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As Mueller's Russia Probe Forges Ahead, Potential Legal Endgames Begin to Take Shape

While many aspects of the Justice Department's Russia investigation remain shrouded in secrecy, one thing at this point is clear: Special counsel Robert Mueller isn't finished yet. That raises the question about where he might be heading. Mueller has moved aggressively in his high-profile probe since taking the reins seven months ago. He has brought charges against four people with ties to the Trump campaign or administration so far, including the president's onetime campaign chairman Paul...

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Removal process of feral hogs in New Mexico continues

5 hours ago

  CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is nearing the end of an eradication program targeting feral hogs that have been rooting up New Mexico and other parts of the country.

The program is set to end in September 2018 and more funding will be needed to continue fighting the pests, USDA District Supervisor for Wildlife Services Brian Archuleta said.

Officials say about 1,620 invasive feral hogs were removed from New Mexico in the five years since eradication began.

Red Kettle Stolen From Salvation Army In Las Cruces

6 hours ago

The Salvation Army Southwest Division reports that a red kettle used for donations was stolen in Las Cruces.  The nonprofit released this statement:

Police are investigating a Friday night theft of one of The Salvation Army’s signature Red Kettles, containing an unknown amount of cash, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Lawmakers push for licensing system for dental therapists

14 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico lawmakers is seeking to expand dental care in rural areas by creating a new system of licensed dental workers.

The legislators are seeking to establish licensing for dental therapists — a mid-level professional between a dentist and a hygienist.

A proposal that aimed to establish a licensing system was approved in the House during the last legislative session, but it failed to reach the Senate floor. It would have allowed dental therapists to practice in the state.

Lofton scores 22 as New Mexico State beats New Mexico 65-62

Dec 9, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton scored 22 points for New Mexico State and two potential tying shots hit rim and bounced away in the closing five seconds for New Mexico as the Aggies came away with a 65-62 win Saturday night.

A.J. Harris added 12 points for New Mexico State (7-2).

Antino Jackson had 14 points and Troy Simons 13 for the Lobos (3-7). But Simons' putback with five seconds rolled off the rim. And after Lofton made one of two free throws, Anthony Mathis had a good luck at a 3-pointer, but it drew iron as the buzzer sounded.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that the Studio Art Classes for Spring 2018 will open registration on Tuesday, December 19. Classes will be offered in two seven-week sessions; Session One begins Wednesday, January 24, and runs through Saturday, March 10. Session Two begins Wednesday, March 28, 2018 and runs through Saturday, May 12.

Health Care Options Expanded For Some New Mexico Vets

Dec 8, 2017

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Specialized care for some veterans in southern New Mexico will be more accessible thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say the agency is giving veterans in Alamogordo the new option to seek advanced care at the VA medical center in El Paso, Texas.

Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is more than three hours away.

New Mexico elementary teacher accused of voyeurism

Dec 8, 2017

  SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a teacher from southwestern New Mexico is facing a felony charge of voyeurism over allegations he used his cellphone to take inappropriate photos of students.

New Mexico State Police say 38-year-old Frank Ramos Arias of Bayard was arrested Friday and booked into the Grant County jail.

Arias, who teaches at Stout Elementary School in Silver City, denied the allegations in an interview with police. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police: Gunman disguised himself, randomly killed at school

Dec 8, 2017

UPDATE: AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.

William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan to wait until the students got off buses and made their way to class.

New Mexico Man Convicted Of Burglary In 2013 Pharmacy Case

Dec 8, 2017

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A man has been convicted of burglary and other charges in a case stemming from a 2013 break-in at a pharmacy in southern New Mexico.

Prosecutors announced Friday that 39-year-old Tareeq Munir was convicted following a two-day trial.

Authorities say Munir set off a motion detector during the break-in. Police responded to find the electricity, internet and phone lines cut and the back door pried open.

  Las Cruces – With Jerusalem in the headlines recently, people may wonder, what events led to the state of the Middle East today?

The critically-acclaimed film, “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” about the Six-Day War which profoundly shaped the current state of the Middle East, will be screened at Temple Beth-El in Las Cruces. 

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REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

9 hours ago
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: New Mexico - With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight.

Doña Ana County Government Facing Another Lawsuit

10 hours ago

Commentary: Imagine you're a young cadet in the Doña Ana Sheriff's Office Academy.   

You're an Army reservist, having made it through basic training. You're being consistently called lazy. You're the only cadet being told to suck your thumb and asked to repeat various tasks after completing them. “Why me?” you wonder.

You are the only black cadet. 

Advice from a Greek sage during Trumpy times

Dec 8, 2017

Commentary: “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012, echoing a pearl of wisdom said to have been uttered 2,600 years ago by the Mytilenaen leader Pittacus. The saying attributed to him by Diogenes Laërtius was, “Office shows the man.”

 

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski and Governor Susana Martinez are proposing an education budget which suggests a not only a ‘flat’ budget for our local districts, but a decrease of $200 million for New Mexico public schools.

Commentary: On November 16, I spent the better part of the day with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez, who visited the El Paso/Juarez/southern New Mexico region. In the morning, I was part of a small delegation which had breakfast with Ambassador Gutierrez at the Foxconn plant just across the border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. After breakfast, we toured the Foxconn facility, which is making Dell computers and HP tablets, followed by an interactive lunch at the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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