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Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited By Mexico To U.S.

Mexico has extradited to the United States its most notorious drug trafficker, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, according to statements from officials of both countries. A statement by the U.S. Justice Department says Guzman landed Thursday evening at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y. The department also says he faces six separate indictments around the country for crimes "in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel."...

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"For the Love of Art Month" Shares All Forms of Art

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Las Cruces, NM – During the entire month of February, for almost 20 years, the ArtForms Artists Association has been sponsoring and organizing “For the Love of Art Month.” On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with ArtForms President, Marty Galster, and Numerologist, Artist and Author, Ruth Drayer, to talk to us about the upcoming events.

Texas lawmaker polls mosque leaders on Sharia law support

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A Texas lawmaker is asking state mosque leaders to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims in a mailed survey being condemned by Islamic civil rights groups.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday that he told mosque leaders to ignore Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann.

  LAS CRUCES, NM – On Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17, 2017, El Paso Electric (EPE) experienced power outages that affected approximately 27,000 customers each day. El Paso Electric was performing maintenance on a transformer in the Las Cruces Substation as part of our regular maintenance plan before the summer. 

On Inauguration Day, UTEP will host “Convivencia: Community in Action,” a series of activities to encourage discussion and dialogue among UTEP and community members.

Participants will be encouraged to share their stories and talk about important issues facing the United States during the open mic session from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Centennial Plaza.

Starting January 23, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be repairing and resurfacing the dirt road leading to Soledad Canyon Day Use Area and the parking lot to Bar Canyon Trail.  The work to be done will require the BLM to impose a partial closure of the dirt road and parking lot from January 23 to 27, with a full closure from January 30 to February 3.  The closures will not affect the residents located off the dirt road.

Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away

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Researchers say the number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from a remaining clinic.

A study published Thursday in the Journal of American Medical Association found that abortions fell 50 percent in 2014 among Texas women living near the U.S.-Mexico border and in dozens of rural counties. That's where the distance to the nearest abortion clinic increased by more than 100 miles after closer providers shuttered.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015.

The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks adds Texas to the list of Republican-controlled states that have been thwarted in efforts to cut off Medicaid dollars to the nation's largest abortion provider. Sparks postponed Planned Parenthood's ouster until Feb. 21. It is expected he will issue a ruling before then.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

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February 3, 5 – 7 p.m.: Artist reception for ArtForms Member Show

February is For the Love of Art Month, a celebration of the arts coordinated by ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico. Their annual member show will be held at three locations this year, including the El Paso Electric Gallery at the Rio Grande Theatre, and kicks off with an artist reception during the Downtown Ramble. Artists showing their work at the El Paso Electric Gallery include Milette Lamphere and Ruth Drayer. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month.

No Elevator Service At Carlsbad Caverns For 10 days In Feb.

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There will be no elevator service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for 10 days next month because of scheduled safety maintenance.

Park officials say the secondary elevator system will be taken out of service to replace steel hoist cables.

Both secondary elevator cars have eight cables, used to raise and lower the elevator cars in and out of the cavern.

The cable replacement on each car will require at least five days of work.

Officials say there will be no elevator service on Feb. 6-10 and Feb. 13-17.

Problems persist with New Mexico capital outlay system

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  Hundreds of millions of infrastructure dollars sit unspent across New Mexico as state lawmakers search for cash to cover a budget deficit.

And with only $60 million available, it’s unlikely the Legislature will fund the usual number of projects in their districts this legislative session.

Capital outlay bills are typically a top priority every year for the Legislature, funding everything from new and renovated state buildings to small local projects and, in some years, highway improvements.


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  Commentary: The story of the Rio Grande Theatre, saved by the community, lovingly restored and now managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council for more than a decade, is an inspiration that demonstrates the deep commitment of the community to support and nurture local arts and culture.

No one should be surprised that to those who invested tremendous effort, time and money to bring the theater back to life, it is a source of great pride.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary:  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement after holding statewide events in support of public education and schools:

“New Mexico educators are proud to have taken part in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools’ national day of action. It is empowering to know hundreds of parents, students, educators, and community members from New Mexico joined with tens of thousands more across the United States to bring attention to issues that impact our public schools and education institutions.

Commentary: Public media is a public-private partnership in the best tradition of America’s free enterprise system. It is one of America’s best investments. It is not a large investment compared to most of what government does – just about $1.35 per citizen per year – but it pays huge dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

Commentary: TUCSON, Ariz.— Isidro Baldenegro López, a Mexican indigenous activist who fought to protect ancient forests from illegal logging in the Sierra Madre region of Chihuhua, Mexico, was shot and killed on Sunday. López, a community leader and subsistence farmer, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 for his nonviolent activism to stop deforestation.

López’s killing is the second murder of a Goldman prize winner in less than a year. Honduran environmentalist and human-rights activists Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016.

Chief Justice: NM Justice System Failing Because of Inadequate Funding

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  Commentary: SANTA FE – Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told lawmakers on Thursday that a lack of funding has damaged New Mexico’s justice system and potentially could cause the dismissal of criminal cases if courts are unable to provide speedy trials as constitutionally required.


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