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Don Imus Ranch In Northern New Mexico Up For Sale

Apr 9, 2018
Don Imus
imus.com

RIBERA, N.M. (AP) — The sprawling cattle ranch in northern New Mexico owned by former radio host Don Imus is for sale.

Real estate agent Craig Huitfeldt confirmed last week that the ranch is on the market, the Santa Fe New Mexico reported Saturday.

Heinrich Statement On Chemical Attack In Syria

Apr 9, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the chemical attack in Syria:

"When any country chooses to ignore the international norms against the use of chemical weapons, they have made a deeply immoral decision with worldwide implications – implications that the United States cannot ignore.

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents announced its top five finalists for the university’s next chancellor.

Dr. Dan Arvizu, former director of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and NMSU alumnus, New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron, Kansas State University College of Agriculture Dean Dr. John Floros, Missouri University of Science and Technology Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Robert Marley and Dr. Brian Stevenson, former president and vice chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

NMSU to host International Festival in downtown Las Cruces

Apr 9, 2018

This year’s Las Cruces International Festival promises to be the largest one yet, with a new location and a new partnership between the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs to host the annual event.

This year’s Las Cruces International Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 at the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 Main Street. The festival is free and open to the public.

Claudia Billing

Winner of the Tony Award for the Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that moves audiences of all ages.

City of Las Cruces Presents 2018 Movies in the Park

Apr 9, 2018

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department present the 2018 Movies in the Park Program. Movies in the Park will begin Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m., or at dusk with “Coco”.

The movies will all be presented at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., on Saturdays, with the latest showing of family and kid friendly movies. Bring the family and enjoy an evening of fun. All movies are free!

Climate Change Series Coming To NMSU Las Cruces

Apr 9, 2018

The Provost and Executive Vice President, in conjunction with the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; and the USDA Jornada Experimental Range have partnered to support a Climate Change Seminar Series at New Mexico State University.

The series will focus on numerous aspects associated with global climate change including the scientific basis for climate change, potential socioeconomic and health risks, agricultural sustainability and resiliency, faith-based initiatives, national security, and social justice.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The Steve Pearce campaign announced today it raised $1.625 million in its latest filing for the period of October 3, 2017 through April 2, 2018. The campaign has $2.1 million cash on-hand. An overwhelming 91.7 percent of contributions for the period came from in-state donors. The total for the filing period includes a transfer of money previously raised and certified by a judge in a recent legal ruling.

Previously, Pearce had raised more than $1,000,000 in the first 84 days of his campaign for governor for a total of more than $2.6 million raised to date.

NMSU researchers aim to help homeowners prevent weeds

Apr 9, 2018

Spring is underway and with the warm weather starts the work on yards, fields and golf courses to grow grass and manage weeds. New Mexico State University Extension weed specialist and Assistant Professor Leslie Beck and research associate Matteo Serena are conducting a research project to find a better timeline for pre-emergence herbicide applications to help prevent weeds. 

Lujan Grisham Has Raised More than $3.6 Million To Date

Apr 9, 2018
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D-NM) campaign released fundraising totals for her campaign today – raising more than $3.6 million to date, including almost $1.4 million over the previous six months. These staggering numbers come on the heels of her commanding victory at the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention last month where she earned 67% of the vote and the top spot on the ballot for Democratic primary this June.

 

Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit Planned For NMSU Las Cruces

Apr 9, 2018

On Wednesday, April 18, Aggies Winning Choices (AWC) will host the Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit (RACS). The event will be held at the NMSU Domenici Building, Room 109 (Yates Auditorium), from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Summit will include individual presentations and expert panel discussions focusing on alcohol research, prevention and interventions, and policies that impact our communities.

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Monday Business Watch

Apr 9, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, solar is a growing industry in New Mexico with the potential to create thousands more jobs and a look at driverless vehicles. 

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Deming Rancher Couple Settles Lawsuit Against 3 State Officers

Apr 9, 2018
Office of the Governor

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A ranch couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team has been settled.

The Deming Headlight reports filing in Sixth Judicial District Court entered last week show that Scott and Colette Chandler settled their lawsuit against three New Mexico State Police officers.

But Scott Chandler says the settlement terms have been sealed for six months.

New Mexico Deadline Approaches for Campaign Finance Reports

Apr 9, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other public offices in New Mexico are filing their first election-year campaign finance reports that detail contributions and expenditures.

Monday evening is the deadline for candidates to make public their fundraising activities during the six-month period ending April 2. The mandatory report is the first of four ahead of June primary elections.

Biggest donors get around contribution limits

Apr 8, 2018

  When candidates file their campaign finance reports Monday, there will be all types of ways to analyze the data. One will be to look for the biggest donors. But identifying them can be tricky.

I-10 Closures This Week

Apr 8, 2018

  I‐10 East @ North Mesa

Overnight

Sunday, April 15

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I‐10 Eastbound will close completely between North Mesa Street (SH 20) and Resler Drive.

Detour: Motorist will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11) and follow the detour signs to re‐enter I‐10 Eastbound using the Sunland Park Drive entrance ramp.

40-year water plan for Las Cruces

Apr 8, 2018

You turn on the tap and run a bath for your kids, wash clothes, wash dishes, prepare meals, water your yard, take showers and flush toilets… with no worries about a safe and reliable future water supply. You know Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) provides this critical resource to approximately 100,000 residents now and is planning decades into the future to assure our water supplies.

New Mexico to honor Bataan march veterans

Apr 7, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard and New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will honor veterans on the 76th anniversary of the surrender of Bataan in the Pacific theater during World War II.

The ceremony will be Monday in Santa Fe. A reception will follow at the New Mexico National Guard Museum.

Outnumbered and poorly supplied, more than 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments fought for months to hold back the Japanese.

Let's Talk New Mexico 4/5 8a:  Internet access is expensive and often slow in rural communities across New Mexico. How might improving internet speed and access help all New Mexicans  pursue educational and economic opportunities? 

Quality internet service is key to overcoming poverty, according to studies worldwide. But all over the U.S., people of color and folks with low incomes are less likely to have access to an affordable, reliable connection. Plus, big corporations are often unwilling to lay line through tough terrain without a lot of customers.

What if big telecom isn’t the only game in town for internet service? Member-owned cooperatives and community networks are springing up around the country. And what’s more, they’re making net neutrality—unthrottled access to an open net—a core value.

 


New Mexico’s rate of opioid overdose deaths used to be one of the worst in the country, but it’s slowly been improving. A new study says some of the state’s strategies could be helping.

TAOS, NM – Molly Byrnes, 34, and Jesse Hofmann-Smith, 35, can’t reliably make phone calls on their cellular network from their cozy apartment on the outskirts of Taos, but they can host real-time webinars and build websites online f

Settlement averts trial against governor's security detail

Apr 7, 2018
Office of the Governor

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a defamation lawsuit against the state police security detail for New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez say the litigation is being settled outside of court.

Scott and Colette Chandler run a ranch program for troubled youth in southern New Mexico and alleged in state district court that their reputation was damaged when they were removed from a campaign event for Martinez at a Deming motel in 2014.

Test shows weapon systems can work together to target threat

Apr 7, 2018

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. military officials are claiming success with a recent exercise involving two separate weapons systems working together to track a simulated threat over the New Mexico desert.

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army announced the results Friday.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system and the PATRIOT system were able to track the target after it was launched from White Sands Missile Range and exchange messages through tactical data links.

Tuition will rise 3.5 percent at New Mexico State University

Apr 7, 2018
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Tuition will rise 3.5 percent next year for students at New Mexico State University.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the hike approved Friday by the Board of Regents came a week after regents said they didn't want to increase tuition as a means to get the university out of its financial struggles.

The annual cost to attend NMSU is now $7,122, for in-state, full-time undergraduate students.

New Mexico border wall work to begin Monday

Apr 6, 2018

  SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Work will begin soon to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico with a new bollard wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that a groundbreaking near the Santa Teresa port of entry on Monday will mark the official start of construction along a 20-mile stretch of the border.

The $73 million contract for the work was awarded to a Montana company in February.

Sessions Orders 'Zero Tolerance' Policy For Border Crossers

Apr 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a "zero tolerance" policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

His directive Friday tells federal prosecutors in border states to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry, which has historically been treated as a misdemeanor offense for those with few or no previous encounters with border authorities. Smugglers and repeat offenders are usually charged with more serious crimes.

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