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Texas Man Is Sentenced For Threatening Police In New Mexico

Oct 13, 2017


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to time served in custody for threatening telephone calls to police officers in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Sean Stinson of El Paso now will be on supervised release for three years after being in custody for 406 days.

They say Stinson was arrested in September 2016 for making telephone calls from El Paso to the Las Cruces Police Department and some were recorded.

He allegedly threatened to shoot, kill and otherwise injure specific police officers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former head of the New Mexico National Guard is running for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce.

Andrew Salas tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that if elected, he would focus on building up the industries that have been drawn to the southern New Mexico district by its military installations. The district is home to White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base.

The seat has been attracting attention since Pearce announced his intention to run for governor.

Harvesting Hope To Celebrate World Food Day

Oct 13, 2017

World Food Day is this coming Monday. To celebrate, several local grassroots groups are hosting Harvesting Hope a community event that aims to bring people together around something that unites us all: food. Edmundo Resendez spoke to event organizers Chris Perkins and Nayomi Valdez about the event.

Harvesting Hope takes place this Sunday at Young Park from to 2 to 6.     

APNewsBreak: Border Patrol Tests Camera-Toting Balloon

Oct 12, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol is considering a surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings.

Agents in Texas recently finished a 30-day trial of the camera-toting, helium-filled balloon made by Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a small startup that named former Border Patrol chief David Aguilar to its board of directors in January. The 3-year-old, money-losing company gave Aguilar options that may prove lucrative if it gets more orders for its proprietary model.

Sean Stinson, 33, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to time-served (406 days) in custody for using interstate communications to threaten the lives and safety of Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) officers.  Stinson will be on supervised release for three years.

Pearce Applauds Trump Healthcare Order

Oct 12, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order to promote healthcare choice and competition:

Alamogordo Enacts Temporary Ban On New Billboards

Oct 12, 2017

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo City Commissioners approved a six month ban on constructing new billboards within city limits.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports the resolution, which was approved Tuesday, is the latest development in the city's ongoing attempt to address residents' concerns with new billboards being erected around town.

Teenager Accused Of School Threats Remains On Home Arrest

Oct 12, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A judge rejected a request by an eastern New Mexico district attorney's office to jail a Clovis teenager on allegations that she violated court orders.

Albuquerque Dealership Settles Workplace Racism Complaint

Oct 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque car dealership has reached a settlement with a federal agency over employee complaints that claimed two managers repeatedly used racial slurs, posted racist pictures and made offensive jokes about Native American and Muslim employees' religious practices.

LCPS Teacher Helps Set National Standards For Accomplished Teaching

Oct 12, 2017
Courtesy Photo

Commentary: Drawing from her teaching experience and expertise, Maggie Hornung, an art teacher at both Valley View and Desert Hills Elementary School, recently joined 271 of the most accomplished teachers across the country in Dulles, VA to help set performance standards for a variety of teaching certifications through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will conduct a series listening sessions in communities across New Mexico to seek input from university employees, alumni, supporters, community members and other stakeholders regarding the search for the university’s next chancellor.

New Mexico Delegation

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.

Election 2017 Forum: Las Cruces City Council District 3

Oct 12, 2017

KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces present this Election 2017 forum for Las Cruces city council district 3.  The candidates are Gabe Vasquez and Bev Courtney.

The program airs Thursday at 7pm, Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 11am.

State Police: Offender Left State Facility

Oct 12, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities are looking for a young man who left a state facility for juvenile offenders.

The State Police say 20-year-old Gustavo Alvarado was last seen leaving the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center in a white Chevrolet Suburban with silver rims, dark tinted windows, and unknown registration.

Alvarado is described as 5-foot-6 and 225 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

The State Police say he was convicted of a violent felony offense as a juvenile, may be armed and dangerous and should not be approached if seen.

New Mexico Seeks Comments On Statewide Bicycle Network

Oct 12, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico transportation officials want to establish a statewide bicycle network and they're asking for the public's help.

The Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it has set up a website where cyclists and others can share information as part of the planning process for prioritizing routes that are safe and offer the most connectivity.

The agency has contracted with Bohannan Huston, Inc. and Alta Planning + Design to develop the NM Bike Plan. It's scheduled to be done by summer 2018.

Lawsuit: Hobbs Police Dept. Made Officers Target Minorities

Oct 12, 2017

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Former officers say a southeastern New Mexico police department forced officers to target people of color to make quotas and retaliated against those who complained.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports three former Hobbs officers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging racial discrimination and retaliation within the Hobbs Police Department.

Court documents say one black officer heard another officer used a racial slur, and another black officer was excluded during his training from eating lunch with white trainees.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Oct 12, 2017

Time now for the Bulletin on the Radio with Edmundo Resendez and Tracy Roy, content director for the Las Cruces Bulletin. This week, the city of Las Cruces is looking to establish an arts and culture district, St. Andrews celebrates their one year anniversary of their hospitality house, the NAACP is holding their statewide conference in Las Cruces, a profile on the Las Cruces’ community forester, and the Pecan Festival is coming up.  

Fronteras 722: Barrio Gangs of San Antonio - Mike Tapia

Oct 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently announced The University of Texas at El Paso as one of the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winners sponsored by Fundación Televisa. 

12 Las Cruces Area Parents Convicted on Truancy Charges

Oct 11, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Earlier today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that 12 parents were convicted on truancy charges after appearing before District Judge Marci Beyer for failing to see that their children attend school. 

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)-TX 16

Commentary: El Paso, TX – The Beto for Texas campaign, built by grassroots supporters across the state, raised $1.7 million in the FEC reporting period ending Sept. 30. This includes $0 from PACs and 32,969 individual donations -- surpassing the Cruz campaign by nearly 7,000 individual contributions.

District Attorney Drops Charges Against Protest Leader

Oct 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped felony and misdemeanor charges against a California woman accused of striking two Santa Fe police officers with a cardboard sign while protesting a re-enactment of Spanish conquistadors reclaiming the city from Pueblo Indians.

Supreme Court Denies Petition For Help From Public Defenders

Oct 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court won't intervene on behalf of public defenders who say they are overwhelmed by cases from poor defendants facing jail time, court officials said Wednesday.

A state agency overseeing public defenders has insisted that its attorneys in various parts of the state are wrongfully being forced to take on more cases than they can handle without neglecting indigent defendants who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.

Albuquerque School Board Opposes State Education Proposal

Oct 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The board for New Mexico's largest school district is opposing the state's proposed changes to science teaching standards that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate "fluctuations."

NMDOT Launches “NM Bike Plan” Webite And Interactive Map For Public Comment

Oct 11, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the launch of a project website and interactive map for the Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan). The website provides a platform for bicyclists and others to share their valuable input in the bicycle planning and route prioritization process.

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty In Multiple Arson Cases

Oct 11, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man arrested following an arson fire inside an Old Navy store in November 2016 has pleaded guilty in that incident and others involving fires and acts of vandalism at businesses.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old David A. Hickman pleaded guilty Tuesday to five arson counts but acknowledged in his plea agreement to igniting fires at a total of nine businesses that month.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the plea agreement includes a recommendation that Hickman be sentenced to a prison term of five to 20 years.

Facebook Scam Alert: Balderas Warns New Mexicans of New Financial Scams

Oct 11, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn unsuspecting New Mexicans to beware sharing private personal or financial information over Facebook because a variety of scams are victimizing New Mexicans. As with all scams, prevention is the key to protecting your finances and personal information.

AG Balderas: Transgender People Deserve Equal Protections

Oct 11, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says gender identity discrimination threatens millions of people living and working in the United States and that they deserve every protection under the law.

Balderas, a Democrat, made the comment in a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in response to a memo issued last week that said federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work.

NM Utility Continues Plan To Stop Burning Coal

Oct 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest utility says it will stop using coal as a power source in 2031, despite a move by the Trump administration to make it easier for coal-fired power plants to operate by repealing a federal policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Silver City Report

Oct 11, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer. This week, a former sheriff’s deputy who faced charges of domestic violence has been shot and Gila Regional Medical Center is facing a financial shortfall due to the lack of a cancer treatment center during a transition. 

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