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New Mexico MainStreet Program Receives National Reaccreditation

Dec 19, 2016

Santa Fe, N.M. - The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) announced today that the New Mexico MainStreet program has been reaccredited and licensed through the National Main Street Center, Inc. for 2017.

The Latest: Trump Wins Electoral College Vote, Presidency

Dec 19, 2016
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The Latest on the Electoral College meeting Monday to formally elect Donald Trump the nation's 45th president (all times EST):

5:28 p.m.

Donald Trump has cruised to victory in the Electoral College despite thousands of anti-Trump protesters who converged on state capitols across the country.

Monday's vote ensures that the billionaire will become America's 45th president.

Las Cruces Winter Camp Registration

Dec 19, 2016

Registration for the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Winter Camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the following locations:

Parks and Recreation Department administrative office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.

The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.

and Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.

Events On Tap For Las Cruces Museum

Dec 19, 2016

Culture Series: Cowboy Music and Storytelling by Steve Cormier

Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Cowboy music is the Western version of the human condition, according to Steve Cormier. His music is mainly old and traditional cowboy fare and reflects his nine years as a ranch and farm hand. Teaching college history for 22 years also has influenced his music. Along the way, he has played roles in film and television. Admission is free.

Exhibit Opening: Jay Hill: Our Wholesome Valley

Jan. 19, 5:30-8 p.m.

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announces that all five of New Mexico’s presidential electors have voted for Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton.  This result aligns with the November 8, 2016, New Mexico popular vote, where Clinton prevailed with 385,234 votes to Republican Donald Trump’s 319,666 votes. 

NMSU ranks as a leading degree producer for minorities

Dec 19, 2016

New Mexico State University has been honored as a top university for awarding degrees to minority students. In its annual ranking, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education publishes the Top 100 producers of associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees issued to minority students. 

Las Cruces Man Indicted for Vehicular Homicide

Dec 19, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a grand jury has indicted a Las Cruces man accused of causing a fatal car accident while driving drunk.  

Adam Spaulding, now 24, is charged with one count of homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony. He is also charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving without a seat belt and driving without insurance, all misdemeanors. 

NMSU honors fallen Hatch police officer with posthumous degree

Dec 19, 2016

New Mexico State University awarded late Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez with a posthumous degree during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony Dec. 10 at the Pan American Center. Chavez, an NMSU student, died Aug. 12 after being shot during a traffic stop. 

ALBUQUERQUE – Gabriela Castro, 24, a legal permanent resident from El Paso, Texas, pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Doña Ana County, N.M. 

US, Mexico Wildlife Officials Draft Recovery Plan For Jaguar

Dec 19, 2016
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A team of wildlife officials in the United States and Mexico has drafted a recovery plan for the endangered jaguar.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the plan Monday. While the elusive cat is found in 19 countries stretching from the American Southwest to South America, the agency says the plan focuses on efforts in northern Mexico and the U.S.

Earlier this month, video captured in a southern Arizona mountain range shows what is believed to be the second wild jaguar spotted in the U.S. in recent years.

Third Judicial District Attorney's Office

Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that Sam Olmstead has been named the New Mexico Children’s Court prosecutor of the year by the State Bar of New Mexico.

Olmstead, a senior trial attorney, has worked for the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office since 2015. He currently oversees the prosecution of juvenile defendants including those designated as serious youthful offenders. 

He also helped revamp a dormant truancy program while securing more truancy convictions than any previous administration.   

Versatile F4 Phantom Making 'Final Flight' For US Military

Dec 19, 2016

The last of thousands of F-4 Phantom jets that have been a workhorse for the U.S. military over five decades are being put to pasture at Holloman Air Force Base to serve as ground targets for strikes by newer aircraft.

But the Air Force will first hold a "final flight" retirement ceremony Wednesday at the base in southern New Mexico where the last F-4s are still flying for the U.S. military.

Albuquerque Trends Democratic, Surrounding Areas Lean GOP

Dec 19, 2016

Voting results from the presidential election show Albuquerque continues to trend Democratic while surrounding areas lean Republican.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Torrance and Valencia counties and Rio Rancho voted Republican.

Democrat Hillary Clinton won Sandoval County by 3 percentage points despite Rio Rancho's strong red turnout.

Overall, Clinton won Bernalillo County by 18 percentage points.

While Clinton overwhelmed Trump in the city, the opposite was true in Rio Rancho.

New Mexico Firmly Backs Hilary Clinton As Electors Vote

Dec 19, 2016

New Mexico's five presidential electors are preparing to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton with little fanfare based on her decisive statewide victory over Donald Trump.

Democratic Party electors are scheduled to cast their votes Monday at the Office of the Secretary of State in Santa Fe. New Mexico state law makes it a fourth degree felony for a presidential elector to cast their ballot for anyone but the candidate of the party that nominated them as an elector.

Artesia Police Investigate Explosion That Left Man Injured

Dec 19, 2016

Investigators are working to determine the cause of an explosion outside an Artesia convenience store that left a man injured and forced a bomb squad to evacuate the area.

The Artesia Daily Press reports that police had responded after the explosion Sunday night. Authorities say a pickup truck was heavily damaged and the vehicle's owner sustained minor injuries.

The New Mexico State Police bomb squad was called to the scene and evacuated a 750-foot radius around the vehicle before determining there was no further threat.

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Pro Golfer Talks Native Health In New Mexico

Dec 19, 2016

The PGA Tour's first full-blooded Native American golfer and his nonprofit foundation are working to improve Native American health.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Notah Begay spoke to a crowd in December at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and said health care costs will rise if childhood obesity isn't seriously addressed.

Begay's NB3 Foundation seeks to reverse Type 2 diabetes and reduce obesity among Native American children.

Over 10,000 young people participated in the first national NB3Fit Day.

Monday Business Watch

Dec 19, 2016

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, what impact is the film industry having in the state and can Las Cruces get in to the action? 

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Crash Claims the Life of a Las Cruces Woman

Dec 18, 2016

Las Cruces Police are investigating a Saturday evening crash that claimed the life of a 71-year-old Las Cruces woman.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the corner of South Main Street and Amador Avenue. A 71-year-old woman in a Chrysler Fifth Avenue was critically injured in the crash and transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. The woman died as the result of her injuries.  

I-10 Closures This Week

Dec 18, 2016

I-10 East

Daytime

Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·      I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane from approximately a half mile between the North Mesa Overpass to the Resler Overpass.

Crews will be working on bridge columns. Fact: There are 29 bridges in the GO 10 work zone and all of them will be widened or replaced. [Map 1]

Paisano (US 85)

Daytime

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GOP again eyes sanctuary cities ban due to political tide

Dec 18, 2016
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 Texas Republicans are gearing up for a new fight to ban so-called sanctuary cities in the 2017 legislative session.

Gov. Greg Abbott has pushed the issue to the front of his unofficial agenda with pledges to sanction cities and local government seen as protecting people in the U.S. illegally.

Civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups believe such pledges can lead to racial profiling.

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The mayor of Corpus Christi says he won't know until Sunday whether a ban on drinking, cooking or bathing with tap water will be lifted for the 113,000 residents still under the restrictions.

That's roughly a third of the Gulf Coast city's population. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a citywide ban late Wednesday that has been either partially or fully lifted in most neighborhoods.

Mayor Dan McQueen also told reporters Saturday that there is no indication yet that the chemical leak at an asphalt plant contaminated the city's water supply.

The Latest: New Mexico State Police: Many crashes on I-40

Dec 17, 2016

Authorities say at least one person is dead and several others injured after a series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles on a snow- and ice-covered interstate highway in northeastern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police officials say there were multiple crashes around 11 a.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari in a concentrated area but not one large pile-up.

A section of the freeway was closed for about 12 hours and traffic on a 38-mile stretch of the highway was diverted onto the frontage road.

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will host the official meeting of New Mexico’s presidential electors at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016 in the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. 

New Mexico’s five presidential electors will gather at 11:00 am to choose a presiding officer and secretary for the vote.  At noon, the gathered electors will cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

LAS CRUCES---Any registered voter who plans to run for the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education must file a declaration of candidacy between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 20.  School district officials said this is the only day that residents can file their candidacy.

Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report titled, “Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of This Election.” The report cited nearly 900 incidents of intimidation and hate across the country in the days following the Presidential election.

Texas begins implementing $350M in Medicaid therapy cuts

Dec 16, 2016

Some $350 million in cuts to a Texas Medicaid program providing therapy for disabled children have taken effect.

The reductions sparked outcry after being approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature last year.

They reduce revenue for some Texas therapy providers. Opponents say they'll force providers to close, and could cost roughly 60,000 children access to speech and occupational therapists.

Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the cuts were implemented Thursday to "achieve savings," as directed by state lawmakers.

Jobless rate in New Mexico remains stagnant

Dec 16, 2016

State labor officials say there was no change in New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from October to November, but the percentage of people without jobs is up slightly from last year.

The Department of Workforce Solutions released the numbers Friday, saying the unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent a year ago.

The national rate was 4.6 percent.

Labor officials say goods-producing industries in New Mexico have seen a decrease of more than 5 percent — or 5,100 jobs — over the last year.

Texas governor's racial profiling remarks prompt criticism

Dec 16, 2016
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 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing criticism after responding to concerns about racial profiling along the border with Mexico by pointing to white drivers getting stopped in wealthy cities.

One police chief of an affluent neighborhood near Houston says Abbott wrongly suggested that most drivers stopped on his streets were white. More than half of the 2,000 drivers stopped by Memorial Village police in 2015 were minorities.

Las Cruces-Area Man Arrested For Alleged Auto Theft

Dec 16, 2016

 

   An Organ man was arrested Thursday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives allege he stole a truck that had been left on the side of the road.

            The owner of the 2007 Ford F250 had left the vehicle on U.S. 70 after it broke down on Dec. 13. When he went back to the truck, it was missing. His sister in-law tracked down a local towing company who said they towed it to the 16000 block of Sly Song Circle in Organ, east of Las Cruces.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The deadline (originally December 15) to sign up for health coverage to begin January 1, through beWellnm, has been extended to December 19, at11:59 p.m. (PST). 

Given the extraordinary volume of consumers contacting the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Call Center and/or visiting HealthCare.gov, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing two additional business days for consumers to complete their enrollment.

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