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Kids Count Conference Held In Las Cruces

Nov 12, 2017

Amber Wallin, Kids Count director for New Mexico Voices for Children, flashed up a photo on a screen during her presentation to childhood advocates and elected leaders in Las Cruces for the first Southern New Mexico Kids Count conference on Thursday. Anyone of a certain age would recognize the black and white photo of a motley bunch of kids in baseball uniforms: The Bad News Bears.

U.S. Air Force

Commentary: If you are concerned about Holloman Air Force Base’s plan to fly 10,000 sorties annually over The Gila Wilderness, the Grant County Democratic Party urges you to attend a public rally at 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 14th outside the Grant County Administration Building.  At 6:00 representatives from the Air Force will be presenting details of their plan to the County Commission inside, but they have indicated they will not be receiving comments from the public in that session.

Veterans' Issues Forum Thursday In Silver City

Nov 12, 2017

Commentary: Everyone cheers for our troops when they march in a parade. But when the parade ends and the cheering stops, who is there to help the brave veterans deal with the many unique challenges they face in life out of uniform? Thursday, November 16, at 6:00pm, at the WNMU Miller Library, the Grant County Democratic Party brings this question front and center with a panel discussion titled -“Do We Really Support Our Veterans?”  

I-10 Closures This Week

Nov 12, 2017

I-10 East @ North Mesa

27 Hours

Sunday, Nov. 12

3 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning

·     I-10 Eastbound will close completely between the North Mesa Exit (Exit 11) and the North Mesa Entrance Ramp.

·     North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close in both directions under the I-10 Overpass. This closure may open sooner than 6 a.m. Nov. 13.

·     The North Mesa Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close. This closure may open sooner than 6 a.m. Nov. 13.

Albuquerque Mayoral Election Tuesday

Nov 11, 2017
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in New Mexico's largest city are preparing to choose its next mayor after the Republican incumbent opted not to seek re-election.

Voters will decide Tuesday between Democrat Tim Keller and Republican Dan Lewis in a race that largely has focused on rising crime in Albuquerque and the city's struggling economy.

The election comes a week after Democrats won governorships and legislative seats in Virginia and New Jersey and took mayor seats in places like Helena, Montana.

Lujan Grisham Veterans’ Day Statement

Nov 11, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement in observance of Veterans’ Day:

 

“Today, we come together to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s brave veterans and their families. Veterans in New Mexico and across the nation answered a call of duty to selflessly protect our country. As we remember and celebrate their service, I hope you will join me in thanking these brave men and women for their courage and commitment.

Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

  Commentary: Responding to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Statements Regarding to Retention of NM students,  Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President, issued the following statement (for immediate release, Friiday, November 10, 2017).

 

Pearce Veterans Day Address

Nov 11, 2017

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following address in recognition of Veterans Day:

Hopis Reject Political Establishment In Vote For Top Leaders

Nov 10, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A small northern Arizona tribe has chosen new leadership as it faces the loss of coal royalties that make up a huge chunk of its budget.

Tim Nuvangyaoma won the Hopi chairman's post with 969 votes, beating out David Norton Talayumptewa by more than 325 votes, according to unofficial results. Nuvangyaoma's uncle by clan and former colleague at the Hopi radio station, Clark Tenakhongva, will join him in the administration as vice chairman.

Man Dead Following Shootout With New Mexico Deputies

Nov 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say a man is dead following a shootout with deputies on the northern edge of Albuquerque.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales told reporters Friday the man had opened fire on deputies after barricading himself inside a home. Four deputies returned fire.

When SWAT team members eventually entered the home, they found the man dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

State: Most New Mexico Parents Don't Get Literacy Notices

Nov 10, 2017
Christopher Ruszkowski

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Most New Mexico parents of students in first to third grade aren't getting required letters notifying them of students' lack of reading skills, according to numbers released Friday by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

The lack of notification is hurting parents with the decision on whether they should hold students back and stalling efforts to get students proficient under key early years, Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Commentary: About 80% of a child’s waking hours are spent outside of school. While we often discuss education and child well-being in terms of what is going on within a school, the biggest influences on a child’s life typically are at home and in the community. Few would question the importance of parents supporting and valuing their child’s education.

Heinrich Statement In Honor Of Veterans Day

Nov 10, 2017

Commentary: LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 10, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. Senator Heinrich will commemorate Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Day Parade in Las Cruces, N.M.

Udall Statement Honoring Veterans Day

Nov 10, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

"I am deeply honored to recognize the service, bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of our veterans — on Veterans Day and every day. New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of military service, and when our nation has called, New Mexico has always answered.

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Nov 10, 2017

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Nov 10, 2017

Police: New Mexico Man Sprayed Officer With Gasoline

Nov 10, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico man is facing a dozen charges after authorities say he sprayed a Farmington police officer with gasoline.

The Daily News of Farmington, New Mexico, reports Raymond Mayes was arrested Sunday following a report of a man trying to burn an SUV.

Artesia Council Votes To Disinfect Water System

Nov 10, 2017

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia city councilors have voted to move forward with disinfection of the community's drinking water system.

The vote comes in the wake of a series of boil-water orders that were issued due to E. coli contamination. The first order in July was followed by another alert two months later. In October, a sample again tested positive.

Land Managers Drafting Plan For New Mexico's Otero Mesa

Nov 10, 2017
nmwild.org

  ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers are drafting a plan that will guide the management of resources and potential energy development in an area of southern New Mexico where environmentalists have sought protections for decades.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports the Bureau of Land Management is expected to have a draft plan for the Otero Mesa area ready for public comment next spring.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Nov 10, 2017

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, Las Cruces Junior Jazzercise is hosting a kids night out, Mike Ryan at Whiskey Dicks, and the classic film series at the Rio Grande Theatre will be showing Gone with the Wind.  

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a ruling that could have implications for government agencies and private businesses, New Mexico's state workers will get paid while taking time off to vote in any election.

A Santa Fe judge issued a decision Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed by two state workers last month.

New Mexico –The United States Air Force and El Paso Electric (EPE) announce the beginning of construction for a new five megawatt solar facility to serve Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB). The solar plant will be an EPE owned dedicated energy resource for HAFB and is the first renewable energy project that EPE will build to serve a military installation.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D)-TX 16

  Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference released final legislation that included a provision introduced by Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) requiring mental health screening before transition for all military personnel.

 

Spaceport America, NM – Spaceport America announced the launch today of the first Mustang 6A rocket which was built by The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team in collaboration with White Sands Research and Developers, LLC (WSRDs).

Las Cruces-Area Animal Services Center Names New Director

Nov 9, 2017

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley Board of Directors has announced that Clinton F. ‘Clint’ Thacker of Layton, Utah, has accepted a verbal offer of employment to be the next executive director for the organization.

Environmentalists Target Methane Emissions In New Mexico

Nov 9, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico are higher than what state and federal regulators have measured and the failure to capture the pollution is costing the state revenues and royalties, environmentalists said Thursday.

Albuquerque To Participate In Facebook Business Program

Nov 9, 2017
Facebook

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico's largest city are excited about a new program announced by social media giant Facebook to help small businesses grow.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Thursday he's hopeful the initiative will allow residents to gain more technical skills that will help them thrive in a digital world.

He's also hopeful the Community Boost program will lead to better job opportunities.

Las Cruces Student Art Show Announced

Nov 9, 2017

More than 100 pieces of original student artwork from the Las Cruces and Gadsden Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

Police arrested a woman suspected of burglarizing a vehicle Tuesday evening while a 64-year-old man sat in the passenger seat.

Deziree Montes, 24, who resides at 999 W. Amador Ave., is charged with one count of burglary of a vehicle. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.

On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 7, officers were dispatched to the report of an auto burglary in progress in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 235 La Posada Lane.

Our Stories: Vietnam

Nov 9, 2017

"Our Stories: Vietnam," a three-part documentary series featuring 15 area veterans airs Monday through Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm on KRWG-TV.

PART ONE-Monday, 7pm

Story Abstracts

6 stories covering an advisor, negotiating a rescue ceasefire, a painful frightening night waiting for medics, valor to earn a purple heart, the mechanic that kept pilots safe and questions of faith.

In Chronological Order of Service

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