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Man Suspected of Stabbing Friend during Fight in Las Cruces

Dec 5, 2017

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of stabbing a friend during an physical confrontation Saturday evening.

Isaac Avalos, 23, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charge is a third-degree felony.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Interior Department, issued the following statement about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to President Trump on his review of national monuments, including the two in New Mexico, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte:

Heinrich To Zinke: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Dec 5, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2017) – Today, U.S.

Navajo Code Talker George B. Willie Sr. Dies In Arizona

Dec 5, 2017

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona.

Navajo Nation officials say George B. Willie Sr. died Tuesday at age 92.

Tribal officials say Willie lived in the community of Leupp, Arizona.

He served in the Marine Corps with the Second Marine Division from 1943 to 1946.

According to his family, Willie served in the Battle of Okinawa, delivering and receiving coded messages using the Navajo language.

Zinke: Claim That Trump 'Stole' Public Land A Shameful Lie

Dec 5, 2017
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Edmundo Resendez

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday accused outdoor retailer Patagonia of lying when it said that President Donald Trump "stole your land" by shrinking two national monuments in Utah by some 2 million acres.

An angry Zinke called the claim — made in large type on the company's home page — "nefarious, false and a lie."

Zinke told reporters the land targeted by Trump remains protected because it is still under federal control.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Female lobbyists and elected officials say the New Mexico Statehouse has long been a place where women experience sexual harassment.

Democratic consultant Heather Brewer told The Associated Press on Monday that the harassment ranges from groping to propositions for sex.

State Rep. Kelly Fajardo, a Belen Republican, said she has witnessed colleagues or lobbyists being subjected to "repeated profane comments and innuendo."

Senators Want To Prioritize Preventive Care Cost Savings

Dec 5, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Angus King is among a group of lawmakers who wants the Congressional Budget Office to prioritize the role of prevention in health care.

King, a Maine independent, is joining Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall in proposing the Preventive Health Savings Act. The senators say the proposal would direct the CBO to more accurately reflect the cost savings associated with preventive health care.

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Dec 5, 2017

Alamogordo NOW

Dec 5, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, some upcoming holiday events and a profile on La Luz Pottery Factory.    

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County Confirms That Undersheriff Has Been Placed On Paid Leave

Dec 4, 2017

 

Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil is cooperating with an internal investigation that resulted in a move to place Undersheriff Ken Roberts on paid administrative leave.

   Per Doña Ana County policy, the sheriff – or any other county employee – is prohibited from commenting on personnel matters, but confirms the action was taken.

New Mexico state senator ends bid for lieutenant governor

Dec 4, 2017
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico state Sen. Michael Padilla says he is withdrawing his name as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Padilla announced the end of his campaign on Monday amid concerns about decade-old accusations of sexual harassment at a previous job with the city of Albuquerque. Padilla has repeatedly denied accusations that he created a sexually hostile work environment.

Padilla says he accepts responsibility for making too many changes too quickly as a supervisor at an emergency communications center in Albuquerque in 2006.

Las Cruces Minimum Wage Amended; Stays at $9.20 For 2018

Dec 4, 2017

Today, the Las Cruces City Council amended the city’s Minimum Wage Ordinance to prevent an increase to the hourly rate based on the cost of living from taking effect Jan. 1, 2018. As a result, the minimum wage will remain at $9.20 per hour, and $3.68 per hour for tipped workers through 2018.

The next increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2019, when the rate will increase to $10.10 per hour, and for tipped workers, $4.04 per hour.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Interior Department’s budget, issued the following response to President Trump’s decision to massively roll back protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments.

Georgia O'Keeffe Painting Gifted To New Mexico Museum

Dec 4, 2017
Desert Abstraction
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of Georgia O'Keeffe's abstract interpretations of the desert is now part of the New Mexico Museum of Art's permanent collection.

Officials made the announcement Monday as the museum celebrates its centennial year.

The 1931 piece titled 'Desert Abstraction' had been on loan for years from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Art museum executive director Mary Kershaw said she was grateful for the foundation making the gift permanent.

New Mexico Sees Rebound In Tax Revenues, Oil Sector

Dec 4, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Surging state tax revenues and a rebound in the oil and natural gas sectors are propelling a rapid turnaround in New Mexico government finances, state economists told a panel of lawmakers on Monday.

State government income for the fiscal year starting on July 1, 2018, is expected to surpass current annual spending by $199 million, economists told the state's lead budget-writing committee.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 4, 2017) – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump signed proclamations eliminating Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and replacing them with five new and much smaller monuments:

More In New Mexico Sign Up For Health Care On Exchange

Dec 4, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexicans have recently signed up early for government-subsidized individual health insurance plans than in previous years.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that since the Nov. 1 opening of the enrollment portal, some 15,440 people have chosen a health plan in New Mexico, up from 12,000 enrollees in the same four weeks in 2016 and 10,284 in 2015.

UPDATE: New Mexico Sees Rebound In Tax Revenues

Dec 4, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's state budget outlook 9:30 a.m.

State economists say New Mexico government income in the coming fiscal year is expected to surpass annual spending obligations by $199 million.

Economists released a fiscal forecast on Monday that shows rapid turnaround in state government finances, just months after a budget crisis that threatened funding for classrooms, courts and museums.

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As 2017 comes to an end, many of us will begin thinking about our new year’s resolutions. Some will pledge to lose weight, while others will strive to spend more time with family or find a better job. A scant few will vow to accelerate the payoff of their mortgage.

AG Balderas Seeks Meeting With UNM Officials

Dec 4, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas' office is calling for a meeting with top officials at the University of New Mexico as an investigation continues into the handling of public money by the athletics department.

The office sent a letter to interim university President Chaouki Abdallah on Friday, expressing concerns that a retired judge was tapped by the school to do an independent review but that the findings were reported only directly to Abdallah.

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Dec 4, 2017

Monday Business Watch

Dec 4, 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, a profile on Equine Assisted Programs of Southern New Mexico, a column from the Greater Chamber on the magic of Christmas, and a report on jobs coming to Las Cruces in February.     

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Aggies Heading To Arizona Bowl

Dec 3, 2017

  New Mexico State (6-6, Sun Belt) vs. Utah State (6-6, Mountain West), Dec. 29, 3:30 p.m. MT

LOCATION: Tucson, Arizona

TOP PLAYERS

New Mexico State: QB Tyler Rogers, 3,825 yards passing, 33 total touchdowns.

Utah State: LB Suli Tamaivena, team-high 109 tackles — including 6 ½ tackles for a loss.

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Las Cruces Utilities Visits Hillrise Elementary

Dec 3, 2017

Stephan Klingelmeier greets the new rotation of children entering the classroom and points out his last name. “I’m from Germany,” he explains. “I used to be a radar technician, but now I work at Las Cruces Utilities. Bet you never thought a job like this could take you that far, eh?”

Pearce Introduces Legislation To Provide Certainty To DACA Recipients

Dec 3, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary:  Congressman Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4488, the Preserving Opportunity for Childhood Arrivals Act, which will provide certainty to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

More than 6,000 luminarias light up NMSU Las Cruces Sunday

Dec 3, 2017

The celebration of the winter holiday season calls for a beautiful display of lights, family, friends and activities.

Sunday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., New Mexico State University will be illuminated. More than 6,000 luminarias will light up campus during the 33rd annual “Noche de Luminarias” at the Corbett Center Student Union. “Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of the Lights,” is a means for the university and community to begin the holiday with celebrations and amusement.

I-10 Closures This Week

Dec 3, 2017

I-10 West @ Resler

Daytime

Monday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 9 [as needed]

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

·     The right lane on I-10 Westbound will close between the Resler Drive flyover ramp and the North Mesa Street exit ramp (Exit 11).

Crews will be placing concrete onto what will be the new westbound collector-distributor lanes.

Note: This closure will be implemented on an “as needed” basis, therefore, this closure may be canceled on some days between Dec. 4-9.  [No Map]

  The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) was recently named one of the top ten sites for Best Educational Activities for Children in New Mexico by American Towns Media. Criteria for ranking included places that provide children fun opportunities to learn with a focus on inspiring curiosity, imaginative play, and critical thinking.

 

Harris propels UTEP past New Mexico 88-76

Dec 3, 2017

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Omega Harris hit 9 off 11 shots from the floor, including all four of his 3-pointers, and scored a career-high 28 to lead UTEP to an 88-76 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night.

Kobe Magee and Keith Frazier both scored 16, with Frazier adding seven rebounds, for the Miners (2-6). Isiah Osborne chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Thomas scored 10. UTEP plays all seven of its December games at home.

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