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Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

on March 2, 2013 - 7:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington region;

Alert: FBI Seeks Public's Help in Finding Bank Robber

on March 1, 2013 - 1:39pm

Robbery Suspect Jay Patrick Mount. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the Feb. 25 robbery of U.S. Bank, 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE, in Albuquerque.

Anyone with information on Mount's whereabouts is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Anyone spotting Mount in Los Alamos may also call local police at 662-8222.

Mount is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a medium build.

Luján Statement on Failure to Prevent Sequester

on March 1, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today after Congress failed to pass legislation to prevent the sequester's budget cuts that are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

"Today is a disappointing day, when partisanship and ideology stood in the way of compromise and the best interests of the American people. The arbitrary cuts from the sequester will impact education, public safety, health care, and more - leading to job losses and harming an economic recovery.

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

on March 1, 2013 - 8:23am

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration.

Bandelier Tourism Creates $9 Million in New Mexico Economic Benefit

on February 28, 2013 - 9:53pm

Bandelier. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

  • New report shows visitor spending supports 252,000 jobs nationwide


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 193,914 visitors in 2011 spent $9,218,000 in Bandelier National Monument and in communities near the park.

That spending supported 139 jobs in the local area.


“Bandelier National Monument is a wonderful place to relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” park superintendent Jason Lott said. “And the people in our nearby communities are invested in the park.

Northern New Mexico Leaders Highlight Dangers of Sequestration for New Mexico's Economy

on February 28, 2013 - 10:05am

RCLC News:

 

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today the endorsement and unanimous support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's House Memorial 71 that recognizes the critical importance of New Mexico's National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state's economic welfare and the dramatic negative effects that sequestration will have on New Mexico's economy.

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory alone has close to a $3 billion impact on the state's economy each year and supports more than 24,000 jobs in Northern New Mexico.

 

"Sequestration would have a devastating effect
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Column: Finishing the Job of PRC Reform

on February 28, 2013 - 9:44am
Finishing the Job of PRC Reform
Column by FRED NATHAN

The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) touches the lives of every New Mexican who pays a gas, electric, or landline telephone bill, or buys home, auto, or health insurance, among many other things.

Unfortunately, the PRC has had a troubled history ever since it was created about 16 years ago.

In late 2011, Think New Mexico published a policy report entitled “Rethinking the PRC,” which proposed a strategy for reforming the agency.

Our report concluded that the PRC’s poor performance was due, in part, to a fundamental structural

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