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Public Input Sought To Rename Scenic Route

Jan 19, 2017

Following two community meetings at which a variety of topics was discussed, District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner John L. Vasquez is teaming up with some of Doña Ana County’s legislative delegation to ask Doña Ana County residents to assist with an initiative to rename the roadway connecting Garfield to the City of Sunland Park.

   The series of roads in question includes N.M. 187 between Garfield and Hatch, as well as N.M. 185 between Hatch and Las Cruces, and then N.M. 28 between Las Cruces/Mesilla and the City of Sunland Park.

New Mexico State University’s Media Productions is part of a prestigious integrated USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture project to explore the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops. 

Carlsbad, NM – Scheduled elevator safety maintenance at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will require the secondary elevator system be taken out of service to replace steel hoist cables. For 10 days, there will be no elevator service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. While elevator service is temporarily suspended, visitors may still access the Cavern by hiking in and out of the Natural Entrance on a self-guided tour. Due to the steep grade, the Natural Entrance is not accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Las Cruces "Unified Community Action" On Saturday

Jan 19, 2017

  Las Cruces is among the cities across the nation and the world featuring events in solidarity with a Saturday march in Washington D.C.

Here is a tentative agenda from the Las Cruces organizers: 

9:00a Official start time. 
Cassie Calway MC Welcome and house keeping 5-7 min
Musician Mark Courtney 15 min
Poet Chrasinka from Cloudcroft 3 min
Speaker from Islamic Center 5 min

10:00a Melanie Goodman for Tom Udall 3 min
Speaker Jan Thompson Reproductive Rights 5-10 min
Speaker Liz Rodriguez the Democratic Party 5-10 min
 

Steve Garvey to Headline Chihuahuas Championship Dinner

Jan 19, 2017
epchihuahuas.com

The Chihuahuas Foundation is excited to announce the Chihuahuas Championship Dinner, their annual pre-season event, presented by KVIA and Townsquare Media. The festivities will take place on Wednesday, April 5th at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center with special guest Steve Garvey, former Major League Baseball All-star for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

State Senator Bill Soules

  (Santa Fe, NM) – Members of New Mexico’s Senate yesterday selected new Chairs to lead two key legislative standing committees during the 60-day 2017 Legislative Session, the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Conservation Committee.  Senator Joseph Cervantes (D – 31 – Doña Ana) will take over from the Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter Wirth (D – 25 – Santa Fe) to head the Senate Conservation Committee.

New Mexico Business Subsidies For Job Training Top $5.5 Million In 4th Quarter, 2016

Jan 19, 2017

SANTA FE, NM - Today, the New Mexico Economic Development Department announced that the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) board approved $5,508,733.05 to help 36 New Mexico companies expand their workforce, adding 698 jobs across the state, as well as upskills training for 3 existing employees through the Step-Up incumbent worker training program, and 3 internships.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jan 19, 2017

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Corpus Christi Mayor Resigns After 37 Days...And Does It On Facebook

Jan 18, 2017

Dan McQueen's tenure as mayor of Corpus Christi has ended after just 37 days.

McQueen tendered his resignation in an email to the city secretary after announcing his plans to quit Wednesday in a Facebook posting.

McQueen's tenure has been turbulent, as well as brief. He has taken to his Facebook account to criticize city staff, the news media and City Council members.

In Wednesday's posting, McQueen heaped scorn on the council, which he said "is comprised of only High School graduates." Actually, the council is a mix of university and high school graduates.

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 Monday-Thursday, January 23-26 from 10am-2pm at the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, 926 S. San Pedro, Las Cruces, NM 88001. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

New Mexico Senate Passes FY17 Solvency Package

Jan 18, 2017
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, on the second day of the New Mexico Legislative Session, the New Mexico State Senate passed a package of four bipartisan solvency measures that put forth responsible solutions to balancing our state’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The measures which would provide a combined 262-million-dollar savings to the current year’s budget passed nearly unanimously.

Help Protect Babies From Whooping Cough

Jan 18, 2017

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports a rise in the number of infants in our state being diagnosed with whooping cough.

Just last month alone, four infants under six-months-old from four New Mexico counties tested positive, and that’s a big concern. Whooping cough, which is also called pertussis, is very contagious and it’s most serious for babies. They have the greatest risk for severe complications, hospitalization and even death. About half of babies younger than one-year of age who get the disease are hospitalized.

New Mexico Considers Automated Voter Registration

Jan 18, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a change to the state constitution that would automatically provide voter registration through driver's license records unless individuals chose not to participate.

Several Democratic lawmakers and the state's top elections regulator announced the proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday at the state Capitol.

New Mexico currently provides voter registration services at Motor Vehicle Division offices, placing the onus on individuals to fill out an additional form.

Slain Girl's Father Sues Navajos Over Lack Of Alert System

Jan 18, 2017

The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was abducted and left to die on the Navajo Nation is suing the tribe for failing to have an emergency notification system that he claims would have saved his daughter's life.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that Ashlynne Mike's father, Gary Mike, has filed a civil complaint against the tribe. He's demanding a jury trial.

Ashlynne was found dead May 3, the day after she was abducted near her school bus stop. An Amber Alert wasn't issued until around 2 a.m. the morning after her disappearance.

Lawsuit: New Mexico Not Investigating 'Wage Theft' Claims

Jan 18, 2017
New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

A new lawsuit says the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions isn't investigating claims of "wage theft."

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Fe District Court on behalf of four workers and various advocacy groups says the agency is refusing to look into claims and doesn't hold employers liable for wage violations

In addition, court documents accuse the Department of Workforce Solutions of not investigating or taking any enforcement action on wage claims that go back more than one year.

NEA President To Attend Las Cruces Rally Thursday

Jan 18, 2017
Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

WHAT:  Student Rally and Ribbon Cutting; Community Schools Presentation and Discussion

 

WHO:  800 Lynn Middle School Students

Special Guests include National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García; LCPS Board President Maria Flores, and LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing

 

 WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m.                                          

WHERE:  Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut St., Las Cruces, NM 88001

From NgageNM:

Bureau of Land Management

 

El Paso Electric Suffers Second Major Power Outage In Las Cruces

Jan 18, 2017

On Tuesday night, El Paso Electric suffered its second major power outage in a week.  Service was disrupted for about ten minutes just after 8:30 p.m. for customers throughout Las Cruces.  Some customers were without power until about 11 p.m., according to the El Paso Electric Facebook page.

About 14,000 customers lost power late Monday afternoon, an outage lasting for about an hour.  The EPE Facebook page says both outages are under investigation.

Silver City Report

Jan 18, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Christine Steele. This week, the district attorney’s office was raided last week, and a lawsuit was filed against the city, the county and the sheriff’s office.  

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Senator Joseph Cervantes - (D)

New Mexico Democrats say they will resist efforts by Gov. Susana Martinez to balance the state's budget by cutting teachers' compensation.

Sen. Joseph Cervantes said Tuesday the Republican governor's proposal to force teachers to pay more into the pension system was "against New Mexican" values and vowed Democrats would fight it.

AFT New Mexico Responds To Martinez "State Of The State"

Jan 17, 2017
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement in response to the State of the State address by Governor Susana Martinez:

Three wounded veterans got the chance of a lifetime after being awarded authorization to hunt oryx on White Sands Missile Range last year as part of a special drawing by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for injured military service members.

The effort, initially presented by Patrick Morrow to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Game Commission, took five years in the making.

WNMU Writers Recognized With Book Awards

Jan 17, 2017

 

Silver City, NM – The New Mexico Book Co-Op has recognized two Western New Mexico University professors whose writing work landed them in the organization’s annual book award listing.

The 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards list is comprised of published authors from the two neighboring states recognized in several categories ranging from Anthropology to Young Readers. JJ Amaworo Wilson was awarded in the fiction category for his title Damnificados by PM Press.

Ex-New Mexico Postal Workers Sentenced For Destroying Mail

Jan 17, 2017

Two former U.S. Postal Service employees in New Mexico have been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to destruction of mail.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Christopher Vigil, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine.

They say 33-year-old Alonzo Gallegos, of Pena Blanca, was sentenced to six months' probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine.

Navajo Leaders Meet With Feds Over Oil, Gas Lease Sale

Jan 17, 2017

The leaders of several Navajo communities are asking federal officials to cancel an upcoming oil and natural gas lease sale over concerns about the protection of cultural resources in northwestern New Mexico.

Nine Navajo chapter presidents met with the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe on Tuesday as dozens of supporters turned in petitions and letters in opposition to the Jan. 25 lease sale.

The four parcels up for bid include more than 842 acres that opponents say are part of the "greater Chaco area" that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Man Died After Crashing Stolen SUV Into Tree Near Las Cruces

Jan 17, 2017

Authorities are unable to identify a driver who died after crashing a stolen sports utility vehicle into a pecan tree outside of Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Police Department says the man in his late teens or early 20s died at a hospital from injuries suffered in Sunday's crash.

The SUV was stolen after its owner momentarily left it unattended while its engine was warming up.

The crash occurred when the driver was speeding, left the roadway and crashed into the tree.

The driver was the only person in the vehicle.

The Latest: New Mexico Gov Seeks End To Social Promotion

Jan 17, 2017
Office of the Governor

The Latest on Gov. Susana Martinez's State of the State address (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is seeing record improvements in its graduation rates but more needs to be done to ensure the state's students are better prepared at a younger age.

The Republican governor used her State of the State address on Tuesday to resume the push against so-called social promotion, when third-grade students are passed on to the next grade even though they can't read at grade level.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, All Children Matter.

Transcript: Martinez State Of The State Address

Jan 17, 2017
Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe, NM – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives onJanuary 17, 2017.

Governor Susana Martinez: 2017 State of the State Speech

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers Seeks Suspect in Redbox Auto Burglaries

Jan 17, 2017

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of burglarizing vehicles that are parked briefly near Redbox kiosks.

The suspect, driving what appears to be a tan Chevrolet Uplander, parks his vehicle near a Redbox and waits for a customer to park nearby and approach the kiosk. When the Redbox customer is distracted with a transaction, the suspect enters the customer’s unlocked vehicle and steals valuables that are within reach.

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