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Public Comments Support Increased Campaign Finance Transparency In New Mexico

Jul 24, 2017
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today released details of the robust participation by New Mexicans during the public comment period on her proposed campaign finance rule, which is intended to provide much needed guidance regard

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill to Block Inhumane Immigration Roundups at Sensitive Locations

Jul 24, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom  Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are cosponsoring legislation to prevent immigration agents from conducting enforcement operations at sensitive locations like elementary schools where parents are dropping off their children, health care centers that provide critical services to the community, or places of worship without prior approval and exigent circumstances.

Artesia Residents Hope Water Boil Advisory May End Soon

Jul 24, 2017

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Residents in a southeastern New Mexico community are hoping that a week-long water boil advisory will be lifted soon.

The Artesia Daily Press reports that test results of 10 water samples tested negative for any bacteria in Artesia this weekend. If state officials come up with the same results, the boil advisory could be lifted as early as Monday.

The New Mexico Environment Department issued the boil advisory last weekend, which includes the city of Artesia as well as surrounding homes that rely on the Morningside Water Users Cooperative.

Activists Speak Out Against Canceled Meeting On Jet Fuel Cleanup

Jul 24, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental activists are expressing anger at Kirtland Air Force Base for canceling a meeting on the cleanup of a jet fuel spill in Albuquerque.

Advocates from Citizen Action New Mexico and the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice say they don't see why the air force base and state environmental officials canceled the meeting scheduled for Thursday aimed at giving residents an update on cleanup efforts.

Alaska Native Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane coming to Santa Fe

Jul 24, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alaska Native poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is coming to Santa Fe to give a public reading.

Kane is scheduled to read from her work on Tuesday at the Institute of American Indian Arts as part of the school's "Summer Readers Gathering."

The Inupiaq poet will be joined by poet Carolyn Forché and short story writer Toni Jensen.

Kane grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She is the author of the poetry collections "Hyperboreal."

Monday Business Watch

Jul 24, 2017

  What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Jason Gibbs, Business Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

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“We projected this facility to operate at about 40 tons per day of solid waste and recyclables to the new Chaparral facility,” says Rafael Leos, Deputy Director at the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), “and we’re averaging 37 tons per day since opening day.” After just 7 weeks of operation, the SCSWA has transported 1,874 TONS of material from Chaparral to Corralitos Regional Landfill, 15 miles west of Las Cruces.

I-10 Closures This Week

Jul 23, 2017

I-10 & Sunland

Two Nights

Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24

9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning 

·     I-10 in both directions will close completely at the Sunland Park Exits (Exit 13).

·     The Sunland Park Drive bridge over I-10 will close completely.

I-10 Detour:  Traffic on I-10 will exit at Sunland Park and re-enter I-10 at the next entrance ramp.

Sunland Detours: 

New Mexico MESA high school team repeats as national champion

Jul 22, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – New Mexico MESA students from Deming High School are celebrating another huge accomplishment. At the 2017 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition held in Philadelphia, the Deming High School team beat thousands of students and again won first place honors on June 23. 

“We entered the competition with one goal in mind, to defend our National Championship and we did just that!” said team captain David Velez, a junior at Deming High. “We are back-to-back National Champions – it is a dream come true.”

Las Cruces man pleads guilty to sexually abusing seven-year-old

Jul 22, 2017

LAS CRUCES –  Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Friday announced that Noel Mendoza, 31, of Las Cruces, pleaded guilty Thursday to coercing a seven-year-old girl into performing a sexual act on him in 2016.

Mendoza was arrested June 28, 2016, after the victim in the case disclosed during a forensic interview that Mendoza had used chocolate syrup to entice her into performing a sexual act on him. The interview was being conducted in connection with an investigation into another case. The victim is a relative of Mendoza’s. 

Las Cruces Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Family Dollar

Jul 21, 2017

Las Cruces Police are investigating an armed robbery committed Thursday evening at a local Family Dollar store.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, officers were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Family Dollar store, 745 N. Valley Dr. Investigators learned that a man, believed to be in his mid-20s, displayed a handgun and ordered employees to give him money.

The employees handed over cash from one of the registers and the suspect fled from the store in a white vehicle. No injuries were reported.

 Commentary: With more details of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election emerging daily, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to address threats to America’s campaign finance system.

Seven Arrests in New Mexico Underage Human Trafficking Operation

Jul 21, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department announced the successful result of a joint operation targeting commercial sex trafficking of minors in Albuquerque. Seven men were arrested this week in Albuquerque during the operation for soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a 15-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover BCSO deputy. The men all attempted to pay $40 to $200 to have sex with 15-year-old girls.

Murals of Las Cruces Project

On Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the Murals of Las Cruces Project will host a “launch party” for their new website at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

The afternoon will begin with a panel discussion titled “Street Art: A Public Conversation,” and will be followed by an after party with refreshments in celebration of the launch of muralsoflascruces.com.

Las Cruces Woman Suspected of Stabbing Boyfriend

Jul 21, 2017

Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of stabbing her boyfriend during an argument on Thursday.

Danae Lynn Wingard, 29, of the 1700 block of Payne Street, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stabbing victim at Mountainview Regional Medical Center. Officers arrived to find a 28-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his back. His injuries were not life-threatening.

New Mexico Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit Delayed Again

Jul 21, 2017
Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

  Santa Fe – A lawsuit over New Mexico's teacher evaluation system has been delayed again.  It was scheduled for trial in October.

American Federation of Teachers President New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement: 

Las Cruces Utilities Encourages Careers In The Solid Waste Field

Jul 21, 2017

What gets elementary kids excited at school? Trash trucks!

First through sixth grade students at Desert Trail Elementary in Chaparral made their way outside the classroom for Career Day in mid-May. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Solid Waste Section was there to tell them about career opportunities and about helping to protect the environment.

Commentary: CLOVIS, NM: This week, as House Republicans advanced a budget proposal that includes billions in new immigration enforcement funding and deep cuts to crucial government services, federal immigration agents launched a new wave of deportation raids in Clovis, New Mexico, detaining long-time residents and disrupting the lives of countless families.

Las Cruces, NM –The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Women, Infants, Children program (WIC) along with Children’s Medical Services, Families First and the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) program will host its annual Breastfeeding Celebration on August 04, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano.SaferNM will also be providing free car seat safety checks.

UNM To Offer Writing Classes With D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

Jul 21, 2017

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is partnering with the University of New Mexico Continuing Education to host a series of online creative writing workshops.

The University of New Mexico recently announced the workshops which are aimed at giving writers feedback and the opportunity to work with writing instructors. Classes cater to poets, novelists, short story writers and nonfiction writers.

Courses run from October through November and are limited to 15 participants per class.

New Mexico Land Office Marks Record Oil And Gas Lease Sale

Jul 21, 2017
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
nmstatelands.org

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office says this month's oil and gas lease sale marked an all-time high for the agency, with more than $30 million being earned through the leasing of dozens of tracts in southeastern New Mexico.

Bidders competed for 82 tracts covering nearly 21,000 acres (8,498 hectares) in Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties.

President Trump’s executive actions aiming to enhance border security along with constructing a border wall has drawn criticism from environmental groups who say they are concerned about the impact a wall would have on ecosystems along the border.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Jul 21, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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Man Arrested In Las Cruces Area Stabbing Investigation

Jul 20, 2017

A Chaparral man was taken into custody Wednesday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest in a stabbing investigation.

Trump Administration Promises More Terrorizing Immigration Raids

Jul 20, 2017
facebook.com (donald trump)

Commentary:   The Hill reported that the Trump administration plans to use federal law enforcement agents in a campaign against American cities and counties who have challenged the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda.

  CARLSBAD, NM – In compliance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Carlsbad Caverns National Park proposes increasing the general admission fee from $10 to $12 per person (age 16 and older) beginning October 1, 2017. Visitors 15 and younger will continue to be admitted for free. Thirteen years ago, FLREA was established to ensure recreation fees are reinvested to improve visitor services and provide similar experiences for future visitors.

Lawsuits claim Texas loopholes allow illegal air emissions

Jul 20, 2017

  FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten Texas air pollution control permits that it says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions, according to five federal lawsuits filed against the agency Thursday.

  CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

Texas sued again over abortion year after Supreme Court loss

Jul 20, 2017

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over a new ban on a common abortion procedure that other Republican-controlled states have also tried outlawing in recent years.

The lawsuit filed Thursday comes one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sweeping anti-abortion measures in Texas that prompted more than half of the state's abortion clinics to close after 2013.

Texas Republicans were undeterred by the ruling, and Gov. Greg Abbott began signing new abortion restrictions in June.

New Mexico museums' revenue increases, attendance declines

Jul 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue is up at New Mexico's state-run museums, despite the fact that fewer people are visiting them.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2uNc6of ) both results can be attributed in part to an increase in the price of admission implemented more than a year ago. As part of the admission changes, the museum system now offers state residents one free Sunday a month, rather than free admission every Sunday.

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