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Police: Mother dies following shooting rampage in New Mexico

Jun 17, 2017
Damian Herrera

  ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — The mother of a man who went on a shooting rampage in New Mexico died several hours after being taken off life support, bringing the number of deaths to five, authorities said.

District Attorney Marco Serna and Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan confirmed the death late Friday of 49-year-old Maria "Brenda" Gallegos.

Serna initially reported her death after she was removed from life support, leading authorities to believe she had died. But he said later she remained in critical condition for some time before dying.

Coroner's 1908 report unveiled for famed New Mexico lawman

Jun 16, 2017
Pat Garrett / Public domain photo

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southern New Mexico's Dona Ana County on Friday unveiled the coroner's century-old report for the Old West lawman who fatally shot Billy the Kid.

The February 1908 document handwritten in cursive script and signed by six men laid out the few findings of a coroner's jury investigation into the shooting death of famed lawman Pat Garrett.

The previously unknown document was discovered inside a box of unarchived records by a county clerk's office employee last November in the clerk's office vault.

New Mexico State Court Agrees To Consider Veto Challenges

Jun 16, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state district court will consider whether 10 bills vetoed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this year should become law anyway because the governor allegedly failed to explain her decisions, a judge decided Friday.

A Democratic-led panel of legislators said Martinez did not adequately explain her objections to the bills in writing as required by the state Constitution.

As Wall Looms, US Moves To Settle Border Fence Land Cases

Jun 16, 2017
Simon Thompson

  HOUSTON (AP) — Government lawyers are renewing efforts to settle about 90 cases against Texas landowners whose land was seized to build a fence along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, in a move that one lawyer for landowners believes is a lead-up to a fight over a border wall proposed by President Donald Trump.

A 16-page legal notice that appeared June 7 as a special section in the Brownsville Herald, the newspaper serving Texas' southernmost border city, saying hundreds of landowners had several weeks left to contest how much the government should pay for their land.

Udall Statement on Trump Decision To Revert To Cold War Thinking Toward Cuba

Jun 16, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading supporter of re-opening relations with Cuba, blasted President Trump's misguided decision to reverse key pieces of President Obama's Cuba-engagement policy. He issued the following statement:

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On Saturday, June 24, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer a guided hike to the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, highlighting its significant paleontological and recreational resources.  The three-mile hike will begin at 8:00 a.m. from the second parking lot located near the Monument entrance, and will last approximately three hours.

Andrew Barahona of Bored Film Studios

  Players on the Wall is El Paso's newest theatre company, and they intend to make a splash with their first production; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, by John Patrick Shanley. 

Report: Voter ID problems delayed hundreds at polls

Jun 16, 2017

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A report from a voting rights advocacy group shows that hundreds of Texas voters were delayed or turned away entirely during the 2016 presidential election because of confusion over the state's voter ID laws.

More than 4,000 reports of voter issues, primarily in Harris and Dallas counties, were reviewed by the Texas Civil Rights Project's Election Protection Coalition. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2s9jyaC ) reports most were related to polling place problems, voter registration status or voter ID requirements.

Fernando Puga

Two men accused in the brutal attack of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent on June 9 are in custody.

   On Tuesday, FBI agents in the El Paso Sector, with the assistance of Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, arrested 33-year-old Sergio Ivan Vanegas-Quinonez on an outstanding warrant of aggravated battery (great bodily harm) and aggravated assault. He is currently in custody at the El Paso County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Doña Ana County.

Wastewater Treatment Rates Rising

Jun 16, 2017

The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners has increased utility rates in Doña Ana County in order to continue serving customers with safe and effective wastewater treatment methods.

   The increases will be phased in over a five-year period. The new rates become effective on July 10, 2017, and they will be reflected on the August 2017 billings.

   Residential rates will rise to $33.50. Commercial rates will rise to $84. Institutional rates will rise to $120. Industrial rates will rise to $168.75. And multi-use rates will rise to $33.50 per dwelling unit.

SATURDAY: Simultaneous, Statewide #HealthCare4NM Events to Fight Trumpcare

Jun 16, 2017

 Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - On Saturday, June 17, New Mexicans in a never seen effort, counties across New Mexico will hold simultaneous events from 10am to 11am to fight Trumpcare. The events will serve as an demonstration of support for the Affordable Care Act and opposition to the Republican health care bill currently making its way through Congress, also known as Trumpcare.

 

Fire Damages Privately-owned Bus In Las Cruces

Jun 16, 2017

The fire that damaged a privately-owned bus Thursday evening appears to have started from a blown rear tire.

The two occupants of the bus, the driver and his passenger, safely evacuated after determining the bus was on fire.

New Mexico Health Insurer Proposes 80 Percent Premium Hike

Jun 16, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — All four health insurance providers on New Mexico's state-run exchange have submitted rate proposals for the coming year, despite uncertainty about key federal subsidies.

New Mexico Health Connections CEO Martin Hickey said Thursday his cooperative is proposing a nearly 80 percent premium increase for individuals. The proposal may be lowered in July.

Health Widler of the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance says detailed descriptions of proposed rate increases will be made public later this month.

Five Fatally Shot In Northern New Mexico; Suspect In Custody

Jun 16, 2017
Damian Herrera

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who they say fatally shot five people in New Mexico on Thursday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports sheriff's deputies arrested 21-year-old Damian Herrera in connection with the shootings across Taos and Rio Arriba counties.

District Attorney Marco Serna says his office will be charging Herrera with five counts of open murder and will request the court hold him without bond.

Authorities have not yet released a motive and say there doesn't appear to be links between the victims.

Border Patrol Raids Aid Camp, Arrests Four Men From Mexico

Jun 16, 2017

 

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol released a statement saying agents served a search warrant at a southern Arizona humanitarian aid camp and arrested four men suspected of being in the country illegally.

The federal agency says agents tracked the men walking north before the four entered the camp run by No Mas Muertes, an organization that provides care for migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Patrol says agents reached out to camp representatives Thursday but the talks were unsuccessful.

Your Weekend Pulse

Jun 16, 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, it’s Father’s Day Weekend and there is lots to do! Raft the Rio, a music festival in Cloudcroft, and a whiskey and beer dinner event on Saturday night. 

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Medical marijuana for New Mexico opiate addicts rejected

Jun 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer's disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to legally buy medical marijuana.

New Mexico fire prompts evacuation of as many as 200

Jun 15, 2017

  A wildfire burning in northern New Mexico prompted the evacuation Thursday of as many as 200 people and led the governor to activate the state emergency operations center.

The flames were spreading quickly through an area of the Jemez Mountains along New Mexico Highway 4. A towering plume of smoke could be seen from miles away.

Gov. Susana Martinez said more than 100 acres had burned in a matter of hours.

New Mexico Pension Tries To Head Off Possible Shortfall

Jun 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public school and college employees in New Mexico are confronting a widening gap between promised pension benefits and the money currently available to pay for their retirements.

Managers of New Mexico's retirement fund for public education employees have acknowledged an $800 million increase in needs, after they lowered expectations for future investment returns.

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water management across the state. The New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act is derived from policy recommendations generated by a variety of stakeholders from New Mexico including conservancy districts, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, municipalities, and others that collaborated to put together proposals to help New Mexico deal with future water supply challenges.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce ‘No Hearing, No Vote Act’ To Require Hearing For Secret TrumpCare Bill

Jun 15, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senate Democrats in introducing the “No Hearing, No Vote Act” to require a public committee hearing for any legislation that goes through the fast-tracked “budget reconciliation” process – including the TrumpCare legislation. Republicans are currently drafting the bill — which would replace the Affordable Care Act — behind closed doors without plans to hold a hearing.

Albuquerque Police: Man Found Burning On Mattress Has Died

Jun 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man has died after being found on fire on a mattress also on fire.

Officer Fred Duran says it appears the fire was set intentionally and that police are looking for two men seen running from the scene where 50-year-old Leo Molzhon was found.

Police and firefighters responding to a report of a fire Wednesday afternoon found Molzhon on the mattress along a street that passes under Interstate 40 in an area of mixed commercial and industrial uses.

Gas Pipeline Project Expected To Cause Delays On NM 68

Jun 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A utility company will be realigning a six-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline along New Mexico State Road 68, causing traffic delays in the height of the Rio Grande tourist season.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday New Mexico Gas Co. plans to spend $14 million relocating pipeline from what has proven to be a geologically unstable route along the west side of the Rio Grande to a new alignment on the N.M. 68 right of way east of the river.

Las Cruces City Councilor Holds Third "Great Conversation"

Jun 15, 2017

City Councillor Greg Smith, District 2, invites residents of his district to participate in the third of a series of The Great Conversation about helping shape the future of Las Cruces. The Great Conversation facilitates safe, respectful and informed community dialogue, recognizing diverse perspectives and encouraging collaborative action.

Participants in earlier meetings discussed what they thought the priorities should be for Las Cruces and District 2. The next conversations will focus on how we together as a community can achieve goals linked to those priorities.

Dr. Tony Marin, New Mexico State University

The United States Department of Education has awarded New Mexico State University $4.5 million in federal grants for the Upward Bound Programs. NMSU received a five-year grant renewal for $396,004 per year to work with Las Cruces and Gadsden high schools, a program that has existed since 1989. For the first time, NMSU has also received two five-year grants for $257,500 each to create a partnership with Alamogordo and Hatch Valley high schools. 

Heinrich Votes To Codify And Expand Russia Sanctions

Jun 15, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russia in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria. The legislation, the Countering Russian Aggression and Cyberattacks Act of 2017, passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97 to 2.

New Mexico's Pension Fund Confronts Rising Obligations

Jun 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's retirement fund for public schools and colleges is confronting an $800 million increase in needs after pension managers lowered expectations for future investment returns.

Education Retirement Board Executive Director Jan Goodwin said Wednesday that meetings with pension members are being arranged to discuss measures to shore up the fund. Possible changes include future reductions in benefits or increased contributions.

Wildfire Prompts Smoke Advisory For Northern New Mexico

Jun 15, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health and environment officials have issued a smoke advisory for part of northern New Mexico due to a lightning-caused fire in the Carson National Forest.

The advisory will remain in effect through Friday for Vallecitos Canyon and surrounding communities.

The fire has grown to about two square miles since being sparked June 3. Crews are working to secure the perimeter and clear out unburned fuel.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jun 14, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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Fronteras 713: The Maya Calendar - Weldon Lamb

Jun 14, 2017

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