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The Manhattan Project conjures the pictures of nuclear bombs, mushroom clouds and the end of World War II. Now it is the focus of one of the nation’s newest national parks. 

Los Alamos is one of three locations where work was completed on the nation’s first nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington are also part of that national park, which was created last November when the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy signed an agreement.

  Usually spotting a dragon is cause for concern — just watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” — but at the Doña Ana Arts Council’s 45th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire November 5 – 6 at Young Park, seeing the new and improved Magellan floating on the lake could bring a loud “HUZZAH!!” from the crowd.


Las Cruces Suspect Arrested in Apartment Complex Shooting

Oct 3, 2016

Las Cruces Police have arrested a teenager suspected of the Sept. 24 shooting that injured a 20-year-old at The Verge apartment complex.

Joshua Jones, 18, of the 3900 block of Lilac Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Republican majority leaders in the New Mexico House of Representatives have unveiled new details of a budget solvency plan designed to preserve funding for public safety and childhood development programs.

House Republicans including majority leader Nate Gentry said Monday that the plan would shift funding reductions toward administrative expenses for higher education and sideline Senate plans to tap cash reserves at public school districts.

  The City of Las Cruces is installing a 244KW solar photovoltaic system in the parking area of the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave. from Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Nov. 18.


The main parking area will be fenced off during construction. Alternate parking is available across the street and north of the building for visitors needing ADA access. Sun Power by Positive Energy Solar is the contractor for this project.


Monday Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Launches Canceled Due To Wind

Oct 3, 2016

The Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque canceled Monday's launches due to wind, though organizers say pilots may inflate their hot-air balloons on the field.

The week-long Balloon Fiesta draws tens of thousands of spectators and pilots from all over world.

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Leaders Of Republican-Led House To Unveil Budget Plan

Oct 3, 2016

New Mexico legislators continue Monday to work on fixing a budget shortfall amid pressure from Gov. Susana Martinez to also reinstate the death penalty.

Leaders of the Republican-led House plan Monday to unveil their caucus' budget plan on Monday.

The Senate adjourned over the weekend after approving a slate of deficit reduction measures.

The House on Sunday approved a three-strikes criminal sentencing proposal.

Authorities say a man attempted a crime of the highest level — setting off explosives at the Sandia Crest.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports that Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says homemade explosives were found recently near Albuquerque broadcast towers. Officials say at least one Molotov cocktail was detonated and caused minor damage, but the fire did not spread.

Photos of the crime scene show the accelerant and jumper cables.

Investigators say a camera on the crest captured a man acting suspiciously in the area and he left in a white SUV.

Historic New Mexico Hotel For Sale In Online Auction

Oct 3, 2016

A famous northern New Mexico landmark where a newspaper publisher shot a judge and a highway official during the 1920s is being sold.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the owners of the Prohibition-era El Fidel Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico are selling the building in an online auction.

Two years after it opened, the hotel then called The Meadows made headlines as the site of a shooting involving Las Vegas Judge David Leahy and Carl Magee, founder of the now-defunct Albuquerque Tribune.

Trinity Test Site Tour Met With Protest

Oct 3, 2016

New Mexico residents living near the site of the first atomic bomb have held their annual demonstration as visitors caravanned into the Trinity Test Site for a tour.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports Tularosa Basin Downwinders protested Saturday as caravanners enter the site that is opened twice a year to visitors.

The group says the 1945 Trinity Test irreparably altered the gene pools of residents in surrounding communities such as the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa. Members say descendants have been plagued with cancer and other illnesses.

Monday Business Watch

Oct 3, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Content Director, Lucas Peerman. This week, Shamaleys purchase Nissan, Kia dealerships in Las Cruces. 


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Drug violence drove thousands of businesses out of Ciudad Juarez between 2008 and 2011. The Juarez Business Chamber puts the number at more than ten-thousand. But a privately financed innovation hub is working to kick the city’s business sector back into gear.

NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers says one of his favorite events to attend every year is the College of Business’ annual scholarship luncheon.

“This has always been a big event for the college of business,” Carruthers said. “They bring the donors and the students together, they sit together, and they talk, and it’s a real winner for the donors who get to meet the students they are investing in. So, it’s always been one of the most popular events for the college of business, always great to be invited back.”

Questions surround the revolving door of leadership at the University of New Mexico in the wake of Robert Frank's decision to step down as president.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that next May, he'll fill a new position at the school's Health Sciences Center.

He is currently under contract until May 31.

Frank will get paid slightly less in his new role with an annual salary of $350,000.

Albuquerque Democrat Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino said the position is a revolving door.

A proposal to expand the list of crimes requiring a mandatory life sentence after a third conviction has been approved by the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The House approved Sunday the three-strikes bill that would add a list of 16 additional crimes to the current mandatory sentencing law.

Las Cruces Catholic School To Honor Cancer Awareness

Oct 2, 2016

Las Cruces Catholic School students will be doing their part to raise awareness for cancer by designating next week at school as Lavender Week.

Holy Cross Elementary, Holy Cross Middle School and St. Mary’s High School students will “lavender out” themselves and their campus to support CARE (Cancer Aid Resource & Education). Lavender is the color that’s used to create awareness for all types of cancer.

I-10 Closures This Week

Oct 2, 2016

I-10 East

12 Hours

5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3

·   I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed between the Sunland Park Exit Ramp (Exit 13) to the Executive Center Overpass.

Crews will be repairing and grading overhang brackets on the Paisano (US 85) Overpass. 

Detour route: Traffic will exit I-10 at Sunland Park (Exit 13), take North Mesa Street (SH 20) south toward Executive Center Blvd, and re-enter I-10 Eastbound from Executive Center Blvd. Follow the road signs in place. [Map 1]

Poll Worker Training On Tap

Oct 2, 2016

The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections has scheduled poll-worker training for both early voting and Election Day.

Silver City, NM – The Center for Gender Equity at Western New Mexico University is hosting its second annual Glam Week beginning Monday, October 10 with several campus events.

The week of events will include informative panels, a drag show and live music by recoding artists Las Cafeteras, Summer Osbourne and Crys Matthews. The Center for Gender Equity is partnering with community organizations including Burgers, Brownies & Beers, Oh My!, and PFLAG to help bring awareness about gender issues. All events are free to the public.

Monday, October 10

NMSU program paves way for medical students to attend Burrell College

Oct 2, 2016

The first group of students enrolled in a special program at New Mexico State University are taking their initial steps on the path to becoming a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Those steps are intended to lead to more doctors to serve people in underserved areas, especially the Southwest U.S.

“NMSU has major research, educational and outreach programs in the health sciences,” said NMSU Provost Dan Howard. “This program is a welcome addition to our efforts to improve the health and wellness of the people of New Mexico.”

New Mexico House Approves Crime Bill

Oct 1, 2016

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved mandatory life sentencing for people convicted of intentional child abuse resulting in death, regardless of a child's age.

The bill was approved Saturday and would expand "Brianna's Law" to cover the deaths of children up to 17 years of age. It has not yet been considered by the Senate. The current law addresses deaths of children 11 and under.

New Mexico Senate approves budget-balance measures

Oct 1, 2016

The New Mexico Senate has approved a slate of deficit cutting measures as a special legislative session moves into its second day.

The Legislature was meeting Saturday in efforts to address a major budget shortfall and consider criminal justice reforms backed by Gov. Susana Martinez that include a bill to reinstate the death penalty.

The Democrat-led Senate on Friday approved proposals to make up for a shortfall in state revenues by tapping a tobacco settlement fund, delaying corporate income tax decreases and limiting a tax credit for the creation of high-wage jobs.

Customers of New Mexico's largest electric provider will soon see their bills increase.

The state Public Regulation Commission this week approved the rate increase after more than a year of debate, public hearings and legal challenges.

The new rates take effect now that commission staff signed off Friday on a filing by Public Service Co. of New Mexico that detailed the rates.

Davis calls Trump shaming ex-Miss Universe 'mindboggling'

Sep 30, 2016
Senator Wendy Davis (D)

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is calling Donald Trump's tweet storm targeting an ex-beauty pageant winner "mindboggling."

On a media conference call Friday, Davis said Trump's twitter "rant" shows he lacks presidential temperament.

In pre-dawn tweets, Trump criticized 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado's sexual history, referencing what he called her "sex tape." He apparently meant footage from a 2005 Spanish reality show, when Machado appeared in bed with a male contestant.

Texas pulls out of federal refugee resettlement program

Sep 30, 2016

Texas has formally stopped helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, citing alleged security concerns.

Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that Texas would withdraw from the federally funded refugee resettlement program unless the state's demands for stricter refugee vetting were met.

Abbott said Friday that federal authorities didn't meet those demands, and announced Texas' withdrawal. Kansas and New Jersey already had withdrawn.

Democratic lawmakers in the New Mexico House of Representatives are proposing a balanced budget plan that would cut most state agency funding by a little over 1 percent as the Legislature reconvenes for a special session.

House Democratic minority leader Brian Egolf of Santa Fe said Friday that the blueprint for addressing a major budget shortfall would exempt public safety and child protection programs from cuts, while suspending ongoing reductions to the corporate income tax rate. Most of the budget gap would be filled by one-time balance transfers.

Federal Indcitment Charges 8 In Las Cruces-Area Cocaine Ring

Sep 30, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury has indicted eight individuals on conspiracy and cocaine trafficking charges based on a DEA-led investigation into a drug trafficking organization that allegedly distributed cocaine in Doña Ana County, N.M.  Seven of the eight defendants were arrested today during an early morning law enforcement operation that also included the execution of search warrants at two residences in Las Cruces, N.M., and two residences in Sunland Park, N.M.

Las Cruces Coffee with a Cop Day is Oct. 7

Sep 30, 2016

The Las Cruces Police Department is celebrating National ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Day on Oct. 7 and invites local residents to drop by for conversation and a cup of joe.

Coffee with a Cop will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the IHOP Restaurant at 351 E. University Ave. City residents are invited to stop by for a free cup of coffee and visit with a Las Cruces Police officer.

Death penalty becomes political in Las Cruces Senate district

Sep 30, 2016

  The death penalty is already an issue in a Las Cruces Senate district, even before the special session that begins Friday.

Sentencing Set In 2015 Shooting Death Of New Mexico Officer

Sep 30, 2016

A New Mexico man convicted in the shooting death of a suburban Albuquerque police officer is set to be sentenced.

Andrew Romero will be sentenced Friday afternoon for the 2015 death of Rio Rancho police Officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner. A jury last week convicted him of several counts including first-degree murder.

Families of police officers are organizing Friday so supporters can line the streets of Rio Rancho as Benner's wife, Julie, heads to the courthouse for the sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say Romero shot Benner during a chaotic traffic stop in May 2015.