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Mallory Falk / KRWG

News last week that a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died shortly after being apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection has brought the nation’s focus back to the U.S.-Mexico border. That includes the tent city in Tornillo, Texas: a facility the federal government erected in June to house migrant children who recently crossed the border. The Tornillo site was supposed to be temporary, but it’s continued to expand. Over the weekend, a congressional delegation toured the site and called on the government to shut it down.

 

 


 

Mallory Falk / KRWG

The family of a 7-year-old girl who died after being apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is disputing accounts of the days leading up to her death. 

Michael Hernandez

Seniors at Oñate High School skim through the pages of their study guides as they play Jeopardy! to prepare for midterm exams in their "Principles of Democracy" class.

It’s a state-required course for high school students to graduate.

Child's death highlights communication barriers on border

19 hours ago

  (AP)  Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents.

The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish.

State investigator points to arson in deadly house fire

19 hours ago

  SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A state investigator is pointing to arson as the cause of a mobile home fire that killed an 8-year-old girl and critically injured two other children in Sunland Park.

Firefighters had responded to the home Thursday and found it engulfed in flames.

Marisa Munoz was found dead. The other children are Munoz's cousins and were taken to a burn center in Lubbock, Texas, in critical condition.

Initial findings from the state Fire Marshal's Office point to arson.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, working with ZVRS and the New Mexico Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a free, publicly available video relay service for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Dec 15, 2018

  SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees.

The 7-year-old was excited about the possibility of a new life in another country, relatives said Saturday. Maybe she would get her first toy, or learn to read and write.

Jury rules for former lab official in lawsuit over ouster

Dec 15, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory official pushed out of his job amid controversy over his service on an electric co-op's board has won a jury verdict against the lab's former management company.

Italian scientist eyes plant growth at nuclear repository

Dec 15, 2018
Department of Energy

  CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The unique geology at the United States' only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientist Maurizo Tomasi of Rome, Italy, journeyed to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad to conduct research last week due to the salt mines' low levels of background radiation, the Carlsbad Current Argus reports .

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Pondering The Potential Of The Space Industry

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Commentary: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress and announced that it was his goal to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Within eight years, the U.S. did just that. July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission in which Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins flew to the moon, and the first two human beings, Armstrong and Aldrin, walked on the moon. Apollo 11 was the most famous of the Apollo missions, but each Apollo mission, those that proceeded it and those that followed it, increased NASA’s technological capabilities and scientific results.  

Commentary: A historically large share of the nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, reducing opportunities for millions of Americans and reinforcing barriers that make it harder for people of color to make gains. These inequities are made worse by most state tax systems – including New Mexico’s. By designing better tax policy, state lawmakers can help spread opportunity more widely and build more broadly shared prosperity.

Among the solutions on state policymakers’ lists should be expanding the taxation of assets of the very wealthy, since loopholes and other special benefits currently shield much of the value of these assets from federal, state, and local taxes, a new series of reports by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) argues. Eliminating these tax advantages would shift some of the responsibility for funding critical public services and investments like schools, roads, and health care from low- and moderate-income taxpayers to those best able to pay, while increasing opportunity for everyone.

 

Commentary: New Mexico has received a very large present from the oil patch. And when it was unwrapped, what was found was a $1.2 billion surplus. But state budgeteers are playing the role of Grinch.

The wide spread adoption of fracking in eastern New Mexico coupled with higher prices has resulted in a sharp increase in oil patch dollars, hence, tax revenue. But the Grinch/budgeteers warn that what the oil market giveth can be taken away, so argue for caution in spending our new-found wealth.

Many, and by many, I mean me, think budget technocrats too pessimistic. Certainly, oil prices will fall in the future; just as certainly they will rise. Oil markets are volatile, and nothing has happened to change that. But, and this is a big but, there has been a fundamental shift up in the energy market. For any given price, New Mexico oil production will be more than in the past.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died on December 8, 2018, after being taken into custody with her father by CBP in Lordsburg, N.M.

“Her death raises significant questions about the leadership at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP’s ability to appropriately respond to the humanitarian crisis happening at our southern borders and the agency’s ability to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future,” the lawmakers wrote.

Governor-elect can stop harmful Medicaid cuts

Dec 16, 2018

Commentary: Governor-elect Michelle Lujan-Grisham should quash serious cuts New Mexico’s Medicaid program faces in the Centennial Care 2.0 waiver approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The cuts, proposed by the Human Services Department under the Susana Martinez administration, would hurt families and violate federal law according to the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.  

HSD’s Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal asked the federal government for permission to increase New Mexico’s Medicaid premiums and cut retroactive coverage. The cuts are scheduled to roll out in 2019 over a series of months.

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