New Mexico Kicks-off Digital Inclusion Week Oct. 3-7


SANTA FE — The Office of Broadband Access and Expansion (OBAE) is joining the New Mexico Broadband Collective at the Broadband Summit today, Sept. 30.

This event is serving as a kick-off to the national Digital Inclusion Week. OBAE Director Kelly Schlegel will speak at the summit to offer a high-level overview of the state’s efforts to bridge the digital divide.

Digital Inclusion week is set for Oct. 3-7 and the theme is ‘Turning Our Moment into Movement.’ The campaign offers a chance for organizations and individuals to promote digital equity in communities.

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Stansbury Votes To Strengthen School Behavioral Health Resources For New Mexico With Mental Health Matters Act

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury


WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) has voted to pass the Mental Health Matters Act out of the U.S. House of Representatives to address the ongoing behavioral health crisis facing students, families and educators in New Mexico.

The Mental Health Matters Act (H.R.7780) supports the behavioral health needs of New Mexico’s students and educators, strengthens school-based behavioral health care, and removes barriers for workers and families to access substance use disorder treatment.

“The pandemic has taken a huge toll on New Mexico’s Read More

New Mexico Supreme Court Rules On Sex Offender Eligibility For Parole Review Hearings

New Mexico Supreme Court. Courtesy photo

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court (NMSC) ruled Thursday that time sex offenders serve while on “in-house” parole in prison counts toward eligibility for a hearing to determine whether their parole will continue.

The hearing before the state Parole Board does not guarantee that an offender will be released from parole. The board makes the final decision.

In a split decision, the state’s highest court affirmed a San Juan County district court’s ruling that Ryan James Alan Thompson was entitled to a hearing before the Parole Board because Read More

Free Launch Pad Lecture Introduces New Worlds

Using hundreds of hours of observations from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, an international team of astronomers investigated a sample of 25 exoplanets, out of the 5,000+ identified by NASA. The team was able to identify some clear trends and correlations between the exoplanets’ atmospheric constitutions and observed behavior. Courtesy/ESA


The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the Museum of Space History scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 will feature Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

His topic will be “Exoplanets: We are Not Alone”, and will highlight the amazing Read More

New Mexico Higher Education Dept., UNM To Announce Efforts To Address College Food, Housing Security


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) in partnership with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Basic Needs Project will host an event 10 a.m. to noon today, Sept. 30, to announce a new statewide initiative to research the food and housing needs of students at public colleges and universities in New Mexico and highlight funds awarded to food security projects at higher education institutions. 

The event will feature remarks from Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, state and higher education leaders, faculty, and students involved in efforts to address food and housing

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New Mexico Historic Preservation Division Celebrates Three Decades Of Family-Friendly Archaeology With Oct. 15 Fair

HPD celebrates three decades of family-friendly archaeology with Oct. 15 Archaeology Fair in Bernalillo. Courtesy/NMHPD

HPD News:

BERNALILLO — Learn to use an atlatl, practice your flintknapping skills, and mingle with some of New Mexico’s foremost archaeological experts at the 2022 New Mexico Archaeology Fair.

The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (HPD) and the Bernalillo Community Museum will host this year’s Archaeology Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The event is free and open to the public, with no advance registration required. HPD began hosting the event, which Read More

New Mexico State Police Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In October


New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols; and registration, insurance, and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October 2022.

NMDOT is bringing awareness to these events to reduce impaired driving-related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the Read More

Heinrich, Risch Build Momentum For Legislation To Remove Hurdles For Good Samaritans To Clean Up Abandon Hardrock Mines


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the bipartisan Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) received a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).

This legislation makes it easier for “Good Samaritans” such as state agencies, local governments, nonprofits and other groups, to clean up and improve water quality in and around abandoned hardrock mines.

Senators Heinrich and Risch delivered remarks today before the hearing.

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New Mexico Occupational Health And Safety Bureau Issues New Guidance On COVID-19 Reporting In The Workplace

NMED News:

New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) will seek a revision to the COVID-19 Reporting Rule by the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Based on newly issued internal guidance, beginning Sept. 29, 2022 and lasting until the COVID-19 Reporting Rule is revised, OHSB inspectors will exercise enforcement discretion with New Mexico employers found to be in violation of the Rule, which requires employers to report positive cases Read More

Op/Ed: Tech Reform Needed, Protect Democracy, Too

By CEO ORIANA SANDOVAL, Center for Civic Policy

Executive Director ALISSA BARNES, Progress Now New Mexico

Big Tech reform is needed. From privacy protections to anti-trust measures, the U.S. Senate is absolutely right to take action to protect U.S. consumers.

And, perhaps even more importantly, New Mexico Sen. Ben Ray Lujan is absolutely right to insist that the scramble to take on Big Tech doesn’t compromise online safety or our democracy.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, S 2992, the leading tech reform bill in the U.S. Senate, includes many needed reforms. But it also includes Read More