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 Edmundo Resendez and, Algernon D’Ammassa, business reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Red Tent Mid Wives is featured and three films have come to southern New Mexico in the last month.    

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KRWG Benefit Concert With The Hard Road Trio

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It’s an annual tradition for KRWG – the Hard Road Trio concert. This year, the concert has moved to the Center for the Arts on the NMSU campus on Saturday, July 21st.  Edmundo Resendez spoke with Steve Smith and Ann Luna about what makes this concert so special.

The Hard Road Trio performs this Saturday at the Center for the Arts on the NMSU campus, it’s a benefit for KRWG. Tickets are $15 in advance, and on sale at KRWG DOT ORG.

More University of New Mexico startups staying in state

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eleven startups launched this past fiscal year to market University of New Mexico technologies, university officials said. But this time, they all plan to stay in New Mexico.

It's the first time since the STC began publishing annual statistics on its program achievements for each fiscal year that not a single startup chose to relocate to other markets, said Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO of the Science and Technology Corp., the university's tech-transfer office.

UNM Hospital (UNMH) and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) have received a total of 20 patients from a tragic bus crash on Interstate 25 early this morning. Injuries range from broken bones and lacerations to head and internal injuries.

Twelve patients have been transported to UNMH. Three of those patients are in critical condition. Eight patients have been transported to SRMC. Of those, six have been treated and released.

Trooper shot, suspect killed in interstate traffic stop

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a New Mexico State Police trooper has been wounded and a suspect fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop.

Deputy Chief Robert Eshom said at a news briefing that the wounded officer was involved in a traffic stop at about 2 a.m. Sunday along Interstate 25. Eshom says a passenger in the vehicle shot at the officer, who returned fire. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital in stable condition, treated and released.

New Mexico passenger bus crash kills 3, injures 24 others

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  BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a New Mexico highway early Sunday killed three people and injured 24 others, some critically, authorities said.

One of the people killed was in a car that struck a pickup truck from behind around 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25 just north of Bernalillo, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Albuquerque, Sandoval County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Keith Elder said.

Las Cruces Warning: Don't Flush Medications Into Our Wastewater System

Jul 15, 2018

If you store medications in your bathroom cabinet, the urge to empty old, expired prescriptions into the toilet is almost overwhelming. It’s easy to think: “let’s dump the rest and flush it away.” But, flushing medications is not the solution; they don’t just “go away”.

Judge criticizes plan to reunify families split at border

Jul 14, 2018

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge says he is having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders to reunify families separated at the border.

The Justice Department on Friday filed a plan to reunify more than 2,500 children age 5 and older by a court-imposed deadline of July 26 using "truncated" procedures to verify parentage and perform background checks.

The procedures exclude DNA testing and other steps the administration took to reunify children under 5.

Border measures part of Trump's bigger immigration crackdown

Jul 14, 2018

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it only tells a small part of the story surrounding the Trump administration's immigration policy.

In reality, the government is working to harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so. The administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely, expand detention space and tighten asylum rules and apply more scrutiny to green card applications.

Trump's remarks about changing European culture draw ire

Jul 14, 2018

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white majority uncomfortable.

Historians and advocates immediately denounced Trump's comments, saying such talk would encourage white nationalists.

Las Cruces GO Bond Election Community Meetings Planned

Jul 13, 2018

Mayor Ken Miyaghishima will host a series of community meetings on the City’s upcoming $35.6 million General Obligation (GO) Bond mail-ballot election to fund life enhancing improvements to the community. Those improvements include new sports fields and courts, a new animal shelter and fire station 3, and walking, biking, jogging and recreational trails. “This is a very important stage in our development as a community,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “We have no GO bond debt and the last GO Bond initiative to pass was in 1968.

Each June, the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University hosts two sessions of the NM PREP Academy to expose students from across the state to real-world applications of science, engineering, technology and math. Designed for middle and high school students, NM PREP brings students to campus to learn first-hand how to improve their problem-solving skills, polish their communication skills and work in teams to accomplish a given task.

RUIDOSO – The premier national event in beef cattle reproduction management is coming to New Mexico.

The Applied Reproduction Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium will be Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29-30, at the Ruidoso Convention Center.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host the event in collaboration with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Beef Council and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

“We recommend the three-year rate increase phased-in option of the water rate adjustment,” said Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Board Chair, William M. Little, following a 6-1 vote of the Board of Commissioners for the City of Las Cruces Utilities (Board), at the Thursday, July 12th Board Meeting. The LCU Board recommendation now goes to City Council for its approval or rejection and remand back to the LCU Board.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of stealing a vehicle in May from the parking lot of the Mesilla Valley Mall.

Investigators learned that on Tuesday, May 15, a white 2015 Kia Optima LX was stolen from the parking lot near the J.C. Penney store at the Mesilla Valley Mall. Las Cruces police investigators believe the vehicle was stolen at about 4 p.m. that day. It has yet to be located.

The white 2015 Kia Optima has New Mexico license plate 194RNX.

  Today, Stampede Meat of Illinois announced it will expand to Sunland Park creating up to 1,295 new food processing and manufacturing jobs over the next five years. Here is a statement from the office of the New Mexico Governor:

The New Mexico Economic Development Department will invest up to $3 million in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds in the expansion. The City of Sunland Park will act as the fiscal agent for the award. LEDA is New Mexico's closing fund, a tool that recruits new businesses to the state while helping those that are already here grow and thrive. Governor Martinez fought to grow the closing fund to $56 million, up from nearly zeroed out when she took office.


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For those experiencing homelessness, the lack of a steady job and income can be demoralizing. But sometimes all it takes is a broom and a rake to instill a person’s sense of self-worth.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some rural New Mexico school districts with large Native American student populations continue to struggle on the state's standardized test even as Native Americans statewide show progress.

An analysis of state Public Education Department data by The Associated Press found that the Zuni and Dulce school districts had the highest percentage of students last year scoring "level 1" — the lowest available ranking and well below the proficient mark.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A detective in southern New Mexico is facing charges of falsely reporting a child rape suspect.

The Deming Headlight reports Bobby Brookhouser, an 18-year veteran of the Luna County Sheriff's Office, is facing charges of perjury, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.

Brookhouser is accused of filing an arrest warrant and criminal complaint stating a suspect in a 2017 child rape case admitted to the crime.

Your Weekend Pulse

Jul 13, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the 15th Annual Ice Cream Sunday at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Dancing in the Desert at the Black Box Theatre, the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society Monthly concert, and Justice League for Movies in the Park.

Affordable Health Insurance Plans through "beWellnm"

Jul 12, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange, also known as “beWellnm,” New Mexico Outreach Manager, Veronica Reyes. It is the official health insurance marketplace for individuals and businesses where New Mexicans can shop, compare and access the subsidies that are offered to consumers so they can have health insurance coverage. They offer a program for New Mexicans that are 138% above the poverty level, and for those that are under 65 years of age.

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The enchanting words of Shakespeare, the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn, and the young, talented actors of the Starlight Theatre Company will come together to make some magic this month when the company presents “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in several performances. With a wink to previous Starlight productions, there will be an added delight: a song by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Suspect Sought in Las Cruces Convenience Store Robbery

Jul 12, 2018

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of the Monday evening robbery at a local convenience store.

About 9 p.m. on Monday, July 9, a man entered the Eagle Quik Mart, at 2110 N. Alameda Blvd., and made it look as though he was going to make a purchase. When the cashier opened the register, the suspect punched the cashier and grabbed the cash drawer.

Detaining Immigrant Kids Is Now A Billion-Dollar Industry

Jul 12, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.

Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million dollars in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jul 12, 2018

Time now for the Bulletin on the Radio with Edmundo Resendez and Marty Racine, Manager Editor for the Las Cruces Bulletin. This week, The Mule with Clint Eastwood will be filmed in Las Cruces, the city council discussed upgrading the local airport, a book signing by Jeff Burg on Saturday, and a business spotlight on Pic Quik owner Oscar Andrade. 

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New Mexico Highlands Off Accreditation Probation

Jul 12, 2018


LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Highlands University has been removed from probation by an accreditation group.

The Higher Learning Commission has reaffirmed the university's accreditation after determining that it met certain criteria.

Under a new initiative announced Tuesday, Highlands President Sam Minner said he now wants to create a more vibrant and effective university by examining programs, correcting inefficiencies and removing obstacles to student success.

Udall, Heinrich Demand Judiciary Committee Hearing On Family Separation

Jul 11, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2018) – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to convene an oversight hearing on family separation and the Trump administration’s haphazard plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents.

Longtime New Mexico Homeless Advocate Jeremy Reynalds Dies

Jul 11, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jeremy Reynalds, a longtime advocate for the homeless in New Mexico and who founded the state's largest emergency shelter, has died.

Joy Junction, the shelter Reynalds founded more than three decades ago, announced in a statement Wednesday that he died after a long illness. He was 60.

Born in Bournemouth, England, Reynalds came to the U.S. in 1978 after attending a Bible college. He volunteered at a Christian prison ministry in Florida and later ended up homeless.

Albuquerque Man Dies In Glider Crash Near Moriarty Airport

Jul 11, 2018

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man is dead after his glider aircraft crashed east of the airport in Moriarty.

New Mexico State Police say 65-year-old Renard Rozzoni was flying his 2017 Ventus 3F glider aircraft near the Moriarty Airport when it crashed for unknown reasons.

They say Rozzoni was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night.

The crash occurred about three miles east of the Moriarty Airport on private land near Stage Coach Lane.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.