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Udall Discusses NAFTA, Economic Issues At Border Industrial Association Meeting

13 hours ago
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the Border Industrial Association to discuss New Mexico's important trade relationship with Mexico and the ongoing negotiations over NAFTA, as well as other border-related priorities, including increasing investment at New Mexico’s land ports of entry and President Trump’s push to build a border wall. The Border Industrial Association consists of more than 100 members who employ thousands of people in the Santa Teresa industrial region.

US Interior Boss Alters Agency Revamp, Governors 'Gratified'

16 hours ago
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

New Mexico Puts Breaks On Four-Day School Schedules

16 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is threatening to cut off funding at public schools that try to switch to a four-day week as the practice has spread to more than four in 10 school districts across the state.

State lawmakers this month placed a moratorium on additional four-day school scheduling within a general fund spending bill that has yet to be signed by the governor.

Farmington Police Officers To Boost Presence In Schools

16 hours ago

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police is increasing its presence in the city's public schools in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a Florida school.

Farmington Municipal School District officials announced Friday that uniformed officers and even police Chief Steve Hebbe will make unannounced visits to schools.

Officers will walk through the campus and engage with students and faculty.

Threat From New Mexico Panics Parents At New Jersey School

16 hours ago

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a hoax threat against a school in New Mexico caused hundreds of parents to rush to a New Jersey school known by the same abbreviation.

The Jersey Journal reports that many parents of students at Bayonne High School picked their children up early on Friday after hearing of a social media post threatening "BHS students."

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21 hours ago

Doña Ana County Commissioner Resigns Following Controversy

Feb 23, 2018
John Vasquez

Doña Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez resigned Thursday, effective immediately.  Vasquez has faced heavy criticism for comments on social media, one of which generated a formal complaint to the county commission.  He also faced allegations of misconduct by New Mexico Democratic Party vice chair, Neomi Martinez-Parra.  Details of those allegations were not disclosed.

Your Weekend Pulse

Feb 23, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, a poetry reading at the Branigan Cultural Center on Saturday, Yoga Retreat Weekend at Downtown Desert Yoga, a free showing of the Magnificent Seven, SteamPunk program at the Museum of Nature and Science.  

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Professor David S. Gutzler, a trained meteorologist and now climate scientist at the University of New Mexico, remembers studying the challenge of impending problems of climate change when he was in graduate school. Now, he sees the effects throughout the southwest and the world.

State Auditor Plans Review of Albuquerque's Route 66 Transit

Feb 23, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review.

The state auditor and city's inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

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Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

Commentary: Washington, DC -- Last night, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) suspension of a key safeguard that would limit methane pollution from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands.

 

Government debt means more influence by foreigners

Feb 23, 2018

Commentary: The United States set a new record last month, which is the largest trade deficit excluding oil on record. And the trade deficit is likely to get larger. This is due to a phenomenon known as the twin deficit, so named because trade deficits tend to mimic government budget deficits.

Of course, any number of factors affect the trade deficit. Among these are the exchange rate, the disposable income of our selves and our trade partners, and tariffs, all things that are influx. But the government budget deficit has an important influence.

23 AGs Commence Lawsuit to Block Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality

Feb 22, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Attorney General Hector Balderas and a coalition of 23 attorneys general filed a petition today to formally commence their lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after the FCC published the final rule rolling back net neutrality in today’s Federal Register.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima-City of Las Cruces photo

Commentary: Today, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima joined more than 200 mayors from across the U.S. to express his support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – an essential public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a clean energy economy.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: In a listening session at the White House today, Donald Trump proposed to arm teachers and school staff in an attempt to prevent mass shootings.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued this statement:

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