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Udall, Heinrich Announce $2.6 Million To NMSU For National Resource Hub For STEM Education

Aug 10, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University was awarded $2,633,530 in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the NSF National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Resource Hub). The HSI Resource Hub will serve as a nexus for strategies and tools to improve undergraduate STEM education at Hispanic-serving institutions throughout the nation.

NM House Speaker Defends Candidate After State Audit

Aug 10, 2018
Rep. Brian Egolf

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf is defending a Democratic House candidate slammed in a state audit for improper reimbursements as head of an agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Egolf told The Associated Press this week that a report released by State Auditor Wayne Johnson showed Andrea Romero acted properly to correct reimbursements as executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

Troubled New Mexico County Facing Officer Shortage

Aug 10, 2018

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A financially strapped New Mexico county is facing an officer and deputy shortage, and New Mexico State Police say they can't become the permanent replacement.

The Gallup Independent reports Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said last week his department is down to four deputies, a detective, a lieutenant, and a courtroom security officer to patrol the vast 4,500-square-mile (11,654-square-kilometer) area.

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! Your guide to what’s happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Michael Hernandez.

This weekend, Tango for a Piano at the Rio Grande Theatre, Crossroads City Derby’s Las Santas vs. El Paso Roller Derby’s TexPistols, a Science of Space Expo at the Museum of Nature and Science, a showing of “Beauty and the Beast” in Young Park and Okazuri Floating Sushi Bar celebrates its 7th anniversary.

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Tips For Clean Recycling In Las Cruces

Aug 10, 2018

The recycling programs in Las Cruces and El Paso are entwined for the foreseeable future – or at least for the next 18 months that remain on the contract between the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) in Las Cruces and Friedman Recycling processing plant in El Paso.

China continues to reject shipments of contaminated recyclables – and in fact is now making moves to ban all material. According to a July 18, 2018 Resource Recycling article, “The Chinese government has released a proposal to completely ban imports of recovered fiber and every other form of ‘solid waste.’”

Las Cruces Bomb Threat Suspect Identified, Charged

Aug 9, 2018

Police have arrested the man suspected of calling in a bomb threat Wednesday at a local eatery.

Emmanuel Soriano, 35, of the 800 block of Lees Drive, is charged with one count of unlawful bomb scare. The charge is a crime against public peace and is a fourth-degree felony.

About noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a bomb threat at the Corner Bakery, 2305 E. Lohman Ave. The business was cleared and nothing suspicious was located.

New Mexico AG: Vote to cut UNM sports programs violated law

Aug 9, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says a decision to cut four sports at the University of New Mexico violated the state's open meetings law and could be invalid.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Hector Balderas' office is calling on the university's Board of Regents to repeat the meeting with proper notice and a full explanation of matters to be discussed.

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez,
commander of White Sands Missile Range, will turn over command of the
installation to Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Brady Friday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m.
during a change of command ceremony here. 

A 1991 U.S. Military Academy graduate, Brady comes to White Sands from the
Pentagon where he served as Fires Division chief in the Strategy, Plans and
Policy Directorate, part of the Headquarters Department of the Army Office
of the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7.

The Las Cruces Active Transportation Plan is available for public comment. The document can be found at: https://www.activelascruces.com/document-library/ and comments can be made at: https://www.activelascruces.com/get-involved/

The Las Cruces Active Transportation Plan is building on the Plan4LasCruces and other ongoing planning efforts to improve conditions for walking and biking across the City for people of all ages and abilities. When the Plan is approved by City Council, it will serve as a roadmap for the City to grow as a place where walking and biking can thrive.

Felon From Silver City Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Charge

Aug 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Murillo, 38, of Silver City, N.M., pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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Aug 9, 2018


Army Memo: For Now, Discharges Of Immigrant Recruits Suspended

Aug 9, 2018

 

The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily.

A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately.

It was not clear how many recruits were impacted by the action, and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the memo.

Fire Restrictions Lifted In Two Eastern New Mexico Counties

Aug 9, 2018

 

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two eastern New Mexico counties are lifting fire restrictions as summer storms have helped ease some extreme drought conditions in the state.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports Curry County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to lift a burn ban in effect since March following a recommendation from the county's fire and safety director.

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Aug 9, 2018


The Bulletin On The Radio

Aug 9, 2018

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Michael Hernandez

Houston, we have a question. A couple dozen, actually.

More than 100 elementary and homeschooled students filled Las Cruces City Hall for NASA’s in-flight downlink event, where a dozen students were able to ask two questions each to Astronaut Ricky Arnold, flight engineer for Expedition 56 onboard the International Space Station.

Newsmakers 1020 - Our Water Future

Aug 8, 2018

Las Cruces Students Build Bridge In Puerto Rico

Aug 8, 2018

After approximately 10,000 work hours, New Mexico State University’s Aggies Without Limits student organization built a suspended pedestrian bridge in Utuado, Puerto Rico, this summer.

Aggies Without Limits, a student nonprofit organization in the College of Engineering founded in 2007, chooses a local project and international project each year. The group’s mission is to help developing communities with sustainable engineering projects. 

Fronteras 817: Community of Hope - Nicole Martinez

Aug 8, 2018

Fronteras 816: La Casa Inc - Henry Brutus

Aug 8, 2018

Green Waste Collection In Las Cruces

Aug 8, 2018

Las Cruces resident Leesa Mandlman has perfected the art of recycling piles of leaves and weeds. She lines a trash can with a heavy-duty clear plastic bag, and then, she says, “You put the trash can on its side and just scoop the leaves straight back in. Tie it up when it’s full and slide it out to put at the curb.” Mandlman’s yard waste is always picked up by the Green Grappler.

Las Cruces Area Alert: Bat Tests Positive For Rabies

Aug 8, 2018

 Doña Ana County Animal Control officers were called to a rural residence this week by a woman whose cat had killed a bat. Per standard protocol, the bat’s body was sent to a state lab, where it tested positive for rabies.

   Rabies is a disease that is transmittable to mammals – including people and companion animals – and can be fatal if not quickly and aggressively treated.

   Because the woman’s cat is current on its vaccinations, she is able to quarantine and monitor the cat in her home for 45 days while staying in close contact with Animal Control.

The University of Texas at El Paso will establish a new federally funded center focused on energy and biomaterials after being named a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) award totaling nearly $4 million.  Here is a statement from UTEP:

The NSF announced Aug. 7, 2018, that UTEP was awarded a new Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grant aimed at fostering next-generation materials research by a team of faculty with engineering and science students from diverse backgrounds, through collaborations with an existing NSF-funded center at another institution. To this end, the new award will support a research collaboration between UTEP and the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Brown named interim dean of NMSU College of Education

Aug 8, 2018

Susan Brown, research professor and director of the STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University, has been named interim dean of the NMSU College of Education, NMSU President John Floros announced Tuesday.

Brown, who has also served as the college’s interim associate dean of research, will head the college as the university searches for a permanent dean to succeed Donald Pope-Davis, who left the university last month to become dean of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A multi-agency investigation is looking into a fatal shooting by Las Cruces police of a 29-year-old man who reportedly suffered from schizophrenia and was bipolar.

Police say officers fatally shot James Bishop on Friday following a report of a domestic disturbance. Authorities say an officer was injured during an encounter with Bishop and a second officer fired "at least one round," striking Bishop. No other details were given.

Previous police reports say officers were called on Bishop when he was off his medication.

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