof over your head as temperatures drop, too many of our friends and neighbors are in trouble. These are challenges that no one should face. We absolutely can and must respond to such dire needs in our communities, and we are proud to report that House Democrats have kept their promises during this special legislative session.

During the session, our chamber fought back and passed legislation delivering nearly half a billion dollars in federal stimulus funds to stand-alone, ready-to-go projects to help a strong recovery from the pandemic of coronavirus and provide much needed resources. This legislation with bipartisan support will allow federal dollars to work immediately for New Mexicans in the North. It includes $ 123 million to provide high-speed internet access to the most remote corners of our region, $ 25 million for housing assistance and $ 5 million to support food banks, such as The Food Depot, in our community and across the state.

It is investing hundreds of millions more to create well-paying jobs and support families, and to improve our roads and infrastructure. It delivers roughly

$ 50 million to improve our state parks and trails to better conserve our beautiful lands, water and precious natural resources, and this is helping address the nurse shortage crisis in New Mexico by supporting the aspiring nurses who are on the front line of this pandemic by taking care of our loved ones. Simply put, this bill helps uplift our most underrepresented communities. It is nothing short of transformational. And in the next session, we’ll be looking to appropriate about half a billion more to meet the needs of our hard-working families.

Our work during this Special Session also included the passage of legislation by the House to ensure that medical providers in northern New Mexico can keep their doors open and provide the vital health services that we and our neighbors need and deserve. We also had heated debates and reached agreements on updated maps for our Congressional, State House, and Public Education Commission districts that best represent population changes, demographic realities, and the greater diversity of northern New Mexico today.

We have received input from thousands of New Mexicans, including our Hispanic and Indigenous communities, and have relied on the independent, non-partisan Citizen Redistricting Committee framework to produce districts that are truly representative of our unique communities. In short, the cards passed by the House tell the story of righting injustices and ensuring that every vote really counts.

As your state representatives for Districts 41, 45, 46, and 48, we represent urban and rural interests, including parts of the City of Santa Fe; Taos and Rio Arriba counties; and several of the region’s sovereign pueblos. It has been a pleasure to put in that hard work and meet some exceptional needs as the holidays approach. While we all certainly look forward to starting our celebrations and reflections this time of year, we understand that it is our duty and our privilege to represent the people of our districts and keep our promises. We and our fellow Democrats in the House are first and foremost committed to serving the voters who elected us and will not stop until our work is done.

Tara Lujan, Linda Serrato, and Andrea Romero are state representatives from Santa Fe County. Lujan represents District 48; Serrato District 45 and Romero District 46. State Representative Susan Herrera also contributed to this article. It represents District 41, which includes portions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.


Encounters with migrants rise in November after declining for three consecutive months, new data shows

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Number of unaccompanied migrant children on the rise last month, reports CBP

New data released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an increase in the number of migrants in November who made multiple attempts to cross the southwest border. (Sandra Sanchez / Frontier Report File Photo)

McALLEN, Texas (Border report) – A quarter of all migrants apprehended crossing the southwest border in November had already entered the United States, most already returned due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released Friday by Customs and Human Rights Protection. American borders.

There were 173,620 migrant encounters along the southwestern border with Mexico in November – a 5% increase from October – and of those encountered, 25% crossed the border illegally during the last year, CBP Reports. This figure represents a decrease of 4% compared to the previous month.

Nationally, there were 197,383 meetings in November, an increase of less than 3% from the previous month. October marked the third consecutive month of decline in encounters with unauthorized migrants.

The monthly assessment report shows that two-thirds of all migrants apprehended along the southwest border in November were single adults – 66% – bringing the total number of arrests by law enforcement to 114,419. That’s a 5% increase from October, according to CBP.

(Chart by CBP)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more than half, or 87,341 of all migrants apprehended along the southwest border last month have been deported under Title 42 health orders, which are in place. since March 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Federal authorities returned 11,155 family members of migrants who attempted to enter U.S. soil under Title 42, a quarter of all families who crossed the southwest border.

CBP officials attributed the high number of migrants making multiple crossings due to pushbacks from the pandemic.

“The large number of deportations during the pandemic contributed to a higher than usual number of migrants making multiple attempts to cross borders, meaning the total number of encounters somewhat overstates the number of unique individuals. arriving at the border, ”the report said.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chart)

There was also a 9% increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children who crossed the border in November compared to October. And the average number of children held by CBP has increased dramatically, averaging 962 per day, up from 595 per day in October.

As the holidays approach, it seems that there are more and more unaccompanied young people crossing the dangerous border.

Data sent Thursday evening from the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services shows there were 12,624 children in HHS custody on Thursday and 344 in CBP custody. And that more than 900 children were detained by CBP last month.

The number of unaccompanied minors arrested so far in fiscal year 2022 far exceeds the number of young people apprehended in the first months of the previous three fiscal years. More than 12,000 young people were detained in October and November.

By comparison, no more than 3,400 young people were apprehended during the same period in 2020 and the number did not exceed 6,000 during those months in 2019, according to data from CBP.

CBP also reports that nationwide drug seizures are up 90% from October.

In November, CBP officials seized nearly 1,545 shipments containing counterfeit goods worth $ 335 million, according to the report.

South Texas correspondent Sandra Sanchez can be reached at [email protected]


New requirements for the transport of goods and goods within Mexico | Hogan Lovells

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Mexico’s tax authorities have taken additional measures regarding the regulation of the transport of goods and merchandise within the country; this includes the issuance of an Electronic Invoice Complement (Complemento Carta Porte), a document that includes information about the goods and transported goods such as ownership, origin and final destination, means of transport, among others. This Supplement will be issued before the start of transport. Failure to obtain and travel with the Supplement may result in significant penalties and, in some situations, product seizure.

Within the framework of the regulations relating to the transport of goods and merchandise within the country, from January 1st, 2022, any natural or legal person in charge of the transport of goods and goods will be required to issue and travel with the Electronic Invoice and a Supplement to the Electronic Invoice.

This Supplement includes information on the characteristics of the goods and goods transported, including, but not limited to, ownership of the goods, their origin and destination, all points of transit, as well as the means by which they are transported. . This will allow the person or company in charge of the transport to prove that the goods and goods have entered the country legally.

Persons who personally transport goods and goods will have to obtain the Supplement before starting the transport of goods and goods; if they hire transport services, they must provide the transport service provider with the information referred to above so that it can deliver this Supplement.

For these purposes, the Tax Administration of Mexico has issued a series of guidelines that detail the process for completing and obtaining this Supplement.

Failure to obtain this Supplement and transporting goods and goods without it may result in violations of tax provisions, which may include the seizure of goods and goods or a smuggling tax offense.

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New Blockchain Academy Offers Accelerated Training Opportunities For High Demand Blockchain Technology Jobs


Professionals in fields such as law, finance, healthcare, and education can take rapid development courses that include both an instructor-led program and a self-study program.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, December 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With the growing workforce demand for blockchain technology skills across industries, CNM Ingenuity has partnered with the Blockchain Academy to provide a large roster of blockchain training courses for students and businesses.

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“Through this tremendous training opportunity, we are providing individuals with the in-demand skills needed to secure jobs in blockchain technology, which is growing across all areas of the economy,” said Bill halverson, Senior Technology Advisor at CNM Ingenuity. “This partnership allows us to stay ahead of the curve and keep these training opportunities up to date with the latest technological advances.”

CNM Ingéniosité is part of Central Community of New Mexico College (CNM) and supports accelerated education and training opportunities that promote economic development and job creation.

The blockchain is a decentralized computer system that allows the transfer and storage of information in a secure and fast manner. It removes the need for a middleman by mathematically and cryptographically guaranteeing that an event has occurred. Events recorded and secured on a decentralized ledger, such as a money transfer, vote, or product shipment, cannot be hacked, ensuring the trust of everyone on the network.

The uses of blockchain are very varied. CNM already offers blockchain verified degrees so that students can easily access and share their academic credentials throughout their studies and careers.

In supply chain management, as products change hands from manufacture to sale, blockchain can be used to document transitions into a permanent decentralized record, reducing lead times, additional costs and human errors. In real estate, blockchain applications can help register, track and transfer land titles, deeds, liens, etc., while ensuring that all documents are accurate and verifiable. In healthcare, blockchain can allow hospitals, payers, and others in the healthcare chain to share access to their networks without compromising data security and integrity.

“Blockchain technology is now one of the most sought-after skills in today’s workforce,” says Ryan williams, Executive Director of the Blockchain Academy. “From cryptocurrencies and decentralized ledgers to supply chain applications, the technology is being adapted en masse in most industries. Working with partners like CNM Ingenuity helps ensure that blockchain education has an impact and delivers the skills employers are looking for.

Through this partnership, the Blockchain Academy offers a wide range of courses. Professionals in fields such as education, law, finance, and health care will be able to take quick and refresher courses that include both an instructor-led program and a self-paced program. People who want a basic introduction to blockchain have a wide variety of options. And those who want to go deeper into blockchain and pursue a career in it will be able to access courses that certify them in areas such as Multi-Stack Blockchain Developer.

CNM Ingenuity is hosting a free information session on January 6 at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) where you can learn more about all of the blockchain training options. Those interested can register here.

In addition to the partnership with The Blockchain Academy, CNM will also launch the Blockchain Center of Excellence. The Center will pair CNM blockchain students with community partners with the goal of developing blockchain solutions that help solve the community’s most pressing business needs. It will also provide real development space by integrating blockchain projects with existing technology projects in our Fullstack, Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Science web development bootcamps. The goal is to provide collaborative opportunities to develop production ready blockchain solutions.

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Dust Bowl winds hit the western United States devastated by a tornado

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December 15 (Reuters) – Less than a week after a swarm of powerful tornadoes devastated Kentucky and four other states, an abnormal windstorm produced “dust bowl” conditions and gusts of over 100 mph (161 km / h) in parts of the Great Plains and the Upper Midwest, meteorologists said Wednesday.

The low-pressure wind system, driven by unusually high temperatures for the season in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota, triggered power outages in four US states, including more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Colorado on Wednesday evening.

The storm system could also hit the area with thunderstorms and snow, the National Weather Service said in an advisory.

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“There have been historic ‘Dust Bowl’ conditions without visibility in parts of New Mexico and Colorado,” said Marc Chenard, forecaster for the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Center in College Park, Maryland.

“It’s very unusual,” Chenard said. “It’s moving east and is unusual for such a large area, it will pass through the Great Lakes region, Michigan and Canada by Thursday morning,” he said.

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The Dust Bowl refers to a time in the 1930s when severe drought and destructive farming practices disrupted the ecology of parts of the American and Canadian prairies. Meanwhile, huge clouds of loosened topsoil regularly blanketed the area, causing an economic crisis for farmers and a massive migration to California.

The windstorm follows one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 74 people were killed in Kentucky and 14 died in other states as this storm system swept through the Great Plains and parts of the South last Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Read more

President Joe Biden visited some of the devastated communities on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said in its forecast that the strong winds in the current system would pick up overnight Wednesday and cross the Upper Midwest into Canada by Thursday.

“As a result, blower dust and power outages will likely be found across the region,” the weather service said. “An extremely critical fire weather also exists tonight, from northern Texas Panhandle to north-central Kansas.”

The NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a “moderate risk” warning to the area and said blowing snow could create driving hazards in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

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Tribal voices get White House ear but still await results

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Tribal voices get White House ear but still await results


Tribal voices say they are finding more ways to voice their concerns to the Biden administration, even if that increased access doesn’t always translate into victories in environmental protection and climate action.

Biden called on all federal agencies to conduct “regular, meaningful and robust consultations” with tribal nations, noting that Native Americans are disproportionately affected by health and economic disparities and worsening climate impacts.

But it’s unclear whether that message filtered through to federal agencies and departments that interact directly with tribes, said Julia Bernal, a member of Sandia Pueblo and director of the Pueblo Action Alliance.

“Tribes should be at the table when it comes to making decisions and planning and instead of being told ‘look, this is the new development project that we are working on,’” said Bernal.

The administration’s efforts still rely too much on offers to listen to tribal opinions and less on in-depth consultations where those opinions carry significant weight, said Mario Atencio of Arizona-based Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, representing the Navajo communities.

“The joke here is ‘well we asked for a consultation but what we got was a listening session,’ Atencio said.

The administration can help by giving tribes more federal resources to help them compete better for federal grants and with policies that develop locally grown clean energy and other climate-friendly technologies in communities, Bernal said. .

This would require a more consistent focus on tribes to overcome structural obstacles in order to have more say in federal decisions, such as authorization, in which Bernal said the process tended to favor the oil industry and gas.

“Our country can streamline processes for industries like oil and gas, but then they make those same licensing processes incredibly difficult for local economies,” she said. “It shows you where the priorities are. “

“Significant and robust”

Biden received praise for placing tribal members in high-ranking positions. He appointed New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, as Home Secretary, and Jaime Pinkham, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of the Pacific Northwest, to a senior position within the Army Corps of Engineers.

It has also achieved environmental and conservation victories, including restoring Bears Ears and other national monuments overthrown by President Trump and killing the Keystone XL pipeline, which was opposed by a coalition of indigenous tribes. But Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas rentals on federal lands and waters was blocked in July by a federal judge in Louisiana.

Some conservation actions have drawn criticism – tribes are not monolithic when it comes to views on leasing oil and gas – such as a proposal to create a 10-mile drilling buffer around remote Chaco Canyon from New Mexico. While some tribes have welcomed the move, the Navajo Nation has complained that its calls for a more modest five-mile radius to protect the revenues it derives from the oil and gas fields have been ignored.

The Home Office of Land Management “now wants to launch a formal tribal consultation after the fact,” said Mark Freeland, a delegate from the Navajo Nation Council.

Complaints that tribal voices are not being heard are common, although more often heard on the losing side, said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance representing oil and gas drilling in the United States. Where is.

“They often say, ‘They haven’t done enough consultations.’ Well you know sometimes you lose, ”she said.

And while some tribes want land off-limits to drilling, “you also have tribes who are very oil and gas-friendly, like the South Utes or the three affiliated tribes of North Dakota” —the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation— “and they’re very pro-energy because that’s how they provide the livelihoods of their people.

Mixed file on leases

Oil and gas drilling has long been a contentious issue between the tribes and the federal government.

During the Obama administration, Interior attempted to rescind a contentious oil and gas lease near Glacier National Park in the Badger-Two Medicine area, considered sacred by the Blackfeet Nation, said Hilary Tompkins, a former lawyer for the Obama era.

The attempt, which has sparked years of litigation, shows how difficult it is to simply cancel existing leases on public land, as Biden pledged during the campaign, she said.

But stopping such leases requires successfully navigating time-consuming procedural requirements, including detailed analyzes of existing resource management plans, said Tompkins, now an environmental practice partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP.

The interior decision to suspend oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge highlights Biden’s challenge to keep his promises to protect these pristine areas. This is a temporary moratorium while the ministry conducts a detailed review of the environmental impacts of the leases.

Biden is to be credited with taking swift action to block what many indigenous people saw as a rushed lease sale Trump announced a month before stepping down, said Tonya Garnett, special projects coordinator for the government. tribal from the native village of Veneto in Alaska.

Democrats in Congress are pushing to repeal 2017 provisions attached to sweeping tax legislation that opened parts of the safe house to drilling, she noted. This reversal hinges on passing Biden’s Build Back Better package, which was passed by the House but is being negotiated in the Senate.

“We still have a long way to go,” Garnett said. “After the sale of this land in 2020, we stood firm in our commitment to protect our sovereign rights and these sacred lands from those – including oil and gas companies – who would exploit them for profit. “

The tribes consider a particularly sacred piece of northern land – the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd – because indigenous peoples have lived among the caribou “since time immemorial,” she said.

Glimmer of hope

Environmental groups that work closely with tribes say focusing too narrowly on the need for in-depth consultation ignores centuries of federal abuse of tribes.

Economic opportunities for many tribes are limited to the point where they have little alternative but to maximize oil and gas income.

“These lands were seen as some kind of sacrifice zones by the federal government in the not-so-distant past,” said Kyle Tisdel, director of the climate and energy program for the Western Environmental Law Center.

Others say the administration deserves credit for trying to give tribes and other marginalized communities more political input after decades of neglect.

Tompkins, the former Home Affairs Lawyer, said she was optimistic that the recent “Racial Justice Awakening” highlighted “the long systemic problems facing the Indian country”, in many cases for hundreds of years.

“I think there is a greater awareness” of the plight of tribal nations, she said. “And I hope it’s not a one-size-fits-all deal.”


Studio wars: battle of the streamers sparks real estate frenzy


The coronavirus pandemic injected new urgency into the frenzied streaming battle underway in Hollywood: Audiences were stuck in their homes and looking for television as an escape, but coronavirus restrictions prevented the filming of new material and created a bottleneck of production bottlenecks.

With filming now back to pre-pandemic levels, Hollywood studios are scrambling to produce shows. But a parallel race has emerged for filming locations, drawing private equity groups into what was previously a niche market.

Investors, including Blackstone and TPG, have committed more than $ 4 billion in recent months to acquire sound stages – large warehouse-type buildings where producers place sets – in entertainment centers across North America and in Europe, according to real estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle.

“I’ve never seen this type of business flow,” said Carl Muhlstein, CEO of JLL. “It coincides with the post-Covid backlog of content, the changing studio economy and the globalization of the industry.”

The streaming wars are behind the boom as Disney, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Amazon and others invest tens of billions of dollars to become a leader in the future of entertainment.

In Los Angeles, demand for TV show locations far exceeds supply: churches, abandoned shopping malls, industrial warehouses and even a former Ikea store have been repurposed as production facilities.

Supply tension has tightened as streamers shifted demand towards TV series and away from movies. TV series are more likely to be shot on film sets in Los Angeles, where the actors live year-round, while films are often produced in other locations.

Blackstone, the world’s largest real estate investor, has said studios are among their top choices for investments.

“This is one of the most exciting themes we pursue in our global real estate business,” said Nadeem Meghji, real estate manager for Blackstone Americas. “We’re still in the early stages of the megatrend around content creation and within the studio business as well.”

In August, Blackstone and property developer Hudson Pacific committed nearly $ 1 billion to develop a 91-acre site in north London. This follows Blackstone’s June 2020 investment in 2.2 million square feet of space in Hollywood worth $ 1.65 billion.

Streaming made these steps more attractive to institutional investors for several reasons.

Ten years ago, studios rented space for several months to shoot a show with no guarantee that it would last beyond a single season.

Netflix has shaken up this tradition and instead signed long-term leases to create production centers in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Because Netflix has planned thousands of TV series years in advance, the streaming giant can confidently commit to a multi-year lease. Amazon and Apple followed suit, both signing leases on a production space in Los Angeles for their streaming businesses.

“It’s much easier to take out a 10-year lease with Apple than it is to take out a series of six-month leases with some risk,” said Eric Willett, Managing Director of RCLCO Real Estate Advisors. “Netflix has changed the market for everyone.” Willett estimated that up to a third of new leases were for more than three years.

CBS Studio Center, where ‘Seinfeld’ was filmed, was acquired for $ 1.85 billion © Bing Guan / Bloomberg

With Los Angeles soundstage occupancy rates exceeding 95%, according to JLL, producers have had to get creative to find locations. Sound stages are typically empty, cavernous buildings with high ceilings, making industrial warehouses a viable option.

A former Ikea store in Burbank, California has been turned into a television production site where shows such as Netflix The ground is lava, in which contestants must navigate rooms filled with red mud, were recently filmed.

“Covid has really exacerbated the demand for all types of content, and it turned out that there just wasn’t enough soundstage studio space,” said Jennifer Frisk, managing director of the broker. Newmark Knight Frank, whose clients include Amazon.

Last month, TPG spent more than $ 1 billion to acquire Cinespace Studios, which owns 2.9 million square feet of studio space in Toronto and Chicago, according to two sources familiar with the deal.

The purchase came two months after TPG agreed to buy a significant stake in German studio Babelsberg, where Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis was shot.

A former Ikea store has been turned into a production site, where television shows such as

A former Ikea store has been turned into a production site, where TV shows such as Netflix’s ‘Floor is Lava’ were filmed © Adam Rose / Netflix

The most active buyer in the market is Hackman Capital, a real estate investor in Los Angeles, which partnered with Square Mile Capital in November on deals worth more than $ 2 billion.

The investor group acquired Scotland’s largest studio as well as Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York and CBS Studio Center in Southern California, where Seinfeld was shot. CBS’s $ 1.85 billion price tag was $ 500 million higher than ViacomCBS had forecast when it went on sale in August.

“These are high quality assets that are not replaceable,” said Craig Solomon, managing director of Square Mile Capital, which, through the joint venture with Hackman, has closed more than $ 7.5 billion in contracts. studio space since 2018.

Rental prices for sound sets jumped during the fury. Renting a 10,000 square foot office space in Burbank would cost around $ 500,000 per year, while studio space would cost at least double, according to Newmark.

But while other categories of real estate are valued in terms of revenue per square foot, the valuation of studio space is more murky. Homeowners will charge growers for additions such as lights, catering and ‘getting started’ technicians, services that can account for up to half of a property’s rental income, industry executives say. .

As media groups like CBS and Viacom consolidate, they sell overlapping studios, freeing up money to spend creating TV shows to store their streaming services.

Yet legendary Hollywood studios – Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros, Disney and Sony – have retained their legendary studio grounds, where classics such as Casablanca and The sound of music were filmed. These bundles contain dozens of sound stages as well as exterior streets built as generic backdrops for shows, wardrobe and catering trucks, post-production spaces, and offices.

That too could change if the market continues to grow. “It wouldn’t shock me for the next five years if any of these big lots sold,” said a real estate veteran. “Entertainment is consolidating. Do we really need five lots?


New Mexico Bowl expert predictions, odds & betting trends for UTEP vs Fresno State – the athletic

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Kalen DeBoer is set to lead Washington after just two years as head of Fresno state. Around this time, DeBoer made the Bulldogs one of the best passing teams in college football. Fresno State went 9-3 in 2021 with the game’s No.9 passing offense. He was averaging 330.1 yards per game behind the arm of Jake Haener, whose status for this game is unknown after his entering and exiting the transfer portal within one week of leaving DeBoer. If Haener doesn’t play, Logan Fife or Jaylen Henderson could start.

Bettors don’t seem to think the starting QB or head coach will make a big difference here, as Fresno State is heavily favored over UTEP. The New Mexico Bowl airs on ESPN at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The Miners started the year 5-1 before slowing down considerably to finish 7-5. Between an eventful second half and UTEP’s last bowl win in 1967, there are two very good reasons to bet on Fresno State. But let’s see if we can’t defend Dana Dimel’s team. Despite the slippage in the second half, UTEP remained one of the best defensive teams in the US Conference. The minors rank 31st in total defense and allow 24.8 points per game. It is the offense that will have to intensify here. UTEP have eclipsed just 30 points in a game twice this year. However, miners still manage to control the clock for a good job, so maybe this could be a way to keep things interesting.

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opioid-ravaged towns close to $ 26 billion settlement | New Mexico News

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By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) – The opioid epidemic has swept through this quaint Oregon town like a poisonous wind, leaving in its wake overdoses, addictions, homelessness and destroyed families.

In a humble one-story brick building, three blocks from the wine tasting rooms and cafes of downtown McMinnville, staff and volunteers from a recovery center called Provoking Hope come in. help the injured. The workers, who are recovering from drug addiction themselves, offer counseling, coffee and, for some, clean syringes.

McMinnville and thousands of other cities across the United States are set to receive billions of dollars in the second-largest court settlement in U.S. history. The $ 26 billion from three drug distributors and one pharmaceutical manufacturer would solve the damage caused by opioids, which the federal government declared in 2017 to be a public health emergency

States, counties and cities face a three-week deadline to sign the settlement, and most states have agreed to do so. But a few holdouts remain, including Oregon, where disagreements have arisen between state and local authorities.

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Money is needed. In Yamhill County, where McMinnville is the county seat, this would expand counseling and treatment, including in prisons, expand residential treatment and recovery facilities and fund other programs, the Commissioner said. county, Casey Kulla.

As the director of the Provoking Hope office, Anne Muilenburg has seen the devastating effects of addiction and also experienced it firsthand. She says her addiction started, like many in America, after her doctor prescribed opioids. They were for a painful bone spur. Ten years later, using her prescription and buying prescriptions for two other people, she was taking 35 pills a day, far exceeding the maximum dose.

“It wasn’t even enough to get me high. It was just enough not to make me sick, ”Muilenburg said. She described opioid withdrawal – experienced when she ran out of pills – as “the worst feeling ever.”

“It makes you feel like someone is peeling your skin,” she recalls in her small office, decorated with posters with sayings like “be kind” and “stay humble.”

Muilenburg was eventually treated, but “the drugs switched” to alcohol and methamphetamine. She ended up losing her job at a car dealership, lost her husband (they have since reunited), traveled back and forth to jail and found herself living on the streets.

“Being homeless was one of the things that made me want to change my life,” Muilenburg said.

She has been drug free for four and a half years. Muilenburg said the settlement funds are needed to tackle drug addiction in the community.

“We need more treatment centers. Every place needs more treatment centers, ”she said. “It’s ridiculous that someone wants to undergo treatment and have to wait eight to ten weeks to get a bed.

In the United States, more than 500,000 deaths over the past two decades have been linked to opioids, both prescription drugs and illegal drugs.

Time is running out for the settlement, with a payment just after the more than $ 200 billion tobacco settlement in 1998 with the country’s four largest tobacco companies.

The three drug distributors – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson – and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson agreed in July to pay the combined $ 26 billion to resolve thousands of state and local lawsuits. But if the defendants feel there is a lack of participation from states and local jurisdictions, it could cause them to withdraw from the landmark deal or possibly reduce the amount of the settlement.

“The defendants have the final say in saying, ‘Do we have a critical mass to justify going forward,'” said Joe Rice, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

In return for the payment, participating states, counties and cities would drop any prosecution against the defendants and agree not to prosecute them in the future for the opioid epidemic.

“There are complex tradeoffs at play here,” said Caleb Alexander, drug safety expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “On the one hand, the regulations would provide much needed funding to expand treatment and otherwise tackle the opioid epidemic. On the other hand, many parties believe that settlement is not enough.

At least 45 states have signed or signaled their intention to do so, and at least 4,012 counties and cities have also confirmed their participation, lawyers for the plaintiffs said on Friday.

Washington state has already ruled out participation, with Attorney General Bob Ferguson calling the settlement “woefully inadequate.” He is suing the country’s three largest drug distributors – the same in the national regulation – for $ 38 billion in a lawsuit that began in November.

In Pennsylvania, prosecutors in Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, sued the state attorney general to ensure their drug industry lawsuits could continue, saying shares of their communities in settlement would only cover a fraction of the finances of the epidemic. ring.

“We are not going to accept a settlement that is a surrender,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said receiving settlement payments is a sure thing, unlike pursuing lawsuits against companies. Local governments can withdraw and continue to prosecute, he said, but the more it does, the less the state would receive.

New Mexico is still working on the details, “and we expect counties and local governments to respond soon,” said Jerri Mares of the state attorney general’s office.

In Oregon, lawyers for local and state governments recently resolved a deadlock over how the settlement would be paid, according to The Lund Report, a health care news site.

The state of Oregon had wanted local governments to apply for grants. Instead, local governments wanted more of the funds in the form of out-of-pocket payments. There is now disagreement over how much of the settlement should go to lawyers who sued on behalf of several Oregon counties.

Yamhill County Commissioner Kulla supports the opioid regulation but does not want the state to take excessive control.

“It is we in the counties who work with addicts and their families, and we bear the societal costs of those addictions,” he said.

Under the regulations, payments would be made over 18 years. Tobacco regulations were controlled by state governments, and most of the money was not used to pay the tobacco toll. In contrast, opioid colonies are structured so that most of the money goes to fighting the crisis.

Kulla recognizes that there will be no quick fixes.

“It will be long term,” Kulla said. “It’s really going to take generations to get us out of this. “

AP reporters Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Cedar Attanasio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, contributed.

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Mexico could reduce Pemex’s tax liability in a bid to boost oil production

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MEXICO CITY (Bloomberg) –Mexico could cut Pemex taxes again as the world’s most indebted oil company scrambles to reverse the long-term decline in oil production.

“With Pemex, for example, we are constantly or periodically reducing taxes so that they have more funds,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his daily press conference on Monday. “And we can lower them further.”

In September, the government reduced Pemex’s profit-sharing rights to 40% for 2022, from 54% in 2021. Last week, Pemex announced that it would receive a capital injection of $ 3.5 billion from the government in a transaction to repay its bonds and also initiate a series of bond buybacks and new issues to reduce the cost of servicing its loans.

The besieged state oil company has $ 113 billion in debt, the largest number of oil producers, and has seen production decline for more than a decade. Pemex replaced its CFO this month over fears it might not be able to gain investor confidence. It could also end up spending nearly twice as much as initially planned to take over the Deer Park refinery from Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Texas.

Since coming to power at the end of 2018, Lopez Obrador has made it his mission to reverse his predecessor’s energy reforms and restore Pemex’s virtual monopoly in the oil sector. AMLO’s energy policies have been criticized by investors for allocating more resources to the company’s unprofitable refining activities and reducing crude exports in order to send oil to its refineries instead. International credit rating companies such as Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Corp. have downgraded Pemex’s bonds to junk in recent years, in part because they claim it doesn’t have a clear strategy to reverse production declines.

“We no longer follow neoliberal policies, which treated Pemex as if it were any other business,” Lopez Obrador said on Monday. “Now Pemex is a government protected, backed and backed company. “


New Mexico’s booming film industry offers job opportunities for graduates

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Film making in New Mexico is on the rise, much to the luck of recent college film graduates. With record funding spikes, direct spending backed by loans, and franchises set to continue to grow, University of New Mexico film graduates are poised to find lucrative work in the film industry.

“This is where the next Hollywood will be and I want to be there while it’s being built. This is perfect for someone like me who is looking for work in the film industry and easy access, and New Mexico is looking for a huge crop of young people to work in the film industry so they can boost the economy ”, Michael Madrigal, film student at UNM. noted.

Madrigal moved from Maryland to experience the many New Mexico movie benefits and was not alone. Current UNM film student Juan Gomez also came to UNM on a scholarship due to the better filming opportunities here compared to where he lived in Colombia.

In 2019, a total of 40 state-registered film projects were shot in New Mexico, which is more than double what it was in 2018. So far in 2021, another 30 have been shot. filmed around the state, although many more were planned and ultimately canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“We are now one of the leading states in the United States for film and television, and we look forward to being # 1,” said Alicia J. Keyes, secretary of state for economic development. Santa Fe New Mexican in June after NBCUniversal opened a new studio in Albuquerque.

In 2002 . This would include a large number of new graduates from UNM.

“I came because I discovered Netflix and the burgeoning film industry here in Albuquerque… It gave me more hope that I could one day work on real projects,” said Ella Campbell, student in cinema at UNM, originally from out of state. student, says. “(The tax incentives) sound great to me. Providing jobs is very important right now, especially for creatives. “

Current incentives include a 25-35% refundable tax credit for most local actors and crews below the line, as well as free or discounted training programs to prepare future movie workers to work on a job. film set. There is a $ 50 million cap on credits for each project, but the majority of productions set in New Mexico fall sufficiently below the cap that credits and deductibles make provisions valuable for target projects.

UNM has partnerships with many movie studios in Albuquerque, which allows students to find internships and make connections through this avenue, according to the College of Fine Arts. website.

“Our alumni are successful at renowned institutions such as Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Telltale Games. Many are instrumental in the growth of New Mexico’s thriving film industry, home to “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Preacher,” “James Stone, chair of the film and digital arts department of UNM, wrote on the website.

In 2019, the average salary of a former student of the UNM cinema department was $ 21,964 two years after graduation, according to the US Department of Education. In comparison, two highly competitive film schools in America, the University of Southern California and New York University, have average alumni salaries of $ 29,557 and $ 30,952 respectively.

Although the New Mexico tax credit is not as high as that of California, the cost of filming is much lower and the New Mexico film industry has spent $ 623 million – a record number – on during fiscal year 2021.

“I came here because it looked like a pipeline in the industry. I like cinema. I want to do this as a career, and New Mexico will be the easiest route to what I want to do for the rest of my life, ”Madrigal said.

Natalie Jude is a freelance journalist for the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @natalaroni


Awards program celebrates excellence in commercial real estate in New Mexico


The update and modernization of the Johnson Center at the University of New Mexico has been recognized by the NAIOP NM Excellence Awards Program. (Courtesy of NAIOP New Mexico)

It’s a year more and less for NAIOP New Mexico.

On the bright side, the commercial real estate development association NAIOP’s 2021 annual Excellence Awards were held indoors on Friday after a year dominated by Zoom meetings triggered by the pandemic.

Main winners this year include Titan Development for the 2021 NAIOP President’s Award, the City of Rio Rancho’s Public / Private Partnership with Los Diamantes, and Rio Rancho Public Schools for the 2021 Cleve Matthews Vision Award; and Lynne Andersen of NAIOP New Mexico and her husband John Gallegos, who were named recipients of the Chuck Gara Community Leader Award.

That’s where the less comes in. Andersen and Gallegos – who have led the organization for years – are both retiring.

For the top winners, these rewards are important.

Rio Rancho Partnership

Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull helps the late Joe Harris Sr.’s grandchildren use giant scissors to cut the ribbon to officially celebrate Joe Harris Elementary School in August. The City of Rio Rancho’s public / private partnership around Los Diamantes Rio Rancho public schools this year received the Cleve Matthews Vision Award from the NAIOP NM. (Gary Herron / Rio Rancho Observer)

The City of Rio Rancho’s public-private partnership is built around the planned community of Los Diamantes, the city and the Unser Gateway coalition.

The community of Los Diamantes has been planned for 578 single-family residential units; 394 acres for a business and multi-family park; and five acres for recreation parks and open spaces. The plan also called for a new four-lane thoroughfare that runs from Unser’s Westside past the new Joe Harris Elementary School to the development, according to NAIOP NM.

Rio Rancho public schools had purchased land for an elementary school at a different site, but did not have the system-level infrastructure to support it.

Going quickly against a tight schedule, Mayor Gregg Hull orchestrated instrumental meetings to strike a public-private partnership across the city, including Rio Rancho Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland and the private developer, Pierre Amestoy. After a rare joint session of the Rio Rancho Board of Trustees and School Board, the board voted to change plans and build its new Joe Harris Elementary School in the Unser Gateway, next to Los Diamantes, ”NAIOP NM wrote in a press release. “The school was funded by a public bond of $ 30 million. With the unanimous support of City Council, Mayor Hull was able to secure $ 3 million in funding for public services, to offset improvements in public infrastructure.

Other private partners have contributed to the right-of-way for the construction and widening of the four-lane artery, according to NAIOP NM.

Hull said in a statement that the city was “really excited about this incredible public / private partnership.”

“This is really a testament to the great and important work that can be done when public organizations such as the Rio Rancho Public School District, the City of Rio Rancho and (Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority) collaborate with private developers to increase the level of quality on projects like this, ”he said.

Development of the Titans

Kurt Browning. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

Kurt Browning, one of Titan Development’s partners, said the award was confirmation of the company’s work.

“Titan is a full service real estate investment company and their recognition is important,” he said.

Over the past five years, the company has raised nearly $ 250 million, he said.

The award, he added, “relates to our Titan team. We work hard, play hard and are a well-oiled machine. It is a reflection of my two partners – Ben Spencer and Kevin Reid. They built the foundation.

Reid works in the firm’s Austin office, while Spencer and Browning work in Albuquerque.

“We do a lot of work in our own backyard,” Browning said.

Change of guard

Lynne Andersen and John Gallegos. (Elizabeth Tucker / Journal)

Andersen and Gallegos said they were stepping down at the right time, leaving a strong organization for new, younger leadership. Rhiannon Samuel – who served as communications director for former Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry before becoming the founding executive director of the non-partisan political education group Viante New Mexico – has been named the new executive director of NAIOP New Mexico.

Andersen and Gallegos have left their mark, however. Andersen, who took over in 1995 as executive director, led the group’s growth from 70 members to over 300.

“It was just an amazing bunch of people,” she said. “They were all nice little businesses by national, local standards, and in many cases their children would come into the business.

Nationally, NAIOP is primarily a developer organization, “but in New Mexico you could probably get all of the people who only develop in a very small meeting room.”

NAIOP New Mexico has expanded the companies that could be members, Andersen said.

“We are so different from the national sections,” said Andersen. “We are inclusive in terms of everyone involved in commercial real estate – architects, contractors, engineers, developers, banks, investment firms, landowners, lawyers, securities firms, brokers. It has become a very diverse group of people, all the people who touch on a project to make it happen.

Last year the pandemic hampered things but Zoom came to the rescue. In June, Andersen said, the organization returned to meetings and in-person events.

“Half of what NAIOP is is networking,” she said. “This is the place where you come to meet the people you do business with. “

Over the past two years, NAIOP has entered the realm of politics.

Advocacy, said Andersen, “has become an important part of what we have done.

“No matter what you build, you have to go to a government entity for approval, even if it’s on your own land. There’s always this side of the equation, you don’t buy a property and build what you want on it. It’s a very complex world.

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The annual Awards of Excellence – which took place on Friday – have also grown over the years. At first, “it was just a very small business that kind of turned into a pretty amazing production.”

The prizes are awarded through a system of nominations and peer selection.

This year, 55 companies and projects were awarded in categories such as retail, office, mixed and multi-family use, civic and public community over 100,000 square feet, public civic community under 17,000 square feet, education , hospitality, industrial / infrastructure and medical.

The committee included Co-Chairs Jim Strozier and Angela Valdez, Shirley Anderson, Darin Davis, Ryan Garcia, Doug Majewski, Kevin Patton, Karl Smith and Bruce Stidworthy.

The event – co-hosted this year by Andersen, Samuel and Lance Sigmon of Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group, who will chair the NAIOP NM in 2022 – typically kicks off with the fun part of the show, which this year included creative skits. .

The second half is where people and businesses get the credit for “creating where you work, play and live”.

Credit for the success of NAIOP New Mexico should go to the members, said Andersen and Gallegos.

“They do the heavy lifting,” Gallegos said.

Andersen agreed.

“It’s member driven,” she said. “This is their chapter and they feel strongly that it is their chapter.”

Top 2021 NAIOP New Mexico Excellence Award Winners

The following are the recipients of the Eagle Awards at the NAIOP New Mexico’s 2021 Awards…

What is NAIOP NM?

NAIOP New Mexico is a commercial real estate development association with over 300 members who come from all industries touching on commercial real estate, including architects, contractors, engineers, developers and more. NAIOP NM is a local chapter of the national organization.

And, believe it or not, “NAIOP” isn’t an acronym – not anymore, anyway. The letters come from an older version of the name of the organization, which was formerly the National Association of Industrial Properties and Offices. The national branch is now simply known as the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

The Journal is NAIOP NM’s media partner for its annual Excellence Awards program.


In the United States, 800,000 people have died from COVID-19 – Mother Jones

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An art installation on the National Mall commemorating all Americans who died of COVID-19 on September 24, 2021. Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency / Getty

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When the United States hit 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May 2020, that was a big deal. the New York Times mourned the “untold loss” in a full page headline. Even Donald Trump unwillingly recognized the toll.

On Sunday, with much less fanfare, the United States reached 800,000 deaths from COVID, according to has a Reuters pointing. Along with this appalling step comes a further rise in cold weather deaths and cases and continued vaccine refusal, and with the highly transmissible variant of Omicron on the verge of contributing to the outbreak.

Eight hundred thousand is about the same number of Rwandans valued being killed there in the 1994 genocide. That’s more than the people of North Dakota. Globally, meanwhile, COVID has killed at least 5.3 million people, according to has a New York Times estimate. The real number is Probably much higher.

Official COVID deaths, those that hospitals or coroners say were caused by the virus, will exceed one million next year, possibly in the spring at current rates. But public health experts argue that COVID’s real toll has already reached that grim milestone. Measures excess mortality, a measure of deaths from all causes greater than the expected number of public health experts, jumped up in many American communities as COVID has increased. These measurements suggest that the actual death toll is around 20% higher than the official tally. Some of these additional deaths are not due to COVID – they could be people who have been unable to get medical treatment due to overloading hospitals. But these are real losses linked to the pandemic.

And deaths are concentrated among people of color. They leapt “in place like Albuquerque, New Mexico; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Jersey City, New Jersey; and New York City ”, researchers from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and MuckRock’s COVID-19 Documenting Project wrote Last week.

If you count these people, “the number of Americans who have died from the virus could be closer to a million,” the researchers wrote.

Deaths rise as the Republican Party makes vaccine resistance key ahead of what are expected to be big gains in the 2022 midterm election. On December 8, every Republican in the Senate, along with two Democrats, vote to rescind President Joe Biden’s proposed mandate for large private companies to require workers to be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID testing.

In the United States, about 60 million adults over the age of 12 are still not vaccinated. These people face a much better risk of serious illness or death from illness. A texan study find last month, that unvaccinated people are 13 times more likely to contract COVID and 40 times more likely to die from it than those who are vaccinated.


Teen club at the mall is a gift for Santa Fe | Letters to the Editor

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I am writing to you today to express my sincere gratitude to the City Councilor and Professional Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, Roman “Tiger” Abeyta, for running the new Teen Center at the Santa Fe Place Mall. This gratitude also extends to all the other people who have helped and supported this project and will operate the center. Our teens deserve safe and fun places to connect with their friends as they begin to gain their independence. Especially in this time when our young people are confronted with so many digital technologies, which we are learning are not very good for them, suitable places to go and things to do are welcome. The Club Teen Center is such a gift for our community.

Legitimate complaints from business owners near the Pete’s Place Interfaith Community Shelter do not address the community issues that have made it so difficult for some people to find work and affordable housing, or the serious problems resulting from years of ignorance of the long term effects of addiction and mental illness. We all bear responsibility for the causes that make our homeless shelters essential.

It is estimated that after losing three paychecks, a person will be deported and will have no other resource but to try to survive on the streets. We should certainly bless and welcome the dedicated staff and volunteers who have occupied the shelter, which means, among many other good results, that we no longer find people freezing to death in the doors as happened during the previous cold winters. Interfaith Community Shelter Saves Lives; it may not be the lives that are close to our hearts, but surely in this season we could remember the homeless couple, who refused a night in a hostel, who took refuge in a stable. By working with the shelter, disgruntled neighbors, and with the city’s money and many people, we can find a solution to the rally on Harrison Road: a shelter there to protect those waiting to enter from the eyes of the neighbors. ? Early admission to the refuge? Or at least a little patience and a little compassion.

President Joe Biden should do his best to quell the macabre and misguided temptation to “spread” (like jam?) What he and many thoughtless others call “American values”; much of the world, including Texas, already suffers from these abstract entities. His desire to “promote democracy” might be well intentioned if he knew and clarified for himself and for others what this nebulous ideology might well mean and imply. At the current virtual summit, he did not invite China, Hungary, Turkey or Russia; let’s hope that Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Burma, Israel, Morocco, Thailand, Texas and Georgia (the state, of course) weren’t invited either.

Milan Simonich’s column (“Tributes to three sailors 80 years after Pearl Harbor”, Ringside Seat, December 6) is one of his best. Reminds me why I subscribe the New Mexican. It also reminds me of my late friend Tommy Foy, a legislative leader from Silver City who went to war after Pearl Harbor and survived Bataan’s death march. For a captivating first-person testimony from the people – civilians and military alike – who once lived in Pearl Harbor, check out Facing the Mountain, a bestseller by Daniel James Brown. I thought I knew the history of Pearl Harbor before I read the book. Now I realize that I had no idea how it affected the people who had to go through this.

Now that New Mexico is teeming with unexpected oil and gas revenue, it’s time for New Mexico to stop taxing Social Security and veterans benefits from retirees. Inflation is at its highest for 40 years, eating away at the thousands of New Mexicans who live on a fixed income. I hope the legislature can allocate a few million dollars to these groups. New Mexico is just one of 13 states that tax Social Security benefits. I won’t hold my breath because politicians rarely put a dollar back in the pockets of taxpayers, but it is about time. I’m not talking about the governor’s proposed reduction in the gross revenue tax (25 cents on $ 100), but real tax relief. Contact your state legislator.

I would like to launch a campaign to get the media outlets to stop covering mass shootings. The only thing these reports do is encourage copycat murder and provide free publicity to gunmakers and the National Rifle Association. After each such event, arms sales increase as people rush to buy their own personal copies of the weapon used; Guess that’s their way of relating to the killer. As a result, Death Merchants always earn more money. The more people who die in such an event, the more weapons are sold. I’m sick of hearing that “American isn’t like that” – it’s outright nonsense. This is exactly who we are. Civilized countries do not have this problem.

If we don’t stop the killings, and we won’t, can’t we at least tone down the glory?

Thank you for the multi-page business section in Tuesday’s newspaper. I wish it could happen more often. Even though not all business news is local, there can be a local ripple effect, so these things are good to know. I also really liked the updated section of the restaurant. Teya Vitu, keep up the good work. I appreciate your commercial coverage.

I am 16 years old. At a young age, I learned to know what yes and no mean. I have witnessed and experienced many forms of sexual assault. The experience of sexual violence creates unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol or drug use, and even suicide. It has an impact on our entire future. If we educate young people about consent, it will prevent sexual violence and some of the unhealthy coping mechanisms used to survive it.

I and other New Mexico teens worked for two years to pass a bill requiring consent to teach in New Mexico schools. In the last session he won bipartisan support but died when a committee ran out of time to hear all the bills. We desperately need consent to be taught in our schools. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham may put the bill on affirmative consent when she calls for the 2022 session. Please contact her office now to ask them to ensure this bill is heard.

After reading all the back and forth on the PNM-Avangrid merger, I decided to get some answers from the horse’s mouth. I’ve interviewed several longtime friends in Maine, and their consensus is that Avangrid has been a terrible utility provider – far worse than the local utility company they bought. Price gouging, channeling profits to foreign investors, and very poor customer service. We don’t need to add these problems to New Mexico taxpayers. I fully agree with the assessment of the Public Regulation Commission. It is nice to see the Commissioners doing their due diligence and rejecting the proposed merger.


Southwest Colorado sprawling estate listings for $ 33.5 million


The property at Hesperus (Photo credit: Andy Wingerd / Ignited Imagery)

A 175-acre resort in southwest Colorado, large enough to accommodate family gatherings of 240 people, is on the market for $ 33.5 million.

The property, powered by its own solar farm, includes a 12,000-square-foot four-bedroom home with a gym, greenhouse, five fireplaces and a 22-foot ceiling in the Great Room, according to the Wall Street Journal. . It also has a campsite and two barns, a corral and stables for the horses, as well as equestrian trails.

Charles Pope, a retired Seagate Technology executive, and his wife, former nurse Gloria Pope, purchased a 35-acre plot in 2002 and added four more over the years. While they live there now, they initially bought it only for family reunions.

“You couldn’t book anything big enough,” said Charles Pope. The gatherings, held every two years, have since broken down into smaller gatherings.

They ordered the house themselves at a cost of around $ 10 million. Pope said the solar farm provides almost all of the electricity needed for the home and facilities.

It’s in the unincorporated community of Hesperus in the southwest corner of Colorado, about an hour and a half from the Four Corners border with Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and two hours of Telluride and its surrounding hill stations. Tom Cruise earlier this year sold his 320-acre mountain retreat in Telluride for near its asking price of $ 39.5 million.

Colorado is among the western states that have attracted buyers from coastal metropolitan areas since the pandemic. This has helped push up prices in many parts of the state, including Hesperus, where they have risen 15% in the past year, according to Zillow data reported by the Denver Post.

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law impacts New Mexico abortion providers, patients, and funds

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In a narrow decision that leads to a limited path in the fight to stop Texas SB 8, the United States Supreme Court has ruled against one lawsuit, analyzed the other, and dismissed the Biden administration’s request to stay Texas SB Law 8.

The Supreme Court heard two separate arguments in early November around Texas SB 8, which allows anyone to sue a provider or someone who “helps and encourages” a Texas abortion patient to have an abortion in the state after. six weeks gestation. Reproductive rights officials who held a press conference after the High Court ruling on Friday spoke of the “chilling effect” the law has had on providers inside the state and the stress it has had on providers inside the state. she put on providers from other states, including New Mexico, to perform the abortion. care for patients coming from Texas in addition to patients in their own states. About 55,000 people in Texas have abortions in that state each year before Texas law comes into effect in early September. In New Mexico, about 3,000 people have an abortion each year, on average.

By refusing to ban Texas SB 8 while providers pursue their lawsuit in state federal court, it means abortion clinics in New Mexico and other states will see no immediate relief from the pressure already exerted on them. Marc Hearron, senior attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said the impact of the law “deeply affects patients in Texas, but patients in other states now have to wait weeks for an abortion appointment in Texas. their own state “.

“It really is a terrible situation,” Hearron said.

Whitney Phillips, vice president of brand experience for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said the Planned Parenthood clinic in Albuquerque is currently on a 12-14 day appointment wait due to the overflow.

Julie Murray, lawyer for Planned Parenthood, told the press conference that “people have to understand the scale of the needs.”

“Even though Planned Parenthood affiliates and surrounding states are massively increasing their capacity to increase abortion for those in need, it is still, given the size of Texas and the size of its population, that it it is not possible that the surrounding states around Texas could absorb this care. ,” she said.

Jack Teter, regional director of government affairs for the PPRM, told via email to NM Policy Report that “the inaction of the court today is as unjust as it is surprising”.

“Our doors remain open for everyone, including Texans who travel 1,000 kilometers overnight looking for a safe place to access abortion. Winter storms and road closures will only exacerbate inhumane political bans on healthcare. This is unacceptable, ”Teter wrote.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only judge to contestation on the refusal to place an injunction on Texas SB 8.

The tribunal ruled narrowly favored part of the lawsuit filed by the Whole Women’s Health Organization, allowing the provider to go to lower courts against Texas medical licensing officials. But the majority of the court struck down the provider’s ability to also sue state judges, court clerks and the Texas attorney general for law enforcement.

One of the reasons reproductive rights experts have called the law “insidious” is that the state itself does not enforce the law, unlike private citizens. This leaves reproductive rights providers and organizations without a clear entity to pursue the constitutionality of the law.

According to SCOTUSblog, which provides independent analysis of court rulings, Friday’s court ruling allowing the Whole Women’s Health Organization to seek an injunction against those responsible for licensing medical boards is “unclear about the relief that this could bring about a law that intentionally relies on private citizens for enforcement.

Judge Clarence Thomas wrote a partially dissenting opinion, saying he believed the supplier’s entire lawsuit should have been quashed.

Chief Justice John Roberts also wrote a partial dissent. Roberts was joined by the liberal wing of the court — Sotomayor and Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer.

Roberts disagreed with the majority view that the Texas attorney general and county clerks could not be prosecuted in the Whole Women’s Health Organization lawsuit.

There was much discussion during oral argument in early November on these two lawsuits about the potential of Texas law, if upheld, to have broader implication for all constitutional rights, as it appears to elude jurisdiction. federal judicial review.

Roberts wrote that “the nature of the federal law violated does not matter; it is the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system that is at stake.

Sotomayor also wrote a separate dissenting opinion, with Kagan and Breyer’s agreement, that she disagreed that the supplier could not seek redress against other Texas officials, including the state court judges, clerks and the attorney general of Texas. By not allowing the supplier to sue other officials, “the court is thus betraying not only the citizens of Texas, but our constitutional system of government as well,” she wrote.

The court unanimously agreed to quash the Biden administration’s efforts to stop the law.


A year after the first shots in the United States, signs of a pandemic reappear

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TAOS, NM, December 10 (Reuters) – Almost a year after the United States first administered COVID-19 vaccines, the country is returning to many of the characteristics that defined past pandemic life: mask warrants, sites immunizations, overcrowded hospitals and a growing number of deaths.

In hopes that humanity will soon gain the upper hand over the coronavirus, New York intensive care unit (ICU) nurse Sandra Lindsay has just received a dose of the Pfizer (PFE.N) vaccine. approved on December 14, becoming the first resident US vaccine.

Since then, more than 200 million more – more than 60% of the American population – have received at least two doses of Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna (MRNA.O) vaccines or a single injection of Johnson & Johnson, according to the Centers. for Disaster Control and Prevention.

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Despite this triumph of modern science, the death toll in the country continues to rise. Since the first dose was administered, nearly 500,000 more people have died from COVID-19, with the country set to cross the 800,000 mark next week, according to a Reuters tally.

Both infections – nearly 50 million since the start of the pandemic – and deaths have increased in recent weeks, especially as colder weather in northern states pushes activity indoors, allowing more transmission. easy from the virus.

The resurgence of infections on Friday prompted New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, to temporarily reimpose the requirement to cover one’s face in businesses and places that do not require proof of vaccination.

“We shouldn’t have reached the point where we are facing a winter wave, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share the frustration of many New Yorkers that we have not yet passed this pandemic,” Hochul said in a statement.

Mask warrants, which Republican governors have mostly avoided due to government overbreadth, were a common infection prevention tool for many Democratic governors during the worst wave of the pandemic, which began during the season. end of year holidays 2020.

The fight against the virus has been complicated by its more aggressive mutations, including the currently dominant Delta variant and the rapidly spreading Omicron, which was first identified last month and has already been detected in almost half of 50 states.

The politicization of vaccines and the reluctance of many Americans to get vaccinated have also helped keep the pandemic going, usually with more deadly results, experts said.

In New Mexico, hospitals are reaching record levels as unvaccinated patients fill intensive care units.

In one of the hardest-hit hospitals in southwestern San Juan County, intensive care beds filled as quickly as patients were discharged or died. Dr Erin Philpott said eight of his patients died last week, most of whom were unvaccinated.

“It’s hard to feel sometimes because it’s so much and it’s constant,” Philpott said.

“You can see the rooms fill up right after, and you don’t have a second to pause and just deal with all this loss.” Philpott added that many of the people who died from COVID-19 at the San Juan Regional Medical Center were in their 30s and 40s, and mostly men.

About 94% of hospital deaths from COVID-19 are among the unvaccinated. “It feels like it’s impossible to keep seeing this and dealing with it,” Philpott said. “I think that’s why half the staff left.”

Nurse Patricia Thomas stood next to a deceased patient she had treated, a white sheet over her body, a photo of her family at her feet. His relatives have made the decision to remove him from life support. He has not been vaccinated. He had five children and 12 grandchildren.

Choking back tears, Sanders said, “We pulled the tubes out and let them hold his hand as he passed comfortably. Today was pretty tough as it’s my third this week.”

‘FUEL FOR THIS FIRE’

As with other states with high early vaccination rates like Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, immunity has waned in New Mexico, pushing those states to the top of the rankings for new cases.

Democratic state governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has pushed vaccinations into early 2021 in an attempt to limit hospitalizations.

“The fuel for this fire, our case counts, are unvaccinated individuals,” New Mexico Acting Secretary of Health David Scrase told reporters. “Our hospitals are in a really serious situation.”

Three in four COVID patients in the state are unvaccinated, officials said. The same was true for Michigan, facing one of the nation’s worst epidemics.

In Connecticut, health officials said this week that unvaccinated people are five times more likely to be infected with COVID-19, 12 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 16 times more likely to die.

Shortly after the Omicron variant was detected in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy this week reopened one of the state’s previously closed mass vaccination sites in an effort to encourage residents to get vaccinated. .

Most of the large vaccination sites that states opened earlier this year to speed up inoculations have closed.

The CDC estimates that about a quarter of Americans have received additional booster shots so far. They are now permitted for anyone aged 16 and over.

Another symbol of the start of the pandemic, the contaminated cruise ship, also reappeared this week.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH.N) said on Monday that a South African crew member suspected of having the Omicron variant was among 17 cases of the virus detected on a ship that disembarked in New Orleans this weekend.

In March 2020, when relatively few cases were reported in the United States, the Grand Princess cruise ship was held at sea for days before being cleared to dock in Oakland, California. Its 2,400 passengers have been quarantined at military bases after tests revealed 21 positive cases of the coronavirus.

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Stimulus payments of up to $ 5,000 are being made in these states, is it yours?

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Some Americans will be lucky enough to see some extra cash just before the holiday season.

Many states have taken on the responsibility of helping some of their low-income residents.

While a federal stimulus check doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon, local governments have created their own programs to decide who qualifies and how much they will be paid.

Related: Here Are 10 Cities And States Handing Out Stimulus Payments Before Christmas

The following states all pay stimulus cash to certain residents

Arizona has created a return to work program for its unemployed residents.

If they return to work part time, they are entitled to $ 1,000. If they go back to work full time, they can get $ 2,000.

California is in the process of sending its Golden State Stimulus II checks to eligible residents.

Those who filed their 2020 taxes before October 15 and earn between $ 30,000 and $ 75,000 will see a check worth $ 600 or $ 1,100 depending on their household.

Related: Is Your Kid Getting $ 10,000 In Stimulus Cash This Month?

Connecticut has also created a back-to-work program.

This program pays $ 1,000 to people who return to work between May 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Residents must have obtained a job and elements such as the duration of your unemployment or the date of your application are taken into account.

Florida and Georgia are giving teachers and principals who worked during the pandemic payments of $ 1,000.

Residents of Idaho may be eligible for a one-time tax refund of $ 248.

Related: Here Are 5 Moves To Make With Money In December

Maryland residents who claimed an income tax credit were able to obtain checks worth $ 300 and $ 500.

New Hampshire families of three with no income received checks valued at $ 1,086.

In New Mexico, relief claims were reopened to those who could not qualify in August for checks of $ 750.

Ohio students could get financial relief with the $ 46 million earmarked for grants.

Related: $ 6,300 Stimulus Check Will Be Sent To Hundreds By Dec 15th, Here’s What To Expect

$ 13 million has been set aside in Oklahoma to pay their student teachers.

Tennessee passed a law that would grant bonuses of $ 500 to $ 1,000 to part-time and full-time teachers and employees of public schools.

Vermont will cover up to $ 7,500 in moving expenses for those moving to the state for hospitality or construction jobs.


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New Mexico Lobos vs. Denver Pioneers December 9, 2021

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New Mexico host Denver after fiery game against NMSU


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After a tight and emotional game, New Mexico look to keep their cool against Denver

WHO: New Mexico Lobos (5-4, 0-0 MWC) vs. Denver Pioneers (3-7, 0-0 Summit)

WHEN: Thursday, December 9 – 7:00 p.m. MST

OR: The Pit – Albuquerque, New Mexico

TV: Nothing

DIFFUSION: The Mountain West network on the stadium

LISTEN: New Mexico | | Denver

SERIES REGISTRATION: Tied, 21-21

LAST MATCH : Dec.12, 1970 – New Mexico won 86 – 78

CHANCES: New Mexico -14.0

BELOW : 144.5

Albuquerque, New Mexico – The New Mexico Lobos host the Denver Summit Pioneer Conference after a 78-76 overtime loss to their rival in New Mexico State. With several back-to-back big plays on both sides, the game ended on a sizable basket with the transfer from Washington Huskies Nate Pryor to the Aggies, making the game an instant classic in the long-running series of rivalries.

And after enduring some payback-style rivalry antics, New Mexico will certainly be eager to get back in the winning column against the Denver Pioneers.

After such an emotional game, it might be easy to sideline the 3-7 Pioneers against a less than 300 schedule, but to their credit Denver hasn’t been blown away in any game. Even in their recent clashes against decent teams like Texas State and Wyoming, the Pioneers retained their biggest losing margin at 13 points, despite one of the worst defensive efficiencies nationally (322 by KenPom. com).

New Mexico are expected to compete well with the Pioneers, who will be (in height) one of the smallest teams New Mexico has faced to date, although like most teams the Lobos have faced, they have just a little more girth.

Still, New Mexico is expected to close this one out in front of the Pit crowd behind stars Jamal Mashburn Jr. and Jaelen House, who account for 48% of the team’s offense behind the nation’s fourth-fastest pace.

Key Game – Jaelen House (18.8 points, 4.2 assists, 1.9 steals) vs. KJ Hunt (16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists)

After a 21-point performance, House was only outscored by teammate Jamal Mashburn, who has been incredibly consistent for New Mexico. It’s already tough to keep Mashburn for any team, as evidenced by his 21.0 points per game and defense-ripping midrange jumper. But when House brings in the ball movement (and speed), New Mexico’s game takes on significant scale.

The Pioneers will need someone like Hunt to match the energy that House brings to have any chance to upset in Albuquerque.

Injury report

New Mexico: Emmanuel Kuac (Questionable, knee)

Denver: no injuries



Covid-19 Live Updates: Pfizer, Omicron Vaccine Boosters & Cases

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As the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has prompted governments in rich countries to step up recall campaigns, the World Health Organization on Thursday again expressed concern that the surge would further undermine the global fairness of vaccines.

“Large-scale booster doses risk exacerbating inequalities in access to vaccines,” Alejandro Cravioto, chair of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, told reporters.

Administering boosters now exceeds first hits in the world.

According to Richard Mihigo, WHO Program Coordinator for Immunization and Vaccine Development in Africa, “If we look at the data today, even before Omicron, we see high-income countries giving more booster doses than even vaccines administered in developing countries. countries.”

Because most of the current infections, which are still predominantly caused by the Delta variant, affect unvaccinated people, the WHO said, vaccinating those without protection should be the priority.

“Remember, we only have 8% – 8% – of fully immunized people in this region,” Mihigo said of Africa. “This represents about 103 million people on a continent of 1.3 billion. “

According to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford, around the world, around 73% of the injections that have been used by guns have been given in high and upper middle income countries. Only 0.8 percent of the doses were given in low-income countries.

WHO’s reluctance to boosters has put it out of step with governments around the world. Data from Israel and Britain have shown that an extra dose of the vaccine can dramatically reduce a person’s likelihood of catching the coronavirus and getting sick, leading many countries to expand their booster programs.

The WHO advisory group said on Thursday that preliminary data suggested additional injections might be helpful if given to elderly or immunocompromised people. However, Mr Mihigo said that at present there appeared to be “very little benefit from the booster dose for the younger population”.

Now scientists are rushing to figure out how Omicron could affect the pandemic and determine the effectiveness of vaccines in controlling its spread and preventing serious illness and death.

Pfizer and BioNTech said on Wednesday that lab tests suggested that a booster of their coronavirus vaccine offered significant protection against the rapidly spreading variant.

Although limited in scope, the findings have provided some encouraging news in a time of renewed uncertainty. Blood samples taken from people who received a booster injection contained antibodies neutralizing Omicron at levels comparable to those fighting the original variant after two doses, according to the Pfizer statement. While antibodies are the first line of defense against infection, they are only part of a larger and more powerful immune system response. Since antibodies are the fastest and easiest part to measure, these results usually come first.

President Biden called Pfizer’s data “encouraging,” added on Twitter, “It reinforces what my medical advisors have pointed out: that boosters give you the highest protection yet. “

WHO has warned of the risks of recall campaigns, as tens of millions of people in low-income countries have not had access to a single dose.

Dr Kate O’Brien, WHO director of vaccines, said that faced with the Omicron variant, there was a risk that rich countries would start piling up vaccine stocks again.

But Andrea Taylor, who tracks vaccine production for the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, said that while it was difficult to know the true state of vaccine supply and delivery due to a lack of transparency, recall campaigns are not expected to significantly affect supplies for low-income people. countries.

“Globally, we produce 1.5 billion doses per month, and we theoretically have enough doses now to provide boosters in wealthy countries, as well as first and second doses to at least 40 percent of the population in other countries, ”she said. . “In reality, however, these doses are not where they need to be.”

“Too many of them are unused in rich countries,” she said, adding that estimates showed the richest countries in the world would have around 770 million excess doses on hand by the end. of this month.

Dr O’Brien noted that efforts by rich countries to donate surplus vaccines had been threatened because the doses they offered had a relatively short shelf life.

Many poor countries, especially in Africa, find that they lack the capacity to get shots before they expire.



Contemporary and historic convergence along the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico


The Santa Fe Trail was a heavily trafficked stagecoach route connecting Missouri and New Mexico during the 19e century. Cargo, mail, and people traveled through the wilderness of five states using the Corridor.

This historic Santa Fe Eastside resort sits off this road, now known as the Old Santa Fe Historic Trail. The New Mexico property consists of two separately notified condominiums configured as a family resort .

Gardens with a fountain, wisteria and mature trees connect the dwellings – a main residence, a guest house and an office and studio.

In keeping with the historical past of the region, the complex combines architectural elements of the territorial renaissance with contemporary design. The hybrid territorial style, drawn from Indigenous peoples, settlers, and colonial Spanish settlers, is mostly found in New Mexico. Coffered ceilings and natural plaster walls are among the details found throughout the residence.

The open concept living and dining area of ​​the four bedroom main house centers on a fireplace with a natural stone hearth. The thick beams on the ceiling and the low woodwork add a warm ambiance. A wall of doors opens onto the common courtyard garden. Transoms provide additional natural light.

The kitchen features black granite counters, marble accents, and a center island topped with a butcher’s block with a sink, bar seating, and prep space. It opens to an informal dining room which offers mountain views through a wall of windows.

The master suite has a private wraparound deck and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. A skylight surrounds the bath in the master bathroom with two sinks.

The one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom guesthouse has a kitchen as well as living space and could be rented out as an income property.

There are a total of six bedrooms and six bathrooms in the 4,769 square feet of interiors. The property was built in 2008 and includes a garage for two or more cars.

Tami Acker of Barker Realty is the listing agent for 992 Old Pecos Trail, units 992 and 994, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The asking price is approximately US $ 2.555 million.


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Correction of understaffing | | Santa Fe reporter

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Santa Fe City employees will soon see additional cash flow in, following unanimous city council approval Wednesday night of “hiring and retention incentives,” as part of an effort to to remedy an alarming vacancy rate which has improved only slightly in recent months.

The city has 320 vacancies, indicating a vacancy rate of 27%, according to Mayor Alan Webber spokesperson Dave Herndon. This is only a slight decrease from the start of October, when there were 348 vacancies.

A breakdown of the vacancy rate by department was not readily available, but the city’s jobs portal displays listings for street maintenance, park operations, accounting, and policing, among others.

Retention incentive funding worth $ 2.4 million comes from a resolution of tax disputes between the city – one of New Mexico’s many municipalities – and the Department of Taxation and Revenue of State. Excluding temporary employees and elected officials, approximately 1,200 municipal workers will receive two payments totaling $ 2,000. The first round will be released this month and the second next summer.

In addition, gross tax receipts, which have exceeded initial estimates, cover bonuses of $ 1,000 for new hires.

“We face a fundamentally different job market than what I think none of us have ever seen, both with the poaching of talent at all levels and the scarcity of applicants for job opportunities. ’employment in the public and private sectors, “Webber said Wednesday. Meet.

Companies have struggled to recruit staff this year, with some increasing wages to attract and keep workers.

The city of Santa Fe followed suit.

Councilors voted in October to raise the minimum wage for city workers to $ 15 an hour, affecting 217 employees who were earning less. (The local minimum wage for non-municipal workers is $ 12.32.)

The effects of the city’s understaffing are considerable.

In a September letter to city officials, representatives from the construction industry, including the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, alleged a backlog of permit applications, d ‘plan reviews and inspections, resulting in part from more than a dozen vacancies. in the service of regional planning.

Conversations the letter writers have had with city staff and the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees “confirm that the inability to recruit and retain frontline staff qualified is a crippling factor for the city’s operations in many departments ”.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, city council approved funding for a handful of existing and unfunded positions, including in the finance, public works and economic development departments.

Councilors also voted in favor of the creation and funding of a new manager of the Public Documents Inspection Act.

There has been an increase in requests for records over the past year, according to a memo from the city, resulting in longer response times and risks of “making mistakes with confidential records and / or the completeness of responses “and” successful litigation against the city “.

The city’s human resources department is hosting a job fair on Saturday where staff will be available to help potential employees complete applications, provide career advice and conduct on-site interviews.

CITY JOB FAIR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road.


New Mexico DOT worker killed in traffic accident near Artesia


ARTESIA, NM (AP) – A tanker truck crashed at a highway construction site in southeastern New Mexico, hitting a Department of Transportation pickup and pushing it toward another while fatally injuring an employee long-time DOT official, authorities said.

Authorities said the employee killed on Monday on US 285 between Artesia and Roswell was Mittie Runyan, 58, an Artesia resident who began working for the state in 2000.

Two other DOT employees were able to jump into the bed of one of the pickup trucks in the crash, but they were also injured, New Mexico state police said in a statement.


The identities of these two workers and the details of their injuries were not disclosed.

Runyan’s truck flashed its safety lights when it was from behind as the crew installed reflectors on a recently resurfaced stretch of highway, according to a department statement.

“This painful loss will reverberate across the state,” Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval said. “We are a tight knit group and we all cry when we lose one of our own.”

The driver of the tanker was not injured. The identity of that person will only be released if he is charged in the accident, according to the state police statement.

The accident was under investigation, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor, state police said.


State accepting more types of cannabis license applications

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The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division announced on Tuesday that it is now accepting license applications for all types of cannabis businesses, including manufacturing and retail.

Previously, CCD only accepted producer licenses. The state division, which is part of the Regulatory and Licensing Department, made the change to streamline the licensing process, according to a press release from the division.

Prospective cannabis business operators can access the online license application system at www.ccd.rld.state.nm.us/adult-use-licenses-permits-and-fees, at any time.

License applications for all license types can be initiated and submitted online. However, no license will be issued until the rules for this industrial sector are finalized, the statement said.

Rules for manufacturing, retailing and other areas of the industry are expected to be finalized before January 1. By accepting these license applications now, before finalizing the rules for all sectors, CCD is providing potential cannabis companies with a stepping stone to authorization, according to CCD.

Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, which passed earlier this year and which the governor enacted, sales of adult cannabis are expected to begin in New Mexico by April 1.

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City of Clovis View United States Constitution Signs Ordinance

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CLOVIS, NM (KRQE) – A city in southeastern New Mexico is trying to comply with federal law. This involves billboards and what a community must allow on them.

The town of Clovis met last week to discuss a review of the town’s signage ordinance. “This Chapter is to be interpreted in a manner consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees freedom of expression, including the prohibition on regulating signage based on the point of view of content or message, “said Mike Morris, Mayor of Clovis.

The city ordinance tries to comply with the constitution and does not regulate the types of signs that can be installed. Justin Howalt, City Manager of Clovis, said: “What basically means is, you can’t regulate signage by what can potentially be on that sign.”

The signage ordinance would also have rules based on where they are in the city. They are looking to regulate the height of the panels, how long they can stand, and what to do with them if they are left vacant.

“The reason for this is obviously the feel of the different areas and the aesthetics of the different areas that we wanted to make sure that we honored and tried to ensure that the owners who live in that area or the other businesses in that area have the ability to continue to advertise their business, ”Howalt said.

At last week’s meeting, citizens were concerned that the ordinance was one size fits all that didn’t work. People were concerned about the safety of the large distraction signs. “What concerns me most is that one size doesn’t fit all,” said one resident.

“You know somewhere about 60 feet along the freeway where people are going fast is very different from where you have traffic lights,” said another.

The town of Clovis has an open comment period until next month, then council will vote on the revised ordinance in January.


2 Albuquerque city councilors sponsor $ 110 million bond proposal

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“People want to see their tax dollars working to do something for them. They want their tax money to be used for things they ask for help for, ”Bassan said.

“Investing in a multigenerational center, even if it is not in District 1, having it on the West Side is essential and important. It’s important to have the public safety corridor on the west side, but this bond bundle is the first bond bundle that actually invests in amounts that the west side hasn’t seen for many, many years, ” Sena said.

However, some are asking councilors to pump the breaks and wait for several new council members to take office in January, including councilor Sena’s replacement, councilor-elect Louie Sanchez.

Sanchez believes that because Sena was nominated and not elected, he should get a seat at the table for the remainder of his term.

“It’s very, very obvious that I should be the Chosen One right now,” Sanchez said.

Sena has said that until the end of her term, she will represent District 1 to the best of her ability – and she believes this set of obligations will.

“I really want to highlight the fact that the district suffered tremendously after Councilor Sanchez passed away. I filled his vacant position knowing that between his death and his death, the district had to have this representation. We have lost critical investments, dollars and projects as well. I’m definitely not going to let that happen again.


Trump media company, Bitcoin trial


NEW YORK (AP) – Regulators are asking questions about the deal to take Donald Trump’s new social media company to the stock exchange, which has drawn both legions of fans of the former president and those seeking to make a quick profit. The company in partnership with Trump Media & Technology Group acknowledged the inquiries in a filing it filed with regulators on Monday. Digital World Acquisition, which is often referred to by its trade symbol of “DWAC,” said it is cooperating with “preliminary fact-finding investigations” by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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Bitcoin lawsuit: defendant wins $ 50 billion Bitcoin dispute

NEW YORK (AP) – Craig Wright, a computer scientist who claims to be the inventor of Bitcoin, prevailed on Monday in a civil lawsuit against the family of a deceased business partner who claimed he was owed half of a cryptocurrency fortune worth tens of billions. . A Florida jury found that Wright did not owe half of 1.1 million Bitcoins to the family of David Kleiman, Wright’s former business partner. At the center of the highly technical trial was 1.1 million Bitcoins, worth around $ 50 billion based on Monday’s prices. These were among the first Bitcoins to be created through mining and could only be owned by one person or entity involved in digital currency from its inception.

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Treasury wants more oversight of all-cash real estate transactions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration is seeking to expand reporting requirements on real estate cash transactions to help crack down on bad actors’ use of the U.S. market to launder money from illicit activity. The Treasury Department is seeking public comment on potential regulation that would address what it says is a vulnerability in the real estate market. Currently, title insurance companies in only 12 metropolitan areas are required to file reports identifying individuals who make all-cash purchases of residential real estate through shell companies if the transaction exceeds 300,000. $. The Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said the move could strengthen U.S. national security and help protect the U.S. financial system.

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China tries to reassure Evergrande as default fears rise

BEIJING (AP) – China’s central bank increased the supply of money for loans on Monday as Beijing tried to reassure its public and investors that the economy can be protected if the mountain of $ 310 billion debt dips. ‘a struggling developer collapses. Evergrande Group’s struggle to turn its assets into liquidity has raised fears that a default will chill Chinese credit markets and trigger global shockwaves. Economists say the ruling Communist Party can prevent a credit crunch, but wants to avoid sending the wrong signal by bailing out Evergrande amid a campaign to force companies to reduce their debt. Beijing’s concerns are dangerously high.

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Stocks rise broadly on Wall Street, travel agencies rebound

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks closed sharply higher on Wall Street on Monday, helped by a broad rally that includes travel-related companies that are expected to benefit from a further reopening of the economy. The S&P 500 rose 1.2%, making up for most of the ground lost last week. Tech companies and banks accounted for a significant portion of the gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.9%. The Nasdaq rose 0.9%. Traders were encouraged to see White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said early indications suggested the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus may be less dangerous than the delta variant.

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German factory orders post a second significant drop in 3 months

BERLIN (AP) – Official statistics show German factory orders fell sharply in October, driven by much weaker demand from countries outside the euro area. The Economy Ministry said orders were down 6.9% from the previous month, the second significant drop in three months. But he said recent developments should not be overinterpreted as the index is volatile at the moment. Orders fell 8.8% in August and rose 1.8% in September. Factory orders are an important indicator for the German economy, the largest in Europe. The latest figures come as business confidence is weighed down by persistent supply chain bottlenecks and a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

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Exxon Mobil rolls out emissions reduction plan in the Permian Basin

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – Exxon Mobil has announced that it has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at one of the most prolific oil fields in the United States. indirect emissions associated with the electricity it purchases to power its well sites and other infrastructure. Exxon’s plan focuses on the Permian Basin, which spans parts of New Mexico and Texas. In New Mexico, regulators earlier this year passed rules to reduce methane emissions, with a goal of capturing 98% of all natural gas waste by the end of 2026.

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Toyota to build $ 1.3 billion battery plant near Greensboro, NC

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) – Toyota has announced plans to build a $ 1.3 billion electric vehicle battery plant near Greensboro, North Carolina that will employ at least 1,750 people. The Japanese auto giant joined Governor Roy Cooper and other officials in making the announcement Monday on a Randolph County site. Toyota says the US plant will manufacture batteries for hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The factory would begin manufacturing batteries in 2025. Initially, Toyota will receive or could receive well over $ 430 million in government incentives if it meets job creation and investment targets. Toyota plans to sell up to 1.8 million vehicles in the United States by 2030 that will be at least partially electrified.

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The S&P 500 gained 53.24 points, or 1.2%, to 4,591.67. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 646.95 points, or 1.9%, to 35,227.03. The Nasdaq added 139.68 points, or 0.9%, to 15,225.15. The Russell 2000 Small Business Index rose 44.17 points, or 2%, to 2,203.48.


energy companies seek to advocate for proposed merger | New Mexico News

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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – Global energy giant Iberdrola, New Mexico’s largest electric utility and other groups on Monday called on state regulators to make oral arguments ahead of the vote on a multibillion-dollar merger project that would affect more than 500,000 customers and potentially the pace of renewable energy development in the state.

The Public Regulatory Commission has the final say on whether Iberdrola’s subsidiary, Avangrid, can acquire PNM Resources and its two utilities – Public Service Co. of New Mexico and Texas New Mexico Power. The cash transaction was valued at over $ 4.3 billion and would open the door for Iberdrola and Avangrid in a state where more wind and solar power could be generated and exported to larger markets.

A reviewer from the commission hearing recommended that the deal be rejected, and three of the five commissioners-elected said last week they opposed the approval.

While critics argue the merger would not be in the public interest given Avangrid’s track record in other states, utility officials, in a publicity blitz, have touted more than $ 300 million. dollars in tariff relief for PNM customers, investments in economic development, the creation of 150 jobs and other concessions obtained through negotiations with the parties involved.

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All parties except one directly support the merger or do not oppose it on the basis of concessions accepted by Avangrid.

At a meeting last week, the commissioners still questioned whether PNM’s customer service and reliability would deteriorate if the deal was approved and whether state regulators could ensure Avangrid’s compliance with all negotiated agreements.

Pat Vincent-Collawn, president and CEO of PNM Resources, said being able to make oral arguments before the panel would allow parties to address remaining issues in a transparent manner. She called the decision before the committee critical.

“We are confident that throughout the process, various parties in this case have raised the same issues and negotiated commitments to provide the appropriate guarantees and enhanced benefits to ensure that our merger is the right decision for customers, communities and the economic development of New Mexico, ”she said. said in a statement to The Associated Press.

As part of the guarantees negotiated, PNM and Avangrid could face penalties for failing to meet reliability standards.

The case has been in the works for a year, with Public Regulatory Commission hearing officer Ashley Schannauer spending several months overseeing evidence gathering and two weeks of public hearings over the summer.

Schannauer presented his recommendation last week to the committee to veto the proposal. He also cited some conditions that the commissioners should implement if they decide to support the merger. A final decision is expected this month.

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New Mexican farm and nonprofits fight for restorative changes to the industrial food system – Food Tank

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Across the Paso del Norte area of ​​southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, La Semilla Food Center is cultivating long-term, lasting, and restorative changes in the food system. Founded in 2010, the non-profit organization focuses on real-world land-based projects and advocating for systems-changing policies.

La Semilla carries out its work through five programs rooted in the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem: community farm, farm fees, edible education, community and policy education, and community development. These programs aim to center the experience and expertise of the communities most affected by harmful structures and practices within the food system.

“As members of this diverse community made up of multiple social and natural ecosystems, we know that at the confluence of our relationship to the land, our distinct earthly heritage lifestyles and our practice of intersectional feminism lies the place. resilience for future generations. “Rubí Orozco Santos, director of organizational storytelling and development at La Semilla, told Food Tank.

La Semilla advocates for safe and dignified working environments for agricultural workers in the Paso del Norte region, many of whom are immigrants from Mexico and Central America. “The way farm workers are treated remains one of the most shameful parts of our food system,” says Orozco Santos. “The industrial food system has always been dependent on cruelty and human rights violations.

American farm workers face increased vulnerability due to heightened political, economic and environmental threats. Economic hardship, immigrant status, language spoken, national origin, race and socioeconomic status illustrate some of the factors that contribute to farm workers being the target of systematic exploitation and exclusion.

Currently, New Mexico state laws exclude dairy workers, meat packers, hand harvest workers and child hand harvest workers to earn the minimum wage. The pressure to work as fast as possible in order to receive a higher salary favors dangerous conditions. In the USA, 49 percent of horticultural workers are denied work permits due to their immigrant status, creating obstacles to the safe defense of their labor and wage rights.

La Semilla joined the New Mexico Coalition of Farm Workers and Advocates. The community farm, based on agroecological principles, guarantees team members an hourly wage of $ 15, paid time off, workers’ compensation, overtime, parental leave, health insurance, and essential health and safety infrastructure, including bathrooms and shade.

The agroecological model of La Semilla’s mission aims to benefit workers. A fundamental tenet of agroecology underscores the extent to which equity and the social well-being of workers are necessary to create sustainable food and agricultural systems. But agroecology can also provide “a viable long-term strategy that enables crop resilience,” Orozco Santos told Food Tank. La Semilla hopes to train and support a regional network of small farmers exchanging best practices and adaptations to climate change.

A recent study in the future of the Earth, led by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), predicts that the southwestern United States will not become drier until towards the end of the 21st century. The region will experience altered precipitation patterns and an increase in extreme weather events, such as droughts and heat waves. According to Orozco Santos, La Semilla focuses on forming geographically appropriate methods and innovations that respond to the evolving challenges of climate change. This includes supporting viable, small-scale and integrated approaches to dryland agriculture, growing drought-tolerant crops, and creating adaptive cultivation techniques.

In addition to these land-based projects, the organization works to build food sovereignty through storytelling. Orozco Santos explains that “foodways and wordways go hand in hand”. For La Semilla, storytelling serves as a relational cultural strategy that allows the organization to increase its connection with the ecosystem of the Chihuahuan Desert. According to Orozco Santos, this practice “also raises[s] inherently healthy and regenerative earthly traditions that have too often been underestimated, and support[s] tales of power shift to deal with past and present systemic damage.

La Semilla’s team of storytellers recently published the zine Food, Land and Us: A Look at the Paso del Norte Region’s Farm Bill. The zine discusses the complexities of U.S. agricultural policy, including “its foundation on stolen land, labor and expertise, and the stories of communities of color whose knowledge, resistance and resilience have shaped our food system today. ‘hui, “Orozco Santos told Food Tank. .

In the future, the organization aims to develop scholarships for practitioners of agroecological agriculture and food pathways. By leveraging their programs, La Semilla also hopes to advocate for a policy and infrastructure for Black, Indigenous and Colored Producers (BIPOC) and increase support for a collective agroecological farming practice Paso del Norte. Orozco Santos told Food Tank that La Semilla will continue to “fight racism and anti-darkness and support indigenous land sovereignty in meaningful and tangible ways”.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Carreon, La Semilla Food Center

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The beginnings of the ABQ district began with an intuition


The community of Netherwood Park near Carlisle and the Indian School is a mix of custom homes, as seen here, apartments and townhouses. It was originally developed by Ada Cutler and her husband Edwin Netherwood. (Elaine D. Briseno / Journal)

Editor’s Note: The Journal continues “What’s in a Name?”

A pact between three women would eventually become Netherwood Park, a neighborhood known for its unique homes and proximity to the University of New Mexico.

Educators Ada Cutler, Alcinda Morrow and Martha Taylor purchased over 400 acres adjacent to each other in the late 1800s. It was part of this property that decades later would become the community of Netherwood Park .

The neighborhood is located between Interstate 40 and Indian School Road and is bordered by the North Diversion Channel to the west and Carlisle Boulevard to the east. Former Netherwood Park board member John Vittal has researched and compiled a history of the subdivision. He said the neighborhood’s original vision never materialized.

“The neighborhood is beyond anyone’s wildest dreams,” he said. “It was supposed to be a bunch of shotgun houses for factory workers where they could walk to work, but it never was.”

Instead, many of the neighborhood’s 1,200 or so residents are University of New Mexico employees, students, faculty, or retirees. There are also no cookie-cutter houses. No major developer built the houses. Vittal said the custom homes occupy the Netherwood Park lots.

As has been written repeatedly in this column, the railroad changed the fate of Albuquerque, which could have remained a predominantly rural town dependent on agriculture for its existence. Instead, it has become an industrial center with multiple professions and trades and many opportunities for success. After the arrival of the railroad, most people felt Albuquerque was on the verge of a real estate boom, but the exact location of that boom was a guessing game.

This advertisement in the Evening Herald newspaper for May 19, 1913, attempted to attract buyers to the new section of town of Netherwood Park, which was still outside the town limits at that time. (The Evening Herald clip)

Cutler, who arrived in Albuquerque in 1891 to accept a teaching position at Albuquerque High School, was one of those residents who thought there was a real estate boom going on, so she guessed. She entered the Bernalillo County Courthouse on Jan. 14, 1896, slapped $ 200, and bought 160 acres of land on the town’s East Mesa, according to a narrative story prepared by Vittal. The land was not far from the recently established UNM.

Cutler convinced his fellow educators Morrow, who lived in the same building as Cutler, according to the 1895 town directory, and Taylor, to purchase land adjacent to his. The women agreed to consult each other before selling their land.

All three were educated, traveled extensively, and led interesting lives before crossing paths in Albuquerque. It is not known exactly what they planned or hoped to do with the land, but their upbringing and experience may have fueled lofty dreams.

Cutler, who was born in Illinois in 1859, had taught in Silver City during her boom, but left her post there to travel to Mexico City to work as a housekeeper before arriving in Albuquerque.

Morrow is originally from Indiana and is credited with founding the English Department at UNM. Before arriving in New Mexico, she taught at the University of Kansas and also in Paraná, Argentina.

Taylor was also a transplant. She came from Ohio and taught English, history and geography, and established the history department at UNM.

The three women were here only a short time before they married and dispersed across the country, but they retained their land.

It would be Cutler who ultimately made something of it.

She married Edwin Netherwood in 1900 while living in Denver. The couple returned to Albuquerque in 1908.

In 1910 the other two women sold their land and Cutler became the owner. The Dutch decided to try to do something with it.

Netherwood Park resident Hedwig Menke took this photo of the neighborhood in 1957. (Courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum)

A June 21, 1912 article in the Albuquerque Morning Journal spoke of Mr. Netherwood’s plans for a “modern suburban residential neighborhood” with parks, tennis courts, and auto services nearby. In 1913, according to an advertisement in the Evening Herald, the lots were selling for $ 37.50 with a “modern bungalow” for $ 3,000.

Vittal said the effort was slow. It wasn’t until the late 1950s and early 1960s, long after the Netherwoods died, that most homes were built.

There were a few early takers, however.

There was Daniel Jacob Cook, who was a member and sometimes leader of the town group. He was also a luthier and painter. WHH Walker, a man who made his money from mining in Wyoming, bought a large block of lots in Netherwood in 1913 to build a house and establish a vineyard.

Mexican boxer Benny Chavez bought 26 lots there in 1913 saying he “believes in Albuquerque”.

There were even colorful residents, like Mr. Frank Ault, owner of the Liberty Bar in the old town. Not to be confused with Frank B. Ault, a soldier from World War I and also a resident of Netherwood Park.

According to an article in the Albuquerque Journal of November 25, 1928, the owner of the bar was arrested by the federal government for smuggling. Federal ban officers raided Ault’s house on Netherwood Park Road and found 100 gallons of whiskey.

But that was not the end for Ault. His case was dismissed for a technicality related to the search warrant. Five years later, Ault rented out his house in Netherwood Park, which had six rooms, a large basement, trees all around and, most importantly, a SHOWER. But if you had dogs or kids, forget it. These were not allowed.

Today, the neighborhood still bears names in honor of Cutler and Morrow. After Cutler’s husband died in 1926, she moved into the guesthouse at their Netherwood Park property and rented out the main house. She lived there until her death in 1937. They are buried side by side in Fairview Cemetery.

Curious about how a city, street or building got its name? Email editor Elaine Briseño at [email protected] or 505-823-3965 as she continues her monthly journey in “What’s in a Name?” “


New Mexico Developmental Disorders Board Launches Special Education Ombud Office | Education

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When Valentin Anaya noticed his son had a fondness for music, he enrolled the high school student in a music class at Socorro High, only to find that the boy had been absent almost 40 times in the middle of the first semester.

Valentin “Gogo” Anaya, a junior, has autism, and his father said he did not respond verbally to the call, so the teachers did not mark him as present.

“It was very difficult to get her proper services,” Elder Anaya said in a recent interview. “In Socorro, even though we’re only 120 km from Albuquerque, it’s like Siberia because we don’t have the kind of resources the city has in terms of personnel or training.”

Parents hope complications like these in New Mexico public school classrooms will become less common with the opening of the Ombud’s Office for Special Education.

The New Mexico Developmental Disorders Council, a council two-thirds of its members with developmental disabilities, opened office Wednesday after a bill was passed in the 2021 regular legislative session that provided for funding of $ 250,000 for the hiring of a mediator. The role is to advocate and mediate between parents and schools on special education.

Michelle Tregembo, former vice principal of Volcano Vista High School, was appointed ombudsman by the board – on which Anaya sits as a family member – in June, and in an interview last week she said she was receiving already calls from families and educators.

Tregembo has worked in special education in New Mexico for 25 years. A key concern on the ground is the lack of retention and hiring, made worse by the pandemic, she said.

Even students with disabilities who share a diagnosis “don’t have the same behaviors or needs,” which is why schools need more teachers and teaching assistants trained in special education, she said.

An analysis by New Mexico State University in September showed that nearly 300 special education teaching positions statewide remained vacant at the start of the school year, representing 28% of all vacancies this fall. The state also saw 280 vacancies for special education assistants.

“I want [parents] to know that they have someone in their corner, ”Tregembo said. “We will also provide systemic support. “

Tregembo’s role will be to attend individualized education plan meetings, investigate complaints, and help decipher state and federal laws surrounding special education rights.

The new office will also collect data to better identify areas of special education that need revision in different districts.

New Mexico Developmental Disorders Board Director Alice Liu McCoy said the request for help with special education issues will likely exceed the office’s capacity and require more funding from the state to the to come up.

The council has high hopes of recruiting regional directors, hiring more staff and training volunteers so that there is an advocate in each district, McCoy said.

“Absolutely one person is not enough,” McCoy said. “We have a lot of advocacy organizations that have done this work across the state in different areas. But no one has tried to be there statewide.”

In 2018, the late Justice Sarah Singleton ruled that the state was failing in its obligations to certain groups of students to provide adequate education, including students with disabilities.

In 2020, students with disabilities made up 15% of state graduates and they had the lowest graduation rate of any group at 66.4%, according to data from the Department of Public Education.

McCoy said having a statewide ombudsperson could be essential in helping schools and the public education department meet their responsibilities.

Elder Anaya said, “What excites me the most is that there will be answers for the parents who live in Magdalena, who live in the small communities across the state.”


NMSU researcher studies effects of pumping groundwater on rivers

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LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State University professor Sam Fernald has traveled the world to study watershed management. His research has taken him to Chile, Argentina and now the UK, where he is currently working as a Fulbright Fellow on a collaborative project based at Queen Mary University in London to study the effects of pumping groundwater on the rivers.

Fernald, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU, received a Fulbright Scholar Award in March – his third since 2000 – and moved to London in August to work on the project. His collaborators include Professors Mark Trimmer and Kate Heppell of Queen Mary University in London and Professor Andrew Binley of Lancaster University.

The research team’s work is focused on examining biogeochemical, hydrological and water quality processes in UK rivers

“I was very lucky because I found this university through Fulbright,” Fernald said. “Mark Trimmer and Kate Heppell were both working on different aspects of this project, but they hadn’t really looked at the impacts of water management on these processes in the streams. I help them analyze the data they have collected but have not yet analyzed.

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Fernald said he brings a systems modeling approach to the project. He explained that modeling coupled human and natural systems will show how climate change and diffuse pollution scenarios could negatively impact water quality. He added that the modeling will also guide the policy of groundwater pumping and land use management to improve water quality.

“In places around the world, the disconnection of rivers and groundwater due to pumping of groundwater results in increased infiltration into river beds and decreased river flow,” he said. “These changes could damage aquatic habitat, alter bacterial activity in the riverbed, and potentially increase methane emissions from the river channels.”

Fernald said the group’s research was aimed at guiding the management of groundwater pumping for healthy rivers and informing appropriate adaptation to climate change. One concern about climate change is poor adaptation to changes in temperature and hydrology, Fernald said. He added that poor adaptation also creates problems in addition to the initial issues addressed.

As part of his Fulbright activities, Fernald represented Queen Mary University of London as an observer at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in Glasgow in November. As a member of the research group and independent non-governmental organizations on the climate talks, Fernald said he learned about the effects of maladaptation and climate change on the water cycle.

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“Climate change is causing the water cycle to intensify with more droughts and floods,” he said. “Adaptation should not only respond to the impacts of climate change, but avoid creating additional problems. Pumping groundwater to compensate for the reduced availability of surface water can then cause its own problems and be an example of mismatch. “

Fernald, who will remain in London until February 2022, believes his research will be applicable to New Mexico, despite its differences with the UK

“We are really interested in New Mexico in the effects of pumping groundwater on the function of rivers. There are currently significant issues with groundwater pumping and its impact on river flow, ”he said, noting a years-long battle for water rights between New Mexico. and Texas. “Water scarcity is such a big problem in the world. In England the total quantity is less of a problem than the timing and location of water use. These questions are also important in New Mexico. I’m working on modeling system dynamics to show the effects of management on these natural processes that will hopefully be useful in New Mexico.

For Fernald, some of the highlights of the work in London include visiting historic sites around the Hampshire Avon watershed in southern England, where the research team collected samples. One of these sites is the Stonehenge landmark, which stands along the main course of the river; another is the city of Christchurch, home to a 15th century priory and the Royal Fishery, which is located where the river empties into the English Channel.

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“The story is great and gives you an interesting perspective on the sustainable management of resources,” he said. “The river was a focal point for the people of Stonehenge. Downstream they fished for salmon, and they specifically set aside the royalty fishery for prudent management almost 1,000 years ago. This was a good perspective on the importance of the long term perspective for the sustainable management of water resources.

Fernald said the Fulbright Awards are extremely competitive in London, especially in the field of environmental science, and described the application and interview process as “rigorous”. He said he was happy to receive the award because it meant he would have the opportunity to present some of his New Mexico-based research to other scientists.

As a Fulbright Fellow, Fernald said he was not only a visiting scholar, but also a representative of the United States. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange. Since 1946, the program has offered more than 400,000 participants from more than 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and help find solutions to common international problems. .

“That’s what is really good about being a Fulbright scholar,” he added. “It’s a mixture of making sure you’re doing a top-notch project, but also that you’re interested in being an emissary from the United States and knowing more about the host nation. “

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‘Discriminatory’ electric vehicle tax credit could lead to tariffs imposed by Mexico

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The $ 12,500 electric vehicle tax credit proposed in President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan is called “discriminatory” by Mexico’s Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier, who said the country analyzed legal remedies and other actions, including potential tariffs against the United States. .

Clouthier says the electric vehicle tax credit is “totally contrary to free trade,” especially since the rebate includes additional funds for consumers if the vehicle is built in the United States and is equipped with it. an electric vehicle battery produced in the United States. The terms of the tax cut, which favor U.S.-based manufacturing efforts, are damaging the country’s auto exports, Clouthier argues. Thursday, she declared, “the effect on our auto exports would have a very important impact on this sector which creates a lot of jobs … and could even generate additional migratory pressures”.

$ 12,500 tax credit for electric vehicles included in the “Build back better” plan now adopted

The United States has used an EV rebate for years to the tune of $ 7,500. This credit applies to any electric vehicle manufactured by a company that has sold less than 200,000 units, which means Tesla and GM vehicles are not eligible for the rebate. The main differences between the old credit and the new one are the amount of the rebate, its potential to be “refundable” and the positive effects it could have on American manufacturing.

It appears that Clouthier is not in favor of a large-scale reliance on international trade, especially as global supply chain issues continue to plague the auto industry. She said this was “not a desirable course of action,” but said Mexico would do everything in its power to support its auto industry. Reuters says Mexico’s auto industry employs around one million people.

This is not the first time that entities have expressed their dissatisfaction with the new incentives for electric vehicles. In October, the European Union, Germany, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, South Korea, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, the Bas, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Finland, Romania and Greece have argued before US lawmakers. that the tax credit violated federal trade rules by “limiting eligibility for the credit to vehicles based on their US national assembly and local content.” The countries also said the credit “is inconsistent with the United States’ commitments under multilateral WTO agreements.”

The tax credit was voted as part of the “Build back better” plan adopted by the House of Representatives in November. It then goes to the Senate.

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Why Taos, New Mexico is Southern California’s New Must-See Ski Destination


Taos, New Mexico, continues to appear on my radar here in Los Angeles. A friend spent Thanksgiving there with his family, another is looking for real estate for a vacation home, and my regular team of ski buddies are pushing for Taos this year for our annual bro-snow-cation.

Honestly, I didn’t know much about town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, so I reached out to Tania McCormack, Marketing Director for Taos Ski Valley, to find out what’s new, what’s changing, and why it’s worth it. worth rethinking my essay. and real LA ski getaways (I’m looking at you, Beaver Creek and Deer Valley) for something a little new and different.

LA skiers like me usually think of Mammoth and Big Bear, then Lake Tahoe. If we go any further, it’s usually towards Park City or Vail. Is it hard to break the mindset and get people to Taos?

Tania McCormack: In fact, Taos has a strong and loyal contingent of visitors from Southern California for several reasons: Taos Air, our 100% carbon-offset airline, is a quick and convenient way to get from LA or San Diego to Taos. In fact, when flying on Taos Air, Californians can leave in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Additionally, Taos is a member of the IKON and Mountain Collective passes, which many Californians own.

Interesting. Taos Air has flown twice a week between Hawthorne Airport and Taos this year. The perks make fast flights of 30 people almost feel like flying in private. What’s your quick introduction to people who might be playing with the idea of ​​a winter or spring trip?

Tania McCormack: Taos Air is the easiest route to the Rockies and flying out of Hawthorne, as you said, is a charter plane experience at a commercial airfare price. Taos Air is extremely convenient and straightforward: no TSA, no hassle at the airport, and great customer service. Again, you can leave in the morning and be on the slopes in the afternoon with free premium rentals and door-to-door service from the plane to the award-winning Blake Hotel in Taos Ski Valley. And all this for a price comparable to that of a major commercial airline.

What if I need to be convinced? As a ski destination, how is Taos different from, say, Utah or Colorado?

Tania McCormack: Taos Ski Valley is fiercely independent, and it shows from the moment you arrive. In an industry where ski towns have evolved into ‘ski towns’, Taos stays true to its roots and offers customers the intimate, personal and authentic ski vacation they dream of. It’s no exaggeration to say that Taos has some of the best pitches in North America. There’s a reason the World Pro Ski Tour and Freeride circuits take place here. It’s homey on an intimate scale, with personal attention, and most importantly, a unique vibe once you get to town. Some call it the Mystical Taos.

SKI Magazine is touting it as one of the top 10 ski resorts in all of the Rockies, and it is also touted by experts for the value, unique sense of place, and guest experience in Taos. It is partly a question of culture and community aspect. Taos has a confluence of Native American, Hispanic and European cultures and these are reflected in the people, cuisine, art and atmosphere. In addition to skiing, visitors can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo), eat German spätzle at the award-winning Bavarian restaurant, admire world-famous works of art from around the world. ‘famous artists and be trained by world renowned experts Ernie Blake Snowsports School. All of that to say: there is no such thing as a ski destination like Taos Ski Valley and once you know, you know.

I understand that. Friends I know bought vacation homes in Taos during the pandemic. For those who haven’t been, what are your favorite places in town to eat, drink and have fun?

Tania McCormack: Well, one place you won’t eat is in chain restaurants or overpriced, mass-produced restaurants. Taos prides itself on being home to only unique and independent eateries and eateries. The Bavarian is an award-winning restaurant well known for its après-ski and lunch on its terrace with stunning mountain views. You can take a comfortable sleigh ride for a three course dinner at “Bav” as the locals call it. 192 at The Blake serves sharing dishes and carefully selected wines, and is centered around a communal fireplace. Image: European alpine architecture folded into a colorful New Mexico design. On the casual side, the Mucho Gusto donut shack is my favorite and serves hot mini donuts and hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. And for a special night out, Medley in nearby El Prado offers award-winning wines and thoughtful seasonal dishes. Pastry Chef and Co-Owner Colleen Medley makes every bite worth the calories! Oh, and The Love Apple is a must-see destination touted by international food writers for its local and organic fare inside an old adobe church.

You make a compelling case. Big plans for Taos for summer 2022 or even for next winter?

Tania McCormack: Taos is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the summer and is growing as a summer destination. It has one of the few via ferratas in North America [a climbing route with ladders and metal cables to clip into] and it continues to expand its mountain biking trails, scenic chairlift rides and summer activities.

Thanks Tania. Let me go talk to the snow brothers!

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


New Mexico Police Chief Frank Methola accused of being a thug has a very ugly past

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Frank Methola, 50, a law enforcement veteran and police chief in the small town of Loving, New Mexico, was charged this week for allegedly attempting to make an arrest outside his jurisdiction and teasing someone in the process.

The accusations have not come as a shock to those who have come into conflict with Methola during his career. Not only because what is alleged fits their description of a cop who they believe became a thug and used excessive force, but because they could not understand that Methola was still working in the forces of the ‘order.

The saga is one of countless examples of a larger national trend of seemingly problematic cops bouncing around various agencies, even within the same state, and even promoted along the way.

“Methola is a police chief?” You’re kidding me, ”Steven Otero, who sued Methola for using force against him in 2006, told The Daily Beast. “I can’t imagine he’s still an officer. It’s ridiculous.”

Methola did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Methola is charged with theft of the identity of a peace officer and assault and battery. Methola was driving in his loving police unit in August when he entered Carlsbad, New Mexico, a town about 12 miles away. According to the complaint, Methola attempted to stop an anonymous driver in a Ford F-250 for an unknown reason.

The driver of the car was “upset and yelling” at Methola because he knew Methola lacked jurisdiction to be in Carlsbad, according to the complaint. But Methola is said to have tased the man and detained him, although no charges or summons have been issued against the driver. After the incident, investigators attempted to meet with Methola three times to obtain a statement, but were unable, according to the complaint.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction in Carlsbad and is the agency responsible for granting neighboring agencies the privilege of making arrests in the town, had not granted those powers to Methola, according to the complaint.

Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage told the Daily Beast that no one in the Loving Police Department, which has only four officers, has that power.

Cage said Methola’s accusations came after his office referred the case to the Eddy County District Attorney’s office. During the traffic stop, Cage said his deputies responded to the scene and released the man Methola arrested and tased.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Cage said the stop was a “significant” distance from where Methola is supposed to be patrolling.

Prior to the arrest, Cage said, he knew Methola was Loving’s police chief, but said he hadn’t had much interaction with him. “It’s not good,” he said of the incident, adding that since the August shutdown and the charges against Methola, he has learned more about the troubled past of the officer.

“Yeah,” he said, “he’s had problems in the past, if I understand correctly. “

Methola was first hired in the love police department in March and promoted to chief of police in August, a few days before the incident in question occurred, according to the department’s Facebook posts. The city has a population of less than 2000 people.

The city’s mayor, Pete Estrada, did not respond to a request for comment.

Methola’s law enforcement career began in August 2001 with the New Mexico State Police, according to a lawsuit he filed against the agency after he resigned in 2004.

In December 2003, Methola told an agency surveillance officer that he suffered from attention deficit disorder. When asked to undergo a psychological assessment, Methola argued that the examination was not “related” to his job and refused, according to the prosecution. He also claimed in the lawsuit that he was “harassed” while at the agency for his Hispanic and Italian heritage.

In 2004, Methola claimed he was forced to resign from state police.

However, his unfair dismissal complaint filed in 2005 never gained much ground, as Methola has repeatedly failed to serve his complaint to state police or respond to court requests, according to legal documents.

A state police spokesperson confirmed that Methola worked for the agency between 2001 and 2004, but declined to release any information related to internal investigations or complaints against Methola.

In 2006, when Methola first met Otero, the cop was working as an assistant in the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Otero’s lawsuit, Methola responded to the self-storage consignment in Los Lunas, New Mexico, which Otero possessed to report a stolen motorcycle from one of the units. Things took a turn for the worse, however, when Methola allegedly put on his lawyer cap and began to inform the man whose motorcycle had been stolen that he could sue Otero.

After Otero told Methola he was irrelevant, the deputy became “angry and hostile” and “violently” arrested him, according to the lawsuit.

“Boom, he threw me against the car and handcuffed me and threw me in the car,” Otero told The Daily Beast.

Obstruction charges against Otero were dropped, according to the prosecution. Otero claimed that after the incident he went to visit Sheriff Richard Perea at the time to complain about Methola and was told he would do Perea a “favor” if he brought a claim. lawsuit because he allegedly tried to get rid of Methola.

However, when contacted by The Daily Beast, Perea said he couldn’t remember if he said this.

Perea said he did not hire Methola but that the cop was already part of the department when he became sheriff in 2004. Perea said he left the department in 2007 and declined to comment on any disciplinary action. taken against Methola during this period, as it is a “personnel matter”.

But when told about Methola’s new job as chief of police, Perea said, “Oh, wow”, and laughed.

Otero’s lawsuit was later dismissed after Otero said he received a settlement of less than $ 3,000 and Methola apologized to him in federal court. Court documents show that the two sides have agreed to a “mutual understanding”.

But Otero said he got wind of other incidents Methola was involved in, including another federal lawsuit filed against the officer in 2008 by a Los Lunas resident who alleged Methola also used excessive force against them. under the right circumstances.

Dina Monarrez claimed in the 2008 lawsuit that Methola and another deputy entered her mobile home unannounced and began rummaging in her living room without a warrant. When Monarrez confronted the police and asked them to leave, Methola asked for her ID, threatened to have her deported and then tackled her to the ground, according to the lawsuit.

Although Monarrez has not been charged, a response to Monarrez’s complaint by a lawyer representing Methola argued that Methola’s actions were supported by probable cause, although the documents did not mention any specific crimes Methola was investigating. .

Monarrez told the Daily Beast that she still remembered that night and heard noises coming from her mobile home. “I thought it was an intruder or someone going to break into the house,” she said.

Monarrez said that when she confronted officers about not having a warrant, only Methola got angry with her who apparently challenges her authority. “He got angry and threw me to the ground right away.”

She described that Methola grabbed her and slammed her head against the floor of her house, causing bruises on her face. She claimed that Methola told her, “You should go back to Mexico” at some point.

“I was born here in the United States,” Monarrez told the Daily Beast, still appalled by the comment.

In March 2009, Monarrez’s lawsuit was dismissed after the issue was independently resolved, according to court documents. Monarraz told the Daily Beast that she received a settlement of $ 20,000.

In 2010, Methola was shot again when he was arrested by a local judge who became annoyed by his failure to appear in court over several citations he had received for his alleged reckless driving while he was chasing a theft suspect, according to The Albuquerque Journal. The quotes came after New Mexico state police investigated the incident, the outlet said.

Rene Rivera, the Valencia County Sheriff from 2007 to 2010, said that following the incident with Monarrez – and two instances where Methola allegedly “destroyed” a patrol unit – he decided to fire Methola from the sheriff’s office in 2010.

Orlando Montoya, head of human resources for Valencia County, confirmed to the Daily Beast Methola that he had resigned in October 2010 “instead of being fired”.

Rivera said that during his time in the sheriff’s office, Methola had received a number of complaints for being “a little brutal” against people of Mexican descent. However, he said he couldn’t prove or disprove the claims at the time.

He recalls speaking to Monarrez after meeting Methola and advising him to explore his legal options. “This is my department,” he said, “but again, I don’t endorse any such thing. “

Rivera said he also opened an investigation into the incident and discovered that Methola had failed to conduct himself “in an appropriate manner to enforce the law” during the incident. As a result of the investigation, Rivera said, he filed documentation for Methola to be fired.

Rivera said he had heard of Methola bouncing around other agencies after leaving the sheriff’s office. Upon learning of Methola’s accusations in Loving, Rivera said he was very surprised to learn that his former employee was a police chief.

And when Monarrez learned of the charges against Loving, over 300 miles south of Los Lunas, where she first met him, she couldn’t believe the officer still had a career in enforcement. laws.

“I thought they were going to take his badge or license,” she said.


US revives Trump-era border program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

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December 2 (Reuters) – Biden administration to re-launch controversial Trump-era border program that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. immigration hearings, per court order federal government, US and Mexican officials said Thursday.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, fought in his first year in office to overturn many harsh immigration policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and faces a record number of migrant arrests at the US-Mexico border.

Biden ended Trump’s policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) shortly after his inauguration in January as part of a pledge to implement what he called a more humane approach to immigration. But a federal judge ruled that Biden’s annulment had not followed the proper procedure and in August ordered the policy to be reinstated. The US government has said it must wait for Mexico’s agreement before restarting the MPP.

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“The United States has accepted all of the conditions that we have set,” said a Mexican official.

The United States will take action to address Mexico’s humanitarian concerns about the program, US and Mexican officials said, including offering COVID-19 vaccines to returning migrants and exempting more categories of people deemed vulnerable.

Migrants will also be asked if they fear persecution or torture in Mexico before being enrolled in the program and whether they have access to legal representation, US officials said on a call with reporters Thursday. .

Immigration advocates say the MPP exposed migrants to violence and kidnappings in dangerous border towns, where people were camping while awaiting their hearings.

Any migrant from the Western Hemisphere could be placed in the reworked MPP program, one of the U.S. officials said. The number of Haitians and Venezuelans captured at the US-Mexico border has jumped in the past year, adding to the large number of Mexican and Central American migrants.

At the same time, the Biden administration is still trying to end the MPP program, issuing a new cancellation note in the hope that it will resolve the court’s legal problems.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in October that the Trump program had “endemic flaws” and “unjustifiable human costs”.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has called for an end to the program, saying it puts asylum seekers at risk and violates their due process rights.

“The announced policy adjustments are not sufficient to address these fundamental concerns,” UNHCR Representative Matthew Reynolds said in a statement.

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Politics have been the cornerstone of Trump’s immigration crackdown. During his administration, tens of thousands of people who entered the US-Mexico land border were sent back to Mexico to wait months – sometimes years – to present their cases at US immigration hearings held in jurisdictions. Makeshift courtrooms near the border. Many migrants did not appear in court amid long delays and dangers in Mexico.

The MPP program will restart on Monday, likely with a small number of migrants at a single U.S. border post, one of the U.S. officials said. Returns to Mexico will ultimately take place at seven border crossings in California, Arizona and Texas, according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

CONFUSING MIX

The MPP’s reestablishment adds to a confusing mix of immigration policies in place at the US-Mexico border, where arrests hit a record 1.7 million in fiscal 2021, which ended in September.

Even though Biden tried to end the MPP, his administration continued to implement a Trump-era public health order known as Title 42, which allows border officials to quickly deport migrants without giving them the possibility of applying for asylum.

Almost two-thirds of migrants caught crossing the US-Mexico border during the fiscal year were deported under the Title 42 order.

Now, migrants captured at the US-Mexico border will be assessed to determine whether they can be expeditiously deported under Title 42, a US official said. Those who cannot be deported will either be returned to Mexico with an MPP hearing date, or released or detained in the United States.

Exceptions will be made for migrants with health problems, the elderly and those at risk of discrimination in Mexico, including on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, another US official said.

The United States and Mexico will organize transport for migrants waiting in Mexican shelters so that they can attend their hearings in the United States, another US official said.

But local officials in Mexico said many border shelters are already full and overwhelmed. Mexico is also in trouble with makeshift settlements for migrants that sprang up along the border last year.

Migrants with cases in the Texas towns of Laredo and Brownsville will be placed in shelters further away from the US-Mexico border to avoid security risks in the Mexican border towns of Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, the US official said.

The Biden administration will dedicate 22 immigration judges to hearing MPs’ cases to ensure they are resolved within 180 days, another U.S. official said.

A Mexican official said the government expected, under the revised MPP program, that 10 to 15 percent of people crossing the border would eventually return to the United States for a court hearing.

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Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington and Dave Graham in Mexico; Additional reporting by Kristina Cooke in San Francisco and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Mica Rosenberg, Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney

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Victimacy and vulnerability in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial


When I arrived in downtown Manhattan for the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, which opened this week, there was already a long line of reporters and curious observers outside the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse – enough of people to fill a socially remote courtroom and three overflow rooms. , in which the trial was transmitted via a video stream. Maxwell, a fifty-nine-year-old former socialite and daughter of British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell, has been accused of aiding Jeffrey Epstein – a man who has been variously described as her employer, boyfriend and best friend – to recruit, prepare and sexually abuse four underage girls from mid-90s to mid-two thousand. In 2019, Epstein, a multimillionaire financier, was arrested for allegedly coercing dozens of young women and teenage girls into sexual acts. In August of the same year, before his case was brought to trial, he died by hanging in his prison cell. Maxwell’s trial is widely seen as a final blow of justice for the many women who claim to have been abused by Epstein. If found guilty on all counts, she faces up to seventy years in prison. (She pleaded not guilty.)

Maxwell has been out of the public eye for over two years, but his trail has been hotly pursued after Epstein’s suicide. In August 2019, we briefly caught a glimpse of her, when she was photographed in a San Fernando Valley In-N-Out Burger. About a year later, she was caught in New Hampshire. Even though the fact of his arrest was public, according to the Times, FBI agents broke into Maxwell’s front door and watched, through a window, as she rushed into another room in the house – we still couldn’t see her.

So the desire in the courtroom to see this notorious woman up close was palpable. And yet, as a journalist exiled in an infinity-edge room, it struck me as ironic that while I got a glimpse of Maxwell, I still did so through a screen. On the second day of the trial, she wore a cream-colored sweater, dark pants and a blue surgical mask, with her black hair loose and united over her shoulders. The outfit was a far cry from the much flashier and revealing designer outfits of his Epstein years in high society; rather it reminded me of the type of woman who might ask you if you need help finding something at Nordstrom. The look seemed designed to banish all thoughts of not only sex crimes but also sex itself from the jurors’ minds. Sitting side by side with his defense team, Maxwell remained largely unmoved throughout the legal process.

The first witness called by the prosecution was Larry Visoski, who was hired as Epstein’s private pilot in 1991. (He testified in a COVID-Sure witness who allowed him to remove his mask.) Visoski – alert and accommodating, with freshly styled white hair and a dark suit paired with a red and white striped tie – painted a surprisingly healthy picture of his experiences with Epstein and Maxwell. (The latter, he said, was Epstein’s “No.2” in property and travel matters.) His testimony seemed intended to establish the very wealthy world in which Epstein and Maxwell operated, rather than suggest a criminal act on their behalf. .

For the most part, Visoski talked about real estate. The pilot took Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey (one of the lead prosecutors in the case, and a daughter of former FBI Director James) through the provisions of a number of Epstein’s properties : the nearly ten thousand acre Zorro Ranch, in New Mexico, whose entrance gate was decorated, in an infantile touch, with the “Z” logo of the fictional swashbuckler; the pretty townhouse on the Upper East Side; The private Caribbean island of Little St. James, with its helipad, wharf and gargantuan estate. For nearly three decades, Visoski worked in close collaboration with Epstein, piloting its planes (including a Gulfstream with a “burgundy carpet” and a Boeing 727, nicknamed by the press the Lolita Express) as well as its helicopters, and ensuring the ferry service. , between the various houses, a crowd of guests, the most notable being Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker.

Epstein’s account by Visoski, while not precisely glowing, was still very impressed. At one point, I counted the word “huge” repeated at least four times in as many minutes. The pool at Little St. James was great, as was the sound system at the financier’s house on the island. The same is true for New Mexico, not to mention, again, its sound system. (Visoski, aside from flying, was, he said, also responsible for handling Epstein’s audiovisual needs, and clearly still has a lot of respect for a good stereo setup.) While Visoski flew the planes – which were stored, like houses, by Maxwell – the cockpit door remained, as a rule, closed, and the pilot insisted that in nearly thirty years of service he had never seen it happen sexual acts, whether or not involving underage women. Passionate about cars, Epstein gifted him with several luxury vehicles over the years and built a house on forty acres that the financier had given him at Zorro Ranch, where he felt confident enough to allow his own young daughters – including high school and college, he said, Epstein had paid to ride with Maxwell. “Do you remember her as a nice person?” Defense attorney Christian Everdell asked, a question to which Visoski answered, without hesitation, in the affirmative. (As far as I know, the masked Maxwell remained empty, even when praised.) If Visoski had known of any inappropriate behavior towards minors on his part or from Epstein, he said. , he would have immediately quit his job. But as he spoke, I kept thinking that for Visoski, even subconsciously, a lot of things had to roll over not awareness.

If in Visoski telling the world that Epstein and Maxwell lived was as wide open and welcoming as the friendly sky on his plane’s windshield, it was something completely different for “Jane,” the first victim called for the bar, later Tuesday. Testifying under a pseudonym, she described her former relationship with Epstein and Maxwell as a nightmarish journey between a maze of oppressive spaces and dark corners at Epstein’s various properties, where she says her abuse took place. She recounted in low, measured voices how Epstein and Maxwell allegedly recruited, groomed, trafficked and sexually assaulted her from 1994, when she was just fourteen. An aspiring singer, she met Epstein and Maxwell during their visit to the artistic summer camp in Interlochen, Mich., Shortly after Jane’s father died suddenly from leukemia, leaving his family in a difficult financial situation. She was eating ice cream when the two adults approached her and started, as she put it, “chatting”. Realizing that she was from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had an estate, the couple befriended her, apparently interested in honing and supporting her artistic aspirations. Epstein, Jane said, started giving her the money. (“It’s for your mother. I know she’s having a hard time,” he apparently told her.) Meanwhile, Maxwell reminded him of an older sister – friendly, joking, asking questions about her. school and boyfriends. She took Jane to the movies and shopping.

Jane, who is now in her 40s, is only a little younger than me. Listening to her testimony, I felt a hint of gratitude for the mid-90s trade status items she recalled buying by Epstein and Maxwell for her: moccasins, a cashmere sweater, underwear. Victoria’s Secret, a “preppy” shirt. But then she testified that Epstein and Maxwell’s kindness quickly turned grim. One day, she said, Epstein walked her wordlessly to his pool house in Palm Beach, where he masturbated on her, leaving her “frozen in fear.” She had “never seen a penis before” and felt “disgusting” and “ashamed”. Gradually, and under the tutelage of Maxwell – who Jane said was an occasional libertine, acting as if everything that happened was “no big deal” – Jane realized her role in the household was to sexually pleasing Epstein. The abuse took place every time she saw him, which for the next two years was about every two weeks. Maxwell taught him “what he liked” – raw, all-nude massages that included touching the financier “everywhere”, and being touched and caressed in turn, sometimes also by Maxwell. Sex toys were involved, even when Jane protested that they had harmed her. She never told her mother what was going on. “My mom was so in love with the idea that these wealthy, well-off people care about me,” Jane said, and told her she should be “thankful” for the attention they were giving her. Epstein and Maxwell tried to teach him a similar lesson. From the start, they’ve always “boasted” and “under-named,” said Jane, wealthy and powerful figures whom they knew and often received calls, in her presence, from their VIP friends. (It reminded me of a tactic recalled by a victim of Harvey Weinstein, who recounted at the disgraced mogul’s trial how he bragged to her about his phone calls to the Clintons.) Jane said she felt intimidated and trapped.


New Mexico State Transfer Portal Tracker

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It’s transfer portal season and several New Mexico state football players have already entered the transfer portal after the 2021 season, the final season under the guidance of former head coach Doug Martin. .

This report will be updated as Aggie players announce their intention to enter the Transfer Portal or are flagged.

Aggies quarterback Jonah Johnson has reportedly entered the transfer portal. Johnson completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,705 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games.

Due to graduation or transfers, the Aggies have lost five of their top six receivers so far.

NMSU tight end Thomaz Whitford, defensive back Syrus Dumas and wide receiver Terrell Warner also entered the gate on Wednesday. Whitford, a junior, had 19 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Warner was second on the team with 38 receptions with 334 yards and a touchdown.

Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda had 37 receptions for 578 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the Aggies.

Dumas was a late addition to high school and provided a spark with two interceptions in eight games.

The Aggies also appear to have lost their top defensive player as linebacker Chris Ojoh entered the gate on Monday. Ojoh was second on the team with 72 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks after joining the Aggies before Easter Washington fall camp.

New Mexico State linebacker Chris Ojoh speaks on the NMSU campus on Thursday, July 29, 2021, in a media day before the first day of training.


Mexican president should stay focused south of border | RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.

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As an American Mexican, I have spent my whole life wandering the “in between”.

Growing up in the farmlands of the Central Valley of California, I was considered “Mexican”. But when I ventured to Mexico, I was an “American”. I often feel like a man without a country.

But not without hard feelings. I have a lot resentment towards Mexico – about a century, in fact. During the Mexican Revolution, the country’s economic system of haves and have-nots had nothing to offer a poor, dark-skinned, undereducated 8-year-old boy and his Chihuahua family. The migrants entered the United States legally and started a new life.

This boy was my grandfather, Roman, and everything he and my Texas born grandmother, Esperanza, accomplished in the life they shared in New Mexico and later in California, has been accomplished. thanks to their hard work and the generosity of the United States.

For the past 25 years, the Mexican government has attempted to snuggle up with Mexican Americans. The old country is looking for new investments and the possibility of leveraging the relations of paisanos who were born and raised on this side of the border.

No sale. Just as Mexico once had no use for my grandfather, now I have no use for Mexico. As an American Mexican, I bleed in red, white, and blue. I love my country, even when it doesn’t love me back.

As such, it is a safe bet that whoever the president of Mexico, hombre will – sooner or later – get on my nerves.

With the current incumbent, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, it was earlier. My breaking point was recently when AMLO threatened to personally “challenge” US members of Congress who vote against immigration reform.

Over the past several months, Democrats have attempted to introduce a pinch of reform – what we might call “lean reform” – into various pieces of legislation. The measures range from President Joe Biden’s recently enacted $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to the even more ambitious $ 1.75 trillion White House Build Back Better plan, which would fund control efforts. against climate change and strengthen the country’s social safety net.

Among the glitches is a provision that would grant work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least a decade and protect those people from deportation for up to 10 years.

Congress owes the country a permanent solution to our broken immigration system. It’s not that. It’s just a bandage on a gaping wound.

Nonetheless, AMLO thinks it is a good idea. He is right. It’s a good idea. But what the Mexican president lacks is that no one on this side of the border cares what he thinks about anything, especially immigration.

He addressed the issue at a press conference in Mexico before meeting with Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the North American Leaders’ Summit at the White House on November 18.

“If the lawmakers of a party block this initiative, we will call them later in a respectful way,” he warned. “We will let it be known from here that party lawmakers failed to help something fair and humanitarian.”

AMLO was careful to pay attention to his manners on American soil. He told Mexican media he would not repeat the threat against US lawmakers – which was reported by the Mexican daily Reforma – while he was in the United States “out of respect for the sovereignty of this country.”

A bit of respect. AMLO has a lot of nerve to teach Americans how to take care of the same people his country pushed north because he refused to make room for them in the Mexican economy – an economy that tends to make the rich. richer and the poor more desperate.

During the press conference in Mexico, AMLO also asked Congress to consider the contributions and influence of Mexicans in the United States.

“American lawmakers must not forget and our migrant brethren must be aware that there are 38 million Mexicans in the United States,” he said.

The only way for AMLO to reach “38 million Mexicans” in the United States is by counting the millions of Mexican-Americans who live here – people like me. And we don’t take our marching orders from him.

If AMLO is to protect the rights of Mexicans, and make sure they have more opportunities, it’s time to do all of this before they leave Mexico.

Ruben Navarrette’s email address is [email protected] His podcast, “Ruben in the Center,” is available in all podcast apps.


New York Joins Growing Number of States Passing Self-ARI Laws | Morgan Lewis – ML Benefits

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul enacted a self-IRA law, effective October 21, that requires some New York employers to offer their employees a qualified pension plan or join the IRA program. managed by the state. The new law changes the New York Secure Choice Savings Program, a voluntary IRA program that has been in place since 2018 and is administered by the New York State Secure Choice Savings Program Board.

In its updated form, this program aims to promote greater retirement savings for employees of small businesses who may not have access to employer-sponsored pension plans by requiring employees to opt out of the participation. Earlier this year, New York City enacted a similar automatic IRA law applicable to city employers with five or more employees. City law, however, may not go ahead if the city determines it is in conflict with the new state law.

The new law applies to employers with at least 10 employees in the state at any time during the previous calendar year. The employer must have been in business for at least two years and not have offered a qualifying pension plan in the previous two years. However, employers who have already set up a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401 (k) or 403 (b) plan, cannot terminate their existing plan to participate in the program.

Unless an employee withdraws, New York State law requires participating employers to automatically enroll their employees in the program and contribute 3% of their after-tax compensation. Participating employees can choose to contribute more or less than 3%, but the program is limited to contribution limits for IRAs. For 2022, the limit is $ 6,000.

Participating employees can choose their investment options, change their contribution level and terminate their participation at any time. For employees who have opted out of the program, employers can designate an open enrollment period to enroll, or an earlier date if the program allows. Participating employers have no responsibility for an employee’s decision to participate, an employee’s investment decisions, or the investment decisions of the program board.

An employer who meets the program’s criteria must distribute information materials at least one month before enrolling employees that include program rules, how to access financial literacy programs, and a statement that the fund’s program is not guaranteed by the state. Employers have up to nine months after the state opens the enrollment program to set up payroll deposits for its employees.

New York State joins a growing number of states with auto-ARI programs: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia. Several other states offer voluntary state-run ARI programs: Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, and New Mexico. (Seattle is the only other city in the country, outside of New York, to have passed an Auto IRA law.)

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance will oversee the development and implementation of the program, although it has not yet promulgated any regulations. Morgan Lewis is closely monitoring developments in the state.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Examine Lack Of Progress On Broadband Access At Meeting | Legislature | New Mexico Legislative Session

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Officials with the New Mexico Department of Information Technology admitted on Monday that the state had not done enough to prepare for a large expansion in broadband access, especially across tribal lands.

It is also unclear how the state will finance a project that is expected to cost more than $ 1 billion over several years.

Acting Secretary of Information Technology Raja Sambandam; project director of the Gar Clarke agency; and Matt Schmit, the incoming broadband adviser for the state’s new office for broadband access and expansion, on Monday presented an overview of broadband initiatives to the legislative revenue subcommittee of the transport infrastructure.

Lawmakers on the panel raised concerns about the lack of details – including the number of state residents unable to connect to the internet – and the lack of progress in working with tribes to put agreements in place. priority before an injection of federal funds for the project.

“You don’t have a plan,” Rep. Harry Garcia, D-Grants, told Sambandam, Schmit and Clarke.

States are eligible for up to $ 100 million US federal bailout law to boost Internet connectivity.

Senator Bill Tallman D-Albuquerque said the $ 100 million in federal aid would not go very far. During another recent legislative hearing, he said, lawmakers learned that it could cost at least $ 1.5 billion over several years to get the program fully operational.

Schmit, asked earlier this month by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to develop a three-year broadband expansion plan, agreed the statewide cost “will likely exceed $ 1 billion.” .

Schmit, who will not take up his new post until early December, said his office is expected to present a framework for the broadband plan at the next ordinary legislative session, which begins in mid-January. The deadline for using federal pandemic assistance for broadband work is 2026, he added.

“This is not a solution that we can get overnight,” he said.

New Mexico lawmakers keen to improve broadband access – an issue highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as closures have forced students and workers to turn to remote platforms – provided $ 100 million for broadband efforts and an additional $ 7 million in capital during the 2020 Ordinary Legislative Session. They also created a new broadband office to centralize initiatives that were previously managed by multiple state agencies.

A summer 2020 report from the Legislative Finance Committee estimated that between 13% and 20% of New Mexico’s 200,000 homes and businesses did not have broadband access at the time. Analysis by largenow.com ranked the state 42nd – behind neighboring Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Utah – in connectivity.

The state has installed hundreds of Internet access “hot spots”, Clarke told lawmakers on Monday, but said it was not an ideal way to provide the service: “It’s not the way to teach kids if they have to cross the parking lot and do their homework. “

He and his colleagues spoke of efforts to use funds recently approved by the legislature and federal government to better connect libraries, public schools and tribal facilities.

Several lawmakers have expressed concerns about right-of-way agreements with tribes.

“Have you had a real discussion with the Navajo Nation about how we need to resolve the right-of-way issues? Asked Jane Powdrell-Culbert, R-Corrales. “It’s a big, big deal.”

Clarke said the agencies must engage in “serious discussion” with all tribal communities on the issue.

“You are absolutely right,” he said. “We haven’t done enough.”

Representative Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, the chair of the subcommittee, said the agencies had a “heavyweight” ahead of them.

“Broadband connectivity is a human right,” she added.

After the hearing, Tallman said “it’s hard to understand” what the state is doing to improve broadband access.

“It is also difficult to get an idea of ​​how much money we have already committed and how much is still available thanks to grant applications that have not yet been finalized,” he said.


Campaign money and real estate money feed municipal council runoff


Tammy Fiebelkorn, left, and Lori Robertson, District 7 Albuquerque City Council candidates

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The real estate industry and Democratic politicians are investing money in the second round of the Albuquerque city council election, helping the four remaining candidates raise nearly $ 180,000 combined in one month.

As the final week of the campaign approaches, District 7 hopefuls Tammy Fiebelkorn, a Democrat, and Lori Robertson, a Republican, are at financial stalemate. Each raised about $ 44,000 in total during the runoff cycle and has a current balance of nearly $ 33,000, according to financial reports filed with the city.

In the second round of District 9, Democrat Rob Grilley has a financial advantage over his Republican opponent Renee Grout. Grilley, who outperformed Grout by about 14%, still has nearly $ 33,000 on hand compared to $ 25,265, according to records.

The second round of elections next Tuesday will settle the council’s last two contests and, although the races are technically non-partisan, will determine the political balance of the nine members of the city’s legislature. The winners will join four Democrats and three Republicans.

Robertson, a real estate agent, has amassed cash in the real estate and construction industries. Its major donors Рeach giving $ 1,499 Рinclude Clay Azar of Metro Commercial Realty, Deborah Harms of Sun Vista Commercial Real Estate, Dale Armstrong of TLC Plumbing and the commercial real estate development association, NAIOP New Mexico. It has also received significant contributions from the oil industry, including $ 1,400 from Harvey Yates and $ 1,400 from Jalape̱o Corp.

Albuquerque District 9 City Council Candidates Rob Grilley and Renee Grout

Grout has received support from similar donors, including $ 1,499 each from NAIOP and Armstrong, and $ 1,400 from Jalapeño Corp. She also brought in $ 1,499 each from The Auto Clinic (her family’s auto repair shop), James Grout and Jeree Hindi Tomasi.

Fiebelkorn and Grilley, meanwhile, cashed in money from the campaigns of other Democratic officials. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign donated $ 1,499 each to Fiebelkorn and Grilley. The campaign of President of the Senate of New Mexico, Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, gave everyone $ 1,000, as did the campaign of House Majority Leader Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque.

Jim Collie, a former Democratic member of the Bernalillo County Commission, also donated $ 1,000 each. Other donors who gave to the two Democratic Council candidates included businessmen Paul Blanchard, Steven Chavez and Charles Fresquez, who each contributed $ 1,499 to Fiebelkorn and Grilley.

Grilley also received $ 1,499 from the Albuquerque Area Fire Union.

There are also several political action committees for fundraising and spending in the second round of municipal elections, according to the reports:

– Healthy Economies Lead To Progress – fueled by real estate money – strives to elect Robertson and Grout. He raised $ 42,200 in the second round and still has $ 60,212 on hand due to the postponement of the regular election.

– ABQ Workers First, a union backed PAC that backs Fiebelkorn and Grilley, raised $ 62,500 during the runoff cycle and still has $ 10,034 available.

–The New Mexico Democratic Party PAC, which also supports Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $ 25,360 and has a current balance of $ 10,137.