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Lawsuit filed over email addresses of licensed hunters

Feb 12, 2017
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
nmstatelands.org

Officials are locked in a fight over getting access to the email addresses of licensed hunters.

The Game and Fish Department filed a lawsuit against the state Land Commissioner to get a determination that redacting the addresses was appropriate.

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn had requested the names and email addresses of licensed hunters in November.

The department provided the names but said that on April 1 it started redacting hunters' email addresses and other personal identifiers.

Austin police car set on fire during immigration protest

Feb 12, 2017

One person has been arrested in Austin for throwing lit fireworks into a city police car, setting it on fire, during a protest at an intersection where immigrants illegally in the country have been arrested in recent days.

Authorities say the man who tossed the fireworks into the patrol car got into another vehicle that drove off, was followed by officers and was apprehended when he tried fleeing on foot during a traffic stop early Sunday.

He's held initially on a charge of evading arrest.

Courtesy: Southwest Environmental Center

 

In the New Mexico legislative session there is an attempt to outlaw wildlife killing contests. While some say the competitions are needed to address coyote populations threatening livestock and pets conservationists say the events are an inhumane and unnecessary blood sport.

If the bill passes, New Mexico would be the first state to outlaw the competitions completely.
 

New Mexico legislators seek economic boost through hemp

Feb 12, 2017

  A prime opportunity for developing New Mexico’s struggling economy may be the cultivation of hemp, the plant and leaf matter of one type of cannabis plant, a bipartisan set of legislators say. Several efforts underway at the state Legislature would license growers and establish a research and development fund for studying industrial uses of hemp.

New Mexico Lobbying Bill Faces New Opposition

Feb 12, 2017

  The sponsor of legislation that would require lobbyists to disclose more about what they spend each year on state lawmakers and other public officials said he was considering changing the bill after a fifth state lawmaker publicly stated his opposition Friday morning.

“Clearly there is heartburn with some of the progressive ideas that I’ve proposed” in SB 168, Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, said.

Steinborn’s reconsideration came after Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, became the fifth lawmaker on the Senate Rules Committee to openly block the legislation.

US withdraws stay request in transgender bathroom case

Feb 12, 2017
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President Donald Trump's administration is stepping back from a request made by the Obama administration in an ongoing lawsuit over bathroom rights for transgender students in public schools.

The Department of Justice on Friday withdrew a motion asking that a temporary injunction blocking Obama administration guidance on the issue only apply to the states suing the federal government.

In Depth: "Hot Button" Issues Dominate Texas Legislature

Feb 12, 2017
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Could a "convention of states" be a tough sell in Texas?

Few things are dearer to Gov. Greg Abbott's political heart than his call to have legislatures around the country convene a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and impose things like a federal balanced budget and congressional term limits.

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 Commentary: SANTA FE, NM-On Saturday, Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced several key endorsements from national and local legal organizations for a proposed city council resolution that reaffirms Santa Fe's non-discrimination policies towards immigrants and tht creates a broad confidentiality policy to protect the sensitive personal information of all its residents.

 

Las Cruces Police Search For Shooting Suspect

Feb 11, 2017

Las Cruces Police are investigating a shooting that occurred late Saturday morning in the 1100 block of Dove Lane.

At about 11:30 a.m. police were dispatched to the report of shots fired and on arrival learned that at least one person was fired upon by the suspect who was shooting from a motor vehicle.

Skandera Would Welcome DeVos Visit To New Mexico

Feb 11, 2017
NM Education Secretary Hanna Skandera

 State Public Education Hanna Skandera "absolutely" would welcome a visit to any New Mexico school by newly confirmed U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

A Skandera spokesman says the secretary would gladly would host DeVos. Meanwhile, the state's largest school district says they'd have to check with parents and the school board first.

Protesters gathered outside a Washington DC public school Friday where DeVos paid her first visit as education secretary. It was a bid to mend fences with educators after a bruising confirmation battle.

A federal court jury late Friday awarded a $1.6 million judgment to a former Las Cruces couple.  The couple filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Las Cruces for an arrest by two Las cruces police officers in 2013.

In a statement, the city said it "will review the jury’s decision in the case of Beck v Baker for possible appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals."

 

Las Cruces Solicitation Calls are a Scam

Feb 10, 2017

Las Cruces Police want the public to know that someone has been calling residents, falsely identifying himself as a law enforcement officer and asking for a monetary donation.

In one such telephone call, the perpetrator falsely identified himself as a Las Cruces Police officer and even provided a phone number for the unsuspecting victim to call back.

Las Cruces icon Barbara Hubbard receives NMSU Presidential Medallion

Feb 10, 2017

Barbara Hubbard has received many impressive awards from the music and entertainment industry for her work as a concert promoter. But the one that is closest to her heart was presented to her recently by those she has served for nearly half a century.

“Mother Hubbard,” as she is affectionately called, received New Mexico State University’s Presidential Medallion during the university’s spring semester convocation on Jan. 17. She is the third recipient of this honor that was established in 2015 to recognize retired NMSU faculty and staff, state officials and community members.

New Mexico Considers Budget Bailout For Museum System

Feb 10, 2017

New Mexico budget officials are seeking to ward off further layoffs and reduced services at a world renowned network of state museums and historical sites through a one-time accounting maneuver.

The Department of Cultural Affairs said Friday that lawmakers are studying a proposal to provide $1.5 million to the agency for the current fiscal year and the budget year starting July 1 through a complex swap of unused capital outlay funds for artwork at public buildings.

Las Cruces Police Investigate Armed Robbery

Feb 10, 2017

  Las Cruces Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred lateThursday evening in the parking lot of a local IHOP restaurant.

At about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery of a 20-year-old woman in the parking lot of the IHOP at 351 E. University Ave.

Investigators learned that the woman was sitting in her vehicle when a man approached, displayed a handgun and demanded she hand over her wallet and cell phone. The woman was not physically injured.

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Las Cruces – This spring DACC students will take a space flight and learn aerospace fundamentals in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment.

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) and Aerospace innovators Virgin Galactic have announced an exciting collaborative education and outreach research project. The core idea will be to work and learn together, exploring the newest technologies and possible uses of VR in research, education, business, and career technical education.

Bill Would Transfer Capital Outlay And Film Credit Money To New Mexico Schools

Feb 10, 2017

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Sen. Craig Brandt (R-Sandoval) has introduced a bill to restore $46 million to school district cash balances across the state. Senate Bill 332 would use funding earmarked for capital outlay projects and the state’s film tax credit to relieve the budget hit to New Mexico’s schools.

27-year Anniversary of Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre

Feb 10, 2017

  Friday marks the 27th year anniversary of the Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting that claimed four lives that day and one other, several years later, who died from complications related to her injuries.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

LAS CRUCES--- The internationally-acclaimed Concordia College Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota will perform with the Oñate High School Choir, Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Boutz Road, as part of the college choir’s 15-day tour of the Southwestern United States.

New Mexico Governor Refuses To Answer Media's Questions

Feb 10, 2017
Office of the Governor

  New Mexico In Depth attempted to ask Gov. Susana Martinez about her reaction to the uncertainty in Washington surrounding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have made it a priority to repeal major provisions.

Warm Temperatures Close Snow Play Area In Cibola National Forest

Feb 10, 2017

A popular snow play area in a national forest near Albuquerque has closed, possibly for the rest of winter, due to lack of snow caused by melting from recent warmer temperatures.

Cibola National Forest officials say the Capulin Snow Play Area has only 6 inches of snow and ice -- well short of the minimum snow base of 12 inches that officials say are required for safety and to protect vegetation on the slope.

Officials say no new snow is expected and that a decision on whether to reopen the play area will be based on snow conditions.

New App Helps Users Explore New Mexico Culture And History

Feb 10, 2017

A new mobile app is putting New Mexico's cultural and historical sites at the fingertips of smartphone users.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs recently released the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app that allows users to explore landmarks, parks and public art around the state.

It was developed with the help of Highlands University media arts graduate student Matthew Gallegos.

The Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app has more than 800 photos, a New Mexico map integrated with the user's phone-mapping software, and written highlights of the sites.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Feb 10, 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, Road to WrestleMania, chocolaty goodness in Silver City, and Junior Jazzercise. 

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The Latest: New Mexico 'Daddy Diaper' Bill Advances

Feb 9, 2017

The Latest on a New Mexico bill to require baby changing tables for all newly constructed restrooms (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A bill that would require baby changing tables for all newly constructed restrooms in public places has cleared its first hurdle.

The New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-1 on Thursday to advance the "daddy diaper" measure that would give a helping hand when it comes to diaper changing. The proposal would mandate that baby changing tables be built in public restrooms, whether for males or females.

New Mexico bill halting immigration law enforcement advances

Feb 9, 2017
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A new proposal that would prevent New Mexico law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws has cleared its first hurdle.

The New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday to move the bill that would prohibit New Mexico police departments or sheriff's offices from cooperating with federal agents in deporting immigrants suspected of living in the country illegally.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, an Albuquerque Democrat, introduced the measure and said it was needed to prevent discrimination against Mexican Americans.

Las Cruces Women Found In Idaho; One Facing Charges

Feb 9, 2017

The two New Mexico State University students reported missing earlier this week have been located in Idaho and are said to be in good condition.

McKinnah Sinclair, 18, and 19-year-old Charlie Daniels were located by police Thursday morning in Nampa, Idaho, just west of Boise.

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) blasted the Trump Administration’s approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and its failure to undertake meaningful consultation with Native American tribes.

The Latest: GOP Congressman Praises Obama's Energy Secretary

Feb 9, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

The Latest on an address by U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce to the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

New Mexico's lone Republican congressman is praising former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for helping restart the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository nearly three years after a radiation leak shuttered the facility.

Charges Allege Conspiracy To Sell Fake Native American Art

Feb 9, 2017

A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted four people on charges of conspiring to import and fraudulently sell Filipino-made jewelry as made by Native Americans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the indictment Tuesday stems from an investigation that began in early 2015, involved several federal agencies and resulted in a previous indictment.

The latest indictment charges four people with conspiracy and one of the four as well as a fifth person with violating the Indian Arts and Craft Act.

Gage Skidmore

Commentary: WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W.

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