Alamogordo NOW

Oct 17, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, it’s fall and Grace United Methodist Church is having a fun day at the pumpkin patch.        

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Lujan Grisham Statement on Public Opposition to Proposed New Mexico Science Standards

Oct 16, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement today about the strong opposition to Gov. Martinez’s weak science standards for New Mexico’s public schools:

NMSU named to 2017 Center for World University Rankings

Oct 16, 2017
Darren Phillips, NMSU

New Mexico State University has been ranked in the top 2.3 percent of institutions of higher education worldwide according to the 2017 Center for World University Rankings list. With more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, NMSU ranked 620th this year. 

Espanola Woman Killed, Husband Critically Injured In Crash

Oct 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Espanola woman who was killed in a car crash in Santa Fe that also left her husband hospitalized with critical injuries.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials say 71-year-old Lucy Fresques died in a hospital from injuries suffered in last Friday's crash on U.S. 84/285 near the Buffalo Thunder Resort.

They say 74-year-old Robert Fresques remains at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

US Judge Hears Fight Over New Mexico Campaign Contributions

Oct 16, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for Republican Steve Pearce are seeking a preliminary injunction to tap nearly $1 million in political contributions he collected while in Congress to use in his gubernatorial run.

They argued during a hearing in federal court Monday that New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, is misinterpreting a state law that limits campaign contributions and is effectively violating Pearce's constitutional rights.

Proposed New Mexico Science Standards Omit Global Warming

Oct 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.

Comments at the hearing overwhelmingly sided against state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. Of the 20 initial speakers, none backed the standards.

Ex-Eunice Public Schools Bookkeeper Accused Of Embezzlement

Oct 16, 2017

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a former bookkeeper for the Eunice Public Schools has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and fraudulent use of a credit card.

They say Kristen McLean has been booked into the Lea County Detention Center.

It was unclear Monday if she has a lawyer yet.

State Police didn't immediately release details about the charges against McLean or when they alleged offenses occurred.

After an initial inquiry was completed by the Eunice Public Schools, they requested the State Police for assistance.

Las Cruces Shooting Suspect Identified, Charged

Oct 16, 2017

Las Cruces police arrested the man suspected in the Oct. 9 shooting that damaged a home a vehicle, and came close to injuring a young girl asleep inside a home on Lees Drive.

Willie Yanez, 39, of the 7800 block of Kissiah Drive just outside of city limits, is charged with one count of shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. All four charges are fourth-degree felonies.

Sierra Club

  Commentary: Hundreds of New Mexicans spoke Monday in opposition to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s politicized edits to the Next Generation Science Standards, removing references to climate change and the age of the Earth for its proposed public-school science curriculum.

Gary Sandler
Courtesy Photo

Commentary: Sales of new and existing Las Cruces-area homes, townhomes and condominiums are on track to reach the highest level attained since 2008, according to statistics culled from the archives of Las Cruces Association of Realtors on October 8th.  

Justices Reject Bloomfield Ten Commandments Appeal

Oct 16, 2017


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a New Mexico city that is fighting a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall.

The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings against Bloomfield, New Mexico.

The monument was first erected in 2011 and challenged a year later.

Lower courts concluded it violated the Constitution's ban on the government endorsing a religion.

New Mexico Congressional Candidates Report Campaign Finances

Oct 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Hobbs mayor Monty Newman says his campaign has raised $317,000 to run for New Mexico's southern congressional district.

Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in 2018 elections have a Monday deadline to file campaign finance disclosures with the Federal Election Commission.

New Mexico Education Secretary Defends Proposed Science Standards

Oct 16, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public education secretary is defending new proposed science standards that have been widely criticized for deleting or omitting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the earth.

State education official are holding their one and only public hearing Monday to gather comments on the proposed standards.

Monday Business Watch

Oct 16, 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, the Ramada Palms of Las Cruces is experiencing a renaissance under new management, a column on ways non-profits can improve themselves, and a look at home sales in Las Cruces – it looks like 2017 is shaping up to be the best year for home sales in ten years.      

New Mexico State rallies to down Georgia Southern 35-27

Oct 15, 2017

  STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Tyler Rogers threw for 382 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver Conner Cramer threw a go-ahead touchdown off a lateral early in the fourth quarter to lead New Mexico State past Georgia Southern 35-27 on Saturday night.

Trailing 27-21 to start the fourth quarter, Cramer's 17-yard scoring toss to Bryce Roberts occurred when the Eagles' defense got drawn in on the lateral and allowed Roberts to get behind it.

Dr. Gregory Ewing

Commentary: Las Cruces Public Schools sent the following letter to the New Mexico Public Education Department regarding proposed omissions in the state's science education standards:

The next time you approach the Airport Exit on I-10, west of Las Cruces, take 5 minutes to get off the freeway, turn south on Crawford Blvd., and enjoy the newly beautified medians adjacent to Love’s Truck Stop.

SunPower Equals Zero Waste

Oct 15, 2017

When SunPower by Positive Enery Solar visits potential clients, the company shares information not only about solar panels, but also about switching to LED lightbulbs and replacing old windows to reduce energy usage and lower bills.

“In our own office,” notes Regional Sales Manager Corey Asbill, “Positive Energy Solar has taken numerous steps to be Zero Waste as well as conserve energy. We are really proud to have been chosen as one of the 2017 Top Sustainable Businesses by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.”

The New Mexico State University Department of History will host a multimedia performance commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order that authorized the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent in America during World War II.

“From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey” will run from 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. 

NMSU's Arrowhead Center receives grant for entrepreneurship education

Oct 15, 2017

Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has received a new two-year grant to support entrepreneurship education in New Mexico. The NMSU Foundation was awarded $350,000 from the Colorado-based Daniels Fund to support programming at Arrowhead Center.

The grant is follow-on funding for expansion of Arrowhead’s Cradle-to-Career Entrepreneurial Pipeline grant, awarded by the Daniels Fund in 2015. 

  A higher percentage of graduates from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine enter family medicine residencies than any other MD degree-granting institution in the nation, a new study has found.

The study, published in the October issue of the journal Family Medicine, found that over a three-year period, 20.7 percent of UNM graduates chose family medicine as their career path, on average. East Carolina University followed, with 19.6 percent, and the University of Minnesota was third, with 18.9 percent.

Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center will simultaneously host Boo to the Flu, the annual flu vaccination event in Las Cruces, at each hospital Saturday, October 28th. No cost flu shots will be available from 8:00 a.m.

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents renewed President Joseph Shepard’s employment contract at a special meeting in Silver City on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

The board unanimously voted to approve President Shepard’s new contract, extending his term of employment through June 30, 2021, while adding performance incentives for five annual objectives.

“Of my eight years on the board, this contract has been one of the most thought-about items. A great amount of work went into it,” said BoardPresident Jerry A. Walz, Esq.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Oct 15, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Wednesday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. -  1 p.m.

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Food Truck Fiesta – October 18, 5 - 9 p.m.

o   La Casa Candlelight Vigil– October 19, 6 - 7:45 p.m.

o   NMSU Pep Rally – October 20, 5 - 10 p.m.

o   Zombie Walk -  October 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

  To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of New Mexico Lobos and UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center are sponsoring the “Lobos Love Pink” Football game on Friday, October 20, 2017. The Lobos will face the Colorado State Rams in Dreamstyle Stadium beginning at 8:15 pm. A ceremony during a game break will honor those who continue to fight breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and remember those who have lost their battle.

  Commentary: The public is invited to join the Rally for Science Education on Monday outside the Public Education Department’s hearing on proposed science-curriculum standards.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department has removed references to climate change and the age of the Earth from new science standards it has proposed for public schools.

I-10 Closures This Week

Oct 15, 2017

  Sunland Park


Sunday, Oct. 15

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

•  The Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound will close.

Detour: Motorists should use an alternate entrance ramp to I-10 Westbound. Detour signs will be in place. Crews are gearing up to build the new westbound entrance ramp. [No Map]


Monday, Oct. 16

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two documentary filmmakers will visit New Mexico State University next week to screen their acclaimed film, “Backpack Full of Cash,” narrated by Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon.

Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow will host a discussion following the film’s screening, which will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the NMSU Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The screening is free and open to the public, and is a featured portion of the College of Education’s first landmark symposium, “Re-Imagining the Future of Learning.”

New Community Development Director In Las Cruces

Oct 15, 2017

City Manager Stuart C. Ed announced that Larry Nichols will become the new community development director for the City of Las Cruces.

Nichols has more than 28 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently Director of Planning & Inspections for the City of El Paso, Texas. He also served as El Paso’s General Services Director, and Chief Building Official for El Paso and the City of Yuma, Arizona. While in Yuma, he also held the title of Deputy Director - Community Development Department.

Martinez Appoints New Water Commission Members Following Resignations

Oct 14, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new members to a state water resources commission which has seen three members resign recently amid what critics described as a simmering conflict with the state's top water regulator, State Engineer Tom Blaine.

The governor's office on Friday announced her appointments of Carolyn Hollifield of Roswell and Samuel Gonzales of Aztec to the Interstate Stream Commission.

The commission is responsible for protecting, conserving and developing water resources across New Mexico.