Las Cruces, NM – A nonpartisan group called "The Concord Coalition" is watching Congress closely as the nation's lawmakers tackle the issues of the federal debt, the federal budget, and Medicare. The coalition is led by two former senators- Warren Rudman of New Hampshire and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska. Gayle Gerdes is the Western Regional Director for the coalition. Bob Mitchell talks with Gerdes about the coalition, and about its goals.

Las Cruces, NM – The renovation of a historic theater may help revitalize downtown business in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – A national study suggests urban sprawl in Las Cruces may lead to obesity and heart disease among the city's residents.

Las Cruces, NM – A viewing at NMSU's Clyde Tombaugh Observatory was well attended, but cloudy skies left everyone disappointed. Another event is set for this weekend.

Las Cruces, NM – Another narcotics bust has been made in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Economic Development is a phrase used loosely by politicians and business leaders. It isn't always clear what they are talking about. The rhetoric, frequently coupled with notions of job creation and growth, acts like a steamroller through city hall and the state house to influence ordinances and legislation. One organization which seems to have the corner on the phrase "economic development" in Southern New Mexico is MVEDA, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Las Cruces, NM – Although the recent plea for more blood donations has been answered in part, supplies in southern New Mexico are still low.

Las Cruces, NM – A new Cultural Affairs Secretary has already been chosen to replace Ruben Smith.

Las Cruces, NM – Interim President William Flores wants to make NMSU's campus more student friendly- he's also planning to apply for a permanent position as president.


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Commentary: A law goes into effect today that ensures home care and domestic workers—the people who clean homes and deliver care for others—are protected by New Mexico’s minimum wage standards and other wage protections.

Under the Domestic Service in Minimum Wage Act, domestic and home care workers are now covered by New Mexico’s wage laws, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions can investigate their complaints, enforce their rights, and recover their wages and damages.

On The Instruments Of Power

Jun 14, 2019

Commentary: There is no disputing that one defining characteristic of the current commander-in-chief is his cranial transparency as expressed through his Twitter diatribes. Everyone from world leaders to ordinary Americans knows what he’s thinking - if not by tweet, then expressed verbally. Some see these expressions as showing a lack of restraint. But if nothing else, they are unvarnished insights to a mercurial mind.

He was threatening tariffs on imports from our number one trading partner, Mexico, beginning at 5 percent initially and rising to 25 percent over five months, as a way of forcing Mexico to stem to flow of immigration. There is almost universal acceptance on both sides of the aisle and in numerous economic circles that tariffs, though frequently used, are disruptive and generally ineffective as a means of leveling the playing field in a global economy.

Thoughts On The "Straight Pride" Event Planned For Boston

Jun 14, 2019

  Commentary: Pride Month is here, and it seems a few men who identify as definitely not gay! want a parade, too.

The group brand themselves “Super Happy Fun America,” and all they seek is “full straight equality,” including a permit to hold a fully fledged, equally valued straight pride march in Boston in August. No smirking, please: this is about freedom from oppression.


Rep. Torres Small Directs DoD to Survey State of Unused Explosives on Tribal Lands

Jun 12, 2019

Commentary: Today, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) successfully passed an amendment to the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to improve the safety of New Mexicans living near unexploded ordnances, or commonly referred to as unused explosives, by requiring the Secretary of Defense to provide a report on the state of unexploded ordnance on Indian Reservations.


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