I came into the room where the boys were playing to find the three-year-old sitting on the floor balling. Beside him his three older brothers were playing peacefully with their cars completely undisturbed by their brother’s problem. It was not because their mother and I were not trying to te…

The New Year is coming, and we need to reduce, and hopefully, eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in society. The best way to manage pests is to exclude them from your home. When they do show up, in most circumstances you can control them without using toxic pesticides.

Once the frenzy of Black Friday fades, Small Business Saturday aims to attract shoppers to local merchants whose stores serve hometown retail needs — not just to keep those businesses healthy in today’s hypercompetitive retail environment but also to generate tax revenue that provides vital …

New Mexico’s 30 MainStreet communities support small businesses across a large and diverse state, but organizers admit it can be tough to explain exactly what the MainStreet program does and how it impacts local economies.

Venus began this month very low on the western horizon just after sunset. By the 7th it was lost to our view as it heads towards inferior conjunction with the Sun on the 26th, emerging not long after that just above the eastern horizon. On the 31st it can be seen about 4 degrees above and to…

More than a third of young people studying for vocational and technical careers have no contact with potential future employers before they graduate, and only 12 percent have seen the inside of a manufacturing facility.

Football is back. After a long summer, America’s most popular sport has returned. There are three parallel storylines with both the NFL and the local high school teams that I will be keeping a close eye on this season.

I have to admit I have mixed emotions about a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for states to collect sales taxes from Internet retailers such as Amazon.

The best thing about making a trip to Albuquerque is – wait for it – coming back home. When you top that last hill coming down the interstate and see Socorro all spread out in front of M Mountain it just plain ol' feels good.

Twenty years ago, the topic of domestic violence was easier to sweep under the rug. With things like the “#metoo” movement, the spotlight has been firmly placed on this issue. Sadly, it still happens every day. Big sports stars seem to get away with it much easier.

Here we are slipping into August and I love it. We’re kind of halfway through summer as the crow flies and although it’s still hot, it’s gradually getting to be just right for sitting on the back porch and thinking about nothing in particular.

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One of the projects being carried out by Diamond of the Desert Inc., formerly Socorro’s Beautification Committee, is a mural project the committee hopes will spur a little tourism in addition to the sprucing up of the town.

As an owner of a construction company here in New Mexico, I am a champion for the construction trades. My company has trained hundreds of workers who earn good wages and are able to support their families, buy homes and contribute to the economy of this state.

Here we go again. A countdown of sorts to the end of summer, although if one sticks his or her respective head outside it’s liable to get charcoaled. Or parboiled. Or fricasseed. Or all three.

Major League Baseball showcased its stars during the annual 2018 all-star break. Players have a grueling 162 game schedule. The all-star weekend gives them time away from a schedule that changes day to day.

Well, the 2018 Old Timers in Magdalena is now a part of history. People are taking a breath and things are quieter in town, and from all appearances it was quite the success, despite a scheduling mishap on Friday and monsoon rainstorms. Actually, as this is being written there are thunder-bo…

It’s stuck in my head. The song Nat King Cole sang in 1963: “roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer; those days of soda and pretzels and beer.” In other words, our annual permission to be lazy.

You never know where a good story will turn up in Socorro. This time it was at the Rotary Club meeting last Wednesday at Bodega Burger where they’re marking their 80th anniversary in Socorro. Ted Kase was there and he told a story about his father, a lifelong Rotarian who was especially keen…

Michel Jichlinski’s OpEd in El Defensor Chieftain responded to an earlier piece by Senator Heinrich about the proposed mining of water in the San Augustin Plains. The Jichlinski response needs a response itself. Mr. Jichlinski, representing the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC, makes some astoundin…

Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them. Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunatel…

What do RoadRunner Food Pantry distribution, a fire department, Mardi Gras, and the Magdalena Samaritan Center Thrift Shop and Food Pantry have in common? If you live in the Village of Magdalena, they are, as so many things and people are, interconnected.

After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order. On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by…

The New Mexico Tech Faculty Senate lauds the Public Education Department for taking on the important task of overhauling outdated K-12 science standards in our state. However, we oppose the new standards, 6.29.10-NMAC-New Mexico Stem-Ready Science Standards, because they ignore or contradict…

I can’t believe I cut myself shaving last Sunday. Serves me right for not having one of those big bushy beards that are so prevalent these days, and they even have a name; the Bandholz, not to be confused with the Garbaldi or the aptly named Full Beard. They say young women of today think me…

In a week where the overall indexes traded sideways, health care and biotech stocks bounced. It is all about market rotation. Expect that trend to continue.

New Mexico is known for certain characteristics: great beer, the beautiful environment and a rich culture.

Public education in New Mexico is surely at a crossroads today. For the past eight years our state economy has been stuck in permanent recession mode, and that resulted in constant trimming and cuts to classroom budgets. Now, a combination of proposed deep federal cuts and indifference from …

Investors were shocked last week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2% in one day. Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.

Both the Socorro Consolidated Schools District and the Magdalena Municipal Schools District are to be commended for making their searches for school superintendents transparent.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in New Mexico – a perfect opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact our teachers have in helping every New Mexico child have a chance to succeed in life. Every child in New Mexico – no matter their background – can learn, and the more we stand beh…

Pick your poison—U.S.-Syrian strife, weak employment numbers, China-U.S. relations—those are just some of the issues investors had to contend with this week. Despite these potential roadblocks, the averages hung in there, losing little ground as the week closed.

A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

On behalf of the Council of University Presidents, we wish to express our deep concern with the recent veto of all funding for New Mexico’s higher education institutions for next fiscal year. Clearly, higher education must be funded, and at a level that enables us to continue the fine work o…

Beginning now until October 13, the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich will accept applications from high school students and recent high school graduates seeking a service academy nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor and the application process is rigorous.

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible…

Magdalena Schools and Socorro Consolidated Schools would be wise to follow at least some of the advice given by former Las Cruces Interim Superintendent Steve Sanchez.

While legislators debate how to fund early childhood education programs, some think more efficiency and better services can be achieved by consolidating early childhood programs. Senate Bill 106 would create a cabinet-level Early Childhood Services Department with oversight of existing progr…

As New Mexicans, many of us can attest to a common refrain when we talk about our most important programs: “We just don’t have the funding.” The underlying theme throughout conversations about our state’s most pressing needs is that resources are scarce and we simply don’t have enough of the…

Last fall, most of the country was riveted to television screens as we watched the Chicago Cubs, baseball’s longtime “lovable losers,” win their first World Series in 108 years. The foundation for their success began many years ago when the club’s new general manager and owners decided to co…

Now that the Legislature has passed a $180 million solvency package that rescues the state from a dangerous current-year budget crisis – with strong bipartisan agreement – lawmakers must turn promptly to the serious jobs crisis afflicting New Mexico.

New Mexico is already one of the best places to live in our country. But if you’ve read a newspaper, tuned into the news or have listened to what people are saying in the coffee shop, you know things aren’t going well for all our neighbors. Poverty is on the rise, the economy is crawling alo…

Hundreds of millions of infrastructure dollars sit unspent across New Mexico as state lawmakers search for cash to cover a budget deficit.

This time last year Socorro County residents where signing petitions and holding rallies in an effort to change the minds of people in the corporate office who made the decision to close the Smith’s Food and Drug Store.

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