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Posts Threatening Shooting At Deming High Causes Stir

Nov 15, 2017

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Anonymous social media threats have forced more than 1,000 Deming High School students to stay home as administers worked to quell fears about possible violence.

The Deming Headlight reports Deming police dispatched officers to campus Tuesday following the social media posts this weekend.

Two posts on Snapchat circulated widely on social media alluded to a threat of a shooting at a school.

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Silver City Report

Nov 15, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Ben Fischer and Christine Steele. This week, an update on the Gila Diversion Water Project, a mountain lion was killed and another one was sited, upheaval with Silver Consolidated school district as two board members resign, an update on a school teacher who was arrested for driving drunk to work, and the Silver City Press and Independent won 10 awards from the New Mexico Press Association.  

The great issue facing the film industry these days is inclusion.  How to increase the involvement in the industry of underrepresented communities:  African-Americans, women, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans.  The question of inclusion is also central to Albuquerque's Pueblo Film Fest.  The fourth annual event takes place November 17-19 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

After an extra long campaign season in Albuquerque, voters gave Democrat Tim Keller a big win in last night’s runoff mayoral election against Republican Dan Lewis. Keller said the high voter turnout and decisive victory constitutes a mandate. 

House Passes Protection Of El Paso's Castner Range

Nov 14, 2017
photo by mark klune / http://castnerrangenationalmonument.org/

  Commentary: WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) discussed the details of his successful legislative action to protect Castner Range in the Franklin Mountains of west Texas. This massive environmental victory comes after more than 30 years of work by local, state and national groups to conserve the crown jewel of West Texas.

State Auditor Tim Keller Declares Victory In Albuquerque Mayoral Race

Nov 14, 2017
Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

Democratic New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller has wrestled control of New Mexico's largest city from the GOP to become Albuquerque's next mayor.

Unofficial results show Keller beating Republican Albuquerque City Council Dan Lewis with 62 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent on Tuesday.

Both were seeking to replace Republican Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who opted not to run for re-election after eight years.

Thrifting For Zero Waste In Las Cruces

Nov 14, 2017

A Las Cruces thrift store has been recognized by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce as one of the 2017 top environmentally sustainable businesses in town.

Green Chamber President and CEO Carrie Hamblen says, “We launched the Sustainable Business Recognition Program in partnership with the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) to honor businesses in the community that implement zero waste practices.” Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary Thrift Store at 840 El Paseo Road was awarded third place, out of the fourteen businesses that submitted applications.

Silver City Man Sentenced For Federal Meth Conviction

Nov 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE – Cruz Jose Martinez, 32, of Silver City, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Pearce Votes For Defense Spending Bill

Nov 14, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:

BeWellnm, the official state marketplace for New Mexicans to shop, buy, and compare health insurance plans, will be hosting three public open houses in Las Cruces on Wednesday, Nov. 15. These free events will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the changes in federal law affecting health insurance and health care, the various plans offered on the exchange, and subsidies or tax credits for which they may be eligible. Information will be given in both English and Spanish. There will also be assistance provided to help with individual enrollment.

NMSU Regents approve 19-member Chancellor Search Committee

Nov 14, 2017
Debra Hicks

  On Monday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a 19-member search committee to help in selecting the university’s next chancellor. The charge of the search committee is to generate a strong pool of candidates and present finalists to the Board of Regents. The committee includes members who are internal and external to the university. 

Voters In New Mexico's Largest City Set To Choose Next Mayor

Nov 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in New Mexico's largest city are set to choose their next mayor amid concerns about crime and the economy.

Democrat Tim Keller is facing Republican Dan Lewis in a runoff Tuesday, a day after a city ethics board ruled Keller violated campaign finance laws.

The board did not issue sanctions against Keller, who has been successful in past campaigns for a state legislative seat and the state auditor's post.

Mystery of the Christmas Star Opens November 20

Nov 14, 2017
Farmer's Almanac

For centuries, astronomers have debated over what exactly the Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible, actually was – if it existed at all. Was it a nova? A supernova? Or perhaps a planetary conjunction?

KRWG-TV, New Mexico State University’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate is airing a three-part documentary series on Vietnam veterans in New Mexico from Nov. 13-15.

The series is scheduled to run at 7 p.m. on KRWG, channel 22 in Las Cruces. The series will run again in its entirety on channel 22 in Las Cruces from 7-10 p.m. on Nov. 28.

“Our Stories: Vietnam” series serves as a supplement to Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War,” which aired Sept. 17-28, 2017, on national PBS.

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New Mexico Public Safety, Judiciary Seek More Money

Nov 14, 2017

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public safety and judicial officials are seeking budget increases for the next fiscal year as crime rates remain high.

The Legislative Finance Committee is hearing this week from the agencies as the panel prepares to craft spending priorities ahead of the next legislative session in January.

Committee officials noted that New Mexico in 2016 had the second highest rate for violent crime in the Unites States and the highest property crime rate among states.

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Alamogordo NOW

Nov 14, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the story of an 11 year old boy with autism who invited his classmates to his birthday party and no one showed up.      

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Dunn May Run For New Mexico Governor As Libertarian

Nov 13, 2017
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new political avenue toward statewide elected office and Congress may be opening in New Mexico as the Libertarian Party achieves major party status, giving its candidates ready access to the ballot in 2018.

Failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 won a historic consolation prize for the Libertarian Party by surpassing 5 percent of the popular vote in his home state of New Mexico, thereby lowering daunting signature requirements for Libertarian candidates.

What does it take to be successful in business? 

To answer this question, six business owners are sharing their experiences with New Mexico State University College of Business students in the Business Creation and Valuation course.

This semester’s speakers are NMSU alumni Victor Arnold of Tempe, Arizona, and formerly of Las Cruces; Bobby Lutz of Dallas; Scott Williams of Dallas; Ross McCallister of Tucson, Arizona; and Bobby Martinez of Alamogordo; and NMSU supporter Gary Mallory of Albuquerque.

Body Found In Farmington Park Identified As An Arizona Woman

Nov 13, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington say the body of a woman found in a park last week has been identified as an Arizona resident.

They announced Monday the body was that of 29-year-old Vanessa Tsosie of Red Valley, Arizona.

Police say they are investigating the case as a homicide.

Officers were dispatched on the morning of Nov. 5 about an injured female lying in Brook Haven Park West.

They arrived and found the woman was dead and police say signs of trauma were present on the body.

New Mexico's Renewable Energy Standard Up For Debate

Nov 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and the Union of Concerned Scientists say New Mexico is at a crossroads and has an opportunity to adopt policies that will encourage the development of more renewable energy.

They presented their case Monday for boosting the percentage of electricity that New Mexico utility customers get from renewable resources from 20 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by 2030 and more in subsequent years.

Board: Dem Broke Campaign Rules In Albuquerque Mayor's Race

Nov 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ethics board says Democratic Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller broke campaign finance rules when his publicly financed campaign accepted "in-kind" cash donations.

Missile Test Forces Highway Closures Thursday

Nov 13, 2017

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Nov. 13, 2017) - An upcoming missile test
scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Nov. 16, will require the closure of
two state highways and War Road several times during the day.
     The test will require the closure of U.S. 54 between the McGregor Range
exit and Orogrande, U.S. 70 between San Augustin Pass and Alamogordo as well
as a portion of War Road from 14 miles north of Dona Ana Range Camp to the
El Paso Gate. The blocks are expected to start at 7:50 a.m. and 9:10 a.m.
and are expected to last an hour each.

Las Cruces-Area Aerospace Company Executive Arrested For Alleged Fraud

Nov 13, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The head of a New Mexico company that drew national attention for developing an electronic flying vehicle has been arrested for fraud and embezzlement.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports Dumitru Popescu was arrested in Jonesboro, Georgia, last week and then extradited to southern New Mexico. He's the CEO of Arca Space Corporation — a Las Cruces company that develops commercial space launchers.

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Haskell Moorman Monroe, Jr., former president of The University of Texas at El Paso, died Monday, Nov. 13, in College Station, Texas. He was 86 years old.

Man Who Declared Candidacy For Congress In New Mexico Arrested

Nov 13, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man running for the state's southern congressional seat as a Democrat has been arrested for stalking.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that David Alcon (al-COHN') was arrested Friday at an Albuquerque apartment complex after authorities had been searching for him for nearly two weeks.

New Mexico Museum Of Art 100th Birthday Events

Nov 13, 2017

  New Mexico’s artistic past, present and future converge during 2017 as the New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates its 100th birthday! As part of this historic reopening, the Museum of Art also unveils three new exhibitions.

On November 25, 2017, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that historic first day, as well as the century since, the Museum will host a free, all ages, day-long birthday event from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Museum, on the surrounding streets, as well as on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Points of interest during the party include:

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