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House GOP Says Health Care Fight Not Over, But Offers No Path Forward

House Republicans emerged from a members-only meeting Tuesday morning to bullishly declare the health care legislative battle is not over. "We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're going to do," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters after the meeting. The regular House GOP weekly meeting ran unusually long and lawmakers kicked staff out so they could vent properly after Friday's demoralizing setback. House Speaker Paul Ryan...

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  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid costs and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate.

Texas' finances are not as bleak as other energy states — Oklahoma is grappling with a roughly $870 million shortfall that could decimate core state services, and Kansas is considering big tax increases to offset serious budget problems.

Sierra Club on Trump's executive order on climate; impact on New Mexico

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Sierra Club NM

Commentary: Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club’s Chapter Director in New Mexico:

"The Trump executive order to dismantle climate policies is divorced from the reality that clean energy and energy efficiency have created thousands of jobs in New Mexico and are poised to take off here. The Clean Power Plan wouldn’t only boost job growth; it would keep our air and water safe and reduce our contribution to climate change.” 

Cleanup and Environmental Education Events Planned by Doña Ana County for Earth Day 2017

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Doña Ana County will be taking part in the Great American Cleanup for Earth Day. Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful (KDACB), an affiliate of the Great American Cleanup, will host a cleanup day on April 1st in the areas of Vado, Mesquite, San Miguel and La Mesa. If you want to get involved and volunteer in your community for this event, please contact Irene Holguin at (575) 525-8846.

  LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Office of Border Health and New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will host the 4th Annual Spring Into Good Health event, a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 7thfrom 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

The event is free and open to the public. Spring Into Good Health brings together dozens of agencies and community resources to aid residents seeking self-improvement opportunities in celebration of National Public Health Week and Minority Health Month.

White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM – During Centennial Year of the National Park Service, White Sands National Monument recorded 555,793 recreation visits in 2016, an increase of nearly 12 percent over 2015 visitation numbers and the highest visitation recorded since 1998.  National park sites across the country experience high visitation with 331 million recreation visits to America’s national parks in 2016.

Coalition Issues Joint Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Gutting Clean Power Plan

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

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and attorneys general of California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the chief legal officers of the cities of Boulder (CO), New York City, Philadelphia, and of Broward County (FL), and the City of South Miami (FL) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s executive order that he described as paving the way to eliminating the Clean Power Plan rule:

American Indian Week at NMSU begins April 3

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From dance to film, and from art to tacos, American Indian Week at New Mexico State University offers a variety of unique events.

This year’s American Indian Week offers something to celebrate for six consecutive days:

Monday, April 3 
- Opening Ceremony (10 to 11 a.m.)
Corbett Center Student Union Outdoor Stage
- Miss Native American NMSU Meet and Greet Reception (5 to 7 p.m.)
Corbett Center Senate Chambers (third floor)

Las Cruces Online Tracking System Helps ID Lost and Stolen Property

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Las Cruces Police encourage area residents to register valuables online by using the property inventory system called ReportIt that helps law enforcement across the country track lost and stolen goods, and return them to their rightful owners.

The Las Cruces Police Department began using LeadsOnline, the company that offers the ReportIt tracking system, in 2015 and has identified several rightful owners of lost and stolen property.

Pearce Applauds Trump Rollback Of Envrionmental Regulations

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump signed the Energy Independence Executive Order:

Gaurav Panwar, a computer science graduate student at New Mexico State University and native of India, hasn’t had many experiences in the U.S. so far, but compares Las Cruces to a “community” rather than a typical city or town.

“Everyone is warm and cordial to each other,” Panwar said. “It is also a sanctuary city, which speaks volumes about the nature of its inhabitants.” 


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A Voice From Mexico On Trump, Trade, And More

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Commentary: On March 6, I met and heard Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a private setting as he made a stop in El Paso, Texas, on a speaking tour of the U.S. Having served as Mayor of Mexico City from 2001 to 2005, he ran for president on the leftist PRD party’s ticket in 2006 and 2012, losing both times in elections awash in accusations of fraud. In 2012, he formed the new National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), which has taken liberal social and economic positions.

New Joint Economic Committee Democrats Report: Trump Budget Puts America Last

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US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced today Joint Economic Committee Democrats’ response to President Trump’s budget proposal. The so-called “America First” budget actually puts millions of Americans last by calling for a $54 billion cut non-defense discretionary agencies and programs which are vital to securing an economic future that works for all Americans.

An Idea Revisited: Of All Places, Las Cruces

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Richard Kadzis

Commentary: Las Cruces is number 10 on a list of the 20 most underrated cities, according to a new list of rankings published by DK Eyewitness Travel.

Underrated? Should we feel defensive?

I agree with Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who said it’s a positive. Underrated doesn’t necessarily imply anything negative. It means that we haven’t been fully discovered yet, to use the mayor’s wording.

As I commented close to a year ago on, to get discovered we need to create an identity and name recognition for Las Cruces.

White House rejects scientific consensus, guts U.S. climate policy

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Commentary: In an executive order released by the White House today, President Trump seeks to reverse the core policy safeguards put in place by the Obama Administration to address climate change. The Trump order represents a sweeping attack on action to account for intensifying and anticipated climate impacts to the American West. These impacts include declines in mountain snowpack and streamflow, insect and wildfire outbreaks on our forests, disruptions to urban electricity and water supplies, and drought-induced economic hardship to our farms and ranches.

  Commentary: Early one morning at an industrial park in Luna County, trucks honked their horns as they pulled out of the lot loaded with packages for delivery, stirring up dust as they pulled away. Gathered in a small greeting area were a dozen applicants for a part-time job supervising drivers. They were men and women, ranging from their early twenties into middle age. A few had worked for the company previously as seasonal drivers. Some had been laid off from other jobs.

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