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An armed robbery suspect’s apparent inability to drive a vehicle with a standard transmission appears to have played a role in his quick capture.

Devin Michael Saucedo, 22, of the 1700 block of High Street, is charged with two second-degree felony counts of armed robbery, one second-degree felony count of kidnapping and four fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony.

University Museum to host new photography exhibit

Jan 25, 2018

The New Mexico State University Museum will host a new photography exhibit, “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice in Guatemala,” from Feb. 1 through June 30.

The exhibit features 35 photos of the indigenous people of Guatemala.

“These photos capture the strength and beauty of the people’s struggle for justice,” said Anna Strankman, the museum’s curator.

In 2013 former Guatemalan President José Efraín Ríos Montt, in a Guatemalan court, was found guilty of crimes against humanity for killing more than 1,700 Maya Ixil Indians from 1982-1983.

LAS CRUCES--- Speaking to a group of community advocates and organizations, elected officials and civil servants, LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing delivered a keynote speech highlighting the anti-bullying measures the school district has implemented in recent years. The remarks came during the Doña Ana County Coalition Against Bullying (CAB) annual meeting and celebration Friday, Jan. 19 at Sunset Grill.

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Utility Completes $24 Million Roswell Transmission Project

Jan 25, 2018

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says it has completed a $24 million transmission project that will boost the capacity and reliability of the system that powers one eastern New Mexico city.

Utility officials say the Roswell project is part of a larger, region-wide effort to expand and modernize Xcel's grid, which serves nearly 100 communities in eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

Crews closed the final segment last week of a nearly 24-mile transmission loop that feeds the city's electric substations.

Navajo Lawmakers OK Appointment Of Tribal Chief Justice

Jan 25, 2018


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The chief appellate judge for the Crow Nation has been confirmed as chief justice of the Navajo Nation's highest court.

JoAnn "Joey" Jayne's appointment to the position in July had been subject to approval by the Navajo Nation Council.

Tribal lawmakers voted in favor Wednesday, and Jayne immediately was sworn in.

She's the first chief justice hired under a change that requires a law degree for the job. She joins Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley on the bench. The third position on the Navajo Nation Supreme Court is vacant.

Historic Black Church In Deming To Install New Pastor

Jan 25, 2018

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A historic black church in southern New Mexico is installing a pastor.

The Deming Headlight reports Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Deming formally will install the Rev. Reggie Price this weekend.

He has led the church temporarily since it reopened six years ago.

Cervantes Introduces Bill To Lower Penalties For Pot Possession

Jan 25, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator who is running for governor has proposed replacing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana with a $50 fine.

Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces introduced a bill that would provide a purely monetary penalty for low-level marijuana violations. The Senate approved a similar bill last year that never received a vote in the House. The changes would free up resource for courts, prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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Jan 25, 2018

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Mother Now Charged in Las Cruces Abuse Case

Jan 24, 2018

A Las Cruces mother of three children was arrested Tuesday and now faces the same child abuse charges as her live-in boyfriend.

Ashley Thurman, 29, of the 1900 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with two counts of child abuse not resulting in death or great bodily harm. The charges are both third-degree felony counts and are the same charges levied against her boyfriend, 22-year-old Eddie Castillo.

Las Cruces-Area Reserve Deputy Cleared In Fatal Shooting

Jan 24, 2018


A reserve deputy with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has been cleared in the October 2017 shooting death of a woman who reportedly armed herself with a splitting maul after attempting to barricade herself inside a storage building.

   The Third Judicial District Attorney’s office is declining to prosecute Sergio Gotbeter, 47, in the shooting. Gotbeter had been placed on administrative leave since the Oct. 31 incident.

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A New Mexico State University biology alumnus who recently won a $3 million prize for cutting-edge medical research; a Las Cruces couple, born and raised in the city, who both ran successful businesses for many years; and the visual and performing arts coordinator at Las Cruces Public Schools are the recipients of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences 2018 “A Starry Night” awards.

Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Las Cruces Walgreens

Jan 24, 2018

Las Cruces police are investigating the report of an armed robbery at the Walgreens store at 2300 E. Lohman Ave.

Shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Walgreens store at 2300 E. Lohman Ave. Officers learned that a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded prescription drugs from the pharmacy.

The suspect was last seen leaving the store and heading south on foot.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking Charge

Jan 24, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – Gilberto Garcia, 42, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

   Garcia was arrested in Oct. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  According to the complaint, law enforcement officers seized approximately 128 gross grams of methamphetamine from Garcia’s vehicle following a routine traffic stop on May 10, 2017, in Dona Ana County, N.M. 

Super Blue Moon Eclipse on January 31

Jan 24, 2018


  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed! Early risers can experience this phenomenon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science early that morning from 5 – 7 a.m. (weather permitting)

The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University will commemorate its 125th anniversary with a Founder’s Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, hosting the public for tours, birthday cake and history presentations on campus.  WNMU released the following information:

Founder’s Day will kick off at 11 a.m. in Light Hall Theater. Silver City mayor Ken Ladner and other WNMU dignitaries will speak at the opening ceremonies, which will also include a reading of Western New Mexico University’s Founder’s Day proclamation and an historic video presentation.

NMSU College of Business hosting economic outlook conference Feb. 8

Jan 24, 2018
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National and state economists will present their economic forecasts for 2018 at the Economic Outlook Conference Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 East University Avenue, Las Cruces.

New Mexico State University’s College of Business and Wells Fargo & Company are hosting the seventh annual free event that will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

NM Now - Tax Reform, Lawmakers Address Crime, Education Funding

Jan 24, 2018

DOJ: Bernalillo County Must Hand Over Immigration Data

Jan 24, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is including New Mexico's most populous county in an effort to pressure cities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Bernalillo County was one of roughly two dozen jurisdictions to receive warning letters Wednesday from the Justice Department. Federal officials are threatening to issue subpoenas to jurisdictions that aren't relinquishing documents showing they aren't withholding information about the immigration status of people in custody.

AP Interview: Richardson Resigns From Rohingya Refugee Panel

Jan 24, 2018

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has resigned from an international advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a "whitewash and a cheerleading operation" for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

New Mexico Adopts National Arts Standards For K-12 Education

Jan 24, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top education official said the state plans to emphasize a need to teach and support the arts by adopting new statewide K-12 education standards on the arts.

State Public Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced Tuesday that the state has adopted the National Core Arts Standards, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Retired PGA tour golfer Notah Begay III is raising money to help fix a vandalized playground at an Albuquerque elementary.

Begay this week asked his Twitter followers to donate money to help repair Osuna Elementary's playground after police said suspected vandals torched it earlier this month.

The Albuquerque resident and his Team NB3 Foundation also are competing in the 200 mile 2018 Ragnar Del Sol Relay in Mesa, Arizona, to raise funding of the children's playground and programs for Native American youth.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers aren't supposed to raise money or campaign while they are in Legislative Session.

But the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office said this week nothing in the state's campaign finance laws prevents them from having a "donate" button on their campaign websites.

Decades-Old New Mexico Cases Spurs Questions About Oversight

Jan 24, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal judge to determine whether New Mexico is doing enough to meet obligations spelled out as part of a costly decades-long legal battle over the institutionalization of people with developmental disabilities.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the case back to district court to determine whether the state is complying with federal law.

The appeals court said it also will be up to the lower court to determine whether changes implemented over the years will last and if federal oversight can end.

Las Cruces Infant Dies At El Paso Hospital Following Alleged Abuse

Jan 23, 2018

Mattie Minnick, the 7-week-old infant girl who has been hospitalized since Jan. 16, died early Tuesday afternoon at El Paso Children’s Hospital.

Mattie’s parents, 19-year-olds Caricia Lorena Ceballos and Alton Minnick, are both charged with a first-degree felony count of child abuse resulting in death.

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of abusing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter and smoking methamphetamine in the home occupied by the girl and two younger children.

Eddie Castillo, 22, of the 1900 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with two counts of child abuse not resulting in death or great bodily harm. The charges are both third-degree felonies.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke

In the midst of a Senate vote to end the government shutdown, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke held a town hall meeting in El Paso to talk with his constituency.