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Las Cruces Announces Pool Hours

Apr 11, 2017
Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center / las-cruces.org

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Aquatics Section, announces its peak hours of operation May 1 through Sept. 4

Indoor Pools:

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.:

Fitness Area, 2nd floor, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7:30 p.m.

Pool Area: Aqua Fitness/Lap Swim/Exercise, Monday – Friday,7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. No aqua fitness session on Sunday.

Coal Mine Operator Seeks New Buyer For Navajo Power Plant

Apr 11, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — A coal mine operator said the price of its coal could be lowered through 2025 if a new buyer takes over a northern Arizona power plant.

Peabody Energy officials are hopeful that new ownership would make the Navajo Generation Station profitable again, The Arizona Republic reported. Peabody's Kayenta Mine provides fuel for the power plant near Page that provides power to Arizona and Nevada.

 

Silver City, NM – For a group of five students at Western New Mexico University, this year’s spring break did not include late night movies with friends, or homemade meals during family visits.

Instead, for these students, the 2017 spring break vacation was a week of volunteer work and life changing experiences in remote Panama villages. Termed, Alternative Spring Break, the international venture was a trip of a lifetime for the handful of WNMU students who participated in the first annual event.

During Border Visit, Sessions Outlines Immigration Plan

Apr 11, 2017
AP

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday and unveiled what he described as a new get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions under President Donald Trump.

The nation's top law enforcement official outlined a series of changes that he said mark the start of a new era to rid American cities and the border of what he described as "filth" brought on by drug cartels and criminal organizations.

Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of The Land And Water Conservation Fund

Apr 11, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. 

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico’s opioid crisis, already responsible for one of the highest incidents of drug-related deaths in the nation, could be further exacerbated under the U.S. House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Joint Economic Committee Democrats Release Key Consumer Protection Accomplishments

Apr 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.

NMSU PreK program enrolling students for 2017-18 school year

Apr 11, 2017

The New Mexico State University Roadrunner PreK program is accepting enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. 

Reminder For Las Cruces-Area Residents: Tarp Your Trash, It's The Law

Apr 11, 2017

The Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) is reminding Doña Ana County residents of a simple rule: tarp your trash. It’s not only a necessary requirement for preventing litter; it’s the law.

According to the Prohibited Acts Ordinance, it is illegal for people to scatter or distribute any small waste outside the confines of a trash container—including on streets, lakes, streams, arroyos and more—within any premises within the county. Additionally, it is illegal to transport solid waste in any matter that will allow for scatter.

Silver City Man Charged in Las Cruces Domestic Altercation

Apr 11, 2017

Police arrested a Silver City man suspected of breaking his wife’s wrist during a physical altercation early Sunday morning in Las Cruces.

Julian H. Rodriguez, 29, of Briarwood Road in Silver City, N.M., is charged with one count of aggravated battery against a household member, three counts of battery against a household member and one count of interference with communications.

At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, April 9, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to an apartment on the 900 block of Branson Avenue where Rodriguez and his 28-year-old wife had been temporarily staying.

Weir To Leave NMSU To Coach UNM Men's Basketball

Apr 11, 2017
unm.edu

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico turned to its own backyard for a new men's basketball coach by selecting New Mexico State first-year coach Paul Weir to lead the Lobos.

Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced the selection Tuesday. Weir will be formally introduced during an afternoon news conference.

Weir set a school record with 28 wins with New Mexico State., leading the Aggies to a Western Athletic Conference tournament championship and an NCAA berth.

Santa Fe County Prepares For Annual Pilgrimage To Chimayo

Apr 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northern New Mexico's Santa Fe County are preparing for an annual pilgrimage during which thousands of people walk along roads to Chimayo in observance of the Easter holiday.

The Sheriff's Office will increase patrols beginning at noon Thursday when most walkers start their trek and begin distributing glow-in-the-dark sticks that evening.

The sticks are intended to make walkers more visible to drivers. Many pilgrims walk along heavily trafficked roads such as State Routes 502 and 503 and U.S. 84/285.

Alamogordo NOW

Apr 11, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Jacquie Devine, editor for the Hollogram. This week, the Otero County Commissioners meeting will take place on Thursday and a crime victim’s event.

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Judge Again Finds Discrimination In Texas Voter ID Law

Apr 10, 2017
Texas AG Ken Paxton

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge Monday again ruled that Republican lawmakers deliberately designed a strict voter ID law to disadvantage minorities and effectively dampen their growing electoral power.

It amounted to the second finding of intentional discrimination in Texas election laws in as many months — a separate court in March ruled that Republicans racially gerrymandered several congressional districts when drawing voting maps in 2011, the same year the voter ID rules were passed.

Las Cruces Residents Plead Guilty To Federal Counterfeiting Charges

Apr 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Andrew Barnett, 36, and Summer Provencio, 36, both of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to conspiring to create and pass counterfeit U.S. currency.

Former Employee Arrested In Las Cruces Taco Bell Armed Robbery

Apr 10, 2017

The man suspected in the April 3 armed robbery of a local Taco Bell has been arrested and investigators learned he is a former employee of the restaurant.

Israel Lopez, 22, of the 1400 block of S. Espina St., is charged with a second-degree felony count of armed robbery and a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.

TV Series On Branch Davidian Shootout To Film In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017
AP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A six-part television series covering a deadly standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect more than two decades ago will be filmed in New Mexico.

Work on "Waco" will begin in mid-April and last through June, officials with the New Mexico Film Office said Monday. Locations will include everything from the rural reaches of Santa Fe County — standing in for the prairies of Central Texas — to urban office buildings and studios.

The Intel Plant In Rio Rancho Continues To Shed Jobs

Apr 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Intel plant in Rio Rancho continues to shed jobs.

According to the company's latest annual report to the Sandoval County Commission released Monday, the number of full-time workers directly employed by Intel Corp. at its Rio Rancho plant fell by 37 percent in 2016.

The plant has gone from 1,900 salaried workers in 2015 to 1,200 as of last December.

About half of the 700 employees who departed from Rio Rancho last year were retirements.

Bills Flounder On Both Transparency, Secrecy In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyists after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information floundered during this year's 60 day legislative session.

DA Letter Describes 'Strained' Relationship With Las Cruces

Apr 10, 2017
facebook (Mark D'Antonio)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County's district attorney has issued a scathing letter to the Las Cruces Police Department after learning of alleged problems with the department's investigation into the fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in Las Cruces.

District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's letter to police Chief Jaime Montoya accuses the department of maintaining a culture of disrespect and undeserved criticism toward his office, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Shipping Resumes To Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Dump

Apr 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility and sidetracked the federal government's multibillion-dollar cleanup program.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Fully Restore Broadband Privacy Protections

Apr 10, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to restore broadband privacy rules that will protect consumers from having their personal, sensitive information sold to the highest bidder without their consent. The legislation reinstates the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that require internet service providers to obtain consent before sharing their subscribers’ sensitive information and adopt reasonable data security protections.

Bills Flounder On Both Transparency, Secrecy In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyist after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information have floundered.

facebook (Mark D'Antonio)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County's district attorney has issued a scathing letter to the Las Cruces Police Department after learning of alleged problems with the department's investigation into the fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's letter to police Chief Jaime Montoya accuses the department of maintaining a culture of disrespect and undeserved criticism toward his office.

Monday Business Watch

Apr 10, 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, a look at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, Antix Cabinets, and a column by MVEDA. 

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After 10 trips to Costa Rica, a New Mexico State University professor is sharing insights about how best to learn Spanish in the next “Global Connections” lecture. 

Jeffrey Longwell, college professor of languages and linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present “Costa Rica: Experiential Learning in Spanish” from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

Longwell will share what he and his students learned during NMSU’s Faculty-Led International Program (FLiP) trips.

LCPS Foundation Plans Celebration Of Excellence Dinner

Apr 9, 2017

The Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation exists to support caring educators that help our children.  Each year the LCPS Foundation holds a public dinner to celebrate and honor LCPS teachers and students that have excelled above and beyond in their accomplishments.  This year’s dinner will be held on April 24th at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum beginning at 6:00 pm.  Tickets to the dinner are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting Lupita Barrio at 527-6054 or lbarrio@lcps.net .  Sponsorship opportunities and further information on the LCPS F

Martinez Vetoes Campaign Finance Reform

Apr 9, 2017

  Gov. Susana Martinez, who has touted herself as a champion of transparency, on Friday vetoed a piece of legislation that would have required greater public disclosure by those who spend big money in New Mexico political races.

The governor vetoed Senate Bill 96, a goal long sought by good-government groups and those who wanted greater information on the influence of money in politics.

I-10 Closures This Week

Apr 9, 2017

I-10 & Sunland

Overnight

Sunday, April 9 through Thursday, April 13

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

·     The Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the Sunland Park Flyover Ramp.

Overnight

Sunday, April 9 and Thursday, April 13

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

·     I-10 East will be reduced to one lane between North Mesa St. and Buena Vista.

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