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NMSU Foundation receives Nonprofit of the Year award from Chamber

Mar 17, 2017

The New Mexico State University Foundation was recently honored by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce as its Nonprofit of the Year for 2016. The award was presented during the business organization’s annual Chamber Choice Awards & Gala last month.

Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Debbi Moore said the NMSU Foundation was selected for its outstanding contributions to the community. 

Free Uber Rides for St. Patrick’s Day In Las Cruces-Area

Mar 17, 2017

LAS CRUCES – District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced Thursday that the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has again partnered with Uber to encourage Las Cruces residents to plan ahead this St. Patrick’s Day.

As part of the ongoing partnership, Uber will offer new users a $15 credit and existing users a chance to win $100 in free transportation. The $15 discount is enough to cover the majority of rides requested in the Las Cruces area.

Las Cruces Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect

Mar 17, 2017

Las Cruces Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of unauthorized use of a credit card in February.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2017, the suspect entered the Murphy Express store at 1290 S. Valley Dr. and used a credit card belonging to someone else.

Images of the suspect were captured on a surveillance camera inside the store.

Heinrich: 10 Reasons President Trump’s Budget Is Terrible For New Mexico

Mar 17, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, following the release of the Trump administration’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) outlined the severe impact it would have on New Mexico.

March For Public Education Friday In Las Cruces

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary: The state has already cut millions from Las Cruces Public Schools budget. Now Governor Susan Martinez is threatening to cut an additional 5% from LCPS equaling $8,870,234 punishing an already depleted school budget and hurting thousands of Las Cruces students.

Brooklyn Museum Highlights Georgia O'Keeffe As Style Icon

Mar 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City museum is highlighting Georgia O'Keeffe's role as a style icon.

The Brooklyn Museum exhibit — titled "Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern" — features clothing, paintings and photos. It's part of a yearlong project celebrating feminist thinking.

Guest curator Wanda M. Corn studied six decades worth of O'Keeffe's garments and accessories.

She concluded that O'Keeffe — who made many of her clothes — also was an artist "in her homemaking and self-fashioning."

Spokesman: Governor Martinez Has Torn ACL From Ski Accident

Mar 17, 2017
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has a torn ACL resulting from a skiing injury in Utah. Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez told The Associated Press an MRI confirmed the Republican governor torn her ACL during her skiing accident. Martinez was in Utah for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

While in Utah, Martinez has criticized the Democrat-led state Legislature for wasting time on matters such as selecting a state dance instead of addressing a crisis in state finances.

NM Legislature Approves Solar Contracts On State Offices

Mar 17, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill designed to spur the installation of solar panels on New Mexico state buildings has been approved by the state Legislature and sent to the governor.

The House voted 44-19 on Thursday to direct the state General Services Department to pursue contracts with solar providers that save the state money on electricity costs over time with no up-front public investment.

The General Services Department oversees 750 state buildings. It is unclear whether the Gov. Susana Martinez supports the initiative.

New Mexico Legislature Says Several Vetoes Don't Count

Mar 17, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic leaders of the New Mexico House of Representatives say two recent veto attempts by the governor are invalid.

House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton announced Friday shortly after midnight that two bills would go into effect without the governor's signature because vetoes did not include explanatory message as required.

Transgender Bill Met With Derision In New Mexico Legislature

Mar 17, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to allow transgender people in New Mexico to change the gender on their birth certificate without ever having a sex change operation was met with ridicule and impassioned debate in the state House of Representatives.

The bill received final legislative approval Thursday evening after an opponent filed an amendment suggesting that people who identify as younger or older than they really are should be able to change the age listed on their birth certificates.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says that under the GOP proposed American Healthcare Act 24 million people may be uninsured in 2026 if the bill changes Medicaid funding along with changes to subsidies for insurance.

A recent teleconference has some consumer groups raising concern that a repeal of The Affordable Healthcare Act may lead to the return of so-called high-risk pools.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Mar 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, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and parents can have a night out plus Bill Maher.  

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$9 Minimum Wage Heads To Governor's Desk

Mar 16, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is on its way to the governor's desk.

The Senate on Thursday approved of increasing minimum wage by $1.50 to $9 an hour. An $8 hourly training wage would apply to the first two months of employment.

The bill includes no future adjustments for inflation.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has expressed support for a minimum wage hike as long as it is in line with neighboring states, where base wages range from $10 to $7.25.

Former Las Cruces Bus Driver Sentenced for Sexual Contact with Student

Mar 16, 2017

LAS CRUCES – District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced Thursday that Darien Pete, 28, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal sexual contact with a minor.

At the time of the offense, in October 2015, Pete was an employee of STS-NM — the private school bus company contracted to provide transportation services for Las Cruces Public Schools. The victim was a 15-year-old student on his bus route.

Rep. Rebecca Dow

Mar 16, 2017

Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks

This week, we spoke with NMpolitics.net publisher Heath Haussamen about Spaceport America.

Today….a follow-up with Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks.

Hicks supports a Senate bill that would reduce the information available about Spaceport clients. 

But first….he told Fred Martino he’s confident in the future of the Spaceport.

The Latest: Community Honors Fallen Navajo Nation Officer

Mar 16, 2017
James Largo
AP

REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the Navajo police officer killed in the line of duty (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

A Navajo Nation police officer shot while responding to a domestic violence call in remote New Mexico is being remembered at his funeral as someone who wanted to help others and dreamed of becoming an officer.

Family, friends, fellow law enforcement officers and community members packed a school gymnasium in the town of Rehoboth to honor Houston James Largo, the 27-year-old decorated officer who died Sunday.

A Quick Look At New Mexico St-Baylor In The NCAA Tournament

Mar 16, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — No. 3 seed Baylor (25-7) vs. No. 14 seed New Mexico State (28-5)

First round, East Region; Tulsa, Okla.; 12:40 p.m. EDT.

BOTTOM LINE: Baylor was ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier in the season, but the Bears have lost six of 11 heading into the tournament. Baylor is motivated to have a stronger showing after their upset loss to Yale in the first round last year. New Mexico State lost 58-56 to No. 2 seed St. Mary's in the NCAA first round last year.

New Mexico Ethics Commission Proposal Clears Senate

Mar 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters could be asked next year to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

The state Senate voted 30-9 Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for creating a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The House must sign off on Senate revisions before the amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

Trump Budget Calls For Border Wall, Border Prosecutions

Mar 16, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For core supporters counting on President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration, his proposed budget reads like a wish list: billions of dollars for some of his most controversial campaign promises, including a $2.6 billion down payment on a border wall that he had insisted Mexico would pay for.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint:

Senate Approves Bill To Make Public How Governor Spends Public Funds

Mar 16, 2017
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/

Commentary: (Santa Fe)- A bill that makes public what a governor spends taxpayer money on for expenses directly connected to the obligations of the governor’s office passed the senate 27-2 today after passing Senate Public Affairs and Finance unanimously. Currently, what the reportedly $70,000 Governor’s Contingency fund is spent on is not public.

Among other things, Senator Sander Rue’s (R-Albuquerque Westside) Senate Bill 27 requires:

·       a governor to provide monthly reports to the legislature on what the money is spend on

Muslim Group Calls For Investigation Of Quran Desecration

Mar 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is asking federal and New Mexico authorities to investigate a couple suspected of urinating on copies of the Quran at a library.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it wants authorities to look into the matter for "possible bias" motives.

Santa Fe Public Library workers told police they believed a man and a woman may have urinated on copies of Islam's sacred text and damaged a copy of the 2004 autobiography by former President Bill Clinton last week.

Crowd Expected For Navajo Police Officer's Funeral

Mar 16, 2017

REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation police officer gunned down while responding to a domestic violence call in a remote part of western New Mexico is being remembered for his sense of humor and as someone who always wanted to help others.

Funeral services for Houston Largo are expected to draw a crowd of family and fellow law enforcement officers from around the region.

A procession from Gallup to the nearby community of Rehoboth will begin Thursday morning. Following the funeral, Largo will be buried at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.

New Mexico Legislature Approves Clean-Up Fund For State Lands

Mar 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would gradually set aside up to $5 million to help repair damaged or polluted state trust lands under a bill awaiting the governor's signature or veto.

The Senate voted Wednesday to create the State Trust Lands Restoration and Remediation Fund.

The fund could be tapped to clean up illegal dumping, restore watersheds from wildfire damage or deal with invasive plant species.

Sweeping New Mexico Tax Plan Draws Protests; Review Of Impact Unclear

Mar 15, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers listened to an outcry from dozens of nonprofit organizations and industry groups as a Senate panel reviewed a proposal Wednesday to eliminate a wide array of tax exemptions, deductions and credits in an effort to stabilize state revenue streams and lower overall tax rates.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Mar 15, 2017

 

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Two Teens Suspected in Las Cruces Burglary Spree

Mar 15, 2017

Police have arrested two teenagers suspected of breaking into and burglarizing several Telshor area businesses in February.

The 14 and 15 year old boys are each charged with six counts of non-residential burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000, three counts of criminal damage to property under $1,000 and three counts of larceny.

Bill Banning Coyote Killing Contests Clears House Committee

Mar 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would outlaw coyote killing contests for prizes or entertainment has cleared its latest legislative hurdle.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 in favor of the bill, which would make it illegal in New Mexico to organize, sponsor or participate in a coyote killing contest. No restrictions would be placed on hunting or trapping the animals.

The initiative won Senate approval in early March. It now moves to the full House for consideration.

Navajo Officer's Death Reflects Dangers For Tribal Officers

Mar 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The first time Houston Largo faced deadly gunfire as a Navajo police officer, he and other tribal police had swarmed a patch of desert near the Chuska Mountains to pursue an armed domestic violence suspect.

The 40-mile chase that began near Shiprock, New Mexico, had crossed into Arizona, where the suspect armed with an assault rifle crashed his vehicle that March 2015 night and opened fire. One officer was killed and two were wounded, while Largo escaped injury and received a commendation for helping a fellow officer to safety.

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