Elections regulator nixes referendum on gun safety law

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican-led attempt to challenge a new gun safety law with a statewide referendum was rejected Thursday by New Mexico's top election regulator, who said such petitions don't apply to public safety legislation.

In a letter to Republican House minority leader James Townsend of Artesia, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said the new law to expand background checks to nearly all private gun sales was designed to improve public safety and therefore falls under an exemption from petition referendums.

Missed FTs, late pass cost NM State in 78-77 loss to Auburn

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  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A.J. Harris had an easy layup for the tie. He wanted a win for New Mexico State.

It didn't work out, but boy-oh-boy, what a way for the Aggies to go down swinging Thursday against fifth-seeded Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with El Paso Opera Executive Director, Arianne Marcee to talk to us about the world’s first Mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” to cross the face of the moon. The bilingual performance is a story of a Mexican-American man caught between two cultures.

Leora Zeitlin

The Hard Road Trio has been playing benefit concerts for KRWG almost since they started playing together 15 years ago, but this month there’s an extra reason to celebrate: it’s a cd-release concert for their latest recording, simply titled, “The Hard Road Trio.”

Spaceport America


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation wants the federal government to set up the planned new space agency in the Land of Enchantment.

All five members of the New Mexico delegation recently wrote a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to argue the new Space Development Agency should be established in the state.

The delegation cited White Sands Missile Range, Spaceport America and the national laboratories as reasons for New Mexico as a good home.

New US asylum policy dealt setback in immigration court

Mar 20, 2019

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scheduling glitches led an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration's request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings Wednesday in the U.S. while being forced to wait in Mexico.

The judge's refusal was a setback for the administration's highly touted initiative to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts.

University of New Mexico moves to dismiss union formation

Mar 20, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials have moved to dismiss an effort to form a faculty union, arguing its scope and inclusion present significant issues.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the university filed its first response Monday on the faculty effort to the university's Labor Management Relations Board.

  Today, alongside tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico elected officials, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced his plans to introduce legislation establishing Bandelier National Park and Preserve.  Here is a statement from the Senator's office:

"When I talk to people about what makes New Mexico so unique, it always comes back to our breathtaking scenery, our deep and complex history, and our unique cultures," said Heinrich. "Bandelier National Monument encapsulates each of these in unrivaled ways. That's why I am so proud to work with communities in northern New Mexico to introduce legislation to make Bandelier our nation's newest national park. I look forward to working with all New Mexicans to ensure Bandelier's cultural treasures in particular, and northern New Mexico's history and natural beauty as a whole, finally receive the recognition and protection they have long deserved."


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Mar 20, 2019

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Las Cruces residents who are New Mexico State University basketball fans are invited to watch the Aggies’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Auburn University at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.


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  Commentary: SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal jury in San Francisco today found that Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer, Roundup, was a significant factor in plaintiff Edward Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This case marks the first of three precedent-setting trials that could establish settlement standards for thousands of pending lawsuits across the country against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, which is a branch of the Germany-based conglomerate Bayer. The plaintiffs allegethat glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup, is a cause of their cancer.

If you can do it from your couch, it isn’t a sport

Mar 19, 2019

Commentary: Back in my days as a sportswriter, we would get into heated arguments about what was and was not a sport.

Bowling and curling are sports, but shuffleboard isn’t. Pool and darts are iffy. Golf is a little bit of a gray area too. If you walk the course it’s a sport, but if you ride the cart and have a cold beer in the cupholder at all times it probably isn’t. Poker isn’t a sport.

Military Plane Drops Flares Over the Cliff-Gila Valley

Mar 19, 2019

Commentary: On Thursday, March 14 at approximately 12 pm, four C-130s flew very low over homes in the Cliff-Gila Valley, 30 miles west of Silver City, New Mexico. One of the planes banked and released flares over agricultural fields and dropped six to eight groups of flares leaving a trail of smoke that caused an acrid smell detected by local residents.  This is the latest incident in an increasing number of military aircraft flying at low altitude over the Gila region.

New Mexico's New Minimum Wage Has Serious Flaws

Mar 19, 2019

Commentary: The 2019 NM legislative session ended, but we learned several things.    A new minimum wage is good - a long overdo and big step forward for NM.   The House version was not watered down, though, but replaced as the Senate held its line while adding in a 2023 placebo.   Business-oriented democrats whose first allegiance is for that community - not for NM's poor when money is involved - won out.

Trump’s Crusade Against Truth is Reminiscent of Scopes Trial

Mar 19, 2019

Commentary: Later this month The George Eastman Museum in Rochester is set to screen the 1960 courtroom drama Inherit the Wind. Based on the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, the film remains one of director Stanley Kramer’s most relevant and masterful creations. As the Dryden Theatre wrote in their bulletin: “Inherit the Wind relates the sensational trial of a young teacher, Bertram Cates (Dick York), who is prosecuted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in a high school science class — a violation of state law. Three-time presidential candidate Matthew Brady (Fredric March) is the prosecutor pitted against the controversial and brilliant defense lawyer Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) in a rhetorical battle between fundamentalism and science, while newspaper journalist E.K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) of the Baltimore Sun gives the case national coverage. Released during the McCarthy era, Inherit the Wind provided a means to critique the present through history.”

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