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Ruidoso To Get $2.4 Million For Repairs From 2008 Storms

Jun 28, 2016
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The village of Ruidoso will receive more than $2.4 million from the federal government to help with the cost of repairing sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding nearly eight years ago.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday, saying the damage was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly after it made landfall in Texas in July 2008.

The federal funds will cover 75 percent of the repairs.

Expert: Recent Rains Have Little Effect On Ogallala Aquifer

Jun 28, 2016

Southeastern New Mexico has had some rain, but it's likely not doing much to recharge the Ogallala Aquifer.

Mike Johnson with the Office of the State Engineer says whether rain recharges the aquifer is a complicated question since the agency doesn't measure recharge directly.

State water managers cooperate with the U.S. Geological Survey to measure well levels to get an idea of how much water is in the aquifer and if levels are changing.

NEA New Mexico President Betty Patterson

Jun 28, 2016
Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

  Eight thousand educators from every state will be attending the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Washington, D-C. this week.  

NEA President Betty Patterson will be at the assembly.  One major topic:  implementation of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.  The Department of Education is calling on states to get input from educators and a wide variety of stakeholders.  Patterson says, right now, educators don’t have much of a dialogue with New Mexico’s education department. 

Feds Fund Non-Profits To Boost Native American Health Care

Jun 28, 2016

Health programs serving Native Americans in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Reno, Nevada, are among dozens of non-profits that have been awarded federal Indian Health Service grants.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency says the grants are meant to make healthcare more accessible to Native Americans living in urban areas — and especially boost services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse treatment, immunizations, and disease prevention.

Texas May Not Restore Lost Abortion Clinics Despite SCOTUS Ruling

Jun 28, 2016
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Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to abortion clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that drastically reduced the number of providers statewide.

Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that justices largely dismantled in a 5-3 ruling Monday.

The decision amounted to the Supreme Court's strongest defense of abortion rights in a generation.

State Police Investigating Laguna Shooting

Jun 27, 2016
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New Mexico State Police officers are investigating a fatal police shooting that took place at the Laguna Reservation west of Albuquerque.

Officers responded to a call on Monday after an armed person fled from tribal police.

There are no details of how the shooting unfolded but a spokesman said the suspect was fatally shot by a State Police officer and pronounced dead on scene.

The agency isn't releasing the name of the suspect or officer involved in the shooting.

NMSU To Offer Discounted Tuition For Mexican Students

Jun 27, 2016

Mexican students will now be able to attend New Mexico State University at a discounted rate.

The NMSU Board of Regents passed a resolution that allows students from Mexico to pay a lower tuition rate than out-of-state students.

Las Cruces is near the border with Mexico and already attracts many students from the country. The university is also recruiting students from the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU announces Partnership

Jun 27, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), New Mexico’s premier non-profit research institute has signed a partnership agreement with the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University and the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research (BIHPR), to provide innovative and timely research aimed at improving health practices and facilitating health policy changes in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

With looming Budget Shortfalls, New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has approved Employee Benefit Cuts.

NMSU’s Employee Benefits are being cut in an effort to balance the budget.

Chair of NMSU’s Board of Regent’s Debra Hicks says these cuts are part of the ongoing effort to offset cuts in funding.

Las Cruces Woman Suspected of Using Stolen Credit Cards at Walmart

Jun 27, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested a woman suspected of stealing a pair of credit cards and attempting to purchase several hundred dollars of merchandise with the stolen cards.

Jennifer Robinette, 30, of the 1000 block of south Main Street, is charged with two counts of theft of a credit card, two counts of conspiracy and one count each of fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft. All six counts are fourth-degree felonies.

  ALBUQUERQUE – Erik Bilal Khan, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 20 years of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his conviction on federal child pornography charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, Texas, and Chief Jaime Montoya of the Las Cruces Police Department.

SBA administrator visits NMSU’s Arrowhead Center

Jun 27, 2016

  U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez visited Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University last week to learn about Arrowhead programming and discuss areas for increased collaboration between the SBA and Arrowhead. 

As a 2009 appointee of President Barack Obama, Olivarez oversees SBA activity in the South Central Region, which is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Darren Phillips, NMSU

  Students from Mexico can now study at New Mexico State University at a discounted tuition rate thanks to a new program dubbed Descubre, or discover.

The NMSU Board of Regents passed a resolution this spring discounting tuition for students from Mexico. The new tuition rate is about half that paid by out-of-state students. The estimated tuition rate per semester is $4,691 for full-time (15 credits) undergraduate students, and $3,975 for full-time (12 credits) graduate students.

Prosecutors, Lawmakers Spar Over New Mexico Subpoena Powers

Jun 27, 2016
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A state district court judge is considering whether New Mexico lawmakers can be called upon to testify in the case of a former state senator accused of fraud.

Judge Brett Loveless has scheduled a hearing Monday to consider the extent to which prosecutors can compel lawmakers and their aides to testify in response to objections by the Legislature's administrative office.

King Brothers' Alamo Ranch In New Mexico Sells

Jun 27, 2016

A real estate group that markets properties across the West says a sprawling New Mexico ranch owned by the family of former Gov. Bruce King has been sold.

Purchased by the late King and his brothers in 1961, Alamo Ranch is considered one of the state's legacy ranches. It stretches across more than 100 square miles of high desert hills, prairies of native grass and arroyos in Sandoval County.

The ranch went on the market in February for $33 million.

Hall and Hall Real Estate did not immediately release any details about the recent sale.

Farmington Losing Red Cross Office To Aztec

Jun 27, 2016
redcross.org

Farmington will no longer have an American Red Cross office after the organization moves about 15 miles over to Aztec.

The move was prompted by cheaper space in Aztec. The Red Cross will move on June 31.

The organization says it will still have volunteers in Farmington but that the Aztec office will be a meeting and training space as well as have storage for emergency supplies and its disaster vehicle.

The Red Cross will open its new office in Aztec on July 1.

The Latest: Crews Begin Rehab In Wake Of New Mexico Blaze

Jun 27, 2016

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Rehabilitation work is underway on a 28-square-mile wildfire that destroyed 12 homes and dozens of other structures in central New Mexico.

Fire officials say the blaze that burned through part of the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque is 90 percent contained and crews were focusing Monday on mopping up and rehabilitating dozer and hand lines that were built to corral the flames.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Unveils New Anti-DWI Ads

Jun 27, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new set of commercials targeting drunken driving and texting while driving.

The advertisements released Monday feature New Mexico State Police and dramatized scenes from fatal traffic crashes.

The ads are part of a push by the governor's office to combat drunken driving and come before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend.

The ads will run in radio and television spots.

Dona Ana County church suffers string of vandalism

Jun 27, 2016

Parishioners of the San Pedro Mission in the Dona Ana County community of Vado are shaken after three incidents of vandalism have left their church desecrated.

Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu was called to rededicate the church after the Eucharist, the body of Christ in the catholic faith, was thrown around the temple and stepped on.

The Eucharist is the most recent event in three incidents of vandalism the church has suffered in the last month. Doors were kicked down, windows were shattered and other damage was done to the sanctuary.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jun 27, 2016

  Main St:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   June 29 & July 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·         Electrical Parade

o   July 3, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $2,461,922 to repair sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to repair the pipes.

 

A 1947 incident in Roswell that the military attributed to a weather balloon is the focus of a two-day event.

The Roswell Daily Record has been covering the mystery since the beginning and will host its first gathering of experts from July 1-2.

Publisher Barbara Beck said her grandfather Thomas Shearman owned the newspaper in 1947. She said the Daily Record was an important factor in the famous incident.

The event will feature experts on research into unidentified flying objects.

StoryCorps: Suzan Martinez de Gonzales

Jun 27, 2016
StoryCorps

Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Suzan Martinez de Gonzales (60) tells her daughter, Donicia Cresencia Gonzales (35), about her early life and her mother's struggle with domestic violence.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 27, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. This week, Rio Grande Winery, founded in 95, is keeping alive a long, long tradition of New Mexico wine, with some divine intervention. 

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Terry Duncan started using medical cannabis about 6 months ago for help with various chronic pain and anxiety disorders; she says it’s greatly improved her quality of life.

“Within 3 days to a week I could get up and down off the floor which I hadn’t been able to do in over 10 years,” Duncan said. “My speech cleared up, I don’t have to take as many meds as I was taking before, and it’s really been a miracle, it really has. If I don’t take them, I hurt like the dickens.”

Some Oppose Federal Plan To Sterilize Wild Horses

Jun 26, 2016
Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups.

New Mexico Supreme Court Cautions Judges Using Social Media

Jun 26, 2016

New Mexico judges are being cautioned about using social media by the state's highest court.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued guidelines it wants judges to follow on Facebook and other online platforms.

They include suggestions that judges have campaign committees maintain any election social media profiles and prohibit public comments on them.

The court's remarks came last week in a decision to grant a retrial for a defendant convicted in the 2010 killing of an Albuquerque woman.

New Mexico residents will no longer be able to enjoy the state's museums for free every Sunday.  Museums will only be free the first Sunday of each month starting July 1.

The decision comes as the state Department of Cultural Affairs is trying to make budget cuts.

The new policy affects eight museums in total across Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

But it won't affect museums such as the New Mexico History Museum, which admits children under age 17 for free daily.

Dog Head Fire 90% Contained

Jun 25, 2016

Acres: 17,912                                                                                     Containment: 90%

Cause: Human - under investigation                                                  Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM    

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

North Fire 48% Contained

Jun 25, 2016

The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 36,302 acres; at 48% containment.  The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits. 

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