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State public finance fund seriously depleted, Secretary of State tells lawmakers

Jan 20, 2018
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

  Say you want to run for a spot on the state Supreme Court or New Mexico Court of Appeals. How about a seat on the Public Regulation Commission?

Candidates for New Mexico’s two top courts and its utility commission are eligible to apply for public dollars to finance their campaigns through the New Mexico Voter Action Act.

But in 2018 those dollars won’t stretch far, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver told state lawmakers Wednesday.

That’s because it’s dramatically underfunded.

Western Heritage Bank has announced that Robert A. “Bob” Snow has been named Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as Executive Vice President of New Mexico First Financial, Inc., the holding company of Western Heritage Bank.  Here is the information provided by Western Heritage Bank:

Mr. Snow retired from Chase Bank in 2017 after more than three decades of leadership in El Paso. 

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is sending one competitive entrepreneur to compete at the Global Agripreneurs Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2018. Arrowhead was selected as the only location in the United States to hold a competition as part of the Future Agro Challenge. 

Writers, activists to kick off NMSU’s 2018 Pride Season

Jan 20, 2018

Pride Season at New Mexico State University kicks off Monday, Jan. 29, with a discussion by Che Gossett, a transgender writer and activist of color from Rutgers University, who will discuss gender, sexuality and race. 

On Feb. 2 Kavi Ade, a transgender spoken word poet of color, will perform his work on the events of violence perpetuated against the black-trans-queer body. 

Western Heritage Bank to Purchase Pioneer Bank’s El Paso Branches

Jan 20, 2018

Western Heritage Bank, headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico (“WHB”) has announced that it has entered into a Purchase and Assumption Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Pioneer Bank, headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico (“Pioneer”).   Here is the information provided by WHB:

EBID Sets Initial Water Allotment

Jan 20, 2018

Elephant Butte Irrigation District’s board of directors set an initial surface water allotment of eight inches (8”) for the 2018 irrigation season with limited expectations for an increase during their January 17 monthly Board of Directors meeting. Here is the information provided by EBID:

The tentative release date was set between May 1 and May 15, which will be refined as the season develops. Further details will be announced later as more information becomes available.

DACC Partners with US Department of Education

Jan 20, 2018

Las Cruces – “Project Success” a partnership with the United States Department of Education (DoE) will help Doña Ana Community College (DACC) increase enrollment and retain students through graduation.  Here is the information provided by DACC:

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers has increased its reward to $2,000 for anyone who has information that can help identify the human remains found Dec. 10 in an undeveloped area near Rinconada Boulevard.

Las Cruces Establishes Email Address for Customer Input

Jan 20, 2018

  Las Cruces residents, businesses and visitors can now provide their input about how city government responds to their needs, through the new PEAK Performance initiative.  Here is the information provided by the city.

 

Las Cruces School Bond Forum Planned

Jan 20, 2018

The Las Cruces Public Schools and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces are presenting a forum on the School Bond Issue.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, January 31 in the LCPS Administration Building in the Board Room at 5:30-6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend and ask questions of the LCPS panelists after their presentations. 

Election day is Tuesday, February 6 and early voting is underway at the Dona Ana County Government Center. 

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A Look at the 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session

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Commentary: As the new year commences, we look to the current legislative session with optimistic caution.  Despite a modest increase in state revenue, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization.  We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future.  We will prioritize the state budget to address people's real needs, reinvigorating our residents' confidence and their roles in our future economy.  The legislature will focus heavily on

peter goodman

Commentary: Here's hoping Progressives keep their eyes on the ball.

Steve Pearce, despite losing our county to less experienced candidates, has held Congressional District 2 for years, using it as a platform for spouting far-right ideology most folks here don't share.

We need to get the seat out of ReTrumplican hands. For everyone's sake.

Commentary: I was said to hear that Stan Fulton had passed away. Fulton, the video slot machine mogul and Sunland Park Race Track owner, was the largest single donor to NMSU. I’ve been the beneficiary of research and travel grants funded by Fulton, which I’m thankful.

I only met Stan Fulton once, but it was among the most memorable interactions that I’ve had over the years. At the time, I was a paid consultant to Sunland Park Race Track in their efforts to thwart the Anthony Casino.

With governor and her staff, transparency is a campaign slogan, not reality

Jan 20, 2018
Danielle Prokop-New Mexico In Depth

Commentary: Reading New Mexico In Depth’s 2018 Special Legislative Edition, you might notice a glaring hole in our reporting: There is no comment or perspective from Gov. Susana Martinez or her spokespeople.

It wasn’t for lack of trying by New Mexico In Depth.

Our organization sought comment from Martinez in person at a December event in Rio Rancho and in writing to her press office. As of press time, we have received no response.

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

 

As the New Mexico legislature meets, a new report from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows how a lack of positive environmental policy leadership from the Martinez and Trump Administrations is fueling a growing threat to the health of New Mexico’s children and families.  It offers policy suggestions for New Mexicans and their leaders this winter and in the coming year.

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