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At Least 150 People Killed After Oil Truck Catches Fire In Pakistan

Updated at 8:20 a.m. ET At least 150 people who had gathered to collect fuel from an overturned tanker truck in Pakistan were killed when it caught fire Sunday, according to The Associated Press. More than 100 people were injured, many with severe burns. "Authorities say most of the bodies are burnt beyond recognition and the death toll is likely to rise," reporter Abdul Sattar in Islamabad reports for NPR. "Children and women are among the injured." The oil tanker was traveling to the city...

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Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

Jun 22, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:

Pearce, O'Rourke Reintroduce Border Accountability Act

Jun 22, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) along with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) reintroduced the Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act.

Las Cruces To El Paso Rail Service? Report To Be Released Next Week

Jun 22, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A study on proposed commuter rail service between Las Cruces and El Paso will be unveiled Tuesday night at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave.

The $50,000 study was commissioned by the South Central Regional Transit District and paid for with state funding from Rep. Jeff Steinborn and other state legislators.

Regulators Say 3 Pueblos Owe State Money Over Casino Revenue

Jun 22, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three pueblos owe New Mexico a combined $40 million under a long-disputed interpretation of an old agreement for sharing revenue from tribal casinos, state regulators said.

The Tesuque, Sandia and Isleta pueblos have asked a judge to block the state from collecting what they argue would amount to an illegal tax, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The disagreement is centered on free play credits that are given to gamblers to push them toward playing slots.

New Mexico Water Official Moves To Clarify Ranchers' Rights

Jun 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on the Lincoln National Forest.

State Engineer Tom Blaine is issuing licenses to ranchers that clarify their water rights and allow them to use all sources of surface water on their grazing allotments.

Remains ID'd Of US Airman Who Vanished In Montana In 1974

Jun 22, 2017

  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators have identified the remains of a New Mexico-based airman who vanished in the mountains of Montana 43 years ago.

Relatives of Rudy Redd Victor in Littleton, Colorado, recently received notification from the Air Force that investigators believed Victor died in June 1974, not long after leaping from a car between Helena and Great Falls during a fight with his girlfriend, the Independent Record ( reported Thursday.

Heinrich Rejects Republican Health Care Bill, Says It’s Everything We Feared It Would Be

Jun 22, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is rejecting the health care proposal released today by Senate Republicans. For weeks, a small group of Senate Republicans worked behind closed doors without bipartisan input to draft the bill based on the health care bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Udall Statement On Senate TrumpCare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their TrumpCare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans crafted the bill entirely behind closed doors, and do not plan to hold public hearings on the legislation before voting on it, despite the enormous ramifications for the economy and the millions of Americans who stand to lose access to health care services under the Republican bill.

U.S. Forest Service

Albuquerque and Los Alamos area residents and visitors who are curious about cave exploration can get a fun, free, hands-on experience Saturday, June 24, at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Sunday, June 25, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

  Commentary: On Friday, Fr. Rafael García, S.J., of Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church will lead a procession honoring the Feast of the Sacred of Jesus in solidarity with the vulnerable people of barrio Duranguito. The participants will walk, reflect on Scripture and pray the rosary for the safety and well-being of the impacted residents of the neighborhood who have been struggling to maintain their community in the face of evictions and the imminent threat of demolition. For over a century, Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church has served the people of South El Paso, including Duranguito.


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Goodman: Waiting For Wise, Patient Leadership

8 minutes ago

Commentary: Sometimes it's easy to see what should be done.

In December 1941, few doubted we needed to beat the Nazi's and the Japanese.

In 1966, it was obviously pointless to battle against Vietnamese independence. The Vietnamese deserved freedom. They'd whipped the French convincingly. We couldn't prevail without destroying the people whose hearts and minds we supposedly sought to win. Their independent spirit and historical enmity toward China meant they wouldn't be China's puppet.

Commentary: In a recent interview with the Deming Headlight, Congressman Steve Pearce was asked about his position on the current review of America’s prized national monuments, a review that could precipitate a resizing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in Dona Ana County.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after weeks of hiding the bill from the American people to avoid answering tough questions.

Commentary: Once upon a time, when this columnist was beginning a career as an actor, one of the first producers who gave me a job was Oskar Eustis. He is at the center of a controversy this week over a production of Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar” in New York City. Anyone who has worked with Oskar or engaged him in conversation can guess two things as this illiterate scandal roils around his new production. One, Eustis certainly does not endorse assassination; and two, part of him must be thrilled that a play is arousing controversy in 2017.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released to following statement after Senate Republicans released the healthcare bill they drafted behind closed doors:

"Republicans are actively working to take away the health care many New Mexicans rely on to stay healthy. Under the Republican plan children will go without doctor appointments, rural hospitals will be forced to close, and heath care professionals in our state will see their jobs disappear. .

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