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Scam Alert: What’s Wrong With These Transactions?

on October 11, 2017 - 7:08am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans of new scams on Craigslist that have victimized Albuquerque-area residents.
 
One Albuquerque woman reported paying $2,000 to a rent-to-own listing on Craigslist without receiving all the keys—and being locked out of and unable to occupy the house. In another recent instance, a person offered a house for rent and asked for a deposit of earnest money—even though the “seller” did not own the house at all.    
 
QUESTION: What’s wrong with these

Luján, Butterfield, Stewart Introduce Bill To Increase Funding For National Health Service Corps

on October 10, 2017 - 6:22am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have introduced H.R. 3862, the National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017.
 
The bipartisan legislation aims reauthorize the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years and increase its funding levels.
 
The NHSC is a national program that provides loan repayment and scholarship awards to primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for practicing in federally designated

Heinrich Demands Scrutiny Of IRS Contract With Equifax

on October 10, 2017 - 5:52am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans, including over 860,000 New Mexicans.
 
“By awarding this no-bid contract, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is

Citizens Group Issues Survey On Code Enforcement

on October 9, 2017 - 4:31pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Citizens in Action Group led by local residents Heather Ortega and Helen Milenski is conducting an independent survey on Survey Monkey to gauge the community's response to the Los Alamos County's enforcement of the Municipal Code.

The survey was launched Monday on local online newspapers and social media.

“We are hoping to get a large number of responses on both sides of the code enforcement issue,” Milenski said. “That way we can have a broad indication of the current sentiment in Los Alamos and White Rock.” 

Milenski stressed that the survey is completely

Senate Democrats Applaud Court Decision To Allow 10 Bills To Become Law

on October 9, 2017 - 2:51pm
SENATE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  Ten bills that Gov. Susana Martinez attempted to veto earlier this year became law today after Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton denied Gov. Martinez’s request to delay their implementation. 
 
The Court held that the Governor’s request is not likely to succeed if it is appealed, and that the public interest is best served by allowing those bills to become law.

Pearce: It's The Job Of Congress, Not The President

on October 9, 2017 - 10:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump announced his immigration principles and priorities:
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system. Previous Administrations continuously sidestepped Congress by ordering harmful, temporary patchwork solutions without thinking about the long-term affects. It is the job of Congress, not the President, to make legal reforms to our immigration policies.
 
“I look forward to

Lawmakers Announce $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Raton Water Treatment Plant

on October 9, 2017 - 9:09am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funds, totaling $2.58 million, to help the City of Raton in northern New Mexico upgrade its Water Treatment Plant.
 
“The Raton Water Treatment Plant has served the City of Raton well since 1947 but it is long past time for the system to be upgraded and repaired,” Luján said.

Letter To The Editor: County Action Restores My Hope

on October 9, 2017 - 7:37am
By ANNE HAWES
Los Alamos
 
FINALLY! I had lost all hope that Los Alamos County would take a stand against the downright bullying of our sheriff.
 
From the first day he was elected as sheriff he has had his own agenda, not the citizens of Los Alamos County, of what the duties of our sheriff should be. And, he has been trying his best to shove it down our throats.
 
Last year it was placed on a ballot about whether the citizens wanted to keep or abolish the position of sheriff in Los Alamos County. The citizens voted to keep it and not by a huge margin.

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