ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials in a letter submitted Tuesday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the site is geologically unsuitable and regulators have failed to consider environmental justice concerns. A group of state lawmakers also has raised concerns. New Jersey-based Holtec International wants to build what it has described as a state-of-the-art complex that could one day hold as many as 10,000 canisters of spent nuclear fuel.


 Retailers are preparing for a rapidly changing holiday shopping season.  The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, with four stores in Las Cruces, is among the firms making plans.  Here's a statement from Walmart: The holidays have arrived at Walmart and the retailer has adapted to meet the evolving needs of its customers who plan to shop differently this holiday season. After closely watching changing customer shopping behaviors and speaking with customers over the past six months, today the retailer is announcing how it plans to address three key shopping trends expected for this unique holiday season: an increase in online shopping, evolving wish lists, and the need for a fast, easy – and safe – shopping experience.

New Mexico voters will be asked on Nov. 3 to approve several general obligation bond questions, including two that will provide critical funding for the New Mexico State University system. There is no tax increase associated with approval of these bonds.

If approved by voters, GO Bond C will provide $30.46 million for construction, renovation and modernization projects across the NMSU system, including $18 million for biomedical and agricultural facilities at its Las Cruces campus. GO Bond B will provide $3 million statewide for university library resources, of which the NMSU system will receive a portion.

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has depleted its unemployment benefits trust fund and begun to use federal loans to keep up with claims. Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley told a panel of state legislators on Tuesday that unemployment trust reserves were exhausted on Sept. 8 and that the state has spent about $35 million in borrowed federal funds on claims. The federal loans if left unpaid can eventually trigger tax increases. New Mexico’s unemployment rate of 11.4% in August exceeds neighboring states as health officials take gradual steps toward reopening the economy and schools. About 123,000 people statewide are receiving unemployment benefits.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In its latest attempt to bolster access to child care, New Mexico is allowing subsidies for parents who work or study remotely. Families at or below 200% of the poverty line can apply for assistance. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department said Tuesday that the changes allowing remote workers and students to use the subsidies are permanent. Parents have been struggling to balance work and child care with most schools closed because of the pandemic. Child care providers also have struggled to stay afloat with higher costs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and lower profits because fewer children are allowed in their buildings at once.

A stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through Dec. 11 passed the House 359-57 late Tuesday evening, with one lawmaker voting present. The bill was temporarily delayed over a heated dispute regarding farm aid.

The legislation still must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Trump, or the government faces another shutdown threat in eight days.

Las Cruces business owners advocated for the hourly wage of tipped workers to be decreased during Tuesday’s city council work session. 

“Every person in this community needs to have a job, and in order for them to have those jobs, we must have businesses open in order to employ them,” Marci Dickerson, restaurant owner, said.

Dickerson is imploring the city council to consider decreasing the minimum wage of tipped workers.

The city has the option to temporarily decrease their hourly wage from the current $4.10 an hour to the state minimum requirement, a little over two dollars. If these employees make less than the city’s standard minimum wage in tips, employers will still be required to make up the difference.

Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce that the state’s eight museums and seven of its historic sites will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. These facilities, which closed on March 16, 2020, may resume operation at 25% of normal capacity under the state’s current Public Health Order.

“We are excited to be reopening the doors to our museums and historic sites, and have been thoughtfully preparing to ensure the health and safety of our employees and visitors,” said DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “During closure, we have remained dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of New Mexico virtually, but we know New Mexicans are eager to experience our state’s rich heritage in person.”

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 110 new cases, totaling 27,790

20 hours ago

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 110 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 69 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:


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Commentary:  In its obsession to repeal Roe vs. Wade, the GOP has become the anti-woman party especially with regards to abortion. Interestingly during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, abortion of early pregnancy was legal under common law. Abortions were illegal only after "quickening," the point at which a pregnant woman could feel the movements of the fetus (approximately the fourth month of pregnancy). Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and appeared in the legal and medical records of the period. 


Rubel: The Deep Distortions Of Political Ads

Sep 21, 2020


  Commentary: You probably haven’t had the time or inclination to look into the fine print on all of those negative political ads we’re being bombarded with, so I’ve done it for you.

Political ads often include sources, usually a newspaper story or official document, to add a sense of authenticity to their claims. I never paid much attention until a few years ago when I noticed that one of the stories I had written was cited as the source for a claim that I knew was untrue.


Zooming Through History

Sep 21, 2020

Commentary: I sat in on the Zoom call because it was my son's birthday. He refused to allow his sister's obligations to stop him from building his new Lego set exactly in the doorway of the playroom she sits in for class. I needed to make sure that his squeals of enthusiasm wouldn't drown out the teacher, so I slid carefully into one of their kiddo chairs and aimed to keep out of the camera angle for the hour. Today's lesson: 9/11 for second graders.

Goodman: Thoughts On Socialism

Sep 21, 2020
Peter Goodman

Commentary: What’s this “socialism,” anyway?

It started with Christian Utopian Socialists such as the Hutterites, an Anabaptist branch that lived on communes. They felt that living in a communal manner, rather than seeking financial profit from each other, emulated Christ and his disciples. (I’m not saying Jesus was a socialist; but He did say, “You cannot serve both God and Money . . . Be on guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions!” Between pure socialism and unbridled capitalism, which would He preach?) History is littered with efforts by Christians to practice socialist ideals.

How Much Is A Trillion Dollars?

Sep 21, 2020

Commentary: All my life, I have liked curious facts. During the pandemic, I have been pondering the concept of a billion and a trillion dollars, which is comprised of a thousand billions. If we consider that the U.S. dollar bill is 6.14 inches long, 2.61 inches wide, and .0043 inches thick, we can come up with some astonishing statistics. If you stacked a billion dollar bills on top of each other, the stack would reach 67.9 miles. If you stacked a trillion dollar bills in the same manner, the column would reach 67,866 miles or comfortably into space.

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