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September is National Preparedness Month

Sep 2, 2016

  (Las Cruces, NM) – September is National Preparedness Month. This national campaign is a month-long effort hosted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Ready.Gov Campaign. This year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” emphasizes the importance of making a plan before disaster strikes and ensuring that your plan is discussed and practiced. 

 

DACC In Las Cruces Receives National Honor

Sep 2, 2016

  Silver Spring, MD – Achieving the Dream (ATD) re-designated Doña Ana Community College (DACC) as a “Leader College,” a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”

Attorney General Announces Double Murder Convictions Upheld by New Mexico Supreme Court

Sep 2, 2016

  Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the New Mexico State Supreme Court ruled to uphold the murder convictions and related charges against Rigoberto Rodriguez, who was convicted of double murder in August of 2013 in the Second Judicial District. In January of 2010 Rigoberto Rodriguez and his co-conspirators robbed and shot David Maldonado to death, and then stabbed Connie Maldonado with a knife causing her to bleed to death.

UNM Partners With Uber To Provide Rides To And From Home Games

Sep 2, 2016

Athletics officials with the University of New Mexico have partnered with ride-booking service Uber to provide fans with transportation to and from University Stadium for all home football games.

The university made the announcement Thursday, saying the three-year partnership will extend into the 2019 football season.

An official pick-up and drop-off zone will be established across from the stadium's north entrances. Signs will be placed throughout the stadium to help fans locate the area.

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a series of discussions over the next few months to help bring the National Parks to people in Las Cruces.

Gus Sanchez, Superintendent of Chamizal National Memorial, says he was first exposed to the National Park Service as a kid on family vacations in Texas.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Sep 2, 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. This weekend, it’s Labor Day weekend so gear up for lots of events including Corks and Kegs, the Hatch Chile Festival, and Print Fiesta in Silver City. 

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VA Awards Homeless Prevention Grants

Sep 1, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced this week the award of more than $2 million in homeless prevention grants to help veteran families in all 33 New Mexico counties. The grants will serve homeless and at-risk veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Mexican agriculture secretary to visit NMSU, sign agreement with APLU

Sep 1, 2016

  José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, a New Mexico State University graduate and minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, will visit the NMSU campus Sept. 9. 

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports plague in a 67-year-old man from Bernalillo County whose illness was likely caused by a bite he sustained from a wild prairie dog from Santa Fe County. The man was hospitalized and now is home recovering. Confirmatory testing was performed at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the third human plague case in New Mexico this year.

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today data released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the state’s adult obesity rate increased minimally in 2015.

The rate of adults in New Mexico identifying themselves as obese in 2015 was 28.8 percent, up from 28.4 percent in 2014, making New Mexico among 23 states along with the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico all reporting a prevalence of obesity between 25 and 30 percent.

NMSU Conroy Scholars begin first semester, meet William B. Conroy

Sep 1, 2016

  In just its second year of existence, the Conroy Scholars Program in the New Mexico State University Honors College welcomed six new members.

This year’s freshmen Conroy Scholars include Joshua Barrera, Dominick Cordova, Lauren Fierro, Analyssa Martinez, Arianna Martinez and Sienna Mata.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Charges

Sep 1, 2016

 

          

  ALBUQUERQUE – Benjamin David Romero, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges. 

   Romero and co-defendant Roque Henry Atencio, 42, also of Las Cruces, were arrested on Feb. 6, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with methamphetamine trafficking charges.  According to the complaint, Romero and Atencio sold two bags containing an aggregate of 47.35 grams of pure methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement agents in Doña Ana County, N.M., on April 2, 2015. 

Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth / In northwestern New Mexico, energy companies drill for oil within shale deposits. Since this photo was taken in late 2014, exploration there has slowed.

Oil and gas leases sold today at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) competitive auction in Roswell, N.M., shattered previous records, garnering a record-breaking $145.6 million in total receipts and setting new highs for a single parcel, bid per acre, and average bid per acre.

Today's auction of 36 Federal leases covering 13, 876 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Lea and Eddy Counties in the BLM Pecos District Office netted more than $145.6 million in total revenues, including rental and administrative fees and averaged a record-breaking $10,489 per acre.

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  Las Cruces, N.M. – Twenty students and recent graduates from universities and colleges across the nation have been selected to participate in the third National Student Congress on Public Policy for Land Management to be held in Las Cruces on September 8 -11, 2016.  Sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation (PLF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District, the Student Congress will be held at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Conference Center on 201 E. University Avenue.

Las Cruces Suspects Charged in Auto Burglary Spree

Sep 1, 2016

  Las Cruces Police arrested a pair of teenagers suspected of breaking into and burglarizing several vehicles in the Four Hills Neighborhood.

D’Angelo Olivero, 19, and Osvaldo Delgado, 18, are charged with six counts each of burglary of a vehicle, one count of larceny and one count of tampering with evidence. Delgado also faces one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Prosecutor: Wounded Officer Justified In Returning Gunfire

Sep 1, 2016

The chief prosecutor for Bernalillo County says an Albuquerque police officer was justified in returning fire from a suspected drunk driver who wounded the officer four times.

KRQE-TV reports District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said in a letter to Police Chief Gordon Eden that Officer Lou Olson was clearly acting in self-defense in the January 2015 incident.

Olson was seriously wounded when Christopher John Cook shot the officer as he approached an SUV that turned out to be stolen.

Cook ran from the scene, was the subject of a three-day manhunt and is now in prison.

Judge To Allow Evidence From Search Of New Mexico Ranch

Sep 1, 2016
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A federal judge says he will not suppress evidence gathered by New Mexico State Police during a search of an Indian trader's ranch.

The Gallup Independent reports that U.S. District Court Judge James Parker on Friday rejected a motion by Steve Coleman's attorney to suppress all the evidence from the January search of Coleman's Thoreau ranch.

Parker did acknowledge some concerns about how police searched the ranch.

Department Of Health Encourages Flu Vaccinations

Sep 1, 2016
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Commentary: The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging New Mexicans to begin getting vaccinated against flu. The New Mexico Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each season.

 

Salon Discovery Coming To NMSU Las Cruces Friday, September 9

Sep 1, 2016
NMSU’s own Latin Grammy Award-winning La Catrina Quartet

 

Discover the future of civil engineering and enjoy the acclaimed music of La Catrina Quartet at Salon Discovery’s fall gala event, “NMSU Civil Engineering: En Route to Better Infrastructure.”

Friday, September 9 at 7:30pm

NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a new Top 10 list of the state’s most wanted DWI fugitives. The initiative is part of the administration’s efforts announced by the governor last year to locate and capture repeat DWI offenders – including those who have killed or seriously injured families on the road – who have skipped out on parole or probation and are now hiding from the law. The fugitives are:

·         Wilson Kinlechee, who is on the run after his seventh DWI offense.

Spaceport America

  Guests will have the opportunity to explore the Terminal Hangar Facility and expansive apron and interact with the Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic crews and other Spaceport customers who are scheduled to be there. Crew members will share their knowledge of commercial space and what it takes to run a commercial spaceport. Rocket demonstrations and curious science experiments will be showcased by our own Dr. Bill Gutman.  Pilots from the U.S. Pilot’s Association will land on our Spaceway.

Scammers Posing as PNM Employees Threaten New Mexico Businesses

Sep 1, 2016

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statewide Scam Alert in response to a troubling new scam that has the perpetrators posing as PNM employees. The fake PNM employees are calling small and large businesses in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas demanding payments and threatening to cut off electricity to the business if they do not pay them immediately.

  District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a man convicted of robbing several Jack in the Box employees and customers was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Chief District Judge Fernando Macias sentenced Lewie Gonzalez, 28, to 15 years behind bars and five years of probation.  

In June, the defendant pleaded no contest to five counts of kidnapping and 10 counts of armed robbery, all second-degree felonies.

ENMU Campuses Preparing For State High Ed Funding Cuts

Sep 1, 2016
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Eastern New Mexico University satellite presidents say they expect higher education funding cuts amid a state budget shortfall.

The Portales News Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/FolBps) that all three campus presidents told ENMU board members last week that they are already making cutbacks in anticipation of state funds decreasing.

Mexican woman gets 16 years in US tax scam, must repay $3M

Sep 1, 2016

 

A Mexican woman must serve 16 years in a U.S. prison and repay more than $3 million in an IRS refunds scam involving stolen identities.

Elizabeth "Betty" Garcia de Nieto in March was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., five counts of mail fraud and three counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. A federal jury in El Paso also convicted the Chihuahua, Mexico, woman of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. with respect to claims.

Southwest Print Fiesta! This Weekend In Silver City

Sep 1, 2016
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The Silver City area has a rich history with the arts. This Labor Day Weekend, the Mimbres Region Arts Council want to add to that tradition with the first Southwest Print Fiesta. Edmundo Resendez spoke with Kevin Lenkner, the executive director of the Mimbres Region Arts Council about the event. 

  The Southwest Print Fiesta takes place this weekend and will feature original fine art prints, letterpress creations, and printed wearables in Silver City. More information can be found at southwestprintfiesta.org.

Texas Launches Voter Education Program

Aug 31, 2016

  AUSTIN – Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos unveiled the state’s voter education campaign today to a University of Texas at Austin undergraduate American history class of future and first-time voters. Vote Texas is a statewide, bilingual effort to engage voters through the Nov. 8 general election about the state’s photo ID requirements and additional options for voters who cannot obtain an approved photo ID, mandated by court order.

  Bottomless Lakes State Park is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Bottomless Lakes Bubble Fest to be held Labor Day weekend, September 3rd through September 4th 2016.  

This is an event designed for the scuba diving enthusiast.  The event will include fun activities such as:

Sierra County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charges

Aug 31, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Ruben David Martinez, III, 29, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., pled guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Museum Offers Motorcoach Tour to Trinity Site

Aug 31, 2016

  The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at Trinity Site, in New Mexico on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range. In recognition of the event, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the firstSaturday in October.

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