Eric Holder Denies Allowing Pigford Fraud Before Congress

ACGR's "News with Attitude"

Lee Stranahan
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Attorney General Eric Holder faced questions from Iowa Republican Steve King on May 15th about the fraudulent Pigford black farmers settlement and told the congressman that steps had been taken to limit fraud.

However, the Attorney General’s Department of Justice created similar settlements for women and Hispanic/Latino farmers using the same low standard of proof that led to so much fraud in the original black farmers settlement, undermining his objection.

Rep. King asked AG Holder to comment on the recent front-page New York Times story about the fraud, and the Attorney General said:

I think that the article missed a few things; that there are steps that we have in place to limit the amount of fraud that goes on there, both in terms of getting sworn statements from claimants, from doing audits, there are a variety of things we have in place to ensure…

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Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast 6/14/13

  Friday Blast
             June 14, 2013

    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
Membership Luncheon
A special thank you to John Helmich and Karen Takai from EMIFPA for their very informative talk about how to prepare for the fires in the East Mountains.  They gave us a detailed check list, which helps to organize an evacuation, as well as preparation…what to think about…BEFORE an evacuation is called by the Sheriff’s department.  These lists are at the Visitor’s center at the South entrance to the Library.  Just stop by and pick one up, and while you’re doing that, bring your business cards and company brochures, publications, etc. to place there.  It is a privilege of membership. And a huge thank you for the fabulous lunch…the salad bar was on of the best we have ever eaten! 
Looking for volunteers for the Chamber office.  If you have a couple of hours per week, and would like to help staff the chamber office, we’d love to have you.
Please call Madeline at 850-2523 for more information.
Run Rally, Rock
is scheduled
for August 17, 2013.
at Rich Ford and along Plaza Loop
It is the celebration of the 14th Birthday of the Town of Edgewood,
Rich Ford,
and The Independent.
Big plans are well underway.
email to get  forms for
The Business Expo
The Route 66 Parade
The Motorcycle Poker Run on Route 66.
 forms available on our website
just scroll down on the home page and click on the Run Rally Rock information link.
This is our huge event of our year, with over 5,000 visitors last year,
day and night. 
We will also be offering the
Free Stage all day, so anyone with dance, Karate,
music or any other group (especially children) who would like to entertain, please contact us.
Burnin’ Bridges Band will entertain from 5pm to the Fireworks…
(weather conditions permitting).
There will be many exciting new entries this year, as we are working with Route 66 committees from around the area.
We will have more information as time gets closer.
We could use your help…please
give me a call if you have some time to help plan prior to or at the event.
Leadership Edgewood 2013:
Our last class of the year will
take place
on Thursday June 27.
Our graduation will take place in July
and we will have another group of
If you are interested in our
2014 Class
please contact Program Director
Brenda Murray or Executive Director Madeline Heitzman
at 850-2523.
Route 66 Retro Committee
Bringing back the fun and energy on Route 66.
Next meeting is Saturday June 15
from 8am to 10am
at the Edgewood Community Center.
The Town of Edgewood and the 66 Retro Committee
have arranged for new flags along route 66 (aka 333) and State Road 344.
You can advertise your business on the flags for only $90.  They should be up for about two years.
Deadline to get your business on a light pole is June 30, as they will be up for Run Rally and Rock festivities on August 17.
Stop by the Town office to pick out your location!
If you can’t get there, give me a call and I’ll help you. 
(Madeline 850-2523)

    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
End of Trail
at Founder’s Ranch
open to the public
June 29 and 30
Chamber members needed to staff our chamber booth on
Friday June 28, the 29th and 30th.
2 hours shifts.
Call 850-2523
Wildlife West Festival
Wildlife West Festival
Saturday June 15
Many speakers about the wonderful
animals at the park,
The First Chuckwagon BBQ of the season
will be this Saturday evening as well. 
Hug- A-Horse
Community Day
Saturday June 22, 2013
9am to 4pm
198 Weimer Road,
Stanley, NM
Help support New Mexico’s largest horse rescue at
Walkin N Circles Horse Ranch
Join the fun
Food, games, raffles, pony trot prize walk
arts and crafts, vendors, ranch tours, arena obstacle challenge.
Learn about horse adoption, horse sponsorship and how you can help
More information
Call 505-286-0779.
Safety Choices by
Comfort Keepers
In home care technology.
Comfort Keepers helps seniors maintain independent lives through in-home care
and safety technology.
Learn how Comfort Keepers can provide a 
Call Solution for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 505-515-0001 
Ask about their special offer for
the water resistant pendant with auto fall sensor.


Get a $20,000 car for
 just $260 per month
 with financing from
Sandia Laboratory
Federal Credit Union!

SLFCU is offering no payments or interest for  90 days on auto loans through
August 31, 2013.
And rates as low as 2.39%apr apply to
all of our loan terms, including our longest
term of 84 months for new or
almost new vehicles.
If you’re not in the market for a new car,
refinance your auto loan from another
lender to take advantage of this offer.
Apply online,  call 505-293-0500, or ask for
SLFCU financing at the dealership. If you’re  not already a member of SLFCU, talk to us about
how you can join. Members of Entranosa
Water & Wastewater Association and Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative are eligible.
Learn more online call
800-947-5328, or stop by the Edgewood
branch at 150 State Road 344, Suite B.
For offer details go to

Support YOUR Community Storehouse
Bethel needs help!!!
We need help with food distribution Tues-Fri 12-4, food pantry Wed & Fri and sorting donations on Wednesdays. Volunteer orientation is every Thursday at 10 am or call to schedule another time at 832-6642

Edgewood Civitan Club
meets first and third Tuesdays at the
Edgewood Chamber of Commerce at 6pm.
Edgewood Chamber

Board Meeting
Monday July 8, at 6:15pm
the Chamber office.
Wednesday July 10 11:30am
Edgewood Community Center
Award the Bill Gilmore/
Rich Ford Scholarship
Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2013:

Rich Ford
WalMartEPCOR Water

Town of Edgewood

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
 Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
We are in the office and around town meeting members every day. If you want to see Madeline, or would like an appointment, please call 850-2523.  We would hate to miss you!



95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:

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Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
  Robin Markley                  2014
Vice President:
  Saul Araque                      2013
  Martha Eden                    2014
   Lisa Vigil                         2014
Board Members at Large:
Patrick Thompson               2013
Ray Seagers                       2013
Misty Miller                        2013
Howard Calkins                 2014
Chris Hopper                      2013

Chris Hopper /  Howard Calkins
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:               Committees
Education:          Lisa Vigil
Programs:         Brenda Murray
Luncheons:       Martha Eden
/Linda Thomas
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges
Route 66:  
                  Madeline Heitzman


 If you are a chamber member, you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here. It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!
Stop by the office to see Madeline if you have any questions , or call my cell 850-2523.
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Conspiracy Brews 6/15/13

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:

Conspiracy Brews  


Not your average political discussion group!

June 15, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“The way we see the problem is the problem.”

Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

 “So this is how liberty dies.  With thunderous applause.”

George Lucas (Senator Amidala in ‘Star Wars:  Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)


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Chris Matthews is your leg still tingling?  Perhaps it’s a bug?

Has anyone heard Lujan Grisham speak out about the feds?

— What will it take to wake up Rip Van Winkle NM that we are spiraling?


 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.”

Ogden Nash

“Like I always say, there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.  There is a ‘me’, though if you jumble it up.”

David Shore (House M.D., DNR, 2004)

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

Lucille Ball