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Las Cruces Library Launches New Research Center

Sep 3, 2017

  The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., has announced the creation of a new Research Center. The Center is an expanded collection of books, online databases and computers to help people find small business resources, update core job skills, discover family history and find grant information.

 

3 dead in New Mexico battery tank explosion

Sep 2, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say three people were found dead in a battery tank explosion.

The explosion was reported Friday morning near Carlsbad in far southeastern New Mexico.

The Eddy County Sheriff's said it took about three hours to contain the blaze before the bodies were found, though they haven't been identified.

A tank battery is used to store and process oil wells.

It's unclear what caused the explosion.

The case is being investigated.

Enrollment of first-time freshmen at New Mexico State University is up 11.3 percent from the same time last year. That marks the university’s largest increase in first-time freshmen in more than 17 years. Additionally, branch transfers at NMSU are up more than 17 percent. 

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) – a City Department – provides four essential utilities every month to more than 40,000 residential and business customers in and around Las Cruces. Customers are billed monthly for the utility services they receive (gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste services), and those payments fund ongoing utility operations.

Your tax dollars do not fund LCU; this City Department is funded by customer payments for utility services.

Main Street from Bowman to Griggs avenues will be closed to through traffic for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6. Southbound traffic will be detoured west onto Water Street, east onto Bowman and onto Main.

 

TEDxElPaso Announces 2017 Speaker Lineup

Sep 1, 2017

EL PASO, TEXAS – Organizers announced today that 10 speakers have been confirmed for TEDxElPaso 2017 which will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the El Paso Museum of Art. 

The speakers are:

Will Bengtson - Senior Security Engineer at Netflix

Bruce Berman - Photographer, Author and Professor at New Mexico State University

Tracey Bryan – President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bridge of Southern New Mexico

Nevena Christi – Artist, Designer and Partner at Rocketbuster Boots

Guy Phillips has been a regular part of the morning for St. Louis radio listeners for 38 years and is still going strong. The New Mexico State University alumnus’ career was decided the moment he stepped in front of a microphone at KRWG radio and television stations. While still in college, working at El Paso’s KELP radio at age 19, Phillips was the youngest host in the station’s history.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Strangling Girlfriend During Argument

Sep 1, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of strangling his girlfriend and preventing the woman from leaving his residence.

Leevi Duran, 25, of the 200 block of Three Crosses Avenue, is charged with one third-degree felony count of aggravated battery against a household member and a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment.

UPDATE: Barricaded Suspect Detained at Las Cruces Hotel

Sep 1, 2017

Police have arrested the 39-year-old man who barricaded himself in a Las Cruces hotel room early Friday afternoon.

The man, identified as Willey Yanez, had a felony warrant for his arrest. The warrant indicates a charge of failing to comply with conditions of his probation. Once booked, he will be held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $45,000 secured bond.

Mental health advocates work daily to address the needs of those with behavioral health issues. One of those advocates is Micah Pearson, who was recently selected to serve on the national board with The National Alliance On Mental Illness or NAMI.

New Mexico State University Gets Approval For New Dorm

Sep 1, 2017

 

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University's Board of Regents has approved plans for a new $21.5 million residence hall for freshman students.

The Board of Regents approved plans for the three-story residence hall on Wednesday. The university will need additional approvals from the Higher Education Department and the State Board of Finance before it can move forward.

Pearce Seeks Court Injunction To Access Campaign Cash

Sep 1, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is seeking a federal court injunction to tap into $1 million in political contributions that he collected while in Congress to use in his run for governor of New Mexico.

The motion, filed late Thursday in federal court, seeks to block enforcement of limitations on campaign transfers from Pearce's federal campaign account to a state one. Approval could give Pearce access to campaign cash while underlying issues are litigated.

Scam Telephone Calls Target Las Cruces Residents

Aug 31, 2017

The Las Cruces Fire Department has learned that someone proclaiming to represent them is contacting residents by telephone and soliciting donations.

The Las Cruces fire and police departments do not make such telephone calls and do not seek donations in this manner. Such telephone calls are likely a scam, and an attempt at gaining personal or financial information.

Anyone who receives such a call should simply hang up and refrain from providing any personal or financial information to the caller.

Udall Condemns Trump’s Reported Plan To End DACA

Aug 31, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that President Trump may soon announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He issued the following statement:  

LAS CRUCES--- LCPS officials are set to open the newly renamed Rudy Camuñez Wall of Champions and the newly created Legends Athletic Walk of Fame, prior the start of the Mayfield High School (MHS) and Del Valle High School football game, Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:45 p.m. in the Field of Dreams football stadium, 2501 Tashiro Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

Advocate: Albuquerque Not Helping With Homeless Thanksgiving

Aug 31, 2017
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless advocate claims the city of Albuquerque has pulled out as a sponsor for his group's annual pre-Thanksgiving Dinner over criticism of Mayor Richard Berry.

Joy Junction founder Jeremy Reynalds said late Wednesday that the city recently notified him it would no longer give the group free space at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the event that attracts 1,200 each year.

New Mexico State Regents Vote To Replace Chancellor

Aug 31, 2017
NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted to move forward with the search to replace Chancellor Garrey Carruthers despite widespread support from faculty, staff, students and state lawmakers.

The board voted Wednesday to replace Carruthers after his contract ends in mid-2018. Public pressure had built for the regents to offer him a contract extension after a number of groups and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima had stated support for Carruthers.

Some 2,500 Marijuana Plants Are Destroyed In Sandoval County

Aug 31, 2017

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a multi-agency operation in Sandoval County has resulted in more than 2,500 marijuana plants being removed and destroyed from national forest land.

They say the plants were found in the Santa Fe National Forest by a U.S. Forest Service employee, who then alerted law enforcement.

State Police officers verified the plants and their location and conducted the eradication operation Monday.

Teen In Fatal New Mexico Library Shooting Remains Detained

Aug 31, 2017

  CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Thursday ordered the teenager accused of fatally shooting two workers inside a public library and wounding four other people to remain in custody after prosecutors said he posed a threat to himself and others.

Nathaniel Jouett faces multiple charges of first-degree murder, assault, aggravated battery and child abuse stemming from Monday's shooting inside the library in Clovis, a rural community near the stateline with Texas.

Memorial service to pay tribute to late NMSU dean

Aug 31, 2017

The life of Virginia Higbie, former dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University who helped shape the college’s successful programs, will be celebrated during a special memorial service next week.

The service will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the NMSU Spiritual Center, on the west side of the Educational Services building near the campus duck pond. Light refreshments will be served.

Las Cruces Police: Anthony Felon Suspected of Driving Stolen Pickup

Aug 31, 2017

Police arrested a felon suspected of driving a stolen vehicle, and learned he was in possession of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm on Wednesday afternoon.

Antonio “Tony” Garcia, 39, of the 2000 block of Livesay in Anthony, N.M., is charged with one fourth-degree felony count each of transferring a stolen motor vehicle, one fourth-degree felony count of transportation or possession of a firearm by a felon, and one second-degree felony count of trafficking methamphetamine.

"Mr. Robot" to Film in New Mexico

Aug 31, 2017

  Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that USA Network's television series "Mr. Robot" produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Anonymous Content, will partially shoot in Albuquerque at the end of August through the beginning of September.  "Once again, New Mexico's incredible landscapes, unmatched workforce, and our powerful incentives are bringing good jobs to New Mexico," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

Visit El Paso

Commentary: El Paso, TX – MountainStar Sports Group announced today it will help fund an advertising campaign in support of the City of El Paso’s efforts to build a downtown multipurpose facility that can host a variety of entertainment, including sporting events.  The campaign is scheduled to begin September 3.

Push For New Mexico Open Primaries Coming To Las Cruces

Aug 31, 2017

New Mexico Open Primaries is holding an Election Reform Panel Discussion, Saturday, September 9th, 2:30 p.m. at the Dona County Government Center, 845 North Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The event is being hosted by the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office. The discussion will center on how to improve elections in New Mexico.

New Mexico Open Primaries’ mission is to encourage more voter participation and greater collaboration among elected officials by ensuring that all eligible citizens can exercise their right to vote in every public election.

Analysis: New Mexico still tops in nation for reliance on private prisons

Aug 31, 2017

  New Mexico incarcerates a higher percentage of inmates in privately run, for-profit prisons than any other state, according to a new analysis from the Sentencing Project.

It’s a designation New Mexico has held for many years.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is pleased to announce its selection of the Corporation for Downtown Development, doing business as Silver City MainStreet, in Silver City as the selected applicant for Cycle 1 of the Rural Pathway Project.

Las Cruces Technical Rescue Team Relocated to Katy

Aug 31, 2017

The City of Las Cruces Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) continues to assist in relief and rescue efforts in the Houston area. After helping with evacuations and rescues this morning in Fort Bend County, the six-man crew was relocated to Katy, Texas, where they continue to remove citizens from flooded neighborhoods.

The volunteers from LCFD continue to work with Texas’ Task Force 2, and will return to the Sugarland/Fort Bend County area this evening to provide door-to-door searches of homes in neighborhoods not yet examined.

Two more New Mexico behavioral health providers take their case to state court

Aug 31, 2017

  Two more behavioral health providers are contesting in state court how much, if anything, they owe the state of New Mexico for allegedly overbilling Medicaid, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported this weekend.

Las Cruces DACC Dental Hygiene Program to Provide Services in India

Aug 31, 2017

Las Cruces – Students in the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Dental Hygiene Program will participate in a new and exciting service learning opportunity in India.

Las Cruces Businesses Back Second Annual Monuments to Main Street Celebration

Aug 31, 2017

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – Starting tomorrow with a kick-off party in the Plaza de Las Cruces, and then through the month of September, Monuments to Main Street is back, celebrating the outdoor heritage of southern New Mexico, epitomized by nearby national monuments, including the newest designation, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP

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