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Pearce Votes Against Short-Term Bill To Fund Government

6 hours ago
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Commentary:  Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5325, which includes a short-term continuing resolution (CR) through December 9, 2016. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on this legislation:

Major Drug Bust In Las Cruces

9 hours ago

Metro Narcotics had an investigation that resulted in the seizure of 4.5 lbs. of methamphetamine, the seizure of $24,000 in U.S. currency and the arrest of two men for trafficking methamphetamine.

The incident occurred on Sept. 24, 2016, at approximately 5 p.m. at 190 E. University Ave. The two men arrested are Freddy Dorantes-Lopez from Phoenix, Ariz., and Carlos Garcia from Albuquerque.

Federal judge holds New Mexico Cabinet secretary in contempt

9 hours ago
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A federal judge is holding New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest in contempt for failing to comply with court orders aimed at improving the administration of food aid and Medicaid health care benefits.

The Latest: New Mexico regulators approve PNM rate hike

9 hours ago
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State regulators have approved a rate hike for Public Service Co. of New Mexico's half a million customers, but it's not as much as the electric utility had hoped for.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday during a meeting in Santa Fe for a compromise that will amount to an average increase of roughly 10 percent.

The utility had initially proposed a more than 14 percent increase to recover the costs of investments it has made in recent years, including new solar generating stations and the purchase of power from an Arizona nuclear plant.

The Latest: Prosecution rests case against 2 police officers

9 hours ago

A special prosecutor has rested her case in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers standing trial in the shooting death of a homeless man.

Attorneys spent the seventh day of the trial of now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez questioning the SWAT sergeant who called Perez to the March 2014 standoff with homeless camper James Boyd. The sergeant, now no longer with the Albuquerque Police Department, was the last witness a special prosecutor called to the stand Wednesday.

UNM Reports Increases In Auto Thefts, Fondling Cases

12 hours ago

The University of New Mexico's latest annual campus safety report includes sizable increases in auto thefts and fondling cases.

University Police Chief Kevin McCabe says he's concerned by the increases and he says patrolling the campus and engaging with students, staff and faculty are top priorities for his department.

The university says the increase in auto thefts from 32 in 2014 to 88 in 2015 is based partly on a new federal requirement that attempted auto thefts be reported as thefts and to a general rise in auto thefts in Albuquerque and the state.

Susan DeMar, administrative assistant for New Mexico State University’s Geography Department in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been recognized with the 2016 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award for her exemplary service to the university.

“During my career, I’ve been very fortunate to receive all this recognition,” DeMar said. She has been at NMSU and with the Geography Department for the past 12 years and has been recognized throughout for her service. 

German Contingent to Attend Las Cruces City Council Meeting

16 hours ago

Students from Las Cruces’ Sister City in Nienburg, Germany began a two week visit to Las Cruces on Sept. 20. During their stay, the students from the Albert Schweizer-Schule in Nienburg, Principal Dr. Ralf Weghoft, and teacher Thomas Volkhausen will attend classes at Arrowhead Park High School, and visit White Sands National Monument, City of Rocks and Faywood Hot Springs. 

On Oct. 3, Mayor Ken Miyagishima and the City Council will recognize the German contingent at the council meeting that begins at 1 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Church St.

Country music singer-songwriter Alex Stern, an Albuquerque native, now based in Nashville passed a major milestone in her career last night with the public release of her first music video, “Runaways”. 

The song and video, which chronicle a day of escape between two lovers who are enjoying one another and their freedom, was shot in Stern’s native New Mexico, in Tucumcari, two hours east of Albuquerque.

2016 Distinguished Alumni for DACC Named

16 hours ago

Las Cruces – Doña Ana Community College will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 Class of Distinguished Alumni including Ashley Burkos, Andrew Paul Montoya, Mike C. Pérez, Greg D. Powe and Christy Lynn Trevino. The alumni were nominated

New Mexico Court To Settle Dispute Over Pollution Rules

17 hours ago

Environmentalists say New Mexico isn't going far enough to protect the state's limited groundwater supplies from copper mining operations. Regulators say they have the toughest rules in the West.

After years of legal wrangling, it's now up to the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide.

The justices are hearing arguments in the case Wednesday.

Trinity Site Ranch House Faces Restoration

17 hours ago

A ranch house where Los Alamos scientists assembled the world's first atomic bomb is being restored.

The McDonald/Schmidt Ranch House at the Trinity Site is facing exterior renovations thanks to a cooperative agreement with White Sand Missile Range Cultural Resources Program.

Improvements will focus on the exterior stucco, gutters and drainage and interior restoration.

On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, near Tularosa.

Legislative analysists say spending on prescription medication by New Mexico state agencies is rising quickly as insurance coverage expands under Medicaid and demands for specialty drugs are met.

A report released Wednesday by the Legislative Finance Committee finds that state agencies spent $680 million on prescription drugs during the most recent budget year. That represents a 54 percent increase from two years ago.

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, and the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office is making sure everyone who is able to is registered to vote. So far, over 1,100 voters in Dona Ana County have registered through the new online voter registration portal.

For National Voter Registration Day, the Clerks Office is reaching out the youngest voters in the county at local high schools.

Judiciary cuts mileage payments to address New Mexico budget shortfall

Sep 27, 2016

  SANTA FE - The New Mexico Judiciary will reduce spending by about a half million dollars a year by lowering the mileage reimbursement rate for travel by judges, staff, jurors, interpreters and court-ordered witnesses.

 

The Supreme Court ordered the reduction to address a state budget shortfall for the 2017 fiscal year, which started in July.

 

Silver City, NM – Acclaimed artist Tina Mion will be featured in the upcoming Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts lecture series on Thursday, October 6 at Light Hall Auditorium.

A Meet the Artist Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in Light Hall Patio followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium.

LAS CRUCES---The three finalists vying for job of Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools will answer questions from the public during a community forum at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande Dr.  Jo Galvan, LCPS spokeswoman, said the finalists, who will be in Las Cruces for two days of interviews are: Dr. Gregory Ewing of Marietta, GA; Dr. Gregory Rodriguez of Huntsville, TX; and Dr. Arsenio Romero of Roswell, NM.

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Experts from around the country participated in an online conference Tuesday to discuss the first Presidential debate.  And a New Mexico State University professor joined the discussion.

Dr. Tim Ketelaar, an expert in psychology, analyzed the facial expressions of the candidates.

He says, overall...he’d give a slight edge to Hillary Clinton in this area of non-verbal communication.

Ketelaar stresses his analysis only dealt with facial expression…not content.

In that area, most analysts said it wasn’t even a contest:  Clinton came out on top.

El Paso – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hub of Human Innovation entered into a two-year strategic alliance to collaborate on assisting the small business community.

“The strategic alliance with the Hub of Human Innovation will enable us to create more opportunities for the small business community and expand our reach to individuals that are looking to start a business,” said Phillip Silva, District Director of the SBA El Paso District Office.

New I-10 Closures Starting Sunday

Sep 27, 2016

GO 10 crews will implement several closures on I-10 Eastbound, including a complete closure of all eastbound lanes starting the evening of Sunday, Oct. 2:

 

 

The following closures will be in place tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

·     The Executive Center Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound.

·     A right lane on I-10 Eastbound between the Executive Center Overpass and the Asarco Bridge.

Crews will be replacing a damaged concrete guardrail. 

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis to serve as the first ambassador to Cuba in over half a century:

The Latest: Officer With Crisis Training Recalls Standoff

Sep 27, 2016

The Latest on the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man (all times local):

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1:30 p.m.

An Albuquerque police officer trained to handle encounters with the mentally ill says he had achieved some progress in negotiations with a homeless man to drop his knives before officers with a tactical unit moved in to replace him.

Health Officials: 3 More West Nile Virus Cases In New Mexico

Sep 27, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health has announced three more cases of West Nile virus around the state.

During the past month, health officials say a 53-year-old Bernalillo County man, a 57-year-old Dona Ana County man and a 40-year-old McKinley County man have been diagnosed with the virus transmitted by a mosquito bite.

All three men were hospitalized.

Health officials say the three newest West Nile cases doubles the total of human cases identified in New Mexico so far this year.

The three previous cases were reported in Rio Arriba and Valencia counties.

Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Hatch Police Officer

Sep 27, 2016
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An Ohio man accused of killing a southern New Mexico police officer has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Jesse Denver Hanes of Columbus pleaded not guilty on Monday to the seven charges he is accused on in connection to the Aug. 12 death of Hatch police Officer Jose Chavez.

New Mexico Community College To Offer 'Brewing Beer' Major

Sep 27, 2016

A New Mexico community college is offering a new program that allows students to major in brewing beer.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports 30 students at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque are enrolled in the school's new Brewing and Beverage Management Program.

School officials say students in the program learn the basics of beer production and recipe formulation. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of beer production in hands-on laboratory-style classes.

Final Witnesses Called In Albuquerque Police Officer's Trial

Sep 27, 2016
3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

A prosecutor is expected to begin calling her final witnesses Tuesday in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill homeless man.

Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn has spent the last week making her case against now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez, who are standing trial on second-degree murder charges.

McGinn has faulted police for escalating the response to James Boyd's illegal campsite and rushing a botched plan to take him into custody with less-lethal force before shooting him.

Liberal advocates and some Democratic lawmakers say they will strongly oppose a push by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to reinstate the death penalty.

The coalition of death penalty foes is scheduled Tuesday to denounce the governor's plan to bring back capital punishment in New Mexico after it was abolished seven years ago. They are meeting at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice to discuss how they will oppose the governor's plan.

In 2014, New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the entire country, and New Mexico’s Department of Health recently released data that shows that overdose deaths have declined in 20 of the 33 counties in the state.

One way the state is investing in preventing overdose deaths and substance abuse is through a program that works with peer advocates who have experienced what it is like to be addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

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The Democratic party has had a stronghold on state and local politics in El Paso, TX for more than a decade. But the El Paso County Republicans are working to reach the region's voters.

There were more than 100 people at the El Paso County Republican debate watch party.  The atmosphere was fun and festive, it felt less like a political gathering and more like a county fair.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met in their first Presidential campaign Monday, and KRWG was at debate watch parties to get local reactions from people watching the debate, Samantha Sonner was at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Las Cruces.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters in Las Cruces thought she gave a strong performance at the first debate.

“I think she did fantastic,” Tammara Anderton said. “I thought she was very composed, very well prepared, and very authentic.”

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