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New Year's Resolutions
With the coming arrival of January 1, many New Mexicans are reflecting on the close of 2020 and looking forward to the beginning of a new calendar year. For many of us, the start of a new year is an opportunity for a new chapter, a chance to recommit to bettering ourselves in some simple way. It may be a resolution to spend more time with loved ones, eat healthier and exercise, learn new skills or achieve a new personal goal.

As your State Representative, the New Year is an opportunity for me to reflect on how I serve you and commit to ways I can improve. To that end, I offer my New Year's Resolutions below to you:

IPANM (Roswell, NM) - IPANM Executive Director Jim Winchester has issued the following statement.

"IPANM (Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico) has serious concerns about the selection of Congresswoman Haaland for the job of Interior Secretary. Ms. Haaland has repeatedly demonstrated contempt towards our industry, especially regarding the need for a balanced approach to public land management. We urge congressional leaders to closely examine her anti-oil & gas record as they consider this selection."



The Republican Party of New Mexico and local candidates have gone to District Court and got a court order to impound absentee and provisional ballots cast during the election that we had a month ago.The State Police have followed the courts direction and done so.

We are appalled and dismayed that two neophytes would choose to impound ballots and cost time and money when it is unnecessary. These candidates could have challenged the ballots through their representative at the time of the counting of the ballots. Republican and Democratic parties witnessed the counting of the ballots.

Sandia Pueblo, N.M. – Today, with the distribution of a life-saving coronavirus vaccination on the horizon, a letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on behalf of the state’s native elderly seniors implores her office not to overlook some of the state’s most vulnerable populations.  

The letter, sent by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), asks the Governor’s office to take seriously the challenges facing New Mexico’s Tribal citizens, minority multigenerational family households, and rural New Mexico seniors that use elder daycare and senior care facilities. The impacts of COVID-19 have hit these groups exceptionally hard, and without access to more typically urban senior care facilities, there is a real worry that vaccine distribution will not reach those residing in rural parts of the state.  

Tim (Matthes) is right about the big difference between fraud and malfunctions. The letter I referenced from Elizabeth Warren mentions several times security risks due to outdated software among other things which puts our election systems at risk of being hacked. That leads to fraud, not malfunctions. The Senators further point out that the neglect is putting our elections at avoidable and increased risk. Again not of malfunction but of fraud.

In pointing out several specific problems such as votes being switched in South Carolina in 2018 and an electronic tally in, of all places, Pennsylvania, that gave the Democrat candidate 164 votes out of 55,000 votes cast, the Senators stated that these systems need to be updated so that they are not vulnerable to attack. Again, to avoid hacking and potential fraud.

By Blake Curtis

On November the 19 we celebrated National Rural Health Day across the nation. This year more than ever this day was especially important. The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that those living in rural America are especially vulnerable to this deadly disease.

This day of recognition not only brings to light the health care issues facing our rural health providers and first responders but to honor their heroic efforts since the COVID-19 virus has ravaged our country.

Dear Editor:

In his column of November 27, Mike Rowse, in the process of discussing voter fraud in the 2020 election, mentions a letter written by Senator Elizabeth Warren to one of the hedge funds that controls a major election machine vendor, in which he says Warren acknowledges instances of voting fraud.

I read that letter, written on 6 Dec 2019, which was written in an effort to get voting machine manufacturers to invest in new equipment and increase security, and found several references to voting machine malfunctions, but not a word about fraud.

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate the voters of Grant County for electing Rebecca Dow and seeing past the dirty lies and smear campaign against her.

I find it appalling that someone who studied social work would bring up the painful past of an abused teen for the public to see, all for political gain.