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Luján Announces Plans to Introduce Bill Combating Threat of COVID-19 Scams

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NAMBÉ, N.M.—  During a remote hearing of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced plans to introduce legislation to address the growing threat of COVID-19 scams by empowering the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys...

New understanding protects endangered owls

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New Mexico, Arizona planning forest thinning projects

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A new understanding was reached the week of July 6 that will ensure that forest thinning projects in six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico will better protect endangered Mexican spotted owls.

The understanding was reached between the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the states of New Mexico and Arizona and the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization.

“This landmark understanding provides better protection for this beautiful endangered bird and the rare, large tree-dominated, upper-elevation habitat that the owls need to survive,” Robin Silver...

New Mexico’s fortune may be in its soil

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New study reveals hidden economic opportunities

SANTA FE — New opportunities for New Mexico farmers to make money have emerged in the New Mexico Farm & Food Economy study prepared by the Crossroads Resource Center and released on June 15.

Based on publicly available data, the 46-page study found that over the last 50 years, farmers in the state spent $14 billion more on animal feed than they sold and $10 billion buying agrochemicals, petroleum products and agricultural inputs sourced out of state each year.

Due to these ever-increasing costs, there has been no gain in net cash income for farmers over the past half century.

Building soil health is an opportunity for farmers and...

UNM-Gallup details reopening in fall

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GALLUP — The University of New Mexico-Gallup campus will host classes mostly virtually for the Fall 2020 semester, UNM-Gallup announced July 7.

The fall semester for the university is set to begin August 17. The plan for university personnel is to work remotely through Aug. 31, according to a news release.

“UNM-Gallup’s plan is also closely aligned with the UNM main campus reopening plan, along with state and federal guidelines—and will continue to follow available data and recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the university said in a news release. “The plan’s number one goal is to ensure student and personnel safety throughout the coming months.”

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Rock Springs to get a Little Free Library

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The town of Rock Springs, N.M. is about to get a Little Free Library.

In May, the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, headquartered in Hudson, Wis. granted book-sharing boxes to sites that serve children in an effort to improve book access to children across the country.

Recipients have included schools, literacy groups, Native American reservations, healthcare centers, homeless shelters, laundromats and more.

In May, Duane Yazzie of Shondeen Estates Resident Organization in Rock Springs was one of the first 25 grantees from the LFL Impact Library Program which makes grants to underserved communities, prioritizing organizations that serve children.

Each grantee will receive...

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