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  WASHINGTON (AP) — "Vicious dogs.” “Ominous weapons.” Injured police. Gagging protesters. Shattered storefronts. Armed personnel at centers of power and landmarks. Anguish and arson.

Taking the measure of these days in the nation's capital, President Donald Trump exclaimed: “Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!”

Such alternate realities pervaded the world described by Trump and his team over the past week.

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council has moved to ditch a proposed mandate backed up by misdemeanor penalties and instead will consider a resolution encouraging people to wear face coverings in retail and commercial businesses to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. The council Friday tabled the proposal in favor of holding a special meeting Monday to consider the resolution. City officials said in a statement that the council “prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive." State officials on Saturday reported 129 additional COVID-19 cases with five additional deaths. 

 

New Mexico State Police Officer Involved Shooting in McKinley County

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On Friday at approximately 11:55 p.m., Gallup Police Department were dispatched to the Redwood Lodge Motel in Gallup, NM in reference to two male subjects in a white Dodge Truck brandishing a firearm.

When Gallup Police Department officers arrived on scene, they located the white Dodge truck with two men inside. The white Dodge truck drove around the Gallup officers almost striking their Patrol unit. The white Dodge truck turned on New Mexico State Road 118. The truck fled and a pursuit was initiated. 

Protest Closes One Of The Busiest Intersections In Las Cruces

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Protesters were out in force in Las Cruces on Saturday.  Police closed portions of Lohman and Telshor, as scores of people walked through what is normally one of the busiest intersections in the city.  The approximately three-hour protest disrupted traffic, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

The protest comes one day after Las Cruces Police announced an officer had been relieved of his duties.  The Las Cruces Police Department last week received the autopsy report from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator regarding the death of Antonio Valenzuela who passed away Feb. 29, 2020, following his arrest by officer Christopher Smelser.

After reviewing the autopsy report, LCPD Chief Patrick Gallagher has determined it is in the best interest of the department and the community to relieve officer Smelser of his duties as a result of his involvement in this incident. A letter of intent to terminate employment with the City of Las Cruces was delivered to officer Smelser on Friday, June 5. Smelser, an officer with LCPD since March 2016, has been on administrative leave since Feb. 29 pending the outcome of the autopsy report.

New $2 Million Trash Compactor In Las Cruces

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Installing the new trash compactor / SCSWA

 

  Sparks flew as crews cut off the large metal nubs in the floor of the “pit” of the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Amador Avenue Transfer Station. With a line of trash trucks stretching past the Las Cruces Utilities Water Quality Laboratory and concrete still drying on the floor of the Transfer Station, it was a high speed turnover to switch out the old trash compactor for a new “monster” weighing 130,000 lbs, and with a price tag of $1.9 million.

New Mexico announces online health insurance screening tool

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SANTA FE – Every New Mexican should have health care during the COVID-19 emergency – to help expedite that process there is a new online screening tool to help New Mexicans determine what health insurance coverage they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions. It is available at: New Mexico Health Coverage Connector.

The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance partnered with the New Mexico Human Services Department, beWellnm, and the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool to make the tool.

Research to improve soil health takes root at NMSU

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Soil is a natural resource that supports human civilization and plays a vital role in global food security. So, while we may not be ranchers, crop growers or researchers, we all have a vested interest in soil – especially soil health.

Soil health, as defined by a team of researchers in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, is “the state of the soil being in sound physical, chemical, and biological condition, having the capability to sustain the growth and development of land plants.”

Extra cleaning at Las Cruces Utilities to Protect Against COVID-19

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  While the City of Las Cruces is starting to reopen its departments to the public and adjusting to the “new normal” of day-to-day life, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is more focused than ever on precautions to ensure the health and wellness not only of its associates, but also the public. Just as residents are doing at home, LCU has bumped up the cleanliness factor by adding extra custodial staff. 

Lujan Grisham administration releases additional summer resources for families

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  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials. 

These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.

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After several days of ballot counting, Alexis Johnson today was declared the winner in the Republican 3rd Congressional District Primary race. The announcement comes after a delay so thousands of absentee votes could be counted. 
 
Johnson won the nomination with 37% of the vote. Harry Montoya took 35% and Karen Bedonie got 28%.
 

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A Succession of Once-in-a-Lifetime Events

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Commentary: Nothing has made me feel my status as a middle-aged millennial quite like the increased use of a face mask. I followed a college-aged group out of the grocery store, who I had seen inside. They had been shopping like newly minted roommates, testing out the edges of bawdy humor but still carefully polite with one another, and still sliding in "Excuse me, ma'am" to the likes of me. The whole group was unmasked, while most solo shoppers were masked.

They climbed into their Jeep, and I loaded my groceries into the back of my sedan, huffing and puffing into my mask, which I looked forward to stripping off. It wasn't the first group of young'uns that I had seen unmasked, and I felt a bit strange about my mental tsk-tsking.

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure

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  Commentary: The coronavirus crisis reminds those of us in the water world of the importance of the systems which sustain us. 

Our water systems are among the very most important. The need for effective planning, preparation and implementation of water policy and infrastructure is critical, as we manage the engines which drive our economy, our health and our safety.   It is most certainly a primary focus of the Western water community, which develops and manages the water infrastructure so critical to every individual and every economic sector. 

Reopening Las Cruces has many moving parts

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  Commentary: Like other department heads at NMSU, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently working on the fall schedule. Courses are being restructured to allow for social distancing. For many classes, this means moving at least partially to online delivery. We have had to do a fully rethink of how things will happen in the fall.

Of course, the really heavy lifting will be done by the faculty who have had to adapt delivery to account for the new COVID realities. Meanwhile, others at NMSU are involved in developing plans to reopen dining halls and dorms. Yet others are working on the IT infrastructure to ensure the smooth delivery online. The list goes on. Bottom line, NMSU is engaged in an all-hands effort to reopen campus in the fall. 

 

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Commentary: In Minneapolis, the world viewed yet another painful display of militant white male privilege, this time resulting in the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black citizen, by a police officer with a disturbing record of misconduct.

 

As a domestic violence counselor, I was struck not only by the vicious act of police brutality -one brazenly committed in broad daylight-but also reminded how male privilege and racism are very much at the root of so much intimate partner violence in America today. As someone who works the crisis hotline regularly, I bear witness to it all of the time.

Election 2020 Is Literally A Matter Of Life And Death

Jun 5, 2020

Commentary: The rage caused by the slaughter of unarmed human beings at the hands of those who believe it is their God-given right to do so has reared its ugly head yet again. First, it was a young man gunned down for jogging while black. Then it was a young black woman shot eight times by police in her own home for living while black. Now, we have watched in horror as an unarmed black man in handcuffs, face down, and pleading for his life was murdered as a police officer literally squeezed the life out of him. His name was George Floyd.

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