Sloan Patton en Rubio, Martinez Stump For Heather Wilson in Mesilla <p>;</p><p>Two major Republican figures arrived in Mesilla Plaza Wednesday to endorse New Mexico senate candidate Heather Wilson.</p><p>The crowd gathered around the pavilion in Mesilla Plaza to hear from Gov. Susana Martinez and Florida senator Marco Rubio.</p><p>With less than two weeks away from the election, Heather Wilson is hoping for all the help she can get.</p><p>“We are now 13 days and a wakeup call away from choosing our next U.S. senator from New Mexico,” said Wilson.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:49:41 +0000 Sloan Patton 28493 at Martinez: Will Not Leave New Mexico For Potential Appointment <p>Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday at a political rally she would not accept an appointment by Mitt Romney if he is elected president and offers her an appointment.</p><p>“No…I’m committed to New Mexico. I will not leave this state. I have a lot of work to get done,” said Martinez.</p><p>Martinez arrived in Mesilla Plaza along with Florida senator Marco Rubio to endorse U.S. senate candidate for New Mexico, Heather Wilson</p><p>Wilson trails Martin Heinrich in recent polls by about 10 points. Election Day is November 6-th.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:39:30 +0000 Sloan Patton 28492 at Bone Marrow Donor Drive Coming to NMSU <p>NMSU is hosting a bone marrow donor drive Thursday inspired, in part, by one stranger who gave one Las Cruces woman the gift of life in the form of a bone marrow transplant.</p><p>Laurie Abbott found out she had leukemia in 2004. She had no idea at first.</p><p>“I thought I just had a vitamin deficiency and needed Geritol or something,” said Abbott.</p><p>But her doctor knew it was more serious.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:29:20 +0000 Sloan Patton 28422 at Commission Recommends Retaining State Judges <p>;</p><p>The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended to retain all three New Mexico judges up for retention in November.</p><p>“Thank you for calling Sanz and Torres, how can I help you?”</p><p>This is where Denise Torres works. She’s the chair of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission – JPEC.</p><p>The group is made up of about a dozen lawyers and non-lawyers from across the state. They meet once a month to evaluate the performance of New Mexico’s judges.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:58:15 +0000 Sloan Patton 28361 at Former U.S. Diplomat Visits Las Cruces, Speaks on Middle East <p>Former U.S. diplomat Joe Wilson visited NMSU’s campus Friday to speak about his work in the Middle East.</p><p>Wilson said Las Cruces has a unique perspective when it comes to international relations.</p><p>“I think you probably have some understanding of that because it is not that far away that you’ve got a drug war going on. You’ve got people here living in tents that are refugees from that particular war,” said Wilson.</p><p>Joe Wilson is part of the diplomatic family…the same family Chris Stevens was part of. Stevens was killed in an attack on the Libyan embassy in September.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:25:43 +0000 Sloan Patton 28294 at Heinrich and Wilson Square Off in Las Cruces <p>;</p><p>Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich squared off in a debate at the Dona Ana County elections office.</p><p>“I’d like to present this to Mr. Heinrich,” said Wilson.</p><p>Heather Wilson gave Martin Heinrich a present on his birthday.</p><p>“It was quite nice, you know, that was very gracious of her.”</p><p>But many of the niceties ended there.</p><p>Jobs and the economy were a big focus.</p><p>“And there is nothing more important to New Mexico today than economic growth and job creation.”</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:19:58 +0000 Sloan Patton 28091 at Students React to Second Presidential Debate <p>;</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:37:17 +0000 Sloan Patton 27866 at NMSU Board Names Dr. Manuel Pacheco Interim President <p>The NMSU board unanimously approved Dr. Manuel Pacheco as interim president Wednesday after Dr. Barbara Couture left the university last week.</p><p>A familiar face on campus, Dr. Pacheco was NMSU’s interim president in 2009.</p><p>As interim, Pacheco is limited to one year and a salary that can’t exceed $360,000 dollars.</p><p>With the interim president officially appointed, several issues came up. Among them was what shade of maroon the school’s color really is.</p><p>“…so that when we bleed, we may all bleed the same color.”</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:34:17 +0000 Sloan Patton 27657 at NMSU Board Names Dr. Manuel Pacheco Interim President Movie highlights reduced Juarez violence <p>EL PASO, Texas -- Filmmaker Charlie Minn is releasing his latest documentary-style movie. It looks at a recent and dramatic drop in murders in Juarez.<br><br>The murder rate is down ninety percent from two years ago, but it still hovers at around 40 murders a month...and all of it just a few hundred yards from the UTEP campus<br><br>Minn has some good news.<br><br>"I'm happy to report that more people are going back to Juarez as a result."<br> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:21:09 +0000 Sloan Patton 27158 at "The Bells of Old Mesilla" celebrated regional history <p>LAS CRUCES -- The play “The Bells of Old Mesilla” celebrated its final night Sunday at the Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces.</p><p>The play was set in Mesilla, a town that was part of Mexico more than 150 years ago, before the U.S. bought it.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:13:42 +0000 Sloan Patton 27157 at