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The remains found Oct. 19 near Branigan Park have positively been identified as that of 28-year-old Daniel Thomas Kearney of Las Cruces.

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, a person working in the area discovered a body near the 300 block of north Valley Drive, in an undeveloped lot between Fire Station 3 and Branigan Park. The body was sent to the New Mexico medical investigator’s office for autopsy and was positively identified as Kearney.

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Nov 7, 2017

Lujan Grisham Says New Mexico Needs More Millennials

Nov 7, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A prominent Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor is outlining her economic agenda for the state.

 

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a plan designed to foster sustained job creation, attract millennial-generation workers and stop the "brain drain" of talented professionals exiting the state.

As she runs for governor, Lujan Grisham says she wants assemble industry leaders and entrepreneurs to address the state's economic difficulties, and for state universities to help more.

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Nov 7, 2017

Municipal Elections Held Today In Las Cruces

Nov 7, 2017

Residents in Las Cruces are going to the polls today in a municipal election to elect city councilors in District 3, 5, and 6. Voters will be electing a municipal judge position as well. Residents can cast their ballot at voting convenience centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A list of the races with links to forums along with information about area voting convenience centers are listed below. 

City Council Dist. 3

Gabriel Vasquez

Bev Courtney

City Council Dist. 5

William P. Fuller

Steven A. Montanez

Gill M. Sorg (I)

Alamogordo NOW

Nov 7, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, we’ll take a look at the world of business in Alamogordo. Recently, the tragic event in Texas has local connection through Holloman Air Force Base, a man and woman where shot over the weekend while trying to steal a car, and Alamogordo High School was shut down while authorities looked for a suspect who shoplifted at Walmart. 

A Las Cruces Election At A Difficult Time

Nov 6, 2017

 Commentary: On Tuesday, Las Cruces heads to the polls to decide who will represent City Council Districts 3, 5, and 6.

The City of the Crosses is facing tough times. It’s a microcosm of the state as a whole — high unemployment, declining incomes, and unsustainable dependence on government spending. In one way, though, the city is unique — despite the Great Recession, its population is growing. Between 2008 and 2016, Las Cruces experienced a net gain of nearly 12,00 residents.

The city-council matchups are:

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether 10 bills vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez deserved to be invalidated because the governor allegedly failed to explain her decisions.

Supreme Court justices on Monday unanimously agreed to wade into the dispute between the governor's office and lawmakers who say Martinez never offered a reason for her vetoes and missed veto deadlines.

Longtime NMSU supporters recognized with state philanthropy awards

Nov 6, 2017

Two longtime supporters of New Mexico State University who have significantly contributed to the future of the NMSU and Las Cruces communities have received 2017 National Philanthropy Day awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ New Mexico chapter.

Brewery helps breathe life into downtown Truth or Consequences

Nov 6, 2017
Heath Haussamen-nmpolitics.net

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — Marianne Blaue and John Masterson discovered this offbeat town by accident in September 2015.

They intended to pass Truth or Consequences as they traveled from Albuquerque to Silver City on vacation, but they were tired. They pulled off and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express.

Masterson found the community’s artist directory in the hotel lobby the next morning. It piqued their interest in a town they knew nothing about except for its funny name.

Immigrants find their place in Luna County

Nov 6, 2017
James Hemphill

IT’S A TYPICAL MONDAY in this dusty New Mexico town 30 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. In a brightly lit classroom at Deming High School, Francisco Manuel Garcia Ruiz, a math teacher recruited from Spain, speaks in rapid Spanish to a group of sophomores. In a room across campus, Annabelle Carbajal, the district’s migrant student coordinator, looks out at the faces of students whose parents work in the nearby fields, telling them she’s there to help.

Farmington works to revitalize Main Street, the city’s ‘heart’

Nov 6, 2017
John Miller-The Taos News

FARMINGTON — Tara Churchill spent hours as a child peering through the window of her family’s lumber store out onto Main Street.

For many years, she watched as the center of her community churned with activity.

Shoppers ambled along the sidewalks each day, and the store’s floorboards would creak as customers stepped through the front door. In the late afternoons, as shadows stretched aslant the town’s low buildings, workers returning from nearby oil fields and coal factories would pass the window on their way to dinner and drinks at eateries as old as Farmington itself.

Raton tries to rise again

Nov 6, 2017
Jane Phillips-The Taos News

RATON – Sparks fly inside the shop at Rocky Mountain Metals, a big warehouse building on the outskirts of this small town near the Colorado border. Men clad in welding masks, jeans and tattoos expertly cut, weld and sand smooth seams on hollow steel frames. It’s a Friday and the workers will knock off work at noon, part of the company’s tradition that gives their employees a little longer weekend. They make between $9 and $18 an hour — and in Raton, where housing and living expenses are comparatively cheap, that money goes a lot further than in other New Mexico towns.

Police Find Dead Body In Farmington Park; Woman Unidentified

Nov 6, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington are investigating the death of an unidentified woman whose body was found in a park.

Farmington police were dispatched about 7 a.m. Sunday about an injured female lying in Brook Haven Park West.

Officers arrived and found the woman was dead.

Police say signs of trauma were present on the woman's body and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.

They say the victim has not yet been identified as of Monday.

State Police Investigating Fatal Police Shooting In Ruidoso

Nov 6, 2017

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a fatal police shooting in the popular tourist village of Ruidoso.

Ruidoso police say at least one officer opened fire after a vehicle rammed into a patrol car.

Officers were investigating a call about a burglary in progress around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

One of the responding officers was outside his police vehicle when he was struck by both suspects who were driving separate vehicles and attempting to flee the scene.

Expert: New Mexico Counties Losing Out On Oil And Gas Taxes

Nov 6, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local governments in New Mexico's oil and gas country are losing millions of dollars in revenue because energy companies are not telling county tax officials about drilling rigs, miles (kilometers) of pipeline and other assets, according to an appraisal expert.

Equipment that should be taxed is missing from the tax rolls, said Jerry Wisdom owns Total Assessment Solutions Corp., which has done work valuing energy company assets in Rio Arriba, Eddy and Lea counties. He testified recently before a panel of state lawmakers.

Tiny Bug Posing Threat To New Mexico's $180M Pecan Industry

Nov 6, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico's biggest cash crops.

An investigation published by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record newspapers found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could hurt New Mexico's $180 million pecan industry.

Breweries patch the gaps between oil booms in southeastern NM

Nov 6, 2017
Owner and head brewer Lucas Middleton celebrated the opening of Milton’s Brewery with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015, T. Boone Pickens predicted the price of crude oil would rocket to $70 per barrel by the end of the year. It was a message of hope, delivered at the annual Energy Summit in Carlsbad, for the Southeastern New Mexico community that was feeling the pinch of a worldwide oil glut and a downslope market.

But more than two years later the price of crude hovers around $50 per barrel, never having reached Pickens’ predicted high.

Grassroots community development group strives for lasting change

Nov 6, 2017
Pine Ridge Reservation-Jerry Matthews

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, with a diverse landscape of grassy plains, hills and wooded areas, covers more than 2 million acres in southwestern South Dakota. It is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. Federal statistics estimate the reservation’s population to be more than 20,000, while the tribe and various organizations on the reservation estimate the number of people living there closer to the 40,000 mark.

Where’s the young West?

Nov 6, 2017
Bent County, Colorado-bentcounty.net

ACROSS THE WEST, more young people are moving out of rural communities than in. In every decade since 1980, most rural counties in the 11 Western states lost 20-somethings, without an influx of other young adults to make up for the loss, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau migration data by the Bozeman-based Headwaters Economics.

Why save the small town?

Nov 6, 2017
Questa-Margaret Wright-Santa Fe New Mexican

QUESTA – The old mine isn’t far from downtown. After nearly a century carving molybdenum from the land around Questa, today the only mining-related jobs in this northern New Mexico hamlet are restoring what miners spent the last 100 years taking apart. Chevron ceased operations for good in 2014, laying off around 300 people in this majority-Hispanic town of 1,700. Though what’s next for Questa is unclear, few question the mine’s future. This time, the jobs aren’t coming back.

Gov. Martinez Expresses Sympathy For Victims Of Church Shooting

Nov 6, 2017
Office of the Governor

 

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she has called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to express her sympathies for the victims of the church shooting near San Antonio that killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others.

Martinez says in a statement that only a coward would attack people while at a place of worship.

Authorities didn't identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday.

State Police: Small Plane Crash In Hatch Leaves 4 Dead

Nov 6, 2017
nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

 

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in the southern New Mexico community of Hatch and that all four people who were aboard died.

Authorities said Monday that the cause of Sunday's crash of the single-engine plane about 300 yards (275 meters) from the airport in Hatch was not known and that the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

New Mexico State police said the victims were from Texas.

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Monday Business Watch

Nov 6, 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, a new group of largely tech-oriented young entrepreneurs have formed a support group, the Greater Chamber are encouraging people to shop local during the holidays, and a recap of Senator Udall’s visit to Las Cruces downtown.  

Gary Sandler
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Whether you’re a tenant looking to rent a house or apartment or a landlord searching for a suitable renter, it pays to know the law. In the land of enchantment, that law is referred to as the New Mexico Owner-Resident Relations Act.

New oil and gas hiring in New Mexico shows optimism for rising prices

Nov 5, 2017
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Jobs in the energy industry are slowly coming back to northwest New Mexico, marking a shift after several setbacks in commodity pricing and market demand for U.S. oil and gas.

Producers and oil service companies in the Farmington area are beginning to hire again, falling in line with what local unemployment numbers show, The Daily Times reported .

More border crossers prosecuted in 'new era' of enforcement

Nov 5, 2017

  PHOENIX (AP) — When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered his get-tough-on-immigration speech in the border city of Nogales early this year, he promised a "new era" in immigration enforcement.

Six months later, some of those promises are taking shape in federal court, but through the expansion of a nearly decade-old program known as Operation Streamline, in which immigrants accused of coming into the U.S. illegally complete a usually months-long prosecution process in one day. Critics say the program violates due process and does nothing to deter repeat offenses.

New Mexico State Defeats Texas State 45-35

Nov 4, 2017

  SAN MARCOS, Texas – The New Mexico State football team headed to the Lone Star State to take on Sun Belt Conference opponent Texas State on Saturday afternoon in Bobcat Stadium. In a high –scoring contest, the Aggies prevailed putting up 28 points in the second half to take down the Bobcats, 45-35.

 

Saturday's contest opened with early scoring from each side, beginning with Texas State (2-7, 1-4 SBC) completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to put NM State (4-5, 2-3 SBC) down seven just 2:31 into the game.

 

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