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(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico’s current and future farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture are invited to a conference aimed at informing, inspiring, and connecting those who will produce our food and fiber (cotton, wool, etc.) going forward.

 

Las Cruces School Bus Drivers File Emergency Motion To Allow Strike

Apr 2, 2016
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  Albuquerque  – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Las Cruces Transportation Federation #6341 President Marcos Torres  released the following statement late Friday: 

 

“ Yesterday, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board on behalf of the Las Cruces Public School District received an ex parte temporary restraining order against AFT NM, LCTF #6341, and STS-NM, enjoining a strike, picketing and protests.  

 

Groups Push For More Renewable Energy In New Mexico

Apr 2, 2016
Simon Thompson

A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources.

The head of the University of New Mexico's Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it's both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the industry could be exported globally.

NMPhil, New Mexico Ballet To Present Fantastical Alice in Wonderland

Apr 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – To the delight of audience members of all ages, the New Mexico Philharmonic and the New Mexico Ballet will perform Alice in Wonderland at 6 p.m.

Bureau of Land Management

Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Las Cruces District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Las Cruces on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  The meeting will be from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Organizers of the annual Look Who’s Dancing competition, hosted by the New Mexico State University DanceSport Company, are looking for celebrity contestants for its ninth season.

Look Who’s Dancing pairs local celebrities with NMSU DanceSport Company members to compete in a professionally judged dance competition, which will be held at the Pan American Center in November. Participants don’t have to know how to dance in order to sign up, said Hannah Cole, director of NMSU DanceSport.

Are you worried about being the target of a scam? Have you been a victim of one in the past and are looking to protect yourself in the future? Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites adults to learn about scam prevention at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Roadrunner Room of Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

 

Presented by the Las Cruces Police Department, topics will include internet schemes, telephone scams, identity theft, when not to trust door-to-door salesperson, and more. 

 

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M.,– The U.S. Army successfully fired an AIM-9X missile from its newest launch platform March 29. The missile successfully engaged an Unmanned Aircraft System target as part of an engineering demonstration of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept. The live fire demonstrated the ability to fire the system’s baseline interceptor and engage a target from its new Multi-Mission Launcher. The launcher also successfully fired Stinger and Longbow Hellfire missiles earlier in the demonstration.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Fleeing Crash that Injured Ex-girlfriend

Apr 1, 2016

  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Las Cruces man suspected of leaving the scene of Thursday evening’s crash on Triviz Drive that seriously injured his ex-girlfriend.

Dillon Edwards, 22, is charged with one count each of battery against a household member, criminal damage to property, interference with communication, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Alamogordo Hosts Free Presentation on Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

Apr 1, 2016

  The ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease will be the subject of a free presentation offered by The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter on Thursday, April 21st, 10:30am-11:30am, at the Alamogordo Senior Center, 2201 Puerto Rico Ave, Alamogordo, NM 88310.  To register or for more information contact Priscilla Lujan, (575) 624-1552, plujan@alz.org

Suspect in Las Cruces Shooting Charged with Attempted Murder

Apr 1, 2016

  The 69-year-old Las Cruces man suspected in Thursday evening’s shooting that resulted in the hospitalization of a plumber and a two-hour standoff on Gladys Drive has been charged with attempted murder.

John T. Haynie, of the 1600 block of Gladys Drive, is charged with one count of attempted murder. The charge is a second-degree felony count.

  This year’s Las Cruces International Festival, hosted by New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs, promises to be an even bigger hit than last year with activities and food representing cultures from across the globe.

The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Student Art Show “The Artistic Earth” In Las Cruces

Apr 1, 2016

  Las Cruces – DACC student artists present their work at the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) student art exhibit from April 1 to April 29.  “The Artistic Earth” features students from all art disciplines at the community college.

Warning: Tax Scam In Southern New Mexico

Apr 1, 2016

  Doña Ana County Chief Deputy Treasurer Eric Rodriguez is warning property owners not to fall for official-looking letters from a company calling itself Desert Cardinal Properties of Cedar Park, Texas.

   Rodriguez said several property owners have reported receiving the letters in recent weeks, offering to take ownership of the properties for a nominal fee, plus back taxes owed.

New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center Recognized as Top in Nation

Apr 1, 2016

  Governor Susana Martinez announced that the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been recognized as the best in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The outreach center, which teaches veterans how to start and manage a business, will receive the “Excellence in Service” award by the Small Business Council.

Third Judicial District Attorney - Mark D'Antonio

Apr 1, 2016

NMSU student group to host juvenile justice conference

Apr 1, 2016

  It’s called the school to prison pipeline and a group of New Mexico State University students is taking steps to try and disrupt it. 

NMSU’s criminal justice national honor society Alpha Phi Sigma will host a juvenile justice rehabilitation conference from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on April 15 at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. The conference speakers will include juvenile offenders telling their personal stories as well as psychologists, public school counselors, juvenile justice workers and judicial system officials exploring solutions.

  Forty-five students from across New Mexico have qualified for the national Educators Rising conference in Boston this summer after competing at the state conference, which took place last month at New Mexico State University.

Las Cruces Crime Victims’ Expo and Walk Set for April 9

Apr 1, 2016

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit will join several area organizations and programs April 9 in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with an Expo and Walk at Pioneer Women’s Park.

The theme for this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is, “Serving Victims, Building Trust and Restoring Hope.”

The Expo and Walk is being held in conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness Week sponsored by the Children, Youth and Families Department. CYFD is sponsoring a Kids Corner at the Expo.

NMSU to host International Environmental Design Contest

Apr 1, 2016

  New Mexico State University will host the 26th annual International Environmental Design Contest Sunday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 6, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. 

NMSU’s WERC, a Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, will host the contest, which gives students the chance to feature their innovative designs to real-world problems. 

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. –District Attorney Mark D’Antonio has announced plans to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) in Doña Ana County, April 10-16.

This year’s theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—presents the opportunity to highlight the need for services that agencies provide starting at the early stage of victimization. In Doña Ana County, the Victim Witness Assistance Program was created to assist with the trauma and the burden suffered by victims of crime.  

UTEP Communications

  Members of the 1966 Texas Western College men’s basketball team are headed to Houston this weekend, where they will be part of Final Four activities and be recognized during halftime of the second semifinal game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange.

Friday, April 1

·      Team members will arrive in Houston and will have the opportunity to watch the Final Four teams’ practices. There will also be a Q & A session at NRG Stadium Friday afternoon with Louis Baudoin, David Lattin and Nevil Shed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The soaring sounds of Handel’s Israel in Egypt will fill Albuquerque’s First United Methodist Church as the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra presents this choral tour de force at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

New Mexico audience favorites mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Zander-Wall, sopranos Jenna Kloeppel and Elizabeth Wenrich, tenor Eric Parker and basses Paul Bower and Stephen Lewis will be featured soloists in this final concert of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus’ 2015-16 season.

  Two women, one a veteran educator and the other a civil rights activist, will be the keynote speakers at the seventh annual Don & Sarrah Kidd Literacy Conference, hosted by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction at New Mexico State University.

Alan Webber, One New Mexico

Apr 1, 2016

Fred Martino interviews Alan Webber, founder of One New Mexico, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a better future for the state through public policy improvements.  Webber was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for New Mexico Governor in 2014.

 

Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

  Join us for our rescheduled History Notes lecture at 1pm on Thursday, April 7th by Dr. Peter Kopp entitled “Fabian Garcia and the Remaking of New Mexico Agriculture.”

The influence of Fabian Garcia on the traditions and reputation of New Mexico extend far beyond NMSU. In this talk, Dr. Kopp will explore the long-lasting effects of Garcia’s lifetime of research and advocacy in agricultural science. Come learn about how your kitchen and tastes might be part of his on-going legacy.

USDA

  ALAMOGORDO, NM -The Lincoln National Forest is seeking public comment on a plan to begin an overnight rental program for the Wofford Lookout Cabin and Tower located on the Sacramento Ranger District.

New Communication System Installed at Nuclear Waste Dump

Apr 1, 2016

 

Workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico will be able to signal officials aboveground in the event of an emergency thanks to a new wireless communication system.

The U.S. Department of Energy and the repository's manager announced the installation of the system Thursday. It includes audible and flashing alarms and allows for two-way voice and text communication.

The system also provides for real-time tracking of all personnel entering the underground facility.

 

State senator Democrat Howie Morales from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

Morales of Silver City says parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children and that includes whether they take assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

Morales sent a letter to Balderas on Thursday, asking for a formal opinion.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Apr 1, 2016

Welcome to 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. This week we take a look at  CARE fundraiser promoting Colon Cancer Awareness, The Las Cruces International Festival, and the annual opening of Trinity Site set for Saturday.

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