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Jones has 15 points, 23 rebounds; New Mexico St. crushes UMKC

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jemerrio Jones had 15 points, a career-high 23 rebounds and seven assists and New Mexico State never trailed in its 82-58 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday night.

Pilot project paves the way for Las Cruces Utilities meter upgrades

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“It used to take three days and eight staff members to read gas and water meters for 17 routes of residences on the east mesa, north of Highway 70,” says Jose Provencio, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) business services administrator. Some of the meter reading was dicey - requiring meter readers to climb behind bushes and under cars to read meters, while sometimes fending off dogs inside yards.

  A new study finds that that nearly 40 percent of the human genome remains largely unexplored, which could dramatically impede the search for new drug therapies.

The dearth of research tends to be self-perpetuating, because scientists know they are more likely to be successful and funded by querying those areas of the genome that are already relatively well described.

I-10 Closures This Week

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I-10 West @ Resler

 

27-HOUR CLOSURE

Sunday, Feb. 25

3 a.m. through 6 a.m. the next morning

Campaign Announcement In Las Cruces-Area County Commission Seat

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Antoinette Reyes is running for Doña Ana County Commissioner for District 1, the seat currently held by Commissioner Billy Garrett.  Here is the information provided by the Reyes campaign:

Commentary: Being the eldest in a low-income family and having two children of her own, Antoinette understands the needs of families living paycheck to paycheck and is committed to improving the well-being of our residents. She currently lives in San Miguel with her family. Antoinette received her Bachelors in Anthropology with a supplementary major in Sustainable Development, from NMSU. She’s completing her Masters in Applied Economics with a focus on the environment and natural resources. Antoinette is a direct support care provider for individuals with developmental disabilities and she also teaches students from kindergarten through college as a substitute teacher and private tutor in Las Cruces and Anthony. As a former City of Las Cruces employee, Antoinette helped garner a $10 million bond for energy-related projects, such as green retrofits, xeriscaping, and solar installations.

The business and accounting degree programs of New Mexico State University’s College of Business have received an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“NMSU’s College of Business has had a long tradition of doing an excellent job educating our students, and transforming their lives,” said College of Business Dean James Hoffman. “Receiving such positive feedback from AACSB continues to reinforce our college’s tradition and provide a solid foundation for continued excellence.”

Throughout her career in theater arts, Irene Oliver Lewis has felt both her roots and her wings. After graduating from New Mexico State University, she participated in numerous theater productions throughout New Mexico and the U.S. More than 20 years and many accolades later, she came home to Las Cruces to give back to the community.

Lewis will receive the Home Town Hero Award during the 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by New Mexico State University, which runs March 7-11. 

New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Forum Thursday In Las Cruces

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New Mexico Wild, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen, Southwest Environmental Center, and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club are hosting a non-partisan political forum for the five candidates running for New Mexico State Land Commissioner:

Patrick Lyons, George Munoz, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Michael Lucero, Garrett VeneKlasen.

This forum is open to the public and will be a question and answer session.

Questions will be asked by various conservation and sportsmen groups.

Silver City MainStreet Receives Grant for Downtown Walking Tour

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Silver City MainStreet received a grant from the New Mexico Tourism Department to develop a walking tour of downtown.  Here is the information provdied by Silver City MainStreet:  “Stories from our Streets – Discover the Town that was Built to Last” is the title of the tour. The tour will include a booklet of eighteen different buildings and plaques on posts in front of the buildings. There will also be a website with the tour in both print and audio format and highway wayfinding signage.

Some good news for Las Cruces Public Schools.

The New Mexico Public Education Department reports the district graduation rate was 85.5 percent in 2017.

That’s the highest rate of any major district in the state…and above the 2016 national average graduation rate of 84 percent.

The state average in 2017 was much lower…just 71 percent.

2017 Graduation Rates

Las Cruces Public Schools:  85.5%
 

Rio Rancho Public Schools:  82%

New Mexico protesters want teachers armed, but districts have concerns

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  FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Protesters gathered at the Farmington school district's central office in northwest New Mexico to speak out against gun violence and advocate for trained teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools.

Udall Discusses NAFTA, Economic Issues At Border Industrial Association Meeting

Feb 23, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the Border Industrial Association to discuss New Mexico's important trade relationship with Mexico and the ongoing negotiations over NAFTA, as well as other border-related priorities, including increasing investment at New Mexico’s land ports of entry and President Trump’s push to build a border wall. The Border Industrial Association consists of more than 100 members who employ thousands of people in the Santa Teresa industrial region.

US Interior Boss Alters Agency Revamp, Governors 'Gratified'

Feb 23, 2018
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

New Mexico Puts Breaks On Four-Day School Schedules

Feb 23, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is threatening to cut off funding at public schools that try to switch to a four-day week as the practice has spread to more than four in 10 school districts across the state.

State lawmakers this month placed a moratorium on additional four-day school scheduling within a general fund spending bill that has yet to be signed by the governor.

Farmington Police Officers To Boost Presence In Schools

Feb 23, 2018

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police is increasing its presence in the city's public schools in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a Florida school.

Farmington Municipal School District officials announced Friday that uniformed officers and even police Chief Steve Hebbe will make unannounced visits to schools.

Officers will walk through the campus and engage with students and faculty.

Threat From New Mexico Panics Parents At New Jersey School

Feb 23, 2018

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a hoax threat against a school in New Mexico caused hundreds of parents to rush to a New Jersey school known by the same abbreviation.

The Jersey Journal reports that many parents of students at Bayonne High School picked their children up early on Friday after hearing of a social media post threatening "BHS students."

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Doña Ana County Commissioner Resigns Following Controversy

Feb 23, 2018
John Vasquez

Doña Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez resigned Thursday, effective immediately.  Vasquez has faced heavy criticism for comments on social media, one of which generated a formal complaint to the county commission.  He also faced allegations of misconduct by New Mexico Democratic Party vice chair, Neomi Martinez-Parra.  Details of those allegations were not disclosed.

Your Weekend Pulse

Feb 23, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, a poetry reading at the Branigan Cultural Center on Saturday, Yoga Retreat Weekend at Downtown Desert Yoga, a free showing of the Magnificent Seven, SteamPunk program at the Museum of Nature and Science.  

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Professor David S. Gutzler, a trained meteorologist and now climate scientist at the University of New Mexico, remembers studying the challenge of impending problems of climate change when he was in graduate school. Now, he sees the effects throughout the southwest and the world.

State Auditor Plans Review of Albuquerque's Route 66 Transit

Feb 23, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he's launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson's announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's office confirmed the city's inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review.

The state auditor and city's inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

Hobbs Residents Rally Around 'Ten Commandments' Marker

Feb 23, 2018

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A group of religious residents in a southeastern New Mexico city is rallying around a Ten Commandments monument from public property.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the residents crowded a commissioners' meeting this week in Hobbs, New Mexico, to speak out against a another group's effort to take down the marker.

The move came after members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said the Hobbs monument violated the separation of church and state.

Martinez Will Get Another Supreme Court Pick

Feb 22, 2018
nmpolitics.net

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez will retire next month.

The court announced Thursday that Chavez's retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

A Santa Fe native, Chavez was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 and went on to attend and graduate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers

Feb 22, 2018

  

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state.

Experts with the National Weather Service talked of pitiful snowpack levels in the mountain ranges that feed the state's rivers ahead of the release Thursday of the latest drought map.

Las Cruces Scholar Honored In Santa Fe

Feb 22, 2018

Santa Fe -- Doña Ana Community College (DACC) student Maria Carmona-Montalvo was named to the 2018 New Mexico All-State Academic Team for her outstanding academic accomplishments and community service. 

  Rusty Ludwigsen’s fascination with scientific exploration and innovation has been with him since childhood.

He started competing in science fairs as soon as he was able. He invented a solar-heated doghouse for a 6th grade project and has a patent pending on a device to help Parkinson’s patients regain their ability to write.

The Las Cruces Police Department is teaming with the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the Ronald McDonald House of El Paso to host a free Coffee with a Cop and Ident-A-Child event Saturday at Washington Federal bank.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Washington Federal bank at 1800 S. Telshor Blvd. The event is free. Las Cruces residents are encouraged to attend the event, meet local officers and discuss any law enforcement concerns they may have.

Las Cruces School Superintendent Receives Two-Year Contract Extension

Feb 22, 2018
Dr. Gregory Ewing

LAS CRUCES—Following the Superintendent’s mid-year performance evaluation, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing’s contract by two additional years. Here is the information provided by LCPS:

The extension, which represents a break from the traditional one-year contract extension, means that the Superintendent’s current contract, originally set to expire as of June 30, 2019, is now set to end on June 30, 2021.

Las Cruces High School Student Charged After Social Media Post

Feb 22, 2018

An 18-year-old high school student suspected of posting a Snapchat photo of himself holding a rifle and referencing “school shooter” in the text was arrested Wednesday after officers found him in possession of a butterfly knife and brass knuckles.

Ernest Padilla, 18, of the 8900 block of Calle de Brazito in Mesilla Park, is charged with one count of unlawful carrying a deadly weapon on school premises. The charge is a fourth-degree felony count.

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