Albuquerque police say robbery witness fatally shot

14 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old woman was shot and killed as she tried to drive away from an area near an Albuquerque park where she witnessed a late-night robbery.

A police spokesman said in an email late Saturday that Cayla Campos had been playing Pokémon Go with her boyfriend the previous night when she and others saw a robbery of people seated in another vehicle.

Police say she attempted to drive away when she was struck by gunfire and crashed into a home.

Las Cruces Utilities issues report on customer service

15 hours ago

Did you know the number of water quality calls to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has dropped significantly from 3-years ago? Did you know our community diverted 3,241 tons of green waste this past year? It was recycled into composted mulch and given back to the community free, instead of being buried in the landfill. Did you know 23,000 customers were assisted in their utility billing with a Preferred Payment Date? These are statistics you can see in the 2018-2019 LCU Annual Report.

  Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Foundation and the family of Tadeusz Westawic signed an endowed scholarship agreement on Tuesday, August 6. The agreement establishes a fund in memory of Westawic, who believed that education should be accessible to those who were willing to seek it and to those needing a second chance.

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border

Oct 19, 2019

  CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Lizbeth Garcia tended to her 3-year-old son outside a tent pitched on a sidewalk, their temporary home while they wait for their number to be called to claim asylum in the United States.

The 33-year-old fled Mexico's western state of Michoacan a few weeks ago with her husband and five children — ages 3 to 12 — when her husband, a truck driver, couldn't pay fees that criminal gangs demanded for each trailer load. The family decided it was time to go when gangs came to their house to collect.

University of New Mexico faculty, adjuncts vote to unionize

Oct 18, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Professors and adjunct teachers at New Mexico's largest university have voted to unionize.

The University of New Mexico announced Friday the adjunct and faculty endorsed two proposals in favor of union representation after two days of voting.

Results show members of the school's regular faculty voted 500 to 304 in favor of unionization. Adjunct faculty voted 256 to 26 in favor of forming their own union.

The move comes after a faculty union petition was filed in February.

New Mexico adopts SAT as requirement for high school juniors

Oct 18, 2019
New Mexico Public Education Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Public Education Secretary Designate Ryan Stewart has announced the SAT will become the official statewide standardized test for high school juniors.

Stewart said Friday all New Mexico high school juniors will be required to take the SAT in the spring of 2020. He says the exam administered by the non-profit organization College Board is aligned with New Mexico academic standards and all New Mexico colleges and universities accept the test.

Sierra County and Truth or Consequences Happenings

Oct 18, 2019

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with MainStreet Truth or Consequences Executive Director, Linda DeMarino, to talk about happenings in Truth or Consequences and Sierra County.

Overnight closures on El Paseo

Oct 18, 2019

LAS CRUCES, NM - North and South bound lanes on El Paseo at University will be closed overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the University water main replacement project on Tuesday, October 22nd and Wednesday, October 23rd.

Detours will be in place; Roadrunner Transit will not be affected and driveways will remain accessible.

Bernalillo educator wins New Mexico Teacher of the Year

Oct 18, 2019
Bernalillo Public Schools

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — A third-grade teacher in the Bernalillo school district who got her start volunteering at an after-school program teaching English as a second language in a low-income housing community has been named the New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

State Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart announced Mandi Torrez as the winner Friday based partly on her efforts to focus on cultural responsiveness, inclusivity and equity in the classroom.

UNM's neurosurgery residency program to lose accreditation

Oct 18, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico School of Medicine's neurosurgery residency program is going to lose its accreditation next summer.


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Commentary: Trump's Disasterous Decision In Syria

8 hours ago
Peter Goodman

Commentary: Will Donald Trump's bizarre betrayal of the Kurds and our country's security interests wake anyone up?

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama, against repeated advice by military and defense experts and his own aides, suddenly went wacky on a call with the Turkish President and said, “Yeah, I know you want to get the Kurds, so we'll get out of there.”

Suppose that when grownups from both parties screamed, Obama gave no coherent explanation, but said the Kurds had “nothing to do with us” and weren't necessarily nice people. When reporters noted that his former security advisor, General Mattis, thought the move unwise, Obama said Mattis was a lousy general, and that he, Obama, had beaten ISIS in a month. Yeah, sounds kind of like a playground spat outside an elementary school.

 Commentary: Below is a statement from Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico State Director and Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Strategy for the Drug Policy Alliance, who served on the Governor’s working group on cannabis legalization, in response to the recommendations that were released by the group:

“Having worked towards cannabis legalization in New Mexico for the better part of the last decade, we are grateful the Governor’s office involved us in this process, inviting us to be a part of the working group, and are excited by the opportunity to help shape New Mexico’s policies as it looks to become the 12th state in the country to do so.

Using Fear In Politics Isn't New...And Will Continue

Oct 18, 2019

Commentary: The world certainly does not need one more psychoanalysis of Donald J. Trump. There have been plenty of those already and everyone already has their mind made up about who he is and what he stands for.

But sometimes an intellectual of such immense caliber as Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says something so misleading that it must be challenged. 

Heinrich Condemns Trump's Decision On Syria

Oct 17, 2019
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: As America’s Kurdish allies in Syria continue to deal with the devastating, deadly incursion of Turkish forces, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:

"President Trump’s reckless, irresponsible decision to withdraw American support in northern Syria has resulted in an invasion that has endangered countless, innocent lives - sparking a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.

"The Kurds, under attack from Turkey, are the very forces responsible for destroying and imprisoning ISIS forces. By withdrawing our troops who have been instrumental in providing security to the Kurds and ensuring the continued eradication of ISIS, President Trump has abandoned our allies and created a vacuum that will no doubt be filled by an ISIS resurgence. Under this so-called ceasefire, Kurdish forces and their families face the impossible choice of fleeing their homes or being ethnically cleansed. Because of Turkey’s actions, we should seriously reconsider its role in NATO and any future military sales.

"America’s credibility on the international stage depends on us keeping our word to our friends and allies. By deserting those who fought with us, President Trump is throwing away the alliances that America has built up since WWII and making it only more likely that potential partners will side with our adversaries in the future.”


Walt Rubel

Commentary: U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small had to cringe Friday morning when she read the headline on the front page of the Sun-News.

“Rep. Torres Small now supports impeachment of Trump.” it said. That’s not accurate.

As reporter Algernon D’Ammassa makes clear in the lead of the story, Torres Small has now come out in support of an impeachment inquiry for the first time. Not impeachment.

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