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Leaders in cancer research to speak at NMSU in March

Feb 27, 2017

  A not-so-average stomach bug and transparent fish embryo?

It’s your chance to learn more about a stomach cancer-causing bacterium and about how transparent zebrafish embryos are used to study human brain pathways with potential for cancer cells.

New Mexico State University is hosting two speakers who are leaders in cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. 

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a do pass motion on the Public-Private Partnerships Act (HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros) failed on a 7-4 vote in the House Labor and Economic Development Committee In response, CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement:

Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  Commentary: (Santa Fe, NM) –The New Mexico Senate today passed by a vote of 31 – 9 and with huge bipartisan support legislation to protect providers of health care who are falsely accused of fraud by the State.  The measure, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem, Mary Kay Papen(D-38-Dona Ana), establishes strong new procedures for due process.

DPNM Vice-Chair Sanchez Elected to National Leadership

Feb 27, 2017

Commentary: Atlanta, GA – This past Saturday at the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) meeting, Democratic Party of New Mexico Vice-Chairman Juan Sanchez III was elected to serve as the Vice-President of the ASDC, representing the Western Region. The ASDC supports state Democratic parties and representing their interests to the Democratic National Committee, and Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III specifically will represent Western states' on the national level.

Legislation to Add Solar Power on State Buildings Passes Senate

Feb 27, 2017

  Commentary: (Santa Fe)  With strong bipartisan support, the Senate today voted by a vote of 36 – 4 to pass Senate Bill 227, a bill that would require the State to utilize renewable energy on its 750 buildings so long as it would “provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs.”  Senator Jeff Steinborn (D- 36-Dona Ana), the sponsor of SB 227, said the move would be a huge win-win opportunity for the state of New Mexico.

NMSU engineering professor receives $500,000 NSF CAREER award

Feb 27, 2017

  An assistant professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, Wei Tang has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career award, which is a five-year, $500,000 grant. 

“I feel very lucky. Since 2003, this is the first NSF Career award in our department. We have been waiting for it for 14 years, so I really hope this award could help boost national recognition and ranking of our ECE department so there would be more awards to our department,” Tang said. 

Udall Statement On President Trump’s Budget Blueprint

Feb 27, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. Udall is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, ranking member of the Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Las Cruces Police: Suspect In Homicide Case Now In Custody

Feb 27, 2017

Police say a suspect is in custody in connection with a homicide at a Las Cruces home.

They say 19-year-old Taylor James "TJ" Enriquez is being held on suspicion of an open count of murder, one count of false imprisonment and one count of battery.

Police were dispatched to the home around 8 p.m. Sunday and found a man with multiple lacerations to his head and neck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as 23-year-old Alberto Nunez-Lopez of Mesquite. New Mexico.

19-Year-Old Charged In Sunday Homicide In Las Cruces

Feb 27, 2017
LCPD

Police have arrested the man suspected in Sunday evening’s homicide that occurred at a home on south Manzanita Street in Las Cruces.

 

Taylor James “TJ” Enriquez, 19, whose last known address was on the 900 block of Palmer Road, is charged with an open count of murder, one count of false imprisonment and one count of battery.

 

Blowing Dust Closes Freeway At The Arizona-New Mexico Border

Feb 27, 2017

A section of Interstate 10 on both sides of the Arizona-New Mexico border is closed in both directions for the second consecutive day because of blowing dust.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say eastbound lanes of I-10 in southeastern Arizona near San Simon were closed about noon Monday along with westbound lanes of the freeway at Lordsburg, New Mexico about 15 miles west of the state line.

There's no estimated time yet for the freeway to reopen.

One Dead In Apartment Fire Sunday Night In Las Cruces

Feb 27, 2017
LCFD

A structure fire Sunday evening on the 800 block of Idaho Avenue has claimed the life of a 67-year-old man.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Las Cruces firefighters were dispatched to the report of a fire at the Casa Pueblo Apartments at 808 E. Idaho Ave. First-arriving firefighters reported flames coming from a second-floor apartment with one person still inside the residence.

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Albuquerque Public Schools will keep its broad protections for transgender students even though the Trump administration is reversing a federal directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta tells the Albuquerque Journal that the district will keep its policy until the Trump administration issues explains its policy of letting the issue be decided at the local level.

Monday Business Watch

Feb 27, 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, temp jobs and the labor market and a Las Cruces businessman picks up where your pets leave off. 

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LAS CRUCES---Thanks to his original essay entitled, “The America I Believe In,” Adam Mssika, a sixth-grade student at Vista Middle School, won first-place in the New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 2016-17 Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest, after his essay was selected from a pool of more than 840 submissions from across the state, according to VFW officials.

"Cowboy Days" Coming To Las Cruces

Feb 26, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s 18th Cowboy Days festival will have some extra flavor.

The Museum in Las Cruces has added the first-annual Cowboy Days Chili Cook-off, sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), to its exciting, two-day schedule of activities. Cowboy Days is March 4-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for everyone 5 and older. There are no passes or coupons for this event.

Las Cruces Library Offers Free Computer Classes in March

Feb 26, 2017

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 201 E. Picacho Ave., will offer free computer literacy classes in the library’s second floor computer training lab during the month of March. 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 – 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7,

I-10 Closures This Week

Feb 26, 2017

I-10 & Mesa

Continuous

The following closures will remain in place through Friday, March 3:

·        The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Drive and South Desert Blvd.

·        The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close between Osborne Drive and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine at New Mexico State University, has launched a new Arrowhead StartupSprint aimed at all New Mexico tech startups, regardless of their affiliation with the university. StartupSprints support growth-driven companies through education, mentorship, and financing in a short period, cohort-based setting. 

New Mexico Democrats Embrace New DNC Leadership

Feb 25, 2017
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Commentary: Albuquerque N.M – Today, Democrats from across the country elected Secretary Tom Perez as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In his first action as DNC Chair, Perez nominated Representative Keith Ellison to serve as Deputy Chair of the DNC.  Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement:

Albuquerque airport beginning 15-month renovation project

Feb 25, 2017

Albuquerque's airport is beginning a renovation project to refurbish and upgrade the terminal's ticketing and baggage claims areas as well as its exterior.

Albuquerque International Sunport officials say the $30 million project is expected to take approximately 15 months.

Officials say the project will be completed in phases and that much of the work will be done night so passengers should see little disruption.

Man's Texas arrest shows conflicts over medical marijuana

Feb 25, 2017

A California man is facing possible prison time in Texas after he was arrested while carrying his supply of medical marijuana as he drove to Houston to visit his hospitalized granddaughter.  Phillip Blanton's case is an example of the nation's conflicting attitudes toward marijuana.

Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. In 2015, Texas passed a law letting patients with a rare form of epilepsy be legally treated with a compound found in the marijuana plant.

A crowd of about 200 people protested outside the Las Cruces office of Rep. Steve Pearce, the sole Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that demonstrators said they participated in the event because the 2nd District lawmaker didn't have an in-person town hall during the congressional recess this past week.

Protesters expressed frustrations about various concerns, including health care, public lands and President Donald Trump.

Silver Screen Festival Coming To Silver City

Feb 25, 2017

Silver City, NM – Roll ‘em! The Silver Screen Festival, taking place March 12, 2017, is an event promoting cinema in Southwest New Mexico. Last year, movie, television, and gaming production companies spent almost 400 million dollars in New Mexico. Most of that money was spent in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Las Cruces film community is attracting filmmakers to Southern New Mexico. The NMSU Creative Media Department and events such as the Las Cruces International Film Festival have drawn Hollywood’s attention, and Silver City is building off of that momentum. 

  Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. - Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its final legislative priorities, outlined in CVNM's legislative agenda. CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of our people. CVNM analyzes hundreds of pieces of legislation for impacts to New Mexico's air, land, water, public health and communities.

Martinez Remains Mum On Hemp Bills

Feb 25, 2017

  At the midpoint of New Mexico’s legislative session, bills that would legalize hemp research are moving at a clip through both chambers. But the governor’s not saying whether she’ll sign bills that would establish rules for cultivating the plant and a research fund at a state university, and remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

New Mexico infrastructure funding reform would lead to significant change

Feb 25, 2017

  Memorials to honor veterans, Bernalillo County public safety officers and gun violence victims.

“Shade structures” at schools and parks.

Improvements for tracks, baseball fields, and basketball and tennis courts and baseball fields.

Those are some of the “infrastructure” projects lawmakers funded by divvying up capital outlay money in 2016.

Meanwhile, a state-owned reintegration center for troubled young people in Eagle Nest requested $673,400 last year for renovations. Photos show sagging floors, torn carpet, broken appliances and other issues.

SCAM ALERT: “Bahamas Grandkids Scam” Hitting New Mexico Senior Citizens

Feb 25, 2017

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a second Scam Alert this week, this one warning senior citizens to protect themselves against the “Bahamas Grandkids Scam” that is hitting New Mexico. Scammers are calling New Mexico senior citizens from Ontario, Canada and Maryland phone numbers claiming that their grandchild is in jail for drunk driving in another country, namely the Bahamas. The scammers tell elaborate stories including details of a destination wedding the grandchild traveled to and then explain that after the wedding the grandchild was arrested.

   CARLSBAD, NM - For two days last weekend, eight Boy Scouts and three adult chaperones from Troop 10 in Las Cruces, New Mexico volunteered at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Members from Troop 10 came to the park to help one of their fellow scouts earn the rank of “Eagle Scout” by clearing two-miles of trail in the Yucca Canyon area. The scouts worked for 15 hours, over the two days, clearing overgrowth on and along the trail and installing rock cairns used for back country trail marking.

Art Workshops at Las Cruces Museums in March

Feb 25, 2017

The Las Cruces museums will be hosting art workshops at both the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N Main St., and Museum of Art,491 N Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in March.

The Branigan Cultural Center presents the family program Culture Club with the following schedule:

March 4 – Cherry blossom art. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower in Japan. Come learn their symbolism and create your own cherry blossom using soda bottles to stamp out the pattern of the beautiful pink flowers.

NMSU to host second Educators Rising state conference

Feb 25, 2017
Darren Phillips, NMSU

About 140 students and teachers from high schools across the state are expected to attend the second annual Educators Rising New Mexico conference Sundaythrough Tuesday on the New Mexico State University campus.

The conference will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday with registration, followed by competitions and breakout sessions. It will end Tuesday afternoon following an awards ceremony.

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