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Udall: Climate Report Shows Urgent Need To Act On Climate Change

Nov 3, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the release today of the Fourth National Climate Assessment:

“The federal government’s comprehensive climate report confirms yet again the warnings we’ve heard from scientists for years. Here are a few of the findings:

-The last 115 years have been the warmest in the history of modern civilization.

Heinrich Backs Equal Rights For LGBTQ Community In U.S. Supreme Court Case

Nov 3, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 3, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined an Amicus Brief filed in support of equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and other marginalized groups in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. A ruling for Masterpiece Cakeshop could create a “license to discriminate” allowing businesses to deny service to Americans, including LGBTQ people. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S.

Eddy County Collecting Back Taxes From Oil And Gas Industry

Nov 3, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials in one southeastern New Mexico county have collected more than $300,000 in back taxes from oil and natural gas companies for equipment and other assets.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that companies have allegedly failed to render their gas gathering pipelines for taxation and possibly more than 100 drilling rigs managed by various companies were omitted from Eddy County's tax rolls.

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Nov 3, 2017

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27-Hour I-10 Closure Sunday In El Paso

Nov 3, 2017

Crews will close I-10 Eastbound at North Mesa Street (SH 20) on Sunday, November 12. The closure is necessary to allow crews to pour the concrete bridge deck onto the all-new I-10 Eastbound overpass.

For much of the closure’s duration, it will appear as if no work is taking place, but in fact, the fresh concrete will be curing (drying and hardening) and must be allowed to cure undisturbed by the vibrations caused by adjacent I-10 Eastbound traffic.

Free waste disposal for Chaparral residents at Nov 18

Nov 3, 2017

Jack Jenkins is a heavy equipment operator at the new Chaparral Transfer Station and Recycling Center who says, “Yesterday we sent five 18-wheel trailers out of here loaded with solid waste and heading for Corralitos Regional Landfill. More and more customers are coming into the Chaparral facility every day.”

“We opened five and half months ago; the number of customers using the new facility is growing rapidly as they discover how convenient and inexpensive it is to dump trash here,” agrees Rafael Leos, Deputy Director at the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA).

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) provides weekly solid waste services to more than 32,000 households. One of those residential services is monthly pick up of items too large for your trash bin and pick up of yard waste, or “green waste,” at your curb. There is no additional charge for this service.

“We hope residents will do everything possible to recycle their green waste so we can process it into rich organic material that is given back free to the community,” explains Robin Lawrence, interim solid waste administrator. To participate in the program, customers are asked to:

New Mexico Regulators Report Drop In Methane Emissions

Nov 3, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators say methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico have dropped by more than 50 percent over the past year thanks to advances in technology and changes in the way wells are drilled.

Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen told a panel of state lawmakers Friday that most companies that are actively drilling are reporting the volumes of methane intentionally released through venting and flaring as part of their operations.

Western Governors Want Federal Help In Invasive Mussel Fight

Nov 3, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways.

The Western Governors' Association on Thursday sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in place by spring 2018 controls to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels.

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2017) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) joined U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and several Western Senators in strongly urging President Donald Trump and Senate leaders to include funding for wildfire disaster response in the next disaster aid package.

New Mexico State University’s running track, one of the university’s intercollegiate athletics facilities, will close to the general public, beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Community members who had used the athletics track in the past are now encouraged to use the running trail at NMSU’s Sisbarro Park, located at the corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive. 

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Native American Heritage Month

Nov 3, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts.

O'Keeffe Museum To Build Database With Sites In New Mexico

Nov 3, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has received federal preservation dollars to build a database that will house information about the New Mexico locations that are represented in works by the American modernist painter.

The museum announced the $30,000 grant Thursday, saying the database will support a mobile app and website about the historic sites.

Among the landscapes that inspired O'Keeffe are Cerro Pedernal, the Chama River Valley and Ghost Ranch. Museum officials say these areas, or viewsheds, are of critical cultural importance.

Gov. Martinez Excited About Federal Drone Program

Nov 3, 2017
Office of the Governor

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says aviation and innovation have been crucial to New Mexico's economy over the years and the integration of drones into the wider airspace will make for even more opportunities.

The two-term Republican governor joined federal officials and industry representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to kick off the Trump administration's drone project.

President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead last week for a pilot program aimed at increasing government and commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

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Neighborhood Leadership Academy 2017 educates Las Cruces residents

Nov 2, 2017

The City of Las Cruces is hosting its first-ever Neighborhood Leadership Academy to provide first-hand information about City services and programs to residents. The Academy was initiated by the City Council and City Manager, Stuart C. Ed, to provide more experiences for Las Crucens to have greater engagement and connection with their City government.

PepsiCo funding new scholarships for NMSU College of Business

Nov 2, 2017

PepsiCo’s advertising message “Change the Game” could apply for nine New Mexico State University College of Business undergraduates.

PepsiCo funded a new Bottling Group LLC current-use scholarship with a $10,000 check presentation on Oct. 31. Each student selected for the scholarship will receive $1,000.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and College of Business Dean James Hoffman accepted the check from David DePoy, vice president of Foodservice Sales at Pepsi Bottling Group in Denver.

Las Cruces Leader Named Director Of Montana Wilderness Association

Nov 2, 2017

Commentary: Helena, Mont. – Montana Wilderness Association today announces that Ben Gabriel will be its next executive director. Gabriel is currently the executive director of Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (FOMDP) in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Commentary: After months of intense pressure from advocates, the UNM Hospital Board of Trustees reversed a policy, implemented in May 2017, requiring low-income, uninsured patients to pay a 50 percent down payment before surgeries. As a result of the policy, the hospital cancelled many patients’ surgeries because the patients couldn’t come up with thousands of dollars upfront to repair hernias, torn knee ligaments, broken bones, and in one case, a hysterectomy.
 

Scholarship Encourages Graduates to Combat Substance Abuse

Nov 2, 2017

Las Cruces – A new scholarship at Dona Ana Community College (DACC) will keep future criminal justice and law enforcement students on the path to graduation and then to work.

The Third Judicial District Adult Drug Court and the New Mexico State University Foundation have established the Adult Drug Court Program Current Use Scholarship for students at the community college enrolled in criminal justice or law enforcement. Once graduated, the drug court encourages these young professionals to join the fight against substance and alcohol abuse issues throughout their careers.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Nov 2, 2017

Daylight saving time ends Sunday and the Las Cruces Fire Department encourages residents to install new batteries in their smoke alarms when setting clocks to ‘fall back’ one hour.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and the fire department urges residents to install fresh batteries in their smoke alarms when clocks are adjusted to standard time. Most people tend to change their clocks before bedtime Saturday evening.

‘HomeGrown’ event showcases New Mexico’s food products

Nov 2, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Food produced in New Mexico is showcased at the fourth-annual “HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market” on Nov. 18-19 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

 

The female suspect in a burglary in progress call that turned deadly Tuesday night has been identified as 37-year-old Heather Denean Bubrig of New Orleans, LA.    

A multi-agency task force is still investigating the incident involving Bubrig, who was fatally shot by a reserve deputy with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives have learned that earlier Tuesday evening, Bubrig was a passenger in a white 2016 Chevrolet crew cab pickup reportedly driven by her 51-year-old boyfriend, who is also from Louisiana.

Heinrich Fights To Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Nov 2, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2017) —  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing today on the potential for oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The hearing included testimony from Alaskan elected officials and Tribal government officials, a federal representative from Fish and Wildlife Services and witnesses from various corporations, non-profits and experts in Alaskan wildlife. 

     

Parents Of Teen In School Shooting Case Sue State Agency

Nov 2, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The parents of a boy who pleaded no-contest to a 2014 Roswell school shooting have filed a lawsuit against New Mexico's child welfare agency, claiming it violated his civil rights.

University Of New Mexico Names 1st Woman President

Nov 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents made history Thursday as it named Garnett Stokes the first woman president to lead the state's flagship school.

Stokes, the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri, was among five finalists chosen as part of a national search. She is scheduled to begin her new job in March.

New Mexico AG Presses For Collection Of Unpaid Taxes

Nov 2, 2017
Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is putting more pressure on state insurance regulators to collect millions of dollars in unpaid premium taxes from health insurance providers operating in the state.

Balderas in a letter sent Wednesday to Insurance Superintendent John Franchini asked for an accounting of what is owned by each company and what the procedure will be for collecting the money.

Heinrich: GOP Tax Plan Is A Setback For Working Families

Nov 2, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement on the tax proposal released today by House Republicans:

Typewriter Enthusiasts To Meet In Albuquerque

Nov 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Typewriter enthusiasts are gathering in Albuquerque for another public event to celebrate the classic writing machines.

Organizers have scheduled a "Type-Out" on Nov. 12 for curious fans who want to experiment with vintage typewriters in public.

The event is slated to take place at Pennysmiths Paper and will feature typewriters similar to those used by novelist Ernest Hemingway and "The Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.

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