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Commission Nominates 2 For New Mexico Supreme Court Seat

Apr 5, 2018
Office of the Governor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to choose between two longtime judges to fill a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Only two candidates — New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Michael E. Vigil and Chief Fifth Judicial District Judge Gary Clingman — applied for the post. The nominating commission has recommended both to the governor for consideration.

They are vying to replace Justice Edward Chavez, who retired last month.

Finding Voice Through Verse: A KRWG Community Conversation

Apr 5, 2018

KRWG and Branigan Cultural Center are excited to invite YOU to our Spring Community Conversation!

We'll use audio and video from public broadcasting shows about how individuals use poetry and storytelling to give resonance to their personal experiences. Add your voice to the conversation! This event will be held at the Branigan Cultural Center and moderated by KRWG’s multimedia journalist, Michael Hernandez.

Topic:   "Finding Voice Through Verse”

Date:    Thursday, April 26

Time:    5:30 - 7 p.m.

Sunshine laws are a key part of holding government accountable and helping democracy function. They require government agencies to make certain work they do available to the public, keeping the sun “shining” on their operations.

Contractor Sentenced To Federal Prison For Kickback Scheme

Apr 5, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former officer of a New Mexico-based defense contracting firm has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that solicited and accepted kickbacks for reconstruction projects in Iraq.

Neal Kasper of Montana was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Santa Fe after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to provide, solicit and accept kickbacks.

Albuquerque Cesar Chavez March To Feature Dolores Huerta

Apr 5, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Social activist Dolores Huerta is slated to visit Albuquerque and lead a march in honor of her United Farm Worker union co-founder Cesar Chavez.

The 87-year-old Huerta is scheduled Saturday to speak at the 25th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta just days after PBS aired a documentary from Independent Lens based on her life.

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The Bulletin On The Radio

Apr 5, 2018

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Active Galaxy Lecture: Volcanoes of Las Cruces

Apr 4, 2018

Join the Museum of Nature & Science on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:30pm-6:30pm for the “Active Galaxy Lecture Series.” Dr. Emily Johnson will highlight the rich, volcanic history around Las Cruces, from the large explosive eruptions of the Organ Caldera 35 million years ago, to recent eruptions like Kilbourn Hole from only 14,000 years ago. She will focus on the origins of these volcanoes, what we can learn about the magma from the deposits, and how explosive the eruptions were.

artist: ambar holguin

The All-City High Schools Senior Show 2018 opens in the Museum of Art on Friday, April 20 and continues through Saturday, April 28. The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media. An artists’ reception with student-performed music, culinary competition, and awards presentation will be held on Friday, April 20, from 5pm to 7pm. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte.

Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter Jacobs / photo credit: Jay Hemphill

For 31 years, the Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Community Arts Awards have recognized individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts. This year’s celebration takes place Sunday, April 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center and Bulletin Plaza just outside the council’s offices at 1740 Calle de Mercado. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the arts council office, online at www.daarts.org or at the door.  The theme is “A Garden Party” and attendees are encouraged to wear their finest garden party attire.

ALBUQUERQUE – Antoinette Garcia, 45, of Bernalillo, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to committing federal program fraud.

ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Diaz, 58, a businessman from El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to participating in a fraudulent scheme to defraud the United States out of millions of dollars through contracts involving the now defunct Big Crow Program Office at Kirtland Air Force Base in Bernalillo County, N.M. 

Love Local Celebrates Local Merchants and Local Residents

Apr 4, 2018
Silver City Mainstreet Project

Local residents are invited to downtown Silver City on Saturday, April 14, 2018, to enjoy a downtown promotion called Love Local.  Downtown merchants are offering great deals, drawings, and discounts because they love our local community.  The promotion is sponsored by Silver City MainStreet to encourage more local shopping.

El Paso named a “Solar Star”

Apr 4, 2018

Commentary: AUSTIN – With 37 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed, El Paso ranks 18th in the U.S. for total solar capacity, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report ShiningCities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America.

Scare Tactics Used In Las Cruces Area Phone Scam

Apr 4, 2018

 A new type of scam is circulating in Doña Ana County, preying on people’s fear that someone they love is in trouble.

Evicted Tenant Accused In Arson Investigation Outside Las Cruces

Apr 4, 2018

 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old Vado man who is accused of setting fire to two mobile homes that reportedly used to belong to his grandparents.

   Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services were called to the 100 block of McCrimmon in Vado on Monday just before 2 p.m. When they arrived, two mobile homes were on fire. Damages are estimated at $55,000.

NMSU men’s rodeo team wins three buckles during Las Cruces rodeo

Apr 4, 2018

Clowns, stadium lights, fellow Aggies along with roaring crowds surrounded rodeo athletes from the Grand Canyon region March 31 at the New Mexico State University rodeo held in Las Cruces. The NMSU team competed in its second to last rodeo of the season. The men’s team placed first, and the women placed third.

Santa Fe Schools To No Longer Accept Funding From The NRA

Apr 4, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe school officials have decided to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, agreeing to no longer accept money or equipment from the organization.

The five-member school board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject NRA grant money that has supported the district's junior ROTC program.

"We think it's a good move because we don't think school districts, not just ours, but anywhere should be taking funds from the NRA," Steven Carrillo, the board's president, said.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is actively seeking businesses to join in the 2018 season of the El Paso Summer Youth Employment, also known as Hire El Paso’s Youth, which strives to put regional youth to work.  This impactful program provides first-time, real job experience that sets youth on a path to be successful and workforce-ready. 

Workforce Solutions is launching two youth employment initiatives for summer 2018; Hire El Paso Youth Work Program and the Earn & Learn Program.

"Music In The Park" Series Returning To Las Cruces

Apr 4, 2018

The Parks & Recreation Department’s 2018 Music in the Park Series will begin at 6 p.m. May 27, at Plaza de Las Cruces, with the Mayor’s Jazz Fest.

The Mayor’s Jazz Fest will feature performances from the Oñate High School Jazz Workshop, El Paso’s Side Effects Organ Trio, and Grace Kelly, an award-winning saxophonist, singer, and composer from Boston, Massachusetts,

The Music in the Park Series will start at 7 p.m. every Sunday at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., from June 3 through August 26.

Court Suspends BLM Waste Prevention Rule

Apr 4, 2018
Sierra Club NM

Commentary: CASPER, Wyo. – Today, a federal court in Wyoming has stayed an Obama-era rule to reduce wasteful leaking, flaring and venting natural gas from drilling operations on public and tribal lands while the Trump Administration reconsiders the Rule. 

Gas Giveaways: New Report shows Taxpayers Losing Millions on Lost Gas

Apr 4, 2018
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

new report from Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that half of all gas lost in the last five years (2012-2016) was reported in New Mexico.  Here is a statement from the organization:

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) released Gas Giveaways, a new analysis that finds only 11 percent of all natural gas leaked, vented, or flared from 2007 to 2016 during oil and gas drilling operations on federal land incurred a royalty.

Estate of Bunford S. Pelton endows four scholarships at NMSU

Apr 4, 2018

The Bunford S. Pelton estate gifted $200,000 to last November’s Giving Tuesday event at New Mexico State University. With an additional $25,000 matched by the NMSU Foundation, the gift enhanced scholarships in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the study abroad program and at Doña Ana Community College.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University’s Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, received the 2018 Premio Estrella de Aztlán – Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Texas Chapter.

Western New Mexico University also recently honored Dr. Ortego by naming the newly established campus cultural center — formerly the MEChA Building — the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Cultural Center.

Trump To Sign Order Sending National Guard To Mexican Border

Apr 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

"The threat is real," Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that Trump was signing a proclamation to put the deployment into effect. "It's time to act."

Court Upholds Dismissal Of Charges In Livestock Fraud Case

Apr 4, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An appellate court decision upholds the dismissal of a 2016 fraud indictment against two people who worked at a livestock auction business in Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals decision issued Monday says District Judge Drew Tatum ruled correctly that Darcie Pareo and Calvin Pareo were denied their right under state law to testify before the grand jury that charged them with fraud, conspiracy and other crimes.

Udall Statement On Trump’s Threats To Send Military To Secure Southern Border

Apr 4, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: "This vague and hostile announcement is another pitiful attempt to distract attention from the dangerous chaos the president is creating, including disruption in the stock market, a trade war with China, saber rattling with North Korea, numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by the president, mounting news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and others in his cabinet are improperly spending taxpayer dollars on themselves while doling out favors to their industry campaign donors, and of course, Russia's interference in the 2016 election and evidence that it plans to do

Las Cruces residents are invited to a free workshop at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., at 2 p.m.Wednesday, April 25 to learn “Why Everyone Needs a Will.”

Student Art Exhibit Coming To Las Cruces

Apr 4, 2018

More than 100 pieces of original student artwork from the Las Cruces and Gadsden Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

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