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USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Columbus, New Mexico earlier this afternoon to celebrate National Homeownership Month with a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the construction of new homes in that community.

USDA Rural Development provided a $403,000 grant to Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation to administer the Self Help housing program that will be used to provide technical assistance in the construction of the homes.  Today’s groundbreaking signifies applications are now be taken by those seeking to build a home in Columbus.

Drone Shows Renovated NMSU Baseball Field

Jun 9, 2016

  New Mexico State University’s newly renovated Presley Askew Field is an impressive facility from the perspective of fans in the bleachers and baseball players on the field. But it also looks good from above, thanks to photographs taken from an unmanned aircraft.

On May 24, NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory performed Unmanned Aircraft System flights to gather photographs of the renovated baseball field. Using an unmanned aircraft enabled the camera to take pictures from a variety of angles and altitudes providing a different view and perspective of the field. 

Martinez Announces $1.8 Million Water Infrastructure Investment

Jun 9, 2016
Santa Teresa

Las Cruces, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the New Mexico Economic Development Department will invest $1.8 million in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds to build a well serving the area around the booming borderplex in Santa Teresa. The well will support businesses such as the recently opened MCS Frames 215,000 square-foot distribution center, FedEx Ground's new 215,000 square-foot logistics facility, Valley Cold Storage's new 400,000 square-foot facility, and 6,400 linear feet of new rail in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park.

Las Cruces City Councillors to hold Neighborhood Meetings

Jun 9, 2016
Gill Sorg

  City Councillor Gill Sorg, District 5, will hold a neighborhood meeting on general topics from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Sage Café, 6121 Reynolds Dr.

City Councillor Jack Eakman, District 4, will hold a neighborhood meeting regarding the Las Cruces Capital Improvement Program and planning process from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., conference rooms 2007 B & C.

2016 Adult Summer Reading Programs Set For Las Cruces

Jun 9, 2016

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., officially began is annual summer reading program on June 1. This summer’s challenge to adults is “Exercise Your Mind, READ!”

Adults are invited to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and well-being, including fitness, nutrition, finance and stress relief. Take on a health or fitness challenge, try meditation, or learn to cook healthier foods.

All are also invited to play the “SPORTS Reading Literacy Game!”, as well as take part in the special programs offered throughout the nine weeks.

Remembering C. Quentin Ford, former NMSU engineering dean, professor

Jun 9, 2016

C. Quentin Ford, former interim dean of the College of Engineering from 1980 to 1981, died April 30 at the age of 92. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m.Saturday, June 18, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage, Museum 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces.

Ford came to New Mexico State University in 1946 to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He had previously received a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., in 1944. 

Teachers learn from students during NMSU MathLab summer program

Jun 9, 2016

  Elementary, middle and high school students in 17 classrooms across New Mexico, including New Mexico State University, are helping their teachers improve their teaching skills by participating in the NMSU Mathematically Connected Communities, or MC2, MathLab this week.

MathLab began Monday at University Hills Elementary School and NMSU in Las Cruces, and sites in Artesia, Pojoaque, Los Lunas and Gallup. About 480 students entering grades 2, 3, 4 and 7 and Algebra 1 are participating in the program, along with more than 350 teachers. 

Las Cruces Woman Suspected of Passing Counterfeit Cash

Jun 9, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested a woman suspected of passing counterfeit money at the Mesilla Valley Mall.

Kristina Dasing, 38, of 1020 S. Triviz Dr., is charged with three counts of forgery. All three counts are fourth-degree felonies.

Detectives learned that Dasing was at the Sears store inside the Mesilla Valley Mall on May 25 and tried to purchase a $25 gift card using three $10 bills that were determined to be counterfeit. Dasing left Sears before a store manager could be informed or police called.

New Mexico Contributes $200,000 For 40 Manufacturing Jobs in Las Cruces

Jun 9, 2016
Office of the Governor

Las Cruces, NM- Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Pecan Brewery in Las Cruces will expand its operations to begin bottling and exporting their beer across the world. The expansionwill result in 40 new manufacturing jobs.

"I love to see home-grown, family-owned businesses like Pecan Brewery thrive. It's an amazing success story," Governor Martinez said. "As companies like Pecan Brewery grow and thrive in New Mexico, we're going to continue fighting to make our state more competitive with surrounding states."

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Santa Fe, NM- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that on June 6, 2016, the First Judicial District Court entered an order sustaining the Office of the Attorney General’s case against the owners and operators of a New Mexico nursing home chain: Preferred Care and Cathedral Rock. Defendants asked the court to dismiss the Office of the Attorney General’s complaint, challenging the office’s authority to investigate their conduct and attacking the complaint as insufficiently specific. The case is set for trial on April 16, 2018.

Men Can Make Health a Priority

Jun 9, 2016

  This June, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) celebrates National Men's Health Month. It’s on the calendar each year the same month as Father’s Day. It’s during the month that NMDOH and other public health organizations seek to make men aware of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. More than half of premature deaths among men are preventable.

This year’s theme comes in the form of a question: “How do you beat stress?” It matters because if we don’t release that stress, often it turns into something more serious.

Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas Create I-10 Coalition

Jun 9, 2016

Four states with portions of Intestate 10 are banding together to work collectively on making travel on the cross-country route safer and more efficient.

Top officials of the Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas departments of transportation recently signed an agreement creating a coalition to improve planning, expand use of technology and share best practices.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says ADOT Director John Halikowski proposed the I-10 agreement, which is modeled on one involving states along Interstate 95 on the East Coast.

Hotel Albuquerque At Old Town To Hold Weekly Flamenco Shows

Jun 9, 2016
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town / Facebook

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is set to hold weekly flamenco performances in the center of the city's historic area.

The National Institute of Flamenco and Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. recently announced the opening of Tablao Flamenco Alburquerque. Officials say it will be an intimate performance space at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and marks the beginning of a new 10-year partnership between these two entities to promote flamenco artistry.

  The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Wednesday approved a $1.1 million El Paso Electric (EPE) rate hike.  EPE had originally requested $8.6 million, or 7.1%, but later reduced its request to $6.4 million.  In a press release, the utility said it expects the $1.1 million rate hike will take place in the third quarter of this year.

New Mexico Democratic Party Chair Pledges To Clinton

Jun 8, 2016
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The head of New Mexico's Democratic Party is pledging her delegate vote to presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

After months of being uncommitted, Debra Haaland made the announcement Wednesday in a phone call with reporters.

Haaland acknowledged that Bernie Sanders' campaign helped to inspire record turnout Tuesday among Democrats at primary polls across the state.

With Haaland's commitment, eight of New Mexico's nine superdelegates now back Clinton.

Men Charged With Heroin Trafficking Accused Of User's Death

Jun 8, 2016

Two New Mexico men already charged with heroin trafficking are now accused of a death that resulted from use of the drug.

Rosendo Flores Angulo of Albuquerque and Curtis Hutchinson of Edgewood were arraigned Wednesday on an 18-count superseding indictment in federal court in Albuquerque. Both pleaded not guilty.

The indictment alleges the two on April 29, 2015 distributed heroin to a person who died as a result of its use.

The men would face between 20 years and life in prison if convicted on the "death resulting" charge added by the latest indictment.

Rio Rancho Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Intruder During Burglary

Jun 8, 2016

Rio Rancho police say a homeowner shot and wounded an intruder during a burglary.

Police say dispatchers got nearly simultaneous calls Wednesday morning from the home about the shooting and from a local hospital's emergency room about a person being dropped off with gunshot wounds to the chest.

Lt. Lt. Nicholas Onken says the person with the gunshot wounds was transferred to an Albuquerque hospital and that his condition is not immediately known.

Identities weren't released, and additional information is not immediately available.

  (Santa Fe) – Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that drug overdose deaths in the state decreased by 9 percent last year. Preliminary mortality data from 2015 shows that the number of drug overdose deaths among New Mexicans dropped from 540 in 2014 to 492 in 2015.

“The decrease in overdose deaths is encouraging, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher. “We will continue working closely with the Human Services Department and our stakeholders to reduce overdose deaths in New Mexico.”

New Mexico Primary: Most Of The Time, Money Matters

Jun 8, 2016

  New Mexico voters spoke in Tuesday’s primary election, rendering their judgment on candidates from president on down.

But before that, the money weighed in on New Mexico races, coming from small donors up to billionaires.

Here’s New Mexico In Depth’s morning-after look at where the money and the voters aligned and where they didn’t.

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Lightning-Caused New Mexico Wildfire Now At 19 Square Miles

Jun 8, 2016

A wildfire in the San Mateo Mountains of west-central New Mexico has grown to 19 square miles.

Officials say the lightning-caused fire that started May 21 around 25 miles southwest of Magdalena on the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands is 20 percent contained and that its size will increase daily as ignition operations continue.

Spokeswoman Cynthia Wolfe of the Magdalena Ranger District says a new incident commander has taken over in a switch that she called routine for long-burning fires.

NMSU to open Passport Acceptance Facility at Garcia Annex

Jun 8, 2016
Garcia Annex / NMSU photo

  New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs will open a Passport Acceptance Facility on campus to serve the university community and the general public.

The facility will be located in Room 233A of the Garcia Annex building, located next to Breland Hall. Hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Fridaybeginning June 14.

The Latest: New Mexico Prepares Recounts Of Primary Votes

Jun 8, 2016

The Latest on Legislative primary races in New Mexico (all times local):

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New Mexico election officials are preparing to recount ballots in two primary elections for the state House of Representatives that were too close to call.

Kari Fresquez of the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office said Wednesday that two races finished within a margin of less than 1 percent that triggers a recount.

More Than 200 CNM Workers Owe School For Insurance

Jun 8, 2016
cnm.edu

Central New Mexico Community College says more than 200 employees owe money on their health and life insurance benefits, while the school owes money to other workers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that some employees underpaid on their health and life insurance benefits, while others overpaid. CNM President Kathie Winograd sent an email Tuesday explaining the situation and saying she deeply regrets the error.

In total, employees owe about $89,000 to the school and the college owes about $9,000 to its staff.

   ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division announced today that two men have been charged with distributing heroin that resulted in the death of the person who used the drug.  The “death resulting” heroin distribution charge is contained in an 18-count superseding indictment that was filed May 25, 2016 by a federal grand jury.

Primary Draws Record Number Of New Mexico Democrats

Jun 8, 2016

The number of ballots cast in the Democratic presidential primary election in New Mexico outpaced previous years as overall turnout by eligible voters from both parties was above average.

Preliminary results show one in three eligible Democratic and Republican voters — or more than 325,000 — cast ballots across the state. That's more than in each of the presidential primaries and caucuses in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Turnout has averaged 28 percent in presidential election year primaries in New Mexico since 1996.

Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center / las-cruces.org

  The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department invites parents and their children to participate in the City’s second annual “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” from noon - 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.

Las Cruces Police Issue Warning About Ilegal Yard Sale Signs

Jun 8, 2016

  Las Cruces residents who host yard or garage sales are reminded that the city has ordinances regulating the frequency of such sales and posting of signs that advertise them.

Whether they’re called yard, garage, rummage, tag or moving sales – or by any other name – such sales are allowed to be held for no more than four days and no more than three times per calendar year at any one location.

If the sale is held at a business or other property not used mainly for residential or institutional purposes, a temporary-use permit must be obtained from the city.

Steven Michael Quezada

"Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is moving on to the general election for a commissioners' seat in New Mexico's most populous county.

Unofficial results show that Quezada edged out two other candidates in a close Democratic primary race for a spot on the Bernalillo County Commission.

In the final days of the race, Quezada got a public Hollywood push from comedian George Lopez and Emmy Award-winning actor and fellow "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston. Both gave praising endorsements on Quezada mailers.

WNMU To Host Symposium On Gila Wilderness

Jun 8, 2016

Western New Mexico University is hosting a three-day symposium on the Gila Wilderness.

The symposium beginning Wednesday will feature three days of lectures and panel sessions by recognized authors and academics touching on subjects such as nature, conservation and history.

The wilderness is part of New Mexico's Gila National Forest in western New Mexico. It is the largest designated wilderness area in the state.

The symposium also will touch upon the water and resources of the wilderness.

Officials: Restoration Of Bonito Lake Aims To Be Completed By 2018

Jun 8, 2016

Officials say restoration of the Bonito Lake, damaged after the 2012 Little Bear Fire, is estimated to be completed in 2018.

The Alamogordo News reports that Alamogordo's Public Works Director Brian Cesar recently told city commissioners that workers are still pulling material out of the lake.

Debris from the fire had plugged pipeline coming into Alamogordo.

Cesar says construction time for pulling material out of the lake has been expanded because officials don't workers d in the basin during monsoon season.

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