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Secretary of State Debate At Congregation Albert

Republican Secretary of State Candidate Nora Espinoza and Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver took part in a debate, sponsored by Congregation Albert in Albuquerque. The event took place on Sunday, October 16. Watch it now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.

Tyler Defeats NMMI

The NMMI Broncos were handed a setback this past weekend during Homecoming in Roswell. This weekend the team heads to Navarro. Head Coach Joe Forchtner offers more information. 

Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation think tank talks about New Mexico’s economic woes and the G.O. Bonds on the November ballot.

Congressman Pearce Talks Fly-In And Other Issues

On Monday, Congressman Steve Pearce talked about his worldwide mission to honor veterans. It took place earlier this year and this past weekend he hosted a vet’s fly-in at Las Cruces. He says vets from all across the Second Congressional District participated.

Wind And Solar Are Changing

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.” Marshall McLuhan That’s the problem with the future which always creeps up on us. There are huge changes in our society coming but most people don’t see them because they don’t believe in relatively sudden technological changes. Example: many people don’t believe wind or solar power will have any effect upon them. They see it as the government throwing money so politicians can get votes and donations. Wind or solar to them are boondoggles when the government gets involved for political reasons. And in today’s world I must agree. Today’s world. That leaves the future of wind and solar generation which is much different and closer than most people realize. Currently, except for harvesting government subsidies these technologies are only of use in houses in the sticks where bringing a power line in would cost the same as building a battleship. However, the use of wind and solar will change. As 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan wrote in 1964: For the times they are a-changin’ You must believe to see the changes coming. That may catch people and governments unaware and could mean they are today investing in the wrong technologies. Solar and wind generation has three major shortfalls compared to traditional generation: first, the density of the power while generating it. Secondly, the continuous dependability of the power. Finally, the transmission and generation cost. All three are deal breakers for adopting wind or solar in today’s world. There is another problem adopting the current commercial wind and solar generation. It is the thousands of dead birds smacked by wind generation blades or fried from flying into solar death rays. Our current efforts are not the way to have these technologies become mainstream. The change that will enable solar and wind generation to become mainstream is when innovation dramatically lowers the cost to store that wind and solar power cheaply at the end-user’s home. This would allow wind and solar generation to become the technology of choice without any government subsidies. Can this happen? Yes, here’s a way to look at that possibility of massive change. Twenty years ago, the technology in my life involved seven different media devices. I used a Canon F1 camera, a Sony tape recorder/player; a Motorola cell phone, a Gateway home computer with modem, a digital storage unit to back up my computer files and a VHS video player plugged into my Sony television. Seven devices that are now contained in my Samsung smartphone. And, I now have Wi-Fi which allows me as a writer to do things I could only dream of doing twenty years ago. Twenty years ago I had no idea so much change was on the horizon. That is the same scenario for the dramatic shift to home-based electrical generation and storage. It starts with the move to power vehicles with stored electricity rather than fossil fuel. Currently, the cost per mile of an electric vehicle is above that of gas or diesel powered vehicles. But like the change in my media devices, the core issue is the cost of storage which is dropping dramatically. Take computer memory sticks. Just a few years ago it was ten dollars for one megabyte of storage in a memory stick. Now it is ten dollars for a hundred gigabytes. All in a couple years. The same will happen in power storage which will allow homeowners to have their own wind or solar storage. I could write more but that is enough to point out that having the expectation of oil and gas being a major benefit to budgets in years to come might just be proven wrong by the dropping storage costs in whole home batteries. Stanford University’s Tony Seba has written about this in, “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: The industrial age of energy and transportation will be over by 2030.” It is a very thought provoking dialog about how technology will change our world soon. It isn’t if conventional power will end being useful, only when. That point is when home power storage costs less than the transmission of traditional energy. Then it will make sense to change. Email: - Swickard’s new novel, Hideaway Hills, is availableat

Farm Bureau Asks You To Vote

What do politicians have to do with agriculture? Baylee Davis has the details.

Woods Houghton Podcast Returns

This week the Eddy County Extension Agent talks about next month’s Pesticide School, winterizing lawns and lawnmowers, Chronic Wasting Disease and 4-H Enrollment.

Halloween Cave Tour Offered At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

On October 30 and 31 the public is invited to a special Halloween cave tour as part of the year-long National Park Service Centennial celebration. During this one-mile, candle-lit, meandering walk along the serpentine paved path through King`s Palace, visitors will see a variety of cave formations, and learn all about the sensational history of past explorers and the “haunted” side of cave history, a story rarely told. During this 1.5 hour tour, participants will experience a “black out,” when rangers briefly turn off all lights immersing them in the most extreme darkness they will ever experience. The tour concludes with a short, moderately steep walk out of King’s Palace. Reservations are required for this 3 p.m. tour and can be made by calling 877.444.6777 or visiting Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children (no children under 10 years of age). Adults, 16 and older, must also purchase a $10 general entrance ticket if they plan to walk the self-guided route before the tour. The visitor center’s winter hours are 8 5 p.m. For more information about Centennial events, park regulations, visitation or park tours, call 575-785-2232 or visit

Valerie Gohlke Talks About November Concert

Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra are teaming up to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in a musical tradition of years past. On Friday, November 4, a string quartet from the Philharmonic will present a concert in one of the world’s most unique and breathtaking auditoriums—the Big Room of Carlsbad Cavern. Music is not new to Carlsbad Cavern. Eighty-three years ago, visitors to the park were treated to a subterranean oratorio performance as an entire symphony orchestra, accompanied by 175 singers, presented Josef Haydn’s The Creation. And, for almost twenty years, from 1928 through 1944, Caverns visitors were mesmerized by the annual “Rock of Ages” program which culminated with a solo rendition of the hymn of the same name. Musicians and listeners alike have been transported by the magical sound created by the marvelous acoustics of this World Heritage Site. The upcoming concert will recreate that unforgettable experience. Gohlke is the Public Affairs Specialist at Carlsbad Caverns.