Neighborhood Leaders visit Las Cruces Utilities

28 minutes ago

The trucks were lined up and the tents were set up for each of the four Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Sections – gas, water, wastewater, solid waste. It was a Wednesday night, and the Spring class of the Las Cruces Neighborhood Leadership Academy stopped by to learn how water reaches their tap, what happens to wastewater from their homes, how solid waste is removed from their neighborhoods, and how to make sure that they are up to date on their gas safety.

State game agency: Bears on the move as they look for food

13 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says drought conditions may prompt more encounters between bears and humans.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a lack of green growth that provides food for bears means they may move around more, resulting in so-called "conflict activity."

The Latest: Wildfire in Gila National Forest still growing

13 hours ago

  A wildfire in a remote area of the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico continues to spread as officials said Saturday that containment efforts so far have been unsuccessful due to steep, rugged terrain and extremely dry fuels.

Approximately 480 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which has burned 19.4 square miles (50 sq. kilometers) of timber since it started Tuesday east of Reserve and north of the Eagle Peak Lookout.

Its cause is under investigation.

Lujan Grisham criticized for past ties to health care firm

17 hours ago
Michelle Lujan Grisham

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The past ties of one of New Mexico's Democratic gubernatorial candidates to a consulting company that repeatedly landed contracts to help run a state high-risk insurance pool are drawing criticism from her opponents.

U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and her campaign treasurer, state Rep. Deborah Armstrong, co-founded Delta Consulting in 2008. Lujan Grisham divested herself from the company last year but Armstrong is still an owner.

Starting Friday, June 1st, the doors will be open for business at the new LCU East Mesa Customer Service Center, at 5195 Bataan Memorial West. This new service center will provide much closer access for approximately 10,000 LCU customers living on the city’s East Mesa, especially those previously served by Jornada Water and Mesa Development Center.

New Deputy Clerk In Doña Ana County

May 25, 2018

Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling has appointed Lindsey Bachman as his chief deputy.  Here is the information provided by the county: 

   “Lindsey brings a wealth of education and experience to the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office,” Krahling said “She will hit the ground running to continue our efforts to build a voting culture in Doña Ana County through outreach and collaboration with a variety of partnering entities and agencies.”

Las Cruces Free Swim Days And Outdoor Pool Schedule

May 25, 2018


The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will offer free swim days this summer at the City’s outdoor pools: East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds Rd., and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho Ave.

Free swim days will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28; Father’s Day, June 17; Independence Day, July 4; and Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Michael Hernandez

Virtual charter schools are supposed to provide students with an online education equivalent to what they would receive at a physical school. But recent findings presented to the Legislative Education Study Committee show that hasn’t been the case in New Mexico.

Candidate For Governor Wants Changes To Driver's Licenses

May 25, 2018
Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor wants to ensure state residents are not wrongfully denied a driving credential and also make it possible to renew driver's licenses by mail.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced plans if elected to reform the state's two-tier system of driver's licenses.

Pruning Workshop Coming To Las Cruces

May 25, 2018

  As a horticulturist with more than 45 years experience, Les Finley has seen Las Cruces grow in plenty of ways. He’s seen the genuine appreciation of trees spread throughout the city, and an interest in making sure that those trees are well-kept and thriving for many years.


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Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following statement in reaction to today’s shooting at Noblesville Middle School in Noblesville, IN: 

“Our hearts are with Noblesville, Indiana, as they grapple with gun violence at Noblesville Middle School. We’re thankful that no fatalities have been reported, and NEA stands ready to provide any assistance we can offer to the Noblesville community. Our elected leaders who repeatedly choose inaction over the lives of our children must listen to the students who have been and continue to be most affected by these preventable acts. Decision makers must find the moral fortitude to pass common sense measures that keep dangerous weapons from being easily obtained by dangerous people. This simply does not happen in other countries where such laws exist. Until we take action, America will continue to add more names to the list of children taken from their families, schools, and communities. Enough is enough."

This Modigliani concerned about savings not pigments

May 25, 2018

Commentary: In the news is the sale of Modigliani for $157 million, the second highest price paid at auction for a painting. But economists, when we hear the name Modigliani, don’t think of a painter of modernist nudes named Amedeo, rather of the Nobel prize winning economist named Franco.

Modigliani—the economist not the artist—was born in Italy in 1918 and was a refugee from fascist Italy, first in Paris and later in the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1946.

Border Trade Alliance Blasts Trump's Threat Of Auto Import Tariffs

May 24, 2018

Commentary: Border Trade Alliance President Britton Clarke released the following statement today regarding the Trump administration’s plans to open a section 232 investigation of automotive imports:

“The administration’s plan to begin an investigation of automotive imports on national security grounds is deeply disturbing. If this latest section 232 investigation is the prelude to imposing tariffs on auto imports, it will only hurt U.S. consumers and workers.

Commentary: Like millions of my fellow countrymen and women, I have a deep concern about the long term sustainability of our union and the basic constitutional structures that have preserved it in other times of social upheaval. Even during the campaign, Trump showed a remarkable disdain for core American principles such as due process, the separation of church and state, checks and balances, freedom of press, freedom of religion, and many others. Over a year later, it is evident that the rhetoric he spewed on the campaign trail was a prophetic declaration of his intentions to upend the status quo of our democracy. Everything is up for grabs now: the rights of citizens, the integrity and relevance of political institutions, and the inherent right for non-Americans to experience genuine freedom. In fact, for several months now, I have begun to consider the possibility that circumstances are a lot worse than anyone in the media or on the street is daring to say out loud. 

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.

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