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N.M. senators announce award to Navajo Agricultural Products Industry

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$150,000 for irrigation improvement

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced July 8, that the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, located in Farmington, was awarded $150,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program for its Irrigation Scheduling Improvement Project.

The funds for NAPI will help improve irrigation scheduling and efficiency by monitoring system equipment and installing a moisture probe. The more efficient system will reduce over-watering, which is expected to result in annual water savings of 2,672 acre-feet. Water conserved by the project will reduce the amount of water diverted from Navajo...

NM Senators secure $30 million for border humanitarian relief

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  – On June 26, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers.

The measure was included in a $4.6 billion border supplemental funding agreement that passed the Senate June 26. The agreement includes emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, with significant funding for legal assistance, food, water, and medical services, as well as stronger protections for unaccompanied children.

The agreement requires the U.S. Department of Health and...

N.M. ranks last in child well-being

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State makes some improvements in child poverty

New Mexico is ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being by the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released June 17 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This is the third time the state has ranked last in the nation. New Mexico fell to the last spot in 2013, then again in 2018.

Louisiana ranked 49th this year, bumping Mississippi up to 48th. New Hampshire ranked first.

“It’s disappointing, but not terribly surprising to see New Mexico ranked at the bottom again, given the last ten years,” New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez said. Voices for Children runs the state’s KIDS COUNT program. Further...

AG Balderas urges Congress to take action to protect integrity of America’s elections

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In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a total 22 attorneys general from around the country June 18 to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.

In a letter addressed to key U.S. Senators, Balderas and the other attorneys general ask Congress to provide additional election security grants to states and localities, support the establishment of cybersecurity and audit standards for election systems, and pass bipartisan election-security legislation.

“Make no mistake; our elections were attacked by Russian operatives in 2016, and they will be...

National Garbage Man Week

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Celebrating Hard-Working Men and Women Who Help Keep Communities Clean

Every week the big green garbage truck rumbles into the neighborhood and the mechanical spectacle of its hydraulic arm grabbing, lifting, dumping and returning trash and recycling carts to the curb commences.

This commonplace show is accompanied by a brief symphony of safety warning beeps and the crunching of trash being compacted before the driver moves on to the next home. Some of Waste Management of New Mexico’s most loyal residential fans and avid watchers are the kids who eagerly await the arrival of their garbage man on collection day.

June 17 marks the start of National Garbage Man Week. There will be no...
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