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6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

FACT SHEET: Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport Runway Expansion

  Current and Future Runway Lengths

Runway 3-21 is currently 7,005’ long.  The 2,200’ runway extension will result in a 9,205’ long by 150’ wide paved runway with a maximum load capability of 120,000 pounds.

·       The 2,200’ extension is being added to the end of Runway 21 – the southwest end

·       For reference, a NATO standard runway is 8,000’

Purpose

Provides the ability to continue safe flight operations in high density altitude situations.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Local Viewpoints
10:27 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Goodman: Las Cruces Recall Effort "A Naked Power Grab"

The present Recall effort is a naked power grab aimed at destroying local democracy.  A couple of wealthy families and their companies are trying to use money to intimidate present and future councilors who might wish to be guided by their constituents' needs or their own consciences, not fear of Big Money.

   Forget their somewhat comical outside operative, Jeffrey Isbell, who can only hurl misleading mud but doesn't seem ready to debate issues.  (Maybe he's still too new here to have a clue.)

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Regional
10:24 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"SantaLand Diaries" Cancelled In Las Cruces

Due to illness and additional complications , The Fusion Theater Company, producers of The SantaLand Diaries, has cancelled all performances of The SantaLand Diaries in Northern and Southern New Mexico, including the Rio Grande Theatre on 12/20 and 12/21/14.  The Doña Ana Arts Council apologizes for the inconvenience to its Rio Grande Theatre patrons.

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Regional
10:21 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Department of Health Relocates Las Cruces Immunization Services

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced it is closing its West Las Cruces Immunization Center, 1850 Cooper Loop, Building A, and relocating its immunization services to the East Mesa Public Health Office at 5220 Holman Road.

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Regional
10:18 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Photo Exhibit Shows Museum's "Heavy Metal"

  LAS CRUCES -- Richard Ondrovic will be the first to admit that he sees things a little differently than most people.

His unique perspective is showscased in a new photography exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum called “Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic.”

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Regional
10:16 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Garcia Seeks Seat On Las Cruces School Board

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Paul E. Garcia, 29, has announced that he will seek the seat to the Las Cruces School Board.  Garcia says he is a published children’s author and is employed with the United States Border Patrol. 

“I want to bring new passion and energy to the school board, “Garcia said, “It is time for younger generations to step up to the plate and take a more active role in our communities.  I plan to do just that.” 

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Online EXTRA
6:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"Little Anthony" Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council welcomes 2015 with an intimate evening in the company of Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as Little Anthony, delivering his one-man show celebrating 56 years in show business. On tour to promote the release of his new book, “Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny,” by Arlene Krieger, Anthony will regale audiences with a nostalgic look back at the golden age of Rock ‘n Roll, then sign copies of his book, which will be on sale either on the website or after the show.

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Regional
4:37 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

EPA Attempts To Protect Rio Grande

  Federal regulators have issued a new permit aimed at keeping pollution from stormwater runoff in New Mexico's most populated metropolitan area from finding its way into the Rio Grande.

The permit issued Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency covers Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, the village of Corrales and the town of Bernalillo. Surrounding Native American communities are also included.

EPA officials say the new permit allows for more flexibility and cooperation among local and tribal governments when it comes to monitoring and planning.

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Regional
4:31 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Missile Silo For Sale Outside Roswell

An underground missile silo is currently one of New Mexico's hottest real estate properties.

Real estate agent Jim Moore said Friday that he has gotten more than 40 calls, some from out of state, about the 10-story silo near Roswell.   The silo is on the market for $295,000. The deal includes 25 acres of surrounding land and 280 acres of water rights.

Moore says the previous owner had been living in a nursing home until his death two months ago.

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Online EXTRA
6:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

David Benoit Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues its 2014/2015 Performance Series with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and producer David Benoit, who will celebrate the holidays with the iconic jazz from Charles Schultz’ Peanuts specials. Revive that wonderful Christmas feeling with Vince Guaraldi’s perennial Peanuts tunes, featuring classics like “Linus and Lucy” and “Christmas Time Is Here,” while the beloved animated classic is projected on the theatre screen. David Benoit will tickle the ivories at the Rio Grande Theatre, Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Regional
4:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

WNMU Board Of Regents Pass Tuition Guarantee

  Silver City, NM – Beginning next fall, students enrolling at Western New Mexico University will benefit from a newly passed, tuition guarantee program, allowing families the ability to budget for their son’s or daughter’s college education.

Students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester, while maintaining a 2.0 grade point average qualify for the locked-in tuition rate. The initiative was passed unanimously by the WNMU Board of Regents at its meeting on Friday, December 12. WNMU is the first university in New Mexico to initiate the program.

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PUENTES
4:09 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Traditions and Recipe Secrets

Sylvia Camuñez and Irene Oliver-Lewis at KRWG FM studios.

  December 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez to reminisce about their family Christmas traditions. They are descendants of a local pioneer family in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The sisters grew up with many local customs and traditions for Christmas.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NMSU Regents Meet In Las Cruces

Following the New Mexico State University Board of Regents meeting Dec. 12, out-going regents Isaac Pino, Javier Gonzales and Jordan Banegas planted a tree in Regents Grove east of Corbett Center. At the tree planting, from left, are Regent Mike Cheney, President Garrey Carruthers, Gonzales, Pino, Banegas, Regent Kari Mitchell and Provost Dan Howard. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

  At a regular meeting Friday, Dec. 12, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the university’s audited financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Angela Throneberry, senior vice president for administration and finance, presented the audited annual financial statements, including the report of the independent audit firm of Moss Adams LLP reflecting an unmodified opinion. 

The regents also approved an operating agreement renewal with the Grants Cibola County School District for the operations of NMSU Grants. 

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Regional
9:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Set for Saturday

  The Las Cruces Police Department will host a meet-and-greet Saturday for anyone interested in, or already participating in, a Neighborhood Watch group.

The Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, under the gazebo at Young Park. Representatives of the Las Cruces Police Department will be on hand to answer questions and help those interested in establishing a Neighborhood Watch group.

The Las Cruces Police Department will provide free hamburgers and hot dogs to those participating inSaturday’s meeting.

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Regional
9:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Union Chapter’s Former President Charged with Embezzlement, Forgery

  The former president of a local union suspected of diluting funds from the chapter’s bank account has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Eric Simon, 37, the former president of the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is charged with one count of embezzlement over $2,500 and 53 counts of forgery. The embezzlement charge is a third-degree felony while the forgery charges are fourth-degree felony counts.

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Regional
9:39 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dona Ana County Sheriffs Department Apprehensive About Body Cameras

Credit Simon Thompson

With protests over police use of force throughout the country…many police departments are working to expand the use of body cameras.  But some departments including the Dona Ana County Sheriffs department are questioning the idea.

Dona County Sheriff’s department public information officer Kelly Jameson says before  audio or cameras were documenting police interactions- misconduct claims were largely evaluated through witness accounts and that often meant pitting an officer’s word against the word of the accused.

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Local Viewpoints
9:37 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Pearce Votes For Federal Budget

  Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of the FY 2015 CR-Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Passage of the $1.013 Trillion spending bill will protect American jobs, fund national security priorities, reduce wasteful spending and provide for veterans.

 

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Regional
9:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Game And Fish: Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead In Arizona

Wildlife officials are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf in Arizona.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Thursday that the animal was found dead last month in eastern Arizona.

The wolf was a member of the Rim Pack and Maverick Pack, but the agency did not provide any other details.

Game and Fish officials say the case is under investigation.

Efforts to reintroduce the predators to parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hampered over the years by illegal shootings, among other things.

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Regional
8:58 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Judge Refuses To Shut Down Lyft In New Mexico

A New Mexico judge is refusing to bar a ride-hailing service from operating in the state, saying the authority of state regulators is unclear.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state District Judge Raymond Ortiz declined Thursday to enforce a cease-and-desist issued against Lyft by the state Public Regulation Commission six months ago.

Ortiz said he doesn't have jurisdiction over Lyft because the commission hasn't yet decided whether it has regulatory authority over Lyft and another company, Uber.

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Regional
8:54 am
Fri December 12, 2014

New Mexico Airlines Cancels Flights

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A small airline that serves several New Mexico communities has grounded its planes and canceled its flights until further notice.

New Mexico Airlines is based in Albuquerque and also serves Los Alamos in northern New Mexico and Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told KOAT-TV that New Mexico Airlines recently decided to ground its planes because of mechanical issues. The airline primarily flies smaller aircraft that seat up to nine passengers.

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Regional
8:02 am
Fri December 12, 2014

NMSU Students Help Create Independent Feature Film

Credit -Romina Garcia-https://www.facebook.com/theheartoutright

Students at New Mexico State University are taking finals this week, and some students in the university’s Creative Media Institute are taking a final that could one day help them land a job.

Outside La Posta de Mesilla restaurant, an old bus navigates down the street for the final shot of an independent film that is being produced.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

NMSU Student Named One Of MSNBC's "Women In Politics"

NMSU student Rylee Stenberg (left) volunteers at a blood drive as president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. (Courtesy photo)

  New Mexico State University student Rylee Stenberg has been named one of MSNBC’s 2014 Women in Politics (College Edition). 

A government major in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, Stenberg is involved in numerous campus organizations. She served as president of NMSU’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and as a senator of the Associated Students of NMSU. She’s also a member of NMSU’s Model United Nations team.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

NMSU To Hold Workshop On Golden Eagles And Wind Energy Policy

  Drive along portions of New Mexico, such as through the Nutt Valley, within Altamount Pass in California, or within an increasing number of locations in the United States and you’ll come across what look like giant, slow propelling fans. 

Throughout the country there is a push for alternative renewable energy, such as solar, geothermal and in this case, wind energy. Because of this, the number of wind farms is increasing. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Las Cruces City Council To Discuss Public Art Program

  On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council is expected to discuss a public art program.  The weekly city manager newsletter states city councilors will discuss a plan that could make public art more common in Las Cruces. 

The resolution for the program would designate 1% for the arts for most facility related, general funded, capital improvement projects. Such a policy would be incorporated into the city’s budgeting process.  Specific projects and funding would be identified within the Capital Improvement Program.

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Regional
3:51 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

UPDATE: Man Charged In Talavera Robberies Is Convicted Felon; Ran From Las Cruces Police

A man who briefly ran from police Wednesday afternoon was found to be a convicted felon armed with a 9 mm handgun.

Raymond Isreal Carreon, 27, was charged with receiving stolen property – a 9 mm handgun – and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, a Las Cruces Police officer was approaching Carreon on Mesquite Street when the suspect took off running. The officer gave chase and witnessed Carreon remove a handgun from his waistband and throw it to the ground.

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Regional
3:48 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Udall Votes To Authorize Military Force Against ISIS

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the full committee to debate and pass a resolution authorizing war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for three years.

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Regional
3:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arrest Made After Two-Day Burglary Spree In Talavera Near Las Cruces

  The suspect involved in a rash of residential burglaries in a neighborhood east of Las Cruces last week has been arrested, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

Raymond Carreon, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with three counts of aggravated residential burglary, one count of residential burglary, two counts of larceny over $2,500, and two counts of larceny over $250.

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Regional
2:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Over 45,000 Sign Petition Supporting Albuquerque Police Indictments

  Some family members of those killed by Albuquerque police have presented a petition demanding federal indictments.

Family members on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez to seek indictments against Albuquerque officers linked to more than 40 shootings since 2010. They are upset that Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has not found probable cause against any of the officers.

The petition garnered more than 45,000 signatures.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.

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Regional
2:16 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Feds: SMU Violated Law On Gender; Sex Harrassment

  Southern Methodist University has agreed to provide a safer environment for students who allege sexual assault or harassment.

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced SMU violated Title IX. It bars discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities.

The agency since 2011 received three complaints alleging SMU did not promptly or equitably respond to reports of gender and sexual harassment and/or sexual assault.

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