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Las Cruces-Area Man Indicted On Sex Crimes

Dec 9, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a grand jury has indicted a Mesilla Park man accused of molesting a girl under the age of 13.

Gerald Chavez, 57, was indicted on one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony and two counts of criminal contact of a minor, both third-degree felonies. 

According to investigators, the girl said the alleged incidents took place at the defendant’s home between April and November of this year. The defendant also admitted to molesting other children in the past.

Las Cruces Youth Scholarship Fund Accepting Applications

Dec 9, 2016

  The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will accept applications for the Youth Scholarship Fund for youth programs and activities presented through June 2017. Interested applicants must submit their application at the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

 

RUIDOSO – Hay operation resilience and flexibility during tough economic times will highlight the 2017 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference Jan. 11-13 at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso.

NMSU professor finding ways to remove organic pollutants in water

Dec 9, 2016

An assistant professor in New Mexico State University’s Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering recently received a $373,000 grant from NASA and a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research to remove pollutants from groundwater using local waste materials.

Catherine Brewer’s three-year NASA grant is for research pertaining to the absorption of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) from the water beneath the White Sands Test Facility.

Cloudcroft Schools Announces Two Monday Changes

Dec 9, 2016

CLOUDCROFT, N.M. - Cloudcroft Schools will have regular school hours for all
grade levels on Monday, Dec. 12. The change from the normal four-day school
week is due to the upcoming holiday break, which runs from December 17 to
January 2, 2017.

Additionally, the monthly Cloudcroft School Board meeting has been moved to
Monday, Dec. 12, in the Board Room at the high school. The board normally
meets the third Tuesday of each month, which was Dec. 20. The change was
precipitated by the holiday break.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Dec 9, 2016

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, December 14, 8:30am - 1:00pm.

o   Saturday, December 17, 8:30am - 1:00pm

o   Wednesday, December 21, 8:30am - 1:00pm.

o   Saturday, December 24, 8:30am-1:00pm

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Saturday, December 17, 12:00-1:00pm – Tuba Christmas

o   Sunday, December 18, 1:00 – 7:00pm – Christmas on the Plaza

o   Wednesday, December 21, 5:00 – 9:00pm – Winterfest

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The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, December 16th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic. Public Health offices throughout the state have vaccines available for those without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card.

Feds confirm investigation of APD body cam allegations

Dec 9, 2016

  

  Federal officials on Thursday said they are conducting a criminal investigation of allegations that Albuquerque Police Department employees altered and deleted body camera video.

The Department of Justice has received “several requests” seeking a criminal probe, Elizabeth Martinez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, said in an emailed response to questions from New Mexico In Depth.

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (GCRMC) in Alamogordo announced today a new partnership to improve the quality of care for adults who experience a bone fracture due to a fall. In this joint project, NMDOH will track and monitor the progress of fracture patients in the hospital’s Fracture Liaison Service program to assure adequate follow-up so that older adult fracture patients are less likely to fall in the future.

 

UPDATE: Possible Road Rage Shooting In Las Cruces

Dec 9, 2016

Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate Thursday evening’s road rage incident that resulted in gunfire and injury to a 30-year-old man.

The man received a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He remains hospitalized there Friday in critical condition.

Toulouse Oliver To Be Sworn In As NM Secretary Of State Friday

Dec 9, 2016
Maggie Toulouse Oliver Campaign

New Mexico is preparing to swear in a new secretary of state to oversee elections and campaign finance regulations.

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver is taking office on Friday afternoon, under regulations allowing for the early replacement of the office's interim leader.

The Democrat and long-time Bernalillo County clerk campaigned on promises to encourage voter participation and reform a scandal plagued agency.

Proposal To Increase Media Access To Court Records Advances

Dec 9, 2016

A New Mexico Supreme Court panel has advanced a proposal that would expand online access for court records for the media.

The Supreme Court-appointed subcommittee on Thursday voted to recommend the proposal, which would allow attorneys, certain criminal justice workers, people representing themselves in civil court and the press would qualify to access unredacted court records through a secured online system.

Court Ruling Ends Effort By Otero County To Combat Fire Danger

Dec 9, 2016

An appellate court has dashed any hopes one southern New Mexico county had to address fire danger on national forest lands due to the inaction of the federal government.

A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Denver found that Otero County's resolution to treat overgrown areas of the Lincoln National Forest along with a state statute enabling counties to take action under certain circumstances conflicted with federal law.

The judges said the case was a question of constitutional power and that federal law pre-empted the state law and the county's resolution.

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The New Mexico Film Business Alliance held a networking event in Las Cruces Thursday to help area businesses; artists and film professionals learn new ways to get involved in the film industry.

Matt Rauchberg, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Albuquerque Studios and Director of the Film Business Alliance of New Mexico says the alliance formed earlier this year includes every studio in New Mexico, individual film professionals and small businesses that cater to the film industry to help show how the industry can help economic development in New Mexico.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Dec 9, 2016

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, it’s holiday season and there’s lots to do including luminarias at Fort Selden and tree lighting in Mesilla.  

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Las Cruces Shooting Possibly a Result of Road Rage

Dec 8, 2016

  Las Cruces Police are investigating what’s believed to be a road rage incident that’s resulted in gunfire and a 30-year-old man transported to an El Paso hospital.

 

The victim was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso with at least one gunshot wound. His condition is not known at this time.

 

 

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today a 59-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from McKinley County, have been confirmed to have hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). These are the seventh and eighth cases of HPS in New Mexico in 2016. Both patients are hospitalized. 

Local high school students learn from Aggie Innovators at NMSU

Dec 8, 2016

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering partnered with the Las Cruces Public Schools EXCEL program to host five high school students during the fall 2016 semester. The EXCEL students spent the term working in the Aggie Innovation Space learning about innovation, entrepreneurship and the engineering design process. 

Cloudcroft - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be
holding three public information meetings to discuss upcoming improvements
to the US 82 tunnel located between Cloudcroft and Alamogordo. The meetings
will take place:

*         High Rolls, NM, High Rolls Senior Center, 96 Cottage Row, Tuesday,
December 13th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

*         Cloudcroft, NM, Cloudcroft High School Commons Area, 10 Swallow
Pl., Wednesday, December 14th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

  Anthony: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor). In cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of the NM 186 Bridge Box replacement project.

When:

6:00 pm                                                                               

Thursday December 15, 2016                                               

Where:

  The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) reports a significant uptick in carbon monoxide poisonings this December over the same time period in previous years, according to poison center director Susan Smolinske, PharmD, DABAT, professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences at UNM’s College of Pharmacy.

As winter temperatures set in, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases with home heating sources and appliances, like fireplaces, water heaters and generators, and even stoves and ovens, all of which can produce carbon monoxide gas.

Carlsbad, NM –Pioneering work being carried out in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park by Gerry Wright, Ph.D., McMaster University, Ontario and Hazel Barton, Ph.D., University of Akron, Ohio, is changing the understanding of how antibiotic resistance may have originated.

John Glenn, War Hero, Astronaut, Senator, Passes at 95

Dec 8, 2016

The last surviving member of the Mercury 7 astronauts, John Glenn, has passed away at 95. Glenn died at The Ohio State University Wesner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was surrounded by family and his wife of 73 years, Annie. According to the Columbus Dispatch, his body will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse for a day and a public memorial service will be held at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a private service.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner held Dixon Days today in Dixon, NM highlight the model community development work being done in the small rural community.  As well, Brunner announced two Value Added Producer Grant Awards to Mesa Ruiz, a local atole producer and Vivac Winery, and offered tours of some of the successful projects. 

The Latest: Police Release Names Of 3 Kids Fatally Shot

Dec 8, 2016

The Latest on a deadly shooting in southeast Albuquerque (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Albuquerque police have released the names of the three children who were fatally shot inside their Albuquerque home by a gunman as their mom fought to shield them.

Police said Thursday that 5-year-old Elijah Mascarenas, 6-year-old Olivia Mascarenas, and 9-year-old Ian Mascarenas died Monday shortly after George Daniel Wechsler unloaded on the family.

Wechsler later turned the gun on himself.

New Mexico Ex-Homebuilder Convicted Of Fraud, Embezzlement

Dec 8, 2016

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department says a jury in Santa Fe has convicted a former homebuilder of nine counts of fraud and embezzlement.

A judge ordered 71-year-old William Kalinowski to be taken into custody immediately Thursday.

Kalinowski now awaits sentencing on convictions that carry a maximum of 81 years in prison and more than $80,000 in fines.

Prosecutors say Kalinowski abruptly closed his business in 2008 and left the state, leaving behind a trail of unfinished homes and angry investors whose losses exceeded $3 million.

Suspect In Fatal 2015 Shooting In Albuquerque Pleads Guilty

Dec 8, 2016

One of six suspects accused in the fatal shooting of an Albuquerque man last year has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and six other charges.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Jeremiah King entered into two plea agreements Thursday.

He's scheduled to be sentenced in February and faces up to 25 years due to the plea agreement. Two of those years will be served in the juvenile detention center.

King pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized use or theft of a credit card of another.

New Mexico Looks To Public Schools To Fix Budget Deficits

Dec 8, 2016

The chairman of an influential legislative budget committee says state funding for public education in New Mexico is almost certain to be reduced further to offset plunging state revenues.

Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith said Thursday that the Legislature cannot leave out potential cuts to public schools as it wards off budget deficits.

Interior Secretary Jewell Visits Acoma Pueblo

Dec 8, 2016
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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has completed what's likely her final trip as a cabinet head to Indian Country, with a visit to Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

Jewell toured the tribe's nearly thousand-year-old village atop a mesa, as she and other Obama administration officials aim to appeal to the French government and antiquities collectors to curb the trafficking and auctioning off of tribes' cermonial items, especially at Paris auction houses.

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