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I-10 Closures This Week

Jan 15, 2017

I-10 West

Overnight

Sunday, Jan. 15 through Tuesday, Jan. 17

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

·      I-10 Westbound will be completely closed at the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13).

Detour: Motorists on I-10 West will exit at Sunland Park Drive (Exit 13) and re-enter I-10 just prior to Sunland Park Drive. 

Crews will be conducting structural work on the westbound Paisano Drive (US 85) Bridge. [Map 1]

Daytime

Monday, Jan.16 through Friday, Jan. 20

Texas AG Ken Paxton

Brownsville is removing its $1-a-bag fee on plastic shopping bags in exchange for the Texas Attorney General's Office dropping a lawsuit against the Rio Grande Valley city.

The fee has been in effect for six years and has raised $4.4 million to pay for street sweepers, recycling machines, beautification and cleanup.

Ex-student given probation in UTEP betting scheme

Jan 14, 2017

A former UTEP student has been sentenced to three years of probation for his role in a gambling operation at the school that took bets from basketball players on different sports.

During a federal court hearing Friday, Michael Karpus apologized, saying he "wasn't thinking about the consequences."

Karpus, from Tarzana, California, pleaded guilty in October to misprision of felony, a charge involving failure to report a felony to authorities.

Authorities say the 26-year-old Karpus received wagers from basketball players at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Houston university vandalized with graffiti mentioning Trump

Jan 14, 2017
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Authorities are investigating two cases of vandalism on a Houston university campus in which someone spray painted graffiti mentioning President-elect Donald Trump.

Officials at Rice University say the words "Trump 16" and "Aloha" were spray painted on a piece of the Berlin Wall that had been given to the school in 2000 and is displayed outside of the school's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Historic Budget Crunch In New Mexico

Jan 14, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers are preparing for financial triage as they convene to mend a budget deficit and trim future spending without undermining basic government obligations to public schools, law enforcement and health care.

The Legislature begins a 60-day session Tuesday.

State budget analysts describe a funding crisis of historic proportions for New Mexico, where a downturn in the oil and natural gas sector has sapped tax revenues and is likely to require another round of agency cuts to close current-year shortfalls.

Pepper spray released in El Paso school; 20 people treated

Jan 14, 2017

An El Paso school district says a student is facing discipline after releasing what appears to be pepper spray in a sixth-grade classroom.

About 20 people, half of them students, were treated by emergency crews after the Friday incident at Desertaire Elementary School. Twenty-eight students were in the classroom at the time.

Ysleta Independent School District officials say they notified parents by telephone.

The students were moved to another classroom when classes resumed a few hours later.

Martinez Appoints David Jablonski as Corrections Secretary

Jan 13, 2017

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of David Jablonski as cabinet secretary of the Corrections Department (NMCD) following a three month tenure as acting secretary. Jablonski brings more than 18 years of state and federal law enforcement and corrections leadership experience to the department.

Pearce Supports First Step To Repeal The Affordable Care Act

Jan 13, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

This afternoon, the House of Representatives voted on S.Con.Res. 3, which sets up the repeal process for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to the passage of the resolution:

Eleven artists from New Mexico State University will showcase their work in an exhibition titled “Impermanent Topography” at the University Art Gallery. The artists are faculty and staff from the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences. The show will run from Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Thursday, Feb. 9 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. 

JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement that the agency will not take full responsibility for the Gold King Mine spill:

Martinez Appoints Henry “Hank” Bohnhoff to New Mexico Court of Appeals

Jan 13, 2017
Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Henry “Hank” Bohnhoff of Albuquerque to the New Mexico Court of Appeals, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Roderick Kennedy. During a diverse legal career of more than 30 years, Bohnhoff has practiced in many areas of law, including water and natural resources, tribal issues, and business and real estate.

Silver City Recognized As A "True Western Town To Know"

Jan 13, 2017

Thousands of great towns can be found in the American West—ones that exemplify the spirit and dedication of the pioneers who built and developed them. Every February for the past 12 years, True West has honored the best of the best Western towns with their annual top ten True Western Towns. The editorial staff of True West also honors Western towns in three additional categories: “Towns to Know,” “Towns to Watch,” and “Where History Lives.”

Dispute Between Las Cruces Neighbors Results in Gunfire

Jan 13, 2017

Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of pistol-whipping a neighbor and firing at least two rounds during a dispute Thursday evening.

Dewitt Powells, 59, of the 200 block of Avenida de Mesilla, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Santa Teresa, New Mexico -The Border Industrial Association will host the “1st Annual Border Day in Santa Fe” on January 25. This event is comprised of a legislative breakfast, a lunch with Governor Susana Martinez, and a legislative cocktail mixer. Events will be held at La Fonda Hotel and at the Governor’s Mansion.

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SANTA FE – During the month of December 2016 and into January 2017, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s (NMPRC) Staff and elected officials have reviewed and continue to evaluate New Mexico’s utility-sector energy efficiency programs.  The State of New Mexico instituted the Efficient Use of Energy Act (EUEA) in 2008.

Las Cruces International Film Festival Planned For March

Jan 13, 2017

The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF), presented by New Mexico State University, is set for March 8-12 but film lovers can get preview when festival organizers unveil the 2017 festival poster at a special event from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Cutter Gallery at 2640 El Paseo. 

EPA Estimates Food Makes Up 20 Percent Of Trash

Jan 13, 2017

Wasting food wastes everything – water, labor, fuel, money, love. That’s the message at SaveTheFood.com. The website states 40% of food in America is wasted.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the word “staggering” to describe how much food Americans throw away. In fact, more food is thrown away in the United States than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting about 20% of what goes into our landfills.

Pearce Rejoins Natural Resources Committee

Jan 13, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Congressman Pearce was appointed to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee for the 115th Congress.

New Mexico State University is a member of a consortium of universities that have received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to establish a regional transportation research center. NMSU’s Civil Engineering Department is a member of the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States, or Tran-SET, which is led by Louisiana State University. 

District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy G. Garrett will host a community meeting in Vado to discuss a proposed speedway within the community.

   The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at the Vado/Del Cerro Community Center.

   County staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide maps of the proposed site. Community feedback will be solicited, and translation services will be provided.

          For more information, call (575) 525-5959.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jan 13, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Best – re-imagined, a margarita and tequila fest, and the annual MLK Unity Celebration. 

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Navajo Nation: 5 found dead in New Mexico have Arizona ties

Jan 12, 2017

Navajo Nation officials say two sisters and their three young daughters who were found dead in New Mexico were originally from the Arizona community of Red Valley.

Tribal officials say Navajo Nation Council members are mourning the deaths of Vanessa George and her two children Zoe and Chloe plus Leticia George and her daughter Haleigh.

The FBI in Albuquerque is awaiting preliminary autopsy reports on the five bodies found in a remote area on the western edge of Santa Ana Pueblo.

An FBI spokesman says foul play by another party isn't suspected in the deaths.

Rep. Doreen Gallegos

Jan 12, 2017

New Sheriff Appointed In Luna County

Jan 12, 2017

The Deming Headlight reports a new sheriff has been appointed in Luna County, Captain Kelly Gannaway.

New Mexico Governor Sets State's Fiscal Solvency As Priority

Jan 12, 2017
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is warning that before anything reaches her desk during the upcoming legislative session, she wants lawmakers to come up with a "serious solvency package."

The Republican governor made the comment Thursday while addressing business leaders in Albuquerque. She's referring to projections that the state is expected to outspend revenues by nearly $220 million this fiscal year.

Martinez and lawmakers rolled out dueling budget proposals earlier this week.

An additional 500 free yard signs thanking law enforcement are now available to the public. The 18 x 24 inch, two-sided signs with stands are available at no charge in the lobby of the Las Cruces Police Department, 217 E. Picacho Ave., and at the information booth in the lobby of City Hall, 700 N. Main St. Regular hours for both locations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Area residents can show their support for law enforcement by placing the yard signs on their properties that read “I SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT” with artwork of the American flag.

Scammers Using Deputies Names In Las Cruces-Area Warrant Scheme

Jan 12, 2017

  

 A suspected thief is falsely identifying his or herself as a current Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy in order to legitimize an age-old warrant scam, according to an investigation launched late Wednesday by detectives.

The victim reported that he was contacted by phone and told about an outstanding warrant that needed to be cleared up in order to avoid jail. The victim complied, and told detectives that he was given the name of a current deputy with the department.              

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating four confirmed cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in infants under 6 months of age reported during December 2016.

The infant cases are from four New Mexico counties: Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba, and San Juan. It is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by NMDOH since August 2013.  

The last UH-1 Huey, tail number 74-22478, made its final flight as a U. S. Army operated
aircraft Dec. 15, 2016.
 

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