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May is Older Americans Month and Las Cruces Senior Programs will have a celebration for the entire community from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.

Seniors, as well as City staff of all ages, are invited to enjoy free food, music, and dancing. The 2018 Older Americans Month theme is “Engage at Every Age.”

Base Salary For NMSU Chancellor: $500,000; President: $450,000

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NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu

  LAS CRUCES, NM – Today, the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Board of Regents finalized performance-based relationship with its incoming Chancellor and President, offering its new leadership team nationally competitive base salaries, with expectations and self-funding incentives for increased student enrollment and retention, research revenue, and alumni giving. NMSU Regents selected Dr. Dan Arvizu and Dr. John Floros to lead the University following a competitive national search.

Garrey Carruthers

After 35 years as a student and employee at New Mexico State University, outgoing Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers is hanging his “Guns Up” at 78 years old. Carruthers was named NMSU’s president and chancellor in 2013, the first NMSU graduate to hold the role. Carruthers said while he’ll still be involved with the school, he looks forward to retirement.

Men Face Federal Drug Charges After Cocaine Seizures In New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE – Two Mexican Nationals who were arrested last week in connection with seizures of large quantities of cocaine made their initial appearances yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M.  Miguel Angel Nava-Dominguez, 32, is facing cocaine trafficking offenses arising out of the seizure of more than 12 pounds of cocaine at a U.S.

A collaboration of federal and state agencies, a grocery store chain and New Mexico State University researchers has produced a way to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children program maximize use of available supplemental benefits, including their cash-value benefits for authorized fruits and vegetables.

Tribes, Senators Seek Buffer Around World Heritage Site

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes.

The measure introduced Tuesday by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich would prevent future leasing or development of minerals owned by the federal government within a 10-mile radius around the park.

Video: Lawmaker Insists She Didn't Consume Alcohol

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Monica Youngblood
nmlegis.gov

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker insists in video released by police Tuesday that she had not consumed any alcohol, but the officer who stops her says he can smell it as he handcuffs and detains her on suspicion of drunken driving.

"Are you kidding me?" Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, says after she is placed in a police vehicle. "I fight for you guys every time I get the chance. Seriously."

Crimson Research, a center housed in New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services, has received a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to continue work connecting professional staff in Otero County to different types of mental health training.

Entirely externally funded, Crimson Research provides comprehensive program implementation, program evaluation, survey design and basic or applied research services to community, academic and government organizations.

Commentary: With the recent commemoration of two major milestones in my long and very happy relationship with The University of Texas at El Paso—45 years as a faculty member and 30 years as UTEP’s president—I have concluded that this may be an appropriate time to begin bringing to a close this chapter in my higher education story, nearly all of which I have joyfully spent at UTEP.  I am therefore announcing today my plans to retire as UTEP’s president once a successor has been officially appointed and assumed the position.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., begins its summer hours of operation Sunday, with those hours continuing through September 3.

During the summer, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day.

The library will return to its 7-day-a-week schedule on September 4.

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Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico is calling on Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate Representative Monica Youngblood for using her position as an elected member of the legislature to attempt to influence a police investigation after officer lapel video of her arrest for Aggravated DWI was released to the public today. In the video posted on local media outlets, Rep.

Let's Be Serious: Access To Guns Is The Problem

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Commentary: Gun deaths in America is all about access to them. In Japan, with about ½ our population, they average a total of 10-gun homicides per year, whereas in the U.S. there were 15,500 in 2017. Japan has stricter gun laws than we do—but it demonstrates what can be done when the access is limited. In countries like Germany, South Korea and United Kingdom their gun deaths per 100,000 people are like Japan. Even in Canada (our neighbor to the north) the homicide rate is eight times less than in the U.S.

Trump's Go-It-Alone Policy Is Not Working

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Commentary: Trump tore up the Iran nuclear deal put in place by his predecessor (Obama) despite appeals by our European allies that we ought to build on what we have and make it better. Trump said no. He now is starting from zero with few chances for success. He is great at tearing up deals like the Paris Climate agreement or trade agreements (NAFTA) with no real strategy for making them better.

Commentary: The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens (NM LULAC) unanimously passed a resolution on May 20th, 2018 at its annual convention in Las Cruces, New Mexico, calling on Congress, including all five members of Congress representing New Mexico, to act swiftly to enact full funding for and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). 

Before War In North Korea, A National Debate Is Essential

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  Commentary: Should the United State start a war against North Korea if it’s leaders refuse to give up their nuclear weapons program? And, should that decision be made by just one man?

Those are questions that our nation’s leaders, including those in Congress, should be urgently and publicly debating. But, the fact that they are not shouldn’t be surprising.

When President Donald Trump launched missile strikes in Syria following chemical weapons attacks by the Assad government, he became the third president to take military action under the Authorization for Use of Military Force passed by Congress in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Congress has completely abdicated its responsibility since then. The consequences of that were not as grave when Barrack Obama was president as they are now.

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