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State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of Premium Taxes

on October 27, 2017 - 10:43am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance’s (OSI) collection of premium taxes owed by insurance companies.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the special audit earlier this year to resolve longstanding questions about the amounts owed to the state from insurance companies. The audit examined 30 insurers during the period from 2003 to 2016, including health insurers, life insurers and property and casualty insurers.

Report: NM's Children Of Color Not Faring Well

on October 27, 2017 - 10:18am
 
VFC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s children — in all racial and ethnic groups except African American — lag behind their demographic cohorts across the nation when it comes to meeting key milestones that will help them achieve their unique potential.
 
That’s according to data in the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
 
The Race for Results report uses an index that measures children’s progress on key education, health, and economic milestones, and across racial and ethnic groups at
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Environmental Education Association Of New Mexico Wins Environmental Education Award

on October 27, 2017 - 9:09am
EEANM News:
 
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM), New Mexico’s professional association for the state’s environmental educators, was recently recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) for leadership in the environmental education field.
 
EEANM was honored with the Outstanding NAAEE Affiliate Organization Award for their progress and development over the past year.
 
In 2016, EEANM led collaborative and engaging community environmental education initiatives.

New Mexico True Television Receives 2nd Regional Emmy® Award

on October 27, 2017 - 9:07am
NMTT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico True Television, the weekly travel show created to take viewers to every breathtaking corner of New Mexico, produced by CliffDweller Digital in cooperation with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has been awarded its second Regional Emmy® Award in two years in the category of “Magazine Program – Program/Special.”
 
The show currently airs regionally on both commercial and PBS stations, as well as public access in Albuquerque, bringing viewers across New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and West Texas face-to-face with fun and adventurous destinations and

FBI: Las Cruces Man Sentenced To 78 Months In Prison For Federal Cocaine Trafficking Conviction

on October 27, 2017 - 9:04am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Daniel Alan Aran, 30, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court to 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a cocaine trafficking charge.
 
Aran was arrested in June 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on Jan. 28, 2016, in Dona Ana County. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers seized 36.5 grams of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Aran, his vehicle and his residence during the execution of a search warrant.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Health Care Choice And Affordability Act

on October 27, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.
 
Rep. Lujan Grisham’s legislation would address immediate concerns about access to coverage in the ACA marketplace. While more than 20 million additional Americans have access to health insurance under the ACA, many communities do not have the option to choose between competing insurance plans.

Governor Dedicates New Veterans Cemetery In Gallup

on October 26, 2017 - 3:44pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
GALLUP — Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Wednesday, which could serve as many as 20,000 veterans and their families.
 
The cemetery is the second of four proposed by Martinez in 2013 for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.
 
“Our veterans and their families should be laid to rest in a place that reflects their dedication and sacrifice to our country,” Martinez said.

New Mexico Adopts Unaltered Science Standards For Climate Education

on October 26, 2017 - 2:27pm

SIERRA CLUB News:

 

The organization, Climate Parents, issued the following statement on the decision by the New Mexico Public Education Department to adopt unaltered Next Generation Science Standards, climate change education:

 

“This is a great victory for New Mexico students and science education, and shows the power of people taking action together for our kids,” said John Friedrich, Climate Parents’ Online Campaign Manager.

Udall Urges Bipartisan Action To Fund CHIP And Health Programs Critical To New Mexico

on October 26, 2017 - 9:53am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans.
 
Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and protect against President Trump's efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they

Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Withdraw Proposal To Force Consumers To Subsidize Uncompetitive Coal And Nuclear Companies

on October 26, 2017 - 9:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an op-ed today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called on Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to withdraw a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create rules that would favor coal and nuclear plants that are no longer the most cost-effective producers of energy.

“If FERC were to adopt Secretary Perry’s proposed rule, or anything even remotely similar, it would unravel wholesale energy markets and

Tax Help New Mexico Needs Community Volunteers

on October 26, 2017 - 6:21am

IRS News:
PHOENIX  United Way Tax Help New Mexico, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service need community volunteers to help New Mexico families and other residents to complete their income tax returns.
 
Community tax volunteers are needed across New Mexico and especially in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Roswell.
 
“Who volunteers? People like you,” said Jeffery Ledbetter, Tax Help New Mexico spokesperson. “The United Way Tax Help New Mexico program must have community volunteers to continue the good work.

Udall Urges Enhanced Public Safety, More Resources For Crime And Victim Services In Indian Country

on October 26, 2017 - 6:13am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has urged improvements to public safety in Indian Country, calling for additional resources to fight crime and provide victim services to Native Americans.

In a legislative hearing, Udall led the Indian Affairs Committee in reviewing three bills to promote public safety in Tribal communities:

 
S. 1870, Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act 2017, the “SURVIVE Act"
S. 1953, Reauthorization of the Tribal and Law Order Act of 2010
S. 1942, A bill

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Unavailable For Two Days In November

on October 26, 2017 - 6:00am
BLM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Bureau of Land Management is announcing that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will be unavailable for two days in November.
 
The Monument is unavailable for public visitation Nov. 1 at the request of the Cochiti Pueblo, which manages the Monument in cooperation with the BLM. The Monument also will be unavailable Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
 
For more information, contact Monument Manager Jamie Garcia at 505.761.8787.

New Mexico Conference Of Churches Commemorates 500th Anniversary of Reformation

on October 26, 2017 - 5:49am

NMCC News:

The New Mexico Conference of Churches (NMCC) has invited all residents of the state to attend a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation 2:30-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.

The theme of the ecumenical vesper service of song and prayer is “One Body – Many Members, One Spirit, Many Gifts” and it will be followed by a community dialogue.

A mass choir will gather at the service under the direction of Fabian Yanez, director of the Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, to sing the world premiere of an anthem

NMAA To Hold Officials Appreciation Weeks

on October 26, 2017 - 5:48am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association is proud to announce the first of a three-part series of Officials Appreciation Weeks to honor and recognize the men and women who serve as interscholastic sports officials in the state of New Mexico.
 
The NMAA will be promoting one Officials Appreciation Week for each of its competitive seasons. Fall sports will be honored Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 for football, soccer and volleyball. Winter sports recognition will be Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 for basketball, spirit, swimming and wrestling.

Update: NM 502 Lane Closure At Jaconita

on October 25, 2017 - 4:18pm

SFCO News:

UPDATE: All N.M. 502 westbound lanes have re-opened. Eastbound lanes will be opened in 5 minutes. Proceed with caution. Closure is removed.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has announced that N.M. 502 westbound at mile marker 16 at Jaconita is closed.

A power line is down across the roadway.

All westbound lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted.

AFTNM Reacts To Judicial Ruling Against Mora ISD

on October 25, 2017 - 2:04pm

AFTNM News:
  • District Ordered to Reinstate Wrongfully Terminated Employees; Comply with Previous Arbitrator Decision

MORA – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Mora Federation of School Employees Union President Faith Rivera and Mora Federation of School Employees Union Members Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas released today the following statement:

“We are extremely happy New Mexico District Court Judge Alan Malott has ruled in favor of three wrongfully terminated Mora Independent School District employees, affirming the April 2017 decision of a

Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
 
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
 
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Luján In Introducing Bicameral Legislation To Create Health Care Public Option

on October 25, 2017 - 11:16am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
The bill already has more than 35 cosponsors in both the House and Senate including Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
 
“Our goal with this bill is simple – to

2018 New Mexico Teacher Of The Year Announced

on October 25, 2017 - 10:04am
Yvonne Orozco wins 2018 New Mexico Teaher of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
STATE EDUCATION News:
 
SANTA FE  Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski has announced Ivonne Orozco as the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
 
Orozco is a Spanish teacher in grades 8-12 at the Public Academy for the Performing Arts in Albuquerque. Ruszkowski joined students, staff and Orozco’s family to surprise her with the award.
 
“Mrs. Orozco represents the very best of our teachers across the state,” Ruszkowski said.

FBI: Isleta Pueblo Man Sentenced To Seven Years

on October 25, 2017 - 6:10am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Juan Larry Lujan, 63, a member and resident of Isleta Pueblo, was sentenced Oct. 18 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 84 months in prison for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. 
 
Lujan will be on supervised release for five years after completing his prison sentence and also will be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Lujan was arrested in February 2016, on an indictment charging with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 on the Pueblo of Isleta in Valencia County.
 
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State Democratic Party Credits Public Engagement For PED Change Of Tune On Science Curriculum Standards

on October 25, 2017 - 5:51am
NMDP News:
 
The Democratic Party of New Mexico credited public engagement Oct. 18, for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) change in tune on science curriculum standards.
 
After public outrage was made clear, Gov. Susana Martinez’s PED announced that they would not be including the politicized changes they proposed in September.
 
“New Mexico was facing the possibility of Martinez’s PED altering science education in a way that would have put New Mexico kids at a disadvantage.

Northern Foundation Celebrates 22 Years Of Giving

on October 25, 2017 - 5:48am
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  The Northern Foundation is holding its 22nd Annual Gala & Auction Saturday, Nov. 4 to celebrate over two decades of philanthropy in the Española Valley that has helped more than 1,500 students achieve their dreams of pursuing a college degree.
 
Themed “Dream, Journey, Thrive,” this year’s Gala & Auction is at the Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center, featuring a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in addition to performances by New Mexican musical legend Cipriano Vigil and Moving Arts Española.

SFCC Offers New Collar Manufacturing Classes

on October 25, 2017 - 5:37am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Innovation Center announces new Continuing Education classes in digital fabrication and new collar jobs.
 
Fab Lab Hub, a part of the international Fab Lab Network based at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., is bringing next generation manufacturing and training to Santa Fe. Two November courses will open the Fab Lab program, which focuses on the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing skills. 
 
Fab Lab Hub founder Sarah Boisvert, has worked in digital fabrication including laser processing and 3D

Enjoy Holiday Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on October 25, 2017 - 5:31am
Farolitos illuminate San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church at Jemez Historic Site. Photo by Eric Maldonado
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE  Explore history this holiday season where it happened at one of the New Mexico Historic Sites that are hosting several free events.
 
Enjoy Christmas at the Bosque 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial. Listen to history unfold with December letters from the reservation. The evening includes supper and refreshments.
 
Take a stroll during Light Among the Ruins 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

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