AG: Scammers Impersonating Elected Officials

2 hours ago
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a new Scam Alert urging consumers to beware of scammers impersonating elected officials, particularly in online messages. The alert is issued in response to a complaint received by the Attorney General from Senator Martin Heinrich.

Monday Business Watch

6 hours ago

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a call for new liquor license laws, unemployment rate dropping in New Mexico, and the downtown passport program looks to boost business in downtown Las Cruces.

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Group: 'No Magic Bullet To Family Reunification'

7 hours ago


An official of a West Texas organization that's receiving around 30 immigrant parents who were separated from their children after entering the country illegally says "there's no magic bullet" to reuniting the families.

The released parents were arriving Sunday to El Paso's Annunciation House.

Legal coordinator Taylor Levy says she doesn't know where their children, including toddlers, are and the parents haven't been able to speak with them.

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro

  About 100 people have gathered at the Tornillo, Texas, border crossing from Mexico to protest the separation of children and the detention of families.


Former San Antonio mayor and ex-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told demonstrators Sunday that it's an issue "about what is right and what is wrong."

The El Paso Times reports protesters chanted "Free the children now."

New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

22 hours ago
Trinity test marker

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to travel to Washington, D.C., to testify Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about how the Trinity Test hurt generations of Tularosa residents.

Navy Identifies Airman Killed In Holloman Crash

22 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a U.S. Navy pilot who died in the crash of an A-29 jet north of Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo.

Navy officials say Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua, New York was killed in Friday's crash over the Red Rio Bombing Range.

The range is part of White Sands Missile Range located about 65 miles north of Holloman.

In a statement Sunday, Navy officials say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Holloman Air Force Base is about 200 miles south of Albuquerque.

Trump: Undocumented Must Be Deported Without A Court Hearing

Jun 24, 2018

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local):

President Donald Trump says people who "invade" the U.S. must immediately be sent back to their countries and not be given a court hearing.

Trump tweets Sunday that the U.S. immigration system is "laughed at all over the world" and is "very unfair" to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry.

The Historic Taos Inn up for sale for $7.1M

Jun 24, 2018

  TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Historic Taos Inn in New Mexico is up for sale.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the 44-room hotel, bar and restaurant that spans two acres and is comprised of several 19th century adobe buildings is on the market for $7.1 million.

The current ownership group has had the hotel for 30 years.

The Taos Inn was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

It opened in 1936 as the Hotel Martin — named after Dr. Thomas Paul "Doc" and Helen Martin, who came to Taos in the 1890s.

The Future Of Recycling In Las Cruces

Jun 24, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, China turned the global recycling industry upside down. Overnight the “land of the rising sun” went from being the largest recipient of most of the world’s recyclables to rejecting most of the international ships loaded with recycling due to contamination issues (China lowered the acceptable rate to point-5 percent) or because the recycling was full of materials they suddenly no longer accepted. The impacts were global.

Judge drops murder case, citing speedy trial violation

Jun 23, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A murder case against a man accused of killing his roommate in Nambe has been dismissed.

A judge ordered Robert Mondrian-Powell set free on Friday. The judge said the state violated Mondrian-Powell's right to a speedy trial, although not intentionally.

Prosecutor Martin Maxwell said in court he's been working on the case since he got it. He declined comment on the judge's ruling.

Public defender Jennifer Burrill twice the court to drop the charges on different grounds.


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peter goodman

Commentary: The proposal to store all the nation's spent nuclear fuel rods in New Mexico raises more questions than I can fit into a column. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's public comment period ends July 30th.


Visit El Paso

  Commentary: El Paso- Paso del Sur announces the launch of a new citizens initiative petitioning the City Council of El Paso to pass an ordinance so that voters can decide on proposed changes to Proposition 2 of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Election. These changes represent a viable solution for the problems that the City is facing in fulfilling its promises to the people of El Paso.


Commentary: New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez (D-Bernalillo) today called on Governor Susana Martinez to withdraw the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. In her letter, Senator Lopez questions the governor’s support of President Trump’s policy that has led to the separation of more than 2000 children from their parents. Lopez goes on to state that these recent actions run counter to the mission of the National Guard, and they should therefore be pulled from deployment.

Can Forgiving Debt Address Income Inequality?

Jun 22, 2018
Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: Increasing income and wealth inequality is a major social concern. In many ancient societies, the tendency toward inequality was countered with debt-cancellation Jubilees. These occurred regularly in the ancient middle east as is documented, for example, in the Bible.

Pearce Votes For Farm Bill Requiring Work Or Job Training For Food Assistance

Jun 21, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which passed the House by a final vote of 213 to 211. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, this is the second time that House has voted on this critically important legislation for the nation. It was first brought to the House floor on May 18, 2018 and failed to pass.

Congressman Pearce voted for the bill both times it was considered before the House. His stance on the bill has not changed.

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