Groups worry proposed power lines, towers will kill birds

Jul 21, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife groups fear a proposed river crossing for a $2 billion power line project that will funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets could be a death trap for migratory birds.

Ruling: New Mexico funding for public schools is inadequate

Jul 21, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that New Mexico is violating the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide adequate funding for public schools.

District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling Friday says insufficient funding leaves students "in an inadequate system" and means they'll stay there unless better programs are instituted.

Singleton's ruling on a lawsuit on behalf of students, parents and school districts doesn't specify how lawmakers and other state officials should address the issue.

In Depth: Outrage Over Decision To Cut Men's Soccer At UNM

Jul 20, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The men's soccer team at the University of New Mexico has had a dozen NCAA tournament appearances and hopefuls from around the world have competed to play for the program.

But regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to cut the program, which has among the highest profiles nationally of Lobos men's sports.

Scammers Pretending to be State Employees to Steal New Mexicans’ Cash

Jul 20, 2018

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexicans that scammers are calling from phone numbers with “New Mexico State Government” listed on caller ID, and trying to trick people into handing over their money.

“Scammers are getting very sneaky and sophisticated, and their techniques are increasingly difficult to detect,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “The most effective solution to the problem of encountering a scam call is simply to hang up.”

Martinez Appoints Jim Paxon to the Sierra County Commission

Jul 20, 2018

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Jim Paxon of Truth or Consequences to the First District of the Sierra County Commission, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Sherry Fletcher.

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Museum reopened for a limited preview on Friday, July 20. 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m.


Home of the world’s largest collection of Mimbres artifacts, the museum has been temporarily closed for almost two years while its official home, historic Fleming Hall, undergoes a $3.2 million transformation.

The limited preview was hosted in conjunction with the Silver City CLAY Festival (July 16 – 21), as a way of sharing the WNMU museum’s extensive pottery collection with modern day ceramicists.

“Light Works: A Century of Photography,” will open with a reception during the Downtown Ramble, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 3 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St.

In May, Lourdes walked across the bridge from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and requested asylum. The first step is an interview with an asylum officer.

"I told him that I have the evidence on me," Lourdes said, through an interpreter. She told the asylum officer about the scar on her arm, and the four missing fingers on her left hand — all evidence, she says, of a brutal attack by a gang in her native Honduras.

But the asylum officer rejected her claim.

"I don't know what happened," Lourdes said. "I don't know how I failed."

Udall Statement On Trump Move To Undermine Endangered Species Act

Jul 20, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explore ways the wastewater that results from oil and gas operations can be reused or recycled.

The state and the federal agency announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding Thursday.

Ken McQueen, who oversees New Mexico's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, says the state is one of the largest oil producers in the U.S. and that production is accompanied by even more wastewater.


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Preserving The First Amendment In Las Cruces

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Commentary: In a column four months ago, I wrote that the people running the downtown Farmer’s Market had been “very helpful” with a group I was working with to raise funds for homeless students in the Las Cruces school district.

In the more than 16 years that I have been writing this weekly column, I have never penned a sentence that was as wrong. I confused the people running the market with the woman who was in charge of collecting rent for the walkway leading to the Farmer’s Market. She was not only helpful, but took a real interest in what we were doing.

The owners of Dragonfly Restaurant, where we eventually set up shop after being shooed off the Farmer’s Market, were more than helpful, as were those at the Wal-Mart on Rinconada, where we also had a table.

The people running the Farmer’s Market were the opposite of helpful.

And so, I wasn’t really surprised last week when the market’s inflexible rules crashed headlong into the First Amendment.

Goodman: Republicans Must Challenge Trump

22 hours ago
peter goodman

Commentary: Unless Republicans in Congress challenge Donald Trump’s conduct, Democrats winning back the House might now be a matter of national security.

U.S. intelligence services unanimously say Russia interfered in our 2016 elections and plans the same for 2018. Twelve Russian military officers are under indictment; and the 29-page indictment is incredibly specific on what they did.

Monday, Trump stood beside Vladimir Putin and made clear he believed Putin’s denial of any interference. Remarkably, Trump said he couldn’t “see any reason why” Russia would interfere in our election. A huge outcry (even from Republicans) forced a fatuous cleanup effort, but Trump added that it could actually be others. Trump’s handpicked Director of Intelligence, Dan Coats, commented that the intelligence conclusion is “extremely clear” and that the Russian interference is “persistent,” “pervasive,” and “meant to undermine American democracy.”

Rep. Brian Egolf

  Commentary: District Court Judge Sarah Singleton issued a ruling that the Martinez Administration is failing to provide New Mexico students with a sufficient education and violating the students’ constitutional rights.  State Representatives issued the following statements in response:

“When our children can’t access the high-quality education they need, there are ripple effects across New Mexico,” said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe).  “This can be a turning point for New Mexico’s educational system.  When we invest in our children’s success, we will also find it easier to boost economic development and improve public safety.  I am committed to working with our next Governor to forge a new path, where every child in New Mexico has access to a great education, regardless of zip code.”

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly on the New Mexico court ruling that the state is failing to adequately fund its public schools:

AFT President Randi Weingarten says: “For too long, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration have abandoned their responsibility to kids and public schools. This ruling confirms what parents and educators know—that New Mexico children are deprived of the essential resources, including qualified teachers and support staff, they need. This deprivation is especially severe for those at risk and in need of additional supports—English language learners, Native American students and those in poverty. The ruling also calls out the governor’s obsession with testing over teaching.

  Commentary: A state court ruled today that New Mexico’s education system violates the state constitution because it fails to provide students a sufficient public education.


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