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Madame G guide to the stars WEEK OF JAN. 27

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Love him or hate him, Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. In the midst of his inauguration, women and men came together in peaceful (for the most part) protest. Both events mark an historic moment in time. On Jan. 27, a New Moon emerges. Now is the time to come together and usher in new beginnings...

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, and vice-versa.

The flights open up the entire West Coast to Northern New Mexicans, including Seattle and Hawaii, through American’s regional hub in Phoenix. “Now we’re just a short trip from Hollywood. That should definitely help the local film industry,” said Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the head of the local...

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...

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