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Texas splits with other states, defends Trump travel ban

Feb 15, 2017
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Texas is splitting with other states and defending President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed documents with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday asking the court to reconsider its decision not to immediately reinstate the ban. Paxton says the ban is a legal exercise of presidential authority.

Annual Run will Benefit Las Cruces-Area Homeless

Feb 15, 2017

  Put on your running or walking shoes and join the fun Sat. Feb. 25th at Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus  for the Third Annual Run With Your Doc.

This 1 mile, 5k and 10k run/walk is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, a health center specializing in services for people who are homeless and/or low income.

You can pre-register online at http://raceadventuresunlimited.com/or pick up a registration form at St. Luke’s Clinic at 999 W. Amador Ave.

Las Cruces Arts Fair On Tap For March

Feb 15, 2017
Artwork by Wendy Wilkerson

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 17 – 19 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, can bring out your inner artist or art lover with fine art, photography, specialty clothing, recycled art, jewelry and much more at a wide range of prices. The seventh annual event features over 100 artists, some returning from previous years and many new artists, ensuring there is something new to discover every year you attend.

Uneasy Sanctuary: Santa Fe policies strong but don’t always stop calls to ICE

Feb 15, 2017

  The Santa Fe Police Department generally prefers to make its own law enforcement decisions. On paper, that means leaving federal immigration authorities in the dark on cases involving people who may be in the country illegally, even as President Donald Trump threatens cities’ funding if they don’t cooperate in fulfilling his campaign promise to cleanse the nation of “criminal illegal aliens.”

New Mexico tax loopholes are in the eye of the beholder

Feb 15, 2017

  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to say we need to tighten our belts rather than raise taxes in order to solve our current fiscal crisis. “She will not raise taxes,” Chris Sanchez, the governor’s spokesperson, told New Mexico In Depth this week.

Scheduled Water Outage In Las Cruces

Feb 15, 2017
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Residents in the following areas will experience a water outage from noon to 4 p.m. today:

·         Farney Lane – Turrentine Drive to Bex Street

·         Hixon Drive - Monte Vista Avenue to Farney Lane

·         Milton Avenue – Hixon Drive to Turrentine

·         Chisholm Trail – Hixon Drive to Milton Avenue

·         Bex Street

·         Bex Court

·         Desert Rose Court

·         Holiday Inn Express

Adjacent areas also may be affected.

Inventives Lead To New High Tech Jobs In Albuquerque

Feb 15, 2017

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that SolAero Technologies, a homegrown company, is moving manufacturing operations from California to Albuquerque, creating 100 new high-tech manufacturing jobs. This expansion will support One Web Satellites - a joint venture between the world's second-largest space company, Airbus Defence and Space, and One Web - to bring satellite internet to every corner of the globe. The company cited the Governor's economic reforms as a top reason for choosing New Mexico for their expansion.

NMSU hosts national USDA Hispanic-Serving Institution meeting

Feb 15, 2017

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host nearly 250 researchers and students for a national meeting Feb. 16 to 18 in Albuquerque.

The United States Department of Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institution meeting will take place at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. Held on behalf of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the meeting is in Washington, D.C., every other year and is hosted by an HSI grantee every other year.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Workforce Diversity and Career Opportunities.”

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing.

Roswell Police: Officer Returns Fire, Wounds Suspect

Feb 15, 2017

 

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — 6:45 a.m. Roswell police say a suspect who shot at a police officer was wounded by the officer's return fire. Police say the officer was not struck or injured in the incident early Wednesday morning outside a motel.

Police Department spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the suspect was taken to a hospital.

No additional information was immediately available on the condition of the suspect or the circumstances of the incident.

Wildermuth says several law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

El Paso Electric Eyes Another Rate Increase In New Mexico

Feb 15, 2017

A utility company that serves around 400,000 customers in southern New Mexico is eyeing another rate hike this spring.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that El Paso Electric hasn't determined how large of an increase it will seek in New Mexico. But El Paso Electric vice president Eddie Gutierrez says it would likely mirror the one submitted this week to the Texas Public Utility Commission.

That request seeks an overall $42.5 million increase in revenues, or an 8.7 percent increase, for Texas customers.

New Mexico Lawmakers Brace For New Forecast On Tax Revenues

Feb 15, 2017
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

New Mexico state lawmakers are bracing for an update on how much money will be available in the coming fiscal year to fund state government.

Democratic state Sen. John Arthur Smith says he is scheduled Wednesday to receive a new forecast of expected revenues from taxes, fees and other sources.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee warned earlier this week that the state may need to fill a budget gap of $250 million in order to rebuild reserves and protect the state's credit rating.

Love your health; not just your Valentine

Feb 15, 2017

Valentine’s Day is over for 2017, but no doubt you’ve maybe bought some flowers, taken a certain someone out to dinner…and most likely indulged in a little candy. By the handful…or boxful.

Well, consider this as we clean up in the Valentine’s Day clearance sales:  There may be no better way to make love last than loving our health.

It makes sense. How many times have you heard the advice ‘you can’t love someone else until you love yourself’? Loving ourselves isn’t just about having good self-esteem; it’s about taking care of our bodies, hearts and minds.

Silver City Report

Feb 15, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic and Ben Fischer. This week, a recap on the school board elections and the State Auditor is questioning a contract with the Gila Diversion Project.     

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  Commentary:The Save My Care Bus Tour is visiting Las Cruces Wednesday morning.

Join with City Councilor Kasandra Gandara, faith leaders and other community members to stand against congressional Republicans’ and their rushed effort to take away 266,000 New Mexicans health care.

The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans who will lose their health care under Congress’ dangerous repeal plan.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the suspects in Tuesday morning’s armed robbery at a Subway restaurant.

Investigators learned that, at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, two people walked into the Subway store at 555 Utah Ave. One of the suspects was armed with a kitchen knife which was used to threaten the store employee. The suspects ordered the employee to hand over cash from the register before they fled the store.

On Tuesday, a unity march and rally at New Mexico State University featured speakers, music, and poetry from diverse NMSU student organizations and the community of Las Cruces.

Organizers called the event a “Love Trumps Hate March.” NMSU political action groups, Aggie Solidarity and Young Berniecrats helped organize with other diverse campus and community organizations, in what the groups described as an effort to form collaborative efforts.

"Finding Our Roots" In Las Cruces

Feb 14, 2017
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Dr. Peggy Swoveland, a third-generation Japanese American, presents “Finding Our Roots” on from 1–2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main St.

Dr. Swoveland will talk about recent trips she took with her sister to Japan and to Mitchell, NE to discover where their grandparents originated, and to learn something about the lives of their ancestors. The talk will be in conjunction with Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley on display at the Branigan Cultural Center Feb. 3–May 20.

Senator Joseph Cervantes - (D)

  Commentary: (Sante Fe, NM) – New legislation introduced by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-31- Doña Ana) would require electric distribution utilities to employ a competitive procurement process when purchasing power for their retail customers. The legislation, ‘Investor-Owned Utility Procurement Process’, SB 360, mandates that utilities perform a request for competitive proposals, subject to scrutiny by an independent evaluator, for the procurement of a supply-side electric energy or capacity resource.

The 10th year of the Domenici Public Policy Conference kicks off with its annual call to university and community college students in New Mexico. New Mexico State University’s Domenici Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the 20-person student panel charged with asking the tough questions of speakers at the conference. The conference is set for Sept. 13 and 14 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Panelist applications are due April 27.

A Las Cruces man suspected of intentionally crashing into a vehicle that was carrying his girlfriend and their 4-year-old son has been charged with child abuse, amongst other charges.

Orlando Torres, 22, of the 2400 block of east Idaho Avenue, is charged with one count of child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of criminal damage to property. The child abuse charge is a third-degree felony count. The remaining three charges are fourth-degree felonies.

ALBUQUERQUE – Guillermo Ortega, 44, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his conviction on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

At New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services is a research center that may be in the running for one of the university’s best kept secrets.

Former New Mexico House Speaker Withdraws From Regents Post

Feb 14, 2017

Former New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp has withdrawn his name from consideration for a spot on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

The former Republican lawmaker cited legal concerns about his appointment last month by Gov. Susana Martinez. He pointed to a section of the state Constitution that prevents legislators from being appointed to any civil post in state government during their term or within one year of serving.

Tripp was re-elected in November but resigned on the opening day of the Legislature.

Initiative Seeks Rooftop Solar On New Mexico State Buildings

Feb 14, 2017

A bill designed to spur the installation of rooftop solar arrays on state government buildings in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature.

A Senate panel on conservation matters endorsed the bill Tuesday. The initiative from Democratic Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would direct the state General Services Department to pursue contracts with solar providers that can save the state money on electricity costs over time with no up-front public investment.

Man Accused In Fatal Stabbing Of Woman At A Clovis Apartment

Feb 14, 2017

Authorities say a man is in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing of a woman at a Clovis apartment complex.

Clovis police say they arrested 50-year-old Lorenzo Martinez after they saw him leave the apartment Monday night.

They say Martinez allegedly confessed to stabbing 57-year-old Mary Neal.

Police say Neal was found dead on a bed in an apartment.

They say Martinez is jailed on suspicion of murder and tampering with evidence.

He was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The Latest: New Mexico Not Backing Down From Mine Spill Suit

Feb 14, 2017

The Latest on New Mexico's lawsuit over the Gold King Mine spill (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's not backing down from the legal battle over a mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three Western states.

Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking that claims made by the state and the Navajo Nation in the wake of the 2015 spill in southern Colorado be dismissed.

Balderas said Tuesday he will continue to seek justice for the region's culturally unique population and the damaged economy.

Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

Feb 14, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.  

Las Cruces Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Subway

Feb 14, 2017

Police are investigating the armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning at a Subway restaurant in Las Cruces.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that at about7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, two men entered the Subway restaurant at 555 Utah Ave. One of the men was armed with a knife. The men ordered the store employee to hand over cash from the store’s register before making their escape.

The woman was not physically injured during the incident. Descriptions of the suspects are not available at this time.

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center Pool Reopened

Feb 14, 2017
Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center / las-cruces.org

The Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center pool, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., is now open following yesterday’s closure for emergency maintenance.  All aquatic fitness classes will resume Wednesday, Feb. 15.

                                                                                                                       

For more information, contact the Las Cruces Regional Aquatics Center at 575/541-2782.

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