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Auditor: Alamogordo loses $250,000 to fake vendor

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Santa Fe, NM – The City of Alamogordo last week paid more than $250,000 to an unknown scam artist, and recovery of that public money is likely to be difficult if not impossible. In light of that scam, State Auditor Wayne Johnson is reminding all of the state’s government entities to be extremely cautious and aware when it comes to e-mail communication from any vendors.

Secretary Perry Alma Mater Says He Didn't Tilt Nuke Lab Bid

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University leaders say Energy Secretary Rick Perry wasn't involved in a $2.5 billion nuclear weapons lab contract that partly went to his alma mater.

Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said Tuesday the National Nuclear Security Administration had favorably scored their proposal to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe, New Mexico, before the former Texas governor signed off. Sharp and Perry were college friends at Texas A&M.

Albuquerque Woman Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Postal Workers

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman has pleaded guilty to assaulting three U.S. Postal Service employees last December and could be facing a federal prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Jackie Herron entered her guilty plea Tuesday without a plea agreement.

Herron was arrested in February on a three-count indictment charging her with assaulting the postal employees in Bernalillo County last Dec. 22.

According to the indictment, Herron assaulted one employee by threatening to run her over and pointed a firearm at her.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced To 30 Months For School Threat

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 ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Anthony Estrada, 24, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court to 30 months in prison for his conviction on a felony information charging him with using interstate communications to threaten the lives and safety of children at a Las Cruces public elementary school.  Estrada will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

New Mexico Delegation

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray LujánSteve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which threaten to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico. In a letter sent to USITC Chairman David S.

Using field notebooks and their eyes and ears, undergraduate students from New Mexico State University have partnered with the University of Texas at El Paso and five other universities under a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, which began in May, allows students to get firsthand experience in qualitative research. 

The focus of this team has been immigration policies on the U.S./Mexico border.

ALCALDE – Lavender is a promising high-value alternative crop for small-scale growers in the arid West and Southwest, especially if agricultural researchers can find a way to lessen the number one problem for the growers – root disease.

A study at New Mexico State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde may have found several lavender varieties that have a natural resistance against root disease.

Navajo Nation Starts Negotiations With New Coal Plant Owner

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Leaders from the Navajo Nation say they've begun negotiations with a potential new owner of a coal-fired power plant on their land.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is scheduled to shut down in December 2019.

The plant's coal supplier has been leading an effort to find a new owner.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says the tribe is negotiating with New York-based Avenue Capital for ownership and one of its subsidiaries, Middle River Power, as an operator.

Runway At Las Cruces Airport Shutdown For 30 Days

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A runway at Las Cruces International Airport will be closed for the next 30 days.

City officials say Runway 12-30 was being shut down Tuesday to address clearing the Runway Object Free Area and improving safety at the airport.

The issue was identified by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector after an inspection in May.

Access to runways 8-26 and 4-22 will be unaffected by the Runway 12-30 closure.

Alamogordo NOW

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Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a look at a 4 part series dealing with 1945 anniversary of the detonation of the atomic bomb in White Sands. 

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Congress Continues to Shield National Monuments from Attacks

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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

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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

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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.

Vote "No" In The Las Cruces City Bond Election

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Commentary: The last budget meeting I attended at City Hall the discussion was that there were 3/12th’s in reserve balance.  The state requires each city to hold 1/12th and back in my days on Council we decided to hold 2/12th’s.  There is absolutely no reason for our city government to hold 3/12th’s which is a total of $21 million and then ask the public to approve a GO Bond in August for an additional $35 million. 

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