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N.M. Delegation: $485,000 In Federal Funding To Support 19 Arts Organizations Across New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Reps Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) are welcoming a total of $485,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support public engagement strategies for 19 arts organizations across New Mexico.

“New Mexico’s vibrant arts community fuels our state’s culture, traditions, and economy,” Heinrich said. “These federal investments will support talented creatives across our state Read More

NMSP Announces Fatal Dog Attack In Tucumcari

NMSP News:

TUCUMCARI – On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Investigations Bureau was requested by the Quay County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of Stanley Hartt, 64, of Tucumcari.

Agents learned that at about 8 p.m., Feb. 1, Hartt was attacked by a pack of five dogs, all mixed breeds, while he was walking on 11th Street near Gamble.

Emergency medical services were called; however, Hartt succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.

One of the five dogs was euthanized by a Quay County Sheriff’s deputy following Read More

Common Cause: ‘Voting Rights Act Long Overdue’

CCNM News:

“For far too long we have been disenfranchising people in New Mexico because of various obstacles to both registration and voting,” said Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) Executive Director Mario Jimenez. “That includes our Native American communities which experience challenges that others do not.”

 House Bill 4 sponsored by Reps. Javier Martinez and Gail Chasey(D-Bernalillo), Sen. Katy Duhigg (D-Bernalillo), Rep. Wonda Johnson (D-McKinley and San Juan) and Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Don Ana) has been dubbed the state Voting Rights Act. It will be heard today, Feb. 3, in House Gov., Read More

Energy Bill Pits Local Control Against Large-Scale Planning

Bill Sponsor Sen. Carrie Hamblen

By NICHOLAS GILMORE
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Some local governments and climate advocacy groups are pushing a bill that could open up energy control to localities in the state. 

Tuesday, Santa Fe County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in support of Senate Bill 165, the Local Choice Energy Act, which was introduced in the state Senate last month by Sen. Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces. Bernalillo County commissioners also showed support for the bill by unanimously passing a similar resolution in January. 

A coalition of grassroots advocacy groups Read More

FBI: Have You Seen The Sports Sweatshirt Swindler?

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this thief. Call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505).843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the Sports Sweatshirt Swindler, who robbed Wells Fargo at 1406 Bridge Blvd. SW, at approximately 3:57 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

Suspect’s description:

  • Sex:  Male
  • Race: White
  • Height: Approximately 5’9″
  • Age: 50s
  • Build: Thin
  • Clothing: Dark hat,
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Billion-Dollar Tax Rebate Bill Sails Through 1st Committee

Senate Bill 10 Co-sponsor Sen. Benny Shendo

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Some 875,000 New Mexicans would get a cut of the state’s record revenues under a bill that received unanimous approval during its first legislative committee hearing Thursday.

Senate Bill 10, a priority of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, would appropriate $1 billion to provide a one-time tax rebate of $750 for single filers and $1,500 for joint filers.

“Taxpayers’ budgets are stretched thin due to inflation that includes a higher cost of food, heating, gas and other basic necessities,” one of the sponsors, Read More

Legislative Roundup: 43 Days Remaining In 2023 Session

Legislative Roundup
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Solar power: A bill that would require all new residential construction to include photovoltaic systems and receptacles for electric vehicles eked out of the Senate Conservation Committee on a 4-3 vote Thursday.

“As we’re moving toward electrifying everything, we ought to put our money where our mouth is, so to speak,” said Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 77. “This does not require retrofitting.”

Under the bill, the photovoltaic system would have to provide at least one watt per square foot of heated area, which Soules Read More

Ringside Seat: No jackpot – Another Senator Wants To Weaken Records Law

By MILAN SIMONICH
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Too often I criticize state legislators for being self-interested and self-absorbed. Many have such generous spirits they throw around tax exemptions like green confetti.

For instance, lawmakers gave a break to retailers who sell lottery tickets. These transactions can be deducted from gross receipts taxes.

Lotteries are a bad bet. But because the state operates a lottery, legislators feel duty-bound to perpetuate the numbers game. Exempting retailers from a tax encourages them to continue marketing those shiny scratch tickets on behalf of the Read More

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández Appointed Ranking Member Of Subcommittee On Indian And Insular Affairs For The 118th Congress

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández announced she was appointed as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs, after serving as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee during the 117th Congress.

The subcommittee is a part of the House Committee on Natural Resources and oversees all matters regarding American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and insular areas. The Congresswoman will use her role on the Committee to advocate on behalf of New Mexico’s Tribes and Pueblos. Leger Fernández will also work and examine issues related Read More

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