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Teen Accused Of School Threat Released From Juvenile Custody

Oct 27, 2017

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy accused of threatening to "shoot up" Los Alamos High School has been released from juvenile custody and allowed to attend an alternative education program.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the student will attend an alternative program at the school district's administration building and was ordered to stay away from the high school except to attend welding classes at a nearby University of New Mexico branch campus.

Air Force Officer Says He Was Disciplined For His Beliefs

Oct 27, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force colonel said he was wrongly disciplined after refusing to sign a certificate of appreciation to the same-sex spouse of a retiring master sergeant.

NM Senators Challenge Trump Administration Proposal To Raise National Park Visitor Fees

Oct 27, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 11 Democratic senators in writing to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting that he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees, especially while he proposes to cut the National Park Service budget by over $300 million.

Commentary: LAS CRUCES, NM – Local business leaders plan to welcome U.S. Senator Tom Udall to Las Cruces tomorrow, thanking him for defending the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and the law used to create it, the Antiquities Act. The Senator’s visit comes as Doña Ana County anxiously awaits potential executive action from President Donald J. Trump on national monuments, including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte.

Las Cruces Drive-by Shooting Injures 27-year-old Man

Oct 27, 2017

Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate Thursday evening’s drive-by shooting that injured a 27-year-old man.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of shots fired on the 1700 block of Idaho Avenue. Officers arrived to find a 27-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he’s listed in critical but stable condition.

Think New Mexico has released their latest report along with a new initiative to improve the state’s public schools by moving over $100 million from school district administrative offices to the classrooms.  Founder and Executive Director, Fred Nathan, spoke with KUNM’s Chris Boros.

When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of the jobs come from drilling, or mining, or power plants. A business incubator is helping entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation with the idea that local skills and talents—and cash flowing in and out of local businesses—are key to independence from environmentally damaging corporations. 

Las Cruces Taco Bell Customers Follow Robbery Suspect Home

Oct 27, 2017

Las Cruces police arrested a robbery suspect after three Taco Bell customers followed the man home Mondayevening.

Gustavo Cedeno, 41, of the 1400 block of south Espina Street, is charged with one count of robbery, a third-degree felony.

In three separate incidents this week, teenage students are suspected of distributing child pornography after police learned they used cell phones to forward inappropriate images of teen girls to friends or, in one of the cases, to a Snapchat site that has many followers.

Two of the teenagers, a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, have already been charged with felony counts of distributing child pornography. Charges against a 15-year-old boy, and others who may have possessed or distributed the images in that case, are pending.

Pearce Introduces Veterans' Life Insurance Bill

Oct 27, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance Act of 2017, to provide needed improvements to the service-disabled veterans’ life insurance program (S-DVI). Disabled veterans have a challenging time receiving life insurance through the civilian sector due to their physical or mental injuries incurred during their time in service. This bill will update the nation’s current S-DVI premiums and disability provisions which are based on mortality and annuity tables from 1941.

Open House For New Mexico's First Stand-Alone Emergency Room In Las Cruces

Oct 27, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – MountainView Regional Medical Center is bringing the Emergency Room to you. An open house celebration will be held on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2811 N. Main Street. The event is free to the community and will feature tours, a teddy bear clinic, education, family-friendly activities and refreshments, including cheesecake.

New Mexico Department of Health

Commentary: Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center will simultaneously host Boo to the Flu, the annual flu vaccination event in Las Cruces, at each hospital Saturday, October 28th. No cost flu shots will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at both locations or while supplies last.


Heinrich Statement On President Trump's Opioid Declaration

Oct 27, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 26, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s order to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency:

“The opioid and heroin addiction epidemic is a national crisis that has been deeply felt by New Mexicans. Too many families have lost loved ones and many more are struggling to find treatment and recovery resources for a father, mother, son, daughter, or for themselves.

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Oct 27, 2017

Farmington, Airline Work To Keep Flights Going

Oct 27, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Great Lakes Airlines is preparing to end flights to and from one northwestern New Mexico community due to a lack of pilots.

Still, the airline and the city of Farmington have been discussing ways to keep commercial flights at the Four Corners Regional Airport.

Collection Of First Latina Ambassador To Be Digitized

Oct 27, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Hispanic Cultural Center will be digitizing more than 2,600 images from the collection of Mari-Luci Jaramillo, a national advocate for civil rights and the United States' first Latina ambassador to Honduras.

The center made the announcement Thursday, saying it received funding for the project from the state of New Mexico and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Officials say the Jaramillo collection provides an unparalleled look at life dedicated to and distinguished by service to community.

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Oct 27, 2017

Your Weekend Pulse

Oct 27, 2017

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, Dia de los Muertos takes place in Mesilla this weekend, Halloween movie classics at the Rio Grande Theatre, Trunk or Treat at Computer Career Center, and the World of Tim Burton at the Pecan Grill and Brewery.

The Indian Health Service—the federal agency tasked with providing health services to Native American communities—has long been the go-to health care provider for tribes in New Mexico and across the country.

But in recent years, that has started to change, and a growing number of tribes are deciding that managing their own clinics and behavioral health programs will help build healthier, more resilient communities.

Oil and gas drilling and mining companies come to rural areas offering jobs and cash, but they also dig into the land, pull resources out of it and create pollution. There are some folks in these regions who say the trade off isn’t fair in the long run. One organization is working on the Navajo Nation to stabilize the boom-and-bust economy of extraction by boosting local entrepreneurs and small business.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University entered into two more partnerships with Mexican universities on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. WNMU signed an agreement outlining protocols between WNMU and Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas and signed a memorandum of understanding with Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas.

“These kinds of agreements break down walls between countries,” WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said. “I feel grateful because, with these agreements, part of Mexico will be here and part of New Mexico will be there.

Senators Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

Oct 26, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 26, 2017) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are original cosponsors of the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. Under current law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. The bill was introduced yesterday by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

New Mexico AG Investigates Claims Against Homebuilder Pulte

Oct 26, 2017
Hector Balderas

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has opened an investigation into the nation's largest homebuilder after receiving complaints that it may not be honoring home warranties.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports complaints have been made about PulteGroup by a small group of homeowners who called the consumer division of the Attorney General's Office.

Election 2017 Las Cruces Municipal Judge II

Oct 26, 2017

Election 2017 Las Cruces City Council District 6

Oct 26, 2017

NMSU College of Education dean to speak at NAACP state convention

Oct 26, 2017

Don Pope-Davis, dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University, will be the keynote speaker at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People state convention banquet hosted by the NAACP’s Doña Ana County chapter.

Pope-Davis, an expert in the field of multicultural education and psychology and a noted scholar, will speak at the Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. Banquet tickets are $50.

Las Cruces Museum's new exhibit: 100 years of NM Farm & Livestock Bureau

Oct 26, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For a century, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau has served as the voice of agriculture in our state. A new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces shares the impact the organization has had in its first 100 years.

“New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau: 100 Years Strong” opens Nov. 3 in the Museum’s North Corridor. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 16, 2018.

Ruey-Hung Chen, mechanical and aerospace engineering department head in New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation award for $352,524. 

His three-year project, “Study of evaporation, micro-explosion, and combustion of nanofluid fuel droplets,” began in August.

Lujan Grisham Bill Would Allow A Limited Buy-In Option To Medicaid

Oct 26, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Care Choice and Affordability Act, which would create a Medicaid buy-in option for individuals in counties with few or no options in the insurance marketplace.

Silver City, NM – For the next few weeks, Western New Mexico University is host to eight students from the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE) in Corrientes, Argentina.

This group is participating in a student exchange program financially supported by UNNE and by the United States Embassy in Argentina. Hosted in various academic departments and living in Mustang Village, the students will be at WNMU through Nov. 17, 2017.