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Voting Underway For New Mexico's Primary Election

Jun 5, 2018


Election-day voting is underway in New Mexico as voters select nominees in wide-open primary races for governor and two congressional seats.

Polling places are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee ballots are also due by 7 p.m.

Democrats Michelle Lujan Grisham, Joseph Cervantes and Jeff Apodaca are seeking their party's nomination for governor. The winner will face the sole Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, in the November general election.

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Jun 5, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a preview of the primary election. 

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Robust Early Voting Turnout In New Mexico Primary

Jun 4, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election officials are reporting robust turnout in early voting and through absentee ballots ahead of the state's primary election.

The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office reported that 97,917 people cast primary ballots during the early voting period ahead of Tuesday's primary. Early voting ended Saturday evening, and absentee voting continues until Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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For the first time in its history, Texas will offer high school students statewide the chance to take an elective course in Mexican-American Studies starting in 2019. Except they’re not calling it that.

Las Cruces General Obligation Bond Election Set for August 21

Jun 4, 2018

The Las Cruces City Council adopted a resolution today, June 4, that calls for a $35.6 million general obligation bond election, and proposed amendments to the Las Cruces City Charter regarding 

Voters To Select Democratic Nominee For Governor's Seat

Jun 4, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will decide Tuesday which Democratic candidate will be the party's nominee for the open governor's seat. The winner will face the lone Republican contender.

Party nominations for two open congressional seats also are up for grabs.

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians may participate in the state's closed major party primaries, though there were no competitive races for Libertarian candidates.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are due by 7 p.m.

A look at the top races:


The Latest: Some New Mexico Residents Allowed To Return Home

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CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in New Mexico (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Some residents are returning to their homes, but evacuation orders in other areas remain as crews try to get a handle on a wildfire burning in northeastern New Mexico.

Authorities announced Monday that residents of Cimarron were being allowed to return to the village in four separate groups to minimize traffic.

State Police Have Video Of Killings Of 3 People Near Dixon

Jun 4, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they have recovered video of the killings of three people in northern New Mexico last week.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a digital video recording system was set up with security cameras inside the house where the fatal shootings occurred.

State Police have identified the three victims as 36-year-old Abraham Martinez of Dixon, 42-year-old April Browne of Taos and 27-year-old Kierin Guillemin of Vadito.

The bodies were found Wednesday night in a home near Dixon.

4 New DACC Degree Programs Up for Approval

Jun 4, 2018

Las Cruces – Four new degree programs are before the New Mexico Higher Education Department and when approved will be offered at Doña Ana Community College (DACC). The Associate of Applied Science degrees are in Building Construction Technology, Cybersecurity, Game Development and Medical Assisting.

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Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico. His latest book Homelands – Four Friends, Two Countries and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, Corchado tells the story of Mexican immigration over the last 30 years to the United States told from the perspective of four friends who first met in a Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia in 1987. Edmundo Resendez interviewed Corchado about his latest project.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 4, 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, small businesses hiring of disabled workers and the county’s plan to meld and education and the workforce. 

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Farmington Looks to Propel Local Food Market

Jun 4, 2018

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community agencies and the city of Farmington are looking for ways to boost the market for local food while revitalizing downtown.

Farmington and Silver City are the New Mexico cities chosen this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Local Foods, Local Places program, the Farmington Daily Times reported last week.

Native American Citizenship Panel Coming To Las Cruces

Jun 3, 2018
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Join the Branigan Cultural Center in welcoming Dr. Donald Pepion of the Blackfoot Tribe, Navajo representative Taffy Miller, Justin McHorse from Taos Pueblo, and Michael Roy of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe for a discussion panel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Bogus “Publishers Clearing House” Calls

Jun 3, 2018

Attorney General Hector Balderas is issuing an alert, as scammers target senior citizens in New Mexico.

As part of the scam, callers tell seniors they have won a sweepstakes or lottery. Those seniors are told to keep their lottery winnings confidential. The consumers receive checks in the mail, but those checks don't match the company that called.  The scammers tell them to deposit the phony checks, and to make a phone call in which they are told to purchase a gift card or to send a check to cover fees.

Candace Kaye, a retired associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education, recently received an honorary doctorate from the Mongolian National University of Education, along with a prestigious award from the Mongolian government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., to discuss and consider adoption of a resolution that could call for a $35.6 million general obligation (GO) bond election, and proposed amendments to the Las Cruces City Charter regarding recall provisions.

Neighborhood Safety Walk Thursday In Las Cruces

Jun 3, 2018
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District 3 Councilor Gabe Vasquez, community leaders, neighborhood leaders, and community police officers are participating in a Neighborhood Safety Walk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 that will start at the north parking lot (Nevada Street side) at Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut.

“We want to show the community that their neighbors care about the neighborhood and show solidarity against crime,” said Vasquez. “This is a great way for us to build community and trust, and for everyone to be part of the solution.”

New Mexico farmers face consequences as drought persists

Jun 3, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Farmer Matt Romero doesn't have far to travel to see a stark reminder of the ongoing drought affecting New Mexico and parts of the West.

When Romero looks over the bridge that crosses Embudo Creek just outside his home in northern New Mexico, he sees no water and it has been that way for about month, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

Drinking from the same source – Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez

Jun 3, 2018

“We share the same aquifer, the same region, and many of the same issues...even if we are on different sides of an international border,” says LCU Director, Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, Ph.D., P.E., explaining the connection between Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez.

Since both cities dip wells into the same large Mesilla Bolson aquifer, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is fostering binational collaboration:

“It is critical that we understand each other’s processes and share informational resources,” explains Dr. Garcia.

Schuler's late HR lifts Kent State over New Mexico State 2-1

Jun 2, 2018

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Pete Schuler hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Kent State beat New Mexico State 2-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA Tournament's Lubbock Regional on Saturday.

It was Schuler's second homer of the season. He also homered in the NCAA regional opener for the Mid-American Conference champion Golden Flashes (40-17).

New Mexico State starter Kyle Bradish was pulled after a one-out walk to Pavin Parks on his 122nd pitch. Schuler then went deep on the first pitch thrown by reliever Brock Whittlesey (3-5).

The Latest: New Mexico community evacuated as fire grows

Jun 2, 2018

UPDATE: CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire in northern New Mexico (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

State fire officials say residents of a northern New Mexico community are being told to evacuate their homes due to a raging wildfire.

New Mexico State Forestry officials said the order involving Ute Park came late Saturday after the fire doubled in size to about 47 square miles.

The cause of the fire was unknown and there was no containment.

The fire has destroyed 12 to 14 outbuildings at nearby Philmont Scout Ranch.

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Las Cruces Shooting That Injured Two

Jun 2, 2018

Las Cruces police have arrested the man suspected in Saturday morning’s shooting that sent two young adults to the hospital.

Lorenzo Sarabia, 22, of the 2400 block of south Espina Street, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Cummins-NMSU engineering partnership a ‘win-win’

Jun 1, 2018

  Cummins Inc. and the New Mexico State University Engineering Technology Department have entered a new and unique partnership that will enrich the engineering educational experience of current and future students. Cummins is providing funding for projects that will give students hands-on experience refurbishing old and outdated, but much needed laboratory equipment, as well as supporting the development of new equipment.

Las Cruces To Be In National Spotlight

Jun 1, 2018
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Mayor Ken Miyagishima and Comcast will welcome C-SPAN to Las Cruces at noon on Monday, June 4, in Council Chambers at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.   Here is the information provided by the city:

The event will kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel Book TV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

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Judge Dismisses Murder Counts Against Former Deputy

Jun 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has dismissed first- and second-degree murder charges against a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that District Court Judge Conrad Perea on Thursday dismissed the murder counts against former deputy Tai Chan.

Gubernatorial Candidates In New Mexico Spar Over Tax Returns

Jun 1, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham made public her personal tax returns dating back to 2013 that show she shared in profits from state contracts to operate a health insurance program, which — while legal — her Democratic rival condemned as morally repugnant.