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Mosquitoes Capable Of Spreading Zika Found In Lea County

Aug 29, 2016
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The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Lea County, making it the first time this mosquito species has been identified in the county.

 

Las Cruces-Area Events And Artist Competition Celebrate National Monuments

Aug 29, 2016

 

  (LAS CRUCES) — As part of the nation-wide celebration of our National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Las Cruces area tourism, business and conservation organizations on September 1 are launching a month-long celebration of the positive community and economic benefits of the region’s Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks, Prehistoric Trackways and White Sands National Monuments.

 

Free Computer Classes At Las Cruces Library

Aug 29, 2016

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will offer free computer literacy classes in September. Registration is not required, however, only the first 8 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. The classes will be held in the second floor computer training lab at the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m.

Family Of Slain Albuquerque Girl To Speak Out As Community Mourns

Aug 29, 2016

Family members of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who police say was raped and brutally murdered will make their first public comments during a news conference at an Albuquerque park where the girl loved to play.

Police found Victoria Martens' dismembered body inside the apartment she shared with her mother last week after responding to a call about a disturbance.

National experts in retirement planning are descending on New Mexico as lawmakers contemplate what can be done to help private-sector workers who don't have access to a retirement savings program.

The AARP says New Mexico has the highest rate in the country of private sector workers without access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

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What does the U.S. have in common with Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea? The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reports that these are the only countries in the world that don’t have paid family or maternity leave. But there is a push to expand access to paid family leave time in New Mexico.

Daubney Harper Boland is a new Mom, she gave birth to her daughter three months ago and took off work to bond and care with her newborn.

New Mexico High Court Reinstates Woman's Fraud Conviction

Aug 29, 2016

The New Mexico Supreme Court has reinstated the fraud conviction of a woman who induced a much-older widower to believe she was his girlfriend and gained access to his savings.

The ruling reinstates Patricia Garcia's 2013 conviction in District Court in Luna County for fraudulently obtaining $20,000 from the widower, who was in his 80s. She was in her 50s.

The state Court of Appeals had overturned Garcia's convictions for fraud and computer access with intent to defraud, ruling that there wasn't enough evidence to support the convictions.

Monday Business Watch

Aug 29, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Content Director, Lucas Peerman. This week, New Mexico needs to add 147,177 new jobs in the next decade to get back to “full employment,” defined as the employment level before the recession in 2007.

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Annual Indian Market in Santa Fe to end artist tenure

Aug 28, 2016
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Seasoned artists who have always had a place at the Indian Market in Santa Fe will have to vie for a spot like everyone else starting next year.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2ck9hmv) organizers are doing away with tenure for some artists, a decision that is receiving a mixed reaction.

Some say this will push more senior artists aside in favor of contemporary, younger ones.

Supporters of the decision say the event cannot truly be a juried show unless all participants are juried.

Ruidoso residents up in arms over horse roundup by state

Aug 28, 2016
Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

Residents in Ruidoso are outraged after they say the state rounded up a dozen horses without any notice.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/2bKCce9) that the state's Livestock Board have had them since Friday after someone registered a complaint.

Ruidoso's tourism director, Gina Kelley, says the horses are a staple of the area and have moved freely near the village for years.

She says residents volunteer to provide food and look after them.

Representatives from the Livestock Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police sergeant who filmed himself taking pot is released

Aug 28, 2016

A New Mexico police sergeant accused of unwittingly recording himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend has been released from jail.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported (http://bit.ly/2bYc94P) Saturday that Grants police Sgt. Roshern McKinney is out of jail.

It wasn't immediately known Sunday under what conditions he was released.

State police say McKinney was arrested Wednesday. An investigation was requested in July after the video recording was found.

Arrest In Fatal Hit And Run

Aug 28, 2016

Authorities have made an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old boy in southern New Mexico.

State police say investigators located the suspect vehicle Saturday in Anthony and took 53-year-old Jose Luis Bricino into custody.

He has been booked on one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm or death.

According to state police, Sabastian "Angel" Fragoso Jr. was riding his bicycle Thursday night near an intersection when he was struck by a pickup truck.

The driver then fled the scene.

New Exhibits Coming To Las Cruces

Aug 28, 2016
Photograph by Storm Sermay / via city of Las Cruces

  Three new exhibits will open on Friday, September 2 at the Branigan Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held from 5pm to 7pm during the Downtown First Friday Ramble. The reception and admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free.

  The internet is abuzz with anxious New Mexicans eager to find out about all the great discount days offered at this year's New Mexico State Fair.  The much anticipated full list of discounts and recognition days are as follows: 

Thursday, September 8, 2016   

·                     Law Enforcement Day - All certified law enforcement personnel with valid badge or ID are admitted free        

·                     $2 admission and $12 Ride Wristbands 

Friday, September 9, 2016

I-10 Closures This Week

Aug 28, 2016

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The following closures will take place Sunday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Sept. 1 from 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning:

·   I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane between the Sunland Park Overpass and Buena Vista.

·  Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will be closed.

Crews will continue working on the new Paisano (US 85) Bridge. [Map 1]

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Dollahon Begins as Interim Las Cruces City Manager Monday

Aug 27, 2016

Assistant City Manager/Chief Administrative Officer (ACM/CAO) David Dollahon takes over as Interim City Manager/Chief Executive Officer Monday, Aug. 29. City Council named Dollahon to the position as a special meeting on Aug. 22. Dollahon will initially serve as Interim City Manager for three months, or until City Council hires a permanent City Manager. Dollahon succeeds Daniel Avila who was Interim City Manager since the end of May.

 

Presidential candidates trailing 2008, 2012 New Mexico fundraising

Aug 27, 2016

  This year’s presidential candidates are lagging their 2008 and 2012 predecessors in New Mexico fundraising.

“If money is a measure of enthusiasm for candidates, then there isn’t any,” said Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico political science professor and director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy.

To date, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton trails President Barack Obama’s 2012 New Mexico haul.

But her gap is much narrower than that of GOP nominee Donald Trump compared with Mitt Romney in 2012 and Sen. John McCain in 2008.

Walmart Sues Texas To Enter The Liquor Market

Aug 27, 2016

A federal appeals court is allowing a trade group representing Texas liquor store operators to join a stalled federal lawsuit that Wal-Mart has filed against the Texas agency that dispenses permits to sell liquor by the bottle.

The giant retailer wants to get into the business of selling liquor in Texas, but contends restrictions on package liquor licenses, some dating to the end of Prohibition, handed out by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission amount to unconstitutional discrimination.

Las Cruces Residents To Hold Vigil For Murdered Albuquerque Girl

Aug 26, 2016

A group of Las Cruces residents will gather Sunday to hold a memorial vigil and birthday celebration to remember the life of murdered Albuquerque 10-year-old, Victoria Martens. Police found the dismembered, and battered body of Martens Wednesday morning.

Mourners continue to visit a memorial outside the Albuquerque apartment complex where the 10-year-old lived. The Baby Brianna Birthday Celebration Committee along with the Baby Brianna Foundation will be gathering to celebrate the life of Victoria Martens.

The Latest: Suspect In Killing Of Girl Was On Probation

Aug 26, 2016

The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

New Mexico corrections and court officials say a man arrested in the killing of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl was supposed to be on supervised probation from an unrelated case but wasn't being monitored by probation officers.

Deputy Corrections Secretary Alex Sanchez said Friday that her agency never received a judgment and sentence order in a previous case involving 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales.

Confederate Inscription Removed From University of Texas

Aug 26, 2016

An inscription honoring the Confederacy has been removed from public display at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the stone panels were removed last month from the South Mall.

President Gregory Fenves last summer said the inscription would stay. Fenves told the American-Statesman this week that he decided this spring that the inscription must go.

New Mexico Senators Seek More Time For Prison Contract

Aug 26, 2016
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New Mexico's two U.S. senators are asking the federal Bureau of Prisons to extend its contract with the operator of a private prison in Cibola County so workers have adequate time to find new jobs before the lockup closes.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich made their request in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

They want the bureau to extend by six months its contract with Corrections Corporation of America and provide prison employees with help finding new employment.

New Mexico Regulators Want More Info From PNM In Rate Case

Aug 26, 2016

New Mexico utility regulators want to reopen hearings on a proposal by the state's largest electric provider to raise customer rates.

The Public Regulation Commission voted this week to reopen the hearings if Public Service Co. of New Mexico agrees to provide more information about transactions related to an Arizona nuclear power plant and pollution controls at its coal-fired plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Commission attorney Michael Smith tells the Albuquerque Journal it's not clear how the case will proceed if the utility doesn't agree to the terms of the order.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Aug 26, 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. This weekend, cheap meals around Las Cruces for students and the budget conscious plus, get quacking with the Great American Duck Race.  

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The New Mexico Business Coalition hosted job interviews for some of the candidates in Dona Ana County.

Candidates had to let voters know why they were the best person for the job.

Republican Secretary of State Candidate Nora Espinoza says the secretary of state’s office can help improve the business climate in New Mexico by processing business licenses quicker.

Children who immigrated alone to the United States will soon be housed at a Fort Bliss complex in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.

The children are scheduled to arrive at the temporary shelter early next month.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials say the facility will have the capacity for 1,800 beds, although the actual number of children who will stay there is difficult to predict.

The children will live at the shelter while Health and Human Services officials identify adults who can care for them while their immigration cases proceed in court.

The Latest: Albuquerque District IDs Slain New Mexico Girl

Aug 25, 2016

The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Albuquerque Public Schools have identified a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl police say was drugged, raped and strangled.

The district said Thursday that Victoria Martens was a student at Petroglyph Elementary School on Albuquerque's west side. In a statement, the district says school officials were having hard time wrapping their heads around a case that even has drawn a strong reaction from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Might Pay Facebook Water Tab

Aug 25, 2016
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New Mexico may use public funds to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas.

The social media company is negotiating for tax breaks and subsidies as it weighs whether to locate the facility in Los Lunas or a suburb of Salt Lake City.

Los Lunas officials confirmed Thursday that a proposed water agreement with the data center developer includes provisions to acquire water rights with money from New Mexico's closing fund that helps pay for infrastructure as businesses expand or relocate to New Mexico.

New Owners Assuming Kia And Nissan Dealers In Las Cruces

Aug 25, 2016

 

  Las Cruces, New Mexico – The Jack Key Kia and Jack Key Nissan car dealerships announce name change to Kia of Las Cruces and Nissan of Las Cruces.  The new name also reflects new ownership under LJ Shamaley. Shamaley is no stranger to the car dealer business and is a former proprietor of the Shamaley Ford and GMC Buick in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas.  New ownership brings with it improved product quality, and an expanding repertoire of services. The dealership will begin its name change on September 1st, 2016.

Luna County approves tax to expand emergency services

Aug 25, 2016

Luna County had one of the best turnouts in years for a vote to approve a special tax to fund emergency ambulance services.

The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/2bRQQ3R ) that unofficial results show the county had a 22 percent turnout with the overwhelming majority voting to approve the measure.

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