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Congress decided in the ’90s how much nuclear waste could be deposited into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. WIPP is the only place in the country this radioactive garbage can be stored permanently. But when the feds hit the limit, the facility is supposed to close.

Public records bill could hike costs, limit access in New Mexico

8 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposed legislation that would increase fees charged for public records in New Mexico and potentially limit access in certain cases is being called a "terrible anti-transparency" action by an open government advocacy group.

Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, told the Roswell Daily Record that the main purpose of his proposed legislation is to allow public entities a way to recover the costs associated with fulfilling records requests.

Natural Gas becomes available to more Las Cruces residents

14 hours ago

 The snow from the previous day didn’t slow Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) in the mission to provide access to inexpensive natural gas to approximately 1,000 residential parcels on the southeast side of Las Cruces. In fact, it was slightly warm down in the deep trench where a new low pressure gas line is being built to pipe gas to the Talavera subdivision, located between the Organ Mountains and A Mountain.

Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

23 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.

Wray eventually took all that rage of his early years and crafted a 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" using a distinct, distorted electric guitar sound that would influence rock 'n' roll musicians from Iggy Pop and Neil Young to Pete Townshend of The Who and Slash of Guns N' Roses. Though the song had no lyrics, it was banned in the 1950s for allegedly encouraging teen violence.

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  Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has implemented a process to assist furloughed federal workers as they face challenges paying their utility bills in absence of a paycheck. “We empathize with our federal colleagues who are in this unfortunate situation through no fault of their own. We at the City can’t replace the paycheck, but we can help ease the sting by ensuring that these families have utilities service for the duration of the shutdown,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. 

 

Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET

With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border.

In a White House speech on Saturday, Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters.

Border Patrol arrests 376 who dug under barrier in Arizona

Jan 18, 2019
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  SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) — A group of 376 Central Americans was arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families who dug short, shallow holes under a barrier to cross the border, authorities said Friday.

The group dug under a steel barrier in seven spots about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of a border crossing in San Luis and made no effort to elude immigration agents. They included 176 children.

The unusually large group was almost entirely from Guatemala. They were taken to Yuma after entering the country Monday.

Udall, Heinrich Demand Oversight Hearings on the Deaths of Two Migrant Children

Jan 18, 2019
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Commentary:  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to hold hearings on the tragic deaths of two migrant children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody.  Here is a statement from the office of Senator Udall:

In December alone, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died in New Mexico after they were detained along with their fathers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after crossing the border, raising serious concerns about detaining migrant children. In their letter, the senators detail the urgent need for effective Congressional oversight to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future. 

 

“The deaths of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez and Jakelin Caal Maquin raise serious concerns and questions that must be addressed,” the senators wrote. “There are also reports of another migrant girl who nearly died while in CBP custody in November after going into cardiac arrest.”

 

  Las Cruces – Each year, students, community members, and faculty assemble at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) to produce computer games and compete against groups from all over the world. 

Common Cause New Mexico’s 2019 Poll Reveals Appetite for Reform

Jan 18, 2019

Common Cause New Mexico rolled out the results from its annual poll today, which revealed an increasing appetite for institutional and procedural changes in the NM legislature. The telephone poll of 450 registered voters, randomly selected by Research and Polling Inc. for the December 2018 survey, asked voters about a wide variety of campaign finance and transparency issues. In addition, there were some broader questions included the pool, which had a margin of error of 4.6%.

According to the results of the poll, 36% of those surveyed believed New Mexico was headed in the right direction, an increase of 12% over last year’s results. Thirty-eight percent believed it was on the wrong track, a decrease from last year’s 52%.  This relatively positive attitude was the highest that it’s been since 2015, when 41% of voters said that they believed the state was headed in the right direction.   

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Commentary: “New Mexico is faced with, but has not faced up to, important water resource limitations.” That accurate statement comes from a group that, pursuant to House Memorial 1 (2017), has thought long and hard about our water situation. (Some of these folks have been thinking about New Mexico's water management for more than a quarter-century.)

They recommend three bills the Legislature should adopt this session. All are in committee.

Minimum Wage Fantasies In Las Cruces

Jan 19, 2019

Commentary: In the January 17 L.C. Sun News, there was a letter to the editor by Richard Reynaud questioning the impact of the minimum wage on Las Cruces businesses. It went to $10.10 on January 1.

Does he know that for a full-time worker that only amounts to about $21,000 a year? With the current cost of housing, medical bills, food, education and transportation who can afford to exist on that salary? That is below the poverty line. Don’t tell me that is generally what young people earn. Fewer than 10% are teenagers and more than half are prime age adults that must support a family.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

Jan 18, 2019
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Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.

“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” said Senator Udall. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line. This legislation would rein in out-of-control drug prices by increasing competition and lowering costs so that families and seniors across New Mexico can get access to the safe and affordable medications they need to stay healthy and strong.”

 

New Mexico House Republicans Blast Tax Increase Proposals

Jan 18, 2019

Commentary: House Republicans are standing against the Democrat plan to raise taxes on all New Mexicans including needy families to possibly help pay for salaries for Legislators. As the 2019 Legislative Session is underway, Democrats are pushing two separate bills to raise taxes on working families and then change the constitution to pay themselves a salary.

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to secure back pay for low-wage federal government contractors who continue to go without pay during the ongoing government shutdown, which is now the longest shutdown in American history. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act aims to help struggling employees of federal contractors impacted by the shutdown -- including janitorial, kitchen, and security services workers -- many of whom are paid hourly, have been furloughed, or forced to accept reduced work hours. Oftentimes, these contract workers do not receive back pay or recoup lost wages when the government reopens -- unless Congress steps in.

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