NM Conservation, Labor, And Community Advocates Respond To PRC Decision To Delay Vote On San Juan Generating Station

first_imgLabor unions, environmental advocates, the Navajo Nation, community organizations, businesses, and utilities came together to push for the Energy Transition Act. The law was enacted this spring with enthusiastic, bipartisan support, thanks to the leadership of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senators Jacob Candelaria and Mimi Stewart, and Representative Nathan Small. ENM News: “San Juan County families are counting on the job training and apprenticeship opportunities the ETA provides, and this irresponsible decision puts those resources at risk,” said Brian Condit, president of the New Mexico Building Trades. “New Mexico should be helping communities build their 21st century workforce, not stymie progress and make businesses think twice about investing here.” SANTA FE ― Wednesday, New Mexico environmental, community, and labor advocates decried the NM Public Regulation Commission’s decision to delay voting on whether the Commission will apply the state’s recently enacted Energy Transition Act when closing the San Juan Generating Station. “New Mexico took tremendous action this year to transition for the shutdown of the largest source of air pollution in the state and get us on a path to energy independence – all while saving New Mexicans money,” said Stephanie Maez, the executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico. “The PRC is charged with protecting New Mexico ratepayers, but this decision could lead to higher energy bills, continued dependence on polluting fossil fuels, and greater public health risks for New Mexicans.”center_img “New Mexicans want to power our homes and businesses with local renewable energy resources, but the PRC has chosen to make that more difficult and costly for the state,” said Sanders Moore, executive director of Environment New Mexico. “The Legislature did its part to create a policy guiding our state’s transition away from coal. It’s time for the PRC to use that statute and keep New Mexico moving toward a clean energy future.” The groups said the PRC is creating additional uncertainty by causing delays, and could jeopardize the good work by a diverse set of stakeholders and lawmakers who supported the Energy Transition Act earlier this year. The law would provide economic assistance to coal miners, San Juan plant maintenance and operations personnel, their families, and San Juan County as PNM closes the coal-fired power plant, while creating new jobs and opportunity and making New Mexico a national leader in the fight against the climate crisis. “By punting this decision, the PRC is creating uncertainty for New Mexico families and businesses, and jeopardizing the progress made this year to leverage our state’s abundant clean energy resources,” said Maria Nájera, government affairs director for Western Resource Advocates. “Our state has an important opportunity right now to reduce costs for consumers and do our part to confront climate change. The PRC should keep us on this trajectory, not set us further back .”last_img read more

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant For Youth Behavioral Health

first_imgCONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News: “This grant will help CYFD in its work to rebuild community based mental health care services in Sandoval, Chaves and Valencia Counties. This is part of a broader plan to rebuild community-based supports statewide,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “The department is really excited to be able to provide wraparound services to children with complex needs in these communities.” “Part of supporting our youth is also ensuring that the appropriate resources exist when they face behavioral health issues, no matter where they live. This newest HHS grant will allow local organizations to expand their infrastructure to ensure that young people living in rural communities have access to the innovative behavioral health services they need closer to home,” Torres Small said. “New Mexico’s most rural communities often lack the infrastructure and resources needed to support necessary innovative behavioral health practices to serve our youth battling serious behavioral health issues,” Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said. “This HHS grant will help our local communities expand initiatives already in place and support new enterprises to bolster access to cutting edge behavioral health support for families in New Mexico, no matter where they live.” “We need to rebuild and expand behavioral health services in New Mexico—particularly in our rural communities—so that families can get the help and support they need,” Heinrich said. “This grant will help fund the initiatives and personnel necessary to enhance the quality of life for those struggling with behavioral health issues, and expand services for children and youth regardless of income or where they live.” The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide behavioral health service system for children and youth ages 0-21, especially in rural communities which traditionally lack the funding to provide adequate behavioral health services.center_img “As New Mexico rebuilds our behavioral health infrastructure, this grant will be crucial in ensuring that young New Mexicans have access to the critical services they need. Rural communities face unique challenges seeking care, and I’m excited to see this investment in community health care providers that will help eliminate barriers for our families,” Luján said. WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS). “Anyone who is struggling with their behavioral health should have access to the help they need no matter where they live. However, when New Mexico’s behavioral health system was dismantled in 2013, our communities lost the resources to tackle the struggles our families face,” Haaland said. “This grant for rural communities will increase access to age-appropriate behavioral health services for young people so they can manage their behavioral health early in life.” The grant will help the CYFD BHS enhance the behavioral health workforce, engage youth, family and community members, improve interagency collaboration, expand the service array for children and youth, and utilize ongoing Continuous Quality Improvement framework. Trauma-informed care, family peer support services and mobile crisis response units and other services will be made available to an estimated 600 children over the life of the grant. Additionally, local communities will work with CYFD BHS to align funding streams with existing initiatives to ensure access to these services are sustainable.last_img read more

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Knives Out

first_imgBy CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMBLos Alamos“Knives Out” seems at first a simple ‘whodunit’ murder mystery. But, over its 2 hours and 10 minutes, the initial, simple explanation of who is to blame gets increasingly complex. An ensemble cast of many familiar faces (and a few new ones) adds fun to the drama. Happily, this story about a mysterious death turns into a dark comedy with laugh out loud twists.The story opens with an old gothic mansion, set above a lake, somewhere in a New England autumn. Black dogs run from the house and a tray is carried to an upper study. The study door opens to reveal an old man lying on a sofa with his throat slit, dead. There are no preliminaries to introduce the man or his family. The film gives that task to the detectives (and the consulting private investigator) who interview each household member in turn.The story goes from a loving family gathered to celebrate the old man’s birthday dinner, to numerous chinks in their armor: which family member might be on the outs; who may have yelled something at the old man; what he may have said to each of them about his new will. The members of this pleasant group of supportive offspring, who consider the nurse “a part of the family,” begin to show their true colors, recalling events and conversations that took place the night of his death.Director Rian Johnson (, Star Wars VIII: ) has assembled a compelling cast for this film. Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombley, a successful mystery writer with his own publishing empire. Jamie Lee Curtis is Linda Thrombley Drysdale, Harlan’s daughter, who built her own business with daddy’s help. Her husband, Richard Drysdale, is played by Don Johnson, and their entitled son, Ransom, is played by Chris Evans. Toni Collette plays the widowed Joni Thrombley, daughter-in-law to Harlan, and mother of college student Meg (Katherine Langford). Harlan’s other son, Walt Thrombley (Michael Shannon) runs Harlan’s publishing company. He is married to Donna (Riki Lindhome) and they have a son, the alt-right leaning Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Somewhat peripheral to the action is Harlan’s mother, Greatnana Wanetta Thrombley, played with quiet comic wisdom by K Callan.Also key to the story is Harlan’s nurse, Marta Cabrera played by Ana de Armas. Rounding out the ensemble are the detectives. Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) takes the lead, asking questions of each household member, backed up by a Thrombley novel fan, State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan). Present in the background, and eventually taking over the questioning, is a private investigator, Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig with a broad southern accent.There are wonderful details in this film: the strange items displayed around the house; Harlan’s research into methods of murder to write his books; Harlan’s touching friendship with Marta; Harlan’s family members as they reveal the poison that their wealth has become; Marta’s immigrant family and her own special gift for sensing the truth.Knives Out may not win any awards, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Understandably, it is “Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.” But there is not much of any of that. Instead, the film will keep you guessing, and should keep you smiling, with occasional outbursts of laughter.last_img read more

NMHU: Christopher Ulibarri Appointed Student Regent

first_imgNMHU News:LAS VEGAS, NM — Christopher Ulibarri, a student government leader at New Mexico Highlands University, is the university’s newest student regent.New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made Ulibarri’s appointment official March 13. Ulibarri’s term extends to the adjournment of the next regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature in 2021.Ulibarri, a 19-year-old from Buena Vista, north of Las Vegas, has earned a 3.93 GPA to date as a triple major in political science, environmental geology and history. His expected graduation date is December 2022.“Christopher is a courageous leader who is respected by his peers,” said Kimberly Blea, dean of students at Highlands. “Christopher has a passion for service to others and is very hard-working. This is evident by his commitment to volunteering with Amnesty International and the fact that he is a triple major.”Blea said Ulibarri’s calm demeanor will help him handle difficult situations as a regent.“Christopher was also a recent participant in Highlands’ Legislative Fellowship program, an experience that will serve him well in his new role as a regent,” Blea said.Ulibarri said Highlands provided him with many opportunities.“I wanted to become a student regent to contribute back to Highlands,” Ulibarri said. “While the other regents represent Highlands, none of them continuously work or study on campus. Being a student puts me in the unique position of representing both the student body and faculty on the Board of Regents.”Ulibarri said the COVID-19 pandemic is driving his priorities as a new regent.“My most immediate goal as a student regent is to help come up with solutions to the problems that Highlands faces during the COVID-19 crisis, working with both the student body and the faculty,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri said being a student senator at Highlands was a valuable learning experience.“Representing other students taught me about the values students hold and how to be an advocate for them,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri enrolled full-time at Highlands when he was 17.“I was amazed at just how much everyone cares at Highlands. If it wasn’t for the quality education I’ve received here, I would never have had the skills that it takes to be a student regent. Being a triple major gives me a broad understanding of the academic programs at Highlands,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri has taken a number of classes from Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis.“Christopher is one of those students that come along now and again that shines very brightly above the rest,” Petronis said “He is exactly the type of person academia needs: motivated, brilliant and personable. He will be an outstanding student regent, leading the university forward.”Outside the classroom, Ulibarri volunteers as a legislative coordinator for Amnesty International, lobbying members of the U.S. Congress on pressing national and international human rights issues.When he’s not juggling his triple-major and other responsibilities, since 2016 Ulibarri has worked 20 to 35 hours a week in his family’s business, Ulibarri Farms Candy Shoppe in Las Vegas.“I assist customers in the store, on the phone and online. I also built a website for our family company and am our graphic designer. I make decisions that impact our company’s future,” Ulibarri said.Looking ahead, Ulibarri has his sights set on a legal career as an environmental attorney.“Growing up on a small ranch with the Mora River and two acequias running through it, I learned how powerful corporate ranchers can block the river illegally, limiting water downstream. I want to be an attorney that helps people like my family and my Buena Vista community when these kinds of injustices occur,” Ulibarri said.last_img read more

Night With A Nerd: Virtual Bingo – Periodic Table July 9

first_imgBSMA News:The community is invited to join a virtual bingo game 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 that has STEM topics rather than numbers in the squares. For the periodic table – the squares have symbols and someone calls the word. Players match to the symbols on their card. For example, if the word called is “sodium” then players look for “Na”.Everyone is invited to play. RSVP to the event to get a link to a bingo card emailed the day of the event.  Multiple players in the same household should register individually.To register, click here.Winners receive a gift certificate to the Gadgets store inside the Bradbury Science Museum.last_img

All Together NM Fund Provides $500K More In Food Grants

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – A state COVID-19 relief fund launched at the outset of the pandemic in New Mexico this week contributed an additional $500,000 to food banks and pantries statewide.The All Together NM Fund, launched by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in collaboration with the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, distributed the last rounds of funds to 39 food banks and food distribution sites serving communities in all 33 counties in the state.The latest distribution was made possible in large part by a generous donation from the McKinnon Family Foundation.“We launched the foundation several years ago with one of the central goals being the advancement of important causes in New Mexico, including educational and cultural institutions,” Ian McKinnon said. “Increasing food security for all New Mexicans is also clearly core to the mission of our Foundation.”“The partnership with the state has bolstered the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundation’s capabilities in implementing this groundbreaking fund because our coalition members are constantly addressing challenges faced everyday by our communities,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Coalition and president and chief executive of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. “By working together to identify, prioritize and respond to community needs head-on, we are having a greater impact—not just for the nonprofit sector but toward our state’s entire recovery effort.”The recipients are Roadrunner Food Bank, The Food Depot, The Community Pantry, ECHO Food Bank, The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, St. Felix Pantry, Bethel Community Storehouse, Belen Food Pantry, Las Casas Summer Food Program, Curry Retired Senior Meal Association, Carlsbad Community Foundation, United Way of Eddy County, United Way of Lea County, Rio Arriba First Baptist Church of Chama, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Truchas Service Center, Roosevelt Community Services Center, Bernal Community Center, Comedor de San Pascual, San Miguel Samaritan House, the Salvation Army of Las Vegas, Catron Food Pantries, Harvest Ministries of Roswell, Casa de Peregrinos, Spirit of Hidalgo, Silver City Gospel Rescue Mission, Lincoln County Food Bank, Deming Silver Linings, Otero Hunger Coalition, Our Lady of Perpetual Health of Sierra County, Socorro Storehouse, Always Loving Mankind of Colfax County, North Central Food Pantry of Taos, Raton Hunger Pantry and MAS Comunidad.In total the All Together NM Fund has distributed $3.3 million in grants over the course of the pandemic. The Santa Fe Community Foundation administers the fund.Significant donations have also been made by Arland & Associates, LLC, AT&T, Blattner Energy, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Comcast, Daniels Fund, Illinois #3 Foundation, Intel Foundation, Isora Foundation, Molina Healthcare, Pattern SC Holdings, LLC, PhRMA, RALI, Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation, Swire Coca-Cola USA, The Hayes Foundation, The McKinnon Family Foundation, Tri-State, Virgin Galactic, LLC and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website here, by texting “together” to 505.333.4714, or by mail to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.last_img read more

Midlands’ Coventry scheme nod

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Crest Nicholdon’s Western Riverside scheme in Bath faces ongoing attack from the conservation lobby – Bath in a bubble

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New Westminster leader pledges Olympic revamp

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