|NM In Focus Reairs The Bombing In Laos|
From KNME TV in Albuquerque, it has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended. In the You Tube link at the bottom of the page an interview with the authors of "Eternal Harvest:The Legacy of American Bombs In Laos."
|APD Says,"Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" |
The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. In 2013, Forbes magazine named the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.” Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July weekend, Artesia law enforcement officers will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.“APD is ramping up their enforcement to make our roads safer this Fourth of July,” said Commander Lindell Smith “For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses.”Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2013—representing almost a third of all crash fatalities. By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39 percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk. And the rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.NHTSA data also reveals that 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old) were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) in fatal crashes over the July Fourth period in 2013. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.
|Happy Birthday La Fonda |
The popular Artesia restaurant celebrated its 50th birthday recently and the owners say it is a regional favorite. Hear more by going to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Happy Birthday J.S. Ward And Son|
Samantha Sanchez and Victoria Lynchesky of J.S. Ward and Son Insurance gather outside the main office in Artesia Thursday for their 90th birthday celebration. Anna Byers talks about how her family started the business. Check it out now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|RPD Officer Honored |
Roswell Police Department Officer Christopher King has been honored with the Carnegie Medal for Heroism. The Roswell officer is among 18 people nationwide to be recognized this week with the medal. He was honored for his actions in rescuing a woman from a Roswell house fire in January 2014.When Officer King arrived at the burning house in the north part of the city, he realized immediate action was needed to rescue a woman inside the home. The woman could be heard calling for help from the interior of the structure that was now in flames and heavy smoke. Neighbors were calling to her, but she could not make her own way out.Entering through a back door, Officer King located the woman in a corner of the home. She was unable to move on her own, so Officer King dragged her outside to the back porch, where he collapsed to the ground, struggling to breathe after venturing inside amid the thick and choking smoke. Officer King and the woman were taken to a hospital, where Officer King was treated for smoke inhalation. The woman was flown to another hospital, but, sadly, died a few days later as a result of the fire’s impact on her.This past January, the Roswell Police Department recognized Officer King’s actions by presenting him with the department’s Life-Saving Award.
|Woods Houghton Podcast Returns|
This week the Eddy County Extension Agent talks about storm damaged trees, Africanized bees, iron deficiency in trees and applying fertilizer to lawns for the second time this year. Hear more by going to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Chicken Population Increases |
An abundance of spring rainfall, along with ongoing efforts associated with the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, has helped increase the lesser prairie chicken’s population approximately 25 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to results from a recent range-wide aerial survey.Increases were observed in three of four of the bird’s ecoregions across five states – Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Sand Sage Prairie Region of southeast Colorado showed the biggest gain – approximately 75 percent from a year ago. The Mixed Grass Prairie Region of the northeast Panhandle of Texas, northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas saw an approximately 30 percent increase, and the Shortgrass Prairie Region of northwest Kansas population grew by about 27 percent.“An overall 25 percent increase in the lesser prairie chicken population across its five-state range is welcome news”, said Ross Melinchuk, chairman of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency's (WAFWA) Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council. “This year’s increase, on the heels of last year’s 20 percent increase, is evidence of the species’ ability to rapidly recover from downturns as a result of drought and poor range condition. With continued improvement in nesting and brood-rearing habitat associated with more abundant rainfall and private landowner actions to conserve and restore their habitat, we are optimistic the species will recover to historic population levels.”
|Glen Collier Talks Eddy County Biz|
The County Commissioner appeared Wednesday on Good Morning Artesia and he talked about the meeting last Thursday where the commission moved forward on the Gross Receipts Tax. Hear more in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Eve Flanigan Talks About Firearms Safety And NNO|
The member of the Carlsbad Anti-Drug and Crime Coalition and noted firearms expert is asking area residents to leave the firearms inside this Independence Day weekend. She also says National Night Out is coming to Carlsbad next month. Get the details now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|AAA Offers Tipsy Tow |
AAA New Mexico encourages everyone, who is of legal drinking age and who plans to have alcoholic beverages to celebrate Independence Day, to designate a sober driver, call for a cab or ride sharing service, or plan an overnight stay before having their first drink. Also, as a last resort, AAA New Mexico will offer a free community service called Tipsy Tow which aims to keep drinking drivers off the road. The service will be available from 6 p.m. on Fri., July 3 through 11:59 p.m. on Sat., July 4.Drivers, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers simply request a Tipsy Tow and will receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA New Mexico-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched. For rides farther than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor. The passenger and tow truck driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage charges will be and the method of payment, prior to the tow.
|Free Solar-Powered Well Pumping Presentation Offered |
The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer invites well drillers and the public to an informational meeting on solar powered pumping systems for livestock watering and crop irrigation. The presentation will discuss different system designs, sizing, technology and capability of solar powered systems.The free presentation will be held at the Office of the State Engineer Roswell District office at 1900 West Second St on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 pm.The non-promotional class is being provided by Lorentz US Corp.For further information, please contact meeting coordinator Catherine Goetz at (575) 622-6521 ext 138.
|Planetarium, Fireworks Events Part Of Fourth Of July|
While Roswell residents and visitors celebrate the Stars and Stripes on the Fourth of July this Saturday – amid the excitement of the UFO Festival and Filmfest & Cosmicon – everyone can learn more about the stars during special programs at the city’s planetarium throughout the day and then look to the stars for a fireworks show that night. The Roswell Museum and Art Center is offering insightful celestial programs in the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium July 4th. Museum board member and former New Mexico Military Institute administrator Bill Siders will present two special programs throughout the day. The first program is titled “Our Neighborhood, the Solar System.” It will take a look at the night sky as seen from Roswell in early July, noting some basic constellations and navigation aids. Then, early models for the night sky will be examined as well as basic observations from more than 1,000 years that have built our knowledge of the solar system. The planetarium will also feature “The Age of Aquarius.” For thousands of years man has observed the stars and weaved myths and patterns into a collection of characters visible in the night sky. Greek and other observers noted motions of the stars over long periods of time. In the ancient past, as each constellation of the zodiac moved through the vernal equinox, a new “age” of approximately 2,000 years was said to occur — the age of Taurus during the Bronze Age, Aries during the rise of Greece and Rome, and the Pisces during the Christian era. The Age of Aquarius is now beginning. These two planetarium programs will alternate, with one beginning at the top of each hour, starting at 9 a.m. The final program will finish at 4 p.m. There will be a break between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday evening, Roswell will celebrate Independence Day with the Mike Satterfield July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Noon Optimist Park (West College Boulevard and North Montana Avenue). The Roswell Parks and Recreation Department and the Roswell Sertoma Club put on the event. The fireworks will begin filling the sky about 9:15 p.m.Musical entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. when the Community Youth Band plays. At 6:30 p.m., guitarist Robin Scott will perform. That will be followed at 8 p.m. by Carlsbad’s Last Child. Meanwhile, Elks Lodge #969 will be at the park to host a free barbecue for veterans and their families from 4 to 7 p.m. The fireworks event was named for the late Mike Satterfield to honor the Sertoma Club member who was among the group that revived Roswell’s Fourth of July fireworks show in 1997 with the Sertoma local service organization as the main funding supporter. Satterfield was instrumental in securing the firing equipment and getting the city’s fire department personnel trained and licensed in shooting pyrotechnics. These city-sponsored Fourth of July events are part of a busy long weekend in Roswell. The UFO Festival marks its 20th anniversary this year. Numerous activities are part of the Festival that will begin Thursday, July 2, and continue through Sunday, July 5.
|Supreme Court Ruling Affects EPA Mercury And Air Toxics Standards|
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to properly consider costs to the energy industry and utilities early in the rule-making process when trying to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from power plants.The EPA's new rules regulating oil- and coal-fired power plants are still in effect, and the case will be reviewed by a lower court. Attorney Jim Pew with Earthjustice says the new rules are particularly important for reining in emissions from the oldest plants still in operation."This rule does a couple of things," he says. "It sets first-time limits on some of the 'worst of the worst' pollutants. And it sets an industry-wide limit on some of the pollutants that haven't been regulated well enough until now."Pew adds power plants are responsible for 50 percent of all U.S. emissions of mercury, a potent neurotoxin. He says more than four million women of childbearing age in the nation are exposed to mercury levels considered harmful for fetal brain development. The Supreme Court's decision did not dispute EPA conclusions that power plants are the largest industrial polluters, nor that reductions in emissions are feasible. Some power companies have complained that compliance with the new rules will cost them close to $10 billion annually.The EPA says limiting toxic emissions could save between $37- and $90-billion per year in health benefits. Pew says the new rules are about more than just money."It's a big number, but the number looks a lot smaller when you compare it to what the cost is of not controlling this pollution," he says. "Nobody is really disputing that this rule is going to save between 4,000 and 11,000 lives every year."Pew notes the Supreme Court's decision does not change the EPA's authority to protect the public from toxic pollution. He says it just gives the agency another hoop to jump through. Marita Noon of Energy Makes America Great has the other side of the coin and you can listen in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|AAA Releases Weekend Gas Watch |
The statewide average of regular unleaded fuel in the Land of Enchantment is now $2.67, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch. That price is the same as last week but 89 cents less per gallon than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed, drivers in Las Cruces are paying the most on average at $2.68 per gallon while drivers in Albuquerque are paying the least at $2.61 per gallon. The national average is now $2.77, which is two cents less than last week and 10 cents more than the average price in New Mexico.Despite rising prices over the past several months, drivers are poised to pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend in at least five years. Gas prices continue to reflect considerable yearly discounts with drivers saving an average of 90 cents per gallon versus this same date last year. Pump prices often fall leading up to the Independence Day holiday. However, a seasonal decline in the national average this year has been offset by supply shortages due to localized refinery issues and global crude prices that have recovered from multi-year lows this spring. Of the 3 million Mountain Region residents (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) projected to travel for the 4th of July holiday, 2.4 million will go by automobile.
|NMSU Soccer Names Assistant |
Ben Parman has been hired as an assistant coach for the New Mexico State women’s soccer team, head coach Freddy Delgado announced on Monday.Parman, a goalkeeper in his playing days, will primarily work with the goalkeepers but will also be heavily involved in recruiting, team travel and scouting while also helping in all day-to-day operations.“We are excited to welcome Ben to the Aggie soccer family,” Delgado said. “He has proven success on the field, in recruiting and in the classroom. He is a steady, calm, positive person that I believe will help continue the progress we made this past spring.”Parman, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, comes to the Aggies after four seasons as head coach at Lyon College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member located in Batesville, Ark., where he left as the women’s soccer program’s all-time winningest coach.Parman coached the Lyon Scots from 2011-14, finishing with only one losing season in four years. He finished the 2014 season at 8-8-1 and his career with a 37-34-3 overall record, with the 37 wins breaking the program record.“I’m extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity coach Delgado and the NM State Athletic Department has given me,” Parman said. “I want to continue to push this young program in the right direction and up the WAC standings.”
|Teenage Girl Stable In Hospital After Accidental Shooting|
A 17-year-old girl who was accidentally shot Sunday afternoon (June 28) remained in stable condition at a Roswell hospital Monday afternoon (June 29). The 18-year-old male friend who allegedly accidently shot her remained in jail Monday on five criminal charges related to the incident.Roswell Police Department officers responded to the shooting Sunday about 12:50 p.m. at the Saddle Creek Apartments in the 1900 block of South Sunset Avenue. The shooting occurred inside an apartment where the 18-year-old, Javier Harvey Salinas, and the 17-year-old female were doing something with the gun when it fired once, with the bullet striking the girl in the abdomen.Two other people in the apartment did not see the shooting, but heard the shot and came to the room. Salinas fled on foot. When officers arrived, the girl who had been shot identified Salinas as the shooter, and said the shooting was an accident. She also told officers Salinas had left with the handgun.An officer located Salinas a short distance away and he was taken into custody and later arrested. Salinas refused to talk to investigators. The female victim also declined to give any more information to detectives. Police recovered the gun from Salinas when he was taken into custody. An information check of the gun showed it had been reported stolen in 2013.Salinas on Monday afternoon remained in the Chaves County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with first-degree child abuse, second-degree tampering with evidence, negligent use of a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a handgun, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
|Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO|
Today Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s Richland Operations Office, where he was responsible for cleanup and restoration of the 220 square miles of the Columbia River Corridor. “Dana has been an integral part of the EM management team for more than two decades and with the Department for more than 30 years and we are confident he is up to the challenges presented by the WIPP recovery project,” said Whitney. The Department of energy is currently considering qualified candidates to fill the CBFO Manager position.
|CYFD Looking For Foster Parents |
Yvette Lucero with the Children, Youth and Families Department in Roswell says Eddy County leads the region in the amount of children in foster care. She says CYFD is looking for foster parents. She says potential foster parents need to be 18 or older and you must pass a background check. Lucero says if you would like to be a foster parent you can stop by the CYFD offices in Carlsbad or Artesia.
|The Link Between Climate And Poverty|
Commentary by Marita Noon,Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc. The climate alarmists are practically giddy over Pope Francis’ recently released “climate encyclical”—remember, these are, generally, the very same people who dis the church and its position on abortion, the origin of life on earth, and the definition of marriage. Even Al Gore, who admits he was “raised in the Southern Baptist tradition,” has declared he “could become a Catholic because of this Pope.” Not surprisingly, Carl Pope, who served as executive director of the Sierra Club for 36 years, chimed in. He penned a piece published on June 22 in EcoWatch in which he bashes “American conservatism” and positions the papal publication as being responsible for a “new dynamism” that he claims is “palpable.” “It is more a gale than a fresh breeze,” Pope exclaimed, “when the most ground-breaking pope since John XXIII links poverty and climate.” In his post titled “How Pope Francis’s Climate Encyclical is Disrupting American Politics,” Pope pronounces: “Something fundamental is shifting this summer in political and cultural attitudes around the climate.”The former Sierra Club director then goes into a litany of news stories to support his position. Included in his list: the recent agreement from the “world’s major industrialized nations” to “Phase Out Fossil Fuels by 2100”—which is more rhetoric than reality. In his claim of colliding “new realities and social change forces,” Pope never mentions the polling indicating that after the most extensive and expensive global propaganda campaign, fewer people are worried about a warming planet than were 25 years ago. Nor does he acknowledge that, according to Harvard Political Review, the vast majority of Americans—even those who agree that “global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants”—are still “unsupportive of government measures to prevent climate change that might harm the economy.”And “harm the economy” it does—which is why, despite the G7 non-binding “agreement,” many European counties are returning to fossil fuels and retreating from renewables—led by German capacity payments to keep coal-fueled power plants open. On June 19, in PV Magazine, Stelios Psomas, policy advisor at the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies, laments Greece’s “policy U-turn towards lignite.” Psomas said: “All [the new government] is concerned with is how to promote power generation from fossil fuels e.g. new lignite power stations, new gas pipes and exploratory drilling for oil. So far, it has shown no interest at all for renewables energy.”In May, Greece’s Production Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, sent a letter to the European Commission “requesting permission to reactivate and prolong the life of Ptolemaida 3”—an “old technology” coal plant. Among his arguments, Lafazanis cited “the country’s ongoing recession, which has prompted the need to maintain household heating costs as low as possible.” Greece is also due to start construction any day on Ptolemaida 5, a new lignite-fired power station in Northern Greece. Greece’s return to coal is due, according to Lafazanis, to the intermittency of renewable power, which endangers the country’s “energy security,” and to economic concerns. The Greek photovoltaic industry is “now preparing for the worst.”Similarly, Poland is also seeking exemptions from “the European Union’s rules on reducing carbon emissions because the nation’s energy security and economic development depends on coal,” BloombergBusiness reports. Poland has previously received concessions from the EU climate policy. The new governing party, Law & Justice, is planning a strategy for the economy that “rejects the dogma of de-carbonization.” In Carbon-Pulse.com, Ben Garside predicts: “it may become more tempting for Polish governments to try to opt out of the [climate] laws altogether.”Following elections in the United Kingdom that gave the conservative Tories a decisive majority, Britain’s energy policies are changing. While, so far, claiming to stick to its carbon targets, the new government will focus on minimizing costs. In an editorial prior to the elections, The Guardian framed the party differences this way: “The Tories have cast off their green disguise. They will end subsidies for onshore wind power and rely on the market to bring down prices, they are enthusiastic about fracking and they want to build more roads. … The Greens, of course, remain committed to creating a zero-carbon economy, even if that is at the cost of economic growth.”As predicted, the new Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced, an end to onshore wind subsidies, which “will save hundreds of millions of pounds.” She acknowledged that ending the “subsidy scheme” meant about 250 projects, totaling about 2,500 turbines, are now “unlikely to be built.” The change in the government’s attitude toward wind energy, which was part of the Conservatives Manifesto, is likely the first of many to come in the weeks ahead. The Manifesto pledges to: • Keep energy bills as low as possible; • Halt the spread of onshore windfarms; • Back a significant expansion in new nuclear; • Continue to support development of North Sea oil and gas and the safe development of shale gas; and • Not support additional distorting and expensive power sector targets. In The Telegraph, columnist Fraser Nelson reports that, after taking stock of what has been learned in the past five years, Rudd intends to take the summer to come up with “a proper Tory plan”—which, like the wind subsidy decision, is expected to follow the Manifesto and keep energy bills as low as possible.Once again, economics are an important factor. Nelson states the following as a problem with climate-driven energy policy: “the fact that at least 15,000 British pensioners die of the cold each winter. It’s a staggering death toll, which has been greeted with a shrug for far too long. But this, too, is ending. The notion of ‘fuel poverty’ is being more widely recognized—and green subsidy is compounding the problem.”In Germany, Greece, Poland and the UK, fossil fuel has reemerged. However, in Ethiopia, according to Pope, they are willing to reduce projected 2030 carbon pollution by 64 percent. The caveat? “If climate finance is made available.” Yes, there is a “link” between poverty and climate. The green energy favored by the Pope, Carl Pope, and other climate alarmists threatens energy security, harms the economy, and creates fuel poverty that kills thousands of people each year.
|AAA New Mexico: Three Million Mountain Region Residents Will Travel To Celebrate Independence Day |
AAA New Mexico projects three million people in the Mountain Region will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day which is about the same as last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5. The Mountain Region includes eight states: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.“This Independence Day, people will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom with friends and family,” said AAA New Mexico Regional Manager Ana Gonzalez. “Before heading out to see fireworks, explore state and national parks, or enjoy a traditional holiday cookout, travelers can visit their nearest AAA New Mexico branch office to get free expert advice from our knowledgeable travel agents.” Rising income, driven by a strong employment market, is prompting many Mountain Region residents to take a holiday trip this year. Despite recent seasonal increases, gas prices remain well below year-ago levels, which has helped boost Americans’ disposable income.
|NMSU Trackster Takes Second |
New Mexico State freshman Kayli Farmer had her best javelin throw of the year on one of the biggest stages in track and field as she placed second at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships Saturday.Farmer, a freshman from Aztec, N.M., threw the javelin 47.92 meters (157 feet, three inches) on her final preliminary throw at historic Hayward Field, smashing her personal best of 43.43 (142-6) from April.Her second place finish also gave Farmer a spot to represent the United States in the Pan American Junior Championships July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.“I couldn’t believe it,” said Farmer of her throw. “But I knew it was the best throw I ever had. It felt amazing. I almost yelled out I was so excited when it went up on the board.”Farmer, who entered the competition seeded 16th, was only bettered on the day by Gabrielle Kearney of the Oregon South club who threw 49.58m (162-8) to win the event. Emma Fitzgerald, competing unattached, was third at 47.85m (157-0) and Texas A&M’s Kristen Clark placed fourth at 47.61 (156-2).“I am so proud of her,” said NM State head track coach Orin Richburg. “She did a nice job today and it’s a great surprise. She worked hard with Coach Carmichael and you have to give them credit.” “I really felt she had this in her,” said NM State assistant coach Larry Carmichael. “She had some good throws in bad weather in her last few meets that didn’t travel far. Getting a jump in performance like that is a bit of a surprise. But it can happen in the javelin where the aerodynamics are involved.”Farmer had posted throws of 134-3 and 141-6 in her first two throws. With that last throw in the preliminaries coming up it was time.
|Paul Gessing’s Podcast Returns|
The head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation offers some thoughts on the recent Obamacare ruling, a study conducted by CNBC, the Fair Workweek Act in Albuquerque and recent trade agreement votes. To listen go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.