Gov. Lujan Grisham Fills Two District Court Vacancies

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed two judges to fill court vacancies in northern and southern New Mexico.

The governor's office said in a statement Thursday that Lujan Grisham has appointed Thomas E. Lilley to fill a vacancy in the Fifth Judicial District Court, which includes Roswell. Melissa A. Kennelly will become a judge in New Mexico's Eighth Judicial District Court, which includes Taos.

Las Cruces Utilities e-Billing: Convenient, Saves Postage, Saves Paper

3 hours ago

With many modern conveniences as intuitive as they’ve become, like the lights in your house being programmable and controlled from your phone, it seems lawn irrigation should also be just a matter of setting and forgetting.

However, “Many people don’t check up on their controllers’ programming every couple of months,” said Ken Futrell, of Ewing Irrigation. “Homeowners may increase or decrease the time that the system runs, but not actually check to make sure the true water needs are met – but not exceeded – which can lead to wasted water.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico State University Flamenco & Spanish dance ensemble, Sol y Arena Co-Director, Paco Antonio, to talk to us about “Rhythm Nights.” It is an NMSU Dance Program presentation combining DanceSport Teams A & B with Sol y Arena Flamenco and Spanish Dance Company with three performances, Friday, April 26th at 7:30 pm., and Saturday, April 27th at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at NMSU’s Rentfrow Hall, 3161 Williams Avenue.

Judge gives US 6 months to identify children split at border

16 hours ago

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge says he will give the Trump administration six months to identify children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border early in the president's term.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said Thursday in San Diego that it was important to set a deadline for finding potentially thousands of children who were separated between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018.

But he says he'll consider an extension if needed.

NMSU search committee selects two finalists for DACC president

16 hours ago
Monica Torres

A search committee at New Mexico State University has selected two finalists in the nationwide search for the next president of Doña Ana Community College. The finalists will visit the DACC campus and hold forums with students, faculty, staff and community members Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, in Las Cruces.

Asylum seekers arrive at Community of Hope / City of Las Cruces

The cost of providing care for an influx of people seeking asylum is growing for the city of Las Cruces.

In a special meeting Thursday, the Las Cruces City Council unanimously voted to spend up to $500,000 for expenses related to the care of those seeking asylum.

The council had previously approved an additional $75,000.

West Texas immigration shelter network adds warehouse

17 hours ago

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A utility warehouse in West Texas has been converted to a shelter for immigrants.

The 500-bed House of Refugees in El Paso will temporarily host asylum-seeking families released by immigration officials to the Annunciation House shelter network.

With plans to add 1,000 beds, it could become one of the largest migrant shelters on the border.

The 125,000-square-foot (11,600-square-meter) facility will save the charity money. It spent over $1 million since October on hotel rooms for migrants — or about 1,000 people per week.

Powwow plans focus on missing, murdered Native women

17 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A two-day powwow that represents one of the largest annual gatherings of indigenous people in the United States begins Friday in New Mexico, where organizers say they want to build awareness this year around the deaths and disappearances of Native American women.

New Mexico to market 'green bonds' for energy conservation

17 hours ago

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico plans to issue specialized green bonds as it borrows roughly $12 million to complete efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on a fleet of state buildings in the capital.

The New Mexico Finance Authority on Thursday approved the bond issue to help fund improvements to about 30 state agency buildings in Santa Fe. The project includes the replacement or addiction of solar panels, companion battery storage, electrical inverters and more efficient door and windows.

GOP sees conflict in Senate bid by election regulator

17 hours ago
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party on Thursday urged the state's top election regulator to resign as secretary of state because she is running for the U.S. Senate.

The state GOP said that Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver should resign to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election. The party provided phone numbers for the secretary of state's office and urged voters to request that Toulouse Oliver resign.


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"Star Wars" Connects Multiple Generations

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  Commentary: My young sons can tell you tales of Jason pursuing the golden fleece, how Hercules died and how Odin lost his eye. They also know the tale of Luke Skywalker and how he left a farming community for other worlds in pursuit of a mysterious destiny (and learned how to use a really cool sword).

Is one world of mythology any more legitimate or elevated than the other? If a statue of Masau'u, the Hopi figure, is acceptable as folk art, would a statue of Yoda be less so, because it is associated with commercial entertainment? My kids could not care less.


New Mexican Women Endorse Ben Ray Luján for Senate

Apr 23, 2019

Commentary: Today, nearly 300 New Mexicans announced their support of Congressman Ben Ray Luján for Senate. The women include local leaders, activists, teachers, health care professionals, retirees, and everyday New Mexicans who've said they are inspired by Luján's progressive vision for the state. Additionally, U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) announced their endorsement of Lujan last week.

"I've known Ben Ray for years, and he has always been a leader that steps up for New Mexicans. As a native son, raised on a small family farm, Ben Ray understands that hard work and a commitment to community is what our families deserve. I am proud to support his candidacy because I know he'll continue to bring those values to his work every day and fight hardest for our right to health care, education, and women's reproductive freedom," said Diane Denish, the former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.  


  Commentary: In all my years of local government reporting, I’ve never seen a new leader make a better first impression than Greg Ewing when he was hired as superintendent of the Las Cruces school district in December of 2016.


For months leading up to his hiring, the school board had been locked in a bitter struggle with then-Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who at one point threatened to take over control of the district.

Stan Rounds, the superintendent at that time, made the mistake of trying to appease both sides.

Board members were looking for a full-throated advocate, and found one in Ewing. He forcefully stood up for the district, and eloquently defended its teachers.


Perhaps that’s why, more than two years later, school board member Terrie Dallman is still referring to him as “a breath of fresh air.”


Delaying Border Commerce Is Hurting The Entire Nation

Apr 22, 2019

Commentary; Waves of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border have prompted the Department of Homeland Security to temporarily assign Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at the southern ports of entry to the Border Patrol. Their new role is not necessarily the traditional duties of watching the border and conducting interdiction - rather, they are being reassigned mostly to process migrants who are giving themselves up at ports of entry to seek asylum, and to transport these migrants to and from medical checkups and holding houses.

peter goodman

Commentary: It's great to be home. 

To step outside to the mild weather and relative quiet of Las Cruces in April, hear the familiar chabbling of the hens, and reassure the cat that we still love him. (Yeah, I invented “chabbling” to suggest babbling, chattering, and occasional squabbling.) 

Everything suddenly seems simple. It helps that I was away from Facebook and most email for a week. 

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