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  • Ex-state regulator jailed for probation violation

    SANTA FE (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail.
    Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation.
    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that Block is being held without bond but the circumstances around his arrest are unclear.
    In March, Block avoided a lengthy prison sentence when a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies.
    Block had faced up to 4 1/2 years in prison after failing to comply with a plea deal requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program.

  • NM business leaders head to Washington

    A delegation of New Mexico business leaders will travel to Washington D.C. July 16 and 17 to discuss the importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the state’s economy.
    The delegation will be accompanied by Gov. Susana Martinez’ Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover.
    Stover is a member of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, which traveled to Washington, D.C., on a similar mission in March.
    The current business group plans to meet with New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, staff from key committees in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Amount paid in film rebates plunges

    SANTA FE — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending.
    The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19 million were approved during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Another 27 applications that add up to more than $14 million in rebates were pending.
    While the paid rebates dropped from $102 million in 2011, the number of approved applications increased from 55, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford attributed the drop in rebates to an industry-wide slowdown and a rush to file rebate claims before the cap was approved last year. But others believe differently.

  • Amount paid in film rebates plunges

    SANTA FE — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending.
    The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19 million were approved during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Another 27 applications that add up to more than $14 million in rebates were pending.
    While the paid rebates dropped from $102 million in 2011, the number of approved applications increased from 55, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford attributed the drop in rebates to an industry-wide slowdown and a rush to file rebate claims before the cap was approved last year. But others believe differently.

  • Weather interferes with lawn chair balloon flight--Video Extra

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — Hours into their lawn-chair balloon flight, two men made a hard landing after they were hit by hail and snow as thunderstorms swept into central Oregon. But their back-yard aircraft floated away.

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  • Regional Coalition appoints executive director, names officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today it has contracted with the MVM Group to Provide Executive Director services to help move the coalition forward.

    The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

    Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael lead the firm.

    Sapien, a New Mexico attorney, will assume lead role of Executive Director for the Coalition.

  • Nominations sought for Public Service Awards

    There’s still time to nominate an exceptional person for the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards for this year’s program.
    About 10 to 12 honorees are typically selected and celebrated at an awards banquet Nov. 1 at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque.
    Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, in charge of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, has confirmed as the keynote speaker.
     The Nuclear Weapons Center is the steward and logistics manager for the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal. Its job is to ensure the availability of safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons to the Air Force’s Global Strike Command if, when and where they might be needed.

  • Two bucks to go

    This photo of two bucks was taken at the corner of 47th Street and Trinity Drive.