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Congress Passes Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown, Again Punts On Health Care

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET. With the clock ticking, Congress on Friday managed to fulfill its basic function — keeping the federal government running. The House and Senate approved a short-term measure that funds the government for another week. Lawmakers voted hours ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of federal agencies. Friday's extension gives members of Congress more time — until midnight on May 5 — to try to reach a deal on a spending bill that will last through the...

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Next month, The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will celebrate it’s third anniversary, and now some in Las Cruces are worried that their recently designated national monument may be sized down thanks to a new executive order by President Trump.

Friday a crowd of people filled a ballroom at the Ramada Las Cruces Hotel and Conference Center to speak out against President Donald Trump’s executive order that called for a review of national monuments that were designated back to the start of 1996 and covered at least 100,000 acres.

The New Mexico State University system launched the public phase of its $125 million comprehensive campaign, “Ignite Aggie Discovery,” by announcing a transformative gift from the Hunt Family Foundation to benefit Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

Clerk's Office Prepares For Tuesday Las Cruces-Area Election

6 hours ago
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

The Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District (DASWCD) election will be held Tuesday, May 2, for board members in zone positions 3 and 4.  

   The candidates are Joe Delk and Kevin Bixby for position 3, and D. Craig Fenske and Kent Thurston for position 4.  

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM – May 1st,  NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) leaders will launch their Week of Prophetic Resistance standing in solidarity with the national strike known as “Day Without an Immigrant”. Across the country, people will join in a general strike, they will not go to work, to school, or spend money, to show that immigrant communities m

NMSU works to build a culture of student philanthropy

6 hours ago
Darren Phillips, NMSU

When Alexandra Tovar, a New Mexico State University senior studying Spanish, walked into NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union on Nov. 29 and made her first Giving Tuesday donation, she was already part of a growing number of NMSU students who are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of future Aggies before they have crossed the graduation stage themselves.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park

6 hours ago

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2017 Movies in the Park Program. Movies in the Park will begin at dusk on Saturday, May 13, with Disney’s “Moana”. Movies will be shown twice a month, May through September, on Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., with the exception of Disney’s “The Jungle Book 2016,” which will be shown at the Plaza de Las Cruces on May 27. All movies are free.  

ALBUQUERQUE – Twenty-eight individuals are facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges as the result of a federal investigation targeting a Mexican drug trafficking organization (DTO) responsible for importing large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico, and distributing the drugs in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Illinois. 

Commentary: SANTA FE - Today, New Mexico's First Judicial Court ruled that a lawsuit charging that Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) must enforce state laws protecting working people against wage theft from their employers can go forward. Today's ruling denies DWS's request to dismiss the lawsuit. The individuals and groups who filed the case will request a final ruling from the court this summer.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary:  Mora – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly and Mora Federation of School Employees Union President, Faith Rivera, released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Mora Independent School District employees, and also a reaffirmation of the rights of educational employees who work under collective bargaining in New Mexico. All school districts – whether large or small – must respect their respective contracts, without exception.

Las Cruces to Trump Administration: “Leave our National Monuments Alone”

6 hours ago

Commentary: Las Cruces, New Mexico – Elected officials including three local mayors, sportsmen, veterans, business and faith leaders gathered today for a large rally in support of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and other national monuments across the country. The rally is a direct response to this week’s Executive Order from President Trump directing Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of prior monument designations, and to make recommendations to the President.


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Freedom And Order: Two Perspectives On American Justice

6 hours ago

Commentary: The purpose of the Law is to mitigate against self- interest. If it were up to individuals, the Law would always work in their favor. The dice would be loaded. Fate would twist in their direction, and the coin would invariably land on the side picked. The odds would be as irrelevant as yesterday’s sports section. If it was up to individuals, every police officer would let us go without a speeding ticket and every judge would dismiss our case without looking at the evidence.

Trickle down Tax Policies do not work

6 hours ago

Commentary: Here we go again. Trump and the Republicans want to cut taxes for Corporations and the rich, with the hope that it will boost the economy. Even though we have tried this dishonest policy many times in the past—it never works. In the Harding/Coolidge Administration in the 1920’s they reduced taxes and limited trade--leading to wild speculation in stocks. Rich got richer and poor got poorer—finally leading to the great depression in 1929. Under the Reagan Administration they again cut taxes for the rich, increased military spending and reduced effectiveness of labor unions.

Border "Security" Efforts Waste Precious Tax Dollars

6 hours ago
Simon Thompson

Commentary: President Trump ran on several promises relating to immigration; one was the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants, another was building a wall to block further immigration.  It doesn’t seem likely that Mexico will pay any part of the 20 plus billion the wall is projected to cost. US taxpayers will pay and private contractors will benefit. We will also pay for additional thousands of new ICE and Border Patrol Agents at $15,000 per trainee, even before they begin to work.

Governor’s call for tax reform during special session irresponsible

Apr 27, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding Governor Martinez’s speech today at the Tax Research Institute:

Common Cause Report: State of the Swamp at 100 Days

Apr 27, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: Common Cause has just released a report that summarizes in one place all the conflicts of interest and ethical problems presented by the new administration, Viki Harrison, director of Common Cause New Mexico, said today.  “It’s a great resource and I encourage you to check out” at 

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