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Las Cruces Trash Trucks Come With A Message

Jul 15, 2017

Have you seen your friendly residential trash truck this week? New brightly colored wrapped messages go right to the heart of problematic issues and right into the hearts of the neighborhoods Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) serves. Four new messages feature a talking trash container saying: “Give me space!, No overfilling!, Tie me up!, and Trash day!”

Federal authorities looking for Deming bank robber

Jul 15, 2017

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities and police in one southern New Mexico community are searching for a man who robbed a Deming bank.

The FBI says the man, wearing a boonie hat and a camouflage jacket, walked into the First Savings Bank on Thursday morning. Armed with a shotgun, he demanded money from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect drove away in a white SUV. He was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall with a slim build.

Las Cruces High Speed Pursuit Suspect Charged with State Offenses

Jul 14, 2017

The man who led police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit on surface streets in Las Cruces, and along I-25 and I-10, was arrestedThursday evening and is charged with at least two felonies.

Zachary Stephen Reeder, 39, of Marana, Ariz., is charged with one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of aggravated fleeing or eluding an officer.

UTEP Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumni

Jul 14, 2017

EL PASO, Texas – Every year, The University of Texas at El Paso and the UTEP Alumni Association honor a group of men and women whose achievements stand out as monuments to dedication, integrity and hard work – they are the UTEP Distinguished Alumni.

UTEP has named three Distinguished Alumni for 2017: Maria Castañón Moats, U.S. and Mexico Assurance Leader for auditing firm PwC; Jacob Cintron, CEO and president of University Medical Center of El Paso; and Allen Gilmer,

co-founder and executive chairman of Drillinginfo.

Walmart has released its 10th annual Global Responsibility Report 

The New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the 2017 NM PREP High School Academy June 18-30. The NM PREP program provides diverse, high-achieving middle and high school students the opportunity to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. 

A New Mexico State University criminal justice professor recently published a book detailing criminal gang activities in San Antonio, Texas, for the past 100 years.

Mike Tapia, an assistant professor in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, first became involved in criminal gangs after graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He took a job as a caseworker for gang intervention. His interest in the topic of criminal gangs, specifically juvenile delinquency, compelled him to go back to school, eventually earning his doctorate in sociology. 

New Mexico Leaders Condemn Governor’s Position on Monuments

Jul 14, 2017
nmpolitics.net

Commentary: Mayors and County Commissioners near New Mexico’s two National Monuments under review by President Trump are expressing outrage at Governor Martinez’ recent letter supporting the potential reduction of New Mexico’s newest National Monuments. In 2013 and 2014, President Obama established the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments in Taos and Doña Ana Counties, following years of community efforts to achieve protection. Both new National Monuments have achieved significant increases in visitation and tourism.

Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition: New Mexico 2018

Jul 14, 2017

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) hosts a special exhibition, Da Vinci—The Genius February 10 through July 29, 2018. Da Vinci—The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Rome, and many experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience.

US Rig Count Remains Unchanged, Stays At 952

Jul 14, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. remained unchanged this week, staying at 952.

A year ago, just 447 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 765 rigs sought oil and 187 explored for natural gas this week.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs, Utah increased by two and Colorado and North Dakota each increased by one.

Alaska, Louisiana and Oklahoma each declined by two.

FBI: Fugitive Lawyer Linked To Social Security Fraud Spotted

Jul 14, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal agents tracking a fugitive Kentucky lawyer involved in a massive Social Security fraud case released surveillance photos Friday indicating that his escape route took him to New Mexico.

The FBI said the weeks-old photos showed Eric Conn at a gas station and a Walmart in New Mexico. The photos were revealed on the same day the flamboyant disability lawyer was supposed to be in federal court to face sentencing.

Dividend Payments Targeted In New Mexico Insurance Case

Jul 14, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller is asking state regulators to prevent health insurance companies from paying out dividends to shareholders or other investors pending an ongoing audit related to premium taxes.

The request announced by Keller's office on Friday is the latest development in a case centered on whether insurance companies are paying what's owed to the state when it comes to taxes on premiums and other surcharges.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Repeal Trump Voter Suppression Executive Order

Jul 14, 2017

  Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Anti-Voter Suppression Act, a bicameral bill that would repeal President Trump’s Executive Order establishing an “election integrity” commission to investigate widespread voter fraud. The bill is supported by more than 90 members of Congress, including every Democratic Senator of color. New Mexico’s Secretary of State has refused to comply with the Presidential Advisory Commission’s request to share sensitive voter roll data.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jul 14, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the 14th annual Ice Cream Sunday takes place at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Movies in the Park features Roque One, and a mobile fossil museum visits Fort Selden.  

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Last Member Of 'Kind Of Blue' Album To Perform In New Mexico

Jul 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The last surviving member of the Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" jazz album is scheduled to perform in Albuquerque as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

Percussionist Jimmy Cobb is slated take part in a tribute to saxophonist Dexter Gordon at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday.

The 88-year-old drummer still performs with his band, Cobb's Mob, and tours internationally.

Cobb was a drummer on the "Kind of Blue" jam session that also featured Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. It is the best-selling jazz album of all time.

Residents Near Trinity Test Site To Hold Anniversary Vigil

Jul 14, 2017

 

  TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents living near the site of the first atomic bomb test 72 years ago are planning a vigil to remember loved ones who have died from cancer.

Tularosa Basin Downwinders have scheduled a candlelight vigil Saturday to honor those advocates say died from diseases related to the atomic explosion.

The group says the Trinity Test on July 16, 1945, irreparably altered the gene pools of residents in surrounding communities such as the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa.

Judge Dismisses Suit Against New Mexico Attorney General

Jul 14, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Attorney General Hector Balderas in the firing of six former employees.

District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled this week that Balderas acted within his authority in firing the attorneys shortly after his election in 2014. Singleton also says a two year statute of limitations had run out on allegations of wrongful termination.

The Trump Administration has officially made it clear that it wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. On the campaign trail, and into his first months in office, President Donald Trump has made it no secret that he was not a fan of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

On a recent taping of “In Focus” on KRWG-TV, Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association shared his thoughts on the Trump Administrations efforts to renegotiate the trade deal. He says he hopes the efforts are to improve NAFTA.

Martinez Questions Monuments In Letter To U.S. Interior Department

Jul 13, 2017
nmpolitics.net

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez supports the review of two national monuments in New Mexico, saying it's important that the designations follow the intent and spirit of the federal law that was used to establish the sites.

The two-term Republican governor outlined her comments on the Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The man arrested July 2 and charged with two counts of child abuse after his girlfriend’s son was hospitalized with severe bruising, and what appeared to be a cigarette burn near his groin, is now suspected of shooting at another woman’s home in early February.

Tezcatlipoca “Tez” Soto, 19, of the 1000 block of west Hadley Avenue, now is charged with one count of shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, a fourth-degree felony.

Udall: Latest GOP Health Care Bill Is Same Terrible Deal For New Mexicans

Jul 13, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted the newly revised Republican health care bill, which would still kick nearly 300,000 New Mexicans off their health care and cost the state almost 50,000 jobs by 2022. Udall has heard from over 10,000 New Mexicans, almost all of whom have urged him to fight the dangerous plan to repeal and replace the health care protections made possible through the Affordable Care Act.

NMSU receives STARS Gold Rating for sustainability achievements

Jul 13, 2017

New Mexico State University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Iraqi Facing Deportation After Aiding Military Takes Refuge

Jul 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iraqi man who fled to the U.S. during the Gulf War and trained tens of thousands of American soldiers is facing deportation orders that could lead to his death in his homeland, his supporters say.

Kadhim Al-bumohammed, 64, decided to seek refuge Thursday inside a New Mexico church. He announced through his attorney that he would defy a federal immigration order to appear for a hearing where he was expected to be detained over two misdemeanor domestic-violence convictions in California.

US Nuclear Agency Sets Expectations For Los Alamos Contract

Jul 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. agency responsible for overseeing the nation's nuclear weapons cache is laying out the qualifications that will be required from the next manager of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, Los Alamos has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

AP-NORC Poll: Three-quarters in US say they lack influence

Jul 13, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Bell, a beekeeper and farmer who makes about $11,000 a year, feels Washington power brokers have no intention of making health care affordable.

"They don't care about people like me," says the Bosque County, Texas, resident.

Public Lands Spur Local Economies

Jul 13, 2017

Joint Economic Committee Democrats released state 

Fronteras 716: Love JRZ - Laura Ibarra

Jul 13, 2017

AG Balderas Calls on Trump Administration & Secretary DeVos to Uphold Student Protections

Jul 13, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Commentary: Washington D.C. – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 20 other state attorneys general have submitted public comments to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, calling a move by the U.S. Department of Education to replace existing student protections a “waste of resources and a betrayal of students.”

  Rep. Rick Little (R-Doña Ana and Otero) announced the launch of a backpack drive for New Mexico’s kids. Little is partnering with Molina Healthcare on this effort to provide new backpacks to deserving students in House District 53.  

 

Community Connection - A Children's Theatre of the Mesilla Valley

Jul 13, 2017

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