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April 2018

Gov. Martinez orders Guard to border

Eighty soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard are headed to the border following President Donald Trump’s call for a greater military presence along the country’s southern frontier. Aides to Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday the troops, due to report for duty this week, will serve in a support role for the U.S. Border Patrol and that 250 soldiers are eventually expected to serve in the operation. It will hardly be the first time troops have moved into the borderland. But with the details and scope of the mission still scarce, critics argued the latest operation amounts to a wasteful political stunt...

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Columbus NM seeks funds for community center, drainage projects

The second council meeting of Mayor Esequiel Salas's administration went more smoothly than the first. Compared to the March 21 meeting, which packed the Ruth Coleman Memorial Complex in the border village of Columbus as local residents heckled trustees and Mayor Salas over the firing of two village staffers, the special meeting on Tuesday evening was attended by just five non-staff members and proceeded in regular order. Village trustees moved forward on pursuing a Community Development Block Grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by selecting a priority project for the grant application. Trustees unanimously selected phase 2 of renovations...

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