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Alamogordo NOW

Apr 24, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a fireworks ordinance is being looked by Otero County with 4th of July around the corner.  

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Meet The Finalists For NMSU Chancellor: Dr. John D. Floros

Apr 24, 2018

KRWG is profiling five finalists for the chancellor of New Mexico State University. Today, we profile Dr. John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University.

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Climate Change Series Coming To NMSU Las Cruces

Apr 23, 2018

LAS CRUCES - Fresh from local Earth Day observances, Las Crucens can deepen their understanding of concerns about climate change’s varied impacts on the Southwest by attending the second event in a Climate Change Seminar Series sponsored by New Mexico State University.  Here is a description provided by the organizers:

Renowned climate researcher Gregg Garfin from the University of Arizona will present a talk titled “A Look Ahead for the Southwest: Hotter and More Arid,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. The event is free and open to the public.

NMSU Model UN team earns honors for 12th year in a row

Apr 23, 2018

New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations team won the Outstanding Delegation award at the 2018 National UN Conference in New York City March 24-29.

Four of the members, in teams of two, also won Outstanding Position Papers as delegates to the model International Organization for Migration and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs committees.

Though the conference’s title is “National UN Conference,” it’s actually international and featured teams from Europe and Asia.

Las Cruces Holding Meetings On Water Rate Review

Apr 23, 2018

The Utility Customer Advisory Group (UCAG) is hosting seven Open Houses across Las Cruces during the last week in April and the first week in May. It’s an effort to connect with our community to discuss a Water Rate Review underway now. The Rate Review will likely result in approximately a $2.25 monthly increase in water bills. That’s for the average residential water customer using 10,000 gallons monthly, at the first of a three-year rate increase phase-in plan.

Dr. Gregory Ewing

LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing on Monday responded to press reports that four LCPS administrators lack the proper certification for their job titles.  Here is the statement issued by the district:

“We have thoroughly investigated these allegations, though we were always confident that all district employees possess the necessary credentials—including education, experience, Public Education Department-issued licenses and certifications for the positions which they hold,” Ewing said. “Our Human Resources Department has a rigorous process in place to ensure that all district employees are adequately qualified for their positions.”

Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of ramming a Kia Soul into the side of her boyfriend’s work truck twice during a rolling domestic incident Saturday evening.

Rosa Garcia, 19, of the 600 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery against a household member, three felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property. The felony counts are all third-degree felonies.

Report: New Mexico Mayor Uses More Water In Extreme Drought

Apr 23, 2018
Alan Webber

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water than most of his neighbors, documents show.

During certain months, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber uses upward of eight times more water than the average single-family residential customer in the city he leads, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

Incumbent Raises Most Money In New Mexico Senate Race

Apr 23, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich raised more campaign cash during the first three months of the year than his Republican and Libertarian election rivals, according to federal filings release Monday.

Heinrich reported raising roughly $546,000 during the first financial quarter.

Republican Mick Rich raised about $123,000 including the use of his car for travel. The Albuquerque-based construction contractor lent his campaign an additional $15,000.

After Brief Relief, Forecasts Indicate Drought Will Continue

Apr 23, 2018

Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday.

The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered "extreme" from southern California to central Kansas. Conditions are even worse in the Four Corners region and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, warranting their description as "exceptional."

All-student creative team brings “Rent” to the stage at NMSU

Apr 23, 2018

  As usual for American Southwest Theatre Company/New Mexico State University productions, the sets, lights, costumes and sound are impeccable for the upcoming production of “Rent.” However, there is a difference for this production: they are all designed by NMSU Theatre Arts students. The group of four are putting what they have learned in the classroom into action. Senior Arianna Swinson is designing the set, Emily Romero the costumes, James Padilla the lights and Rachael Ryther the sound. Swinson also designed last year’s “Urinetown.”   

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Family and friends gathered Sunday to mourn an Albuquerque bank executive who died after the Southwest Airlines plane she was on blew an engine in midair.

Nearly a thousand people attended the evening service for Jennifer Riordan, 43, the Albuquerque Journal reported . The service was held at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, her alma mater.

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Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe's city manager has resigned at the request of the mayor.

City Manager Brian Snyder had approved pay hikes of 10 percent and 15 percent for 37 staff members on the eve of the Mayor Alan Webber's inauguration last month.

Webber says the municipal government will halt the pay increases Snyder had approved.

The mayor had initially defended the move as an important part of a project to modernize Santa Fe's software system.

Webber has now conceded that a policy enacted in 1992 required City Council approval for the pay raises.

New Mexico school district eyes mandated drug testing

Apr 21, 2018

  LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico school district may require all teachers, staff and student athletes to undergo drug testing amid an opioid crisis that has severely hurt parts of the region.

West Las Vegas Schools is considering a proposal that would mandate drug testing aimed as monitoring staff as a precaution, the Las Vegas Optic reports .

Michael Hernandez

Educators arrived at Las Cruces Public Schools job fair with résumés in-hand ready to fill positions as substitutes and full-time teachers.

The 24,300-student district is in the midst of a substitute teacher shortage. Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Miguel Serrano said it’s nothing new.

Grand Jury Indicts Former University Of New Mexico Staffer

Apr 20, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former University of New Mexico basketball staffer has been indicted on a charge of embezzling money by making unauthorized purchases on a university credit card.

KOB-TV reports Cody Hopkins is accused of embezzling more than $63,000 by altering or forging receipts in 2015 from multiple entities.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney's office says the indictment stems from a university audit conducted in 2015.

Krikorian, 'Giant' In National Security Science, Dies At 97

Apr 20, 2018

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who escaped the Armenian genocide as boy and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97.

Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have confirmed that Krikorian died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos.

Born on a Turkish roadside in 1921, he and his family eventually found their way to the United States. After earning a chemistry degree, he began what would be an illustrious career that spanned decades.

Southwest Offers Apology, $5K, To Passengers On Damaged Jet

Apr 20, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion.

Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any "immediate financial needs."

An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday, and debris hit the plane. Forty-three-year-old banking executive Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was fatally injured when she was sucked partway out of the jet through a shattered window.

Albuquerque Revives Native American Homeless Task Force

Apr 20, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city has revived a task force to address Native American homelessness after a homeless man was shot and killed last month.

Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday that he was resurrecting the Albuquerque Native American Homeless Task Force and would ask city councilors to pass an ordinance to expand its reach.

The task force was initially formed during former Mayor Richard Berry's tenure in response to the 2014 beating deaths of two Navajo men while they slept in a vacant lot.

Two Southeastern NM School Districts Approve Raises

Apr 20, 2018

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Two school districts in the heart of New Mexico oil and gas country are giving their employees raises beyond what the state is requiring.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports both Hobbs Municipal Schools and Lovington Municipal Schools recently announced employees will see a bigger bump in their paychecks next school year.

Hobbs Municipal Schools is planning a 4.39 percent average pay raise for all staff.

Lovington School Superintendent LeAnne Gandy says its workers will see an average of 5.8 percent increase.

SBA Loans Available For Businesses Impacted By Drought

Apr 20, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Small Business Administration says disaster loans are available to small nonfarm businesses in 13 counties in New Mexico and one in Arizona to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in two of the New Mexico counties.

The two so-called primary counties are Cibola and De Baca, while the other New Mexico counties where there's eligibility are Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Guadalupe, Lincoln, McKinley, Quay, Roosevelt, Sandoval, Socorro and Valencia. The eligible Arizona county is Apache.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division and New Mexico Donor Services are pushing for more residents to consider becoming organ donors.

The Motor Vehicle Division said Thursday that it signed up more than 46,000 new organ donors in 2017.

Throughout April, Motor Vehicle Division offices around the state have been displaying posters encouraging people to register as organ donors. Clerks also are talking to customers about the choice to become organ donors.

Congressman Pearce Says He Supports IRS Overhaul

Apr 20, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman and New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says he's in favor of overhauling the Internal Revenue Service.

Pearce said Thursday the federal tax-collecting agency is operating under antiquated technologies and processes and that's why he was among those in the U.S. House to support legislation aimed at modernizing the agency.

The New Mexico Republican pointed to several bills passed this week, including measures to improve cybersecurity and protect taxpayer identities.

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Las Cruces Utilities’ Water Rate Review Going on Now

Apr 20, 2018

The Utility Customer Advisory Group (UCAG) is hitting the road to help inform our community of the water rate review underway right now. After almost a year of studying rates, reviewing revenue requirements, and the cost of providing services, potential rate designs are now on the table. UCAG also works with an experienced independent consultant to clearly understand our local issues.

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