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Pearce To Hold Town Hall Saturday In Ruidoso

Mar 1, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today announced he will host a town hall this Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Ruidoso, NM at 9:00 AM MST.  It will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM.

 

State Auditor Reveals High-Level Theft at Northern New Mexico College

Mar 1, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College. Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found. A high-level employee in the business office resigned in connection to the missing money. Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds. 

Lawmakers won’t get cut of infrastructure funding pie in 2017

Mar 1, 2017

  There won’t be any local road repairs, senior center vehicles or shade structures at schools coming from New Mexico lawmakers this year.

There’s simply not enough money to sell more than about $63 million in severance tax bonds this year because of the decline in oil and gas revenue nationwide.

That’s according to the sponsor of the annual capital outlay bill, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa.

“It would be a frivolous attempt for us to try to distribute that among 112 members,” Cisneros said. “If anything, right now we’re looking at using it for statewide needs.”

Office of the Governor

  A piece of legislation moving through the New Mexico Legislature offers a window into how difficult it is to pay for and deliver healthcare during a state budget crisis, particularly at a moment when uncertainty in Washington clouds the future of healthcare in the U.S.

“People don’t understand that soil is a natural resource. When we lose it to erosion or abuse… we often cannot get it back,” says Bill Lindemann, Ph.D. Soil Microbiology/Plant Physiology.

How important is healthy soil to your gardening efforts? “If you don’t have good soil, you don’t have anything,” says Lindemann. “Soil is not just the stuff that holds a plant in the ground,” he says, “soil controls the nutrients, water and oxygen available to the roots of plants.”

Alleged Road Rage Incident South Of Las Cruces

Mar 1, 2017

            

  A Farmington man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver along Interstate 10 south of Las Cruces.

            Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle near Stern Drive. A passenger inside, identified as 24-year-old Joseph Klemish, had allegedly pointed a black handgun at another vehicle earlier along the interstate.

NMSU Cancer Outreach Program to host free community health fair

Mar 1, 2017

The Cancer Outreach Program at New Mexico State University’s Department of Public Health Sciences will host a health fair this week to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.

The event, which commemorates Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Ben Archer Health Center, 1998 Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The health fair is free and open to the public. The Department of Public Health Sciences is housed in the College of Health and Social Services.

I-10 Closure Sunday

Mar 1, 2017

El Paso, Texas –El Paso Electric (EPE) will require an eastbound and westbound closure of I-10 from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017, between North Mesa Street and Resler Drive in west El Paso to allow EPE crews to safely work on structures related to the TxDOT GO 10 Project.

The closure is needed to allow EPE crews to safely replace wires on a distribution line just south of the N. Mesa St. exit (approximately at Cracker Barrel/Leos restaurant).

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The City of Las Cruces is pleased to welcome Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) to share the incredible story of the renaissance of downtown Detroit, and how their lessons learned can translate to Las Cruces.

Larsen’s presentation will take place from 8 – 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (700 N. Main Street).

Feds: New Mexico's Signature Crop Fares Well In 2016

Mar 1, 2017
krwg.org

The numbers have been crunched, and there's some good news for New Mexico's chile farmers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that both the number of acres planted and the tons produced in New Mexico increased in 2016.

The data shows 9,200 acres were planted, or about 11 percent more than the previous year. Some 69,000 tons of the signature crop were produced, with most of that being sold for processing.

The value of New Mexico chile production in 2016 was estimated at more than $50 million, a significant jump from $41 million in 2015.

The Latest: New Mexico Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Mar 1, 2017

The Latest on possible changes to the New Mexico minimum wage (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill to increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.

The Senate voted 24-6 Wednesday for the proposed legislation over the objections of Republican lawmakers.

The minimum wage bill now moves to the House, where a separate bill would set the wage floor at $9.25 and place restrictions on local policies that curb flexible scheduling by employers.

Farmington Man Accused In Road-Rage Incident Near Las Cruces

Mar 1, 2017

A Farmington man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a driver on Interstate 10 south of Las Cruces.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Joseph Klemish was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

They say he's being held without bond pending his arraignment.

It's unclear if Klemish has a lawyer yet.

Sheriff's officials say the victim called 911 about 8 a.m. Tuesday about a road-rage incident.

Udall Statement on Confirmation Of Ryan Zinke As Secretary Of The Interior

Mar 1, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Udall joined the Senate in voting 68-31 to confirm Zinke.

Silver City Report

Mar 1, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic, Ben Fischer and Christine Steele. This week, Cobre School District has voted to go 4 day school weeks, Gila Regional Medical Center, and crime.       

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New Mexico Town Eyes Route 66 'License Plate Wall'

Mar 1, 2017

A central New Mexico town wants to build a wall of state license plates along its stretch of historic Route 66.

KRQE-TV reports that the group Retro 66 is raising money to erect a wall of yellow and turquoise license plates in the community Sedillo, just east of Albuquerque.

The wall would be next to a gas station built in the 1940s when Route 66 was a busy road for motorists from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The group says the state Motor Vehicle Division will donate some license plates.

Lobbying Moratorium Bill Advances In State Legislature

Mar 1, 2017

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a two-year cooling off period before many public officials can work as lobbyists.

Approved on Tuesday, the bill applies to former state lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and members of the Public Regulation Commission.

It forbids them from lobbying the agency they worked for two year after their departure. They can register and act as lobbyists during that period if they are not compensated financially.

KRWG/Simon Thompson

More than 100 people came out to the Dona Ana County Sheriff town hall in the village of Dona Ana. Almost all of attendees demanded assurances from the Sheriff- that department deputies will not share immigration status and information with Immigration Customs and enforcement or ICE.

Tensions have heightened in recent weeks with more sweeping ICE deportation actions occurring locally. 

“It was a huge turn out.” Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique Kiki Vigil said.

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.

Women on the Rails at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum

Feb 28, 2017

March is National Women’s History month. The Las Cruces Railroad Museum will celebrate some of the important contributions women have made to the development of the railroad. Throughout the month, the museum will be hosting a series of mini exhibits featuring different women; from fashion to photos, there is something for everyone!

LEMOORE, Calif. – A Las Cruces High School graduate and Las Cruces, N.M. native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).

Airman Kenneth Grotefend works as an aviation structural mechanic and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.

Grotefend is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the aircrafts.

“I love working on the aircrafts and getting the jets ready to fly. I enjoy giving the pilots hand signals and letting them know when they have the green light to take off,” Grotefend said.

Las Cruces-Area Deputy Selected For Award, Trip To Austria

Feb 28, 2017

 

     A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy was recently named the recipient of the Larry Willard Flame of Hope award for her continued dedication to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

While most people think of the the Eiffel tower and the Louvre when it comes to France, a New Mexico State University professor is bringing a taste of the French countryside and culture to Las Cruces in the next “Global Connections” talk. 

Glenn Fetzer, department head of languages and linguistics in the College of Arts and sciences, will present “France: Focus on Provence” from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A. The presentation is free and open to the public.

NMSU celebrates Latino Week in March

Feb 28, 2017
Darren Phillips, NMSU

Tantalize your taste buds, get lost in a maze, enjoy the deep sound of the guitarrón and witness the Matachines dancers’ colorful costumes at New Mexico State University. You may experience all of these things as part of Latino Week on campus in March.

Following is list of Latino Week events:

Thursday, March 2 (4 to 9 p.m.)
Salsa Tasting Festival
Corbett Center Student Union Outdoor Stage
Hosted by MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering

Now that tax season is upon us, people must be especially diligent to protect themselves against the influx of IRS-type scams.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a Scam Alert recently about a scam phone call threatening an IRS criminal lawsuit.

New Mexico State University College of Business tax expert Roy Clemons wants taxpayers to be aware of the top five schemes that occur during filing season.

The New Mexico State Fair will be in the spotlight on Sunday, March 5, when an episode of Food Paradise will highlight some of the best fair foods in the nation, including two long standing state fair food concessionaires.  The Travel Channel filmed the episode on site at the New Mexico State Fair during the 2016 event, and their description of the episode indicates they traveled to the Land of Enchantment to taste the “best of the best.”

U.S. Honor Flag Fundraiser Banquet Coming To Las Cruces

Feb 28, 2017

LAS CRUCES—A national organization that honors the sacrifices of police, EMS, fire, and military members will host a fundraising banquet during a stay over in Las Cruces. Local heroes will be recognized at the banquet, and The Mayor’s Citation Award for Community Service will be presented to United States Honor Flag founder Chris Heisler. The event will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Venue Event Center at 5585 South Main Street.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the men suspected of shoplifting a felony amount of merchandise from a store inside the Mesilla Valley Mall.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, two men entered the Ulta Beauty store in the Mesilla Valley Mall. One of the men grabbed a shopping bag from the front of the store and then both men filled it up with merchandise.

The two then left the store without paying for the merchandise that was valued at more than $1,000.

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Santa Fe, NM – Making its way through the New Mexico state legislature is House Joint Memorial 14, designating Western New Mexico University as the liberal arts and sciences university for the state.

New Mexico does not have a public four-year higher education institution designated with a specific liberal arts and sciences identity. The bill would specify WNMU as the applied liberal arts and sciences university, emphasizing the application aspect of the liberal arts curriculum.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced After Undercover DEA Operation

Feb 28, 2017

 

         

 ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Angelo Strubhar, 47, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division.

"Lizzie The Lizard" Comes To Las Cruces

Feb 28, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – The Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) is excited to announce their new mascot, Lizzie the Lizard. The lively mascot will join Carlos the Coyote in the IDP’s efforts to expand community involvement and youth education.

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