Rio Grande ruling challenged as drought persists

Oct 11, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways as it flows through New Mexico's most populated region.

They say the state's top water manager needs to do more to reduce use in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, but irrigation officials say they're already doing the best they can as years of drought have strained resources.

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Oct 11, 2018

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Oct 11, 2018


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The Sept. 27 shooting near Las Cruces High School is still under investigation, but lapel camera video from the incident shows that Juan Angel Pinedo failed to obey officers’ commands and lunged toward his handgun the moment before officers discharged their weapons.

Pinedo, 32, who had an active warrant for his arrest from a shooting that occurred six days prior, was struck at least once by rounds fired by four Las Cruces Police Department officers. Pinedo was declared dead on the scene.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Promising results are emerging from a pioneering drug treatment program in New Mexico in which police refer nonviolent drug users prior to arrest into comprehensive counseling and services.

An evaluation of a pilot program in Santa Fe was published Thursday that shows an initial decrease in the number of arrests among drug users diverted into the treatment program.

Sports Betting To Be Offered At New Mexico Tribal Casino

Oct 11, 2018

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A tribal casino in New Mexico says it will be the first in the state to offer sports betting following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year that cleared the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting.

The sportsbook at Santa Ana Star Casino is scheduled to open Tuesday. The program will be managed by Nevada-based operator USBookmaking.

Casino CEO John Cirrincione said Wednesday the interest in sports betting has increased exponentially in recent years.

Las Cruces Police Seek Help Identifying Shooting Suspect

Oct 10, 2018
Map: The Verge Apartments / Las Cruces Police

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the person or persons responsible for firing several rounds at an apartment building.

Shortly before midnight on Friday, Oct. 5, Las Cruces police responded to a shots-fired call at The Verge apartments, 320 E. Union Ave. Officers arrived to find that one of the apartment buildings was struck multiple times by gunfire. No injuries were reported.

Investigators believe the shooter was on foot and fled from The Verge toward a nearby mobile home park.

Long-serving New Mexico lawmaker Larry Larranaga has died

Oct 10, 2018
Rep. Larry Larranaga

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Recently retired New Mexico state Rep. Larry Larranaga, a leading Republican voice in the budget process who led the state's transportation agency in the 1980s, has died. He was 80.

Larranaga died at home Tuesday from a rare degenerative brain disorder known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease that was diagnosed after the announcement of his retirement from the Legislature in August, daughter Pamela Thies said.

AP Investigation: Pearce Companies Rent Oilfield Equipment

Oct 10, 2018
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce owns two companies that actively lease oilfield equipment to undisclosed customers even as he campaigns to regulate a booming petroleum sector and expand an oil-dependent economy.

A spokesman for Pearce's campaign confirmed that the congressman's businesses, Trinity Industries and LFT, provide oilfield equipment rentals after The Associated Press found corporate registration documents that describe the activities.

Los Alamos Completes First Waste Shipment From Key Part Of Lab

Oct 10, 2018


LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have completed the first shipment of waste from a key area at the lab to the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository since the dump resumed operations in early 2017.

An official with the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management called the shipment a significant milestone for the cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab.


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Politics of Fear and Hatred

6 hours ago

Commentary: Talk about hypocrisy. Trump and Republicans are calling those who disapproved of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court a crazy mob who have no right to regain power.

When the Tea Party came along in 2010 shouting obscenities against Obama and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at their many meetings across the country—that was all right.

The reason Trump and his supporters call political opponents names like Pocahontas, Little Marco and Lock-her-up is because they have few policies that resonate with thinking voters. Their appeal is to fear and hatred.

They have no honest alternative to the ACA—but say they want to protect people with pre- conditions. However, we all know that insurance against any calamity doesn’t work unless the majority involved pays into the system e.g. car insurance where the state requires we have it.

They don’t want to support effective public education for all because their super rich supporters like the Koch brothers don’t want masses informed about serious policy debates. 

They don’t want to talk about the real impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017—which will double the annual debt in 2018 (and even more in the future) and that 80% of the benefits goes to the top 1.0%--etc. etc.

   Commentary: Beto O’Rourke announced that his grassroots campaign raised more than $38,100,000 in the third quarter of 2018. Powered by 802,836 individual contributions and without a dime from PACs, corporations or special interests, his people-powered campaign has just set a new record for the largest fundraising quarter ever in a U.S. Senate race.

Minor Changes Expected From NAFTA Replacement

13 hours ago

Commentary: Certainly is a lot of border news lately. Most importantly is the completion of the re-negotiation of the NAFTA, replacing it with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, also called USMCA.

Rubel: Higher Education Funding Should Be Restored With Plan For Entire System

Oct 11, 2018

Former NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Commentary: New Mexico voters have an unprecedented chance to send an important message this November that New Mexico takes corruption seriously and will hold government officials, candidates, and contractors accountable when they cross ethical boundaries and violate the law.  As former statewide elected officials, we wince every time we see the state tarnished by poor national rankings for good government and ethics, and worry that the perception of corruption is costing us business and opportunities, discouraging civic participation and decreasing voter turnout.  New Mexico is one of only six states that does not have a statewide ethics commission.

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