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Federal Judge OKs Albuquerque Route 66 Transit Plan

6 hours ago
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — A federal judge says Albuquerque's plans for building a rapid transit route along a stretch of Historic Route 66 can proceed.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales declined to issue an injunction Friday night after a $119-million project backed by the city's Mayor Richard Berry would build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations. The buses will run along the city's historic highway's original roadbed.

Las Cruces Man Indicted In July 4 Beating Of 12-Year-Old Boy

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LAS CRUCES (AP) — Authorities say a Las Cruces man has been indicted in the beating of a 12-year-old boy.

The Third Judicial District Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Dustin Wagner is charged with one count of child abuse, a third-degree felony.

If convicted as charged, prosecutors say Wagner faces up to 3 years in prison.

It was unclear Friday if Wagner has a lawyer for his case.

The incident alleged occurred July 4 in Las Cruces.

According to investigators, the boy suffered bruising on his face, back, neck, chest and arms.

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn to Step Down

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  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn will step down effective Aug. 12. Secretary Flynn served as Cabinet Secretary since 2013 and as Environment’s General Counsel from 2011 to 2013. Butch Tongate, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, will serve as acting Cabinet Secretary.  

Armed Robbery In Las Cruces

10 hours ago

  Las Cruces Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Lohman Avenue convenience store late Thursday evening, and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that can help identify the suspect.

At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Self-Serve and Food Mart at 926 E. Lohman Ave. Officers learned that the suspect entered the store armed with a knife, threatened an employee and demanded cash from the register.

New Mexico Studies Inefficiencies In Aid Dispersal To Poor

11 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for New Mexico recipients of food aid and Medicaid health care urged state lawmakers on Friday to keep tabs on wasteful bureaucratic problems that they say cause aid beneficiaries to submit applications repeatedly and unnecessarily.

The discussion took place as a federal judge weighs a recommendation to hold the Human Services Department in contempt and appoint a court-supervised "special master" to help ensure that the agency fulfills past court orders and laws in the administration of federally funded benefits.

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Women, Infants, Children program (WIC) will host its annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration Friday, August 5th from 1:30-4:00 p.m.at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

Water Levels Dropping at Elephant Butte

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Simon Thompson / File photo

  Extreme heat and lack of rain over the last month are contributing to declining water levels at Elephant Butte Reservoir as the end of the irrigation season nears.

Lack Of Rain, Hot Weather Plagues Albuquerque

13 hours ago

Data from the National Weather Service shows Albuquerque may be facing its third-driest year ever.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque's rainfall total for the year was only 1.61 inches as of Thursday. The average for this point in the year is 4.47 inches.

The New Mexico Drought Monitoring Workgroup also released data Thursday showing that more than 21 percent of the state is in moderate drought and nearly all of it is abnormally dry.

State says marijuana cannot be certified 'New Mexico True'

14 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say no matter where marijuana is grown it is not eligible for New Mexico True certification.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2awoSvd ) that Ultra Health President Duke Rodriguez says he has been denied the chance to participate in the New Mexico Tourism Department initiative despite the fact that his product — medical marijuana — meets the requirements.

The program is aimed at promoting products made, raised or grown in New Mexico.

New Mexico studies inefficiencies in aid dispersal to poor

14 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for recipients of food aid and Medicaid health care are urging the New Mexico Legislature to keep tabs on wasteful bureaucratic problems that can cause aid beneficiaries to submit applications repeatedly and unnecessarily.

An attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty that represents aid beneficiaries on Friday briefed members of a legislative committee that oversees the state Human Services Department.

Navajo Nation leader wants action against sexual harassment

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  (AP)  In a tearful plea to her fellow Navajo Nation Council delegates, Amber Kanazbah Crotty announced for the first time publicly that she had been sexually harassed as an elected official and called for change.

Crotty — the only woman on the 23-person board — talked at a recent council meeting about vulgar comments and sexual innuendo directed at her by a colleague.

She also said she had been groped while working as a legislative district assistant several years ago.

She demanded that something be done.

Las Cruces Stabbing Under Investigation

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  Las Cruces Police are investigating a stabbing that critically injured a 39-year-old man Thursday evening.

At about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to an area near El Caldito Soup Kitchen where a 39-year-old man was suffering from a stab wound to his neck. The victim lost a lot of blood and was in critical condition when he was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso.

His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

I-10 Closures Saturday

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  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Saturday, July 30, 2016:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Uretek (Contractor) will begin bridge maintenance work on Interstate 10 at the Tortugas Arroyo Bridge. Bridge Component & Roadway Settlement/Void Repair beginning at mile marker 143.21 on the eastbound and westbound lanes, with various lane closures from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Construction should be complete the same day.

Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth / In northwestern New Mexico, energy companies drill for oil within shale deposits. Since this photo was taken in late 2014, exploration there has slowed.

(AP) U.S. officials say applications to drill for oil and gas on federal and Indian lands are expected to decrease 40 percent in coming years versus their historical average.

The projection comes as cheap prices have curtailed domestic energy exploration, driving down state and federal revenue.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday will announce a proposal for all drilling applications to be filed online, in an effort to streamline the approval process.

Your Weekend Pulse!

21 hours ago

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, go out for a drive to Deming for a Salsa Festival and to Silver City for the Clay Festival. 

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For years, Residents in Vado have been working to try to pave their community’s roads, and one road is getting some relief.

Teresa Zamora has been a Vado resident for over 20 years; she’s seen the community’s dirt roads create countless auto accidents and serious public safety issues.

  Silver City, NM – The summer focus on international students continues at Western New Mexico University with the latest group of campus visitors from the Mexican State of Sinaloa.

A group of 16 students and visiting professors from the Universidad de Occidente (UdeO) in Los Mochis, Mexico, is enrolled in a two-week intensive English program that also includes a focus on International Business.

Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande

Jul 28, 2016

  Despite spring runoff that ripped down the Rio Grande in early June, consistently high temperatures in July are contributing to drying in the Rio Grande, the state’s largest river.

Under a 2003 plan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the river is legally allowed to dry south of Albuquerque during irrigation season.

The river began drying in mid-July as managers allow water to flow into irrigation channels. Currently, there are about 17 miles dry south of Albuquerque, between San Antonio and the southern boundary of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Newsmakers 817, 7/14/16

Jul 28, 2016

Officials: UNM Improves Handling Of Sex Assault Cases

Jul 28, 2016

Univeristy of New Mexico officials say they are making progress in improving a system on campus that once failed victims of sexual assault.

University President Robert Frank told a state lawmakers Thursday that the school has fixed policies and improved communication across departments for investigating sexual assaults.

"The House On Mango Street" Novel Turned Into Art Exhibit

Jul 28, 2016

The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque has turned the novel "The House on Mango Street" by acclaimed Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros into an art exhibit.

Cisneros, one of the nation's most celebrated Latina authors, this week visited the art inspired by her 1984 novel of a poor Latina living in Chicago.

"The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community" features major themes of the book, including hope, personal dreams, hardship, disillusionment, and family.

Texas Man Back In Jail, Accused Of Robbing New Mexico Store

Jul 28, 2016
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A Texan man who had just been released from jail is behind bars again in New Mexico for allegedly robbing a store in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe police say 22-year-old Justin Pruitt is being held without bond after being accused of robbing the Arcade News shop early Wednesday.

Police say Pruitt took $60 after telling the store clerk that he had a firearm.

Pruitt also allegedly placed a cigarette lighter against the clerk's neck to pretend he had a weapon and then punched the victim in the face before fleeing.

Voice of the Public: Red Or Green Confidential

Jul 28, 2016

In New Mexico there is only one vote that matters Red or Green? As in how do you like your chile? The official question of New Mexico, Red or Green? is the topic on the next Voice of the Public. You can call it, the Red or Green Confidential.

Special guests include Dr. Paul Bosland, Director with the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute at NMSU and Rachel Schneider with Ol' Gringo Chile Company, and Andrea Schneider with Andele Restaurant.

The Red or Green Confidential is brought to you by the Hatch Chile Festival taking place September 3rd and 4th.  

Las Cruces Police Seek Information on Stabbing Suspect

Jul 28, 2016

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the man suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old boy Wednesday evening.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stabbing near the intersection of south Main Street and Melendres Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 17-year-old boy suffering from at least one stab wound.

Doña Ana County Commission approved the purchase of a new records management system for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department by a vote of 4-0.

Doña Ana County will be splitting the cost of the around $1.9 million dollar system with the city of Las Cruces. Doña Ana County Undersheriff Ken Roberts says the system is essential to public safety.

Shiprock Woman Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle On US 64

Jul 27, 2016

Authorities say a Shiprock woman who was running down a highway is dead after being struck by a vehicle.

San Juan County Sheriff's officials identified the woman as 26-year-old Ashlynn Keeswood.

They say a deputy was patrolling U.S. 64 early Wednesday when he saw a truck stopped by the side of the road and a woman who appeared to be intoxicated and upset.

The deputy calmed her down and had her stand behind the truck while he talked to the driver.

The woman then ran off and was fatally struck by a vehicle on an unlit portion of U.S. 64 west of Kirtland.

New Mexico Delegates Give Clinton A Second Chance

Jul 27, 2016

New Mexico political delegates to the Democratic National Convention who traveled to Philadelphia in support of Bernie Sanders are giving Hillary Clinton a second look amid a deluge of testimonials highlighting the presidential nominee's record of public service.

Sanders delegate John Meade of Santa Fe said Wednesday that the convention has helped him appreciate Clinton's record of community service, and that he plans to vote for her in the fall despite reservations about ties to corporate interests.

  Middle-school students from White Sands Missile Range, and surrounding communities, were handpicked to participate in a week-long program featuring the installation’s capabilities that focus in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics. The annual middle school Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences program began July 25 and will end July 29. This was the second year the middle-school program took place.

NMSU plans fourth annual Ride for 4-H Clover motorcycle tour

Jul 27, 2016

  Scenic northern New Mexico will be the setting for riders in the fourth annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 26-28.

Participants will experience the thrill of riding among some of New Mexico’s most dramatic settings, from colorful geologic formations at Abiquiu to the forests of Red River. They’ll also have a chance to learn about New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station Extension and outreach activities in northern New Mexico.

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