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Senator Mimi Stewart (D-17-Bernalillo)

  (Santa Fe, NM) – This week, Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo) filed SB 244 which significantly expands consumer protections available to New Mexicans living in homeowners associations.

According to industry data, there are approximately 260,000 New Mexicans residing in nearly 2,000 community associations (both homeowner and condominium) across the state.

In Address To NM Legislature, Heinrich Says Bold Action Needed To Grow Economy

Jan 30, 2017

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature.

Heinrich began his remarks by denouncing President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S. from several majority Muslim nations.

The Latest: Pearce: Trump's Travel Ban 'Poorly Executed'

Jan 30, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

The Latest on President Donald Trump, his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions in New Mexico. (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

New Mexico's lone Republican in its congressional delegation says President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries was "poorly executed."

Congressman Steve Pearce said Monday in a statement that Trump's executive order struck confusion throughout the Department of Homeland Security and with U.S. citizens at home and abroad.

Lawmakers Move Quickly On Ethics, Campaign Finance Bills

Jan 30, 2017

Efforts to reform New Mexico's political ethics and campaign finance regulations are off to a fast start in the New Mexico Legislature amid recent high-profile corruption scandals and public pressure for change.

The open government advocacy group Common Cause New Mexico released polling results Monday that show broad support for the creation of an independent ethics commission in the state, a cooling off period before public officials can become lobbyists and greater campaign finance disclosures for independent political groups.

Monday Business Watch

Jan 30, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Indulgence Bakery and Café looks to open again, healthy options for downtown, and a special thank you for Sitel. 

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NMSU-Darren Phillips

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers issued the following statement to the campus community on Sunday:

As you may have seen on the news, the President of the United States has issued an executive order that bars the citizens of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) from entering the United States for the next 90 days.  Moreover, all refugees will be prohibited from entering the United States for the next 120 days, and refugees from Syria will be prohibited from entering the United States indefinitely. 

Udall: Trump Executive Order Is "Shameful"

Jan 29, 2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

 Commentary: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority Muslim nations:

Attorneys General Stand Up For Individual Freedoms, National Security & Condemn Trump Order

Jan 29, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: “As the chief legal officers for over 130 million Americans and foreign residents of our states, we condemn President Trump's unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful Executive Order and will work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants, and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.

Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth.

New Mexico Democrats Invite Mexican President to Address Legislature

Jan 29, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, New Mexico Democratic Representatives Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), and Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) formally invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to address the New Mexico House Chamber during the 2017 legislative session.

Before kicking off another busy year for the White Sands Missile Range Test Center, the organization
took advantage of its slow period to test their data equipment's accuracy.
The team tested their optics, telemetry, radar, GPS and real-time display
equipment Jan. 10 to 13.

Education, student leadership highlight NMSU’s Black History Month

Jan 29, 2017
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Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University, agrees with Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle, “Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.” And he would like NMSU’s Black History Month in February to reflect that – and other – principles outlined by King.

Addo-Yobo, who has a doctorate in educational management and development from NMSU, said the community should come together despite any differences.

It’s a centuries-old game that originated in China but is played around the world. Last summer, a New Mexico State University sociology professor watched as the game known as “rock, paper, scissors" helped her 7-year-old son to navigate culture and language barriers when he visited a school in China.

NMSU associate professor Sandra Way will share observations of her son’s interaction with other students at a school in Nanjing, China in the next talk for the College of Arts and Sciences “Global Connections” lecture series.

NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women celebrates 10 years

Jan 29, 2017
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Women control more than half the personal wealth in the United States – more than $14 trillion, according to a recent study by the Bank of Montreal’s Wealth Institute – and that number is expected to rise to more than $20 trillion over the next three years. While estate planning is important for everyone, regardless of the size of their personal wealth, it becomes especially important for women, who live an average of 5 years longer than men. 

Free Alzheimer’s Presentation Offered in Las Cruces

Jan 29, 2017

  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held on Wednesday, February 15th, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.  The event will be hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Office, 125 N. Main St. Ste 103-104, Las Cruces, NM, 88001.  The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities.

 

New Mexico Bill Would Impose Higher Fines For Distracted Driving

Jan 29, 2017

Motorists who text and drive and who are careless and reckless could be hit with higher fines if SB 55 becomes law.

New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – State Auditor Tim Keller announced the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session. The four-part plan is aimed fixing loopholes that allow deficit spending by the state and increasing accountability in state government.

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Organic Farming Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at the Marriott Pyramid North in Albuquerque, is the Southwest’s premier conference for organic and sustainable agriculture.

Averaging more than 650 participants annually, the conference provides a wide range of information for organic, and conventional, farm operations. 

The event is organized by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and Green Tractor Farms.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jan 29, 2017

Mesa @ I-10

Continuous for 6 weeks

The following closures started on Jan.18 and will continue until 4 p.m. onFriday, Feb. 24

·     The right turn-only lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Boulevard (traveling in the direction toward Remcon).

Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown

Jan 29, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

 To build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The program received scant attention as Trump announced on the same day his plans to build a border wall and hire thousands more federal agents as he looks to fulfill promises from his campaign.

The program has fallen out of the favor in recent years amid complaints from critics that it promotes racial profiling.

More than 60 police and sheriff's agencies had the special authority in 2009.

Democratic House Bills Aim to Improve Rural Healthcare

Jan 28, 2017

  Santa Fe, NM – Two Democratic bills aimed at expanding and bolstering the rural healthcare workforce will be heard by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday morning. HB 68, sponsored by Reps. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) and Tomás Salazar (D-Las Vegas), expands the rural health care practitioners tax credit to include licensed counselors, pharmacists, and social workers.

Newly elected Curry County Clerk Jo Lynn Queener dies

Jan 28, 2017

A recently elected county clerk in eastern New Mexico has died.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle says County Clerk 48-year-old Jo Lynn Queener died Thursday night in a Lubbock hospital with family at her side.

The Eastern New Mexico News (https://goo.gl/RHrPzi ) reports that family members said Queener suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and was transported to Lubbock Tuesday afternoon.

County Assessor Candace Morrison said Queener had a positive viewpoint and was always willing to help those around her.

New Mexico agency imposes pecan tree quarantine in 4 cities

Jan 28, 2017

A 60-day quarantine is being imposed in four eastern New Mexico communities to restrict the movement of pecan trees in those communities in order to protect the pecan industry from an insect pest.

The state Department of Agriculture says its quarantine bars movement of residential pecan trees within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, and Artesia without a permit issued by the department.

The department says the pecan weevil has been found in pecan trees in the four communities but not it commercial orchards.

Hundreds of people protested a far-right commentator's appearance at the University of New Mexico while hundreds in a campus audience cheered him.

A college Republicans organization hosted Milo Yiannopoulos' Friday night appearance on the Albuquerque campus.

Yiannopoulos writes for right-wing Breitbart News and is permanently banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign.

Nuclear repository working to address post-start findings

Jan 28, 2017
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The U.S. Energy Department expects the remaining corrective actions needed at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository to be completed early this year.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant resumed some operations at the end of December following a final inspection by a team of agency inspectors. They identified a total of 36 findings, most of which were addressed before the plant reopened.

A 2014 radiation release in one of the underground storage vaults had forced the facility to close.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jan 28, 2017

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Man who faked cancer, took $11K in aid, charged with theft

Jan 28, 2017

A suburban Dallas teacher's aide who faked a cancer illness and took more than $11,000 in donations from staff and students for his treatment has been charged with theft.

Mesquite, Texas police said in a statement Friday that Wilkinson Middle School had fund-raisers for 56-year-old Kevin MaBone after he told them last fall he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Administrators became suspicious Monday when MaBone called to say he no longer had cancer but still needed surgery.

VA Building New Outpatient Clinic In Las Cruces

Jan 28, 2017

Work to build a new health care clinic for veterans in southern New Mexico is underway.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (https://goo.gl/a9zuDw ) reports that a Feb. 10 groundbreaking is scheduled for the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Las Cruces.

Director Michael L. Amaral of the El Paso Veterans Affairs Healthcare System says site preparation has begun, setting the stage for start of actual construction of the new facility.

The New Mexico Legislature approved emergency funding to cover the cost of juries, court interpreters and clerk's offices for several months in response to a funding crisis in the Judiciary.  But Governor Susana Martinez quickly vetoed the funding.

The House or Representatives on Friday approved $1.1 million in emergency funding designed to prevent staff furloughs at the state Supreme Court, pay for jury trials and restore full-time public access to services provided by court clerks.

New Mexico Bill For Year-Round Daylight Savings Time Is Back

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe- “Summertime all the time not only sounds great, it makes sense,” Senator Cliff Pirtle said. The Roswell State Senator is once again sponsoring a bill to avoid the unnecessary inconvenience of springing forward, falling back.  His bill, SB 239 was introduced today. He will have a news availability  on Monday, January 30, 2017  on his bill to keep New Mexico on Daylight Savings Time for 12 months, instead of the current eight.

Police have arrested a 23-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of embezzling more than $200,000 from two elderly residents he befriended, and investigators have reason to believe he may have victimized others within the community.

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