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Ray Powell On Setting Record Straight

on June 13, 2017 - 12:31pm

Ray Powell

From the Office of Ray Powell:

ALBUQUERQUE - Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn was featured in an Albuquerque Journal June 10 story falsely claiming that previous Land Commissioners had turned a blind eye to tens of millions of dollars of stolen minerals on State Trust Lands.

Ray Powell, the former Land Commissioner and current Democratic challenger to Aubrey Dunn, issued the following statement:

“Dunn is attempting to take credit for programs implemented during my tenure as Land Commissioner.

KIDS COUNT Data Book: New Mexico Ranked 49th In Nation For Child Well-Being

on June 11, 2017 - 6:48am
VFC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which is set for release Tuesday, June 13, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
“We’ve seen really great improvements in measures of health and, as with last year, we can attribute much of that to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” said New Mexico KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin.

Attorney General Hosts Annual Community Summit - 'Protecting Tomorrow, Today' To Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico's Youth

on June 11, 2017 - 6:43am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2017 Attorney General Community Summit, "Protecting Tomorrow, Today", will focus on critical issues facing New Mexico youth.
The summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our kids today. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place.

Pearce Subcommittee Hearing Targets Virtual Currency

on June 11, 2017 - 6:41am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a House Financial Services Subcommittee Thursday on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing entitled “Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation and National Security Implications”.
“Innovation revolutionizes and simplifies our lives on a daily basis. In the last 30 years, we have seen the emergence of the internet as an open source and accessible tool. Part of this revolution has been the emergence of digital financial innovation from small business lending to virtual wallets,” Pearce said.

Heinrich Opening Statement At Joint Economic Committee Hearing On Opioid Crisis

on June 11, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at June 8 hearing entitled “Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis.”
In his opening remarks, Ranking Member Heinrich highlighted the impact of Medicaid cuts to substance abuse treatment and mental health care in the House Republicans’ TrumpCare bill.
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Thank you, Chairman Tiberi, and thank you to our panel for being here today. 
Addiction to heroin

Lunch With A Leader Features SGR June 20

on June 10, 2017 - 3:20pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
This month’s League of Women Voter’s community event, Lunch with a Leader, is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Mesa Public Library.
This month's leader is Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (SGR), a  Los Alamos League member. She has been District 43’s representative, which includes Los Alamos,  Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties since 2012.
SGR will discuss three sessons of the Legislature. The first is the Special Session called last fall, then the regular  60-day session, and finally the last Special Session in May.

Udall, Heinrich: $13 Million From U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Control And Water Quality Projects

on June 10, 2017 - 7:21am


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided $13 million for flood management, water infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects throughout New Mexico.

The funding comes at the request of Udall and Heinrich following passage in May of the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through September.

State Engineer Issues Order Protecting Ranchers’ Water Rights ... Begins Issuing Licenses

on June 9, 2017 - 5:52pm

  • Engineer’s office begins issuing licenses affirming ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Engineer issued an order to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

The Engineer’s office has begun issuing licenses pursuant his order to ranchers that confirm the ranchers’ longstanding beneficial use of water to sustain their livestock. Last year, certain watering areas were closed off in Lincoln National Forest after a potentially endangered mouse was discovered.

“One of my top priorities is to protect the water