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ECECD Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky testifies before U.S. Senate HELP Committee on New Mexico’s child care innovations 

New Mexico invited to share recent successes using federal relief funds to revolutionize New Mexico's child care system in Senate hearing.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in a hearing titled, “Solving the Child Care Crisis: Meeting the Needs of Working Families and Child Care Workers.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the committee, invited Secretary Groginsky to testify about New Mexico’s innovative use of federal emergency relief funding during the COVID-19 pandemic to make remarkable progress towards improving child care access, choices, and affordability for families; quality early learning environments for young children; and better wages and credentials for early childhood professionals.  

During her oral testimony, Sec. Groginsky said: 

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PNM Resources Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary 

Celebration includes $700,000 in grants awarded to 44 nonprofits

(Albuquerque, NM) – PNM Resources Foundation is proud to announce its 40th anniversary with a commitment to give back to the community it serves. The Foundation awarded $700,000 in grants to 44 nonprofits that have demonstrated a commitment to important issues around education, inclusion, the environment, and community vitality.

Each nonprofit recipient has made a significant impact on the communities they serve and will be celebrated on June 16 at 11:30 A.M. at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque. The celebration will include a live art installation performance by Artrageous Artreach camp kids. This student-led performance, coordinated by a world-renowned troupe, will be open to the community and live-streamed for those who cannot attend in-person.

“As we celebrate 40 years of giving, we are reminded of the importance of supporting the community through nonprofits,” said Laurie Roach, PNM Resources Foundation executive director.

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World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity for smokers to consider quitting 

SANTA FE – Tomorrow is World No Tobacco Day which provides an opportunity for smokers in New Mexico to make the decision to quit. The Department of Health’s Nicotine Use Prevention and Control (NUPAC) program offers free resources for nicotine users who want to quit. 

While the percentage of adult smokers in the state has dropped from 16.1% in 2020 to 13.4% in 2021, the percentage of adults using e-cigarettes has increased from 4.9% in 2017 to 7.3% in 2021. 

Vaping and e-cigarettes are also an issue for New Mexico’s youth. One in three New Mexico high school students are currently vaping. Among students who currently use commercial tobacco products about 80% used e-cigarettes either alone or in combination with other commercial tobacco products. 

All forms of commercial tobacco are harmful and there is no safe level of exposure. Commercial tobacco kills more than eight million people per year. 

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Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 3

SANTA FE – Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 3, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week.

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 3, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit the Department’s website.

“This is a great time to take your family fishing and teach them a skill that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment,” said Mike Sloane, director for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

For information on additional places to fish and what to use, consult the Department’s weekly fishing and stocking report and the Fishing Conditions and Trip Planner. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the Department's website.

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Space Station Astronauts Answer Local Students Questions Live!

The Public is Invited to Watch Live in the New Horizons Theater

Students from southern New Mexico, in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Space History, will have an opportunity to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station as part of an in-flight education downlink on May 30. Public viewing in the New Horizons Theater will be free and everyone is invited to cheer on their favorite student. 

What: Live from the International Space Station! NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Frank Rubio will answer prerecorded questions from students who were chosen from four area school districts – Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and Hondo. 

When: The space-to-Earth call will air live at 10:25 a.m.(Mountain Time) Tuesday, May 30, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

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NMDOT Traffic Report for week of May 28 to June 4, 2023. 

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.  


Date St. Business Loop Roundabout Project, T or C 

La Calerita Construction, LLC. (Contractor) construction, Phase 3 is expected to last about 4 (four) months, through September 2023, the following traffic impacts will be in place:

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N.M. Delegation Welcomes $17.5 million to Provide Clean and Reliable Electricity, Lower Utility Costs

Investments will help N.M. and Navajo Nation prevent weather-related power outages and install new residential solar systems 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) are welcoming $17.5 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) — funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — to reduce impacts due to extreme weather and ensure the reliability of the power sector’s infrastructure, so communities in New Mexico have access to affordable, reliable, clean electricity anytime.

“This is exactly what our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was intended to do — create more affordable, more reliable infrastructure while bringing costs down for families,” said Heinrich. 

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Heinrich Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We reflect on their courage and bravery. And we stand with their loved ones, holding the heaviness of their grief in our hearts.

“For many generations, New Mexicans have answered the call of duty – from Navajo Code Talkers and those in the Bataan Death March to GIs in the Korean and Vietnam War, to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to the service members at our state’s military bases or deployed at locations across the world. New Mexicans have fearlessly accepted all that comes with this legacy of service, even when that includes the greatest sacrifice.“Memorial Day calls us to rededicate ourselves to the patriotic mission our fallen heroes gave their lives to advance. As President Lincoln reminded us at Gettysburg, it is for us, the living, to complete the unfinished work of those who fought and died to deliver our freedom.”

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