Feds move to replace US border barriers in New Mexico

6 hours ago
Santa Teresa Port of Entry / CBP

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry."

The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, House Democrats called on Governor Martinez to add House Bill 138 to the legislative session, barring the Trump Administration from building a border wall along state-owned lands. Construction of a border wall could not only hurt southern New Mexico families; it could also be detrimental to the trade relationship New Mexico has with Mexico.


Las Cruces Man Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Neighbor

9 hours ago

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a neighbor Saturday evening.

Daniel Romanczuk, 27, of the 2300 block of Espanola Street, is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration. The charge is a third-degree felony.

Las Cruces police investigators learned that a woman was inside her apartment when she heard a knock on her door on Saturday evening. She opened the door and Romanczuk, a neighbor and acquaintance of the woman, entered.

New Mexico Weighs Whether To Save Or Spend Now On Education

11 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase funding for early childhood education in New Mexico by distributing more money from a multibillion dollar state sovereign wealth fund has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

A panel of House lawmakers on Monday recommended approval of the constitutional amendment by a 7-6 vote with only Democrats in support.

The initiative would increase annual distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to roughly 6 percent of assets, from the current 5 percent rate.

New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Spurs Numerous Protests

11 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites they consider culturally significant.

The upcoming lease sale marks the latest flare-up in a long-running dispute over management of vast expanses of land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Top New Mexico Prosecutor Sees Loophole In Child Abuse Law

11 hours ago
Hector Balderas

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling for new legislation that expands the duty to report child abuse or negligence.

Balderas on Monday endorsed a bill that aims to close a loophole in the New Mexico Abuse and Neglect Act. He says current law makes it a duty to report abuse by parents, guardians and custodians of children but leaves out abuse by other people such as school personnel.

Udall Statement On Bipartisan Agreement To Re-open the Government

12 hours ago
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted with a majority of senators to move forward on a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through Feb. 8, effectively ending the government shutdown. He issued the following statement:

Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque)

  Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education. Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.

Heinrich Statement On Senate Vote And Path Forward

14 hours ago
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 22, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today:

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University, a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is pleased to announce that, in honor of January being named “Children Impacted by a Parent’s Cancer Month” - which Kesem is the sponsor of - it is now accepting online applications for its free summer camp session[s].

Museum Rocks Gem & Mineral Show returns to Las Cruces

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LAS CRUCES, NM – Returning to the Farm & Ranch Heritage museum in Las Cruces for the sixth year, the annual Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show brings a wide array of fossils, minerals, meteorites, gems, jewelry, and more to the area. The Museum Rocks! will take place on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.

Common Cause New Mexico Legislative Priorities

14 hours ago

Commentary:  Common Cause New Mexico today announced its priorities for the short 2018 legislative session. “We’re focusing on both state and federal constitutional amendments to make voter choices more meaningful through redistricting reform and to address the increasingly heavy influence of political spending,” Heather Ferguson, Common Cause New Mexico Legislative Director said. Among the measures supported by the good-government group: 


Silver City, NM – The Albuquerque-based QTango ensemble will be featured in a concert on the Western New Mexico University campus (1000 W. College Ave.) on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Beginning at 7 p.m., the audience in Light Hall Theater will explore the history of tango from French composer Bizet to Argentine composer Piazzolla.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

Las Cruces Mother Now Charged with Injuring 7-week-old Daughter

14 hours ago

Police have now arrested the mother of the infant daughter who was severely injured last week and remains in critical condition at an El Paso hospital.

Caricia Lorena Ceballos, 19, of the 1900 block of Calle de Suenos, is charged with a first-degree felony count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. Marcus Alton Minnick, also 19 and the infant’s father, was charged with the same offense Jan. 17. Ceballos was arrested Saturday.

Get ready for an immersive experience at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery this month. The gallery’s major exhibit for spring begins Thursday, Jan. 25 with a question and answer session with the artist Wendy Red Star as a preview before the opening reception Friday, Jan. 26 p.m. for “Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than the Rest).” 

Waiting To Buy A Home Could Be Costly

17 hours ago
Gary Sandler
Courtesy Photo

Which is the better choice: Purchasing an entry-level home now utilizing your current income, or waiting to purchase your dream home when your income is noticeably higher two-years from now? That’s the dilemma a Las Cruces elementary school teacher is facing at this very moment.

Monday Business Watch

20 hours ago

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, Beck’s Coffee House is turning four and are launching new services, the Green Chamber are taking nominations for sustainable business recognition, and a column about how non-profits need to get organized. 

Fort Bliss Same-Sex Active-Duty Couple Marries At West Point

Jan 21, 2018

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Two Army captains who met at West Point returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage of active-duty personnel at the storied New York military academy.

White Sands Missile Range

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - Due to the government
shutdown, WSMR issued the following statement:

All WSMR employees will report for work on Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 a.m. to receive furlough notification letters and conduct an orderly shutdown.

     Employees will maintain contact with their supervisors for instructions on the operation of their offices during the shutdown period.

New Mexico State wins 86-59, now alone atop WAC

Jan 21, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points and New Mexico State defeated Utah Valley 86-59 on Saturday to win its fifth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Lofton, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern and former Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year, was 7 of 13 on 3-pointers with the team 15 of 28. Sidy N'Dir added 17 points.

  District Three City Councilor Gabe Vasquez is conducting his first resident meeting in January which will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and hosted in partnership with Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut St.


The meeting will focus on community policing and neighborhood safety, in addition to the partnership with Lynn Middle School as a community school.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jan 21, 2018

Paisano (US 85) @ Sunland

Ongoing – 24/7

Jan. 15 through Feb. 11

Paisano Drive (US 85) will remain closed at Sunland Park Drive.

Sunland Park Drive will be kept to two lanes starting at Constitution Drive all the way up to the Paisano Drive (US 85) intersection.

Motorists on Sunland Park Drive (coming from Doniphan Drive) will have access to a dedicated right‐turn lane onto the Paisano Drive (US 85) and entrance ramp to I‐10 Eastbound.

Las Cruces DREAM Team Rallies For DACA Deal Now

Jan 21, 2018
Xchelzin Peña-New Mexico In Depth

  A group of individuals in neon orange t-shirts stood in the Las Cruces downtown plaza Friday afternoon singing “Olé Olé Olé Olé,” a Mexican chant usually heard at soccer games. This time, however, the singers changed the lyrics. “Olé Olé Olé Olé… Dream Act! Dream Act!”

Organized by the New Mexico Dream Team, the individuals came together at the plaza Friday to rally and to give their thanks to U.S. senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall for opposing a government spending bill that didn’t include a deal on the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Government Shutdown Closes Carlsbad Caverns

Jan 20, 2018

  You can still visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico during the federal government's partial shutdown but don't expect to go underground to see the namesake cavern itself.

Park officials say all park roads and trails remain open but that the cavern and the park's visitor center are closed to visitors.

Carlsbad Cavern has a huge underground chamber called the Big Room with ceiling formations called stalactites.

The entire park has more than 100 caves formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone.

One of the residential services provided every month to customers of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is the curbside pick up of large items bound for the Corralitos Regional Landfill – and the separate curbside pick up of green waste headed for recycling into composted mulch at the Old Foothills Landfill. There is no additional charge for this service.

Your newly designed bilingual Grappler/Green Grappler schedules began being delivered in December and all schedules will be delivered before the end of January. LCU hopes you will review the schedule and keep it as a reference so you will know when the Grapplers service your neighborhood and how the services work.

Vasquez Takes Helm As Deputy County Clerk On Monday

Jan 20, 2018
Rose Ann Vasquez

Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling has appointed Rose Ann Vasquez to replace Lynn Ellins as Chief Deputy County Clerk.

The announcement comes as Ellins, a former two term County Clerk and Bureau of Elections Supervisor, retires. The change takes effect Monday, Jan. 22.

“I am grateful for Lynn’s mentorship and excited for the future with Rose Ann’s partnership,” Krahling said.

This week, two candidates withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and another announced her bid for the seat.  David Baake and Ronald Fitzherbert, both of Las Cruces, withdrew.  Xochitl Torres Small of Las Cruces joins Mad Hildebrandt and Angel Pena in the race, which concludes with a June 5 primary. 

Here is the announcement from the Torres Small campaign:

FARMINGTON – Herd health is vital for a cattle producer to build and maintain a successful business. 

Cattlemen in the Four Corners region will have an opportunity to learn the latest on the economics of herd health at the 35th annual San Juan Basin Beef Cattle Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 7, at McGee Park Fairgrounds in Farmington.

Silver City, NM – About 400 middle school and high school students from 20 schools in southwest New Mexico will compete during the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

The Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition opens with a ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 8:30. The competitive action runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 4 p.m.