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Gov. Lujan Grisham Seeks Federal Reimbursement for Migrant Aid

5 hours ago
Office of the Governor of New Mexico

DOÑA ANA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is traveling to Washington, D.C., to press for more federal resources to cope with an influx of asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said the governor was departing Tuesday for a scheduled face-to-face meeting this week with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

Stelnicki said the governor will advocate for federal reimbursements to local communities as they provide humanitarian relief to migrant families.

Doña Ana Sheriff's Office: 2 Dead in Apparent Double-Homicide

5 hours ago

DOÑA ANA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southern New Mexico say two people are dead in what appears to be a double-homicide in a village on the outskirts of Las Cruces.

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office says one person has been detained for questioning and that its investigation began after a person in the village of Doña Ana called Tuesday morning to report the incident.

No additional information was released.

Doña Ana is 7 miles north of Las Cruces.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen Republican state legislators want Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to reverse course and deploy more National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.

GOP House lawmakers including minority leader James Townsend of Artesia provided a letter Monday to the governor's office that urges Lujan Grisham to deploy more state National Guard troops to border communities.

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Rich Global Hemp Corp. plans to hire up to 180 people to grow industrial hemp at its roughly 750,000 square-foot greenhouse facility. 

That's the former Aldershot nursery located in Mesilla Park south of Las Cruces.

State, county and economic leaders made the announcement Monday at New Mexico State University's Leyendecker Plant Science Center in La Mesa, hosted by the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Gov. Lujan Grisham Approves Pay Raise For Cabinet Secretaries

May 20, 2019
Office of the Governor of New Mexico

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is bumping up the salaries of all her administration heads.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved a 17% salary increase for all Cabinet secretaries.

The raises, which took effect earlier this month, bring the secretaries' annual pay from $128,000 to $150,000.

Wildfire Forces Evacuation At New Mexico State Park

May 20, 2019

 

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a grass and brush fire that forced the evacuation of a state park, one home and other structures in southeastern New Mexico.

The State Forestry Division says the fire burning Saturday along the Pecos River about 14 miles southeast of Roswell in Chaves County apparently was started by lightning Thursday evening and by Saturday had burned 1.2 square miles on private land but no structures.

Monday Business Watch

May 20, 2019


Time For A "Spring Stroll" In Las Cruces

May 19, 2019

John White, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) garden curator and certified arborist, strolls through the Demonstration Garden at the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Administration building to check the growth of trees. He’s seen the slow and steady changes in the trees, but visitors to the annual LCU Spring Stroll on Wednesday, May 22nd, will see some extra developments to the garden, too: the berm to catch rainfall for natural irrigation in the garden and a new shade structure ideal for presentations.

First Republican says Trump has committed "impeachable conduct"

May 18, 2019

  

  

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But Rep. Justin Amash stopped short of calling on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, which many Democrats have been agitating for.

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Commentary: We enjoyed related events last weekend, all organized by our friend Saba, a Diné (Navajo) artist. At NMSU's Kent Hall, Pictograff: the Art of War Prayer opened; meanwhile, as part of the 8th Annual Illegal(?) Arrowsoul Art Show, visiting indigenous aerosol artists muralized walls at Cruces Creatives, the old Coors Building near the railroad tracks, and elsewhere. 

Friday evening, artwork hung inside Kent Hall; and in the courtyard stood a temporary structure, its blank walls waiting to be painted during the opening. 

We talked with Orlando Cruz from Santa Ana Pueblo, and listened to his haunting songs and drumming. A Standing Rock Water Protector, he's friendly and interesting – and so popular on Facebook that he has reached Facebook's limit on friends. 

Native Artists in Action had a table. This collective uses art and rap music to help kids find better ways to live, including healthier eating, Bishop Undurdog (Zuni) said. “We found ourselves through art, and we're trying to do the same thing, let young people find themselves through art.” 


Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Commentary: For years the Rio Grande Foundation has attempted to educate New Mexicans on the bad economics of film subsidies. The program which actually began under then Gov. Gary Johnson was enhanced by Bill Richardson when he and the Legislature made it state policy to return 25 cents for every dollar spent in the State to the film industry.

The amount that could be spent in support of the film industry was uncapped during the Richardson Administration leading to some wild swings in annual subsidy payments. That situation was partially resolved during the Martinez Administration when a $50 million annual cap was placed on payouts, but subsidies could (and did) accumulate above that amount.

 

The U.S. - China Trade War

May 20, 2019

Commentary: The U.S.-China trade war has escalated further. On May 10, President Donald Trump announced a new wave of tariffs ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imported products. On May 13, China retaliated by announcing that it would raise tariffs, starting June 1, on $60 billion of U.S. products imported to that country. The tariffs range from 10 percent to 25 percent on consumer, industrial, and agricultural products. As the two economic superpowers up the ante in this conflict, we are given a textbook lesson on how the trade war is distorting economic factors.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Trump Immigration Proposal

May 17, 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to President Trump’s latest immigration plan:

 

“The president’s latest immigration plan is no different from the radical anti-immigrant agenda he has pushed over the past several years. Sadly, the White House continues to make no good faith effort at comprehensive immigration reform, and refuses to reach across the aisle or consult with Democrats to craft a compromise bill. Instead, the president unveiled a political document while making false and partisan attacks that showed his true intentions.

 

The Great Debate Over Impeachment

May 16, 2019

 

 Commentary: Impeachment loomed over political news this week as the Trump administration fought efforts by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to conduct oversight.

Any decision about impeachment must be to contain harm from criminality or incapacity. Additionally, removing a president from office permits prosecution (unless they get pardoned), allowing the republic to move on while a former president faces legal consequences.

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