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.

Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2017) Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It will next be brought up on the House Floor for a vote.

Changes to this bill include reducing the tax rate for small businesses to encourage investment in employees and operations, as well as expansion. Small businesses are critical to the success of local economies, the tax code should include pro-growth policies that aid these businesses. This bill also prioritizes families and children by doubling the standard deduction, preserving the Adoption Tax Credit, and expanding the child tax credit.

Hanover: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday November 13, 2017:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with James Hamilton Construction Co. (Contractor) will have lane closures for road work on NM 152 for the construction of the Bebo Arch Structure. Speed limit will be reduced to 20 MPH. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 am till 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to be complete by summer 2018.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

In a victory for working people in New Mexico, district court judge David K. Thomson has issued a permanent injunction to provide state employees two hours of paid time off to vote in municipal elections.

Previously in 2014, the state government's voting leave policy was changed so that workers were only allowed paid time off to vote in state and federal elections -- not municipal.

Santa Fe NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to encourage online holiday shoppers to avoid common scams. The Attorney General is issuing tips for avoiding online scams during this hectic time of year to help New Mexico shoppers stay alert and protect their finances.

"The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams," Attorney General Balderas said. "Many people ramp up their spending this time of year and making sure that gifts arrive on time can put pressure on shoppers to leap into expenses before looking into whether businesses and their products are legitimate."

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in observance of Veterans' Day:

"Today, we come together to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's brave veterans and their families. Veterans in New Mexico and across the nation answered a call of duty to selflessly protect our country. As we remember and celebrate their service, I hope you will join me in thanking these brave men and women for their courage and commitment.

If you are concerned about Holloman Air Force Base's plan to fly 10,000 sorties annually over The Gila Wilderness, the Grant County Democratic Party urges you to attend a public rally at 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 14 outside the Grant County Administration Building. At 6:00 representatives from the Air Force will be presenting details of their plan to the County Commission inside, but they have indicated they will not be receiving comments from the public in that session.

Grant County Democratic Party Chairman Frances Vasquez is alarmed that, "This plan has been formulated without any input from the residents of Grant County. I am particularly concerned that anyone would consider dropping 30,000 magnesium flares and toxic "defensive chaff" all around us without even consulting us."

Mark Allison, Executive Director of New Mexico Wild, says "Their proposal would essentially mean that all of the wilderness areas, wilderness study areas and the entire Gila National Forest would look and sound like a war zone."

Conservationists, business groups, outfitters, sportsmen, veterans, and others will be gathering to make clear to the Air Force their concerns about the noise levels of low flying sorties; the impact these exercises could have on wildlife, cattle ranching, hunting, fishing, birding, horseback riding, and tourism; the level of toxins that will be released; the risk of wildfires; and the overall impact this plan will have on the quality of life for everyone in Grant County.

Speakers at the rally will include County Commissioners, business owners, private landowners, and veterans concerned about keeping our wilderness a place of safety and solace. "Grant County citizens should come out for this important rally on Tuesday evening to demonstrate our area's broad opposition to the Air Force proposal, stated Ms. Vasquez. "Grant County and the Gila National Forest are special places, and they should be protected, not turned into a daily war zone."

WHAT: A rally to urge Holloman Air force Base to hear our concerns.

WHEN: Tuesday November 14 from 5-6.
WHERE: Grant County Administration Building
WHY: Because the 10,000 annual flyovers could greatly impact our lives.

For more information, contact the Grant County Democratic Party at 654-6060 or email grantcountydemocrats@gmail.com, and on the web at NMcd2democraticvoices.org.

SANTA FE, NM – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of November 13 through November 17, 2017

November 13 - 14, 2017 @ 8:30 a.m. - Water and Natural Resources Committee (WNR), State Capitol, Room 322, Santa Fe, NM
Agenda Items: Rural Electric Cooperative Rates for Retail Customers Who Consume the Majority of Electricity from a Local Distribution Cooperative; Changing the Renewable Portfolio Standard; Natural Gas Venting and Flaring: Report on Senate Memorial 102 (2017) and Responses; Distributed Solar Energy Financing Issues; Follow-Up Report from the New Mexico Central Arizona Project (NM CAP) Entity; Required Reports from the Interstate Stream Commission and State Engineer
November 14, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. - WNR, State Capitol, Room 322, Santa Fe, NM
Agenda Items: Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado, No. 141, Original: Status and Litigation Update (Executive Session-Closed to the Public); Lower Rio Grande Water Users and Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID): Negotiations on Water Management in the Lower Rio Grande and Related Issues; Energy Redevelopment Bonding Act Proposal;

Washington, D.C. (November 11, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following address in recognition of Veterans Day:

“On this Veterans Day, we remember, and we say thank you. We come together to honor the sacrifice and service of the men and women who courageously fight for our freedoms. I made a commitment to ensure our service members have the resources they need to succeed, and what that means is if they’re in combat, they have the tools – they have the weapons – they have the body armor to protect them. After their service, we have to honor the promise we made to make sure they get the care they deserve. This week, honoring our veterans, we passed over a dozen bills to expand health care, improve benefits, and to ensure we always remember the ultimate sacrifices that were made for the liberties we enjoy today.

I’ve also been working on legislation to improve opportunities and services for our veterans. Today’s service members face dangers in an ever-evolving battlefield, including IEDs, suicide bombers and a host brutal tactics that have left countless soldiers permanently injured. Many times, these members want to continue serving their country but are unable due to their combat or service related injury. To honor their valor, I’ll be introducing a bill to create a program for these wounded warriors to continue their service in the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, sometimes referred to as RPA, as both pilots and operators. I’ve also introduced legislation to make vital changes to the Beneficiary Travel program and the Service Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance program.

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