Friday, August 26, 2011

8/27: Award-Winning 'Atomic Mom' Documentary at White Sands Film Festival in Las Cruces

Atomic Mom, an award-winning feature length documentary from M.T. Silvia, will screen on Saturday, August 27th, at 4:00 PM at the Allen Theatres Cineport 10 at 500 South Telshor Blvd. in Las Cruces, NM in the White Sands International Film Festival

Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure -– but important –- moment in American history. As the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert, Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program. 

In our present moment of Wikileaks, Pauline is a similar whistle-blower having been cowed by the silencing machine of the US military for decades. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to reconcile her own history in Japan. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they “meet” through the filmmaking process, and as they, with startling honestly, attempt to understand the other. 

With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the footage of the devastation is hauntingly familiar to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As Japan experiences its second nuclear crisis, Atomic Mom illustrates how we are all downwind of this story. 

Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way and will inspire dialogue about human rights, personal responsibility, and the possibility -– and hope -– of peace.  

M.T. Silvia is an independent filmmaker. Her first documentary Picardy Drive (2002, Documentary, 57min) aired on KQED’s ImageMaker series, FreeSpeechTV and airs yearly during the holidays on Oakland’s KTOP. She has worked professionally in the film industry for over twenty years at both Skywalker Sound and Pixar Animation Studios. Among many mainstream film and CD credits, she has also worked on several independent films. 

August 26, 2011 at 08:26 AM in Film, Las Cruces, Nuclear Arms, Power | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 05, 2011

9/5: Las Cruces Labor Day Breakfast With Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich

Please Join
Christy French, Chair, and the
Doña Ana County Democratic Party
at our
Ninth Annual Labor Day Breakfast
as we commemorate the
American Labor Movement
by honoring
Randy Moncrief
American Federation of Teachers
Elementary Vice President, Local 4212

Monday, September 5, 2011, 9:00 AM
Ramada Palms de Las Cruces
201 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM
Keynote Speakers
U.S. Senate Candidates
HECTOR BALDERAS
New Mexico State Auditior
MARTIN HEINRICH
Congressman, New Mexico, CD 1
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RSVP to Gayle Radom at 575-532-1780 or gradom@q.com. Tickets: $45.00 in advance, Tables of 10 at 405.00. Tickets purchased at the door will be $55.00. Make checks payable to and mail to: DPDAC, 1733 Salinas Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88011.

August 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Democratic Party, Events, Labor, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hector Balderas' Senate Campaign Comes to Las Cruces


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Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

On Saturday State Auditor and U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas was in southern New Mexico and spoke to a packed house of local residents and area campaign supporters at Roberto's, a local restaurant in Las Cruces, for a campaign "meet and greet." Balderas, who announced his candidacy for the Senate just over two months ago, made the trip south to bring his campaign and introduce his candidacy to New Mexico's second largest city, and ask for support.  

"I'm here today, because there are things in this country are not going well," Balderas said. "If each of you and your families had to sit around the kitchen tables in your homes and look honestly at what's going on in our country, you would agree that something needs to be done urgently. If you think of what's going on in Washington, you should be worried about your future, and the future of your children. Unfortunately partisan politics is not solving the problems in our nation that you and I would be working on in our households, to solve if you were in the same situation," he continued.

"I'm here, to ask for your support, as an underdog in this contest, because there are people in this country who don't want to invest in our future and our public schools," Balderas said. "They don't want to invest anymore in the environment. They don't want to invest anymore in consumer protection. They don't want to invest anymore in the poorest Americans or the elderly. They don't want to invest anymore in our health care. They want to pass that on to the states, and if the states run out of money, so be it."

Throughout his speech Balderas stressed his campaign themes of fiscal responsibility and what he termed "New Mexico values." He said, "I'm running for the United States Senate, because I believe we need someone from outside of Washington. I'm running because I believe we need a voice of reason, and because I believe you want to elect a person who will tell it to you straight."

"Imagine a U.S Senator who will come back home to work with the public schools," Balderas stated. "A Senator who will sit down with school boards across this state to solve our education problems. Imagine a U.S. Senator who will sit down with parents, with families, and with taxpayers, so that we can really begin to talk about the American dream. For me it isn't about politics. Some of you may not know much about me because you haven't seen me on T.V., but I want you to know that in every job I ever had, I went home. I went home to work for good schools, for the environment, for health care, for clean rural energy," Hector said.

Balderas also pointed to his background as someone who grew up and represented a small rural community in the legislature, before his election as State Auditor five years ago. "I grew up poor, and I went to public schools in Wagon Mound before going off to college in Albuquerque, but I went home again, Balderas said. "When that small rural community in Mora County sent me off to the legislature as the first young lawyer to ever serve them in Santa Fe, I was proud to give back. I was so humbled, at the age of 29, to be chosen by that community to serve in our New Mexico citizen Legislature, for no pay, and to work to protect the environment, to work for our schools, and to come together to work with others in the legislature to solve common problems, to make my community better, and to work to do the same for other communities, like mine, in our remarkable diverse state," he said.

"I can guarantee you, as a U.S. Senator, in one of the most influential elected offices in our nation, I will make you proud. We're going to make history in this state, and I promise, we're going to make you proud," Hector Balderas said.

State Representatives Antonio Luján (D-Doña Ana) and Mary Helen Garcia (D-Doña Ana) also addressed the gathering. Both Luján and Garcia have endorsed Balderas.

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August 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM in 2012 NM Senate Race, By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Events, Hector Balderas, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 22, 2011

7/30: Hector Balderas for US Senate Meet and Greet in Las Cruces

From Balderas for U.S. Senate:

JOIN US FOR A MEET AND GREET
In support of
Hector Balderas
Candidate for United States Senate
at
908 E. Amador Ave., Las Cruces NM
Saturday, July 30, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
HOSTED BY
State Rep. Antonio Lujan and State Rep. Joseph Cervantes
Judy Baker  Stephen Jones  Kenneth Sandoval
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July 22, 2011 at 04:18 PM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Events, Hector Balderas, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Southern New Mexicans Gather to Discuss Local "Kitchen Table" Values

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Activist Maury Castro at his Sunday house meeting

Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

Dozens of local neighborhood meetings were held across southern New Mexico this past weekend to discuss the nation's “kitchen table" values and to rebuild the American dream. Nearly 1600 "American Dream" house meetings were held in every Congressional District in the U.S., including the well-attended house meetings in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District. The meetings focused on how the current economic downturn has affected average Americans lives and how local neighborhoods can begin to push back against the radical right-wing agenda of the Republicans and Tea Party extremists.

The meetings were sponsored by the American Dream Movement (Rebuild the Dream), a growing coalition of seventy-two progressive community, environmental, political and labor organizations including Moveon.org and ColorofChange.org. Community and environmental leader Van Jones launched the national grassroots agenda that led to this weekend's neighborhood meetings last month, urging local grassroots neighbors to find ways to rebuild what Jones termed the "American Dream" and make it more accessible to all Americans.

Long-time local neighborhood activist Maury Castro of Doña Ana, New Mexico led one of the local meetings on Sunday night at his home in the rural southern New Mexico community, which is just north of Las Cruces. Twenty two area neighbors came together at Castro's home on Sunday to introduce themselves to each other, and to help hammer out a community-driven issue agenda that common Americans, like themselves, can rally around.

At Castro's grassroots house meeting in Doña Ana, local neighbors heard a brief welcome via the Internet from Van Jones and from other national coalition organizers, then broke down into smaller groups to discuss the issues that they felt were most important to their neighborhoods, and to rank those they felt should be prioritized over the coming months, nationally. The group then sent their recommendations back to the national coalition.

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July 18, 2011 at 09:11 AM in By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Economy, Populism, Events, Las Cruces, Rebuild the Dream | Permalink | Comments (4)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Doña Ana County Seniors Call on Steve Pearce to Oppose Medicare Cuts

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Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

A determined group of Doña Ana County senior citizens and retirees called on Congressman Steve Pearce (R-CD2) at his Las Cruces office on Thursday morning. They were there to protest Pearce's vote for the Ryan budget plan, which would end Medicare, and to state their opposition to efforts by Pearce, southern New Mexico's representative in Washington, to slash funding for Medicare and Medicaid. The group met briefly with Eric Layer, Pearce's press secretary, and presented him with a large "return receipt" presented for Pearce's signature. The so-called "return receipt" asks Congressmen who voted for the Ryan plan to return their own government paid health insurance and join seniors on their own "in the private insurance market."

Layer also read a press release, issued by Congressman Pearce to the gathering, which states that claims that "this year’s revenues will be more than enough to cover Social Security and Medicare" even if the debt ceiling is not extended.

Evelyn Erhard, a Las Cruces resident who helped organize Thursday's group, told Layer that she and her husband "would love to support local business," but are unable to do so due to high health care costs. "Even with Medicare we pay $17,000," Erhard said. "I'm glad Congressman Pearce has done well in the oil business," she added, "but I want him to know we are not all in that situation."

"Social Security and Medicare are not part of the deficit problem," said Deanna Barshinger. "They need to be treated separately from the deficit issue. I'm not even speaking for myself here," an emotional Barshinger added, "but I'm thinking of all my neighbors and fellow citizens who depend on Social Security and Medicare to live. We need to have people in Washington stop thinking politics and party and start thinking about people," Barshinger said.

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After the meeting, the outsized "return reciept" was presented to Eric Layer by Chris Cervini, a community activist from Albuquerque who was in Las Cruces as part of an effort to acquaint voters in New Mexico with the national Affordable Care Act. Cervini stressed the importance of protecting Medicare and Medicaid from cuts in Congress. Layer promised to forward a photo of the oversized document to Congressman Pearce, who is in Washington.

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July 14, 2011 at 06:48 PM in By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Economy, Populism, Healthcare, Las Cruces, Senior Citizens, Steve Pearce | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Las Cruces City Council Passes Redistricting Plan

Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces City Council passed its redistricting ordinance on Tuesday, adopting Plan "F-2" (see below) by a vote of 5-2. The new districts represent the first time that New Mexico's second largest city has adopted a redistricting and reorganization plan by implementing a recommendation of a citizen's committee, which was empowered to draft redistricting options early this year. Redistricting of district boundaries is mandated under law in every state and local jurisdiction following the publication of U.S. Census figures every ten years. The new council districts will remain in effect from today through the November 2021 Las Cruces municipal election.

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In the occasionally contentious process of adopting the new plan, the Las Cruces City Council left existing city council districts largely intact, while adjusting for the recent growth of the Las Cruces municipal population. To incorporate the largest growth in population, Las Cruces City Council Districts 5 and 6 lost most of their territory west of Interstate Highway 25. The two districts will divide the so-called "east mesa" area of Las Cruces with District 5 primarily north of Highway 70 and District 6 south of Highway 70.

Because of faster population growth in the east mesa area, the four other districts were shifted to incorporate additional precincts that were previously held by districts directly to the east of them. Of the original ten draft redistricting plans submitted by the citizens committee, the Council previously had rejected eight of them, narrowing the choice down to draft plan "F-2" and "F-3." While the Council ultimately adopted plan "F-2," Alameda-Depot Historic District residents supported plan F-3, hoping to keep the north Alameda neighborhood in the same district as the south Alameda neighborhood.

Push for Alternatives
Local Republican and Tea Party activists had earlier demanded adoption of plan "G," which radically redrew the existing council districts based on future growth projections in the more affluent, and conservative, east mesa area. Under law, however, districts can only be drawn on actual Census figures, by even population numbers,  plus or minus 0.5%.

The most contentious exchange of the day occurred between Ron Camunez, a conservative community activist who supported the ill-fated "G" plan, and Mayor Ken Miyagashima during public testimony. "Five and Six are too big," Camunez said, pointing out the large geographical size of the two eastern districts. "This Council needs to start over from the bottom up," he said. "What will it take, a law suit"? Camunez asked.

"We can only go with the our population that actually exists," Miyagashima shot back. "We have to go with the information we have at hand!"

Nathan Small, City Councillor of District 4 who supported Plan "F-2," praised the work of the citizen's committee and called for institutionalizing citizens into the process in future redistricting processes. City Councillor Miguel Silva, who backed Plan "F-3," called on the City to heed the wishes of Alameda neighborhood residents and keep the historic community together. Silva opposed the winning plan.

The Vote
Councillors Olga Pedroza (3), Nathan Small (4), Gil Sorg (5), Sharon Thomas (6) and Mayor Miyagashima voted to adopt plan "F-2." Councillors Miguel Siva (1) and Dolores Conner (2) voted no.

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July 6, 2011 at 09:04 AM in By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Las Cruces, Redistricting | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Progressives Illuminate the Las Cruces Electric Light Parade (with Photos)


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Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

 Over eighty local progressive activists and volunteers joined forces to greet parade-goers at the annual Las Cruces Fourth of July Electric Light Parade on Sunday night. Gathering under the banner of the Dõna Ana Democratic Party, the group rode the three-mile-long parade route that drew over 15,000 Las Cruces onlookers and neighborhood residents who turned out to see the festive light parade pass by, including the colorful progressive contingent.

Joining up with the Democratic Party of Dõna Ana County were County Commissioner Scott Krahling, Las Cruces City Councillors Miguel Silva and Gil Sorg, Obama for America, the Hector Balderas U.S. Senate campaign, and Michael Ray Huerta, who is running for Mayor of Las Cruces and turned out a large contingent of supporters.

In addition to showcasing the local Party and their respective political campaigns, members of the large contingent combed the crowd for volunteers for the upcoming election contests. Deputy voter registrars also worked tirelessly along the parade route to sign up new voters.

The annual Las Cruces Fourth of July Electric Light Parade is one of the largest parades held yearly in the State of New Mexico.

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July 4, 2011 at 09:52 AM in By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Democratic Party, Events, Holidays, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Michael Huerta Launches Campaign for Mayor of Las Cruces

Michael Ray Huerta, a native of Las Cruces who describes himself as "a longtime advocate for education reform and the prevention of youth bullying and suicide," today announced his campaign to become Mayor of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by hundreds of Las Crucens to run for mayor,” Huerta said in a statement released today. “I, like all Las Crucens, want leadership that puts results above rhetoric, and people above political agendas. I’m running for mayor because I’m the candidate who will bring that fresh approach to City Hall.”

Huerta also announced his first initiative of the campaign through his website, MichaelRayHuerta.com, and the campaign’s YouTube channel (see video above). The initiative, which focuses on fiscal accountability, proposes that elected politicians at Las Cruces City Hall reverse the pay increase they implemented in 2008.

“In the past four years, the city budget has decreased by nearly 30%,” Huerta said. “Middle class incomes have gone down, and one out of every five Las Crucens now live in poverty, including 35% of our children. Revenues are down, and services to Las Crucens have been drastically cut. Yet in that same time, city politicians - some of whom now want to be Mayor - voted to increase their own salaries by 10-15%. That isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and it isn’t fiscally accountable to Las Cruces tax payers.”

“I don’t expect this initiative to be popular with some of the politicians at city hall,” added Huerta. “For years, they’ve failed to act on this important issue. It’s about time they put the fiscal interests of Las Crucens ahead of their own personal agendas. They need to cut back the salary increase they gave themselves because in this economy, we can’t afford to keep a 15% raise for elected politicians.”

Michael Ray Huerta is a native of Las Cruces. He previously served as the Press Secretary for a US Member of Congress, while working various high level positions on national campaigns. Most recently, Huerta he worked in education reform that focused on low-income, low-performing schools throughout New Mexico. Now, Huerta says he works with his family’s small businesses across the Mesilla Valley.

The Las Cruces mayoral election is set for November 8. Current Mayor Ken Miyagishima says he is running for re-election, and District 2 City Councilor Dolores Connor has announced she is giving up her seat to run for mayor. Although the election is officially nonpartisan, it's well known that Miyagishima is a Democrat, as is Huerta. Connor is a Republican.

June 20, 2011 at 08:02 PM in Las Cruces, Las Cruces City Elections | Permalink | Comments (5)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Progressive Voices Come Out for Southern New Mexico Pride


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Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

 Progressive voices were out in force for Southern New Mexico Pride, the annual LGBT community parade and pride festival held at Pioneer Women's Park in Las Cruces. The event drew over 2,000 in New Mexico's second largest city. The festival hosted one hundred supportive community, political, civic, religious, labor and local business organizations, who set up booths, displays and tables at the park site. The festival was preceded by a parade that made a long circuit through downtown Las Cruces. Several hundred participants marched in the parade, which kicked off Saturday's festival.

 Among the political leaders on hand for the event were Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tempore Sharon Thomas who read the City of Las Cruces LGBT Pride proclamation to open the festival. Other elected officials who attended the event were State Representative Joni Gutierrez, Da Ana County Commissioners Scott Krahling and Billy Garrett, and Las Cruces City Councillor Miguel Silva.

Representative Gutierrez, the Da Ana County Democratic Party, Da Ana County Democratic Women, and Organizing for America organized booths for the event and entered contingents to march in the parade. Supporters of President Obama, Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich, and Michael Ray Huerta, an unannounced candidate for Mayor of Las Cruces, also participated at the event throughout the day. Many first-time voters were also registered during the day long event. 

A lone protester holding aloft an virulent anti-gay sign spent the day standing on a footstool holding his handwritten cardboard placard aloft. He was surrounded, however, by a phalanx of LGBT-positive activists carrying pro-LGBT civil rights signs. There were no incidents. At the close of the festival Carrie Hamblen of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) thanked the group for maintaining their cool, but noted that the ugly anti-gay sentiments expressed by the lone protester "show why we all need to keep participating in this festival."

Southern New Mexico Pride is one of many celebrations held annually in June of each year, which is designated as LGBT Pride Month and commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riot in New York, which is considered the first major event of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. Southern New Mexico Pride was sponsored by the New Mexico GLBTQ Centers, PFLAG, and the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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June 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM in By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Civil Liberties, GLBT Rights, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wildlife Advocates in Las Cruces Call for Better Protection for Wolves But Game Commission Suspends Program


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Contributing writer Stephen Jones checks in with more on-the-ground coverage from Southern New Mexico.

Note: Despite this demonstration and major support from New Mexicans in many walks of life, the New Mexico State Game Commission voted unanimously today to suspend the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction program in the state.

A large group of  supporters of wildlife protection rallied outside the at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces Wednesday prior to a field meeting of the New Mexico Fish and Game Commission. The gathering urged the Commission to take a greater role in protecting the Mexican gray wolf in southwestern New Mexico. Only a small population of about fifty wolves survive in the wild, concentrated in the natural habitat of the Gila National Forest.

State Representative Antonio Luján of Las Cruces (D-35) addressed the gathering from the rear bed of a pickup truck outside the Museum prior to the Commission's field meeting. "As you know the Mexican Gray Wolf is on the brink of extinction, only about fifty remain in the wild, and yet the fish and game service continue a policy of hunting and trapping. In recent times no wolf has been shot or trapped in the wild for three years. This shows that that a program of hunting and trapping is unnecessary."

"No wolf has been shot or trapped in the wild for three years," Luján said. "This shows that that a program of hunting and trapping is unnecessary. The fish and wildlife service should continue to work to reduce the conflict between wolf protection advocates and owners of livestock. Both belong in the Southwest. Wolves are essential to the ecosystem. It is vital that they be protected under the endangered species Act. The recovery and protection of wolves should be based on science and not politics," Luján said.

Luján poined out that, "Less than 1% of all livestock loss is due to wolves. Most is caused be disease, accidents and bad weather." He urged the Fish and Game Commission to take a more proactive stance in protecting the wolf. "Once the grey wolf population is restored, scientists have shown they will play a central part in the overall well being of the southwest ecology, just as the restoration of the wolf population has resulting in many positive changes in Yellowstone National Park," Luján said. "Wolves have a right to the ecosystem, and we should be supportive of that."

Carol Fugali, a resident of the Gila Valley outside Silver City, said her family chose to move to the Valley because of the rich biodiversity and quality of life of both the forest region and its neighboring human community provide eleven years ago. She told the crowd that her family has been "both thrilled and pleased to witness the reintroduction of the Gray Wolf into the Gila Valley first hand. "Our family members are avid hikers and backpackers," she said. "As neighbors of such a rich environment, we understand how important it is for all of us to be grounded as human beings with such a rich community environment."

To protect that natural heritage of her region, Fugali urged the Game Commission members to "allow the natural systems to evolve," adding, "our natural systems are far superior to any human management system."

Jim Bates, a Las Cruces area sportsman who also addressed the crowd outside the Farm and Ranch Museum, urged caution in implementing a gray wolf protection policy. "While I understand and support the reintroduction and protection of wolves," Bates said, "we need to remember that our wild areas are also important to others. There are many hunters and sportsmen who are uneasy about the gray wolf protection program and therefore oppose it. I do stand here speaking for those sportsmen who understand that the Mexican Wolf should also have its place in the natural areas that have always been its home. Wolves belong and can co-exist with the varying interests of man," Bates said.

""The reintroduction of the wolves should go on," Bates continued, "but in making these statements, I want to also make it clear what the expectations of sportsmen will be. Sportsmen around America are the reason that many of our wilderness protection programs exist today. So, I caution that there are those who wish to use the protection of wildlife as an excuse to remove hunters from the equation." Bates called supporters of the protection of wolves not to support "an extreme protective agenda," and let "their emotions get ahead of reality."

Janet Blurton, the owner and operator of KOA Campground in Silver City, told the gathering that she had left a job in the city for a better quality of life near the National Forest, and built a thriving business by bringing people together with the wilderness. "Imagine how good for business, mine and those of my neighbors in the community, a healthy wolf population in Southwestern New Mexico can be," she said. "The reintroduction and protection of wolves is part of a big picture, and we are all a part of that."

State Representative Luján called on advocates of both sides to act with civility on the issue. "Just in general," he said, "I have a concern about increasing polarization. We need to be reasonable. As a community and a nation we need to find common ground and engage in reasonable dialog. We need to retain respect for one another," Luján said.

Wednesday's rally was supported by the Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces, among others. Many of the attendees remained to give testimony urging the New Mexico Fish and Game Commission to act for protection of the remaining wolf population.

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June 10, 2011 at 02:43 PM in Animal Protection, By Stephen Jones, Contributing Writer, Environment, Events, Las Cruces | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Udall Announces $7.1M for Health Centers in Las Cruces, Santa Fe

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced yesterday that La Clinica De Familia in Las Cruces and La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe will receive a total of $7.1 million as part of continued funding to provide health care services for low-income and homeless residents in their respective communities.

The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. La Familia Medical Center will receive $3,192,773 and La Clinica De Familia will receive $3,945,336.

"Community health centers like La Clinica De Familia and La Familia Medical Center provide crucial health services to those who need them most," Udall said. “This funding will allow them to continue to offer quality primary and preventive care to our rural and medically underserved communities.”

La Familia Medical Center has designed a safety net of community based clinics that provide primary medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, prevention, health education, pharmacy, prenatal and OB/Gyn, case management and family planning services. They are located in a Health Professional Shortage Area and serve the medically underserved and homeless population of Santa Fe County.

La Clinica De Familia is located along the U.S.-Mexico Border Area and operates seven full-time health care sites. They offer comprehensive primary, preventative, behavioral and dental care for all age groups. They also have a pharmacy and lab and provide prenatal case management, smoking, breast and cervical cancer, family planning and diabetes education.

June 3, 2011 at 01:18 PM in Children and Families, Healthcare, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Sen. Tom Udall | Permalink | Comments (0)