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An Upset In Trump Country: Democrat Doug Jones Bests Roy Moore In Alabama

Updated at 12:44 a.m. ET Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter. The win by Jones, projected by The Associated Press two hours after the polls closed Tuesday night, is sure to send shock waves through Washington. The...

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New Law Preserves El Paso's Castner Range

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photo by mark klune / http://castnerrangenationalmonument.org/

  Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Beto O’Rourke’s provision to permanently protect Castner Range in the Franklin Mountains of west Texas became law as President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This massive environmental victory comes after more than 30 years of work by local, state and national groups to conserve the crown jewel of West Texas.

 

Federal Officials Probe National Lab After Worker Incident

10 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the Los Alamos National Laboratory after an employee was involved in an incident described as a "near-miss to a fatality."

A worker entered a lab room that had insufficient oxygen despite an alarm sounding. The September incident was characterized as potentially deadly and a violation of building requirements and emergency response protocol, according to a letter sent last week to the outgoing lab director by the Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement.

Navajo Nation Sues Wells Fargo For Alleged Predatory Tactics

10 hours ago

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is suing Wells Fargo for allegedly engaging in predatory and unlawful banking practices that targeted and harmed tribal members.

In a statement Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the tribe's lawyer has been directed to seek restitution, damages and civil penalties based on Wells Fargo's alleged violations of federal, state and tribal law.

Officer Honored For Adopting Baby From Opioid Addicted Mom

10 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A routine call about an Albuquerque convenience store theft turned into a life-transforming moment for an officer who came across upon a pregnant woman he found using heroin.

That officer later volunteered to adopt the unborn baby.

Officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca, were honored Monday for adopting the baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her child. The baby is now 6-weeks-old and is recovering after being born with an opioid addiction.

"We're blessed," Holets said.

Classes To Resume After Shooting Rocks New Mexico School

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AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Classes will resume next week as a New Mexico community works to recover in the wake of a school shooting that left two classmates and the gunman dead.

District Superintendent Kirk Carpenter announced the schedule for Aztec High School on Tuesday.

Students and families can visit the school and reconnect with teachers on Thursday and Friday. On Monday, they'll start the day with an assembly before heading to class.

Art Garcia Named As USDA Rural Development Director for New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM, December 11, 2017 --The Trump Administration recently appointed Arthur A. Garcia as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico. Garcia began his new role on Monday November 27, 2017.

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After steadily declining over the past decade, the percentage of home-sales closed at a price of $350,000, and above, have finally begun to rise.

According to a December 3 report from the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, 123, or 7.9 percent, of the 1,589 new and existing free-standing, single-family homes sold through November 30 of this year sold at or above the benchmark price. During the same period last year just 70, or 4.9 percent, of the 1,442 sales qualified for the high-end category. The difference represents a whopping increase of 75.7% percent.

New Mexico Gets Tax Forecasting Tool To Address Loopholes

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are getting a new financial planning tool designed to help them forecast future tax revenues as they contemplate changes to the state tax code.

Republican Sen. Bill Sharer said Monday that he hopes the forecasting tool will help lawmakers move forward with efforts to lower tax rates by closing loopholes in the state's complex gross receipts tax laws.

The Legislature is spending $400,000 on the fiscal calculator to anticipate the consequences of tax reform on state government income, family finances and business interests.

Lobbyist Reports Harrassment To Attorneys For State Legislature

19 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A registered lobbyist in New Mexico has submitted a detailed account of being sexually harassed by a former state lawmaker in writing to the Legislature's legal oversight agency.

Lobbyist Vanessa Alarid on Monday submitted a letter to the Legislative Council Service that accuses former Rep. Thomas Garcia of offering to vote for a bill in 2009 if Alarid would have sex with him. Garcia has vigorously denied the allegations.

Alamogordo NOW

19 hours ago

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the Christmas parade took place on Saturday.        

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REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

Dec 10, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: New Mexico - With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight.

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

Dec 10, 2017

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Advice from a Greek sage during Trumpy times

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012, echoing a pearl of wisdom said to have been uttered 2,600 years ago by the Mytilenaen leader Pittacus. The saying attributed to him by Diogenes Laërtius was, “Office shows the man.”

 

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski and Governor Susana Martinez are proposing an education budget which suggests a not only a ‘flat’ budget for our local districts, but a decrease of $200 million for New Mexico public schools.

Commentary: On November 16, I spent the better part of the day with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez, who visited the El Paso/Juarez/southern New Mexico region. In the morning, I was part of a small delegation which had breakfast with Ambassador Gutierrez at the Foxconn plant just across the border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. After breakfast, we toured the Foxconn facility, which is making Dell computers and HP tablets, followed by an interactive lunch at the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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