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4:54 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transportation Plans for Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County

Linda Flores and Tom Murphy at KRWG FM studios.

April 25, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (MPO) Mesilla Valley Planning Organization Officer, Tom Murphy; and MPO Board Chair and Mesilla Trustee, Linda Flores, to talk about regional transportation planning. The MPO is responsible for planning all aspects of the transportation system in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County. Every five years residents from these communities are called upon to provide public input into transportation plans.

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Regional
3:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Anthony, New Mexico Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Fernando Garcia, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Group Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In El Paso

  El Paso - Community leaders and political activists are sponsoring a VoteEPVote civic engagement meeting on Saturday (April 25, 2014) to address El Paso's low voter turnout. This will be the second meeting of this project to discuss and develop an action plan that increases civic engagement and voter participation in this community.

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Local Viewpoints
2:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Transparency In New Mexico: A Mixed Forecast

  Column Courtesy of New Mexico In Depth:  Common Cause New Mexico and other advocacy groups mounted an ambitious campaign to shower the Roundhouse in sunshine and fix some of our ailing campaign finance laws during the past legislative session, but the result fell short of what good government groups had expected. As a result, the forecast remains only partly sunny – or partly cloudy – depending on your outlook.

Partly Sunny:

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Regional
2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Road Closures For Las Cruces Country Music Festival

  The Las Cruces Country Music Festival begins today and several roadways will be closed or have limited access Friday through Sunday to accommodate staging, seating and other related activities.

Most of Main Street north and south through the Downtown Mall will be closed for the weekend festival and the Farmer’s Market that’s held every Saturday.

Other road closures include:

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Regional
2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Students Gather In Las Cruces For Youth Research Conference

  About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

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Regional
9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Two Men From China Sentenced To Prison In Export Case

Two men from China have been sentenced to federal prison in New Mexico for conspiring to export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Bo Cai, of Nanjing, to two years in prison.

Cai's 30-year-old cousin Wentong Cai, of Chifeng, received an 18-month prison term.

Both will be deported after completing their sentences.

The men pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to smuggle sensors to China without first obtaining the required export license.

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Regional
8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge: Slain Deputy's Personal Records Will Not Be Released

The defense team for a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting another deputy will not be using the victim's personnel records in their defense after a judge denied their request to have the documents released.

Tai Chan is accused of killing Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin in October after they went drinking in Las Cruces where they were staying after transporting a prisoner. Chan has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

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Regional
8:14 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Texas House OK's New Abortion Restrictions, Then Backtracks

The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn.

The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation.

Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Rep. Matt Schaefer successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception.

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Regional
8:12 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Cesar Chavez Receives Navy Honor 22 Years After Death

The sister of the late labor leader Cesar Chaves says she could feel her brother's presence at a moving ceremony honoring his Navy service 22 years after his death.

Rita Chavez Martin was one of several hundred gathered at his graveside for a ceremony bestowing honors from the U.S. Navy. Relatives said that at his death nobody thought about his military service. They focused instead on his work with farmworkers.

Chavez Martin says she wrote a letter to her brother every day of his service in the Pacific.

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Regional
8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Pair Of Mexican Grey Wolves Released In Arizona

A breeding pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The female had been captured in January to be paired with a more genetically diverse male.

Wildlife officials say they're hopeful the two will improve the overall genetic profile of the wolf population. They believe the female wolf is pregnant.

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Regional
8:04 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Oil And Gas Sale Brings $2.1 Million For New Mexico

  

April's oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $2.1 million for state trust land beneficiaries.

The New Mexico Land Office says a dozen tracts totaling more than 3,500 acres were leased.

The highest sealed bid of $480,160 for 160 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Eddy County came from Chase Oil Corp. of Artesia.

The highest oral bid of $840,000 was submitted by Yates Petroleum for 320 acres in Lea County.

The revenue raised by the monthly sales benefit public schools, universities and hospitals.

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Intermezzo
5:15 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Choirs to perform “A Child of Our Time” and Faure's "Requiem" at spring concert

Conductor David Klement and baritone soloist Antonio Quaranta
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Sir Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio, “A Child of Our Time,” as a profound protest against the persecution of Jews during World War II, and the persecution of African-Americans in this country (the text declares, “pogroms in the East, lynchings in the West”). Conductor David Klement and baritone Antonio Quaranta, who will perform the work this weekend with the NMSU Choirs, say that Tippett’s powerful message about suffering and hope continues to resonate with listeners in our own day.

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Online EXTRA
5:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

USDA Works With Farmers To Address Impacts Of Climate Change

  In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA's Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

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Regional
4:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Abbott Doesn't Talk Border Issues With Honduran President

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has met with the Honduran president but didn't discuss Texas border security efforts aimed at stopping the flow of immigrants.

The meeting Thursday with Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez was the first time Abbott has hosted a Central America leader since taking office. Abbott said in a statement that the two focused their discussion on economic relations.

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Regional
11:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

USDA Dedicates New Office In Las Cruces

  Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new Rural Development office at the USDA service center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The office is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Service Center at 760 Stern Drive Suite #139 on the south side of Las Cruces. The facility houses staff which provide financial service for housing, business and infrastructure throughout the southern and southwest part of the state.

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Regional
11:24 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Martinez Announces State Funding For 200 New Call Center Jobs In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Convergys, Inc. will expand in Las Cruces, creating 200 new jobs. The Governor's office says Convergys will receive $181,250 in Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds to hire and train these new employees.

"JTIP is a critical resource to creating jobs for our families and communities," Governor Martinez said. "I'm proud that it continues to show results like these, which will help us continue our momentum in diversifying our economy."

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Regional
9:33 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Child Injured In Boat Crash With US Border Patrol Agents

The Mexican Consulate says a Mexican child suffered "grave injuries" in a collision in the Rio Grande between a private boat the child was in and one with U.S. Border Patrol agents.

U.S. Border Patrol has said there were four people aboard the private boat involved in the Sunday collision. The Mexican Consulate in McAllen said Wednesday that two of those passengers were children.

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Regional
9:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Sunland Park Residents Petition For Redistricting

Sunland Park could be looking at a special election after residents submitted a petition calling for redistricting.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that just 12 hours after a motion to discuss redistricting died in the City Council a resident submitted a petition with 163 signatures calling for redistricting. If at least 76 if those signatures are of registered voters in Sunland Park, the organizers will then submit a resolution calling for a special election asking voters for redistricting.

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Regional
9:27 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Calls Mount For Special Session Of NM Legislature

A growing number of cities are urging Gov. Susana Martinez to overcome an impasse and call a special session to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects around the state.

The capital outlay bill stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March.

Martinez initially resisted the call for a special session saying she wanted to make sure the outcome would be different. Her office says it has been working with leaders from both parties to find a solution.

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Regional
9:21 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Building Project Report: State Has Excess Office Space

While two state government building projects in Santa Fe are stalled, a report by the Legislative Finance Committee shows there is more than enough state-owned space.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the study shows the total amount of leased and state-owned office space has remained unchanged since 2012, while the number of state employees has dropped 12 percent since 2008.

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Regional
9:11 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Research On Cattle May Offer Hope For Ranchers Facing Drought

With ongoing drought in the West, research is being done to find sustainable options for ranching in the future. To make that possible, some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find answers.

On a windy weekday afternoon Alfredo Gonzalez navigates a narrow dirt road out into the Jornada Experimental Range located near Las Cruces. Gonzalez, an animal scientist at the range, is traveling to meet a herd of criollo cattle that he says are surviving on their own in the arid environment here.

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Regional
8:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Regulators Inch Closer To Final Decision On Coal Power Plant

Credit pnm.com

New Mexico regulators are moving closer to a final decision on a plan by the state's largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

The Public Regulation Commission was briefed Wednesday by hearing examiner Ashley Schannauer. He's recommending that commissioners not approve the plan unless changes are made.

Schannauer reiterated uncertainties surrounding the ownership makeup of the San Juan Generating Station and the lack of a coal-supply contract beyond 2017.

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Online EXTRA
5:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

USDA: What You Need To Know About The Avian Flu Outbreaks

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  Today I had a press call with our USDA partner, Dr. Alicia Fry from CDC and Dr. David Swayne of USDA’s Southeast Poultry Research Lab to help get out some important information about the avian influenza event currently occurring in the United States.

Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways (migratory paths for birds). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in some backyard and commercial poultry flocks.

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Online EXTRA
5:12 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Organ Transplants: The Ultimate Gift

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  Nobody likes to think about the end, but we’re always forced to face it eventually.  It’s the kind of stuff we have to think about as adults: end of life issues, getting a will, considering advanced directives like do-not-resuscitate orders and so on.

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Regional
5:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

"Mutt Show" To Be Held Saturday At NMSU Las Cruces

The Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley will host its Mutt Show at New Mexico State University from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 25, across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street. (Courtesy photo)

  Mutts and their people are welcomed to the New Mexico State University campus for the annual Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley Mutt Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

, Saturday, April 25. It will be held across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble located at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street at the grassy area in front of Rhodes Garrett Hamiel dorms. Visitors with leashed and well-behaved canines are welcome to this free event.

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Local Viewpoints
5:03 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino: The Poison On The Tip Of The Veto Pen

Credit Office of the Governor

   I am once again astonished at how little attention is given by the mainstream press in this city to the damage that is done by the veto pen.  Instead of simply working out the arithmetic of how many vetoes are exercised by the Governor or how that percentage of nullifying actions compares to previous Governors’ vetoes, it would be refreshing, and a genuine contribution to the enlightenment of the voting public if the Journal, for example, would actually write about what damage those vetoes have done.

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Regional
5:01 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Golf Course Ranked Among Best In The Nation

The NMSU Golf Course was recently named among the 50 best college golf courses in the nation by Sports Management Programs. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico State University Golf Course has been named one of Sports Management Program’s 50 best college golf courses.

The article and list, published last week, highlights golf courses that feature “spectacular design and play.” NMSU ranked 18th in the country for those reasons, and because of its professionally accredited Golf Management program, which is administered by NMSU’s College of Business and is officially sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association.

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Regional
4:55 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Las Cruces Police Plan Youth Leadership Camp

  The Las Cruces Police Department will hold a Youth Leadership Summer Camp June 1-12 for students who will be entering the 7th grade during the next academy year.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp is a collaborative effort with the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University.

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Regional
4:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the 1990 mass-shooting that claimed four lives and left three others critically injured.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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