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Creativity Fun Fair Friday At NMSU

Sep 16, 2015
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Honors College, will host a series of creativity workshops from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, on the lawn east of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University Center for the Arts of NMSU’s Las Cruces campus.

The event aims to generate and harness creativity among the NMSU community with the help of workshops put on by faculty and students from the departments of art, dance, English and theater. 

University Museum At NMSU to Host Free Saturday Family Workshops

Sep 16, 2015

  The University Museum at New Mexico State University will commence the fall 2015 Saturday Family Workshops with a beaded bag decorating class from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

“The workshops provide families with a free weekend activity that is educational and also very fun,” said Erica Davis, public programs coordinator for the University Museum. “The activities we do help people, especially kids, connect with the museum’s exhibits in a more hands-on way.”

White House Recognizes UTEP Pre-K-12 Mega-Outreach Program

Sep 16, 2015


  The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced that The University of Texas at El Paso’s “UTEP Celebrates” program was one of its “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education.”

UTEP Celebrates was an innovative, outreach effort conducted over two days in fall 2014 that promoted college education to more than 180,000 Pre-K-12 students at 269 public and private schools in 12 school districts within Region 19, which covers almost 5,100 square miles. Approximately 80 percent of the students were Hispanic.

Hope Border Institute-Dylan Corbett

Sep 16, 2015

Local Teen Named Boys and Girls Club Southwest Region Military Youth of the Year

Sep 16, 2015

  Kathryn Combs, a local teen, was recently named the Boys and Girls Club Southwest Region Military Youth of the Year and was the runner up for the National Military Youth of the Year Award competition held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 13.

“I felt like a celebrity,” Combs said. “It was definitely not like a competition. It was a very awesome and very emotional experience. It felt like a collaboration.” 


  A 27-year-old Mexican man wanted for allegedly kidnapping a man in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, six years ago was removed Monday to Mexico by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Cesar Vega-Muñoz was turned over Sept. 14 to Mexican officials at the top of the Stanton International Bridge Port of Entry.   

NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  SANTA FE — The House Special Investigatory Committee that will investigate and consider the possibility of the impeachment of the secretary of state will hold its first meeting at 9:30 a.m. on September 28 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.

   The committee will consider hiring special legal counsel, rules of procedure for its investigation, a hearing schedule and other organizational matters.

Injunction Sought On New Mexico Teacher Evaluations

Sep 16, 2015

Two New Mexico teacher unions are seeking an injunction to halt the use of student tests as part of the state's teacher evaluation system.

Lawyers for the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are scheduled Tuesday to make their case before a Santa Fe County district judge.

The unions say the evaluation system is forcing veteran educators to retire or have their licenses jeopardized. They want the evaluation system tossed.

Silver City Report

Sep 16, 2015

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent publisher, Nick Siebel (Sigh-bul) discussing a loss for the Silver City business community. 

EPA Plans Treatment Plant For Colorado Mine After Big Spill

Sep 15, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to build a wastewater treatment plant for an inactive Colorado gold mine after the agency inadvertently triggered a 3-million-gallon spill of polluted water there last month.

The EPA released documents Tuesday outlining plans to quickly build the plant below the Gold King Mine near Silverton.

An EPA-led crew triggered the spill on Aug. 5, tainting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The Senate Environment Committee holds a hearing on the incident Wednesday, one of several planned by Congress.

3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

Two Albuquerque police officers expected to stand trial in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year have been booked on second-degree murder and other charges.

They are not being held.

Defense attorney Sam Bregman confirmed his client Keith Sandy, now a retired detective, was booked Tuesday at Metropolitan Detention Center.

Jail records show Officer Dominique Perez was booked and released Monday.

Both entered not guilty pleas to charges last week during an arraignment hearing where a judge ordered them to arrange to be booked, but not held.

Study: A Third Of Adult Texans Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Sep 15, 2015

A newly released university study has found that about a third of the state's adult population, including about two out of every five Texas women, have suffered a sexual assault in their lifetimes.

The report released Tuesday on the study by the University of Texas at Austin found that 6.3 million adult Texans have experienced some form of sexual assault. Of those, 4.2 million were women and 2.1 million were men.

Of those, 413,000 experienced some form of sexual assault in the past year and 65 percent have been victimized more than once.

Teen Arrested In July Shooting Death At An Albuquerque Park

Sep 15, 2015

Authorities say a teenager has been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting at an Albuquerque park two months ago.

Albuquerque police say homicide detectives obtained a warrant for the 17-year-old suspect Tuesday and arrested him when he appeared at Metropolitan Court on unrelated charges.

The name of the teen isn't being released by The Associated Press because he's a juvenile.

Police say the suspect is being held on an open count of murder along with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.

NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

Embattled New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has made her first visit to her office since being charged more than two weeks ago with fraud, money laundering and other counts.

Duran dropped by Tuesday following her arraignment in state district court in Santa Fe.

A spokesman for the secretary of state's office, Ken Ortiz, says Duran met with her top staffers to discuss upcoming deadlines and projects related to the 2016 election season.

The office oversees enforcement of the state's election and campaign finance laws.

UTEP Celebrates 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 15, 2015

  The University of Texas at El Paso celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with weeks of activities including lectures, theatrical performances and film screenings, all free and open to the public.


Bernalillo County Commissioners Pick The Next County Manager

Sep 15, 2015

Bernalillo County commissioners have voted unanimously to pick Julie Morgas Baca as the next county manager.

She's a former deputy county manager and must first complete a background check and employment screening.

Morgas Baca is in line to succeed Tom Zdunek, who's been county manager since 2011 and plans to retire Oct. 2.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Morgas Baca would become the first woman to serve as county manager in 25 years.

She stepped down earlier this year as president and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

Ambar Mravetz

Sep 15, 2015

Suspect in Bogus Traveler’s Checks Case Arrested in Louisiana

Sep 15, 2015

  The man suspected of passing fictitious traveler’s checks in exchange for merchandise at Best Buy stores in Las Cruces, El Paso and California was arrested today in Louisiana.

  Susan Brown, associate professor and director of the STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University’s College of Education, is a member of a leadership team that will research nature-inspired soil engineering as part of a $55.5 million National Science Foundation grant.

$225,000 Grant Helps DACC Retain STEM Students

Sep 15, 2015
2014 DACC graduates

  A new $225,000 grant will help keep students in school and graduate on time at Doña Ana Community College (DACC). The initiative focuses on students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at the community college.

Man Accused Of Smashing Windows In Sheriff's Unit

Sep 15, 2015


  A Chaparral man was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking several windows in a marked Doña Ana County Sheriff deputy’s unit, which was parked at the Chaparral substation.

  The $15,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information that leads to an arrest in the Aug. 2 explosions outside a pair of local churches is set to expire Friday.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers set the Sept. 18 deadline to claim the $15,000 reward to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and prevent any tips or leads from going cold. Crime Stoppers has received several tips and investigators are following several leads, but no arrests have been made.

Detectives Investigate Beating Following Weekend House Party

Sep 15, 2015

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are questioning several people who were reportedly leaving a party early Sunday morning and might have witnessed a fight that left an 18-year-old Las Cruces man in a medically-induced coma. The victim has since regained consciousness, according to detectives.

Skandera: $100 ATM Cards To Help Teachers Despite Objections

Sep 15, 2015

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says new state-issued $100 debit cards will help teachers buy supplies and she doesn't understand a union's objections.

Skandera told The Associated Press on Tuesday she's "utterly disappointed" the Albuquerque Teachers Federation is advising educators to decline the offer for the card. The union says it has concerns that the fine print on purchases may put teachers' licensures at risk.

Drug Take-Back Program In Las Cruces

Sep 15, 2015

  Doña Ana County residents with unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications are encouraged to participate in the annual drug take-back program on Saturday, Sept. 26, sponsored in part by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law-enforcement agencies.

The program gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous drugs. The service is free and anonymous. All drugs surrendered are destroyed.

If you talk to people who have spent some time in the chile industry, they may tell you that nothing will ever compare to a human harvesting a green chile pepper. However, Israeli inventor Elad Etgar is out to change their minds.

Etgar’s company has developed a mechanized way to harvest green chile. He describes how the machine harvests the crop.

“The head strips the fruit and the leaves from the plant and moves everything to the harvester. The harvester separates the leaves and the fruit, and moves everything from the belt and the boxes,” says Etgar.

Implications of Fraud Charges Against New Mexico Secretary of State

Sep 15, 2015

KUNM presents this hour-long call-in show regarding the implications of the charges against New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Hobbs Day Care Fined After Child Found Alone Outside

Sep 15, 2015

State officials have fined a Hobbs day care center after a crying child was found unattended outside.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports a report obtained by the newspaper shows the state's Children, Youth and Families Department fined Shining Stars Learning Center $3,000 following an investigation.

The department received a report a woman was driving by Shining Stars and noticed a young boy "screaming and crying" on the sidewalk outside in July.

3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

A judge has tentatively set the trial date for August 2016 for two Albuquerque police officers facing charges in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Last month, Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled after a two-week preliminary hearing that there was probable cause for Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired officer Keith Sandy to stand trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of James Boyd.

Boyd's March 2014 shooting death in the Sandia Mountain foothills was captured on an officer's helmet camera.

New Mexico Secretary Of State Due In Court On Fraud Charges

Sep 15, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

A top New Mexico official is expected to enter a plea to charges that she funneled campaign contributions to her bank accounts and withdrew large sums of money at casinos around the state.

Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is due in court Tuesday to be arraigned on 64 counts of embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and other charges.

The charges were leveled more than two weeks ago.

She has also been a no-show at her elected post except for some calls with staff.

The charges involve a total of $13,000 in campaign donations.