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  A Santa Teresa company owner who was paid more than $27,000 for two sets of playground equipment to be installed in Mesilla never delivered on the contract, and is now facing second-degree felony fraud charges.

Ernesto Alex Cordova, 40, was reportedly paid by the Town of Mesilla for two playground systems that his company was contracted to install. According to court documents, the check, written in the amount of $27,800, was issued on Nov. 3, 2015, and was cashed on Nov. 6.

AMC Network Renews 'Preacher' For Second Season

Jul 1, 2016

The AMC network has announced that it has renewed the series "Preacher" and will expand the second season to 13 episodes.

The show, which is filmed in Albuquerque and just completed its first season, follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop an unusual power.

It is based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name

Produced by AMC Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the series was developed for television by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin.

WNMU Forms 'Partnerships' With Two Universities In Mexico

Jul 1, 2016

Western New Mexico University has entered agreements with two universities in Mexico to share research and allow students to study on both sides of the border.

The Silver City school signed last month an agreement with Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon that outlines collaboration and the possibilities of faculty and student exchanges.

In addition, WNMU signed another agreement with the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuaha, a public university based in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico with more than 25,000 students.

Pueblo Becomes Latest Tribe To Buy Swath Of Ancestral Land

Jul 1, 2016

A sprawling ranch near the edge of the Albuquerque metro area is being purchased by a Native American pueblo that has become the latest tribe to buy back a swath of its ancestral land.

The Santa Ana Pueblo governor plans Friday to discuss the purchase of the 100-square-mile Alamo Ranch, which the family of former Gov. Bruce King listed in February for $33 million.

Neither party has disclosed the final sale amount.

Andre Gonzales

Jul 1, 2016

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jul 1, 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. It’s Fourth of July weekend and there is lots to do throughout the region! 

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NMSU alumni help renovate, revitalize Questa, New Mexico church

Jul 1, 2016
NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez

  In the late 1960’s, three sisters left Questa, New Mexico, to attend New Mexico State University and made their homes either in Las Cruces or elsewhere, but after hearing about the possible demolition of a historic Catholic church in their home town, they quickly sprung to action.

New Mexico high court: Doctors can't help patients end lives

Jun 30, 2016

  The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors.

In a 5-0 opinion issued Thursday, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state's assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony.

The legal challenge began in 2012. It involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who wanted courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department announced a half-million dollar settlement agreement with Enterprise Products Operating LLC for improperly disposing wastewater in Santa Fe and Lea counties on two occasions in 2013 and 2014. 

 

New Mexico Spending $3 Million For 900 Jobs In Rio Rancho

Jun 30, 2016

  Rio Rancho, NM – Today, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez joined state and local leaders to announce that Safelite AutoGlass®, the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company, will create 900 new insurance claims processing and support jobs in Rio Rancho over the next four years. 

New Mexico will invest $3 million in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding to invest in infrastructure improvements to accommodate Safelite’s expansion. 

Border Agency Clears Employees In 4 Shooting Incidents

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that employees acted properly when they fired guns in four incidents dating back to 2012 — including two that left two people dead.

The findings were released Thursday by the agency's National Use of Force Review Board, which was established in December 2014 amid widespread criticism that the nation's largest law enforcement agency was slow to investigate such incidents and lacked transparency.

Fourth Hantavirus Death Reported In New Mexico

Jun 30, 2016

State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Torrance County in central New Mexico has died of hantavirus.

The Health Department said Thursday it marks the state's sixth case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year. Four of the cases have been fatal.

The patient's name wasn't released.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus.

Health officials say the deer mouse is the main carrier for the strain found in New Mexico.

Documents Released In New Mexico Basketball Coach Firing

Jun 30, 2016

State education officials have released documents related to the firing of a northern New Mexico high school basketball coach that generated upheaval.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports documents released by the Public Education Department offer details into the allegations of verbal abuse by former Espanola Valley High School head basketball coach Richard Martinez.

$15 Credit For Rides In Las Cruces For New Uber Users

Jun 30, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio and Uber are urging Las Cruces residents to plan ahead before celebrating the Fourth of July.

Uber will offer new users a $15 credit which is enough to cover the majority of rides requested in the Las Cruces area. New users can access the free ride credit by downloading the Uber app and entering the promo code STAYSAFELC. 

“I encourage everyone who plans on celebrating with alcohol to designate a sober driver or request an Uber,” said D’Antonio. “If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be prosecuted.”

Community Connection - Mesilla Valley Search & Rescue

Jun 30, 2016

In this Community Connection, we meet with the President of the Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, Victor Villalobos. Victor tells us about the mission and the different specialty teams that make up this organization. We also meet two team leaders: Nancy Chanover and Bryndan Gardner.

Young Man Dead Following Las Cruces Crash

Jun 30, 2016

  Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate Wednesday evening’s two-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of young man.

Adrian “A.G.” Guerrero, 23, of Las Cruces, was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Mountainview Regional Medical Center. Guerrero was the rear-seat passenger of a GMC Jimmy that was struck by another vehicle and rolled over near the intersection of Spruce Avenue and Triviz Drive.

Living Here - Space Murals Museum

Jun 30, 2016

  Alamogordo, NM – On Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, White Sands National Monument, Western National Parks Association, and White Sands Trading Company will host a Mexican & American Indian Art Market at the visitor center from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. 

Fronteras 614: Bipolar Spectrum Disorder - Dr. Manuel Mota-Castillo

Jun 30, 2016

Las Cruces Student Serves Up National Honors

Jun 30, 2016

  Las Cruces – Culinary Arts student Lorena Giesbrecht returned from Louisville, Kentucky with the second place silver medal in the Restaurant Services category at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference.

NMSU photo by Jane Moorman

  LOS LUNAS – A vibrant ecosystem of native plants and insects is critical for maintaining a healthy pollinator environment, whether it is in urban or rural landscaping.

New Mexico State University’s new urban and small farm integrated pest management specialist, Ashley Bennett, was drawn to study the intersection of native plants, landscaping and insects, while completing her undergraduate degree at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

NMSU photo by Darren Phillips

  Maureen Howard, New Mexico State University’s associate vice president for university communications and marketing services, will retire Aug. 1. She has led NMSU’s communications office for the past 13 years.

NMSU Air Force ROTC establishes alumni chapter

Jun 30, 2016
NMSU photo by Darren Phillips

  In celebration of Detachment 505’s 70th anniversary and to provide an avenue for graduates to preserve and share their knowledge, New Mexico State University’s Air Force ROTC has established an alumni chapter.

New Laws Take Effect At Mid-Year In New Mexico

Jun 30, 2016
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New laws going into effect July 1 in New Mexico run the gamut from new sentencing requirements for drunken drivers to stepped-up financial disclosures for lobbyists.

The state also is entering a new budget year that calls for reduced general fund spending, as revenues lag amid low energy prices.

Tougher sentencing guidelines will apply to some repeat DWI convictions and for homicide by vehicle while under the influence.

New Mexico Gov. Martinez To Announce 900 Jobs In Rio Rancho

Jun 30, 2016
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is set to announce that new 900 jobs are coming to Rio Rancho amid uncertainty around Intel.

The announcement on Thursday is the largest number of jobs announced in one place during the governor's term and comes after Intel announced company-wide layoffs.

Intel has a massive plant in Rio Rancho and the plant's workforce has shrunk over the years.

Earlier this month, executives with El Segundo, California-based PCM, a direct marketing technology company, said the company would add more than 200 sales positions in Rio Rancho.

New Mexico Man Accused In Quality Inn Fire Takes Plea Deal

Jun 30, 2016

Authorities say a 36-year-old New Mexico man accused of setting a Carlsbad hotel on fire has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Travis Hayslip appeared Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces, with the U.S. Attorney's Office saying he admitted igniting the fire that destroyed the Quality Inn Hotel as part of his guilty plea.

Authorities say he will be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison under the plea agreement that also requires he pay $2.4 million in restitution to Choice Hotels. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

N.M. Selected To Participate In Program To Extend Commercial Hours Of Operation At Santa Teresa

Jun 29, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement that it has tentatively selected New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) application for funding for additional hours of operation for northbound commercial traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE). The partnership is through CBP's Reimbursable Services Program, which supports requests for supplemental services at U.S. ports of entry to manage the rising volume of travel and trade that contributes to the nation's economy.

Santa Fe Among School Districts In Civil Rights Settlement

Jun 29, 2016

Federal authorities say Santa Fe Public Schools is among 11 parties involved in a U.S. Department of Education civil rights settlement.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the settlement Wednesday in connection with a case involving website accessibility for people with disabilities.

Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, says the parities in the settlement were committed to ensuring that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities.

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and 127 Members of Congress filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., arguing that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is already prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since these types of discrimination are inherently linked to sex discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of sex is banned under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The amicus brief was lead by U.S.

Prison Health Care Company Settles Lawsuits For Nearly $4.6M

Jun 29, 2016

The nation's largest for-profit provider of inmate medical services has reached a nearly $4.6 million settlement with New Mexico prisoner.

Corizon Correctional Health settled claims filed by 59 inmates at Guadalupe County Correctional Facility in Santa Rosa and the Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility in Clayton. Most of the payouts appear to be related to a former Corizon doctor who was accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing dozens of inmates at those prisons.

Corizon fired the doctor in July 2012 after several inmate complaints.

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