New Mexico Town Reconsiders Tribute To Spanish Conqueror

Apr 18, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city nestled among Pueblo Indian reservations is reconsidering its annual commemoration of the 1598 arrival of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate, who is both revered as a Hispanic founding father and reviled for brutality against Native Americans.

Newly elected Espanola Mayor Javier Sanchez said this week that changes are in store for the city's summer pageant and community carnival that includes a costumed pageant of an armored Onate on horseback with a coterie of soldiers, royalty, Christian friars and an Indian scout.

Postal Service: Pie Town Will Keep Full Postal Services

Apr 18, 2018

PIE TOWN, N.M. (AP) — The Postal Service is providing assurances that it is committed to providing full services in Pie Town, a tiny western New Mexico community where the current post office is closing.

Postal Service spokesman Peter Hass says operations are being temporarily suspended at the current location because of a loss of lease but he says officials are working to move the services to new location.

Hass says officials also are working with residents to identity a place for temporary group mailboxes to serve post office box customers in the meantime.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) led a group of 170 members of Congress in introducing companion resolutions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives formally calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign.

El Paso School Safety Forum Thursday

Apr 18, 2018

El Paso - The second Students' Forum: Keeping our Schools Safe, a collaboration between state Sen. José Rodríguez, the Senate District 29 Youth Advisory Committee, and UTEP and EPCC student governments will take place at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center (Auditorium, Bldg. A, 9050 Viscount) from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Heinrich Statement On The Passing Of Community Leader Jennifer Riordan

Apr 18, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the passing of Jennifer Riordan who died aboard a Southwest Airlines flight:

“New Mexico tragically lost one of our very best. Jennifer was a pillar of our community in Albuquerque and will be deeply missed. My wife, Julie, and I are heartbroken for her husband and two children and will continue to keep their entire family in our thoughts. May we all aspire to leave such a positive and lasting impact on our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family as Jennifer did. Julie and I extend our deepest sympathies to her loved ones as we all grieve this tremendous loss.”


Gila National Forest Placed On 'High Fire Danger'

Apr 18, 2018


SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A national forest in southwestern New Mexico along the Arizona border has been placed on "high fire danger."

The Silver City Sun-News reports warmer temperatures and high spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila National Forest as officials report an increase in abandoned campfires.

A fire danger rating of "high" is defined as "all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes."

NM Motor Vehicle Division Out Of New Vehicle Registration Stickers

Apr 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division has run out of the special paper required to print new vehicle registration stickers.

Agency spokesman Ben Cloutier confirmed Tuesday that the division ran out April 9 as the contract for the paper provider expired. The contract has since been renewed and registration stickers for all affected customers are expected to be mailed by the end of the month.

Silver City Report

Apr 18, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer. This week, a local non-profit that serves people with developmental disabilities is closing, Fort Bayard is getting AmeriCorps volunteers to come and clean it up, an update on the upcoming election, and Tour of the Gila is this week.  

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New Mexico Delegation Concerned About Pie Town Post Office

Apr 17, 2018
New Mexico Delegation

PIE TOWN, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are concerned about a decision by the U.S. postmaster general to temporarily suspend operations at a post office in a tiny community along the Continental Divide that is best known for its homemade pies.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Steve Pearce sent a letter to postal officials, asking that a permanent post office be kept open in Pie Town.

Forecasters Warn Of Rare, Life-Threatening Wildfire Weather

Apr 17, 2018 Image: luigi diamanti

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters warned of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a "historically critical day."


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China Makes Its Move In Latin America

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Commentary: When I was in graduate school, I had a professor in my Latin American Economics class who used to always say that when a void is left in a particular economic sector, a new element would step in to ‘sop up the gravy.’ I often think of this phrase when I see the reversal of the long-standing U.S. position of promoting free trade. While the U.S. has reversed course in fomenting trade ties in with the rest of the world, other nations are stepping in to fill the void.

peter goodman

Commentary: "When I stand at last before the face of God, God will say to me, 'show me your wounds.'  And I will say, 'I have no wounds.' And God will ask, 'Was nothing worth fighting for?’"     

I could write a column containing just that phrase, repeated 16 times.

South African writer Alan Paton put it into the mouth of a fictional character decades ago.

Ancient Roman roads have lessons for New Mexico

Apr 19, 2018

Commentary: Economists long argued that infrastructure is critical to economic development. A new study of Roman road networks makes this point in a new way. It finds that proximity to ancient roads correspond to increased economic development today.

The Roman Empire, of course, was a political entity that encompassed much of southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. The traces of Roman roads are found everywhere within this region. Indeed, it can be argued that to be part of the Roman empire was to be connected by road to the City of Rome.

Commentary: Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them. Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular and historically and socially significant outdoor areas and we must do all that we can to protect them.

Biden And Booker In 2020?

Apr 19, 2018

Commentary:  I recently came across a survey on, a website that claims to be the "oldest community of progressive activists, with over 3 million supporters." After clicking on potential candidates for president that I would vote for in 2020, the survey's results popped up on the next screen. Here was the breakdown:

Joe Biden-14.8%

Bernie Sanders-11.44%

Elizabeth Warren-12.81%

Cory Booker-10.16%

Kamala Harris-9.48%

Kirsten Gillibrand-6.7%

Andrew Cuomo-4.57%

Eric Holder-5.6%

Julian Castro-4.31%

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