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Colorado Wildfire Forces Nearly 2K Evacuations Amid Drought

Jun 14, 2018
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DENVER (AP) — The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave.

The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S. Southwest swath of exceptional drought, the worst category of drought.

Sessions Cites Bible To Defend Separating Immigrant Families

Jun 14, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally.

Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back against criticism he had received over the policy. On Wednesday, a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church said that separating mothers from their babies was "immoral."

Sessions said many of the recent criticisms were not "fair or logical and some are contrary to law."

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jun 14, 2018

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Heinrich Announces $20M For New Air Force Construction Project At Holloman

Jun 14, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will build a $20 million Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications War Reserve Material Storage and Shipment facility at Holloman Air Force Base. Through this funding, Holloman will build warehouse space for fuel support equipment and container storage for expendable, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resource (BEAR) assets.

AT&T invests in NMSU computer science program for women

Jun 14, 2018

  Surrounded by dozens of students, AT&T representatives announced a new investment of $14,500 in New Mexico State University’s outreach program, Young Women in Computing.

 

This educational program offered through NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences prepares female middle and high school students with the technical and soft skills needed for college and computer science careers.

 

The announcement was made on the first day of an annual YWiC summer camp on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces.

 

Alex Moon has a new idea, and the biology doctorate student at New Mexico State University is trying to patent his idea. Through the process, the Patent and Trademark Resource Center at NMSU’s Zuhl Library has been a valuable resource. 

Established at NMSU in October 2016, the PTRC is the only office in New Mexico and the surrounding region and is officially affiliated with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Los Alamos National Lab Testing New Drone Disabling System

Jun 14, 2018

 

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — One of the country's premier nuclear weapons labs now has the capability to disable drones or any other unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems flying over its restricted airspace in a swath of northern New Mexico.

Officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory say they're testing the new system that could serve as a model for other federal installations, the Los Alamos Monitor reportedWednesday.

Youth Push For NM Lawmakers To Address Safe Gun Storage

Jun 14, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A high school student and recent graduate are urging New Mexico lawmakers to adopt a child access prevention law to hold gun owners accountable for the safe storage of firearms.

Santa Fe-area high school student Julia Mazal on Wednesday told a panel of legislators that there is no excuse for the negligent storage of guns with the knowledge that a firearm could fall into the hands of a child and result in tragedy.

New Mexico High Court OK's Rules For Guardianship Cases

Jun 14, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved new rules that will require guardians and conservators to submit more information to district courts about the finances and health of protected people.

The changes announced Wednesday come as New Mexico overhauls its guardianship laws.

The system was thrust into the spotlight following a series of investigative articles published last year by the Albuquerque Journal that raised questions about the lack of oversight and transparency.

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Doña Ana County Manager Fernando Macias talks about issues facing the county on KRWG-TV's In Focus. This is part two of a two-part conversation. 

New Mexico governor supports family separation policy

Jun 13, 2018
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez supports the federal government's decision to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, she said in an interview during a visit to the border.

Martinez, who was in Santa Teresa for the opening of a manufacturing plant Monday, said she backs the Trump Administration's zero tolerance effort, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

LAS CRUCES — Students at Zia Middle School (ZMS) have begun bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts to life by designing and creating 3D-printed objects using the school’s newly-installed 3D printers. The printers are part of a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, a project-based curriculum designed to help students explore career paths, engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, and build communication skills, according to the PTLW website.

Living Here - Jo-an Smith

Jun 13, 2018

Community Connection - Las Cruces Ukes

Jun 13, 2018

The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has determined that a Las Cruces police officer’s actions were justified in the April 27 shooting that injured a bicyclist on Chaparro Street.

In a letter dated June 12, 2018, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio stated, “After extensive review of this case we have concluded that the shooting by Sergeant Joshua Savage was justified under New Mexico law.”

Air Force Officer Who Vanished Worked For University System

Jun 13, 2018

  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who vanished 35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system, former colleagues said.

University system colleagues knew William Howard Hughes Jr. as a personable, brainy number cruncher for the system's vast health benefits program, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

GOP Candidate Drops Out Of Secretary Of State Race

Jun 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican JoHanna Cox is dropping out of the race for New Mexico secretary of state, saying she needs to tend to personal matters involving her family.

The Albuquerque attorney and single mother had no opposition during the recent primary election. She would have faced Democratic incumbent Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Nov. 6 general election.

The state Republican Party plans to convene its state central committee as soon as possible to select a new nominee.

Albuquerque Mayor Names His Pick For Police Chief

Jun 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man who has been Albuquerque's interim police chief since a new mayor took office last year has been picked to oversee the department moving forward, officials said Wednesday.

Mayor Tim Keller announced Michael Geier's appointment as police chief for New Mexico's largest city in a statement that touted the veteran officer's two-decade career with the Albuquerque Police Department, and recent stint as police chief of Rio Rancho, an Albuquerque suburb.

Detectives Ask For Help To Locate Endangered El Paso Man

Jun 13, 2018

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public for help in locating a missing and endangered El Paso man who was last seen Sunday at his mother’ s house in Santa Teresa.

According to family members, 29-year-old Israel De Santiago suffers from schizophrenia and reportedly is not taking his medication. He was last seen with his caregiver in the 200 block of Magic Shadow Drive on Sunday afternoon.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University professor of sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Gender Equity and Social Justice, Dr. Emma Bailey, is currently a Fulbright Scholar and worked in Xalapa Veracruz, Mexico, for the spring 2018 semester.

She formally taught two courses this past semester — U.S. Interventions in Central America and U.S. Cultural Regional Differences — and is teaching U.S. Latinos, a short course, in June.

Las Cruces Police Hope to ID Suspect in Family Dollar Burglary

Jun 13, 2018

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of breaking into a Family Dollar store on May 18.

About 12:05 a.m. on Friday, May 18, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the Family Dollar store at 1450 N. Solano Dr. Officers discovered a smashed window near the entrance of the store.

Video surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect who smashed the window and entered the store.

Heinrich Statement On Singapore Summit

Jun 13, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2018) -  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore:

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Silver City Report

Jun 13, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent editor, Christine Steele. This week, Francesca Estevez the district attorney pleads guilty on the eve of her trial and Grant County Commissioners met to discuss the future of Gila Regional Medical Center. 

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New Mexico PRC Considers $2 Billion Transmission Project

Jun 13, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Developers of a $2 billion project aimed at getting renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the American Southwest are looking to clear one more regulatory hurdle as they seek state permission for the massive project.

Consultants for the SunZia project and concerned ranchers will be testifying over the next five days before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

SunZia quietly submitted its application in March for approval of transmission line locations and right of way widths.

Officials Work To Restore Gila Trout In Southwest NM

Jun 13, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State wildlife managers say work is underway to restore Gila trout to a creek in southwestern New Mexico.

The state Game and Fish Department will be using chemicals next week to remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek as part of the fish restoration project.

The portion of the creek to be treated stretches 2 miles (3 kilometers) upstream from the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area.

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