Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled out the measure Tuesday on the 74th anniversary of the Trinity Test.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to an open Senate seat wants to disband U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and turn its responsibilities over to the FBI and others.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Tuesday in a statement that she wants to "abolish ICE" and accused the agency of undermining community safety and stability.

She is competing with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján in the 2020 election to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Udall.

  Luna County, in far southwestern New Mexico, is one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states in the nation.

There, the median household income is 30% less than the comparable statewide number. And the number of Luna County residents with heart disease is much higher than the state average: 294 people per 100,000 die of heart disease, compared to New Mexico’s average of 185 per 100,000. 

The picture is much different in  Santa Fe County, where the median household income is 21 % above the state average, and 158 people per 100,000 die of heart disease.

New Mexico’s Hub and Spoke Recycling Wheel

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If you're like most people, you put your blue bin out in front of your house every two weeks, packed to the brim with flattened Amazon boxes, aluminum cans, office paper, water and soda bottles, and perhaps a rinsed milk jug or two. Beyond knowing that it all leaves in a truck, and your empty blue bin is ready for another 2 weeks, do you know how exactly your Las Cruces recycling is processed?

Maintaining underground gas lines in Las Cruces

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The task at hand: locate the underground yellow polypipe gas line, find where it joins to the older, steel piping under La Fonda Drive, update Geographic Information System (GIS) maps, and check for corrosion. The pipe could be 2- to 4-feet underground. A few years ago, this would require digging up a big chunk of the street, but today the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) crew just pops off a relatively small pavement “keyhole”.

Las Cruces student wins Miss New Mexico 2019 pageant

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Misa Tran, the recently crowned Miss New Mexico 2019, is an undergraduate athletic training major at New Mexico State University’s Department of Kinesiology and Dance, with plans to use her platform as a way to help veterans and first responders and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Tran, who was born in Albuquerque and raised in Alamogordo, is also applying to NMSU’s athletic training program with hopes of one day working at the high school or collegiate level. She was inspired to attend NMSU by her high school’s athletic trainer, David Maldonado.

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Enrollment Up In New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Program

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New Mexico Department of Health


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Patient enrollment in the state's medical marijuana program has increased by nearly 10% since the start of the year.

Medical marijuana provider Ultra Health on Monday highlighted growth in the market for medical cannabis as the state overhauls cultivation limits, in a statement.

The Department of Health says the number of active patients increased to 74,100 at the end of June. That represents a 1% increase over May enrollment and a 35% expansion since June 2018.

Las Cruces Police Hope to ID Chilito’s Burglary Suspect

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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of burglarizing a local restaurant.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, someone broke into the Chilito’s restaurant, at 2405 S. Valley Dr. and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect also damaged property when entering the businesses.

Surveillance video shows the suspect rummaging through an office. The video can be seen on the Las Cruces Police Department’s Facebook page.

Hemp / NMSU

  Treating inflammation in livestock by supplementing their diet with capsaicin-rich chile peppers. Using industrial hemp to suppress the growth of weeds and soil-borne pathogens. These are potential examples of value-added agriculture that may become a reality as the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Consumer Sciences at New Mexico State University works to develop a Center of Excellence on Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems at NMSU.


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Detention Centers are Part of America’s Dark History

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Commentary: The first substantial U.S. detention program began in 1838 under the auspices of President Martin Van Buren, who marshaled the manpower of over 7,000 soldiers. Led by General Winfield Scott, Van Buren ordered the eviction of the entire Cherokee nation from their tribal lands in the south and forced them to trek 1,200 miles west to reservations in Oklahoma. Before they were put on the "Trail of Tears", they were detained in detention centers called "emigration depots." These forts existed in North Carolina, as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Fort Payne, Alabama. 

Time is Right to Reform New Mexico’s Tax Code

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Commentary: New Mexico has a golden opportunity right now. The discovery of incredible oil riches in the Southeastern part of our State is not just a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Rather, it is the kind of thing that happens only rarely in the history of any state or nation. It is the kind of opportunity that we simply cannot let slip through our fingers.

Thanks to new discoveries in the Permian Basin New Mexico has seen oil production triple since 2012. It will likely double again by 2021. That is great news and it has boosted New Mexico’s sluggish economy. In May, for the first time since 2013, the State’s job growth exceeded the national average.

Luján Calls on Nexstar and AT&T/DIRECTTV to End Blackout of New Mexico Stations

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Commentary:  Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) called on Nexstar and AT&T/DIRECTTV to restore access to critical news programs in New Mexico as the two companies continue negotiations.

In the letter to Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook and AT&T/DIRECTTV Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, Luján, Haaland, and Torres Small criticized that ongoing negotiations have put their constituents at risk because of a loss of access to KRQE and Fox New Mexico – news programs that report on weather conditions, local safety issues, and alerts. This blackout has impacted an estimated 150,000 New Mexico households over the two weeks it has occurred.

Commentary: From 1991 to 1994, I worked in Mexico City as the Director of New Mexico’s Mexico commercial/tourism office. This was the period when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was negotiated and formally enacted by all three countries on January 1, 1994. American ex-patriots such as myself formed an ad hoc group to lobby the Mexican government and U.S. policymakers in favor of passing NAFTA. I remember being at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, with other compatriots, eating snacks and drinking beer while watching the U.S. House of Representatives debate and then vote in favor of the agreement. It was an exciting time to be involved in the international trade arena, and I was grateful to witness first-hand the creation of NAFTA.

The Day A New Mexico Event Changed The World Forever

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Trinity test marker

Commentary: On July 16, we should take a moment to reflect upon one of history’s key events – an ominous one as well for all of mankind.  It happened in America on this date in 1945, at 5:29AM, just up the road not far from Socorro. It was the detonation of the first nuclear weapon, known then as an “atomic bomb”.

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