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Silver City Report

May 3, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters Ben Fischer and Christine Steele. This week, new changes at Gila Regional Hospital with its cancer center, the 4 day school week is shot down, and the Silver City Daily Press and Independent has a new, old home. 

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  The Arrowhead Innovation Fund at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center is one of three organizations to receive investment from the state’s Catalyst Fund, a $20 million “fund of funds” to support New Mexico companies, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday in Albuquerque. The Catalyst Fund is expected to support more than 50 companies in New Mexico and will focus on aiding technology startups.

Kevin Bixby

Las Cruces, NM - According to unofficial results from the County Clerk’s office Kevin Bixby and D. Craig Fenske prevailed in Tuesday’s Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District board election.

Bixby and Fenske defeated Joe Delk in Zone Three and Kent Thurston in Zone Four respectively.  In Zone Three Bixby received 521 votes and Delk received 285. In Zone Four Fenske received 1,812 votes and Thurston received 841 votes. Results for the election will be certified on Friday by the canvassing board.

Of the 70,654 eligible voters 3,459 voted in the election.

Las Cruces Police Investigate Second Infant Death in Three Days

May 2, 2017

For the second time in three days Las Cruces Police are investigating the death of an infant who was found not breathing.

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of east Hadley Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, after a mother found her 4-month-old boy not breathing. The young child was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators learned the infant was sleeping in his mother’s bed. A relative called 911 shortly after the infant’s mother discovered that the young boy was not breathing.

Silver City, NM – Former cable news commentator and current investment analyst and writer Cody Willard will deliver the keynote commencement speech on Friday, May 12 during the spring commencement ceremonies.

Willard is familiar to television viewers as the former anchor of the highly-rated Fox Business Happy Hour, on the Fox Business Network. His other TV experience includes serving as the Wall Street correspondent on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Heinrich Statement on Vote Against SEC Chairman Nominee

May 2, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement today regarding his vote on the nomination of Jay Clayton to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):

 

$40 Million Investment in New Mexico Startups

May 2, 2017

  Commentary: Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced $40 million worth of investments in New Mexico startups. A $20 million Catalyst Fund is being launched that will raise a matching $20 million in private equity for investments in local startups. The Catalyst Fund is expected to support more than 50 companies in New Mexico and will focus on aiding technology startups.

 

 Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.–Today –wearing their emblematic orange and yellow shirts with messages stating #HereToStay & #FightBack– immigrant youth, families and children staged a mock “immigrant detention center” outside the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court to denounce the racist, anti-immigrant attacks being carried out by the Trump administration across the country through senseless deportations, family separations, and militarization of our southern border.

Military Drone Crashes Near Holloman Air Force Base

May 2, 2017

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - An unmanned MQ-9 Reaper crashed at
approximately 11:30am Tuesday, seven miles south of Highway 70.

First responders are on the scene at this time. The public is asked to
cooperate with all military and civilian personnel at the scene.

A board of qualified officers will investigate the cause of the accident.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Texans Urge Approval Of Medical Marijuana Legislation

May 2, 2017

  Commentary: AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House Committee on Public Health is holding a hearing Tuesday on a bipartisan proposal to fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the driver of a Dodge pickup that crashed its way into a gated community on April 10.

The four-door Dodge Ram can be seen on video surveillance entering a gated community on Pegasus Road in Sonoma Ranch and crashing into a motorized gate as it closed. The crash damaged the gate. The incident, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, caused approximately $4,000 in damages to the gate and motor.

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced Tuesday that John W. Gose from San Miguel pleaded guilty to four meth-related counts in a Las Cruces courtroom on Monday. Gose, 56, was charged with two counts of Trafficking by Manufacturing — each a second-degree felony — and one count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Native American Dem Leader Eyes Congressional Seat In New Mexico

May 2, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The outgoing leader of the New Mexico Democratic Party is running for an open congressional seat and hopes to become the nation's first Native American congresswoman.

Debra Haaland recently filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to run for the state's First Congressional District.

Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, is seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, an Albuquerque Democrat who is stepping down to run for New Mexico governor. The open congressional race is expected to draw a number of candidates.

$850,000 Siphoned From Rural Water Association, Auditor Says

May 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former office manager is accused of siphoning some $850,000 from a rural drinking water system that serves thousands of people in southeastern New Mexico, the state auditor's office said Tuesday.

State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed that his office has forwarded information to authorities about the alleged theft at the Otis Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association.

Monitor Cites Lack Of Police Scrutiny In Use-Of-Force Cases

May 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal court monitor says he's mystified and startled by the lack of scrutiny the highest ranking officers in the Albuquerque Police Department give use-of-force cases.

James Ginger made the comments in his latest report on the police department's progress in overhauling how it trains officers to use force and handle encounters with people suffering from mental illness.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the report was filed Tuesday in federal court. It covers the department's efforts from August 2016 through January 2017.

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation officials and the Navajo Generating Station's managing owner express optimism about reaching an agreement soon to keep the coal-fired power plant operating through 2019.

The Salt River Project and the tribe say they've made "considerable progress" in negotiations on a replacement lease, which would preserve jobs and revenue for the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe.

The plant's owners cited availability of less expensive power from natural gas when they announced in February they plan to close it in December 2019 when their lease expires.

Former Media Executive Jumps Into Race For New Mexico Governor

May 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former CBS and Univision executive says he will seek the Democratic nomination for New Mexico governor.

Jeff Apodaca, son of former Gov. Jerry Apodaca, told The Associated Press he is formally launching his campaign on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old Apodaca says is running because he is "frustrated" with the state's current political leadership. Apodaca, who has never held political office, also says economic development and college investment to battle the state's poverty rate will be key themes of his candidacy.

Alamogordo NOW

May 2, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, trouble at the Otero County Detention Center and affordable homes for homeless veterans. 

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New Mexico police investigating how man got nailed to tree

May 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say a man has been found alive with his hands nailed to a tree in a forest.

They say officers received a call around 8:30 a.m. Monday about an injured man on the east bank of the Rio Grande.

Police say they found a man standing in front of a tree with his hands next to his shoulders and each of his hands had one nail through it.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the nails were about 3 inches long and the man wasn't bleeding when officers found him.

Police removed the man from the tree and took him to a hospital.

Udall: Spending Bill Includes Key Funding For New Mexico

May 1, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, environment and arts and culture programs, issued the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.

Groundbreaking for NMSU Heritage Farm trail set for Thursday

May 1, 2017

Be one of the first to see the future Heritage Farm Interpretive Trail at a groundbreaking ceremony from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. The trail is part of New Mexico State University’s larger plan for the Heritage Farm development west of the campus.

The site is located off College Avenue, southwest of the Las Cruces Convention Center and just west of East Union Avenue.

Heinrich: Today And Every Day, I Stand With Our Immigrant Communities

May 1, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich  (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of May Day: 

“Hispanic, Latino, and immigrant communities have long helped write the economic, social, and cultural story of New Mexico and the nation. I know the promise that America represents for families. I know how hard immigrants work, how much they believe in this country, how much they're willing to give back, and how different my own life would be if America had turned my father away when he immigrated here as a young boy.

Castro Won't Challenge Cruz In '18

May 1, 2017

  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro says he won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 after spending months considering a run against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Democrat's announcement Monday helps clear the Democratic primary field for his fellow Texas congressman, Beto O'Rourke, who has already launched a Senate campaign. Cruz is coming off a failed run for president and will be seeking re-election for the first time.

Las Cruces-Area Law Enforcement Plans Vigil For Fallen Officers

May 1, 2017

   

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, along with New Mexico State Police, the Las Cruces Police Department and several other local law-enforcement agencies, will gather next week to honor officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Heinrich: Today And Every Day, I Stand With Our Immigrant Communities

May 1, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich  (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of May Day: 

“Hispanic, Latino, and immigrant communities have long helped write the economic, social, and cultural story of New Mexico and the nation. I know the promise that America represents for families. I know how hard immigrants work, how much they believe in this country, how much they're willing to give back, and how different my own life would be if America had turned my father away when he immigrated here as a young boy.

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $331,811 to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for several Superfund cleanup sites around the state and general Superfund activities.

“Superfund cleanups are vital to ensuring communities don’t have to bear the burden of legacy contamination,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “This grant will help the state find and look at properties that might need assistance.”

NMSU research shows technology may help speed political polarization

May 1, 2017

While pundits and news outlets claim political polarization in America is at an all-time high since the November 2016 election, a study led by New Mexico State University researchers may have discovered one of the factors driving it – customization technology.

“The MIT folks and others mapped out the social network sphere looking at the reds and blues and how they don’t talk to each other,” said Igor Dolgov, NMSU psychology associate professor, “but we are only one of two research teams to have tested the proposed mechanisms experimentally.” 

US Wildfire Risk Is Above Average For Southwest, Florida

May 1, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Forecasters are predicting significant wildfire activity this summer across the southwestern U.S. and in Florida, Georgia plus some parts of California and Nevada.

Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said Monday in their 2017 summer fire outlook that heavy winter snow and spring rains will probably delay the onset of this season's worst wildfires.

The snow and rain is helping decrease the potential for wildfires in other parts of the country.

New Mexico Democrats Pick Santa Fe Man To Lead Party

May 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The new chairman of the state Democratic Party plans to heal divisions within the party stemming from last year's presidential election.

Richard Ellenberg of Santa Fe was selected to serve as state party chairman Saturday over outgoing Vice Chairman Juan Sanchez III, a 25-year-old from Belen. Members of the party's central committee made the decision in a 200-120 vote.

Ellenberg, 69, is a retired lawyer and was previously the chairman of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party.

New Management Takes Over New Mexico-Based National Lab

May 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists and researchers at the federal government's largest national laboratory will continue to focus on national security and work related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons despite the first management change in decades at New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories, officials said Monday.

Director Stephen Younger discussed the lab's future during a news conference that marked the official takeover by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International.

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