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U.S. weighs sending 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia

The Biden administration is considering sending as many as 5,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe, a U.S. official confirmed to NPR, in what would be a step-up in American military involvement in the region amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. U.S. troops could be headed to Romania and Poland, or possibly Bulgaria or Hungary. No final decision has been made but the troops have been told to be ready to move, the official said. U.S. service members could be drawn from their...

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Monday Business Watch

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Another Bean in Mesilla, cold storage on the West Mesa and real estate sets an all-time record...again. Hear the area's top business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Reporter Damien Willis.

SANTA FE, N.M. — The nation’s only unsalaried legislature in New Mexico is considering whether to abandon its amateur status. A proposed constitutional amendment from Democratic Sens. Daniel Ivey-Soto of Albuquerque and Bobby Gonzales of Taos would enable the state’s 112 legislators to collect salaries.

The proposal was scheduled for its first vetting Monday in front of a Senate panel. Approval by the New Mexico Legislature would send the measure to a statewide vote.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with two Las Cruces charter school principals – Julia Rivera-Tapia of Raíces del Saber Xinachtli Community School and Sylvy Galvan de Lucero of La Academia Dolores Huerta, about a Charter School Fair on Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at La Plaza of Las Cruces on the Downtown Mall.

SANTA FE, N.M.  — Educators gathered outside the state Capitol on Sunday, hoping lawmakers hear their plea that something be done to address New Mexico’s teacher shortage. The rally was part of what union officials have dubbed the “3 Rs" campaign — respect, recruit and retain.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation officials have distributed masks and hand sanitizers in the community of Shiprock, New Mexico to help keep local residents safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile Saturday, tribal health officials reported 330 new cases and four more deaths on the vast reservation that covers 27,000 square miles and extends into parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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HOBBS, N.M. — A southeastern New Mexico municipal official says a state tax law is resulting in an unintended loss of gross receipts tax revenue for their community.

The measure passed by the New Mexico Legislature and enthusiastically signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2019 included complex changes to state tax laws. Among other things, it was billed as a way to help communities by requiring companies to pay gross receipt tax where services are provided rather than where the companies are located.

Just before noon, the New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions in the Silver City area. In a news release, the department said that the Silver City Patrol reported snow packed roadways and icy conditions.

NMDOT Officials are asking drivers to use caution, reduce speed, and obey all posted traffic signs. The department says workers are plowing and will continue to monitor roadways.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators and let the utility proceed with a plan to transfer its shares in a coal-fired power plant to a Navajo energy company.

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Republican Party says it has filed a legal challenge to New Mexico’s recently approved political map that reshapes the state’s three congressional districts. The lawsuit was filed Friday in a Roswell-based state district court.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham outlined Friday provisions of a legislative proposal to expand tuition-free public college to more students from New Mexico. The governor is backing a bill that would combine and increase state scholarship funding to cover all tuition and fees for in-state college students who maintain a C-plus grade point average.

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What group is especially vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19 even if fully vaccinated and boosted? Seniors. And who will have an especially tough time getting free at-home COVID tests under the Biden administration's plan? Yes, seniors.

America's librarians awarded top honors to their favorite children's books of the year Monday. The Newbery — celebrating it's 100th year — and Caldecott medals, as well as several other honors were among those awards.

The John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished children's book this year went to The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. In the book, a girl named Petra must travel to another planet to carry on the human race after Earth has been destroyed.

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Lessons Learned from a Rebellious Life

17 hours ago
Peter Goodman

Commentary: Thursday morning I reached the Amador/Alameda intersection immediately after two cars had crashed. Impact had crushed their fronts and spun them around. The blue car rested on the northbound side of Alameda, facing South, hood crumpled and the engine steaming lightly. The yellowish one was in the southbound lane, facing North. The drivers were just starting to open their doors. The guy in the yellowish car looked dazed, and maybe his door wasn’t opening easily. Neither had visible injuries.

Annual KIDS COUNT Data Book highlights progress, challenges

18 hours ago
NM Voices for Children

Commentary: Throughout our state and nation’s history, we’ve sought to create a government that serves everyone well, no matter their race, ethnicity or gender. In many ways, we have been very successful, and we all benefit from the public structures – roads and highways, education, public safety, and more – we have created. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made glaringly obvious the work we still have before us if we are to give our kids and the state an equitable recovery and future. 

The Power of the Past to Dictate Our Future

18 hours ago

Commentary: I absorbed books on ghosts as a kid. Anything to do with the supernatural was good. You could leave out the books with the fairies and the unicorns. A trapped soul that slunk around a weather-beaten shack that once was a grand manor house? Now that was my jam.

Reading was an escape from tedium, and plenty of the books came from the library. 

When my mom first came to the United States from Germany, that's one of the institutional marvels of the country that helped her learn English, along with "General Hospital," Phil Donahue and Oprah. Every city we lived in held at least one beautifully organized library, many with great architectural details that reminded me of churches in Germany, but with more windows.

What answers do critics have for our national problems?

Jan 19, 2022

Commentary: President Biden's Administration is being attacked by critics for inflation, continuation of the Covid Pandemic and inability of Congress to pass voter-rights legislation. Let’s go through these issues one by one. Inflation was largely caused by high energy costs and supply-chain bottlenecks. Energy costs are set in the world market and heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia and Russia. Supply-chain issues occurred because of the severe downturn and sudden increase in demand  (over the past two years) due to the Covid Pandemic.

Tune out bogus claims of rampant voter fraud

Jan 18, 2022
Walt Rubel

Commentary: Republican lawmakers in New Mexico have alleged for years that our elections are plagued by massive voter fraud. They finally had their chance to prove it in 2011, with Susana Martinez as governor and Dianna Duran as secretary of state.

Duran was the first Republican secretary of state since E.A.Perrault in 1929. And, she came into office bound and determined to prove that claims of rampant voter fraud were real.

Enlisting the help of the State Police, they combed through seven years of voter registration records, from 2003 to 2010, and matched them against records for driver’s licenses. During a legislative committee meeting in 2011, Duran announced they had found 117 people who had used foreign credentials to obtain a driver’s license, and were also registered to vote.

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