A Typical Slater Thanksgiving

By: Jena Slater My parents have always had traditions they have done throughout the years for Thanksgiving time. I always remember my mom making two pumpkin pies, a mincemeat pie, a buttermilk pie, and a pecan pie. She would have to hide some of these pies so my dad would not get into them, because he would eat some of them before they were ready. You may be wondering why she made so many different pies. That’s where one of our traditions begins. My dad’s favorite pie is pumpkin pie,…

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Flu Season in New Mexico

By: Sharna Johnson For college students, the deeper they get into fall semester, the more there is to do. Exams are looming closer, major assignments and projects are coming due, papers are piling up, and there aren’t enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, flu season is here, and it doesn’t care about the responsibilities and expectations weighing on college-goers. The first New Mexico flu-related cases of the season, including one death, have been confirmed, according to an Oct. 24 alert from the state Health Department. The department is investigating what…

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A Magical Mountain Getaway

By: Zwoozey Doyle The sunset peaks over the mountain skyline, creating an exquisite purple and pink oversetting to the Mescalero Lake. The water paints a breathtaking reflection as the birds dance across the sky, and the only noise for miles are the peaceful sounds of nature. The Mescalero Apache Tribe agreed to build the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino on their beautiful land, allowing the rest of the world to experience a little piece of their heaven on earth. At the resort, enjoy all the accommodations expected…

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Who Needs Public Education Anyways?

By: Rae Arnett What does less funding for the public universities in New Mexico mean? Budget cuts and higher tuition costs are two things that immediately come to mind. But no matter what the actual cost might be, it will be you, the students, paying for it. In a standoff with the New Mexico Legislature earlier this month, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed all of the funding for higher education. This standoff started over proposed raised taxes in the state budget. I do not want to pay more taxes, but we…

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A hole, a small town, and the US government

By: Rae Arnett My hometown of Nara Visa has been in the news lately, which is an odd occurrence all on its own. There are no gas stations, grocery stores, or police stations. The population of the town isn’t much, if I had to wager, I would bet there are more abandoned buildings in Nara Visa than occupied ones. So what has caused such a stir in this sleepy community? A proposed test bore site done by the company Enercon is what has everyone interested in my little town. The…

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The Despicable Rally

By: Rae Arnett More than 1000 New Mexico educators, parents, and students rallied at the Roundhouse Thursday afternoon according to Santa Fe Public Schools. With the hundreds of participants marching, chanting, and holding signs, it is hard not to believe the Governor and members of New Mexico’s state senate and congress did not hear the displeasure of their constituents. The rally started off with marching around the roundhouse and chanting “save our schools” and “no more cuts”. One woman in an upper level office at the roundhouse actually closed her…

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Sometimes Spring Semester Just Blows

By: Sharna Johnson It’s hard to say which is worse: waking up to the windows shaking and dark, dirt-filled skies, or a day that starts out beautiful only to have your hair blown backward when you step outside. Life-long resident, living in Eastern New Mexico for the first time, or just passing through, there is one thing pretty much everybody in the area detests – the wind.  It’s pushy, blows dirt in your eyes, moves things around and makes being outdoors generally unbearable. And there’s a whole season of the…

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New Mexico’s Education Enigma

By: Rae Arnett Education has been a hot topic in national news since Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education. Concerns about DeVos and how she will fund the public school system and what, if anything, she will change are prominent on social media; almost as prominent as the memes about how unqualified she is to hold the office. Education has been a tense subject in New Mexico for years. Lack of funds and increased testing standards have made educating the youth more difficult, and for a small salary.…

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NM Legislature & Proposed Changes for College Students

By: Sharna Johnson Loan assistance for minority doctoral students in engineering, science or math fields, drastic changes to the Lottery Scholarship, college transfer credits and hazing laws are among issues currently being considered by the New Mexico Legislature. The 2017 Regular Session runs from January 17 to March 18, with legislators under a deadline of February 16 to propose legislation.  Less than a month in, hundreds of pieces of legislation have already been introduced and – from introduction to committee where they either die or move forward to a vote…

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