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Feb 6, 2018

El Paso Health CEO To Serve As Vice Chair Of Health Plans Board

Feb 6, 2018

The Board of the Texas Association of Community Health Plans (TACHP) has selected Mr. Frank Dominguez, CEO for El Paso Health, as its 2018 Vice-Chair.  Here is the information provided by El Paso Health:

Mr. Dominguez will assist in directing a membership of 12 Texas-based companies that collectively serve over 2 million Texans and who are committed to supporting and improving the health needs of people living at low to moderate incomes.

On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, becoming one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the U.S territory. Not only did it destroy homes and infrastructure, it killed off most of the island’s agricultural industry and worsened its debt crisis.

New Mexico State University is helping post-conflict Colombia get back on its feet through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. The F2F program “promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide,” according to their website. 

Three generations of the DeMund family are pursuing degrees at NMSU

Feb 6, 2018

A cross-country road trip to California in 2002 started the DeMund family’s journey to New Mexico State University. 

When the family was looking to relocate from the United States Virgin Islands and continue their academic studies, the DeMunds remembered travelling through Las Cruces. Norma DeMund, her son, Sulieman, her daughter, Ilé, and Ilé’s son, Alchesay, visited NMSU’s campus in 2010. 

Three years later, Norma, her husband, Harold, Ilé and Alchesay moved to Las Cruces, and Sulieman, an U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran, followed in 2014. 

School bond elections send a message to our youth

Feb 6, 2018

Commentary: Voters in Doña Ana and Luna counties will decide the fate of three school district bonds.

Automotive Repair Competition Coming To Las Cruces

Feb 6, 2018

Las Cruces – A first-of-its-kind automotive repair competition will be held at the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Espina Campus.

$25,000 Reward Available in 28-year-old Las Cruces Bowling Alley Case

Feb 6, 2018

  Feb. 10 marks the 28-year anniversary of the Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting that claimed four lives that day and one who died several years later from complications related to her injuries.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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Feb 6, 2018

Proposal To Change Regent Selection In NM Fails To Advance

Feb 6, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers won't move forward with a proposal to overhaul the selection process for regents who oversee the state's public universities and flagship medical center.

The proposed constitutional amendment failed to advance Monday on a 5-4 committee vote, with little time left to revive debate before lawmaker adjourn on Feb. 15.

Registration Deadline Arrives For New Mexico Statewide Candidates

Feb 6, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The deadline has arrived for major party candidates in New Mexico to turn in nominating petitions in order to run for statewide or federal office.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to turn in declarations and signatures so that they appear on the 2018 primary election ballot in June. Candidates for statewide office must also submit a financial disclosure form that includes sources of annual income over $5,000.

The Libertarian Party recently qualified as a major party alongside the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Feb 6, 2018

Alamogordo NOW

Feb 6, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, tomorrow is the last day Alamogordo residents can register to vote for the city election on March 6, breakdown on the upcoming election: mayor’s race and three district seats are up for grabs.           

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New Mexico House Approves Medicaid Buy-In Study

Feb 5, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would study opportunities to allow almost anyone to buy Medicaid health care coverage under a measure approved by the state House of Representatives.

House lawmakers voted 42-22 on Monday to move forward with initial studies toward opening up access to Medicaid services for a fee to more people. A Senate vote was still needed to initiate the year-long study by the Legislature and state insurance regulators.

Tucumcari Municipal Court Judge Arrested On Suspicion Of DWI

Feb 5, 2018
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TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Tucumcari Municipal Court judge has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

New Mexico State Police say 71-year-old Joe Dominguez was taken into custody Sunday.

It's unclear if he has a lawyer yet.

State Police say a patrol officer saw a pickup truck go through a stop sign in Tucumcari and pulled the vehicle over.

The officer says he smelled alcohol when he approached the truck.

He says Dominguez admitted to drinking and failed sobriety tests.

Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Create National Paid Family And Medical Leave

Feb 5, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) marked the 25th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by cosponsoring the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, that would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program.

Udall Urges Trump To Prioritize Rural Broadband In Infrastructure Proposal

Feb 5, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – As President Trump and Congress continue to talk about making big investments in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of Senate Democrats are calling on President Trump to prioritize expanding rural high-speed broadband internet in addition to roads, bridges and other construction needs.

Truth or Consequences, N.M. - The Democratic Party of Sierra County will host the first gubernatorial candidate forum in the second congressional district on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Truth or Consequences. All four Democratic candidates for Governor: Jeff Apodaca, Joseph Cervantes, Peter DeBenedittis, and Michelle Lujan Grisham--will be available to talk about their visions for the state, address specific issues important to New Mexico communities and take questions from the audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Feb 5, 2018

Monday Business Watch

Feb 5, 2018

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, KaizenRhino Solutions International Consultancy teaches low income individuals how to invest, an economic outlook event is take place on Thursday with NMSU professor Jim Peach, Arrowhead Center is sending a competitive agriculture entrepreneur to Turkey. 

Truck lane in Santa Teresa speeds up border shipments

Feb 4, 2018
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  SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A cargo lane for trucks has sped up border shipments from a Foxconn plant on the Mexican side of the Santa Teresa border crossing as part of a new pilot program.

I-10 Closures This Week

Feb 4, 2018

  Sunland Park

Overnight

Sunday, Feb. 4

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The dedicated right‐turn lane from the Sunland Park westbound exit ramp onto northbound Sunland Park Drive will close. Traffic will be able to turn right onto Sunland Park Drive at the signalized intersection.

The right lane on Sunland Park Drive (northbound, moving toward South Mesa Hills Drive) will close.

Crews will be saw cutting concrete pavement and removing demolished materials from the area. [No Map]

Las Cruces Giving Back: The Bikes For Juarez Program

Feb 4, 2018

It was a different type of race for a hobby cyclist in the weeks before Christmas. “I fixed 65 bikes in about two months,” said Chet Wright, owner of Condor BikeWorks, which runs the Bikes for Juarez program.

After seeing spare bike frames discarded in the scrap metal pile at South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) last January, Wright knew that he could use his skills to fix up bikes to be upcycled for those who could use them again. The SCSWA agreed to work with him to accept old and damaged bikes to be recycled into a new life.

Lofton leads New Mexico St. over UT Rio Grande Valley 90-67

Feb 3, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton matched career highs with four steals and seven 3-pointers, and finished with a season-best 34 points to lead New Mexico State in a 90-67 rout of UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday for its ninth straight win.

New Mexico State (20-3, 7-0 Western Athletic Conference) has won 14 of its last 15 games. UT Rio Grande Valley (12-12, 3-4) had its two-game win streak snapped.

Lofton, who averages 19.9 points and 1.5 assists per game, was one point shy of a career best on 10-of-17 shooting from the field while adding a season-high six assists.

Keeping On Track With Recycling In Las Cruces

Feb 3, 2018

The import ban that China announced for January 1, 2018, has gone in effect, and the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) wants you to know that “Recycling Right” is more important now than ever!

Silver City, NM – As part of Western New Mexico University’s celebration of Black History Month, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on campus. Here is the information provided by WNMU:

A diverse and visionary cohort of health industry entrepreneurs are about to begin the next phase of their startup journey in southern New Mexico. 

HealthSprint – a new health technology accelerator program at Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University – has selected seven startup companies to participate in a five-month program that aims to support and grow promising startups in health tech.

Las Cruces School Bond Election Tuesday

Feb 3, 2018

  On Tuesday, voters within the Las Cruces School District will consider a $50 million General Obligation Bond Issue. Voter approval of the bond would not increase the current school tax rate.

If approved, the funds may be used throughout Las Cruces Public Schools to provide new classrooms and multipurpose rooms, safety and security upgrades, major school renovations such as new roofs and heating and cooling systems, new furniture, playground equipment, technology support, and/or phase I of major upgrades to physical plant facilities.

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Feb 3, 2018

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