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Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill Protecting Children Separated From Parents By Immigration Authorities

May 31, 2018
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2018) –U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect the safety and wellbeing of minor children who have been left alone after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico town will no longer organize an annual commemoration of the arrival of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate, leaving the consumed pageant and carnival to an independent group.

Espanola Mayor Javier Sanchez confirmed Wednesday a unanimous city council vote to repeal the local government's obligation to organize the festival.

The celebration includes a costumed procession of an armored Onate on horseback with a coterie of soldiers, royalty, Christian friars and an Indian scout.

Bandelier National Monument Set To Raise Fees

May 31, 2018


LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Bandelier National Monument is raising its vehicle and entrance fees.

The National Park Service says starting June 1 that entrance fees will be $15 per person. The new vehicle fee is $25, while the Bandelier annual park pass will be $45.

Each fee change represents a $5 increase in cost.

Bandelier is among more than 100 National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. Three hundred have no entrance fee.

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May 31, 2018

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Albuquerque Plans Memorial Where Women's Remains Were Found

May 30, 2018

ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say construction is set to begin soon on a memorial site where the remains of 11 women were found buried nearly a decade ago.

Mayor Tim Keller plans to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Women's Memorial Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. on the city's West Mesa.

The city plans to construct the memorial where the victims, one of whom had been pregnant, were found buried in 2009.

In February of that year, a woman walking her dog discovered a large bone protruding from the dirt, leading police to excavate the area.

Rancher's Onions Plundered Following Social Media Post

May 30, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Onions intended as supplemental feed for cattle were plundered after a person discovered the piles and posted about it on social media, a New Mexico rancher said.

A person stumbled across the more than 30,000 pounds (13,600 kilograms) of onions in a desert area west of Las Cruces and had assumed the vegetables were dumped as waste, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported .

Heinrich Leads Effort To Help Native American Veterans Find A Home

May 30, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a group of Senators seeking to improve a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that assists Native American veterans find a home in Indian Country and allow them to live near their families with access to culturally appropriate and traditional healing practices.

Transgender Migrant Dies While In US Custody

May 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine what caused the death of a transgender woman who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Federal authorities say the 33-year-old woman from Honduras died early Friday at an Albuquerque hospital, where she was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV.

Living Here - Las Cruces Railroad Museum

May 30, 2018

Living Here - Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science

May 30, 2018

New Mexico Dams: Need For More Awareness And Funding

May 30, 2018
Spring Canyon Dam is sponsored by the Village of Hatch. It was built by the CCC in 1940. / EBID

Commentary: The New Mexico Watershed and Dam Owners Coalition (NMWDOC) convened their annual conference for two days in early May at Hotel Encanto, overlooking the river valley. They met just south of the Las Cruces Dam to discuss safety, management, and emergency plans affecting structures like this across the state. Thousands of Las Cruces residents drive by this location every day, seldom giving a thought to the dam structure or the hundreds of others protecting lands and people around the county.

Deadline For Applications For Navajo President Due Wednesday

May 30, 2018


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos hoping to become the next tribal president have until the close of business Wednesday to submit applications.

Nearly a dozen people so far have filed paperwork and paid the $1,500 fee to enter the race.

The applicants include the current tribal president, a former chief justice, a former vice president, political newcomers and others who have held elected office on the Navajo Nation.

Election officials will spend the next two weeks vetting the applications. Candidates also can challenge each other's qualifications.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Hires New Curator

May 30, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has a new curator of fine arts.

The Santa Fe-based museum announced the hiring of Ariel Plotek on Tuesday. He served most recently as curator of modern and contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art, where he was responsible for numerous exhibitions and an expansive collection.

Plotek also has held a variety of museum and teaching positions at institutions that include the University of San Diego, Clemson University, New York University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Silver City Report

May 30, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent editor, Christine Steele and reporter CP Thompson. This week, the trial of the district attorney is moving forward, the Las Cruces Sun-News is shutting its doors in Silver City, a bear attack in the Gila National Forest, and the Silver City Blues Festival was held this past weekend.  

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Martha Taylor, the mother of the man suspected of severely beating his pregnant girlfriend earlier this month, has been charged for tampering with evidence in her son’s case.

Taylor, 68, is charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence. She was arrested last week and is initially being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

New Aviation Simulators Highlight of Summer Camp Program

May 29, 2018

Cadets attending Wheels Up! summer camps at Rocketeer Academy will get early flight experiences with a suite of eight cockpit simulators recently acquired by the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Companies Settle With State In Dispute Over Tribal Casinos

May 29, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A company that supplied gambling devices to an Indian reservation in New Mexico while it was operating casinos in violation of federal law has agreed to a financial settlement with the state Gaming Control Board.

Center for World University Rankings recognizes NMSU

May 29, 2018
Darren Phillips, NMSU

According to the 2018/19 Center for World University Rankings, New Mexico State University has been ranked in the top 4.3 percent of institutions of higher education worldwide. With 18,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, NMSU ranked 770th and earned a national rank of 184th this year. 

Spruce Avenue, from north Willow Street to Triviz Drive, will experience lane closures beginning Thursday, May 31.

G. Sandoval Construction, under contract with the City of Las Cruces, will be conducting street maintenance activities as part of the 2017-2018 Crack Sealing Project. The work is anticipated to take as long as three work days to complete.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained during construction. RoadRUNNER Transit routes will not be affected. Motorists who want to avoid possible delays should seek an alternate route.

Silver City, NM – This year, Western New Mexico University’s ¡Fiesta Latina! presents Transcending Borders, a free, five-part documentary film discussion series, featuring the stories behind the art of four world-renowned Mexican folk artists and a photographer-storyteller from Oaxaca. Designed to deepen ¡Fiesta Latina! participants’ appreciation and understanding of the historical, economic, social and cultural significance of various forms of traditional Hispanic folk art, the film discussions will take place throughout ¡Fiesta Latina! weekend, June 22-24, 2018, in WNMU’s Brancheau P.E.

  On Sunday, May 27 students with the SpaceShot project team of the Princeton Rocketry Club launched a two-stage, solid fuel rocket from Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. The launch marks the 102nd flight from Spaceport America’s vertical launch complex.

The jewelry of two New Mexico State University art professors will be on display in a first-of-its-kind exhibition opening at the Albuquerque Museum in June. 

“American Jewelry from New Mexico” opens Saturday, June 2 and runs through Oct. 14. The show represents nearly 2,500 years of jewelry history and includes some 300 artists from five cultures.

A book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press complements the exhibition.

Armed Robbery Suspect Sought by Las Cruces Police

May 29, 2018

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of the May 10 armed robbery at a local Whataburger restaurant.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, May 10, a young man walked into the Whataburger at 375 S. Telshor Blvd., approached an employee and indicated he was armed with a gun though no weapon was actually displayed. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the restaurant last seen heading east toward the Home Depot store.

Court Program For Veterans Opens In Doña Ana County

May 29, 2018


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new court program has opened in Dona Ana County that focuses on the substance abuse and mental health issues facing military veterans who have been charged with nonviolent crimes.

Las Cruces Sun-News reports the first hearing in the 3rd Judicial District Court's Veterans Treatment Court program was held Wednesday.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two of the four candidates for governor in New Mexico have provided their tax returns in response to a request from a newspaper.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two Democrats — businessman Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes — agreed to the newspaper's request to provide their tax returns.