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  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.

"President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt," Becerra said. "He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court."

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Pay would increase by at least 6 percent for teachers and 4 percent for state workers under an annual state spending plan moving through the Legislature.

Democratic lawmakers advanced a plan Monday to increase New Mexico state spending on public school education by about $450 million — with raises of 6 percent teachers and public school staff. The proposal is headed for a full vote of the House of Representatives over the objections of Republicans in the legislative minority.

Forecasters: Winter Weather Expected For Parts Of New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of New Mexico are expected to be hit with winter weather that will bring snow and cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said Monday a storm and cold front is scheduled to strike the state's northeast portion. Meanwhile, a weather system could bring snow to the Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico.

Twelve to 18 inches of snow are anticipated by end of day Tuesday in Chama, while Red River and Raton residents could see 8 to 12 inches.

NMSU Seeks $14 Million In Funding To Improve Athletic Facilities

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State is seeking around $14 million for upgrades including improvements to its athletic facilities.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports the school hopes to get funding from lawmakers for $8 million renovations at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The planned improvements would include a brand new press box and also a new scoreboard.

New Mexico State also wants $3 million for fixes to the Pan American Center.

Monday Business Watch

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Eddy County Sheriff's officials say they're investigating the theft of 139 barrels of crude oil from an oilfield.

They say the barrels were removed from property owned by Concho Resources near U.S. Highway 62/180.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Concho's security supervisor contacted sheriff's officials on Jan. 31, but it's believed the theft occurred between last September and December.

The estimated loss is about $7,000.

Sheriff's officials say the department has a full-time oil field theft investigator.

Drs. Scott Denning and Katharine Hayhoe

The American Southwest faces a multitude of threats when it comes to climate change; hotter temperatures, increased forest fires and longer droughts to name a few.

It’s a monumental problem, but a problem Dr. Scott Denning, an atmospheric science professor at Colorado State University can describe in three words; simple, serious and solvable. 

Extreme conservation next in NMSU Las Cruces climate change series

Feb 17, 2019
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The plight of animals living on the extreme edges of the world will be the focus of the latest installment in New Mexico State University’s Climate Change Education Seminar Series.

Joel Berger, an ecologist at Colorado State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, will give a presentation titled “Extreme Conservation on a Glacier-less Planet,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Rio Grande Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

The online early childhood education master’s program at New Mexico State University has been named among the top 20 such programs in the country, according to an online ranking site that researches graduate programs in the U.S.

Two well-known actresses will be honored for their work at the Las Cruces International Film festival during the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Main St.

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Goodman: Fear Is Being Used As A Political Weapon

Feb 17, 2019

Commentary: “Fear is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.” So said a fortune cookie at a local restaurant Thursday. 

“Of the many factors that make up your worldview, one is more fundamental than any other in determining which side of the divide you gravitate toward: your perception of how dangerous the world is. Fear is perhaps our most primal instinct, so it’s only logical that people’s level of fearfulness informs their outlook on life.” So write two political scientists in Prius or Pickup. (We have both.) They say our deep political divisions aren't over policies, but between the “fixed” worldviews of people wary of change and suspicious of outsiders, and the “fluid” worldviews of those comfortable with social change and “welcoming of people who look and sound different.”

 

Fear seems a major factor in our country's current policies and actions.

DNC Chair Tom Perez

  Commentary: Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2)  showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible.  Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

Let's Talk about "Radicalism"

Feb 14, 2019
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Commentary: Definition of "radicalism":  the beliefs or actions of people who advocate thorough or complete political or social reform.  Our news pundits toss the word "radical" around attempting to denigrate newly-elected Congressional Democrats.  Allow me to list a few "radical" policies:

  • Radical:  2009 corporate bailouts, rather than adding jobs or increasing wages, enabled CEOs and stockholders to receive generous bonuses and stock buy-backs.
  • Radical:  2018 tax cuts for top brackets caused the deficit to increase up to the trillions.  2018 changes to IRS tax codes result in reducing 2018 tax refunds.
  • Radical:  Economists state "wealth concentration has returned to the excesses of the roaring twenties" - a radical rise in wealth for the super rich.
  • Radical:  The upsurge in billionaires and their share of this nation's capital from poor to rich.  After WWII, the middle class grew and wage earners got raises and benefits.  The 1980s saw the beginning of stagnant workers' wages, benefits cuts and layoffs, yet the 1% grew much wealthier.

New Mexico Workers Celebrate Step Toward Higher Minimum Wage

Feb 14, 2019

Commentary: On Wednesday, low-wage workers celebrated a step toward higher minimum wages for all as the New Mexico House of Representatives voted 44-26 to advance a proposal that would phase-in an increase in the state minimum wage for workers across New Mexico, including tipped workers.

HB 31, sponsored by Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) and Joanne Ferrary (D - District 37), would increase New Mexico's minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.00 beginning July 1, 2019 until reaching $12 an hour in 2021. The bill would also include an annual increase to adjust for inflation, beginning July 1, 2022. The last time there was an increase in minimum wage, it happened in 2009.

Creating a progressive and fair personal income tax in New Mexico

Feb 13, 2019

Commentary: During this legislative session, we can choose to continue tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and well-connected, or we can choose a new path and prioritize our children and families. It’s time to reverse course on excessive tax breaks and invest in healthy and thriving communities instead: investments in our schools to set our children on a path to success, investments in health care to keep people healthy and working, and investments in infrastructure – roads, bridges, and modern technology – that will benefit our families and businesses.

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