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Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Meth Trafficking Conviction

May 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Mariano Ponce, Jr., 46, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Silver City, NM – Join Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS), community sponsors, and the public on Saturday, June 10, 2017 for the 9th Annual HMS “JUMP Into Summer” Family Fun Day. This exciting event will take place at Gough Park in Silver City from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The purpose of this annual, community event hosted by HMS is to highlight the importance of family fitness and nutrition through fun.

  EL PASO, Texas – Carol A. Parker, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso, effective September 1, 2017.

 

The New Mexico State University system launched the public phase of its $125 million comprehensive campaign, “Ignite Aggie Discovery,” by announcing a transformative gift from the Hunt Family Foundation to benefit Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

May 1, 2017

  Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Wednesday, May 10, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Las Cruces Police Investigate Death Of Four-Month-Old Boy

May 1, 2017

Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 4-month-old boy who was found by his parents to be unconscious and not breathing Saturday morning.

At about 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, Las Cruces police and firefighters were dispatched to a medical call on the 900 block of Madrid Avenue. Firefighters performed CPR on the infant for several minutes but were unable to resuscitate the 4-month-old. The infant was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Las Cruces Munson Center Dining Room Closure

May 1, 2017

The dining room at Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St., will be closed May 8, through May 12, 2017, for sanding and refinishing the dining room floor.

 

Monday Business Watch

May 1, 2017

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, the Telshor 12 gets comfy recliners for your movie enjoyment, a profile on the Las Cruces Academy of Dance and Music and the sustainable business of the year is announced.  

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Busy Week On Tap For The Texas Legislature

Apr 30, 2017

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Was the Texas House "sanctuary cities" debate a defeat for Speaker Joe Straus?

The passage of the bill requiring local police to help enforce federal immigration policy was a slam dunk for Republicans like Straus. But, in committee, the House had moved to soften a stricter measure approved previously by the state Senate that mandated that police only inquire about someone's immigration status after an arrest rather than after being just detained, which can include routine interactions like traffic stops.

Zachary Toups wasn’t always a computer science professor. Before he started teaching at New Mexico State University, he was a researcher attached to the Disaster Preparedness and Response group involved with Texas Task Force 1, one of 28 federal teams under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue System. These teams go to the scene of a disaster and search the debris to find survivors. 

Las Cruces Library Offers Free Computer Classes in May

Apr 30, 2017

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., will host free computer literacy classes during the month of May in the second floor, computer training lab. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits.

 

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

NMSU donors’ gifts of time and caring have tremendous impact

Apr 30, 2017

When Jag and Linda Cheema needed a family in their new hometown, New Mexico State University answered the call. When NMSU students needed a home away from home, the Cheemas dialed in. Now, the Jag and Linda Cheema Endowed Scholarship will create a way for student athletes to be their best, not only on the playing fields and courts but in the classroom as well. 

It’s a calm April morning and Don Gray of Gordon Environmental/PSC stands near the new 14.3 acre asbestos “cell” being developed at Corralitos Regional Landfill located fifteen miles west of Las Cruces. Gray holds the latest, greatest landfill technology: a lightweight drone fitted with a high quality camera and it’s controller.

On his phone – outfitted with an app to control and follow the drone – Gray sees what the drone sees from high in the sky: a grid overlaying the image of the new landfill cell.

"Innovate and Create" Summer Camp Offered for Girls In Grades 6-10

Apr 30, 2017

  The Innovate & Create Camp is an engaging two-week STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experience hosted at the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors for young women in grades 6-10. For two weeks this July (July 10-14, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017), participants will learn via guided maker activities that bridge technology, art, and history in fun an innovative ways. 

New Mexico dairy company gave big bucks for Trump inaugural

Apr 30, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

  Four New Mexico donors kicked in $145,500 to the committee that paid President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

That’s a fraction of the $107 million the inaugural committee reported raising in a report filed last week.

Select Milk Producers, an Artesia-based dairy company, kicked in $100,000.

I-10 Closures This Week

Apr 30, 2017

I-10 & Sunland

Daytime

Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·     The left lane on I-10 in both directions will close between Buena Vista and Sunland Park.

Crews are constructing new bridge columns in the area. [Map 1]

Daytime

Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·     The left turn lane from the I-10 Westbound Sunland Park Exit Ramp onto Sunland Park Drive will close.

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Salt Flat, Texas –   The public is invited to the dedication of the Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT), a new multi-use backcountry trail that connects Texas and New Mexico public lands. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This new recreation trail connects the highest point in Texas to the wilds of the New Mexico high country.

Raven Swamp, from Kahnawake, Quebec and member of the Mohawk tribe was crowned the 2017 Miss Indian World at the 34th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world.  Swamp received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking, and personality assessment. 

Snowstorm socks New Mexico, closing roads, state museums

Apr 29, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The spring snowstorm that socked New Mexico has shut down highways and state museums.

The National Weather Service on Saturday said road conditions in north and central New Mexico could be treacherous as a significant amount of snow and blowing snow has hit along Interstate 25 and Interstate 40.

State transportation officials also reported closures on I-25 and Highway 64 near Raton as of Saturday afternoon.

New Mexico Has New Democratic Party Leadership Team

Apr 29, 2017
dpnm.net

Commentary: New Mexico - On Saturday, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) elected a new leadership team to guide the Party into the 2018 election. Richard Ellenberg (Santa Fe) will serve as state Party chair, Naomi Martinez Parra (Lordsburg) will serve as vice chair, Katharine Clark will serve as secretary, and Robert Lara (Las Cruces) will continue to serve as Treasurer. 

Low Garnet Prices Delay Mine Project Near Alamogordo

Apr 29, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A gemstone mine that was once billed as a big potential job creator in a rural area of New Mexico has yet to get off the ground despite projections that it was supposed to be open by 2016.

The proposed Orogrande garnet mine was expected bring $160 million in economic development to Otero County and Alamogordo.

Next month, The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will celebrate its third anniversary, and now some in Las Cruces are worried that their recently designated national monument may be sized down thanks to a new executive order by President Trump.

Friday a crowd of people filled a ballroom at the Ramada Las Cruces Hotel and Conference Center to speak out against President Donald Trump’s executive order that called for a review of national monuments that were designated back to the start of 1996 and covered at least 100,000 acres.

The New Mexico State University system launched the public phase of its $125 million comprehensive campaign, “Ignite Aggie Discovery,” by announcing a transformative gift from the Hunt Family Foundation to benefit Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

Clerk's Office Prepares For Tuesday Las Cruces-Area Election

Apr 28, 2017
Scott Krahling- Doña Ana County Clerk

The Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District (DASWCD) election will be held Tuesday, May 2, for board members in zone positions 3 and 4.  

   The candidates are Joe Delk and Kevin Bixby for position 3, and D. Craig Fenske and Kent Thurston for position 4.  

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM – May 1st,  NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) leaders will launch their Week of Prophetic Resistance standing in solidarity with the national strike known as “Day Without an Immigrant”. Across the country, people will join in a general strike, they will not go to work, to school, or spend money, to show that immigrant communities m

NMSU works to build a culture of student philanthropy

Apr 28, 2017
Darren Phillips, NMSU

When Alexandra Tovar, a New Mexico State University senior studying Spanish, walked into NMSU’s Corbett Center Student Union on Nov. 29 and made her first Giving Tuesday donation, she was already part of a growing number of NMSU students who are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of future Aggies before they have crossed the graduation stage themselves.

Las Cruces Movies in the Park

Apr 28, 2017

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2017 Movies in the Park Program. Movies in the Park will begin at dusk on Saturday, May 13, with Disney’s “Moana”. Movies will be shown twice a month, May through September, on Saturdays at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., with the exception of Disney’s “The Jungle Book 2016,” which will be shown at the Plaza de Las Cruces on May 27. All movies are free.  

Federal Charges Lodged Against 28 Alleged Members Of Mexican Drug Ring

Apr 28, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Twenty-eight individuals are facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges as the result of a federal investigation targeting a Mexican drug trafficking organization (DTO) responsible for importing large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico, and distributing the drugs in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Illinois. 

Commentary: SANTA FE - Today, New Mexico's First Judicial Court ruled that a lawsuit charging that Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) must enforce state laws protecting working people against wage theft from their employers can go forward. Today's ruling denies DWS's request to dismiss the lawsuit. The individuals and groups who filed the case will request a final ruling from the court this summer.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary:  Mora – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly and Mora Federation of School Employees Union President, Faith Rivera, released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Mora Independent School District employees, and also a reaffirmation of the rights of educational employees who work under collective bargaining in New Mexico. All school districts – whether large or small – must respect their respective contracts, without exception.

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