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College Students To Work On Trails At Carlsbad Caverns

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A group of college students will be working over the next three months to improve trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The park announced its partnership with the Student Conservation Association on Monday, saying the five-member trail crew will be clearing overgrown vegetation, installing trail markers and building cairns.

The crew will focus on Yucca and Juniper Ridge trails as well as trails in Rattlesnake and Slaughter canyons.

As part of the program, the students will camp in tents and live on small stipends.

Lawmakers Call For Lower Tariffs On Pecan Exports To India

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter recently to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, saying the high tariffs are affecting American farmers and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers.

Gov. Martinez’s Twisting Of Science Is Dangerous And Bad For Education

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Commentary: Last week, New Mexico’s Public Education Department released proposed science standards that would scrub climate change and even the age of the Earth from our schools’ curriculum, while introducing assignments to boost the oil and gas industry.

In response, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman issued the below statement:

Alamogordo NOW

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Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the city of Alamogordo has proclaimed this week to be Constitutional Week and the 49th Medical Support commander has been arrested for child pornography.    

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Grant County Constitution Day And Banned Books

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Commentary: WNMU’s Miller Library has celebrated Constitution Day and Banned Books for many years. Banned Books Week started in 1982 and is observed every year in the U.S. to showcase books that have been challenged for either content, language, sexual situations, or even challenged because of negativity, such as The Diary of Anne Frank which was considered "a real downer" in Alabama 1983.

Las Cruces – Carlos Cuesta Albornoz and Melissa Aragon have been the president and vice president of the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Student Government Association since the beginning of the fall semester. In a short time they have accomplished much for community college students.

Annual Community Fundraising Event To Be Held At WNMU For The First Time

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Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University is hosting the 7th Annual James H. Pirtle Walk for Heroes, which starts and ends at Old James Stadium on Saturday, September 30.

This year’s participants will walk three miles around campus and through the historic downtown Silver City area then enjoy speakers and food together afterward.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event and costs $25 per person or $30 per couple. Registered participants will get a T-shirt and lunch. The remaining funds go to local charities.

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ALBUQUERQUE—Fair officials are pleased to report that the newly-crowned New Mexico State Fair Queen for 2018 is Clara Rabenau of Sierra County.

Hotline Service Aims To Help Abused Native American Women

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new hotline has launched in New Mexico to assist Native American women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Fifty-six percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner, KRQE-TV reported. Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population, and the service is needed in the state, said Cheyenne Antonio with the Red Nation activist group.

Interior Chief Urges Shrinking 4 National Monuments In West

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development.

Zinke's recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who promised to take the Trump administration to court to block the moves.

Artesia Schools Close After Second Boil Water Advisory

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ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia public schools will be closed through Tuesday in response to a second boil water advisory sent out by the state in two months.

KOB-TV reports Artesia residents are advised to boil their drinking water after E.coli was detected in the water supply. It's the second boil water advisory issued by the New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau since July.

According to the statement, the city is working to chlorinate and flush the water system. Water should be safe to drink within a week.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Pres Trump To Reject Sec Zinke’s Recommended Changes To National Monuments

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Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday:

“During Secretary Zinke’s review process, almost 3 million Americans — including thousands of New Mexicans – made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don’t want them changed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new hotline has launched in New Mexico meant to provide assistance to female Native American tribe members who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.

KRQE-TV reports 56 percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner.

Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from 35 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are urging health insurers to review their policies for pain management treatment to spark higher use of alternatives to opioid prescriptions.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Monday announced the bipartisan coalition's efforts in the ongoing fight to end opioid addiction.

Morrisey says in a news release that the coalition wants health insurers to avoid contributing unintentionally to the deadly problem.

Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Six National Monuments

Sep 18, 2017
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed.

A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments - Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante — be reduced, along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.

Monday Business Watch

Sep 18, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Dickerson’s Catering turns 18, Wild Birds Unlimited celebrates its tenth anniversary, and registration is open for NMSU’s Innoventure Entrepreneur program.   

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Crash kills veteran reporter-pilot of Albuquerque TV station

Sep 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime reporter at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday.

Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police.

KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It wasn't immediately clear if Martin was headed to cover a story at the time of the crash.

I-10 Closures This Week

Sep 17, 2017

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This closure is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 

•      The right through-lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20, eastbound) – in the direction moving toward Remcon Circle – will close between Osborne Drive and the I-10 Westbound Exit Ramp.

Crews will be working in shifts around the clock to prepare for placement of beams. [No Map] 

I-10 East @ Mesa

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Monday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

New Mexico's annual tax breaks surpass $1 billion

Sep 16, 2017
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An examination of New Mexico state tax breaks by the Office of the State Auditor shows that extractive industries such as oil, coal and copper mining together account for the largest share of foregone revenue.

The report was presented to state lawmakers Friday by State Auditor Tim Keller and staff. It tallies more than $1 billion in estimated tax breaks in 2016. The state waived nearly $400 million in taxes from extractive industries.

New Mexico Jobless Rate Drops; Still Far Above National Average

Sep 16, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico says the latest unemployment rate in the Land of Enchantment is 6.3 percent.

That's down from 6.8 percent a year ago.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says that 6.3 percent rate is for August and didn't change from July.

The national unemployment rate is 4.4 percent.

New Mexico's leisure and hospitality industry had the highest growth with an increase of 4,000 jobs, or a 4 percent growth. Professional and business services also added more jobs and has reported growth for over two years straight.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Sep 15, 2017

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Renovated Allen Family Locker Room unveiled at NMSU

Sep 15, 2017

The New Mexico State University football team has a new and improved locker room this season. Today a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Allen Family Locker Room officially opened the new facility. 

An area that was often bypassed on tours to prospective football student athletes and their families is now a highlight for the Aggie coaches and players with upgraded amenities. A substantial gift from Allen Theatres Inc. funded the locker room improvements and upgraded the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the Coca-Cola Weight Training Center. 

Las Cruces School Threat Suspect in Custody

Sep 15, 2017

The man believed to be responsible for Friday’s threat made via social media and targeting Conlee Elementary School has been taken into custody and the shelter-in-place at all schools was lifted.

The 23-year-old man was taken into custody near the 300 block of Wyatt Drive. No charges have been filed at this time but Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate and charges are expected.

Legacy Bricks Installed At WNMU

Sep 15, 2017

Silver City, NM – The first round of Legacy Bricks have been installed on the Western New Mexico University campus, and the school invites those visiting for Homecoming 2017 to wander among the bricks.

Commemorating alumni, loved ones and friends, Legacy Bricks are sold through the University Foundation and placed in the school’s most scenic spots. These first Legacy Bricks are located in The Gardens, adjacent to Light Hall.

Whether Legacy Bricks contain loved ones’ names, special dates, or words about favorite memories, each leaves a lasting testament on campus.

Medicaid Strains New Mexico State Finances

Sep 15, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Medicaid health care spending is expected to put an increased strain on New Mexico state finances in the coming fiscal year, even with generous federal provisions of the Obama administration left in place, according to state agency documents released Friday.

The state Human Services Department that oversees Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents has requested an $84 million increase in general fund spending for the budget year that starts in July 2018.

Endorsements, Donations Draw Eyes In Albuquerque Mayor Race

Sep 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's long-beleaguered police department and questionable campaign donations are casting shadows in the city's open mayoral election.

Some candidates have received endorsements from those in the community spotlight and from former police officers, while others have done work with police, all raising eyebrows in the nonpartisan race dominated by crime and promises to reform the Albuquerque Police Department.

3 New Mexico Tribes Get Federal Housing Dollars

Sep 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico Native American communities will be sharing more than $2 million in federal housing grants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding grants to the Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and the housing authority at Cochiti Pueblo.

New Mexico's uninsured rate is half what it was in 2011

Sep 15, 2017

  The number of New Mexicans without health insurance has dropped by half since 2011, according to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday. (You can go to Figure 8 to see a graph that shows uninsured rates by state as of 2016.)

Dark Money rearing its head in Albuquerque elections

Sep 15, 2017
NM In Depth

  With Albuquerque’s city election less than a month away, a number of independent groups have registered with the city as political committees, ramping up to make their views known. As of last Friday when the latest campaign finance reports were filed, such committees have raised a combined total of $824,441. That’s 20 percent of all the money raised so far this election cycle, that will see a new mayor elected, as well as numerous new city councilors. There is a controversial ballot measure on the ballot as well.

Silver City, NM – Violist Willy Sucre kicked off the inaugural season of the Western New Mexico University President’s Chamber Music Series last fall and returns to campus with a string quartet this Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater. A pre-performance reception will take place on the Light Hall Patio at 6:30 p.m.

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