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The Latest: US Agency: Study Of Cultural Sites Is Ongoing

Mar 2, 2018
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on lease sales in the Chaco Canyon region (all times local):

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Federal land managers say they are working on an ongoing analysis of nearly 5,500 cultural sites in a portion of northwestern New Mexico that had been slated for oil and gas leasing.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced late Thursday that he directed the Bureau of Land Management to defer a scheduled lease sale that included parcels near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park so the analysis could be completed.

Navajo President Says He'll OK Emergency Head Start Funding

Mar 2, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo President Russell Begaye says he'll approve $6.3 million in emergency funding for the tribe's Head Start program.

His decision comes after a federal judge denied the tribe's request to block a funding cut from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The judge said the tribe didn't show it would suffer irreparable harm.

Begaye said Friday the tribe needs consistency in employment at Head Start centers so parents can access the program.

NMSU’s pecan conference to host regional speakers in Las Cruces

Mar 2, 2018

An update on the western pecan weevil insect, how farming is adapting to city standards and a discussion on the roots of pecan trees will be among the presentations at this year’s annual Western Pecan Growers Association conference and trade show March 4-6.

A Natural Resource In Las Cruces: Learn to Protect and Care for Your Soil

Mar 2, 2018

In the desert, we value our limited resource of water. Yet there is another resource right underneath our feet that needs our care - the plentiful soil. When you learn more about the type of soil you are planting in, how to prepare and enrich it with nutrients, and protect it with mulches, you will use less water in your garden and produce stronger plants with more prolific harvests.

In Focus interview with Jeff Apodaca, Democratic primary candidate for Governor of New Mexico.  

WASHINGTON—In keeping with the Administration’s priorities of being a good neighbor and building trust with tribal governments, the Bureau of Land Management today announced that it would defer its March 8 New Mexico oil and gas lease sale near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that he directed the BLM to defer its scheduled Farmington Field Office lease sale so the agency could complete an ongoing analysis of more than 5,000 cultural sites in the proposed leasing area. 

Udall Statement On Resignation Of US Ambassador to Mexico

Mar 2, 2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation:

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On March 6, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management is planning a prescribed burn at the Dripping Springs Natural Area, near Las Cruces.  Weather permitting, the burn will be conducted in the morning.  Smoke will be highly visible to the City of Las Cruces and the surrounding communities.

Las Cruces RoadRUNNER Transit Implements Bus Route Changes

Mar 2, 2018

Las Cruces public transit customers will see new changes in the City’s bus service on March 26, 2018. RoadRUNNER Transit will implement the next phase in its Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) which will return bus service to the Solano Corridor and Evelyn/Madrid areas, improve service between Downtown and New Mexico State University (NMSU), reverse bus route on Elks Drive and Del Rey Boulevard to provide better access to medical clinics, and increase frequency of service between the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal (MVITT) and Picacho Avenue.

New Mexico State University’s Honor College in conjunction with the American Indian Program will welcome Michele Companion, a sociology professor at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, to campus at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, for Taking Root: Confronting Urban Native American Food Challenges Through Empowerment and Community. 

The lecture will be at the American Indian Student Center on campus where Companion will discuss the opportunities, constraints and challenges for local urban gardening programs. 

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Issues & Answers: The New Mexico Economic Forum

Mar 2, 2018

Fred Martino hosts this forum with New Mexico State University economists Dr. Chris Erickson and Dr. Jim Peach. They discuss national, regional, and local economic conditions. We'll also visit Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to hear ideas for boosting the economy from a diverse group of citizens.

Your Weekend Pulse

Mar 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, Cowboy Days at Farm and Ranch Museum this weekend featuring Josh Grider, a ballet at Atkinson Recital Hall, an art show featuring Robert Highsmith, a back by noon outing to Aden Crater, and Saturday Family Science at the Museum of Nature and Science.    

Sam Donaldson to Moderate New Mexico Congressional Forum

Mar 2, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sam Donaldson is scheduled to moderate a debate for candidates in seek of the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in central New Mexico.

The former ABC News White House Correspondent is slated Saturday to ask questions to the seven congressional hopefuls seeking to replace Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Grisham is not seeking re-election and is running for New Mexico governor.

The El Paso, Texas, resident Donaldson has close ties to New Mexico.

Gov. Martinez Signs Auto-Theft, Daycare Legislation

Mar 2, 2018
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation signed Thursday by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is aimed at deterring auto theft, protecting domestic violence victims, improving daycare for toddlers and encouraging businesses to hire youths raised in foster homes.

The Republican governor signed an assortment of nearly 20 bills that were sponsored by Democrats and GOP allies, while rejecting a proposed fee on pet food manufacturers to pay for dog and cat sterilizations as a wrongheaded tax increase.

Las Cruces Barber Shop Owner, Convicted Sex Offender, Arrested

Mar 1, 2018

 A Las Cruces man who was operating a barber shop has been arrested on charges that he failed to notify his probation officer about his business location. A subsequent investigation also accuses the man of enticing an underage girl.

Non-Hispanic Woman Named Garcia Loses Discrimination Case

Mar 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a discrimination claim by a former public school bus driver who says she was fired because she is not Hispanic, even though her last name is Garcia.

In a ruling Thursday, the court found insufficient evidence to show discriminatory action in the dismal of the bus driver Natalie Garcia by Hatch Valley Public Schools in southern New Mexico. It noted job performance problems.

Garcia describes her national origin as German and says she is not of Hispanic ethnicity.

Holtec Proposal To Store Spent Nuclear Fuel Advances

Mar 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is beginning a detailed safety, security and environmental review of an application to store spent nuclear fuel from power plants at a temporary facility in southeastern New Mexico.

The commission announced Thursday the proposal from Holtec International is sufficiently complete to begin the technical review process that eventually involves expert testimony and public comment.

Mississippi Man Gets Prison Sentence In New Mexico Drug Case

Mar 1, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Charterious Laquess Moore of Westpoint was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque and will serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Federal drug agents arrested Moore in January 2017 after seizing nearly 465 grams of methamphetamine from him during an interdiction investigation in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and Chief James Gimler of the Hatch Police Department announced that Jesse Denver Hanes, who shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez on Aug. 12, 2016, was sentenced today to a lifetime of imprisonment for his conviction on federal firearms and carjacking charges arising out of his efforts to evade arrest following the shooting.  Hanes also was ordered to pay a total of $38,553.02 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.  Hanes, 40, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced this morning on his federal conviction by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M.

Michael Hernandez

Many children dream of going to space once they grow up. In the meantime, Alamogordo middle and high school students experienced the next best thing by meeting NASA astronauts in-person and live from the International Space Station.

Heinrich, Flake, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

Mar 1, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2017) --  Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which allow semi-automatic firearms to materially increase their rate of fire and effectively operate as fully automatic weapons.

A bump stock was used by the shooter during the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting which resulted in the deaths of 59 people, including the gunman.

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Mar 1, 2018

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New Mexico State Facing Calls to Recruit More Black Students

Mar 1, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is facing calls from some black students to make campus more diverse.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports members from the Black Students Association recently submitted demands to the provost's office that they say would help diversify the campus.

Student Darnicia Holt says the list of demands included increasing diversity among administration, faculty and students at NMSU.

Black students comprised about 2.8 percent of the main campus population of 14,432.

Judge to Review Report on New Mexico Welfare Benefits

Mar 1, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to review a report on whether New Mexico is providing timely access to emergency food benefits and health coverage under Medicaid.

Thursday's hearing is part of an ongoing legal battle over the state Human Services Department's progress in meeting court orders related to a backlog of food and medical assistance claims.

Prison Awaits Former New Mexico State Senator

Mar 1, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego has been ordered to turn himself over to state corrections officials no later than March 9 to enter prison.

A court order was filed on Wednesday that sets a deadline for Griego to begin serving 18 months with the state Department of Corrections.

Griego has been convicted by a jury of fraud, bribery and other charges stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

El Paso Joins the United Soccer League for 2019 Season

Feb 28, 2018
Photo courtesy Ivan Pierre Aguirre / El Paso USL

  EL PASO, Texas – United Soccer League (USL) officials announced today that El Paso, Texas will be the next addition to the league for the 2019 season, continuing the USL’s growth in the Southwest United States. The new club will be led by MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG), which also owns and operates the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. The group is also a minority owner of FC Juaréz of Mexico’s Liga Ascenso.