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Las Cruces Progressive Groups Plan Public Meeting Next Week

Jul 6, 2017

Las Cruces—“Partnering with Progressives” will be the focus of the July 11 meeting of WE’RE IN: Las Cruces Indivisible.  Representatives of the ACLU, the NEA, Reproductive Rights and ProgressNowNM, will lead group discussions on how WE’RE IN might partner with their groups.  The July 11 meeting runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, second floor.

Order: Faster, More Efficient Oil, Gas Drilling On US Lands

Jul 6, 2017
Ryan Zinke
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing for more oil and gas development on federal lands with faster permitting and more frequent sales of drilling rights.

Zinke signed an order Thursday requiring federal oil and gas lease sales be held in each state at least quarterly. Sales lately are occurring less often than that.

New Mexico City Takes Ten Commandments Case To Supreme Court

Jul 6, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall.

Attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield filed a petition with the nation's highest court Thursday, following through on the wishes of city councilors who voted earlier this year to pursue the case.

Economist Testifies That New Mexico Skimps On Poor Students

Jul 6, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economist is testifying that the state of New Mexico provides only a tiny financial boost to school districts with high percentages of children who live in poverty or are learning English as a second language.

Public-finance economist Stephen Barro testified in state district court Thursday that the New Mexico's per-student funding formula provides districts in impoverished areas with funding that is 2 percent or 3 percent above average.

Native Americans Say Grizzly Bear Decision Violates Religion

Jul 6, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government's recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates their religious freedom.

They are suing to block the government from allowing Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly bear hunts. They say government officials did not consult with them adequately and should have considered their religious and spiritual beliefs when making the decision.

Kids EXPO 2017 Coming To Plaza de Las Cruces

Jul 6, 2017
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The Parks and Recreation Department’s “Kids EXPO 2017” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Plaza de Las Cruces.

The annual family event is free and open to all ages.  “Kids Expo 2017” celebrates the summer with games, contests, giveaways, arts and crafts, food vendors, and music. 

Information will be provided on extracurricular activities and services that are available for youth in the Las Cruces area. Local businesses, groups, and agencies will be on hand providing information about the services they offer. 

Cloudcroft – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be holding a project meeting to review plans for the U.S. 82 tunnel ceiling reinforcement project.  The public is invited to stop by anytime during the two-hour period to learn more about the project and provide comments.

The meetings will take place:

·         High Rolls, NM, High Rolls Senior Center, 56 Cottage Row, Tuesday, July 11th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico, asked the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to take up a case involving a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn of Bloomfield’s city hall. In February, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declined to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision that upheld a district court’s order to remove the monument.

Sunland Park Receives State Funding for Waste Tire Collection

Jul 6, 2017

Funds from the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) will give Sunland Park residents the opportunity to discard their old tires, rather than disposing of them illegally.

The NMED Solid Waste Bureau and NM Tourism Department will disperse over $50,000 to the City of Sunland Park via, NMED’sRecycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) grant and NMTD’s NM Clean and Beautiful grant.

New Mexico Sues Secretary DeVos & Department of Education for Abandoning Student Protections

Jul 6, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a coalition of 19 states in suing the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for abandoning critical federal protections for students that were set to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The complaint, filed in U.S.

Holloman Pilot Named Instructor Of The Year

Jul 6, 2017
Maj. John R. Widmer, flight commander and F-16 instructor pilot does pre-flight checks.

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Air Force announced the recipients of the 2016 Air Force Fighter Annual Awards in May 2017.

Of the five recipients, one of Holloman’s Airmen, Maj. John R. Widmer, 314th Fighter Squadron flight commander and an F-16 instructor pilot, was named the Air Force’s Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year.

The Last Howlelujah Tour Comes To Alamogordo

Jul 6, 2017

A Book-signing and Beer tasting event for readers, animal-lovers, and everyone else!

Ex-US Attorney Martinez Joins New Mexico Law Firm

Jul 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former U. S. Attorney Damon Martinez has joined the Albuquerque law firm, Modrall Sperling.

The law firm recently announced that Martinez was joining to the firm as Of Counsel.

Martinez served as the top federal law enforcement official in New Mexico after his confirmation in 2014.

He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

The law firm says Martinez will offer his legal services to businesses concerned about cyber-security and other issues relating to national security.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a crackdown over the holiday weekend resulted in hundreds of citations and dozens of drunken driving arrests.

With the increased volume in traffic over the Fourth of July holiday, state police conducted high intensity traffic operations around the state through Tuesday evening in the hopes of curbing bad behavior and thus reducing the number of crashes.

Court: Detained Immigrant Children Entitled To Court Hearing

Jul 5, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says immigrant children who cross the border without their parents have the right to a court hearing to challenge any decision to detain them instead of turning them over to family in the U.S.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that two laws passed by Congress didn't end the right to a bond hearing for unaccompanied immigrant children detained by federal authorities.

California, New Mexico AGs File New Environmental Lawsuit

Jul 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The attorneys general of California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration for delaying new rules to reduce methane leaks on federal lands.

The Wednesday lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal challenges California AG Xavier Becerra has filed against the administration on environmental actions. He and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas say the new rules will ensure cleaner air.

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will hold lottery registration for the fall and spring after school program Monday, July 10 through Saturday, July 22 at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

·         Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

·         Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.

K-3 Plus Program Begins In Las Cruces

Jul 5, 2017

LAS CRUCES---Approximately 2,000 students and 180 teachers are back in the classroom Wednesday, July 5, marking the start of the K-3 Plus program, an optional early education program that offers kindergarten through third-grade students 25 additional days of classroom instruction, prior to the start of the regular school year. The program runs from July 5 through Aug. 8, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m. at 18 elementary schools across Las Cruces Public Schools.

Have Dinner And A Movie With The Filmmakers In Silver City

Jul 5, 2017

When was the last time, or first time for that matter, you had dinner and a movie with the filmmakers?  Uncle Bill’s home movies don’t count.  Award-winning screen writer Mark Medoff is coming to Silver City to screen his new film, “The Heart Outright.”  The director Ross Marks will also be here.  We are calling the event “Dinner and a Movie.”  An Italian-themed dinner will be served on the patio next to Light Hall on WNMU’s Silver City Campus.  Diners will have an opportunity to meet the filmmakers.  They will also introduce their production in the historic theatre. 

Estimated $5,000 in Illegal Fireworks Confiscated In Las Cruces

Jul 5, 2017

Las Cruces fire, police and codes enforcement personnel confiscated an estimated $5,000 worth of illegal fireworks and firefighters responded to more than 250 fire or fireworks-related calls for service during the first four days of July.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jul 5, 2017

  Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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Immigrant Rights Group Cites Delays In Tax-Refund Settlement

Jul 5, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for an immigrant rights group say the state of New Mexico is taking too much time to review past tax filings that could result in refunds to thousands of foreign nationals.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorney Marisa Bono on Wednesday told a district court judge that eight months have passed since the state signed an agreement to automatically return tax refunds that were wrongfully withheld in 2015.

Martinez On Trump Tweets: #Not Appropriate

Jul 5, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only Latina governor says recent tweets from President Donald Trump about an MSNBC female host and a mock video attacking CNN were "not appropriate" and "not helpful."

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a fellow Republican, said Wednesday the country needed to focus on more important issues like education and the economy.

Martinez says she's more worried about the national labs in New Mexico being protected.

New Mexico High Court Upholds Convictions In Double Killings

Jul 5, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the murder convictions of two men in separate 2011 double killings.

A unanimous decision upholds Carlos Carrillo's convictions in the killings of Christopher Kinney and Lyndsey Frost in Albuquerque. The victims were found fatally shot in a pickup parked at a park in the Old Town area following what police believed was a disagreement and a possible confrontation between Carrillo and Kinney.

New Mexico To Unveil New 'Record-Breaking' Tourism Numbers

Jul 5, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to announce record-breaking tourism numbers for the southwestern state.

The Republican governor is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the state's latest tourism figures at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Last year, Martinez said around 700,000 more trips were taken in New Mexico in 2015.

Silver City Report

Jul 5, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Anthony Moreno and Silver City Press and Independent reporters Christine Steele and Ben Fischer. This week, news from area medical centers, two reported deaths in the area, and a storm damages a historic building.

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Cervantes Announcing Bid For Governor

Jul 5, 2017
Senator Joseph Cervantes - (D)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico Democratic senator in the state's swing region is jumping into the race for governor.

Sen. Joseph Cervantes, an architect and Las Cruces attorney, told The Associated Press he will announce Wednesday he is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in a direct challenge to Congresswoman

Michelle Lujan Grisham and other Democrats wanting to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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  Commentary: BOSTON— The 7,000 delegates to the National Education Association Annual Meeting overwhelmingly approved a fundamental shift in policy by passing a new policy statement on charter schools.

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