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NMEDD, Funding Agencies Call On Communities To Submit Economic Development Project Proposals

NMEDD News:
 
The New Mexico Economic Development Department will host the next FUNDIT meeting June 25 to help local leaders identify potential economic development projects.
 
New Mexico FUNDIT, is a streamlined approach to help communities identify funding opportunities in one centralized location by bringing local, state and federal agencies together to analyze and compare proposals for capital projects. The state is calling on communities to submit project proposals by June 17, for review during its upcoming meeting.
 
New Mexico FUNDIT is an informal group of agencies

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New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Memorial Day

STATE News:

  • Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ offices, including the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday,


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LAHS Student Lillian Petersen Wins Intel ISEF Award

USAID News:
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development has presented the 2019 Science for Development Award to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Petersen won second place ($3,000 prize) in USAID’s Digital For Development Category for her project, Novel Computational Tool to Inform Cost-Effective Nutrition Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is a past USAID Science for Development Award recipient.
 
This year Petersen teamed up with another high school student,

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State Supreme Court Affirms Conviction Of Albuquerque Man For Fatal Shooting In Dispute Over $30 Drug Debt

NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The state Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of an Albuquerque man for a fatal shooting in a dispute over a $30 drug debt, but threw out a first-degree felony murder conviction for the same killing.
 
Jason Comitz was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 15 years for the murder and other crimes during the Feb. 1, 2015 shooting at the home of Paul Randy Rael. Rael died, and his son and stepson were wounded. Rael’s wife and a son’s 10-year-daughter were inside the home but unharmed.
 
In its unanimous ruling, the Court also affirmed

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New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Releases Statement On The Passing Of State Senator John Pinto

Sen. John Pinto

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf released the following statement on the passing this morning of Sen. John Pinto:

“Today New Mexico lost a giant. Senator Pinto served our nation and our state with honor and distinction.

“Few, if any, have fought as hard as he did to improve the lives of the Navajo people. He never gave up, and never backed down when it came to helping anyone in need.

In life, we seldom have the pleasure of meeting and knowing a true hero. Senator Pinto was a true hero in every sense of the word, and it is truly my great honor to have called him


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Gallup State Veterans Cemetery Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony At 1 p.m. Memorial Day

NMDVS News:
 
GALLUP — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Servcies (DVS) will formally open the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery with a Grand Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m., Memorial Day (May 27).
 
Veterans, families, and the public are invited to attend this special event at the cemetery at 333 National Cemetery Drive (across the street from the McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center).
 
This will be the second state veterans cemetery developed by DVS as part of a State Veterans Cemetery Initiative to build veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state. The first cemetery,

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Senator Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of ‘TRACED’ Act To Crack Down On Illegal Robocall Scams

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this morning welcomed the Senate passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Sen. Heinrich cosponsored this bill, which gives regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout


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SFCC-AAUP Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement

SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the faculty union, known as SFCC-AAUP (American Association of University Professors), have come to an agreement on collective bargaining.
 
SFCC-AAUP members ratified the contract in a mid-May vote and members of the SFCC Governing Board approved the agreement during a May 22 meeting.
 
“This is a positive outcome for the college and its labor relations negotiation process,” Linda Siegle, chair of the SFCC Governing Board said. “I’m grateful to the members of the college who dedicated time and effort toward reaching this

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U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich; Shelley Capito Introduce Simplifying Outdoor Access For Recreation Act ‘SOAR’

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act Thursday to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.
 
“Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly

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