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Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit Planned For NMSU Las Cruces

Apr 9, 2018

On Wednesday, April 18, Aggies Winning Choices (AWC) will host the Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit (RACS). The event will be held at the NMSU Domenici Building, Room 109 (Yates Auditorium), from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Summit will include individual presentations and expert panel discussions focusing on alcohol research, prevention and interventions, and policies that impact our communities.

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Monday Business Watch

Apr 9, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, solar is a growing industry in New Mexico with the potential to create thousands more jobs and a look at driverless vehicles. 

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Deming Rancher Couple Settles Lawsuit Against 3 State Officers

Apr 9, 2018
Office of the Governor

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A ranch couple's defamation lawsuit against New Mexico State Police officers who were members of Gov. Susana Martinez's security team has been settled.

The Deming Headlight reports filing in Sixth Judicial District Court entered last week show that Scott and Colette Chandler settled their lawsuit against three New Mexico State Police officers.

But Scott Chandler says the settlement terms have been sealed for six months.

New Mexico Deadline Approaches for Campaign Finance Reports

Apr 9, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other public offices in New Mexico are filing their first election-year campaign finance reports that detail contributions and expenditures.

Monday evening is the deadline for candidates to make public their fundraising activities during the six-month period ending April 2. The mandatory report is the first of four ahead of June primary elections.

Biggest donors get around contribution limits

Apr 8, 2018

  When candidates file their campaign finance reports Monday, there will be all types of ways to analyze the data. One will be to look for the biggest donors. But identifying them can be tricky.

I-10 Closures This Week

Apr 8, 2018

  I‐10 East @ North Mesa


Sunday, April 15

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I‐10 Eastbound will close completely between North Mesa Street (SH 20) and Resler Drive.

Detour: Motorist will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11) and follow the detour signs to re‐enter I‐10 Eastbound using the Sunland Park Drive entrance ramp.

40-year water plan for Las Cruces

Apr 8, 2018

You turn on the tap and run a bath for your kids, wash clothes, wash dishes, prepare meals, water your yard, take showers and flush toilets… with no worries about a safe and reliable future water supply. You know Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) provides this critical resource to approximately 100,000 residents now and is planning decades into the future to assure our water supplies.

New Mexico to honor Bataan march veterans

Apr 7, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard and New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will honor veterans on the 76th anniversary of the surrender of Bataan in the Pacific theater during World War II.

The ceremony will be Monday in Santa Fe. A reception will follow at the New Mexico National Guard Museum.

Outnumbered and poorly supplied, more than 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments fought for months to hold back the Japanese.

Let's Talk New Mexico 4/5 8a:  Internet access is expensive and often slow in rural communities across New Mexico. How might improving internet speed and access help all New Mexicans  pursue educational and economic opportunities? 

Quality internet service is key to overcoming poverty, according to studies worldwide. But all over the U.S., people of color and folks with low incomes are less likely to have access to an affordable, reliable connection. Plus, big corporations are often unwilling to lay line through tough terrain without a lot of customers.

What if big telecom isn’t the only game in town for internet service? Member-owned cooperatives and community networks are springing up around the country. And what’s more, they’re making net neutrality—unthrottled access to an open net—a core value.


New Mexico’s rate of opioid overdose deaths used to be one of the worst in the country, but it’s slowly been improving. A new study says some of the state’s strategies could be helping.

TAOS, NM – Molly Byrnes, 34, and Jesse Hofmann-Smith, 35, can’t reliably make phone calls on their cellular network from their cozy apartment on the outskirts of Taos, but they can host real-time webinars and build websites online f

Settlement averts trial against governor's security detail

Apr 7, 2018
Office of the Governor

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a defamation lawsuit against the state police security detail for New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez say the litigation is being settled outside of court.

Scott and Colette Chandler run a ranch program for troubled youth in southern New Mexico and alleged in state district court that their reputation was damaged when they were removed from a campaign event for Martinez at a Deming motel in 2014.

Test shows weapon systems can work together to target threat

Apr 7, 2018

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. military officials are claiming success with a recent exercise involving two separate weapons systems working together to track a simulated threat over the New Mexico desert.

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army announced the results Friday.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system and the PATRIOT system were able to track the target after it was launched from White Sands Missile Range and exchange messages through tactical data links.

Tuition will rise 3.5 percent at New Mexico State University

Apr 7, 2018
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Tuition will rise 3.5 percent next year for students at New Mexico State University.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the hike approved Friday by the Board of Regents came a week after regents said they didn't want to increase tuition as a means to get the university out of its financial struggles.

The annual cost to attend NMSU is now $7,122, for in-state, full-time undergraduate students.

New Mexico border wall work to begin Monday

Apr 6, 2018

  SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Work will begin soon to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico with a new bollard wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that a groundbreaking near the Santa Teresa port of entry on Monday will mark the official start of construction along a 20-mile stretch of the border.

The $73 million contract for the work was awarded to a Montana company in February.

Sessions Orders 'Zero Tolerance' Policy For Border Crossers

Apr 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a "zero tolerance" policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

His directive Friday tells federal prosecutors in border states to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry, which has historically been treated as a misdemeanor offense for those with few or no previous encounters with border authorities. Smugglers and repeat offenders are usually charged with more serious crimes.

Albuquerque Police Seek Exemption From Border Deployment

Apr 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police officials are requesting for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to prevent the city's police officers who serve in the National Guard from being deployed to the border.

Police Chief Mike Geier is requesting the exemption from the Republican governor, citing the department's low staffing levels and the potential risk to residents' safety.

As part of the centennial celebration of the nation’s National Park Service, New Mexico State University History Professor Hunner took a sabbatical to crisscross the country visiting various national parks and write firsthand about his experiences in a blog called “Driven by History.”

  Health representatives from 12 African nations, along with Madagascar and Haiti, visited the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center last month seeking proven strategies to strengthen community health programs in their countries.

Judge orders reforms for New Mexico Human Services Department

Apr 6, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in an opinion that outlines the New Mexico Human Services Department's "lack of accountability" has set a series of reform deadlines for the agency.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Judge Kenneth Gonzales on Thursday imposed deadlines on tasks that include training employees and appointing experts in immigration, food assistance and Medicaid.

New Mexico lawmaker didn't disclose state contracts

Apr 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Documents show a New Mexico GOP state lawmaker and congressional candidate failed to disclose her real estate company earned nearly $500,000 in state contracts.

An analysis of campaign financial disclosure records by The Associated Press found Rep. Yvette Herrell's company took in $440,000 by renting property to two state agencies since 2013.

Herrell did not disclose that income on ethics disclosure statements but listed herself as the company's owner.

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Your Weekend Pulse

Apr 6, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, a new play opens at the Black Box Theatre – Waitless, the Crossroads City Derby All-Star Sucias vs FoCo Roller Derby from Fort Collins, CO on Saturday, a comedy show for all ages Unconventional by Matt Baca, the Crystals perform at the Rio Grande Theatre, a lecture about snakes at the Southwest Environmental Center.   

Virgin Galactic conducts 1st powered flight of new spaceship

Apr 5, 2018

  MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic has conducted the first powered test flight of its new space tourism rocket.

Virgin Galactic tweets that the spaceship named Unity was carried aloft by its mother ship and released over California's Mojave Desert early Thursday.

The company says the spacecraft achieved supersonic speed before the pilots shut down the engine and it glided back to Mojave Air & Space Port.

This was Virgin Galactic's first powered flight since the 2014 crash of its original spaceship that killed one of its two pilots.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  The sole Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico says he favors work requirements for many people enrolled in Medicaid.

U.S. Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce said Thursday at a candidate forum that he would require "able-bodied" people go back to work if they are on Medicaid.

The Trump administration in January said it would allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. It has already approved proposals from Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas.