US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

7 hours ago
Lake Mead At The Hoover Dam / AZPM

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

They're not going to make it — at least not in time for upcoming meetings in Las Vegas involving representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government, officials say.

Traces of Spanish conquistador said found at New Mexico site

7 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ongoing metal detector survey of the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo has uncovered evidence that Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado explored the area, officials in New Mexico announced recently.

The survey of the area recently uncovered the first evidence that places Coronado's group there in the form of copper arrow points from crossbows, lead musket balls, chain mail fragments and other artifacts, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Las Cruces: Our Water Future Is Safe

7 hours ago

Despite drought, a lawsuit, the irrigation needs of local agriculture, and our growing population – the water future of the City of Las Cruces (City) is secure.

You probably know our region has been in a drought for at least the past 15 years. You know water levels behind Elephant Butte Dam are very low, which limits the water flowing down the Rio Grande and available for irrigation of farm fields.

Man arrested in Texas after telling kids Santa isn't real

19 hours ago
Good Free Photos

  DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old protester who told children Santa Claus is not real has been arrested for trespassing at a North Texas church.

Aaron Urbanski was arrested Saturday after authorities were called to a church in Cleburne, which was hosting a breakfast with Santa event. Police say they found three people demonstrating outside the church after responding to a trespassing complaint.

New Mexico Republican Party selects Pearce as next chairman

20 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party's next chairman will be U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who didn't run for re-election in order to make what proved to be an unsuccessful try for governor.

Current GOP Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi announced that the party's state central committee selected Pearce "by an overwhelming margin" while meeting Saturday in Albuquerque.

Businessman John Rockwell also sought the party's top leadership post.

Lawson leads No. 2 Kansas past New Mexico State 63-60

20 hours ago

  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 2 Kansas got past New Mexico State 63-60 in the Jayhawk Shootout on Saturday night.

The Jayhawks' offense stalled after a hot start in their first game without injured center Udoka Azubuike, going scoreless for over five minutes in the first half. But they put it together late, as Lawson's layup with just under four minutes left gave them their first lead since the first half.

Well-known comedian, film and television star George Lopez will receive the “Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award” during the 2019 annual Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces Feb. 20-24.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University will graduate nearly 300 of its students this fall. Of those, 200 graduates will walk across the Fine Arts Center Theatre stage during the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. They will receive their diplomas then shake hands with WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard and with newly elected Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico Howie Morales, who is an alum and WNMU’s fall commencement speaker.

More than 1,200 New Mexico State University students are projected to participate in the fall commencement ceremony. 

Commencement weekend will begin the evening of Friday, Dec. 7, with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m.

A four-hour water outage on Valley Drive from Hadley Avenue to Picacho Avenue is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.

Once service is restored, water could be discolored due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, City officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.


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Remembering George H.W. Bush

22 minutes ago
peter goodman

Commentary: People aren't saints just because they die or grow old; but honestly recognizing their defects shouldn't blind us to the good or heroic in them.

George Bush? There's a lot to admire, even love; but he also did some terrible things. It's beyond my pay grade to attempt some final accounting.

He was courageous in dangerous situations, but modest. He maintained a loving marriage for a lifetime, and seems to have been a good father. He was capable, and by all accounts personally decent. He cared more about government than about politics. He resigned loudly from the NRA and spoke out against Mr. Trump. He gains stature by comparison with Trump: Bush could read, think, and collegially talk with opponents. 

Rubel: Feeling Nostalgic For Politics Of Days Gone By

Dec 4, 2018

Thoughts About The Migrant Caravan

Dec 3, 2018

Commentary: “Hey how is the migrant caravan of Central Americans coming north through Mexico affecting you?” This is a question I am being asked almost daily by people who don’t live here on the U.S.-Mexico border. It relates to the latest wave of migrants who have left countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to trek north, partly by foot, partly by hitching rides, to get to what they see as the promised land – the United States.  Estimates of the caravan’s size range from 4,000 up to 10,000 people.

Goodman: Grave Concerns About Trump Continue To Grow

Dec 2, 2018
peter goodman

Commentary:  Thursday, Trump's lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress to help Trump's campaign. 

Just months before his election, Trump was seeking a massive hotel deal in Russia, lying to U.S. voters about that, and publicly praising Vladimir Putin – and repeatedly denying the deal. “I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA — NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” 


In 2017, Trump said that the “closest I came to Russia” was in selling a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008. 

Udall Statement on NAFTA Replacement

Nov 30, 2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit:

“Today’s signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal — the full extent of which has not been released — will require approval in the next Congress. Time and again, the Trump administration’s hostile and counterproductive approach to relations with Mexico has revealed a misguided understanding of our southern border, and our friends and partners on the other side. As a result, I owe it to New Mexicans to apply the highest level of scrutiny to this agreement to make sure that our border communities won’t suffer the consequences of the administration’s flawed negotiations. As a senator who represents a border state, I will examine this proposed agreement carefully and work to ensure that it actually benefits New Mexico’s workers, environment, and border communities as part of a healthy bilateral relationship with Mexico.

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