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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removed the head of the state's Public Education Department on Monday while expressing dissatisfaction with progress on sweeping reforms.

Karen Trujillo was dismissed as public education secretary about six months after being tapped by the first-year Democratic governor to overhaul the state's lagging public education system.

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New Mexico State University Assistant Professor of Rangeland Restoration Ecology Akasha Faist and her collaborators have begun a new research project in the Chihuahuan desert to test novel restoration techniques, such as creative seed mixes using native seeds, to identify ways to overcome barriers to ecological restoration success. 

The ultimate goal of this project in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is to develop and communicate tools for land managers and owners to use in future restoration projects. 

The Indian Resources Development, a program housed in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, connects Indigenous students in the state of New Mexico with opportunities for internships, on-the-job experiences and education. The program has received a Think Indian Community Awareness Grant from the American Indian College Fund. The grant was used during the Dream Keepers summer camp that ran from June 16-28. 

Senate candidate reads Mueller report aloud from kitchen

Jul 22, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic contender for U.S. Senate in New Mexico staged a live-broadcast reading on social media Monday of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, highlighting her support for immediate impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Mexico uncovers massive migrant smuggling ring using trucks

Jul 22, 2019

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Monday they have uncovered an industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring using tractor-trailer rigs disguised as freight deliveries for major companies.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said authorities found a tractor-trailer disguised with the logo of a major grocery store chain. But instead of groceries, it was carrying about 150 migrants.

'The (grocery) company has filed a complaint, because it was fake, it was camouflage to transport migrants," Lopez Obrador said.

Trump expands fast-track deportation authority across US

Jul 22, 2019
Facebook / White House

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration is expanding the authority of immigration officers to deport migrants without requiring them to appear before judges ahead of deportation.

The Homeland Security Department said Monday that fast-track deportations will apply to anyone in the country illegally less than two years.

Until now those deportations applied only to people caught crossing the U.S. border by land and not entering by boat or plane.

New Mexico to get $2.3M in Equifax data breach settlement

Jul 22, 2019
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will receive more than $2 million as part of a settlement between Equifax and the U.S. government over a massive 2017 data breach.

Attorney General Hector Balderas' office announced in a news release Monday that New Mexico residents are among consumers who will receive restitution.

The $700 million settlement includes up to $425 million for consumers and $175 million for various states.

The company will also extend credit monitoring services for 10 years for impacted consumers.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. government hospitals placed Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit made public Monday.

The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General does not draw conclusions about actual abuse or overdoses. But it said all five Indian Health Service hospitals that were reviewed had patients who were given opioids in amounts exceeding federal guidelines.

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Goodman: Hatred Is Always In Season

Jul 21, 2019

Commentary: At first Trump's openly racist tweets seemed comically stupid. Just Trump being Trump.

They are racist. U.S. law says so. Racist guys yell, “Go back where you came from!” to girls wearing hijabs. All four targets were citizens, three born here. The fourth has been a citizen longer than Melania Trump, but has a darker complexion, a refugee kid who rose to Congress. It ain't about citizenship or loyalty, but color.

The tweets seemed especially foolish. Trump attacks women's soccer forward Megan Rapinoe and helps unify UWWMT against him – then sees Dems bickering, steps in to show them what a real enemy looks like. Unifying Dems. Frightening Republican Senators from swing states. 

Trump tweets beg the question, what kind of country do we want?

Jul 19, 2019
Trip Jennings / New Mexico In Depth


   Commentary: In the past week our president has taunted four first-year congresswomen of color, tweeting they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” as if they are not fully American.

He escalated the attack Wednesday at a North Carolina campaign rally, with the crowd chanting “send her back,” a taunt ostensibly meant for Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. 

I’m used to angry jibes and taunting in politics, especially on social media. But this is different, and nastier, and familiar. It’s racist. 

"Unthinkable" Behavior By Elected Officials

Jul 19, 2019

Commentary: Last week was a bizarre time in America, maybe a better word is “crazy.” Yes, crazy, that’s the shoe that fits the foot in Washington these days.

America is the world’s most resilient and envied democracy, well over 200 years  old and still going strong. Migrants hiking 1,000 miles from Central America to our borders aren’t doing that to go to Walmart. They yearn for freedom, safety and hope in America. And opportunity for a decent life.


  Commentary: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is approaching, and yet our digital information systems still can’t deal with the apostrophe in my name.

Ordinary business still requires me to explain my name to customer service reps, who respond that while they understand my Italian surname includes an apostrophe, there is little they can do because, they whisper, “the computers don’t understand,” and then trail off as if fearful the machines are listening.


Haaland Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Over Five Years

Jul 18, 2019

Commentary: Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) voted to give New Mexicans a raise with the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 over five years and gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers passes the U.S. House and now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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