International Year of Astronomy Kicks Off, Bringing the Universe Down to Earth

first_img Related Story:  The Philadelphia Inquirer outlined upcoming developments in the world of big telescopes, 400 years after Galileo’s first observation, called, 2009 will be a big year for titanic telescopes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The National Science Foundation (NSF) has devoted millions of dollars to underwrite IYA 2009 activities and initiatives, such as the Galileoscope Project, an official cornerstone and perhaps the most visible project of IYA 2009, will enable children to experience observation via a sophisticated yet affordable ($10/each) telescope. Working with two of the best optical designers in the world, the Galileoscope creates a true-color corrected view through a high quality eyepiece in a telescope with a baffle design optimized for looking at bright objects like the Moon and planets. “Hands-On Optics” teaching kits are part of a 4-year NSF-sponsored project used by over 20,000 students nationwide, mainly in after-school settings. “400 Years of the Telescope” is an interactive, multimedia project that will enable the public to participate in real and virtual telescope experiences and understand the practical advances that the telescope has made possible. A partnership between PBS, NSF, leading astronomers, and two U.S. planetariums, culminated in a two-hour, high-definition documentary that will air twice on PBS in 2009. And, a full-dome and traditional 30-minute planetarium program will be made available in 12 foreign languages, with free national and international distribution to 750 planetariums throughout the United States. The Great World Wide Star Count, in conjunction with planetariums and scientific societies, will map tens of thousands of observations taken from all seven continents and 60 countries around the world. Watch the IYA 2009 trailer below: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA large cluster of astronomers were sighted in Paris last week at the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy. Planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the heavens with a telescope, the year, also known as IYA 2009, will commence under the theme ‘The Universe, Yours to Discover.’ The celebration is meant to reignite the wonder that the starry skies have always provoked in humankind and promote astronomy’s contribution to society, culture and development. “People have always looked to the sky for answers to the questions ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Why are we here?’” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The gala opening at the agency’s headquarters gathered astronauts, artists, diplomats, industrialists and astronomy undergraduates from over 100 countries. “The sky belongs to everybody,” Mr. Matsuura said. “Astronomy is an instrument to promote peace and understanding among nations.” The two-day launch ceremony featured presentations by Nobel prize winners Bob Wilson and Baruch Blumberg, reports of the latest discoveries, discussions on the role of astronomy in culture and public engagement, real-time astronomical observation and a closing performance by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet. (See the video trailer announcing IYA2009 at the bottom of this article.) Hundreds of events on the global, national and regional levels have also been planned for the first weeks of the Year in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The website www.astronomy2009.org has all the latest news and activities, along with an email newsletter to keep you up to date with the celebration.last_img read more

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Teachers Visit a Bridge Everyday to Create a Classroom for Children of Migrant Workers Stuck in India’s Lockdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor months during the pandemic, the people of India woke up to news regarding the plight of migrant laborers.Stranded on their way home due to stringent lockdown restrictions and the lack of basic amenities brought us harrowing tales of human suffering.However, the news also spurred heroes into action. Under the bridge in the coastal state of Kerala, a heartening sight awaits those who are passing by in Kochi.Underneath the Bolgatty-Vallarpadam bridge, teachers can be found engrossed with students of all ages, deep in study.Ten children of migrant laborers had been living under the bridge with their families. Now that temporary ‘home’ is doubling up as a classroom, thanks to the dedicated teachers of St. John Bosco’s UP School.RELATED: No One Came to Student’s Graduation—So His Teacher Took Him Out to Dinner and Bought Him a CarWhen the government ordered schools to close, and classes began commencing online, the teachers realized that some children had no means to attend online classes, and would likely discontinue their education if the situation persisted.Armed with laptops and drawing sets, three teachers—Shamiya Baby, Neema Thomas and Susan Mable—and the school headmistress Elizabeth Fernandez, came to the rescue. Since the beginning of June, when online classes officially began, these teachers have been downloading classes on their laptops and heading over to the bridge to teach the children. ‘They also carry masks, biscuits and sweets for the young kids every day,” reports Mathrubhumi News.POPULAR: People Are Installing Portable Hand-Washing Sinks for the Homeless in Cities Across the USAs technology seeps into the education sector, stories like this serve to underscore the undeniable value of human teachers—and their selfless kindness… Priceless.We applaud our health workers and doctors, but let us also spare a thought for society’s teachers who help keep the lamp of hope brightly lit within the minds and hearts of its youngest citizens.– Edited from an original article submitted by Gayathry Rajeev in India TEACH People Some Kindness By Sharing This Story on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Katherine Loraine McCorkle Gaston Blanton

first_img Katherine was a graduate of Lamar University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling.Katherine taught at Sam Houston Elementary School for 26 years.She was a life-long member of The United Methodist Temple where she was a member of the Wesley Class and United Methodist Women. Grandchildren John (Sarah) and Kenny Riddile, Andrew and Leah Gaston and Robyn Riojas (Rigo). Great grandchildren Caroline, Andrew and Isaac Riddile and Roman and Risa Riojas, and many nieces and nephews.Services will be held Monday, June 1, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 5200 39th Street, Groves, Texas, with a gathering of family and friends from 1:00 pm until service time.Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Upon retirement, she served as a counselor for the United Board of Missions.Katherine was active in the AT chapter of the P.E.O. She was a good friend and teacher to many and will be dearly missed.Preceding Katherine in death were her parents, first husband Bubba Gaston, her second husband Robert (Bob) Blanton, Jr., sister Christine M. Crochet and brother John A. McCorkle.She is survived by her daughter Kathy Riddile Hartzog (Jim) of Cypress, Texas, son Ken Gaston of Santa Barbara, California, son George Ellis Gaston (Merianne) of Cedar Park, Texas.center_img Katherine Loraine McCorkle Gaston Blanton, of Cypress, Texas, was born December 20, 1920 in Jennings, Louisiana to Henry W. McCorkle and Ethel Geyman McCorkle.She spent most of her life in Port Arthur, Texas.Katherine and her first husband, G. Ellis (Bubba) Gaston, Jr. were parents of daughter Kathy Gaston Riddile Hartzog and sons Kenneth Andrew Gaston and George Ellis Gaston.last_img read more

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Cody Walter Osborne

first_img He is survived by his mother, Pam Osborne; his children, Sierra, Cayden, Caysen and their mother, Jessica Osborne.Siblings, Chad, Shelly and Katie Osborne. Also many family and friends.He is preceded in death by his father Chip Osborne. Cody Walter Osborne, born on July 30, 1981, passed away on June 10, 2020 at age 38.last_img

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Getting Settled

first_imgHEALTH CARE59th Medical Wing……………………………………210-292-7412Appointments…………………………………………210-916-9900Dental Appointments………………………………..210-292-8850www.59mdw.af.milThe 59th Medical Wing provides a full spectrum of health care services to more than 240,000 beneficiaries in the San Antonio metropolitan area. It serves as the Air Force functional medical command for JBSA.The wing’s new Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center is the DOD’s largest outpatient ambulatory surgical center. It features four wings, on four floors, and houses more than 25 outpatient clinics and clinical services. For a full list of clinic addresses, visit the wing’s website.The 59th Medical Wing’s En-Route Patient Staging Facility is the Midwest regional aeromedical evacuation hub for wounded, ill and injured service members from around the world. The wing is also home to the Critical Care Air Transport Team Pilot Unit, which has executive management over 118 active-duty, Guard and reserve teams. The wing also has the Defense Department’s largest blood donor center, a Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center and extracorporeal life support capability. Extracorporeal life support offers the only global transport option that provides partial heart-lung bypass to eligible adults, infants and children suffering from severe cardiopulmonary failure.HOUSINGHousing Management OfficeBuilding 1524, 2525 Fairchild St.…………………………………………………….210-671-1840www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-San-AntonioThe Lackland Housing Management Office is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at JBSA-Lackland, visit the office for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.Unaccompanied HousingBuilding 1524, 2525 Fairchild St.……………………………………………………210-671-0090www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-San-AntonioUnaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Room arrangements may vary depending on location. Unaccompanied members in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.Permanent-party unaccompanied housing consists of 2 2 corridor-style rooms. Amenities include free basic cable TV, free Wi-Fi, theater leather chairs in day rooms, and washers and dryers. Restrictions include a no-pets policy except for goldfish in a 30-gallon tank or smaller.Lackland Family Homes2254 Brian McElroy Drive…………………..866-517-4413www.lacklandfamilyhomes.comLackland Family Homes, professionally managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, owns the family housing and maintains, repairs and manages the community. An on-site maintenance team is available around the clock to resolve problems. Military personnel can opt to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease with Lackland Family Homes, though they may also rent or purchase housing in the local community.The Lackland Family Homes community is comparable to housing off base but offers many amenities and support services, such as the award-winning LifeWorks program that provides residents of all ages with free, fun and educational events and activities. There are no application or deposit fees, and most utilities are included.Community features include tot lots, playgrounds, a resort-style pool, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, parks and green spaces, illuminated jogging trails, covered pavilions with barbecue grills and a community center.Those who choose to live in the community will sign a tenant lease agreement, typically for a one-year term, that includes a military clause and a lease termination clause. You pay your monthly rent by authorizing an allotment of your BAH to be paid directly to the Community Management Office. If you move before the allotment start date, you will pay a prorated amount directly to the office. The tenant lease agreement will spell out the rent payment terms and conditions.MAILPost Office2261 Hughes Ave………………………….210-671-0952www.usps.comThe full-service post office on base provides window service on weekdays and Saturday.There are two temporary mail facilities on Lackland. Permanent-party military assigned to Lackland should send their mail to:Your Name and RankPSC 31320 Truemper St., Unit 369401JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236Pick up mail at Building 9122 (210-671-9476/9477) near the intersection of Carswell and Truemper avenues.Members assigned to Security Hill or any of its associated tenants should address their mail to:Your Name and RankPSC 62261 Hughes Ave., Unit 623201JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236To pick up your mail from PSC 6, go to Building 2017 at 105 Hall Blvd. (210-977-2820). All incoming mail will be held as general delivery; newcomers are assigned temporary box numbers when they pick up their mail the first time. Anything that comes in after that date as general delivery mail will automatically be placed in the assigned box.If it will be more than 30 days before you arrive, ask your sponsor to take a copy of your orders to the appropriate location.RELIGIOUS GUIDANCEAfter-hours Emergency Pastoral NeedsJBSA Command Post…………………….210-221-9363Airmen Memorial ChapelBuilding 5432, Barnes Avenue…………210-671-2911Freedom ChapelBuilding 1528, 2200 Truemper St.………………………………………………210-671-4208Gateway ChapelBuilding 6300……………………………..210-671-2911Global Ministry CenterBuilding 7452, 2235 Andrews Ave.……………………………………………….210-671-2927www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Chaplain-Services/JBSA-Lackland-ChaplainThe U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps is dedicated to preserving your right to worship. It provides, or finds a way to provide, for a broad spectrum of worshipers. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, it will do its best to assist you.The Lackland chaplain offers various types of counseling and seminars covering premarital, marital, religious, stress, grief and loss issues. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication.last_img read more

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The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor on Broadway’s ‘Turning Point’

first_img“I grew up in a really underserved area in Indianapolis—theater just wasn’t something that was accessible to me. When I got into the music department at my high school, one of my choir teachers took me to see a production of Les Misérables. There was a Black guy who was playing Javert. That’s my dream role—one of them. I feel like seeing him, seeing some type of representation of who I was up on the stage at that time, really changed the course of my life. I thought, ‘Oh, I can actually commit to this. There are people who are doing it who look like me. Maybe I could be that someone for the people who come behind me.’ I joined the company of The Lion King—oh, man. I think 13 years ago. I left the show to go do other stuff a couple of times, but it’s kind of a show that keeps just calling me back. There is a real sense of community. It’s home base for me. I felt like I was having an identity crisis without going into the theater eight times a week….When I originally joined the show, I was in the ensemble, and I was the Mufasa understudy. I think finding my way in the role of Mufasa also helped me find my way as to who I am as a father in real life. My son is studying musical theater right now. He’s a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon. I feel like we are at a turning point. We’re setting up what Broadway is going to be for the next generation. As a Black performer, being part of the conversations that are taking place right now—what we want theater to look like, what stories we tell and who’s telling those stories—to be part of those conversations in this moment of time definitely makes me proud. There is a weight that also comes with that: the weight of the responsibility for getting it right for all of these kids who are coming behind us. It’s definitely not lost on me….I’m really looking forward to seeing how everybody bounces back from this. I’ve been writing a musical with a castmate of mine. We started this two years ago. It’s based on what we’re experiencing right now and how it parallels some other times in history. I’m really looking forward to seeing what is born out of this, both creatively and interpersonally.” from $75.00 Related Shows L. STEVEN TAYLORTHE LION KINGThough the shutdown is keeping The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor from his regular perch on Pride Rock, Broadway’s Mufasa is still tending to his dynasty. In addition to working on his own musical during this time, he is also reflecting on conversations being had in the industry and what they mean for the aspiring theater makers, including his own son.  Living near the theater district during the Broadway shutdown, photographer and performer Matthew Stocke has been haunted walking past the empty palaces sitting in repose, waiting for the lights and stars to return. In this new Broadway.com photo feature, he reunites members of the theater community with their Broadway home #AwayFromHome. Star Files L. Steven Taylor The Lion King L. Steven Taylor at the Minskoff Theatre (Photo by Matthew Stocke for Broadway.com) Photos by Matthew Stocke/Matt James Photo NYC for Broadway.comReporting by Lindsey Sullivan View Commentslast_img read more

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Kilawatt Technologies reduces the VPT on-air studio’s electrical usage by 86 percent

first_imgKilawatt Technologies has announced significant energy savings in Vermont Public Television’s Studio A, one of its on-air TV studios.’ Built in 1967, Studio A was once heated and cooled using three independent, state-of-the-art HVAC systems. Over time, knowledge of how the systems worked and needed to be maintained was lost, and the systems fell into disrepair. As a result, Studio A was uncomfortably warm for those who worked there.’ Although VPT had been given a proposal for over $360,000 to replace the three HVAC systems, Kilawatt Technologies studied them and figured out how they had been intended to function. Turning the three analog air systems into digital ones was no small feat, but Kilawatt ended up not only saving VPT from having to buy a new system but brought the old systems back online and saved VPT a considerable amount of energy and money.’ Joe Tymecki, VPT’s Facilities Manager, said, ‘What Kilawatt does is save you so much energy that the utility may come knocking to see if their meter is broken.’’ Instead of being hot most of the time, Studio A is comfortable. In addition, energy costs for cooling the studio have plunged from 22 kW to 3 kW due to the revitalization of the old system. ‘ This has resulted in an’ 86% reduction in electrical consumption.Steven Antinozzi, Vice President of Kilawatt Technologies, stated,’ ‘We are very pleased to be able to achieve these results for Vermont Public Television. It’s been great to create a comfortable work environment for VPT staff while drastically reducing their energy costs.’ Background’ Kilawatt Technologies, founded in 2008, provides a data-centric, statistically based, energy and environmental management program. The methods involve continuous trending and analysis of energy and interior environmental data for commercial, multi-family, and industrial buildings.’ Vermont Public Television’ (VPT) is Vermont’s statewide public television network, serving the region on the air, online at VPT.org and in the community. ‘ VPT’s signal covers Vermont, as well as bordering regions of New York, New Hampshire and southern Quebec, including Montreal. A member station of PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, VPT’s mission is to educate, inform, entertain and inspire Vermonters to be lifelong learners and to be engaged in their community.November 20, 2013 Kilawatt Technologies‘last_img read more

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Scientists are finally investigating how breastfeeding alters women’s interest in foods

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Scientists are beginning to examine the impact of breastfeeding on food interests — and now a new study offers some initial evidence that interest in eating specific foods is not driven solely by hunger in women who are breastfeeding.The study was published in the journal Physiology & Behavior.“I’m interested in sex differences in ingestive behaviors (like eating), and it always is a surprise to me how little we know about how sex hormones act in the brain to affect behaviors and related physiological systems,” said study author Kathleen S. Curtis, a professor of physiology and interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Oklahoma State University. Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Share “This is compounded by the lack of research focused on women’s health during ‘altered’ hormonal conditions like pregnancy, lactation, or menopause. In short, even though women make up more than 50% of the U.S. population, they remain under-studied, and the implications of this lack of research-based understanding for women’s health are enormous.”During their 6-week postpartum checkup, 64 mothers completed a survey about their interest in eating various foods and their interest in specific tastes.Both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers were most interested in eating sweet foods and least interested in sour foods. However, breastfeeding women tended to have a greater interest in eating foods of all taste qualities.Curtis and her colleagues also found that the relationship between hunger ratings and interest in eating foods differed between breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers. Interest in eating foods was associated with ratings of hunger in women who were not breastfeeding, but not in women who were breastfeeding.“The foods that breastfeeding women are interested in eating depend on taste, but are less obviously related to how hungry they are,” Curtis told PsyPost.The new research provides a jumping off point for future studies.“Surveys are important first steps, but additional studies are needed to determine if interest in specific foods mean those foods actually would be eaten, given the chance. Other questions have to do with whether women’s perception of specific tastes are altered by breastfeeding, and how that may influence their food choices,” Curtis said.“Why women choose to eat specific foods is critical for understanding body weight regulation. Moreover, women still are the primary shoppers and preparers of meals; thus, for good or for bad, her interests in specific foods also may affect the foods she chooses to prepare for her family’s meals.”The study, “Breastfeeding and women’s interest in specific food tastes“, Luanne V. Solis, Anne L. Bowes, Dolores Vazquez-Sanroman, and Kathleen S. Curtis.last_img read more

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Larry Collet Joins Penray as Regional Sales Manager, Automotive Division

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. – Larry Collet has joined Penray as regional sales manager for the company’s Automotive Division. In this position, Collet is responsible for sales with current customers, as well as helping to build and establish relationships with future customers. Collet is based in Houston, Texas, and reports to Mark Fryar, Penray’s national field sales manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Prior to Penray, Collet spent 23 years with ITW’s Performance Polymers Division. He served as the district sales manager for the Southwestern United States for 20 years, and then spent the last three years as a corporate product trainer for the Southeastern region. “All of us at Penray would like to welcome Larry to the team and wish him the very best in his new position,” said Fryar. “Larry’s previous experience and extensive knowledge of the chemical industry is a tremendous asset to the Penray team and to the customers that we serve.” Collet holds an associate of art degree from Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth, Texas, and a bachelor of science degree in business management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Collect is certified in hazardous material transportation training.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Addresses Reports Of Election Misinformation On Facebook Today

first_imgSecretary of State Maggie Toulouse OliverSTATE News:SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement today following reports of election misinformation on Facebook that were received by our Office:“We received reports today of a post on Facebook by a local New Mexico group claiming that Governor Lujan Grisham was planning to shut down polling locations throughout the state on Oct. 15, 2020. “This information is completely false. “Absentee voting and early in-person voting at county clerks’ offices began yesterday, with wider early voting locations opening on Oct. 17. In-person voting will be available in all 33 counties throughout the entire early voting period and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. “My Office is in continual contact with representatives from all the major social media platforms, as well as with our federal partners like the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and examples of misinformation like this one are reported immediately. “Though it’s unfortunate that only a day after the start of early voting in New Mexico we are already seeing misinformation, it provides a good opportunity to remind the public to be extra vigilant about any voting or election information that does not come from a verified source like your county clerk or my Office.”last_img read more

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