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El Paso Accepted Into National TechHire Initiative

Dec 1, 2016

El Paso has been announced as one of 19 TechHire communities dedicated to creating pathways for more Americans to access well-paying tech jobs and expanding local tech sectors in communities across the country. El Paso will be joining a national network of 70 TechHire communities in receiving support to spearhead efforts to help overlooked and underrepresented Americans start technology careers.

El Paso Brass Performing In KRWG Benefit Concert

Dec 1, 2016

Enjoy an evening of holiday favorites and seasonal delights at the KRWG benefit concert featuring the El Paso Brass at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces, at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8.

cdc.gov

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, December 2nd from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic. Public Health offices throughout the state have vaccines available for those without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card.

Florida Man Gets Prison In New Mexico Identity Theft Case

Dec 1, 2016

A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in prison in an identity theft case in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Clinton William Yetter, of Gainesville, also was sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised release after he serves his prison term.

Yetter was indicted in May 2013 on two counts of making false statements and two counts of aggravated identity fraud.

The indictment alleged that Yetter made the false statements while applying for U.S. passports in New Mexico's Bernalillo County in October 2011 and May 2012.

Silver City, NM – Every Mustang home basketball and volleyball game, Leonard Pritikin can be seen front row, in a bright yellow jacket and a veteran cap. He’s a familiar site to student-athletes and this December he’ll be introduced to the entire graduating class, receiving an honorary degree from Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard.

New Mexico High Court Upholds Clovis Man's Murder Conviction

Dec 1, 2016

The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Clovis man, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 killing of his mother's boyfriend.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Albert Jose Ramirez will remain in prison after the court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division by affirming the murder conviction.

Ramirez appealed his conviction citing seven arguments. The state Supreme Court disagreed with all of them.

Deming: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement and implementation plan of physical dust mitigation techniques on US 180.

When:

6:00 pm                                                                               

Tuesday December 6, 2016                                                   

Where:

NMDOT

2912 E Pine St.

  SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases. NMDOH has identified six patients from Chaves County with confirmed Legionnaires’ disease since the first week of October 2016. 

 

For the past two years, scholars have traveled from across the globe to work with a micromechanics group at New Mexico State University. 

Igor Sevostianov, mechanical engineering professor in NMSU’s College of Engineering, is leading the micromechanics group that currently hosts four international scholars. The visitors are Andrea Sorzia from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, Stanislav Krasnitsky from St. Petersburg Technical University in Russia, Omid Noori from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran and Fengjuan Chen from the University of Lorraine in France. 

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at New Mexico State University was recently ranked among the top Family and Consumer Sciences degree programs in the United States, according to a national rankings website.

The NMSU Family and Consumer Sciences department was ranked 28th out of 50 by Great Value Colleges. The ranking was created based on graduate degree opportunities, research opportunities, and internship and scholarship opportunities.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Beating, Strangling Wife

Dec 1, 2016

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of punching his wife during an argument and knocking out several of her teeth.

Ralph David Hibbard, 60, of the 1800 block of Elder Street, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, battery against a household member, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Federal Meth Conviction

Dec 1, 2016

 Salvador Ortega, 36, Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 24 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.  

New Website Promotes Silver City

Dec 1, 2016

The Silver City Arts & Cultural District is delighted to announce a number of its recent accomplishments, including the release of the new website, www.visitsilvercity.org; the completion of the new collateral piece, which will replace the outdated 25 Reasons To Love Silver City; and the obtainment of grant funds from the New Mexico Tourism Department in conjunction with Grant County Tourism.

El Paso Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Heroin Charge In New Mexico

Dec 1, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Johnathon Jacob Rios, 48, of El Paso, Texas, pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a federal heroin trafficking charge.

   Rios was arrested in June 2016, and was charged in a criminal complaint with a heroin trafficking offense after the DEA seized approximately 788.10 grams of heroin from him during an interdiction investigation at the Greyhound Bus Station in Albuquerque.  The heroin was contained in a bundle that was concealed under Rios’ clothes.

White Sands Missile Range's
Army Community Service is the one-stop shop for military and civilian
families in need during the holiday season.
From holiday meals, to holiday photos, ACS has ensured that every family
within the WSMR community has the resources they need for a joyous holiday
season each year.  WSMR ACS Coordinator Damaris Sullivan-Powe, who is in
charge of two of the most prominent programs during the holiday season, said
the acts of kindness have always been possible through the help of the
giving community.

Clerk-Elect Krahling Chooses Ellins At Chief Deputy

Dec 1, 2016
Lynn Ellins

 Doña Ana County Clerk-Elect Scott A. Krahling has announced that current County Clerk Lynn Ellins will stay on board in the office after Jan. 1.

   “I can think of no reason to break up this team, and I’m grateful that he’s willing to stay,” Krahling said. “There is simply no one else more qualified to be my chief deputy than my friend and colleague, Lynn Ellins.”

   Ellins is a former Chief Deputy Secretary of State in Colorado who retired to New Mexico and was subsequently elected county clerk for Doña Ana County in 2008. He served two terms.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Dec 1, 2016

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 Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, it’s the holiday season and there are lots of events in the area.  

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Doña Ana County Treasurer Found Guilty of Public Corruption

Nov 30, 2016
Dona Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Tonight, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been found guilty of public corruption or gross immorality by a public official.

After a two-day trial and a couple hours of deliberation, the 12-person jury found Gutierrez, now 61, guilty of charges of public corruption and gross immorality. As a result, the judge ordered that Gutierrez be removed from office immediately.  

New Mexico, Texas Activists To Hold 100 Immigrant Forums

Nov 30, 2016

Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas say they will hold 100 community forums on immigrant rights from now until the inauguration of Donald Trump.

The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas announced Wednesday the forums will be aimed at educating immigrants on their Constitutional rights and how to prepare for possible raids by federal immigration agents.

Las Cruces Spring 2017 After School Program Registration

Nov 30, 2016

  The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting returning participants’ payment for the 2017 spring session of the After School Program at the Parks & Recreation Administrative office, 1501 East Hadley Ave. 

 

Leadership Change Comes Early At New Mexico Elections Agency

Nov 30, 2016

New Mexico's incoming secretary of state will take office early to replace a temporary appointee to the state's top oversight post for elections and campaign finances.

The Secretary of State's Office announced Wednesday that Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on Dec. 9 rather than wait until the start of the new year.

Secretary Elect Toulouse Oliver to Take Oath of Office on December 9

Nov 30, 2016
BERNALILLO COUNTY CLERK MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER

SANTA FE – Today, the Office of the Secretary of State announces that Secretary of State elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on December 9, 2016, at 4:00 pm in Santa Fe and will immediately assume the office.  Current Secretary of State Brad Winter has served since he was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez on December 15, 2015, due to the resignation of Dianna Duran.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, condemned the violence against Tribal members and others protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and called on President Barack Obama to take urgent action to protect the protesters and address their concerns about how the pipeline could harm the water quality near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. In a letter, Udall urged the Obama administration and the U.S.

New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) outlined a plan for the resolution of longstanding questions about revenue collection at the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI). The plan includes the initiation of an in-depth audit, to be conducted by an independent firm, to determine amounts that may be owed to the state. The plan also includes recommendations for multiagency coordination for oversight of the audit findings and responsibilities for any settlement claims.  

"Giving Tuesday" Is A Big Success For New Mexico State University

Nov 30, 2016

This week’s Giving Tuesday event was a big success for New Mexico State University…raising about $2 million.   

In all, more than 1,000 donors contributed to programs and scholarships across NMSU campuses.  Vice President of Advancement Dr. Andrea Tawney was thrilled with the generosity from across the nation.

Former US senator To Serve As Adviser For Land Office

Nov 30, 2016
Official Senate photo

Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici says he'll be returning to New Mexico early next year and will serve as an adviser to state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the 84-year-old Domenici made the announcement Wednesday. He has lived in the Washington, D.C.-area for years with his wife Nancy. They'll be returning to New Mexico permanently in mid-January.

Woman Charged In 18-Month-Old Son's Death From Head Injuries

Nov 30, 2016

A Santa Fe woman is charged in her malnourished 18-month-old son's death from head injuries.

A criminal complaint charges 27-year-old Miranda Rabago with child abuse and reckless child abuse resulting in death in the Nov. 23 death of Arias Baroz.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rabago took her son to a hospital on Nov. 21, telling police she found him unconscious in his crib in their apartment. He died two days later.

Las Cruces Woman Charged for Kidnapping, Stabbing Boyfriend

Nov 30, 2016

Las Cruces Police arrested a woman suspected of kidnapping her boyfriend and stabbing him multiple times while he was restrained in the passenger seat of his vehicle.

Kayla Martinez Bailey, 30, of the 1100 block of Calle De Sol, is charged with kidnapping, 11 counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of battery against a household member.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced two grants to Eastern New Mexico businesses to help improve their energy efficiency.

Highland Dairy in Clovis, NM received a grant of $16,522 for the purchase and installation a chiller with heat recovery for their dairy. The chiller is expected to save 441,013 kWh which would power the equivalent of 40 homes.

Free history event brings Christmas in New Mexico to life

Nov 30, 2016

LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s annual December living history event offers visitors a retrospective view of New Mexico history during the Christmas season. 

“Stories of Holidays Past: Preparing for Christmas in New Mexico,” is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Museum’s Theater. Admission is free.

The audience will enjoy several different holiday vignettes in the Museum’s theater with characters from various time periods in our state’s history.

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