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Utah's $1.9 Billion Claim From Mine Spill Has No Details

Aug 9, 2017

Utah's $1.9 billion claim against the Environmental Protection Agency for a multi-state mine waste spill says Utah's water, soil and wildlife were damaged, but it offers no specifics.

State officials provided a copy of the claim to The Associated Press Wednesday.

The claim stems from the August 2015 release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from an inactive gold mine in southwestern Colorado. An EPA-led contractor crew inadvertently triggered the spill.

Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted. Indian lands were also affected.

New Mexico Sen. George Munoz To Run For Land Commissioner

Aug 9, 2017
Senator George K. Munoz - (D)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Sen. George Munoz has announced that he'll run next year for New Mexico land commissioner.

Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, said his top priority if he's elected would be to generate a more stable revenue stream for state public schools and universities.

He says he would support an "all of the above" approach to using state trust land, while touting an increase in wind and solar energy exports as one way to generate more state revenue.

New Mexico Police Say Woman's Foot Severed During Car Crash

Aug 9, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police says a bystander attempted to save the severed foot of a woman injured in a car crash by placing the foot in a freezer.

KOAT-TV reports the woman and her boyfriend were hit by a car as they were standing outside an apartment complex on Tuesday. Police say the woman's foot was severed during the incident.

Simon Drobik with the Albuquerque Police Department says the woman and her foot were transported to the hospital, where the woman underwent surgery. Police are searching for the car involved in the crash.

Apparent Murder Victim Found Near Las Cruces

Aug 9, 2017
Dakota Lunceford


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the murder of an 18-year-old man whose body was found dumped in Mesilla last week.

   The body has been identified as Dakota Lunceford. According to detectives, Lunceford was last seen alive in Alamogordo on Friday, July 28.

   Lunceford’s remains have been sent to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner for further investigation.

On August 10, 2017, the LAB -- Learning Action Buffet -- will officially launch at Lynn Middle School’s community outreach night from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The LAB is an emerging non-profit that supports local youth in making a positive difference in the community while they explore and pursue personal, educational, and life goals through art, communication, and action.

Bandelier National Monument Plans Restoration Work

Aug 9, 2017

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico are planning to replace the wooden ladders that visitors use to reach some of caves and alcoves in the surrounding cliffs.

Monument staffers say maintenance and preservation crews will lay out and fit all the parts that make up the ladders and then do the actual assembly where each ladder will be used.

Silver City Report

Aug 9, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Ben Fischer. This week, Gila Regional Medical Center’s process of selecting a new cancer center is under review, a new report for the Silver City Press and Independent, and tax and arrest records from the 1800s have been found. 

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Glen Campbell, Superstar Entertainer Of 1960s And '70s, Dies

Aug 8, 2017
Glen Campbell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

Immigrant Groups Urge Florida GOP Lawmakers To Oppose Trump

Aug 8, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — More than 100 immigration rights activists are urging Republican lawmakers in Florida to firmly oppose President Donald Trump's proposals to increase funding for immigration enforcement as deadlines for budget decisions near in Congress.

Advocates from Texas, New Mexico and Washington D.C. expressed anger Tuesday at Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for backing a spending bill that gives $1.6 million for Trump's controversial border wall. Other bills would add immigration agents and judges.

New Mexico County Accused Of Not Responding To Medical Calls

Aug 8, 2017

MORA, N.M. (AP) — After a teenage boy died before an ambulance could get to him, Mora County Ambulance must now prove to the state of New Mexico that it's capable of responding to medical emergencies.

More than a dozen other patients in need of emergency transport were also left stranded since last October. The Public Regulation Commission is keeping an eye on the county ambulance service by demanding a monthly status report that will show the time and date of every ambulance call and response.

Over the past 26 years, the scientists and lab technicians at New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center have been monitoring the air, soil, water and people residing in the area surrounding the Department of Energy Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. 

Fortunately, with little to no variance in environmental conditions related to WIPP, it’s mostly been a routine endeavor. Except on the one-time occasion when it wasn’t.

  Eighteen participating New Mexico and El Paso area libraries are handing out free solar eclipse viewing glasses in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse. The eclipse viewing glasses are being distributed free at public libraries across the country.

Experiencing summer brain drain? Not NMSU Upward Bound students

Aug 8, 2017

While school was out for the summer, students in the TRIO Upward Bound Program at New Mexico State University spent time preparing for the upcoming year. 

The TRIO Upward Bound Bridge Program helps recent high school graduates get ready for college life. From May 23 to June 28, 11 students from Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District lived on campus for five weeks as NMSU freshmen.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) announced that Aaron Velasco, Ph.D., will serve the agency as RRC seismologist. Velasco is a professor of geological sciences and director of interdisciplinary initiatives at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Velasco was appointed to the post after a nationwide search.

Las Cruces -- Beginning in the fall semester, students who attend Doña Ana Community College (DACC) will see a new look at both the East Mesa and Espina Campuses.

Las Cruces Museum Plans Community Appreciation Day

Aug 8, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Celebrating the 100th birthday of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s newly renovated chuck wagon is part of the festivities for the second-annual Community Appreciation Day on Aug. 26.

Haydee Alonso received a grant from the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department to make Maga: Doors Not Walls.

  What: Make America Great Again: Doors Not Walls art exhibition

When: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Centro De Los Trabajadores Agricolas Fronterizos 201 E 9th Ave, El Paso, TX 79901

Local artist Haydee Alonso has launched a Community Art Project to give a voice and creative platform for families struggling with immigration issues to share their culture and experiences.

Hot Lotto Lottery Game To End In October

Aug 8, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Lottery say players will have their last chance with the Hot Lotto game at the end of October.

Tickets for the $1 game are sold in New Mexico and 13 other states but despite numerous updates over the years, the game's sales performance over the last decade shows a continual decline.

The last drawing will be Oct. 28.

A new $1 multi-state draw game is expected to be introduced later this year.

Hot Lotto sales began in New Mexico in November 2006.

Plan Would Remove Mesilla Valley Bosque From Park System

Aug 8, 2017
Patti Wojahn


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials are considering a plan to remove Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park in southern New Mexico from the state park system.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the plan calls for transferring management to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, which would move its southern headquarters to the park.

Game and Fish would continue the same kind of educational programs now taking place there.

New Mexico Institutions Partner To Help Film Students

Aug 8, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan College and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe are joining forces to help students interested in pursuing careers in the film industry.

The Daily Times reports the two institutions recently signed an agreement that allows students who earn an associate degree in digital media arts and design at the college to be admitted to IAIA's bachelor program for cinematic arts and technology.

Elevator Contract Awarded For Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Aug 8, 2017


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A California company has been awarded a $4.7 million contract to completely modernize the primary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Tutor Perini Corporation will handle the project, which is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

The caverns' larger primary elevators went out of service in November 2015 when a motor shaft unexpectedly sheared off, leaving the empty elevator car hanging in the hoistway 600 feet down.

Alamogordo NOW

Aug 8, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a new charity called 100 Women Who Care Alamogordo formed, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will visit Holloman, a piece of speed history will be on loan to the Smithsonian.       

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Opioid Funding Goes To Treatment, Overdose-Reversal Drugs

Aug 7, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Most of the $9.5 million in federal funding being funneled to New Mexico to help with the fight against opioid and heroin abuse will be used to curb overdose deaths and on training aimed at getting more people into treatment.

Starting this month, the funding will be used to buy more than 13,300 doses of overdose-reversal drugs and to launch training for community workers and medical providers, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The money is being funneled to New Mexico through the federal government's Opioid State Targeting Response Grant program.

Behavioral Health Programs Being Implemented Slowly

Aug 7, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County is slowly providing childhood programs funded with revenue from a measure that took effect more than two years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports eight organizations are sharing $3 million a year for two years to combat adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, neglect and other trauma. The funding is coming from Bernalillo County's behavioral health tax, which went into effect in July 2015.

New Mexico Court Upholds Murder Conviction In 2012 Killing

Aug 7, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling upholds a Carlsbad's man's murder conviction in the 2012 killing of an Artesia man at the victim's home.

The ruling dated Friday and released Monday turns down an appeal by Senovio Mendoza, who was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Timothy Wallace, a drug dealer who owed money to Mendoza.

Co-defendant Donald Ybarra pleaded guilty in the case. Another co-defendant, Matthew Sloan, awaits a retrial after his murder conviction was overturned by the state high court in 2016.

Monday Business Watch

Aug 7, 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, NgageNM has a for profit tech support business that gives back to its nonprofit, tips for success for nonprofits from the Green Chamber, and the NMSU county extension has a program to promote tourism.  

Key Eastern New Mexico Water Plan To Be Released

Aug 7, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A key task force in eastern New Mexico is set to unveil its plan to conserve water from a massive groundwater supply that underlies parts of New Mexico, Texas and several other states.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports the Water Policy Advisory Committee in Curry County is expected to release Tuesday its 40-year plan for water management in connection with the Ogallala aquifer.

New Mexico Regulators To Begin Talks Over PNM Rate Increases

Aug 7, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators are slated to begin deliberations over whether New Mexico's largest electric utility can raise its rates by 9.2 percent over the next two years.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state Public Regulation Commission will begin to hear testimony Monday from expert witnesses and attorneys both supporting and opposing the proposal.

Bernalillo County Deputies Involved In Another Shooting

Aug 7, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man is recovering from gunshot wounds after at least Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office deputy opened fire while responding to a domestic violence call near Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said a man in his early 20s was shot Sunday and transported to University of New Mexico Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.

Authorities say deputies were called to a home in the East Mountains after receiving a domestic violence call involving someone armed with a shotgun.

On July 1st, Memorial Medical Center (MMC) launched a recycling program that has generated 3.2 tons of recyclable material in one month. Chief Executive Officer John Harris explains, “This 200-bed hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – it’s a busy place. We have more than 50 departments, and all of them are engaged, excited and supportive of the recycling effort. We want to be good corporate citizens, and that includes being responsible and taking care of our environment every way we can.”