Student Rocket Launch At Spaceport America

11 hours ago

A 53-foot-tall high-power sport rocket carried payloads thousands of feet above the New Mexico desert today at Spaceport America. United Launch Alliance (ULA) summer interns designed, built and launched the Future Heavy rocket, which carried 16 payloads (experiments and instruments) built by K-12 students, Ball Aerospace mentors and a combined ULA/Roush Industries team. The rocket launched at the Spaceport America Cup International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in association with the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA).

New Mexico man slammed by jail officer settles for $500,000

16 hours ago
Doña Ana County Detention Center

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Doña Ana County has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was body-slammed by a jail officer in 2015 while being booked into the detention center.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( ) Timothy Black agreed to settle his lawsuit against the county.

University professor, 2 students overcome by heat near Hatch

19 hours ago

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — Border Patrol agents say they had to rescue a university professor and two of her students who were overcome by heat near Hatch, New Mexico.

Agents from the Las Cruces station responded to a call from the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office requesting assistance in locating three people who were in distress Wednesday afternoon.

The three people were located about seven miles south of Hatch.

Agents say one student was severely dehydrated while the professor and the other student showed signs of heat exhaustion.

Albuquerque TV truck stolen while crew worked on crime story

19 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While a television news crew was gathering footage for a story about crime in the Albuquerque downtown area, a thief drove off in the station's SUV.

The Albuquerque Journal ( ) reported the story Friday about the KOB-TV truck.

KOB News Director Michelle Donaldson says the vehicle was recovered within a half hour without police assistance by following the GPS tracking device that was on board.

She says the thief had fled the scene and the SUV was locked with the keys missing.

New Mexico group unveils estimated $20M homelessness project

19 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A local architect and a pair of organizations that serve Santa Fe's homeless population have been working for nearly two years to develop a long-term solution to homelessness that extends far beyond a bed and a meal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported ( ) earlier this week that the group's estimated $20-million proposal just lacks two primary ingredients: funding and a site.

The proposed 400-bed facility is modeled after a 1,500-bed facility in San Antonio, Texas, called Haven for Hope.

Spaceport Given Permission To Use Local Tax Money For Operations

Jun 23, 2017
Spaceport America

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority is letting the state's spaceport use more tax money collected in Dona Ana and Sierra counties to increase its operating budget.

The authority agreed Thursday to let Spaceport America for one year use extra money from the taxes.

But the spaceport wanted the excess tax money in perpetuity, a proposal that the authority rejected.

Some politicians have argued the tax money was only intended to help build the facility, not cover its daily expenses.

New Mexico settles $2.8M Medicaid overpayment claim with Las Cruces firm for $485

Jun 23, 2017

    As Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella might have said, “Nevermind!”

More than four years after accusing Southwest Counseling Center of overbilling the state by $2.8 million in Medicaid reimbursements, the Human Services Department has settled with the former Las Cruces behavioral health provider for $484.87.

Attendance At International Balloon Museum Tops One Million

Jun 23, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Visits made to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum since it first opened in 2005 now total more than 1 million.

Officials say the attendance milestone was surpassed during an annual folk festival that was held at the museum in early June.

The adjacent balloon park also is home to an annual international balloon fiesta that draws hundreds of pilots and tens of thousands of spectators to Albuquerque each October for the lifting off of hot air and gas balloons.

Under Scrutiny, New Mexico Opioid Prescriptions Taper Off

Jun 23, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people receiving opioid pain medication prescriptions or risky duplicate prescriptions is showing a precipitous decline in New Mexico since the state ordered doctors to check a database that flags patients who get narcotics from multiple sources.

New Mexico State Epidemiologist Michael Landen tracks opioid prescription patterns in the state with the highest drug overdose death rate west of the Mississippi River.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeing higher graduation rates and more students are reading at grade level thanks to reforms made over the past several years, but a top state education official says the demands of public education are evolving and schools need to be prepared.

Christopher Ruszkowski took over as acting secretary of the Public Education Department this week. He replaces Hanna Skandera, who announced her resignation earlier this month.

Las Cruces Police arrested two men believed to be involved in two separate armed incidents – an armed robbery and an aggravated burglary – that were committed this past weekend.

Logan Jarrette, 26, of Albuquerque, and William Worley, 33, of the 2700 block of east Idaho Avenue in Las Cruces, have been arrested and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Jarrette was arrested June 20 and is charged with one count of armed robbery, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of conspiracy.

Your Weekend Pulse

Jun 23, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, cool off with cold summer treats, the Tortugas San Juan Turtle Fest, and a sneak peek at UFO Fest. 

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NM Pharmacists Allowed to Prescribe Contraceptives

Jun 22, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with local volunteer leaders for “Young Women United,” Monica Girón and Charlene Bencomo to tell us about new medical regulations that recently went into effect in New Mexico.

Udall Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

Jun 22, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall’s landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety program:

Pearce, O'Rourke Reintroduce Border Accountability Act

Jun 22, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) along with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) reintroduced the Border Enforcement Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act.

Las Cruces To El Paso Rail Service? Report To Be Released Next Week

Jun 22, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A study on proposed commuter rail service between Las Cruces and El Paso will be unveiled Tuesday night at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri Ave.

The $50,000 study was commissioned by the South Central Regional Transit District and paid for with state funding from Rep. Jeff Steinborn and other state legislators.

Regulators Say 3 Pueblos Owe State Money Over Casino Revenue

Jun 22, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three pueblos owe New Mexico a combined $40 million under a long-disputed interpretation of an old agreement for sharing revenue from tribal casinos, state regulators said.

The Tesuque, Sandia and Isleta pueblos have asked a judge to block the state from collecting what they argue would amount to an illegal tax, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The disagreement is centered on free play credits that are given to gamblers to push them toward playing slots.

New Mexico Water Official Moves To Clarify Ranchers' Rights

Jun 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on the Lincoln National Forest.

State Engineer Tom Blaine is issuing licenses to ranchers that clarify their water rights and allow them to use all sources of surface water on their grazing allotments.

Remains ID'd Of US Airman Who Vanished In Montana In 1974

Jun 22, 2017

  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators have identified the remains of a New Mexico-based airman who vanished in the mountains of Montana 43 years ago.

Relatives of Rudy Redd Victor in Littleton, Colorado, recently received notification from the Air Force that investigators believed Victor died in June 1974, not long after leaping from a car between Helena and Great Falls during a fight with his girlfriend, the Independent Record ( reported Thursday.

Heinrich Rejects Republican Health Care Bill, Says It’s Everything We Feared It Would Be

Jun 22, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is rejecting the health care proposal released today by Senate Republicans. For weeks, a small group of Senate Republicans worked behind closed doors without bipartisan input to draft the bill based on the health care bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Udall Statement On Senate TrumpCare Bill

Jun 22, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their TrumpCare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans crafted the bill entirely behind closed doors, and do not plan to hold public hearings on the legislation before voting on it, despite the enormous ramifications for the economy and the millions of Americans who stand to lose access to health care services under the Republican bill.

U.S. Forest Service

Albuquerque and Los Alamos area residents and visitors who are curious about cave exploration can get a fun, free, hands-on experience Saturday, June 24, at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Sunday, June 25, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

  Commentary: On Friday, Fr. Rafael García, S.J., of Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church will lead a procession honoring the Feast of the Sacred of Jesus in solidarity with the vulnerable people of barrio Duranguito. The participants will walk, reflect on Scripture and pray the rosary for the safety and well-being of the impacted residents of the neighborhood who have been struggling to maintain their community in the face of evictions and the imminent threat of demolition. For over a century, Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church has served the people of South El Paso, including Duranguito.

Doña Ana County Opens Cooling Stations

Jun 22, 2017

 Several Doña Ana County Community Resource Centers will double as cooling stations this week, relieving residents of triple-digit temperatures as the forecast for Thursday and Friday are expected to reach 109 and 108 degrees, respectively.

The temporary centers are designated for the elderly, travelers passing through Doña Ana County, or anyone seeking cool shelter and rehydration from the sun and extreme temperatures.

   The designated cooling centers include:

Delores Wright CRC

400 E. Lisa Dr., Chaparral

UTEP Scientists Awarded Patent for Chagas Disease Vaccine

Jun 22, 2017

A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine.

Researchers Rosa Maldonado, Ph.D., and Igor Almeida, Ph.D., both faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently were granted a patent for “Mucin-Associated Surface Protein As Vaccine Against Chagas Disease.”

Las Cruces Municipal Court Cuts Hours Due To Heat

Jun 22, 2017

  Municipal Court in Las Cruces, 135 E. Griggs Ave., is on an abbreviated schedule until further notice due to loss of air conditioning in the building. Early morning temperatures are between 85 and 90 degrees with temperatures expected to rise as the days progress.


The court schedule for the next few days will be:


NMSU’s Fulton Center 3rd Floor Bistro will adjust hours in July

Jun 22, 2017

New Mexico State University’s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center will adjust their hours of operation starting in July.

The Bistro will now be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only and will feature their signature buffets on each of those days. The regular menu options will no longer be available. The buffet events will start Thursday, July 6, as the Bistro will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for the holiday. 

Regulators Say Three Pueblos Owe State Money Over Casino Revenue

Jun 22, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators say three pueblos owe New Mexico a combined $40 million under a long-disputed interpretation of an old agreement for sharing revenue from tribal casinos.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Tesuque, Sandia and Isleta pueblos have asked a judge to block the state from collecting what they argue would amount to an illegal tax.

The disagreement centers over free play credits that are given to entice gamblers to play slots.

Feds: $2.7 Million In Grants Available For New Mexico Businesses

Jun 22, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Small businesses in New Mexico working on new innovations that could help the U.S. Energy Department will be getting a boost thanks to $2.7 million in federal grant funding.

The agency announced the grants this week. In all, officials say $116 million in grants will be awarded nationwide for research and development through a technology transfer program aimed at helping small businesses.

Cibola National Forest Imposes Stringent Fire Restrictions

Jun 22, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Persistent hot, dry conditions have prompted forest officials in central New Mexico to impose more stringent fire restrictions.

The Cibola National Forest says the restrictions apply to the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts. The Mt. Taylor district in western New Mexico will enter stage-two restrictions later this week, which prohibit campfires and wood, coal and charcoal stoves.

The district that covers the Datil, San Mateo and Magdalena mountains entered stage-one restrictions Wednesday.