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  Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is facing a crisis and soon will not be able to sign checks or pay contracts and that employee furloughs are possible.

She outlined the state's dire fiscal situation during a luncheon with business leaders, real estate professionals and others Monday in Albuquerque.

The two-term Republican governor criticized the Democrat-controlled Legislature, saying lawmakers chose to craft a budget that relied on raising taxes and fees to the tune of $350 million. She repeated her promise not to sign any of the tax increase measures.

Judge's Retirement Creates Vacancy For Sixth Judicial District

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are starting the process to replace a judge who is retiring in the judicial district that includes Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties in southwestern New Mexico.

The Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission says the deadline for applications to replace Judge H.R. Quintero is 5 p.m. April 13.

Quintero serves in Silver City. The district also has judges in Deming.

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 Commentary: Las Cruces:  Staff from Sen. Tom Udall’s Las Cruces office will speak to WE’RE IN: Southern New Mexico, the local Indivisible chapter on March 28  at 12:00 noon at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, second floor.  

The WE’RE IN meeting comes on the heels of the republican’s failure to bring their health care bill to a vote March 24.  Meanwhile, Indivisible groups across the nation saw the failed effort as a victory for Obama’s signature health care program, says Tony Martinez, head of the WE’RE IN group.

Monday Business Watch

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  What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Fred Martino and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, internet sales taxes, Coyote  

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Three-Year-Old Las Cruces Boy Dies In Fire

Mar 26, 2017

An early-morning residential structure fire on the city’s East Mesa has claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy.

The young boy’s parents – his 23-year-old father and 21-year-old mother – were able to safely escape the blaze along with their 7-month-old daughter.

Honoring Gas Workers In Las Cruces

Mar 26, 2017

Day in and day out, the 54 employees of the Gas Section of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) make it possible for all of us to have access to natural gas – safely. “Safety is a vital aspect of natural gas distribution; the LCU Gas Section employees endeavor every day to make natural gas as safe as possible,” explains Gas Distribution and Construction Administrator Lucio M. Garcia, P.E.

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening

Mar 26, 2017

Dreaming about planting your veggie garden? Before you start shopping for plants this year be sure to attend the free Lush and Lean Workshop sponsored by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) on Thursday, March 30th. Why not spend a little time learning how to maximize your garden space, keep your water bills low, and choose plants that offer your best chance of success!

Israel Calsoyas, NMSU Ph.D. student, is working on her doctorate in vegetable physiology. She will be leading the workshop and urges attendees to set up their gardens in a way that work better in drought areas.

Making schools safer for LGBTQ youths

Mar 26, 2017
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  The stats are the stuff of parents’ nightmares: suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for youths 12-18 – and New Mexico’s rates are 50 percent higher than national figures.  

Being identified as different from your peers makes that dire situation even riskier. For many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgendered/Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youths, the schoolyard is a daily source of stress. They are much more likely than their peers to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school or to skip classes because they don’t feel safe.

I-10 Closures This Week

Mar 26, 2017

On Sunday, April 2nd, GO 10 will be changing the way you drive on I-10 East. On the morning of April 3rd, I-10 Eastbound drivers will find themselves merging onto I-10’s new CD lanes (collector-distributor lanes) near the Buena Vista area.

KRWG "Listening Party" This Week At NMSU Art Gallery

Mar 26, 2017
Photo by Dianne Frank

Las Cruces, NM-- KRWG and the University Art Gallery (UAG) at New Mexico State University are pleased to offer Borderland audiences a new event facilitating a space for open discussion about race and culture in our current political climate. The new Listening Party and Community Conversation program will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. Audience size is limited; email RSVPs should be sent to Dianne Frank, dlfrank@nmsu.edu.

New Exhibits at the Las Cruces Museums in April

Mar 26, 2017
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Both the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N Main St., and the Las Cruces Museum of Art,  491 N. Main St.,will have new exhibits opening Friday, April 7. Branigan Cultural Center will host Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century and the Museum of Art will host the All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017. A reception will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Ramble from 5 – 7 p.m. at both museums.

The All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017 will last for only one-week, through Saturday, April 15.

Java What? student art exhibition at the NMSU Music Center

Mar 26, 2017

Las Cruces, NM--Java What?, a student art exhibition, will open to the public on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Music Center building at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The visual art show, a competition juried by interim gallery director Michelle Lanteri, features works by eight Department of Art students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels in their academic careers. The art show will be on display from April 4 through April 11, 2017. Members of the Borderland community are invited to both the opening reception and to view the exhibition.

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  The City of Las Cruces is now streaming City Council meetings and work sessions live on Facebook. “Since my arrival, I have made transparency of City administration one of my top priorities. We are constantly striving to make city government accessible to everyone,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “Social media is an excellent resource, and given the number of people who use Facebook, it’s only logical that we utilize that platform.”

 

Senators seek visitor logs from White House, Mar-a-Lago

Mar 26, 2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two U.S. senators are joining several fellow Democrats in calling for the visitor logs at the White House and other properties President Donald Trump frequents be released publicly.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed have introduced the "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act," or Mar-a-Lago Act. It's a not-so-subtle reference to Trump's Florida estate, where he's met with various dignitaries.

New Mexico sees increase in jobless rate, highest in nation

Mar 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate went up in February, ensuring the state would again have the country's highest percentage of unemployed workers.

Statistics released by state and federal officials on Friday show that New Mexico's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, up from 6.7 percent in January.

The national unemployment rate is 4.7 percent.

Only Alaska and Alabama have jobless rates in the six-percent range.

El Paso Brothers Get Life In Prison In Murders Of Three Relatives

Mar 24, 2017

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Two brothers have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2008 killings of three relatives in Mexico.

Samuel and Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola were sentenced Thursday in El Paso, Texas. Samuel Velasco Gurrola was convicted in October of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire. Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola pleaded guilty to racketeering violations and three counts of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.

Judge: Man Charged In Las Cruces Murder Cannot Be Held Without Bond

Mar 24, 2017

LAS CRUCES – Attorneys for the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office appeared before District Judge Douglas R. Driggers Friday to request no bond in the murder case against Taylor James Enriquez.

Enriquez, 19, was indicted March 9 by a Las Cruces grand jury on charges of first degree murder, false imprisonment and aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm.

Suspect Charged in Rick’s Performance Center Burglary In Las Cruces

Mar 24, 2017

The man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing an automotive parts store on Feb. 13 has been charged with the crime.

Justin Mitchell Elder, 35, of the 3000 block of Camino Real, is charged with three fourth-degree felony counts including non-residential burglary, tampering with evidence and larceny.

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Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) made the following statements after Trumpcare failed to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pearce Disappointed In Failure To Replace Affordable Care Act

Mar 24, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Speaker of the House pulled the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“I am disappointed that we were unable to get to an agreement this week on a plan that would bring affordability and accessibility back to health care marketplaces in the state of New Mexico and around the nation. The failing Obamacare system has reduced choices and increased prices in the state of New Mexico.

In part two of KRWG’s In Focus interview with Roman Jimenez, Chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party, Mr. Jimenez shares his thoughts on immigration enforcement, The North American Free Trade Agreement, and shares his perspective on why Republicans lost control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in the 2016 election.

Relief Mixed With Concern In New Mexico As GOP Health Bill Is Pulled

Mar 24, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican plans to overhaul former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act were derailed indefinitely Friday, but not before state insurance regulators warned of a "major potential impact" for New Mexico if some of the GOP bill's provisions are kept alive.

Today, City Manager Stuart C. Ed announced he has filled two department head positions. Jennifer Vega-Brown will be the new City Attorney, and Philip San Filippo will serve as director of the City’s newly-created Economic Development department.

“The City of Las Cruces is indeed fortunate to have this caliber of talent successfully recruited and retained. Both individuals have strong ties to our community and will be able to affect immediate, positive impacts,” said Ed.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the couple suspected of stealing the purse from the shopping cart of an 80-year-old woman.

Las Cruces Police learned that an 80-year-old woman was shopping at the Walmart store, at 571 Walton Blvd., when she had her purse stolen from a shopping cart. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

Gov. Martinez To Consider Bill To Combine Local Elections

Mar 24, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez's signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a new judge to the Third Judicial District Court.

Martinez announced on Thursday she had appointed Conrad Perea to the court's third division.

Perea will fill a vacancy created when Judge Darren M. Kugler resigned.

Martinez says Perea has over 35 years of legal and law enforcement expierence. He is a former officer with the Las Cruces Police Department and has graduated from the FBI's national academy and the Border Patrol academy.

Silver City Blues Festival Announces 2017 Performers

Mar 24, 2017

The 22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival will take place May 26-28, 2017, Memorial Day weekend, in Silver City, NM. This year’s festival continues to be free for all to enjoy, thanks to presenting sponsor, Lawley Toyota. It is also supported by many local businesses and individual blues lovers.

The festival kicks-off on Friday, May 26, at 6:30 pm with Beale Street’s best, the Ghost Town Blues Band featuring a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.

Film Office Announces "Longmire" Season 6 to film in New Mexico

Mar 24, 2017

  Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television series "Longmire" produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix, will begin principal photography at the end of March thru mid-June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos, Glorieta and other locations in northern New Mexico.   "Season 6 of such an acclaimed TV show demonstrates the incredible vitality of the New Mexico television scene," said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

Managing Over 200,000 Tons Of Las Cruces-Area Waste

Mar 24, 2017

Call it trash or call it garbage… but every year approximately 200,000 tons of solid waste from the city of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County is landfilled at Corralitos Regional Landfill. Most of it comes through the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Transfer Station Station at 2865 W. Amador Ave. and is then trucked to the Landfill.

High school seniors who have made a commitment to attend a college and play on an athletic team sign letters of intent.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences leadership says, “Why not have a similar commitment ceremony for their future students?”

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