As Part of a partnership with universities in China, The Confucius Institute at NMSU brought a song and dance troupe from China to celebrate the start of fall.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fisher taking a look at the recent decision about the Mexican Gray Wolf in the Gila National Forest.

New Brew Ready to Fight the Flu

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New Mexico Department of Health

  When the first day of fall began late last month, it was hard to get in the spirit of the season in Las Cruces, what with 90 degree temperatures, but with fall comes flu.

Already, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) is receiving reports of flu cases statewide. The first lab-confirmed cases were reported just over two weeks ago in three women, ages 54, 68, and 77, from Bernalillo county.  The 68-and-77-year olds were hospitalized for treatment, and are now out of the hospital.

Judge Recognizes 1st Common-Law Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

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A judge has become the first to officially recognize a common-law same-sex marriage in Texas.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman has signed a judgment acknowledging that the eight-year relationship between Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements of marriage without a license. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Herman signed the ruling Monday in Austin but distributed it on Tuesday.

Branigan Library Offers Free Computer Classes in October

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  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will offer free computer literacy classes in the Computer Training Lab, on the library’s second floor, during the month of October. Registration is not required, however, only the first 5 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own computers if space permits.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

Thursday, October. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

Las Cruces Armed Robbery Suspects Located, Detained Within Minutes

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Lewie A. Gonzalez

  A pair of men suspected of Saturday morning’s armed robbery at a Telshor area fast food restaurant are facing multiple first and second degree felony counts.

Lewie A. Gonzalez, 28, and Frankie Valenzuela, 36, are charged with 10 counts each of armed robbery, five counts each of kidnapping and one count each of conspiracy. The armed robbery counts are second-degree felonies while the kidnapping counts are first-degree felonies.


The Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that it will be transitioning its name and logo to Visit Las Cruces.

Following a popular trend within the hospitality industry, destination marketing organizations have moved to replace the name convention & visitors bureau with a title that better reflects their mission and the spirit of their community.

CVB Executive Director Phil San Filippo believes this will further the branding efforts of the CVB and help connect with visitors.

Arborist Testifies In Wildfire Case About Utility Standards

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A certified arborist says an electric cooperative wasn't following industry standards at the time an aspen tree fell onto a power line, sparking one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico's recorded history.

Kevin Eckert testified Tuesday in a civil case that'll decide whether the co-op and the transmission company that supplies it with power should be held liable for the 2011 Las Conchas fire.

Attorneys for more than 300 plaintiffs say negligence by the two companies is to blame.

Albuquerque voters appear to be in favor of having future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions submitted to the City Council for approval.

The measure to amend the City Charter was on the ballot in Tuesday's municipal election.

Early results had the police and fire chief appointment amendment with more than 62 percent of the early and absentee vote totals.

  Tapping the natural heat of the earth may be more cost-effective and clean thanks to a research project by New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and others. 

Carroll is a member of a group that has published two papers related to a new area of geothermal energy, called enhanced geothermal systems. These systems are designed to enable power production in areas where conventional geothermal techniques don’t work. 

First On KRWG: Las Cruces Police Arrest Man In Bomb Threat

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  Las Cruces Police arrested a man believed to be responsible for Monday’s bomb threat at a south Valley Drive convenience store.

Kevin M. Green, 51, who is believed to be homeless, is charged with one count of intentionally delivering a facsimile or hoax bomb. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.

  New Mexico State University College of Education Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools, and former College of Engineering Dean Ricardo Jacquez were recognized recently for their contributions to education and improving the lives of children.

Osanloo and Jacquez were named local American Graduate Champions by KRWG-TV. The American Graduate program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports PBS and NPR.

Navajo Nation Considers Replacing Tribe's Aging Aircraft

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Navajo Nation officials are lobbying for new jets to replace the tribe's aging aircraft.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Nation Council tabled legislation to approve a $20 million loan to purchase new planes in July. The Health, Education and Human Services Committee and the Resources and Development Committee to have a work session on the need for new planes.

At the joint meeting, Division of General Services Director Virgil Brown said the tribal government needs to either buy new planes or gradually shut down its air transportation department.

NM Governor Weighs In On Union Fees For US Supreme Court

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling allowing public-sector unions to collect fees from employees who decide not to become union members.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez argued in an 18-page brief that the fees violate employees' free-speech rights.

The Republican governor has clashed with labor unions since her election in 2010. She recently backed legislation that sought to block unions from collecting so-called "fair-share" fees, but it died in New Mexico's Democrat-controlled Senate.

Martinez Announces Tourism in 2014 Generated Largest Economic Impact in NM History

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  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that tourism in 2014 generated the largest economic impact in state history, injecting $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supporting nearly 89,000 jobs.

Two Southwest Fish Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

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  In accordance with an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that speeds protection decisions for 757 species, the U.S.

District 1 Las Cruces City Council Candidate Withdraws From Race

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  Steven D. Calderazzo, candidate for City Council District 1, has submitted an affidavit that he is no longer a candidate for office.

Per NMSA 1978 Section 3-8-27(I), Calderazzo’s name will remain on the ballot as ballots have already been printed.

Information from city of Las Cruces

Pearce Invites Nominations For Military Academy Nominations

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Las Cruces, N.M. – High school seniors who have applied for admission to a service academy are reminded to apply for a Congressional nomination by October 9, 2015.  These include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  Students applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut do not need a Congressional nomination.

Harlem Globetrotters Coming To Las Cruces

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  Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to Pan American Center in Las Cruces on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at 2 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

'The Martian' Screenwriter Says Los Alamos Influenced Film

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The screenwriter for the newly released film, "The Martian," says growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, inspired his project.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Drew Goddard said being surrounded by scientists affected his understanding of the film based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel "The Martian."

Los Alamos was the site where the U.S. developed the atomic bomb and is home to a national laboratory.

Goddard says the script is about scientists doing their best to work together.

Federal Grant Aims To Bring Recycling To New Mexico Tribes

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The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will be developing a training program and providing technical assistance to help Native American communities around the state with recycling programs.

The work is being funded with a $40,000 grant from the federal government. The funding was announced Monday.

As part of the program, 20 eligible tribes will benefit.

Hearing On New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System Nears End

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A hearing over unions' push to halt part of New Mexico's teacher evaluation system is set to conclude.

A Santa Fe judge is scheduled Tuesday to hear closing arguments over whether the state should stop its use of test scores in the evaluations.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are seeking an injunction to halt the use of test scores while their lawsuit against the evaluation system goes through the court system.

Las Cruces City Council unanimously passed the Amador Proximo community blueprint Monday after months of community planning.

Over 200 people from all over Las Cruces participated in community discussions to create a plan for growth in the Amador community. The blue print provides suggestions for different zonings for residential, business areas, and open space to create a mixed-use community.

Councilor Nathan Small helped guide the project and says this kind of development is what people are looking for in the communities.

Border Patrol Parent Agency Issues Custody Standards

Oct 5, 2015

The Border Patrol's parent agency has issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its jails were overwhelmed with Central American children fleeing to the United States.

The standards released Monday govern a wide range of scenarios and circumstances. They include guarding an immigrant's personal belongings, properly using handcuffs and other restraints and setting thermostats.

  Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released revised “standards governing transport, escort, search and detention”—commonly known as TEDS. These standards create minimum requirements for U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations, the two components of CBP, both of which may choose to supplement these standards with their own guidance.

Forbes Ranks NMSU as One of America’s Top Colleges in 2015

Oct 5, 2015

  New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2015 by Forbes. 

On the list of 650 institutions, NMSU ranked 417th overall and 92nd in the South, which are improvements of 25 spots nationally and 12 spots regionally from a year ago.

  Despite the return of monsoon rainfall this summer, New Mexico continues to be immersed in a prolonged drought, and the state’s limited water resources will continue to be squeezed.

Water resource management throughout the West is facing dramatic challenges that go to the core of our cultural, economic, and societal foundations. 

NMPIRG: Deepwater Horizon Settlement Comes with $5.35 Billion Tax Deduction

Oct 5, 2015

  Today the U.S. Department of Justice announced a proposed $20.8 billion out-of-court settlement with BP to resolve charges related to the Gulf Oil spill. The settlement would allow the corporation to write off $15.3 billion of the total payment as an ordinary cost of doing business tax deduction.

  The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division, has released a draft of “Viva New Mexico: A Statewide Plan for Outdoor Recreation” and is having a public meeting Thursday, October 15th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Porter Hall, located in the Wendell Chino Building at 1220 S. St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe. 

  October 2, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with “Oye! Celebrating Visions for the Future,” committee members and founders, Brandi Lozada-Johnston and Margaret Bernstein, bringing awareness of our environment.