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Study: 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

on October 22, 2017 - 5:43am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With New York City recently announcing its three-year plan to uphold the Paris climate accord, the first among nearly 250 U.S. cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy — the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil — WalletHub’s analysts compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S.

Law Enforcement Activity Sunday Morning On US 84/285 In Pojoaque Area ... Expect Slow Moving Traffic

on October 21, 2017 - 9:01pm

SFCSO News:

Law enforcement activity between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, will require some lane closures along US 84/285 by mile marker 178 in the Pojoaque area.

Motorists will be able to travel along US 84/285 but traffic may be slowed.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's investigators will be at the scene of last Friday's fatal crash site conducting follow up investigatory work.

All police activity should be completed by 9 a.m. in this area.

Equifax Breach Follow-Up: How Vulnerable Is NM?

on October 21, 2017 - 10:36am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Equifax losing its $7 million anti-fraud contract with the IRS after a major data breach at the credit bureau exposed the confidential information of more than 145 million American consumers, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its in-depth analysis identifying 2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics.

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings: Oct. 23-27

on October 21, 2017 - 10:20am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are scheduled to meet the week of Oct. 23 through Oct. 27:

  • Oct. 23 @ 1 p.m. – Legislative Council (LC), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Approval of Minutes; Interim Committee Business; Staff Reports
  • Oct. 24-27 @ 8:30 a.m. – Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Program Evaluation: Cost drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication; Department of Health (665): Preview of FY19 Appropriation Request; New Mexico Corrections

Little Free Library Unveiled In Los Ranchos & Partnering With The New Mexico Book Co-op For Books

on October 21, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Ranchos Mayor Larry Abraham and tv personality/author Carla Aragon unveil the first Little Free Library in Los Ranchos. Courtesy photo
 
RGB News:
 
Los Ranchos Village unveiled the first Little Free Library Oct. 11 at the Los Ranchos Village Council Meeting.
 
The idea came from Barbe Awalt, LPD Press/Rio Grande Books and the NM & AZ Book Awards, and Carla Aragon, UNM Press author and TV personality, who had the idea at the same time. Aragon is married to Los Ranchos Board of Trustees member Allen Lewis.

HSD’s Proposed Centennial Care 2.0 Redesign Has Few Strengths And Too Many Flaws

on October 21, 2017 - 7:55am
By BRIAN ETHERIDGE, MD, FAAP
Silver City
 
New Mexico’s Human Services Department (HSD) wants to make changes to its Medicaid program that would not only hurt our state’s children and families, but would also place financial burdens on its healthcare workforce.
 
As both a pediatrician and the president of the New Mexico Pediatric Society, I must voice my concerns. The draft plan open for comments until Nov.

New Mexico House Republicans To Jeff Bezos: We Stand Ready To Partner With Amazon!

on October 20, 2017 - 6:05pm

Minority Floor Leader Nate Gentry

NM HOUSE GOP News:

SANTA FE – Nineteen New Mexico House Republican representatives sent a letter today to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to promote Albuquerque’s bid to host Am

azon’s new North American headquarters.

In their letter, the representatives cited New Mexico’s location, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the presence of two national laboratories as key assets. They also pledged their willingness to work on business-friendly policies, including tax reform, as well as continued support for important state incentive programs such as the Local

Bail Reform: Overdue And More To Do

on October 20, 2017 - 4:36pm
Leo M. Romero
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press. They became effective just three months ago, on July 1. 
 
Before the reforms, dangerous defendants could buy their way out of jail by paying a bondsman.

Last Call For Nominations: Clean & Beautiful Committee

on October 20, 2017 - 10:04am
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department is seeking nominations for the 11-member New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Advisory Committee (“Advisory Committee”).
 
Previously known as the Litter Control Council, the emerging Advisory Committee will participate in the strategic planning, discussion, and execution of the Keep New Mexico True (KNMT) program and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful (NMCB) grant development.
 
All interested candidates should be knowledgeable in the areas of beautification, blight reduction, litter eradication, and waste diversion, but also have relative

Common Cause NM Best In Government Awards

on October 20, 2017 - 9:20am
CCNM News:
 
Common Cause New Mexico will honor elected officials, citizens, student advocates, journalists and good government partners at its annual luncheon at noon, Dec. 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd in Albuquerque.
 
The cost of the luncheon is $30, and registration is through act.commoncause.org/nmlunch17 or by calling 323.6399 and leaving your name, phone number and number of tickets.
 
Every year, Common Cause recognizes the contributions of outstanding citizens and elected officials who have made the year a bright one for good government and

PED Tweaks Proposed Science Education Standards

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm
Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski addresses the crowd during a reception Oct. 10 at the LAPS School Board Meeting Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) appeared to backpedal Tuesday on proposed changes to the New Mexico Science Education Standards, which are at odds with the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

New Mexico would be the 19th state to adopt the Standards.

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FBI: Taos County Rancher Sentenced To Prison For Carjacking Utility Workers On His Ranch

on October 19, 2017 - 6:26am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Howieson, 56, of Costilla, was sentenced Oct. 6 in Albuquerque, to a year and a day in prison for his conviction on a federal carjacking charge. Howieson will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.
 
The FBI arrested Howieson Oct. 11, 2016, on a three-count indictment charging him with carjacking, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment was superseded Feb.

Homewise Receives $15 Million In Federal Bonds

on October 19, 2017 - 6:17am
NMH News:
 
New Mexico’s Homewise, Inc., a home ownership non-profit, has received a $15 million bond loan to finance and refinance affordable single-family mortgages for New Mexicans. 

The U.S. Department of Treasury issued two guarantees totaling $245 million under the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Bond Guarantee Program.
 
The guarantees were issued on behalf of nine Eligible CDFIs under the fiscal year 2017 round of the program. The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program provides long-term, fixed-rate capital for projects in low-income urban, rural, and Native communities. 

SFCC School Of Business Open House Nov. 2

on October 19, 2017 - 5:34am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College hosts School of Business Open House 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in Room LL322. 
 
Meet the faculty, learn about the degrees and certificates offered and get on-the-spot advisement for the Spring semester.
 
For more information, contact Chair of the Business Department Kathleen Finn-Brown, 428.1745 or kathleen.finnbrown@sfcc.edu.

35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Oct. 27-29

on October 19, 2017 - 5:28am
Taos Balloon Rally. Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
Photo by Kevin Rebholtz
 
TMBR News:
 
TAOS The 35th Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29 at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally field on Albright Street behind the Taos County Courthouse.
 
The free weekend event, which will include three ascensions, food, vendors and entertainment, is expected to draw more than 35 balloons and visitors from all over the southwest.
 
The event kicks off at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with the daily Dawn Patrol and will continue with a Mini Mass Ascension at 8:15 a.m.

SYFY Television Pilot 'Tremors' Films In New Mexico

on October 19, 2017 - 5:23am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Oct. 4 that the SYFY television pilot "Tremors," produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Blumhouse Television, will begin principal photography in Albuquerque at the end of October through the middle of November.
 
"We're pleased to welcome another great pilot to our state. It's great news for our economy," Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said.

Two Lead Staff From State Auditor’s Office Win Prestigious Professional Awards

on October 18, 2017 - 9:51am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) announced that two of its lead staff won New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants (NMSCPA) Pride in the Profession Awards.
 
Sanjay Bhakta, Deputy State Auditor, won the award for Outstanding Member in Government. Emily Oster, Director of Compliance and Quality Control, won the award for Woman to Watch, Emerging Leader. 
 
“We are honored that two of our office’s lead staff have been recognized for making significant contributions to the accounting profession and to our

NMED Confirms 'Boil Water Advisory' For Cañada De Los Alamos In Santa Fe County

on October 18, 2017 - 9:19am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that a “boil water advisory” is required for the Cañada de Los Alamos Mutual Domestic Water Users Association (MDWCA) in Santa Fe County.
 
Cañada de Los Alamos MDWCA was required to issue the advisory Monday after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in repeat drinking water samples from the water system’s distribution system.

SFNF: Two Prescribed Burns Proceed

on October 18, 2017 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
 
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout.

Reps. Lujan Grisham, Davis Introduce Legislation To Provide Stable Funding For Food Banks

on October 18, 2017 - 7:38am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure stable and increased federal funding for emergency food banks that distribute the food to communities throughout the state.
 
As members of the House Agriculture Committee, Reps. Lujan Grisham and Davis help draft the Farm Bill, which dedicates money for food purchases, along with $100 million a year for food banks to distribute food to communities.

Sheriffs Capture Tranquilino Valencia In Colorado

on October 18, 2017 - 7:37am
NMSP News:
 
PECOS The New Mexico State Police was notified that Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 the Alamosa County Sheriff's Department in Colorado arrested Tranquilino Valencia for his outstanding warrant from his involvement in a robbery and carjacking in the Pecos area Oct. 13, 2017.
 
New Mexico State Police issued a warrant for Valencia on charges of two counts of armed robbery, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 
 

Governor Susana Martinez, Raytheon Cut Ribbon On New Albuquerque Manufacturing Facility

on October 18, 2017 - 7:30am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez joined Raytheon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the company's new Albuquerque manufacturing facility.
 
The expanded operations will continue to support key missions for the U.S. military and coalition partners.
 
"When we lower taxes, cut through bureaucratic red tape and strengthen our incentives, companies choose New Mexico," Martinez said. "We will continue to make our state the best place to live, work and raise a family so that we can continue to create opportunities for New Mexicans."
 
The

New Mexico Ranks 34th On Tax Competitiveness

on October 17, 2017 - 11:58am
 
TAX FOUNDATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New Mexico has the 34th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index.
 
This annual report measures how well each state’s tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance.
 
The breakdown of New Mexico’s 2018 ranking is as follows (1st is best, 50th worst):
  • Overall Tax Climate: 34
  • Corporate Tax Structure: 24
  • Individual Income Tax Structure: 35

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Reacts To NM PED Hearing On Proposed Science Changes

on October 17, 2017 - 11:20am
President Stephanie Ly
 
AFT News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Today, hundreds of New Mexicans spoke out against the proposed science curriculum changes being proposed by the New Mexico Public Education Department, Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski, and Governor Susana Martinez.

NMDOT Encourages Teen Safety On The Road During National Teen Driver Safety Week

on October 17, 2017 - 11:19am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation encourages teens to drive safely and urges parents to talk to their teens about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is Oct. 15 – 21.
 
“It is so important that parents are consistently talking to their teens about safe driving habits – this week and every week,” said NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church. “It can help save lives on the road.”
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 – 18 nationally.

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