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Help celebrate five years of growing and welcome spring at La Semilla Community Farm’s Annual Spring Seed Blessing & Planting event on April 14th.  The public is invited to bring any seeds and plants they would like blessed for an abundant growing season. “We’ll be planting pollinator plants in our hedgerow and annual vegetable seedlings. It’s been five years since La Semilla Community Farm was launched. If you’ve never been out to the farm or haven’t visited us in a while, April 14th is a great day to join us!

Input Sought On Hatch Flood Relief Planning

Apr 12, 2018

  Doña Ana County and the Village of Hatch are requesting residents’ input into the Placitas Arroyo Drainage Master Plan and a response to the options presented for Canal Road Bridge after April 5th  public meeting in Hatch.

The Village of Hatch and Doña Ana County held the second in a series of public meetings about the drainage master plan to obtain input from residents.

Popular National Parks To Raise Fees To $35, Not $70

Apr 12, 2018
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

A plan announced Thursday would boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, up from the current $30 but far below the figure Interior proposed last fall.

NMSU student’s short film headed to Cannes Film Festival

Apr 12, 2018
Brandon Gass

A “Good Night” is turning into a great opportunity for a group of New Mexico State University students. The short film written and directed by NMSU philosophy student Brandon T. Gass and starring NMSU students has been accepted into the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner/Cannes Court Métrage. 

The students will be attending the Cannes Film Festival, among the most prestigious in the world, May 8-19.

Panel Tackles Lack Of High-Speed Internet In Indian Country

Apr 12, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two western senators are proposing to expand access to a $4 billion federal program that has allowed public schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to obtain high-speed internet at affordable rates as one way to close the digital divide that persists across American Indian communities and other rural areas.

Librarians, policymakers and other experts gathered Thursday in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on the legislation and the needs of tribal communities.

Espanola Rehires Its Former Manager Who Is Suing The City

Apr 12, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Espanola has rehired its former city manager who is suing the city after being fired by a previous mayor.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city council voted 6-2 Tuesday to rehire Kelly Duran following the recommendation by recently elected Mayor Javier Sanchez.

Duran was hired by former Mayor Alice Lucero in 2014 and terminated two years later.

Udall Statement On Secretary Of State Nominee Mike Pompeo

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

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after questioning President Trump’s nominee to lead the State Department, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, at his Senate confirmation hearing today.

Deming Schools To Close Early Thursday Due To High Winds

Apr 12, 2018


DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Officials say schools in Deming will close early Thursday so students in the southwestern New Mexico community can get home safely amid forecasts for strong and potentially damaging winds.

Advocates Push For Chicano Studies Grad Degrees At UNM

Apr 12, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates are pressuring the University of New Mexico to give final approval on a plan to issue Chicano Studies graduate degrees.

Activists recently gathered signatures for petitions to convince the school's Provost's Office to forward the proposal to the Faculty Senate by April 18. That way the university can launch its graduate program next year.

Pamela Cheek, Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, says the office is evaluating the proposals.

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Apr 12, 2018

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ stop in Las Cruces comes after President Trump’s decision to deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexican border. Sessions said the rate of illegal border crossings this year compared to 2017 is cause for concern.

“We saw a steep drop after President Trump’s inauguration… but we’re seeing increasing flows and worry that we might see more this summer. So, we’re going to step up our efforts to achieve zero tolerance and zero releases and 100 percent prosecution wherever possible,” Sessions said.

The head of the state department that oversees behavioral health services is at odds with Governor Susana Martinez’s administration over how to handle gun violence in local schools.

One Dead, One Seriously Injured After Las Cruces Domestic Disturbance

Apr 11, 2018

An ongoing argument between a 58-year-old man and his longtime live-in girlfriend ended Wednesday morning after the man allegedly shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

The incident happened in the 4700 block of Elks at approximately 8:30 a.m. A 911 call from inside the home alerted Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies that the couple who lived there had been fighting since the previous night. The caller was reportedly the couple’s 14-year-old daughter who said her dad had shot her mother. 

Minority Residents Target Zoning Rules In Civil Rights Claim

Apr 11, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Zoning laws in New Mexico's largest city are discriminatory and leading to the erosion of one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Albuquerque, a group of residents alleged Wednesday as they asked federal housing authorities to launch an investigation.

New Mexico State And Local Tax Revenues Rise

Apr 11, 2018
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico tax authorities are collecting more local and state government tax dollars than previously, amid an oil industry rebound and some signs of an economic expansion.

Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday said state and local revenues for the first seven months of the fiscal year have increased by $672 million from the previous year, or 13 percent. Those revenues include some money from local tax increases.

A rebound in the oil and natural gas sectors is providing a windfall after two years of austere budgeting.

Sessions Pushes Tough Border Enforcement In Las Cruces Visit

Apr 11, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought his tough stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico on Wednesday, telling border sheriffs that cracking down on illegal crossings and drug smuggling is necessary to build a lawful immigration system.

Sessions ticked off stories about smugglers being caught with opioids and cocaine at the U.S.-Mexico border and legal loopholes that have encouraged more immigrants to make the journey.

A Las Cruces man suspected of stabbing his cousin on March 14 has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Michael H. Herrera, 21, of the 2300 block of Dr. King Way, is charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Las Cruces Man Charged with Kidnapping after Bizarre Day-long Incident

Apr 11, 2018

A 20-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested Tuesday on a kidnapping charge, and police expect to file charges against his girlfriend who is suspected of participating in the crime that resulted in Tuesday evening’s SWAT callout on the 2100 block of Lester Avenue.

Eduardo Darcy Rosell, 20, of the 100 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with a first-degree felony count of kidnapping. He also faces a charge of violating terms of his probation.

Thursday White Sands Missile Range Test May Produce Smoke Cloud

Apr 11, 2018


A test scheduled for the morning of April 12 at White Sands Missile Range may produce a plume of smoke visible off range. The smoke will come from a fuel fire required for the test.

Any fumes or other byproducts of the test are expected to dissipate before leaving the range.

Fronteras 806: NMSU WAVE Rx - Piper Coalson

Apr 11, 2018

Texas Company Announces Upcoming Launch At Spaceport America

Apr 11, 2018

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, has announced "significant progress towards launch of their newest vehicle SARGE."

A press release from Spaceport America noted a special time for the launch:  "The date and time target was selected in honor of Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr’s Suborbital Mercury Redstone 3 launch on May 5, 1961 @ 09:34AM."

Vescovo Toyota Opens New Facility In Las Cruces

Apr 11, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Vescovo Toyota, Southern New Mexico’s full-service Toyota dealership, has announced the grand opening of its new location at 780 S. Valley Drive in Las Cruces. With the move, the size of the dealership has more than tripled — from two acres to more than seven acres.  Here is a statement provided by Vescovo Toyota:

The wide-open showroom features floor-to-ceiling windows and a picturesque view of the Organ Mountains. George Vescovo, president and dealer principal, said every aspect of the new dealership was built with the customer in mind.

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Apr 11, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to bring his firm stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico where a group of Southwest border sheriffs are meeting Wednesday.

Sessions will speak in Las Cruces at the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition Annual Spring Meeting with the Southwestern Border Sheriff's Coalition, which is made up of 31 sheriff's departments from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Proposed Dolemite Mine In Deming Facing Complaints

Apr 11, 2018


DEMING, N.M. (AP) — An Elephant Butte, New Mexico-based company is facing criticism for a proposed dolomite mine in southern New Mexico and complaints that its application is incomplete.

The Deming Headlight reports the American Magnesium company recently submitted revised maps, figures, and other changes requested by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.