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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 27 other attorneys general initiated a multi-state investigation into allegations that Volkswagen altered emissions software on their diesel vehicles to produce favorable test results.

NMSU Graduate Student Wins National Poetry Award

Sep 24, 2015

  New Mexico State University student Nicolás Cabrera was awarded first place in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest earlier this month.

Cabrera, a graduate student studying Spanish literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, won at the state level last spring, allowing him to compete nationally. 

For the national competition, Cabrera took home the top prize in the creative single verse poem category for his piece titled “La yerbabuena,” which means mint.

In Depth: 41 Face Drug Charges In Chaves County, New Mexico Operation

Sep 24, 2015

  Forty-one individuals are facing drug trafficking charges as a result of an eight-month multi-agency investigation led by the FBI, the DEA, Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico State Police.  Twenty-one of the defendants charged are facing federal charges and the remaining 20 are facing state charges. 

NMSU Fire Department to Host Fire Safety Event

Sep 24, 2015

  Two men who survived a devastating fire at Seton Hall University in 2000 are scheduled to make their first trip to New Mexico State University to speak at the “After The Fire” safety event Monday.

The event, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, is free and open to the public. It will be in the grassy area between Chamisa Village buildings A and H near Corbett Center.

Sen. Heinrich Eyes Audit Of Army National Guard Re-enlistment

Sep 24, 2015
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Sen. Martin Heinrich is calling on the U.S. Army National Guard to conduct an audit of bonuses for men and women who recently re-enlisted.

Heinrich wrote Gen. Frank Grass a letter Wednesday asking for the review after a New Mexico man failed to receive his re-enlistment payment from 2009.

The New Mexico Democrat says the Army National Guard confirmed the man was owed $7,500 but never received the payment. Heinrich says he wanted to make sure other servicemen and servicewomen are receiving their re-enlistment payments.

Albuquerque Woman Pleads Guilty In A Drug Trafficking Case

Sep 24, 2015

An Albuquerque woman has pleaded guilty to prescription drug trafficking and theft of medical products charges.

The charges against 23-year-old Josephine Duran stem from the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area retail pharmacy in January.

Under the terms of her plea agreement Thursday, Duran will be sentenced to a prison term of between 48 months and 100 months.

Duran was one of six defendants charged in four indictments announced in April.

  Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced that UTEP President Diana Natalicio is among the recipients of its prestigious 2015 Academic Leadership Award.

Four leaders of American universities are being recognized for demonstrating vision and outstanding commitment to excellence and equity in undergraduate education, in addition to fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido: Lawsuit Against New Mexico Moves Forward

Sep 24, 2015

SANTA FE, NM-On Wednesday, State District Court Judge David Thomson rejected a motion by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department  ("NMTRD") and Secretary Demesia Padilla to dismiss a lawsuit for unlawfully withholding millions of dollars from New Mexico immigrant taxpayers using federal Individual Tax Identification Numbers ("ITINs") to file their tax returns.

Balderas’ Criminal Affairs Update to Courts, Corrections & Justice Interim Committee

Sep 24, 2015
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas gave the New Mexico Legislature’s Courts, Corrections and & Justice Interim Committee an update on the state of Criminal Affairs. Below are Attorney General Balderas’ remarks as prepared for delivery:

·         The Criminal Affairs section of the Office of the Attorney General has been structured to include all of our criminal divisions, which includes the Special Prosecutions Division, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Appeals Division and the Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division.

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) congratulated several New Mexico programs for their recognition as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Ready Roast Nut Company Announces Plans For Reopened Portales Plant

Sep 24, 2015

Ready Roast Nut Company officials have announced plans to create jobs at the site of an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak.

The Portales News-Tribune reports officials said this week it would create up to 200 jobs at the former home of Sunland Peanuts, which closed its doors in October 2013 after filing for bankruptcy.

The local peanut plant sold to Golden Boy Foods for $26 million in March 2014.

New Mexico Tribe To Make Federal Court Appearance In Casino Dispute

Sep 24, 2015

Leaders of a northern New Mexico tribe and dozens of their tribal members will be traveling to Colorado for oral arguments in a long-running dispute with the state over gambling operations.

A hearing in the case of Pojoaque Pueblo is scheduled Monday before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Pojoaque's gambling compact expired in June. The pueblo tried to negotiate a new compact with the federal government after talks with the state broke down in 2013.

Pregnant Wife, Husband Rescued By Border Agents

Sep 24, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a pregnant woman and her husband after they became stranded on a southern Arizona mountain range.

The Tucson Sector agents say the rescue happened earlier this week after they received a 911 call from the wife near Sells, Arizona.

Agents tried to hike to her location in the Baboquivari Mountain Range Sunday but had to retreat because of harsh conditions.

They tried to conduct a helicopter rescue but extreme turbulence made it too difficult.

Las Cruces City Council is planning to issue $28.5 million dollars in bonds that would be paid off using gross receipts taxes.  An estimated $12.6 million dollars of this funding is being put toward business development projects.

35% of the Hold Harmless GRT bond funding is being put toward business development projects. According to City Manager Robert Garza one of the first projects the council will be voting on is the expansion of the Las Cruces Convention Center.


   The visit by Pope Francis to the United States has once again raised discussion of the Pope’s comments on public policy.  

Pope Francis has raised concerns about economic policy and climate change, among other issues.  The Pope’s statements have won praise from some…including New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall.  Udall addressed the issue this week in a call with members of the New Mexico press, praising the Pope and his statements on a variety of issues, including concern over climate change.

Embattled NM Official Seeks Delay In Court Proceedings

Sep 23, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

The attorney for embattled New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran is declaring her client's innocence and asking a state district judge for more time to mount a defense.

Attorney Erlinda Johnson has filed a motion seeking to push back a preliminary hearing scheduled for late October.

She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the attorney general's office has distorted the evidence and she needs more time to demonstrate that the reams of documentation provided by prosecutors don't support the alleged criminal conduct.

Report: More Injuries In New Mexico Juvenile Justice System

Sep 23, 2015

State figures show New Mexico's juvenile detention centers reported more youth-on-youth violence and use-of-force encounters this past year, while the percentage of juvenile offenders who returned to the system as adults doubled.

The figures from the fiscal year ending in June were included in a Legislative Finance Committee presentation for lawmakers Wednesday in Albuquerque.

Las Cruces To Hold "Blue Mass"

Sep 23, 2015


  Las Cruces police and fire personnel, along with several local law enforcement agencies and first responders, will participate in the annual Blue Mass to be held Sept. 29 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral.

The mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Oscar Cantu, bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, at6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina St. The Blue Mass honors those who have died in the line of duty and personnel who are currently serving as first responders.

  New Mexico State University is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to make it easier for northern New Mexico students to complete associate and bachelor’s degrees in the high-demand field of hotel and restaurant management. SFCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in hospitality and tourism management. Beginning this spring, students can easily transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management from NMSU at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center without leaving Santa Fe. 

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Trafficking Conviction

Sep 23, 2015


  Las Cruces--- A Third Judicial District jury deliberated less than an hour to find Robert Holguin guilty of Trafficking Controlled Substance (by possession with intent to distribute); a 2nd degree felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On September 6, 2014, a Las Cruces Police Department Officer conducted a traffic stop on Mr. Holguin in reference to improper display of temporary registration.  The officer soon realized Mr. Holguin was driving with a revoked license.

Dona Ana County: New Mexico Audit Is A "Clean Bill Of Health"

Sep 23, 2015
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

  In his much-anticipated summary of New Mexico’s governmental financial audits, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller listed Doña Ana County as one of only four counties statewide with a clean bill of health.

   “This report is validation of the transparency and sound stewardship of Doña Ana County’s use of taxpayer funds,” said Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown. “In fact, Doña Ana County has received clean audits with no findings in each of the last four years, which is testament to sound budgeting, tight controls and smart use of public funds.”

Judge Keeps Case On Horse Slaughter, Expands Injunction

Sep 23, 2015

A judge has refused to dismiss a 2013 lawsuit against a company that wanted to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that State District Judge Francis Matthew on Tuesday rejected the Valley Meat Co.'s argument that the lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's Office is no longer relevant.

Matthew also expanded a preliminary injunction to prevent another company from opening a slaughterhouse on the site.

A trial to decide whether the operation should be barred permanently is tentatively scheduled for next August.

Authorities: Human Plague Case Confirmed In Santa Fe County

Sep 23, 2015

The fourth confirmed case of human plague the year has been confirmed in New Mexico.

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that a laboratory confirmed a case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County.

They say the woman was hospitalized but is back home now and recovering.

Her name isn't being released.

It's the second plague case this year in Santa Fe County. The first involved a 52-year-old woman, who died from the illness.

NM Figures Show Injury Increase In Juvenile Justice System

Sep 23, 2015

State figures show New Mexico's juvenile detention centers reported more youth-on-youth violence and use-of-force encounters this past year, while the percentage of juvenile offenders who returned to the system as adults doubled.

The figures from the fiscal year ending in June were included in a Legislative Finance Committee presentation for lawmakers Wednesday in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Department of Health

Governor Susanna Martinez, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Adult Fall Prevention Coalition, the Healthy Aging Collaborative, and Aging and Long Term Services Department, are working together to raise awareness that older adult falls are not a normal part of aging and many falls are preventable.


KRWG Joins Effort To Reduce Teen Pregnancy In New Mexico

Sep 23, 2015

 KRWG general manager Glen Cerny (left) accepted a set of framed program posters  from producer Chris Schueler (right) at the Dona Ana County presentation of Pregnant on Tuesday. KRWG is one of the partners in the program’s effort to reduce teenage pregnancy in New Mexico. Pregnant will air as part of New Mexico In Focus this Sunday at noon on KRWG-TV.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Las Cruces, NM – The Office of the Attorney General is traveling throughout New Mexico offering free training sessions on Sunshine Laws designed to help government agencies and municipalities better understand the requirements of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and its Open Meetings Act (OMA). The training sessions will be held monthly through the end of the year. Attorney General Balderas will attend the upcoming Las Cruces training with attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General.

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