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Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexicans that scammers are calling from phone numbers with "New Mexico State Government" listed on caller ID, and trying to trick people into handing over their money.
"Scammers are getting very sneaky and sophisticated, and their techniques are increasingly difficult to detect," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "The most effective solution to the problem of encountering a scam call is simply to hang up."
Tipsters reported to the NMAGO that they received calls from a (505) area code, a common Santa Fe prefix, and "New Mexico State Government" on the caller ID. When they answered the call, they received instructions to call a toll-free number, 1-800-847-2911. When tipsters called that number, they were connected to a purported "debt relief" company, "Credit Financial Solutions," claiming to be in Orlando, Florida, and offering to reduce consumer credit card interest rates and payments.
Washington, DC -- After weeks of damaging flood waters continue to rise in New Mexico, Congressman Pearce provides an update on the actions taken to provide relief and support for affected communities.
"I am proud of the San Antonio, Soccorro, and surrounding communities who have worked together to help during this challenging time. A letter has been sent to the Governor concerning the increasing devastation and a declaration of disaster. Leadership of Socorro County Emergency Management, the Socorro County Commissioner, and all the entities involved have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
"The State of New Mexico Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and the Red Cross were on the scene yesterday, offering relief for those in need. It is important that roads and disaster areas are thoroughly taken care of to avoid flooding on Highway 380. My office is working with the county on providing water to be delivered throughout the community. I am proud of the efforts put forth by the residents who have come to the aid of their community, while maintaining a positive outlook on this situation."
Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld murder convictions in two separate cases argued on appeal by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Albert Tegeda, III and Arnoldo Navarette are both convicted of first degree murder, and will remain in state custody.
Although Tegeda had testified at his 2016 trial that he had acted in self-defense, a jury rejected that claim and found Tegeda guilty of the willful and deliberate murder of Celso Martinez. A jury convicted Navarette for the willful and deliberate murder of Reynaldo Ornelas and the aggravated battery (with a deadly weapon) of Danny Ornelas at an incident that took place in Portales on Memorial Day weekend in 1993. In both cases, the Supreme Court agreed with the State that sufficient evidence supported the convictions and that the defendants' other appellate claims lacked merit.
Santa Fe, NM –Today, the State of New Mexico entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will explore ways to reuse and recycle oil and natural gas wastewater for the economic benefit of New Mexico. This is part of and builds on Governor Susana Martinez's "all of the above" energy policy plan which was unveiled in 2015 – New Mexico's first energy policy in nearly 25 years.
"New Mexico is currently the third largest oil producer in the United States and that oil is accompanied by even larger quantities of water. Clarifying the state and federal regulatory frameworks associated with its recycling and reuse is of the utmost importance," said Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Ken McQueen.
Karim Martinez, formerly the county program director and Family and Consumer Sciences agent for the Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, has assumed a new role at New Mexico State University, but she is certainly no stranger to the university.
Effective July 16, Martinez is the new Extension Family Life and Child Development specialist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department. Martinez has been with NMSU since 2002, except for a year spent working with Families and Youth, Inc. She earned two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from the university, and earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration in May. While working toward her doctorate, Martinez took courses that emphasized issues of diversity, equity and social justice, which Martinez said she will be able to apply to her work as a specialist.
Washington, DC (July 19, 2018) Congressman Pearce voted today to pass an appropriations package to fund the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration, and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year 2019. Congressman Pearce had a number of items added into the bill.
"Part of our job in Congress is making sure that all factions of our government are funded in a responsible way through the passage of 12 appropriations bills. The House remains committed to getting all of these bills done before the end of the fiscal year to provide Americans with certainty and transparency on how their taxes will be spent. Today's bill includes funding for the Department of the Interior. Nearly forty percent of New Mexico is federal land, most of which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. From BLM's permitting of oil and gas operations in the southeastern part of the state to the National Park Services operation and promotion of our states national monuments and parks, funding certainty for DOI is vital to the economic success of our State."
AG Balderas Joins FTC and 50 States to Combat Fraudulent Charities that Falsely Claim to Help Veterans and Service Members
Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing "Operation Donate with Honor," a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members. The new campaign is being released in conjunction with announcements of new and recent law enforcement actions by the FTC and many states.
"Every year, grateful New Mexicans repay the sacrifices made by those who serve in the U.S. armed forces with contributions to charities that promise to deliver needed help and services to veterans and service members," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "Most of these charities live up to fundraising promises, but a few attract donations by lying about help and support not actually delivered. In the process, they harm not only well-meaning donors, but also the many legitimate charities engaged in important and vital work on behalf of veterans and service members."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced more than $23 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at 26 airports across New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration awarded the Air Improvement Program grants to fund airport rehabilitation and provide critical new equipment.
"New Mexico's airports drive local economic growth, and maintaining them is critical to building robust communities in every part of our state," said Udall. "These grants will enable our airports to update crucial infrastructure, expand in capacity, and ensure that New Mexico remains a hub for visitors and business travelers alike. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees, I'll keep fighting for funding for New Mexico's infrastructure to create jobs and support tourism throughout the state."
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