BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state climatologist says the fingerprints of climate change are evident in the persistent drought that's plaguing the American Southwest.

Dave DuBois says dry areas are becoming drier due to a semi-permanent high-pressure system over the West that has become stronger in recent years. He also warned during an online briefing Thursday that the region should be prepared for more warm temperatures and less precipitation this fall and winter.

Republicans expect President Trump to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source with knowledge of the process, but the source cautioned that Trump could change his mind.

The source declined to be named, because the individual was not authorized to confirm the selection before the president announced it.

The White House declined comment.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump is hinting at a visit to New Mexico without providing further details in a tweet about protecting gun rights and building a border wall. Trump tweeted Friday, “Working hard in New Mexico. ... Will be there soon.” The Trump administration has completed 20 miles of border wall construction along the 185-mile section of New Mexico’s southwestern border with Mexico. Trump last visited the state a year ago and this year has highlighted violent crime trends in Democratic-led Albuquerque. Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016 by a margin of 8 percentage points.

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Surge; 54 In Doña Ana County, Most Statewide

5 hours ago

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 263 additional COVID-19 cases and six deaths.  

As of today, there are 75 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.

New Mexico Public Safety Secretary Dismissed

7 hours ago

SANTA FE – Public Safety Secretary Mark Shea was dismissed Friday. 

The state administration is taking the opportunity of a leadership change to strengthen the mission of the Department of Public Safety to deliver vigorous and smart-on-crime statewide law enforcement, with a renewed emphasis on community police work and the unequivocal protection of New Mexicans’ civil rights.

State Police Chief Tim Johnson will serve as interim secretary. Deputy Chief Robert Thornton will serve as interim state police chief. The administration has begun a search for a replacement secretary. 

Las Cruces Opening All Parks Monday

8 hours ago

  As a result of the most recent lowering of restrictions mandated by the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will adjust its Phase 2 plan accordingly to reopen park areas and provide limited services while remaining in compliance with the Governor’s public health order.

Voice Of The Public - Voting And Voter Suppression

8 hours ago

Today's program looks at voting and voter suppression. 

There are grave concerns about the election during the pandemic, as voter suppression has increased across the nation. 

Guests include: Dr. Christa Slaton-Government Professor at New Mexico State University and Eileen VanWie, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters across New Mexico have submitted nearly 250,000 absentee ballot requests with especially strong demand among Democrats for alternatives to in-person voting amid the pandemic.

State election regulators on Thursday also said initial vote tallies could extend beyond Election Day if voters wait until late in the cycle to mail or hand deliver ballots. Fewer than 8,000 absentee ballots were cast statewide in the 2016 presidential election.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University and Chino Mine’s parent company are co-hosting an expo next week to help mine employees put out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Silver City community’s first drive-through training expo is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Officials with Freeport-McMoRan and the university say advisers will provide services and give personal consultations to mine employees and contractors.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Democratic senators have placed the judicial confirmation process for two U.S. District Court vacancies on hold until after the Nov. 3 election.

They say the president has politicized the process, so they’ll wait until the voters have spoken. Using their home-state consultation authority, Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall confirmed Thursday that they have interrupted the vetting of the two lifetime appointments.


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President Barack Obama Endorses Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico Senate Race

12 hours ago

Commentary:Today, President Barack Obama endorsed Congressman Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.

“I’m proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans’ health care and pre-existing conditions protections from Republican assault,” said President Barack Obama. “They’re dedicated to shoring up and strengthening our democracy, a project that’s going to take time and require all of us—but it begins by electing Democrats right now. So give these candidates your vote—and vote early if you can, either by mail or in person.”

New Mexico’s Lockdown Causing Unemployment Spike

Sep 24, 2020
Paul J. Gessing

Commentary: According to the latest unemployment figures (for August), New Mexico’s unemployment rate is 11.3 percent. Only 5 states, all of them locked down “blue” states have worse rates. And, there is a distinct pattern in which only such states have unemployment rates in the double-digits.

Interestingly, the performance of those states when it comes to deaths from COVID 19 (the cause of the lockdowns) is statistically all over the place. Notably, New Mexico is right in the middle nationwide when it comes to saving its citizens from the worst impacts of the Virus. Some of the worst-economic performing states (New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts) have also been pummeled by the Virus that has affected all of us. Hawaii and California, on the other hand, have been locked down and face major unemployment issues, but have performed relatively well insofar as the Virus is concerned.

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.

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