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University Of Texas Explores Bid To Manage Nuclear Lab

Oct 9, 2017

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The University of Texas is among the educational and business institutions considering bids to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The university system's regents recently approved spending up to $4.5 million to prepare a bid to run the northern New Mexico facility.

The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, the lab has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

University Of New Mexico's Chicano Studies Eyes Grad Degrees

Oct 9, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department has submitted a proposal aimed at allowing the program to issue graduate degrees.

Department chair Irene Vasquez announced last week that the program turned in a preliminary plan to expand the university's program that focuses on Mexican-American history and literature.

Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Holiday Amid Tensions

Oct 9, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe is celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day with a serious of Native American dance performances on the city's downtown plaza. Last year Santa Fe began honoring Native Americans on the federal Columbus Day holiday.

The performances Monday take place amid simmering tensions over a separate annual local tribute to Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas, who led the 1692 return to Santa Fe of colonists who were driven out by a Native American revolt in 1680.

Clovis Official's Airport Gun Charges Dropped In Texas

Oct 9, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Dallas grand jury has declined to indict an Eastern New Mexico city official for bringing a loaded gun into an airport.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports a grand jury in Dallas County returned a no-bill vote last month against Paul Nelson, the information technology director for the city of Clovis.

Monday Business Watch

Oct 9, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Rockin’ Jump has finally opened up for business after several delays, news jobs coming to Las Cruces with Sprouts and TLC, and the Greater Chamber has a column about the upcoming municipal election. 

Appy State picks off 6 passes, beats NM State 45-31

Oct 7, 2017

  BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Jalin Moore, who ran for 241 yards, and Terrence Upshaw rushed for two touchdowns apiece, Clifton Duck and Tae Hayes each had three interceptions and Appalachian State defeated New Mexico State 45-31 on Saturday.

Upshaw and Moore both ran for a touchdown and wide receiver Malik Williams threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan on a trick play in-between as Appalachian State (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference) scored the final 21 points of the game and finished with 31 points after turnovers.

UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting In Lordsburg

Oct 7, 2017

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police says a man is hospitalized after being shot and wounded by a Lordsburg police officer after the man fired at a police vehicle.

State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo says the shooting occurred Friday as officers responding to a domestic disturbance tried to speak with 34-year-old Winston Ford, who had a pistol in his waistband.

Ford is reported in stable condition.

No additional information was released.

NMSU Board Of Regents Outlines Chancellor Search Process

Oct 6, 2017

Commentary: The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will soon begin a series of public forums as the group begins its search for the university’s next chancellor. During the board’s meeting Thursday evening, Regent Mike Cheney was appointed to chair the search process. Cheney chaired the Board of Regents during the last search five years ago when Garrey Carruthers was named chancellor. Regents noted the importance of keeping the campus and the communities served by NMSU informed during the process.

46th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Set For Weekend Launch

Oct 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico.

But concerns over crime in Albuquerque and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas have organizers stepping up security measures. Here are key things to know about the event:



The 2017 festival features about 500 traditional hot air balloons and 94 balloons that are shaped to make them look like bees, Elvis Presley, Smokey the Bear and others.

Commentary: Attached is a letter from the LCPS Superintendent that clarifies the district’s position regarding the adoption of the proposed New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards.

October 3, 2017

Christopher N. Ruszkowski

Acting Secretary of Education

New Mexico Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dear Mr. Secretary:

As the state moves forward with the long-anticipated adoption of new science

standards, the Las Cruces Public Schools wishes to express concerns about key

Museum Makeover In Santa Fe Comes With Contemporary Twist

Oct 6, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Contemporary art is getting a prominent new pedestal in Santa Fe with the architectural transformation of a warehouse venue into a full-blown museum.

SITE Santa Fe on Friday inaugurated a sweeping expansion and redesign of a former beer warehouse to add a snack bar, museum shop, lecture hall, outdoor "sky terrace," educational workshop space and an admission-free introductory gallery.

The redesign also adds new climate controls to a non-collecting contemporary art museum that displays borrowed works from across the globe.

Judge Orders Sanctions Against Albuquerque In Shooting Case

Oct 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ordered sanctions against the city of Albuquerque after finding the police department failed to preserve vital evidence in the lawsuit involving a woman fatally shot by an officer.

Judge Nan Nash granted the request for sanctions on Thursday from the family of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, who was shot by former officer Jeremy Dear in 2014.

Because of the judge's order, the jury at trial will be instructed that the shooting of Hawkes was unreasonable as a matter of law.

Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Standardize Cost Of Climate Pollution

Oct 6, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to standardize the metric used by federal agencies to measure the cost of climate pollution.

Valencia County Commissioner Facing Bribery Charges

Oct 6, 2017

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office has received a complaint in connection with a Valencia County commissioner accused of accepting money in exchange for a vote.

The office said this week state lawmakers asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to look into allegations Valencia County Commissioner Helen Cole took a bribe to support a solid waste contract.

The request came after a story about Cole in the Valencia County News-Bulletin.

Cole did not respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Gallup Gets $1.5 Million Grant For Detox Center

Oct 6, 2017

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. agency responsible for providing medical services to Native Americans has awarded a western New Mexico city $1.5 million for its detox center.

The Indian Health Service announced this week that the city of Gallup will receive the five-year grant to "increase access to social detoxification" and help patients with alcohol abuse.

The Gallup detox center near the Navajo Nation received last year an annual operating budget for the first time in nearly four years.

46th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Set To Launch This Weekend

Oct 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico.

But concerns over crime in Albuquerque and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has organizers stepping up security measures.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Oct 6, 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, the 17th Annual Jazz Happening in Mesilla, the 7th Annual Cultural Bazaar, two new plays: Breakneck Julius Caesar and Breakneck Hamlet at the Black Box Theatre, and St. Luke’s Country Fair.  

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Las Cruces Police Officers on Hold for Duty in Puerto Rico

Oct 5, 2017

Plans to deploy six Spanish-speaking Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) volunteers to Puerto Rico to assist with law enforcement duties in the wake of Hurricane Maria have been placed on hold. The LCPD received notice today from the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management (DHSEM) that larger contingents of personnel were needed per agency, and that LCPD’s group would be placed in the queue for possible deployment at a later time.

Money Flows Fast To GOP Candidate For New Mexico Governor

Oct 5, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico says his campaign for governor has raised more than $1 million in less than three months.

Pearce said in a news release Thursday his campaign has received money from at least 930 contributors ahead of 2018 primary and general elections.

The Pearce campaign has not yet made public its list of contributors and other detailed financial information due Monday at the Secretary of State's Office.

Navajo Housing Authority To Forfeit $26M After Settlement

Oct 5, 2017

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million of the $96 million in federal dollars it was awarded for affordable housing projects as part of a settlement.

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development had accused the housing authority of failing to use the federal funds to complete affordable home projects in 2012 as it had planned.

An investigation by the Arizona Republic found that the housing authority had a history of wasteful spending. Many of the newspaper's findings were later backed up by U.S. Sen. John McCain's office.

Heinrich Demands Scrutiny Of IRS Contract With Equifax

Oct 5, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 5, 2017) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans, including over 860,000 New Mexicans.

Report: Texas Men Died From Heat Exposure On New Mexico Hike

Oct 5, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man and his adult son had run out of water and died from heat exposure while hiking in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico in June, according to autopsy findings.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator listed the deaths of 57-year-old Robert Stuart Pluta and his 21-year-old son Robert Jr. as accidental, bringing an end to an investigation by authorities, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported on Tuesday.

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The tax plan just released by the Trump Administration would largely benefit those who earn the most money, with 80 percent of the tax cut going to the top 20 percent of Americans, and about two-thirds going to the richest 1 percent. In New Mexico, 72 percent of the tax cuts would go to the top 20 percent of the state’s taxpayers. These are taxpayers earning $98,400 and up.

University Of New Mexico Close To Naming Finalists For President

Oct 5, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico faculty members tried to put a hold on the university's presidential search during a recent meeting, but the Board of Regents decided it's moving forward with naming finalists.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Rob Doughty, the board's president, said the five finalists could be named as soon as this week.

The university's 22nd president should be named by November. Bob Frank, the previous president, left the office last year.

Roswell May Allow City Workers To Carry Concealed Weapons

Oct 5, 2017

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city is weighing whether to allow its employees to carry concealed weapons at work.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the Roswell City Council is scheduled next week to vote on a concealed weapons measure. Supporters say the new option will keep employees safe.

Under the proposal, Roswell employees who complete requirements to obtain a concealed carry license will have the option to carry a gun.

Nearby Eddy and Otero counties already allow their employees to carry a concealed weapon while on the job.


NMSU To Allow Some Tickets To Be Paid With Peanut Butter

Oct 5, 2017


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is allowing motorists to take a bite out of certain parking tickets by paying with peanut butter.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the school recently announced motorists who have received a "no current permit" parking citation can pay it with at least 80 ounces of peanut butter from Oct. 23 to 27.

All peanut butter donations will be sent to the Aggie Cupboard.

The offer is limited to the first 100 customers.

Officials say appealing the citation forfeits the right to pay with peanut butter.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Oct 5, 2017

Time now for the Bulletin on the Radio with Edmundo Resendez and Tracey Roy, Content Director for the Las Cruces Bulletin. This week, Richard Coltharp has a column on the happenings going on downtown, Revolution 120 is kicking off with a golf tournament, Empty Bowls to help feed the homeless is coming up, and Looks Who’s Dancing in this weekend.   

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A team of six Spanish-speaking members of the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) are scheduled to fly out of El Paso as early as Friday to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico to assist with law enforcement and other public security duties.

The deployment is in response to a request from the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency for 1,500 bilingual law enforcement officers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies program to support the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, an early stage seed capital fund for promising New Mexico startup companies.

State Quiet On Origins Of Proposed School Science Standards

Oct 4, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Education Department won't explain the origin of changes to the state's public school science standards that omit all references to climate change caused by human activity.

State Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said the department received input from several groups for the teaching standards, but declined to name the groups, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on Tuesday.