ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque-based company has been awarded a more than $80 million contract to building a stretch of new border wall in Texas.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports Southwest Valley Constructors was recently chosen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build an 11-mile stretch in Hidalgo County, Texas.

Monday Business Watch

2 hours ago

Body ID'd as missing Marine from Belen; suspect in custody

17 hours ago
Francisco Gomez (left) is charged in the murder of Matthew Gurule (right)

  BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a body found south of Belen has been identified as a Marine veteran missing since last month and a suspect in the murder case is in custody.

Valencia County Sheriff's officials says detectives located a body in a ditch back Friday night.

On Saturday, the Office of the Medical Investigator positively identified the body as that of 32-year-old Matthew Gurule, who was last seen on July 27 at the Isleta Resort and Casino.

Sheriff's officials won't say what led them to the body or how Gurule died.

National lab details $13B in building plans over next decade

17 hours ago

  LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal.

They outlined their plans at a recent meeting attended by hundreds of representatives of construction firms from around the country.

New Mexico oil production improvements cause economic boom

17 hours ago
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic boom in southeast New Mexico has been attributed to skyrocketing oil production.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that New Mexico's revenue exceeded projected levels allowing lawmakers to authorize a $663-million spending increase for the budget year that started in July.

Officials say the 11% increase is expected to be used toward teacher salary increases, education spending, highway repairs and construction.

Earlier this month, Margie Reckard, 63, was gunned down along with 21 others in the El Paso, Texas, massacre that authorities believe was driven by racial hatred. Two weeks later, strangers amassed by the hundreds to honor Reckard and surround her widower, Antonio Basco.

Three Dead After Fatal Crash In Southeastern New Mexico

Aug 16, 2019


HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three-people were killed in a head-on crash of two vehicles in southeastern New Mexico.

The State Police said cars driven by 27-year-old Travis Wheeler of Leesville, Louisiana, and 36-year-old Linda Sandoval of Hobbs collided Thursday night and that both were killed along with a passenger in Wheeler's car.

According to the State Police, the initial investigation indicate that Wheeler's car was heading north in the southbound lanes on State Road 18 between Hobbs and Eunice and that alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor.

Vice President Pence To Visit New Mexico To Talk Trade

Aug 16, 2019


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has been scheduled to visit New Mexico as a special guest for a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade event.

Local news stations reported Thursday that Pence is expected to attend the Aug. 21 event hosted by America First Policies, an organization supporting policy initiatives.

Federal officials say Pence will speak about how the USMCA agreement will benefit the economy and its workers.

Anthony Moreno

On a recent evening in El Paso, music, prayers, and fellowship greeted visitors at the memorial that has formed behind the Walmart where a recent mass shooting took many lives, injured others, and left this borderland community in pain.

An expression of solidarity is in constant view for those walking along the large display of flowers, flags, crosses, and signs remembering the lives lost and those injured in this massacre.

One couple living in the city shared feelings of shock and pain as they visited on this night. Daniel Gutierrez just returned home to El Paso after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He says he didn’t believe the news when he first heard of the attack.

“I lived here my whole life; it’s always been super safe. I used to always leave our doors unlocked all the time at my mom’s house,” said Gutierrez.

Standing next to Daniel, his partner Jessica Gomez says El Paso will never forget this attack.

“There’s a lot of hurt right now. We’ve never seen something like this before. We’ll remember, this is not a forgetful moment, but we’ll cope with it the best we can,” said Gomez.


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The text was alarming: "today medical start force feeding only with me. They put the pipe in my nose 3 time. My nose is bleeding and pain."

Attorney Linda Corchado had feared this might happen when she heard her clients on hunger strike inside an immigrant detention center had been forced to receive fluid through IV drips two weeks ago.

On Thursday she said one of the men, an asylum seeker from India, was brought out to her in a wheelchair with tubes threaded through his nose, and he told her he had been force-fed.


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Commentary: County government is getting a little weird again.

At Tuesday's meeting: (1) someone urged the Commission to put County Manager Fernando Macias on administrative leave; (2) Macias accused County Commissioner Shannon Reynolds and Sheriff Kim Stewart of “blatant misrepresentations”; (3) County Attorney Nelson Goodin told Reynolds, “I'm trying to give you my legal opinion and you seem to want to argue” – then walked away; and (4) we learned that Macias and Stewart never sat down and discussed a contract (for magistrate court security) they were at odds over. 

Photo by: Nathan J. Fish



Doña Ana County Commission buckles under pressure from feds

Aug 13, 2019
Courtesy: State of Texas


  Commentary: Today the Doña Ana County commission completed its capitulation to a federal agency over how conflicts with wildlife should be resolved. 

Today’s action culminated a reversal of position that began in April, when the commission voted to ban the use of certain county funds for lethal control of predators and rodents. Under pressure from Wildlife Services--a USDA agency that killed 1.5 million native animals nationwide last year--and its allies, the Commission reversed itself in July, when it approved a contract with Wildlife Services that permitted lethal control methods but added a modest requirement that the agency try nonlethal methods of resolving problems at least twice before resorting to killing the target animal, unless there was an imminent threat to human safety or health. (donald trump)

  Commentary: Widespread, devastating impact looms as the Trump administration sidesteps Congress with “Public Charge” changes. The expanded“Public Charge” rule allows the government to deny permanent residency (green cards) and visa renewals to lawfully present immigrants who participate in basic need programs like Medicaid, housing assistance, and SNAP food assistance. The rule also adds specific requirements into the public charge test, including income, age, health and English proficiency. Advocacy groups condemn the new rule, which goes into effect October 15th, 2019.

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