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McCain Announces Opposition To Obamacare Repeal Bill, Possibly Dooming It Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET Sen. John McCain may, once again, be the savior of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. The Arizona Republican announced in a statement on Friday that he opposes the latest GOP legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," McCain...

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Arizona Man Killed In New Mexico Crash

7 hours ago

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico say an Arizona man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle near Santa Rosa.

State Police say the crash happened on Thursday morning on westbound Interstate 40. Forty-four-year-old Christopher Chipman of Mesa, Arizona, lost control of his motorcycle and sturck a cable barrier. Chipman's helmet was not on right and he died on scene.

Police are still investigating the crash.

Archaeologists: More Protections Needed For Chaco Region

7 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists and other researchers are calling for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

In a report released Friday, they say increased oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico has the potential to destroy parts of the landscape that could provide a better understanding of the ancient civilization that once inhabited the area.

University Students Set Up Affirmative Action Bake Sale

8 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some University of New Mexico students held a campus bake sale, charging students based on their race.

A group called Turning Point USA set up an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on campus Thursday to question affirmative action practices.

Turning Point USA regional director William Witt set up a table of cookies and a sign with advertised prices of $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Caucasians, and 50 cents for black or Hispanic people.

Albuquerque Set To Unveil Statue Of Late Boxer Johnny Tapia

12 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The hometown of the late boxer Johnny Tapia is set to honor the former champion with a statue at a community center that will also bare his name.

The city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department are scheduled Saturday to unveil the statue at the Johnny Tapia Community Center at Wells Park. The area is where Tapia was raised by his grandparents.

His turbulent boxing career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law.

NMSU To Open New Innovation Lab

12 hours ago


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has teamed with White Sands Missile Range to create a new lab aimed at sparking interesting among students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub — or TECH for short — will open its doors next week following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Officials describe it as an immersive learning experience.

The university and the missile range recently received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Defense Department to build and maintain the lab.

New Mexico Panel Seeks Solutions For Curbing Crime

12 hours ago


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico lawmakers is scheduled to hold another meeting as they search for legislative solutions to reforming the state's beleaguered criminal justice system and curbing crime in one of its most populated areas.

The bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee will be meeting next week in Albuquerque.

Your Weekend Pulse

15 hours ago

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Above Borders Aerial Dance Festival, the Big Event kicks off, and La Union corn maze kicks off. 

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Jet Aborts Santa Fe Landing After Airport Wind Gauge Problem

Sep 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An American Eagle jet flying from Dallas-Fort Worth aborted its landing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, because of the airport's faulty wind-speed sensor, an airport official said.

After the canceled Tuesday night landing, the flight returned to Texas, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The 38 passengers finally reached their New Mexico destination on a Wednesday morning flight.

Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said the Tuesday flight had to abort because it's against regulations for pilots to land without current wind data.

New Mexico Lawmaker Calls For Inquiry Into Investment Deals

Sep 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker called Thursday for an investigation after questions were raised about political donations from financial firms that have been selected to manage hundreds of millions of dollars in investments by the state of New Mexico.

Rep. Bill McCamley, chairman of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee, has written to Attorney General Hector Balderas to ask for an investigation into any possible violations of state law.

New Mexico Library Shooting Teen Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Sep 21, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The teen accused of killing two people and seriously injuring four at a New Mexico library has waived a scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported Thursday that 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett could potentially face two life sentences and 117 years in prison if convicted.

He has been charged with two counts of murder and numerous other crimes stemming from the Aug. 28 shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. He remains in custody at the Curry County jail.


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Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Dark money groups continued their attack on Steve Pearce for being the only candidate for governor who puts New Mexico above special interests, releasing a misleading and desperate ad today as part of an ongoing campaign funded by left-wing out-of-state donors with a partisan agenda.

Commentary: As an Australian citizen, I was brought to Las Cruces on a high-skilled work visa by New Mexico State University to fill a TV reporting/producing position at KRWG. The borderlands of southern New Mexico proved to be a far more interesting and magical part of the world than I ever fathomed. There is a treasure trove of important, fascinating and untold stories beyond green chile and child poverty.

Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

Commentary: Las Cruces, N.M. – Today,  Democratic N.M.

Under The Stars Of Las Cruces, I'm Home

Sep 17, 2017
peter goodman

  We thoroughly enjoyed the Las Cruces Symphony's “Pops under the Stars.” 

Beforehand, I visited with several elected officials, with people I've fought beside or against over various issues, and with folks I've known nearly five decades. So many are damned decent people!

Then the music starts. Capturing us. Lonnie Klein is an animated conductor, and seems a skillful one. Visiting vocalist Diane Penning sounds even better than last year. 

Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  Jack Kerouac published On the Road 60 years ago (September 5) to rave reviews, including by The New York Times, which predicted that the autobiographical novel would become to the Beat Generation what Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" meant to the Lost Generation.

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