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Religious leaders criticize GOP for death penalty decision

Oct 7, 2016

Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.

While the efforts were made futile after the Senate refused to consider the bill, the condemnation is indicative of the conflict the issue is sure to draw when the Legislation reconvenes in January.

At a news conference Thursday, Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester called the move to reinstate the death penalty overnight "offensive."

Hearing Set For Mom Charged In Albuquerque Girl's Death

Oct 7, 2016

A hearing has been scheduled for an Albuquerque woman accused of playing a role in the brutal rape and killing of her 10-year-old daughter.

Attorneys for Michelle Martens are scheduled to appear in an Albuquerque District Court on Friday.

Martens and two others are charged with child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and tampering with evidence in connection with the killing of Victoria Martens.

Police say the girl's mother told investigators after her arrest that the other suspects drugged and assaulted the victim as she watched.

Roswell Police Asking Residents Not To Dress Up As Clowns

Oct 7, 2016

Police in a southern New Mexico city are asking residents not to dress up as clowns and carry baseball bats around town amid a national "scary clown" craze.

The Roswell Police Department said they have received several reports this week of clowns with bats walking around in the city. Authorities say it appears to be connected to the recent national news reports of "scary clowns" sighting in various states.

Roswell police say although it is not illegal to dress as a clown and carry a baseball bat, officers are asking "residents to not do such things."

Your Weekend Pulse!

Oct 7, 2016

A big concert….acrobats….and an Italian restaurant are all on tap in Your Weekend Pulse.   Here’s Fred Martino with Lorena Sanchez of the Las Cruces Sun News.

New Mexico AG Appeals Sentencing Of Teen Who Killed Family

Oct 6, 2016

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is appealing the sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three siblings in 2013.

Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief Thursday with the state Court of Appeals.

He's asking appeals judges to consider Nehemiah Griego's premeditation of the murders, his mental health issues and his violent tendencies as justification for sending the case back to Children's Court for more hearings on amenability.

Griego was 15 when he opened fire at his family's home. He's now 19.

The Latest: Jury gets case of two officers in shooting death

Oct 6, 2016

A jury has started deliberating in the case of two former New Mexico police officers charged with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man.

The jury got the case Thursday after a special prosecutor and defense attorneys for now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez gave closing arguments.

The three-week trial in Albuquerque focused on whether James Boyd was posing a threat or turning away when he was shot and killed in the videotaped incident.

Las Cruces Man Convicted of Rape, Out on Bond

Oct 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a jury has found a Las Cruces man guilty of raping a family member.   

After a two-day trial, Mario Lopez, 61, was convicted of one count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony. The incident happened in December 2015 on the 1200 block of Picacho Avenue in Las Cruces, NM.  

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Wins National Grant from Kellogg Foundation

Oct 6, 2016

El Paso, Texas – Innovate+Educate (I+E) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) announced that Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is one of three winners of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Two-Gen Grant.   The funding will support WSB’s initiative to advance new pathways to employment for parents and families with young children (0-8 years) while providing linkages between early childhood development and employment that will lead to economic advancement.

Jousting On Horseback Returns To Las Cruces Event

Oct 6, 2016

  One of the most thrilling events at the annual Doña Ana Arts Council Renaissance ArtsFaire is a competition between brave knights mounted on their fearless steeds. Jousting is a way for knights to show off their courage and skill on horseback and you can see it in action at this year’s faire, November 5 and 6 at Young Park.



New Mexico's special session ended Thursday with a budget agreement being sent to the Governor, but no new crime legislation.

House Republican majority leader Nate Gentry says he negotiated a compromise with Senate leaders to cut higher education funding by 5 percent. House Republicans initially advocated for more cuts to higher education to ease budget pressures on public schools.

The 36-32 vote in the House advanced a key budget solvency provision as lawmakers confront a nearly $600 million general fund spending deficit.

Latino Democrat: Trump supporter tried to run me over

Oct 6, 2016

A New Mexico Hispanic Democratic candidate says a Donald Trump supporter tried to run over him and his mother in a parking lot.

Sergio S. Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for county commissioner in southern New Mexico, told The Associated Press a woman attempted to strike him outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Roswell, New Mexico last week after the woman yelled obscenities Democrats.

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are investigating 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico in 2016 likely caused by illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

Of these 20 deaths, 11 also had methamphetamine present in toxicology results. Their ages ranged from 17 to 63 years. Eighty-five percent were male. The counties of residence included the following counties: Bernalillo (5), Chaves (2), Lea (2), Lincoln (2), Colfax, Eddy, Guadalupe, Otero, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Valencia, and one unknown.   

Living Here-Mesilla Valley Radio Club

Oct 6, 2016

Living Here recently spoke with Mesilla Valley Radio Club member Alex Burr about ham radio in the Mesilla Valley and a 2016 radio exhibit put on by the club at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces.

Living Here - Artist Jeri Desrochers

Oct 6, 2016

Jeri Desrochers in a local artist living in New Mexico and her work features the Rio Grande valley and the people that work in agriculture.

In this Community Connection, we meet Las Cruces Press Women, a professional organization for women and men working in any form of media to interact and workshop together. We get to learn more about the organization through the President of the organization, Cassie McClure and Vice President, Tracy Roy. More information about this organization can be found at

Esperanza Azteca Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform in Las Cruces

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  LAS CRUCES, NM - Esperanza Azteca Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing a free concert on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 pm.
 The group, made up of approximately 140 children ages 5 to 17 from Ciudad Juarez, will be performing "Sentimientos Mexicanos, a tribute to Juan Gabriel".

Newsmakers 820-Dr. Richard Jackson

Oct 6, 2016

Simon Thompson interviews Dr. Richard Jackson, author of "Designing Healthy Communities."   Jackson recently visited Las Cruces to discuss ways the city can align its design and future development to enhance public health.

Newsmakers 819-Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Oct 6, 2016

Two New Mexico State University faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have recently returned from Colombia, where they shared their knowledge of climate change and the ramifications of climate change on food security.

From the beaches of Normandy to Notre Dame de Chartres, associate professor Roger Mellen tells stories of his recent excursion in his upcoming “Global Connections” talk presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Mellen, an associate professor in the journalism and mass communications department will present “Mount-Saint-Michel and Chartres: Monuments to Medieval Faith” from 5-6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

In response to the U.S. National Toxicology Program study results finding exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices. 

EL PASO, Texas – The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on The University of Texas at El Paso campus will reopen to the public Oct. 11, 2016. The museum had been closed for repairs following a water pipe break that caused extensive damage. 

Along with the re-opening, the museum will also present the new exhibit, “The Notebook of Nancy Lea” in conjunction with the Tom Lea Institute in honor of Tom Lea Month.

The opening reception of “The Notebook of Nancy Lea” will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

ALBUQUERQUE – Ramiro Trevizo-Granillo, 34, of Deming, N.M., was sentenced on Oct. 3, 2016, in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 156 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiring to tamper with a witness. 

The desert terrain at White Sands Missile Range may not seem like the ideal area for migratory birds but a green oasis known as the WSMR Golf Course provides the perfect environment for migratory birds who call WSMR their seasonal home.

The WSMR Environmental Stewardship Division does its part to ensure such birds are accounted for and recognized with migratory bird range surveys conducted throughout the year.

Las Cruces Chess Academy Hosts Tournament

Oct 6, 2016

Local Sponsor, Paul E. Garcia and The Las Cruces Chess Academy are hosting a chess tournament for kids on October 8, at the University Church of Christ at 9 a.m.      

“Chess is just as important as any other sport, tournament sponsor Paul E. Garcia says, “It’s an honor to present this opportunity to kids in our region.  They will absolutely benefit from it!”

NM House Approves Death Penalty Bill Early Thursday Morning

Oct 6, 2016


The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a bill to reinstate the death penalty.

House Republicans took up the deliberations on the bill after midnight despite opposition by democratic lawmakers who described the early morning effort as a maneuver to avoid public scrutiny. 

The House voted 36-30 on Thursday morning after deliberating through the night on whether to restore capital punishment by lethal injection for killers of police, children and corrections officers.

Highlands University, Tribal Leaders Sign Scholarship Deal

Oct 6, 2016

Highlands University and New Mexico's tribal leaders have signed an agreement to give Native American students access to more scholarship.

The memorandum of understanding signed last week sets aside 69 full-tuition scholarships per year through 2020.

Highlands' financial aid director Eileen Sedillo said the university has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to New Mexico's Native American students since 2006.

The first memorandum of understanding between Highlands and the New Mexico tribes was signed in 1997. Scholarships were added to later agreements.

Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson To Hold Albuquerque Rally

Oct 6, 2016

Third Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is planning to hold another rally in his home state — where polls show he has the highest percentage of support.

The Libertarian Party standard-bearer has scheduled a rally at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Representatives for the former New Mexico governor say they believe Johnson could win the state's five electoral votes.

Various polls show Johnson has around 15 to 25 percent of support in New Mexico where he served two terms.

Two Arrested For Trying To Smuggle 104K In Meth In Arizona

Oct 6, 2016

Federal authorities say two people have been arrested at the border after trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they arrested a 25-year-old Sahuarita, Arizona woman and a 17-year-old Mexican boy.

The two were involved in separate attempts to smuggle about $104,000 worth of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.

Officers working at the Mariposa crossing with a CBP narcotics-detection dog apprehended the woman on Wednesday after finding more than 33 pounds of meth in the floor of her vehicle.

Report: Los Alamos To End On-Site Radioactive Waste Disposal

Oct 6, 2016

A new report says Los Alamos National Laboratory will stop the disposing of low-level radioactive waste on site by October 2017.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the environmental report says the lab will end on-site radioactive waste disposal at the storage compound known as Area G. That's the lab's largest disposal area.

The lab was shipping the low-level waste from Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. That stopped when an improperly packed barrel shipped from the lab exploded at the plant in February 2014.