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5:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

USDA: What You Need To Know About The Avian Flu Outbreaks

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  Today I had a press call with our USDA partner, Dr. Alicia Fry from CDC and Dr. David Swayne of USDA’s Southeast Poultry Research Lab to help get out some important information about the avian influenza event currently occurring in the United States.

Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways (migratory paths for birds). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in some backyard and commercial poultry flocks.

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5:12 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Organ Transplants: The Ultimate Gift

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  Nobody likes to think about the end, but we’re always forced to face it eventually.  It’s the kind of stuff we have to think about as adults: end of life issues, getting a will, considering advanced directives like do-not-resuscitate orders and so on.

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5:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

"Mutt Show" To Be Held Saturday At NMSU Las Cruces

The Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley will host its Mutt Show at New Mexico State University from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 25, across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street. (Courtesy photo)

  Mutts and their people are welcomed to the New Mexico State University campus for the annual Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley Mutt Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

, Saturday, April 25. It will be held across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble located at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street at the grassy area in front of Rhodes Garrett Hamiel dorms. Visitors with leashed and well-behaved canines are welcome to this free event.

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5:03 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino: The Poison On The Tip Of The Veto Pen

Credit Office of the Governor

   I am once again astonished at how little attention is given by the mainstream press in this city to the damage that is done by the veto pen.  Instead of simply working out the arithmetic of how many vetoes are exercised by the Governor or how that percentage of nullifying actions compares to previous Governors’ vetoes, it would be refreshing, and a genuine contribution to the enlightenment of the voting public if the Journal, for example, would actually write about what damage those vetoes have done.

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5:01 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Golf Course Ranked Among Best In The Nation

The NMSU Golf Course was recently named among the 50 best college golf courses in the nation by Sports Management Programs. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico State University Golf Course has been named one of Sports Management Program’s 50 best college golf courses.

The article and list, published last week, highlights golf courses that feature “spectacular design and play.” NMSU ranked 18th in the country for those reasons, and because of its professionally accredited Golf Management program, which is administered by NMSU’s College of Business and is officially sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association.

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4:55 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Las Cruces Police Plan Youth Leadership Camp

  The Las Cruces Police Department will hold a Youth Leadership Summer Camp June 1-12 for students who will be entering the 7th grade during the next academy year.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp is a collaborative effort with the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the 1990 mass-shooting that claimed four lives and left three others critically injured.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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9:37 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Disease Forces Removal Of Trout From New Mexico Hatchery

State wildlife officials say they've found kidney disease in some rainbow trout being raised at a hatchery in northern New Mexico.

The discovery has prompted the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to remove more than 160,000 small trout from raceways at Lisboa Springs Hatchery near Pecos.

Regular testing in February turned up the bacterial disease. All of the trout are being destroyed to ensure full decontamination.

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9:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

New Mexico Regulators Expected To Rule On Lyft, Uber

New Mexico regulators could halt ride-booking services Lyft and Uber as officials remain unsure what to do with the companies amid outdated state rules.

The Public Regulation Commission is scheduled Wednesday to decide whether to order the ride-booking services to stop operating in New Mexico after complaints from traditional taxi companies.

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9:34 am
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Participates In Obesity Project Along Border

Teams from three states are participated in a federally funded project to combat childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border.

New Mexico State University announced Tuesday that its involvement in the project will be funded by $1.5 million of a five-year $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other participants in the project include Texas A&M University, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Arizona.

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9:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Authorities Seize Wrong Mexican Girl For Forced Return To U.S.

A 14-year-old Mexican girl seized by federal police and sent to a woman in Houston is being returned home after DNA tests showed she is not the woman's daughter.

Last week's removal of a screaming Alondra Luna from her middle school last week provoked an outcry from her family, who said authorities ignored proof of her identity. Federal police said they were acting on a judge's orders to send the girl to Dorotea Garcia, who says the girl had been illegally taken to Mexico by her father years ago.

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9:25 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Expert Says More Than Just Computers And Internet Access Needed To Take On Digital Divide

According to a US Census Bureau 2013 report, nearly 22 percent of New Mexican households do not have a computer in the home.

Having a computer and an Internet connection are important components to bridging the digital divide that separates those who have access to the Internet along with digital resources. However, one expert on the digital divide says that more is needed beyond just hardware to reduce the divide.

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6:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

USDA Celebrates Water Treatment System On Earth Day

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner will join the citizens living in the Colonias of La Union and Mesquite, New Mexico south of Las Cruces to celebrate Earth Day.  The celebration in both communities will be highlighted with the dedication of the upgraded water systems in both communities. All together both projects received over $6-million to complete.

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6:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Dean's Health Symposium Tackles End Of Life Decisions

  

  Registration is open for New Mexico State University’s Dean’s Health Symposium in Las Cruces.  And experts say this year’s event covers a discussion every family should have.

The free one-day seminar, “A Beautiful Death: What will you choose?” is slated for May 1 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

The event has two options available…consumers and family caregivers, or clinicians. Workshop topics scheduled include legal issues, communicating effectively with health professionals, advanced care planning and more.

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8:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Tribal Businessman Upsets Former Navajo President In Race

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye led Joe Shirley Jr. by about 10,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

Begaye's victory came nearly five months after the original election was scuttled amid court battles sparked by a candidate's ability to speak fluent Navajo.

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8:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mexico Has 31st Straight Month Of Over-Year Job Gains

Officials say New Mexico has notched its 31st consecutive month of over-the-year employment growth in March.

The Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday that New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month. That's down from 6.8 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

Between March 2014 and March 2015, education and health services added 4,400 jobs, or 3.5 percent. This is up slightly from last month's gain and accounted for just over 30 percent of total over-the-year gross job gains.

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5:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Spring Into Good Health Fair Friday In Las Cruces

  (LAS CRUCES) The New Mexico Office of Border Health, in cooperation with New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the United States –Mexico Border Health Commission, will host the 2nd Annual Spring Into Good Health a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

The free event brings together dozens of agencies and community resources to aid residents seeking self-improvement opportunities.

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4:49 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mexico Tech Tests Rocket Design At Spaceport America

  

  Spaceport America, NM – Spaceport officials announced the April 18th launch of the New Mexico Tech Rocket Design Team’s experimental rocket. The nearly ten-foot-long experimental rocket was designed and built by the students in the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech. The launch took place from Spaceport America's Vertical Launch Area. The student rocket lifted off at 8:03 am (MDT), which was within the dedicated launch window, and flight data indicates the rocket attained its predicted 11,500-foot altitude.

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10:01 am
Tue April 21, 2015

NM Dental Health Care Professional Shortage Third Greatest in Nation

Anthony NM resident Maria Alvarez's insurance doesn't cover the dental care she needs. So she gets relief from her dental health issues using a home pain relief remedy- Cooking cloves soaked in water.
Credit Simon Thompson

    

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9:51 am
Tue April 21, 2015

San Antonio Shame: Mayor Calls LGBT Protections a “Waste of Time”

Credit City of San Antonio

  Taking part in a “faith forum” for mayoral candidates on Sunday, Mayor Ivy Taylor of San Antonio, Texas attacked a recently-enacted non-discrimination ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) city employees and contractors from discrimination. 

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9:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

New USDA Office To Be Dedicated Thursday In Las Cruces

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today, he will help dedicate USDA Rural Development’s new office located at 760 Stern Drive in Las Cruces.

The open house is being held to let the public know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved its Service Center to this location.  Also, the open house will be used as an opportunity to have the public come by and learn the details about the various programs offered by Rural Development including:

·       Business development

·       Community projects

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8:58 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Transparency and the 2015 Legislative Session

  From New Mexico In Depth (NMID):

Editor's note: NMID recently asked columnists who wrote for our Januarylegislative guide to summarize how, in their opinion, transparency and openness fared during the recently-ended 60-day session in Santa Fe. This is the first of several columns.  

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8:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Former Las Cruces Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Federal Prison For Child Porn Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Abel Michael Quiroz, 27, a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent who resides in Las Cruces, N.M., Quiroz was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court to 30 months in prison for his child pornography conviction.  Quiroz will be on supervised release for five years after completing his prison sentence.  He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

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8:26 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Experts Say Las Cruces Snake Sightings Probably Not Mojaves

Credit https://www.facebook.com/NevadaBiologicalConsulting

Snake experts are skeptical of claims that deadly Mojave rattlesnakes have been seen around Las Cruces recently.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Humane Society of Southern New Mexico President Frank Bryce says people are probably seeing Western diamondback rattlesnakes.

Bryce said the more common diamondbacks are hard to distinguish from their Mojave cousins unless inspected up close.

Diamondbacks are bigger and darker, but both snakes are often found on the edge of populated areas and blend in well with the surroundings.

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11:17 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Votes Down Rezoning Proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives

In a 7-0 vote, Las Cruces City Councilors rejected a rezoning proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives that would have changed the zoning from agricultural to commercial. Many people at the meeting had concerns about the possibility of more big- box stores coming to the city.

Almost 30 people at the Council meeting spoke out against the rezoning proposal, most saying they didn’t want to see another big-box grocery store in the community. Lucas Herndon, President of the Green Chamber of Commerce in Las Cruces, says this project would hurt local business.

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5:54 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Border Security Bill Without Immigrant Crackdowns

A sweeping border security package that is a priority of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has passed the Senate without divisive immigrant crackdowns.

Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell said Monday he wouldn't allow contentious "sanctuary cities" or anti-Texas DREAM Act proposals to be tacked onto the main border security bill that now moves closer to Abbott's desk.

"Sanctuary cities" has become Republican shorthand to describe local governments that forbid police from asking about a person's immigration status.

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5:50 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Branigan Library Offers 24/7 Online Tutoring, Career Planning Help

  Branigan Memorial Library users can now get help from tutors, career coaches and study guides for free, through Brainfuse, an online education portal. The New Mexico State Library purchased a statewide subscription that allows people to use Brainfuse via public, college and K-12 school libraries. The program offers one-to-one tutoring, study skills-building, and career assistance through its HelpNow™ and JobNow™ services. All tutors have at least a four-year college degree and submit to a thorough selection and training process. All services are available in English and Spanish.

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5:47 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

"War On Everyone" Is Filming In New Mexico

Credit Reprisal Films

  Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today the award-winning writer-director John Michael McDonagh's jet-black action-comedy "War on Everyone" has started principal photography in Albuquerque, NM. The film is produced by Chris Clark ("Calvary," "The Guard," "Johnny English Reborn") and Flora Fernandez Marengo ("Calvary," "The Guard," "The Betrayal") for Reprisal Films, in conjunction with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films with the support of the BFI Film Fund.

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5:38 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces Robbery Suspect Charged

  Las Cruces Police charged a man suspected of stealing a jacket and baseball cap from a teenage bicyclist early Saturday evening.

Dominic A. Nieto, 19, who has addresses in Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, N.M., is charged with one count of robbery.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the area of Richard Drive and Jody Drive where a 14-year-old boy claimed he was robbed by a man who was in a silver Honda sedan.

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5:31 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Rodriguez Blasts Texas School Voucher Plan; Votes Against Senate Bill

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – SB 4, the Texas school voucher bill that would divert money from public to private schools, passed the Senate floor today. State Sen. José Rodríguez voted against the bill, after his amendment to require that private schools receiving public funds are held to the same standards as public schools was not accepted.

His statement is as follows:

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