La Llorona Festival a Prelude to Dia de Los Muertos

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  October 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Host-Emily Guerra meets with The Borderland Fridas Co-Founder Pamela Enriquez-Courts. Rather than having another “Day of the Dead” event this year, a small group of artists from Las Cruces, Anthony and El Paso, known as The Borderland Fridas, decided to create a new event and tradition with “La Llorona Festival.”

Patrick Wants Texas Lawmakers To Focus On School Vouchers

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants the Legislature to study implementing school voucher programs that have so far stalled in Texas, despite support from top conservatives.

Patrick oversees the Texas Senate and promotes "school choice." On Monday, he unveiled a third set of issues he'd like emphasized before lawmakers reconvene in January 2017.

Patrick backs giving parents state funding to remove their kids from struggling public schools and send them to private and religious alternatives.

  New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences took sixth place in a recent ranking by College Values Online as one of the nation’s best values among agriculture colleges.

UTEP Receives $1.4 Million to Increase Focus on Nuclear Engineering

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  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) a $1.4 million grant to establish new courses in nuclear engineering and to conduct research on next-generation materials for nuclear reactors.

Police: Man Accused Of Threatening Guest At Las Cruces Hotel

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An Albuquerque man is in custody for allegedly pulling a knife on a guest at a Las Cruces hotel.

Las Cruces police say 35-year-old Ahmaud Leyba is being held on suspicion of one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers were dispatched to the Days Inn Hotel about 11 a.m. Sunday.

Detectives learned that a hotel guest saw Leyba walking down a stairwell and decided to allow him to pass before proceeding up the stairs.

As Leyba approached the guest, Leyba is accused of pulling out a knife and threatening the man.

Indigenous Day Proclamation Leads To City Council Infighting

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An Albuquerque councilman says he wants the City Council president censured over how a proclamation recognizing indigenous people on Columbus Day was handled.

The City Council issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day. Six councilors signed the proclamation and three did not.

Councilor Dan Lewis filed the censure motion Friday criticizing Rey Garduno for putting through a proclamation that said Albuquerque occupied Native people's land, which Lewis suggested denigrated the founding fathers and the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas.

New Mexico County Will Appeal Ruling On Forest Jurisdiction

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New Mexico county will appeal a court ruling that requires local officials to have federal permission before removing trees in national forests.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Otero County commissioners decided Thursday to appeal the U.S. District Court decision.

Judge Christina Armijo struck down a state law that gave New Mexico counties the authority to remove trees and clear overgrown areas on national forest land without having to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service. She said it violated the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

NMSU-Based Food Safety Blog Becoming Popular Resource

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  Three years after its launch, the New Mexico State University Food Safety and Protection blog site at is averaging more than 1,000 hits a month. The blog features the latest notifications from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that pertain to New Mexico, Texas and the Four Corners region.

Las Cruces Recognized as a National Leader in Sustainability

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   The City of Las Cruces announced today it will receive national recognition for its efforts to build a more sustainable and resilient community. STAR Communities, a nonprofit organization that certified sustainable communities, reported that Las Cruces is on track to receive the 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainability leadership. The City will be the first municipality in New Mexico and the 40th community nationwide to receive this recognition from STAR Communities.

  The strange and eerie awaits you at the 5th Annual Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Creative Media Technology (CMT) Haunted House. 

Imaginative "ZooZoo" by Imago Theatre Coming To Las Cruces

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  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly kicks off its 2015/2016 Variety Performance Series with the internationally acclaimed show the New York Times declared “a supremely theatrical spectacle,” Imago Theatre’s latest family hit, ZooZoo. Best described as Cirque Du Solei-evoking acrobatics mixed with mime, set in a unique, yet accessible avant-garde playground, ZooZoo will amaze and enchant at the Rio Grande Theatre, Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Many Events Coming To Downtown Las Cruces

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  •   Main St:

o   Vintage Hollywood Night - Friday, Oct. 16, 5 – 10 p.m.

o   SWEC Annual Gala – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 - 10 p.m.

o   Music on Main St – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6:30 – 11 p.m.

o   Food Day -  Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   British Car Show – City Hall Parking Lot, Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 am to 1 p.m.        

  • Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   Oct. 14 and Oct. 17, 8:30 to 1 p.m.


   Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez, has been elected by his colleagues to be the next Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC). Sen. Rodríguez made the following statement:

I appreciate and thank the outgoing Chair, Senator Kirk Watson of Austin, for his leadership and efforts over the past two legislative sessions. I am honored to lead the SDC as we approach the 2016 election and the 2017 legislative session.

Tourism In Farmington On The Rise

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A new report has found that San Juan County received a bump in tourism spending last year.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported Sunday that an analysis from by Tourism Economics indicates visitor spending rose by 4.8 percent in 2014 for the county.

The report from the Pennsylvania-based group also shows that 11 percent of all new jobs in the state between 2011 and 2014 were spawned by tourism.

In San Juan County, more than 2,800 direct tourism jobs were created.

New Mexico Ranch Open To Hosting More Movie Productions

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The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site despite a recent flap over American Indian artifacts.

Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he's happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found that the cast from "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" didn't take any ancient items from the ranch.

The film's star, Dylan O'Brien, had suggested during an interview that artifacts were taken.

Hart says actors did not leave designated areas and the ranch isn't missing any artifacts.

Albuquerque Officials Look To Boost Low Voter Turnout

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

A recent Albuquerque election saw the lowest voter turnout for a city election since 1974.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that only 8.2 percent of registered voters participated in last week's election. City records say that's the lowest percentage since the city's modern form of government started.

Officials say they are now looking for a way to boost participation in New Mexico's local elections.

Monday Business Watch

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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.  This week, Jason discusses how Halloween spending in 2015 will top $6.9 billion. 

Leora Zeitlin

They may not have the fabled 76 trombones in their brass section, but the Mesilla Valley Concert Band does have nine, and they will all be featured in the opening concert of the season this weekend. Trombonist and arranger Tom Wildman, who has played with the MVCB for some 25 years, has arranged a version of Meredith Willson’s “76 Trombones” for the entire ensemble. He and conductor Dr.

UNM To Cut Up To 100 Positions Through Attrition

Oct 11, 2015

University of New Mexico officials are planning to eliminate up to 100 jobs in response to a decline in enrollment and revenue.

The Albuquerque Journal reports () that the university informed regents of the decision Friday to cut down the campus workforce.

UNM President Bob Frank says positions will be dropped as they become vacant.

According to Frank, no layoffs or reductions in staffing for the UNM Health Sciences Center or branch campuses will be necessary.

Roughly 27,300 students are enrolled at UNM this semester.

Flight Delays For Southwest

Oct 11, 2015

Southwest Airlines says technology issues have delayed some flights as airline employees have to process travelers manually as they arrive at airports.

At Los Angeles International Airport, several dozen people crowded the Southwest terminal, waiting to be issued hand-written tickets. The company said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, fewer than 100 of the 3,600 flights set to operate on Sunday had been affected by short delays.

NMSU Receives PACE Silver Certification

Oct 11, 2015

  New Mexico State University has recently been certified as a Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Silver Certified Program, which asserts that NMSU has met specific criteria for academic programs that align with automotive industry needs.

‘Global Connections’ Takes NMSU Community to Singapore Wednesday

Oct 11, 2015

  A taste of durian mooncakes and cultural insights will highlight the evening when a New Mexico State University computer science professor shares his experiences in Singapore during the next installment of the College of Arts and Sciences “Global Connections” series.

William Yeoh will present “Singapore: Perspectives on this Little Red Dot,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, October 14 at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium. 

New Covered Arena Benefits Therapeutic Riding Program At NMSU

Oct 11, 2015

  In an emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers helped the university’s therapeutic riding program celebrate its new covered arena at 750 Stewart St. on the Las Cruces campus. 

The open-sided roof structure may have been simple metal and concrete, but it meant much more to the volunteers who provide equine therapy activities there and the clients who benefit from the program.

  In November's municipal election, voters will choose between two views of Las Cruces: a place we invest in, to improve quality-of-life for all, and the “shrink government, cut taxes to an absolute minimum” litany of the Tea Party and the local Chamber of Commerce.

At the recent Domenici Conference, named for our long-time Republican U.S. Senator, the experts were unanimous: you want to grow your economy? You gotta invest, particularly in infrastructure and education. 

An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Defense attorneys say Lt. Col. Mark Visger has decided Bergdahl's case should go to a military system similar to civilian courts that handle misdemeanor charges. It limits punishment to reduction of rank, a bad conduct discharge and a short jail term, though that isn't being sought.

Two Albuquerque Public Schools staff members are on leave following accusations they tied a kindergartener up with rope to get him to sit down.

A special education teacher and an educational assistant who work at Navajo Elementary School are on paid administrative leave while APS investigates the alleged incident.

Nicole Johnson says the education assistant used a rope Monday when her son, Terrance, would not sit for a timeout.

Terrance is a special needs student.

Johnson says another education assistant took a picture of the incident and reported it.

Texas Football Player In Coma After Head Injuries

Oct 10, 2015

A Texas high school football player is in a medically induced coma after he suffered a blow to the head during a game in the Panhandle.

Perryton High School junior Chris Leanos was being treated Saturday at an Amarillo hospital after collapsing on the field Thursday night at Bushland High, west of Amarillo.

Leanos walked off the field on his own power but collapsed again on the sideline.

He underwent surgery Friday for a head injury.

Both schools are working to collect donations for the Leanos family to offset medical expenses.


  The Branigan Cultural Center is hosting the La Llorona Festival, a celebration of borderland folklore,Saturday October 17 from 10am to 2pm.

Pearce Applauds Temporary Halt Of EPA Water Protection Effort

Oct 10, 2015

  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement following a federal appellate court order in Ohio to grant a preliminary injunction that will temporarily block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS):