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New Mexico school district eyes mandated drug testing

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  LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico school district may require all teachers, staff and student athletes to undergo drug testing amid an opioid crisis that has severely hurt parts of the region.

West Las Vegas Schools is considering a proposal that would mandate drug testing aimed as monitoring staff as a precaution, the Las Vegas Optic reports .

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Educators arrived at Las Cruces Public Schools job fair with résumés in-hand ready to fill positions as substitutes and full-time teachers.

The 24,300-student district is in the midst of a substitute teacher shortage. Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Miguel Serrano said it’s nothing new.

Grand Jury Indicts Former University Of New Mexico Staffer

Apr 20, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former University of New Mexico basketball staffer has been indicted on a charge of embezzling money by making unauthorized purchases on a university credit card.

KOB-TV reports Cody Hopkins is accused of embezzling more than $63,000 by altering or forging receipts in 2015 from multiple entities.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney's office says the indictment stems from a university audit conducted in 2015.

Krikorian, 'Giant' In National Security Science, Dies At 97

Apr 20, 2018

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who escaped the Armenian genocide as boy and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97.

Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have confirmed that Krikorian died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos.

Born on a Turkish roadside in 1921, he and his family eventually found their way to the United States. After earning a chemistry degree, he began what would be an illustrious career that spanned decades.

Southwest Offers Apology, $5K, To Passengers On Damaged Jet

Apr 20, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion.

Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any "immediate financial needs."

An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday, and debris hit the plane. Forty-three-year-old banking executive Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was fatally injured when she was sucked partway out of the jet through a shattered window.

Albuquerque Revives Native American Homeless Task Force

Apr 20, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city has revived a task force to address Native American homelessness after a homeless man was shot and killed last month.

Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday that he was resurrecting the Albuquerque Native American Homeless Task Force and would ask city councilors to pass an ordinance to expand its reach.

The task force was initially formed during former Mayor Richard Berry's tenure in response to the 2014 beating deaths of two Navajo men while they slept in a vacant lot.

Two Southeastern NM School Districts Approve Raises

Apr 20, 2018

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Two school districts in the heart of New Mexico oil and gas country are giving their employees raises beyond what the state is requiring.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports both Hobbs Municipal Schools and Lovington Municipal Schools recently announced employees will see a bigger bump in their paychecks next school year.

Hobbs Municipal Schools is planning a 4.39 percent average pay raise for all staff.

Lovington School Superintendent LeAnne Gandy says its workers will see an average of 5.8 percent increase.

SBA Loans Available For Businesses Impacted By Drought

Apr 20, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Small Business Administration says disaster loans are available to small nonfarm businesses in 13 counties in New Mexico and one in Arizona to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in two of the New Mexico counties.

The two so-called primary counties are Cibola and De Baca, while the other New Mexico counties where there's eligibility are Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Guadalupe, Lincoln, McKinley, Quay, Roosevelt, Sandoval, Socorro and Valencia. The eligible Arizona county is Apache.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division and New Mexico Donor Services are pushing for more residents to consider becoming organ donors.

The Motor Vehicle Division said Thursday that it signed up more than 46,000 new organ donors in 2017.

Throughout April, Motor Vehicle Division offices around the state have been displaying posters encouraging people to register as organ donors. Clerks also are talking to customers about the choice to become organ donors.

Congressman Pearce Says He Supports IRS Overhaul

Apr 20, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman and New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says he's in favor of overhauling the Internal Revenue Service.

Pearce said Thursday the federal tax-collecting agency is operating under antiquated technologies and processes and that's why he was among those in the U.S. House to support legislation aimed at modernizing the agency.

The New Mexico Republican pointed to several bills passed this week, including measures to improve cybersecurity and protect taxpayer identities.

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Las Cruces Utilities’ Water Rate Review Going on Now

Apr 20, 2018

The Utility Customer Advisory Group (UCAG) is hitting the road to help inform our community of the water rate review underway right now. After almost a year of studying rates, reviewing revenue requirements, and the cost of providing services, potential rate designs are now on the table. UCAG also works with an experienced independent consultant to clearly understand our local issues.

Your Weekend Pulse

Apr 20, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Fifth Annual Red, White and Blues Fetival, Southern New Mexico Earth Day, Peter Pan presented by A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley and Project in Motion, and Rhythm Nights featuring the NMSU DanceSport Company. 

ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department today announced that former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Christopher M. Holbrook pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to obstruction of justice. 

The charge stems from Holbrook’s falsification of a report regarding his use of force against an individual, referred to as R.A.M., on March 23, 2015. At the time of the incident, Holbrook, 31, was working as a CBP officer in Las Cruces. 

Fronteras 807: CommUNITY en Acción - Raymond Palacios

Apr 19, 2018

Suspected Las Cruces Carjacker Arrested in Deming

Apr 19, 2018

The man suspected of the Feb. 23 carjacking of a Toyota Prius from a 76-year-old in Las Cruces is behind bars on a similar charge in Luna County.

Stephano R. “Benjamin” Hart, 24, of Surprise, Ariz., was charged Thursday with one count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Hart was arrested March 27 in Deming and faces a similar charge there for an incident that also occurred in February.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce 'Choose Medicare Act' To Make Medicare Available To Everyone

Apr 19, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual or every employer to purchase Medicare for their employees.

Southwest Airlines Sought More Time For Engine Inspections

Apr 19, 2018
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DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months, saying it needed more time to conduct the work.

Marijuana debate stirs up governor's race in New Mexico

Apr 19, 2018
Jeff Apodoca
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca on Thursday called for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use, saying the poverty-stricken state is missing out on millions of dollars in tax revenues and jobs that could be spurred by the industry.

Apodaca released his plan solidifying his position as a supporter of legalization as the race for governor heats up.

Voice Of The Public: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)

Apr 19, 2018
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Welcome to Voice of the Public. Elected in 2012, Martin Heinrich is a United States Senator for New Mexico. Heinrich serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Intelligence Committees. He is the Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. Senator Heinrich is our guest today on Voice of the Public. 

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City of Las Cruces officials are warning residents to be wary of fraudulent telephone calls and text messages claiming to be from City government.

Udall, Schatz Introduce Legislation To Fight Illegal Robocalls

Apr 19, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced legislation to help the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fight illegal telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls. The legislation, the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018, would empower the FCC to prosecute violations of its automated telemarketing call rules by increasing the statute of limitations from one year to three.

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Apr 19, 2018

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LAS CRUCES- Chris Mathys has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for a seat on the Public Regulation Commission.  Here is a statement from the Mathys campaign:

Chris Mathys is a Las Cruces businessman and has qualified to run for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Chris is running as a conservative republican in the June 5, 2018 primary where he will face retired electrician, Joseph Bizzell and former PRC member Ben Hall.

Heinrich Statement On Gina Haspel Confirmation Hearing

Apr 19, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Committee will hold an open confirmation hearing on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, on the nomination of Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence (CIA) Agency Gina Haspel to become Director of the CIA:

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report credits New Mexico with continuing to improve the quality of its early childhood education programs and investing more money in the initiatives.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday that many experts believe the programs are the key to boosting educational measures and helping combat poverty.

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Michael Hernandez

For people with mental health disorders, it can be difficult to get proper treatment, and even more so in prison.

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