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3 New Mexico Tribes Get Federal Housing Dollars

Sep 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico Native American communities will be sharing more than $2 million in federal housing grants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding grants to the Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and the housing authority at Cochiti Pueblo.

Community Connection - Aggie Cupboard

Sep 15, 2017

Living Here - Cooper Ayon

Sep 15, 2017

New Mexico's uninsured rate is half what it was in 2011

Sep 15, 2017

  The number of New Mexicans without health insurance has dropped by half since 2011, according to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday. (You can go to Figure 8 to see a graph that shows uninsured rates by state as of 2016.)

Dark Money rearing its head in Albuquerque elections

Sep 15, 2017
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  With Albuquerque’s city election less than a month away, a number of independent groups have registered with the city as political committees, ramping up to make their views known. As of last Friday when the latest campaign finance reports were filed, such committees have raised a combined total of $824,441. That’s 20 percent of all the money raised so far this election cycle, that will see a new mayor elected, as well as numerous new city councilors. There is a controversial ballot measure on the ballot as well.

Silver City, NM – Violist Willy Sucre kicked off the inaugural season of the Western New Mexico University President’s Chamber Music Series last fall and returns to campus with a string quartet this Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater. A pre-performance reception will take place on the Light Hall Patio at 6:30 p.m.

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New Mexico State University Chicano Programs is teaming up with NMSU organizations to celebrate Hispanic-Serving Institution Week Sept. 18-22. Their focus this year is to highlight the perspective of the Hispanic community at NMSU. 

In order to be considered a Hispanic- Serving Institution, universities must have at least 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment. According to data from NMSU’s Office of Institutional Analysis, the Las Cruces campus serves 51.5 percent Hispanic student enrollment this school year. 

Commentary: Yvonne Flores, a District 6 resident and community activist, has announced that she will seek election for the Las Cruces District 6 City Council seat.  Flores, an attorney and former educator, decided to run for the council seat after careful thought and consideration.

Auditor Keller Releases Transparency Report on New Mexico’s Tax Policy Choices

Sep 15, 2017
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Commentary: SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a report shining a light on New Mexico’s tax policy choices. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks, with helpful collaboration from the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD). The OSA report contains a broader array of tax breaks than what is included in the annual TRD tax expenditure report.

The University of Texas at El Paso experienced a significant increase in total enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year, jumping from 23,922 students in fall 2016 to an all-time high of 25,078.

In a climate of decreased education funding and falling enrollment at many institutions, UTEP’s enrollment increased for the 19thconsecutive year. The 4.8 percent increase is the largest at the University since the fall of 2010.

Las Cruces Water Main Break Near Solano and Montana

Sep 15, 2017

 

  A water main break near the intersection of Solano Drive and Montana Avenue could impact residents and businesses from Missouri Avenue to Lohman Avenue and from Solano to El Paseo Road. Crews are on site and are actively engaged in repair operations.

 

Your Weekend Pulse!

Sep 15, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, get your dance shoes on, the 3rd annual Dance for a Cause, Flamenco Fridays, and Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta in Mesilla. 

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Man Held Without Bond In Las Cruces Pending Trial in Two Cases

Sep 14, 2017

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Thursday announced that Joe Azure will be held without bond on two pending battery cases. Azure, 44, has been in custody since Aug. 31, when he was arrested in Albuquerque on a warrant for attempted first-degree murder.

Magistrate Judge Richard Jacquez on Thursday found that Azure had violated the conditions of his release on the two pending cases by failing to secure an attorney, leaving Doña Ana County, and violating state laws by picking up the new charges.

New video shows wild jaguar roaming in southern Arizona

Sep 14, 2017

  WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife conservationists have released new video footage showing what is believed to be one of three jaguars to be seen in the United States in the past few years.

The Center for Biological Diversity released the video taken this summer on Thursday, saying the big cat was the same one first seen on camera in November 2016.

The video also shows a black bear, deer, mountain lion, coati and black bear cub passing through.

Environmentalists sue to block US border wall with Mexico

Sep 14, 2017

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three advocacy groups sued the federal government Thursday to block construction of a border wall with Mexico, alleging that that Trump administration overstepped its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund seek to prevent construction of wall prototypes in San Diego before it begins and halt plans for replacement barriers in San Diego and Calexico, California.

Cibola County Eyes $2.14M Contract To House Inmates

Sep 14, 2017

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The Cibola County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with CoreCivic Inc. to house the county's inmates upon closure of the Cibola County Detention Center.

The Gallup Independent reports Attorney Dave Pato, who represents the county, says the three-year contract requires a minimum bed count of 120 inmates, at $54 per bed per day, and allows for 20 roundtrip transports per week.

The contract also includes basic medical, but does not include any hospitalization costs.

Santa Fe Approves Ban On Traveling Wild, Exotic Animal Acts

Sep 14, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Entertainment acts featuring wild and exotic animals will no longer be allowed in Santa Fe as the city approved an amendment to its animal welfare ordinance.

The City Council and mayor approved the amendment on Wednesday in an 8-1 vote after an hour of public testimony that was largely in support.

The amendment prohibits shows of wild or exotic animals performing tricks, giving rides or participating as "accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience."

Writ Claims Albuquerque Judges Violate Case Dismissal Rule

Sep 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A writ filed in a New Mexico District Court claims judges in Albuquerque routinely violate the 10-day rule that requires case dismissal if prosecutors fail to formally file charges.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that two men, whose cases remained open for weeks despite lacking formal charges, filed the writ on Monday accusing Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court judges of the rule violation.

The petitioners' attorney Alan Wagman says a pending felony case, especially one left open, can wreck defendants' lives.

Forecast: New Mexico Prisons On Track To Exceed Capacity

Sep 14, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's prisons are nearing capacity, putting more pressure on state lawmakers to find solutions as they consider a host of criminal justice reforms ahead of the next legislative session.

The New Mexico Sentencing Commission presented its latest prison population forecast to the legislative Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Sep 14, 2017

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denied Thursday an assertion by Congress' top two Democrats that they reached an agreement with him that would preserve protections for young immigrants in the U.S. illegally while providing border security enhancements, but not the Southern wall he has coveted.

Major changes continue at the nonprofit organization that launched the successful campaign to increase the Las Cruces minimum wage.  The entire board of NM Communities in Action and Faith (CAFé) resigned Tuesday.  As KRWG first reported last week, the NM CAFé Director resigned for a new position later this year with PICO, a national organization involved with CAFé and other groups across the United States.

A new board, as yet unnamed, has been chosen. Sara Melton, Community Organizer at NM CAFé, issued the following statement:

Late GOP Sen. Domenici Had Close Immigration Link - His Mom

Sep 13, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pete Domenici, the longest-serving senator from the most Hispanic state in the United States, kept his family's immigration experience private for years.

In one of his last speeches as a senator, the New Mexico Republican, who died Wednesday at 85, told his colleagues that his deceased mother had been an immigrant from Italy who was in the U.S. illegally.

NMSU announces million-dollar gift to support Arrowhead Center

Sep 13, 2017

As part of the Ignite Aggie Discovery fundraising campaign, the New Mexico State University Foundation has announced a million-dollar gift from Paul and Alejandra de la Vega Foster to support Arrowhead Center, the university’s regional entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

The gift was announced Wednesday during opening ceremonies of the Domenici Public Policy Conference at the Las Cruces Convention Center. A key topic of the conference is workforce development in the region.

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Federal Heroin Trafficking Charge

Sep 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Alma Delia Perez, 29, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a heroin trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Las Cruces Woman Charged With Breaking And Entering Home

Sep 13, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of breaking into a home on Boston Drive Tuesday morning.

Alaynah Trinks, 27, of the 1500 block of Organ Avenue, is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of breaking and entering, and a misdemeanor count of concealing identity.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a reported breaking and entering on the 1800 block of Boston Drive. Officers learned that a caretaker of the property found a woman inside the home, called police and followed the woman as she left on foot.

Longest Serving New Mexico Senator Leaves Bipartisan Legacy

Sep 13, 2017
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pete V. Domenici, the son of Italian immigrants who rose to become a power broker in the U.S. Senate, died Wednesday in New Mexico. The Republican was known for reaching across the partisan divide and his work on the federal budget and energy policy over a career that spanned more than 30 years.

Domenici was surrounded by family when he died at an Albuquerque hospital after suffering a setback following a recent surgery, his family said. He was 85.

The Latest: Domenici Conference Attendees Honor Late Senator

Sep 13, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Attendees of a policy conference named after former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici are morning the passing of the Republican lawmaker.

Participants of the Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico, paused Wednesday for a moment of silence following news of Domenici's death.

Kevin Prieto, the student body leader at New Mexico State University, read a prepared statement from Domenici during the opening ceremonies.

Voice Of The Public - Voter Confidential

Sep 13, 2017

Voting is your civic duty… but, what are your rights as a voter? Is the right to vote is protected in the original text of the constitution? Can convicted felons vote in the state of New Mexico? Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host today for Voice of the Public’s Voter Confidential. Voice of the Public’s Voter Confidential on 90.7 FM and krwg.org. 

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