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New Mexico Governor Stays Mum As Trump Advances

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Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is declining to say whether she will vote for Donald Trump now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Martinez on Wednesday declined through a spokesman to say whether she would cast her ballot for Trump in November.

The second-term Republican governor has criticized Trump's proposal to build a bigger wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as a threat to international trade relations. And Martinez has objected to Trump's comments that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

Silver City Report

9 hours ago

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer with an investigation into the murder-suicide involving a Silver City Police officer.

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Keeping on the Move Saves You from Pain Later

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  The New Mexico Department of Health reports arthritis affects an estimated 26 percent of New Mexico residents. It is also the leading cause of disability in the United States.

The City of Las Cruces is continuing their downtown revitalization efforts with the new Amador Project, which hopes to bring new restaurants, and retail space to the Downtown area.

The new Amador project is a development that will be located next to the Historic Amador Hotel, at the current location of My Brother’s Place Restaurant and Billiard’s Parlor.

Max Bower, Vice President of GMB Development New Mexico, says this will be the largest development project downtown in decades.

Issues And Answers: The Youth Vote

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Las Cruces teachers and students discuss the 2016 election and public policy. 

  Gilbert G. Caldwell, 45, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his cocaine trafficking conviction. 

   Caldwell was arrested in Feb. 2015, and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.  According to the complaint, Caldwell attempted to purchase 125 grams of cocaine from undercover law enforcement agents on Feb. 12, 2015, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  Caldwell was subsequently indicted on the same charge on May 28, 2015. 

Las Cruces Man Receives 18-Year Sentence in Child Sex Abuse Case

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl.

In December 2015, Daniel Lee Landon, 27, was convicted of sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony, and criminal sexual contact with a minor, a second-degree felony.  

Udall Working To Close The ‘Homework Gap’ For Rural And Low-Income Students In NM

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Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pledged to keep fighting for the resources to extend broadband internet across New Mexico and close the so-called “homework gap” – the inequality of access to the internet facing low-income and rural students.

Water Outage for Part Of Picacho Avenue In Las Cruces

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Residents and businesses along Picacho Avenue west of the Fairacres Post Office and East of Fairacres Elementary School, will experience a water outage between 5:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.

 

Once service is restored, residents may notice discolored water due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

 

Las Cruces Road Closures This Week

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  Don Roser Drive from Crestview Drive to Missouri Avenue and Missouri Avenue to Fairway Drive will be intermittently closed to thru traffic from 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, to 6 a.m. Thursday, May 5 and from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, May 6.

 

Triviz Drive from East Idaho Avenue to Missouri, and Missouri to John Street will be intermittently closed to thru traffic from 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, to 6 a.m. Thursday, May 5 and from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, May 6.

 

The Latest: FBI Releases Details Of Suspect In Girl's Death

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The Latest on the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl from the Navajo Nation (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Federal authorities are trying to find the man suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl after abducting her and her younger brother from the Navajo Nation.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade said during a news conference Tuesday in Shiprock, New Mexico, that authorities will leave no stone unturned as they search for justice for the family of Ashlynne Mike.

Authorities say a man driving a maroon van kidnapped the girl and her brother Monday afternoon.

  Las Cruces, NM – Calling all children, young and old, to enjoy a free archaeology fair on Saturday, May 7, focused on the “Adventures from the Past”.  You and your parents and friends are invited to participate in a day of fun-filled activities and ancient technology demonstrations.   The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Dripping Springs Visitor Center located in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, east of Las Cruces on Dripping Springs Road.  There is no entry fee for this event.

Free Public Viewing of Mercury Transit on May 9

May 3, 2016

  Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006 onMonday, May 9, 2016. Transits of the planets are relatively rare and only those of Mercury and Venus are viewable from Earth. In fact, there are usually only about 13 transits of Mercury each century. The next Mercury transit will not occur until November 11, 2019. 

New Mexico Prison System Fights Fair Pay Claims

May 3, 2016
Office of the Governor

The New Mexico prison system is arguing it's exempt from a state law requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for comparable work.

The New Mexican reports that Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Fair Pay for Women Act in 2013, but her administration is fighting claims filed under the law.

The Corrections Department is challenging claims from former female employees who say they earned less than men in similar positions.

2 US Senators Want States Included In Wolf Management

May 3, 2016
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The Latest on federal legislation regarding recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Federal wildlife officials say they'll be doing a thorough review of legislation introduced by two U.S. senators that would affect endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake have introduced a measure that would push the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work more closely with states to revamp a decades-old recovery plan for the wolves.

Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders

May 3, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art

  The New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates the artistic influence of lowriders on contemporary New Mexico artists in Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders. Responding to this unique cultural icon in photographs, paintings, sculptures, and videos, this exhibition demonstrates the importance of lowriders as a rich subject for artistic inspiration.

  (Santa Fe) – Dr. Anthony Fleg, a volunteer with the New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Native Health Initiative, is receiving national recognition for his efforts to make New Mexico healthier. 

Dr. Fleg, who works at UNM, received the 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) Community Leadership Award.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community.

"Freedom Riders" Film Coming To Las Cruces

May 3, 2016

Join us on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6pm at Branigan Cultural Center, to screen the documentary “The Freedom Riders”, part of the Created Equal film series.

Annual Blessing of the Fields May 13 In Las Cruces

May 3, 2016

  LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will celebrate an old tradition with the annual Blessing of the Fields procession on Friday, May 13.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Fr. Alejandro Reyes, Administrator of Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church in Hatch, will lead a colorful procession around the museum grounds, to bless the animals, plants, acequia and fresh-baked bread. Before the procession, Henry Narvaez, Cacique of Tortugas Pueblo, will lead the prayer to the four directions.

Senator Udall To Discuss Conservation Issues In Las Cruces

May 3, 2016
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  LAS CRUCES---New Mexico Senator Tom Udall will be the featured guest at a morning conversation focusing on conservation, energy, and public lands on Thursday, May 5th.   The conversation, hosted by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Good Samaritan Creative Arts Room, 3025 Terrace Drive in Las Cruces. 

NMSU to host memorial ceremony to honor Aggies

May 3, 2016

  New Mexico State University will host a memorial ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Spiritual Center to honor students, employees and alumni who have died in the past year. 

The Spiritual Center is located on NMSU’s International Mall, west of the Educational Services Building and the Pan American Center, near the university’s duck pond. Public parking is available in Lot 27, which is north of the Educational Services Building. 

Meg G. Freyermuth / Las Cruces Museums

  Join us on Saturday, May 14, at 1pm for an artist talk with Meg G. Freyermuth entitled “Visions of Our Monument.” Freyermuth will discuss the inspirations for her work and some of her artistic process, guiding visitors through her works on display in the gallery.

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Late last week the Labor Federation of New Mexico began a bus tour across the state to rally support .
KRWG was there for their first stop in Las Cruces.

This year’s New Mexico legislative session saw a lot of bills affecting workers and unions. Like the right to work, which would have allowed employees to get the benefits of union-negotiated contracts without having to pay union dues. Pre-emption laws, legislation that would stop cities and counties from enacting local labor laws, like raising the minimum wage. But none of it passed.

One of the world’s best-known reporters covering drug cartel violence recently visited our region to discuss the state of the war on drugs.

Ioan Grillo is a freelance reporter with bylines in the New York Times, Reuters, and CNN as well as two books on the drug trade in Latin America. In covering the issue throughout El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico Grillo has documented distinct similarities that allow organized crime to flourish:  A lack of civil society and marginal infrastructure and opportunity.

New Mexico Lobbyists Report Greater Spending

May 3, 2016

New Mexico political lobbyists are reporting a nearly 20 percent increase in spending in the first four months of 2016 over last year.

Financial statements filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State's office before a Tuesday deadline show lobbyists spent $269,000 to influencing public officials between the start of the year and April 25, including a 30-day legislative session. That was up from $226,000 in 2015.

New Mexico State Senator Undergoing Cancer Treatment

May 3, 2016
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Legislator?SponCode=SLEAV

A southeastern New Mexico state senator says he is undergoing cancer treatments in Houston and is expected to start recovery soon.

Sen. Carroll Leavell told the Hobbs News-Sun last week that he needs around 16 more treatments before he can return home.

The Jal Republican was diagnosed with prostate cancer just before the January start of the 2016 legislative session. Although he attended and worked most of the 30-day session, he did miss a few days for treatments.

Amber Alert Issued For 11-Year-Old Girl Reportedly Abducted

May 3, 2016

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for an 11-year-old girl reportedly abducted on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County in northwestern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say Ashlynn Mike was last seen late Monday afternoon on Navajo Route 36 and that she was abducted by an unknown Native American man driving a maroon van.

The missing girl is described as Native American, approximately 4-foot-8, 80 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a pink pullover and purple shoes.

The FBI is investigating her disappearance.

Las Cruces City Council approved a total budget of just over $402 million dollars for the 2016-2017 fiscal year by a vote of 7-0.

Las Cruces’ budget includes funding for new positions throughout city departments, increases in salaries and benefits, and new vehicles. One of the main aspects of Las Cruces’ budget, the city’s general fund, totals around $88 million dollars, a 3.6 percent increase from the current year.

The budget is balanced and includes no tax increases, City Councilor Greg Smith says this a responsible budget.

Another former El Paso schools official has been indicted by a federal grand jury as part of an alleged cheating scheme.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio on Monday announced an indictment against James Anderson for conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and making a false statement to a federal investigator.

Five other educators face federal charges on allegations they prevented "limited English proficiency" students from taking state tests to try to drive up scores.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Girlfriend

May 2, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, a Las Cruces man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend in January 2015.  

Corey Franklin, now 25, was recently convicted of first-degree murder after stabbing and beating his girlfriend, Graciela Hernandez, to death.

The incident happened outside a home in the 1400 block of Eclipse Road, north of Las Cruces. According to investigators, the defendant used multiple knives to stab Hernandez 11 times before beating her with a cooking pot and dragging her to the bedroom.  

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