No. 19 Arizona runs past short-handed New Mexico State 83-53

2 hours ago

  TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona big man Zeke Nnaji is starting to get noticed around campus, coffee shops, almost everywhere he goes in Tucson.

The rest of the college basketball world is paying attention now, too. Not bad for a player who didn’t get the same acclaim as freshman teammates Nico Mannion and Josh Green.

Zeke Nnaji did not miss a shot for the second straight game while scoring 19 points, Jemarl Baker added 16 points and No. 19 Arizona rolled over depleted New Mexico State 83-53 on Sunday.

Las Cruces Lane Closures Start Monday On Busy Route

10 hours ago

  The intersection of Northrise Drive and Rinconada Boulevard will have intermittent lane closures beginning Monday, November 18. Rinconada Boulevard between Northrise Drive and N. Sonoma Ranch Boulevard will have lane closures for northbound traffic as part of the traffic signal improvement project. Lane closures will last approximately one month. Generally, hours of construction will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Las Cruces Assists New Businesses With Waste Disposal

11 hours ago

Starting a business is hard enough, it shouldn’t be made harder with worries about how your new business will dispose of trash, and how much trash might be generated. With that in mind, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) works with new businesses to anticipate solid waste removal before a business opens, and then adjusts the service and pricing according to the amount of garbage the business actually generates.

New Mexico State gets first win, 41-28 over Incarnate Word

14 hours ago

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Josh Adkins threw two touchdown passes, Jason Huntley ran for 174 yards and New Mexico State beat Incarnate Word 41-28 on Saturday for its first win of the season.

Adkins was 28-of-38 passing for 316 yards and threw 34- and 42-yard touchdown passes to Tony Nicholson in the first quarter. Nicholson finished with five catches for 98 yards. Huntley had 25 carries that included a 1-yard touchdown run.

Jared Phipps had two interceptions, and OJ Clark ran into the end zone on a 77-yard punt return for New Mexico State (1-9).

New Mexico insurance regulator Franchini to step down

14 hours ago
John Franchini / Courtesy photo

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top insurance regulator is stepping down.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state Superintendent John Franchini has withdrawn his application to serve another four-year term and instead plans to retire.

A state nominating committee has already begun screening applicants for the position. There are eight remaining candidates.

Franchini worked in the insurance industry for 35 years before becoming superintendent in 2010.

  HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has apologized because administrative staff asked a high school student to remove a U.S. flag from his car on Veterans Day.

Hobbs Municipal Schools said on the district’s Facebook page that the school’s staff was acting under a policy instituted “due to past incidents” barring students from flying flags of any kind on their vehicles. 

New Mexico lawmakers discuss building future soccer stadium

Nov 16, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers have met with New Mexico United officials to talk about the possibility of building a new soccer stadium in Albuquerque.

President and CEO of New Mexico United LLC Peter Trevisani and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Rael in Albuquerque discussed a potential arena with the Economic and Rural Development Committee officials Thursday.

United needs room to grow after it led the league in merchandise sales and attendance with more than 12,600 people each game, Trevisani said.

Michael Hernandez

The 15-cent increase is based on a cost-of-living adjustment tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Economist Dr. Manuel Reyes-Loya from the Hibbs Institute for Business and Economic Research at the University of Texas at Tyler presented the study to City Council at a recent work session.

The analysis simulated the economic impact of CPI indexing from 2020 to 2022. 

Leora Zeitlin

One of the foremost composers of our day, Osvaldo Golijov grew up in Argentina when Astor Piazzolla was composing and performing his famous tangos worldwide. After Piazzolla’s death, Golijov wrote a work for nine string players called “Last Round” that pays tribute to his fellow Argentinian composer. His goal was to “imitate the wonderful, amazing, beautiful sound of Astor Piazzolla’s bandoneon,” said Daniel Vega-Albela, speaking of the small accordion-like instrument that Piazzolla made famous.

Benjamin Diaz

The New Mexico State Police has provided more details about the officer-inolved shooting in which a Las Cruces man later died from his injuries:

On November 1, 2019, at about 7:15 a.m., New Mexico State Police Officer Jantzen Duran conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Malibu for traveling 106 mph in a 60-mph zone on US 70, near mile marker 209, west of Alamogordo, New Mexico. 

During the traffic stop, the male driver, identified as Benjamin Diaz (22) of Las Cruces, NM pulled over onto the left shoulder of the median of US70. After Officer Duran identified Diaz, he returned to the driver’s side of his police vehicle to issue Diaz a traffic citation. Diaz exited his vehicle and ran toward Duran’s police vehicle. Officer Duran gave verbal commands for Diaz to stay at the front of his police vehicle. Diaz refused and attacked Officer Duran with a folding box cutter. During the physical altercation, Diaz stabbed at Officer Duran’s chest. Officer Duran feared for his life, drew his department issued sidearm and fired once at Diaz, striking him. Diaz and Officer Duran fell to the ground and Diaz attempted to disarm Officer Duran. Officer Duran was able to gain control of Diaz and handcuffed him.


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Nurturing Community In Las Cruces

8 hours ago

Commentary: Our hens are taking a break, so for Sunday brunch we bicycle to Nessa's. It's a peaceful ride on quiet streets. We pass some small but appealing houses that have seen better days. I always wish I could save them. They're like stray cats I want to feed.

Nessa's is small and welcoming – and nearly empty, because everyone's out back, where musicians are jamming and drinking coffee. Inside, at the table next to ours, two state legislators are discussing energy. After ordering, we briefly discuss with them New Mexico's overly restrictive cottage-industry laws. Then they get back to working, and we start eating. 

The Dematerializing Economy

Nov 15, 2019
Dr. Chris Erickson

Commentary: Left wing environmentalists would have you believe that the insatiable needs of capitalism are inexorably stripping way precious resources. That greed and the desire for more and more is destroying the planet. Well, there is no doubt that capitalists are greedy, but that greed is not stripping the planet but rather driving the development of new technologies that allow us to make stuff with fewer materials.

The U.S. economy is, in fact, dematerializing. We use fewer and fewer molecules each year. Less copper, less iron, less of just about everything. The reason for this is the capitalist drive for efficiency—the drive to get more from less.

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts of the corn ethanol mandate and advancing the next generation of biofuels that actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act) would phase out the corn ethanol mandate and immediately reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel by as much as 1 billion gallons by capping the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 9.7 percent. After thirteen years of increasing mandates, corn ethanol is now a mature technology, but one that has contributed to habitat loss and greater water pollution from pesticides and fertilizers.

Walt Rubel

Commentary: One of the two incoming members of the Las Cruces school board believes we should have an entrance exam for kindergartners, and only those who pass should be let in.

“I believe that there should be requirements for children entering kindergarten,” Carol Lynn Cooper said during an on-air radio forum on KTAL-LP community radio in September. “It puts the responsibility on parents. I mean, if we say five years from now, a student must come to school being able to read … with certain skills that they probably get best from their parents. The point is that they are really ready for school. And so, when a kindergarten teacher is working with these students, they are ready for what she has to give and develop.”

RPNM Chairman Steve Pearce

The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce regarding the public impeachment hearings in Washington:

"These impeachment hearings are nothing more than"travesty theater." There's no due process here, no one has first-hand knowledge, and there's no quid pro quo. It's all heresay and second hand knowledge. It's unbelievable the lengths to which the Democrats will go in this partisan witch hunt. The President has to endure this charade all while he continues to deliver on his promises to make this country great again."

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