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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Holloman Air Force Base officials will speak
at upcoming scoping meetings September 12-14 across New Mexico to discuss
the Special Use Airspace Optimization Project.

The project is intended to optimize the special use airspace available for
current and future pilot training at Holloman Air Force Base.

LAS CRUCES--- Based on votes from activity representatives across the state, LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes was elected to a four-year term as Chairman of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) commission at the association’s quarterly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6. The commission is responsible for proposing recommendations regarding statewide Association policies, rules, regulations and operating procedures to the NMAA Board of Directors.

Giant portrait of toddler peers over US-Mexico border wall

Sep 9, 2017
JR /

  TECATE, Calif. (AP) — A photo of a giant toddler stands in Mexico and peers over a steel wall dividing the country from the United States.

The boy appears to grip the barrier with his fingers, leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle.

A French artist who goes by the moniker "JR" erected the cut-out of the boy that stands nearly 65 feet (20 meters) tall and is meant to prompt discussion of immigration.

The Latest: 12 arrested in protests of Conquistador pageant

Sep 9, 2017

Police have arrested 12 people in Santa Fe during protests about a costumed re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a 17th century American Indian revolt.

Police Sgt. Gardner Finney said a dozen people were arrested Friday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Protesters were cordoned off in a corner of Santa Fe's downtown plaza during the re-enactment as police thronged the area.

Grand jury indicts New Mexico teen in library shooting

Sep 9, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury on Friday returned a 33-count indictment against a high school sophomore accused of killing two people and seriously wounding four others after opening fire inside a New Mexico public library.

With the indictment, prosecutors said they are pursuing adult sanctions against 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett. An arraignment will be scheduled in the next 15 days.

Ruling says detective has shield in suit over fatal shooting

Sep 9, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that a Dona Ana County sheriff's detective has a legal shield against a lawsuit filed by the estate of an armed man fatally shot by the detective during a 2015 encounter in an alley.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday says Chase Thouvenell had qualified immunity because 34-year-old Michael Malone's estate hadn't shown that Thouvenell clearly used excessive force in violation of Malone's Fourth Amendment rights.

The Latest: New Mexico: Rise in effective or higher teachers

Sep 9, 2017

  Officials say around 74 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom.

That's the highest number of effective or better teachers in the state since Gov. Susana Martinez introduced a new teacher evaluations system four years ago.

The New Mexico Public Education Department on Friday released the latest results under the much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle.

Albuquerque mayoral hopeful under scrutiny over 'in-kind' cash

Sep 9, 2017
New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A publicly financed Albuquerque mayoral candidate is facing scrutiny after his campaign manager reportedly solicited nearly $30,000 in cash donations.

A KOB-TV in Albuquerque investigation ( into Tim Keller's campaign reports found dozens of individuals contributed thousands of dollars, and the campaign listed them as "in-kind" contributions.

Records show some contributions came from high-profile Democrats like former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis

Dr. Peter DeBenedittis has announced that he is running in the Democratic Primary for Governor of New Mexico. He recently stopped by the KRWG-FM studios to share more about why he is running as a candidate. He also, shared his thoughts on issus the state faces, and he also discusses challenges that he says exist within the Democratic party.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Sep 8, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the first ever DogCruces Pet Expo takes place this weekend, Crossroad’s City Derby’s All-Star Sucias take on the Kraken from southern California, and craft for kids: Bear Hugs at Farm and Ranch Museum. 

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Police Seek Man With Arrest Warrant In Clovis Shooting Death

Sep 8, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they're seeking a man who has an arrest warrant in the shooting death of another man in Clovis.

Police say 30-year-old David McDonald was shot near an apartment complex Tuesday.

McDonald was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 30-year-old Darryl Turner in McDonald's death.

They say anyone with information on Turner's whereabouts should call police.

New Mexico Democrats Push Feds To Limit Drilling Near Chaco

Sep 8, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing federal officials to uphold an agreement that limits oil and gas leasing on public land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

The Bureau of Land Management previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius around the park as the agency works to update its resource management plan for northwestern New Mexico.

The agency is also working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on how to best protect archaeological and cultural sites in the region.

New Mexico GOP Congressman Urges Action On DACA

Sep 8, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sole Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to work across party lines to find a permanent solution for those immigrants who were brought to the country as children and are living here illegally.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sent a letter to Ryan on Wednesday. He accused Congress of staying idle for decades while the executive branch imposed temporary fixes and a patchwork of policies to address immigration issues.

New Mexico Prosecutors Take Shooting Case To Grand Jury

Sep 8, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors are taking their case to a grand jury as they pursue adult sanctions against a high school sophomore accused in a deadly shooting inside a New Mexico public library.

The proceedings are scheduled for Friday in Clovis.

Sixteen-year-old Nathaniel Jouett is facing charges of first-degree murder, assault, aggravated battery and child abuse in the Aug. 29 shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Two employees were killed and four others were wounded.

Troubled Espanola Gets A New Police Chief - Again

Sep 8, 2017

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A troubled northern New Mexico city is getting its third police chief this year.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the city of Espanola has hired Raymond Romero to take over a department days after its new chief retired following a domestic violence indictment.

Española Mayor Alice Lucero says she hopes Romero's leadership will help bring down crime in the Espanola Valley. The area for decades grappled with one of the highest opioid overdose rates in the nation.

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Thursday appeared in  Third Judicial District Court for the sentencing of Jesse Denver Hanes. Hanes, 39, pleaded guilty in May to one count of first-degree murder, a capital felony, for the 2016 shooting death of Hatch police officer Jose Chavez.

“Today’s sentencing closes the book on an incredibly painful chapter for our community,” D’Antonio said. “While no amount of justice can erase the pain and suffering of the Chavez family, we can only hope that this provides them with some comfort.”

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting 80-17 for a short-term agreement to keep the government open, avoid a default, and provide emergency relief funds to communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey. He released the following statement:

The Bulletin On The Radio

Sep 7, 2017

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Jail Director Resigns

Sep 7, 2017
Former Dona Ana County Detention Center Director Chris Barela

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The longtime director of the Dona Ana County Detention center has resigned as he faced marijuana possession charges and a move to fire him.

Chris Barela resigned after an administrative hearing where he was contesting a move to fire him.

Barela has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor marijuana possession charges and has a court date later this month. Local narcotics detectives launched an investigation in April after receiving a tip that Barela had regularly been buying marijuana.

Billions Of Dead Trees Force US Fire Crews To Shift Tactics

Sep 7, 2017

ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) — Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force.

About 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 Western states, up from 5.8 billion five years ago, according to U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press.

Bernalillo County Latest To Sue Opioid Makers Over Marketing

Sep 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's most populous county is taking the lead of one of its smallest in planning to sue opioid manufacturers over marketing practices officials say have led to soaring numbers of overdoses.

Bernalillo County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to sue the drug-makers. The move comes just days after Mora County became the state's first local government to sue in hopes of collecting cash from pharmaceutical companies.

Farmington Authorities Remove Bear From Business Area

Sep 6, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police and Game and Fish officers say a young bear is back in the wild after it was spotted in backyard of a business.

Yoga studio Owner Melissa Silversmith Firestone tells The Daily Times that the bear entered the yard on Monday by climbing over the fence. Officials say they tranquilized the 160-pound (73-kilogram) sub-adult black bear and loaded into the back of a state vehicle so it could be transported to the forest.

Police have confirmed that only one bear was in the area on Monday.

15 States, DC Sue Trump Administration Over Ending DACA

Sep 6, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government Wednesday to block President Donald Trump's plan to end protection against deportation for young immigrants who New York's attorney general labeled the "best of America."

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn asked a judge to strike down as unconstitutional the president's action involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

It called the move "a culmination of President Trump's oft-stated commitments ... to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots."

Voice Of The Public: Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Sep 6, 2017

What is the state of the city of Las Cruces? Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host today for a special Voice of the Public radio town hall with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima. What’s on your mind for the future of Las Cruces? How is economic development impacting the growth for the city? What does the job of mayor of Las Cruces entail? 

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Carlsbad, NM – Structural steel beams will be reinforced and anchoring clips replaced in the secondary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park September 11-29. During those days, the park’s elevators will not be available for use.

Fronteras 720: The Sugar Skull Ghost Thief - Jason Salas

Sep 6, 2017

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees in New Mexico and across the United States. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S.

The El Paso Passport Agency is hosting a special passport day on Saturday, September 23 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Month.  This year, the State Department’s public awareness campaign focuses on the benefits of getting a U.S. passport card and how both products (the passport book and card) are great forms of photo ID.  The event on Saturday is a convenient way to apply for the first time or renew your passport.

Day:  Saturday, September 23

Time:  8:00am – 1:00pm

Location:  303 N. Oregon Street, El Paso, TX 79901

New Mexico State University’s Dietetic Internship Program recently received a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to increase the number of qualified registered dietitians/nutritionists in the region and improve the health of area residents.

NM Dream Team

  Commentary: Washington, DC –