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Scenes From Annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser

on February 19, 2017 - 11:58am

During the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard briefs the crowd on the happenings underway at the 60-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd listens to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard during the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Elia Vasquez, Eric Vasquez, Dave Schiferl and Michael Redondo listen as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses bills under consideration at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Carol A.

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 19, 2017 - 9:41am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.
 
The committee agreed to send Feb. 16 an amended version of House Bill 261 to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
 
It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Distributed Manufacturing - Volume/Density/Mass

on February 19, 2017 - 9:38am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the not so distant past of world history, humans were primarily concerned with survival. Their time was spent engaged in activities at the lowest levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy, primarily focused on food and shelter. As the human population grew, the fabrication of other things such as tools, weapons, fabricated shelters, things of comfort, and even concocted food stuffs grew with the organization of civilization. Then the industrial revolution occurred and manufacturing bloomed.

In the revolution, depending on the product produced,

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most

Ethics Commission Proposal Clears Committee

on February 19, 2017 - 7:11am
Rep. Jim Dines
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee has unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission.
 
The resolution is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana).
 
HJR 8 would empower the commission to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officials in the legislative and executive branches

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Courtesy image
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
 
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

NMED Strengthens Food Safety Rules

on February 19, 2017 - 6:56am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Environment Department announced Thursday that it has strengthened food safety rules for restaurants and food establishments – with the first set of rules now in effect.
 
The stronger rules incorporate more state-of-the-art food preparation technologies and increase clarity for workers and customers with more comprehensive guidance.
 
“It is absolutely imperative that we have strong food safety rules to help prevent New Mexicans from getting sick,” NMED Secretary Butch Tongate said.
 
Improved food safety is associated with preventable death and

Bill Introduced To Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

on February 19, 2017 - 6:28am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) has introduced legislation to prevent financial elder abuse in New Mexico. Her legislation, House Bill 326, would enhance protections to shield seniors from fraud and financial exploitation. The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Nick Salazar (D-Rio Arriba). 
 
The legislation, also known as the Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act, clearly defines financially abusive acts, and it permits investment advisers to report suspected incidents of financial abuse to state agencies.

IRS Warns Of Abusive Tax Shelters On 2017 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 19, 2017 - 6:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX ― For the third consecutive year, the IRS places abusive micro-captive insurance tax shelters on its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
 
The list, compiled annually, describes a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter. Many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire others to help them.
 
“Taxpayers should avoid unscrupulous promoters who encourage the use of phony tax shelters designed to avoid paying what is owed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.
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Regional Economic Development Targets Rural Counties

on February 19, 2017 - 6:05am
USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil. Courtesy photo
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil announced Feb. 16 applications are now being taken for the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program.
 
The SET program is a collaborative initiative between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and USDA Rural Development to provide training and technical assistance to rural counties seeking to strengthen existing regional economic development efforts.
 
Thursday's announcement is one part of the economic development efforts

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