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El CENTRO and Allies Denounce Attack on DACA and Immigrant Families

Sep 5, 2017

  Commentary: Albuquerque---Today, in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement to rescind DACA,  El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos (El CENTRO), the largest immigrants’ rights and workers’ justice organization in Albuquerque, allies, and elected officials  denounced Trump’s decision as heartless, cruel, and counter to the cultural, moral, social, and economic interests of the nation.

Sen. Rodríguez: Trump fails on promise to treat DREAMers "with a heart"

Sep 5, 2017
State Senator José Rodríguez

Commentary: El Paso – Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement following the president's decision, announced this morning, to discontinue President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months:

DREAMers are part of the American future. These young people are Americans in every meaningful way, and this un-American action by the president works to deprive them of their dreams.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: President Donald Trump today revoked Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that is vital to well-being of nearly 800,000 young people who arrived in the United States as children.

 

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

 

Alamogordo Now

Sep 5, 2017

On this week's Alamogordo Now, Anthony Moreno talks with Duane Barbati with the Alamogordo Daily News about how the community is working to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

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NMSU Chancellor Issues Statement Regarding Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals

Sep 4, 2017
NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Commentary: New Mexico State University stands with our students and employees who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, also known as DACA. This program was created more than five years ago as a way to provide protection from deportation to certain individuals who were brought to the United States as children by their parents. For many of our DACA students and employees, the U.S. is the only country they know. They’ve lived here as long as they can remember, and they are an important part of our culture and our future.

Commentary: El Paso- The Education Not Deportation (END) coalition will host a politically charged protest in response to Trump’s imminent announcement to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Tuesday. The protest will take place at noon, at UTEP’s Leech Grove, encouraging DREAMers and other supportive community members to attend to speak out against this racially motivated action. It is time for Congress to defend DREAMers by passing comprehensive legislation that protects them from deportation and provides a pathway to citizenship.

 

New Mexico Book Club Raises Eyebrows Over Christian Book

Sep 4, 2017

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A book club mandated for supervisors of a New Mexico county to teach leadership skills is drawing scrutiny over a Christian book.

That's because the first book required for reading among San Miguel County department directors was Tony Dungy's "The One-Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge," the Las Vegas Optic reported 

The book by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy includes a daily devotional with a Bible verse. Dungy also gives reflections about Christianity.

Longtime New Mexico Lawmaker Who Led On Budget Issues Dies At 82

Sep 4, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime legislator who his colleagues say used his budget savvy to guide the state through turbulent economic times has died.

 

Luciano "Lucky" Varela died Saturday in Santa Fe after recent health issues, He was 82.

Varela, who at one point during his long career in public service served as state controller, represented a state House district in the Santa Fe area from 1987 to 2016.

Monday Business Watch

Sep 4, 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, an profile on tattoo artist, Alex Trujillo, it’s time for Monuments to Main Street, and how to be New Mexico True. 

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Las Cruces Utilities Helps Children Explore Work Trucks

Sep 3, 2017

Las Cruces area kids were able to see, touch, and even sit in the driver’s seat during the 3rd Annual “Touch-A-Truck” event held at Camino Real Middle School on Saturday, August 26th. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) participated, providing three different solid waste trucks to expose young people to the technology involved in managing solid waste and even planting seeds for possible future careers.

I-10 Closures This Week

Sep 3, 2017

Mesa

Continual

9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 through 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17  

·     The right through-lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20, eastbound) – in the direction moving toward Remcon Circle – will close between Osborne Drive and the I-10 Westbound Exit Ramp.

Crews will be working in shifts around the clock to prepare for placement of beams. [Map 1] 

 

Sunland

Four Days

Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 8

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

LAS CRUCES – Eligio Soto, 37, of Las Cruces was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous charges in connection to an incident in October of last year.

Las Cruces Library Launches New Research Center

Sep 3, 2017

  The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., has announced the creation of a new Research Center. The Center is an expanded collection of books, online databases and computers to help people find small business resources, update core job skills, discover family history and find grant information.

 

3 dead in New Mexico battery tank explosion

Sep 2, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say three people were found dead in a battery tank explosion.

The explosion was reported Friday morning near Carlsbad in far southeastern New Mexico.

The Eddy County Sheriff's said it took about three hours to contain the blaze before the bodies were found, though they haven't been identified.

A tank battery is used to store and process oil wells.

It's unclear what caused the explosion.

The case is being investigated.

Enrollment of first-time freshmen at New Mexico State University is up 11.3 percent from the same time last year. That marks the university’s largest increase in first-time freshmen in more than 17 years. Additionally, branch transfers at NMSU are up more than 17 percent. 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) – a City Department – provides four essential utilities every month to more than 40,000 residential and business customers in and around Las Cruces. Customers are billed monthly for the utility services they receive (gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste services), and those payments fund ongoing utility operations.

Your tax dollars do not fund LCU; this City Department is funded by customer payments for utility services.

Main Street from Bowman to Griggs avenues will be closed to through traffic for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6. Southbound traffic will be detoured west onto Water Street, east onto Bowman and onto Main.

 

TEDxElPaso Announces 2017 Speaker Lineup

Sep 1, 2017

EL PASO, TEXAS – Organizers announced today that 10 speakers have been confirmed for TEDxElPaso 2017 which will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the El Paso Museum of Art. 

The speakers are:

Will Bengtson - Senior Security Engineer at Netflix

Bruce Berman - Photographer, Author and Professor at New Mexico State University

Tracey Bryan – President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bridge of Southern New Mexico

Nevena Christi – Artist, Designer and Partner at Rocketbuster Boots

Guy Phillips has been a regular part of the morning for St. Louis radio listeners for 38 years and is still going strong. The New Mexico State University alumnus’ career was decided the moment he stepped in front of a microphone at KRWG radio and television stations. While still in college, working at El Paso’s KELP radio at age 19, Phillips was the youngest host in the station’s history.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Strangling Girlfriend During Argument

Sep 1, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of strangling his girlfriend and preventing the woman from leaving his residence.

Leevi Duran, 25, of the 200 block of Three Crosses Avenue, is charged with one third-degree felony count of aggravated battery against a household member and a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment.

UPDATE: Barricaded Suspect Detained at Las Cruces Hotel

Sep 1, 2017

Police have arrested the 39-year-old man who barricaded himself in a Las Cruces hotel room early Friday afternoon.

The man, identified as Willey Yanez, had a felony warrant for his arrest. The warrant indicates a charge of failing to comply with conditions of his probation. Once booked, he will be held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $45,000 secured bond.

Mental health advocates work daily to address the needs of those with behavioral health issues. One of those advocates is Micah Pearson, who was recently selected to serve on the national board with The National Alliance On Mental Illness or NAMI.

New Mexico State University Gets Approval For New Dorm

Sep 1, 2017

 

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University's Board of Regents has approved plans for a new $21.5 million residence hall for freshman students.

The Board of Regents approved plans for the three-story residence hall on Wednesday. The university will need additional approvals from the Higher Education Department and the State Board of Finance before it can move forward.

Pearce Seeks Court Injunction To Access Campaign Cash

Sep 1, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is seeking a federal court injunction to tap into $1 million in political contributions that he collected while in Congress to use in his run for governor of New Mexico.

The motion, filed late Thursday in federal court, seeks to block enforcement of limitations on campaign transfers from Pearce's federal campaign account to a state one. Approval could give Pearce access to campaign cash while underlying issues are litigated.

Scam Telephone Calls Target Las Cruces Residents

Aug 31, 2017

The Las Cruces Fire Department has learned that someone proclaiming to represent them is contacting residents by telephone and soliciting donations.

The Las Cruces fire and police departments do not make such telephone calls and do not seek donations in this manner. Such telephone calls are likely a scam, and an attempt at gaining personal or financial information.

Anyone who receives such a call should simply hang up and refrain from providing any personal or financial information to the caller.

Udall Condemns Trump’s Reported Plan To End DACA

Aug 31, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that President Trump may soon announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He issued the following statement:  

LAS CRUCES--- LCPS officials are set to open the newly renamed Rudy Camuñez Wall of Champions and the newly created Legends Athletic Walk of Fame, prior the start of the Mayfield High School (MHS) and Del Valle High School football game, Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:45 p.m. in the Field of Dreams football stadium, 2501 Tashiro Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

Advocate: Albuquerque Not Helping With Homeless Thanksgiving

Aug 31, 2017
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless advocate claims the city of Albuquerque has pulled out as a sponsor for his group's annual pre-Thanksgiving Dinner over criticism of Mayor Richard Berry.

Joy Junction founder Jeremy Reynalds said late Wednesday that the city recently notified him it would no longer give the group free space at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the event that attracts 1,200 each year.

New Mexico State Regents Vote To Replace Chancellor

Aug 31, 2017
NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted to move forward with the search to replace Chancellor Garrey Carruthers despite widespread support from faculty, staff, students and state lawmakers.

The board voted Wednesday to replace Carruthers after his contract ends in mid-2018. Public pressure had built for the regents to offer him a contract extension after a number of groups and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima had stated support for Carruthers.

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