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Pearce Signs Amicus Brief Upholding First Amendment

on January 17, 2018 - 3:32pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce signs the Amicus Brief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after signing on to an Amicus Brief recommending the Supreme Court of the United States reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, challenging the constitutionality of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act.

“The American people have a Constitutional right to religious

Udall To Lead Two Events On Indian Country Priorities In The Upcoming Farm Bill Reauthorization

on January 17, 2018 - 3:05pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead an oversight hearing to discuss agribusiness in Indian Country and will co-host a roundtable discussion on advancing Native food traditions. 
 
Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country.” Successes in Native agribusiness have created job opportunities and contributed to greater food security across Indian Country.

CVNM Responds To 2017 State Of State Address

on January 17, 2018 - 11:08am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez delivered her final State of the State address Jan. 16, to the legislature. During her speech, Martinez applauded New Mexico’s oil and gas industry repeatedly and mentioned our burgeoning tourism industry. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:

“The oil and gas industry is pouring billions into new drilling projects in New Mexico.

SFCC Bond Election Early Voting Starts Today

on January 17, 2018 - 7:59am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College Bond Election SFCC seeks $17 million in bond funding to:
  • Build a new automotive technology center
  • Renovate the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center
  • Upgrade technology, improve Wi-Fi
  • Improve arts, fashion design and film classrooms 
  • Make critical facility and infrastructure improvements.
 
The SFCC bond will benefit the entire community without raising tax rates and will enhance learning and career opportunities for good-paying, in-demand jobs. Vote at SFCC, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 17-Feb. 3. Jan. 12-Feb. 2: Absentee Voting. Feb.

Cuba Ranger District Plans La Jara & Chaparral Piles Prescribed Burns

on January 17, 2018 - 6:59am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on the La Jara piles and Chaparral piles sometime between Jan. 22 and March 30 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles and up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. 
 
The La Jara piles area is located east of the community of La Jara.

Supreme Court Issues Rulings Providing Guidance On Motions For Pretrial Detention Of Criminal Defendants

on January 17, 2018 - 6:56am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions Thursday addressing the evidence required for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.
 
A constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2016 gave judges the authority to order the pretrial detention of a defendant if a prosecutor files a written motion with the court and proves by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant should be held in jail to assure public safety.
 
The opinions by the court provide guidance to judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys on evidence at hearings to

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered To Families

on January 17, 2018 - 6:55am
Alzheimer's Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, education course in Pojoaque offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (aka The Savvy Caregiver Program) is a FREE seven-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.
 
The course will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. once a week, Tuesdays, from Feb.

NM KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Some Improvement, Some Decline In Child Well-Being

on January 17, 2018 - 6:50am
VFC News:
 
SANTA FE — Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state.
 
That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released this week by New Mexico Voices for Children at 10 a.m. at the Roundhouse to coincide with the start of the legislative session.
 
The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child Well-being in New Mexico” to reflect unprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the
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McKinley County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charge

on January 17, 2018 - 6:49am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Jothonnie Yazzie, 29, of Rocksprings, pleaded guilty Monday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to an indictment charging him possessing child pornography. 
 
Yazzie entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.
 
The FBI and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yazzie Dec. 20, 2016, on the indictment, which was filed Dec.

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