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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Encourage Mortgage Servicers To Work With Borrowers To Prevent Foreclosures   

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court today adopted rules to help New Mexicans facing the potential loss of their homes after the end of a federal foreclosure moratorium.

Under civil case procedures established by the rules, a foreclosing creditor cannot obtain a judgment against a homeowner until certifying that loan modification and “loss mitigation” negotiations were attempted with the borrower. Before the filing of a foreclosure case, the rules require that homeowners be given information about their loan and possible ways to avoid losing their house.

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Scenes From Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team 14 & Under At 2021 State Championships In Las Cruces

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team members from left, Sophia Pieck, Coach Maribeth Englert, and Michelle Lo accept the Spirit Award at the end of the State Meet. Although one of the smaller teams with only six swimmers, they were recognized for their stellar attitudes and efforts during the state meet at the outside aquatic center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Courtesy/Aquatomics

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team had six swimmers compete recently in the New Mexico 14 & Under State Meet.

Swimmers included William Borovina, Michelle Lo, Emily McLaughlin, Owen


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HSD: $5 Million In Financial Assistance Funds For New Mexico Low Income Households

HSD News:

SANTA FE — More than 4,000 low-income New Mexico households this week will begin receiving a one-time payment of $750 in emergency financial assistance under an initiative administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) in partnership with the Taxation and Revenue Department (Tax & Rev).

The funding for this effort was made possible through a $5 million appropriation from the New Mexico Legislature. The one-time payment is for low-income state residents who did not receive a federal pandemic stimulus payments. Although not all the funding was issued within


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Officials Celebrate 56th Anniversary Of Medicare & Medicaid

HHS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure released the following statements Friday celebrating the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid July 30, 2021:

“For decades, Medicare and Medicaid have been a lifeline and a steady foundation for our seniors, children, women, families, people with disabilities, and at every stage in life,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said. “Nearly 140 million Americans have health insurance coverage


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LAHS’s Phillip Ionkov Among Top U.S. And International High School STEM Students Attending Research Science Institute

CEE News:

MCLEAN, VA — Phillip Ionkov of Los Alamos High School is among the 81 top achieving U.S. high school and international scholars the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) welcomed to the 38th annual Research Science Institute (RSI), sponsored in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

RSI is an intensive, six-week program that gives students the opportunity to conduct original, cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research.

Due to the coronavirus, RSI 2021 is being held virtually June 27 through Aug. 7.

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New House Majority Leader To Be Elected Within Weeks To Replace Sheryl Williams Stapleton Who Resigned Friday

 

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico House Democratic Caucus announced that it will hold elections in the coming weeks to select its new House Majority Floor Leader.

House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces) will serve as Acting Majority Floor Leader in the interim.  

The news follows a meeting by the Caucus today to discuss the resignation of Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton and the future of her vacated leadership role. (Stapleton resigned Friday amid allegations of racketeering, money laundering and kickbacks.)

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New Mexico EMNRD Launches New Website

EMNRD News:

SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announces the launch of its new website aimed to better serve the public with a responsive design, better accessibility, and new navigation presenting the Department’s full scope of work. The previous EMNRD website had not been updated since 2012.

The new website aims to present EMNRD’s work and data in a more user-friendly way.

Built by Albuquerque-based web software company Real Time Solutions, the new website is responsive to mobile devices, translates content into Spanish and six other languages, and


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New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Enters Partnership To Reduce Gun Violence

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The staff of the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office took part in a training on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) Friday, as part of a pilot project between the District Attorney and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Despite the passage of the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act in 2020, ERPOs continue to be underutilized, leaving far too many firearms in the hands of people who present a risk of violence to themselves or others. While most think of ERPOs within the context of police departments and sheriffs’


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State Cautions Investors About Interest-Bearing Accounts

NMRLD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) cautions New Mexicans about the risks associated with interest-bearing cryptoasset/cryptocurrency accounts.

A growing number of companies offer so-called “deposit” account products that promise to pay high rates of interest on deposits of cryptocurrencies. When an investor makes a deposit, they typically exchange their cryptocurrency for a promise by the issuing company or the borrower for a return of the same amount of cryptocurrency plus interest whenever the investor requests a withdrawal of the


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NMSP: Officer Involved Shooting Involving City Of Las Vegas Police At Scene Of Domestic Dispute Saturday July 17

NMSP News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting July 17 in Las Vegas, N.M. involving the City of Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD). 

Investigators learned that at approximately 9:36 p.m., LVPD responded to a domestic dispute at 1315 Keen St. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the reporting person, later identified as Jeffery Scott, 30, of Las Vegas, N.M., when they observed a male, later identified as Scott, walk out of 1315 Keen St. armed with a shotgun.

Officers observed Scott walk toward


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