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Roch Files Legislation To Significantly Reduce Workers’ Comp When Employee Is Drunk Or High On Job

on February 2, 2015 - 8:34am

Rep. Dennis Roch

STATE News:

SANTA FE – In order to hold people accountable for their actions in the workplace, Rep. Dennis Roch has announced that he has filed legislation to significantly reduce workers’ compensation in cases when the employee’s death or injury is the result of being drunk or high on the job. 

"Being high or drunk on the job puts lives at risk," Roch said. “This legislation will help protect our workers and hold violators accountable for their actions."

Currently, when alcohol or drugs contributes to injury or death, the employee is eligible to receive 90 percent of his

Adkins Files ‘Small Business Saturday' Legislation

on February 2, 2015 - 6:37am
Rep. David Adkins
 
STATE News:
  • Bill Creates Tax Holiday Saturday After Thanksgiving
 
SANTA FE – Rep. David Adkins, R-Bernalillo, has filed legislation to encourage New Mexicans to shop at local small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
 
The legislation eliminates gross receipt taxes for customers who shop at a small business or restaurant with an average revenue that's less than $1 million per year.
 
"Our mom and pop stores are the backbone of our economy, and we should try to help them anyway we can," Adkins said.

IRS Warns About Donating To Fake Charities

on February 2, 2015 - 6:34am

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors.

"When making a donation, taxpayers should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate and currently eligible charities,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations.”

Phony charity organizations are included the IRS “Dirty Dozen” list for the 2015 tax filing season.

Governor And Rep. Announce Targeted Tax Relief Proposal To Help Small Businesses Get Off The Ground

on February 1, 2015 - 10:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

Proposal Helps Entrepreneurs Reinvest To Grow And Create New Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez and Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes announced a proposal today for targeted tax relief to help small businesses as they are getting off the ground.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes

The legislation would allow eligible small business owners to deduct up to 100 percent of their business income from personal income taxes.

“This targeted tax relief will help small business owners reduce their tax burden during the early stages, while they are hiring new employees and getting

Heinrich: Strengthen Worker Overtime Protections

on February 1, 2015 - 8:26am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

"Too many Americans are working longer and harder without anything to show for their efforts in their paychecks." U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined a group of 26 senators in supporting updating overtime rules to ensure more middle-class workers are paid fairly for overtime hours.

In a letter to President Obama, the senators urged the administration to increase the income threshold to $56,680 per year to strengthen overtime protections for millions more middle-class workers.

MIFA: The Red That Colored The World

on January 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Sewing box and cover with cochineal dyed wool yarn. Courtesy/IFAF

MIFA News:

  • Red, with its brilliant hue and broad cultural history, has inspired artists' imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia

SANTA FE—The exhibition, The Red That Colored the World, opening at the Museum of International Folk Art, combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The Red That Colored the World opens May 17 and runs through Sept. 13.

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State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols

on January 31, 2015 - 10:15am

Courtesy/NMSP

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of February.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

SFNF: Prescribed Burns Planned Cuba Ranger District

on January 31, 2015 - 10:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The La Jara prescribed pile burn, a total of 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, may continue through March 30. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

on January 31, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities.

Udall will continue to serve on other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico:

  • the Subcommittee on Agriculture;
  • Rural Development;
  • Food and Drug

Right To Work Passes B&E With Bi-Partisan Support

on January 31, 2015 - 8:56am

Rep. Dennis Roch

STATE News:

  • Legislation Will Now Move To Judiciary Committee

SANTA FE — Right-to-work legislation, which would give New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one, has passed the House Committee on Business and Employment. It will now move to the Judiciary Committee. The bill moved with a bi-partisan 8-5 vote.

"By moving this bipartisan legislation forward, we are one step closer to giving New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one," Rep. Dennis Roch said.

IRS Promotes Earned Income Tax Credit

on January 31, 2015 - 8:31am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical.

NMDOT Working Hard To Keep Roads Clear

on January 30, 2015 - 2:28pm

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is working hard to keep state maintained roads safe and clear as snow continues to fall in many portions of New Mexico. 

The NMDOT snow removal crews are concentrating their attention on the main thoroughfares (interstates and state highways) at this time as these roads are the heaviest traveled.  

The NMDOT has approximately 800 team members on our snow removal crews. They operate in 12 hour shifts around the clock during inclement weather incidents. 

Motorists are urged to be careful if they must travel during

Wreck Closes N.M. 84/285 Camel Rock To Santa Fe

on January 30, 2015 - 11:51am

News Alert:

Motorists are reporting that N.M. 84/285 is shut down completely in both directions between Camel Rock and Santa Fe due to multiple car accidents.

Travelers are advised to avoid this area as weather conditions continue to worsen.

 

Bandelier Has Closed For Today

on January 30, 2015 - 8:46am

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that it is now closed for today due to the snow storm falling on the area.

 

IRS Warns New Mexicans: Beware Of 'Biggest Refund In Town' Promise

on January 30, 2015 - 7:17am

IRS News:

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning New Mexico taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims.

This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

"Every filing season, scam artists lure victims in by promising outlandish refunds,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promise a big refund before looking at their records, or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund."

Report: Fracking Rules Violators Operate In New Mexico

on January 30, 2015 - 5:30am

Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

WPX Energy was among the top fracking violators examined in a new report, breaking health and environmental rules in nearly half the wells it drilled in Pennsylvania. WPX Energy is one of the top gas producers in New Mexico.

The Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center analysis, Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S., reveals that Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms, and even businesses who tout their

ProgressNow Banned From Speaking Today In Right-To-Work Hearing

on January 29, 2015 - 1:01pm

ProgressNowNM’s Alex Curtas during House Business and Employment Committee public comment. Courtesy/ProgressNowNM

ProgressNowNM News:

SANTA FE – ProgressNowNM issued a news release today saying that after allowing members of the public to read letters from business leaders and employees across the state, the Chair of the House Business and Employment Committee told ProgressNowNM’s communications director he could not read an email between the sponsor’s expert witness and political operatives discussing right-to-work legislation, then had him removed from the microphone.

In the third hour

Annual DWI March Of Hope And Sorrow Feb. 17

on January 29, 2015 - 9:31am

USDVA Approves $15.6 Million For New Mexico State Veterans' Home

on January 29, 2015 - 9:27am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility.

The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer’s beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services and a new pool.

The N.M.

Tech Trek Summer Camp Returns To New Mexico

on January 29, 2015 - 7:39am

Tech Trek summer camp July 12-18 at New Mexico Highlands University. Courtesy/NMHU

NMHU News:

Tech Trek, a week-long summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for girls going into eighth grade, is returning July 12-18 for the second year to the campus of New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Ratzlaff is the camp director. The Tech Trek summer camp is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), both nationally and in New Mexico. Tech Trek builds on AAUW’s research report Why So Few?

Carnaval 2015: Port To Port

on January 29, 2015 - 7:36am

NHCC News:

Frank Leto and PANdemonium with the Odara Dance Ensemble, in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), continue the Center’s annual celebration of Carnaval with “Carnaval 2015: Port to Port” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14 in the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

If you’ve ever wished you could hop on a cruise to the hottest Carnaval locations in the world, now is your chance.

NMPW: ‘The Power Of Storytelling’

on January 29, 2015 - 7:34am

NWPW News: 
  • Annual Conference April 24-26 at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

New Mexico Press Women will present its annual conference, “The Power of Storytelling,” April 24-26 at the Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu.

It is geared for all journalism, marketing and media professionals.

“This conference in the unique setting of Ghost Ranch promises to be one of the most interesting and fun,” 2015 Conference Chair Sherri Burr said.

Conference attendees can stay at Ghost Ranch with room rates ranging from $40 to $92 a night.

The weekend will kick off Friday, April 24, with a dinner,

Sanchez Proposes Bill Raising Minimum Wage

on January 29, 2015 - 7:30am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – This week Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia counties, introduced Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) proposing a minimum wage increase to $8.30 an hour.

New Mexico’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

“People who are working at a minimum wage need all the help they can get. Seven fifty an hour is not enough to live on when considering mortgages or rent, bills and loans, especially when one adds children to the equation,” Sanchez said.

According to the bill, new employees will earn the current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour, while in training, for no

Bi-Partisan Bill Streamlines Ride-Sharing Regulations

on January 29, 2015 - 7:10am

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE News:

Santa Fe – Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood and Democratic Sen. Phil Griego are introducing legislation to regulate ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in New Mexico.

The ridesharing services, which were introduced in Albuquerque and Santa Fe over the past year, have expanded safe, reliable transportation options for New Mexicans. In addition, they provide valuable economic opportunities.

Sen. Phil Griego

“Ride-sharing services provide a safe ride home and good jobs,” Youngblood said.

Winter Storm Watch Tonight Into Weekend

on January 29, 2015 - 6:57am

NWS News:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch including heavy snow for tonight into the weekend for the northern and central portions of New Mexico.

Winter Storm Watch

A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM HEADING FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN ARIZONA WILL BRING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT. ADDITIONALLY...A SURFACE COLD FRONT ARRIVING TODAY WILL COOL TEMPERATURES CONSIDERABLY. 

THE GREATEST IMPACTS FROM THIS LONG DURATION WINTER WEATHER EVENT WILL BE FELT ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS WHERE SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

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