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Silver City, NM – As a result of the Edwina & Charles Milner Women in the Arts lecture given by One Million Bones founder Naomi Natale and project manager Susan McAllister at Western New Mexico University in late September, the One Million Bones project found a permanent home.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit of Premium Taxes

Oct 24, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance’s (OSI) collection of premium taxes owed by insurance companies. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the special audit earlier this year to resolve longstanding questions about the amounts owed to the state from insurance companies. The audit examined 30 insurers during the period from 2003 to 2016, including health insurers, life insurers and property and casualty insurers.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of using Social Media to Solicit Teenager

Oct 24, 2017

Las Cruces police arrested a 52-year-old man suspected of using social media to solicit a teenage boy.

Roger Irving Cobb, who resides on the 1000 block of west Amador Avenue, is charged with one count of child solicitation by electronic device. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.

Investigators learned on Oct. 19 that Cobb used Facebook Messenger to send a sexually explicit note to a 14-year-old boy, asking if he would engage in sexual activity.

Silver City, NM – In analyzing this fall’s census data, Western New Mexico University found that the 10 percent drop in enrollment this year was largely due to the decrease in dual enrollment students. In examining the causes, WNMU found a correlation between the decline and the loss in qualified instructors, due to the Higher Learning Commission’s new accreditation requirements.

Dual enrollment accounts for nearly eighty percent of WNMU’s drop in overall enrollment.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Federal Cocaine Conviction

Oct 24, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Alan Aran, 30, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a cocaine trafficking charge.

The City of Las Cruces is holding a Public Input Meeting to discuss possible changes to ordinance 2566: Parking Restrictions for Recreational Vehicles. The meeting will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in Conference Rooms 2007 B&C at Las Cruces City Hall (700 N. Main Street).

Zuhl Museum At NMSU Holds Grand Re-opening Thursday

Oct 24, 2017

The Zuhl Museum on the NMSU Las Cruces campus has always been an amazing spot to see rocks, fossils, and beautiful displays of petrified wood.

And this week…the museum is showing off a major expansion.

The public is invited for a ribbon cutting at 2:30pm Thursday and a reception from 5pm to 7pm.

From the Zuhl website:

Part art gallery, part natural history museum, the Zuhl Museum at NMSU is the home of the Zuhl Collection containing over 1,800 beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.

Report Examining Child Well-Being Has Bad News For New Mexico

Oct 24, 2017
New Mexico Voices for Children

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico’s children — in all racial and ethnic groups except African American — lag behind their demographic cohorts across the nation when it comes to meeting key milestones that will help them achieve their unique potential. That’s according to data in the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico government analysts are warning that shrinking enrollment and limited funding at many public state colleges and universities may lead to tuition increases that few local students can afford.

A report released Tuesday from staff at the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee shows that a shrinking portion of the state budget is being devoted to higher education as enrollment declines.

Lawmakers are being warned of the need for greater efficiencies to avoid tuition and fee increases that threaten college affordability.

 

TSE BONITO, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation says the tribe is angry the U.S. Department of Justice decided not to prosecute a former Winslow officer for fatally shooting a 27-year-old woman.

The Gallup Independent reports Navajo Nation attorney Katherine Belzowski announced last week the tribe might file a lawsuit against the Winslow Police Department after the U.S. Department of Justice opted not to pursue charges.

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Alamogordo NOW

Oct 24, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, Crime Stoppers of Otero County held their annual fundraiser and named their Crime Stopper of the Year.         

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Satirical 'Ask A Mexican' Column To End After Decade Run

Oct 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The "Ask A Mexican" column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end.

The column's founder, Gustavo Arellano, told The Associated Press on Monday that the final version of the humorous installment will appear online for Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi. The column will not appear in the OC Weekly of Fountain Valley, California, the publication where the column began, he said.

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Oct 23, 2017

New Mexico Music Legend Al Hurricane Dies At 81

Oct 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer. Two of his daughters were at his side.

He was 81.

Hurricane, Jr. said his father had already said his goodbyes to his friends, fans and his children. "He didn't want people crying when it was his time to go," his son said.

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Oct 23, 2017

Monday Business Watch

Oct 23, 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, Legacy Pecans opened up a storefront right off the Mesilla Plaza, Santa Teresa surpassed Albuquerque as the state’s top exporter, and ARCA has an open house for manufacturing day.       

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U.S. Foreclosure Activity Drops To 11-Year Low

Oct 23, 2017
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Foreclosure activity in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2017 fell 13 percent from the second quarter of the year and 35 percent below the third quarter of last year, according to an October 12 report from Attom Data Solutions. Attom is a multi-sourced national property data warehouse that collects foreclosure and other property characteristic data on 150 million homes in 217 metro areas in the U.S.

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3 men, apparently Mennonites, killed in northern Mexico

Oct 22, 2017

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three men have been found shot to death in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, and prosecutors say they appear to be members of the state's Mennonite community.

The state prosecutors' office said Sunday the bodies were found in the cab of a pickup truck with New Mexico plates in an area known as Campo Menonita 35. The men had been shot multiple times.

While the bodies have not been identified, the office said their appearance suggested they were Mennonites.

Zero Waste efforts from coast to coast

Oct 22, 2017

To avoid single-use plastic cups that may go into a recycling bin, or may be tossed in a trash bin, some communities such as Port Townsend, WA, are now providing reusable and rentable stainless steel and pottery beverage cups at events like “Concerts on the Dock.”

New Mexico State University will host the Southwest Conference on Campus Sexual Violence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dona Ana Community College East Mesa campus, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd

Klaus Wiemer, an alumnus of New Mexico State University and internationally renowned and award-winning researcher in fertility and embryology, will visit campus next week and speak to faculty, staff, students and members of the Las Cruces community. 

“My time at NMSU proved to be invaluable,” said Wiemer. “It helped me become the person I am today and helped prepare me to face all the challenges we face today both as a professional and a person.” 

Las Cruces Gala bumps up local Zero Waste efforts

Oct 22, 2017

“To make Zero Waste event recycling a reality, all you need is one person on the planning committee who is committed to recycling,” says Dael Goodman. She was that planning committee person for this year’s Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) annual Gala “A Wild Night for Wildlife.”

NMSU to host ‘Languages and Cultures Day’

Oct 22, 2017

All area middle- and high-school students are invited to attend the fifth-annual “Languages and Cultures Day,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, on the first floor of New Mexico State University’s Breland Hall.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and features 19 interactive sessions and presentations relating to a variety of languages and cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish. 

Rodeo team wraps up season with four event wins, all-around champion

Oct 22, 2017

Last weekend the New Mexico State University rodeo team headed north for the Mesalands college rodeo in Tucumcari. 

The men’s team placed fourth and the women’s team placed third for the final rodeo of the season.

“You’re either winning or learning and we’ve done a lot of both this semester,” NMSU Rodeo Coach Logan Corbett said. “I’m excited to see how the student athletes use their time off this winter to better themselves.”

Las Cruces area maps out plan for early childhood education

Oct 22, 2017
Sylvia Ulloa-New Mexico In Depth

  Charlie Garcia is a bubbly 4-year-old with soft brown curls. Sitting down for a small group activity on a late-August afternoon at Alpha School in Las Cruces, she chatters with her teachers and friends.

Sitting quietly nearby is Evelynn Aguirre McClure.

Assistant teacher Brittany Polanco encourages the two girls and their classmate to build a house and fill it with drawings of their families. Using popsicle sticks, Polanco shows them how to make the outlines, flip the sticks over, glue them and then flip them back over so they stick to the paper.

I-10 Closures This Week

Oct 22, 2017

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Tuesday, Oct. 24

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

·     Westbound Sunland Park Drive (in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive) will be closed between Mesa Hills Drive and the Sunland Park Entrance Ramp to I-10 Westbound. The far-right lane will be open to allow vehicle access to the Sunland Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound.

Crews will be setting barrier in preparation for work that will widen Sunland Park Drive. [Map 1]

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Thursday, Oct. 26

For the fifth year in a row, the Agriculture Day event is bringing family-friendly fun to Las Cruces Oct. 28 prior to the New Mexico State University Homecoming football game. You’ll find farm animals, games, prizes and samples of local food together at a completely free event.

NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and New Mexico Department of Agriculture are working with New Mexico State Athletics and other university partners to coordinate AG Day, which is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

Commentary: Las Vegas, NV - At the Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra was elected to the executive board of the national Democratic Women’s Caucus and Democratic Hispanic Caucus. Each office has a two year term.

 

The elections today, were part of the first Democratic National Committee meeting since Tom Perez was elected chair.

 

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