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Melee Breaks Out At Wrestling Tournaments In Rio Rancho

Feb 19, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A melee broke out among fans at the state high school wrestling tournaments in Rio Rancho.

The Albuquerque Journal reports two women at the center of a heated dispute disagreed on who instigated the melee Saturday night.

One is the mother a Belen High School wrestler. The other was the mother of a St. Pius High School wrestler.

The exchange escalated quickly and nearly blew up into a full-fledged fight in the stands.

New Mexico governor's tense tenure with lawmakers nears end

Feb 19, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The rocky relationship between New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers is coming to a close as the Republican governor prepares to leave office and both sides ponder what might have been.

Democratic leaders said they wished there had been better communication with Martinez and wondered if more could have been done years ago to resolve grinding difficulties related to unemployment and crime.

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Feb 19, 2018

Water Managers Along Rio Grande Prepare For Irrigation Season

Feb 19, 2018
Bureau of Reclamation


ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers say they're preparing for the upcoming irrigation season in southern New Mexico.

The Bureau of Reclamation said Friday water releases from Elephant Butte Dam will begin on Feb. 23 and releases from Caballo Dam to the south will follow on March 16.

Officials are warning that dry riverbeds below both reservoirs will take on water quickly. They're asking the public to stay out of the river channels for their safety.

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Feb 19, 2018

Monday Business Watch

Feb 19, 2018

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, a profile of Sports Accessories which has been in business for 25 years, the Green Chamber of Commerce has a column on marketing the monument, and a column of four myths about nonprofits.  

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  FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A northwest New Mexico community is considering using online fundraising to pay the $700,000 it owes from a lawsuit that stemmed from a dispute over a Ten Commandments monument that was formerly located outside of Bloomfield City Hall.

In Depth: 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session

Feb 18, 2018
New Mexico In Depth

  The final legislative session of Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenure passed into history Thursday.

What a difference a few months makes.

Last May, state lawmakers were in crisis dealing with a yawning budget gap and no money for the state’s universities and colleges or the Legislature after Martinez vetoed that money.

A special session restored funding to those two areas. But state lawmakers were testy with one another and the governor. And Martinez was in no mood to pay the Legislature compliments.

I-10 Closures This Week

Feb 18, 2018

  I‐10 East @ Mesa


Sunday, Feb. 18, Monday, Feb. 19 and Wednesday, Feb. 21

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

I‐10 Eastbound will close completely between North Mesa Street (Exit 11) and Sunland Park Drive. The North Mesa Street entrance ramp to I‐10 Eastbound will close.

The Resler Drive entrance ramp to I‐10 Eastbound will close.

The Sunland Park Drive flyover entrance ramp to I‐10 Eastbound will close.

Hill leads Seattle over New Mexico State 73-63 in OT

Feb 18, 2018

  SEATTLE (AP) — Jordan Hill scored 11 points in overtime to put Seattle over New Mexico State 73-63 on Saturday afternoon.

Josh Hearlihy hit a 3-pointer and Hill made a 3-point play to help the Redhawks (19-9, 8-3 Western Athletic Conference) take a 65-59 lead with 2:14 to play in overtime. Hill made four free throws in the final 37 seconds to help keep Seattle on top.

Homicide Suspect Dead Following Pursuit In Las Cruces

Feb 18, 2018
Nathaniel Montoya

Las Cruces police and a multi-agency officer-involved incident task force are investigating Saturday’s pursuit and shooting that resulted in the death of the man suspected in a Friday evening homicide on Sambrano Avenue.

The shooting took place in the 1400 block Lohman Avenue. At about 5 p.m. on February 17, 2018, LCPD officers were following on up on information learned from Friday’s homicide. A van matching the description of the suspect vehicle was found in the Las Colinas area. The suspect was positively identified prior to a traffic stop being conducted.

Las Cruces Monument To Women Veterans To Be Dedicated In March

Feb 17, 2018

The City of Las Cruces and the United Military Women of the SouthWest (UMWSW) will officially dedicate the Women Veterans Monument at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Veterans Memorial Park,2651 Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:

El Paso Native Will Highlight His Experiences Onboard the Space Station

Feb 17, 2018

Astronaut John “Danny” Olivas, Ph.D., P.E., an El Paso native, will be the guest speaker for the Alamogordo Downlink Project on Wednesday, February 21, at Alamogordo High School’s Tiger Pit. Olivas will speak to more than 1200 middle school and high school students that morning, talking about his experiences as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Las Cruces Youth Scholarship Fund is Accepting Applications

Feb 17, 2018

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for the Youth Scholarship Fund, offered by the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department.  Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:


Applications should be submitted to the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

Doña Ana Road Will Be Closed for 18 Weeks

Feb 17, 2018

Doña Ana Road, between the City limits and Fred Way, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:

The closure is anticipated to last 18 weeks, but could change due to weather conditions.

Detours will be in effect. Highland Enterprises, Inc. will make utility and road improvements along that portion of the road, as part of the Las Cruces Utilities Doña Ana Road Sewer Extension Project.

Cybill Shepherd will join a panel representing different areas in the entertainment industry to discuss “Diversity and Inclusion in Entertainment” from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Corbett Center Auditorium at New Mexico State University. The panel is one of many events scheduled as part of the 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by NMSU, which runs March 7-11. 

Las Cruces Spring Break Camp Registration Starts Tuesday

Feb 17, 2018

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will begin registration for the 2018 Spring Break Camp to be held at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell St. The Camp is scheduled for Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23.  Program hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here is the information provided by the city of Las Cruces:

Registration for the Camp will begin Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the following locations during regular business hours: 

Bright Plans for new SCSWA facility in Hatch

Feb 17, 2018

Soon, residents in the Village of Hatch, and its surrounding communities, will have their very own transfer station where they can bring their recyclables for transport and their trash for proper disposal. The South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) has recently established a Memorandum of Understanding with Hatch that will get the ball rolling for a community asset to provide solid waste and recycling services that have never previously existed in the community 37 miles northwest of Las Cruces.

Homicide Investigation in Las Cruces

Feb 17, 2018
Nathaniel Montoya

On February 16, 2018 at about 7:30 p.m., Las Cruces Police Department Officers responded to a call for assistance in the 2300 block of Sambrano Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a male subject unconscious in front of the residence. The male subject was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The male victim, 29 years of age, later succumbed to his injuries at the local hospital.

Pearce Urges More Talks On Immigration Reform

Feb 16, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Senate yesterday failed to pass immigration reform legislation along with a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients:

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Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and New Mexico Rep. Angelica Rubio released the following statement in response to recent news of sexual harassment allegations in the Democratic Party of New Mexico:

Quintana case points to gap in state law

Feb 16, 2018

LAS CRUCES – At a status conference today, Third Judicial District Judge Douglas R. Driggers verified that Justin Quintana, 35, is not guilty by reason of insanity, even though the New Mexico Supreme Court struck down the commitment to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for the criminal case against him. Here is a statement on the case from the Third Judicial District's Attorney's Office:

Supreme Court: Convicted Las Cruces Murderer to Remain in Prison

Feb 16, 2018

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division, upholding the life sentence of convicted murderer Corey Franklin. Here is the information provided by the Third Judicial District's Attorney's Office:

Former New Mexico State Senator Gets 18 Months Prison Term

Feb 16, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal, a state district court judge ruled Friday.

Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months.

The former prominent Democrat also was ordered to pay roughly $47,000 in fines and serve five years of supervised probation upon his release from prison, with 1,000 hours of mandated community service.

Santa Fe Mayor Denies Sex Assault Allegations

Feb 16, 2018
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor 

   is denying allegations of decades-old sexual assault that have been reported to authorities by a female relative.

Gonzales called the allegations slanderous. The Democrat also characterized the claims as being part of a political attack.

State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Thursday that a woman came forward with allegations that she had been sexually assaulted from the late 1970s into the early 1980s. Armijo declined to name the alleged suspect as no charges have been filed.

New Mexico Governor Signs Off On Funding For Brine Well Fix

Feb 16, 2018

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has secured state funding to help shore up a giant cavern in southern New Mexico that is on the verge of collapse.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the Republican governor on Thursday signed into a law a bill that redirects a portion of the vehicle excise tax to generate $30 million over three years to address the brine well near Carlsbad.

Udall Statement Celebrating Black History Month

Feb 16, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation:

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling

Feb 16, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House’s account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S.

Department Of Health Reports Flu Activity Now Peaked In New Mexico

Feb 16, 2018
New Mexico Department of Health

Commentary: SANTA FE —The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that although flu activity remains widespread across the state, it appears activity overall in New Mexico has peaked and will likely continue to gradually decrease for the remainder of the season which is expected to be several more weeks.

As of February 16, 2018, NMDOH reports 28 season-to-date flu outbreaks in long-term care facilitates (LTCFs), thirty-four flu-related deaths, all in adults, and 100 pneumonia-related deaths.

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