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Judge: Albuquerque vehicle seizure program unconstitutional

Jul 30, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has found the vehicle seizure program operated in Albuquerque to be unconstitutional.

A lawsuit was filed against the city over the program.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that U.S. District Court Judge James Browning found the program unconstitutional in part because it required vehicle owners to prove their innocence after their car was taken.

Mayor Tim Keller's administration previously said that it would give vehicle owners who weren't driving when their car was seized more protections.

  Monday morning’s two-vehicle collision at the intersection of University Avenue and Las Alturas Drive proved to be fatal for the motorcyclist.

The 20-year-old motorcyclist was unresponsive when first responders arrived at the crash which occurred about 9:50 a.m. on Monday, July 30. The motorcyclist, identified as Christopher Jason McDonald of Anthony, N.M., was transported to the nearby Memorial Medical Center but was declared dead shortly after arrival.

Libertarian Senate Hopeful Quits As Gary Johnson Eyes Run

Jul 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate announced Monday that he is quitting the race, opening the door for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and creating uncertainty in a race that Democrats considered safe.

In a statement, Aubrey Dunn said he wanted to focus on his job as state land commissioner and that a water crisis in southeastern New Mexico demanded his attention.

Police: Arkansas Woman Dies In New Mexico Vehicle Accident

Jul 30, 2018

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas woman has died in a vehicle accident in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police identified the victim Monday as 63-year-old Mary Barrett Miller of Fayetteville.

They say the accident occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 west of Grants.

State Police say Miller was a passenger in a pickup truck that left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck an overpass support barrier.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Las Cruces Police Continue to Investigate Arizona Avenue Shooting

Jul 30, 2018

Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate the early Sunday morning shooting on Arizona Avenue that injured a 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, July 29, police were dispatched to reports of shots fired on the 1600 block of Arizona Avenue. Officers arrived to find a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head.

The boy was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso while the man was taken to Mountainview Regional Medical Center. Both remain hospitalized on Monday.

NM Gubernatorial Candidates Address Poverty With Economic Plans

Jul 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial hopefuls Democrat Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce are pushing dueling economic plans aimed at tackling poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

Lujan Grisham released last week her "7-point plan" that would address poverty by raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour statewide and adding more regulation against payday lenders.

Pearce is scheduled Monday to unveil a new proposal he said would create jobs and increase investment in New Mexico.

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Monday Business Watch

Jul 30, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and, Algernon D’Ammassa, business reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, NMSU has partnered with Verizon for a STEM camp that targets middle school aged Latinos and dispensaries are a growing business but are still being stigmatized.        

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In Depth: Trump Willing To Shut Down Government Over Border Wall Issue

Jul 29, 2018

  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Republicans, trying to protect their majority in Congress, are playing down the chance of a shutdown as the November election nears. Trump, however, isn't backing away from the idea.

Teaching Water Conservation In Las Cruces

Jul 29, 2018

  For most kids in Las Cruces, water is found simply by turning on the tap. But even though they live in the desert and know that water from the sky is rare, having kids wrap their minds around water conservation is a tough task. Although water is clearly essential to all of us, how do you make it funny, friendly, and unforgettable?


In 2015 at the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Children’s Water Festival, fourth grade students from all over town created their own champion for water conversation and named him “Papa Drop.”


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More than 80 minority middle school boys from 24 area schools immersed themselves in the digital world for three weeks as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program at New Mexico State University.

Gary Johnson Mulling Run For U.S. Senate

Jul 27, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is considering jumping into the race for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico, raising the profile of a race that Democrats seeking to capture the majority in Congress had seen as a safe seat.

Johnson consultant Ron Nielson told The Associated Press on Friday that the former governor is "strongly considering" running if Libertarian candidate Aubrey Dunn quits the race as expected.

"He is weighing it over right now," Nielson said. "He doesn't want to get into a race he can't win."

AG Balderas Secures Guilty Verdict in Brutal Albuquerque Murder

Jul 27, 2018

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas obtained a guilty verdict after a week-long jury trial for the brutal 2017 murder of Aaron Sieben. A jury found Ameer Muhammad guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed robbery.

“The Office of the Attorney General is committed to putting dangerous, violent criminals behind bars,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “We have worked tirelessly to provide justice for Mr. Sieben’s family. Today, they can finally know that the man who has caused them so much pain will be punished for his senseless actions.”

EPA Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Colorado Mine Spill

Jul 27, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation seeking the repayment of cleanup costs for a mine spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states.

The EPA said in a motion Wednesday that the court doesn't need to intervene because crews are already working on the cleanup of water contaminated with heavy metals that was accidentally released from an EPA-monitored mine.

The Latest: LA Judge OKs Monitor To Probe Border Facilities

Jul 27, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the reunification of families separated at the border (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

A federal judge in Los Angeles will appoint an independent monitor to evaluate conditions for immigrant children in U.S border facilities.

The decision comes after a spate of reports in Texas of spoiled food, insufficient water and frigid conditions by the youngsters and their parents.

Las Cruces Deactivates Cooling Stations

Jul 27, 2018

The National Weather Service forecast for the next several days has temperatures in Las Cruces below 100 degrees with the possibility of continued precipitation.

As a result, the City of Las Cruces has deactivated its five cooling stations until further notice. 

  Exercise helps people at any age become healthier. But people who have just completed cancer treatment may not always feel well enough to exercise regularly. So Cindy Blair, PhD, wondered if increasing their physical activity throughout the day might improve their health.

Las Cruces Offers Free Alzheimer’s Safety Presentation

Jul 27, 2018

Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Safety in the Home” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held on Wednesday, August 15th from 2pm-3pm. The event will be hosted at Crossroads In-Home, 189 Howard Place, Las Cruces, NM, 88011.  The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities.


To register, or for more information, contact Alexis Ramirez, 800-272-3900 or For directions call, (575) 647-3868.  The event is free of charge. 

The Las Cruces Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in New Mexico to successfully meet FBI requirements for certification in NIBRS – the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

On July 20, 2018, LCPD received notification from the FBI that the department has met final requirements for NIBRS certification. LCPD is awaiting the official letter of certification from the FBI which should arrive within the next week.

Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his adult son, Oscar were released from the El Paso, Texas, facility without bond, said their attorney, Eduardo Beckett.  The agreement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release the two came six days before a hearing in El Paso before U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama, at which federal attorneys were to argue for continuing to keep Gutierrez under lock and key. Gutierrez's representatives had argued the continued detention was partly the result of his criticism of U.S. immigration policies.

The Trump administration says more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart.

The government said in a court filing Thursday that 1,820 children ages 5 and up have been discharged. This includes 1,442 children reunified with their parents in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and 378 others who were released "in other appropriate circumstances."

Former Las Cruces Officer In Extortion Case Gets Probation

Jul 27, 2018


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Cruces police officer who pleaded no contest to extorting a woman by offering to delete explicit photos in exchange for sex has been sentenced.

KDBC-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports William D. Gonzalez was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years of probation after authorities say he sent more than 100 text messages to the woman and called her 30 times over a three-day period.

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Jul 27, 2018

Toolkit Challenges Las Cruces Students to Save the Planet

Jul 27, 2018

“The S² Challenge toolkit is a 30-day program - funded through a New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) grant - to promote, encourage and engage students in sustainability,” explains Tarkeysha Burton, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Recycling Coordinator. Burton designed the Sustainable Schools (S²) Challenge Toolkit which is geared for the classroom and free to all public, private and charter schools.

Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Makes Third Powered Test Flight

Jul 26, 2018

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket plane VSS Unity soared over the Mojave Desert on its third powered test flight.

The company says the craft ascended Thursday at more than twice the speed of sound and reached an altitude of 32.3 miles (52 kilometers).

The spacecraft was taken aloft by the carrier aircraft VMS Eve and released at high altitude before the two test pilots ignited the rocket motor and pulled Unity into a near-vertical climb.

The craft then glided to a landing at Mojave Air and Space Port.

The Latest: Maintenance Issue Blamed For Empty Schedule

Jul 26, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico governor's online schedule (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office says a maintenance issue is to blame for her online calendar going months without any public updates.

The schedule on her website was updated Thursday after the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that her staff had not published any new entries since March.

AP-NORC Poll: Latinos See Health Care Communication Barriers

Jul 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a new study conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Court Upholds Convictions In Valencia County Double Homicide

Jul 26, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A unanimous New Mexico Supreme Court ruling upholds a man's convictions for the killings of two people and the wounding of a third person in Valencia County in 2013.

The justices' ruling Thursday upholds Jordan Hurd's convictions for first-degree murder for the deaths of Wesley Hobbs and his daughter, Amanda, and for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the wounding of Patricia Hobbs, Wesley Hobbs' wife.

They were shot at their home in Jarales (hah-RAL'-ace).