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  A team of computer science faculty from The University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded a highly competitive $3.9 million Scholarship For Service (SFS) grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. The funding will give scholarships to 28 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. computer science students over the next five years.

 

Downtown Events Set For Las Cruces

Jan 25, 2016
  •   Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   January 27 & 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Museums and Cultural Center:

o   Branigan Cultural Center –Coming in February, For the Love of Art Month Member Exhibit and Reflections from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection.

o   Branigan Cultural Center – Presents “Visionarias”, a collection of images from the female empowerment project in the Sacred Valley of Peru – Jan. 15 thru Feb. 27.

Applicants Sought For Rio Grande Citizens Forum Board

Jan 25, 2016
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is seeking applicants to serve on the Rio Grande Citizens Forum (RGCF) Board.  The purpose of the Citizens Forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about Commission projects and related activities between Percha Dam, NM and Ft. Quitman, TX.  

About 700 Immigrant Children Now Staying At Holloman Base

Jan 25, 2016

About 700 immigrant children from Central America are now staying at Holloman Air Force Base.

KOAT-TV reports that the children arrived in Alamogordo on Sunday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter directed Holloman Air Force Base to be the first of three temporary shelters to open in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.

The children are being housed in a vacant building on base previously used by the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron.

Solar Industry Urges Extension Of New Mexico Tax Credit

Jan 25, 2016

Time may be running out for an extension of New Mexico's rooftop solar tax credit as legislators weigh whether to forgo $5 million in annual state revenues to encourage more generation of solar energy by households, farms and small businesses.

The tax credit offsets up to 10 percent of costs for new solar energy systems and expires at the end of the year. A bill to extend the credit through 2024 cleared its first hurdle on Monday with approval by a House energy committee.

Program To Study Recent Increase In Texas Earthquakes

Jan 25, 2016

A program to study the recent increase in earthquakes in Texas is getting underway with management hirings and deployment of new seismographic equipment.

The TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program is being overseen by the University of Texas and bankrolled with $4.5 million approved last year by the Texas Legislature.

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction will have full road closures at night on Missouri Avenue, between Triviz Drive and Don Roser Avenue:

Detectives Investigate Shooting In Berino

Jan 25, 2016

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate aSaturday incident in Berino that was initially reported as a drive-by shooting.

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans of Craigslist Apartment Rental Scams

Jan 25, 2016
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert today in response to a recent uptick in reports of Craigslist apartment scams from consumers across New Mexico. This scam typically occurs when someone is looking for an apartment or house to rent on Craigslist.  The “landlord” will not be available to show the property personally as they claim to be out of town, but they promise a great deal on the rent. Typically, the person posting the photo and ad does not own the property. The scammer will request deposit money to be sent to another state or country.

Monday Business Watch

Jan 25, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.  This week, Jason discusses how taxes are due and there’s more teeth in the ACA penalties this year.

  All this week….NPR and KRWG News will focus on the anxious voting public.  At the heart of that anxiety is the economy…and stagnant wages.  

New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  New Mexico’s state auditor says….donations to inaugural committees should be fully disclosed.   

New Mexico does not require disclosure of donations and spending by inauguration committees.  And we’re talking about big money…nearly a million dollars raised for the inauguration of Governor Susana Martinez.  In November, the Albuquerque Journal reported the FBI was investigating the 2010 inauguration.  Martinez has denied any wrongdoing.

New Mexico state auditor Tim Keller told KUNM….disclosure is needed.

Museum Director To Be Featured on Science Channel

Jan 24, 2016

  New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll is a featured guest speaker in several episodes of the new season of NASA’s Unexplained Files scheduled to begin airing on Tuesday, February 23. Orwoll’s extensive background in space history, and his previous work with WAG TV, the producers of the show, led to him being chosen to appear on the series. A special sneak peek of the new season is slated for Sunday, February 21.

Immigrant Day of Action Protest Monday In Santa Fe

Jan 24, 2016

Commentary: Hundreds of immigrants and their children from more than fifteen counties in New Mexico will hold a demonstration in front of the Roundhouse on Monday, January 25th to protest the seventh attempt by the Governor and her anti-immigrant allies to use the Real ID Act to discriminate against immigrant families. 

Prejudice and Pride At Rio Grande Theatre In Las Cruces

Jan 24, 2016

  Join the Branigan Cultural Center at the Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday, February 20 at 1:00pm for the screening of the fifth episode of Latina Americans: 500 Years of History documentary series, “Prejudice and Pride”.

NMSU business student awarded competitive international internship

Jan 24, 2016

  New Mexico State University College of Business student Linsey Tabor has been selected by the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices as the J.H. Blades Scholar for 2016 and awarded a three-week, all-expenses paid internship in London this summer.

  Advance New Mexico Now, a Republican political action committee, is spending $51,790 on 125 TV ads supporting a change Gov. Susana Martinez wants to New Mexico drivers licenses.

New Mexico In Depth checked contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission by the state's commercial TV stations to come up the amount being spent. It's possible the group will purchase more advertising in the coming weeks.

The shooting of a Texas judge in the driveway of her Austin home has exposed inconsistences statewide over how threats against the court system are handled.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday (atxne.ws/1lHJXp4) that tracking threats made against Texas judges is murky because of loosely defined protocols that vary from county to county.

State District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot in November and wasn't told about a threat made against her weeks earlier. Authorities have identified a person of interest but haven't charged anyone in the shooting.

UPDATE: Two Hiking Groups Rescued On Sandia Mountains

Jan 24, 2016

Search and rescue teams rescued two hiking parties who became stranded in the Sandia Mountains.

New Mexico State Police say crews initiated efforts to help a total of five hikers down safely Saturday night.

State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said Sunday the hikers were taken to a base camp and checked out by Albuquerque firefighters.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says one group became stuck near the Crest and another got lost on the La Luz Trail.

Case Against Texas Attorney General Lingering On Appeal

Jan 24, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is unlikely to know until spring whether an appeals court will throw out criminal charges that accuse the state's top prosecutor of defrauding wealthy investors.

Lawyers for Paxton have until late February to make their case to the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. The judge who would oversee Paxton's trial has already refused to dismiss the felony indictments, which carry a possible prison sentence if the Republican is convicted.

Fire Under Investigation At Former Las Cruces Country Club

Jan 23, 2016

  Las Cruces firefighters extinguished a fire in the former clubhouse of the Las Cruces Country Club Friday night.

The fire department responded to the call on the 2700 block of N. Main St. shortly after 11:00 pm Friday and found heavy fire and smoke conditions in the structure.  Firefighting efforts were initially hampered by plywood panels that had been secured over all the doors and windows of the unoccupied building.  The fire was brought under control within one hour.

El Paso Man Gets 10 Years For Shoes Smuggled To Mexico

Jan 23, 2016

A Texas businessman must serve 10 years in a U.S. prison for a $100 million trade scam involving shoes smuggled across the border without paying Mexican tariffs.

Jose Luis Rodriguez of El Paso was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in El Paso. The 53-year-old Rodriguez in August pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Rodriguez also must forfeit about $650,000.

  The New Mexico Livestock Board and the New Mexico Racing Commission are working with officials at Sunland Park Racetrack to ensure that a horse-specific virus is limited to just the few racehorses confirmed positive this week.  Several barns at Sunland Park Racetrack are under quarantine following confirmation of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV), specifically EHV-1.  The Livestock Board is taking extra precautions by restricting horse movement to and from the area that includes Sunland Park Racetrack, as well as local horse-training centers Frontera, Jovi, and Lazy S. 

Virus Found In 5 Horses At Sunland Park Racetrack

Jan 22, 2016

The New Mexico Livestock Board and state Racing Commission are working with Sunland Park Racetrack to control a virus found in five horses.

They say the horse-specific virus was confirmed this week.

Several barns at the racetrack are under quarantine following confirmation of Equine Herpes Virus, specifically EHV-1.

The livestock board is taking extra precautions by restricting horse movement to and from the area that includes Sunland Park Racetrack as well as local horse-training centers Frontera, Jovi and Lazy S.

Former Arizona Lawmaker Ordered To Repay Navajo Nation

Jan 22, 2016

A former Arizona lawmaker facing an ethics charge on the Navajo Nation has been ordered to repay about $13,000.

The Gallup Independent reports the judgment against Sylvia Laughter was issued earlier this week.

The tribe's Ethics and Rules Office says Laughter failed to respond to a complaint that she received preferential treatment when hired at the Dennehotso Chapter in Arizona.

Man Indicted for Stabbing at Whiskey Dicks In Las Cruces

Jan 22, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A Silver City man has been indicted for stabbing a man at Whiskey Dicks in Las Cruces.

Gary Peru, 24, was indicted on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, or, in the alternative, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies.  

According to investigators with the Las Cruces Police Department, the defendant stabbed the victim after they got into an argument outside the bar.  

The defendant is also charged with tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. 

Las Cruces Woman Charged in Wheelchair Theft

Jan 22, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – This afternoon, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a grand jury has indicted a Las Cruces woman on 24 felony counts in connection to a string of burglaries.  

Amanda Aberle, 27, was indicted on two counts of residential burglary and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, all third-degree felonies.  

According to detectives with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the defendant was linked to a stolen specialized wheelchair-stroller made for a disabled Las Cruces girl. 

I-10 Closures Week Of January 25

Jan 22, 2016

  Closures at Mesa:

For three nights next week, the I-10 eastbound exit ramp at North Mesa Street will be closed, and the eastbound South Desert Boulevard frontage road from Thorn Avenue to the Mesa intersection will be closed.

Night 1:  9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26

Night 2:  9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27

Night 3:  9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28

Closure of Resler ramp:

  Join us on Saturday, February 13 at 11 am for the first Crop & Cuisine workshop, “Latino American Culture and Food.”

Food lies at the heart of our daily and communal identity. From planting seeds to preparing dishes to sitting down to a meal, our foodways celebrate our history and our future. In this four-part series hosted in conjunction with La Semilla Food Center and part of the Latino Americans: 500 years of history programming, we explore different aspects of the rich world of Crop & Cuisine in New Mexico.

Living Here- Tortugas Fiesta

Jan 22, 2016

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