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A new holiday tradition will be born this year as the City of Las Cruces will hold its first tree lighting on the new Plaza de Las Cruces on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event will be held in conjunction with numerous holiday activities around the plaza hosted by the City of Las Cruces and Visit Las Cruces. Evening festivities are from 5 - 8 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers valuable resources to help more New Mexicans quit and stay tobacco-free in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s® annual Great American Smokeout® on Thursday November 17th. The Great American Smokeout is a day that encourages tobacco users across the nation to quit, or make a pledge and a plan to quit.

Program Helps Parents Pay Child Support

Nov 17, 2016

El Paso, Texas – Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), The Texas Workforce Commission and the Child Support Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) collaboratively provide assistance to noncustodial parents (NCPs) who are required to pay child support, through the NCP Choices Program.

  The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is testing an application called the Personal Alcohol Management System -- or PALMS -- to gauge a patient's alcohol use before a doctor's appointment.  

"At least 20 percent of primary care patients are drinking at harmful levels," says Brandi Fink, PhD, an assistant professor in UNM's Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. "We hope an app like this will make a big difference in the state of New Mexico," 

Crime Stoppers of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County has increased the reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the death of a Las Cruces man whose remains were found dumped near Fairacres Elementary School last month.

The person whose information leads to an arrest is eligible to collect a $5,000 reward, up from the standard $2,000 offered in homicide investigations. All tips called in to the Crime Stoppers hotline or relayed via text message are anonymous.

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Residents and visitors to Doña Ana County can continue to discreetly and anonymously report illegal dump sites thanks to the launch of a new version of the ‘NoThrow’ smartphone app.

        The free app allows users to keep Doña Ana County beautiful by snapping a photo of an illegal dump site.

   After a few short steps, the photo and location of the dump site is reported to Doña Ana County Codes Enforcement officials using the phone’s GPS location. 

More F-16 Aircraft Heading To Holloman

Nov 17, 2016
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WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce applauded the U.S. Air Force’s interim decision to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU). The Air Force will move the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

The Dripping Springs Natural Area, including the visitor center, picnic sites and all the hiking trails within the area, will be closed to visitors on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Outside of these three holidays, Dripping Springs is open year around.  The gate opens 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from October to March, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.  

Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico are placing a high priority on rebuilding state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

Finance and Administration Secretary Duffy Rodriguez said her agency has set a goal of restoring state reserves to 5 percent of the state's annual general fund appropriations.

Rebuilding reserves would shore up the state's credit rating to ensure low-interest borrowing and provide a buffer against economic volatility.

 

Though the University of New Mexico Board of Regents has not moved to change the school's official seal, they have created a process to consider a new one.

Regents on Tuesday voted to create a process to design a new seal and gauge the cost of adopting it.

The university's current seal, which was adopted in 1969 and depicts a frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador, has been criticized by Native American student groups as being racist. Critics say the seal reflects the state's violent past toward Native Americans.

 

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is offering assurances that people won't be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans seek to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Martinez was attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Florida on Wednesday where GOP governors discussed ambitions to overhaul Medicaid and health care exchanges that offer insurance policies.

Snow Off To A Slow Start In Rockies

Nov 17, 2016
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Autumn snow has been scarce in the Rocky Mountains, forcing some ski areas to push back opening day and causing some nervousness about how much water will be available next spring for the Colorado River.

But the first big storm of the season is expected to blow into Colorado and Utah Thursday. Forecasters say it could bring up to 10 inches of snow at higher elevations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Colorado snowpack is off to its worst start in more than 30 years. At least eight ski resorts in Colorado and New Mexico have postponed their opening day.

Music Is Another Passion For NMSU Golfer

Nov 17, 2016

Some student athletes are not just talented in the sport they play. Mike McGilton continues our series on a New Mexico State golfer and his passion for music.

After hearing what Tanvir Kahlon….or TK….had to say about golf, it’s easy to tell he loves the game. But he also has a passion for rap music.  It’s always run deep, but being able to create his own raps didn’t start until high school.

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The College Assistance Migrant Program at NMSU held their ninth annual poster expo, highlighting CAMP student experience in research, study abroad and internships.

Sophomore Joaquin Chavarria showed off research he did during a summer internship, and talked about his experience in the CAMP program. He says the program was instrumental in helping him complete his first year successfully.

Students At Albuquerque School Protest Trump Election

Nov 16, 2016

Nearly 200 students of a private school in Albuquerque are protesting Donald Trump's election as president.

Albuquerque Academy students chanted "Not my president! Not my president!" as they marched off the campus in northeast Albuquerque and ended up outside the school's main gates Wednesday morning.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that some students held signs with slogans such as "Love Trumps Hate" and "Black Lives Matter."

Albuquerque Academy's website (http://www.aa.edu/) says it is an independent college preparatory school with instruction in grades 6-12.

Kirtland Air Force Base Unveils Medal Of Honor Wall

Nov 16, 2016

A Medal of Honor wall has been unveiled at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The Albuquerque Journal reports two of the 76 living recipients of the Medal of Honor attended the Tuesday event at the 58th Special Operations Wing's Medal of Honor Wall.

Portraits of 93-year-old Retired Air Force Cols. Joe M. Jackson and 73-year-old James P. Fleming are the first to go on the wall.

Both were awarded medals for rescues while they served in Vietnam.

The men said they were honored and humbled to attend the event.

  SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program endorses new recommendations on physical activity and exercise for New Mexico residents with diabetes.

 

New Mexico State University has received two grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will help improve educational outcomes for children in New Mexico.

NMSU’s College of Education will receive a $252,000 planning grant to begin the process of transforming the college. Currently, the college consists of five academic departments. The funds will be used, in part, to gather experts from around the region and the country to make recommendations.

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Residents and businesses on North Roadrunner Parkway from Bataan Memorial East to the Cuestas Apartments will experience a water outage from approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, until 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, while Las Cruces Utilities installs two distribution valves. 

Saying thanks for birth control

Nov 16, 2016

 

One way or another, birth control over the years has made a difference in our lives. It’s about far more than preventing pregnancies, birth control has also allowed us to have the flexibility to also plan and space pregnancies, and the results have benefited women, men, children, even society for decades.

Silver City Report

Nov 16, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Christine Steele and Stewart McClintic. This week, missing money in the Hanover Water Association leads to charges and burglaries in the area is cause for concern. 

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NMSU Golfer Hails From India

Nov 16, 2016

International student athletes are more common than ever. Mike McGilton reports on one New Mexico State golfer from India…..with a hidden talent.

Tanvir Khalon, known as TK to his teammates and coach, was born in New Delhi, India and has had a passion for golf since he was little.

While his dad was in the Indian Airforce, he also taught TK how to play golf. After living in India for most of his life, TK and his parents decided to make a change to help TK and his golfing career.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department is working on a plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, and held the last of a series of regional meetings Tuesday in Las Cruces to get input from various stakeholders.

New Mexico First helped facilitate regional meetings for New Mexico’s Public Education Department. Pamela Blackwell, Economic Policy Director for New Mexico First says town halls are important to hear from stakeholders.

4 Men Suspected in 2013 Las Cruces Rape

Nov 15, 2016
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Las Cruces Police have charged four men suspected of the 2013 sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman during a house party.

Luis F. Orquiz, 25, Rigoberto Enriquez-Rodriguez, 26, Edgar O. Chaparro, 27, and 28-year-old Erik Daniel Lee are charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, and one count each of first-degree felony kidnapping.

Additional charges against all four men are pending.

One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted DWI Fugitives Is Captured

Nov 15, 2016

One of New Mexico's most wanted DWI fugitives has been captured.

Authorities say Thomas Frank was captured by police in Farmington by police after he had absconded from parole and officers say he allegedly was drunk again.

Frank had been released after serving time for his seventh DWI offense.

Authorities say it was the second time he had absconded from supervision.

Gov. Susana Martinez says there is a statewide effort to locate and capture repeat DWI offenders who have skipped out on parole or probation and are now running from the law.

Sheriff's Office: Spike In Burglaries, Scams Near Las Cruces

Nov 15, 2016

   

  An increase in burglaries and other property crimes is prompting Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies to warn county residents to be extra cautious as the holiday season approaches. 

             Some areas of Doña Ana County have seen a spike in the number of reported burglary incidents, including the Fairacres and Picacho Hills neighborhoods and as far south as Santa Teresa. Deputies caution residents to be vigilant about locking doors and keeping valuables either in cars or in yards and through windows. 

For the last three years, New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has hosted a gala event to honor business and community leaders for their contributions to the college and the university. This year, the college is asking the community to submit nominations for these awards, which will be presented at “A Starry Night” fundraiser next spring on Friday, Feb. 3.

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A New Mexico State University student was shot during a confrontation with a New Mexico State University police officer on the main campus in Las Cruces Monday night.

The 28 year old male has been hospitalized at University Medical Center in El Paso and is in stable condition.

New Mexico State University Police Chief Stephen Lopez said the shooting occurred after an officer responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Chamisa Village apartments on campus.

Dispute stops Gallup Diocese from exiting bankruptcy

Nov 15, 2016

Though the Diocese of Gallup had its bankruptcy proceedings confirmed in June, legal disputes have stalled the case's exit from court.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1hoDjlp ) that Phoenix attorney Robert E. Pastor has filed a lawsuit against the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the Pennsylvania religious order that founded St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, Arizona, claiming a Navajo woman was sexually abused at the school by a Franciscan friar.

Gila Confusion: Which water demands?

Nov 15, 2016
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  In June, New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, or NMCAP Entity, board members were making a decision involving millions of dollars that will affect southwestern  New Mexico for generations.

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