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Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?

Edward Price joined the CIA in 2006 and thought he would work there forever. Instead, he drove out of CIA headquarters on Feb. 14 after signing his resignation letter. "Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional," Price, who goes by "Ned," wrote this week in an op-ed for the Washington Post . Price says he knew he wanted to join the CIA from his early college...

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Accident in New Mexico Closes Some Lanes Of I-10 In Arizona

30 minutes ago

A vehicle accident in New Mexico has forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say Thursday afternoon's closure is about 70 miles east of Tucson, where traffic is being directed onto a roughly 100-mile detour along U.S. Highway 191 to Safford and then eastbound on U.S. Highway 70.

The detour will allow drives to reach I-10 in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Authorities say there is no estimated time to reopen I-10.

Details about the accident weren't immediately released.

Santa Fe Cardiologist Changes Plea To Guilty In Fraud Case

31 minutes ago

A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Roy Heilbron entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Heilbron will be sentenced to two years in federal prison and term of supervised release to be determined by the court, which also will determine the restitution amount.

Member Of Sunland Park Heroin Ring Pleads Guilty

59 minutes ago

ALBUQUERQUE – Armando Daniel Marquez, 54, of Sunland Park, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park, N.M. 

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam

1 hour ago

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area is advising that an unknown person, or persons, is calling customers requesting payment for their utility bills.

Those making the calls are not associated with LCU.

The caller instructs customers to make a payment at a Walgreens location immediately to avoid interruption of utilities services and that they would then be reimbursed within 24-48 hours. Caller also provided a check number for the bogus reimbursement.

New Mexico Bill Would Ban Alcohol For Repeat DWI Offenders

2 hours ago

A new proposal would ban alcohol for New Mexico's repeat drunken drivers in what would make for one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales is scheduled to be heard by a House committee Thursday.

Under the legislation, those convicted of a second drunken driving offense would be prevented from purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages for a year. A lifetime ban would be imposed after a third conviction.

New Mexico Lawmakers Seek New Powers For Oil Regulators

2 hours ago

Efforts to increase the enforcement powers of New Mexico oil and natural gas regulators over drilling and environmental violations have earned an initial nod of approval from a panel state lawmakers.

A state Senate panel endorsed legislation Thursday that would restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 when aquifers are polluted or threatened by drilling operations, and lesser fines for other violations of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Act. Texas allows daily penalties of $10,000.

The First Photo From Space

2 hours ago

New Mexico has had a lot of “firsts” when it comes to space research and development. Most everyone knows that Spaceport America is the first purpose built spaceport in the world, but did you know that the first U.S. designed rocket to reach the edge of space was launched from White Sands Proving Grounds (now White Sands Missile Range)? Or that the first flight of more than five times the speed of sound was also launched from the same location? So what about the first picture from space?

Las Cruces to settle holding cell beating suit for $400,000

4 hours ago

The city of Las Cruces has agreed to pay $400,000 to a man who claims police officers used excessive force on him when he was detained in a holding cell.

The settlement figure between the city and Ross Flynn was confirmed Wednesday. Flynn filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments were violated when he was arrested by Las Cruces police officers in December 2014.

A former New Mexico State University professor with photos in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum will have an exhibition at the University Art Gallery. “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois” will run from Feb. 23 through April 15, with an opening reception from 5-7p.m. on Feb. 24.

Silver City, NM – Joshua Odom and Ruth Moyer were determined not to become statistics when they enrolled in the Adult Education Services program at Western New Mexico University. Both high school dropouts, and without a steady job, this past fall they decided to make a turn in direction.

“I felt like it was time for me to do something with my life,” said Odom a 29-year-old Las Cruces native. “I had been in and out of jobs and had a rough childhood.”


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El Paso Electric and the Public Interest

2 hours ago

Commentary:  What’s the problem?

As a regulated monopoly, El Paso Electric (EPE) operates on a cost plus basis.  This means it receives reimbursement for all operating expenses plus a profit margin.  For shareholders the return on equity is currently 9.48%[i] and is applied to all non-depreciated capital assets, including power plants still in service within the EPE system.[ii]

Unless They Get Serious About it, Stop Calling It "Pro-Life"

5 hours ago

  Commentary: We can stop pretending the abortion fight is about "life" as a general moral good. A freshman lawmaker in the state of Oklahoma has spoken with such candor about his effort to obstruct abortion rights that he has given away the game.


Trump’s Rhetoric Degrades Freedom of Press

5 hours ago

Commentary: Even before the Revolutionary war began, the founding fathers and mothers articulated how important the freedom of the press is. The Continental Congress – the legislative body of these political minds – wrote in 1774:

Concern Over The Future Of NAFTA

Feb 22, 2017 (donald trump)

I recently attended the U.S. Department of Commerce-organized “Discover Global Markets (DGM) – Advanced Manufacturing Conference,” held February 16 – 17, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. DGM brought together Commerce officials from Europe, Asia, and North America, and companies eager to explore new international markets. When I was invited to the conference, I too was interested in making new contacts in countries where markets are growing and my program’s clients might find new export markets.

Clerk Builds Partnerships to Consolidate Elections

Feb 19, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

Commentary: I am not surprised in the dismal turnout in the recent school board elections. The election laws in New Mexico confuse voters.  

2,693 out of 61,540 voters cast their vote in an election that impacts our children’s daily lives.  We should all be concerned by the low turnout because lack of participation kills democracy in our community.

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