Adviser To New Mexico Governor Tops List Raking In Campaign Cash

Apr 21, 2016

  McCleskey Media Strategies topped the list of consultants and vendors paid by candidates and political action committees between October and early April, taking in nearly $373,000.

Operated by Jay McCleskey, Republican Gov. Susana’s Martinez’s top political adviser, the firm received most of the money from PACs related to the governor, according to an analysis of reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office last week.

  SANTA FE—The last day for eligible New Mexicans to register to vote in the June 7th Primary Election is May 10th, according to Secretary of State Brad Winter. The office is encouraging eligible voters to register prior to the deadline, after which county clerks finalize their voter rolls for New Mexico’s closed primary elections, in which registered Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for the November General Election.

High Blood Pressure: A Silent Threat

Apr 21, 2016

  A New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) report late last year revealed the most common disease related to hospitalizations is heart disease

The numbers weren’t even close. The most recent Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data annual report found 12,234 New Mexicans were hospitalized due to heart disease in 2014 – nearly 4,000 more cases than the second most common reason for hospitalization.

  EL PASO, Texas – TIME magazine has named President Diana Natalicio of The University of Texas at El Paso to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes will appear in theMay 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at

  The Las Cruces Police Department will park its Mobile Operations Command center at Hotel Encanto Friday and officers will have an increased presence along the Lohman-Telshor business district throughout the weekend.

The MOC will be parked in front of Hotel Encanto at 705 Telshor Boulevard. The MOC will be there from 8 a.m. Friday, April 22, through 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The MOC will be manned 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.each day.

  The New Mexico Office of Border Health and New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will host the 3nd Annual Spring Into Good Health a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 29 from 1:30 to 4:00 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.

Anthony Moreno

From the being a radio announcer to driving a truck across North America, one Las Cruces resident stays busy, and enjoys life to the fullest.

Every week, 86-year old Lois Jones performs for an hour on the organ with Marietta Holmes on the piano.  The duo perform tunes from the 1920s-1950s before an audience at the Good Samaritan Society, Las Cruces Village Auditorium.

Money Smart Week Comes To The Las Cruces Farmers' Market

Apr 21, 2016

  Visitors to the Las Cruces Farmers' Market on Saturday, April 23, will see a sea of green shirts and balloons in front of the Rio Grandé Theater, where the official local kickoff of Money Smart Week 2016 will be underway.

The kickoff will feature giveaways, demonstrations, an inflatable money machine and calendars outlining more than 70 seminars coming up throughout the next week in Doña Ana County.

Proclamations approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the Las Cruces City Council will be formally presented.

White Sands National Monument

Across the country, National Parks are finding different ways to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

White Sands National Monument is one of the most visited National Parks in New Mexico. Marie Sauter, Superintendent of White Sands National Monument says the National Parks provide a valuable service.

  If a young child was brought to the United States by his or her parents from another country, can that child later attend college in the U.S.? Is it possible for an undocumented student to receive state-funded scholarships to attend New Mexico State University? If a student has high school transcripts from another country, what are the options for higher education in the U.S.?

The Immigrant Student Issues Committee at NMSU and Dona Ana Community College has the answers.

Lawsuit Against Natural Cigarette Maker Moved To New Mexico

Apr 21, 2016

A class-action lawsuit targeting a company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural has moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

Three men from California, New York and Florida are suing the maker of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., and its parent company, Reynolds American Inc.

The plaintiffs say the cigarette maker's marketing deliberately tries to mislead smokers into believing their products are healthier than other tobacco products.

Southern New Mexico County Eyes Expanding Its Port-Of-Entry

Apr 21, 2016

A southern New Mexico county is considering expanding its port-of-entry.

Luna County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet in special session on Friday to discuss the plan. Residents will have the chance to speak about the proposal to expand the port-of-entry in Columbus.

Officials say the expansion is needed to increase freight through New Mexico and make it easier for the city and truckers to pass through.

Port-of-Entries throughout New Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico border have reported record traffic in recent years.

Workshops Aim To Preserve Northern New Mexico Documents

Apr 21, 2016

New Mexico Highlands University and the city of Las Vegas Museum want northern New Mexico residents to preserve their family documents.

The school's library and the museum will host workshops next week in Las Vegas on ways families can save documents going back the Spanish colonial era to frontier days.

Officials say those documents tell the story of New Mexico and should be preserved.

Judge Search Continues In New Mexico Corruption Case

Apr 21, 2016

Two semi-retired New Mexico state judges have been nominated to oversee a criminal fraud case against former Sen. Phil Griego after a string of judges in Santa Fe District Court declined to hear the case.

State prosecutors and Griego's attorney agreed to recommend substitute Judges James A. Hall of Santa Fe or Michael E. Martinez of Albuquerque. Defense attorney Tom Smith says they are both active as substitute judges.

Hit-and-Run Suspect Wanted by Las Cruces Police

Apr 20, 2016

  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the driver suspected of Saturday’s hit-and-run that injured a 29-year-old man.

Andrew Aguilar, 25 of 2230 Dona Ana Rd., is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The 29-year-old victim was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso shortly after the crash. He remained hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition at UMC.

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the driver of a Jeep that caused a crash Tuesday evening on Telshor Boulevard.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, a Ford Fusion and a Chrysler Town and Country van were southbound on Telshor near Hillrise Drive when a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, also southbound, approached at a high rate of speed. In an effort to avoid being rear-ended by the Jeep, the driver of the Ford quickly changed lanes and struck the van.

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Dona Ana County Teen Court continues with their annual DWI Shattered Lives simulation, which will be held at Mayfield High School on Thursday April 21, 2016.  A section of Valley Drive will be closed from 9:00 am until 10:30 am in order to reenact the crash.

Virgin Galactic Team Returns To Spaceport America

Apr 20, 2016

A team of pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists with Virgin Galactic is busy at Spaceport America, running a series of ground and air exercises in preparation for future commercial flights.

The focus is on WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that will one day help carry the company's rocket ship and paying tourists to the edge of space.

Feds To Release Wolves In New Mexico Despite Opposition

Apr 20, 2016

U.S. officials plan to release Mexican wolves in New Mexico this year despite the state's opposition.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday posted a plan to its website saying it intends to release a pack of wolves in the state and place pups born in captivity into a wild pack to improve the population's genetic diversity.

The agency and the New Mexico Game Commission wrangled over bureaucratic issues for months before the commission denied the federal government permission to release the wolves in New Mexico.

Drug Task Force In Southwest New Mexico Facing Scrutiny

Apr 20, 2016

A drug task force in southwestern New Mexico is facing scrutiny over the handling and storing of evidence by law enforcement officers.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez says she is aware of possible irregularities surrounding the federally-funded Region VII High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Task Force.

Estevez says officials have been told of allegations of lack of internal controls and a lack of policies or procedures involving evidence.

Officials say some cases involved missing incident reports.

Border Agent Fires Gun At Smuggler, No Injuries Reported

Apr 20, 2016

The U.S. Border Patrol says one of its agents fired a gun at a marijuana smuggler on Tohono O'odham Nation land.

The encounter occurred late Tuesday afternoon near the village of Cowlic as border agents were tracking a group of smugglers.

The Border Patrols says agents were assaulted with rocks as they approached the smugglers.

The agency says no injuries were reported and that the smugglers were taken into custody and their marijuana bales have been seized.

The shooting is under investigation.

Las Cruces City Council approved 7-0 a plan to expand the convention center along with a shared film sound stage. Along with that, they also approved a long-term plan for a stand-alone sound stage.

According to the Associated Press, all of New Mexico’s sound stages were recently filled to capacity. Irene Oliver- Lewis, Vice Chair of Film Las Cruces says the expanding options in entertainment means there is an increase in demand for places to film.

Silver City Report

Apr 20, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic with a look at how the Drug Task Force agency for the Silver City region has mishandled evidence going back four years.  

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NMSU alumnus to speak on Mexican teens and violence

Apr 19, 2016

  A Mexican anthropologist and graduate of New Mexico State University will visit NMSU this week to speak about teens and the drug-related violence in Mexico.



  LAS CRUCES----Cheryl Carreon, a preschool teacher for developmentally delayed children at East Picacho Elementary School, has been selected as the 2017 Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made last night (April 18) during the annual "Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner" sponsored by the LCPS Foundation, Century Bank, and the school district.

Las Cruces Teen Arrested Again, Two Weeks Following Burglary Spree

Apr 19, 2016

  A 16-year-old boy arrested just two weeks ago for allegedly burglarizing vehicles in the Dale neighborhood is now suspected of stealing property from automobiles Monday evening.

Deacon Castillo now faces two additional charges of auto burglary after officers located him on Fountain Loop in the possession of property stolen from at least four vehicles.

Las Cruces Residents Plead Guilty To Meth Charges

Apr 19, 2016

  Two residents of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges. 

New Mexico Governor Rebukes Trump On Border-Fence Plan

Apr 19, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

Martinez told the Associated Press on Tuesday that building fences can impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

Governor: Social Media To Broadcast Lenient DUI Sentences

Apr 19, 2016

The governor of New Mexico says social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday announced a program that will use citizen watchdogs to monitor court hearings by state judges who are routinely lenient in drunken driving cases.

Staffers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving will serve as monitors. They'll send details about lenient sentences to state officials, who will identify repeat offenders and the judges in tweets or Facebook posts.

Planned Parenthood Abortion Drug Prescriptions Net Complaint

Apr 19, 2016

New Mexico's board of nursing is investigating a complaint that a Planned Parenthood nurse prescribed an abortion drug in violation of state law.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the complaint says the nurse practitioner who prescribed the abortion medication violated the law that stipulates licensed physicians alone can perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Whitney Phillips said in a written statement that nurse practitioners are not performing surgical abortions.