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Your Weekend Pulse

Sep 22, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severnson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Above Borders Aerial Dance Festival, the Big Event kicks off, and La Union corn maze kicks off. 

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Jet Aborts Santa Fe Landing After Airport Wind Gauge Problem

Sep 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An American Eagle jet flying from Dallas-Fort Worth aborted its landing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, because of the airport's faulty wind-speed sensor, an airport official said.

After the canceled Tuesday night landing, the flight returned to Texas, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The 38 passengers finally reached their New Mexico destination on a Wednesday morning flight.

Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said the Tuesday flight had to abort because it's against regulations for pilots to land without current wind data.

New Mexico Lawmaker Calls For Inquiry Into Investment Deals

Sep 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker called Thursday for an investigation after questions were raised about political donations from financial firms that have been selected to manage hundreds of millions of dollars in investments by the state of New Mexico.

Rep. Bill McCamley, chairman of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee, has written to Attorney General Hector Balderas to ask for an investigation into any possible violations of state law.

New Mexico Library Shooting Teen Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Sep 21, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The teen accused of killing two people and seriously injuring four at a New Mexico library has waived a scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported Thursday that 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett could potentially face two life sentences and 117 years in prison if convicted.

He has been charged with two counts of murder and numerous other crimes stemming from the Aug. 28 shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. He remains in custody at the Curry County jail.

Eight couples will showcase their best dance moves during the 10th season of Look Who’s Dancing!, the principle fundraiser for New Mexico State University’s Dance Program.

This year, Look Who’s Dancing! will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Pan Am Center. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and younger, and are available at the Pan Am or from dance students and featured community “celebrities.” Tickets purchased at the door will be $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Commentary:  It has been two days since the El Paso City Council deleted an agenda item by city Rep. Cissy Lizarraga to issue a 90-day moratorium on the threat of demolition in violation of a court order in the neighborhood of Duranguito.

By deleted the item, the City Council was able to avoid a transparent discussion about its role in driving the illegal attempt at demolition of buildings in violation of a court order, and its complicity in the ongoing imminent threat of demolition in violation of that order.

Heinrich Decries Senate Republicans Last-Ditch TrumpCare Bill

Sep 21, 2017
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is standing up against President Trump and Senate Republicans' latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He released a video today on his Facebook page calling on New Mexicans to keep speaking out about what they stand to lose under the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal that may come up for a vote before the end of the month.

Health Insurance Rate Hike Sets Record For New Mexico Exchange

Sep 21, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico's subsidized exchange, state Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Wednesday.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Sep 21, 2017

Time now for the Bulletin on the Radio with Edmundo Resendez and Tracy Roy content director the Las Cruces Bulletin. This week, the Picacho Hills Country Club meeting took place to discuss the future of the club, Las Cruces City Council voted in support of DACA, a rally in support of DACA took place at the Domenici Conference, the BLM and an off road club met to discuss trackways, and a preview the southern New Mexico state fair. 

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republican leadership announced that they intend to vote on the dangerous last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill next week before the September 30th deadline: 

School Board Member Denies Role In Embezzlement Case

Sep 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A member of the Albuquerque Public Schools education board on Wednesday denied any role in the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a troubled charter school that she helped to establish.

Mark Lowry, an attorney for Analee Maestas, said in a statement his client was not aware of any alleged criminal activity involving her daughter, Julieanne Maestas, who once worked as the assistant business manager at La Promesa Early Learning Center.

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AgSprint, an accelerator program launched this year at New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurship hub, Arrowhead Center, has been selected as the first and only U.S. host site for the global Future Agro Challenge, an international innovation and entrepreneurial competition for the agricultural technology sector and for all businesses that touch on agriculture.

El Paso Times Editor Resigns In Effort To Save Newsroom Jobs

Sep 20, 2017

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The executive editor of the El Paso Times is leaving the paper after being directed by its parent company to cut newsroom staff.

The Times reports that Robert Moore plans to step aside Oct. 6 in an effort to preserve reporting positions at the paper.

Oil And Gas Lease Nets $6.7 Million For New Mexico

Sep 20, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's latest monthly oil and gas lease sale has netted $6.7 million for the State Land Office.

The agency says that brings earnings for the first quarter of this fiscal year to nearly $50 million. That's more than six times the amount collected during the same period last year.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says the agency is on track for a top-performing year and that means more money flowing into education.

Las Cruces Woman Sentenced In VA Fraud Case

Sep 20, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her conviction on theft of government property and forgery charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Federal prosecutors said 55-year-old Donah Davison will also be required to pay more than $147,000 in restitution as part of the sentence handed down Tuesday.

State Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Proposed Changes To Medicaid

Sep 20, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copays from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid.

State officials will brief lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents.

NM Secretary Of State's Office Defends Campaign Restrictions

Sep 20, 2017


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators are sticking to conclusions that drastically limit Republican Congressman Steve Pearce's access to federal campaign funds as he runs for governor.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a response Tuesday to a lawsuit by Pearce that seeks access to $1 million in campaign contributions held in a federally registered account.

Authorities: Woman Dies After Jumping From Fiance's Moving Car

Sep 20, 2017


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who allegedly jumped from her fiance's moving car near Las Cruces.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Brenda Lenderman was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night.

They say 26-year-old Lauro Hinojosa was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on his own recognizance Sunday.

Sheriff's officials say foul play isn't suspected, but the incident remains under investigation.

Silver City Report

Sep 20, 2017

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter Christine Steele. This week, an update on two long awaited homicide cases, the second annual gay pride festival took place, and improvements are under way for the big ditch.     

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Ex-Electrical Engineer At Los Alamos Gets Prison In Tax Case

Sep 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former electrical engineer who worked at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory for almost 30 years has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Darryl Gutierrez of Santa Fe also was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $174,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gutierrez was indicted in November 2015 on one count of obstructing and impeding the due administration of the internal revenue laws and 10 counts of making and subscribing false tax returns.

Giant Antennas In New Mexico Search For Cosmic Discoveries

Sep 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Employing an array of giant telescopes positioned in the New Mexico desert, astronomers have started a massive surveying project aimed at producing the most detailed view ever made of such a large portion of space using radio waves emitted from throughout the Milky Way and beyond.

AP Analysis: 7 Albuquerque Officers Earned $124K Or More

Sep 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven Albuquerque beat police officers were among the city's top 25 salary earners last year and made more than the mayor thanks to overtime, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of the city of Albuquerque's top earners.

The review found that the seven first class police officers, or beat cops, patrolling New Mexico's largest city took in a salary of at least $124,000 in 2016. By contrasts, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry earned $104,000.

Police: Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Artesia Man

Sep 19, 2017

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Artesia say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man following an argument over alleged stolen property.

Artesia police say 25-year-old Ruben Lopez was arrested Tuesday without incident.

They say 34-year-old Ronald McLean was shot once in the head around 9 p.m. Monday.

Police say they are continuing to obtain testimony from witnesses of the shooting.

It was unclear Tuesday if Lopez has a lawyer yet.

Science Teaching Guidelines Trigger Criticism In New Mexico

Sep 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and educators raised new objections Tuesday to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate "fluctuations."

The New Mexico Public Education Department has suggested several custom additions and deletions as it moves forward with adopting a set of science standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

Police: Shooting Followed Attempted Abduction, Pursuit

Sep 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was killed by Rio Rancho police last month is accused of trying to abduct a Wal-Mart employee before leading officers on a chase in which he rammed other vehicles.

Authorities on Tuesday released more details about the Aug. 22 shooting, saying the events began to unfold outside the store that morning when the female employee was taken at gunpoint from her car. The woman and the suspect struggled over the gun and shots were fired.

College Students To Work On Trails At Carlsbad Caverns

Sep 19, 2017


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A group of college students will be working over the next three months to improve trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The park announced its partnership with the Student Conservation Association on Monday, saying the five-member trail crew will be clearing overgrown vegetation, installing trail markers and building cairns.

The crew will focus on Yucca and Juniper Ridge trails as well as trails in Rattlesnake and Slaughter canyons.

As part of the program, the students will camp in tents and live on small stipends.

Lawmakers Call For Lower Tariffs On Pecan Exports To India

Sep 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter recently to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, saying the high tariffs are affecting American farmers and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers.

Gov. Martinez’s Twisting Of Science Is Dangerous And Bad For Education

Sep 19, 2017

Commentary: Last week, New Mexico’s Public Education Department released proposed science standards that would scrub climate change and even the age of the Earth from our schools’ curriculum, while introducing assignments to boost the oil and gas industry.

In response, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman issued the below statement:

Alamogordo NOW

Sep 19, 2017

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the city of Alamogordo has proclaimed this week to be Constitutional Week and the 49th Medical Support commander has been arrested for child pornography.    

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The boundaries of two national monuments in New Mexico that were part of an expansive federal review would remain unchanged under recommendations made by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, providing some relief to the groups that had come out in support of the designations.