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Rio Grande Foundation President, Paul Gessing reviews the following hot-button political issues in New Mexico over the past three weeks:

  1. The economic impact of canceling the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta estimated to be $187,000,000.00
  2. What is the latest from the Governor’s office about re-opening New Mexico? Her news conference is scheduled for 3:00 pm this afternoon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovMLG.
  3. The New Mexico Legislature recently met in a special session without allowing the public to attend. What happened in the NM Supreme Court case that allowed this to happen?
  4. New Mexico 50th again in OVERALL CHILD WELL-BEING IN NEW MEXICO RANK according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the 2020 Kids Count Data Report https://www.aecf.org/interactive/databook/?l=35
  5. What will schools look like this fall? https://errorsofenchantment.com/what-will-new-mexico-schools-look-like-this-fall/

Care Net is a 501 c(3) not-for-profit pregnancy center providing the following services: Free Ultrasounds, STD Testing, Men’s Programs, Options Counseling, Peer Professional Counseling, Post Abortion Counseling, Pregnancy Parenting Education, Referral Services.  Care Net Executive Director, Stephanie Luke and Community Outreach Director, Laurie Duffy focus us on the “love and care” women need when they face an unplanned pregnancy. Stephanie shares her testimony about having an abortion and how that lead to her work with Care Net. If you are considering terminating your pregnancy, get a second opinion from the people at Care Net. They have locations in Albuquerque, Moriarity, Rio Rancho, and Los Lunas. Call 505-880-8373 or on the web at http://www.carenetabq.org/

New Mexico House Minority Leader James (Jim) Townsend joins the program today to tell us about the new movement sweeping our state called RESPECT New Mexico. Jim has served four-terms representing the people of District 54. His closest friends are both Democrats and Republicans. As the minority leader in the house, he wants to see all of our children thrive as they grow up in a state with excellent schools, good jobs, and healthy families. Click on the links for more information about RESPECT New Mexico and Jim Townsend.

Archaeology supports the recorded history of the Bible. Steven Collins, PH.D., and Gary Byers, Ph.D., have spent a large portion of their lives uncovering the archeological evidence to prove it!  Dr. Collins is the Chief Archeologist with the Tall el-Hammam excavation project in the Jordan Valley. He is also Director of the Ph.D. program of Archeology and Biblical History with Veritas International University. Dr. Byers is the Assistant Director of the Tall el-Hammam excavation project and Shiloh, Israel. He also serves as the Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History with Trinity Southwest University. Steven and Gary join Trinity Southwest University Director of Donor Relations and Media, Larissa Lusko, on the program today.

Tall el-Hammam is the site of the ancient city of Sodom. Genesis 13:10 Read about this discovery and others in Steven Collins’s new book, The Harvest Handbook of Bible Lands.  For more information about classes, degree programs, and FREE resources, click on the links.

Brian reviews the ups and downs of the financial markets since mid-February 2019 when COVID-19 hit the United States. Each time Brian visits the show, he has been a calming voice for many of our listeners ready to let their emotions about the pandemic and politics control their investment decisions. John Moore Associates manages investments with a team of experts. Brian Cochran is a Certified Financial Planner. You may be interested in his article “Staying the Course and Keeping the Faith.  The John Moore Associates website offers investors insights into the markets and investing. Click on the links for more information.

Chris, Matt, and Nick have been working together to organize the Community Drive-Thru Family Food Relief event planned for this Saturday, June 20, 2020, in the parking lot of Cliffs Amusement Park. Cliff’s address is 4800 Osuna Rd. NE in Albuquerque. If you would like to pick up food, please access the Pan American from Jefferson, and head north to Osuna. Turn right into the parking lot of Cliff’s Amusement Park, and volunteers will put a box of fresh food in your back seat or the trunk of your car. Citizen Church, Sagebrush Church, and Calvary Church have come together with Convoy of Hope to provide this food for our families.

Chris and Matt join the show today to share these details. Chris had the quote of the day, “God created us to take care of each other.” The commitment from these churches doesn’t stop with Albuquerque. All three Churches are assisting Samaritans Purse to supply food to families on the Navajo Nation. For more information, click on the links.

My friend Rick O White went home to be with the Lord on September 16, 2019. I am very thankful for Rick and his friendship. I miss him! God works through people to speak His truth into our lives.  In second grade, Rick was there standing up for me with two fourth graders giving me a hard time. In high school, when I needed some humbling, Rick, the wrestler, smashed my face into the mat, and in less than two minutes, he clarified for me that basketball was not the hardest sport.

If you have someone that God has used to encourage you, I hope you will tell them now. Julie, I love your husband. Jordan and Whitney, I love your Dad. Sally, Butch, and Teddi, I love you and your family. Thank you, Rick White, for being my friend! We miss you!

Landoll Benally and his wife Angie are on the front lines of helping people living on the Navajo Nation. Before COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation, the Benally’s were working daily to provide for the needs of the people. Now the needs of the community are much higher. The Benally’s are thankful Samaritan’s Purse, Sagebrush Church, Citizen Church, and Calvary Church are joining the fight to help people with food, cleaning supplies, and other essentials on the Navajo Nation. Cesar Loya is the Director of Missions for Calvary Church. Listen today as Landoll’s shares the miracle of his recent reconciliation with his father. Landoll is the Pastor of Calvary Chapel Tohlakai in Gallup.   For more information, click on the links.

Vince Torres loves people in his work as a Pastor, and he loves people in his work in politics. He explains in the program today why he thinks our parental rights and religious freedoms are under attack by people that want to silence Christians.  Vince is the Executive Director of the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. He also serves as the Executive Pastor of Blaze Church in Santa Fe. Click on the links for more information.


Holly Slade is the Co-Owner of Dave Slade and Associates Realtors. She offers an interesting perspective today on how home buyers are evaluating real estate when they are looking for a new home. Holly is personable and professional. She is gifted at staging a home for sale. Her team at Dave Slade and Associates provides support for her clients from the initial consultation through closing.  You can believe Holly does business by the Book! Call Holly at 505-342-8100.

In her “spare time” Holly volunteers with Feed New Mexico Kids. The ministry provides food for “food insecure” children on the weekends.  Right now the ministry has the resources to provide food for approximately 50% of the children who need help!  Join Holly in the fight against childhood hunger. Go to https://feednmkids.com/