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Another Feature Film To Use Albuquerque As Backdrop

Sep 23, 2016

The latest feature film to use Albuquerque as a backdrop will star a few actors of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" fame.

Steven Michael Quesada, Vincent McDaniel and Jermaine Washington are among the actors in "Furthest Witness," which is shooting through the beginning of October in Albuquerque.

The production will employ nearly four dozen New Mexico crew members, 30 principal actors from the state and 30 background talent.

Funding Aimed At New Mexico's Solar Telescope

Sep 23, 2016

More than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will help support efforts to transition the operation of New Mexico's solar telescope to a consortium led by New Mexico State University.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the funding Thursday.

The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope specializes in high resolution imaging and spectroscopy used by astronomers for a better understanding of the sun and how space weather affects the planet.

PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.

Follow The Money - New Mexico Campaign Fundraising

Sep 22, 2016

Welcome to Voice of the Public on 90.7 fm and, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host. Join us as we Follow The Money - New Mexico Campaign Fundraising, taking a look at the influence of campaign donations in local state politics. According to an article in the Las Cruces Sun-News, in contested races in the November 8th general election, the average amount of campaign contributions raised be state senate candidates in Dona Ana County is $60,580. Join us as we follow the money in the upcoming New Mexico election. Where is the money coming from?

NMSU counseling program receives $1.2 million grant for scholarships

Sep 22, 2016

The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the New Mexico State University College of Education recently received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to provide scholarships to doctoral students of color and disadvantaged doctoral students.

New CEO Picked To Lead Spaceport America

Sep 22, 2016

An engineer who has held senior management and planning posts at White Sands Missile Range is Spaceport America's new CEO.

The board of the authority that oversees the commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico announced Thursday the selection of Daniel Hicks to replace Christine Anderson.

Hicks' 34 years as an Army civilian employee at White Sands has included working on strategic planning and numerous programs involving missiles, sensors and space.

Ex-Public Education Secretary Now Permanent Santa Fe Chief

Sep 22, 2016

Former New Mexico Public Education Secretary Veronica Garcia is now the permanent superintendent for Santa Fe Public Schools.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Santa Fe school board voted this week to extend Garcia's contract by another school year and change her title from "interim" to "permanent."

The unanimous vote keeps Garcia at the helm of the 13,000-student school district under a contract that runs through June 30, 2018. Her annual salary is $180,000.

Jal Hit By Strong Hailstorm, Caused About $4 Million In Damage

Sep 22, 2016

A small city in southeastern New Mexico is recovering after being hit with a strong hailstorm.

The Hobbs News-Sun report that Jal was struck this weekend with hailstones bigger than golf balls that caused an estimated $4 million in damage.

The storm began late Saturday, leaving broken windows and busted windshields in its path.

Jal City Manager Bob Gallagher said officials in the city of 2,500 residents are looking for a declaration of emergency from the state.

Public Regulation Commission To Rule On PNM Rates

Sep 22, 2016

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission plans to rule next week on a rate increase for more than 500,000 customers of the state's largest utility.

Public Service Company of New Mexico is requesting an increase of more than $123 million in annual revenue, under which customers on average would see their bills rise by 14.4 percent.

A PRC hearing examiner's recommendation last month slashed that by two-thirds to about $41 million, which would mean an average increase of 6.4 percent for customers.

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry is traveling to communities around the state to talk to businesses about problems in their communities in order to lay out a policy plan for this years legislative session.

Jason Espinoza, President of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry says their fall focus tour will help them develop policy.

Las Cruces-Area Murder Suspect Arrested; Victim Identified

Sep 21, 2016

 A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after a homicide investigation that started early Tuesday morning in the 5900 block of Derby Avenue.

      According to court documents filed by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, Rocky Armendariz is charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting  35-year-old Christopher Lauster.

New Mexico's AG sends investigatory letter to EpiPen maker

Sep 21, 2016
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas' office has sent an investigatory letter requesting information from the manufacturer of life-saving EpiPen.

That's the brand name of an auto-injector of synthetic adrenaline that treats severe allergic reactions to insect bites and stings and foods like nuts and eggs.

People usually keep multiple EpiPens handy at home, school or work. But the syringes prefilled with the hormone epinephrine expire after one year.

The list price of EpiPens has grown to $608 for a two-pack, an increase of more than 500 percent since 2007.

Blue Bell recalls some ice cream distributed in the South

Sep 21, 2016

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria.

Silver City, NM – Governor Susana Martinez held a press conference on Wednesday at Western New Mexico University to applaud the Silver City-based institution on leading efforts in achieving higher education goals.

Governor Martinez was joined by Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education Barbara Damron who congratulated WNMU on achieving fast progress in meeting reform goals set by the Governor.

“WNMU has been one of the leaders in getting programs to 120 hours,” said Damron.

“NEOMAGIC: 2016 Zuhl student exhibition” opens at the Zuhl Museum

Sep 21, 2016

Spirituality, technology and the natural environment from a student perspective will be revealed at “NEOMAGIC: 2016 Zuhl Student Exhibition” at the Zuhl Museum at New Mexico State University from Friday, Sept. 23 through Wednesday, Dec. 21.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23at the Zuhl Museum.

The Latest: Governor Wants To Expand Child Abuse Punishments

Sep 21, 2016
Office of the Governor

The Latest on concerns on New Mexico's child welfare system (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says not a day goes by that she doesn't think of Baby Brianna, a 5-month-old who died in 2002 after being sexually assaulted and suffering skull fractures and numerous other injuries.

Martinez was a district attorney in Las Cruces at the time of the infant's death. She prosecuted the child's mother, father and an uncle.

New Mexico Sheriff: Woman Found Dead Identified As Arizonan

Sep 21, 2016

Authorities in northern New Mexico say a body found near a roadway has been identified as that of a 33-year-old Arizona woman and that her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says the identity of the woman is being withheld. He says a vehicle believed to belong to the woman was found about two miles from where a passer-by found the body Sunday evening.

The body was found near the intersection of County Road 110 and Los Cordovas Road.

Fronteras 619 Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces - Ashley Echavarria

Sep 21, 2016

New Trial Date Scheduled For Man Accused Of Killing Fellow Deputy

Sep 21, 2016

A former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy will be retried in April.

KOAT-TV reports that Tai Chan's original retrial was set for Nov. 28 but now it is slated to run April 3-14.

Chan's first trial ended in a mistrial in June.

He had been charged with first-degree murder in fellow deputy Jeremy Martin's death.

The two 29-year-old deputies were in Las Cruces the night of the shooting in October 2014, staying at a hotel after transporting prisoners to Arizona.

Older adults have the power to prevent a fall

Sep 21, 2016

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimates every 11 seconds in America, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. That’s scary stuff if you’re 65 and over, or know and love someone who is.

Today in New Mexico, 14-percent of residents are 65 years of age and older, and falls are their leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and injury-related deaths, and the problem is getting worse. New Mexico’s population is aging, but their rate of falling is in increasing too.

Silver City Report

Sep 21, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Ben Fischer and Stewart McClintic. This week, a look at the special legislative session and school bonds. 

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Independent Feature 'Making A Killing' To Film In New Mexico

Sep 21, 2016

The independent feature "Making a Killing" is filming in northern New Mexico.

State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says principal photography is expected to continue through the end of October in Las Vegas and nearby Montezuma.

The film is being produced by CanAmPac3, LLC. The project will employ 20 New Mexico crew members, 15 local principal actors and 30 background talent.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Deer In McGregor Range Area

Sep 21, 2016

Wildlife officials say five deer harvested in the McGregor Range area of southern New Mexico during the last hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The state Department of Game and Fish made the announcement Tuesday.

First discovered in New Mexico in 2002, chronic wasting disease has only been found in the state's southern hunting units. To date, 42 deer and eight elk have tested positive.

The neurological disease is found in deer, elk and moose. Known to be fatal in these species, it attacks the brains of infected animals.

Las Cruces Public School Board chose Gregory Ewing from the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia, Arsenio Romero, from the Roswell Independent School District, and Gregory Rodriguez from the Huntsville Independent School District in Texas as finalists for the Superintendent position.

School Board President Maria Flores says narrowing the list was difficult.

“It’s experience,” Flores said. “Enthusiasm, a love of teaching, willingness to try new things, and not be afraid to fail or experiment.”

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded New Mexico $151,207 in Advanced Placement (AP) grants as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students. New Mexico is one of 41 states and Washington, D.C., that received a total of $28.4 million to help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for students from low-income families.

Screening Of Film By NMSU Professor In Las Cruces

Sep 20, 2016

LAS CRUCES -- On Saturday, September 24, the Temple Beth-El Mensch Club will present a screening of Ilana Lapid’s short movie, “Yochi”, at 7:30 pm, at Temple Beth-El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Avenue, Las Cruces.

The movie was written and directed by filmmaker and New Mexico State University assistant professor Ilana Lapid, who will appear after the showing to answer any questions.  At the showing donations will be accepted to complete costs of the post- production of the film.

Free Water Tests for Doña Ana County’s Private Well Owners

Sep 20, 2016

Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are providing free

Volunteers from Las Cruces and the surrounding communities are invited to participate in this year’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is hosting several activities at the Dripping Springs Natural Area, including gardening, trash clean up and trail maintenance.

State Auditor Tim Keller Identifies Millions in Uncollected Revenue

Sep 20, 2016
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of premium taxes collected by the state of New Mexico. New Mexico’s Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) is responsible for accurate and timely collection of premium taxes from insurance providers that do business in the state. A sample of one-quarter of the total premium tax collected from 2010 to 2015 revealed that the state may have been underpaid at least $193 million just for those transactions. The total amount due to the state for all transactions is likely to be more.

Silver City, NM – A select group of experts in various professions including social work were selected to participate in the recent ICF Consensus Conference, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Western New Mexico University professor Patricia West-Okiri was one of the participants who shared her expertise on autism and the core features of the disorder.