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Bandelier Elementary Third Grade Class Shares News in Video

Contact: Tom Garrity or Amanda Molina, The Garrity Group | 505.898.8689, media@balloonfiesta.com

Albuquerque, NM – The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon will host international special shape balloon teams as a part of the world's premier balloon event, October 7-15. This year's event will include 94 special shape balloons representing nine countries; 17 of those shapes will make their first Balloon Fiesta appearance.

This year, the special shape balloons received an exciting welcome – Ms. Lansford's third grade class at Bandelier Elementary in Albuquerque helped announce the lineup of new shape balloons. An overview video can be viewed here. A longer format video is here.

Socorro: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of the Lemitar Bridge and roadway reconstruction.

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6:00 pm
Thursday September 28, 2017

Socorro City Council Room
111 School of Mines Road
Socorro, New Mexico
(Driving directions attached)

Meeting Purpose:
To provide project information during construction, detailing information regarding the project specifications, and will answer questions regarding the timeline of the project. The public is encouraged to ask questions and provide comments and to address any concerns they may have as it relates to this project in Lemitar, NM.

ADA: To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related accommodations for this meeting, contact Ami Evans, Public Information Officer, NMDOT – District One at (575) 544-6598 at least two days before the meeting.

For information regarding this project contact Gabriel Garcia, NMDOT District One Project Manager at (575) 835-8930. Media questions can be addressed to Trent Doolittle at trent.doolittle@state.nm.us or Ami Evans at ami.evans@state.nm.us.


Precipitation and Temperature: August precipitation ranged from much-below average to average across most of Arizona and New Mexico, except in eastern New Mexico where above-average to record-wettest conditions prevailed (Fig. 1a). August temperatures were average to much-above average in Arizona and most of New Mexico, with only the northeastern corner of New Mexico recording below-average temperatures (Fig. 1b). Temperatures during the June-July-August period have been mostly much-above average in Arizona and western New Mexico, and average to above average in eastern New Mexico (Fig. 2a). Year-to-date temperatures are persistently warmer than average, with much-above average and record-warmest conditions across nearly all of Arizona and New Mexico (Fig. 2b).

Monsoon Tracker: After a slow start in June and a record-wet July, precipitation in much of the Southwest has been mostly absent since early August. The high-pressure ridge that helped hold Hurricane Harvey in place over Houston kept moisture from circulating into the Southwest. The seasonal transition also played a role, as the mid-to-late monsoon period is typically much less conducive to widespread monsoon activity. This year, the late-season monsoon has been particularly dry, with very few storms and limited tropical storm activity that might otherwise help boost seasonal totals (Fig. 3).

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 20, 2017) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will award Innovate ABQ with a $1 million grant to establish a bioscience business incubator. Innovate ABQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

"I've been proud to support Innovate ABQ from the start," said Heinrich. "We have enormous potential to create jobs and major new industries in spaces like bioscience, clean energy, and computing. These emerging science fields are America's future, and areas where New Mexico can shine. The physical space provided by the Innovate ABQ campus will bring together the incredible talent, resources, and homegrown New Mexican ingenuity already present at the University of New Mexico, our national labs, and private industry. This investment is a critical step forward for the next generation of New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs."

HOBBS - Santa Fe County voters sent a clear message yesterday by rejecting a proposed gross receipts tax increase. The tax hike was defeated by a massive margin, with roughly 70% of voters opposed.

"I strongly commend the people of Santa Fe for rejecting yet another tax hike on hard working New Mexico families," Steve Pearce said. "Families are hurting in this state and the last thing they need is the government taking more money out of their pockets. This was another message that New Mexicans are going to stand for our values and not allow outside influences to harm our way of life. As governor, my mission will be to spur economic growth across the state so our families can prosper and keep more of their hard-earned money, not less."

Santa Fe, NM: "Enchanted Adventures at New Mexico State Parks" is a special category in this year's New Mexico Magazine 17th Annual Photo Contest. The call for entries is currently being advertised and is open to all amateur photographers.

New Mexico State Parks has teamed up with New Mexico Magazine to encourage photographers to shoot and submit beautiful photos of all thirty-four (34) state parks before
5 p.m. on November 6, 2017.

calvin boyd rsCalvin BoydAlbuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Calvin Boyd was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of children by manufacture and one count of sexual exploitation of children by possession. Under the terms of an agreement with the State, Boyd faced up to 5 years of incarceration. Graphic, sexual images of young children, as young as one-year-old, were in Mr. Boyd's possession at the time of his arrest. At the time of the arrest, he was working at PB&J Family Services, but was previously employed as a medical doctor in New Mexico and Minnesota.

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