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  As part of the City of Las Cruces’ Plan4LasCruces community engagement, KRWG-TV and CLC-TV will air the 4-part PBS TV series, “

NMSU plans fourth annual Ride for 4-H Clover motorcycle tour

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  Scenic northern New Mexico will be the setting for riders in the fourth annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 26-28.

Participants will experience the thrill of riding among some of New Mexico’s most dramatic settings, from colorful geologic formations at Abiquiu to the forests of Red River. They’ll also have a chance to learn about New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station Extension and outreach activities in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico reaches settlement in Bill Richardson-era deal

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

The New Mexico State Investment Council approved the settlement Tuesday with Eastern Real Estate Development after discussing the matter out of public view in an executive session.

Clinton campaign seeks to make most of Kaine's Spanish

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton made their debut as the Democratic presidential ticket, he proudly declared, "Hillary and I are soul mates in this struggle."

It was a message he delivered to the Miami crowd in Spanish.

A World of Trouble from One Chronic Illness

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  Hepatitis is one of those silent illnesses we talk about often in public health. It’s estimated to be the seventh leading cause of death in the world, and yet it is one of those infections that many people living with it are not even aware they have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report hepatitis is an infection caused by one of five viruses – hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. Every form of hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver, but hepatitis B and C often leads to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic and Ben Fischer. This week, a resignation on the school board, an open meetings complaint, and news on the ISC. 

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Doña Ana County passed a final budget for fiscal year 2017, by a vote of 4 to 0, Commissioner Wayne Hancock was not present at the meeting.

Doña Ana County passed a budget of just about $153 million dollars, with anticipated revenues for 2017 expected to be around $137 million dollars. The budget difference is being made up from reserve funds for a specific use.

Commissioner Billy Garrett says this is a good budget for a tight budget year.

  Commentary:  On Thursday, July 28th, NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) leaders from Vado will receive over 60 tons of recycled roofing shingle material to begin paving three of their own roads, Cebolla Lane, Tarin Road, and Coleman Road.  A local recycling company out of El Paso, TX partnered with the regional EPA office to donate the materials to Vado leaders, who have been tirelessly organizing for the past 9 months to bring much deserved attention to the dangerous lack of infrastructure in their neighborhoods.  While the material is being donated, community members will do all of

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  Las Cruces – The Doña Ana Community College Workforce Center (WFC) will host an open house featuring activities and programs for students, potential students and business professionals on August 5, 2016.

The open house will feature free hot dogs, a tiny house, a semi-tractor trailer, a new ceramics kiln, 3-D printers, flight simulators, adult education, the Center for Career and Student Success, community education and small business development services.

NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis to host field day

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  It’s your chance to meet Rolando Flores, the new dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

And if you’re a grower wanting to learn about the feed-grain market, cover crops, teff grass, Valencia peanuts, weed management, live buffer strips or sugarcane aphids, you won’t want to miss this free event.

The NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Clovis will host its annual field day Aug. 3.

NMSU nutrition educators promote healthy eating at growers’ markets

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  ALBUQUERQUE – Growers’ markets are a great source of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. They are also great places to learn about ways to prepare meals with the produce purchased at the markets.

Visitors at Albuquerque markets may find New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition educators demonstrating tasty recipes using the produce found at the markets.

Las Cruces To Hold Event For "National Night Out"

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  Residents of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County are invited to join their neighbors and area first responders for the annual National Night Out that will be held Aug. 2 on Main Street Downtown.

The National Night Out will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, on Main Street Downtown in Las Cruces. The event is free and all area residents are invited to attend.

Dr. Loui Reyes, NMSU

  New Mexico State University Graduate School Dean Loui-Vicente Reyes was elected president of the New Mexico Council of Graduate Deans. His term as president is for one calendar year. 

The council serves as a recommending body for the state’s graduate education endeavors including graduate curriculum review for new graduate programs, graduate program review and any other items regarding statewide graduate education.

NMSU ranked as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2016

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Darren Phillips, NMSU

  For the ninth year, Forbes has recognized New Mexico State University as one of America’s Top Colleges. 

On the 2016 list, NMSU ranked 419th overall and 91st in the South. Additionally, NMSU ranked 134th in public colleges and 170th in research universities. 

Texas Attorney General Took Gift While Investigating Company

Jul 26, 2016
Ken Paxton

Texas' attorney general accepted a $100,000 gift to help pay his own criminal defense from the head of a medical imaging company that his office investigated for Medicaid fraud.

Republican Ken Paxton is charged with two felony counts of securities fraud. He is accused of deceiving investors in a startup before becoming attorney general in 2015.

The Latest: New Mexico Governor May Reconvene Legislature

Jul 26, 2016
Office of the Governor

The Latest on a state budget crunch in New Mexico linked to low energy prices (all times local):

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is contemplating the need for a special Legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves.

Martinez on Tuesday said her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state's fiscal imbalance and that a solution may involve a short, pre-negotiated Legislative session.

Payment For Jury Duty Lagging In New Mexico County

Jul 26, 2016

Some New Mexico jurors have been left waiting for their pay because money in the payment fund ran out.

Court spokesman Tim Korte told KOAT-TV that the fund that pays jurors is the same one that pays English interpreters, and the Bernalillo County has had to hire more interpreters than expected.

Jury duty pays $6.75 per hour in addition to mileage.

Court officials say it usually takes up to six weeks for jurors to be paid. KOAT-TV says it obtained a receipt showing that one juror who served in March wasn't paid until July.

Summer Camp Cadets Honor Pioneering Work

Jul 26, 2016

  Summer camp cadets at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Rocketeer Academy recently honored a pioneering mission that opened the exploration of the Sun from space. Cadets attending The Goldilocks Star session in July built simple models of the solar spectroscope flown in 1946 onboard a V-2 rocket launched from what was then White Sands Proving Ground. The highlight of the cadets’ week was a trip to White Sands Missile Range to see a modern day version of that spectroscope being readied for launch.

Living Here - Emmitt Booher

Jul 26, 2016

  Water supplies to residents and businesses in the City of Sunland Park and surrounding areas are critically low, and residents are being asked to avoid using water unnecessarily until after a well can be repaired and the storage tanks serving the area can be refilled.

Camino Reál Regional Utility Authority staff are working to restore the system’s full capacity as quickly as possible.

Rep. McCamley To Propose 'Right To Die' Legislation

Jul 26, 2016

A New Mexico state lawmaker is pushing for a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors.

Rep. Bill McCamley is scheduled Tuesday to discuss his proposal before a Legislative committee in Albuquerque and could launch the beginning of a heated debate going into the next legislative session.

McCamley says a task force on the bill will submit ideas.

Gov. Martinez: DNC's Emails 'Attempt To Stereotype' Latinos

Jul 26, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says leaked internal Democratic National Committee emails showed an "attempt to stereotype" Latino voters.

The Republican and the nation's only Latina governor said Monday that Hispanics care about the same issues as other voters and the Democratic don't understand the diversity among Latinos.

New Mexico Permanent Funds Shrink Amid Energy Bust

Jul 26, 2016

Rainy day funds overseen by the state of New Mexico have been drawn down by almost 2 percent during the past year as spending on public education and infrastructure projects outpaces investment income and revenues linked to the oil and natural gas industries.

The New Mexico State Investment Council said Monday that assets declined by $386 million to $20.19 billion for the 12-month period ending June 30. Most of those assets are held in the state's Land Grant Permanent and Severance Tax funds that help fund public schools and infrastructure projects across the state.

Las Cruces City Council acting as the Tax Increment Development District Board voted to move the Downtown Master Plan forward.

Las Cruces City Councilor Greg Smith says a thriving downtown can help create a local identity.

“What are we saying about ourselves,” Smith said. “What are we saying as far as what our opportunities are here for ourselves, as far as business, as far as entertainment, and so a thriving, vibrant downtown is actually very much about who we are and what we can do here locally.”

Texas Reaches Deal On Birth Certificates For Immigrant Children

Jul 25, 2016

An attorney for Mexican women living in Texas illegally whose U.S.-born children were denied birth certificates says the state will make it easier for families under a lawsuit settlement.

A federal judge Monday accepted a deal struck by Texas and immigrant rights attorneys. The state had been accused of tightening birth certificates standards amid heightened national debate over immigration.

Attorney Efrin Olivares says Texas agreed to accept more forms of identification and documents from families in order obtain a birth certificate.

Colorado Manufacturer Relocating to Grant County, Creating 10 Rural Jobs

Jul 25, 2016

  Santa Clara, NM - Today, New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced St. Claire's Organics, a Colorado manufacturer of candy and cough drops, is relocating its facility to the Village of Santa Clara and will create 10 manufacturing jobs. St. Claire's Organics' products are currently sold in the natural foods and mass market segments, both in the U.S. and in several countries abroad. "Manufacturing is an industry that creates good jobs and brings new dollars to the state," Secretary Jon Barela said. "We welcome St.

  The title may sound like a new kind of health drink, but “Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” is a nationally recognized traveling art exhibit featuring ceramics designed to quench the soul. 

The show, which made its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in March, is making its second appearance from Thursday, July 28, through Thursday, Aug. 25, at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, with a public closing reception and a welcome back mixer on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Supreme Court Sides With State In Financial Settlements

Jul 25, 2016

The New Mexico Supreme Court will not intervene in settlement agreements that pave the way for the state to recover $1.3 million in connection politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

New Mexico State Investment Council spokesman Charles Wollmann said Monday that a flurry of recent actions from the Supreme Court mark significant progress in the state's efforts to hold accountable people who profited improperly from state investments.

Las Cruces Shoplifting Suspect Briefly Escapes Custody

Jul 25, 2016

A Las Cruces man suspected of shoplifting briefly escaped police custody while being transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Las Cruces police say 24-year-old Ruben Rincon is being held on suspicion of shoplifting over $500, attempting to escape from a peace officer and concealing identity.

They say Rincon also had an outstanding bench warrant out of Magistrate Court.

Police were dispatched to the report of a shoplifter at a Walmart store Sunday.

Rincon allegedly left the store without paying for nearly $600 worth of merchandise.

Attorney General Balderas Seeks Restraining Order to Protect Homeowners

Jul 25, 2016
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order against a New Mexico attorney, Johsua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys, who the Attorney General alleges take advantage of consumers in financial distress and who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. The non-attorneys often did business under the name "Praedium Preservation" and that business was headed by Mukthiar S. Khalsa.