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Police Hope to ID Suspect in Las Cruces Denny’s Armed Robbery

Feb 13, 2018

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of the Dec. 28 armed robbery at a Denny’s restaurant.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, a man armed with a handgun entered the Denny’s restaurant, at 3901 Bataan Memorial West, and demanded cash from the register. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no injuries reported.

The suspect left the parking lot in a vehicle that headed north on Emerald Drive toward the Las Colinas neighborhood.

Condom-wearing chile helps raise STD awareness in New Mexico

Feb 13, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — February is National Condom Month and New Mexico health officials are spreading the word.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the New Mexico Department of Health started the month with an Instagram post: "Wrap it up! It's your health - Take charge and be safe! #CondomMonth," paired with a red chile pepper outfitted with a condom.

Democrat disqualified from New Mexico congressional race

Feb 13, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic nominee for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District has been disqualified.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports a release from New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says Angel Pena was disqualified "because a number of his submitted petition pages failed to meet the requirements set forth in state statute. As a result, Mr. Pena did not meet the minimum number of signatures required for qualification."

El Paso Museum of Art Presents Chicano Art at Home Along the Border

Feb 13, 2018
El Paso Museum of Art

  EL PASO, Texas – For the first time in Texas, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents the Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin exhibit that will be on view from February 16 through June 17. Here is the information provided by the museum:

 

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned top intelligence officials during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence open hearing on Worldwide Threats. The committee received testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Director Michael Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.

NASA Astronaut Joseph M. Acaba

Alamogordo students are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on February 21. Here is the information provided by the New Mexico Museum of Space History: 

NASA selected the New Mexico Museum of Space History, in conjunction with the Alamogordo School District and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, to host a downlink from the ISS. The museum was one of 14 organizations nationwide chosen to participate in the program for Expedition 54 as part of the “Year of Education on Station.”  This event marks the first time that a K-12 school in New Mexico has participated in the in-flight downlink program.

Las Cruces Driver in Highway 70 Crash Charged with DWI, Child Abuse

Feb 13, 2018

A Las Cruces man has been charged with DWI and child abuse after a Sunday evening single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 70.

Christian Echavarria-Martinez, 29 of the 500 block of Villamora, is charged with one count of negligent child abuse, a third-degree felony, and a misdemeanor count of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Faith-Based Groups Hold Vigil For Preschool Funding

Feb 13, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for a New Mexico state constitutional amendment to boost spending on early childhood education across New Mexico are holding a series of candlelight vigils at the state Capitol.

About 30 people attended a vigil on Monday night in support of a measure that would tap more money from a state sovereign wealth fund.

Allen Sanchez of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Archbishops says several faith-based advocacy groups consider the funding proposal a moral imperative.

Drought Hurting Ruidoso Ski Season

Feb 13, 2018

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mountain hamlet known of its ski resort is struggling amid little snow and drought this winter.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca Mountain in Ruidoso, New Mexico has only recorded 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow.

Ski Apache director of operations Justin Rowland says the mountain resort saw more than 300 inches (760 centimeters) of snow during the 2010 season.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The body that governs New Mexico high school sports says students who received an "F'' grade won't be eligible to participate in activities and athletics next year.

The New Mexico Activities Association recently voted to make the changes requiring all student-athletes to have at least a 2.0 grade-point-average and no F grades. Students previously had been allowed one F to participate.

According to the changes, eligibility will be determined by semester grades and not six- or nine-week period grades.

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Alamogordo NOW

Feb 13, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the state senate passed a bill that will allow a deduction in GRT that will benefit Holloman Air Force Base.            

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New Mexico Senate Seeks Income Tax Credit For Rooftop Solar

Feb 12, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has approved a tax credit that would offset costs of solar energy systems for households, small businesses and farms.

The Senate voted 37-3 on Monday for a bill that offsets income taxes to reward investments in small-scale rooftop solar investments.

The proposal now moves the House. Outgoing GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has indicated she is unlikely to support stand-alone tax measures.

Prosecutors Seek 10-Year Sentence For Former State Senator

Feb 12, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending that a former New Mexico state senator convicted of fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations be sentenced to 10 years in prison and pay fines.

The recommendations for Phil Griego's punishment were outlined in court documents filed Monday by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.

Prosecutors say the recommendations are aimed at deterring similar misconduct by elected officials and at adequately punishing Griego for betraying the public's trust.

Griego will be sentenced Friday in Santa Fe.

State Attorneys General: No Citizenship Question On Census

Feb 12, 2018
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NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of state attorneys general is urging the federal Department of Commerce to not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a letter sent Monday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The letter said adding the question "would fatally undermine the accuracy" of the 2020 count.

Udall Responds To President Trump’s Dangerous Budget Proposal

Feb 12, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal:

VIDEO: Candidate Forum- Democrats Running For New Mexico Governor

Feb 12, 2018

  Three of the four candidates in the Democratic race for New Mexico governor visited Truth or Consequences for a gubernatorial forum Thursday at the Lyons Event Center. New Mexico state senator Joseph Cervantes, Jeff Apodaca, the son of former New Mexico governor Jerry Apodaca, and Dr. Peter DeBenedittis were there. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham was unable to attend in-person or via livestream due to the most recent government shutdown. The candidates answered questions from the audience on their plans for the state’s economic and educational policies and many other issues.

  How effective is the training health care providers receive in using opioid drugs in pain management?

A new study suggests not very.

UNM’s Joanna Katzman, MD, a recognized expert in teaching clinicians how to prescribe opioids responsibly, co-authored a paper published last month in the journal Pain Medicine that highlights significant deficiencies in the way prescribers are taught to manage pain.

‘Nothing ever dies’ at the Roundhouse, except maybe transparency

Feb 12, 2018
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Gov. Susana Martinez wants each state lawmaker to disclose how much he or she spends on projects around the state. Making their emails public would be nice, too. However, the governor isn’t keen on sharing information about legal settlements the state negotiates.

As for state lawmakers, they aren’t rushing to support calls from Martinez or some of their colleagues to shine more more light on how the Legislature works.

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Feb 12, 2018

Navajo Nation Updates Criminal Code To Include Cyberbullying

Feb 12, 2018
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation president has signed legislation to add cyberbullying to the tribe's criminal code.

Lawmakers recently passed the bill to criminalize electronic activity that aids in stalking or harassment, or that contributes to a death. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed it Sunday.

Officials say the measure is meant to help reduce the rates of violence and suicide on the vast reservation. A staff assistant for the president's office, Yvonne Kee-Billison, says the tribe's laws hadn't addressed potential criminal activity online.

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Monday Business Watch

Feb 12, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a profile on Optimum Health and Rehab which focuses on sports medicine and a column from MVEDA on community collaboration and economic development.  

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Las Cruces Diocese sued in alleged Hobbs sexual abuse case

Feb 11, 2018

  HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A man who alleges a former New Mexico priest sexually abused him is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces.

The lawsuit, filed last week against the diocese and St. Helena Parish in Hobbs, says the diocese facilitated sexual battery and assisted the Rev. Ricardo Bauza in evading authorities, the Hobbs News-Sun reports.

It comes three months after Hobbs police issued a warrant for Bauza's arrest following a complaint he sexually assaulted an adult male.

This February 17, 2018, is Territorial Charter Day and Silver City MainStreet will participate in the celebration with a fun run through downtown Silver City for adults at 9 am and will also host children’s fun runs in the Big Ditch Park at 11 am.  Here is the information provided by Silver City MainStreet:

The fun runs will showcase our downtown district and prizes will be awarded to all children who participate in this outdoor activity.

A Regents professor in New Mexico State University’s biology department will give a presentation on a trip she and several students took to Hawaii to study coral-reef conservation as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ “Global Connections” series.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 14 at the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. The event is free and open to the public.

When Helping People Becomes a Daily Mission

Feb 11, 2018

People Helping People. It’s the slogan of the City of Las Cruces, but it means much more to Sergio Flores.

Flores is a field technician with the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) who works directly with customers at their homes. For him, helping means going that extra mile. “When I ring a customer’s door, and they don’t open, I just wait,” he said. “Then you hear something from inside and I know that it’s likely someone who is elderly and who can’t move as fast. Sometimes you help them just by waiting.”

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jemerrio Jones scored 27 points and matched his career high by snaring 20 rebounds and New Mexico State thrilled a packed home-court crowd by coming from behind to beat Grand Canyon, 74-70 Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the Western Athletic Conference.

Grand Canyon, which was upset Thursday by UT-Rio Grande Valley, falls to fourth in the WAC behind Seattle and Utah Valley with four losses in conference.

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