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U.S. Rep. Leger Fernández Secures Over $74 Million For Community Projects Across CD-3

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández announced she secured over $74 million for NM-03 through community project funding requests in appropriations legislation. 

“This much-needed funding will impact communities all across my district. The $74 million will help fund broadband expansion projects, health care facility upgrades, mentoring and social programs for our children, water infrastructure for the Navajo Nation and Gallup area, and so much more,” she said. “These investments will create a lasting impact in


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Joseph Maestas Announces Candidacy For State Auditor

By JOSEPH MAESTAS
Democratic Candidate for State Auditor

As the great-grandson of a constitutional delegate, Jose Amado Lucero, I am proud to officially announce my candidacy for State Auditor.

Many of you know I grew up on a small farm. Helping run a family-owned business in Santa Cruz, New Mexico instilled in me the value of hard work at an early age. And work hard I have. It has been an honor serving our country as a Federal civil servant for more than 30 years, and also serving New Mexico as an elected official for nearly 15 years.

As a seasoned public servant, I always want to bring value to the


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U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján Joins Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Well-prepared, Educator Workforce

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined 13 of his colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to invest in a well-prepared, diverse, supported, and stable educator workforce in upcoming physical and human infrastructure legislation.

The letter is aligned with the educator pipeline investments outlined in President Biden’s American Families Plan.

“The United States has invested far less than other countries in the educator workforce, providing little support


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 271 New Cases, Totaling 207,972 With 5 New Deaths And 196,277 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Wednesday announced 271 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 5 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 77 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Colfax

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New Mexico Higher Education Dept. Announces Teacher Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications

Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez

NMHED News:

SANTA FE — Teachers with outstanding student debt may be eligible for up to $6,000 per year via the Teacher Loan Repayment Program administered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED).  

“There are a variety state scholarship and financial aid programs that have become available to educators in recent years, but there are some who entered the profession prior to these opportunities being available,” NMHED Secretary said. “With the Teacher Loan Repayment Program, these teachers can have their debt reduced or even eliminated,


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IRS Criminal Investigation Warns Taxpayers About Child Tax Credit Scams Criminals May Use To Steal Money, Information

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division is warning taxpayers about Child Tax Credit-related scams, which criminals may use to steal money and personal information.

While millions of American families started receiving the advance Child Tax Credit payments last week, criminals were already looking for innovative tactics to take advantage of unwitting victims. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a variety of phone, e-mail, text message and social media scams targeting families eligible for the credit.

Any communication offering assistance to


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BlueHalo Selects New Mexico For State-Of-The-Art Manufacturing, Research And Technology Complex

The expected completion date is October 2022 for BlueHalo’s new facility. Courtesy/BlueHalo

Courtesy/BlueHalo

From the Office of the Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller announced Tuesday that BlueHalo, an integrated national security and technology company, has chosen the MaxQ site in Albuquerque for a new state-of-the-art campus to facilitate BlueHalo’s acceleration into production and long-term commitment to investing in New Mexico and creating high-wage manufacturing jobs.

The Max Q location, at Gibson and Carlisle Blvd SE, was selected


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Caballo Volunteer Firefighter Dies In Tragic Accident

State News:

At approximately 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, a firefighter from the Caballo Volunteer Fire Department in Sierra County died in a tragic accident.

The firefighter was struck and severely injured when the fire apparatus was backing up to better warn and divert oncoming traffic at the scene of a one vehicle accident on Interstate 25 southbound.

Caballo Fire had been dispatched to the scene of the accident to provide aid and support. The firefighter was immediately rendered aid, but died as a result of the injuries.

New Mexico State Police investigated the incident and the firefighter


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 137 New Cases, Totaling 207,701 With 4 New Deaths And 196,254 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Tuesday announced 137 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases so the total remains 546 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 4 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 57 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County

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Carve Wars Is Coming To Sipapu July 23-25

Samples of carvings created at a previous Carve Wars. Courtesy/Carve Wars

A sample of a carving created at a previous Carve Wars. Courtesy/Carve Wars

SIPAPU News:

Carve Wars, the Epic Chainsaw Carving Competition is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 23-25 at Sipapu.

This is the first time Sipapu has hosted the event, which will feature local New Mexican chainsaw carvers. Tickets are $6 and available at the ticket window or online at the Sipapu website, www.sipapu.ski.

  • Who: Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
  • What: Carve Wars
  • When: July 23-25, 9 aa.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, 5224 HW 518 in

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