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Energy Bill’s Passage Portends End Of Coal Era In NM

on March 13, 2019 - 3:21pm
Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington
The Legislature has moved to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk a controversial bill designed to dramatically increase the amount of renewable energy used to produce electricity in New Mexico while also helping the Public Service Company of New Mexico recoup its investments in the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
Following a three-hour debate Tuesday, the House passed Senate Bill 489 by a margin of 43-22. It was a mostly party-line vote, with almost all Democrats in favor of the bill

Los Alamos Realtor® Carrie Montoya-Pegg Recognized Nationally ‘For Protecting, Investing In Real Estate Industry’

on March 13, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos Realtor® Carrie Montoya-Pegg

National Association of Realtors® News:

The National Association of Realtors® has announced that Carrie Montoya-Pegg, a Realtor® from Los Alamos, has become a Sterling R investor in the Realtors® Political Action Committee.

RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Los Alamos residents and across the country.

Montoya-Pegg has supported RPAC for six years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors® since 2013. 

I, CoBot -- Automation Offers Opportunities For New Mexico Businesses And Workers

on March 13, 2019 - 2:10pm
During the tour of Build With Robots at Albuquerque’s FUSE Makerspace on Manufacturing Day 2018. Photo by Jane Phillips
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
The way they see it at Albuquerque’s Build With Robots LLC (BWR), automation and human labor can exist side by side, even in small and medium-sized businesses, without the dystopian consequences imagined by many futurists and science fiction writers.
The New Mexico company works with manufacturers and other businesses to enhance their productivity and competitive advantage by incorporating

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, Rob Portman Launch Bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus

on March 13, 2019 - 12:59pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced today the formation of the bipartisan Senate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus.

AI is a transformative technology with implications spanning a number of fields including transportation, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and national security. The AI Caucus will help connect members and staff with AI experts in private industry, academia and the executive branch.

“I am proud to announce the formation of the bipartisan AI Caucus in the Senate with Sen.

Key Senate Panel Adjusts State Spending Plan

on March 13, 2019 - 12:26pm
A key Senate committee unveiled 123 different changes Monday to a $7 billion state budget approved by the House of Representatives, tweaking proposed raises for school teachers, funding for a marquee economic development program and plans to bring back soccer at the University of New Mexico.
The budget would mark an 11 percent increase over the current year's spending plan as New Mexico enjoys a windfall of tax revenue from an oil and gas boom and as the new Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, sets out an agenda that includes big

NM Senator Wants To Rein In Tax Hike Proposals

on March 13, 2019 - 12:15pm
Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, sponsor of House Bill 6, speaks on behalf of the tax legislation Tuesday during a Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee hearing. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
The chairman of an influential Senate committee proposes to strip out big pieces of a sprawling tax bill, scrapping a proposed increase in New Mexico's personal income tax rates and scaling back a suggested increase in a credit for families.
For backers of House Bill 6, the measure is key to making the tax system more progressive

Canceled: NM 502 – Roadway Reconstruction & Roundabout Public Meeting Due To Weather

on March 13, 2019 - 11:50am


The Public Information Meeting on the N.M. 502 – Roadway Reconstruction & Roundabout scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been canceled due to inclement weather.

DEA Warns Of Alarming Increase Of Scam Calls

on March 13, 2019 - 9:48am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone.