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WNMU to continue recruiting DACA students despite ruling

Jun 23, 2016

A college in western New Mexico says it will continue to recruit immigrant students living in the country illegally despite Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.

Western New Mexico University spokesman Abe Villarreal says the school will remain "an open, accepting university" to all students who want to attend the college.

Albuquerque Businessman Pleads Guilty To Federal Tax Evasion

Jun 23, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – James E. Coleman, Jr., the former president and owner of Sneakerz, Inc., a corporation that operated “Sneakerz Sports Bar” in Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to a tax evasion charge, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Ismael Nevarez Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation. 

Research shows NMSU’s Math Snacks games improve student learning

Jun 23, 2016

  Spectacular flames shoot out of the exhaust pipes on a “monster” school bus as the sixth-grade driver races through neighborhoods, picking up friendly aliens and smashing glass flasks filled with a creepy green potion sitting in the middle of the road.

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties To Receive $37.7 Million In PILT Payment

Jun 23, 2016

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, partly due to the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county is included below.

  Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University continues its rapid pace of internalization, reaching out to university partners in Mexico and forming agreements of understanding with two institutions during the month of June.

WNMU officials visited the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) earlier in the month to create a letter of intent between the two universities.

The letter of intent details the intention of collaboration and the possibilities of faculty and student exchanges.

  A new study led by a University of New Mexico cancer researcher is offering hope to women in rural New Mexico who want to learn more about their risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

The study – published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology – shows that getting cancer genetic counseling over the phone can be just as effective as getting the same counseling in person. That's good news for women who live in rural communities, where the prospect of traveling to meet in person with cancer genetic counselors can be a time-consuming and expensive challenge. 

Gallup poll data shows Americans consider “Immigration/Illegal aliens” the second-most important non-economic problem facing the country today.

How is this focus on the border and anti-immigrant sentiment that is becoming pervasive in national politics impacting local border communities like El Paso, Texas?

Simon Thompson

 

The deportation of a parent creates a gut wrenching dilemma:  Should the family separate?  But a New Mexico school five miles north of the border is allowing families to stay together while still providing the benefits of a U.S. education.

It is 5th grade graduation at Columbus Elementary School in New Mexico.

Annual revenues from the sale of oil and natural gas leases on New Mexico trust land have dipped to their lowest level in at least five years.

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn on Wednesday called the $36.7 million in annual sales a robust outcome during a difficult year for oil and gas development. U.S. crude oil prices fell below $30 a barrel in January from well over $100 in 2014.

The new sales figure represents a 3 percent decline from $38 million the previous fiscal year. Sales in 2012 rocketed to $102 million.

New Mexico Sues Colorado in U.S. Supreme Court over Gold King Mine Spill

Jun 23, 2016
JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

  Santa Fe, NM –Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Governor Susana Martinez announced New Mexico filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court w

Just a couple of weeks after the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Las Cruces LGBTQ organizations are holding their own events during Pride Week.

A “Moving Toward Equality” panel discussion during pride week was originally meant to continue discussion on problems facing the LGBTQ community, but Carrie Hamblen says right now the main concern of the community is safety.

Dog Head Fire 68% Contained

Jun 22, 2016

Acres: 17,912                                                                                     Containment: 68%

Cause: Human - under investigation                                                  Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM    

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Congressional Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in a protest to call for a vote on commonsense steps to protect families from gun violence. Video and audio feeds of the House floor were turned off during the sit-in, prompting Udall and others to share social media posts from the House floor.

Udall issued the following statement:

Las Cruces Woman Charged With Battery In Alleged Shooting Of Boyfriend

Jun 22, 2016

        

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Las Cruces woman with aggravated battery against a household member after she allegedly shot her boyfriend during an argument Sunday night. 

UPS Driver Stabbed In Farmington Mobile Park

Jun 22, 2016

Farmington police say a UPS driver was repeatedly stabbed while delivering packages in a mobile home park.

The Daily Times reports that officers were called shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday to Royal Mobile Home Park about a stabbing.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says they found the 25-year-old UPS delivery driver with multiple stab wounds.

He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical center.

But his wounds do not appear to be life-threatening.

Investigators are searching for a male suspect.

Suspect Who Stole Valencia County Sheriff's Car Caught

Jun 22, 2016

A suspect who stole a Valencia County Sheriff's vehicle has been found in Albuquerque.

Authorities say a man was taken into custody Wednesday morning, not long after he allegedly commandeered a deputy's cruiser.

Valencia County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Hall says the incident began around 10 a.m. when the suspect bashed the driver's side window with a metal rod as the deputy was sitting in it.

The deputy exited the vehicle and the suspect got in and fled.

Hall says the suspect led deputies on a chase of speeds above 100 mph.

The Latest: Firefighters Keep Arizona Wildfire At Bay

Jun 22, 2016

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

1 p.m.

Authorities say a shift in the wind turned a wildfire burning slowly in a heavily wooded area on the Colorado-Wyoming border into a fast-moving threat.

Routt National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos says the blaze grew to about 5 square miles from about 1 square mile Tuesday. Thunderstorms expected this weekend could make the fire worse because they often bring gusty winds and only a smattering of flame-stifling rain.

Fronteras 613: Every Kid in a Park - McKinney Briske

Jun 22, 2016

New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium to Open July 1

Jun 22, 2016

  The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, formerly the Tombaugh Theater, will open to the public on Friday, July 1. Featuring the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium projection system, the theater will premier one new giant screen film, two digital planetarium shows and a daily live star show.

  I-10 West will be completely closed between the Buena Vista Bridge (aka the Bridge to Nowhere) and the Sunland Park Overpass for 11 nights ─ from July 5 to July 19 each night (Sunday through Thursday) from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as follows:

>   9 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 to 5 a.m. the following morning

>   9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 to 5 a.m. the following morning

>   9 p.m. Thursday, July 7 to 5 a.m. the following morning

>   9 p.m. Sunday, July 10 to 5 a.m. the following morning

UPDATE: Las Cruces Metro Verde Park Splash Pad Reopening This Weekend

Jun 22, 2016
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  “The splash pad at Metro Verde Splash Park is scheduled to open in time for the weekend,” Interim City Manager Daniel Avila announced today. The park, located at 7125 Metro Park St., was temporarily closed for maintenance June 15.

“All the repairs to the splash pad have been completed, and given the popularity of that component of the park, we are anxious to put the splash pad back into service,” Avila said. “The City is also planning to expand the turf area to the north of the splash pad to increase the recreation space.”

JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

  Santa Fe – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), based out of San Juan County, New Mexico, meets Monday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Community College Student Center- SUNS Room (accessible through the Henderson Find Arts Center).

Eric Frey, with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, will present on concentrations of contaminants in fish tissue and the Department’s ongoing work as part of the New Mexico’s Long-Term Impact Review Team for the Gold King Mine Spill.

KRWG Music Spotlight - Soulshine

Jun 22, 2016

North Fire 36% Contained

Jun 22, 2016

Magdalena, NM--The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District increased in size yesterday and is now 36,246 acres; at 36% containment.  The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits. 

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed into law U.S. Senator Tom Udall's landmark bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety program. Udall's Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) to keep children and communities in New Mexico and across the nation safe from dangerous chemicals. Udall released the following statement:

  EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso recently earned recognition as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations. The designation from the National Security Agency is for academic years 2016–21.

Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

SANTA FE, NM –New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to comply with the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) received reports from multiple sources that DOH has not processed applications for medical cannabis patient cards within 30 days as required by state law. The OSA received reports that patients have experienced processing times up to 90 days.

Dog Head Fire Now 61% Contained

Jun 22, 2016

Acres: 17,912                                                                                     Containment: 61%

Cause: Human - under investigation                                                  Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM    

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Las Cruces Public School Board hired an Interim Superintendent to help start the school year and begin the search for a new superintendent.

Las Cruces Public School Board hired Dr. Steven Sanchez as interim superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools. Sanchez served as Deputy Superintendent for 8 years, retiring from the district in 2015. Sanchez says he looks forward to starting the school year and moving the district forward.

Silver City Report

Jun 22, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic. This week, a cell phone ban goes into effect this Thursday. 

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