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10:25 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Public Meeting Next Tuesday Regarding Dripping Springs And Baylor Canyon Road Improvements

A long-awaited project may become a reality...a fully-paved Dripping Springs Road.

Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are seeking public input on an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the effects of issuing amendments to two rights-of-way (ROW) for road improvements on Dripping Springs Road and Baylor Canyon Road.

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8:59 am
Tue May 5, 2015

More Thunderstorms Could Sock Eastern New Mexico

Forecasters say New Mexico's eastern plains could get more severe thunderstorms with a potential for heavy rain, hail and damaging wind in a region where some communities already have experienced downpours.

According to the National Weather Service, the risk for flash flooding is greatest across the east-central and southeastern plains, with less thunderstorm activity expected in and west of the Rio Grande Valley.

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8:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Headline New Mexico GOP Fundraiser

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Former technology executive and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is headlining a fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Fiorina, likely the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, is scheduled to speak at the "Silver Elephant Event" in Albuquerque on May 30.

The state party uses the annual fundraiser for Republican candidates in New Mexico and comes months after the GOP gained control of the state House chamber.

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8:53 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Nine Police Officers Kidnapped In Northern Mexico; One Dead

An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night.

They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

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8:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Officials Briefed On Scathing Taser Audit

Albuquerque City Councilors briefed on a recent scathing state audit that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser International have varied opinions on the review.

Some want to look into tightening the city's procurement codes, while one questions how much disclosure is necessary by city officials and workers who might work as contractors.

Two councilors last year requested a risk review after becoming concerned about a nearly $2 million no-bid contract for body cameras and video storage software awarded to Arizona-based Taser.

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8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Most NM Teachers Still Rated Effective Or Better

 

State officials say nearly three-fourths of New Mexico's teachers rated "effective" or better under a much-debated evaluation system partly based on student achievement.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Monday that around 47 percent of teacher evaluated were deemed effective while 24 percent were graded highly effective.

Around 2.5 percent were rated "exemplary."

About 26 percent of teachers were graded "minimally effective" or "ineffective."

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6:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Some Educators Concerned Writing Proficiency Is Suffering As a Result Of Standardized Test Culture

Students at New Mexico State University work through writing tasks.
Credit Hugo Perez

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers…better known as the PARCC test…has been billed by the New Mexico public education department as latest and greatest in public school testing.  Officials say the test increases standards and will improve college and career readiness.  But some educators say the increased focus on standardized testing might be having the opposite effect.

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Southwest Regional Climate Hub At NMSU Provides Valuable Information To Agricultural Producers

   Established in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwest Regional Climate Hub was tasked with supplying science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them to adjust to climate change and weather variability. 

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

La Clinica de Familia Taking Over Mental Health Services In Dona Ana County

La Frontera recently announced that they will no longer be providing mental health services in New Mexico. La Clinica de Familia is planning on taking over the services they provide, but many had questions about the transition. Dona Ana County held a meeting with community members and officials from around the state to learn more about the transition.

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4:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

One Arrest, At Least One Other Suspect Sought In Las Cruces Nightclub Beating

  Las Cruces Police have arrested one of the men suspected of beating a 30-year-old April 17 outside a local nightclub.

Gregory Trevor Derouen, 26, of the 1800 block of Myrtle Avenue, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy. Derouen was also found to be in violation of his probation. He is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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4:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Las Cruces Youth Leadership Camp Registration Continues

  The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, has expanded its enrollment criteria to youth between the ages of 12-15.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons, and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

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4:03 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

  New Mexico State University junior Chiann-Ling Cindy Yeh of Las Cruces has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive award that supports outstanding students in the fields of math, science or engineering. 

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Yeh is one of just 260 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, and one of two from universities in New Mexico.

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4:01 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Passport Education-Jennifer Archibeque

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3:58 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Students Host Free Film Screening Tuesday

  New Mexico State University students in the Creative Media Institute are planning a screening to premiere their senior project documentary, “Halftime Highlights,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. 

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3:55 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU, DACC Professors To Teach Summer Courses In Colombia

  Five professors from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College have been selected to teach environmental sustainability, product development and mediation skills at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, this summer as part of an ongoing partnership between La Salle and NMSU.

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3:53 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Former Union Official Sentenced For Embezzlement

  ALBUQUERQUE – Leonard Bridge, 45, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for embezzling assets from a labor organization.  Leonard also was ordered to pay $140,877.56 in restitution to the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 131 (Union).

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3:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Los Alamos Worker Seriously Burned

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is in critical condition after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers to the hospital.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lab spokesman Kevin Roarke says the accident happened around noon Sunday and is being investigated.

Los Alamos Medical Center Director of Marketing Mary Beth Maasan says one patient was transported to the burn unit of the New Mexico University Medical Center and another was admitted to the Los Alamos hospital in stable condition.

Seven others were treated and released.

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3:49 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Texas Approves Rules Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Cities and counties statewide could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under a sweeping, oil and gas industry-backed bill that has cleared the Texas Legislature.  The proposal was easily approved by the Senate on Monday after passing the House last month. It now heads to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for signature into law.

Legislators moved quickly after Denton, a university town near Dallas, voted in November to impose a local fracking ban amid environmental and safety concerns. That ordinance is now being challenged in court.

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3:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Date Change For Latin Comedy Jam In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Las Cruces Convention Center has announced a date change for the upcoming Latin Comedy Jam featuring Paul Rodriguez.

Originally scheduled for May 15, the show has been moved to May 29 at 8:30 pm. The show features comic icon Paul Rodríguez, who has been making audiences laugh all over the world with his unique brand humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his universal appeal.

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8:31 am
Mon May 4, 2015

New Mexico Veterans Hired To Prevent, Fight Wildfires

Several New Mexico military veterans are back on the field but the only enemy they are fighting is fire.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's Returning Heroes program has trained 25 veterans to help battle wildfires.

The veterans have been learning new skills while also working on prescribed burns and forest-thinning projects.

Now in its first full year of operation, the State Forestry Division's program was established in 2013 to help get vets back to work.

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8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Spaceport To Explore New Ideas To Earn Revenue

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority executive director Christine Anderson will present new strategies next month for generating revenue for the multi-million dollar spaceport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the revised five-year business plan calls for Spaceport to look for new tenants, market the facility for commercial filming and open up for tourism.

Spaceport America's hopes have been tied to anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which is developing a spaceship.

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6:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Guero Loco: Bringing The Beat To Bilingualism

Bilingual rapper Guero Loco hyping up up the crowd of Deming High School students.
Credit Simon Thompson

A Michigan State University study says attending a bilingual school may improve reading and math test scores of native English speakers. Research also shows bilingual programs benefit those learning English as a second language.

Despite the benefits the state education department says only 17% of all New Mexico students are in bilingual education and districts are doing what they can to get more students into the bilingual programs. 

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Monday Business Watch

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.

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Heinrich Urges Congress To Fully Fund Conservation Program Set To Expire

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich pushed Congress to permanently authorize and completely fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing earlier this month. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill designed to permanently authorize and fully fund the LWCF, a conservation program that has been around for decades.

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11:29 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Tuesday Election For Dona Ana County Soil And Water Conservation District

  Polling location hours are 7am to 7pm

·         There are 3 polling locations

1.      Anthony Community Center

865 South Anthony Drive, Anthony, NM  88021

2.      Doña Ana County Government Center

845 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM  88007

3.      Radium Springs Community Center

12060 LB Lindbeck Road, Las Cruces, NM  88007

 

SAMPLE BALLOTS

 

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11:09 am
Sun May 3, 2015

In Depth: Religious Objection Bill And More On Tap In Texas

The Texas Legislature is in the homestretch with less than a month left in the session — and top Republicans may have to hustle if they are going to keep their loftiest promises.

Some key items are poised for crossing off conservative to-do lists: pumping extra billions into border security and transportation, allowing licensed Texans to openly carry handguns and strengthening ethics rules for elected officials.

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11:08 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Las Cruces Power Outage Caused By Balloon

Utility crews say a mylar balloon was responsible for an hour-long power outage Saturday night that affected thousands of Las Cruces residents.

El Paso Electric spokesman George De La Torre tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1AxRbNW) that the power went out around 7:55 p.m.

He says about 5,000 customers in central and south Las Cruces had no electricity.

De La Torre says crews determined the balloon, which can be purchased at any grocery store, touched a transformer.

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11:06 am
Sun May 3, 2015

New Mural Surprises Las Cruces Visitors Bureau Employees

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  Las Cruces tourism officials say they will not interfere with an unannounced mural going up on the building they occupy.

A group of artists says the owner of the building that houses the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau gave them permission to paint the mural over the weekend.

The mural shows a woman surrounded by flowers and birds.

The Visitors Bureau initially threatened to cover it up Friday.

But Bureau executive director Philip San Filippo now says it's the owner's right to allow a mural but he would have liked input on the design.

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5:48 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Need To Repair Aging Roads Looms Over New Mexico

The number of repairs and reconstruction needed for New Mexico's aging roads is far outpacing the funding available for such projects.

The state's road fund received roughly $381 million last year, $5 million less than the year prior.

Meanwhile, a national research group recently stated that just immediate road work alone amounts to $730 million.

Transportation officials say the road fund primarily gets money from gasoline tax revenues, which have stayed flat for the past decade.

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3:57 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Project Co-Developed By NMSU Student Receives Seed Funding

New Mexico State University engineering doctoral student Sasi Prabhakaran discusses a poster detailing adaptive singularity-free control moment gyroscope technology during a special event honoring six finalists in the Launch proof of concept program competition sponsored by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. Developed by NMSU engineering professor Amit Sanyal, the proposed ASCMG technology went on to win the competition. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Technology that could improve orientation control for spacecraft is the latest commercialization project to receive seed funding through the Launch program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

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