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Alamogordo NOW

Oct 31, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a new tradition has been started in Alamogordo – the Burning of the Bull to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween safety tips.         

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Oct 31, 2017

KRWG News, attorneys are preparing their opening arguments in a trial against a former New Mexico state senator and Tuesday's Health Watch.

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Attorneys Prepare For Opening Of New Mexico Corruption Trial

Oct 31, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys are preparing for opening arguments in a corruption trial against a former New Mexico state senator accused of using his elected position to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

Opening arguments were scheduled for Tuesday morning in the trial of ex-Sen. Phil Griego on charges that include bribery, fraud, perjury, unlawful interest in a public contract and violation of ethical principles of service. A jury was selected Monday.

The state Supreme Court created a commission to look at how adult guardianship works in New Mexico, and to figure out how to improve the system. After a series of public meetings, the group released 17 recommendations, mostly aimed at accountability. 

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Commentary: Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), released the following statement today in response to the detention of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who underwent emergency gallbladder surgery in Texas. Rosa, a Mexican national, was detained by Border Patrol agents at the hospital where she was recovering and transferred to a San Antonio immigration detention facility for minors. She remains in custody and separated from her family.

New Mexico State University is one of only 12 universities in the country to receive a cyber infrastructure training grant from the National Science Foundation. The award, worth more than $460,000, will help local high school students gain experience on how information technology is integrated into various disciplines to help them be better informed and skilled when they choose a career.

Las Cruces Man Arrested On Federal Child Porn Charge

Oct 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – John Bevel, 42, of Las Cruces, N.M., made his initial appearance today in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing child pornography.  Bevel remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, which are scheduled for Nov. 2, 2017.

Heinrich Statement On Special Counsel Indictments

Oct 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI:

The dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold their last listening session Thursday, Nov. 2, in Las Cruces

The session will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dona Ana County Commission Chambers, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

The session will allow agricultural producers, and those with an interest in agriculture, to talk to and ask questions of the dean and secretary. 

I-10 Closures This Week

Oct 30, 2017

Daytime

Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Wednesday, Nov. 1 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·     The Resler Exit Ramp (Exit 12) from I-10 Westbound will close.

Detour:  Motorists should use the Sunland Park Drive exit or North Mesa Street exit instead.

Crews will be drilling to complete circuits related to nearby illumination lamps. [No Map]

North Mesa

Overnight

Monday, Oct. 30

9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

·     The North Mesa Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

NMSU’s Military and Veterans Appreciation Week begins Nov. 6

Oct 30, 2017

Military and Veterans Appreciation Week at New Mexico State University will be held Nov. 6-12. The third annual event highlights and supports NMSU students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

New Mexico – On October 25, 2017, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) line item in bills for El Paso Electric (EPE) customers in New Mexico.  This line item or rider, as they are called, is not a new charge or cost to customers. This new rider will clearly identify costs associated with complying with New Mexico’s RPS by appearing as a standalone line item in bills beginning January 1, 2018. Currently, the costs associated with the RPS are included in the monthly fuel charge on bills.

Woman Charged In Las Cruces Stabbing

Oct 30, 2017

Las Cruces police arrested a woman suspected of stabbing another woman Sunday afternoon at the Community of Hope.

Amber N. Lindsay, 22, who resides at the Community of Hope, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charge is a third-degree felony.

Convicted Felon Accused In Las Cruces-Area Home Invasion

Oct 30, 2017

         

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 58-year-old man Friday after a bizarre call that involved an alleged home invasion by a suspect reportedly wearing a wig and a fake beard.

   According to court documents, Samuel Ponce Chavez drove his silver 2011 Toyota pickup to the intersection of Arroyo Road and Sexton Lane and then rode a bicycle to a home in the 6400 block of Sexton Lane.

Emergency Water Outage In Downtown Las Cruces

Oct 30, 2017
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Downtown Las Cruces residents and businesses may experience low water pressure, no water, or discolored water this afternoon, due to a water line being hit.

A contractor hit the water line earlier today, and crews are working to repair the service. The City’s Water section will install a valve to help prevent future disruptions in service.

This outage is expected to last until 4 p.m.

New Mexico Utility Seeks Electricity Options Other Than Coal

Oct 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider on Monday put out a request for proposals for hundreds of megawatts of power to fill a future void as the utility plans ahead for weaning itself from coal-fired generation over the next several years.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to close two units at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico before the end of the year to meet a federal mandate aimed at reducing haze-causing pollution in the region. By 2022, the rest of the plant could close.

New Mexico And Insurance Firm Reach $18.5M Deal On Taxes

Oct 30, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest health insurance provider will pay $18.5 million to resolve unpaid taxes to the state dating back more than a decade under a legal settlement with state prosecutors, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday.

Three state insurance regulators who came forward as whistleblowers and exposed the case will split 3.7 million of the settlement.

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Before builders can begin construction of a new home, they must first acquire a lot on which to build it. With new-home sales in and around Las Cruces up just over 30 percent through the first 9-months of this year, it stands to reason that lot sales also had to rise in order to meet the demand. And that’s exactly what’s been happening, according to statistics pulled from the Las Cruces Association of Realtors (LCAR) on October 21.

Udall Urges Congress To Protect Special Counsel Investigation

Oct 30, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a statement urging members of Congress in both parties to be prepared to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s campaign.

New Mexico Utility Seeks More Electricity Options

Oct 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider is putting out a request for proposals to provide power in the event that the coal-fired power plant it operates in the northwestern corner of the state were to shut down after 2022.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shutter two units at the San Juan Generating Station before the end of the year and has suggested that it will stop using coal as fuel by 2031.

New Mexico Holds Final Hearing On Medicaid Proposals

Oct 30, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Human Services Department is holding its final public hearing on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program.

Officials say the changes are designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents. But consumer advocates are warning that increasing premiums and copays will end up having negative effects on the use of health care services by people who need them most.

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Monday Business Watch

Oct 30, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, local Walmart have started an online grocery pickup, the Green Chamber of Commerce has come out with a marketing toolkit for the Organ Mountain Desert Peak Monument, and a community in southern New Mexico has put up its bid for Amazon. 

Driver dies in head-on with another vehicle near Mesquite

Oct 29, 2017

  MESQUITE, N.M. (AP) — A driver whose sedan collided head-on with another vehicle near Mesquite was killed.

The New Mexico State Police says the driver of the other vehicle involved in Saturday night's collision wasn't injured in the crash.

The identity of the driver who died hasn't yet been released.

Police say the collision occurred on Interstate 10 as the sedan's driver was traveling west in eastbound lanes.

Hansen's 4 TDs get Arkansas St past New Mexico St, 37-21

Oct 29, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Justice Hansen threw four touchdown passes as Arkansas State roared past New Mexico State in the fourth quarter for a 37-21 Sun Belt victory Saturday night.

The Red Wolves have won five straight conference games and 20 of their last 21 dating back to the 2014 season.

Hansen threw a pair of touchdown passes to Omar Bayless, from 21 and 23 yards out, to stake Arkansas State (5-2, 4-0) to a 17-14 lead after three, but New Mexico State took the lead on Tyler Rogers short run to start the final period.

Biblical monument in Santa Fe draws little attention

Oct 28, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In the wake of a long-running legal dispute in northwestern New Mexico over a Ten Commandments monument on public property, officials in Santa Fe are taking another look at a similar display that has gone relatively unnoticed for years.

Udall Speaks At NAACP New Mexico Conference In Las Cruces

Oct 28, 2017
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed the N.M. NAACP's 66th Annual State Conference. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:  Thank you mayor (Ken Miyagishima) for that kind introduction. You have been a positive leader who has helped shape Las Cruces into one of New Mexico's best-managed cities with a great quality of life. Thanks for your steady hand.  Thank you Dona Ana County NAACP for organizing this year’s conference.

New Mexico Political Corruption Case Heads To Trial

Oct 27, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state senator goes on trial next week on corruption charges in a high-stakes showdown with state prosecutors. The case comes to a head as scandal weary voters consider creating an independent state ethics commission to shore up oversight of elected officials.

His iridescent shapes float in 3-dimensional space, an exploration of the mysteries of light.  "Some people, it puts them in a state of almost infancy," says August Muth of his holographic art.  "They can't resist the temptation to touch the light."  The Santa Fe artist's latest works are on view through November 9 at the Canyon Road gallery, OTA Contemporary

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