Back to School Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday


It is that time of year again for the New Mexico Annual Tax Holiday.

This year it starts at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3, and goes through Aug. 5 at midnight.

This is a great time to purchase school supplies and clothing without paying tax.

The New Mexico Legislature established a deduction from gross receipts tax for retail sales of tangible personal property in 2005 and has continued it each year the first weekend in August.

This is possible because the retailers can deduct the gross receipts tax during this period and therefore can pass the savings onto you for a weekend of tax-free shopping.


Udall Votes to Cut New Mexico Taxes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. voted Wednesday to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of New Mexico middle-class families. The Middle Class Tax Relief Bill, S. 3412, passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48.
“The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical,” Udall said. “The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and businesses to help keep our economy moving forward.”
The Senate-passed package continues tax cuts for 97 percent of small businesses and


Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science


Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club’s weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday,


NM Small Businessman Participates in Senate Steering Committee

SonicSEO President Arvind Raichur participates with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., at a Steering Committee meeting July 18 on Capitol Hill. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON – At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico small business owner Arvind Raichur atttended a Democratic Steering Committee meeting on Capitol Hill July 18 and shared his personal experience creating jobs.
Raichur is president and founder of SonicSEO, an Albuquerque-based company that offers online marketing services to businesses throughout North America.
At the meeting, Democratic senators


Traffic Advisory: Proceed with Caution on N.M. 4


The New Mexico Department of Transportation will continue its chip seal work on N.M. 4 this week between mile marker 59.0 and mile marker 51.5.

Between Monday, July 23 and Thursday, July 26, minor traffic delays can be expected on that stretch of road. 

Motorists will encounter one-lane road closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.with a flagging operation and pilot car escort.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution and observe traffic control signing and reduced speed limits. 

Bicycling through the work zone is “highly discouraged” due to the oily surface,


Navajo Athletes Race Toward Future in ‘Up Heartbreak Hill’

Airing on New Mexico PBS — Ch. 5.1 – Thursday, July 26 at 9 p.m. & Saturday July 28 at 10 p.m. & on Ch. 9.1 – Thursday, August 2 at 9 p.m.

Teen Angst Typically Includes Conflict Between Past and Future—But What If the Past Is the Reservation and the Future a World Apart?

A Co-production of ITVS and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT.;
A Co-presentation with NAPT. Program is Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen

“A refreshing, original film about the challenges of indigenous youth.” — Ryan Little, Washington City Paper

The hopes and heartbreaks


“Report from Santa Fe” Airs on Sundays

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, Report from Santa Fe will air on PBS Channel 5.1.

THIS  WEEK:  COLONEL ANN WRIGHT, U.S. Army /  U.S. State Department, Retired

  • Awarded: State Department Award for Heroism, 1997
  • Author: “Dissent: Voices of Conscience, Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq”
  • Helped Oversee The Reopening of the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan in 2001
  • Feels The Biggest Military Cover-Up In U.S. History is The Abuse of Women Soldiers

“A woman who signs up to protect her country is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire,”


Bingaman Talks About Reducing Forest Fire Threat

In June, Sen. Jeff Bingaman attended the groundbreaking for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Ptoject, which will bring water to more than 250,000 people and create more than 450 jobs through its construction. Courtesy photo

By U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman:

New Mexico has just experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons in the state’s history.

Just weeks into fire season, firefighters were hard at work battling both our largest fire, Whitewater-Baldy, and most destructive fire ever, Little Bear.

With the arrival of monsoon season, we all hope the worst of the fire season is over. Our task now is to


Los Alamos Teachers Join Massive Protest in Santa Fe

Los Alamos Federation of School Employees President, Ellen Mills, center, LAFSE Vice President and State AFT Vice President Ryan Ross and LAFSE Treasurer Virginia Kachelmeier joined Colleen Goddard, Addie Jacobson and Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos and several hundred people from across the state protesting Santa Fe Wednesday against a teacher evaluation proposal in play at the governor’s office. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster 

By Karyl Ann Armbruster

Hundreds of teachers, instructional assistants, parents, retirees, students, legislators and other community members