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Slain Teen Suffered At 'Hands Of A Monster,' Sheriff Says

Jan 30, 2018

A 13-year-old boy whose body was found buried off a rural highway in New Mexico had endured years of abuse that included being locked for hours inside a dog kennel, authorities said Tuesday.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia choked back tears as he provided more details about the case that authorities described as gruesome and heartbreaking.

"I can honestly say this poor child suffered at the hands of a monster," the sheriff said of Thomas Wayne Ferguson, who was dating the boy's mother and has an extensive criminal history, including for child abuse.

Space Shuttle Columbia: Her Mission Continues

Jan 30, 2018
NASA

Fifteen years ago, the world was rocked when disaster befell the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After 27 missions, the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, killing all seven crew members. The entire Shuttle fleet was grounded for more than two years while teams of experts worked to make sure more safety procedures were in place for future flights. To this day, researchers continue to study the Columbia as they strive to understand the actions and reactions of objects and materials subjected to the rigors of space travel.

A Radium Springs woman faces six felony charges after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives alleged she knowingly gave her 13-year-old daughter candy containing marijuana.

Sylvia A. Rubio, 38, was arrested Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, Rubio’s daughter allegedly took marijuana and chocolates containing marijuana to school last November. The school principal, upon learning the child had them in her possession, referred the incident to Child Protective Services.

Fronteras 803: LC Gospel Rescue Mission - Randy Smith

Jan 30, 2018

Las Cruces to Host Meeting Series for General Obligation Bond Projects

Jan 30, 2018

The City of Las Cruces needs resident input on community facilities and facility upgrades for an upcoming bond election scheduled later in 2018.  Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:

General Obligation (GO) bonds are the main funding source for basic infrastructure our growing community requires to thrive. This infrastructure includes items such as parks, trails, swimming pools, facilities for fire stations, libraries and much more.

Las Cruces Elementary School Celebrates Additions And Renovations

Jan 30, 2018

LAS CRUCES---Hermosa Height Elementary School (HHES) hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of $3.5 million worth of additions and renovations to the campus Tuesday.  Here is the information provided by LCPS:

“The new facility gives us the space we needed to accommodate our school’s growing population,” said HHES Interim Principal Shelley Harris. “Prior to this project, physical education classes were held in portables and we had to have seven different lunch periods because of the limited size of our cafeteria.”  

WNMU Regents Discuss Legislation, Approve Audit Report

Jan 30, 2018

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents heard from a number of state leaders and unanimously approved Western New Mexico University’s Fiscal Year 2017 audit report during their meeting at the New Mexico capitol on Jan. 25, 2018.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

Chair Jerry A. Walz, Vice Chair Janice Baca-Argabright, Student Regent and Secretary/Treasurer Arlean Murillo and Regent Dr. Dan Salzwedel were in attendance. Dr. Carl Foster was unable to attend.

Udall, Heinrich Call On Trump To Follow Through On Promise To Combat Opioid Crisis

Jan 30, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are urging President Trump to support a Senate proposal to dedicate $25 billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico and across the country. In a letter to the president, the senators noted that although Trump in October declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency,” he has done little since then even as addiction is ravaging communities and claiming 142 lives per day nationwide.

Despite Law, President Trump Refuses To Enforce Sanctions Against Russia

Jan 30, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 30, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration not imposing sanctions on Russia, despite a new law designed to punish Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Power Agency Interested In SunZia Transmission Project

Jan 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal entity that markets and transmits electricity across the West is expressing interest in a proposed transmission line that would link Arizona and New Mexico and serve as a path to get renewable energy to large markets in the region.

Developers of the SunZia transmission project say they and the Western Area Power Administration have reached an agreement that includes terms and options for the agency's potential participation in the project.

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Jan 30, 2018

Alamogordo NOW

Jan 30, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, an intersection with a history of traffic accidents has been reopened after undergoing construction and a fire at a popular restaurant causes it to close to down.         

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3 arrested in homicide case involving New Mexico teenage boy

Jan 29, 2018

 

   SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested in the death of a teenager in New Mexico including the boy's mother.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials say investigators received confidential information last Thursday regarding a possible homicide.

They built a case over the weekend and announced on Monday the arrests of 42-year-old Wayne Ferguson, 35-year-old Tracy Ann Pena and 19-year-old Jordan Anthony Nunez in connection with the death of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia.

Authorities say Valencia is Pena's son.

Border Patrol Agent Interrupts Armed Robbery In Las Cruces

Jan 29, 2018

     A Border Patrol agent who stopped by a west Las Cruces convenience store for a cup of coffee reportedly interrupted a robbery in progress, and effectively detained two suspects before Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

   The incident happened just after midnight Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Pic Quik near Picacho and Shalem Colony Trail.

   According to sheriff’s detectives, the agent walked into the store just as the robbery was taking place. Two suspects, later identified as Andrew Chavez, 19 and Alyssa Chavez, 18, reportedly had a gun pointed at the cashier.

UPDATE: Driver In Las Cruces Crash Died In The Hospital

Jan 29, 2018

Chris D. McDonald, the 69-year-old driver involved in Friday’s single-vehicle crash on south Valley Drive, was pronounced dead later that day at Memorial Medical Center.

At about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, McDonald was driving south on Valley in a red Chevrolet Blazer when, it appears, he suffered some type of medical episode. His vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a chain link fence near a business just south of Boutz Road.

Lonnie Allsup, Founder Of Allsup's Convenience Stores, Dies

Jan 29, 2018
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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Lonnie Allsup, who started a chain of Allsup's Convenience Stores that expanded throughout New Mexico and Texas, has died.

The Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis, New Mexico, confirmed Allsup died Sunday. He was 84.

A cause of death was not immediately known.

Allsup and his wife, Barbara, grew up in the small town of Morton, Texas, before purchasing a "drive-in" grocery store in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1956. From there, they grew Allsup's into a chain of 300 stores in 160 towns and cities.

Legal Challenge Targets New Mexico Driver's License System

Jan 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A legal challenge filed Monday in state district court accuses New Mexico of unlawfully denying driver's authorization cards to some residents under a system adopted in 2016 to meet federal REAL ID Act requirements.

Civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups claim the state has failed to fully and correctly implement the driver's license law and that requiring unnecessary documentation for a driver's authorization card is causing confusion and hardship for some.

Albuquerque Officer Who Adopted Addicted Baby To Meet Trump

Jan 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer who convinced a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child will attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as a guest of the president.

Officer Ryan Holets will attend Trump's speech on Tuesday after he and his wife were praised last month for adopting the baby girl they named Hope. They adopted the girl after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her baby.

The baby is now 10-weeks-old and is recovering after being born with an opioid addiction.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced that Dreamer and 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Ivonne Orozco-Acosta will be his special guest at President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Orozco-Acosta, a teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, is one of the estimated 7,000 Dreamers that live in New Mexico.

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov), apartment dwellers are 50 percent more likely to be victims of theft than people who own homes. Despite that fact, a survey of 1,400 renters by Apartments.com revealed that just over two-thirds of apartment dwellers and more than half of home renters don’t carry insurance. Why?

Josh Grider to perform at Farm & Ranch in Las Cruces

Jan 29, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Josh Grider is coming home.   The country music performer and Las Cruces native will perform March 3 at 7 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The indoor concert and dance, which will be during the Museum’s annual Cowboy Days weekend, is part of Grider’s spring tour to promote his highly anticipated new album, Good People.  Here is the information provided by the Farm and Ranch Museum:

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Jan 29, 2018

NM Lawmakers Consider Funding For School Security

Jan 29, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico public schools would have additional money to spend each year on security under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

Supporters initially sought as much as $60 million for the effort but decided Friday to reduce the request to $25 million as lawmakers work on crafting a state budget.

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Jan 29, 2018

Monday Business Watch

Jan 29, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale and the Aggies who launched it, a column on leadership resolutions, and legislative goals for the business community.  

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New Mexico State beats UMKC 73-48, improves to 6-0 atop WAC

Jan 28, 2018

  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zach Lofton scored 19 points and New Mexico State rolled to a 73-48 victory over UMKC on Saturday night to remain undefeated atop the Western Athletic Conference.

New Mexico State (18-3, 6-0) has won seven straight games since its five-point loss to Southern California in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 25. UMKC (6-17, 1-5) has lost six of its last seven.

Message To New Mexico: Investing In Children Is Economic Development

Jan 28, 2018
Mother and Child, Little Feet Day Care, Farmington, NM, 1999, photo © Don Usner

  Over the last two decades, New Mexico has turned its pockets inside out to keep old businesses from leaving and attract new ones to open their doors.

It cut the capital gains tax, letting corporate interests retain more of their profits. It slashed the personal income tax for top earners by almost half, allowing the wealthy to hold onto more of their earnings. It chipped away at the gross receipts tax, so consumers could save money on their purchases.

Jack Bauer, the lead character played by Kieffer Sutherland in the groundbreaking series “24,” survived political coups, nuclear and bio-chemical threats, treason, torture, and more. That series started the career of a screenwriter, Anne Cofell Saunders, who has gone on to become a writer/ producer and co-executive producer of various series.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jan 28, 2018

I-10 East @ Mesa

Daytime

Monday, Jan. 29

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·     The North Mesa Street entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

Detour:  Motorists should use an alternate entrance ramp to I-10 East. Detour signs will direct people to Doniphan Drive and then to the Sunland Park Drive entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound.

Crews will be moving 960 feet of barrier walls and re-configuring lane geometry on the entrance ramp. [No Map]

I-10 West @ Executive

Overnight

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