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Newsmakers Returns

On this episode of Newsmakers: we visit a Deming school that welcomes hundreds of students from Mexico; El Paso considers a municipal I.D.; and Living Here visits Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. The program is produced by KRWG TV in Las Cruces and Fred Martino(pictured) is the host. Watch it now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.

Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the Head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation think tank talks about the feds Methane emissions proposal. He also talks about the state being in the poorhouse, the Brexit vote matters and more state budget woes.

Sierra Club Director Talks About Methane Proposal

Camilla Feibelman is the Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club. She says a proposal to regulate Methane emissions is good neighbor policy that will keep oil and gas operators in business and it will also save the planet. She says Colorado has implemented measures similiar to the feds proposal and she says it has had little impact on the industry. (Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club) 

AFD Offers Fourth Of July Safety Tips

Fire Marshal James Abner is asking people to be safe on July Fourth. He reminds people that the City of Artesia is hosting a fireworks show at Jaycee Park and he says you need to leave the personal fireworks at home.

Energy Industry Under Attack As Is Our Economy

Copyright 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. “In general, presidents and congressmen have very limited power to do good for the economy and awesome power to do bad. The best good thing that politicians can do for the economy is to stop doing bad. In part, this can be achieved through reducing taxes and economic regulation, and staying out of our lives.” Walter Williams Despite claims otherwise, many elected leaders are the very reason our economy is faltering. They campaign promising to improve our economy yet they support the very government actions which cause critical harm to the economy. These politicians campaign to solve the problems which were caused by them. Currently there is a political controversy about flaring (burning) some of the gas from New Mexico oil producing wells. The talking points are that petroleum producers should sell that gas rather than just burn it. Activists claim petroleum producers intentionally throw money away. But people in business do not throw money away and stay in business. Some people understand the oil and gas industry while others do not. Former New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell wrote in a recent Op-Ed: “The San Juan Basin is one of the most heavily developed energy fields in the Intermountain West. While the downturn in oil and natural gas prices has hit hard, there is a simple way we can boost energy and tax revenue – cut natural gas waste at existing oil and gas well sites.” Ray Powell’s statement has nothing to do with petroleum engineering. If there was money to be made, the petroleum producers would, especially now when prices have dropped. Why are these wells flared? Simply, there is no economical way to bring those products to market. There isn’t the infrastructure nor is it economical. The activists know this. It’s really an attempt to cripple the petroleum industry in New Mexico. Consider: this push follows a long list of industry killing events. The introduction of wolves in cattle country is strangling the New Mexico cattle industry in those areas. That is along with the Jumping Mouse rules which are designed to keep cattle from water. If new rules require the gas to be captured and sold or the well must be capped, all but the most productive wells will be capped. There is not the infrastructure to capture that low volume gas which also has Hydrogen Sulfide, (H2S) in it. This colorless gas with a rotten eggs smell is poisonous, corrosive, flammable, and explosive. No one is buying this substance so it is flared for safety. What is the political value in making New Mexico producers cap their wells? The progressive push is to end oil, gas and coal so that the economy goes on the wind and solar standard. The federal government has targeted coal which is used in about half of the national electricity generation. The coal industry is dying. The problem is wind and solar are not a good source for power generation other than for off-grid homes. For traditional energy uses solar and wind must be backed up by traditional generating stations. So we pay for the generation twice. The price is prohibitive, especially if the energy is used in manufacturing where competing products are produced with low-cost energy-dense power. In New Mexico curtailing oil and gas production will send the state budget into a financial abyss of epic proportions. The state of New Mexico is already reeling from the drop in oil and gas revenue. The current recession in New Mexico would turn into a never ending depression without oil and gas revenue. When you see elected leaders talk about reigning in the lost money in flaring, know that the intention is to end the oil and gas industry and replace it with wind and solar. They gain political power in this way but the citizens lose an incredible amount of money for their schools and lots of jobs. As Walter Williams wrote, “In general, presidents and congressmen have very limited power to do good for the economy and awesome power to do bad. The best good thing that politicians can do for the economy is to stop doing bad.” But we keep electing people who spend their time harming our economy. Email: - Swickard’s new novel, Hideaway Hills, is availableat

MYFDC And Riding By Faith Offer Summer Activities

Danny Sons says there are plenty of things for kids and adults ranging from sports to education. He also says the Riding By Faith Rodeo Arena also has some things for people during July and August.

NEA Members Getting Ready For Representative Assembly

Thousands of educators from every state will come together to address the issues that are facing students, schools and the teaching profession during the NEA`s 154th Annual Meeting June 27-July 7. Betty Patterson is the President of NEA New Mexico.