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8:04 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Oil And Gas Sale Brings $2.1 Million For New Mexico

  

April's oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $2.1 million for state trust land beneficiaries.

The New Mexico Land Office says a dozen tracts totaling more than 3,500 acres were leased.

The highest sealed bid of $480,160 for 160 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Eddy County came from Chase Oil Corp. of Artesia.

The highest oral bid of $840,000 was submitted by Yates Petroleum for 320 acres in Lea County.

The revenue raised by the monthly sales benefit public schools, universities and hospitals.

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6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

New Mexico State Police Investigating Las Cruces Recall Misrepresentation Allegations

During the recent recall petition process of Las Cruces City Councilors Gil Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza, Many Las Cruces residents alleged that petitioners were using misleading information to get them to sign the petitions. Samantha Sonner has more on what is being done to address the allegations.

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4:55 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Gila Cliff Dwellings Brings $1.7+ Million To Local Economy

  Silver City, New Mexico – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,136 visitors to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in 2014 spent $1,746,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 24 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1,753,000.

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4:53 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Tourism to White Sands National Monument Creates $29 Million In Economic Benefits

Credit White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 503,660 visitors to White Sands National Monument in 2014 spent $25,565,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 386 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $29,051,300. “White Sands National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Marie Frías Sauter. “We are delighted to share the story of White Sands and the experiences offered.

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4:50 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

New Mexico AG Convicts Human Trafficker

  A jury in Bernalillo County Thursday returned verdicts of guilty for crimes committed by Wallace Carson. Carson was convicted of first degree Kidnapping and Human Trafficking of a seventeen year old girl from Albuquerque, who he kidnapped from the Greyhound bus station in downtown Albuquerque in February of 2013, and two counts of Human Trafficking of a twenty-one year old girl he trafficked from San Antonio, Texas into Albuquerque.

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4:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Abbott Doesn't Talk Border Issues With Honduran President

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has met with the Honduran president but didn't discuss Texas border security efforts aimed at stopping the flow of immigrants.

The meeting Thursday with Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez was the first time Abbott has hosted a Central America leader since taking office. Abbott said in a statement that the two focused their discussion on economic relations.

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11:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

USDA Dedicates New Office In Las Cruces

  Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new Rural Development office at the USDA service center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The office is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Service Center at 760 Stern Drive Suite #139 on the south side of Las Cruces. The facility houses staff which provide financial service for housing, business and infrastructure throughout the southern and southwest part of the state.

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11:24 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Martinez Announces State Funding For 200 New Call Center Jobs In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Convergys, Inc. will expand in Las Cruces, creating 200 new jobs. The Governor's office says Convergys will receive $181,250 in Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds to hire and train these new employees.

"JTIP is a critical resource to creating jobs for our families and communities," Governor Martinez said. "I'm proud that it continues to show results like these, which will help us continue our momentum in diversifying our economy."

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9:33 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Child Injured In Boat Crash With US Border Patrol Agents

The Mexican Consulate says a Mexican child suffered "grave injuries" in a collision in the Rio Grande between a private boat the child was in and one with U.S. Border Patrol agents.

U.S. Border Patrol has said there were four people aboard the private boat involved in the Sunday collision. The Mexican Consulate in McAllen said Wednesday that two of those passengers were children.

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9:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Sunland Park Residents Petition For Redistricting

Sunland Park could be looking at a special election after residents submitted a petition calling for redistricting.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that just 12 hours after a motion to discuss redistricting died in the City Council a resident submitted a petition with 163 signatures calling for redistricting. If at least 76 if those signatures are of registered voters in Sunland Park, the organizers will then submit a resolution calling for a special election asking voters for redistricting.

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9:27 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Calls Mount For Special Session Of NM Legislature

A growing number of cities are urging Gov. Susana Martinez to overcome an impasse and call a special session to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects around the state.

The capital outlay bill stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March.

Martinez initially resisted the call for a special session saying she wanted to make sure the outcome would be different. Her office says it has been working with leaders from both parties to find a solution.

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9:21 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Building Project Report: State Has Excess Office Space

While two state government building projects in Santa Fe are stalled, a report by the Legislative Finance Committee shows there is more than enough state-owned space.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the study shows the total amount of leased and state-owned office space has remained unchanged since 2012, while the number of state employees has dropped 12 percent since 2008.

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9:11 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Research On Cattle May Offer Hope For Ranchers Facing Drought

With ongoing drought in the West, research is being done to find sustainable options for ranching in the future. To make that possible, some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find answers.

On a windy weekday afternoon Alfredo Gonzalez navigates a narrow dirt road out into the Jornada Experimental Range located near Las Cruces. Gonzalez, an animal scientist at the range, is traveling to meet a herd of criollo cattle that he says are surviving on their own in the arid environment here.

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8:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Regulators Inch Closer To Final Decision On Coal Power Plant

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New Mexico regulators are moving closer to a final decision on a plan by the state's largest electric provider to replace part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

The Public Regulation Commission was briefed Wednesday by hearing examiner Ashley Schannauer. He's recommending that commissioners not approve the plan unless changes are made.

Schannauer reiterated uncertainties surrounding the ownership makeup of the San Juan Generating Station and the lack of a coal-supply contract beyond 2017.

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5:26 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Rio Grande Restoration

  Q. So the goal of this project is to plant native vegetation along the banks of the Rio Grande. Why is that necessary? 

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5:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

"Mutt Show" To Be Held Saturday At NMSU Las Cruces

The Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley will host its Mutt Show at New Mexico State University from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 25, across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street. (Courtesy photo)

  Mutts and their people are welcomed to the New Mexico State University campus for the annual Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley Mutt Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

, Saturday, April 25. It will be held across from NMSU’s Barnes & Noble located at the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street at the grassy area in front of Rhodes Garrett Hamiel dorms. Visitors with leashed and well-behaved canines are welcome to this free event.

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5:01 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Golf Course Ranked Among Best In The Nation

The NMSU Golf Course was recently named among the 50 best college golf courses in the nation by Sports Management Programs. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico State University Golf Course has been named one of Sports Management Program’s 50 best college golf courses.

The article and list, published last week, highlights golf courses that feature “spectacular design and play.” NMSU ranked 18th in the country for those reasons, and because of its professionally accredited Golf Management program, which is administered by NMSU’s College of Business and is officially sponsored by the Professional Golfers Association.

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4:55 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Las Cruces Police Plan Youth Leadership Camp

  The Las Cruces Police Department will hold a Youth Leadership Summer Camp June 1-12 for students who will be entering the 7th grade during the next academy year.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp is a collaborative effort with the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the 1990 mass-shooting that claimed four lives and left three others critically injured.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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4:52 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day Celebrated With Dedication Of New Water Systems

  USDA-Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in southern New Mexico today to celebrate Earth Day by dedicating two new water treatment systems in La Union and Mesquite, New Mexico.

The two Earth Day celebrations coincided with hundreds of similar events across the nation to encourage people to be more responsible trustees of the Earth.  Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to bring awareness and celebrate gains that have made to protect the environment by cleaning up contaminated areas.

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4:50 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Sheriff "Outraged" Over Proposed Budget Changes

   Preliminary discussions over public safety budgeting has Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil concerned that his office will not receive necessary funding as originally intended when the Board of County Commissioners approved a one-eighth of one percent hold-harmless gross receipts tax in March.

The vote meant a total revenue stream of approximately $12.3 million, of which $4.1 million was to fund pay increases and much-needed equipment for the sheriff’s department.

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9:37 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Disease Forces Removal Of Trout From New Mexico Hatchery

State wildlife officials say they've found kidney disease in some rainbow trout being raised at a hatchery in northern New Mexico.

The discovery has prompted the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to remove more than 160,000 small trout from raceways at Lisboa Springs Hatchery near Pecos.

Regular testing in February turned up the bacterial disease. All of the trout are being destroyed to ensure full decontamination.

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9:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

New Mexico Regulators Expected To Rule On Lyft, Uber

New Mexico regulators could halt ride-booking services Lyft and Uber as officials remain unsure what to do with the companies amid outdated state rules.

The Public Regulation Commission is scheduled Wednesday to decide whether to order the ride-booking services to stop operating in New Mexico after complaints from traditional taxi companies.

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9:34 am
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Participates In Obesity Project Along Border

Teams from three states are participated in a federally funded project to combat childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border.

New Mexico State University announced Tuesday that its involvement in the project will be funded by $1.5 million of a five-year $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other participants in the project include Texas A&M University, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Arizona.

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9:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Authorities Seize Wrong Mexican Girl For Forced Return To U.S.

A 14-year-old Mexican girl seized by federal police and sent to a woman in Houston is being returned home after DNA tests showed she is not the woman's daughter.

Last week's removal of a screaming Alondra Luna from her middle school last week provoked an outcry from her family, who said authorities ignored proof of her identity. Federal police said they were acting on a judge's orders to send the girl to Dorotea Garcia, who says the girl had been illegally taken to Mexico by her father years ago.

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9:25 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Expert Says More Than Just Computers And Internet Access Needed To Take On Digital Divide

According to a US Census Bureau 2013 report, nearly 22 percent of New Mexican households do not have a computer in the home.

Having a computer and an Internet connection are important components to bridging the digital divide that separates those who have access to the Internet along with digital resources. However, one expert on the digital divide says that more is needed beyond just hardware to reduce the divide.

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6:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

NMSU Dean's Health Symposium Tackles End Of Life Decisions

  

  Registration is open for New Mexico State University’s Dean’s Health Symposium in Las Cruces.  And experts say this year’s event covers a discussion every family should have.

The free one-day seminar, “A Beautiful Death: What will you choose?” is slated for May 1 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

The event has two options available…consumers and family caregivers, or clinicians. Workshop topics scheduled include legal issues, communicating effectively with health professionals, advanced care planning and more.

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6:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

USDA Celebrates Water Treatment System On Earth Day

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner will join the citizens living in the Colonias of La Union and Mesquite, New Mexico south of Las Cruces to celebrate Earth Day.  The celebration in both communities will be highlighted with the dedication of the upgraded water systems in both communities. All together both projects received over $6-million to complete.

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8:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Tribal Businessman Upsets Former Navajo President In Race

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye led Joe Shirley Jr. by about 10,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

Begaye's victory came nearly five months after the original election was scuttled amid court battles sparked by a candidate's ability to speak fluent Navajo.

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8:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mexico Has 31st Straight Month Of Over-Year Job Gains

Officials say New Mexico has notched its 31st consecutive month of over-the-year employment growth in March.

The Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday that New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month. That's down from 6.8 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

Between March 2014 and March 2015, education and health services added 4,400 jobs, or 3.5 percent. This is up slightly from last month's gain and accounted for just over 30 percent of total over-the-year gross job gains.

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