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Communities look to airports to spur economic development

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Even in the age of the Internet and videoconferencing, a lot of business must be done face-to-face. In Northern New Mexico, that just got a whole lot easier. In December, direct flights between Phoenix and Santa Fe were inaugurated, making it fast and effortless for residents of the Valley of the Sun to reach New Mexico...

Millions of 2017 tax refund delays expected

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The IRS started accepting Income Tax Returns for processing on January 23, but

has announced delays in the processing of tax returns that contain Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit in the opening weeks of the 2016 tax filing season.

Refunds for tax returns that have these credits will not be issued prior to February 15, 2017, and likely won’t arrive in bank accounts via direct deposit or Pay-by-Refund until the week of February 27. This delay could affect over 40 million families this year.

The purpose of the delay is the hope to avoid identity theft and fraud by having more time to verify the credits taken on the return.  Experts say these credits tend to be...

Senate votes to appropriate funds to financially-strapped NM courts

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SANTA FE – The Senate voted Jan. 25 to appropriate funding needed to prevent judicial court closures and to ensure that New Mexico court system can meet its constitutional obligations.

The appropriation contained in SB 176  helps alleviate the financial strains felt by the state’s judicial system by appropriating money essential for the operation of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Second Judicial District Court, and the Twelfth Judicial District Court. Already the Second Judicial District Court, the state’s largest district, has implemented abbreviated services because of the financial crisis.

“The justice system that New Mexico families rely on to keep them safe and ensure...

Heinrich not pleased with Trump’s interrogation policies

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Jan. 25, regarding media reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to reinstate the CIA detention and interrogation program:

“Any attempt to roll back prohibitions against torture is out of step with American principles and ruins our global credibility on human rights.

“The CIA’s use of ‘black sites’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ resulted in a dark chapter in our history, and was filled with gross violations of human rights. As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture Report proved, these...

Investment in knowledge can pay early dividends

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Before putting money into a new venture, savvy entrepreneurs make another kind of investment: the dedication of time for market intelligence. They learn everything possible about the market they wish to enter, who’s succeeding or failing in it and what alternative products or services are currently filling the need the entrepreneur aims to meet.

Market intelligence helps predict demand for a product and can lead to changes in the proposed offering or result in a pivot to another market sector. It can also cause an entrepreneur to abandon an idea, thereby saving money that would be lost on a venture doomed for failure.


General questions can be easily answered, and...

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