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Heinrich: Economic Challenges Facing Rural America

May 18, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is the ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee, this week he held a press conference to discuss the economic challenges facing rural America. Here is the full press conference.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, held a teleconference to discuss the challenges facing rural America and what policies can help promote economic growth and new opportunities in these communities.

The 50-year-old driver of the GMC Yukon that crashed into and killed two pedestrians on May 7 is expected to be charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder.

Carlos C. Garcia, of the 4200 block of Winters Street, remains hospitalized in stable condition at University Medical Center of El Paso. The formal charges are pending service of a warrant or grand jury indictment.

The Sunday, May 7, crash on Valley View Avenue killed 29-year-old Denise Chavez and 36-year-old Arturo Cordova.

The Bulletin On The Radio

May 17, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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El Paso's Neon Desert Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup

May 17, 2017

  Neon Desert Music Festival is proud to unveil the daily music lineup for the annual event, returning to El Paso, Texas on May 27 & 28.

Love of dance, NMSU inspires couple to support students

May 17, 2017

Since the age of 5, Jan Morehead has had a deep love for dance, especially ballet and ballroom dance. That love has developed into a strong support of dance programs, especially the program at New Mexico State University.

Leslie Morrison, MD

  A UNM doctor’s expertise with a devastating inherited neurological condition that disproportionately affects New Mexico Hispanics contributed to a new study demonstrating the powerful effect intestinal bacteria can have on brain health.

The study, published online in the journal Nature on May 10, opens the door to potential treatments for the disease and adds to the growing understanding of how the gut microbiome affects the brain and immune system.

 SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announce today that Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Doña Ana County. This is the first time this season, and the second consecutive year, the mosquito species has been found in this part of the state.

Democrats Release Report on Understanding Economic Challenges in Rural America

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

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a new 

Airman "Escapes" Through Photography

May 17, 2017

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – From a young age, Master Sgt. David Long, the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine manager, has been interested in photography. This is a hobby he picked up from his father but placed second to his short-lived U.S. Army career as an infantryman, and current 15 year U.S. Air Force career as the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine manager. Photography is David’s therapy, his way to escape from the real world.

Las Cruces, NM— Health care expert Renée Despres will discuss the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act’s repeal on New Mexico at the meeting of WE’RE IN: Las Cruces on May 24. The talk begins at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces. Dr. Despres, a Research Fellow at the Burrell Institute for Health and Policy Research, is a consultant to health-care and nonprofit organizations and writes about health and health policy for both academic and mainstream audiences.

New Mexico State University is accepting applications for its 2017 summer writing camps and also showcasing the works of young writers involved in last year’s program. 

“The camps give young writers a place to explore writing,” said Karen Trujillo, the camp director. “Camp activities include idea generating, writing across genres, performing and more. The performance will demonstrate to our community just how much these young writers have learned.”

Newsmakers 915 - Mexican Consulate in El Paso

May 17, 2017

  National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

May 17, 2017

June 2, 5 – 7 p.m.

Artist Reception at El Paso Electric Gallery

Roy van der Aa, a local artist and publisher of The Ink, a publication that showcases the arts in our community, will be the artist for June in the El Paso Electric Gallery. He says, “I wish to show a body of work from late 2014 to early 2016. These works contain flowing intertwined forms in a bright color palette. Sizes vary from small to the largest piece I have done to date, three feet by four feet.”

June 3, 7 p.m.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Forensic Audit of Bernalillo Public Schools

May 17, 2017
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a forensic audit of Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS).

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit after the Town of Bernalillo Police Department requested assistance to investigate financial irregularities at two schools. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified. The audit identified the apparent theft of about $50,000 over a two and a half year period by a former bookkeeper at W.D. Carroll Elementary and La Escuelita Pre-School.

Heinrich, Warren Call For Investigation Into Attorney General Jeff Sessions

May 17, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Commentary: U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his recusal from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign with his involvement in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

La Mesa Man Suspected of Battering Girlfriend Now in Custody

May 17, 2017

The La Mesa man suspected of punching and strangling his girlfriend early Sunday morning has been arrested.

Eddie Carabajal, 29, of the 200 block of Las Flores in La Mesa, N.M., is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.

July Wine And Beer Festival Returning To Las Cruces

May 17, 2017

LAS CRUCES, NM – Large wine festivals and local craft beer festivals are growing in popularity, but there is only one festival that features both New Mexico wines and local craft beers, and gives people the choice of enjoying an air-conditioned indoor setting and an outdoor patio. The second annual Red White and Brew Wine and Beer Festival takes place from Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2 at the Las Cruces Convention Center in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Police Issue Dozens Of Tickets In Traffic Safety Crackdown

May 17, 2017

Las Cruces Police issued 26 citations during a pair of traffic safety operations held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Most of the citations were issued to drivers who were using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. It is against city ordinance to use, handle or manipulate a cell phone or any such device while operating a motor vehicle.

Second Season Of 'Graves' To Start Filming In New Mexico

May 17, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political satire television series starring Nick Nolte has returned to New Mexico to film its second season.

The New Mexico Film Office says "Graves" is being shot starting this week in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and Santa Fe. Crews will be working on the production through July.

The series is produced by Lionsgate for the EPIX network. It tells the story of the character Richard Graves and his journey to reclaim his sense of authenticity two decades after serving as the president of the United States.

New Mexico Utility Execs Could Earn $8.6 Million In Compensation

May 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The top executives who oversee the parent company of New Mexico's largest electric utility could earn more than $8.6 million in total compensation if they meet their performance goals.

New salaries, benefits and incentive pay were approved Tuesday at the annual shareholders meeting for PNM Resources.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the combined compensation is down from about $10 million in 2015 but up from nearly $7.5 million in 2014.

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — Portions of three southern New Mexico highways will be closed for an hour Thursday morning for a test launch of an Army tactical missile.

White Sands Missile Range officials say closures are planned between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

U.S. 54 and adjacent railroad tracks will be closed between Orogrande and the McGregor Range exit. U.S. 70 will be closed between San Augustine Pass and Alamogordo, and U.S. 380 will be closed between San Antonio and Carrizozo

Silver City Report

May 17, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Ben Fischer. This week, Silver City gets a state championship, how the budget crunch is affecting local governments, and a list of annual events coming up.  

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Balderas Decides Against Run For New Mexico Governor

May 16, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will not be entering the race for governor and instead will focus on his re-election as the state's top prosecutor.

The Democrat ended the speculation Tuesday with a statement that detailed the work his office has done — from pursuing internet criminals who target children to recovering Medicaid fraud dollars.

Las Cruces: Contruction Project Will Beautify Busy Roadway

May 16, 2017

A $7.5 million construction project is in the works at the intersection of North Main (US Hwy 70), Spitz Avenue, Three Crosses Avenue and Solano Drive in central Las Cruces. North Main is not just a street in Las Cruces; it’s also a state and federal highway. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is the lead agency on this project constructing street and drainage improvements; but City Departments and other agencies are also involved.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“Today, Secretary Hanna Skandera proposed lessening the rigor and requirements of becoming a teacher in New Mexico by advocating for a reduction in the amount of learning time spent on subject areas such as mathematics, science, and language studies.

The Latest: Man Shoots, Damages Police Robot During Standoff

May 16, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a SWAT situation in Albuquerque (all times local):

2 p.m.

Albuquerque police say a man shot and damaged one of their robots during a SWAT situation.

Police spokesman Officer Fred Duran says authorities first arrived at the home on Albuquerque's northwest side Tuesday morning to arrest the man on a felony warrant.

The suspect opened fire as police sent in the robot. No one was injured and the man was taken into custody hours later after officers fired gas into the home.

New Mexico State Police Release Name Of Man Killed By Train

May 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have released the name of a pedestrian who was killed last week after he ran onto the tracks and was hit by a Rail Runner Express commuter train in Santa Fe.

They say 21-year-old James Chavarria of Santa Fe was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday.

Police say the incident occurred on the tracks nearest Interstate 25 in Santa Fe County.

Witnesses told police that Chavarria got out of his vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the interstate and crossed the roadway.

Republicans Propose Fix For New Mexico State Budget

May 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives want to use money from pensions and construction projects to shore up state spending and resolve a budget crisis.

GOP House minority leader Nate Gentry on Tuesday announced a plan to restore vetoed funding to the Legislature and state universities for the coming fiscal year by suspending capital outlay projects.

The proposal also would claw back retirement funds set aside for the state's unsalaried legislators to help bridge a projected $70 million deficit.

Udall Bill Would Repeal Congressional Review Act

May 16, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a law that Republicans have exploited this year to overturn public health, environmental, and consumer protections while advancing special interests. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.