Las Cruces Residents To Hold Vigil For Murdered Albuquerque Girl

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A group of Las Cruces residents will gather Sunday to hold a memorial vigil and birthday celebration to remember the life of murdered Albuquerque 10-year-old, Victoria Martens. Police found the dismembered, and battered body of Martens Wednesday morning.

Mourners continue to visit a memorial outside the Albuquerque apartment complex where the 10-year-old lived. The Baby Brianna Birthday Celebration Committee along with the Baby Brianna Foundation will be gathering to celebrate the life of Victoria Martens.

The Latest: Suspect In Killing Of Girl Was On Probation

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The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

New Mexico corrections and court officials say a man arrested in the killing of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl was supposed to be on supervised probation from an unrelated case but wasn't being monitored by probation officers.

Deputy Corrections Secretary Alex Sanchez said Friday that her agency never received a judgment and sentence order in a previous case involving 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales.

Confederate Inscription Removed From University of Texas

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An inscription honoring the Confederacy has been removed from public display at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the stone panels were removed last month from the South Mall.

President Gregory Fenves last summer said the inscription would stay. Fenves told the American-Statesman this week that he decided this spring that the inscription must go.

New Mexico Senators Seek More Time For Prison Contract

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New Mexico's two U.S. senators are asking the federal Bureau of Prisons to extend its contract with the operator of a private prison in Cibola County so workers have adequate time to find new jobs before the lockup closes.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich made their request in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

They want the bureau to extend by six months its contract with Corrections Corporation of America and provide prison employees with help finding new employment.

New Mexico Regulators Want More Info From PNM In Rate Case

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New Mexico utility regulators want to reopen hearings on a proposal by the state's largest electric provider to raise customer rates.

The Public Regulation Commission voted this week to reopen the hearings if Public Service Co. of New Mexico agrees to provide more information about transactions related to an Arizona nuclear power plant and pollution controls at its coal-fired plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Commission attorney Michael Smith tells the Albuquerque Journal it's not clear how the case will proceed if the utility doesn't agree to the terms of the order.

The New Mexico Business Coalition hosted job interviews for some of the candidates in Dona Ana County.

Candidates had to let voters know why they were the best person for the job.

Republican Secretary of State Candidate Nora Espinoza says the secretary of state’s office can help improve the business climate in New Mexico by processing business licenses quicker.

UMWSW - Women Veterans Monument Groundbreaking

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  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with United Military Women of the Southwest (UMWSW) President, Karen Woods, retired from the Navy. UMWSW is a non-profit organization in Las Cruces that supports women veterans who have served or are currently serving our country.

Your Weekend Pulse!

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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, cheap meals around Las Cruces for students and the budget conscious plus, get quacking with the Great American Duck Race.  

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Children who immigrated alone to the United States will soon be housed at a Fort Bliss complex in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.

The children are scheduled to arrive at the temporary shelter early next month.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials say the facility will have the capacity for 1,800 beds, although the actual number of children who will stay there is difficult to predict.

The children will live at the shelter while Health and Human Services officials identify adults who can care for them while their immigration cases proceed in court.

The Latest: Albuquerque District IDs Slain New Mexico Girl

Aug 25, 2016

The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Albuquerque Public Schools have identified a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl police say was drugged, raped and strangled.

The district said Thursday that Victoria Martens was a student at Petroglyph Elementary School on Albuquerque's west side. In a statement, the district says school officials were having hard time wrapping their heads around a case that even has drawn a strong reaction from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Might Pay Facebook Water Tab

Aug 25, 2016

New Mexico may use public funds to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas.

The social media company is negotiating for tax breaks and subsidies as it weighs whether to locate the facility in Los Lunas or a suburb of Salt Lake City.

Los Lunas officials confirmed Thursday that a proposed water agreement with the data center developer includes provisions to acquire water rights with money from New Mexico's closing fund that helps pay for infrastructure as businesses expand or relocate to New Mexico.

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Commentary: Building high-quality public services like education, health care, and infrastructure takes planning because we want to make sure that the investment we’re making now will serve us long into the future. After all, many of the schools, hospitals, roads, and such that we rely on today were paid for out of tax dollars that were invested long ago.

New Owners Assuming Kia And Nissan Dealers In Las Cruces

Aug 25, 2016


  Las Cruces, New Mexico – The Jack Key Kia and Jack Key Nissan car dealerships announce name change to Kia of Las Cruces and Nissan of Las Cruces.  The new name also reflects new ownership under LJ Shamaley. Shamaley is no stranger to the car dealer business and is a former proprietor of the Shamaley Ford and GMC Buick in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas.  New ownership brings with it improved product quality, and an expanding repertoire of services. The dealership will begin its name change on September 1st, 2016.

Luna County approves tax to expand emergency services

Aug 25, 2016

Luna County had one of the best turnouts in years for a vote to approve a special tax to fund emergency ambulance services.

The Deming Headlight reports ( ) that unofficial results show the county had a 22 percent turnout with the overwhelming majority voting to approve the measure.

 Commentary: During the 2015 Texas Legislature, while most other transparency and ethics reform proposals were headed toward the trash heap, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione secured near-unanimous passage of a new law that has enabled the public to see who benefits financially from dealings with the government.

September Events At Silver City Museum

Aug 25, 2016

  Children’s Activity – Styrofoam Printing

Saturday, September 3 – 10:30 am to 12 noon at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway. Conjointly with the Mimbres Regional Arts Council’s Print Fiesta, children will have the opportunity to make a Styrofoam printing to take home, frame, and hang in their rooms. Come join the fun.                                   

Children’s Activity – Paper Rock Mosaics

Agreement Signed With Mexican University

Aug 25, 2016

  Silver City, NM – Officials from the Universidad Tecnologica de Camargo (UTCam), a Mexican university based in the state of Chihuahua, visited the Silver City campus on Monday to sign an agreement of understanding with Western New Mexico University.

UTCam is a new, public university, established in 2012. The university’s mission focuses on creating professions that support the development of the region of Camargo, in the State of Chihuahua.

University Art Gallery NEA award exhibit to blend art, science

Aug 25, 2016

  Natural science and contemporary art will ignite the imagination when the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University presents “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection” from Thursday, Sept. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 21. The gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

  Forty-six engineering transfer students participated in a one-week immersion workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship as part of a National Science Foundation program to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the week before formal classes began at New Mexico State and Howard Universities. 

Developed in collaboration between the two institutions, the program introduced transfer students to the engineering design process using the Lean LaunchPad method for technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship. 

‘NMSU Celebrates the National Parks’ series begins Sept. 1

Aug 25, 2016

  New Mexico State University is celebrating the National Park Service centennial with a speaker series called “NMSU Celebrates the National Parks.” NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting classes, public lectures and a blog series to bring the beauty and wonder of America’s national parks to the NMSU campus and Las Cruces community.

"Basics of Alzheimer’s" Presentation Offered in Las Cruces

Aug 25, 2016

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s” will be the topic of a free education session presented by The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 from 2:00pm-3:00pm at The Good Samaritan Society (Conference Room), 3011 Buena Vista Circle, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

New Mexico musician nominated for national awards

Aug 25, 2016

  Nominations for the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) have been announced today by The Native American Music Association. Nominations reflect the highest quality of recordings by music makers throughout Indian Country and were selected by the combined votes of the NAMA Advisory Board Membership.

NMSU’s student success navigators prepare for sophomores

Aug 25, 2016

  With fall 2016 classes underway at New Mexico State University, the student success navigators are gearing up for their next challenge. The second-year retention initiative will be working with sophomores for the first time. 

Selena Tribute Comes To Las Cruces September 17

Aug 25, 2016

  The Rio Grande Theatre’s National Tour Series’ first event, a Selena tribute concert performed by Karla Perez, coincides with a special evening in Downtown: the dedication of the new plaza. Make Saturday, September 17, a full evening by enjoying the dedication and dinner out, and then heading to the Rio Grande Theatre for a show at 7:30 p.m. that commemorates the music of Latina superstar Selena, the Queen of Tejano music.

  Commentary: American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement: 

“Today Secretary Skandera released letter grades for New Mexico’s public schools. As education professionals, we know our schools serve different populations and each has unique needs, often not reflected in an arbitrary letter grade. We question the need to continue labeling our public schools as ‘failing’ and urge the discontinuation of this practice of so-called accountability.

Mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika found in Sierra County

Aug 25, 2016


  The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today thatAedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Sierra County. This is the first time this mosquito species has been identified in this county.

Sunland Park Teen Arrested For Alleged Bomb Threat

Aug 25, 2016

Police in Sunland Park say a 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with a bomb threat.

They say officers were called by Santa Teresa Middle School staff on Wednesday morning after teen allegedly was making threats.

Police say the boy allegedly made mock bombs and was seeking to either blow up or shoot up the school.

They say the teen was detained at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on suspicion of a fourth-degree felony charge.

They say all weapons were removed from the boy's home by the parents.

Temple Grandin is a world-renowned author and designer of one-third of the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, who helped develop more humane ways to treat cattle being led to slaughter. She also happens to be autistic, and has written books as how she was able to break the boundaries of autism.

Temple Grandin says one of her proudest accomplishments is developing an objective scoring system for meat plants, which she said made some of the biggest difference for animals.

Heinrich Convenes Roundtable In Las Cruces To Address Veteran Homelessness In New Mexico

Aug 24, 2016
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Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) convened a roundtable discussion today in Las Cruces at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) to learn more about how Las Cruces became the first community in New Mexico to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness and discuss ways to build on that success across New Mexico.

NMSU Arrowhead Center youth program announces open registration period

Aug 24, 2016

  Innoventure, a core program within Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, is holding open registration for the 2016-17 academic year for middle and high school students across New Mexico.