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"Aircraft Carrier" Film Coming To Alamogordo

Jun 28, 2017

The New Horizons Dome Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History premiers the new giant screen film Aircraft Carrier beginning Saturday July 1. The giant screen film features stunning and extensive computer generated visualizations of the technology that makes a carrier the preeminent maritime vessel – the apex warship – in naval history.

DACC Las Cruces Instructor Receives "Teacher Of The Year" Honor

Jun 28, 2017

Las Cruces – DACC instructor Edward Lopez is the New Mexico Post-secondary Teacher of the Year, as named by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE®).

NMSU students use social media to stir immigration discussion

Jun 28, 2017

We’ve all seen those Facebook posts from a friend or family member that make you feel uncomfortable because they seem so extreme. What do you do? Post an angry reply? Block their posts? 

One group of New Mexico State University students is trying to counter extremism and violent language surrounding the topic of immigration with a communication campaign on social media.

Elephant Butte, NM – New Mexico State Parks has issued a notice for the presence of Blue-Green Algae at Three Sisters Cove, a small area within Elephant Butte Lake State Park. State Parks is advising visitors who recreate at Three Sisters Cove of possible health risks associated with exposure to blue-green algae – a naturally occurring organism in lakes that can produce toxins but is short lived. As a precaution, State Parks is posting notices at Elephant Butte Lake State Park and distributing flyers to visitors.

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary:  The Grant County Democratic Party’s entry in the Silver City Fourth of July parade will generate extra excitement this year -- United States Senator Martin Heinrich will be leading the way.  State Senator Howie Morales, Representative Rudy Martinez, and other distinguished Democrats will also accompany the GCDP’s float. 

Udall, Heinrich Blast Education Secretary DeVos Over Civil Rights Enforcement For Students

Jun 28, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos citing major concerns with steps the U.S. Department of Education has taken under her leadership to diminish civil rights enforcement for students across the country. The Senators highlight a number of alarming steps Secretary DeVos has taken, including proposing to slash the budget of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), hosting events with anti-LGBTQ groups, and scaling back OCR’s civil rights enforcements, among others.   

Water Quality Meeting Planned For El Paso

Jun 28, 2017
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  The Rio Grande Citizens Forum (RGCF) of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) will discuss Rio Grande water quality at an upcoming public meeting.  The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the USIBWC Headquarters, 4171 N. Mesa Street, The Commons, Building C, El Paso, Texas 79902.  The Rio Grande Citizens Forum was established to facilitate the exchange of information with the public about Commission activities and related matters.

  Commentary: New Mexico - Today the Center for American Progress released an analysis of the Senate Republican healthcare repeal.

New Mexico Counties To Get $38.5 Million In Federal Payments

Jun 28, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico counties will be sharing $38.5 million in payments from the federal government for the non-taxable lands within their borders.

The U.S. Interior Department announced the payments this week. In all, nearly $465 million will be distributed to 1,900 local governments for 2017. The agency says that marks the largest amount allocated in the program's 40-year history.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's office says New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of the payments.

New Mexico Collects $65 Million In Monthly Lease Sales In FY17

Jun 28, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office has collected more than $654,000 from its most recent monthly oil and gas lease sale, bringing the total for the fiscal year to more than $65 million.

Agency officials say that is almost double last year's total of $36 million.

This month, 20 tracts covering almost 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) were initially offered but most ended up being withdrawn.

Roswell-based Manzano LLC and Artesia-based Abo Empire LLC were the winning bidders of the two remaining tracts in Lea County.

New Mexico Statehouse Districts Avoid Overall Partisan Bias

Jun 28, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The once-a-decade process of redrawing New Mexico's state legislative districts has provided a relatively unbiased playing field for both major parties.

A statistical analysis by The Associated Press found Republican-skewed districts are far more common than Democratic ones in U.S. House and statehouse districts nationwide, though not in New Mexico.

New Mexico's districts were drawn in 2012 by a specially appointed district court judge after the Democratic-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reached a stalemate.

Attorneys Seek Grand Jury In New Mexico Shooting Spree

Jun 28, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A preliminary evidentiary hearing has been canceled in the prosecution of Damian Herrera in connection with a June 15 shooting spree across northern New Mexico that claimed five lives.

The hearing was canceled Tuesday as prosecutors prepare to present evidence to a grand jury against Herrera.

The 21-year-old from Ojo Caliente is accused by police and prosecutors of fatally shooting his mother, stepfather and brother at the family's home in La Madera last week.

Las Cruces-Area County Commission Votes To Support National Monument

Jun 27, 2017

Supporters of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument came out in force Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Commission meeting.  Some 300 people attended the five-hour meeting.  Most expressed support for the monument, which is under review by the Interior Department, along with 26 other areas.  

Rudy's BBQ Opens Thursday In Las Cruces

Jun 27, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, NM– Rudy’s “Country Store and Bar-­‐B-­‐Q opens their Las Cruces location on Thursday, June 29nd at 7 AM at 1020 N Telshor Blvd. Rudy’s will give the first 100 guests a $20 gift card. This is the third location opened in New Mexico.

Alamogordo NOW

Jun 27, 2017

On Alamogordo Now this week, Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News discusses a recent sentence in a drug case. 

VIDEO: Haboob Sweeps Through Las Cruces

Jun 26, 2017
Haboob over Las Cruces - June 24, 2017 / Photo courtesy: Robert Paquette

This video, posted to YouTube by Robert Paquette, shows quite a sight over Las Cruces on June 24.  It's a haboob, an intense dust storm associated with the arrival of a weather front.  In this case, it was a cold front moving into the area that dramatically reduced temperatures.

Gov. Martinez Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Fallen Firefighter

Jun 26, 2017
Office of the Governor

 

NARA VISTA, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a volunteer firefighter who died from injuries suffered while battling a brush fire in eastern New Mexico.

The executive order issued Monday said the community of Nara Vista could have been put in jeopardy had John Cammack and his fellow firefighters not stopped the blaze late last week.

The 74-year-old Cammack was a career veterinarian and served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 30 years.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee said Monday it is investigating complaints against two veteran Democratic lawmakers and the top aide to a third Democrat.

Reps. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and John Conyers of Michigan, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, are under investigation, the ethics panel said.

The panel also is investigating Michael Collins, chief of staff to Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Arguments In Gold King Mine Spill

Jun 26, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear arguments on a New Mexico lawsuit against Colorado over a 2015 mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and Utah.

The nation's high court made the announcement Monday. But the justices did say New Mexico could pursue its claims in a lower court.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman praised the decision and said New Mexico should not have sued Colorado because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency caused the disaster.

Las Cruces Area Woman Allegedly Assaulted Following Yard Sale

Jun 26, 2017

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a yard sale at her home over the weekend.

   The victim, 46, told detectives she had hosted a yard sale outside her home Saturday morning in the 5000 block of Doña Ana Road. She recalled seeing two men, accompanied by two adult females and a child, who were browsing through household items inside the residence for approximately 20 minutes.

Two More Plague Cases Reported In Santa Fe County

Jun 26, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague.

The recent cases involve a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman. The first case this year was reported in early June in a 63-year-old man.

All three patients, who live in Santa Fe County, were hospitalized but there have been no deaths.

Authorities Recover Body Of Drowning Victim In Pecos River

Jun 26, 2017

FT. SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — State police say the body of a New Mexico teenager has been recovered from the Pecos River.

Authorities say 19-year-old Colton Alexander Sawyer of Tularosa and two friends were jumping into the river near a dam west of Ft. Sumner on Friday evening, but Sawyer never resurfaced.

The New Mexico State Police Search and Recovery Dive Team along with local search and rescue personnel conducted searches along the river south of the dam. Volunteers from the community helped and the state police helicopter was dispatched.

State Police Kill Man Who Fired At Them On I-25

Jun 26, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an officer fatally shot a 36-year-old man early on Monday morning after a long standoff.

Police say they were called to a small market in Pecos, New Mexico, around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday after a man showed up armed and "was homicidal."

Officers didn't find the man but later heard shots being fired nearby. They found the suspect's car and tried to pull him over, but he fled. Police later found his car on Interstate 25.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 26, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a new indoor training golf range, local summer activities for the kids, and the best steakhouse in the state is in Mesilla.  

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Unanswered questions loom about New Mexico ethics commission

Jun 25, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico legislature approved the creation of an independent ethics commission during this year's legislative session, but there are many unanswered questions about how it will work.

Lawmakers approved the framework for an ethics commission during the 60-day session that ended in March, with the assumption that its powers and procedures would defined later.

Las Cruces-Area Recycling Recognized With Statewide Award

Jun 25, 2017

“The Diversion Program of the Year Award goes to the South Central Solid Waste Authority,” announced Sarah Pierpont, Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) during the June 7th Recycling Awards presentation in Albuquerque.

With the award, the NMRC awards committee recognized that since 2009 the SCSWA has accomplished excellence in diversion by implementing new recycling programs, adding services, educating residents, focusing on schools and being willing to serve as a leader and role-model for the state of New Mexico.

Moving Toward Zero Waste In Las Cruces

Jun 25, 2017

Is it possible? More and more people and companies are taking strides toward Zero Waste and being praised for their efforts through nationwide reports. Subaru, Nestle USA, SunPower, Unilever North America, and many others are announcing their “Zero Waste to Landfill” programs at some or all of their plants.

How? What used to be manufacturing waste is being reused, recycled, composted or transformed into power through waste-to-energy programs.

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Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Community groups and residents of the South Valley appealed a decision from the Bernalillo County Planning Commission in the Santolina mega-development case. The Planning Commission recommends stripping key provisions that require the Santolina developers to prove that its project has water. The appeal was filed with the Bernalillo County Commission (BCC), which is tentatively slated to take up the issue in August.

Las Cruces Water Technology Lab Slated To Re-open

Jun 25, 2017

Las Cruces -- Thanks to the passage of a countywide 2015 general obligation bond and a state bond in 2014, Alex Sanchez Hall is seeing renovations that make the building more functional, more efficient and better suited to educate students.

Most of the renovation of the hall is completed, with only the commons area and some hallway areas pending final completion. The total cost for the project which included extensive remodeling, building stabilization, roof work as well as a new fire alarm system totaled $4.95 million.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jun 25, 2017

Mesa @ I-10

Daytime

Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·     The right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) – in the direction headed toward Doniphan Drive – will close underneath the I-10 Overpass between North Desert and South Desert boulevards.

Crews will conduct underground sewer line work. [Map 1]

Three Days and Nights

Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28 

Closing at 9 a.m. on Monday, re-opening at 6 a.m. on Wednesday

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