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Las Cruces, NM – In addition to syringe exchanges there are programs available to heroin users that promote a healthier lifestyle. But law enforcement officials say these programs may not be the best idea.

Las Cruces, NM – Syringe exchanges for heroin users have been taking place in the United States since the nineties, and Southern New Mexico is no exception.

Las Cruces, NM – A new charter school is taking the place of the current Court Youth Center in downtown Las Cruces. Irene Oliver-Lewis has big plans for the high school, which is set to open next year.

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Bill to Move New Mexico to One Person, One Vote Heads to Governor

Mar 13, 2019

Commentary: Yesterday, the National Popular Vote bill passed the Senate Floor. This bill would move New Mexico closer to one person, one vote. House Bill 55, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros (D-Questa) and Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would allow New Mexico to enter into a multistate compact to award states’ presidential electors to the winner of the national vote.

El Paso Democrats pass a vote of no-confidence in Dr. Heather Wilson

Mar 13, 2019
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Commentary:  Tuesday night, the El Paso County Democratic Party told the UT Board of Regents: We have no confidence in Dr. Heather Wilson to be the next president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

At a public meeting of the Party’s County Executive Committee, a resolution calling for a vote of no-confidence was introduced and voted on. The resolution cited Ms. Wilson’s voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives — voting no on providing 84 million dollars in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges in March of 2006, voting no on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation in November of 2007, voting no on providing federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions and Native American tribes to prosecute hate crimes, voting yes on a Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in September of 2004, among other votes — and noted the more than 6,000 signatures from El Pasoans opposing her selection on Change.org. The resolution passed unanimously.

Haaland Blasts Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

Mar 13, 2019

Commentary: Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Department of Defense announced it will implement the order banning transgender service members from serving in the military effective April 12th:

“After hearing testimony from transgender service members who have served honorably and made great sacrifices for our country, it baffles me that the Department of Defense would move forward with this blatantly discriminatory policy. Any person who has volunteered to give their life for this country should be honored, respected, and thanked. Instead, thanks to yet another reckless Trump policy, these brave servicemembers will have to worry about whether their livelihood will be taken away from them and their families. This decision is a slap in the face to our troops and poses a threat to our nation’s readiness.”

Commentary: House Republican leaders delivered the petitions to overturn Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) to the New Mexico Secretary of State on Monday. The next step in the process will require the Secretary of State to approve the petitions before they can be circulated to the public.

“We are extremely grateful to all the New Mexicans who are reaching out to ask how they can help,” said House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia). “This bill is opposed by a an overwhelming number of county leaders and also by our Sheriffs. This is an attack on law-abiding New Mexicans and they deserve the opportunity to overturn this shameful law.”

New Mexico Oil Production Soars to a Record 250 Million Barrels in 2018

Mar 12, 2019

Commentary: New Mexico’s oil boom continues to reach new heights as recently-published data shows oil production reaching a record-high of 250 million barrels of oil in 2018. The United States Energy Information Administration reports that oil production climbed an impressive 46% from 2017 to 2018, surging 78 million barrels past the previous record of 171 million barrels set in 2017.

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