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The Bulletin On The Radio

Aug 16, 2018

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.  The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Aug 15, 2018
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  DENVER (AP) — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday.

A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous warnings that a nearly 20-year trend toward a drier regional climate coupled with rising demand could drain so much water from the Lake Mead reservoir that cutbacks would be mandatory.

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The farmers' market in downtown Las Cruces is a popular spot for both shoppers and vendors to spend a Saturday morning. It’s also the destination for middle school students to sell handmade arts and crafts as part of running their own businesses.

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Las Cruces police are revealing more information about an officer-involved shooting earlier this month that left 29-year-old James Bishop dead.

On the evening of August 3rd, James Bishop’s father called 911. According to a family statement, Bishop “suffered a mental health episode.” They hoped police could get him under control and transport him to the hospital.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Police Chief Patrick Gallagher described what happened next. He said two officers arrived at the Bishop home.

New Mexico Land Boss Says No To Offer From US Border Agency

Aug 15, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top land boss has rejected a proposal from the federal government to settle an easement dispute over land along the U.S.-Mexico.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn contends the government never received authorization to access state trust land that borders the international boundary and hasn't compensated the state for using the property.

3 Accused Of Abuse At New Mexico Compound Await Release

Aug 15, 2018

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Three people accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound were awaiting release Wednesday in New Mexico, where security was boosted at a courthouse amid threats against the judge who cleared the way for the defendants to leave jail.

The ruling by District Judge Sarah Backus sparked a political uproar and backlash on social media. Officials evacuated several administrative court offices Tuesday in Taos County as a precaution.

The offices reopened Wednesday while the threats were being investigated.

Emails: New Mexico County Commissioner OK'd Dubious Expenses

Aug 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Documents show a northern New Mexico county commissioner approved taxpayer-supported reimbursements for food and alcohol that have since come under scrutiny and that a former official now says should have never happened.

Emails from Santa Fe County Commissioner Henry Roybal released last week with an independent investigation into the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Lab Communities showed Roybal approved reimbursements involving baseball tickets, expensive alcohol and fancy restaurant outings.

Man Rearrested After Being Mistakenly Released From Jail

Aug 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Marshals arrested a man in New Mexico, months after he was mistakenly released from county jail by an employee's typo.

Marshals spokesman Ben Segotta say they arrested Matthew Joe Tuesday at his mother's home in Thoreau.

Segotta says marshals had been looking for Joe for a couple of weeks, and found him through a tip from a "confidential source."

KRWG's Red Or Green Confidential

Aug 15, 2018
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Take a break from all the political talk to discuss a question that is important to us all in New Mexico: Red or Green? The official question of New Mexico is the topic on today’s Voice of the Public. You can call it, KRWG’s Red or Green Confidential. 

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O'Rourke Marks Expansion Of Mental Health Care For Veterans In El Paso

Aug 15, 2018

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Congressman Beto O’Rourke returned home on Wednesday to officially begin construction on a new VA mental health clinic. Here is s statement from O'Rourke's Senate campaign:

As part of his successful initiatives to expand care and services for veterans, the member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity broke ground at the new Medical Center of America’s (MCA) VA Mental Health Clinic in El Paso. The clinic is a direct product of the Congressman's on-the-ground advocacy and innovative pilot program that he created to better serve veterans.

The new facility will house all mental health services for the El Paso VA, serving over 7,000 veterans in the region with programs designed specifically to prioritize service-related health conditions. These include Monitored Treatment, Substance Use Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder programs. Beyond directly serving our veterans, the MCA’s VA Mental Health Clinic will also host a Wellness Center where medical residents from the nearby Texas Technical University Health Science Center El Paso will be able to participate in an innovative teaching partnership program. The 33,000 square foot clinic that broke ground today is expected to be completed next year.

Commission Refuses To Place Public Campaign Financing Proposal On November Ballot

Aug 15, 2018

  The Bernalillo County Commission voted last night not to put a public financing proposal on the November ballot. The vote was 3-2 with Democrat Steven Quezada and Republicans Lonnie Talbert and Jim Smith voting against the measure.

Almost 28,000 Albuquerque voters signed petitions to put the measure on the ballot, to fix a city public financing statute that was hobbled by a U.S. Supreme Court decision back in 2011.

NMSU Las Cruces students among small group to spend semester at Google

Aug 15, 2018

As classes get underway at New Mexico State University this week, five NMSU computer science students ranging from sophomores to seniors are spending the fall semester at Google in San Francisco. 

It’s the second year of a pilot program initiated by the tech giant. This year, they selected students from three Hispanic Serving Institutions to take classes at Google for a semester and benefit from the Google culture. Last year, the company invited students from Howard University, among the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to learn at the Google campus.

ICE Takes Defendant From NM Compound Into Custody

Aug 15, 2018

 

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A judge's decision to allow the release of an extended family accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound in New Mexico prompted a political uproar Tuesday by prominent Republican lawmakers.

The controversy was stoked even further when court officials condemned threats of violence made against the judge who issued the ruling and evacuated several administrative court offices as a precaution.

Rock Mosaics Along Tortugas Dam In Las Cruces Vandalized

Aug 15, 2018

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Colorful rock mosaics along the Tortugas Dam in southern New Mexico have been vandalized.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports creator Kathy Morrow said this week she discovered vandals attacked her dragonfly mosaic at the end of the trail. She also found damage to her eagle and trout mosaics.

Morrow uses local and out-of-state rocks, and recycled materials, to create the mosaics.

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Silver City Report

Aug 15, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer and editor, Christine Steele. This week, a group of business leaders have signed a petition to stop proposed F16 flights over the Gila National Forest, the forest service is looking for input on controversial measures, and the Bradley Farrington trial started this week with a star witness missing.    

NMSU Las Cruces students to host food, beverage events this fall

Aug 14, 2018

For a chance to sip on Harry Potter-themed drinks, or learn about the many varieties of rosé wine, or dine on gourmet five-course meals with international flair, look no further than New Mexico State University this fall.

NMSU’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has unveiled its roster of student-produced food and beverage events for the fall 2018 semester.

Beginning Sept. 11, weekly lunch service will begin at 100 West Café, the food laboratory for HRTM students in Gerald Thomas Hall. 

UNM Regents To Vote Again On Cutting Sports Teams

Aug 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents will meet to satisfy claimed violations of state open meeting laws when it decided in July to cut four sports programs.

The regents voted unanimously July 19 to eliminate men's soccer, men's and women's skiing and women's beach volleyball. They also voted to cut diving from the women's swimming and diving program and reduce the men's track and field roster.

Johnson To Make Libertarian Bid For Senate Seat

Aug 14, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson began his campaign Tuesday to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump.

Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico, was added to the state's list of Senate candidates as final paperwork was being filed with election officials.

New Mexico Education Officials Adopt Changes To State Test

Aug 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico school districts now will get student test scores by the end of the school year and will have 15 more days to prepare for statewide exams, according to changes announced by the state's Public Education Department on Tuesday.

State Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said the revisions, adopted immediately, come after he and other education officials received feedback from teachers on New Mexico's required statewide exam — a test that has drawn strong criticism for teachers unions.

Las Cruces Students Learn The Science Of Brewing Beer

Aug 14, 2018

The recipe may only call for four ingredients, but brewing beer is a science, and the brewery engineering program at New Mexico State University offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in the growing industry. 

In 2017, 67 New Mexico-based craft breweries, an increase from 25 New Mexico breweries in 2011, produced more than 116,000 barrels of beer last year, which had a $333 million impact on the state’s economy based on data from the Brewers Association.

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

Aug 14, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:

Shawn Mendes To Perform In El Paso

Aug 14, 2018

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes will make a stop at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haksins Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 for a special college performance.

Ticket prices are $49.50, $69.50 and $89.50 plus applicable fees. Discounted student tickets will be $39.50 and $59.50 plus applicable fees.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and will be available at all UTEP Ticket Center locations, by calling 915-747-5234, or through Ticketmaster.com.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert forMonday August 27, 2018:

Las Cruces Barricade (Traffic Control) along with Apache Construction (Contractor) will be performing guardrail replacement along Interstate 10 in Dona Ana Co. Traffic will encounter lane drops at times with eastbound and westbound exits closed off to all traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction hours will be Mondaythrough Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

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Alamogordo NOW

Aug 14, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, Patriot Guard Riders gave a local resident a last ride and the saga of the Sahara Apartments – when will they be torn down? 

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Navajo Code Talkers To Be Honored With Annual Celebration

Aug 14, 2018

 

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo officials say a celebration of the Navajo Code Talkers will be held Tuesday.

The Navajo Nation Office of the president and vice president says this year's annual event will start at 9 a.m. in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds.

There will be a parade, a wreath ceremony and a 21-gun salute in the morning. A Gourd Dance and a screening of the movie, "Navajo Code Talkers: Journey of Remembrance" will take place in the afternoon.

New Mexico Information Technology Secretary To Step Down

Aug 14, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Department of Information Technology Secretary Darryl Ackley is leaving the job in a few weeks.

Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced Monday that Ackley is stepping down on Aug. 27 to serve as Chief Technology Officer at the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis at New Mexico Tech.

Martinez appointed Ackley in February 2011 shortly after she took office.

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