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Monday Business Watch

Jul 23, 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, a look at the film, “Walking with Herb,” Instacart is a new service for grocery home delivery, and Southwest Cash and Carry has a new name, same owners.      

The Trump administration is making it harder for migrants to gain asylum in the U.S. Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that most migrants fleeing domestic or gang violence no longer qualify for protection. But asylum seekers here in the borderlands already faced long odds.


  LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces Public Schools has cancelled afternoon bus transportation for students attending the K-3 Plus Program on Monday, July 23, Superintendent Greg Ewing announced Sunday evening. The cancellation is due to an extreme heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

Environmental group taps reservoirs to boost Rio Grande flow

Jul 22, 2018
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, water managers and a key irrigation district along the Rio Grande have agreed to sell water they don't immediately need to help boost flows along a stretch of the river in central New Mexico to deal with extremely dry conditions and benefit endangered species.

"Uranium Film Festival" Coming To United States, Including New Mexico

Jul 22, 2018

Since 2011, the International Uranium Film Festival has shown world-wide movies and documentaries about the risks of radioactivity and nuclear power.  After the screenings in Berlin from October 9th to 14th, the festival will travel this year to the Southwestern United States from November 29th through December 9th.   Here is the schedule provided by the Uranium Film Festival: 

Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest 2018 Schedule

NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 1, WINDOW ROCK, Navajo Nation Museum  

DECEMBER 2, FLAGSTAFF, venue not yet selected

DECEMBER 8, ALBUQUERQUE, Guild Cinema

DECEMBER 9, SANTA FE, Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque

Tommy Orange received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 2016.   While there, Tommy worked on something he had conceived years earlier, what he calls "a multi-generational, multi-voiced novel about Native people living in Oakland," Tommy's hometown.  There There was published in June -- rapturous reviews and a wave of publicity followed.  It's now a national bestseller.

For some people, eating and planting fresh food is about more than just filling empty stomachs, it’s a way to find connection and build community. It can get expensive, but some organizers in Southeast Albuquerque are committed to making fresh local organic food available.

Understanding The Cost Of Water In Las Cruces

Jul 22, 2018

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) will be presenting a resolution to City Council to vote on the Utilities Board of Commissioner (Board) recommendation for a water rate increase providing $3.8 million more per year to LCU’s Water Utility. The Board recommended a three-year rate phased-in plan (increasing the first year’s average residential bill by $2.25 (15%) per month, then $1.78 (4%) per month the second year, and then $1.97 (4%) per month per month the third year).

Groups worry proposed power lines, towers will kill birds

Jul 21, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife groups fear a proposed river crossing for a $2 billion power line project that will funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets could be a death trap for migratory birds.

Ruling: New Mexico funding for public schools is inadequate

Jul 21, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that New Mexico is violating the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide adequate funding for public schools.

District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling Friday says insufficient funding leaves students "in an inadequate system" and means they'll stay there unless better programs are instituted.

Singleton's ruling on a lawsuit on behalf of students, parents and school districts doesn't specify how lawmakers and other state officials should address the issue.

In Depth: Outrage Over Decision To Cut Men's Soccer At UNM

Jul 20, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The men's soccer team at the University of New Mexico has had a dozen NCAA tournament appearances and hopefuls from around the world have competed to play for the program.

But regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to cut the program, which has among the highest profiles nationally of Lobos men's sports.

Scammers Pretending to be State Employees to Steal New Mexicans’ Cash

Jul 20, 2018

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert, warning New Mexicans that scammers are calling from phone numbers with “New Mexico State Government” listed on caller ID, and trying to trick people into handing over their money.

“Scammers are getting very sneaky and sophisticated, and their techniques are increasingly difficult to detect,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “The most effective solution to the problem of encountering a scam call is simply to hang up.”

Martinez Appoints Jim Paxon to the Sierra County Commission

Jul 20, 2018
nmpolitics.net

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Jim Paxon of Truth or Consequences to the First District of the Sierra County Commission, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Sherry Fletcher.

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Museum reopened for a limited preview on Friday, July 20. 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

Home of the world’s largest collection of Mimbres artifacts, the museum has been temporarily closed for almost two years while its official home, historic Fleming Hall, undergoes a $3.2 million transformation.

The limited preview was hosted in conjunction with the Silver City CLAY Festival (July 16 – 21), as a way of sharing the WNMU museum’s extensive pottery collection with modern day ceramicists.

“Light Works: A Century of Photography,” will open with a reception during the Downtown Ramble, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 3 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St.

In May, Lourdes walked across the bridge from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and requested asylum. The first step is an interview with an asylum officer.

"I told him that I have the evidence on me," Lourdes said, through an interpreter. She told the asylum officer about the scar on her arm, and the four missing fingers on her left hand — all evidence, she says, of a brutal attack by a gang in her native Honduras.

But the asylum officer rejected her claim.

"I don't know what happened," Lourdes said. "I don't know how I failed."

Udall Statement On Trump Move To Undermine Endangered Species Act

Jul 20, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explore ways the wastewater that results from oil and gas operations can be reused or recycled.

The state and the federal agency announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding Thursday.

Ken McQueen, who oversees New Mexico's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, says the state is one of the largest oil producers in the U.S. and that production is accompanied by even more wastewater.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Breaking Bad" is gone, but Walter White may be coming back to television.

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said Thursday at Comic-Con that there is an excellent chance that the Bryan Cranston character and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman will be in the show's spinoff "Better Call Saul" at some point.

Gilligan, Cranston and Paul were joined by many of their fellow "Breaking Bad" castmates in the 6,500-seat Hall H to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show.

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Your Weekend Pulse

Jul 20, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the Orlando Madrid Quintet at the Rio Grande Theatre on Friday, Crossroads City Derby on Saturday, the 2018 Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival on Saturday, the Electric Enchantment Music Festival at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds, and the Hard Road Trio at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. 

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Detectives Search For "Armed And Dangerous" Suspect Near Las Cruces

Jul 19, 2018

  A nationwide extradition warrant has been issued for a 35-year-old Anthony man who is wanted on at least two violent felony charges, and detectives with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department are hoping the public might be able to help locate him.

   Alberto Acosta, whose last known address is in the 900 block of Vistoso Loop in Anthony, N.M., is wanted on charges of child abuse, and was most recently suspected of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an incident that happened at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Otero Road.

NMSU scholarship rewards rural New Mexico students

Jul 19, 2018

A new scholarship inspired by a rural New Mexico native, Ermelinda Quintela, works to unveil student potential and keep young talent in the state.

Quintela never dreamed of going to college while growing up in Loving, N.M. – a “village where everyone knows everyone” she says of roughly 1,400 people as of 2016.

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Letting Putin Question U.S. Officials

Jul 19, 2018

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today voted for a resolution affirming Congress’ opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has been working this week with a company that provides intense filtration of water lines to clear the “discolored” water from water lines in San Andres Estates area off Valley Drive.

The San Andres Water System was part of the Jornada Water Company, which LCU purchased almost two years ago. “We are in the process of rehabilitating and upgrading the 50-year-old system, which had never previously been flushed to clear iron, manganese, and other naturally occurring minerals,” explains LCU Water Administrator, Adrienne L. Widmer, P.E.

New Mexico Regents Move Forward With Cutting Sports

Jul 19, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.

University President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Eddie Nunez presented recommendations to cut men's soccer, along with the men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball programs, during a special meeting.

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