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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. In his speech, Udall entered into the Senate record and read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship.

Rep. McCamley: Rollback Tax Giveaways for the Well-Connected

Feb 8, 2017
Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – House Democrats want to repeal the tax giveaways of the past few years that have only served to benefit the wealthy and well-connected and that have failed to create jobs in New Mexico. House Bill 310 rolls back some of those persoanl income tax cuts and limits the capital gains deductions that mostly benefit the top 10% of earners.

 

New Mexico Funding Freeze Endangers Las Cruces Project

Feb 8, 2017

Over the past five years, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has made great headway connecting several existing neighborhoods throughout the city to sanitary sewer. The homes in these neighborhoods were built with individual septic systems that are now aged; many are failing and risk groundwater contamination.

In high-density residential subdivisions, conventional septic tank systems are no longer considered an appropriate choice of technology due to various health risks and ground water contamination caused by nitrate concentrations that exceed the drinking water standard.

Garth Brooks Announces Las Cruces Concert

Feb 8, 2017

Country music star Garth Brooks is coming to Las Cruces.  The Pan American Center at New Mexico State University announced that Brooks will perform on Saturday, April 8 at 7pm.  The Pan Am says it is the only New Mexico performance on the Garth Brooks World Tour and his first time in Las Cruces in 21 years.

Gov. Martinez Considers Emergency Court Funding

Feb 8, 2017
Office of the Governor

The New Mexico Board of Finance is considering whether to provide emergency funding to state courts to ensure payment to jurors and avoid unpaid furloughs at the state Supreme Court.

The executive board overseen by Gov. Susana Martinez has scheduled a meeting Wednesday to consider a request for $600,000 to shore up a fund for jurors and court interpreters that would otherwise run out of money on March 1.

El Paso Police Detective Arrested On Sexual-Assault Charge

Feb 8, 2017

An El Paso police detective has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a child.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that 46-year-old Juan Gardea was taken into custody a day earlier by detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children unit.

Authorities say the arrest came after a complaint of assault was made last weekend against Gardea, who's a 19-year veteran of the department.

Voters in Doña Ana County went to the polls yesterday to elect school board members, and unofficial results from the county clerk’s office reports that in Las Cruces Public Schools the district one seat goes to Ray Jaramillo (unopposed). In district two, the winner is Terrie Dallman, and in district three, Maria Flores retains her seat.

In Hatch Valley Public School District, there are two unopposed seats up for grabs…Position 1 goes to Elva Garay, and Position 2 goes to Christopher Montes. Also, the General Obligation School Bond Question passed, 47-7.

Congressman Steve Pearce: The First 100 Days

Feb 8, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

The first 100 days of congress and president Trump are well on their way. There’s lots going on in Washington, DC, Edmundo Resendez spoke to the New Mexico delegation about the impact to New Mexico. Today, a conversation with Congressman Steve Pearce, Republican from New Mexico, District 2.

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Most cavities in children preventable

Feb 8, 2017

When you hear the phrase ‘chronic disease’, you probably don’t think about cavities, but in public health that’s exactly the category they fall under. Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases in children and teens.
 

Silver City Report

Feb 8, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Ben Fischer and Stewart McClintic. This week, the Grant County Prospectors traveled to Santa Fe and a local business has gone viral.    

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Investigators Release Details In Death Of West Texas College Student

Feb 7, 2017

Investigators have released documents detailing the evidence that led to arrests and charges against two men in the disappearance and death of a 21-year-old West Texas college student.

Among the details in the police affidavits on Zuzu Verk's disappearance and death is the disclosure that she and her boyfriend Robert Fabian had argued at his apartment the night she went missing. The documents also say Fabian played a movie very loudly on his television between 1 and 2 a.m. Oct. 12.

Texas Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

Feb 7, 2017
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The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill punishing local governments that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

It's the strongest indication yet that the state's Republicans look to crack down on an issue championed by President Donald Trump.

Tuesday night's vote after hours of sometimes-emotional debate clears the way for the proposal to sail through the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature in record time. It stalled in previous sessions.

New Mexico Bill Would Make Child Enticement A Felony

Feb 7, 2017

Santa Fe--Luring or even trying to entice  a child into secluded place or a vehicle in order to harm the child would become a felony under a bill sponsored by Senator Candace Gould (R-Albuquerque).  Currently the crime of enticement is a misdemeanor.  The bill would also match the punishment of enticing a child in-person to that of solicitation a child on-line.

Republicans Block Measure to Halt Fracking in Sacred Chaco Canyon

Feb 7, 2017

Commentarty: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, after lengthy and emotional testimony from residents about the effects that fracking has had on their health and livelihoods, a memorial to halt fracking failed to pass the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee (HENRC). In a 6-6 tied vote, every Republican on the committee voted against the measure to temporarily pause fracking operations in Chaco Canyon to allow for an assessment to study the full array of environmental impacts of fracking.

Beating the odds: NMSU’s geology researchers receive scarce NSF earth sciences funding

Two thirds of New Mexico State University’s geological sciences faculty has been awarded National Science Foundation grants in the last year and a half, totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars. 

Eddy County Officials: Plot Targeted Officers, Families

Feb 7, 2017

Authorities in Eddy County say a drug investigation unveiled a plot to harm law enforcement officers and their families.

The Artesia Daily Press reports that 17 arrests were made Feb. 1-2 as authorities went to dozens of homes and interviewed approximately 100 people during the drug investigation.

Officials said information turned up by the multi-agency investigation indicates the alleged plot to harm officers and their families targeted specific Artesia and Carlsbad police officers and county sheriff's deputies and their families.

Udall To Vote Against Steven Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary

Feb 7, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. Udall issued the following statement:

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 6, the Industrial Hemp Research Act, sponsored by Senator Cisco McSorley. The legislation, which has strong bipartisan support, lays the foundation for the production of industrial hemp which would stimulate both the agricultural and manufacturing industries.  

Planned Water Outage in Alameda District of Las Cruces

Feb 7, 2017
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  Residents in a section of the Alameda District will experience a water outage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday Feb. 9, during work on the existing water main at the Melendres Street/Las Cruces Avenue intersection. Residents in the following areas will be impacted: Las Cruces Avenue from Mesilla Street to Miranda Street and Melendres Street from Organ Avenue to Las Cruces Avenue.

 

The clock is ticking and time is running out for people who prepare food for the public to receive the newly required food safety certification.

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board approved new food regulations in December 2015 that were effective March 1, 2016. A one-year exemption that was placed on the requirement for the food safety certification will sunset on March 1.

Protesters to Call for End to Gov. Martinez's Blockade on Wolf Releases

Feb 7, 2017

Commentary: SANTA FE, N.M.— A crowd is expected Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol to protest roadblocks Gov. Susana Martinez has erected to saving the endangered Mexican gray wolf from extinction.

Texas Senate unanimously approves tougher ethics rules

Feb 7, 2017

 The Texas Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at curbing conflicts of interest with elected officials and adding new punishments for those convicted of crimes.

Tuesday's vote makes the ethics overhaul the first piece of legislation to clear either chamber this session.

The bill requires elected officials to reveal more of their business dealings, stops pensions if they are convicted of felony public corruption charges and removes them from office once their appeals are exhausted.

The Rotary Club of Las Cruces has given the New Mexico State University Foundation a gift of nearly $128,000 to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship in the College of Engineering. Rotary Club members were inspired by GivingTuesday, which resulted in more than $2 million for scholarships and programs at NMSU. 

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Los Tres Reyes will be performing a free concert at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces on Sunday, February 12 at 5 pm. 

The trio, made up of Gilberto Puentes, requinto and second voice; Raul Puentes, guitar and third voice; and Bebo Cardenas, guitar, maracas, and first voice, will be presenting "Una Tarde de Boleros" (An Evening of Boleros).

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the awarding of a $200,000 grant from the Pfizer Inc. Naloxone Access Program to fight drug overdose deaths in New Mexico. New Mexico is one of five states receiving grant funding from Pfizer to fund initiatives focused on increasing public awareness of risks of opioid addiction.

Women Injured In Las Cruces Apartment Fire

Feb 7, 2017

  Las Cruces firefighters rescued a 55-year-old woman from a burning apartment before extinguishing the fire Monday evening.

Firefighters provided emergency medical treatment on scene before the woman was transported to a local hospital. The woman was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. In his speech, Udall said that he will vote against DeVos because she lacks the qualifications, the knowledge and the commitment to public education to serve as an effective advocate for students in New Mexico and across the country.

Navajo Nation President Vetoes Funding For Disaster Relief

Feb 7, 2017

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has vetoed a resolution that would have provided funding for disaster assistance.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports that Begaye on Sunday line-item vetoed the resolution, which would have provided $242,576 in supplemental funding to 33 chapters to help residents respond to recent winter weather. The funding would have come from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance.

Albuquerque Officials Called To Affirm Support Of Immigrants

Feb 7, 2017

Albuquerque councilors are considering reaffirming a years old resolution declaring the city immigrant friendly.

Lawmakers in 2000 voted unanimously to declare Albuquerque immigrant friendly. Now, some members of the City Council and dozens of members of the public are calling for the council to reaffirm that action in light of recent actions by President Donald Trump.

A memorial was introduced Monday and is scheduled to be discussed Feb. 22.

Gov. Martinez Denounces 'Racist' Charge

Feb 7, 2017
Office of the Governor

The nation's only Latina governor is denouncing a charge by a white former mayor of Santa Fe that she is a racist.

A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says comments made by former Santa Fe Mayor David Coss at an immigrant rights rally Monday were "are sad and ignorant."

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