Should pornography be allowed to remain in Las Cruces Schools?

juan garcia and sarah smith before the Las Cruces School Board advocating for the removal of pornographic and explicit books that are illegal for children in new mexico

By Sarah Smith Nov 8, 2023 On October 12, Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) held a formal hearing about the book Jack of Hearts and Other Parts. Back in August, Juan Garcia and I filed a formal complaint against this book because of its sexually explicit content.  The book is about a 17-year-old sex columnist and includes numerous passages that are … Read More

Why are NM officials pushing for vaccinations in children?

Sarah Smith for the Las Cruces Sun News School districts all over the state are pushing students 12 years old and up to be vaccinated. Incentives are being offered to kids for being vaccinated. For instance, Albuquerque Public Schools recently said that they are planning events targeted at 16- and 17-year olds stressing that “the students need to sign up for the vaccine.” … Read More

‘Housing First’ fails residents and the community

Sarah Smith January 31, 2023 3 min read It has been widely reported that Las Cruces is struggling with crime and drugs in and near the Desert Hope Affordable Housing Project on Pecos Street, near Solano and Idaho. Desert Hope is a “Housing First” project aimed specifically at providing homes for the homeless, yet residents and nearby neighbors have repeatedly … Read More

BTNM: The Las Cruces Project

Better Together New Mexico (BTNM) is a statewide grassroots alliance creating important change in our state. We are influencing decisions that impact our lives, families, and communities in a new positive direction. Working together as a cohesive team, we are uniting, activating, and empowering all those who want to drive New Mexico to reach its full potential. The Las Cruces … Read More

📰City Council allows marijuana to be sold near school for the poor

elementary school building in Las Cruces

By Sarah Smith Sep 9, 2022 On September 6, the Las Cruces City Council and Mayor voted unanimously to allow recreational marijuana to be sold right next to New America School, despite the fact that the City Ordinance calls for a minimum buffer distance of 300 feet between a school and a marijuana dispensary. The dispensary will be in an existing … Read More

Food Bank: Costs on the Rise

Woman walking down a bulk grocery aisle for roadrunner foodbank

By New Mexico Sun Report Dec 23, 2022 Rising inflation and threats of an impending recession have had a trickle-down impact on food banks experiencing shortages of donations during the holiday season. Roadrunner Food Bank director of communications, Sonya Warwick, said rising food budgets have been difficult on everyone. “Just like people that we serve who are in our food lines … Read More

Fatal shooting of UNM student by NMSU player

By New Mexico Sun Report Nov 29, 2022 Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a student from the University of New Mexico by a New Mexico State University basketball player hours before a men’s basketball game between the rival schools that was later postponed. Police said Brandon Travis, a 19-year-old UNM student, was fatally shot by Mike Peake, a member … Read More

Maybe they will realize the citizens have had enough

By T.H. Lawrence Oct 10, 2022 A billboard recently displayed in Las Cruces raised some questions from city residents — along with the hackles of some city officials. The billboard at the intersection of Missouri Avenue and South Solano Drive, sponsored by Juan Garcia of the Coalition of Conservatives in Action, shows a graphic photo highlighting the increase in crime in the city and … Read More

UNM and NMSU should drop their COVID-19 vaccine mandates now

By Sarah Smith Dec 12, 2022 COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) should be rescinded immediately.  These vaccine mandates are being applied to over 50,000 students and staff all over the state, including high school students attending dual credit classes. It is unethical and discriminatory to deny students and staff access … Read More