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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010 0 Gov. Richardson announces NM leads Rocky Mountain States in growth of green energy jobs Governor Bill Richardson announced last week that a new report released by Headwaters Economics shows that New Mexico has eerged as a clean energy leader, increasing its per- centage of green jobs faster than other Rocky Mountain States. "New Mexico is proud to be a national leader in clean and re- newable energy development," said Governor RiChardson. "These efforts reward New Mexi- cans by expanding and diversi- fying our energy resources, which is good for the environ- ment, and help create green jobs during this challenging eco- nomic time." Some of the Richardson Administration's clean energy accomplishments include: The state's first renewable energy portfolio standard, which requires utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy through renewable resources by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020. The recreation of the Re- newable Energy Transmission Authority, to plan and finance transmission lines to promote the development of renewable energy within New Mexico. It is one of Teague's "Katie's Law" passes House with bipartisan support Courtesy submission On Tuesday, May 18, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (357-32) to pass Congressman Harry Teague's na- tional "Katie's Law". The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act (H.R. 4614) is a bipartisan bill that encourages states to maximize the potential of forensic DNA to solve and prevent violent crimes by collecting a DNA sample upon arrest at the same time as fingerprints -- for certain felony crimes. "Katie's Law simply allows law enforcement to treat DNA evi- dence left at the scene of a crime as they do. finger prints. The fact is that the science has advanced and we should allow law enforcement to use all the technology available to them, including the fingerprint of the 21 't century, to reduce expensive and unjust false convictions, bring closure to victims by solving cold cases, better identify crimi- nals, and keep those who commit violent crime from walking the streets," said Harry Teague in a statement on the House floor today. "Jayann and Dave have experienced something that no parents should ever have to -- the loss of a child. We have the power through ad- vanced DNA collection to make one less parent grieve for a child, one less husband grieve for a wife, or one less child lose a parent" Katie's Law is named after Katie Sepich, from Carlsbad, New Mexico: Katie was 22 years old when she was brutally raped and murdered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. If New Mexico had at that time required a DNA sample to be taken upon arrest, Katie,s killer would have been caught three months after the murder when the murderer was arrested for another' predatory crime. Instead, the killer was re- leased back onto the streets, it was three long years before he was finally apprehended again and linked to Katie's murder. , Harry Teague has worked With Katie's parents, Jayann and David Sepich of Carlsbad to develop this national law. The Sepiches trav- eled to Washington, DC to watch the vote from the gallery of the House of Representatives. "While today was a bittersweet moment, it is such an important milestone in the fight to use DNA evidence to take predators off our streets. We're very proud of this measure and how it will help save lives across all 50 states," said Jayann Sepibh. "We are so grateful to Congressman Teague for his courageous leadership on this bill. All New Mexicans would be proud to know how hard Harry Teague worked to get this bill passed as quickly and smoothly as possible." Key law enforcement and victim's rights groups have continued to offer their endorsements of the legislation since it was introduced ha February, including the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the Surviving Parents Coalition, National District Attorney's Association, and National Sheriff's Association. The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration. Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of Febru- ary in your a r e a . Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Fos- ter & Adoptive Parent Re- cruiter at (575) 434- . Joshua 5950 ext. 121 for more infor- mation or visit us on the web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Name: Joshua Age: 17 Grade: 12 th in the 2010-2011 school Joshua is a sensitive, shy Hispanic boy who is learning how to ride a skate board and loves to play basketball. He en- joys school, where he receives the support cf special education ser- vices, and likes learning new things, espe- cially about science. Joshua loves movies, espe- cially ones about ani- mals and su- per heroes, and also likes "chowing down" on pizza and Chinese food. Joshua is receiving therapy to help him address his past abuse and neglect issues, and is mak- ing progress in learning to trust adults. He will need an adoptive family who will continue to sup- port him with his treatment needs. Joshua would enjoy a family who will take him on outings, but mostly he needs one who will love him unconditionally for who he is. only eight transmission authori- ties in the country. And numerous renewable energy tax credits for wind, solar and biomass. New Mexico's com- bined strategy of targetbd public policy and strong support for busi- ness has made it a regionally and, nationally competitive center of clean technology innovation, es- pecially solar power, which is cap- turing energy-related jobs and attracting investment. "Thanks to Governor Richardson's visionary leader- ship in championing New Mexico as the 'Solar Valley of North America,' we have had tre- mendous success in recruiting green energy companies, creating green energy jobs and addressing issues of energy independence," stated Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragrn. "We are hon- ored that Headwaters has noted our accomplishments in these ar- eas." "I'm pleased that the report recognizes New Mexico's leader- ship and success in building a green energy economy," said Jon Goldstein, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Depart- ment. "Because of the work we have already done and continue to do, the state stands to be among the first to be able to take advantage of and benefit from emerging green technologies and businesses." The Headwaters Economics Clean Energy report compares how New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming-- five states with vast traditional and clean energy resources--are taking advantage of clean energy opportunities and concludes with five keys to success for the states to further benefit from the emerg- ing green economy while mea- suring the likelihood that each state's policies will promote fu- ture growth and investment. "New Mexico's success shows the importance of both policy and political leadership at all levels of government, from county commissioner to United States Senator," said Julia Haggerty, Ph.D., the report's au- thor. "The state's aggressive out- reach program, backed by strong incentives-- including property tax breaks, bonding,,atd worker training--has attracted new busi- nesses and jobs to the state." The Headwaters Economic report found that the number of jobs overall in New Mexico in- creased 13 percent from 1995 to 2007, and the number of'green jobs for the same time period had a 62 percent increase. The Clean Energy report also measured private and public investment funding that, in New Mexico, totaled $239 million between 1999 and 2008, and the state ranked twelfth nationally from 2006 through 2008, the lat- est three years available. Renewable energy produc- tion is one of the reasons stated in the report for rapid expansion. New mexico showed strength in wind, solar and geothermal po- tential. From 1990 to 2007, New Mexico's renewable energy pro- duction grew by more than 200 percent, the highest rate of the five states. The full study, digest, state fact sheets, and state-by-state comparisons can be found at greeneconomy. For more information about clean energy in New Mexico visit To view the report section on New Mexico visit http:// greeneconomy/#newmexico. |mmnmmmmmmmmm|mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! , . : [ 9ubsorlbe today! ' I i I Name ' i ' I Mailthisformto212E.MoteiDrive, SuiteB, tordsburg, NM88045"Mll I I $30/year inNM $30/year outside of NM |llIlllm00l0000 I Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllll| All Stars clean up Little League fields The Lordsburg All Star Baseball teams were in for a surprise when then showed up to practice Monday morning. The Little League fields were littered with trash, primarily lit fireworks. The team and coaches spent several hours picking up garbage be- fore beginning practice for the All Star Tournament, hosted by Deming this year. Full All Star results will be printed in next week's edition. Above, the group that cleaned up the fields. At right, All Star Coach Greg Cuevas did his part as well. Be- low, burn marks on the bleach- ers where fireworks were lit. Courtesy photos New Mexico 0HV riders reminded to be safe, legal this summer Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FiSHSanta Fe Summer vacation season is upon Us,land':for man3) thai 'means it's time to take the Off-highway vehicle for a spin in New Mexico's back country. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging all OHV riders to be safe and comply with the state's OHV laws. By following some simple rules, OHV riders can have a pleas- ant, citation-free experience: Always wear a helmet and eye protection; it is a require- ment for anyone '.younger than 18, and a good practice for riders of any age. All OHVs used on pub- lic lands must be registered with New Mexico or have a nonresi- dent permit. Be considerate of others you encounter on the trail and re- spect private proioerty. Stay on designated trails and never pursue or harass wild- life or livestock. Always leave the area better than you found it. Before you start your week- end, take a moment to familiar- ize yourself with New Mexico's OHV requirements at, or call the New Mexico Off-Highway Ve- hicle Program at (505) 476-8171. New Mexico offers unique opportunities for off-'highway ve- hicle recreation, and as trails and recreation areas become more crowded, it's important for all people to operate their OHV safely an d responsibly. Depart, ment of Game and Fish conserva- tion officers and other law en- forcement officers will be check- ing OHV riders statewide for reg- istration, permits and required safety equipment. POISON 1-800-222-1222 AMERICA'S FIRST PORTABLE INFORMATION DEVICE !iii \\; We are NOT here to see through you; But we ARE here to see you through! Lord's ll00ivilag Water' IAghthouse 807 Duncan Highway (US 70) ~ Lordsburg ~ (575) 590-0143 - Sunday Morning Service: 10:40 AM Dress is always casual!