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Mitten Tree Project Hosted by Las Cruces Museums

Nov 22, 2016

The Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., will celebrate Mitten Tree Day at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 . Children are invited for a reading of The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and a related art activity. In collaboration with the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the Las Cruces Museum System will sponsor a Mitten Tree this holiday season. Based on the book, the project encourages visitors to donate mittens, hats, and scarves to those in need. All items will be donated to local...

An eight-year project has come to an end as New Mexico State University journalism associate professor Roger Mellen has published a scholarly article based off of an accidental find in a few dusty pages of an eighteenth century almanac.

His article is published in the fall edition of scholarly journal “Journalism...

NMSU filmmakers create documentary series on mental illness

Nov 22, 2016

An eight-part documentary series called “Labeled” is the brainchild of three New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute professors, who hope to sell the series to major television networks and take the documentaries into Las Cruces schools to help the public gain a better understanding of mental illness.


NMSU doctoral student receives NCAA research grant

Nov 22, 2016

Jessica Jackson, a doctoral student in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, has received a research grant from the NCAA Research Committee to study experiences of racism and responses to race-related events.

Jackson’s research proposal was one of seven selected by the NCAA to receive funding during...

NM28 Bridge Project Meeting Next Week

Nov 22, 2016

Las Cruces : The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with AUI INC. (Contractor). In cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the improvement project of the NM 28 Bridge Project. When: 6:00 pm Thursday December 1, 2016 Where: San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall 19230 NM 28, San Miguel, New Mexico 88044 Meeting Purpose: To provide project information during construction, detailing information...

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a man convicted of having criminal sexual contact with a minor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On Monday , prosecutors with the 3 rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office argued for the maximum 15-year sentence. However,...

NMSU students to present animal behavior, training posters

Nov 22, 2016

Does your dog jump on people? Does your cat dart out the front door as soon as it’s opened?

If so, you may want to attend the New Mexico State University Companion Animal Behavior and Training Class poster display from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 . The event is free to the public and will be held in the Tejada...

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Nov 22, 2016

Main St.: · Farmers and Crafts Market o Saturday, December 3, 8:30 am-1:00 pm o Saturday, December 10, 8:30 am-1:00 pm · Plaza De Las Cruces o Wednesday, November 30, 8:30 am-1:00 pm . Farmers and Crafts Market o Saturday, December 3 , 5:00-8:00 pm . Tree Lighting Ceremony o Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 am-1:00 pm . Farmers and Crafts Market Branigan Cultural Center o Friday, December 2 at 5:00 pm – First Friday Art Ramble o Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 am – Culture Club – Ojo De Dios...

14 Freight Cars Carrying Grain Derail In Eastern New Mexico

Nov 22, 2016

Authorities say there were no injuries or spills of hazardous materials when 14 railroad cars carrying grain derailed in eastern New Mexico. The New Mexico State Police said the derailment occurred Tuesday about 10 miles east of Santa Rosa near Interstate 40. Sgt. Chad Pierce says I-40 is open in both directions but that westbound exit 284 is closed due to cleanup work. According to Pierce, a wheel on one of the cars on the back end of the train apparently broke, causing the derailment and...

University Of New Mexico Keeps Seal Despite Racial Concerns

Nov 22, 2016

The board of regents of New Mexico's largest university has opted not to overhaul its half-century old seal amid concerns by Native American students. The University of New Mexico board of regents voted last week to keep a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman on the seal after months of forums and public input. Native American student groups wanted the University of New Mexico to scrap the seal that depicts a rifle-toting frontiersman and a sword-carrying Spanish conquistador. They say it...

The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering a proposal to allow attorneys, journalists, judges and law enforcement officers online access to court records 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The proposal would expand online access to court records — such as complaints, motions and rulings — to people who regularly rely on the documents for their work. The public would still be able to view and obtain documents in person at courthouses. Under the proposal, access to documents from computers...

Director Of New Mexico Spaceport Ready For Next Phase

Nov 21, 2016

The new chief executive of Spaceport America says New Mexico couldn't be in a better position as the commercial space tourism and transport industry matures. Daniel Hicks has had a week now to settle into his new job. He replaced Christine Anderson, who retired after guiding construction and the installation of key infrastructure at the taxpayer-financed spaceport. Hicks said in an interview Monday that it's good timing to have Spaceport America ready for service as the industry makes...

Proposed New Mexico Waste Disposal Plant Draws Criticism

Nov 21, 2016

A proposed waste oil disposal plant in southeastern New Mexico is drawing criticism from local officials and uranium enrichment giant URENCO USA. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criticism came after news had spread that the Lubbock-based CK Disposal wanted to build a 317-acre surface waste oil management plant in eastern Lea County. The proposed site is across from the URENCO USA facility. Six state legislators representing Lea County had signed a recent letter expressing concerns about that...

New Mexico College Gets $2 Million To Help Native American Students

Nov 21, 2016

A northwestern New Mexico college has been awarded more than $2 million in federal grants to help Native American students complete their degrees and to fund scholarships for students in the nursing program. Officials say the funding will be used by San Juan College to remove obstacles that Native American students face in completing their educations. The Daily Times reports the college has one of the nation's highest graduation rates for Native American students. The college plans to expand...

Wintry Weather Arrives In New Mexico

Nov 21, 2016

New Mexico is getting a blast of wintry weather just in time for the busy holiday travel season. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that starts Monday at 5 p.m. and expires 12 hours later. Locations above 7,500 feet could see up to 4 inches of snow. Forecasters say it will start off as rain in the afternoon and then change to snow. Winds from 10 mph to 15 mph are also in the forecast, and drivers are urged to use caution on mountain passes and other roads....

On Nov. 15, the doors to
the White Sands Missile Range Golf Course, a facility that has been running
for 54 years, officially closed its doors.
Von Weddington, WSMR Golf Course manager, has been working at the golf

Monday Business Watch

Nov 21, 2016

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, Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food. The region's home page is only possible with your support. Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now. Thank you.

Legislative proposal: Search warrants for digital evidence

Nov 20, 2016

A state legislative committee has approved a proposal to require law enforcement officers to get search warrants before delving into private electronic communications. The committee's bipartisan sponsors plan to introduce the bill in the 60-day session that begins in January. It would be the first time the New Mexico Legislature would tackle the issue. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act would be an extension of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2014. The high court unanimously held that...

I-10 Closures For Next Two Weeks

Nov 20, 2016

I-10 East & West Overnight Sunday, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 22 9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning · A left lane on I-10 in both directions will be closed for approximately a half mile starting at the North Mesa Intersection. Crews will continue work on temporary shoring walls. This area will continue to be the focus of intense work for another eight months or more. This work is the first of three phases at the I-10/Mesa interchange. [Map 1] Overnight Tuesday, Nov. 22 9 p.m. to...

LAS CRUCES--- Based on the quality of her teaching, demonstrated commitment to the profession of teaching and continued professional growth, Melody Hagaman, a computer science teacher at Centennial High School, was one of only seven high school teachers across New Mexico to be named a recipient of the 2017 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico (GAFNM). “Melody’s work as an educator has inspired countless students throughout Las Cruces, and we...

Affidavit: ABQ police have illegally deleted, altered videos of shootings

Nov 20, 2016
new mexico in depth

Albuquerque Police Department officials have altered and, in some cases, deleted videos that showed several controversial incidents, including at least two police shootings, the department’s former records supervisor has alleged in a sworn affidavit. Three officers’ body camera videos that captured events surrounding the fatal shooting of 19-year-old suspected car thief Mary Hawkes in April 2014 were either altered or partially deleted, according to former APD employee Reynaldo Chavez’s nine...

Living Here - Zuhl Museum

Nov 20, 2016

Trump Opponents Ask Electoral College To Vote For Clinton

Nov 20, 2016 (donald trump)

Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to deny President-elect Donald Trump the 270 votes needed to assume the presidency. It's a longshot effort. The Electoral College has never before denied the presidency to the clear Election Day winner. Yet activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than Trump. Trump has won 290...

Cubs of bear that attacked runner released into wild

Nov 20, 2016

Two cubs whose mother was shot to death after attacking a marathon runner have been released into the wild. The bears went from weighing roughly 10 pounds when they were found to 125 and 90 pounds when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish released them. Cottonwood Rehabilitation Center's Dr. Kathleen Ramsay said the cubs were released outside the territory where they were found to reduce the risk of encounters with people or other bears. State law required that the mother bear's brain...

Aggies Defeat Texas State 50-10 In Las Cruces

Nov 19, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The NM State defense was on full display Saturday afternoon at Aggie Memorial Stadium, forcing five takeaways that led to 28 points in the first quarter en route to its resounding 50-10 victory against Texas State.

"Most of our problems this year is when we have to go 80 yards to score," said Aggies head coach Doug Martin , whose...

New Mexico Democrats Choose Leaders For Legislative Session

Nov 19, 2016
Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

Members of the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus met today to determine their choice for Senate President Pro Tempore and to select the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Majority Whip and the Senate Majority Caucus Chair. The Democratic Caucus chose Senator Mary Kay Papen (D-38- Doña Ana), by acclimation, as their choice for Senate President Pro Tempore. The Senate President Pro Tempore is elected by a majority of the New Mexico State Senate. The Democratic Caucus’s choice must receive at...

Santa Fe archbishop addresses immigrant fears since election

Nov 19, 2016

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester is addressing the fears that have emerged among immigrants since Election Day. Wester says he knows there are people within the archdiocese who are fearful of what may happen to them if the incoming Trump administration repeals, as promised on the campaign trail, an Obama administration program that allows immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to avoid deportation and get work permits. He announced in a statement that the...

New Mexico professors seeking immigrant student protections

Nov 18, 2016

A group of professors at the largest university in the nation's most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students. Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico delivered a letter Friday to the school's president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status. Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president....

New Mexico State University Police today released the names of the officer and suspect involved in Monday night’s shooting incident, along with the officer's body camera video. The suspect is 28-year-old Karsten Cuthair, a student at NMSU. Officer Jarrod Colliver, a two-year veteran with the NMSU Police department, responded to the 911 calls and fired two shots, one striking Cuthair in the right leg. NMSU student Karsten Cuthair is back in Las Cruces tonight after being released from an El...

A decision to raise ticket prices and eliminate some free-entrance days at New Mexico's world renowned state museums and historic sites has provided a boost in revenue to the state's cash strapped culture agency since the start of July. The changes also have been accompanied by a drop in ticketed attendance at a network of eight state museums and eight cultural sites that are an engine of the state tourism economy, where more than a million people flock each year learn about Billy the Kid and...