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The Latest: Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death

Aug 30, 2016

The Latest on reaction to the brutal death of an Albuquerque girl last week (all times local):


2:45 p.m.

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

  Two talented New Mexico State University graduate students, Carlos Murguia and Victor Cruz, have made Arrowhead Center their nexus for productivity and success. The two students, both from Mexico, first came to NMSU in summer 2015 for a two-month combined program that included English as a second language, GRE training and an entrepreneurship and technology commercialization internship with Arrowhead Center.

New Mexico Official To Grant Right-Of-Way For New Power Line

Aug 30, 2016
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has decided to grant a right of way for a proposed new transmission line between southern New Mexico and southern Arizona.

Dunn's announcement Tuesday says the Southline Transmission Project will improve New Mexico's electric grid and support the transmission of electricity to key markets while generating revenue for the State Trust.

He also says Southline is striving to use existing corridors and minimize the overall footprint on trust lands.

  Santa Fe, NM –The New Mexico State Forestry Division (NMSF) is sending help to western states affected by ongoing wildfires.  116 personnel, including 40 members of the Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighter Program, are supporting teams on fires in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

New Mexico Judges Disband Chaves County Grand Jury

Aug 30, 2016

Judges in New Mexico say they have disbanded a grand jury in Chaves County because of a lack of funding.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that judges of the Fifth Judicial District disbanded the county's second grand jury, saying there wasn't enough money to pay jurors.

The district judges last year denied a citizen petition asking for an 18-month grand jury in Chaves County, but they did convene a grand jury in the county for three months. The second grand jury was created in May.

  The fall semester may just be getting underway, but the group of university scholars serving as this year’s Domenici Public Policy Conference student panelists has already been busy for weeks, preparing for the important role they’ll play during the conference, set for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Las Cruces Man Arrested On Federal Child Exploitation Charges

Aug 30, 2016


   ALBUQUERQUE – Ignacio Salcido Jr., 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., made his initial appearance in federal court yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with transportation of a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity.  Salcido remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled on Sept. 1, 2016.

  A Las Cruces man armed with a knife is suspected of threatening to kill a woman and her young nephew.

Martin Sedillo, 53, of the 1900 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Sedillo was on foot near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Lees Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. A 21-year-old woman and her 12-year-old nephew were nearby when they heard Sedillo yelling at another woman.

Man Suspected of Choking, Threatening Wife In Las Cruces

Aug 30, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of choking his wife and threatening her with a butcher knife during an argument early Monday morning.

Ruben Salgado, 37, of the 4200 block of Hoffman Road, is charged with two of aggravated battery against a household member, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of battery against a household member.

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Programs In Las Cruces And Silver City

Aug 30, 2016

  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have two options to take a free, seven-week education course in Las Cruces offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.  

The “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will be held each Tuesday from October 4th - November 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm (evening option). The course also will be offered Thursdays, October 6th – November 17th from 10:00 am – 12:00pmnoon (day option). The courses will be held at the Alzheimer’s Association offices at 125 Main St., Ste. 103-104, Las Cruces, NM 88001.


New Mexico Grants Right-of-Way to Southline Transmission Project

Aug 30, 2016
Western Area Power Administration

  New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn today announced his decision to grant a right-of-way for a 345-kilovolt (kV) double-circuit electric transmission line to the Southline Transmission Project, a proposed transmission line designed to collect and transmit electricity across southern New Mexico and southern Arizona.  The project is sponsored by Southline Transmission, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Hunt Power, L.P.

September Events At Las Cruces Museum

Aug 30, 2016

  Culture Series:

Remembering Bataan

Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Brandon Ridenour

  Las Cruces CCA is an all-volunteer concert organization, presenting an annual performance series in Las Cruces, NM. Their 2016-2017 series features world-class performers: Brandon Ridenour: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., Sonic Escape: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Alina Kiryayeva: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. andKubeccaSunday, March 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. All concerts will be h

'Sicario' Actors To Begin Albuquerque Production

Aug 30, 2016

A new television pilot starting two actors from the movie "Sicario" is set to begin production in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Monday the production on "Broken Sidewalk" will start in September.

The production will star Matt Page and Alex Knight and will be directed and produced by Aaron McPherson.

Officials say "Broken Sidewalk" is a dark comedy anthology series that highlights the slow decay of the American Dream.

Immigrants Take US Citizenship Oath At Aztec Ruins

Aug 30, 2016

More than a dozen immigrants have taken the oath of citizenship at a special Aztec Ruins National Monument ceremony.

The 18 New Mexico residents from Guatemala, Iraq, Mexico, and the Philippines took part in the event on Saturday as part of an effort to highlight the nation's parks.

They celebrated their new citizenship as the national monument celebrated the centennial of the National Park Service.

Each of the new citizens was given a passport book to the national parks, which was stamped with an Aztec Ruins symbol following the naturalization ceremony.


Utility Wants New Mexico Regulators To Act On Rate Request

Aug 30, 2016

New Mexico's largest electric provider wants state regulators to act on a proposed rate increase rather than delay a decision with more hearings.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico filed a response Monday with the state Public Regulation Commission, saying extensive testimony and exhibits submitted over the course of the yearlong case provide enough information for commissioners to make a decision.

Clovis Police: Officer Injured During Shooting Incident

Aug 30, 2016

Clovis police say an officer was injured during a shooting incident as he was trying to arrest a man.

Police say the officer was treated at a hospital for a thigh wound he suffered Monday night when a man he was trying to arrest fired a handgun.

A police statement didn't specify whether the officer was shot or burned by the muzzle blast, and police didn't immediately respond to a request for clarification.

Anthony Moreno

A local non-profit is working to reach areas in Doña Ana County that may not have access to fresh healthy food.

At a recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Klein Park in Las Cruces, La Semilla Food Center celebrated the launch of their farm fresh mobile market. The mission is to get fresh local fruits, vegetables, meats, and more to communities that may not have any nearby healthy food options.


Members of the Tarahumara tribe from the Copper Canyon in Mexico traveled to Southern New Mexico this weekend to celebrate their native culture. They stopped at La Academia Dolores Huerta to talk with students about their lifestyle.

Students sang and dance to welcome members of the Tarahumara tribe to La Academia Dolores Huerta. Principal Octavio Casillas says it’s important for students to learn about different indigenous cultures.

KRWG director selected as treasurer for national organization

Aug 29, 2016
NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips

  Glen T. Cerny, director of broadcasting for KRWG at New Mexico State University, has been chosen as treasurer of the National Educational Telecommunications Association executive board of directors.

NETA, based in Columbia, South Carolina, is a professional association serving public television licenses and educational institutions with educational content, resources, professional development and management support. It functions in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

US Supreme Court might hear New Mexico textbook case

Aug 29, 2016

A defendant in a New Mexico lawsuit about the state's practice of buying textbooks for private schools has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

The New Mexican reports ( ) that the Supreme Court will decide at a Sept. 26 conference whether it will accept the case.

New Mexico's Public Education Department allocates federal funds for private schools, both secular and religious. The state Supreme Court decided last year that the practice violates the state constitution.

Appeals court denies asylum to 28 Central American mothers

Aug 29, 2016

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld a ruling that would send 28 immigrant mothers and their children back to Central America, despite the women's claims they would be persecuted upon return.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday denied asylum to the women from Honduras, Guatemala and Ecuador, saying their fears they'd face violence at home were "not credible."

Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

Aug 29, 2016

The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies is raising questions about public investments in a booming cloud-computing economy that typically brings few local jobs.

In Utah, an initial $240 million tax-break plan fell apart after several leaders said the lure was too rich. Negotiations have since restarted for the project in West Jordan.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In Las Cruces

Aug 29, 2016


  A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Mesilla over the weekend has been arrested by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies.

    Deputies took the initial report at the main station in Las Cruces just before 5 a.m. Saturday. The victim, who works at a Mesilla restaurant, told deputies he was approached by an unknown individual as he was walking to his car after work.

Mosquitoes Capable Of Spreading Zika Found In Lea County

Aug 29, 2016
New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Lea County, making it the first time this mosquito species has been identified in the county.


Las Cruces-Area Events And Artist Competition Celebrate National Monuments

Aug 29, 2016


  (LAS CRUCES) — As part of the nation-wide celebration of our National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Las Cruces area tourism, business and conservation organizations on September 1 are launching a month-long celebration of the positive community and economic benefits of the region’s Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks, Prehistoric Trackways and White Sands National Monuments.


Free Computer Classes At Las Cruces Library

Aug 29, 2016

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will offer free computer literacy classes in September. Registration is not required, however, only the first 8 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. The classes will be held in the second floor computer training lab at the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m.

Family Of Slain Albuquerque Girl To Speak Out As Community Mourns

Aug 29, 2016

Family members of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who police say was raped and brutally murdered will make their first public comments during a news conference at an Albuquerque park where the girl loved to play.

Police found Victoria Martens' dismembered body inside the apartment she shared with her mother last week after responding to a call about a disturbance.

National experts in retirement planning are descending on New Mexico as lawmakers contemplate what can be done to help private-sector workers who don't have access to a retirement savings program.

The AARP says New Mexico has the highest rate in the country of private sector workers without access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

What does the U.S. have in common with Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea? The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reports that these are the only countries in the world that don’t have paid family or maternity leave. But there is a push to expand access to paid family leave time in New Mexico.

Daubney Harper Boland is a new Mom, she gave birth to her daughter three months ago and took off work to bond and care with her newborn.