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Heinrich Leads Effort To Strengthen Airport And Mass Transit Security

Apr 7, 2016
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) successfully led the effort today to pass an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill that would enhance airport and mass transit security. The amendment would strengthen security, especially in non-secure "soft" target areas at airports, like check-in and baggage claim areas. The proposal would also update federal security programs to provide active shooter training for law enforcement and increase the presence of federal security teams with bomb-sniffing canines at these non-secure areas.

Teens Suspected of Las Cruces Auto Burglary Spree

Apr 7, 2016
Anthony Torres

  Las Cruces Police arrested a pair of teenagers suspected of burglarizing several vehicles that were parked – and left unlocked – in the ‘Dale’ neighborhood between Spitz Avenue and Elks Drive.

Anthony Torres, 17, and 16-year-old Deacon Castillo are charged with one count each of aggravated burglary (armed after entering), conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, possession of burglary tools, five counts of auto burglary and five counts of conspiracy to commit auto burglary.

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  The Board of Directors for New Mexico State University’s Aggie Development Incorporated will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, in Hadley Hall, Room 130, to hear a presentation from a real estate developer regarding construction and operation of a hotel property on the NMSU campus, located west of the Las Cruces Convention Center. Following the presentation, the board is expected to vote on the proposal. 

Financial Literacy Fair Coming To Las Cruces

Apr 7, 2016

  Las Cruces – Students will learn how to budget and save their way through college from community finance professionals next week.

Dona Ana Community College (DACC) will hold their third annual Financial Literacy Fair on April 12 from 10 am to 2 pm on the East Mesa campus in the DASR building commons area.

  Filled with colorful local artwork, luminous fish tanks, a flock of tropical birds and glittering gems inside Matteo’s glass jewelry cases, the bustling lobby of La Posta is familiar to those who have lived in Las Cruces for any length of time. 

Documentary On Life Of Chicano Poet Set For Wide Release

Apr 7, 2016
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A documentary based on Chicano writer Jimmy Santiago Baca is set for release in June and producers hope to get it into schools with Latino and Native American students.

Director Daniel Glick told The Associated Press the film will be released on DVD and online. It had been shown at festivals nationwide.

"A Place to Stand" follows the life of Baca from Estancia, New Mexico, to his time in the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona. It covers his rise from a nearly illiterate convicted criminal to one of the most recognized Mexican-American writers in the country.

New Mexico Saw Driest March In over 100 Years

Apr 7, 2016

The National Weather Service says last month marked the driest March for New Mexico in more than 100 years.

The agency said New Mexico saw its driest March since 1895 as drought has returned to the state.

Close to 20 percent of New Mexico is in moderate drought.

Almost all of the remainder of the state is classified as abnormally dry.

A dry spell that started in January and continued through February and March has permitted drought and very dry conditions to creep back into the state.

Western New Mexico University Approves Deal With Mexican College

Apr 7, 2016

Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with a university in Mexico on academic exchanges.

The Silver City-based school recently established a memorandum of understanding with Universidad Tecnologica de Parral that focuses on several partnerships.

Under the agreement, future collaborations will include academic exchanges for short-term language courses, English courses for the general public and summer camps.

Welding courses also will be offered to Universidad Tecnologica de Parral with a chance to earn certifications in welding technology.

Boston University professor to speak at NMSU about Cuban immigration

Apr 7, 2016

  A sociology professor and immigration expert from Boston University will speak at New Mexico State University next week about Cuban immigration.

Susan Eckstein’s lecture, titled “Cuban Immigration Exceptionalism: How and Why?”, will begin at 4 p.m. April 7 at Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The lecture, sponsored by NMSU’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies and the Department of Sociology, is free and open to the public.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week starts on April 10th, and The Dona Ana County District Attorney’s office is kicking off the week this Saturday with a celebration at Pioneer Women’s Park, which will include a victim’s memorial walk, a community resource expo, and free food.

The event will feature victims speaking out.

Pat Acosta is a survivor of domestic violence; she says her husband began abusing her after their first child was born.

Fiction Writers Paul Pedroza and Savannah Johnston to Read at NMSU

Apr 7, 2016

  Two acclaimed writers are appearing at New Mexico State University.  Paul Pedroza and Savannah Johnston are both fiction writers. They will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 8th, on the NMSU campus, in the Health and Social Services Building auditorium, Rm. 101.

 

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Visits New Mexico College

Apr 6, 2016
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   A member of the Supreme Court says U.S. law has become too complex for someone without extensive legal experience to work on the nation's highest court.

A student at St. John's College in New Mexico asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday whether there is still a place on the court for non-jurists like Earl Warren and Louis Brandeis.

Sotomayor says the law has become exponentially more complicated since their time and that a lot of that is the court's own creation. She said legal experience is a must.

Computer Glitch Erases 14,000+ Answers On Texas Standardized Tests

Apr 6, 2016

The state's top education official says a computer glitch erased answers on about 14,220 standardized tests taken by Texas high school students.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the Board of Education on Wednesday that many of the affected tests were taken by special education students.

Students must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to graduate high school. But last week, some in the Austin, Bryan and Arlington areas were unable to complete the exam known as STAAR because of glitches.

Community Connection - Alzheimer's Association - Maia Sideris

Apr 6, 2016

In this next Community Connection, we meet with the Southwest Regional Manager of the Alzheimer's Association, Maia Sideris. Maia tells us about what Alzheimer's is and what services their organization provides this community in dealing with this disease. More information about Alzheimer's Association can be found by visiting alz.org/newmexico.

  Many people often ask themselves if they want to be an entrepreneur, but not all entrepreneurs start out wanting to be or labeling themselves as such, said Scott Maloney, the Innovator-in-Residence for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University.

Maloney described his “typical non-typical” path to entrepreneurism at a recent Entrepreneur Encounters talk, which is part of a two-year speaker series at Arrowhead Center funded by 1982 NMSU chemical engineering alum Frank Seidel of Seidel Technologies. 

  This week, students from the groundbreaking program Atrévete a Emprender, or “Dare to Be an Entrepreneur,” will team with New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center for a weeklong residency. The program, which spans two countries and aims to increase regional economic collaboration and diversify industry, began last March and will continue for the next 12 weeks.

Issues And Answers: The Graduation Rate

Apr 6, 2016

Issues and Answers: The Graduation Rate. Guests include Senator Bill Soules, NMSU Education Dean Dr. Donald Pope-Davis, and  La Academia Dolores Huerta Middle School head administrator Octavio Casillas.

Judicial Committee Reviews Bail Bond Changes

Apr 6, 2016

A judiciary committee has redrafted state district court rules to bar judges from setting a bail bond higher than a defendant can afford for the sole purpose of keeping the person behind bars before trial.

The move Wednesday comes less than two months after state lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment with similar language that will go before voters for final approval in November.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction (Contractor) will have a FULL ROAD CLOSURE on Missouri Avenue on Thursday, April 7th between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Detours will be posted.

Proposed Water Pipeline Would Connect Santa Fe, Eastern NM

Apr 6, 2016

Santa Fe officials will consider an updated plan to bring water to the city through a pipeline from eastern New Mexico.

Roswell rancher Ron Green proposed a similar plan in 2007, causing widespread opposition in the southern part of the state. The controversial idea was the subject of 35 protests before the Office of the State Engineer rejected it in 2011.

Green says Santa Fe officials invited his company Berrendo LLC to discuss the new proposal. A City Council committee meeting will continue the discussion on Wednesday.

Marines Crews Conducting Refueling Training In Las Cruces

Apr 6, 2016

A southern New Mexico airport is hosting Marine Corp training in which aircraft crews practice refueling operations after flying in from Arizona.

Las Cruces International Airport officials say a training exercise scheduled Wednesday evening at the airport allows personnel to practice forward staging of equipment and fuel by refueling Osprey aircraft from a C-130 tanker.

A Marine Corps Air Station Yuma spokesman says the aircraft and crews are temporarily out of from the Arizona base where they're participating in a training course.

Spat Escalates Over Secret Legislative Records In New Mexico

Apr 6, 2016
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Staff attorneys and advisers to the New Mexico Legislature are standing by their refusal to turn over documents to prosecutors in the criminal investigation of former state Sen. Phil Griego.

The Legislative Council Service said Wednesday in court filings it is duty-bound to protect privileged communications between lawmakers including Griego and aides who help draft legislation.

  A series of five community meetings – one in each of Doña Ana County’s five commission districts – has been scheduled to solicit public input on priority needs for capital-outlay funding throughout the county. Once a priority list is compiled, the rankings will be entered into a statewide database and used to lobby the 2017 New Mexico Legislature.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 12 – Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 Lindbeck Rd., hosted by District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner Leticia Duarte-Benavidez.

Study: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Generates $177.44 Million

Apr 6, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO- New Mexico’s largest visitor event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, today announced results of a third-party economic impact study.

'Don't Mess With Texas' Anti-Litter Campaign Turns 30

Apr 6, 2016
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The Don't Mess With Texas anti-litter campaign has been around for 30 years with more chances to pick up trash across the state.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Wednesday marked the slogan's 30th anniversary with plans to display, in Dallas, some trash picked up along highways.

Boy Scouts across Texas can try to earn a special merit badge to mark the anniversary by taking part in a trash-off Saturday targeting roads. The partnership involves TxDOT and the group Keep Texas Beautiful.

Eighth Judge Excused From Political Fraud Case In NM

Apr 6, 2016
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A criminal fraud and bribery complaint against former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego has been reassigned to a new judge for the ninth time.

Santa Fe District Court Judge David Thomson was handed the case Tuesday. Griego's attorney excused Judge Sarah Singleton without explanation under provisions designed to ensure impartiality.

Griego pleaded not guilty at a Monday arraignment to criminal counts including fraud, bribery, perjury and tampering with public records. He was released on his own recognizance without a bail requirement.

Silver City Report

Apr 6, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer with the long awaited plan for the Gila River Diversion project. 

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NMSU to hold free Lamaze classes this summer

Apr 6, 2016

  The New Mexico State University School of Nursing will offer Lamaze childbirth preparation classes for free to pregnant women in their sixth to eighth month of pregnancy. 

NMSU nursing faculty and students are teaching the educational classes to women. To register, call college assistant professor Martha Morales at 575-646-8089 or email at moralest@nmsu.edu during the 16th to 24th week of pregnancy as classes fill quickly. 

Community Stakeholders met recently at NMSU to discuss how they can help more students graduate from high school. One session looked at how Las Cruces Public Schools’ Virtual Learning options are helping more students graduate on time.

In the 2014- 2015 academic year, Over 900 students from across the Las Cruces Public School district were taking classes online, with 20 students fully enrolled in online courses.

Dr. Marcy Oxford, Director of virtual learning for LCPS, says if needed students can graduate by taking all online classes.

Hopi artwork exhibit opens at NMSU University Museum

Apr 6, 2016

  The New Mexico State University Museum will host an opening reception for its newest show, “Itaa Katsi: Our Life,” an exhibition of Hopi artwork, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Kent Hall. 

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