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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, is denying reports tonight that because of a lost bet he will officially change his middle name to Chickenshit tomorrow.

Born Stevan Edward Pearce, the Republican congressman held his seat from 2003-2009 and again from 2011 to the present after winning the seat back.

This week, amid national political turmoil, instead of holding his usual recess town hall in the largest city in his district, Las Cruces, he scheduled a telephone town hall and then fielded questions that his opponents say were pre-selected and came mostly from friendlier portions of his district, such as Roswell and other eastern New Mexico municipallities. After critics lambasted him for lacking the courage to speak in a politically hostile environment, well-placed sources told Garlic Press he made a bet the behavior wouldn’t come back to haunt him in the form of a demonstration at his Las Cruces office.


But on Thursday about 100 passionate demonstrators protested with signs and chanting outside the office on North Telshor Boulevard, and his office manager fled in a pickup truck after sneaking out of the office through the rear exit rather than speak with demonstrators.

Under terms of the bet he lost, the source said, Pearce will file paperwork in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court to officially change his middle name from Edward to Chickenshit. But on Thursday night he was avoiding the media except for one enigmatic tweet that denied the allegations of a lost bet and stated he would change his middle name to Clarence to honor a recently deceased uncle.








Trump, Europe and Chaos


By Mel Gurtov

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis went to the Munich Security Conference with reassurances about the U.S. commitment to NATO.  However, their visit was anything but reassuring. They said nothing about the European Union or Brexit, seemed to condition U.S. support of NATO on the Europeans paying more of the bills, and took no questions after their boilerplate speeches.  Europeans at the event were quoted as feeling anything but reassured. In fact, some thought the U.S. commitment to Europe was lessened by the Americans’ speeches, which had nothing to offer about Russia, Ukraine, or European unity in general.

The most meaningful comments from the U.S. side were made by Sen. John McCain.  He spoke forcefully in defense of Western values, said the administration was “in disarray,” suggested (without mentioning Trump or Stephen Bannon) that certain people were “flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent,” and defended a free and probing press against Trump’s outrageous attacks on “an enemy of the people.”  Europeans were left in no doubt who could be counted on their side and whose support was in grave doubt.

Out of the blue came another thunderbolt: a report that two Trump cronies—his personal attorney, the subject of the ongoing FBI investigation of Trump associates’ activities in Russia during the presidential campaign, and a Russian-American businessman who worked on real estate deals with Trump, including one in Moscow—and an obviously ambitious Ukrainian man had engaged in “private” diplomacy designed to “solve” the war there.  All three have shady pasts. The three presented their plan to Gen. Michael Flynn, but denied it made it to Trump’s desk. In essence, the plan would put the Ukrainian in the presidential chair and, presumably, lead to a new deal with Russia that would end the war.

“Disarray”?  McCain’s characterization is much too charitable.  With Trump too busy attacking his critics, and Stephen Bannon evidently in charge, the administration is incapable of developing a coherent foreign policy supportive of traditional allies.  It is much better at pushing the Trump brand than at promoting the national interest.  Trump, Bannon, et al., have abandoned the State Department and the intelligence services in order to pursue their reckless objectives without interference.


Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is professor emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University.


La Semilla Seeking Raices Crew Members!

La Semilla Food Center is seeking new Raices Youth Crew Members that are interested in:
•    learning how to grow food
•    cooking healthy delicious recipes
•    enjoy meeting and making new friends &
•    gaining leadership skills.

Who is eligible?
Selected applicants must be between the ages of 14-22 years of age, will receive a $200 stipend and will be immersed in advanced farm production and marketing education.  Classes run from March 2nd – April 8th and youth living in Anthony (NM and TX)/Chaparral/ Canutillo/and Sunland Park area, are highly encouraged to apply.

What else should I know before applying?
All actvities will take place at La Semilla Community Farm and Office (101 E Joy Rd), in Anthony, NM.  Activies typically run Thursdays 5:30 pm-7:30 pm and Saturdays 7:30 am- 1:30 pm.

When’s the deadline?
If you or someone you know is interested, the DEADLINE to submit applications is February 17th, 5pm.

For more information on how to apply, please email or call Catherine at catherine@lasemillafoodcenter.org, 575-882-2393 or 915-867-4494.



Workshop on wells and water management offered at NMSU


The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University and the Civil Engineering Department will present a workshop on Wells, Pumps, Etc., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11. 

The conference presents state-of-the-art techniques in design, maintenance and the operation of wells and pumps as well as ways to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in southern New Mexico. The seminar is for farmers, water managers, and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems.

Topics to be covered in the seminar include:
• Improving measurement and efficient delivery to your field 
• Fluctuation in shallow aquifer storage in response to ongoing drought 
• Water outlook for 2017 and the Texas-New Mexico lawsuit 
• Proper design, operation and maintenance of wells and pumps 
• How to measure well and pump efficiency, irrigation scheduling under the new adjudication rule, flow measurement and salinity issues 
• The future of our aquifer 
• On-farm water conservation techniques 

The seminar will be led by Civil Engineering Professor Zohrab Samani and offers six professional development credit hours for professional engineers. It will be held on the NMSU campus in Hernandez Hall, Room 103. The cost is $100; $30 for students. For more information, contact Zohrab Samani at zsamani@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2904. To register, visit http://2017wellspumpsetc.eventbrite.com.


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