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3 men, apparently Mennonites, killed in northern Mexico

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  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three men have been found shot to death in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, and prosecutors say they appear to be members of the state's Mennonite community.

The state prosecutors' office said Sunday the bodies were found in the cab of a pickup truck with New Mexico plates in an area known as Campo Menonita 35. The men had been shot multiple times.

While the bodies have not been identified, the office said their appearance suggested they were Mennonites.

Zero Waste efforts from coast to coast

16 hours ago

To avoid single-use plastic cups that may go into a recycling bin, or may be tossed in a trash bin, some communities such as Port Townsend, WA, are now providing reusable and rentable stainless steel and pottery beverage cups at events like “Concerts on the Dock.”

New Mexico State University will host the Southwest Conference on Campus Sexual Violence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dona Ana Community College East Mesa campus, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd

Klaus Wiemer, an alumnus of New Mexico State University and internationally renowned and award-winning researcher in fertility and embryology, will visit campus next week and speak to faculty, staff, students and members of the Las Cruces community. 

“My time at NMSU proved to be invaluable,” said Wiemer. “It helped me become the person I am today and helped prepare me to face all the challenges we face today both as a professional and a person.” 

Las Cruces Gala bumps up local Zero Waste efforts

16 hours ago

“To make Zero Waste event recycling a reality, all you need is one person on the planning committee who is committed to recycling,” says Dael Goodman. She was that planning committee person for this year’s Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) annual Gala “A Wild Night for Wildlife.”

NMSU to host ‘Languages and Cultures Day’

16 hours ago

All area middle- and high-school students are invited to attend the fifth-annual “Languages and Cultures Day,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, on the first floor of New Mexico State University’s Breland Hall.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and features 19 interactive sessions and presentations relating to a variety of languages and cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish. 

Rodeo team wraps up season with four event wins, all-around champion

16 hours ago

Last weekend the New Mexico State University rodeo team headed north for the Mesalands college rodeo in Tucumcari. 

The men’s team placed fourth and the women’s team placed third for the final rodeo of the season.

“You’re either winning or learning and we’ve done a lot of both this semester,” NMSU Rodeo Coach Logan Corbett said. “I’m excited to see how the student athletes use their time off this winter to better themselves.”

Las Cruces area maps out plan for early childhood education

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Sylvia Ulloa-New Mexico In Depth

  Charlie Garcia is a bubbly 4-year-old with soft brown curls. Sitting down for a small group activity on a late-August afternoon at Alpha School in Las Cruces, she chatters with her teachers and friends.

Sitting quietly nearby is Evelynn Aguirre McClure.

Assistant teacher Brittany Polanco encourages the two girls and their classmate to build a house and fill it with drawings of their families. Using popsicle sticks, Polanco shows them how to make the outlines, flip the sticks over, glue them and then flip them back over so they stick to the paper.

I-10 Closures This Week

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Sunland Park Drive


Tuesday, Oct. 24

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

·     Westbound Sunland Park Drive (in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive) will be closed between Mesa Hills Drive and the Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound. The far-right lane will be open to allow vehicle access to the Sunland Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound.

Crews will be setting barrier in preparation for work that will widen Sunland Park Drive. [Map 1]


Thursday, Oct. 26

For the fifth year in a row, the Agriculture Day event is bringing family-friendly fun to Las Cruces Oct. 28 prior to the New Mexico State University Homecoming football game. You’ll find farm animals, games, prizes and samples of local food together at a completely free event.

NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and New Mexico Department of Agriculture are working with New Mexico State Athletics and other university partners to coordinate AG Day, which is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

Commentary: Las Vegas, NV - At the Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra was elected to the executive board of the national Democratic Women’s Caucus and Democratic Hispanic Caucus. Each office has a two year term.


The elections today, were part of the first Democratic National Committee meeting since Tom Perez was elected chair.


New Mexico horse-racing tracks see drop in slot revenue

Oct 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue from slot machines at New Mexico horse-racing tracks has declined to its lowest point since the opening of the state's newest track in 2005, but no one is quite certain what's driving the drop.

Anthony Moreno

With the recent drought in the West, ranchers may be forced to find more sustainable options.  And some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find the answers.

Jon and Susie Eickoff are used to working together and going home together. Jon says over three decades; they have only been apart a couple of times.

“Except for a business trip to Houston, Texas and a stint that I spent in the hospital for ten days, I can say that in thirty years those are the only times we have not been together,” says Jon Eickoff

Commentary:  Billy G. Garrett, Doña Ana County Commissioner, is running for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in the 2018 Democratic Primary. Garrett will hold a press conference to announce his campaign on Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00 pm in the Mesilla Plaza.

“I am proud to announce my candidacy in historic Mesilla, at the heart of Doña Ana County. New Mexicans are ready for a change that will lead our State into the future it deserves. The values I have followed as a Commissioner compel me to take up the challenge of this race”, Garrett said.

State Police: Hobbs Officer Fired Shot During Apprehension

Oct 20, 2017

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Lovington police officer fired a gunshot during the apprehension of a man who briefly escaped police custody after being arrested at a business on suspicion of burglary.

The New Mexico State Police says nobody was injured during the incident early Thursday morning.

According to the State Police, the incident began with the arrest of 18-year-old Karlo Sanchez Hernandez at a business and continued with his running toward a restaurant before he was apprehended.

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New Mexico Senators Advocate For Nuclear Oversight Board

Oct 20, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing to ensure a federal oversight panel will have the resources it needs to continue monitoring operations at national laboratories and other nuclear sites around the country.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed as part of a major defense spending bill that the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report to Congress each year on what additional resources are needed to ensure that operations at Sandia and Los Alamos labs are safe.

Man In Killing Of Navajo Nation Girl Set To Be Sentenced

Oct 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault in the death of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is set to be sentenced.

Tom Begaye is scheduled Friday to receive life in prison for the May 2016 killing on the Navajo Nation that prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to U.S. tribal communities.

State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico

Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Chris Erickson

As part of our series "State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico," we spoke with New Mexico State University economist Dr. Chris Erickson.

Topics include New Mexico's "closing fund" used to attract new businesses and help existing ones expand, the state's film and television production subsidy, Spaceport America, New Mexico's tax system, and the importance of education in advancing economic development efforts.

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Oct 19, 2017

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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is defending public lands – in particular, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – from provisions in the Republicans’ proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would open these special places to development. A provision snuck in the budget proposal, which is being debated on the Senate floor now, would allow 1.5 million acres of the Arctic refuge’s pristine coastal plain to be auctioned off to the highest bidder to sell oil and pay for a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. 

Heinrich Introduces Budget Amendment To Stop Republican Effort To Sell Off Public Lands

Oct 19, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced an amendment to strip language (Title II Section 2001) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican budget resolution that provides fast-track authority to sell off America’s public lands. The budget resolution is currently being considered on the Senate floor.

Day Care Workers In Toddlers' Hot-Car Death Get Travel Grant

Oct 19, 2017

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge will allow two former New Mexico daycare owners charged with leaving two children in a hot car to travel out of state.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports State District Judge Donna Mowrer granted the travel request for 31-year-old Sandi Taylor and 62-year-old Mary Taylor for a doctor's appointment and a Christmas vacation.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims To Prevent Western Wildfires

Oct 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires.

A bill sponsored by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize hundreds of millions in new spending to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down trees in the most fire-prone areas.

Body Discovered Near Valley Drive In Las Cruces

Oct 19, 2017

Las Cruces police are investigating the discovery of a body found Thursday morning near the 300 block of north Valley Drive.

Sometime before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, a person working in the area discovered the body in an undeveloped lot near Fire Station 3 and Branigan Park. Investigators are trying to determine the identity, cause of death and how long the body has been there.

New Mexico Judge Orders Release Of Clergy Sex Abuse Records

Oct 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members are being made public in response to an order from a New Mexico judge, marking the largest disclosure of such records since alleged victims began suing the Archdiocese of Santa Fe nearly three decades ago.

George R.R. Martin Mixes Business, Politics At Film Forum

Oct 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks on Thursday while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

Martin, a longtime Santa Fe resident and author of fantasy novels behind the "Game of Thrones" television series, made a plea to raise or eliminate New Mexico's $50 million annual limit on the state's tax incentive for film production.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University signed agreements with four universities, including Universidad Tecnológica de Paquimé and Universidad de Occidente, during the First International Meeting of Universities on campus last week. WNMU also signed letters of intent with 13 other universities, including Universidad Technológica de Cuidad Juarez and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, during the two-day convention.