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NMSU student group to host domestic violence conference

Mar 12, 2017

Why do domestic abuse victims stay with their abusers? The answers are not easy to hear, but criminal justice students at New Mexico State University have put together a day-long conference to help the community better understand the issues.

NMSU’s criminal justice national honor society Alpha Phi Sigma will host the fifth annual APS criminal justice conference titled “Ending domestic violence, one person at a time” from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17 at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. 

Office of the Governor

 Commentary: On Saturday, without explanation, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 6, legislation which would have created jobs and capitalized on the $600 million industrial hemp industry. The bill was narrowly tailored by the bill’s sponsor Senator Cisco McSorley to address concerns expressed when Governor Martinez vetoed similar legislation in the 2015 session.

  Commentary: DALLAS — Saul Ramos, a one-to-one paraeducator and braillist in Worcester Public Schools, has been named the 2017 National Education Association’s Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.

Bill Restricting Isolated Confinement Passes New Mexico House

Mar 12, 2017
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Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 175, the Isolated Confinement Act, in a 38-22 vote. HB 175 restricts the use of isolated confinement for pregnant women, minors, and those suffering from severe mental illness in New Mexico prisons and jails. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for isolated confinement in cases of emergency and a five-day maximum upon initial booking.

House Democrats Pass Memorial Calling for the Protection of Chaco Canyon

Mar 12, 2017
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Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. - On Saturday, House Memorial 70, the Protection of Chaco Canyon Landscape, sponsored by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), passed the New Mexico House of Representatives in a 31-28 party-line vote. HM 70 requests that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) respect their established relationship with tribal entities by consulting with tribes on any hydraulic fracking operations around the historic Chaco Cultural Historical National Park.

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – State Senator Craig Brandt  started the process to move to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would prevent teachers’ evaluations from being negatively impacted for them taking four to ten days of sick leave. Currently,  taking up to three days of sick leave does not affect their annual performance evaluations.

Senator Brandt  moved to have HB 241a brought over from the House to the Senate  President’s table so it will be in the proper procedural position for an  override attempt early this week.

Sunday I-10 Closure

Mar 12, 2017

I-10 & Mesa

27 Hours

The following closures will go into effect starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 12 and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 13:

·     I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed after Redd Road.

Detour: Traffic on I-10 East will detour at the Redd Road Exit (Exit 9) and onto Doniphan Drive (SH 20). Traffic will be able to re-enter I-10 East from Sunland Park Drive. Follow the detour signs in place.

·     North Mesa Street (SH 20) in both directions will be completely closed at the I-10 Overpass.

New Mexico State Women Win Third Straight WAC Title

Mar 11, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico State won its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament title Saturday, but coach Mark Trakh isn't sure the NCAA seeding committee will give his team the respect he thinks it deserves.

After the Aggies defeated Seattle 63-48, Trakh said he's hoping for something better than a No. 15 or 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament - not that he's expecting it.

Bill Would Keep New Mexico On Daylight Saving Time All Year

Mar 11, 2017
Senator Cliff R. Pirtle - (R)

Commentary: Santa Fe-  “Sunday is the shortest day of the year…since we lose one hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. It is only 23 hours long,” said Senator Cliff Pirtle, the sponsor of the popular Daylight Saving time bill that passed the Senate and is moving through the House.

SB 239 passed the House Business and Industry committee Friday night 6-2,  next stop is House Judiciary on its way to the Floor.

The bill in essence keeps New Mexico on Daylight Saving time year round, instead of changing the clock for four months as we currently do.

Office of the Governor

  UPDATE: SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved a $6.1 billion spending plan as well as companion tax increases on Saturday designed to shore up funding for public schools and state agencies amid a budget crisis linked to a downturn in oil prices and a sluggish economy.

New Mexico AD: Coach Neal To Stay On Board With The Lobos

Mar 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico coach Craig Neal isn't going anywhere any time soon.

The University of New Mexico's vice president for athletics, Paul Krebs, released a statement Friday saying he wanted to end any speculation about the coach's future following the Lobos' loss in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.

Krebs says the team went through a difficult season with several injuries to key players but that Neal will continue with his coaching duties next season.

The Lobos are 17-14, and Neal has acknowledged the frustration of fans.

New Mexico Man Guilty In Arizona Medicaid Billing Scheme

Mar 10, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — The conviction of the operator of a New Mexico medical transportation company marks the latest incident of health care fraud involving false billings by transport companies to Arizona's Medicaid program.

Farmington resident Cory Werito pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court in Albuquerque in a case involving fraudulent billings to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System through his medical transportation company.

Internet Service Restored At New Mexico Capitol

Mar 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature's website is back up and webcasting has been restored after a problem with internet service resulted in an hours-long outage.

Legislative officials said Friday's problems were related to off-site equipment that serves the state capitol. State technicians worked with a private service provider to restore the connection.

The problems also affected state email accounts and public Wi-Fi service.

APNewsBreak: New Mexico Will Work With ICE On Inmate Status

Mar 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday ordered the correction department to work with federal authorities on checking immigration status of inmates serving time in the states' prisons.

The governor's office said the administration of President Donald Trump asked New Mexico for permission to interview prisoners who were born in foreign countries.

Senator Bill Burt

Mar 10, 2017

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Breaking Into, Burglarizing Home

Mar 10, 2017

Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing a neighbor’s home Thursday morning.

Hector Samuel Gonzalez Jr., 26, of the 600 block of north 6th Street, is charged with felony counts of residential burglary and breaking and entering, and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and larceny.

Police were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a home on the 1300 block of Brownlee at about 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 9. Officers arrived to find a broken window and two men inside the home.

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce sent a letter to Secretary Zinke of the Department of the Interior calling for a 90 day extension to the comment period for the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s Release and Translocation Proposal. This will give local communities and governments who are directly affected by the program suitable time to provide their input.

NM Senators Question ICE Acting Director Homan On Constituent Concerns Surrounding ICE Deportations

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan to express the deep concerns of New Mexico communities. The senators demanded answers about ICE deportation measures in the wake of President Trump’s immigration executive orders, and sought assurances that New Mexicans can continue to receive health care and other essential services without fear of deportation.

Advocates: New Mexico Lawmakers Stall Anti-Poverty Efforts

Mar 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates say the Democratic-controlled New Mexico Legislature isn't doing enough to tackle poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

They say the brushing off of proposals like strong payday loan reform and the unclear future of early childhood education expansion could deepen poverty in New Mexico.

However, Democrats say their proposed budgets and support for raising the minimum wage show they are concerned about New Mexico's poor.

New Mexico Gets Federal Grant To Boost Energy Sector Jobs

Mar 10, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Energy Department to boost the creation of energy sector jobs.

Officials with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department say the funding will be used to develop a roadmap that supports partnerships and involvement with energy producers in all sectors, from oil and gas to renewable resources.

Gun Laws Get Traction In Open-Carry New Mexico Capitol

Mar 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gun regulations in New Mexico may soon be rewritten in ways designed to avoid shootings in domestic violence disputes and to end free-wheeling firearm rules at the state Capitol building.

Bills that would place new restrictions on the sale and possession of firearms are inching their way through the New Mexico state Legislature, with little more than a week left in the session.

Heinrich Honors Students From Las Cruces, Taos Selected For Senate Youth Program

Mar 10, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

COMMENTARY: New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos recently were accepted into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined in honoring Fernald and Valero at a recent reception.

Gun Laws Gain Traction In New Mexico

Mar 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gun regulations in New Mexico may soon be rewritten in ways designed to avoid shootings in domestic violence disputes and to end free-wheeling firearm rules at the state Capitol building.

Bills that would place new restrictions on the sale and possession of firearms are inching their way through the New Mexico state Legislature, with little more than a week left in the session.

New Mexico Gets Federal Grant To Boost Energy Sector Jobs

Mar 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Energy Department to boost the creation of energy sector jobs.

Officials with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department say the funding will be used to develop a roadmap that supports partnerships and involvement with energy producers in all sectors, from oil and gas to renewable resources.

Advocates: New Mexico Lawmakers Stall Anti-Poverty Efforts

Mar 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates say the Democratic-controlled New Mexico Legislature isn't doing enough to tackle poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

They say the brushing off of proposals like strong payday loan reform and the unclear future of early childhood education expansion could deepen poverty in New Mexico.

However, Democrats say their proposed budgets and support for raising the minimum wage show they are concerned about New Mexico's poor.

National Sport Launch 2017 Coming To Alamogordo

Mar 10, 2017

The Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts (FLARE) and the Spaceport Model Rocket Association, the model (sport) rocketry clubs of Las Cruces and Alamogordo, are hosting the National Association of Rocketry’s annual National Sport Launch this year in Alamogordo.

Las Cruces Ranks #10 On List Of Underrated U.S. Cities

Mar 10, 2017

Las Cruces is one of the most overlooked cities in America, a new list from DK Eyewitness Travel reports. At number 10 on the list of the 20 most underrated U.S. cities, DK’s in-house travel experts write, “Thanks to its proximity to three natural and historic wonders – the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks, White Sands National Monument, and the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Las Cruces has long been an important tourist base. But these days, attractions within the city itself make a longer stay far more appealing.

Bill to Invest in New Mexico Infrastructure Projects Passes House

Mar 10, 2017
Representative Antonio Maestas (D-Albuquerque)

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM - A bill that would invest in New Mexico infrastructure projects passed the New Mexico House by a bipartisan vote of 47-20. HB 405 allows the State Investment Council (SIC) to invest half of the state’s permanent fund infrastructure investments on infrastructure projects in New Mexico.

 

New Mexico House Approves Creation Of Ethics Commission

Mar 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to create an independent ethics commission in New Mexico has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

The House voted 66-0 to create a seven-member commission to enforce standards of conduct for state officers, employees, lobbyist and contractors, along with campaign finance restrictions and reporting requirements for political candidates.

The commission would be appointed by legislative leaders and the governor to investigate public complaints, subpoena records and apply civil sanctions.

As Congress debates GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act many are concerned about how funding Medicaid may be affected. This week, consumer groups held a teleconference to voice their concerns about Medicaid funding.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid funding by states is matched by the federal government dollar for dollar. That system would change in 2020 under the Republican proposed American Healthcare Act.

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