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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the couple suspected of stealing the purse from the shopping cart of an 80-year-old woman.

Las Cruces Police learned that an 80-year-old woman was shopping at the Walmart store, at 571 Walton Blvd., when she had her purse stolen from a shopping cart. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

Gov. Martinez To Consider Bill To Combine Local Elections

Mar 24, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez's signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a new judge to the Third Judicial District Court.

Martinez announced on Thursday she had appointed Conrad Perea to the court's third division.

Perea will fill a vacancy created when Judge Darren M. Kugler resigned.

Martinez says Perea has over 35 years of legal and law enforcement expierence. He is a former officer with the Las Cruces Police Department and has graduated from the FBI's national academy and the Border Patrol academy.

Silver City Blues Festival Announces 2017 Performers

Mar 24, 2017

The 22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival will take place May 26-28, 2017, Memorial Day weekend, in Silver City, NM. This year’s festival continues to be free for all to enjoy, thanks to presenting sponsor, Lawley Toyota. It is also supported by many local businesses and individual blues lovers.

The festival kicks-off on Friday, May 26, at 6:30 pm with Beale Street’s best, the Ghost Town Blues Band featuring a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.

Film Office Announces "Longmire" Season 6 to film in New Mexico

Mar 24, 2017

  Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television series "Longmire" produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix, will begin principal photography at the end of March thru mid-June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos, Glorieta and other locations in northern New Mexico.   "Season 6 of such an acclaimed TV show demonstrates the incredible vitality of the New Mexico television scene," said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

Managing Over 200,000 Tons Of Las Cruces-Area Waste

Mar 24, 2017

Call it trash or call it garbage… but every year approximately 200,000 tons of solid waste from the city of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County is landfilled at Corralitos Regional Landfill. Most of it comes through the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Transfer Station Station at 2865 W. Amador Ave. and is then trucked to the Landfill.

High school seniors who have made a commitment to attend a college and play on an athletic team sign letters of intent.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences leadership says, “Why not have a similar commitment ceremony for their future students?”

Giant Screen Film Celebrates the National Park Service

Mar 24, 2017

A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) giant screen film National Parks Adventure, premiering at the New Horizons Dome Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Friday, March 24. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, this giant screen film takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places.

Cannabis advocates undeterred in face of federal threat

Mar 24, 2017
nmindepth.com

  During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said he would leave marijuana laws in the hands of the states, but his appointment of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general has created uncertainty about the future of the legalization movement.

At a speech on March 15, Sessions made his views clear.

The Republican-proposed American Healthcare Act has some consumer groups speaking out saying that the bill may threaten access to essential health benefits like maternity care, or mental health services, which are covered under the Affordable Care Act. 

Some consumer groups say the bill may also impact another essential health benefit…treatment for substance abuse disorders.

The Cost Of New Mexico Tax Cuts

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary:  As the 2017 regular legislative session ends, New Mexico finds itself in familiar territory—with no money in a slow-moving economy. The same tired rhetoric of no tax increases—a pledge made by Governor Susana Martinez since she has taken office—has led to deep cuts in essential services like education, public safety, and health care.

Fortune Magazine published its 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and University of Texas at El Paso 

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in recognizing World Tuberculosis Day. The commemoration, held March 24thof each year, raises awareness about tuberculosis (TB). 

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease and is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. People with TB infection often do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms nor are they contagious. However, an estimated 5 - 10% of TB infections become TB disease if not medically treated.

Democrats Plan Immigration Forum In Silver City

Mar 24, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary: “Tear down that wall Mr. Trump! Or better yet, don’t build it.” Jane Foraker-Thompson of The Immigration Justice Network (IJN) says, “If you want to know the truth about how current government policy impacts communities near the Mexican border, please join us at our Thursday Forum – March 30 from 6-7 at WNMU’s Miller Library.”

Great Conversation On The Future Of Las Cruces

Mar 24, 2017

  City Councillor Greg Smith, District 2, invites residents of his district to participate in the first of a series of The Great Conversation: 21st Century Las Cruces – What Does it Look Like to You? The Great Conversation facilitates safe, respectful and informed community dialogue, recognizing diverse perspectives and encouraging collaborative action.

 

Questions include:

Your Weekend Pulse

Mar 24, 2017

 

  Time now for Your Weekend Pulse...your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Fred Martino. 

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Newsmakers 909

Mar 23, 2017

Martinez Orders Hiring Freeze At Agencies Under Her Control

Mar 23, 2017
Office of the Governor

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday ordered a hiring freeze for all agencies under her control, a move designed to save cash pending a political standoff over the funding of state government and public schools.

The state personnel director outlined the freeze in a memo to cabinet secretaries, citing the need for executive agencies to take immediate action to control spending due to unprecedented budgetary challenges.

Courtesy: USDA

Agriculture in New Mexico faces unprecedented challenges to the health of the industry. 

An aging population of farmers and ranchers, increasing pressure on water and other natural resources, rising costs for land, energy, equipment and other production needs, unsustainable farmers’ and ranchers’ incomes, and complex regulations are some of the challenges the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project is contemplating. 

The Bulletin On The Radio

Mar 23, 2017

 

  Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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El Paso Coalition Fights Against Arena Location In Historic Area; Public Meetings Planned

Mar 23, 2017

The Coalition to save the Union Plaza district will be collecting signatures at the City's Open House Meetings on the Arena Project. The public meetings are sponsored by the city to provide information to taxpayers on the controversial 2012 Bond Project. Their aim is to convince taxpayers that the arena should go in Barrio Duranguito/Union Plaza. Our petition seeks to designate the Union Plaza District as a historic district thereby protecting it from demolition and from the construction of the arena on this site. 

Carlsbad Caverns Sees Uptick In Visitors

Mar 23, 2017
nps.gov

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns is celebrating the highest number of visitor in 15 years.

The national park says it saw higher-than-average visitation for the 2017 spring break season, hosting over 42,000 people in the first three weeks of March.

That's a 44 percent increase in visitors compared to the same period in 2016.

The park is known for its underground limestone caves. Former President Barack Obama and his family visited last summer.

Drought Threatens Return With Warm, Dry Weather

Mar 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say warm temperatures and dry weather are combining to create a flash drought across parts of New Mexico.

They issued the warning this week after weighing current conditions. They say the month of March has been bleak when it comes to precipitation and a ridge of high pressure sitting over the state is partly to blame.

NM State Land Office Says More Funds Coming To Schools

Mar 23, 2017
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
nmstatelands.org

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office says schools will see an extra $18 million next month thanks to a major lease sale of oil and gas.

Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says the March 21 sale was the second highest in the office's history. It included 56 tracts covering about 16,800 acres in the state.

Public schools, the University of New Mexico and several other institutions benefit from the State Land office, which is a self-funded agency.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Officer Assault

Mar 22, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Ruiz Leyva, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to assaulting federal and local law enforcement officers.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Leyva will be sentenced to 82 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Las Cruces Man Suspected Of Injuring Toddler

Mar 22, 2017

Police have arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of child abuse after his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son was admitted to a local hospital with multiple head injuries.

Zachary Tyler Ochoa, 20, of the 2200 block of Missouri Avenue, is charged with one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

Rockhound State Park

Mar 22, 2017

Zohrab Samani, a New Mexico State University civil engineering professor, and his graduate student Pooneh Pahlevani are leading a research project examining water accessibility in southern New Mexico. The goal of the project, “Evaluating water budget for the Mesilla Bolson Aquifer,” is to develop a hydrologic model that can predict future water storage and sustainability of the Mesilla Valley Aquifer known as the Mesilla Bolson. 

  You are invited to the 4th Wednesday Happenings “Living Better in a Green Home” program at 2 p.m. April 26, at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., in the Roadrunner Room. Living better means better comfort and health, better energy and water efficiency, stronger resale value, lower cost of living, less maintenance, and lower harmful carbon emissions from your home. 

 

What financial disclosure forms don’t require reveal as much as what they do

Mar 22, 2017

Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell is a race horse owner, as she points out on her Twitter biography and her financial disclosure document.

As a Republican lawmaker from Roswell, Ezzell often proposes and advocates for legislation that impacts the racing industry.

At least seven of the 13 members of the House Education Committee are current or former educators, and one is a former school board member. At every meeting they take action on legislation that could impact their current or former livelihoods.

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