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. (December 1, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory to all Members, officers, and employees of the House of Representatives:

"Too many people in powerful positions believe they can act above the law. This should never be the case. The workplace should be a comfortable environment, free from harassment of any kind. Victims and whistleblowers must be protected from retaliation and under no circumstance should a Member of Congress be allowed to cover up settlements or hide their guilt. No taxpayer funds should be used to fund these settlements and previous perpetrators should be required to pay back the taxpayers with interest."

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area.

White Sands Missile Range Notification
For information regarding closures you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.

Taos, NM (Dec 7-Dec 21):

Unique Events:

Saturday Dec 8, Join us at the KTAOS Solar Center as we host another installment of MOMENTUM: A night of Live Art, Hip Hop, Downtempo, Dub and Drum&Bass sponsored by Taos Art Supply.

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2017) The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, to preserves consumer protections, and allows for additional flexibility in lending to ensure consumers have access to the credit they need.

"Nearly half of the families in New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans. The burdensome Dodd-Frank Act has crippled manufactured housing lenders' ability to provide mortgage for these people who rely on manufactured homes as their primary housing option. These homes provide a safe and affordable housing option for New Mexicans as well as communities across the country," stated Rep. Pearce. "Contrary to many of my colleagues in Congress, my first house was manufactured. I have a firsthand understanding of the importance of having access to both manufactured housing and the credit needed to purchase it. This bill today provides a crucial fix for those rural families in New Mexico, and across the nation, that have few housing options already and would simply like to purchase a manufactured home."

PHOENIX — The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft against employers.

Small business identity theft is a big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax refunds for bogus refunds.

Las Cruces, NM – If you're certified through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) Organic Program, please be aware of a new fee schedule that takes effect Jan. 1.

After many collaborative listening sessions with the organic community, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has developed a new fee schedule to address the need for a self-sustaining fee structure for the organic program. The new fee schedule will encompass an application fee and an hourly fee to complete the certification process. The new rule also allows the department to charge mileage and per diem for inspectors' travel.

Legislative Finance Committee
December 04 - 08, 2017
State Capitol, Room 307

Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee
December 11 - 13, 2017
State Capitol, Room 322

Legislative Education Study Committee
December 18 - 19, 2017
State Capitol, Room 322

Albuquerque, NM - There are only 15 days left to enroll in a 2018 health insurance plan through beWellnm, New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange. Consumers have only through Dec. 15 to enroll in, make changes to or renew a health care plan.

BeWellnm allows New Mexicans to choose from a variety of affordable plans; and many qualify for low to $0 premium-plans, when qualifying for Advance Premium Tax Subsidies also known as Premium Assistance. Users are given the convenience to shop, compare and choose a monthly premium and deductible limit that best fits their health needs and budget.

Enrolling in a qualified health insurance plan not only helps to avoid tax penalties, but provides an abundance of personal benefits. Foremost, it helps avert costly visits to the doctor's office and emergency room. Emergency care, whether it concerns aid for an accident or a less extreme concern such as getting sick, can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, health insurance alleviates the financial burden and limits the out-of-pocket pay per visit.

Additionally, health insurance promotes the use of preventive care, which is included in every exchange plan with no out-of-pocket costs. Options such as yearly check-ups grant the potential to find problematic health issues early, when they can be easier to treat. Other benefits such as access to various cancer screenings and blood tests can uncover complications or test the progress of a current treatment, often without a copay.

Health care insurance also allows for management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. With more affordable primary care and specialist visits, individuals are able to stay on top of diseases and manage them more effectively.

Individuals searching for coverage can utilize various online and FREE in-person resources to help answer questions. Resources include:

• Certified Agents and Brokers, available free of charge. To locate an agent or broker, visit: http://www.bewellnm.com/Find-Broker or call 833-ToBeWell (833-862-3935).

Enrollment centers, located in Albuquerque, Gallup, Las Cruces and Santa Fe administer in-person assistance.

• Enrollment Counselors offer in-person assistance. Locations and details can be found at https://www.bewellnm.com/Find-Counselor.

• The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) plan comparison tool is an easy-to-use 5-step tool available to compare coverage plans. To access this tool, please visit OSIcomparehealthplans.org.

About beWellnm, New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange

BeWellnm was created to help individuals, families and small businesses get access to affordable health insurance plans. BeWellnm helps consumers compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. BeWellnm also helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance and if so, at what level. Through beWellnm for Small Business, small businesses are able to purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans. Enrollment Counselors and insurance agents are available throughout the state to help with signing up for health insurance.

To find more information on beWellnm, New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange, visit www.beWellnm.com or call us at 1-833-ToBeWell.

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