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  CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Jans considered Saturday night's game at the United Center a test of whether New Mexico State was ready for a step up in class.

The coach was happy with the result.

AJ Harris had the game-winning 3-point play, Zach Lofton scored 23 points and New Mexico State rallied late for a 74-69 win over Illinois after losing a 15-point lead.

Las Cruces Utilities Notifies Customers of Reduced Times for Service Shut Offs

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With a new year, new changes are coming to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU). These changes will start the effort to help secure customers against identity theft, but will also reduce the shut off period before a delinquent account is eligible for shut off due to unpaid utility bills.

Starting January 31, 2018, the time before delinquent accounts lead to service shut off decreases from 38 days to 15 days.

At the November 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting for LCU, the board passed a resolution that did two things:

I-10 Closures This Week

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  I-10 East @ Mesa

Overnight

Sunday, Dec. 17

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane between Thorn Avenue and the North Mesa Street overpass. The North Mesa Street exit ramp (Exit 11) from I-10 Eastbound will close.

The Redd Road entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

New Mexico Senate Dems oust colleague from leadership post

Dec 16, 2017
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate on Saturday ousted one of their members from a leadership post amid controversy over past sexual harassment allegations.

The Senate Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting Saturday and later released a statement saying a majority of Democratic senators voted "to vacate the position" of majority whip that had been held by Sen. Michael Padilla. The lawmakers didn't immediately pick a replacement for the upcoming legislative session.

Sandoval County commission rejects energy drilling ordinance

Dec 16, 2017

  BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Sandoval County commissioners have rejected a proposed ordinance to regulate oil and gas development across thousands of square miles of unincorporated lands in northwestern New Mexico.

Part 1:  6 stories covering an advisor, negotiating a rescue ceasefire, a painful frightening night waiting for medics, valor to earn a purple heart, the mechanic that kept pilots safe and questions of faith.

In Chronological Order of Service

Harvey Hilbert: Las Cruces

Udall Statement On GOP Tax Conference Report

Dec 15, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate and House Republicans released the final text of their tax plan:

The Silver City MainStreet Project received a grant from the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance to beautify downtown Silver City.  The funds were used to replant the medians at the intersection of Bullard and College Streets and to completely rehab a block of Spring Street between Bullard and Texas Streets.

CARLSBAD, New Mexico–On January 2, 2018, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will increase its entrance fee from $10 to $12 per person for ages 16 and older, free for ages 15 and under. The entrance fee hasn't been raised since 2012.

LAS CRUCES--- Las Cruces High School Senior Brandon Baeza was recently named Gatorade’s 2017-18 New Mexico Football Player of the Year. Baeza, a wide receiver and defensive back for the LCHS Bulldawgs, is the first player from Las Cruces High School to win that award since Franklin Hamilton in 2001.

“It’s great to see such a talented student athlete recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field,” LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes. “We look forward to seeing all the great things Brandon will undoubtedly accomplish in the future.”

AG Balderas Announces New Mexico to Join Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Dec 15, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.

 

NM State Aggie Football wants you to Make a STATEment

Dec 15, 2017

After 57 years and a dose of déjà vu, the New Mexico State University Aggies will take on a familiar opponent in their first bowl game appearance since 1960. A decades-old rematch against Utah State at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson in a couple weeks takes us back in time almost to the day on December 31, 1960, when the NM State Aggies captured a 20-13 win. 

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PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service will conduct a public sale for a dispenser liquor license, within Dona Ana County, New Mexico under sealed bid.  The sealed bid will be opened at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the IRS Office, 4041 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix, Ariz.

MINIMUM BID: The minimum bid for this item will begin at $240,000.

Former State Employee Sentenced To Unsupervised Probation

Dec 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state employee accused of punching a subordinate and keeping her from contacting his supervisor during the confrontation has been sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

Gallup Drops Panhandling Ordinance Over Free-Speech Concerns

Dec 15, 2017

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The city of Gallup is repealing a panhandling ordinance that a civil rights group says violates freedom of speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico said Friday that the city attorney sent a memo to the police chief instructing the department no longer arrest or cite panhandlers.

According to the memo, which the ACLU made available, City Attorney Curtis Hayes says a court would likely find the ordinance unconstitutional.

Hayes says the city still needs some kind of statute to prevent panhandling.

Police: Foul Play Not Yet Determined For Body Found In Car

Dec 15, 2017

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have not determined if foul play was involved after a body was found in a burning vehicle in eastern New Mexico.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports firefighters discovered the body in the driver's seat after responding to the burning vehicle on State Road 267 outside of Portales on Tuesday night.

2nd Annual KRWG's Tamale Confidential

Dec 15, 2017

LAS CRUCES, NM (December 7, 2017) – KRWG Public Media marks the holiday season with a live broadcast of the 2nd Annual Tamale Confidential during Voice of the Public on 90.7 FM and krwg.org at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 14th.  This hour-long celebration of the New Mexico tradition of holiday tamale-making will help listeners   learn the history of tamales and how to prepare them.   

Heinrich Cosponsors Resolution To Restore FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Dec 15, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that he will be joining a group of 15 Senators in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order. Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C. Circuit Court upheld in 2016.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to gather for a memorial service for one of two 17-year-old classmates killed during a shooting rampage at a New Mexico high school.

The service for Francisco "Paco" Fernandez will be Friday at the Pinon Hills Community Church in Farmington. A stream of lowrider and custom cars is expected to escort the family to the cemetery following the service.

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are beginning to file legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session that starts in January.

Friday marks the first day to introduce bills for a 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 15. Anti-crime proposals and budgetary changes expected to dominate the agenda.

Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for her final year in office and is expected to back public safety legislation and push other longstanding priorities such as tax reform.

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Your Weekend Pulse

Dec 15, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Nutcracker and the Cracked Nut performances at ASNMSU Center for the Arts, a family Christmas party at Mesilla Park Community Church, a performance of There’s Snow Place Like Home at Boba café & Cabaret, and Winterfest 2017 on Plaza de Las Cruces.  

Repaved Runways for Model Airplanes Help Citizens Fly High

Dec 15, 2017

With the stunning backdrop of the Organ Mountains, the City of Las Cruces’ Old Foothills Landfill (OFL), at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., is a hub of activity not only for year ‘round green waste recycling and clean-fill acceptance, but also for citizens who utilize two onsite recreational venues – a model airplane park and a small archery range.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is rewriting its policy against sexual harassment in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked.

A panel of lawmakers plans to publish and discuss a first draft of proposed anti-harassment rules on Friday in Santa Fe.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has told business and community leaders that the city is facing a budget deficit as gross receipts tax revenues fail to come in at the rate projected in the spending plan approved by the City Council earlier this year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Keller said the last administration did a lot for the city's infrastructure, but also left his administration some unfinished business.

Hit-and-Run Crash Critically Injures Woman In Las Cruces

Dec 14, 2017

Las Cruces police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a 42-year-old woman on Thursday.

Shortly before noon on Thursday, Dec. 14, police were dispatched to the crash that occurred at the corner of Santa Fe Street and Organ Avenue. The victim, a 42-year-old woman, suffered multiple injuries and was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. She has since been airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso.

Las Cruces-Area Students Work To Save The Planet

Dec 14, 2017

It’s a bright, crisp Wednesday morning and Recycling Coordinator Tarkeysha Burton from the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) is hosting a “tabling” event in the cafeteria at Gadsden High School. Her recycling partner, Irene Holguin, Director of Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful (KDACB), is right by her side and busy responding to recycling questions from Gadsden High School students.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Co-Founder and President John L. Hummer and Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer George Mychaskiw, DO, presented a gift on Dec. 11 of $250,000 to New Mexico State University.

Receiving the gift were NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney. The gift will be used for the New Mexico College of Osteopathic Medicine Current Use Scholarship at NMSU, to be administered by the NMSU Foundation.

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