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Fallen Soldier's Mother Says Trump Disrespected Her Son And Family

Updated on Oct. 18 a 1:15 p.m. ET The pushback — and the outrage — began immediately. Trump was asked on Monday why he had not yet commented on the deaths of four U.S. soldiers who were ambushed during a mission in Niger on Oct. 4. In his answer, Trump turned attention to the policies of past presidents and their contact with families of service members who have died. On Tuesday, he followed his initial comments with more assertions, offering a specific example. That prompted further rebuttal...

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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area.

New Mexico Land Official Sued Over Water Policy

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New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
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LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two southeastern New Mexico companies are suing Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn over a policy that governs how much water oil and gas producers can pump from a regional aquifer for their operations.

Loco Hills Water Solutions, LLC and Steve Carter, Inc. argue that Dunn has overstepped his authority and is compromising more than $15 million in recent investments in water wells and pipelines.

WNMU Votes To Extend Contract For President

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SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents has renewed the contract for its president for three years.

The vote recently voted President Shepard's new contract, extending his term of employment through June 2021. Under the terms of the contract, performance incentives for five annual objectives were added.

Three of the five outcomes are focused on increasing non-state revenue.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Christine Steele. This week, the first medical cannabis dispensary opened this week, Holloman Air Force base is looking to expand its air space in the Gila, WNMU regents approved new president’s contract.   

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Main Gates Closed Wednesday At White Sands Missile Range

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White Sands Missile Range will close its main gates Wednesday, Oct. 18, as part of an installation-wide exercise designed to test the post's ability to respond to an active-shooter emergency. Planning for the event began nearly a year ago, and the exercise does not come in response to the tragic shootings in Las Vegas earlier this month. WSMR holds a post-wide exercise every year designed to evaluate its ability to deal with real-world emergencies. Exercise scenarios vary. Both the Las Cruces and El Paso entrance gates will close at 9 a.m. and remain closed for approximately one hour.

US Nuke Waste Repository In New Mexico Will Get More Space

21 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers are expected to begin mining operations at the U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

The work to carve out more disposal space from the ancient salt formation where the repository is located will begin later this fall and should be completed by 2020, the department said in a statement.

University Of New Mexico Reports Required Training Progress

21 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 16,000 University of New Mexico students have participated in training intended to curb sexual misconduct as the university works toward compliance with a U.S. Department of Justice agreement.

Technology Guides Small Donations To Democratic Candidates

21 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An online fundraising platform in the vein of PayPal has helped Democratic congressional candidates in New Mexico round up small contributions ahead of 2018 elections.

Campaign finance disclosures filed with federal regulators this week showed several Democratic congressional candidates using ActBlue to raise large sums of money in small increments, gathering as much as $59,000 for one candidate over a three-month span.

Heinrich Warns of Public Health Crisis in Puerto Rico, Urges Health Dept. to Take Action

Oct 17, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. Senator Heinrich joined U.S.

The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU) are collaboratively presenting Downtown Aggies, a free pep rally on the plaza that includes family activities, an introduction to the NMSU Athletic teams, and photos and autographs from the players.  The event takes place Friday from 5pm to 10pm on the Dowtown plaza.

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Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

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Commentary: In late July, some Doña Ana County Sheriff's Deputies played in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas, which you and I helped pay for.

All Natural, Award Winning, and striving for Zero Waste

Oct 15, 2017

Commentary: She is a poster child for Zero Waste; Dr. joni newcomer [sic], is a big fan and promoter of “PeopleTowels” - teeny little cloth towels you carry to wipe your hands, instead of using disposable paper towels. In restaurants, she always carries in PeopleTowels to avoid using disposable paper napkins provided by restaurants; and she carries in her own carryout box, so she does not use styrofoam or any other disposable product provided for takeaway foods.

Commentary: As a boy, I was fascinated and horrified by news on the television about tornadoes in the Midwest, typhoons in Asia, flooding in India, and especially earthquakes around the world. I remember being glued to the set when the 1985 earthquake hit Mexico City killing thousands of people, and feeling deep sorrow for the victims. Having grown up in northern New Mexico at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the only natural disasters I ever witnessed were blizzards and a little flooding. I always wondered what an earthquake experience would be like. In 1993, I finally found out.

Commentary: New Mexicans across the state are condemning  the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee for moving forward a bill that would undermine the authority of the Antiquities Act.

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