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Silver City Report

Feb 1, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic. This week, it’s Grant County Day in Santa Fe and local superintendents are hoping to be heard.    

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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Comentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall made the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "I will thoroughly review the record of Judge Gorsuch and listen to the people of New Mexico before deciding how I will proceed with considering his nomination and how I will vote. However, I almost always disagreed with Justice Scalia's opinions and politics, and I believe the nation would be better off with a more mainstream, centrist justice in his seat.

Pearce Applauds Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Jan 31, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge in Denver, CO, for U.S. Supreme Court Justice:

Commentary:  Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to President Trump's appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:

 

Las Vegas Kidnapping Victim Found In New Mexico

Jan 31, 2017
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Police in northern New Mexico say a woman who had been kidnapped from her Las Vegas, Nevada, home was found bound by chains in the back of a van on Monday.

New Mexico State Police say that a woman had been forced out of her Las Vegas home earlier that day and that tips had come in about the suspects possibly taking the victim to Espanola.

New Mexico police stopped a van around 11 p.m. and found the woman bound by padlocked chains and handcuffed in the back.

The woman had visible injuries but was released from a hospital.

The Latest: New Mexico Governor Vetoes Some Budget Fixes

Jan 31, 2017
Office of the Governor

The Latest on efforts to balance the New Mexico state budget (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed portions of a budget solvency package that would have reduced funding for economic development incentives while preserving spending cuts that target school district reserves.

The line-item vetoes on Tuesday by the Republican governor keep in place most of a $216 million plan from the Democrat-led Legislature for plugging a budget deficit and rebuilding modest reserves.

El Pinto To Invest $7M In Salsa Manufacturing Operation

Jan 31, 2017

El Pinto Foods plans to expand its salsa business with a $7 million investment.

State officials announced the effort Tuesday, saying the expansion will result in more than 6,200 square feet of manufacturing space and about two dozen jobs. The state will contribute $250,000 in local economic development funds for the project.

The company currently produces 25,000 salsa and chile jars per shift and has the capacity to make up to 4 million jars a year.

  In 2016, the Daniels Fund provided $58.8 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

New Mexico communities are benefiting from $4.6 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state. The Daniels Fund’s New Mexico grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on education-related initiatives, maximizing impact by inviting grant requests from nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to improve the education continuum, from cradle to career.

Las Cruces Mother, Son Charged in Aggravated Battery Incident

Jan 31, 2017

A Las Cruces mother and her son are suspected of beating up a friend in a dispute over a television set.

Deborah K. Seely, 47, and her 25-year-old son, Joshua Bazzell-Seely, are both charged with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Las Cruces Police learned that on Saturday, Jan. 28, Deborah Seely and her son went to the home of a friend, a 40-year-old woman, to retrieve a TV that had been loaned to her. When Deborah Seely learned that the woman sold the TV, Seely allegedly punched the woman.

New Mexico Voters Outline Priorities for Trump Administration on Public Lands in New Survey

Jan 31, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS—New Mexico voters weighed in on the Trump Administration’s priorities for managing the use and protection of national public lands in a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project 

New Mexico State University’s Department of Government is hosting a colloquium series titled “Democracy in Question?” to reflect on the local, national and global implications of recent major political events such as the Brexit vote and the 2016 U.S. elections that are impacting democracy. 

A group of students and faculty from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) will visit the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary of Energy

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary: During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted against the confirmation of the former governor of Texas Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary. Senator Heinrich made the following statement:

Veto Deadline Nears On New Mexico Budget Fixes

Jan 31, 2017
Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has less than a day left to veto or allow passage of a budget solvency package approved last week by the Democratic-led Legislature.

The $216 million plan for plugging a budget deficit and rebuilding modest reserves goes into effect Tuesday afternoon if Martinez takes no action. She also has the authority to veto any and all provisions within the three budget-mending bills for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Highlands Professor, Group Want To Create A Latino Scholars Program

Jan 31, 2017

A Santa Fe-based nonprofit is working with an anthropology professor from New Mexico Highlands University to create a new Latino studies program at the School for Advanced Research.

Officials say the goal is to increase the pipeline for Latino scholars from throughout the nation.

Officials at the research school say they tapped Mario Gonzales' expertise in everything from immigration and border issues to indigenous people and Hispanics in the Southwest as they work to define the direction of the new program.

Gun-Safety Group Highlights Dangers To New Mexico Police

Jan 31, 2017

The national group Everytown for Gun Safety is highlighting the toll of gun violence against police officers in New Mexico as the state Legislature considers new regulations to ensure background checks on nearly all private firearms purchases.

The advocacy group for universal background checks says it reviewed instances where police were shot and killed since 1987 in New Mexico and found that the majority of shooters were prohibited or likely prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing firearms at the time.

Texas School Voucher Plan Unveiled, But May Not Pass

Jan 31, 2017
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has unveiled a voucher proposal giving families education saving accounts with public funding to send their children to private and religious schools.

Tea party-backed Patrick has long championed "school choice," and the Texas Senate approved a hot-button voucher bill last session.

But, in the state House, vouchers have been defeated by Democrats teaming with rural Republicans afraid of harming public schools considered the lifeblood of their small communities.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is laying out a new agenda that's expected to enthusiastically embrace President Donald Trump's crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities."

Abbott on Tuesday will deliver his State of the State address to the Republican-controlled Legislature at a time when Trump's executive actions on immigration and building a border wall promise to heavily impact Texas.

KRWG/Simon Thompson

Elephant Butte Dam was built in 1916 to store water flowing from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.  But more 100 years later, with increasing temperatures and a growing number of users… water managers are working to address the same supply challenges the dam was built to resolve.

Boy Scouts To Allow Transgender Children Into Programs

Jan 30, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs.

The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate.

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

New Mexico lawmakers have approved funding for the current legislative session and to the Judiciary to pay for jury trials, after an earlier version of the bill was vetoed.

The Senate and House on Monday approved amendments that reduce funding for the current legislative session by $300,000 from a bill vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez last week. The Administrative Office of the Courts would receive an $800,000 infusion to ensure continued funding of jury trials and court interpreters for months to come. The governor's support was uncertain.

NMSU to host fruit growers workshop at historic Los Luceros Ranch

Jan 30, 2017

ALCALDE – Los Luceros Ranch, one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historically significant properties, will be the site of the New Mexico Fruit Growers Workshop on Thursday, March 2.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host the workshop at the 148-acre ranch formerly owned by the family of Frank and Ann Cabot. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs purchased the property in 2008.

Courtesy: State of Texas

LAS CRUCES - The Las Cruces Channel (Comcast 98) will premiere a new documentary, exposing wildlife killing contests, including coyote killing contests, which are legal in the State of New Mexico. Wildlife killing contests are conducted for prizes and entertainment; awards are given to those contestants who shoot the most, the largest or the smallest of the targeted species. The film, Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests, will be shown every Saturday and Sunday in February at 11:30 a.m., exclusively on (Comcast Ch. 98) the Las Cruces Channel TV Station.  

poll of registered voters statewide taken by Research and Polling for Common Cause New Mexico Jan. 5 - Jan. 9, 2017 shows once again that New Mexico voters are HUGELY supportive of ethics and campaign reform measures.

New Mexico Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Evaluation Changes

Jan 30, 2017
NM Education Secretary Hanna Skandera

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is asking lawmakers to pass legislation aimed at reducing the percentage student test scores count on teacher evaluations.

Skandera said Monday she is recommending that student achievement be dropped from 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to 40 percent. She also would like principal observations to be counted more.

In addition, Skandera says she'd like to see an increase in the number of days exempt in teacher attendance from 3 days to 5.

LAS CRUCES---The Southwest International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing information and resources for people with dyslexia, will host the 30th Annual SWIDA Dyslexia Conference, February 24-25 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, NM.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a procedural motion to advance the nomination of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. In voting against the motion, Udall said that the Senate should halt proceedings on Tillerson until Tillerson has clarified whether he supports the president’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim nations. Udall previously joined Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in opposing Tillerson’s confirmation.

ilana lapid

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico- Yochi, an award-winning short film, will be screened at the Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces, Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

Yochi, written and directed by NMSU professor and filmmaker Ilana Lapid, was filmed in Belize, Central America last year.  The film won Best Short Film at the Belize International Film Festival in November. 

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Las Cruces Auto Burglary Arrest

Jan 30, 2017

A tip to Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of a Vado man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing at least one vehicle that was parked near a RedBox kiosk.

Damian Bautista, 20, who resides on Bishops Cap Road in Vado, N.M., is charged with one count each of auto burglary, and unauthorized use or theft of a credit card.

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