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Temporary Restraining Order Issued Over Wage Theft Enforcement In New Mexico

Feb 1, 2017

Commentary: SANTA FE – Late Tuesday, New Mexicans whose legal rights were violated by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions won a major victory in their lawsuit filed on January 17, 2017 to remedy the agency’s failure to enforce our state’s wage payment laws.

Fronteras 704: ENLACE Program

Feb 1, 2017

Las Cruces Museum of Art to host African American Read-In

Feb 1, 2017

The first Las Cruces African American Read-In will be at 1 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the classroom at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 North Main St.

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 201 E. Picacho Ave., will hold free computer literacy classes throughout February. The classes will be in the library’s computer training lab located on the second floor. Registration is not required, however, only the first 8 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Las Cruces Police Continue Investigation into Fatal Shooting

Feb 1, 2017

The Las Cruces man who was killed in Tuesday evening’s shooting on Wyoming Avenue has been identified as 29-year-old Christopher “Chris” Mendoza.

Investigators learned that Mendoza received at least one gunshot wound and was unresponsive when police arrived at 1404 Wyoming Ave. Mendoza was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center where, shortly after arrival, he was pronounced dead.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will be holding a conference for New Mexico businesses of all sizes on Feb. 21, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, to help business leaders and entrepreneurs learn about ways they can take advantage of international trade opportunities.

Heinrich Statement On President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Feb 1, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump nominating Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals judge, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court:

“After ignoring Judge Garland’s nomination for purely partisan reasons, Senate Republicans are already talking about changing the Senate rules to confirm Trump's nominee if Democrats don’t simply defer.

Santa Fe Mayor Gets More Security After Sanctuary Debate

Feb 1, 2017
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales

Four police officers stood guard outside the Santa Fe mayor's office during a recent meet-and-greet, a measure officials say was taken largely in response to one unhappy individual.

The New Mexican reports that city spokesman Matt Ross says Mayor Javier Gonzales had more security during Tuesday's event in part because of the "tone and tenor" of one person's interactions with Gonzales in person and by email and phone. Ross says the person is unhappy with Santa Fe's decision to be a sanctuary city.

Opinions From Navajo Nation's AG To Be Posted Online

Feb 1, 2017

All formal opinions from the Navajo Nation attorney general's office are being made available online .

The tribe's justice department made the announcement Tuesday, saying the move will allow the public greater access, provide more clarity on Navajo law and increase transparency.

Attorney General Ethel Branch says she's following through on the encouragement of members of the tribal council to provide greater access.

Gov. Martinez Calls For Methane Rule To Be Repealed

Feb 1, 2017
Office of the Governor

As one of the nation's top energy-producing states, Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico won't be able to afford a rule finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration that seeks to reduce methane emissions on public and tribal lands.

The Republican governor outlined her opposition in a letter sent to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. The governor's office released the letter Tuesday, just ahead of a House committee hearing on the matter.

The New Mexico Legislature will consider increasing by more than four-fold the amount of renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar that utilities need to provide customers by the year 2040.

Two Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce bills Wednesday that would gradually increase the share of renewable energy to 80 percent of power supplies by 2040 under the state's investor-owned utilities.

New Mexico's current renewable energy portfolio peaks at 20 percent in 2020. Electrical cooperatives would ramp up to 70 percent renewables by 2040, under the proposal.

Listen to your heart this Heart Month

Feb 1, 2017

February is American Heart Month, and with good reason – not so much because of Valentine’s Day – but because of what makes us all tick: the human heart.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) reports about 4000 New Mexicans die every year from heart disease and stroke.  Heart disease for years has consistently been the first or second leading cause of death among both women and men in New Mexico annually. Stroke has been the 5th leading cause.

Silver City Report

Feb 1, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic. This week, it’s Grant County Day in Santa Fe and local superintendents are hoping to be heard.    

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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Comentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall made the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "I will thoroughly review the record of Judge Gorsuch and listen to the people of New Mexico before deciding how I will proceed with considering his nomination and how I will vote. However, I almost always disagreed with Justice Scalia's opinions and politics, and I believe the nation would be better off with a more mainstream, centrist justice in his seat.

Pearce Applauds Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Jan 31, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge in Denver, CO, for U.S. Supreme Court Justice:

Commentary:  Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to President Trump's appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:


Las Vegas Kidnapping Victim Found In New Mexico

Jan 31, 2017

Police in northern New Mexico say a woman who had been kidnapped from her Las Vegas, Nevada, home was found bound by chains in the back of a van on Monday.

New Mexico State Police say that a woman had been forced out of her Las Vegas home earlier that day and that tips had come in about the suspects possibly taking the victim to Espanola.

New Mexico police stopped a van around 11 p.m. and found the woman bound by padlocked chains and handcuffed in the back.

The woman had visible injuries but was released from a hospital.

The Latest: New Mexico Governor Vetoes Some Budget Fixes

Jan 31, 2017
Office of the Governor

The Latest on efforts to balance the New Mexico state budget (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed portions of a budget solvency package that would have reduced funding for economic development incentives while preserving spending cuts that target school district reserves.

The line-item vetoes on Tuesday by the Republican governor keep in place most of a $216 million plan from the Democrat-led Legislature for plugging a budget deficit and rebuilding modest reserves.

El Pinto To Invest $7M In Salsa Manufacturing Operation

Jan 31, 2017

El Pinto Foods plans to expand its salsa business with a $7 million investment.

State officials announced the effort Tuesday, saying the expansion will result in more than 6,200 square feet of manufacturing space and about two dozen jobs. The state will contribute $250,000 in local economic development funds for the project.

The company currently produces 25,000 salsa and chile jars per shift and has the capacity to make up to 4 million jars a year.

  In 2016, the Daniels Fund provided $58.8 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

New Mexico communities are benefiting from $4.6 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state. The Daniels Fund’s New Mexico grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on education-related initiatives, maximizing impact by inviting grant requests from nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to improve the education continuum, from cradle to career.

Las Cruces Mother, Son Charged in Aggravated Battery Incident

Jan 31, 2017

A Las Cruces mother and her son are suspected of beating up a friend in a dispute over a television set.

Deborah K. Seely, 47, and her 25-year-old son, Joshua Bazzell-Seely, are both charged with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Las Cruces Police learned that on Saturday, Jan. 28, Deborah Seely and her son went to the home of a friend, a 40-year-old woman, to retrieve a TV that had been loaned to her. When Deborah Seely learned that the woman sold the TV, Seely allegedly punched the woman.

New Mexico Voters Outline Priorities for Trump Administration on Public Lands in New Survey

Jan 31, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS—New Mexico voters weighed in on the Trump Administration’s priorities for managing the use and protection of national public lands in a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project 

New Mexico State University’s Department of Government is hosting a colloquium series titled “Democracy in Question?” to reflect on the local, national and global implications of recent major political events such as the Brexit vote and the 2016 U.S. elections that are impacting democracy. 

A group of students and faculty from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) will visit the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary of Energy

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary: During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted against the confirmation of the former governor of Texas Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary. Senator Heinrich made the following statement:

Veto Deadline Nears On New Mexico Budget Fixes

Jan 31, 2017
Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has less than a day left to veto or allow passage of a budget solvency package approved last week by the Democratic-led Legislature.

The $216 million plan for plugging a budget deficit and rebuilding modest reserves goes into effect Tuesday afternoon if Martinez takes no action. She also has the authority to veto any and all provisions within the three budget-mending bills for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Highlands Professor, Group Want To Create A Latino Scholars Program

Jan 31, 2017

A Santa Fe-based nonprofit is working with an anthropology professor from New Mexico Highlands University to create a new Latino studies program at the School for Advanced Research.

Officials say the goal is to increase the pipeline for Latino scholars from throughout the nation.

Officials at the research school say they tapped Mario Gonzales' expertise in everything from immigration and border issues to indigenous people and Hispanics in the Southwest as they work to define the direction of the new program.

Gun-Safety Group Highlights Dangers To New Mexico Police

Jan 31, 2017

The national group Everytown for Gun Safety is highlighting the toll of gun violence against police officers in New Mexico as the state Legislature considers new regulations to ensure background checks on nearly all private firearms purchases.

The advocacy group for universal background checks says it reviewed instances where police were shot and killed since 1987 in New Mexico and found that the majority of shooters were prohibited or likely prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing firearms at the time.

Texas School Voucher Plan Unveiled, But May Not Pass

Jan 31, 2017
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has unveiled a voucher proposal giving families education saving accounts with public funding to send their children to private and religious schools.

Tea party-backed Patrick has long championed "school choice," and the Texas Senate approved a hot-button voucher bill last session.

But, in the state House, vouchers have been defeated by Democrats teaming with rural Republicans afraid of harming public schools considered the lifeblood of their small communities.