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Money Smart Week Comes To The Las Cruces Farmers' Market

Apr 21, 2016

  Visitors to the Las Cruces Farmers' Market on Saturday, April 23, will see a sea of green shirts and balloons in front of the Rio Grandé Theater, where the official local kickoff of Money Smart Week 2016 will be underway.

The kickoff will feature giveaways, demonstrations, an inflatable money machine and calendars outlining more than 70 seminars coming up throughout the next week in Doña Ana County.

Proclamations approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the Las Cruces City Council will be formally presented.

  If a young child was brought to the United States by his or her parents from another country, can that child later attend college in the U.S.? Is it possible for an undocumented student to receive state-funded scholarships to attend New Mexico State University? If a student has high school transcripts from another country, what are the options for higher education in the U.S.?

The Immigrant Student Issues Committee at NMSU and Dona Ana Community College has the answers.

White Sands National Monument

Across the country, National Parks are finding different ways to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

White Sands National Monument is one of the most visited National Parks in New Mexico. Marie Sauter, Superintendent of White Sands National Monument says the National Parks provide a valuable service.

Lawsuit Against Natural Cigarette Maker Moved To New Mexico

Apr 21, 2016

A class-action lawsuit targeting a company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural has moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

Three men from California, New York and Florida are suing the maker of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., and its parent company, Reynolds American Inc.

The plaintiffs say the cigarette maker's marketing deliberately tries to mislead smokers into believing their products are healthier than other tobacco products.

Southern New Mexico County Eyes Expanding Its Port-Of-Entry

Apr 21, 2016

A southern New Mexico county is considering expanding its port-of-entry.

Luna County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet in special session on Friday to discuss the plan. Residents will have the chance to speak about the proposal to expand the port-of-entry in Columbus.

Officials say the expansion is needed to increase freight through New Mexico and make it easier for the city and truckers to pass through.

Port-of-Entries throughout New Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico border have reported record traffic in recent years.

Workshops Aim To Preserve Northern New Mexico Documents

Apr 21, 2016
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New Mexico Highlands University and the city of Las Vegas Museum want northern New Mexico residents to preserve their family documents.

The school's library and the museum will host workshops next week in Las Vegas on ways families can save documents going back the Spanish colonial era to frontier days.

Officials say those documents tell the story of New Mexico and should be preserved.

Judge Search Continues In New Mexico Corruption Case

Apr 21, 2016
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Two semi-retired New Mexico state judges have been nominated to oversee a criminal fraud case against former Sen. Phil Griego after a string of judges in Santa Fe District Court declined to hear the case.

State prosecutors and Griego's attorney agreed to recommend substitute Judges James A. Hall of Santa Fe or Michael E. Martinez of Albuquerque. Defense attorney Tom Smith says they are both active as substitute judges.

Hit-and-Run Suspect Wanted by Las Cruces Police

Apr 20, 2016

  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the driver suspected of Saturday’s hit-and-run that injured a 29-year-old man.

Andrew Aguilar, 25 of 2230 Dona Ana Rd., is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The 29-year-old victim was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso shortly after the crash. He remained hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition at UMC.

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the driver of a Jeep that caused a crash Tuesday evening on Telshor Boulevard.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, a Ford Fusion and a Chrysler Town and Country van were southbound on Telshor near Hillrise Drive when a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, also southbound, approached at a high rate of speed. In an effort to avoid being rear-ended by the Jeep, the driver of the Ford quickly changed lanes and struck the van.

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with Dona Ana County Teen Court continues with their annual DWI Shattered Lives simulation, which will be held at Mayfield High School on Thursday April 21, 2016.  A section of Valley Drive will be closed from 9:00 am until 10:30 am in order to reenact the crash.

Virgin Galactic Team Returns To Spaceport America

Apr 20, 2016

A team of pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists with Virgin Galactic is busy at Spaceport America, running a series of ground and air exercises in preparation for future commercial flights.

The focus is on WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that will one day help carry the company's rocket ship and paying tourists to the edge of space.

Feds To Release Wolves In New Mexico Despite Opposition

Apr 20, 2016

U.S. officials plan to release Mexican wolves in New Mexico this year despite the state's opposition.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday posted a plan to its website saying it intends to release a pack of wolves in the state and place pups born in captivity into a wild pack to improve the population's genetic diversity.

The agency and the New Mexico Game Commission wrangled over bureaucratic issues for months before the commission denied the federal government permission to release the wolves in New Mexico.

Drug Task Force In Southwest New Mexico Facing Scrutiny

Apr 20, 2016

A drug task force in southwestern New Mexico is facing scrutiny over the handling and storing of evidence by law enforcement officers.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez says she is aware of possible irregularities surrounding the federally-funded Region VII High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Task Force.

Estevez says officials have been told of allegations of lack of internal controls and a lack of policies or procedures involving evidence.

Officials say some cases involved missing incident reports.

Border Agent Fires Gun At Smuggler, No Injuries Reported

Apr 20, 2016

The U.S. Border Patrol says one of its agents fired a gun at a marijuana smuggler on Tohono O'odham Nation land.

The encounter occurred late Tuesday afternoon near the village of Cowlic as border agents were tracking a group of smugglers.

The Border Patrols says agents were assaulted with rocks as they approached the smugglers.

The agency says no injuries were reported and that the smugglers were taken into custody and their marijuana bales have been seized.

The shooting is under investigation.

Las Cruces City Council approved 7-0 a plan to expand the convention center along with a shared film sound stage. Along with that, they also approved a long-term plan for a stand-alone sound stage.

According to the Associated Press, all of New Mexico’s sound stages were recently filled to capacity. Irene Oliver- Lewis, Vice Chair of Film Las Cruces says the expanding options in entertainment means there is an increase in demand for places to film.

Silver City Report

Apr 20, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic with a look at how the Drug Task Force agency for the Silver City region has mishandled evidence going back four years.  

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NMSU alumnus to speak on Mexican teens and violence

Apr 19, 2016

  A Mexican anthropologist and graduate of New Mexico State University will visit NMSU this week to speak about teens and the drug-related violence in Mexico.

 

 

  LAS CRUCES----Cheryl Carreon, a preschool teacher for developmentally delayed children at East Picacho Elementary School, has been selected as the 2017 Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made last night (April 18) during the annual "Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner" sponsored by the LCPS Foundation, Century Bank, and the school district.

Las Cruces Teen Arrested Again, Two Weeks Following Burglary Spree

Apr 19, 2016

  A 16-year-old boy arrested just two weeks ago for allegedly burglarizing vehicles in the Dale neighborhood is now suspected of stealing property from automobiles Monday evening.

Deacon Castillo now faces two additional charges of auto burglary after officers located him on Fountain Loop in the possession of property stolen from at least four vehicles.

Las Cruces Residents Plead Guilty To Meth Charges

Apr 19, 2016

  Two residents of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges. 

New Mexico Governor Rebukes Trump On Border-Fence Plan

Apr 19, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

Martinez told the Associated Press on Tuesday that building fences can impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

Governor: Social Media To Broadcast Lenient DUI Sentences

Apr 19, 2016

The governor of New Mexico says social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday announced a program that will use citizen watchdogs to monitor court hearings by state judges who are routinely lenient in drunken driving cases.

Staffers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving will serve as monitors. They'll send details about lenient sentences to state officials, who will identify repeat offenders and the judges in tweets or Facebook posts.

Planned Parenthood Abortion Drug Prescriptions Net Complaint

Apr 19, 2016
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New Mexico's board of nursing is investigating a complaint that a Planned Parenthood nurse prescribed an abortion drug in violation of state law.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the complaint says the nurse practitioner who prescribed the abortion medication violated the law that stipulates licensed physicians alone can perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Whitney Phillips said in a written statement that nurse practitioners are not performing surgical abortions.

Clean Up To Begin At National Monument Aircraft Crash Site

Apr 19, 2016

The military will finally clean up the site where a drone aircraft crashed in 2014 at White Sands National Monument.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the crash at Dunes Drive caused jet fuel to spill and closed the popular area of the park.

Department of Defense acting assistant secretary Peter J. Potochney told Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., during an April 7 meeting that the situation is now being watched very carefully.

He did not lay out a timeline and said contracts for the work have not been finalized.

New Mexico Rescinds Firing Of Guards On Duty During Escape

Apr 19, 2016

A union spokesman says state officials have withdrawn firing notices for two guards who were transporting inmates across New Mexico last month when two escaped.

  

Miles Conway, a spokesman for the union, said Department of Corrections officials recently rescinded the notices sent several weeks ago.

A corrections spokeswoman at the time said that an independent analysis of the escape suggested the officers failed to follow security protocols. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The Latest: New Mexico Governor Will Campaign For McCrory

Apr 19, 2016
Office of the Governor

The Latest on a canceled visit to North Carolina by the chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

The chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association says she looks forward to campaigning for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory later this year after canceling a visit to the state's Republican convention in early May.

A spokesman for association chairwoman and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday said that she strongly supports McCrory in his re-election campaign.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Action On Zika Virus, Call On Congress To Approve Emergency Funding

Apr 19, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich this week joined Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran calling for immediate passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request of $1.9 billion for prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak. Specifically, the new letter calls for the Senate Appropriations committee to mark-up the president’s emergency funding request as soon as possible to ensure swift passage by the full Senate and House.

Texas, New Mexico Oil Producers Push For Import Limits

Apr 19, 2016

Tired of layoffs and losses resulting from depressed energy prices, royalty owners and drillers in the nation's most prolific oil-producing area are embarking on a grass-roots campaign aimed at salvaging a major sector of the U.S. economy.

Their target: foreign oil imports.

The effort launched with forums this week in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, home to the Permian Basin.

Supporters are pushing for the next president of the United States to issue a proclamation setting quotas for imports — something that hasn't been done in more than four decades.

High school's Athletics Building Damaged By Water Line Break

Apr 19, 2016

A water pipe break will prove costly to Albuquerque's public school system.

The overnight break resulted in accumulation of several inches of water that damaged the main gym's flooring in Eldorado High School's athletic building as well as locker rooms, offices and other spaces.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that damage is preliminarily estimated at up to $600,000 and that only part of the cost will be covered by insurance.

  (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who was raised on a farm in Georgia, will focus on her “Healthy Children, Strong America” issues campaign when she speaks to a group of future and current farmers, ranchers, and others at the 2016 AgriFuture Educational Institute happening in Las Cruces, May 16-18

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