SunZia transmission project faces more opposition

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The SunZia project's road to commercial operation is facing a new round of controversy, this time from community groups that fear the transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona will inflict irreparable environmental damage, fundamentally disrupting wildlife and the livelihood of residents along the central Rio Grande.

Albuquerque airport to get air service to Guadalajara

Aug 18, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque International Sunport is finally getting an international flight after nine years.

Volaris, Mexico's largest low-cost carrier, announced Friday that would begin twice-weekly, non-stop service from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico, in November.

It's the first international service from the Sunport since AeroMexico ended service to Chihuahua City in 2009.

New Mexico unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent in July

Aug 18, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico unemployment rate is down.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in July, down from 4.9 percent in June.

The department also says the state economy's total nonagricultural payroll employment in July grew by 17,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, from July 2017, when the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

  When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help.

The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning environment resemble one of his schools.

In just its second year of operation, the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has made significant strides in strengthening the region’s entrepreneurial pipeline by focusing on the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, developing exciting new technologies, and forging partnerships that benefit the Borderland.

Michael Hernandez

U.S. and Mexican political and economic leaders met in El Paso for the 2018 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit hosted by the Borderplex Alliance, which includes Las Cruces, El Paso, and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez.

The New Mexico State University Foundation, on behalf of the College of Health and Human Services, recently received a $20,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico to support health literacy education for low-income ethnic populations in Otero and Sierra counties in southern New Mexico.

  I-10 East at Redd is scheduled to close for 27 hours on Sunday, August 26. By Monday, August 27, motorists on I-10 East can expect to be driving on the median lanes of I-10.

North Mesa Street


Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20  

8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly

  • The North Mesa exit ramp (Exit 11) from I-10 Westbound will close.
  • North Mesa Street (SH 20) – in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive – will close. [No Map]


US judge extends halt on deportations of separated families

Aug 17, 2018

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said in his order Thursday that "hasty" deportation of children after reunification with their parents would deprive them of their right to seek asylum.

The American Civil Liberties Union had requested families be given at least a week. The judge's order did not specify a date for when the reprieve would end.

NMSU to create new positions as its budget is 'in the red'

Aug 17, 2018
NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University's new chancellor and president have unveiled a new administrative structure for the institution, including new positions.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Chancellor Dan Arvizu announced Wednesday that his chief of staff Lenny Martinez will lead the new Office of Strategic Initiatives, which includes a new position for a chief marketing officer.


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Goodman: Mourning A Sad Last Political Gasp

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  Commentary: Lives, like the world in T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men, often end not with a bang but a whimper. Same for political lives.


The sad spectacle of Jerry Apodaca, our long-ago governor, endorsing Steve Pearce, poles apart from Jerry politically – and invoking John F. Kennedy, who'd have made short work of Pearce – reminded me of a better day.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

  Commentary: Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced today he is calling on both parties to come together to change New Mexico law to prevent dangerous offenders from pretrial release. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:

"Our nation and our state have seen far too many preventable crimes where law enforcement failed to act. Recently, in Taos County, law enforcement did act to protect children and safeguard the community. The courts, however, ordered that they be released back into the community. The allegations in the case are horrifying, including the unexplained death of a child, child abuse, and terrorism. To millions of Americans, including me, it is unfathomable that those defendants would be released into the community.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie Morales released their three-part plan to combat crime and create a safer New Mexico: “Tougher, Safer, Smarter. Lujan Grisham was joined by current and former public safety officials including Attorney General Hector Balderas, police chiefs, and prosecutors to announce the comprehensive plan which will employ tougher, smarter, and safer strategies to stop crime and build communities that are safe from fear of theft and violence. Michelle Lujan Grisham also announced a group of 50 current and former law enforcement officials who trust Michelle Lujan to be our next governor and keep our communities safe.

Warren Introduces Accountable Capitalism Act

Aug 16, 2018

Commentary: United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when American corporations and American workers did well together. The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last thirty years that have led to record corporate profits and rising worker productivity but stagnant wages.

Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Commentary: Today, Moms Clean Air Force released a new report: “Face to Face with Oil and Gas: Voices from the Front Lines of Oil and Gas Pollution”.

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