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Blowing Dust Causes Another Freeway Closure

Apr 28, 2016

For the second time in four days, blowing dust has caused the closure of a 62-mile stretch of Interstate 10 between southeastern Arizona and New Mexico.

Authorities say zero visibility in the San Simon area Thursday afternoon resulted in several vehicle accidents including one involving a semi-truck.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say eastbound lanes of the freeway are being rerouted onto U.S. 91 north to U.S. 70 in Safford into New Mexico, where drivers could get back on I-10 at Lordsburg.

The detour route is about 110 miles.

New Mexico Appoints New Health Department Secretary

Apr 28, 2016

A new Cabinet secretary has been appointed to lead the New Mexico Department of Health after the death of Sec. Retta Ward in March.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday tapped Truth or Consequences native Lynn Gallagher to lead the public health agency.

The Health Department has made recent strides in reducing rates of teen pregnancy and childhood obesity while expanding childhood vaccinations.

Las Cruces Couple Charged With 15 Counts Of Child Abuse

Apr 28, 2016

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested and charged a Las Cruces couple with 15 counts of child abuse after an investigation determined the two allegedly abused the woman’s 11- and 12-year old children over the past year.

During the investigation, sheriff’s detectives learned that Josie Rubio, 28, moved in with her boyfriend, 24-year-old Stephan Cordero in April 2015. Shortly after, Cordero allegedly began to act abusive toward her 11-year-old son and 12-year old daughter.

Lynn Gallagher via Linked In

  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced her appointment of Lynn Gallagher as Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH). Gallagher has served as Deputy Secretary of DOH since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the General Counsel for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Gallagher’s appointment follows the passing of Secretary Retta Ward in March.

  The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.  Th

  SAN DIEGO – A 2009 Onate High School graduate and Las Cruces, New Mexico native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Milius.

Ensign Joshua Loera is a surface warfare officer  aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer serving as the combat electronics division officer operating out of San Diego, California.

As the combat electronics division officer, Loera is responsible for the radars and internal communications.

Darren Phillips, NMSU

  Peace Corps has ranked New Mexico State University as one of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-serving institutions in the country. NMSU made the list for the first time in 2016 and ranked tied for 13th with seven alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. 

Since its creation in 1961, 270 NMSU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as Peace Corps volunteers.

Woman Convicted Of Creating Public Nuisance For Online Post

Apr 28, 2016

A 32-year-old Roswell woman has been convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son's middle school.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Jeanette Garza Alvarez was given a 30-day deferred sentence Tuesday after being convicted following an hour-long trial in Municipal Court.

A criminal complaint said Alvarez posted Jan. 29 on her Facebook page that her son told her that some eighth-graders were planning to take guns to school and have a shootout.

Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Artesia, New Mexico, May 6-7. The two-day event at the Artesia Horse Council Arena will feature around 35 outstanding animals.  These are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources.  The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals.

Adoption Schedule

Bernalillo County Working To Close Budget Shortfall

Apr 28, 2016

A new operating budget approved by the Bernalillo County Commission includes some belt-tightening.

The spending plan approved unanimously Tuesday night would close a budget shortfall by a variety of measures.

Those include cutting employee travel, requiring some workers to take unpaid days off and reducing funding for some departments by 1 percent.

Employees not represented by a union would have to take six days off without pay. Employees making less than $35,000 a year are excluded.

The budget covers the fiscal year beginning July 1.

UNM Police Criticize DA's Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases

Apr 28, 2016

In the Department of Justice's report on the University of New Mexico's handling of sexual assault on campus UNM police were critical of how the District Attorney's Office in Bernalillo County handles such cases.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a footnote in the report, which was released last week, said supervisors in the University of New Mexico Police Department said they were frustrated with how infrequently the district attorney prosecuted sexual assault cases.

UNM police said they felt cases only went to court if the assaults were committed by strangers.

Sheriff's Office: Two Killed In Collision In Albuquerque Area

Apr 28, 2016

Two people are dead as a result of a T-bone collision between a motorcycle and a truck in the Albuquerque area.

Bernalillo County sheriff's officials say a passenger in the truck and a motorcyclist were fatally injured Wednesday evening when the truck made a left turn.

The accident occurred Wednesday evening at Tramway and Indian School.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. The truck passenger died later at a hospital.

University of New Mexico Press

Roland Miller’s book Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History, captures a close look at the places and structures that played an important role in the United State's race to space.

Dr. Beth O’Leary, NMSU Professor Emerita of Anthropology is a contributor to the book; she recently was in-studio to share her work involved with this book on KRWG-TV’s Fronteras-A Changing America.

Community Celebrates New Hospital On Navajo Nation

Apr 28, 2016

A large crowd gathered Wednesday to dedicate a new hospital that will serve a population of about 20,000 in the Kayenta area.

At nearly 180,000 square feet, it's five times bigger than the current health center that was built in 1959.

The new $150 million hospital is expected to be fully operational this summer. It includes staff quarters, surgical and birthing units, and wellness and physical therapy centers.

It also will house programs under the Navajo Department of Health.

Over 100 people attended two public meetings in Dona Ana County this week to look at the possibility of creating a commuter rail line that will extend from Las Cruces to El Paso.

The first round of public meetings were held in Dona Ana County this week as part of a feasibility study funded by the state to see if there is a need for a commuter rail system, and if there are options to fund it.

NMSU Honors College hosts research and creative arts symposium

Apr 27, 2016

  The New Mexico State University Honors College is hosting the 21st annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium Friday, April 29. Open to the public, URCAS is from8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms on the third floor.

Undergraduate honors students will display their research projects on large poster exhibits and will also read from their written reports. The poster displays will include summaries of the students’ data, research methods, analysis and results.

Authorities ID Woman Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

Apr 27, 2016

Authorities say the woman killed in Albuquerque after at least one sheriff's deputy opened fire had a stolen loaded gun in a truck she had been driving before she was shot.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies identified the woman Wednesday as 24-year-old Jaquelyn Burke, and said she had previously been accused of battery on a law enforcement officer and was being sought for violating her probation.

Wildlife Agency Agrees To Deadline For Wolf Recovery Plan

Apr 27, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a deadline to craft a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The agency reached a settlement with environmentalists, Utah and Arizona, but it still needs the approval of a federal judge.

Farm bureaus in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are expected to challenge the settlement, saying it places an unfair burden on the American public when the wolves' historical range includes Mexico.

Free Presentation in Mescalero for Alzheimer’s Families & Caregivers

Apr 27, 2016

  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a series of free educational presentations in Mescalero, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

NMSU students selected to perform solos with local symphony

Apr 27, 2016

  Two students in New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will perform as featured soloists with the New Horizons Symphony at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Atkinson Recital Hall. 

Dominic Lowhar, senior music education major, and Nathan Tanner Dossey, a sophomore marketing major and music minor, were selected from 10 instrumentalists to win the 2016 Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the New Horizons Symphony. The students will perform under the direction of Marianna Gabbi, symphony conductor and NMSU professor emeritus of music.

  Carlsbad, NM – Supplied Industrial Solutions (SIS) of Granite City, IL is progressing on schedule with the installation of new steel reinforcing beams and wall anchors in the elevator hoistway in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The elevators were taken out of service for safety concerns.

After the beams are installed, Gerald Henry, an experienced elevator technician with HH Angus of Dallas, TX will troubleshoot and adjust safety devices on the car, which is expected to take several days.

5 Educators Arrested In El Paso Schools Fraud Scheme

Apr 27, 2016

Five veteran educators with the El Paso Independent School District have been arrested by the FBI on federal charges stemming from alleged conspiracy to defraud the state and federal accountability programs.

The El Paso Times reports that the five were arrested Wednesday. Only one of the defendants currently works in the El Paso school district.

Federal officials did not immediately say whether more arrests are possible in the 5½-year-old investigation.

Appeal Rejected In Forest Off-Road Vehicles Case

Apr 27, 2016

A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by a motorized off-road vehicles users group that challenged a Forest Service decision reducing the routes available for use in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico

A trial judge had upheld the agency's action, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling Wednesday says the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance didn't have a legal basis to sue.

The appellate court's ruling dismisses the alliance's appeal and orders the trial court to erase its own ruling and dismiss the lawsuit.

Art Reception at DACC Las Cruces

Apr 27, 2016

  Las Cruces – A celebration for a new area to showcase art at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) East Mesa Campus features a display by famed St. Petersburg artist Mihail Chemiakin.

Three art displays will be featured, a suite of prints by Chemiakin on loan from the collection of Ron and Diana Johnson, ceramics by DACC faculty artist Glen Shwaiger and DACC art students printmaking.

NMSU LGBT+ Programs to host Rainbow Graduation Dinner

Apr 27, 2016

New Mexico State University’s LGBT+ Programs will host the annual Rainbow Graduation Dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the NMSU Golf Course Club House. 

The ceremony will honor 10 LGBT+ and allied graduates, who will be presented with rainbow stoles. The event will feature keynote speaker and NMSU Department of English Associate Professor Elizabeth Schirmer.

  Police arrested a La Mesa woman suspected of stealing a car and leading its owner on a short pursuit before she was stopped by an officer.

Monica P. Quintana, 23, of the 100 block of Twilight Road in La Mesa, is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Prescription Drug Take-back Event Saturday In Las Cruces

Apr 27, 2016

  Las Cruces Police along with the Unified Prevention “Up!” Coalition, the New Mexico National Guard and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at the Walmart Superstore on Walton Boulevard.

The prescription drug take-back will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Walmart store at 571 Walton Blvd.

New DACC Scholarship for Disabled Veterans

Apr 27, 2016

  Las Cruces – The Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 of the New Mexico Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Foundation have established a scholarship for disabled veteran students, their spouses, and dependents attending NMSU Doña Ana (DACC).

The Manuel Tapia Memorial Current Use Scholarship will be available starting in the fall semester of 2016 at DACC. The scholarship will be matched with the Jon Wynne endowment from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico to help veterans returning to college.

Missouri Avenue Closure Friday Night In Las Cruces

Apr 27, 2016

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction (Contractor) will have a FULL ROAD CLOSURE on Missouri Avenue on the night of Friday, April 29th between the hours of 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.  Closure is due to do final street striping. Detours will be posted.