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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is bumping up the salaries of all her administration heads.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved a 17% salary increase for all Cabinet secretaries.

The raises, which took effect earlier this month, bring the secretaries' annual pay from $128,000 to $150,000.

Wildfire Forces Evacuation At New Mexico State Park

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a grass and brush fire that forced the evacuation of a state park, one home and other structures in southeastern New Mexico.

The State Forestry Division says the fire burning Saturday along the Pecos River about 14 miles southeast of Roswell in Chaves County apparently was started by lightning Thursday evening and by Saturday had burned 1.2 square miles on private land but no structures.

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Time For A "Spring Stroll" In Las Cruces

May 19, 2019

John White, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) garden curator and certified arborist, strolls through the Demonstration Garden at the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Administration building to check the growth of trees. He’s seen the slow and steady changes in the trees, but visitors to the annual LCU Spring Stroll on Wednesday, May 22nd, will see some extra developments to the garden, too: the berm to catch rainfall for natural irrigation in the garden and a new shade structure ideal for presentations.

First Republican says Trump has committed "impeachable conduct"

May 18, 2019

  

  

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But Rep. Justin Amash stopped short of calling on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, which many Democrats have been agitating for.

Las Cruces Hotel Fire Injures Three

May 18, 2019

For the second day in a row, a structure fire in Las Cruces has been attributed to a resident smoking a cigarette while on supplemental oxygen.

Saturday’s fire occurred at the Budget Inn, 2255 W. Picacho Ave. A Las Cruces Fire Department crew was passing by when they noticed smoke coming from one of the rooms of the Budget Inn. The crew went to investigate and found an apartment fully engulfed with a 65-year-old woman who had already evacuated. She was transported to a local hospital and then to a burn center in Lubbock for advanced care. 

New Mexico awards funding to schools to extend learning time

May 17, 2019
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham / Courtesy photo

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 101,000 public school students will gain access to a variety of extended learning opportunities beyond the traditional school year starting this summer, Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo announced Friday.

Reforms approved and signed in April by first-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham provided up to $181 million in annual spending for two programs — money that won't be nearly exhausted during the coming school year. About $76 million has been awarded to schools.

First New Mexico case of measles confirmed in Sierra County

May 17, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health authorities say a 1-year-old child is the first person to have measles in New Mexico in over four years.

The Department of Health says is from Sierra county and is the first confirmed case of measles since December 2014.

There have been measles outbreaks in 23 states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's confirmed over 830 measles cases from Jan to May 10, the greatest number reported since 1994.

Measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

Remembering Mark Medoff

May 17, 2019
Leora Zeitlin

When Mark Medoff passed away at the end of April, the world lost a great man of the theatre, his students lost a passionate and dedicated teacher, and Las Cruces lost an extraordinary supporter of this community. Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin shares some memories of the Tony-award winning playwright, and a clip from one of her interviews with him.

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The Piano Concerto No. 2 by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire, and this weekend, Joseph Seth Zamora will perform it in the season’s finale of the New Horizons Orchestra, with Jorge Martinez-Rios conducting. “It’s every pianist’s dream, honestly,” Zamora said in this interview with Intemezzo host Leora Zeitlin. “I remember looking at it when I was younger and thinking, ‘I can’t wait to play this with an orchestra,’ and now I am.

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The U.S. - China Trade War

9 hours ago

Commentary: The U.S.-China trade war has escalated further. On May 10, President Donald Trump announced a new wave of tariffs ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imported products. On May 13, China retaliated by announcing that it would raise tariffs, starting June 1, on $60 billion of U.S. products imported to that country. The tariffs range from 10 percent to 25 percent on consumer, industrial, and agricultural products. As the two economic superpowers up the ante in this conflict, we are given a textbook lesson on how the trade war is distorting economic factors.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Trump Immigration Proposal

May 17, 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to President Trump’s latest immigration plan:

 

“The president’s latest immigration plan is no different from the radical anti-immigrant agenda he has pushed over the past several years. Sadly, the White House continues to make no good faith effort at comprehensive immigration reform, and refuses to reach across the aisle or consult with Democrats to craft a compromise bill. Instead, the president unveiled a political document while making false and partisan attacks that showed his true intentions.

 

The Great Debate Over Impeachment

May 16, 2019

 

 Commentary: Impeachment loomed over political news this week as the Trump administration fought efforts by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to conduct oversight.

Any decision about impeachment must be to contain harm from criminality or incapacity. Additionally, removing a president from office permits prosecution (unless they get pardoned), allowing the republic to move on while a former president faces legal consequences.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 15, 2019

Commentary: In America today, approximately 45-47 million, or 1 out of 5 Americans, is suffering with a mental health issue; and approximately 1 in 25 adults is currently experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Sadly, the rate of suicide is at a 30-year high. 

While more individuals are accessing care, an astounding 9 million are struggling with unmet needs.​These are our friends, colleagues, neighbors and perhaps our own family members. As CEO of Mesilla Valley Hospital, my staff and I have the privilege of serving many members of our community who are experiencing some of the most challenging times of their lives – mental illnesses that are often invisible to the casual observer in ways that physical illnesses are not. 

Commentary:  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Central America Reform And Enforcement Act, a major legislative proposal to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The bill outlines the coordinated regional response needed to effectively manage the endemic violence and humanitarian crises in the Northern Triangle countries -- El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras -- that are causing many women, children, and families to flee and seek asylum in the United States.

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