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New Mexico Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in “Copper Rule” case

Aug 12, 2016

  SANTA FE, N.M. — The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the New Mexico Copper Rule case for Wednesday, September 28 in Santa Fe.

The Copper Rule is a regulation adopted in October 2013 that allows the state’s copper mines to intentionally pollute groundwater. It is the first time since the New Mexico Water Quality Act was adopted that the State has exempted an entire industry from *pollution prevention requirements of the Act.

Las Cruces Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

Aug 12, 2016


   Las Cruces Police arrested the man suspected in Wednesday evening’s stabbing on Lucero Avenue.

Gary “Niko” Szalwinski, 34, of the 100 block of west Lucero Avenue, is charged with a one count each of attempted murder, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. All three charges are second-degree felony counts.

Dixieland Jazz Coming To Las Cruces

Aug 12, 2016

  Sometimes a local treasure is taken for granted, but when somebody else notices, you realize that it really is something special. That’s a little what it’s like with our very own Jim Shearer and the Second Line Survivors, who will be performing at the Rio Grande Theatre on Friday, September 2, at 7:30 p.m. along with internationally renowned Dixieland jazz musician Mike Sizer.

Keith Urban Live in Las Cruces in October

Aug 12, 2016

  Four-time Grammy Award winner and former American Idol judge Keith Urban will bring his “ripCORD World Tour 2016” to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces on Tuesday, October 18. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, August 19 through Ticketmaster (online and 800-745-3000) and the Pan American Center Ticket Office.

“I’m seriously chomping at the bit to bring this tour to Las Cruces,” said Urban.  “Since June, we’ve been out there playing a lot of new music from ripCORD with all-new production. It’s gonna be potent and unbridled!” 

NMSU’s Rich Pratt receives prestigious crop science award

Aug 12, 2016

  When you listen to Rich Pratt talk about the importance of crops for future generations, you can’t help but hear the sincerity in his voice. Whether it’s addressing crop diseases, limited water resources, soil salinity or high temperatures, Pratt says many crop scientists are in service of mankind.

It was probably his passion and dedication through the years that ultimately led him to be named as the prestigious Crop Science Society of America Fellow. He will officially receive the award in November.

Five Parole Officers In El Paso Accused Of Faking Documents

Aug 12, 2016

Five parole officers in El Paso have been accused of faking documents for some people they were overseeing in drug-related and other cases.

Court documents obtained by the El Paso Times indicate the undercover investigation involved parole officers allegedly falsifying forms and forging signatures. A drug-rehabilitation coordinator was also arrested Thursday.

All are charged with state counts of tampering with government records.

Elevators At Carlsbad Caverns Out Of Service Again

Aug 12, 2016

Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park say the elevators are out of service again.

The temporary outage stems from a safety test Thursday morning during which one of the secondary elevator cars unexpectedly stalled in the hoist way with no passengers aboard.

For safety reasons, the elevators were taken out of service while mechanics assessed the situation.

Technicians from an elevator company are being called out to determine the cause of the malfunction and what repairs might be needed.

Court Sides With Efforts To Certify Hatch Chile

Aug 12, 2016

A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a decision in favor of an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico in a dispute over the use of the renowned Hatch name on food labels.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a rehearing request by the Hatch Chile Co. in a potential setback to the company's efforts to protect its stylized "Hatch" brand logos.

  Despite international popularity…in the U.S…the century old game of rugby has largely been overshadowed by other contact sports like American football, soccer and lacrosse. This summer marks the first time since 1924 the game will be played in the Olympics and rugby is growing in popularity in the U.S. 

Your Weekend Pulse!

Aug 12, 2016

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, country artist Kyle Park performing at Whiskey Dicks and mark your calendar for a visit from Bob Dylan. 

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Las Cruces Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder

Aug 11, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a Las Cruces teen has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 17-year-old Jaycob Alba.    

During today’s hearing, D’Shaun Hermans, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Per the agreement, Hermans was sentenced to 10 years behind bars then five years on supervised probation.  

Feds go after New Mexico State University over pay disparity

Aug 11, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

The U.S. Justice Department is suing New Mexico State University and its regents over alleged pay inequities among male and female track coaches.

The lawsuit announced Thursday accuses the university of discriminating against former assistant track coach Meaghan Harkins on the basis of gender by paying her less than male colleagues with similar responsibilities.

Prosecutors say the disparity amounted to a civil rights violation and thousands of dollars less per year for Harkins.

Elevators Temporarily Out-of-Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Aug 11, 2016

  Carlsbad, NM – During a safety test run this morning, one of the secondary elevator cars unexpectedly stalled in the hoist way with no passengers aboard.  For safety reasons, the elevators were taken out-of-service while park elevator mechanics assessed the situation. It was determined that the park will request the assistance of technicians from an elevator company to determine the cause of the malfunction and the appropriate repairs required. That process has been initiated.

Living Here- War Eagles Air Museum Car Display

Aug 11, 2016

New Mexico Announces Early Warning Dropout Prevention System

Aug 11, 2016

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the statewide launch of the early warning dropout prevention system designed to keep more kids in school and on track to graduate.

40th Anniversary Exhibit to Highlight Visitor Memories

Aug 11, 2016

  Forty years ago, on October 5, 1976, the idea of creating the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo came to fruition for former city mayor Dwight Ohlinger when the facility was dedicated amidst great fanfare and international recognition. Where were you that day? Riding in the parade? Volunteering to help with the dedication ceremony or rocket launches? Or maybe with your parents as they, along with hundreds of others, welcomed this new, modernistic treasure to the community.

No Drive-Thru For One Prescription In New Mexico

Aug 11, 2016

Medical marijuana patients in Albuquerque will not be cruising through to get their prescriptions as the state has rejected a proposal for a drive-thru dispensary.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that pot producer Organtica had planned to open a drive-thru this year to help serve post-traumatic stress disorder patients, who often say they are uncomfortable with crowds in retail stores.

El Paso Reunion / Photo by Mónica Ortiz Uribe

  Families separated by their immigration status sloshed through a muddy trickle of the Rio Grande on Wednesday to embrace at the border between the United States and Mexico.

Their reunion was a momentary truce organized by immigrant advocates and supervised by the Border Patrol.

Families who came from the U.S. wore blue t-shirts and their relatives from Mexico wore white t-shirts.

They met in the middle of a concrete canal between the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. 

New Mexico election officials fix campaign spending glitch

Aug 11, 2016

New Mexico's top elections officials say a glitch in the state's electronic campaign finance reporting system has been fixed.

Ken Ortiz with the secretary of state's office said Thursday the vendor corrected the problem after it was brought to the agency's attention the day before by one of the candidates running for secretary of state.

Oil and gas group says feds illegally canceling lease sales

Aug 11, 2016

A trade group for the energy industry is accusing federal officials of illegally canceling or postponing the sale of more than two dozen oil and gas leases over the past two years.

The Western Energy Alliance sued the Obama administration in U.S. District Court on Thursday to force it to hold lease sales four times a year.

The group says sales have been called off in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

New Mexico village celebrates rebirth of church, community

Aug 11, 2016
NMSU photo

Fueled by faith and determination, volunteers worked tens of thousands of hours over the last several years to rebuild the heart of one mountain village in northern New Mexico.

On Sunday, they'll gather in Questa to celebrate their efforts with the rededication of the San Antonio Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the nation.

Temple Grandin to visit New Mexico State University

Aug 11, 2016

  World renowned author and designer of one-third of the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, Temple Grandin, will visit New Mexico State University Aug. 25 and 26 to speak to students as well as the local community. 

While the schedule of events is still being developed, Grandin will visit the NMSU campus, meeting with a few colleges classes, giving talks over autism and animal science as well as doing a book signing. There will also be events open to the general public, which will be free and on a first come, first serve basis. 

Detectives Investigate Unattended Death At Las Cruces-Area County Jail

Aug 11, 2016

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an unattended death at the Doña Ana County Detention Center after a detainee was found unresponsive in the medical unit.

   Phillip Carrillo, 38, was arrested on Aug. 9 by Las Cruces Police officers for DWI. He had allegedly crashed the vehicle he was driving and was not wearing a seat belt.

The campaign rally for presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson originally scheduled for today in Albuquerque has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 20. Governor Johnson spoke to Edmundo Resendez about the surge in polls the Libertarian Party has experienced recently and issues around the presidential campaign. The following is the full interview with Governor Gary Johnson. 

Crews Respond To Chemical Fire In Mesquite

Aug 10, 2016

  Crews with Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire south of Las Cruces Wednesday after workers at a chemical plant reported seeing smoke coming from a building in the 8000 block of N.M. 478.

Firefighters were dispatched to Crop Production Services at 7:11 a.m. and arrived within five minutes of the call. Upon arrival, fire crews determined a large pile of sulfur had caught fire and efforts were quickly made to have residents within a mile of the plant shelter in place or evacuate at their own will.

  ALBUQUERQUE – This morning a U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Gerry Billy Olivas, 39, of El Paso, Texas, with a cocaine trafficking offense after Olivas waived a preliminary hearing.  Olivas was remanded into custody pending trial.

Trial Dates Approach For Mother, Son Charged With Incest

Aug 10, 2016

Jury trials are scheduled for a New Mexico mother and her 19-year-old son who were charged with incest after the teen told authorities the two were involved in a romantic relationship.

Online court records show a trial for 36-year-old Monica Mares is scheduled to begin Aug. 25. — five months after a grand jury indicted her and her son Caleb Peterson on one count each of incest.

Peterson's trial is scheduled to begin next month.

Santa Fe Police Arrest Man Suspected In Aug. 2 Homicide

Aug 10, 2016

Police in Santa Fe say they've arrested a man suspected in a homicide in the city last week.

They say Anthony Diaz was taken into custody around noon Wednesday without incident.

Police say Diaz was wanted on a warrant for an open count of murder.

They say the killing occurred Aug. 2 near the railroad tracks on St. Michael's Drive.

Details about the homicide case weren't immediately released Wednesday.

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Texas AG 'Pleased' Ethics Probe Is Dismissed

Aug 10, 2016
Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he's pleased an ethics complaint over his response to the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage last year has been dropped.

Paxton on Wednesday called the complaint co-signed by more than 200 attorneys "baseless." It asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate whether the Republican violated professional conduct rules by telling county clerks they could still refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.