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Flat Rate Irrigation Planned For July

Jun 18, 2018

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District reminds Central and South Valley members that the scheduled Flat Rate Irrigation date is coming up fast.

Small tract irrigators (flat rate) will receive one surface water irrigation. The dates are as follows:

Central and South Valley--- July 7-8 

The Museum of Nature & Science will host a NASA In-flight Education Downlink from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N.

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Jun 18, 2018

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a respiratory pathogen previously believed to be restricted to sheep and goats has been detected in Alaska moose and caribou.

The Peninsula Clarion reports scientists have identified Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, known as Movi, in other animal species for the first time, including a bison in Montana and mule deer in New Mexico.

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Jun 18, 2018

Mental illness affects many across the country. Within Latino and immigrant communities, this issue is especially prevalent, yet this group is much less likely to receive mental health treatment. Why is this? And what can providers do to help combat this problem?

Healthcare professionals are trying to address this issue.  In part one of a two-part series, Donna Resendez has more on what one behavioral health professional had to say.

New Mexico Legislature resurrects bill pushed by utility

Jun 17, 2018
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to resurrect legislation that would have helped New Mexico's largest electric utility recoup some of its costs from closing a coal-fired power plant, which would have also provided economic development money for the surrounding community.

  The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.

It's also a situation that has been brewing since the week President Donald Trump took office, when he issued his first order signaling a tougher approach to asylum-seekers. Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant children and families.

Albuquerque police fatally shoot an armed robbery suspect

Jun 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say an armed robbery resulted in a police pursuit and an officer-involved shooting in which one suspect died and another was arrested.

The names of the two suspects in Saturday afternoon's incident haven't been released yet.

Police say the two allegedly were involved in the robbery of a cellphone store.

A foot pursuit ended in the parking lot of a supermarket.

Police say one suspect died at a hospital.

Witnesses say one of the suspects fired at officers during the pursuit.

Authorities: New Mexico jail officer helped inmates escape

Jun 17, 2018

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in eastern New Mexico say an officer helped three inmates escape from a county lockup.

Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller says detention officer Sarina Dodson was arrested Saturday in Texas on a felony charge of assisting escape.

Waller says Dodson was working when three inmates escaped from the detention center in Clovis Friday.

Water at the Heart of our Community

Jun 17, 2018

Highland Elementary first grade teacher Normajean Oleary stood in a circle with her students in front of the Mr. Rogers-like neighborhood replica, complete with a working water pump. She asked for quiet and for students to listen to the rhythm.

“Can you hear the pump? What does it remind you of? A heart?” she asked. A round of nods and “yes” from the group. She continued, “And just like a heart, water is key to our lives.”

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There are more jobs in New Mexico than there were last year as the state's unemployment rate showed improvement for the sixth straight month.

State labor officials say the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May. That's down from 5.4 percent in April and 6.2 percent a year ago.

Nationally, steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960s.

Shooting Death, Attempted Coverup, Results in 9 Arrests

Jun 15, 2018

Las Cruces police have arrested four women and five men for their involvement in the April 23 shooting of 17-year-old Jovon Solomon and the attempted coverup of the crime after his death.

Arrested were Solomon’s 22-year-old aunt, Shania “Nia” Romero; her husband, 29-year-old Quinton Light; 19-year-old Ismael Dunlap; brothers Ruben Sandoval, 18, and Angel Sandoval, 21; Nikki Sandoval, 40, mother of Ruben and Angel; Alexis Tomlinson, 20, who is Angel Sandoval’s girlfriend; Rosemarie “Rose” Pantoja, 37; and 22-year-old John Moreno.

El Paso - State Sen. José Rodríguez's issued the following statement on the Trump administration's decision to set up a "tent city" in Tornillo to house children forcibly separated from their asylum-seeking parents:

Las Cruces police have charged two teenagers – a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man – who are suspected of damaging the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park.

Bryce Richards, 16, and Marvin Reyes, 18, are charged with one count each of criminal damage to property. The charges are fourth-degree felony counts.

New Mexico Catholic Bishops Dismayed With Border Policies

Jun 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Catholic bishops have joined other religious leaders in opposing policies that are resulting in immigrant children being separated from their parents after entering the United States illegally.

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester, Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu and Gallup Bishop James Wall issued a statement Friday saying they're also dismayed by the overturning of asylum protections for victims of domestic violence.

New Mexico Lawmakers Challenge Navajo Water Compact

Jun 15, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it.

New Mexico Insurance Pool Refusing To Turn Over Audits

Jun 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A high-risk insurance pool in New Mexico refusing to turn over its annual financial audits to the state Auditor's Office for approval says it does not meet the definition of a state agency.

A contract attorney representing the insurance pool says in a June 4 letter that the pool is a "nonprofit entity made up of private business members."

The Albuquerque Journal reports the attorney later added the pool will post the audits on its website.

Number Of Navajo Presidential Candidates Down By 1

Jun 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The number of people running to become the next president of the Navajo Nation has fallen by one.

Tribal election officials say Lester Begay was disqualified from the race. Begay was recalled as head of the Burnham Chapter in New Mexico within the past eight years, making him ineligible to seek the tribe's top elected post.

Still, the field remains crowded with a record 18 presidential candidates.

Among them are the tribe's sitting president and vice president, along with seasoned politicians and newcomers.

New Mexico National Forest Says No To Geothermal Drilling

Jun 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

AP Explains: Rebooting Poor People's Campaign 50 Years Later

Jun 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of anti-poverty activists have launched a campaign in recent weeks modeled after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign of 1968.

Like the push 50 years ago, advocates are hoping to draw attention to those struggling with deep poverty from Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta, from the American Southwest to California's farm country.

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Jun 15, 2018

Santa Fe National Forest Says No To Geothermal Drilling

Jun 15, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of study and public testimony after a Nevada-based company and others had shown interest in part of the Jemez Mountains — a tourist draw that includes a national preserve and a neighboring monument.

Lawsuit Accuses State Police Chief Of Lewd Conduct

Jun 15, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sergeant and two former colleagues claim in a lawsuit that State Police Chief Pete Kassetas engaged in lewd behavior, including sending an inappropriate photograph to a high-ranking female state official.

A lawsuit filed this week in state court also accuses the Department of Public Safety under Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of refusing to address the chief's "discriminatory and retaliatory treatment" of employees who reported concerns about other officers' misconduct.

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Jun 15, 2018

Las Cruces Utilities Prepares Gas Trainers for Success

Jun 15, 2018

Ramiro Pereyra Jr., a Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) gas service safety coordinator, shows coworkers how to tie a knot for fishing, something he learned from his family as a child. Now, showing others how to tie the knot is a way for Pereyra to hone his skills as a trainer at work.

Your Weekend Pulse

Jun 15, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, a prehistoric trackways guided hike on Saturday, a free showing of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Raft the Rio Festival on Saturday, and the Footprints Jazz Band performs on Sunday at the First Christian Church.  

Climate change isn’t some distant phenomenon humans can afford to worry about later. It’s happening now and its effects, especially in the Southwest, can be felt every day.

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico Exhibit Coming To Las Cruces

Jun 14, 2018


Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico opens Friday, June 22, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main Street.  Here is the information provided by the city:

Public Input Meeting Scheduled For Las Cruces Soccer Facilities

Jun 14, 2018

 A public input meeting to discuss City soccer facilities will be at 6 p.m. June 28 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.  Here is the information provided by the city:

The meeting will be conducted by City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department.The meeting agenda includes a presentation regarding the current state of soccer fields, plans for improvements, opportunities for stake holder input, and specific plans for soccer in the General Obligation (GO) Bond plan. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to participate.