Leora Zeitlin

For more than 500 years, Brazilians have created and danced to music drawn from a rich and colorful mix of influences: Amerindian, African, Portuguese, European classical, rural folk styles, and numerous religious and cultural traditions. All those influences also fed the Brazilian classical composers of the 20th century as they created uniquely Brazilian music for the concert stage. Music by some of those composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, M.

Man Gets Long Prison Term In Albuquerque Triple Fatal Crash

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A man who was allegedly driving drunk and ran a red light before causing a car crash that killed three people in Albuquerque last November has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Jacob Jaramillo was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide as part of a plea deal in August.

The crash killed 20-year-old Grace Sinfield and two brothers, 23-year-old Sergio Mendez-Aguire and 27-year old Roberto Mendez.

Jaramillo was facing up to an 18-year prison term.

Museum Expands Veterans Day Free Admission to Include All First Responders

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Veterans, active duty service members, and National Guard personnel are always invited to attend the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo free on Veterans Day but this November 11, the museum is adding law enforcement, firefighters and first responders to that list. Admission to the museum for those personnel, their spouse and up to two dependent children will be free of charge on Friday, November 11.

Susana Martinez Works To Elect Other GOP Governors

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Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is working to ensure other Republican governors win election in November at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

Martinez is the chairwoman of the association that provides financial and strategical backing to help GOP candidates for governor. A spokesman said Martinez spent most of Thursday in Dallas at a meeting of the group

There are 12 elections for governor this year, and half are considered competitive. Democrats holding nine of the contested seats.

The Latest: Santa Fe Police Say Device Was Inert Grenade

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The Latest on an investigation into a possible explosive device in Santa Fe (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Authorities in Santa Fe say a potential explosive device found at the scene of an early morning fight the object turned out to be an inert hand grenade.

A statement released by city officials says the inert grenade was spotted Thursday morning in a parked vehicle as police investigated a fight in a downtown neighborhood.

15 Arrested In Connection To Las Cruces Drug Trafficking

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Fifteen people are facing state and federal drug charges after a months-long drug-trafficking investigation in the Las Cruces area.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that according to New Mexico State Police, the three-month investigation targeted several groups selling various drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine, in the Las Cruces area.

Officials say the operation resulted in the seizure of pounds of methamphetamine and about 5 ounces of crack cocaine as well as various quantities of heroin, marijuana and powder cocaine.

Woman Sues New Mexico State Police For Excessive Force

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An Albuquerque woman is suing New Mexico State Police, saying two officers used excessive force when they shot her in the back.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Roxanne Torres filed a federal lawsuit against the state police for the 2014 encounter.

Police said Torres was driving toward the officers at high speed when they opened fire.

Torres' attorney, Eric Dixon, says Torres was trying to leave the area because she believed she was being carjacked. He says the officers were beside the vehicle and not in danger of being hit.

VIDEO: New Mexico 2nd Congressional District Debate

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Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the Las Cruces Sun-News. This debate covers New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District with candidates Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Merrie Lee Soules.

NMSU Launches Cancer Study Targeting Hispanic Mothers

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New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services has launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic families and to develop programs targeting Latinas.

Researchers in the university's Department of Public Health Sciences said this week they are looking for Hispanic mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years as participants for the study.

Shiprock Man On Trial Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Brother With Ax

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A northwestern New Mexico man who authorities said killed his brother with an ax has pleaded not guilty.

The Gallup Independent reports that Charley Joe Jr., of Shiprock, entered his plea Wednesday before a federal magistrate judge in Albuquerque.

According to investigators, Joe killed his brother with an ax in August following an argument over property. Authorities say Joe lived in a hogan next to the brother's home on the Navajo Nation.

New Mexico Tourism Department Creates Development Division

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The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a new tourism development division aimed at expanding the state's tourism base and help communities develop new tourism products.

The department announced this week the new division will focus on increasing gross receipts taxes and promoting greater economic development opportunities.

The new division comes after analysis earlier this month said the number of travelers to the state in 2015 increased by more than 2 percent to 34 million.

Socialist Presidential Candidate Uninvited To Albuquerque School

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A socialist presidential candidate scheduled to address students at an Albuquerque high school won't be allowed to speak after all.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports Manzano High School this week was told to cancel an appearance by Gloria La Riva, the presidential nominee of The Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta says the school didn't follow protocol when it extended the invitation. She says the school invited the candidate without discussing it first with district administrators.

Candidates discussed economic development and other issues at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and Las Cruces Home Builders Association candidate forum.

Two Candidates for the Dona Ana County Commission attended the forum. Isabella Solis, the Democratic Candidate for District 4 says the county needs to be more welcoming for small business.

Commentary: While reports over the past several days have warned of steep premium hikes, financial assistance will help tens of thousands of New Mexicans afford quality health insurance through the beWellnm, New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report this week showing that unsubsidized premiums would rise about 25% nationally. However, the report also showed that the vast majority of shoppers are receiving financial assistance and will likely see only modest increases and some will experience a decrease in costs.

Commentary:  On Tuesday, both AFT NM/ATF and PED returned to court to address the ongoing legal battle against the PED evaluation system. Our lawyer proposed that we set a court date ASAP. The PED requested a date for next fall citing their busy schedule as the reason. As a result, the court date is now late October 2017.

While we are relieved to have a final court date set, we are dismayed at the amount of time that our teachers have to wait for the final ruling.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Oct 26, 2016

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Two Men Injured In Las Cruces

Oct 26, 2016

Las Cruces Police are investigating an incident that left an 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound and a 37-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Both men were transported to local hospitals. The 18-year-old was then expected to be airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

At about 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, police were dispatched to the report of a shooting that occurred at a home on the 300 block of Keathley Drive. Officers arrived to find the two men suffering from their respective injuries.

New Mexico National Guard Eyes Bonuses In 'Routine' Move

Oct 26, 2016

The New Mexico National Guard is working to see if soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses like those reportedly paid to some soldiers in California.

But New Mexico National Guard spokesman Joseph Vigil said Wednesday the examination into bonuses is "routine" and has nothing to do with the California probe.

He says officials are doing "due diligence" to determine if any of New Mexico members were affected.

Vigil did not say if the New Mexico National Guard so far has found any soldiers who received improper enlistment bonuses.

Police In Hobbs Investigating Death Of A Man Found In A Home

Oct 26, 2016

Police in Hobbs say they are investigating the death of a man found in a home.

They say officers were on patrol about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when they were directed to a residence in reference to an unresponsive subject.

Upon arrival, police say they discovered 32-year-old Thomas May unresponsive.

Emergency responders attempted life-saving measures, but they were unsuccessful due to the extent of May's injuries.

Details of the man's injuries weren't immediately released.

The Latest: Credit Agency Downgrades New Mexico Debt

Oct 26, 2016
Office of the Governor

The Latest on a state budget crisis in New Mexico (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

A major credit rating agency has downgraded New Mexico's financial standing shortly after the adoption of new budget solvency measures by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez.

Moody's Investor Services confirmed Wednesday the downgraded of the state's general obligation bond rating from its highest rating of Aaa to Aa1. That will create slightly higher borrowing costs in the future. Thirteen states currently maintain the highest credit rating.

Airbnb Taxes Boost Income For Santa Fe

Oct 26, 2016

The vacation rental company Airbnb will now tax visitors who rent Santa Fe accommodations, adding money to the city's coffers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a new agreement between Airbnb and Santa Fe calls for the company to collect what's known as a bed tax or lodgers tax. The 7 percent tax is charged on the total cost of all rentals for 30 days or less.

Airbnb began charging for rentals Aug. 1. Santa Fe collected 60 percent more revenue from short-term rentals this August than it did in August 2015.

Lawsuit: New Mexico Sheriff Challenged Mayor To Fist Fight

Oct 26, 2016

A lawsuit claims an eastern New Mexico sheriff is interfering with a town's police business and even challenged its mayor to a "fist fight in the middle of the road."

The town of Elida filed a lawsuit last week against Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker to prevent him from further interfering with town ordinances or law enforcement.

According to the lawsuit, Parker has interfered with Elida police business on at least three occasions.

New Mexico Struggles To Close Government Spending Gap

Oct 26, 2016

New figures from state economists show New Mexico government continues to spend beyond its means even after the enactment of special solvency measures by the governor.

A report released Tuesday by the Legislative Finance Committee shows that state government still has $103 million more in planned expenses than estimated revenues for the current budget year.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed off this week on a package of legislation designed to shore up the state's general fund and restore depleted operating reserves.

New Mexico Extends Eligibility For Childcare Assistance

Oct 26, 2016

New Mexico child welfare officials say more families will be able to keep kids enrolled in childcare programs longer without having to reapply for assistance.

The state Children, Youth and Families Department says it's now allowing families to maintain their eligibility for childcare assistance for 12 consecutive months. The previous certification period was only six months.

Secretary Monique Jacobson says the change will help reduce temporary lapses in eligibility due to work, school or other life circumstances and allow more families to access high-quality childcare.

Silver City Report

Oct 26, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer. This week, the Gila National Forest is looking for input for its future and will be in Las Cruces.  

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While watching a 15-minute hail storm on May 18 disintegrate the leaves on chile plants, Israel Calsoyas realized the importance of research she is conducting at New Mexico State University.

“All you could see after the storm was the main branches left bare,” she recalled. “I thought about the farmers whose main income comes from a chile pepper crop and I realized that my research is really important.”

Las Cruces Flu Shot Clinics Set For Saturday

Oct 26, 2016

Saturday in Las Cruces thousands of people will line up in a drive-thru, not for a burrito, or a burger, or even the ATM. Instead, they’ll line up for a flu shot.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is proud to be working with area health professionals once again for our annual flu vaccination event, Boo to the Flu to provide local residents the chance to get vaccinated from the flu. There is no cost for the flu shot, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.

Doña Ana County Commission voted to send the Unified Development Code back to planning and zoning commission for further revision and review by a vote of 3-2.

Dozens of people attended the Doña Ana County Commission meeting to address their concerns with Unified Development Code. Concerns ranged from properties being improperly zoned, the process being rushed, and the possibility of diminishing property values.

Jake Redfearn, a real estate developer in Doña Ana County says more time is needed for county residents to understand the code.

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Attempting To Shoot Ex-Wife

Oct 25, 2016

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Las Cruces man Monday night after he allegedly fired two rounds from a handgun towards his former wife during a reported argument.


   Gregory Kight, 58, was detained and arrested just after 6 p.m. in the 7000 block of Arco Iris, just east of Moongate Road. 

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $18.6 Million for STEM Education At Hispanic-Serving NM Universities

Oct 25, 2016

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that five New Mexico universities will receive more than $18.6 million to support Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The University of New Mexico Valencia Branch Campus, New Mexico Highlands University, Eastern New Mexico University–Roswell, New Mexico State University–Carlsbad, and Eastern New Mexico University-main campus will receive grants through the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program.