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The Latest: Governor Proclaims Special Legislative Session

Sep 29, 2016

The Latest on plans for a special legislative session in New Mexico (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has issued a formal proclamation to convene a special session of the legislature on Friday at noon.

Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

The Democratic majority floor leader of the New Mexico Senate says allied lawmakers are focused on resolving the state's budget crisis and that criminal justice initiatives backed by the state's Republican governor can wait.

Sen. Michael Sanchez of Belen said Thursday that Senate Democrats are hoping to close tax loopholes to increase state revenues and avoid significant cuts to government programs and services during a special legislative session.

4th Case Of Wound Botulism This Year Reported In New Mexico

Sep 29, 2016

State health officials say they're investigating the fourth case of wound botulism so far this year in a 26-year-old woman from Bernalillo County.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the unidentified patient is an injection drug user and the suspected source of infection is a soiled skin injection site, contaminated injection devices or contaminated heroin.

The woman currently is hospitalized.

Two of the previous three cases in were residents of Rio Arriba County and one was a resident of Santa Fe County.

Udall, Heinrich Hail Senate Passage Of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

Sep 29, 2016

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the Senate’s passage of the Protection of the Right of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution.

NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences is kissing away cancer

Sep 29, 2016

Can kisses help cure cancer? New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the NMSU Health Center, and the Tough Enough To Wear Pink NMSU Committee is letting the campus community’s lips speak for them as part of the university’s ninth annual NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. 

The Educational Leadership doctoral program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University’s College of Education has been ranked as one of the top in the country by Educational Leadership Degree Programs, a national rankings website.

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Sep 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Jeanne J. Barron, 24, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to methamphetamine and heroin trafficking charges.

The New Mexico State Land Office held a ceremony today to celebrate the closing of the land exchange between the Land Office and the Pueblo of Cochiti.

State Trust Land within the former Cañada de Cochiti Land Grant was traded to the Pueblo of Cochiti for Cochiti-owned property at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe. The Pueblo purchased the Santa Fe Trail property, which includes Garrett’s Desert Inn, in order to directly make this trade with the State Land Office.

  This week the heads of the national drug-control agencies for the United States and the People’s Republic of China, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg and Director General (DG) Hu Minglang from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of the Ministry of Public Security, met at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia to discuss ways to stop the flow from China to the United States of deadly synthetic drugs.  This meeting follows an announcement by America’s President Obama and China’s President Xi Jingping during the G20 Summit held earlier th

Las Cruces Police Hope to ID VFW Burglary Suspect

Sep 29, 2016

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the suspect in a burglary that occurred Sept. 11 at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars building.

Detectives learned that at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, a masked man burglarized the VFW at 709 S. Valley Dr. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from an office.

The suspect was wearing a bandana over his face and a baseball cap with the letters “BCS.”

The Latest: Republican Budget Negotiator Foresees No Layoffs

Sep 29, 2016

The Latest on plans for a special legislative session in New Mexico (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A leading Republican budget negotiator in the New Mexico House of Representatives says he expects the state's budget shortfall can be addressed without staff layoffs or other major disruptions to government operations.

Rep. Larry Larranaga of Albuquerque on Thursday described the state's budget shortfall as serious but not a crisis as lawmakers prepare for a special session on Friday.

Las Cruces Man Gets Prison For Illegal Possession Of Grenade

Sep 29, 2016

A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to more than nearly six years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a grenade.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Keyton Wayne Lieber was given a 70-month sentence Thursday and will be on supervised release for two years after completing the prison term.

Lieber was arrested in January on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing a destructive device in Dona Ana County on April 21. Federal authorities safely disposed of it.

Exhibit celebrates 100 years of Elephant Butte Dam

Sep 29, 2016

LAS CRUCES – A new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will celebrate the centennial of the Elephant Butte Dam in Sierra County.

“Elephant Butte Dam: Building a Future for Agriculture” opens in the Museum’s North Corridor with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 13. Admission to the reception is free and refreshments will be provided.

A groundbreaking report released this month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that much more support is needed in order to address the needs of both older adults and the nearly 18 million family members who provide care. 

Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University, served on an Institute of Medicine panel of experts that conducted the comprehensive, two-year study of family caregiving in the U.S. 

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Sep 29, 2016


Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, September 28 & October 1, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

o   Wednesday, October 5 & October 8, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

o   Wednesday, October 12 & October 15, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

·         Plaza De Las Cruces

o    Salsa Fest, September 30, October 1 & October 2, starting Friday at 6:00 pm thruSunday till 5:00 pm

o   Art Ramble & Empty bowls Silent Auction, Friday, October 7, 5:00-7:00 pm

o    Southern Pride, October 8, 5:00 – 11:00 pm

The Rio Grande Council of Governments, a neutral entity formed to further intergovernmental services, has selected Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University as its Organization of the Year.

Martinez To Perform In Las Cruces

Sep 29, 2016

Yolanda Martinez, an award-winning Native American drummer, composer, and singer, kicks off the Rio Grande Theatre’s New Mexico Heritage Series on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.  The New Mexico Heritage Series is sponsored by Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and their parent company, Heritage Hotels and Resorts.  On October 7, this New Mexico native and Las Cruces resident, along with special guest vocalist Denny Guerrero, will entertain and educate the audience with a Native Drums program as well as a set of Yolanda’s contemporary work. The auditorium doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens For Senior Resources Fair

Sep 29, 2016

The staff of Doña Ana County’s Community and Constituent Services (CCS) Division is in the final stages of planning an Oct. 19 Senior Resources and Informational Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doña Ana Community College East Mesa campus.

The pre-registration deadline for the event is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, and only those registered will receive meal tickets for the day of the event. Pre-registration forms are available on the CCS page on the county’s website, at all of the county’s community resource centers and at the Doña Ana County Government Center.

Gene Roddenberry Chosen for Hall Of Fame Induction

Sep 29, 2016
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, center, on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with Leonard Nimoy, left, director Robert Wise, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner. (Photo: Everett Collection)

The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation are pleased to announce this year’s inductee into the Hall of Fame. One individual will join the ranks of such notables as Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite and Arthur C. Clarke.

On November 12, 2016, the New Mexico Museum of Space History will be inducting Mr. Gene Roddenberry into the International Space Hall of Fame.

New Mexico State Fair

The 2016 New Mexico State Fair came to a close on September 18, 2016 and saw an increased overall attendance of nearly 8% over last year’s numbers.  Preliminary numbers show this year's fair was attended by 497,036 people, as compared to last year's total attendance of 460,468.  Paid attendance surpassed last year's total number with 423,095 attending as compared to 414,932 people in 2015.

  (Las Cruces) –  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Healthy Kids Las Cruces program, Las Cruces Public Schools, and Las Cruces Safe Routes to School will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day this week. An estimated 3000 students and 750 parents from all 25 Las Cruces elementary schools will be walking and riding bikes to school throughout the week along with parents, teachers and community leaders. International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5th, but local events are being spread out over several days this week in

Coalition Opposes Tax Exemption For Los Alamos, Sandia Labs

Sep 29, 2016

A New Mexico coalition is pushing to prevent tax-exempt operators from taking over the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories and depriving the state of the labs' hefty tax contributions.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities has asked state lawmakers to consider eliminating the exemption status for any potential future nonprofit contractors at the laboratories.

New Mexico State University's Borderlands Writing Project is set to host an exhibit of teachers' writing and photography.

The program will display teachers' work Saturday at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces as part of an effort to help educators with writing and photography.

Officials say the open exhibit is a way to share how teachers see and interact with the world through work. It also will include a documentary that gives insight into what teachers did and learned during the process.

US House Panel Heads To Santa Fe For American Indian Hearing

Sep 29, 2016

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is set to hold an oversight hearing in Santa Fe on American Indians and energy development.

The "Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development" is scheduled Tuesday at the New Mexico State Capitol.

According to the committee, the hearing will review the impact of energy resource development on tribal economies. It also will examine how tribes manage their energy resources and look at obstacles such as federal regulations.

Super PACs Fuel Political Attacks In New Mexico

Sep 29, 2016

GOP House candidate Vicki Chavez wants her Deming neighbors to know she had nothing to do with the vicious attack ads.

Her Democratic opponent Candie Sweetser wonders if it will happen to her, too.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima expected some sort of attack in his Las Cruces reelection bid a year ago. But the super PAC assault didn’t work.

And what are those TV ads attacking Gov. Susana Martinez about, when she isn’t even running for re-election?


   ALBUQUERQUE – Keyton Wayne Lieber, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court to 70 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a destructive device.  Lieber will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.


  The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) today released the results of its audit to determine compliance by municipalities with public records requests.

The Inspection of Public Records Act requests (IPRAs) were sent by a third party to New Mexico's 49 largest cities. The requester sought copies of any IPRA logs kept by the public body in 2014, 2015 and 2016. If the municipality did not track IPRA requests, the public body was asked to respond with that information.


  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is convening a special session of the Legislature to plug a budget shortfall linked a downturn in oil and natural gas markets and also push for a vote on whether to reinstate the death penalty.

It’s Voter Registration week, and the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office is working to make sure everyone who is able to is registered to vote. Part of that is making sure all voters know how easy it is to make it to the voting booth.

Scott Krahling, Chief Deputy County Clerk for Dona Ana County says the clerk’s office has many voting options for people with disabilities.

“The voting tabulator has a lot of accessibility options,” Krahling said. “So, folks that have a hard time reading or are blind, there are different options with that equipment there.”  

Pearce Votes Against Short-Term Bill To Fund Government

Sep 28, 2016

Commentary:  Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5325, which includes a short-term continuing resolution (CR) through December 9, 2016. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on this legislation: