April 7 First News: Clovis the Scene of Weekend Immigration Protest (Listen)
Congress’s slow pace on immigration reform led to nationwide protests Saturday. One of those protests took place in Clovis, led by Somos Clovis, a group affiliated with the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido. Somos Clovis took to the streets of the eastern New Mexico city, and said that families in Curry County have seen an increase in detention, deportation, and separation of families over the years. The protest was part of a national day of action to stop deportation. Supporters hope the march will encourage Congress to speed up its process and pass immigration reform now.
New Mexico is one of dozens of states to share more than 300 million-dollars of federal funding for rural schools, road maintenance and other county projects. The payments will come from the U.S. Forest Service and will include money for special conservation projects on federal lands. Federal officials say New Mexico’s share will be more than 10 million-dollars. The Forest Service shares a percentage of gross receipts from timber sales, grazing, recreation and other land use fees on national forests with states.
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding New Mexicans that next Tuesday is the deadline for filing your 2013 federal tax returns. IRS spokesman Bill Brunson encourages all to file electronically—and Brunson says the tax agency is accommodating. *****040714-Brunson-2 :30 ***** Brunson says the IRS is expecting some 193-thousand New Mexicans will have filed—or begun the process—by next Tuesday's deadline.
New Mexico's largest electric utility is making changes to a program that helps low-income families with their utility bills. Public Service Company of New Mexico—PNM--says its shareholders have contributed an additional 500-thousand dollars to its Good Neighbor Fund. Officials say the money will help reach more customers who can't afford their electricity bills due to emergency circumstances. The utility is also changing qualification guidelines so that extenuating circumstances can be considered. PNM says the Good Neighbor Fund provided about 300-thousand dollars to families in need last year.
A popular Santa Fe restaurant is being evicted from its longtime site. According to the New Mexican, the Tecolote Café is being evicted from its location on Cerrillos Road. The business has until the end of April to vacate the space. Tecolote owner, Katie Adkins, says she believes she is being evicted because of a rumor that she was re-locating. Adkins says she had been negotiating with developers in the Luna District but never signed a formal deal.
There will be a memorial service for the late Santa Fe State Representative Max Coll later today. It starts at two-pm in the Capitol Rotunda. A reception will follow immediately at La Fonda
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high near 54. It will be mostly clear tonight with a low of 31. Tomorrow, Sunny with a high of 64.