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  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) announced she is co-sponsoring the Protecting Our Democracy Act to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the declassified int

This spring semester, hundreds of middle school students in Southern New Mexico will have a chance to experience college life for a day along with their parents on the campus of New Mexico State University.

The Young Achievers' Forum is an event that provides this opportunity for students and parents to learn about college life and what it takes to get on the path to a degree and a career they may be interested in.

Silver City, NM – The ongoing President’s Chamber Music Series event continues to bring acclaimed musicians to Light Hall Theater and will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the Western New Mexico University campus.

The event is $15 per person and will include a piano quintet playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 Op. 58 in G Major and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34.

The performance will be the inaugural event for the university’s new Steinway Model B piano housed in Light Hall.

Planned Water Outage for Nemesh Drive In Las Cruces

Jan 6, 2017

Residents and businesses on Nemesh Drive from Akers Street to Holly Drive will experience a water outage from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, while the Las Cruces Utilities Water Section replaces a main line distribution valve.

City crews are posting door hanger notices for the five residents/businesses affected by this outage.

Once service is restored, area residents may notice discolored water due to iron and manganese. Although the water is safe to drink, City officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

More Events This Month In Las Cruces

Jan 6, 2017

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, January 11, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, January 14, 8:30 am – 1 p.m.

o   Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 am – 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, January 21, 8:30 am.-1 p.m.

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Friday, January 6, 5 p.m. – Art Ramble

Las Cruces Museum System: Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum Free Admission!

El Paso Official Pleads Guilty In Alleged Cheating Scheme

Jan 6, 2017

Authorities say a former West Texas school official has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged scheme to rig his school district's high-stakes test scores.

Federal prosecutors announced that during a court hearing Friday, former El Paso School District Associate Superintendent Damon Murphy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

New Mexico Supreme Court Approves Policy For Online Access to Court Case Records

Jan 6, 2017

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved a policy to provide secure online case access to court records for attorneys and their staff, justice partners such as law enforcement agencies, and the press.

The court will issue an order later establishing an effective date for the policy, which could go into effect as early as March.

When you think of water flowing into your home or business, you may not immediately recognize the important role power has in getting the water to you. There is an electrical panel - a motor control center - associated with every system that runs a pump.

In a constant effort to care for customers, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is always on the lookout for improvements to preventative maintenance procedures. Most recently two thermal imaging cameras were added to the tool box carried by Water Control Technicians, to catch any potential electrical malfunctions before they happen.

Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase

Jan 6, 2017

Las Cruces, NM — Planning a large event like a wedding or a quinceañera can be a lot of work, but the planning is simplified by attending the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase at the Las Cruces Convention Center, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 29. This annual event brings together a wide range of products and services for weddings, special events, and more. Attendees can enjoy tasty samples from area caterers, get planning ideas, meet DJs, and take in a fashion show for the latest in prom, quinceañera and wedding couture and hair styling!

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Jan 6, 2017

January 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

Exhibit opening with artist Emmitt Booher

Living Here - New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Jan 6, 2017

Las Cruces – The DACC Construction Industries Student Club is helping build shelters to shield the homeless from extreme weather at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

The single person shelters are constructed at the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Workforce Center and then transported and installed at Camp Hope, a tent city located at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. The Student Club and several DACC classes provide the labor to construct the structures. In total, more than 20 students per semester are involved in the effort.

  February 4, 11, and 18 at 5pm on KRWG-FM Objects hold history. They evoke stories stamped in time. The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture has opened up a world of stories that visitors are flocking to discover.  To mark the September opening of the museum, The Washington Post invited people across the country to submit photographs of family objects that connect them personally to black history.

The Las Cruces Sun News reports that Sitel will close its Las Cruces Call Center, with an estimated 371 jobs, by the end of March. The newspaper reports the company said its business model does not allow it to stay in the market after 10 successful years. Sitel news releases say its Albuquerque location has been adding employees, and while that may be unrelated, it's common to see consolidation with similar employers.

New Mexico State University Regents Professor Jim Peach was selected to fill the Chevron Endowed Professorship in the College of Business. 

Peach, a professor in the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business, will serve as the inaugural Chevron Endowed Professor for three years beginning fall 2017, and plans to further his energy research in a way that could have an international impact. 

The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office, after reviewing findings from a multi-agency investigation, has determined that the Dec. 2shooting of 36-year-old Joshua “Josh” Clay Dunne was justified and that the two Las Cruces Police officers will not face any charges in the incident.

Dunne was shot as he emerged from a hotel room and pointed a 9mm handgun at officers. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he died.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has cosponsored a bill authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will require President-elect Trump to release his recent tax returns in order to provide the public with more transparency on matters related to the President-elect's actions, values and foreign business dealings.

Schools and government offices in some New Mexico communities are closed or delaying their openings because of a winter storm dropping snow and creating hazardous driving conditions.

Schools are closed Friday in Santa Fe and Albuquerque's eastern mountains, and other Albuquerque schools delayed their openings by two hours. Gallup-area schools also delayed their openings, as did state government offices in Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

Feds Issue Decision On Operating Plan For Rio Grande

Jan 6, 2017

Federal officials have signed off on a plan that spells out how the Rio Grande will be allocated and delivered to users in southern New Mexico and Texas over the next three decades.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the record of decision regarding the river's operating agreement was signed Thursday and that accounting and operation of the system will continue as it has for the past several years.

A decision is still pending on renewal of a contract to store water from the San Juan-Chama project in Elephant Butte Reservoir in southern New Mexico.

New Mexico PBS Dropping Spanish-Language TV Channel

Jan 6, 2017

New Mexico PBS, a public television station in the nation's most Hispanic state, is dropping Spanish-language TV channel Vme from its lineup due to low ratings.

The move comes as Vme TV — the first and only Spanish broadcast television network associated with public television stations — recently announced it was transitioning to commercial cable over the next year.

Four Agents Killed In Northern Mexico; Four More Die In Crash

Jan 6, 2017

Four agents with the Tamaulipas state prosecutors' office have been killed in northern Mexico, while four federal agents died in a road accident in the same border state.

Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca wrote in his Twitter account late Wednesday that the four agents were killed in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. He said "nothing will stop my administration's actions to return peace to the residents of Tamaulipas."

NMSU student helps feed local senior citizens

Jan 6, 2017

From her experience as a young girl living with her grandmother, Shelby Stuckel knows how tight the budget can be at the end of the month. As a graduate student in public health at New Mexico State University, she is working with a local food bank to make sure seniors have enough to eat every month. 

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jan 6, 2017

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, it’s a new year and there are a lot of things to do including Wrestlemania, a behind the scenes tour of the Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Senator John Arthur Smith

Jan 5, 2017

The Latest: New Mexico Activates Emergency Operations Center

Jan 5, 2017

The Latest on the winter storm approaching New Mexico (all times local):

3 p.m.

Gov. Susana Martinez has activated the state's emergency operations center in preparation for a winter storm that's expected to bring bitter cold temperatures and heavy snow to the northern half of New Mexico.

The National Weather Service already has issued winter storm warnings and alerts for the region and forecasters are warning of significant travel impacts.

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Unveiled Ahead Of 2017 Session

Jan 5, 2017

Texas lawmakers will decide whether to embrace an issue that caused a national uproar in North Carolina — banning transgendered people from using the bathroom of their choice.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a top social conservative voice in the state, unveiled the proposed law Thursday at a news conference.

Patrick says the "Privacy Protection Act" is a top priority for the GOP-controlled Legislature, which convenes next week.

Eastern New Mexico Names Offensive Coordinator As Head Coach

Jan 5, 2017
Eastern New Mexico University

Eastern New Mexico has promoted its offensive coordinator to be its next head football coach.

Athletic Director Greg Waggoner told KENW-FM on Thursday the school has signed a one-year contract with Kelley Lee.

President Steven Gamble told the station Lee will earn a $94,000 for one year.

Lee replaces Josh Lynn who was hired this week as the new head football coach at Nebraska-Kearney.

Eastern New Mexico had four straight winning seasons under Lynn. This past season the Greyhounds were 7-5 and led the Lone Star Conference in total offense.

Udall Meets With Secretary Of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

Jan 5, 2017
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after meeting with former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of State: