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After Video Of Dispute With Driver, Uber CEO Says He Needs To 'Grow Up'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTEDYCkNqns In a brief note emailed sent to Uber employees Tuesday evening, company co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick struck a contrite tone. He offered an apology with no caveats or excuses — just hours after a video surfaced showing him arguing with an Uber driver. "My job as your leader is to lead...and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away," Kalanick wrote , in a message later...

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Udall Statement on Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke As Secretary Of The Interior

2 hours ago
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Udall joined the Senate in voting 68-31 to confirm Zinke.

Silver City Report

6 hours ago

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic, Ben Fischer and Christine Steele. This week, Cobre School District has voted to go 4 day school weeks, Gila Regional Medical Center, and crime.       

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New Mexico Town Eyes Route 66 'License Plate Wall'

6 hours ago

A central New Mexico town wants to build a wall of state license plates along its stretch of historic Route 66.

KRQE-TV reports that the group Retro 66 is raising money to erect a wall of yellow and turquoise license plates in the community Sedillo, just east of Albuquerque.

The wall would be next to a gas station built in the 1940s when Route 66 was a busy road for motorists from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The group says the state Motor Vehicle Division will donate some license plates.

Lobbying Moratorium Bill Advances In State Legislature

6 hours ago

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a two-year cooling off period before many public officials can work as lobbyists.

Approved on Tuesday, the bill applies to former state lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and members of the Public Regulation Commission.

It forbids them from lobbying the agency they worked for two year after their departure. They can register and act as lobbyists during that period if they are not compensated financially.

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More than 100 people came out to the Dona Ana County Sheriff town hall in the village of Dona Ana. Almost all of attendees demanded assurances from the Sheriff- that department deputies will not share peoples immigration status and information with Immigration Customs and enforcement or ICE.

Tensions have heightened in recent weeks with more sweeping ICE deportation actions occurring locally. 

“It was a huge turn out.” Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique Kiki Vigil said.

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.

Women on the Rails at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum

19 hours ago

March is National Women’s History month. The Las Cruces Railroad Museum will celebrate some of the important contributions women have made to the development of the railroad. Throughout the month, the museum will be hosting a series of mini exhibits featuring different women; from fashion to photos, there is something for everyone!

LEMOORE, Calif. – A Las Cruces High School graduate and Las Cruces, N.M. native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).

Airman Kenneth Grotefend works as an aviation structural mechanic and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.

Grotefend is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the aircrafts.

“I love working on the aircrafts and getting the jets ready to fly. I enjoy giving the pilots hand signals and letting them know when they have the green light to take off,” Grotefend said.

Las Cruces-Area Deputy Selected For Award, Trip To Austria

19 hours ago

 

     A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy was recently named the recipient of the Larry Willard Flame of Hope award for her continued dedication to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

While most people think of the the Eiffel tower and the Louvre when it comes to France, a New Mexico State University professor is bringing a taste of the French countryside and culture to Las Cruces in the next “Global Connections” talk. 

Glenn Fetzer, department head of languages and linguistics in the College of Arts and sciences, will present “France: Focus on Provence” from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Pearce Praises Trump's Efforts To "Rein In The EPA"

20 hours ago
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule that would place small waters and creeks under the control of the federal government.

Commentary:  I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter, and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama. Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

President Trump’s $54 Billion Pentagon Grab

Feb 28, 2017

 Commentary: In its opening volley in the federal budget process, the Trump administration has called for a nearly 10 percent boost in military spending, to be funded by cuts to domestic spending and foreign aid. Domestic and foreign aid spending already account for less than half of the federal discretionary budget.
 

Goodman: County Loses $90,000 In Public Records Case

Feb 26, 2017
peter goodman

 Commentary: Reports of a $90,000 judgment against the County prompt reflections on New Mexico's Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). 

Animal Village NM (AVNM) Executive Director Sunny Aris showed a quiet heroism in persevering when she felt IPRA required the County to let AVNM see certain records. 

AFT New Mexico: Urge Governor To Pass House Budget

Feb 23, 2017
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

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

“New Mexico lawmakers, under the leadership of Speaker Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, and House Appropriations Chair Patricia Lundstrom, passed a budget which not only increases funding for New Mexico’s public schools and helps protect workers, but also tackled the long overdue issue of closing tax loopholes and finding new ways to raise revenue for our State.

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