Preliminary Data: Record Pecan Production In New Mexico

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LAS CRUCES – Estimates show that New Mexico’s utilized pecan production in 2019 reached a record high 96.6 million pounds, up 6% from the utilized production of 91.1 million pounds in 2018. The preliminary data was included in the Jan. 23 Pecan Production report released by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Here is a statement from NMDA:

The pecan harvest will not be complete until late February, at which time USDA-NASS will collect final crop data. The final crop production figures are scheduled to be released May 5.

Las Cruces Police Seek To ID Suspect In Sushi Restaurant Burglary

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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that helps police identify the man suspected in the 2019 burglary of a sushi restaurant.

During the early-morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 30, a man broke into the Sushi Freak restaurant at 2808 N. Telshor Blvd. After gaining entry, the suspect stole a laptop computer and several tablet computers.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect as he walked through the restaurant. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

Weekend Pulse

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Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter and will be held Tuesday, February 25 from 2:00-3:00pm.  The event will be hosted at Crossroads Home Care, 189 Howard Pl., Las Cruces, NM 88011.  The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)-New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. 

Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would expand enforcement of the age limit on tobacco sales by requiring licenses for retailers.

The New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center will continue to partner with Las Cruces Public Schools to provide extended learning time after-school programs.

New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced on House Floor

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House Bill 160, the Cannabis Regulation Act, sponsored by Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis products in New Mexico was introduced on the House floor Thursday.  Here is a statement from the New Mexico House Democrats:

House Bill 160 creates a responsible and tightly regulated system of approved licensees as developed by the state Regulation and Licensing Department and, if passed, would grant the commercial sale of cannabis beginning in 2022.

“At the core of this legislation are the principles of social equity and local entrepreneurship,” said Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque). “The governor is absolutely correct when she says this will be a new frontier of our economy. As we look to diversify revenue and economic activity in the state, this industry is going to open enormous opportunities, creating jobs and generating revenue for critical services and economic development.” 

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Curator of History, Leah Tookey, to talk about their new exhibit: “Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets,” on display until January 2021.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney released the following statements on Thursday decrying President Trump’s decision to roll back Clean Water Act protections nationwide, including over a majority of New Mexico’s waterways. Earlier today, the federal administration finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, redefining the “Waters of the U.S.”​:

“Trump’s new rule is an absolute disaster for the state’s water resources,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “No other natural resource in New Mexico has greater significance to our people than our water: environmentally, culturally, economically, recreationally. Stripping federal protections from our rivers and streams is an affront to all who call New Mexico home. My administration is committed to protecting New Mexico’s precious waters and will consider all legal options to prevent this rule from going into effect. This is far from over.”

Jim Lehrer, the veteran journalist and writer known for his steady, low-key presence in the often noisy world of TV news, died Thursday. He co-founded PBS' NewsHour and won numerous honors — including Peabody and Emmy awards and a National Humanities Medal — in a career that spanned some 50 years.


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Emphasize Critical Thinking In Undergraduate Education

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Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: High salaries and the chance to work with new technologies have attracted young people to jobs in the tech sector. Seeking to serve these students has led to a shift in the emphasis in higher education toward STEM majors and away from liberal arts. Parents worried about their children paying student loans are happier as well.

Nationally, the trend is declining enrolment in liberal arts colleges. Fewer than one-in-five degrees are now awarded in the humanities.

Udall Blasts Trump Rollback of Clean Water Act

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Commetary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the Trump administration’s rollback of protections under the “Waters of the United States” provision of the Clean Water Act:

“Simply put, the Trump administration is endangering the future of clean water in New Mexico, the Southwest and across the country. The proposed changes would strip Clean Water Act protections from the vast majority of New Mexico’s surface waters, putting drinking and irrigation supplies at further risk.  This means more hazardous pollution into open waterways and then into our groundwater, more damaging floods following rains, and more destruction of habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife we treasure.

Addressing Discrimination At The Ballot Box

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Photo by: Nathan J. Fish


  Commentary: As an employer, I may not deny you a job because I don’t like your skin color or your hijab; yet as a voter, I am free to help elect a government that will strip away your rights and dignity.

Or am I?

Terry Smith’s new book, “Whitelash,” out this month from Cambridge University Press, presents a provocative question: If the law forbids various forms of discrimination in the workplace, in housing, in commercial spaces, etc., why is it acceptable to practice invidious discrimination at the ballot box?


Walt Rubel

Commentary: In the spring of 2009, I was the fastest runner in all of Dona Ana County.

It’s a boast I can make now after having won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Senior Olympics. I think it’s safe to say that the 100-meter race is the universal standard for who is fastest, and I still have my medal to prove that in 2009, I was that guy.

I should probably mention at some point in this story that I won my gold medal by finishing second in a two-man race, but that detail can wait.

I always knew that I was pretty fast. I went out for the track team late during my sophomore year, after failing to make the baseball team. And so, they stuck me in the 3,200 meters, where I was constantly getting lapped in meets. But I used to race against the sprinters in practice, and held my own with most of them.

Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Commentary: On Tuesday, several Public Regulation Commission members listened to comments from dozens of New Mexicans asking for a full transition away from dirty San Juan coal electricity to renewable energy. 


Tuesday’s PRC hearing addressed what resources should replace the San Juan coal-fired electricity that PNM plans to stop using in 2022. The commission has separated that case from the one regarding whether it will allow PNM to exit the coal plant and how the exit will be financed. 


New Mexicans from all over the state asked the commission to require 100% renewable replacement, rather than PNM’s preferred scenario, which includes building a new gas plant. 


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