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FBI calls for protection of the protectors

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Every day, federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers in New Mexico pin on their badges, strap on their duty weapons, and head out to protect their fellow citizens.

Many kiss a spouse, children, or loved ones farewell, hoping to meet again soon.

For some, that reunion never happens.

According to The...

Unhappy with dissolution of Land Grants Committee

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NAMBÉ, N.M. — I am deeply disappointed by the decision to dissolve the New Mexico Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee. The representation of land grants, acequias, traditional, and rural communities must always be at the forefront of New Mexico public policy. They are a critical part of the heart, soul, and history of our state. These communities also represent the economic potential that our future holds, but only if we keep them as a top priority.

Prior to statehood, and subsequently through our state’s constitution, land grant, acequia, and traditional land issues have always been reflected as critical priorities for our state. My father created an...

The Mountain Pact encouraged by late 2021 proposal of 20-year drilling ban near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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The Mountain Pact is thrilled with the administration’s action … to institute a 20-year ban on oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile radius around the Greater Chaco Landscape. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and the sacred ancestral homeland to many Indigenous communities. We are grateful to the Biden administration for working to protect the cultural and spiritual importance of this landscape from short-term extraction and development.

Through the America the Beautiful initiative, the Biden administration promised to collaborate on locally-led projects to conserve America’s lands and waters that honor Tribal sovereignty and support Tribal...

Bill expands procurement preference for NM businesses

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SANTA FE — New Mexico’s economy is bouncing back from the downturn caused by the coronavirus public health crisis, with unemployment down to near pre-pandemic levels and the number of jobs rising steadily.

We must keep up that momentum. And, just as importantly, we must leave no one behind.

That’s why Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has proposed expanding the administration’s Buy New Mexico initiative to further help in-state businesses thrive and create jobs.

The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 39, would increase from 5 percent to 8 percent the bidding preference for certified New Mexico resident businesses when they seek state and local contracts for goods and services.

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2022 Tax Season will bring nice surprises for many New Mexico families

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At no other time of the year are we more generous than during the holiday season, as we shower those we love with gifts and make donations to those in need. But nearly two years of a global pandemic have put too many hard-working New Mexico families in a financial bind. If worries over lost wages and unpaid bills have dampened your holiday cheer, you may find that the new year will bring some long-needed good news.

When you file your tax return this winter, you may be in for a very nice surprise. Thanks to the leadership of state legislators and Governor Lujan Grisham, New Mexico enacted several improvements in two tax credits that help those New Mexicans who need it most.

These...

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