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  Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television series "The Night Shift," produced by Sony Pictures Television and airing on NBC, has begun principal photography through July in Albuquerque. 

"Season 4 continues the strong run for 'The Night Shift' and Sony Pictures Television," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "The longer a TV show runs, the more contributions to our economy and the more New Mexicans work."

 

  The following is the schedule for road and parking area closures in Downtown Las Cruces for the Las Cruces Country Music Festival:

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

·         7 a.m. City parking lot 4 closed to parking/traffic (north).

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  ASNMSU President and State Legislature Holding Forum for NMSU Community Regarding Governor's Veto of Higher Education

Event: Forum for students, faculty, staff, and community regarding Governor's Veto of Higher Education in NM

Time: Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30

Place: NMSU Corbett Center Auditorium

 

May Events On Tap At Las Cruces Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Apr 25, 2017

Crafts for Kids: All About Hoot

May 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a Hootastic time. Come create a craft all about Hoot, one of the Museum’s owls. Crafts are free, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.

Culture Series:

Billy the Kid’s Grave: A History of the Wild West’s Most Famous Death Marker

May 11, 7 p.m.

LAS CRUCES—Based on her extensive professional and community contributions and accomplishments, Rachel Knight, an agriculture and science teacher at Centennial High School (CHS), has been selected as the 2018 LCPS Teacher of the Year at the LCPS Foundation’s Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner, Monday, April 24, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

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Commentary: AUSTIN, Texas — A group of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals gathered at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to allow hearings on critical medical marijuana legislation.

The group called on House Public Health Committee Chairman Four Price and Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule hearings on HB 2107 and SB 269, respectively. The measures would fix the currently unworkable and unnecessarily restrictive Texas Compassionate Use Program and make it more inclusive.

NMSU art department hosts three community events on one night

Apr 25, 2017

New Mexico State University student artists will display their talents at three receptions for the Juried Student Show, Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition titled “Portmanteau” and Yolanda Cooper’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition titled “Life As It Is.” 

  CARLSBAD, NM - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 466,772 visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2016 spent $30.1 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 444 local jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $33.8 million.

Appeals Court Green-lights Much-needed Wolf Releases in New Mexico

Apr 25, 2017

  Commentary: DENVER— The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down a district-court injunction that stopped releases of endangered Mexican gray wolves into the wild in New Mexico.

UTEP, DEA to Accept Unwanted Prescription Drugs In El Paso

Apr 25, 2017

  People may drop off their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at two convenient UTEP sites.

 

Report Reveals Unnecessary Costs of a Government Shutdown

Apr 25, 2017

Commentary:  WASHINGTON, D.C.

New Mexico State University’s third annual Founders Day will be celebrated Wednesday, April 26 featuring a picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Traders Plaza, south of the College of Business. 

The event will go back to the roots of the university – literally – as the theme of chile cultivation and cuisine will include presentations about New Mexico chile pioneers Fabian Garcia and Roy Nakayama.

Albuquerque – After Doña Ana Community College (DACC) petitioned for a review of the decision, the New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON) voted to upgrade the status of the community college nursing program and lifted the admission restriction which will allow DACC to enroll students in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program in fall, 2017.

NMSU Announces $125 Million Fundraising Campaign Amid Uncertainty

Apr 25, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State University has launched an ambitious campaign to raise $125 million amid uncertainty with state funding.

The southern New Mexico college is set to hold "an energized event" on Friday to unveil the campaign's theme and to announce a new gift to the university. Country music star Bri Bagwell is scheduled to perform at the event.

Officials say the campaign, which extends through 2019, aims to create $50 million in new scholarship endowments.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College is partnering the Seattle Film Institute to offer an accelerated degree in film.

Officials say the collaboration announced this month will help meet the demands of the state's growing film industry by allowing students obtain a bachelor's degree in three years.

Under the new program, students can choose concentrations in filmmaking, acting for film, motion graphics and recording arts.

Alamogordo NOW

Apr 25, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, an offer to purchase Ruidoso Downs has been made and donations have come in to help Otero County CYFD.    

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Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District Election

Apr 24, 2017

VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 2 in the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District election. 

POLLING LOCATIONS FOR THE MAY 2 ELECTION:

Anthony Municipal Complex, 820 Highway 478

Chaparral: Betty McKnight Community Center, 190 S. County Line

Las Cruces: Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Las Cruces: Good Samaritan Village Social Center, 3011 Buena Vida Circle

Las Cruces: Sage Cafe Community Center, 6121 Reynolds Drive

Mesquite: Vado/Del Cerro Community Center,  180 La Fe Ave.

OPEN 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

NMSU announces conclusion of Tough Enough to Wear Pink efforts

Apr 24, 2017

After 10 years of fundraising for cancer research, dozens of awareness activities and a decade of pink Aggie football games, NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink organizers have announced their volunteer efforts will not continue in 2017.

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Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University voted to pass a modest increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year, a vote that all Board members verbally indicated were reluctant to approve.

Tuition for undergraduate, in-state students will increase by $7.79 per credit hour, while student fees will decrease by $1.12 per credit hour, equivalent to a 2.71% increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Jury Finds Silver City Man Guilty On Firearms And Narcotics Charges

Apr 24, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., returned a verdict on Friday afternoon (April 21, 2017) finding Trevor Lee Thayer, 46, of Silver City, N.M., guilty of violating the federal firearms and narcotics trafficking laws after a five-day trial.  The jury found Thayer guilty on two firearms charges and one narcotics trafficking charge, and acquitted Thayer on three firearms charges and a narcotics trafficking charge. 

Lymon Sentenced To 18 Years On Drug And Firearms Charges

Apr 24, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo sentenced Davon Lymon, 36, of Albuquerque, N.M., for his conviction on federal heroin trafficking and firearms charges.  Lymon was sentenced to 216 months (18 years) of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.  The Chief Judge ordered that Lymon serve the 18-year prison sentence consecutive to the 20-year prison sentence previously imposed on April 5, 2017, on Lymon’s conviction on two felon in possession of firearms charges, for a total sentence of 38 years of imprisonment.

New Mexico Democrat Attacked For Stalling Latino Appointment

Apr 24, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Democratic senator, who decried the lack of diversity on state college boards, is facing scrutiny for stalling a popular Hispanic business leader's nomination.

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce is seeking answers from Sen. Linda Lopez on why she failed to hold a confirmation hearing for its outgoing president and CEO, Alex Romero.

New Mexico Supreme Court Agrees To Hear State Budget Dispute

Apr 24, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit by the state Legislature that accuses Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of overstepping her authority by vetoing funding to the state Legislature and all state universities and colleges.

The court on Monday ordered the governor to respond to a lawsuit from the Democratic-led Legislature. The order schedules oral arguments for May 15 in the feud over state budget shortfalls and proposed tax increases.

69-Year-Old Accused Of Ramming Truck In Road Rage Incident

Apr 24, 2017

     Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a 69-year-old East Mesa man with nine counts of aggravated assault after victims said the man tried to run them over with his vehicle.

   Robert Quigley, who lives on Kangaroo Court, had originally called 911 to report he had been involved in a physical altercation. Detectives who were called to investigate later learned Quigley had allegedly rammed another vehicle after an alleged road-rage incident on Holman Road near Shoestring Ranch.

Town Hall Meeting held during National Alcohol Awareness Month

Apr 24, 2017

  April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it’s the perfect time to talk about the dangers of underage and harmful drinking. El Paso nights are heating up, welcoming more outdoor festivities and party planning around events like prom and graduation. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, many adolescents and full-time college students use substances for the first time during the summer months.

Navajo Nation Gets Federal Grant To Improve Route 36 Safety

Apr 24, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has received a federal grant to assist its transportation division in identifying areas of improvement for Navajo Route 36.

The highway is about 29 miles long and runs between Farmington and Shiprock.

It provides access to several chapters, residences, farms and schools in addition to the Four Corners Power Plant and the Northern Edge Casino.

Arts Collective Buys Manufacturing Plant To Create Exhibits

Apr 24, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plant formerly owned by a mining and construction equipment company in Santa Fe will become space for arts production company Meow Wolf to help create its exhibits as it seeks to expand nationwide.

The arts collective bought the former Caterpillar facility where workers assembled engine components until it closed last year. The space will become a fabrication, welding, wood shop, art, design and manufacturing facility, The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported Thursday.

Monday Business Watch

Apr 24, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, looking to flip your business? There’s a tv show looking for local area businesses who want to sell. 

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Man Charged In Las Cruces Murder

Apr 23, 2017

Las Cruces Police have arrested the man suspected in Saturday morning’s shooting death of 21-year-old Benjamin Montoya.

Joel Arciniega-Saenz, 21, of 2205 W. Picacho Ave., is charged with an open count of murder.

At about 6 a.m. Saturday, April 22, police were dispatched to the report of a shooting at 2205 W. Picacho Ave. Officers arrived to find Montoya suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his chest. Montoya was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Owls in the Land of Enchantment at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Apr 23, 2017
Great Horned Owl-Photos by Dennis Dusenbery

  Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition from April 15 through September 25, 2017. Images featured in Owls in the Land of Enchantment were captured by local amateur photographer Dennis Dusenbery.

 

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