Alamogordo NOW

Sep 17, 2019

A sea of red hats and red shirts surrounded the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho last night as Trump supporters gathered to chant and shout their patriotism. When he came three years ago, headlines highlighted the violent reaction to his visit to Albuquerque, though hundreds had protested peacefully for hours before that went down. This time, his campaign painted New Mexico as a winnable swing state, saying he had growing support among Hispanic voters. 

Trump Rallies Backers In New Mexico In Bid To Turn State Red

Sep 16, 2019
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  RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump rallied his supporters in New Mexico on Monday and talked up his chances of turning the state red as part of his efforts to expand his grip on the Electoral College in next year's presidential election.

"It's been a while since a Republican won" New Mexico," Trump told supporters, who greeted him with chants of "USA, USA." ''I think we're going to do great here. We're here because we really think we're going to turn this state and make it a Republican state."

  SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called the city of Deming and Luna County “shining examples of humanitarianism” and the “very best of New Mexico’s compassionate spirit” Monday night as she honored them for caring for immigrant families and children who were abandoned at the border by federal immigration officials.  Here is a statement from the Governor's office:

Lujan Grisham presented the city and county with the 2019 Governor’s Humanitarian Award during a ceremony at the governor’s residence in Santa Fe. 

Las Cruces Adults Suspected of Providing Alcohol to Teens

Sep 16, 2019

Las Cruces police arrested a pair of adults suspected of providing alcohol to three teenagers left in their care.

Daphne Spencer, 38, and Brette Reese, 20, both of the 1100 block of Brownlee Avenue, are charged with three counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All three counts are fourth-degree felonies.

While President Trump visited New Mexico on Monday, groups here and across the country are fighting his administration’s policies.

Indivisible groups held a nationwide “Defund Hate” campaign last week.  The campaign wants Congress to cut overall funding for ICE…Immigration and Customs Enforcement…and U-S Customs and Border Protection. The group also wants Congress to prevent ICE from taking money meant for other agencies.

Greg White with Indivisible Las Cruces says American voters need to know how their money is being spent.

Indivisible…as well as many in Congress…are outraged by the recent Trump administration decision to transfer money from military projects to build a border wall.  They say the allocations made by Congress should not be altered by the President.

Monday Business Watch

Sep 16, 2019

New Mexico Department of Health


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say New Mexico had more suicides in 2018 than any other year in at least two decades.

According to data provided by the state's Department of Health, 535 people died by suicide last year.

That a rate of 24.8 per 100,000 residents and represents a 6.7% increase over the state's 2017 suicide rate.

Mental health experts told the Albuquerque Journal that the 2018 numbers represent the highest suicide rate on record in New Mexico since the state began consistently keeping track in 1999.

Trump Targets New Mexico With Rally Amid Protests Before His Arrival

Sep 15, 2019
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Donald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last year, his party lost a House seat and the governor's mansion. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad.

Still, Trump is headed to New Mexico on Monday for a campaign rally that is making some politicos scratch their heads.

Recycling Alone Won't Cut It...We Are Drowning In Plastic

Sep 15, 2019

Plastics have made our lives simpler, easier, and cheaper. Yet, the price the planet may pay for these conveniences may last a lot longer than the quick use of a disposable fork with your fast food delivery, or the single-use disposable water or soda bottle we have all become accustomed to.

“Even at our facility, the sheer amount of plastic we receive daily is staggering,” said Patrick Peck, director of South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), partner to the City of Las Cruces in managing the disposal of solid waste.


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Commentary: Today, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the Trump administration will transfer over 560 acres of public lands to the Army to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers. The acreage includes public and desert lands in Arizona, California and New Mexico, including areas immediately south of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona and Otay Mountain Wilderness in California. 

The land transfer is a result of Trump’s national emergency declaration and waiving of virtually all environmental and cultural protection laws at the border for wall construction. Trump will use $3.6 billion of the military’s budget for these portions of the wall-- cutting over 125 projects that benefit military families and readiness. The Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC)’s challenge of Trump’s national emergency declaration will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court on November 18th. A ruling in favor of the groups could shut down Trump’s national emergency declaration and halt the fund transfers. 


    Commentary: Wednesday evening, Albuquerque city council voted 6-0 in favor of passing resolution R-19-187 “Declaring a Climate Emergency”. Numerous citizens gave testimony to their concerns about the growing climate crisis and the federal government’s inaction concerning the issue. Residents of all ages showed up in support of declaring a climate emergency, particularly a younger cohort who presented a powerful argument for action to secure a sustainable future. 

The Value Of Play For Adults

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Photo by: Nathan J. Fish

Commentary:    Commentary: It is commonly accepted, if not always understood, that play is essential for child development; but what about adults?

Joan Moriarity has no board certification, but in her role as “game guru” at the Snakes & Lattes Board Game Café in Toronto, she is something of a play therapist for adults, because play is also necessary for grown human beings.


Change In A Harsh Climate

Sep 17, 2019

Commentary: Every past climate change over the last 2,000 years affected only half the globe. This climate change, this one we are in now, is world-wide.  Either we keep treating this global warming like a hot potato or we work on what we can do where we live, city or country.

For instance, science says if those who raise cattle added 1% seaweed into the cattle’s diet, the methane gas released into the atmosphere by cattle would be cut in half.

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