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  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Jeanne Hetzel Quintero of Las Cruces to the Dona Ana County Magistrate Court. The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Conrad Perea.

New Mexico Lawmakers' Expenses Top $68K For Special Session

Jun 5, 2017

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — A three-day special session for the New Mexico Legislature cost taxpayers more than $68,000.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that the 70-member House of Representatives received $42,294 and the 42-member Senate received $26,212 in expense and mileage reimbursements for a trip last month to the New Mexico State Capitol.

Gov. Susana Martinez called legislators in after she vetoed the entire budgets for higher education and the bill to balance the operating budget with a menu of tax and fee increases.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – A 1995 Irvin High School graduate and El Paso, Texas native is a part of Naval Forces Central Command keeping watch over one of the world’s most volatile regions at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM  – Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.

The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a remote area of the desert south of Radium Springs after a 39-year-old El Paso woman became stuck in the desert with her two small children.

   At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, deputies were dispatched to a welfare check near County Road D053 and Del Rey Boulevard, just east of Interstate 25. When they arrived, they found Melissa Arroyos and her two children, ages one and two years, in their inoperable Chevy Trailblazer.

New Mexico marks 50th anniversary of Chicano courthouse raid

Jun 5, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is marking the 50th anniversary of a violent courthouse raid by Mexican-American activists that generated national attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement.

Various events around the state are scheduled this week to commemorate the raid that is still hotly debated in the American Southwest.

The raid was connected to age-old Spanish land grant disputes and catapulted Texas-born activist Reies Lopez Tijerina into the national spotlight as a radical Chicano leader.

New Mexico moves forward with bail reforms

Jun 5, 2017

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's judiciary is taking final steps toward overhauling its bail and pretrial detention system by adopting detailed rules for determining whether defendants remain in jail as they awaiting judgment.

The Supreme Court on Monday issued comprehensive procedures for district, metropolitan, magistrate, municipal and appellate courts to determine if and when defendants can be released.

New Mexico has joined a growing number of states in adopting risk-based approaches to releasing defendants that put less emphasis on money and bail.

New Mexico looks to boost enrollment in child care program

Jun 5, 2017
Monique Jacobson

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of low-income families tapping into government-funded child care assistance is steadily increasing, but New Mexico officials say two-thirds of those who are eligible have yet to enroll.

Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson says her agency is working to raise awareness about the program as New Mexico's elected leaders look for ways to tackle generational poverty issues.

It won't be from sea-to-sea; how long will border wall be?

Jun 5, 2017
Simon Thompson

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House insists that plans for President Donald Trump's border wall are on track despite resistance from Congress. What it's not saying is how it envisions the wall these days.

Trump's promise to build a "big beautiful wall" and have Mexico pay for it was a campaign rallying cry. It conjured images of an imposing structure spanning the 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) of America's southern border, too tall and strong for foreigners to dare cross illegally.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 5, 2017

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, a new studio opens to woo indie filmmakers and shedding the rural label for the borderplex.   

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Richardson helped broker deal to provide care for chimps

Jun 4, 2017
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson helped broker a deal that provides long-term care for chimpanzees in northern Liberia that were part of a research colony.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2rq3UHf) that funding for the chimps' care had dwindled and was then cut short by the New York Blood Center, which for decades had used the animals to test hepatitis B vaccines and other treatments.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jun 4, 2017

I-10 & Mesa

Overnight

Monday, June 5 

9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning

·     I-10 Eastbound will close completely at the North Mesa Exit (Exit 11).

·     The Resler Flyover Ramp will close.

Detour: Traffic on I-10 East will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11), take North Mesa Street to Doniphan Drive, and take Doniphan Drive to Sunland Park Drive. Vehicles will be able to enter I-10 East from Sunland Park Drive. Follow the detour signs.

77-year-old Las Cruces Man Reported Missing

Jun 4, 2017

Las Cruces Police are asking for the public’s help locating a 77-year-old man reported missing Saturday and whose health might put him in danger.

Donald Fonte was last seen at his home, on the 2900 block of Majestic Terrace, at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Fonte told his wife that he was going to the dog park at 300 N. Hermosa St. in Las Cruces. It’s not known if he made it the park or not.

Pantsuit Power Workshops Train Nearly 100 Organizers

Jun 3, 2017

Commentary: Rio Rancho, NM –  Today, the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women’s Pantsuit Power Workshops trained nearly one hundred new organizers to create meaningful change and work to combat the reckless agenda being pushed by the Trump administration and Republicans in the state.

During the event, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, emphasized the importance of organizing as part of his keynote address, “This is not just about the next election, this is about the future of our country.”

 

Additional F-16 Aircraft Moving To Holloman This Summer

Jun 3, 2017
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WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce welcomed the U.S. Air Force’s announcement it has completed the Environmental Impact Assessment for the relocation of two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU). The assessment found no significant impact, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson gave final approval to begin moving the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Holloman.

New Art Exhibit To Open In Las Cruces

Jun 3, 2017
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke [Crow]), Four Seasons: Spring, 2006, archival pigment print, edition 19/28

Las Cruces, NM—The University Art Gallery (UAG) at NMSU is proud to present an exhibition of tour de force artworks—several new additions to the permanent collection acquired over the past two years. Works including those by Joshua Shane Flores, Felice House, Zachery Lechtenberg, Mónica Martínez, Jason Middlebrook, Jenny Morgan, Christine Nguyen, Wendy Red Star, Jim Waid, Terri Warpinski, Kerianne Quick, and selections from the Don M. Gonzales Poster Collection will be on view from June 9 through August 18, 2017.

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  EL PASO— Last March, a survey for additional Native American rock paintings, also known as pictographs, began at 

On Saturday, June 3, 2017 there will be a “Stand for Duranguito” solidarity march where organizations, including Paso del Sur, the Border Farmworkers Center, the Association for Applied Borderlands History, the Lincoln Center Conservation Committee, MEChA, Familias Unidas, La Mujer Obrera, and Father Rafael Garcia of Sacred Heart Catholic Church will join the residents and small vendors of Duranguito to say “Barrio Duranguito, you are not alone! We are with you!” The march will begin following the press conference that is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Firemen’s Memorial Park, 316 W.

NMSU researcher aims to educate public about bed bug prevention

Jun 3, 2017

You may think the best way to deal with a bed bug problem is to only use insecticides. But many people often overlook the importance of using non-chemical methods and, more importantly, preventing the bugs in the first place. This is particularly critical in multi-unit housing buildings where bed bugs are very difficult to eliminate. 

Alvaro Romero, from New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is working with other researchers to educate the public about preventing bed bugs.

PBS Kids to ‘take over’ NMSU’s KRWG studios

Jun 3, 2017

New Mexico State University’s KRWG television station will officially launch the PBS Kids 24/7 channel with a public open house Saturday, June 17.

Clifford, Cat In The Hat and Super Why! will greet families during the open house to celebrate the airing of the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel on Channel 22.3. 

Guests will be treated to storytelling, drawing tables and a red carpet experience with the stars of the Kids Channel from 9-11 a.m. in the Milton Hall facilities on the NMSU campus.

RUIDOSO – The influence of drought cycles on rangeland and cattle management options will be the theme for the second annual Sustainable Rangelands Symposium Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22, at the Ruidoso Conference Center, 811 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are co-hosting the event that will follow the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association conference.

Las Cruces-Area Inmate Charged Following Jail Stabbing

Jun 3, 2017

  

A Doña Ana County Detention Center inmate has been charged with possession of a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used a makeshift knife to stab another inmate.

Unknown Child Found Near El Paso

Jun 3, 2017

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is working with the El Paso Police Department to identify a child who was found alone near the U.S. / Mexico border.

A male child, believed to be 2-3 years old, possibly with the name “Luis” was located on February 22, 2017 in Cd Juarez, Mexico.  The child has a small birthmark above his eye, and has short brown hair. When he was found, he was wearing blue sweatpants, black shoes and a shirt.

Law enforcement believes the child may be a U.S. citizen due to his fluency in English.

Interview: Rep. Steve Pearce

Jun 2, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Fred Martino interviews Rep. Steve Pearce regarding many recent issues in the news, including the Republican health care plan and the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

In Depth: New Mexico considering changes to Medicaid program

Jun 2, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say keeping costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents is the focus as they propose changes to the Medicaid program to ensure sustainability as enrollment grows.

More than a quarter-million state residents have enrolled since the program's expansion in 2014. Now, more than 40 percent of children, the disabled and other low-income adults in New Mexico are covered.

Albuquerque mayor vetoes city budget, drafts new plan

Jun 2, 2017
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has vetoed the city budget sent to him by councilors.

Berry says the budget sent to him last month was not fiscally sound, so he and two councilors have come up with a new one. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qJUtDU ) the new $528.9 million budget will be presented Monday at a City Council meeting.

Attorney General: UNM Spending Review Will Continue

Jun 2, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on University of New Mexico Athletics Department spending (all times local):

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's pleased that University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs is stepping down but that his office's look at athletic department spending will continue.

Balderas says in a statement reacting to Krebs' announcement Friday of his intention to retire June 30 that public officials who leave office "can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office."

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs, who has faced intense criticism for spending public money on a 2015 golf trip to Scotland that included athletics officials and private donors, abruptly announced Friday that he is stepping down.

In a letter to acting school President Chaouki Abdallah, Krebs requested approval for retirement and said he wanted to step down for a while. "However, I believe my retirement at this time is in my best interest and the University's," Krebs wrote without directly mentioning the spending controversy.

The Latest: New Mexico MVD Says Computer Systems Back Up

Jun 1, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Motor Vehicle Division computer problems (all times local):

1 p.m.

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division says its computer systems are working again.

The division had reported Thursday morning that it was unable to process computer-based transactions because its computer systems were temporarily down.

A later announcement says an error in the implementation of an update in the computer system has been corrected and that all systems are operational.

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Medical Pot Producer Sues Over New Mexico State Fair Display

Jun 1, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's licensed medical marijuana producers is suing Expo New Mexico officials over refusal to let the company display its products at the state fair later this year.

Attorneys for Ultra Health Inc. filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, alleging that the company's constitutional rights to free speech and due process are being violated.

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