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Issues And Answers: Public Education

May 6, 2016

  Join us at KRWG-TV studios in Milton Hall on the NMSU campus Wednesday, May 11 at 4:45pm.  We'll take audience questions on public education for our guests:  Mary Parr-Sanchez-VP, NEA New Mexico, Senator Bill Soules-NM District 37, André Gonzales-Student member, Las Cruces School Board, Ed Frank-Las Cruces School Board, and Tim Hand-Chief of Staff, LCPS.


  In an effort to enhance security, the Third Judicial District Court – working in close cooperation and with full support from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department – has implemented new changes aimed at keeping the public and court staff safer.

            Effective immediately, all electronic devices – pagers, cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. – as well as purses, bags, backpacks, cigarette lighters and matches are not allowed into the court building.

Just about a year ago, Juvenile Detainees at the Doña Ana County Detention Center were moved from the Juvenile Facility to a portion of the adult facility due to low staffing levels at the Detention Center.

The Doña Ana County Detention Center is authorized to have 185 officers, last May year when the decision was made to close the juvenile detention center staffing levels got as low as 139 officers. Instead of having the recommended 28-30 officers staffing the juvenile facility, there were only 12.

Debbi Moore is taking over as President and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, after 14 years at the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Moore laid out her plans for her first 100 days at the chamber.

“First of all we are going to meet with local leaders,” Moore said. “It is very important that as the largest business organization in the region that we continue serving as that voice of business, and being that pro-business organization that we are and that we will continue to be.

Your Weekend Pulse!

May 6, 2016

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. Today, Mother’s Day weekend events, Cinco de Mayo, and food for your impulse.

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  Residents and businesses along Alameda Boulevard from Mountain Avenue to W. Court Avenue and W. Hadley Avenue from Armijo Street to Water Street will experience a water outage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, for a water main tie-in.

Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. If water on your street is scheduled to be turned off, City crews will post a door hanger notice a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

In New Mexico, Democrats And GOP Scrutinize Trump

May 5, 2016

Leading Democrats in New Mexico are taking aim at Donald Trump as the state's Republican governor withholds her full endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee.

State Democratic lawmakers and party leaders gathered at an outdoor plaza Thursday in Albuquerque to highlight a disconnect they see between Trump's candidacy and New Mexico values. Both major parties are reaching out to constituents days before a registration deadline to vote in New Mexico's June 7 primary election.

End Is In Sight For Gallup Diocese Bankruptcy Case

May 5, 2016

A bankruptcy judge in New Mexico has scheduled a confirmation hearing on the Diocese of Gallup's reorganization plan, signaling the possible end of a case that has spanned more than two years.

The Gallup Independent reports that attorneys for the diocese filed amended copies of the reorganization plan and a disclosure statement Tuesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma scheduled the confirmation hearing for June 21.

Clergy sex abuse claimants will have to accept or reject the plan by June 10.

  The Las Cruces Police Department is encouraging residents to utilize a free online system that allows them to inventory personal valuables and store important information in a database that can be used anywhere in the country to report lost or stolen property to police or insurance companies.

  The Lincoln National forest has issued a closure order (08-277) pursuant to 16 U.S.C § 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50 (a) to protect New Mexico meadow jumping mouse occupied habitat (areas within critical habitat where the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse is known to persist). 

The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse is listed as an endangered species with critical habitat (areas considered necessary for the recovery of the species). The Forest Service has a legal obligation to protect the jumping mouse and the critical habitat, under the Endangered Species Act.

Two NMSU-based teams qualify for national STEM competition

May 5, 2016

  Two Deming school teams based at New Mexico State University will move on to a national competition after winning a statewide contest last month.

Paul Gessing-Rio Grande Foundation and Connor Gordon-Young Americans For Liberty discuss the current political climate and their advocacy for limited government.

Cancer research at NMSU gets another boost of local support

May 5, 2016

  The American Cancer Society projects that an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases can be expected this year in the United States. 

In an ongoing effort to support research at New Mexico State University into innovative methods of cancer detection and treatment, representatives from Cowboys for Cancer Research and NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink presented another $250,000 in immediately available funding to four research projects.

Women in Las Cruces gathered at the Arrowhead Center at NMSU for the Women’s Career Success Conference hosted by Senator Tom Udall.

Businesswomen from around Southern New Mexico discussed challenges they’ve faced in their career and strategies to overcome them. Miriam Baca Kotkowski is the President of Omega Trucking Incorporated, the business she started.

“It’s a men’s industry,” Kotkowski said. “So, sometimes it was difficult to be able to talk to the officers at DOT, but there was a point where I didn’t care, I didn’t care if I was a women or not.”

  In 2015, in accordance with state and federal law, the Doña Ana County Clerk's Office removed approximately 17,000 people from its voter-registration rolls. 

The Clerk's Office is reminding people to check their registration status prior to the May 10 deadline to register to vote in the June 7 Primary Elections.

"In several of the primaries around the country, there have been questions about purged voters, and we want everyone in Doña Ana County to be informed and ready to vote," said Chief Deputy Clerk Scott Krahling. 

  Las Cruces -- Doña Ana Community College (DACC) President Renay Scott today announced Benjamin Woods will be presented with an honorary degree during the DACC commencement on Thursday, May 12 at the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State University (NMSU) campus.


3 Allegedly Attack Another Teen In Dona Ana Detention Center

May 4, 2016

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is investigating an assault involving three detainees in the juvenile section of the county Detention Center.

They say three of the juveniles involved could face felony charges.

Authorities say a 16-year-old detainee allegedly rushed a door-control panel around 11 a.m. Wednesday and opened three separate cell doors.

That allowed two other teenage detainees to enter the cell of a 14-year-old detainee.

They allegedly attacked him before being subdued with pepper spray.

Darren Phillips, NMSU

  A report due in late May will outline the steps New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center and regional stakeholders can take to develop an industry cluster that will improve the region’s health care initiatives and boost economic development.

New Mexico state officials mum on Clean Power Plan

May 4, 2016
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Until earlier this year, states across the nation, including New Mexico, had been holding public meetings and planning to cut pollution from power plants. Taken as a whole, those plans were the Obama Administration’s most significant attempt, through the Clean Power Plan (CPP), to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases.

Fairway Drive Water Outage In Las Cruces

May 4, 2016

  The City of Las Cruces Water Resources Department is working to replace an Out of Service fire hydrant on Fairway Drive. A temporary water outage will occur in the area on Thursday May 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The affected area will be Fairway Dr. from Covina to Don Roser Drive.

Free Uber Rides In Las Cruces-Area for Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio and Uber are encouraging Las Cruces residents to plan ahead before celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

As part of an ongoing partnership, Uber will offer new users a $15 credit which is enough to cover the majority of rides requested in the Las Cruces area.  

D’Antonio said, “When you choose to drink and drive, you’re risking more than just your life. You’re also putting other people’s lives in danger. That’s why I’m encouraging everyone who plans on drinking to have a designated driver or request an Uber.”

New Mexico Governor Stays Mum As Trump Advances

May 4, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is declining to say whether she will vote for Donald Trump now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Martinez on Wednesday declined through a spokesman to say whether she would cast her ballot for Trump in November.

The second-term Republican governor has criticized Trump's proposal to build a bigger wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as a threat to international trade relations. And Martinez has objected to Trump's comments that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

Silver City Report

May 4, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer with an investigation into the murder-suicide involving a Silver City Police officer.

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Keeping on the Move Saves You from Pain Later

May 4, 2016

  The New Mexico Department of Health reports arthritis affects an estimated 26 percent of New Mexico residents. It is also the leading cause of disability in the United States.

The City of Las Cruces is continuing their downtown revitalization efforts with the new Amador Project, which hopes to bring new restaurants, and retail space to the Downtown area.

The new Amador project is a development that will be located next to the Historic Amador Hotel, at the current location of My Brother’s Place Restaurant and Billiard’s Parlor.

Max Bower, Vice President of GMB Development New Mexico, says this will be the largest development project downtown in decades.

Issues And Answers: The Youth Vote

May 3, 2016

Las Cruces teachers and students discuss the 2016 election and public policy. 

  Gilbert G. Caldwell, 45, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his cocaine trafficking conviction. 

   Caldwell was arrested in Feb. 2015, and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.  According to the complaint, Caldwell attempted to purchase 125 grams of cocaine from undercover law enforcement agents on Feb. 12, 2015, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  Caldwell was subsequently indicted on the same charge on May 28, 2015. 

Las Cruces Man Receives 18-Year Sentence in Child Sex Abuse Case

May 3, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl.

In December 2015, Daniel Lee Landon, 27, was convicted of sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony, and criminal sexual contact with a minor, a second-degree felony.  

Udall Working To Close The ‘Homework Gap’ For Rural And Low-Income Students In NM

May 3, 2016
Courtesy Photo

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pledged to keep fighting for the resources to extend broadband internet across New Mexico and close the so-called “homework gap” – the inequality of access to the internet facing low-income and rural students.

Water Outage for Part Of Picacho Avenue In Las Cruces

May 3, 2016

Residents and businesses along Picacho Avenue west of the Fairacres Post Office and East of Fairacres Elementary School, will experience a water outage between 5:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.


Once service is restored, residents may notice discolored water due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.