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LCFD Wants Public To Be Aware Of Possible Scam Calls

Nov 8, 2016
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Las Cruces Fire Department wants the public to be aware of potentially fraudulent telephone calls that seek monetary donations to support firefighters. The phone calls, at least one from the 505 area code, are not authorized by the Las Cruces Fire Department or any representative of the fire department. LCFD does not seek donations in that manner. Those who receive such is call should simply hang up without providing any personal or financial information to the caller. Anyone who has been...

Raton Man Pleads Guilty To Hitting Mail Carrier With Brick

Nov 8, 2016

A Raton man has pleaded guilty to assaulting and seriously injuring a postal carrier. The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico said Tuesday that 30-year-old Cody Martinez pleaded guilty last week to assaulting a federal employee. Martinez admitted to striking a mail carrier in the back of the head with a brick on Jan. 20 as he was delivering mail in Colfax County. Martinez was arrested shortly after while trying to flee law enforcement officers. The victim suffered serious injuries. Martinez...

Alumni Pledge $50 Million To St. Johns College

Nov 8, 2016
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Two graduates of the small liberal arts institution St. John's College have pledged a record $25 million to the school. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Ron Fielding and Warren Spector announced their gifts to St. John's endowment, saying the donations should be used to help students who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford school. St. John's has campuses in Santa Fe and Annapolis, Maryland, and tuition costs about $50,000 a year. The gifts will benefit both the New Mexico and the...

Lawmakers recommend $75M for protecting Texas children

Nov 8, 2016

Some Texas legislators have endorsed spending about $75 million for emergency salary increases and hiring more staff to protect at-risk Texas children. Members of a Senate Finance Committee work group concentrating on improvements to Child Protective Services made the recommendations Monday in Austin. The funds, including possible pay raises of at least $8,000 to some workers, could also be used to hire about 100 more CPS investigators. Lawmakers are looking at ways to help ease the state's...

Earlier this year, Las Cruces City Council voted to work on creating a combined Convention Center Expansion and sound stage, but Monday the City Council voted to separate the funding to create a stand-alone sound stage.

Las Cruces City Council voted to separate the funding for a project that would have constructed a sound stage in a convention center expansion. City Councilor Gill Sorg says both groups were concerned about sharing the space.

“From the convention and...

Judge Dismisses Criminal Case Against County Treasurer

Nov 7, 2016

An appeal will be filed after a judge dismissed criminal charges against Dona Ana County's Treasurer.

Santa Fe, NM - The New Mexico film union, IATSE Local 480, is teaming up with true progressive visionary and Santa Fe Resident, George R.R. Martin to ensure "all souls to the polls" on November 8th . A fleet vehicles will be dispatched on election day, by appointment, to pickup registered voters and deliver them safely to and from their Santa Fe area voting location. Those in need of a lift to the polls can get there in style and comfort with a free ride from IATSE and GRRM. One very special...

Robotics competition Bets the Farm at NMSU

Nov 7, 2016

Middle- and high-school teams from throughout the state and El Paso gathered for the NM BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics competition at New Mexico State University, Oct. 22. There’s no doubt that all 450 plus of them had fun at the raucous event. Whether they know it or not, they are learning skills that could someday lead to rewarding career fields.

Top NMSU Student Completes International Research Project

Nov 7, 2016

An international research project proved to be a highlight for a student who capped her undergraduate experience at New Mexico State University by being honored as a top student.

As the spring 2016 semester came to an end, Sativa Cruz was chosen as the Outstanding Senior from the College of Agricultural, Consumer...

Detectives Investigate Apparent Las Cruces-Area Murder-Suicide

Nov 7, 2016

Two people who were found shot to death inside their home in the 2300 block of Mesilla Hills Drive Monday morning were the apparent victims of a murder/suicide, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives who are investigating the incident. Dispatch was notified of the situation just before 9 a.m. when a female relative went to the home to check on the homeowners, described as an “elderly couple” by detectives. The man and woman reportedly had lived together for approximately 30 years...

New Mexico's nurse hotline faces threat of shutdown

Nov 7, 2016

A hotline that provides New Mexicans with free, around-the-clock access to nurses could shut down by the end of the year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( http://bit.ly/2fTO9Ux ) revenues for the nonprofit NurseAdvice New Mexico have declined, largely because managed care companies that long supported the program have switched to lower-cost services. Records show that even though they aren't funding the hotline, many of the companies' patients continue to call the line. NurseAdvice was...

The Latest: Early voting sets new record in New Mexico

Nov 7, 2016

New Mexico voters have cast more ballots before election day than ever before. The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office said Monday that more than 534,000 residents have voted at early voting centers or by absentee ballot. The numbers were reported by county clerks from across the state after early voting ended Saturday. The previous record for early voting in New Mexico was set in the 2008 general election when nearly 520,000 ballots were cast before election day. Registered Democrats...

LAS CRUCES---Classes in the Las Cruces Public Schools will not be held on Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day, however, the district’s administration building at 505 S. Main Street will remain open. The only LCPS students attending classes will be 11 th and 12 th grade students from Arrowhead Park Early College High School. District spokesman Jo Galvan said the schools are closed every other year on Election Day in order to provide additional parking since many of the schools are used as...

State Prosecutors Will Monitor New Mexico Polling Places

Nov 7, 2016
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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is deploying investigators and attorneys to help ensure proper conduct at polling locations across the state. Balderas announced Sunday that his office would provide support to county clerks at polling places. The move responds to a request from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office. The same routine support was provided by the attorney general's office during June primary elections. Secretary of State Brad Winter says election administrators...

New Mexico Braces For Uncertain Political Future

Nov 7, 2016

New Mexico voters are bracing for an uncertain political future amid last-minute overtures from presidential candidates and aggressive local campaigning to decide the balance of power in the state Legislature. Monday provided an interlude between election day and several weeks of balloting at early voting centers and county clerk offices. Donald Trump, running mate Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. have visited New Mexico in quick succession amid a spree of ad buys on local network television...

People from the Las Cruces area Doña Ana County have started to take civic action by meeting with area decision makers. Doña Ana Communities United is working with different groups to give voices to people who may not feel like they’re voices are not being heard. The organization has been working with volunteers with the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope and Juvenile Citation Program in the Las Cruces area to address needs important to these communities. Kari Bachman, Communities United...

Monday Business Watch

Nov 7, 2016

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, the world of personal finance and making a business from marathons. The region's home page is only possible with your support. Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now. Thank you.

Drone summit to take inaugural flight at Spaceport America

Nov 6, 2016

Hundreds of drone enthusiasts will converge for a first-ever drone summit later this month at Spaceport America , a sign of the New Mexico facility's effort to diversify its offerings. Spaceport officials are hoping to attract between 500 and 1,000 participants and spectators for the three-day event, which starts Nov. 11. The facility is opening its doors for various activities to better engage the public. The conference will include drone racing, a drone filmmaking contest and workshops with...

PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service recently issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use IRS e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website. The subject line for the fraudulent email is “Security Awareness for Tax Professionals.” The “From” line is “Your e-Services Team.” It has both an IRS logo and an e-services logo that hyperlinks to a URL verified as a phishing site. The spoofing site poses as an e-services...

I-10 Closures This Week

Nov 6, 2016

I-10 East & West Overnight Sunday, Nov. 6 through Thursday, Nov. 10 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning · A left lane on I-10 in both directions will be closed for approximately a half mile at the North Mesa Intersection. Crews will be working on temporary shoring walls in the area. [Map 2] Mesa Daytime Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 11 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day · A right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be closed between Remcon Circle to Osborne Drive (in the direction...

Las Cruces High bested Mayfield High 21-14 Saturday. The football game was canceled Friday night after a violent storm moved into the region. Saturday's game was played at the Field of Dreams. The match-up began at the end of the 1st quarter, which was the point that the game ended due to severe thunderstorms Friday night.

Espinoza Campaign Clarifies Payment To GOP Strategist

Nov 4, 2016
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Republican secretary of state candidate Nora Espinoza says her campaign staff erred when listing a payment of nearly $267,000 to a well-known GOP strategist on her latest finance report. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Thursday's filing listed a payment to a company called Media Strategies. Espinoza says it should have named McCleskey Media Strategies, which is run by Jay McCleskey, a political adviser to Gov. Susana Martinez. Espinoza's campaign says there was no attempt to conceal...

Teen Boys Charged in Las Cruces Auto Burglary Spree

Nov 4, 2016

Las Cruces Police have charged three teenagers for entering unlocked vehicles and burglarizing them in the Hillrise neighborhood. Angelo Espinosa, 17, and 16-year-olds Albert Sandoval and Jesse Morse were each charged with three counts of auto burglary, three counts of larceny, and one count each of tampering with evidence and conspiracy. During the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 2, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Majestic Ridge where a witness reported seeing...

El Paso VA Appoints New Director

Nov 4, 2016

El Paso, Texas – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Amaral as the new Medical Center Director of the El Paso VA Health Care System. “We are excited to bring Mr. Michael Amaral on board as the new Medical Center Director of the El Paso VA Health Care System,” said Mr. Joseph Dalpiaz, Network Director, Heart of Texas Health Care Network. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care...

Free Rides on Electric Bus in Las Cruces

Nov 4, 2016

The public will have another opportunity to ride an all-electric bus in Las Cruces for free. RoadRUNNER Transit will test drive the bus next week and anyone wanting to ride the bus may do so from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 11 . The bus will run on route 8, which is the Picacho area. It will pass in front of City Hall every half hour during that time at approximately :05 and :35 past the hour. The bus is a smaller version of the 40-foot all-electric bus RoadRUNNER...

Free Las Cruces Bus Transportation on Election Day

Nov 4, 2016
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Area voters will be able to ride RoadRUNNER transit for free on Election Day. No bus pass, cash fare or voter ID is required. The free rides apply to both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride. According to transit administrator Mike Bartholomew, the typical fare revenue loss on any fare-free day ranges from $500 - $550 per weekday. The list of voting convenience centers is located online at www.donaanacounty.org/ elections/vcc Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., is one of the voting...

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is hosting two guided hikes in the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument on November 19 and December 17, 2016. The Monument is located off Picacho Blvd., a half mile east of Shalem Colony and Rocky Acres Road on Permian Tracks Road in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hikers are asked to meet the BLM paleontologist at the second Monument parking lot past the interpretive signs to begin the hike promptly at 9 a.m. The three-mile, round-trip hike...

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is hosting two focus group meetings to discuss recreation use and management in the 496,330-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The two meetings will be held on the New Mexico State University Campus in the Corbett Center’s first-floor Otero Room on November 12 at 10 a.m. and November 18 at 7 p.m. The meetings seek to engage the public, including local leaders, business owners, residents and visitors, to share their...

Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, to speak at WNMU, Silver City

Nov 4, 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera will give a talk about his life and work at Light Hall, WNMU on Monday November 21 st . There will be a cocktail meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. on the patio, followed by the talk from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by WNMU and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, this event is free and open to the public. Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012...

A group of students at New Mexico State University are getting hands-on experience with research that will benefit not only their overall learning experience, but the learning experiences of those utilizing outreach programs offered by the university.

Six undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines...

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