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Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

SANTA FE, NM – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of November 27 through December 1, 2017

November 27 - December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. - Indian Affairs Committee (IAC), Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Visitors Center, 74 Povi Kaa Dr., San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM 87506
Agenda Items: Status Update; REDI Net and the Rural Broadband Special Audit; Standards for Certifying Families and Homes for Foster Care and the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978; Public Comment

November 28, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. - IAC, Ohkay Owingeh, Ohkay Owingeh Conference Center, 68 NM-291, Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87576
Agenda Items: Status Update; Tribal Jurisdiction and Cross-Deputization of Law Enforcement; Indian Water Settlements; Public Comment

State representative pushes Leadership to take swift action on fixing policy weaknesses

LOS LUNAS, NM—Today Rep. Kelly Fajardo sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leadership urging them to take stronger steps in addressing sexual harassment issues at the Legislature. "Training is not enough," Fajardo wrote, "and mandating training for only legislators is a minimal gesture at best."

Fajardo pointed out numerous weaknesses in the Legislature's current "No Harassment" policy and called for a complete overhaul of the document. Fajardo also listed many elements she would like to see included in a revised policy.

Albuquerque, NM On the eve of Thanksgiving, and with Black Friday starting earlier and earlier, Attorney General Hector Balderas warns New Mexicans to protect themselves against scammers as they hit the Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, Albuquerque Uptown, plazas in Mesilla and Santa Fe, and shops across the state. Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding scams and deceptive advertising while shopping at stores or online sites this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

"New Mexicans are the most generous and loving people, but I want them to be on guard as they shop for deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for their family and friends," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "Scammer and thieves love the holidays as they seek to prey on New Mexicans' goodwill, but I am urging our citizens to be vigilant as they search for those perfect gifts."

Friday December 1, Join us for Liz Painter and The Gallery's CD Release Party! Celebrate, "Perfect Girl" - the new art rock album with a twist of Americana. Opening Act Don Richmond, and special guests Bob Andrews, Harlan from the Damn Band, and Elaine Nelson on sax. A fun night of entertainment and dancing! Be there or be square! Doors open at 8 pm. Show starts at 8:30. All ages welcome. $5 at the door.

Saturday December 2, Join the Fun as we welcome back the musical stylings of Nosotros! Nosotros is one of the most recognizable Latin bands, in the Southwest United States. Nosotros has been drawing music lovers to their music for over 20 years. This 9-piece, Latin music powerhouse, seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with elements of Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. $5 GENERAL ADMISSION. Music starts at 8PM. All Ages.

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee, based out of San Juan County, New Mexico, meets Monday Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Community College Student Center – SUNS Room (accessible through the Henderson Fine Arts Building). Public comment begins at 6:30 p.m.

Stacy Timmons, Talon Newman, and Ethan Mamer of New Mexico Department of Geology, partners in the GKM Long-Term Monitoring Plan, will present on the Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of the Animas River Alluvial Aquifer after the Gold King Mine Spill.

John Henry Bevel JrJohn Henry Bevel JrAlbuquerque, NM - In October, the Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit referred a cyber tip to Homeland Security Investigations (Las Cruces) and the Las Cruces Police Department that led to a search warrant at the residence of John Henry Bevel Jr. in Las Cruces. On October 24, John Henry Bevel Jr. was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and was taken into federal custody.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced a bill to help acequias and land grants in New Mexico access additional federal resources for water and resource conservation projects. The bill, Providing Land Grants and Acequias Conservation and Environmental Services (PLACES) Act of 2017, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, will allow acequias and land grants access to federal programs that provide funding and technical assistance to farmers to increase agricultural water efficiency and further conservation of soil, water and other natural resources.

The New Mexico State Police will again be participating in the nationwide "Interstate 40 Challenge Drive to Zero Fatalities" traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday.

This safety initiative will consist of increased patrol presence conducted by agencies along the Interstate 40 corridor nationwide. Participating agencies include the New Mexico State Police as well as the state police and highway patrol agencies from California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. State law enforcement agencies in each of the eight states will be conducting high intensity traffic operations on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday, specifically Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 26.

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