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6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Spaceport America Uses Art In Public Places Program For New Sculpture

New Mexico’s Arts in Public Places Program provides state funds for the purchase or commission of art at the site of capital projects. Projects receive one percent of the total of the capital project or $200,000, whichever is less. Spaceport America recently used this program to commission a new sculpture, worth $200,000.

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12:32 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hosts Mescal Roast

  Salt Flat, TX – Guadalupe Mountains National Park will host its third annual “Mescal Roast” on Sunday, May 3 and the public is invited to participate in this free event.  Visitors should plan to arrive at the Pine Springs Visitor Center by 8:30 a.m.to prepare for the 9 a.m. opening of the roasting pit. The mescal, a type of agave plant that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert, will be unearthed and offered for tasting as part of Mescalero Apache celebrations that include a coming-of-age ritual for Mescalero Apache girls.

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12:30 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU Professor Leaves Mark As Educator Preserving African American Heritage

  Clarence Fielder, a dedicated heritage preservationist and long-time Las Cruces educator who spent 40 years as a history professor at New Mexico State University and more than 30 years as a public school teacher, passed away on Friday, April 3. He was 87 years old.

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12:20 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU Professor Visits China To Discuss Water Conservation

Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and Cooperative Extension Service turfgrass specialist, visited with students from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University looking at a soil sample. He was invited to speak at the Asian Golf Show on water conservation and to teach students about golf course maintenance. (Courtesy photo)

  In early March, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor extension turfgrass specialist, travelled to Beijing and Xiamen, China, to speak at the Asian Golf Show on water conservation and teach students about golf course maintenance. 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Reed Guanghe Exhibitions and the Golf Institute at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University invited him to give a series of lectures.

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12:18 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Texas Teacher Quits After Complaints Of Anti-Muslim Items

A Houston-area teacher has quit after parents complained that he gave students anti-Muslim documents during class.

The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District on Tuesday night announced the educator's resignation. His name wasn't immediately released.

Authorities last week said the handout, with references to terrorism and beheadings, was not approved by administrators at Foster High School in Richmond.

The teacher was facing unspecified discipline over the eight-page document that children received in late March, then showed to their parents.

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12:17 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Otero County Approves Bond Sale For Mining Project

A major mining operation is one step closer to fruition now that the Otero County Commission has approved a taxable industrial revenue bond to fund the project.

Burrell Western Resources and the county are moving forward with a planned garnet mining production and crushing plant in Orogrande, an unincorporated community south of the county seat.

The bond will be sold by the county to fund the project, with Burrell Western Resources responsible for repayment.

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11:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU And UTEP Join National Organization To Encourage Women In Computer Science Careers

  LAS CRUCES, NM – Thirty years ago the number of women earning computer science degrees was nearly double what it is today. New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso have joined with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to change that trend by encouraging more young women to choose careers in technology. 

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10:52 am
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU And Las Cruces Public Schools Host School-Community Garden Volunteer Day Saturday

Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools

  Students, teachers and parents at a Las Cruces elementary school will debut a school-community garden Saturday with the help of New Mexico State University’s College of Education professor Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools. 

Osanloo is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration.

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10:29 am
Wed April 15, 2015

New Mexico Legislators Holding Talks On Capital Outlay Bill

New Mexico legislative leaders say talks are underway to try to forge a compromise on a funding bill for building work and other projects across the state.

The regular session ended without agreement on a capital outlay bill amid partisan finger-pointing, but the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that leaders of the Democratic-led-Senate and the Republican-controlled House hope to reach an agreement.

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10:23 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Gov. Martinez Names New Spokesperson

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has a new chief spokesman.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Chris Sanchez officially began serving as communications director in the governor's office Monday, replacing Enrique Knell.

Sanchez was Martinez's campaign spokesman during her 2014 re-election candidacy and served as spokesman for House Republican leaders during the 2015 legislative session.

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10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Suspected Bloodstains On Rocks Inside Burned Car With Bodies

Credit <p><a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=404">Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p>

Investigators found several rocks with suspected bloodstains on them inside a burned car that also contained two dead bodies.

A New Mexico State Police search warrant released Tuesday also says authorities are trying to identify the badly burned bodies.

The car and the bodies were found Sunday morning in the Santa Fe National Forest at Forest Roads 103 and 72 near Mesa Poleo in Rio Arriba County about 50 miles west of Espanola.

The investigation also is trying to determine how the two people died and what started the fire.

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10:07 am
Wed April 15, 2015

UNM Students OK 'Gender-Neutral' Constitution

Students at the University of New Mexico have voted to make all pronouns in the student government's constitution gender-neutral.

The Daily Lobo reports that 81 percent of students voted to passed a constitutional amendment on the change. Now, all pronouns in the constitution of the Associated Students of UNM will consist of they/them/they're as the primary form of identification.

ASUNM President Rachel Williams says the amendment is a big step toward campus-wide inclusiveness for students.

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10:02 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Potash Mine Water Plan Draws Irk In Southeastern NM

A mine in New Mexico says it needs to use 3.2 billion gallons of drinking water for the next two years, possibly robbing 64,000 people of access to clean water.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Lea County commissioners voted last week to send a letter to federal government to protest the potential use of water to flood the fertilizer mines.

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6:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Wage Gap In Southern New Mexico

Equal Pay Day, April 14th, marks the day when women have earned the same amount that men did in the previous year.

Mary Rita Chapman, President of the Las Cruces Branch of the American Association of University Women or AAUW, says she saw the wage gap problem first hand when she found out a male colleague made more than her at her first job.

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5:42 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Begins Demolition

Silver City: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) has begun work along NM 90/Hudson Street and US 180/Truck Bypass Road.

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2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Police, Public & Press: Shining Light On Officer Shootings

Presented by the NMSU Library, NMSU Journalism & Mass Communications and held this year on the campus of New Mexico State University, this year’s Sunshine Week focused on Police, Public & Press: Shining Light On Officer Shootings. The panel discussion was moderated by independent journalist Peter Goodman and featured Susan Boe of NM FOG, Mark D’Antonio, Dona Ana County DA, Stephen Lopez, NMSU Police Chief, Walt Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News, Michael Stout, Defense Attorney, and Michael Kinney, Dona Ana Sheriff Officer.

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1:14 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Fewer Problems, But False Alarms Continue In Las Cruces

  More Las Cruces residents and businesses are registering their security alarm systems with the city, as mandated by ordinance approved in 2013, but the overwhelming number of alarm calls continue to be false alarms.

Security alarms are the burglary or fire alarm systems contracted through monitoring companies.

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1:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Mexico Duck Tests Positive For Bird Flu

A duck at a national wildlife refuge in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a bird flu strain that's deadly to waterfowl and poultry.

The case is the latest in a growing outbreak of bird flu, especially the highly contagious H5N2 strain affecting poultry in multiple states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people to be low.

New Mexico wildlife officials said Tuesday this marks the first time the highly virulent strain has been confirmed in the state.

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1:06 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Mental Health Provider Pulling Out Of New Mexico

Another Arizona-based nonprofit has confirmed it plans to cease providing Medicaid-funded mental health services in southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Tucson-based La Frontera plans a staggered transition to phase out its operations in Dona Ana County and several counties in southwestern New Mexico.

La Frontera had said in February it would provide a 90-day notice to withdraw from New Mexico, and CEO Dan Ranieri said recent talks didn't change that course.

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1:04 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Texas Traffic Stop Yields $1.7 Million In Cocaine

A South Texas traffic stop has led to the discovery of $1.7 million of cocaine in the fake compartment of a luxury vehicle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the bust happened Monday night on U.S. 281 south of Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs). A trooper confiscated 28 pounds of cocaine, split into bundles.

DPS says the trooper stopped a northbound Porsche Cayenne for a traffic violation. The investigation led to a search and the cocaine was in a false compartment in the rear quarter-panel of the vehicle.

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1:02 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

"Open Carry" And Fracking Bills Stalled

A technicality raised by House Democrats has stalled — at least for a couple of days — two of the Texas Legislature's top conservative causes.

It delayed planned House approval Tuesday of "open carry" of handguns, and a push to prohibit local ordinances banning hydraulic fracturing.

Lawmakers had braced for hours-long debate on both.

But just a few minutes into discussion on the bill authorizing licensed Texans to carry their handguns in plain sight, San Antonio Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer objected under House rules.

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1:01 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Navajo Supreme Court Clarifies Source For Funding Election

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has settled the question of how to fund a belated presidential election.

The court says the tribe's controller can use money from a fund used to satisfy legal judgments and claims against the Navajo Nation.

The opinion came after the tribe's Department of Justice asked the court to clarify how $317,000 legally could be transferred to the election office.

Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie (SOH'-see) said Tuesday that his office is evaluating the court's opinion.

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7:52 am
Tue April 14, 2015

NMSU Students Help With Luna County Water Research Project

New Mexico State University chemical engineering students are helping collect water quality data in Luna County.

The school announced this week that the students are part of a research project conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health and the state Water Resources Research Institute.

The students will analyze the results and providing feedback to property owners on how to filter or treat tap water that fails to meet health standards.

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7:50 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Biofuels Project In Jal May Get Boost After Water Change

A planned biofuels project near Jal may get a boost from a new oil and gas rule approved by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the change adopted by the state panel last month allows companies to reuse produced water in drilling operations. The rule could lead to producers using 100 percent recycled water instead of continuing to dip in to fresh water aquifers.

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6:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Student Art Show, "In Between," Opens At NMSU Gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University is hosting its annual exhibition, “In Between,” which features the semester’s graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts program in the Department of Art. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the gallery.

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6:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Begins Budget Work

Las Cruces City Council held a work session to begin work on the budget for fiscal year 2016.

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Smith says this year’s budget, which totals about $273 million, is very similar to recent budgets and will maintain all the city’s services.

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8:38 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Recall Attempt Against Councilor Nathan Small Fails

Credit Simon Thompson

 A supplemental petition filed by the petitioner seeking to initiate a recall election of Las Cruces City Councilor Nathan P. Small, District 4, lacked the necessary number of valid signatures.

A total of 839 valid signatures were required to certify the petition for a recall election. A total of 625 valid signatures were verified Monday by the Las Cruces City Clerk’s office – 214 valid signatures short of the required number.

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4:18 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Texas House Mandates EKG Tests For High School Athletes

The Texas House has preliminarily approved requiring high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing for possible degenerative heart problems before participating in campus sports.

Representatives voted 86-57 Monday to make EKG testing mandatory as part of physicals taken to participate in all University Interscholastic League activities.

They did so while Scott Stephens — whose son Cody was a high school football player but died in 2012 of sudden cardiac arrest just before graduating — watched from the gallery.

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4:16 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Road Work Set For Grant And Luna Counties

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will begin their chip seal maintenance operation on various roadways in Grant and Luna County.

The NMDOT chip seal crew will begin work on Monday, April 20th along NM 35 in Grant County before mobilizing over to Luna County. The following routes have been identified for Luna County, which are; FR 1014, FR 1017, FR 1016, NM 9, NM11, NM 418, FR 1019, FR 1020, NM 377, NM 143, NM 198, NM 549, FR 1024 and FR 1026.

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4:04 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Feds Say The U.S. Is Not Spying On Mexico

A former major border security contractor in Texas once described aerial surveillance operations to state officials as "spying on Mexico."

The memo was given to Department of Public Safety officials in 2010. The agency has since distanced itself from the contractor and says it "unequivocally rejects" the reference to spying.

Abrams Learning and Information Systems was once a key DPS partner. The Virginia-based company received $20 million in no-bid contracts to bring military sensibility to border security efforts.

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