New Mexico stops taking fees from nonunion state workers

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has stopped deducting union fees from the paychecks of more than 1,800 nonunion state workers following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

The Albuquerque Journal reports State Personnel Director Justin Najaka told employees in a memo earlier this month that the agency would immediately cease the payroll deductions.

Commentary:  The University of Texas at El Paso continues its commitment to access and excellence in education with the launch of a new partnership with one of the leading research institutions in Juárez, Mexico.

On July 18, the director of Universidad Tecnológica de Ciudad Juárez, Guillermo Álvarez Terrazas, joined UTEP President Diana Natalicio on the UTEP campus to sign and formally announce the creation of this joint initiative.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holtec International to build a consolidated interim nuclear waste storage facility near Hobbs in Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.

El Paso Man Charged With Conspiracy

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ALBUQUERQUE – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., today found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Jose Alberto Garcia, 19, of El Paso, Texas, with conspiring to transport illegal aliens within the United States.  During today’s proceedings, Garcia was ordered detained pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled

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New Mexico AG Seeks To Void Hispanic Land Grant Transfer

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he is seeking to void a 2003 land transfer from a historic Hispanic land grant on grounds it was illegal.

Balderas's office filed a complaint against the Greeley, Colorado-based nonprofit group Al Frente de Lucha over a title transfer of property belonging to La Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico.

911 Calls Detail Aftermath Of Deadly New Mexico Bus Crash

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ALBUQUERUQE, N.M. (AP) — Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway.

"There's children bleeding, there's people unconscious," a female caller tells a dispatcher. "They're pulling them out of the bus right now. The bus flipped over."

Authorities on Tuesday released 911 recordings and dispatch communications from the night of the crash along Interstate 25.

Downtown Las Cruces Events On Tap

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Main St. Downtown:

  • Art Ramble: Friday, August 3, 5-7 p.m.
  • Farmers and Crafts Market
    • Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Wednesday Nights on Main: Wednesday, July 25, 6-10 p.m.

o   Music on the Plaza: Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m.

o   Kids Expo: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Las Cruces Gun Buyback Event Planned for July 28

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The Las Cruces Police Department and the organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence will be co-hosting a gun buyback event on Saturday, July 28.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

Las Cruces Branigan Memorial Library to Close August 6-11

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The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be closed August 6-11, 2018 for construction, staff training and cleaning.

Margaret Neill, Library Administrator, noted, “This closure is an annual event that allows staff to attend necessary trainings, complete a deep clean, and work on building improvement projects. For example, this year, we will be upgrading our front doors to make them more user-friendly.”


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Complaint Filed To Stop Transfer Of Las Cruces-Area State Park

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Commentary: Yesterday the New Mexico Legislative Council filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief with the First Judicial District Court in an effort to halt the transfer of ownership of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park from the Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department (State Parks Division) to the Department of Game and Fish. The claim states that the Defendants acted in excess of their authority and violated the separation of powers doctrine established by Article III, Section 1 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Congress Continues to Shield National Monuments from Attacks

Jul 17, 2018

Commentary: New Mexican business owners, Native American Tribes, Latino organizations, sportsmen, veterans, elected officials, and other community members today welcomed the House introduction of the ANTIQUITIES ACT of 2018, sponsored by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Congressman Ben Ray Luján along with 55 co-sponsors. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a Senate version of the bill in January 2018.

The legislation came in response to President Trump’s significant reductions to Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The ANTIQUITIES ACT of 2018 enhances the protections to national monuments that were designated by the Antiquities Act between 1996 and 2017 – the timeframe of the Trump administration’s “review.” In New Mexico, this includes Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Río Grande del Norte, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monuments. 

Lujan Grisham Bill Would Permanently Protect & Enhance America’s National Monuments

Jul 17, 2018
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary:  Business leaders from across New Mexico are applauding Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) today for introducing the America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspires, and the Together Improve the Economies of States Act (ANTIQUITIES Act) of 2018 into the House of Representatives.  This bill mirrors legislation introduced in January by Senator Tom Udall and co-sponsored by Senator Martin Heinrich.

Congresswoman Grisham’s bill is a response to the aggressive removal this past January by President Trump of more than 2 million acres of public lands from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, despite strong opposition from Tribal entities, local governments, business leaders, sportsmen and women, veterans, conservationists, and others.

Immigrant Rights Are Human Rights

Jul 17, 2018

Commentary: Thirty-eight years ago I applied for permanent residency at the Canadian border.  At that time I was told that I could either become a nurse or get married.  I laughed it off replying I already have a job (not in the medical field) and plans were in place for marriage.  I did get my green card.  Prior to that when I traveled through the United States by air my passport would be held until I boarded the plane to take me out of the country. 

Commentary: The U.S.-Mexico border seems to constantly be in the press. Nearly every day, I get a call from a reporter or outside party asking my opinion on trade and the U.S. tariffs being imposed on other countries, and how this is affecting our economic development progress. I am also constantly asked about border security, President Trump’s proposed border wall, and how each topic affects our daily lives and businesses.

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