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New Mexico unveils ambitious workforce development strategy

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ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions released its 2024-2027 combined state plan on June 26,  marking a year of collaboration and development with statewide stakeholders.

The 2024-2027 New Mexico Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act combined state plan outlines the department’s vision...

Extensions available to taxpayers affected by fires

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SANTA FE — The Taxation and Revenue Department is allowing extensions for taxpayers affected by the South Fork and Salt fires disaster.

Extensions are currently available for one month. For example, someone with an estimated personal income tax or corporate income tax payment normally due on June 17 can have an extended due date of July 17.

Similarly, various business tax returns that were normally due on June 25 will now be due on July 25 for qualifying taxpayers.

Affected taxpayers taking advantage of the state extension should send a letter notifying the Taxation and Revenue Department that they qualify for the extension and provide support that they are an affected...

Residents return to Ruidoso area

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Twenty-nine people still missing

RUIDOSO, New Mexico — The South Fork and Salt fires are still burning, but residents were allowed to return to their homes starting at 8 am on June 24, a week after the fires reportedly started.

Two deaths have been reported, and over 23,00 structures have been affected. Over 8,000 people were displaced from their homes.

In a weekly radio program that was broadcast on June 24, Ruidoso Mayor Lynn Crawford said that 29 people were still unaccounted for.

Searchers were going into “exclusion zones,” areas where homes have burned and which have been badly damaged, and were “looking for individuals,” Crawford said. Search and rescue teams used...

Curley pushes for inclusion in the United Nations General Assembly

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NEW YORK CITY  — Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley stood in unity with indigenous leaders and representatives from around the world at the United Nations on June 19 to advocate for the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, emphasizing the importance of Indigenous governing institutions’ participation in global decision-making processes that impact Indigenous communities.

This advocacy aligns with U.N. Resolution 78/189 adopted in 2023, which underscores the necessity of recognizing and integrating Indigenous voices within the U.N. framework.

In 2017, the Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’íyati’ Committee adopted Resolution...

LOC receives FY2025 budget update

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council’s Law and Order Committee received a report regarding the upcoming FY2025 budget from the Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals during their regular meeting at the Law & Order Committee Building Conference Room on June 17.

OHA Director Richie Nez’s updates focused on previous conditions of appropriations and legislative concerns, as well as the office’s plan of operation, and policy and procedures.

“Modernizing our procedures and ensuring comprehensive legislative records are vital for the efficiency and transparency of our legal system. This meeting will set the stage for significant improvements in how we handle our...

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