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I-10 Closure Update

Mar 31, 2018

  Sunland Park flyover ramp remains closed until April 30.

Following the flyover’s opening, crews will alter the Sunland Park interchange again.

Plus, drivers on North Mesa Street will soon experience increased traffic disruption.

 

SUNLAND PARK

Continuous

March 19 through April 30

Events On Tap In Downtown Las Cruces

Mar 31, 2018

Main Street Downtown:

  • April14: Las Cruces Space Festival.
    • 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Virgin Galactic SpaceShip II replica, at City Hall.

o   3 p.m. registration, 3:30 p.m. walk starts: Space Walk on Main Street. Come dressed as your favorite space character, real or fictional, or alien. Registration will be at City Hall, organized by the Downtown Partnership. Free to participate, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Police arrested a man suspected of stealing they keys to a Chevy pickup from a patron at a south Valley Drive gas station on Thursday.

James B. Wright, 51, of the 2500 block of El Camino Real, is charged with a third-degree felony count of robbery.

Investigators learned that the 41-year-old owner of a Chevrolet pickup was at the Chevron gas station, at 2645 S. Valley Dr., on Thursday when Wright pulled in and parked next to him. Witnesses told detectives that Wright began yelling at the 41-year-old man, repeatedly demanding that he give him keys to the Chevy pickup.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Grant County in New Mexico as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Catron, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

New Undersheriff Named

Mar 31, 2018

Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil has appointed Liliana McDowell-Schnell as the new undersheriff for the department. McDowell-Schnell will assume her duties effective Monday, April 30.

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Mar 30, 2018


Ozzy Osbourne Joins Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce

Mar 30, 2018

 

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Prince of Darkness is joining the Chamber of Commerce of a southern New Mexico city.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports heavy metal rock icon Ozzy Osbourne recently signed up for the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce while visiting the White Sands National Monument.

Many Plan Pilgrimage To Adobe Church In Chimayo

Mar 30, 2018

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — An annual pilgrimage is underway that attracts thousands of Catholics to an adobe church in the hills of northern New Mexico.

Throngs of participants set out Friday for El Santuario de Chimayo in an annual act of prayer, reflection and sacrifice.

The Easter-week tradition dates back more than two centuries. Many participants walk more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) along highways from Santa Fe or as far as Albuquerque.

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Mar 30, 2018


Your Weekend Pulse

Mar 30, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, it’s Easter weekend and there’s lots to do, Easter at the Farmers Market of Las Cruces, the Co Op Kids Egg-stravaganza at Mountain View Market Co Op, Springfest 2018 at Young Park, and Enchanted Landscapes at the Cultural Center in Mesilla.  

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the young man and woman suspected of fraudulently using a stolen credit card at a Walmart store.

Las Cruces police learned that two people – a young man and woman – used a stolen credit card Feb. 26 at the Walmart store on Walton Boulevard. The couple was captured on surveillance cameras at the checkout and while leaving the store.

Video of the couple leaving the store can be seen on the Las Cruces Police Department’s Facebook page.

Tribe Sues Over Death Of Navajo Woman Shot By Police Officer

Mar 29, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government and Winslow over the death of a tribal member who was holding a pair of medical scissors when she was shot by a police officer for the northern Arizona city.

The tribe filed its lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Arizona on behalf of Loreal Tsingine's daughter, alleging violations of Tsingine's civil and constitutional rights.

Tribes Get Funding Boost For Crime Victims

Mar 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Roughly $133 million is expected to be made available to tribes to help Native American and Alaska Native crime victims who advocates say had been largely left out of a federal funding program for decades.

The appropriation for tribes is tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending measure that Congress passed last week. The omnibus bill overall has brought increases in funding for federal Native American programs and services this year, including many that not long ago faced the prospect of drastic funding cutbacks.

Drought Expands Across Southwestern US

Mar 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought is tightening its grip across a wide swath of the American Southwest as farmers, ranchers and water managers throughout the region brace for what's expected to be more warm and dry weather through the spring.

The federal drought map released Thursday shows dry conditions intensifying across northern New Mexico and into southwestern Arizona. Every square mile of Nevada and Utah also are affected by at least some level of dryness.

Voice Of The Public: KRWG's Gardening Confidential

Mar 29, 2018
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KRWG's Gardening Confidential is on the air! Listen to the show here to hear how to garden in the desert. Listen as host Edmundo Resendez and Jeff Anderson with the Cooperative Extension Office at New Mexico State University answer your gardening questions.  

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© Joseph Daley. All Rights Reserved.

Join Trevor Hodgkins and Derrick Lee in conversation with the incredible composer, low brass performer, and educator Joseph Daley. The wide range of topics include living tributes, the conversational aspects of performance, and even a few sins. Through it all, the only thing more impressive than Mr. Daley's rich and varied catalog is the passion that brings it all forth.

Featuring music from the Joseph Daley albums The Seven Deadly Sins, The Tuba Trio Chronicles, and Portraits: Wind, Love, Thunder.

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Mar 29, 2018


 

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) — A small, New Mexico railroad town that received a large part of the residue from the world's first atomic test wants to share its story.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports advocates seeking recognition for the harms caused by the 1945 Trinity Test are trying to gather stories from residents of Carrizozo, New Mexico.

Energy Department: WIPP Facility Logs 180 Radioactive Shipments

Mar 29, 2018
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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — More than 180 shipments of radioactive waste from sites around the United States have been sent to the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository since operations resumed last year following a 2014 radiation release.

U.S. Energy Department officials who oversee operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico provided an update on shipments and other work at the repository during a recent conference in Phoenix.

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Mar 29, 2018


The Bulletin On The Radio

Mar 29, 2018

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.

Two Arrested In Garfield Murder

Mar 28, 2018

    Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, with the assistance of Las Cruces Police and New Mexico State Police, have arrested two people in connection with the couple found shot to death in their Garfield home Sunday morning.        

   Luis Flores, 29, and Cristal Cardenas, 30, were arrested in Las Cruces Wednesday afternoon. Each face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and criminal solicitation.

20 Years Later, Mexican Wolf Program Frustrates All Sides

Mar 28, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On the edge of the Mogollon Rim in eastern Arizona, snow covered the ground and blizzard conditions were setting in as biologists prepared to open the gates to a trio of pens, releasing three packs of Mexican gray wolves that would soon have the distinction of being the first of their kind to roam the wild in decades.

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of that release and a major milestone for an effort that started decades earlier when the predators were first declared an endangered species.

New Mexico Outlines Future Limits On Federal Campaign Cash

Mar 28, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Politicians returning from Washington to run for political office in New Mexico are likely to find a clear legal path in the future to bring stockpiles of campaign dollars with them, under a new agreement signed by state campaign finance regulators and attorneys for Congressman Steve Pearce.

The legal guidance is linked to a proposed settlement that allows Pearce to use more than $900,000 he raised while in Congress in his campaign for governor as the lone Republican contender.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima delivered his annual State of the City Address Wednesday.  Here is the full text of his comments, which included a celebration of the city's investment in solar energy and its priority on economic development:

Good afternoon. Thank you for being here.  It’s an honor to speak with you today.

Official Seeks Cheaper Expansion For University Hospital

Mar 28, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center says officials should consider less costly alternatives to expanding its Albuquerque hospital.

The Albuquerque Journal reports university regents last year decided to proceed with architectural planning of a new 120-bed medical facility that has been estimated to cost up to $250 million.

The Latest: Congressman Seeks To Recover Legal Fees

Mar 28, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico guidelines for using federal campaign money in local races (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's campaign for governor of New Mexico is seeking to recover $160,000 in legal costs in a dispute with state election regulators over the transfer of federal campaign cash to the state race.

20 years: Mexican wolf program still mired by frustrations

Mar 28, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was in a blizzard in a remote area near the Arizona-New Mexico border that a team of biologists opened the gates to three pens, letting loose 11 Mexican gray wolves that had the distinction of being the first of their kind to roam the wild in decades.

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of that initial release of the endangered predators.

In the months following the 1998 release, five wolves were poached and the remaining animals had to be captured and paired with new mates before being released again.

UNM Hospital

  The American Society of Anesthesiology’s political action committee should actively promote policies to stem the “public health crisis” of gun violence, according to a new article published by UNM anesthesiologists and their colleagues.

The physicians, writing this month in theJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, call upon their professional organization to join other medical societies in tackling the issue, charging that as a group, “we have shied away from confronting this epidemic.”

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