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Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande
The Middle Rio Grande was dry near San Antonio in July.

Continued high temperatures have also led to an expansion of drought conditions in the state. And as forecasters anticipate La Niña conditions for the fall and winter, everyone is hopeful that the last two months of the monsoon season will bring some relief.

Weather coverage in New Mexico is missing the mark
Land and ocean temperature information for June, 2016.

Whether these are rural newspapers, daily weather reports on television, or the state’s largest paper, not giving readers information about climate change – and what scientists are anticipating will occur in New Mexico as the region continues warming – does a great disservice to the public.

SOS candidate Toulouse Oliver spends big on post-primary TV ads

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver is emphasizing the corruption conviction of former SOS Dianna Duran in a series of three TV ads.

New Mexico campaign finance site ranks high for usability

A think tank tested how well users could find campaign finance information, and New Mexico ranked third overall.

Disrespect led to Trump slam against Martinez, analyst says

Donald Trump's criticism at his Tuesday night rally of Gov. Susana Martinez's performance is all over the news this week, with Republican leaders around the country coming to her defense. But little has been said by those leaders about the snub she delivered by not attending Trump's rally because she was "very busy."

Are we tipping back to La Niña?
Dr. David Gutzler presented about dry conditions in New Mexico at a water conference at UNM last week.

At a water conference at UNM last Friday, Dr. David Gutzler brought some bad news: Not only did El Niño bring less moisture than anticipated, La Niña may be on its way back. It’s still early to say that those warmer, dryer conditions are heading to the Southwest, but it’s clear that there’s no end to the state’s water management challenges.