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  Attention parents of sixth grade girls from all over Doña Ana County!  It’s time to register your daughters for this year’s Girls Can! career exploration conference on Saturday morning, March 5, at Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut Street in Las Cruces.

Detectives Arrest Las Cruces Man Suspected In String Of Burglaries

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  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Las Cruces man who they allege is responsible for a string of burglaries that were reported in the past several weeks to the sheriff’s office, the Mesilla Marshal’s office, and the Las Cruces Police Department.

   Christopher Reed, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday on eight counts of receiving or transferring stolen property and one count of criminal damage to property.

Mount Cristo Rey Dinosaur Tracks Park Bill Passes

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  The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Wednesday night to launch discussions about the future of a Mount Cristo Rey Dinosaur Tracks park.  The discussions could lead to a 200 acre nature park owned by Insights El Paso Science Center at the base of Mount Cristo Rey be transferred to a New Mexico organization.  The discussions will be facilitated by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department’s State Parks Division and include key stakeholders including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Museum of Natura

  The New Mexico State University College of Education and Black Programs will host several events this month recognizing Black History Month with cultural music performances.

The college’s Dance Program and Black Programs will sponsor a performance by Soriba Fofana, director of the MORIA West African Dance & Drum Ensemble in New Mexico. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 575-646-4067.

Deming Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charges

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Flavio Loya Moncada, 53, of Deming, N.M., pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

   Moncada was arrested on March 11, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on March 6, 2015, in Doña Ana County, N.M., after Moncada attempted to sell approximately 235.1 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. 

  Las Cruces – Doña Ana Community College (DACC) will host the second annual “Run with your Doc,” to benefit St. Luke’s Healthcare Clinic on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Last year’s race included 625 runners who helped raise $30,000 for the clinic.

AAA Texas: Retail Gas Prices Fall A Nickel In State

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Texas retail gasoline prices continue to slide by dropping a nickel this week.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $1.53 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices fell 7 cents this week to reach $1.70 per gallon.

Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline this week across Texas at an average $1.34 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso have the most expensive gasoline statewide at an average $1.56 per gallon.

Two West Texans Accused In Mexican Ammunition Smuggling Case

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Two West Texas residents have been accused of trying to buy about 80,000 rounds of ammunition online to be smuggled into Mexico.

Edward Navarro of El Paso was being held on federal charges of conspiracy to smuggle and also smuggling goods from the U.S.

Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Navarro was arrested Jan. 13, at an El Paso border crossing, with nearly 4,600 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Investigators say 34-year-old Sofia Acosta de Caballero of El Paso remains at large after the indictment was unsealed Wednesday in El Paso.

NM House Approves Police 'Double-Dipping' Bill

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New Mexico's House of Representatives has approved provisions for some retired law enforcement officers to return to work while also receiving pension benefits.

The Democratic-led Senate has not yet voted on the double-dipping rules. Republican Gov. Susan Martinez supports the plan.

The legislation was designed to help Albuquerque's police force and other local law enforcement agencies address shortfalls in staffing and difficulties with recruiting new officers.

Global Bank Accused Of Supporting Drug Cartels In Lawsuit

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Four families have sued global bank HSBC in federal court in Texas alleging that the bank permitted Mexican drug cartels to launder money and thereby provided material support to terrorists.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in Brownsville on Tuesday said that laundering drug money made it possible for the cartels to operate. It says the bank is liable for the damage inflicted by the cartels under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Survey: Solar Workforce Growing In New Mexico

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State energy officials say the solar industry's workforce is growing in New Mexico.

The state Energy Conservation and Management Division teamed up with the nonprofit Solar Foundation to develop the solar jobs census for 2015. They found 299 jobs were added to the solar workforce last year.

As of November, a total of 1,899 workers were employed by the industry and solar companies said they expected to hire another 234 workers this year.

Diocese Of Gallup To Recieve Tickets To See Pope In Ciudad Juárez

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The Diocese of Gallup says it also will be getting tickets to a Papal Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Diocese spokeswoman Suzanne Hammons said Wednesday the diocese will get 200 tickets for an open-air Mass scheduled for Wednesday.

Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico's northern border across from El Paso, Texas, is the last stop in the pope's schedule 5-day visit to Mexico next week.

Pope Francis is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with the open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium in Ciudad Juarez.

According to the Pew Research Center, In 2015, 20% of American adults were in the lowest- income tier, up from 16% in 1971, with more American’s moving into the lower income tiers there is a concern of the affect it will have on American politics.

Low Income Earners tend to be less- involved in politics than the middle class, but a group in Las Cruces works to keep them involved. New Mexico CAFé helps to train and keep people involved in politics.

Community Resource Expo To Help Las Cruces Community College Students

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  Las Cruces -- The Center for Career and Student Success will sponsor a Community Resource Expo to assist NMSU-Doña Ana (DACC) students succeed. At the Expo students can communicate directly with agencies that provide services that can make a difference in their lives.

The Expo will take place on Wednesday, February 17, in the commons area of the Student Resources building on the East Mesa Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gem And Mineral Show Coming To Las Cruces

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  LAS CRUCES, NM – The fourth annual The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. This year’s event will feature fossils, meteorites, gems, jewelry, and hourly door prizes, along with food and fun for the whole family.

Fronteras: Trans-Pacific Partership - Rep. Beto O’Rourke

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  Police have filed charges against a 67-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of portraying himself as an employee of a local car dealership and cheating several individuals out of cash he suggested would pay for ‘flipping’ used vehicles.

Gary D. Sugamosto, 67, is charged with five felony counts of fraud. He is charged with two counts of fraud over $2,500, one count of fraud over $20,000, one count of fraud over $500 and one count of fraud by worthless check.

A warrant has been obtained for Sugamosto’s arrest. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.

NMAA Apologized To Girls Team Over Navajo Hair Buns Issue

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The New Mexico Activities Association has apologized to the Dulce High School girls' basketball team after referees made players undo their traditional Navajo hair buns over safety concerns.

The girls wore tsiiyeels at their game Tuesday in Santa Fe to support an Arizona team that recently made headlines for being told to remove the hair wraps.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports the NMAA will send a clarification to high school officials across the state.

New Mexico Official Blasts EPA Over Colorado Mine Spill

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The head of the New Mexico Environment Department is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn on Wednesday told members of a state legislative committee that the agency plans to monitor water quality for one year to ensure it's safe for recreational use.

Flynn said the agency instead needs to treat the incident as a human health issue.

Udall Statement Following Appropriations Hearing On Air Force Funding

Feb 10, 2016
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today on the president’s budget request for the Air Force, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III on important issues related to New Mexico’s Air Force bases and their role in maintaining a strong national defense. After the hearing, Udall released the following statement:

Las Cruces Purse Snatcher Sought by Police

Feb 10, 2016

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of stealing a woman’s purse as she sat in a local coffee shop.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stolen purse at Dunkin Donuts on East Lohman Avenue. Offices learned that a 23-year-old woman was sitting in the coffee shop when an unknown man approached, grabbed her purse and ran out the door.

New Mexico Commission Denies Suit Against Utility Over Nuclear Unit

Feb 10, 2016

A New Mexico commission has denied a motion that would prevent a utility from making its customers cover the costs of a nuclear power unit it recently purchased.

The New Mexican reports that the Public Regulation Commission's hearing officer ruled against the motion Tuesday. Renewable energy nonprofit New Energy Economy had accused the Public Service Company of New Mexico of trying to "sneak in" the purchase without PRC approval.

Judge Reduces Verdict Against Carmaker In Toddler's Death

Feb 10, 2016
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A carmaker has been ordered to pay more than $8 million after a toddler suffered brain damage after getting her head stuck in a power window.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that on Friday U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales reduced a jury's $9.6 million verdict by $1 million, but denied a new trial or a judgment as a matter of law requested by Volvo Cars of North America.

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Authorities say a woman got hit by a vehicle and is dead after she argued with her boyfriend and was stranded on Interstate 25 south of Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says the woman was trying to flag down vehicles when she was struck Tuesday evening.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says deputies learned that the woman had argued with her boyfriend and that he stopped the vehicle they were in on the side of the highway, got out and began walking.

Williamson says that's when she started to try to flag down vehicles and was struck.

Santa Fe Archbishop To Host Immigration Forum In Albuquerque

Feb 10, 2016

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester is planning to host a forum around the subject of immigration.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced that week the immigration symposium will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque on Feb. 24.

The forum will come after Wester is scheduled to hear Pope Francis give Mass from a Ciudad Juarez field next week. Wester is slated to hear the Mass with other U.S. bishops on a levee on the U.S. side of the border.

Be A Healthy Valentine

Feb 10, 2016

  Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what better way to make the love in our lives last than loving our health?

Think of how many times have you heard the advice ‘you can’t love someone else until you love yourself’? Loving ourselves isn’t just about having good self-esteem; it’s about taking care of our bodies, hearts and minds.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) wants you to have a sweet Valentine’s Day. So whether you celebrate on your own, or with someone else, take steps to be a healthy valentine.

Silver City Report

Feb 10, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer is back from Santa Fe where he traveled with the Grant County Prospectors to visit with state leaders. 

Last Month Doña Ana County settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former county employee, after Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez admitted to offering the employee $1,000 to have sex with him during a personnel investigation.

Since the sexual harassment allegations came out there have been calls for his resignation, and Gutierrez has refused. The County Commission has now followed up on their August 2014 censure.

Feds Plan Outreach To New Mexico Youth In Opioid Fight

Feb 9, 2016

Federal law enforcement officials are citing a rise in drug overdose deaths in New Mexico as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration release a documentary aimed at educating high schoolers on the dangers of opioids.

Special agents in charge for the FBI and DEA in New Mexico say the agencies will distribute free DVDs of the documentary "Chasing the Dragon" to high schools in the state.

The film centers on the stories of several people who have struggled with prescription opioid and heroin addiction.

WNMU Regents Meet In Santa Fe

Feb 9, 2016

Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents of Western New Mexico University met for its annual February meeting in Santa Fe on Thursday, February 4 and heard from several higher education officials before passing a number of action items.

The meeting began with an economic outlook by State Senator John Arthur Smith who represents Luna County, home to WNMU’s Deming campus. Several other officials including Lt. Governor John Sanchez State Senator Howie Morales, and Higher Education Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron followed Senator Smith.

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