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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state official says New Mexico is only a few steps away from being able to backfill a giant underground cavern before it collapses underneath a community of mobile homes and critical transportation routes in southern New Mexico.

Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen said Monday that his agency will be prepared as soon as July to help commission engineering plans to shore up a cavity left by the extraction of a salt formation.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the American Diabetes Association in recognizing Tuesday, March 28 as “Diabetes Alert Day”, to raise awareness about the disease and to encourage New Mexicans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers in New Mexico, California and Maryland are working with public school nurses in hopes of curbing suicide rates within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by making school grounds safer.

University of New Mexico pediatrics professor Mary Ramos and colleagues at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and the University of California-San Diego are leading the four-year project.

USPS, Hispanic Cultural Center Celebrate Delicioso Stamps

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and the National Hispanic Cultural Center will be having a party to celebrate the issuance of a new series of stamps dedicated to the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine.

The dedication ceremony for the Delicioso Forever Stamps will be held in April at the cultural center in Albuquerque.

The stamps feature bright illustrations of tamales, flan, empanadas, chile rellenos, ceviche and the traditional soup sancocho.

Vista Middle School Nationally-Recognized For Inclusive Practices

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LAS CRUCES---Thanks to a schoolwide effort to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities, Vista Middle School was recently named a Banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics New Mexico (SONM). The recognition makes Vista Middle School the only middle school in the country to earn the distinction and one of only two Unified Champion Schools in New Mexico, according to officials from SONM.

‘Hidden Figures’ author to speak at NMSU

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Her book was a No. 1 New York Times’ best-seller. The film adaptation of her book was the No. 1 movie in the United States. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures,” will speak at New Mexico State University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3.

In “Hidden Figures,” Shetterly tells the story of female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA’s success as the United States Space Program took shape during a time of segregation.

Col. (R) Ben Skardon was 24 years-old when he was forced to surrender to Japanese forces and march over 70 miles to their first Prisoner of War camps, now 95 years later, Skardon voluntarily marched for 8.5 miles in honor of his fallen comrades during the 2017 annual Bataan Memorial Death March, March 19. This is Skardon’s tenth year participating in the march.

“It feels like no other place in the world,” Skardon said. “I can breathe air and there’s friendly faces everywhere, I can’t beat that! This is my tenth time so I’m an expert.”

Films reflecting Muslims in American culture to be shown at NMSU

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In a world growing smaller through technology, but farther apart in terms of social and political polarization, a New Mexico State University professor and a theatre and video production company, are bringing two films to Las Cruces to open dialogues with the community and encourage understanding of Muslims in American culture.

NMSU Standing With Our Students "Teach-Ins" Scheduled

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Darren Phillips, NMSU

  Standing With Our Students (SOS) is a nonpartisan group of faculty, responding to student concerns and questions about our country's new political climate. Our goal is to inform and support members of the campus community. SOS is sponsoring a series of teach-ins on topics related to current events. (Teach-ins combine a faculty roundtable with a classroom atmosphere; they emphasize discussion and questions from the audience.)

 

Thurs, Mar 30, 7pm-8:30 pm: Immigration: History, Policy, Practice

(Hardman/Jacobs Hall rm 210)

Alamogordo NOW

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Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Jacquie Devine, editor for the Hollogram. This week, an elementary school celebrates 50 years, a citizen of the year is honored, and a protest at Trinity Site. 

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Las Cruces Mobile Home Fire Leaves Boy Dead

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 3-year-old boy who was killed in a mobile home fire in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces police say the victim has been identified as Blayne Caballero.

They say the boy's parents safely escaped the burning home early Sunday with their 7-month-old daughter.

Police say unsuccessful attempts were made to reach the boy, who slept in another room.

Firefighters entered the home and located the boy, but he was unresponsive and later was pronounced dead.

The Latest: Governor Says New Mexico Is Facing A Crisis Soon

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Office of the Governor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's legislative session (all times local):

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Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is facing a crisis and soon will not be able to sign checks or pay contracts and that employee furloughs are possible.

She outlined the state's dire fiscal situation during a luncheon with business leaders, real estate professionals and others Monday in Albuquerque.

Man Pleads Guilty In Killing Of Man Who Went To Aid Woman

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of another Navajo man who was stabbed during a fight when he went to the aid of a woman who was his friend and the other man's girlfriend.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 23-year-old Nochise Martinez will be sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in federal court in Albuquerque.

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State employees could face the prospect of furloughs as New Mexico considers closing museums and other cultural sites and limiting the time children are in the classroom as officials look to save cash in the midst of what Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday called a crisis.

Martinez outlined the state's grim fiscal outlook during a luncheon attended by business leaders. She spoke about the recent legislative session and her disappointment that lawmakers crafted a budget dependent upon hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases and fee hikes.

Judge's Retirement Creates Vacancy For Sixth Judicial District

Mar 27, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are starting the process to replace a judge who is retiring in the judicial district that includes Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties in southwestern New Mexico.

The Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission says the deadline for applications to replace Judge H.R. Quintero is 5 p.m. April 13.

Quintero serves in Silver City. The district also has judges in Deming.

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 Commentary: Las Cruces:  Staff from Sen. Tom Udall’s Las Cruces office will speak to WE’RE IN: Southern New Mexico, the local Indivisible chapter on March 28  at 12:00 noon at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, second floor.  

The WE’RE IN meeting comes on the heels of the republican’s failure to bring their health care bill to a vote March 24.  Meanwhile, Indivisible groups across the nation saw the failed effort as a victory for Obama’s signature health care program, says Tony Martinez, head of the WE’RE IN group.

Monday Business Watch

Mar 27, 2017

  

  What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Fred Martino and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, internet sales taxes, Coyote  

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Three-Year-Old Las Cruces Boy Dies In Fire

Mar 26, 2017

An early-morning residential structure fire on the city’s East Mesa has claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy.

The young boy’s parents – his 23-year-old father and 21-year-old mother – were able to safely escape the blaze along with their 7-month-old daughter.

Honoring Gas Workers In Las Cruces

Mar 26, 2017

Day in and day out, the 54 employees of the Gas Section of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) make it possible for all of us to have access to natural gas – safely. “Safety is a vital aspect of natural gas distribution; the LCU Gas Section employees endeavor every day to make natural gas as safe as possible,” explains Gas Distribution and Construction Administrator Lucio M. Garcia, P.E.

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening

Mar 26, 2017

Dreaming about planting your veggie garden? Before you start shopping for plants this year be sure to attend the free Lush and Lean Workshop sponsored by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) on Thursday, March 30th. Why not spend a little time learning how to maximize your garden space, keep your water bills low, and choose plants that offer your best chance of success!

Israel Calsoyas, NMSU Ph.D. student, is working on her doctorate in vegetable physiology. She will be leading the workshop and urges attendees to set up their gardens in a way that work better in drought areas.

Making schools safer for LGBTQ youths

Mar 26, 2017
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  The stats are the stuff of parents’ nightmares: suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for youths 12-18 – and New Mexico’s rates are 50 percent higher than national figures.  

Being identified as different from your peers makes that dire situation even riskier. For many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgendered/Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youths, the schoolyard is a daily source of stress. They are much more likely than their peers to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school or to skip classes because they don’t feel safe.

I-10 Closures This Week

Mar 26, 2017

On Sunday, April 2nd, GO 10 will be changing the way you drive on I-10 East. On the morning of April 3rd, I-10 Eastbound drivers will find themselves merging onto I-10’s new CD lanes (collector-distributor lanes) near the Buena Vista area.

KRWG "Listening Party" This Week At NMSU Art Gallery

Mar 26, 2017
Photo by Dianne Frank

Las Cruces, NM-- KRWG and the University Art Gallery (UAG) at New Mexico State University are pleased to offer Borderland audiences a new event facilitating a space for open discussion about race and culture in our current political climate. The new Listening Party and Community Conversation program will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. Audience size is limited; email RSVPs should be sent to Dianne Frank, dlfrank@nmsu.edu.

New Exhibits at the Las Cruces Museums in April

Mar 26, 2017
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Both the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N Main St., and the Las Cruces Museum of Art,  491 N. Main St.,will have new exhibits opening Friday, April 7. Branigan Cultural Center will host Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century and the Museum of Art will host the All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017. A reception will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Ramble from 5 – 7 p.m. at both museums.

The All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017 will last for only one-week, through Saturday, April 15.

Java What? student art exhibition at the NMSU Music Center

Mar 26, 2017

Las Cruces, NM--Java What?, a student art exhibition, will open to the public on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Music Center building at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The visual art show, a competition juried by interim gallery director Michelle Lanteri, features works by eight Department of Art students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels in their academic careers. The art show will be on display from April 4 through April 11, 2017. Members of the Borderland community are invited to both the opening reception and to view the exhibition.

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  The City of Las Cruces is now streaming City Council meetings and work sessions live on Facebook. “Since my arrival, I have made transparency of City administration one of my top priorities. We are constantly striving to make city government accessible to everyone,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “Social media is an excellent resource, and given the number of people who use Facebook, it’s only logical that we utilize that platform.”

 

Senators seek visitor logs from White House, Mar-a-Lago

Mar 26, 2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two U.S. senators are joining several fellow Democrats in calling for the visitor logs at the White House and other properties President Donald Trump frequents be released publicly.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed have introduced the "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act," or Mar-a-Lago Act. It's a not-so-subtle reference to Trump's Florida estate, where he's met with various dignitaries.

New Mexico sees increase in jobless rate, highest in nation

Mar 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate went up in February, ensuring the state would again have the country's highest percentage of unemployed workers.

Statistics released by state and federal officials on Friday show that New Mexico's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, up from 6.7 percent in January.

The national unemployment rate is 4.7 percent.

Only Alaska and Alabama have jobless rates in the six-percent range.

El Paso Brothers Get Life In Prison In Murders Of Three Relatives

Mar 24, 2017

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Two brothers have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2008 killings of three relatives in Mexico.

Samuel and Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola were sentenced Thursday in El Paso, Texas. Samuel Velasco Gurrola was convicted in October of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire. Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola pleaded guilty to racketeering violations and three counts of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.

Judge: Man Charged In Las Cruces Murder Cannot Be Held Without Bond

Mar 24, 2017

LAS CRUCES – Attorneys for the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office appeared before District Judge Douglas R. Driggers Friday to request no bond in the murder case against Taylor James Enriquez.

Enriquez, 19, was indicted March 9 by a Las Cruces grand jury on charges of first degree murder, false imprisonment and aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm.

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