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Government Shutdown Closes Carlsbad Caverns

15 hours ago

  You can still visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico during the federal government's partial shutdown but don't expect to go underground to see the namesake cavern itself.

Park officials say all park roads and trails remain open but that the cavern and the park's visitor center are closed to visitors.

Carlsbad Cavern has a huge underground chamber called the Big Room with ceiling formations called stalactites.

The entire park has more than 100 caves formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone.

One of the residential services provided every month to customers of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is the curbside pick up of large items bound for the Corralitos Regional Landfill – and the separate curbside pick up of green waste headed for recycling into composted mulch at the Old Foothills Landfill. There is no additional charge for this service.

Your newly designed bilingual Grappler/Green Grappler schedules began being delivered in December and all schedules will be delivered before the end of January. LCU hopes you will review the schedule and keep it as a reference so you will know when the Grapplers service your neighborhood and how the services work.

Vasquez Takes Helm As Deputy County Clerk On Monday

22 hours ago
Rose Ann Vasquez

Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling has appointed Rose Ann Vasquez to replace Lynn Ellins as Chief Deputy County Clerk.

The announcement comes as Ellins, a former two term County Clerk and Bureau of Elections Supervisor, retires. The change takes effect Monday, Jan. 22.

“I am grateful for Lynn’s mentorship and excited for the future with Rose Ann’s partnership,” Krahling said.

This week, two candidates withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and another announced her bid for the seat.  David Baake and Ronald Fitzherbert, both of Las Cruces, withdrew.  Xochitl Torres Small of Las Cruces joins Mad Hildebrandt and Angel Pena in the race, which concludes with a June 5 primary. 

Here is the announcement from the Torres Small campaign:

FARMINGTON – Herd health is vital for a cattle producer to build and maintain a successful business. 

Cattlemen in the Four Corners region will have an opportunity to learn the latest on the economics of herd health at the 35th annual San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 7, at McGee Park Fairgrounds in Farmington.

Silver City, NM – About 400 middle school and high school students from 20 schools in southwest New Mexico will compete during the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

The Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition opens with a ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 8:30. The competitive action runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 4 p.m.

State public finance fund seriously depleted, Secretary of State tells lawmakers

22 hours ago
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

  Say you want to run for a spot on the state Supreme Court or New Mexico Court of Appeals. How about a seat on the Public Regulation Commission?

Candidates for New Mexico’s two top courts and its utility commission are eligible to apply for public dollars to finance their campaigns through the New Mexico Voter Action Act.

But in 2018 those dollars won’t stretch far, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver told state lawmakers Wednesday.

That’s because it’s dramatically underfunded.

Western Heritage Bank has announced that Robert A. “Bob” Snow has been named Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as Executive Vice President of New Mexico First Financial, Inc., the holding company of Western Heritage Bank.  Here is the information provided by Western Heritage Bank:

Mr. Snow retired from Chase Bank in 2017 after more than three decades of leadership in El Paso. 

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is sending one competitive entrepreneur to compete at the Global Agripreneurs Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2018. Arrowhead was selected as the only location in the United States to hold a competition as part of the Future Agro Challenge. 

Writers, activists to kick off NMSU’s 2018 Pride Season

22 hours ago

Pride Season at New Mexico State University kicks off Monday, Jan. 29, with a discussion by Che Gossett, a transgender writer and activist of color from Rutgers University, who will discuss gender, sexuality and race. 

On Feb. 2 Kavi Ade, a transgender spoken word poet of color, will perform his work on the events of violence perpetuated against the black-trans-queer body. 

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Commentary: I was said to hear that Stan Fulton had passed away. Fulton, the video slot machine mogul and Sunland Park Race Track owner, was the largest single donor to NMSU. I’ve been the beneficiary of research and travel grants funded by Fulton, which I’m thankful.

I only met Stan Fulton once, but it was among the most memorable interactions that I’ve had over the years. At the time, I was a paid consultant to Sunland Park Race Track in their efforts to thwart the Anthony Casino.

With governor and her staff, transparency is a campaign slogan, not reality

22 hours ago
Danielle Prokop-New Mexico In Depth

Commentary: Reading New Mexico In Depth’s 2018 Special Legislative Edition, you might notice a glaring hole in our reporting: There is no comment or perspective from Gov. Susana Martinez or her spokespeople.

It wasn’t for lack of trying by New Mexico In Depth.

Our organization sought comment from Martinez in person at a December event in Rio Rancho and in writing to her press office. As of press time, we have received no response.

Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

 

As the New Mexico legislature meets, a new report from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows how a lack of positive environmental policy leadership from the Martinez and Trump Administrations is fueling a growing threat to the health of New Mexico’s children and families.  It offers policy suggestions for New Mexicans and their leaders this winter and in the coming year.

Commentary: New York City—A new report released today shows that amid President Trump’s campaign to block refugees seeking protection from this country, his administration has increased the criminal prosecution of asylum seekers and migrants at the southern border. The administration’s tactics, which include referring asylum seekers for prosecution even after they've clearly stated a fear of return, separating families in order to begin criminal proceedings against parents, and pushing plea agreements that force asylum seekers to forego their claims for protection, are a violation of U.S. treaty obligations and due process. 

Lujan Grisham Responds to HHS Announcement Of Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

23 hours ago
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to the announcement made by the Department of Health and Human Services to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which seeks to allow medical providers to refuse to provide women’s health care services, treat transgender patients based on their gender identity, or provide any service if they claim a “moral” or religious objection.

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