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Lohman Avenue In Las Cruces Closed At I-25 Due To Police Investigation

Aug 21, 2016

UPDATE: Lohman Avenue has reopened.

  Lohman Avenue is closed at I-25 due to a police investigation.  A video posted on Facebook appears to show police with a suspect and gunfire.

I-25 Exit 3/Lohman street both southbound and northbound on/off ramps are also closed.

Law enforcement is on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, watch for emergency personnel, and use extreme caution. Please expect delays.


Texas Prisoner Approved To Start Hormone Therapy

Aug 21, 2016

The attorney for a Texas inmate says the federal prison system has approved her client's request to begin hormone therapy to transition into becoming a man.

Moira Meltzer-Cohen says 52-year-old Marius Mason, a prisoner at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, is awaiting the medications he will need to start developing male characteristics.

Meltzer-Cohen tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( ) that Mason will undergo the first female-to-male transition in the federal prison system.

I-10 Closures This Week

Aug 21, 2016

  All westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes are scheduled to close Sunday



I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane between the Sunland Park Overpass and the Executive Center Overpass Sunday, Aug. 21 to Thursday, Aug. 25 from 9 pm each night to 5 am each morning.  Crews will continue working on the new Paisano (US 85) Bridge and paving new I-10 Eastbound lanes. [Map 2]



Astronaut Training in New Mexico

Aug 21, 2016

  Who was the Eagle Scout who later joined his fellow astronauts in geologic training at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch – then went on to become one of the twelve moonwalkers?  If you wanted to practice driving your moon buggy, where would you go? Get the answers to those questions and more on Friday, September 2, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Education Specialist Mike Shinabery presents this month’s Launch Pad Lecture: From Rocks to Rockets: Astronaut Training in New Mexico.

Designing Healthy Communities Presentations In Las Cruces

Aug 21, 2016

  As part of the City of Las Cruces’ comprehensive plan, Plan4LasCruces community engagement, there will be two presentations and one workshop with D

  Silver City, NM – Every calendar holiday, Dr. Felipe Ortego y Gasca sends an email to his colleagues at Western New Mexico University. The email is simple and includes an attachment with a short write up. Ortego, a professor of English and the university’s Scholar-in-Residence, is sharing thoughts on history and social issues he feels are important to his readers.

Now he’s turning 90, and he finds himself the same way he has for several years, behind a computer screen and a keyboard, contributing his ideas on current issues important to culture and society.

Johnson Rallies In Albuquerque

Aug 20, 2016

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is promising a balanced budget, a ban on immigration quotas and other fiscally conservative but socially inclusive measures.

The former New Mexico governor spoke at a rally with supporters in his home state Saturday afternoon at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Johnson hit back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's previous calls to build a wall along the Mexico border.

He also pushed for legalizing marijuana and eliminating some taxes.

State Police Investigate Shooting Of Texas Man By Ruidoso Police

Aug 20, 2016

The New Mexico State Police is investigating a fatal shooting of a Texas man by Ruidoso police.

They say Ruidoso police were called out to a home about 11:30 p.m. Thursday about an armed male suspect involved in a domestic violence dispute.

Officers say they removed 15 people from the residence.

Occupants told police that 29-year-old David Klassen was intoxicated and had become violent and allegedly threatened some residents with a rifle.

Officers say Klassen was found inside the home and ignored repeated commands to drop the rifle.

  Las Cruces Police and a multi-agency task force are investigating a dangerous vehicle pursuit that ended with several law enforcement units damaged and an officer on foot firing rounds toward the suspect vehicle that approached him at a high-rate of speed.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, a Las Cruces Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Picacho Avenue and Melendres Street. As the officer exited his unit to approach the SUV, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed.

Temple Grandin To Spend 3 Days With NMSU Students, Faculty

Aug 19, 2016

Renowned livestock expert and author Temple Grandin, whose life became an award-winning movie, will be at New Mexico State University this month to teach students and faculty about animal science and autism.

Grandin is a professor of livestock behavior and welfare at Colorado State University and will be at NMSU in Las Cruces from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26.

She will lecture on subjects such as animal science and the importance of human- animal bond to people with autism. Grandin will also be signing copies of her book.

New Mexico's July Unemployment Rate At 6.4 Percent

Aug 19, 2016
New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in July.

That's up from 6.2 percent in June and down from 6.6 percent a year ago.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state's economy added 9,600 jobs compared to the previous year.

Bernalillo County is the state's most populous county. Its July unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June.

The two counties with the highest employment rates in July were Luna County at 10.9 percent and McKinley County at 10.5 percent.

UNM To Join NMSU In Selling Booze At Games

Aug 19, 2016

The University of New Mexico has announced it will start selling beer and wine at all home football games in the fall.

UNM says booze will go on sale as of Sept. 1 and that the decision was made in response to fan feedback.

New Mexico State University also now offers alcohol sales at games.

The new policy comes with a limit of four beer or wine glasses per person.

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New Mexico Immigrant Teens Take US Citizenship Oath

Aug 19, 2016

Around three dozen teens from Asia and Latin America have received citizenship certificates at a special ceremony in New Mexico.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday presented the certificates in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for minors who recently earned citizenship through their parents.

The teens, from ages 14 to 18, earned citizenship after they were adopted or after a parent became a naturalized citizenship. Children as young as 5-years-old also earned citizenship Friday but their certificates were mailed to their parents' homes.

2 Dehydrated Hikers Rescued From Sierra Blanca Mountains

Aug 19, 2016

New Mexico State Police say two hikers have been rescued after becoming dehydrated near the Three Rivers area of the Sierra Blanca Mountains.

They say Carlos Samora from Carrizozo, New Mexico, and Blake Wilson from Dallas, Texas, had to stop their hike about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Samora decided to hike out and bring water back to Wilson. But when he returned, Wilson was not where he was left.

Samora called for help and a search and rescue mission began.

A State Police helicopter located Wilson about 6:30 p.m. on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Crucial Utah Vote On Facebook Tax-Break Plan Postponed

Aug 19, 2016

A crucial vote on a Utah plan to lure a Facebook data center with up to $240 million in tax breaks will be postponed at least a week.

Several cities and school districts were set to meet Monday to vote on whether to join forces to offer the tax incentives, but documents released Friday show the meeting has been canceled.

It's tentatively rescheduled for the following week.

The Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan is competing with Los Lunas, New Mexico to attract the facility. Energy regulators in both states have signed off on the plan.

Sunday Road Closures In Las Cruces

Aug 19, 2016

  The following is a partial list of some of the more significant closures on Sunday in Las Cruces:

·         Interstate 25:  I-25 Southbound will have a rolling closure from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm as the funeral procession moves from Hatch, NM to the Pan American Center.  While only the southbound lanes and on/off ramps will be closed while the procession is taking place, drivers who are northbound can also expect that there might be some traffic slowdown in areas where people decide to pull over as a sign of respect as the procession passes.


   Growing up as an autistic child is not easy. But Temple Grandin worked her way through adversity and has succeeded in many capacities. In fact, she was named to Time magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010.

Grandin is a world leader in livestock handling facility design. Almost half of the cattle processing facilities in North America include a special feature she designed. 

In Depth: Sunday Funeral And Tribute For Hatch Officer

Aug 19, 2016
Fallen Hatch, NM, officer Jose Chavez


  A multi-agency commission tasked with preparations for the funeral and tribute to fallen Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez has finalized details for his service on Sunday, Aug. 21.

   Officer Chavez was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Hatch on Friday, Aug. 12.

Final patrol

Las Cruces Road Rage Suspect Detained after Crash

Aug 19, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of pointing a handgun at another driver during a road rage incident Thursday evening.

Scott Swearingen, 45, of the 4600 block of Mayfly Road near Organ, N.M., is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a road rage incident on Roadrunner Parkway.

She was nominated by Bill Clinton, and has made regretful comments about Donald Trump.

This week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is spending time far from Washington in northern New Mexico, where she will address a gathering of the state bar association on Friday.

The high court is out of session but it continues to be thrust into the presidential campaign spotlight by the refusal of Senate Republicans to hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee to the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

New Mexico Immigrant Children To Take US Citizenship Oath

Aug 19, 2016
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Around three dozen children from Asia and Latin America are scheduled to receive citizenship certificates at a special ceremony in New Mexico.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is scheduled Friday to present the certificates in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for minors who recently have earned citizenship through their parents.

The children, from ages 5 to 16, earned citizenship after they were adopted or after a parent became a naturalized citizenship.

Officials will administer an Oath of Allegiance.

New Mexico Lawyer Appointed DA In 12th Judicial District

Aug 19, 2016

Attorney John Sugg has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to serve as district attorney for the judicial district that covers Otero and Lincoln counties in southern New Mexico.

The governor's office announced the appointment Thursday. Sugg fills the vacancy created by the resignation of David Ceballes.

Sugg most recently practiced law privately, focusing on domestic relations, civil litigation and criminal defense.

He previously served as deputy district attorney in the 12th Judicial District and worked as an assistant DA in the 2nd district from 2007 to 2013.

New Mexico is currently facing a budget shortfall of close to $200 million dollars for the fiscal year that ended in June, and revenues for next year could be $300 million to $500 million dollars less than expectations.

New Mexico Senate Democrats have said they would not support any cuts to education funding. Democratic Senator Bill Soules says education is an investment the state needs to make.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Aug 19, 2016

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, a city wide fun-hunt, a beer fest, and the time warp!

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Designing Healthy Communities with Dr. Richard Jackson and local NMSU Professor of Health Sciences Dr. Jill McDonald, Director of the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research. 

August 18 2016 

Judge backs outside supervision of New Mexico food aid

Aug 18, 2016

An attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty says a federal judge is in agreement that a court-appointed supervisor is needed to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

  When Cheryl Hinrichs was in the eighth grade, she took a home economics class, which is now known as family and consumer sciences. The class teaches students basic life lessons such as cooking, nutrition, personal finance and consumer economics. She immediately thought she found her calling.

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the suspects responsible for using a stolen credit card earlier this year.

The three suspects, two men and a woman, were captured on surveillance cameras as they shopped together Feb. 29 at the Harbor Freight store in Las Cruces. Earlier in the day, the woman and one of the men were captured on surveillance cameras at the Walmart store on Walton Boulevard.

New Mexico Student Scores Up, But Less Than 1/3 Proficient

Aug 18, 2016

New results show New Mexico student tests scores are up across the state, but only less than a third of students are proficient.

The numbers released Thursday show around 20 percent of students tested this spring are proficient or better in math and about 28 percent are proficient or better in reading. Both results are slight improvements from the 2014-2015 when officials first gave assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

  New Mexico State University honored its faculty and staff at the 2016 fall convocation ceremony Aug. 16 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to celebrate the start of a new semester.

Eight faculty members were recognized during the ceremony for their excellence in teaching and research, and service to the university.