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Borderplex Invited to Help Name El Paso’s New Soccer Team

Mar 22, 2018

Today the Name the Team Contest begins for the El Paso United Soccer League (USL) team which will debut in 2019.  Beginning now and through April 5, 2018, fans can login to www.epusl.com or www.elpasousl.com/nametheteam to enter their ideas for the name of El Paso’s new USL Team.

Consumer Safety Advisory Regarding New Mexico Facebook User Data

Mar 22, 2018
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Albuquerque, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas, as New Mexico’s chief law enforcement officer, has issued a Consumer Safety Advisory intended to protect all users of Facebook in the aftermath of the revelation that Facebook gave away the personal information of some 50 million subscribers to a political campaign.

A collaboration between New Mexico State University’s Graduate School, University Research Council and Graduate Student Council has created a new event to highlight the research and creative activities of students, faculty and staff. The first-ever Research Week at NMSU will be held April 2-6. 

After six weeks of intensive, nonstop work (and fun) building a robot named Woodrow Flora, the FRC Team 1164 – Project NEO robotics team from Las Cruces packed up their robot and “put it into the bag” on February 20 as required while they continue to prepare for the upcoming FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC). Project NEO will compete against teams from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Arkansas, as well as four teams from Mexico. The El Paso Regional Competition is Friday, March 30, through Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima-City of Las Cruces photo

Mayor Ken Miyagishima today announced that the City of Las Cruces has joined a national coalition of 40 U.S. cities and counties, along with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, that filed an amicus brief seeking to prevent the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Here is the information provided by the city:

New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Guardianship Committees

Mar 22, 2018

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court, working with the Executive and Legislative branches, has formed a committee with representatives from all branches of state government to assist in the implementation of newly enacted legislation for improving the adult guardianship system.

 

Events On Tap In Downtown Las Cruces

Mar 22, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – Downtown Las Cruces is open for business and more retail, dining and entertainment establishments are opening each month. As part of its recently launched Destination Downtown Campaign, the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department, in conjunction with Visit Las Cruces, will be hosting a series of events in our downtown. Here is the information provided by Destination Downtown:

First Las Cruces Space Festival

Your Weekend Pulse

Mar 22, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you. 

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Mar 22, 2018

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.  The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

New Mexico Regulators Approve Large Wind Farms Near Texas

Mar 22, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

The unanimous vote by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission marks one of the key steps needed for Xcel Energy to move forward with its plans. Texas regulators are expected to act on the proposal in the coming weeks.

Eastern New Mexico County Facing Dry Conditions Adopts Burn Ban

Mar 22, 2018

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Dry conditions across eastern New Mexico have prompted officials in one county to impose a burn ban.

The Curry County Commission adopted the ban during a meeting earlier this week. The resolution prohibits open flames outside of a building in the unincorporated portions of the county, with some exceptions.

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top law enforcement officials, administrators from a New Mexico school district where two students were shot and killed in December and some of the state's most influential lawmakers are looking for strategies to make schools safer.

Officials are gathering Thursday at the State Capitol for a hearing before the Legislative Finance Committee on school violence and what can be done to limit the risks.

Roswell man convicted of 2016 Las Cruces murder

Mar 21, 2018

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Tuesday announced that Rudolfo A. Martinez, 37, was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2016 stabbing death of Christopher S. Wray. 

D’Antonio and Assistant District Attorney Kelly Herson prosecuted the case for the state. The jury returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for two hours.

University of New Mexico group recommends raising tuition

Mar 21, 2018
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico's budget proposal recommends raising tuition next year to cover costs for campus safety measures and employee raises.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that the budget proposal includes a 2.5 percent tuition increase and a 2.39 percent increase in student fees.

Officials say it would give many employees their first raise in four years.

New Mexico State University rodeo head coach Logan Corbett and his team headed west and competed at the University of Arizona’s rodeo March 17, in Tucson, Arizona. The team won three events, barrel racing, bull riding and bareback riding.

“This weekend was a win for us considering it showed us where we’re weak and what to work on,” Corbett said. “With two weeks to strengthen our weaknesses, I have no doubt we’ll come into our home rodeo with a fresh outlook and confident attitude.”

Heinrich Welcomes Approval Of Sagamore Wind Project In Roosevelt County

Mar 21, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the approval of Xcel Energy’s 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced To 15+ Years For Meth Conviction

Mar 21, 2018

 ALBUQUERQUE – Ricky Joe Garcia, 53, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 184 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction and a supervised release violation.

Pearce Celebrates PRC Approval Of Largest New Mexico Wind Energy Project

Mar 21, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved the Sagamore wind project in Roosevelt County by a unanimous vote:

  The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks 20th in the U.S. in its Primary Care Curriculum (PCC) in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2019,” on newsstands now.

New Mexico State University’s Nepalese Students' Association will hold its 10th annual international conference on March 31, titled “Transforming Lives Through Technology and Empowerment.”

The conference provides the opportunity for students from a number of universities across the United States to share their research, perspectives and practices. It also creates networking opportunities. 

Relationship-building, global perspectives and international engagement are just three of the goals Rod McSherry has in mind as interim associate provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Although McSherry has been on the NMSU staff since 2015, his loyalty to the university goes back to his undergrad days as an animal science major at NMSU.

NMSU criminal justice honor society takes top awards at conference

Mar 21, 2018

New Mexico State University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal-justice honor society, won a number of awards at their national conference in New Orleans, Feb. 15-17, 2018.

Andrea Joseph, college professor in NMSU’s Criminal Justice Department, is the chapter’s faculty adviser.

“Alpha Phi Sigma has over 400 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada,” Joseph said.

NMSU’s chapter has been active since 1987 and Joseph has been its adviser since 2010.

Four faculty members at New Mexico State University have published findings of their study involving effective measures to remedy stress among adolescents.

The research, which was completed by faculty members from NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services’ School of Nursing and an associate professor from the University of San Francisco, focused on the use of two stress reduction devices – the EnergyPod and the SleepWing. Both devices provide users with a place to relax and sleep.

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Spring is here and coincides with Elephant Butte Irrigation District’s 2018 irrigation season. The District’s Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled board meeting on March 14. Projected runoff, storage and surface water analysis from staff and consultants helped determine the surface water allotment for 2018. Based on current total project storage of 537, 391 acre feet and a total project allocation of 465,492 acre feet the Board set an initial allotment of ten inches (10”) per acre to be delivered to EBID members.

NMSU AFROTC to host exhibition

Mar 21, 2018

The New Mexico State University Air Force ROTC detachment will host a military and law enforcement exhibition and recruiting event on Thursday, March 29, from 1–4:30 p.m. on Pride Field.

The event is called A&M Day, reminiscent of when NMSU was known as New Mexico A&M with a focus on military training.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be two food trucks, La Ristra Express and Luchador, and music.

Lujan Grisham Introduces Education for Jobs Act

Mar 21, 2018
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) introduced the Education for Jobs Act as part of the Make It In America Plan launched by House Democrats.  The bill reduces the job skills gap by expanding eligibility for the federal student loan program to include students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program, are carrying at least three credit hours, and have worked full time for 10 years.

WNMU Board of Regents

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved the 2018-19 student fees and tuition amounts, which will not be increased, and voted to move ahead with the capital projects transmittal for underground utilities on campus and with the disposal of depreciated computers during their meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Western New Mexico University.

Acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea visited the KRWG-TV studios during his March visit for NMSU's "Big Read" project.  The NMSU Big Read committee chose Urrea's “Into the Beautiful North" for the community reading project.  Urrea answered questions from NMSU students, faculty, and staff during the taping of a special one-hour edition of KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  

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