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Radio Host's New Mexico Ranch Sells To Nebraska TV Mogul

Apr 13, 2018
Don Imus
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Radio talk show host Don Imus has sold his sprawling New Mexico ranch to rural cable TV mogul Patrick Gottsch.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that facilitators of the deal declined to give the selling price of the 3,400-acre property about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Santa Fe, but it was last listed for $19 million.

Minnow Rescue Begins As Portions Of Rio Grande Dry Up

Apr 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers will be facing difficult decisions as the worsening drought is significantly affecting flows on one of the country's longest river systems and prompting rescue missions for a tiny endangered fish.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their operating plan for the Rio Grande on Thursday.

Woman Jailed For Slamming Into Las Cruces Patrol Vehicles

Apr 13, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman is in custody after she allegedly rammed her car into two Las Cruces patrol vehicles, injuring two officers.

Authorities say 26-year-old Jasmine Allen, who was on probation, was booked Friday on multiple charges including battery on an officer and resisting an officer.

Police say an officer spoke with her while she was in a car in a hotel parking lot. Allen then put the car in reverse, hitting the officer's vehicle.

Investigators say the officer tried to detain Allen when she then accelerated the car, dragging him a short distance.

Air Force Looking To Expand Airspace In New Mexico

Apr 13, 2018

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Air Force officials continue trying to ease concerns over an idea to expand military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico.

The Roswell Daily Record reports local business and government leaders fear that the proposed expansion could affect the residents' lives and the local economy.

This year’s Las Cruces International Festival promises to be the largest one yet, with a new location and a new partnership between the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs to host the annual event.

This year’s Las Cruces International Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 Main St. The sixth annual festival is free and open to the public.

Entrepreneurial community college students and alumni across the New Mexico State University system are making their mark on their communities with support from Studio G, the student business accelerator at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center.

New Mexico State University will offer youth summer camps

Apr 13, 2018

The NMSU summer theatre academy overnight camp runs June 10-15. This academy will introduce children ages 13 to 17 to a variety of performance skills during the week including stage voice, monologue and scene study, character development, stage movement, improvisation and stage combat. The students will audition for a presentation on the final day of the camp, which is open and free for the public. Due to a generous grant from the William H.

Organizers Plan Las Cruces March For Science

Apr 13, 2018

Who: March for Science, Las Cruces,

What: the “March for Science” in support of science, research, and science education.

When: Saturday, April 21st, 2018 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N Main St, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Diverse dance styles to be featured during ‘Rhythm Nights’ at NMSU

Apr 13, 2018

Two successful New Mexico State University dance companies will showcase their talented students during the “Rhythm Nights” dance concert April 20-21.

Events On Tap In Downtown Las Cruces

Apr 13, 2018

Main Street Downtown:

  • Farmers and Crafts Market
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
  • Plaza de Las Cruces

o   9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Earth Day Festival.

o   8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 21: Oñate High School Prom.

o   7 p.m. Saturday, April 28: Purple Madness. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Las Cruces Woman Suspected of Ramming Vehicle into Two Patrol Units

Apr 13, 2018

A woman suspected of ramming her vehicle into two Las Cruces police patrol units, injuring two officers, was taken into custody early Friday but not before she tried fighting another officer.

Jasmine Allen, 26, of 999 W. Amador Ave., is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery against a peace officer using a deadly weapon, one fourth-degree felony count of battery upon a peace officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

UNM Hospital

  The search for a new chief executive officer to head the University of New Mexico Hospitals is entering its final phase. UNM will host town hall meetings with each of the three final candidates to afford our employees an opportunity to meet them.

Here are some details about the candidates, along with dates and times of their respective town halls:

 

Emails show prosecutors misled public about plea deal with former Martinez Cabinet secretary

Apr 13, 2018
Ryan Flynn’s booking photo

  

  Assistant District Attorney Joshua Boone wanted to reassure his boss.

political blogger was raising questions in early February about why the DA’s office had agreed to plead Ryan Flynn’s aggravated DWI charge, leveled after a May 20, 2017, traffic stop, down to careless driving. Flynn, one of the state’s most influential power brokers, was Gov. Susana Martinez’s former Environment Department secretary, and now heads up the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

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Apr 13, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Koch brothers-funded group is hosting a New Mexico forum as part of a national effort aimed at convincing Hispanic voters that the GOP-sponsored tax reforms help them.

The LIBRE Institute is scheduled Saturday to hold an event in Albuquerque and is inviting Hispanic business leaders to attend and speak on how they've benefited from the tax cuts signed by President Donald Trump last year.

The conservative-leaning group is organizing similar forums in other states with a large number of Latino voters who could swing midterm elections.

Officials: Minnow Rescue Underway As Parts Of Rio Grande Dry Up

Apr 13, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers say they will be facing some difficult decisions as the worsening drought is significantly affecting flows on the Rio Grande.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their operating plan for the river Thursday.

Officials say some of the lowest snowpack reports on record will leave managers with very little water and they will have to decide how and when to best move water for downstream users and for the Rio Grande silvery minnow.

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Apr 13, 2018

  

Las Cruces Utilities Opens New Customer Service Center

Apr 13, 2018

Coming in May, a new Customer Service Center will open to provide services for an estimated 10,000 Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) customers living on the city’s East Mesa. As a result, out near Mesa Grande Drive, a small cheerful yellow building with lots of parking is getting a modest renovation right now. New blue-grey commercial quality carpet is going in and the interior lemon-colored paint still smells fresh.

Your Weekend Pulse

Apr 13, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Las Cruces International Festival by the NMSU Office of International and Border Programs, a One-Act Play Festival, 5th Annual Jewish Food and Folk Festival, and the Las Cruces Space Festival.

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April Is National Poetry Month

Apr 13, 2018

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we present poems from NMSU Archives collection of manuscripts. The works of these writers, Margaret Page Hood, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, Lorenzo Torrez, and Keith Wilson, are also featured in an exhibit called Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page, at the Branigan Cultural Center until May 19th. Student curators recorded some of these poem for KRWG's listening audience.

Here are the readings from the students. 

Brianna Valerio reading Margaret Paige Hood

David Banegas reading Eugene Manlove Rhodes

El Paso Electric Wins National Energy Star Award

Apr 13, 2018

El Paso Electric (EPE) has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts in kilowatt-hours (kWh) savings and increased education about energy efficiency. EPE’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.  Here is a statement provided by EPE:

Michael Hernandez

Despite its name, NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, or ACES college, doesn’t just focus on crops and livestock. Take the student-run ACES Foods manufacturing company as an example. Instructor Whitney Biel teaches Food Science & Technology students how to make their own creamy creations in the laboratory.

A 39-year-old man suspected of ramming his pickup into another vehicle during a road rage incident Wednesdayevening has been charged with child abuse.

Anthony James Baca, 39, of the 1900 block of Stanton Avenue, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

Las Cruces-Area May Arts Events

Apr 12, 2018

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suites B – D, in Mesilla, is the home to a broad range of special events. May is filled with programs such as Get ArtRageous! two-hour art classes, musical performances, including the new Casa Concerts, Feed Your Mind cultural series seminars, and Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley presentations. In addition, DAAC sometimes hosts events at other locations, such as the Santa Fe Opera Concert at Good Samaritan on May 1.

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.

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