Health Officials: First Cases Of Flu Season Reported In New Mexico

Sep 19, 2018
New Mexico Department of Health


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first cases of the flu season have been reported in New Mexico.

State Department of Health officials say all three persons who got the flu live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

The three are ages 8, 11 and 13.

Health officials say the exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

They recommend that everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot annually.

Feds Increase Funding To Fight Assaults On Native American Women

Sep 19, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said.

National Parties Fund Attack Ads For District Two U.S. House Race

Sep 19, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The national Democratic and Republican parties are jumping into a bellwether congressional race in southern New Mexico that may determine which party controls the U.S. House.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee each have purchased attack ads this week in a race for the open U.S. House seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

New Mexico Bighorn Sheep Face Relocation Near Alamogordo

Sep 19, 2018


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials are hoping to relocate 40 to 60 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced this week the agency would expand the desert bighorn's range and numerically increase its statewide population.

  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.

A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states.

El Paso's Wyler Tramway Closes

Sep 18, 2018
Texas Parks

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso's landmark Wyler Aerial Tramway, which has carried passengers to the peak of the Franklin Mountains for the past six decades, has been closed to public use indefinitely.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Tuesday that it has closed the Wyler Aerial Tramway after an engineering study found that the 2,400-foot-long, single-span cable tram with no support towers had exceeded its life expectancy.

GO Bond D on November ballot to build, renovate NMSU facilities

Sep 18, 2018

 More than $31 million in capital outlay projects will be on the ballot for the New Mexico State University system as part of over $128 million in proposed general obligation bonds for aging buildings at universities and colleges across the state. The funding is part of the General Obligation Bond D for higher education projects. 

There is no tax increase associated with these bonds.

New Mexico State University faculty and Las Cruces community members are planning a series of seminars on climate change, including the physical processes, and effects on humanity and biological systems.

NMSU geology professor Reed Burgette is part of the New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series (NMSUCCESS) planning committee, which has organized experts from around the country for the once-a-month seminars, which will take place at either the Rio Grande Theatre or a lecture hall at NMSU through spring 2019.

Alamogordo NOW

Sep 18, 2018

Gov. Martinez Attends White House Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Sep 18, 2018
Office of the Governor


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Washington to attend a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration hosted by President Donald Trump.

The nation's only Latina governor attended a White House Hispanic Heritage Month event on Monday, days after Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of Albuquerque strongly rejected Trump's invitation over his policies and his previous comments about Latinos.


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Rubel: Gary Johnson's Senate Bid Taking After A Hollywood Plotline

Sep 19, 2018

Las Cruces Passes Resolution in Support of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Sep 18, 2018

Commentary:  The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce applauds the Las Cruces City Council for voting 5 to 0 on Monday, passing a resolution urging Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is our nation’s most important program to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities in every state, including New Mexico. However, LWCF will expire on September 30 unless Congress acts to reauthorize the program before then.

Commentary:  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a highly-respected California psychology professor, publicly shared her story of being physically and sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

During a gathering at a student’s house, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom, locked the door, pinned her down — along with an accomplice — attempted to disrobe her, and placed his hand over her mouth. She feared that Kavanaugh was going to ‘inadvertently kill’ her. She managed to escape and fled.

City of Anthony stands behind ‘Medicaid Buy-in’

Sep 17, 2018

Commentary: The City of Anthony’s Board of Trustees, after hearing testimony from NM Together for Healthcare family leaders who live in Anthony, passed a resolution on Monday in favor of continuing the state’s efforts to shape a healthcare solution that would open up Medicaid for any New Mexican to buy into -- regardless of their current Medicaid eligibility.

Look Beyond The Headlines On The Refugee Crisis

Sep 16, 2018
peter goodman

Commentary: We should keep in mind our role in creating the conditions refugees are fleeing. 

For example, U.S. actions in 1954 had lasting impacts on Iran and Guatemala.

Mohammad Mossadegh became Iran's Prime Minister in 1951. A genuine national leader, popular and competent – and intent on land reform and nationalizing the oil industry controlled by Britain. The U.S. (C.I.A.) and Britain engineered a coup in 1954. The Shah of Iran agreed only when the U.S. told him it would go ahead without him. Many Iranian leaders were executed. U.S. and U.K. support for Shah Reza Pahlavi was a major factor in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Any surprise that (after overthrowing Pahlavi) Iranians held Americans hostage in our embassy for 444 days? And still distrust us? They remember a past we've forgotten.

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