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State Police Investigating Laguna Shooting

4 hours ago
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New Mexico State Police officers are investigating a fatal police shooting that took place at the Laguna Reservation west of Albuquerque.

Officers responded to a call on Monday after an armed person fled from tribal police.

There are no details of how the shooting unfolded but a spokesman said the suspect was fatally shot by a State Police officer and pronounced dead on scene.

The agency isn't releasing the name of the suspect or officer involved in the shooting.

NMSU To Offer Discounted Tuition For Mexican Students

10 hours ago

Mexican students will now be able to attend New Mexico State University at a discounted rate.

The NMSU Board of Regents passed a resolution that allows students from Mexico to pay a lower tuition rate than out-of-state students.

Las Cruces is near the border with Mexico and already attracts many students from the country. The university is also recruiting students from the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU announces Partnership

10 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), New Mexico’s premier non-profit research institute has signed a partnership agreement with the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University and the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research (BIHPR), to provide innovative and timely research aimed at improving health practices and facilitating health policy changes in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

With looming Budget Shortfalls, New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has approved Employee Benefit Cuts.

NMSU’s Employee Benefits are being cut in an effort to balance the budget.

Chair of NMSU’s Board of Regent’s Debra Hicks says these cuts are part of the ongoing effort to offset cuts in funding.

Las Cruces Woman Suspected of Using Stolen Credit Cards at Walmart

10 hours ago

  Las Cruces Police arrested a woman suspected of stealing a pair of credit cards and attempting to purchase several hundred dollars of merchandise with the stolen cards.

Jennifer Robinette, 30, of the 1000 block of south Main Street, is charged with two counts of theft of a credit card, two counts of conspiracy and one count each of fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft. All six counts are fourth-degree felonies.

  ALBUQUERQUE – Erik Bilal Khan, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 20 years of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his conviction on federal child pornography charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, Texas, and Chief Jaime Montoya of the Las Cruces Police Department.

SBA administrator visits NMSU’s Arrowhead Center

11 hours ago

  U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez visited Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University last week to learn about Arrowhead programming and discuss areas for increased collaboration between the SBA and Arrowhead. 

As a 2009 appointee of President Barack Obama, Olivarez oversees SBA activity in the South Central Region, which is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Darren Phillips, NMSU

  Students from Mexico can now study at New Mexico State University at a discounted tuition rate thanks to a new program dubbed Descubre, or discover.

The NMSU Board of Regents passed a resolution this spring discounting tuition for students from Mexico. The new tuition rate is about half that paid by out-of-state students. The estimated tuition rate per semester is $4,691 for full-time (15 credits) undergraduate students, and $3,975 for full-time (12 credits) graduate students.

Prosecutors, Lawmakers Spar Over New Mexico Subpoena Powers

12 hours ago
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A state district court judge is considering whether New Mexico lawmakers can be called upon to testify in the case of a former state senator accused of fraud.

Judge Brett Loveless has scheduled a hearing Monday to consider the extent to which prosecutors can compel lawmakers and their aides to testify in response to objections by the Legislature's administrative office.

King Brothers' Alamo Ranch In New Mexico Sells

12 hours ago

A real estate group that markets properties across the West says a sprawling New Mexico ranch owned by the family of former Gov. Bruce King has been sold.

Purchased by the late King and his brothers in 1961, Alamo Ranch is considered one of the state's legacy ranches. It stretches across more than 100 square miles of high desert hills, prairies of native grass and arroyos in Sandoval County.

The ranch went on the market in February for $33 million.

Hall and Hall Real Estate did not immediately release any details about the recent sale.

Farmington Losing Red Cross Office To Aztec

13 hours ago
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Farmington will no longer have an American Red Cross office after the organization moves about 15 miles over to Aztec.

The move was prompted by cheaper space in Aztec. The Red Cross will move on June 31.

The organization says it will still have volunteers in Farmington but that the Aztec office will be a meeting and training space as well as have storage for emergency supplies and its disaster vehicle.

The Red Cross will open its new office in Aztec on July 1.

The Latest: Crews Begin Rehab In Wake Of New Mexico Blaze

13 hours ago

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Rehabilitation work is underway on a 28-square-mile wildfire that destroyed 12 homes and dozens of other structures in central New Mexico.

Fire officials say the blaze that burned through part of the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque is 90 percent contained and crews were focusing Monday on mopping up and rehabilitating dozer and hand lines that were built to corral the flames.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Unveils New Anti-DWI Ads

13 hours ago
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new set of commercials targeting drunken driving and texting while driving.

The advertisements released Monday feature New Mexico State Police and dramatized scenes from fatal traffic crashes.

The ads are part of a push by the governor's office to combat drunken driving and come before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend.

The ads will run in radio and television spots.

Dona Ana County church suffers string of vandalism

14 hours ago

Parishioners of the San Pedro Mission in the Dona Ana County community of Vado are shaken after three incidents of vandalism have left their church desecrated.

Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu was called to rededicate the church after the Eucharist, the body of Christ in the catholic faith, was thrown around the temple and stepped on.

The Eucharist is the most recent event in three incidents of vandalism the church has suffered in the last month. Doors were kicked down, windows were shattered and other damage was done to the sanctuary.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

16 hours ago

  Main St:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   June 29 & July 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·         Electrical Parade

o   July 3, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $2,461,922 to repair sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to repair the pipes.

 

A 1947 incident in Roswell that the military attributed to a weather balloon is the focus of a two-day event.

The Roswell Daily Record has been covering the mystery since the beginning and will host its first gathering of experts from July 1-2.

Publisher Barbara Beck said her grandfather Thomas Shearman owned the newspaper in 1947. She said the Daily Record was an important factor in the famous incident.

The event will feature experts on research into unidentified flying objects.

Monday Business Watch

21 hours ago

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. This week, Rio Grande Winery, founded in 95, is keeping alive a long, long tradition of New Mexico wine, with some divine intervention. 

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Terry Duncan started using medical cannabis about 6 months ago for help with various chronic pain and anxiety disorders; she says it’s greatly improved her quality of life.

“Within 3 days to a week I could get up and down off the floor which I hadn’t been able to do in over 10 years,” Duncan said. “My speech cleared up, I don’t have to take as many meds as I was taking before, and it’s really been a miracle, it really has. If I don’t take them, I hurt like the dickens.”

StoryCorps: Suzan Martinez de Gonzales

21 hours ago
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Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Suzan Martinez de Gonzales (60) tells her daughter, Donicia Cresencia Gonzales (35), about her early life and her mother's struggle with domestic violence.

Some Oppose Federal Plan To Sterilize Wild Horses

Jun 26, 2016
Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups.

New Mexico Supreme Court Cautions Judges Using Social Media

Jun 26, 2016

New Mexico judges are being cautioned about using social media by the state's highest court.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued guidelines it wants judges to follow on Facebook and other online platforms.

They include suggestions that judges have campaign committees maintain any election social media profiles and prohibit public comments on them.

The court's remarks came last week in a decision to grant a retrial for a defendant convicted in the 2010 killing of an Albuquerque woman.

New Mexico residents will no longer be able to enjoy the state's museums for free every Sunday.  Museums will only be free the first Sunday of each month starting July 1.

The decision comes as the state Department of Cultural Affairs is trying to make budget cuts.

The new policy affects eight museums in total across Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

But it won't affect museums such as the New Mexico History Museum, which admits children under age 17 for free daily.

Dog Head Fire 90% Contained

Jun 25, 2016

Acres: 17,912                                                                                     Containment: 90%

Cause: Human - under investigation                                                  Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM    

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

North Fire 48% Contained

Jun 25, 2016

The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 36,302 acres; at 48% containment.  The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits. 

NMSU leaders hit the phones to boost scholarship funds for students

Jun 25, 2016

  Scholarship committees at New Mexico State University will begin meeting in early July to make difficult decisions about how to distribute scholarships to students for the upcoming academic year. There are always more deserving students than available funds, so campus leaders took to the phones this week to help close the gap and support student success.

Texas Supreme Court sidesteps key home-school learning issue

Jun 25, 2016

The Texas Supreme Court has sided with a family accused of not teaching its children anything while waiting "to be raptured."

But it didn't answer larger constitutional questions about whether home-school children must be properly taught.

Friday's 6-3 decision on technical grounds was a win for Laura and Michael McIntyre, who once educated their nine children in the family's El Paso motorcycle dealership.

The couple argued that school district officials violated their 14th Amendment rights by attempting to verify that its children were learning.

State police ID man shot, killed at Grant County home

Jun 25, 2016

Authorities say a man shot by a state police officer in a small New Mexico town has died.

New Mexico State Police said early Friday that 29-year-old Josh Herrera was killed in the shooting Thursday afternoon in Hanover, a town east of Silver City in Grant County.

Herrera was from nearby Vanadium.

Authorities say no officers were injured in the confrontation with Herrera.

Authorities say Grant County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home in response to reports of a gunman, with state police officers assisting deputies with the call.

Man charged with shining laser at Border Patrol helicopter

Jun 25, 2016

A South Texas man has been arrested and charged with shining a laser at a Border Patrol helicopter.

A federal affidavit alleges Juan Peralez pointed the laser at the helicopter about 1 a.m. Monday, prompting the pilot to take evasive action to avoid being blinded. Another member of the aircraft crew directed Borde3r Patrol agents on the ground to the source of the laser, where Peralez was seen aiming the laser at the helicopter.

The 57-year-old La Joya (HOY'-uh) man was arrested late Thursday and made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate Friday in McAllen.

Sunland Park extends contract for city manager

Jun 25, 2016
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A former New Mexico Oil and Gas Association president hired as city manager in a troubled New Mexico border city has been given an extension.  Sunland Park city council recently voted to keep Bob Gallagher until December. He signed a 6 month contract as the interim city manager in February following a heated meeting.

Sunland Park had been without a full-time city manager for a year until Gallagher's hiring.

Nearly 40 percent of people live below the poverty line in the city, where the main source of income comes from the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

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