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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Today, Thursday February 16, there will be a peaceful action at the Las Cruces office of Congressman Steve Pearce at 1:30 pm. This action is aimed at delivering letters airing a variety of concerns and to ask the Congressman to come to where his constituents are to hold face-to-face meetings.

Udall To Vote Against Scott Pruitt For EPA Administrator

Feb 16, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Udall released the following statement:

“Scott Pruitt’s extreme record on the environment makes him the wrong choice to lead the agency tasked with protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we call home. I strongly oppose his nomination, and I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who are concerned about our kids' future to do the same.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Feb 16, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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Doña Ana County Sheriff To Hold Town Hall

Feb 16, 2017
Dona Ana County Sheriff

  

A southern New Mexico sheriff facing criticism from some immigrant rights activists has scheduled a town hall meeting.

Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil will host a public gathering Tuesday in the village of Dona Ana.

Officials say the meeting at the Dona Ana Community Resource Center will be a chance for residents to share concerns regarding public safety.

Earlier this month, immigrant rights activists in Las Cruces called on Vigil to meet with them to discuss department policies on enforcing federal immigration laws.

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents are reported to have targeted 5 communities in New Mexico’s Doña Ana County.

New Mexico House GOP Shuts the Window on Solar in House Committee

Feb 16, 2017
Simon Thompson

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – House Republicans Wednesday voted against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry committee along a partisan 5-5 vote.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement actions across the nation have been making headlines and raising tensions. Some immigrant advocacy groups are concerned ICE is expanding the scope of immigrants targeted in enforcement operations.

An ICE raid Wednesday morning marks the first of these less indiscriminate operations happening locally.

Almost 50 people brandishing signs, beating drums and shouting protest songs shut down Main Street traffic in protests and a show of solidarity with immigrants.

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The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on reaching and share the stories of Americans who could lose their health care under the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Las Crucen Barbara Alvarez suffers from chronic asthma. She has to take a number of different medications, treatments and sometime requires medical attention.

“About six weeks ago I had a sinus infection and other conditions related to my allergies.  I ended up in urgent care and needed to have several medications and prescriptions.” Alvarez said. 

Bleak Budget Outlook For New Mexico

Feb 15, 2017

  A top budget negotiator in the New Mexico House of Representatives says a dire revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year remains unchanged after a review by state economists.

House Appropriations and Finance Committee Chairwoman Patricia Lundstrom told the Associated Press on Wednesday that a new revenue estimate from economists at four agencies leaves a $125 million shortfall for the state to maintain current services.

The Latest: Police: Suspect Dead After Shooting Himself

Feb 15, 2017

The Latest on a police shooting in Roswell (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Roswell police have released the name of a suspect who killed himself after firing at an officer investigating a stolen car.

Police say the deceased man is 30-year-old Shayne Romero of Peralta.

They say an officer encountered Romero outside a motel early Wednesday while checking a car reported stolen in Albuquerque.

After Romero and the officer exchanged gunfire and the suspect collapsed on a nearby sidewalk, a second officer arrived and ordered Romero to drop his gun.

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing From The VA

Feb 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Donah E. Davison, 54, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to theft of government property and forgery charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima gave the “State of the City” address Wednesday which focused on economic development. He stated how important the diversity of the economy was, along with the potential growth in the region at the border in Santa Teresa. The mayor also stated how crucial federal and state jobs were to the city, and he also cast blame on what he said were  “irresponsible tax cuts by the last two state administrations.”

“These cuts benefiting high-income individuals, and out-of-state-corporations have done little to grow our economy, ” says Miyagishima.

Immigrant Workers, Families To Protest By Staying Home

Feb 15, 2017

Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not patronize businesses Thursday.

"A Day Without Immigrants" is meant to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and the country's way of life. Actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, and Austin, Texas.

ALBUQUERQUE – As a medically underserved, rural and impoverished state, New Mexico has many health care issues. One area is public health issues associated with mother and child health care.

The public health programs at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico are working together to increase the capacity of mother and child health professionals to directly address the public health issues in the communities where they live, which is essential to improving outcomes for New Mexico families and children.

Transcript: Las Cruces "State Of The City" Address

Feb 15, 2017

  State of the City Address

Mayor Ken Miyagishima

February 15, 2017

                                       

Good afternoon.  Thank you for being here. It’s an honor to speak with you today.

Udall To Vote Against Mulvaney For OMB Director

Feb 15, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Udall issued the following statement:

Texas splits with other states, defends Trump travel ban

Feb 15, 2017
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Texas is splitting with other states and defending President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed documents with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday asking the court to reconsider its decision not to immediately reinstate the ban. Paxton says the ban is a legal exercise of presidential authority.

Annual Run will Benefit Las Cruces-Area Homeless

Feb 15, 2017

  Put on your running or walking shoes and join the fun Sat. Feb. 25th at Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus  for the Third Annual Run With Your Doc.

This 1 mile, 5k and 10k run/walk is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, a health center specializing in services for people who are homeless and/or low income.

You can pre-register online at http://raceadventuresunlimited.com/or pick up a registration form at St. Luke’s Clinic at 999 W. Amador Ave.

Las Cruces Arts Fair On Tap For March

Feb 15, 2017
Artwork by Wendy Wilkerson

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 17 – 19 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, can bring out your inner artist or art lover with fine art, photography, specialty clothing, recycled art, jewelry and much more at a wide range of prices. The seventh annual event features over 100 artists, some returning from previous years and many new artists, ensuring there is something new to discover every year you attend.

Uneasy Sanctuary: Santa Fe policies strong but don’t always stop calls to ICE

Feb 15, 2017

  The Santa Fe Police Department generally prefers to make its own law enforcement decisions. On paper, that means leaving federal immigration authorities in the dark on cases involving people who may be in the country illegally, even as President Donald Trump threatens cities’ funding if they don’t cooperate in fulfilling his campaign promise to cleanse the nation of “criminal illegal aliens.”

New Mexico tax loopholes are in the eye of the beholder

Feb 15, 2017

  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to say we need to tighten our belts rather than raise taxes in order to solve our current fiscal crisis. “She will not raise taxes,” Chris Sanchez, the governor’s spokesperson, told New Mexico In Depth this week.

Scheduled Water Outage In Las Cruces

Feb 15, 2017
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Residents in the following areas will experience a water outage from noon to 4 p.m. today:

·         Farney Lane – Turrentine Drive to Bex Street

·         Hixon Drive - Monte Vista Avenue to Farney Lane

·         Milton Avenue – Hixon Drive to Turrentine

·         Chisholm Trail – Hixon Drive to Milton Avenue

·         Bex Street

·         Bex Court

·         Desert Rose Court

·         Holiday Inn Express

Adjacent areas also may be affected.

Inventives Lead To New High Tech Jobs In Albuquerque

Feb 15, 2017

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that SolAero Technologies, a homegrown company, is moving manufacturing operations from California to Albuquerque, creating 100 new high-tech manufacturing jobs. This expansion will support One Web Satellites - a joint venture between the world's second-largest space company, Airbus Defence and Space, and One Web - to bring satellite internet to every corner of the globe. The company cited the Governor's economic reforms as a top reason for choosing New Mexico for their expansion.

NMSU hosts national USDA Hispanic-Serving Institution meeting

Feb 15, 2017

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host nearly 250 researchers and students for a national meeting Feb. 16 to 18 in Albuquerque.

The United States Department of Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institution meeting will take place at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. Held on behalf of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the meeting is in Washington, D.C., every other year and is hosted by an HSI grantee every other year.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Workforce Diversity and Career Opportunities.”

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing.

Roswell Police: Officer Returns Fire, Wounds Suspect

Feb 15, 2017

 

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — 6:45 a.m. Roswell police say a suspect who shot at a police officer was wounded by the officer's return fire. Police say the officer was not struck or injured in the incident early Wednesday morning outside a motel.

Police Department spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the suspect was taken to a hospital.

No additional information was immediately available on the condition of the suspect or the circumstances of the incident.

Wildermuth says several law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

El Paso Electric Eyes Another Rate Increase In New Mexico

Feb 15, 2017

A utility company that serves around 400,000 customers in southern New Mexico is eyeing another rate hike this spring.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that El Paso Electric hasn't determined how large of an increase it will seek in New Mexico. But El Paso Electric vice president Eddie Gutierrez says it would likely mirror the one submitted this week to the Texas Public Utility Commission.

That request seeks an overall $42.5 million increase in revenues, or an 8.7 percent increase, for Texas customers.

New Mexico Lawmakers Brace For New Forecast On Tax Revenues

Feb 15, 2017
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

New Mexico state lawmakers are bracing for an update on how much money will be available in the coming fiscal year to fund state government.

Democratic state Sen. John Arthur Smith says he is scheduled Wednesday to receive a new forecast of expected revenues from taxes, fees and other sources.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee warned earlier this week that the state may need to fill a budget gap of $250 million in order to rebuild reserves and protect the state's credit rating.

Love your health; not just your Valentine

Feb 15, 2017

Valentine’s Day is over for 2017, but no doubt you’ve maybe bought some flowers, taken a certain someone out to dinner…and most likely indulged in a little candy. By the handful…or boxful.

Well, consider this as we clean up in the Valentine’s Day clearance sales:  There may be no better way to make love last than loving our health.

It makes sense. How many times have you heard the advice ‘you can’t love someone else until you love yourself’? Loving ourselves isn’t just about having good self-esteem; it’s about taking care of our bodies, hearts and minds.

Silver City Report

Feb 15, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic and Ben Fischer. This week, a recap on the school board elections and the State Auditor is questioning a contract with the Gila Diversion Project.     

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