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Albuquerque Wins Federal Approval For Route 66 Transit Routes

Jul 22, 2016
cabq.gov

Albuquerque's plans for building a rapid transit route along a stretch of Historic Route 66 has won federal approval, amid strong opposition from local shop owners who say the project could cost them customers and even their livelihoods.

The $119-million project backed by the city's Mayor Richard Berry would build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations along Central Avenue, which runs the route of the historic highway's original roadbed.

Office of the Governor

  Gov. Susana Martinez says she's willing to discuss New Mexico's budget outlook with legislative leaders who are concerned about a multimillion-dollar shortfall and future spending.

Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan said Thursday the governor is closely monitoring revenue figures and will insist that the state moves forward cautiously to ensure taxpayers are protected.

The governor's office expects to have final revenue numbers for the 2016 fiscal year in a few weeks.

Voice Of The Public: Merrie Lee Soules

Jul 21, 2016

Voice of the Public with the Democratic Candidate in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race, Merrie Lee Soules.  Soules faces incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Pearce in November.

Top New Mexico Senator Calls For Special Legislative Session

Jul 21, 2016
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

One of New Mexico's most influential senators is calling for a special session as state leaders face the prospect of dipping into reserves to address a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall.

Democrat Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming made the formal request for lawmakers to reconvene this summer in a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez. The governor's office did not immediately response to a request for comment.

Job Cuts Planned For New Mexico Museums, Historic Sites

Jul 21, 2016

The New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department is seeking approval from state personnel officials to trim nearly a dozen jobs in response to a $2 million shortfall.

The agency is scheduled to make the request during a meeting Thursday in Santa Fe. The personnel board will have the final say on the proposed layoffs.

Los Alamos Labs Work On 'SuperCam' For Future Mars Mission

Jul 21, 2016

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are working on a "SuperCam" that will collect soil samples from Mars with a laser.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports scientists want to place the SuperCam inside the Mars 2020 Rover.

The data from the cam will be sent to earth and examined to determine if life ever existed on the red planet. Officials say the SuperCam also could determine the different minerals in the soil or rocks.

Roger Weins, a principal investigator, says NASA calls it a Swiss Army Knife kind of instrument because it does so many different things.

New Mexico's distinctive commuter rail line cuts a breathtaking path through swaths of cottonwood trees clustered along the Rio Grande, ferrying workers between metropolitan Albuquerque to the seat of state government in Santa Fe.

Fewer and fewer riders are bearing witness to those high-desert vistas on the 10th anniversary of the Rail Runner Express, whose double decker coaches and locomotives are emblazoned with a red roadrunner.

Las Cruces RoadRUNNER Transit Bus Route Changes

Jul 20, 2016
NMSU photo

  RoadRUNNER Transit patrons and Las Cruces motorists are advised that bus routes will be changing in conjunction with the previously approved RoadRUNNER Transit Short Range Plan.

 

  Eve Adams, a professor in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, has received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration that will help increase and improve behavioral health services in medically underserved communities.

NMSU listed on 2016 Center for World University Rankings

Jul 20, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  On a list ranking the top universities across the globe, New Mexico State University has been recognized as 577th on the 2016 Center for World University Rankings list. With more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, this ranking would place NMSU in the top 2.3 percent. 

“NMSU is one of the finest universities in the world,” said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. “This recognition is a reflection of the quality education we provide for our students as well as the important research and outreach we provide for the state of New Mexico.”

NMSU agricultural outreach program receives regional honor

Jul 20, 2016

  A New Mexico State University agricultural program that provides research-based information to the underserved residents of northern New Mexico has received honors from a regional association.

The Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project is the recipient of the Western Extension Director’s Association Awards of Excellence. The award was presented during the organization’s Western Region Joint Summer Meeting on July 13 in Bozeman, Montana.

Las Cruces Water Outage Thursday On Part Of El Paseo

Jul 20, 2016
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  Residents and businesses along El Paseo Road, from Boutz Road to Lee Whisman Street, will experience a water outage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, maintenance/repairs to the water system in the area. Affected areas will include Las Cruces High School and First Christian Church

Once service is restored, area residents may notice discolored water due to iron and manganese. Although the water is safe to drink, City officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

SCAM ALERT: Phishing Scam Targeting New Mexico Businesses

Jul 20, 2016

  Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexico businesses and the public about a new phishing scheme. The scammers are sending emails to businesses claiming to be with the Office of the Attorney General and claiming that there has been a complaint filed against the business. The business owners are then asked to click a link to see the “complaint” and that they have ten days to respond. The Office of Attorney General will not, and does not, send emails like the ones being used in this scam which hit New Mexico this week.

Weather coverage in New Mexico is missing the mark

Jul 20, 2016

  It’s been hot. On Monday, temperature records were broken or tied in Capulin, Roswell, Clayton, Clines Corners, Santa Fe, and Tucumcari.

Cue the small talk and the paper fans, because there’s not much more to say about New Mexico’s weather lately.

At least that what you’d think when turning on television news or picking up most of the state’s newspapers.

New Mexico Gas Co. Plans Natural Gas Pipeline To Mexico

Jul 20, 2016

New Mexico Gas Co. says it'll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico.

Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company's existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline.

The Albuquerque Journal  reports that additional facilities would need to be built on the Mexican side of the border before exports of gas could begin.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

The office of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he will announce an agreement to redevelop two once-popular motels along Historic Route 66.

The mayor plans to reveal details of the renovation projects Tuesday morning for the now-shuttered De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel.

The De Anza Motor Lodge was a business owned by Zuni trader and Indian art collector Charles G. Wallace, who commissioned American Indian murals for the roadside stop that was once a popular spot among writers and artists.

Michelle Reyna

Jul 20, 2016

Talking To Your Kids About Zika

Jul 20, 2016

  By now, anybody who follows the news daily knows about Zika virus, which is being transmitted by mosquitos in other countries. Zika is mainly spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only certain kinds of mosquitoes are able to transmit the virus that can cause disease, those are exactly the kinds that exist in southern New Mexico counties, including Doña Ana County.

New Mexico Spaceport Authority Director Resigns

Jul 19, 2016
Spaceport America

The head of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority is resigning, saying she still believes in the commercial space industry and that Spaceport America has a role to play.

Christine Anderson announced her resignation in a memo Tuesday to the authority's board and Gov. Susana Martinez. She said it was a difficult decision but she wants to pursue other adventures.

Anderson took over as executive director five years ago as the tax-payer financed spaceport was just getting off the ground.

Feds Reach Settlement With Navajo Nation Over Uranium Mine Cleanup

Jul 19, 2016

The federal government has reached another settlement with the Navajo Nation that will clear the way for cleanup work to continue at abandoned uranium mines across the largest American Indian reservation in the U.S.

The target includes 46 sites that have been identified as priorities due to radiation levels and their proximity to people. Cleanup work is supposed to be done at 16 abandoned mines while evaluations are planned for another 30 sites.

Two Silver City Officers Involved In DA Traffic Stop Won't Be Fired

Jul 19, 2016

Two Silver City Police Department officers accused for not conducting field sobriety tests on a district attorney suspected of driving while intoxicated won't be fired.

Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds announced Monday the two officers involved in the June 14 stop of Francesca Estevez only will face internal punishment.

Estevez, the district attorney for Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties, was seen on video swerving across several lanes of traffic and stumbling during the stop.

For the last 50 years, people from around the world have walked through the doors of the Mesilla Book Center searching for their favorite authors or Native American arts and craft products.

Cheryll Blevins owns the bookstore and has operated it with her husband Paul. She inherited the store from her mother Mary Bowlin who operated the store for decades. Cheryll Blevins shares some history of the store that her parents bought in 1966 after selling books at the World’s Fair in New York for a couple of years.

Last week, NMSU’s Equestrian Team got the news the program would be cut due to budget concerns. Later, the University reversed the decision giving the team one more year to compete.

Equestrian team member Hallie Padilla says the team was heartbroken when they heard the team was being disbanded.

VIDEO: Las Cruces Downtown Plaza Set To Open September 17

Jul 18, 2016

Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

Jul 18, 2016
Border wall in the distance in Fort Hancock, Texas

A new poll suggests residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of the U.S. presidential election.

A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll released Monday found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are against building a wall between the two countries. They also believe the tone of the presidential campaign is damaging relations.

Las Cruces Police Want To Question Couple Regarding Shoplifing

Jul 18, 2016

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify a couple who detectives want to question in relation to shoplifting incident that occurred in May.

The couple – a man and woman – were seen May 26 at the Walmart Superstore on Valley Drive. They entered the store at approximately 5:45 a.m. and left about half an hour later. They were seen leaving the store in what appears to be a gray Jeep.

Store security cameras captured images of the couple inside the store and an image of the Jeep as it was leaving the parking lot.

NMSU student advertising club wins district competition

Jul 18, 2016

  A team of journalism and mass communications students at New Mexico State University under the American Advertising Federation brought home a first place win in the organization’s district competition this spring in Salt Lake City -- a first for the team and for the university.

American Advertising Federation is an advertising trade association representing all facets of the advertising and marketing communications industry. NMSU’s chapter with 15 members is one of more than 200 college chapters nationwide.

Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Duffy Rodriguez as cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). Rodriguez brings more than three decades of public service to her new position. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Tom Clifford, who served more than 20 years in state government.

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Emerson Morrow of Las Cruces for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Morrow worked with the senator’s communications team.

"An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to have Emerson in my office this summer,” Udall said. “I wish him the best as he uses the knowledge and experiences he has gained from his internship to pursue his passions."

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jul 18, 2016

  Main St:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   July 20 & July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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