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Josh Grider Performing In Las Cruces

Dec 6, 2016

Josh Grider is a country music singer and songwriter born and raised in Las Cruces who now makes his home in New Braunfels, Texas. He has released seven albums and toured around the country and Europe, but is coming home to Las Cruces for the holidays — and a special performance. He and his family will perform a benefit concert that is appropriately entitled, “Home for the Holidays,” at the Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. "I get to come back to Las Cruces and play...

‘Tis the season for tight skirts and tighter harmonies because your favorite all singing, all dancing girls, Gone Girls, are hauling out the holly for their Christmas spectacular December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre. Featuring your favorite tunes in a vintage style such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” “Mele Kalikimaka” and more, their show entitled “Merry Christmas Darlings” is sure to get...

NMSU engineering students design smart homes

Dec 6, 2016

The Aggie Innovation Space, a student-managed and Intel-funded program under the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University, recently hosted a home-automation design challenge for undergraduate engineering students. The challenge was an opportunity for engineering students to put their skills to use on a real-world application by designing smart sensors for use within a home.
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Governor Honors Las Cruces Students

Dec 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES--- After collectively reading 127,944 minutes during the summer, students from University Hills Elementary School were recognized by Governor Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s top-performing school in Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. in the University Hills Elementary School cafeteria. The newly appointed LCPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Ewing also attended the ceremony, which was packed with students, staff and parents, all eager to celebrate the...

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States. Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61% (79) of them are...

Christmas Music with the New Desert Harmony Singers In Las Cruces

Dec 6, 2016

The New Desert Harmony Singers will wrap up their 2016 holiday season with a FREE public concert on Sunday, Dec. 18 , at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at Alameda & Griggs in Las Cruces. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items, cash, or check will be accepted and provided to Casa de Peregrinos food bank. For several of their previous holiday concerts, NDHS has featured other local choral groups. This year, NDHS will feature several of their own...

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Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept more than 504,000 acres that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation...

Living Here - Rio Grande Theatre

Dec 6, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAwwAz5ObHQ&feature=youtu.be Living Here recently visited the historic Rio Grande Theatre and found out some interesting facts about the vaudeville theatre turned performing arts center. The region's home page is only possible with your support. Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now. Thank you.

PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry recently urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft. Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal taxpayers’ personal information and ultimately their money. But, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to help protect themselves, like keeping computer software up-to-date and being cautious about giving out their personal information. This is...

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

Dec 6, 2016
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits.” The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted the special audit to determine why a backlog of 5,440 untested kits amassed in New Mexico and develop best practices to clear it and prevent it from happening again. In New Mexico, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime and 65% of sexual...

Wait Times Increase At New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division

Dec 6, 2016

Average wait times have nearly doubled at the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division with the arrival of new driver's licenses that meet stricter federal security standards. Deputy MVD Director Jerry Valdez said Monday the average time for processing requests was 25 minutes last week. Last year the average wait was just over 13 minutes. The state's new driver's licenses meet federal rules aimed at making commercial airlines and federal facilities more secure. New Mexico is also offering driving...

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Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory was a surprise for many. Most polls gave the nod to Hillary Clinton and she did get over two million more votes compared to Trump. Some critics said a Trump Presidency presents a dangerous future for the U.S. The Electoral College could stop Trump from becoming President when they vote on December 19 th but that’s not expected. There is a political mechanism enshrined in...

A first grade teacher who grew up in New Mexico has been named Arizona's top English Language Learner teacher for 2016. Victoria Gonzales is an English language immersion teacher at Starlight Park Elementary in the Cartwright School District in west Phoenix. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced the honor on Monday. Douglas says students and co-workers cheered the award when she visited the school to tell Gonzales she was named ELL teacher of the year. She says...

Women, 3 Kids Taken To Albuquerque Hospital After Shooting

Dec 6, 2016

Authorities say a woman and three children were rushed to a hospital following a shooting in southeast Albuquerque. Police spokesman Fred Duran says the violence erupted Monday evening in the Four Hills neighborhood. The Albuquerque Journal reports that details of the incident remain sketchy and police have not provided information about the four people, including about any injuries they might have suffered. The paper says that while police also wouldn't discuss anything about any possible...

All across the country, student athletes can be seen helping their community. And that's a big part of "Aggie Play" in Las Cruces. When Dr. Phillip Post came up with Aggie Play to get young girls in Las Cruces more active… he was in dire need of help. His initial source was the student female athletes at New Mexico State. Since then… he hasn’t regretted doing so. “The female student athletes here at NMSU I think are great… They are committed to their community.” Post says it is an easy sell...

Las Cruces City Council voted to allow city staff to negotiate for a building that can be turned into a potential Film and Media Soundstage by a vote of 5 to 1.

Las Cruces City Council voted to give the city manager the authority to negotiate the purchase of a building to be turned into a Sound Stage reallocating $4 million for the project. $3 million from the Hold Harmless GRT Bond Funding, and about $1 million in state appropriated funds.

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Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill

Dec 5, 2016
JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered the August 2015 spill while working at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with tons of toxic heavy metals including arsenic, mercury and lead. In a letter...

Texas releases abortion booklet citing refuted cancer links

Dec 5, 2016

A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and depression. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued the new edition of "A Woman's Right to Know" on Monday. Since 2003, state law has mandated that pregnant women be provided information when mulling an abortion. The new edition of the booklet contains a section titled "Breast...

A New Mexico State University professor has teamed up with the Las Cruces Public Schools to help get young girls more active. Dr. Philip Post, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance has created “Aggie Play.” The program’s goal is to increase physical activity among third through fifth grade girls in Las Cruces. It started when Post took the idea from another program he used to help run and turned it into a girls-only program, while incorporating the help of NMSU...

Spaceport America , the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA and the Experimental Rocket Sounding Association (ESRA) , today announced inauguration of the annual Spaceport America Cup. The Spaceport America Cup is designed around IREC —the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry teams from all over the country and around the world. With over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries, 2017 will...

Blood Drive In Doña Ana County Friday To Boost Supplies

Dec 5, 2016

United Blood Services and Doña Ana County are coming together for a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 , in the main rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces. Each holiday season, United Blood Services sees its blood reserves fall to critical levels. Doña Ana County invites the residents of Doña Ana County to join in giving the gift of life. The blood drive will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. , with appointment slots available every 20...

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today they will support Sierra Vista hospital with a $116,230 grant for the purchase of two new ambulances. USDA Rural Development will also provide a grant of $81,810 to the City of Truth or Consequences’ Streets Department for the purchase of a new front end loader. Sierra Vista Hospital will use the two new ambulances to replace their current vehicles that have high mileage and mechanical problems. Sierra Vista Hospital provides...

Commission Appoints Eric Rodriguez As Doña Ana County Treasurer

Dec 5, 2016

At a special meeting this morning, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Eric L. Rodriguez as Doña Ana County treasurer. Immediately after the vote, Rodriguez was sworn in by Third Judicial District Chief Judge Fernando R. Macias, and his signed oath of office was subsequently recorded at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. Rodriguez was the chief deputy clerk to David Gutierrez, who was removed from office last week after a civil trial. Rodriguez won election...

Investigation Continues in Fatal Shooting at Las Cruces Hotel

Dec 5, 2016

Investigators are continuing to look into Friday evening’s shooting that claimed the life of 36-year-old Joshua “Josh” Clay Dunne of Las Cruces. Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that officers were dispatched to Dunne’s residence shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. A relative indicated to police that Dunne was possibly suicidal, and could be armed with a 9mm handgun and a hunting knife. Officers began looking for Dunne who was said to be driving a gray Toyota...

New Mexico AG Seeks Review Of Police Investigation Policies

Dec 5, 2016
Hector Balderas

New Mexico's top prosecutor is asking a panel of experts to review the policies and procedures that law enforcement agencies around the state use when it comes to investigating shootings involving officers or other use-of-force incidents. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that as the chair of the state's Law Enforcement Academy Board, he has appointed a subcommittee to perform a review and audit. The inquiry will cover more than 190 agencies in the state. A report and...

Police Say Hobbs Man Killed By Uncle During Family Dispute

Dec 5, 2016

Police say a Hobbs man was fatally shot by his uncle during a family dispute. Michael Johnson, 49, of Hobbs was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in Saturday's shooting death of Zachariah Fields, 31. Fields died at the shooting scene. Johnson is being held on a $50,000 bond. It's unknown whether Johnson has an attorney. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Body Of Texas Man Found In New Mexico; Suicide Is Suspected

Dec 5, 2016

Authorities say a body found off a highway near Taos has been identified as a Texas man. Taos County Sheriff's officials say the death of 30-year-old Brian Fields, of Austin, is being investigated as a suicide. They say the body was discovered early Saturday off U.S. Highway 64 in Valle Escondido, which is about 13 miles east of Taos. Authorities say the man was dead and had an apparent gunshot wound. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will determine the cause and method of...

New Mexico Beats Texas For Expansion Of Warehouse Company

Dec 5, 2016
Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico has beaten out Texas for the expansion of a homegrown warehouse and distribution company. Valley Cold Storage and Transportation ships goods in New Mexico and Texas. The Las Cruces-based company plans to invest $14 million to build a new 105,000 square-foot facility and create up to 33 jobs in Santa Teresa, tripling its current workforce. The new facility will be the third major expansion in Santa Theresa's 166-acre Westpark Logistics Center in the last...

Heinrich Calls On President To Protect DREAMers From Deportation

Dec 5, 2016

Commentary: In a letter, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) urged President Obama to take action and protect the young immigrants known as DREAMers from deportation and ensure that they are not targeted by the incoming Trump Administration. In particular, he called on the President to use his presidential pardon power. “I write to request that in the final weeks of your administration, you and your staff carefully examine all possible legal protections that could be extended to individuals...

NM Senators Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms To Help Children Affected By Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Dec 5, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement. The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing...

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