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Your Weekend Pulse!

Jul 21, 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.

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Man Arrested In Las Cruces Area Stabbing Investigation

Jul 20, 2017

A Chaparral man was taken into custody Wednesday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest in a stabbing investigation.

Trump Administration Promises More Terrorizing Immigration Raids

Jul 20, 2017
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Commentary:   The Hill reported that the Trump administration plans to use federal law enforcement agents in a campaign against American cities and counties who have challenged the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda.

  CARLSBAD, NM – In compliance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Carlsbad Caverns National Park proposes increasing the general admission fee from $10 to $12 per person (age 16 and older) beginning October 1, 2017. Visitors 15 and younger will continue to be admitted for free. Thirteen years ago, FLREA was established to ensure recreation fees are reinvested to improve visitor services and provide similar experiences for future visitors.

Lawsuits claim Texas loopholes allow illegal air emissions

Jul 20, 2017

  FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten Texas air pollution control permits that it says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions, according to five federal lawsuits filed against the agency Thursday.

  CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

Texas sued again over abortion year after Supreme Court loss

Jul 20, 2017

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over a new ban on a common abortion procedure that other Republican-controlled states have also tried outlawing in recent years.

The lawsuit filed Thursday comes one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sweeping anti-abortion measures in Texas that prompted more than half of the state's abortion clinics to close after 2013.

Texas Republicans were undeterred by the ruling, and Gov. Greg Abbott began signing new abortion restrictions in June.

New Mexico museums' revenue increases, attendance declines

Jul 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue is up at New Mexico's state-run museums, despite the fact that fewer people are visiting them.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2uNc6of ) both results can be attributed in part to an increase in the price of admission implemented more than a year ago. As part of the admission changes, the museum system now offers state residents one free Sunday a month, rather than free admission every Sunday.

The Latest: Pearce challenges limit on use of campaign cash

Jul 20, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has gone to court to challenge a state official's ruling that Pearce can't use all of his federal campaign war chest of approximately $1 million in the New Mexico race for governor.

A suit filed by Pearce in federal court Thursday challenges Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver's decision that Pearce's use of his federal campaign cash is subject to a $5,500 contribution limit.

WASHINGTON  — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at the airports in Las Vegas, Las Cruces, and Santa Rosa. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation and provide critical new equipment. 

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  SANTA FE, NM –The New Mexico Department of Health, in partnership with Allen Theatres and the Mesilla Valley Mall, will be hosting its annual back-to-school immunization walk-in clinic for children (0-18 years of age) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10;Monday, Aug. 14; and Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd. in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Issues Water Quality Report

Jul 20, 2017

Every year the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) arrives in your mailbox at the beginning of July; Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) hopes you will take a few minutes to read it – it explains where our water comes from and gives details about the quality of water that is delivered to your home and business.

10-Year Old Accidently Discovers Fossilized Tusk Of Stegomastodon

Jul 20, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder.

Ten-year-old Jude Sparks was on a desert hike in Las Cruces in November when he tripped over what turned out to be the fossilized tusk of a 1.2 million-year-old elephant-like creature, called a stegomastodon.

The family contacted New Mexico State University professor Peter Houde, and he and a team from the university spent a week digging up the skull in May after getting permission from the landowner.

Houde estimates the entire skull weighs about a ton.

TV Series 'The Brave' To Film First Season In New Mexico

Jul 20, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series that will follow a undercover special operations squad will begin filming in New Mexico this month.

Officials with the state film office say work on the first season of "The Brave" is scheduled to start at the end of July and will run through the beginning of December.

Production will take place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. About 600 New Mexico crew members will be hired along with 180 resident actors and stunt players, and about 4,000 background talent.

Immigrant Advocates Convene In New Mexico Amid Uncertainty

Jul 20, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Around 200 student immigrant activists from around the country are coming to Albuquerque to strategize on how to respond to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

The advocates are scheduled to meet at the University of New Mexico from Thursday to Sunday for a series of trainings and workshops aimed at protesting stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration.

Utility Finishes Work On Electric Loop In Eastern New Mexico

Jul 20, 2017

  

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says construction crews have wrapped up work on another segment of a transmission line that makes up a new power loop around one eastern New Mexico community.

The utility announced this week that it has energized a 10-mile segment of the line between two substations that straddle Roswell.

The loop project started in 2013 with an upgrade to the Capitan Substation to accommodate 115-kilovolt transmission service. Another segment of the loop is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Wednesday announced that John W. Gose from San Miguel was sentenced to four years in prison on four meth-related counts. Gose, 56, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of Trafficking by Manufacturing — each a second-degree felony — and one count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Attorneys General Call On DeVos to Maintain Protections for Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault

Jul 19, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 18 Attorneys General sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing their concern over reports the Department of Education is preparing to roll back important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses and urging her to keep these protections in place. The Attorneys General also called on Secretary DeVos to work collaboratively with them to take action to end the scourge of sexual violence on our campuses.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jul 19, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.  The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

Police arrested a woman suspected of arming herself with a knife and threatening two people at a convenience store Tuesday afternoon.

Destiny Harrison, 18, of the 4800 block of Calle de Nubes, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an assault at the Bradley’s convenience store at 1260 El Paseo Rd. Officers quickly learned that the suspect, described as an African-American woman, was the passenger in silver Chevrolet Cavalier that left the scene.

Southern New Mexico Youth Invited to Travel Back in Time in for Living History Workshop

Jul 19, 2017

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management – Las Cruces District, cordially invite youth ages 9 to 15 to travel back in time to the 1800’s and experience life during the time Pat Garrett and Eugene Van Patten. Participants are in for a day of historical fun at Dripping Springs Natural Area in Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument.

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Las Cruces, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer two guided hikes in the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (Monument), highlighting its geologic history and significant paleontological and recreational resources.  These three-mile hikes will begin at 8:00 a.m. from the second parking lot located near the Monument entrance, and will last approximately three hours.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Commentary: As New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced new proposed, strong rules to reform and enforce the state’s laws to require disclosure of secret money in state elections, several wealthy special interest groups have launched a campaign against these common-sense rules. All of these groups have connections and received funding from Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialist brothers known for secretly funneling millions of dollars in politics, as well as organizing conservative donors to support Republican causes and candidates.

As part of the ACES program through the Doña Ana County Animal Control and Codes department, the Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) partners with staff to educate property owners throughout the County. From July 2016 through June 2017, there were 11 ACES project days, and 11 Dumpster Days in various neighborhoods and communities. Throughout the year, staff worked a total of 578 hours on ACES project days and 342 hours on Dumpster Days, for a total of 920 hours, resulting in the eradication of 61.52 tons of trash, litter and garbage, including tires.

Silver City Report

Jul 19, 2017

 

On the Silver City Report with Anthony Moreno and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Ben Fischer this week, the board for the Gila Regional Cancer Center votes for a new contract with a provider and Gary Johnson, Former Presidential Candidate and Governor of New Mexico rides through town. 

 

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Independent Feature 'Icebox' To Film In New Mexico

Jul 19, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will serve as the backdrop for a new independent feature film about a boy who is caught by U.S. immigration authorities after leaving his home in Honduras.

Officials with the New Mexico Film Office say "Icebox" is beginning principal photography this month in Albuquerque and Espanola. The work will last through early August.

The production will employ 80 New Mexico crew members, 40 principal actors from the state and about 500 extras.

Former Chemistry Teacher Faces Prison For Meth Plan

Jul 19, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former high school chemistry teacher convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico like the fictional Walter White character in the show "Breaking Bad" is set to be sentenced.

John W. Gose is scheduled Wednesday to learn his fate after pleading guilty to trafficking by manufacturing a controlled substance.

The 56-year-old Gose was arrested in October after police discovered glassware, rubber tubing, and chemicals used to cook methamphetamines during a routine traffic stop.

Federal Spending Proposal Calls For Review Of Wolf Genetics

Jul 19, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that a proposed spending plan for the U.S. Interior Department calls for a study to determine whether Mexican gray wolves are a genetically distinct subspecies.

A report accompanying the legislation suggests federal wildlife officials would be required to determine the validity of the Mexican wolves' designation as a subspecies of the gray wolf. Red wolves also would be reviewed.

The federal agency would have a year to conduct its work and submit a report to Congress.

Silver City Clay Festival

Jul 19, 2017
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Since 2012, the Silver City CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future. Edmundo Resendez spoke with the director of the festival, Lee Gruber about the event. Here is the full interview. 

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Frontier Airlines To Restore El Paso And Albuquerque Service

Jul 18, 2017

Frontier Airlines has announced it is resuming service in El Paso and Albuquerque; both cities will get direct flights to Denver.  Albuquerque flights begin October 24; El Paso flights begin by next spring.

Here is Frontier's announcement:

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