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U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury Votes To Expand Opioid, Behavioral Health, Substance Use Programs

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As New Mexico communities face intersecting opioid, mental health, and substance use crises, U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted to pass critical legislation expanding over 30 programs that collectively support opioid response, mental health care, and substance use disorder prevention across the nation.

Statewide, just 12% of New Mexicans have access to behavioral health services.

Rep. Stansbury also is working on a legislative framework to bring a more holistic approach to addressing public safety, behavioral health, Read More

National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $195 Million In Economic Benefit

NPS News:

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,449,307 visitors to national parks in the state of New Mexico spent $156,200,000 in the state in 2021.

That spending resulted in 2,076 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $195,700,000.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion of direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 322,600 jobs Read More

Luján Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision To Strike Down New York’s Concealed-Carry License Law

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the decision of the Supreme Court to strike down New York’s concealed-carry license law (NYSRPA v. Bruen):

“25 states require a permit to carry concealed weapons in public – a precautionary measure widely accepted by the American people. At a time when the federal government is finally responding to the gun violence epidemic with real action, today’s decision from the extremist justices on the Supreme Court strikes a blow to sensible gun safety laws throughout the country. 

“There’s agreement Read More

Sandoval County Manager Wayne Johnson Officially Joins AREA Board Of Directors As First In New Public Sector Partner Model

Sandoval County Manager Wayne Johnson

AREA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) recently transformed its organizational structure to allow it to become a true public private partnership made up of key business leaders as well as representatives of local government entities within the greater Albuquerque region.

The new structure invites local government entities to engage in the organization under an inclusive, transparent model where all may receive a similar menu of economic development services such as regional marketing support, new lead generation, Read More

June Is Recognized As National PTST Month

BJA News:

June is recognized as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) month, and June 27 was National PTSD Awareness Day.

PTSD has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The United States Senate established PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 as a day of awareness, and a tribute to Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biel of the North Dakota National Guard.

According to PTSD United, 20 percent of adults in the United States who have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD.

Visit the Mental Health topic page for information about Bureau of Justice Assistance programs and resources that focus Read More

Retired Educators In New Mexico Now Eligible To Return To Work Without Losing Pension Benefits

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s 48,000 retired K-12 and higher education educators now have the opportunity to return to the classroom without losing their retirement benefits thanks to a new law enacted by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this year.

Retired teachers and college faculty receiving pension benefits from the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board can now return to teaching for an additional three years within a New Mexico public school district, college, or university without forfeiting their retirement benefits.

“This is a win-win for New Mexico teachers Read More

Attorney General Balderas Demands Swift Federal Action To Protect Children From Toxic Metals In Baby Foods

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a multistate coalition of 22 attorneys general in calling on the heads of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take swift action to eliminate toxic metals from baby food.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the coalition outlines key strategies for the federal agencies that would allow them to take immediate and widespread action that would drive Read More

Enrolling In Full Service Debris Removal Program Does Not Prevent Property Owners From Pursuing Future Litigation

DHSEM News:

SANTA FE — Property owners who have lost structures in the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Wildfires and opt-in to the Full-Service Debris Removal Program do not forfeit their right to sue government entities for damages in the future. 

Local government officials report that a number of area residents are turning in opt-out forms based on guidance from attorneys in the area who falsely claim that opting into the program makes property owners ineligible to file litigation in the future. Property owners who opt-in to the program by submitting Right of Entry forms are allowed to file lawsuits Read More

New Mexico Initiative Will Lower Small Business Health Insurance Premiums By 10 Percent Beginning July 1

OSI News:

New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal announced that a new initiative will reduce small business health insurance premiums by 10 percent beginning July 1.

“Small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy,” Superintendent Toal said. “This premium relief comes at a critical moment in our state’s economic recovery. I applaud Governor Lujan Grisham and the Legislature for prioritizing assistance to small businesses.”

The Small Business Health Insurance Premium Relief Initiative, which is available to businesses with 50 or fewer employees that offer health Read More

NMSP: Edgewood Teen Accused In School Shooting Threat

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — A New Mexico State Police (NMSP) investigation leads to the arrest of an Edgewood teenager accused of issuing a shooting threat aimed at a local school.  

NMSP began an investigation June 9 into allegations that an Edgewood teenager had issued a shooting threat for an Edgewood school on social media. 

The threat, issued on the social media application Yik Yak, reads as follows, “Hello Edgewood anyone want to shoot up the school? I need a partner”.

Yik Yak is a platform that allows users to post anonymously, therefore no name or profile information was attached to the public Read More

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