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Las Cruces Walmart taxes grocery deliveries after new bill comes into effect

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LAS CRUCES – Weeks after the new bill took effect that included delivered groceries in gross deductions from New Mexico tax revenue, two people declared taxes on their Walmart deliveries.

House Bill 98 was signed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on April 5 and came into force on July 1.

William Turner, a resident of Las Cruces, noticed a tax of $ 6.50 on his Walmart order receipt of $ 96.30 on July 14. A woman from Rio Rancho found a tax on her order the same week.

“It’s not a lot of money, but the money is money,” Turner said.

During the pandemic, New Mexicans noticed gross revenue taxes on their delivered groceries, which would normally be tax-free at grocery stores. Delivered groceries have become popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the desire to stay indoors as much as possible. Turner was one of those people who turned to delivered grocery options.

Walmart on Rinconada Boulevard photographed on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

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“The pandemic has of course made delivery races a lot more attractive,” Turner said. “They’ve been taxing (deliveries) since we started, which is probably maybe a year and a half ago.”

“Under the old law, groceries had to be purchased from an eligible grocer to be eligible for the deduction, wording predating the recent popularity of grocery deliveries,” a Department press release said. New Mexico Tax and Revenue April 13.

In 2004, a bill was passed making most groceries eligible for the food tax deduction. However, hot prepared foods, pet foods, alcoholic beverages, and household items are taxable.

In the previous verbiage, only “the sale of food in a retail food store … can be deducted from gross receipts”. The new bill replaced the word “to” by “by”, thus making the delivered goods also deductible.

Two long lines surround the Walmart on Walton Boulevard on Thursday, November 19, 2020, after two other Las Cruces grocery stores closed for two weeks due to COVID-19 regulations.

“It is deeply troubling that Walmart continues to tax delivered groceries even though the legislature in March passed a law explicitly banning taxing groceries, effective July 1, 2021,” said Fred Nathan of Think New Mexico, a group that initially pushed representatives to make the change in the language of the bill.

Turner said he followed Think New Mexico’s push for the bill, which in part made him understand keeping the tax in the first place.

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A Walmart spokesperson made a statement to the Sun-News on the tax.

“After receiving clarification from the state on the new tax exemption law, we are working to remove sales tax imposition on eligible delivered food products. We apologize for the confusion.

The spokesperson did not give a specific timeline for when buyers will see this change implemented.

Walmart will also make an effort to reimburse incorrectly billed customers, the company said.

What is the state policy?

When the Sun-News contacted the tax and revenue department, spokesman Charlie Moore said he couldn’t comment on specific taxpayers – that is, grocers in this case – but the department had ” discussions with members of the industry to ensure they are aware of “currency policy.

Moore went on to explain that while the Department of Taxation and Revenue may and will notify a grocer of the change to the food tax deduction, the department “cannot control which deductions a taxpayer chooses to claim.”

“If they decide to change their statements, it will be up to them to do so,” Moore said. “We can’t ask them again, it comes back to that question, that we can’t require someone to take a deduction.”

Two long lines surround the Walmart on Walton Boulevard after other Las Cruces stores closed due to COVID regulations on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The way the deduction and invoice are worked out, the grocer may or may not qualify for the deduction, so essentially the grocer may or may not charge tax on groceries, according to Moore.

He said most grocers take the deduction and choose not to charge tax.

“It is up to each taxpayer to interpret their eligibility for deductions,” Moore said. “The tax on gross receipts is an obligation of the company.

Miranda Cyr, a member of the Report for America Corps, can be contacted at [email protected] or @mirandabcyr on Twitter. Show your support for the Report for America program at https://bit.ly/LCSNRFA.

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CFE of Mexico in dispute with WhiteWater Midstream over natural gas contracts


Mexico’s state-owned electricity company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said it was investigating possible corruption related to natural gas contracts with WhiteWater Midstream LLC.

CFE said natural gas contracts signed in 2016 and 2017 under the previous Mexican administration were under investigation on both sides of the border for potential corrupt practices, including influence peddling.

Two contracts with CFE’s subsidiary, CFE Internacional (CFEi), are considered “unfavorable and unequal” to the Mexican state. A contract to transport natural gas worth “billions of dollars” to the United States is also under consideration, CFE said. Former CFE officials are under investigation and legal action is pending against WhiteWater, CFE said.

Austin, Texas-based WhiteWater Midstream said the charges were unfounded and CFEi was in breach of contract for non-payment.

“CFE’s repeated misrepresentation to the media about WhiteWater follows our arbitration against CFEi for unpaid amounts,” said a spokesperson for WhiteWater. Mexico GPI of NGI. “The state-owned company’s explicit threats to continue criminal prosecution of contracts it had sought to renegotiate for months, taking advantage of its non-payment, are particularly worrying. WhiteWater will vigorously pursue its contractual rights in arbitration.

CFE is also in payment litigation with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. A trading subsidiary of CFE owes Goldman $ 400 million for natural gas trading that took place when prices soared last February after a storm Texas freak winter hit the state’s energy system.

This is not the first time that natural gas contracts signed by the previous administration have been called into question. In 2019, the Mexican government forced the renegotiation of many natural gas contracts it considered “abusive” and “unfair” to the state.

The Texas-Tuxpan Sur marine pipeline, valued at $ 2.5 billion, 2.6 Bcf / d, owned by Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) and TC Energy Corp. Deals were finally made when Grupo Carso CEO Carlos Slim, considered Mexico’s richest man, helped negotiate a truce leading to a slew of renegotiated contracts.

The WhiteWater contracts were signed under the leadership of former CFEnergía chief Guillermo Turrent. A recent newspaper investigation El Pais found that Turrent had worked in a previous job with some executives at WhiteWater.

Turrent, which bridged US natural gas producers and the nascent Mexican market for much of the previous administration, planned and executed the pipeline tenders currently criticized by CFE boss Manuel Bartlett .

CFEI is a major gas player in the United States. Through CFEi and its national counterpart CFEnergía, CFE also supplanted state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) as the dominant company in the Mexican natural gas market.

CFE has 8.2 Bcf / d of capacity in Mexico and 22 Bcf / d in the United States.

WhiteWater, meanwhile, has consolidated itself as a major middleman in the United States. Earlier this year, WhiteWater and its partner MPLX LP completed the Agua Blanca 1.8 Bcf / d pipeline expansion, bringing capacity to over 3 Bcf / d. The pipeline connects nearly 20 gas processing sites in the Delaware sub-basin of the Permian region and transports gas to Waha from Culberson, Loving, Reeves, Pecos, Winkler and Ward counties in Texas, as well as in Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico. .

Plans call for Agua Blanca to connect to the Whistler pipeline being developed by WhiteWater, MPLX and a joint venture between Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas Inc. The 42-inch diameter, 2 Gcf / d pipeline is expected to be in service in the second half of 2021.

WhiteWater is sponsored by Ridgemont Equity Partners, Denham Capital Management, First Infrastructure Capital and the Ontario Power Generation Inc. pension plan.


State workers recognized for helping New Mexicans find jobs amid pandemic


Damron is an NMDVR advisor and supervisor for other employees in Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs and Carlsbad.

In addition to her job, she has mentored other people in her office.

“We have always continued to provide service, but it has been in a different way,” said Damron. “It was also very emotional, you know, for a lot of the employees, and it’s hard to do the job without being in front of the person.”

Many people in the department are juggling large workloads and sometimes hundreds of clients.

Sainz is an Albuquerque-based NMDVR technology with multiple records of hundreds of people.

“We’ve had a lot of customers who, you know, got jobs right before COVID hit, and then because of the restaurant closings, you know, customers lost their jobs,” Sainz said.

Helping customers was often more difficult in a virtual environment.

“There have been some that are really, really good with the online environment, and then some of them just can’t, can’t do it,” Damron said.

“It was a challenge for all of us,” Sainz said.

But it’s what they did – despite these challenges – that got the state to recognize Damron and Sainz for their work.

“Every year we ask for nominations for those who go beyond the agency,” said Tracy Agiovlasitis of the New Mexico State Rehabilitation Council.

Damron and Sainz have been nominated by their peers to go above and beyond.

“Something can happen to someone in their life, and then they can’t do the job they always did. And then, oh my God, who do I turn to from here? , it’s just a real example of people supporting people, ”Agiovlasitis explained.

“I’m really honored. I’m really, really honored,” Sainz said.

“It’s been a tough year, but it’s also a time where we’ve had to come together in a different way,” said Damron.

Now that more and more businesses are opening up, they are ready to keep moving forward and take on the next challenge ahead.

“It’s really hard work, and it takes heart,” Agiovlasitis said.

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Delivered groceries now tax free, but Walmart continues to tax

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THINK OF NEW MEXICO

As you may recall, in the last legislative session, Think New Mexico successfully defended the enactment of a new law banning the taxation of food delivered by grocery stores to New Mexicans.

This law entered into force on July 1, 2021.

The sale of food in grocery stores has been tax-exempt since Think New Mexico secured passage of a food tax repeal law in 2004. This year’s law closed a loophole that allowed some stores impose a tax on food when it is delivered to a customer, rather than being bought in a store – a problematic practice during a pandemic.

Being able to have groceries delivered without paying taxes of up to 9% remains important for elderly and disabled New Mexicans, who often have difficulty getting to the store.

So we were concerned when we got calls last week from two New Mexicans, one in Las Cruces and one in Rio Rancho, who both reported being taxed on food orders they delivered to their local Walmart stores.

We sent letters to the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue and the state attorney general’s office and urged them to take immediate action to enforce the law and prevent Walmart from charging this illegal tax.

If you have had a similar experience, with Walmart or another grocery retailer taxing your food purchase, please help us end this illegal practice by emailing the Secretary of Tax and Revenue and the Attorney General. from New Mexico and letting them know what happened. .

Please include any details you can provide, including the store, the date you ordered your groceries delivered, and ideally even attach a copy of your receipt to show the items you purchased and the tax that was imposed. . (An important note to keep in mind: the food tax exemption only applies to food purchased from a retail store for home consumption – hot foods prepared or ordered in a restaurant are therefore still subject to tax.)

About Think New Mexico

Think New Mexico is a results-driven think tank whose mission is to improve the lives of all New Mexicans, especially those without a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, media, and policymakers about some of the most serious challenges New Mexico faces and by developing and advocating for lasting, effective, and evidence-based solutions. Visit thinknewmexico.org.


New Mexico Celebrates $ 623 Million in Film Spending in Pandemic Year | Local News

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There is no business like show business, even during a pandemic.

Although productions were delayed and shut down at various times during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, the film industry generated a record $ 623 million in direct spending in fiscal year 2021, according to State Film Office.

An official from the Film Office said the money generated from these productions went to local economies with $ 623 million, an increase of more than $ 200 million in spending recorded in fiscal year 2020.

The state used financial data from film, television and media productions shot in New Mexico to compile an annual estimate of their spending to justify the production incentives New Mexico offered to the industry.

Among other benefits, filmmakers can take advantage of 25% tax reductions on qualifying expenses for projects shot in New Mexico. Television production companies that provide long-term series to the state can receive 30% discounts.

Despite the loss of nearly three months of production time – July, August and most of September 2020 – due to COVID-19 closures and restrictions, the Film Office has defended its figures for FY21, stressing a variety of factors that have enabled filmmakers to produce content. One of the most important, said an official, has been the rush to resume production once producers have resumed operations.

“Due to the production shutdown, there is a huge bottleneck and demand for content,” state film bureau director Amber Dodson said by phone Monday. “All studios and streamers are scrambling to not only catch up, but create more and more content. And you can’t fit all of that into Los Angeles or New York anymore. “

Although there were only 69 film, television and other media productions in New Mexico in fiscal year 2021 – up from 80 the previous year – the increase in film production budgets means that companies are also spending more money locally, Dodson said.

“A studio manager recently told me that five years ago TV shows averaged about $ 5 million per episode,” Dodson wrote in an email. “Budgets are now approaching $ 10 million per episode.”

His office estimated that these productions spent 40% of those budgets on purchasing goods and services in the local communities where they were filming.

Dodson also said that all productions that were preparing to shoot in the state or were already shooting when the film industry closed in late March 2020 have returned to complete their projects.

Jennifer LaBar-Tapia, director of the Santa Fe Film Office, said when speaking with producers that she found that many wanted to set up projects closer to the Hollywood hub due to the pandemic and fears of shutdowns. borders or other unexpected travel issues.

“Some wanted to work closer to home if needed, where they could jump in a car and be here in 12 hours if they wanted to,” she said.

She said that, based on her own estimates and data from the State Film Office, about $ 190 million of that direct spending went to the Santa Fe economy.

Octavio Marin, vice president of production and operations at Santa Fe Studios, said business is “absolutely picking up.”

The Warner Bros. Roswell, New Mexico is back in the studio for his fourth season of filming, which will last until the summer of 2022, Marin said.

He said he believed that as more companies create streaming series to feed the appetite of stay-at-home audiences who have become accustomed to watching home entertainment during the pandemic, more productions will arrive in the state, and quickly.

“You want to see content – dramas, comedies, horror, romance, documentaries. That’s why everyone creates a lot of content; they need to build libraries,” Marin said. “They have more to do with it. ‘subscribers, they need a lot more content and that will create a lot more jobs [in the industry]. “

The State Film Office estimated that approximately 9,000 New Mexicans were working in the industry in 2021, earning an average salary of $ 56,000 per year. And about 75 percent of the crew working on the productions were New Mexicans last year.

Over the years, the state’s financial incentives have increased the number of film, television and media productions and helped establish the state as a prominent place in the film industry’s popularity contests.

In January, Filmmaker The magazine chose Albuquerque and Santa Fe among the best cities for film workers.

Dodson said New Mexico’s health practices during the pandemic also played a role in attracting film companies to the state.

Industry insiders, including representatives from film unions, launched a task force during the shutdown that wrote a 22-page white paper on how to safely restart productions when the state reopened industry.

The State Film Office now requires film production companies and workers to follow guidelines, which include frequent testing and wearing protective masks for those not getting vaccinated.

Dodson said many producers told him they viewed New Mexico as a “safe place” to work because of the state’s “aggressive actions to mitigate COVID-19.”

She said that to date, the state has performed more than 133,000 tests for the virus among the production company’s staff.

The rate of people testing positive is currently 0.13%, she said.

She said there are currently 33 film, television and media productions working in the state.


Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX hubs could help boost local property prices


The job growth and presumably high incomes of aerospace giants like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin have the potential to increase average median property prices around their hubs in the regions in the long run. South and West, according to the National Association. real estate agents.

“If, for example, a large tech company decides to open another headquarters with high income jobs, the region will experience significant home price growth,” NAR chief economist Lawrence told FOX Business. Yun. “Given that SpaceX and Blue Origin employees have sophisticated high-tech skills with likely high incomes, the affected small community real estate market will clearly benefit.”

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SpaceX, founded in 2002, broke new ground in Cameron County, Texas, at its launch site in Boca Chica in September 2014, according to Space.com. In April 2019, the Brownsville, Texas-based facility began testing the company’s Starship vehicle, which seeks to ferry passengers to Mars as early as 2024. SpaceX also leased a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. in Santa Barbara County, California. .

Blue Origin, founded in 2000, conducted the first flight test of its New Shepard program since its Launch Site One facility in Van Horn, Texas, Culberson County in November 2006. Blue Origin is scheduled to complete its first crewed mission July 20 with Bezos. himself on board.

Other sites that SpaceX and Blue Origin have used in recent years include the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Brevard County, Florida.

SpaceX’s website currently has more than 100 temporary and full-time job offers located in Brownsville, 28 full-time jobs in Vandenberg and 38 full-time and temporary jobs in Cape Canaveral. Musk issued an open invitation in March to anyone interested in joining the SpaceX team in Lone Star State, noting that the area “is expected to grow by several thousand over the next two years.” Blue Origin has 55 openings in Merritt Island, Florida and 12 openings in Van Horn, Texas.

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Virgin Galactic, founded in 2004, also stepped up testing of suborbital spaceflight at Mojave Air and Space Port in Kern County, Calif., Which officially became a spaceport that same year, and at Spaceport America in the county. de Sierra, New Mexico, which conducted its first official launch in September 2006.

Virgin Galactic completed its first full crew test flight, dubbed Unity 22, on Sunday with founder Richard Branson on board. The company has nearly 100 job openings in Mojave, California and 35 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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The Census Bureau, which has been tracking house prices since 1963, notes that the average median selling price of single-family homes in 1990 was $ 99,000 in the South and $ 147,500 in the West. In 2000, these average median selling prices reached $ 148,000 and $ 196,400, respectively. Fast forward to 2020, and average median selling prices have reached $ 299,000 in the South and $ 412,600 in the West.

According to NAR’s 2021 Median Home Price Map, Cameron County has a median home price of $ 96,055, up 4% year on year, the Santa Barbara County median home price of 630,442 $, down 1.7% year-on-year, Brevard County has a median home price of $ 252,790, up 7.9% year-on-year, Sierra County has a median home price of $125,677, up 4.5% year-over-year and Kern County has a median house price of $ 261,394, up 9.8% year-over-year.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s housing price index map shows that real estate prices in Cameron and Santa Barbara counties increased 51% and 108% between 2000 and 2020, respectively, and 5% and 2.1% between 2019 and 2020. As for Sierra County, New Mexico. and Kern County, Calif., the map shows house price increases of 80% and 114%, respectively, between 2000 and 2020, and increases of 12.2% and 6.1% between 2019 and 2020. During this time, Brevard County, Florida, has grown 128%. between 2000 and 2020 and 6.4% between 2019 and 2020.

Although the FHFA map does not provide data for Culberson County, the Census Bureau notes that the median value of its property was $ 32,500 in 2000. As of 2021, Culberson County has a median price. homes for $ 67,135, according to NAR, an 11.7% -year increase.

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Although Yun recognizes the potential long-term benefits of space enterprise centers in their local housing markets, he pointed out that these small communities have an easier time building houses and meeting increased demand, unlike large cities. .

“Therefore, house prices in the area will not necessarily experience a sudden increase, even if home builders build more large and expensive houses in the outlying areas,” Yun said.

Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather told FOX Business that the abundance of land surrounding SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin hubs will likely allow house prices to remain relatively stable even as the high income population around. of them increases.

“More land means there is room to add more housing stock, which will temper price growth,” Fairweather said.

The unadjusted median selling price of homes sold in the United States currently stands at $ 347,500 in the first quarter of 2021, just below its record high of $ 358,700 in the previous quarter, according to data shared by the Federal Reserve from Saint Louis.


Driving without insurance in New Mexico


Driving without insurance in New Mexico comes with financial and legal risks. New Mexico is the fourth largest state for uninsured motorists with about 21.8% of drivers driving without insurance, according to the latest study from the Insurance Information Institute. This means that drivers in an accident have a one in five chance of hitting an uninsured driver. If you are in the 21.8%, you are not only putting others at financial risk, but putting yourself at risk for financial or legal consequences.

Minimum insurance required in New Mexico

New Mexico state law requires all drivers to be responsible for personal injury and property damage. Currently, drivers must have a minimum 25/50/10 policy.

  • $ 25,000 per person for bodily injury or death
  • $ 50,000 per accident for bodily injury or death
  • $ 10,000 per accident for property damage

For minimum coverage only, drivers in New Mexico pay approximately $ 385 per year, based on the annual premiums offered by Quadrant Information Services. However, experts strongly recommend that drivers consider purchasing a comprehensive insurance policy that would include collision and comprehensive coverage.

Liability only pays for damage you cause to someone else – it does not cover damage or financial loss to yourself or your vehicle. If you’re struck by an uninsured driver in an accident, Uninsured Motorist coverage will help cover your medical and repair costs.

Penalties for driving without insurance in New Mexico

Even though this is the first incident, drivers in New Mexico driving without insurance face immediate license and registration suspension. Driving without insurance may also result in the issuance of an SR-22 requirement.

If this is your first offense, you could be jailed for up to 90 days and fined up to $ 300. For a repeat offense, you could be jailed for 6 months and pay a fine of up to $ 1,000. If you are convicted of driving without insurance more than twice, a judge can order an even harsher sentence.

Getting into an accident while uninsured is when drivers can expect jail time and higher fines. New Mexico has one of the highest auto fatalities in the country (20.2 travelers per 100,000 people), so reckless driving – especially without insurance – is severely penalized.

New Mexico Online Insurance Verification System Fees

New Mexico recently partnered with PASCO Inc. to develop an online insurance identification database through Validati. Drivers and insurance companies can submit proof of insurance at www.driveinsured.com. If you are not in the system as having adequate insurance, you will either receive a ticket for no insurance from a police officer or you will receive a notice in the mail.

If you receive a letter in the mail, you have 30 days to submit proof of insurance before your registration is suspended. If you do not meet this deadline before obtaining insurance, you will have to pay a fine of $ 30 to reinstate your license. Drivers can pay these fees online through the MVD New Mexico portal.

Have an accident without insurance

An accident in New Mexico without insurance can have far more devastating consequences. Not only will the aforementioned penalties take place, but you expose yourself to a financial burden that can take you years to recover.

Not having enough insurance is an equally risky decision. If you have liability insurance, you may have a misconception that you are financially secure in the event of an accident. While you are technically better off than someone who has no insurance, you are still responsible for any damages you cause, even if they exceed the limits of your coverage. For example, if you are wrecked in a vehicle with multiple passengers, their medical bills could quickly exceed the minimum limits of the liability policy. If you do not have insurance, you are responsible for any excess over the policy limits. In order to obtain payment, a civil court could seize your property and seize your wages.

Auto insurance is designed to protect you and others on the road from financial devastation. Therefore, driving without this form of financial protection is likely to have long-term financial and legal consequences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if you provide false insurance information?

The state’s ramifications for driving without insurance are serious, but providing false insurance information can result in criminal charges. You could lose your license, face jail time, and be fined heavily. With New Mexico’s online insurance verification system, any false insurance information provided by drivers can be quickly discovered by law enforcement.

Plus, if you’re dishonest with your insurance company for getting approval or lowering your rate, your policy will more than likely be canceled. The incident would show up in your insurance history, which means you will likely have more difficulty or more expense in obtaining a policy from another insurer.

How Much Does Auto Insurance Cost in New Mexico?

The average cost of auto insurance in the United States is $ 1,674 per year for full coverage, based on the annual premiums shown. In New Mexico, full coverage premiums average $ 1,419 per year. On average, drivers in New Mexico pay $ 255 less than the national rate for full coverage.

Does New Mexico Require SR-22s?

Yes, New Mexico requires drivers to provide an SR-22 form in certain circumstances. An eligible circumstance would be driving without insurance in New Mexico.

What Are the Best Insurance Companies in New Mexico?

Bankrate ranks the best insurance companies based on customer satisfaction scores, financial strength, and coverage and discount options. Based on our review of these factors, the best companies in New Mexico are Allstate, American Family, Geico, Safeco, and State Farm. However, the best auto insurance provider will be different for every driver. Comparing quotes and coverage options that match your insurance needs is the best way to find the best insurer for you.

Methodology

Bankrate uses Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 rates for all zip codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, DC Rates shown are based on a 40 year old male and female driver with a clean driving record, credit and the following comprehensive coverage limits:

  • $ 100,000 liability for bodily injury per person
  • $ 300,000 in civil liability for bodily injury per accident
  • Civil liability for property damage of $ 50,000 per accident
  • $ 100,000 in bodily injury caused by an uninsured motorist per person
  • $ 300,000 in uninsured bodily injury per accident to a motorist
  • $ 500 collision deductible
  • Global deductible of $ 500

To determine the minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets the requirements of each state. Our basic profile drivers own a 2019 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and cover 12,000 miles a year.

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparison purposes.


New Mexico State University journalism students awarded scholarships


Amanda A. Adame

LAS CRUCES – Two journalism and media studies students at New Mexico State University recently received scholarships from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The NAHJ is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanic journalists in the news industry.

Rosemary Montañez received the NAHJ $ 2,000 Rubén Salazar scholarship. Dayana Villanueva received the Luis Gomez scholarship of $ 2,000 NAHJ. Montañez and Villianueva are two of 36 scholarship recipients in the United States.

“Rosemary and Dayana are aware of the issues affecting our communities and this is what elevates them to another level as student reporters,” said Hugo Pérez, assistant professor at the University of Journalism and Studies. media and director of Noticias22.

“We will continue to motivate and encourage our students to apply for the many opportunities that NAHJ has to offer. This is the first time in many years that our students have been chosen to receive scholarships at the national level. It is an opportunity incredible for them. “

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Established in 1984, the NAHJ has over 3,000 members, including working journalists and journalism students from across the country. For over thirty years, NAHJ has awarded scholarships totaling over $ 1.72 million to nearly 800 students.

These competitive NAHJ scholarships are awarded based on the student’s commitment to journalism, academic achievement, community outreach, and financial need.

“This NAHJ scholarship will be such a blessing for my final semester at NMSU,” said Montañez, who will graduate in December.

“It will give me the opportunity to continue my studies without having so much financial pressure on me. Not only will the scholarship make such a big difference financially, becoming a member of the NAHJ will also provide even more opportunities in my future career.

Montañez, originally from El Pasoan, attended El Paso Community College before coming to NMSU to continue his education in hopes of becoming a broadcast journalist. During her time here, Montañez became a valued member of News22, the student-run live newscast, gaining first-hand critical experience as an on-air presenter and journalist.

“When I first visited the campus and walked the News22 set, I knew this was where I wanted to continue my college journey,” Montañez said. “I wanted to be able to graduate with as much experience as possible and News22 and the journalism department gave me these opportunities. I knew right away that this was the place for me.

Dayana Villanueva, journalism and media student, received the Luis Gomez $ 2,000 scholarship from the NAHJ.

After graduation, Montañez plans to continue telling stories about his community that inspire others as a multimedia journalist. “My hope is to leave NMSU motivated and keen to make a difference in the world by using the power of television and the digital space,” Montañez said.

Likewise, Villanueva hopes to use the skills she learned at NMSU to become an investigative journalist along the US-Mexico border after graduation later this year. Villanueva’s passion for the border region is part of her identity as she sees herself as both originally from El Paso, Texas, where she was born, and Ciudad, Juarez, where she grew up.

“The NAHJ award will allow me to pay the cost of classes, books, food and gasoline to work even harder to achieve my goal of becoming a Latin journalist in the United States,” Villanueva said. “I also hope that I can help increase the representation of Latinos and people of color in American newsrooms.”

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Since transferring to NMSU from El Paso Community College, Villanueva has acquired valuable tools as a presenter and reporter for News22 and Noticias22, Spain’s student-run digital newscast. Additionally, she is the co-host and producer of the LatinxAmerica Education Podcast, which focuses on showcasing organizations creating technology that can positively impact the Latinx community.

“Going to NMSU was the best choice I have ever made in my life,” said Villanueva. “It’s a dream come true and it just keeps getting better with opportunities like these.”

With the support of mentor professors such as Pérez and Nick Miller, associate professor of journalism and media studies and director of News22, Villanueva and Montañez feel ready for a career in journalism.

“Thanks to them, the graduate students of this department are ready to face the world with daring and are perfectly equipped to do so,” said Montañez.

To learn more about NAHJ and other scholarships, visit https://nahj.org/. To learn more about the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, visit https://journalism.nmsu.edu/.

Amanda Adame writes for Marketing and Communications at New Mexico State University and can be reached at 575-646-7953 or by email at [email protected]

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The forgotten history of Mexican-American activism


It is important to recognize that machismo has been a feature and function of labor exploitation entrenched in American capitalism since its inception and has impacted women in all cultures. Not only have women historically been paid less for the same work, but racial exploitation of labor has meant that women of color are paid even less than white women. Mexican women, alongside black women, were paid the lowest wages in the formal economy.

In the 1930s, Mexican women formed a significant part of the working class within the gendered divisions of labor that characterized industry and employment in the Southwest. For example, women made up the majority of workers in canning and packaging, clothing manufacturing and nut shelling, as well as in domestic services, laundry services, cigar making, and various other industries. . During World War II, Mexican women became a large contingent of the workforce in war industries.

Mexican women have been at the forefront of some of the most significant episodes of militant labor organization and strike efforts. From the barrios, they emerged as mass leaders, radical theorists and national figures within the Communist Party and the IOC. Their leadership at many points in the nascent labor movement during the period impacted the thinking of many men, created the basis for a broader discourse on gender and gender equality, and challenged the patriarchal structures of trade unions and political organizations.

Mexican women peel pecans at a factory in San Antonio, Texas, 1939 (Lee Russell / Library of Congress)

For example, women canneries negotiated the first union contracts to guarantee equal pay to all workers regardless of gender, race or nationality, paid maternity leave, and Spanish language rights provisions guaranteeing publication. bilingual of contracts, work notices and all other businesses. Documentation. In fact, you can see how the concept of civil rights first emerges in the bitter union struggles and union contract guarantees won at the point of production around this time.

Due to their resilience and activism, Mexican women have been brutally suppressed alongside men. There is a long history of police violence against Mexicans in neighborhoods, including women and children. Labor unions and worker-led civil rights organizations at the time, such as the Workers’ Alliance in San Antonio and the Spanish Speaking Peoples Congress in Los Angeles, organized their communities to fight the police-shattering of strike and to resist and oppose racist brutality. that they live on a daily basis.

In many strikes, women have been at the forefront of blocking and combating scabs and standing up against the police. They also protested and organized against the migration (immigration authorities), as people were regularly arrested and deported during the Great Depression, with agents directly targeting strikers, union organizers and political radicals.

In some cases, state repression of male workers has led to situations where women have gone on strike or struggle forward. From 1908 to 1911, during the Mexican Revolution, the women of the PLM led and coordinated a transnational movement from the southwest to the interior of Mexico, while the male leaders were constantly harassed and incarcerated by the police. In the Zinc Empire strike in 1950 in New Mexico (memorialized in the film Salt of the earth), the wives of the striking miners took over after the corrupt local government declared the strike illegal and threatened the men with arrest if they maintained their picket lines.

At a pivotal time in American work and radical history, the Mexican working class has often been in the foreground – with women in the foreground.


Former Forest City Executives Launch Medicine-Focused Business


Take three senior executives from the former Forest City Realty Trust Inc. of Cleveland.

Combine with another director with six years of experience in alternative investments as a portfolio manager at the large wealth manager Ancora, based in Mayfield Heights.

Join the real estate private equity go-go market. The result: Provider Real Estate Partners LLC, which began raising a $ 100 million fund to invest in medical office buildings.

This is the recipe described by Joseph Boehm IV, the Ancora alumnus and managing partner of the supplier who serves as the spokesperson for the company.

Longtime observers of the former town of Forest, now historic after being absorbed by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management in 2018, will recognize the names.

They are co-founders Bob O’Brien, former CFO of Forest City, and Joseph Boehm III, former executive vice president of retail leasing. (The Boehms are father and son.) The supplier’s COO is Bill Ross, whose last position in Forest City was executive vice president of asset management in his former business division.

The trio have left Forest City on several occasions. With the exception of O’Brien, who was there at the end, the others have held leadership positions in other concerns that feature in the vendor’s approach. For example, Boehm III, CEO of Provider, was Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing at QIC Global Real Estate, the Australia-based global investment firm, until he started working on Provider there. is one year old. And Ross was CFO of the Columbus-based Daimler Group, a diversified real estate company with interests in medical office buildings.

The supplier showed its hand last Wednesday, July 14, when it announced the purchase of its first two buildings: one in Little River, South Carolina, and the other in Las Cruces, New Brunswick. Mexico. The properties total 28,899 square feet and are leased by urology and gastroenterology practices, respectively.

The supplier did not specify how much he paid for his first two properties, both of which were purchased from groups of doctors who were their former owners, which explains the real estate supplier name. However, Boehm IV said the company was looking for properties valued between $ 5 million and $ 30 million for its portfolio.

Boehm IV said Provider made an initial close in an amount it did not disclose and which was used for the first two purchases. His goal with an early close is to acquire properties to build a balance sheet as he strives to close his initial fund of $ 100 million by the end of this year.

Such a focused fund is a big departure for a group of executives with backgrounds in office buildings, shopping centers and land development.

Young Boehm said the supplier has focused on the space of the medical office building for several reasons. The industry remains highly fragmented and will benefit from the trend for medical specialists to open small specialty clinics outside of acute care hospitals, as well as the growth in general healthcare associated with the aging of the US population.

The supplier noted in its initial press release that Dr. Glenn Gangi of Atlantic Urology, which occupies the structure in South Carolina, has chosen to reinvest part of his property in the Little River property in the Provider Real fund. Estate, an option that the provider offers to physicians. the owners.

O’Brien, chief financial officer of Provider, noted in the statement that Gangi has chosen to become a partner of his fund.

“His investment brings us closer to our tenant and gives Dr Gangi the opportunity to diversify his real estate investment in a medical practice through a portfolio of high quality properties on a tax deferred basis,” said O’Brien.

Investments in medical office buildings have flourished as they are seen as a likely winner in the real estate industry despite the pandemic.

MOB investors, as they are known in the real estate industry, have been active in Northeast Ohio. For example, White Oak MOB REIT bought three of these structures in the region for $ 21 million in February.

Provider is also not the first company in the region to focus on the MOB space. Independence-based Woodside Health has been in the industry since 2008 and has acquired more than $ 350 million in medical real estate across the country, according to its website.


San Antonio FC slip winlessly with Colorado Springs win


San Antonio FC ended a seven-game winless streak on Saturday, scoring three first-half goals and winning 3-2 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs.

The SAFC (3-3-6) had not won since May 22, recording two losses and five draws during that period, while scoring only one goal per game. On Saturday, San Antonio found the goal three times in the opening 43 minutes.

Nathan Fogaca scored in the 7th minute and added a penalty in the 43rd, while Victor Giro scored from the penalty spot in the 24th minute.

As both teams looked to increase the offensive pressure, forwards on either side found plenty of open ground for runs on the counterattack.

Emil Cuello set off San Antonio’s first scoring, taking the ball from Beverly Makangila and then slipping a pass behind a pair of defenders to Nathan, who dribbled into the 18-yard penalty area and pushed a right-footed shot high in. the tenderloin in the 7th minute.

Colorado Springs (5-5-2) created a similar opportunity in the 14th minute, as Switchbacks’ Michee Ngalina stole the ball from SAFC’s Axel Sjoberg to trigger an attack. After escaping a slippery Jasser Khmiri, Ngalina shot on target which was saved by San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone. But the rebound came to Colorado Springs’ Hadji Barry about 6 yards from goal, and he hesitated slightly to escape SAFC’s defensive challenge before tossing the ball into the net for his 13th championship-leading goal of the year. USL.

San Antonio came back in front in the 24th minute, as Jose Gallegos’ shot from around 25 yards was played by the hand of a Colorado Springs defender to secure a penalty. Victor Giro, returning to the lineup after missing the previous six games with an injury, scored a left-footed penalty in the upper left corner.

SAFC scored another penalty goal in the 43rd minute, taking the lead to 3-1. Gallegos slipped a pass behind the defense to Sam Gleadle, who charged through the 18-yard box before being downed by a lunge from goaltender Sean Melvin. Nathan sent the penalty into the left side of the net, scoring his second goal of the game after being ruled off the scoreboard in his first 10 appearances this year.

Colorado Springs scored a goal back in the 73rd minute, when a long chip from the back line found Zach Zandy behind the San Antonio defense. His first touch was a shot into the net from about 20 yards.

But Cardone wouldn’t be beaten again, closing a number of quality chances and finishing with eight saves.

After claiming the club’s first road victory of the season on Saturday, San Antonio is back home to face New Mexico United at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Toyota Field.

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The man who saved the Sierra Madre – Pasadena Star News

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There are carefully crafted plans, and then there is the reality. When you talk about small town governments, the two don’t always converge into a coherent logical whole. Cities go to great lengths, but the solutions are not always an improvement on the problems they hoped to solve.

And once in place, good luck getting rid of it. An example would be small municipal police departments. Sensible souls would opt for the services of a regional sheriff’s department since they already pay a large portion of the required taxes.

Funding a largely redundant municipal agency is not a cheap trick either. Currently, the Sierra Madre PD has 16 officers on a total annual budget of $ 3,300,000, or $ 207,000 per blue guy. Important pieces of this being ongoing contributions from taxpayers to CalPERS.

Perhaps the dream was to place law enforcement officers in town to help residents deal with the riskier aspects of our imperfect world. However, a more urgent consideration today has become its funding. The question is asked: is there a PD to fight crime or force urban citizens to improve their cheddar cheese?

Sometimes the Sierra Madre city council was made up entirely of people elected on the promise not to raise taxes and rates. None of them, once elected, honored that. A rowdy soul, John Capoccia, went purple as he embarked on a then-fashionable taxpayer revolt. Two terms later, John still hasn’t opposed a single tax increase.

In the city management game, a brave new look has appeared. By committing for relatively short periods of time, today’s modern executive wants to “save the cities”. Which is a nice way to put it to meet the desires of the spendthrift shop communities and maintain their illusions of being pockets of autonomous privilege. Despite the absurd costs.

Gabriel Engeland, who was the manager of the new wave town of Sierra Madre for nearly five years, illustrates this trend well. Deciding now that this is the best time to move on, Gabe will soon begin serving the troubled city of Los Altos, the fifth richest per capita in America.

However, Sierra Madre was not the first town Gabe saved. This honor goes to Trinidad, Colorado. Having lost all meaning in life by abandoning its crown of “America’s Sex Change Capital” and becoming the former home of Pioneer Natural Resources, this mountain-top border town needed help. in cash immediately. They hired England.

The solution? Marijuana. Located near the New Mexico line, not far from the Oklahoma enclave, Trinidad has become an accessible mecca for groovy heads hoping to take advantage of Colorado’s new libertarian pot laws, the first of their kind in the world. The success was so pronounced that CNN reported on T-Dad’s economic miracle.

The Sierra Madre was another kind of misfortune. With the town fathers refusing to manufacture banking by selling ganja to neighborhood teens, Gabe had to find another source of quick cash. This solution ? The few remaining open spaces in the city. Real estate developers virtually cocoon in city hall these days, with the opportunity for millions of dollars in cash and in tax fees, keeping the “full-service city” dream alive and the employees smiling.

For this, England became the man who saved the Sierra Madre.

Los Altos? They’ve just fired their city manager for working on some sort of side deal on Lone Ranger development. Done without the approval or participation of stakeholders. Unauthorized competition, one might say. As the bucolic city is the home of the billionaires of Silicon Valley, once this scandal was known, the anger was deep. Lawsuits are ongoing.

They need someone to save their city. Los Altos could become Gabe’s hat trick.

John Crawford is a writer in San Dimas.


Udall appointed US Ambassador to New Zealand | Local News


From New Mexico to New Zealand: Tom Udall’s adventures in public service continue.

Udall, until January the state’s first US senator, was appointed Friday by President Joe Biden to become the next US ambassador to New Zealand and the independent state of Samoa.

The appointment must be confirmed by the US Senate, where Udall, of course, is well known.

Udall, 73, retired earlier this year after two terms in the Senate. When he left office, he warned that he did not intend to give up his interest in the public service and that he was considered one of the main candidates for the post of secretary to the Interior under the Biden administration – a position that was ultimately given to U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, also from New Mexico.

His political resume, of course, is long – 12 years in the Senate, 10 in the United States House of Representatives, and eight as Attorney General of New Mexico.

And while a central theme of Udall’s Washington career was the environment, he was also a member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Udall, who lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Jill, could not be reached for comment. In a statement released by the White House on Friday, he expressed his joy in his new role.

“Having devoted my life to public service and having served as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee focusing on policies that promote democracy, international development and conservation, I am honored to be appointed by President Biden to this next role in the service of our great country. “said Udall.

“Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa is an important diplomatic post for the United States, New Zealand, Samoa and the Indo-Pacific, and this post – working with one of our partners and allies closest – is an integral part of our close collaboration. with New Zealand to address the challenges our nations face – including COVID-19, the climate and China, ”he added.

Away from the dusty trails of New Mexico and the marble pillars of the nation’s capital, Udall now heads to a diverse island nation of around 5 million people, located much closer to Asia than to North America. North. Considered by some to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, New Zealand, like New Mexico, is teeming with great outdoors and concern for its environment.

Its location in the Indo-Pacific may become even more important as the geopolitical map continues to change in the 21st century.

New Zealand has deep ties to the United States, which helped defend the country from the Japanese during World War II. The two countries also enjoy close security ties at a time when US influence in the Western Pacific is colliding with a growing Chinese presence on the economic and military fronts.

When Udall left the Senate, he frankly expressed his frustration with the political climate in Washington. He had been in government long enough to take a step back; her father, Stewart, was once the Home Secretary and her uncle, Mo Udall, was a revered 30-year-old member of Congress from Arizona.

“I have things that I think we should have done that I just couldn’t do because of the way the system works,” Udall said in an interview with The New Mexican at the end of last year. “Are we tackling the things we really need to accomplish right now?” “

In his statement on Friday, Udall seemed delighted with the challenge.

“This is a critical time for our country,” he said, “and my wife Jill and I are honored and honored to have the opportunity to continue serving our country, and if this is confirmed, we look forward to representing the United States in this important diplomatic mission. Post. “


Outspoken Democrat Denounces “Ambivalence of White Progressive Elite” in New Mexico Senate | Local News


An outspoken state senator from Albuquerque who split from his Democratic caucus in May laid strong charges against his two top leaders on Friday.

Senator Jacob Candelaria, who has faced members of his own party in the past including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, said Pro Senate Speaker Tem Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth of Santa Fe lack the ethical or moral capacity to lead Democrats in the 42-member chamber.

“For me, this is a movement to change the culture of the Senate,” Candelaria said in a telephone interview. “There is a fundamental problem here regarding the ambivalence of elite white progressivism that purports to support the struggle and the civil rights of queer people and people of color. But, you know, in this case it’s very hollow, and empty talk isn’t enough. “

Stewart and Wirth did not return any messages seeking comment but issued a joint statement.

“Senator Candelaria resigned from caucus more than two months ago and while we respect his right to express his opinion, leaders will not respond to personal attacks,” they said in the statement.

Candelaria, who took to Twitter early Friday to outline her decision to leave caucus, raised two specific complaints.

First, he alleged that a bill he sponsored during this year’s 60-day legislative session to end the use of the “gay panic” defense in criminal cases died at. the House following the “petty political actions of the Democratic leaders.”

He specifically pointed to Wirth and Senator Joe Cervantes, a Democrat from Las Cruces who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Here’s the double-talked hypocrisy of the legislature in full screen,” Candelaria said. “Sen. Wirth and Cervantes intentionally kept this bill for a month before passing it to the House after obtaining Senate approval. He said Wirth finally sent the bill at the end of the session. , “knowing full well that he would not have enough time to sit in the Chamber”.

Republican officials had already started “shutting down the House prosecution,” Candelaria said, referring to moves to slow down the process of passing the legislation.

Cervantes said Candelaria was wrong.

“It’s his imagination,” Cervantes said. “There is absolutely no basis for this criticism.”

Candelaria, however, maintains that her Bill was dead when she arrived.

When it was considered in the Senate, members of the House rose to applause after its unanimous passage. Several lawmakers approached Candelaria after he pleaded for his passage in a moving speech and praised him when he received unanimous approval; Wirth was among them.

“You know,” said Candelaria, “Judas went up to Jesus Christ in the Garden of Eden and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Candelaria and Wirth have faced each other before. In March, also during the legislative session, Candelaria said Wirth confronted him in the Senate when Candelaria used a legislative maneuver to block a bill he opposed.

“Why do not you come [expletive] and propose an amendment like all of us? Wirth reportedly told Candelaria, who was sitting slumped in her chair in tears after the confrontation.

Candelaria also targeted Stewart on Friday, tweeting that she was shielding the director of the Legislative Education Review Committee “from liability for racist remarks against Indigenous children and gay men.”

Director Rachel Gudgel has been accused of making fun of Native Americans and shouting homophobic slurs in the workplace at Ian Kleats, a former analyst on the Legislative Education Review Committee.

Kleats, who now works in Denver, said Gudgel, an employee of the legislative finance committee at the time, shouted a derogatory term at him as he left his office following a disagreement over spending on education at the time of the 2013 legislative session.

“It affected me, but I just tried not to engage with her,” he said.

Kleats, who revealed he was competing with Gudgel for the post of director, said he didn’t want his decision to speak out to be seen as “sour grapes”. He said he had nothing to gain from sharing information except highlighting Gudgel’s behavior in the workplace.

“Rachel did not have any management experience prior to being appointed a director,” he said.

“They made a choice, and we can just see what happened now,” he added.

Gudgel did not return a message requesting comment.

Candelaria said the Legislative Education Review Committee was aware of the homophobic insult when considering hiring Gudgel as director.

“Mimi had just joined the Senate, and she was fiercely opposed to hiring Rachel and was one of the LESC members who actively campaigned against her appointment” because of the derogatory remark, he said.

“There were many of us on the committee at the time who did not want to hire Ms. Gudgel because of it, but unfortunately the very clear case of discrimination against gay men did not disqualify her, so she was hired. added Candelaria, who is openly gay.

He said he found it ironic that Gudgel “now enjoys all of Mimi’s political protection”.

Candelaria said he doesn’t believe Stewart and Wirth “are living their Democratic values” and that New Mexico needs people of color in leadership positions in the state Senate.

“I will continue to work to make this happen until it does,” he said, adding that he had “no ambition” to be interim president or majority leader.

“I am also committed to investing significant funds in this effort,” Candelaria said. “In my campaign account, we have about a quarter of a million dollars at this point, and I’m willing to put all that money on the table to make sure we’re able to get Senate leadership that respects really people of Color. “

He said: “The actions of Senator Wirth and Senator Stewart have shown me that in my opinion, as a senator, they should no longer be given the leadership of the institution.”


CUSO real estate and CUSO mortgage join forces


House for sale. (Source: Shutterstock)

Like peanut butter and chocolate, two CUSOs have announced a new partnership to potentially create a new round of offerings that could prove to be a great combination for members of credit unions.

CUSO HomeAdvantage, formerly CU Realty Services, and CUSO Member Home Loan revealed a partnership agreement on Thursday. According to the announcement, the partnership will allow dozens of credit unions served by Member Home Loan to use HomeAdvantage’s online real estate resources for its members.

“We are very happy to partner with HomeAdvantage,” said Janie Smith-Loville, Executive Vice President of Member Home Loan. “We are convinced that through this new partnership, we will be able to offer a simple, efficient and complete home buying experience. We pride ourselves on customer service and will work diligently to provide members with complete satisfaction throughout the home buying process.

According to a joint statement, HomeAdvantage, which is the largest real estate CUSO in the United States, uses front-end tools to attract members early in the home buying process, while back-end systems and points of sale personal contact support them until they are ready to deal. One of those touch points is connecting to a Certified HomeAvantage Realtor who is trained to keep credit union financing at the top of the list.

“On average, when credit unions use HomeAdvantage, they increase their loan volume by over 40% and an impressive 85% of their purchase loan applicants stay with the credit union for funding. Members get cash back rewards in the form of HomeAdvantage cash rewards when using the program, which average $ 1,600 per real estate transaction. Over $ 6 million in cash rewards were distributed last year, ”the statement said.

“HomeAdvantage and Member Home Loan share the common goal of making home buying more accessible to members of credit unions,” said Herb Behrens, CEO of HomeAdvantage. “We are thrilled with the impact this partnership will have on this goal as we will have the opportunity to reach and serve their more than 350,000 members. “

Member Home Loan is a credit union owned mortgage company licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.


How much tax will my mother owe on the sale of her house?

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Q. My mother is selling her primary residence in New Jersey after owning it for 60 years. She owned it jointly with my father, who died in 1998. Does she use the 1998 estimated fair market value for half of the house and the 1961 purchase cost for the other half, as a basis for the price – more home improvements since 1998 – when does she file taxes? What happens with the $ 250,000 exemption?

– Help

A. Your mother has tax strategies to use when selling the house.

When the homeowner dies, the tax base of the property – the amount from which gain or loss is determined at the time of sale – is “increased” until the date of death.

When a married couple owns a home jointly, half of the base is increased to the value on the date of the death of the first spouse, said Matthew DeFelice, a certified financial planner at US Financial Services in Fairfield.

Note that in community-owned states – Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin – the entire base is reinforced, he said.

DeFelice gave an example of how this works in a non-community owned state like New Jersey.

Suppose your parents originally bought the house for $ 100,000. Then say that the house was worth $ 300,000 in 1998, when your father passed away. The initial tax base of $ 100,000 would be increased to $ 200,000 – $ 50,000 (your mother’s share of the original $ 100,000) plus $ 150,000, which is half the value of the house when your father died. Add to that all home renovations been doing since 1998 and you have your mother’s new tax base.

“Single taxpayers will receive an amount of $ 250,000 exclusion of capital gains on the sale of a principal home, so your mom would only pay tax on earnings over $ 250,000 above her adjusted tax base, ”DeFelice said.

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California gets tax incentive for TV and studio building

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State lawmakers voted to increase tax incentives for film and television by an additional $ 330 million in a bid to increase studio supply and prevent production jobs from leaving the state.

The California Senate and Assembly on Thursday approved Senate Bill 144, which will address the lack of sound spaces in the region. The measure also introduces diversity goals to address the lack of access to Hollywood for workers of color and other marginalized groups.

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5:50 p.m. July 16, 2021An earlier version of this article indicated that the Senate and Assembly approved SB 144 on Tuesday. The approval took place on Thursday.

The tax credit includes a $ 180 million increase in the current $ 330 million annual cinema tax incentive program – which runs until 2025 – and a new $ 150 million construction credit. of sound scenes.

The additional tax incentive funds are intended to address a shortfall in the current tax credit program, caused in part by the high number of recurring TV shows that are eligible for tax breaks as long as they are broadcast in the State. California also faces continued competition from New Mexico, New York and other states that offer tax incentives to attract film and television crews.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill shortly, according to a statement from Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who supported the bill.

“Investing in the construction of sound stages and the establishment of studios and filming locations is a critical addition to our efforts to increase filming in the Golden State,” Portantino said in the statement. “New milestones will generate thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in wages and billions of dollars in economic benefits for California. “

Last year, beneficiaries of the program included the Netflix film “Gray Man,” starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, which received a $ 20 million tax break, according to the California Film Commission. While production began last summer after a forced halt to filming in the event of a pandemic, several television productions have moved to the state to take advantage of the incentives. Shows for streaming platforms such as Disney + and Amazon were also among the beneficiaries.

The new bill increases the available tax credits by $ 15 million for each of fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 for television series that move to California. It also increases the bucket of credits by $ 75 million each year for recurring TV series exclusively.

The planned $ 150 million sound stage incentive provides 20% or 25% credits for productions that shoot in renovated or newly constructed sound stages. Scenes must be certified by the California Film Commission.

And they’re required to meet workforce diversity goals that reflect California’s people in terms of race and gender.

Each series or film project can claim a maximum of $ 12 million, and construction costs must exceed $ 25 million over five years.

In addition, motion picture producers must spend at least $ 7.5 million on qualified salaries for soundstage filming and own more than 50% of the facility or have a lease or contract of more than 10 years. .

The new incentive echoes some elements of the recently revamped tax incentives for New Mexico films that lifted the credit cap for studios that have invested in local facilities. The incentives drew Netflix and NBCUniversal into decade-long, billion-dollar studio investment deals in Albuquerque.

The new California bill was supported by Portantino and co-authored by Assembly Member Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey), chairman of the Assembly’s Revenue and Taxation Committee, and Wendy Carrillo ( D-Los Angeles) Assembly member.

In 2018, California extended the state’s film tax incentive program for five years to counter the tide of rampant productions.

Under the $ 330 million program, producers can recoup up to 25% of their expenses, up to $ 100 million, from crew compensation and other costs, such as construction kits. . Studios can then use the credits to offset state tax obligations in California. It does not cover the salaries of stars and other so-called above-the-line production workers.


The flamenco festival offers performances, live and virtual lessons: UNM Newsroom


The Alburquerque 34 Flamenco Festival, also known as the Internacional Flamenco Festival, will run until Saturday July 17, with performances at the Hispanic National Cultural Festival, Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque at the Hotel Albuquerque and in virtual performance spaces. Workshops and classes for students of all ages will be held at the University of New Mexico, in locations around Albuquerque and virtually.

The Alburquerque Flamenco Festival (FFABQ 34) is the largest gathering of flamenco, dance, music and education performances in North America, and the most important flamenco event outside of Spain, according to founder Eva Encinias-Sandoval. She recently retired after a 43-year career as a dance teacher at the University of New Mexico, the only university in the United States to offer a dance degree program with a flamenco concentration.

The spelling “Alburquerque” is a historical and cultural nod to the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque, who gave the town of Albuquerque its name.

Flamenco is more than dance. It also includes guitar, vocals, percussion, and even flute. Many countries have influenced Spanish culture and its iconic dance – Middle Eastern, African, Moorish, Arab, Jewish and Romani.

The festival started in 1987. This will be the 34th celebration of the festival, as there were no events in 2009.

“My mother was invited by the College of Fine Arts to organize a flamenco show celebration weekend. She brought in people from all over the country… She had a long career and is now retired, but she remains active in the festival, teaching flamenco in the community, ”said Marisol Encinias, daughter of Encinias -Sandoval and assistant dance teacher at UNM.

The festival initially attracted artists from all over the United States, but after 1992 international artists, mainly from Spain, were invited to perform and lead workshops.

“After 1992 the festival really took off and started producing through a non-profit organization called the National Flamenco Institute. UNM offered space and sponsorship for events and supported presentations, ”said Encinias.

Previously contracted Spanish guest artists will not be able to attend this year’s festival. The United States Consulate in Madrid has denied visas to artists due to unprecedented high demand and the immense pressure the pandemic has placed on international travel.

The festival will also be shorter this year to five days instead of the usual eight or nine.

However, the management of FFABQ 34 is committed to presenting exceptional flamenco and will go ahead with an American edition of the festival, featuring extraordinary flamenco from all over the United States.

Artists from across the country, including as far away as Los Angeles and Boston, will perform and lead workshops at UNM during the festival.

A total of 69 teachers and interpreters will be present.

Performances normally take place in a UNM theater, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be much smaller this year.

“The COVID restrictions have really limited our capacity. We are at 50% of our capacity, but we still expect thousands of people to participate, including online participants. People are welcome to watch and participate online. At our online festival last year, we hosted around 20,000 people. UNM will have 33 percent capacity workshops at UNM dance studios with around 100 people. Even though the festival is much smaller than normal, we are very happy to have a festival in person this year, ”Encinias explained.

While the performances and workshops will take place in person, everything will be fully accessible online for those who cannot attend. For more information, visit the festival website. Details regarding performances and workshops can be found here or by calling 505-242-7600.

A research symposium will be organized on Friday and Saturday July 16 and 17 by the Department of Theater and Dance at UNM. Researchers will present research on different influences on flamenco, questions on identity, authorship and authority in flamenco, and many other topics. The conference is free for the public.

There will also be a free youth expo on Saturday July 17 at the Albuquerque Museum. The exhibit will feature groups of children.

All information is available on the festival website.

The Albuquerque 34 Flamenco Festival is made possible by the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of New Mexico, Hispanic National Cultural Center, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, City of Albuquerque Arts & Culture, Mayor’s Office Tim Keller, The National Endowment for the Arts, Heritage Hotels and Resorts, The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, TourSpain, The New Mexico Humanities Council, Holmans USA, New Mexico Arts, NEFA, MAAF, Blue Cross et Blue Shield of New Mexico, WESTAF (The Western States Art Federation), Nusenda Credit Union, French Funerals & Cremations, Enterprise Holdings, Southwest Capital Bank, and the following offices, departments and programs at the University of New Mexico: the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Global Education, Friends of Dance and the Latin American and Iberian Institute.

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Biden’s agenda gathers momentum in Senate with major hurdles remaining

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President Joe Biden’s program has received a boost with Senate Democratic leaders outlining plans for more than $ 4 trillion in national programs, but enactment depends on details of negotiations over Medicare, taxes , immigration and the infrastructure that confused Congress for a generation.

The Senate is moving forward with a two-pronged approach to implement Biden’s agenda, a $ 3.5 trillion tax and social spending plan backed only by Democrats, and a bipartisan infrastructure bill from $ 579 billion.

Democrats on Wednesday celebrated agreement on the outline of a 10-year budget proposal that bridges, at least on the surface, the gap between a $ 6 trillion proposal by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, a progressive who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and moderates, including Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who insisted on a more modest plan that would not inflate the national debt.

But Biden and party leaders will still have to compromise to rally their 50 Senate caucus members and keep their House contingent united.

“Now we know it will be a long road and there will be obstacles along the way,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday. “This is only the first step in the long road that we will have to travel and that we must travel.”

Sanders said his staff are now working to rally support for a budget resolution in the coming weeks that would give committees a budget target for various pieces of potential legislation. Agreement on a House and Senate budget resolution will result in a vote on a subsequent bill that can be passed by the Senate without Republican support, but the process will likely take months.

“What happens next is that this is an extremely large and complicated bill and it is going to take a lot of work. among 50 people to come to an agreement, ”Sanders told reporters.

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Senators met Biden at lunch on Wednesday and then associated their speech on party unity with promoting their own priorities. An outline of the deal mentioned sweeping changes in health, climate, taxation, nutrition, education, childcare and work policies, but lacked specifics.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, told reporters he still needed information on proposed tax increases to fully pay for the plan. Manchin, from a coal-producing state, also said he told Schumer he had a problem with some fossil fuel provisions in the plan.

“I told him I was concerned about some of the languages ​​I have seen moving away from the fossils,” Manchin said. “I said, you are taking our country away from fossils and there will not be another country that will stand up and do the research and development that will correct the emissions from fossils now.”

But Manchin applauded progressives when he said he was “okay” with including immigration reform in the package and Noted he had long supported the failure of the comprehensive immigration legislation of 2013.

Senator Alex Padilla of California said he wanted to make sure the deal included language as “broad as possible” providing legal status to undocumented migrants – a Democratic priority that has not been met for decades. .

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Other senators have pointed to portfolio issues that Democrats say will help middle-income Americans.

“I heard a lot of enthusiasm tempered by the fact that we have to get the right details and people have to Feel that at home in their pockets, ”said Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, noting the extension of Medicare benefits for dental, vision and hearing.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders must determine whether the broad outlines of the deal are acceptable in the House, where Democrats can likely only afford three defections.

President Nancy Pelosi called the agreement in principle “strong” and “a victory” without explicitly endorsing it. Congressional Progressive Caucus representative Pramila Jayapal, who called for a bill between $ 6 trillion and $ 10 trillion, told reporters she saw it as a “down payment.”

Progressives will be at the heart of the House vote, and Jayapal said she had not given up on trying to add to the proposal after Sanders told reporters Wednesday morning that he hoped his House allies could do better than him to advance their agenda.

“We talked about a one-time investment in a generation. It would have been the case if we reached the higher number that we were advocating, ”she said. “I think this will be a big down payment on a real investment in our people, but it’s not the end. There is still work to be done. “

Bill on infrastructure

The bipartisan group of senators working separately on the infrastructure bill want to complete negotiations on Thursday. How to pay for the $ 579 billion plan is one of the final sticking points.

The White House has been deeply involved in these talks, which are led by Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Ohio Republican Rob Portman.

“I think we’re in good shape,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “There may be slight adjustments to the pay-for-fors. It will depend on what Congress wants to do. I explained how I think you would pay for it. Remember we have an agreement.

Talks on infrastructure were recently complicated when Pelosi said she would not allow the House to vote on it until the larger tax and spending bill was completed by the Senate. . Some Republican supporters of the bipartisan plan, like Susan Collins of Maine, ignored the $ 3.5 trillion budget effort while others, like North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, said Pelosi connecting the two could be a compromise. .

But for now, no piece of legislation can move forward without the other because Manchin and Sinema have made bipartisan achievement the price of their cooperation on a possible second bill, and the Liberals do not want to move forward on it. bipartite agreement without assurances on the Democratic package only.

“I think that’s the only way to do it,” Biden said.

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Work continues in New Mexico to reuse oil and gas wastewater


Every day, oil and gas drilling in New Mexico produces 3.5 million barrels of by-produced water, coming from the same shale formations as fossil fuels.

Known to industry as “produced water,” water is high in salt and may contain chemicals that are harmful to humans.

For each barrel of oil, between four and 11 barrels of this produced water could be generated.

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And as hydraulic fracturing flourished in the Permian Basin of southeastern New Mexico, it raised concerns that the state’s scarce water resources were being sacrificed for the benefit of its larger industry.

“Not only is the oil and gas industry causing climatic disruption, it consumes billions of gallons of precious New Mexico fresh water each year in the fracking process and literally converts it into toxic liquid waste that must be disposed of. “said Camilla Feibelman, executive director of the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club.

“The drilling, development and hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells generate huge volumes of toxic liquid wastes called produced water. “

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She testified before the Radioactive and Toxic Waste Committee of the New Mexico Legislature during a meeting Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad that not enough was known about the content of produced water.

Feibelman was concerned that water brought to the surface during oil and gas operations might contain radioactive materials, heavy metals and other pollutants.

Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club Rio Grande chapter, participates in an oil and gas wastewater roundtable with state lawmakers on July 14, 2021 at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad.

“There are huge gaps in the scientific understanding of the toxicity and risks associated with the safe use of produced water outside of oilfield operations,” she said. “Our lands and waters are in danger. “

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To mitigate the impact of the byproduct on the environment and human safety, the New Mexico Division of Petroleum Conservation (OCD) regulates produced water in the oil and gas industry while the Department of Petroleum The New Mexico environment is responsible for handling all uses outside of industry.

About half of the water is reused for oil recovery by hydraulic fracturing, according to records, and about 40 percent is injected for disposal underground.

Another 10 percent is recycled for reuse in industry.

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To better understand and study produced water, the OCD recently developed new rules requiring oil and gas companies to declare the content and quantity of products generated during extraction.

Adrienne Sandoval, Director of OCD, the new rules will help regulators understand and address environmental issues related to water generated during fossil fuel development.

“Before this reporting rule, we had no data on what types of water we were seeing,” she said. “Now we know what types and how much of each type of water is produced. “

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As of October 2020, OCD has reported that 408 wells have been hydraulically fractured, with each fracturing requiring approximately 377,000 barrels of water.

A barrel is approximately 42 gallons.

Can oil and gas wastewater operate outside the oilfield?

Bruce Baizel, legal director for the New Mexico Department of the Environment (NMED), said the department has yet to develop rules for the use of produced water outside the oil and gas industry. .

He said the produced water law passed in 2019 clarified the NMED and OCD’s water regulatory authority, but was controversial due to concerns about the content of produced water and if it could be used safely outside the oil and gas industry.

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“It will be important for us, an agency, what the science says,” Baizel said. “And can we protect human health and safety. These will both be important for us to move forward.

Before the committee, Baizel said work continued with the New Mexico Produced Water Consortium, a joint effort between NMED and New Mexico State University to develop technologies and regulations for using water in areas other than oil fields.

He said the Consortium plans to hire additional staff to speed up research and is due to release its findings and recommendations in 2022.

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Consortium director Michael Hightower said that since the group’s inception, other states have sought similar rules and found ways to reuse the water produced.

Michael Hightower (center) chats with a group of New Mexico oil and gas wastewater lawmakers July 14, 2021 at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad.

“What we are seeing is that rule making has actually picked up in many other oil and gas producing states,” Hightower said. “If you look at the state of New Mexico, we’re sort of a leader in this area. This is largely due to the problems associated with aridity and drought. “

He said the cost of disposing of produced water is higher than the cost of treating water, a reversal in the value of recycling 20 years ago.

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“The question is whether we can do it safely,” Hightower said. “That’s really what the consortium is focused on. All industries need water. Providing an alternate source of water is good, but also protecting human health and the environment.

Mathias Sayers, vice president of legal affairs at NGL Energy Partners, said the New Mexico-based water middleman, like many in the industry, has moved from downhole disposal injection to treatment and recycling of the by-product.

“In the past, it was just about discharging produced water, now it’s about managing produced water,” he said. “There are a lot more paths for this than the downhole.”

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He said many energy companies send their produced water to companies like NGL for treatment and use in subsequent well completions.

He said managing produced water could also bring economic growth to New Mexico, generating jobs and supporting other industries that could struggle for access to water in the drought-prone state. .

“There is no water produced from the New Mexico oil field,” Sayers said. “Why would we consider investing in finding new ways to use produced water? I think we all know it’s because New Mexico is the only state in the Union facing extreme water stress.

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New Mexico Senator Gay Kernan at a panel discussion on oil and gas wastewater on July 14, 2021 at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad.

New Mexico Senator Gay Kernan (R-42) from Hobbs said greater production management was supported by oil and gas companies and could provide a financial boon to the industry.

“I think it’s really great that we’re doing this and seeing that there’s been some collaboration with the state of New Mexico,” she said. “I think this is supported by the industry because it adds value to the water produced.”

She said fresh water would still be needed to drill in freshwater areas to avoid contamination.

“If we took away the ability to use fresh water to drill, we wouldn’t be able to drill any other wells at all,” Kernan said.

Adrian Hedden can be reached at 575-618-7631, [email protected] or @AdrianHedden on Twitter.


US Border Patrol Unveils ‘Se Busca Informacion’ Initiative Identifies 10 New Targets – Homeland Security Today


The United States and Mexico announced 10 new criminal targets for their “Se Busca Información” initiative at a press conference at the El Paso Texas Army National Guard Building on July 12.

The Se Busca Información initiative, which means to seek information in English, identifies 10 people associated with transnational criminal organizations wanted for crimes ranging from human trafficking to murder by US law enforcement and Mexican. Nine of the top 10 individuals were nominated by the government of Mexico and one of the individuals (Target # 2) was nominated by the United States Border Patrol on suspicion of organizing an elaborate trafficking ring. Human being. Seven of the wanted individuals have an active homicide warrant (target # 4-10), two of the wanted individuals are wanted for drug and firearms crimes (target # 1 and 3).

The “Se Busca Información” initiative promotes unity at the border and encourages the public on both sides of the border to anonymously report information about Mexican nationals who are wanted criminals. Telephone lines are open 24 hours a day and calls are routed directly to intelligence centers in local border patrol areas.

The United States and Mexico agree that the “Se Busca Información” initiative is in the best interests of both countries as a means of pursuing a more secure and secure border.

Photos of the 10 wanted are placed on posters, leaflets and billboards. This signage is located on the United States and Mexico side of the border for the public. In Mexico, they are mostly displayed on newsletters and billboards along city streets and on posters in convenience stores. In the United States, posters will be displayed at United States Border Patrol posts, immigration checkpoints and international entry points in the El Paso and New Mexico border areas.

People with information on these criminals can report this information confidentially to law enforcement via 1-800-635-2509 or 915-314-8194, where voicemail, text, or platform applications. – messaging form such as “WhatsApp” can be used. .

“It is crucial that we engage with our community on both sides of the border to enlist their assistance in obtaining more information on these wanted criminals. By increasing public awareness through the ‘Se Busca Información’ initiative, we are increasing our ability to apprehend these perpetrators, which makes our border community safer and more secure, ”said Chief Gloria I. Chavez, Patrol Officer in head of the US border patrol for the El Paso area. .

There are currently five US border patrol sectors along the southwest border that support this binational initiative; El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Del Rio and Big Bend.

It is important to note that an arrest or a criminal complaint is only a charge and should not be taken as proof of guilt. Subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court.

US Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the US Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509.

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Albuquerque ranked 120th best place to live in the United States – Albuquerque, New Mexico


Albuquerque, NM 2021-07-13 16:59:08 –

Nationwide (CBS NEWSPATH / KRQE) – US News and World Report There is an annual list of the best places to live in the country. This year’s survey focused on labor markets, values ​​and quality of life.

Boulder, Colorado topped the US News & World Report’s best places to live list for the second year in a row. The city’s job market was stronger than that of other metropolitan areas during the pandemic. And Boulder meets other highest standards for those who say the pandemic has changed their minds about where they live.

US News and World Report ranked Albuquerque 120th. It’s also the only New Mexico city on the list. This post mentions Albuquerque’s rich culture, access to art galleries, and its unique food and brewing scene. He also says living expenses in New Mexico are slightly lower than the national average. However, Albuquerque has one of the highest capital tax rates in the state. Albuquerque, on the other hand, was ranked 133rd as the best place to retire.

Below are the 10 best places to live in the United States.

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
  3. Huntsville, Alabama
  4. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  7. Naples, florida
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Sarasota, Florida
  10. Portland, Oregon

The magazine examines data on the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas and assesses desirability survey responses from more than 3,600 people nationwide.

According to the US News & World Report, a third of Americans have changed their perspective on where they live because of the pandemic. 11% have already moved or are going to move. According to the US News & World Report, following a pandemic, migration can make a big difference in a matter of years.

To read the full report, please visit: realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live ..

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New Mexico State Athletics nearing completion on $ 3 million facility upgrades


LAS CRUCES – There’s a lot of displaced dirt on the New Mexico state campus.

Several installation projects are underway and should be completed by the fall. Thanks to capital spending, donor donations, and athletics budget spending, there are currently $ 3 million in ongoing projects for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, track and field, and athletics. baseball facilities.

The state of New Mexico received $ 1.6 million from the state in capital spending funding in fiscal year 2020 for track and field. These funds were used for upgrades to the Pan Am Center and the NM State Soccer Complex.

A new track is shown under construction at the NMSU campus in Las Cruces on Tuesday July 13, 2021.

The sports department is using $ 1 million for a new video board at the Pan Am Center. The current video panel was installed in the spring of 2006, ahead of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament, far exceeding its expected lifespan of 10 years.

NM State is working with Daktronics and plans to install the video card in time for the volleyball season.

Between the video panel and the already installed floor design, which cost $ 25,000 from the sports department’s facilities budget, there have been over $ 1 million in upgrades in the Pan Am.

The State of New Mexico recently unveiled a new design for Lou Henson Court inside the Pan Am Center for the 2021-22 season.

The women’s soccer team will be able to play matches in the evening thanks to the installation of stadium lights at the Soccer Complex. The school received $ 570,000 of the FY20 capital expenditure for the project.

A new track is shown under construction at the NMSU campus in Las Cruces on Tuesday July 13, 2021.

The sports department received $ 500,000 from Capitol Hill spending funds in FY19, which was used to resurface the current track in hopes of hosting some athletic meets for the first times since spring 2005.

The current runway was sunk in the early 1990s.

Following a $ 900,000 donation from longtime donors Mike and Judy Johnson in the summer of 2019, the Aggies 4,500 hitting center is nearing its end near Presley Askew Field.

It was the last giveaway to the baseball program, which included a donation of $ 1.4 million for Presley Askew field renovations in 2013.

A new complex is shown under construction at Presley Askew Field on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.


Popular New Mexico painter / editor urges families to reconnect with local museums and support cultural forums


Popular painter / editor Lori Faye Bock at home with Genteel Teddyroo, A Jacob Ram

When? …. A 6-pack of Abiquiú by popular painter / editor Lori Faye Bock on display at the Museum Store Association’s Atlanta Summer Market – July 13-19

Take a Breath …. A 6-pack Abiquiú by popular painter / editor Lori Faye Bock on display at the Museum Store Association’s Atlanta Summer Market – July 13-19

Famous Painter / Editor Lori Faye Bock Featured at Museum Store Association Atlanta Summer Market – July 13-19

Museums are an integral part of every community and help us all discover the past and look to the future.

– Lori Faye Bock

ABIQUIU, NEW MEXICO, USA, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – With the pandemic seemingly under control in America, longtime Abiquiu, popular New Mexico painter / editor Lori Faye Bock is once again urging families to venture out safely and rediscover cultural institutions such as local museums to reconnect with the past and look to the future.

As a little girl growing up in Michigan, frequent visits to museums and other cultural institutions, life both at home and abroad, contributed to a happy, informative, and well-balanced life.

She invites everyone to discover the past and explore the future by visiting museums.

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Rare two-party system – most NJ voters want SALT cap removed

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Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, millennial or senior, male or female, there is one thing we all support: more money in our pockets.

According to results released Monday, 63% of Garden State voters in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll said they were in favor of removing the $ 10,000 federal cap on state and local taxes that came into effect in 2017.

The full reinstatement of the property tax deduction received at least 60% support from Democrats (63%), Republicans (64%) and independent voters (60%). More than 800 New Jerseyans were surveyed.

The cap on state and local taxes that can be deducted from federal taxes, better known as the SALT cap, has been seen as an attack on Democratic states, especially high-tax states such as New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The average tax burden in many New Jersey counties exceeds $ 10,000.

“This is one of the few questions you will ever find that has a bipartisan agreement,” said Dan Cassino, executive director of the poll and professor of government and politics at the FDU. “If anything wins over partisan politics, it’s real money.”

For half of those polled, the poll mentioned President Trump’s role in the cap and asked if it should be removed. The responses did not register any significant difference from the responses of people who were asked the question without noting Trump.

“There may be good reasons to support the SALT cap, as it is a tax increase that primarily hits the wealthiest people,” Cassino said. “But there aren’t a lot of people who see their taxes going up and think it’s a good thing.”

About a third of voters said the SALT cap increased their taxes, 28% said no and 30% said they were unsure whether it increased their taxes or not.

Opposition to the SALT deduction cap, according to the poll, is concentrated among voters most likely to own a home: older, more educated people.

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at [email protected]

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Filming at the Delta Hotel on Route 1, Woodbridge, NJ


WOODBRIDGE – Three people were found shot dead early Monday at the Delta Hotel on Route 1 southbound at around 2:45 a.m., reports said.

Woodbridge Police found two people with gunshot wounds in a room, one with a bullet to the chest, officers at the scene told RLS Metro Breaking News.

A third victim was found outside the hotel with an arm injury, according to the report.

All were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. A fourth person presented alone to a hospital, according to RLS.

There was no word on Monday morning of any arrests or reason for the shooting from Woodbridge Police or the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

Police are investigating shots fired at the Delta House Hotel in Woodbridge (RLS Metro Breaking News)

Mayor John McCormac told New Jersey 101.5 that the shooting may have been the result of a disagreement at a party in several rooms of the hotel. Witnesses were interviewed by investigators

Delta Hotel in Woodbridge (Delta Hotel)

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New Jersey Olympians competing in Tokyo 2021

New Jersey Olympians competing in Tokyo 2021

After the pandemic sidelined world-class athletes in 2020, at least 18 Olympic contenders with roots in New Jersey have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Some return after an appearance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 – while others find themselves in their first Olympics.

Here is the overview of the contenders, grouped by sport, with the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23.



Azira’s header guides New Mexico United past Colorado Springs


Former Cranes Uganda midfielder Micheal Azira continued to impress as New Mexico United scoring a very important goal in the club’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Saturday. .

The 33-year-old who retired from the national team 88 days ago showed why he was a mainstay when he scored United’s second goal at home, paving the way for victory in the USL Championship.

There was a 60-minute delay due to bad weather in New Mexico, but the game eventually started on soggy ground at Isotopes Park.

Sergio Rivas opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a rebound after Colorado Springs Switchbacks goalie Sean Melvin saved Kalen Ryden.

The Switchbacks found an equalizer minutes later as Steven Echevarria played the ball to Hadji Barry in the penalty area who dribbled around a slippery defender before stabbing at home.

New Mexico found a late winner when Azira came home from a corner in the first minute of the stoppage time. Ilija Ilic added another goal for New Mexico minutes later to extend the lead to 3-1.

“It was a great feeling,” Azira said. “Getting my first goal and being able to help my teammates in this situation was great.”


U.S. Yellen says tax changes for large companies may not be ready until 2022

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VENICE (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that a new mechanism allowing more countries to tax large, highly profitable multinational companies may not be ready for lawmakers to consider before spring 2022.

Yellen told a press conference after a meeting of G20 financial leaders in Venice, Italy that the reallocation of taxing rights in the OECD “pillar 1” was on a “slightly slower track” than ” a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15% a major tax agreement between 132 countries.

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors approved the deal over the weekend, but questions remain about the ability of US President Joe Biden’s administration to persuade a deeply divided Congress to ratify the changes.

Yellen said she hoped to include provisions to implement the so-called “pillar 2” global minimum tax in a budget “reconciliation” bill this year that Congress could approve by simple majority.

The “Pillar 1” part of the agreement would end unilateral taxes on digital services in exchange for a new mechanism that would allow large profitable companies to be taxed in part based on where they sell products and services, rather than where their head office and intellectual property reside.

This will require a multilateral tax deal that will take time to negotiate, a treasury official said.

“Pillar 1 will be on a slightly slower track. We will work with Congress,” Yellen said, when asked if a two-thirds majority would be needed in the US Senate, which is normally the treaty requirement. international.

“It could be ready in the spring of 2022 and we will try to determine at that time what is needed for its implementation,” Yellen said.

(Reporting by David Lawder and Gavin Jones; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


NMSU Library’s Wendell Chino Collection Offers Glimpse of the Past


LAS CRUCES – Mark Chino knew he faced a monumental task – one best left to the professionals at New Mexico State University. Upon his father’s death in late 1998, Mark Chino inherited numerous documents and records that detailed the life and work of Wendell Chino, who was a longtime president of the Mescalero Apache tribe.

“He knew what he wanted to do for his people,” said Mark Chino, a 1976 NMSU graduate. “All his efforts in his life were directed towards this goal.”

After years of reflection, Mark Chino and his wife, Selena, decided to donate Wendell Chino’s papers to the NMSU Archives and Special Collections in 2017. Wendell Chino is considered one of the most influential Native American leaders of the 20th century. century.

“The collections in the NMSU Library Archives provide very in-depth resources on the history and cultural heritage of southern New Mexico not found anywhere else,” said Dennis Daily, chief of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our collections represent the experiences and perspectives of all who have made their home in this region. Wendell Chino’s articles provide an important perspective on the history and development of the region from the perspective of Mescalero Apache.

The collection, now part of the Archives and Special Collections Policy Papers, consisted of 93 boxes of papers documenting the time Wendell Chino spent focusing on the needs of the Mescalero Apache tribe in areas such as the education and vocational training, health care, housing, support for the elderly, public security, infrastructure development and tribal courts.

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“Going through the countless boxes of documents, pictures and newspaper articles, what surprised me most was the depth and breadth of the issues he was involved with,” said Mark Chino, who was a young child during Wendell Chino’s early years. mandate.

“The collection will be of great interest to researchers examining Indigenous rights and autonomy during the pivotal decades of the mid-20th century,” Daily said.

“The decision to donate archival materials, especially those of a family member, can often be nerve-wracking, as donors have a direct emotional connection to newspapers,” said Dylan McDonald, political newspaper archivist. of the NMSU and Special Collections Librarian. “Mark and Selena recognize that Wendell’s speeches, correspondence, files and photographs are of immense interest to others than themselves. To ensure that others have access to the materials, they have placed great trust in the library to preserve, care for, and make available the thousands of items that provide a glimpse into Wendell’s life.

“As archivists process personal records, they get a unique perspective on a person’s life,” said McDonald. “In this case, while Chino spoke, wrote and testified in a very powerful and persuasive way about indigenous autonomy – often very publicly – it was the private correspondence he had with national political figures and indigenous leaders. that really caught my eye.

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During Wendell Chino’s tenure, the Apache Mescalero tribe built the Mountain Gods Inn and Casino, schools, hospital, health center, sawmill, and metal factory.

The work of organizing, describing and publicizing the collection is underway, but it is now available for researchers to use in the Branson Library Archives.

“Collections like Wendell Chino’s articles bring academics from across the country, and even outside the United States, to the NMSU to conduct their research, thus strengthening the university’s reputation as a research institute. unique in the southwest and border region, ”Daily said.

“A lot of these materials, whether my dad’s or anyone else’s, are unique and cannot be duplicated,” said Mark Chino.

“Placing the papers at the NMSU also shows Mark and Selena’s support for the mission of the university and the library, which is to provide a framework for scholarship, training and education for all citizens. from New Mexico, ”McDonald said. “This donation is a testament to their desire to provide NMSU students with a world-class educational experience.”

To learn more about Wendell Chino papers, visit openstacks.nmsu.edu/the-wendell-chino-papers.

Tiffany Acosta writes for Marketing and Communications at New Mexico State University and can be reached at 575-646-3929 or by email at [email protected]

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Three late goals send San Antonio FC to defeat against Pumas


On Friday night, San Antonio FC led for 56 of the first 75 minutes against Pumas UNAM’s Liga MX. It was not enough. The Pumas have scored three goals in the final 14 minutes to beat San Antonio FC 4-2.

It was the second time this week that SA FC led 2-1 in a friendly against opponents from La Liga MX before losing 4-2. Tuesday night, Queretaro beat the SAFC.

Both of these games were part of the San Antonio FC International Showcase. This has allowed San Antonio FC to gain experience for several of its players against teams from the top Mexican league. Despite failing in both games, San Antonio FC coach Alen Marcina was optimistic as SAFC return to the USL Championship.

“Our future is very bright. We have a model here. Our U16 and U17 teams play the same as our first team, ”said Marcina. “Having the opportunity to compete in front of our fans against two Liga MX teams are memories that will last forever.”

San Antonio was the first to score. In the 10th minute, Marcus Epps directed the ball towards the Pumas’ goal and found an open Nathan Fogaca making a run. Fogaca ran for the ball and slid it into the net.

The pumas were quick to respond. In the 13th minute, Pumas midfielder Amaury Garcia benefited from a rebound from San Antonio FC goalkeeper Carlos Mercado. Garcia shot the ball into the net to tie the score at 1.

San Antonio passes in front 10 minutes later. In the 23rd minute, SAFC defender Jasser Khmiri steered the ball into the goal on a corner from Emil Cuello.

“In these games you have to clearly see the identity and style of play of our club,” said Epps. “I see great potential. “

At halftime, SAFC replaced nine of the 11 starters. Only Mercado and Cuello remained in the second half. A total of 21 SAFC players faced the Pumas on Friday night.

SAFC held onto the 2-1 lead until the 76th minute, when Pumas forward Juan Dinneno tied the score at 2 with a back kick that passed Mercado in goal. Dinenno added a second goal four minutes later to give the Pumas a 3-2 lead.

In the 90th minute, midfielder Washington Corozo steered the ball to a corner to give the Pumas their last goal of the night.

The Pumas will stay in San Antonio for one more game in the SAFC International Showcase. Pumas will play their other Liga club MX Queretaros on Monday. This match will be played at Toyota Field and will start at 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio FC return to USL on July 17 to face Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. This match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

San Antonio FC’s next home game is on July 21. New Mexico United will head to Toyota Field that evening for a kick-off at 8:30 p.m.


State cuts fines on Calvary Church for Christmas Eve rally


ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health has made a final decision on a church fined for Christmas Eve services. Calvary Church was first fined for violating public health order capacity limits. KRQE learns that the fine is lower than what the state requested.


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New Mexico is now 100% open. However, in 2020, on Christmas Eve, there were strict restrictions statewide. Around Christmas, churches were allowed to operate at 25% of their capacity. On social media at the time, Calvary Church thanked everyone who came to the Christmas Eve service. Photos show the venue was packed with little social distancing.

Legacy Church also held Christmas Eve services and has been cited for a health violation. The New Mexico Department of Health fined Calvary Church $ 10,000 for violating capacity restrictions and the mask requirement.

An investigation ended as the Calvary Church probably had over a thousand people at one of its services. There was no conclusive evidence to show whether the capacity rule had in fact been violated. The investigation revealed that Calvary staff had violated the mask rule. They were not responsible for requiring those attending the service to wear a mask.

NMDOH increased the fine from $ 10,000 to $ 2,500. Calvary Church did not walk past the camera but made the following statement:

We are delighted with this favorable ruling, but are puzzled to see that part of the fine has been upheld for an offense that was not even part of the original citation. We wonder if the state couldn’t just whitewash us without slapping our wrists in an attempt to save face. One could easily assume that this is not and never has been a question of science, but of politics and politicians who choose when our First Amendment rights are available to us. On the one hand, the governor said pastors can preach on stage without masks, on the other hand, the state health department fined us for doing just that. What did the state expect: that our pastors deliver the Christmas message behind a mask? The problem is not the amount of the fine, but the fact that there was even a fine for Christians who worshiped at Christmas.

To be clear: Throughout this terrible pandemic, we have looked for ways to serve and encourage the people of New Mexico. At Christmas last year – one of the holiest and most important seasons for Christians – we welcomed weary people into our church to find hope and light. For this action, the governor’s office labeled us “pro-virus” pastors. More recently, the governor called those who expressed their disagreements with her “lizard people”. If our elected officials spent less time insulting and more time looking for ways to work with all New Mexicans to provide hope and light, then our state and our country would be a better place for all, especially those devastated by Covid. -19.

Ultimately, New Mexicans are going to have to decide at the polls how important freedom is to them – especially religious freedom – and that must have an impact on which Democrats, Republicans or others they vote for. “

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KRQE asked Calvary if he was going to pay the fine of $ 2,500. They did not respond. They have not yet paid the fine.

The Legacy Church hearing is scheduled for August 17, 2021 for their $ 10,000 fine. Pastor Steve Smothermon says “We will never pay them a dime. We don’t think they have the legal power to fine or tax the church.


Surfside condo collapse could reshape Miami’s real estate market


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Rescue turns into salvage in Surfside condo collapse

A moment of silence in Surfside, Florida on Wednesday as authorities called off the search for survivors after a building collapsed two weeks ago. They say there is no longer any hope of pulling someone alive from the ruins. Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levine Cava said operations will turn to recovery starting Thursday. “It is with deep sadness that I am able to share this afternoon the extremely difficult decision to move from search and rescue to recovery.” “At this point, we have really exhausted all the options available in the search-and-rescue mission.” No one had been found alive since the early hours, after part of the 12-story condo at the Tours Champlain South collapsed. Although no signs of life have been detected by the equipment or the dogs trained since then. 24-hour crews have since extracted the remains of 54 people from the rubble. However, 86 people are still missing, believed to have been inside the apartment when he fell. Officials say they may be elsewhere or have been double-counted. Miami-Dade Deputy Fire Chief Ray Jadallah suggested few bodies were found intact, and instead called the recoveries “human remains.” human remains, you know, usually an individual has, you know, a specific time frame in terms of lack of food, water, and air. This, this collapse, you know, doesn’t provide anything like that. “” Based on everything that has been given to us, that there are no living victims. What we have done now is transferred to a search and recovery in the search, and the recovery is now moved to finding every victim in this pile. “Investigators still have not determined what caused the collapse of the building without warning, although a 2018 engineering report warned of structural deficiencies in the tower.


Luis Suarez in Seattle? It’s possible?


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The Guyanese international has signed an extension with Birmingham. SD Loyal trades Thomas Vancaeyezeele to Birmingham Legion FC over undisclosed cash considerations

It looks like Ranger-linked prodigy Francis County turned out for Orange County in the USL Championship earlier this week when he was just 16. Ranger News

The two-time Olympic medalist aims to continue to evolve women’s football in Canada with plans for a new league. Diana Matheson’s plans for Canadian soccer – the Athletic

Nahas is currently an assistant coach with North Carolina Courage and has extensive experience in the club’s youth system. Angel City FC aim for Sean Nahas for first head coach: Sources – The Athletic

The Spirit let Jacobs go, while adding two NTRPs to Aylmer and Goff. Washington Spirit waives Natalie Jacobs, adds Taylor Aylmer and Morgan Goff – Black And Red United

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The race for the starting center-back next to John Brooks in the United States Men’s National Team is wide open, and if it looks like Miles Robinson has been a little late for the party, it’s because circumstances have held him back like few other top center-back prospects in the player pool. Miles Robinson enters Gold Cup with a chance to land a starting role at USMNT | SBI Football

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has signed a new deal until 2024, the club announced on Thursday. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone extends contract to 24

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Tired of the scandal and neglect of the country’s football federation, Brazil’s biggest teams are preparing an independent future that they believe will generate billions in revenue. Brazil’s top clubs plan a breakup league – The New York Times

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Brian Kolfage, founder of “We Build the Wall”, charged with tax charges


PENSACOLA, Florida – The co-founder of the “We are building the wall” project to raise money for a border wall was charged with a second tax charge in Florida, in addition to a previous tax charge and a charge of fraud.

A federal grand jury in Pensacola indicted Brian Kolfage on Tuesday with filing a false tax return. He had previously been charged with a separate count of filing a false income tax return and one count of electronic fraud relating to the electronic filing of his tax return.

The original indictment released in May claimed that between January 2019 and July 2020, Kolfage engaged in a scheme to defraud the government in relation to his 2019 federal tax returns.

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Kolfage received hundreds of thousands of dollars from several organizations in 2019, including We Build the Wall Inc., which was deposited into his personal bank account, prosecutors said. Kolfage did not report this income to the IRS, officials said. The new charge is linked to Kolfage’s filing of a false amended tax return in December 2020, investigators said.

Kolfage faces additional federal charges in New York City. Last year, a federal grand jury in New York indicted Kolfage and Steve Bannon, former adviser to former President Donald Trump. Bannon was pardoned by Trump on his last day in office. The case still continues against Kolfage and others. New York prosecutors said Kolfage and others had worked to divert some of the $ 25 million raised for the wall project for their personal use.

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We Build the Wall founder Brian Kolfage introduces special guest Donald Trump Jr. at the Symposium at the Wall Friday in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Kolfage’s lawyers declined to comment on the case.

The private group built a $ 6 million border wall section near Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near El Paso.

El Paso Times contributed to this story.


State Department of Health Faces New Virus Strain as Agency Faces Staff Shortage | Legislature | New Mexico Legislative Session


State Senator Martin Hickey, D-Albuquerque, may have better expressed the concerns of lawmakers about the spread of a variant of the coronavirus.

“Are we ready for the next COVID? Hickey asked outgoing Health Secretary Dr Tracie Collins at a legislative hearing on Wednesday.

Hickey was one of many lawmakers on the Legislative Assembly’s Interim Health and Human Services Committee raising concerns about the delta variant, which was first detected in India and is believed to be more transmissible and dangerous than other strains.

According to the Department of Health, New Mexico has only had 33 reported cases of the Delta variant, which is spreading in the United States and nearly 40 other countries.

Collins, who announced last week that she was leaving Cabinet to return to the University of New Mexico where she was dean of the College of Population Health, presented information on the department’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, even as the agency grapples with a labor shortage.

The vacancy rate of the Ministry of Health is approximately

20 percent, according to Jeff Lara, director of the Division of Public Health.

Collins said the department has struggled with vacancies since joining about nine months ago. “Some of it is long term, others generated by the pandemic,” she said.

Some of the vacancies, Collins added, are due to underfunding.

Lara said part of the problem is an “inability” to recruit doctors, nutritionists, clinicians and administrative workers during the pandemic. Competing for these professionals against private entities that can pay them more money is a challenge, he said.

“The competition is out there,” Lara said. “A budget increase could help us.

As Collins spoke of his agency’s success in slowing the coronavirus through testing and vaccinations – nearly 63% of state residents were fully vaccinated and ov

71% partially vaccinated on Wednesday, she said – lawmakers said they remain wary of the potential of the delta variant.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky recently said the variant accounted for 25% of new coronavirus cases in the country. The vast majority of those infected were not vaccinated.

Lawmakers at Wednesday’s hearing spoke of the need to vaccinate more New Mexicans – and find ways to overcome the reluctance of some residents to get vaccinated.

Senator Liz Stefanics, D-Cerrillos, said she heard hesitant voters because the vaccines had only received emergency approval from the federal government.

Representative Liz Thomson, D-Albuquerque, who has a son with autism, said some people believe vaccinations can lead to autism, despite many studies finding no supporting evidence.

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero, both Democrats from Albuquerque, questioned whether the state is doing enough to educate Hispanic and Native American communities about the spread of the virus and communicate about its effects. a way that respects their culture.

Collins said his team was working on a plan to get the word out about vaccines and increase immunization rates.

“I want to see the number even higher,” she told committee members.

Hickey, whose professional career has spanned many facets of healthcare, urged Collins to make sure his department is ready for a new round of coronavirus.

“As a doctor, I know that we are going to have [the delta variant],” he said.

“And it’s going to have an impact on the large number of people in this state who have resisted vaccination.” It could potentially be devastating. “

He suggested the state prepare a corps of National Guard-like medical professionals ready to follow the variant if it continues to spread.


US pushes Mexico to approve GM crops and potato market access


The United States lobbied Mexico on Wednesday to allow genetically modified crops in the country and to open up access to potatoes grown in the United States.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai lobbied for concessions during a meeting in Mexico City with Mexican Agriculture Minister Víctor Villalobos and Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier.

“Ambassador Tai stressed the importance for Mexico to immediately resume authorization of biotech products and inquired about the status of expanding access to American fresh potatoes throughout Mexico.” the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a statement.

The Mexican government issued a decree on the last day of 2020 stating that the import of genetically modified corn would be banned by January 2024.

The new North American free trade agreement, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), has a chapter on biotechnology that aims to support scientific cooperation on which corn, cotton and soybean producers largely depend. , but Mexico has not approved a new agricultural feature since May 2018, the agricultural news site reported Agri-Pulse.

“Mexico has not issued a new biotech approval for over three years and, if this continues, farmers will not have access to these tools,” said Matt O’Mara, vice president of international affairs at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a Washington DC-based business organization that represents the biotechnology industry.

“BIO is looking forward to working with the [U.S.] administration to support efforts that resolve this issue in a timely manner, including enforcement of the USMCA if necessary.

Chuck Grassley, a senator from the Republican Party from Iowa, told reporters on Wednesday that “we are going to fight to get our GMOs. [genetically modified organisms] in Mexico.

For his part, the CEO of the National Potato Council, Kam Quarles, said Agri-Pulse how happy Tai is pressuring Mexican authorities to allow more American potatoes into Mexico.

Mexico had granted full access to U.S. potatoes, but Mexican farmers were able to prevent unhindered entry through legal action. However, the Supreme Court issued a ruling at the end of April authorizing the federal government to lift import barriers. But the government has yet to allow the flow of US spuds across the border to increase.

“American potato growers appreciate the continued vigilance of Ambassador Tai and Secretary [of Agriculture Tom] Vilsack to ensure this 20-year-plus potato market access conflict finally crosses the finish line, ”said Quarles.

The Mexican-US potato dispute dates back more than two decades.

“Over the past two decades, we have heard many promises from Mexico to honor its end of trade agreements to back down under domestic political pressure and continue to deny fresh American potatoes full access to their country. . We continue to urge the Ambassador and the Secretary to maintain a “trust but check” position with Mexico to ensure that their market is not only temporarily open, but rather remains open for apples. high quality fresh American earth. “

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative also said Tai, Villalobos and Clouthier discussed the potential mutual benefits of aligning Mexico and the United States‘ policy on ethanol blends of gasoline.

In addition, they discussed the implementation of the USMCA’s environmental chapter – “including concerns related to the conservation and protection of the vaquita. [marina porpoise], illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and bycatch of marine turtles.

“They agreed to work together to fully implement and uphold the USMCA’s high-quality environmental commitments,” the statement added.

Tai will host a roundtable with Mexican workers and union leaders in Mexico City on Thursday morning in which she “highlight the worker-centered trade policy of the Biden-Harris administration and the US commitment to fully implement the US-Mexico-Canada labor agreement commitments, ”his office said .

The Mexican Congress adopted a landmark labor reform program in 2019, seen as crucial for the ratification of the USMCA, which came into effect on July 1, 2020.

But two companies operating in Mexico – General Motors and auto parts maker Tridonex – have been accused of violating workers’ rights set out in the USMCA and the US government recently asked Mexico to review the labor situation in the company’s factories in Silao, Guanajuato, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, respectively.

With Agri-Pulse reports


Drone tour of Jeffrey Epstein’s recently listed $ 27 million spooky ranch in New Mexico that just hit the market


The roughly 8,000-acre ranch owned by late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hit the market for $ 27.5 million. For that sum, you can own the place where he intended to “seed the human race with his DNA” and had plans to achieve this by impregnating a group of women on his ranch in New Mexico to make sure. that his genes are passed on. The primary residence of the property is approximately 30,000 square feet. The property also has its own airstrip. This is only the last of the accused pedophile’s real estate empire to hit the market. His Manhattan townhouse sold for $ 51 million earlier this year. His Palm Beach, Florida mansion sold for $ 18.5 million.

Epstein bought the property in 1993. In 2019, the New York Times published an explosive report alleging that Epstein “had ambitions to use his New Mexico ranch as a base where women would be inseminated with his sperm and donate. birth to her babies “. People Epstein revealed this to said he spoke about the plan at dinner parties. A NASA scientist described to Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality, that Epstein told him he wanted up to 20 pregnant women at a time from his babies on his property in New Mexico . Lanier believed that Epstein was using his dinners to “select candidates” to have his children. Imagine! You can own this property with this insanely spooky story for just $ 27.5 million!

The large property – Zorro Ranch – is located approximately 35 miles from Santa Fe. It is comprised of private and leased federal land. Specifically, there are 7,575 private acres plus 423 acres owned by the Bureau of Land Management. The sale includes the main house, several other houses, a yurt, a log cabin, outbuildings and a private airstrip. The main house has a large indoor swimming pool, gym, library and lounge. The eastern parts of the house offer views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

The proceeds from the sale of the ranch will go to his estate and, according to Sotheby’s International Realty, “including if necessary to compensate claimants, tax authorities and creditors.” Epstein’s real estate portfolio made up a large portion of his hundreds of millions of dollars in assets. Epstein’s victim compensation program was put in place by the court in June 2020 and has been funded to date with more than $ 140 million.


Americans beat Mexico 4-0 in final tune-up ahead of Olympics – Orange County Register


EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) – Tobin Heath scored her second goal in as many games and the United States beat Mexico 4-0 on Monday in the last U.S. women’s game before the Olympics.

The United States are unbeaten in 44 straight games, the second longest unbeaten streak in team history. The Americans also extended their winning streak against Mexico to 15 games and improved to 39-1-1 on aggregate. America’s only loss in the series came in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

USA coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to polish his rosters ahead of the Olympics later this month. The four-time gold medalist USA aim to become the first team to follow a World Cup title with an Olympic gold medal.

“I feel great,” Andonovski said. “Very excited about the trip. Obviously I feel like we are ready. I feel like we are moving in the right direction and slowly but surely completing all the tasks necessary to be fully prepared for the Olympics. . ”

Heath started after coming off the bench and scoring in the United States‘ first farewell game against Mexico on Thursday, which the Americans also won 4-0. She hadn’t played for six months due to an injury.

Carli Lloyd started Monday in place of Alex Morgan, and midfielder Rose Lavelle got the go-ahead while Kristie Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were available on the bench.

Rapinoe, Mewis and Morgan all started the second half.

The United States scored all of their goals in the first half. Horan scored on a volley in the sixth minute, followed by a diving header from Lloyd in the 11th.

“You don’t know how often I work on volleys, these are my favorite shots to hit,” said Horan. “So yeah, I was a little excited when this opportunity arose. Thank goodness I didn’t miss it.

After an own goal in the 37th minute, Heath scored in the 39th.

“The energy is really high, the environment is really great,” said defender Becky Sauerbrunn. “The form on the pitch, I think there are still things that we are just fine-tuning, and for me it will always be a question of precision. But I think we made a lot of progress, especially in the last third, with that precision.

Horan was seen with ice on his knee, but Andonovski said after the game that was no problem.

The next step for the United States is the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans face Sweden – the team that knocked them out of the 2016 Games in the quarter-finals – to open the tournament on July 21.

The team will not have any scrum against other teams before the opening game due to COVID-19 protocols.

Julie Ertz, who did not play in the kickoff series due to a knee injury, should be available to play, Andonovski said.

Mexico did not make the 12-team field for the Tokyo Games.