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Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University is hosting a ceremony in commemoration of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The public ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium on Monday, September 11. Nearly 3,000 U.S. flags will be on display for the 2,996 victims of the attacks.   

WNMU students will perform special music and remarks will be given by President Joseph Shepard and others.

Las Cruces Academy named “Sustainable Business of the Year”

Sep 10, 2017

Going green is an everyday practice for the students at Las Cruces Academy – a small private school in Mesilla with 31 students, 4 paid employees and 2 full time volunteers.  This school has taken environmental friendly practices and put them to use in every school day. “The goal,” says Director Lou Ellen Kay, “is teaching smart habits from a young age.”

I-10 Closures This Week

Sep 10, 2017

I-10 West @ Executive

All Day, 27 Hours

Sunday, Sept. 10

3 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day (27 hours)

·     I-10 Westbound will close completely between Executive Center and Sunland Park.

·     The left lane on I-10 Eastbound will close between the Executive Center Exit Ramp (Exit 16) and the Asarco Bridge.

Aggies Beat Lobos 30-28

Sep 10, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tyler Rogers threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns for New Mexico State and the Aggies defense caused four turnovers Saturday night to beat New Mexico 30-28.

The Lobos (1-1) made it close in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 straight points behind backup quarterback Tekava Tuioti, but Aggies defensive back Javahn Ferguson knocked down the potential tying 2-point conversion attempt.

Judge grants new trial to man convicted of 3 pickax killings

Sep 9, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Santa Fe has granted a new trial to a man convicted of killing three people in 2011 with a pickax when he was 16 years old.

Nicholas Ortiz's first trial ended in a hung jury but he was convicted in his second trial of killing 55-year-old Lloyd Ortiz, 53-year-old Dixie Ortiz and their 21-year-old son Steven Ortiz.

Ortiz isn't related to the victims, who were killed in their El Rancho home during what prosecutors say was a botched burglary attempt.

Rail Runner eyes service cuts amid mandated safety upgrades

Sep 9, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Expensive federal safety standards may force New Mexico to cut service levels for the state's commuter rail line, state officials said.

The Rail Runner is facing a short deadline and an estimated $50 million cost to implement a state-of-the-art train safety system called Positive Train Control, KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reported (https://goo.gl/hkWtvc).

Making Power Out Of Sewage In Las Cruces

Sep 9, 2017

In July, two huge alternative energy generators arrived onsite at the Jacob A. Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility (JHWWTF) that will make it possible for Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) to create its own power to help run the facility without relying totally on purchased power. It’s a plan that’s been in the works for years: generating power from the methane gas that comes off the very sewage that is treated at the facility.

September Picks

Sep 9, 2017

Vietnam War

Milk Street

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has announced its 2017 award winners, and the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) was honored with the nation-wide recognition of “Outstanding Community or Government Program.”

The SCSWA was recognized for a remarkable history of successes: In 2009 the city/county agency launched one of the state’s first large-scale curbside recycling programs, and since then has set a strong example for recycling excellence in New Mexico.

Las Cruces Crisis Intervention Response Team seeks Volunteers

Sep 9, 2017

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit is now accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining CIRT – the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Crisis Intervention Response Team works with police officers and detectives in offering assistance to victims of crimes. Volunteering for the team is a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement, as a victim’s advocate or college students who want experience in law enforcement or social work.

CIRT volunteers must:

Elephant Butte Irrigation District is reaching the end of another successful irrigation season said James Narvaez, the District’s Irrigation System Director. He confirmed that the last day for farmers to order water will be September 22 at 4:30 pm. Final water deliveries must be made by September 30 as the system will be out of water by that date. He cautioned, “If at all possible, do not wait till the 22nd to order your water. When we hit the 30th we’re done.

Las Cruces Patriot Day Ceremony Monday

Sep 9, 2017

The City of Las Cruces Patriot Day Ceremony will begin at 8 a.m.Monday, Sept. 11, at Veterans Park (2651 Roadrunner Parkway).

The ceremony commemorates the 16th year of remembrance of the terrorist attacks against the United States.

This year’s event will include a flag raising ceremony, the laying of the wreath, three volley salute, bell ceremony, and honor guard.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional com

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following fraud alert regarding the massive Equifax data breach impacting up to 143 million Americans:

Equifax, a credit reporting agency has announced that it had a massive data breach affecting more than 143 million Americans. Last night’s announcement informed the public that the breach occurred sometime between May and July-- Equifax discovered the breach on July 29th.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Stabbing, Restraining Girlfriend

Sep 9, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend, and holding her and another woman against their will during an incident that occurred Thursday.

Jarvaughn Lamont Coleman, 38, of the 5100 block of Isaacks Lane, is charged with a second-degree felony count of kidnapping, third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery against a household member and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of battery against a household member.

The Western Extension Directors Association has conferred a 2017 Award of Excellence on New Mexico State University’s Department of Media Productions, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

NMSU photo by Darren Phillips/File

SANTA FE, NM - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announce the mosquito species Aedes aegypti has been found in Luna County, making this the first time a species of mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus has been found there.

“This does not mean Zika virus is in Luna County,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, Department of Health Veterinarian. “What it means is one of the types of mosquitos that could give you Zika virus has been found in the county.”

Courtesy: GAFTC Holloman

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Holloman Air Force Base officials will speak
at upcoming scoping meetings September 12-14 across New Mexico to discuss
the Special Use Airspace Optimization Project.

The project is intended to optimize the special use airspace available for
current and future pilot training at Holloman Air Force Base.

LAS CRUCES--- Based on votes from activity representatives across the state, LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes was elected to a four-year term as Chairman of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) commission at the association’s quarterly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6. The commission is responsible for proposing recommendations regarding statewide Association policies, rules, regulations and operating procedures to the NMAA Board of Directors.

Giant portrait of toddler peers over US-Mexico border wall

Sep 9, 2017
JR / facebook.com

  TECATE, Calif. (AP) — A photo of a giant toddler stands in Mexico and peers over a steel wall dividing the country from the United States.

The boy appears to grip the barrier with his fingers, leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle.

A French artist who goes by the moniker "JR" erected the cut-out of the boy that stands nearly 65 feet (20 meters) tall and is meant to prompt discussion of immigration.

The Latest: 12 arrested in protests of Conquistador pageant

Sep 9, 2017

Police have arrested 12 people in Santa Fe during protests about a costumed re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a 17th century American Indian revolt.

Police Sgt. Gardner Finney said a dozen people were arrested Friday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Protesters were cordoned off in a corner of Santa Fe's downtown plaza during the re-enactment as police thronged the area.

Grand jury indicts New Mexico teen in library shooting

Sep 9, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury on Friday returned a 33-count indictment against a high school sophomore accused of killing two people and seriously wounding four others after opening fire inside a New Mexico public library.

With the indictment, prosecutors said they are pursuing adult sanctions against 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett. An arraignment will be scheduled in the next 15 days.

Ruling says detective has shield in suit over fatal shooting

Sep 9, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that a Dona Ana County sheriff's detective has a legal shield against a lawsuit filed by the estate of an armed man fatally shot by the detective during a 2015 encounter in an alley.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday says Chase Thouvenell had qualified immunity because 34-year-old Michael Malone's estate hadn't shown that Thouvenell clearly used excessive force in violation of Malone's Fourth Amendment rights.

The Latest: New Mexico: Rise in effective or higher teachers

Sep 9, 2017

  Officials say around 74 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom.

That's the highest number of effective or better teachers in the state since Gov. Susana Martinez introduced a new teacher evaluations system four years ago.

The New Mexico Public Education Department on Friday released the latest results under the much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle.

Albuquerque mayoral hopeful under scrutiny over 'in-kind' cash

Sep 9, 2017
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A publicly financed Albuquerque mayoral candidate is facing scrutiny after his campaign manager reportedly solicited nearly $30,000 in cash donations.

A KOB-TV in Albuquerque investigation (https://goo.gl/VEqFT5) into Tim Keller's campaign reports found dozens of individuals contributed thousands of dollars, and the campaign listed them as "in-kind" contributions.

Records show some contributions came from high-profile Democrats like former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis has announced that he is running in the Democratic Primary for Governor of New Mexico. He recently stopped by the KRWG-FM studios to share more about why he is running as a candidate. He also, shared his thoughts on issus the state faces, and he also discusses challenges that he says exist within the Democratic party.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Sep 8, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the first ever DogCruces Pet Expo takes place this weekend, Crossroad’s City Derby’s All-Star Sucias take on the Kraken from southern California, and craft for kids: Bear Hugs at Farm and Ranch Museum. 

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Police Seek Man With Arrest Warrant In Clovis Shooting Death

Sep 8, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they're seeking a man who has an arrest warrant in the shooting death of another man in Clovis.

Police say 30-year-old David McDonald was shot near an apartment complex Tuesday.

McDonald was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 30-year-old Darryl Turner in McDonald's death.

They say anyone with information on Turner's whereabouts should call police.

New Mexico Democrats Push Feds To Limit Drilling Near Chaco

Sep 8, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing federal officials to uphold an agreement that limits oil and gas leasing on public land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

The Bureau of Land Management previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius around the park as the agency works to update its resource management plan for northwestern New Mexico.

The agency is also working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on how to best protect archaeological and cultural sites in the region.

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