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Jun 4, 2018

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Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico. His latest book Homelands – Four Friends, Two Countries and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, Corchado tells the story of Mexican immigration over the last 30 years to the United States told from the perspective of four friends who first met in a Mexican restaurant in Philadelphia in 1987. Edmundo Resendez interviewed Corchado about his latest project.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 4, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, small businesses hiring of disabled workers and the county’s plan to meld and education and the workforce. 

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Farmington Looks to Propel Local Food Market

Jun 4, 2018

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community agencies and the city of Farmington are looking for ways to boost the market for local food while revitalizing downtown.

Farmington and Silver City are the New Mexico cities chosen this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Local Foods, Local Places program, the Farmington Daily Times reported last week.

Native American Citizenship Panel Coming To Las Cruces

Jun 3, 2018
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Join the Branigan Cultural Center in welcoming Dr. Donald Pepion of the Blackfoot Tribe, Navajo representative Taffy Miller, Justin McHorse from Taos Pueblo, and Michael Roy of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe for a discussion panel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

SCAM ALERT: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans of Bogus “Publishers Clearing House” Calls

Jun 3, 2018

Attorney General Hector Balderas is issuing an alert, as scammers target senior citizens in New Mexico.

As part of the scam, callers tell seniors they have won a sweepstakes or lottery. Those seniors are told to keep their lottery winnings confidential. The consumers receive checks in the mail, but those checks don't match the company that called.  The scammers tell them to deposit the phony checks, and to make a phone call in which they are told to purchase a gift card or to send a check to cover fees.

Candace Kaye, a retired associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education, recently received an honorary doctorate from the Mongolian National University of Education, along with a prestigious award from the Mongolian government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., to discuss and consider adoption of a resolution that could call for a $35.6 million general obligation (GO) bond election, and proposed amendments to the Las Cruces City Charter regarding recall provisions.

Neighborhood Safety Walk Thursday In Las Cruces

Jun 3, 2018
Gabe Vasquez

District 3 Councilor Gabe Vasquez, community leaders, neighborhood leaders, and community police officers are participating in a Neighborhood Safety Walk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 that will start at the north parking lot (Nevada Street side) at Lynn Middle School, 950 S. Walnut.

“We want to show the community that their neighbors care about the neighborhood and show solidarity against crime,” said Vasquez. “This is a great way for us to build community and trust, and for everyone to be part of the solution.”

New Mexico farmers face consequences as drought persists

Jun 3, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Farmer Matt Romero doesn't have far to travel to see a stark reminder of the ongoing drought affecting New Mexico and parts of the West.

When Romero looks over the bridge that crosses Embudo Creek just outside his home in northern New Mexico, he sees no water and it has been that way for about month, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

Drinking from the same source – Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez

Jun 3, 2018

“We share the same aquifer, the same region, and many of the same issues...even if we are on different sides of an international border,” says LCU Director, Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, Ph.D., P.E., explaining the connection between Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez.

Since both cities dip wells into the same large Mesilla Bolson aquifer, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is fostering binational collaboration:

“It is critical that we understand each other’s processes and share informational resources,” explains Dr. Garcia.

Schuler's late HR lifts Kent State over New Mexico State 2-1

Jun 2, 2018

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Pete Schuler hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Kent State beat New Mexico State 2-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA Tournament's Lubbock Regional on Saturday.

It was Schuler's second homer of the season. He also homered in the NCAA regional opener for the Mid-American Conference champion Golden Flashes (40-17).

New Mexico State starter Kyle Bradish was pulled after a one-out walk to Pavin Parks on his 122nd pitch. Schuler then went deep on the first pitch thrown by reliever Brock Whittlesey (3-5).

The Latest: New Mexico community evacuated as fire grows

Jun 2, 2018

UPDATE: CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire in northern New Mexico (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

State fire officials say residents of a northern New Mexico community are being told to evacuate their homes due to a raging wildfire.

New Mexico State Forestry officials said the order involving Ute Park came late Saturday after the fire doubled in size to about 47 square miles.

The cause of the fire was unknown and there was no containment.

The fire has destroyed 12 to 14 outbuildings at nearby Philmont Scout Ranch.

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Las Cruces Shooting That Injured Two

Jun 2, 2018

Las Cruces police have arrested the man suspected in Saturday morning’s shooting that sent two young adults to the hospital.

Lorenzo Sarabia, 22, of the 2400 block of south Espina Street, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Cummins-NMSU engineering partnership a ‘win-win’

Jun 1, 2018

  Cummins Inc. and the New Mexico State University Engineering Technology Department have entered a new and unique partnership that will enrich the engineering educational experience of current and future students. Cummins is providing funding for projects that will give students hands-on experience refurbishing old and outdated, but much needed laboratory equipment, as well as supporting the development of new equipment.

Las Cruces To Be In National Spotlight

Jun 1, 2018
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Mayor Ken Miyagishima and Comcast will welcome C-SPAN to Las Cruces at noon on Monday, June 4, in Council Chambers at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.   Here is the information provided by the city:

The event will kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel Book TV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

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Jun 1, 2018

Judge Dismisses Murder Counts Against Former Deputy

Jun 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has dismissed first- and second-degree murder charges against a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that District Court Judge Conrad Perea on Thursday dismissed the murder counts against former deputy Tai Chan.

Gubernatorial Candidates In New Mexico Spar Over Tax Returns

Jun 1, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham made public her personal tax returns dating back to 2013 that show she shared in profits from state contracts to operate a health insurance program, which — while legal — her Democratic rival condemned as morally repugnant.

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Jun 1, 2018

Opening doors to good jobs in Las Cruces

Jun 1, 2018

At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) a new internship program is up, running, and designed to be a win-win for everyone: LCU needs well-trained people to fill job openings within the utility, and residents need good jobs. The first two interns - Errol Lockett and Bryan Eakins - are onsite being trained for jobs at LCU facilities, while they take classes at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) and pursue an Associate of Water Technology Degree.

Your Weekend Pulse

Jun 1, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Legally Blonde the Musical takes place at the Las Cruces Community Theatre, Homeward Bound – Country in the Plaza on Saturday, a one woman show: With Love, Marilyn at the Rio Grande Theatre, and Music in the Park Series at Young Park on Sunday.  

New Mexico’s been fighting the opioid epidemic for decades, but it wasn’t until last year that the federal government declared it a public health emergency. Congress just pumped up the budget for fighting the epidemic by billions, including $100 million for rural areas. But none of the rural counties in our state were targeted for that money. Now that’s changing.

New Mexico Sues EPA Over Failure to Enforce a Critical Landfill Methane Regulation

May 31, 2018

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, joined a coalition of eight attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to implement and enforce a critical landfill methane regulation.

“The EPA is clearly not doing its duty in enforcing the Clean Air Act,” said Attorney General Balderas. “The EPA can’t pick and choose which regulations it chooses to enforce, and every day that this continues, more dangerous chemicals are released into the air that New Mexicans breathe.” 

An associate professor of English at New Mexico State University recently published his fourth book telling the true story of Shawn Harrington, a former Aggie basketball star who was shot and paralyzed in Chicago in 2014.

Rus Bradburd started work on “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side” in 2015.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Lambros was indicted by a Bernalillo County Grand Jury on 32 felony charges including Money Laundering, Larceny, Embezzlement, Tampering with Evidence, Tax Fraud, Forgery and Theft of a Credit Card for allegedly stealing over $1 million from two elderly victims, ages eighty-five (85) and ninety five (95), and one count of Child Exploitation for allegedly possessing images of child sexual abuse.

Navajo Presidential Race Draws Crowded Field Of Candidates

May 31, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The race to become president on the country's largest American Indian reservation has drawn a crowded field of candidates.

Nineteen people met Wednesday's deadline to file for the office. They include tribal President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and others who have held or sought those posts.

The top two vote-getters in the August primary face off in the Nov. 6 general election.

Whoever wins will have to deal with declining revenue if a coal-fired power plant on the reservation shuts down as planned in 2019.

University Of New Mexico Falls Short On Opportunity Mandate

May 31, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's flagship university is falling short of meeting some federal requirements aimed at ensuring men and women have equal opportunities when it comes to playing sports, according to an independent review made public Thursday.

Lawmaker Questions New Mexico State's Hiring Decision

May 31, 2018
Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35), Chair, Legislative Finance Committee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state legislator is questioning the decision by New Mexico State University regents to hire two new top officials with large salaries to replace one person who is retiring.

Democratic state Sen. John Arthur Smith has been critical of the regents' decision not renew the contract for Garrey Carruthers, who was paid $385,000 a year to serve as both president and chancellor for the university in Las Cruces, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

KRWG's Wellness Confidential

May 31, 2018

How do you define wellness? Is it simply not being sick? Or is it a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being? Tune in for KRWG’s Wellness Confidential on 90.7 FM and on Thursday, May 31st from 1 to 2 p.m. to learn about the four pillars of wellness: Nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management.