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By Stewart Rooks, Grant County Farm and Livestock Bureau president

The WildEarth Guardians and their elitist, radical members have struck another blow against hard-working, rural New Mexicans. As a result of their lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service, a judge in Arizona declared that all National Forests in New Mexico, and the Tonto Forest in Arizona, are closed to any type of timber management. This includes collecting wood for personal use such as heating your home, thinning projects that reduce fire risks, and harvesting of timber for commercial use. Why? Why are we eliminating an affordable fuel source for the poor and sacrificing our timber industry that is already struggling from previous lawsuits? So that the status of the Mexican Spotted Owl population can be determined.

New Mexico (September 25, 2019) — The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) announced today that it is calling on New Mexico’s Congressional delegation to protect New Mexican’s who depend on wood for heat and to defend New Mexico forestry related jobs.

NMBC President Carla Sonntag said, “The lawsuit filed by Wild Earth Guardians in Arizona based on concerns over ‘inadequate tabulation and monitoring’ of the Mexican Spotted Owl has resulted in the U.S. Forest Service taking drastic action that will harm New Mexicans. The result, ‘Immediately suspending issuance and implementation of active and new commercial and personal-use forest product permits.’ This overreaction to a broadly worded lawsuit stops all forest management activities across the Lincoln, Santa Fe, Cibola, Carson, and Gila national forests across New Mexico. Many New Mexicans rely on wood to heat their homes and winter is right around the corner.”

By Gavin Clarkson

LAS CRUCES, NM- A former law professor running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico is suggesting that both Biden and Obama could be subject to retroactive impeachment according to the standard House Democrats are now applying to President Trump.

“The House can impeach and the Senate can convict someone even after they leave office,” Clarkson argues, “with the penalty being a permanent ban from holding future office. The trial of War Secretary William Belknap clearly established a precedent that Congress retains impeachment jurisdiction over former officials, as did the 1797 impeachment trial of Tennessee Senator William Blount, which proceeded even after he was expelled by his fellow senators.”

By Yvette Herrell


President Trump is keeping his pledge on border security – despite the Democrats’ obstruction campaign, the new border wall is coming to New Mexico.

Construction crews have already begun reinforcing a 46-mile stretch of the border to protect our state from the growing threat of illegal immigration. For all intents and purposes, this is actually a brand new stretch of border wall, because the old barrier did practically nothing to stop people from crossing the border into New Mexico illegally, as demonstrated in a video clip from 2005 that shows illegal immigrants swarming over it with ease.

Here's an example of the chasm between the two ethnic groups in Silver City:

Last night Raymond Caballero spoke at Miller Library about his new book, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks, just published by the University of Oklahoma Press. During the discussion period, I asked him whether the Empire Zinc strike would have happened without Clinton Jencks. Caballero gave a noncommittal answer; it's one of those hypothetical historical questions that nobody can be too sure about.

On Friday, September 20, I will be joining millions of youth and adults who are striking to demand action on the climate crisis. I’ve read the dire reports and the risks for too long. In addition to melting glaciers, amplified hurricanes, and losing the Great Barrier Reef, our beloved Gila National Forest is seriously threatened to lose the vast majority of its coniferous forest from Spruce-Fir to Juniper Woodlands in only a few decades time.

By Paul J. Gessing

Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the Legislature will have an incredible $907 million of so-called “new money” when they convene in January. A vast majority of that money comes from the boom in oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.

With nearly $8 billion available in 2020, the general fund budget will be up nearly 27% over just two years. Even fans of bigger government have to be concerned about the rapid rate of government expansion in such a short period of time.


Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12:02am

As dedicated teachers in New Mexico’s rural communities, we’ve often been discouraged by politicians wildly swinging the education pendulum at our students’ expense. Talk to other teachers with over 10 years of experience and they will tell stories of oft-switched policies that don’t fully consider the impact on classrooms.

This time around, we as teacher leaders begged for a smooth transition between administrations.

The past nine months have been the most unstable of our careers.

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