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Las Cruces, NM – The city is redoubling efforts to control the mosquito population. Terrence Kelly with the city says the season should wind down in October, but people should still be taking precautions.

Las Cruces, NM – In a closed-door meeting, the Las Cruces City Council recommended keeping Jim Ericson as City Manager.

Las Cruces, NM – The debate continues over how to fund a convention center in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Hotel and motel owners in Las Cruces have turned in petitions protesting the $2.50 per-night surcharge to build a convention center in Las Cruces.

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Las Cruces, NM – Jim Ericson retains his post as Las Cruces City Manager, he does so with a boost in pay.

Las Cruces, NM – NMSU's interim president says he will continue to increase distance education opportunities.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's Secretary of State was recently on campus encouraging students to vote.

www.firststepcenter.org/

Las Cruces, NM – A challenge grant from a Southwestern philanthropy will complete the First Step Women's Health Clinic $6 million capital campaign if the Memorial Medical Foundation can raise one million dollars before the first of the year.

Las Cruces – A replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. is travelling the country. It was spreading its message in July here in Las Cruces.

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AMLO Bodes Well For The Border Region

8 hours ago

Commentary: On January 6, I was invited to a speech by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) in Juarez. AMLO was traveling through Mexico’s northern border region to promote the January 1 launching of his northern border zone program, which he calls his “border free zone.” Comprised of 43 border municipalities, the elements of this program include doubling the minimum wage in the region to the equivalent of $9 dollars per day, decreasing the cost of fuel to the same cost in the U.S. border region, and cutting the value-added tax from 16 percent to 8 percent.

Goodman: Much Work Ahead For New Mexico Legislators

Jan 13, 2019
peter goodman

 

  Commentary: What should we expect – or want – from the 2019 state legislative session?

 

It's an interesting year: there's more money than usual, and both our governor and legislative majorities are Democratic.

 

More money means we can do some things we need to; but more money could tempt us to make promises we might not be able to keep. Reason and restraint are essential. 

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019S.24, would guarantee that affected employees — including those forced to work without pay and those locked out of their jobs during the shutdown — will get paid as soon federal agencies reopen. The bill also clarifies that employees who had previously scheduled approved leave occurring during the shutdown may take that leave without undue penalty. The House of Representatives also passed S. 24 today, sending it to the president for his signature.

facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: Let's get real. Trump does not care about the federal government. He only cares about his ego and his ego's brand. When will the mainstream media start reporting the real story about why Trump is willing to stop the federal government from doing its business?  Trump's intentional assault on federal agencies is a direct result of his promise on the campaign trail to "drain the swamp." 

The New Mexico Budget Surplus is Already Spoken For

Jan 12, 2019
Steve Pearce

Commentary: As state legislators prepare to return to Santa Fe for the new legislative session in mid-January, the main topic on their minds is how to utilize the $1.1 billion budget surplus projected for fiscal year 2020.  Special interest groups, state agencies, municipalities, counties, courts and anyone who interacts with state government have been hard at work putting together wish lists for how these surplus dollars should be spent.  Lawmakers can expect the Roundhouse to be filled with people seeking money for all sorts of projects and programs.    

 

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