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According to the New Mexico Department of Health, Childhood Obesity Rates for third graders for Third Graders in New Mexico is currently at 18.9%, while rates are higher for Hispanic third graders at 36.4% and even higher for American Indian students at 50.4%.

A recent conference, Public Health Beyond Borders, looked at different ways communities are trying to target and improve childhood obesity rates.

Childhood Obesity Rates in New Mexico have dropped 16% among third graders since 2010, and communities are still looking for ways to continue to improve obesity rates.

Earth Day Fair Sunday In Las Cruces

Apr 13, 2016

Earth Day Fair

Sunday, April 17

Noon – 6 PM
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  A tentative agreement has been reached to avert a strike by bus drivers for the Las Cruces Public Schools.  The drivers work for a private company and their union, the American Federation of Teachers, has been involved in talks with company representatives.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Las Cruces Transportation Federation #6341 President Marcos Torres, and Van Wamel, General Manager, STS of New Mexico released the following statement:

 

The Latest: New Mexico Pays More Benefits In 1988 Lawsuit

Apr 13, 2016

The Latest on access to access to health care among Medicaid patients in New Mexico (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Legislative analysts estimate New Mexico has spent an extra $5.4 million for Medicaid and cash food assistance benefits since 2014 as a result of a long-running class action lawsuit.

Staff for the Legislative Finance Committee announced Wednesday that additional benefits of $2.4 million have been paid out as a result of the 2014 ruling, with additional administrative costs.

Las Cruces Woman Accused Of Threatening Boyfriend With Gun

Apr 13, 2016

Authorities say a Las Cruces woman has been arrested after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at her boyfriend during an argument.

Las Cruces police say 26-year-old Ryann Wagner is being held on suspicion of one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

It was unclear Wednesday if she has a lawyer yet.

Police say officers were called out to a reported domestic dispute at a Las Cruces residence just before midnight Tuesday.

  Carlsbad, NM – Supplied Industrial Solutions (SIS) of Granite City, IL began elevator repairs at the park on Monday, April 11. Work to restore elevator operations is anticipated to conclude on Memorial Day weekend. Contractors are currently descaling lead paint and applying protective coatings to the steel in the elevator’s hoistway. Once the coatings are complete, SIS will install steel reinforcing beams needed to restore structural integrity to the 85-year old hoistway, allowing safe elevator operations to resume.  

May Events At The Silver City Museum

Apr 13, 2016

 

   Book Signing with Ross Van Dusen – What Makes a Rainbow

Saturday, May 7 from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Silver City Museum Annex.

Ross Van Dusen will be telling about his children’s book, What Makes a Rainbow. He will have some children’s activities and have his book for sale. Come on down for a fun time with Mr. Van Dusen and his book.       

Children’s Activity – Macaroni Name Plates and Clothespin Magnets

Company Proposes Nuclear Waste Storage In New Mexico

Apr 13, 2016
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An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

The News-Sun reports that Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County.

Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the formal notice to the NRC is the latest development in a years-long process.

The Latest: Plane Had Engine Trouble Before Landing On I-40

Apr 13, 2016

The Latest on a small plane's emergency landing on Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a single-engine plane reported engine trouble before the aircraft made an emergency landing on Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford also says there were two people aboard the Piper PA-24 and that neither was injured.

The incident occurred late Wednesday morning about six miles west of Tucumcari.

NMSU dance program to showcase passion for flamenco, Spanish dance

Apr 13, 2016

  The flamenco and Spanish dance program at New Mexico State University will host two performances later this month to fund its third trip to Spain.

“Viva España” promises to be a “passionate evening” of eclectic flamenco and Spanish dance performed by Sol Y Arena, the flamenco and Spanish dance ensemble of NMSU’s dance program. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 23 and 2:30 p.m. April 24 at the Rio Grande Theater 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults.

  Two scientists at New Mexico State University have secured patents for their revolutionary research thanks to the guidance offered at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center.

NMSU chemical engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni and interim Plant and Environmental Sciences Department head Rolston St. Hilaire spoke about their research and collaboration with Arrowhead at a recent Scholarly Excellence Rally at the Stan Fulton Center Third Floor Bistro.

Sunspot Recognized As The Top Solar Contractor In The Region

Apr 13, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, NM — Sunspot Solar Energy reports the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division recently announced the top solar energy contractors in the state, and Las Cruces-based Sunspot Solar Energy has been recognized as the top contractor in Doña Ana County and Southern New Mexico.

Sunspot says in 2015, Sunspot installed 56% of the systems with the next closest company at 35%.

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  Las Cruces, NM:  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument are pleased to announce the selection of Emmitt Booher, a resident of Las Cruces and avid photographer, as this year’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR).

The AiR Program utilizes the artist’s unique skills to depict the historic, cultural, geologic, and plant and wildlife features of the Monument, helping to generate a deeper understanding of the Monument’s significant resource values.

Family Fun Day Saturday In Las Cruces

Apr 13, 2016

  Las Cruces – A day full of learning and fun activities for children and adults will be held at Doña Ana Community College, East Mesa Campus (DACC) from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, April 16. 

   The Cultural Diversity Committee of Faculty Council presents Family Fun Day; A trip around the world.

   “We invite the community to come and have fun by participating in events designed to bring out the child and the learner in all of us,” said Corey Purcell of the Cultural Diversity Committee. “Bring the children and the whole family for a great multi-cultural experience.”

Border Patrol Union Ratifies Trump Endorsement

Apr 13, 2016

A local union of Border Patrol agents narrowly voted down a motion to break from the National Border Patrol Council's endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The El Paso Times reports Local 1929 in El Paso voted 14-13 Tuesday night to support the union's national endorsement and reject a proposal to take a neutral stance in the presidential election.

The GOP hopeful has drawn criticism for a pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and launch mass deportations of an estimated 11 million immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

Former State Senator Keeps Campaign Account Open Amid Scandal

Apr 13, 2016
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Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

Griego filed a campaign finance report this week with state election officials that shows no contributions or expenditures since six months ago, when his account had a $42,000 balance.

New Mexico politicians can keep campaign accounts open for years on end without actually running for office as long as they file periodic reports.

Officials: NM Man To Keep Dead Mountain Lion Found On Interstate

Apr 13, 2016
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State officials are letting a New Mexico man take a road kill mountain lion to a taxidermist.

New Mexico Game and Fish Department recently gave the OK for Arcy Vigil to keep the big cat after he found it dead along Interstate 25 in northern New Mexico.

State officials took the cat after he called to report it. Officials say the cat appeared had died from injuries from a vehicle.

New Mexico law prohibits residents from picking up a trophy animal without reporting to authorities first.

Ex-Navajo Lawmaker To Be Sentenced In Tribal Slush Fund Case

Apr 13, 2016

A sentencing hearing is set Wednesday for a former Navajo Nation lawmaker who pleaded guilty to misusing tribal funds.

Young Jeff Tom is the first of more than a dozen former and current lawmakers to be sentenced in criminal cases stemming from a yearslong investigation into the Tribal Council's use of discretionary funds.

Tom had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in February. He faces up to six months in jail and probation. He also could be ordered to repay up to $13,750, the amount he was accused of misusing.

Silver City Report

Apr 13, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer with a look at a potential loss of funding for the school district. 

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December snowstorm delayed New Mexico pecan harvest

Apr 13, 2016

  The rare December snowstorm in southern New Mexico not only covered the area in five inches of snow but it also hindered this season’s pecan harvest. Fortunately for New Mexico producers, the unusual precipitation is not expected to have affected this year’s crop. 

New Mexico State University extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema said both the harvest season and growing season were wetter than recent years due to the El Niño phenomenon. 

Child Immunizations a Priority in New Mexico

Apr 13, 2016

  April 16 through 23 is National Infant Immunization Week, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) is joining other local and state health departments, national immunization partners, health care professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children.

Audit Of Governor's Social Fund Notes Oddities

Apr 12, 2016
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An annual independent audit of finances at the office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has taken note of a peculiar, century-old fund used for social events that is off limits from review.

State Auditor Tim Keller highlighted results Tuesday of the independent audit that shows excess balances in the governor's so-called contingency fund are rolled over from year to year without legal justification.

Hondo Woman Accused Of Firing Shots At Roswell Police

Apr 12, 2016

Authorities say a Hondo woman has been arrested for being in possession of stolen firearms and allegedly firing shots at Roswell police officers.

Police say officers were trying to execute a search warrant on a Roswell house on Monday night.

They say someone inside the house fired numerous shots toward the officers, but nobody was struck.

Police say 20-year-old Josephine Clara Prins was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

Apr 12, 2016

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.  

  Join The Museum of Fine Art, and The Branigan Cultural Center for a special evening of artist receptions on Friday, April 15, from 5pm to 7pm. 

The Museum of Art hosts an artists’ reception and awards presentation for the annual All-City High Schools’ Senior Show.  The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte. 

Update: Local Border Patrol Union Ratifies Trump Endorsement

Apr 12, 2016
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A local union of Border Patrol agents narrowly voted down a motion to break from the National Border Patrol Council's endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The El Paso Times reports Local 1929 in El Paso voted 14-13 Tuesday night to support the union's national endorsement and reject a proposal to take a neutral stance in the presidential election.

The GOP hopeful has drawn criticism for a pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and launch mass deportations of an estimated 11 million immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

Mom Of 9-Month-Old Who Was Inside Stolen SUV Arrested

Apr 12, 2016

Authorities say the mother of a 9-month-old girl who was inside a vehicle when an acquaintance sped off in the SUV has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say in court records that 23-year-old Karen Arviso was intoxicated and unable to provide information Monday afternoon to help authorities find her daughter when the vehicle went missing.

Las Cruces Volunteer Fair Saturday

Apr 12, 2016

  The City of Las Cruces Network Volunteer Center, along with non-profit partners, is hosting the fifth annual Volunteer Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16, in conjunction with the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market.  The fair will be held at the “La Placita” Plaza in downtown Las Cruces, adjacent to the Main Street Bistro.

  Las Cruces -- The SkillsUSA state championships were held in Albuquerque April 6-9. Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students competed against students from other New Mexico community colleges, each other and the clock in various contests that showed their proficiency in occupational areas.

More than 187 students from 9 New Mexico community colleges competed in 35 technical events at the SkillsUSA challenge.  All competitions were judged by professionals in the various fields.

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