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At Mexico border, US mayors say humanitarian crisis persists

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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Mayors of major U.S. cities who gathered Thursday at a holding facility for immigrant children at Texas' border with Mexico said President Trump has failed to address a humanitarian crisis of his own making with an executive order to halt the separation of minors as families are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Seattle Mayor and former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan said immigrant shelters have been overwhelmed by criminal prosecutions ordered by the Trump administration.

Newsmakers 1015 - Fernando R. Macias

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Navajo Commission Aims To Raise Awareness Of Hate Crimes

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing this spring of a homeless man who police say was shot by two Albuquerque teens "for fun" has spurred civil rights and Navajo Nation human rights advocates to push for more vigilance among community members in reporting attacks perceived as directly targeting Native Americans.

Washington, Other States Plan To Sue Over Family Separations

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SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington and more than a half-dozen other states said Thursday that they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States.

The Latest: 2 Pennsylvania Centers Housing Immigrant Kids

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  McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

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Two Pennsylvania facilities are housing immigrant children separated from their families at the border under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that about 50 children have been sent to the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Pittsburgh since April.

Udall Votes Against Funding Trump’s Border Wall

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Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that includes $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border.

Heinrich Statement On Trump Executive Order On Immigration

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US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2018) -  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement of an executive order on immigration:

"President Trump’s decision to take children as young as infants and toddlers away from their parents as a form of punishment or deterrence is morally indefensible. The trauma these policies are inflicting on families, many of whom are already fleeing violence and seeking asylum, is horrific.

Udall Statement On Trump Executive Order On Family Separation

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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on his administration’s family separation policy:

“President Trump could end the appalling family separation crisis he created with a stroke of a pen – but this executive order doesn’t do that. Instead, this order doubles down on the president’s failed and inhumane ‘zero tolerance’ policy, which has resulted in the babies and children of immigrants being torn away from their parents and sent to detention facilities. The president’s ‘plan’ to end his family separation policy does not actually guarantee this horrible practice ends – and its only alternative is to detain families together, on military bases and other unacceptable locations, in violation of a federal court decision banning the long-term detention of children. Like many of the president’s misguided policies, this one will surely be challenged in court.

Eight Wolf Pups Being Fostered By Surrogate Wild Wolf Parents

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eight Mexican gray wolf pups are being raised by surrogate parents in the wild as federal biologists look to improve the genetic diversity of the wild population in Arizona and New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says four pups were placed into wild dens in late April — two in Arizona and two in New Mexico. Four more pups were placed with a New Mexico pack in May.

The agency says the cross-fostering technique is a way of getting captive-born pups into the litters of experienced wild female wolves.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mayors of cities from across the United States have begun to gather at Texas' border with Mexico to condemn President Trump's treatment of immigrant families under a zero-tolerance policy for people who cross into the United States illegally.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber arrived Wednesday in El Paso, Texas, to join more than a dozen mayors in demanding that families who were separated while trying to enter the United States illegally be immediately reunited.

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Increased Patrols to Target Illegal Fireworks in Las Cruces

Jun 20, 2018
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  Wednesday marks the first day fireworks are allowed to be sold within city limits, so the Las Cruces Fire Department is reminding residents of general guidelines and safety tips for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

Fireworks can be sold within city limits from June 20 through July 6.

Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged in Las Cruces are ground and hand-held sparkling and smoking devices such as: cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, illuminating torches, smoke devices and wheels.

July Las Cruces Area Arts Events

Jun 20, 2018

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, in Mesilla, is the place to go for programs such as Get ArtRageous! two-hour art classes, musical performances such as the new Casa Concerts, and Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley presentations. This summer, DAAC also continues to offer outstanding opportunities for creative children. For additional information or to register for any of these events, go to www.daarts.org or call (575) 523-6403. 

A display on the 50-year history of the Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters will be available at the Branigan Cultural Center from July 3 to August 25. The display will highlight the Las Cruces chapter’s mission, its positions, and its advocacy from its founding through its current activities. A member forum focused on mental health issues and Doña Ana County will be held in conjunction with the exhibit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18in the Branigan Cultural Center.

Alamogordo will be the final stop in the 2018 agricultural listening session series held by New Mexico’s top agricultural leaders. 

New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando A. Flores and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will host the session beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service office at the Otero County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Alamogordo.

Las Cruces Activates Cooling Stations

Jun 20, 2018

With the National Weather Service forecasting triple-digit temperatures for the next few days, the City of Las Cruces has activated five facilities as cooling stations through Sunday. A cooling station is a place that offers temporary shelter from the heat for the elderly, other high-risk residents, and the general public.

The cooling stations will be open until 8 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.

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Coach Accused Of Striking Another Coach With Vehicle

Jun 20, 2018

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a high school coach in New Mexico was booked on suspicion of aggravated battery for striking another coach with a vehicle during a dispute.

State Police say Mark Martinez, a coach at Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico, was arrested Wednesday for the May 11 attack on the other coach, whose identity hasn't been revealed.

The victim coaches for a wrestling club that's allowed to use the school's facilities for practice.

Police say the coaches had met up to fight after they got into a dispute over text messages.

Las Cruces Man Charged With Felony After Igniting Device At CVS Store

Jun 20, 2018

The young man suspected of causing Tuesday’s disturbance at a Las Cruces CVS store has been arrested and charged.

Christopher Drake Kingsbury, 18, of the 1000 block of Bloomdale Drive, is charged with one fourth-degree felony count of criminal damage to property and misdemeanor counts of battery, assault and interference with communications.

About 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a disturbance and possible shots-fired at the CVS store at 3011 N. Main St.

AP Explains: Where Do Kids Split From Parents Go?

Jun 20, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Trump administration has not figured out a way to reunite families separated by a new zero-tolerance policy enacted this year that's resulted in more than 2,000 kids being taken from their parents.

That's raised concerns about what happens to them and how long it will take to reunite families.

Critics of the administration's zero-tolerance policy say that it's not only cruel to split families up, but also unjust to not have a mechanism in place to get them back together.

Outmigration Stymies New Mexico State Population Growth

Jun 20, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis from the Pew Charitable Trust shows the population of New Mexico has grown at the slowest rate of any state in the western U.S. during the past decade.

The research released on Tuesday shows that New Mexico stands apart from the nation's fastest growing region. New Mexico's annual population growth rate was about 0.5 percent. Population growth in Colorado, Texas and Utah was at least three-times as fast.

The man suspected in Friday’s shots-fired call off Hoagland Road has been charged with attempted murder.

Isaiah R. O’Kelley, 21, of the 1800 block of Flora Circle, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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New Mexico Senators To Visit Border Detention Facility

Jun 20, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senate delegation plans to travel to the border with Mexico to highlight objections to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who are detained while attempting to illegally cross into the U.S.

Sen. Martin Heinrich tweeted Tuesday that he will travel to the border later this week with Sen. Tom Udall to visit the site of temporary detention facility for children in Tornillo, Texas.

When someone is struggling with a mental illness, it may be hard for them to reach out and seek help. Health professionals say that for the Latino and immigrant populations, these struggles may be amplified as they face an extra set of barriers to healthcare access.

In part two of a two-part series, Donna Resendez examines what healthcare professionals say these barriers are, and they say what resources are available to help.


Silver City Report

Jun 20, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer. This week, a protest in El Paso regarding child separation, an update on Gila Diversion an impact study is being conducted, and Silver Consolidated has decided to hire arm guards for their schools. 

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Giving New Mexico State University undergraduate students an opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects was the inspiration for the newly created Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. In its first year, the program established 16 collaborations during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The URAP collaborations allow students to learn how to conduct research, develop close relationships with faculty members, receive guidance and advice and materials such as recommendations. 

Scam Alert: Threatening Phone Calls In Las Cruces

Jun 19, 2018

Las Cruces police remind residents to use caution when receiving telephone calls from unknown callers.

Police learned that several residents have received suspicious telephone calls from callers who have threatened criminal charges or arrest if they don’t provide personal information or do not return the call.

Some of the calls in question came from a telephone number with a 718 area code. The calls in question are likely a scam, and an attempt to gain personal or financial information.

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