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With New Mexico in the middle of a budget crisis, cities and counties around the state are going to have to look for new ways to boost behavioral health services and fight the effects of opioid abuse.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins made the comments while visiting Washington, D.C., for a meeting hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In the Dona Ana County Detention Center, more than 40 percent of the jail population is being treated for mental illness. But jails serving as mental health treatment facilities is not by design and there are regional efforts to address the number of mentally ill people in a criminal justice system designed to incarcerate, not to deliver mental health care.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a mentally ill person going through a crisis or episode is more likely to encounter a police officer than they are to get the medical attention they actually need.  

45th Annual Renaissance Arts Faire This Weekend

Nov 4, 2016

The 45th Annual Renaissance Arts Faire takes place this weekend. Edmundo Resendez spoke with Kathleen Albers, Executive Director of the Dona Ana Arts Council and Bob Diven who is the creator of Magellan the Dragon and performs during the faire. 

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Your Weekend Pulse!

Nov 4, 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, the 45th Annual Renaissance Faire and runway for change. 

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The Latest: GOP Political Committee Splurges In New Mexico

Nov 3, 2016

The Latest on political spending in New Mexico (all times local):

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A Republican-aligned political committee that is behind a stream of negative campaign advertising in New Mexico spent $1.1 million during the past month.

Filings on Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office show that Advance New Mexico Now spent the money on media buys, research polling and other expenses during a four week period ending Nov. 1. It raised $500,000 from contributors.

Balloon Fiesta Attendance Drops

Nov 3, 2016

This year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta marked nearly 840,000 visits and attracted 550 registered balloon teams from more than a dozen countries around the world.

Fiesta officials recapped the 45th annual event Thursday. They say the balloons that lifted off — including more than 100 special-shaped balloons — represented 19 countries and 43 states.

As for the number of visits, this year's total of 839,309 was down from 2015's estimated 955,700. Officials say that's still more than the five-year average of 817,899.

El Paso Electric to build solar facility at Holloman base

Nov 3, 2016

Holloman Air Force Base is partnering with El Paso Electric to build a solar facility.

The new 5 megawatt facility will be dedicated to the base and is estimated to cost $13 million to construct. Groundbreaking is planned for December and the facility is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

The planned solar project will be the first El Paso Electric solar facility that will serve only Holloman. The facility is expected to generate enough energy to power 1,800 homes.

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New Mexico teacher attendance requirement sparks 'surprise'

Nov 3, 2016

A revamped New Mexico teacher evaluation changed after a court ruling is sparking criticism from some northern New Mexico educators. Santa Fe and Los Alamos school leaders are surprised that attendance now will be a required part of the teacher evaluation system.

The state Public Education Department now requires attendance to be factored in to teachers' performance evaluations after a judge ruled the evaluation system needed to be more uniform. Before, state officials gave school district the option to use attendance among other factors.

Las Cruces Public Schools Selects New Superintendent

Nov 3, 2016
Dr. Gregory Ewing

Las Cruces School Board unanimously voted to choose Dr. Gregory Ewing from Marietta, Georgia as the new Superintendent for Las Cruces Public Schools.

Dr. Ewing accepted the Superintendent position on the phone saying it would be an “honor and privilege” to a round of applause from those at the meeting.

School Board President Maria Flores says Ewing’s experience set him apart, especially with students learning English as a second language.

New Mexico Suspect Charged With Killing Albuquerque Officer

Nov 3, 2016

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says prosecutors have filed murder charge against a man suspected of shooting and killing an Albuquerque police officer more than a year ago.

Suspect Davon Lymon has a lengthy criminal history and has been held on federal drug and weapons charges since October 2015 arrest.

Balderas says the murder charge plus four other felony charges were filed against Lymon on Thursday.

Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Several Albuquerque-Area Banks

Nov 3, 2016

A man accused of robbing five Albuquerque-area banks and attempting to rob a sixth has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Christopher James Baum of Albuquerque entered his plea Thursday.

Under terms of his plea agreement, Baum will be sentenced within the range of 20 to 30 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

Baum was arrested two months ago after allegedly committing the offenses from Aug. 16-30.

Voice Of The Public 2016 Election Special

Nov 3, 2016

What an election year it has been! It certainly has not been boring! Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host today for Voice of the Public, join us for a 2016 election special! From the national presidential race to local politics, what’s on your mind on the eve of the election? Did you vote early? Are you still undecided? Undecided? How is that even possible? It’s an open line show! Our special guests today are Dr. Fred Martino, Content Director for KRWG-TV and FM, and Dr. Nancy Baker author and retired government professor at New Mexico State University.

 Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has partnered with the Americas Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) and the Burrell Institute of Health Policy & Research (BIHPR) to host the XIII AMET-BCOM International Conference on Chronic Diseases from November 8 to November 11 on the BCOM campus at 3501 Arrowhead Drive in Las Cruces on the New Mexico State University campus.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Nov 3, 2016

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.

Diego Vallejo

The man shot Oct. 26 at a residence on Keathley Drive is now charged with three felonies for his involvement in what detectives believe was a home invasion robbery.

Diego Vallejo, 18, of the 1700 block of Hamiel Drive, is charged with felony counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. He also faces a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.

Albuquerque, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that a criminal complaint and arrest warrant for Davon Lymon have been filed for multiple felony counts, including homicide, for the death of Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster. 

"Now that the federal matter has been adjudicated, we will present the homicide case to a grand jury," said Attorney General Balderas. 

El Paso Leaders Acknowledge $3.2 Million Initially Lost In Scam

Nov 3, 2016

Officials in El Paso have belatedly acknowledged that they fell victim to an email scam that directed $3.2 million in city money to fraudulent bank accounts.

Officials said during a news conference Wednesday that phishing emails caused two separate payments for a downtown streetcar project to be diverted.

The El Paso Times reports that city leaders learned of the scam in early October and that it involved someone posing as a vendor to obtain payment.

Texas-Based Trucking Company Moving Yard To Jal

Nov 3, 2016

A Texas-based trucking company is building a new yard in southeastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Coastal Plains Trucking plans to bring 20 trucks and at least 60 drivers to the company's new yard in Jal once it's built.

The Jal City Council last week approved the sale of 7.2 acres of property to Coastal after the city exercises its option to purchase the land back from a developer that initially sought to build a motel.

Luna Community College President: We Made A 'Mistake' On Nepotism

Nov 3, 2016
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Luna Community College's president says he and the school's board of trustees made a mistake by doing away with its nepotism policy.

Leroy "Huero" Sanchez told the Las Vegas Optic this week  hiring decisions were based on the good of the institution but said he understood the perception.

His comments come after a recently completed special audit of the Las Vegas community college questioned the school's hiring practices.

Mass To Be Held At Rio Grande For Migrants Who Lost Lives

Nov 3, 2016

Catholic dioceses along the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso are scheduled to hold a border Mass in honor of migrants who died while trying to cross.

The dioceses from El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez are slated Saturday to celebrate Mass at a Rio Grande levee and call for immigrant rights.

Pope Francis celebrated a border Mass in a Ciudad Juarez field in February and urged the world to put a human face on the "tragedy that is forced migration."

Voters Get Final Glimpse Of Political Spending

Nov 3, 2016

New Mexico voters are getting a final glimpse before election day at political spending by in-state candidates for public office and their supporters that have blanketed mailboxes, television broadcasts and social media with ads.

Candidates and political committees confronted a Thursday-night deadline to disclose contributions and expenditures for October to the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office. Political committees in particular have unleashed a stream of negative advertising with early and absentee voting well underway in New Mexico.

Hundreds of supporters greeted Vice Presidential hopeful Mike Pence at the Las Cruces airport.

Pence spent a lot of time discussing Democratic Opponent Hillary Clinton’s scandals with the support of the crowd.

State Auditor Releases Special Audit of the Town of Estancia

Nov 2, 2016
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  SANTA FE, NM – Today, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released a special audit of the Town of Estancia. The audit assessed the Town’s financial controls during the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. The audit was requested by the Town’s management to examine concerns regarding financial practices, including a discrepancy in cash balances that arose in the last annual audit.“This is a cautionary tale about how taxpayer dollars can be wasted over the years when the books are not in order,” stated State Auditor Tim Keller.

Three New Exhibits Open Friday In Las Cruces

Nov 2, 2016
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Three new exhibits will open on Friday, November 4 at the Branigan Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. during the Downtown First Friday Ramble. The reception and admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined today by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to present a certificate of obligation in the amount of $5,230,000 to be used to complete the renovation of that communities wastewater treatment facility.

Alamogordo Woman Sentenced To 12 Years On Federal Meth Conviction

Nov 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Robin Lee Lovelace, 56, of Alamogordo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking crime charges.  

Human Remains Identified As Las Cruces Man

Nov 2, 2016

The body of a man discovered Oct. 10 just west of Las Cruces has been identified by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, who are now asking the public for any information that might help in the investigation.

According to detectives, the body of Robert Reed, 61, was dumped in the 4500 block of Picacho near Fairacres Road. They described the remains – which were wrapped in a tarp – as “severely decomposed.” Since the investigation began, detectives have learned the remains could have been dumped there as early as mid-August.

Moody's Lowers Credit Outlook For Many New Mexico Schools

Nov 2, 2016

A credit ratings agency has reduced the credit outlook for 51 of New Mexico's 89 school districts.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Moody's Investors Service also revised the outlook for New Mexico's three research universities from stable to negative. The outlook change signals that downgrades are possible.

The downgrade comes a week after the credit agency lowered the state government's bond rating.

Moody's spokesman David Jacobson says universities and school districts usually have a slightly lower rating than state governments.

New Mexico State Police: 2 Men From Logan Killed In Rollover

Nov 2, 2016
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Authorities say two New Mexico men have died in a rollover crash in Logan.

New Mexico State Police identified the victims Wednesday as 48-year-old Kevin Miller and 34-year-old Jason Gorham, both of Logan.

They say the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Williams Road in Logan.

Police say Miller apparently was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle and it rolled numerous times.

They say Miller and Gorham weren't wearing seatbelts and both were ejected from the vehicle. They both were declared dead at the scene.

Navajo, Hopi Schools Get Big Book Donation From New England

Nov 2, 2016

  

Navajo and Hopi nation schools are getting a massive book donation thanks to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit.

The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports that Reader to Reader Inc. is donating about 22,000 books to five school districts in Arizona and New Mexico.

Reader to Reader Inc. executive director David Mazor says the half million dollar donation is the group's biggest book donation ever.

Mazor attributed the large donation to the work the nonprofit has done to increased relationships with publishers.

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