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8:59 am
Tue May 5, 2015

More Thunderstorms Could Sock Eastern New Mexico

Forecasters say New Mexico's eastern plains could get more severe thunderstorms with a potential for heavy rain, hail and damaging wind in a region where some communities already have experienced downpours.

According to the National Weather Service, the risk for flash flooding is greatest across the east-central and southeastern plains, with less thunderstorm activity expected in and west of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Regional
8:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Headline New Mexico GOP Fundraiser

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Former technology executive and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is headlining a fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Fiorina, likely the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, is scheduled to speak at the "Silver Elephant Event" in Albuquerque on May 30.

The state party uses the annual fundraiser for Republican candidates in New Mexico and comes months after the GOP gained control of the state House chamber.

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Regional
8:53 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Nine Police Officers Kidnapped In Northern Mexico; One Dead

An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night.

They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

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Regional
8:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Officials Briefed On Scathing Taser Audit

Albuquerque City Councilors briefed on a recent scathing state audit that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser International have varied opinions on the review.

Some want to look into tightening the city's procurement codes, while one questions how much disclosure is necessary by city officials and workers who might work as contractors.

Two councilors last year requested a risk review after becoming concerned about a nearly $2 million no-bid contract for body cameras and video storage software awarded to Arizona-based Taser.

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Regional
8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Most NM Teachers Still Rated Effective Or Better

 

State officials say nearly three-fourths of New Mexico's teachers rated "effective" or better under a much-debated evaluation system partly based on student achievement.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Monday that around 47 percent of teacher evaluated were deemed effective while 24 percent were graded highly effective.

Around 2.5 percent were rated "exemplary."

About 26 percent of teachers were graded "minimally effective" or "ineffective."

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Regional
6:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Some Educators Concerned Writing Proficiency Is Suffering As a Result Of Standardized Test Culture

Students at New Mexico State University work through writing tasks.
Credit Hugo Perez

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers…better known as the PARCC test…has been billed by the New Mexico public education department as latest and greatest in public school testing.  Officials say the test increases standards and will improve college and career readiness.  But some educators say the increased focus on standardized testing might be having the opposite effect.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

La Clinica de Familia Taking Over Mental Health Services In Dona Ana County

La Frontera recently announced that they will no longer be providing mental health services in New Mexico. La Clinica de Familia is planning on taking over the services they provide, but many had questions about the transition. Dona Ana County held a meeting with community members and officials from around the state to learn more about the transition.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Southwest Regional Climate Hub At NMSU Provides Valuable Information To Agricultural Producers

   Established in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwest Regional Climate Hub was tasked with supplying science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them to adjust to climate change and weather variability. 

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Regional
4:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

One Arrest, At Least One Other Suspect Sought In Las Cruces Nightclub Beating

  Las Cruces Police have arrested one of the men suspected of beating a 30-year-old April 17 outside a local nightclub.

Gregory Trevor Derouen, 26, of the 1800 block of Myrtle Avenue, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy. Derouen was also found to be in violation of his probation. He is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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Regional
4:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Las Cruces Youth Leadership Camp Registration Continues

  The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, has expanded its enrollment criteria to youth between the ages of 12-15.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School.

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.

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Regional
4:03 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

  New Mexico State University junior Chiann-Ling Cindy Yeh of Las Cruces has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive award that supports outstanding students in the fields of math, science or engineering. 

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Yeh is one of just 260 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, and one of two from universities in New Mexico.

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Online EXTRA
4:00 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Restoration Project For New Mexico Museum Of Space History

  A little over two years ago, the Apollo Command Module Boilerplate known as BP-1207 traveled more than 1500 miles from its former home in Florida to join the collection at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. To the casual visitor, BP-1207 looks just fine, perhaps a little flaking paint or a touch of visible rust, but it’s a prime location for selfies and photo opportunities for the thousands of visitors who visit the museum each year.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Students Host Free Film Screening Tuesday

  New Mexico State University students in the Creative Media Institute are planning a screening to premiere their senior project documentary, “Halftime Highlights,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. 

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Regional
3:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Los Alamos Worker Seriously Burned

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is in critical condition after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers to the hospital.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lab spokesman Kevin Roarke says the accident happened around noon Sunday and is being investigated.

Los Alamos Medical Center Director of Marketing Mary Beth Maasan says one patient was transported to the burn unit of the New Mexico University Medical Center and another was admitted to the Los Alamos hospital in stable condition.

Seven others were treated and released.

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Regional
3:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Date Change For Latin Comedy Jam In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Las Cruces Convention Center has announced a date change for the upcoming Latin Comedy Jam featuring Paul Rodriguez.

Originally scheduled for May 15, the show has been moved to May 29 at 8:30 pm. The show features comic icon Paul Rodríguez, who has been making audiences laugh all over the world with his unique brand humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his universal appeal.

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Regional
8:31 am
Mon May 4, 2015

New Mexico Veterans Hired To Prevent, Fight Wildfires

Several New Mexico military veterans are back on the field but the only enemy they are fighting is fire.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's Returning Heroes program has trained 25 veterans to help battle wildfires.

The veterans have been learning new skills while also working on prescribed burns and forest-thinning projects.

Now in its first full year of operation, the State Forestry Division's program was established in 2013 to help get vets back to work.

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Regional
8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Spaceport To Explore New Ideas To Earn Revenue

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority executive director Christine Anderson will present new strategies next month for generating revenue for the multi-million dollar spaceport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the revised five-year business plan calls for Spaceport to look for new tenants, market the facility for commercial filming and open up for tourism.

Spaceport America's hopes have been tied to anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which is developing a spaceship.

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Regional
6:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Guero Loco: Bringing The Beat To Bilingualism

Bilingual rapper Guero Loco hyping up up the crowd of Deming High School students.
Credit Simon Thompson

A Michigan State University study says attending a bilingual school may improve reading and math test scores of native English speakers. Research also shows bilingual programs benefit those learning English as a second language.

Despite the benefits the state education department says only 17% of all New Mexico students are in bilingual education and districts are doing what they can to get more students into the bilingual programs. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Heinrich Urges Congress To Fully Fund Conservation Program Set To Expire

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich pushed Congress to permanently authorize and completely fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing earlier this month. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill designed to permanently authorize and fully fund the LWCF, a conservation program that has been around for decades.

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Regional
11:29 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Tuesday Election For Dona Ana County Soil And Water Conservation District

  Polling location hours are 7am to 7pm

·         There are 3 polling locations

1.      Anthony Community Center

865 South Anthony Drive, Anthony, NM  88021

2.      Doña Ana County Government Center

845 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM  88007

3.      Radium Springs Community Center

12060 LB Lindbeck Road, Las Cruces, NM  88007

 

SAMPLE BALLOTS

 

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Local Viewpoints
11:20 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Goodman: A Chance To Make A Difference In Tuesday Election

  This week we have a chance to make a difference.

On Tuesday, May 5, we'll decide three contested seats on the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

The what? 

Most folks learned about the DASWCD last year, when its board put on the ballot a measure calling for a tax increase to help fund the group. We learned that it spent much of its time passing resolutions against “Agenda 21” and against various measures to help protect wildlife. It opposed the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument.

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Regional
5:48 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Need To Repair Aging Roads Looms Over New Mexico

The number of repairs and reconstruction needed for New Mexico's aging roads is far outpacing the funding available for such projects.

The state's road fund received roughly $381 million last year, $5 million less than the year prior.

Meanwhile, a national research group recently stated that just immediate road work alone amounts to $730 million.

Transportation officials say the road fund primarily gets money from gasoline tax revenues, which have stayed flat for the past decade.

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Local Viewpoints
3:53 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Albers: Thank You For Making Scrap Arts Music Performances A Success

  The Doña Ana Arts Council would like to thank all in our community who helped make the recent Scrap Arts Music performances in the Rio Grande Theatre so memorable.  The audiences loved the energy, humor and incredible creativity of these Canadian musicians who constructed percussion instruments out of recycled industrial materials.  Over 800 enthusiastic local students attended the school performances on April 20th. 

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Local Viewpoints
3:49 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Greg Lennes: LC Chamber Sponsors "Right Wing" Candidate Training

  Here we go again. I don't understand why the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring "New Leaders Grassroots Training" for right-wing political candidates on May 9. It is run by the tea party-connected American Majority, a far right-wing libertarian group. So if you are a moderate, nonpartisan, truly business-minded or liberal candidate you should not attend, right?

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Regional
3:46 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

STD Outbreak At West Texas High School

An outbreak of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, has been reported at a small West Texas high school.

The Crane Independent School District sent a letter last week to parents of Crane High School students informing them that 20 cases of chlamydia had been confirmed at the school. Crane High School has an enrollment of about 300 students.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

New Mexico National Guardsman Dies In Arkansas Event

A member of the New Mexico National Guard has died while taking part in a marksmanship competition in Arkansas.

Arkansas National Guard Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Ryan Faraone collapsed Thursday afternoon after running approximately 200 yards at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Lynch told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Faraone was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he later died.

Regional
8:32 am
Sat May 2, 2015

In Depth: Texas Senator Wants Drug Testing For All Elected Officials

  Are they on drugs? We could soon know if mind-altering substances are to blame for the Legislature's often wacky ways.

Sen. Eddie Lucio attached an amendment to a sweeping ethics bill requiring that all elected officials — from Gov. Greg Abbott to school board members — take drug tests and post the results online.

No one gets booted from office for failing, but doing so could make re-election tough. Lucio, a Democrat from Brownsville, has for years championed such testing and even once took a blood test to show he was serious.

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PUENTES
6:03 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Creating Happy and Healthy Pets

Emile Bourdet and Tom Townsend at KRWG FM studios.

  May 1, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Coalition for Pets and People, out-going Co-Chair, Tom Townsend, and Coalition Member, Emile Bourdet, to talk to us about micro-chipping and sterilizing your dogs and cats.

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Regional
5:23 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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