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New Mexico State wins 86-59, now alone atop WAC

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points and New Mexico State defeated Utah Valley 86-59 on Saturday to win its fifth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Lofton, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern and former Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year, was 7 of 13 on 3-pointers with the team 15 of 28. Sidy N'Dir added 17 points.

  District Three City Councilor Gabe Vasquez is conducting his first resident meeting in January which will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and hosted in partnership with Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut St.

 

The meeting will focus on community policing and neighborhood safety, in addition to the partnership with Lynn Middle School as a community school.

I-10 Closures This Week

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Paisano (US 85) @ Sunland

Ongoing – 24/7

Jan. 15 through Feb. 11

Paisano Drive (US 85) will remain closed at Sunland Park Drive.

Sunland Park Drive will be kept to two lanes starting at Constitution Drive all the way up to the Paisano Drive (US 85) intersection.

Motorists on Sunland Park Drive (coming from Doniphan Drive) will have access to a dedicated right‐turn lane onto the Paisano Drive (US 85) and entrance ramp to I‐10 Eastbound.

Las Cruces DREAM Team Rallies For DACA Deal Now

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Xchelzin Peña-New Mexico In Depth

  A group of individuals in neon orange t-shirts stood in the Las Cruces downtown plaza Friday afternoon singing “Olé Olé Olé Olé,” a Mexican chant usually heard at soccer games. This time, however, the singers changed the lyrics. “Olé Olé Olé Olé… Dream Act! Dream Act!”

Organized by the New Mexico Dream Team, the individuals came together at the plaza Friday to rally and to give their thanks to U.S. senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall for opposing a government spending bill that didn’t include a deal on the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Government Shutdown Closes Carlsbad Caverns

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  You can still visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico during the federal government's partial shutdown but don't expect to go underground to see the namesake cavern itself.

Park officials say all park roads and trails remain open but that the cavern and the park's visitor center are closed to visitors.

Carlsbad Cavern has a huge underground chamber called the Big Room with ceiling formations called stalactites.

The entire park has more than 100 caves formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone.

One of the residential services provided every month to customers of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is the curbside pick up of large items bound for the Corralitos Regional Landfill – and the separate curbside pick up of green waste headed for recycling into composted mulch at the Old Foothills Landfill. There is no additional charge for this service.

Your newly designed bilingual Grappler/Green Grappler schedules began being delivered in December and all schedules will be delivered before the end of January. LCU hopes you will review the schedule and keep it as a reference so you will know when the Grapplers service your neighborhood and how the services work.

Vasquez Takes Helm As Deputy County Clerk On Monday

Jan 20, 2018
Rose Ann Vasquez

Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling has appointed Rose Ann Vasquez to replace Lynn Ellins as Chief Deputy County Clerk.

The announcement comes as Ellins, a former two term County Clerk and Bureau of Elections Supervisor, retires. The change takes effect Monday, Jan. 22.

“I am grateful for Lynn’s mentorship and excited for the future with Rose Ann’s partnership,” Krahling said.

This week, two candidates withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and another announced her bid for the seat.  David Baake and Ronald Fitzherbert, both of Las Cruces, withdrew.  Xochitl Torres Small of Las Cruces joins Mad Hildebrandt and Angel Pena in the race, which concludes with a June 5 primary. 

Here is the announcement from the Torres Small campaign:

FARMINGTON – Herd health is vital for a cattle producer to build and maintain a successful business. 

Cattlemen in the Four Corners region will have an opportunity to learn the latest on the economics of herd health at the 35th annual San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 7, at McGee Park Fairgrounds in Farmington.

Silver City, NM – About 400 middle school and high school students from 20 schools in southwest New Mexico will compete during the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

The Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition opens with a ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 8:30. The competitive action runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 4 p.m.

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A Look at the 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session

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Commentary: As the new year commences, we look to the current legislative session with optimistic caution.  Despite a modest increase in state revenue, the budget must address growing state and local needs, federal tax changes and the need for gradual tax modernization.  We will approach the 2018 legislative session with a delicate balance of spending, investing, saving and vision-building for the future.  We will prioritize the state budget to address people's real needs, reinvigorating our residents' confidence and their roles in our future economy.  The legislature will focus heavily on

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Commentary: Here's hoping Progressives keep their eyes on the ball.

Steve Pearce, despite losing our county to less experienced candidates, has held Congressional District 2 for years, using it as a platform for spouting far-right ideology most folks here don't share.

We need to get the seat out of ReTrumplican hands. For everyone's sake.

Commentary: I was said to hear that Stan Fulton had passed away. Fulton, the video slot machine mogul and Sunland Park Race Track owner, was the largest single donor to NMSU. I’ve been the beneficiary of research and travel grants funded by Fulton, which I’m thankful.

I only met Stan Fulton once, but it was among the most memorable interactions that I’ve had over the years. At the time, I was a paid consultant to Sunland Park Race Track in their efforts to thwart the Anthony Casino.

With governor and her staff, transparency is a campaign slogan, not reality

Jan 20, 2018
Danielle Prokop-New Mexico In Depth

Commentary: Reading New Mexico In Depth’s 2018 Special Legislative Edition, you might notice a glaring hole in our reporting: There is no comment or perspective from Gov. Susana Martinez or her spokespeople.

It wasn’t for lack of trying by New Mexico In Depth.

Our organization sought comment from Martinez in person at a December event in Rio Rancho and in writing to her press office. As of press time, we have received no response.

Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

 

As the New Mexico legislature meets, a new report from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows how a lack of positive environmental policy leadership from the Martinez and Trump Administrations is fueling a growing threat to the health of New Mexico’s children and families.  It offers policy suggestions for New Mexicans and their leaders this winter and in the coming year.

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