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ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) announced Wednesday that New Mexico firefighters are en route to California to help crews battle wildfires. This is the second mobilization this year by New Mexico in response to California wildfires. 

The New Mexico Task Force departed from Albuquerque Fire and Rescue's (AFR) Training Academy Wednesday morning with six engines and crews. AFR’s Captain Brian Fox has been assigned as the leader of the task force, consisting of 20 total firefighting personnel. 

Four departments from Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Los Alamos County and the village of Corrales are sending resources as part of the New Mexico Task Force, organized by DHSEM under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which enables participating states to request or contribute resources to manage and mitigate ongoing emergencies. California made an EMAC request for firefighting support this week after having made a similar request last month, to which New Mexico also offered assistance. 

Public servants across New Mexico became distance learners as the New Mexico EDGE program moved its certified public manager program core classes online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We didn’t let the COVID-19 social distancing requirements prevent us from offering professional development classes,” said Mary DeLorenzo, program director for NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector.

“During the first five months of the pandemic, we maintained scheduled classes by conducting 400 hours of online training with public officials from counties, municipalities, and state agencies,” she said.

Nor did the pandemic restrictions prevent the program from honoring its most recent graduates, who join the 520 public officials who have completed approximately 835 individual certifications in a variety of designations.

WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2020) – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy requesting a thorough investigation into the high number of deaths this year at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. The letter comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of Private Carlton Chee and Army Specialist Miguel Yazzie, both members of the Navajo Nation. 

“We write to express our deep concern regarding the alarming number of Soldiers who have died while serving at Fort Hood this year,” wrote the senators. “As you are aware, 28 servicemembers have died at the installation in 2020. The deaths have been from a wide range of causes including training accidents and suicides, and also homicides and causes that are still under investigation. We seek to highlight two deaths in particular, those of Private Carlton L. Chee, 25, and Specialist Miguel D. Yazzie, 33 – both members of the Navajo Nation.” 

nmsu092320 04New Mexico State University will host an Electrify New Mexico online event Oct. 14. The discussion will focus on new technologies, related opportunities and challenges, and strategies for educating an associated workforce. (Courtesy photo)In a continued dialogue of advancing a statewide clean energy economy, New Mexico State University invites interested individuals to join a discussion on beneficial electrification from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The discussion will focus on new technologies, related opportunities and challenges, and strategies for educating an associated workforce. The event will take place online via Zoom.

As New Mexico transitions to a clean energy economy, beneficial electrification could be a viable option for advancing low-carbon energy use. Like most states, however, New Mexico needs to expand investment in infrastructure, research, energy storage and interconnections to make electrification a reliable and economic success.

nmsu092320 01An early architectural rendering of how the food science building might look in the agricultural district at New Mexico State University’s Las Cruces campus. The building’s design is underway using general obligation bond funding approved by voters in 2018 – Phase 1 of the Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project. Another $18 million for the project’s second phase is part of the 2020 GO Bond on the ballot Nov. 3. (Image courtesy fbt architects)New Mexico voters will be asked on Nov. 3 to approve several general obligation bond questions, including two that will provide critical funding for the New Mexico State University system. There is no tax increase associated with approval of these bonds.

If approved by voters, GO Bond C will provide $30.46 million for construction, renovation and modernization projects across the NMSU system, including $18 million for biomedical and agricultural facilities at its Las Cruces campus. GO Bond B will provide $3 million statewide for university library resources, of which the NMSU system will receive a portion.

The first phase of NMSU’s Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project, which is currently in the design and planning process, is supported by $25 million in general obligation funding approved by voters in 2018.

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing this announcement to raise awareness of the potential threat posed by attempts to spread disinformation regarding the results of the 2020 elections.

Foreign actors and cybercriminals could create new websites, change existing websites, and create or share corresponding social media content to spread false information in an attempt to discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.

New Mexico amends Child Care Assistance regulations to help families obtain subsidies 

SANTA FE - The Early Childhood Education and Care Department on Tuesday announced amendments to its child care assistance regulations, set to take effect immediately, that will make it easier for families to qualify to receive child care assistance from the state.     

Annualized Sales Rate of 6 Million in August

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2020) – Existing-home sales continued to climb in August, marking three consecutive months of positive sales gains, according to the National Association of RealtorsÒ. Each of the four major regions experienced both month-over-month and year-over-year growth, with the Northeast seeing the greatest improvement from the prior month. 

Total existing-home sales https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.4% from July to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.00 million in August. Sales as a whole rose year-over-year, up 10.5% from a year ago (5.43 million in August 2019).

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