August update: Engagement climbs but we need to grow our funding

More and more people are reading and engaging with We need you to help support our work!

Heath Haussamen

Heath Haussamen

In August,’s website had 25,755 visitors — up from 17,300 the month before. And people are continuing to engage. Our articles about criminal charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran have been shared on Facebook dozens of times. People have commented on them hundreds of times. My column about Las Crucens needing to come together following recent church bombings was also shared dozens of times, as was a story about anger over the EPA’s spill of toxic waste into the Animas River.

We led the way on several important stories in August. We brought you the most comprehensive coverage of the allegations against Duran. We reported on a potential conflict of interest involving State Auditor Tim Keller. We wrote about the problems on the Navajo Nation resulting from the Animas River spill. We published a number of important stories related to taxes, transparency and public financing of elections in Las Cruces.

I’m excited about our growth and the quality of the discussions we’re having. Thank you for valuing a news organization devoted to nonpartisan, hard-hitting, fair exploration of politics and government that informs and engages.

We have more work to do to make this news organization sustainable. needs to build a larger base of monthly sustainers — donors who sign up to automatically give $10, $20, $50 or another amount each month. We also need one-time donations. Any amount helps! The largest thus far is $1,000 and the smallest is $5.

You can learn more and make a one-time or recurring donation here.

We also need advertising sponsors. Candidates in upcoming municipal elections, now is the time. Lobbyists and activist groups wanting to stake your claim to a prime spot on the website before the upcoming 2016 legislative session, act now! Becoming an advertising sponsor gets you a display ad on our website and a sponsored content page you control.

You can learn more about the benefits and costs of becoming an advertising sponsor here.

Please, keep reading and engaging. And if you can afford to help us keep doing this work, make a donation, sign up to make monthly contributions, or become an advertising sponsor today.

Thanks for your support!

This BBSNews article was syndicated from, and written by Heath Haussamen. Read the original article here.