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Texas town looks to tell story of Mexican guest workers

Mar 4, 2017

A Texas border town is working to restore what is believed to be the only remaining site that once helped process the millions of Mexicans who came to the U.S. as temporary guest workers under a program that started during World War II.

The crumbling white adobe buildings at Rio Vista Farm in Socorro were the arrival point for "braceros" — Spanish for laborers. The braceros came to the U.S. to work on farms and railroads as part of a program in the middle part of the 20th century.

New Mexico school building gets historic designation

Mar 4, 2017

An elementary school in southern New Mexico that served for more than a quarter-century as a segregated school for African-American students has been added to the national list of historic places.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary was as a four-room school from 1926 until 1957. It has since served as the city of Vado's community center and home to a federal program that promotes school readiness for low-income families.

Vado residents gathered Tuesday to celebrate the building's historic designation, which became official on the last day of Black History Month.

March Events Mark 1916 Raid

Mar 4, 2017
Anthony Moreno

Commentary: At a time when nationwide controversy surrounds the subjects of immigration and our country’s relationship with our southern neighbor, the Village of Columbus, New Mexico chooses to move forward rather than backward and has invited horseback riders and other friends from Mexico to participate in the 2017 Binacional Cabalgata/Raid Day commemoration.

New Mexico Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Transgender Rights Case

Mar 4, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of a transgender student – known as G.G. – who is suing the Gloucester County School Board for discrimination. Attorney General Balderas is asking the United States Supreme Court to recognize protections for transgender students under federal education law. Protections based on gender identity already exist in New Mexico law under our state’s Human Rights Act.

National Conference Highlights Aggie Pathway

Mar 4, 2017

San Francisco – Doña Ana Community College (DACC) recently displayed the “Aggie Pathway” as an innovative approach to help students graduate. The exhibit took place at the recently completed Achieving the Dream (ATD) student success conference.

  EL PASO, Texas – Access to some UTEP streets will be limited temporarily in March 2017 as one campus project ends and another begins, but University leaders and contractors have worked to minimize any inconvenience.

 

Work crews plan to lay asphalt along Hawthorne Street at three intersections – Rim Road, Schuster Avenue and Crosby Avenue – to complete the main work for the Hawthorne Street Pedestrian-Bike Enhancement Project.

 

Irrigation to Begin on the Rio Grande Project

Mar 4, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. – Water movement on the Rio Grande Project is set to begin next week in preparation for the upcoming irrigation season.

The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releases from Elephant Butte Dam at 8 a.m. on March 6 to move water to Caballo Reservoir. The release will quickly ramp up to 600 cubic feet per second. The release rate will double the following week.

The release from Caballo Dam is scheduled to begin on March 31 at 550 cubic feet per second. 

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Mar 4, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, March 8, 8:30 am - 1 pm.

o   Saturday, March 11, 8:30 am - 1 pm

o   Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 am - 1 pm.

o   Saturday, March 18, 8:30 am-1 pm

Las Cruces Museum System: Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum Free Admission!

  • Railroad Museum

o   Coloring Club for Adults – 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

Departments from across New Mexico State University have put together a fun evening of demonstrations and hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math for students and parents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at Sonoma Elementary School.

“It’s an effort of several departments across the campus to come together and reach out to the Sonoma Express Parent Teacher Organization to give elementary and middle school kids a taste of arts and sciences at NMSU,” said Anne Hubbell, professor of communication studies, and one of the organizers of the event.

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – The Senate passed House Bill 113 by Representative Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) and Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo) which would increase access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet throughout New Mexico. The legislation would create a statewide broadband network and make it more attractive for providers to invest in broadband infrastructure by combining demand for internet access among public and education institutions.

Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill Goes to Governor’s Desk

Mar 4, 2017

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico could soon join the booming industrial hemp marketplace. House Bill 144, sponsored by Representatives Bealquin “Bill” Gomez (D-La Mesa), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rick Little (R-Chaparral), which establishes an industrial hemp research program in New Mexico, has passed both the House and Senate and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

 

New Mexico House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

Mar 4, 2017

  Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – House Bill 442 passed the House along mostly party lines in a 37-30 vote. HB 442, sponsored by Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Miguel P. Garcia (D-Albuquerque), would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a sensible increase over the current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour.

Senator Ron Griggs

Mar 3, 2017

Brandon Vasquez

Mar 3, 2017

Brandon Vasquez is a student at Dona Ana Community College.  His parents brought him to the United States from Mexico at the age of 2.  He has no memories of that journey and the United States is the only home he's ever known.  Brandon benefited from President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.  But with the Trump Administration now in power, Brandon and millions of others are worried.  Fred Martino talked with Brandon.

KRWG-TV Story Featured On PBS Newshour

Mar 3, 2017

A report by KRWG-TV's Simon Thompson appeared this week on the PBS Newshour.  The report highlights U.S. citizen students who live in Mexico, but attend the Deming Public Schools.

New Mexico Lawmakers Take Up Solitary Confinement

Mar 3, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers are considering legislation designed to curb solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the state.

The House Judiciary Committee is expected Friday to debate a measure that would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for inmates younger than 18, pregnant female inmates and those who have a serious mental illness.

Supporters say isolating such inmates is expensive, a factor lawmakers are being forced to weigh as the state grapples with a budget shortfall.

'Right To Die' Bill In New Mexico Heads To Senate Committee

Mar 3, 2017

A proposal that would allow terminally ill patients in New Mexico to end their lives with help from doctors faces its first test in the state Senate.

The Democratic-controlled Senate Public Affairs Committee is scheduled Friday to debate a bill opposed by the Catholic Church and Gov. Susana Martinez. The measure would prevent New Mexico doctors from facing prosecution for helping terminally ill patients end their lives.

Six other states and the District of Columbia allow residents to end their lives legally with medication prescribed by a physician.

Your Weekend Pulse

Mar 3, 2017

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 2nd Annual Las Cruces International Film Festival, cowboy days, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. 

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Road Rage In Las Cruces Leads To Stabbing

Mar 2, 2017

Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate an apparent road rage incident from Wednesday evening that resulted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy.

The teenage boy was initially transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center and then to University Medical Center of El Paso. He remains hospitalized in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

High School Art Exhibit In Las Cruces

Mar 2, 2017

LAS CRUCES---Featuring everything from an elaborate paper mâché sculptures to detailed animal portraits, the Annual LCPS High School Art Exhibition is on display now through Friday, April 21, in the LCPS Administration Building lobby, 505 South Main Street, Suite 249. In recognition of the artist’s work, an opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, March 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Administration Building lobby.

New Mexico Senate Passes Bill For Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

Mar 2, 2017
Senator Cliff R. Pirtle - (R)

Commentary: Santa Fe- “Summertime all the time not only sounds great, it makes sense,” Senator Cliff Pirtle said. The Roswell State Senator is once again sponsoring a bill to avoid the unnecessary inconvenience of springing forward, falling back.  His bill, SB 239  would keep New Mexico on Daylight Saving Time for 12 months, instead of the current eight. He said it does not make sense to change to  Standard Time for only four months. Senator Pirtle said,  “No one likes changing clocks twice a year, so let’s stop doing it.”  

Several Injured After Car Plows Into Cafe In Santa Fe

Mar 2, 2017

Police say several people are reported to be injured after a car crashed into a cafe in Santa Fe.

None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, but police say a few people are believed to have suffered broken legs.

A police spokesman says a driver intended to hit the brake on her car but instead stepped on the accelerator.

That caused her car to plow into the Jambo Cafe restaurant around noon Thursday.

Emergency vehicles transported victims to hospitals for treatment and police routed traffic around the area.

New Mexico Senate Wants Lower Marijuana-Possession Penalties

Mar 2, 2017

Criminal penalties in New Mexico for possession of small amounts of marijuana would be replaced with a $50 fine under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Thursday to replace penalties including possible jail time for low-level marijuana possession violations with a purely monetary penalty.

Possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana or drug paraphernalia would be handled much like a traffic ticket, with no court appearances unless the $50 fine is challenged.

The Latest: New Mexico Senate Approves Gasoline Tax Increase

Mar 2, 2017
Office of the Governor

The Latest on proposed tax increase amid a budget crisis in New Mexico (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a plan to shore up state financial reserves and boost road maintenance spending by increasing taxes gasoline, diesel and vehicle sales.

Senators in the Democratic majority were joined by three Republicans on Thursday in approving a bill to raise about $180 million annually.

LAS CRUCES--- Thanks to a newly established agreement between Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) and MountainView Regional Medical Center (MVRMC), four LCPS high schools have each received part-time, assistant athletic training services, in return for in-kind advertising at district sporting events. The agreement is expected to save the district $24,000, while providing more than $80,000 worth of athletic training services, every year, said LCPS officials.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Mar 2, 2017
Photo by Jim Rodgers

March 3, 5 – 7 p.m. Downtown Ramble with Jim Rodgers, Photographer

During the Downtown Ramble, photographer Jim Rodger’s show in the El Paso Electric Gallery will open with an artist reception. His show, “The Beauty of the Southwest,” includes color and black and white photographs. 

March 4, 7 p.m.

We are One Dance and Drum

Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Dr. Jamie Bronstein will present a lecture entitled “Ladies, Have You Heard?: The Strange History of the Equal Rights Amendment in New Mexico” at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main St.

Udall Calls On Attorney General Sessions To Resign

Mar 2, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down after new revelations that he misled Congress about his contacts with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. Udall issued the following statement:

Heinrich Statement On Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Mar 2, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s meetings with the Russian Ambassador:

“Attorney General Sessions needs to come clean and testify under oath and answer questions in a public hearing. If he committed perjury or even misled or knowingly withheld information from Congress and the American people, then he should resign.

Udall Statement On His Vote To Confirm Rick Perry As Secretary Of Energy

Mar 2, 2017
Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on his vote to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Udall is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which writes the budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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