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NMSU Dean Flores visits pueblos, northern New Mexico communities

Aug 27, 2017

Meeting the people of New Mexico and learning about their agricultural legacy has been a goal of New Mexico State University’s dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Dean Rolando A. Flores began his second year at the university with a week and a half long tour of Northern New Mexico, including establishing a satellite office at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

U.S. Finds Security Flaws In New Mexico's Medicaid System

Aug 26, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The computer system behind New Mexico's Medicaid program fell short of the U.S. government's security requirements during a review that found data was left vulnerable and operations were put at risk, a federal inspector general said.

The New Mexico Human Services Department stated it has since fixed the issues.

But the inspector general cautioned that holes in security could have compromised the program's confidentiality and integrity, although a breach of the system was not found.

Commentary: 

  The following statement on Donald J. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, the disgraced former sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ, was issued by Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund):

A Long Way From Home: The Trip of the Voyager Spacecraft

Aug 25, 2017

Launched just days apart, the Voyager spacecraft are celebrating their respective fortieth anniversaries and are both on track to become the most distant human made objects in space. Their missions were to explore the giant planets of our solar system then continue on to where no spacecraft has flown before – interstellar space.

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM—Yesterday, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued recommendations to President Donald Trump concerning 27 National Monuments. These were made pursuant to Trump’s April 2017 Executive Order which directed Zinke to review all National Monuments greater than 100,000 acres designated since 1996, and to make recommendations about whether to abolish or shrink them.

Commentary: LAS CRUCES -- On Monday, August 28, a coalition of immigrant rights, civil rights, and wildlife organizations will host a community town hall at the border wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico to oppose President Trump’s FY 2018 DHS budget request, which includes a down payment on the administration’s proposed border wall.

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

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that a home on the 4100 block of Council Oak Road was burglarized during the early-morning hours ofSaturday, July 22. Removed from the home was a purse with several credit cards.

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., will hold free computer literacy classes in September. Registration is not required, however, only the first nine attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. Classes will be in the library’s second floor computer training lab.

 

Introduction to Computers: The Basics – Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2-4

Guests to City Hall will notice a digital screen flashing short videos and still photos of foster children with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) who are available for adoption. Surrounding the monitor are photo displays of families who have adopted some of the children. City of Las Cruces associates completed the installation on Aug. 22.

Your Weekend Pulse

Aug 25, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, community appreciation day at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival, and the DIVAS 2017 – a fundraiser for the American Association of University Women and NMSU Theatre Arts. 

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New Mexico Commission Supports Wolf Recovery Proposal

Aug 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to support a federal proposal to recover an endangered wolf species that once roamed parts of New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.

The vote came Thursday after commissioners received an update from the state Game and Fish Department on the recovery planning process for the Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to have a completed recovery plan by the end of November.

Arizona Man Gets New Mexico Prison Term For Meth Trafficking

Aug 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison in New Mexico for methamphetamine trafficking.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Eugene Daniel Gonzalez of Phoenix was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

He will be on three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Gonzalez was arrested last December.

Sect Leader: Commune Safe, Child Sexual Abuse Claims 'Fake'

Aug 25, 2017

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The leader of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations says "hundreds of kids" have safely passed through the group's compound in New Mexico.

But James Green told the KOB-TV in Albuquerque on Thursday that the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps teaches children living at a secluded compound to avoid speaking with law enforcement because members have experienced "tons of persecution" over the years in California, Oregon and New Mexico.

Christopher Ruszkowski

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Christopher Ruszkowski as cabinet secretary of the Public Education Department. Ruszkowski previously served as deputy cabinet secretary for the Department. He is a former middle school social studies teacher and served for nearly six years at the Delaware Department of Education under former Democratic Governor Jack Markell.

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE – A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would cut New Mexico’s federal funding for health coverage by nearly $1.3 billion by 2026, according to a new report by the Washington D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Congressional efforts to repeal the ACA have failed in recent months in large part because a large majority of Americans oppose taking coverage from millions of people, raising costs for millions more, gutting Medicaid and undermining consumer protections.

Nursing and engineering don’t initially seem like they go hand in hand, but Alexa Doig has combined her experiences in the two fields into a career devoted to research, education and increasing the quality of patient care.

Alexa Doig is the new director of the School of Nursing at New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services, and the Elisa E. and Antonio H. Enriquez Endowed Chair. She started at NMSU earlier this month after spending the last 15 years as a faculty member at the University of Utah.

Heinrich Leads National Monuments Press Conference At REI In Albuquerque

Aug 24, 2017

  Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) lead a press conference at REI in Albuquerque with public lands, tribal, and community coalitions in opposition to President Donald Trump's executive order that could unravel dozens of national monuments, including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte in New Mexico.

Udall Statement On Secretary Zinke's Monument Review Report

Aug 24, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was expected to release a series of recommendations he has made to the White House regarding potential changes to several national monuments across the country, including two in New Mexico — the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monuments. Instead, Secretary Zinke released a short summary of the review process without any details about his proposed recommendations, leaving many questions unanswered. U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement:

Member Of Sunland Park Heroin Ring Sentenced

Aug 24, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Blanca Elisa Tovar, 43, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 24 months in prison for her conviction on heroin trafficking charges resulting from a DEA-led investigation targeting a heroin trafficking ring operating out of Sunland Park, N.M.  Tovar will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence. 

  

Las Cruces Man Gets 10-Year For Meth Conviction

Aug 24, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Angel Sanchez, 35, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge. 

Sanchez was arrested on Dec. 2, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing approximately 229.5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Dona Ana County, N.M.  According to the complaint, Sanchez committed the crime while on supervised release from a prior federal drug trafficking conviction.

Report: New Mexico Made Nation's Second-Largest Higher Ed Cuts Since Recession

Aug 24, 2017

Commentary:  New Mexico’s state funding for higher education is 33 percent less now than it was before the recession, when looking at inflation-adjusted state spending per student. Looking at the dollar investment, the state is spending $4,509 less in 2017 than it did in 2008 on a per student, inflation-adjusted basis. Only Louisiana has made deeper cuts over that time period.

El Paso Electric Continues Texas Rate Case Discussions

Aug 24, 2017

El Paso, Texas — On August 24, 2017, the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in El Paso Electric Company’s (EPE) (NYSE: EE) pending case to change its Texas retail electric rates in Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) Docket No.

Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University met on Tuesday, August 22 in Silver City to vote on the University President’s annual performance evaluation.

The Board voted unanimously in favor of the results of the annual performance evaluation, which found that President Shepard exceeds expectations.

“Dr. Shepard came in and has done a fantastic job. Dr. Shepard puts academic first,” said Jerry Walz, Regent President.

  Cowboys for Cancer Research will hold its 35th annual dinner, dance and silent auction fundraising event to raise money and awareness for cancer research in New Mexico on Friday, October 6. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Police Investigate Shooting of Dog

Aug 24, 2017

Las Cruces Police are investigating the Thursday morning shooting of a dog on the 500 block of East Las Cruces Avenue.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, police were dispatched to the complaint of dogs that were chasing a bicyclist. After the officer arrived on scene, one of the dogs aggressively charged toward him. The officer fired at least one round and the dog was struck.

An Animal Control officer transported the dog, a pit bull terrier, to a local veterinarian for treatment.

Report on New Mexico Out-of-State Contracting by State and Local Governments

Aug 24, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the Report on State and Local Government Contracting. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government procurements in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 totaling over $6 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. Of that, over $2 billion went to out-of-state companies. This is the first report that provides a snapshot to the public and policymakers of in-state and out-of-state purchasing by state agencies and over 300 municipalities, counties and school districts.

Secretary Zinke Sends Monument Report to the White House

Aug 24, 2017
Ryan Zinke
doi.gov

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he's recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated.  But there would be changes to a "handful.”

He offered no further details on his recommendations for the two New Mexico monuments — Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Aug 24, 2017

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Watchdog Group Grades New Mexico Lawmakers

Aug 24, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico watchdog group issued a report card Wednesday that grades state legislators on their support of reforms for expanding campaign finance disclosures, voter registration opportunities and government ethics oversight.

The online report card from Common Cause New Mexico sums up each lawmaker's voting record on three bills and two constitutional amendments during the legislative session that ended in March, including committee votes. Active sponsorship of the initiatives earned legislators extra points.

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