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Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with The Border Artists’ President, Tauna Cole-Dorn to talk to us about “What We Love,” a benefit art show. A portion of proceeds from art sold at the show will help KRWG Public Media. The title of the show reflects each artist’s choice of what they are currently making in the studio or a favorite piece from the past. The Border Artists are 20 artists working in the Southwest.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

5 hours ago

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what's known about Russia's interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press.

A look at his comments on those subjects Tuesday:

IMMIGRATION

TRUMP: "We have the worst laws in the history of the world on immigration and we're getting them changed one by one. We've made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks even, but we're getting them changed one by one."

NMSU develops new food science, human nutrition Ph.D. program

10 hours ago

A new Ph.D. program being developed at New Mexico State University will give students the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in food science and human nutrition, and will benefit New Mexico-based food processors and human nutrition organizations through innovative research.

New Mexico State University Department of Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Ehsan Dehghan Niri has received a United States Department of Energy grant. This is a three-year award for $400,000 and is a collaboration with Arizona State University. 

Dehghan Niri is the principal investigator on the research project that will focus on creating a bio-inspired robot – the Lizard-inspired Tube Inspector – to inspect tubular structures for cracking and corrosion in coal power plants.

ALBUQUERQUE – Cody Payton, 25, of Las Cruces, N.M., made his initial appearance today in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with fleeing from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at a high rate of speed.  Payton remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, both of which are scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.

2018 Las Cruces Country Music Festival Road Closures

10 hours ago

Road closures associated with this year’s Las Cruces Country Music Festival begin at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Hadley Avenue from N. Hermosa Street to N. Walnut Street will be closed to through traffic until midnight on Sunday, Oct. 21.

N. Hermosa will be used as a detour from 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 until 2 p.m. Friday, Oct.19.

At 2 p.m., Friday, Oct.19, Hadley from N. Walnut to Solano Avenue will be closed to through traffic until midnight, Oct. 2. N. Hermosa will be closed from Las Cruces Avenue to Hadley on a rolling basis through the same period.

Mobile Language App Adds Navajo Courses

14 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A popular language-learning app is adding Navajo to its portfolio.

KOB-TV reports that Duolingo has begun offering Navajo, or Dine, as a language option for learning on the mobile app.

Clayton Long, who is the head of the bilingual education for San Juan School District in Utah, tells the station that he and his students collaborated to develop the language lessons on the app.

The first of the courses were unveiled last week.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a former New Mexico priest's request to be released from jail as he awaits trial.

The judge's decision Tuesday in Albuquerque comes after attorneys for 80-year-old Arthur J. Perrault sought his release to a halfway house. They argued that Perrault suffers from health issues and should not remain detained.

Perrault was taken into U.S. custody last month in Morocco.

Small Plane Crash Near Albuquerque Leaves Two Dead

14 hours ago

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot and passenger are dead after a small plane crashed while preparing to land at an airport west of Albuquerque.

The names of the two victims weren't immediately released.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the single-engine Cessna 182 went down northwest of the Route 66 Casino about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He says the pilot reported encountering icing on the plane and loss of engine power shortly before the crash.

Police Hope to ID Suspect in Las Cruces Shooting

16 hours ago

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the person responsible for firing several rounds in an alleyway on Oct. 4.

Las Cruces police learned that about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, someone drove through an alleyway near the 1000 block of Montana Avenue and fired multiple rounds from a gun. Some of the rounds struck a vehicle parked nearby. No injuries were reported.

Investigators have reason to believe the shooter is a man who was driving a gray 4-door sport utility vehicle.

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Commentary: Following Steve Pearce’s silence regarding the New Mexico GOP’s repeated sexist and baseless attacks against Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexicans for Michelle released the following statement:

"Steve Pearce’s failure to condemn the New Mexico GOP's pattern of sexist attacks against Michelle Lujan Grisham is incredibly disrespectful of Michelle's long record of fighting for New Mexico women, children, and families,” said New Mexicans for Michelle Digital Director Kier Strader-Monaghan. “As a young woman in politics, I am disappointed that Steve Pearce and the New Mexico GOP continue to insult New Mexico women by using baseless attacks against accomplished female candidates. Michelle, and all women across New Mexico, deserve an immediate apology from the New Mexico GOP."

Rubel: Tough To Have Honest Discussion On Healthcare

19 hours ago


Commentary: In response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the budget deficit increase is “disturbing” and suggesting cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs were the only way to pay for it, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“The deficit increase is ‘disturbing’ because of the trillion-dollar tax break Trump and Republicans gave to the rich and big corporations. The Trump tax law was always a scam, and now Republicans are suggesting taking seniors and middle-class families to the cleaners by gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to help pay for it.

“Make no mistake: These vital programs are on the ballot this November. The only thing left for Americans to do is vote.”

 

Goodman: Vote To Save Our Democracy

Oct 14, 2018
peter goodman


  Commentary: Please vote!

This national election seems pivotal. 

The survival of our democracy as we know it could easily depend on Democrats controlling the House. Fortunately, our own Xochitl Torres-Small is a dream candidate for Congress: a smart and levelheaded young water lawyer.

I understand the feeling that all politicians are crooked, big corporations really run everything, and own the politicians, and our democracy died long ago.

But. Please!

Financially, we're speeding merrily toward a cliff. Trump and the Republicans, notably through tax changes, have significantly exacerbated two major problems: inequality and debt. The breaks mostly helped the rich. Profits are up, but not wages. We will soon be crippled by interest payments. Military officials say the huge increase in our debt weakens our national security, dangerously.

Politics of Fear and Hatred

Oct 12, 2018

Commentary: Talk about hypocrisy. Trump and Republicans are calling those who disapproved of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court a crazy mob who have no right to regain power.

When the Tea Party came along in 2010 shouting obscenities against Obama and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at their many meetings across the country—that was all right.

The reason Trump and his supporters call political opponents names like Pocahontas, Little Marco and Lock-her-up is because they have few policies that resonate with thinking voters. Their appeal is to fear and hatred.

They have no honest alternative to the ACA—but say they want to protect people with pre- conditions. However, we all know that insurance against any calamity doesn’t work unless the majority involved pays into the system e.g. car insurance where the state requires we have it.

They don’t want to support effective public education for all because their super rich supporters like the Koch brothers don’t want masses informed about serious policy debates. 

They don’t want to talk about the real impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017—which will double the annual debt in 2018 (and even more in the future) and that 80% of the benefits goes to the top 1.0%--etc. etc.

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