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Bureau of Land Management

  Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Las Cruces District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Las Cruces on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.  The half-day meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the BLM office located at 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88005.

SANTA FE, NM--This Friday and Saturday, Somos Un Pueblo Unido will present the last of a series of events marking its 20 years of advancing civil and worker's rights in New Mexico. Newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be the keynote speaker at Somos' 20th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 4th.  He will then participate in a reading and conversation moderated by former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez on Saturday, December 5th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

UNM Announces Major Marketing Campaign Aimed At New Students

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The University of New Mexico is launching a major marketing campaign in hopes of attracting more students.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the university hired marketing company 160over90 in September to launch a four-year, $1.98 million makeover. An original $500,000 was set aside for the project in May and university officials have voted to designate $1 million of the Regents Endowment Fund for the final three years of the plan.

High Court Rejects Fee Dispute In Texas Redistricting Case

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The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from lawyers for former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and others seeking $360,000 in legal fees after challenging state redistricting plans.

The justices on Monday let stand a federal appeals court ruling that said the lawyers were not entitled to fees.

New Mexico Lawmakers To Discuss Campaign Finance Reform

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New Mexico Sen. Peter Wirth is going to try again to close loopholes within the state's campaign finance system.

The Santa Fe Democrat on Monday will present draft legislation during a meeting of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee in Santa Fe. House Democrats also have floated suggestions.

It'll be up to Gov. Susana Martinez whether to include any resulting legislation on the agenda for the upcoming 30-day session.

I-10 Lane Closures This Week In El Paso

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  The following closures are necessary while crews erect high mast poles.

Overnight from 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

·       One eastbound, right outside lane will be closed on I-10 between the Buena Vista bridge and Executive Center Boulevard.  

·       Executive Center Boulevard eastbound exit ramp will also be closed.

Daytime from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 

·       One eastbound, right outside lane will be closed on I-10 between the Buena Vista bridge and Executive Center Boulevard. 

Monday Business Watch

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Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.  This week, Jason discusses an NMSU project which will use brine from desalinization to create thermal insulation products which has won local startup fair.

Felon Slips Out Of Handcuffs And Takes Off With Albuquerque Poilce Car

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A woman who slipped out of her handcuffs and took off in an Albuquerque police vehicle, leaving a trail of damage, is in jail.

Albuquerque police say the incident began when Melissa Dominguez tried to cash fraudulent checks at a bank Saturday around 1:20 p.m. and a bank employee notified authorities.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer arrested Dominguez and recovered a stolen handgun in a purse.

Investigating officers then saw the police vehicle with Dominguez drive off.

Police pursuing her say Dominguez crashed it twice before fleeing on foot.

  In an ongoing effort to find new and innovative ways to package and distribute short films, Borderlands Media is in pre-production on a new series of anthology movies, to begin shooting in early 2016. Tentatively titled “Night Shades,” the series will follow a formula that has been around since the early days of cinema (and was turned into an art form by the late, great Rod Serling): The introduction of each film, by a recognizable host, as part of a greater themed whole.

New Mexico Health Exchange Opens Center In Santa Fe

Nov 29, 2015

  The state health insurance exchange is opening a new health center in Santa Fe in an effort to reach more people.

The walk-in center is set to open its doors Monday.

Officials with the exchange say they are trying to get to meet more requests from consumers with questions about premiums for individual plans, physician networks and plan choices.

New Mexicans have until the end of January to sign up for coverage during an open enrollment period.

The exchange has already boosted outreach efforts in other areas such as Spanish-language ads.

Ethics Commission Studies Donors Financing Texas AG's Defense

Nov 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

The Texas Ethics Commission is circulating a draft opinion saying Attorney General Ken Paxton could use out-of-state donors to finance his defense in a felony securities fraud case.

The Houston Chronicle reports the draft opinion was disclosed ahead of a Monday commission meeting. It says a state employee could accept a donor's help "if the donor's only connection with the jurisdiction of the public servant ... is the act of giving the benefit."

Aggies Fall To Arkansas State At Home, 52-28

Nov 28, 2015

Fredi Knighten threw two touchdown passes, ran for another, and Arkansas State beat New Mexico State 52-28 on Saturday.

Knighten finished 23 of 42 for 367 as the Red Wolves ran up 605 yards of offense.

New Mexico State (3-8, 3-4 Sun Belt) started the scoring, taking the opening possession 75 yards on seven plays, the final 46 of which came on Andrew Allen's touchdown pass to Jordan Bergstrom. It was all Arkansas State (8-3, 7-0) from there.

UPDATE: El Paso Man Free On Bond After Fight At Walmart Over TV

Nov 28, 2015

A 23-year-old El Paso man is free on bond after he was arrested during a melee at a department store over television sets.

Veterans Memorial Park, Las Cruces

Las Cruces officials say a new memorial planned for the southern New Mexico city will be the first in the state to honor female military veterans.

The city is awaiting a blueprint of the monument. Once it's reviewed by officials, preparation of the site at the Veterans Memorial Park would follow.

Construction could take several months to complete. Supporters are hopeful a dedication ceremony could happen in March 2017.

A state appropriation of more than $406,000 will pay for the design and construction of the memorial.

Police: Body Of Dead Man Is Found In Alley In Albuquerque

Nov 27, 2015

Police in Albuquerque say they are investigating a suspicious death of a man whose body has been found in an alley.

They say the body was found about 7:30 a.m. Friday north of Hazeldine between 3rd and 4th Streets SW.

Police say a full violent crimes callout was initiated and the death is being investigated as suspicious.

The name of the dead man isn't being released because police say his relatives have yet to be notified.

Albuquerque's Popular Luminaria Tour Sells Out In Hours

Nov 27, 2015

Tickets for Albuquerque's annual luminaria tour have sold out in record time.

The city's transit system, ABQ RIDE, says the 3,600 tickets that were available for the Christmas Eve event were gone in about four hours. It took 12 hours to sell out last year.

ABQ Ride has been helping with the tour for more than 50 years.

Six separate tours will leave from the Albuquerque Convention Center on Christmas Eve, the first at 5:30 p.m. and the last at 7:25 p.m. Each will last about 45 minutes.

"Around the World, Around Other Cultures" Opens Friday In Las Cruces

Nov 27, 2015

  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Around the World, Around Other Cultures, by Alejandra Gamez.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, December 26.  A reception with the artist will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4. 

"Remembering The Mays" Opens Friday In Las Cruces

Nov 27, 2015

  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Remembering the Mays, an exhibit celebrating local history and one of Las Cruces’ pioneering families.  The exhibit opens Friday, December 4, and will be on display through Saturday, January 23, 2016.  An opening reception will to be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, December 4, with decedents of the May family present. 

Recreation Will Soon Be Off Limits At Jemez Dam Overlook

Nov 27, 2015

Recreation will soon be off limits at the Jemez Canyon Dam overlook.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's temporarily closing the day-use area so the agency can assess the long-term viability for recreation while maintaining the area's cultural resources and infrastructure.

The closure begins Nov. 30. It could be next fall before the situation is re-evaluated.

The overlook includes a picnic area with views of the Jemez Mountains. The access road also is popular among cyclists and motorcyclists.

Army Identifies Four Crew Members Killed In Fort Hood Helicopter Crash

Nov 27, 2015

The Army has released the identities of four crew members who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas.

Ski Santa Fe Opens To Crowds, But People Aren't Taking The Bus

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Ski Santa Fe opened to crowds of skiers but the new bus route from downtown Santa Fe to the ski basin remained mostly empty.

About 2,000 showed up to the slopes on Thursday, which was the opening day of Ski Santa Fe's 2015-16 winter season. The resort doesn't always open on Thanksgiving, but recent storms have brought 58 inches of snow already this year.

As for the bus, North Central Regional Transit District public information officer Jim Nagle says ridership numbers have been disappointing since the service began in late September.

  Six freshmen are paving the way for future Conroy Scholars at New Mexico State University.

In their first semester at NMSU, the scholarship recipients are meeting the challenges of honors courses, acclimating to a new environment and juggling the many responsibilities college students face.

The first-ever Conroy Scholars include Adam Brooks of Albuquerque, Angela Kearns of Las Cruces, Caroline Korte of Albuquerque, Guadalupe Ochoa of Tucson, Arizona, Haley Stewart of Oklahoma City and Leah Stiff of Yucaipa, California.

Woman Files Lawsuit For Marriage Equality In Tribal Court

Nov 27, 2015

 Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.

The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated.

State Charges Dropped In Fatal Stabbing

Nov 27, 2015

State charges were dropped against two New Mexico prisoners suspected of fatally stabbing another inmate, but the prosecutor's office indicated that the case is going to be filed in federal court.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that no federal charges have yet been filed against Jerry Montoya and Jerry Armenta in the 2014 death of 34-year-old Javier Enrique Molina at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Molina had been stabbed more than 40 times.

New Mexico To Receive $496 Million In Oil/Gas Revenues

Nov 27, 2015

Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.

The U.S. Interior Department announced this week that more than three dozen states, 34 American Indian tribes, numerous counties and thousands of individual Indian mineral owners are getting disbursements from energy development during the last fiscal year.

New Mexico's share is $496 million, second behind Wyoming's $886 million.

State Supreme Court To Review Breaking-And-Entering Case

Nov 27, 2015

The New Mexico Supreme Court will review the case of a man convicted of breaking-and-entering for placing his hand behind a window screen.

The Albuquerque Journal that the high court agreed to hear Anthony Holt's case in October.

Holt was convicted of breaking and entering but argued the law was ambiguous. He said putting his hands between a screen and a window wasn't the same as actually entering a home's interior.

New Mexico Court Orders New Trial In Excessive Force Case

Nov 27, 2015

The New Mexico Court of Appeals is ordering a new trial in a civil case against the city of Clovis and three police officers accused of using excessive force in restraining a man in 2006.

The court ruled this week that a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Juventino Hernandez of Mexico should be heard again.

Among the arguments, the court said Hispanics were unconstitutionally excluded from the jury when defense lawyers were allowed to use peremptory strikes against prospective Hispanic jurors.

Doña Ana County approved a series of resolutions to support the New Mexico Association of Counties legislative priorities for the 2016 session.

The New Mexico Association of Counties lobbies on behalf of all the counties in New Mexico. Commissioner Ben Rawson says it’s important to work with coalitions to help get things done.

“Any time we build a coalition with other people,” Rawson said. “It helps us advance an agenda, so it’s always beneficial to be able to have other people we can work together with on issues.”

White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, N.M. – The public is invited to join in a special holiday open house at White Sands National Monument on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

NMSU Hires Eager New Rodeo Coach

Nov 26, 2015

  New Mexico State University has hired a new rodeo coach, Logan Corbett, from Murray, Kentucky, set to start next semester.

Corbett graduated from Murray State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He competed on the collegiate rodeo team at MSU for four years in bareback riding, as well as some bull riding and team roping. Corbett competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in bareback riding in 2012 and 2013.