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Investigators Release Details In Death Of West Texas College Student

Feb 7, 2017

Investigators have released documents detailing the evidence that led to arrests and charges against two men in the disappearance and death of a 21-year-old West Texas college student.

Among the details in the police affidavits on Zuzu Verk's disappearance and death is the disclosure that she and her boyfriend Robert Fabian had argued at his apartment the night she went missing. The documents also say Fabian played a movie very loudly on his television between 1 and 2 a.m. Oct. 12.

Texas Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill

Feb 7, 2017
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The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill punishing local governments that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

It's the strongest indication yet that the state's Republicans look to crack down on an issue championed by President Donald Trump.

Tuesday night's vote after hours of sometimes-emotional debate clears the way for the proposal to sail through the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature in record time. It stalled in previous sessions.

New Mexico Bill Would Make Child Enticement A Felony

Feb 7, 2017

Santa Fe--Luring or even trying to entice  a child into secluded place or a vehicle in order to harm the child would become a felony under a bill sponsored by Senator Candace Gould (R-Albuquerque).  Currently the crime of enticement is a misdemeanor.  The bill would also match the punishment of enticing a child in-person to that of solicitation a child on-line.

Republicans Block Measure to Halt Fracking in Sacred Chaco Canyon

Feb 7, 2017

Commentarty: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, after lengthy and emotional testimony from residents about the effects that fracking has had on their health and livelihoods, a memorial to halt fracking failed to pass the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee (HENRC). In a 6-6 tied vote, every Republican on the committee voted against the measure to temporarily pause fracking operations in Chaco Canyon to allow for an assessment to study the full array of environmental impacts of fracking.

Beating the odds: NMSU’s geology researchers receive scarce NSF earth sciences funding

Two thirds of New Mexico State University’s geological sciences faculty has been awarded National Science Foundation grants in the last year and a half, totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars. 

Eddy County Officials: Plot Targeted Officers, Families

Feb 7, 2017

Authorities in Eddy County say a drug investigation unveiled a plot to harm law enforcement officers and their families.

The Artesia Daily Press reports that 17 arrests were made Feb. 1-2 as authorities went to dozens of homes and interviewed approximately 100 people during the drug investigation.

Officials said information turned up by the multi-agency investigation indicates the alleged plot to harm officers and their families targeted specific Artesia and Carlsbad police officers and county sheriff's deputies and their families.

Udall To Vote Against Steven Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary

Feb 7, 2017
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Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. Udall issued the following statement:

  Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 6, the Industrial Hemp Research Act, sponsored by Senator Cisco McSorley. The legislation, which has strong bipartisan support, lays the foundation for the production of industrial hemp which would stimulate both the agricultural and manufacturing industries.  

Planned Water Outage in Alameda District of Las Cruces

Feb 7, 2017
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  Residents in a section of the Alameda District will experience a water outage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday Feb. 9, during work on the existing water main at the Melendres Street/Las Cruces Avenue intersection. Residents in the following areas will be impacted: Las Cruces Avenue from Mesilla Street to Miranda Street and Melendres Street from Organ Avenue to Las Cruces Avenue.

 

The clock is ticking and time is running out for people who prepare food for the public to receive the newly required food safety certification.

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board approved new food regulations in December 2015 that were effective March 1, 2016. A one-year exemption that was placed on the requirement for the food safety certification will sunset on March 1.

Protesters to Call for End to Gov. Martinez's Blockade on Wolf Releases

Feb 7, 2017

Commentary: SANTA FE, N.M.— A crowd is expected Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol to protest roadblocks Gov. Susana Martinez has erected to saving the endangered Mexican gray wolf from extinction.

Texas Senate unanimously approves tougher ethics rules

Feb 7, 2017

 The Texas Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at curbing conflicts of interest with elected officials and adding new punishments for those convicted of crimes.

Tuesday's vote makes the ethics overhaul the first piece of legislation to clear either chamber this session.

The bill requires elected officials to reveal more of their business dealings, stops pensions if they are convicted of felony public corruption charges and removes them from office once their appeals are exhausted.

The Rotary Club of Las Cruces has given the New Mexico State University Foundation a gift of nearly $128,000 to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship in the College of Engineering. Rotary Club members were inspired by GivingTuesday, which resulted in more than $2 million for scholarships and programs at NMSU. 

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Los Tres Reyes will be performing a free concert at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces on Sunday, February 12 at 5 pm. 

The trio, made up of Gilberto Puentes, requinto and second voice; Raul Puentes, guitar and third voice; and Bebo Cardenas, guitar, maracas, and first voice, will be presenting "Una Tarde de Boleros" (An Evening of Boleros).

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the awarding of a $200,000 grant from the Pfizer Inc. Naloxone Access Program to fight drug overdose deaths in New Mexico. New Mexico is one of five states receiving grant funding from Pfizer to fund initiatives focused on increasing public awareness of risks of opioid addiction.

Women Injured In Las Cruces Apartment Fire

Feb 7, 2017

  Las Cruces firefighters rescued a 55-year-old woman from a burning apartment before extinguishing the fire Monday evening.

Firefighters provided emergency medical treatment on scene before the woman was transported to a local hospital. The woman was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. In his speech, Udall said that he will vote against DeVos because she lacks the qualifications, the knowledge and the commitment to public education to serve as an effective advocate for students in New Mexico and across the country.

Navajo Nation President Vetoes Funding For Disaster Relief

Feb 7, 2017

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has vetoed a resolution that would have provided funding for disaster assistance.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports that Begaye on Sunday line-item vetoed the resolution, which would have provided $242,576 in supplemental funding to 33 chapters to help residents respond to recent winter weather. The funding would have come from the Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance.

Albuquerque Officials Called To Affirm Support Of Immigrants

Feb 7, 2017

Albuquerque councilors are considering reaffirming a years old resolution declaring the city immigrant friendly.

Lawmakers in 2000 voted unanimously to declare Albuquerque immigrant friendly. Now, some members of the City Council and dozens of members of the public are calling for the council to reaffirm that action in light of recent actions by President Donald Trump.

A memorial was introduced Monday and is scheduled to be discussed Feb. 22.

Gov. Martinez Denounces 'Racist' Charge

Feb 7, 2017
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The nation's only Latina governor is denouncing a charge by a white former mayor of Santa Fe that she is a racist.

A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says comments made by former Santa Fe Mayor David Coss at an immigrant rights rally Monday were "are sad and ignorant."

Silver City, NM – Art created by inmates in the Grant County Detention Center will be on display on the Western New Mexico University campus beginning with an exhibit opening on Thursday, February 16.

The exhibit is titled “Art From Within” and is meant to showcase the talents of the incarcerated.

“Inmates are seen as numbers or cases, and this exhibit is designed to remind everyone that we all have value and a point of view, no matter what mistakes we’ve made in our life,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications.

Blink 182 To Perform In Las Cruces

Feb 7, 2017

Having sold over 50 million albums worldwide (with over 13 million of those in the United States alone), California-based pop punk band, Blink-182, will perform live at the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017. The New York Times has asserted that “no punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than Blink-182.” The band’s second #1 album on the Billboard 200, “California,” was recently released in 2016.

New NMSU professor to research, teach dryland ecology

Feb 7, 2017

Niall Hanan spent much of his time studying range ecology while conducting his doctorate fieldwork in West Africa. He’s familiar with semi-arid environments, and he has experience with ecological modeling.

Hanan is the newest addition to the New Mexico State University Plant and Environmental Sciences Department and the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research program.

In both capacities, he will help build upon the dryland ecology program.

Friday Lecture In Las Cruces Features NMSU Professor

Feb 7, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Zarur will present a lecture entitled “Perfect Harmony on the Skies and on Earth: Native Southwest Complex Architecture” Friday, February 10 at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

"Nasty Women" Exhibition Comes To Las Cruces

Feb 7, 2017

  The Las Cruces Nasty Women Exhibition, a one night pop-up event, organized by Jessika Edgar opens this Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7-10 pm at 

Las Cruces Warns Of Possible Scam

Feb 7, 2017

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area is advising that an unknown person, or persons, is calling customers to schedule appointments for home water inspections. Those making the calls are not associated with LCU.

Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plant Complete

Feb 7, 2017
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The Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) has announced that its Santa Teresa Community Arsenic Treatment Plant has been completed and is now online to provide safe drinking water to the residents of Santa Teresa.

   The plant was officially completed on Dec. 27, 2016. All residents in the Santa Teresa area as well as the City of Sunland Park are now receiving water that is below the EPA’s maximum acceptable level of arsenic.

Senator Martin Heinrich: The First 100 Days

Feb 7, 2017

The first 100 days of congress and president Trump are well on their way. There’s lots going on in Washington, DC, Edmundo Resendez spoke to the New Mexico delegation about the impact to New Mexico. Today, a conversation with Senator Martin Heinrich, Democrat from New Mexico. 

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Las Cruces, Gadsden, And Hatch School Elections Tuesday

Feb 7, 2017

Voters will elect new school board members on Tuesday in the Las Cruces, Gadsden, and Hatch districts.  

The Las Cruces and Gadsden elections are restricted to certain districts, while all voters in Hatch will elect two school board members for at-large positions and will also decide on a bond question.  

The polls are open until 7 tonight.  

Voters in Las Cruces may cast their ballots at the Dona Ana County Government Center on Motel Boulevard or at any one of a number of voting convenience centers.  

Alamogordo NOW

Feb 7, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, Real ID issues for the elderly and a gang leader is found guilty for a 2011 homicide.

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