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NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT: James C. Kenney confirmed by Senate as New Mexico Environment Secretary

The Senate voted unanimously to confirm James C. Kenney as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department on Monday.

Albuquerque has 102nd highest home vacancy rate among U.S. metro areas

The number of vacant homes in the Albuquerque area was more than 2,600 in the third quarter of 2018, a an 18-unit decrease over what it was a year ago, according to new real estate numbers reported by ATTOM Data Solutions.

New Mexico ranked No. 37 in average charitable giving

New Mexico residents who took itemized deductions for charitable deductions on their federal income tax forms in 2016 donated $5,121 on average, according to an analysis released this month by the Washington-based Tax Foundation.

New Mexico has 17th highest home vacancy rate in nation

New Mexico posted the 17th highest home vacancy rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new real estate numbers reported by ATTOM Data Solutions.

New Mexico’s population rose 0.1% from mid-2017 to mid-2018

New Mexico’s population increased by 2,033, or 0.1 percent between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY: Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado New Career Services Director

Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado is on a personal mission to be a catalyst for helping launch Highlands University students into rewarding and successful professional careers.

Analysis: Short-term health plans in Albuquerque 49% less than market plans

The monthly cost of short-term health insurance plans in Albuquerque is $183.85, 49 percent below the cost of individual market plans, according to a recent analysis by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

VETS FIRST CHOICE: Vets First Choice Adds Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer

Vets First Choice, a leading provider of technology-enabled health care services for companion and equine veterinary practitioners, today announced the recent appointment of Christine Komola as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Jim Young as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

LUNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Former Luna student Jessey Martinez’ short story selected to be published

Former Luna Community College graduate Jessey Martinez was recognized recently by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY: Greg Lukianoff to Speak at Highlands November 8 October 30th, 2018

Greg Lukianoff, a campus free speech advocate, will speak at New Mexico Highlands Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY: Katrina Ortiz in Social Work Lands Social Policy Internship

A New Mexico Highlands social work graduate student landed an internship aimed at helping develop social policy in New Mexico through the lens of global social justice.

Analysis: Santa Fe County has lowest home affordability in state

Santa Fe County posted the lowest home affordability index in New Mexico, according to an analysis of 432 counties nationwide by ATTOM Data Solutions in the second quarter.

Santa Fe among counties with worst home affordability

Santa Fe County ranked No. 4 on a list of U.S. counties with the worst home affordability index, according to an analysis of 432 counties by ATTOM Data Solutions in the second quarter.

EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS: Greyhound Grad Receives Prestigious Band Director Award

Van Ragsdale, who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1968 and a Master of Arts in Music in 1972, was the recipient of the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award.

Analysis: Homeowners in Pennsylvania metro area pay highest property tax rate in U.S.

From Keystone Business News

With an effective property tax rate of about 3.9 percent, the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton metropolitan area in Pennsylvania has the No. 1 highest tax rate among U.S. cities, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

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