18 Months Later: Recovery Act’s Impact on the Flathead

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The effectiveness of the $787-billion federal stimulus bill is among the more politically loaded topics of this midterm election season. Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who has long been an opponent of the stimulus and is seeking reelection, pointed in a July 20 release to an e-mail survey he conducted that found a majority of respondents believe the economy is worse than when the stimulus passed, and that it actually hurt the economy. But regardless of one’s opinion of the stimulus, officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, its tangible impacts on local economies can sometimes be hard to see. The ongoing construction of the Kalispell bypass is one obvious major project where stimulus dollars allowed work to get underway this summer. As for some of the less apparent uses, nonprofit investigative journalism group ProPublica has compiled a massive “Recovery Tracker,” that allows for searching how stimulus dollars were spent in every county in the United States – and some of its findings are surprising. Out of the $1.7 billion Montana received in stimulus, Flathead County has been allocated $123,644,153, according to ProPublica. In terms of stimulus spending per capita, Montana received $1,744, well above the national average of $1,170. Flathead County came down in between, receiving $1,398 per person. But the list of recipients that used or benefited from stimulus funding in Flathead County is long and varied, ranging from school districts to logging outfits. Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAP), which administers various social and economic assistance programs, is among the biggest recipients of stimulus dollars. According to Jane Nolan, ARRA oversight officer, CAP has so far spent roughly $4.75 million out of the $6.75 million it is obligated, on approximately 1,500 clients. Those programs include a weatherization service that has helped residents of 158 homes improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and other bills. CAP also co-sponsored Homeless Connect, on June 9, an event aimed at helping the homeless by offering medical care, counseling, food and other assistance. An attorney is now on staff at CAP, paid for by stimulus dollars, to provide free legal advice to those with questions on landlord-tenant issues, bankruptcy or other inquiries. “We’re really proud of that,” Nolan said. “That program did not exist before the stimulus.” Nor did the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program, which Nolan said has helped some 370 people in danger of falling into homelessness stay in their homes through helping with utility, rent or deposit payments, exist prior to the stimulus. A new subsidized employment program, that paid for job training in fields like nurses’ assistants or commercial truck drivers, has put 46 people to work, Nolan said. And the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, in partnership with the City of Kalispell, buys foreclosed homes – 15 so far – and establishes community land trusts to renovate and put the homes on the market at affordable rates. Dozens of businesses, from dentists’ offices to coffee shops, are listed on ProPublica’s spreadsheet for obtaining loans through the Small Business Administration they wouldn’t have been able to get in the private credit marketplace. Among those was a $1.2 million loan for Bitney’s Furniture and Appliances Inc. Sid Bitney, president of Bitney’s Furniture, said it was simply a loan taken out in November 2009 through Three Rivers Bank, but having a portion of it guaranteed by the SBA allowed for better terms on the deal. “Because of the economy, having a lower payment and spread out longer helped in our payment structure,” Bitney said. John King, president and CEO of Three Rivers Bank, said loans to Bitney’s and others like it, backed up almost entirely by the SBA with no fees, have allowed Three Rivers to become the third largest SBA lender in Montana in the second quarter of 2010. “This made the SBA very attractive for the banks who used it,” King said. “It gave us another arrow in the quiver to help with a loan to get people into business or keep them in their business.” King now supports an effort underway in Congress to keep the program in place, even if SBA raises its fees slightly, since he believes it has facilitated business lending for banks and entrepreneurs. Darlene Schottle, superintendent of Kalispell’s School District 5, said the roughly $3.2 million it has been awarded in stimulus funds have been used for everything from purchasing heating and cooling units for Flathead High to hiring on additional, temporary educators to help high school students in danger of dropping out graduate on time. A large chunk of the City of Kalispell’s $1.8 million in stimulus will pay for renovations of the downtown fire station, and a new roof and heating and cooling system for the police station and city court. Other grants will pay to staff three firefighters for a two-year period and a new police cruiser. City Manager Jane Howington said many of the grants Kalispell applied for existed pre-stimulus, but may have had more funding available as a result of the ARRA. While this is a mere sampling of local beneficiaries, the list illustrates that, right or wrong, the stimulus has impacted the Flathead. Whether it was worth it’s price tag, however, remains debatable. For the more info and the full list on ProPublica, visit: http://projects.propublica.org/recovery/locale/montana/flathead#top300. Emaillast_img read more

Vermont Travel Destinations accepted into Vermont Attractions Association

first_imgMaple Grove Farms of Vermont in St. Johnsbury is the worldâ s oldest and largest maple candy factory, and largest packer of pure maple syrup in the US. Visit the Sugarhouse Maple Museum and learn about how to make maple syrup. Browse the Red Roof Gift Shop for candy samples, taste all grades of maple syrup, and stock up on Vermont made products. http://www.maplegrove.com(link is external)    Focusing on education as a component of the visitor experience, travel destinations accepted into membership offer unusual Vermont experiences in the areas of agricultural tourism, art, excursions, galleries, guided tours, history, museums, recreation, shopping, and specialty foods. Northshire Bookstore in Manchester is one of New England’s premier, award-winning bookstores. Find out why Stephen King called it “a special place” and Yankee magazine dubbed it “Best Bookstore in New England.”  Expert booksellers with a hand crafted selection and an old world ambiance make it easy to spend hours browsing. Kids of all ages will enjoy the children’s department. Beyond the best in books…gifts, stationery, games, toys and much more. http://www.northshire.com/(link is external) Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 4.24.2012. Members of VAA enjoy many benefits, including a presence on the website www.vtattractions.org(link is external), and on 1.15 million copies of theâ Official Vermont Road Map & Guide to Vermont Attractions,’which is widely distributed across the country and internationally as Vermontâ s highway map. As Vermont prepares for the busy summer tourism season ahead, the Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) welcomes six Vermont businesses as new members. Accepted to  VAA this year are: Chaffee Art Center, Rutland; Goodrichâ s Maple Farm, Cabot; Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, St. Johnsbury; Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center; Shackleton Thomas, Bridgewater; and Vermont Folk Rocker in Starksboro. VAA membership identifies businesses as excellent family destinations, with a proven ability to represent the best of Vermont while meeting high standards in visitor service. To browse VAA member destinations or for more information about VAA, visit www.vtattractions.org(link is external). Maps are available by the piece or by the carton free of charge; contact Karen Foote ([email protected](link sends e-mail)). ShackletonThomas in Bridgewater offers exquisite and world-renowned furniture and pottery made by hand, one by one, using traditional techniques. Visitors to the store and workshops can will enjoy browsing among beautiful pieces while observing Vermontâ s finest craftspeople at work. www.shackletonthomas.com(link is external)  The Vermont Folk Rocker in Starksboro is Shaker inspired; simple, classic, aesthetic and designed to last for generations. Visitor will experience a small shop engaged in producing from scratch a handcrafted rocking chair with rich wood texture of highest quality.www.vermontfolkrocker.com(link is external)  The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland is a fifty-year-old not-for-profit community art center offering exhibitions and fine art by artists from all over Vermont, gallery talks and demonstrations, art and craft classes, and camps for adults and children, the twice annual award-winning Art in the Park art and craft festivals, and a gift shop including prints, cards, books and other items by artists for sale. www.chaffeeartcenter.org(link is external) Goodrich Maple Farm in Cabot is open year-round, with educational tours of the family-owned maple farm. Visitors who come during sugaring season (March and April) can see the large evaporator in action. The farm has combined cutting edge technology with good old fashioned hard work and know-how to make award-winning maple products and confections. Retail and mail order services are also available. http://goodrichmaplefarm.com(link is external)last_img read more

Prevailing wage bill sent to Appropriations in unusual last-minute switch

first_imgby Hilary Niles vtdigger.org In a surprise move just before a full House vote Wednesday, a bill to align construction workers’ pay on some state projects with federal wage standards was bumped to another committee.H.878 would replace Vermont’s prevailing wage statute with the federal Davis Bacon Act. State and federal rules apply only to certain government-funded projects. The law does not affect public construction or private enterprises.Lawmakers and their lawyers huddle Wednesday on the House floor when a procedural objection to a labor bill surfaced. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerUnions and labor advocates, backed by the Democratic caucus this session, support the switch. They say adopting the federal standard would “level the playing field” for union shops and contractors who pay benefits.Davis-Bacon wages are set by federal standards for different regions, so the wages in Vermont won’t necessarily match those of, say, California. Even within the state, there would be some variation by area.The federal standard increases labor costs relative to total project costs, rendering them less competitive than employers who pay lower wages or don’t offer fringe benefits. If all contractors had to pay higher wages and benefits, as Davis-Bacon requires, then the higher-paying shops couldn’t be outbid as easily, some unions argued.But the lowest-bidder rule of thumb that drives state contractor choices worries non-union industry trade group Associated General Contractors, which partners with Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association.Cathy Lamberton, a spokesperson for the two Vermont associations, said the discussion surrounding Davis-Bacon doesn’t account for non-traditional fringe benefits many contractors provide, such as educational costs, use of vehicles and allowances for work gear.Those fringe benefits will go away if Vermont adopts Davis-Bacon, she says, because employers won’t be able to afford both. But her biggest worry looms more than a year away, with implementation of single-payer health care in Vermont, she said.The Davis-Bacon wages incorporate the cost of health insurance, and the state’s single-payer financing mechanism would be levied on top of the Davis-Bacon wages, she said. That’s like being asked to pay for employees’ health insurance twice, Lamberton says.It’s an argument refuted by David Mickenberg, who represents the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council.“We fundamentally disagree,” Mickenberg said by email, “with the premise that speculation as to what health care reform may or may not look like years from now should be used to deny Vermont’s construction workers benefits that make their families healthier, increase their training and skills, and provide retirement security.”Rep. John Moran, D-Wardsboro, who was planning to present H.878 to the House on Wednesday afternoon before it hit a procedural roadblock, said arguments can be made on both sides whether Davis-Bacon costs or saves money. For him, it comes down to a matter of fairness.“Vermont (has) the lowest prevailing wage in the entire New England area,” Moran said. “It’s essential we put money into working Vermonters’ pockets.”Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton, objected to the prevailing wage bill because it could cost the state more money, and it hadn’t yet been vetted by the House Committee on Appropriations. House rule 35a requires all bills “carrying an appropriation” to go before that group before they can be considered by the full chamber.Moran confessed to being caught off guard Wednesday by the floor action. He wasn’t the only one who was surprised. Turner’s objection prompted a minutes-long huddle behind the podium of House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville.Moran said in an interview Wednesday evening that Smith had previously consulted with House Appropriations Chair Martha Heath, D-Westford. The two had determined the bill did not require her committee’s approval.On the House floor, Smith overruled Turner’s objection, but a subsequent motion to move the bill to Heath’s committee won approval with no objections.Jeff Potvin, president of the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council, heard about the development Wednesday afternoon. He said it seemed like an attempt to throw a roadblock in front of the bill.Potvin, Mickenberg and Moran all say they remain hopeful that the bill will pass. Turner could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Four pediatricians leave Franklin County, blame Medicaid

first_imgby Erin Mansfield vtdigger.org(link is external) Four pediatricians say they’re packing up and leaving Franklin County because the Medicaid programs that insure about half of the community’s children aren’t paying them enough. Two of the doctors work in St Albans for Franklin County Pediatrics, which will close down completely. Another is leaving Mousetrap Pediatrics in St Albans, and the fourth left Mousetrap earlier in the year and hasn’t been replaced. The American Academy of Pediatrics of Vermont, which is loosely affiliated with the American Medical Association, says that will leave the parents of 6,000 children “scrambling for primary health care” among the northern Vermont county’s seven remaining pediatricians.“Everybody’s going to work together and try to make sure that these kids get the care that they need when they need it,” said Dr. Barbara Frankowski, the president of the Vermont chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.At her day job, Frankowski works as a pediatrician at the UVM Children’s Hospital in Burlington. The hospital has the same financial structure as the UVM Medical Center, and her pay is shielded from reimbursement rate changes.She said practices in her area would gladly take Franklin County patients, but she said driving south from St. Albans to Burlington is not a realistic solution because some families can’t afford transportation and others may find it difficult to drive down with crying, sick kids in the car.Most children in Franklin County use Medicaid, the combination state and federal program that historically reimburses doctors and hospitals at a lower rate than the federal Medicare program, which itself reimburses at a lower rate than private insurance companies do.About 70,000 children in Vermont are on some type of Medicaid, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access. Nearly 63,000 of those kids qualify for Medicaid because their parents have low incomes.When the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to more lower-middle income people, the law also bumped up reimbursement rates, largely to family doctors and pediatricians who serve many enrollees. The higher rates lasted from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014 and have not gone back up in Vermont.Dr. John DiMichele, who works at Mousetrap Pediatrics in St. Albans is leaving to take a job in North Carolina, owned by an out-of-state hospital system, where he will be an employee with a salary instead of a part-owner whose income is based on reimbursements.“I’ve worked in Mousetrap for 16 years,” DiMichele said. I know my families very very well. I actually enjoy what I do. It’s actually a very very difficult decision to make.”At Mousetrap, 69 percent of DiMichele’s patients in Vermont paid with Medicaid, and he said his income went down about 40 percent this year when reimbursements went down under the Affordable Care Act. The bills stayed the same, he said.“I think had the Legislature maintained level funding over the past couple years, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” DiMichele said. “It’s that simple.”Dr. Kristen Connolly, who will leave when Franklin County Pediatrics closes, wrote her concerns a letter to Al Gobeille, the chair of Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates hospital budgets and spearheads health care reform.“I firmly believe that action needs to be taken, and soon, or this trend will continue throughout the state,” the letter said. She asked the board, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and the Legislature to figure out how to reverse the 20-percent rate cut to Medicaid reimbursements.Gobeille said in an interview that the Shumlin administration tried to keep Medicaid reimbursement rates steady with a 0.7-percent payroll tax, but that failed in the 2015 legislative session. He said the Green Mountain Care Board should do an entire “rate review” for Medicaid in the near future.Allan Ramsay, a family doctor who sits on the Green Mountain Care Board, said reimbursement rates for primary care are one of the things that keep him up at night, but there is no data saying doctors are leaving the whole state.“This issue of pediatricians leaving because of a payment model that is not working for them—we don’t want that to be a harbinger of health care reform in the future, in any way,” Ramsay said. “We can’t let that happen.”last_img read more

IRONMAN Foundation gives back to Muncie, Indiana

first_img Related The IRONMAN Foundation will facilitate and distribute over US$27,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Muncie, Indiana, community in conjunction with the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon taking place on Saturday 9 July 2016.The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteer grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where US IRONMAN events are held. In 2016, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.6 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.Volunteerism grantsWithin IRONMAN’s race communities, The IRONMAN Foundation provides a grant program to support organizations that have a volunteerism component. This year, The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide US$15,000 in volunteer grant donations for the IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie triathlon.“We are thrilled to continue our support of so many tremendous organizations that selflessly serve the Muncie region,” said Christine Perkins, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation.Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 28 community groups in the region.Firehouse Subs Public Safety FoundationThe IRONMAN Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), will provide a grant of US$14,475 to Delaware County EMS to purchase a LUCAS 2 CPR Chest Compression System that will help to improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest victims and improve operations for medical responders.“The willingness of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the IRONMAN Foundation to invest in our community is a true testament to their commitment to not only our first responders, but also the community as a whole,” said Executive Director of Emergency Management Jason Rodgers.“With this grant we purchased a CPR device that has already been utilized multiple times and has made our paramedics more effective in pre-hospital care.”“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with The IRONMAN Foundation, is grateful for the opportunity to give back to those who loyally serve our communities,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of FHSPSF. “As IRONMAN athletes prove that ‘Anything is Possible’, we feel that the mantra also represents what can be done to support the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting others.”The IRONMAN Foundation will recognize this year’s grant recipients at the Athlete Briefing taking place at 13:00 local time on Friday 8 July 2016 at the IRONMAN Village at the Prairie Creek Reservoir.www.ironman.comwww.ironmanfoundation.orglast_img read more

Best times to buy, sell or list a home

first_imgA common question from a buyer or seller is: what is the best time to buy or sell a home?In the clothing world, it makes sense to get the best “deal” on winter clothes at the end of winter and that you likely will pay top dollar for a swimsuit when it’s warmer. Does the same trend hold true for real estate purchases and sales? Not really. But there are some considerations a buyer or seller should make as they enter the market that could have an impact on the transaction.Spring and fall are better times for buyersLet’s be clear. You can’t ever time a home purchase. Buying a home isn’t like buying a car or an iPad. The home buying process is a journey, one that happens on your own time and only after you’ve done enough research, seen enough homes and have your financial house in order.At any one time there is a brand-new buyer entering the market and then another who has done enough research and becomes a very serious buyer. Nobody can control the evolution. But something for a buyer to consider is that real estate inventory tends to fluctuate by season. Each spring and fall we tend to see an increase in home inventory due to the seasons. More inventory means more options for buyers. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bar honors Rep. Kerner

first_imgBar honors Rep. Kerner REP. DAVE KERNER, D-Palm Springs, center, was recently recognized by Bar leaders for his ongoing advocacy for the preservation of the judicial branch as a co-equal branch of government and his help to adequately fund the judiciary. Also pictured is Bar President-elect Ramón Abadin, left, and President Greg Coleman, right. February 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

News Scan for Jun 14, 2013

first_imgRubella epidemic in Japan traced to past female-only vaccination effortsJapan had 5,442 rubella cases in the first 4 months of this year, largely because past rubella vaccination programs did not target males, according to an article in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The main aim of rubella vaccination is to prevent congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which involves various birth defects in infants infected by their mothers, the article notes.Japan and several other countries that in the past targeted only girls and women for rubella vaccination have had large outbreaks among adolescent boys and young men.Rubella cases in Japan increased sharply in 2012, reaching 2,392. The increase has continued this year, with men between the ages of 20 and 39, who were not included in the initial rubella vaccination program, accounting for 68% of cases.Vaccination efforts targeting both boys and girls were strengthened starting in 2006, with the result that children under age 15 account for only 5.6% of the cases this year.The report says that countries using rubella vaccine should work to prevent outbreaks by aiming for high immunity in all age-groups and both sexes.Jun 14 MMWR articleCDC reports infection findings in tainted steroid outbreakThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported one more suspected infection linked to tainted injectable steroids produced by Main Street Family Pharmacy and said that skin wound tests have found bacteria and fungi in 4 of the 26 patients so far, according to an update yesterday. The number of affected states stayed at four.Most patients have had skin and soft-tissue infections following intramuscular injection of the contaminated methylprednisolone acetate. Two of the patients had Enterobacter cloacae andKlebsiella pneumoniae, one had an unidentified mixed bacterial infection, and one had a fungal finding highly suggestive of Aspergillus, according to the CDC. Further confirmation is under way.The CDC said that though bacteria and fungi have been isolated from unopened vials, it’s not possible to determine which infections are due to the contamination and which could be from other factors, such as improper handling or medication administration.CDC reminded clinicians to use individual containers of compounded or preservative-free medicine for single patients only and to promptly report any infections that might be related to a medication or device, even outside of a recognized outbreak.Jun 13 CDC outbreak updateViral pneumonia sickens 21 health workers at Chinese hospitalLocal health officials in China’s Anhui province said today that 21 healthcare workers from the same hospital in the city of Suzhou have been hospitalized with viral pneumonia, Xinhua, China’s state news agency reported.A statement from city health officials said all worked in the hospital’s respiratory care department, and none of the illnesses are critical. The first patient was a nurse who came down with a fever, cough, and headache on Jun 5. No new cases have been reported since Jun 11.The city’s disease control center is testing samples from the patients, though tests at another hospital’s lab indicate that the patients have viral pneumonia.A spokesperson from Anhui province’s health bureau told Xinhua that the illness is a common pneumonia and does not pose a public health threat.Jun 14 Xinhua storyDemocratic Republic of Congo reports yellow fever outbreakThe Democratic of Congo’s health ministry is launching a yellow fever vaccination campaign in response to an outbreak that has so far resulted in 51 suspected cases and 19 deaths in three of the country’s health zones, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.So far six of the infections have been lab-confirmed. The index patient is a 16-year-old boy from the village of Kisengua in the northeast part of the country who got sick on Mar 1.The mass vaccination campaign starts Jun 20 and will target 503,426 people in the three health zones, the WHO said. The International Coordinating Group on Yellow Fever Provision will dispense 559,000 doses to the health ministry, which will coordinate the campaign with assistance of global health partners.The last report of yellow fever in the country was Jul 2010, according to previous WHO reports. The Republic of Congo, the DRC’s neighbor to the west, reported an outbreak in December 2012.Jun 14 WHO statementlast_img read more

Packaged coconut recalled amid multistate Salmonella outbreak

first_imgFederal and state health officials are investigating a multistate Salmonella outbreak connected with a potentially contaminated organic packaged coconut that was sold at Natural Grocers stores, a product that was the subject of a recall posted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday.In the recall notice, Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Market, Inc., based in Lakewood, Colo., said it was recalling its Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce Coconut Smiles Organic due to potential Salmonella contamination. It said six illnesses have been reported, the company’s own routine tests found Salmonella in some packages, and a sample taken by the FDA was also positive for Salmonella.The product is packaged in clear plastic 10-ounce bags bearing the Natural Grocers label. All packages with packed-on dates before 18-075 (Mar 16, 2018) are subject to the recall. The products were distributed to 145 Natural Grocers stores in 19 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.CDC working with several statesBrittany Behm, MPH, a public affairs specialist with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases told CIDRAP News that the CDC is working with several states on a multistate Salmonella outbreak investigation.”We are working with states to confirm the number of ill people in each state and the release of state-specific information,” she said, adding that so far information suggests Coconut Smiles Organic may be contaminated with Salmonella and is one likely source of the outbreak infections.”CDC plans to post an announcement as soon as possible, which will include a recommendation that people not eat recalled Coconut Smiles Organic from Natural Grocers,” Behm said, adding that the investigation is still under way.The outbreak does not appear to be related to an earlier 2018 Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen shredded coconut, which sickened 27 people in nine states.See also:Mar 19 FDA recall noticeFeb 15 CIDRAP News scan “CDC declares coconut-linked Salmonella investigation over”last_img read more

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Online Friday

first_imgRCLC News:The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Board will meet online at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15. The agenda for this meeting can be viewed HERE.Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and upon consultation with legal counsel, RCLC Chairman Henry Roybal has directed that the May 15, 2020 RCLC board meeting be conducted via the electronic media application Zoom.In accordance with Open Meetings Act guidelines published by the New Mexico Attorney General, RCLC members of the public wishing to attend may view the meeting via Zoom, by linking to the following URL address, or listen by calling the conference call line listed below:Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/7487396057, Meeting ID: 748 739 6057Zoom dial in: (748) 739 6057, Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab9QKihTg5Conference Call dial in: (605) 313-5545, Access Code: 606547#last_img read more