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I-10 Closures This Week

Feb 4, 2018

  Sunland Park

Overnight

Sunday, Feb. 4

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The dedicated right‐turn lane from the Sunland Park westbound exit ramp onto northbound Sunland Park Drive will close. Traffic will be able to turn right onto Sunland Park Drive at the signalized intersection.

The right lane on Sunland Park Drive (northbound, moving toward South Mesa Hills Drive) will close.

Crews will be saw cutting concrete pavement and removing demolished materials from the area. [No Map]

Las Cruces Giving Back: The Bikes For Juarez Program

Feb 4, 2018

It was a different type of race for a hobby cyclist in the weeks before Christmas. “I fixed 65 bikes in about two months,” said Chet Wright, owner of Condor BikeWorks, which runs the Bikes for Juarez program.

After seeing spare bike frames discarded in the scrap metal pile at South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) last January, Wright knew that he could use his skills to fix up bikes to be upcycled for those who could use them again. The SCSWA agreed to work with him to accept old and damaged bikes to be recycled into a new life.

Lofton leads New Mexico St. over UT Rio Grande Valley 90-67

Feb 3, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Zach Lofton matched career highs with four steals and seven 3-pointers, and finished with a season-best 34 points to lead New Mexico State in a 90-67 rout of UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday for its ninth straight win.

New Mexico State (20-3, 7-0 Western Athletic Conference) has won 14 of its last 15 games. UT Rio Grande Valley (12-12, 3-4) had its two-game win streak snapped.

Lofton, who averages 19.9 points and 1.5 assists per game, was one point shy of a career best on 10-of-17 shooting from the field while adding a season-high six assists.

Keeping On Track With Recycling In Las Cruces

Feb 3, 2018

The import ban that China announced for January 1, 2018, has gone in effect, and the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) wants you to know that “Recycling Right” is more important now than ever!

Silver City, NM – As part of Western New Mexico University’s celebration of Black History Month, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on campus. Here is the information provided by WNMU:

A diverse and visionary cohort of health industry entrepreneurs are about to begin the next phase of their startup journey in southern New Mexico. 

HealthSprint – a new health technology accelerator program at Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University – has selected seven startup companies to participate in a five-month program that aims to support and grow promising startups in health tech.

Las Cruces School Bond Election Tuesday

Feb 3, 2018

  On Tuesday, voters within the Las Cruces School District will consider a $50 million General Obligation Bond Issue. Voter approval of the bond would not increase the current school tax rate.

If approved, the funds may be used throughout Las Cruces Public Schools to provide new classrooms and multipurpose rooms, safety and security upgrades, major school renovations such as new roofs and heating and cooling systems, new furniture, playground equipment, technology support, and/or phase I of major upgrades to physical plant facilities.

February Picks

Feb 3, 2018

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 Pinkalicious

Newsmakers1004 - Common Cause New Mexico - Viki Harrison

Feb 3, 2018

Heinrich Announces $85 Million For Holloman Construction Project

Feb 3, 2018

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will initiate the design of an $85 million project at Holloman Air Force Base to construct a new MQ-9 Formal Training Unit (FTU) operations facility to house three MQ-9 Attack Squadrons. Here is the information provided by the Senator's office:

Las Cruces Women Planning Protest At County Building

Feb 3, 2018
Doña Ana County

Following recent allegations of sexual harassment in Doña Ana County government, local activists are planning a protest on February 13.  Here is the statement provided by organizers:

New Mexico State University’s Domenici Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the 20-person student cohort who are tasked with asking Domenici Public Policy Conference speakers inquisitive questions. The conference is set for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Panelist applications are due by March 30.

Silver City, NM – Multidisciplinary artist Angela Ellsworth will speak and have her work on display at Western New Mexico University on Feb. 8, 2018.  Here is the information provided by WNMU:

Members of the public are invited to enjoy the free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Parotti Hall, and then view the “Between Them” exhibit in McCray Gallery, which opens at 7:30 p.m.

Your Legislators 2018 #5 Senator Ron Griggs

Feb 3, 2018

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  Beginning Tuesday, February 6 through March 2018, the Chamizal National Memorial Cultural Center in El Paso will be temporarily closed for maintenance projects, including the installation of new air handlers that run the building’s heating and cooling systems. Here is the information provided by the National Park Service:

The Bulletin On The Radio

Feb 3, 2018

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Michael Hernandez

Researchers with UTEP’s Border Region Modeling Project presented their financial forecasts for Las Cruces, El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City during a recent forum.

New Mexico, and Las Cruces in particular, has been slow to recover since the recession hit more than 10 years ago in December 2007.

The Latest: Lawmakers Want Drilling Doundaries Near Chaco

Feb 2, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on American Indian affairs at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A panel of New Mexico lawmakers wants the federal government to consult with the Navajo Nation before allowing more natural gas production in the area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

A Senate committee on Friday endorsed a nonbinding state memorial that also urges the Bureau of Land Management not to allow hydraulic fracturing within 10 miles of the Chaco archaeological site.

Las Cruces— Temple Beth-El and the local chapter of the NAACP are partnering to present a Black History Month program that will include listening to a rare recording of a speech made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here is the information provided by Temple Beth-El:

Police: Suspect In Jail Standoff Shot Himself In The Jaw

Feb 2, 2018

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in eastern New Mexico say a standoff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center ended when a prisoner shot and wounded himself with a gun he earlier pulled out while being booked into the jail.

The sheriff's office says 28-year-old Wesley Flores has life-threatening injuries after shooting himself in the jaw Thursday evening following four hours of unsuccessful negotiations.

Flores is hospitalized in Lubbock, Texas.

Flores was originally taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Baby Dies After Left In Car Overnight Outside Gallup

Feb 2, 2018

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A 2-month-old baby was found dead in western New Mexico after authorities say the child was left in a car overnight.

The Gallup Independent reports the parents called authorities Wednesday morning after the child was discovered to be not breathing outside their rural home west of Gallup.

According to a Gallup Fire Department report, the parents drove to meet an ambulance. EMTs pronounced the baby dead.

The Latest: New Mexico Marks Milestone For Indian Education

Feb 2, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on American Indian affairs at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

2:00 p.m.

New Mexico officials are marking the 15th anniversary of the state's Indian Education Act that was designed to provide equitable access to public education and help maintain indigenous languages.

Sponsors of the 2003 legislation visited the state Capitol on Friday talk about its impact. A pending lawsuit accuses the state of not following through with the reforms.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Following the release of the hyper-partisan and misleading “Nunes memo” today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement urging lawmakers in both parties to defend the work of Special Counsel Mueller and allow the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to proceed:

Heinrich Statement On Public Release Of Nunes Memo

Feb 2, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 2, 2018) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the release of the partisan, misleading memo seeking to undermine the Russia investigation:

IN FOCUS: Part Three Of A Conversation On Trade And NAFTA

Feb 2, 2018

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Young Rembrandts El Paso/Las Cruces

  

 

Young Rembrandts, an art enrichment group is celebrating its 30th year anniversary by throwing an event called “It’s in the Bag,” which offers a free art class today at Reyes elementary in El Paso from 3-4. This event is free for all local kids, families are encouraged to bring art supplies to donate.

Also, on Tuesday February 6, Young Rembrandts will be collecting art supplies from 2:30- 3:45PM at Desert Hills elementary in Las Cruces.

Your Weekend Pulse

Feb 2, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, For the Love Art Month events throughout the community, Harry Potter Book Night at Barnes and Noble, The Gala of the Royal Horses at the Dona Ana County Fairgrounds, and Food Truck Fiesta at Telshor 12 on Wednesday.        

New Mexico Lawmaker Says Budget Committee Met Secretively

Feb 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says his budget request to restore $41 million to public school reserve accounts was pushed aside after members of lead budget writing committee met out of public view.

Rep. James Townsend of Artesia says House rules may have been broken when a quorum of 10 members of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee met in a legislative agency conference room to discuss provisions of a proposed $6.3 billion budget.

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