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Report Puts New Mexico At No. 34 For Education Spending

Jun 20, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A report by the Census Bureau ranks New Mexico as 34th in the nation for its public education spending.

The Santa Fe New Mexico reports the Census Bureau released their findings last week. The report took from nationwide data from the 2014-15. According to the Census Bureau, New Mexico spent $9,752 per student during those years, 14 percent less than the national average for that period.

In comparison, Utah spent around $6,500 per student, while New York invested a hefty $21,206.

Family Of Slain New Mexico Residents Plan Funeral

Jun 20, 2017

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The family of three New Mexico residents who were killed last week in a shooting spree has begun planning a funeral.

KOAT-TV reports public visitation for the three family members: Max Trujillo Sr., Benda Gallegos and Brendan Herrera will be on Wednesday in Espanola.

Twenty-one-year-old Damian Herrera is accused of fatally shooting his stepfather, Trujillo Sr., and brother, Brendan Herrera, before turning the gun on his mother, Gallegos.

6 Killed After Dust Storm Causes Pileup In New Mexico

Jun 20, 2017

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said.

Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old girl and her parents from Phoenix, two people from El Paso, Texas, and a California woman.

The high winds and limited visibility caused 18 commercial trucks and seven passenger cars to crash on westbound Interstate 10.

Medicaid Cutbacks Could Hinder Addiction Plan In New Mexico

Jun 20, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico stands to lose critical funding for substance abuse treatment that helps combat a local opioid epidemic, under a Republican campaign in Washington, D.C. to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law.

Reforms approved by the U.S. House would phase out expanded Medicaid that allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults, including behavior health treatment for addiction. New Mexico senators protested the plans Tuesday.

Albuquerque 'Feed The Heart' Art Series To Host Free Events

Jun 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bunch of free theater, music, dance and lecture events are coming to Albuquerque.

KRQE-TV reports the "Feed the Heart" series is coming to the Downtown Arts and Cultural District in an effort to provide less expensive events.

The events are possible thanks to a grant called the "Our Town" grant acquired from the National Endowment for the Arts.

District Director Joe Cardillo says he hopes the events will boost traffic for people who weren't able to experience the arts before.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Executive Order to Support New Mexico Businesses

Jun 20, 2017

 SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller issued Executive Order 2017-001 to support New Mexico businesses. The order applies to the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and takes effect immediately. The order lists specific ways the office will help to level the playing field for local business in the procurement process. While state law provides certain local preferences for large government contracts, much of state agencies’ spending falls below that threshold.

Jett family donation benefits NMSU College of Engineering scholarships

Jun 20, 2017

As the daughter of one of the most beloved former deans in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, Dorothy Jett Barr knew she wanted to give back to the university loved by her father, Daniel Boone Jett. 

Following the sale of the Jett family home at 935 N. Main St. in Las Cruces, Barr has donated the proceeds to the D.B. Jett Memorial Scholarship, which supports outstanding junior engineering students. 

Las Cruces Employee Charged with Shoplifting at Sears

Jun 20, 2017

A local woman is suspected of shoplifting nearly $1,200 worth of merchandise from the department store where she works.

Adrianna Perez, 24, of the 300 block of Terry Drive, is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of shoplifting.

Investigators learned that Perez is an employee at the Sears department store located at the Mesilla Valley Mall. On June 15, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the store in reference to a shoplifter in custody.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Strangling, Injuring Ex-girlfriend

Jun 20, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of strangling his ex-girlfriend during a heated argument Monday afternoon.

Andres Borrego, 28, of the 300 block of east Union Avenue, is charged with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that Borrego was having drinks with his ex-girlfriend when they got into an argument at a local brewery. They left and went to his apartment where the argument allegedly became physical.

Las Cruces Area Artist In Residence Program Taking Applications

Jun 20, 2017

The Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management announce a call to artists to apply for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence Program to take place September 1-30, 2017. Entries for the September 2017 Residency must be received via email on or before July 14, 2017.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Zinke to Protect NM’s National Monuments

Jun 20, 2017

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect New Mexico’s national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act. The New Mexico lawmakers wrote to Zinke to express their strong support for the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, which the lawmakers said protect treasured resources and places, enjoy overwhelming public support, and drive local economies.

Heinrich Calls On New Mexicans To Share Their Health Care Stories

Jun 20, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for New Mexicans and people across the country to share a video or photo using the hashtag #AmericaSpeaksOut to highlight what they stand to lose under President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ health care bill.

New deportation rules claim Las Cruces mother, with no chance for goodbyes

Jun 20, 2017
Jeff Taborda / New Mexico In Depth

  Jeff Taborda lives in a faded green trailer in an old, but neatly kept mobile  home community in north Las Cruces. Taborda, 23, graduated in December from New Mexico State University with a degree in criminal justice, with ambitions to go into law enforcement and eventually join the FBI. He is lean and muscular, working out regularly with his younger brother, Steven. The home Taborda shares with his girlfriend is sparsely furnished, clean dishes in a rack in the sink.

University of Texas at El Paso doctoral candidate Daniel Hughes liked to catch lizards when he was little, but never imagined he would be catching and discovering new species of chameleons. The Ph.D. candidate in UTEP’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.

PEARL HARBOR – An El Paso, Texas native and 2011 El Dorado High School graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Chavira is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS John Paul Jones.

Chavira works as a fire controlman aboard the guided missile destroyer operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A Navy fire controlman is responsible for shooting weapons and gun maintenance.

“I like the adrenaline rush of shooting huge guns,” said Chavira.

For their senior capstone project in the College of Engineering, Macklin Begaye, Austin Hilton and Jagg Lovato, all mechanical engineering technology students, knew they wanted a challenge. The trio, who graduated from New Mexico State University last month, selected a project to design and manufacture a machine for a local small business. 

  Commentary: Arizona’s ban of Mexican American Studies is headed back to the Arizona Supreme Court Monday, June 26-June 30, 2017. That means that the Librotraficante Caravan is making the 1,000 miles + ride once again to draw attention to Arizona’s prohibition of Multicultural books, to restock the underground libraries they formed during their 2012 caravan, and to share updates on the advancement of Ethnic Studies in each state they pass through.


School is out for the summer but both teachers and students are spending time at New Mexico State University and the College of Engineering. 

This month, the college is hosting two core training sessions of Project Lead The Way, which is a leading provider in education curricular programs of science, technology, engineering and mathematics utilized nationally in both middle and high schools. Since 2006, the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering has served as the New Mexico Project Lead the Way Affiliate. 

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Beating Girlfriend and her Mother

Jun 20, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of beating his girlfriend and her mother Saturday evening.

James Moreno, 43, of the 9000 block of Horace Lane, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault against a household member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, larceny of a firearm, battery against a household member and battery.

The Latest: Six Killed In I-10 Pileup Caused By Dust

Jun 20, 2017


WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a multiple-car crash on I-10 near the Arizona and New Mexico border (all times local):

7:05 a.m.

Police now say six people are dead, including an infant from Phoenix, after a multiple-car pileup on Interstate 10 in New Mexico near the Arizona state line.

Police say winds and a dust storm abruptly blew in on westbound I-10 near Lordsburg, New Mexico, on Monday around 5 p.m.

Among those killed were a 9-month-old girl from Phoenix, two people from El Paso, Texas, and an Escondido, California man.

New Mexico High Court Upholds Convictions In Hobbs Murder Case

Jun 20, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has affirmed the convictions and sentence of a teenager who killed an 83-year-old woman while she slept.

Juan Rivas was accused in 2011 of stabbing the woman with a kitchen knife and a stick after breaking into her Hobbs home.

According to court documents, he told police he laughed while he attacked Clara Alvarez.

Rivas stole the woman's car and ended up returning to her home multiple times over the next two days and enlisted the help of others to dispose of her body.

New Mexico Man Chosen To Lead Civil Air Patrol

Jun 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Civil Air Patrol's governing board has chosen a New Mexico man to serve as the organization's next chief executive and national commander.

The organization announced the selection of Col. Mark Smith of Albuquerque on Monday. A change of command ceremony will be held later this year during the Civil Air Patrol's national conference in Texas.

Smith currently serves as the patrol's southwest region commander and was previously the wing commander in New Mexico.

Grand Jury Files Charges Against Former New Mexico Senator

Jun 20, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury has charged a former New Mexico state senator with perjury, fraud and embezzlement in connection with campaign finance activities and disclosure reports.

Details of a grand jury indictment confirmed on Monday show that 22 new charges have been filed against former Sen. Phil Griego in state district court in Santa Fe.

Alamogordo NOW

Jun 20, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a closer look at the suspect in Sunday’s hostage situation. 

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Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima-City of Las Cruces photo

The City of Las Cruces officially joined the Climate Mayors Network, that parallels the spirit and goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without any financial expenditure.


Commercial Vehicle Being Sought In Fatal New Mexico Accident

Jun 19, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a commercial vehicle that was involved in a fatal accident last week near Las Cruces.

New Mexico State Police say the commercial vehicle had a tie-down restraint disengage from the load it was carrying and go into a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction on State Route 9 on June 12.

A passenger in the pickup was taken by helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, Texas and died of her injuries Saturday night.

Authorities have identified the woman as 51-year-old Idalia Dominguez of Columbus, New Mexico.

Albuquerque Officer Identified In Shooting Of Murder Suspect

Jun 19, 2017

SAN RAFAEL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a man wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Authorities say the shooting occurred May 26 at a home in San Rafael near Grants when state police and officers with Albuquerque Police Department tried to contact the suspect.

The officer who shot Hector Gamboa was identified Monday as Albuquerque Officer Nathan Cadroy-Croteau. Investigators say Cadroy-Croteau was helping a tactical team as they tried to take Gamboa into custody.

Public Defense Assigned To Suspect In New Mexico Shootings

Jun 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year-old man charged with multiple counts of murder in connection with a shooting spree last week across northern New Mexico will receive legal representation from public defenders at the state's capital crimes unit.

New Mexico Chief Public Defender Bennett Baur said Monday that Damian Herrera is unable to pay for his own defense and has been assigned to public attorneys who specialize in severe criminal charges.

New Mexico Man Facing Charges After Hostages Freed

Jun 19, 2017

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man was facing assault and other charges Monday after state police said he held more than a dozen people hostage inside a roadside store where he fled after exchanging gunfire with officers.

Kaleb Scroggins. 21, was arrested Sunday afternoon after a SWAT team went into McGinn's Pistachio Farm store near Alamogordo and freed the 14 hostages.

Alamogordo police had been seeking Scroggins for an unrelated shooting and got a tip that he may be in the area, state police spokesman Carl Christiansen said in a news release.

April Tax Revenues Boost New Mexico State Finances

Jun 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state government is reporting a surge in tax revenues that may help ease lingering budget difficulties.

The Legislative Finance Committee on Monday said that revenues in April increased by 7.7 percent to $587 million over same month in 2016.

The increase in tax revenues has been led by retail and business transactions, along with resurgent oil production.

Revenues are still lagging for the 10-month period that started in July 2016, trailing the prior fiscal year by about $21 million.