Suspect Arrested In Crash Involving New Mexico State Police Officer

8 hours ago

Rio Rancho, NM – On October 22, 2019 at about 4:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal head-on-crash involving a wrong-way driver on Unser near Mariposa in Rio Rancho.

The initial investigation indicated that New Mexico State Police Sergeant Nathan Searle was traveling north on Unser near Mariposa in his department issued Ford Explorer police vehicle when a south bound green 1999 Ford SUV occupied by driver Dwight David Weir (55) of Bosque Farms  and passenger Mark A. Marquez (52) of Farmington crossed the center line and drove head-on into the Sergeant Searle’s patrol vehicle.

On January 19, 2020 at 9:20 a.m., State Police officers located Wier in an RV on Broadway Boulevard, north of Interstate 25 near Isleta, NM.  Weir was arrested without incident and booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center. 

Fire Destroys Building In Hatch

8 hours ago

Crews with Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire late Saturday that destroyed a residential and commercial building. 

The incident was reported at approximately 7:10 p.m. in the 200 block of West Hall Street in Hatch. According to Doña Ana County Fire Chief Nick Hempel, the fire was contained to the structure where it first began. There were no injuries reported, but the building is reportedly a total loss. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Las Cruces Survey: Over 70 Percent Against Extended School Year

8 hours ago

A survey conducted by Las Cruces Public Schools found over 70 percent were against a proposal to extend the school year, with 65 percent of staff against the idea as well.  Here is a statement from the district:

On January 7, teachers and staff were asked to watch a video, review a proposed calendar and participate in a survey in order to determine whether or not the proposal should be considered by the calendar committee. 1058 staff members answered the initial survey. The district received an additional 359 responses from staff on the community survey. After evaluating the initial responses, approximately 65 percent of staff who responded to the survey were not in favor of adopting the proposed extended learning calendar for the 2020-2021 academic school year.   

Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border

15 hours ago

  Illegal border crossings have plummeted after the Trump administration made more asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The drop has been most striking on Arizona's western border, a pancake-flat desert. Border arrests there fell 94% from May to October. A Border Patrol official says traffic plunged after asylum-seekers learned they couldn't stay in the U.S. while their cases wound through court. More than 55,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico to wait for hearings through November, 10 months after the policy was introduced in San Diego.

New Mexico St. beats Seattle 75-67, stays undefeated in WAC

19 hours ago

  Ivan Aurrecoechea and Jabari Rice each collected double-doubles to help New Mexico State remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference with a 75-67 victory over Seattle. The game was tied 59-59 with less than five minutes to play before Aurrecoechea sparked a 5-0 surge as the Aggies pulled away. Aurrecoechea finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rice scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Terrell Brown scored 25 points to lead Seattle. 

Careers With Las Cruces Utilities

20 hours ago

Allen Navarro, Solid Waste heavy equipment operator, has spent 20 years managing trash for our community with Las Cruces Utilities (LCU). He drives a big trash truck picking up commercial trash containers at 130 business locations every day.

The state of New Mexico has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a weekly newspaper in Santa Fe that accused the former governor of discrimination and violating the state's public records law. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that last year's $360,000 settlement to The Santa Fe Reporter became public last week after a six-month confidentiality period imposed by state law expired. Officials say the agreement comes after the newspaper won a court ruling in 2017 that said Gov. Susana Martinez violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act. Martinez appealed. Officials say the state agreed to drop the appeal after reaching an agreement.

A construction project to improve the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp at the main Northwest entrance at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (200 E. Picacho Avenue), will begin on January 20. The construction may take until March 21 to complete.

For the public’s convenience, the Library will remain open and will be accessible for the duration of the construction. Building accessibility with ADA accommodations will be provided at the main northwest entrance.

  Silver City, NM – About 400 middle school and high school students from two dozen schools in southwest New Mexico will compete during the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

The defending champions from Socorro High and Socorro’s Cottonwood Valley Charter [Middle] School will be returning to defend their titles.

The Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 4 p.m.

Las Cruces Event: Redesigning Desert Agriculture for Climate Change

Jan 18, 2020

Gary Nabhan has spent much of his adult life studying and celebrating the deep relationships between regional cultures and the fruits of the land, between biodiversity and cultural diversity, particularly in the arid Southwest region.


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Concerns Continue Over Guardianship In New Mexico

18 hours ago
Peter Goodman

Commentary: Doris and Rio Hamilton allege that after they consulted lawyer CaraLyn Banks, she proceeded — without telling them — to have Ms. Hamilton declared mentally incompetent and Advocate Services (AS) appointed to take over her life and make all her decisions, including banning her son, Rio, from the house they own together.

Commentary: The New Mexico Game Commission today approved trapping of bobcats, foxes and other wildlife throughout nearly all of the state, disappointing wildlife and public-safety advocates who sought to ban a practice long criticized as inhumane and indiscriminate.

The decision reauthorizes the use of leghold traps, body-crushing traps and strangulation snares that have killed and maimed endangered Mexican wolves and countless other animals. Last year five wolves in New Mexico were caught by private trappers. Such trapping is legal as long as the intention is to catch some other kind of animal.

New Mexico: "From The Many, One"

Jan 16, 2020
Photo by: Nathan J. Fish

Commentary: For New Mexico’s upcoming legislative session, the governor has proposed a budget that would allocate lavish spending throughout our education system, create a new Early Childhood Education and Care department, endow a new early childhood trust fund, establish scholarships to make in-state tuition free and boost the public school budget to $3.4 billion.

Whether all these proposals are approved or not, four lawmakers are also proposing mandatory displays of the national motto, “In God we trust,” in every school and college classroom, in every public library and on every public building, and on our license plates.

A compromise on early childhood funding

Jan 16, 2020
Walt Rubel

Commentary: This year, Dr. No is saying yes.

Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming has earned that moniker after decades of serving as one of the Legislature’s chief budget writers in a state where revenue has fluctuated wildly from year to year based on the international market for oil and gas - something we have absolutely no control over. And so, Smith is always looking at what he calls the “out years” - two years, five years, 10 years from now. That’s especially true in years like this one, when the coffers are full.

It was Smith’s opposition to a series of bills over the past several years seeking to tap into the state’s permanent fund to create a new funding source for early childhood education that led to the title of Dr. No. Each year, those bills have died in Smith’s Senate Finance Committee without ever getting a hearing.


  Commentary:  U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chair and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, in denouncing the Trump administration’s reported plan to raid an addition $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year. In doing so, the president is again abusing the National Emergencies Act in an unprecedented way to divert money from these projects to border wall construction for political purposes.


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