New Mexico state lawmaker arrested on aggravated DWI

6 hours ago

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker has been arrested on aggravated drunken driving following an Albuquerque DWI checkpoint stop.

Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque was detained in Albuquerque early Sunday after an officer reported that she had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Police say Youngblood performed badly on a field sobriety test and then refused a breathalyzer test.

The GOP lawmaker was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center and later released on her own recognizance.

Deming Catholic Church Celebrates A Century

8 hours ago

  DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A historic Hispanic church in southern New Mexico is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Parishioners at Santa Ana Catholic Church in Deming are preparing for a monthlong festival to commemorate the occasion, the Deming Headlight reports .

The church was built in 1918 as Deming grew from the merging of the Southern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad lines.

Candidates For New Mexico Governor On Caring For Our Children

16 hours ago
Jeff Apodaca

When we at Searchlight New Mexico asked the four gubernatorial candidates to talk about the well-being of children, we weren’t looking for pro forma policy statements.

We wanted to hear about their childhoods.
We wanted to understand how those formative years shaped their thinking about what we regard, hands-down, as the most critical issue confronting New Mexico. 

New Mexico State University is helping post-conflict Colombia get back on its feet through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. The F2F program “promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide,” according to its website. 

The F2F program is sending 10 volunteers to Colombia from January until June 2018. Thomas Dominguez and Michael O’Neill are the program’s second and third volunteers to go and visited Colombia in March. They shared their experience with NMSU’s Marketing and Communications. 

Report for America announces 2018 Corps Members

16 hours ago

  Editor's note: KRWG Public Media is a partner with Report for America. Mallory Falk, who is named in the following release, will be joining KRWG as part of the program.


  Commentary: Growing concern across the state about the risks of controversial high-level radioactive waste and public opposition to the facility proposed for Southeast New Mexico has resulted in the addition of two Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meetings and an extension of the public comment period from May 29 to July 30.

Continue To Recycle In Las Cruces

19 hours ago


  “As we slog our way through the current recycling upset, we remind everyone FOR NOW to please continue recycling as you always have,” says Patrick Peck, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Director. “Friedman Recycling - the only recycling processor in our region- is pulling out the items from their conveyor belts that are no longer recyclable, to meet new guidelines in China.”

Increased amounts set for New Mexico lottery scholarships

May 19, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The amount of per-student financial aid provided by scholarships mostly funded by New Mexico Lottery revenue is going up.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that increases that exceed more than $1,100 for some students will result from additional funding provided by the state and a reduced demand for scholarships due to enrollment drops.

Otero County commission opposes White Sands park proposal

May 19, 2018
White Sands National Monument

 ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The southern New Mexico county that includes most of White Sands National Monument opposes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's proposal to elevate the vast expanse of shift sand dunes to national park status.

The Otero County Commission said in a May 10 letter to the Democrat lawmaker that making White Sands a park wouldn't necessarily increase visitation, that his bill is unnecessary and that significant questions about the proposal remain unanswered.


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Commentary: In our changing world, how is the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) performing as a protector of the public? 

The world is moving toward renewable energy sources. Soon each house, business, and manufacturer will supply most or all of its energy from solar panels. A new California law requires that new buildings include solar panels – and even the home-builders apparently agree. Yeah, a new home will cost a bit more; but minimal or nonexistent utility bills will rapidly repay the investment. 

New Mexico PED K-3 testing and retention plan is illegal and hurts children

May 18, 2018

Commentary: SANTA FE—Mandatory retention based on standardized tests hurts our children and violates state law, said the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty at a hearing in Santa Fe today held by the New Mexico Public Education Department on its proposed one-sized-fits-all testing and retention policy.

Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – A New Mexico public policy organization released this week its findings from an April town hall in which 200 New Mexicans deliberated challenges and solutions to the state’s higher education and workforce development systems.

New Mexico families will not lose access to SNAP

May 18, 2018

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE— Lawmakers rejected the 2018 Farm Bill today. The bill would have increased food insecurity by significantly cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by more than $20 billion over ten years. The cuts would have made it difficult for millions of Americans to access enough groceries and healthy food and would have had a particularly harmful impact on New Mexico, where one in four people rely on SNAP to eat, including one in three of the state’s children.

Commentary: My employer is sending a handful of us middle management types through a Management Training Certification program. It’s great. We’re learning how to navigate the bureaucracy and the critical thinking skills needed to solve the complex financial, logistical, personnel and operational challenges that face all organizations today.

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