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Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to the secretaries of Defense, State, and Homeland Security seeking information about the use of federal funds and resources to protect Trump Organization properties from potential terrorist attacks and other security threats.

Sheriff's Office Launches New Smartphone App

Mar 9, 2017

 

  Keeping up with news and information from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department is now as close as your smartphone, thanks to a free new app launched by the department.

            The app is available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play, and is designed to assist in critical two-way communication between the department and residents of Doña Ana County, or anyone around the world who would like to stay connected with the agency.

NMSU-Grants Interviewing Presidential Finalists

Mar 9, 2017

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A search committee at the New Mexico State University-Grants campus has begun interviewing three finalists for president.

Cathie Cline of East Arkansas Community College, Mickey Best of South Arkansas Community College and Karla Volpi of Tohono O'odham Community College in Arizona are interviewing this month and attending campus-wide forums.

Each candidate will meet with students and faculty.

Felicia Casados retired as the president of the Grants campus in 2015 after 10 years. Harry Sheski currently is serving as the interim president.

Ciudad Juárez Group Eyes Tourism Campaign For Border City

Mar 9, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is launching a campaign about safety in the border city in hopes of sparking more tourism.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that members of Love Jrz, a nonprofit, non-governmental association based in Ciudad Juarez, also are highlighting recreation and tourism opportunities.

In 2011, the city recorded 1,500 homicides widely blamed on violence between rival drug cartels. That number dropped to 269 in 2015.

But Ciudad Juarez has not experienced a rise in tourism concurrent with the drop in violence.

New Mexico Officials Warn Of Rising Fire Dangers

Mar 9, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal land managers in New Mexico are warning people about escalating fire danger. 

This week, red flag warnings were issued throughout eastern New Mexico due to extreme fire danger, and the dry, windy conditions are likely to remain in the forecast.

Surrounding states such as Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas have already been hit with serious wildfires this year due to similar conditions.

Trial For New Mexico Mom In Son Incest Case Set To Begin

Mar 9, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The trial of a New Mexico mother facing charges for having an incestuous relationship with her 20-year-old son is set to begin.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports jury selection in the case against 37-year-old Monica Mares is scheduled for Wednesday in Clovis.

Jury selection also is slated March 23 in the case involving her son, 20-year-old Caleb Peterson.

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The Las Cruces International Film Festivals is in its second year. Some of the brightest stars to walk this years red carpet are Brendan Fraser, Johnny Galecki of the Big Bang Theory and Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder.

Heder stars is the festivals opening night film ‘The Tiger Hunter”; a comedy drama exploring the Muslim immigrant experience in the US.

Two Bills to Expand Broadband Access Signed into Law

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Martinez signed two bills to encourage business development by expanding broadband access to underserved communities across New Mexico.

House Bill 60 by Representative Carl Trujillo and Senator Jacob Candelaria will spur broadband development across the state and significantly reduce the costs of new broadband network construction through partnerships between local governments and broadband providers.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Mar 8, 2017

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin. 

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Martinez Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

Mar 8, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a bill that would have created a research program for the industrial production of hemp.

The second-term Republican governor vetoed the Democrat-sponsored measure Wednesday without comment.

It would have required the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to set up an industrial hemp research program for cultivation and marketing.

Schedule Announced For NMSU's J Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium

Mar 8, 2017

Voices of the Invisible Majority: Social Justice and Mental Health 

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Commentary: SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Senate today confirmed Ken McQueen as Secretary of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).  Governor Martinez selected McQueen to lead the department last December.

“I am honored and humbled that Governor Martinez and the New Mexico Senate has confidence in my experience,” said Secretary McQueen. “The last two months have shown me I lead a dynamic team committed to positioning New Mexico as a national leader in energy and natural resources.”

Former WPX exec will be fox guarding New Mexico Energy Department hen house

Mar 8, 2017
Sierra Club NM

  Commentary: Statement from Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman on today’s N.M. Senate confirmation Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee for secretary of the Energy, Mining and Natural Minerals Department:

“Ken McQueen’s answers were troubling for someone who is supposed to be regulating the energy companies in our state and protecting New Mexico residents.

McQueen refuted solid science several times and showed more concern for oil-company profits than for the wellbeing of New Mexicans.

Former Energy Company Executive Named New Mexico Environment Department Leader

Mar 8, 2017
Office of the Governor

Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate confirmed Gov. Martinez’ nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) on a 32-4 vote. Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a top donor to Gov. Martinez’ reelection campaign, her political action committees and her legislative allies[1].

U.S. Senator Tom Udall Questions FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Mar 8, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about how he intends to lead the FCC given President Trump’s attacks on the free press, including specific media organizations that are subject to FCC regulation.

Border Patrol May Loosen Lie-Detector Hiring Requirement

Mar 8, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol's parent agency would exempt many veterans and law enforcement officers from a hiring requirement to take a lie-detector test under a proposal to satisfy President Donald Trump's order to add 5,000 agents, according to a memo released by the agents' union.

Regulator Links Southwest Methane Cloud To Natural Seeps

Mar 8, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top oil and natural gas regulator says a giant cloud of the greenhouse gas methane hanging over the Southwestern United States comes in large part from natural seeps from underground formations and coal mining operations.

At a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, acting New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Kenley McQueen said the methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah dates back 10 million years in his opinion.

Heinrich: New Mexicans Must Be Heard On Public Education Plan

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting to extend the deadline for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) submission of its consolidated State plan in order to give the state sufficient time to evaluate and respond to public comments.

Economists Weigh in on Disastrous Effects of GOP Health Care Plan

Mar 8, 2017

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Following the rollout of the 

Commentary: The Senate Finance Committee tonight voted to advance legislation that would give public school classrooms a significant funding increase of more than $89 million per year by increasing the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50.  SB 231, sponsored by Senator Howie Morales of Silver City, would direct the new revenue to strengthen New Mexico’s K-12 classrooms, which have been hit with cuts worth tens of millions of dollars in recent years.  The measure was approved on a strongly bipartisan basis.  It now goes to the Senate floor for passage.

Pearce Holding Town Hall In Hobbs Saturday

Mar 8, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today announced he will host a town hall this Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Hobbs, NM at 9:00 AM MST.  It will be held at the Lea County Event Center, Banquet Hall, 5101 N Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM 88240. This comes after Rep. Pearce hosted a telephone town hall that included over 10,000 participants and an in-person town hall last week in Ruidoso, NM, which drew over 300 residents.

 

Jewelry fundraiser and adoption event to help ACTion Programs for Animals

Mar 8, 2017

 

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Buy some jewelry, and save a kitten.

If you enjoy jewelry and love kittens, you won’t want to miss Kitty Glitter. The fundraiser benefits ACTion Programs for Animals and other local rescues that save kittens during kitten season in the spring. The event is at the Griggs & Reymond House, located at 504 W. Griggs.

George Mendoza

Mar 8, 2017

Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only Latina governor and New Mexico's first female executive will be working on "A Day Without a Woman."

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said the Republican governor will be working out of her office Wednesday as the New Mexico Legislature nears the end of its 60-day session.

Organizers of January's Women's March are calling for women to take the day off Wednesday and not spend money to highlight women's role in society.

Eddy County Adopts Plan For Four-Day Work Week

Mar 8, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in one southeastern New Mexico county have decided to shift to a four-day work week to cut utility costs and improve employee morale.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Eddy County commissioners approved the switch on a 4-1 vote during a meeting Tuesday. Commissioner John Henry voted in opposition, saying several constituents in Artesia were against the change.

The new hours will begin in April and as a result, county government buildings will close their doors on Friday but stay open later Monday through Thursday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has approved guidelines to ensure DNA evidence kits from sexual assaults are processed quickly and don't languish in storage.

The Senate voted Tuesday to require that local law enforcement send sexual assault test kits for processing within 30 days.

New Mexico law enforcement agencies have been grappling with a backlog of thousands of untested evidence kits.

Silver City Report

Mar 8, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Ben Fischer, Stewart McClintic, and Christine Steele. This week, a pro President Trump Rally, a congressman Pearce protest, and an art exhibit.       

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I-10 Closure In El Paso Sunday

Mar 7, 2017

I-10 & Mesa

27 Hours

The following closures will go into effect starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 12 and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 13:

·     I-10 Eastbound will be completely closed after Redd Road.

Detour: Traffic on I-10 East will detour at the Redd Road Exit (Exit 9) and onto Doniphan Drive (SH 20). Traffic will be able to re-enter I-10 East from Sunland Park Drive. Follow the detour signs in place.

·     North Mesa Street (SH 20) in both directions will be completely closed at the I-10 Overpass.

EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso and California State University Stanislaus have formed a consortium with their community college counterparts, El Paso Community College and Merced College, under a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The group will utilize the funding over five years to increase enrollment and diversity in cyber security through a scholarship program called S-STEM.

  Silver City, NM – An international Latin string quartet will be the featured performing artists in the upcoming President’s Chamber Music Series concert on Tuesday, March 21 in Light Hall Theater.

 

The concert is the fourth and final Chamber Music event for the spring semester, concluding a series of concerts featuring acclaimed musicians from throughout the country.

 

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