Your Weekend Pulse

Jul 20, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Orlando Madrid Quintet at the Rio Grande Theatre on Friday, Crossroads City Derby on Saturday, the 2018 Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival on Saturday, the Electric Enchantment Music Festival at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds, and the Hard Road Trio at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. 

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Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with The Cat’s Meow Volunteer Board Vice President, Alison Reynolds, and Volunteer, Linda Pribble, to talk to us about The Cat’s Meow, the only feline adoption and resource center in Las Cruces.

Detectives Search For "Armed And Dangerous" Suspect Near Las Cruces

Jul 19, 2018

  A nationwide extradition warrant has been issued for a 35-year-old Anthony man who is wanted on at least two violent felony charges, and detectives with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department are hoping the public might be able to help locate him.

   Alberto Acosta, whose last known address is in the 900 block of Vistoso Loop in Anthony, N.M., is wanted on charges of child abuse, and was most recently suspected of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an incident that happened at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Otero Road.

NMSU scholarship rewards rural New Mexico students

Jul 19, 2018

A new scholarship inspired by a rural New Mexico native, Ermelinda Quintela, works to unveil student potential and keep young talent in the state.

Quintela never dreamed of going to college while growing up in Loving, N.M. – a “village where everyone knows everyone” she says of roughly 1,400 people as of 2016.

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Letting Putin Question U.S. Officials

Jul 19, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today voted for a resolution affirming Congress’ opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has been working this week with a company that provides intense filtration of water lines to clear the “discolored” water from water lines in San Andres Estates area off Valley Drive.

The San Andres Water System was part of the Jornada Water Company, which LCU purchased almost two years ago. “We are in the process of rehabilitating and upgrading the 50-year-old system, which had never previously been flushed to clear iron, manganese, and other naturally occurring minerals,” explains LCU Water Administrator, Adrienne L. Widmer, P.E.

New Mexico Regents Move Forward With Cutting Sports

Jul 19, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.

University President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Eddie Nunez presented recommendations to cut men's soccer, along with the men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball programs, during a special meeting.

Ted Williams' Mexican-American Heritage Explored In PBS Film

Jul 19, 2018

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.

Lawmakers Debate Ways To Expand Early Childhood Education

Jul 19, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico lawmaker said Thursday that he agreed with early childhood education experts who say expanded pre-kindergarten programs could help alleviate poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

But Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told The Associated Press that he remained opposed to advocates' push for New Mexico to dip into its Permanent Land Fund to finance universal early childhood education.

"Nope. Not going to support that," the Deming Democrat said. "Won't happen."

US May Pick Western Headquarters For Land Agency In 8 Months

Jul 19, 2018

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months.

Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department.

Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be.


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Preserving The First Amendment In Las Cruces

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Commentary: In a column four months ago, I wrote that the people running the downtown Farmer’s Market had been “very helpful” with a group I was working with to raise funds for homeless students in the Las Cruces school district.

In the more than 16 years that I have been writing this weekly column, I have never penned a sentence that was as wrong. I confused the people running the market with the woman who was in charge of collecting rent for the walkway leading to the Farmer’s Market. She was not only helpful, but took a real interest in what we were doing.

The owners of Dragonfly Restaurant, where we eventually set up shop after being shooed off the Farmer’s Market, were more than helpful, as were those at the Wal-Mart on Rinconada, where we also had a table.

The people running the Farmer’s Market were the opposite of helpful.

And so, I wasn’t really surprised last week when the market’s inflexible rules crashed headlong into the First Amendment.

Goodman: Republicans Must Challenge Trump

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Commentary: Unless Republicans in Congress challenge Donald Trump’s conduct, Democrats winning back the House might now be a matter of national security.

U.S. intelligence services unanimously say Russia interfered in our 2016 elections and plans the same for 2018. Twelve Russian military officers are under indictment; and the 29-page indictment is incredibly specific on what they did.

Monday, Trump stood beside Vladimir Putin and made clear he believed Putin’s denial of any interference. Remarkably, Trump said he couldn’t “see any reason why” Russia would interfere in our election. A huge outcry (even from Republicans) forced a fatuous cleanup effort, but Trump added that it could actually be others. Trump’s handpicked Director of Intelligence, Dan Coats, commented that the intelligence conclusion is “extremely clear” and that the Russian interference is “persistent,” “pervasive,” and “meant to undermine American democracy.”

Rep. Brian Egolf

  Commentary: District Court Judge Sarah Singleton issued a ruling that the Martinez Administration is failing to provide New Mexico students with a sufficient education and violating the students’ constitutional rights.  State Representatives issued the following statements in response:

“When our children can’t access the high-quality education they need, there are ripple effects across New Mexico,” said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe).  “This can be a turning point for New Mexico’s educational system.  When we invest in our children’s success, we will also find it easier to boost economic development and improve public safety.  I am committed to working with our next Governor to forge a new path, where every child in New Mexico has access to a great education, regardless of zip code.”

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly on the New Mexico court ruling that the state is failing to adequately fund its public schools:

AFT President Randi Weingarten says: “For too long, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration have abandoned their responsibility to kids and public schools. This ruling confirms what parents and educators know—that New Mexico children are deprived of the essential resources, including qualified teachers and support staff, they need. This deprivation is especially severe for those at risk and in need of additional supports—English language learners, Native American students and those in poverty. The ruling also calls out the governor’s obsession with testing over teaching.

  Commentary: A state court ruled today that New Mexico’s education system violates the state constitution because it fails to provide students a sufficient public education.


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