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4:23 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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4:18 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Two UTEP Dorms Being Demolished For $70 Million Research Center

The University of Texas at El Paso has begun to demolish two former dormitories to make way for a $70 million building earmarked for research.

The effort is mean to help the school achieve Tier One research status.

Burges Hall opened in the early 1960s. Barry Hall opened in 1971 but closed in 1997 due to low occupancy levels.

Tier One refers to universities that have $100 million in research spending annually. Figures from the National Science Foundation indicate UTEP had about $83 million in research spending in fiscal 2013.

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4:05 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Alamogordo Declares Pluto A Planet!

Credit NMMSH Archives Clyde Tombaugh as a young man, with a home-built telescope.

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  In honor of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on July 14, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea will proclaim Pluto to be a planet on Tuesday, July 14, at the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The New Mexico Legislature made the same declaration in 2007, shortly after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet. Mayor Galea will read the proclamation at11:00 am in conjunction with NASA’s celebration of the New Horizons spacecraft.

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Regional
4:03 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

More Than 400 Headed To 4-H State Conference

2015 State 4-H Ambassadors and diplomats pose with their iconic green jackets. Youth will gather at the NMSU campus, July 13-16 for the 92nd annual State 4-H Conference. (Courtesy photo)

  This year 4-Hers are taking the scenic route to New Mexico State University for the annual 4-H State Conference, July 13-16. 

“The theme is referring to 4-H having many different routes and roads a person can take because of the opportunities the program provide,” said Amy Zemler, 4-H youth activities specialist. 

With an expected turnout of more than 400 guests, the conference provides many entertaining features along with the educational elements throughout the week.

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Regional
4:01 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

New Real Estate Partnership Designed To Accelerate Development At Las Cruces Business Park

  New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has entered into a development agreement with Albuquerque-based RIO Real Estate Investment Opportunities LLC to provide finance, development and construction services for Arrowhead Park, its planned innovation community providing land, space, services and connections to NMSU for existing and startup companies.

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Regional
3:20 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Las Cruces Police Identify Man Found Dead In Garbage Truck

  The man whose body was found Thursday morning in a city refuse truck has been identified as 61-year-old Roy Vigil of Vado, N.M.

Vigil’s body was found at around 10:30 a.m. in the hopper of a city garbage truck that was collecting trash from a commercial bin behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave. Vigil had a visible injury to his head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Regional
11:47 am
Fri July 10, 2015

EPA Removes Tons of Contaminated Soil from Grants, NM, Area Residences

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed the removal of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from eight residential properties near San Mateo, NM, known as the Crossroads area. The properties are part of the Grants Mining District Superfund site, an area of legacy contamination associated with uranium mining operations.

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10:05 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Report: Three NM Cities Among Top Five U.S. Metro Areas for Export Growth

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Las Cruces, Farmington, and Santa Fe rank among the top five metropolitan areas in the nation for export growth. Las Cruces and Farmington – which rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively – also shattered records for export growth, with more of their businesses exporting more products than ever before. Santa Fe ranks No. 5. The report was released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Local Viewpoints
9:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

NEA: Evaluation System Short-Changes New Mexico Students

Credit Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

  Every New Mexico student deserves the opportunity for an education led by high quality teachers, no matter their zip code.  The system brought in when the PED threw out the old one is doing the opposite – driving great teachers away and limiting the time available for the teachers who remain to provide a high quality, well-rounded education as they sacrifice that to a test-driven standardized curriculum.  

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Regional
7:29 am
Fri July 10, 2015

6 Teens Charged With Murder In Slaying Of Man In Driveway

Police say six teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 60-year-old man who was gunned down in his driveway.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier says the male teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, were arrested Thursday.

According to police, the teenagers had been stealing from several cars and homes in a Sandia foothills neighborhood before one of them shot and killed Stephen Gerecke on June 26. Officers found Gerecke dead in his driveway with multiple gunshot wounds.

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Regional
7:27 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Arizona Woman Pleads Guilty In New Mexico Drug Case

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to federal narcotics trafficking charges in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Serina Josephina Rivera, of Sells, entered her plea Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Rivera and a woman from Phoenix were arrested in April 2014 and charged in a criminal complaint with possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County.

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Regional
7:22 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Judge: Family of Mexican Teen Shot By Agent Can Sue

A federal judge has ruled the family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent from across the U.S.-Mexico border can continue its lawsuit.

The civil rights case against the agent who shot him, Lonnie Swartz, will go forward after U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins denied a part of his motion to dismiss the case. Swartz claimed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez wasn't protected by the U.S. Constitution because he was in Mexico when he was shot.

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Regional
6:45 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Former Apple Employee Who Helped Create iPhone Shares Thoughts

When you think about the decade of the 2000s you may think of major events that happened like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina. Another thing that changed during the decade was how we communicate.

As the decade of the 2000’s progressed, so did technology and we became more connected than ever before.

Andy Grignon used to work for Apple, and worked on a small team that helped created the first iPhone. He is also one of the people interviewed for a two-part series about the 2000s set to air on National Geographic Channel.

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Intermezzo
5:21 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Starlight Children’s Theatre brings “Iolanthe” to life in summer production

Starlight Children's Theatre Company actors, Mason Hooley, 14, Bridget Anderson, 16, and founder and director Ginger Scarbrough Andersen at the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Young actors of the Starlight Children’s Theatre Co. have been busy for weeks preparing their summer production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta, “Iolanthe,” which opens in Las Cruces on Friday, July 10. Along the way, they have memorized thousands of words and a great deal of music, learned to understand British English from the 19th century, found out about the history of Parliament and the British class system, and engaged in the myriad details of putting on a show. “In every aspect of our theatre, we plan for the highest quality,” says Dr.

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4:32 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Udall And Heinrich Welcome Start Of Construction On New Road At Columbus Point Of Entry

Credit columbusnewmexico.com

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed the beginning of construction on a new road to improve traffic flow and safety at the Columbus Port of Entry (POE). The new road will be east of the existing vehicle entry to the Columbus POE and is expected to be completed in November 2015. 

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4:27 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

FACT SHEET: Convening Manufacturing Leaders To Strengthen The U.S. Supply Chain

  Investing in the strength of small manufacturing firms and ensuring they have access to the latest cutting-edge technologies are key pillars of the President’s strategy to accelerate progress in U.S. manufacturing and improve the competitiveness of our domestic supply chain in the 21st century.

 

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4:24 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Open Government Advocates Sue Department Of Health For Names Of Medical Marijuana Producers

  (ALBUQUERQUE) - The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) and freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr today filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Health asking the court to declare invalid the DOH regulations which keep secret the names of licensed medical marijuana producers.

Filed in the state district court in Albuquerque, the lawsuit also asks for an order under the Inspection of Public Records Act directing the DOH to release the names of all such producers as well as applicants for producer licenses.

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4:22 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Scale Up Community Solar Projects

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced S. 1723, the Promoting Renewable Energy with Shared Solar (PRESS) Act, a bill to boost access to renewable energy through community solar projects. 

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Regional
2:02 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Las Cruces Police: Man Found Dead In City Trash Truck; No Foul Play Suspected

  Las Cruces Police are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a city refuse truck Thursday morning.

Police were called to an area behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave., shortly after 10:30 a.m. There, officers located the man’s body in the garbage truck hopper where solid waste is held for transport to a transfer station. The man appeared to have an injury to his head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Regional
10:48 am
Thu July 9, 2015

More Major Construction Work Starting In Las Cruces Soon

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with La Calerita Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the I-10/University Ramp E Bridge Reconstruction Project for Las Cruces, NM.

When:

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Where:

NMDOT-District One
Construction Complex Bldg.

750 N. Solano

Las Cruces, NM

Purpose:

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Regional
8:00 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Head Start Program In Northern NM Gets Federal Funding

A northern New Mexico school district has been awarded a federal grant of more than $8 million to expand Head Start programs.

The funding will be awarded over a five-year period to the West Las Vegas district. It will be used to open 10 new Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms.

Officials say Head Start is one of the few early childhood education options available in the community.

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Regional
7:57 am
Thu July 9, 2015

San Jose Cemetary In Las Cruces Damaged, Officials Concerned

Officials are concerned about how long it will take for damages at what is believed to be the oldest cemetery in Las Cruces to be repaired.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that broken bricks and a path of destruction were still visible Wednesday from a vehicle that crashed into the San Jose Cemetery's wall Friday.

Officials from the St. Genevieve Catholic Church, located next to the cemetery, say they don't know how long it'll take until repairs are made or how much the repairs will cost.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Silver City Report

  Fred Martino speaks with Stewart McClintic of the Silver City Daily Press in this week's Silver City Report.

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Regional
8:37 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Albuquerque Police Arrest Suspect After Apartment Standoff

A man who allegedly fired shots at Albuquerque police before taking a hostage and holding up in an apartment for hours has been arrested.

Police say 21-year-old Justin Brouillette was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

They say no officers were hit in the shooting and police didn't fire their weapons.

The hostage was able to escape before police arrested Brouillette.

A SWAT team was called to negotiate with Brouillette, who police say was wanted on four felony warrants including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Regional
8:34 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Judge Fines State Agency For Violation Of Open Records Law

A judge has fined the New Mexico Public Education Department $485 and ordered it to pay attorney fees to a teachers union for violating the state's open records law.

State District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled last week that the Public Education Department did try to locate the records requested by the union but did not respond in a timely and thorough manner.

The National Education Association-New Mexico sued in September after the department failed to produce a study related to teacher evaluations.

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Regional
8:32 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Former Police Chief Says Firing Was Over Sexual Orientation

A former police chief in southern New Mexico is saying she was fired over her sexual orientation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Diana Mejia had been leading the Anthony police force for 18 months when she was fired following a closed-door meeting of four elected officials.

Trustees Betty Gonzalez, Pilar Madrid, Diana Murillo-Trujillo and James Scott voted unanimously July 1 to dismiss Mejia despite numerous comments from the public in support of the police chief.

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8:28 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Ex-City Manager Of New Mexico Border City Files Lawsuit

A former city manager of a troubled New Mexico border city has filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and violation of the state's Whistleblower Protection Act.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Vernon Wilson said in recently filed court papers that the Sunland Park City Council conducted his job performance evaluations "in bad faith" and made up information to fire him.

Wilson was hired in 2013 after state officials threaten to take over the troubled border city amid an extortion case and allegations of voter fraud.

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5:07 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

The Las Cruces Symphony Association Presents Pops Under the Stars

  LAS CRUCES, NM - The Las Cruces Symphony Association proudly presents POPS Under the Stars!  The outdoor concert will be heldSunday, September 13, 2015, at the newly refurbished Presley Askew baseball stadium on the New Mexico State University campus.

The symphony will perform a variety of popular music including patriotic songs with a full color guard salute to our veterans, as well as themes from popular television shows, movies and Broadway musicals.

The evening will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture set against a spectacular fireworks display.

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Regional
12:44 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Las Cruces Girl Leads Deputies On Pursuit After Alleged Shoplifting Spree

  A 17-year-old Las Cruces girl was arrested Tuesday after she and two teenage friends allegedly went on a shoplifting spree and then fled from a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy who tried to stop her for running a stop sign.

According to a criminal complaint, Sandra Becerra took her uncle’s 2004 Chevrolet Blazer without permission Tuesday morning and picked up two female friends, 16- and 14-years-old.  Becerra reportedly drove to Mesilla Valley Mall where the trio allegedly stole clothing, makeup and hair accessories.

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11:07 am
Wed July 8, 2015

West Nile Returns To New Mexico

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  They are a concern every rainy season in New Mexico: mosquitos.

Not just because they’re annoying, not just because their bites itch, but also because of the illness in spreads year after year. We’re talking about West Nile virus.

Right now, New Mexico is one of only a handful of states reporting human cases of the virus, including Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and it has a lot to do with all the recent rains we’ve had.

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