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Detectives Hunt For New Suspect In 2014 Fatal Stabbing

Feb 4, 2016

  After nearly two years of investigation, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have identified a suspect in the fatal stabbing of David Escamilla, 17, and have obtained an arrest warrant for Lawrence Joshua Lucero, 19.

   Escamilla died on Oct. 19, 2014, while being transported to an El Paso-area hospital. According to witnesses, Escamilla had been in a fight earlier that night at a house party in the 5600 block of Bravo Road. 

Cliff McNish-TRiO Upward Bound Program

Feb 4, 2016

    TRiO Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at New Mexico State University is a federally funded program serving eight-seven (87) participants from the Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District.

Upward Bound Mission

The mission of the NMSU TRIO Upward Bound Program is to assist participants to successfully complete their secondary education while preparing participants for entry into and graduation from a four-year institution of higher education.

Upward Bound Purpose

Two Fort Bliss Soldiers Arrested In Killing Of 16-Year Old Boy

Feb 4, 2016

Two Fort Bliss soldiers have been arrested and charged in the killing of a 16-year-old boy in El Paso County.

Twenty-year-old Tyler Shane Hall and 25-year-old Eric Duvall were arrested and charged Wednesday with murder in the death of Michael Anthony Tapia. Tapia's body was found around 5 p.m. Sunday in Montana Vista.

Court documents say Tapia was killed Jan. 26 in a drug-related incident. An autopsy says that Tapia suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

It is unclear if either man has an attorney. Bond has been set for both men at $1 million.

Study Finds Confusion In Albuquerque Police Lapel Camera Policy

Feb 4, 2016

University of New Mexico researchers say the Albuquerque Police Department's lapel camera policy is confusing and hard to enforce.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the study, released Wednesday, suggests the department limit requirements for lapel cameras in order to create clear rules about exactly when officers need to be recording.

Land Office Works To Clean Illegal Dump In Western New Mexico

Feb 4, 2016
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Officials say the State Land Office has cleaned up more than 2 tons of household trash and other debris from an illegal dump in western New Mexico.

Officials say a fence also has been constructed around the site near Bluewater in hopes of curbing dumping and trespass concerns.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says illegal dumping on state trust land in New Mexico is a major concern. He pointed to health hazards and the resources needed to clean up such messes.

Officials say anyone caught dumping could be charged with criminal trespass.

Once-Stalled Border Bridge To Be Dedicated Near El Paso

Feb 4, 2016

A rural international bridge that planners hope will be a boon for Texas-Mexico border commerce is to be inaugurated after years of construction delays.

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto will join U.S. officials on Thursday to dedicate the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry and International Bridge. The bridge over the Rio Grande replaces narrow 77-year-old Fabens-Caseta international bridge about 650 yards downstream from the new span and 30 miles downstream from El Paso.

Soules: New Mexico Must Encourage Entrepreneurs

Feb 4, 2016
State Senator Bill Soules

  A New Mexico state senator from Las Cruces says….more needs to be done to encourage the creation of new businesses in the Land of Enchantment. 

Senator Bill Soules says…New Mexico has to do more to encourage entrepreneurs.  On a recent episode of KRWG-TV’s Your Legislators, Soules talked about a presentation he heard at the state capitol highlighting a program called Innovate Albuquerque.  It’s a nonprofit launched by the University of New Mexico that created a downtown innovation district.

According to Las Cruces Public Schools, there are over 3,500 students with special needs enrolled in the district, and after almost a decade of trying one mother is working to get them a place to play.

Seriyah Borundua is a 14- year old student at Picacho Middle School with three sisters, she is a happy fun loving teenager who is living with cerebral palsy and a few other disabilities.

Her mother Dana Garcia wants to make sure Seriyah has the same opportunities as every child in Las Cruces.

Bills Race Into New Mexico Legislature, Fight Long Odds

Feb 3, 2016

Lawmakers introduced a flurry of bills as the doors swung shut on new legislation at New Mexico's state capitol on Wednesday.

The last-minute bills touched on topics from medical marijuana to county gasoline taxes. One Senate bill would cut state aid to local governments in an attempt to boost plunging state revenues linked to low crude oil prices.

Suspect Arrested In Berino Shooting

Feb 3, 2016

  The 16-year-old suspect who was implicated in a shooting that left several people injured surrendered voluntarily Wednesday to detectives at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, accompanied by his parents and attorney. 

The incident happened Jan. 23 in Berino. According to sheriff’s detectives, Alberto Fierro Gamboa, 16, is alleged to have been armed with a rifle and fired several rounds during a verbal altercation between two women who were at a house party in the 100 block of Feathergrass.

  Las Cruces Police have identified and are looking for the man suspected of shoplifting from Target in December, and using a stun gun and knife to threaten store employees during his escape.

A warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Dominique (or “Dominic”) Zuniga, 28, of the 2900 block of Missouri Ave., who is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count each of shoplifting and battery.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps lead police to Zuniga’s arrest.

Authorities Identify Albquerque Suspect Shot By Officers

Feb 3, 2016

Authorities say two sheriff's deputies and one police officer fired multiple shots at a suspect accused of shooting and wounding another man in Albuquerque, carjacking two vehicles as he attempted to escape law enforcement and firing at officers.

The suspect, identified by Bernalillo County Sheriff Manual Gonzales Wednesday as 21-year-old Edgar Rene Alvarado, died from his injuries at University of New Mexico Hospital a day earlier.

Finger Print Provision Scuttles Deal On Immigrant Licenses

Feb 3, 2016

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants who are in the country illegally provide finger prints when applying for a special driver identification card, under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations for identification.

Republican House Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry on Wednesday described as a deal killer a Senate amendment that stripped finger printing provisions from House-approved legislation.

Downtown Events Set For Las Cruces

Feb 3, 2016
  •   Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   February 3 & 6th, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Museums and Cultural Center:

o   Branigan Cultural Center – For the Love of Art Month Member Exhibit and Reflections from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. Opens Friday February 5 and will be on display through March 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

o   Branigan Cultural Center – Presents “Visionarias”, a collection of images from the female empowerment project in the Sacred Valley of Peru – Thru Feb. 27.

Heinrich Supports Emergency Funding Bill To Address Opioid And Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Feb 3, 2016
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary:  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is supporting emergency funding legislation to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in New Mexico and across the country. The billS.2423, introduced by U.S.

NMSU celebrates Black History Month in February

Feb 3, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

 

   New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with 11 events on campus throughout the month of February.

Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at NMSU, said that history, culture and identity are important reasons to host Black History Month events.

“African Americans have contributed greatly, not only to this nation, but to the world,” Addo-Yobo said. “Having the faith to do good and bring people together and having a sense of belonging is very important.

Reaching Voters Pt. 1 - Elizabeth Rodriguez-Johnson

Feb 3, 2016

Poets Orlando White and David Reyes to Read at NMSU

Feb 3, 2016

Orlando White is one of the most interesting Native American poets currently producing work, and David Reyes is a upcoming Chicano poet from El Paso. Together, these captivating authors will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Feb. 5th on the NMSU campus, in the Health and Social Services Building auditorium, Rm. 101. 

 

  Silver City, NM – Rose Mapendo, a nationally recognized peace activist and humanitarian, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall.

Mapendo will share her dramatic life experiences including her time in the violence engulfed Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990 when she was imprisoned with her family.

Critics: Martinez Energy Plan Lacks Long-Term Focus

Feb 3, 2016
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth / In northwestern New Mexico, energy companies drill for oil within shale deposits. Since this photo was taken in late 2014, exploration there has slowed.

  In her State of the State address, Governor Susana Martinez trumpeted the new energy plan her administration released last year, the state’s first since the early 1990s.

  The sustained drop in the price of oil and a recent population trend reversal in New Mexico signal that the state’s economy could continue to lag well behind the national recovery trend, with employment numbers that have yet to return to pre-recession levels. 

NMSU to host public talks on human health research

Feb 3, 2016

  In an attempt to better serve New Mexico State University’s wide-reaching biomedical community, the College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the Provost will launch a broadly focused biomedical research seminar series, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 109.

Hector Balderas

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is opposing a prospective rate increase for the Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM has requested a 14.4 percent increase to its annual base revenue.

PNM requested the increase of about $123.5 million last August. That would raise the utility's state-generated income to about $981.5 million per year by increasing base rates paid by about 500,000 New Mexican customers.

Former Administrative Law Judge Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Feb 3, 2016

A former New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge accused of embezzling more than $500,000 has pleaded guilty in federal court.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Juanita Roibal-Bradley on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud from defrauding an estate and to defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $40,000 by receiving disability benefits.

Some members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are throwing their support behind a push by the Obama administration to boost spending to address the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic.

The administration plans to seek a $1 billion increase over two years to expand access to treatment.

It will also seek more money for programs that help states and local governments execute drug prevention strategies and improve access to naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug.

Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall say the epidemic has devastated some New Mexico communities.

Be One in a Million for Heart Month

Feb 3, 2016

  February is American Heart Month, and with good reason – not so much because of Valentine’s Day – but because of what makes us all tick: the human heart.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) reports about 4000 New Mexicans die every year from heart disease and stroke.  Heart disease for years has consistently been the first or second leading cause of death among both women and men in New Mexico annually. Stroke has been the 5th leading cause.

Silver City Report

Feb 3, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer is off on a road trip to Santa Fe to discuss issues important to Silver City. 

The Las Cruces School Board met for the first time after receiving a letter from the Secretary of Education scolding them for alleged open meetings act violations and overstepping the board’s authority.

In New Mexico’s Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera’s strongly worded letter to the Las Cruces School Board, she alleges 9 infractions and threatens to suspend the school board if they don’t undergo training within 60 days.

The Latest: New Mexico Senate Panel OKs REAL ID 'Compromise'

Feb 2, 2016

A key New Mexico Senate committee has passed a bill lawmakers called a "compromise" aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

Senators voted 8-1 to combine a bipartisan bill with a recently passed version out of the Republican-controlled House as pressure mounted to pass a REAL ID fix.

The compromise would allow all New Mexico residents to apply for REAL ID compliant licenses or obtain a "driver's permit card."

  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Mexico Environment Department, the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and other state health departments as part of an ongoing investigation of Salmonella virchow. To date, there are 11 confirmed cases across nine states. New Mexico currently has one confirmed case in a 75-year-old man from Otero County.

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