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Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Meth Trafficking Conviction

Mar 21, 2017



ALBUQUERQUE – Anthony Margarito Berumen, 32, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 42 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges. 

Commentary: Washington, DC—A study examining various tax incentives and tax accounting practices in New Mexico found that the state could gain more than $206 million per year by enacting safeguards common in other states. The study also finds that New Mexico lags behind most other states in making public relevant information about its tax incentive programs.

An international partnership between Mexico City and New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center continues to expand and provide new opportunities for cross-border collaboration and job creation.

Griselda Martinez, director of Arrowhead Center’s Activando Emprendedores, or “Activating Entrepreneurs” program, has been instrumental in developing an ongoing partnership with the government of Mexico City through Atrévete a Emprender, or “Dare to Be an Entrepreneur”– which utilizes the Spanish-language curriculum of Activando Emprendedores.

  The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks third in the nation for its Rural Medicine Program in the upcoming issue of U.S.

Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

Commentary:  State Auditor Tim Keller highlighted the risk of the State of New Mexico’s deficit spending with “hot checks” during the ongoing budget standoff. A bipartisan budget was sent to the Governor but she has stated that she will reject it. Continuing without a signed budget means that the state may spend money it does not have and jeopardize its bond rating. The Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) recent audits noted that the state’s financial controls aimed at preventing deficit spending are inadequate.

 Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab announced a record-breaking rocket launch took place at 9:23 am MST from Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Complex-1 on the East Campus in New Mexico on March 4, 2017.


Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Mar 21, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

  • Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, March 22, 8:30 am to 1 pm.

o   Saturday, March 25, 8:30 am to 1 pm

o   Wednesday, March 29, 8:30 am to 1 pm.

o   Saturday, April 1, 8:30 am to 1 pm

  • Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Southern NM Annual Baby Expo – Saturday March 25, 9 am to 3 pm

Museum Reaches Out to Students

Mar 21, 2017

Constellations exist in your head, not the sky. You have to think for robots. There’s no such thing as zero-g. And a soda straw helps show the complexity of the universe.

These and other insights have a common thread—space exploration—which the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo has been sharing with learners across the southwest for more than 40 years.

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will unveil a new toolkit that provides practical resources and guidance to tribal farmers and ranchers to address a gap in getting raw produce and livestock from field and range to market. The toolkit will be launched at the New Mexico Tribal Farming and Ranching Gathering on Wednesday, March 22nd from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Tamaya Wellness Center, 225 Ranchitos Road in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

Kirby Cleveland Charged With Murder Of Navajo Nation Tribal Officer

Mar 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Kirby Cleveland made his initial appearance in federal court this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with murder, announced Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  Cleveland remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, both of which are scheduled for March 22, 2017.

Las Cruces, NM – This past Sunday hosts of the Annual Bataan Memorial Death March asked participants in the heavy division not only to march 26.2 miles, but also to carry an additional 35 pounds in their backpack in an attempt to experience the stress of what soldiers endured in 1942 during their 65 mile forced trek.  Many of them carried food in their backpacks and elected to donate it to two hunger-relief partners once they completed the journey.

Alamogordo NOW

Mar 21, 2017

This week, Alamogordo NOW features a discussion with Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News about the recent Bataan Memorial Death March and a donkey baseball game that raised money for student scholarships.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former high school cheerleader is suing the Albuquerque school district in federal court over nude images of her posted by teammates on social media.

The lawsuit was moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week. It alleges teammates at West Mesa High School used a coach's smartphone to capture photos and video of the 15-year-old taking a shower during a 2015 cheer camp in Phoenix.

Court documents say the teammates then made fun of the girl's body and posted a video on Snapchat.

CBS Pilot 'Mission Control' To Begin Albuquerque Production

Mar 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television pilot starring "Without a Trace" actress Poppy Montgomery is set to begin production in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Monday that CBS pilot "Mission Control" will begin principal photography. The production will be filmed at Albuquerque Studios.

"Mission Control" focuses on the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists as they juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission.

The pilot also stars David Giuntoli and Peyton List.

Man Accused In Navajo Officer's Death To Appear In Court

Mar 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man accused of gunning down a Navajo Nation police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call in rural New Mexico is scheduled for his first court appearance.

McKinley County authorities identified the suspect as Kirby Cleveland. He has been in custody since the deadly March 12 shooting of Officer Houston James Largo.

Prosecutors have confirmed that the suspect will make an initial appearance before a federal judge in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Albuquerque Zoo Welcomes New Tiger

Mar 21, 2017

The Albuquerque zoo has welcomed a new tiger after going nine months without one.

The ABQ BioPark zoo's last tiger, an 18-year-old Bengal tiger named Scout, was euthanized in June because it was suffering from liver cancer.

The zoo welcomed a new tiger, a Malayan tiger named Penari, on Feb. 24.

The nearly 4-year-old cat was previously kept at the Jacksonville Zoo.

Zoo officials say Penari has been in quarantine and is adjusting to his new environment.

The animal's public-viewing hours will increase as he becomes more comfortable with his surroundings.

New Mexico Budget Standoff Has No Quick Fix

Mar 20, 2017
Office of the Governor


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political standoff over how to fund New Mexico state government and public schools during the coming fiscal year is showing no sign of quick resolution.


Bills that would authorize $6.1 billion in state spending and companion revenue increases from taxes and fees had not yet reached the governor's desk on Monday because of clerical requirements.


Gov. Susana Martinez is promising to veto tax increases approved by the Legislature and call lawmakers back to Santa Fe to renegotiate a balanced budget.


Court Turns Down Challenges To EPA For Coal-Fired Power Plant

Mar 20, 2017

A federal court has denied two legal challenges to federal clean-air regulators' plan for reducing haze by limiting emissions from the Navajo Generating station, a coal-fired plant in northern Arizona.

Rulings Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turn down challenges filed by the Hopi Tribe and by environmental and conservation groups.

New Mexico Land Office Prepping For Fire Season

Mar 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office is expecting an above-normal fire season and has a plan to treat overgrown sections of the wooded area along the Rio Grande just south of Albuquerque.

Officials say the work begins Tuesday and will include the removal nonnative Russian olive, salt cedar and elm trees. That will be followed by seeding the area with native grasses and forbs.

Five Finalists In Running For Eastern New Mexico's Presidency

Mar 20, 2017

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University says five finalists from universities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee are in the running to be become its next president.

The finalists will visit ENMU campuses in Portales, Roswell and Ruidoso in early April and the regents will select the new president in mid-April.

Las Cruces Teens Suspected In Crime Spree Now Charged In Home Burglary

Mar 20, 2017

The two teenagers suspected of breaking into and burglarizing several Telshor area businesses in February have now been charged in a residential burglary in which a handgun was discharged.

The 15 and 14-year-old boys are now charged with one count each of residential burglary, conspiracy and larceny more than $500. The 15-year-old was also charged with one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Monday Business Watch

Mar 20, 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, internet sales taxes, Coyote Traders gets new owners, and spring cleaning your business.   

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Warming Climate Affects New Mexico's State Tree

Mar 19, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists say New Mexico's official state tree is threatened by the region's warming and drying climate.

State scientists and local botanists say signs point to pinon trees across northern New Mexico and other areas of the state being under increasing strain this year.

The pinon is known for its nuts and its distinctive smell when used as firewood. Scientists say the changing climate can leave the tree vulnerable to bug infestation, and it isn't clear yet how severe the problem could become.

In Depth: New Mexico Legislative Session 2017

Mar 19, 2017
Trip Jennings-New Mexico In Depth

  The 2017 legislative session wrapped up at noon Saturday, but the work appears far from over.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Saturday afternoon said she would call state lawmakers back in for a special session after the Democratically controlled Legislature had failed to give her a responsible budget. .

Exactly when she wouldn’t say.

Calling a $6.1 billion spending plan and $350 million tax package the Legislature had sent her “reckless” and “irresponsible,” the governor spoke of a looming government shutdown and of potentially furloughing state workers.

Last spring, the scene was all glitz and glamour as generous Aggie donors, dressed to the nines, gathered for a special night of food, drinks and entertainment at the New Mexico State University President’s Associates Ball. The PA Ball is a celebration and fundraiser that supports NMSU’s top academic scholarship, and was a night for donors to meet the scholarship recipients and renew their support of the program.

I-10 Closures This Week

Mar 19, 2017

I-10 & Mesa


Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 24

·     The right turn-only lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) is closed between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd.

·     The right through lane on eastbound North Mesa St (SH 20) will close between Osborne Dr and South Desert Blvd, but only when necessary and only during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Access to businesses will remain open at all times.  


Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24

KRWG/Simon Thompson

Congressman Steve Pearce hosted a town hall in Las Cruces on Saturday, his third since the election of President Donald Trump.  The Las Cruces town hall was the biggest  showing of constituents Pearce has seen this year.

Almost 600 people from all over New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district turned out for the town hall at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.

Most of them loud and angry about the Republicans' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to The Urban Institute, 266,000 New Mexicans stand to lose their healthcare coverage.

In Depth: Martinez Rejects Balanced Budget, Will Recall Lawmakers

Mar 18, 2017
Office of the Governor

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state budget plan from lawmakers that would shore up spending on public schools and state agencies by raising taxes and fees was resoundingly rejected on Saturday by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, minutes after the adjournment of a 60-day legislative session.

Martinez chided lawmakers for wasting time by approving tax increases and a minimum wage increase that she does not support. She said she will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe soon to renegotiate, without specifying a date.

Pearce Issues Statement On Las Cruces Town Hall, Which Drew Nearly 600

Mar 18, 2017
Pearce Town Hall in Las Cruces, March 18, 2017

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today hosted a town hall meeting in coordination with Indivisible groups of Southern New Mexico at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The town hall drew roughly 600 New Mexicans and lasted over two hours.

Stanford Bests New Mexico State Women

Mar 18, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Alanna Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and No. 2 seed Stanford survived a spirited upset bid to beat No. 15 seed New Mexico State 72-64 on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

Playing nearly 1,800 miles from home due to a scheduling conflict at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal (29-5) looked lost most of the afternoon, trailing the Aggies (24-7) by as many as nine early on.