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New Mexico State University Outlines Budget Cuts

Jul 13, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  The New Mexico State University Board of Regents reviewed budget cuts today presented by Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers.

NMSU is making more than $12 million dollars in cuts following reductions in state funding, a refusal by the Board of Regents to increase tuition, and declines in enrollment.

The University will eliminate 37 jobs…and 89 open positions.  Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers said some may be transferred to other appropriate positions.  Of the 37…three are faculty and 34 are staff members.

Former Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Teenage Student

Jul 13, 2016

A former Roswell High School teacher has been sentenced to probation after taking a plea deal on charges of having sex with a teenage student.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that 24-year-old Kellie Hurst pleaded no contest to a felony charge of criminal sexual penetration. Additional chargers were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Police say the male student was 16 at the time of their relationship.

NMSU Announces Details On Budget, Job Cuts

Jul 13, 2016
NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University president Garrey Carruthers has unveiled details about the school's budget problems, which will include jobs cuts.

Carruthers spoke Wednesday about the elimination of 89 open positions and 37 jobs currently held by employees. He says the moves are needed for the long-term fiscal health of the school.

Carruthers says the university will try to find jobs for those who will be laid off.

The university saw a $9.1 million reduction in its $690.5 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016.

State Department Of Health Warns Of Confirmed Wound Botulism

Jul 13, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of wound botulism in a 33-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County who remains hospitalized.

Health officials say the patient is a heroin user and the suspected source of infection is a soiled skin injection site, contaminated injection devices or contaminated heroin.

Botulism is a rare, but potentially deadly illness caused by a nerve toxin that induces paralysis.

Wound botulism is caused by the toxin produced from a wound infected with bacteria.

Ex-Colfax County Deputy Pleads Guilty In Drugs, Theft Case

Jul 13, 2016

A former Colfax County Sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Vidal Sandoval, of Cimarron, entered his plea Wednesday.

The FBI and the New Mexico State Police arrested Sandoval in March 2015 for allegedly trying to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in Colfax County the previous month.

He also was accused of stealing money belonging to the FBI.

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Living Here- War Eagles Air Museum

Jul 13, 2016

  The National Science Foundation has awarded The University of Texas at El Paso $1.9 million to prepare more computer science professionals over the next five years.  

 

The funds will be used to address a 2012 report on undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The report cites "uninspiring" introductory courses and an unwelcoming atmosphere from faculty as major factors contributing to attrition of STEM students.

 

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to inform the public of unjust, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to inform and guide the public on other issues of interest. Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or binding legal opinions by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Please see below for the latest scam impacting New Mexico and how to protect yourself.

The Scam: Prize Offers

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Clay 101: What is Clay?

Jul 13, 2016

  “Every time I sit at the wheel or begin to create, I feel as though I have been honored and called to meditation and active prayer, called to create and engage others in thoughtful response or use in the objects of the mind and hands.” –Claude W. Smith, III

Crash Investigators Seek Tips On Fatal Hit And Run

Jul 13, 2016

      

    A month following the hit-and-run death of a Chaparral man, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are hopeful a Crime Stoppers tip might lead investigators to new information about the case.

Juan Sanchez, 50, was reportedly walking home the night of June 5 when an unidentified vehicle struck him. Deputies were called to the scene in the 500 block of Paloma Blanca at around 9:30 p.m.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637) using the keyword LCTIPS.

Deadline Nears For Navajos In National Land Buyback Program

Jul 13, 2016

Deadlines are nearing for thousands of Navajos considering offers to sell off land interests as part of a nationwide program.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has made offers worth more than $260 million to about 26,000 Navajo landowners.

The buyback program is the second phase of the $3.4 billion Cobell class-action lawsuit over royalties the federal government held in trust for American Indians.

The voluntary program aims to buy land parcels owned by multiple individuals — sometimes hundreds or thousands of people — and turn them over to tribal governments.

Latest Installment Of 'Wolverine' Filming In New Mexico

Jul 13, 2016

The final installment of Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" will be shooting in New Mexico.

Under the working title "Juarez," the film begins principle photography this month and work will continue through August in the Albuquerque area, Abiquiu and Chama.

The New Mexico Film Office says the production will employ about 130 New Mexico crew members, two New Mexico cast members and about 600 background talent.

Libertarian Candidate Courts Sanders Followers

Jul 13, 2016

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is wasting no time in courting backers of Bernie Sanders after the Vermont senator endorsed former rival Hillary Clinton.

Johnson appeared Tuesday in a new YouTube video to urge people who are still "feeling the Bern" to consider the Libertarian Party option.

El Paso Bundles Career Opportunities With Scholarship

Jul 13, 2016

  Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the Far West Adult Education Consortium, and El Paso Community College are launching a program that will jump-start individuals who have been out of school and/or been looking for new career with a $1,000 scholarship for a professional certification.

Led by the Far West Education Consortium, the Community College has developed accelerated curriculums for individuals who want to get back into school. Qualifying participants can pursue in-demand careers as:

Lightning Not to Be Taken Lightly

Jul 13, 2016

  Summer is obviously our hottest time of the year, but it’s also the wettest. July and August historically are the months in which we have the highest average rainfall in southern New Mexico.

With rain can come lightning, and too often it’s taken lightly.

Think of how many times you’ve heard the weather forecast calling for a slight chance of thunderstorms, but you only see a few fluffy white clouds overhead. So you go outside to work, walk, run, or anything and minutes later you hear thunder and see lightning in the distance.

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The Town of Mesilla is considering designating at least part of the town as a Colonia to help the town gain access to more funding options.

A Colonia is defined as a rural community with a population of less than 25,000 within 150 miles of the U.S.- Mexico Border that lack of or failing or aging infrastructure, or a lack of safe and sanitary housing.

Silver City Report

Jul 13, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic. This week, an ongoing investigation in what happened during a recent traffic stop with the district attorney and more on the school board recall.   

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Lane Closures On I-10 East Postponed

Jul 12, 2016

  The closure of two right lanes on I-10 East between the Sunland Park Overpass to the Executive Center Overpass has been postponed and will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14.  Lanes will open again at 5 am the following morning.

The closure was originally slated to begin the night of July 12 and continue each night through July 14.

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It will likely be up to the nation's highest court to settle a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of water from the Rio Grande.

Officials in both states have been waiting for nearly a year for a recommendation on the handling of the case that could dramatically curb groundwater pumping in some of New Mexico's most fertile valleys and force the state to pay as much as $1 billion in damages.

 

  Silver City, NM – Dr. Imelda Olague has been named the new Director of International Studies at Western New Mexico University.

International Studies is an area of focus for rapid growth at WNMU and Dr. Olague is planning for the growth through new initiatives and partnerships.

“This is not a new trend, it is a global tendency,” said. Dr. Olague about the importance of international studies. “It is our responsibility as an institution to better prepare our students to be competitive, competent and successful.”

 

   New Mexico State University’s inaugural Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign has received international recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for its success in creating opportunities for students. 

The one-day giving campaign held on Dec. 1, 2015, which added a total of $5.7 million to scholarship funds across the NMSU system, received a silver Circle of Excellence award from the international CASE organization in the category of “Fundraising Programs: Challenge Grant & Matching Gift Programs.” 

Santolina developers spent another $36K opposing Pedroza in BernCo race

Jul 12, 2016
Santolina Master Plan / bernco.gov

  The developer of the controversial Santolina development in western Bernalillo County poured nearly $36,500 in June in successful efforts to defeat vocal opponent Adrian Pedroza in the District 2 commission race.

New Mexicans for New Mexico, a political action committee, raised nearly $64,500 from April through the end of June.

Sunspot Provides Solar Power For Hospitality House In Las Cruces

Jul 12, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, NM — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Las Cruces has built a hospitality house that provides a safe, comfortable, no-cost room for families of patients receiving local medical care, and locally owned and operated Sunspot Solar Energy is proud to support this community-driven project.

Supreme Court To Consider Report On Rio Grande Case

Jul 12, 2016
supremecourt.gov

It will likely be up to the nation's highest court to settle a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of water from the Rio Grande.

Officials in both states have been waiting for nearly a year for a recommendation on the handling of the case that could dramatically curb groundwater pumping in some of New Mexico's most fertile valleys and force the state to pay as much as $1 billion in damages.

No Injuries Reported From Fire At Oil Site In New Mexico

Jul 12, 2016

Authorities say no injuries are reported from a fire at an oil production storage site in a rural area of northwestern New Mexico.

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started late Monday night and still was smoldering Tuesday with air quality monitoring being done.

The fire is being allowed to burn out, an approach the company says is being taken to protect responders.

WPX says a response by 50 firefighters and company personnel kept the fire contained on the five-acre site about two miles south of Nageezi.

Bernalillo County Again Looking For A New Jail Administrator

Jul 12, 2016

Bernalillo County is again looking for a new jail administrator to manage its jail facility in Albuquerque.

County officials announced Tuesday that Michael Watkins of San Benito, Texas withdrew his application for the jail administrator job.

No explanation for Watkin's withdrawal was immediately available.

He was selected to head the jail three weeks ago and was to begin work on Monday.

County manager Julie Morgas-Baca says Captain Ray Gonzales will serve as interim jail administrator until a replacement is hired.

2 Cases Of Human Tularemia Cases In Bernalillo County

Jul 12, 2016

Authorities say two cases of human tularemia cases have been confirmed in Bernalillo County.

They are the first two laboratory confirmed human cases in New Mexico so far this year.

Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department, the New Mexico Department of Health and the Bernalillo County Health Protection Section say the cases involve a 74-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman.

Authorities say the woman is currently hospitalized but is improving. The man has fully recovered.

They say one of the two likely was exposed in the Rio Grande bosque area.

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