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  The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Las Cruces Arts Fair, the area’s most expansive collection of fine art, returns for the eighth year to the Las Cruces Convention Center March 16 through 18. One hundred artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in numerous categories, including fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media (including creations made from recycled materials), prints/photography, porcelain/pottery/glass, painting/drawing and woodwork/ metalwork/sculpture.

New Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Domestic Violence Ruling

Jan 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the case of a man arrested numerous times on domestic violence charges, the New Mexico Supreme Court has determined that prosecutors should have been allowed to use previous statements made by the victim despite her later decision not to testify.

At issue was the constitutional right for a defendant to be able to confront an accuser. That right can be forfeited as a result of wrongdoing by the defendant to keep a victim or witness from testifying, but up for debate was whether that wrongdoing has to come in the form of a blatant threat.

Apodaca Blueprint Design Workshops Underway In Las Cruces

Jan 9, 2018

 

Las Cruces residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to participate in a community design workshop this week to promote reinvestment in the neighborhoods between Apodaca Park and Interstate 25.

Workshop activities will explore possible land use and development options on the former Las Cruces Country Club property, City-owned property at the intersection of Madrid Avenue and Triviz Avenue, and other key locations in the Apodaca Blueprint planning area identified during the workshop.

Silver City, NM – Longtime Brewer Hills Baptist Church pastor Earseye B. Ross II will be honored at Grant County’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Western New Mexico University on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Hakim Bellamy, who was Albuquerque’s inaugural poet laureate, will perform live for attendees.

The commemorative event begins at 10 a.m. and will be held in Light Hall Theater.

Residents interested in learning more about the City of Las Cruces, how it works and what it offers through services and programs will have a first-hand opportunity with the 2018 Spring Semester of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) that starts in February and ends in May. The academy is an initiative by the City Council and City Manager Stuart C. Ed that is focused on providing greater interaction and engagement with City government.

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Registrations for the 2018 Bataan Memorial Death March have outstripped the number of participants signed up at this time last year by 732. That could make this year's event the biggest on record.

As of Monday, Jan. 8, 4,154 people had registered to take part in the 29th annual March, which will happen Sunday, March 25, 2018, in the rugged
terrain surrounding White Sands Missile Range. Only 3,422 had signed up by this date last year. More than 7,200 people ultimately took part in the 2017 event.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation to Overhaul the Worst VA Hospitals

Jan 9, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Fixing VHA Facilities Act (H.R.4728) and the Improving Access to VA Care Act (H.R.4727) to ensure veterans receive the high quality health care and services that they deserve.

            

The Fixing VHA Facilities Act assigns an independent federal health monitor to VA’s worst and lowest-performing medical centers, which would include the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS).  NMVAHCS received two out of a possible 5 stars in the VA’s own end-of-year relative performance star rating.

New Mexico High Court Overturns Domestic Violence Ruling

Jan 9, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the case of a man arrested numerous times on domestic violence charges, the New Mexico Supreme Court says a person's right to confront an accuser can be forfeited if that defendant is accused of wrongdoing through coercion or intimidation.

The court in an opinion issued Monday said such behavior can have the same result as making an overt threat to ensure a victim's silence.

The justices found that the district court should have allowed prosecutors to use some of the victim's statements in the case of Joshua Maestas.

El Paso Developer Buys Land In Santa Teresa

Jan 9, 2018

 

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — An El Paso businessman and developer is investing in a booming New Mexico industrial area along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The El Paso Times reports that Lane Gaddy has purchased 3.4 square miles (8.8 square kilometers) of vacant land in Santa Teresa's growing industrial area.

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In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart on reentry killing all seven onboard.  Shuttle debris was recovered in West Texas, and now research is underway in El Paso using pieces of Columbia that may help make future space travel safer.

El Paso native and former astronaut John "Danny" Olivas is Director of Space Initiatives at UTEP, and he’s also leading a research endeavor at the university doing what he calls “forensic engineering” at the Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research or CASSMAR.

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Alamogordo NOW

Jan 9, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the county commission is meeting to discuss changing White Sands National Monument to a National Park and an interview with Monty Newman, District 2 candidate for the republican nomination.         

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Library endowment at NMSU celebrates a Mesilla Valley heritage

Jan 8, 2018

With family roots in the Mesilla Valley that can be traced back to the 1870s, Humboldt Mandell Jr. was searching for a way to honor his parents, Humboldt Casad Mandell and Evangeline Smith Mandell, after their lifetimes. 

“My family’s roots are in the Mesilla Valley. We are all descended from Thomas and Sarah (Sallie) Casad,” says Mandell. “For several years, I searched Mesilla bookshops and looked online for records on the family and was frustrated that there was little or no information.” 

Rebecca Dow is a on a mission.  She says it’s long past time for New Mexico to move forward.  “Right now, I think we need hope.  I think we need hope for a better future,” she said.  Dow was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 2016.  The Republican represents District 38 in the state House, which includes parts of Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties. 

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.7 Million In Grants To Help NM End Homelessness

Jan 8, 2018
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Commentary: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed $10.7 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to help New Mexico families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The grants will go to programs in communities across the state, including three new organizations.

Gov. Martinez Unveils Tough-On-Crime Proposals

Jan 8, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is making a final push for lawmakers to pass a series of tough-on-crime bills in her last year in office, including measures to expand the state's three-strikes law for violent felons and restore the death penalty.

The governor unveiled the legislation Monday ahead of the 30-day session that begins next week in Santa Fe.

Western Ski Resorts Struggling With Snowless Winter

Jan 8, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A snowless winter has pushed much of New Mexico into drought conditions and has left many ski resort workers unemployed or underworked.

The lack of snow has raised concerns about the volume of water it will take to keep slopes covered throughout the season if storm systems don't arrive.

Ski Santa Fe, which has a seasonal average of 225 inches of natural snowfall, has had only 7 inches so far this winter. It has a calendar-year allotment of 22.7 million gallons of water for snowmaking, Ski Santa Fe spokesman Steven Trafk said.

Trump Appointee Who Quit After Probe Is Running For Congress

Jan 8, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Trump administration appointee who resigned after a harsh report into a tribal loan program he oversaw is running for Congress in New Mexico.

Gavin Clarkson filed documents with the Federal Election Commission to seek the Republican nomination for a seat that represents a district along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Clarkson said in a campaign statement that he believes running is the "best way to help President Trump stop the swamp" and protect New Mexico.

Congressional Race In New Mexico Gets Libertarian Candidate

Jan 8, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The race for the Albuquerque-based congressional district in New Mexico is likely to include a third-party candidate after business consultant Lloyd Princeton announced Monday that he will seek the seat as a Libertarian.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham isn't running for re-election in the 1st Congressional District as she seeks the Democratic nomination for governor against several rivals.

Las Cruces Women's March Planned For January 21

Jan 8, 2018

The Las Cruces Women’s March, “Women in Action,” will be held at the Plaza de Las Cruces on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 1-4 pm.  The Rally starts at 1 pm and the March will begin a 2 pm.  This is a sister March to the National Women’s March, “Power at the Polls” being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Numerous local organizations offering services to women and children will have information available.  This event is sponsored by the Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice and We’re In- Las Cruces Indivisible.

Archbishop of Santa Fe Saddened By Planned Deportations

Jan 8, 2018

 

   Archbishop John C. Wester’s Statement on Termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Las Cruces Crash Victim Identified

Jan 8, 2018

The woman who died Friday after her vehicle crashed into a building on south Motel Boulevard has been identified as 63-year-old Jennifer Nelson of Las Cruces.

Nelson was driving a 2012 Chevy Equinox south on Motel Boulevard when the vehicle left the roadway near the intersection of Roadrunner Lane. The vehicle continued traveling south through an undeveloped lot until it struck the northeast corner of Richie’s Upholstery at 257 S. Motel Blvd.

Las Cruces police were dispatched to the call shortly after noon on Friday, Jan. 5.

Outrage Over Dismissal Of Case Against Bundys

Jan 8, 2018

  Commentary: DENVER—Today a federal judge in Las Vegas dismissed the case against Cliven Bundy and two of his sons who led an armed standoff with federal agents over illegal grazing on public lands in 2014.

  This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo between the United States and many Navajo leaders which will be commemorated at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in June.  This free event is hosted by the Navajo Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe and by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs parent agency of New Mexico Historic sites which includes the Bosque Redondo Memorial.

Martinez Unveils Legislative Proposals to Fight Crime in New Mexico

Jan 8, 2018
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  Albuquerque, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a comprehensive series of legislative proposals designed to crack down on crime throughout New Mexico. The measures focus on targeting repeat offenders, supporting police officers and the courts and protecting children.

Thousands Benefit From New Mexico Museum On Wheels

Jan 8, 2018

  From mid-April through the end of 2017, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Wonder on Wheels (WoW) mobile museum was visited by 17,430 New Mexicans. WoW’s featured exhibit for 2017 sampled the vast paleontological resources held by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) in Albuquerque. In this exhibit, children learned how fossils were formed, what paleontologists do, what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and their habitat.

LAS CRUCES—Although the start of a new school year is typically a stressful time for students and staff alike, Las Cruces Public Schools, working in partnership with the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA), recently kicked off a districtwide, mindfulness-based stress reduction program that aims to change that.

Getting the best price possible at the sale barn is the goal of cattle producers. It can be tricky with the constantly changing market prices. However, a value-added program is a marketing tool that helps producers earn more dollars for their operation’s bottom line.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has established ACES High and ACES High+ calf certification programs to help producers prosper in the competitive market either through private sales or at area sale barns.

Holloman Announces May Open House; First Since 2014

Jan 8, 2018

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 49th Wing leadership has announced plans for an open house at Holloman Air Force Base. The one-day event is free to the public and scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Aerial acts and static displays are still being determined, but more information will be released as it becomes available.

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