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Udall Secures Critical National Security Programs For New Mexico In Defense Bill

Nov 10, 2015
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 91-3 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several priorities that Udall has championed for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories. 

  The bill also includes Udall's measure to strengthen the open-air burn pits registry, which was created to help veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes while deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fracking Film and Forum Event At NMSU

Nov 10, 2015


   On Tuesday, November 17, at 6pm, the community will have a chance to see a free showing of the film FrackNation.  The screening will be followed by a forum on fracking and fossil fuel energy moderated by KRWG's Fred Martino.

Event Title:

A Civil Conversation on the topic of 
Fracking & Fossil Fuel Energy in the U.S.A.


6 PM Tuesday November 17, 2015


Corbett Center Auditorium, New Mexico State University

  Silver City, NM – A panel of experts on the history of Japanese internment camps during World War II, including three former prisoners, will speak at Light Hall auditorium on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Free to the public, the presentation will feature photographic slides and video clips, live readings from a diary kept by Lordsburg prisoners, and a Q and A discussion.

Texas Veterans To Push For Medical Marijuana Access At Wednesday Event

Nov 10, 2015

Commentary:  Texas veterans and their supporters will gather in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of Operation Trapped. The monument is located on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds near the corner of 14th Street and Brazos Street.

Heinrich Votes To Approve National Defense Bill, Secures Key Provisions For New Mexico

Nov 10, 2015
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Heinrich worked to secure key provisions for New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The NDAA passed the Senate with a vote of 91 to 3.

Udall, Moran Introduce Bill To Help Rural Veterans Access Quality Health Care

Nov 10, 2015
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R–Kan.) introduced the bipartisan Rural Veterans Improvement Act to tackle some of the biggest barriers to accessing quality health care for veterans in rural communities. More than 6 million veterans — including a third of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — live in rural areas of the country and often have to travel several hours to see their doctors at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals.

Department Of Health Nurses Receive Nursing Excellence Awards

Nov 10, 2015

The New Mexico Department of Health is pleased to announce that two nurses from the Public Health Division were recognized with Nursing Excellence Awards. This year, seven nurses from the Department were nominated for the awards.


FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation estimates that ranchers and farmers in two reservation chapters will suffer approximately $700,000 in damages from an August mine spill in Colorado.

The Daily-Times reports that the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture on Monday released a preliminary survey on damages from the Gold King Mine Spill.

The department estimates that the millions of gallons of wastewater released into the Animas and San Juan rivers will cause $569,700 in damages for farmers from the Shiprock and Tse Daa Kaan chapters over the next five years.

Man Sentenced To 34 Years For Attacking Older Las Cruces Couple

Nov 10, 2015

A man who attacked an elderly Las Cruces couple with a hammer and burglarized their home has been sentenced to 34 ½ years in prison.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 43-year-old Guy Young was sentenced Monday, more than a year after he attacked Patsy and Charles Green at their Las Cruces home. Court documents say Young hit them each twice in the head with a hammer and took their pickup and hundreds of dollars in cash.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Medical marijuana patients in rural New Mexico have filed a lawsuit claiming the state's system is biased toward patients who live in big cities.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that attorney Jason Flores-Williams filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of two unidentified patients.

New Mexico Man Facing Sentencing For Fatal Child Abuse

Nov 10, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A sentencing hearing is scheduled Tuesday for the stepfather of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who authorities said was kicked to death by his mother.

Stephen Casaus was convicted in September of charges that included child abuse, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness in connection with the case of his stepson.

Jurors ruled Casaus acted with reckless disregard on the day Omaree Varela died in December 2014, but cleared Casaus of a more serious charge — child abuse resulting in death.

Appeals Court Deals Setback To Obama's Immigration Plan

Nov 10, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against President Barack Obama's plan to protect an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation.

In a 2-1 decision Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge's injunction blocking the administration's immigration initiative.

Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.

Arizona Sheriff's Contempt Of Court Hearing Set To Resume

Nov 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) — Contempt-of-court hearings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are scheduled to resume Tuesday after an 11-day break.

The sheriff will start putting on his case when a sheriff's official who focuses on compliance with court orders takes the stand.

A sheriff's posse leader also could be called to testify about an investigation that critics say was aimed at discrediting a judge presiding over Arpaio's racial profiling case.

Tuesday will mark the 18th day of the hearings.

Area Entrepreneurs Invited to Pitch Ideas At Startup Weekend At NMSU

Nov 10, 2015

  Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University will host its third Startup Weekend Las Cruces event for current and future entrepreneurs hoping to receive feedback on their startup business idea.

The Doña Ana Village Boxing Club is trying to help keep kids off the streets and in school, and to do that take a lot of money and hard work. Samantha Sonner recently visited the club to find out more about the work they do and what they want to do in the future.

Youth Boxers of all ages work out at the Doña Ana Village Boxing Club, Joscelyn Olayo, is 8 years old and started boxing at age six.

“You have to work out like every day,” Joscelyn said. “And I like the workout part because it’s fun, and you get training to get ready to fight.”

Arizona Man Gets Prison Term In New Mexico For Wire Fraud

Nov 9, 2015

An Arizona man has been sentenced to a three-year federal prison term in New Mexico for wire fraud.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Joseph Lawler, of Peoria, also was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $479,000 in restitution to his victims.

Lawler pleaded guilty in June to all 12 counts of a superseding indictment.

He was accused of engaging in a scheme to defraud investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars between August 2010 and July 2014.

Navajo President Vetoes Bill To Move Forward With New Planes

Nov 9, 2015

The Navajo Nation president has rejected a bill to negotiate a $20 million loan package for new aircraft.

Russell Begaye's spokesman, Mihio Manus, says the president vetoed the legislation Monday.

Begaye's office had raised concerns about the legislation, including a lack of details on the aircraft and equipment sought for purchase. His office also said the funding source was unclear.

The tribe has three Beechcraft King Air turboprop planes that have taken tribal officials to meetings across the country.

UTEP to Host Tuition and Fees Forums

Nov 9, 2015

  The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized UT System academic institutions to pursue potential increases in tuition and fees for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

National Hispanic Cultural Center To Dedicate Vet Sculptures

Nov 9, 2015

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is set dedicate two sculptures paying homage to Latino veterans.

The center will dedicate the sculptures Wednesday at a special Veteran's Day event.

Officials say one sculpture by artist Reynaldo "Sonny" Rivera was made in the likeness of veteran Pete Padilla and Manuel Mora.

"Warriors Repose," by artists Cristina González and Jacob Sisneros, is another piece of art honoring Latino veterans that will be unveiled.

The center also will host Veteran's Day programs throughout the week.

Las Cruces Man Gets 14 Years For Violating Narcotics Trafficking Laws

Nov 9, 2015

Mario Orlando Jude Serrano, 34, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 168 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced For Meth Trafficking

Nov 9, 2015

Mark Jessie Rodriguez, 25, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 108 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction. 

   Rodriguez and co-defendant Derek Cruz Rubalcava, 25, also of Las Cruces, were arrested on a criminal complaint on July 25, 2014, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  The two men subsequently were indicted on methamphetamine trafficking charges in a four-count indictment filed in Nov. 2014.


Las Cruces Woman Sentenced To Ten Years For Heroin Trafficking

Nov 9, 2015

  Esther Soliz, 51, of Las Cruces N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to ten years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for heroin trafficking charges in connection with five cases filed in 2013, as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Doña Ana County, N.M.

Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Skorpios Technologies Inc., a high-tech manufacturer of photonic integrated circuits, will expand in Albuquerque and create up to 300 jobs over the next few years. These positions include high-tech engineering and manufacturing roles, with an average salary of more than $60,000, and ranging all the way up to $150,000.

UPDATE: Court Denies Petition In New Mexico Power Plant Case

Nov 9, 2015

The New Mexico Supreme Court has denied a petition that sought to disqualify members of one of the state's most powerful regulatory panels from deciding the future of a coal-fired power plant.

The unanimous decision came about an hour after lawyers made their arguments during a packed hearing Monday afternoon.

The justices did say the case would warrant a higher level of scrutiny upon appeal.

Indictment Accuses Livestock Auction Managers Of Fraud

Nov 9, 2015

Prosecutors have announced that managers of a southeastern New Mexico livestock auction face charges in an alleged fraud scheme.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Portales says the 139-count indictment alleges that Calvin Pareo and Darcie Pareo purchased cattle at the High Plains Livestock Auction at certain prices and then changed the prices after the auction.

According to the office, livestock inspectors estimate that over 13,000 sales tickets were altered, fraudulently depriving dairy owners and buyers of over $2 million.

APNewsBreak: Martinez 'Confident' Adviser Did Nothing Wrong

Nov 9, 2015
Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she's confident a close political adviser did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations "cheap shots."

The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a statement that she's aware of complaints being raised and said they came from political opponents who have tried to attack her previously.

Her comments come after the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the FBI has interviewed some state Republicans about Martinez's fundraising activities and the governor's political consultant, Jay McCleskey.

New Mexico GOP Majority Leader Eyes Criminal Justice Reforms

Nov 9, 2015

House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants state lawmakers to take up new criminal justice reform measures amid a string of high-profile crimes involving repeat offenders.

The Albuquerque Republican unveiled proposals on Monday aimed at requiring harsher penalties for intentional child abuse and developing a criminal database to help judges. Gentry also wants a bill to allow cities to pass curfews laws targeting minors.

  Las Cruces, N.M.-Walmart announced today that it has hired 1,000 veterans across New Mexico since the launch of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May of 2013, which guarantees a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since that time.

Mesilla Valley Film Society Announces December Schedule

Nov 9, 2015

  The Mesilla Valley Film Society (MVFS) announces its December 2015 schedule of films at the historic Fountain Theatre in Mesilla, NM. The MVFS is a not-for-profit organization, the mission of which is to provide independent, foreign and documentary films to audiences in southern New Mexico and west Texas.  The Fountain Theatre is located at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, just ½ block south of the plaza. For more information, call the theatre at 575-524-8287 or go to

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $9 million in grants and loans for the Garfield Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association and La Luz Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Mutual Sewer Works Association to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure for colonias in Southern New Mexico.