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Carruthers: Regents Not Extending Contract

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NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers issued this statement to the campus community clarifying his retirement at the end of his five-year contract in July, 2018:

I want to thank the legislators, editorial writers, higher education colleagues at NMSU and in New Mexico, and private citizens who have expressed their confidence in my leadership of NMSU and their hope the Board of Regents would extend my contract for another two years.  Your support is heartening and humbling.

Silver City, NM – The iconic cars of the mid 20th century beloved by the Hispanic-American community will be featured in an upcoming New Mexico History Museum photo exhibition at Western New Mexico University.

An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Frances McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art. 

Commentary: Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) today issued its first New Mexico GPA (NMGPA) Legislative Report Card recording the votes of legislators on its 2017 priority transparency, ethics and good government legislation. The report card is featured on the organization’s new website.  

The NMGPA grades elected officials on how they voted on five priority measures in the 2017 session including:

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Christine Steele. This week, a popular barber was killed in motorcycle accident, Grant County Commission voted to expand the CAP entity, and Grant County has talent – a talent show taking place this weekend.   

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Man Pleads Guilty To Voluntary Manslaughter In 2016 Stabbing

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 58-year-old Navajo Nation man faces eight years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2016 fatal stabbing.

Larry June of Shiprock, New Mexico, originally was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a 53-year-old Navajo woman. But he pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Albuquerque to the lesser manslaughter charge under an agreement with prosecutors.

New Mexico Considers Changes To Fishing Rules

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials are considering changes to the state's fishing rules.

The Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of public meetings around the state to gather comment. The first two meetings will be in the Farmington area at the end of August.

Meetings also will be held in Santa Fe, Roswell, Silver City, Taos, Las Cruces and Albuquerque.

City Of Las Vegas, Police Chief Sparring Over Budget, Staff

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city and its police chief are locked in a public battle over funding, staffing levels and allowing officers to coach at area schools.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the city of Las Vegas recently received a letter from Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montano's attorney informing officials he has filed a tort claim against the city.

Attorney Raul Carrillo wrote that the claim comes amid acts against Montano around funding issues, hostile work environment, whistleblower issues and retaliation against the chief.

Mosquitoes Linked To Zika Virus Found In Socorro County

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in New Mexico's Socorro County.

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University said Tuesday that it's the first time a species of mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus has been found in Socorro County.

However, there have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in the county so far.

The addition of Socorro County brings the total number of counties in the state with mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika to nine.

Growing Divide In New Mexico Schools

Aug 22, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top education officials are concerned about a growing divide between public schools that are earning top marks and those that are falling behind when it comes to student achievement and learning opportunities.

The Public Education Department on Tuesday released its annual report card for schools. While the percentage of schools earning As and Bs remained unchanged at 38 percent, 20 more schools earned Fs.

Alamogordo NOW

Aug 22, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, 900 people showed up at the New Mexico Museum of Space History to watch the eclipse. 

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Albuquerque Eyes Business For West Route 66

Aug 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque want to attract businesses to the western part of the city's Route 66.

Business advocates and city officials will make the case for Albuquerque's Route 66 on Saturday at an event designed to draw attention to the opportunity along the historic road.

The move comes as city officials have face criticism for the construction along Albuquerque's Route 66 for a new rapid-bus route.

New Mexico has the longest stretch of Route 66 passing through urban communities.

Audit Finds New Mexico State Contracts Lack Competition

Aug 22, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An audit of New Mexico state procurement practices has found that roughly $6.5 billion in annual outside contracts bypass the competitive bidding process.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller says current exemptions to competitive bidding practices were designed to save the state time or money. But Keller says they have ended up reducing accountability in government and fairness to outside businesses.

US Marshals To Open New Office In Northwestern New Mexico

Aug 22, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says it plans to open an office in northwestern New Mexico.

Five years in the making, officials say the much-needed office in Farmington will provide a base for deputy marshals and members of the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team as they cover the Four Corners region, where the borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet.

Each year, the team apprehends an average of 300 of the most violent fugitives wanted on federal and state charges in the region.

Heinrich Statement On Afghanistan

Aug 22, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding the path forward in Afghanistan:

Video from a Monday visit at the Pan Am Plaza in Las Cruces:

Pearce Looks Forward To More Details From Trump Administration On Afghanistan Efforts

Aug 21, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump outlined his military strategy in Afghanistan:

                                                                    

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) made the following statement in response to President Trump’s authorization of a troop increase in U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan: 

NMSU Kinesiology research tracks physical activity across the lifespan

Aug 21, 2017

  Eryn Murphy arrived at New Mexico State University as an undergraduate student on a swim scholarship. She initially majored in nutrition with a minor in exercise science, but eventually realized she was more interested in exercise science and switched majors. She quickly fell in love with NMSU’s Department of Kinesiology and Dance. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from NMSU in 2013, returned home to Washington state and received her master’s degree in exercise science from Western Washington, and is back at NMSU working on her doctorate in kinesiology.

"Fugitive Fibers" Opens Fall Season At University Art Gallery

Aug 21, 2017

Las Cruces, NM--The University Art Gallery (UAG) will present the exhibition, Fugitive Fibers, a group show displaying work by four artists who utilize fiber in their practice to speak about contemporary binaries within the contexts of found and created environments. Commenting on consumerism, Sandra Doore shapes synthetic leather into fragmented objects of beauty and creates plastic “texted” tapestries, both functioning as sites of investigation and critique.

Monday Business Watch

Aug 21, 2017

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, looking at the world of agriculture and technology tied together, plan of succession for small business, and the Hispanic Chamber’s 25th anniversary continues.  

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Española Police Chief On Leave After Child Abuse Indictment

Aug 21, 2017

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of a troubled northern New Mexico city has been placed on leave following grand jury indictments on child abuse and witness intimidation.

Española Mayor Alice Lucero told The Santa Fe New Mexican last week she placed Police Chief Matthew Vigil on leave following news of the indictments out of Taos.

UNM Press Fights For Survival Amid Layoffs, Budget Cuts

Aug 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third.

UNM Press' director of seven years, John Byram, left last month after his contract was not renewed. University leaders are considering a plan to fold the press into the school's library division and outsource its warehouse functions.

Independent monitor files mixed report on APD reform

Aug 20, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing a years long Albuquerque police reform effort found the department is "well below what could reasonably be expected at this point in the project," but has improved in reporting use-of-force incidents.

James Ginger, the monitor, on Friday filed a 41-page report that is intended to determine if the Albuquerque Police Department's efforts have achieved the goals outlined in a settlement between the Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police chief responds to Jeff Sessions' threat

Aug 20, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief has responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to not give the city federal resources due to its detainment practices.

Chief Gorden Eden wrote in a letter to Sessions that the city plans to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at reducing crime, which Sessions threatened to exclude Albuquerque from, calling it a sanctuary city for people who are illegally in the country.

Eden denied being the chief of a sanctuary city.

Woman's SWAT selection advances female police roles in state

Aug 20, 2017
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  AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — One New Mexico county has its first female SWAT operator, a reflection of the increasing role of women in police departments across the nation.

Juan County Deputy Robyn Roe wanted to become a SWAT member because of her military experience. Roe served a tour in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard in 2013 and 2014. She was a motor transportation operator.

She recently finished a six-year enlistment and in June re-enlisted for another six-year term.

New Mexico parks, monuments gear up for solar eclipse

Aug 20, 2017
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico might not be the perfect spot for viewing the solar eclipse but several state parks and national monuments are still planning viewing parties.

Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Other parts will see only a partial eclipse.

The celestial event begins in New Mexico at 10:21 a.m. By 11:45 a.m., viewers here will be able to see nearly three-quarters of the sun blotted out by the moon.

Las Cruces: Water Waste Will Not Be Tolerated

Aug 20, 2017

“During the summer, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) receives an average of 60 reports per month reporting water waste,” says Rhonda Diaz, water conservation program coordinator. Some water waste reports come from water conservation compliance staff and some from residents. “The incidents observed by our compliance staff, or reported by residents, are documented with photos and field reports,” Diaz adds.

Usually, within 48-hours a doorhanger violation notice is hanging on the door of the violator, and LCU sends a Certified Letter to the person responsible for paying the water bill.

I-10 Closures This Week

Aug 20, 2017

I-10 East Ramps @ Sunland

All Day, 27 hours

3 a.m. Sunday, August 20 to 6 a.m. Monday, August 21

·     The Sunland Park Exit Ramp from I-10 East will close.

·     The Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 East will close.

Alternate routes:  Drivers on I-10 East who want to avoid the I-10/Sunland interchange should use North Mesa Street (SH 20) or Transmountain Road (Loop 375).

After a 9-year delay, construction is finally expected to begin in September to bring sanitary city sewer to another Las Cruces neighborhood. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Regulatory Environmental Services/Technical Support Administrator, Carl N. Clark, P.E., explains: “The Doña Ana Sewer Extension project needs to happen now because of the risk of contaminating nearby water wells due to failing septic systems in some neighborhoods. This is a top priority project.”

This past spring, the College of Engineering launched the first phase of its Engineering Learning Communities initiative with the offering of tutoring to all engineering students. The effort was successful, with a steady stream of students seeking tutoring assistance. Now, with the generous support of donors, Engineering Learning Communities will formally begin the fall semester with additional student services.

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