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In the heart of downtown Las Cruces, a vibrant and dynamic community is blossoming, driven by the passion and innovation of local entrepreneurs. At the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, we are … more
A recent town hall meeting in Las Cruces hosted by the Foundation for Open Government focused on the need for greater transparency at the Legislature during the budget-making process. There is, … more
The Catholic Church stumbled badly. In the dark of night, Father Peter Chudy Sixtus Simeon-Aguinam and his accomplices removed beloved paintings from St. Joseph Apache Mission on the Mescalero … more
Louisiana passed a law last week requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom in an act of performative religiosity. It is “performative” in … more
For the past five decades or longer, the state Legislature has been planning for what we will do when the oil runs out. We’ve set up permanent funds to ensure we’ll be able to keep our … more
Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico is a primary support organization for the Success Partnership, which shares a common commitment to uplifting families in the region. One such … more
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a U.S. courtroom to exercise his part of a plea deal, copping to a felony violation under the Espionage Act. more
Several years ago, when I was covering state government from Santa Fe, I attended the annual briefing given to reporters prior to the upcoming wildfire season. After going over the current … more
We’re getting close to election season, which for me means again preparing to see and hear millions of dollars in advertising from liberal special interest groups smearing me and misleading New … more
As I write this column on this early June day, I notice that the daytime high temperatures here in Las Cruces are going to be over or hovering around 100 degrees for the next two weeks. Playing golf … more
The clearest detail I remember about your car was the smoke coming off your tires, before we nearly collided on Amador Avenue Sunday night. You were stopped at a red light and decided to peel out, … more
Expectations were sky high in 2005 when British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson inked a 20-year lease on a new spaceport that had yet to be built in southern New Mexico. more
It seemed like a tiny gesture, my wife, Sherry’s insistence on taking these Walmart 4 X 6-inch photos of women patients at the mental asylum, Vision in Action in Juárez and putting them … more
It is a common lament that, in spite of the efforts of our representatives and the local leaders who frequent Santa Fe during legislative sessions, there is a distant relationship between the … more
"Todos son corruptos, todos son malos,” says Juan Carlos, the cab driver who is taking us from the Mexico City airport to our hotel near the Zócalo or central plaza. This was the first … more
The aftermath of Donald Trump’s conviction last week on 34 felony counts of falsifying business during his 2016 presidential campaign has included a dismaying effort by supporters to identify … more
Let’s start with this: The city budget will never be large enough to address all of its needs. And so, it’s not surprising that public support for a proposed increase in the gross … more
Just when we thought things could not get any worse. Forbes just named New Mexico the number one most dangerous state in the United States. This is the direct result of soft-on-crime policies and … more
Challenger Heather Berghmans trounced Albuquerque Democratic Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto in Tuesday’s District 15 primary. Berghmans won 80% of the vote against a senator who less than two years ago … more
The U.S. Supreme Court has just stripped away the final protections against gerrymandering. With a series of rulings in the 1960s, the court established that the 14th Amendment required … more
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