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Democratic Presidential Debate: See The 20 Candidates Who Will Be Onstage

Three senators, four current or former representatives, a mayor, a governor and a former Cabinet secretary all walk onto a stage ... followed the next night by a former vice president, four senators, a congressman, a former governor, a mayor and a pair of entrepreneurs. Millions of television viewers are getting their first extended look at the historically sprawling Democratic primary field over two nights in Miami this week. The field is so large that the Democratic National Committee and...

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Courtesy: NMSU Arrowhead Center

Business startups located in New Mexico with plans to sell outside the state are invited to join BizSprint, a program to accelerate success with $2,000 and resources from New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center. 

Application deadline is June 27 for a spot in NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub with program funding generously given by New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company.

15th Annual Gila River Festival: Our River, Our Future

5 hours ago
Gordon Headlee

The Gila Conservation Coalition hosts the 15th annual Gila River Festival September 19-22, 2019 in Silver City, New Mexico and along the Gila River.

Join us to explore the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as responsible earth stewards, with keynote speaker climate activist Tim DeChristopher and many renowned presenters.

Silver City Report

7 hours ago

Courtesy Photo / NMSU

Lee K. Abbott’s impact on students was indelible. After a lifetime writing award-winning short stories and teaching creative writing at universities across the country, Abbott returned to Las Cruces, where he grew up. His life ended in Columbus, Ohio where he was undergoing medical treatment. Abbott lost his battle with leukemia on April 29. He was 71.

Abbott is remembered for the energy and inspiration he gave his students. New Mexico State University students were among the last to benefit from his teaching.

Goodman: Truths and Choices

9 hours ago
Peter Goodman

Commentary: It's a beautiful, cool desert morning, and the garden is thriving.

Many families in Doña Ana County live in poverty. Half our nation's citizens own less than what the 400 wealthiest do, largely because of inherited wealth.


Report: NM Leads Nation in Natural Gas Wasted on Federal Lands

10 hours ago

New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s release of the report “New Mexico’s Boom that Cost Billions: How Federal Oil and Gas Policies Fail Taxpayers” by Taxpayers for Common Sense:

“While New Mexico is used to being at the bottom of the nation in many indicators, here’s one where we’re at the top: we’ve had the most natural gas wasted from oil and gas production on federal land.

SWAT Team Takes Wanted Deming Man into Custody

10 hours ago
Doña Ana County Detention Center

The subject of Tuesday’s SWAT callout on east Hadley Avenue, wanted in Deming, N.M., and Las Cruces on felony warrants, was taken into custody about 12:30 p.m.

Patricio Fierro, 29, of Deming, N.M., was believed to be armed and barricaded in a home on the 900 block of east Hadley Avenue. About 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, the Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team was activated, surrounded the home and began the process of making contact with Fierro.

At least two other occupants left the home during the incident.

Sheriff: Chaparral girl, 10, grazed by bullet while sleeping

10 hours ago

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — A 10-year old girl in southern New Mexico is recovering after authorities say she was grazed by a bullet while asleep.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports the girl was grazed by the bullet early Sunday morning in her family's Chaparral, New Mexico, home.

The young girl was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Mine cleanup under way in Gila National Forest

10 hours ago
USDA Forest Service

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Gila National Forest say the first phase of a cleanup project at the Royal John Mine and Mill is nearly complete.

Past lead and zinc mining activities left an estimated 90,000 cubic yards (68,810 cubic meters) of tailings and waste rock material along the upper reaches of Cold Springs Creek. The contaminated material is being consolidated into one spot where it will be permanently capped.

Officials say this will limit the potential for the contaminants to reach the surrounding environment.

U.S. Gov't Moves Migrant Children after AP Exposes Poor Treatment

Jun 25, 2019
Cedar Attanasio / Associated Press

Clint, TEXAS (AP) — The U.S. government has removed most children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas near the border with Mexico following reports that more than 300 children were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

Only about 30 children remained at the station outside El Paso on Monday, Rep. Veronica Escobar said after her office was briefed on the situation by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official.


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Goodman: Truths and Choices

9 hours ago
Peter Goodman

Commentary: It's a beautiful, cool desert morning, and the garden is thriving.

Many families in Doña Ana County live in poverty. Half our nation's citizens own less than what the 400 wealthiest do, largely because of inherited wealth.


It's Well Past Time To Address The National Debt

Jun 21, 2019

Commentary: I love this country. I always have. And you don’t quit on those you love. I’d say that entitles me to get real good and mad when our leaders in Washington – Presidents and Congresses –continue to get us into deep trouble with an exploding national debt. The national debt is what we’ve borrowed from many sources – China for example, and we have to repay with interest.

Commentary: During much of the last 100 years, the New York Stock exchange enjoyed near monopoly on the public trading of U.S. stocks and bonds. And while we are trained to think that monopolies are bad things, the near monopoly of the NYSE was in fact a good thing. The reason for this was NYSE need to maintain its good reputation for fairness.

Haaland: Holtec Facility Poses Too Great a Risk to the Health & Safety of New Mexicans

Jun 21, 2019

Commentary: Congresswoman Deb Haaland announced her opposition to storing high level nuclear waste in New Mexico in a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Haaland’s letter comes after Holtec International submitted an application for a license to construct an interim high-level radioactive waste storage facility in Lea County, New Mexico. In her letter, she cited operational and logistical risks that pose a risk to the state.

“I believe such a facility poses too great a risk to the health and safety of New Mexicans, our economy and our environment,” Congresswoman Deb Haaland wrote.

How fake equality disguises oppression

Jun 20, 2019


  Commentary: On Aug. 9, 2007, six Democratic presidential candidates participated in a forum on LGBTQ rights. A distinct memory from watching the event was New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson being asked by one of the moderators: Is being gay natural or a choice?

Richardson arrived at that debate touting his support for civil unions (as long as they weren't called "marriages"). This was, at the time, about as far as leading Democratic politicians went.  

On this question, Richardson fumbled, first stating that being gay was a choice and immediately backpedaling when the room reacted. He spent the next day clarifying his position (and improbably claiming he hadn’t understood the question).

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