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Methane proposals are inadequate to protect NM
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

Methane gas is burned off at a site of three oil wells east of Carlsbad in Lea County in September 2019. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Methane gas is burned off at a site of three oil wells east of Carlsbad in Lea County in September 2019. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

New Mexico has a methane waste and toxic air pollution problem that is harming our climate and posing a serious health threat to all New Mexicans.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Oil and gas production in New Mexico results in the emission of large amounts of methane and toxic pollutants that worsen asthma, affect lung development in children, and cause other serious health problems. Pregnant women who live close to oil and gas wells have a higher risk of delivering their baby prematurely, which can result in death or disability.

As a medical doctor, I see firsthand the effects of this pollution on the health of vulnerable children and other New Mexicans. I treat many patients with asthma and other respiratory illness, and I am compelled to advocate for the prevention of their health problems.

Our state has some of the worst methane pollution in the nation. There are effective ways to reduce the release of methane from oil and gas production. The New Mexico departments of Environment and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources are working on rules to limit methane emissions, but the draft rules are inadequate to protect the health of New Mexicans.

The proposed NMED and EMNRD rules exempt most wells from oversight of leak detection and repair requirements, and there are too many exemptions for venting. The EMNRD’s Oil Conservation Division should create automatic triggers for meaningful action and tighten the enforcement of gas capture requirements. OCD should require companies to contract with independent third-party verification to ensure accurate and reliable venting and flaring data.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has committed to adopting the oil and gas rules that are needed to cut methane and air pollution and safeguard the health of New Mexicans and the health of our planet. The NMED and EMNRD should make the critical rule changes necessary to honor that commitment. Our state has a chance to lead the country on methane pollution, which is especially important given that the Trump administration is rolling back rules like these at the federal level.

There’s no time like now to get flu vaccine
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

If ever there were a time for immunizations, it is now. With the nation and the world struggling to stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a time to look to one of the best public health success stories of the past century – vaccines. Yes, this is an unprecedented time, but there is long-standing precedent for how to best address infectious disease.

Millions of children and adults who would have died a hundred years ago now live long, healthy lives. Deaths from measles and diphtheria, paralysis from polio, and cancers from human papillomavirus have become rare, or are rapidly declining, due to easily accessible immunizations. Our elderly have greater protection from flu and pneumonia, and, fortunately today, new vaccines are in the pipeline to better protect us against the coronavirus pandemic.

This fall, we face a double threat of coronavirus and influenza. Flu vaccines are given from late summer through the following spring. Flu cases peak from December to March, though outbreaks can occur as late as May. To avoid overcrowding our hospitals and complicating life for clinicians as they try to manage COVID and flu cases, we need New Mexicans to get the flu vaccine in record numbers.

As stewards of public health and public education, we are deeply concerned that vaccine coverage rates for children in New Mexico are down 20% from pre-COVID rates – and this could expose us to outbreaks like measles. The good news is, according to a recent survey of providers, that over 90% of those who participated in the survey reported offering vaccines in their clinics, and 67% are offering adult vaccines. Also, 88% are telling their patients about the protective measures they have in place. Immunizations are safe and available.

Parents: please protect your families – call your health care provider and get everyone in your family up to date with immunizations. School vaccine requirements are still in force even with online and home schooling.

Everyone: please get your flu shot as soon as doses are available this year. No one wants to have flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

We are cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine for coronavirus by late 2020 or early 2021. The continuation of our COVID-safe practices, and a COVID vaccine, is what ultimately will allow us to open schools and businesses, visit family, have dinners and parties, and travel. Vaccines are a game changer. Please contact your primary care provider, public health office, school-based health center or pharmacy for more information on vaccines.

What you need to know about mortgage rates
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached New Mexico in March, local realtor Christine Lohkamp said the number of people looking to buy and see houses for sale dried up quickly.

About a month later, however, something remarkable had happened: Lohkamp said there were as many offers as there had been before the pandemic began. More, even.

Christine Lohkamp

“All of a sudden, we had just a flood of people,� Lohkamp told the Journal.

The virus hadn’t abated and unemployment was skyrocketing, so what changed? Lohkamp pointed to one factor in particular: mortgage rates that plunged into record-low territory.

This, more than anything else, has helped metro Albuquerque home prices continue rising after a relatively lethargic start to the year. But how long will it last?

“The interest rates are definitely propping all that up,� Lohkamp said.

Mortgage rates can seem byzantine, particularly to non-homeowners, but there is a method to the madness. After borrowers obtain mortgages from originators, loans are often bundled and eventually converted to mortgage-backed securities and related products. Consequently, Jeree Hindi Tomasi, loan officer for Financial Mortgage Solutions, said the way the market manages rates comes down to fluctuations in the secondary mortgage market.

(Illustration By Cathryn Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

Tomasi said rates have been low for a while, but the pandemic caused rates to decouple from the benchmarks they usually follow, including the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note.

“That sent the market into a little bit of a tizzy,� Hindi Tomasi said.

In order to keep the market stable, the Federal Reserve bought more mortgage-backed bonds.

In tough economic times, the Federal Reserve will sometimes step in to help stabilize markets.

Nick Sly, economist and the Denver branch executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said the Fed used a few different methods to keep the housing market stable and ease the debt burden for homebuyers, including purchasing more mortgage-backed securities.

“This is an important way that our actions provide support for real households,� Sly said. The result is a summer of mortgage rates near record-low levels. As of Wednesday, the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 3.140%, according to personal finance website Personal credit and other specific details go into determining the rate on individual mortgages.

Consequently, demand from homebuyers hasn’t slowed down in Albuquerque, even as the pandemic has decimated other portions of the economy.

“I do believe the low interest rates have brought confidence to homeowners,� Hindi Tomasi said.

The median price for a detached single-family home in Albuquerque reached $251,000 in July, the highest on record, according to data from the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors. GAAR President Sherry Fowler called low mortgage rates “one of the top factors� driving demand for new homes.

Lohkamp added that low rates may also be keeping some homes off the market, as potential sellers look to refinance their homes instead. This, in turn, may be

Sherry Fowler

contributing to Albuquerque’s low number of homes on the market.

Between closings and refinancings, Hindi Tomasi said she’s seeing three times the demand she saw last summer. Because everyone in the pipeline of processing a loan is overworked, she recommended that buyers pursue a 45-day closing, rather than a 30-day.

In the short-term, Hindi Tomasi said a surprise rule change will add a slight increase to the cost of securing a mortgage. Earlier this month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a refinancing fee totaling 0.5% of the loan amount, designed to shore up reserves in uncertain economic times.

Jeree Hindi Tomasi

In the longer run, however, Hindi Tomasi said she expects rates to stay low for the rest of the year. While some have speculated that rates could drop even lower next year, Hindi Tomasi disagreed.

“The risk of (rates) going up is substantially higher than them continuing to fall,� she said.

Stephen Hamway covers economic development, health care and tourism for the Journal. He can be reached at


Locally made PPE should be a priority for both sides
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – along with Sens. Mike Rounds of South Carolina and Shelley Moor Capito of West Virginia – has introduced a bill called the U.S. Made Act of 2020, which has the objective of reshoring Personal Protection Equipment from China to the U.S.

PPE that is deemed to be a national priority under Graham’s bill includes sanitizing/disinfecting wipes, surgical/respirator masks, face shields, surgical gowns, and items used in hospitals such as bandages and bedding.

The bill would mandate that all PPE be American-made within five years. Graham is pushing to have the bill incorporated into the Phase IV coronavirus relief package, if the White House and Congress, and Republicans and Democrats, can come to an agreement.

Not surprisingly, the bill is endorsed by large associations such as the National Council of Textile Organizations, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and the AFL-CIO. During the announcement for the bill, Graham stated, “Ninety percent of our personal protective equipment that our doctors and nurses and healthcare workers use to keep us safe is made in China.� At the heart of the bill, the main hook, if you will, to reshore PPE manufacturers are tax credits for equipment used to make PPE.

Ryan Yoder gathers parts for personal protective equipment from one of the machines at DVF Corp. in Hagerstown, Maryland, Aug. 14. Sen. Lindsey Graham and others have introduced a bill that aims to reshore manufacturing of PPE from China to the U.S. (Mike Lewis/The Herald-Mail)

Being beholden to other countries for supplies that are deemed a national priority is a position the U.S. should never have put itself in. Ensuring that plenty of PPE supplies are available is a government responsibility to its citizens. It’s surprising that it was not a war, but a global pandemic that is making this crystal clear.

There is a precedent for the federal government to mandate that certain products be American-made. The Berry Amendment, which was originally passed in 1941 and made a permanent part of subsequent apprpriations in 1994, restricts the Department of Defense from using any funding for procurement of clothing, food, textiles, hand tools, and measuring tools that are not American-made. This ensures that in times of crisis, the U.S. military will have critical supplies such as uniforms being made at home.

It is unclear if all PPE can be American-made within five years. This would require a quantum leap compared to where the PPE situation currently stands. However, with a mandate and good leadership, the U.S. can move mountains if it needs to. We also might consider negotiating PPE import targets with trusted trading partners such as Canada and Mexico.

This could help us with the shift from China to North America within five years. After the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on July 1, trade friction between the three neighbors seems to be settling down. We do not want to stoke these frictions, especially with these two valued allies that have worked with us during the pandemic. Inputs/components from Mexico and Canada can help with the production of U.S.-made products.

Incentives are a good start in terms of luring PPE companies to the U.S. Another would be for other federal agencies, states, counties, municipalities, and public agencies to commit to purchasing American-made PPE. This will ensure PPE companies a local market by which they can succeed and grow.

And why not use the local supplier base or develop one that can supply this movement of PPE back to the U.S.? A preferential program also can be developed for these companies to use U.S. suppliers of cloth, paper, metals, plastics and other materials in order to make their products. Perhaps, incentives could be offered to tier one, tier two, and tier three supplies that would ramp up their production to allow PPE to quickly come to the U.S. Incentives could take the form of federal tax credits, job training grants, and expansion incentives for U.S. suppliers of PPE production inputs that expand their workforce in a national program of reshoring PPE.

Amid the partisan squabbling in Washington, D.C., the Graham bill will need to have buy-in from both parties. Parts of it will probably change, as provisions are added and eliminated. Incentives may have to be strengthened or a combination of incentives may need to be developed.

Regardless, now is the time to stop talking about putting a plan together to ensure that the U.S. doesn’t get caught flat-footed during the next pandemic, and actually put a viable plan together. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it is an American issue for the health (literally) of our country.

Jerry Pacheco is the executive director of the International Business Accelerator, a nonprofit trade counseling program of the New Mexico Small Business Development Centers Network. He can be reached at 575-589-2200 or at


‘Qualified immunity’ a mess
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

On Oct. 13, 2012, in Lordsburg, Timothy Young allegedly turned a corner without using his turn signal.

We know about it because Young was pulled over by a Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy.

As he was writing the ticket, the deputy thought Young was acting squirelly. Or, in the more formal language of an opinion issued in June of this year by the New Mexico Court of Appeals, his “demeanor and actions during the stop gave rise to a suspicion that he was transporting contraband.�

When a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the car seat, but the deputy still couldn’t find any drugs, he and his lieutenant decided to take Young to the Gila Regional Medical Center for an abdominal X-ray and rectal exam.

See what happens when you don’t use your blinker?

The lieutenant wrote an application for a search warrant and supporting affidavit.

But he botched it. His affidavit asserted his belief that Young had drugs “in or on his person,� but the application requested permission to search only the car, not Young’s body. A judge issued the warrant four hours after the initial stop.

At the medical center, armed with a warrant that authorized a search of a car, Dr. Bryant Beesley performed the invasive exam. Neither the digital probe nor the X-ray revealed any drugs. Seven hours after the ordeal began, Young was released without charges.

In 2014, he filed suit. Among other claims, he contended that Dr. Beesley deprived him of his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches.

Constitutional rights define a citizen’s relationship to the government. Normally, only government employees can be held liable for infringing civil rights. Dr. Beesley was privately employed. But there’s no doubt he acted “under color of� state law, as the civil rights statute requires, when he performed a search at the request of officers.

Doctors and other workers who participate in police activities need to know they will be held to the same constitutional standards as the officers themselves.

Dr. Beesley raised the defense of qualified immunity, a legal term much in the news recently.

The term is misleading in one important aspect. In medicine, partial immunity can exist. Not in law. Judges and prosecutors are immune from civil suits for actions taken in the course of their duties. Police officers aren’t. “Qualified immunity� means “non-immunity.�

The phrase is an unnecessarily cryptic (and procedurally convoluted) way of setting out the legal standard that must be met before an officer can be held liable for violating a suspect’s civil rights.

The right to be free from unreasonable searches is guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment of the federal Constitution. But after specifying standards for the issuance of warrants, the amendment gives no further guidance as to what counts as reasonable.

Since the early 1960s, judges around the country have been engaged in an effort to catalog every possible variety of encounter between cops and suspects, classifying each as either reasonable or unreasonable.

But the variety of possible human encounters is infinite. The project of identifying every single one of them, pinning each like a butterfly specimen in an album, is literally unending. There is always something new.

The leading legal treatise on the Fourth Amendment is already 6,000 pages long. That’s 111 pages of commentary for every word of the amendment. Supplements are added regularly because precedent-setting decisions are issued every working day.

Obviously, it would be absurd to demand that non-lawyers master that entire enormous body of case law, and even more ridiculous to require them to anticipate what comes next.

So on the one hand an ever-expanding body of case law evaluates the constitutionality of police practices. On the other hand, police officers can’t be expected to know most of it.

Faced with this dilemma, the Supreme Court developed a clumsy workaround – a kludge – and called it “qualified immunity.� The term is a label, not a description.

In effect, the court divided Fourth Amendment rights into two classes. Law enforcement officers (and ER docs) can be sued for civil rights violations only when they violate a suspect’s class A rights, which legal jargon designates “clearly established� (again, a label, not a description). Violations of class B rights may lead to suppression of evidence in a criminal prosecution but won’t support a civil rights lawsuit.

In short, the law in this area is a mess. It’s baffling even to judges. The trial judge failed to properly categorize the rights at issue in Young’s case against Dr. Beesley, obliging the Court of Appeals to order a do-over.

After the opinion was filed this June, the doctor’s lawyers notified the court that he died in 2018.

Joel Jacobsen is an author who in 2015 retired from a 29-year legal career. If there are topics you would like to see covered in future columns, please write him at


Editorial: $150M in coronavirus aid shouldn’t be a punishment tool
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

Whether one agrees with New Mexico’s Public Health Emergency Response Act or not, it gives the governor extraordinary, unilateral powers to regulate and close businesses during a public health emergency, including issuing “civil administrative penalties� of up to $5,000 a day.

So businesses that openly defied Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health orders did so at their own risk.

But communities should fall into a different category. Community leaders who openly defied the governor’s public health orders did so foolishly, possibly contributing to the spread of the virus at the height of the pandemic. Yet further punishment for entire communities that are struggling to recover from the pandemic closures would be vindictive and short-sighted.

Under the Lujan Grisham administration’s plan to distribute federal coronavirus relief funds, local governments can apply for a portion of $150 million in grants from the CARES Act. Of that $150 million, $50 million is earmarked to be distributed by cities and counties as grants to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees.

The Department of Finance and Administration is using 10 criteria in scoring the grant applications, including whether the governmental entity closed per the governor’s order, “demonstrate(d) compliance with the Public Health Orders� or took “enforcement measures.�

New Mexico House Minority Leader James Townsend, who questions whether the governor has the legal authority to add strings to federal grants, says Lujan Grisham is using them to exact revenge. “For the governor to withhold needed federal dollars to New Mexico’s local governments simply to be vindictive in regards to her often arbitrary public health orders is unacceptable,� the Artesia Republican says.

If that’s what happens, he’s right.

Cities and counties have submitted applications seeking a combined $191 million in federal aid for virus-related expense reimbursements, but with only $100 million available for governments, many of them won’t get their full request, and some likely won’t get anything at all.

Acting Finance and Administration Secretary Debbie Romero is correct when she says the local governments that have been compliant with public health orders have often incurred higher expenses. OK, that should be taken into account when providing money for local governments. But take a city like Roswell, for example. Its City Council voted not to enforce the state’s public health orders last month. And Mayor Dennis Kintigh told the Journal’s Dan Boyd the city has applied for roughly $12 million in relief funds. Kintigh says much of the money would benefit local restaurants, hit especially hard by the pandemic.

It would be wrong to punish the restaurants in Roswell that did everything right under the public health order because six of the 10 councilors voted not to play nice.

Every New Mexico business and community should be equally eligible for coronavirus relief funds – they employ, and are made up of, New Mexicans – regardless of how their city council, county commission or sheriff reacted to the pandemic. They each need help, be it to put up a tent for outdoor dining, cover costs of masks and cleaning supplies, or provide internet access for remote learning.

And they need their state to be supportive so they don’t join the corona-broke-us-for-good column.

More than 140,000 New Mexicans remain unemployed. Many businesses are shuttered, some forever. Families are struggling with making ends meet while running day cares and K-12 classrooms in their homes. And they turn to their local leaders, whom they might not always agree with, for help during crises because that’s why they were elected.

There are 10 criteria on which the local government grants are based. Let’s hope criticism or pushback of the emergency orders by a local government is not a factor in their getting help. Like the governor frequently says, we’re all (supposed to be) in this together.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

Gaping loopholes in methane rules leave out most wells
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

As a rancher I know that a fence with holes won’t work for long to keep your cattle in. The same goes for environmental rules. You can create the best regulations in the world, but if you leave big, gaping holes that don’t apply to most pollution sources, they aren’t going to get the job done.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it appears the New Mexico Environment Department has done with its draft methane rules. The proposal the agency released in July has some good requirements that, if applied to every company, in every county, would go a long way to limit the methane pollution that New Mexico’s oil and gas industry creates. However, as currently drafted, the rule also includes huge, sweeping loopholes that would mean the vast majority of oil and gas wells in New Mexico would be exempt from effective regulation.

I live on a ranch in the San Juan Basin where our house is surrounded by hundreds of wells. I did the math; 70% of the wells within a 1-mile radius of the house would be exempt from the NMED rules because they fall into the production and pollution loopholes the department has proposed. And these wells don’t belong to some small mom-and-pop outfit with no resources – they belong to Hilcorp, a Houston-based energy giant and the largest natural gas producer in New Mexico.

And the story gets worse as you look at the impact of these exemptions across the San Juan Basin and statewide. According to calculations from the Environmental Defense Fund, upward of 95% of New Mexico’s oil and gas wells would be exempt from NMED’s methane rules. Letting nine out of 10 oil and gas wells across New Mexico continue to emit methane and volatile organic compounds like cancer-causing benzene just isn’t something we can live with. Literally.

The American Lung Association is already giving failing grades to oil and gas counties like mine; we’re home to some of the worst ozone and methane pollution in the nation.

New Mexico is a rural state, and families like mine are at increased risk for respiratory diseases like asthma and emphysema. Those are the very diseases that allow COVID-19 to strike hardest at our most vulnerable citizens. No population is more at risk from the coronavirus right now than my neighbors on the Navajo Nation, home to the worst outbreak in America. As currently drafted, these rules are not going to be adequate to create the limits on pollution that are so sorely needed to protect their health and safety, or my family’s.

New Mexico’s Oil and Conservation Division (has) also released draft rules designed to help limit methane waste from venting and flaring at oil and gas wells, both during drilling and production. That’s great progress for a department that has hardly changed the rules since 1936, but the OCD rules are under intense scrutiny for allowing outdated oil field practices to continue, like failing to require the capture of methane from wells being drilled.

And let’s not forget that methane vented, leaked or flared is wasted energy and revenue since methane is the primary component of natural gas. In fact, taxpayers lose out on upward of $40 million in royalty and tax revenue. For a state struggling to fund basic services like education, that’s just not fair.

I’m encouraged that on Aug. 6 NMED and OCD extended the public input period for another 30 days to better address the public outcry against these draft rule loopholes and outdated drilling and production practices.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham deserves full credit for her tireless efforts to protect the health of New Mexicans by combating COVID-19 and pledging to enact nationally leading methane rules, and I thank her for her leadership on both fronts. Ultimately, however, it will take Secretary Jim Kenney’s leadership to close those big loopholes in NMED’s draft rules, and Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst’s leadership to bring OCD’s draft rules up to the governor’s promise to have the best methane rules in the country.

My friend got a higher offer for the same job
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

Dear J.T. & Dale: I interviewed for a position and they told me the pay rate. A week later, I found out that a good friend interviewed for the same position and was offered a higher pay rate. Once I told him that I was offered a lower pay rate, he tried to explain that it probably wasn’t the same exact job. But I know that it is. When they officially offer the job, can I tell them flat out that I want the higher pay? – Faye

DALE: No, this is not a “flat out� situation. Rather, this calls for finesse, and that means this is another case where questions are the answer. Said another way: Ask, don’t tell.

J.T.: Not all candidates are offered the same pay rate. It’s possible they offered him more money because he had more experience or could add more value. Before you assume that you should earn the same pay, I think you need to understand whether or not they feel you are at the same level. Ask (don’t tell) what it would take for you to be able to earn a higher rate. Listen carefully to what they say. If you feel you already have what they’re looking for, then validate that fact and see if they will pay you the higher amount now. That could also be the time to mention your friend and how you would like the same pay. It’s all in the way you present it. However, if they give you a long list of things they think you need in order to earn that higher pay rate, also be self-aware enough to realize that maybe you aren’t on the same level as your friend and that you will need to work your way up the pay scale.

DALE: What you must not do, if you want the job, is to leave the hiring manager with any suspicion that you’ll be coming into the job resentful or feeling cheated. No one wants to hire that employee. This is why you can’t argue. Decide what salary you’ll need to say yes, and then say it enthusiastically or else walk away.

Dear J.T. & Dale: I was laid off in March due to COVID-19. I have been looking for work nonstop. I’ve made it to the last round of interviews on three different jobs and then was told each time they’d decided to put the job on hold. It’s so frustrating! I check back in every single week. In the beginning they were so responsive but now nobody’s even responding to me. I’m thinking maybe I was too pushy. How can I salvage the situation? – Rogerio

J.T.: I would agree that you have likely upset them. These are trying times. It’s not that they don’t want to hire people, but that they can’t afford to do so, and your constant checking reminds them of that fact. I think I would send one last email to each group apologizing for your tenacity. Explain to them that you are just very passionate about the role and would love to work for them. Then tell them you will not contact them again, but will wait to hear from them. It’s important that you acknowledge that you might have come across as pushy. That usually goes a long way toward fixing things. But, no matter what, even if they don’t respond to those emails, you cannot contact them again after that! It’s best to move on and start to look for new opportunities and learn from your mistakes.

DALE: I don’t think you’ve done anything wrong by being persistent. If you could go back and do it over, and then be more passive in following up, would you have gotten a job offer? No. However, in the future, if they say they’ve decided to put the job on hold, ask them if you can follow-up. Also, you can offer to work part time or on a consulting basis. Let them know you aren’t just looking for a job; you’re looking to help.

Jeanine “J.T.� Tanner O’Donnell is a career coach and the founder of the leading career site Dale Dauten is founder of The Innovators’ Lab and author of a novel about H.R., “The Weary Optimist.� Please visit them at, where you can send questions via email, or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2020 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


3 ways women can refocus and realign their career aspirations in 2020
Source:  Albuquerque Business News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:00

The pandemic and recent related events are forcing businesses to reevaluate their plans and strategies. As we all adjust to new expectations and ways of doing business, each of us can take this opportunity to reassess and adapt how we approach our personal career goals and professional plans. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to personal and professional development. As women, we have unique backgrounds and experiences which make it almost impossible to suggest a cookie-cutter approach…

Students weigh in on virtual learning
Source:  KOST - Albuquerque News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 22:33

How soon in-class learning comes back varies by district

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