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Supreme Court Restricts Police Authority To Enter A Home Without A Warrant

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against warrantless searches by police and seizures in the home in a case brought by a man whose guns officers confiscated after a domestic dispute. "The very core of the Fourth Amendment's guarantee is the right of a person to retreat into his or her home and 'there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion,' " Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court. The case involved a heated argument between a long-married couple, Edward and Kim...

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  In addition to basic information such as natural gas and water usage, the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) June monthly bill will also contain a line item labeled “emergency commodity recovery surcharge.” The surcharge reflects the recovery cost related to the extraordinary spikes in the market price for natural gas caused by Winter Storm Uri in February.

“We believe the emergency commodity recovery surcharge is the most transparent way to recoup the natural gas costs from the storm,” said Jose Provencio, LCU deputy director Business Services. “When we learned the cost of natural gas skyrocketed from the historic cold snap, a decision was made to recover the amount over a 30-month period to moderate the billing impact to our customers.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths – Saturday, May 15, Sunday, May 16, and Monday, May 17

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 543 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no deaths. Tribal health officials say the latest figures pushed the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago to 30,722 on the  reservation.

District Vaccination Clinic Scheduled

12 hours ago

LAS CRUCES - Las Cruces Public Schools has received approval from the New Mexico Department of Health to coordinate COVID-19 vaccinations for children between 12 and 15 years of age.  

The specific vaccine approved for that age group is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concur that the vaccine may prevent serious or life-threatening disease and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.  

Through a partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Management, district officials will host a vaccination clinic in the auxiliary gym at Las Cruces High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19. The auxiliary gym can be accessed through the north parking lot off Boutz Road. The clinic is open to all qualified students, staff and their families on a first come, first served basis. Anyone who received a first dose of vaccine on April 28 is eligible to receive their second dose on Wednesday and should have received a text notification with additional instructions. 

Lane/Ramp Closure for I-25/Lohman Avenue

13 hours ago
City of Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES - Access to I-25 southbound (at Lohman Avenue) will be closed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for three consecutive evenings beginning this evening, Monday, May 17.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has created a database of uranium mines around the state, including those that are inactive and have been abandoned.

The database was put together by the state Mining and Minerals Division. Officials said Monday it's intended to give people quick access to information from a variety of sources. Division Director Jerry Schoeppner called it a “monumental task” to bring together the full scope of legacy mining in New Mexico.

District Attorney Raul Torrez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney for Albuquerque is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in the 2022 election.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez on Tuesday announced his candidacy to become New Mexico's top public prosecutor. Torrez says he's been an aggressive and innovative prosecutor in the midst of a crime crisis in the Albuquerque area, where homicides are being reported this year at a record pace.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have released the names of two men who died in a triple homicide case.

Albuquerque police say 44-year-old Brandon Torres and 41-year-old James Fisher were identified as two of the victims found Wednesday in a bullet-riddled car outside a city hospital. The name of the third man is being withheld until his relatives can be notified.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is joining the growing number of states that will stop paying the federally funded $300 in pandemic-related extra weekly unemployment payments.

Gov. Greg Abbott says the extra benefits will end on June 25. He joins at least a dozen other governors, all Republicans, who are opting out of the additional federal unemployment benefits starting this summer.

The federal money was set to expire in September, but business groups had urged Abbott to opt out now, arguing that it was hampering the Texas economy's rebound.

Dozens of Hikers Rescued in the Organs

16 hours ago
Las Cruces Fire Department - Technical Rescue

LAS CRUCES - The Las Cruces Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team – along with representatives from Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police – helped rescue a group of 24 hikers who became separated, disoriented and stranded in the Organ Mountains on Sunday evening.


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JERUSALEM — Fighting between Israel and Hamas entered its ninth straight day despite a call by President Joe Biden for a cease-fire.

Israeli warplanes carried out another round of airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, while militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel.

MUMBAI — India can't catch a break.

On the same day the country confirmed its highest-ever daily death toll from COVID-19, it was also hit by a deadly storm. Cyclone Tauktae barreled into India's west coast overnight, packing wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour – some of the strongest on record – before weakening over land later Tuesday.

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Census Data a Warning to New Mexico

May 11, 2021
Paul J. Gessing

Commentary: The US Census Bureau recently released what can only be described as some disturbing data regarding the future of New Mexico. Notably, while the Land of Enchantment’s population grew by just 2.8 percent over the past decade, each of our neighbors saw double digit population growth with the exception of Oklahoma which still bested New Mexico with 5.5 percent growth.

That by itself should be a wake-up call for New Mexico’s Legislature and Gov. Lujan Grisham, but a report put out by New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee fleshes out some of New Mexico’s impending demographic challenges and should further guide efforts to change course and make our State a destination for jobs and economic growth, not a failing state that is hemorrhaging young people.  

By Any Other Name Lacks Respect

May 10, 2021

  Commentary: When he responded to my call with a deep, slow hello, it sounded like I roused him from sleep. I blurted out the question of whether I could speak to a world-famous comedian. Except, aside from the same last name and a shared first letter of the first name, this was not that comedian.

He laughed when I tripped back over my tongue to fix it. "Oh, it's OK. I can be him," he said pleasantly.

"No! I'm so sorry; that's terrible," I replied. "I even coached myself not to say that name before I called." He continued to laugh, and it smoothed over, but it was another reminder of how important names are to the back and forth of a conversation. Depending on the level of maltreatment of a name, the conversation can go downhill.

Time To End New Mexico's Tax On Social Security

May 10, 2021

  Commentary: As the special election to fill New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District heats up, an important area of bipartisan common ground has emerged: Both Democratic Rep. Melanie Stansbury and Republican Sen. Mark Moores are emphasizing their support for repealing New Mexico’s tax on Social Security income.

During the last two legislative sessions, nine bills were introduced to repeal this tax, sponsored by lawmakers from across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, despite the strong bipartisan support for this reform, New Mexico remains one of 13 states that taxes Social Security benefits. Of those states, New Mexico has the second-harshest tax, costing the average Social Security recipient nearly $700 a year.

Vaccines And Mandates

May 10, 2021

Commentary:  Anybody who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can now walk into any Walmart in the country without an appointment, an insurance card or a dime in their pocket, and get a free shot.

In a very short period of time, the only people in the United States not vaccinated will be those who refuse to take the vaccine. That completely changes the equation on mandatory facemask laws.


Facemasks have served two purposes - protecting others from us and protecting us from others. Now that so many of us are vaccinated, we no longer need that protection. If the only purpose of the mandate is to protect those who have the ability to protect themselves, but are unwilling to do so, that’s not reasonable or sustainable.

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Commentary: The Republican Party’s attacks on Liz Cheney demonstrate why the Trump-inspired question, “What would I do if I were a Republican?” has renewed urgency.

In 2016, conservatives and voters who “distrust all politicians” were sufficiently disenchanted with the U.S. political works to help toss in Donald Trump as a giant monkey wrench. Trump also attracted racist and jingoistic haters; but most Trump voters I know are regular folks. Many soon realized that the reality of “President Trump” was disastrous. He not only said and did harsh things to refugees and immigrants, socialist and atheists, and “welfare bums,” he endangered most everything U.S. patriots prize, such as national security, the rule of law, ethics in government, and separation of powers.

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