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Puerto Rico Energy Infrastructure Is 'Completely Down,' Governor Says

Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Thursday
Hurricane Maria has damaged Puerto Rico's power infrastructure in ways that, in a worst-case scenario, could take months to repair, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN late Wednesday. "Our telecommunications system is partially down," he said. "Our energy infrastructure is completely down." Rosselló said that the island's energy infrastructure is "a little bit old, mishandled and weak," and towers carrying high-voltage lines may have been toppled by the...

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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republican leadership announced that they intend to vote on the dangerous last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill next week before the September 30th deadline: 

School Board Member Denies Role In Embezzlement Case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A member of the Albuquerque Public Schools education board on Wednesday denied any role in the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a troubled charter school that she helped to establish.

Mark Lowry, an attorney for Analee Maestas, said in a statement his client was not aware of any alleged criminal activity involving her daughter, Julieanne Maestas, who once worked as the assistant business manager at La Promesa Early Learning Center.

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AgSprint, an accelerator program launched this year at New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurship hub, Arrowhead Center, has been selected as the first and only U.S. host site for the global Future Agro Challenge, an international innovation and entrepreneurial competition for the agricultural technology sector and for all businesses that touch on agriculture.

El Paso Times Editor Resigns In Effort To Save Newsroom Jobs

16 hours ago

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The executive editor of the El Paso Times is leaving the paper after being directed by its parent company to cut newsroom staff.

The Times reports that Robert Moore plans to step aside Oct. 6 in an effort to preserve reporting positions at the paper.

Oil And Gas Lease Nets $6.7 Million For New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's latest monthly oil and gas lease sale has netted $6.7 million for the State Land Office.

The agency says that brings earnings for the first quarter of this fiscal year to nearly $50 million. That's more than six times the amount collected during the same period last year.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says the agency is on track for a top-performing year and that means more money flowing into education.

Las Cruces Woman Sentenced In VA Fraud Case

16 hours ago

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her conviction on theft of government property and forgery charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Federal prosecutors said 55-year-old Donah Davison will also be required to pay more than $147,000 in restitution as part of the sentence handed down Tuesday.

State Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Proposed Changes To Medicaid

16 hours ago

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copays from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid.

State officials will brief lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

NM Secretary Of State's Office Defends Campaign Restrictions

17 hours ago

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are sticking to conclusions that drastically limit Republican Congressman Steve Pearce's access to federal campaign funds as he runs for governor.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a response Tuesday to a lawsuit by Pearce that seeks access to $1 million in campaign contributions held in a federally registered account.

Authorities: Woman Dies After Jumping From Fiance's Moving Car

17 hours ago

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who allegedly jumped from her fiance's moving car near Las Cruces.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Brenda Lenderman was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night.

They say 26-year-old Lauro Hinojosa was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on his own recognizance Sunday.

Sheriff's officials say foul play isn't suspected, but the incident remains under investigation.

Silver City Report

19 hours ago

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Christine Steele. This week, an update on two long awaited homicide cases, the second annual gay pride festival took place, and improvements are under way for the big ditch.     

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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.

Pearce Supports Federal Land Access Bill

Sep 15, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.

Pearce Again Votes Against Public Lands Protection

Sep 15, 2017

Commentary: LAS CRUCES – This week, Representative Steve Pearce once again voted against protecting our public lands. An amendment that would have kept public lands from being transferred to private ownership was killed thanks to the help of Pearce and public land seizure proponents in the House.

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