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New DACC Las Cruces Ceramics Lab to Hold Open House

Nov 22, 2016

Las Cruces – Dona Ana Community College (DACC) will hold an open house to showcase a new ceramics studio.

“The new laboratory provides the equipment necessary to complete all phases of ceramic production from preparing clay, forming and decorating ceramic wares and glaze firing finished art works,” said Art Professor Glenn Schwaiger. “Previously we were teaching classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. We appreciate the museum letting us work there but classes were limited by space and growth potential, so to have this new lab will help our students immensely.”

New Mexico State Parks to Waive Day-Use Fees on Black Friday

Nov 22, 2016

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Parks is proudly joining other states by waiving fees on Black Friday in support of retailer REI and a growing number of other organizations who are encouraging people to spend more time outdoors.  New Mexico State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 35 state parks on Friday, November 25, 2016.

NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner has announced a grant of $50,000 to Tierra del Sol Housing, Inc. to make improvements to 6 homes in Columbus and Anthony, NM.

The funds were made available through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program which provides financial support in the form of a grant to help non-profits and public entities make repairs to existing housing for low income residents in rural communities.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's December Calendar

Nov 22, 2016

Crafts for Kids

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to come to the Museum and create their own holiday craft to take home. Regular admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.

Stories of Holidays Past: Preparing for Christmas in New Mexico

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Santa Fe, NM – Western New Mexico University officials met with the incoming governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa Monday to sign a letter of intent between WNMU and Sinaloa. 

The agreement is the first step in initiating future collaborations with Sinaloa in the areas of academic, science and culture for the secondary and higher education institutions in the Mexican state. 

Ornament Workshop at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Nov 22, 2016

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is offering a free holiday ornament making workshop from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Materials will be available to make a variety of ornaments and gift tags.

Put your imagination to work to make something truly unique for family or friends. This family-friendly event is for children of all ages, accompanied by a caregiver. 

Silver City, NM – Acclaimed violinist Krzyszt of Zimowski will perform for the second President’s Chamber Music Series event on Tuesday, November 29. 

The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A Meet the Artists reception will follow the performance in Light Hall patio. 

Zimowski was born in Poland and began his musical studies at the age of six. He has performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany. 

New Mexico Statewide DWI Crackdown

Nov 22, 2016

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force to crack down on drunk driving this holiday season. In addition, State Police will join a nationwide effort to nab drunk drivers along I-40 over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Albuquerque Police Accused Of Editing Video Footage

Nov 22, 2016

A City Council member is calling for the city lawyer to arrange for an independent investigation into allegations that Albuquerque police officials erased, altered or corrupted video recordings from officers' lapel cameras.

Pat Davis' letter to city attorney Jessica Hernandez on Tuesday requests that she appoint outside counsel to investigate the allegations because her office faces potential accusations of having conflict of interest. The city attorney defends civil cases against the Albuquerque Police Department.

  The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center received more than 300 calls on suspicious poisonings in 2015. To help protect New Mexicans against potential toxins during the Thanksgiving holidays, the Poison Center is making recommendations.

The tips includes safe handling of meats, storage of alcohol, and holiday decorations like angel hair and snow spray. If ingested, holiday plants such as mistletoe and Christmas holly, can result in toxic affects.

Food preparation and alcohol:

Las Cruces Woman Dead In Crash Near Alamogordo

Nov 22, 2016
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New Mexico State Police say a 21-year-old Las Cruces woman is dead after crashing her car outside of Alamogordo on Monday.

Police say 21-year-old Ariel Avalos lost control of her vehicle while heading east on U.S. 70. The car ran off the road and overturned. Avalos, of Las Cruces, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. She was pronounced dead on scene.

Police say they are still investigating the crash.

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DA: Albuquerque Police Allegations Warrant Federal Investigation

Nov 22, 2016

  Kari Brandenburg, the outgoing Bernalillo County district attorney, said Monday a federal “criminal investigation is absolutely warranted” into allegations that Albuquerque Police Department employees have tampered with videos that show police shootings.

Brandenburg said Monday in a telephone interview she is sending documentation detailing the allegations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

The Women Behind the Men: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo

Nov 22, 2016

We all know about Scott Carpenter, John Glenn and all the other men who were America’s first astronauts. But what do we know about Rene, dubbed the undisputed prom queen of the early space program, or Annie, who suffered from a severe speech impediment, or all the other wives of the space explorers? Join Museum Curator Sue Taylor for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, Dec. 2, as she takes an in-depth look at the astronauts’ wives and how they supported their husbands and the space program. 

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications for its U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center for Regional Commercialization, which provides a mix of business assistance services designed to help foster economic development within New Mexico’s commercialization ecosystem.

Mitten Tree Project Hosted by Las Cruces Museums

Nov 22, 2016

 The Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., will celebrate Mitten Tree Day at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Children are invited for a reading of The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and a related art activity.

In collaboration with the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the Las Cruces Museum System will sponsor a Mitten Tree this holiday season.

An eight-year project has come to an end as New Mexico State University journalism associate professor Roger Mellen has published a scholarly article based off of an accidental find in a few dusty pages of an eighteenth century almanac.

His article is published in the fall edition of scholarly journal “Journalism History” and is titled “Representations on Slaves in the Eighteenth-Century Virginia Press.” 

NMSU filmmakers create documentary series on mental illness

Nov 22, 2016

An eight-part documentary series called “Labeled” is the brainchild of three New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute professors, who hope to sell the series to major television networks and take the documentaries into Las Cruces schools to help the public gain a better understanding of mental illness. 

NMSU doctoral student receives NCAA research grant

Nov 22, 2016

Jessica Jackson, a doctoral student in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, has received a research grant from the NCAA Research Committee to study experiences of racism and responses to race-related events.

Jackson’s research proposal was one of seven selected by the NCAA to receive funding during the 2016 cycle of the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program. The program is aimed at stimulating research on college sports by providing financial support to graduate students in social and behavioral science fields.

NM28 Bridge Project Meeting Next Week

Nov 22, 2016

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor). In cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of the NM 28 Bridge Project.

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6:00 pm                                                                               

Thursday December 1, 2016                                                 

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a man convicted of having criminal sexual contact with a minor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On Monday, prosecutors with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office argued for the maximum 15-year sentence. However, Chief District Judge Fernando Macias sentenced Federico Duarte, now 28, to 10 years in prison and five years probation.  

NMSU students to present animal behavior, training posters

Nov 22, 2016

Does your dog jump on people? Does your cat dart out the front door as soon as it’s opened?

If so, you may want to attend the New Mexico State University Companion Animal Behavior and Training Class poster display from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Tejada Building, located at 3005 Knox Street, southwest of Gerald Thomas Hall.

Students have been working all semester on helping community members correct their dogs’ and cats’ behavioral problems.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Nov 22, 2016

Main St.:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Saturday, December 3, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

o   Saturday, December 10, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Wednesday, November 30, 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Saturday, December 3, 5:00-8:00 pm. Tree Lighting Ceremony

o   Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Farmers and Crafts Market

Branigan Cultural Center

o   Friday, December 2 at 5:00 pm – First Friday Art Ramble

14 Freight Cars Carrying Grain Derail In Eastern New Mexico

Nov 22, 2016

Authorities say there were no injuries or spills of hazardous materials when 14 railroad cars carrying grain derailed in eastern New Mexico.

The New Mexico State Police said the derailment occurred Tuesday about 10 miles east of Santa Rosa near Interstate 40.

Sgt. Chad Pierce says I-40 is open in both directions but that westbound exit 284 is closed due to cleanup work.

According to Pierce, a wheel on one of the cars on the back end of the train apparently broke, causing the derailment and extensive damage to the track.

University Of New Mexico Keeps Seal Despite Racial Concerns

Nov 22, 2016

The board of regents of New Mexico's largest university has opted not to overhaul its half-century old seal amid concerns by Native American students.

The University of New Mexico board of regents voted last week to keep a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman on the seal after months of forums and public input.

Native American student groups wanted the University of New Mexico to scrap the seal that depicts a rifle-toting frontiersman and a sword-carrying Spanish conquistador. They say it represents the frontier's violent era.

The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering a proposal to allow attorneys, journalists, judges and law enforcement officers online access to court records 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The proposal would expand online access to court records — such as complaints, motions and rulings — to people who regularly rely on the documents for their work. The public would still be able to view and obtain documents in person at courthouses.

Director Of New Mexico Spaceport Ready For Next Phase

Nov 21, 2016

The new chief executive of Spaceport America says New Mexico couldn't be in a better position as the commercial space tourism and transport industry matures.

Daniel Hicks has had a week now to settle into his new job. He replaced Christine Anderson, who retired after guiding construction and the installation of key infrastructure at the taxpayer-financed spaceport.

Proposed New Mexico Waste Disposal Plant Draws Criticism

Nov 21, 2016

A proposed waste oil disposal plant in southeastern New Mexico is drawing criticism from local officials and uranium enrichment giant URENCO USA.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criticism came after news had spread that the Lubbock-based CK Disposal wanted to build a 317-acre surface waste oil management plant in eastern Lea County.

The proposed site is across from the URENCO USA facility.

New Mexico College Gets $2 Million To Help Native American Students

Nov 21, 2016

A northwestern New Mexico college has been awarded more than $2 million in federal grants to help Native American students complete their degrees and to fund scholarships for students in the nursing program.

Officials say the funding will be used by San Juan College to remove obstacles that Native American students face in completing their educations.

The Daily Times reports the college has one of the nation's highest graduation rates for Native American students.

Wintry Weather Arrives In New Mexico

Nov 21, 2016

New Mexico is getting a blast of wintry weather just in time for the busy holiday travel season.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that starts Monday at 5 p.m. and expires 12 hours later. Locations above 7,500 feet could see up to 4 inches of snow.

Forecasters say it will start off as rain in the afternoon and then change to snow. Winds from 10 mph to 15 mph are also in the forecast, and drivers are urged to use caution on mountain passes and other roads.

On Nov. 15, the doors to
the White Sands Missile Range Golf Course, a facility that has been running
for 54 years, officially closed its doors.
Von Weddington, WSMR Golf Course manager, has been working at the golf
course for his entire civilian career. The course will still be watered and
cut to become a "green space" for the installation.
"It's a little bit sentimental for (me) because this is like (my) home," he
said.
Weddington has a lot of fond memories working at the shop and has learned

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