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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
Edgar O. Chaparro, 27, and 28-year-old Erik Daniel Lee

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 ( ) 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.

Fronteras 621: Wellness & Weight Loss - Dr. Melissa Gomez

Nov 15, 2016

Annual Rock of Ages Tour at Carlsbad Caverns

Nov 15, 2016

  Carlsbad, NM – For four special nights in December, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the wonders of Carlsbad Cavern and its colorful history in special guided tours. Dressed in historic costumes, park staff will take you back in time as you wind your way through the Big Room. This annual tradition, brought back 16 years ago, gives visitors the chance to meet some of the men and women who helped weave the historic fabric of this spectacular national park.

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is proud to join the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in celebrating November 14-20 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”, an important campaign to increase awareness about the benefits and risks of antibiotics.



Health care companies in New Mexico are bracing for the likelihood that some parts of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul could be undone by President-elect Donald Trump.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico-based insurance and hospital system executives believe it's too early to tell how things would proceed.

But most of them agreed they would have to adjust their business operations after Trump begins working with a Republican Congress eager to end or at least significantly change the law.

Office of the Governor


A spokesman for Governor Susana Martinez says she is traveling to Florida to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Martinez planned to travel Tuesday to Orlando for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association and to speak with Pence, the head of Donald Trump's transition team.

Martinez is chairwoman of the association that helps elect GOP candidates for governor. The second term GOP governor has offered congratulations to Trump on his election after refusing to endorse his campaign.

Velo Cruces, The Optimist Club of Las Cruces, and Southern New Mexico Bicyclist Educators recently came together for an event called “Ride Right, Ride Bright” at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

The organizations offered safety equipment and repair for low-income people in the area who need their bike for transportation.

Shots Fired At NMSU Las Cruces Campus

Nov 15, 2016

  Just before midnight Tuesday, police responded to reports of a man with a gun at the Chamisa Village student housing complex on the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Upon arrival, shots were fired. A subject was taken to the hospital. The multi-agency officer-involved shooting team will be investigating. More information will be posted when it becomes available. 

Information from NMSU

The Jewish Federation of New Mexico held the first Southern New Mexico- Israel Economic Forum in Las Cruces Monday. Samantha Sonner has more on the potential benefits of increasing trade with Israel.

Zachary Benjamin, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico says New Mexico already has a successful trade relationship with Israel.

NMSU Marks International Education Week

Nov 15, 2016

New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs is celebrating International Education Week next week with several events that explore the benefits of a global experience.

International Education week was created as part of a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. According to the Bureau of Educational Affairs, the week aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

  The following lane reductions will be in effect for the LED street lighting conversion project:


·         Monday, Nov. 14, West Amador Avenue from Motel Boulevard to Melendres Street.

·         Tuesday, Nov. 15, East Lohman Avenue from Telshor Boulevard to Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

Community Connection - Southwest Environmental Center - Kevin Bixby

Nov 14, 2016


Daylight hasn’t broken before 500 students from the tiny Mexican town of Palomas are up and on their way to school. But it’s not your typical commute. To get to class, these kids have to cross an international border.

According to an article in New Mexico in Depth, reporter Sandra Fish writes that Governor Susana Martinez took out her major target in last Tuesday’s election, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. But that single victory came at a cost. Fish spoke to Edmundo Resendez.

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Monday Business Watch

Nov 14, 2016

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, Mesilla’s Spotted Dog Brewery and El Paso’s Ode’s Brewery are crossing state lines to craft the same German beer in both states. 

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New Mexico driver's licenses are getting an overhaul to comply with tougher federal identification requirements without forsaking people who are in the country illegally.

The state's Motor Vehicle Division on Monday began issuing two kinds of identification. One is a driver's license that complies with the federal REAL ID Act, and the other is a driving authorization card geared toward immigrants.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says he has no regrets about running for president for the second time and finishing a distant runner-up as a Libertarian candidate.

He's already talking about his next challenge and it won't be another try for public office.

The 63-year-old Johnson says he plans to be on a bicycle, riding nearly 3,000 miles along the Continental Divide from Canada down into New Mexico sometime in early June.

Johnson told the Albuquerque Journal  ( that he is dedicating himself to health and fitness.

Work progresses on Dona Ana County veterans court

Nov 13, 2016

A veterans court in Dona Ana County is a few months away from its start as officials put in the last pieces of infrastructure for the program.

The court would allow veterans or active-duty military members who are charged with crimes to choose treatment programs rather than jail time.

District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said grants and other funding sources can be pursued once the program is up and running.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Nov 13, 2016

Main St.:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Saturday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, November 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o   Wednesday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Farmers and Crafts Market

Branigan Cultural Center

o   Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m.– Culture Club – Fall Activity

o   Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. & Saturday November 26 at 10:30 – Vamos a Explorar

Photo from WNMU

Silver City, NM – The Poet Laureate for the United States will be speaking at Light Hall on Monday, November 21, a free event to the public.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail meet and greet on Light Hall Patio, followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. inside Light Hall Auditorium. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate.

I-10 Closures This Week

Nov 13, 2016

I-10 West


Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·     A right lane on I-10 Westbound will be closed between the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13) and the Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12).

Crews will be drilling shafts into the ground for new bridge columns. This is preparation work widening the Sunland Park Drive Overpass. [Map 2]

I-10 East & West


Sunday, Nov.13 through Thursday, Nov. 17

  EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso is celebrating International Education Week with flavor and flair by hosting the weeklong International Cultural Festival beginning Monday, Nov. 14.


More Border Agents To Be Deployed In Texas

Nov 12, 2016

Federal officials say 150 Border Patrol agents will be deployed to South Texas from Arizona, California and elsewhere to help process a spike in immigrants who have been apprehended after illegally entering the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Saturday that agents from Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego will be temporarily reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley. Agents working another portion of the Texas border will join them.