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GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million

Updated at 8:10 pm ET Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. That's only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May . Monday's report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was quick to register her opposition to the bill. Senate Republican...

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VIDEO: Haboob Sweeps Through Las Cruces

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Haboob over Las Cruces - June 24, 2017 / Photo courtesy: Robert Paquette

This video, posted to YouTube by Robert Paquette, shows quite a sight over Las Cruces on June 24.  It's a haboob, an intense dust storm associated with the arrival of a weather front.  In this case, it was a cold front moving into the area that dramatically reduced temperatures.

Gov. Martinez Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Fallen Firefighter

8 hours ago
Office of the Governor

 

NARA VISTA, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a volunteer firefighter who died from injuries suffered while battling a brush fire in eastern New Mexico.

The executive order issued Monday said the community of Nara Vista could have been put in jeopardy had John Cammack and his fellow firefighters not stopped the blaze late last week.

The 74-year-old Cammack was a career veterinarian and served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 30 years.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee said Monday it is investigating complaints against two veteran Democratic lawmakers and the top aide to a third Democrat.

Reps. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and John Conyers of Michigan, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, are under investigation, the ethics panel said.

The panel also is investigating Michael Collins, chief of staff to Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Arguments In Gold King Mine Spill

8 hours ago
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear arguments on a New Mexico lawsuit against Colorado over a 2015 mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and Utah.

The nation's high court made the announcement Monday. But the justices did say New Mexico could pursue its claims in a lower court.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman praised the decision and said New Mexico should not have sued Colorado because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency caused the disaster.

Las Cruces Area Woman Allegedly Assaulted Following Yard Sale

9 hours ago

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a yard sale at her home over the weekend.

   The victim, 46, told detectives she had hosted a yard sale outside her home Saturday morning in the 5000 block of Doña Ana Road. She recalled seeing two men, accompanied by two adult females and a child, who were browsing through household items inside the residence for approximately 20 minutes.

Two More Plague Cases Reported In Santa Fe County

14 hours ago
New Mexico Department of Health

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague.

The recent cases involve a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman. The first case this year was reported in early June in a 63-year-old man.

All three patients, who live in Santa Fe County, were hospitalized but there have been no deaths.

Authorities Recover Body Of Drowning Victim In Pecos River

14 hours ago

FT. SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — State police say the body of a New Mexico teenager has been recovered from the Pecos River.

Authorities say 19-year-old Colton Alexander Sawyer of Tularosa and two friends were jumping into the river near a dam west of Ft. Sumner on Friday evening, but Sawyer never resurfaced.

The New Mexico State Police Search and Recovery Dive Team along with local search and rescue personnel conducted searches along the river south of the dam. Volunteers from the community helped and the state police helicopter was dispatched.

State Police Kill Man Who Fired At Them On I-25

14 hours ago
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an officer fatally shot a 36-year-old man early on Monday morning after a long standoff.

Police say they were called to a small market in Pecos, New Mexico, around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday after a man showed up armed and "was homicidal."

Officers didn't find the man but later heard shots being fired nearby. They found the suspect's car and tried to pull him over, but he fled. Police later found his car on Interstate 25.

Monday Business Watch

19 hours ago

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a new indoor training golf range, local summer activities for the kids, and the best steakhouse in the state is in Mesilla.  

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Unanswered questions loom about New Mexico ethics commission

Jun 25, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico legislature approved the creation of an independent ethics commission during this year's legislative session, but there are many unanswered questions about how it will work.

Lawmakers approved the framework for an ethics commission during the 60-day session that ended in March, with the assumption that its powers and procedures would defined later.

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Goodman: Waiting For Wise, Patient Leadership

Jun 25, 2017

Commentary: Sometimes it's easy to see what should be done.

In December 1941, few doubted we needed to beat the Nazi's and the Japanese.

In 1966, it was obviously pointless to battle against Vietnamese independence. The Vietnamese deserved freedom. They'd whipped the French convincingly. We couldn't prevail without destroying the people whose hearts and minds we supposedly sought to win. Their independent spirit and historical enmity toward China meant they wouldn't be China's puppet.

Commentary: In a recent interview with the Deming Headlight, Congressman Steve Pearce was asked about his position on the current review of America’s prized national monuments, a review that could precipitate a resizing of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in Dona Ana County.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after weeks of hiding the bill from the American people to avoid answering tough questions.

Commentary: Once upon a time, when this columnist was beginning a career as an actor, one of the first producers who gave me a job was Oskar Eustis. He is at the center of a controversy this week over a production of Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar” in New York City. Anyone who has worked with Oskar or engaged him in conversation can guess two things as this illiterate scandal roils around his new production. One, Eustis certainly does not endorse assassination; and two, part of him must be thrilled that a play is arousing controversy in 2017.

New Mexico Democrats Blast Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

 Commentary: The Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg released to following statement after Senate Republicans released the healthcare bill they drafted behind closed doors:

"Republicans are actively working to take away the health care many New Mexicans rely on to stay healthy. Under the Republican plan children will go without doctor appointments, rural hospitals will be forced to close, and heath care professionals in our state will see their jobs disappear. .

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