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December snowstorm delayed New Mexico pecan harvest

Apr 13, 2016

  The rare December snowstorm in southern New Mexico not only covered the area in five inches of snow but it also hindered this season’s pecan harvest. Fortunately for New Mexico producers, the unusual precipitation is not expected to have affected this year’s crop. 

New Mexico State University extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema said both the harvest season and growing season were wetter than recent years due to the El Niño phenomenon. 

Audit Of Governor's Social Fund Notes Oddities

Apr 12, 2016
Office of the Governor

An annual independent audit of finances at the office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has taken note of a peculiar, century-old fund used for social events that is off limits from review.

State Auditor Tim Keller highlighted results Tuesday of the independent audit that shows excess balances in the governor's so-called contingency fund are rolled over from year to year without legal justification.

Hondo Woman Accused Of Firing Shots At Roswell Police

Apr 12, 2016

Authorities say a Hondo woman has been arrested for being in possession of stolen firearms and allegedly firing shots at Roswell police officers.

Police say officers were trying to execute a search warrant on a Roswell house on Monday night.

They say someone inside the house fired numerous shots toward the officers, but nobody was struck.

Police say 20-year-old Josephine Clara Prins was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

Apr 12, 2016

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.  

  Join The Museum of Fine Art, and The Branigan Cultural Center for a special evening of artist receptions on Friday, April 15, from 5pm to 7pm. 

The Museum of Art hosts an artists’ reception and awards presentation for the annual All-City High Schools’ Senior Show.  The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte. 

Update: Local Border Patrol Union Ratifies Trump Endorsement

Apr 12, 2016

A local union of Border Patrol agents narrowly voted down a motion to break from the National Border Patrol Council's endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The El Paso Times reports Local 1929 in El Paso voted 14-13 Tuesday night to support the union's national endorsement and reject a proposal to take a neutral stance in the presidential election.

The GOP hopeful has drawn criticism for a pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and launch mass deportations of an estimated 11 million immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

Mom Of 9-Month-Old Who Was Inside Stolen SUV Arrested

Apr 12, 2016

Authorities say the mother of a 9-month-old girl who was inside a vehicle when an acquaintance sped off in the SUV has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say in court records that 23-year-old Karen Arviso was intoxicated and unable to provide information Monday afternoon to help authorities find her daughter when the vehicle went missing.

Las Cruces Volunteer Fair Saturday

Apr 12, 2016

  The City of Las Cruces Network Volunteer Center, along with non-profit partners, is hosting the fifth annual Volunteer Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16, in conjunction with the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market.  The fair will be held at the “La Placita” Plaza in downtown Las Cruces, adjacent to the Main Street Bistro.

  Las Cruces -- The SkillsUSA state championships were held in Albuquerque April 6-9. Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students competed against students from other New Mexico community colleges, each other and the clock in various contests that showed their proficiency in occupational areas.

More than 187 students from 9 New Mexico community colleges competed in 35 technical events at the SkillsUSA challenge.  All competitions were judged by professionals in the various fields.

Suspect Arrested In Theft Of Vehicle With 9-Month-Old Girl

Apr 12, 2016

Authorities say a 23-year-old man is jailed in Albuquerque in the theft of an SUV and the abduction of a 9-month-old girl who was inside the vehicle.

Bernalillo County jail records indicate Leighraughnzo Benally was booked Tuesday morning on suspicion of child abuse, kidnapping and unlawful taking of a vehicle.

The Sheriff's Department says Benally was arrested late Monday night. The SUV with girl still inside was found earlier Monday evening.

The vehicle was stolen early Monday afternoon. prompting the issuance of an Amber Alert.

Portales Officer Shot, Wounded In Traffic Stop

Apr 12, 2016

A Portales man is accused of wounding a Portales police officer during a traffic stop.

The officer's name and details of his injuries weren't released, but the Clovis News Journal reports that they're not life-threatening.

The Police Department said 28-year-old Anthony Ortega was served Monday night with an arrest warrant in the Monday afternoon shooting after initially being booked into jail on warrants in unrelated matters.

Federal officers in West Texas have seized more than $1.6 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in the rear tires of an SUV entering from Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Tuesday announced the bust at the Paso Del Norte border crossing in El Paso. The driver from Dallas was detained on drug smuggling charges after officers found more than 50 pounds of meth in the vehicle.

Investigators say the SUV arrived at the border crossing Saturday morning. A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to something unusual in the rear of the vehicle.

NMSU DanceSport Company wins two national championship titles

Apr 12, 2016

  The New Mexico State University DanceSport Company added to its cache of national honors earlier this month after winning two first-place national championship titles at the 2016 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.

NMSU’s DanceSport Company is a part of the NMSU Dance Program in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance, which is housed in the College of Education. The national competition took place April 1-3 in Baltimore. 

Justice Daniels Begins Second Term As Chief Justice of New Mexico Supreme Court

Apr 12, 2016
Justice Charles W. Daniels

  SANTA FE − Justice Charles W. Daniels was sworn in Monday as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court for a two-year term. He previously served as Chief Justice from 2010 to 2012.


Justice Daniels was selected for the position by his colleagues on the five-member court. He succeeds Justice Barbara J. Vigil, who had served as Chief Justice since 2014.


NMSU students bring climate change lessons from Hawaii to New Mexico

Apr 12, 2016

  Twelve New Mexico State University students recently returned from a trip to Hawaii where they studied various aspects of climate change. The trip was part of the Sundt Honors Seminar course with NMSU Biology Regents Professor Michele Nishiguchi.

Mesilla Valley Film Society May Schedule

Apr 12, 2016

May 6-12

Born To Be Blue

97 min

Dir: Robert Budreau

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn.

By the final act, it's chilling how much Hawke has transformed into the late-career musician, looking aged well beyond his years.” Washington Post

May 13-19

17th Annual Animation Show of Shows 

97 min

Films may be subtitled

Sunland Park Smoke Shop Owner Charged with Tax Evasion

Apr 12, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The owner of a Sunland Park smoke shop has been indicted for failing to pay over $100,000 in taxes.

Juan C. Chavez, 38, was charged with 30 counts of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax, all felonies.  Chavez faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

Chavez was indicted by a Grand Jury in the Third Judicial District of New Mexico.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich praised a new report demonstrating the strong link between the protection of public lands and economic growth.

A report released by the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, shows that the 11 national monuments designated by President Obama, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, have created a total of $156 million of new economic activity and helped create 1,820 new jobs. Heinrich says this shows the importance of protecting public lands.

New Mexico Authorities: Baby Girl Abducted In Car Is Located

Apr 11, 2016

Authorities say a 9-month-old girl who was abducted while inside a vehicle stolen in Albuquerque has been located along with the vehicle.

They say the search continues for the man suspected in the abduction.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy Felicia Romero says Ariana Smith was last seen in an SUV that was stolen around 2 p.m. Monday.

Romero says the child was found several hours later and has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

The vehicle allegedly was taken by 23-year-old Leighraughnzo (loh-REN-zoh) Benally.

9th Judge Recuses Self From Case Vs Ex-New Mexico Lawmaker

Apr 11, 2016

Another judge has recused himself from the public corruption case against former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that with District Judge David Thomson's recusal from the case, all nine judges in the Santa Fe-based judicial district have now either been excused or recused themselves.

That puts the case on temporary pause until a judge can be assigned from outside the 1st Judicial District.

Newsmakers 808, 3/31/16

Apr 11, 2016

This episode of Newsmakers includes these field reports and more:  A look at the enormous impact of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team; an update on regional transit service and its potential benefits for Dona Ana County; and "Living Here" focuses on the annual visit of sandhill cranes to Hatch.

  Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the new exhibit, “Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women,” on Friday, April 15, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway.  Admission is free.  

NMSU dance students, faculty win honors at regional conference

Apr 11, 2016

  Two New Mexico State University graduate dance students may see their original choreography showcased at a national dance conference this summer.

Jermey Edmonson and Colette Miller’s piece, “The Manipulator,” was selected as an alternate for the American College Dance Association National Conference in Washington D.C. in June. Edmonson and Miller performed their piece at the South-Central American College Dance Association 2016 Gala Performance at West Texas A&M University during spring break.

Update on European Space Agency Plans Scheduled for Induction Ceremony

Apr 11, 2016

  Thomas Reiter, German Astronaut and retired Brigadier General with the German Air Force, is now the Director of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations. He is responsible for managing European contributions to the ISS, overseeing human spaceflight activities for the Agency, the Space Situational Awareness Programs and operations of ESA satellite missions, along with coordinating the evolution of ESA’s international partners in the ISS program.


Picacho Avenue Water Outage In Las Cruces

Apr 11, 2016

Residents and businesses along Picacho Avenue west of the Fairacres Post Office and East of S. Weinreich Road, will experience a water outage between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. Crews will post door hanger notices a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Once service is restored, residents may notice discolored water due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits.  Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

Centennial High School Band Spring Market

Apr 11, 2016

  Las Cruces, New Mexico– Centennial High School Marching Band is holding its Spring Market – The Shoppes at Centennial Spring Market – Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, May 1st from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd in Las Cruces.   

  Silver City, NM – Star York is recognized as the premiere figurative Western and wildlife sculptors in the country and she will be featured as the next artist in the Edwina and Charles Milner Women In the Arts Lecture Series.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium with a pre-lecture reception at 5:30 p.m.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Apr 11, 2016

  Main St:

·         City of Las Cruces Public Works Department is overseeing a project to repair damaged tiles and add expansion joints to eliminate further damage at La Placita in Downtown. The result will be reduced maintenance and improved pedestrian safety.

·         “Coming soon, “The Las Cruces Country Musical Festival,” April 29 – May 1.

·         “Coming soon Blazin Brewfest.”

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   April 13 & April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Settlers Pass Road Closure This Week In Las Cruces

Apr 11, 2016

Settlers Pass from Whitstone Drive to Rinconada Boulevard will have a road closure for three days beginning on Tuesday, April 12, for roadway maintenance.

Speeding fines will be doubled in the area. The closure will not affect RoadRUNNER Transit.

  LOS LUNAS – Help celebrate the grand opening of the Valencia County Extension Heritage Seed Library by attending the 2016 seed-saving training.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service office in Valencia County is kicking off the opening of the seed library with a seed-saving training from 6 to 8 p.m.Wednesday, April 27, at the Extension office, 404 Courthouse Road in Los Lunas.