Leora Zeitlin

This year’s 9th annual NMSU/Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival will be a two-day celebration of contemporary music, dance, drama, and narration, and will feature music ranging from Stravinsky to a world premiere. The festival is named for the long-time composer-in-residence and NMSU music department chair Warner Hutchison, himself a great champion of contemporary music and art who moved from Las Cruces to Albuquerque many years ago.

SCAM ALERT: El Paso Electric Continues to See a Rise in Scams

9 hours ago

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Electric Company (EPE) continues to see an increase in the number of scam calls over the last month with over 150 reports. Here is a statement from EPE:

Scammers are masking calls to customers to make it appear as if it was originated by EPE as well as resembling the customer service phone number. Each scam reported involved an automated message directing customers to call back a “1-800” number to make an outstanding payment.

  LAS CRUCES, NM – The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is expanding its research capabilities and opening a new research facility that includes 4,500 square feet of laboratory and office space for faculty and student researchers.  Here is a statement from the College:


Michael Woods, PhD, Director of the BioSciences Research Laboratory, describes the new laboratory as “world-class” and capable of accommodating about a dozen faculty researchers and their students. The laboratory is fully equipped to support research in areas of cell and molecular biology, microbiology and protein chemistry.

Las Cruces, NM – The Dona Ana Soil and Water Conservation District (DASWCD) in Dona Ana County, New Mexico announced it was awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide.

Work Continues At Young Park Pond In Las Cruces

10 hours ago

The City of Las Cruces continues to work on the pond at Young Park located at 1905 Nevada Avenue. Here is a statement from the city:

The pond was drained at the end of January for cleaning and repair and installation of a new aeration system.

The Department of Game and Fish removed and relocated fish and turtles, and City staff and Codes officers assisted with removal of the ducks. While continuing to dry, staff probed the pond for weeks for any remaining wildlife. They found and relocated two additional turtles.

Google is coming to Las Cruces as part of the tech company’s Grow with Google initiative, which aims to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States. Here is a statement from the city:

Grow with Google will be at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2019.

Las Cruces -- Imagine there is a thunder-storm and the electricity goes off. Who is on the job to fix the problems?

Chances are, some of the workers who fix downed power lines or other electrical emergencies received their training and certificates at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) as part of the Electrical Lineworker Certificate program.

Your Weekend Pulse

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NM House Passes $7 Billion Spending Plan For Next Fiscal Year

19 hours ago


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday approved a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that would channel a windfall of state income toward public education, infrastructure projects and pay raises for public officials.

The $7 billion general fund budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 would increase annual state spending by nearly $700 million, or about 11 percent.

Contamination Threatens Las Cruces Area Recycling Program

20 hours ago

The big blue bins at East Picacho Elementary School stand proudly for recycling and are eye catching for kids as they pass by into the bus lane for drop off. It’s a reminder, every morning, that recycling is a part of their lives. Unfortunately, the bins are now frequently filled with trash instead of recyclables… and changes are coming.


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Las Cruces Area Groups Join Lawsuit To Fight Trump Emergency Declaration

9 hours ago

Commentary: The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) filed a lawsuit with Sierra Club, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, to protect the people and places that are threatened by Trump’s dangerous power grab last week.

The lawsuit alleges that the president, once again, acted beyond his authority and unlawfully used his limited emergency powers to bypass Congress to fund his border vanity wall. The Constitution gives Congress alone the “power of the purse” and Congress used it last week to deny Trump the full funding for his dangerous and deadly wall.

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

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.

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