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Maria L. Ceniceros, 43, of Anthony, N.M., and Armando Gutierrez-Torres, 51, a Mexican national who resides in Delicias, Mexico, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to theft of government property and aggravated identity theft charges. 

Heinrich Calls For Locally-Driven, Science-Based Solutions To Tackle Drought Challenges

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US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

During a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U. S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) addressed the long-term drought challenges New Mexico faces, and called for improving the efficiency 

Dissatisfied Residents Petition To Dissolve New Mexico Town

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Dissatisfied residents in Sunland Park are petitioning to dissolve the government in their southern New Mexico city.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that two Sunland Park city councilors have been arrested in recent weeks -- one for marijuana possession and another for providing alcohol to minors.

A group organized by 16-year Sunland Park resident Sam Gutierrez had a petition to disincorporate the city approved by Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins. Now they must collect approximately 1,400 signatures from registered voters.

Police: Roswell Man Arrested After Reporting Wife's Death

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Roswell police say a 78-year-old man was arrested in his wife's death after he went to a fire station to report that she had been killed.

Police say Ignacio Aguirre (ah-GEER'-ee) went to the fire station late Monday night. An officer then took him on to the police department to be interviewed by a detective while other investigators went to the couple's home.

They found 70-year-old Delores Aguirre on the living room floor, dead from multiple stab wounds.

Police say the husband was arrested and jailed early Tuesday on suspicion of murder.

US Reports Sharp Drop In Use Of Force By Border Agents

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The government says U.S. Border Patrol agents and border inspectors used physical force far less frequently in the last year compared with previous years, even as the number of assaults on authorities rose.

Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday reported 768 incidents in which authorities used force during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down 26 percent from the previous year and 37 percent from 2013.

Authorities were assaulted 390 times during the last fiscal year, up 5 percent from the previous year but down 17 percent from 2013.

Body Discovered Near Train Hub In Santa Teresa

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 Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered on the train tracks by a Union Pacific employee Monday night.

   The discovery was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 8300 block of Airport Road in Santa Teresa.

   An initial investigation suggests the man, believed to be a Mexican national, has ties to Los Angeles, but it is unknown where he jumped on to the train. Detectives say he somehow was thrown from the train and his body became lodged between the cars and the rail.

Elderly Woman Kidnapped; Suspect At Large

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   An 82-year-old woman who was mowing her lawn Monday told Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives that a man she saw exiting her house allegedly took the woman for a joyride in her car before a convenience store clerk scared the suspect off and called police.

   The incident began Monday afternoon at the woman’s house off Shalem Colony Trail, west of Las Cruces. According to the victim, she noticed her 2002 Chevy SUV appeared to have been moved out of her carport. At the same time, she saw an unidentified man walking out of the back door of her house.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Heroin Trafficking Charge

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Jared Alan Slyh, 33, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty Friday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to a heroin trafficking charge.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Slyh will be sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

   Slyh was arrested on June 16, 2015, and charged by criminal complaint with distributing heroin and participating in a heroin distribution conspiracy.  According to the complaint, Slyh provided 353.4 grams of heroin to an undercover law enforcement officer on June 3, 2015.

New Low-Cost Printer Helps HIV Patients Keep Track of Their Health

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  University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers have patented a low-cost device that can easily monitor the health of HIV patients living in low-resource settings.

Mescalero Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge

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David Charles Prins, 47, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation, pled guilty Friday afternoon in Las Cruces, N.M., to a federal assault charge.

Officials To Meet On New Mexico Supreme Court Applicants

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New Mexico officials will soon meet to consider replacements for retiring state Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Bosson.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Oct. 19 to consider applicants for the court vacancy.

Bosson is himself a member of the commission that will decide his replacement.

Nativity Scene Fight In Belen Continues

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The little New Mexico town of Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep an all-year round Nativity scene on city property.

Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova told The Associated Press the city will continue to resist pressure from a Wisconsin-based organization to remove a piece of art on the birth of Jesus. Cordova says the city would even sell the property to keep the Nativity scene up.

Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says Belen is violating the U.S. Constitution by having the religious art on city property.

Man Arrested In 45-Year-Old El Paso Murder Case

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A Mississippi man formerly serving in the Army in West Texas has been charged in the stabbing death of an El Paso woman 45 years ago.

El Paso police say 70-year-old Willie James Johnson was arrested Sept. 28 in Madison County, Mississippi, on a murder charge and faces extradition.

Police say 21-year-old Doris Rivers was found slain at her home on Nov. 12, 1970.

Her granddaughter contacted detectives in 2013. Investigators still had fingernail clippings from Rivers.

Empty Bowls is one of El Cadito’s Soup Kitchen’s biggest fundraisers, community members make and donate bowls, restaurants donate soup, and with a $20 dollar donation you get a new bowl and a chance to sample soup from the local restaurants.

A group of NMSU graduate students saw the event as an opportunity to provide therapy for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, while giving the patients a chance to give back.

Patrick Wants Texas Lawmakers To Focus On School Vouchers

Oct 12, 2015
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants the Legislature to study implementing school voucher programs that have so far stalled in Texas, despite support from top conservatives.

Patrick oversees the Texas Senate and promotes "school choice." On Monday, he unveiled a third set of issues he'd like emphasized before lawmakers reconvene in January 2017.

Patrick backs giving parents state funding to remove their kids from struggling public schools and send them to private and religious alternatives.

  New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences took sixth place in a recent ranking by College Values Online as one of the nation’s best values among agriculture colleges.

UTEP Receives $1.4 Million to Increase Focus on Nuclear Engineering

Oct 12, 2015

  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) a $1.4 million grant to establish new courses in nuclear engineering and to conduct research on next-generation materials for nuclear reactors.

Police: Man Accused Of Threatening Guest At Las Cruces Hotel

Oct 12, 2015

An Albuquerque man is in custody for allegedly pulling a knife on a guest at a Las Cruces hotel.

Las Cruces police say 35-year-old Ahmaud Leyba is being held on suspicion of one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers were dispatched to the Days Inn Hotel about 11 a.m. Sunday.

Detectives learned that a hotel guest saw Leyba walking down a stairwell and decided to allow him to pass before proceeding up the stairs.

As Leyba approached the guest, Leyba is accused of pulling out a knife and threatening the man.

Indigenous Day Proclamation Leads To City Council Infighting

Oct 12, 2015

An Albuquerque councilman says he wants the City Council president censured over how a proclamation recognizing indigenous people on Columbus Day was handled.

The City Council issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day. Six councilors signed the proclamation and three did not.

Councilor Dan Lewis filed the censure motion Friday criticizing Rey Garduno for putting through a proclamation that said Albuquerque occupied Native people's land, which Lewis suggested denigrated the founding fathers and the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas.

New Mexico County Will Appeal Ruling On Forest Jurisdiction

Oct 12, 2015

New Mexico county will appeal a court ruling that requires local officials to have federal permission before removing trees in national forests.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Otero County commissioners decided Thursday to appeal the U.S. District Court decision.

Judge Christina Armijo struck down a state law that gave New Mexico counties the authority to remove trees and clear overgrown areas on national forest land without having to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service. She said it violated the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

NMSU-Based Food Safety Blog Becoming Popular Resource

Oct 12, 2015

  Three years after its launch, the New Mexico State University Food Safety and Protection blog site at is averaging more than 1,000 hits a month. The blog features the latest notifications from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that pertain to New Mexico, Texas and the Four Corners region.

  The strange and eerie awaits you at the 5th Annual Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Creative Media Technology (CMT) Haunted House. 

Many Events Coming To Downtown Las Cruces

Oct 12, 2015
  •   Main St:

o   Vintage Hollywood Night - Friday, Oct. 16, 5 – 10 p.m.

o   SWEC Annual Gala – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 - 10 p.m.

o   Music on Main St – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6:30 – 11 p.m.

o   Food Day -  Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   British Car Show – City Hall Parking Lot, Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 am to 1 p.m.        

  • Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   Oct. 14 and Oct. 17, 8:30 to 1 p.m.


   Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez, has been elected by his colleagues to be the next Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC). Sen. Rodríguez made the following statement:

I appreciate and thank the outgoing Chair, Senator Kirk Watson of Austin, for his leadership and efforts over the past two legislative sessions. I am honored to lead the SDC as we approach the 2016 election and the 2017 legislative session.

Tourism In Farmington On The Rise

Oct 12, 2015

A new report has found that San Juan County received a bump in tourism spending last year.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported Sunday that an analysis from by Tourism Economics indicates visitor spending rose by 4.8 percent in 2014 for the county.

The report from the Pennsylvania-based group also shows that 11 percent of all new jobs in the state between 2011 and 2014 were spawned by tourism.

In San Juan County, more than 2,800 direct tourism jobs were created.

New Mexico Ranch Open To Hosting More Movie Productions

Oct 12, 2015

The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site despite a recent flap over American Indian artifacts.

Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he's happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found that the cast from "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" didn't take any ancient items from the ranch.

The film's star, Dylan O'Brien, had suggested during an interview that artifacts were taken.

Hart says actors did not leave designated areas and the ranch isn't missing any artifacts.

Albuquerque Officials Look To Boost Low Voter Turnout

Oct 12, 2015
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

A recent Albuquerque election saw the lowest voter turnout for a city election since 1974.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that only 8.2 percent of registered voters participated in last week's election. City records say that's the lowest percentage since the city's modern form of government started.

Officials say they are now looking for a way to boost participation in New Mexico's local elections.

Monday Business Watch

Oct 12, 2015

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 how Halloween spending in 2015 will top $6.9 billion. 

UNM To Cut Up To 100 Positions Through Attrition

Oct 11, 2015

University of New Mexico officials are planning to eliminate up to 100 jobs in response to a decline in enrollment and revenue.

The Albuquerque Journal reports () that the university informed regents of the decision Friday to cut down the campus workforce.

UNM President Bob Frank says positions will be dropped as they become vacant.

According to Frank, no layoffs or reductions in staffing for the UNM Health Sciences Center or branch campuses will be necessary.

Roughly 27,300 students are enrolled at UNM this semester.

Flight Delays For Southwest

Oct 11, 2015

Southwest Airlines says technology issues have delayed some flights as airline employees have to process travelers manually as they arrive at airports.

At Los Angeles International Airport, several dozen people crowded the Southwest terminal, waiting to be issued hand-written tickets. The company said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, fewer than 100 of the 3,600 flights set to operate on Sunday had been affected by short delays.