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3:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Anthony, New Mexico Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Fernando Garcia, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Group Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In El Paso

  El Paso - Community leaders and political activists are sponsoring a VoteEPVote civic engagement meeting on Saturday (April 25, 2014) to address El Paso's low voter turnout. This will be the second meeting of this project to discuss and develop an action plan that increases civic engagement and voter participation in this community.

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2:54 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Current Digital Divide - Dr. Jan Van Dijk

The Current Digital Divide - Dr. Jan Van Dijk

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2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Road Closures For Las Cruces Country Music Festival

  The Las Cruces Country Music Festival begins today and several roadways will be closed or have limited access Friday through Sunday to accommodate staging, seating and other related activities.

Most of Main Street north and south through the Downtown Mall will be closed for the weekend festival and the Farmer’s Market that’s held every Saturday.

Other road closures include:

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2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Students Gather In Las Cruces For Youth Research Conference

  About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

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2:42 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Las Cruces Mother Indicted After Child Tests Positive For Meth

  Las Cruces—A Grand Jury has found sufficient evidence to indict Monica Quintana, 34, mother of two children after her young son tested positive for methamphetamine.

Quintana and her children reside on Van Patten Street with her parents although she is the primary caregiver for her son who is on a ventilator and feeding tube. After the results of a hair sample from the boy tested positive for methamphetamine, Quintana was subsequently charged with Child Abuse-Negligently Caused.

Quintana faces 3 years of imprisonment if convicted.

A trial date is pending.

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9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Two Men From China Sentenced To Prison In Export Case

Two men from China have been sentenced to federal prison in New Mexico for conspiring to export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Bo Cai, of Nanjing, to two years in prison.

Cai's 30-year-old cousin Wentong Cai, of Chifeng, received an 18-month prison term.

Both will be deported after completing their sentences.

The men pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to smuggle sensors to China without first obtaining the required export license.

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8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge: Slain Deputy's Personal Records Will Not Be Released

The defense team for a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting another deputy will not be using the victim's personnel records in their defense after a judge denied their request to have the documents released.

Tai Chan is accused of killing Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin in October after they went drinking in Las Cruces where they were staying after transporting a prisoner. Chan has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

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8:14 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Texas House OK's New Abortion Restrictions, Then Backtracks

The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn.

The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation.

Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Rep. Matt Schaefer successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception.

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8:12 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Cesar Chavez Receives Navy Honor 22 Years After Death

The sister of the late labor leader Cesar Chaves says she could feel her brother's presence at a moving ceremony honoring his Navy service 22 years after his death.

Rita Chavez Martin was one of several hundred gathered at his graveside for a ceremony bestowing honors from the U.S. Navy. Relatives said that at his death nobody thought about his military service. They focused instead on his work with farmworkers.

Chavez Martin says she wrote a letter to her brother every day of his service in the Pacific.

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8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Pair Of Mexican Grey Wolves Released In Arizona

A breeding pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The female had been captured in January to be paired with a more genetically diverse male.

Wildlife officials say they're hopeful the two will improve the overall genetic profile of the wolf population. They believe the female wolf is pregnant.

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8:04 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Oil And Gas Sale Brings $2.1 Million For New Mexico

  

April's oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $2.1 million for state trust land beneficiaries.

The New Mexico Land Office says a dozen tracts totaling more than 3,500 acres were leased.

The highest sealed bid of $480,160 for 160 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Eddy County came from Chase Oil Corp. of Artesia.

The highest oral bid of $840,000 was submitted by Yates Petroleum for 320 acres in Lea County.

The revenue raised by the monthly sales benefit public schools, universities and hospitals.

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4:55 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Gila Cliff Dwellings Brings $1.7+ Million To Local Economy

  Silver City, New Mexico – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,136 visitors to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in 2014 spent $1,746,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 24 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1,753,000.

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4:53 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Tourism to White Sands National Monument Creates $29 Million In Economic Benefits

Credit White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 503,660 visitors to White Sands National Monument in 2014 spent $25,565,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 386 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $29,051,300. “White Sands National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Marie Frías Sauter. “We are delighted to share the story of White Sands and the experiences offered.

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4:50 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

New Mexico AG Convicts Human Trafficker

  A jury in Bernalillo County Thursday returned verdicts of guilty for crimes committed by Wallace Carson. Carson was convicted of first degree Kidnapping and Human Trafficking of a seventeen year old girl from Albuquerque, who he kidnapped from the Greyhound bus station in downtown Albuquerque in February of 2013, and two counts of Human Trafficking of a twenty-one year old girl he trafficked from San Antonio, Texas into Albuquerque.

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4:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Abbott Doesn't Talk Border Issues With Honduran President

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has met with the Honduran president but didn't discuss Texas border security efforts aimed at stopping the flow of immigrants.

The meeting Thursday with Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez was the first time Abbott has hosted a Central America leader since taking office. Abbott said in a statement that the two focused their discussion on economic relations.

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11:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

USDA Dedicates New Office In Las Cruces

  Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new Rural Development office at the USDA service center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The office is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Service Center at 760 Stern Drive Suite #139 on the south side of Las Cruces. The facility houses staff which provide financial service for housing, business and infrastructure throughout the southern and southwest part of the state.

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11:24 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Martinez Announces State Funding For 200 New Call Center Jobs In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Convergys, Inc. will expand in Las Cruces, creating 200 new jobs. The Governor's office says Convergys will receive $181,250 in Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds to hire and train these new employees.

"JTIP is a critical resource to creating jobs for our families and communities," Governor Martinez said. "I'm proud that it continues to show results like these, which will help us continue our momentum in diversifying our economy."

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9:33 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Child Injured In Boat Crash With US Border Patrol Agents

The Mexican Consulate says a Mexican child suffered "grave injuries" in a collision in the Rio Grande between a private boat the child was in and one with U.S. Border Patrol agents.

U.S. Border Patrol has said there were four people aboard the private boat involved in the Sunday collision. The Mexican Consulate in McAllen said Wednesday that two of those passengers were children.

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9:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Sunland Park Residents Petition For Redistricting

Sunland Park could be looking at a special election after residents submitted a petition calling for redistricting.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that just 12 hours after a motion to discuss redistricting died in the City Council a resident submitted a petition with 163 signatures calling for redistricting. If at least 76 if those signatures are of registered voters in Sunland Park, the organizers will then submit a resolution calling for a special election asking voters for redistricting.

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9:27 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Calls Mount For Special Session Of NM Legislature

A growing number of cities are urging Gov. Susana Martinez to overcome an impasse and call a special session to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects around the state.

The capital outlay bill stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March.

Martinez initially resisted the call for a special session saying she wanted to make sure the outcome would be different. Her office says it has been working with leaders from both parties to find a solution.

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9:21 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Building Project Report: State Has Excess Office Space

While two state government building projects in Santa Fe are stalled, a report by the Legislative Finance Committee shows there is more than enough state-owned space.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the study shows the total amount of leased and state-owned office space has remained unchanged since 2012, while the number of state employees has dropped 12 percent since 2008.

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9:11 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Research On Cattle May Offer Hope For Ranchers Facing Drought

With ongoing drought in the West, research is being done to find sustainable options for ranching in the future. To make that possible, some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find answers.

On a windy weekday afternoon Alfredo Gonzalez navigates a narrow dirt road out into the Jornada Experimental Range located near Las Cruces. Gonzalez, an animal scientist at the range, is traveling to meet a herd of criollo cattle that he says are surviving on their own in the arid environment here.

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8:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Regulators Inch Closer To Final Decision On Coal Power Plant

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New Mexico regulators are moving closer to a final decision on a plan by the state's largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

The Public Regulation Commission was briefed Wednesday by hearing examiner Ashley Schannauer. He's recommending that commissioners not approve the plan unless changes are made.

Schannauer reiterated uncertainties surrounding the ownership makeup of the San Juan Generating Station and the lack of a coal-supply contract beyond 2017.

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5:26 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Rio Grande Restoration

  Q. So the goal of this project is to plant native vegetation along the banks of the Rio Grande. Why is that necessary? 

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5:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

"Mutt Show" To Be Held Saturday At NMSU Las Cruces

The Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley will host its Mutt Show at New Mexico State University from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 25, across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street. (Courtesy photo)

  Mutts and their people are welcomed to the New Mexico State University campus for the annual Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley Mutt Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

, Saturday, April 25. It will be held across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble located at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street at the grassy area in front of Rhodes Garrett Hamiel dorms. Visitors with leashed and well-behaved canines are welcome to this free event.

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5:01 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Golf Course Ranked Among Best In The Nation

The NMSU Golf Course was recently named among the 50 best college golf courses in the nation by Sports Management Programs. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico State University Golf Course has been named one of Sports Management Program’s 50 best college golf courses.

The article and list, published last week, highlights golf courses that feature “spectacular design and play.” NMSU ranked 18th in the country for those reasons, and because of its professionally accredited Golf Management program, which is administered by NMSU’s College of Business and is officially sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association.

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4:55 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Las Cruces Police Plan Youth Leadership Camp

  The Las Cruces Police Department will hold a Youth Leadership Summer Camp June 1-12 for students who will be entering the 7th grade during the next academy year.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp is a collaborative effort with the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the 1990 mass-shooting that claimed four lives and left three others critically injured.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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4:52 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day Celebrated With Dedication Of New Water Systems

  USDA-Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in southern New Mexico today to celebrate Earth Day by dedicating two new water treatment systems in La Union and Mesquite, New Mexico.

The two Earth Day celebrations coincided with hundreds of similar events across the nation to encourage people to be more responsible trustees of the Earth.  Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to bring awareness and celebrate gains that have made to protect the environment by cleaning up contaminated areas.

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