State, Nation & World

State, Nation & World

Las Cumbres Community Services: Working For Everyone To Reach Their Greatest Potential

LAS CUMBRES News:
 
Connection to your community and social groups has positive effects on mental health and emotional well-being. Our shared skills and interests help mold the fabric of our community.
 
Imagine lacking a strong support network. Your emotional well-being would suffer. A community of us who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are waiting to have all of the tools for a strong support network to help them achieve their highest potential.
 
A national movement in the late 70’s pushed to do away with institutional care for those of us who have disabilities.

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Attorney General Office To Conduct School Safety Trainings At Española Public Schools Jan. 6

From the Office of the Attorney General News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools Monday, Jan. 6.
 
The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns.
 
Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school

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New Mexico State Land Office’s Steve Vierck Selected One Of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Resources Steve Vierck with Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard at the Land Commission Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
NMSLO News:
 
SANTA FE Steve Vierck of the New Mexico State Land Office has been selected by Consultant Connect as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers.
 
This selection comes days after Vierck was appointed by Commissioner Garcia Richard to fill the role of assistant commissioner of commercial resources.
 
Vierck had been serving in an appointed capacity as director of special

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Governor On Passing Of Councilor Ken Sanchez

Ken Sanchez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Thursday upon the death of longtime Albuquerque City Councilor Ken Sanchez: 
 
“Ken Sanchez was a dedicated public servant and a fierce advocate for the West Side, his home. He worked tirelessly to deliver public safety resources, roadway improvements, community and senior centers and so much more.
 
We should all aspire to champion our neighbors’ causes and best interests with the same passion as Ken. I remember working with him during my time as a Bernalillo County

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New Mexico First In Nation To File Suit Against Contaminated Talcum Powder Makers And Sellers

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans.
 
The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North

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State Ethics Commission Begins Jurisdiction

STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE With the beginning of the New Year, the State Ethics Commission commences jurisdiction for administrative complaints alleging violations of New Mexico’s governmental conduct and disclosure laws.
 
The Commission has jurisdiction to investigate and adjudicate complaints filed by any person with the Commission against public officials and employees of the legislative and executive branches of state government and state instrumentalities; candidates and other participants in state elections; lobbyists and their employers; and governmental

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Supreme Court Affirms Use Of Seized Drug Evidence In Trial That Led To Conviction Of Curry County Man

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today upheld the convictions of a Curry County man on drug trafficking and other offenses, ruling that police lawfully stopped the defendant’s car and seized evidence used to charge and later convict the man.

 

The Court’s unanimous decision reversed a 2017 ruling by the state Court of Appeals, which had overturned Mikel Martinez’s convictions on grounds that police obtained their evidence through an improper investigative stop.

 

The state’s highest court determined that State Police Officer Donald


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Attorney General Balderas: Man Accused Of Trafficking His Own Children Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that James Stewart Sr. was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. 
 
Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.
 
“Protecting New Mexican children from predators is a top priority,” Balderas said.

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