In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. The first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 when more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska. Since then, Arbor Day has become a special day set aside throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role they play in our environment.
This year, the City of Clovis & Guthals Nursery are partnering in support of the 2019 National Arbor Day activities with a tree planting scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2019 at Veterans’ Park in Clovis.
“I would like to thank Guthals Nursery for partnering with the City of Clovis this year, and donating a tree to plant at Veterans’ Park,” advised City Commissioner Fidel Madrid, who serves as Chairman of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee. “I would like to invite area residents to join us for the Arbor Day observation.”
“Trees are a vital part of our environment, helping with everything from clean air, to habitat for wildlife,” advised Charlton Guthals, owner of Guthals Nursery. “For many years Guthals has helped area residents with choosing the correct trees to support our environment on the High Plains. We are happy to participate in Arbor Day to help raise awareness of the importance of trees, and their impact on our environment.”
For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at 575-769-7828
State Auditor Colón Issues Warning for Vulnerable Populations
On the heels of a national $1.2 Billion Medicare scheme, State Auditor Colón is calling for vigilance in ensuring New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations are protected.
Health care fraud results in higher health care costs for New Mexicans and takes away from funding intended to support those who need it most. The OSA is committed to identifying fraud, waste, and abuse to save taxpayer money by cracking down on fraudulent schemes and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“Trust is broken. We need to protect New Mexicans from fraudsters who will steal funds meant to help our elderly and other vulnerable populations. We must act now to prevent what happened in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas from happening in New Mexico.” said State Auditor Colón. “I am concerned it could happen here, so we ask that every New Mexican take action. If you suspect any instance of fraud, waste, and abuse report it to our office immediately.”
According to the Legislative Finance Committee’s 2018 Accountability Report on Medicaid, HSD projects $5.7 billion in expenditures for FY19, which includes over $1.2 billion in state funds. The nearly $6 billion dollar program ensures the most vulnerable New Mexicans, including children and the elderly, are provided with healthcare.
Reports may be made anonymously through our website at www.saonm.org or by calling 1-866-OSA-FRAUD. You may also speak to an investigator by calling 505-476-3800.