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Board Suspends Las Cruces Cancer Doctor's License

Aug 5, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A state licensing board has suspended the medical license of a Las Cruces cancer physician over allegation of subpar care and not maintaining required records.

The New Mexico Medical Board last month issued an immediate suspension of the license of Bishnu Rauth — an oncologist who operated New Hope Cancer.

The suspension comes after several patients complained about poor care they received under Rauth. Records show he's also currently facing two malpractice lawsuits.

Fort Wingate Land Transfer Moves Forward

Aug 4, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the U.S. Army notified the Department of the Interior (DOI) that it is transferring administrative jurisdiction of nine parcels of the former Fort Wingate Army Depot to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico:

  Adolescents with substance use disorders – like addiction to opiates, such as heroin and prescribed drugs – who also suffer complex psychiatric conditions are the focus of a new inpatient treatment service at University of New Mexico Hospital.

Landmark Education Trial Against State of New Mexico Ends

Aug 4, 2017

  Commentary: SANTA FE, NM – Today marks the last day of testimony in a nine-week trial against the state of New Mexico, in a case that alleges the State has violated the constitutional rights of its public school students. 

Udall, Heinrich Call on FCC to Extend Comment Period On Efforts To Roll Back Net Neutrality

Aug 4, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections.

Shootings Spark Fear Cattle Are Being Targeted South Of Carlsbad

Aug 4, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Eddy County Sheriff's Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed. Detectives say a high-caliber rifle was used in the shooting from within a half-mile radius.

Deputies have ruled out an accidental shooting and don't believe the cows are being killed for meat since they were left in fields.

Test Shows New Mexico Alpaca Died Of West Nile

Aug 4, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An Iowa lab confirmed West Nile virus was responsible for the recent death of an alpaca in eastern New Mexico.

Windrush Alpacas owner Rosemary Metcalf told The Eastern New Mexico News reports  that the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, recently confirmed that an alpaca named Echo died of West Nile.

Echo died July 17 in Curry County after Metcalf says the animal suffered from strange neurological symptoms.

EPA Chief Expected To Tour Mine Where Agency Triggered Spill

Aug 4, 2017

 

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials expect the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to join them on a tour of an old gold mine where the EPA inadvertently triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater.

The tour is Friday at the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.

Jacque Montgomery, a spokeswoman for Gov. John Hickenlooper, said state officials expect EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to be present. The EPA refused to say whether Pruitt would attend.

Pruitt was in the Denver area Thursday.

Across the country, thousands of people facing behavioral health issues end up in prisons and jails. But they often encounter law enforcement officials before that happens.

During his many years on patrol, Lt. Shane Briscoe with the Las Cruces Police Dept. has been dealing with behavioral health issues. He says there are four common groups.

“The ones that we deal with are depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenic disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, those are the categories that we really deal with,” says Briscoe.

Your Weekend Pulse

Aug 4, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Boba Café will present Soul Sisters, the night market is back, and music in the park in Las Cruces continues this Sunday.   

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Las Cruces Teen Tests Positive For Meth Use; Mom Is Arrested

Aug 3, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old Las Cruces boy has tested positive for methamphetamine and his mother and grandfather are accused of smoking the drug near his bedroom.

They say 32-year-old Corinne Irene Gomez and her father, 59-year-old Jerry Marquez, were arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse.

The two are being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

It was unclear Thursday if either has a lawyer yet.

Man Accused Of Deliberately Setting Fire At Rio Rancho Ranch

Aug 3, 2017

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man is accused of deliberately setting a fire at a church in Rio Rancho.

Prosecutors with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a criminal complaint charging 23-year-old Gordon Schuler with using fire to damage or destroy a building used in interstate commerce.

Authorities say the July 31 fire caused extensive damage to the Peace Lutheran Church.

ATF special agents say a business near the church had surveillance cameras that allegedly showed Schuler wearing a backpack and carrying a hammer.

Sessions Cracks Down On Cities Over Immigration Enforcement

Aug 3, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (r)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions took new steps Thursday to punish cities he believes are not cooperating with federal immigration agents in a move that was met with bewilderment by local officials who said they did not know why they were being singled out.

MountainView to Acquire Rio Grande Medical Group

Aug 3, 2017

Las Cruces, NM. –MountainView Medical Group, an affiliate of MountainView Regional Medical Center, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rio Grande Medical Group. This transaction, expected to close this fall, reinforces both organizations’ strong commitment to provide quality, compassionate care for patients throughout Southern New Mexico.

The transition should be seamless to patients, and Rio Grande providers will continue to see patients at their current locations.

New Mexico State University ranks first in the country for federal obligations for science and engineering activities for minority-serving institutions according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. 

KRWG's Red or Green Confidential

Aug 3, 2017

It’s CHILE SEASON! The beautiful aroma of green chile is in the air! Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez join me as we take a break from all the political talk and kick off chile season with the official question of New Mexico, Red or Green? That’s today’s topic on Voice of the Public. You can call it, KRWG’s Red or Green Confidential. Our guests are Dr. Paul Bosland with the Chile Pepper Institute at NMSU and Juan Morales with the Santa Fe Grill. 

Window Rock, AZ – Students attending Dine College will soon benefit from an agreement singed with Western New Mexico University, offering a seamless transition for candidates in the special education degree program.

The new partnership will give Dine College students admission to WNMU after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. The students will then earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education by attending WNMU fully online.

Lujan Grisham Responds to DOJ Threat to Withhold Funding to APD

Aug 3, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement today following a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that threatens to withhold federal funding to the Albuquerque Police Department.

Last Days to See Famous Rocket Sled at Museum

Aug 3, 2017

On Wednesday, August 9, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled, which has long been an icon of the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, will take yet another ride. This time to Washington D.C. where it is destined to become part of a new exhibit entitled “SPEED” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM). This famous rocket sled is actually a part of the Smithsonian’s collection and has been on loan to the Museum of Space History since its installation.  

A team of students and faculty from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University will launch a high-altitude balloon on Monday, Aug. 21 as part of a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to live-stream aerial video footage of the “Great American Eclipse.”

The mother and grandfather of a 14-year-old boy are suspected of smoking methamphetamine near the teenager’s bedroom, which resulted in him testing positive for the stimulant.

Corinne Irene Gomez, 32, and her father, 59-year-old Jerry Marquez, are each charged with a third-degree felony count of child abuse.

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that the 14-year-old boy sought medical attention for migraine headaches on June 28. Subsequent examinations on the teen indicated that he tested positive for methamphetamine.

Commission to Consider Santolina Despite Unanswered Questions

Aug 3, 2017
nmpoliticalreport.org

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bernalillo County Commission (BCC) hasscheduled a hearing on Tuesday, August 15 for the proposed Santolina Level B.1 Master Plan. At that meeting, the Commission will also consider a recommendation by the County Planning Commission that the BCC strip proof-of-water conditions for the development.

Immigration and Faith Leaders Outline Next Steps in Fight to Protect DACA

Aug 3, 2017
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, DC – On a press call today, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) joined immigrants, legal experts, immigrant advocates and faith leaders to call on the Trump Administration to preserve DACA and Congress to protect Dreamers. A recording of today’s event is available here.

Deputies Ask For Helping In Finding Missing Las Cruces-Area Woman

Aug 3, 2017

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for help in locating a missing woman.

 Gloria Moreno, 47, was reported missing on July 26 and was allegedly last seen in the Doña Ana area. She is described as five feet, one inch tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

July, 2018 Retirement For NMSU Chancellor

Aug 3, 2017

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers plans to retire from his position July 1, 2018, at the end of his contract period. 

“I have tremendously enjoyed my time here at NMSU, as a student, professor, dean and for the past four years serving as chancellor and president of this great university,” Carruthers said. “I’m enthusiastically looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next 11 months."

Heinrich Urges Congress to Pass Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Senate Bill

Aug 3, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: As wildfire season rages across the West, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today urged the Senate to pass a wildfire funding fix included in new legislation to address funding for floods and other natural disasters. He joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Zeak Lovell Williams, The First Black Mayor Of Hobbs Dies

Aug 3, 2017

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Zeak Lovell Williams, the first black mayor of Hobbs, New Mexico, has died.

The Chapel of Hope Funeral Home in Hobbs confirmed Wednesday that Williams died Monday. He was 73.

His son, Shawn, told the Hobbs News-Sun  his father died in his Hobbs home of a sudden heart attack.

Williams was Hobbs' first black commissioner, elected in 1986 to the District 3 seat with 84.5 percent of the votes.

Psychological Thriller To Start Third Season Of Production In NM

Aug 3, 2017
nmfilm.com

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A psychological thriller that follows three teenage girls is set to start production on its third season in New Mexico.

State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Wednesday that AwesomenessTV's series "t@gged" will begin filming in early August. He says production will wrap mid-September in Albuquerque and Jemez, New Mexico.

Officials say the production will employ around 55 New Mexico crew members and 30 principal actors from the state.

Santa Fe Community College President To Retire

Aug 3, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College President Randy Grissom has announced he will retire.

Grissom said Wednesday he will step down from his position October 31. The 68-year-old has led the college as president since 2013.

Under Grissom's leadership, the college has nearly doubled its graduation rate and forged a number of partnerships with four-year colleges and universities to offer bachelor and advanced degree programs.

The college also recently received support from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Work to improve tracks used by New Mexico's Rail Runner Express trains is extended into residential areas in metro Albuquerque's northern outskirts.

The rail system says crews welding long pieces of rail together will generally work at night and Rio Metro Operations Manager Robert Gonzales says residents of the north valley shouldn't be concerned if they see sparks or hear work-related noise.

The welding is intended to provide a smoother ride, improve one-time performance and reduce track and equipment maintenance costs.

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