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Living Here - Geronimo Springs Museum

Feb 17, 2017

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Feb 17, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, Feb. 22, 8:30 am - 1 pm.

o   Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 am - 1 pm

o   Wednesday, March 1, 8:30 am - 1 pm.

o   Saturday, March 4, 8:30 am-1 pm

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Food Truck Fiesta! – Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3-10 pm

Las Cruces Museum System: Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum Free Admission!

New Mexico House Republicans Kill Bill to Protect Public Health

Feb 17, 2017

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – A bill to make it a crime to lie to inspectors from the Environment Department was killed by House Republicans in the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee. HB 371, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Fajarado (R-Valencia County), imposed criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment. Currently, there are no penalties for lying to inspectors nor for tampering with devices or records.

 

Diverse coalition praises effort to preserve Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Feb 17, 2017

Commentary: Las Cruces, New Mexico – Sportsmen, Native Americans, business leaders, veterans, civic groups, current and former local elected officials, archaeologists, historians, and conservation organizations applauded Senators Udall and Heinrich for the re-introduction of the “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act” today.  A broad coalition of local stakeholders successfully worked to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and has been advocating for wilderness protection of the most sensitive areas within it for nearly a decade. 

Fronteras 706: Chili Pepper Institute - Paul Bosland

Feb 17, 2017

Santa Fe—Students from Alamogordo and their robot stole the show at the New Mexico State Senate.

Senator Bill Burt (R-Alamogordo) introduced students from Alamogordo High School and Imago Day Academy who are team members of the 1513 Thunderdogs Robotics community team. The 6th graders to high school seniors participate in a six week design and build-a-robot challenge. When  they complete the program,  they will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Lubbock,  Texas and Denver,  Colorado in March 2017.

Rep. Angelica Rubio

Feb 17, 2017

Spaceport America

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District announced today that it signed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record for the proposed Southern Road Improvement Project (Project), a 23.6-mile section of county roads in Doña Ana and Sierra Counties. 

Senator Jeff Steinborn

Commentary: (Santa Fe, NM) – A key Senate committee today approved Senator Jeff Steinborn’s (D – 36 – Dona Ana) bill to allow qualified New Mexico residents to register to vote up until 3 days prior to an election at certain locations.  Current law allows voter registration to occur only until 28 days preceding an election.   If enacted, SB 224 would enable the largest expansion of voter registration rights in many years in the state.

The Latest: New Mexico Guard Immigration Ban Bill Eyed

Feb 17, 2017
nmlegis.gov

The Latest on New Mexico's reaction to Trump's immigration National Guard proposal (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A state lawmaker is pushing a measure that would prevent the New Mexico National Guard from performing federal immigration operations.

Bill McCamley, a Mesilla Park Democrat, introduced his bill Friday after The Associated Press reported the Trump administration drafted a proposal to mobilize National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

The Latest: Feds: More Wolves Surviving In The Southwest

Feb 17, 2017

The Latest on the endangered Mexican gray wolf (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.

The annual survey released Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 113 wolves are spread between southwestern New Mexico and southeast Arizona. This is an improvement over the 97 wolves that were documented the previous year.

Udall Demands Investigation Into Trump's Use Of DHS Funds

Feb 17, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.)Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth to conduct an investigation into whether President Trump has violated the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by using DHS funds for security when he and his family's travel also potentially enriches his private business holdings.

DA’s Office Clears Officer in Las Cruces Shooting

Feb 17, 2017

The investigation into the Jan. 24 shooting of a knife-wielding man at the Solano Square shopping center is complete and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has concluded that the Las Cruces Police officer’s actions were justified.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Establish Wilderness Areas Within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Feb 17, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation to protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

Heinrich Opposes Pruitt For EPA Administrator

Feb 17, 2017

Commentary: Before the Senate’s vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor in opposition of his confirmation.

New Mexico Reconsiders Subsidies To High-Risk Insurance Pool

Feb 17, 2017
Office of the Governor

The administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is seeking to shift the state's financial obligations for a group of 2,700 people with serious and expensive medical conditions onto the private health insurance market.

Legislation drafted by the administration in response to a state budget crisis would reduce tax credits and other subsidies that help underwrite New Mexico's high-risk medical insurance pool for the chronically ill.

Feds Propose Wolf Releases In SW New Mexico

Feb 17, 2017

Federal officials want to release two packs of Mexican gray wolves in wilderness areas near the Arizona-New Mexico border this year in an effort to bolster a struggling population threatened by inbreeding.

It will ultimately be up to New Mexico and a federal court whether that happens since the state and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are locked in a legal battle over the endangered predator.

Texas Governor Slams NFL Over 'Bathroom Bill' Criticism

Feb 17, 2017
http://gov.texas.gov/

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is slamming the NFL for criticizing a bill in his state's Legislature that would prohibit transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice.

In an appearance Thursday on Fox News, the Republican said that if the league punishes Texas over the "bathroom bill," ''I might just pass a bill" requiring all players to stand and place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

A spokesman later suggested Abbott was joking.

Texas Officials Say ICE Agents Detained Immigrant In Courthouse

Feb 17, 2017

Local Texas officials say federal immigration agents detained a transgender woman seeking a protective order for alleged domestic violence while she was inside a courthouse.

Several El Paso County officials told the El Paso Times that agents detained Irvin Gonzalez as she was leaving a courtroom on Feb. 9. Immigration officials say Gonzalez has been convicted of several crimes since 2010 including assault and larceny, and has been deported six times.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Feb 17, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, get ready to ROCK, a Spanish Market, and flashback to the 80s. 

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Suspect in Las Cruces Shooting Charged with Attempted Murder

Feb 16, 2017

The man suspected in last Saturday’s shooting on Dove Lane has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Joseph Nicolas Crespin Jr., 35, of the 100 block of north Tornillo Street, is charged with one count of attempted murder, and one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of gunfire on the 1100 block of Dove Lane.

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New Mexico economists, policy makers and students gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center for the annual New Mexico State University economic outlook conference. 

Despite the economic forecasts, fears and concerns of economists and commentators, the election of Donald Trump has been good for markets. According to Wells Fargo data-  consumer and small business confidence has skyrocketed.

Wells Fargo Economist Eugenio Alemán said the confidence comes with expectations of lower taxes and fewer regulations under the new administration.

Sue Gerber, an alumna of New Mexico State University working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio to the Middle East and Africa will visit campus next week and speak to faculty, staff, students and members of the Las Cruces community.

KRWG News-All Things Considered (2)

Feb 16, 2017

Regional news update from anchor Fred Martino.

KRWG News-All Things Considered

Feb 16, 2017

Regional news update from anchor Fred Martino.

 Commentary: SANTA FE -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Equality New Mexico hailed a vote by the New Mexico Senate passing 

Balderas Files Brief in Support of Lawsuit Against President Trump’s Travel Ban

Feb 16, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief in support of the State of New York’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on immigration in the Eastern District of New York. This follows briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting the Washington State lawsuit against the executive order and in the Eastern District of Virginia in support of Virginia’s lawsuit.

10 Cars Stolen From Albuquerque Lot

Feb 16, 2017

The owners of an Albuquerque car dealership say 10 cars have been stolen off their lot.

KOAT-TV reports that the owners of Duke Motors noticed Wednesday that the office door frame was busted, drawers were open and supplies were scattered on the floor.

Dealership co-owner Aly Munoz says a lot of dealers stock up around tax season to give customers a variety of vehicles to choose from. Munoz says her family will miss out on that opportunity because several keys were also stolen.

Heinrich Questions Secretary Of Defense On Reorganization Of National Security Council

Feb 16, 2017

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee. Heinrich was joined by U.S.

Indiscriminant Immigrant Raids Contrary To Core American Values

Feb 16, 2017

Commentary: James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico:

 

“We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.

 

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