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Sen. Graham Faces Raucous Town Hall The Day After GOP Fails To Repeal Obamacare

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faced a tough, boisterous crowd at a town hall in Columbia, South Carolina today. The public meeting came the day after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "The process was not what I wanted it to be," he said, adding that he thinks Obamacare is a disaster and is going to collapse. And he doesn't think one party is going to be able to fix it alone. "Here's what I think should happen next," the third-term senator said. "I think...

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Carlsbad Caverns Sees Uptick In Visitors

Mar 23, 2017
nps.gov

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns is celebrating the highest number of visitor in 15 years.

The national park says it saw higher-than-average visitation for the 2017 spring break season, hosting over 42,000 people in the first three weeks of March.

That's a 44 percent increase in visitors compared to the same period in 2016.

The park is known for its underground limestone caves. Former President Barack Obama and his family visited last summer.

Drought Threatens Return With Warm, Dry Weather

Mar 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say warm temperatures and dry weather are combining to create a flash drought across parts of New Mexico.

They issued the warning this week after weighing current conditions. They say the month of March has been bleak when it comes to precipitation and a ridge of high pressure sitting over the state is partly to blame.

NM State Land Office Says More Funds Coming To Schools

Mar 23, 2017
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
nmstatelands.org

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office says schools will see an extra $18 million next month thanks to a major lease sale of oil and gas.

Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says the March 21 sale was the second highest in the office's history. It included 56 tracts covering about 16,800 acres in the state.

Public schools, the University of New Mexico and several other institutions benefit from the State Land office, which is a self-funded agency.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Officer Assault

Mar 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Ruiz Leyva, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to assaulting federal and local law enforcement officers.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Leyva will be sentenced to 82 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Las Cruces Man Suspected Of Injuring Toddler

Mar 22, 2017

Police have arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of child abuse after his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son was admitted to a local hospital with multiple head injuries.

Zachary Tyler Ochoa, 20, of the 2200 block of Missouri Avenue, is charged with one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

Zohrab Samani, a New Mexico State University civil engineering professor, and his graduate student Pooneh Pahlevani are leading a research project examining water accessibility in southern New Mexico. The goal of the project, “Evaluating water budget for the Mesilla Bolson Aquifer,” is to develop a hydrologic model that can predict future water storage and sustainability of the Mesilla Valley Aquifer known as the Mesilla Bolson. 

  You are invited to the 4th Wednesday Happenings “Living Better in a Green Home” program at 2 p.m. April 26, at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., in the Roadrunner Room. Living better means better comfort and health, better energy and water efficiency, stronger resale value, lower cost of living, less maintenance, and lower harmful carbon emissions from your home. 

 

What financial disclosure forms don’t require reveal as much as what they do

Mar 22, 2017

Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell is a race horse owner, as she points out on her Twitter biography and her financial disclosure document.

As a Republican lawmaker from Roswell, Ezzell often proposes and advocates for legislation that impacts the racing industry.

At least seven of the 13 members of the House Education Committee are current or former educators, and one is a former school board member. At every meeting they take action on legislation that could impact their current or former livelihoods.

Heinrich Calls For Manafort To Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Mar 22, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S.

  UNM researchers are using a $2.3-million funding award over four years to identify the effects of cultural competence in the design of diabetes self-management programs for Hispanic diabetes patients from households with few resources.

More than 12 percent of Hispanics in New Mexico have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Hispanics from low-income households are at an even greater risk of the ravages of the disease, which can include amputations, blindness and death.

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Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), made the following statements today after President Trump granted a permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Republicans Want to Strip Coverage from New Mexicans

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary: New Mexico - In an attempt to gain votes, Republicans in Congress are attempting to make Trump’s Health care plan even worse, by eliminating basic coverage requirements.

 

Commentary:  API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the State Department’s approval of the cross-border permit needed for the advancement of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Commentary: Hello my name is Robert Hinton. Most people know me as Rob. I am a native New Mexican and have been a proud member of the Las Cruces community for over twenty-five years. However, at this time, I am concerned about various city government actions (past and present, as well as some imminent decisions that will greatly impact our future).

Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Pay for America’s Berlin Wall

Mar 23, 2017
Simon Thompson

Commentary: So much for Mexico paying for it. According to a recent CNBC article, “Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first federal dollars that would be allocated for one of his most divisive campaign promises.”

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