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Navajo Nation opposes withdrawal for development at Chaco Canyon

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Tribal Consultation Ignored

By Alray Nelson
Communications Director
24th Navajo Nation Council

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 24th Navajo Nation Council reaffirmed its opposition to the Biden Administration proposal of a 20-year ban on oil and gas drilling within a 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture Heritage Withdrawal...

Update on New Mexico Voting Districts

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There’s still time to be heard on Redistricting

The New Mexico Redistricting Committee has filed its final report with the New Mexico Legislature and is asking voters to encourage state representatives to follow the Committee’s recommendations.

Background: Every ten years, after the Census, voting districts are realigned for equal voter representation. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the geographical boundaries that correspond to certain elected offices to account for changes in population. This is done by the state legislature and of course that means politics rule. In establishing the Redistricting Committee, the Legislature voted to have a more representative group...

Child advocates support EPA methane rules, call for stronger protection

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“We need strong rules that put an end to methane pollution from the oil and gas industry in order to protect today’s children,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children said, when he expressed support for stronger Environmental Protection Agency methane rules Nov. 2.

Jimenez said children are disproportionately harmed by methane pollution. Voicing his organization’s support for stronger methane rules, he said the children will suffer “increasingly dire consequences of the climate crisis” if methane is not captured.

“Methane mitigation not only keeps potent greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, but it also decreases air pollution, which...

Inflation can be a terrible retirement partner

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“Warren Buffet once pointed out that when you do the math, it is obvious that inflation is far more destructive to wealth than any tax levied on us by the government.” - Lawrence Castillo

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that consumer prices have gone rogue in 2021. Prices for goods and services are surging at the fastest pace in over ten years, threatening to squeeze households and squelch a potential post-COVID economic recovery. Economists, bankers, and pundits insist that inflation rates reflect pandemic-induced trends and are only temporary. However, many retirees, pre-retirees, and investors are concerned that prices will keep going up, stalling...

New Mexico Voices for Children says state must diversify revenue sources

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Suggests tax changes

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico Voices for Children released a policy brief Oct. 11 recommending that lawmakers protect future budgets by diversifying the state’s revenue sources.

The top five reasons are as follows:

1. New Mexico is dependent on the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil and gas industry.

2. A number of indicators show the oil and gas industry is in a long-term decline.

3. New Mexico needs to transition away from fossil fuels for the health and well-being of the children in the state.

4. The state already has unmet revenue needs and they are expected to grow.

5. Raising adequate and sustainable revenue can help promote equity in New Mexico...

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