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The Latest: Albuquerque District IDs Slain New Mexico Girl

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The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):

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Albuquerque Public Schools have identified a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl police say was drugged, raped and strangled.

The district said Thursday that Victoria Martens was a student at Petroglyph Elementary School on Albuquerque's west side. In a statement, the district says school officials were having hard time wrapping their heads around a case that even has drawn a strong reaction from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Might Pay Facebook Water Tab

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New Mexico may use public funds to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas.

The social media company is negotiating for tax breaks and subsidies as it weighs whether to locate the facility in Los Lunas or a suburb of Salt Lake City.

Los Lunas officials confirmed Thursday that a proposed water agreement with the data center developer includes provisions to acquire water rights with money from New Mexico's closing fund that helps pay for infrastructure as businesses expand or relocate to New Mexico.

New Owners Assuming Kia And Nissan Dealers In Las Cruces

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  Las Cruces, New Mexico – The Jack Key Kia and Jack Key Nissan car dealerships announce name change to Kia of Las Cruces and Nissan of Las Cruces.  The new name also reflects new ownership under LJ Shamaley. Shamaley is no stranger to the car dealer business and is a former proprietor of the Shamaley Ford and GMC Buick in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas.  New ownership brings with it improved product quality, and an expanding repertoire of services. The dealership will begin its name change on September 1st, 2016.

Luna County approves tax to expand emergency services

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Luna County had one of the best turnouts in years for a vote to approve a special tax to fund emergency ambulance services.

The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/2bRQQ3R ) that unofficial results show the county had a 22 percent turnout with the overwhelming majority voting to approve the measure.

September Events At Silver City Museum

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  Children’s Activity – Styrofoam Printing

Saturday, September 3 – 10:30 am to 12 noon at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway. Conjointly with the Mimbres Regional Arts Council’s Print Fiesta, children will have the opportunity to make a Styrofoam printing to take home, frame, and hang in their rooms. Come join the fun.                                   

Children’s Activity – Paper Rock Mosaics

  Silver City, NM – Officials from the Universidad Tecnologica de Camargo (UTCam), a Mexican university based in the state of Chihuahua, visited the Silver City campus on Monday to sign an agreement of understanding with Western New Mexico University.

UTCam is a new, public university, established in 2012. The university’s mission focuses on creating professions that support the development of the region of Camargo, in the State of Chihuahua.

University Art Gallery NEA award exhibit to blend art, science

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  Natural science and contemporary art will ignite the imagination when the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University presents “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection” from Thursday, Sept. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 21. The gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

  Forty-six engineering transfer students participated in a one-week immersion workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship as part of a National Science Foundation program to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the week before formal classes began at New Mexico State and Howard Universities. 

Developed in collaboration between the two institutions, the program introduced transfer students to the engineering design process using the Lean LaunchPad method for technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship. 

‘NMSU Celebrates the National Parks’ series begins Sept. 1

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  New Mexico State University is celebrating the National Park Service centennial with a speaker series called “NMSU Celebrates the National Parks.” NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting classes, public lectures and a blog series to bring the beauty and wonder of America’s national parks to the NMSU campus and Las Cruces community.

"Basics of Alzheimer’s" Presentation Offered in Las Cruces

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“The Basics of Alzheimer’s” will be the topic of a free education session presented by The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 from 2:00pm-3:00pm at The Good Samaritan Society (Conference Room), 3011 Buena Vista Circle, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

New Mexico musician nominated for national awards

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  Nominations for the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) have been announced today by The Native American Music Association. Nominations reflect the highest quality of recordings by music makers throughout Indian Country and were selected by the combined votes of the NAMA Advisory Board Membership.

NMSU’s student success navigators prepare for sophomores

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  With fall 2016 classes underway at New Mexico State University, the student success navigators are gearing up for their next challenge. The second-year retention initiative will be working with sophomores for the first time. 

Selena Tribute Comes To Las Cruces September 17

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  The Rio Grande Theatre’s National Tour Series’ first event, a Selena tribute concert performed by Karla Perez, coincides with a special evening in Downtown: the dedication of the new plaza. Make Saturday, September 17, a full evening by enjoying the dedication and dinner out, and then heading to the Rio Grande Theatre for a show at 7:30 p.m. that commemorates the music of Latina superstar Selena, the Queen of Tejano music.

Mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika found in Sierra County

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  The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today thatAedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Sierra County. This is the first time this mosquito species has been identified in this county.

Sunland Park Teen Arrested For Alleged Bomb Threat

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Police in Sunland Park say a 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with a bomb threat.

They say officers were called by Santa Teresa Middle School staff on Wednesday morning after teen allegedly was making threats.

Police say the boy allegedly made mock bombs and was seeking to either blow up or shoot up the school.

They say the teen was detained at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on suspicion of a fourth-degree felony charge.

They say all weapons were removed from the boy's home by the parents.

Temple Grandin is a world-renowned author and designer of one-third of the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, who helped develop more humane ways to treat cattle being led to slaughter. She also happens to be autistic, and has written books as how she was able to break the boundaries of autism.

Temple Grandin says one of her proudest accomplishments is developing an objective scoring system for meat plants, which she said made some of the biggest difference for animals.

Heinrich Convenes Roundtable In Las Cruces To Address Veteran Homelessness In New Mexico

Aug 24, 2016
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Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) convened a roundtable discussion today in Las Cruces at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) to learn more about how Las Cruces became the first community in New Mexico to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness and discuss ways to build on that success across New Mexico.

NMSU Arrowhead Center youth program announces open registration period

Aug 24, 2016

  Innoventure, a core program within Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, is holding open registration for the 2016-17 academic year for middle and high school students across New Mexico.

El Paso Men Enter Guilty Pleas In New Mexico Spice Trafficking Case

Aug 24, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Juan C. Chavez, 39, of El Paso, Texas pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to participating in a conspiracy to distribute controlled substance analogues, commonly known as “spice.”   Co-defendant David Molinar, 34, also of El Paso, Texas, entered a guilty plea on Aug.

Albuquerque Police: Suspect In Custody In Killing Of Girl

Aug 24, 2016

Albuquerque police say a girl has been killed and that a suspect is in custody.

Officer Tanner Tixier says there is no further threat to the community and that no additional information is being released at this time.

Police said earlier that officers dispatched Wednesday morning to an apartment complex because of a disturbance call found an altercation that resulted in what police called "serious injuries" to some of those involved.

New Mexico Military Bases To Stop Taking Some State IDs

Aug 24, 2016

Military bases in New Mexico will stop accepting some state's driver's licenses for base access next month as the federal REAL ID Act starts to be implemented.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that though some New Mexico-issued licenses and IDs are valid under REAL ID criteria until 2020, they won't be accepted for Kirtland Air Force Base after Oct. 10 unless an extension is granted. On Sept. 15 licenses from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa will not be accepted.

New Mexico Judge To Allow Testimony About Police Training

Aug 24, 2016

A New Mexico judge will allow testimony about police training during the trial of Albuquerque officers who fatally shot a man in the Sandia foothills.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Judge Alisa Hadfield denied a prosecutor's request to limit the testimony, saying officers have a wider scope of privilege than the general public when it comes to using deadly force.

Former officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez are charged with murder in the 2014 death of James Boyd.

More New Mexico Public Schools Earn "A" Or "B" Grades

Aug 24, 2016

More New Mexico public schools have been graded "A'' or "B'' but over a third still received "D'' or "F'' grades.

The Public Education Department released Wednesday new grades that showed a 7 percent jump in the number of schools getting an A or B. Meanwhile, records also show "D'' or "F'' schools dropped 2 percent.

Still, 315 of the state's 849 public schools received a "D'' or "F."

Albuquerque Public Schools, the state's largest school district, saw more than 40 percent of its schools drop at least one letter grade. Only 14 percent of Albuquerque schools went up.

NMSU Professor Raises Funds For Film Shot In Belize

Aug 24, 2016

  Fred Martino interviews New Mexico State University Professor and award-winning filmmaker Ilana Lapid.  A fundraiser is being held for Lapid's new film "Yochi" next Wednesday, August 31, in Mesilla:

YOCHI: FUNDRAISER TO COMPLETE THE FILM

August 31, 5:00 PM

PRIVATE FILM SCREENING OF YOCHI at the Fountain Theatre (2469 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM  88046) 

GOURMET DINNER at the Double Eagle (2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM  88046) 

  ALBUQUERQUE – Joshua Weitz, 39, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to possession of child pornography charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Weitz will be sentenced within the range of 24 to 151 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.  Weitz will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.  Additionally, Weitz will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to any victim associated with the charges against Weitz who requests restitution before Weitz’s sentencing hearing.

  The White Sands Missile Range 2046 Strategic Plan, now available to the public, delivers tomorrow’s readiness with a vignette of how the range will function by 2046.

“WSMR must adapt to respond to the future challenges in a rapidly changing global environment,” said WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin. “This plan will help guide our command in its pursuit of that objective.”

The plan is now available on the WSMR public website:  http://www.wsmr.army.mil/pdf/WSMR_2046_Strategic_Plan_v1_2_FINAL_v1_3.pdf.

GOP justice reserves $90K in fall TV ad time in contest for Supreme Court seat

Aug 24, 2016

  Republican New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura is stepping up her campaign to stay on the state’s top court.

The first-term appointee reserved more than $90,000 in ad time for the fall, according to filings with the  Federal Communications Commission.

Nakamura is buying more than 250 ads on four Albuquerque TV stations from Oct. 18 through Nov. 8, according to contracts filed with the FCC.

Jesse Hanes

  ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., has returned an indictment charging Jesse Denver Hanes with federal firearms and carjacking offenses arising out of an Aug. 12, 2016, traffic stop in Hatch, N.M., during which Hanes allegedly shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez and Hanes’ efforts to evade arrest following the shooting.  Hanes was arraigned on the indictment this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., and entered a not guilty plea.  Following the arraignment hearing, a U.S.

Art Show Featuring NMSU Students Coming To Downtown Las Cruces

Aug 24, 2016

  The Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, in collaboration with our partners from the NMSU Art Department, invites you to a one-of-a-kind Pop Up Gallery Experience.

The event, which will feature the work of 25 students from the NMSU Art Department has been curated by student Maggie Day and will coincide with the First Friday Art Ramble.

Former El Paso Deputy Gets 17 Years In Off-Duty DWI Fatality

Aug 24, 2016

An ex-sheriff's deputy in West Texas must serve 17 years in prison for a 2012 drunken driving wreck that killed a man who was changing a flat tire.

Raymundo Carranza was sentenced Tuesday in El Paso. The 49-year-old Carranza on Monday was convicted of intoxicated manslaughter.

Carranza, who was a 17-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, was off-duty when his pickup truck struck 26-year-old Richard Lopez. The victim died at the scene.

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