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  Silver City, NM – The summer focus on international students continues at Western New Mexico University with the latest group of campus visitors from the Mexican State of Sinaloa.

A group of 16 students and visiting professors from the Universidad de Occidente (UdeO) in Los Mochis, Mexico, is enrolled in a two-week intensive English program that also includes a focus on International Business.

Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande

Jul 28, 2016

  Despite spring runoff that ripped down the Rio Grande in early June, consistently high temperatures in July are contributing to drying in the Rio Grande, the state’s largest river.

Under a 2003 plan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the river is legally allowed to dry south of Albuquerque during irrigation season.

The river began drying in mid-July as managers allow water to flow into irrigation channels. Currently, there are about 17 miles dry south of Albuquerque, between San Antonio and the southern boundary of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Newsmakers 817, 7/14/16

Jul 28, 2016

Officials: UNM Improves Handling Of Sex Assault Cases

Jul 28, 2016

Univeristy of New Mexico officials say they are making progress in improving a system on campus that once failed victims of sexual assault.

University President Robert Frank told a state lawmakers Thursday that the school has fixed policies and improved communication across departments for investigating sexual assaults.

"The House On Mango Street" Novel Turned Into Art Exhibit

Jul 28, 2016

The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque has turned the novel "The House on Mango Street" by acclaimed Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros into an art exhibit.

Cisneros, one of the nation's most celebrated Latina authors, this week visited the art inspired by her 1984 novel of a poor Latina living in Chicago.

"The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community" features major themes of the book, including hope, personal dreams, hardship, disillusionment, and family.

Texas Man Back In Jail, Accused Of Robbing New Mexico Store

Jul 28, 2016

A Texan man who had just been released from jail is behind bars again in New Mexico for allegedly robbing a store in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe police say 22-year-old Justin Pruitt is being held without bond after being accused of robbing the Arcade News shop early Wednesday.

Police say Pruitt took $60 after telling the store clerk that he had a firearm.

Pruitt also allegedly placed a cigarette lighter against the clerk's neck to pretend he had a weapon and then punched the victim in the face before fleeing.

Voice of the Public: Red Or Green Confidential

Jul 28, 2016

In New Mexico there is only one vote that matters Red or Green? As in how do you like your chile? The official question of New Mexico, Red or Green? is the topic on the next Voice of the Public. You can call it, the Red or Green Confidential.

Special guests include Dr. Paul Bosland, Director with the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute at NMSU and Rachel Schneider with Ol' Gringo Chile Company, and Andrea Schneider with Andele Restaurant.

The Red or Green Confidential is brought to you by the Hatch Chile Festival taking place September 3rd and 4th.  

Las Cruces Police Seek Information on Stabbing Suspect

Jul 28, 2016

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the man suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old boy Wednesday evening.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stabbing near the intersection of south Main Street and Melendres Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 17-year-old boy suffering from at least one stab wound.

Doña Ana County Commission approved the purchase of a new records management system for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department by a vote of 4-0.

Doña Ana County will be splitting the cost of the around $1.9 million dollar system with the city of Las Cruces. Doña Ana County Undersheriff Ken Roberts says the system is essential to public safety.

Shiprock Woman Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle On US 64

Jul 27, 2016

Authorities say a Shiprock woman who was running down a highway is dead after being struck by a vehicle.

San Juan County Sheriff's officials identified the woman as 26-year-old Ashlynn Keeswood.

They say a deputy was patrolling U.S. 64 early Wednesday when he saw a truck stopped by the side of the road and a woman who appeared to be intoxicated and upset.

The deputy calmed her down and had her stand behind the truck while he talked to the driver.

The woman then ran off and was fatally struck by a vehicle on an unlit portion of U.S. 64 west of Kirtland.

New Mexico Delegates Give Clinton A Second Chance

Jul 27, 2016

New Mexico political delegates to the Democratic National Convention who traveled to Philadelphia in support of Bernie Sanders are giving Hillary Clinton a second look amid a deluge of testimonials highlighting the presidential nominee's record of public service.

Sanders delegate John Meade of Santa Fe said Wednesday that the convention has helped him appreciate Clinton's record of community service, and that he plans to vote for her in the fall despite reservations about ties to corporate interests.

  Middle-school students from White Sands Missile Range, and surrounding communities, were handpicked to participate in a week-long program featuring the installation’s capabilities that focus in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics. The annual middle school Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences program began July 25 and will end July 29. This was the second year the middle-school program took place.

NMSU plans fourth annual Ride for 4-H Clover motorcycle tour

Jul 27, 2016

  Scenic northern New Mexico will be the setting for riders in the fourth annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 26-28.

Participants will experience the thrill of riding among some of New Mexico’s most dramatic settings, from colorful geologic formations at Abiquiu to the forests of Red River. They’ll also have a chance to learn about New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station Extension and outreach activities in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico reaches settlement in Bill Richardson-era deal

Jul 27, 2016

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will collect $4.9 million under a settlement agreement with a real estate investment company as the state resolves losses from a string of politically influenced investment deals dating back to the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

The New Mexico State Investment Council approved the settlement Tuesday with Eastern Real Estate Development after discussing the matter out of public view in an executive session.

Clinton campaign seeks to make most of Kaine's Spanish

Jul 27, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton made their debut as the Democratic presidential ticket, he proudly declared, "Hillary and I are soul mates in this struggle."

It was a message he delivered to the Miami crowd in Spanish.

A World of Trouble from One Chronic Illness

Jul 27, 2016

  Hepatitis is one of those silent illnesses we talk about often in public health. It’s estimated to be the seventh leading cause of death in the world, and yet it is one of those infections that many people living with it are not even aware they have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report hepatitis is an infection caused by one of five viruses – hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. Every form of hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver, but hepatitis B and C often leads to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Silver City Report

Jul 27, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic and Ben Fischer. This week, a resignation on the school board, an open meetings complaint, and news on the ISC. 

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Doña Ana County passed a final budget for fiscal year 2017, by a vote of 4 to 0, Commissioner Wayne Hancock was not present at the meeting.

Doña Ana County passed a budget of just about $153 million dollars, with anticipated revenues for 2017 expected to be around $137 million dollars. The budget difference is being made up from reserve funds for a specific use.

Commissioner Billy Garrett says this is a good budget for a tight budget year.

  Commentary:  On Thursday, July 28th, NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) leaders from Vado will receive over 60 tons of recycled roofing shingle material to begin paving three of their own roads, Cebolla Lane, Tarin Road, and Coleman Road.  A local recycling company out of El Paso, TX partnered with the regional EPA office to donate the materials to Vado leaders, who have been tirelessly organizing for the past 9 months to bring much deserved attention to the dangerous lack of infrastructure in their neighborhoods.  While the material is being donated, community members will do all of

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  Las Cruces – The Doña Ana Community College Workforce Center (WFC) will host an open house featuring activities and programs for students, potential students and business professionals on August 5, 2016.

The open house will feature free hot dogs, a tiny house, a semi-tractor trailer, a new ceramics kiln, 3-D printers, flight simulators, adult education, the Center for Career and Student Success, community education and small business development services.

NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis to host field day

Jul 26, 2016
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  It’s your chance to meet Rolando Flores, the new dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

And if you’re a grower wanting to learn about the feed-grain market, cover crops, teff grass, Valencia peanuts, weed management, live buffer strips or sugarcane aphids, you won’t want to miss this free event.

The NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Clovis will host its annual field day Aug. 3.

NMSU nutrition educators promote healthy eating at growers’ markets

Jul 26, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Growers’ markets are a great source of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. They are also great places to learn about ways to prepare meals with the produce purchased at the markets.

Visitors at Albuquerque markets may find New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition educators demonstrating tasty recipes using the produce found at the markets.

Las Cruces To Hold Event For "National Night Out"

Jul 26, 2016

  Residents of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County are invited to join their neighbors and area first responders for the annual National Night Out that will be held Aug. 2 on Main Street Downtown.

The National Night Out will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, on Main Street Downtown in Las Cruces. The event is free and all area residents are invited to attend.

Dr. Loui Reyes, NMSU

  New Mexico State University Graduate School Dean Loui-Vicente Reyes was elected president of the New Mexico Council of Graduate Deans. His term as president is for one calendar year. 

The council serves as a recommending body for the state’s graduate education endeavors including graduate curriculum review for new graduate programs, graduate program review and any other items regarding statewide graduate education.

NMSU ranked as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2016

Jul 26, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  For the ninth year, Forbes has recognized New Mexico State University as one of America’s Top Colleges. 

On the 2016 list, NMSU ranked 419th overall and 91st in the South. Additionally, NMSU ranked 134th in public colleges and 170th in research universities. 

Texas Attorney General Took Gift While Investigating Company

Jul 26, 2016
Ken Paxton

Texas' attorney general accepted a $100,000 gift to help pay his own criminal defense from the head of a medical imaging company that his office investigated for Medicaid fraud.

Republican Ken Paxton is charged with two felony counts of securities fraud. He is accused of deceiving investors in a startup before becoming attorney general in 2015.

The Latest: New Mexico Governor May Reconvene Legislature

Jul 26, 2016
Office of the Governor

The Latest on a state budget crunch in New Mexico linked to low energy prices (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is contemplating the need for a special Legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves.

Martinez on Tuesday said her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state's fiscal imbalance and that a solution may involve a short, pre-negotiated Legislative session.

Payment For Jury Duty Lagging In New Mexico County

Jul 26, 2016

Some New Mexico jurors have been left waiting for their pay because money in the payment fund ran out.

Court spokesman Tim Korte told KOAT-TV that the fund that pays jurors is the same one that pays English interpreters, and the Bernalillo County has had to hire more interpreters than expected.

Jury duty pays $6.75 per hour in addition to mileage.

Court officials say it usually takes up to six weeks for jurors to be paid. KOAT-TV says it obtained a receipt showing that one juror who served in March wasn't paid until July.

Summer Camp Cadets Honor Pioneering Work

Jul 26, 2016

  Summer camp cadets at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Rocketeer Academy recently honored a pioneering mission that opened the exploration of the Sun from space. Cadets attending The Goldilocks Star session in July built simple models of the solar spectroscope flown in 1946 onboard a V-2 rocket launched from what was then White Sands Proving Ground. The highlight of the cadets’ week was a trip to White Sands Missile Range to see a modern day version of that spectroscope being readied for launch.