Tribal Leaders Take Aim At Oil And Gas Development

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BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders from throughout New Mexico are taking aim at oil and gas development — this time spurred by a proposed ordinance that would regulate drilling across hundreds of square miles of one sparsely-populated county.

Sandoval County, home to a dozen tribal nations, currently doesn't have any rules for the industry. The commission has been working for the last two years to craft regulations that would apply to drilling in unincorporated areas.

After a contentious meeting last week, a final vote is set for January.

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Most people are aware that Las Cruces-area home prices have been on the upswing. What’s surprising to many is the extent to which they have risen.

According to a report pulled from the archives of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors on November 13, the average sales price for the 36 new and existing homes, townhomes and condominiums sold during the first 13-days in November hit $203,515. November wasn’t the only month this year in which the average price exceeded $200,000. The average hit $203,275 in October and $212,072 in May.

New Mexico State Finances Shows Signs Of Improvement

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is rapidly rebuilding financial reserves that may help state government withstand future economic downturns.

Chief Economist Jon Clark of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee said Monday that the state's recently depleted savings have substantially grown.

He says the state had set aside an estimated $500 million as of the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

Roswell Recruit Officer Accused Of Soliciting 2 Teenage Boys

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  ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell Police officer-in-training has been arrested on charges he sent sexually explicit texts and images to two teenage boys.

Roswell police say 25-year-old Alonso Barrientos has been booked into the Chaves County Detention Center.

He was arrested last Friday on two counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device.

Detectives say they uncovered evidence on his personal cell of contact with the two juveniles. In one case, Barrientos allegedly presented himself as a 17-year-old.

New Mexico State Senator Seeks Advice On Political Future

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state Sen. Michael Padilla says he is seeking advice from friends, family and advisers on whether to continue his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The Democratic senator on Tuesday said that he has been attending previously scheduled campaign events.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has urged Padilla to end his campaign for lieutenant governor in light of decade-old allegations that he harassed women at a prior job.

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, a Turkey Time Walk to burn off calories before Thanksgiving took place and this Thursday the paper will be filled with information for the holidays including safety tips and a shop local guide.       

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New Mexico Supreme Court to debate textbooks, again

Nov 20, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court will again debate whether the state should use public funds to pay for textbooks at private schools.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the parties in the legal battle filed briefs in the state Supreme Court in preparation for another round of arguments after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the state.

New Mexico Democrats mandate harassment training

Nov 20, 2017

The Democratic Party of New Mexico says its political candidates will need to complete sexual harassment prevention training to receive campaign support from the party in 2018 elections.

State Democratic Party Chairman Richard Ellenberg on Monday announced the training requirement in response to decade-old allegations of harassment of women filed against state Sen. Michael Padilla and incidents beyond New Mexico.

Big New Mexico wind energy project faces public hearing

Nov 20, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed eastern New Mexico wind energy project that will be the subject of a public hearing next week has a large group of backers but also faces a substantial number of opponents, including staff at the state's utility regulation commission.

New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders concluded their 2017 statewide listening sessions with agricultural producers in Las Cruces on Nov. 2.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte held listening sessions around the state to hear the concerns of farmers and ranchers.

El Paso Brass Performing Benefit Concert For KRWG

Nov 20, 2017

Enjoy an evening of holiday favorites and seasonal delights at the KRWG benefit concert featuring the El Paso Brass at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street, in Las Cruces. 

“We look forward to this event every holiday season in El Paso Brass,” said Jim Shearer, who plays tuba in the group and is a Regents Professor of music at New Mexico State University. “It’s become the concert that kicks off the entire season for us, and we love it.”

NMSU receives local business support for Aggie Athletics

Nov 20, 2017

During the Aggie Men’s basketball match-up on Friday against the University of New Mexico Lobos, New Mexico State University and Aggie Athletics recognized a recent local business investment in its student-athletes.

Kyocera and Kevin and Becky Horner of PTS Office Systems, Inc. teamed up and contributed $50,000 to the Aggie Athletics Club (AAC), the 6th Man Club and the Football Success Fund. 

Las Cruces SWAT Incident Results In Two Arrests

Nov 20, 2017

  Friday’s hours-long SWAT callout on Texas Avenue resulted in the arrests of two wanted individuals, but one other apparently fled the residence without detection.

Jose “Josh” Herrera, 35, and 24-year-old Brianna Juarez were arrested during the incident. Herrera was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of magistrate court and is also charged with one count of resisting or obstructing an officer. Juarez was wanted on six municipal court warrants and two district court bench warrants – both for violating terms of her probation.

Rising New Mexico Democrat Fighting Harassment Allegations

Nov 20, 2017
Senator Michael Padilla

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A rising star in the Democratic Party who has garnered national attention for tackling poverty in New Mexico is fighting for his political future amid decade-old allegations he sexually harassed women.

Democratic state Sen. Michael Padilla is facing calls to drop his bid for New Mexico lieutenant governor after The Associated Press began asking elected officials about the cases.

Two federal lawsuits say Padilla harassed women while managing an Albuquerque emergency call center in 2006.

NMSU to host community celebration of diversity in computing

Nov 20, 2017

The field of computer science is growing so fast it outpaces all other occupations in the U.S. New Mexico State University is helping to broaden the pipeline through programs that engage diverse students coming from public schools to encourage them to get computer science degrees that enable them to compete for these high paying jobs.

Many of us are expecting packages delivered to our homes this holiday season. What we don’t expect is for those packages to be stolen.

Delivery services such as FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service say the number of packages stolen usually increases this time of year, partly because more packages are being delivered and because the sun sets earlier in the evening.

The Las Cruces Police Departments has these tips to help prevent such thefts:

Gadsden High School Launches Green Team

Nov 20, 2017

Thanks to top-notch educators who are avid recyclers and environmentalists - and students who are excited to participate in sustainability projects - Gadsden High School has launched its own Green Team.

To create a recycling buzz for the students, oversized recycling bins shaped like water bottles were placed in all the hallways at the high school. “We’re bringing these bottle-shaped bins into the schools because they are visually exciting,” explained Irene Holguin, ACO/Codes and Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful coordinator (KDACB).

NMSU career track program nationally recognized by USDA magazine

Nov 20, 2017

As a first-generation college student at New Mexico State University, Alexa Martinez was lost when it came to picking a major. She started off as an engineering major, but later found her way to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. Through the department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Martinez had the opportunity to be in the Southwest Natural Resource Career Track program, where she found her new home. 

“They gave me that extra support and that sense of family. I didn’t feel alone,” Martinez said. 

LAS CRUCES---Based on her professional and academic achievements, Christina Parra, a teacher at Sierra Middle School, has been named a 2018 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico (GAFNM). The annual recognition is given to nine finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

New Mexico State University’s first-ever Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1, 2015, was a huge fundraising success, but that occasion was tinged with sadness for many at the university who had lost their friend, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences graduate Hannah Farbo, just the week before, following a tragic auto accident.

500 Jobs Now Available at Topgolf El Paso

Nov 20, 2017





  El Paso is getting 500 new jobs.  Topgolf released the following information today:

Las Cruces man sentenced to 23 years in prison for fraud

Nov 20, 2017

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Monday announced that Gary D. Sugamosto, 69, of Las Cruces, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to 18 counts of fraud. 

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Nuccio prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

Sugamosto pleaded guilty to 18 counts of fraud in three separate cases stemming from 2015 and 2016. The charges range from Fraud (Over $20,000), a second-degree felony, to Fraud by Worthless Check, a fourth-degree felony.

Monday Business Watch

Nov 20, 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, Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo is run by a Las Cruces teen and is available for parties, tips on creating effective fundraising campaigns during year end giving, and average home sales prices in Las Cruces top 200K for the first time in years.    

Trump Tweets About Death Of Border Patrol Agent

Nov 20, 2017

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says those responsible for the death one U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and the serious injury of another will be brought to justice.

The president made the comment on Twitter Sunday night amid a series of unrelated tweets. He also reiterated his call for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Details about how the agents were injured have not been released.

I-10 Closures This Week

Nov 19, 2017

North Mesa


Monday, Nov. 20, Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 1

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

·     The right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between North Desert Boulevard and Osborne Drive.

Crews will be building new roadways that connect to North Mesa Street (SH 20). [Map 1]


Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 30  

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each following morning

Aggies down Lobos 75-56 in Weir's return to Las Cruces

Nov 18, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton scored 28 points and New Mexico State used a big second half to defeat New Mexico 75-56 on Friday night in the return of former Aggies coach Paul Weir to Las Cruces.

Weir is in his first year as the Lobos coach after leaving New Mexico State after last season for its in-state rival. Weir was an associate head coach for nine seasons at NMSU before leading the Aggies to a 28-6 record, a Western Athletic Conference title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in his lone year as head coach.

New Mexico Sees Over-The-Year Job Growth In Private Sector

Nov 17, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate edged lower in October to 6.1 percent, slightly less than the previous month and nearly a percentage point less than the same period last year.

The state jobless rate is still higher than the national rate, but labor officials say New Mexico over the past year has recorded gains in the private sector that have resulted in 13,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent growth.

Employment in the leisure and hospitality sector was up 4,000 jobs, or 4.2 percent, representing the most substantial numeric gain of all industries.

Lawsuit: Silver City Hired Violent Cop Who Later Killed Ex

Nov 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The town of Silver City and its police department failed to stop a police captain from stalking his ex-girlfriend despite a number of complaints, and his violent behavior eventually led to her death, according to a lawsuit in federal court.

Authorities say Mark Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.

Lujan Grisham Tells Senate Leader To Leave Race

Nov 17, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.

Padilla has long denied the claims from 2007, but Lujan Grisham said Friday that he was wrong and "there is no room for excuses" for the alleged abuse.

Oral Arguments Scheduled In Texas-New Mexico Water Dispute

Nov 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers.

Oral arguments in the Rio Grande case are scheduled Jan. 8.

All sides say the stakes are high given uncertainty about the future sustainability of water supplies throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Farmers, water policy experts, city officials and others have been working behind the scenes to build a framework for a possible settlement.