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  A student organization at New Mexico State University has raised hundreds of dollars over the past year to raise cancer awareness and provide support to those who have survived the potentially deadly disease.

But along with raising money, members of the Voice Against Cancer student organization at NMSU have often found themselves providing emotional support to those who have fought the disease, or those with a loved one stricken with cancer.

Campaign literature points to loopholes in New Mexico disclosure laws

May 19, 2016

  A state Senate candidate didn’t disclose who paid for campaign literature, relying on a nearly 20-year-old state attorney general’s advisory opinion to say his lack of disclosure is legal.

The decision to send two mailers without disclosure by Hugh Ley highlights a loophole in New Mexico’s campaign finance laws: Candidates are required by law to disclose such information, but a 1997 opinion makes that law unenforceable, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

NMSU sees first graduates in Spanish counseling minor program

May 19, 2016

  Four graduate students at New Mexico State University’s College of Education were the first to graduate with a Spanish counseling minor when they received their degrees May 14. Another graduate student in the minor’s first cohort will receive her degree this summer.

 Carlsbad, NM – Repair crews recently completed work on the secondary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and elevator service will resume at the park Friday, May 20. 

State Hires New Health Care Provider For Prisons

May 19, 2016
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The New Mexico Corrections Department has awarded a four-year contract to provide medical services to prison inmates to a new company. 

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Corizon Correctional Healthcare notified employees this week that the company won't get another four-year contract. Instead state officials have selected St. Louis-based Centurion LLC as the prison system's new health care provider.

State Film Office To Hold Showcase Event

May 19, 2016
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The state's film office is asking New Mexico filmmakers to submit entries for its annual showcase.

The New Mexico Film Office announced this week that entries are being accepted for the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase to be held in Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in July.

Officials say the showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from around the state.

Services Set In San Antonio For Tejano Star Emilio Navaira

May 19, 2016
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Public services begin this weekend in San Antonio for Grammy-winning Tejano star Emilio Navaira.

Navaira, whose fans knew him simply as Emilio, was found unresponsive by his family Monday night at his home in New Braunfels. Police say Navaira died of apparent natural causes. He was 53.

Castle Ridge Mortuary in San Antonio says visitation will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT at Freeman Coliseum. A rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. at the sports and entertainment venue that seats more than 9,000.

Abbott calls relationship with indicted AG 'very effective'

May 18, 2016
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Gov. Greg Abbott is reiterating his support for indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday following a signing of his new book, "Broken But Unbowed," in Austin, Abbott said Paxton "deserves his day in court."

Paxton, a Republican like Abbott, faces felony charges of defrauding investors in a tech startup before becoming attorney general. He's also being sued by federal regulators.

Stunning Hail Storm Hits Las Cruces

May 18, 2016
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  Las Cruces was pounded by a severe thunderstorm, including accumulating hail, at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.  The National Weather Service warned of quarter-size hail.  On the New Mexico State University campus, where KRWG is located, the frozen precipitation was closer to dime-size or smaller.  But the hail came down in heavy amounts, enough to accumulate on pavement, making walking a very dangerous activity.

NMSU to deliver water to livestock owners in Bloomfield

May 18, 2016

New Mexico State University will deliver water to a northwestern New Mexico community cut off from its water supply.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/250gqJ8) that the NMSU Extension office announced Tuesday it will make emergency water deliveries to livestock owners who rely on the Bloomfield Irrigation District Ditch.

Officials say an 80-foot stretch of bank along the ditch collapsed Monday morning.

The ditch fills the city's reservoir with water from the San Juan River.

Officials say rebuilding the bank will take at least two weeks.

Las Cruces Announces 2016 Music In The Park Series

May 18, 2016
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  The Music in the Park Series presented by Pic Quik, will begin with the Mayor’s Jazz Fest on Main Street Downtown at Griggs Avenue on May 29, at 6 p.m. 

The Mayor’s Jazz Fest will have a street fest aspect to the program. Performers for the Jazz Fest areMcKinley, Martin & Snydor from Los Angeles, CA, and Note Works from El Paso and Las Cruces.

Performances will then move to Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., beginning June 5, at 7 p.m.

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a Las Cruces man recently convicted of threatening a man with a knife has been sentenced to 9 ½ years in prison.

On Tuesday, Manuel Valdez, 32, was given the maximum sentence, 18 months behind bars, for threatening to stab a man at a gas station. The incident happened in December 2013 at the Pic Quik on Sonoma Ranch Blvd. in Las Cruces.

However, because the defendant was a habitual offender, Chief District Judge Fernando Macias sentenced the defendant to an additional eight years in prison.

Bus Service Gets Federal Funding

May 18, 2016
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  The SCRTD bus service has received two federal grant awards to support bus service and provide capital funds for the next budget year.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation Transit and Rail Division has reviewed and approved SCRTD’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 for $419,085.90.    These funds will support the operation of four bus routes in Dona Ana County.

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Expands Overtime Pay

May 18, 2016

  “We’re making more workers eligible for the overtime that you’ve earned.  And it’s one of the single most important steps we can take to help grow middle-class wages.”  President Barack Obama, La Crosse, WI, July 2, 2015

 

Former Navajo Lawmaker Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

May 18, 2016

 

A former Navajo Nation lawmaker convicted in a scheme to divert tribal funds to his children has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Mel Begay was taken into custody immediately following Tuesday's hearing in Window Rock District Court.

His sentence also included nearly $38,000 in fines and restitution and 1,000 hours of community service.

A jury convicted Begay earlier this year on 10 criminal counts in an investigation into the Navajo Nation Council's use of a now-defunct discretionary fund.

Media Banned For Political Convention On Tribal Property

May 18, 2016

The Republican Party of New Mexico says the news media are prohibited from attending its election-year state convention at a Native American-owned casino outside Albuquerque.

A spokesman for the state GOP says Sandia Pueblo has banned journalists from the convention at Sandia Resort & Casino, but it will reconsider the matter Wednesday.

State political conventions from Alaska to Georgia have opened their doors to the media with few restrictions in a tumultuous presidential primary year.

KUNM-FM Public Health, Poverty Project Gets More Funding

May 18, 2016

A public health and poverty coverage project for KUNM-FM, an NPR member station in Albuquerque, has received another round of funding.

The University of New Mexico announced this week that the public station will continue to receive funding for the Public Health New Mexico project.

The project, which kicked off in 2012, was awarded a $380,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan for the Public Health New Mexico project.

Elaine Baumgartel, the station's news director, says the project now is receiving funding from other sources.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention a Year-Round Effort

May 18, 2016

  In May and throughout the year, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Family Planning Program reaches out to teens for their future.

Teaching teens about healthy life skills, development, and communication helps to prepare them for adulthood and equips them with the information needed to make responsible decisions and avoid teen pregnancy.

The good news is the number of teen pregnancies continues to be on the decline in New Mexico, following national trends in decreasing teen births, and NMDOH is working today to continue that trend into tomorrow.

Silver City Report

May 18, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic with a look at a 1.2 million dollar budget deficit for the school district. 

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Public Records Audit Details Response Of New Mexico Offices

May 17, 2016

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices to respond to public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.

The open government advocacy group released the findings of its audit Tuesday.

The group — through a private citizen — filed requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act to gauge the responsiveness, attitudes and practices of more than 120 state agencies and boards and the state's 33 counties.

Health Officials Say Local Spread Of Zika 'Likely' In Texas

May 17, 2016

Texas has identified 33 cases of the Zika virus that all were associated with overseas travel — but the virus is expected to begin spreading within the state soon.

Top state officials told a Texas Senate health panel Tuesday that potential hot zones include Dallas, Houston, the Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley. Zika is commonly spread by mosquitoes.

There have been 500-plus Zika cases nationwide, but all involved foreign travel.

Sanders Visiting Santa Fe Friday

May 17, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to New Mexico.

Santa Fe Community College spokeswoman Janet Wise confirmed Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidate will hold a rally on campus Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday the Vermont senator is scheduled to hold two events in California. At 1 p.m. he'll speak at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose. Then at 4 p.m. he'll hold a rally along the waterfront in Vallejo.

Despite trailing Hillary Clinton in the delegate count, Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until New Mexico's and California's primary June 7.

Weaving traditions showcased in new Las Cruces exhibit

May 17, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A beautiful new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces showcasing historical and contemporary weaving opens on May 21.

“Weaving in New Mexico: The Ancestral Puebloan and Rio Grande Traditions” is in the Museum’s Traditions Gallery and the free reception is from 2-5 p.m. There will be refreshments at the reception.

  As of Monday, May 16, 2016, Oregon Street and some of its cross streets near The University of Texas at El Paso are being impacted by construction for the El Paso Streetcar Project. These closures will impact traffic going to and from major events at the Don Haskins Center, including several concerts and graduation ceremonies.

Scientists Sickened By Norovirus At Santa Fe Conference

May 17, 2016

More than 30 scientists fell sick after attending a symposium in Santa Fe in early May.

The New Mexican reports that 251 people attended the biomedical research conference at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel. The state health department says dozens of them were infected with norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. No one was hospitalized or had complications.

3.1 Quake Reported Near Texas-New Mexico Border

May 17, 2016

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck in a remote part of southeastern New Mexico near the Texas border, but there have been no reports of any damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit Tuesday morning southwest of Carlsbad near the boundary of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

The ranger station at Dog Canyon reported feeling a slight bump, but officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park — about 45 miles away from the epicenter — said no visitors or staff reported feeling anything.

Santa Fe Man Arrested, Accused Of Killing His Adult Daughter

May 17, 2016

A 65-year-old Santa Fe man is accused of killing of his adult daughter.

Authorities say William Kelley was arrested Monday night on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of 30-year-old Julieanne Kelley.

Kelley called 911 early on Jan. 16, 2015 to report that his daughter was missing after leaving the home that they shared.

The daughter's body was later found on the property and an autopsy determined that she died from blunt force trauma and 30 to 35 stabbing and chopping wounds.

Irrigation Ditch Breach Cuts Off Water For New Mexico City

May 17, 2016

A breach in an irrigation ditch has cut off the water supply a northwestern New Mexico community.

The Daily Times reports that Bloomfield city officials are urging residents to take conservation measures after an 80-foot stretch of bank along the Bloomfield Irrigation Ditch collapsed Monday morning.

The ditch fills the city's reservoir with water from the San Juan River. City Manager Eric Strahl says there is enough water in the reservoir to last up to 15 days, but repair work could take longer than that. He says the city has stopped watering its parks and sports fields.

Air Force Secretary To Make First Jump With Airmen In NM

May 17, 2016
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is preparing to make her first tandem parachute jump with members of a special unit at Cannon Air Force Base.

Base officials say the jump is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon over the plains of eastern New Mexico. James will be jumping with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron.

Two Air Force Scientists From New Mexico Receive Honors

May 17, 2016

Two chief scientists who work at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico have been honored with the 2015 Presidential Rank Award.

Air Force officials made the announcement Monday, saying the awards were presented to Robert Peterkin and Greg Spanjers last week during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The awards are given annually to a small number of senior government executives and professions for extraordinary service. There were 13 winners this year.

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