Feds award NM $10M for rural schools

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico is one of dozens of states to share more than $300 million of federal funding for rural schools, road maintenance and other county projects.

The payments will come from the U.S. Forest Service and will include money for special conservation projects on federal lands.

Federal officials say New Mexico’s share will be more than $10 million.

The Forest Service shares a percentage of gross receipts from timber sales, grazing, recreation and other land use fees on national forests with states.

More than a decade ago, Congress revised the program to stabilize payments after large declines in timber sale receipts. Now, the amount of each state’s payment is determined by numerous factors, including how counties decide to share in the payment.

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