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Letter to Editor on potential election problems in Luna County. NM

Attached is my opening statement to the Luna County Commissioners on November 14, 2022, and the packet of information that I provided during the county election meeting, prior to election certification.

The data in the report comes directly from the NMSOS voter records. I received these reports 3x daily, started at 6 a.m. on 10/11/2022 (the first day of early voting) thru 11/12/2022 (the end of the county reconciliation period).

The reconciliation period is similar to balancing a checkbook. However, instead of balancing currency, they are balancing the number of ballots issued.


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Letter to Editor from GNF supervisor about asphalt spill

Dear Editor:
On Thursday, November 3, as the Gila National Forest Supervisor, I participated in a public meeting regarding cleanup of the asphalt emulsion spill in Jaybird Canyon, along with representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Struck by the close personal connection to the land expressed by so many members of the community, I felt impressed and grateful for the participants' passion and care for the forest, its waters, living systems, and the Earth itself. I commend the volunteers who reported the spill and stepped up to initiate the cleanup – without your vigilance, the spill impacts would have been even worse, and the responsible party might never have been known. You are an asset to the Gila National Forest.

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LTE- Author never thought he would agree with Muslims

Vote them out! Vote them out! 

I never thought I'd agree with Muslims!

Peter Burrows

Silver City

Is Hurricane Ian the beginning of The Apocalypse?

Maybe not. Two minutes:

Peter Burrows

Silver City

Climate change in New Mexico? 

This is only four minutes long and confirms that we are having an unusually long monsoon. It's kind of cold, too. This doesn't disprove the climate change argument, but certainly indicates the climate apocalypse may be a little longer in coming. How sad.

Peter Burrows

Siver City 

Headlines from Net Zero Watch: Europe facing reality and NM putting up solar panels

Here are today's headlines from Net Zero Watch.  Europe is facing reality and New Mexico is putting up solar panels. 

1) 'Crippling' energy bills force Europe's factories to go dark

The New York Times, 19 September 2022

2) German industry suffers worst energy shock since 1949

The Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2022

3) The Net Zero policies that should be torn up to save your wealth

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Letter to Editor asking for Republicans to have a better plan for NM


While NM was far and away the leader in welfare recipients, per the list provided, the #2-6 States are traditionally Republican; hence the Republicans have traction there.

I believe Republicans would get traction in New Mexico, if the majority of New Mexicans felt they had a better plan than the Democrats.

As a 61-year-old who has voted for a Democratic President only once, I know I would.

Hamilton Hoke
Silver City

Letter to editor on ranch damage by Black Fire and USFS back burns

screen shot 2022 09 13 at 9.23.16 pm copyUSFS back-burn scar absolutely destroying our private land. #blackfire.

They can spend five million day on "fighting fire" but then they pack up and leave. Thank heavens that catchers mitt (totally unnecessary here), "saved" the poverty creek subdivision where nobody wants to create defensible space.

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