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  Commentary: On Friday, Fr. Rafael García, S.J., of Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church will lead a procession honoring the Feast of the Sacred of Jesus in solidarity with the vulnerable people of barrio Duranguito. The participants will walk, reflect on Scripture and pray the rosary for the safety and well-being of the impacted residents of the neighborhood who have been struggling to maintain their community in the face of evictions and the imminent threat of demolition. For over a century, Sagrado Corazón Catholic Church has served the people of South El Paso, including Duranguito.

Fronteras 714: Author and Photographer - Joseph Sorrentino

Jun 22, 2017

Doña Ana County Opens Cooling Stations

Jun 22, 2017

 Several Doña Ana County Community Resource Centers will double as cooling stations this week, relieving residents of triple-digit temperatures as the forecast for Thursday and Friday are expected to reach 109 and 108 degrees, respectively.

The temporary centers are designated for the elderly, travelers passing through Doña Ana County, or anyone seeking cool shelter and rehydration from the sun and extreme temperatures.

   The designated cooling centers include:

Delores Wright CRC

400 E. Lisa Dr., Chaparral

UTEP Scientists Awarded Patent for Chagas Disease Vaccine

Jun 22, 2017

A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine.

Researchers Rosa Maldonado, Ph.D., and Igor Almeida, Ph.D., both faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently were granted a patent for “Mucin-Associated Surface Protein As Vaccine Against Chagas Disease.”

Las Cruces Municipal Court Cuts Hours Due To Heat

Jun 22, 2017

  Municipal Court in Las Cruces, 135 E. Griggs Ave., is on an abbreviated schedule until further notice due to loss of air conditioning in the building. Early morning temperatures are between 85 and 90 degrees with temperatures expected to rise as the days progress.

 

The court schedule for the next few days will be:

 

NMSU’s Fulton Center 3rd Floor Bistro will adjust hours in July

Jun 22, 2017

New Mexico State University’s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center will adjust their hours of operation starting in July.

The Bistro will now be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only and will feature their signature buffets on each of those days. The regular menu options will no longer be available. The buffet events will start Thursday, July 6, as the Bistro will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for the holiday. 

Regulators Say Three Pueblos Owe State Money Over Casino Revenue

Jun 22, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators say three pueblos owe New Mexico a combined $40 million under a long-disputed interpretation of an old agreement for sharing revenue from tribal casinos.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Tesuque, Sandia and Isleta pueblos have asked a judge to block the state from collecting what they argue would amount to an illegal tax.

The disagreement centers over free play credits that are given to entice gamblers to play slots.

Feds: $2.7 Million In Grants Available For New Mexico Businesses

Jun 22, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Small businesses in New Mexico working on new innovations that could help the U.S. Energy Department will be getting a boost thanks to $2.7 million in federal grant funding.

The agency announced the grants this week. In all, officials say $116 million in grants will be awarded nationwide for research and development through a technology transfer program aimed at helping small businesses.

Cibola National Forest Imposes Stringent Fire Restrictions

Jun 22, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Persistent hot, dry conditions have prompted forest officials in central New Mexico to impose more stringent fire restrictions.

The Cibola National Forest says the restrictions apply to the Sandia and Mountainair ranger districts. The Mt. Taylor district in western New Mexico will enter stage-two restrictions later this week, which prohibit campfires and wood, coal and charcoal stoves.

The district that covers the Datil, San Mateo and Magdalena mountains entered stage-one restrictions Wednesday.

New Mexico Game Wardens Investigating Illegal Activity

Jun 22, 2017
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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have seized 17 illegal game animal heads while serving search warrants at multiple locations in Farmington.

The state Game and Fish Department confirmed Wednesday that a Farmington man is facing multiple charges stemming from an investigation into what appears to be illegal activity.

Agency spokesman Ross Morgan declined to identify the man or list the charges, saying the investigation is ongoing.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jun 22, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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Dr. Gregory Ewing

LAS CRUCES--- Following many words of praise for the work he has done since he arrived in Las Cruces, Dr. Greg Ewing, Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools, was given a two-year contract by the Las Cruces Board of Education.  The contract is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 and was based on his mid-year performance evaluation.

LAS CRUCES— Drawing a standing-room-only crowd of parents, students and community members, the announcement that the Oñate-Centennial High School rivalry football game would be played Thursday, Nov. 2 at Aggie Memorial Stadium drew support from the broad range of high school representatives in attendance. As part of the announcement, the Las Cruces-Mayfield High School rivalry football game was consequently scheduled for the following day, Friday, Nov. 3, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Man Accused In Deadly Fight Over Song Held Without Bond

Jun 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man accused of killing another man during an argument that started with a disagreement over song has been ordered held without bond.

Court records show 30-year-old Chris Owens is facing charges of murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence in the death of Tim Baca.

A preliminary hearing has been set for next week. It's not immediately clear from court records if Owens has an attorney.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Charge

Jun 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Kenneth Matthew Adame, 24, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Police Investigate Discovery Of Dead Body In A Roswell Alley

Jun 21, 2017

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell are investigating the discovery of a body in an alley and are classifying the case as a suspicious death.

They say the deceased man was found in the east part of Roswell on Wednesday morning.

A woman who was taking trash out to a bin in the alley about 9:40 a.m. noticed the man lying in the alley and called police.

The woman thought the man had passed out.

Police say investigators have identified the man, but are not releasing his name and age yet.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items

Jun 21, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are cosponsors of the bill.

Udall Demands Answers from Zinke On Sweeping Interior Dept. Reorganization Plans

Jun 21, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior, demanded answers from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about his plans to make sweeping personnel changes at his agency, including suddenly reorganizing senior career officials and taking the first steps toward drastically reducing the agency workforce as called for by the agency’s budget request.

1 Critically Injured After Vehicle Chase Through Albuquerque

Jun 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One person is in critical condition after a wanted felon driving a recreational vehicle caused several crashes while leading authorities on a chase through Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the pursuit started Tuesday in a Target parking lot when the suspect nearly ran over an officer.

Albuquerque police officer Tanner Tixier says at least three crashes occurred as a result of the chase. The injured person was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Albuquerque Police Officer Faces 2 Suits For On-Duty Crashes

Jun 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer who has been in at least five on-duty vehicle crashes in the past three years is facing lawsuits in connection with two of the crashes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports officer Patrick Casias was sued in March and then again last week. Both lawsuits were filed in state district court and are seeking damages.

Albuquerque police said Casias could not have prevented either accident, and point out the many hours officers spend in their cars each day.

Ex-Business Owner In Deming Gets Prison In Embezzlement Case

Jun 21, 2017

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The former owner of an escrow services business in Deming has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for embezzling more than $800,000 from 12 Luna County residents.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Anna Delgado also was ordered to pay nearly $660,000 in restitution to her victims.

Delgado formerly owned Mimbres Valley Escrow Services.

A complaint was filed against the business in 2012 with the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's financial institutions division.

Las Cruces City Facilities Designated as Cooling Stations

Jun 21, 2017

With recent daytime temperatures at or above 100 degrees and the National Weather Service predicting highs of 109 tomorrow and 108 on Friday, the City of Las Cruces has designated five facilities as cooling stations for the elderly, other high-risk residents, and the general public. A cooling station is a place that offers temporary shelter from the heat.

The locations and hours of operation are:

Heinrich Questions Key Officials On Security Of U.S. Elections In 2018 And Beyond

Jun 21, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing to further examine Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The hearing featured two panels and focused closely on Russia’s cyber efforts against our election systems in 2016, our response efforts, potential threats to our 2018 and 2020 elections, and how we are postured to protect against those threats. 

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

Silver City Report

Jun 21, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Christine Steele. This week, a SWAT standoff, a mobile home fire, and a new hospital CEO.     

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Las Cruces Area Recycling Program Wins Statewide Award

Jun 20, 2017

This month the South Central Solid Waste Authority (serving the City of Las Cruces and all of Dona Ana County) was awarded Diversion Program of the Year by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC).

With the award, the NMRC awards committee recognized that since 2009 the SCSWA has accomplished excellence in diversion by implementing new recycling programs, adding services, educating residents, focusing on schools and being willing to serve as a leader and role-model for the state of New Mexico.

Pearce Introduces Bill To Increase Access To Federal Lands

Jun 20, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced a bill to increase access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. The Make Public Lands Public Act will amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to increase public access to federal lands by maintaining and restoring existing roads, trails, and rights of way.

Grand Jury Files Charges Against Former New Mexico Senator

Jun 20, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury has charged a former New Mexico state senator with perjury, fraud and embezzlement in connection with campaign finance activities, as the prominent Democrat awaits trial in a corruption probe.

Twenty-two new charges were filed against Phil Griego, including counts of perjury, fraud, embezzlement and filing a false or incomplete campaign finance report. Defense attorney Thomas Clark said Tuesday that Griego maintains his innocence.

Report Puts New Mexico At No. 34 For Education Spending

Jun 20, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A report by the Census Bureau ranks New Mexico as 34th in the nation for its public education spending.

The Santa Fe New Mexico reports the Census Bureau released their findings last week. The report took from nationwide data from the 2014-15. According to the Census Bureau, New Mexico spent $9,752 per student during those years, 14 percent less than the national average for that period.

In comparison, Utah spent around $6,500 per student, while New York invested a hefty $21,206.

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