Local Viewpoints

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Senator Howie Morales

  A contract between public school boards and the superintendents is typically a term of three years nationwide. These contracts usually include a buyout provision should the district find it necessary to terminate the contract for reasons ranging from unsatisfactory performance to violations of the negotiated contract.

  STATEMENT from Jessica Goad, Advocacy Director at the Center for Western Priorities, on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new report advocating for the state seizure of America's public lands:

Gessing: School Employees Should Not Be Paid For Time Serving In The Legislature

Aug 31, 2015
Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Most of the media’s attention has been focused on the ongoing scandal at the top of Albuquerque Public Schools. Unfortunately, an issue with much larger long-term ramifications was recently voted on by the APS board (minus Peggy Muller Aragon who opposed the move).

The issue is, of course, the new policy to give district employees “political pay” for serving in the Legislature.

  The truest measure of our community's quality of life must be a shared vision that touches us all. A retired Las Cruces Public Schools teacher, I have seen how the problem of limited transportation affects the academic success of our students, their families, and their futures.

Common Cause Director "Shocked" By Allegations Against Duran; Presses For "Quick And Fair" Outcome

Aug 30, 2015
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico

  Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, Viki Harrison, released the following statement today regarding the Secretary of State situation “Like the rest of the state, Common Cause New Mexico was shocked to hear of the criminal complaints filed against our Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, by the Attorney General,” said Harrison.

Toulouse Oliver: "Shocked, Saddened" Over Allegations Facing Duran

Aug 30, 2015

  After the announcement of criminal charges filed against New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement:

“Like many of my fellow New Mexicans, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations facing Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

  Some readers will remember Rick Seeberger. Sheriff Todd Garrison was so charmed by Seeberger that he placed him high in DASO, though Seeberger had never been a cop and had neither experience nor a degree in law enforcement. DASO Deputies reported disastrous results. Morale seemed to go through the floor. The basement floor. Eventually Seeberger departed, after a public controversy.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Las Cruces, N.M. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement following the federal court decision in North Dakota to grant a preliminary injunction that will temporarily block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS):


  On Thursday, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to approve trapping for cougars on state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico. The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. 

New Mexico Activists to Rally in Support of Releasing More Mexican Gray Wolves

Aug 25, 2015

  SANTA FE, N.M.— Wildlife supporters will rally Thursday morning to call on the New Mexico Game Commission to support the federal government's release of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico. Activists are also urging the commission to vote down two separate proposals: one that would allow cougar trapping and another allowing a 25 percent increase in hunting permits for black bears.

McCamley: You Can Do Something About Standardized Tests

Aug 25, 2015
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

 “The problem with standardized tests is that it's based on the mistake that we can simply scale up the education of children like you would scale up making carburetors. And we can't, because human beings are very different from motorcars, and they have feelings about what they do and motivations in doing it, or not.”


Sir Ken Robinson

Investment Company Selects Arrowhead-Supported Business For Competitive Program

Aug 24, 2015

A company developed with support from New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center technology incubator has been selected for an entrepreneurship program with an elite investment company focused on addressing water and energy problems.

  The following "Local Viewpoints" post is a response to a Madeline Sanchez column printed in the Las Cruces Sun News:

  On Aug. 14, 2015, Social Security turned 80 years old. It is the most
successful program in our government's history. It provides basic
support to the elderly, the disabled and their families. Poverty among
the elderly is down to 10 percent.

Goodman: We Must Address Mental Health Services

Aug 23, 2015

  A few years ago during a radio discussion of mental health, we realized that each of us (two hosts and three guests) had a close relative with a serious mental health problem. Most readers can likely say the same.


So why can't we face the problem of mental health and deal with it?


Thomas: Let's Move Forward On Our Comprehensive Plan

Aug 21, 2015

  The proposed Comprehensive Plan for Dona Ana County will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, August 25th.   A comprehensive plan lays out the overarching goals for the county. Comprehensive plans are required by the state in order to receive state funding.  They are also required for many other types of funding.  The current county Comprehensive Plan is very old and out of date and needs to be replaced.

Small To Leave Las Cruces City Council

Aug 20, 2015
Simon Thompson

  Nathan Small, Las Cruces City Councilor in District 4, announced that he will be leaving the Council in November, after two terms in office. Small pointed to work strengthening neighborhoods and expanding economic opportunity as two of his most important contributions in public service.


US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mazie K.

Pearce: New EPA Methane Regulations Derail Jobs

Aug 19, 2015
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Las Cruces, N.M. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s office statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of its proposed rule to limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas development:

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture: Recognize The Role Of Farming In Culture, Economy, Water Cycle

Aug 19, 2015
Jeff Witte-New Mexico Agriculture Secretary

  National Farmers Market Week got me thinking about the economic and cultural importance of not just the state’s 75 farmers markets, but of New Mexico agriculture more broadly.

Silver City Report

Aug 19, 2015

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and krwg.org, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent Publisher, Nick Seibel taking a look at some recent storms.

The NM Center for Family Policy (NMCFP) is holding a rally in support of Belen’s Nativity scene and its mayor, Jerah Cordova, this Sunday, August 23, at 1:15 p.m. at Theresa Tabet Park. 

Photo courtesy Flickr Commons/Eric Kilby. Photos are available for media use.

  SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today intervened in a lawsuit brought by ranching organizations that are trying to overturn federal protection of habitat for endangered jaguars in New Mexico. The conservation groups are seeking to ensure that the designation of critical habitat for jaguars, on mostly public land in the Peloncillo and San Luis mountains of New Mexico, is maintained.

Goodman: Mulling Over The Iran Nuclear Deal

Aug 16, 2015

  Is the Iran deal good or bad?


As best I can tell it's good, though obviously imperfect.


A friend, an Israeli political scientist, put it well: “I think it's better than any of the alternatives. Sometimes instead of thinking about what's good and what's bad, you have to think about what's bad and what's worst. This was the least bad option in an unappetizing set.”


Others note that we won't really know if it's good or bad for many years.


The New Mexico State University College of Engineering is one of four partner universities in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center to pioneer advances in geotechnical engineering that promise solutions to some of world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.

The consortium of university, industry and government partners, led by Arizona State University, has been awarded $18.5 million to establish the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) to expand the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering.

Las Cruces Property Owners Asked To Pull Weeds

Aug 12, 2015

Las Cruces property owners and residents are being asked to remove weeds and overgrown vegetation from their property.


Rains in the past few weeks have been a boon for plant life but trouble when it comes to keeping weeds and unwanted foliage from spreading. Las Cruces received 3.33 inches of rain in July and above-average amounts of precipitation in six of the first seven months of 2015.


Conservation Group Calls On Martinez To Examine Envrionmental Policies

Aug 12, 2015

  Santa Fe, NM – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is saddened by the devastation that has been caused by the Gold King Mine spill, and stands in solidarity with all communities that have been and will be impacted by this event.

In response to the comments Governor Martinez made today concerning the Gold King Mine spill that has now reached New Mexico's Four Corners region, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster issued the following statement:

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $10 Million In Homeland Security Grants

Aug 10, 2015

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the state of New Mexico, along with Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties, will receive more than $10 million combined for border security and emergency preparedness. The funding comes from various U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs.

Goodman: A Man Who Made Rainbows

Aug 9, 2015

  There was a man who made rainbows.


His name was Fred Stern. Since 1999, he had lived in Las Cruces.


A lifelong artist in his mid-seventies, Fred was vibrant, imaginative, and energetic – and always excited about some new idea or project.


He made rainbows for political causes and civic events, but mostly he loved making them for children, often kids with serious diseases, and watching their joy.


Hancock: Clean Power Plan Helps To Address Climate Change

Aug 6, 2015
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Climate change, one of the biggest challenges of our time, is our own self-doing and we can no longer wait to undo it. It is undeniable: the carbon pollution we pump into our air causes climate change, posing a severe risk to the health of Americans every day.