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9:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

FACT SHEET: Helping All Working Families With Young Children Afford Child Care

  “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have -- it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”

– President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

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8:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Pearce Votes To Speed Up Natural Gas Permitting

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act with a bipartisan vote of 253-169. This bill would accelerate the approval of much needed energy infrastructure projects across the country. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) released the following statement on his support for and passage of the bill:

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8:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Group Blasts Pearce Commentary On Wolf Policy

  As demonstrated yet again by his recent commentary, “Latest Wolf Rule Puts New Mexicans in Danger,” the facts and Rep. Steve Pearce don’t have a very close relationship.

Despite Rep. Pearce’s fear-mongering, expanding the small Mexican gray wolf population of about 100 wolves will hardly put people or their livelihoods in danger, something the congressman could have learned from the hundreds of his constituents who attended a public hearing last August in Truth or Consequences to voice their support for the wolves.

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8:42 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Heinrich Co-Sponsers Legislation To Protect Access To Reproductive Care

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-sponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights. The legislation would protect a woman's right and ability to determine whether and when to bear a child by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services -- such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin. The bill's introduction comes as the country marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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6:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 5 Preview: Dr. Connie Phillips

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6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

NMSU Equine Professor Helps Students Become Leaders

Laura White, assistant professor of Equine Science, spends most of her time at the NMSU Horse Farm. (NMSU photo by Angela Simental)

  Her first horse was a mean, little pony her parents bought her even though she was a little too young to ride, but Laura White learned not to give in and to pursue her passion for horses.

“My parents thought it was just a phase, but I’ve always loved horses. They are truly magnificent beasts,” said White, New Mexico State University assistant professor of equine science. 

Originally from Texas, White now owns two horses – one for show and one miniature horse, which she is teaching new tricks.

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4:50 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Rodriguez: Texas Senate Rule Change Escalates Partisanship To A New Level

  Austin -- Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement upon adjournment of the Texas Senate, which voted today to change its rules in a way that limits minority power, dismissing over 60 years of tradition meant to protect the minority and encourage debate and compromise.

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4:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Udall Introduces Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill To Create Renewable Energy Standard

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create over a quarter of a million jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars. The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025.

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2:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Heinrich Issues Statement On Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

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11:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Supreme Court May Weaken Housing Bias Cases With Texas Decision

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  The Supreme Court appears bitterly divided in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues expressed serious doubts Wednesday that the Fair Housing Act can be used to ban housing or lending practices without any proof of intent to discriminate.

The court's four liberal justices defended the use of so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits that allege even race-neutral policies can have a harmful effect on minority groups.

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10:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New Mexico Groups Protest Citizens United In Santa Fe

  Santa Fe — NMPIRG, joined today by Common Cause, and Environment New Mexico, gathered at the Roundhouse to mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, the infamous decision that birthed Super PACs and opened the floodgates for special interest money in our elections.  The groups called out the flood of big money in elections and put forward solutions to amplify the voice of average Americans. 

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9:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Public Meeting Planned On Proposed Gila Cliff Dwellings Fee Increase

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park's entry fees. The proposal is to raise the basic entrance fee from $3 to $5.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the changes, or make comments on them, is invited to a meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 27.  The meeting will take place at the Gila National Forest office in Silver City located at 3005 East Camino del Bosque. The meeting will take place between 1 and 3 PM.  Interested persons are welcome to come at any time during those hours.

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8:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Transcript: State Of The Union Address

  REMARKS BY THE PRESDIENT

IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

 

U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C.

9:10 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: 

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8:44 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Pearce Blasts State Of The Union Address

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  President Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union (SOTU) since taking office.  In response, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) issued the following statement:

“Hard-working Americans yearn for concrete solutions to our nation’s challenges.  Yet tonight, we heard more out-of-touch rhetoric that neither soothes concerns, nor gives reason for hope,” said Pearce

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8:04 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Officials: New Mexico Precipitation Near Normal For 2014

New Mexico recorded near normal amounts of rain and snow in 2014, and officials say forecasts are pointing to the drought easing up by May.

A panel of state and federal weather forecasters and water managers met Tuesday to discuss the drought. They say the latest map shows nearly two-thirds of New Mexico are dealing with moderate drought conditions or worse.

That's better than the 80 percent reported at this time last year.

The state received 95 percent of its normal precipitation last year. The most rain fell in far southeastern New Mexico near the Texas border.

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8:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Martinez Makes Another Run At Driver's License Law

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants the Legislature to repeal a law that allows the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Martinez took aim at the law during her State of the State address before the House and Senate on Tuesday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite the Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats lead the Senate and vowed Tuesday to fight back.

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8:01 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.

Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Watrous.

The National Weather Service says snow levels will continue to drop Wednesday, with the most significant impacts expected overnight.

According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow Wednesday.

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6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Las Cruces Looks Into Taking Over White Sands International Film Festival

The White Sands International Film Festival announced that it was ending earlier this month. Las Cruces City Council is using that as an opportunity to see if it is an event that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau could take over.

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8:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Heinrich: President Obama Laid Out A Clear Vision To Help The Middle Class

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

"Tonight, the president laid out a clear vision to increase opportunities for all Americans and strengthen our middle class. While our nation's economy is progressing, my priority is to build on that momentum so that New Mexicans working hard to get ahead feel those gains.

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8:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

In Depth: Middle Class Economics

Over the past six years, we’ve rescued and begun to rebuild our economy on a new foundation.  Middle class economics has begun to work.  Now we have to build on this progress to raise wages and incomes and to strengthen the standing of working families in a new economy. 

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5:13 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Democrats Respond To The Martinez "State Of The State"

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (D-29-Bernalillo & Valencia) today delivered a Democratic response to Gov.

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4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Suspected Of Beating Girlfriend

  A Las Cruces man suspected of beating up his girlfriend Saturday evening has been charged with a pair of felonies.

Joshua J. Baeza, 35, is charged with one count of battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and one count of battery against a household member.

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4:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Charged For Allegedly Battering, Threatening Mother

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of threatening his mother Monday with a hacksaw and a knife.

Emmanuel Rivera, 22, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

Shortly after noon on Monday, Jan. 19, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Aspen Court after Rivera reported became irate when the mother of his young son went to his home and picked up their child.

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4:07 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Pearce: Latest Wolf Rule Puts New Mexicans In Danger

  Washington, D.C – Last week, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Mexican Wolf as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and quadrupled its recovery zone in New Mexico.

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3:55 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

WNMU Professor Emeritus Earns Nature Book Recognition

  Silver City, NM – Ever heard the term citizen scientist? Professor Emeritus Sharman Apt Russell, wrote a book on the subject, and it has landed on the list of Best Nature Books of 2014.

Diary Of A Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World was released in 2014. It is a 224-page journey by Russell describing her exploration in a yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle.

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3:29 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Man Sentenced To 12+ Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

  Cody Allen Little, 34, of Lovington, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 5thJudicial District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks, Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Lea County Sheriff Steve Ackerman.

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3:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Immigrant Group Condemns Governor's Sixth Attempt to Repeal Driver's License Law

  Santa Fe, NM--The following is a statement from Somos Un Pueblo Unido regarding the Governor's sixth introduction of a proposal to take away driver's licenses from immigrant residents of New Mexico:

 

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3:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Justice Department And City Of Albuquerque Jointly Select Monitor To Oversee Police Reforms

  ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department announced today that, jointly with the city of Albuquerque, it is notifying the District Court of the selection of Dr. James R.

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2:07 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

"Right To Work" Is Wrong For New Mexico

Credit alanfornm.com

  In 2015, with Republican Susana Martinez re-elected to a second term as New Mexico’s Governor and Republicans in control of the State House of Representatives for the first time since the Eisenhower 1950s, so-called “right to work” legislation has emerged as one of the highest priorities for the legislative session.

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2:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Goodman: Each Age Has Its Own Contradictions

Edward Bellamy wrote Looking Backward 2000-1887.  A utopian socialist novel, it envisioned a world in which social ills like poverty and illiteracy no longer existed because humankind had outgrown competition as a guiding principle. 

   By 1900 only Uncle Tom's Cabin had outsold Looking Backward among books published in the U.S.  Folks so loved it as an alternative to the abuses of the Gilded Age that around the country 500 Nationalist Clubs sprang up to disseminate Bellamy's ideas.

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