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NMSU’s NM EDGE breaks 350 mark with June graduates

Jul 12, 2016

  HOBBS – Since 2008, NM EDGE has graduated 350 public servants in a variety of certifications to enhance their ability to better serve their constituents. The 14th group of 58 graduates received their certifications during the New Mexico Association of Counties’ annual conference in Hobbs June 23.

NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, is a nationally accredited program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

Las Cruces Exhibit Asks: Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Jul 12, 2016


  The Branigan Cultural Center will present Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? at 6 p.m. July 21 as part of the monthly Art Salon program. The film complements the Plastics Unwrapped exhibit that explores how material culture was rapidly and, perhaps permanently, changed by plastics. The exhibition is on display through Saturday, August 20. 

NMSU Homecoming event honors distinguished alums who make a difference

Jul 12, 2016

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association has selected its 2016 Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Award for Service recipients, who will be honored at a special dinner during Homecoming 2016 festivities this fall.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments, leadership and meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

Esteban Coming To Las Cruces

Jul 12, 2016

  The Rio Grande Theatre, managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council, proudly presents internationally renowned guitar virtuoso Esteban, direct from Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.  A chart-topping success with roots in Flamenco, Classical, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll, to name only a few genres, the six-string instrumentalist will return to the Rio Grande Theatre stage with his daughter, “violinist extraordinaire” Teresa Joy, for a magnificent evening of music on Sunday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. 

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jul 12, 2016

  ·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   July 13 & July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   Evening Farmer’s Market, July 13, 6-10 p.m.

NMSU Budget Cuts Include 37 Jobs And 89 Open Positions

Jul 12, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  New Mexico State University Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers is scheduled to present a budget plan to the University Board of Regents on Wednesday.  NMSU must cut approximately $12.1 million from its budget due to reductions in state funding, reduced enrollment, and the Regents' vote not to increase tuition.

On Tuesday, Dr. Carruthers sent a memo to staff noting that the budget plan includes the elimination of 37 jobs and 89 open positions.:

DATE:  July 12, 2016

TO:  NMSU Las Cruces Campus Community

11 Arrested For Vandalism To El Paso's Star On The Mountain

Jul 12, 2016

El Paso police have arrested 11 people accused of vandalizing the public lights display known as Star On The Mountain.

Investigators on Monday announced the arrest of seven adults and four juveniles over the June 30 theft of some light bulbs from the iconic attraction. The display on the Franklin Mountains is illuminated throughout the year.

Six people are charged with theft and criminal trespass. The rest face criminal trespass charges.

El Paso police say all of the stolen light bulbs have been recovered.

UNM Center Donating Books To Underfunded Libraries

Jul 12, 2016

A University of New Mexico center is donating books to underfunded public and tribal libraries across the state.

The school's Center for Regional Studies says it is providing more than $34,000 to purchase books published by UNM Press for distribution to 65 libraries.

Officials say the project promotes the interests of CRS and UNM Press in improving literacy across the state and providing learning opportunities for New Mexico residents.

Navajo Nation Endorses Superfund Cleanup Of Colorado Mines

Jul 12, 2016

The Navajo Nation has formally endorsed a Superfund cleanup of southwestern Colorado mines, including one that released millions of gallons of wastewater into a river on Navajo land.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is considering a Superfund designation for the Gold King Mine and other sites, released the letter Monday.

The letter was dated June 3. The EPA didn't immediately respond to a request for an explanation for the delay.

Las Cruces City Council heard from city staff on the impact of the minimum wage on Las Cruces economy, six months ahead of the date the next increase is set to go into effect.

Las Cruces City Council heard from city staff, business owners, and minimum wage workers on how the minimum wage impact has affected Las Cruces.

City Staff showed since increasing minimum wage GRT sales, restaurant GRT sales, and business permits have increased, while acknowledging that this could be the result of many factors.

New Mexico Governor Travels To Dallas Police Memorial

Jul 11, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to Dallas to attend a memorial service for five Dallas police officers slain in the line of duty.

Martinez was traveling to Dallas Monday evening and planned to return after the Tuesday service. The former district attorney and El Paso native called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week to offer her condolences, and has said she is heartbroken by the bloodshed in Dallas.

Texas Governor To Have Skin Grafts Following Injuries

Jul 11, 2016

  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will spend the night in the hospital and undergo skin grafts on his feet after suffering second- and third-degree burns on his feet and both legs below the knees.

Abbott's office says he'll undergo skin grafts Tuesday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to repair damage on his feet after coming into contact with scalding water last week. After the procedure, he's expected to be discharged and return to Austin.

The Republican's office says he was found to have a minor skin infection after going to the hospital Monday.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen

  During a news conference Friday, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen referred to "Black Lives Matter" as a "radical hate group."  On Monday, Allen issued the following statement regarding his comments and his concerns about the actions at some of the group's events:

The remarks I shared after Friday's press conference were made during an emotional time, I hope everyone can respect that.

Presbyterian Pulling Out Of New Mexico Health Exchange

Jul 11, 2016

Officials with Presbyterian Health Plan say the insurance company will no longer offer individual and family plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Mexico starting next year.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Presbyterian has sent letters to members notifying them of the changes.

The decision to stop offering coverage will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies.

New Mexico Food-Aid Investigation Ignites New Concerns

Jul 11, 2016

The first results of an internal investigation into whether New Mexico state officials falsified emergency food benefit applications to meet federal processing deadlines is raising new concerns that aid may not be reaching those in need.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland said Monday that she and several allied lawmakers want to ensure that emergency food benefits reach eligible residents while the Human Services Department continues its investigation.

Team Zane Continues Legacy: Call For Charities

Jul 11, 2016

Commentary: Calling all charities that serve children in Las Cruces—it is your turn to jump into the fun of the Team Zane Celebrity Waiter annual fundraising event.  Jeffrey Silva, the father of the pint sized local hero for whom the event is named, is inviting local non-profits that serve children to be the host of the event for 2017.

Photographer Reaches $50K Settlement Over State Police Stop

Jul 11, 2016

An Albuquerque photojournalist has reached a $50,000 settlement with the state years after a state police officer pulled him over while searching for a motorist suspected of wielding a firearm along a New Mexico freeway.

Albuquerque Journal photographer Adolphe Pierre-Louis had been handcuffed at gunpoint during the August 2011 stop.

The Journal reports that details of the settlement reached months ago were recently unsealed by a judge who ruled state police also must accommodate for Pierre-Louis to speak to cadets.

Early Morning Fire Kills 5 Horses And Dog In Los Lunas

Jul 11, 2016

Five horses are dead following a fire in a Los Lunas family's barn.

Marleen Beltran says the deadly fire early Sunday morning has devastated the families owning the horses, one of which won a weekend race at Albuquerque Downs.

A dog also died inside the barn.

Firefighters told KOAT-TV that the fire's cause is under investigation.

Information from: KOAT-TV.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New Mexico State University researchers plan to place mosquito traps across roughly two-thirds of the state to map the range of two species known to transmit Zika virus.

Biologist Kathryn Hanley says researchers asked to do this project four years ago but funding agencies had little interest.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that changed when Zika was linked to severe birth defects in Brazil and other nations in the Americas.

Monday Business Watch

Jul 11, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. This week, Hastings is in limbo as corporate goes through chapter 11.

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StoryCorps: Blu K. Warren

Jul 11, 2016

Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Deborah Moore (53) interviews her friend, Blu K. Warren (53) about her work and creating a safe space for the Lesbian community in Las Cruces by throwing parties in Vado in the 90s.

Deborah Moore with her friend, Blu K. Warren on KRWG’s StoryCorps which airs Mondays at 8:45 am and 6:45 pm. KRWG is proud to have hosted 3 StoryCorps so that our stories too can be included in the Library of Congress. You can hear this....and other interviews on the StoryCorps page in the radio krwg-dot-org.

Could New Mexico land proposed Facebook data center?

Jul 9, 2016

  New Mexico's largest electric provider has filed documents with state regulators that reveal plans by social media giant Facebook to build a new data center.

According to Public Service Co. of New Mexico's filing with the Public Regulation Commission, both New Mexico and Utah are in the running for hosting the proposed data center.

Facebook wants to get its energy needs for the center from renewable resources, so PNM is seeking an expedited approval process for recovering from Facebook the costs associated with providing the electricity.

Deaths Of Three Mexican Gray Wolves Under Investigation

Jul 9, 2016

Three Mexican gray wolves have been found dead in Arizona and New Mexico and wildlife managers say they're investigating.

The latest monthly report on the status of the endangered predators shows a male wolf belonging to the Marble Pack was found dead in New Mexico. In Arizona, a female from the Hoodoo Pack and a single male were also found dead in June.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department didn't release any further details about the deaths in the report released Friday. The agency partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the wolf reintroduction program.

Testimony In Senator's Corruption Case Focuses On Fraud

Jul 8, 2016

A determination is drawing closer on whether former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego should stand trial on corruption charges.

State prosecutors and a defense attorney for Griego honed in Friday on evidence related to fraud and bribery charges during a fourth day of evidentiary hearings, as they called state officials, lawmakers and a real estate attorney to testify.

The Latest: Albuquerque Police To Use Buddy System

Jul 8, 2016

The Latest on reaction in New Mexico to the shootings in Dallas (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she's heartbroken over the violence in downtown Dallas.

In a statement issued Friday in response to the shooting deaths of five officers following a protest in Dallas, the governor says she called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to offer her condolences. She told him that New Mexicans are praying for officers in Dallas, their families and law enforcement officials around the country.

New Mexico Air Force Base Identifies Dead Airman

Jul 8, 2016

Authorities have identified an airman who was found dead in housing at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

Base officials announced Friday that Senior Airman William "Joey" Boyd of Jackson, Mississippi, was found dead in his home July 6 by one of his roommates.

The cause of his death remains under investigation.

Members of Boyd's unit are planning a memorial service at the base chapel July 12.

Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

Jul 8, 2016
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what's in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

New Mexico VA 'Adopting' Hospital Access Changes Amid Report

Jul 8, 2016

Veterans Affairs' health care system officials in New Mexico say they are adopting various charges to improve access amid a critical Office of Inspector General report.

New Mexico VA Health Care System director Andrew Welch said Friday the system has revamped its troubled scheduling process, improved training and is working to provide better transportation.

A report released last month said there was "a long-standing practice of misreporting desired appointment dates" throughout the New Mexico VA system.

Work Crews Returning To Site Of Massive Colorado Mine Spill

Jul 8, 2016

Crews are returning to the scene of a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado to stabilize the mine opening with steel bracing and concrete.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday work at the Gold King Mine will begin this weekend and last through October.

An EPA-led contractor inadvertently triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King last August while doing preliminary cleanup work.

Udall Statement On Shootings In Dallas, Minnesota And Louisiana

Jul 8, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the tragic shootings this week: