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Free Las Cruces Bus Transportation on Election Day

Nov 4, 2016
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Area voters will be able to ride RoadRUNNER transit for free on Election Day. No bus pass, cash fare or voter ID is required. The free rides apply to both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride.

According to transit administrator Mike Bartholomew, the typical fare revenue loss on any fare-free day ranges from $500 - $550 per weekday. 

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is hosting two guided hikes in the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument on November 19 and December 17, 2016.  The Monument is located off Picacho Blvd., a half mile east of Shalem Colony and Rocky Acres Road on Permian Tracks Road in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is hosting two focus group meetings to discuss recreation use and management in the 496,330-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  The two meetings will be held on the New Mexico State University Campus in the Corbett Center’s first-floor Otero Room on November 12 at 10 a.m. and November 18 at 7 p.m.

 

Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, to speak at WNMU, Silver City

Nov 4, 2016

  Juan Felipe Herrera will give a talk about his life and work at Light Hall, WNMU on Monday November 21st. There will be a cocktail meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. on the patio, followed by the talk from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by WNMU and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, this event is free and open to the public.

A group of students at New Mexico State University are getting hands-on experience with research that will benefit not only their overall learning experience, but the learning experiences of those utilizing outreach programs offered by the university.

Six undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines are working at the STEM Outreach Alliance Research Lab, or SOAR Lab, which is housed at NMSU’s College of Education. The lab came about in the spring as part of the reorganization of the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. 

Las Cruces Library Offers Free Computer Classes in November

Nov 4, 2016

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to announce that free computer literacy classes will be held in the Computer Training Lab, second floor, during the month of November. Registration is not required, however, only the first eight attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits.

Intro to Computers: The Basics – Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lecture will focus on NMSU professors’ travels in Ireland

Nov 4, 2016

After spending the summer leading students around Ireland, New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Dan Dugas and Associate Professor Eric Morgan are presenting “Journey through the Emerald Isle” as the next talk for the Global Connections series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dugas and Morgan’s lecture will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

LAS CRUCES---The Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) will be holding its annual “Thanksgiving of Hope” open house on Sunday, November 13th from 12:30 to 2:30pm.  

New Mexico State University will host Military and Veterans Appreciation week, Nov. 11-19, to honor NMSU students, faculty and staff members who have served or are serving in the armed forces. 

The week is made possible thanks to the combined effort of the Military and Veterans Programs, the Military and Family Communication Team, the Air Force and Army ROTC in the College of Arts and Sciences and the NMSU Student Veterans Organization.

Two Events to Honor Gene Roddenberry

Nov 4, 2016

  On Saturday afternoon, November 12, engage with the panel session The Trek Connection: How Gene Roddenberry Changed the World. Special guests will be David Stipes, Emmy award winning special effects expert, Bill Craft, author of Maybe We Need A Letter From God, and potentially David Gerrold author of Star Trek’s most famous episode The Trouble With Tribbles. Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll will be the panel moderator. The panel sessions will be held in the New Horizons Theater on the campus of the museum at 1:00 and 3:00.

‘HomeGrown’ event showcases New Mexico food products in Las Cruces

Nov 4, 2016

LAS CRUCES -- Food produced in New Mexico is showcased at the third-annual event, “HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market,” on Nov. 19-20 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Vendors from around the state will sell their products as the gift-giving season approaches. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Admission is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 vehicles each day receive a free, burlap shopping bag. The bags can also be purchased at the event for $5.

Governor of Durango, Mexico, Jose Rosas Aispuro Torres, Ph.D.; members of his delegation; and Consul General of Mexico in El Paso Marcos Bucio met Nov. 3, 2016 with UTEP President Diana Natalicio to announce Durango's commitment of scholarship funds and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and collaboration between the government of Durango and UTEP.

  Ridership continues to grow, up 21 percent, month over month in October.   New bus stops, student and work trips have contributed to ridership growth of 37 percent since July. 

New bus service to El Paso will begin on Monday, November 14, 2016.   Service on the Purple route will be extended from the Sunland Park Casino to El Paso’s Westside Transit Center located on Remcon Circle and additional peak service on the Red Route in the afternoon.    More details available on our website, and Facebook page.   

State Auditor Releases Special Audit of UNMH’s Indigent Care Program

Nov 4, 2016
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  SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the indigent care program at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH). Advocates and policymakers have long sought more transparency about revenues and expenses related to healthcare for economically disadvantaged people. The special audit, conducted by an independent audit firm, examined UNMH’s indigent care costs and funding from fiscal year 2014 to 2016.The audit found that UNMH had a total funding shortfall of over $60 million, despite a reduction in indigent care costs of 50% from 2014 to 2016.

The nonpartisan government watchdog group Common Cause New Mexico says it will help deploy 140 volunteer observers to polls across the state on election day as a precaution against voter intimidation and other difficulties.

Common Cause Executive Director Viki Harrison said Thursday that concerns about possible interference with voting are heightened this year because of calls by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his supporters to watch for fraud at the polls. Trump has made repeated and unsubstantiated warnings about "rigged" elections.

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With New Mexico in the middle of a budget crisis, cities and counties around the state are going to have to look for new ways to boost behavioral health services and fight the effects of opioid abuse.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins made the comments while visiting Washington, D.C., for a meeting hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In the Dona Ana County Detention Center, more than 40 percent of the jail population is being treated for mental illness. But jails serving as mental health treatment facilities is not by design and there are regional efforts to address the number of mentally ill people in a criminal justice system designed to incarcerate, not to deliver mental health care.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a mentally ill person going through a crisis or episode is more likely to encounter a police officer than they are to get the medical attention they actually need.  

Your Weekend Pulse!

Nov 4, 2016

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 and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the 45th Annual Renaissance Faire and runway for change. 

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45th Annual Renaissance Arts Faire This Weekend

Nov 4, 2016

The 45th Annual Renaissance Arts Faire takes place this weekend. Edmundo Resendez spoke with Kathleen Albers, Executive Director of the Dona Ana Arts Council and Bob Diven who is the creator of Magellan the Dragon and performs during the faire. 

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The Latest: GOP Political Committee Splurges In New Mexico

Nov 3, 2016

The Latest on political spending in New Mexico (all times local):

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A Republican-aligned political committee that is behind a stream of negative campaign advertising in New Mexico spent $1.1 million during the past month.

Filings on Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office show that Advance New Mexico Now spent the money on media buys, research polling and other expenses during a four week period ending Nov. 1. It raised $500,000 from contributors.

Balloon Fiesta Attendance Drops

Nov 3, 2016

This year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta marked nearly 840,000 visits and attracted 550 registered balloon teams from more than a dozen countries around the world.

Fiesta officials recapped the 45th annual event Thursday. They say the balloons that lifted off — including more than 100 special-shaped balloons — represented 19 countries and 43 states.

As for the number of visits, this year's total of 839,309 was down from 2015's estimated 955,700. Officials say that's still more than the five-year average of 817,899.

El Paso Electric to build solar facility at Holloman base

Nov 3, 2016

Holloman Air Force Base is partnering with El Paso Electric to build a solar facility.

The new 5 megawatt facility will be dedicated to the base and is estimated to cost $13 million to construct. Groundbreaking is planned for December and the facility is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

The planned solar project will be the first El Paso Electric solar facility that will serve only Holloman. The facility is expected to generate enough energy to power 1,800 homes.

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New Mexico teacher attendance requirement sparks 'surprise'

Nov 3, 2016

A revamped New Mexico teacher evaluation changed after a court ruling is sparking criticism from some northern New Mexico educators. Santa Fe and Los Alamos school leaders are surprised that attendance now will be a required part of the teacher evaluation system.

The state Public Education Department now requires attendance to be factored in to teachers' performance evaluations after a judge ruled the evaluation system needed to be more uniform. Before, state officials gave school district the option to use attendance among other factors.

Las Cruces Public Schools Selects New Superintendent

Nov 3, 2016
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Las Cruces School Board unanimously voted to choose Dr. Gregory Ewing from Marietta, Georgia as the new Superintendent for Las Cruces Public Schools.

Dr. Ewing accepted the Superintendent position on the phone saying it would be an “honor and privilege” to a round of applause from those at the meeting.

School Board President Maria Flores says Ewing’s experience set him apart, especially with students learning English as a second language.

New Mexico Suspect Charged With Killing Albuquerque Officer

Nov 3, 2016

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says prosecutors have filed murder charge against a man suspected of shooting and killing an Albuquerque police officer more than a year ago.

Suspect Davon Lymon has a lengthy criminal history and has been held on federal drug and weapons charges since October 2015 arrest.

Balderas says the murder charge plus four other felony charges were filed against Lymon on Thursday.

Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Several Albuquerque-Area Banks

Nov 3, 2016

A man accused of robbing five Albuquerque-area banks and attempting to rob a sixth has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Christopher James Baum of Albuquerque entered his plea Thursday.

Under terms of his plea agreement, Baum will be sentenced within the range of 20 to 30 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

Baum was arrested two months ago after allegedly committing the offenses from Aug. 16-30.

Voice Of The Public 2016 Election Special

Nov 3, 2016

What an election year it has been! It certainly has not been boring! Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host today for Voice of the Public, join us for a 2016 election special! From the national presidential race to local politics, what’s on your mind on the eve of the election? Did you vote early? Are you still undecided? Undecided? How is that even possible? It’s an open line show! Our special guests today are Dr. Fred Martino, Content Director for KRWG-TV and FM, and Dr. Nancy Baker author and retired government professor at New Mexico State University.

 Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has partnered with the Americas Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) and the Burrell Institute of Health Policy & Research (BIHPR) to host the XIII AMET-BCOM International Conference on Chronic Diseases from November 8 to November 11 on the BCOM campus at 3501 Arrowhead Drive in Las Cruces on the New Mexico State University campus.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Nov 3, 2016

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.

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The man shot Oct. 26 at a residence on Keathley Drive is now charged with three felonies for his involvement in what detectives believe was a home invasion robbery.

Diego Vallejo, 18, of the 1700 block of Hamiel Drive, is charged with felony counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. He also faces a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.

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