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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.
 

NMSU provides 4-H Military Partnership program statewide

Jan 12, 2017

Paper airplanes and propeller sticks fly around the room as kids chase their flying objects. 

This is a special day at the Kirtland Air Force Base youth recreation center. It’s National Youth Science Day and the youth are learning about airplane flight and drones.

New Mexico State University’s 4-H agents Brittney Sonntag and Nicole Jaynes have brought the national 4-H activity to the youth center. Helping with the activities are volunteers from Sandia Labs. Lockheed Martin, parent company of Sandia Labs, is a national partner for the science day. 

LAS CRUCES---In order to save more than $10,000 in school district expenses, the schedule for the high school graduation ceremonies for six Las Cruces high schools has been revised.  The revision was approved by the School Board in December, 2016.  LCPS officials said the revised schedule will place three ceremonies on the same day at the Pan American Center at NMSU, instead of using the university arena on individual, separate days.  Jo Galvan, chief communications officer, said that change will save $10,400 in fees assessed by New Mexico State University for use of the Pan American Cente

The Flight of Friendship 7

Jan 12, 2017

It was 2:20 am on Tuesday, February 20, 1962, when John Glenn rolled out of bed and got ready to step into the history books with the flight of Mercury-Atlas 6 and Friendship 7. Did you know that the name Friendship 7 was actually suggested by Glenn’s children?  Or that the flight was delayed ten times before finally launching? On Friday, February 3, the monthly Launch Pad Lecture features Museum Educator Michael Shinabery who takes a closer look at Glenn’s famous mission, its problems and its successes.

Museum expands Antique Treasures Show

Jan 12, 2017

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces has added a fun, new element to its annual Antique Treasures Show (formerly Antique Treasures Day).

This year’s is event is on Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 4 p.m.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charges

Jan 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Anthony Margarito Berumen, 32, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Berumen will be sentenced within the range of three to ten years in federal prison.

New Mexico To Spend Up To $2 Million To Attract Plastics Manufacturer

Jan 12, 2017

Belen, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez welcomed international manufacturer Keter Plastics to Belen with up to 175 new jobs. The company will invest $36 million to renovate and expand an existing facility. New Mexico beat out California, Arizona, and Nevada for the expansion. The new positions will include manufacturing and production, technicians, engineers, managers, and others.

Las Cruces Police Seek Suspects in Armed Robbery

Jan 12, 2017

Las Cruces Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed a sandwich deliveryman at gunpoint Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 2600 E. Idaho Ave. The 21-year-old Jimmy John’s employee made a delivery and was returning to his vehicle when he was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.

ALBUQUERQUE – Ever Omar Valdez, 26, and Javier Cruz 26, both of El Paso, Texas, pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to cocaine trafficking charges arising from the seizure of six kilograms (13.2 pounds) of cocaine at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Alamogordo, N.M., in Oct. 2016.

Las Cruces Shooting Still Under Investigation

Jan 12, 2017

Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate Wednesday’s drive-by shooting that injured a man at the intersection of Don Roser Drive and Missouri Avenue.

Police were dispatched to the report of gunshots fired at the intersection at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Officers located shell casings in the intersection but no victim.

A few minutes later, a 23-year-old man with at least one gunshot wound was dropped off at Memorial Medical Center. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jan 12, 2017

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Udall Offers Amendment To Protect Health Care For Indian Country

Jan 11, 2017
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will offer an amendment to protect against cuts to health care for Indian Country as a result of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and roll back Medicaid funding.

Udall, Heinrich Amendment Would Protect New Mexicans Enrolled In Medicaid Expansion

Jan 11, 2017

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are offering an amendment to protect the tens of thousands of New Mexicans and 11 million Americans who receive health insurance through the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Latest: 5 Deaths Unsettling For New Mexico Pueblo

Jan 11, 2017

The Latest on the deaths of two New Mexico sisters and their three young daughters (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Tribal officials with the Native American community in New Mexico where two sisters and their three young daughters were found dead say they are dismayed and saddened by the discovery of the five bodies.

Federal authorities say the bodies were found over the course of three days after the women and children were first reported missing. Initial reports indicated the women might have been in danger, but the FBI says there's no indication of foul play.

New Mexico Attorney General Raids District Attorney's Office

Jan 11, 2017
Francesca Martinez-Estevez
http://6th.nmdas.com/

New Mexico Attorney General agents have raided the office of a southwestern New Mexico district attorney in connection with a suspected DWI traffic stop.

The Attorney General's office on Tuesday seized documents and a state car driven by Francesca Martinez-Estevez. The search warrant at the Grants Country office is linked to the district attorney's June traffic stop.

Healthy habits help prevent birth defects

Jan 11, 2017

Every 4½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.

That statistic, provided by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), is very telling about how common birth defects still are, even in 2017. The number is so large, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that equals about one child in every school classroom in the country might be affected.

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