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Student panelists prepare for Domenici Conference at NMSU Las Cruces

Aug 31, 2017

With the 10th year of the Domenici Public Policy Conference at New Mexico State University quickly approaching, the student panel, who will ask the conference speakers rigorous questions, is planning for the two-day event. 

The conference is set for Sept. 13 and 14 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. This year’s topics will focus on U.S. foreign policy with China, Mexico and Russia, equity in education and 21st Century workforce development issues. 

Las Cruces, Roswell Firefighters Heading To Texas

Aug 31, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico agencies are sending first responders to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Las Cruces Fire Department spokesman Dan Trujillo says members of the elite Swift Water Rescue Team left Monday to help Houston-area residents in the aftermath of one of the region's worst flood disasters on record. Trujillo says they will assist local law enforcement and first responders in the area.

The fire department from Roswell also is sending firefighters to the region to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

University Of New Mexico's Communications Director Resigns

Aug 31, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's communications director is stepping down from her post.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Dianne Anderson resigned from her post Thursday as the state's largest university's primary spokeswoman.

Anderson says she will move to Florida where her husband has taken a new job.

New Groundwater Basin Studies For New Mexico And Arizona

Aug 31, 2017
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PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is launching two new groundwater basin studies, one in Arizona and the other in New Mexico.

Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen says growing imbalances between supply and demand are affecting many basins throughout the West.

The Rio Grande Basin Study in New Mexico is focused on the Middle Rio Grande from the Colorado-New Mexico border to Elephant Butte Reservoir.

Your Weekend Pulse

Aug 31, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, it’s time for fall festivals! The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts, the Harvest Wine Festival, and the Hatch Chile Festival all take place this weekend.  

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Court blocks S.B. 4, the "show me your papers" law

Aug 30, 2017
SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

Austin – Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding the preliminary injunction granted by the federal court in the Western District of Texas finding that provisions of S.B. 4 are preempted by federal law and unconstitutional:

New Mexico Now- Spaceport America

Aug 30, 2017

The Bulletin On The Radio

Aug 30, 2017

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NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University met Wednesday and voted to continue the search for a new Chancellor.

During discussion on that agenda item, the Board expressed support for current Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers, but did not express a desire to extend his contract beyond the current school year.

The Board of Regents voted to move forward with the search for a new Chancellor. The vote was unanimous, with student Regent Margie Vela abstaining.

Jury Clears New Mexico Deputy Of Wrongdoing In Deadly Crash

Aug 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury found that a Bernalillo County deputy who briefly chased a drunken driver was not to blame for a deadly crash that took place moments after she ended pursuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Deputy Judy Galloway initiated a pursuit after Steven Trujillo, who was driving a truck that had been involved in an earlier wreck, rolled through a stop sign.

'Clean Energy' Petition Targets Pollution In New Mexico

Aug 30, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office and consumer advocates are petitioning state regulators to consider a new energy standard they say would protect utility customers and shareholders from the costs and risks associated with future environmental regulations.

New Mexico Report Questions Handling Of Charter School Funds

Aug 30, 2017

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Auditor says the Public Education Department can't explain how it spent $20 million for administrative support for charter schools.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on Tuesday that State Auditor Tim Keller's review of funds for charter schools raises questions on how the funds are tracked and if those funds are going to the intended purpose. The $20 million the review identifies was spent over a five-year period.

The Latest: Teen Charged With Murder In Library Shooting

Aug 30, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly shooting at a public library in eastern New Mexico (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old high school student with murder over a shooting inside a public library in New Mexico that killed two employees and seriously wounded four others.

The filing Wednesday lists nearly a dozen counts against Nathaniel Jouett, including first-degree murder, child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated battery.

Las Cruces Mom Accused Of Physically Abusing Young Daughter

Aug 30, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of abusing her 7-year-old daughter Tuesday morning.

Ginger Anita Adame, 24, of the 1000 block of west Amador Avenue, is charged with one count of child abuse. The charge is a third-degree felony.

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that Adame grabbed her 7-year-old daughter’s hair and shoved her into a bathtub Tuesday morning. Investigators also learned that Adame pushed her daughter’s head into the bathtub water, and slapped the girl’s hands and cheeks hard enough to leave bruising.

El Paso Bishop: Preserve The DACA Program

Aug 30, 2017
El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz

The Trump Administration is considering ending a program that allows some children brought to the country illegally to stay here.

Ten State Attorneys General, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, say if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program…better known as DACA….is not cancelled by September fifth, it will face a challenge in federal court.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Schools in New Mexico's capital city are giving students permission to skip an annual reenactment of Spanish colonial royal court festivities led by a conquistador, out of deference to Native Americans that may find it disrespectful.

Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia on Tuesday directed schools to allow students to opt-out of watching a performance linked to the Santa Fe Fiesta that honors Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas.

Deputies: Man Uses AK-47 To Shoot Tires In Horse Dispute

Aug 30, 2017
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PAJARITO MESA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing aggravated assault charges after authorities say he used an AK-47 to shoot out the tires of a man he accused of stealing his horses.

Court records show that David Derringer was arrested Saturday shortly following a bizarre chain of events involving free-ranging horses in a rural area near Albuquerque.

High School Attendance Drops After Clovis Library Shooting

Aug 30, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at Clovis High School plummeted the day after two people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a city library in Clovis.

School district Superintendent Jody Balch estimates that only half of the school's 1,600 students were in class Tuesday morning and that only a few hundred remained by day's end.

Silver City Report

Aug 30, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Ben Fischer. This week, a full liquor license is coming to Grant County, local school grades are in, and some local events for Labor Day weekend.    

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Organ Man Charged in Las Cruces Stolen Pickup Case

Aug 29, 2017

Police arrested an Organ man suspected of driving a pickup stolen from a Las Cruces residence.

Isaacc Bailey, 26, of the 5700 block of First Street in Organ, N.M., is charged with one fourth-degree felony count of receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle.

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that a red 1998 GMC Sierra pickup was stolen on Aug. 27 from a home on Mulberry Avenue. The owner of the pickup indicated that he left the keys inside the vehicle.

New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a Risk Review of Administrative Support of Charter Schools. The report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reveals a lack of transparency and accountability for funds withheld from charter schools intended to provide administrative support to safeguard education dollars at those schools and help them succeed. Over a five-year period, nearly $20 million was withheld from charter schools, much of it which cannot be tracked to specific expenditures to support those schools.

Overnight Fire Destroys Farm Supply Business Outside Las Cruces

Aug 29, 2017

An early-morning fire just off Interstate 10 near the Mesquite exit totally destroyed a farm and ranch supply business that operated in Doña Ana County’s South Valley for over a decade.

Landmark Mercantile, located in the 12000 block of Stern Drive in Mesquite, housed agricultural supplies, feed and tack, and was also home to several dozen livestock.

Six members of the Las Cruces Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team have left for the Houston area to assist where needed with their swift water rescue expertise.

Members include: Lieutenant Joe Leos, Lieutenant Tibor Kocsis, Battalion Chief Jeremiah Lay, Firefighter Arnold Diaz, Driver/Operator Jeremy Eckhart and Firefighter Michael Graham (show from left to right in attached photo).

Silver City MainStreet Offers Movies to Volunteers

Aug 29, 2017

The Silver City MainStreet Project is collaborating with the Silco Theater to initiate a new volunteer program with rewards.  For three hours of volunteer service, volunteers will receive a Silco Theater Gift Card good for one movie ticket.  The program was initiated to attract more people to become involved with downtown revitalization. 

The Latest: Police: Library Workers Killed In New Mexico

Aug 29, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting inside a public library in New Mexico that killed two people and wounded four others. (all times local):

3:30 p.m

Authorities say the two women who were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a public library in eastern New Mexico were both library workers.

Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ford identified them Tuesday as 61-year-old Wanda Walters and 48-year-old Kristina Carter.

Walters was a circulation assistant at the Clovis-Carver Public Library and Carter was a youth services librarian.

New Mexico County Budget Shortfall Sparks Staff Reductions

Aug 29, 2017

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The Cibola County Board of Commissioners has voted to lay off a handful of county employees and take other belt-tightening steps to address a $440,000 budget shortfall.

The Gallup Independent reports County Manager Tony Boyd recommended the reduction in force along with biweekly furloughs for employees before submitting his resignation Thursday night.

County Finance Director Joseph Sanders says five layoffs and one retirement make up about half of the budget hole. He says the furloughs have to make up the difference.

Pastor: New Mexico Shooting Suspect Showed No Warning Signs

Aug 29, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The suspected teen gunman who opened fire inside an eastern New Mexico public library, killing two people and wounding four, appeared to be turning his life around, volunteering at church and never missing a service, the youth's pastor said Tuesday as the small farming city of Clovis struggled to understand the violence.

Bernalillo County- The last day to register to vote for the 2017 City of Albuquerque Municipal General Election is September 5, 2017.   You may register to vote if you are a resident of New Mexico, a citizen of the United States, eighteen years old or older at the time of the next election, not legally declared mentally incapacitated, and convicted felons who have satisfied all the terms and conditions of sentencing. A certificate of completion must be provided.

Roswell Gets First Black Mayoral Candidate

Aug 29, 2017

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city is getting its first African-American mayoral candidate in its 126-year history

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Roswell City Councilor Natasha Mackey announced Sunday her candidacy for mayor.

Mackey says she wants to serve as mayor to infuse renewed hope in the community. She also wants to make Roswell safer and improve its business climate.

The 39-year-old Mackey is a math teacher at University High School and is the first African American elected to the Roswell City Council.

New Mexico Hears Final Comments On Campaign Finance Rules

Aug 29, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign finance regulators in New Mexico are collecting a final round of public comments on rules that would reveal more about who gives money to groups that can spend unlimited amounts to sway elections.

The Office of the Secretary of State said it was collecting written comments on Tuesday until 5 p.m. about a proposal requiring more detailed financial disclosures from so-called dark money groups.

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