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Lea County, NM – On September 12, 2018 at around 5:00 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on New Mexico State Road 529 west of Hobbs.
The initial investigation shows a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse was travelling east on SR 529 recklessly and at an excessive rate of speed. The Eclipse left the roadway on a curve and began to roll. The driver, Christopher Michael Clayburn (43) of Artesia, NM was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions. USDA's Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA on September 4, 2018. USDA employed the same approach often used in adjudicating World Trade Organization trade dispute cases.
Washington, DC – A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) aimed at detecting and preventing terrorism and other illicit finance activity passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The FinCEN Improvement Act would modernize the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) authorizing statute to ensure the law enforcement and intelligence communities work together to detect and stop criminals and terrorist networks.
Santa Fe, NM – The Rio Grande Trail Commission will be hosting a second Virtual Open House, an online public engagement event, for the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan beginning September 12 - October 5, 2018.
The Virtual Open House will serve as the second major public outreach event of the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan effort.
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will serve as NASDA's 2018-19 President and will host the 2019 NASDA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 8-12.
"We have an incredibly busy agenda for 2019 which will be full of opportunities to underscore the importance of our work in public service to advancing the success of our farmers and ranchers," said newly elected NASDA President and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. "As Congress presses forward on an on-time Farm Bill, NASDA Members will continue to engage the Administration on swift implementation of the new opportunities the Bill will create for producers. NASDA will also be leaning forward to be a more nimble and responsive organization to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of agriculture and food. We cannot stand still."
ALBUQUERQUE—Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, issued the following statement today following reports that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver intends a last minute switch to straight party voting for this November’s election.
“I applaud the New Mexico Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to protect our electoral process from the corrupt attempt by the Secretary of State to rig this November’s election in her party’s favor. Thanks to New Mexicans from all viewpoints and political parties who spoke out against corruption. Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law.”
Alamogordo, NM – New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson this week warned Alamogordo city leaders about potential violations of the Local Economic Development Act and other missteps as they built an entertainment venue.
Johnson says his office received more than a dozen complaints about the project, and initiated a special investigation.
“There appears to have been lots of confusion over the years as this project staggered along,” says Johnson. “Unfortunately, such chaos creates an environment that is ripe for waste or abuse. Economic development funds are valuable dollars that we should use to create jobs and stimulate our local economies. It’s a shame when a faulty process causes those dollars to be wasted and not used properly.”
SANTA FE — The Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHS) will hold its fifth meeting of the 2018 interim on Wednesday, September 26, through Friday, September 28, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day. Wednesday’s hearing will take place at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Room 152, 3501 Arrowhead Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Hearings on Thursday and Friday will take place at New Mexico State University, Fulton Center, 1815 Wells St., Las Cruces, NM 88001
At this meeting, the committee members will hear testimony regarding various healthcare insurance issues, including: access issues, market stability, federal trends, state authority and surprise billing practices. The committee will also hear presentations regarding Medicaid buy-in, health data interoperability, behavioral health and dental health.
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