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Sanders Projected To Win Nevada Caucuses, Solidifying Front-Runner Status

Updated at 8:48 p.m. ET Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses , according to an Associated Press projection. The win gives Sanders victories in two of the first three states to weigh in on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. His other win was in New Hampshire, and he also ended in a near-tie atop the still-muddled Iowa caucuses. Loading... "In Nevada, we have just put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition, which is going to not only win in Nevada, it's...

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21st Cowboy Days event planned for Las Cruces

8 hours ago

LAS CRUCES – Culture, skill, and entertainment are the focus of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s 21st-annual Cowboy Days celebration.

The fun is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at the Las Cruces museum. The family-friendly admission this year is $10 per carload. Pets are not allowed at the festival.

Lienzo Charro El Pedregal, a group made up of Daniel Castro of Vado and his family, will perform trick roping and traditional Mexican charrerada demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is hosting two, after-business-hours Voter Registration Agent trainings for the 2020 Primary Election. New Mexico Election Law states that if you would like to register voters, you must be registered as a Third-Party Registration Agent through the Secretary of State or the County Clerk.

The first training is scheduled for Tuesday February 25th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Doña Ana County Government Center. The second training is scheduled for March 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Doña Ana County Government Center. The training is free and space is limited.

Las Cruces Meeting Planned for Sunrise Terrace Park

8 hours ago

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will conduct a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 regarding Sunrise Terrace Park. The neighborhood meeting will be in Conference Room 2007-A at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

City representatives will present plans for turf upgrades at the park, and will provide options for revitalizing the turf for discussion.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 575/541-2550.

  The University of Texas at El Paso is launching a new program – the Microsoft Teacher Computer Science Academy – to increase the number of high school students who take computing courses by increasing the number of computer science teachers, with financial support from Microsoft Corp.


The funding is thanks to Microsoft’s TechSpark, an initiative which aims to expand economic opportunity in the Borderplex region as well as five other communities throughout the country.


Microsoft will fund 14 full scholarships this year for high school math or computer and technology education (CTE) teachers to become qualified to teach computer science at high schools in the El Paso region.

Carbon sequestration, also known as carbon capture and storage, has long been known as a promising, even necessary, tool to manage the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases pumped into Earth’s atmosphere.

In the next installment of the New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series, Brian McPherson, a professor at the University of Utah, will present a talk titled “On the Competing Risks and Benefits of Geologic CO2 Sequestration,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has stopped issuing medical marijuana enrollment cards to people who live outside the state but will soon allow nonresident patients enrolled in other state programs to buy pot. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reinstated a residency requirement for participation in the state's medical cannabis program by signing a measure passed by lawmakers. At least 613 nonresidents have enrolled in the medical pot program since the residency requirement was dropped last year. On July 1, New Mexico will recognize medical marijuana cards issued by other states. Officials say the goal of recognizing out-of-state cards is to allow patients to access cannabis just like other medications.

New Mexico Commits $600,000 For Expansion Of Las Cruces Area Hemp Farm

Feb 21, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department will invest in a year-round hemp business that is expanding its operation from Berino to Las Cruces N.M and adding 56 jobs, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today.  Here is a statement from the New Mexico EDD:

The New Mexico Economic Development Department has committed $600,000 in LEDA funds, matched by $5.3 million in private investment, toward the expansion of Natural ReLeaf. The business began growing hemp in Berino last year with a 2019 crop yield of 10,000 pounds. It is now ready to expand manufacturing capacity and add 8 greenhouses in Berino to allow for year-round growing.

Your Weekend Pulse

Feb 21, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with MainStreet Truth or Consequences Executive Director, Linda DeMarino, to talk about elections, celebrations, rocks and more in Sierra County.

Truth or Consequences Commission elections Tuesday, March 3rd with three seats up for election and 13 candidates. Major issues are budget, infrastructure, and transparent government.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's lawmakers have used a 30-day legislative session to bolster restrictions on firearms, underwrite college tuition, shore up a public pension fund and expand state oversight of vaping and e-cigarette sales. An effort to legalize recreational marijuana fell flat. 

The Legislature concluded its second annual session since Democrats took control of the governor's office in 2018 and expanded their House majority.


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Bill Capping New Mexico Insulin Prices Approved By New Mexico Legislature

8 hours ago

Commentary: A bill capping what New Mexicans with diabetes spend on life-saving insulin received final legislative approval with a 40-1 vote in the Senate. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

“We are going to do everything we possibly can to reduce health care costs and improve access to high-quality care for New Mexicans. House Bill 292 is an incredibly positive development for New Mexicans with diabetes. Cost should not be a factor when the medicine New Mexicans need is literally life-or-death. It’s as simple as that. The overwhelming bipartisan support this bill received in both chambers is a resounding testament to New Mexico’s commitment to reducing health care costs.

SUCCESS Summit Planned For March In Las Cruces

9 hours ago

Commentary:  The SUCCESS Partnership is proud to announce they will be hosting a summit on March 2nd, 2020 at the Corbett Center Student Union.

Thoughts On Valentine's Day From The Desert Sage

Feb 20, 2020
Photo by: Nathan J. Fish

Commentary: It was 8:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, a busy hour on a busy night for restaurants; but all was quiet at Walgreens, where I stood at checkout with a bottle of wine I had judiciously paired with a can of Progresso soup.

A young man of 25 to 30 walked in hurriedly, looked into a nearly empty bucket, and behind pleading eyes asked, “Are these the only flowers left?”

The cashier and I, two older males, regarded him with sympathy. “Last minute gets last pick,” the cashier said. The younger man shrank a foot in height and departed, probably to try his luck at Walmart if he had not been there already. Or a gas station. It’s true: Last minute gets last pick.

Does Chase really want to kill Santa Fe liberals?

Feb 20, 2020
Walt Rubel

Commentary:  There’s a dark side to the debate on gun laws that is not seen in any of our other political discussions: thinly veiled, or often completely unveiled threats of violence.

Clare Chase, a Republican candidate running for Congress, was the latest to participate. She recently posted an online video in opposition to bills in the state Legislature that would allow the courts to temporarily remove firearms from those shown to be a threat to themselves or others.

“Today I have a few words about the so-called red flag laws that the liberals in Santa Fe are pushing,” Chase said. She then fires a rifle from a tripod on the tailgate of a pickup truck at a red piece of cloth that had been hung out in the desert. The video ends with her turning to the camera and saying, “Today I have a few words for the liberals in Santa Fe; come and take ‘em.”

New Mexico Governor Secures Approval Of Early Childhood Trust Fund

Feb 19, 2020
Office of the Governor of New Mexico

Commentary: Surrounded by early childhood advocates, educators, lawmakers, children and parents, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday established the New Mexico Early Childhood Trust Fund, signing House Bill 83 into law in a Cabinet Room ceremony at the state capitol.

The Early Childhood Trust Fund, co-sponsored by Sen. John Arthur Smith and Rep. Doreen Gallegos, will provide for a transformative long-term investment strategy in the health, education and well-being of New Mexico’s youngest children. The fund, to be launched with a general fund appropriation of $320 million as provided for in the Senate-amended House Bill 2, will be sustained by the surplus of two revenue sources and will make distributions to support early childhood programming beginning in fiscal year 2022.

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