Bankruptcy Judge Questions Gallup Diocese's Closed Auction

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A bankruptcy judge has ordered attorneys for a New Mexico diocese to explain why a property auction wasn't made public.

The Gallup Independent reports that representatives of the Diocese of Gallup are scheduled to appear before U.S. bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma on Wednesday.

Thuma says the diocese may not have conducted a public auction, which is required by federal bankruptcy rules. He says he got complaints from a researcher and the Gallup Independent saying they were

One of the letters is from the Gallup Independent.

Peace Corps Group That Trained At NMSU Returns For 52-year Reunion

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  Rappelling in the Organ Mountains, learning about John F. Kennedy’s death, taking four-hour Spanish classes daily and raising chickens are some of the Peace Corps volunteers’ memories of training at New Mexico State University in 1963.

Approximately 65 men and women came from all areas of the United States to train from September to December in preparation for a two-year mission in Guatemala.

Trinity Test In New 'Manhattan' Season

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The Trinity atomic test in New Mexico and the fears around the project are the focus of the second season of WGN America's drama "Manhattan."

Series creator Sam Shaw says audiences can expect characters to face the ethical dilemmas that come with testing an unknown bomb with unknown power without being preachy. However, Shaw says producers wanted to be accurate about the deadly test's effects.

Officials Cancel Gas Balloon Race Due To Weather

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Officials have cancelled the 20th America's Challenge gas balloon race, marking only the second time in race history that weather has grounded the competition.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers made the announcement Wednesday. The decision was made in the interest of safety since wet and unstable weather continued to hang over New Mexico.

Seven teams from the U.S., Germany, France, Poland and Spain had been set to participate. They were initially scheduled to launch Saturday but unfavorable weather forced a series of delays.

First On KRWG: Drone Pilot Training Expands At Holloman

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  At the end of World War II Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold made a bold prediction.

"We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes," said
Arnold. "The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all.
It will be different from anything the world has ever seen."

Seventy years later, Arnold's prediction has been proven true.

Las Cruces Mayoral Forum Thursday Night

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  SWOP Action Fund Dona Ana, Nopalito’s Galeria and PRC Productions will be hosting a Las Cruces Mayoral Candidate Forum for citizens, members, family and friends and community residents who would like to meet and greet those candidates running to be the next Mayor of the City of Las Cruces.

Confirmed are all candidates running for Mayor, small business owner, Eugina “Gina” Montoya Ortega, current City Councilor Miguel Silva and current Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

  A five-year partnership between New Mexico State University and the University of Colorado Denver will continue preparing undergraduates in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest region for graduate careers in neuroscience research, thanks to a $2.3 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health. NMSU was awarded a $700,000 subcontract to form a consortium with UC Denver.

Transcript: President Obama's Comments On Worker Rights

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In Depth: A Host Of Events In Downtown Las Cruces

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  Downtown Events Through Oct. 11

  • Main St:

o   “OYE” – Celebrating “Visions for the Future,” Oct. 10 & 11. Begins at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th and ends at 8 p.m. on the 11th. This is a continuous event.              

  • Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   Oct. 10, 8:30 – 1 p.m.

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 1

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  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons who caused several thousand dollars of damage to windows at Las Cruces High School.

Police learned that four windows to a newly constructed portion of Las Cruces High School, along El Paseo Road, were shattered Sept. 26 by what appeared to be gunfire from a BB or pellet gun. Damage to the windows was estimated at around $4,000.

History, Geography Cramp Some Food Options in Crownpoint

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Crownpoint, NM (Andi Murphy, NM In Depth)

  CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Along Interstate 40, between Grants and Gallup, New Mexico, there’s a sign for Crownpoint, Chaco Canyon and Farmington that points drivers north to New Mexico Highway 371.

The highway leads into vibrant red hills and mesas; gateways into the Navajo Nation, which spans more than 27,000 square miles and is the largest Native American reservation in the country.

  Carmella Salinas, a longtime early childhood educator in Española, New Mexico, is joining President Obama and working people from around the country at the White House today for the Summit on Worker Voice.

Salinas, president of PEOPLE for the Kids and a member of New Mexico Early Educators United, an AFT affiliate, came to Washington to talk about how she has helped to create an innovative partnership between educators, parents and early learning center owners to address New Mexico’s crisis in early childhood education.

Texas Department Of Transportation Director To Step Down

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The director of the Texas Department of Transportation has announced he'll step down at the end of the year.

Joe Weber made the announcement Tuesday. The former three-star Marine general was chosen only last year to run the agency.

According to a statement released by TxDOT, Weber in his announcement to the agency's 11,000 employees called his past 18 months "a true highlight in my life." The agency is primarily responsible for maintaining and expanding the 80,000-mile state highway system.

New Mexico Ok's New Medical Marijuana Farm Near Roswell

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The New Mexico Department of Health has approved several applications to grow medical marijuana in the state, including a hotly debated proposed farm near Roswell.

An attorney for Pecos Valley Pharmaceuticals told the Roswell Daily Record this week that the company was a recipient of the sole license granted in Chaves County.

The proposal by Pecos Valley Pharmaceuticals seeks to turn a former dairy processing plant near Roswell into a place to grow marijuana. That plan has drawn scrutiny from some Chavez County commissioners.

Hip-Hop Entrepreneur Master P To Visit Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Hip-hop mogul Master P is going to help close out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The rapper and his family are scheduled to visit the gathering of balloons Saturday to promote his new show on REELZ, "Master P's Family Empire."

The show, set to launch in November, will follow the single dad as he navigates raising his youngest children while his oldest carve out entertainment careers.

Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, says the show is about making it cool to watch good, positive, family TV.

Albuquerque Voters Approve Proposal For Police, Fire Chief Hires

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Albuquerque voters have strongly supported 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.

The final count had the police and fire chief appointment amendment supported by more than 63 percent of the vote.

Officials Say Gas Balloon Race In Question Due To Weather

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Officials say the 20th America's Challenge gas balloon race delayed this year by weather must launch by Wednesday night. Otherwise, it won't happen.

According to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers, seven teams from the U.S., Germany, France, Poland and Spain plan to participate in the distance race, initiailly scheduled to launch Saturday in Albuquerque.

But showers and thunderstorms have forced delays.

Rules say the launch window for the race must close Wednesday before midnight.

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

Oct 6, 2015

  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.