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Mosque Attack In Egypt's Sinai Kills At Least 235

Updated at 12:24 p.m. ET A terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has left at least 235 people dead and as many as 109 wounded Friday, that country's state news agency reported. The death toll makes it the biggest attack since the conflict in the North Sinai started six years ago. The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip. Police officers told The...

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AG Searching for Victims in Albuquerque & Las Cruces in Child Exploitation Case

Nov 22, 2017
John Henry Bevel, Jr.

  Albuquerque, NM - In October, the Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit referred a cyber tip to Homeland Security Investigations (Las Cruces) and the Las Cruces Police Department that led to a search warrant at the residence of John Henry Bevel Jr. in Las Cruces. On October 24, John Henry Bevel Jr. was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and was taken into federal custody.

Hundreds of pieces of postcard-sized artwork will be showcased at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery from Nov. 27–30 during a fundraiser to support the replacement of D.W. Williams Hall, the new art building which will provide an innovative and new space to support the needs of both the NMSU Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Art Gallery.

Successful New Mexico State University alums, a dedicated corporate partner and the NMSU system’s top leadership are among many generous donors who have stepped up to offer matching funds and challenges aimed at inspiring others to make an impact during the university system’s third-annual Giving Tuesday event on Nov. 28.

Commentary: Carlsbad, NM – Joining a bipartisan coalition of 11 attorneys general, Attorney General Hector Balderas today expressed his strong opposition to the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fee during the five-month peak season would increase to $70 from $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would also increase by double or more. 

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Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, blasted the Republican majority’s release of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bill. In an unusual move, the Republican leadership on the committee chose to bypass the regular committee process by posting the bill online, rather than hold a formal markup.

3 Indicted In Slaying, Mutilation Of Albuquerque Man

Nov 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three people have been indicted for murder and other crimes in the killing and mutilation of an Albuquerque man.

Prosecutors say Chase Smotherman and Mariah Ferry face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and evidence tampering.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday a third person, Mitchell Overhand, has been charged with evidence tampering and conspiracy.

New Mexico Mom Arrested After Kids Test Positive For Meth

Nov 22, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mother is facing child abuse charges after her two children tested positive for methamphetamine.

Las Cruces police say 27-year-old Marissa Gomez was arrested last week in Silver City following an investigation that was spurred by a welfare check conducted on the two children in early October.

Gomez has addresses in both Las Cruces and Silver City. It's not clear if she has an attorney.

Silver City Report

Nov 22, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Christine Steele and Ben Fischer. This week, an update on the case against the district attorney, the case against the cop who is accused of killing his wife is set for February, an investigation by Game and Fish against a company who is supposed to clean the area lake, and a lawsuit against the police department. 

Tribal Leaders Take Aim At Oil And Gas Development

Nov 21, 2017

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders from throughout New Mexico are taking aim at oil and gas development — this time spurred by a proposed ordinance that would regulate drilling across hundreds of square miles of one sparsely-populated county.

Sandoval County, home to a dozen tribal nations, currently doesn't have any rules for the industry. The commission has been working for the last two years to craft regulations that would apply to drilling in unincorporated areas.

After a contentious meeting last week, a final vote is set for January.

Gary Sandler
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Most people are aware that Las Cruces-area home prices have been on the upswing. What’s surprising to many is the extent to which they have risen.

According to a report pulled from the archives of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors on November 13, the average sales price for the 36 new and existing homes, townhomes and condominiums sold during the first 13-days in November hit $203,515. November wasn’t the only month this year in which the average price exceeded $200,000. The average hit $203,275 in October and $212,072 in May.

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GOP Tax Cuts Will Not Result In Miraculous Growth

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Commentary: The Republican House leadership is claiming that their tax plan will create 1 million jobs. But whether or not this goal is realistic depends critically on the state of U.S. labor markets and the availability of new workers.

The argument that the Republicans are making is that tax cuts will incentivize business expansion and this, along with the accompanying increase capital investment, will create jobs. The result, the argument goes, is increased employment both by the business and by the businesses suppliers.

GOP Tax Bill Hurts Rural Communities

Nov 22, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: The Republican tax plan is a bad deal for working families and rural communities. The GOP plan raises taxes on middle-class families in order to give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest among us, while adding $2 trillion to the federal debt and incentivizing corporations to move jobs overseas. Here’s a look at some of the ways the GOP tax plan would harm farmers and rural communities:

The Republican tax plan will raise taxes on middle-class families in rural communities.

FCC Plan to Repeal Open Internet Protections Leaves Us Vulnerable to Corporate Greed

Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai / fcc.gov

Commentary: Chairman Ajit Pai of the the Federal Communications Commission 

It’s time for New Mexico to negotiate lower Rx drug prices

Nov 22, 2017
Senator Jeff Steinborn

Commentary: Last April, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed legislation that could have saved New Mexico millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  Senate Bill 354, which passed the Legislature with strong bi-partisan support, would have required all New Mexico state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs, to work together to aggressively seek a better deal on drug prices.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON —NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to shatter the families of as many as 59,000 Haitians living in the US by ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) granted to Haitians who fled multiple natural disasters and a cholera epidemic:

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