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Republican Party of New Mexico statement in Observance of Independence Day

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Albuquerque, July 4--The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce on this Independence Day:

"On this July 4th, we celebrate America's Independence Day, a day to commemorate the Declaration of Independence that created the world's great democracy that symbolizes freedom and liberty for all Americans and others around the globe. On our nation's 246th birthday, we should all be thankful for those patriots throughout history who have served, protected and sacrificed in the name of this freedom. The historic signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 forged an independent, proud and united nation whose principles were founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I wish you all a wonderful and safe Independence Day."

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TPWD Accepting 2022-23 Drawn Hunt Permit Applications

AUSTIN – New opportunities and scenery are available to hunters this fall through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) drawn hunt permits program, now accepting applications for a shot at almost 10,000 permits in 62 hunt categories.

The permits allow drawn hunts on both public and private lands throughout Texas. Among the offerings available through the online system are hunts for white-tailed and mule deer, pronghorn, turkey, alligator, dove and guided packages for exotic species and bighorn sheep.

“This season, we will conduct drawings in 62 hunt categories,” said Kelly Edmiston, TPWD Public Hunting Program Coordinator. “These drawings include selections for U.S. Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits, both adult and youth hunts, 18 e-Postcard Selections for hunters using the $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), and hunts conducted on 10 National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Texas.”

Applicants for e-Postcard hunts and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Antlerless Deer Permits must have a current APH permit to apply.

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Museum Astronomy League Meeting and Free Public Moon Gazing July 7

What: The Museum of Space History Astronomy League will be hosting an in-person meeting followed by a free public moon gazing event on July 7.

When: The Astronomy League meeting begins at 7:30 pm and the Public Moon Gazing activity begins at 8:00 pm, weather permitting. 

Where: The Astronomy League meeting will be held in the Tombaugh Education Center. The Public Moon Gazing will be held in the large parking lot just above the Center. New Mexico Museum of Space History campus, Alamogordo.

About the New Mexico Museum of Space History: www.nmspacemuseum.org 

The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum showcases the significant role New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program and features the International Space Hall of Fame, and New Horizons Dome Theater.

In-Person Car Seat Inspection to be Held in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division (NMDOT TSD) and Safer New Mexico Now will host an in-person Car Seat Fitting Station from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the Sisbarro Buick-GMC, 425 West Boutz Road in Las Cruces. This free educational event provides parents and caregivers instruction on the proper selection, installation, and use of their car seats from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians.

Technicians will spend approximately 30 minutes per seat educating parents on the proper selection, installation, and use of their car and booster seats. Parents and caregivers will also learn important information regarding common errors in car seat safety and be able to ask questions. If a technician determines a car seat to be recalled, expired, or otherwise unsafe, replacement seats will be available. 

To participate in the Car Seat Fitting Station, parents and caregivers should bring their car seat, car seat manual, vehicle manual, and the child should be present if possible. Car seat inspections are by appointment or by walk-in. All participants are required to follow COVID-Safe protocols. 

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EDD Releases Newest County-Level Economic Summaries

Data shows broad-based economic expansion 

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today that the agency’s latest round of quarterly economic reports shows 30 of 33 counties seeing gains in Matched Taxable Gross Receipts (MTGR) over the year with Sandoval up 44%, Santa Fe up 32%, Doña Ana up 22%, San Juan up 21%, and Bernalillo up 17%.

The latest Quarterly Economic Summaries encapsulate consumer spending information from the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 – January, February, and March of 2022 – for the entire state of New Mexico as well as each of the 33 counties. EDD also aggregates and analyzes the most recent data from other government sources.

The EDD initiative delivers economic data available on a county level, giving local decision makers regular access to economic indicators in their own community. The June 2022 Quarterly Economic Summaries for the 33 counties are now available on the EDD website.

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NMDOT Traffic Report for week of July 3 to 10, 2022

In all construction zones, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, as well as continue to be cautious of heavy equipment and construction personnel in the area. PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones may be in effect.

White Sands Missile Range Notification

For information regarding closures, you may call WSMR at 678-1178 or 678-2222 for updates.  

Interstates: 

I-25, Mile Marker 85 to 103, north of T or C 

J-H Supply, Inc. (Contractor) will continue replacing the guardrail and end treatments along I-25 in Sierra County. Traffic can expect lane closures in the northbound and southbound driving right lane and shoulder as the contractor is performing these safety improvements.

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"Out of Gas Robber" suspected in another Albuquerque bank robbery

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for the "Out of Gas Robber" who is suspected of robbing another financial institution on Monday, June 27, 2022.

At approximately 10:25 a.m., an unknown male entered First Financial Credit Union, located at 6100 Coors Blvd. NW. The suspect verbally demanded money from a teller. The robber received an undisclosed sum of money and left the bank heading north on foot. 

This individual also is suspected of robbing Bank of the West, 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue NE, in Albuquerque, on June 17, 2022.

Suspect's Description:

Sex: Male

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