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Investigations Blame Officers For New Mexico Jail Escape

Jun 13, 2017

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Investigations into a New Mexico jail found officers improperly placed an inmate accused of a murder in a minimum security unit and failed to notice "compromised" fencing through which two inmates managed to escape.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Sandoval County posted redacted versions of internal and external investigations Monday into the May 5 escape of Paul Garcia and Blake McPherson from the Sandoval County Jail.

New Campaign Disclosure Rules Proposed For New Mexico

Jun 13, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is proposing changes to the state's campaign finance reporting rules for candidates and committees designed to provide more detailed and accurate disclosures of political contributions.

New Mexico City Considers Plan For $35M Airport Terminal

Jun 13, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in one of the Southwest's most notable tourist destinations are developing plans for a $35 million passenger terminal at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

Mayor Javier Gonzales' administration is crafting the proposal but financing for the five-year project — which includes roads, parking lots and aircraft parking ramps — hasn't been sorted out.

The proposal is part of a larger effort by Santa Fe to boost air traffic, making the city-owned airport an economic development hub.

Tuition Increase Approved For New Mexico State University

Jun 13, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University's Board of Regents has approved a 6 percent tuition-and-fee increase for the university's main campus and community college system.

Las Cruces Sun-News reports the regents approved the tuition hike at a special meeting on Monday.

An in-state, main-campus student taking 12 credit hours will pay $184 more per semester under the approval, taking the total tuition-and-fee cost to $3,230. A student taking 15 credit hours or more will pay $197 more per-semester.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country. The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported.

ALBUQUERQUE – David Anaya Garcia, 33, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 96 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on a federal child pornography charge.  Garcia will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.  At the time he committed the crime, Garcia was employed as a janitor in a Las Cruces elementary school.

  An Albuquerque couple has donated $500,000 to The University of New Mexico’s Department of Dermatology to improve skin cancer care and awareness in the state. 

When New Mexico State University junior Alicia Romero hears a laugh, she knows she’s on the path to helping a fellow student. A TRIO Student Support Services mentor who is beginning her third semester with the program, Romero values working with her peers. 

If you have a recipe for homemade mosquito repellent, two New Mexico State University professors want to hear about it.

Mary Alice Scott, assistant professor of anthropology and Immo Hansen, associate professor of biology in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have created an online survey to discover people’s homemade mosquito repellents. They hope to get responses from all over the world.

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program recently sent two New Mexico companies to the National Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Conference held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C.

NM FAST is based at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Las Cruces Heat Warning

Jun 13, 2017

The Las Cruces Police Department is reminding motorists that rising daytime temperatures can cause death or serious injury to children or pets left in an enclosed vehicle.

Research shows that the interior temperature of an enclosed vehicle can rise 19 degrees Fahrenheit after only 10 minutes in the sun, 34 degrees after 30 minutes, and 45-50 degrees in about one hour. The rapidly increasing interior temperature of a vehicle can cause injury to people and pets, even when outdoor daytime temperatures are in the 80s or low 90s.

Commentary: SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today released a draft campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA).

Las Cruces Man Missing

Jun 13, 2017
Missing: Manuel Castillo (middle)

Las Cruces Police Department is asking for help in locating Manuel Castillo who walked away without his medications from the 1500 block of Madrid on Monday, June 11, 2017 at about 11:00 p.m. yesterday. 

Castillo, 70 years of age, is described as 5-feet-4-inches tall, with Brown eyes, Silver or white balding colored hair, and weighs about 150 pounds. Castillo was last seen wearing a grey and brown western style button up shirt, blue ball cap, and brown jeans. Castillo is possibly heading to Mexico, an area that he knows well.  

Study: $15 An Hour Needed For Two-Bedroom Rental In New Mexico

Jun 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new study says residents in 10 New Mexico counties must earn $15 an hour or more to rent a two-bedroom apartment without having to spend more than 30 percent of their income.

Data released by an affordable housing advocacy group found that residents in Santa Fe County had to earn at least $20.15 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental.

The report says those in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties needed $16.88 an hour for a two-bedroom place in their area.

Report: New Mexico Ranked Lowest For Child Well-Being In Southwest

Jun 13, 2017
New Mexico Voices for Children

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three Southwestern states are ranked near the bottom when it comes to child well-being, with New Mexico leading the way among its neighbors.

The annual Kids Count report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks New Mexico 49th, ahead of only Mississippi. Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona fill in the rest of the five lowest rankings.

Alamogordo NOW

Jun 13, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Jacquie Devine, editor for the Hollogram. This week, a forest fire has been put out and a profile on a candidate for Lt. Governor. 

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NMSU Las Cruces Tuition And Fees Rising Six Percent

Jun 12, 2017
Darren Phillips, NMSU

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents Monday voted unanimously to increase tuition and fees by six percent for the Las Cruces campus.  The vote came after a host of community members, faculty, and the student body President asked the board to approve the increase, which takes effect in the fall semester.

NMSU has cut more than 700 jobs in recent years, due in part to state budget cuts.  Even with next year's tuition increase, administrators say they still have to cut an additional eight million dollars from the budget.

Governor signs Texas' $217B budget, cuts $120M with vetoes

Jun 12, 2017
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  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a 2018-2019 state budget worth around $217 billion, but vetoed about $120 million in planned expenditures.

Squeezed by the oil price slump, the budget includes funding increases for the state's beleaguered child welfare system and $800 million for border security.

Abbott signed the budget Monday.

His vetoes included cutting nearly $900,000 in Secretary of State funding to help Texans living in impoverished "colonias" along the border with Mexico.

Commentary: Las Cruces, NM -- A group of local Iranians met today with Congressman Steve Pearce’s staff to discuss their concerns over President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

“We came today to let the Congressman know how this Muslim ban would be devastating to so many of his constituents, and how it would badly impact the broader Las Cruces community,” said Ali Scotten, who heads the New Mexico chapter of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

Police Video Shows Rescue Of Kidnap Victim Bound By Chains

Jun 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly released video shows New Mexico police officers stopping a van that was wanted in connection with a Nevada kidnapping and then finding a woman bound by chains in the back of the vehicle.

Video from one of the officer's cameras shows the woman alive but shaken. "Oh my God, thank you," she tells the officers, her cuffed hands clenched into fists in front of her.

New Mexico's US 550 Continues To Be Deadly Major Highway

Jun 12, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Government traffic data shows that highway U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico could be the state's deadliest major highway.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports U.S. 550 continued to have a high fatality rate after the state finished widening the highway to four lanes in 2001. The New Mexico portion of U.S. 550 starts at Bernalillo, located north of Albuquerque, and runs through Cedar Hill before reaching Colorado. The highway does not have cable barriers or median barriers.

Investigators: EPA Had No Rules For Working At Risky Mines

Jun 12, 2017

DENVER (AP) — Government investigators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado mine that polluted rivers in three states.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General said Monday the agency started work on safety standards after the spill and expects to finish them this week.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Attempting to Extort Woman

Jun 12, 2017

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of trying to extort a woman by offering to delete explicit photos in exchange for sex.

 

William D. Gonzalez, 28, of the 4900 block of Bosworth Road, is charged with a third-degree felony count of extortion and two misdemeanor counts – one for harassment and one for voyeurism.

 

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Sanchez Leads Trade Mission To China

Jun 12, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is leading a delegation of local and state leaders on a trade mission to China.

The trip is being sponsored and paid for by the China-United States Exchange Foundation.

Sanchez says New Mexico must expand its efforts to grow and diversify the economy by pursuing other opportunities in the global market.

In 2016, China was New Mexico's third largest export market behind Mexico and Israel at $497 million.

Federal Dollars To Help Flood Control, Water Projects In Alamogordo

Jun 12, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Flood control and water infrastructure projects around New Mexico will be getting a boost thanks to $13 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich had requested the money from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a spending bill that funds the federal government through September.

The senators say the money will go toward helping the city of Alamogordo improve safety and prevent flood damage and operations and maintenance on the Jemez Canyon Dam.

Trial May Upend State Funding For Education

Jun 12, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico's public schools are funded was headed to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

Parents, school districts and advocacy groups allege that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 12, 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, high tech water and nutrient monitoring, an Arrowhead shining star, and a look at the shop local movement.  

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LAS CRUCES— The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that Las Cruces High School graduate Elisa Davidson, 18, has been selected as one of the approximately 3,200 winners of this year’s College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships. Each scholarship recipient will be provided between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

Silver City, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption event in Silver City, New Mexico, June 23-24, 2017.  The two-day event at the Southwest Horsemen’s Association Rodeo Grounds will feature dozens of outstanding animals.  The event will take place from noon - 6:00pm on Friday, June 23, and 8:00am – Noon on Saturday, June 24.  The BLM will offer all animals for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law).

Anne Simpson, MD, director for the UNM School of Medicine Institute of Ethics.

  As our population continues to age in New Mexico, the issue of Long Term Care (LTC) is growing in importance. The UNM School of Medicine’s Institute for Ethics will focus on the many facets of long term care at a conference on June 16-17.

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