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From KRWG TV in Las Cruces, a look at how Medicaid costs are hurting the state and economic development that is being called `out of the box.` Fred Martino(pictured) is the host and you can watch it now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page. 


Suspects Quickly Caught After Armed Robbery

Two men were arrested Saturday (Jan. 21) after they allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint at a house in west Roswell, leading to the victim fighting with the men and gunshots being fired during the struggle. The robbery victim suffered a non-life-threatening head injury – the cause of which remains unconfirmed – during the fight and was taken to a hospital. Jose Juan Zambrano(pictured), 23, and Christopher Ray Deatherage, 24, are each charged with armed robbery, tampering with evidence, and felon in possession of a firearm. Each was being held this morning (Monday, Jan. 23) at the Chaves County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash-only bond. Each is scheduled to make his first court appearance in this case today. Zambrano and Deatherage are accused of brandishing guns and robbing the 24-year-old victim while the men and two women were together Saturday around 3:30 p.m. inside a house where one of the women lives in the 1600 block of West Walnut Street. A fight among the two alleged robbers and the victim ensued and ended up outside the house. A few gunshots were fired as the men fought. The two suspects then fled on foot, but were quickly located by RPD officers a few blocks away and detained as the investigation began. The suspects, whom police believe tried to dispose of the guns, remained in RPD custody as the investigation continued and were arrested several hours later.


Automatic Voter Registration For Everyone

© 2017 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. One thing that drives some people in our country crazy is that about half of our citizens either do not vote in our elections or worse, are not by choice even registered. A new plan has emerged in several states to have everyone eighteen and older automatically registered to vote. Here is the reasoning: the states have computers that can hold lots of data so automatically registering anyone in the state would be easy to do. But would it be wise? I have been on record as saying that voter registration drives do not impress me since just being registered does not guarantee that people will vote. And if they do not care to vote I really would rather they not. Just pulling the lever so we could say more people voted does not help our country in any way. Perhaps what we need to do is show what happens when people do not vote. Certainly, some would point at President Trump. Relax, I voted for him or more truthfully, I voted against someone else. But people are moaning that they cannot understand how a man such as him could be elected president. Truthfully, he was elected by a weak candidate and the millions of people who stayed home or did not even register to vote. So, some people would like to make voter registration automatic. Every person of adult age would always be able to vote. The rub is that most who didn’t vote this time would not vote next time. Maybe there needs to be compulsory voting. You must vote in every election. It would be like having to serve in the jury pool. You know, I just thought of a great plan: why don’t we take all those people who don’t vote and vote for them. Everyone registered as a Democrat or Republican would be an automatic straight vote for that ticket if they, themselves, do not vote. It would be one hundred percent participation or look like it. An extension of that concept would be the concept of proxy. If registration is compulsory, then we citizens should be free to give a proxy for our vote to someone we trusted. They would listen to the debates and research the candidates carefully while we get to spend our time on our Fantasy Football League. Or, since the vote is our own, we could sell our vote. Someone who cares and gave us a hundred dollars would be welcome to our vote. Why not? Is it our vote or not? About half of our adult population has already announced by not registering to vote that they don’t give a John Wayne Mickey Mouse Darn about the elections. Let us citizens sell our vote to someone who does care and will pay for it. OK, so I am mostly kidding here but the notion of having automatic registration is for real. Let me mention some issues: the sticking point is not registration, rather it appears to be the notion that the will of each and every voter might be corrupted by voter fraud. Example: a television station in El Paso had a story about an effort to help residents in a senior care center vote in an election. The seniors were happy that this very nice woman came by their center and handled all of the paperwork. The camera recorded one old geezer who said he hadn`t voted since that time he voted for Ike. The interviewer then asked him, “So if you do not mind telling us, who did you vote for today?” The man looked blank. “Gosh, I don’t know. The wonderful lady took care of that.” To me it seems likely the very nice lady was able to vote a couple hundred times for her own candidates because everyone was so focused on these geezers and geezerettes voting and they were not thinking about voting being an expression of choice. Quite a can of worms if we mandate registration and voting for all citizens. What is wrong with citizens having the freedom to not do it? Or not even being registered to vote? It is not a problem with me since to vote is to care. Email: drswickard@comcast.net - Swickard’s new novel, Hideaway Hills, is available at Amazon.com


Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation think tank talks about School Choice Week, State of the State and energy issues.


Rep. Townsend Recaps Opening Week In Santa Fe

It was a busy first week for New Mexico legislators like Artesia State Rep. Jim Townsend. He says he will be serving on the Appropriations Committee. He will also be serving on the Health Committee.


Report: U.S. Will Lose One-Third Of Its Electricity Generation Capacity Without More Infrastructure

A new report released by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) found that rejecting pipeline infrastructure would remove almost one-third of U.S. electricity generation capacity by 2030, dangerously raising electric rates nationwide, especially for poverty-stricken households. David Holt of CEA offers more information.


Maintenance Scheduled For Elevators At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Scheduled elevator safety maintenance at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will require the secondary elevator system be taken out of service to replace steel hoist cables. For 10 days, there will be no elevator service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. While elevator service is temporarily suspended, visitors may still access the Cavern by hiking in and out of the Natural Entrance on a self-guided tour. Due to the steep grade, the Natural Entrance is not accessible by wheelchair or walker. In addition to the self-guided route, ranger-guided tours are also offered. Reservations for guided tours can be made at www.recreation.gov. Both secondary elevator cars have eight cables, each cable is ½” thick, 400 lbs. and 800 feet long. These cables are used to raise and lower the elevator cars in and out of the cavern. This preventative safety maintenance is usually done every five to seven years, but is being done sooner because the amount of trips on the secondary elevators has doubled since the primary elevators went out of service due to a mechanical failure in the motor in November 2015. A complex multi-million dollar total modernization project is currently in the design phase and the primary elevators are expected to be back in service in 2018. KONE USA of Albuquerque, NM, has been awarded the contract to complete the cable replacement and will involve elevator experts with high-rise building experience from Portland, OR to oversee the work. The cable replacement on each car will require at least five days of work. Due to safety concerns, the park is not able to provide elevator service if there is no way to access cars in the hoist way if a rescue is necessary due to an operational failure of the elevators. For visitor planning purposes the elevator availability schedule is as follows: February 6 -10…..No elevator service February 11 and 12 …..Elevators in service February 13-17….No elevator service February 18….Elevators back in service “The safety of our visitors and staff is always our number one priority. Completing this maintenance as soon as possible will ensure the safe operation of our secondary elevators as we work to bring the primary elevators back into service,” said Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent Doug Neighbor. “We certainly appreciate the support of visitors and the local community as we work to provide a quality experience to the almost half-million visitors who come to the park every year.” If the work is completed sooner than expected, the elevators will be returned to service after all required safety testing is completed.


WalletHub Releases Two Studies Involving New Mexico

Jill Gonzalez is a Spokeswoman for the financial website and she says one looks at the cost of smoking by state and the other deals with the best and worst places to raise a family.