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TV Series On Branch Davidian Shootout To Film In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017
AP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A six-part television series covering a deadly standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect more than two decades ago will be filmed in New Mexico.

Work on "Waco" will begin in mid-April and last through June, officials with the New Mexico Film Office said Monday. Locations will include everything from the rural reaches of Santa Fe County — standing in for the prairies of Central Texas — to urban office buildings and studios.

The Intel Plant In Rio Rancho Continues To Shed Jobs

Apr 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Intel plant in Rio Rancho continues to shed jobs.

According to the company's latest annual report to the Sandoval County Commission released Monday, the number of full-time workers directly employed by Intel Corp. at its Rio Rancho plant fell by 37 percent in 2016.

The plant has gone from 1,900 salaried workers in 2015 to 1,200 as of last December.

About half of the 700 employees who departed from Rio Rancho last year were retirements.

Bills Flounder On Both Transparency, Secrecy In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyists after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information floundered during this year's 60 day legislative session.

DA Letter Describes 'Strained' Relationship With Las Cruces

Apr 10, 2017
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County's district attorney has issued a scathing letter to the Las Cruces Police Department after learning of alleged problems with the department's investigation into the fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in Las Cruces.

District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's letter to police Chief Jaime Montoya accuses the department of maintaining a culture of disrespect and undeserved criticism toward his office, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Shipping Resumes To Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Dump

Apr 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility and sidetracked the federal government's multibillion-dollar cleanup program.

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Fully Restore Broadband Privacy Protections

Apr 10, 2017

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to restore broadband privacy rules that will protect consumers from having their personal, sensitive information sold to the highest bidder without their consent. The legislation reinstates the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that require internet service providers to obtain consent before sharing their subscribers’ sensitive information and adopt reasonable data security protections.

Bills Flounder On Both Transparency, Secrecy In New Mexico

Apr 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyist after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information have floundered.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County's district attorney has issued a scathing letter to the Las Cruces Police Department after learning of alleged problems with the department's investigation into the fatal shooting of a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy in Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's letter to police Chief Jaime Montoya accuses the department of maintaining a culture of disrespect and undeserved criticism toward his office.

Monday Business Watch

Apr 10, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a look at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, Antix Cabinets, and a column by MVEDA. 

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After 10 trips to Costa Rica, a New Mexico State University professor is sharing insights about how best to learn Spanish in the next “Global Connections” lecture. 

Jeffrey Longwell, college professor of languages and linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present “Costa Rica: Experiential Learning in Spanish” from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

Longwell will share what he and his students learned during NMSU’s Faculty-Led International Program (FLiP) trips.

LCPS Foundation Plans Celebration Of Excellence Dinner

Apr 9, 2017

The Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation exists to support caring educators that help our children.  Each year the LCPS Foundation holds a public dinner to celebrate and honor LCPS teachers and students that have excelled above and beyond in their accomplishments.  This year’s dinner will be held on April 24th at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum beginning at 6:00 pm.  Tickets to the dinner are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting Lupita Barrio at 527-6054 or lbarrio@lcps.net .  Sponsorship opportunities and further information on the LCPS F

Martinez Vetoes Campaign Finance Reform

Apr 9, 2017

  Gov. Susana Martinez, who has touted herself as a champion of transparency, on Friday vetoed a piece of legislation that would have required greater public disclosure by those who spend big money in New Mexico political races.

The governor vetoed Senate Bill 96, a goal long sought by good-government groups and those who wanted greater information on the influence of money in politics.

I-10 Closures This Week

Apr 9, 2017

I-10 & Sunland

Overnight

Sunday, April 9 through Thursday, April 13

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

·     The Sunland Park Flyover Entrance Ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.

Crews are conducting prep work for the eventual removal of the Sunland Park Flyover Ramp.

Overnight

Sunday, April 9 and Thursday, April 13

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

·     I-10 East will be reduced to one lane between North Mesa St. and Buena Vista.

New Mexico medical pot board wants to add health conditions

Apr 8, 2017

  SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — New Mexico officials want to expand the state's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, to include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and anxiety, among other ailments.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2nOH47k ) that the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board also voted Friday to increase the amount and potency allowed for an approved user.

Vetoes of Bills to Increase Transparency and Disclosure, and to Consolidate Elections

Apr 8, 2017
secretary of state MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER

Commentary: SANTA FE – On the last days of the signing period following the 2017 legislative session, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed multiple bipartisan, commonsense bills that would have increased transparency in the New Mexico campaign finance system, required additional disclosure for lobbyists and consolidated most local non-partisan elections to one day saving taxpayers money and simplifying the process for voters. 

 Commentary: City Councilor Gill Sorg has announced that he will seek re-election to his third and last term on the Las Cruces City Council, District 5. He cited the city’s commitment to thoughtful planning, environmental safe guards, improved infrastructure and economic development as key achievements from his time in office.

Rio Rancho Police: Suspect Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Case

Apr 7, 2017

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police in Rio Rancho say they've arrested a suspect in a fatal stabbing last month.

They say Joseph Vargas is jailed on suspicion of an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

Police say Vargas also had warrants for probation and parole violations.

Vargas was arrested Thursday and police say he allegedly confessed to the March 31 stabbing incidents.

Police say 23-year-old Kenneth Torres was declared dead at the scene and another man remains hospitalized in critical condition.

New Mexico Outlaws Lunch-Debt Stigma At Public Schools

Apr 7, 2017

New Mexico now has a law that ensures children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time and prohibits schools from calling attention to children whose lunch accounts are overdrawn to avoid any stigma.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed the legislation ahead of Friday's deadline for acting on the dozens of bills passed during the recent legislative session.

Advocates say the school lunch bill — also known as the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights — is novel legislation and no other state has taken such a step.

Heinrich Calls On President Trump To Present Long-Term Strategy For Syria

Apr 7, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter today urging President Donald Trump to present a long-term strategy for Syria and to request the appropriate Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from Congress. 

   

Expansion On Tap For Santa Fe Brewing Company

Apr 7, 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Santa Fe Brewing Company (SFBC), New Mexico’s original craft brewery, continues to do big things at their Santa Fe headquarters.  They are preparing to break ground on a multi-million dollar project that will include a new tasting room and beer garden.   They expect the project to be completed in January of 2018.

$1,000 Scholarship Offered In Student Mural Competition

Apr 7, 2017

The College of Education invites submissions by individual NMSU students or teams of NMSU students returning in the fall ’17 semester for the first mural-sized painting for permanent installation in O’Donnell Hall room 301. Students are encouraged to visit the site prior to submitting their work. The student(s) who submit the successful design will receive a total of a $1000.00 scholarship in the fall ’17 semester. Teams of students will split the $1000.00 scholarship.

Watercolor artists paint ‘A Movable Feast’

Apr 7, 2017
Corn Maiden 2, by Carolyn Bunch

LAS CRUCES, NM – Watercolor artists in southern New Mexico show their creations in a new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

"A Movable Feast: Foods of New Mexico" is an art show presented by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter. The opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on April 14 is free and includes refreshments.

The show will be in the Museum’s Arts Corridor from April 14 through Aug. 6. Free viewing is only during the opening reception.

NMSU engineering programs, lab benefit from Western Refining gift

Apr 7, 2017

Students in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University will soon have the opportunity to work in an upgraded laboratory, study during a tutoring lesson and travel to national conferences, thanks to a gift from Western Refining. 

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order Thursday forming a 16-member commission to study the state’s guardianship system and recommend improvements.

 

Members of the commission include representatives from the three branches of government, attorneys with a background in guardianship law, and advocates for the interests of the elderly, disabled and others involved in guardianship proceedings.

Registration for the Las Cruces Police Department’s third annual Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be held April 24, 25 and 26.

The free camp includes three 2-week sessions. Parents or guardians can register their youth, ages 12-15 and in at least the 6th Grade, for only one of the three sessions. The camp is limited to 50 students per session.

In elementary school most of us learned that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue to discover America in 1492. A New Mexico State University history professor says there is evidence that Europeans didn’t believe Columbus discovered a New World until more than 100 years later. 

Elizabeth Horodowich, professor of history in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Alexander Nagel, professor of fine arts at New York University, were awarded a $290,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to research the various ways that Europeans depicted America as Asia. 

Las Cruces Auto Burglary Suspect Sought

Apr 7, 2017

Las Cruces Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing a vehicle early Wednesday morning.

Investigators learned that at about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, a man drove to the 700 block of Scenic View, stopped his vehicle and proceeded to burglarize a pickup that was parked in a residential driveway.

Video surveillance from the home shows that the pickup was left unlocked. Stolen from the pickup were a cell phone and a backpack that contained books, a Surface tablet and other miscellaneous items.

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  The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world, so consumers can trust the organic label. The size and complexity of organic trade has grown over time, and many U.S. businesses rely on imports to create the organic products that consumers want. As the organic market grows, many growers, processors, and handlers are working within multi-business supply chains, often across borders.

 

First Bataan Surrender Ceremony in Las Cruces includes NMSU Army ROTC

Apr 7, 2017

On Sunday, April 9, descendants and friends of the ex-POWs of Bataan and Corregidor, area military personnel, and the community of Las Cruces will conduct a ceremony in honor of the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Bataan during World War II. It’s the first time the ceremony, conducted every year in Santa Fe by the New Mexico National Guard, will be presented in Las Cruces.

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