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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers Helps ID Fraud Suspect

Jan 20, 2016

  The man suspected of using a stolen bank card several times over a two-day period last September has been identified thanks, in part, to more than 90 tips from area residents who positively identified him via Crime Stoppers.

Matthew B. Guerra, 19, of the 5100 block of Sioux Trail in unincorporated Dona Ana County, is charged with one count each of fraudulently signing of a credit card or sales slip, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of a stolen credit card.

Martinez Calls For Some Government Reforms

Jan 20, 2016

 

   Just two days after former Secretary of State Dianna Duran was released from county jail, Gov. Susana Martinez used a small part of her fifth State of the State address to support government accountability efforts.

Las Cruces Cooking Class For Adults With Diabetes

Jan 20, 2016

  Adults in New Mexico who have been diagnosed with diabetes can learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals by participating in the Kitchen Creations cooking school, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

The next Kitchen Creations session will be offered in Las Cruces from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Mayfield High School. The cooking school is free thanks to funding from the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

Changes To Dog Chaining Law Take Effect

Jan 20, 2016

  Beginning Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, dogs throughout Doña Ana County will get some relief from chains and tethers as a portion of the county’s new animal-control ordinance takes full effect.

         Following a nationwide trend to abolish or severely limit the amount of time dogs can legally be chained – as well as the conditions under which limited chaining remains allowable – the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners has approved the following revisions, which Animal Control personnel in the field will be empowered to enforce.

UPDATE: Missouri Avenue Closure In Las Cruces

Jan 20, 2016

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction will have some road closures. In order to complete the bridge placement, there will be a full closure of Missouri Avenue between Don Roser Drive and Triviz Drive each night beginning Tuesday, January 19th to Thursday, January 21st starting at 6:00PM and reopening at 6:00AM.  

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says he won't be traveling to Ciudad Juarez next month to see Pope Francis.

Wester said Tuesday the travel hassles to get into the Mexican border city were too much and he will stay in Santa Fe during the pope's historic visit.

Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico's northern border across from El Paso, Texas, is the last stop in the pope's schedule 5-day visit to Mexico in February.

The pope is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip with an open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium.

Silver City Report

Jan 20, 2016

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and krwg.org, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic who discuss a recent school board meeting. 

Hector Balderas

 

Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe late Tuesday. He alleges Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and their U.S. subsidiaries violated state air quality regulations and engaged in deceptive trade practices.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice sued on behalf of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. That action alone could potentially expose VW to more than $20 billion in fines under the Clean Air Act.

Hundreds of private class-action lawsuits filed by VW owners in many states also are pending.

Start Young with Cancer Prevention

Jan 20, 2016

  Cancer is a disease that touches so many of our lives. The American Cancer Society estimates in 2014 alone there was an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the United States. It remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. 

One of the most preventable forms of cancer for women is being talked about this month by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH): cervical cancer.  In fact, January is known in health circles as National Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Simon Thompson

A recent study by the Urban Institute found cities reap significant economic benefits when eligible residents become naturalized US citizens.  But each year, only 10% of those eligible do so.

108 about to be US citizens from all over the world gathered at the Las Cruces convention center taking an oath of loyalty as part of a ceremony to become a US citizen.

Raksmey Chan came to the US from Cambodia 3 years ago to live with her husband and son in Artesia, New Mexico.

“It is great! I am happy to be one of the people, to be an American citizen.” Chan said. 

Las Cruces City Council approved the initial funding that will go toward a future soundstage in Las Cruces.

The City Council voted to accept a state legislative appropriation of $402,000 that will be put toward building a soundstage in Las Cruces. Irene Oliver-Lewis, Vice President of Film Las Cruces says it’s exciting to see the first of the funding.

Man Gets Long Prison Term For Drug Trafficking In New Mexico

Jan 19, 2016

A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for drug trafficking and firearm violations in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Marcos Anthony Correa of San Bernardino also was sentenced Tuesday to five years of supervised release after his prison term.

Correa was indicted in the case in August 2014. He pleaded guilty in June 2015 to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and using a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

The Latest: House GOP Leader Says REAL ID Reform Top On List

Jan 19, 2016

New Mexico House Majority Leader Nate Gentry says Republicans will strongly push for a revision to the state's immigrant driver's license law.

Gentry said Tuesday that House Republicans hope to come to an agreement with the Democratic-controlled Senate to make New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

Around 20 New Mexico Democrats wore "pizza" socks at the start of the New Mexico Legislature in an apparent mocking of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, sported the blue and yellow socks during the governor's State of the State speech and showed them off to supporters.

The socks were in reaction to a holiday hotel party thrown by the governor that drew scrutiny after police were called to investigate a noise complaint.

Heinrich Announces His Nominees To The United States Service Academies

Jan 19, 2016
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced his nominees to the United States Service Academies. A nomination is required to attend the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy–the Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor. The application process is rigorous, and only the most qualified and meritorious candidates receive a nomination.

2 Indicted By Bernalillo County Grand Jury In Fatal Shooting

Jan 19, 2016

Two men have been indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury in connection with a fatal shooting last year.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Jack Daniel Trujillo and 18-year-old Esias Madrid both are accused of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other charges.

Albuquerque police say a group of teenagers and young adults were playing a drinking game at a December party at a mobile-home park.

They say a fight erupted that spilled onto the street and ended in gunfire.

Gov. Martinez Wants Driver's Licenses Fixed

Jan 19, 2016
Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez is taking aim again at New Mexico's practice of issuing driver's licenses to people suspected of being in the country illegally.

She used her State of the State address on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to resolve the long-standing stalemate over the policy and establish a path forward so New Mexico driver's licenses will be acceptable under the federal government's tougher Real ID requirements.

Martinez says immigrants who are in the country illegally should not have preferential treatment at the expense of U.S. citizens.

Downtown Events Set For Las Cruces

Jan 19, 2016

 

  Downtown Events January 18-24, 2016

  • Main St:
  • Farmers and Crafts Market:

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

  • Museums and Cultural Center:

o   Branigan Cultural Center –The Beggars of Venice, by Ed Smith. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

o   Branigan Cultural Center –Remembering the Mays, an exhibit celebrating our local history and one of Las Cruces’ pioneering families. The exhibit will run thru Jan. 23, 2016.

  After growing a 14-pound head of cabbage last season, one elementary school student in Carlsbad has added $1,000 to the account for his future college expenses.

In Depth: New Mexico Lobbyists Spend Over $800,000 In 2015 Alone

Jan 19, 2016

  Lobbyists and their employers spent some $818,000 on meals, receptions and gifts for lawmakers and other New Mexico officials in 2015.

Individual lobbyists – 148 of them – spent more $474,000, while 23 businesses spent more than $344,000, reports show.

  The overall total includes a rarity in New Mexico campaign finance reporting -- the money a big New Mexico corporation spent on lobbying services last year.

Garrett Comments On Vado Roads Meeting

Jan 19, 2016
Commissioner Billy Garrett

  On Thursday, Jan. 14, District 1 Commissioner Billy Garrett and Commission Chair Wayne Hancock met with approximately 140 residents from the communities of Vado, Mequite and Berino.

Scheduling conflicts and the time needed to prepare responses to questions raised by community organizers required that the meeting date be postponed several times.

Maintenance of private roads was the primary topic of the meeting.

  University of New Mexico researchers recently completed installation of the nation’s first hospital room equipped with “smart lights” capable of mimicking light from different times of the day.

The room at UNM Hospital can provide sleep medicine reserachers constant feedback on variables ranging from spectral content and intensity to body temperature and positions. Early studies using the new lab may determine whether “night owls” with delayed sleep-wake syndrome can be treated by varying the spectrum of light they are exposed to throughout the day.

“Artists in Residence Program” for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Jan 19, 2016

  Las Cruces, New Mexico - The Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management announce a call to artists to apply for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence Program to take place May 1st-31st, 2016.

A New Mexico State University professor is collaborating with a New Mexico company and Arrowhead Center through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program to test the efficacy of a mosquito repellent wristband that promises to be more effective than other commercially available repellents. The BugBling™ band has different active ingredients compared to other mosquito repellent bands on the market.

Transcript: New Mexico State Of The State Address

Jan 19, 2016
Office of the Governor

 

  Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; Mr. Speaker; Democrat and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham; Congressman Steve Pearce; honorable members of the judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; Archbishop John Wester; distinguished guests; the State’s first gentleman, my husband, Chuck Franco; the State’s first newlyweds – Carlo and Tara; my sister, Lettie; and, my fellow New Mexicans.

Results of a statewide poll about proposed campaign finance and ethics reforms in New Mexico show broad support among registered voters for more public disclosure of political funding sources.

Common Cause New Mexico commissioned the survey and published results Tuesday as the Legislature convened for a 30-day session that may include campaign finance and ethics initiatives.

KIDS COUNT Report: New Mexico Has Highest Rate of Child Poverty

Jan 19, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico has seen some improvement in child well-being—particularly in teen birth rates and on-time high school graduation rates—but not everything is looking up. The state now has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, according to the 2015 New Mexico KIDS COUNT report. While child poverty is down slightly—from 31 percent in 2013 to 30 percent in 2014—other states have seen bigger improvements in child poverty, leaving New Mexico dead last in this indicator.

Public Domain Photo (U.S. Government)

  In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Dona Ana County Branch of the NAACP held a breakfast to remember the struggles of the past and honor the leaders of tomorrow.

Politicians, local leaders, and community members gathered at Hotel Encanto for the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast. President of the NAACP’s Dona Ana County Branch Curtis Rosemond says he hopes the breakfast will continue to grow in the future.

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho

A New Mexico alcohol tax that has helped fund college scholarships is set to expire at the end of next year and lawmakers are looking to move that money elsewhere.

In 2014, legislators voted to add $19 million from the alcohol excise tax to the lottery scholarship fund through mid-2018.

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, says that money should go to drunken driving prevention instead of tuition.

Lawmakers Consider Lower Tuition For Some Students From Mexico

Jan 18, 2016
Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

New Mexico lawmakers are weighing whether to offer lower tuition at state colleges to some international students from Mexico.

The Legislative Finance Committee discusses on Monday the proposal to allow reduced tuition rates to students from the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora who attend New Mexico state colleges.

If endorsed by the committee, the bill would be introduced at a 30-day legislative session that starts on Tuesday.

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