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Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before Deportation

Apr 6, 2016

A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

The ACLU of New Mexico and a coalition of advocacy groups filed the administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday and say the seizures are endangering migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Felon Wanted for Hit-and-Run now Suspected of Battering Officer

Apr 5, 2016

  A felon suspected of a hit-and-run crash in early March was detained last week after resisting and battering the arresting officer.

Chance Mohr, 26, is charged with one count each of battery upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving without a license; no proof of insurance; and driving with a fictitious license plate. Mohr was also charged for violation of his parole.

Osprey Training Exercise at Las Cruces Int’l Airport

Apr 5, 2016

  U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft will participate in a training exercise scheduled to begin at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday at Las Cruces International Airport, 8990 Zia Blvd. on the city’s West Mesa. The exact number of aircraft is so far unknown, but on previous occasions they have numbered between two and eight.

The exercise is to train Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor students to plan forward staging of equipment and fuel, by refueling the Ospreys from a C-130 tanker. The operation is called Aviation-Delivered Ground Refueling.

El Paso Man Pleads Guilty After Major Heroin Bust

Apr 5, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Luis Alejandro Escapite Perez, 21, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Department of Health Announces Hantavirus Death In A Cibola County Man

Apr 5, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 54-year-old man from Cibola County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the second case of HPS in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at the patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.

 

Lawsuits Filed Opposing Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project

Apr 5, 2016

Residents and businesses opposed to Albuquerque's rapid transit project are suing.

Attorneys filed two lawsuits Monday that ask a judge to stop the project, arguing the city violated the National Historic Preservation Act as well as local and federal laws.

Mayor Richard Berry's chief staff member Gilbert Montaño says the city has confidence in the project's legal standing.

Construction is scheduled to start in the summer.

One lawsuit was filed in federal court while the other is in state court. Both name federal and city officials.

UNM's Lactation Stations Held Up As Example For Colleges

Apr 5, 2016

The University of New Mexico has installed 21 "lactation stations" on campus for breastfeeding mothers, and the state's other universities may be following its lead.

KRQE-TV reports that the university also has a new lactation policy and a breastfeeding support group. Women on the campus say the lactation stations are a huge relief and prevent the need to breastfeed or pump in restrooms.

Maverick New Mexico Lawmaker Gets Back In State Senate Race

Apr 5, 2016
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A New Mexico district court judge has signed a settlement agreement allowing former state lawmaker Sandra Jeff to run in the Democratic primary for a Senate district traversing tribal lands in the northwest of the state.

The order from Judge Sarah Singleton was released Tuesday and reverses a decision to disqualify Jeff's candidacy against incumbent Democratic Sen. Benny Shendo.

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  The University of New Mexico Hospitals have selected a team to initiate the development plan for an adult acute-care replacement hospital on the UNM campus.

Albuquerque-based FBT Architects are partnering with HDR, an international architecture and engineering firm, to help determine the scope, space and staging requirements for the project, which will eventually replace the older portions of the existing hospital.

Public Invited to Free Screening of “Glory Road” at Plaza Theatre

Apr 5, 2016

 

  The El Paso community is invited to a free showing of the 2006 Disney film “Glory Road” April 8 at the Plaza Theatre.

The film is being screened as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1966 NCAA championship victory of Texas Western College, now UTEP.

The screening will start at 7:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be picked up at the Plaza Theatre box office in advance. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The screening is free, but a ticket will be required for entry.

Effort To Encourage Voting Grows In Las Cruces Area

Apr 5, 2016

  The Doña Ana County Clerk’s office has announced the creation of an Election Advisory Council as a new strategy to expand voting across the county.

The Election Advisory Council (EAC) consists of a diverse group of community volunteers with a shared goal of increasing voter participation by increasing voter registration, improving voter turnout and improving the communication of election information.

The committee also will make recommendations regarding improved poll-worker recruitment and training, as well as improved implementation of election laws. 

TTUHSC El Paso Launches Free Clinic for Migrant Farmworkers

Apr 5, 2016
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  El Paso, TEXAS – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has launched a free health clinic for migrant farmworkers at the 

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   The New Mexico State University Air Force and Army ROTC will celebrate the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) centennial by hosting the Las Cruces location of the Anniversary 5K Fun Run on Saturday, April 23. 

“The Junior ROTC organization is trying to break a world record for the most participants in a military 5K by sponsoring this nationwide event,” said Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

NMSU sets up private nursing parent rooms for mothers

Apr 5, 2016

  Four special rooms have been set up on the Las Cruces campus of New Mexico State University to provide private spaces for mothers nursing babies.

“By providing nursing parent spaces, NMSU aligns work/life philosophy to support students, staff and faculty as they pursue the integration of classes, work and family/personal life,” said Gerard Nevarez, executive director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. “Additionally, the nursing spaces will ensure privacy of the user.” 

Las Cruces Youth Leadership Summer Camp Registration Begins April 18

Apr 5, 2016

  Registration for the Las Cruces Police Department’s second annual Youth Leadership Summer Camp will begin April 18.

The camp is expanded for 2016 and will now include three 2-week sessions:

  • Session 1: May 31 through June 10.
  • Session 2: June 20 through July 1.
  • Session 3: July 18-29.

Parents or guardians can register their youth for one of the three sessions. The camp is limited to 40 participants per session.

  When the green flag waves at the SAE Collegiate Design Series competition next month in Tennessee a group of New Mexico State University students will make history. 

For the first time, an all-female team, Pink Baja or T2 team, a new startup team will represent NMSU at Mini Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, April 14-17, in Cookeville, Tennessee. Pink Baja will be one of only two all-female teams in the 300-team field. The competition consists of designing, fabricating and racing an off-road vehicle. 

Community Stakeholders met recently at NMSU to find ways they could work together to improve graduation rates across New Mexico.

Business Leaders in Las Cruces say showing students different careers and letting them know the steps to get them at a young age can help motivate students to stay in school.  Troy Tudor, Interim CEO and President of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce says more businesses need to help provide some of this classroom- career readiness support.

Northern NM School Board Member Under Scrutiny For Conviction

Apr 5, 2016

A northern New Mexico school board member is under scrutiny after fellow board members were notified of a previously unknown 2002 felony drug conviction.

The Las Vegas Optics reports that supporters of West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony "Leroy" Benavidez are circulating a petition seeking a pardon for Benavidez.

Under state law, felons are not eligible to hold elective office unless they have secured a pardon.

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office currently is investigating the matter at the state Public Education Department's request.

Student Groups Call For Official Seal Of UNM To Be Changed

Apr 5, 2016
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Two Native American student groups want the University of New Mexico to change its official seal which depicts a frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador.

The Daily Lobo reports that the Red Nation and Kiva Club say the seal is racist toward Native Americans because it reflects the state's violent past.

Both groups plan to submit a petition to the Board of Regents to abolish the seal.

Policy and Administrative Planning director Pamina Deutsch says the seal was ratified by the Board of Regents in September 1969.

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The last two of 15 mental health nonprofit providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico's top prosecutor.

Attorney General Hector Balderas is sending a letter to state lawmakers Tuesday, informing them of the outcome of his investigation. He says no patterns of fraud were uncovered.

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration froze payments to the providers after a 2013 audit alleged they mishandled $36 million in Medicaid funding.

Hospital Patient Information Turns Up In New Mexico Storage Units

Apr 5, 2016
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Officials at a northwestern New Mexico hospital say a now former employee walked off with information on nearly 7,500 patients.

The documents in cardboard boxes turned up in storage units near Farmington. They had been taken from the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock last fall without authorization.

The Indian Health Service runs the hospital on the Navajo Nation. Agency spokeswoman Jenny Notah says there's no indication the information has been misused.

There will be no tuition increase for New Mexico State University Students next year, the NMSU Board of Regents voted not to increase tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Due to a decrease in student enrollment and state appropriations, NMSU is now facing a budget cut of about $10.7 million dollars.

Stuart Munson-McGee, Faculty Senate Chair voiced his concern about the effect of a large budget cut.

Michelle Obama To Give Santa Fe Indian School Commencement

Apr 4, 2016
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First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the high school commencement address to Santa Fe Indian School.

The White House announced Monday that Obama will address the school on May 26 as part of the White House Generation Indigenous Initiative.

The initiative works to improve the lives of American Indian youth by promoting a national dialogue and programs to train the next generation of leaders.

Last year, the First Lady addressed the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C.

Ruling: 2 Albuquerque Officers Can Be Sued For 2013 Death

Apr 4, 2016

A federal appeals court says two Albuquerque police officers can be sued for using a stun gun on a suspect who suffered from mental illness and later died.

The 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled Monday that Albuquerque officers David Baca and Andrew Jaramillo weren't immune from the way they used the stun gun on Jerry Perea during a 2013 encounter.

According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Perea's family, Perea was hit with a stun gun 10 times.

Police ID Shooter In fatal New Mexico Restaurant Shooting

Apr 4, 2016

Authorities have identified the man believed to have fatally shot two brothers who ran a Vietnamese restaurant in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police say the men's uncle — 58-year-old Dung Nguyen — shot the men and their father Friday afternoon.

They say Nguyen fatally shot himself later when police pulled his car over.

Police say Dung Nguyen is the brother of the men's father, Hung Nguyen, who was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Early Wildfires Fueled By Dry Grasses Spread In New Mexico

Apr 4, 2016

Wildfire season has started early in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Forestry Wildfire Prevention Coordinator Micaela Hester told The Albuquerque Journal that the agency is a lot busier now than it was at this time last year.

She says 45,000 acres have burned so far this year, a big jump from 7,600 acres by the same time last year.

According to Hester, officials are anticipating an active fire season thanks to an abundance of dry grass.

New Mexico's March Weather Was Drier, Warmer Than Normal

Apr 4, 2016

The National Weather Service says New Mexico's weather was significantly drier and warmer than normal in most parts of the state.

The service's Albuquerque office reports that the first 11 days of March were mostly dry with above-normal temperatures across New Mexico.

A small but strong storm dropped snow and rain on March 12 before dry conditions returned for most of the rest of March.

Snowfall in northeastern New Mexico on March 26 and in northern New Mexico late on March 31 provided exceptions.

Over 58, 200 American soldiers lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and in Las Cruces a recent addition to the memorial symbolizes the sacrifice that so many made during that conflict.

A 4300-pound Huey medevac helicopter now stands mounted above the center of the Vietnam War Memorial in Las Cruces at an angle that makes it seem as if the helicopter is rising from the ground above what looks like palms from the jungle landscape that many who served in this war navigated.

Monday Business Watch

Apr 4, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. This week, Jason discusses a profile on Curtis Rosemond, incoming president of the Hispanic Chamber.

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StoryCorps: William Maio

Apr 4, 2016
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Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. William Maio (MY-yo) (34) talks to his wife, Leah Messina (34), about his career as a Scientist and the challenges they faced coming to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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